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Ann Hawkins

Short fuse

Auckland, New Zealand | Member Since 2012

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  • Bones Are Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kathy Reichs
    • Narrated By Linda Emond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    A new-born baby is found wedged in a vanity cabinet in a rundown apartment near Montreal. Dr Temperance Brennan, forensic anthropologist to the province of Quebec, is brought in to investigate. While there, she discovers the mummified remains of two more babies within the same room. Shocked and distressed, Tempe must use all her skills and inner strength to focus on the facts.

    kiwi bookaholic says: "Solid addition to long running series"
    "Something to get your mind working"
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    Where does Bones Are Forever rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This would be in my Top 5 so far this year, and I get through a lot of titles from various sources.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bones Are Forever?

    Hard to single out one particular sgement as it held my attention throughout.


    What about Linda Emond’s performance did you like?

    A sound and professional delivery, which enables the listener to concentrate on the story.


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

    I had to listen to it without interruption.Too good to put down.


    Any additional comments?

    An interesting and absorbing story and, as is usual with Kathy Reichs, highly informative as well. I'll be storing this to listen to again. There is always a long wait between her titles, but they are worth it.

    0 of 0 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
    (68)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (64)

    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
    (40)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    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
    (152)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (144)

    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....

    Leesa says: "Smokin' Sexy"
    "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.

    2 of 2 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
    (23)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    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
    (636)
    Performance
    (590)
    Story
    (600)

    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
    (181)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (165)

    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?

    sandy says: "I wish she had more books like this"
    "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!

    12 of 15 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
    (181)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (167)

    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
  • Thunder and Roses: Fallen Angels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Mary Jo Putney
    • Narrated By Peter Bishop
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (113)

    They called him the Demon Earl. They said he could do anything. Son of a rogue and a gypsy, Nicolas Davies was a notorious rake until a shattering betrayal left him alone and embittered in the Welsh countryside. Desperation drives quiet schoolmistress Clare Morgan to ask the Demon Earl to help save her village. Unwilling to involve himself in the problems of others, Nicholas sets an impossible price on his aid-only if Clare will live with him for three months, letting the world think the worst, will he intervene.

    bookworm2bookworm says: "Great start to a series!"
    "I almost lost the will to live."
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    What disappointed you about Thunder and Roses?

    A monotonous droning narrator made listening impossible.


    What was most disappointing about Mary Jo Putney’s story?

    I could not persevere with listening as the narrator made utter nonsense of the prose.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Peter Bishop?

    Ross Pendleton, James Langton, Jeff Woodman.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Thunder and Roses?

    Try again with a different reader and I'll let you know. Nobody could endure 20 hours of that noise and stay sane.


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't even use this as a soporific on a sleepless night as the narrator crossed over from being simply boring into downright infuriating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Risk Worth Taking

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Laura Landon
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    Tormented by the deaths of his wife and child, Griffin Blackmoor spends his days drowning his grief in whiskey. But when a bullet that was meant for him kills his best friend, Griffin makes a promise to the dying man that will thrust him back into London Society - and into the path of the one woman who could make his life worth living again. The daughter of a drunkard, Lady Anne Carmichael swore she would never love a man like Griffin Blackmoor.

    Elizabeth says: "A PG romance with a serious subject"
    "A classic tale with a lively finale."
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    What did you love best about A Risk Worth Taking?

    I enjoyed the inter-twining plot threads involving several minor characters as this made the ending more unpredictable.


    If you’ve listened to books by Laura Landon before, how does this one compare?

    To be honest, I thought at first that I'd already heard this book before as the storyline was so familiar at the beginning, but it did develop after a while and ended on a less predictable note than I'd feared.


    Which character – as performed by James Langton – was your favorite?

    The guilt-driven hero, Griffin Blackmore, aroused my sympathy.


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

    I enjoyed the tension of Anne's rescue from the cave.


    Any additional comments?

    James Langton is a wonderful narrator who can lift any story above the average. This man is a consummate professional and a delight to listen to. I do hope he is frequently employed on audiobooks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unraveled by the Rebel: Secrets in Silk, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Michelle Willingham
    • Narrated By Sue Pitkin
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    After being seduced and ruined by her worst enemy, Juliette Andrews has vowed to marry no man - especially not Dr. Paul Fraser, her childhood sweetheart. Content to bury herself in accounts and numbers, she refuses to let the devastatingly handsome Highlander back into her life.

    sandy says: "the story kept my interest"
    "Narrator makes nonsense of this already awful book"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Nobody


    Has Unraveled by the Rebel turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It will make me more wary in future


    What didn’t you like about Sue Pitkin’s performance?

    Pitkin pauses every few words, thereby removing all meaning from any prose.


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

    None


    Any additional comments?

    I would like a refund but am having the utmost difficulty in getting this processed by you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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