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Liz

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  • 74 reviews
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  • Archangel: Samaria, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Sharon Shinn
    • Narrated By Tamara Marston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (152)

    A tale of the distant future by the author of The Shape-Changer's Wife brings listeners to a world in which the fate of all life rests on the voice of an angel.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great story, narrrated well"
    "Not Theology"
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    I generally shy away from fiction regarding theology however it was not hard to distance myself from that portion of the story. Really the only thing that was familiar from religion were the names of the characters and places.

    It was a typical love story with a few fantasy features thrown in. Boy meets girl - lots of angst and misunderstanding - love and goodness prevails.

    The narration was flat, colourless and great to fall asleep to. I actually fast forwarded some parts.

    Having said that I will probably read the next in the series one day, as I will recall it as a harmless non thought provoking read. If I do read another I hope the narrator lifts her enthusiasm for the story. Either that or it will be another book to go to sleep with.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Ever After

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (43)
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    (43)

    Sookie Stackhouse has one last adventure in store. Life has taken her from a waitress in Merlotte's Bar, Bon Temps, to part owner; from social outcast to the heart of her community; from a vampire's girlfriend to the wife of one of the most powerful vampires in the state. She has survived explosions, revolutions and attempts on her life. Sookie has endured betrayal, heartbreak and grief...and she has emerged a little stronger, and little wiser, every time. But with life comes new trials...

    Tenille says: "Very poorly written"
    "Did someone else write it?"
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    Did someone else write it? Why was it so different? Was it rushed?

    I am not a huge fan of the vampire genre but was attracted to this series because of the heroine's name. With a name like Sookie, I thought, there has to be some humour. It wasn't all funny but it did get me hooked regardless.

    I loved the first books in the series, but like many others whose reviews I have read, I have been disappointed in the last two or three, especially the last one. All the fun and sparkle seemed to have disappeared. This last book was exceptionally dull comparatively with the most feebly developed characters taking the lead.

    After thirteen books a reader/listener can't help but have an investment in the characters and I feel that the story lines of the main characters were rushed towards the end. Throughout the series we were shown one thing about the characters that didn't match up with the ending at all. I was left feeling empty and deflated because this series finished like a balloon letting out air slowly, complete with the whining noise which was Sookie.

    The Southern Vampire Mysteries had hardly any vampires or vampire action in the last book, and the heroine finished up with the boring, brotherly shifter! It was almost incestuous for me. OK, I get it - but I wish the author had included a bit more "couple" development for Sam and Sookie so that it was satisfying and more believable. Also, with a vampire series one expects suspense and bad boy love so why have such a safe ending which translates into boring.

    I am really trying not to question the author's plot as it is her concept not mine and I am not going to recommend anyone not read the book because if you're like me you will want to make up your own mind especially after reading all the others in the series. Personally, I have rarely felt this disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kiss of a Demon King

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (941)
    Performance
    (878)
    Story
    (887)

    From New York Times best-selling author Kresley Cole comes this spellbinding story of a demon king trapped by an enchantress for her wanton purposes - and the scorching aftermath that follows when he turns the tables and claims her as his captive.

    Sidonie says: "It doesn't get any Better than this for me."
    "Boring"
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    Really boring and ridiculous bondage type erotica using big, bad, boy (don't forget sexy) demons. Very unimaginative writing. What a waste of time. Couldn't be bothered finishing.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Desires After Dusk: Immortals After Dark, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1032)
    Performance
    (964)
    Story
    (963)

    RITA Award-winning author Kresley Cole continues her bestselling Immortals After Dark series with this electrifying tale of a ruthless demon mercenary and the lovely young halfling who enchants him. A seductive beauty he can never have, yet can't resist.... Cadeon Woede will stop at nothing to atone for the one wrong that will haunt him forever. But once he secures the key to his redemption, the halfling Holly Ashwin, Cade finds that the woman he thought he could use for his own ends and then forget haunts him as much as his past.

    Kimberly says: "Tied for Fave of Series: Audiobook Does JUSTICE!"
    "A Shame Really"
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    This book had the potential for a really good storyline. Unfortunately the plot was lost amidst the ridiculously predictable erotica.

    I enjoy a good, steamy, well written love scene as much as anyone however, the "love" scenes in this series are all boring, unimaginative and over the top. But hey! - Whatever rocks your boat.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Winter Garden: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (695)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (428)

    Meredith and Nina Whitson are as different as sisters can be. One stayed at home to raise her children and manage the family apple orchard: the other followed a dream and traveled the world to become a famous photojournalist. But when their beloved father fails ill, Meredith and Nina find themselves together again, standing alongside their cold, disapproving mother, Anya, who even now, offers no comfort to her daughters

    Alysa says: "Gut wrenching....but well done."
    "Thank You"
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    Where ever it is, whatever the reason, who ever is there - war savages humanity. Why is it women are more victims of the brutality than men!

