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Maria

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  • Dark Symphony: Dark Series, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Kevin Free
    Overall
    (468)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (261)

    Byron the Carpathian has traveled the globe for centuries, desperately seeking a mortal woman for his lifemate. And then, in an Italian villa, he hears the threads of enchanting music.

    Camille says: "Great Book...please get rid of the narrator"
    "The story is very good, but the narrator ?"
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    If you could sum up Dark Symphony in three words, what would they be?

    A good story. But the narrator made the hero sound like a pervert. It was very difficult for me to continue listening to the book. The narrator has a decent voice, but his hero's accent and gravely voice made the hero sound like someone extremely ancient NOT sexy or desirable as I am sure the author meant for him to be.


    What other book might you compare Dark Symphony to and why?

    I feel like this book is an extension of the Scarletti Curse.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Kevin Free?

    No!! Not if he continues to make the hero sound like he is 200 years old!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    Redo the audiobook with one of the other narrators to give the hero a better image through his voice. At least make him sound younger, please!

    0 of 0 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
    (95)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (90)

    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.

    TammyB says: "Very funny! Great start to the series!"
    "I love Helena!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Trouble in Mudbug to be better than the print version?

    The books & audio books are equally entertaining.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It kept me wanting more. I bought all that were available before I finished the first chapter in Trouble in Mudbug (the first book).


    Which character – as performed by Johanna Parker – was your favorite?

    Helena, Helena, oh and did I say, Helena?


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

    Sit back & get ready to laugh til you are sore!


    Any additional comments?

    If you love funny, witty, quirky southern folks, you will love this series. They are worth every cent & more that you spend for the books and audio books. These characters are so entertaining. (I just don't think they should have insulted Helena as much as they did. She made their lives so much more interesting!) I'd love to just sit down with author Jana DeLeon for a day and pick her brain to see how she comes up with her very funny characters & storylines. Thank you, Ms. DeLeon, for hours of enjoyment.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Best Medicine: A Bell Harbor Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tracy Brogan
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (36)

    Everyone in Bell Harbor thinks career-minded plastic surgeon Evelyn Rhoades needs a husband. Everyone, that is, except for Evelyn…sort of. Even if she did want a husband (which she doesn’t…most of the time), she’d never let something as intangible as fate determine who she marries. No, if she’s going to find someone to spend her life with, she’ll do it scientifically: With a carefully crafted list of criteria and an Internet dating site. But when intoxicated, law-breaking Tyler Connelly crashes into her life by way of a stolen Jet Ski, unruly emotions defy common sense.

    Maria says: "Dull after reading Crazy Little Thing"
    "Dull after reading Crazy Little Thing"
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    What did you like best about The Best Medicine? What did you like least?

    This book dragged and I was hoping for more hilarity like in Crazy Little Thing, but I was disappointed. I also don't care for stories where the woman is so much older than the male. Honestly, I have only stopped reading a book mid-way 4 times in a lifetime of reading, but this made the 5th time.


    What was most disappointing about Tracy Brogan’s story?

    Wasn't funny like her first one. I was so disappointed.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Amy McFadden?

    The same narrator for her first Bell Harbor novel. I just didn't care for Amy McFadden's voice. It kind of sounded like she was bored.


    Do you think The Best Medicine needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, not if it is a dull as The Best Medicine.


    Any additional comments?

    Just so disappointed. I love Tracy Brogan's writing, and maybe I would have stuck with this book if the narrator was different, but I just found myself not enjoying it at all.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bewitching

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jill Barnett
    • Narrated By Anne Johnstonbrown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (57)

    What's a duke to do when a carefully selected bride rejects him rather than marry without love? He salvages his pride by marrying the next woman who falls into his arms. Joyous Fiona MacQuarrie bewitched the Duke of Belmore the moment she appeared from nowhere and knocked him over...literally. Joyous MacQuarrie is a Scottish witch whose powers of white magic are not always easy for her to control. When Alec's pride makes him choose to marry her, Joy turns the life of the most serious and snobbish duke in England upside down.

    Marian says: "One Of My Old Favorites Now in Audiobook Form"
    "Great narration for the most entertaining story!"
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    Where does Bewitching rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 20 and I have read thousands of books, but listening to this one was a rare pleasure.


