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Carolyn

Romance Junkie

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  • Never Less Than a Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Mary Jo Putney
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    RITA Award-winning, New York Times best-selling author Mary Jo Putney is justly celebrated as a master of the Regency romance. Here Alexander Randall is the last heir to the Earl of Daventry and he must find himself a bride. His prayers are answered in the form of distressed midwife Julia Bancroft. But though their union would benefit both parties, Julia is reluctant to surrender her heart.

    Joki says: "Avoids the Cliches of the Genre"
    "If Simon Prebble Narrates, I'm In!"
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    this man is a fantastic narrator. He makes these stories come to life, the combination of Mary Jo Putney's writing and Simon's narration are priceless for historical regency romance! I look forward to more!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christina Lauren
    • Narrated By Charlotte Penfield, Jonathan Cole
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The fourth full novel in the New York Times, USA Today, and number-one international best-selling author Christina Lauren's Beautiful series, which began with Beautiful Bastard.

    William says: "Big Let Down"
    "Raising the Ordinary to the Extraordinary!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Beautiful Secret to be better than the print version?

    Yes, for one reason - Jonathan Cole - Christina Lauren writes beautifully and in fact, I'm reading the printed version right now, I believe printed and audio Compliment each other, they don't compete. That said, Jonathan Cole reads Brit romance like no other....and when Christina Lauren writes the dialogue, I hang on every word. I hope they add more of Max's siblings into the mix because I don't want this combination to end!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Beautiful Secret?

    Niall realizing what his life was missing.


    Which character – as performed by Charlotte Penfield and Jonathan Cole – was your favorite?

    of course Niall by Jonathan - but I'm prejudiced - since he performed Max I've been in love with that voice. The funny thing is that I was in love with Max and Niall before I heard the audio version - but as I've always said as an obsessive reader, I read and listen to my favorite authors, they are a compliment to each other and you'll hear and notice things in one version that you don't in the other...I always have to have both versions! Charlotte did a great job as well.


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

    I hurt for Niall when they broke up. CL's descriptions make me hurt without being melodramatic. Overall the book made me laugh, it made me choke up - it always tears my heart up when I really feel someone's pain and Christina Lauren conveys the heartache, as well as the joy - most viscerally.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for more - LOVE your characters, your writing style, keep using Jonathan Cole and Sebastian York, - you can't go wrong! It's just that for those of us who love HEA and who love love stories, Christina Lauren is one of my handful of authors who continues to change it up and delight. She doesn't waste dialogue on the "planes of the chest" and dreamy this or that...she conveys the emotion in other ways that are much more visceral to me and impacts me very deeply. I love Kristen Ashley, I Love Colleen Hoover, A. Meredith Walters, JR Ward, E.L. James, Jamie McGuire, Diana Gabaldon and the list goes on. I don't like fairy tales and super heroes - what I like is humanity, as real as you can get it with a bit of magic and a whole lot of love thrown in - and to Believe. These authors do that for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Knight

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Savannah Richards
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Knight Sebring knows who he is, what he wants, and what he likes. And he gets it. But he never expected something as sweet as Anya Gage to wander into his bedroom during a party he did not expect to be having to borrow his phone. Knight tries to leave Anya to the life she deserves, with white picket fences and a man who watches football on Sundays - good, normal, and clean.

    Tiyanna says: "Knight in shining armor!"
    "Mesmerizing - Lost Sleep!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, enthralling and sexy. While there are some things here that could be called formulaic, Kristen tends to breathe new life into whatever she writes. That realistic no frills dialogue is crucial to good narration (but not staccato - she knows just how much to say). I wish we could get some inner dialogue from Knight, but that's about it. Savannah Richards does it, she captures Anya and Knight!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Knight?

    I guess the ring would be a big one - but there are too many to mention.


    What about Savannah Richards’s performance did you like?

    Not gonna lie, love Sebastian York, Jonathan Cole, and several male narrators, yet Savannah manages to carry this off without a hitch, she does Knight justice.


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

    When he said he loved Anya.


    Any additional comments?

