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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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  • One Night of Sin: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Gaelen Foley
    • Narrated By Angele Masters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (368)
    Performance
    (324)
    Story
    (324)

    Lord Alec Knight, the most daring and handsome rogue in all of London, is a smooth-talking aristocrat with an abundance of high-society lady admirers. With his irresistible wit, lucky hand at the gaming tables, and enticing charisma, he can have any woman he wants. But when the only girl he would have considered marrying ties the knot with someone else, Alec realizes he doesn't want to be with just any lady - he wants to find the love of his life.

    CAROLYN says: "My first - but definitely not my last !!"
    "So well written and very sexy."
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    I was instantly drawn into this very engaging story. It has a great plot, excellent characters, gorgeous sex scenes and a perfect reader. Very well done.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Walkers: Monroe

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Susan A. Bliler
    • Narrated By Erin Mallon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (85)

    When Game Warden Eden St. Cloud goes up against CEO Monroe StoneCrow, she encounters the most intimidating, powerful, and sexy man she's ever seen. Unaware of the fact that Monroe is the Dominant Skin Walker in North America, it isn't until Eden becomes enmeshed in his life that she realizes it's too late to escape. Worse, she's drawn the children under her care into the lair of the beast and must now succumb to Monroe's desires or risk losing her children forever.

    karen says: "OH YEA - This was smoking !!"
    "Silly weekend fun."
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    Monroe Stonecrow is the alpha, and he has a vision for his species' survival that revolves around their procreation. He will do anything to save them, and this often includes manipulation. He's very single minded, and believes the ends justify the means. There is a strong motivation to his plan: his people are being hunted and killed by a secret organization, and he wants to save them before it's too late. Therefore, he lacks sensitivity and subtlety, and most of all, patience. This is crucial to understanding the series, because if you don't get that, you won't get the whole point of it.

    I'm not a big fan of shifter books (with a few exceptions: Patricia Briggs comes to mind) because their usually pretty formulaic with alpha males that are often just bullies. Why authors don't recognize that this is not a sexy characteristic says more about them than anything else. A really strong, smart man doesn't need to bully anyone. Ever. And they are the sexiest men in the world. There are so few authors who know how to write men like this, unfortunately for us women. Sigh.

    I started this series on kindle over the weekend, and I enjoyed it without being aggravated, which is saying something for me. Most of the male characters are not this bad, but some are (Gauge). Monroe is the worst offender of the bunch though when it comes to being a bully. Ultimately, he has a soft side for Eden, but he continues to push buttons on everyone else throughout the series -- which, if nothing else, makes him and the author who wrote him, consistent, which I do appreciate.

    Other than the standard formula, it is an entertaining series, and the set ups that bring the H and h together are original and interesting. I've spent a lot more money and time on a lot less entertaining storylines, so I'd say give it a try.

    I agree with those who don't like the reader. She grew on me, or rather, I was able to ignore her after a while. I would say give it a read on your Kindle instead though. I'm not sure I'd buy another audio version because of her breathy, breathless style of reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gulliver's Travels: A Signature Performance by David Hyde Pierce

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jonathan Swift
    • Narrated By David Hyde Pierce
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (615)
    Performance
    (430)
    Story
    (434)

    A Signature Performance: Four-time Emmy Award winner David Hyde Pierce delivers an air of lovable self-importance in his rendition of the classic social satire that remains as fresh today as the day it was published.

    Rose says: "Loved every minute"
    "WTF Audible?"
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    I've wondered whether or not the Daily Deals here on Audible were picked by random, and now I know a computer is definitely involved.

    Todays wonderful deal at $3.95 is actually free if you buy the $.99 book on Kindle first.

    FREE.

    Audible -- I can't respect your "big bonanza" Daily Deal if you're not paying attention to what's going on. Buyers beware!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Lord and Spymaster

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Joanna Bourne
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Sebastian Kennett is a self-made man-passionate, adventurous, and powerful; a master trader and international shipper; a man who'll risk everything for a profit. Jess Whitby grew up on the mean streets of the East End. Her father's a fine rogue and sometime smuggler. His canny trading and her brilliant management have built them a fortune. Then one of Sebastian's ships goes down and a traitor is to blame. All the Whitbys' money won't protect Jess's father from an accusation of treason.

