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  • Hello, Darkness: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Victor Slezak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (116)

    Since moving to Austin to ease the pain of tragic mistakes, Paris Gibson has led a life of virtual isolation, coming alive only at night when she hosts her popular radio show. Then one listener - who identifies himself as "Valentino" - tells Paris that the girl he loves jilted him because of Paris's on-air advice. He intends to exact revenge by killing the girl and then coming after Paris. Desperate to stop the sinister Valentino, Paris enlists the help of the police - including crime psychologist Dean Malloy, the very man she had hoped never to meet again....

    Karen says: "Finally the full story."
    "Finally the full story."
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    If you could sum up Hello, Darkness in three words, what would they be?

    Hot and Sexy an exciting


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dean, who wants to be a good dad


    Which character – as performed by Victor Slezak – was your favorite?

    Victor Slezak makes all the Sandra Brown books he reads so great!


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

    When Dean protects his son at the police station


    Any additional comments?

    Waiting for full story of White Hot, all time best story

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Bootstrapper: From Broke to Badass on a Northern Michigan Farm

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Mardi Jo Link
    • Narrated By Karen White
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    (12)
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    It’s the summer of 2005, and Mardi Jo Link’s dream of living the simple life has unraveled into debt, heartbreak, and perpetually ragged cuticles. She and her husband of nineteen years have just called it quits, leaving her with serious cash-flow problems and a looming divorce. More broke than ever, Link makes a seemingly impossible resolution: to hang on to her century-old farmhouse in northern Michigan and continue to raise her three boys on well water and wood chopping and dirt. Armed with an unfailing sense of humor and three resolute accomplices, Link confronts blizzards and foxes, learns about Zen divorce and the best way to butcher a hog, dominates a zucchini-growing contest and wins a year’s supply of local bread, masters the art of bargain cooking, wrangles rampaging poultry, and withstands any blow to her pride in order to preserve the life she wants.

    CHRIS says: "great story about a mom who will fight for her fam"
    "Pitbull Chickens!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Bootstrapper to be better than the print version?

    Yes, as Karen White knows how to read a good book & give the right tempo and inflection to words= funny as the author meant it to be.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bootstrapper?

    The whole story had so many. I Loved the three boys, their attitude and style. They steal the book.
    "I want meat".
    The pillow case for the zucchini. I purchased this book as I wanted a book that had humor and included how to survive, use different thinking and overcome one's surroundings. This is the author's memoirs of her wants and desires retold with humor. I got exactly what I was looking for. Yes, this has heartache and more trials than most could or would endure. But when a story is retold with humor, it is uplifting.


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

    I love Karen White when humor is in the description of the book. Humor is what she knows how to read so very well. see Julie James series. Ms White has the best man voice along with Natalie Ross and Gabra Zackman. The late great Anna Fields remains the best.


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

    yes, as you want to know the ending. The valor the 3 sons have in standing by their mother is so wonderful...you could just eat them up. The view point on each new adventure/hardship is so different from each son. Karen White voice for them just brings them so very much alive. I did tear up when the zucchini contest was described. It was just so cute!


    Any additional comments?

    I am looking for other reviewers who like humor and the books they have chosen.
    Way too many FSOG type material, which I too have down loaded, but they do not lift your spirits up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fever

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Lowell
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Lisa Johansen, world traveler, had tasted the exotic and seen the extraordinary. But when a rancher called Rye came into her life, he ignited a feverish desire foreign to her mind, her body, her soul... Rye was certain Lisa was like the gold-digging women in his past. He'd been burned before, and he vowed he would make no more mistakes. Still, he found it hard to resist her. Before he knew it, he'd gotten dangerously close to the flame. But it was too late - he was addicted to the fire.

