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Ruffian

I'm semi-retired at 67 and a recent Cancer survivor.

Madison, MS USA | Member Since 2012

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  • 356 titles in library
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  • Twice Tempted: A Night Prince Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2143)
    Performance
    (1979)
    Story
    (1995)

    Leila's psychic abilities have been failing her, and now she isn't sure what the future holds. If that weren't enough, her lover, Vlad, has been acting distant. Though Leila is a mere mortal, she's also a modern woman who refuses to accept the cold-shoulder treatment forever - especially from the darkly handsome vampire who still won't admit that he loves her.... Soon circumstances send Leila back to the carnival circuit, where tragedy strikes.

    Hassan says: "A Book FULL of events and actions"
    "HOLY ROMANIAN FANTASY, BATMAN!"
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    Would you listen to Twice Tempted again? Why?

    You bet I would and have already started. It's a wonderfully written, performed and thought out story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Twice Tempted?

    Without spoiling it, one of the most memorable moments of this book had to do with Marty and Leila. Throughout this book, the ebb/flow of emotions from all the characters is done with such finesse and thoughtfulness, it is hard to single out moments beyond the ones that are too too obvious.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were so many this time, it's hard to pick one. I won't pick the obvious but I LOVED the scene where Leila decided to touch all the weapons to prove to VLAD that she loved who he was/is. She hemorrhaged and the rest is history.

    Chapter 29--I will not tease you further.


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

    Just as with Once Burned, I have had this book in my ears at every opportunity.


    Any additional comments?

    Ms. Gilbert outdid herself on this one. She was magnificent as VLAD, Leila, Marty, Gretchen (I LOVED her as Gretchen--had some of THE best lines), Maximus, Cynthiana, and Mr. Dalton. I would listen to Ms Gilbert read a law book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Debt: Chicagoland Vampires, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Chloe Neill
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (316)

    When a figure from Ethan's dark past makes a splashy debut in Chicago, Merit and her master don't know whether he's friend or foe. But they'll have to figure it out soon because trouble is brewing in the Windy City. At an exclusive society soirée attended by the upper echelons of the human and supernatural worlds, Merit and Ethan barely stop the assassination of a guest. When the target turns out to be a shady businessman with a criminal edge, Merit suspects a human vendetta. But the assassins have fangs.

    Bunty says: "FANTASTIC. WELL WRITTEN AND NARRATED AS ALWAYS"
    "Another Chicagoland Winner"
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    I love this series...it's well written, smart, intelligent and well crafted. You would think after this many books, the stories would begin to get stale or stilted...well, wrong. Ms Neill continues to develop Merit and Ethan as a power couple, to challenge their commitment and love and obviously prepare them for their future together. Don't miss it. Sophie Eastlake is a genius when it comes to narrating all of the wonderfully developed characters. It's a fun and very strong book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Stone in the Sea: Bleeding Stars, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By A.L. Jackson
    • Narrated By Andi Arndt, Sebastian York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (177)

    He wanted nothing at all...until he found she had everything to give.... Sunder lead singer and guitarist Sebastian Stone has everything - fans, fame, and fortune. He also has a heart full of bitterness and a reputation for a short-fused temper. But an outward reputation rarely reveals the true man inside.

    CAROLYN says: "POWERFUL, ADDICTIVE, EMOTIONAL & SO SO MUCH MORE"
    "Lotta Angst Over and Over"
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    I liked this audio book but I did not love it. The story is a good one and the narration (especially Andi Arndt) is well done. I just got weary of the same emotion being stated over and over and over and over..."he will wreck me", "I'm no good for you". I finally wanted to scream ENOUGH ALREADY...get to the point! I was also not aware this has a cliffhanger ending and have no clue when the next book is out. I usually like Sebastian York, but this book must have challenged even his ability to evoke emotion after a while.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadows: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    Overall
    (851)
    Performance
    (769)
    Story
    (764)

    Two brothers bound by more than blood discover a conspiracy that will change their destiny in the astonishing all-new novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, the "frighteningly addictive" (Publishers Weekly) series by number-one New York Times best-selling author J. R. Ward.

