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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
    (1285)
    Performance
    (1167)
    Story
    (1176)

    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.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Nice Historical Highland Romance"
    "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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Trouble in Mudbug

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jana DeLeon
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (430)
    Performance
    (400)
    Story
    (400)

    Scientist Maryse Robicheaux thought that a lot of her problems had gone away with her mother-in-law's death. The woman was rude, pushy, manipulative and used her considerable wealth to run herd over the entire town of Mudbug, Louisiana. Unfortunately, death doesn't slow down Helena one bit. DEA Agent Luc LeJeune is wondering what his undercover assignment investigating the sexy scientist has gotten him into - especially as it seems someone wants her dead.

    K. April Holgate says: "My newest addition"
    "Funny Bone Tickler"
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    This is not a book for me to listen to in public. Because I laughed until I cried, at the antics of these characters. Take one dippy Mother-in-law ghost. The low life cheating Father-in-law. A low life gambling husband who is in hiding. One scientist, along with a DEA agent a mystery to solve and the antics begin. This author was unknown to me until this book. But do think we may become close friends. The narrator is a kick to listen to, good job Johanna Parker.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Irresistible Force

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By D.D. Ayres
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    Officer James Cannon is one tall, strong alpha male who's convinced that Shay stole his dog. But once he gets closer to the suspect, he realizes that this stubborn, independent woman not only needs a guard dog, she needs James as well. It seems that someone from her past is stalking her, and threatening her life. When danger meets desire, will James risk his career and his best friend - to protect the woman who's stolen his heart?

    CAROLYN says: "A SEXY SUSPENSE THAT'LL LEAVE YOU PANTING FOR MORE"
    "New Series New Author"
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    D.D. Ayres is a new author for me but I will be looking for the next book in this series. This was a really good book with lot's of action and a very well done story line. Loved the dog in this story. "Bogart" is a K-9 who fell in love with Shay, who rescued him from being put down. Of course thinking his partner has been stolen James track's them down. Spark's start to fly when he find's them. Jeffrey Kafer did the narration and it was excellent. He is perfect for this kind of book. Sure hope D.D Ayres used him to narrate the next book in this series.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Bluegrass Dawn: Bluegrass Singles, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Kathleen Brooks
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    It's the late 1960's in Keeneston and life is very tense for everyone. War consumes the news and young men prepare themselves for the draft. Jake Davies is fresh out of high school and head-over-heels in love. He’s known she's the one since she hit him in the head with a cheese ball, but then his world crashes around him when his number is drawn in the draft. Marcy Faulkner's home life has caused her a lot of grief. Her sheltered life is quickly turned upside down after a night in a jail cell with the very handsome Jake Davies.

    Amazon Customer says: "Love this series - Love the characters"
    "Short But Sweet"
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    Wish this could have been longer but was good anyway. Love the little town of Keeneston and all of the character's. This was the beginning of what became the Davies family. Jake and Marcy are such wonderful parent's in the other book's that it is neat to hear their story. Wish I could have jerked Marcy's mother bald headed. In fact her whole family were nitwit's. But as in most cases she became stronger. Even ended being a better person and parent than they ever thought of being. I am chomping at the bit waiting for your women of power series to be put on audible.com Ms. Brooks! Do hope Eric G. Dove narrates them also.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wolf Haven: Wyoming Series, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Lindsay McKenna
    • Narrated By Anthony Haden Salerno
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    She's caught in her past until he shows her a future... Some things can never be forgotten. A helicopter crash in Afghanistan. Capture. Torture. Now U.S. Navy nurse Skylar Pascal is struggling to regain control of her life after a trauma that nearly destroyed her. After losing so much, an ideal job at the Elk Horn Ranch in Wyoming offers Sky something she thought she'd never find again... hope.

    Penelope says: "The idea of the story was great. The story itself?"
    "Touching"
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    I found this book to be very informative. I love anything to do with the outside and the animals that live there. Wolves and their habits especially are extremely interesting to study.
    As for the PTSD both of these main character's and other's have to deal with is more than mind boggling. The torture of this Navy nurse was almost more than I could stand to listen to. I am so glad Lindsay McKenna didn't drag it out any more than she did. Don't think I could have stayed with it otherwise. Grayson McCoy was a wonderful hero in my eyes. He is a dream for any woman, wish I could have found someone like him in my life time. As for Anthony Haden Salerno's narration? I found it to be perfect! Great job Anthony Haden Salerno. Ms. Lindsay McKenna You also did a great job on this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Texas Blaze: Texas Heroes, The Gallaghers of Sweetgrass Springs, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jean Brashear
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Stilettos and pencil skirts are more successful, ambitious Pen Gallagher's style than the jeans and boots of the ranch where she was raised. She's fought hard for her success and spared no time for love, certain that marriage and family are not her lot. Now everything she's worked for is jeopardized as scandal brews around her after she fell for a man who prized his own ambitions more.

