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Karen

Graduated college, got a job, got married, traveled, had children. Breathing air and growing hair.

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  • Just Wicked Enough: Rogues and Roses, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Lorraine Heath
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (64)

    Desperate for riches, penniless Michael Tremayne, Marquess of Falconridge, is willing to auction away his only possession of value - his title - to the highest bidding American father. But Kate Rose was the last woman he had in mind to marry. The willful and headstrong Kate requires from marriage the one thing Michael is unable to give - powerful, unending love.

    Cynthia says: "Historical Romance At it's Best"
    "Not Wicked Enough"
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    What disappointed you about Just Wicked Enough?

    It had a jerk female protagonist who made the male protagonist look like milquetoast. I have listened to other books by Lorraine Heath and was shocked at how execrable I found this one. I adored the books based on Oliver Twist.


    Has Just Wicked Enough turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. Just this series and possibly the author.


    What aspect of Anne Flosnik’s performance would you have changed?

    Not even Anne Flosnick could save this hot mess. If you want to hear her range and talent try the Legend of the Four Soldiers series by Elizabeth Hoyt. It is marvy.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I wish I had an Undo button


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Rock Chick Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Susannah Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (209)

    Roxie’s on the run from a bad boyfriend who will not catch the hint that it is o-v-e-r. She’s in no mood for love at first sight, but when her eyes fall on Hank, it’s trouble from the get-go. Roxie tries to hold Hank at arm's length but Hank wants to be a closer (as in, a lot closer). Roxie’s trouble catches up with her and Hank wants to help but Roxie knows in her heart that she’s no good for a white-hat guy. The problem is no one agrees with her, especially her crazy hippie best friend Annette or her parents; the even crazier small-Indiana-town Herb and Trish.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Awesome!"
    "Entertaining just not edge of your seat good."
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    This was a very funny book in parts. The narration was adequate but not as rich as the writing demanded. Having a snarky comment read in a monotone just did not cut it for me. I liked the humor but the ex boyfriend was a yawn and eluded capture for way too long. The author describes this group of super handsome guys who are all in phenomenal shape and brilliant. The baddest of the bad or best of the best and they fail to find one lowlife idiot. Drove me nuts. Writing descriptions of characters portraying them as the best at their job and then not being able to do it rankles me and I find it happens way too often. Worth a try but probably not be getting anymore. I think a different narrator would've changed the tone for me and made it rise a star.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tangled: The Tangled Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Emma Chase
    • Narrated By Sebastian York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1096)
    Performance
    (1021)
    Story
    (1022)

    Drew Evans is handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed? He’ll tell you he has the flu. But we all know that’s not really true. Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin.

    CAC says: "Brilliant!!!!"
    "Found it a bit tired"
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    I kept thinking this went on for way too long and wanted the book to get to the point. Not enough story just same conflict over and over. Started out very well then fell flat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Field of Prey: Lucas Davenport, Book 24

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By John Sandford
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1163)
    Performance
    (1023)
    Story
    (1021)

    The night after the fourth of July, Layton Carlson, Jr., of Red Wing, Minnesota, finally got lucky. And unlucky.

    He’d picked the perfect spot to lose his virginity to his girlfriend, an abandoned farmyard in the middle of cornfields: nice, private, and quiet. The only problem was...something smelled bad - like, really bad. He mentioned it to a county deputy he knew, and when the cop took a look, he found a body stuffed down a cistern. And then another, and another. By the time Lucas Davenport was called in, the police were up to 15 bodies and counting.

    J. Eastham says: "It is sad (Spoilers)"
    "Good Davenport adventure with a few arghh moments"
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    I have listened to or read all of John Sanford's books. I listened to this book and was irked by the lack of progress in the case. It is well written and the narrator is wonderful. Just not my favorite. Has flashes of the greatness that is John Sanford. I found myself thinking that the villain was not smarter than all of the BCA so why did it take so long to catch him. Then there is the moment when you say I totally saw that coming and it led to me being disappointed. Overall worth it because who doesn't love Letty, Lucas, Weather and f##ing Flowers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sylvester: Or, the Wicked Uncle

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Nicholas Rowe
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (178)

    When Sylvester, the Duke of Salford, first meets Phoebe Marlow, he finds her dull and insipid. She thinks he is insufferably arrogant. But when a series of unforeseen events leads them to be stranded together in a lonely country inn, they are both forced to reassess their hastily formed opinions, and they begin to discover a new-found liking and respect for each other. But what Sylvester doesn’t know is that Phoebe is about to publish a novel - a novel in which all London will recognize him as the villainous ‘Count Ugolino’

    Catherine says: "Finally!!!"
    "A wish granted. Take that sir Nugent."
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    I am so squee happy that I found this book. It is one of my favorites by the grand dame Georgetter Heyer. Hello lock meet key. That is the fit of this narrator to this story. I highly recommend you buy this wonderful book. I read it and loved it and had the abridged version and sighed because I wanted the full "fotherby". Now I have it. Great story, great narration, great characters what more do you need? ( I know Arabella then I will probably embarrass myself.) Love this book. Thank you to the publisher Naxos books the updated version of this classic it was a long time coming. If the world has multiple versions of Pride and Prejudice then it is high time for Heyer.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Kiss of a Demon King

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (837)
    Performance
    (777)
    Story
    (785)

    From New York Times best-selling author Kresley Cole comes this spellbinding story of a demon king trapped by an enchantress for her wanton purposes - and the scorching aftermath that follows when he turns the tables and claims her as his captive.

