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George's Girl

happily ever afters

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  • The Gift

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (325)
    Story
    (319)

    The New York Times best-selling author of Ransom weaves the delightful, sensual story of two lovers destined for high adventure and blissful rapture! A child bride, Sara Winchester had grown into a winsome beauty, joyfully anticipating the day when her husband Nathan, Marquess of St. James, would return to claim her heart at last. Nathan had never bared his soul to any woman, but he was soon utterly beguiled and exasperated by Sara’s sweet, defiant ways. With their future at stake, they would discover the true destiny of their passion... for all time!

    CAROLYN says: "A RIOTOUS REGENCY ADVENTURE ON THE HIGH SEAS"
    "Excellent story, but points off for narration."
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    Would you try another book from Julie Garwood and/or Susan Duerden?

    Julie Garwood is one of my favorite writers so that's a given. I'd never willingly purchase a book because Susan Duerden is the narrator, as I do with other readers. However, if the story is a long time favorite, that might sway me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Sara is such a hoot without trying to be you can't help but laugh. While aboard her husband's ship, which she calls a boat, newly married Lady Sara refers to Nathan's men as her staff and bends over backwards to gain their respect and approval. Inside two weeks, the lot of superstitious men are wearing cloves of garlic around their necks to ward off all the mayhem she accidentally causes. And Nathan bellows "Dammit Sara" so often she begins to think it's her new name.


    What didn’t you like about Susan Duerden’s performance?

    Based on her reviews Susan has a healthy fan base, unfortunately, I'm not one of them. All her female leads either shriek or sound childish and the hero's are darn near laughable. Susan attempts to deepen her voice for the hero but also lowers the volume too. Would you follow leader into battle who doesn't sound capable of herding sheep?The truly maddening thing is I like her natural voice that she reserves strickly for the third person narrator's point of view.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    A better narrator would have put the cherry on the top to a fabulous story.


    Any additional comments?

    I have to applaude Audible for gaining access the other Garwood early career favorites, but seriously have to question somebody's judgement when it comes to narrators. Why not leave well enough alone and stick with the original readers? I own the following books in original cassette form and for years have hoped someone would rerelease them because who in the heck uses cassette tapes anymore. These recordings are far superior to other editions added over the past year. Now I'm painstakingly transferring them to CDs before the tapes wear out and break. I wish listeners had the opportunity to hear these versions because they're missing out.By Author Julie Garwood:The Bride read by Martha Harmon PardeeThe Guardian Angel read by Mitzy FreelanderThe Prize read by Carol Jordan StewartRansom read by Paula ParkerThe Wedding read by Steven CrossleyThe Secret read by Jill Ferris (Jill Tanner also released a version of this that is nearly as entertaining.)

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dream Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Andrea Kane
    • Narrated By Gemma Dawson
    Overall
    (13)
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    (12)
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    (12)

    The dream is always the same. The terrifying stalker. The gaping abyss. She can see herself running, desperate to escape the huge black beast waiting to devour her. For Kassandra Grey, there is only one refuge from her nightmare - and a horrifying secret hidden in the swirling mists. Braden Sheffield first spies her on a deserted beach - a lone figure who emerges from the fog like a stunning apparition. Betrayed by the woman who was to be his bride, the world-weary duke of Sherburgh is captivated by Kassie’s youth and beauty.

    Amazon Customer says: "Gag!"
    "Horrible narration!!!"
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    Once upon a time I loved this long time keeper and was eager to give a listen. Well, I did - forced myself to stick with it for the sake of the story. I can't begin to express how awful the ear piercing, shrieking and unbelievably stupid narration. No one talks like this! I'd rather hear cavemen grunt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • More Than Memories

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kristen James
    • Narrated By Karen Krause
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Molly Anderson returns “home” to a town she doesn't remember, hoping it will spark a memory. She meets Trent Williams, a Ridge City police detective, and something else definitely sparks. Not only does he know her, Trent takes on her case and promises to do everything he can to solve it. He wants to know why she left town, with her parents, but without a word to anyone. She doesn't remember that life. She can only tell him she knew her parents briefly before they died…or were murdered, she's not sure.