    It's just that for those of us who love HEA and who love love stories, Kristen Ashley is one of my handful of authors who continues to change it up and delight. She doesn't waste dialogue on the "planes of the chest" and dreamy this or that...she conveys the emotion in other ways that are much more visceral to me and impacts me very deeply. I love Christina Lauren, I Love Colleen Hoover, A. Meredith Walters, JR Ward, E.L. James, Jamie McGuire, Diana Gabaldon and the list goes on. I don't like fairy tales and super heroes - what I like is humanity, as real as you can get it with a bit of magic and a whole lot of love thrown in - and to Believe. These authors do that for me. Kristen, glad I gave you a shot (PS I Love The Will too!) One of several but had to say that!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ugly Love

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Colleen Hoover
    • Narrated By Grace Grant, Deacon Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she doesn't think it's love at first sight. They wouldn't even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn't want love, she doesn't have time for love, so that just leaves the sex.

    Missy says: "Another release day dedicated to C. Hoover!"
    "No Wasted Words...Ever..."
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    What did you love best about Ugly Love?

    Colleen Rocks! This story had it going on from beginning to end and it was adult, and it had the right amount of sex and I'm loving that Colleen can write adult as well as young adult. I couldn't quit, I fell asleep to it and had to keep on in the morning when I got up! Thank God this was a Friday night! What I loved was how CH once again gets to the heart of the matter, not one wasted word. This woman doesn't waste her dialogue on vain repetition, the only repetition was natural, like you would think, the the kind that cut you to your core. So the story and the epilogue was what i loved best...Maybe Someday needs an epilogue (pretty please!).


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Miles probably was, although I couldn't figure out who was at first - a guy who loves like that, I'm gonna love alot - flawed or not.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the scenes with Rachel and Clayton and I loved the scene with Tate and Miles in the airplane -


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

    Surviving Love


    Any additional comments?

    One of Colleen's best yet, one of the most adult. It had enough sex - Maybe Someday didn't. I'm not into gratuitous sex, never had been, when I'm invested in the characters and they have a strong connection to me it's a natural progression, and a part of life and the way I've felt when I'm in love, so I believe those who can't stand sex need to be quiet and stick with the super generic books. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of love stories that are fine without too much intimacy, but it just seems like part of the story, and I'm selfish, I want it all. I don't believe God would make something that can be that beautiful between a man and a woman in love - to be something to be ashamed of. I want to exist in their world, if only for a little while, even though it's only in my imagination, and authors like Colleen, put you there. I'm planning on looking into the next CH book right away! I want more!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Will

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Hollis McCarthy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Early in her life, Josephine Malone learned the hard way that there was only one person she could love and trust: her grandmother, Lydia Malone. Out of necessity, unconsciously and very successfully, Josephine donned a disguise to keep all others at bay. She led a globetrotting lifestyle on the fringes of the fashion and music elite, but she kept herself distant. While Josephine was trotting the globe, retired boxer Jake Spear was living in the same small town as Lydia.

    Erin says: "Alas, different but good--Thus, Creditworthy"
    "Change it Up!"
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    If you could sum up The Will in three words, what would they be?

    Sweet Yet Refreshing - Touching


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jake - because he grew up and realized that what he's been doing, the conventional way he's approached women - is all wrong and the party girl isn't necessarily the girl for him. He's a man who still takes care of his women,. always and is willing to learn - therefore he evolves - Love it!


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

    No, this was a bit stilted at the beginning. But I grew to really like her and her performance, some of them take a bit of time to hit their rhythm so I always try to give them a chance - I found I liked her and would definitely listen to more of her.


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

    there are several moments that move me - but the greatest of all is the adoption of Ethan - it struck this reader to the core. A beautiful, beautiful scene


    Any additional comments?

    These are great books and am currently reading/listening to Soaring, which seemed to start out pretty predictable but is written very well in typical KA style - I LOVE the Magdalene series and finding true love when you're older, (Thank God someone believes we're all not dead and dried up!) I think this is some of KA's best work! I love the sexiness, not too much, not too little - perfect. Keep them coming!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Beloved

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Christina Lauren
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cole, Grace Grant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In Beautiful Beloved Max and Sara take it to the next step. But the question is: Will they be able to find a balance between the wild sexcapades they aren't ready to retire and the demands of parenthood that come along with their new beautiful bundle of joy? Parenthood: It's not for the weak of heart.

    cc1234 says: "Disappointing"
    "MAX (Jonathan Cole) - Liquid Chocolate!"
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    What did you love best about Beautiful Beloved?

