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Karen

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

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  • Pride Mates

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By Traci Odom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (337)

    To most, they are animals—even when in human form. They are to be collared and kept on the fringes of society, scorned because they are feared, hated for their extraordinary powers. And attorney Kim Fraser has to go right into the heart of their lair. It’s her job to defend those in need. But there’s absolutely nothing defenseless about Liam Morrissey. His soft Irish lilt and feline grace can’t disguise his sheer strength.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Sooo Good! I am so into the Mate thing right now!!"
    "Disappointed"
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    Would you try another book from Jennifer Ashley and/or Traci Odom?

    Never another book read by Traci Odom. Irish accent good, but it could not make up for poor reading skills. Speed was Ok, but Odom does not have the range to be a good reader. Author had a good outline, but needed better editing. I would not buy another of this authors work unless listeners gave it an great must buy rating.


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

    Immortal series much better.


    Could you see Pride Mates being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    story needs more work before movie material


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Moonshell Beach: A Shelter Bay Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By JoAnn Ross
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    J. T. Douchett has returned home to shut out the world and escape the memories that haunt him from his final mission as a Marine. When he reluctantly agrees to provide security for a town event, the last thing he expects is to experience unbidden feelings for Irish movie star Mary Joyce. Mary has surprised everyone-including herself-by accepting an invitation to a film festival in Shelter Bay. The Oregon coastal town immediately charms her, and an even larger surprise is encountering the stoic man who could be everything she's dreamed of.

    Janit L Johnson says: "Enjoyable"
    ""Good Times""
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, I purchased Susan Deneker's JoAnn Ross reads and got hooked on this author. All the stories by this reader and S.D. are worth the listening time. Good story, romance and dialogue. So many listens today are so very dark! This is up lifting and makes you feel good while you are listening. Isn't that what a good listen is all about?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Our heroine, she is just a lovely breath of fresh air. This author captures the spirit it takes to make you just plain what to keep listening. With over 100 books J.R. has written, I hope Audible, gets more of them. They mysteries, were hot, fast and with great dialogue.


    Which character – as performed by Sophie Eastlake – was your favorite?

    Mary! Ms Eastlake is not my fave reader, but when she does an Aussie, Irish or Scott accent, she is FABULOUS. She reads as Erin Malon, and she is great as she reads at a faster pace. She is a talented reader, no doubt about it. I just can not stand readers who read very slow, and some of S.E. reads are too slow for me.


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

    Yup!


    Any additional comments?

    Audible, please get more of JoAnn Ross reads, but do not have coleen Marlo read them. This is one reader, I will not buy. Her southern accent under tone is just not for me. Susan Deneker or Karen White can bring this author to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Secret Star: Stars of Mithra, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Scott Merriman
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    He was standing face-to-face with a dead woman…and she was holding a gun. Lieutenant Seth Buchanan finds his homicide investigation - and his heart - thrown into turmoil when Grace Fontaine turns up very much alive - and in possession of one of the huge blue diamonds known as the Stars of Mithra. The cool, controlled cop never lets his feelings get in the way of his job, and everything he knows about the notorious heiress tells him she's bad news.

    Karen says: ""With Grace""
    ""With Grace""
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Secret Star to be better than the print version?

    This is 3 of 3 romance series that N.R. wrote years ago. It was an automatic download for me when the reader was good on the sample. Beware, the mystery is revealed in this book, but the characters were the focus. N.R. needed the mystery tread for the trilogy. However,this was the best of the 3 stories. These are core romances with a mystery involved. The mystery just links the friends on the hunt.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Grace is a get it done lady, so that is why of the 3 books, this was my fave. She was not afraid of anything. In all 3 books, N.R. once again brings sexy/hunky heros into the story. This series along with the NightShade series are well worth a listen. Many of us read the books years ago and have waited for them to be recorded.


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

    This is my first listen to reader. He has a full range of male characters that are yummy. His female voices are good, which is so very hard for many good male readers to achieve.I would try another of his recording for sure. I am not a Luke Daniels fan, he just does not do it for me. This reader could have made the McCade brothers hot!


