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Zzrole

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  • It's In His Kiss

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Julia Quinn
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (131)

    Raised by an unloving father who told him he was actually a bastard, Gareth St. Clair, the second son of a viscount, has plenty of private demons to battle. Years later, after ironically becoming the heir to the St. Clair title when his older brother dies, Gareth still doesn't understand why his father, Lord St. Clair, hasn't publicly denounced his position in society.

    A says: "Solid historical romance"
    "Excellent book, excellent narrator!"
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    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Hyacinth's (Heroine) brother teasing her about marrying Gareth and says the whole relationship will be inundated with lisping. It was hilarious.


    Any additional comments?

    First let me say that Simon Prebble, narrator, is simply amazing! Wow! OK, that said, this book kept me intrigued, chuckling and happy to the very end. I loved it. Ms. Danbury, the old coot, was a such a great character. Hyacinth is so endearing and quirky. And the hero is very sexy! Very witty dialogue all around. The love scenes are steamy and detailed and beautiful! I loved everything about this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Secrets of a Courtesan

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Nicola Cornick
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Jasicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    The epitome of privilege and power, the handsome Duke of Welburn sets all the ladies' hearts aflutter as he strides into the village of Fortune's Folly. For Eve Nightingale this fluttering is a mixture of wariness and wonder. Once his glittering society mistress - caught up in his glamorous world by day and tangled in his bedsheets by night - she is now no more than a penniless yet proud shopkeeper. It's a world Eve can't go back to - she has secrets to keep. But this determined duke seems very keen on unravelling them....

    Zzrole says: "Very sweet"
    "Very sweet"
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    For a short story this was well done. I enjoyed it. The characters were likable and believable and the plot was interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Night with the Laird

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Nicola Cornick
    • Narrated By Claudia Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (28)

    She is young and beautiful and fashionable, Edinburgh's most flirtatious hostess. But within the merry widow beats a grieving heart. Lady Mairi mourns the husband she lost two years before-and no matter how accomplished a lover Jack Rutherford may be, their wanton night together was an encounter of the body only, and Lady Mairi would prefer to forget it.

    Zzrole says: "The ending left out a lot"
    "The ending left out a lot"
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    The narrator was a little abrupt, fast and tense. But all in all not bad.
    The story was fine until the end. I would have given it 4 stars if not for the abrupt ending that gave us no indication of things that were hinted at in the last part.
    I would recommend this story though. The plot was good and I liked the characters.
    Spoiler: the author made you believe that the heroine was pregnant. Then the story ended with no clue as to her condition. Why out those hints in the story if you're not going to resolve at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Captain of My Heart: Heroes of the Sea, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Danelle Harmon
    • Narrated By Wayne Farrell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Handsome, wily Irish privateer Captain Brendan Jay Merrick is running from a painful past - and fighting for a new nation's future when he arrives in the colonial town of Newburyport, Massachusetts, with plans for shipwright Ephraim Ashton to build his magnificent new schooner.

    Karen says: "A Favorite Read - Now Comes Alive With Narration!"
    "A little over dramatic for me"
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    It was still a good book. Had some actual funny moments too, which was a surprise. It just had a little bit more drama than I like. Like "are you kidding me?" Thoughts. The book was well written with good dialogue and interesting characters though. I liked the narrator. I was not particularly fond of the heroines voice but overall it was good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Once Upon a Tartan: MacGregor Trilogy Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Grace Burrowes
    • Narrated By Roger Hampton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (39)

    Tiberius Flynn travels to Scotland with orders to snatch his young niece away from her Highland relations. He thinks it's going to be an easy task, until he meets the feisty little girl and her fiercely protective step-aunt. A smart, headstrong beauty, Hester Daniels has no use for an English lord with high-handed ways, no matter how handsome or beguiling he may be. Tye sets out to seduce Hester and win over Fiona, only to discover that he's losing his heart to a woman who's as untamable as Scotland itself.