    Erin says: "It's like Gigi Birmingham all over..."
    "Step Into The Shadows"
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    Whew! Man what a ride this was. I am not going to review it other than to give it a well deserved FIVE STARS! The Shadows, for me, is her best book (and man does it work you out emotionally) since John Matthew and Xhex (Lover Mine). I listened to it and Jim Frangione once again nails the narration with some equivocation on my part with his ability to do female characters and WHY he wants to add the Bostonian (southie) accent to Butch is beyond me. It just doesn't ring true because he has not been consistent with it. Otherwise, he's been The Voice of The BDB since the get-go, so he's family.

    In any event, it's a fabulous book and I'm so glad I moved past The King.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fall with Me

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jennifer L. Armentrout
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (64)

    Jennifer L. Armentrout, New York Times best-selling author of the Wait for You series, delivers a new novel of first love, second chances, and scorching chemistry between an artistic bartender and the tough, sexy cop who's determined to win her. Roxy's loved Reece Anders since she was 15, so when the straitlaced cop finally surrendered to a steamy encounter years later, Roxy hoped he'd fall for her, too. He didn't. Or that's what she's always believed.

    Ruffian says: "Fall for Fall with Me"
    "Fall for Fall with Me"
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    I have enjoyed this series immensely and am very hopeful that this is not the end of it. The story of Roxy and Reese is quite lovely, sensual and exciting. The writing is superb...weaving together intrigue, suspense, romance and humor with exquisite sensitivity. The story is well developed, the characters are ones we've met before...so it's like meeting old friends. Some of the characters most definitely stay with you and become hopeful focus of future novels--although, I'm not sure Katy deserves a whole book because she is just such a hilarious character. On the other hand, it might be nice to see her with her depth explored. Nevertheless, this book is about two scarred (and scared) people who fight their way to and from each other until they finally connect. Once connected, there is no separation. Listen to it and enjoy Sophie Eastlake's superb narration...as always, she nails every character and situation.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Running Barefoot

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Amy Harmon
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    When Josie Jensen, an awkward 13-year-old musical prodigy, crashes headlong into newcomer Samuel Yazzie, an 18-year-old Navajo boy full of anger and confusion, an unlikely friendship blooms. Josie teaches Samuel about words, music, and friendship, and along the way finds a kindred spirit. Upon graduation, Samuel abandons the sleepy, small town in search of a future and a life, leaving his young mentor behind.

    Leeloo says: "Another great book."
    "Barefoot or Not--Run for this book"
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    I am a unabashed fan of Amy Harmon. She is smart, she writes beautiful stories, she is clever, she is creative, she writes so her readers learn stuff and she is an honorable writer. Running Barefoot is an early work of hers and I had read it a while ago. Listening to a good book adds a layer of depth and detail that one often misses when reading...this book is no exception. It's the lovely and powerful story of a young half-Navajo boy (who sure does grow up nicely) and his school bus seatmate, a 13 year old (going on 21) girl child who becomes his mentor between his Native American world and her Utah world. Their story evolves over several years as they both become the world to each other, then grow apart, experience tragedies and triumphs and find a place for themselves. Interwoven throughout this book is music and the impact classical music has on them as friends, individuals and musicians. I loved this book and will listen to it more than once. Tavia Gilbert does such a nice job with all the characters but is most impressive in her pronunciation of Navajo phrases. And that's where we learn...how powerfully moving the story of the Navajo nation is as well as the spirituality of the Native American.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clipped Wings

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Helena Hunting
    • Narrated By Jason Carpenter, Elizabeth Louise
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (172)
    Story
    (175)

    From her dark hair sweeping below her waist to her soft, sexy curves, Tenley Page intrigues tattoo artist Hayden Stryker in a way no one else ever has…especially when she asks him to ink a gorgeous, intricate design on her back. Yet for all her beauty, there is something darkly tragic and damaged about Tenley that, for Hayden, is everything. Covered in ink and steel, Hayden is everything Tenley has never dared to want, awakening a desire to explore more than the art adorning his stunning body. Trapped by a past that leaves her screaming from nightmares, Tenley sees Hayden as the perfect escape.

