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Rebecca

I'm a PhD theatre student who loves not proofreading my reviews (sorry) because I have to do enough of that in school. :)

Calhoun, KY, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Falke's Peak

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Anna Leigh Keaton
    • Narrated By Gina Cedarwood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (195)

    Stressed out ad-exec Dakota wandered into Catamount Outfitters in search of a guide for a wilderness excursion. She didn't expect to be greeted by not one but five of the most ruggedly delicious-looking men she'd ever seen... not to mention a live cougar guarding the shop!

    Root Dorn says: "Erotica with Laryngitis"
    "Hot puma shifter action"
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    In a world, we can assume is ours but with a few... kinks... a gal can go on vacation and have a fling with not one but two hot guys.

    Dakota is a girl on vacay with a friend who though a girls-time-out should mean bringing the boyfriend along. Now Dakota is a third wheel. She hired a guide to take her, and only her, up to a cabin. Oh and this guide has a pet cougar. Axel is the oldest of quadruplets. There's six boys in fact, and all can shift into catamount form. The cougar on the hiking trip is his brother Gunnar. You can only imagine what happens just by looking at the cover.

    I enjoyed this story - as long as it's considered fluff. (SPOILERS) I do have a problem being convinced that catamount shifters have to breed in pairs - that's very strange as cougars are monogamous for at least the breeding period. Also, they don't mate for life as these tame ones do... this all seems to be made up to suit the idea of a gal with two guys. Which, is fairly hot fluff and okay with me.

    The story could be called erotica but it isn't excessive. The narrator isn't much to marvel at but she doesn't ruin the story by any means. 3 overall stars, with a bonus 1 thrown in for a good time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Austenland: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Shannon Hale
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (751)
    Performance
    (340)
    Story
    (350)

    Jane Hayes is a seemingly normal young New Yorker, but she has a secret. Her obsession with Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, is ruining her love life: no real man can compare. But when a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, Jane's fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become realer than she ever could have imagined.

    ElChangoPelon says: "Fun read"
    "A fun romp for Darcy fans"
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    I should begin this by saying, not only is this fluff, this is for fans of the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice and Bridget Jones, not necessarily all Austen fans will like it. Jane compares herself to Lizzie and Emma and other Austen heroines but sadly, she's more like a mix of Jane Bennet and Mrs. Bennet - cute and accommodating just desperate for a man.

    I laughed quite a bit at Jane's adventure and her plucky sidekick, enjoying the intrgue and disgruntled by the treatment of her as a lower-paying guest (which I didn't quite understand because her trip was funded by a wealthy relative - seems she could have purchased the better package for Jane).

    Good fun and fluff. Oh, and WAY better than the movie. Enjoy!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Convicted: Consequences, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Aleatha Romig
    • Narrated By Romy Nordlinger
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (149)

    When Claire Nichols met Anthony Rawlings, she didn’t know they had a past, or that he had plans for her future. Over time, the role of teacher changed - games became reality - and domination turned to desire. Despite an insurmountable history, Claire and Tony found their way back to each other. Just when they seemed to have it all - love, respect, and the promise of a family - the game master exposed the truth. Claire’s world once again spun out of control. Unwilling to allow her child to suffer the consequences of an old vendetta, Claire fled....

    DAWN says: "The mysteries solved.."
    "I'm going to Compartmentalize this series."
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    I feel like this book is summed up by Claire nicely:

    "Some would argue that a foundation built on kidnapping, isolation, violence, an yes -even rape- would never stand. I must disagree. We lived through hell and came out the other side. Like the song says, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. I can't imagine anyone having a stronger foundation than ours."

    Yeah, all that rapey stuff, and him killing your parents, etc. was all just a big misunderstanding and he's sorry so lets have warm fluffy feelings from now on.

    SPOILERS

    I'm sorry. No. Just... no.

