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Karen

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

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  • From This Moment On: The Sullivans, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Bella Andre
    • Narrated By Eva Kaminsky
    Overall
    (591)
    Performance
    (530)
    Story
    (538)

    For 36 years, Marcus Sullivan has been the responsible older brother, stepping in to take care of his seven siblings after their father died when they were children. But when the perfectly ordered future he's planned for himself turns out to be nothing but a lie, Marcus needs one reckless night to shake free from it all. Nicola Harding is known throughout the world by only one name - Nico - for her catchy, sensual pop songs. Only what no one knows about the 25-year-old singer is that her sex-kitten image is totally false.

    CAROLYN says: "Another winner from Ms. Andre"
    "Kitten, what a way to Nap"
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    Where does From This Moment On rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Of the sullivan brothers, this is # 1. Loved Smith, and Ryan's as well,and still have Chase's story to listen. Gabe story just did not appeal to me. Zack's started out fairly great w/ puppy, but turned a bit dark/sad so it was not a favorite. Sophie's story, broke my heart.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Marcus, bad boy with lots of style


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I wish Eva read a bit faster. This is one of her better reads as the story had a better outline.
    I would not buy her as a reader if not for Sullivan brothers.


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

    I did listen to this one all at once. True core romance with enough of all the right elements.


    Any additional comments?

    You do not have to listen to the books order in as Bella writes with enough tie in, but does not have the stories based on a mystery. I like the older brothers Marcus and Smith the best. Ryan was yummy. Ms Andrea is very cleaver in her outlines.

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  • Full Disclosure

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Dee Henderson
    • Narrated By David de Vries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (424)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (376)

    Ann Silver is a cop’s cop. As the Midwest Homicide Investigator, she is called in to help local law enforcement on the worst of cases, looking for answers to murder. Hers is one of the region’s most trusted investigative positions. Paul Falcon is the FBI’s top murder cop in the Midwest. If the victim carried a federal badge or had a security clearance, odds are good Paul and his team see the case file or work the murder. Their lives intersect when Ann arrives to pass a case off her desk and onto his.

    Linda says: "Snore"
    "This is a Christian Mystery"
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    What did you like best about Full Disclosure? What did you like least?

    great use of deductive reasoning and good fast dialogue. This is listed under romance and is not what most core romance readers/listeners seek. This is a good example of good christian faith woven into a mystery/ FBI story.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I have not finished the book as write, but I hope to finish this book. The dialogue is that good for the mystry portion . I have hit the heavy faith portion author has woven into the story, and with all due respect, I feel the dialogue should be in the Christian or family listings. Tastfully done, but not appropriate or stated in the publishers synopsis.


    What about David de Vries’s performance did you like?

    I liked his reading style. Fast pace which made up for any other criticisms I may have of the editing. This should have been posted under Christian genre.


    Do you think Full Disclosure needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    this author is a very talented writer, but her books are in the wrong section and not for me.


    Any additional comments?

    This was part of BOGO sale and I did not read the reviews before selecting. Both choices seem a bit on the outside of my usual buys. Overall I can't say I was pleased with the selections! I know audible wants its listeners to expand their reading scope, but if I wanted a Christian listen, I would have gone to that section. Audible please take note.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Perfect Hope: Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1801)
    Performance
    (1587)
    Story
    (1600)

    Ryder is the hardest Montgomery brother to figure out - with a tough-as-nails outside and possibly nothing too soft underneath. He’s surly and unsociable, but when he straps on a tool belt, no woman can resist his sexy swagger. Except, apparently, Hope Beaumont, the innkeeper of his own Inn BoonsBoro.... As the former manager of a D.C. hotel, Hope is used to excitement and glamour, but that doesn’t mean she can’t appreciate the joys of small-town living. She’s where she wants to be - except for in her love life....

    Katheryne says: "Third times the charm"
    ""Is That Code?""
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    What did you love best about The Perfect Hope?

    Great use of cute dialogue NR can do in her series books. This is a simple story, nothing deep, but if you know her series books, this one is NOT to be missed. NR does use curse words in this one so if that does not offend, this was a wonderful use of her imagination pulling her other good series together in a new one.


    What other book might you compare The Perfect Hope to and why?

