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Elaine

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  • Waiting for Ty

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Samantha Ann King
    • Narrated By Robert Black
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (67)

    Tyler Coil doesn't do men. But it's harder to remember that each time he visits his best friend, gorgeous Landon Burke. As a political reporter, Ty is good at reading people, and he can tell the lust is mutual. But giving in to it could mean alienating his ultra-conservative family. Landon never desired a man badly enough to explore that side of his sexuality - until he met Ty. He's waited four long years for a sign that Ty wants him too, and he can't deny his needs much longer.

    Riva says: "Nice short story"
    "Light, fluffy."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, it was rather boring. I listened to it because I was on the road and only had a limited number of books on my iPhone.


    What could Samantha Ann King have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Added a suspense thread, maybe.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Hell, no.


    Any additional comments?

    No more Samantha King books for me. I'd listen to DeGrassi again, though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Paradise

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Tami Hoag
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (102)

    New Eden, Montana, is a piece of heaven on earth where one woman died in her own private hell. Now it’s up to ex-court reporter Marilee Jennings to decipher the puzzle of her best friend’s death. But someone has a stake in silencing her suspicion. Someone with secrets worth killing for - and the power to turn this beautiful haven into a...dark paradise.

    Meredith says: "Not good"
    "Foul-mouthed heroine not a good start"
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    I couldn't get past the first couple of chapters. First thing the heroine says to the hero whom she's meeting the first time is "Who the fuck are you?". Granted she thought he had no business being in her missing friend's house but...

    And so said "intruder" (who wasn't an intruder) decides to act the jerk by making coarse sexual come-ons to scare the heroine off the property. There's a place for the word "fuck" and for pretend-jerks. This is not the type of book for them. I have not read Ms Hoags new books, the non-romance ones, but if this is how she writes her heroines in her romantic suspense, it's no wonder she's now writing pure suspense.

    Unless, of course, her 21st century suspense heroines are still rough as guts as the one here.

    Joyce Bean is as good as always, though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scream for Me: A Novel of the Night Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Cynthia Eden
    • Narrated By Emily Beresford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    They were only supposed to have a professional relationship, but FBI agent Kyle McKenzie has been fantasizing about his sexy partner, Cadence Hollow, from the moment they first met. It takes the darkest case of their careers to finally bring their hidden desire bubbling to the surface. Once they’re in each other’s arms, though, they swear that nothing short of death will part them.

    Elaine says: "Horrible narrator; poorly-written story"
    "Horrible narrator; poorly-written story"
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    Performance
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    First, the narrator has a high, nasal voice which makes it hard to tolerate for long periods. Beresford didn't improve in this third installment and I ended up aborting the audio and just reading the ebook.

    Even that proved difficult because the author got a lot of details mixed up, which disrupted my reading as I had to keep going back to check if I remembered wrong or the author was making mistakes. It was the author. The obvious lack of quality editing plus the unpleasant narration made this a dismal experience.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Slow Heat in Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (534)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (315)

    The adopted daughter of the most powerful man in town, Schyler Crandall left Heaven, Louisiana, a brokenhearted girl. Now a crisis has brought her home to a family in conflict, a logging empire on the brink of disaster, and seething secrets that make Heaven hotter than hell.

    bluebelle says: "Spectacular, Kept me guessing the whole time!"
    "A classic favorite! Prefer a different narrator"
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    This is one of my enduring classics by Sandra Brown. I know a lot of SB fans who read and listen to her oldies over and over again. Cash Boudreaux has never left my memories of bad-boy heroes and steaming Southern romances. His name is one of the two that readily comes to mind when I'm asked for a favorite hero (the other is JD Robb's Roarke) even though Cash is rough, uncouth and brimming over with passion. He made SiH into a contemporary bodice-ripper that send my bosom heaving, indeed.