    Karen says: "Waited a long Time for this series of EL books!"
    "Waited a long Time for this series of EL books!"
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    Where does Fever rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    If you are a long time fan of E.L., then you will enjoy hearing this story you most likely read years ago. This a long with Too Hot to Handle, Fire and Rain are some of EL earlier works that can break your heart but have a HEAE


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Boss Mac of course, plain old macho man


    Would you be willing to try another one of Laural Merlington’s performances?

    NO, she is a most talented and respected reader, but her male voice has ruined some great reads for me ie: Valley of the Sun. There are many stories I have passed on as she just does not do it for me. Tanya Elby is another one who ruined Sandra Brown's Exclusive.


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

    yes, when boss Mac realizes our heroine is poor


    Any additional comments?

    Please audible, bring out Fire and Rain and too hot to handle...even if it is the same reader. The cooking scenes are so good and they warm your heart. EL does this best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last of the Red-Hot Vampires: Dark Ones Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Katie MacAlister
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (23)
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    (23)

    Physicist Portia Harding's life is grounded in facts. There's nothing that can't be explained by logic and science. Until she travels with her best friend to England - and accidentally summons an ethereal Virtue who bequeaths her gift of weather control to Portia.... Now Portia's walking around with a literal cloud over her head - and a heart - stopping handsome maniac trying to kidnap her. But Theondre North is no run-of-the-mill maniac. He's a nephilim - the son of a fallen angel - who needs Portia's help to change his fate.

    Karen says: "Fantasy with Laughs"
    "Fantasy with Laughs"
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    Where does The Last of the Red-Hot Vampires rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I needed humor and this book came through. I am not a true paranormal or fantasy fan, but this one was creative and had lots of simple uncomplicated laughs.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    our heroine of course...true friend


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

    I love her reading voice of males and she gets what the authors want for a reading pace/story line. Try her Julie James series...catch her "hey"


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

    this one had a different spin on a love story...as it had humor, mystery, and hot sex too


    Any additional comments?

    I purchased this author due to Karen White. I do not think I want to try this author with the other readers unless reviews are great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Rock Arrangement: The Lonely Kings, #1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ava Lore
    • Narrated By Crystal Sershen
    Overall
    (134)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
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    Chronic loser Rebecca Alton is penniless, homeless, and sleeping on her sister’s couch. She needs a job, fast, but in this economy finding one is easier said than done. When she accidentally walks into the wrong office and finds herself auditioning for the role of fake girlfriend and very real babysitter to Carter Hudson, the out-of-control lead guitarist of an up and coming rock band, can she pull it off? And considering who her boss would be - Carter's brother and the band’s bassist, manager, and undisputed king of bad attitudes Kent Hudson - would she even want the job?

    Tara says: "Hot Rockers that the Narrator Killed!"
    "Determination wins all"
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    If you could sum up Hard Rock Arrangement in three words, what would they be?

    creative, hot, H.E.A.E


    What other book might you compare Hard Rock Arrangement to and why?

    Actually, this story was erotica and core romance combined with a good old fashion ending. I liked this story as it was not dark as so many FSOG spin offs can be.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I purchased before the bad reviews on reader came out. I decided to listen to a couple of chapters and finished the book in one setting. Reader does poor male voices, if male at all, but the author's choice of content and cadence balanced it out. Reader's female voice was Ok, good in fact, and I caught a few words which made me suspect this reader's AKA/other performances. How a reader can make male and female voice enjoyable ie Karen White, Natalie Ross, Gabra Zackman, and of course the late great Ms Anna Fields is so hard to find. As the other reviewers said, no to this author if same reader on other stories. BUT this one should not be missed.


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

    It left me with a good old fashion good feeling when I finished. For a hard rock story, it was not dark, but creative for a change...a fairly simple listen with a happy ending


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Somebody to Love

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kristan Higgins
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (206)

    After her father loses the family fortune in an insider-trading scheme, single mom Parker Welles is faced with some hard decisions. First order of business: go to Gideon's Cove, Maine, to sell the only thing she now owns-a decrepit house in need of some serious flipping. When her father's wingman, James Cahill, asks to go with her, she's not thrilled . . . even if he is fairly gorgeous and knows his way around a toolbox.

