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Diana

Book addict, romance lover, sometimes blogger, and everyday librarian!

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  • Don't Cry for Me

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sharon Sala
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (47)

    Mariah Conrad has come home. Badly wounded on active duty in Afghanistan and finally released stateside, she has no family to call on and nowhere to go - until Quinn Walker arrives at her bedside. Quinn - her brother-in-arms, ex-lover, and now maybe her future. Quinn brings Mariah to his log cabin in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky to rest and recuperate both physically and emotionally. While she's incredibly grateful, Mariah is also confused and frustrated.

    Stephanie says: "an insight into soldiers returning home"
    "How was this an Audie Nominee?"
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    What disappointed you about Don't Cry for Me?

    The story seemed stereotypical in its portrayal of characters and setting of the Kentucky back country. Not everyone in the country marries their cousins and not everybody runs meth labs and is addicted to pills.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Scandalous Desires by Elizabeth Hoyt and narrated by Ashford McNab.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kathe Mazur?

    I would have looked for someone with more emotive qualities. Some characters, the main ones included, came off as flat and unemotional. I had trouble telling the difference from the heroine and the hero at times.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    All of the above. I was angry that the book came across as hick-ish when not everyone who lives in this type of area are rednecks. Sad that this so many people enjoyed it and think this is how life really is in the backwoods. Disappointment that it was nominated for an award when I'm sure there were much better productions made last year.


    Any additional comments?

    I will hesitate to listen to a romantic suspense from this narrator. She wasn't horrible the entire book. The best parts of this narration where the suspense and flashbacks of war. The worst parts were the ones were when she tried to inject humor; she didn't quite pull it off for me.The author, as much as I didn't like the overall story, did a good job of demonstrating the struggles veterans have adjusting to their old lives. I in no way felt she was mocking their struggle or the difficulties vets face on a day to day basis.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • When You Give a Duke a Diamond: Jewels of the Ton, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Shana Galen
    • Narrated By Lucy Rivers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (65)

    William, the sixth Duke of Pelham, enjoys his punctual, securely structured life. Orderly and predictable-that's the way he likes it. But he's in the public eye, and the scandal sheets will make up anything to sell papers. When the gossips link him to Juliette, one of the most beautiful and celebrated courtesans in London, chaos doesn't begin to describe what happens next....

    Lia says: "Captivating Regency Romance"
    "Call Me Amazed!"
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    If you could sum up When You Give a Duke a Diamond in three words, what would they be?

    Secretive, Witty, Sly


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed the heroine Juliette a lot. She took command of her life and set out to make it the way she wanted it.


    What about Lucy Rivers’s performance did you like?

    I was amazed at the different female British voices she conveyed. I had no trouble distinguishing between them, even when I let the story carry me away.


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

    This book blew me away! I was expecting a tame and uneventful story, and instead got a story that kept me engrossed. It had a little intrigue, original characters, and a romance that I not only liked but believed in.


    Any additional comments?

    I just found a new narrator to add to my favorites list!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Guardian Angel: Crown's Spies, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (305)

    The Emerald flew across the seas, carrying the pirate Pagan - despised by the ton, whose riches he plundered, and beloved by the poor, whose plight was eased by his gifts. The Marquess of Cainewood vows to hunt down the pirate wretch in revenge for his brother's death. But when Jade, an enchanting vision of rippling red hair and eyes of jewel-green, appears at his door to beg desperately for his protection, the Marquess agrees to keep her safe from the villains who want her dead. Jade is infuriating, exasperating, and gorgeous; Caine is noble, strong-willed, and powerful. No woman has ever befuddled him so, nor so deeply aroused his desire.

    Jonna says: "Great love story with unexpected plot"
    "Another Historical Garwood Favorite in Audio!"
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    This is one of my favorite Garwood titles and Duerden did an wonderful job of bringing the story to life. With the exception of Jade's character, everyone else was as I had imagined when reading the story. In Jade's case, I felt she sounded too young and inexperienced to be a pirate or a woman who had lived on an island surrounded by different cultures. I don't think it was a problem with the overall narration just the narrator's choice of voice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It Happened One Wedding: FBI-US Attorney Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Julie James
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (137)

    After a humiliating end to her engagement, investment banker Sidney Sinclair is done with commitment-phobic men. But when her sister winds up engaged after a whirlwind courtship, Sidney is thrown into close contact with exactly the kind of sexy playboy she wants to avoid - the gorgeous best man. She's stuck with him, for better or worse, until her sister walks down the aisle, but that doesn't mean she has to give in to his smooth advances, no matter how tempting they are.... Special agent Vaughn Roberts always gets his man on the job and his woman in bed.