    This story is well told and heart wrenching. The vividness of the horror is something that will stay with me especially as I know it to be an accurate portrayal of the circumstance even if the characters are fictional. Hopefully it will help me see more beauty and be more grateful for the peace that surrounds me.

    From a personal viewpoint - as the offspring of a World War II veteran and having lost loved ones to Vietnam I can attest as to how war continues its horrific embrace on all members of a family. Thankyou Kristin for helping me to release some of my own demons.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Untamed Bride: Black Cobra Quartet

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (132)

    New York Times best-selling author Stephanie Laurens presents a brash, bold new series. They're battle-hardened, sinfully wealthy, completely unstoppable - and all male: Four officers of the Crown, fighting against a deadly foe known only as the Black Cobra.

    Karen says: "Great New Series"
    "A Good Story But ..."
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    The suspense, adventure and intrigue were the best parts of this tale.

    The romance & love scenes were a nice sideline but there was too much. A bit of a shame actually. I think the book would have been presented more accurately with a different title and cover picture.

    Simon Prebble never fails to delight.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Untamed: Medieval Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Lowell
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (352)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (221)

    A hero of the crusades, Dominic le Sabre has returned in glory and in triumph to claim his reward: the beautiful Saxon bride awarded to him by the conqueror king. But Lady Margaret of the Blackthorne cannot yield to the bold Norman invader.

    Diana says: "Perfect!"
    "Not Bad BUT ......."
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    For the genre it was quite good. Elizabeth Lowell is a good storyteller. It is a shame about the narrator.

    The narration by Anne Flosnik wasn't too bad except her interpretations of male characters was absolutely deplorable - especially the main male character. It was embarrassing to listen to and I cringed everytime, especially during the love scenes. It is a shame because I quite liked her accent. I will think hard before listening to her again.

    Good news that someone else is narrating the next book in the series. Hopefully it will be an improvement.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Moon: Bone Island Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Heather Graham
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (120)

    Reclusive collector Cutter Merlin is seldom seen in Key West - lately, not at all. Officer Liam Beckett visits Merlin’s curious house and discovers the gentleman in his study. In his death grip: a volume of occult lore and a reliquary. His eyes are wide with fright, his mouth a horrified rictus where spiders now dwell. Kelsey Donovan returns to the old house to catalog her estranged grandfather’s collection of artifacts and antiquities, vowing to see his treasures divested properly.

    Karen says: "Angela Dawe, Great Reader"
    "Best of the Series"
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    By far the best book of the series. Even Angela Dawe's narration hit the spot. Very Good

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Skies

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (111)

    Nikki Burgess survived a terrible marriage and a worse divorce. She's just about given up hope of ever finding happiness. But when her ex-husband suddenly dies, she gets custody of her kids again - and a chance to start over. Dixie McPherson, on the other hand, has had way too much love. She has 11 tennis bracelets, dozens of trinkets, piles of sexy lingerie, and a tarnished reputation when all she ever wanted was true love, a partner, and a family. Carlisle Bartlett is loyal, kindhearted, and the funniest guy slinging drinks in the back of an airplane. But he has an ugly little secret. The only kind of love he's used to comes with bruises.

    Houston mom says: "Earlier G rated Robyn Carr"
    "Slightly Different BUT Still Great"
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    This is slightly different to the normal Robyn Carr but she is without a doubt a great storyteller and Therese Plummer is a fabulous narrator.

    Strong characters and storyline. There is nothing more to say than - enjoy.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Night: Bone Island Trilogy , Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Heather Graham
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (104)

    A slasher movie turns real when two young actors are brutally murdered on a remote island film set. Their severed heads and arms are posed in macabre homage to a 19th-century pirate massacre.

    Liz says: "Love the Story"
    "Love the Story"
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    The storyline is fabulous with Pirates aaaaarh, and ghosts ooooooo. Mystery, romance and relatable characters. Love it. Descriptive writing leads me to think I'd love to visit Key West.

    I continue to be slightly disappointed with Angela Dawe's narration. I found that she read much too fast and while her accents were good it was difficult to tell if a man or woman was talking. Slightly confusing.

    Nevertheless - A good series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Newcomer: Thunder Point, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (498)
    Performance
    (461)
    Story
    (457)

    Single dad and Thunder Point's deputy sheriff "Mac" McCain has worked hard to keep his town safe and his daughter happy. Now he's found his own happiness with Gina James. The longtime friends have always shared the challenges and rewards of raising their adolescent daughters. With an unexpected romance growing between them, they're feeling like teenagers themselves - suddenly they can't get enough of each other. And just when things are really taking off, their lives are suddenly thrown into chaos. When Mac's long-lost ex-wife shows up in town, drama takes on a whole new meaning.

    Liza-Maree says: "Fan of Robyn Carr"
    "Perfect - Just Perfect"
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    No one writes mature, intelligent novels with real characters like Robyn Carr. Reading one of her books is always like coming home.

    Therese Plummer breathes life into the words and together they are the perfect combination.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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