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Angel Claire

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  • In Too Deep

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Portia Da Costa
    • Narrated By Imogen Church
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (83)
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    (83)

    I just want a taste of you. Or a touch. My fantasies about you plague my every waking hour. My only comfort is imagining that similar fantasies might obsess you too. When young librarian Gwendolynne Price starts finding increasingly erotic love notes to her in the suggestion box at work, she finds them both shocking and liberating. But who is her mystery admirer and how long will he be content to just admire her from afar...?

    Kimberly says: "Naughty & Wonderful"
    "Oh to be a librarian!!"
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    Gwendolynn Price is a 30 year old librarian who is recently divorced and describes herself as curvy and just a little overweight - I would liken her to Bridget Jones.

    In the libraries suggestion box Gwendolynn receives an erotic and passionate letter from an admirer named only as Nemasis. From what is written in the letter she realises that the author is a person she sees in the library everyday. To go any further would tell too much but I will only say that it you need something to brighten your day and steam your senses - this book is a great choice.

    Gwendolynn has an extremely quirky sense of humor and as the book is written mainly in the first person it is a very funny read. Yes it does have some crude language and very adult themes but it is also sensual and romantic.

    The narration by Imogen Church is amazing - her accent suits the characters so well. A delight to listen to.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (15)
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    (15)
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    It is June 1778, and the world seems to be turning upside down. The British Army is withdrawing from Philadelphia, with George Washington in pursuit, and for the first time, it looks as if the rebels might actually win. But for Claire Fraser and her family, there are even more tumultuous revolutions that have to be accommodated. Her former husband, Jamie, has returned from the dead, demanding to know why in his absence she married his best friend, Lord John Grey.

    Paula says: "Utterly satisfying!"
    "It's everything I wished for!"
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    Where does Written in My Own Heart's Blood rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Diana Gabaldon and Amy Harmon (my favourite authors) have written some amazing books and I rank all of their books equally at the very top of my listening tree. Written In My Own Heart's Blood is a book I have been eagerly anticipating for four years and it is everything I hoped it would be.


    What other book might you compare Written in My Own Heart's Blood to and why?

    At first I was going to say that I haven't read any other books that I could compare to this one but that wouldn't be true. The first one was named Outlander and was the story of a time traveler named Claire and a young Scotsman named Jamie.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I had many favourite scenes but there were a couple of notables that I keep thinking of over and over again. One would be when Bree was reading the letter she found from Frank Randall. It showed just how much he loved and treasured Bree and how he had done all he could to prepare her for the life ahead. The other scene would be the tragedy the family suffered just before leaving Savannah. Absolutely heartbreaking. And then there was William! Oh and of course Lord John.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This book is amazing in that it brings together so much of what has come before. I think I will need to listen to it a couple of times to pick up all it has to offer. Did I want to listen to it all in one session? Hell yes! I wanted to know it all. But realistically with a book that spans 48 hours of listening time that was never going to happen.


    Any additional comments?

    Any book that can leave you constantly thinking about what you have just read, about the decisions the characters made and the way their lives evolved is a gift to be treasured. But now I find that I need to go back to the beginning yet again because I realise that I didn't pay enough attention to what was written before! Well done Diana.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Space Between: An Outlander Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    Overall
    (127)
    Performance
    (120)
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    (120)

    Joan MacKimmie is on her way to Paris to take up her vocation as a nun. Yet her decision is less a matter of faith than fear, for Joan is plagued by mysterious voices that speak of the future, and by visions that mark those about to die. The sanctuary of the nunnery promises respite from these unwanted visitations...or so she prays. Her chaperone is Michael Murray, a young widower who, though he still mourns the death of his wife, finds himself powerfully drawn to his charge.

    Kathy says: "A Delight!"
    "Le Comte and the Frog!"
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    This book is set in June 1778 when Joan McKimmie travels to France to enter a convent. Joan is accompanied by Michael Murray son of Ian and Jenny. Michael is mourning the recent death of his wife and his father. I won't go into the story other than to say this book will answer many questions raised thirty years before and is the perfect book to listen to whilst you wait for the 10th of June. Absolutely fascinating!

    Davina Porter's narration is amazing as always.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Uncovering You 2: Submission: Uncovering You, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Scarlett Edwards
    • Narrated By Amy Johnson
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    I have survived the worst. I have come out of the darkness with my sanity intact. Now, I get to meet the monster holding me here. For the first time since my captivity began, I get to meet Stonehart. Whatever he wants, I'll be ready. The collar may be tight around my neck, but I will not be a prisoner. A prisoner has no choice. A prisoner has no purpose. But a concubine, on the other hand? She always has a choice. And today, I choose to fight.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "WOW!"
    "Hiding behind the couch but can't look away!!!"
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    Would you listen to Uncovering You 2: Submission again? Why?

    This series has been very cleverly written and I will be listening to this book many times. There are so many hints to what lies behind the story and another one comes to light each time the story is read.


    What other book might you compare Uncovering You 2: Submission to and why?

