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D. Vazquez

Corona, California | Member Since 2005

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  • 13 reviews
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  • Lover Awakened: Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    Overall
    (2314)
    Performance
    (1542)
    Story
    (1566)

    The vampire Zsadist is a former blood slave with a violent past. When he meets Bella, Zsadist thinks her human love could be his path to salvation. Then Bella is kidnapped, and Zsadist will stop at nothing to get her back.

    Annette Gingrich says: "LOVED IT! WAITING FOR BOOK 4"
    "A bit anticlimactic for me!"
    Overall

    I feel bad not giving this at least 4 stars but really i was disappointed in the ending. So far i have read 5 in the series and no doubt i am addicted! BUT i don't read them for serious fiction - i read them between heavier stuff like Pillars of the Earth or The Family when i need easy no brainer sexy stories to enjoy. She always uses the same formula...'im attracted but i can't, ok maybe just a little, no i can't, passion passion passion, no i can't, great sex, maybe, fabulous sex, is it possible - yay big finish - drumroll please...we are in love' - every book the same with great stories and even better sex scenes in between. I'm not complaining, i count on the formula to not stress that there will be a happy ending but this one (for me) ended sucky! We know because we hear Z's thought that he is mad for her but she always has to chase him even at the very end she came to him - where was the "i came across the country looking for you i can't live without you"? i needed the usual big finish. Sad really cause Z is one of my fav characters and i couldn't wait to see how he would "fix" things with her. The way he would pine for her when she was missing and then so easily set her aside when he could have her seemed a contrary to his character and left me dissappointed. I'm addicted though and loving the series anyways. They are cliche cheesy romance novel with a dark twist - they are great!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18502)
    Performance
    (16517)
    Story
    (16571)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Hated them yet couldn't stop listening!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Gone Girl the most enjoyable?

    Excuse my language, but it was a mind ####! First I hated her, then I hated him, then her again. These people!!!! But honestly I couldn't stop listening...I needed relief, I needed to know how this story ended and though it did not end how I would have wanted...there was poetic satisfying justice. I wish I could discuss details but I don't want to ruin it for you. It was great storytelling...read it, the crazy rollercoaster ride was worth the credit!

    I should give it 5 stars because i enjoyed it but then what would I rate The Help, Memoirs of a Geisha, etc. in comparison?


    Any additional comments?

    They deserve each other!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1694)
    Performance
    (1433)
    Story
    (1444)

    Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks.

    FanB14 says: "One Was Enough"
    "Couldn't stop listening to first one but this one"
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    Any additional comments?

    Couldn't stop listening to first one - it was delicious!
    ...but this one was a little slow for me and negative at the beginning. The first half was her depression and I almost put it down (like in Twilight book 2 where Bella whines and whines and whines...until I wanted to kill myself or her!) then it picked up. It introduced a new character that I loved and with all the depression I was almost hoping he ended up with her.

    I get a little confused with so many periphery characters but it adds to the flavor of the book. I did miss the "aunts" in this book: they do not show up nearly as often as they did in book one and they made me laugh out loud.

    I liked it enough not to give up on the series though and I am buying book 3 now. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Ruins

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jess Walter
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6088)
    Performance
    (5275)
    Story
    (5267)

    The story begins in 1962. On a rocky patch of the sun-drenched Italian coastline, a young innkeeper, chest-deep in daydreams, looks out over the incandescent waters of the Ligurian Sea and spies an apparition: a tall, thin woman, a vision in white, approaching him on a boat. She is an actress, he soon learns, an American starlet, and she is dying. And the story begins again today, half a world away, when an elderly Italian man shows up on a movie studio's back lot - searching for the mysterious woman he last saw at his hotel decades earlier.

    Ella says: "My mind wandered"
    "Not as grand as I had hoped but still very good."
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    In my mind it was in CinemaScope and somehow could/should have been grander, but still a nice listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lady of the Rivers

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (769)
    Performance
    (670)
    Story
    (663)

    Jacquetta always has had the gift of second sight. As a child visiting her uncle, she met his prisoner, Joan of Arc, and saw her own power reflected in the young woman accused of witchcraft. They share the mystery of the tarot card of the wheel of fortune before Joan is taken to a horrific death. Jacquetta understands the danger for a woman who dares to dream. Jacquetta is married to the Duke of Bedford, English regent of France, and he introduces her to a mysterious world of learning and alchemy.

