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Karen

Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.

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  • Spirit Dances

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By C. E. Murphy
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (228)

    For Seattle detective Joanne Walker, spring is about new beginnings. She’s mastered her shamanic abilities (mostly), survived a cannibalistic serial killer (barely) and now she’s facing the biggest challenge of her career—attending a dance concert with her sexy boss, Captain Michael Morrison. But when the performance—billed as transformative—actually changes her into a coyote, she and Morrison have bigger things to deal with.

    Leanna says: "Transformational :)"
    "Author wasted a Sexy Police Captain"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A faster pace and more dialogue between JoAnn and her Captain boss could have saved this story. He is sexy, but his character gets lost until chapter 25! I selected this book, my first for this author, based on the description of JoAnn and her Captain.


    What could C. E. Murphy have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Her humor is great, but too much useless description that brings no value to the story. No,you do not need to read her series in order. Good writing stands alone. This was a good story but needed a better editor or re write. If you are fan of this author, then this a good read. If you have not started with this author, I would not buy any of her stories based on how this was edited.


    Which character – as performed by Gabra Zackman – was your favorite?

    Ms Zackman is a great reader. I purchased this book because she was the reader, but even she can not make up for poor writing or editing.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I forced myself to finish this story as I did not want to miss any dialogue between JoAnn and her Captain. This story had so much potential, wolf/sexy captain, but too much description filler which forced the reader to perform at a slow pace.


    Any additional comments?

    I could not even consider another book from this author. What a waste of a sexy police captain!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Smokin' Hot Firemen: Erotic Romance Stories for Women

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Delilah Devlin, Jo Davis
    • Narrated By Rose Caraway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    They enter fiery structures with selfless courage - the very definition of the word "hero." Women understand their allure…A soot-covered face, sweat dripping from hard, chiseled muscles, the sharp snap of suspenders - yes, only a fireman can make suspenders sexy! Delilah Devlin's burning-hot audiobook includes thrilling stories teeming with gorgeous firemen from some of today's hottest romance writers.

    Kenya says: "Fuego!"
    "Not Smokin'"
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    What did you like best about Smokin' Hot Firemen? What did you like least?

    I keep getting burned on D.D. automatic downloads. These short stories can be good, but so far, this series is NOT for me. Instead of hot, they are weak as the authors did not make our heros as strong as one thinks of a fireman or maybe the reader made you think the firefighters were not all that strong.


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

    change the reader. Annie Greene is just as bad. Both readers do not make you want to listen to the short stories.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Rose Caraway?

    awful voice, and NO she does not do any male voice well at all! Her female voice is just too syrupy sweet and is a turn off. I could not agree with the other reviewers on this listen.
    Not sure if this reader has an AKA for standard listens, but I can tell you, if I can recognize it, I will not be purchasing it.


    Did Smokin' Hot Firemen inspire you to do anything?

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    Audible, please try for some readers that can do a good deep male voice for this author or we as listeners are getting short changed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Not the Killing Type: A Booktown Mystery, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lorna Barrett
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    It's November in Stoneham, New Hampshire, and time for the Chamber of Commerce elections. The long-standing Chamber president is being challenged by a former lover-Tricia's own sister, Angelica. Also throwing his hat in the ring is small business owner Stan Berry. Unfortunately, Stan isn't in the race for long. When Stan is found murdered, his political rivals become suspects. Angelica is going to need more than a vote of confidence from her sister-she needs Tricia to clear her name so she can win the election.

    Beatrice says: "THE BEST YET"
    "Cozy Mystery"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I love Karen White's recordings and I own as many as I can buy. So I gave this series a try based on a reviewers saying this story was the best. Oh boy, not my cup of tea. Amazon said on-off boyfriend Sheriff Baker. If you like a cozy mystery then this is for you. Yes, the author had a plot and a good who dunnit, but you must love a very simple small town and the characters that live there. It was almost like visiting a retirement home and that type of conversation.


