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Nancy

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  • Savage Awakening: Alpha Pack Series #2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By J. D. Tyler
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (923)
    Performance
    (855)
    Story
    (853)

    After a mission goes wrong, Aric Savage is taken prisoner. Half-dead and despairing, he makes a stunning discovery: His Pack-mate Micah Chase, who was reported dead, is a fellow captive. When the Alpha team goes into full-rescue mode, accompanying them is an absolute stunner with sable hair - and a spine of solid steel.... LAPD officer and Psy Dreamwalker Rowan Chase has one priority: her brother Micah's recovery. Still, she can't help but be drawn to Aric, the ruggedly handsome wolf shifter who pleasures her as no man ever has - however fleeting their affair is destined to be.

    CAROLYN says: "SECOND SLICE OF THE SEXY SUPERNATURAL SEAL SERIES"
    "Bland and Formulaic"
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    After reading the 1st book in the series, I was under-whelmed and hesitant to continue. Reviews were stronger for the second release so I was hopeful the story would pick up. I did not find that to be the case. The characters are well-developed and that is a plus. The over-arching premise is good and that's what ultimately enticed me to continue. I think it's the pace of the plot that's dragging it down. It's slow and predictable. Also, while I usually like a good dose of sex along with my paranormal romance, I found myself just fast forwarding through those scenes in this book. While the promise is there, ultimately the story just doesn't deliver any excitement. I've been on quite a paranormal listening streak lately, and I can think of at least a half dozen other books I'd rather go listen to again rather than continue in this vein. As far as the narration goes, the narrator has a style of delivery that isn't very nuanced. It's very forceful, deliberate and at times unnecessarily dramatic. While she gives each character a distinct voice which I fully appreciated, there's an overall tone of either derision or disgust with maybe a pinch of anger. So many sentences seemed to end in an implied "G*d d*mn it!" Sometimes that's appropriate for the content of the conversation, most of the time, however, I wanted the narrator to dig deeper and find the nuance and subtlety. Overall, not a horrible book, just horribly average. I'm going to pass on the rest of the series.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Abyss

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1393)
    Performance
    (1310)
    Story
    (1300)

    As a boy, Abyssian "Sian" Infernas had his heart shattered by a treacherous fey beauty who died before he could exact vengeance. Millennia later, a curse has transformed him into a demonic monster - just as she's been reincarnated. Sian captures the delicate but bold female, forcing her back to hell.

    CAROLYN says: "A DELICOUSLY WICKED FAIRYTALE"
    "The weakest addition to series"
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    Classic use of the distrust/miscommunication device, ad nauseum. Not nearly as much action adventure as in previous releases in series. For me, the action was sorely missed. Got tired of the endless sex scenes that didn’t move the story forward. Liked the characters though. And, of course, as always the narrator Robert Petkoff was amazing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Dr. Jason Fung
    • Narrated By Brian Nishii
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5099)
    Performance
    (4581)
    Story
    (4529)

    In this highly listenable and provocative book, Dr. Jason Fung sets out an original, robust theory of obesity that provides startling insights into proper nutrition. In addition to his five basic steps - a set of lifelong habits that will improve your health and control your insulin levels - Dr. Fung explains how to use intermittent fasting to break the cycle of insulin resistance and reach a healthy weight - for good.