    Houston mom says: "Best story yet"
    "This is what a contemporary romance should be!"
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    Where does It Happened One Wedding rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is way at the top for contemporary romances I've listened to. It felt fresh and modern, witty and relevant.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of It Happened One Wedding?

    The scene in the beginning when Sidney is telling Vaughn exactly the type of man he is. That girl chewed him up and spat him out in such a elegant and accurate way, you couldn't help but feel bad for him. Then Vaughn turns around and sets her down in just as classy a way you knew he could keep up with her!


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

    She has the perfect sense of timing for the funny moments as well the serious ones. You can see the characters individual quirks when she performs them. There is never the feeling the narrator didn't get the story with White.


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

    Love happens, even when you think you aren't looking.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the combo of James and White so much the audiobooks are an auto buy for me. There is no James without White!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How to Pursue a Princess: Duchess Diaries, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Karen Hawkins
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    The sensible solution to her family's dire financial woes is for Lily Balfour to marry the Earl of Huntley, a wealthy widower handpicked by her matchmaking godmother, the Duchess of Roxburghe. Huntley is pleasant and attractive, the perfect candidate in every way. But Lily knows she's in big trouble as soon as passionate, unprincipled Prince Wulfinski sweeps a hot, possessive glance over her.By his own account, Wulf is a pauper, barely able to afford his own cottage.

    DARA says: "The Duchess kept me interested"
    "Hawkins is Awesome, Larkin Not So Sure About"
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    The narration of Alison Larkin both added and detracted from this story. I think she did a good job of portraying Lily and the other significant female figure in this story, the Duchess of Roxburghe. Larkin had the right combination of youth and maturity for Lily's character, but it was her rendition of the Duchess that stuck in my mind the most. It was as if I was listeing to Angela Lansbury, telling people what to do. Talk about funny! However, it was Wulf's character that fell flat in this part of the story. His voice didn't fit with what I had imagine his character sounded like from the words. Overall, the narration wasn't bad but Larkin's high and somewhat squeaky voice took some getting used to. I did, but it took a while.

    Hawkins has once again written another wonderful and adventurous story of love. It featured entertaining characters and a wonderful romance. Not to mention a fabulous setting combined with a unique hero. In some respects, this was a traditional romance but in other ways it wasn't. The heroine isn't a shy missish miss, uknowledgeable about the world, yet still a tad naive. The hero was commanding and wealthy, yet not afraid of making a commitment. This combination made for a nice change while reading. Fans of her other books will no doubt enjoy this one as well.

    I do want to mention that this book, the second in the series, can be read alone but I do want to mention that this book, the second in the series, can be read alone but reading the first story before attempting this one wouldn't hurt. This was a story of couple and how they got together, with nothing left unresolved between them. The element that binds them is the family troubles and was clearly explained in the beginning.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Christina Lauren
    • Narrated By Grace Grant, Jonathan R. Cole
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (954)
    Performance
    (890)
    Story
    (885)

    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!!"
    "Another "Beautiful" Story!"
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    This narration was much better than the last Beautiful audiobook, but still wasn't as fabulous as I'm used to. It wasn't issues with audible inhalation or overly long pauses but more that the narrators weren't as strong in the production as they be. Both of the narrators had a few instances where they forgot to narrate a certain voice like they had before or they didn't do as good a job differentiating between certain male or female voices. I have a feeling that this book may be a first time narration for one, if not both, of them.

    Still, this book was durrtyy and so good, I quickly got over the irritating narration quality! Sara was a little bit shy but a rebel at heart and Max made that bad girl come out in a good way. Although a playboy, Max was good for her; he made truly helped her discover how to be more positive and accepting of her trusting personality. One note though: This book was definitely better with your headphones in and NOT in a public/professional atmosphere. I made the mistake of listening to it on my lunch break at work, which was a total mistake. :/ I don't regret listening to it though. Listening to Cole's deep English accent say something naughty was the reason I bought it in the first place!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie: Highland Pleasures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1455)
    Performance
    (1324)
    Story
    (1326)

    It was whispered all through London society that he was a murderer, that he'd spent his youth in an asylum and was not to be trusted - especially with a lady. Any woman caught in his presence was immediately ruined. Yet Beth found herself inexorably drawn to the Scottish lord whose hint of a brogue wrapped around her like silk and whose touch could draw her into a world of ecstasy.