    Darlene says: "Not Quite 5 Star"
    "Not Quite 5 Star"
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    Could not give this book 5 stars. Because I feel to much of the other book's story lines, was used for filler in this book. And this story could very easily have stood by itself. If Ms. Brashear had used more dialog and action to show Pen solving the problem with ex lover's wife and her law firm. Also would have like to have had more of the story on Bridger's sister Molly and other sibling's. Still an ok book if you haven't read some of the other's.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rock Chick Rescue

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Susannah Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (669)
    Performance
    (624)
    Story
    (628)

    Jet McAlister has a secret. Eddie Chavez has the hots for Jet (not to mention Eddie’s just plain hot). Jet has too many problems to realize that Eddie’s interested. Eddie loses patience when Jet ends her waitressing shift at a strip club with a knife at her throat. Since Eddie’s a cop, he figures he can help. Since Jet’s used to solving everyone’s problems she doesn’t want Eddie’s help.

    Smart Shopper says: "too many eeks uh ohs and du das"
    "Good Grief"
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    I am in full agreement with the reviewer "Judi of Vancouver!" If the word eek or the word shish hadn't been thrown at this listener so many times. This book might not have been so bad. But good grief I almost wanted to pull my hair out from them being repeated so many times. If this had been the first book I bought by this author it would have been the last. Due to the amount of action she keeps pulling me back to her books. I could do with 1/2 of the sex scenes but can deal with them by pulling the ear plugs out until there is something worth while to listen to again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Key: A Brit in the FBI, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter, J. T. Ellison
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman, MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (277)
    Performance
    (250)
    Story
    (246)

    Freshly minted FBI agent Nicholas Drummond is barely out of his Quantico training when he and his partner, Mike Caine, are called to investigate a stabbing on Wall Street. Their investigation, however, yields more questions than answers. It quickly becomes clear that the victim, John Pearce, was more than the naval historian and antiquities dealer he appeared to be.

    Karen says: "Brit in the FBI #2 makes you look forward to #3!!!"
    "Out of Pan into Fire"
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    While a fan of Catherine Coulter I find these last several book's far to unbelievable. Lot's of action, which is great. But the violence is way over done, for my taste. Reads like a Sherlock Holmes in modern times. Maybe the next book will be more down to earth. Love the main character's but was sorry not to have Sherlock and Savage in more of this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Identity: Wyoming Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lindsay McKenna
    • Narrated By Anthony Haden Salerno
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (52)

    One tragic decision dashed Rachel Carson's plans and made her scared of her own shadow. Now on the run, she must forever give up the hope of love - or a baby. But with her new identity, she can help care for a motherless little girl, left in the protection of handsome Sheriff Cade Garner. As tough as his Wyoming mountains, Cade takes his responsibilities seriously. He will do whatever is necessary to protect baby Jenny and give her the life she should have had.

    Darlene says: "Suspenseful"
    "Suspenseful"
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    Wow, didn't know how this was going to turn out. Susan's AKA Rachael's ex husband was really one nutty jerk. Every time he was brought back into the story line. I'd cringe and think what in the heck is he going to do. This is the first book I have read by Lindsay McKenna. So don't really know if I like this style of writing. However I am giving another of her book's a listen. I really like suspenseful novels but this one was a little to close to a nightmare for my taste. Still in my opinion it was well done.

    1 of 2 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
    (350)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (309)

    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.

    C. Macduff says: "Not SEP's best work"
    "Different"
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    As a rule Susan Elizabeth Phillips writes humorous stories. This one is somewhat of a mystery with not as much humor in it. Actually I found it took me awhile to really get into the story. But was very glad I stayed with it. There were twists and turns in who the real villain was going to end up being. Along with the little mute girl and the hand puppet's. Will I listen to this book again? You bet I will. Erin Bennett did a great job narrating as well. If you are looking for another laugh out loud story? Do not buy this one. If however you would like to read a good light mystery? This Book is the one to buy.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • The Sleuth Sisters

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Maggie Pill
    • Narrated By Judy Blue, Anne Jacques, Laura Bednarski
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    We love our sisters, right? It's just that sometimes we love them because of, and sometimes we love them in spite of. But when murder's the crime and solving's your line, sisters count on sisters. It's a family thing.

    Karen says: "Please, more books like this"
    "Novice Detectives"
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    These three middle age sisters resemble the three blind mice. But keep pecking away until the case is solved. Some of the book is a little drawn out in spots for my taste. But has the possibility of being a good series. So hope Maggie Pill continues with it and brings out another book. As for the narration? It was great as far as I was concerned. They made each of the sisters into separate recognizable characters. The only suggestion I would venture to make. Would be to add a male narrator for the male voices.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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