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Robin in Vermont

Winter's coming -- almost time to huddle up with my ipod and hot chocolate!

Vermont | Member Since 2009

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  • On Dublin Street

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Samantha Young
    • Narrated By Paula Costello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1528)
    Performance
    (1440)
    Story
    (1436)

    Jocelyn Butler has been hiding from her past for years. But all her secrets are about to be laid bare.... Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland, burying her grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without attachments. Her solitary life is working well - until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street where she meets a man who shakes her carefully guarded world to its core.

    Leesa says: "Swept me away!!!"
    "Compelling listen -- Great narration"
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    I was mesmerized by this book, even though it was difficult at times not to be frustrated by the main character's self defeating inner monologue. What made the book work was the narration by Paula Costello. She was a revelation and kept me listening long past bedtime.

    The reviewer who compared this book to 'Bared to You,' must not have read them back to back, as I just did. While sexy, this book is no where near 'Bared to You,' --- if only! It could have been very hot indeed.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Die for Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Amy Plum
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (294)
    Story
    (292)

    My life had always been blissfully, wonderfully normal. But it only took one moment to change everything. Suddenly, my sister, Georgia, and I were orphans. We put our lives into storage and moved to Paris to live with my grandparents. And I knew my shattered heart, my shattered life, would never feel normal again. Then I met Vincent. Mysterious, sexy, and unnervingly charming, Vincent Delacroix appeared out of nowhere and swept me off my feet. Just like that, I was in danger of losing my heart all over again. But I was ready to let it happen.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "What a pleasant ride!"
    "Meandered down an uninteresting path"
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    This started out fun, but unfortunately got bogged down in the details. Too bad. The Parisian setting was really great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Primal Law: Alpha Pack Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By J. D. Tyler
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (989)
    Performance
    (894)
    Story
    (898)

    After a massacre decimates half his team and leaves him crippled, Jaxon Law must relearn how to fight-and battle the anger and guilt threatening to overwhelm him. But when he rescues a beautiful woman who awakens his primal instincts, Jax is unprepared for the dangers that lie ahead.On the run from her employer, brilliant lab assistant Kira Locke has evidence that leads the Alpha Pack on a hunt for someone targeting human civilians with Psy abilities.

    CAROLYN says: "WOW!! REALLY GREAT START TO A FANTASTIC NEW SERIES"
    "Just OK dog."
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    What to say. This really didn't hold my interest. I thought the world was silly, with the typical compound full of men on a mission. The women they love are tough and bitchy and lacked both common sense, and the gene that promotes self preservation. I was bored.

    The bad guys didn't make sense to me. What were they trying to do again? Why go to all that trouble to catch shifters, only to leave them in a knarley basement with dead bodies, to die of disease and starvation? They have this secret, expensive, highly secure facility, and the best they can do for their prize subjects is leave them to rot in a basement?

    I gave it a try because I hear that book 2 is better.

    We'll see.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Dark Guardian: Shields, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Donna Grant
    • Narrated By Antony Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (104)

    Hugh and his men are faced with fighting creatures only thought to live in legend but which have been brought to Earth by evil bent on annihilating all the realms. That is Hugh's life - and he loves it. At least he did until he found himself staring into the angelic, innocent face of Lady Mina of Stone Crest. In all the time he has led the Shields Hugh has trusted his instinct to keep his men alive, yet now he doesn't know what to believe. Everything points to Mina as the evil summoning the creatures, but she proclaims her innocence. He should be able to see through her lies, if she is indeed lying, but his attraction to her blinds him to even that.

    CAROLYN says: "PARANORMAL INTRIGUE,DUTY & LOVE MAKE A GREAT COMBO"
    "Not helped by beautiful but plodding narration"
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    I listened to this to the end, but I listened to it a chapter at a time, like a comic book. It too me over a period of about a year, picking it up only when I wanted to be mildly entertained in preparation to fall asleep. The story itself is very comic booky in style. We have heroes, a beautiful girl, a creepy brother and sister, a castle under seige, and of course, a monster. There is nothing very original, or even very interesting here. It's not horrible, but it's far from great, or even fun.

    I love Anthony Ferguson's voice. It's deep, resonant, and has a lovely British accent. Unfortunately, he reads each sentence as if it will be his last. I wonder how good he could be if only he would read without so many melodramatic pauses and a more natural delivery.