    Lupdilup says: "FANTASTIC BOOK, NICELLY PERFORMED."
    "Interesting Story w/Okay Narration"
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    There were parts of this narration that I enjoyed and there were parts that ruined my enjoyment of the story. The narrator had an mellowness of tone and pacing that weren't rushed, but there were times when the pauses between sentences and paragraphs were too long. So long that I thought a new chapter was starting only to discover it was still the same conversation. The narration did serve well enough to highlight important parts of the story, parts I may have missed if I had only read the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9517)
    Performance
    (8480)
    Story
    (8456)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "The Dog Makes This Story!"
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    What did you like best about Hounded? What did you like least?

    Hounded was a interesting mix of contemporary setting and thoughts intermingled with Irish mythology and lore. The downside of this was the cast of characters with similar and hard to understand names.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Definitely Oberon. He was funny with a canny knowledge of popular culture and the best way to present it in humorous situations. He truly was the comic relief of this book. He resembled Wolfie, the werewolf from the 10th Kingdom movie.


    Did Luke Daniels do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The male characters were clearly separated and defined, but not the female (Irish) ones. It was hard to tell which female was talking because they all sounded the same, even in general conversation. It was also hard to distinguish between the main Atticus' thoughts and his actual words.


    Could you see Hounded being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I think Hounded would do better as a movie rather than a TV show. A movie would allow for a greater cast of characters and better represent the passage of time that passes in the book. I'm not sure who I would cast as Atticus though; it would have to be someone with an young appearance yet with VERY old eyes. The best guy I could think of is Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Henry VIII from the Tudors). He can do humorous, serious, and dark very well.


    Any additional comments?

    Despite the problems I had with the majority of feminine voices, I will continue with the next books in audio. I don't think I would get the humorous points as well as I did unless I hear them. And, of course, listening to Daniels narrate Oberon totally makes it all worth it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Seduce a Scot: Montgomerys and Armstrongs, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1653)
    Performance
    (1507)
    Story
    (1510)

    Eveline Armstrong is fiercely loved and protected by her powerful clan, but outsiders consider her "touched." Beautiful, fey, with a level, intent gaze, she doesn't speak. No one, not even her family, knows that she cannot hear. Content with her life of seclusion, Eveline has taught herself to read lips and allows the outside world to view her as daft. But when an arranged marriage into a rival clan makes Graeme Montgomery her husband, Eveline accepts her duty -unprepared for the delights to come.

    CAROLYN says: "OMG - NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL A GREAT LISTEN"
    "Wonderful Story, Mellow Narration"
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    I was very eager to see what narration would do for Eveline character in particular. I mean, the heroine is deaf; not much you can narrate when one of your protagonists cannot speak. I can say that Potter did a decent job of giving life to Eveline's expressions and mannerisms, I had no difficulty "seeing" Eveline through the story.

    But overall, the narration was just okay; it didn't engage all my senses like some audiobooks have. The narrator did a good job with the Scottish brogues of many people and differentiating between the men's voices. The parts where the characters conversed and interacted were the most invigorating because the narrator came to life. But that excitement died when the narrator returned to reading the other parts of the story; the tone wasn't monotone per se, but too mellow for my tastes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Archangel's Consort: Guild Hunter, Book #3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Nalini Singh
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (796)
    Performance
    (638)
    Story
    (634)

    Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux and her lover, the lethally beautiful archangel Raphael, have returned home to New York only to face an uncompromising new evil. A vampire has attacked a girls' school---the assault one of sheer, vicious madness---and it is only the first act. Rampant bloodlust takes vampire after vampire, threatening to make the streets run with blood.

    Selin says: "Ended way too soon"
    "Amazing Narration and Fabulous PNR"
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    For me, this series is fantastic in audio. Justine Eyre does an excellent job of portraying the different nationalities and male voices, bringing the book to life in a way the print version cannot. I can feel the emotions that Elena is trying to deny--the love/hate she feels for her father, the love and joy being with her friends brings, and the hesitation when it comes to Raphael. The narrator brings to life all the nuances of each character that makes them so real, it's as if you are actually there.

    [The audio also helps with the pronunciation of names, which can be very difficult since there are such a range of cultures represented. I would have had no idea how to say Charisemnon if not for the audio. And I don't know about you, but when a name is difficult to pronounce, it kicks me out of the story fast.]

    This is a must listen to narrator and a must read story!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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