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

    As I said, these are early N.R. core romance reads. They were written to have a HEAE and make you feel good. All 3 of the stories did just that.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible, please bring the NightShade series as they were good, sexy and very well done. They have stood the test of good writing as I have re-read that series over again from the 90's.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Risk Taker

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Lindsay McKenna
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    In the mountains of Afghanistan, her daring rescues have made Medevac pilot Sarah Benson a legend. She loves taking her helicopter where others fear to fly - the danger, the adrenaline…and the distraction from thinking about her own hurt heart. U.S. Navy SEAL Ethan Quinn is man enough to prize Sarah's valor as well as her beauty. But his efforts to reach his beautiful colleague cannot pierce her armor. Can he prove that it's possible to find love in a war zone?

    Karen says: "Captive Sweetness"
    "Captive Sweetness"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, this author is not for me. I purchased 2 of her action hero books as I love the reader and G.Z. does action heros very well. This author wants to write a sweet romance under the guise of a military op. This is NOT my type of listen


    What could Lindsay McKenna have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    this author is for romance readers who want a sweet and TENDER hero. this is about a gal who overcomes her childhood and helps others in war, as she could not help herself when she was very young.


    What about Gabra Zackman’s performance did you like?

    G.Z aka Isabelle Gorden does such wonderful male voices. She translates the author's intended theme of their book. G.Z. did a wonderful job on this listen. I just wish she would read authors that have a faster pace in their material. Her I.G. reads are good and hot. I hope you enjoy her as much as I do. She can read in the range of Natalie Ross, who can do yummy male voices.


    Was Risk Taker worth the listening time?

    No, I had to stop. Sweet and tender are not for me, but they maybe for you.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Then Came You: Animal Magnetism, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jill Shalvis
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (42)

    Veterinary intern Emily can't believe she wound up in the small town of Sunshine, Idaho, instead of in a Los Angeles clinic like she had always imagined. Now she has to put her plans to move to L.A. on hold for a whole year while she fulfills the obligation of her vet school scholarship. Then Wyatt, her gorgeous one-night stand from a Reno vet conference, introduces himself as her new boss. And Emily is just as drawn to his seductive looks and quiet strength as she was on that very steamy night.

    TR says: "Best book in the series!"
    ""Lip Gloss Same Thing as Courage""
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    What did you love best about Then Came You?

    If you buy just 1 book in this series, get this one. Best of the best. This is a funny, romance. Nothing heavy or dark, just great dialogue that can make a power walk fun. You must be in the mood to be entertained with good humor or you will miss it or NOT get it.
    J.S. has taken time to write this book, and made sure all the elements in writing a good solid core romance is in this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Wyatt our hero. Gads, J.S. made him as hunky, sexy, and as sweet as can be. To have all three traits in a character takes great writing skills. I thought Rumor Has It was my fave, but "holy cow", this books lights you up at the first paragraph. Again, you have to be listening for the humor, you can not be multi tasking, or you will miss it. I had to re start this book 3 times and realized, go for a walk and really get to enjoy this listen.


    What about Karen White’s performance did you like?

    I buy just about anything Ms White reads in a romance. Julie James series got me hooked on K.W. then I purchased all of this series too. Her male voices are just yummy and she makes them as hunky as these romance writers want them to be.


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

    yes to both. this series is a good core romance read= leaves you feeling good and light hearted. Yes, you do realize there is a life lesson, but it does not come in the form of "darkness and then the light".


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoy and have some fun!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Lives of Doctors' Wives

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Ann Major
    • Narrated By Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Pierce Carver was one of Austin's richest, most successful surgeons. And he was going to marry trauma nurse Rose Marie Castle and put her aching feet into glass slippers. Unfortunately, the doctor had a weakness for the allure of youth and feminine perfection. He jilted Rose Marie three years ago, and she's still dreaming of revenge.

    Karen says: "Ann You Have Done Better!"
    "Ann You Have Done Better!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I have STOPPED at ch.7 as I can not continue. A.M. is a good author so do not judge her work based on this read. This is a mystery and romance, but maybe the editing or the poor reader has made this story so very common and stale. Ms Major, you could have developed this story so much better, it sounded like a day time soap opera. There is nothing wrong with day time soaps, but I do not want to have it in my listens. This could have been such a fast action who dunnit with great romance listen, but it was not.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ann Major again?