    Robin in Vermont says: "Intense!"
    "Intense!"
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    This one was a more intense than the first two books in this awesome series, but still very entertaining. If you're up for something deeper and more gritty than the usual, you might enjoy this.

    Jess Whitby's father, the owner of a shipping company, is accused of selling secrets to Napoleon, but she is determined to discover the real traitor and save her father from the gallows. Having spent her early life on the dangerous streets of London as a thief, she has skills that most young ladies do not. She sets about using those skills, and her network of old connections, to ferret out the truth.

    Capt. Sebastian Kennett has his reasons for wanting to see Josiah Whitby hang. But when he meets Jess, he finds himself falling hard for her.

    The British intelligence gang is all here, and I loved seeing those characters again.

    The players in this one felt more real and the stakes were higher than the first two. I'm very glad to have experienced it, but it wasn't an easy romance. This is a novel of complexity, and there were times when it got so intense I wanted to put it down, but I couldn't.

    Joanna Bourne continues to impress me with her creativity. I'm a big fan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Halfway to the Grave: Night Huntress, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5316)
    Performance
    (3657)
    Story
    (3674)

    Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership. In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner…are there actually good vampires?

    Benoibe says: "Surprised! SPECTACULAR AND SEXY!"
    "Fantastic Series Redux!"
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    One of the best (perhaps only?) perks of getting older is a challenged memory. Given enough time, rereading my favorite books again is almost like new. This is possibly my third time reading this series over the past 4 or 5 years and I'm having a great time! Definitely more entertaining than 75% of what's out there.

    Tavia Gilbert is amazing reading this fantastic series, so I'm dipping into the Mark of the Vampire series for the first time because she's the reader of that too.

    Note to Kevin Hearne fans: Just found a great new (to me) series by John Conroe called the Demon Accords. It's amazing! Check it out on Kindle cause it's not on Audible yet. I plowed through the whole series in a week and loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Line: Witching Savannah, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By J. D. Horn
    • Narrated By Shannon McManus
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (277)
    Story
    (276)

    To the uninitiated, Savannah shows only her bright face and genteel manner. Those who know her well, though, can see beyond her colonial trappings and small-city charm to a world where witchcraft is respected, Hoodoo is feared, and spirits linger. Mercy Taylor is all too familiar with the supernatural side of Savannah, being a member of the most powerful family of witches in the South. Despite being powerless herself, of course. Having grown up without magic of her own, in the shadow of her talented and charismatic twin sister, Mercy has always thought herself content.

    Robin in Vermont says: "Great new series!"
    "Great new series!"
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    I really enjoyed this one. Its a paranormal with a lot of mystery, and the reader was perfect.

    I'm waiting patiently for the last book in Deborah Harkness' trilogy, and this was a great discovery to tide me over.

    Looking forward to the next book in this series as well.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of Scoundrels

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Loretta Chase
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (615)
    Performance
    (571)
    Story
    (571)

    Sebastian Ballister, the notorious Marquess of Dain, is big, bad, and dangerous to know. No respectable woman would have anything to do with the "Bane and Blight of the Ballisters", and he wants nothing to do with respectable women. He's determined to continue doing what he does best - sin and sin again - and all's going swimmingly…until the day a shop door opens and she walks in.

    Marcheta says: "Witty dialogue highlights battle between the sexes"
    "Kind of Enjoyable"
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    Lord Dane is a bitter rake hell who meets his match in the beautiful Lady Jessica Trent. She is an educated spinster whose intellect is every bit a match for his. Her attraction to him is in direct opposition to everything he believes himself to be, and that's the crux of the conflict between them. He does some very nasty things to her, but for some reason she see's through his hateful behavior and self loathing to the man beneath, and uses all of her wits to show him he is worthy of love, and not the monster he believes himself to be.

    The plot was clever, particularly in the first half. I loved the Bertie character and found him very funny. Still overall the story always seemed to be just short of romantic for me. Why would any woman find a man with two busty whores on his lap worth her time? He was nasty, insulting and cruel by turns, yet she hung on like a barnacle. Sometimes I just didn't get it. Even when the big showdown occurred, it was hard to believe she didn't make the pig work for it. Animal attraction can only go so far when you're being psychologically tortured by a man. And even after they married, he continued to take out his self hatred on her. I hated that.

    The first 2/3's of the story is engaging, though I felt it went distinctly over-board at points along the way and should have ended sooner than it did. Still it was a decent listen and the main characters were interesting if you didn't insist on logic or emotional believability.

