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XYZPDQ

Rootin' Tootin'

Downers Grove, IL | Member Since 2008

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  • 27 reviews
  • 305 ratings
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  • 55 purchased in 2014
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  • Over the Edge: Troubleshooters, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Laura Hicks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (177)

    For Lieutenant Teri Howe, one of the best helicopter pilots in the naval reserves, nothing stands in the way of her passion for flying--until a past mistake surfaces, jeopardizing everything she's worked for. Senior Chief Stan Wolchonok has made a career of tackling difficult challenges so it's no surprise when he comes to Teri's aid, knowing that his personal code of honor--and perhaps his heart--will be at risk.

    T. says: "Pivotal Book of the Series!!!!"
    "GOOD STORY, SO SO READER"
    Overall

    I HAVE READ MOST OF SUZANNE BROCKMANN'S EARLY WORKS AND ENJOY THEM VERY MUCH. HER EARLY WORKS ARE MORE STORY DRIVEN WITH FEWER POLITICAL RANTS. THE EARLY BOOKS ALSO PROVIDE THE HISTORY FOR LATER STORIES. THE WEAKNESS IN THE STORY IS THE NARRATOR. OF COURSE, PATRICK LAWLOR AND RENEE RAUDMANN (NARRATORS FROM HER LATER BOOKS) ARE SO GOOD THAT IT IS HARD TO COMPETE.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Season for Love: The McCarthys of Gansett Island, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Marie Force
    • Narrated By Holly Fielding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (73)

    Owen Lawry has made a living as a traveling musician and enjoys his footloose and fancy free lifestyle. But after meeting Laura McCarthy and helping her to land the job as manager of his grandparents' hotel on Gansett Island, Owen decides there's something to be said about a roof over his head and a warm, sexy woman in his bed. Laura, a newlywed who discovered that her husband never quit dating, came to Gansett for her cousin's Janey's wedding, but ended up staying after she met Owen and took on the renovations to the dilapidated Sand & Surf Hotel.

    XYZPDQ says: "GOOD STORY..POOR NARRATOR!"
    "GOOD STORY..POOR NARRATOR!"
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    First let me say that I have read and enjoyed all the books in this series. The Problem I have is not with the story but with the narrator. Ms. Fielding's narration is so monotone. She sounds like she is putting herself to sleep as well as her listeners! Please get a new narrator!

    1 of 1 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
    (1025)
    Performance
    (929)
    Story
    (935)

    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"
    "Classic Story-Poor Narrator!!"
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    Any additional comments?

    The story is a classic historical romance by Ms. Garwood. Unfortunately, I found the narrator to be VERY annoying! The vioce of Mary Francis never grew up and the voice of Ian was just scary! I think if she had read the story in her normal voice I would have liked it more. Hopefully for the sequal (Ransom) they use the already-recorded audio version by Rosalyn Landor. It is available in CD.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shades of Gray: A KGI Novel, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Adam Paul
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (285)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (266)

    P. J. and Cole were sharpshooting rivals on the same KGI team and enjoyed a spirited, uncomplicated camaraderie. Until the night they gave in to their desires and suddenly took their relationship one step further. In the aftermath of their one-night stand, they’re called out on a mission that goes terribly wrong, and P. J. walks away from KGI, resolved not to drag her teammates into the murky shadows she’s poised to delve into. Six months later, Cole hasn’t given up his search for P. J., and he’s determined to bring her back home where she belongs.

    Alisa says: "Disappointed by the change of narrator."
    "MY NEW FAVORITE BOOK IN THE SERIES!!"
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    What about Adam Paul’s performance did you like?

