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Donna

I"m a audible addict. My eyes have gotten really bad so I really hadn't read much in the last 10 years until I discoverd books on CD and Audible. Now I'm a fiend. Other than audio books I enjoy my family, work and dabbling on the computer.

Pennsburg, PA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 26 reviews
  • 107 ratings
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  • 17 purchased in 2014
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  • 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
    (1679)
    Performance
    (1529)
    Story
    (1533)

    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"
    "Alas where is book 2?"
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    I loved the story. It was refreshing and different. Can't wait for the next in the series.
    Kirsten Potter is one of the best in narrarators. Give this one a try...

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Countess Conspiracy: The Brothers Sinister, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Courtney Milan
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (116)

    Sebastian Malheur is the most dangerous sort of rake: an educated one. When he’s not scandalizing ladies in the bedchamber, he’s outraging proper society with his scientific theories. He’s desired, reviled, acclaimed, and despised - and he laughs through it all. Violet Waterfield, the widowed Countess of Cambury, on the other hand, is entirely respectable, and she’d like to stay that way. But Violet has a secret that is beyond ruinous, one that ties her irrevocably to England’s most infamous scoundrel: Sebastian’s theories aren’t his. They’re hers.

    SIMARA says: "Historical fiction with very little romance..."
    "Eureka!!"
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    I have listened to all the books in the series and have loved them all on their own merit. This one was different though. There is a true meaning behind the story. The dedication in the beginning was a bit ominous but the author explains at the end of the book and it all makes perfect sense. A lot of research appears to have gone into this book and I appreciate it all.
    I love Sebastian and Violet. I love Rosalyn Landor.
    I know in reading the authors page she really didn't plan on making this a series that went on and on. There are two more books in the works. I for one am extremely happy to know it isn't ending here.
    You'll enjoy this but start from the novella...

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Heiress Effect: Brothers Sinister, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Courtney Milan
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (181)

    Miss Jane Fairfield can't do anything right. When she's in company, she always says the wrong thing - and rather too much of it. No matter how costly they are, her gowns fall on the unfortunate side of fashion. Even her immense dowry can't save her from being an object of derision. And that's precisely what she wants. She'll do anything, even risk humiliation, if it means she can stay unmarried and keep her sister safe. Mr. Oliver Marshall has to do everything right. He's the bastard son of a duke, raised in humble circumstances...

    Lia says: "Beautifully Crafted Story,"
    "Humorous yet so real!! Book 4 The Brothers Siniste"
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    I loved this book. This was about Oliver, the bastard brother of The Duke. We see more interaction with Oliver's family. We get the benefit of a father/son talk. His 'real' father as he puts it, not his sire. We're introduced to his half sisters. It was great to see their stories intertwined with Oliver's.
    Oliver meets Jane. A bold and brilliant, what you see is what you get woman.
    I was fascinated by her character. She is an heiress, which was not looked on kindly by the aristocracy. She pretends not to see insults and fires back at them with truths that blow their minds. Politely, of course. She's a "blaze". She's not stick thin and she wears outlandish colors and outfits and doesn't give a fig what other people think.
    She uses these things in her fight to stay unmarried for her sisters (Emily) sake.
    What she helps Oliver find again in himself is wonderful.
    There are a few stories going on around them. All wonderful in their own way. Emily and Unja. Free and Aunt Freddie. You'll love them all. There were some tears in listening to this book but there was a lot of laughing.
    Rosalyn Landor, did a wonderful job of reading the story and making me feel every moment. As always kudos to her for her outstanding abilities.
    Looking for the next one out on audio!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Kiss for Midwinter

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Courtney Milan
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (103)

    Miss Lydia Charingford is always cheerful, and never more so than at Christmas time. But no matter how hard she smiles, she can't forget the youthful mistake that could have ruined her reputation. Even though the worst of her indiscretion was kept secret, one other person knows the truth of those dark days: the sarcastic Doctor Jonas Grantham. She wants nothing to do with him... or the butterflies that take flight in her stomach every time he looks her way. Jonas Grantham has a secret, too: He's been in love with Lydia for more than a year.

