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Marian

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BOZEMAN, MT, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • The Lion's Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (406)
    Performance
    (366)
    Story
    (370)

    Christina Bennett had taken London society by storm. The ravishing beauty guarded the secret of her mysterious past until the night Lyon, Marquis of Lyonwood, stole a searching, sensuous kiss. An arrogant nobleman with a pirate's passions, he tasted the wildfire smoldering beneath Christina's cool charm and swore to possess her.... But the feisty and defiant Christina would not be so easily conquered. Mistress of her heart and of her fortune, she resisted Lyon's sensuous caresses.

    Jordy says: "Yes another 5 star rating!"
    "At Last! The Lion's Lady Is Here!"
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    The Lion's Lady was such a favorite of mine that for several years, whenever I was in an airport bookstore, I'd buy another copy to read while flying.

    For those of us who really love Julie Garwood's historical romances, this Regency series is wonderful with this one being the best.

    I can hardly wait for the rest of the series.

    I love the fact that Christina is from 'the New World', which Lyon has so much difficulty in discovering. There is so much humor and love in Garwood's books.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Spock

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Leonard Nimoy
    • Narrated By Leonard Nimoy
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (143)
    Story
    (143)

    Best known to the world as the actor who created the legendary Mr. Spock in the cult television series that launched the Star Trek phenomenon, Leonard Nimoy has written the definitive Star Trek memoir. In this long-awaited autobiography, Nimoy opens up to his fans in ways the Vulcan never could.

    Mika says: "Excellent."
    "Very Interesting to Meet Mr Spock & Mr Nimoy"
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    I enjoyed this look into Leonard Nimoy's life and how Mr. Spock affected him--and still does.

    I don't think that I can ever watch Star Trek episodes without hearing Nimoy's voice about what was actually happening at the time.

    Most of the autobiographies written by actors are boring but this one wasn't. I truly enjoyed listening and recommend it to others. Especially Mr. Spock fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Captain Jack's Woman: The Bastion Club Novels

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By McCallister Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (65)

    They meet in a clash of swords, drenched in the moonlight of Britain's rugged eastern coast: Captain Jack, his handsome features etched in silver and shadow, his powerful physique compelling "Kit" Cranmer to surrender. He is her dream lover come vividly alive, and his command of the smuggling gang is absolute. His all-knowing gaze penetrates her disguise as the male leader of a rival gang with frightening ease, and his "punishment" with kisses leaves her maidenly modesty in tatters.

    Marian says: "FINALLY!! Captain Jack's Woman"
    "FINALLY!! Captain Jack's Woman"
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    This is a prequel to The Bastion Club stories that I've waited for. It's NOT a Cynster or Bastion story. It has a flavor all it's own. But I have to say that Captain Jack is rather like Devil Cynster in that he's autocratic. Kit might be the standard for the Cynster women in later books. She's fearless and a perfect mate for Captain Jack.

    The story has plenty of romance and a LOT of sex in it with a slight mystery. I like that the plot has spies in it--but that's a personal favorite of mine.

    If you enjoy Stephanie Laurens stories...the Bastion Club and the Cynsters, you'll enjoy this one, too.

    My only complaint is that I never knew that George had an accent. LOL.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Castles: Crown's Spies, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Heather Wilds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (186)
    Story
    (189)

    Orphaned and besieged, Princess Alesandra knew that only hasty marriage to an Englishman could protect her from the turmoil in her own land. To the amusement of her makeshift guardian, Colin, younger brother of the Marquess of Cainewood, the bold raven-haired beauty instantly captivated London society. But when Alesandra was nearly abducted by her unscrupulous countrymen, the fighting instincts that won Colin a knighthood for valor were kindled. Deceiving himself that he wanted only to protect her, Colin swept her into a union meant to be a marriage in name alone...yet Alesandra's tender first kiss and hesitant caress ignited a wildfire in his soul.

    Elizabeth says: "Disappointing Ending to a Fun Series"
    "The Last In The Crown's Spies"
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    I have long enjoyed all of Julie Garwood's books but this series was the first I read. My one complaint is that the 'reader' continues to pronounce the hero's name 'Colin' as 'Kurlin'. It drove me crazy!!

    Still, I really enjoyed being able to listen to much-read favorite.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1893)
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    (1149)
    Story
    (1159)

    By edict of the king, the mighty Scottish laird Alec Kincaid must take an English bride. His choice was Jamie the feisty youngest daughter of Baron Jamison. Alec ached to touch her, to tame her, to possess her forever. But Jamie vowed never to surrender to this highland barbarian. Though his kisses fired her blood, shadowed secrets from Alec's past threatened Jamie's happiness. She brazenly resisted him - until one rapturous moment quelled their clash of wills.

    XYZPDQ says: "Early works released in MP3 at last!!"
    "I Love The Bride"
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    Julie Garwood has a certain touch with her historical romances and that's a sense of humor. I always laugh out loud whenever I listen to her Scottish Lairds series. Her heroines are feisty which always throw the heroes off stride.

    The Bride is very enjoyable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bewitching

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jill Barnett
    • Narrated By Anne Johnstonbrown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (44)

    What's a duke to do when a carefully selected bride rejects him rather than marry without love? He salvages his pride by marrying the next woman who falls into his arms. Joyous Fiona MacQuarrie bewitched the Duke of Belmore the moment she appeared from nowhere and knocked him over...literally. Joyous MacQuarrie is a Scottish witch whose powers of white magic are not always easy for her to control. When Alec's pride makes him choose to marry her, Joy turns the life of the most serious and snobbish duke in England upside down.

    Marian says: "One Of My Old Favorites Now in Audiobook Form"
    "One Of My Old Favorites Now in Audiobook Form"
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    I read this story several times years ago and I'm so pleased that it's now in audiobook form.

