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Robin in Vermont

I'll read anything good. I'm easy that way.

Vermont | Member Since 2009

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  • Unveiled

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Courtney Milan
    • Narrated By Rebecca De Leeuw
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (243)

    Ash Turner has waited a lifetime to seek revenge on the man who ruined his family—and now the time for justice has arrived. At Parford Manor, he intends to take his place as the rightful heir to the dukedom and settle an old score with the current duke once and for all. But instead he finds himself drawn to a tempting beauty who has the power to undo all his dreams of vengeance….

    Kelli says: "Excellent Historical Romance"
    "So good I wish I could buy it twice!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Unveiled the most enjoyable?

    This is a very rare find. A writer who writes a good story with fully fleshed out characters, and a reader who brings each moment to life. This book is up there with the best reads of Rosalyn Landor, and that's saying something. I enjoyed every moment, and stayed up long past my bedtime listening (which I hate to do since the book will then be over far to soon!)

    Ash is a character that is wholly original. A strong male lead who is sensible and doesn't lead with his ego. Very well done.

    I really wish Rebecca De Leeuw would have read more books available for me to buy. She's amazing. I will always look for books read by her.

    Highly recommended.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Music: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (342)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (190)

    For Princess Gabrielle of St. Biel, Scotland is a land of stunning vistas, wild chieftains, treacherous glens, and steep shadows: skullduggery, betrayal, and now murder. Prized for her exquisite beauty, the daughter of one of England's most influential barons, Gabrielle is also a perfect bargaining chip for a king who needs peace in the Highlands: King John has arranged Gabrielle's marriage to a good and gentle laird. But this marriage will never take place.

    Lilian says: "Yes, read it!"
    "So worth it!"
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    This was the most complex and convoluted storyline of the three books, and I almost lost interest. But I hung in there and I'm so glad I did. This turned out to be a very good book, but it does require a bit of patient whimsy on the part of the reader, at least in the beginning.

    Like the other two books in the series, Garwood sets up the tale by telling us the back story of the main character, in this case, Princess Gabrielle, a member of the now defunct royal family of a mythical country called Saint Biel. Given in marriage to a highland laird by King John, Gabrielle is in the highlands for her wedding. Then the machinations of a couple of ruthless barons leaves Gabrielle in disgrace and at the mercy -- and under the protection of -- another highland laird.

    If there is a weakness, it is Laird McQue. He's a bit of a stock character and isn't given much to do other than be all highlandy. We really only know him through the reactions of other characters, and I found myself wanting more.

    BUT -- what's great about this story is the personality of Gabrielle. She is not a weak or silly woman, but someone with excellent self esteem who faces adversity as it comes. She isn't overly maternal, or a healer, or any of the usual stock traits that makeup a female character of her type. She is unique in my experience, and this is so refreshing that I slowed my reading in order to savor it. It's fun to watch her manage the laird without confrontation. She constantly surprises him, and his reactions to her make him a more interesting character. Gabrielle is very original and likeable and I would love to see more female characters created in her image.

    Gabrielle also has a close relationship with her four St. Biel guards, who have been with her since childhood; they are great characters in their own right, and her interactions with them are fun to watch.

    All in all, a very entertaining read, maybe slightly less well plotted and a little more clunky than the first two, but still very good.

    Rosalyn Landor reads this -- need I say more?

    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
    (1092)
    Performance
    (993)
    Story
    (999)

    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"
    "Sweet and sexy highlander tale!"
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    This was a very entertaining read, with a charming English miss off to the highlands to see her friend on the occasion of the birth of her first child. This is such a fun story and watching the indomitable young woman charm the taciturn highlanders during a cross country journey was charming and entertaining -- so much so that I've gone on to read the whole series.

    Ahhhh. I haven't liked many highlander series, but this is a keeper.

    Now I'm off to find more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ransom: Highlands' Lairds, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (567)
    Performance
    (527)
    Story
    (531)

    In the dark days after the death of Richard the Lionhearted, lives and lands would fall into upheaval at the hands of a power-hungry British ruler and his violent minions. One victim of the scourge is innocent Gillian, who is a mere child when the cruel and ambitious Baron Alford slaughters her father and tears her family apart. Alford, determined to recover a jeweled box for the despotic King John, is furious when the precious treasure slips through his fingers - only to be lost for more than a decade.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Love the Highlands' Lairds"
    "Finally! Another Highlander series to love!"
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    I just loved this book -- the whole series actually. I'm not usually one for highlander stories because Gabaldon is such a hard act to follow, but lately I've been seeking them out, and this series is awesome!