    What other book might you compare Bewitching to and why?

    I'm not sure I can compare Bewitching to any other book at this time. I just know I laughed out loud every few minutes while listening to this book and had people looking at me as though I was ready for the funny farm! The humor in this book was wonderful. Anne Johnstonbrown is the perfect narrator for this type of book. I can only hope she does the next of Jill Barnestt's books- Dreaming.


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

    While I both listened and read along with much of the book, Anne Johnstonbrown brought the story alive with the expression she put in the text. I could actually see in my min'd eye the Duke's reactions to Joyous (Joy). I could never have read the book in the same manner and found it so entertaining. Great job, Ms. Johnstonbrown!


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

    Oh, my goodness!


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book so much that I was extremely unhappy when I looked for her next book, Dreaming, and saw it was not offered. I don't know if it is in audiobooks or if Audible.com just hasn't acquired it, but I plan to find out. These books are worth the money and some!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The King: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1361)
    Performance
    (1274)
    Story
    (1280)

    After turning his back on the throne for centuries, Wrath, son of Wrath, finally assumed his father's mantle - with the help of his beloved mate. But the crown sets heavily on his head. As the war with the Lessening Society rages on, and the threat from the Band of Bastards truly hits home, he is forced to make choices that put everything - and everyone - at risk. Beth Randall thought she knew what she was getting into when she mated the last pure blooded vampire on the planet: An easy ride was not it.

    Erin says: "Excellent as Usual!!"
    "Please, please, please don't let this be the last"
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    If you could sum up The King in three words, what would they be?

    So, so satisfying!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything about this book was great! The story, the narrator, the characters, every word written by J R Ward was just as great as the first one.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Of course the birth of Little Wrath.


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

    The King returns & the wait was worth it!


    Any additional comments?

    I too counted the months, weeks, days & minutes until The King was released. I don't know if Ms. Ward has more BDB in the works but I sure hope so. These characters are like family...you know them and love them and want their stories to continue. I'm glad I didn't read any reviews before reading & listening to this book and I didn't want it to end I found it so good. I happen to like all the storylines of the other characters. I'd love to see more of Zcor & Layla's story. And Trez, iAM, & Selena too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crown of Crystal Flame: Tairen Soul, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By C. L. Wilson
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (80)

    Seers had long foreseen an extraordinary destiny for Ellysetta Baristani. Already she had won the heart of the Fey King - the magnificent Rain, ever her ally, eternally her love. She had saved the offspring of the magical tairen and fought beside her legendary mate against the armies of Eld.

    Maria says: "There needs to be more!"
    "There needs to be more!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Crown of Crystal Flame the most enjoyable?

    The narrator has a good voice for this story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Steli-chakai! She was so funny, fierce and loving toward Ellysetta & the kittens. And her disappointment that she couldn"t use humans as prey. She was funny & sweet.


    Have you listened to any of Emily Durante’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes and she does a great job with all of them.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, definitely!


    Any additional comments?

    The biggest disappointment I had was that it never told what happened to Melliandra, Nicolene and the babies other than heading towards the mountains. Melliandra played a very large part in Shan's escape and I really wanted to read her reaction to the sun and the world above ground. I'd also liked to have known about Nicolene and her baby, Shia's son and the rest of the children born through abuse. I hope Ms. Wilson writes more about some of these minor characters. If it had told about Melliandra s & Nicolene's fate, I would have given the story 5 stars instead of 4. Also Ms. Wilson could have made the High Mage suffer more before dying! He got off too easy for all the suffering he caused!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Possession: A Novel of the Fallen Angels, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Eric Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (507)
    Performance
    (474)
    Story
    (474)

    When Cait Douglass resolves to get over her broken heart, throw off her inhibitions, and start really living, she's unprepared for the two sensual men who cross her path. Torn between them, she doesn't know which to choose - or what kind of dire consequences could follow. Jim Heron, fallen angel and reluctant savior, is ahead in the war, but he puts everything at risk when he seeks to make a deal with the devil - literally.

    Katheryne says: "Definitely a Game Changer"
    "Great read... but with a few things left hanging"
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    If you could sum up Possession in three words, what would they be?

    Usual great read!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Possession?