    I love Ann Major's older work and this was posted on Audible so I purchased it. So yes I would buy more of A.M. books as long as this reader did not record it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Suzanne Toren’s performances?

    Absolutely not! I did check out this reader and she has 272 posted recording so I figured she should be good. For my taste, she is awful. She has a range of voices, but none that had any appeal to me. This reader could learn so much from the late great Anna Fields, Karen White, or Natalie Ross. Reader made the female lead sound insipid. Again, maybe bad editing as the female was so weak and trait.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Secret Lives of Doctors' Wives?

    I stopped at ch. 7 as I could not spend another minute listening to this story.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible, please give ms Major more opportunities to share her good writing skills. I do not know who picked this reader for this book, but it was a very bad match and it killed this read for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dangerous Secrets

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Katie Reus
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Isabelle Ballantine has been fighting for independence since she was old enough to walk. Now that she’s finally out from under her father’s shadow, she won’t let anyone stand in her way. It’s tough living on her own, working in a bar and keeping her true identity a secret, but things start to look up when a sexy new stranger walks into her life. After working side by side for weeks, Izzy can’t figure out why he won’t make a move.

    Karen says: "Jack of All Trades"
    "Jack of All Trades"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I purchased this book as G.Z read it. Her AKA name Isabelle Gordon are her hotter reads.
    Good story, with a mystery and romance. I enjoyed K.R. short stories with the Caldwell brothers.


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

    Actually, I had not tried more of this author until Pyper Down read about 4 of them in short stories. Also JF Harding is a great read of KR, do not miss it.


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

    our hero of course. GZ makes the heros all sound yummy. With the fast pace of KR short stories, GZ needs to now speed up her reads to get with the program


    Was Dangerous Secrets worth the listening time?

    yes it was for me. I buy due to the readers first and then the story. I can read a book but when I listen, it is because I want the reader to bring the story to life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No One to Trust: Red Stone Security Series

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Katie Reus
    • Narrated By Pyper Down
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Computer security specialist Elizabeth Martinez has never been able to turn her back on her brother Benny. When his risky lifestyle finally lands him in harm's way, Elizabeth finds herself dragged into the dangerous underworld with him and into the cross hairs of one of Miami's death-dealing drug lords. Only after her ex-boyfriend saves her does she realize she might have no choice but to depend on the one man she has tried so desperately to forget.

    Kelly says: "Learn to Trust"
    "Band of Brothers, "yeaah""
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    Would you consider the audio edition of No One to Trust to be better than the print version?

    Yes as I purchased this book due to Pyper Down reading it. I did not start with this book so I did not agree with other reviewer of having to get use to this reader. Grant's story is so sweet.


    What did you like best about this story?

    bossy hero and when he binds our heroine's feet, I was lost. These are fast pace, sexy short stories. If you have to have every detail spelled out, then these are not for you.


    What about Pyper Down’s performance did you like?

    Her low male voices are not deep, but she sure does make our hero and his brothers just plain yummy and I mean hot and sexy. Pyper knows how to pace her read to the material and she knows when to draw out a word that really makes the heros sexy. So many of the readers have a high pitch voice and no male voice at all. The author's work can not make up for a slow pace and bad reader.


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

    these are too short for a film, but this could be midnight run


    Any additional comments?

    Not sure why these stories are short, but they are great. Author has what it takes to write a fast pace short story that makes you want to own all of the brothers/ team stories. I purchased them based on the reader! I have one of this author's longer stories read by Isabelle Gordon and the story was good, and I own all of I.G. reads as she too makes the hero sexy and yummy. I hope you enjoy these SHORT listens as much as I have.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Line: Smart Women, Dumb Luck, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Linda Lovely
    • Narrated By K.C. Cowan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Nexi Ketts has reinvented herself-new name, new look, new life. She makes her living catching corporate cheats - partial atonement for dear old dad's embezzling ways. A fling with a handsome cop ends badly when he tries to kill her. She flees, naked, causing a fender bender, and making it damn hard for Detective Barry Gerton to think clearly.

