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Courtney

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  • Beyond Desire

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Gwynne Forster
    • Narrated By Kim Staunton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    When an old friend introduces Amanda to a handsome young man, she makes a very unusual business arrangement with him: in exchange for a generous fee, he will be her "husband" until the baby is born. The arrangement seems perfect--until an attraction grows between them that begins to radically change their desires.

    Courtney says: "Great Listen and Story of Unconventional Romance"
    "Great Listen and Story of Unconventional Romance"
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    What made the experience of listening to Beyond Desire the most enjoyable?

    I was attracted to this book because of Kim Staunton, but I have never read or listened to anything from Gwynne Forster. I think if you are a first time listener to either one of them, this is a good book to start with. The story keeps moving, and I can't remember a slow moment in it. I was interested from beginning to end.
    I enjoyed Amanda's attempts to make the best of the situation and to create the family she always desired even if it is only for a predetermined time. Marcus was resistant to all Amanda offered, but he could not deny that she treated his daughter with the love and kindness that she deserved.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I thought the idea of a 39 year old woman becoming a baby mama for the first time an interesting one. That is what originally got my attention. The fact that she has an important role in her community as a newly appointed jr. high principal just added to the worries you can face becoming a first time baby mama.

    The way Amanda decided to solve her problems was unconventional but exciting. Watching the relationship bloom between Marcus and Amanda was exciting as well. They both had some things in common, but it seems that they fit the opposites attract statement. I loved that Amanda was so caring and giving of herself to not only Marcus but his daughter Amy as well. Her constant patience helped to mend parts of Marcus that had been broken by his first wife.


    What about Kim Staunton’s performance did you like?

    I am a fan of Kim Staunton. I enjoy the way she delivers her performance of any book she is reading. She is a talented voice artist.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I was disappointed when I was interrupted from listening to take care of other things. This title held my attention from beginning to end. I have listened to it multiple times already.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a beautiful and unconventional love story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Give Me Fever

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Niobia Bryant
    • Narrated By Shari Peele
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    The third in a series starring the heartbreaking Strong brothers, Give Me Fever takes the game to another level. A quiet accountant, Kaeden Strong is blown away when he meets Jade Prince—a tomboy nature guide with the body of a goddess. Despite his allergies, Kaeden agrees to go on a camping trip, which Jade is hired to lead. And while stranded one night, the two share a rowdy tumble in a sleeping bag.

    MaxineSap says: "Good Story"
    "This Story Gave Me a Fever!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Give Me Fever to be better than the print version?

    I would say yes only because Shari Peele can bring a story to life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    That is a tough question. Both Jade and Kaeden were such dynamic characters, but I think I would have to choose Kaeden. He was such a complex character and different from so many of the men I know. As a woman, I usually relate more to the female characters, but in this case I felt like I could really relate to Kaeden.


    What about Shari Peele’s performance did you like?

    Shari Peele's performance was just awesome in this book. Shari Peele has the ability to make both the women and men characters sexy. She is just the perfect narrator for contemporary romance books. I love her accents, especially the one she uses for Garcelle.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, this is a book that I didn't want to turn off. If I could have stayed put for the entirety of this book I would have.


    Any additional comments?

    The Strong family is a family I love to revisit. I love getting to know this family. Jade and Kaeden were the first members of the family I met so they naturally have a special place in my heart. Still, I like their story the most because it seemed liked they had a lot more outside influences to have to survive through.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny's Surrender

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Beverly Jenkins
    • Narrated By Thomas Penny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (46)

    The child he didn't know he had...Andrew Yates has come to a decision: It's time to stop sowing those oats and start a family. But searching for a bride isn't as simple as he'd hoped, and many of the respectable women of his acquaintance feel...lacking. Then beautiful, feisty Wilhelmina "Billie" Wells arrives at the family ranch with a toddler in her arms, claiming Drew is the father! The woman he didn't know he loved...Billie had no choice but to show up at Destiny in search of Drew. For the sake of their child, she's willing to leave him with his father so the boy can have a better life, but then, before she can blink, she's saying "I do" in front of a preacher in a marriage of convenience.

