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Dianne

Dianne

Gulfport, MS | Member Since 2015

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  • Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5260)
    Performance
    (4760)
    Story
    (4775)

    "Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness… He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds…and desires."

    CAROLYN says: "TOUCHING & EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER OF PASSION"
    "Unnecessary overkill sex!"
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    This story was so repetitive in sex that it weakened the story line for me. I did enjoy the ending, otherwise I would have given it a 2-star story rating.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • You're Next

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3030)
    Performance
    (2594)
    Story
    (2583)

    Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat.

    Janice says: "Edge of my seat."
    "HELD MY BREATH!"
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    I loved the way Gregg Hurwitz gradually layered the suspense throughout this book. I had absolutely NO CLUE as to who or why until the final chapters started unraveling. This book fulfilled all my expectations of a great thriller. And Scott Brick??? What more can I say? I'd read ANYTHING that encompasses him as the narrator. He just has that talent that brings the characters to life and makes you feel everything they feel. This book is definitely worth the credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Survivor

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1422)
    Performance
    (1257)
    Story
    (1246)

    Nate Overbay, a former soldier suffering from PTSD and ALS, goes to an 11th-floor bank and climbs out the bathroom window onto the ledge, ready to end it all. But as he’s steeling himself to jump, a crew of gunmen bursts into the bank and begins viciously shooting employees and customers. With nothing to lose, Nate climbs back inside, confronts the robbers, and with his military training, starts taking them out, one by one. The last man standing leaves Nate with a cryptic warning: “He will make you pay in ways you can’t imagine.” Soon enough, Nate learns what this means.

    T.D. says: "Shakes you to your very core."
    "SUSPENSEFUL~~INTENSE~~EMOTIONAL"
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    FIRST...let me say that Scott Brick is one EXTREMELY talented narrator! I always love to see his name attached to a book because I know it has to be a 4-5 star rating. With his help, all the characters stand up straight from the pages of a book. This book captured my attention from the very first words and absolutely HELD my focus throughout...never wavering. I haven't listen to many of Gregg Hurwitz's books because the reviews don't measure up to those of other authors. But after listening to this book in particular, I would have to say that although some of his books miss the mark...this one is spot on! THUS...5 STARS FOR ME!!! I truly couldn't stop listening. Even though I have many books in my library that I haven't listened to yet, I just purchased "You're Next" by G. Hurwitz. With a 3018 rating of 4.1, I'm expecting a great listen! Not to mention Scott Brick is a bonus!

    So the moral to this story...don't let lower ratings of other Gregg Hurwitz's books stop you from spending your credit on this one. IT'S A WINNER! IT'S DIFFERENT! IT TOUCHES THE HEART!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Liar

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    Overall
    (1274)
    Performance
    (1079)
    Story
    (1085)

    Shelby Foxworth lost her husband. Then she lost her illusions.... The man who took her from Tennessee to an exclusive Philadelphia suburb left her in crippling debt. He was an adulterer and a liar, and when Shelby tracks down his safe-deposit box, she finds multiple IDs. The man she loved wasn't just dead. He never really existed.

    Cheryl D. Davidson says: "not really fast enough can predict script etc"
    "5-STAR EXPERIENCE!!!"
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    It's been a long time since I've enjoyed a Nora Roberts novel as much as I did this one. I never found myself distracted or bored throughout the listen. It was my first experience with January LaVoy as a narrator and I must say, she was very much a part of my 5-STAR rating. I will be looking up other works by her. I highly recommend this book to anyone that is a Nora Roberts fan! In my opinion, it's one of her best!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Obsession in Death: In Death, Book 40

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1847)
    Performance
    (1649)
    Story
    (1646)

    Eve Dallas has solved a lot of high-profile murders for the NYPSD and gotten a lot of media. She - and her billionaire husband - are getting accustomed to being objects of attention, of gossip, of speculation. But now Eve has become the object of one person's obsession. Someone who finds her extraordinary, and thinks about her every hour of every day. Who believes the two of them have a special relationship. Who would kill for her - again and again....

    Margaret says: "Addicted in Death"
    "NEVER DISAPPOINTED"
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    I've read or listen to every book in this series and sad to say they don't come often enough. I am always delighted when a new one is released. This one is no exception. I can't imagine an In Death story without Susan Ericksen being the narrator. I've grown to know each character over the years by their voice. A voice that Susan Ericksen does in depth and never seems to change or alter, even with all the other books and characters she narrates. Given a strong story line by J. D. Robb and add the extraordinary talents of Susan Ericksen, it can only be a SUPER SUCCESS! Thank you Nora Roberts! You're a winner!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • If He's Daring

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Hannah Howell
    • Narrated By Polly Lee
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (120)

    Stealing a stranger's carriage is the second most reckless thing Lady Catrin Gryffin de Warrene has ever done. The first is succumbing to her powerful attraction to the carriage's owner. Catrin has heard the rumors about Sir Orion Wherlocke's family and their otherworldly gifts. He's the one person who can keep her son and his inheritance safe from her late husband's ruthless brother. As for how to protect herself… it may be too late for that.