    Harry_ATL says: "Quite enjoyable"
    "Excellent!"
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    Did not disappoint! The narrator was wonderful. Spoke for each character in a way that individualize them with their own personality. The story was sensors yet romantic. I chuckled at some of the dialogue. It was real and honest. Thank you Grace for a wonderful story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where Dreams Begin

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (405)
    Performance
    (362)
    Story
    (361)

    Zachary Bronson has built an empire of wealth and power, but all London knows he is not a gentleman. He needs a wife to secure his position in society – and to warm his bed in private. But one alluring, unexpected kiss from Lady Holly Taylor awakens a powerful need within him beyond respectability. An exceptional beauty whose fierce passions match Zachary’s own, Holly always intended to play by society’s rules, even when they clashed with her bolder instincts. But now a dashing stranger has made her a scandalous offer that does not include matrimony....

    bluebelle says: "A Perfect Historical Romance!"
    "Wonderful!"
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    As ever, Lisa knocks it out of the park. Sensuous, romantic, moving. The characters are real and deep. Loved it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Pleasures: The Pleasures Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Eloisa James
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (64)
    Story
    (65)

    Eloisa James, the acclaimed author of Potent Pleasures, returns to Regency England with an unforgettable new heroine - a genteel but naughty innocent who gets more than she bargains for when she finally says yes to love. To her legions of adoring suitors, it comes as quite a shock when Lady Sophie York rejects an offer of marriage from the dashing, rakish Patrick Foakes in favor of amiable but dull Braddon Chatwin. He may be an earl, but it is Patrick's stolen kisses that sear her lips.

    stolives says: "Fell Flat"
    "Great first half and then..."
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    The first half was great. Romance, humor, personalities that were alive and quirky. Then the main characins marry and it's one misunderstanding on top of each other. I began to roll my eyes and say "wow, really?" Then everything was talked out and resolved (and there were a lot of misunderstandings) in the last scene of the book!
    There were 2 villains but nothing ever happened with them in the story. We didn't get to live out their capture and humiliation. The hero explains to his wife (in the last scene) what the villain's plot was and that they were caught. That's it. It's over. Usually the villains actually have a part in the story. They kidnap someone close to the hero or almost kill them, etc. But in this story they're whole plot to start a war and use the hero to do it is literally wrapped up in a couple sentences in the last scene. So.....
    I LOVE Eloisa James' writing, but this one story seemed like the first half was her but the last half just got emotionally dramatic for no good reason. Yikes! I feel kind of guilty writing my first bad review for this author. I listened to the end though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Highlander's Reward: The Stolen Bride Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Eliza Knight
    • Narrated By Corrie James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (414)
    Performance
    (372)
    Story
    (375)

    Lady Arbella de Mowbray abhors the idea of marrying an English noble occupying Scotland. When she arrives in Stirling, she is thrown into the midst of a full battle between the Scots and the English. Besieged by rebels, she is whisked from her horse by a Highland warrior who promises her safety. But when he kisses her she fears she's more in danger of losing herself.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "I love Highlanders too"
    "Actions and situations not believable"
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    Corrie James is a pretty good narrator. A few times she makes the male hero, Magnus, sound like a corny, sensitive, school boy. That may have just been the lines she had to read but her inflection was not right for the character. A lot of the dialogue was ridiculous.
    Arabella (English) is saved by Magnus (Scotish) during a battle. He decides he has to marry her to keep her safe (makes no sense) instead of sending word to her father that she is well and protected and returning her. She refuses to consummate the marriage so it can be annulled. She holds out 2 days. The short period of time is unbelievable. She wanted to keep everyone safe. 48 hour later that no longer matters. No good explanation. His clan welcomes her english self with open arms. No hostility even though they are basically at war with England and hate each other.