    Maria Rose says: "Had potential"
    "Lacks emotion and stilted narration"
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    I really wanted to like this story because I'm a total sap for couples with a past history. Unfortunately, the writer failed to keep my emotions and heart fully engaged. As I continued to listen, hoping the author would make it worth my time, I realized that probably wasn't going to happen due to the jarring performance by the narrator. Her stilted style interrupted the flow. Conversations sounded mechanical rather than meaningful and grew worse with each passing sentence.

    I'd recommend saving your credit for better entertainment.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Promise

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Joan Johnston
    • Narrated By Cynthia Darlow
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    Delia Carson was only 16 when she fled her Texas hometown. She left behind a web of lies that destroyed her family...and Marsh North, the irresistible bad boy she'd fallen in love with. Now, 11 years later, a family crisis forces Delia to return home - back to the mystery, back to the shadows...back to Marsh. His bad-boy reputation behind him, Marsh is now a respected, prize-winning journalist. And he's never forgotten Delia or the youthful love they shared. Determined not to lose her again, Marsh sets out to prove to Delia that they belong together. But will the dark secrets from Delia's past keep them apart?

    George's Girl says: "Due to subject matter, make note in description!"
    "Due to subject matter, make note in description!"
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    While the author handled the very real matter of incest between a stepfather and his daughters with sensitivity, the reader/listener is constantly reminded of what shaped this woman to the point you can't get away from it. A significant amount of time is devoted to this heavy issue overshadowing the tenderness of young love and the couple's budding second chance. There are enough suggestive and/or slightly graphic details of physical and emotional abuse to contemplate seeking professional help for damage to the reader's psyche.

    Another thing that bothered me was the issue of forgiveness. Without delving into great detail, would you grant forgiveness to a family member for committing, covering up or ignoring such an act on not one but two of your children? Not I!


    Had I known the subject matter, I NEVER would have made the purchase. I strongly urge Audible to revisit the book's description for an update. It sounds as though Delia was at fault for wrecking the family, when what she was, was an abused 16 year old who fled a hopeless situation.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead Room

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Heather Graham
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    A year ago, archaeologist Leslie MacIntyre barely survived the explosion that took the life of her fiancé, Matt Connolly. By night, Matt visits her in dreams, warning her and offering clues to the truth, while by day, she finds herself helped by his cousin, Joe. Torn by her feelings for both men, caught between the worlds of the living and the dead, Leslie struggles against the danger that threatens to overcome her.

    SG- BG says: "Really Liked This Book"
    "THIS ISN'T THE WAY A ROMANCE ENDS!!!"
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    Would you try another book from Heather Graham and/or Joyce Bean?

    Yes, I absolutely adore Joyce Bean's readings. Her vocal talents for male & female characters breathe life into every story she narrates without sounding like a gushing, breathy twentysomething who needs help with understanding the big words.

    I mostly enjoy Heather Graham's earlier books so it's nice to see some of those books appear in Audible's recent book list. I'd be a very happy listener if Audible would acquire Ms. Graham's Civil War Trilogy involving the Cameron Family - "One Wore Blue, And One Wore Gray, And One Rode West." Joyce Bean would be a perfect match because she does a terrific southern accent withou going overboard.


    Has The Dead Room turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No chance of that happening.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No one scene stands out as a favorite. It's was the journey and the overall anticipation of the story's happy ending.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Dead Room?

    I'm pretty sure it's an unwritten rule in the romance genre that no matter the subgenre - contemporary, suspense, historical, etc. - that the couple you've been rooting for throughout the entire book, always ... ALWAYS, gets their happily ever after. When an author has given EVERY indication that the main characters are or will be a couple, what dyed in the wool romance reader wants to become emotionally invested if they are not going to get the inticipated payoff?


    Any additional comments?

