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  • Highlander Most Wanted: Montgomerys and Armstrongs, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Genevieve McInnis is locked behind the fortified walls of McHugh Keep, captive of a cruel laird who takes great pleasure in ruining her for any other man. Yet when Bowen Montgomery storms the gates on a mission of clan warfare, Genevieve finds that her spirit is bent but not broken. Still, her path toward freedom remains uncertain. Unable to bear the shame of returning to a family that believes her dead or to abandon others at the keep to an imposing new laird, Genevieve opts for the peaceful life of an abbess. But Bowen's rugged sensuality stirs something deep inside her that longs to be awakened by his patient, gentle caress - something warm, wicked, and tempting.

    SIMARA says: "Captivating story with superb narration..."
    "Could not get into this one"
    What disappointed you about Highlander Most Wanted?

    I have been a fan of Maya Banks' Highlander series, so this was an auto-buy. I've enjoyed all of her previous Highlander titles, especially Eveline's story in Never Seduce A Scot. But this one missed the mark entirely. There are so many things wrong with this book it's hard to know where to start!

    Maya Banks spends a good deal of time inside her character's heads in all of her books, and you hear their thoughts and opinions. In this one, however, she went overboard. Thoughts on Genevieve's imprisonment and hopes/fears for the future from her perspective, Bowen's perspective, and during conversations were so tediously repetitive that I lost sympathy for her, just not wanting to hear it over and over and over. This was pretty much the entire book for about the first three hours of listening.

    After all Genevieve had supposedly endured, she was still strong, physically and mentally healthy, no bruises/marks/fears/scars except the one on her face, so unrealistic. And yet while captive she apparently had free roam of the castle, and free access to a bow and arrows (with which she was an expert, of course) yet never used on her captor. Genevieve was singled out for abuse at the McHugh castle. This was never explained. And the demise of the villain was early in the tale and anti-climatic, in my opinion.

    Her parents were represented as loving, caring, and protective, having given her a pleasant, safe childhood; yet they sent her away to wed someone, traveling with no one from her family in attendance, and an apparently small guard, who were all killed. You never hear who this mysterious betrothed man was, he was never apprised of the fact that she was alive, yet she had been on her way to marry him before the events of this book began.

    Genevieve was not a healer, and yet it was she who stitched up the wounds of a man she had recently met, and nursed him, AND they let her stay with him, a relative stranger, alone with their injured clansman/brother. Do ya really think they'd be this trusting with a woman they hardly knew?? I'll stop here, you get the idea.

    I just could not appreciate the main characters in this book or their decisions, and was so often annoyed by things that did not make sense. I love to read, to enter a different world for a while, but I couldn't stay in this one. Hopefully Maya Banks' next book in this series will be better.

    What does Kirsten Potter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I like her narration; she gives different voices to different characters, has a good Scottish brogue, engaging intonation, and has clear articulation. I enjoy hearing her Scottish accents as I listen.

    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I liked visiting with characters from the first Montgomery & Armstrong book.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Wonderful imagery, depressing storyline"
    Would you try another book from Donna Tartt and/or David Pittu?

    I would need to check into books by this author more carefully rather than base my purchase on reviews. I would definitely consider books by this narrator.

    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most interesting - information about the art and art world. Least - minute descriptions of drug and alcohol abuse.

    Which character – as performed by David Pittu – was your favorite?

    Theo, Andy, Hobie, and Boris. The narrator did a terrific job of creating the different voices, you could tell who was talking just by listening to his depictions.

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Not in the theatre. I'd consider watching it on cable, not paying extra to see it.

    Any additional comments?

    Donna Tartt is very talented with her descriptions. You can see, hear, touch, smell, feel what's happening in the story, it is immersive. Her understanding of the importance and beauty of art was wonderful. The characters are believable and you feel sympathy for them. The plot was just not for me. I kept waiting for Theo to grow up, wake up, find some happiness after his tragic and troubled early years. I did not like the interminable chapters in Vegas filled with crime and corruption, and endless pages on the two boys being wasted, sick, unconscious. I can see why this book generated so much attention as it was well-written, I just found it too depressing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unveiled

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Courtney Milan
    • Narrated By Rebecca De Leeuw
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ash Turner has waited a lifetime to seek revenge on the man who ruined his family—and now the time for justice has arrived. At Parford Manor, he intends to take his place as the rightful heir to the dukedom and settle an old score with the current duke once and for all. But instead he finds himself drawn to a tempting beauty who has the power to undo all his dreams of vengeance….

    Kelli says: "Excellent Historical Romance"
    Would you try another book from Courtney Milan and/or Rebecca De Leeuw?


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was OK, predictable.

    What three words best describe Rebecca De Leeuw’s voice?

    Affected. Her voice was grating at times, trying too hard to portray a snobbish affectation. Voices of different characters sounded the same. She does have a clear, easy to understand narration.

    If this book were a movie would you go see it?


    Any additional comments?

    I was disappointed in this book, given the positive reviews. I liked it enough to finish it, and enjoyed parts of it. There were excruciatingly long passages of characters' thoughts, many times repeating the same thoughts/worries throughout the book. Ash was likeable, but way too good to be believable. Margaret had no backbone; the scenes with her father made me wonder why she bothered. The premise was a good one, plot was interesting, but characterizations, repetitions, and sleep-inducing internal monologues made this a 3 star read at best.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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