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Smooch

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  • Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Jenna Miscavige Hill
    • Narrated By Sandy Rustin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (719)
    Performance
    (657)
    Story
    (657)

    Jenna Miscavige Hill, niece of Church of Scientology leader David Miscavige, was raised as a Scientologist but left the controversial religion in 2005. In Beyond Belief, she shares her true story of life inside the upper ranks of the sect, details her experiences as a member Sea Org - the church's highest ministry - speaks of her "disconnection" from family outside of the organization, and tells the story of her ultimate escape.

    Tim says: "The Despicable Truth Behind Scientology"
    "BORING!!"
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    What would have made Beyond Belief better?

    Some substance. I appreciated the descriptions of they ways of thinking and ways of doing things in the Scientology world but that's where the interest stopped. Throughout the entire book, Jenna began what sounded like it was going to be a huge story or atrocity of some sort just to fall lag into nothing. "I needed linens and I broke down in tears but then Donna got me some. Things weren't looking good and I didn't know where to go and then so so and showed me." Seriously, I was bored to death and felt like the majority of the book was full of useless and meaningless minute by minute accounts of her entire life.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jenna Miscavige Hill again?

    No, most likely not.


    What didn’t you like about Sandy Rustin’s performance?

    She was so monotone. She had something very borning to perform and her delivery was borning.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Beyond Belief?

    The beginning, middle and the end.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your money on this book. Can I get a refund?

    8 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie: Highland Pleasures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1456)
    Performance
    (1325)
    Story
    (1327)

    It was whispered all through London society that he was a murderer, that he'd spent his youth in an asylum and was not to be trusted - especially with a lady. Any woman caught in his presence was immediately ruined. Yet Beth found herself inexorably drawn to the Scottish lord whose hint of a brogue wrapped around her like silk and whose touch could draw her into a world of ecstasy.

    Lupdilup says: "FANTASTIC BOOK, NICELLY PERFORMED."
    "God I love this book!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definately! It is so honest and well written. I decided to trust all the other reviews before me and I am so happy I did! It is hot and enticing, specific, but totally lovely! It is graphic in the most perfect and well written way. The love scense are tasefull and unique. It made me shudder more than once!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie?

    How open and honest Ian and Beth are with each other. There's no games, no wondering how they feel - there's no embarrassment and you can hear that in the way the story is written and the delivery of the narrator. I found myself falling in love with this couple and just rooting for their happiness.


    What about Angela Dawe’s performance did you like?

    Her voice is perfect! She has a deep voice - never shrill. It is seductive and works perfectly for both male and female. She has a great flow - never too fast, never exaggerated and she speaks each charater in such a way that really helps portray their personalities.


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

    Wicked Hot Indulgence!


    Any additional comments?

    Go have a hot, enticing listen that will satisfly all your "great book" expectations! This book feels like a vacation - I hope you enjoy it too!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1959)
    Performance
    (1215)
    Story
    (1224)

    By edict of the king, the mighty Scottish laird Alec Kincaid must take an English bride. His choice was Jamie the feisty youngest daughter of Baron Jamison. Alec ached to touch her, to tame her, to possess her forever. But Jamie vowed never to surrender to this highland barbarian. Though his kisses fired her blood, shadowed secrets from Alec's past threatened Jamie's happiness. She brazenly resisted him - until one rapturous moment quelled their clash of wills.

    XYZPDQ says: "Early works released in MP3 at last!!"
    "VERY ENJOYABLE!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Bride the most enjoyable?

    The author's humor. She just is a master at wit, sass, and genuine humor. I am laughing out loud and finding myself just loving the charaters. She develops wonderful relationships and charaters.


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

    Any of Julie Garwood's other Highland books. I think this is the third one I have listened to and I want to work my way through the rest. One thing I really admire about the author is that not all the books are the same. The stories are different, the charaters personalities are different and each book is unique. I don't like it when you read several books by the same author and you can recognize repeated phrases or descriptions. I don't find that in Ms. Garwood's books.


    Which character – as performed by Rosalyn Landor – was your favorite?