    It's a lovely and fanciful tale of a bumbling witch who falls in love with an unlovable hero. There is so much to laugh at and also a few tears. It's well worth entering this magical world.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Now You See Her

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Laurel Lefkow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (224)

    A talented painter in her early thirties, Samille Sweeney has achieved enviable success. Her work sells at an exclusive New York City gallery and her popularity is at an all-time high when she begins to experience lush, vivid dreams drenched in vibrant hues that influence her artwork. When Sweeney paints a graphic murder scene that mirrors a recent real-life murder, she is thrust into suspicious light.

    Amazon Customer says: "Finally Unabridged Format"
    "So Happy This Is Finally Available"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Now You See Her to be better than the print version?

    No, of course not! But, for one who loved the print version--this is a joy to listen to. It's a great story with a mystery and a twist. And, something that I enjoy with my suspenseful romances, a lot of humor.


    What did you like best about this story?

    As an artist, I loved that the heroine was one as well. Sweeney is totally obsessed with her art and isn't looking for a romance as she deals with some really weird paranormal changes in her life.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Sweeney's 'Jeopardy prowess' in the police station. Really funny!!


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

    I both laughed and cried and that's a tribute to Linda Howard since I've read this book many times before.


    Any additional comments?

    My only regret is that the hero (Richard Worth) doesn't have a deeper, sexier voice--which my imagination provided.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mastered by Love: A Bastion Club Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (135)

    As the mysterious leader of the Bastion Club, known as “Dalziel,” Royce Varisey, tenth Duke of Wolverstone, served his country for decades, facing dangers untold. But as the holder of one of England’s most august noble titles, he must now take on the gravest duty of all: marriage. Yet the young ladies the grande dames would have him consider are predictably boring. Far more tempting is his castle’s willful and determinedly aloof chatelaine, Minerva Chesterton. Beneath her serene façade lies a woman of smoldering sensuality, one who will fill his days with comfort....

    Ramona says: "Don't Miss this Super Ending to the Series"
    "Great Ending To A Wonderful Series"
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    Where does Mastered by Love rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Pretty high up there because I've read the entire series and was waiting to listen to the very last one.


    What other book might you compare Mastered by Love to and why?

    I'd have to compare it to other books written by Laurens. I enjoyed all of her books, some more than others, but, throughout all the other books was the question..


    What about Steven Crossley’s performance did you like?

    Now, this was a disappointment, especially after enjoying Simon Prebble. I tried so hard to keep an open mind but his rendition of Minerva just didn't fit the character I envisioned. Also, the male characters, especially Devil Cynster, didn't sound strong enough.


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

    Well, I've read the book several times but I still got emotional at the ending, knowing that all the Bastion Club members have had their stories told.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Atlas Shrugged

    • UNABRIDGED (52 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2031)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (374)

    This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world - and did. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he fight his hardest battle not against his enemies, but against the woman he loves? Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus and launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who had never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

    Robert says: "Over before you know it"
    "The Best Book I've Ever Read & Heard"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Atlas Shrugged to be better than the print version?

    It's hard to say, only because of the audio problems & areas where there were 'holes' in the narration. I had hoped that this had been corrected, but I see from the other comments, it hasn't.

    However, Christopher Hurt is wonderful as a narrator. Each of the characters come through as different personalities. I don't know how he does it.

    As much as I love reading the book (and I've read it more times than I care to relate) listening is such an enjoyable experience.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love these characters. I want to be Dagny and want to know Francisco, Hank and John Galt. I imagined myself in Atlantis with Dagny and hated to leave when she left. I wanted to stop her, but she had her reasons for leaving and so, we left.

    What keeps me re-reading the book and listening again and again is that the ending is such an uplifting one. Even as our own world of today more and more resembles Rand's imagined world (she wrote this in 1957!), I believe that these heroes will prevail in the end and that, somehow, so will we all.


    What about Christopher Hurt’s performance did you like?

    As I said above, Hurt has each character separate from the other. Francisco is completely different from Hank Rearden as Hank is from John Galt. And, listening, I can hear Ayn Rand's humor where I didn't necessarily see it as I read the words.


    Any additional comments?

    For those who are daunted by the more than 1000 pages of Ayn Rand's book, you must listen to this book and then, hopefully, you'll pick up the book and read it. Both are well worth the time and effort.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Garner Files: A Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By James Garner, Jon Winokur
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (53)

    After suffering physical abuse at the hands of his stepmother, James Garner left home at fourteen. He became Oklahoma's first draftee of the Korean War and was awarded with two Purple Hearts before returning to the United States and settling in Los Angeles to become an actor. Working alongside some of the most renowned celebrities, including Julie Andrews, Marlon Brando, and Clint Eastwood, Garner became a star in his own right, despite struggles with stage fright and depression.

    Marian says: "The Real James Garner"
    "The Real James Garner"
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    I've always loved James Garner, the actor and the man he appears to be--and I still do. His
    life story gave me a window on a different age in a small Oklahoma town. Those experiences created the man we have all come to know.

    I admit that I'm not interested in either golf or in car racing but, whether it was the narrator or the author's words, I listened with interest and laughed.

    One of my favorite areas of the book were the brief stories at the end told by some of his family and closest friends. I felt that I had a much deeper look into the kind of man James Garner was and is.

    The only thing that was jarring to me, being of a different political viewpoint than Garner, is his heated distaste for those of the opposing party. He is, of course, welcome to his viewpoint. All that I'm saying is that I wish he (and other actors) would understand that there are two differing viewpoints in this country and we, who don't accept his premise, are rather tired of reading negative comments directed at us. It's just my opinion and it didn't change my overall thoughts about the book.

    I still recommend this book and the narrator. James Garner really IS a curmudgeon!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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