    I LOVE MAX (and Jonathan Cole's version of Max - he and Sebastian York are 2 of the top narrators out there for men)! I Love his love for Sara and that they're so on the same page. Men usually don't allow their feelings to be so surface, don't acknowledge them. Max does that and more.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Max - I love his voice and as I said, I love that he allows his great love to be so transparent - He Owns It!! I love all the BB characters - and I love the books, but my favorite books, hands down would be the ones narrated by Jonathan and Sebastian - Grace is fine.


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

    They bring real life to these characters, both are perfect for the parts..amazing feeling and depth. Though Beautiful Bastard started it all and as much as I like Chloe and Bennet, I love Max and Sara and Hannah and Will more, just because I can relate to them much more. Christina and Lauren have a way of writing sexy love stories that resonate - and these narrators translate that - I always have to listen to their narrations at least, at LEAST twice! Worth every penny!


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

    The Love of Your Dreams


    Any additional comments?

    I beg (BEG) Christina & Lauren to consider writing this type of epilogue for Hannah and Will, and some of their other characters....Their die-hard fans will love it - I know I do!
    People think of all of this as mommy porn, etc. Frankly, if a guy gets into bed with a girl within 20 pages I sometimes think this isn't the book for me. I have to be emotionally invested in the characters and Christina & Lauren are able to do that, draw me in and build characters I feel are real....I own all of your work in Kindle and Audible and Love them all!! KEEP IT UP!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of Scoundrels

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Loretta Chase
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Sebastian Ballister, the notorious Marquess of Dain, is big, bad, and dangerous to know. No respectable woman would have anything to do with the "Bane and Blight of the Ballisters", and he wants nothing to do with respectable women. He's determined to continue doing what he does best - sin and sin again - and all's going swimmingly…until the day a shop door opens and she walks in.

    Marcheta says: "Witty dialogue highlights battle between the sexes"
    "Dain and Jess - a New Standard in Regency!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Lord of Scoundrels the most enjoyable?

    I love Kate Reading - I bought several of Ms. Chase's books a) Because I think her writing sets her above many of her peers and b) Kate Reading is narrating! She reads multiple voices with style - and she brings the characters to life!. She narrates the entire Into the Wilderness Series by Sara Donati and won my respect there - She simply makes you listen!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I had 2 favorite characters, Dain and Jess - they just both have so much personality and neither plays dumb. I like to feel this could be real, intelligent people and fairly true to the times.


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

    She makes you feel the love, the angst, the tears - she has so much emotion that is perfectly nuanced throughout the story. She not only has a lovely voice, she knows how to act - This performance is as all of her performances Exceptional! I thought she shone throughout. In her Into the Wilderness Series, she never missed a beat throughout multiple characters, I though she started out a bit strained when she began in the first book and thought I wouldn't like her, but I gave her a chance and she quickly gained my trust and evolved through the books, through the ages of the characters for the male and female voices and did an absolutely beautiful job. Here, again, she does not disappoint!


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

    When Dain can't believe that Jess is saying she loves him, when he can't believe she finds him riveting and beautiful in her eyes - he believes she couldn't possibly be referring to him.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the story of the underdog - I love the story of someone who has not had it so easy but finds their way back, instead of making the negative notions of others a self-fulfilling prophecy - It was just a lovely, moving, sensuous story. And, I don't care what anyone says, the physical is a vital part of a new, blooming love - and I love the love-making and feel it was well done - Well Done Loretta!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sweet Filthy Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Christina Lauren
    • Narrated By Shayna Thibodeaux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    One-night stands are supposed to be with someone convenient, or wickedly persuasive, or regrettable. They aren’t supposed to be with someone like him. But after a crazy Vegas weekend celebrating her college graduation - and terrified of the future path she knows is a cop-out - Mia Holland makes the wildest decision of her life: follow Ansel Guillaume - her sweet, filthy fling - to France for the summer and just…play.

    Tina says: "LOVED this book!"
    "Love Ansel and Mia!"
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    When I want light, sensuous and Intelligent romance, Christian Lauren is one of my go-to authors! While this book wasn't their best, it is certainly good and you can't put it down! (I always read and Listen to my favorite authors). Beautiful Player and Beautiful Stranger - in word and narrated are my favorites so far. That said, Ansel and Mia were captivating, intelligently written and I love the opportunity to get into their heads - I couldn't put it down - neither that nor Dirty Rotten Scoundrel - (Next in the Series). Keep it up CL - can't wait for Oliver's story!

