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Karla

Swept Away By Romance

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  • The Unexpected Millionaire

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Susan Mallery
    • Narrated By Catherine Carr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (276)
    Story
    (273)

    Millionaire Kane Dennison's first mistake had been carrying an injured Willow Nelson inside his home, which, as a rule, was off-limits. Of course, she'd needed his help, but his one kind gesture had her believing he was a nice man. He wasn't.

    Judy says: "Nice second installment"
    "Enjoyable 2nd book!"
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    Loved the story, wasn't a fan of the narrator. For the life of me I don't understand why the same narrator wasn't used in all 3 books in this series, since the characters from the first book have a heavy presence in this book and no doubt in the third one, which has a different narrator too! I want my characters to stay true to form and with the constant changing of voices, that's not happening.

    I enjoyed Willow and Kane, she was quirky and fun, he was private and withdrawn. Willow just being Willow talked herself right into Kane's life. It was pretty funny and awfully cute! Not much drama, a sweet ending, and nice lead in to the next book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bruiser

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Neal Shusterman
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd, Luke Daniels, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (118)

    Tennyson: Don’t get me started on the Bruiser. He was voted “Most Likely to Get the Death Penalty” by the entire school. He’s the kid no one knows, no one talks to, and everyone hears disturbing rumors about. So why is my sister, Brontë, dating him? One of these days she’s going to take in the wrong stray dog, and it’s not going to end well.BronteMy brother has no right to talk about Brewster that way — no right to threaten him. There’s a reason why Brewster can’t have friends — why he can’t care about too many people.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "CURIOUSITY IS RARELY RATIONAL"
    "4.5 Stars! A deeply touching emotional story!"
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    In a nutshell, this story centers around how much of yourself your willing to give to protect, shelter, and save those you love. Brewster "Bruiser", the main male protagonist, has a unique ability, or rather abilities, which I won't touch on so I don't ruin the story for potential readers. Keep in mind, nothing, nothing at all is at it seems. The paranormal element worked, it was different, a little strange at first, but once you understand what's happening, it all makes sense. At times it's painful to read about, and my heart hurt for Brewster...so, so much!

    Brontë was lovely character, she was kind, compassionate and non-judgmental. She was also strong, determined and I adored her. She didn't let rumors and misconceptions sway her feelings, she saw past what everyone else thought they knew to be true, and was able to see the awesomeness that was a boy named Brewster! If there were only more people like her in this world.

    Brontë and Brewster's siblings, Tennyson and Cody learn a valuable lesson, they were initially quite selfish, but both of them come around when they realize how much Brewster is giving of himself.

    I had no idea how much this story would affect me, and I was praying for a good outcome...for everyone...well, almost everyone!

    Sometimes when you give of yourself there are those willing to give back, even if it means they won't be the same, but it will make you whole again. A poignant message in this beautiful book, and I think about these characters and this story quite often. It definitely left its mark on me.

    I was relieved and satisfied with the ending, but an epilogue would put my heart in a little better place. I'd love to get back into the lives of these characters someday.

    About the audiobook...

    Brilliantly narrated by a collective group of talented voices: Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd, Luke Daniels and Laura Hamilton! There is no doubt the author, Neal Shusterman, wrote a beautiful story, but the combined efforts of these individuals brought it to another level. I'm not always a fan of multiple narrators for one book, but this flowed incredibly well and each of them captured the essence of the characters they voiced!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hate to Love You

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Elise Alden
    • Narrated By Carmen Rose
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Despite my slutty reputation, I was technically a virgin at 18. The faint positive on a budget pregnancy test sent me spinning moments before meeting my sister's snooty new fiancé. Shaking hands with upper-crusty James was like downing a triple shot of vodka. Dizzy with desire, confused by my body's reaction, and shocked by the possessiveness flashing in his eyes, I deceived him that night and told the world at their wedding reception. The truth? I slept with my sister's fiancé.

