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Salt Lake City, UT, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Hard and Fast: Fast Track, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Erin McCarthy
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (62)

    Grad student Imogen Wilson realizes she's hit on the perfect thesis for her sociology degree. If she follows the so-called "rules" on how to get a man, can she steer her way into the world and hearts of stock-race-car drivers, and establish their dating - and mating - patterns? Although sexy and reckless racer Ty McCordle is the ideal test subject, Imogen knows that for the sake of science, she can't give in to her growing attraction for him. Yet he's the one who's chasing after her, and Imogen realizes that she actually wants to be caught.

    Valerie says: "Not really worth the credit..."
    "Not really worth the credit..."
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    The series is basically a group of men and women having the hots for each other with little story line. If you want a good listen, I would recommend the series beginning with Dangerous Race by Dee J. Adams. These at least have some character development and good plots.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Forged in Ash: A Red-Hot SEALs Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Trish McCallan
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (173)

    Kait Winchester inherited a special gift from her Arapaho ancestors: She can heal with her touch. And there is no one she would like to get her hands on more than the super-sexy SEAL who seems determined to ignore their off-the-charts chemistry. When the wounded warrior finally seeks her help, she’s ready to nurse him back to health…and into her bed.

    Karen says: "Second Book Better Than First!"
    "Not so red hot...."
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    The first half of the book is one long boring sex scene, the second half has plot, but way too much repetition. The narrator, Luke Daniels, distinguishes voice and emotion by mostly yelling the lines. I was initially attracted to the story because the subject of energy healing on wounded seals sounded cool. I was so disappointed I am returning the book - I don't do this too often. Not really worth your credit. Try the series that starts with "Prince Joe" about a Seals team instead.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Concealed in Death: In Death Series, Book 38

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1618)
    Performance
    (1465)
    Story
    (1469)

    In a decrepit and long-empty New York building, a man begins the demolition process by swinging a sledgehammer into a wall. When the dust clears, he finds two skeletons wrapped in plastic behind it. The man is Lieutenant Eve Dallas’s billionaire husband, Roarke, and he summons her immediately. His latest real estate project is going to be on hold for a while, because by the time Eve and her crew are finished searching the premises, there are 12 murders to be solved.

    amazonian says: "Don't Read "In Death" LISTEN to it!"
    "Another interesting case, but when will Dallas...."
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    Another interesting case, and I love the narration, but when will Dallas have a baby?

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Highlander Taken

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Juliette Miller
    • Narrated By Gemma Johansson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (114)

    To secure her family's alliance with the powerful Clan Mackenzie, Stella Morrison has no choice but to wed the notorious Kade Mackenzie. Unable to ignore the whispers that surround him, she resigns herself to a marriage in name only. Yet as the fierce warrior strips away Stella's doubt one seductive touch at a time, burgeoning desire forces her to question all she holds as truth. Leading a rebellious army should have been Kade's greatest challenge... but conquering the heart of his reluctant bride becomes an all-consuming need.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Wow! I wasn't expecting this much sensuality!"
    "Boring and not worth your credit..."
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    I believe the narrator speaks so slowly that the story is longer than it needs to be. Also, the writing is too repetitive and takes too long to get to the next part of the story. I will be returning this book and do not recommend it to anyone else - not even die hard fans of historical romance or the highland lairds.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Unleashed: Ross Siblings, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Cherrie Lynn
    • Narrated By Alix Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (119)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (112)

    It's not enough that Kelsey's husband left her for another woman. Oh, no. The "other woman" had to be her best friend Evan's fiancée. Not only has she lost her marriage, she fears losing Evan to the lingering awkwardness and humiliation that hangs between them. Evan has no intention of letting that happen. He's got plans...namely, an extra plane ticket to Hawaii now that his future wife is out of the picture. There's only one person he wants on the trip with him, the one who's always been there for him.

    Stacy says: "Horrible Narration"
    "Sex, sex,and more sex...."
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    If you like descriptions of sex and not much story, you'll like this one. I'm a little disappointed that there wasn't more of a story. Narrator is okay.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret: Highlands' Lairds, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1096)
    Performance
    (995)
    Story
    (1001)

    Judith Hampton was as beautiful as she was proud and loyal. Her dear Scottish friend from childhood was about to give birth, and Judith had promised to be at her side. But there was another reason for the journey from her bleak English home to the Highlands: to meet the father she had never known, the Laird Maclean. Nothing prepared her, however, for the sight of the Scottish barbarian who was to escort her into his land...Iain Maitland, laird of his clan, a man more powerfully compelling than any she had ever encountered.