    With lots of mystery and intrigue, and humor, Garwood writes each of the three stories in this series with richly imagined, and sometimes convoluted, back stories that, once the real tale begins, makes for an involving and entertaining experience.

    Ah, I've been bit by the highlander bug. Good thing there's lots to read out there!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodrage: Blood Destiny, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Helen Harper
    • Narrated By Saskia Maarleveld
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (209)
    Story
    (210)

    Mack begins her training at the mages' academy in the hope that, by complying, the stasis spell will be lifted from her old friend Mrs. Alcoon. However, once there, she finds herself surrounded by unfriendly adults and petulant teenagers, the majority of whom seem determined to see her fail. Feeling attacked on all fronts, Mack finds it harder and harder to keep a rein on her temper. Forced to attend anger management classes and deal with the predatory attentions of Corrigan, the Lord Alpha of the shapeshifter world, her emotions start to unravel.

    Robert says: "Still keeping it interesting"
    "Fizzeled out for me."
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    I got first person digression fatigue from this one. It takes forever for anything to happen -- which assumes that something finally does happen. I'm halfway through part 2 of this one and I'm so bored I keep putting off finishing it.

    Will she or won't she get together with Corrigan? Who knows? She's such a bitch I hardly care. Corrigan deserves better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charming the Shrew: The Legacy of MacLeod Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Laurin Wittig
    • Narrated By Ralph Lister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (499)
    Performance
    (448)
    Story
    (453)

    Returning to the Scottish Highlands after a fierce battle with the English, Tayg Munro receives a hero’s welcome - and an ultimatum. To take his place as heir to the chiefdom, he must choose a wife or have one chosen for him. Furious and stalling for time, the brooding warrior volunteers for a mission that takes him deep into the Highlands, with no hint of the fateful encounter that awaits him.... Catriona MacLeod is known as the Shrew of Assynt, thanks to her razor-sharp tongue and her unwillingness to yield to her five brothers. When she learns that her eldest brother has promised her hand in marriage to a loathsome man, she flees....

    MickeyMarie says: "Holds interest"
    "You can't judge a shrew by her brother"
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    The female lead, Cat, has been tormented by her brothers all her life, to the point where she's had to develop a thick skin and sharp tongue to hold her own against the constant torture. Teague of Colrain (sp) is a highland warrior who is next in line to be the laird of his clan, and his mom is anxious to see him married. To avoid his mother's matchmaking, he decides to go on a little trip through the highlands disguised as a Bard, and perhaps seeking his own bride, as he does the kings business finding out who can be trusted to side with the king.

    Cat and Teague happen upon each other under interesting circumstances.

    Cat is running away from her families castle, determined to flee the man her hated brother has betrothed her to. She runs into the bard in the middle of a storm, who is also on the road, and for various reasons they end up traveling together, and falling in love.

    The story was so charming that I forgot the annoying narration by Ralph Lister (who made Teage sound like he had a juicy lisp), and just went with the flow of the journey they were on. Don't let Lister put you off this listen, most of the time he sounds fine, and he doesn't over-do the female voices, as many male readers sometimes do.

    All ends as it should. This was very sweet and satisfying listen.


    This is my first Laurin Wittig, and I'm very impressed with her story telling abilities. It won't be my last!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Undone by the Duke: Secrets in Silk, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Michelle Willingham
    • Narrated By Sue Pitkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (72)

    Reclusive designer Victoria Andrews hasn't gone outside in five years, though she yearns to escape the prison of her house. She designs sensual lingerie for the most exclusive dressmaker in London, although she has never known a man's touch.

    Cam says: "S****L****O****W"
    "Narrator is aweful."
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    Sue Pitkin reads as if she has a mouthful of spit she can't swallow. I imagine the microphone she's reading into has . . . well, you get the idea. I don't know if this is a good book or not. I've tried to listen to it three times, and have given up every time.

    I will not buy anything read by Sue Pitkin again, but plan on trying to read this book on my Kindle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raphael: Vampires In America, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By D.B. Reynolds
    • Narrated By Traci Odom
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (96)

    Powerful and charismatic, Raphael is a Vampire Lord, one of the few who hold the power of life and death over every vampire in existence. Thousands call him Master and have pledged absolute loyalty on their very lives. But when, in a brazen and deadly daylight attack, a gang of human killers kidnaps the one female vampire he'd give his life for, Raphael turns to a human investigator to find his enemies before it's too late.

    CAROLYN says: "WOW, WHAT A THRILLING NEW VAMP FEST"
    "I want more!"
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    This is a popular series on Amazon, with many, many books already available, which is very exciting provided Audible records them all!