    PSBoyte says: "We'll see, but .... why is this not common knowledge."
    "Darn insulin!"
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    As long as corporate food lobbyists aren't successful in suppressing this information over the long haul, I believe 50 years from now the information contained within this book will be the accepted norm. I could see a future where calorie counting will be almost as obsolete as leeches or bloodletting. The premise of this book is simple...calories alone are not the reason we are fat. How our body produces or doesn't produce insulin in relation to certain foods is the major factor in weight gain. We need to understand how our bodies produce insulin in relation to certain foods and not worry so much about calorie count. This sounds ridiculous without listening to the book, but, by gosh, he has the data to back it up. He debunks all sorts of modern recommendations that I have always hated but felt like I should try to follow in order to boost my metabolism. With great joy, I will no longer eat breakfast unless I am crazy hungry. I will no longer eat six teeny-tiny meals a day. I will fast on occasion as a method to help my body re-set my insulin production. He offers no easy diet answers. He offers ideas of why your insulin production might be messed up. It's your job to figure it out from there. But, he gives you lots of ideas of approaches. Basically, though there is an over-arching recommendation to roughly follow a Paleo diet with the benefit of added dairy. Essentially, no processed foods. Ugh, many will say, that's impossible. Our grandparents did it and so can we! The message is processed foods are poison. Stop eating them. Duh...

    As for the narrator, that was a bit of a grind. There's a lot of technical information to follow, and it doesn't help when the narrator starts throwing in mispronounced words. Kin-O-ah instead of keen-wha (quinoa). De-vote instead of devout. That was plain disconcerting. Also, I could tell the narrator was a multi-lingual speaker and some of the particularities of someone who speaks an Asian language bled through into his English. He's perfectly understandable, but it's a little distracting.

    The bottomline is this: We could all benefit from the knowledge in this book, obese, a little over-weight, or even if you're thin. It's a bit of a technical grind, but the knowledge and self-reflection gained through the effort was totally worth it. And, don't be thinking my little blurb is a thorough summation, so now you don't need to read the book. No, that would be so wrong! Definitely read this book; there's so much more fascinating information you will enjoy contemplating.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Brené Brown
    • Narrated By Brené Brown
    Overall
    (11838)
    Performance
    (10470)
    Story
    (10390)

    "True belonging doesn't require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are." Social scientist Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives - experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization.

    Gillian says: "Actual Step-By-Step To Authenticity!"
    "Didn’t have a value add for me"
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    There were a few reminders of principals I follow in my life that maybe I need to refresh and focus on, but overall there just weren’t any revelations significant enough to make this book worth my time. She spends some time explaining how we as a culture have arrived at this dangerous place of such polarizing divisiveness. While certainly I agree we as a country need to address and overcome this issue, she doesn’t really have any enlightening words of advice other than to manage and be aware of your own self-conduct. Sadly, the folks who most need to read and understand the content of this book are the least likely to do so and would probably be the least receptive in any case. That left me feeling a little disheartened. She also spends much time reminding us basically to love ourselves, making sure we understand the difference between fitting in and belonging—belonging to ourselves first and foremost. Finally, she employs the use of a trite acronym and the awkward & forced metaphor of “braving the wilderness” to urge people to not be afraid to stand up for what you believe in even if it forces you to stand out in an uncomfortable way. I bought this book on a whim because Audible pushed it to me. I was in a hurry and didn’t really research the author or the content as I normally do. I would not have purchased if I’d done my homework. Having said all this, I think this book would have been way more valuable to my 25 year old self. So, I think this book does have a target market who would very much benefit. However, if you’re like me, a mature, self-loving individual, not afraid to speak your mind in a respectful way, and not a participant of the judgmental people sorting going on today (think Libtards or Trumptards), then you don’t need this book. If you think you are falling victim to harsh people sorting behaviors, then yes!, please read this book!

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • At Peace

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Olivia Porter
    Overall
    (1495)
    Performance
    (1380)
    Story
    (1384)

    Violet Winters once had it all but lost it when her husband was murdered by a criminal madman. During a cold winter night Violet has to leave her warm bed to tell her neighbor to turn the music down. And that's when she meets sinister, scarred, scarily attractive security specialist, Joe Callahan.

