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Shelli

Myakka City, FL, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Stranger in My Arms

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (595)
    Performance
    (522)
    Story
    (523)

    “Lady Hawksworth, your husband is not dead.” With those words, Lara’s life turned upside down. Hunter, Earl of Hawksworth, had been lost at sea. Or so she’d been told. Their unhappy marriage - with its cold caresses and passionless kisses – was over. But now a powerful, virile man stood before her, telling secrets only a husband could know, and vowing she would once again be his wife in every way.

    CAROLYN says: "ONE OF HER BEST YET, I COULDN'T STOP LISTENING"
    "Hated the heroine"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I like Lisa Kleypas, but this one was a total miss for me. The heroine was not at all likable.


    Has Stranger in My Arms turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    What three words best describe Rosalyn Landor’s performance?

    Same as usual


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • This Side of the Grave: Night Huntress, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2879)
    Performance
    (2125)
    Story
    (2133)

    Half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her vampire husband, Bones, have fought for their lives, as well as for their relationship. But just when they’ve triumphed over the latest battle, Cat’s new and unexpected abilities threaten to upset a long-standing balance.

    With the mysterious disappearance of vampires, rumors abound that a species war is brewing. A zealot is inciting tensions between the vampires and ghouls, and if these two powerful groups clash, innocent mortals could become collateral damage.

    Carlie says: "LOVE THIS SERIES"
    "Would really like it if narration wasn't tragic."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    The book, yes. The recorded version, no.


    What didn’t you like about Tavia Gilbert’s performance?

    She makes the main character downright grating and not likable. Her squeaky male voices for Tate and Bones are awful. Her overdramatic performance is tiring and terrible. It is a testament to Ms. Frost's writing that I was able to listen to Gilbert's migraine inducing performance.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Agincourt

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Charles Keating
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1468)
    Performance
    (588)
    Story
    (600)

    Young Nicholas Hook is dogged by a curse, haunted by what he has failed to do and banished for what he has done. A wanted man in England, he is driven to fight as a mercenary archer in France, where he finds two things he can love: his instincts as a fighting man, and a girl in trouble. Together they survive the notorious massacre at Soissons, an event that shocks all Christendom. With no options left, Hook heads home to England, where his capture means certain death.

    Andrew says: "Fantastic!"
    "Didn't even finish listening"
    Overall

    It is an extreme rarity that I fail to finish listening to a book. I did not finish this one.

    0 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • An Echo in the Bone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5450)
    Performance
    (3647)
    Story
    (3651)

    Jamie Fraser knows from his time-traveling wife Claire that, no matter how unlikely it seems, America will win the Revolutionary War. But that truth offers little solace, since Jamie realizes he might find himself pointing a weapon directly at his own son - a young officer in the British army. And Jamie isn't the only one with a tormented soul - for Claire may know who wins the conflict, but she certainly doesn't know whether or not her beloved Jamie survives.

    Charles says: "Read all of Gabaldon's stuff before this one"
    "So sad it ended!"
    Overall

    WARNING: Do not try to listen to this book if you have not read or listened to the rest of the OUTLANDER series. I have a feeling that some of those who had issues with this book did just that. It's impossible. Having said that, I certainly hope that Ms. Gabaldon does not plan on leaving us in limbo for very long. When's the next one coming!? Also, I love Ms. Porter's work in this series. Excellent!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stolen: Women of the Otherworld, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Nell Canning
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (676)
    Performance
    (405)
    Story
    (411)

    In Stolen, on a mission for her own elite pack, Elena Michaels is lured into the net of ruthless Internet billionaire Tyrone Winsloe, who has funded a bogus scientific investigation of the "other races" and their supernatural powers. Kidnapped and studied in his underground lab deep in the Maine woods, these paranormals - witches, vampires, shamans, werewolves - are then released and hunted to the death in a real-world video game.

    Jay says: "great story...wrong choice for narrator"
    "Great book, great narrator!"
    Overall

    I actually enjoyed this book more than the others in this series at least partially, if not totally, because of the narrator. I definitely liked her voice and style better than the narrator of "Bitten" from the same series. I'm so glad I purchased it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Welcome to Temptation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Aasne Vigesaa
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (984)
    Performance
    (540)
    Story
    (548)

    Sophie Dempsey wants to help her sister film a video and then get out of Temptation, Ohio. Mayor Phin Tucker wants to play pool with the police chief and keep things peaceful. But when Sophie and Phin meet, they both get more than they want. Gossip, blackmail, adultery, murder, vehicular abuse of a corpse, and slightly perverse but excellent sex: all hell breaks loose in Temptation.

    Diana says: "Crusie at the top of her game"
    "Welcome to Temptation"
    Overall

    The story was good but I really did not like the narrator at all.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Honey Moon Part 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (0)
    Story
    (0)

    It's the stuff dreams are made of. Hollywood discovers a South Carolina orphan, Honey Jane Moon, and makes her a star. She lives a roller-coaster life. Now, though, she's all grown up, a child star no longer, but still dramatic and passionate. Two men, Dash Coogan, a cowboy movie legend, and Eric Dillion, the town's bad boy, know how fiercely she loves and lives. What Honey wants is the family she never had. She'll take the man who latches onto her dreams and who can hang on for the ride!

    Marie says: "What Happened?"
    "Honey Moon"
    Overall

    Did not enjoy this book as much as other SEP books. I had a hard time liking any of the main characters. They lacked the usual charm that goes along with the human foibles SEP usually creates in her characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twenty Wishes: A Blossom Street Book

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby Sirois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (70)

    Anne Marie Roche wants to find happiness again.

    On Valentine's Day, Anne Marie and several other widows get together to celebrate...what? Hope, possibility, the future. They each begin a list of 20 wishes. Anne Marie's list starts with "Find one good thing about life". It includes learning to knit, doing good for someone else, falling in love again.

    She begins to act on her wishes, and when she volunteers at a local school, an eight-year-old girl named Ellen enters her life. It's a relationship that becomes far more involving than Anne Marie intended. It also becomes far more important than she ever imagined.

    Jane says: "An uplifting, morale boosting book."
    "Ridiculously terrible."
    Overall

    Terrible. Dumb story, bad recording, an overall stinker! I'm glad I got it on special for $4.95 or I would be really unhappy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Home to Holly Springs: The First of the Father Tim Novels

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jan Karon
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (109)

    After more than 38 years, Father Tim Kavanagh returns to his childhood home of Holly Springs, Mississippi, on a profoundly personal journey. Whatever became of Tommy Noles, his forbidden childhood friend, and Peggy, the loving woman who was like his second mother? What were the facts behind the court trial that drove the Kavanagh family even further apart?

    Vickie says: "The book is wonderful as always, but....."
    "Still a wonderful listen"
    Overall

    Though accustomed to the other wonderful narrator who has done all of the Mitford books, I still found this recording quite nice. I recommend both the book and the recorded performance.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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