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Karen

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

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  • Andromeda's Fall: A Novel of the Legion of the Damned

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By William C. Dietz
    • Narrated By Isabelle Gordon
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (63)

    All her life, Lady Catherine Carletto (called Cat) has lived for nothing but the next party, the next lover, the next expensive toy. Until, in a bloodthirsty power grab, Imperial Princess Ophelia and her cadre of synth assassins murder her brother the emperor, and go on to purge the galaxy of his friends and supporters - including Cat’s family. The Carlettos are known to be staunch supporters of the Emperor and Carletto Industries has been in the forefront of his pet project - developing cybernetic technology for the masses.

    Tracey says: "Fun read but not one of Dietz's best"
    "Party girl to G.I. Jane"
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    If you could sum up Andromeda's Fall in three words, what would they be?

    Steele "bit__" sums it up.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Pace was so fast. You have to pay attention. Great dialogue, simple, but paints a fast clear picture. Great military dialogue. It makes you want to learn military speak.


    Which character – as performed by Isabelle Gordon – was your favorite?

    Avery and Larkin. I purchased this book as I love Ms Gordon's sexy male voices.


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

    yes, when the special borg's expire


    Any additional comments?

    this is not my type of listen, but I buy most of Ms Gordon's reads. This was just great as read by Ms Gordon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Once Upon a Kiss

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tanya Anne Crosby
    • Narrated By Braden Wright
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (59)

    To settle a feud, Dominique Beauchamp was resigned to wed in order to heal their injured lands. Offered in marriage by her brother to the lord of Drakewich, she came to take the d'Lucy name... but never counted on losing her heart to the brother of her betrothed - the Black Dragon. Blaec d'Lucy mistrusted her from the beginning, believing her to be part of her brother's endless perfidy, but he was powerless to resist the fiery-haired vixen that rode so proudly into their midst. Their love was sealed... once upon a kiss.

    CAROLYN says: "A HEART-WARMING FAIRYTALE BUT STRICTLY FOR ADULTS"
    "Not "Wolf & The Dove""
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    What did you like best about Once Upon a Kiss? What did you like least?

    the author had a great outline, but she could not decide to make this a historical mystery or
    or a romance. It started out good, but the author just does not have the McNaught, Garwood or K.W. gift of a great historical.


    Has Once Upon a Kiss turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Absolutely not! Audible has not gotten the all time best from Kathleen Weidowess, and Judith McNaught. Since these are not available, I thought I would give this author a try based on description.
    A waste of my valuable listening time. This could have been cut down to 6 hrs.


    What about Braden Wright’s performance did you like?

    great male voice to be sure. not so good on female. He should be paired with a good female read.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no, not the way it was edited. This had so much potential.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Any Man of Mine

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Rachel Gibson
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (221)

    Autumn Haven's Las Vegas "to-do" list said to catch a show and play the slots—not wake up married to a sexy jerk like Sam LeClaire. The first moment she saw him eyeing her like a luscious piece of the dessert buffet, her usually responsible self told her to run. And she did—right into the wildest fantasy weekend of her life. But Monday morning jolted her back to reality, and before she could say "pass the coffee", Sam was gone.

    MARY says: "Loved it!"
    "Cupcakes or Muffin?"
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    Where does Any Man of Mine rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This ranks high up there. If you like this one try Jill Shalvis, Rumor has it. This story is one of the best of the 9 books, I purchased all at once.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Sam and Connor's dialogue. It will make you bark laughter out loud. Not all of the R.G. readers did this. I did not like Emma Bates. Susan Bennett was good and K.Early was too.


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

    She is one of the best of R.G. books readers. yes, she miss pronounced Savage, but she more than made up for it in getting the designer names correct! She brought both Sam and Connor to big screen life. Kathe, made good use of the R.G. dialogue and made for a good sexy and LOL listen. She will not disappoint YOU


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

    Gads, this would make a fun and sexy movie, Cupcakes or Muffin


    Any additional comments?

    I did put this reader on my to buy list, she is that good. Audible, put her on humor or sassy dialogue reads, please.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Dublin Street

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Samantha Young
    • Narrated By Paula Costello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1456)
    Performance
    (1369)
    Story
    (1367)

    Jocelyn Butler has been hiding from her past for years. But all her secrets are about to be laid bare.... Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland, burying her grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without attachments. Her solitary life is working well - until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street where she meets a man who shakes her carefully guarded world to its core.

    Leesa says: "Swept me away!!!"
    "Read More Reviews"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    yes, all the cursing from the heroine took away from a good listen. I own a lot of bad boy books I purchased, but this author is not for me. I read the top 5 reviews and purchased since I love a good Irish or Scottish story, but I am at ch. 6 and had to stop! Another reviewer, maybe 10 down said if over 30, you may have issues with listening. Yup!
    The author may have a good story to tell, but the heroine does nothing but act like a spoiled girl who curses unnecessarily. Good writing can tell a story without this much bad language. I listened to a couple of bad boy biker stories, and yes, every sentence had bad language, but that was expected for the genre.


