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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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  • How Beauty Met the Beast: Book One of Tales of the Underlight

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jax Garren
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (170)

    The Beast Scarred. Damaged. Living with a terrible secret. Agent of the Underlight Wesley 'Hauk' Haukon has nothing left but the fight for liberty against the oppressive Order of Ananke. He's starting to lose hope...and then he sees her. The Beauty Despite her night job as a burlesque dancer, grad student Jolie Benoit has always played the mostly good girl. That all changes following a scorching sexual encounter with a stranger whose face she doesn't see.

    Sharon says: "Left me wanting more..."
    "Sexy and Surprising"
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    I am in awe of what Jax Garren has created in this new series. Especially her great idea for a sexy male hero. Both main characters are fascinating and I have already purchased the next book.

    I especially enjoyed the combination of this story and the reader. Therese Plummer has the ability to do great male voices, and makes them sound sexy and sweet. I fell in love with Hauk.

    Bravo!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bloody Jack

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By L.A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1261)
    Performance
    (764)
    Story
    (759)

    Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of 18th-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret.

    Terry says: "Sometimes it clicks"
    "This is a fun book for all ages!"
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    I really enjoyed this one -- it was one of my first audio books and I was astonished by the brilliant narration by Katherine Kellgren. It was her marvelous portrayal of the characters that kept me listening and I'm sure my nephews and nieces will love it too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sterling: Mageri, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dannika Dark
    • Narrated By Nicole Poole
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (170)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (161)

    Zoë Merrick lived an ordinary life until late one night, she was brutally attacked and left for dead. She survived, saved by a stranger who witnessed her undergo a physical transformation. That's not the only thing that's different. Zoë is unable to control an unexplainable energy coursing through her body. Justus De Gradi is a man who can teach her that control. He's handsome, arrogant, and not entirely human. He reveals that she is a Mage - an immortal made of light, not magic. She must now make a choice: Rebuild her life in the human world with the man who saved her, or live with Justus and learn how to use her extraordinary gifts. Justus has sworn an oath to protect her life, but can he guard her from the one man who has a right to claim it?

    julie wood says: "Fantastic Book I Have Listened to it Several Times"
    "Sparkling Paranormal!"
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    I love the world the author has created in this series. Filled with shifters and mages and vampires, she nevertheless imbues them with a sense of purpose and reality. My favorite thing is that we follow the main character, Silver, and her cohorts through each book. I enjoy series of this kind, where the characters are allowed to grow and evolve over time -- and these are great characters!

    A young woman is walking home alone across a field late at night, when she is viciously attacked and killed by a man with surprising strength, and strange glowing eyes. But that's only the beginning of her journey and she is reborn to a world she never knew existed.

    Along the way, she figures out who and what she has become, even as she struggles to hang on to her humanity.

    There is plenty of action, and a heroine who is headstrong and determined to get the bad guys -- even as she learns to trust and rely on those around her -- and they learn to trust her. There aren't a lot of TSTL moments, but there are a few as she negotiates her way, but they make sense in the context of the plot.

    The love interest is original, sexy and mesmerizing.

    I'm delighted to have found this series and love the trajectory it appears to be on.

    The narration is top notch as well. Nichole Poole (AKA: Justine O'Keefe) can't pronounce words like valuable, but I find it charming and her performance here is even better than on the Sinners on Tour series!

    Loved it!

    1 of 1 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
    (343)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (191)

    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
    (1096)
    Performance
    (995)
    Story
    (1001)

    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
    (570)
    Performance
    (529)
    Story
    (532)

    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
    (239)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (216)

    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
    (510)
    Performance
    (458)
    Story
    (463)

    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
    (102)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (98)

    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
    (405)
    Performance
    (385)
    Story
    (383)

    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

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