    What could Lorna Barrett have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    well certainly more romance between our heroine and sheriff Baker. It was non existent. Author should just move into the mystery category, but men would complain that this was just too boring or sweet/tame. Sandra Brown writes a sexy mystery, LB take note.


    Which character – as performed by Karen White – was your favorite?

    Sheriff Baker what little there was of him. Such a waste of a potential character. Will was good as Karen does such a wonderful job on male voices. I purchased as I thought I would get a bad boy sheriff romance. No this was not the case at all. So disappointed.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Not the Killing Type?

    this had a moral to the story line. Sweet is ok but humor or sassy dialogue could have saved this story for me. The whole series is cozy and sweet, so a listeners must want that type of read. In the 90's, core romance was not the FSOG or tattoo listens we are now flooded with. This series maybe from that period, which I did not check before purchasing.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a fan of this author, then Karen White does an absolutely fab job of bring each and every character to life. However, for me, this series is just to slow and tame even if the author has a good mystery outline.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Walkers: Monroe

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Susan A. Bliler
    • Narrated By Erin Mallon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (78)

    When Game Warden Eden St. Cloud goes up against CEO Monroe StoneCrow, she encounters the most intimidating, powerful, and sexy man she's ever seen. Unaware of the fact that Monroe is the Dominant Skin Walker in North America, it isn't until Eden becomes enmeshed in his life that she realizes it's too late to escape. Worse, she's drawn the children under her care into the lair of the beast and must now succumb to Monroe's desires or risk losing her children forever.

    karen says: "OH YEA - This was smoking !!"
    "Beware of Reader"
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    Would you try another book from Susan A. Bliler and/or Erin Mallon?

    yes on the author. NO on Erin Mallon AKA Eva Kaminsky who reads the Sullivans and Sophie Eastlake reads. I did buy 6 of the Sullivan stories as they are a good listen & I got hooked on the series, but I did not buy E.K. as a reader for anything else. I have gotten burned on this reader before, and I have managed to once again get burned on this story. I would not have purchased if she had used the other two names.


    Would you recommend Skin Walkers: Monroe to your friends? Why or why not?

    only if a different reader. Karen White could have saved this story or even my new reader Pyper Down, who does not have a deep male voice, but knows how to pace a story.


    What didn’t you like about Erin Mallon’s performance?

    She like so many readers get breathy when the story does not call for it. The sample was fast pace which I like in my listens, so I did not catch that E.M. is the same as E.K. or Sophie Eastlake. E.M. like so many of the new readers needs to deepen their male voice and try harder not to sound so girly girl. Gads, I have purchased lots of books all at once, now I have some real dogs to listen due to a poor reader.


    Was Skin Walkers: Monroe worth the listening time?

    no, I can not say it was. Other reviewers said some pretty good things about the story, but the reader is what I really am paying for in a listen.


    Any additional comments?

    Changing a reader name is not going to make them better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blaze

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By JoAnn Ross
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Fire cop Tess Gannon is hot on the trail of a pyromaniac who's been setting buildings ablaze throughout Somersett, South Carolina, when ATF Special Agent Gage O'Halloran arrives on her fire scene. Coming out of a self-imposed exile, Gage suspects that Tess' "Flamemaster" is connected to a serial killer he apprehended three years ago.

    Kathleen says: "Steamy!!!!"
    ""Men Shout""
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Blaze to be better than the print version?

    yes, as you may miss the sassy dialogue. The spoken word shows off good dialogue at its best. Ms Ross is a new author for me, I started with No Safe Place and this was a WINNER for me. (see my review) You will not be disappointed. I however do not like S. Eastlake or C. Marlo reads so I will not buy their recordings of Ross's books.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    This is a Romance, make no mistake. Yes the story kept you on the edge of your seat and had a OMG ending.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I have downloaded more of Susan Denakers work as her male heros can be as sexy as all get out. She must move up the pace or she will continue to not get the best reviews. todays listeners can not listen at this slow pace as she recorded in 2005ish. Her deep voice when our hero is speaking or thinking is what saves her recording. I almost gave up before I got into this book and decided to give it more time. IT was worth me staying with it for the first few chapters as it soon became clear this a great listen.