    What was most disappointing about Samantha Young’s story?

    A good editor would have told ms Young to use either humor or more wit instead of foul language so much. Nothing wrong with cursing if it adds to the picture.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I can not stand this reader female voice. Her male voice is good, which was why I lasted to ch. 6. Her Irish voice is good but, I had to stop as her American voice was such a turn off for me. I have tons of books to be listened to and just did not want to put up with the lead female character or voice.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    Just a bit better editing, and more humor and sassy dialogue. This author is on the right track.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • At First Sight

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Patrice Wilton
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    War veteran Brent Harrington, a helicopter pilot who lost his sight when he was shot down in Afghanistan, is now back home in the US and struggling to come to terms with the fact that his sight may never return. Natalie Connors, a beautiful young woman fleeing an abusive relationship and looking for a fresh start, is hired by Brent’s best buddy, another war veteran, as a home health care aide to help Brent adapt to his newly darkened world. Thrown together by fate, they take the first tentative steps toward love.... But when Natalie’s vicious ex tracks her down, can the passion and tenderness she and Brent share protect her?

    Karen says: "Make the Winning Choice"
    "Make the Winning Choice"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of At First Sight to be better than the print version?

    I like Audio over print.


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

    This is my first P.W. listen. She had a good outline and story to tell. However, this story is not my taste for heroines. I like strong women who know how to make a choice. If you like stories where the heroine is trying to find her path, then this is for you. Our hero is a man trying to re define his life and author portrays his story well. Too much indecision on the part of our heroine for me. Ms Wilton, get a better editor. A good editor could help you reach your full potential as you have a good imagination/story to tell.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I am not a fan of this reader. Her male voice is her only redeeming quality for me. Reader followed the author's read very well, she is just not my taste for lot of books to own.


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

    Several, which is why this book could have used a bit better editing to be great. When Sam our hero dog helps in two fights. When our hero tries to go out to buy coffee on his own. Ms Wilton, you have what it takes.


    Any additional comments?

    I purchased as this was a story about a blind person trying to over come. The cost is good so give this book a try. I did enjoy the parts when the heroine is strong and direct.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tough Customer: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Victor Slezak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (344)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (136)

    From acclaimed best-selling author Sandra Brown, Tough Customer is a heart-pounding tale about obsession and murder, the fragile nature of relationships, and, possibly, second chances.

    J. Gall says: "Really like Sandra Brown"
    ""Sue Me""
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    Would you listen to Tough Customer again? Why?

    yes, I did listen twice, as I missed some good parts the first time. S.B. writes a mystery, so you can miss some clues if you are multi-tasking.


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

    yes, as this has a bit of a thriller in the story.


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

    Victor Slezak and S.B. books are an automatic download for me. I own all of this reads on downloads/MP3 of Ms Browns. He is the best of the SB readers. I just wish Audible would get White Hot in full length. This is my all time fave of SB with Victor stealing the show!


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

    yes, and that is why I missed some clues.


    Any additional comments?

    Check out V.S. reads of S.B. You will not be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (577)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (270)

    Kendall Deaton pulls herself and her baby out of a wrecked car, and a mixture of courage and fear gets her to the top of a ravine, where she flags down help. But she doesn't dare reveal her true identity to the authorities. Instead, she plans her immediate escape. Her perilous flight begins.

    Wilhelmina says: "The Witness"
    "Classic Brown listen"
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    If you could sum up The Witness in three words, what would they be?

    inventive, sensitive, sexy


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Witness?

    when our hero has the baby in the bath with him. when the FBI agent covers the friend with a coat.


    Which character – as performed by Joyce Bean – was your favorite?

    This is one of Ms Bean finer performances. She has you right there in the room on this one. If you are a classic S.B. reader, then this is a must for you. The end will knock you out.


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

    "Becareful of What You Want"


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoy this good classic, you will not be disappointed

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Bayou

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By James Daniels, Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1068)
    Performance
    (873)
    Story
    (875)

    Declan Fitzgerald had always been the family maverick, but even he couldn't understand his impulse to buy a dilapidated mansion on the outskirts of New Orleans. All he knew was that ever since he saw Manet Hall, he'd been enchanted - and obsessed - with it. So when the opportunity to buy the house comes up Declan jumps at the chance to live out a dream.

    Phyllis S. Mike says: "Not the Norm"
    ""Cher, You Sweet Boy""
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    If you could sum up Midnight Bayou in three words, what would they be?

    sweet,sexy, determined


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Midnight Bayou?

    when our hero tries to get our heroine to go with him. Such determination, deserves a reward.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when our hero charms Ms Odette! The charm Declan has in this story is just delightful.


