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S.Palmer

Long Beach, CA, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • He Shall Thunder in the Sky: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (620)
    Performance
    (318)
    Story
    (319)

    In her best-selling Amelia Peabody mysteries, author Elizabeth Peters has created an award-winning mixture of vivid archeological detail, finely-tuned suspense, and witty romance. This, the 12th Amelia Peabody mystery, opens in 1914. As the tides of war rise, Egypt is threatened by attacks. Espionage abounds, pulling in several members of the Peabody Emerson household even as they embark on a new archeological season.

    iphone reader says: "Excellent!"
    "Thunderous!"
    Overall

    WWI overtakes the Emersons and interferes with their excavations. Peters has drawn such vivid characters that they seem to fit in perfectly with larger-than-life historical events. The affection between Emerson, Ameleia, and Ramses is nice here, as is his parents' acknowledgement that Ramses is a man with his own skills and responsibilites, and no longer a child. the ending is satisfying on several levels! Rosenbladt does her ususal bang-up job of narration. She's so good that I find that I would rather listen to her than read the book myself! Unfortunately, the rest of the series only seems to be available in abridged form -- ugh!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fancy Pants

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (564)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (304)

    For Francesca Day, it's not the end of her world, but close to it. She's London-bred, wealthy, and sophisticated, but fate leaves her flat broke and stranded on a back road in Texas. Now she's got to deal with reality without her rich girl props. How can she do it? In Dallas Beaudine, gritty and handsome, lies the answer. He stops his car to help Francesca, whose life needs a tune-up, as well as her car. Stopping could lead to the biggest mistake, or best time, ever.

    Donna A says: "Unlikable Main Character"
    "Fun escape"
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    A great early SEP. A large portion of the book is spent on back-story, but it pays off in the end. This time I listened to this, then Lady Emma's book, then Teddy's book -- a nice progression, and fun to re-visit familiar characters. Anna Fields does a fabulous job with narration, as always. Still missing her in new releases!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Marriage Trap

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jennifer Probst
    • Narrated By Madeleine Maby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (721)
    Performance
    (644)
    Story
    (648)

    To satisfy his late father’s wishes, hot and single billionaire Michael Conte must find a bride - someone who will fit into his traditional family back home in Italy - and fast, so his engaged sister will be allowed to wed. With no intention of being tied down, Michael "proposes" to fiery, free-spirited photographer Maggie Ryan: If she will play the part of his fiancée during her trip to Milan for a photo shoot, he will keep away from her married best friend, Alexa, and stop making Maggie nuts with their too-close-for-comfort flirtations. But once in Italy, sexual tension sparks the hottest no-strings-attached arrangement on any continent....

    Katheryne says: "Another Simple romance, but I liked it"
    "Not worth a credit"
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    I might have enjoyed this more with a better narrator. I found the narration to be flat and poorly phrased, and the "heroine"'s voice was deeper than that of the "hero". The story itself was predictable and cliched, and the heroine not very likable. I won't read any others in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Even More Shameful Diary of a Hopeless Romantic (The Shameful Diary of a Hopeless Romantic)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Suzi Case
    • Narrated By Rachael West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    Maggie Lane has been offered the trip of a lifetime. And there is no way that she is going to say no when Blake asks her if she wants to accompany him on a work trip to London, so that she can write. She says, "yes" eagerly but she has more than writing on the brain.

    S.Palmer says: "very disappointing"
    "very disappointing"
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    I bought this knowing it was short, but wanting to hear the ending of the first book, which was basically ended with a "to be continued . . .". Don't waste your credit. The quirky "get into troubleness" of the heroine in the first book simply becomes irritating in this book, especially as there doesn't seem to be any real purpose in it, other than to drag things out. If I were Blake, I would leave Maggie in London and be done with it. There's no real chemistry between them here, unlike in the first book. Frankly, these two stories should have been one book. It almost seems as if the author just wanted to sell a second book, but it's a lukewarm effort at best. Not worth the credit, especially at only two and a half hours in length.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Creatures: Beautiful Creatures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    Overall
    (3211)
    Performance
    (2701)
    Story
    (2714)

    Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

    FanB14 says: "Adequate for Adults"
    "Enjoyable series"
    Overall
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    I enjoyed this enough to become hooked on the series. It's sort of a mix of Twilight and Harry Potter, but the narrator is the male "mortal" teenager, and his girlfriend is a Caster (think wizard). The authors do a great job of creating Ethan and Lena's world, and the ancillary characters are particularly strong. In fact, by the third book, I was more interested in their stories than in the main romance.