    This first book was an intriguing mixed bag for me because I both hated and loved the h, Cyn or Cynthia. Mostly because her dangerous and pig headed actions made me nervous. I shouldn't have worried. She's every bit the bad ass she thinks she is, so I look forward to reading more about her and her relationship with Raphael.

    Traci Odem's performance of Cyn's voice, while good, bordered on strident at times. I found myself turning down my ipod because of the sharp pitch of her voice. This may have impacted my overall opinion of the character, at least until the end.

    The main criticism I have is that although we've all been trained to accept that the vampire love interest is A. gorgeous, and B. powerful, aside from a few cliched descriptions, I really wanted to SEE Raphael in my mind, and I didn't feel that D. B. Reynolds did justice to her character in this book. It was a bit disappointing to realize at the end that he was never fully fleshed out. That being said, I'm hoping that this is remedied by the many, many books to come.

    It also bugged me that if Cyn had only told Raphael one name, so much of the situation would have been solved. It felt a little silly that she wouldn't have told him, but then, that's the nature of these kinds of books, so whatever.

    I am excited that the action scenes, in particular, are well done. Spare and easy to envision, there is nothing cliched about them! The villains are interesting and scary, and the resolution was nicely executed. The world is interesting and big enough to make a series worth my time.


    The sex scenes were what you'd expect -- hopefully, they'll get a bit hotter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vampire Empire - The Greyfriar

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Clay Griffith, Susan Griffith
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    Overall
    (403)
    Performance
    (383)
    Story
    (381)

    1870. A time known as The Great Killing. The vampire clans arose and slaughtered humanity with unprecedented carnage in the northern parts of the world. Millions perished; millions were turned into herd animals. The great industrialized civilizations of the world were left in ruin. A remnant fled south to the safety of the ever present heat which was intolerable to vampires. There, blending with the local peoples, they rebuilt their societies founded on human ingenuity, steam and iron.

    Diana says: "The Greyfriar Rocks!"
    "Still trying to finish this after 2 months."
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    Sigh. I was looking for a fantasy, and since James Marsters read it, I thought why not? Unfortunately, it suffers from bizarre world building. At times creepy, it kind of devolves into a depressing mix of genres, doing none of them justice.

    I'm giving up so I can reread something better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Secrets: The Guardian Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Liz Schulte
    • Narrated By Gabriel Vaughan, Piper Goodeve
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    While Olivia Martin observed life through her camera, the Abyss gazed back at her. She discovers mysterious men follow her around, people close to her are dying, and her dreams are no longer her own as she falls head over heels for a perfect stranger. A chance encounter leads to an obsession that could destroy everything she has ever known or loved. Olivia is about to find out there is a lot she doesn't know and sometimes what you don't know can kill you.

    Amazon Customer says: "Totally loved the book and its presentation"
    "This is an odd duck."
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    I'm not sure how I feel about this book. It's written in first person in alternating chapters from the perspective of the main two characters. The heroine is a young woman who seems to have plenty of time on her hands, though she's an up and coming photographer. She lives in an apartment next door to her best friend from college, and the two go out to clubs together. It's at a club late one night that she literally runs into a guy that she's strangely attracted to, but the attraction is unsettling. It's a big mystery who the guy is, and then there's another mysterious guy. Bad stuff happens. People close to her die. She's told she has a destiny that she denies, of course, while running around putting herself in danger.

    It's pretty tame and somewhat predictable stuff. Kind of soporific, actually, though it weaves a spell. I listened right to the end to find out what was going on. Not sure I'd continue this one, probably not. Maybe if it's cheap I'll buy the next one on Audible for when I can't sleep.

    Ho hum.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guardians of Stone: The Relic Seekers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Anita Clenney
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (129)

    The BrainsKendall Morgan, a relic expert born with the family gift for sensing the history and location of ancient artifacts. The BucksNathan Larraby, the enigmatic billionaire who has hired Kendall to locate four powerful relics. The BrawnJake Stone, the tough, sexy mercenary with a mysterious past, contracted to protect Kendall. Every mission Kendall accepts carries certain hazards, but Nathan’s latest is proving to be the most dangerous yet. Kendall’s attraction to Jake - and to Nathan - is making it hard to stay focused, and none of them can afford the distraction. Because there’s someone else hunting the relics....

    Lindsey says: "Feeling Torn on this one..."
    "I think I got 6 chapters in."
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    Renee Raudman really munched the scenery in this one, totally destroying the pacing and any sense of excitement or drama.

    Glad I have it on Kindle. I might get around to reading it someday.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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