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Ann Hawkins

Short fuse

Auckland, New Zealand | Member Since 2012

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  • 28 reviews
  • 35 ratings
  • 572 titles in library
  • 144 purchased in 2014
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  • Shadow of Night: The All Souls Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (71)

    Historian Diana Bishop, descended from a line of powerful witches, and long-lived vampire Matthew Clairmont have broken the laws dividing creatures. When Diana discovered a significant alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, she sparked a struggle in which she became bound to Matthew. Now the fragile coexistence of witches, daemons, vampires and humans is dangerously threatened. Seeking safety, Diana and Matthew travel back in time to London, 1590.

    Amazon Customer says: "Great book, fantastic characters"
    "History plus fantasy and damned fine writing!"
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    Would you listen to Shadow of Night again? Why?

    Read it twice so far, and won't be deleting it in a hurry. It was a joy to have such a thoroughly well-researched novel from a writer who obviously loves her subject. So many other historically based offerings fall down badly with their jarring ignorance of the social mores of the time, but this one actually generates an interest to learn more.


    What other book might you compare Shadow of Night to and why?

    Diana Gabaldon's time-travelling series come close.


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

    I have only heard this reader's performance for the first of this (All Souls) series.
    She does an excellent job of reading and although there are a few mispronunciations, she has very good breath control and the ability to recognise punctuation and it's purpose . Overall she captures the personalities of the characters and draws the listener into the story. I would listen to her again with pleasure


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were too many moving passages to list here but Diana's jeopardy in the tilt-yard at Greenwich, at the hands of Marlowe and Louisa had high tension, and the bitter-sweet homecoming to Sept Tours left me thirsting for more details.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm really looking forward to the third volume in this series, please make it soon!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shadowheart: Medieval Hearts, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (140)

    A fatally dangerous man...and the woman who stands in the way of all he's ever desired. Beautiful and ruthless, the elegant assassin Allegreto will stop at nothing to regain his rightful place. And the perfect instrument has just fallen into his hands, in the lovely form of Lady Elena - the long-lost princess of the land he intends to wrest back from his enemies. But she is no mere maiden to be possessed.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Another Kinsale Winner!"
    "More plots and excitement from the Middle Ages."
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    This book takes up the story begun in Book ! after a gap in time of around 12 years, and develops the stories of those who were originally minor characters. There is plenty of action and suspense right up to the final pages. Superbly read by Nicholas Boulton, who has the ability to create exactly the atmosphere intended by the author.

    More please from this combination!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • For My Lady's Heart: Medieval Hearts, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    Overall
    (243)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (232)

    Pursued by her enemies, flattered and courted for her lands, a powerful, devious princess is desperate to reach refuge. Haunted by the shadow of the young assassin set upon her, Princess Melanthe knows that an ice cold countenance is her only protection. To succumb to love is the greatest danger of all. She can trust only one man amid the lies, the mysterious Green Knight - a true knight who never wavers once he gives his heart; a man who cannot comprehend deceit.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Refreshingly Different"
    "At last! A historical novel with substance."
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    It was a joy to revel in a complicated plot that had been so well-researched. The characters were well-developed and there was plenty of suspenseful action to draw the reader in, and I particularly enjoyed the characters' usage of authentic sounding language. Nicholas Boulton is a sublime narrator who is a joy to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flowers from the Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (559)
    Performance
    (528)
    Story
    (529)

    He's a duke. He's a mathematical genius. He can't talk and he's locked in a lunatic asylum. Only a modest Quaker girl can reach him, but when she helps him to escape, she's swept into his glittering aristocratic world, her life torn apart by his desperate attempt to save himself.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "~COMPELLING!!~ Love This Author! Love This Book!"
    "Refreshingly different, impeccably delivered."
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    Great combination of imaginative story-telling accompanied by outstanding narration. I liked this book so much that I sought out more titles by the same writer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Billionaire's Salvation: The Billionaire's Obsession - Max

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By J. S. Scott
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Powers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (120)

    Billionaire Max Hamilton thought he was finally starting to find contentment, more than two years after losing his wife Mia in a tragic drowning accident. He'd been reunited with a sister he hadn't realized existed. Finally he had family again, a reprieve from the pain and loneliness that had haunted him since his devastating loss. Yeah...he was as happy as a man could be, considering he had lost the other half of his soul and most of his heart when fate had torn his wife away from him. Or so he believed...until the day he rescued a mysterious woman in the park.

    Nicole says: "No solid storyline"
    "Prepare to be underwhelmed! YAWN!"
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    Reunited after 2 years apart, the two main protagonists enjoy a lengthy 'pity party' and the occasional bout of sexual intercourse. Most of the book deals with events that have already taken place with the 'real time' action being scarcely more than a hiccup in a rather dull, and quite ridiculous, exposition. I purchased this book based on the author's previous efforts but I suspect she was just fulfilling her contract quota with this lacklustre effort.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Her Secondhand Groom: Groom Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Rose Gordon
    • Narrated By Louisa Murray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (42)

    What he wanted was a plain and meek wife to take care of his children and stay out of his bedroom. What he got was a fiery temptress who, despite her plain appearance, was far more desirable than he could handle.

