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Linda R.

Houston, TX | Member Since 2013

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  • Complete Me (The Stark Trilogy)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By J. Kenner
    • Narrated By Sofia Willingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (584)
    Performance
    (542)
    Story
    (552)

    For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared to You comes the third novel in the erotic, fast-paced trilogy including Release Me and Claim Me. This sexy, emotionally charged romance continues the story of Damien Stark, the powerful multimillionaire who's never had to take "no" for an answer, and Nikki Fairchild, the Southern belle who only says "yes" on her own terms.

    Jordy says: "Complete Me the final book of the Stark Trilogy!"
    "Major Disappointment"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. It was boring- 90% sex and 10% plot. I have nothing against good sex scenes but they lacked imagination-- used the same dialogue and descriptors in to may scenes. Only the venue was unique. For smart people they behaved stupidly.


    Would you recommend Complete Me (The Stark Trilogy) to your friends? Why or why not?

    I liked the first two books so much I pre-ordered this concluding book. Reading this book soured my view of the series,


    Any additional comments?

    I completed the book out of curiosity, but kept looking at the chapter index to see how many more I had to endure until it concluded.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Death of Santini: The Story of a Father and His Son

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Pat Conroy
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (144)

    Pat Conroy's father, Donald Patrick Conroy, was a towering figure in his son's life. The Marine Corps fighter pilot was often brutal, cruel, and violent; as Pat says, "I hated my father long before I knew there was an English word for 'hate.'" As the oldest of seven children who were dragged from military base to military base across the South, Pat bore witness to the toll his father's behavior took on his siblings, and especially on his mother, Peg. She was Pat's lifeline to a better world - that of books and culture.

    Sandra says: "Santini should have stayed dead"
    "Conroy at his best"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Death of Santini to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, so I can't compare, but the audio version was excellent. The dialogue between the family members was extremely well performed by Dick Hill and at times, I laughed out loud.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Death of Santini?

    The conversations between the parents and the siblings were at times funny and at times shocking, but always entertaining.


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

    Its the first book of Hill's that I have listened to, but I don't think it will be the last. Pat Conroy read the preface only, and at first I was disappointed he didn't read the book.Now I see why he didn't. There was a wonderful variety of "voices" that only a professional like Dick Hill could have delivered with such perfection. Many times I totally forgot that Pat Conroy was not reading, because Hill did such a wonderful job capturing the sarcasm, bitterness, pain and love in the voices.


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

    Yes. Every free minute, I was plugged in and was sorry when it was over.


    Any additional comments?

    Its an amazing testimony to the power of forgiveness and love that Don Conroy was loved and mourned by so many people. It was also interesting, though not surprising to learn that Pat Conroy was similar to his father in many ways, minus the physical abuse to his loved ones. It was a fascinating followup to The Great Santini.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • High Noon

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (898)
    Performance
    (461)
    Story
    (465)

    Police Lieutenant Phoebe MacNamara found her calling at an early age, when a violently unstable man broke into her family's home, trapping and terrorizing them for hours. Now she's Savannah's top hostage negotiator, who puts her life on the line every day to defuse powder-keg situations.

    Charlotte says: "Couldn't get enough!!!"
    "Too much hostage negotiation"
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    Would you try another book from Nora Roberts and/or Susan Ericksen?

    I've read many books by Nora Roberts and have enjoyed all of them up until this book.
    I'm also a big fan of Susan Eriksen. I think I'd review the plot description more carefully before I buy another one of her novels.


    Has High Noon turned you off from other books in this genre?

    possibly. I don't generally like police drama and this had way too much of it.


    What three words best describe Susan Ericksen’s performance?

    She's good, but there were times I wasn't sure who was talking during the dialog.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I liked Duncan- but he was too good to be believable


    Any additional comments?

    This is the first Nora Roberts book I've ever not enjoyed, and I've read many of them. I'm also a big fan of Susan Ericksen as a narrator. I found this book boring and fast forwarded through much of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Real

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Katy Evans
    • Narrated By Charlotte Penfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (573)
    Performance
    (534)
    Story
    (536)

    One night was all it took, and I forgot everything and anything except the sexy fighter in the ring who sets my mind ablaze and my body on fire with wanting. Remington Tate is the strongest, most confusing man I've ever met in my life. He's the star of the dangerous underground fighting circuit, and I'm drawn to him as I've never been drawn to anything in my life. I forget who I am, what I want, with just one look from him. When he's near, I need to remind myself that I am strong - but he is stronger.