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

    move over Hannibal!


    Any additional comments?

    ms ross has over 100 books and Audible really should get the hunky hero stories recorded as fast as possible. Great sassy dialogue, romance and a good mystery is what this author brings to a listen. All this FSOG or Tattoo Dark romance is getting very old for subject matter. A listener can only own or listen to a few. Some of the reviewers must be getting their listens for the reviews they write. I have gotten burned on 3 fave reviewers and I have sot out new reviewers who have closer tastes to mine. Thank you Audible for having listeners like me category.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Safe Place

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By JoAnn Ross
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Chicago homicide detective Kate Delaney fiercely defends victims - which is why, despite death threats, she's testifying to a federal grand jury about local police corruption. It's also why she's infuriated by the New Orleans police department's blasé attitude toward her estranged sister's death. But pursuing an investigation in a strange city means allying with someone who knows the territory. And the players. Someone with a total disregard for the rules.

    Andrea says: "great book"
    "If a Gator Could Smile"
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    If you could sum up No Safe Place in three words, what would they be?

    Sassy, humorous, Sexy. I purchased as Susan Denaker reads Every Breath You Take, Judith Mc Naught, and I wanted to hear her other work. She is a good reader, using her voice to make our hero as yummy as can be. Ms Denaker, your Leon LeBlanc voice is your best. You should stay with it. Please stop using a southern high pitcher voice in your women in new reads. Thank goodness your female voice on this read was great. You need to speed up your pace ie: Sizzle from Julie Garwood was just too slow and reviewers agreed. Today's listener wants a faster pace, that is what is killing your reads.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Absolutely, from word one. This is a 2005 romance, make no mistake. Good plot/mystery, but the sassy & sexy dialogue is what this story offers. If it is a fast pace mystery you want, this is not it.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    author had great sassy dialogue between our hero and heroine, which had me listening 8 hrs straight. I did not want this story to end. You do not get many reads you can say that about. I have to put this right up there with Linda Howards After the Night. There were so many scenes that I will re listen to this book.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I have downloaded Burn by this author, I can only hope it is as good as this one as Susan reads that book as well. I do not like Coleen M reads, so I will not be purchasing JoAnn R. books that are read by her. If you like this reader, then by all means get JoAnn R. books as her dialogue is NOT to be missed.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible, please get more current JoAnn Ross reads as she is a fabulous author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Morgan's Hunter: Bodyguards of L.A. County Series, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Cate Beauman
    • Narrated By Ashley Klanac
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Morgan Taylor, D.C. socialite and wildlife biologist, leads a charmed life until everything changes with a phone call. Her research team has been found dead - slaughtered - in backcountry Montana. As the case grows cold, Morgan is determined to unravel the mystery behind her friends' gruesome deaths. Despite the dangers of a murderer still free, nothing will stand in her way, not even the bodyguard her father hires, L.A.'s top close protection agent, Hunter Phillips.

    JEM0371 says: "I love this book!"
    "Beware, Not the Humor you think"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I was looking for humor and this was not what I expected. The sample had most of the great humorous lines. In stead this listen turns out to be a very good run for your life adventure hike with mystery, who dunnit, and romance. I was not disappointed in the story line even though I purchased based on the humorous sample.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Morgan's Hunter?

