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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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  • On Dublin Street

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Samantha Young
    • Narrated By Paula Costello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1207)
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    (1139)
    Story
    (1136)

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Acheron: A Dark-Hunter Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1253)
    Performance
    (704)
    Story
    (712)

    Eleven thousand years ago a god was born. Cursed into the body of a human, Acheron spent a lifetime of shame. His human death unleashed an unspeakable horror that almost destroyed the earth. Brought back against his will, he became the sole defender of mankind.

    Mar-z says: "couldn't stop listening"
    "My first Dark Hunter"
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    Hmmmm. I love Holter Graham. And because I love him, I listened to way more of this book than I would have if he hadn't been the one to read it.

    The first half is torture -- the hero is tortured, abused, beaten, raped and betrayed -- repeatedly, and from a very young age. It was pretty grim. I got 3/4's through the book before I realized he wasn't going to be redeemed, rescued or in some way made stronger by having been through the first half. He continued to be insecure and damaged, and that just bummed me out.

    Why? Sherrilyn Kenyon could have written anything she wanted -- why did she write this book?

    I guess the last quarter of the book might have offered something uplifting, but by that point I was looking for something else to read.

    I won't be continuing with the series. I'm asking for my money back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Taste of Blood Wine: Blood Wine, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Freda Warrington
    • Narrated By Jane Copland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
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    (10)

    1918. A First World War battlefield becomes the cosmic battleground for two vampires, as Karl von Wultendorf struggles to free himself from his domineering maker, Kristian.1923. Charlotte Neville watches as her father, a Cambridge professor, fills Parkland Hall with guests for her sister Madeleine's 18th birthday party.

    Robin in Vermont says: "Well done Vampire cozy."
    "Well done Vampire cozy."
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    I love vampire stories, especially when they offer a different spin. This one is set in London and Cambridge shortly after the end of WWI, and the setting and era are quintesentially British. It's also an era we don't often see outside of a "cozy." (Think Downton Abbey.)

    This, however, is a monster cozy, if I can coin a phrase. All the drawing room, stiff upper lippi-ness one expects from a British mystery, only the mystery is about vampires. Our hero is a world weary vamp who's fallen in love with a human woman, and this results in a tangle involving her family, and his family of monsters. What's clever is that the characters are dignified and properly attired while their world unravels. Of course, this doesn't prevent them from serving tea, or even brandy, if the day has been very, very trying.

    And there is a complex villain who gave me the willies. I loved it!

    Freda Warrington has created a cool mythology that is very different from what we're used to. Oh, the fanged ones still drink blood, but they also exist part-time in a parallel reality, (the description of which is amazing).

    Jane Copland did a great job bringing everyone to life, and she's an important reason I'm continuing on with the series. She sets the perfect tone.

    Note: This is not a book I listened to from cover to cover. I found I had to be in the mood for it. But when I was in the mood, it was awesome.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Remnants of Tomorrow: The Ashes Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Kassy Tayler
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Wren is in the last place she ever wanted to be: backinside the dome. Held as a prisoner of her father, the Master General Enforcer,she is completely cut off from the outside. After a harrowing escape attempt,and finding Levi trapped in a cell, Wren's world is further turned upside downby what could be Pace's ultimate betrayal. Only Pace's whispered words keepher from losing all hope. "Things are not always what they seem." Those words,along with the sight of yellow-feathered Pip keep Wren fighting for what sheknows in her heart is right for everyone. She must break the glass.

    When Wren's father realizes that his rebellious daughterand her friends are not falling into his plan of complacency, he turns themover to an even darker enemy. While Levi is certain his uncle will save them,the Quest and all their friends outside the dome seem to have disappeared.

    The outside world is a brutal place, but Wren will not bebeaten. She holds strong to her belief that outside the glass there is thepromise of freedom and the hope for love. Wren must battle the forces that wantto enslave her, and the foolish whims of her own heart to free her world andfinally find where she belongs.

