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E. Gensler

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  • More than a Mistress: Mistress Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mary Balogh
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (564)
    Performance
    (431)
    Story
    (433)

    An arrogant duke does the unthinkable - he falls in love with his mistress.... She raced onto the green, desperate to stop a duel. In the mêlée, Jocelyn Dudley, Duke of Tresham, was shot. To his astonishment, Tresham found himself hiring the servant as his nurse. Jane Ingleby was far too bold for her own good. Her blue eyes were the sort a man could drown in - were it not for her impudence. She questioned his every move, breached his secrets, touched his soul. When he offered to set her up in his London town house, love was the last thing on his mind.

    Lia says: "Enjoyable listen"
    "So slow!!!!"
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    What would have made More than a Mistress better?

    I felt the writing was insipid and the interpretation even more so. The pace of the story and reading could have been faster, although I'm not sure it would have improved it much. This was a painful read/listen.


    Has More than a Mistress turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I enjoy the genre, but, I guess, not this author.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Rosalyn Landor’s performances?

    I didn't care for Rosalyn Landor's voice or reading at all. My bad for not listening to the sample and realizing that I have listened to another of her readings and didn't like it either. Not saying I could have done better, but good grief the pacing was slow and characterizations were far too pompous.


    What character would you cut from More than a Mistress?

    Angelique, Tresham's sister. She didn't advance the story and her dialogue was annoying.


    Any additional comments?

    From here on out I will ALWAYS listen to the sample. Thank goodness I got this title on sale!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Seduction and Snacks

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Tara Sivec
    • Narrated By Romy Nordlinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (331)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (304)

    Claire is a 20-something, single mom who grudgingly helps her best friend sell sex toys while she attempts to make enough money to start her own business to give her foul-mouthed, but extremely loveable (when he's asleep) toddler a better life. When Carter, the one-night-stand from her past that changed her life forever, shows up in her hometown bar without any recollection of her besides her unique chocolate scent, Claire will make it a point that he remembers her this time. With Carter's undisguised shock at suddenly finding out he has a four-year-old son and Claire's panic that her stretch marks and slim-to-none bedroom experience will send the man of her dreams heading for the hills, the pair will do whatever they can to get their happily ever after.

    Angela says: "Very Good"
    "Stop the word vomit!!!!"
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    While I enjoyed the storyline of this book and the narration was adequate, the writing was just too much filler/useless fluff/chatter. Where was the editor for this book? Most comments, thought or spoken, by the characters were accompanied by an overly enthusiastic attempt at humor through the use of analogies. The effort to be witty through these analogies was painful by the end of the first chapter! Why would an editor let a writer get away with using the words penis and vagina in almost every other sentence for paragraphs at a time? I found the repetition of these words was ridiculous and boring. That is just one example of the poor writing/editing.

    I almost stopped listening to this book several times for various reasons but wanted to give the author time to finish the story. Well, I finished it, but I won't be buying the rest of the trilogy. Am considering returning this one, which is something I have yet to do with any of the hundreds of books I've purchased in the past.

    As a couple of characters say (and several times at that!), "Stop the word vomit!"

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Reason to Breathe: Breathing, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Rebecca Donovan
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (689)
    Performance
    (637)
    Story
    (636)

    In the affluent town of Weslyn, Connecticut, where most people worry about what to be seen in and who to be seen with, Emma Thomas would rather not be seen at all. She’s more concerned with feigning perfection - pulling down her sleeves to conceal the bruises, not wanting anyone to know how far from perfect her life truly is. Without expecting it, she finds love. It challenges her to recognize her own worth - at the risk of revealing the terrible secret she’s desperate to hide.

    Nancy Devault says: "Awesome"
    "WOW!!!"
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    A compelling story, well written and read. I couldn't wait to listen to the additional books in the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Virgin River Christmas: A Virgin River Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (572)
    Performance
    (448)
    Story
    (461)

    New York Times best-selling author Robyn Carr’s Virgin River novels are beloved by countless fans. Since Marcie Sullivan’s Iraq War-veteran husband died, she’s been unable to move forward. She decides to seek out Ian Buchanan—the man who disappeared after saving her husband’s life four years earlier. Then when Marcie nearly dies and Ian saves her, the couple’s relationship deepens.

    Karen says: "Enjoyable"
    "Love this series!!"
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    Having just finished the fourth book in the Virgin River series, I cannot wait to get to book number five! The plot lines are believable. The characters are enjoyable and fully developed. Love the way there is humor and pathos in most situations. It has been a long time since a book has made me cry. It is easy to care about these characters. Every book in the series thus far has brought me to tears at some point in the story. The romance is presented without insipid dialogue or silly situations.

    Kudos to Therese Plummer for a wonderful reading. Not really a reading so much as a extraordinary performance. So many books just have readers and not performers. Personally, I find those books very difficult to get through. Therese Plummer did a great job of separating characters and providing distinct voices for each of them. I will put Ms. Plummer in the same class as Davina Porter, Simon Prebble and Jim Dale.

    Now....on to book number five, "Second Chance Pass!"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sam's Creed: Hell's Eight Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Sarah McCarty
    • Narrated By Jason Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (880)
    Performance
    (427)
    Story
    (433)

    Known for making up his own rules of right and wrong, Texas Ranger Sam "Wildcard" MacGregor takes what he wants when he wants it, especially when it comes to women. But seduction is the last thing on his mind the moment he stumbles across an Hispanic beauty crouching in fear beside a burned-out wagon.

    Cheryl says: "These books are really good Westerns"
    "Okay, but........"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story line is okay, but the narrator is not a good fit for the story. Yes, he has the deep sexy sound of a cowboy, but his voicing of Isabelle had no inflection what so ever. Just found his portrayal of her stilted and wimpy. Even Sam was read at one level. That made for a slow and almost boring listen.


    Has Sam's Creed turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I do like the genre.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jason Adams’s performances?

    Only after a good sampling of the book & characters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lover Eternal, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2348)
    Performance
    (1578)
    Story
    (1598)

    Listeners looking for a fresh twist on vampire tales need look no further than the erotically charged Black Dagger Brotherhood series. Mary Luce is dissatisfied with her life and her job. But when she is unwittingly thrust into the vampire dominion, everything changes. Falling under the protection of the Brotherhood's strongest member, Rhage, she soon finds herself drawn to his animalistic urges.

    Chakolet says: "A "campy" diversion!"
    "Good story but....."
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    What did you like best about Lover Eternal, The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 2? What did you like least?

    I enjoyed the story. It is my first BDB book, but I plan to go back and read book 1 before moving on. Right now, I plan on reading all of the series.....if the narrator doesn't just really turn me off. Also, the use of contemporary "cool" slang was a little ridiculous. Sorry, just felt that some of it was more than a little hokey and forced.


    What didn’t you like about Jim Frangione’s performance?

    I felt JF's reading was VERY monotone. Just felt there was so much that could have been done with the text.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Probably not.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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