    Sharon says: "One of KA's best - the Worst Narrator"
    "Joe! Vi! Joe! Vi!"
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    Why write a review about a book that's already been reviewed over a 1,000 times, you ask? To get the irritation out of my system, of course! Aside from this book being a long, rambling, mostly pointless mess, the dialog between the characters drove me nuts! So much of the dialog was Vi saying, "Joe." The narrator did an alright job giving different intonations to the different meanings of "Joe" but it clearly wasn't enough to distract me from this lifeless dialog. Do you know how many ways you can say "Joe." Let me tell you. You can say it with exasperation, entreaty, lust, appreciation, irritation, anxiety, suggestion, happiness, disappointment, patience--oh wait, let me just attach every single human emotion known to man. I really wanted to smack Vi about halfway through. As for the narrator, I give 3 stars when a narrator neither adds nor subtracts from the story. IMO, Porter neither added nor subtracted from the storyline. I've listened to several Ashley books and while I think she is an average but pleasantly predictable writer, I found this particular offering to be nothing but aggravating. Clearly, I'm not on the same wavelength as most of her fanbase listeners. Is it too much to want a female protagonist to have a little backbone with the man she loves and have a vocabulary larger than 70% "Joe!"?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heroes Are My Weakness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Erin Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (617)
    Performance
    (551)
    Story
    (549)

    He's a reclusive writer whose imagination creates chilling horror novels. She's a down-on-her-luck actress reduced to staging kids' puppet shows. He knows a dozen ways to kill his characters with his bare hands. She knows a dozen ways to kill an audience with laughs. But she's not laughing now.

    C. Macduff says: "Not SEP's best work"
    "Mystery Romance departure"
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    Susan Elizabeth Phillips takes a departure from her usual formula in this mystery-based romance. Think of a corny, classic, light-weight mystery novel, throw in the usual Phillips romance dynamic, and, ta-da, you've got this book. With her career so well established as a particular kind of writer, I think many long time fans weren't expecting such a deviation from her usual style, and were disappointed she changed her formula. I, for one, get bored of "the formula" and applaud her experimentation, even though it wasn't a total success. I liked the classic whodunit attempt although some of her chosen literary devices felt awkward, trite, and stretched the boundaries of my ability to suspend reality and buy into what she was selling. For instance, I could buy into the use of one puppet to deliver the alter-ego voice of the heroine, but the author couldn't leave well enough alone and employed a number of puppets. With Annie, the heroine, having so many conversations with the puppets inside her own head, I really had to work hard at not thinking of Annie as a lunatic in her own right. Also, spoiler alert, the fact that the hero, Theo, suppressed the origin of historical wrong doings and accepted all the blame just didn't seem too real world either. And, of course, the perpetrators of the current wrong doings was such a classic mystery novel twist, you can guess what's up with that from a mile away, you just don't know exactly why until the end.

    I have no complaints particularly with the narrator. She did a decent job, especially with the puppets' voices and the little girl's voice. I've just listened to so many outstanding narrators of late, this one ranks as average in comparison. She does add a little something to the story, so she's definitely a strong 3 star, almost 4.

    Ultimately, it was a fun, light-weight listen. I'd recommend it. If you're an SEP fan, recalibrate your expectations to more of a mystery romance and let go of the usual formula expectations, and I suspect you'll enjoy it too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Al Franken
    • Narrated By Al Franken
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14394)
    Performance
    (13299)
    Story
    (13158)

    Al Franken, Giant of the Senate is a book about an unlikely campaign that had an even more improbable ending: the closest outcome in history and an unprecedented eight-month recount saga, which is pretty funny in retrospect. It's a book about what happens when the nation's foremost progressive satirist gets a chance to serve in the United States Senate and, defying the low expectations of the pundit class, actually turns out to be good at it.

    TerryPotter says: "Fabulous book; history, hard politics and lots of laughs"
    "I Fell In Love This Week with Al Franken"
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    It's true. I fell in love this week with Al Franken. I didn't mean to fall in love. But it's hard to resist the straight shooting, intelligent, folksy, charming, clever storyteller that Al Franken is. Oops, I forget to mention funny. I should mention funny. He'd probably like that. He's also a true patriot. A hard-working honest one at that. I don't know that I'd necessarily agree with him on all his political views, but that's not the point.

