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  • Shiver

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karen Robards
    • Narrated By Shannon McManus
    Overall
    (441)
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    (389)
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    (395)

    If driving a piece-of-crap tow truck through the seediest part of town with a Smith & Wesson beside her means putting a roof over her son’s head, then Samantha Jones is going to be the best damn repo woman on the books. The streetwalkers, the drug pushers, the bands of looking-for-trouble punks haunting the mean streets at midnight don’t intimidate her. These are her people. The guy she finds bound and bloodied in the trunk of her latest conquest, a flashy new BMW, is a different breed entirely.

    Kimberly says: "Gave Me Shivers!"
    "Good story but sooo slow!"
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    Shiver is the story of Sam, a hard working single mother who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. The book follows her frantic efforts to keep herself and her young son one step ahead of a ruthless drug gang. Thrown into this mix is the undercover FBI agent who Sam must learn to trust in order to stay alive.

    This is a great storyline but the writing itself is so wordy and slow that it had me to the point of frustration. Every facet of the story is described to the nth degree - it was so frustrating listening to a ten minute description on the furnishings in the lounge room. At times the description of a scene was so long that I lost track of what the story was actually about.

    I really enjoyed the narration - Shannon McManus was excellent and I look forward to listening to more of her work

    Shiver is an exciting book that keeps you wanting to know what's happening next - it is just such a pity that the book has been spoiled by being padded out with some much unnecessary dialogue.

    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
    Overall
    (8)
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    (7)
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    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 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Different Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Amy Harmon
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
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    (18)
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    (19)

    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.

    Angel Claire says: "A Different Blue - my number one book ever!!!!"
    "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
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    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
    (45)
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    (41)
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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
    (35)
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    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.

    justme says: "Skip it....."
    "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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
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    (719)
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    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.

    Jordy says: "Think Wallbanger meets Beautiful Bastard...."
    "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
    (26)
    Performance
    (23)
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    (26)

    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
  • The Firebird

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Sally Armstrong
    Overall
    (14)
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    Nicola Marter was born with a gift. When she touches an object, she sometimes sees images; glimpses into its past, and of those who have owned it before. When a young woman arrives at the London gallery Nicola works at, offering a wooden carving for sale and claiming it belonged to Russia’s Empress Catherine, Nicola’s boss believes the carving – known as ‘the Firebird’– is worthless. But Nicola has held it, and she knows that the woman, who is in desperate need of money, is telling the truth ...

    Jeannine says: "Susanna Kearsley does it again"
    "Loved this book!"
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    The Firebird, as with all Susanna Kearsley's books, is a work of art. It is beautifully written and interweaves characters from both the Shadowy Horses and Sophia's Secret (AKA The Winter Sea).

    I am not going to spoil the anticipation of the book by reviewing the storyline but for those who wept for Sophie and Anna, this is a must read for you.

    Sally Armstrong's narration was wonderful as always.

    I enjoyed this book and it is well worth your credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mind Tryst

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Christina Traister
    Overall
    (167)
    Performance
    (142)
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    (147)

    Still reeling from her young son's death, Jackie Sheppard retreats to a small town in the Colorado Rockies. Comforted that no one knows of her tragic past, she's thrilled to take a job at a family law firm, where she meets Tom, the local carpenter. Jackie's distrust of others hinders their relationship, but they slowly build a budding romance. However, as she begins to settle into her new life, disturbing things start happening to Jackie...

    Kim says: "Not Your Normal Robyn Carr Book!"
    "Only read this in daylight hours!"
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    Would you listen to Mind Tryst again? Why?

    This book scared the life out of me and yes I will listen to it again - but just not yet. I am a great fan of Robyn Carr and I hope she writes more books of this genre. This book was nothing like the other Robyn Carr books I have read but it was so well written that I am surprised it has taken this long for it to be made into an audiobook.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The book was always on the go - I really didn't find any flat spots. The plot kept twisting an turning. I guessed early on that Tom was not who he appeared to be but the way his previous life was woven into the story made this book compelling listening.


    What about Christina Traister’s performance did you like?

    I have always enjoyed listening to Christina Traister. Some of her male voices can be hard to differentiate but her voice inflection, timing and fluidity always make for excellent narration.


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

    When Jackie heard them say that Tom AKA Jason was still alive. I thought no!!! what does she have to do to kill him. And knowing that he has survived means that I will always wonder if he escaped again. Is he back out there? Will Jackie ever be able to sleep again!


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys being just a little bit scared!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Rough Canvas

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Joey W. Hill
    • Narrated By Maxine Mitchell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
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    (32)
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    When his father dies, Thomas is forced to abandon a burgeoning art career in New York. As difficult as it was to give up his lifelong dream, it's nothing compared to walking away from the man he loves. Marcus taught him to embrace who he is, a sexual submissive who responds to the touch of only one Master. But why would the sophisticated Marcus need some farm kid from the South? Then Marcus shows up and offers him a way to continue his art career and help his family. There's only one hitch - he asks Thomas to spend a week with him in the Berkshires.

    Heather says: "So disappointed........Why? Audibles Why?"
    "Marcus and Thomas - a must read story!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Now that Audible has grouped many diverse books under the Contemporary Romance banner I have found myself straying off into genre's I would not normally preview.

    I read Rough Canvas because of the recommendation of other reviewers- it was a leap of faith because until FSOG (which I know most of the female population have read) I would never venture into the section where the books are usually kept under the counter. But after discovering this series I know I will be reading many more of Joey Hill's books.

    Rough Canvas is a book of many levels - BDSM , the D/s lifestyle, family love and dynamics, friendship and commitment, violence and misunderstanding, and the most surprising for me - God and faith.

    I would recommend this book because it is harsh and loving, brutal and beautiful, full of hope and despair but ultimately of completed by love and acceptance.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It is really hard to choose between Marcus and Thomas. Marcus is the Dom and the Master and yet Thomas is the strength and the power.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't possibly put it down to one scene. This book was complex - each scene relying on the next to bring us further intrigue, frustration, tears, love, anger and finally acceptance.


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

    To be able to take on all that was going on in this book it would be impossible to read/listen to it in one sitting. In some places it was so confronting that I needed to walk away and regroup. This is a book I will need to listen to again because I'm sure there are parts that will become more clear the second time around.


    Any additional comments?

    This book mentions Josh and Lauren from Holding the Cards (first book in the series) and so I guess I will need to download that book which I know in turn will lead onto the reading the whole series.

    If you want to read a really thought provoking book then this is the one for you. If the BDSM scenes are too much - just skip them - no foul in that!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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