    I wish there was a way to get an email to him -- the guy has the potential for greatness if only he'd relax a little.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Marked: Eternal Guardians, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Elisabeth Naughton
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Wiley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (276)

    Theron - Dark haired, duty bound and deceptively deadly. He's the leader of the Argonauts, an elite group of guardians that defends the immortal realm from threats of the Underworld. From the moment he walked into the club, Casey knew this guy was different. Men like that just didn't exist in real life - silky shoulder-length hair, chest impossibly broad, and a predatory manner that just screamed dark and dangerous. He was looking for something. Her. She was the one. She had the mark. Casey had to die so his kind could live, and it was Theron's duty to bring her in. But even as a 200-year-old descendent of Hercules, he wasn't strong enough to resist....

    karen says: "Theron The Divine Hot Argonaut Guardian Leader !!"
    "Lost interest and restarted this three times --"
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    and I still don't know what it's about. It's been sitting in my to read pile forever, but it just won't hold my interest.

    Maybe it's the world it's set in. If you like mythology you might be drawn into this. I like mythology, but I don't love it -- so maybe that's the problem.

    The story doesn't feel like a cohesive whole, and the world feels too vague. For me, this was a forgettable read. I just hope I didn't use a credit to buy it -- I've had it so long that I don't remember.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Forbidden Days: The First, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By C. L. Quinn
    • Narrated By Lauren Sweet
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (106)

    Life has been harsh, but after a horrible childhood, Park was finally content with her life. Her beautiful home sat on the edge of the Pacific Ocean in Los Angeles, she had her dream job, and good friends she trusted. Then she's abducted, car-jacked by a stunningly sexy man who she realizes is dangerously crazy - he thinks he's a vampire. Park plays along until she can escape, until she discovers that there are things out there people like her never knew existed.

    Coooper says: "LIKE THE NEW TWIST ON VAMPIRE WORLD !!"
    "Narrator by any name, stinks."
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    Lauren Sweet is an AKA for another name, but the performance is just as bad as previously heard. Her forced cheerfulness and hesitant performance shows that she has absolutely no idea where any given sentence is headed when she begins reading it. This failure to understand the material accounts for her weird inflections, strange emphasis, and roller coaster tone. Listening to her makes me edgy because I have no idea what to feel at any given moment. If I was going to perform any book, I'd at least read it first so I'd know what emotions to convey. I guess she thinks as long as she reads with conviction we'll be lulled into thinking she's good at this. She's wrong.

    The two stars are for fairness to the author since I can't judge material I couldn't force myself to listen to past the first chapter. I'm assuming the publisher listened to this and that's why they changed readers on the next installment, though why they hired this chick in the first place is a mystery.

    As an aside, the same people like to review books like this and give them glowing recommendations. I'm starting to wonder why their standards are so low.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Kade's Dark Embrace: Immortals of New Orleans, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Kym Grosso
    • Narrated By Ryan West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (78)

    After a series of girls are ritualistically murdered on the cold streets of Philadelphia, seasoned detective, Sydney Willows, is forced to work with sexy, alpha vampire, Kade Issacson. While working the case, Sydney finds herself inexplicably drawn to Kade, fighting the passion she feels towards him. Kade, determined to solve the case and mete out justice, is captivated by the independent, fiery detective.

    Shirley13 says: "Loved It!"
    "Did I read a different book?"
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    Dull, flat, one dimensional characters, laughable dialogue, and a very unpleasant female protagonist made this a dull, flat, one dimensional read.

    The hyper melodramatic narration didn't help either.

    Although others are buying into this, I couldn't get past the first seven chapters.

    Sydney is a tough female cop. We know this because she says it over and over again. Kade is a vampire called in on a supernatural serial murder case where another vampire is suspected. They meet at a vicious crime scene where a young woman, who has been tortured and drained, has been tossed into the river. Sydney simultaneously falls into insta-lust and insta-hate with Kade.

    Sydney is incredibly rude and unpleasant to Kade and gets in the vampire investigators face, telling him he isn't going to take her case -- even though he has automatic jurisdiction. (I'm thinking, ok, she has a problem with vampires, or supernaturals. That could be triggering her reaction.)