    CAROLYN says: "MEDIEVAL HIGHLAND ROMANCE AT IT'S BEST"
    "Cute story, but Susan's male voices..."
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    I usually love Susan Duerden as a narrator for historical romances. However, her inability to do the male voices in this book as other than scraggy and shouting, is very distracting. I think they need to choose another narrator for this series. Simple, idealist story.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Taken in Death: In Death, Book 37.5

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (1185)
    Performance
    (1059)
    Story
    (1070)

    Two young children disappear from their East Side home in New York City, their nanny killed in cold blood. As Lieutenant Eve Dallas begins to unravel the crime scene and search for Henry and Gala MacDermit, she's drawn into the twisted mind of a kidnapper who will stop at nothing to take revenge. Horrific threats concerning the brother and sister hit far too close to home for Eve, drawing her back into memories of her own tortured childhood.

    Patricia says: "Was she in a hurry?"
    "If you love the series, this is worth your listen"
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    This novella is just as powerful as the regular novels in the series. It's worth the credit.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • To the Ends of the Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Lowell
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (56)

    Photographer Cat Cochran has been to exotic places most people only dream about, but all she wants to do is settle down and get her life in order. One last assignment and she can put her past behind her. But first she must photograph the mysterious and elusive ship designer T.H. Danvers and his awesome creations.

    Maria says: "Tear Jerker"
    "Sex, sex, and more sex.... not much of a plot..."
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    The narrator was good, and I enjoyed what plot there was, but it was mainly an erotic novel. So if you want to hear about sex, this is your book!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dust: Kay Scarpetta, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Patricia Cornwell
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (723)
    Performance
    (631)
    Story
    (625)

    After working one of the worst mass killings in U.S. history, Scarpetta returns home to Cambridge, Massachusetts. Exhausted and ill, she's recovering at home when she receives an unsettling call. The body of a young woman has been discovered on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's rugby field. The victim, a graduate student named Gail Shipman, is oddly draped in ivory linen and posed in a way that is too deliberate to be the killer's first strike.

    MARRILEE says: "Part Great, Part Tired"
    "Way too long and repetative"
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    While the story itself is interesting and the narrator as great as always, there was too much repetition in expressing ideas, opinions and arguments. Perhaps an abridged version would be preferable this time.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The FREE Prologue & 5-Chapter Sampler of Steelheart

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 33 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Macleod Andrews
    Overall
    (878)
    Performance
    (776)
    Story
    (783)

    Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

    AudioAddict says: "So I'm definitely getting the book now..."
    "OMG! You mean I have to wait?"
    Overall
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    Another great story by Brandon Sanderson. It's humourous, adventurous and thoroughly captivating. I can't believe I have to wait a few more weeks for the rest of the story. Get ready to be entertained!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Never Go Back: A Jack Reacher Novel, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lee Child
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2403)
    Performance
    (2144)
    Story
    (2126)

    Former military cop Jack Reacher makes it all the way from snowbound South Dakota to his destination in northeastern Virginia, near Washington, D.C.: the headquarters of his old unit, the 110th MP. The old stone building is the closest thing to a home he ever had. Reacher is there to meet - in person - the new commanding officer, Major Susan Turner, so far just a warm, intriguing voice on the phone. But it isn’t Turner behind the CO’s desk. And Reacher is hit with two pieces of shocking news, one with serious criminal consequences, and one too personal to even think about.

    Donna M Thomas, Author of From Pebbles to Pathways says: "My favorite Reacher story yet"
    "If you haven't listen to the Jack Reacher novels.."
    Overall
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    Listen to this one. Lee Child's stories are meant for Dick Hill to narrate. This story is even better than the last one. This series is one I won't stop following.

    However, as a mom and a family person, I felt so sad that Jack moved on from this partner. I hope, at some point in the future, Lee provides Jack with a feeling of attachment, a resting place for such a great character, where he doesn't have to fight and defend any more. Jack Reacher, come home.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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