    I'm astounded by the 5 star reviews. Why is that a guy who does such horrific things get's a pass because he's a millionaire? Don't get me wrong... I've read and enjoyed a few kidnapper stories (heck most Highland romances involve stealing a lass) and BDSM stuff with consenting adults but I'm horrified that everyone seems to think that the happily ever after in this book is okay. Just... no.

    Tony cannot, I repeat, can not be redeemed. You're trying too hard Romig. Pinning everything on the maid. Oh, and I get it, because I suffered through all the back story. I hated Claire and her stupidity but then that hated turned to a simple meh. And Tony turning a new leaf is sweet and all, but no, I for one cannot forget what he has done. You've tortured your leading lady so much that even with this HEA, I'll be she crack within the decade and kills herself. This is not happy. You can't force it.

    This whole book is a horrific trainwreck. At least I want to say it is... to be honest I checked out and just read it for closure. Other than writing a review to warn others, I really don't care. Maybe it's because I've compartmentalized it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Truth: Consequences, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Aleatha Romig
    • Narrated By Romy Nordlinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (160)

    Truth continues the tumultuous saga of Consequences, introduces new players, and uncovers more intrigue. Aleatha Romig skillfully weaves past transgressions through current deception to create a fervent world of obsessed desire. In this reality can an all-consuming relationship survive? When buried sins are discovered they threaten not only Tony and Claire's future - but their very lives! Will the truth be revealed in time?

    Deb says: "Even better than the first book!"
    "Downward spiral of an idiot"
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    You have no idea who thrill I was with the first part of the book. Finally! Claire gets revenge! She even has a sexy new guy in her life and help from various sources. It made getting this book worth it. And then, Claire went back to being Claire again.

    I find it odd when a woman is called courageous and strong yet shows no signs of being remotely in the same time zone. Let's put on our spoiler cap, shall we?

    A man kills your parents, kidnaps you, rapes you, beats you, breaks your bones, rapes you some more, dresses you, throws your family in prison, then throws you in prison for is faked attempted murder and lets you sit there until you are miraculously freed by someone else. You finally realize he's a horrific person and set up plans to tell the world the truth. Then, all it takes is him blackmailing you, possibly drugging you to have sex (which you think is a dream), you find out your pregnant, and BOOM! You want to be with him again?

    I'm sorry? What?

    I have lost all respect for this woman. I didn't care about her enough in the first book and the revenge I hoped for was taken... I won't say I'm not a little intrigued by the author's ability to pull the rug out from beneath me but to what end? At what cost? By making her leading lady an even bigger idiot? Is it worth it?

    Lord help me I may just have to finish this series. Why? Maybe I have Stockholm Syndrome too but surely this is leading somewhere.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Consequences: Consequences, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Aleatha Romig
    • Narrated By Romy Nordlinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (267)

    Anthony Rawlings had a plan - to teach Claire Nichols to behave. Claire Nichols had a plan - to survive! In an unfamiliar bedroom within a luxurious mansion, Claire Nichols wakes to memories of a brutal abduction. All of her recollections have one common denominator, the man she just met - Anthony Rawlings. Unbeknownst to Claire, Anthony has had her in his sights for a long time. Every action has consequences - and his actions resulted in their chance meeting. Facing incomprehensible circumstances, Claire must learn to survive as she comes to terms with her new reality.

    Hassan says: "A Severe & Horrific Case Of Stockholm Syndrome!!"
    "Non-erotic horror story without a real ending"
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    Slightly spoiler-y review here.

    So it appears that all novels these days are trilogies that expect you to read all the way to the end of the third book before you feel any sense of closure. This book is not romantic, nor is it sexy, it's a horrific account of a woman who falls in love with a kidnapping racist. I understand the idea of Stockholm Syndrome, but how does one get there? This woman wakes up battered in a fancy room, held captive, visited and raped by a sick multimillionaire and barely attempts to get away. I lost all respect for the story when the maid simply went along with it like everything was fine and kept telling the victim how awesome the guy was.