    I especially appreciated how approachable the book is for those of us with very little knowledge of the political process yet how enjoyable it is for those of us who know full well how the political process works. I think it's important for people who have felt disengaged from politics to somehow get engaged, and this book would be an easy way to get started, no matter your party. It's an interesting glimpse behind the curtain, if you will.

    He eases the listener into politics by beginning the book with his early years at Harvard, and then amuses with tales of SNL. He's wily in explaining his Minnesota campaign run. It's all very fascinating, but I felt like he was maybe testing the waters to see if we were ready as a nation to understand the power of the de-humorizer and be ready to de-bunk that junk for a potential presidential run in the future. While I think he'd make an exceptional President, I have zero confidence in the rest of the population to see through the de-humorizer. Sorry, Al, hope I'm wrong. Or, maybe I'm reading that section wrong and that's not the intent.

    For me, the best meat of the book comes when he really gets into what goes on day to day in D.C. It wasn't a Civics class, don't worry. But, it kind of gave you a feel for the day in the life of a Senator. I got a kick hearing the jokes he had to edit in his head that he now gets to let out -- apparently before his head explodes. Ted Cruz is the Dwight Schrute of the Senate, I knew it! I also appreciated that he acknowledges discouragements but leaves the reader with an overall tone of optimism. You know, if we work on this together, we can do this!

    Al Franken, Giant of Senate? Tongue in cheek title? Clever, clever, man.

    71 of 100 people found this review helpful
  • Bounty

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Emma Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1742)
    Performance
    (1625)
    Story
    (1627)

    Justice Lonesome has enjoyed a life of bounty. Even so, she's inherited the curse of the Lonesome. A poet's soul. Which means she's still searching for something. Searching for peace. Searching for the less...that's more. And when the foundation of her life is pulled out from under her, grieving, she goes to the mountains to find her oasis. She hits Carnal, Colorado, and decides to stay.

    Sharon says: "Awesome!!!"
    "Like listening to a pleasant babbling brook"
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    I find all of Kristen Ashley's books pleasantly mellow and relaxing, just like sitting next to a babbling brook. Absolutely the perfect thing to play in the background as I am busy doing other mindless chores. Having said that, her books are not all that dynamic. Sometimes I miss large segments due to distraction but find when I tune back in I have missed absolutely nothing at all. I would never sit down and actually read one of her books because not enough actually ever happens. The first time I listened to a Kristen Ashley book I thought it was a big fat waste of my time. Where was the plot? That was a weak story line! But I listen to a lot of books to distract me from a serious case of tinnitus (phantom ear buzzing/noises 24/7 in one ear). I've come to appreciate Kristen Ashley does a credible job of creating an idyllic world we could imagine ourselves living in. As time has gone along I've come to appreciate that Kristen Ashley is like easy listening rock music. Do you admit to your co-workers it's on your playlist, do you go to the concert? Maybe not. But you may tap your foot to it on occasion and when you're in the mood. So if you want to sit next to a babbling brook for a while, Kristen Ashley may be an author you'd enjoy. If you're looking for something with lots of drama, emotion and tension, you probably should keep shopping.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rock Chick Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Susannah Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1570)
    Performance
    (1455)
    Story
    (1453)

    Roxie’s on the run from a bad boyfriend who will not catch the hint that it is o-v-e-r. She’s in no mood for love at first sight, but when her eyes fall on Hank, it’s trouble from the get-go. Roxie tries to hold Hank at arm's length but Hank wants to be a closer (as in, a lot closer). Roxie’s trouble catches up with her and Hank wants to help but Roxie knows in her heart that she’s no good for a white-hat guy. The problem is no one agrees with her, especially her crazy hippie best friend Annette or her parents; the even crazier small-Indiana-town Herb and Trish.