    Karla says: "4.5 Stars~Twisted, intense, captivating love story"
    "4.5 Stars~Twisted, intense, captivating love story"
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    Paisley, the main female protagonist, does some despicable things in this story, which nearly caused me to stop reading, but it also intrigued me enough that I had to continue on! I'm glad I did, because although I didn't condone her actions, her age and bitter past explained her need for attention, and why she did those shameful things. You couldn't help but wonder what brought her to this deceitful place, and it's revealed as the story moves forward. Was what she did still wrong? Yes, but I still found myself sympathizing and rooting for her till the end! Inherently Paisley is a good person, who made some hurtful and stupid mistakes.

    James was not much better, and although he's presented as the good entity in this story, he should have known better, but lust clouds his thinking. His reaction towards Paisley is so intense and nearly out of his control, he just acts and doesn't think. He says and does some hateful things, which Paisley does, yet doesn't deserve. Confused me too! There's a strong sexual attraction, but also a protective nature that James feels toward her, and that's what endeared me to him. On the surface these two act one way, but once their hearts get involved there is no denying this is more than lust!

    I wasn't sure this could possibly end well, but somehow, albeit a little far-fetched, it ends on a good note! I wanted to believe, so I bought it hook, line and sinker!

    This was definitely a different type of read for me, and my hats off to Elise Alden for capturing my attention, arousing my curiosity, and keeping me entranced with her expressive writing and heady dialogue. Presenting the story from Paisley's point-of-view also allowed for more of a character/reader connection, which I think is the reason I felt sorry for her. Had it not been written from her perspective, my take on this story might have been unsympathetic on the heroine's plight. But, I took Paisley's journey with her...and in my book it's what made all the difference!

    Carmen Rose's narration was amazing! While I probably still would have enjoyed the story had I read the book, this talented animated narrator embraced the story and Paisley's character, allowing me the full experience of Hate to Love You!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Falling on Bluegrass

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (748)
    Performance
    (692)
    Story
    (696)

    Kelsey is known around the office for having everything under control. So it's not surprising that she and her boss, Sadie, have everything planned to the second for the office winter retreat. But there are things even Kelsey can't micromanage. An unprecedented snowstorm smothers half of Kentucky and knocks out the power, closes the roads, and generally shuts down the state.

    Bonnie says: "Sure Kelsey makes poor choices, who doesn't?"
    "4.5 LOL Stars!"
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    The Story
    I love the people of the KTC and want to work with them!!

    This was quick read, but it was big on laughs. Molly Harper is one of the most consistent writers I’ve ever had the pleasure to read. Her fun engaging plots, quirky charming characters, and entertaining storytelling is something that this author has down pat, and she does it so well.

    I adored Kelsey from the first book, My Bluegrass Baby, and she was just as fun and witty here. I missed some of the characters and familiarity in the 2nd book, Rhythm and Bluegrass, but have no fear, that odd bunch is back and they added so much to Kelsey’s journey to love in Snow Falling on Bluegrass.

    The story centers around a love/attraction triangle between Kelsey, Charlie, a sweet character we are familiar with from the first book, and Luke, a charming new character. When a snow and ice storm has the three of them, along with the employees from the Kentucky Tourism Commission trapped at the lodge where Luke has provided them with accommodations, things become a bit crazy. Kelsey doesn’t know which direction her heart should take, but everyone from that zany group has to have their say and they don’t hold back. They speak their mind and we are the beneficiaries of the laughs! Some of them employ tactics to help her decide and at the same time exact their own form of revenge.

    One of the highlights of the read was seeing where Sadie and Josh are in their relationship, as well as Bonnie and Will! I wasn’t a big fan of the latter couple’s book, but I really enjoyed them here. The book’s overall appeal doesn’t just apply to a few characters and their romantic dilemmas, but all the characters, how they annoy each other, and at the same time look out for one another. Fun times all around!

    Even though the right guy got the girl, my hope is that the other guy will get a story too! After being a little disappointed with the last book, I’m glad to say that Snow Falling on Bluegrass put this series back on track and has me yearning for it to go on!

