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Mona

Crazy for audiobooks!!

Denison, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • When Beauty Tamed the Beast

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Eloisa James
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (517)
    Performance
    (472)
    Story
    (471)

    Miss Linnet Berry Thrynne is a Beauty... Naturally, she's betrothed to a Beast. Piers Yelverton, Earl of Marchant, lives in a castle in Wales where, it is rumored, his bad temper flays everyone he crosses. And rumor also has it that a wound has left the earl immune to the charms of any woman. Linnet is not just any woman. She is more than merely lovely: her wit and charm brought a prince to his knees. She estimates the earl will fall madly in love - in just two weeks. She is more than merely lovely: her wit and charm brought a prince to his knees.

    Elizabeth says: "Witty banter, sexy story, good fun"
    "Enjoyed this book very much."
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    I enjoyed the simplicity of the book. The story line was simple easy to follow and quite enjoyable. The narration was very good by Susan Duerden and I will be looking for more audio books that she narrates. I still think the narrator is the one who makes or breaks the workings of an author.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • A Taste for a Mate

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Carrie Ann Ryan
    • Narrated By Gregory Salinas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Jasper Jamenson's only responsibility to being the Beta of the Redwood Pack, second son of the Alpha, is to protect the Pack from themselves and the human world. After a century of selfless service, his brother's new found mating forced him into taking a good look into his life. He isn't sure he wants a mate, but fate may have other ideas.

    Mona says: "Iffy"
    "Iffy"
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    If you like descriptive violence then you'll probably enjoy this book. I would caution anyone wanting to listen to this one. It has very graphic scenes of physical and mental abuse. Not for me.

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • No Time to Die

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Kira Peikoff
    • Narrated By Almarie Guerra
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    In a Washington, D.C. research lab, a brilliant scientist is attacked by his own test subjects. At Columbia University, a talented biochemist is lured out of her apartment and never seen again. In the Justice Department’s new Bioethics Committee, agent Les Mahler sees a sinister pattern emerging.... Zoe Kincaid is a petite college student whose rare genetic makeup may hold the key to a powerful medical breakthrough. When she is kidnapped, the very thing mankind has wanted since the dawn of time threatens to unleash our final destruction.

    Joshua says: "Another thought provoking book from Kira Peikoff"
    "Couldn't even really get through the beginning of"
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    This book just couldn't grab me at all. Not even given it's synopsis. I was expecting something more from the get go and it just wasn't there for me.

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Mean Streak

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (532)
    Performance
    (473)
    Story
    (483)

    Dr. Emory Charbonneau, a pediatrician and marathon runner, disappears on a mountain road in North Carolina. By the time her husband Jeff, miffed over a recent argument, reports her missing, the trail has grown cold. Literally. Fog and ice encapsulate the mountainous wilderness and paralyze the search for her. While police suspect Jeff of "instant divorce," Emory, suffering from an unexplained head injury, regains consciousness and finds herself the captive of a man whose violent past is so dark that he won't even tell her his name.

    Amazon Customer says: "Ms. Brown's book far exceeds usual quality."
    "OUTSTANDING"
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    I loved this book!! I found myself talking to the characters out loud. LOL. I thought I just knew who it was. Not. Oh well, it's a mystery. But, not if you'll buy and listen to this one.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • The Good Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Mary Kubica
    • Narrated By Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (648)
    Performance
    (579)
    Story
    (583)

    Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, Colin Thatcher seems at first like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.

    VanDelay says: "Cheap Trick"
    "Outstanding"
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    I enjoyed this book so much. Looked to see others she had here on Audible only to discover that this is it. :-(
    Hope we'll be getting more of her writings.
    The ending was such a surprise! All I'm gonna say about a well written mystery.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Mating Brand

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Laurann Dohner
    • Narrated By G. C. VanCoudts
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (133)

    Brand meets his dream girl in college - a half-human, half-leopard shapeshifter who cannot shift. Werewolves and cats are natural enemies, but the power of their sexual chemistry overwhelms them. She steals his heart and makes him whole. When she abandons him it fractures his world and he knows no woman can ever take her place. Though many seek his attention, he is cold and unattainable.