    If you're okay with an unconventional ending, The Dead Room is a well-written story, beautifully narrated by Joyce Bean.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hunted

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Karen Robards
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews, Cassandra Campbell
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (161)

    'Twas the night before Christmas…and dozens of rich, influential hostages are trapped inside a sprawling lakefront mansion in New Orleans. The perp? Detective Reed Ware, model cop turned outlaw. After receiving a panicked call from Hollis "Holly" Bayard, a teenage street tough with a penchant for amateur sleuthing who stumbles upon the scene of a drug-deal-turned-murder, Ware finds his and his friend's lives in dire danger. The crime Holly witnessed could be the biggest police cover-up this side of New Orleans - and no one's talking.

    Susan says: "Robards is back, minus the paranormal. Yay!"
    "Potential fell flat of the promise!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Those readers who enjoy more heat than meat from their main characters.


    What was most disappointing about Karen Robards’s story?

    The author devoted far to much time to the opening hostage scene. At least 4 Chapters if memory serve correctly. Why? Because the hostage negotiator spent more time thinking about the hunky "rogue" police detective's attributes than she did actually negotiating. From there, you can pretty much figure out how the rest of this on the run story plays out.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Andrews did a nice N'awlins cajun accent. I had difficulty believing the voice of Caroline - narrated by Cassandra Campbell - fit the character's profession and actions. That voice is better suited for light-hearted romance or young adult books.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Unfortunately, no. I like more variety in my romantic suspense stories than to be on the run chapter after chapter after chapter. And I want to "experience" character growth along the way or what's the point.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Task Force Bride: The Precinct: Task Force, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Julie Miller
    • Narrated By Denise Poirier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Something about Hope Lockhart fascinated Officer Pike Taylor. The cop and his canine companion had been patrolling the neighborhood around Hope's bridal shop for months, trying to capture the criminal who targeted her. Was it the way she hid her voluptuous beauty beneath a plain Jane exterior? Hope bore the scars of a troubling past. But when Pike is assigned to protect her by posing as her live-in fiancé, his tenderness may give Hope the courage to open her heart for the very first time.

    George's Girl says: "Monotoned Narrator"
    "Monotoned Narrator"
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    What would have made Task Force Bride better?

    A different narrator would have helped tremendously. Perhaps I would have been engaged enough to care about the fate of these people and finish the book.


    Would you recommend Task Force Bride to your friends? Why or why not?

    Maybe the print version.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I kept nodding off and/or turning out what was being said due to the lifeless performance.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to the audio sample, which sounded good to purchase the book. I had know way of knowing I'd be bored into a trance after 4 hours. I think Audible should expand the audio book samples to include dialogue of both the lead characters so we get a better feel of what the voices sound like.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Carolina Home: A Dare Island Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Virginia Kantra
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (163)

    Home to the Fletcher family for generations, Dare Island is a fishing village rocked by changing times - its traditions slipping away like sands of the North Carolina coast. Single dad and fishing boat captain Matt Fletcher deferred his own dreams to support his innkeeper parents and build a future for his sixteen-year-old son. Matt has learned to weather life's storms by steering a steady emotional course...and keeping a commitment-free approach to love.

    Kathryn @theBookDate says: "Enjoyed my first visit to Dare Island"
    "An endearing winner!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Carolina Home to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version and wouldn't want to when Sophie Eastlake told the story in technicolor. FYI, Sophie Eastlake is a/k/a Julia Whelan, brilliant narrator of "The Witness" by Nora Roberts, which is what prompted my purchase of an unfamiliar author.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked and admired the two main characters, Matt & Allison equally for their sense of honor, their realism in everyday life and the character growth each displayed.


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

    It is apparent to me that in listening to this story recorded under the name of Sophie Eastlake or as Julia Whelan for "The Witness" she does her homework. She understands the story and what motivates the characters and takes you on a fabulous journey. Sophie/Julia gives the romance genre a great deal of class!


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

    I particularly enjoyed the scene when Matt learns from his dad that home is wherever his wife (Matt's mother) is and the rest are just details to iron out. There are two other moving scenes but I don't want to do a spoiler.


    Any additional comments?

