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MickeyMarie

I read so I can write

Member Since 2003

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  • Seduction of a Highland Lass

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (931)
    Performance
    (862)
    Story
    (867)

    Fiercely loyal to his older brother, Alaric McCabe leads his clan in the fight for their birthright. Now he is prepared to wed for duty, as well. But on his way to claim the hand of Rionna McDonald, daughter of a neighboring chieftain, he is ambushed and left for dead. Miraculously, his life is saved by the soft touch of a Highland angel, a courageous beauty who will put to the test his fealty to his clan, his honor, and his deepest desires.

    Benoibe says: "Better than the first book. Love those Highlanders"
    "I fell in love"
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    Ms Banks just get better and better. This is a fun read. Big struggle for the hero and heroine but they finally make it happen.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Seduction of Elliot McBride

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (231)

    USA Today best-selling author and RITA Award winner Jennifer Ashley pens heart-pounding tales that keep listeners spellbound with torrid romance and finely crafted intrigue. Juliana St. John faces the ultimate mortification when she's stood up on her wedding day. But then fate places her face-to-face with her first love, Elliot McBride, and she finds herself falling for her half-mad former paramour.

    CAROLYN says: "5 STARS - 5 WORDS LOVED LOVED LOVED THIS BOOK"
    "Missing all the components of a good read"
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    This is likely the worst example of historical romance I have ever suffered through, and I couldn't suffer it all the way. After 3 different attempts I left it with 5 hours and 11 minutes to go. If there is a story somewhere there, I would think it should have started somewhere in the first 4 hours, not the last 5. Angela Dawe is a good narrator. I hope she was well paid for having to suffer through reading this.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Moon Over Soho: Peter Grant, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (612)
    Performance
    (561)
    Story
    (559)

    Body and soul. The song. That's what London constable and sorcerer's apprentice Peter Grant first notices when he examines the corpse of Cyrus Wilkins, part-time jazz drummer and full-time accountant, who dropped dead of a heart attack while playing a gig at Soho's 606 Club. The notes of the old jazz standard are rising from the body - a sure sign that something about the man's death was not at all natural but instead supernatural. Body and soul - they're also what Peter will risk as he investigates a pattern of similar deaths in and around Soho.

    Tango says: "Very Entertaining"
    "What a team!"
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    The mind that has created this series of stories is almost impossible to imagine. Mr. Aaronovitch uses his well developed skill to spread out a story that contains elements of mystery, humor, fantasy and magic. And he captures the reader in his trap and holds you to the very end.

    Add the talent of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith and you have book/movie because the audio is so good it builds mind pictures.

    This is a keeper.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Prize

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (597)
    Performance
    (366)
    Story
    (370)

    In the resplendence of William the Conqueror's London court, the lovely Saxon captive, Nicholaa was forced to choose a husband from the assembled Norman nobles. She chose Royce, a baron warrior whose fierce demeanor could not conceal his chivalrous and tender heart. Resourceful, rebellious and utterly naive, Nicholaa vowed to bend Royce to her will, despite the whirlwind of feelings he aroused in her.

    A. Masters says: "narration takes away from the story"
    "Pathetic heroin makes it less than a great book"
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    I like Garwood's work. She writes technically correct books that usually are really entertaining. That said, The Prize does not sit high on my list.
    I found Nicolas to be insecure and demanding to a point of being pathetic. She just wasn't a strong mate for Royce and made him look shabby.
    I would not recommend this as one of Garwood"s books that need to be in your library. There are plenty of her other books that deserve that position.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Serpent Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Martha Wells
    • Narrated By Christopher Kipiniak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (347)
    Performance
    (304)
    Story
    (311)

    Moon, once a solitary wanderer, has become consort to Jade, sister queen of the Indigo Cloud court. Together, they travel with their people on a pair of flying ships in hopes of finding a new home for their colony. Moon finally feels like he’s found a tribe where he belongs. But when the travelers reach the ancestral home of Indigo Cloud, shrouded within the trunk of a mountain-sized tree, they discover a blight infecting its core.

    Magdalena says: "Wow - An original universe"
    "I am so hooked"
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    In the first book of this series - Cloud Roads - Ms Wells built the solid foundation for the realistic world of the Raksura. Anyone who reads fantasy looks for that kind of foundation because an unrealistic fantasy world just doesn't work.

    With The Serpent Sea Ms Wells has continued to tell this story within this world and with her original characters while strengthening the story by adding more and more solid characters and developing the challenges they face.

    Her descriptions are strong and well written and never over the top.

    Again, my personal opinion is that Mr. Kipiniak's narration falls short, but is not enough to steal the brightness of this story.

    The true test for me of the quality of a series is of course whether I want to continue, and the final book of this series is already one I am enjoying as well as the first two.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Cloud Roads

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Martha Wells
    • Narrated By Christopher Kipiniak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (497)
    Performance
    (436)
    Story
    (434)

    Moon has spent his life hiding what he is - a shape-shifter able to transform himself into a winged creature of flight. An orphan with only vague memories of his own kind, Moon tries to fit in among the tribes of his river valley, with mixed success. Just as Moon is once again cast out by his adopted tribe, he discovers a shape-shifter like himself... someone who seems to know exactly what he is, who promises that Moon will be welcomed into his community.

