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Regina

Believer in what you can't see

SOUTHINGTON, CONNECTICUT, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Darkest Surrender

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Gena Showalter
    • Narrated By Max Bellmore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (555)
    Performance
    (500)
    Story
    (496)

    Possessed by the demon of Defeat, Strider cannot lose a challenge without suffering unimaginable pain. For him, nothing stands in the way of victory. Until Kaia, an enchanting Harpy, tempts him to the razor’s edge of surrender.

    Lupdilup says: "I want a Strider of my own!"
    "He finds something more than a challenge"
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    What did you love best about The Darkest Surrender?

    That Strider meets his match and falls in love with Kaia. I also like that Kaia doesn't give up on Strider.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That Kaia win her respect back


    Which character – as performed by Max Bellmore – was your favorite?

    Kaia because she never gives up even when others turn their back on her.


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

    Challenges make you who you are


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Darkest Touch

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Gena Showalter
    • Narrated By Max Bellmore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (84)

    Fierce immortal warrior. Host to the demon of Disease. Torin's every touch causes sickness and death - and a worldwide plague. Carnal pleasure is utterly forbidden, and though he has always overcome temptation with an iron will, his control is about to shatter. She is Keeleycael. The Red Queen. When the powerful beauty with shocking vulnerabilities escapes from a centuries-long imprisonment, the desire that simmers between her and Torin is scorching.

    M. Thomas says: "The Darkest Touch - Long Awaited & Worth the Wait"
    "Finally a love for Torin"
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    Where does The Darkest Touch rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks at the center. The story was all right, it was predictable, but I still liked it. I was glad Torin found someone to love.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I was glad that Torin found someone to love.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No memorable scenes.


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

    No, however the story was interesting enough to listen to it until the end.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Second Chance: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (184)

    St Mary’s is back and nothing is going right for Max. Once again, it’s just one damned thing after another. The action jumps from an encounter with a mirror-stealing Isaac Newton to the bloody battlefield at Agincourt. Discover how a simple fact-finding assignment to witness the ancient and murderous cheese-rolling ceremony in Gloucester can result in CBC - concussion by cheese.

    janet says: "Totally in love"
    "The Big Bang to Helen of Troy where to go next"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, Yes, Yes, what a series and story. I love history, and getting to visit many of the events of the past.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Second Chance?

    The jump to the point of zero and how the crew were able to jump back to St. Mary.


    What about Zara Ramm’s performance did you like?

    Excellent as always


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

    The experience of history like you have never known it


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Symphony of Echoes: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (380)
    Performance
    (347)
    Story
    (344)

    Book Two in the madcap time-travel series based at the St Mary's Institute of Historical Research that seems to be everyone's cup of tea. In the second book in the Chronicles of St Mary's series, Max and the team visit Victorian London in search of Jack the Ripper, witness the murder of Archbishop Thomas A Becket in Canterbury Cathedral, and discover that dodos make a grockling noise when eating cucumber sandwiches.

    Sires says: "Enjoyed This Second St Mary's Time Travel Book"
    "Excelerating and Unexpected"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Symphony of Echoes the most enjoyable?

    The up and down experiences of the plot. The beginning is a little off beat, but as the mystery is unraveled the trips into the past is fascinating.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story about Mary Queen of Scot, The Hanging Garden of Babylon I'm amazed how far the historians go to find what they are looking for.


    What about Zara Ramm’s performance did you like?

    Love the voice, it fits the story and the characters.


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

    The Adventure of History that will make you love it.


    Any additional comments?

    Another great series, a new one coming in February 2015

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lord John and the Private Matter

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    Overall
    (1424)
    Performance
    (862)
    Story
    (876)

    With more than 10 million copies in print worldwide, New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series is a global phenomenon. Lord John and the Private Matter, starring one of the most popular Outlander characters, captures all the adventure and magic of the series while delivering a fresh tale that is utterly captivating.

    GoryDetails says: "Lively tale, well told"
    "Who did it and why"
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    What made the experience of listening to Lord John and the Private Matter the most enjoyable?

    That all the relationship were a little different than what I expected, but I'm glad the story try to include all types of relationships. .


    What other book might you compare Lord John and the Private Matter to and why?

    None of my books compare to this audiobook, it is a little realistic tale, but unexpected turn of events that involved not only .a professional side on Lord John's life but personal also.


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

    The narrators voice brings the time period to life and does a great job with the voices. Surprise ending.


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

    Mind your own business


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Just One Damned Thing After Another: The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jodi Taylor
    • Narrated By Zara Ramm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (919)
    Performance
    (826)
    Story
    (829)

    Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

    Sires says: "Action Adventure Time Travel Novel w/ Good Reader"
    "Historian experiencing real history"
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    Would you listen to Just One Damned Thing After Another again? Why?

    Yes, the adventure is exciting, unexpected and the characters are a little out of the ordinary.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Just One Damned Thing After Another?

    There are a lot of memorable moments because when you think the story is settling down something else happens that made me hold my breath and made me want to listen to what happen next.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When one of the historians are expelled and a contributor retrieve her and helps her save the day.


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

    Yes, I couldn't wait to find out what happens next.


    Any additional comments?