    The Narration
    5 Big Stars for the brilliant Amanda Ronconi!

    I can’t imagine anyone else giving a voice to this writer’s words! It’s a wonderful relationship between author and narrator, and an enjoyable experience for the listener. Molly Harper is the clever, capable author of Snow Falling on Bluegrass, but it almost feels like Amanda Ronconi may have had a hand in it somewhere along the line, even if it’s just her voice in the author’s head when she writes. I know this author stands on her own talent and I can’t take anything away from her amazing storytelling, but when Harper’s books are narrated by the gifted Ronconi, they take on new life and are even better!

    For an avid audiobook listener like me, having this talented narrator’s voice in my ears is like hitting the listening jackpot!

    If you’ve never plugged into an audiobook, but want to see what it’s about, give the Harper/Ronconi team a try. You won’t be disappointed!

    *A copy of the audiobook was provided via Audible in exchange for an honest review*

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Playing the Part

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Darcy Daniel
    • Narrated By Eva Kaminsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (168)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (157)

    Anthea Cane is a successful actress - well, action star. Her films are mostly about how hot she looks silhouetted by fiery explosions. But Anthea is determined to prove she's more than just a body. With the role of a lifetime up for grabs - a serious adaptation of her favorite novel - Anthea sets off to her small hometown in the name of research. Cole Daniel is a blind farmer with no patience for divas, especially one who mercilessly teased him as a young boy. When Anthea shows up using a fake name and pestering him into letting her stay, he can't pass up the opportunity to torment her just a little.

    SIMARA says: "Cole had me at hello!!!"
    "4 Solid Stars!"
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    Wonderful...the author and narrator played this really well!

    I was unprepared for emotions this book stirred up in me. Two lost souls; Anthea is lost to her celebrity, and Cole is lost to the horrific event that altered his life forever. Their chance meeting would bring about huge changes in their lives, and I thought the author did a great job entwining the characters and their stories! I was impressed when I found out this was her debut novel!

    I didn't like Anthea at first, but once she settled into her role as Ann, a fake name she used, her true personality came through and I grew to like her...a lot! Deep down she was always this sweet caring person, but it was tamped down by the fame and success she acquired at such a young age.

    Cole, broke my heart. Living alone, trapped by his disability and insecurity. He was a beautiful man, and he just needed to have the right woman come into his life to make him step out of the safety of the world he created for himself. All he ever had to gauge romance on was the books that he listened to, so sweet and touching, but he paid attention and when the moment came for him to become intimate for the first time, he had the stuff to make Anthea/Ann and me... RAWRRRR!!!

    I was shocked when it was revealed as to what happened to him as a child, I didn't see it coming, made me want to wrap my arms around him. I had my suspicions about what caused Cole's blindness, and as your reading, don't scoff, it's real, although in Cole's case it might have been exaggerated to add effect to the read.

    I wanted more in the way of an ending, it was sweet, but...something was missing. I could see this going the way of a series. There were a few secondary characters that felt had a story to tell and it would be awesome to catch up with Cole and Anthea, a novella would be nice too *hint hint*. Other than my problem with the ending, there was so much to love about this book. Even though there are some serious issues being dealt with, I never felt anxious, the story transitioned nicely and was a delight to read!

    The narrator, Eva Kaminsky, was fabulous! I thought her Aussie accent was very authentic. She didn't try too hard, gave a distinct voice to each character, and emitted the emotions as the author intended. I'll be looking for more from her as well as the author, Darcy Daniel, who did a stand-out job with this debut novel!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Well of Ascension: Mistborn, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8863)
    Performance
    (6610)
    Story
    (6653)

    The impossible has been accomplished. The Lord Ruler - the man who claimed to be god incarnate and brutally ruled the world for a thousand years - has been vanquished. But Kelsier, the hero who masterminded that triumph, is dead too, and now the awesome task of building a new world has been left to his young protégé, Vin, the former street urchin who is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and to the idealistic young nobleman she loves.

