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Mona

Crazy for audiobooks!!

Denison, TX, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Secret: Highlands' Lairds, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1022)
    Performance
    (927)
    Story
    (932)

    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"
    "One to be enjoyed"
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    I enjoyed this book by Julie Garwood. Each character was distinct and the friendship between Judith and Francis was true and lasting. I truly enjoyed the fact that this story didn't play out the way so many authors are doing, and that's to have the quiet, I'm not gonna say how I really feel concept, where the reader (ME) wants to through the book across the room out of irritation of stupidity!! I hope authors are realizing that most of us are just not that stupid. After all, if you have something to say, don't spend pages worth of the book deciding why you shouldn't. Egads. Anyway, enough of my rambling. This book didn't have all that. A bit, but not too much. Over all it was a very good listen and I enjoyed the narration just fine. In fact the narrator does a wonderful job giving each character a distinct voice.
    Worth the Credit!

    5 of 8 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
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    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.

    Mona says: "I liked this one"
    "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.

    2 of 2 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
    (194)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (183)

    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.

    Cat says: "Swoonworthy, Delicious Alphas, & Sassy Heriones"
    "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 6 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
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    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 3 people found this review helpful
  • Alpha

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jasinda Wilder
    • Narrated By Summer Roberts, Tyler Donne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (281)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (270)

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Forgotten Sins: The Sin Brothers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Rebecca Zanetti
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    From the moment Josie laid eyes on sexy, mysterious Shane Dean, she was in love. Their desire ignited a passionate affair, and within weeks, Shane had slipped a ring on her finger. It seemed her every fantasy was coming true...until her new husband disappeared without a trace. Now, two years and one broken heart later, Josie is shocked when the hospital calls: Shane has been found...at a crime scene with no memory of how he got there.

    Mona says: "You can beat a good thing down"
    "You can beat a good thing down"
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    The story line for this listen was good and I just know I would have enjoyed it more if the author hadn't created Josie out to be so stupid. I mean, really we've been given a brain with the capacity to reason out. Way too much doubt was placed in Josie's character. We, the general public, are just not that gullible.
    However, this was entertaining if one is able to overlook so much unreasonable thinking on the female character, Josie.
    The narrator does a decent job.
    I did enjoy the suspense of this audio book and RZ did a very good job with that.
    So, worth a credit? I've told you what I found annoying about this listen and if you're willing to overlook that aspect of the listen then it will be worth a credit to you.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Proposition: The Plus One Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jennifer Lyon
    • Narrated By Ryan Hudson
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Rich, sexy and volatile, Sloane Michaels has a dark agenda that keeps his heart on ice. His extreme wealth gives him the control he craves and his skills as an ex UFC fighter the tools he'll need to extract his ultimate revenge. But when the woman he never believed he'd see again crosses his path, Sloane is caught between the vengeance he needs and a sexual conquest he craves.

    Michelle Bowman says: "Great Listen !!"
    "Another Cliffhanger"
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    Okay. I've had enough. I have decided that I will not purchase another book that's a cliffhanger again. I mean, why is this happening so often? Just put it on one and get it on out there.
    Honestly, this one didn't keep my attention like others have. It's the main reason that I won't be looking for a second, third, or any others to carry on this story.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Her Only Desire: Sultry Summer Nights

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Delilah Devlin
    • Narrated By J. F. Harding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    The moment Tilly Floret sees the sleek Bentley driving down Main Street, she knows trouble has arrived in her sleepy little town. A mysterious job posting keeps appearing at the diner where she works, and she can't resist applying. No matter that the entire town of Bayou Vert is whispering about the wealthy, powerful man behind it all and his scandalous return home. The moment his ice-blue eyes meet hers, he ignites an all-consuming desire she never imagined possible, one she can't deny.

