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Darlene

Yucaipa, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Secret: Highlands' Lairds, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (899)
    Performance
    (823)
    Story
    (828)

    Judith Hampton was as beautiful as she was proud and loyal. Her dear Scottish friend from childhood was about to give birth, and Judith had promised to be at her side. But there was another reason for the journey from her bleak English home to the Highlands: to meet the father she had never known, the Laird Maclean. Nothing prepared her, however, for the sight of the Scottish barbarian who was to escort her into his land...Iain Maitland, laird of his clan, a man more powerfully compelling than any she had ever encountered.

    CAROLYN says: "MEDIEVAL HIGHLAND ROMANCE AT IT'S BEST"
    "A Pleasure"
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    Always a pleasure to read Julie Garwood books. This is one of my all time favorites. I was unsure of this particular narrator. But the story is so good it really doesn't matter. I rank this one right up there with The Bride. I laughed, cried, and held my breath. Well done indeed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Recklessly Royal

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Nichole Chase
    • Narrated By Caitlin Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Catherine has spent her life being the perfect princess. She’s kept her hands clean, her head down, and most importantly - men at arm’s length. After all, most men are after only one thing, and for Cathy there’s a lot more at stake than her bed; she has to worry about the fate of an entire nation. But at the rate she’s going, Cathy is afraid she’ll give the Virgin Queen a run for her money. She is tired of waiting for someone good enough to come along.

    Darlene says: "Easy Read"
    "Easy Read"
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    Both of these royal book's were a kickback easy read. I am in hopes there will be a third book on the other brother Max. Caitlin Davies southern accent was a little off. But certainly did not take away from the story line. I'm really glad that I read Suddenly Royal first, as Recklessly Royal picked up and continued the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chesapeake Blue: Chesapeake Bay, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By James Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (496)
    Performance
    (315)
    Story
    (314)

    Seth Quinn is finally home. It's been a long journey. But a lot has changed in St. Christopher since he's been gone - and the most intriguing change of all is the presence of Dru Whitcomb Banks.

    Roberta Rothwell says: "Good story"
    "Perfect Ending"
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    While each of these books could stand alone. It's a pleasure to read them in order. Once again I can't say enough about the narrators of each of them. James Daniels did a great job, just as the other's in bringing the story home. This family is what everyone longs for their families to be. When all of the Quinn's get involved in a problem look out, it's going to get taken care of. Tickled my funny bone when the dead grandma started talking to Seth. The way Nora Roberts ended this book makes me wonder If she might come back with another one. Wow if she does I will be first in line to get it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inner Harbor: The Chesapeake Bay Saga, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Guy Lemonier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (540)
    Performance
    (344)
    Story
    (344)

    Phillip's brothers, Cameron and Ethan, are now happily married. The family boat-building business is starting to thrive. And the Quinns are closer than ever to keeping Seth permanently protected from his errant mother who would sell her own son rather than loving him the way the Quinns do.

    Deborah says: "Inner Harbor"
    "One Word WOW!"
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    What a neat series this has been. Although some of the subject matter was somewhat repulsive. It was so proficiently put together that it drew me right into the stories. Which in turn kept me looking forward to the next book. Gee hard to believe there are such self serving women running around. Makes a person want to rid the world of them and the perverts they associate with. Both Guy Lemonier and David Stuart were perfect for the narration of each story. As for Nora Roberts she certainly doesn't need me to tell her what a talented writer she is. All she needs do is read her own books. Then go read one of these new authors who try to create their stories with smutty sex scenes, Please do not misunderstand A well done sex scene is not in the least offensive. But crying out loud not when they are half of the damn book? They are certainly not for me or people with my taste.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Off the Record: The Record, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By K. A. Linde
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (86)

    When Liz Dougherty’s first reporting assignment for her North Carolina college newspaper finds her covering a state senator’s impromptu press conference, she has no idea how drastically her life is about to change. Senator Brady Maxwell may look the part with his devastating good looks and impeccable style, but his politics rub Liz the wrong way, and she’s not going to let him off easy. Liz’s hardball question catches Brady off guard and shows her editor, Hayden Lane, that she’s headed places as journalist. But to Liz’s surprise, she’s also headed for a secret, high-stakes romance with Brady Maxwell.

    karen says: "Anticipation, Sneaking Sex time made 4 Excitement"
    "Political Garbage"
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    The only thing that saved this book from being tossed out was the narrator. Twenty seven chapter's of sleazy conduct, by people we should be honored to look up to is a bit much. Why in the hell this author couldn't finish the story, after 12 hours and 27 chapters is beyond me. I will be thinking very hard before buying the next book in this series.

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Carolina Man: A Dare Island Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Virginia Kantra
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Marine Luke Fletcher is determined to do his duty—first to his country and now to his ten-year-old daughter, the unexpected legacy of a high school girlfriend. But his homecoming to Dare Island in North Carolina's Outer Banks challenges his plans for the future and forces him to face everything that's missing in his life. He wasn't prepared to lose his heart to this child he never knew. Or to fall hard for coolly reserved small town lawyer Kate Dolan.