    The narrator has never been a favorite of mine. Hill's voice and narrating style always conjures up the image of an old man in his armchair with a pipe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carolina Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Dean Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (212)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (135)

    Tory Bodeen grew up in a small, rundown house where her father ruled with an iron fist and a leather belt - and where her dreams and talents had no room to flourish. But she had Hope - who lived in the big house, just a short skip away, and whose friendship allowed Tory to be something she wasn't allowed to be at home: a child. But after Hope's brutal murder, Tory's life fell apart. Now grown, she's trying to find a measure of peace. But Hope's killer is still nearby.

    paula lewis says: "Good and Bad"
    "Technical problem ruined the book for me"
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    This is a very poor copy as the voice is not smooth. It's clearly a technical issue as I stopped to listen to another audiobook to compare. Hopefully, Audible will correct this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bonds of Denial: Wicked Play, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Lynda Aicher
    • Narrated By Decklan McKenna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    It's been 20 years since Rockford Fielding's father punished him for kissing another boy. Rock continues to deny his true desires, even while working security at The Den, the most decadent sex club in town. But after a year of watching gorgeous Carter Montgomery come and go on the arms of other men, Rock can no longer resist the cravings he's denied for so long. One charmingly awkward date turns into two and soon the men are meeting off the clock. But with Rock in the closet and Carter unsure how to pursue a real relationship, how can they build a future both in and out of the bedroom?

    Elaine says: "Good narrator but average story"
    "Good narrator but average story"
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    McKenna's voice is rich and compelling but, unfortunately, the story gets boring after a promising start. The scenes between Rock and Carter are repetitive and as a listener, I was stuck with that. At least with an ebook or hard copy, I can skip those parts easily. Not possible with an Audible audio because I don't even get chapters and it's a pain to get to where I want, or return to my last spot.

    There are heaps of better rent-boy/hooker stories out there.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One Week Girlfriend: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Monica Murphy
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd, Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (96)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (93)

    Temporary. That's the word I'd use to describe my life right now. I'm temporarily working double shifts - at least until I can break free. I'm temporarily raising my little brother - since apparently our actual mother doesn't give a crap about either of us. And I always end up as nothing but the temporary girlfriend - the flavor of the week for every guy who's heard the rumor that I give it up so easily.

    Jordy says: "Drew & Fable story is heartwrenching, but I loved!"
    "What was all the fuss about?"
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    I went in knowing this was New Adult, that it was about couples aged between 20 and 25. No prob with that. My gripe is that the teenaged characters that appear in some of the romances or romantic suspense I normally read come across with more character strength and attractiveness than these two MCs. Drew is a good-looking quarterback but sounds like a dweeb no girl would be caught dating.

    Luke Daniel made Drew Callahan's father sound like a feeble old lady. I don't understand why Mr Callahan was given such a high, quavery voice. Instead of the successful businessman who made his money in the world of finance, he sounded like an elderly spinster aunt. Daniel's voice is lovely so it's so strange that he chose to make the elder Callahan sound the way he did.

    Anyway, this turned out to be a dud for me and the genre will go the way Chick Lit and Women's Fiction did for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sworn to Protect: Sugarland Blue Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jo Davis
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Detective Shane Ford, Sugarland's favorite cop, has been blindsided by the sudden death of his best friend, NFL star Brad Cooper, and by becoming the legal guardian of Brad's son, Drew - a bitter, angry 16-year-old with a dangerous secret. Shane is determined to pry the truth from Drew, but he manages only to alienate him - and winds up going head-to-head with Juvenile Officer Daisy Callahan, whose job is to protect the teen's best interests.

    Elaine says: "Great Narrator, lousy story"
    "Great Narrator, lousy story"
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    The author has not changed much in the six years since she published Trial by Fire. The hero is still introduced to readers as having nothing but sex in his brain right in the middle of work. This time, though, Shane gets a better deal than the hero in TbF. Howard, I think his name was, was obsessing over the heroine's breasts right in the middle of fighting a fire and rescuing the trapped victims. At least Shane wasn't right in the middle of a crime scene but still, it's a police squad room and work is in progress but we get a whole paragraph detailing his sexual thoughts about Daisy. Puhlease.

    I felt bad for Sean Crisden because he's one of my fav narrators and I wish he were narrating the Karen Rose books. Or the other serious romantic suspense titles, not this piece of nonsense. Sworn to Protect was not worth even the Whispersync price because I had to buy the Kindle first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aftershock

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jill Sorenson
    • Narrated By Piper Goodeve
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (16)

    As an emergency paramedic, Lauren Boyer is dedicated and highly capable. Until an earthquake strikes, trapping her beneath the freeway with a group of strangers - including Iraq war veteran Garrett Wright.… Handsome and take-charge Garrett aids Lauren in her rescue efforts, even as the steely look in his eyes seems to hide dark secrets. When a gang of escaped convicts goes on the attack, Garrett's bravery makes him more than a courageous bystander to Lauren. If they can save the others before time runs out, maybe, just maybe, they can explore the fire igniting between them.