    Erika says: "Great story and horrific narration."
    "You have to Love thing 1"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Actually, I did like this book. A little better editing and this would be a great listen. I disagree with other reviewers,but I purchased for $4.95 so it was worth the price for a good inventive story. The liked the humor, including the holy rollers. I did not think it was over done. With all the FSOG material, which has been over done, I wanted a lighter story line and got it with the Holy rollers.


    Would you recommend Somebody to Love to your friends? Why or why not?

    I have been on a LOL roll, and finding these stories are not easy. Rachel Gibson is my current new author as I ran out of Julie James/Karen White. I tried The Best Man, and the reader ruined the dialogue for me. That story fell flat. I decide to try a few chapters to see if this reader did a better job on this story and I was very surprised how well she did.


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

    I gave Ms Eyre a very bad review on G.A.Akin, Jacquelyn Frank and Larissa Ione Supernatural mixed stories. I take it back, big time. After I listened to this book, I went back and listed to the book I had stopped. What a great 2nd round try. I realized, if you are not in the mood, stop, because YOU may not be in the mood at the time. Since we can not change our ratings, I tend to add/change my opinion when a new review op comes up on the reader. (JE reading of G.A. Akin, is great, now that I have my mind in the right place.)
    Sorry Ms Eyre for jumping the gun. My apologies.


    Do you think Somebody to Love needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Not sure on this question. Carrying humor in a core romance is not ez. It is hard to have
    a happy ending without first having some drama. This was a sequel to Maggie story and I have not listen to that one as it has mixed reviews.


    Any additional comments?

    Since I have hundreds to listen, I think I will wait before buying Maggie story. I have a lot of Jill Shavis stories to listen before I tackle more of KH stories. I do not like amy rubinate as a reader, the best man, so NO to those books read by her.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing but Trouble

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Rachel Gibson
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    Overall
    (223)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (192)

    Rachel Gibson’s “eloquent prose” (Publishers Weekly) has earned the author a number of coveted awards, including the RITA, Golden Heart, and National Reader’s Choice. Nothing But Trouble features an injured,prickly Seattle Chinooks hockey player who is none too pleased to be bedridden.

    LeftyMom says: "I love this trouble!"
    "Cheer Up, It will Get Better"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, as the sweet don't give up attitude keeps YOUR spirits up


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    our heroine, fun is a part of life


    Which character – as performed by Susan Bennett – was your favorite?

    no one in particular, she has good pace and tone to match the story. She could use a bit deeper male,but this did not detract from the story as so many of the poor women who are now reading can ruin a good story. Reviewers said she was the best. Hint Nicole Poole is AKA, Justine O'Keef


    If you could rename Nothing but Trouble, what would you call it?

    title good,no change


    Any additional comments?

    If ms Bennett reads as an A.K.A, It would be great to know it. She did a fab job on this one and even better on True Love and other Disasters. If only one to buy, buy True love first. This is good, but if I had to pick this is 2nd.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • True Love and Other Disasters

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Rachel Gibson
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (508)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (341)

    Best-selling author Rachel Gibson is acclaimed for her quick-witted and endearing romances. True Love and Other Disasters begins as the Seattle Chinooks hockey team owner dies, bequeathing the team to his young widow, Faith. Faith is determined to be taken seriously as the owner, and she’s not going to let anyone—especially dreamy star player Ty Savage—get in her way.

    S says: "More Rachel Gibson, please!"
    "Start with this one for Hockey team"
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    Would you listen to True Love and Other Disasters again? Why?

    yes, a good listen due to a good editor. At first, I thought Susan E. Phillips take off, but after listening to this and Nothing but trouble, I know a good writer when I hear it. R.G. has the right stuff. S.E.P stuff is different as I have most all of her books. (sep, latest are just not good enough for me to buy). So yes, after an hour you realize that the outline has many similarities, of It Had to be YOU, but both are a great listen and lots of fun. Who doesn't want more fun?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of True Love and Other Disasters?

    when our hero is sitting in the locker room for the photo shoot, and our heroine places her foot on the bench.