    Mona says: "I JUST DON'T GET IT"
    "I JUST DON'T GET IT"
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    Okay. So, that you know. I was NOT a fan of Fifty Shades of Gray. I just DO NOT understand the excitement some experience from BDSM!! It seems to be a trend in these romantic books and so, I'm never quite certain how much of the book is going to be BDSM or what I would call Conventional. I can't enjoy these books because all I can see is me d Smacking the s--- out of guy attempting to boss me around, not to mention what I'd do if clamps, ropes, or flogging do-hickies were to come within my vicinity!! A Safe Word? I've got one...NEVER!!
    So, if you're in to this BDSM you'll likely be just fine with this book. If you're like me, when listening to books like this triggers your Anger and Destroy button, then you won't want to use a credit or spend your money.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • In Want of a Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jo Goodman
    • Narrated By Talmadge Ragan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    Jane Middlebourne needs a way out. In 1891, life in New York is unforgiving for a young woman with no prospects, especially when her family wants nothing to do with her. So when Jane discovers an ad for a mail-order bride needed in Bitter Springs, Wyoming, she responds with a hopeful heart. Rancher Morgan Longstreet is in want of a wife who will be his partner at Morning Star, someone who will work beside him and stand by him. His first impression of the fair and fragile Jane is that she is not that woman.

    Mary says: "An enjoyable listen."
    "OUTSTANDING"
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    I haven't listened to a book that I enjoyed as much as In Want of a Wife in a long time.
    The story line is very well done with a not so typical twist to it. A bad man gone good with desires to keep his past just that, in his past; but circumstance has it's own ideas. That's Morgan's thorn in his side. Then there's Jane. A young woman with horrific tales to tell of a life that No one should have to endure.
    I love how all the characters had a complete development making this story all it was.
    I hope Jo Goodman continues to write more in this historical era, with as talent an ability to express as she has.
    I gave the narration a 4 because it would have been nicer if the characters had a more distinct difference in their voices. Once you get to know who each person is and with the flow of the story line you are able to follow who's saying what.
    Worth the credit? Absolutely!!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • True

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Laurann Dohner
    • Narrated By Vanessa Chambers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (241)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (223)

    Jeanie loves a New Species and is willing to pay for that love with pain, tears, and heartbreak. She’ll do anything to keep 710 alive but she never wants him to know how she suffered for him. He’s the reason for her mission in life - freeing others like him. True has a new life working with the NSO to rescue his people. A good life, until he encounters a dying woman - the female who betrayed him. True should feel gratified that she’s finally going to pay for her crimes, but she claims to be a victim, too.

    Mona says: "Excellent"
    "Excellent"
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    The eleventh book in Ms. Dohner's New Species series and not one iota less exciting to listen to.
    Here we meet and learn about True and Jeanie and their love for one another. The suspense had me in this particular book and I kept trying to figure out who done it. There were a number of times throughout this listen when I was sure of who it would be and kept expecting the hammer to drop. Boy, was I wrong!!
    I have to say, I was very pleased that the majority of this 12 hour listen was spent capturing the excitement of the 'who done it' and how/if they could capture them/him/her... LOL.
    And less about the physical enjoyment that True and Jeanie have. It was an excellent balance (or so I thought).
    We were also introduced to many new Species that we haven't been told about before this book and I'm looking forward to Ms. Dohner continue the New Species series with more of them joining the NSO and finding mates.
    So, the history of the New Species continues as this breed of people still work on procreating. Hopefully, more than just sons. Will anyone be having a girl in the near future.
    Of course it's worth your credit/money.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Damian (The Heartbreaker)

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jessica Wood
    • Narrated By Lynn Barrington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Meet Damian Castillo. The man, the legend, the heartbreaker. As a self-proclaimed man-whore, Damian doesn't believe in love or commitment...The only things he cares about are his bar, his appearance, and his needs. But then he meets Alexis....Could Alexis be the girl that will break through Damian's wall of perpetual bachelorhood without getting hurt? Or will Damian remain true his ways and break Alexis's heart and her hopes of true love?

    Rosemarie Fallon says: "AMAZING BOOK AND SERIES!!!"
    "SO SO VERY WEAK"
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    I sometimes believe that editors have a club, where they all come together and decide what lines will be used somewhere in each Romance book they edit and that they each follow the same story line so not to 'up' one author over another!!! I mean, how else would there be so many Romance novels using the same weak story lines and the same obnoxious lines like, "You liar". or, "Where did that thought come from??" or, "His smile didn't reach his eyes." ughhhh. Please, please, NO MORE COPYING STORY LINES AND CONVERSATIONAL LINES. I for one have Had enough.
    So, this is my recommendation for this book. If you like reading the same story line where there is an instant attraction between the H and h, and they both have a HORRIFIC past that is messing up their present, and if you enjoy and are dumb enough to forgive and take a man back who CHEATS openly on you and even invites you in to participate! Then, this is the book for you. You know.... not too unlike the many others we've listened to.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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