Call anytime(888) 283-5051
 

You no longer follow Jo

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Jo

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Jo

Sunny San Diego

Member Since 2010

1
HELPFUL VOTES
  • 6 reviews
  • 16 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
1

  • One Unashamed Night

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Sophia James
    • Narrated By Simone Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    Multiple award-winning author Sophia James pens scorching hot romances her eager fans devour. In One Unashamed Night, reclusive Lord Taris Wellingham shuns the possibility of intimate relationships. His traveling companion, 28-year-old Beatrice Maude Bassingstoke, on the other hand, doesn’t expect to attract a man as handsome as Taris. But when they are forced to spend the night together during a snowstorm, passion erupts between them as they lay in each other’s arms. And when the night ends, a new day of love dawns before them.

    Leyla says: "Wonderful!!! A++"
    "Engaged from the Beginning - Refreshing Narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The hero, Taris, is partially blind and fears he is losing his independence; Bea's spirit has been distorted from a terrible marriage. This little peek into Taris and Bea's story is a journey towards accepting who they.

    Simone Phillips does such an excellent job with the characters that I was engaged from the start. Her reading and acting was perfect for the story line. It didn't feel forced when she read the hero's parts. Great inflection when she read both hero and heroine. Can't wait until she does more historical romances.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darkness Dawns: Immortal Guardians Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Dianne Duvall
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1611)
    Performance
    (1443)
    Story
    (1449)

    Once, Sarah Bingham's biggest challenge was making her students pay attention in class. Now, after rescuing a wounded stranger, she's landed in the middle of a battle between corrupt vampires and powerful immortals who also need blood to survive. Roland Warbrook is the most compelling man Sarah has ever laid hands on. But his desire for her is mingled with a hunger he can barely control...

    Amazon Customer says: "Not bad"
    "Fell for the High Ratings"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Story: 1 star
    Darn. I fell for all high ratings. I just finished listening to this a couple days ago and I really have to think hard about the positives. I won’t re-hash the odd veggie, eco-friendly theme that the author worked into every other chapter. It really does take away from the story. If the other books carry the same theme, I don’t think I can take it. Sarah started out strong, but caved by chapter 3. Roland just didn't fulfill the bad ass image, he was just putty in Sarah’s hands and soft through the whole story. There’s a lot of fluff in the book. Long drawn out descriptions….I spaced out during these and sometimes I'd have to go back a bit to figure out what was happening.

    Performance: 3 stars
    Kirsten Potter did a fair job with the material she was given.

    Overall: 1 star
    I’ve never rolled my eyes so much while listening to an audiobook. I didn’t finish the story.
    Unfortunately, I purchased another book in this series at the same time based on all the high ratings. Hopefully that book has stronger characters and NO references to veggie eating vamps.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secrets of a Courtesan

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Nicola Cornick
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Jasicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    The epitome of privilege and power, the handsome Duke of Welburn sets all the ladies' hearts aflutter as he strides into the village of Fortune's Folly. For Eve Nightingale this fluttering is a mixture of wariness and wonder. Once his glittering society mistress - caught up in his glamorous world by day and tangled in his bedsheets by night - she is now no more than a penniless yet proud shopkeeper. It's a world Eve can't go back to - she has secrets to keep. But this determined duke seems very keen on unravelling them....

    Jo says: "Not In My Favorites Pile"
    "Not In My Favorites Pile"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story


    Story: 2 stars
    The premise sounded interesting. The story started out with intrigue. Then somewhere along the way it just became tedious. The reason for the heroine leaving in the first place was a little bit of a letdown although understandable for the time period and her position, but it just didn't draw me in after learning the reason.

    Performance: 2 stars
    Elizabeth Jasicki is a good reader, but in my opinion, not a good voice actor in this story. The story was told without a lot of emotion. The characters sounded the same in every emotional situation whether they were meeting again on the streets of Fortune’s Folly, in bed, or in a heated argument. I wanted a little more emotion in the readings rather than just the soft, subdued reading the narrator maintained.

