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Phyllis

Plymouth, MN, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 22 reviews
  • 49 ratings
  • 432 titles in library
  • 53 purchased in 2014
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  • Guts: The Endless Follies and Tiny Triumphs of a Giant Disaster

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Kristen Johnston
    • Narrated By Kristen Johnston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (462)
    Performance
    (441)
    Story
    (441)

    The two-time Emmy Award-winning actress has written her first book, a surprisingly raw and triumphant memoir that is outrageous, moving, sweet, tragic, and heartbreakingly honest. Guts is a true triumph - a memoir that manages to be as frank and revealing as Augusten Burroughs, yet as hilarious and witty as David Sedaris.

    John Campbell says: "Whiskey and cigarettes have never sounded so good."
    "Hilarious, moving, fantastic!"
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    Kristen had me in the first few sentences. It was interesting, moving, and sometimes so hilarious at how she described some events I was actually laughing out loud while my cat stared at me in bewilderment. Great read and thank you for sharing your story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Between Heaven and Texas: A Cobble Court Quilts Book

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Marie Bostwick
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (52)

    Welcome to Too Much - where the women are strong-willed and the men are handsome yet shiftless. Ever since Mary Dell Templeton and her twin sister, Lydia Dale, were children, their Aunt Velvet has warned them away from local boys. But it’s well known that the females in Mary Dell’s family have two traits in common - superior sewing skills and a fatal weakness for men. While Lydia Dale grows up petite and pretty, Mary Dell just keeps growing. Tall, smart, and sassy, she is determined to one day turn her love of sewing into a business.

    Laurie M. says: "Best of the Series"
    "Sweet Romance, Great Characters!"
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    If you liked the Cobble Court Quilts series, you will love this one. Great characters that you will fall in love with and a simple, sweet love story that unfolds amidst the drama. It has enough of everything to make it an easy and enjoyable read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Watch

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Gayle Hendrix
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (247)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (176)

    When U.S. Navy SEAL chief Wes Skelly was sent to L.A. on assignment, he agreed to go on a blind date with beautiful single mother Brittany Evans, sister-in-law of a fellow SEAL. After all, he had been secretly in love for years, albeit with a woman who belonged to another man. So what did he have to lose?

    S. Schmidt says: "Great book if you enjoy the Seals series -loved it"
    "Predictable"
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    But there's nothing wrong with predictable. It took me awhile to figure out that Brittany and Andy were from another book in the series which would have made it a little less confusing. The author could have pulled that connection together a little better in the beginning. Some of the dialog was a bit "fake" or hokey from Wes or maybe the narrator didn't deliver it very well. Overall, enjoyed the storyline and the characters. Hope there's another one at some point.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hawken's Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (112)

    Navy SEAL Crash Hawken awakens in a Washington, D.C., hospital to learn that he is the prime suspect in the assassination attempt on a commanding officer. Charged with treason, conspiracy and murder, he is alone - except for Nell Burns. Nell and Crash have a history - as friends, as lovers. And she knows he could not have committed these crimes. Soon they are on the run, determined to uncover what really happened the night of the attempted assassination. But first they have to survive another day.

    Laurie says: "good story but painful narration"
    "Same story, different title"
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    This has a very similar story line to "Everyday Average Jones" except that it's the hero instead of the heroine who is pushing the other one away. I know there is a need to create some angst in the love story, but the entire book has spent too much time with the main characters running away from each other. I still enjoyed the story - just not as much as some of the others in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Harvard's Education

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Maia Guest
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (117)

    Senior Chief "Harvard" Becker believes that there is no room for women in a combat zone. It's too dangerous, too tough, and with P. J. involved, too distracting. He might respect her sharp intellect and her shooting abilities, but he still doesn't want the responsibility of making sure she stays alive. But P. J. isn't a woman who backs down easily, and to her mind, Harvard has a lot to learn. She just doesn't expect him to be so eager to instruct her on other subjects, like trust, desire - and maybe even love.