    Bonnie-Ann says: "Philippa back on track"
    "One of my favorite Philippa Gregory stories"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I really liked this story. When I was done I re-listened to the White Queen (this is the prequel to the White and the Red Queens) I wished I had read them in order.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Crimson Petal and the White

    • UNABRIDGED (41 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Michel Faber
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (199)

    NOW A MAJOR BBC DRAMA starring Romola Garai, Chris O'Dowd, Gillian Anderson, Richard E. Grant, Shirley Henderson and Mark Gatiss. 'Watch your step. Keep your wits about you; you will need them....' So begins this irresistible voyage into the dark side of Victorian London. Amongst an unforgettable cast of low-lifes, physicians, businessmen, and prostitutes, meet our heroine Sugar, a young woman trying to drag herself up from the gutter any way she can.

    anniepaints says: "Loved this Book!!"
    "41 hours of my life, and he couldn't decide how..."
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    Any additional comments?

    to end it? I was so sucked in - could not stop listening - could not wait to see how everything would work out. Then it literally just ended. I thought it was a mistake and listened to the last few minutes 3 times to make sure I didn't miss anything. It's like the author wrote this great story and couldn't decide how to end it, so he just ended it. Urggggg!
    I usually try to avoid writing bad reviews, but this one just really bugged me enough to say something. It's such good writing, such interesting flawed characters, to get so vested...how could he not tell us what happened to everyone? I'm so disappointed. :(

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11578)
    Performance
    (10518)
    Story
    (10539)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Sucked me in then got a little too Sci-Fi for me"
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    Any additional comments?

    In its defense, it's Sci-Fi and somehow I missed that. I was looking for something scary to listen with my 18 yr old daughter to get in the October spirit.
    That being said, I was sucked in for the first 3/4 of the book, and I really enjoyed the getting there until it got a little too "out there" for me. I loved the characters and I was riveted for most of the book so I'll give it 4 stars to be fair. Overall, entertaining. :)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Again the Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (397)
    Performance
    (349)
    Story
    (347)

    Lady Aline Marsden was brought up for one reason: to make an advantageous marriage to a member of her own class. Instead, she willingly gave her innocence to John McKenna, a servant on her father’s estate. Their passionate transgression was unforgivable - John was sent away, and Aline was left to live in the countryside - an exile from London society - and he took her love. Now McKenna has made his fortune, and he has returned - more boldly handsome and more mesmerizing than before.

    Nicola says: "Great Book great Narrator"
    "I actually cried when they came together..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I loved this one. So many of her lead characters can be so stubborn, this one is no exception but he loves her so intensely I found myself feeling like the scene from "the notebook" when they came together and found tears running down my face.


    What other book might you compare Again the Magic to and why?

    The last in the Hathaway series - pure joy when they come together.


    What about Rosalyn Landor???s performance did you like?

    Always perfect!!


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

    Cry in joyous relief.


    Any additional comments?

    Try them all!! They make you feel romantic and "gooshy" inside. :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stranger in My Arms

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (612)
    Performance
    (538)
    Story
    (539)

    “Lady Hawksworth, your husband is not dead.” With those words, Lara’s life turned upside down. Hunter, Earl of Hawksworth, had been lost at sea. Or so she’d been told. Their unhappy marriage - with its cold caresses and passionless kisses – was over. But now a powerful, virile man stood before her, telling secrets only a husband could know, and vowing she would once again be his wife in every way.

    CAROLYN says: "ONE OF HER BEST YET, I COULDN'T STOP LISTENING"
    "First of her books I didn't love."
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    What did you love best about Stranger in My Arms?

    Loved his character, started to dislike Lora's character. She is portrayed as a saint but really she is selfish and frigid. Another review said "it's all about Lora" and she nailed it.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Lisa Kleypas? Why or why not?

    I LOVE all of her book so far (this one was good but some parts were irritating) - I found myself rolling my eyes at her. But I love all the others so much! They are lovely stories and she makes you fall in love with all her characters and the extra benefit of feeling like you need a cigarette when your done...lol. ;)


    What does Rosalyn Landor bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Excellent reader.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read the Wallflower, Hathaway, and started the Capitol series by Lisa Kleypas - they are all wonderful. Try one of those first, I'm afraid if you start with this one you may not continue with the others and you will really miss out. :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Secrets of a Summer Night: The Wallflowers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1575)
    Performance
    (932)
    Story
    (945)

    Annabelle Peyton, determined to save her family from disaster, decides to use her beauty and wit to tempt a suitable nobleman into making an offer of marriage. But Annabelle’s most intriguing — and persistent — admirer, wealthy, powerful Simon Hunt, has made it clear that while he will introduce her to irresistible pleasure he will not offer marriage. Annabelle is determined to resist his unthinkable proposition…but it is impossible in the face of such skillful seduction.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Love the Wallflowers"
    "I'm hooked!!!"
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    Where does Secrets of a Summer Night rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    I'm on a romance kick right now and I've one through some real silly ones, but this series makes me want to keep listening. I just finished the fourth in the series and am really sad to see them go, I will miss the characters...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Secrets of a Summer Night?

    The behind the curtain scene


    What does Rosalyn Landor bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    It was easy to recognize the different characters.


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

    Laughed out loud, got hot, and was comforted knowing there would be a happy ending.


    Any additional comments?

    Read it. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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