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S Mandel S.

Calgary, Alberta Canada | Member Since 2012

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  • Rock Hard: Sinners on Tour, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Olivia Cunning
    • Narrated By Justine O. Keef
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (627)
    Performance
    (584)
    Story
    (587)

    The second book in the Sinners on Tour series features lead singer Sedric Lionheart, who became a playboy after his fiancee, Jessica, broke his heart. Trapped on a summer tour together for two entire months - but stubbornly desperate to stay apart - they find a million steamy reasons why they had that lovin' feeling in the first place.

    CAROLYN says: "Sex drugs & rock n roll but oh soooo much more"
    "Great book"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Sedric, he is the ideal rock star, that we can all fall for.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Golden Gate Bridge scene, dreams, dreams, dreams.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Love, Sex and Rock 'n Roll


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Barely Breathing: Breathing, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Rebecca Donovan
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (355)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (332)

    “I’ve spent most of my life trying to make it to a future that still hasn’t happened, or avoid a past that won’t let me go. I don’t remember when I’ve ever just stopped to live in the present, to hold on to the seconds I’m in.”Emma Thomas’s struggle with an abusive home life came to a heart-pounding conclusion in the final chapters of Reason to Breathe, the first installment of The Breathing Series — Rebecca’s Donovan’s bestselling romantic thriller (USA Today). Now her secret life has been exposed, and her tormentor can’t hurt her anymore. Yet, some are still haunted by that night. The bruises may have faded, but scars and fears remain. How will she reclaim her life when she’s barely breathing?

    Lia says: "LOVED IT but so frustrated with Emma!"
    "Another great and WOW book."
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    What did you love best about Barely Breathing?

    I love the relationship with Emma and her mother, Emma and Jonathan and Emma and Evan. All so very different .


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Barely Breathing?

    I loved the first book and this whole book was great. The relationship with Emma and Jonathan develops into something strange but normal.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Rudd’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I like Kate Rudd and a reader very much, her voices and expressions gets you into the characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reason to Breathe: Breathing, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Rebecca Donovan
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (569)
    Performance
    (526)
    Story
    (524)

    In the affluent town of Weslyn, Connecticut, where most people worry about what to be seen in and who to be seen with, Emma Thomas would rather not be seen at all. She’s more concerned with feigning perfection - pulling down her sleeves to conceal the bruises, not wanting anyone to know how far from perfect her life truly is. Without expecting it, she finds love. It challenges her to recognize her own worth - at the risk of revealing the terrible secret she’s desperate to hide.

    Nancy Devault says: "Awesome"
    "GREAT LISTEN. WOW"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Reason to Breathe to be better than the print version?

    I do love Audio books and this one was great.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Love when Evan first meet Emma. The sparks start flying.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The abuse from Carol made me so angry.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Edge of Never

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By J. A. Redmerski
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    Overall
    (446)
    Performance
    (407)
    Story
    (409)

    Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett thought she knew exactly where her life was going. But after a wild night at the hottest club in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, she shocks everyone - including herself - when she decides to leave the only life she's ever known and set out on her own. Grabbing her purse and her cell phone, Camryn boards a Greyhound bus ready to find herself. Instead, she finds Andrew Parrish.

    Lori says: "I couldn't finish it"
    "Tissues are a must with this story.True Love Story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I love this book, I would recommend this book to everyone it is a great book with a wonderful love story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Edge of Never?

    I love the whole story, but the end is the best. A surprise ending is always great.


    Which character – as performed by Lauren Fortgang – was your favorite?

    I was enchanted by both Cameron and Andrew. Learning and the growing of both characters was beautiful.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I cried and cried at the end of this story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Perfect Lover

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (62)

    Simon Frederick Cynster has a perfect life, yet there is something missing. His quest to find Miss Right surprisingly leads him to Portia Ashford. As Simon and Portia begin to explore the depths of their mutual passion, a shocking murder is committed - and it appears that the next victim will be Portia herself.

    S Mandel S. says: "Great period story. with wonderful english reader"
    "Great period story. with wonderful english reader"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Perfect Lover the most enjoyable?

    It started out as a love story and turned into a murder mystery


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Portia, she is a girl wanting to learn about love and sex while staying a lady.


    What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

    HIs english accent gives this book a great feeling, it put you into the time and place of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't really like period stories but this book was a great surprise.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just Remember to Breathe

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Charles Sheehan-Miles
    • Narrated By Nicholas Vennekotter, Emily Eldridge
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    Alex Thompson's life is following the script. A pre-law student at Columbia University, she's focused on her grades, her life, and her future. The last thing she needs is to reconnect with the boy who broke her heart. Dylan Paris comes home from Afghanistan severely injured and knows that the one thing he cannot do is drag Alex into the mess he's made of his life.