    karen says: "“Mine” she whispered against his skin “Fuck Yes""
    "Not up to LD capabilities"
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    I was so disappointed in this book. I love Laurann Dohner's writing and this one just missed the mark by a long shot. It was difficult for me to listen to the end on this one because it was just so boring.
    Hoping any others coming up in her New Species series is better than this. I'm so happy that I bought this one when it was on sale for $3.67.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Jane's Melody: A Novel (Atria)

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Ryan Winfield
    • Narrated By Emily Beresford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (82)

    What boundaries would you cross for true love? That's the question a grieving mother must answer when she takes in a young street musician to learn about her daughter's death and finds herself falling for him. A sexy but touching love story that will have you equally tantalized and in tears. Jane's Melody follows a forty-year-old woman on a romantic journey of rediscovery after years of struggling alone. Sometimes our greatest gifts come from our greatest pain. And now Jane must decide if it's too late for her to start over, or if true love really knows no age.

    Carolyn says: "Love, Love Love Jane and Caleb"
    "Has Substance & Quality"
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    At first, I wasn't too certain that I'd enjoy this book, but I was pleasantly surprised. It's so well written with all the characters being well developed and interesting.
    This story line will take you on the painful emotions of the loss of an adult child. In fact, for the mothers only child and the turmoil of how drugs can ruin a persons life. Jane (the mother) has to learn to put away 'fear' and to find her way back in to life. Her desire to be around anyone who may have known her daughter leads Jane in to a life that she Never imagined she'd enter in to. She struggles with her own emotions concerning a new relationship she didn't see coming.
    There are many emotions in this book and more than one loss as Jane struggles through life in an attempt to come out whole on the other side.
    The narration is good and each character has his/her own distinct sound.
    This is the first book I've listened to by Ryan Winfield. I only wish Audible had more of his books to offer us. This is a well written book with substance and quality. It's well worth however one chooses to pay for it.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Love in Between

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Sandi Lynn
    • Narrated By Sandra Michelle, Angelo Carillo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (45)

    My name is Lily Gilmore, and I was supposed to be getting married today. That was until I found my fiancé having sex with my sister in the church moments before I was supposed to walk down the aisle. I grew up with a father who was a womanizer and cheated on my mother every moment he had the chance. He would even stoop as low as to take me and my sister with him on his trysts when we were younger. Cheating was all I grew up with, and I vowed never to live the life my mother did.

    James says: "Too Much Sex and Not Enough Story"
    "I liked this one"
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    I'm looking forward to the next one in this new series. The two main characters are Lily and
    Luke. Both have losses in their lives but the effects on each is very different. Sandi Lynn developed the secondary characters quite well and we can see who the following books in this series could possibly be.
    It's a story of new beginnings for all and how they left the past, searched for the future and how they endure the present.
    I enjoyed the narrators very much.
    It's worth the credit.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Rock Chick Rescue

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Susannah Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (443)
    Performance
    (413)
    Story
    (417)

    Jet McAlister has a secret. Eddie Chavez has the hots for Jet (not to mention Eddie’s just plain hot). Jet has too many problems to realize that Eddie’s interested. Eddie loses patience when Jet ends her waitressing shift at a strip club with a knife at her throat. Since Eddie’s a cop, he figures he can help. Since Jet’s used to solving everyone’s problems she doesn’t want Eddie’s help.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "FUNNY!"
    "Come on Now....Really?"
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    I normally enjoy listening to Kristen Ashley, but this listen was unbearable for me. It's one of those annoying listens when the female lead is unrealistic in her thought process. This one is about Jet who is solitary and self sacrificing to the ridiculous and annoying!! Way to much of the dialogue is Eddy (the male unit) trying to convince Jet that she doesn't have to work out her many problems by herself. While that alone would be an annoyance, all her co-workers and Eddy's life-long friends now come aboard trying to convince Jet of the same thing. Does she take anyone's advice??? Yep, you got it!! Not One!!
    I couldn't finish this listen.
    I asked for a refund on it.
    The book has good narration and I did enjoy the humor. The story line tried to be good, but Jet kept attempting to accomplish what any sane woman would know You Just Can't.
    The story line was all over the place with Jet having to work to pay for her Mom's stroke recovery and a Dad who has Sharks after him because one owes him $30,000 and another $15,000. So, we have two extremely needy parents and one child who sacrifices all for them. Really???
    I'd keep my money. I got my credit back.

