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BRUCE L. MANSFIELD

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  • Heart Block

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Melissa Brayden
    • Narrated By Mia Chiaromonte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (66)

    Sarah Matamoros can’t complain. After immigrating from Mexico when she was nine years old, she’s content with the life she’s made for herself in sunny San Diego. She works hard at her mother’s housecleaning service by day and spends the evenings with her quirky eight-year-old daughter, Grace. From a very young age, Emory Owen had several concepts drilled into her head. Success is everything. Be the best. Fight your way to the top. Expectations were high in the Owen household and the world was watching. Born into a high society family, Emory never wanted for anything...at least anything money could buy.

    LAM says: "Good Book!"
    "Too restrained. Author took no risks"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Ultimately no. The story was too predicable and the character not original.


    If you’ve listened to books by Melissa Brayden before, how does this one compare?

    I haven't


    What aspect of Mia Chiaromonte’s performance would you have changed?

    Her performance was okay.


    Do you think Heart Block needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Significance: Significance Series # 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Shelly Crane
    • Narrated By Cris Dukehart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (48)

    Maggie is a 17-year-old girl who's had a bad year. She was smart and on track, but her mom left, her dad is depressed, she's graduating, barely, and her boyfriend of almost three years dumped her for a college football scholarship. Lately she thinks life is all about hanging on by a thread and is gripping tight with everything she has. Then she meets Caleb. She saves his life and instantly knows there's something about him that's intriguing, but she's supposed to be on her way to a date with his cousin. Things change when they touch, sparks ignite.

    BRUCE L. MANSFIELD says: "so surgery you will get cavities"
    "so surgery you will get cavities"
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    Would you try another book from Shelly Crane and/or Cris Dukehart?

    Doubtful. I had to give up on this book almost ninety percent through it. I couldn't take the surgery sweetness any longer. This book is for 13 year old girls who want to believe that the perfect man exists. That a soul mate is out there that will perfectly match your soul. I do believe in soul mates having been married to one for 37 years but non of them are perfect and match you perfectly.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    It is one and the same. The rival clan was willing to kidnap Maggie and in several cases take actions that would have or should have killed her and probably would have raped her and they are beat up a little and let go. It was ridiculous and unbelievable. The author would have lost me on this point if she hadn't already.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Cris Dukehart?

    Yes the narrator was very good. It is one reason I listened as long as I did.


    Did Significance inspire you to do anything?

    Stop reading similar books.


    Any additional comments?

    Young adult should not mean the story should have a total lack of realism. If Caleb was so tuned in and in love with Maggie he would not have acted as he did. No matter how tuned you are and in love having the person in your head all the time would be invasive. Everyone has thoughts that the other person should not and does not want to know. I can accept the significant premise but not the execution of it by the author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fallen Crest High: Fallen Crest Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Tijan
    • Narrated By Saskia Maarleveld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (88)

    Mason and Logan Kade are two brothers who did their own thing. They were rich and expected to attend Samantha's school, Fallen Crest Academy. They chose public school, and now Samantha has to live with them. The problem is that she doesn't care at all - about them, about her friends, about her cheating boyfriend, or even about her parents' divorce. But maybe that's a good thing. Maybe change is a good thing.

    BRUCE L. MANSFIELD says: "being rich and hot excuses being an ass"
    "being rich and hot excuses being an ass"
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    Would you listen to Fallen Crest High again? Why?

    No. I thought the story of Samantha was a good story and had something to say but her falling for Mason ruined it. Mason because he is so handsome,good athlete, rich and charismatic is given a free ride with no consequences to being a total spoiled ass. He is a bully and treats all lesser people as he sees them as pawns.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I wouldn't made the main love interest a spoiled brat and ass. Mason is the stereotype of what is wrong with most professional athlete. His behavior ninety percent of the time was inexcusable. I kept waiting for Sam to wake up and see what he was but the story endorses the fantasy and behavior.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    None really except frustration when I realized how the book was going to end. The story of Samantha was a good one if it had not been tainted by the Mason story line.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Sam's long runs and how she felt about them and the inability of any adult in her life to see her downward spiral


    Any additional comments?

    The author has real talent. if she can get away from the fantasy that the male love interest has to be a bad boy, rich, incredibly handsome, super athlete, and have disdain for everyone and everything and act like an ass to show how special he is she could write a really good novel. .

