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Shannon

Santa Clarita, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 12 reviews
  • 39 ratings
  • 203 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • Chasing the Sun: Land of the Lone Star, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Tracie Peterson
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (49)

    When her father disappears in war-torn Mississippi, Hannah Dandridge finds herself responsible not only for her younger siblings but also for the Texas ranch her father recently acquired. A marriage of convenience could ease her predicament, but is it the true desire of her heart? Wounded soldier William Barnett returns home only to find out that his family’s ranch has been seized. He’s surprised to discover that it is a beautiful young woman with amazing fortitude who is struggling to keep the place running.

    Judi says: "Christian Love Story"
    "Touching, Uplifting and Inspiring"
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    This is a moving story by Tracie Peterson, an author who manages to tackle issues of faith and trust in God without sugar sweet or corniness. Her characters are both relate-able and flawed. Additionally, I enjoyed the historical setting of the both the Civil War and the our country's difficult times with American Indians.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Yellowstone Heart Song: Yellowstone Romance Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Peggy L Henderson
    • Narrated By Alexandra Haag
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    Nurse and avid backpacker Aimee Donovan is offered the opportunity of a lifetime. She encounters a patient who tells her he can send her two hundred years into the past to spend three months in the rugged Yellowstone wilderness at the dawn of the mountain man era. The only requirement: she cannot tell anyone that she's from the future.

    Shirl says: "Love in the Wilderness of the Yellowstone 1810"
    "Moving story, average narrator"
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    I read started this series because I really enjoyed another of Peggy Henderson's time travel romances. This series is set in Yellowstone which is treated as one of the characters in the story. The author has a great fondness, and familiarity with the park and it makes the location come alive.

    I admit this wasn't one of my favorite narrators, and at times her reading really fumbled especially attempting a french accent. But the story was engaging and I couldn't stop listening.

    I'm looking forward to more books in the series...just hoping a different narrator reads them, but I will listen regardless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Perfect for You: A Laurel Heights Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Kate Perry
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (135)

    Freya Godwin's muse has gone MIA. With Freya just hired to redesign the top adult website company in the country, her muse couldn't have chosen a worse time to disappear. Determined to get her sexy back, Freya puts an ad online, hoping to find the right man to inspire her. Unfortunately, all roads point back to her upstairs neighbor Greg Cavanaugh. He's everything she doesn't want: a playboy and scumbag lawyer. Except if he's so wrong for her, why does his touch feel like magic?

    Stefani says: "Perfect for You"
    "Some steamy scenes make this an okay listen"
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    I'd be hard pressed to actually recommend this title. I really wanted to like it, I think the author has some talent but the character development was pretty weak and the "conflict" that faced the H/H was lame at best. At one point I was so over the Heroine I didn't care if she got her HEA. I like the narrator a lot, which is why I decided to get the title even though I hadn't heard of the author. Xe does a great job with the various characters, and I may try another title to see if the author does a better job with the next storyline.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ex on the Beach

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Kim Law
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (51)

    Andie Shayne believes in forever...for everyone else. She has an up-and-coming wedding planning business, and her own failed engagement, to prove it. Now all Andie wants is to save the date for Seaglass Celebrations becoming a premier destination wedding resort. And making sure the wedding of the summer goes off without a hitch will get her there - despite the arrival of one unexpected guest. The sexy-as-sin best man...who’s also the ex who broke Andie’s heart.

    Mary says: "A Disappointment to say the least"
    "Cheesy title belies what a GREAT BOOK this is!"
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    I chose this title because I have always enjoyed the narrator, Natalie Ross and it was relatively inexpensive with my member discount. What a wonderful surprise! I have a new author to explore all of her other works. Kim Law has written an intelligent, charming, funny, and moving story about Andi and Mark set in a fictional place I wish was real, Turtle Island. I want to live there too!
    This story moves the two main characters past something that seems impossible to get past, but she does so believably. Perhaps it was that I related a lot to the main character or at least how she handles conflict, but I really felt it was realistic (something you don't always find in a romance novel).
    This book had me laughing out loud at times, holding my breath during a few pretty steamy scenes and ultimately sighing with contentment.
    Great book, highly recommend it! Looking forward to checking out the next book in the series as well as the author's earlier series!





    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rhythm and Bluegrass

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (440)
    Performance
    (411)
    Story
    (411)

    The anticipated follow up to Molly Harper's My Bluegrass Baby, which followed Sadie Hawkins as she jockeyed for the director's position at the Kentucky Tourism Commission with a sophisticated and handsome challenger.