    D. A. Tyler says: "Fun, adventurous romance"
    "Not For Me, But"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Better editing as this had the making of a good listen. Perhaps it was a bit too long. The author or editor should have curtailed the story in places that made the story drag on a bit too long. This had the humor, mystery, and romance as promised, but at 7 hrs, enough already. Note: I am not a 25 hr listener so you have to choose for yourself. This had fun great parts and a good outline.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Linda Lovely again?

    No, this is not for me. Our heroine had the brains and our hero had the making of a hunk, but for some reason, it did not translate in my listen. This had a good plot and mystery, but again maybe the editing could have saved this one for me. This had a 80's feel ie: "Stewardess", but also had the term ground zero. The romance was there, but it did not hold my attention, kinda plain like the 80's. This story did not make me want to purchase book 2 or 3 when they arrive, but they maybe for you.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    KC is may have an AKA, as she sounds familiar, but I am not going back through my library to try and pick her out. I purchased this book as I wanted humor and a new reader.
    KC had the pace down, but she just could not pull off making our hero very hunky. Not sure if it was the editing or not. There was humor pepper throughout the story, but KC made it sound like a complaint instead of the humor it was meant to convey. Again, editing or the reader, just not sure.


    Do you think Dead Line needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Well, not for me. I have over 50 books I have not even had a chance to listen to yet, so I would not even give book 2 a glance at downloading.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a safe, good listen. If you get it on sale, and you do not mind a bit too long...then enjoy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nice and Naughty: Three's Company

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jayne Rylon
    • Narrated By Gregory Salinas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    After a disastrous lesson in heartache, Alexa Jones confines her adrenaline rushes to intense boardroom negotiations. Her legendary control cracks and she indulges in a high-octane encounter on the hood of her sports car. She never planned to see the enticing stranger again. When she finds herself across the boardroom table from him, there's suddenly more at stake than just her career.

    The Smutty Kitty says: "Nice And Naughty"
    "Whoa Twins"
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    If you could sum up Nice and Naughty in three words, what would they be?

    creative, hot, short. This is a hot listen for 3 1/2 hrs. but it has a fast pace. Sometimes you need a short listen to take that walk or run and this one will keep you walking or running so you can hear the end. Jayne Rylon writes on the erotic side, and it is hot! Hope we get more of her stories.


    What other book might you compare Nice and Naughty to and why?

    good use of the author's imagination, it caught me off guard for a short listen. This one will not disappoint.


    What three words best describe Gregory Salinas’s performance?

    Mr. Salinas has a great natural voice for the female characters, this is rare. He only has to deepen his voice for the male characters. If he read at a faster pace, he could hit the charts big time.
    He needs to watch his contractions as that makes him a bit stiff, but his deep male voices are as yummy as Kelo Griffith.


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

    when our macho boy wants to walk away


    Any additional comments?

    I hope you will enjoy this fast listen as I have.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Danger Next Door: Red Stone Security Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Katie Reus
    • Narrated By Pyper Down
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    After an explosion leaves detective Grant Caldwell scarred he quits his job and tries to hide from his well-meaning family while he heals. When Belle Manikas, a beautiful new neighbor, moves in next door with problems of her own he finds himself drawn to her even while he tells himself she's nothing but trouble. Even though he knows he'd never have a chance with a woman like her - not with his disfigurement - he can't stay away.

    Dawn says: "Hot and Suspenseful"
    ""He'd Been a Marine""
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    What did you love best about Danger Next Door?

    the spunk Belle, our heroine had. The sexy way our hero over comes his inner and outer issues.


    What other book might you compare Danger Next Door to and why?

    this is part of a small series. If you like a short fast listen that will keep you glued to the listen, then this is for you. this is a romance, with a mystery and compassion. I love this author as she has a quick pace to her stories.


    Which character – as performed by Pyper Down – was your favorite?

    Ms Down is a new reader for me, well 5 books now. She has a good pace, some readers are so slow, you almost fall asleep. She is not breathy and sounds young but does not have a tin like voice. Her male voice could be deeper, but current one does not take away from the way she makes the males sound sexy. If she has an AKA, please advise so listeners can get more of her work.


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

    yes, when our hero covers and saves the little boy.


    Any additional comments?

    on a big sale, I purchased all of the stories and of the 3 of Pyper Downs reads, I am thrill to have found a new author and reader. Enjoy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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