    Sydney leaves the crime scene and decides she NEEDS sex with her werewolf boyfriend- with-benefits, and needs it NOW, to feel better. (What? Why was she such a bitch to the vamp she just met if she's cool with supernaturals? That doesn't make sense. And what's her psychological damage that she uses sex to feel better?)

    Just when they were starting to get busy on the dance floor, Sydney and her were-toy are interrupted by Kade (who gets jealous -- really? They just met and she was a stone cold bitch to him!) Then we hear his thoughts where he 'feels' she is meant to be his. (Huh.)

    After Kade puts a damper on the sexcapades, he and Sydney decide maybe they should just go do some investigating of the murders. They go to the morgue, check out the vic's tatoos, go to a tatoo parlor and get a tip from the owner that not only did the guy who did the tatoo used to work for her, but she has his name and address!!! Got it in one!

    Kade and Sydney go to the guy's house, but when they get there, she tells Kade this is her case and she's a cop, and she's going in alone. Kade reminds her that the killer is a vampire and she's no match for him, but despite this sage advice, and his vow to protect her with his life, she of course, is determined that he isn't going to take her case away from her because -- wait for it -- she's a cop.

    He caves to her stupidity with little resistance, I guess because he's blinded by his attraction to her. She goes in the front door, while he goes around the back. But just in case anything goes wrong, he tells her to scream if anything bad happens and he'll come in.

    Of course she's immediately attacked in the house, and falls into a big puddle of blood, but being too stupid to live, she doesn't scream. She has time to talk to the guy after he hits her on the back with a club and pulls out the duct tape, but being a tough cop, she still doesn't scream for help.

    Instead, she shoots wildly into the dark and ends up killing the guy, their one and only lead.

    But nobody thinks this is a problem. There isn't a moment of self reflection on her part that maybe, just maybe, her pride cost them a witness. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. (This is the point where I'm thinking maybe the reviews were wrong.)

    The worst part is, she then leaves the grisly, blood-coated crime scene, where young women have been ritually murdered, and offers Kade "coffee" in her apartment. It's made clear that both of them know this is a euphemism for sex. He declines, deciding to continue the investigation. There's no explanation given as to why she doesn't feel the need to investigate as well. All we're told is she needs sex, NOW. To feel better.

    She stops long enough to shower the young women's blood off, and hurries back to the supe club, for a second time, to have sex with the werewolf. He feels her need, he knows what she needs, yada, yada. But the much talked about hot and heavy sex scene that we've been told repeatedly is something she desperately needs in order to feel better amounts to a quickie hand job (on her) and a blow job on him. It's furtive and silly and takes place in his room which is described as being "painted royal blue with a cherry desk and a black leather sofa." That's it. That's all the description we get. No wait. We know there is a rug on the floor because that's where they have "sex." After she tells him that that was what she needed -- (Really?) -- they go back downstairs to the club where she sees Kade and is immediately drawn to his side. He smells the were on her and goes ballistic.

    Really? This all happens in one or two chapters, but the other five are just like this.

    I don't get it. Admittedly, I'm also reading The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, which is a classic, so perhaps my standards are a bit on the high side. Still, there are things one expects in any kind of good book, such as a plot that makes sense, characters whose actions are plausible and driven by understandable motivations -- not just random words strung together where we are TOLD who a character is simply by declarative statement, but shown, through action, who they are, what they feel and why they do the things they do.

    In this regard, this book is an absolute failure. Five star reviews notwithstanding.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sacrificed in Shadow: The Ascension Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By SM Reine
    • Narrated By Kate Udall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    Lincoln Marshall is a small-town deputy with a very big problem. Six members of his church have been found dead, killed by a rogue werewolf. He'll have to make a deal with the Devil to save victims that have gone missing - maybe literally. Elise Kavanagh, preternatural investigator and exorcist, is the expert when it comes to violent deaths at the jaws of evil. She's also among the most powerful demons that Hell has spawned.

    Robin in Vermont says: "My first SM Reine, not my last!"
    "My first SM Reine, not my last!"
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    I really enjoyed this, but I wouldn't call it a light read. It's gritty and sometimes violent. It's also sexy. I found it very well written for this genre. It held my interest to the end.

    Elise is a demon, or at least she was made into a demon when she was drafted into the war between Heaven and Hell. She has a good heart, despite her powers and inclinations, and I liked her. She works as an exorcist and has been invited by law enforcement to investigate a paranormal murder. People in the town are going missing, and at least one has been found ripped apart by werewolves.