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Reluctant Queen: The Love Story of Esther

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Joan Wolf
    • Narrated By Brooke Sanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (105)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (96)

    You've read it as a biblical tale of courage. Experience it anew as a heart-stirring love story. She was a simple girl faced with an impossible choice. He was a magnificent king with a lonely heart. Their love was the divine surprise that changed the course of history. The beloved story of Esther springs to fresh life in this inspired novel that vibrates with mystery, intrigue and romance.

    Amazon Customer says: "Good story - very good narrator"
    "I wanted to like this book but it was boring"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I believe in the story and wanted to like the book. My wife and I listen to it on a trip to Mississippi but two thirds of the way through it she finally asked if we could listen to something else. I had felt the same way but didn't want to say anything. I can't place my finger on it but it was boring.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The culture of the times


    What three words best describe Brooke Sanford’s performance?

    uninspiring.


    Did A Reluctant Queen inspire you to do anything?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Firelight

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Sophie Jordan
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (620)
    Performance
    (530)
    Story
    (537)

    Marked as special at an early age, Jacinda knows her every move is watched. But she longs for freedom to make her own choices. When she breaks the most sacred tenet among her kind, she nearly pays with her life. Until a beautiful stranger saves her. A stranger who was sent to hunt those like her. For Jacinda is a drakia descendant of dragons whose greatest defense is her secret ability to shift into human form.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "Took my breath away"
    "A fun and enjoyable young adult novel"
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    Would you listen to Firelight again? Why?

    Yes. It is a good story with some minor flaws but was very enjoyable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters and how they interacted with each other. It was believable. The one flaw is that Jacinda was supposed to be so powerful as a fire breather but it never seemed to really help her or make a difference.


    What does Therese Plummer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She has a nice voice that sounded age appropriate and lent a lot of enjoyment to the story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Dragons are beautiful creatures.


    Any additional comments?

    Any parent should be happy for their child to read this book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Legend of the Blue Eyes: Blue Eyes, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By B. Kristin McMichael
    • Narrated By Caprisha Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (49)

    Arianna Grace liked her boring, Midwestern, teenage life where she ignored the many unanswered questions of her childhood. Why were her parents dead? Why did she not have family? Where was she raised until she was five? When someone offers to explain it all, Arianna thinks she's just getting answers. Instead, she is thrown into a world of night humans who drink blood. On Arianna's 16th birthday, her world is thrown upside down when she changes into a vampire.

    K. April Holgate says: "Intriguing plot, great characters"
    "Poor story and poor writing"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Immature young adults.


    What was most disappointing about B. Kristin McMichael’s story?

    It was simplistic. It had no character development and Arianna Grace was plain and boring. I know she was supposed to be in a strange environment but she was slow and stupid. Ten obvious clues or events all but slap her in the face before she can draw a simple conclusion or until another character comes out and tells her the information and then she still doesn't believe it. She is captured and the men discuss how to kill her but then she questions why she needs security! How dumb can she be? I quit the book because it was so stupid. I almost never stop reading or listening to a book. Don't get this book.


    What aspect of Caprisha Page’s performance would you have changed?

    Put more feeling and emotion into the character.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Legend of the Blue Eyes?

    I only listened to about one third of the book before I quit but the scene where she was captured and held in the cellar should have been cut or rewritten. It was atrocious.


    Any additional comments?

    Give Arianna some smarts. Being a fish out of water shouldn't make you stupid.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl in 6E

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By A.R. Torre
    • Narrated By Jorjeana Marie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (293)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (260)

    I haven't touched another person in three years.That seems like it would be a difficult task, but it's not. Not anymore, thanks to the internet. My anonymous clients spend thousands of dollars to watch me take my clothes off for the camera. What they want, I give. Their secrets, I keep. Everything I tell them is a lie. Open the door to this year's most shocking thriller.

    Stacy says: "knife? check! gun? check"
    "A deviant but exciting thriller worth the read"
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    Where does The Girl in 6E rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Near the top of my list. I liked the unique story. Exploring the world of live online porn was an eye opener for me. I knew it existed but never understood the draw. To think that many people pay so much for the experience was a revelation. But mainly the story was interesting and grabbed you from the start and took you on a journey of twists and turns that was fun and exciting. What more can you ask of an author. I thoroughly enjoyed it and the thought process of DeAnna/Jessica was interesting and believable. The way she became integrated and part of her client's lives was interesting but sad at the same time, which I am sure was the point. It is hard to accept that many people in the world look to a sex worker to be a significant person or the significant their lives was truly sad because I believe it is true. But don't let that put you off because in short it was a fun and exciting read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was fascinated by the world and how profitable it was.