    At first I compared this book to Consequences but after reading this second book in the series I think it has a flavour of its own. It's obvious that JS has his own agenda and I am so intrigued to find out what that is. Lily is going to need to think so much smarter if she wants a chance to outsmart him. This man is ruthless.


    Have you listened to any of Amy Johnson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Amy Johnson's narration is as intense in this book as it was in Uncovering You 1.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    For me the most telling part in this book was in the early chapters when JS turned on the purple light to show Lily how easily he could control her boundaries. When he whispered 'run' my heart dropped - I almost gave up then. I thought 'this man is mad - how will you ever bring him down'.


    Any additional comments?

    Scarlett Edwards is an amazing talent. She has been able to continue the tension created in the first book through to the second and I am so looking forward to the third. I just hope our heroine keeps fighting back!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Contract: Uncovering You, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Scarlett Edwards
    • Narrated By Amy Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (60)

    When I wake up in a dark, unfamiliar room, I have no idea what's waiting for me in the shadows. My imagination conjures up demons of the worst kind. Reality is much worse: A collar with no leash. A prison with no walls. And a life stripped of meaning. A collar with no leash. A prison with no walls. And a life stripped of meaning. I am presented with a vile contract and asked to sign. It outlines the terms of my servitude.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "WOW!"
    "Amazing start to a new series!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Contract the most enjoyable?

    I was absolutely glued to this book from the very beginning. The development of the characters and the depth of raw emotion made this a one sitting listen.


    What other book might you compare The Contract to and why?

    I guess the only book I have read that would compare to this was Comfort Food.


    What about Amy Johnson’s performance did you like?

    Amy Johnson's performance was amazing. Her narration was full of emotion - making me feel like I was also living this nightmare.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    This is a series of books - too early to make tag line. But when I do it will be something that conveys the battle that is about to be waged.


    Any additional comments?

    This was only a short listen but it was well worth the effort. Hopefully all other books in this series will be available on Audible.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Different Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Amy Harmon
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    Blue Echohawk doesn't know who she is. She doesn't know her real name or when she was born. Abandoned at two and raised by a drifter, she didn't attend school until she was ten years old. At nineteen, when most kids her age are attending college or moving on with life, she is just a senior in high school. With no mother, no father, no faith, and no future, Blue Echohawk is a difficult student, to say the least.

    J. Duncan says: "Great story."
    "A Different Blue - my number one book ever!!!!"
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    Would you listen to A Different Blue again? Why?

    Wow! Where do I start. It is difficult to review a book like this without spoiling it for others.

    A Different Blue is a story with so many layers. We meet Blue as a twenty year old working her way through her graduation year of school. Her life takes a massive change when Darcy Wilson, a young history professor, comes into her life. His take on history - how it moulds who we are and where we going, forces Blue to confront her own past and future.

    Would I listen to A Different Blue again? This book is awe inspiring and I know I will listen to it again and again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    We all remember that special teacher at school - the one who made learning seem worth while - the one who made a difference. Darcy Wilson was that person and more. For Blue he was the one who made it all make sense.


    What about Tavia Gilbert’s performance did you like?

    I have listened to other books narrated by Tavia Gilbert and I think this was on of her best, although I do think she could work on her British accent.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did have an extreme reaction to this book. A Different Blue ran the full gambit of emotions. Without spoiling it for others this is a book that will leave your heart full whist at the same time giving your emotions a heavy going over.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a story that can be read by old and young adults. Each of us will take something different from it. Amy Harmon has has bravely written a story that that confronts some of society's saddest and happiest events. Well worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Making Faces

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Amy Harmon
    • Narrated By Rob Shapiro
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (56)

    Ambrose Young was beautiful. He was tall and muscular, with hair that touched his shoulders and eyes that burned right through you. The kind of beautiful that graced the covers of romance novels, and Fern Taylor would know. She'd been reading them since she was 13. But maybe because he was so beautiful he was never someone Fern thought she could have...until he wasn't beautiful anymore.

    Angel Claire says: "Amy Harmon - what a great book!"
    "Amy Harmon - what a great book!"
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    Where does Making Faces rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I guess I would rate Making Faces as one of the top ten books I have listened to this year. The book has substance, characters are well developed, the story is intense and thought provoking.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Making Faces tells a story of how we see ourselves and how others see us.


    Which character – as performed by Rob Shapiro – was your favorite?

    This is the first time I have listened to a book narrated by Rob Shapiro and I was very impressed. The character I will remember the most was Bailey - his love of life despite his difficulties was inspirational.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Life is what you make it!


    Any additional comments?

    Making Faces is my first Amy Harmon read and it won't be my last. This book is a romance but not 'hot and sweaty'. This book has left me thinking about my life and how I sometimes take my fortunate life for granted. Well worth a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Without Regret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By R. L. Mathewson
    • Narrated By Stella Bloom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (55)
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    Chris Williams is used to making sacrifices. For years he's done his duty by his family and his calling as he awaited the one person that was meant for him. When she finally came into his life, she was nothing like the woman he'd expected. Instead of being the warrior ready to help him protect his family and the humans under his care he got.....