    If you are a long time fan of NR series: The blue dahlia kid slaves, Seaswept dog and brothers, Heaven and Earth and Dance upon the Air women. Wonderful dialogue not to be missed. Yes, there is the some slow dialogue NR uses when she starts to describe areas, but she did that in these other books too. This book was GREAT if you are a fan of the other series named.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when Ryder is asked to "Go With it" and he requests pie for his reward.


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

    This brought back good memories of those books named. I purchase this one first as Ryder was so appealing. I LOVE MacLoud Andrews and had looked for more of his work after Robert Crasis book he read. He has a wonderful reading technique and his female and kids voices are good.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are looking for NR main stream type of book, this is not it! This is a warm story, with lots of descriptions as NR can write, and lots of cute dialogue you have to be in the mood for. Enjoy

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hunted

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Karen Robards
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews, Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (155)

    'Twas the night before Christmas…and dozens of rich, influential hostages are trapped inside a sprawling lakefront mansion in New Orleans. The perp? Detective Reed Ware, model cop turned outlaw. After receiving a panicked call from Hollis "Holly" Bayard, a teenage street tough with a penchant for amateur sleuthing who stumbles upon the scene of a drug-deal-turned-murder, Ware finds his and his friend's lives in dire danger. The crime Holly witnessed could be the biggest police cover-up this side of New Orleans - and no one's talking.

    Susan says: "Robards is back, minus the paranormal. Yay!"
    "Good Robards, Fans!"
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    If you could sum up Hunted in three words, what would they be?

    Sexy, testy, determined. This is a simple story, nothing too deep. If deep is what you want, this is not it. This is a romance!


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    For those readers who are not familiar with this long time good author, she is a core romance writer who will give you a good story. Now if you want a true mystery, then this genre is not for you. There will be some stories that may give you more of a mystery than heat, but do not be disappointed if there is not as it is still a romance catagory.


    Have you listened to any of MacLeod Andrews and Cassandra Campbell ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I love MacLeod Andrews and this is my first CC listen. I own hundreds of audios and she is an AKA of another listen...she is good in this one. She could have read faster in the first 4 chapters, but that is because listeners want the mystery to unfold faster. This story is not about a mystery but the connection between two people who have an unfinished history. I have a couple of other listens to hear from each of these readers and I look forward to them. I will have to figure out what AKA name CC goes under as her male voice is familar.


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

    I did as it was good and I am a long time fan of KR. Try One Summer if you like this one, that is a classic of KR and is recorded by the late great Anna Fields.


    Any additional comments?

    I was happily surprised at this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cutting Edge

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Lesa Lockford
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (76)

    Can love survive the ultimate test? Brett Rutland, Carter Engineering's top troubleshooter, is sent to the L.A. office to crack a case of embezzlement. Brett's a hard man, so it hit him like a sledgehammer when he fell in love with Tessa Conway. Half the men in the office had been in love with her for years, but Brett was the first she'd loved in return. Their love is perfect, too perfect to last. And when Brett discovers the identity of the embezzler, his whole world is about to come crashing down.

    Molly says: "IS she Guilty?Brett will find out NO matter WHAT ~"
    "Classic Linda Howard"
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    What did you love best about The Cutting Edge?

    these are classic 80's books recorded by Dreamscape. Beware if you are not of fan of LH older books, read the reviews first. These books are written in the older classic male dominance style. If you are a modern woman and can not abide weak female roles as written in the 80's, then these are not for you. I loved the books and have awaited them on audio for years. I am a strong person and realize these books are core romance and can enjoy them for how they were written back in the day. Not a tattoo onsite.


    What other book might you compare The Cutting Edge to and why?

    All That Glitters, Midnight..., Diamond Bay. All 80's style.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lesa Lockford?

    She is ok for female role, but these older LH reads must be done by readers who can do a strong male voice as they carry the story. Natalie ross or Karen White can get the job done.
    Brenda Sweeney was awful and I skipped preferring to read the classic.


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

    these older core romances are true happily ever after stories of woman who over come their situation and our hero turns tender and loving after some hard core dialogue.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dreams of a Dark Warrior

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (509)
    Performance
    (474)
    Story
    (477)

    Murdered before he could wed Regin the Radiant, warlord Aidan the Fierce seeks his beloved through eternity, reborn again and again into new identities, yet with no memory of his past lives. When Regin encounters Declan Chase, a brutal Celtic soldier, she recognizes her proud warlord reincarnated. But Declan takes her captive, intending retribution against all immortals - unaware that he belongs to their world.