    Melissa says: "Rhythm and Bluegrass"
    "Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi...Superb!"
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    My only complaint is the length of the book...I didn't want it to end! This was another laugh out loud funny by the awesome Molly Harper, narrated to perfection by Amanda Ronconi!
    I am a huge fan of Molly's supernatural series - the vamps and the werewolves, but these dips into Kentucky, bluegrass, rednecks and the tourism board have been delightful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Ever After: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2467)
    Performance
    (2257)
    Story
    (2259)

    Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

    k says: "Bitter ending? Cleanse your palate."
    "I'm NOT disappointed!"
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    Wow...what a journey it has been. Sookie...you will be missed, especially as read by Miss Johanna Parker who has done such an incredible job bringing her and all the crazy characters of BonTemps to life all these years.
    I was not disappointed by the ending. I felt like the last several books have been preparing us readers for what happens in this book. I think people who just really wanted to see a SPECIFIC HEA with a certain love interest are hollering about being disappointed. Which I really feel is too bad, and unfair. If you stop and see who Sookie is, what she loves, what she hopes for and dreams to have one day...what transpires makes sense.
    Ms. Harris had a lot to cover in this book, and a lot of characters were brought in that have touched Sookie's life over the years. She handles it with aplumb. Again, people have complained about mundane details...but those little snippets of ordinary life have always been a part of the series, as much as some amazing sex and unforgettable get out of a jam sequences! It was all there for book number 13. Not sure it was lucky 13... there are probably other books that will remain my personal favorite but it is for varying reasons.
    But overall, I thought this was a good book. I listened to it almost straight through. Partially, because I wanted to know HOW it all ended, but also I was caught up in the story. Thanks Charlaine!!

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6693)
    Performance
    (5816)
    Story
    (5794)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Nicole says: "A great book"
    "Excellent story, superb narrator"
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    Great listen! Julia Whelan does an incredible job with the many voices in the story, not the least is which is the age difference that is covered by the main character.
    I had hesitated on this book for awhile, uncertain that it would be engaging AND entertaining. The subject matter seemed a bit bleak. But the characters are engaging and often entertaining. Nora Roberts has done a masterful job of balancing our very intelligent and logical heroine with a cast of characters that help her find her emotions and heart. Again, this is an excellent story with a superb narrator!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Summer Nights: Fool's Gold, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Susan Mallery
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (270)
    Performance
    (239)
    Story
    (236)

    Horse whisperer Shane Stryker is done with passion. This time around, he’s determined to meet someone who will be content with the quiet life of a rancher’s wife. And the fiery, pint-size redhead who dazzles him at the local bar definitely does not fit the bill. Small-town librarian Annabelle Weiss has always seen herself as more of a sweetheart than a siren, so she can’t understand why Shane keeps pushing her away. Shane has formed the totally wrong impression of her but only he can help her.

    Rebecca says: "Enjoyable characters falling in love - go for it"
    "So disappointed!"
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    First let me say that I am a Susan Mallery fan. Unfortunately, this one was really disappointing.

    I loved the last book - Heidi and Rafe's story. That story had realistic characters facing a challenge, then overcoming the obstacles.

    The main problem with this book is the two characters don't really have a reason not to be together. So the author has to drum the same lines over, and over and over again.

    I'm not even half way through and I'm struggling to listen to the rest. But basically so far I have heard the same line again and again. See even my review is redundant!

    I will update if I make it through, and manage to feel better about the second half.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shattered

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Karen Robards
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (619)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (377)

    With an ailing mother to care for, Lisa Grant takes the first job she can find: research assistant to District Attorney Scott Buchanan. What Lisa expects to be a mind-numbingly boring task turns into anything but when a missing-persons case draws her attention. The details of the case are engrossing: an entire family — father, mother, and two children — disappeared without a trace more than 28 years ago. Except that’s not all: the mother in a photo Lisa finds could be her own twin.

    SassiKassi says: "All that's promised and more."
    "Outstanding story and narration - Great Listen!"
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    Admittedly I am a relative newbie in the Mystery genre, but this story was so well crafted I couldn't figure out the Who Dunnit until the author revealed the person, and story had me so engrossed I was trying hard to figure out a number of things to see how the mystery pieced together.
    The narrator did a terrific job with the voices - male and female. I know I have listened to other books that she has read, but I will look her up to listen to books she has read. She is awesome.
    This is an excellent book, the romance is hot, the suspense is strong and the end extremely satisfying.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • High Noon

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (853)
    Performance
    (425)
    Story
    (428)

    Police Lieutenant Phoebe MacNamara found her calling at an early age, when a violently unstable man broke into her family's home, trapping and terrorizing them for hours. Now she's Savannah's top hostage negotiator, who puts her life on the line every day to defuse powder-keg situations.

    Charlotte says: "Couldn't get enough!!!"
    "Excellent narration and story - worth the credit"
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    This is a great story, and read by an excellent narrator. I am actually writing this review after listening to the book a 2nd time. I had liked it the first time, but after being so fully engrossed the second I had to log in and give the book it's due praise. The narrator does a wonderful job with the voices, and there is a wild cast of characters that she gets to play with. A great love story but not to be out done by the mystery and suspense of the book. A strong woman character that you can believe in, like and root for. Truly a thumbs up in every way.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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