    Robert says: "It keeps getting even better"
    "5 Riveting Stars!! Lord Ruler…was that good!!"
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    I can’t even begin to tell you how much I enjoyed this book. Just when you think you have it all figured out…you don’t. So many twists and turns, I was getting dizzy! I can’t even imagine what’s going to come next. I need The Hero of Ages now!!

    Michael Kramer rocked the narration!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11072)
    Performance
    (8244)
    Story
    (8290)

    For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

    D says: "A GREAT TRILOGY!!!"
    "5 +++ Phenomenal Stars!!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Michael Kramer has a strong smooth voice; perfect for this read…I was mesmerized and caught up in his passionate narration. When you read an epic book, such as this, where at every turn the story changes, an audiobook with a good narrator, can give the reader the element of surprise…no eyes skimming ahead at crucial points, you live it, you are in the moment, as the words are read. I highly recommend listening to the audio version of this book, even if you’ve already read it, it’s worth the listen!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil You Know: The Devil DeVere, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Victoria Vane
    • Narrated By Eva Hathaway
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    Sometimes the devil is disguised as a gentleman... In this third installment of the award-winning Devil DeVere series, DeVere is finally center stage when Ned, Annalee, and her cousin, Diana arrive at DeVere’s estate for a weekend of horseracing. From the first meeting, DeVere makes his interest in Diana acutely known. Although she sees no harm in a light flirtation, she doesn’t intend to become another notch on his bedpost. Nevertheless, DeVere fascinates her.

    CAROLYN says: "Well it was short - but boy did it pack a lot in"
    "Victoria Vane does it again...just delicious!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story is excellent and even though I've read the book, to hear it on audio is wonderful new way experience this amazing book!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hands down DeVere! He is the “Rico Suave” of his time. He’s charming, shrewd, debauched and quite honorable when need be, although the thought of that makes him cringe! He’s also shamelessly amusing and more than once his thoughts and words had me laughing out loud.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to name, but when DeVere lays his lovin' on Diana...my ears nearly burned to a crisp!


    Any additional comments?

    Victoria Vane’s writing is like the finest of chocolates. It melts in your mouth, it consumes you as you enjoy its sinful decadence, and long after it’s gone it stays with you. Just delicious!! The Devil You Know is beautifully done and depicts the Georgian time period both in setting and superbly crafted words, which is fast becoming the author’s trademark. The intimacy that ensues between DeVere and Diana left me breathless; it’s naughty, sexy and passionate. The book is also filled with witty dialogue, and although this is a novella, it’s a substantial story. The ending leads us and teases us right into the next book. I can hardly wait!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Days of Blood & Starlight

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1245)
    Performance
    (1128)
    Story
    (1138)

    In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand new canvas.

    Katheryne says: "No Sophomore Slump here...Just wow!"
    "Amazing 2nd book in this captivating series!"
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    Where does Days of Blood & Starlight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right at the top!


    What other book might you compare Days of Blood & Starlight to and why?

    It's nothing like anything I've listened to before. It's in a class of it's own!


    Which character – as performed by Khristine Hvam – was your favorite?

    Suzanna!


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

    It constantly surprised me. I never knew what to expect.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is a standout, but the narration by Khristine Hvam brings the story to life and allows the listener to experience this amazing book in a whole new light!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redeeming Love

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1197)
    Performance
    (819)
    Story
    (826)

    Francine Rivers is one of America's favorite romance writers and a bestselling inspirational author. Her many heartfelt novels have won awards and the adoration of fans accross the country. In Redeeming Love, she retells the Biblical story of Hosea, setting it in the 1850s, amidst California's gold country.

    JDP says: "Not Just For Girls"
    "Inspirational!"
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    No review I could ever do, would give this book the justice it is so deserving of! You have to experience it to understand all the meaning that it holds. It's an amazing journey I will NEVER forget!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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