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Michelle

favorite thing is to walk dogs and listen to books!

St Louis, MO, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Thief of Shadows: Maiden Lane, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Elizabeth Hoyt
    • Narrated By Ashford MacNab
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (369)
    Performance
    (331)
    Story
    (334)

    Winter Makepeace lives a double life. By day he's the stoic headmaster of a home for foundling children. But the night brings out a darker side of Winter. As the moon rises, so does the Ghost of St. Giles-protector, judge, fugitive. When the Ghost, beaten and wounded, is rescued by a beautiful aristocrat, Winter has no idea that his two worlds are about to collide. Lady Isabel Beckinhall enjoys nothing more than a challenge. Yet when she's asked to tutor the Home's dour manager in the ways of society, Isabel can't help wondering why his eyes seem so familiar - and his lips so tempting.

    Karen says: "Two thumbs way up."
    "I just couldn't force my self to finish!"
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    What would have made Thief of Shadows better?

    In the 3 previous books ( which I loved) we got to know our hero Winter Makepeace. In my mind I pictured him as a mild mannered somewhat stuffy Ichabod Crane. When I left off in book #4 he was being tutored in the art of being a stud muffin!? Just didn't work for me. And it was taking way to long for Lady Isabel to have any redeeming qualities. I just didn't like her much. This book had a tedious vibe to it.


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

    I loved the story lines in the previous Maiden Lane books and I think Ashford Macnab's narration was part of the package. In Thief of Shadows the book dragged which made her narration drone on and on...


    Any additional comments?

    I'm going to give this book a go in the ebook format. That way I can skim more easily as I still want to know what happens. I also will be reading Lord of Darkness instead of listening because of all the hubbub over the change in narrator. Changing narrators on the 5th book in a series...really!?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gamble

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Emma Taylor
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (250)

    Nina Sheridan desperately needs a timeout vacation. With a fiancé who can't even remember how she takes her coffee, Nina wants some distance to rethink her engagement. Flying halfway around the world from England to a mountain town in Colorado should do the trick. But when she finds a gorgeous man at her rental cabin, Nina's cold, lonely adventure suddenly heats up.

    Yvette says: "PURE "HEART & SOUL" ROMANCE IN THE COLORADO MTS."
    "Enjoyable listen, bonus use in drinking game!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Really liked this audiobook even though it was reminiscent of the Dream Man Series. It kept me engaged through most of the book. I do have a couple of issues though. The first being that our main girl had tons of ums, sorries?, whats?. This caused quite a bit of the dialogue to be repeated. Maybe one reason why the book is so long. Also she said "Max" sooooo many times. The overuse of his name reminds me of the college drinking game (old days!) where you'd watch the Bob Newhart show and every time someone said "Bob" you took a drink! And on a side note the reason for the final fight between the two main characters was, in my opinion, very weak and detracted from the ending.


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

    Love Emma Taylor! One of my new favorite narators!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard As It Gets: A Hard Ink Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Laura Kaye
    • Narrated By Seraphine Valentine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (274)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (255)

    Trouble just walked into Nicholas Rixey's tattoo parlor. Becca Merritt is warm, sexy, wholesome, pure temptation to a very jaded Nick. He's left his military life behind to become co-owner of Hard Ink Tattoo, but Becca is his ex-commander's daughter. Loyalty won't let him turn her away. Lust has plenty to do with it too. With her brother presumed kidnapped, Becca needs Nick. She just wasn't expecting to want him so much.

    L.W. says: "Good Story...."
    "Way toooo sloooow!"
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    What disappointed you about Hard As It Gets?

    I think this could of been a good story with different narration. The narrator's voice had no life or pep. She could of been talking about someone getting murdered or about eating a sloppy joe and her voice was always at the same slow monotone pace.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Laura Kaye? Why or why not?

    I may get the ebook but I would not spend a credit on another audiobook unless something happened to pump up this narrator to make listening less of a snooze fest.


    What didn’t you like about Seraphine Valentine’s performance?

    I have an audiobook gauge I use. If I want to listen so badly that I come up with excuses (dog needs another walk etc.) it's usually a keeper. If my mind wanders while I'm listening (planning my grocery list) it's a waste of my time and gets dumped. This book gets dumped.


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

    I just thought it would be better. I guess I was more bored than anything.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forever His: Stolen Brides Series, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Shelly Thacker
    • Narrated By Julia Motyka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (251)
    Story
    (247)

    On New Year's Eve, she tumbles 700 years back in time - and into the bed of a darkly handsome knight. Sir Gaston de Varennes wanted a docile bride who would fit into his plans for vengeance and justice, but a trick of time finds him married to a thoroughly modern American lady who turns his castle, his life, and his heart upside down. Will her desperate secret tear them apart after only a few bittersweet weeks of stolen passion - or will they conquer mistrust, treachery, and time itself to discover a love that spans the centuries?

    Falon says: "Was up all night!"
    "better as an ebook..."
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    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I could not handle listening to this book so I switched to the ebook which was free. The H and h are both pretty irritating and give this book an old fashioned harlequin bodice ripper feel.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was very inconsistent in her characters, singsongy, overly dramatic and overly breathless.


    Any additional comments?

    I think the book was better without the narration and there is the bonus of being able to skim through the boring parts.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Big Sky Wedding

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Linda Lael Miller
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (65)

    Wedding bells are ringing in Parable, Montana, but Brylee Parrish hasn’t enjoyed the sound since being jilted at the altar by Hutch Carmody. She’s over Hutch now, and running a multimillion-dollar business is challenging enough for this country gal. So she should avoid falling head over boot heels for A-list actor Zane Sutton. He’s come home to his rodeo roots, but Hollywood lured him away once and just might again. Yet everything about him, from his easy charm to his concern for his young half-brother, seems too genuine to resist…. Zane didn’t come to Parable for love - but count on a spirited woman to change a jaded cowboy’s mind.

    Linda says: "BEST IN THE SERIES !!!!!"
    "Boring! Series getting progressively worse!"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Up untill now I had listened to every Linda Lael Miller book available but this series has me putting on the audio brakes. The previous book was too silly to live and this book follows suit. I finally figured out what drove my crazy! There is barely any verbal communication between characters. It's a compilation of inner musings, rambling thoughts and contemplations. Yeah we know the h was hurt big time but come on! She was a weird timid little rabbit who's mouth, throat, mind etc was to dry so she was unable to speak. Hey maybe that's why her thoughts were always in her head! And the H wasn't any better. He never voiced his thoughts either unless he was forced to speak on the phone. The romance department was also totally weak. Barely a spark and mostly fizzle.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Linda Lael Miller again?

    maybe but I will most likely read and not listen


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

    Jack is great but he had slim pickins with this book


    Could you see Big Sky Wedding being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    no no no!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eternal Rider: Lords of Deliverance, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Larissa Ione
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (492)
    Performance
    (377)
    Story
    (379)

    His name is Ares, and the fate of mankind rests on his powerful shoulders. If he falls to the forces of evil, the world falls too. As one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, he is far stronger than any mortal, but even he cannot fight his destiny forever. Not when his own brother plots against him.

    Jan says: "Demonica For Animal Lovers!"
    "Michelle (St Louis, MO, USA) May 4, 2011"
    Overall

    Any fond feelings I have for this book are overshadowed by the narrator. Is it just me or does her voice change volume levels way too much? Occasionally there is a constant level and the narration is great. But when I'm listening while working out I feel like I'm missing half of what she's saying. Please tell Hillary to back off on the "soft talking".

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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