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Amanda

Calgary, AB, Canada | Member Since 2013

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  • The Silent Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By A. S. A. Harrison
    • Narrated By Karen White, Donald Corren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (555)
    Performance
    (499)
    Story
    (500)

    Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer, and he, the victim, rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater; she lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds; she likes to settle scores. He decides to play for keeps; she has nothing left to lose. Told in alternating voices, The Silent Wife is about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can’t be made, and promises that won’t be kept.

    Emily says: "Good... but not quite like the description..."
    "Painful to listen to"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    My Book Club chose this book for the month of October. I decided to buy the audio book so I could listen while commuting. I was painful to listen to. The female voice sounded like a pre-recorded computer voice. Because of this I did not enjoy the book, and only half listened while doing other things. I only finished it because it was part of the book club, if I was listening on my own...I would have stopped about 1/4 of the way through.Didn't seem to be a thriller. Mostly predictable.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Different readers, better direction.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Karen White and Donald Corren ’s performances?

    No


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

    No


    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Perfect on Paper: The (Mis)Adventures of Waverly Bryson

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Maria Murnane
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (185)

    Waverly Bryson is a successful businesswoman in her late 20s who almost has it all: a dream job in sports PR, two best friends, and a bar where everybody knows her name. What she doesn’t have is a ring on her finger. And after being ditched at the altar, she’s in no hurry to get one. Besides, plenty of other issues keep her busy, including her wayward father, a new rival at work, and an ever-nagging fear that her life is not turning out as she thought it would...or should.

    Missy says: "Just ok..."
    "Hilarious!! Great find!"
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    If you could sum up Perfect on Paper in three words, what would they be?

    Funny - laugh out loud funny! CharmingDelightful


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Perfect on Paper?

    When Andy was at a dinner party and the Cappuccino affect came quickly....


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

    The voice of Waverly. I think the narrator captured her perfectly. I would have like to hear a little more variation in the voices for the supporting characters, at times I really had to concentrate to figure who was speaking.


    If you could take any character from Perfect on Paper out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Jake, because he sounds delicious. But seriously...Waverly, she's so funny, and clumsy, and cute.


    Any additional comments?

    I purchased this book via the daily deals for $3.95, its probably one of the best purchases I have made yet. I liked the book so much I decided to immediately review it and buy the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Searching for Perfect: Searching For, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jennifer Probst
    • Narrated By Madeleine Maby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (66)

    The up-and-coming matchmaking agency Kinnections is the hottest thing to hit Verily, New York - just like Kennedy Ashe, social director for the service she owns with her two best girlfriends. A coach, consultant, and cheerleader rolled into one super-sizzling package, Kennedy creates dream dates, encourages singles to shine, and never refuses a challenge - not even her new client, Nate Ellison Raymond Dunkle, rocket scientist and nerd extraordinaire.

    Frances says: "Love it! So Funny and Entertaining!"
    "Refreshing"
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    What made the experience of listening to Searching for Perfect the most enjoyable?

    I really liked that the male in this story wasn't an 'Alpha', yet he was still funny and sexy. It was refreshing because this is the first story I have listened to that the guy wasn't a dominating control freak, who was perfect looking in every way. Kennedy's attraction to Nate developed over time.


    What other book might you compare Searching for Perfect to and why?

    Searching for someday...the first book in the series. There were similar storylines in each one.


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

    Yes, and I did...may have not been the most productive thing to do this long weekend, but it sure was enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    Normally I like books that are full of smexyness. There was only a little of that in this one....but it sure was good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reflected in You: A Crossfire Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2891)
    Performance
    (2640)
    Story
    (2654)

    Gideon Cross: As beautiful and flawless on the outside as he was damaged and tormented on the inside. He was a bright, scorching flame that singed me with the darkest of pleasures. I couldn’t stay away. I didn’t want to. He was my addiction…my every desire…mine. My past was as violent as his, and I was just as broken. We’d never work. It was too hard, too painful…except when it was perfect. Those moments when the driving hunger and desperate love were the most exquisite insanity. We were bound by our need. And our passion would take us beyond our limits to the sweetest, sharpest edge of obsession.…

    Rebecca says: "Fifty Shades Minus Twilight."
    "3rd book in a series of 5!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Its hot, funny, emotional, suspenseful. Did I mention its hot!?! I have read/listened to a couple of really good books...like FSOG and This Man series...this series...especially this book , is the hottest, sexiest, steamest by far.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Reflected in You?



    The time they spent at the beach. I loved everything about that trip!


    Which character – as performed by Jill Redfield – was your favorite?

    Jill Redfield's narration is great! I can't choose!! Eva and Gideon are obvious...so I will go with Carey!


    Any additional comments?

    I was VERY disappointed to realize this series is NOT a trilogy...but a series of 5...and the 4th book isn't even finished yet!! I was really looking forward to finding out what really happened in the end with Nathan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mystery Man

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Kate Russell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (767)
    Performance
    (726)
    Story
    (731)

    Gwendolyn Kidd has met the man of her dreams. He's hot, he's sexy, and what started as a no-names-exchanged night of passion has blossomed into a year and a half-long pleasure fest. Sure, it's a little strange that he only appears in her bed at night, but Gwen is so sure he's the one, she just can't turn him away…. Hawk Delgado knows more about Gwen than she could ever imagine. She's gorgeous, headstrong, and skittish about relationships. But Hawk is facing his own demons, demons that keep him from connecting with anyone.