    Darlene says: "Ejoyable Series"
    "Ejoyable Series"
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    Very realistic family life in my opinion. Everybody has their ups and down times. But most learn to deal with it one way or another. This particular family is a wonderful warm one. Love this small island town. Would like to see Ms. Kantra do a book about the police chief. I liked this particular narrator just fine and also think she did a fine job.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Stranded with a Billionaire: Billionaire Boys Club, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jessica Clare
    • Narrated By Jillian Macie
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (46)

    Billionaire Logan Hawkings needs a vacation. He's had a rough time after the death of his father and the betrayal of his fiancée. But with a visit to a recent business acquisition - a private island resort in the Bahamas - he has a chance to mend his broken heart. When a hurricane blows in, a misplaced passport and a stalled elevator bring Logan together with an unusual woman named Bronte. She's unlike anyone he's ever met - down to earth, incredibly sensual, and even quotes Plato. She also has no clue that he's rich...

    Susan says: "Narrator ruins the book!"
    "Okay Story"
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    Story line was fair. But certainly could have use at least half of the drawn out sex scenes. In fact I spent a lot of wasted time with my earphones hanging loose around my neck. Jillian Macie did a decent job of narrating. And like I said before the story is ok. If you like this kind of stuff in a book knock yourself out. Just is not my kind of entertainment.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Red Lily: In the Garden, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Susie Breck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (568)
    Performance
    (370)
    Story
    (372)

    Hayley Phillips came to Memphis hoping for a new start, for herself and her unborn child. What she found was a home, said to be haunted but surrounded by beauty and friends - including Roz's son Harper. But to Hayley's chagrin, she has begun to dream about Harper - as much more than a friend. If Hayley gives in to her desire, she's afraid the foundation she's built with Harper will come tumbling down. Especially since she's begun to suspect that her feelings are no longer completely her own.

    LeftyMom says: "Great Listen!"
    "Yikes"
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    5 stars for all the books in this series. This one gave us more of an interaction between the ghost Amelia, Lily and Harper. Scared me pea green in more than one part. Of course not being real brave with thing's I can't fight. It would scare me silly. Seems as though when Ms. Roberts writes a good book, no one does it better for sure. And this whole series has been very good as far as I am concerned. The narration is also very well done by Susie Breck.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of Scoundrels

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Loretta Chase
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (412)
    Story
    (411)

    Sebastian Ballister, the notorious Marquess of Dain, is big, bad, and dangerous to know. No respectable woman would have anything to do with the "Bane and Blight of the Ballisters", and he wants nothing to do with respectable women. He's determined to continue doing what he does best - sin and sin again - and all's going swimmingly…until the day a shop door opens and she walks in.

    Marcheta says: "Witty dialogue highlights battle between the sexes"
    "Excellent Book"
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    I also would like to see more of Lorretta Chase's book's on audible. Along with Kate Reading narrating them. Both of these people are extremely gifted talent's. I am in hopes that other of her books are as entertaining as this one was. I love a book that makes me laugh out loud. Women in this particular time period were so limited in choices concerning their lives and what was acceptable. But this one ran the men in circles, until she ran into her guy. And then the contest of one upping the other one was on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Final Vow: Bluegrass Brothers, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Kathleen Brooks
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    As the ultimate bodyguard, Ahmed's focus has been protecting the lives of everyone he cares about. When the darkest part of his past resurfaces, Ahmed knows he must go on the offensive to protect his future…a future with the one woman that can match his toughness and return the love that was once robbed from him. Bridget Springer's private security work involves training with a mysterious man feared by many in her line of work. She finds herself drawn to Ahmed despite his attempts to remain distant.

    Darlene says: "Excellent Series"
    "Excellent Series"
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    I swear every one of Kathleen Brooks, Bluegrass books were excellent. What a pleasure it is to read or listen to any of these books. This particular book was right on the mark. Absolutely love the interaction of all the characters in the whole series. Love all of the people but really love the kickass attitude and ability of Annie and Bridget. Together with Ahmed they were unbeatable. Gee really hate to see this series end. But will be waiting for anything else written by Ms. Brooks. And do hope they will be narrated by Eric G. Dove.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • For the Roses: Claybornes' Brides, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Mikael Naramore
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (133)

    The Clayborne brothers were a rough gang of street urchins - until they found an abandoned baby girl in a New York City alley, named her Mary Rose, and headed to Blue Belle, Montana, to raise her to be a lady. They became a family - held together by loyalty and love, if not blood - when suddenly a stranger threatened to tear them apart.

    DARA says: "Beautiful Story"
    "And So It Begins"
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    This fan simply adores all of Julie Garwood's novels. No matter if they are from far in the past or modern day. She pull's me right into the book. I love the way she brings the clan names through time into her present day F.B.I. series. The narration on this particular book was simply wonderful. Mikael Naramore did an excellent job. I swear it was a pure pleasure to listen to him read. This small gang of young boy's, jump right into the heart and stay there all the way through the book. Which sets you up for the following book's.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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