    Angel Claire says: "Don't waste your credit!!!"
    "Don't waste your credit!!!"
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    There were no Audible reviews available and so I downloaded this one on the reputation of the authors other books. BIG mistake. The story in this book is slow, the characters are poorly developed and the narration is ordinary. In future if there isn't an Audible review I will check out the reviews for the print editions on Amazon.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rebecca's Lost Journals: Volumes 1-5

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lisa Renee Jones
    • Narrated By Grace Grant, Sebastian York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    Rebecca Mason has known heartache and sorrow in her life, losing everyone she loves. She's on her own in San Francisco, lost in every way, until she dares to make the decision to chase her dream of working in the art world. It is then that she meets a rich, seductively powerful man who will become the Master she never knew she wanted and change her life forever. He will lead her on a dark, passionate journey where pain is pleasure and pleasure is pain, and where every limit she once had is no more. In this man, she will find solace to her pain, an escape from the ache inside her.

    Frances says: "Wow! Very Sexy!!"
    "Rebecca's Journey - essential reading!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    These journals are integral reading with the Inside Out Trilogy. Journals 1 - 4 give the background to Rebecca's life and a greater understanding of what was going on in her life at the time she wrote the journals. Journal 5 is written from the Master point of view and for me to review that journal would spoil it for all listeners. I read Rebecca's Lost Journals on my kindle before I listened to 'If I Were You' and 'Being Me'. I would recommend listening to Journal 5 after 'Being Me'.


    What other book might you compare Rebecca's Lost Journals to and why?

    Rebecca's Lost Journals are the story of Rebecca's journey into the life of a Master and submissive. They share her thoughts, her triumphs and her regrets. I don't know what books I would compare them to - they were a much more in depth read than Fifty Shades.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I wouldn't call it a favourite scene but for me it was the most telling. It was when Rebecca finally decided not to sign another contract. Rebecca knew that while she loved her Master deeply he was unable to give the same back to her. It was only ever going to be a contract - never a relationship.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Not every book series should be made into a film and I think this is one of them.


    Any additional comments?

    The narration by Grace Grant and Sebastian York was brilliant as always. I was pleased to see that these novellas had finally been released as an audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tangled: The Tangled Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Emma Chase
    • Narrated By Sebastian York
    Overall
    (1036)
    Performance
    (964)
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    (967)

    Drew Evans is handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed? He’ll tell you he has the flu. But we all know that’s not really true. Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin.

    CAC says: "Brilliant!!!!"
    "An excellent read!!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Would I recommend this book - absolutely. Even though Drew Evans was the type of man that most clear minded women would flick to the kerb I must admit that I really enjoyed this book. Sebastian York's narration was superb as always - listening to his rich gravelly voice is like being immersed in dark chocolate and red wine!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favourite character would have to be Drew Evans. Other reviewers hit in on the head when they called him a man whore - but then he fell in love. Listening to him trying to come to terms with that love felt like karma.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Apart from the first scene that gave the listener a true insight into Drew Evans, my favourite was when Drew's family were sitting around the table talking and Drew's niece innocently dropped in one of Drew's favourite sayings. So funny!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    I would love to see this made into a movie but I can't think of an appropriate tag line.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is romantic with a happily ever after. It does have a sequel but it doesn't finish with a cliff-hanger. Worth the time and effort

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Out of Turn: The Kathleen Turner Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Tiffany Snow
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (35)

    Breaking up is hard to do, as Kathleen Turner discovers. After a falling-out with her ex, high-powered attorney Blane Kirk, she’s moving on the best she can. Unfortunately, someone from her past is set on revenge and nothing short of killing Kathleen will stop them. Keeping his brother’s ex-girlfriend alive isn’t something new to assassin-for-hire Kade Dennon, but this time can he protect her from himself? She’s a woman he can’t convince himself to walk away from, no matter what it costs him.

    Angel Claire says: "Go team Kade!!!"
    "Go team Kade!!!"
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    If you could sum up Out of Turn in three words, what would they be?

    I need way more than three words to sum up Out of Turn. But if I had to try I guess it would be 'Love Them Both'. Kathleen tries so hard to not come between Blane and Kade but in the end she hurts both herself and the men who mean so much to her.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story was all action. At times I wondered how Kathleen would survive. As in the other books in this series Blane was his usual pompous, arrogant, self-centred self. Still blind to the dubious intentions of some of those around him. Kane on the other hand, though still full of self-doubt was more willing to show his soft and vulnerable side.


    Have you listened to any of Angela Dawe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have listened to many of Angela Dawe's performances and I think this series is one of my favourites. The voice of Kathleen Turner suits the character so well - the presentation is almost clinical. It is like 'well this is me and my life - I may not be much but I like who I am'. I guess if I have any negative comment if would be that Blane always sounds like he has a sore throat - but then I guess that's how I pick his voice.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I got so frustrated with Kathleen with her blind faith in Blane. Thank goodness she recognised her real feelings for Kane by the end of the book - saved me throwing something!


    Any additional comments?

    I am really enjoying this series. I see the next instalment won't be available until May 2014. Hopefully Tiffany Snow will give Kathleen a Happy Ever After - even if it is one that involves one women and the two men she loves!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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