    What does Jorjeana Marie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Yes very. She does this by just telling the story and letting the facts come out as Jessica interacts with clients.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Nothing. I thought she was excellent.


    Any additional comments?

    Sex is not the subject of this book. It is the world that DaAnna lives in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Addicted

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Zane
    • Narrated By Nicole Small
    Overall
    (387)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (353)

    For successful African American businesswoman Zoe Reynard, finding the pleasure she wants, the way she wants it, is not worth the risk of losing everything she has: marriage to the man she has loved since childhood, a thriving company, three wonderful children. But Zoe feels helpless in the grip of an overpowering addiction—to sex.

    ann coleman says: "Go Zane!!"
    "A story of a unlikable woman and weak plot devices"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No. Zoe makes her way though live belittling, insulting and degrading others with a in your face attitude if anyone tries to help her. Her first reaction is aggression or violence by word or action. She doesn't want any one "In her business" but she feels free to intrude into everyone's else's business. The plot device that both men she has affairs with are violent jerks and one a serial killer was not believable. Zoe reacted to people and life like a macho immature 14 year old boy yet supposedly everyone liked or loved her even though she was a bitch. Life doesn't work that way.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Zane? Why or why not?

    Maybe. She has talent as a writer and I think she thought Zoe's attitude was strength which it wasn't.


    Have you listened to any of Nicole Small’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was Addicted worth the listening time?

    I thought it was going to be but the last quarter of the book changed my mind. I think the author was lazy and used simple plot devices to resolve the story and have a happy ending. and to explain the behaviors.


    Any additional comments?

    Being insulting, degrading, and belittling people is not strength. It is being obnoxious and a bully.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Keeping You a Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Julie Anne Peters
    • Narrated By Rebekah Levin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (45)

    First time I saw her was in the mirror on my locker door. I'd kicked my swim gear onto the bottom shelf and was reaching to the top for my calc book when she opened her locker across the hall. She had a streaked blonde ponytail dangling out the back of her baseball cap.... We slammed our lockers in unison and turned. Her eyes met mine. "Hi," she said, smiling. My stomach fluttered. "Hi," I answered automatically. She was new. Had to be. I would've noticed her. She sauntered away, but not before I caught a glimpse of her T-shirt. It said: IMRU? Am I what?

    Ornella Davis says: "Enjoyed this coming out story ALOT"
    "A story of how not to love"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes for the perspective of what love isn't. The relationship between the two girls is abusive. Cece is abusive of Holland and when you love someone you just aren't. As an attorney who has helped many women in such relationships with men the fact the other person is a woman doesn't change the situation.


    Would you recommend Keeping You a Secret to your friends? Why or why not?

    Obsessive love is not love. It is possession and selfish. As an example of this yes.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Yes.


    Did Keeping You a Secret inspire you to do anything?

    Yes to write this review. I had not written any before reading this book. It took me six months to get around to it and I even wrote other reviews prior to this one but reading this boom left me with a desire to say what happened in the book was not true love.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Before I Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (857)
    Performance
    (681)
    Story
    (682)

    Samantha Kingston has it all: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last. Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact.

    Bluemoon says: "Great story... but not for kids!"
    "A creative and enjoyable story with real character"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Before I Fall to be better than the print version?

    The performance of Sarah Drew really enhances the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The journey of change Samantha goes through.


    Which character – as performed by Sarah Drew – was your favorite?

    Samantha


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I got a deep sense of satisfaction at the end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Croak

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Gina Damico
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (639)
    Performance
    (586)
    Story
    (590)

    Fed up with her wild behavior, 16-year-old Lex’s parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape. But Uncle Mort’s true occupation is much dirtier than shoveling manure. He’s a Grim Reaper. And he’s going to teach Lex the family business. She quickly assimilates into the peculiar world of Croak, a town populated by reapers who deliver souls from this life to the next.

    Nick says: "Smarta** Reapers"
    "a fun and enjoyable read"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It is a good story and well performed.


    What other book might you compare Croak to and why?

    Scarlet


    Have you listened to any of Jessica Almasy’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I am not sure if I have but she does an excellent jog


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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