    SIMARA says: "Excellent Christmas Love Story..."
    "Beautiful Story - Book 3 of The Brothers Sinister"
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    Lydia is Minnie's best friend from the 2nd book, The Duchess War. There were some passing statements in that book regarding Lydia's "situation". The story was short but so in depth.
    I felt this book in my heart and couldn't stop listening. I love the story between Lydia and John.
    Rosalyn Landor, of course I can never give enough praise to. She makes every book she reads a joy to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Duchess War: The Brothers Sinister, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Courtney Milan
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (332)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (304)

    Miss Minerva Lane is a quiet, bespectacled wallflower, and she wants to keep it that way. After all, the last time she was the center of attention, it ended badly - so badly that she changed her name to escape her scandalous past. Wallflowers may not be the prettiest of blooms, but at least they don't get trampled. So when a handsome duke comes to town, the last thing she wants is his attention.

    Lia says: "Very Clever Story!"
    "Happy continuation for The Brothers Sinister"
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    This is the continuing story from the novella The Governess Affair. Although that one was short it had a great deal of content. I couldn't wait for this first book.
    The series seemed to focus on three best friends. Robert, The Duke. Oliver, the bastard brother of the duke and Sebastian, the cousin. The series has expanded to sisters, friends, etc. Which has been fine for me. I hope to see it never end..lol.
    Here we get an introduction to Oliver, the son of Serena from The Governess and bastard brother. We get some insight into the relationship between the brothers and their love for one another as well as meet Sebastian and Violet.
    This book is about Robert, The Duke and Minerva (Minnie) and how they meet and fall in love. The book follows some great ins and outs and the humor never fails.
    Keep an eye on Miss Charingford. She's the next in line with the novella, A Kiss for Midwinter.
    Last but never least is the wonderful narration of Rosalyn Landor. Her voices are amazing and her dramatizations enhance the characters in the stories.
    I love the series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Photographs & Phantoms

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Cindy Spencer Pape
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (39)

    As a member of the Order of the Round Table, Kendall Lake is overqualified to be investigating strange phenomena at a seaside photography studio. But since the photographer is related to the Order's most powerful sorcerer, Kendall reluctantly boards a dirigible to Brighton.

    Donna says: "Too bad it's so short... very enjoyable"
    "Too bad it's so short... very enjoyable"
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    I enjoyed the story even though it was such a short listen. Kendall and Amy were a love at first sight. The author always gives wonderful details and although these are steampunk and not 100% historically correct, they are as true to the times as they can be and still stay true to this type of book.
    The narrator was very good as well.. Nice pleasant voice and deeper than normal for male parts of the book. I think she did well with the story.
    These can be read out of order but you'll feel so much more in tune if you start with Steam & Sorcery. ENJOY!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bastard

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Brenda Novak
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (86)

    Jeannette Boucher, a young French beauty from a family left penniless by the revolution, must marry against her will to save them all from ruin. But almost immediately after the vows are spoken, she learns that her old English husband is impotent - and in his desire for an heir, he plans to compromise her in the worst way. Determined to escape such a fate, she stows away on one of His Majesty’s frigates. But a woman alone is in constant danger.

    Susynne says: "PAINFUL on the ears! But a GREAT STORY!"
    "Loved the story.. Good Narrator"
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    I loved the story. It had some good twists. Not the usual historical romance.
    I'm not sure why the narrator received bad reviews. I've listened to many stories read by Sarah and she does a wonderful job. She's not monotone and she provides a different voice for each of the characters.
    All in all it was a great story and a good narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dream Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (171)

    In search of a legendary mare, Lord Winter enters the crucible of the red sands, forging unbreakable bonds of loyalty and trust with his young companion in the desert. But hidden beneath the ragged costume of a Bedouin boy is a remarkable young woman: Zenia Stanhope, daughter of the extraordinary Queen of the Desert. Zenia wants nothing of the danger that Lord Winter lives for. She wants only to reach England, far from the blood and sand of the desert.