    I have no respect for this woman, no empathy for the character, and simply stuck with it to the end hoping to have something happen. And boy did it happen. My immediate reaction was "Well that's what you get, you idiot." And I shouldn't feel this way, not for a woman who has been through so much, but without anything prompting me to connect with the character, that's what she got. Judgement. And that, writers, is not what you want from your audience.

    This book could do with some editing as well. How much did we talk about food or shopping, and how many times were details left out? Reference to a beating? Something happened in a room? What happened? I don't know.. something bad obviously but nothing that makes me care.

    I'll be honest. I got the next book just because I hoped something would happen. Surely the guy would get his comeuppance. Without spoiling more, let me just say, if what you have read so far seems unappealing, skip this series and move on. If however your taste lends itself to horror of this kind, by all means, enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Forever Black

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Sandi Lynn
    • Narrated By Felicity Munroe, David Benjamin Bliss
    Overall
    (426)
    Performance
    (385)
    Story
    (386)

    When Ellery moved to New York with her boyfriend, she thought they’d live happily ever after in their small New York apartment. She never thought he’d pack his bags and leave because he “needed space”. With her newfound single status and fear of being alone, Ellery buries herself in her artwork and paintings until one night she helps a mysterious intoxicated stranger get home safely. Little did she know the mysterious stranger is none other than CEO and millionaire Connor Black.

    Mary says: "Boring, predictable …"
    "Just... no."
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    Apparently there are a lot of rich guys out there with emotional issues who meet a mousy by accident and immediately fall in love despite a horrible outlook on dating. I admittedly listened to it all but it was like a train wreck you couldn't look away from. I almost didn't review it but there are too many people giving it 5 stars and that's just... wrong.

    Perhaps this will get a bit spoilery.

    How many fights can be had? And why are they all nuclear explosions? Why does either person need to run away the minute they have a fight?

    And, I'm sorry, you have cancer? What kind? Just cancer? As someone who has been with people during a battle of cancer this whole line was a bit insulting. And I so wish there was a miracle drug out there that just cures it as simply. This happily ever after was just too... I don't even know... so HEA it's unbelievable.

    I honestly wanted to rant for my review but I took a breath and listened to a few other series. This book still haunts me as time wasted. If you're looking for a Crossfire or 50 Shades this is a striped-down bare-bones mockery (and that's saying something).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fury: New Species, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Laurann Dohner
    • Narrated By Vanessa Chambers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (761)
    Performance
    (709)
    Story
    (708)

    Ellie is horrified to discover the pharmaceutical company she works for is doing illegal experiments, splicing human and animal DNA, creating exotic new species. One such "experiment" captures her heart and she’ll do anything to save him - even if he hates her for it. Fury has never known compassion or love. He's spent his life in a cell, chained and abused by humans. The one woman he allowed himself to trust betrayed him. He vows to end her life but when she's finally in his grasp, harming her is the last thing he wants to do to the sexy little human.

    karen says: "Please unleash Fury upon me !!"
    "Interesting New Species"
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    I find myself at a loss for words... interesting.. yeah... and... hot, yes, but there's just something about the book that made me cringe. I like the idea of a government testing facility creating a New Species, and in a sense, this is kindof like a werewolf story. You get the whole MINE possession thing and the scenes are steamy, but with a weird mixture of melodrama that had me wincing a little. I mean, how many times do people burst in on this couple?

    I'm also curious about the world created. With all the vampire and werewolf stories out there you would think that the discovery of a testing facility that created big hulking animal-like people would fascinate people. Instead, we only get to see the protesters that are instant haters. Not that this wouldn't happen, but their desire to kill the New Species seems unfounded, considering that these are kids that were cruelly transformed and simply trying to live a new life. The threat seems generic and we don't get the whole picture.