    Gail says: "M. Wells' RAKSURA books narrated by Chris Kipiniak"
    "Outstanding story"
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    While the narrator fell a little short, his narration did not detract enough to run the five star rating of this book. Ms. Wells follows the first rule of fantasy and creates a believable world with realistic heroes and enemies.
    The book drags you into the world and makes you want to stay. An outstanding first book for a series.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Lost Wife: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Alyson Richman
    • Narrated By George Guidall, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1092)
    Performance
    (970)
    Story
    (975)

    In pre-war Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, there's an inescapable glance of recognition between two strangers. Providence is giving Lenka and Josef one more chance. From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit, and the strength of memory.

    Sister Mary Kelly says: "Not my favorite book."
    "Don't waste your credit"
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    Poor attempt to tell a backward history. It is poorly written and poorly narrated, and fails to incite any interest.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Riot: Peter Grant, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Ben Aaronovitch
    • Narrated By Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1114)
    Performance
    (1005)
    Story
    (1004)

    Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

    Nancy J says: "I LOVE this Book!"
    "Don't Lose this book in your library"
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    Definitely do not make the mistake I did and lose track of this book in your library. It is a fine piece of modern literature. Now if you are not a Brit, you may not relate entirely to the story and its humor, but you can be forgiven that weakness and still find it a very entertaining time spent.
    Kobna Holdbrook-Smythe is a talented young British actor who has brought his skill to narrating Aaronovitch's books in a big way.
    So take an extremely well written piece of fiction and put it in the hands of an extremely talented artist, and you have a guaranteed 10 hours of entertainment.
    Buy it and love it and expect it to addict you to the pair and be happy there are half a dozen books by the same pair.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Endless Forest

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sara Donati
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (182)

    The spring of 1824 is a challenging one for the inhabitants of Paradise N.Y. when a flood devastates the village. But for Nathaniel and Elizabeth Bonner, it's also a time of reunion as their children return from far-off places: Lily and her husband from Italy, and Martha Kirby, the Bonners ward, from Manhattan. Although Lily is nursing her own grief, it is Martha, fleeing a crushing humiliation, who brings with her trouble that will reverberate in all their lives.

    Linda says: "Well Worth The Wait"
    "Only one Regret"
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    My only regret upon finishing this book is that it is the end of one of the most outstanding series I have read or listened to. I have read reviews of people who said it is not as good as Outlander. I disagree. I have listened to all the Outlander books and loved them, and I've listened to all of this series and in my opinion this series was the better of the two.

    This series expanded the family and built a cast of characters more realistic and enjoyable than those in the Outlander series.

    Ms Reading's narration throughout the series was outstanding, and having such a good narrator for every book made the journey smooth, while the change of narrators in the Outlander series was often jarring.

    The bottom line is that Ms Donati has written a wonderful series that takes the reader on a 34 year journey through some of the most deadly years of the American frontier with a family who stands strong together throughout the journey, and Ms Reading's dramatic narration with almost perfect accents of all the varied characters brings it to life for the listener.

    The entire six books of this series is an investment well worth the credits.
    I will be listening to it again very soon.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Fire Along the Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Sara Donati
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (184)

    With epic sweep and breathtaking adventure, Sara Donati's best-selling saga of an Early American family's struggle for survival in the Northeast wilderness continues with the story of an indomitable woman and an unforgettable journey of redemption across a young nation threatened by the flames of war.

    MickeyMarie says: "This book deserves a review"
    "This book deserves a review"
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    Normally I don't review every book I listen to in a series. And I have listened to every book in this series.
    This book however deserved my time for a review. So much story and so much history is written into this book that it keeps you hanging on every word. And with Ms Reading as the narrator every word comes across with so much strength and reality that you find yourself there. You are surrounded by the war, the cruelty, the sadness and love, and the strength of the family. This book deserves to be listened to many times over.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Into the Wilderness: Wilderness Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Sara Donati
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (729)
    Performance
    (446)
    Story
    (448)

    Weaving a vibrant tapestry of fact and fiction, Into the Wilderness sweeps us into another time and place...and into the heart of a forbidden, incandescent affair between a spinster Englishwoman and an American frontiersman. Here is an epic of romance and history that will captivate readers from the very first page.

    Jeanette says: "Love and Adventure"
    "Prepare for a fantastic journey"
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    I am only now writing the review of this first book although I have finished the entire series. This is the first step on an amazing journey that follows an expanding family through some of the most interesting years of the 19th century.
    Kate Reading masters all the accents of the broad spectrum of voices in these stories.
    I recommend this book and each of the others. I was so into this that I purchased each of them while I still had time left to listen so that I could have the next one downloaded in a timely fashion and could continuing without stopping.
    There was no disappointment. Ms Donati did her homework and then wrote with great talent and Ms. Harding brought these wonderful books to life.
    I will be listening to this entire series again very soon and recommend it as a must have for anyone who enjoys good historical fiction.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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