    Dianne says: "THANK GOODNESS FOR A CHANGE OF NARRATOR!"
    "THANK GOODNESS FOR A CHANGE OF NARRATOR!"
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    I'm so delighted that Polly Lee was chosen to narrate this book. Such a nice break from Ashford MacNab. I sincerely hope Hannah Howell continues this series and I especially hope Polly Lee is chosen to narrate.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • If He's Tempted

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Hannah Howell
    • Narrated By Ashford MacNab
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (131)

    Lady Olympia Wherlocke has the gift of foresight. When Lady Agatha Mallam asks Olympia to locate her brother so he can rescue her from an arranged marriage, she knows exactly where to find Lord Brant Mallam, Earl of Fieldgate. What happens next is something she never envisioned. Since his betrothed died, Lord Brant Mallam has drowned his sorrow with wine and women. His dissolute ways have only emboldened his calculating mother. But with the help of the enchanting Olympia, he concocts a daring plan to end his mother's devious designs for his sister.

    Trish R. says: "Wow.. Wow.. Wow.."
    "BETTER NARRATION OR GETTING ACCUSTOM TO THE SOUND?"
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    I enjoyed this book to the fullest. I even think Ashford MacNab is better than in the first three titles. Although I gave this one a 5 star, I still believe there are other narrators better than MacNab but none better than Hannah Howell.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • If He's Sinful: Wherlocke

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Hannah Howell
    • Narrated By Ashford MacNab
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (190)
    Story
    (192)

    It is whispered throughout London that the members of the Wherlocke family are possessed of certain unexplainable gifts. But Lord Ashton Radmoor is skeptical - until he finds an innocent beauty lying drugged and helpless in the bedroom of a brothel. The mystery woman is Penelope Wherlocke, and her special gift of sight is leading her deep into a dangerous world of treachery and betrayal. Ashton knows he should forget her, yet he’s drawn deeper into the vortex of her life, determined to keep her safe.

    Dianne says: "NARRATOR: STILL NOT MY FAVORITE"
    "NARRATOR: STILL NOT MY FAVORITE"
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    My thoughts on the first book in this series was completely negative regarding the narrator. I decided to listen to the second in the series to see if I felt any different. Not much! The only thing I will give the narrator credit for are the childrens' voices. Others were screeching and very irritating while one of the main characters, Ashton, was SO MUNDANE! Really hard to listen to in my opinion. I'm so sorry to see that Ashford MacNab reads all the series with the exception of the last release. Maybe there's hope!

    Just so that I'm clear...I do love the story and Hannah Howell.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • If He's Wicked

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Hannah Howell
    • Narrated By Ashford MacNab
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (203)
    Story
    (203)

    For Chloe Wherlocke, it all begins with a vision - a glimpse into the future that foretells a terrible plot against Lord Julian Kenwood and his newborn son. Chloe's psychic gift allows her to save the child from certain death, but the earl remains in grave peril. . .

    Tracy T says: "Good story, so so narration."
    "STORY: GREAT!! NARRATOR: ???"
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    I'm a true fan of Hannah Howell and her writing talent is outstanding. So WHY Ashford MacNab??? There are so many others that would make this story so much more enjoyable. I'm sitting on the edge of a decision to-buy OR not-to-buy! Because it's a continuation and I enjoyed the story so much, I guess I'll suffer through one more and maybe...just maybe it'll be better. Ashford MacNab doesn't have the ability to successfully distinguish the voices of the characters. Many times, I had to carefully listen to the subject of conversation to be sure who was talking. I certainly don't mean this to be disrespectful, but Ashford MacNab is at the very bottom of my choice of narrators list. Tis a pity...it's truly a GREAT story!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Discarded: Jonathan Quinn, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brett Battles
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (240)

    He thought his final assignment would be simple: Transport a package from Japan to Amsterdam. But for Orlando's mentor, Abraham, the job was not at all like he expected and ended up haunting him. Seven years later, Quinn and Orlando know something is up when Abraham asks for a favor. At his age, he should be sitting on a beach, enjoying his retirement, not working.

    Snoodely says: "Teamwork Exemplified"
    "SO INTRIGUING ~ SO CAPTIVATING!"
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    Bravo Brett Battles! It takes talent to write a series that never wavers from the best! I've enjoyed each and every book in this series! Scott Brick is officially at the top of my list of favorite narrators. I never grew tired of his voice. I would highly recommend this series to everyone. I sincerely hope Book 9 comes SOON!!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • When Day Breaks: A KGI Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Adam Paul
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (184)

    The Kelly Group International (KGI): A super-elite, top secret, family-run business. Qualifications: High intelligence, rock-hard body, military background. Mission: Hostage/kidnap victim recovery. Intelligence gathering. Handling jobs the U.S. government can't.... Eden is said to be one of the most beautiful women in the world. Her face has graced countless magazines and her body has sold millions of dollars of clothing. But her fame and beauty has earned her more than she ever imagined. Evil is stalking her, determined to extinguish the ethereal beauty forever.

    Malinda says: "Pretty good addition to the series :)"
    "DISAPPOINTMENT on an otherwise splendid series!"
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    I have listened to the entire KGI series with full enjoyment...until this one! Even the narration fell short! The storyline was shallow and heavily outweighed with sexual content. I have always loved the balance of story vs. sex that Maya Banks achieved in the KGI series. However, in this book...if you divided it into thirds, it would shake out as 1/3 storyline and 2/3 sex. The storyline didn't truly kick in until the last hour of the book. Adam Paul didn't deliver on the establishment of the characters either. He made the main male character seem like a high schooler with a major crush and absolutely NO self confidence at times. The main female character moved WAY too fast which made her unbelievable (considering she was suppose to be a virgin). Come on Maya!!!! You can do better than this! I think if you took the time to LISTEN...not read the entire book, you would quickly pull it from the series.

    Wish I could recommend this to other readers, but just can't do it! I have in the past hooked my friends on this series and will continue to highly recommend all the other books in the series with the exception of this one. Not worth the credit!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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