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Zzrole

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  • A Scandalous Wife: Scandalous Series, Book 1 - Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Ava Stone
    • Narrated By Stevie Zimmerman
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (93)

    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
  • The Highlander's Reward: The Stolen Bride Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Eliza Knight
    • Narrated By Corrie James
    Overall
    (358)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (324)

    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.

    Susan says: "A Davina Porter in the makings?!"
    "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
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (25)

    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
  • 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
    (55)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (48)

    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
  • It's In His Kiss

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Julia Quinn
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (116)

    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
  • Close Enough to Touch

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Victoria Dahl
    • Narrated By Genvieve Bevier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (71)

    For makeup artist Grace Barrett, Hollywood isn't the land of golden opportunity. It's the land of difficult divas, cheating boyfriends and unemployment. So when her great-aunt offers her a free place to stay in Jackson Hole, Grace thinks she'll spend a little time in the sticks to figure out her life, and then move somewhere exciting to live out her dreams. But it turns out that there are a few more thrills in this small town than Grace was expecting….

    Lit Chick says: "Not her best"
    "The heroine was a little rough"
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    Any additional comments?

    I liked this book although the characters emotions seemed a little juvenile sometimes. The narrator was pretty good, not amazing but good. I liked the ending and the secondary characters. Overall, it wasn't Victoria Dahl's best efforts in my opinion. I enjoyed her other books much more; "Real Men Will', "Bad Boys Do", and "Good Girls Don't".

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Improper Relations

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Juliana Ross
    • Narrated By Victoria McGloven
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (192)

    When Hannah's caught watching her late husband's cousin debauch the maid in the library, she's mortified - but also intrigued. An unpaid companion to his aunt, she's used to being ignored. The black sheep of the family, Leo has nothing but his good looks and noble birth to recommend him. Hannah ought to be appalled at what she's witnessed, but there's something about Leo that draws her to him.

    bluebelle says: "Definately erotica"
    "The chemistry lacked something"
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    Any additional comments?

    The narrator was wonderful. The heroine lacked some spark that I can't put my finger on. Like she was just going through motions and not really invested in the romance. I still enjoyed the story and I think that was largely due to the wonderful narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Borrowed Stilettos

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Rebecca J. Clark
    • Narrated By K.D. Linder
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (166)

    It’s a classic case of mistaken identity. But this time, it’s no mistake. Plans go hilariously and seductively awry when mild-mannered Audrey Thompson dresses as Ava, her flamboyant but cowardly twin. It is Audrey's task, as Ava, to break up with Ava's fiancé, Zach Banister. However, as Audrey is stuffing her bra and tottering around in her sister's stilettos, she falls for Zach instead. Little does she know Zach has an agenda all his own.

    Robert says: "Great Romance with a twist."
    "The narrator was awful."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I'm not sure if the story could have rated a 5 star. I'm not sure if the story was juvenile or if the narrator just made it feel that way. Parts of the story made me smile and I thought maybe the lines would sound better in my head if the narrator wasn't delivering them.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Obviously the narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked the butler.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Scandalous Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Karen Erickson
    • Narrated By Priscilla Carson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (89)

    From the moment Daphne, Lady Pomeroy, meets the mysterious Marquess of Hartwell at a masquerade ball, she's determined to seduce him. The handsome, charming man cannot possibly be the cold, calculating lord who Society calls "Black Hart". Risking everything, the lonely widow invites the elusive Hartwell to her dinner party…for two. Hartwell's arrogant reputation is built on a lie. For he has a shameful secret that keeps him in the shadows: a stutter - his downfall since childhood. He'd rather keep his mouth shut than look the fool. But he's shocked to discover that in Daphne's company - and in her bed - his stutter vanishes.

    DARA says: "Quick Regency Romance"
    "Wonderful short romance"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book. It was sweet and passionate. For such a short read the characters were well developed and the love scenes were very passionate and seductive.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved that the hero was vulnerable yet dominate and strong. I really liked the reader as well. She made the story come alive.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Secret Fantasy: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Gaelen Foley
    • Narrated By Rebecca Cook
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    Regency London's elegant ballrooms mask a daring world of erotic adventure. In this second novel in Gaelen Foley's Spicy Trilogy, a mysterious beauty with a devastating secret discovers, in the arms of a bold and fearless cavalry officer, passion that breaks all boundaries. Some say the aristocratic Balfour clan is cursed, a once-great family now in slow decline. Graceful Lily Balfour is her family's last hope, and she has come to London with one goal - to marry a rich man. Her well-laid plans are balked, however, by the irresistible Major Derek Knight, a handsome highborn soldier.

    Sharon says: "Almost great romantic fantasy"
    "Too long and wordy"
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    Would you try another book from Gaelen Foley and/or Rebecca Cook?

    Not sure


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Some thing by Lisa Kleypas.


    What about Rebecca Cook’s performance did you like?

    She does different voices well.


    Any additional comments?

    The dialogue was corny. Not enough passionate scenes or attraction between the main characters. So much narration and not enough action. Wordy, wordy, wordy!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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