    3 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Chase You to the Sun: Stardust Erotic Romance Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jocelyn Han
    • Narrated By Melissa Huso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    When Svetlana Ivanova lands a job on Desida One as trade liaison for the Russian Elite, she is over the moon. Even though her rich father owns the largest gemstone mine in the solar system, Lana wants to make it under her own steam. Working on one of the Desidan space stations is a dream come true.

    Things take a turn for the worse, though, when she and her friends Tori and Alen are attacked by rebels on their way to Earth. Bruce Randall, a notorious space pirate and her father's worst enemy, kidnaps her to hold her for ransom.

    Elizabeth L. says: "HOT!"
    "Oh Please Agents~~Do your Authors a Favor"
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    I am convinced that we have reviewed some books unfairly and it's Not our faults!! It's the authors agents and publishers who choose the narrators for their authors and with an audio book the narration is everything. Especially in this genre, if you happen to be a woman!
    Melissa Huso, may well be in her twenties or thirties, I have no idea, but she sounds like she could be my grandmother's age. I don't know about you, but the last thing I want to hear coming my grandmother's mouth is sexual conversation.It just doesn't work! So, I beg, and I mean BEG those who choose on behalf of their authors~~~BE WISER!!
    I liked the theme of this book because it's futuristic with people having the ability to travel all over the world and most importantly, Space. It's done in a described time when people can travel to moons that encircle other planets and they can even destroy those moons if they so choose to. The struggle is political in this book. There isn't a firm, workable Government established (oh, right, Much like it is Today) well, anyway, The commoners are attempting to stand for their rights and the main male character Bruce is a future Robin Hood and an activist for the people all in one. It's a government where 90% of it's inhabitants are the so called 'commoners' and the other 10% are called the Elite. The author took a bit of our nations struggles and used it as those problems plaguing the future. For example, slavery is being used to harvest gems from caves that will only allow a person who is small to reach them, and so one group of people whose children fit the bill are used! So on, and so on, history repeating itself. This is why I gave the story four stars. The narrator was a bad choice for this book and it's my opinion that a younger, strong and more voice changing reader would have made Jocelyn Han's book one that we the listeners would have appreciated more. It's my belief that if agents/publishers are going to offer audiobooks as a profitable medium for the authors that employ them, then they MUST play a closer role in listening who they choose, and base their choices on what the Author is trying to convey to their readers.
    I did listen to this entire book. The draw for me again, was the story line and it's to Jocelyn Han all create is due.
    You may be risking your credit or money if you listen to this book. I hope my review of it will in some way help you make your decision. ~~~Wray Mona~~

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Alpha

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jasinda Wilder
    • Narrated By Summer Roberts, Tyler Donne
    Overall
    (654)
    Performance
    (612)
    Story
    (612)

    I found an envelope in the mail. No return address. My name on the front, my address. Inside was a check, made out to me, in the amount of 10 thousand dollars. Enough to pay the bills and leave me some left over to live on until I found a job. Enough to let me focus on classes. There was no name on the check, just "VRI Inc.", and a post office box address for somewhere in the city. No hint of identity or reason for the check or anything. No mention of repayment, interest, nothing...except a single word, on the notes line: "You." Just those three letters.

    NEW NAME says: "Whew....that was....WOW!"
    "There will be a Second one!!"
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    Alpha is a well written book with a story line that I enjoyed. It's not the usual billionaire conquers the wee submissive. It's a love story without BDSM!! Yeahhhhh.
    Ms. Wilder wrote this book with a story line that is believable, yet not common. She wrote it in a way that keeps the listeners interest in it's outcome throughout the listen.
    I can't touch on the essence of this book without giving too much away. I can say that I enjoyed it enough to write to Ms. Wilder's agent to discover is there is going to be a second book written, creating a series. (Not a Cliffhanger read) Hallelujah!!
    Ms. Wilder is writing another called BETA!! I can't wait.
    Ms. Summer Roberts does an outstanding job narrating the majority of this book. We don't hear from Tyler Donne until the very end. However, Ms. Roberts does and outstanding job in narrating for both Valentine and Kira.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful

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