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ethel

auckland, New Zealand | Member Since 2010

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  • The Billionaire's Housekeeper Mistress

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Emma Darcy
    • Narrated By Nicolette McKenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    An afternoon at the races - laced with champagne and women - is just another event for Ethan Cartwright, until very ordinary Daisy Donohue catches his eye. Daisy knows to keep her head down and stay invisible amongst the throngs of designer-clad socialites. But ruthless Ethan is intrigued by the drab assistant, and can't resist one passionate embrace! Daisy is devastated to be fired for a kiss - she needs her job! That's where Ethan comes in.

    CAROLYN says: "Australian based easygoing romance"
    "well done emma darcy"
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    Would you listen to The Billionaire's Housekeeper Mistress again? Why?

    Attention Folks. This is a true & true chick lit and some maybe put off by its 'chick litness'.
    I've listened and relistened, and relistened to this simple story that has been well written and well told. Its definitely a beach/holiday listen, easy on the ear.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Probably what I liked best was the ability of emma darcy to tell the story from both sides: that of the female and male characters. Modern romances writers rarelly write this way...it is always about the woman...does he love me, does he not...oh plse!!! Surely this male must have thoughts & feelings as well.
    Anyway well done emma darcy, this is not your normal norm. I did enjoy losing myself for 5 hrs without too much of the heavy drama dramas.


    Any additional comments?

    great easy on the ear chick lit book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Place to Call Home

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Carole Matthews
    • Narrated By Rita Sharma
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    In the dead of night, Ayesha takes her daughter, Sabina, and slips quietly from her home, leaving behind a life of full of pain. Boarding a coach to London, all Ayesha wants is a fresh start. Hayden, a former popstar, has kept himself hidden away for years. He's only opened up his home to two people - Crystal, a professional dancer with a heart of gold, and Joy, an ill-tempered retiree with a soft spot for waifs and strays.

    Barbara Förster says: "I considered not finishing this book a few times"
    "Very Good Story, Excellent Performance"
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    Where does A Place to Call Home rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This audiobook ranks highly among the many books I have listened to. The storyline was enhanced by the exceptional reading of the narrator who switched between dialects with supreme ease that made the story 'real' and brought it 'alive'.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Place to Call Home?

    The narrator captured ones interest in the story right from the beginning of the first chapter as she described Ayesha and her daughters escape from a life of pain. I thought I could actually hear Ayesha's heart thumping!!


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

    In the first chapter the hushed tone Rita used as she described their escape made me believe i was there watching & listening for the creak of the stair board. Rita's change between characters also made each of them real.


    If you could rename A Place to Call Home, what would you call it?

    Would never want to belittle the exceptional writing of the author by renaming her book.


    Any additional comments?

    Ive looked to see if the author has any other audible books....but alas...no.
    Great book Carole Matthews...with love..!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bride, Bought and Paid For

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Helen Bianchin
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    How far will one billionaire go in the name of passion and revenge? Romy Picard will do anything to prevent her aged father from being imprisoned. But the only man who can help her is the rich, notorious Spaniard who stole her virginity and her heart three years ago... Xavier DeVasquez could drop all charges against Romy's father with a click of his arrogant fingers - but he sees an opportunity to have Romy in his bed one more time. This time, though, he'll make sure that she stays on his terms...

    ethel says: "Easy listening"
    "Easy listening"
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    Would you listen to Bride, Bought and Paid For again? Why?

    This is another easy book to listen to and I've listened to it 2 or 3 times since. I like Helen Bianchin as a romance author.


    Which character – as performed by Susan Lyons – was your favorite?

    The narrator did a very good job of this. Helen Bianchin has another audiobook which I won't buy as the narrating seems to be over the top in dramatics. Susan Lyons with her Australian accent adds a touch of 'Australianism' to the book and was very enjoyable. Will look out for her in future.


    Any additional comments?

    No great romantic dramas but this was well written & well narrated

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Invitation to the Boss's Ball

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Fiona Harper
    • Narrated By Rebecca DeLeeuw
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    An invitation to the ball makes her feel like a princess... until the clock strikes midnight! Alice's plain-Jane world is turned upside down when she's hired to organise tycoon Cameron Hunter's company ball. She expects to be working behind the scenes. But an invitation drops onto her doormat, and next moment she's wearing a stunning dress! Alice knows it's too good to be true, and that on Monday morning things will go back to normal. But for now she's going to enjoy every minute...

    Marilyn says: "Just a really nice romance"
    "lose yourself for an hour or five"
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    What did you love best about Invitation to the Boss's Ball?

    Don't be deceived that this is another run of the mill M&B. It is...but with a difference. The story line is easy on the ear with minimal romantic drama as per many others. Its told from both sides of the love requited and does not go overboard on the theatrics as some writers tend to do


    Which character – as performed by Rebecca DeLeeuw – was your favorite?

    The narrator did a very good narrate and her switch between characters easily identifiable with only slight changes to her monotone. Some may be put off by this, however, it beats those who try to emulate european accents which often puts a damper on a book. Well done Rebecca. Im not going to listen to the other M&B you have narrated.


    Any additional comments?

    I spent a day on the beach listening to this story, it was an enyoyable way to lose myself for a few hours

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slow Heat in Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (569)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
    (346)

    The adopted daughter of the most powerful man in town, Schyler Crandall left Heaven, Louisiana, a brokenhearted girl. Now a crisis has brought her home to a family in conflict, a logging empire on the brink of disaster, and seething secrets that make Heaven hotter than hell.

    bluebelle says: "Spectacular, Kept me guessing the whole time!"
    "Great listen"
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    Where does Slow Heat in Heaven rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    high among the audio books ive purchased


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

    dick smith does an excellent job of narrating & draws the reader into story through strong character voices


    Any additional comments?

    excellent book, & thoroughly enjoyed

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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