    Jordy says: "Dark, Complex, Primal, Deep Tattooed Love Story!"
    "Now I WANT a tattoo!"
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    This type of book is not my usual read but this (and the sequel) were both beautifully written and narrated. I'm a fan of Elizabeth Louise and now of Jason Carpenter. They did a great job of portraying the intricacies of two very wounded and lost souls as they were drawn to each other, while scared to death of the connection. The story line is not terribly original but the depth of the character development and the emotional wrecks they both were had me riveted.Strong story, strong writing and strong performances.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Confess

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Colleen Hoover
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Louise, Sebastian York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (244)

    Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight, and there's no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn't expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

    cLuMsYgIrL says: "I love Colleen Hoover but..."
    "I must CONFESS this was awesome"
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    I run hot and cold with CoHo--sometimes I love what she does and other times, not. But, she has had a couple of really terrific books of late...starting with one of my all time fave audios, Maybe Someday. This book was a delicious combination of an exceptionally clever story line, beautifully developed emotional situations, strong male/female characters, excellent narrative interpretation and enough twists and surprises to keep you smiling and touched. Elizabeth Louise is wonderful as Auburn; girl interrupted and Sebastian York is equally as strong at Owen. The prologue sets the tone for this book in that all of the confessions heard are actual confessions that Ms Hoover has gotten from readers. Of course, all are confidential. The story of how these confessions (and the dance toward Auburn's and Owen's confessions) is beautifully done. The bookend prologue and epilogue tie this lovely book up neatly, poignantly and with grace. Don't miss this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Archer's Voice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Mia Sheridan
    • Narrated By Kris Koscheski, Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (182)

    When Bree Prescott arrives in the sleepy, lakeside town of Pelion, Maine, she hopes against hope that this is the place where she will finally find the peace she so desperately seeks. On her first day there, her life collides with Archer Hale, an isolated man who holds a secret agony of his own. A man no one else sees.

    Amazon Customer says: "Must have! !"
    "Don't Miss this Book"
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    Archer's Voice is one of those books I've both read and listened to...something I do frequently when a print book is THAT good. Audio just adds depth...and this is no exception. Ms. Sheridan has put together a story that is a strong and powerful tale of misconception, friendship. revelation, love and redemption. I also left a review of the Kindle version on Amazon, so you can try that one as well. It's a terrific story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Easy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Tammara Webber
    • Narrated By Tara Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (780)
    Performance
    (726)
    Story
    (737)

    A girl who believes trust can be misplaced, promises are made to be broken, and loyalty is an illusion. A boy who believes truth is relative, lies can mask unbearable pain, and guilt is eternal. Will what they find in each other validate their conclusions, or disprove them all?

    Rita says: "Didn't Want to Stop Listening"
    "Easily Liked"
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    I wish we could give half stars because this rates at least a 4.5. It's the first of the Contours of the Heart books and this one is Jacquelyn's book. I should have listened to it first but I am such a Zachary Webber fan I listened to Breakable first. Didn't make a HUGE difference but enough. Breakable is not a sequel but a parallel story from Lucas/Landon's POV (see my review of it...I thought it stunning). This is a lovely coming of age story of a couple of college aged kids who are drawn to each other...one experiencing a rebound from being dumped by her boyfriend of 3 years (that would be Jacquelyn) and the other a badly damaged student who finds himself drawn to her. Through a series of events, they become friends albeit under false pretenses. It's the story of how they gradually connected and the circumstance that almost split them apart. It's quite a beautifully written book that I wish had been narrated by someone who sounded a bit younger and more feminine (except for when vocalizing the 'boy' parts). It's easy on the ears and will certainly pull at your heart.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • After Ever Happy

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Anna Todd
    • Narrated By Shane East, Elizabeth Louise
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (83)

    It's never been all rainbows and sunshine for Tessa and Hardin, but each new challenge they've faced has only made their passionate bond stronger and stronger. But when a revelation about the past shakes Hardin's impenetrable façade to the core - and then Tessa suffers a tragedy - will they stick together again, or be torn apart?

    Kim says: "So Disappointed"
    "Now I'M Happy Ever After"
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    This series has been a struggle for me...the idea/concept is a wicked and interesting study of damaged people and the cruelties they can effect on others. The story of Hardin and Tessa is FINALLY over with this book and I am so relieved. Actually, this and the first book were pretty decent...the second and third were mostly an exercise in frustration at just how much this story could be drug out with the characters repeated the same mistakes and discussions ad nauseum. I got so frustrated with the characters ALMOST getting a grip on themselves only to make really stupid decisions over and over and over. There is merit in some of Ms Todd's writing and it appears that she has grown some in this last book. Some of her phrasing and situations were genuinely funny and her attention to the struggles of addiction and recovery is admirable. The narrators took some getting used to but things did improve with the addition of Shane East. The only issue is that his Tessa was not nearly as good as Elizabeth Louise's Hardin. I am now happily over After.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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