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  • Sweet Filthy Morning After: Wild Seasons

    • UNABRIDGED (30 mins)
    • By Christina Lauren
    • Narrated By Jason Carpenter
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    This audio exclusive short tells of events from Sweet Filthy Boy from a new perspective.

    Katheryne says: "Short but oh so sweet"
    "Ansel, Gotta Love Him!"
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    This should have been a bonus on Finn's book, but that said, I love Ansel, I love Ansel and Mia - and they have a winner with this narrator and this series. (Narrators are everything!) I also like bonus tracks (on Fifty Shades Freed the epilogues are my favorites!). You can never get enough of a great character and Christina Lauren's characters shine! Thanks again for Beautiful Player and Beautiful Stranger - Love Sebastian York and Jonathan Cole as narrators as well and Jason Carpenter does Ansel justice as well - to narrate a French accent without being annoying is hard to do and he does it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dirty Rowdy Thing: Wild Seasons, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Christina Lauren
    • Narrated By Sebastian York, Shayna Thibodeaux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Despite their rowdy hookups, Harlow and Finn don’t even like each other.... which would explain why their marriage lasted only 12 hours. He needs to be in charge and takes whatever he wants. She lives by the Want-something-done? Do-it-yourself mantra. Maybe she’s too similar to the rugged fisherman - or just what he needs.

    BluBumbleB says: "I LIKE IT DIRTY!!"
    "Sweet, Intelligent and Sensuous - CL Rules!"
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    I couldn't put it down and I couldn't quit listening (Audible). I love books, I read (and listen) a lot. When I like a lighter, quicker (intelligent) read, I read authors like Christina Lauren. Let's face it, these (romance) authors are a dime a dozen. Christina Lauren is one of the shining stars in this genre - Never Boring! Christina Lauren has my number, just the right amount of sweetness, sex (and intelligence). I have to have plausibility - I hate it when characters jump right into bed. I love it when an author gets you inside their heads and I LOVE opposing POV's - Thank You both for that! . By the Way, Sebastian York is an amazing narrator! Shayna Thibodeaux also does her characters justice. I enjoyed Sweet Filthy Boy and now...DRT

    Finn is the guy who doesn't talk - and he never talks much; AND he's a regular guy (refreshing), not a rich spoiled man with unlimited resources - that is very attractive. Harlow is the girl who gets the (guys) and has had a pretty charmed life (and thank God has some feelings under it all). Somehow they work, and have that real connection that doesn't need a proliferation of words. - Dirty Rowdy Thing is not quite at the level of Beautiful Stranger and Beautiful Player, but I Really, Really Liked it. I look forward to Oliver's Story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Echo in the Bone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    Jamie Fraser knows from his time-traveling wife Claire that, no matter how unlikely it seems, America will win the Revolutionary War. But that truth offers little solace, since Jamie realizes he might find himself pointing a weapon directly at his own son - a young officer in the British army. And Jamie isn't the only one with a tormented soul - for Claire may know who wins the conflict, but she certainly doesn't know whether or not her beloved Jamie survives.

    Charles says: "Read all of Gabaldon's stuff before this one"
    "Amazing Continues! You will Treasure this."
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    Outlander stands the test of time. Every book is an outstanding addition to the saga. Jamie and Claire as always are enthralling (but I find this is the one book there is not quite enough of them). The feeling of "you are there" in history and the feeling that you are experiencing these events with them is only part of Diana's talent. Bree and Roger are excellent in this book as well - Diana's ability to write parallel universes is just one of her great attributes. Outlander remains my number one series and with the advent of the so far accurate TV series these characters are brought to life. Better than i dared to hope. You can almost feel yourself in the presence of each of these people - she has given them depth, breath and life. I agree with others, while the Lord John books are fine - Lord John is at his best when he is in the Outlander series proper - and I find I so enjoy him in this context, but outside of Outlander I just don't like him as much or feel his depth as I do within it. Davina Porter continues to amaze with her ability to capture and fall into the rhythm of all of these characters - I listen again and again because of her wondeful interpretations! I hope those doing the Outlander series will listen to her version of the books as well as reading them (there are benefits to reading and listening - another dimension if you will) - they will gain much.Thank you Diana for your beautiful resonant saga - I count it as a treasure.

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