    Angela says: "Fan-freakin-tastic!!!!!"
    "Entertaining and aggravating at the same time!"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, it was a good way to pass the time. Not the best book I have ever listened to, but certainly not the worst!


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    To me there seemed to be some technical issues with the audio itself. Possibly due to poor editing. Right in the middle of the dialogue, the sound of the narrators voice would change, but only for part of a sentence like one or two words. It didn't sound like it was meant to put emphasis on those particular words, it just sounded off. It would be one thing if it was a whole paragraph or change in character.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Russell – was your favorite?

    Elvira. She had the most sass and was very entertaining.


    Any additional comments?

    Along with the technical glitches...some of the writing drove me insane. I don't think it is likely that three very different types of men would all call Gwen "Babe". The use of the word "babe" is extremely excessive. It think its possible that almost every character used the word babe. Gwen even called her best friend's husband babe. Very irritating. Its the writer's "thing" because I just started listening to the second book in the series...and you guessed it...babe this....and babe that....

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • This Man: This Man Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jodi Ellen Malpas
    • Narrated By Edita Brychta
    Overall
    (755)
    Performance
    (704)
    Story
    (710)

    Young interior designer Ava O'Shea has no idea what awaits her at the Manor. A run-of-the-mill consultation with a stodgy country gent seems likely, but what Ava finds instead is Jesse Ward - a devastatingly handsome, utterly confident, pleasure-seeking playboy who knows no boundaries. Ava doesn't want to be attracted to this man, and yet she can't control the overwhelming desire that he stirs in her. She knows that her heart will never survive him and her instinct is telling her to run, but Jesse is not willing to let her go. He wants her and is determined to have her.

    Katheryne says: "Wash. Rinse. Repeat."
    "Steamy"
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    Would you listen to This Man again? Why?

    Yes. I really enjoyed Jesse's passion, and the intense chemistry between him and Ava.


    What other book might you compare This Man to and why?

    Another review I read said it reminded them of Fifty Shades of Grey Series, which I loved. There were some similarities in each character's behavior, but I think Jesse and Ava's chemistry is even more than Christian and Anna's....I didn't think it was possible.


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

    I have never listened to any, but I would again without a second thought. You could really get a sense of how each character was feeling through her narration.


    Any additional comments?

    I waited to download this series until the third one came out. Then I downloaded to listen while on vacation...I have 3 days left until I leave and I just finished the first book...Likely will be done the second before I leave....its a good...addictive listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Beginning

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christina Lauren
    • Narrated By Grace Grant, Sebastian York
    Overall
    (377)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (356)

    Wedding bells can't chime soon enough for Chloe Mills and Bennett Ryan. Chloe, exasperated and stressed by all the last-minute to-dos, is on the verge of saying "I do" to eloping. For his part, Bennett's so worried about being distracted by Chloe's body that he makes a no-sex-until-the-wedding-night rule that only seems to be making things worse by continually backfiring on him.

    Jordy says: "Filthy, dirty, hilariously sweet love story!"
    "I wanted more...."
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    Would you listen to Beautiful Beginning again? Why?

    I likely wouldn't listen to this one again, the others in the series I would listen to in a heartbeat. I would have preferred to know everyone one's "Beautiful Beginning" not just Bennett and Chloe's. After listening to Max and Will's stories...Bennett's is a little boring. This one was still pretty steaming though.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like that the wedding wasn't perfect...because in reality they never are...something always happens. So the fact that it wasn't prefect made it more believable and enjoyable.


    0 of 0 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
    (949)
    Performance
    (885)
    Story
    (880)

    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!!"
    "Hot!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend the whole series. They are sexy and fun. Dynamic personalities, strong women and super sexy men.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Max, who wouldn't love tall, good looking, sweet talking Brit?


    What does Grace Grant and Jonathan R. Cole bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The two voices work well together. Of course, loved Jonathan's accent, made Max come to life and made him even sexier.


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

    The whole public sex in a club was a little shocking at first, but it worked well for the two of them.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Player

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Christina Lauren
    • Narrated By Grace Grant, Sebastian York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (674)
    Performance
    (636)
    Story
    (634)

    When Hanna Bergstrom receives a lecture from her overprotective brother about neglecting her social life and burying herself in grad school, she's determined to tackle his implied assignment: get out, make friends, start dating. And who better to turn her into the sultry siren every man wants than her brother's gorgeous best friend, Will Sumner, venture capitalist and unapologetic playboy?

    Katheryne says: "5 Smoking Hot Stars!"
    "My favorite of the series!"
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    What did you love best about Beautiful Player?

    Towards the end of Beautiful Stranger and throughout Beautiful Bombshell, it was clear that Will was going to be the next guy with a story. I had low expectations for this book, even though I really enjoyed the whole series so far. I loved it. I really liked the relationship development between Will and Hanna. Like the other books, this one was funny. In my opinion it was the funniest. I usually listen while on the train to work....I sure got some strange looks when I would let a little chuckle slip because I could hold in my laugh. I want to read more about Will and Hanna, or really just Will. I would really like to read/listen to a Max/Will backstorey.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Will, he just seems so deliciously dreamy!


    What about Grace Grant and Sebastian York ’s performance did you like?

    I like Grace, like the other books. I finally liked Sebastian's voice in this one. He seems fitting as Will, I didn't care so much for his voice for Bennet


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

    Flirty and Fun!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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