    Nancy says: "Too Stupid To Live"
    "Too Stupid To Live"
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    Romance novels require an ability to temporarily suspend reality in order to buy in to the story, we all know that. However, when I can't maintain that suspension and keep getting jolted by the absurdity, I become disengaged. In this case, the heroine is just too stupid to live! Even the stupidiest of the stupid would not have made the choices this silly chick made. The author just went for the easy set up to move the story line along, and, as it turns out, I've discovered I like my heroines to be brave and smart. Brave and foolish doesn't do it for me. The narrator did a good job, kept me engaged on a very long car drive.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • All Kinds of Tied Down: Marshals (Book 1)

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Mary Calmes
    • Narrated By Tristan James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (680)
    Performance
    (649)
    Story
    (647)

    Deputy US Marshal Miro Jones has a reputation for being calm and collected under fire. These traits serve him well with his hotshot partner, Ian Doyle, the kind of guy who can start a fight in an empty room. In the past three years of their life-and-death job, they've gone from strangers to professional coworkers to devoted teammates and best friends. Miro’s cultivated blind faith in the man who has his back… faith and something more.

    Belen says: "UST, Action and HOTNESS"
    "Yawns & Eye Rolls"
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    I'm thinking fans of gay romance give very generous critiques--especially this one with a 4 1/2 star average rating at time of purchase. This one was a huge yawn for me, with lots of eye rolling thrown in. In this rainbows and sunshine feel good story, there's just not much story. In fact, it's really nothing more than a series of vignettes that presumably allow us to see how these two guys come to realize they love each other. I expected some over-arching story to hold the whole thing together, but it just wasn't there. Think of something like the corny TV series "Castle," where every week they're off on some adventure but over the course of resolving all those little adventures, they eventually realize they love each other. Now imagine that scenario with two really burly dudes who get along shockingly well doing a Marshall's job instead of detective work. The premise that U.S. Marshalls get shot every few weeks in completely unrelated assignments, and that apparently in this make believe world, every man these two guys know are either openly gay, privately gay, or completely non-homophobic even though they work in an industry that's known for it's homophobia is just completely laughable. I get that it's fantasy, but it was just too exaggerated for me, plus I'm miffed I didn't get the big action adventure story one would suspect from the cover and summary. On the positive side, the narrator did a very nice job, although more differentiation in the two lead characters' voices would have been appreciated. I'd certainly listen to this narrator again, but I definitely will not be purchasing another book from this author. Sadly, the only reason I finished the book was because I was stuck in my car all by myself in the middle of nowhere with no way to download something else.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Kiss of Midnight: The Midnight Breed, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Lara Adrian
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1981)
    Performance
    (1446)
    Story
    (1449)

    He watches her from across the crowded dance club, a sensual black-haired stranger who stirs Gabrielle Maxwell's deepest fantasies. But nothing about this night---or this man---is what it seems. For when Gabrielle witnesses a murder outside the club, reality shifts into something dark and deadly. In that shattering instant she is thrust into a realm she never knew existed---a realm where vampires stalk the shadows and a blood war is set to ignite.

    Stacy says: "A Whole New Take on Vampire Mythology"
    "Unremarkable and not memorable"
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    I listened to this for the first time over a year ago. I listen to a lot of books, and my memory is generally excellent. Imagine my surprise when I went to buy this book and found out I already owned it! I went back to re-listen, and although I had recall as I listened, for the life of me I couldn't remember where the story was going--although it's a no brainer to guess. The overall premise is unoriginal but tried and true. The performance is somewhat rote. While the narrator does give each character a distinct voice, it's the in-between stuff that just seems "phoned in"--like she has a cadence of delivery that works for her no matter what she's reading. She didn't act anything out except for the actual characters. Also, some of the detail of the story started wearing thin. In chapter 30-something, the author sites the arrival of a minion, then goes onto explain what a minion is. Yes, we know! We're almost done with the book! We know what minions are by now. Stuff like that got tiring. On a side note, every time the word "minion" was used, all I could imagine were the little yellow capsule-like characters from Despicable Me which provided me with some great comic relief!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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