    Amazon Customer says: "The narrator hands down it the best"
    "2 for 2"
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    This is my second Laura Kinsale book. I really like her writing. The narrator, Nicholas Boulton is exceptional. He isn't able to change his voice as Rosalyn Landor does but he is quite wonderful. He narrated this book and Flowers From the Storm.
    Her books are very detailed. At times it may seem a little too detailed. I think though with the subjects Laura tackles in her writing the need to be detailed is necessary.
    In Flowers From the Storm with Christian and Mattie it was definitely necessary. Christian a mathematical genius Lord suffers a brain hemorrhage. Since there was little to nothing known about this at that time it was thought he was MAD. He was institutionalized. She weaves her story well and wonderfully. Mattie gets a bit on the maddening side with her wishy washy self. She has a great internal tug of war with what she feels she should be and what she actually is. I was literally in tears with this book. I loved it.
    Now on to my review of this book.. The Dream Hunter.. the first part of the book is an exciting tale of a jaunt in the desert for Lord Winter to find a spectacular horse called the string of pearls. Of course it takes some twists and turns and Zenia comes into our story. Although at first I thought this story was about Arden/Lord Winter to me it was more about Zenia and her inner struggles of who she is and the treatment of her by her mother. A young girl raised as a boy in the desert. A girl who never owned a pair of shoes.
    A compelling story of what these two people came to mean to each other through the hardships of the desert. How they came to admire the strengths of the other.
    I think Zenia is mad.. even though she tells Lord Winter many times he's a "madman".
    Two very flawed people that make it work. They love each other in-spite of the flaws.
    I will listen to another Laura Kinsale book... I just love her. Nicholas Boulton is worth listening to as well. He has his finger on the pulse. =]

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cheyenne Amber

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Catherine Anderson
    • Narrated By Nicole Poole
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    Widowed and penniless in the Colorado Rockies, Boston-born Laura Cheney turns to Deke Sheridan, a dangerously handsome renegade raised among the Cheyenne, when her newborn son is kidnapped.

    Cheryl H says: "This story will capture your heart!"
    "Has a lot going for it!"
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    I wasn't sure I was going to like the story but I found myself enthralled with it. There were parts where I found myself crying. Sounds depressing but it's like a good movie. The characters were very interesting and had depth. I wanted to slap Laura and tell her to snap out of it a few times. I think that's the only part of the book I wasn't happy with. She became manipulative and whiney several times to the point of madness.
    All in all I enjoyed the story very much. The fact that a man could love a child so much that wasn't his, was heart warming.
    Although not my favorite narrator. The narration did not take away from the book at all. This is my first Catherine Anderson. I may venture for another peek..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Governess Affair: The Brothers Sinister, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Courtney Milan
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (239)

    Three months ago, governess Serena Barton was let go from her position. Unable to find new work, she's demanding compensation from the man who got her sacked: a petty, selfish, swinish duke. But it's not the duke she fears. It's his merciless man of business - the man known as the Wolf of Clermont. The formidable former pugilist has a black reputation for handling all the duke's dirty business, and when the duke turns her case over to him, she doesn't stand a chance. But she can't stop trying....

    Karen says: "Short But Sweet"
    "Short but Very Sweet"
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    A great start to a series. I can't wait until the rest of the series is audio available. I love the premise and I like how the author set things up. This is going to be damned interesting.
    Of course I am hoping they continue to use Rosalyn Landor as the narrator. She was one of the reasons I chose the prequel.
    Hurry up audible... I'm waiting for the rest of the books!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One Good Earl Deserves a Lover

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Sarah MacLean
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (219)

    Lady Philippa Marbury is...odd. The brilliant, bespectacled daughter of a double marquess cares more for books than balls, for science than the season, and for laboratories than love. She's looking forward to marrying her simple fiancé and living out her days quietly with her dogs and her scientific experiments. But before that, Pippa has two weeks to experience all the rest - 14 days to research the exciting parts of life. It's not much time, and to do it right she needs a guide familiar with London's darker corners.

    J-9 says: "DISAPPOINTED"
    "Winner Winner Winner"
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    Winner on every count. The ever amazing Sarah MacLean has created a beautiful love story. I love this series and can't wait for the next audiobook to come out. This series is about men who own an upper class gaming hell in London. Each one has a story. Book 1 was Bourne...excellent story. Book 2 One Good Earl was the best so far. I love Cross and Pippa. He's a very intelligent man and she a blue stocking. What a duo they make.
    There are some very steamy scenes but one scene is so breath taking and the man never even touches her.
    Usually, it's a man saving a woman. The writer has turned the tables on this one. What a heroine Lady Phillipa is too. I don't want to give anything away but she is awesome. She does over think things but she's adorable
    This series is well worth the money. My favorite so far in the series. I'm thinking this is going to be my favorite period. I guess we'll see what comes of Temple, he's the next book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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