    I'VE READ SOME OF THE NEGATIVE REVIEWS ON MR. PAUL'S PERFORMANCE AND I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT ALL THE FUSS IS ABOUT. YES, CHANGE IS HARD FOR SOME PEOPLE. I, HOWEVER, FOUND MR. PAUL'S PERFORMANCE TO BE DIFFERENT BUT MOST ENJOYABLE. I HAD NO PROBLEM DISTINGUISHING WHO WAS TALKING BECAUSE MR. PAUL WAS ABLE TO VARY HIS VOICE AND ACCENTS. I DID NOT FIND HIS FEMALE VOICE TO BE IRRITATING AS SOME MALE AUDIO PERFORMANCES CAN BE. MR. PAUL WAS ABLE TO CONVEY THE SUSPENSE IN THE STORY AND ALSO THE TENDER MOMENTS. I HAVE ENJOYED MS. BANKS OTHER KGI BOOKS WITH HARRY BERKELEY AS NARRATOR. I AM EQUALLY PLEASE WITH MR. PAUL. WHO EVER READS MS. BANKS'S NEXT CHAPTER IN THE KGI SAGA, I WILL BE ONE OF THE FIRST TO PURCHASE IT!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whispers in the Dark: A KGI Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Harry Berkeley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (308)
    Story
    (310)

    New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Maya Banks here continues her enthralling series based around the Kelly brothers - six rugged men who make up an elite military group. When Nathan Kelly is finally rescued from behind enemy lines, he credits his life to Shea, whose psychic voice sustained his spirit through it all. But now Shea has gone silent, and Nathan fears she’s in trouble. Can he find Shea in time to repay the tremendous debt he owes her?

    XYZPDQ says: "GREAT BOOK IN THE SERIES--WHERE ARE THE REST???"
    "GREAT BOOK IN THE SERIES--WHERE ARE THE REST???"
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    Where does Whispers in the Dark rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    As a romantic suspense, this book is pretty good. I liked the premiss of the hero being held prisoner and during this difficult time, "hearing" support from the heroine in his head to get him through being held captive. The problem comes because this is book 4 in the series I have read all the books and enjoyed them. If you haven't read the other books, it harder (not imposible) to understand the relationships between the characters. Audible, please bring books 1 - 3 to your website!


    Any additional comments?

    Audible--please put all the books from the series on your website. Ask the publisher to provide you with books, 1, 2, 3 in the series. You did this with the sweet series as well. As I said before, it is hard to get involved in the characters when you only put out some of the books in a series.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • In Bed with a Highlander

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1299)
    Performance
    (1186)
    Story
    (1198)

    Ewan McCabe, the eldest, is a warrior determined to vanquish his enemy. Now, with the time ripe for battle, his men are ready and Ewan is poised to take back what is his-until a blue-eyed, raven-haired temptress is thrust upon him. Mairin may be the salvation of Ewan's clan, but for a man who dreams only of revenge, matters of the heart are strange territory to conquer.

    marlene says: "Steamy as only a Maya Banks can be!!!"
    "ONE OF MS. BANKS BEST!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of In Bed with a Highlander to be better than the print version?

    I like both versions for different reasons. I read books for relaxation. I listen to books to get away from the drudgery of housework, grocery shopping, while cooking, driving the kids from sport to sport, etc.


    What did you like best about this story?

    With some books, it's all about getting laid. I don't like those. This is more of a romance. While the sex is steamy, there is actually a story line that is continued through books 2 & 3 in the series.


    Have you listened to any of Kirsten Potter???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for books 2 & 3 in the series!!!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sacred and Profane: A Peter Decker and Rina Lazarus Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Faye Kellerman
    • Narrated By Mitchell Greenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (113)

    Los Angeles Police Detective Peter Decker had grown very close to Rina's young sons, Sammy and Jake, as he had to their mother, and he looked forward to spending a day of his vacation camping with the boys. A nice reprieve from the grueling work of a homicide cop - until Sammy stumbles upon a gruesome sight.