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

    this is a core romance book for N.R. James Daniels and Sandra Burr are a great team and both are wonderful readers on their own. They brought this classic to life. If you love N.R.,then you may like to try this story. It is one of my favs from N.R.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Christina Lauren
    • Narrated By Grace Grant, Jonathan R. Cole
    Overall
    (1021)
    Performance
    (950)
    Story
    (945)

    Escaping a cheating ex, finance whiz Sara Dillon's moved to New York City and is looking for excitement and passion without a lot of strings attached. So meeting the irresistible, sexy Brit at a dance club should have meant nothing more than a night's fun. But the manner - and speed - with which he melts her inhibitions turns him from a one-time hookup into her Beautiful Stranger.

    Jordy says: "Delicious!!"
    "Must like Multiple Readers"
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    Would you try another book from Christina Lauren and/or Grace Grant and Jonathan R. Cole ?

    No, not for me. I had to stop listening after a few chapters.


    What could Christina Lauren have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I purchased during a sale, taking a chance on dual readers. This is not for me.


    What didn’t you like about Grace Grant and Jonathan R. Cole ’s performance?

    Grace Grant is an A.K.A. for a reader I can not stand. I did not catch it from the sample.
    I can not always recognize her reading until I am into a few chapters. She has gotten better, but she is still not for me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cowboy Lust: Erotic Romance for Women

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Delilah Devlin
    • Narrated By Annie Green
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Cowboys take care of their women in every possible way. Wild and wayward women are gentled by the scent of horse and cow and the sight of sun-kissed skin, the feel of work-hardened thighs and arms, and the sound of a deep-voiced Texas drawl. Contributors at the top of the Western romance genre, including Charlene Teglia, Randi Alexander, and Cat Johnson, have corralled here strong and memorable characters ranging from a rodeo star and a cop on horseback to a feisty female gunslinger.

    Karen says: "Sexy Cowboys"
    "Sexy Cowboys"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Could have been a bit hotter. I will not be buying vol 2


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    nope. I like the idea of short stories of this nature, but this reader killed what good parts there may have been.


    What didn’t you like about Annie Green’s performance?

    A bit too Southern and no good male voice qualities. I will not be buying anything more from this reader. Gads, at least try for a decent male voice. Shoot, all this breathy female high pitched voices are getting on my nerves. They are ruining a good sexy listen.


    Was Cowboy Lust worth the listening time?

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    I am going to be cautious on D.D. readers. If the sample is not spot on, I am not going to take a chance. I have gotten burned 3 times now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Only in Texas: Hotter in Texas, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Christie Craig
    • Narrated By Barbara McCulloh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (23)

    Nikki Hunt thought her night couldn't get any worse when her no-good, cheating ex ditched her at dinner, sticking her with the bill. Then she found his body stuffed in the trunk of her car and lost her two-hundred-dollar meal all over his three-thousand-dollar suit. Now, not only is Nikki nearly broke, she's a murder suspect. Former cop turned PI, Dallas O'Connor, knows what it's like to be unjustly accused. But one look at the sexy - though skittish - suspect tells him she couldn't hurt anyone.

    Darlene says: "Laugh Out Loud Book"
    "Beware: Soap Opera Pace"
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    Would you try another book from Christie Craig and/or Barbara McCulloh?

    I really gave this story a try, 3 hrs worth, but had to stop. This had so much potential for a 3 book series, but the readers slow pace just made the dialogue so much like a day time soap opera. Nothing wrong with those, but when listening to this slow pace, it got annoying and I kept wanting to speed up my I pod. This author is not for me. I purchased as the reviewers said this was a LOL book. Good humor is hard to find. The humor seemed dead pan or the reader's timing was off.


    What did you like best about this story?

    this had a good outline, but the editor should have done a better job of cutting out so much of the fluff that made it seem like a soap opera. The other 2 stories have no reviewers, so that says a lot about this author. If this series is so good, then other listeners who purchased this book would have scooped them up.


    What didn’t you like about Barbara McCulloh’s performance?

    I try to check out new readers for my library and this reader had lots of books recorded. However, her pace was too slow and it made the humor disappear and the book drag on and on. She had no real male voice, and I so wanted to try book 2 and 3. The partners seemed so fun. I will not give this reader another op, unless the reviews say she has improved.


    What character would you cut from Only in Texas?

    the characters were Ok, just cut out more fluff that does not add to the story. 12 to 13 hr books need a really great writing to make them that long, this author is not it. The author was too wordy and it did not add to the story. The length may have been due to readers' too slow pace. Reader Karen White may have saved this book, maybe.


    Any additional comments?

    Jill Shalvis or Julie James are good humor authors and reader Karen White makes them come to life. Check them out

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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