    The narrator is particularly good. He does a great job with a variety of characters and accents. The only thing I didn't like was the "canned" background sounds during the flashback scenes. For some reason, they give me a headache. Other than that, I recommend these books for both teen and adult readers (I teach middle school, so am sort of part of both demographics).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I've Got Your Number: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1180)
    Performance
    (1022)
    Story
    (1016)

    Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her “happily ever after” begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect! Well, perfect except that the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree.

    Erin says: "Pure fun"
    "Great fun"
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    This book was a great listen -- I actually found myself finding excuses to do chores around the house so that I could keep listening. There were a few times when I got frustrated with the heroine for making crazy choices, but they basically add to the dramatic suspense in the story.

    This is an unlikely premise, to say the least, yet I totally bought into it. Both of the main characters are likable, and I found myself rooting for them. Definitely worth a point!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7162)
    Performance
    (6236)
    Story
    (6217)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Another great read from Nora Roberts"
    Overall
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    This was another great read from Nora Roberts. Good main characters and good narration. The beginning was a bit slow and difficult to listen to just because of the painful situation the heroine was in. Love the town and ancillary characters, as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Shannon Cochran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (653)
    Performance
    (555)
    Story
    (555)

    Instead of saying "I do" to Mr. Irresistible, Lucy Jorik hitches a ride on the back of a beat-up motorcycle with a rough looking, bad-tempered stranger who couldn't be more foreign to her privileged existence. While the world searches for her, Lucy must search for herself, and she quickly realizes that her customary good manners are no defense against a man who's raised rudeness to an art form. Lucy needs to toughen up - and fast. Her great escape takes her to his rambling beach house on a Great Lakes island. Here, she hopes to find a new direction...and to unlock the secrets of this man who knows so much about her.

    April says: "Better than the last one"
    "Another SEP hit"
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    I love SEP books -- there, I've admitted it! That being said, toward the end of this book, I was more interested in the ancillary characters' romance than the main one. Still an enjoyable story, and fun to hear the "other half" of Call Me Irresistible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Agnes and the Hitman

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie, Bob Mayer
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (577)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (303)

    Agnes Crandall's life goes awry when a dognapper invades her kitchen one night, seriously hampering her attempts to put on a wedding that she's staked her entire net worth on. Then a hero climbs through her bedroom window. His name is Shane - no last name, just Shane - and he has his own problems.

    Sharon11675 says: "Ditzy Agnes?"
    "Terrible production"
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    I'm about a third of the way through this and am not sure I'll finish it. The narration is horrible, although it's not necessarily the narrator's fault. The author uses lots of "asides" given in the characters' thoughts, and the director or producer of this book decided to use a "canned" effect to differentiate the thoughts from the general narration. These asides have a "canned" sound, and are recorded at a much lower volume than the rest of the narration. If I don't turn the volume way up (so it then blasts my eardrums when regular narration resumes), I can't hear them, so I feel as if I'm missing half of the book. This is so disruptive that I've tuned out a lot of what I've been trying to listen to. The main character has imagined conversations with her psychiatrist in addition to other asides, but I can't understand what is being said in any of these parts because of the "special" effects. Whoever controlled these effects did a real disservice to the author, the narrator, and the listener. I generally like Jennifer Crusie books, but I don't know whether I'll finish this one. Thumbs down!!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Falcon at the Portal: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (530)
    Performance
    (293)
    Story
    (294)

    Join spunky Amelia and her charming family for a thrilling new archaeological adventure in Edwardian Egypt. Even on the joyous occasion of the marriage of their Egyptian "son" David to their beloved niece Lia, trouble finds Amelia and hunky hubby Emerson. And this time it is personal.

    Kermit says: "Perhaps Best of Series"
    "Fabulous!"
    Overall

    This is one of my favorite of the series -- as heartbreaking as it is at times! Ramses truly becomes the stoic hero here -- gallant to a fault. I actually listened to this years ago on tape, and have since had to go back and listen to the whole series! This book hooked me!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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