    This book isn't anything that's going to receive brilliant literary reviews and I don't believe that was the author's intent. Get over the fact that the basic plot isn't new because just how many ways can you bend and shape the boy with commitment issues meets nice girl plot. There's something to be said for a story that moves the heart like the gentle rocking of an anchored boat and can still deliver sexy romance without relying on the old he said/she said miscommunication ploy. I look forward to listening to Book 2 in the series this weekend.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • To Wed a Wicked Highlander: Bad Boys of the Highlands, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Victoria Roberts
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    In the third book of this fun, action-packed Highlands Trilogy, Victoria Roberts introduces her baddest bad boy yet. Laird Alexander MacDonell has a choice: stay true to his duty or lose his heart forever to the woman who betrayed him - his own wife. Lady Sybella MacKenzie is forced to search for her clan’s ancient seeing stone under the roof of her father’s enemy. When she finds the precious artifact, will she choose the family who raised her, or will she stand with the man who has captured her soul?

    sandy says: "can't wait for the next book"
    "Just where is Book 2 in this entertaining series?"
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    Would you listen to To Wed a Wicked Highlander again? Why?

    Given time this tightly written tale will mostly definitely become a go to book for easy, uncomplicated entertainment. You can NEVER go wrong with a Carrington MacDuffie reading.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of To Wed a Wicked Highlander?

    I liked and appreciated the way the author incorporated what is now known as early Alzheimer's disease in the character of Alexander's aunt. Her scenes were amusing and touching at the same time.


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

    Carrington MacDuffie ranks among my top 3 female readers. I've yet to listen to a single reading that she's failed to nail the characters & essence of the story. Kudos Carrington for doing your homework!


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

    When Sybella sees her father for who he truly is and that risking her happiness means nothing to him was cruel, but when he locks her away to die because she won't betray her husband was gut wrenching.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible, please release book 2 in this series. And if you could see the right of having
    Carrington read that book as well, all the better.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Be My Baby

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Susan Andersen
    • Narrated By Annie Green
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    Proper Boston Brahmin Juliet Rose Astor Lowell doesn't want her body guarded by anyone while she's in New Orleans for the grand opening of Daddy's new hotel - especially not by macho cop Beau Dupree.

    Diana DC says: "Narrator Fail"
    "Enjoyable way to spend the day"
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    If you could sum up Be My Baby in three words, what would they be?

    Amusing, sexy, smart.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Be My Baby?

    I loved why & how the nickname Rosebud came about, the dialogue between Beau and his sisters and proper Juliet's reaction to it all.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Annie Green?

    She did a slightly better job with Beau's voice & his sisters, but her pacing or something didn't gel all the time for Juliet's character. I liked her better than I thought I would, so yes, I'd give her another go.


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

    Yes, I did exactly that and look forward to future redos.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hotshot: Buchanan-Renard, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (358)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (331)

    A graduate of a prestigious French culinary school, Peyton has just lost her job as a food critic after rightfully accusing her boss of sexual harassment. Out of work and in a bad place personally, to Peyton a year doing something completely different sounds wonderful. Peyton dives into learning the resort business but is quickly derailed by an escalating chain of events that puts her life in danger. She refuses to be intimidated - until she’s nearly killed. Then she calls on her childhood friend and protector, Finn MacBain, now with the FBI, and asks for his help.

    L.W. says: "Interesting and Enjoyable"
    "If you liked The Ideal Man this is a book for you."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Hotshot to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version. However, I'm certain I woul have liked it a bit more than the audio because the narrator's passable. Not exactly bad, but not great or good for that matter.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story has Garwood's trademark humor and snappy dialogue without being heavy on the bad guy(s) actions & thoughts. Just the way I like my books. In many ways I'd compare this story to "The Ideal Man" in overall feel. The characters, dialogue, plot centering around sexual harrassment in the work place and the resolution are fresh, but the underlying essence ... purely Garwood.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Amy McFadden?

    Well, that would depend upon if the author is a favorite. If the author is one I really enjoy, I'd be inclined, but I wouldn't be happy about it. For untried authors, I'd probably spend my credit elsewhere. Having said that, this narrator does a terrific Minnesota accent as befitted Peyton's friend. She made me smile because she put me in mind of the mother on the cartoon series "Bobby's World."


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

    Nothing extreme as it isn't that kind of book. As with most of Garwood books, I do chuckle occasionally and appreciate the witty minds of her female leads.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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