    The best part about Lord of Scoundrels is the narration by Kate Reading. Any other reader and I probably would have lost interest.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of Pleasure

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Delilah Marvelle
    • Narrated By Morris Carolyn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    It's been months since Lady Charlotte Chartwell's philandering husband met his untimely end at the hands of an angry mistress. But as miserable as he made Charlotte in life, his death proves to be an even harsher blow. For not a farthing of his fortune or estate have passed on to her, and as a ruined widow, she is destitute, penniless, and utterly without hope.

    Tracy T says: "Great sequel to the 1st book Mistress of Pleasure"
    "You've been warned."
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    I gave the first book in this series 3 stars. It was fun if not fabulous.

    This second book is so ridiculous that I worried that my eyes would roll permanently up in my head.

    It would not have taken much effort to make this a fun book. A logical plot would have done it. I can only conclude that the author never bothered to reread what she wrote. The male lead in particular, behaved in ways that were so bizarre that it felt like his actions and reactions might have been put together with the use of mad libs.

    I really resent this author for producing such a poorly constructed hunk of junk that it's insulting. The publishing house should be ashamed as well. I put more thought into this review than they did in the plot of this book.

    Apparently they think Romance readers are morons. Whatever I paid for this, it was too much.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Spymaster's Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Joanna Bourne
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (390)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (202)

    She's braved battlefields. She's stolen dispatches from under the noses of heads of state. She's played the worldly courtesan, the naive virgin, the refined British lady, even a Gypsy boy. But Annique Villiers, the elusive spy known as the Fox Cub, has finally met the one man she can't outwit... British spymaster Robert Grey must enter France and bring back the brilliant, beautiful - and dangerous - Fox Cub. His duty is to capture her and her secrets for England.

    Emily says: "Highly enjoyable; Audiobook is fantastic"
    "Gorgeous!"
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    This series is wonderful. Romantic, suspenseful and so beautifully performed that it is a jewel in my dragon's horde of audible books.

    Start with the first one as some of the characters carry over in the series.

    I can't wait for the next book, Rogue Spy, that comes out November 4, 2014.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forbidden Rose: Spymasters

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Joanna Bourne
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    A glittering French aristocrat is on the run, disguised as a British governess. England's top spy has a score to settle with her family. But as they're drawn inexorably into the intrigue and madness of Revolutionary Paris, they gamble on a love to which neither of them will admit.

    DARA says: "Historical Espionage Thriller"
    "This is why I read Romance novels."
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    This is an amazing story of heroism and romance during the aftermath of the French revolution. I don't want to give a single thing about it away, and the description tells enough. I will say that there were times when I was so anxious for the characters that I had to laugh at myself. This is a book, I'd say. They aren't real. They are not actually in danger!

    So romantic, so well written, and so beautifully performed it took my breath away.

    Highly recommended.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Lover Eternal, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2346)
    Performance
    (1576)
    Story
    (1596)

    Listeners looking for a fresh twist on vampire tales need look no further than the erotically charged Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Mary Luce is dissatisfied with her life and her job. But when she is unwittingly thrust into the vampire dominion, everything changes. Falling under the protection of the Brotherhood's strongest member, Rhage, she soon finds herself drawn to his animalistic urges.

    Chakolet says: "A "campy" diversion!"
    "Thousands love this, but I don't get it."
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    I've been dancing around purchasing one of the BDB books for a while. Maybe I picked a bad one to start with, but wow. I should have just kept dancing.

    This was so campy and unintentionally silly, it was hard for me to take anything about it seriously. WHAT AM I MISSING HERE?

    The stilted and contrived macho dialogue between the so-called manly characters was beyond bad. Why do I need to know about their detailed necktie selections? Why do they live together in a place described as a "frat?" These are tough, sexy vampire men? They can't afford their own places? I suggest the author read other books to learn how to write male dialogue. Or how to write full stop.

    Jim Frangione is hailed by many of the fans of this series for his performance, but again, I don't get it. He sounds over-the-top info-mercial to the point of farce. I've never listened to him read anything else, but after this, I won't be seeking him out. The so-called sexy parts were cringe-worthy.

    There are some women that I follow, who love this series. I usually respect and seek out their recommendations. Maybe it's me, maybe the books are just dated. But for me, this was a waste of time and money. There are many, many books out there that are worlds above this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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