    The narrator is a bit childish and some of the male's voices are strangely read. I suppose this is a spoiler but it gets worse in the second book. I suggest this story be read instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slade: New Species, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Laurann Dohner
    • Narrated By Vanessa Chambers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (544)
    Performance
    (508)
    Story
    (507)

    Dr. Trisha Norbit is flat on her back in a hospital bed, pinned under a really big New Species male. Though drugged out of his mind, he promises her ecstasy and is determined to deliver - but hospital staff intervenes. 215 is a man Trisha will never forget. But, when she meets him again at Homeland... he doesn’t even remember her! But, when her life is in danger, he’s the only one who can save her. As they flee through the wilderness, their desire ignites and cannot be denied. Hot sex, on the run, has consequences that are even more dangerous and will change their lives forever.

    BluBumblB says: "Good, not great--but I'm still a fan!"
    "Okay story brought down by bad narration"
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    I don't often comment on narration and in most cases of awkward voice-overs it's an older woman reading for someone younger and it just doesn't work. This is the opposite. I can't believe that the leading lady, a doctor, sounds like a teenage valley girl. What's worse, the big hulking man that's oh-so-tempting sounds like a valley... guy? Completely ruins the mood.

    The story itself is a bit shallow. On the run from killers on the hunt, exhausted, can't go any further.... hmm... sex? I'm sorry, what? And in the world of erotica, the bar isn't really that high. More happens but the sake of not spoiling anything I'll just say that this story falls flat and most things are a bit predictable or unbelievable (in a bad way).

    I see that the narrator continues to read this series, so I'll leave it here. Perhaps read the book instead if you want to continue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shield of Winter: Psy-Changeling, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Nalini Singh
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (197)

    Assassin. Soldier. Arrow. That is who Vasic is, who he will always be. His soul drenched in blood, his conscience heavy with the weight of all he's done, he exists in the shadows, far from the hope his people can almost touch-if only they do not first drown in the murderous insanity of a lethal contagion. To stop the wave of death, Vasic must complete the simplest and most difficult mission of his life.For if the Psy race is to survive, the empaths must wake....

    Robin says: "Loved every minute"
    "Not the best but loved it anyway."
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    I guess I should start out with how much I love this series. While in the world of what I consider fluff reading, the world-building is awesome and I have come back to Nalini Singh's books more than once. To gear up for this new book I re-listened to the entire 12 books that came before it.

    Which is probably why Angela Dawe fell a little flat this time around.

    I think Jim Dale (of the Harry Potter audiobooks) has proved that you can not only create a huge number of voices, but that you can carry them throughout an entire series. The moment Hawk and Lucas started talking through Dawe's performance in this book, I was immediately taken out of the story: she changed them. You just can't do that. It's like breaking a Cardinal Rule (punpun). If you don't have a range of male voices, which I don't think is true because I've always commended Dawe on her male voices, then don't suddenly lower one just to create a difference. It's bizarre for someone you know to suddenly drop into a lower scratchy octave.

    (SPOILERS)

    As for the story, there was just something about it that seemed disjointed. At this point, the pool of singletons in Singh's book world are starting to dwindle so we're jumping out of the realm of the better-known characters into the life of the mysterious arrow Vasic and newcomer Ivy. The natural progression was there but while the former novels had a fluidity to the overall plotline, there was just something about this story that made me want to say "get on with it" in some areas and "wait, I want more detail" in others. And Ming... that whole line in the story needs to be revisited - he showed up as a blip comment then a quickly-over skirmish where he wasn't even present - he seemed more like a forgotten menace than an actual threat. Also, the new empaths seemed to start out strong as characters then pretty much faded into a general group occasionally mentioned near the end. The main problem/sickness/darkness in the book arrived so sudden, with really no hint at trouble until the previous book, that it seemed to be more of an excuse for something (other than Ming) to battle... I think I would have liked to see it stick around for a few books more rather than escalating and being resolved in one novel out of 13.