    Karen says: "It doesn't get any Better than this for me."
    "It doesn't get any Better than this for me."
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    Kresley Cole really hits her stride when she writes the two stories about the Woede. Robert Petkoff is genius with the British and Australian accents. He narrated Josh Bazell's book and you cannot imagine the range until you hear the difference. This story has such great chemistry between the two protagonists. It just makes me want more. Even though I own the books in print I had to get the audio and wow I cannot believe the price. Amazes me that books I hate cost twice as much. Well done whoever decides this.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • After the Night

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1040)
    Performance
    (567)
    Story
    (572)

    "Of all of my novels, After the Night remains one of my personal favorites – and Faith Devlin and Gray Rouillard are two of my favorite characters. Faith is strong, proud, and fearless, and Gray – well, he’s just downright sexy. Faith’s search for the truth about the devastating scandal surrounding her mother and Gray’s father blazes with intrigue. Add some sultry Southern hear, and you’ve got a real scorcher of a listen." (Linda Howard)

    Judy says: "Can I give 6 stars?"
    "I listen to this book over and over."
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    It is the southern setting or the characters or the plot or all of the above but I listen to this book whenever I want to relax. It is one of my favorites. Some parts are a bit earthy but I think it adds to the flavor. The characters are so complex and sympathetic. It is like Sandra Brown's Envy or Ain't She Sweet by Susan Elizabeth Phillips. A good mix of pleasure and pain. I read all kinds of books but this book hits me where I live.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Outlaw and the Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lorraine Heath
    • Narrated By Moe Egan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (82)

    Innocent Angela Bainbridge knows her dreams of a fairy-tale wedding and finding passion in a man's embrace can never come true. So when she's swept into the arms of - and kidnapped by - notorious Lee Raven she's both righteously angry...and curiously captivated. There's something about this brazen outlaw that awakens Angela's desires. She knows any crimes he's committed are for the protection of his family, but Angela realizes that a lifetime together with Lee can never be....

    SIMARA says: "Fantastico!"
    "Giddyup"
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    Great concept and execution. Well worth the time to sit back relax and do housework and while away the hours with this western. I knew what would happen or rather I hoped I knew what would happen. Life is Hard so I need my Happily Ever After. I was not disappointed.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband Trap

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Tracy Anne Warren
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1045)
    Performance
    (818)
    Story
    (827)

    Winner of a RITA, a National Readers’ Choice Award, the HOLT Medallion, and the Golden Quill, New York Times best-selling author Tracy Anne Warren is among the most acclaimed and popular Regency romance storytellers. In The Husband Trap, the reserved Lady Violet Brantford agrees to swap identities with her vivacious sister. Before she knows it, she’s married to the Duke of Raeburn, who finds himself pleasantly surprised with his charming new wife.

    SIMARA says: "Passionate and emotional narration..."
    "More like the Reader Trap"
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    The narration was very slow. The story pace was slow and the characters were not my favorite. It was not an enjoyable book for me. I increased the playback speed and doggedly finished this listen. I will not continue this trilogy. The idea was excellent but I think the narrator might've ruined it for me. Next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Handbook to Handling His Lordship: Scandalous Brides, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Suzanne Enoch
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Emily Portsman has a secret, and three years ago she decided the best way to keep it would be to work at the Tantalus Club, a notorious gaming establishment for gentlemen. It's not the sort of work a beautiful, well-bred governess would ever consider - unless she's hiding from her past and a man who wants to destroy her present.... Nate Stokes, Earl of Westfall, is a supremely accomplished former spy more at home on London's seedy streets than in any glittery ballroom. His peers know him only as a bookish fellow who can find anything - or anyone....

    CAROLYN says: "UNFORTUNATELY NOT THE BEST OF THE SERIES"
    "Exciting book leaving me to want the next one."
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    I have enjoyed all the books in this series except for the second one it was good but I did not like the conflict. This book had such a great heroine (the distaff side of a self-made man). I cheered for her throughout. I love that Tantalus club. It was great to have appearances from characters of precious titles and now I really want to hear about Jenny. I doff my cap to Anne Flosnick for another brilliant job.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Crystal Cove: Friday Harbor, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (104)

    Justine Hoffman has made a comfortable life for herself on the island of Friday Harbor. She is the proprietor of a successful boutique hotel, and she has the safe, predictable life she has always wanted. Growing up with her flighty, nomadic mother, Marigold, has instilled in her a deep longing for stability. But in spite of everything Justine has achieved, there is still something missing. Love. And after years of waiting and dreaming, she is willing to do whatever it takes to change her destiny.

    Kellie says: "Will the Real Lisa Kleypas Please Stand Up"
    "Paranormally good."
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    I enjoyed this book and I have to face it if LK writes it I will read or listen to it. It is a very unique perspective on a paranormal story. I love the setting so much that it maybe is why I am not fussed about the Twilight Zone aspects.(cue Rod Serling). I know when this author tells a story the research that goes into the topic is almost another character.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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