    Julius says: "love this series but..."
    ""Puff Small P""
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    Where does Dreams of a Dark Warrior rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Of the 10 KC books I own, this is # 1. Lots of fast dialogue that makes you laugh and get sad too. When you don't want it to end, then it goes to the top.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    KC really out did herself on this one. Gads that lady must read all the reviews and knows what her readers want. In this book KC mixes the characters and story very well. Other authors should take note. All the characters were great in this one. Young Thad will break your heart. Our heroine, is my favorite due to her sass and strength!


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

    This man can read a phone book and make it sound great. He can make each character so real to you. This one is not to be missed!


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

    Listen in part 1 when Nix talks into the car bug! I burst out laughing and had a belly laugh.


    Any additional comments?

    If you only try one in this series, start with this one. Yes it is not book# 1, but you will get a taste of what everyone is raving about. Author knows how to weave stories so they are linked but can stand alone. You will end up buying most if not all of the 14 books as they draw you in. I have read all out of order and they were all well done, some more than others, but none disappoint that you would stop the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Lowell
    • Narrated By Susie Berneis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    The Andean Cloud Forest in Ecuador is mysterious and beautiful. Trace Rawlings is a man who lives by his own rules. Ruthless and domineering, he takes what he wants. But Cynthia is used to someone trying to manipulate her, having dealt with her father all her life. She feels sure she can handle Trace. After all, he's just there to guide her through the treacherous forest, right?

    Karen says: "Old Time Classic Romance"
    "Old Time Classic Romance"
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    Would you listen to Dark Fire again? Why?

    Yes, but I am a long time fan of E.L. 1988'ish work. I no long purchase her newer work as they do not appeal to me. I own hard bound all her old classics and have waited for these classic to be recorded.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is an old fashion core romance of the 80's, which I love. EL wrote a few which I pull out every few years an re read. My all time fave, too hot to handle will make you cry and know inner strength will overcome all. You must like hard core heros who in the end fall head over heels for the heroine, or this book is not for you.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I wanted this story and since it was not read by my Do Not Buy reader, laural merlington, I took a chance on this very expensive reader. I looked her up and she is not worth the money she got for it. Note: she was not bad, but $25.00 or a full credit was too much. She didn't take away from this listen,but she is no way on my want to get more listens list. she was good enough that I will listen again to this great book. Jonathan Davis, Sandra browns new reader is to die for! EL has not gotten a decent reader and she could get so much more work purchased if she did her homework. we Listeners are in for the reader. Look at kresley cole and see her reviews.


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

    Of course as it is only 5 hrs long. This is a core romance classic, which you must love or you will be disappointed if you use a credit.


    Any additional comments?

    One of my all time fave, tell me no lies is abridged and I do not buy any abridged stories. If you are an EL fan of her older books, then this is a must buy. my other fave, beautiful dreamer was originally published as valley of the sun. This is read by one of my least fave readers, Laural merlington who I will not buy any more no matter what old fave of mine she reads.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Attitude Is Everything: Ten Rules for Staying Positive

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 8 mins)
    • By Vicki Hitzges
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Vicki Hitzges messages help individuals to build relationships, zap stress and conquer change. Gildan Media is proud to bring you these uplifting and life-changing inspirational books from Simple Truths, which can be used throughout every facet of your life. These audiobooks may be short in length, but their words speak volumes.

    Karen says: "A great listen to help guide your Life"
    "A great listen to help guide your Life"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, short, sweet and to the point. it does not go on forever, but gives you enough to help you build your own solutions


    What did you like best about this story?

    short, good and make a quick point


    What about Hillary Huber’s performance did you like?

    she does this type of read very well


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    rule #1, 2, and 10


    Any additional comments?

    I have chanted all the rules everyday since I downloaded and boy, it has helped already . Yes, it is work to make a plan for each rule, so by chanting, I at least start will all the clues of a good life everyday. The plan will come if you are a get it done person. If you procrastinate, not so sure.