    Finding Nigel dead. Total shock! Can archangels kill themselves?


    Have you listened to any of Eric Dove’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes- all of the Brotherhood & Fallen Angel books. If anyone else performed these books, I'd be very disappointed.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but then I wanted it to go on forever too!


    Any additional comments?

    Each book in this series just gets better and better. The only problems I had with this story was what happened to Colin with Nigel dead and for what reason did Duke go back to Cait's house to save her from GB? I wish the reason for him returning to her house was given. Was it heavenly intervention or what? It just felt like there was more to the story that needed to be written.
    When does the next book come out? I need more of the story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kiss of the Highlander: Highlander, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1247)
    Performance
    (749)
    Story
    (739)

    Enchanted by a powerful spell, Highland laird Drustan MacKeltar slumbered for nearly five centuries hidden deep in a cave, until an unlikely savior awakened him. The enticing lass who dressed and spoke like no woman he'd ever known was from his distant future, where crumbled ruins were all that remained of his vanished world.

    Brenda says: "Could stand alone in the series"
    "Great story with great humor!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Kiss of the Highlander the most enjoyable?

    I love it when there is humor in a story and there was plenty in this one. The narrator made it even more humorous.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kiss of the Highlander?

    When Drustan was locked in the garderobe & finally settled down to listen to Gwen.


    Which character – as performed by Phil Gigante – was your favorite?

    I really loved Gwen. She was so tenacious!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Silvan and Nell finally came together.


    Any additional comments?

    All of the books are good, but this one really entertained me and I know I'll be listening to it again. Phil Gigante is one of my favorite narrators and he made this book so enjoyable. You forget it is a man doing the parts of the females. I can't say enough about how much I enjoy his narrations!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Their Virgin's Secret: Masters of Menage, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Shayla Black, Lexi Blake
    • Narrated By Serena Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (96)

    Security professionals Burke and Cole Lennox have shared women before but never meant to fall in love with one. But Jessa Wade is too tempting, too perfect to let go. When their mission takes them to a foreign land, they reluctantly leave their love behind, promising to return for her one day. When she becomes the target of one of Burke and Cole's enemies, they leap into action, vowing to save their woman and to never leave again. As danger stalks all three, they must come together and face the mistakes of their past.

    Maria says: "Need a male narrator"
    "Need a male narrator"
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    Where does Their Virgin's Secret rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I listen to a great many audio books and on a scale of 1-10 this would rank about a 4 1/2 only because the narrator just didn't pull you into the story. When reading the heroes lines, it sounded very corny at times. This narrator would be great for a book that is written from a female character's point of view, but definitely not a male's- especially an alpha male.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cole, because he is the lost one until he meets Jessa.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A male narrator! There are a lot of great ones out there and I really wished one had been used.


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

    Yes, I had an extreme reaction- disappointment! I liked the story, just not the way it was delivered. I like Shayla Black's books but this one could have been narrated so much better.


    Any additional comments?

    Please use a male narrator for any other books that have strong male characters. Serena Daniels is a good narrator but I think she'd be better sticking to just female characters. I listened to this book before the 1st book in the series and now I'm not so sure I want to buy and listen to the 1st book since it is narrated by the same person.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4266)
    Performance
    (3277)
    Story
    (3282)

    Even in Grundy, Alaska, its unusual to find a naked guy with a bear trap clamped to his ankle on your porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern transplant Mo Wenstein has no difficulty identifying the problem.

    Mariya says: "Preternaturally Funny"
    "I need more! More werewolves!"
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    What did you love best about How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf?

    The wonderful wit. I laughed constantly.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Definitely the characters. They can be so quirky. Mo is hilarious with her hippie parents.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Can I say all of them? No? Well, I guess I loved Cooper coming in to save the day in the end.and Mo learning she was pregnant and didn't fool anyone by keeping it secret and the love scenes and.....well I said all the scenes were my favorite.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, definitely!


    Any additional comments?

    I want more of the werewolves of Alaska and more wonderful stories. And DON'T let anyone but Amanda Ronconi narrate! She is the best I have ever heard because she becomes the characters & takes you there. I can picture them so well in my mind while listening to the book. For me that is the ultimate compliment I can give a narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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