    Hmmm, that's a hard one. I loved Jamie, Alec and the priest. I love Jamie's strength and spit and vinegar! I loved Alec's banter with his men and his patience/tenderness with Jamie. I also admired the priest and how he creatively helped to nurture both Jamie and Alec's relationship.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a very enjoyable romance with enough wit and humor to keep you very engaged. The performance (narrator) is perfect as well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Promises

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Marie Sexton
    • Narrated By Mark L. Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (181)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (171)

    Jared Thomas has lived his whole life in the small mountain town of Coda, Colorado. He can't imagine living anywhere else. Unfortunately, the only other gay man in town is twice his age and used to be his teacher, so Jared is resigned to spending his life alone... until Matt Richards walks into his life, that is. Matt has just been hired by the Coda Police Department, and he and Jared immediately become friends. Matt claims he is straight, but for Jared, having a sexy friend like Matt is way too tempting.

    Boys like Boys says: "I don't regret my purchase"
    "Sweet story but TERRIBLE narration!"
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    What would have made Promises better?

    A better narrator. Very honestly, he ruined the entire book for me.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I didn't make it to the end of the book before I lost interest and started a different story.


    What didn’t you like about Mark L. Jones’s performance?

    No emotion! It sounded like this was the first time he had ever read the book. He was monotone and just terrible.


    What character would you cut from Promises?

    All charaters were fine - wouldn't cut any.


    Any additional comments?

    It is too bad that there wasn't a better narrator. A good narrator could have made this simple, sweet story MUCH more enjoyable and worth the money. Save your money and read the book to yourself.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret: Highlands' Lairds, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1026)
    Performance
    (930)
    Story
    (936)

    Judith Hampton was as beautiful as she was proud and loyal. Her dear Scottish friend from childhood was about to give birth, and Judith had promised to be at her side. But there was another reason for the journey from her bleak English home to the Highlands: to meet the father she had never known, the Laird Maclean. Nothing prepared her, however, for the sight of the Scottish barbarian who was to escort her into his land...Iain Maitland, laird of his clan, a man more powerfully compelling than any she had ever encountered.

    CAROLYN says: "MEDIEVAL HIGHLAND ROMANCE AT IT'S BEST"
    "Awesome story and great performance!"
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    If you could sum up The Secret in three words, what would they be?

    Romantic, Sassy, Engaging.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love a spirited woman and Judith was beautifully developed with a nice blend of compassion, spirit, and humility. I also enjoyed the humor in the story - many times I laughed out loud! I really loved all the charaters - Ian was strong but tender and so respectful.


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

    I haven't listened to her before but I totally enjoyed listening to her and definately look forward to listening to her again.


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

    Definately made me laugh and when I had to put the book on pause, I couldn't wait until the time I could begin to listen again.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this story - my first Julie Garwood book but won't be my last. She writes a great book. I loved the charaters, the romance was very sweet and perfectly (and respectfully) graphic. The narrator only added to the story making it very enjoyable - I didn't want it to end. I wish the next book was avaliable "Ransom" and read by the same narrator!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Marketplace

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Laura Antoniou
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Jasicki
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (145)
    Story
    (145)

    In The Marketplace, the first book of the series, follow the trials and tribulations of four aspiring slaves as they undergo training hoping to be accepted into the secret underground society of masters and slaves known as the Marketplace. Under the firm hand of Grendel, the sharp eye of Alexandra, and the painful leather strap in the hands of Chris, these men and women will find some of their hardest challenges come from within themselves.

    Deanna says: "Superb Reader/Actor"
    "Very well written and performed!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Marketplace to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version but I loved the audio and the readers accent was beautiful!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author's descriptions and charater development. I felt like I could "see" everything and her descriptions felt so "real". I dislike predicitable stories and this was far from that!! I really enjoyed that I was often wrong in my assumption of what was going to happen or how a certain charater would react.


    What does Elizabeth Jasicki bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The way of the English. She just sounded so proper and demure. Her voice sounded like butter and I really enjoyed it! She did such a fantastic job that I added other books she has narrated to my wish list. Good job Elizabeth!!


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

    Ohhh yeeesss!


    Any additional comments?

    This book is not for the faint of heart. This is not a "romantic" story in fact it has much more to offer in the ways of spankings, beatings, and slave training than actual sexual encounters or mind blowing orgasims. It is worth the money and was a good listen if you are open minded to this genre. I wish her other books were available and read by Elizabeth Jasicki.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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