    If the situations happened for better reasons or were thought out by the characters instead of just happening this book would have had some depth to it. Example: Arabella runs away. She decides to go but takes no provisions, doesn't know how to get where she's going and travels alone in a country (Scotland) where she doesn't know anyone...while the English are known to be going around burning villages and the hostility towards her kind is high. She can't get the stable hand to let her ride without a guard so she walks. To England. No clothes, no food, no water, no money, no directions. It's ridiculous.
    Sorry. I really wanted to like this book but it's just not gonna happen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Scandalous Charade: Scandalous Series, Book 2 - Volume 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Ava Stone
    • Narrated By Stevie Zimmerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    Handsome ladies’ man Lucas Beckford has agreed to help his friend, an impoverished baron, win the affections of an icy heiress. It should be a simple task, especially for a seducer of his reputation. However when Luke catches sight of the enchanting lady, he is captivated with her pretty brown eyes, quick wit, and sharp tongue; and his desire to see his friend marry the girl quickly evaporates. Now he just has to find a way to convince the penniless lord to turn his attentions elsewhere - leaving the Ice Princess to him.

    Zzrole says: "Read the series in order"
    "Read the series in order"
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    What does Stevie Zimmerman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She does a great job of expressing each character's lines and putting personality into each one.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a little annoying the way book 1 overlapped into book 2. You heard the same scenes reread from Book 1 because the 2 stories overlapped time wise. I found it a little hard to really like the hero in this book because his character was severely flawed by his actions 5 years earlier with his brother's wife. (she wasn't his wife at the time, but she was a 16 year old girl he thought was a virgin. Really, what kind of man seduces a 16 year old virgin with no thoughts toward a serious relationship and no remorse or misgivings about his actions. A very gross kind of man in my opinion. Even WITH thoughts toward a serious relationship, it's creepy. I wasn't sure I would be able to root for him. In the end, he realizes his lack of character and changes. That's what saved it for me.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Scandalous Wife: Scandalous Series, Book 1 - Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ava Stone
    • Narrated By Stevie Zimmerman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (106)

    As the head of his family, Robert Beckford, the Earl of Masten, was accustomed to dealing with various problems his siblings had caused of one sort or another. However, he wasn't prepared when his cad of brother ruined and then abandoned a young lady. To right the wrong, Robert married the girl himself; but his chivalry only went so far. He didn't want a wife, and most certainly not a scandalous one. So, after repeating his vows, he sent her packing, off to a secluded estate and expected her to stay put.

    Cynthia says: "Scandalous indeed."
    "Good Story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes


    What about Stevie Zimmerman’s performance did you like?

    She does a great job expressing the characters emotions


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    Lots of stuff going on in this book. The premise was interesting. You need to read the books in the series in order because otherwise you'll be overwhelmed by characters and plots that were detailed in the previous books. This is the first in the series. There were wonderful love scenes, which, in my opinion, are so important in a romance. They have to be written in a believable way with heart and lots of hot seduction.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In the Garden of Disgrace: The Garden Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Cynthia Wicklund
    • Narrated By Tanya S. Bartlett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (50)

    When 17-year-old Lady Jillian Fitzgerald sneaks out to spy on a duel, she believes she is merely guilty of an indiscretion. But when the duel takes a deadly turn and Jillian becomes an unwilling passenger in the fleeing carriage of the infamous "Lord Wicked", she knows what began as a lark has become a disaster. One night of bad judgment and her life is changed forever.

    Patricia says: "Great Story. Love the Characters"
    "Worst Narrator EVER!"
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    What would have made In the Garden of Disgrace better?

    A different Narrator


    If you’ve listened to books by Cynthia Wicklund before, how does this one compare?

    I loved Cynthia's book "In The Garden of Temptation". Great story, good narrator. So I know that this book is probably really a good read, but the narrator makes it impossible to enjoy. Sometimes I just have to get used to the quirkiness of the narrator and then I'm good with it and its enjoyable, but there's no chance of that with this book. A shame good writing is made to be so unenjoyable.


    What didn’t you like about Tanya S. Bartlett’s performance?

    She hesitates like she isn't sure of the next word. She isn't fluid in her reading. Her inflections are all wrong sometimes like she didn't realize where the sentence was going. She's super slow. I've listened to a ton of audio and this is one of the worst.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Frustration from listening to the narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    Like I said, this review is no reflection on the story or writing style. It's a shame they let this go all the way to the finished product with this narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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