    There are witches, sorcerers, werewolves, and others. Reference is made to organizations that populate other series written by Reine -- books I haven't read, but I wasn't lost. I look forward to reading the next book in this series, and in fact, I hope Audible gets the whole series, and that Kate Udall narrates them all. She brought a dark tone to the story that made it even better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Romancing the Duke: Castles Ever After

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tessa Dare
    • Narrated By Carmen Rose
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (132)

    As the daughter of a famed author, Isolde Ophelia Goodnight grew up on tales of brave knights and fair maidens. She never doubted romance would be in her future, too. The storybooks offered endless possibilities. And as she grew older, Izzy crossed them off. One by one by one....Now Izzy's given up yearning for romance. She'll settle for a roof over her head. What fairy tales are left over for an impoverished 26-year-old woman who's never even been kissed?

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Sigh-Worthy Fluffy Fun Fairy Tale"
    "Fairytale for Grownups!"
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    This was a very sweet, if predictable read, and I found it very entertaining.

    Ransom, our hero, is suitably taciturn given his miserable upbringing and unfortunate accident. Evie, the heroine, is plucky and determined without being a shrew. The sex scenes were sensual, and added to the story -- but I especially loved the descriptions of the castle -- and the Moranglians were a hoot. There is a comedy of manners feel to this one that would make a very funny and interesting stage play. Even the villains were dealt with in swift and creative way without ruining the sweet tone. Best of all, it's very well written.

    I've read contemporary books by Tessa Dare and didn't know what to expect from her with an HR, but the girl can write anything well. My interest was held to the end, and that's not always the case for me with a lighter HR.

    I though Carmen Rose was wonderful, her male voices and accents were spot on, and I will look for more books read by her.

    Highly recommended

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Gift

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (314)
    Story
    (308)

    The New York Times best-selling author of Ransom weaves the delightful, sensual story of two lovers destined for high adventure and blissful rapture! A child bride, Sara Winchester had grown into a winsome beauty, joyfully anticipating the day when her husband Nathan, Marquess of St. James, would return to claim her heart at last. Nathan had never bared his soul to any woman, but he was soon utterly beguiled and exasperated by Sara’s sweet, defiant ways. With their future at stake, they would discover the true destiny of their passion... for all time!

    CAROLYN says: "A RIOTOUS REGENCY ADVENTURE ON THE HIGH SEAS"
    "Hilariously entertaining!"
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    I was in need of an uplifting tale when I picked this one up -- (we're in the middle of moving -- aaarrghhh!) -- so I was more than a little delighted with the silliness and high jinks in this adorable story.

    Sara is a diehard idealist, and she's been in love with her husband since she was four years old. She's always known he would be perfect, so despite ample evidence to the contrary, her rose colored glasses stay firmly in place throughout their adventure.

    Nathan hasn't seen Sara since the day of their marriage when he was 14 years old, and held the crying girl child in his arms, but he sets out years later to kidnap her and complete their marriage bond so that he can inherit a gift from the King. Then he's going to give her back to her family. Or at least that was his plan.

    Nathan is as acerbic as Sara is sweet, and together they make an awesome counterpoint.

    Sweet, sexy and so funny, this is a story to pick up when you need to giggle.

    I loved it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rapture: The Shadowdwellers Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jacquelyn Frank
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (320)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (299)

    Magnus is a man of contradictions - a spiritual leader in a warrior's body. To him, laws are for enforcing and visions must be followed - even if that means freeing a beautiful slave and making her his reluctant handmaiden. Betrayed once before, Magnus can barely bring himself to trust another woman. Yet Daenaira's fiery innocence is drawing them both into a reckless inferno of desire. Daenaira grew up hearing tales of a fearsome priest who seemed more myth than reality. But Magnus is very real - every inch of him - and so is the treachery surrounding them.

    Melanie says: "Looking in Shadows for a Dweller"
    "This three book series is amazing!"
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    An off-shoot of the Nightwalkers, the Shadowdwellers is a worth addition to that great series. Kirsten Potter does a lovely job of bringing this sensual, erotic and gorgeous culture to vivid life.

    All three books kept me enraptured, and I highly recommend them.

    Jacquelyn Frank can write sensual sex scenes like no one else, and the world she's created her is brilliant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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