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

    this is a first listen for S.B and she does an excellent job. She has the pace and tone just right. Yes, she could have a deeper male voice, but the tone and pace made up for the lack of a deeper male voice. This is so tricky for so many women readers. Natalie Ross has one of the best male voices as does Gabra Zackman and some Karen White


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

    yes, when our hero reviews our heroines assets from the magazine


    Any additional comments?

    I wanted some humor and ended up buying many of R.G. books all at once. So far, I have not been disappointed. Humor makes the medicine of life much easier.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Survivors Club

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (568)
    Performance
    (253)
    Story
    (250)

    The rapist left an indelible mark on their lives; now three women must live with the consequences of his violent brutality. But when he's murdered on his way to trial, the police investigation takes a scorching new focus. All three women had a reason to hate him. All three wanted him dead. But which one of them murdered him? Explosively plotted and unnervingly suspenseful, The Survivors Club sizzles from beginning to end.

    Kathleen says: "Wow! Get this one!"
    ""Be careful of What you wish for""
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    Would you listen to The Survivors Club again? Why?

    no as I own way too many to even get to listen, but this was a good one. Kept you on the edge


    What did you like best about this story?

    I purchased this as the late great Anna Fields is the reader. I have purchased as much as I can that she reads. Lisa Gardner fans will love this one. If you want a new author, this is a good one. There is humor in the dialogue for a mystery, which I like from our hero.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when the reporter woman is foiled. Lots of twists and turns without too much darkness.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Standoff

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Enid Graham
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (22)

    TV reporter Tiel McCoy gets up close and personal with the barrel of a gun, two desperate young lovers, and the scoop of a lifetime. And she was supposed to be on vacation! Poignant and riveting, Standoff is suspense at its best, as only Sandra Brown can create it.

    Bryan says: "Captivating read"
    ""Hey Doc""
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    Would you listen to Standoff again? Why?

    I have a few times. Sexy doctor


    What did you like best about this story?

    good old fashion don't give up


    What about Enid Graham’s performance did you like?

    She brought this short, not the usual, sandra brown story to real life. It was a real shame Enid Graham did not do more of S.B. recordings...she had a way with a story. Another reader, Jenna Stern also was not used as much.


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

    I always do.


    Any additional comments?

    I have most of S.B. recordings, ALL of Victor Selzack readings...yum. White Hot is not on audible full length, what a great shame.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Knight of a Trillion Stars: Matrix of Destiny, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Dara Joy
    • Narrated By Rebecca Cook
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (113)
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    Fired from her job and exhausted from her miserable commute, the last thing Deana Jones needs when she gets home is to find an alien in her living room. But how else to explain the man who claims he is from beyond the stars? He says his name is Lorgin and that she is part of his celestial destiny. Deana thinks his reasoning is ridiculous, and she knows he's making an error of cosmic proportions. But his touch is electric, and Deana starts to wonder if maybe their passion isn't written in the stars....

    bluebelle says: "Don't judge it by the cover!"
    "core romance of the 90's"
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    What did you love best about Knight of a Trillion Stars?

    this is not a current genre. this book was a #1 seller in the 90's...so if you were a Dara Joy fan, then you waited so very long for this big seller...hence the other listener reviews.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story was one of the big sellers of the original paranormal type writing. If you like a good old fashion paranormal core romance, then this is for you. I waited so long for these 3 books to be recorded...they did not disappoint a collector of paperback romance.


    What aspect of Rebecca Cook’s performance would you have changed?

    She is Ok. I was so glad to get these books, that I downloaded some of her other works when I first started audible. I only have a few I love, late great Anna fields, Natalie Ross, Gabra Zackman and Karen White. All do yummy male voices.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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