    Bought the next two stories in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Blood: Dark, Book 26

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (216)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (200)

    Zev Hunter was an elite warrior, a dark-blood dealer of death to rogue Lycans who preyed on mankind. He was a loner, never given to personal attachments, and damned fierce at his job. But Zev begins to question his past and his purpose when he awakens in the darkness of the sacred cave of warriors - and is soothed back to consciousness by the sensuously familiar voice of one woman, the woman who has haunted his fantasies for centuries. She was Branislava, member of the Dragonseeker clan.

    Margaret says: "Loved, Loved, Loved this book!!!"
    "A New Carpathian line"
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    If you could sum up Dark Blood in three words, what would they be?

    Bloodlines come together


    What did you like best about this story?

    That there is another line to the Carpathians and that new characters are being introduced.


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

    Branislava because she strong and cares about her lifemate. I like that she can turn into a Dragon.


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

    Two Great Bloodlines will come together


    Any additional comments?

    The is a very good series but there are now 26 novels, all worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Recipe for Happiness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Barbara O'Neal
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    It's the opportunity Elena Alvarez has been waiting for; the challenge of running her own kitchen in a world-class restaurant. Haunted by an accident of which she was the lone survivor, Elena knows better than anyone how to defy the odds. With her faithful dog, Alvin, and her grandmother's recipes, Elena arrives in Colorado to find a restaurant in as desperate need of a fresh start as she is and a man whose passionate approach to food and life rivals her own.

    Lulu says: "Engaging Story of Damaged Soul"
    "Dealing with Guilt is a very hard road"
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    If you could sum up The Lost Recipe for Happiness in three words, what would they be?

    Creativity is salvation


    What did you like best about this story?

    The fact that a woman was an executive chef. I also like the recipe from this book


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene is the cook off, and that Elena wins. The baklava sounds really delicious


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret of Everything: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Barbara O'Neal
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    At 37, Tessa Harlow is still working her way down her list of goals to "fall in love and have a family". A self-described rolling stone, Tessa leads hiking tours for adventurous vacationers - a job that's taken her around the world but never a step closer to home. Then a freak injury during a trip already marred by tragedy forces her to begin her greatest adventure of all.

    Lulu says: "Easy, Sweet Read"
    "Understanding who you are is always important"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Secret of Everything to be better than the print version?

    I don't know since I only have this story in audio form. However, I have read many stories from this author and love her stories.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret of Everything?

    When Tessa finds out who she is and that she still has a sister.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Tessa shows up at Vince's and apologizes to Natalie, and asks for a chance to be part of his life.


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

    Sometimes you have to go back to go forward.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read a lot of Barbara Samuel's books and they are marvelous and very special. The characters are intriguing and well thought out. I love the career choices Samuel picks for her characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Garden of Happy Endings: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Barbara O'Neal
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    In Barbara O’Neal’s novel of hope and renewal, two very different sisters discover that life is like a garden: Tend to it daily, nourish it with patience and optimism, and then watch the beauty unfold. After tragedy shatters her small community in Seattle, the Reverend Elsa Montgomery has a crisis of faith. Returning to her hometown of Pueblo, Colorado, she seeks work in a local soup kitchen. Preparing nourishing meals for folks in need, she keeps her hands busy while her heart searches for understanding. Meanwhile, her sister, Tamsin, as colorful as Elsa is unadorned and steadfast, finds her perfect life shattered when she learns that her husband is a criminal.

    Dina says: "Spiritually Stunted"
    "How helping others bring its own reward"
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    If you could sum up The Garden of Happy Endings in three words, what would they be?

    Learning through helping.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The boy who was killed and became a ghost and an angel for the field.


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

    Eby's brings the voices to the characters, but O'neal writes story that stand alone.


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

    At the end of the story when the gang members attack Elisa and she ends up in the hospital and the angels and saints help her recuperate. I also like the community garden and kitchen and all the positive relationship that come from it.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the garden and recipe stories it seems to me they should fit together some how, but unfortunately they don't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goddesses of Kitchen Avenue

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Barbara Samuel
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Struggling to pick up the pieces after her marriage falls apart, Trudy Marino finds support from a quirky, eclectic group of friends, her goddesses of Kitchen Avenue. There's Jade, a fiery social worker who's finding unexpected strength to deal with her "player" ex-husband; Jade's grandmother, Roberta, who has just lost her husband of 62 years, and through memory and grief wonders what to do with the rest of her life.

    glamazon says: "Too sexy "but"...or "and"?"
    "Another great story about women"
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    Would you listen to The Goddesses of Kitchen Avenue again? Why?

    Yes, I love the relationships that are in this story. Samuel has a knack of creating great characters and plots that just makes me want more.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Goddesses of Kitchen Avenue?

    Most memorable moment is when Trudy and Rick start to get their relationship back together. I like that it was a little work for them to learn more about each other and to treat each others as adults not just someone your with.


    What about Bernadette Dunne’s performance did you like?

    She did a great job with the characters voices. She had the intensity some of the characters needed in order to understand them.


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

    When the beginning novelist went to the writers retreat even when her husband left her, but then once he realized she wasn't going away he was her biggest fan.


    Any additional comments?

    Good story, but I have loved every novel from Barbara O'neal has written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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