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Ella

Bungendore, Australia | Member Since 2009

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  • 364 titles in library
  • 36 purchased in 2014
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  • The Marriage Bargain: Marriage to a Billionaire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jennifer Probst
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1526)
    Performance
    (1359)
    Story
    (1367)

    To save her family home, impulsive bookstore owner Alexa Maria McKenzie casts a love spell. But she never planned on conjuring up her best friend's older brother - the powerful man who once shattered her heart.

    Billionaire Nicholas Ryan doesn't believe in marriage, but in order to inherit his father's corporation, he needs a wife and needs one fast. When he discovers his sister's childhood friend is in dire financial straits, he offers Alexa a bold proposition....

    SandyH says: "Funny, heartbreaking"
    "Lousy Narrator"
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    I might try another one of her books, but only if I had nothing better to listen to...
    The performance would have been better if the narrator was anyone else... She would be perfect for a phone sex line, but she is one of the worst narrators I've heard in some time.
    There was too much 'will I, won't I' and hot and cold. There should have been better dialogue between the characters. There was no witty banter and the 'fights' between the main characters was unimaginative and bland, not to mention the change in attitude of the characters could give you whip lash.
    Try before you by and don't expect too much from this book. If you have a spare half a day on a beach or under a coconut tree then you might enjoy it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Once Burned: A Night Prince Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2576)
    Performance
    (2381)
    Story
    (2374)

    After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: a terrifying ability to channel electricity and to see a person's darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude ... until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world's most infamous vampire. Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all - but whatever you do, don't call him Dracula.

    Hassan says: "LOVED it from the beginning"
    "Another great one from J Frost & Tavia Gilbert"
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    I love the narration of Tavia Gilbert, she gives the characters such great attitude... It helps to be narrating a fun book with spunk.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Embrace

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jessica Shirvington
    • Narrated By Rebecca Macauley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (86)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (75)

    All Violet wants is to be with Lincoln. But he has a secret so great it could tear them apart. Then there’s Phoenix. He’s intense and enigmatic, but he's always there for her. Caught up in a battle between light and dark - where angels seek vengeance and humans are warriors - Violet must decide who she’s willing to sacrifice and who to trust, because the wrong choice could cost her not only her life, but her destiny.

    Ella says: "Not all Aussi's sound like this"
    "Not all Aussi's sound like this"
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    I'm Australian, but even I find this narrator's voice grating. There are also too many quotes from the bible in the book they seem to just come one after the other. The story is OK, but I wouldn't say it's fantastic. But I'm not the target audience.
    I found the relationship age difference between two main characters to be disconcerting and condoning of a 17 year old to have a relationship with a 26 year old who also has a mentoring/authority figure role in the female characters life. It seemed a little too much glamorising a student having a relationship with a teacher.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Full Moon Rising: Riley Jenson, Guardian, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Keri Arthur
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (666)
    Performance
    (272)
    Story
    (278)

    A rare hybrid of vampire and werewolf, Riley Jenson and her twin brother, Rhoan, work for Melbourne's Directorate of Other Races, an organization created to police the supernatural races, and protect humans from their depredations. While Rhoan is an exalted guardian, a.k.a. assassin, Riley is merely an office worker, until her brother goes missing on one of his missions. The timing couldn't be worse.

    Sharon says: "Enjoyed this entire series!"
    "I liked it..."
    Overall

    I liked the book, But as an Australian from Melbourne I was disappointed that the narrator didn't have a real Australian accent... I liked the references to Melbourne rather than some US city. I also think that Laurel K Hamilton is better at writing sex scenes though, This writer still needs to work on hers, and have a bit more imagination...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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