    Jordy says: "5 SERIOUSLY SMOKING HOT INTENSE STARS!!! "
    "very disappointing"
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    What would have made Real better?

    After all the glowing reports I read for this book, I was surprised that I found this book so tedious.Most of the book was badly written foreplay, very trite and overused descriptions. The plot was ridiculous, with very little action squeezed between sexual encounters.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Won't be anything by this author


    How could the performance have been better?

    no easy fix for this book


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    This book bored me.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Three Little Words

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Susan Mallery
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (216)

    Isabel Beebe thinks she’s cursed in the romance department. Her teenage crush, Ford Hendrix, ignored all her letters. Her husband left her for another...man. So Isabel has come home to dust off her passion for fashion and run the family bridal shop until her parents are ready to sell it. Then she’ll pursue her real dreams. At least, that’s the plan, until sexy, charming Ford returns and leaves her feeling 14 all over again….

    Mary says: ""Great story, narrator less than desirable""
    "ridiculous conclusion."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would not recommend it to a friend. The weak ending ruined the story


    Any additional comments?

    The book was good, up until the conclusion, which was hastily and unsatisfactorily written.
    The characters were likable, but my impression of the book was diminished due to the
    abrupt ending, which was totally out of character for Ford and Isabel .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sweet Persuasion: Sweet Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Caroline Wintour
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (387)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (363)

    For five years, Serena has run Fantasy Incorporated and has devoted her time to fulfilling her clients' fantasies, never her own - until now.... Her most secret desire is to give ownership of her body to a man. Someone who will command her, pleasure her, and have complete authority over her. So she seeks out Damon Roche, owner of an exclusive sex club and a man strong enough to make her do anything he wants. Anything. Together they'll journey into a world she's only dreamed of. She's given the opportunity to immerse herself in a different life while her normal one waits for her to return whenever she wishes.

    CAROLYN says: "OH SOOOOO SWEET BUT MUCH MUCH MORE"
    "All Sex- no Plot"
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    What disappointed you about Sweet Persuasion?

    The book lacked a story line. Chapter after chapter of explicit sex scenes gets boring after a while. Now that I think back, the other Maya Banks books I've read, they all seem to suffer from the same problem. I don't think I'll read any more of her books.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • All About Love: A Cynster Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (179)

    Determined to escape the matchmaking skills of London society, Alasdair Cynster-better known as Lucifer-heads for the English countryside. But his flight from London leads him straight to Phyllida Tallent, a beautiful, strong-willed young woman who is as equally determined as he is to remain unmarried.

    Jenny says: "A True "Bar Cynster" Fan"
    "Cynstered Out"
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    What did you like best about All About Love? What did you like least?

    Simon Prebble is a wonderful narrator, but this story was too predictable. Lucifer was too much like his brother and cousins, and his love interest was too much like those of the other Cynsters. It got tiresome.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just Like Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Julia Quinn
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (469)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (348)

    Honoria Smythe-Smith is: A) a really bad violinist; B) still miffed at being nicknamed "Bug" as a child; C) not in love with her older brother's best friend, D) all of the above.

    Yuriko says: "Delightful!"
    "Too much idle chatter"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was the first time I fast forwarded portions of a book because the dialogue was so tedious.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The development of Honoria's and Marcus' relationship- but it was way to drawn out.


    What about Rosalyn Landor’s performance did you like?

    As always, she was excellent


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    The pace of the novel was too slow and then tied up too quickly at the end

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Born in Ice: Born in Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Fiacre Douglas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (801)
    Performance
    (518)
    Story
    (519)

    In winter, Brianna Concannon's bed-and-breakfast is a cold and empty place. And that's fine with Brianna. She enjoys the peace and quiet, even when icy winds howl at her window. This year, though, she's expecting an unusual guest: mystery writer Grayson Thane, from America. And sometimes a fire can be born in ice.

    Sara says: "Great book! The narrator is amazing...."
    "Narrator was wonderful"
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    Would you listen to Born in Ice again? Why?

    The story was good, and the narrator's brogue was melodic


    What did you like best about this story?

    everything- the characters, their values, the unwrapping of the story


    What does Fiacre Douglas bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    There were so many complaints about the narrator. I thought there was plenty of emotion in his voice and he was able to go back and forth between America and Irish accents


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

    the last chapter was so beautiful, I listened to it twice.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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