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  • Pleasure of a Dark Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (691)
    Performance
    (643)
    Story
    (645)

    #1 New York Times best-selling author Kresley Cole enraptures again with this seductive tale of a fierce werewolf prince who will stop at nothing to protect the lovely archer he covets from afar.

    Leesa says: "Love this series"
    "What a Tale"
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    What made the experience of listening to Pleasure of a Dark Prince the most enjoyable?

    K.C. tells a tale with humor and wit. If you do not like a series that gabs you from the first but continues to pull you back even more as the series increases, don't start this one. I did not start with book #1, so you can buy what ever story looks interesting to you. Hint: the latter stories, i.e. Bowen get really good and just hold you for the listening time. I have gone back to the early books but only after listening to the mostly current release. Not every book holds the same formula, so you can be assured of a good buy.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Pleasure of a Dark Prince?

    The stories do develop enough so you know that future books are coming, but you do not know which character KC will showcase. I have listen to the Lycan family ones and Lotheaire, and I found that they tell enough of the last story to fill in some details to make the current story good. Yes, there is an order so if that is important follow it. This story is about focus and sacrifice and with the use of such imagination. Think 7 cities of gold


    What about Robert Petkoff’s performance did you like?

    Gads, this man is great in this series as all the other reviewers state. He makes all the heroes yummy and he gives an inflection to the females to hold your interest. A must is Regan's story


    Any additional comments?

    you have to pay attention to the very last chapter as it brings forth the next adventure cleverly.

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  • Stellar Timing: The Stellarverse

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jennifer L. Hart
    • Narrated By Hollie Jackson
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    In the year 2059, the best part of Ellie MacIntyre's day is her morning coffee and it's all downhill from there. When a talking dog and cat enlist her aid in finding their missing brother, everything she ever knew about the universe is knocked on its keister by a six foot warrior with smoldering dark eyes. Betrayed by those closest to him, Prince Brennigan was banished to the universal Hotel California, the penal colony called Earth.

    Karen says: ""Lookout,Tail In a knot""
    ""Lookout,Tail In a knot""
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, great funny dialogue. Very refreshing & a fun listen. I have not heard a story that has this an inventive & cleaver dialogue in a long time. If you listen to fantasy or sci-fi, then you may have more exposure. This is not a bodice ripper, but a cleaverely told story of magic. If you are looking for hot romance, this is not it. More of an antiscipation of it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Cleaver use of imagination with a lot of fun penciled in. Characters like "Snark" are fun and there are muiltiple other characters to add to the story


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

    Yes plenty! She has so many AKA names, Sophie Eastlake, but she reads faster as Erin Mallon and this name. Her faster reads are much better. Her male voice could be deeper, but she knows how to give a sexy inflection to her male voices, so you do not mind.


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

    So much laughter, but you must be in the mood to listen and get it. The dialogue is distilled and fast past.


    Any additional comments?

    I have not purchased more of this author but have them in my wish list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heroes Are My Weakness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Erin Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (180)

    He's a reclusive writer whose imagination creates chilling horror novels. She's a down-on-her-luck actress reduced to staging kids' puppet shows. He knows a dozen ways to kill his characters with his bare hands. She knows a dozen ways to kill an audience with laughs. But she's not laughing now.

    Darlene says: "Different"
    "Ms Phillips, You Can Do Better!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Ms Susan needs to re read It Had to Be You, which got her on the front page of the wall street journal when she first published it. This was a waste of my valuable listening time. I got to chapter 9 and just had to quit. It just was not getting better. I had hoped the other reviewers were not wrong.


    What could Susan Elizabeth Phillips have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Ms Susan used Breathing room and This heart of Mine to make up this awful story. It was like her first novels Glitter baby which were wordy and boring.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Erin Bennett’s performances?

    Nope. She did Ok in the Four Horseman series, but that was because the books were well written. She can not make up for a poorly written story. She read this story very slowly and I kept speeding it up, which told me to stop wasting valuable time. I have so many I have purchased yet to be listened to and enjoy


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

    it was boring and a disappointment. I own all of ms phillips work read by the late great Anna Fields aka Kate Fleming. They will NOT disappoint you. Her new readers have been a disaster and her writing is not good in the last 3 books. She was an auto download, but no more.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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