    many as our hero is a macho dream boat our heroine falls for on their adventure. Either the author has some good experience or she is a good researcher. Her dialogue was great.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I feel as if I have listen to this reader under an AKA name. The author has good dialogue and this reader pulled it off almost perfect. She had a great pace which made up for the fact she could not pull off a deep male voice. If she keeps the fast pace and deepens her male reads, then us fans could have a new good reader. I have to say she did a fine job overall of getting the author's sense of the characters in this listen. I would take a chance and try her again. (it is very distracting when us long time listeners keep trying to figure out
    a AKA name of a reader. ie Gabra Zackman AKA Isabelle Gorgon was easy and in fact I have purchase most of Ms Zackman reads after I purchased all of IG reads) Susan Deneker AKA Madison Cole. Tanya Elby tells you her AKA, and I wish all the other good reads tell us what other name they use. This reader has only this book listed.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I got hooked and did in fact listen straight to the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible, you have so many one only books. I am hoping big listeners pick this book up. this author is refreshing on her dialogue and the pace kept you glue to a speaker.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Rainbow

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Brenda Sweeney
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (66)

    A romance in the jungle - Grant Sullivan, tough, masculine and handsome, is a retired military expert entrusted with a mission in the Costa Rican jungle - to find hostage and socialite Jane Hamilton Greer. When Grant rescues her in a rather cavalier and physical fashion, no love is lost between them. But gradually, their mutual attraction and passion becomes apparent and the jungle smolders in more ways than one.

    blackdog says: "Narrator nightmare"
    "ruined by a poor reader"
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    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Brenda Sweeney?

    natalie ross, karen white, gabra zackman are a sure read


    Any additional comments?

    I have long awaited mature LH books on audible, but these poor narrators are making think, I can just re read the books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • His to Protect: Red Stone Security Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Katie Reus
    • Narrated By Pyper Down
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    No woman ever affected Red Stone Security expert Kell Malone quite like Charlotte Bastien. It’s been a year since that incredibly intense night they spent together and he still can’t get her out of his head. When he discovers she’s in Miami - with their three-month-old son - he’s stunned. Hurt. He’s also determined to know his child, and if she’ll give him the chance, to make a life with the stubborn woman who has sworn off love.

    Karen says: "Fast Pace and Good- Great Reader"
    "Fast Pace and Good- Great Reader"
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    Where does His to Protect rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    short story that is fast pace and keeps you listening straight through. Pyper Down was the reason I purchased this series. She is good! wow I have a new reader. I loved her read of the Caged Wolf, the Fang brothers series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kell, he is hot and knows how to get the goal


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when Kell has his son sleeping in his arms watching a game


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

    the fast pace was so refreshing. So many books are just too slow a listen.


    Any additional comments?

    I purchased this book on sale and the balance of Pyper Down reads of this series. I am really looking forward to the fast pace listen and wanted to share with other listeners.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven, Texas

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (950)
    Performance
    (451)
    Story
    (453)

    It seems like an easy assignment for an assertive but sweet woman like Gracie Snow: track down her friend, Bobby Denton, a famous ex-jock, and bring him to Heaven (Texas, that is) to shoot a movie. How could he refuse a glamorous offer like that? Easy....

    Diana says: "If you haven't met Bobby Tom . . ."
    "Wooie"
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    BT is as hot as it gets. This is a must get, but I own all of SEP books. All her Chicago stars books are Heaven. My all time fave "it had to be you" is still a great listen after all these years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • After the Night

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1031)
    Performance
    (560)
    Story
    (566)

    "Of all of my novels, After the Night remains one of my personal favorites – and Faith Devlin and Gray Rouillard are two of my favorite characters. Faith is strong, proud, and fearless, and Gray – well, he’s just downright sexy. Faith’s search for the truth about the devastating scandal surrounding her mother and Gray’s father blazes with intrigue. Add some sultry Southern hear, and you’ve got a real scorcher of a listen." (Linda Howard)

    Judy says: "Can I give 6 stars?"
    "The Best of Linda Howard"
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    N.R. makes our hero, come to life and it is a hot story with a mystery. Not erotica but good writing at it's best. This is my all time favorite listen. Enjoy it as much as I have.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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