    Sheryl says: "Do not listen to in the car with children!"
    "WELL DONE MR. GREENBERG!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I felt compelled to write this after reading a few reviews from people who did not like the narrator. I thought Mr.Greenberg did a fine job. He was able to handle the voices, especially those of the women and children. Sometimes narrators-especially male ones- have only one voice for all the women/children in the story, therefore, you can't tell who is speaking. With Mr. Greenberg, I was able to distinguish all the different characters well and I was able to get lost in the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lip Service: Lone Star Sisters, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Susan Mallery
    • Narrated By Julie Francis
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (115)

    Skye Titan's wealthy father thinks he can still dictate his daughter's choice in men. Now widowed and a single mother, Skye isn't the yes-girl she once was. Especially since the love of her life is back in Texas after eight long years. He won't like the answers to the questions he's asking. About why she left him at the altar. And about her eight-year-old daughter.

    mia says: "Skye was a huge let down..."
    "COULDN'T FINISH THE BOOK!!"
    Overall

    DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS ONE--I USUALLY ENJOY SUSAN MALLERY'S BOOKS, BUT THIS ONE I COULDN'T FINISH. THE STORY WAS IMPLAUSABLE AND THE NARRATOR WAS JUST ANOYING! I TRIED TO LISTEN TO THIS STORY THREE DIFFERENT TIMES BEFORE WRITING THIS, BUT AFTER JUST A FEW HOURS, I HAD TO STOP. BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME MS. MALLERY.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sizzle: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Susan Denaker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (118)

    Lyra Prescott, a Los Angeles film student, is closing in on graduation and facing important decisions about her future. She's already been offered a job at her hometown TV station, an opportunity that could ultimately launch her dream career as a film editor. But heading back home would also mean dealing with her overprotective brothers, social-climbing mother, and eccentric grandmother. Unsure of her future, Lyra dives into work on her final school assignment: a documentary transformed by a twist of fate into a real-life horror film.

    Amazon Customer says: "Loved It"
    "NOT BAD, BUT I LIKE HER HISTORICAL ROMANCES!!"
    Overall

    THIS WAS GOOD FOR A CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE, BUT I LIKE HER HISTORICAL ROMANCES. AND SPEAKING OF HISTORICAL ROMANCES, HER LATEST CLASSIC AUDIOBOOK IS "THE PRIZE" THAT WAS RELEASED IN MP3 FORMAT ON 12/27. HOW COME AUDIBLE IS NOT CARRYING IT? IF YOU ARE A FAN OF JULIE'S CLASSIC HISTORICAL ROMANCE NOVELS, PLEASE WRITE AUDIBLE AND ASK THEM TO PUT IT ON THEIR SYSTEM! FYI--GENTLE WARRIOR IS DUE OUT MARCH 27. HOPEFULLY AUDIBLE GETS THEIR ACT TOGETHER BY THEN.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1959)
    Performance
    (1215)
    Story
    (1224)

    By edict of the king, the mighty Scottish laird Alec Kincaid must take an English bride. His choice was Jamie the feisty youngest daughter of Baron Jamison. Alec ached to touch her, to tame her, to possess her forever. But Jamie vowed never to surrender to this highland barbarian. Though his kisses fired her blood, shadowed secrets from Alec's past threatened Jamie's happiness. She brazenly resisted him - until one rapturous moment quelled their clash of wills.

    XYZPDQ says: "Early works released in MP3 at last!!"
    "Early works released in MP3 at last!!"
    Overall

    Finally, Miss Garwood's early works are out in MP3 format! Her Characters always capture your interest from the very beginning and entertain you all the way through with humor and love. There is a reason her books have sold millions of copies. Listen and see for yourself!
    --Keep 'em coming Audible!!

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Dying to Please

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (346)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (169)

    Loyal. Beautiful. Professional. Impeccably organized. Potentially lethal. Sarah Stevens is a woman with many distinct qualities. First and foremost a butler par excellence, skilled at running large households smoothly and efficiently, she is also a trained bodyguard and expert marksman - indispensable to her elderly employer, a courtly gentleman Sarah has come to respect and love. But her perfectly ordered life is shattered when tragedy strikes.

    Nyrrocdooh says: "Couldn't Stop Listening."
    "Great Book"
    Overall

    I love her earlier books! Please Keep them coming!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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