    Kristin says: "Good young adult story."
    "Slow to start but great ending"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I enjoyed this book although it started slow.


    What about Nicholas Vennekotter and Emily Eldridge ’s performance did you like?

    I love the different voices it made the story enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    I did like this book I would think anyone liking a good love story would like this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Entwined With You: Crossfire Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1941)
    Performance
    (1801)
    Story
    (1810)

    The worldwide phenomenon continues as Eva and Gideon face the demons of their pasts and accept the consequences of their obsessive desires.... From the moment I first met Gideon Cross, I recognized something in him that I needed. Something I couldn’t resist. I also saw the dangerous and damaged soul inside - so much like my own. I was drawn to it. I needed him as surely as I needed my heart to beat. No one knows how much he risked for me. How much I’d been threatened, or just how dark and desperate the shadow of our pasts would become.

    AudioAddict says: "I would title it "Bored with You""
    "Sylvia day does it again"
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    What made the experience of listening to Entwined With You the most enjoyable?

    I love this series, I love both Gideon and Ava. This one was not over a long time period but lots of things were cleared up.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Entwined With You?

    The Wedding. Ava now understands why Gideon needs to marry her so soon.


    Have you listened to any of Jill Redfield’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I love this narrator. She is so good at the voices an letting the listener know who is talking.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Money and Sex


    Any additional comments?

    I hope that it is not to long before Sylvia Day has the final book out. I can't wait.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Happy Ever After: The Bride Quartet, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (874)
    Performance
    (439)
    Story
    (447)

    No man has rattled wedding-planner Parker Brown in a long time, but the motorcycle-riding, raven-haired Mal seems to have a knack for it. His passionate kisses always catch her off guard, much like her growing feelings for him. Parker’s business risks have always paid off, but now she’ll have to take the chance of a lifetime with her heart….

    Amy says: "Wonderful ending!"
    "Final in the series and a great ending"
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    Where does Happy Ever After rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This whole series is great I loved everyone.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Parker and her strong personality


    Which character – as performed by Angela Dawe – was your favorite?

    Angela Dawe is a great reader and I like all her character voices


    Any additional comments?

    Final in the series all are great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Savor the Moment: The Bride Quartet, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (813)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (382)

    Laurel McBane has always relied on her friends for support, especially when her dream of attending culinary school was almost ruined by her parents’ financial problems. Now Laurel is repaying the kindness of her friends by creating extravagantly luscious tiers of cakes and other confectionary delights that add the perfect touch to their clients’ weddings.

    Maha Bali says: "Very flat, but great ending"
    "Great Nora Roberts love story."
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    What did you love best about Savor the Moment?

    I love the relationship with Laurel and her friends.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Savor the Moment?

    When Laurel kisses Delaney for the first time


    Which character – as performed by Angela Dawe – was your favorite?

    I enjoy Angela Dawe reading she get into her characters wonderfully


    Any additional comments?

    I love this series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bed of Roses: The Bride Quartet, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (829)
    Performance
    (442)
    Story
    (447)

    Since she was a little girl, Emma Grant has always loved romance. So it's really no surprise that she has found her calling as a wedding florist. She couldn't ask for a better job. And on the surface, Emma's love life seems to be thriving. Though men swarm around her, she still hasn't found Mr. Right. The last place she's looking is right under her nose. But that's just where Jack Cooke is.

    LeftyMom says: "Very Sweet!"
    "Another great Nora Roberts"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a great book about friendship and love


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Emma is strong and a romantic.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Emma has her showdown with Jack.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Listening to this book in one sitting would be great


    Any additional comments?

    I love this series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vision in White: The Bride Quartet, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1081)
    Performance
    (544)
    Story
    (542)

    The women at Vows - a wedding planning company in Connecticut - make it their business to create memorable events for couples sealing their bonds. And though the bonds among Parker, Emma, Mac, and Laurel may not be official, they are very real - and equally worthy of celebration.

    Mary says: "Bad Narration"
    "Great Nora Robers book again"
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    What made the experience of listening to Vision in White the most enjoyable?

    This and the whole series are books about friendship. It was very fun to listen to how Mac became a professional in her Photo's with a Blue butterfly


    What did you like best about this story?

    Mac falling for Cater and not knowing it


    Have you listened to any of Emily Durante’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Emily is a good reader I enjoy listening to her.


    Any additional comments?

    The whole Bride Quartet series is fun and very great to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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