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Deborah

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  • Shades of Honor: Grayson Brothers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Wendy Lindstrom
    • Narrated By Julia Motyka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (150)

    Prepare to fall in love with the Grayson brothers in Shades of Honor, the first novel in the best-selling series by award-winning author Wendy Lindstrom. Haunted by a gruesome war and his own dark secrets, former Union soldier Radford Grayson returns home, seeking a loving reunion with his brothers and a place where he and his young daughter can make a home. Desperate for peace, Radford is ambushed by his unexpected and forbidden love for Evelyn - his brother's fiancée.

    Monica E. Blood says: "A touching story"
    "Embers grow into a Magnificent Love !!!"
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    This book checks all of my boxes: Well-drawn passionate characters, intelligent writing, American history brought to life ---- paired with a superb narration that breathes life into it all !!! Overall effect is a breathtaking journey into the evolution of true love, family, and adaptation to the travails of real life.

    In this sweeping novel, a weary "accidental" soldier returns home to his beloved family in the Post-Civil War North, and struggles to come to terms with his past, his present, and his future. His return causes ripples in the lives of all who love him, as he tries to fit back into this family, that has also adapted to changes during his absence.

    I typically read over over 200 books per year, and while I will usually rate them, I rarely feel compelled to write a review. This book , however, is an extraordinary experience which is not to be missed. The author pens the human experience of personal growth with such skill, that the characters seem real. I feel that this novel could be a classic. You will care so much about the characters, that it becomes unputdownable ! Truly 5 stars and more. Well Worth your time and credit !!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Warrior's Revenge

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Coreene Callahan
    • Narrated By Sue Pitkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (180)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (169)

    Sometimes the only way to love - and redemption - is to make a deal with the devil. After the death of her parents, Lady Aurora de Marquise is left with no illusions. Stripped of her birthright and betrayed by her uncle, escape is her only option. With her life on the line, she narrowly avoids another murder attempt - only to run headlong into Lord Brigham de Mornay, a man most consider a monster. With her uncle's henchmen nipping at her heels, Aurora knows better than to trust a stranger - especially one as compelling as Brigham.

    Karen says: "A little slow and inaccurate"
    ""Christ's Teeth" (x30)..this is a waste of time..."
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    I doubt this book had an editorial review prior to publication. Not only was it seriously repetative, but the text was jarring due to historical inaccuracy. The character development was astoundingly silly.. A severely abused and traumatized heroine is the belle of the ball, ready for love, in the span of a few days,and the alpha male hero is ready for romance with the sensitive belle within minutes of bloody battle where his clothes are blood splattered from his victims' decapitations. Neh...... and the reader was breathlessly excited at every phrase: relieving a full bladder, got the same tonal value as a moment of true love realized...well maybe that was true !!!
    Even on sale, this book is not worth the time it takes to listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Everything in Its Time: Time Travel Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Dee Davis
    • Narrated By Ross Pendleton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (176)

    Years ago while vacationing in Scotland, Katherine St. Claire believed she'd found the love of her life. She shared a night of passion with a stranger, in a hotel castle called Duncreag. But come morning, her lover had disappeared. And she has spent the last eight years trying to convince herself it was all a dream... Living in the 15th century, Iain Mackintosh remains haunted by the memory of his greatest love. Eight years ago, she disappeared, leaving behind a cairngorm earring as the only evidence of her existence.

    CAROLYN says: "IT MUST BE EDIBLE.... 'CAUSE I TOTALLY DEVOURED IT"
    "A Sweet Surprise ..Totally loved it !!!"
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    Hunkie Highlander blended with Romance, Time -Travel ,and a well-crafted story line... performed by a very good narrator....I was in Audiobook Heaven !! I'm still smiling !! And I will re-read this one again :)
    Time travel / fantasy is not my usual selection, so I'm glad I took a chance on this book. I will definitely listen to the next two books in the trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Kiss a Rake

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Anne Stuart
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (218)

    Bryony Russell and her two sisters are left destitute by the disgrace and unexpected death of their father, a wealthy shipping magnate. He left a cryptic note, and Bryony is determined to find the real villain and clear her father’s name. In disguise as a servant, Bryony infiltrates the home her of father’s business partner to find proof of his guilt...or innocence. It’s not just clues that Bryony finds, but temptation too.... Adrian Bruton, Earl of Kilmartyn, immediately suspects there is something not quite right about his new housekeeper.

    Harry_ATL says: "Excellent performance!"
    "WOW, Really Good Story and Amazing Narration !!!"
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    Enjoyable, well written Romance by Anne Stuart, but the narration of Xe Sands hit it out of the park. This is a real treat !! I hope Audible will continue this series, and especially with Xe Sands. I have already started looking for other works by the same narrator.

    I listen to alot of Great Romance books on Audible.........but this production is why I LOVE Audiobooks.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Devil in Winter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1189)
    Performance
    (783)
    Story
    (785)

    Easily the shyest Wallflower, Evangeline Jenner stands to become the wealthiest, once her inheritance comes due. Because she must first escape the clutches of her unscrupulous relatives, Evie has approached the rake Viscount St. Vincent with a most outrageous proposition: marriage!

    Robbie says: "Easy 5 stars!"
    "A Brilliant Novel and Performance"
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    The combination of a Lisa Kleypas novel / narration by Rosalyn Landor is always a very special treat, yet this novel ranks as one of my all time favorites-- in any category. Although it is the third book in the four part Wallflower Series, it can stand alone.
    Kleypas's characters are warmly drawn, and come alive in Ms.Landor's performance. Evie and Sabastian are so memorable, and real, you will miss them when the book finishes. Just the right amount of spice and heat, in an entertaining story. A little spicier than the first 2 books of the Wallflower series.
    I think this book is a "Classic" in the Romance genre, and one of those delicious novels against which you will rank other books and authors. This is "the audiobook" in which you can lose yourself when you need a lovely escape.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • On the Island

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Tracey Garvis Graves
    • Narrated By Heidi Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (382)
    Story
    (388)

    When 30-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family's summer rental in the Maldives, she accepts. T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. Anna and T.J. are en route to join T.J.'s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their seaplane suffers a heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean. Their life jackets keep them afloat until they make it to the shore of an uninhabited island. Now Anna and T.J. just want to survive and they must work together to obtain water, food, fire, and shelter.

    Kim says: "Loved this book!"
    "Somewhat Irritating Voice"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This is not great literature, but the story line was well thought out and the author tied up all loose ends. As a Romance novel, it was entertaining, though a little tedious, and without much lasting value. Overall, the book seemed like a sophomore effort. I would not read this book over again, nor recommend it to a friend as a "must read." Still, it flowed well and shows talent, despite it's overly simple story line. The book covers the " lost together on a deserted island" theme, as well as can be expected. Sort of a "Fantasy island with survival hardships." Younger man falls for the older and experienced woman. Bottom line: It passed the time, but didn't stir the soul.

    My most lasting impression was that the performer had an obnoxious voice and weird affect. I was glad when I finally finished the audio book and I could stop hearing her speak. I was happier still that I got the audiobook on a special sale. It's worth $4.99, but not more.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Tracey Garvis-Greaves? Why or why not?

    She is a good writer, but needs a deeper story line...I'd read her work again. She has the ability to write a great book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Definitely could have been better.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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