    Still, as with any series we adore, even this tasty morsel of a story is welcome. It's not the best story of the series... trying to beat the original Lucas/Sasha story, the thrilling Judd/Brenna pairing, the steamy Riley/Mercy book, the long anticipated Hawke/Sienna novel, or the revelation/super hero saga that was Caleb/Sahara is pretty tough and I don't think this one succeeded. However I do think it beats some of the others and was yummy on its own. Vasic is a fun one to move on to and I was excitedly anticipating this book's release. I like Ivy and her little dog too, and was curious at how the couple would come together.

    Though Dawe failed to deliver her usual stellar performance when it came to past characters, and the book had a few issues, my joy at listening to is couldn't let me give it the 3 that is the overall average of my score... 4 stars.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Mistress: Original Sinners, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Tiffany Reisz
    • Narrated By Ginger Cornish
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (72)

    Nora Sutherlin is in handcuffs, held captive by two men. Under different circumstances, she would enjoy the situation immensely, but her captors aren't interested in play. As the reality of her impending peril unfolds, Nora becomes Scheherazade, buying each hour of her life with stories - sensual tales. This, Nora realizes, is her life: nothing so simple, so vanilla, as a mere love triangle for her. It's a knot in a silken cord, a tangled mass of longings of the body and the heart and the mind. And it may unravel at any moment.

    Jordy says: "Better than expected!"
    "Excitement, kink, and a... girl narrator?"
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    This is a great conclusion to a wild ride for the characters, but the narrator is WAY too young. I'm not sure what happened to the previous vocal talent but Ginger Cornish SHOULD NOT be reading something the likes of this. Her voice is entirely too young and it was creepy and gave Nora a 20-year-old voice rather than the experienced woman she is. That and the accents were just bad. Let this girl narrate the likes of Twilight or 50 Shades, not a Tiffany Reisz book.

    The story itself is smoldering. Nora has been kidnapped and the main men in her life are scrambling to her rescue. In the meantime we get to hear some of the loose ends tied up and a lot of fun kinky stories. LOVE Soren, who is just yummy, even more so that he's just so unattainable as your normal love interest. Kingsley is brought into more detail and we get to see Wesley's transition post-virginity.

    Part of me says get is asap, the other wants to recommend you get the paper version to avoid the narration - either way, this is a great end to a series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible

    • ABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By A. J. Jacobs
    • Narrated By A. J. Jacobs
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (166)

    Our fearless author, A. J. Jacobs, tackles a new intellectual adventure, an exploration of the most influential book in the world: the Bible. He determined that the best way to explore the Bible was to live it, as literally as possible. For one year.

    Jonathan says: "Excellent... But tongue in cheek"
    "Oh the Cleverness of Me - AJ Does the Bible"
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    I have listened to a few of AJ Jacob's books now and this is yet another experiment of his that is a bit out there - which is what makes his books sell. Jacobs uses his life as his catalyst for his writing, which makes this a rather blog-like book. So it has a bit of a documentary type feel too it which is perfect for a long drive.

    I was going on a road trip with my parents and didn't think they'd exactly be into listening to Game of Thrones or my audible obsession with Molly Harper. I was not about to listen to a crime novel - my parents love them but they're just not my thing. As Christians who grew up with all these Bible stories I thought they'd get a kick out of Jacobs' attempt to live by God's rules set down on paper.

    My mother thoroughly enjoyed this, laughing out loud and my dad chuckled occasionally and found Jacobs amusing. This book was definitely a good choice. I highly recommend it to anyone who has a Jewish and/or Christian background because you'll get the jokes, and for anyone of any other religion you get the chance to see a guy put himself out there and follow some really ridiculous rules.

    As for the narration, I think it would have been better to have someone else read this. While it is about his life, so it makes sense for him to read it, Jacobs has an "oh the cleverness of me" tone to his voice that can get on your nerves. After a while you realize this guy is totally smitten with his ideas and thinks he's awesome. I'm all about self-confidence but listening to someone go one in that fashion for 6 hours can get to be a bit too much. We'd get around this if it were read by someone else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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