    Courtney says: "Billie is Tough!"
    "Billie is Tough!"
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    What does Thomas Penny bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Thomas Penny is a great narrator. I enjoy every book that he narrates. He covers accents well, and he can really bring a story to life.


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

    I really loved the fight scene. Billie was a character that had so much depth, and I am so glad that Ms. BJ decided to tell her story.


    Any additional comments?

    Andrew and Billie actually reminded me of people I know. Their story was very enjoyable. I liked the interactions between Drew and his son too. There were a lot of good components to this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Destiny's Embrace

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Beverly Jenkins
    • Narrated By Shari Peele
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (46)

    Set in 19th-century California, Destiny’s Embrace introduces listeners to ranch owner Logan Yates, who must come to terms with his true feelings for Mariah Cooper, his beautiful, headstrong housekeeper. But just as Logan decides to make Mariah his own, her former lover reenters her life. Now Logan will have to show Mariah that the passion they share has been written in the stars.

    Courtney says: "Good Story. Okay narration."
    "Good Story. Okay narration."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend this book to a friend, as I would with all BJ novels. However, I would suggest that you read the book before listening to the audio book. I think you could get the wrong impression of how great a writer Ms BJ is if you only listen to this performance.


    What didn’t you like about Shari Peele’s performance?

    I usually love Shari Peele's narrations. In fact, I was excited to see that she was narrating this story. However, this was not one of her best performances. The meter was off, and it was very slow. It felt like it was dragging. Also her voices sounded pretty similar, especially the male characters. Her accents were also off. I have heard her do a really good Spanish inflected English accent in other audio books, but in this one it was just off at times. I love her narration of modern stories, but I didn't really care for her performance of this historical romance.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Caught Up in the Rapture

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Sheneska Jackson
    • Narrated By Peter Francis James, Kim Staunton, Deon Graham
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    When fate brings Jazmine and the X-Man together, the only thing they have in common is a dream to make it big in the music business. Jazmine, a college student, sings in the church choir and yearns for the courage to move away from her overprotective father. The X-Man, who packs a .38 and gets high with his homies, performs his own brand of gangsta rap in the street. Suddenly Black Tie Records discovers them both, and, amazingly enough, they discover each other. These unlikely lovers are a good match, realizing their dreams together....

    Courtney says: "Kept me listening"
    "Kept me listening"
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    What made the experience of listening to Caught Up in the Rapture the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed Deon Graham's voice as Xman. Damn, he sounded sexy good. The story was good though. It felt familiar, so it really had me listening to see what was going to happen next. I couldn't wait for it to end, but in the good way.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Caught Up in the Rapture?

    The most memorable moment was wondering what happened to Jasmine after she took X's car.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    Deon Graham really sounded like a hard street rapper. And again he sounded good. I especially like when he did his little flow at the beginning of one of those chapters.
    I always love Kim Staunton. I had never heard her in a role like this but she was good too.


    Any additional comments?

    Peter Francis James' parts were a little slow, but this was a good listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sealed with a Kiss

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Gwynne Forster
    • Narrated By Carolyn Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    For artist and free spirit Naomi Logan, sexy radio call-in host Rufus Meade is the wrong man at the wrong time. His conservative views drive her crazy—especially his theories about working women. But after telling him what she thinks—on the air—the last thing she expects is to see him standing on her doorstep…handsome, outspoken and sexier than any man has a right to be.

    Courtney says: "Brutally slow"
    "Brutally slow"
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    What was most disappointing about Gwynne Forster’s story?

    The story moved forward so slowly that it seemed like it wasn't going anywhere at times.
    I enjoyed Beyond Desire extremely, but it is hard to believe that the same author wrote this book.
    At times it seems like the story has potential, but it is just so horribly slow.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I think there was too much time spent dealing with the inner turmoil of the main characters. The characters were so wrapped up in themselves that it made it impossible for the story to move forward efficiently.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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