    Bookbell says: "I enjoy All Suzanne Brockmann's Books"
    "Another great book in this series!"
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    I really like how each Navy Seal in this series has such a different background and you may know them from prior books, but really do not know much about them until you get to the book that focuses on them. Yes, I know that is typical in a series such as this, but there have been some pleasant surprises with each new book. Each Navy Seal is deep in their own way and the author examines their vulnerable side while still displaying their macho tough guy side which is exciting.

    I really like this narrator - she adds a certain touch to each character. All the narrators have been good, but this one is my favorite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Everyday, Average Jones

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Maia Guest
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (145)

    All her life Melody Evans has wanted to marry a plain, average man who doesn’t take risks. But when the foreign embassy is taken over by terrorists and she’s rescued by a daring Navy SEAL, Melody blames the extreme circumstances for their ensuing passion. When it comes to ordinary, Harlan “Cowboy” Jones is anything but, and their encounter leaves Melody with a little more than just memories.

    DB says: "Great Narrator, Loved the story"
    "A letdown"
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    I still love this series, but this one was a letdown from the previous book in the series which was the best one so far ("Frisco's Kid"). I like all of the Navy Seal characters, but this one got dragged out more than it needed to and Melody became irritating after awhile. I did like the narrator on this one - she seemed more like the first one in the series. I actually liked the storyline with Brittany and Andy better. Hope the next is better and gets back on track.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Frisco's Kid

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (216)

    Being a Navy SEAL is more than a career to Alan “Frisco” Francisco—it is his whole world. So when a bullet wound threatens his future in the Navy, he is determined to achieve a full recovery…all on his own. But his lovely neighbor Mia Summerton has other plans for him. She can’t mend his wounded body, but can she heal his heart?

    DB says: "Enjoyed book & Narrator"
    "Tear Jerker - it was wonderful!"
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    I was actually surprised how moving this story in the series was compared to the first two books. I really liked it and actually brought a tear to my eye in the end. Missed the narrator from the first two books, but this one was pretty good as well. I just like when the voices of the same characters stay the same. But this narrator did a good job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forever Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Ashley Adlon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (164)

    Lucy Tait has fantasized about Blue McCoy since high school. With the Navy SEAL back in town, nothing's changed...except that Lucy's a police officer and Blue's been charged with murder. As the investigation heats up, so does their relationship. Now they're working to save Blue's future - before they lose their hearts

    kytten says: "Better than the first one..."
    "Steamy romance"
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    If you want the good guys to always win, the gal to win her man's heart, and some rock solid bodies to dream about, this is the book/series for you! The story also has some intrigue in it, but it's still a great and steamy romance throughout. Love it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Prince Joe

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Ashley Adlon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (487)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (320)

    Media consultant Veronica St. John has been hired to teach a rugged Navy SEAL to impersonate a European prince who's been targeted by terrorists. But one conversation and Veronica knows there's no way she can turn streetwise New Yorker Joe Catalanotto into nobility. Joe, on the other hand, is confident he's got what it takes. Two days isn't a lot of time to get the job done...but it's enough time to fall in love.

    R. D. MOORE says: "Earlier Work - Still Worth the "Read""
    "A great romance"
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    Just a perfect love story and would highly recommend. It reads well - no fuss, no fluff. Loved the narrator.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Neon Rain: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3021)
    Performance
    (1828)
    Story
    (1821)

    New York Times best-selling author James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux novels began with this first hard-hitting entry in the series. In The Neon Rain, Detective Robicheaux fishes a prostitute's corpse from a New Orleans bayou and finds that no one, not even the law, cares about a dead hooker.

    S. Sand says: "The perfect combination of author and narrator"
    "Interesting"
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    I bought this book based on several reader recommendations. It was a good book and the narrator was excellent. Not sure it's my cup of tea overall, but I would recommend it to anyone who might enjoy a "he man" type of book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7396)
    Performance
    (6442)
    Story
    (6430)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Fantastic!"
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    Held me captive from the 1st chapter to the end. Very much a surprise twist in the end which added all the more. I love Nora Roberts but one of my top 10 picks for sure!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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