    Diva says: "A bit disappointing - not Jill Sorenson's Best"
    "Good story ruined by poor audio production!"
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    This was a good story but the audio production is poor. The narrator already has a rather weak voice and is the wrong choice for a suspense/action romance. The entire experience was made worse by the muted, woolly sound which is the result of poor quality control in the production dept rather than the narrator's fault.

    I tested the other two books and the productions seems better. Hopefully, it will help minimize the weakness of the narrator's voice.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Brook Street: Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Ava March
    • Narrated By Charlie Belmont
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (147)

    One night to determine once and for all if he truly preferred men. But the last thing Lord Benjamin Parker expected to find in a questionable gambling hall in Cheapside is a gorgeous young man who steals his heart. Cavin Fox has done it many times - select a prime mark, distract him with lust, and leave his pockets empty. Yet when Cavin slips away under the cover of darkness, the only part of Benjamin he leaves untouched is his pockets. With a taste of his fantasies fulfilled, Benjamin wants more than one night with Cavin. But convincing the elusive young man to give them a chance proves difficult.

    LadyT says: "Better than expected."
    "Good premise but horridly long-winded."
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    I liked the premise even though I thought the execution was somewhat wanting because the main characters just weren't attractive. Or attractive enough. Lord Benjamin Parker came across as a nondescript, boring person, without even the benefit of good looks to attract me. As a romance-lover, I need at least one of two things - the MC has to be gorgeous even if he isn't powerful, smart or rich; or he has to have a great personality if not the looks to accompany it.

    The other thing that lost it another star, IMO, was that the author tended to over-write. The narrative was too long, stretching out a point as if she thought I, the reader, wouldn't get it. Much of the time I was itching for the story to get moving. Instead, one of the drawbacks of audiobooks, I was forced to listen as Cavin went on endlessly about some point or other. In the end, I had to hit the pause button and read the ebook, skimming over the lines until the storyline picked up again. As any audiobook lover knows, this is not an easy task and does pull one out of the story by the time you locate the spot you want.

    Charlie Belmont was good but even he couldn't save this work. I fell asleep in the second book, Fortune Hunter, so I can't review that beyond saying I like my heroes taller than me (superficial bitch that I am) so five feet four doesn't do it for me. I will try the last book in the series, though, and if that doesn't work either, then no more Ava March for me.

    I do hope to see more MM romances by Belmont, though. He has a lovely timbre to his voice. His execution may not be as smooth as David Morey, Jack LeFleur, Sean Crisden or Charlie Carr but he's still better than many male narrators out there. I'd like to see how he carries off a story that's set in the US with American characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Making Promises: Keeping Promise Rock, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Amy Lane
    • Narrated By Paul Morey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (66)

    All Shane Perkins ever wanted to be was a hero. But after a career-shattering decision to go down fighting, Shane comes home from the hospital to four empty walls, a pile of money, and a burning desire for someone to miss him the next time he gets hurt in the line of duty. He ends up an officer in the small town of Levee Oaks, and, addicted to the promise of family, he makes an effort to reconcile with his flighty, troubled sister. Kimmy makes her living as a dancer, and her partner steals Shane's breath at first sight.

    Donald says: "Another Journey to take..."
    "The audio brought the book alive"
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    For some reason I couldn't get through the ebook version of this sequel to Keeping Promise Rock. I had loved the first installment, though, and had bought all three ebooks so decided to see if Morey could help.

    Unlike Mickie Ashling's Taste, Morey enabled me to reread the first book and enjoy the second. I still like him better in Calmes' A Matter of Time but Morey's inconsistently good so I tend to buy when he's narrating even when the book isn't one I'm looking out for, as in this case.

    MP isn't as angsty as the first installment but it still tiring. Lane does that to me and even though I may be engrossed in the story, when it's over I always feel like I need a palate cleanser. It's been months since I listened and read this book and I still can't bring myself to do the third and final installment.

    I will, though. It IS Morey after all,

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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