    Robin in Vermont says: "My Top 5 Reads of 2013 and 2014!"
    "My Top 5 Reads of 2013 and 2014!"
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    What a wonderful ending to the trilogy! I was blown away and cannot wait to start the whole thing over again in a year or two. Wow!

    I could try to describe the story, but it's futile. The books are so much deeper than anything I could say. In fact, it's amazing to me how the descriptions of all three books simply do not do them justice, even though they are factually correct.

    Nicola Barber is brilliant as the reader. Her characterizations are spot on and swept me away into the story.

    If you love fantasy, you have to read these books. If you have kids over the age of 14, they must read this story. Books like these are why I'm a reader and if I'd read this in school, I would probably have become a writer. The prose is so beautiful, the relationships so real, the problems faced by the characters so compelling that I was captivated from the first book to the last. I'm sad it's over, but excited to see what Kassy Tayler writes next. She has a lifelong fan, and a vocal cheerleader in me.

    Do not miss this beautiful adventure, no matter how old you are!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Law Man: A Dream Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Kate Russell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (326)

    Sweet, shy Mara Hanover is in love with her neighbor. For four years, she has secretly watched her dream man from afar. Handsome police detective Mitch Lawson is way out of her league. She's a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, and there's no way a guy like Mitch would want anything to do with her. But when Mara has a leaky faucet that she can't fix, it's Mitch who comes to her rescue.

    Jordy says: "Law Man is another Kristen Ashley winner!"
    "Not the best."
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    After Mystery Man, which I loved, I was expecting great things from this second book in the series. I was vastly disappointed.

    I can't fault the reader -- she did what she could with the material. It was the endless stream of consciousness narrating on the part of the h that brought me out of the story at the midway point. And it was narrating. Repetitious non-stop inner monologue narrating. If a real person's thought processes worked this way, they would be completely unable to function, and would be left deaf, dumb and blind to the verbal and physical cues that are a necessity when it comes to negotiating real life. (Girlie Aspergers? If so, it's a severe case.)

    I'm giving it 3 stars for the many great touches that made me chuckle and also made me wish for a better book to go with them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Wager: Blood Destiny, #1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Connie Suttle
    • Narrated By Traci Odom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    Lissa's life as a vampire begins on the day her husband is removed from life support. Turned by rogues who wager her life, Lissa is running from her maker who is determined to kill her, hunted by the Council who has branded her a rogue and blackmailed by werewolves, who utilize her newly developed talents for their own gain.

    DIDGITX10 says: "Love the Series.Please do the rest!! Good Narrator"
    "A compelling read!"
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    This was a great read/listen. Lissa Beth Workman is a dumpy, sobbing drunk in a local bar when two vampire walk in and take an interest. They make a wager and proceed to turn her just so they can time the turn. Then they planned to make her dead dead.

    What happens next makes for one action packed adventure that takes place all over the supernatural world.

    Could. Not. Put. It. Down.

    Don't miss this one. Can't wait for more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Surrender Your Love: Surrender Your Love, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By J. C. Reed
    • Narrated By Romy Nordlinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (95)

    Meeting Jett was like lightning. Dangerous. Better left untouched. And better forgotten. But lightning always strikes twice. Brooke Stewart, a realtor in New York, doesn't do relationships. When she's sent to a remote estate to finalize a real estate deal, she discovers her new boss is none other than the guy she left naked in bed. Sexy, dangerously handsome, and arrogant Jett Mayfield attracts trouble, and women, like a lightning rod. But the night he meets Brooke he gets more than he bargained for.

    Jordy says: "All I can say is I never expected that ending!!"
    "Couldn't get past the narration."
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    I dont' know if this is a good book or not. Romy Nordinger's reading was so distracting that I couldn't focus on the story. She reminded me of one of my aunts' who always thought she was so sexy, but with her smoker's voice, she sounded old and kind of nasty.

    moving on.