    Overall: 2 stars
    I finished the story only out of curiosity. It's not one I would replay.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret: Highlands' Lairds, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1049)
    Performance
    (949)
    Story
    (958)

    Judith Hampton was as beautiful as she was proud and loyal. Her dear Scottish friend from childhood was about to give birth, and Judith had promised to be at her side. But there was another reason for the journey from her bleak English home to the Highlands: to meet the father she had never known, the Laird Maclean. Nothing prepared her, however, for the sight of the Scottish barbarian who was to escort her into his land...Iain Maitland, laird of his clan, a man more powerfully compelling than any she had ever encountered.

    CAROLYN says: "MEDIEVAL HIGHLAND ROMANCE AT IT'S BEST"
    "Where Do I Start?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Story: 5 stars
    Love all of Julie Garwood's Highlander stories. This is one of my favorites in book form.
    Fun story, great characters, love the hero and heroine. Very enjoyable story.

    Performance: 3 stars
    For one, was very happy to read that this wasn't narrated by previous Garwood narrator. I don't think I would have picked this one up if it was. Susan Duerden was an improvement over previous Garwood narrator, but not my fave.
    I didn't like the narrator's inflection at the end of sentences (in non-dialog). She would drag out the last word with a high intonation. I kept anticipating hearing the inflection after each sentence I was losing track of the story.
    I didn't mind her voice for Judith. She made me feel that Judith was this petite wee English lass but still had strong character. Susan’s "Judith" voice positively changed my idea of the character I created when I read the book. When I read the book, my imagination had placed Judith to be a little too old for Ian.
    Her male voices weren't good at all. I kept getting confused as to who was speaking and had to wait to hear who said what. Her narration didn't invoke the big, brawny highlander for me, more like Scottish street thugs. Very disappointed in Ian's voice.
    I liked her dialog of young Catherine Francis and Judith. That was entertaining.

    Overall: 3.5 stars
    I would listen to this again; I just have to get over the inflection issue.
    I did see on Amazon that "Ransom" audiobook is scheduled to be released in March, narrated by Susan Duerden.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Darkest Night: Lords of the Underworld, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gena Showalter
    • Narrated By Max Bellmore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1727)
    Performance
    (886)
    Story
    (894)

    All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she'll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member - a man trapped in a hell of his own.

    Amazon Customer says: "Keep Trudging..."
    "Sounded Like A Good Story - But..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The synopsis sounded good and the reviews tipped me into getting this story. But I found myself thinking "C'mon...something needs to happen."
    I felt like the scenes went on far too long than they needed to be. My mind would drift off because of the overly lengthy descriptions that just seemed to go on and on. I had to rewind to find out what the heck I missed. Usually it was nothing.
    I really had high hopes for this story. But I think the author was just filling pages. More than once I thought "OK, OK...I know what you're thinking...move on..."

    I don't know if it was the narration or just the overall story line, but I connect at all with the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Hunger Like No Other: Immortals After Dark, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2090)
    Performance
    (1932)
    Story
    (1934)

    After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he's waited millennia for is a vampire. Sheltered Emmaline Troy finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents - until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. But when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces, will their desire deepen into a love that can bring a proud warrior to his knees and turn a gentle beauty into the fighter she was born to be?

    Amazon Customer says: "My new favorite narrator!"
    "I think I love Robert Petkoff. :-)"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The narrator, Robert Petkoff… what can I say, but my goodness this man is talented! I’ve read a couple of reviews where some listeners weren’t impressed with his female voices, but you should take into consideration he had to represent about 15 different personalities in this story. From being a Narrator to Emma, Lachlan, Bo, Regin, Harlan etc. He did a fantastic job for a voice actor. He’s very talented. The majority of the time, I forgot it was one voice actor. His portrayal of Lachlan was perfect!

    I give all thumbs up for the choice of using Mr. Petkoff. I’m all for mixing up the romance section with new voices. I was getting a little bored with the same voices.

    I love Kresley Cole’s stories. The story is a graphic romance, so beware. If you haven’t read Kresley Cole, it might not be your cup of tea.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.