    Cam says: "Viscount Drakely finally gets lucky in love"
    "Unresearched,terrible grammar, good narrator."
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    Don't waste your credit. This author should not be writing historical fiction if she cannot be bothered doing even basic research on the social mores of the period.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • His to Command

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Opal Carew
    • Narrated By Clarissa Knightly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (152)

    Kate is a modern businesswoman who knows exactly how to run her well-organized world. But underneath her professional exterior lurks a secret that she’s been running from for years - a fierce desire to be dominated that both exhilarates and terrifies her. And there’s only one man who’s ever tempted her to lose control. Powerful executive Matt Pearce gave Kate her first taste of what it means to surrender completely at the hands of a dominant man, and she's never been able to forget. Though she’s spent years trying to outrun her feelings for him, a chance encounter changes everything....

    Amazon Customer says: "His to Command"
    "Excellent narrator - awful book."
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    'Dumberina and the Dom'. Honestly!, if I hadn't been cleaning my oven I wouldn't have let it run on, but I have a policy of not claiming a refund if I have listened to more than 5 minutes of a book and I was too busy to take my rubber gloves off. The 'author' has cannibalised extensively from other writers to compile a melange of erotica loosely tied together by a ludicrous plot with an even more ridiculous ending. The narrator did a valiant job of trying to breathe life into turgid prose.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • To Wed a Wicked Highlander: Bad Boys of the Highlands, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Victoria Roberts
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    In the third book of this fun, action-packed Highlands Trilogy, Victoria Roberts introduces her baddest bad boy yet. Laird Alexander MacDonell has a choice: stay true to his duty or lose his heart forever to the woman who betrayed him - his own wife. Lady Sybella MacKenzie is forced to search for her clan’s ancient seeing stone under the roof of her father’s enemy. When she finds the precious artifact, will she choose the family who raised her, or will she stand with the man who has captured her soul?

    sandy says: "can't wait for the next book"
    "Horrible narration and lacklustre writing."
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    A decent editor could tidy up this story into something workable as the bones of it aren't bad but the author has a regrettable tendency towards repeating herself, often within the same sentence, which succeeds in making nonsense of the prose, i.e. a reflection having a reflection. The narrator however, is the last nail in the coffin and this one seems to feel that a Highland burr can only be effectively conveyed by ending every phrase with a rising terminal, thereby making them all sound like questions. She also endows the heroine with high-pitched voiced, perhaps intending to portray her youth and scatter-brained choices, but which merely results in becoming an added irritant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Demon from the Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (749)
    Performance
    (698)
    Story
    (707)

    Malkom Slaine: tormented by his sordid past and racked by vampiric hungers, he’s pushed to the brink by the green-eyed beauty under his guard. Carrow Graie: hiding her own sorrows, she lives only for the next party or prank. Until she meets a tortured warrior worth saving. In order for Malkom and Carrow to survive, he must unleash both the demon and vampire inside him. When Malkom becomes the nightmare his own people feared, will he lose the woman he craves body and soul?

    Julius says: "I love these books"
    "Another riveting story from the Lohr."
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    This latest adventure from the imagination of Kresley Cole is faultlessly performed by Robert Petkoff. It is a masterful combination which enables me to become totally engrossed in the story. I can hardly wait for the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • True to the Highlander: Loch Moigh, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Barbara Longley
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (214)

    A life hangs in the balance… A king held for ransom, a country under thumb, clans at one another’s throats. Malcolm of clan MacKintosh has enough to worry about without finding a mysterious lass sleeping on the side of his road. He tries to help her — in his overbearing, arrogant way — and winds up flat on his back. God’s blood, who is this woman…and why does she captivate him so?

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "You're not the "Bossame"!!"
    "Teeth-grindingly annoying narrator!"
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    Apart from some blatant plagiarism in parts, the story is quite entertaining; however the narrator's monotonous nasal twang, apart from the habit of finishing every phrase with a two-note terminal (up, then down) even on single syllables, can drive the most even-tempered listener to drink. It was rather like listening to a teenage boy with a half-broken voice and a very bad sinus infection, definitely not an enjoyable experience!

    15 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • Maid for the Billionaire: Book 1 of the Legacy Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Ruth Cardello
    • Narrated By Kim Bubbs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (199)

    In Maid for the Billionaire Dominic Corisi knew instantly that Abigail Dartley was just the distraction he was looking for, especially since having her took a bit more persuading than he was used to. So when business forces him to fly to China, he decides to take her with him, but on his terms. No promises. No complications. Just sex. Abby has always been the responsible one. She doesn't believe in taking risks; especially when it comes to men - until she meets Dominic.

    Ginny says: "wonderful wonderful wonderful"
    "Unintentionally Hilarious!"
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    Quite the silliest book I've listened to in a long time, made even more so by the narrator giving the heroine the squeaky little voice of a sexually precocious 8 year old, but Hey! it was on sale so my expectations were low to begin with; However I really did LMAO at the utterly preposterous storyline and ridiculous dialogue so Thanks for that. The suspense from waiting for the next disgorgement of nonsense brightened a dull day but I won't be repeating this extravagance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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