    5 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • A Hidden Fire: Elemental Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Hunter
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (111)
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    (106)

    No secret stays hidden forever. A phone call from an old friend sets mysterious book researcher Giovanni Vecchio back on the path of a mystery that has eluded him for centuries. Little does he suspect a young librarian holds the key to an ancient secret, nor could he expect the danger Beatrice De Novo would attract. Now both will follow a twisted maze leading from the archives of a university library, through the fires of Renaissance Florence, and toward a passion that could destroy them both.

    B. says: "Fantastic story--far less than ideal narrator"
    "What's happened to Dina Pearlman?"
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    I loved this series when I read it on my Kindle and couldn't wait for it to come out on Audible.

    Then I bought it. What the heck has happened to Dina Pearlman? Her reading of this is so awful that it's un-listenable. Normally I enjoy her performances in series like Anna Strong and Vampire Moon, but in this one she flops spectacularly.

    Why make a character like Beatrice, a young, sheltered academic, sound like a coarse ranch hand with boundary issues? What reads as simple curiosity in the material, Pearlman turns into a suspicious interrogation in her interpretation. She usually doesn't have a tin ear for nuance, but her accents for a Welshman and an Italian are so horrific it sounds like she has square marbles in her mouth. Her voice also sounds overworked and aging. I almost wonder if she's been ill.

    What a bummer. I guess I'll clear the whole series off my iPod and reread it on my kindle.

    What a shame.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mystery Man

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Kate Russell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (560)
    Performance
    (527)
    Story
    (530)

    Gwendolyn Kidd has met the man of her dreams. He's hot, he's sexy, and what started as a no-names-exchanged night of passion has blossomed into a year and a half-long pleasure fest. Sure, it's a little strange that he only appears in her bed at night, but Gwen is so sure he's the one, she just can't turn him away…. Hawk Delgado knows more about Gwen than she could ever imagine. She's gorgeous, headstrong, and skittish about relationships. But Hawk is facing his own demons, demons that keep him from connecting with anyone.

    Angela says: "Fan-freakin-tastic!!!!!"
    ""Babe.""
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    This was so much fun that I couldn't put it down, even to get to sleep at a decent hour! Kate Russell elevated the material with a snappy performance that left me breathless and giggling by turns. I loved both leads equally, which is really unusual -- one is always weaker -- but not here. Kristen Ashley has a new devoted fan and I can't wait to read the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eternity Cure

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Julie Kagawa
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (223)
    Story
    (224)

    Cast out of Eden and separated from the boy she dared to love, Allie will follow the call of blood to save her creator, Kanin, from the psychotic vampire Sarren. But when the trail leads to Allie's birthplace in New Covington, what Allie finds there will change the world forever . There's a new plague on the rise, a strain of the Red Lung virus that wiped out most of humanity generations ago - and this strain is deadly to humans and vampires alike. The only hope for a cure lies in the secrets Kanin carries, if Allie can get to him in time.

    Amy says: "Buckle Up...it's an insane ride!"
    "Descriptions do not do this series justice!"
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    Right now, I am waiting for the third book in this series due out next month, (April 15th), and debating whether or not to listen right away, or wait a while and then start the series from the beginning. Hmmmmm. Decisions, decisions.

    I don't think I can wait. The first two were that good.

    I really loved the phenomenal performance by Therese Plummer. She really brought this series to life. I wish she read more of my favorite books. She's perfection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Night (Le Débauché Club)

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Aubrey Beck
    • Narrated By Tristan Hunt
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Good things come to those who wait, and James Armstrong, the depraved Earl of Haswell, has been waiting a very long time to spend Just One Night with the widowed Lady Alnwick - a night that neither of them will ever forget.

    Robin in Vermont says: "I could become a Tristan Hunt-aholic"
    "I could become a Tristan Hunt-aholic"
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    Short but hot and sweet story, with a reader who is pure sex on a stick. Loved this one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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