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  • Heart of Atlantis: Warriors of Poseidon, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Alyssa Day
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (59)

    Alaric, Poseidon's High Priest, has made a vow to Quinn, the woman he loves and the leader of the Resistance: to save her friend Jack before his last bit of humanity has been drained. Should Alaric succeed, there's one danger - he may lose Quinn to the love of the man whose life he saved....

    Robbie says: "An Actual Ending...."
    "Satisfying ending to the Atlantis series"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend the book, but suggest starting with the first book in the series. Alaric and Quinn's story builds through the first seven books, and this final book brings them together. The read/listen will be much more satisfying if you have read the full series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Quinn and Alaric finally figure things out!


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

    This was the first time I have heard her performance. I thought she did a good job with the male and female voices.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Highlander Betrayed: Guardians of the Targe, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Laurin Wittig
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (81)

    Rowan MacGregor, the rock of the family, is doing everything she can to hold her clan together when she meets Nicholas fitz Hugh. Handsome and charming, Nicholas quickly joins clan life - yet he is not what he seems. A cunning spy, Nicholas is charged by the king of England to break the Scottish rebellion. Despite his loyalty to the king, Nicholas finds himself falling for beautiful Rowan. Nicholas must choose between the king’s will and his own. Can he betray his king and mission? Or will he turn on the woman he loves and the family he has come to care for?

    DARA says: "Adventure, Action, Fantasy, and Romance"
    "Great narration; story interesting, slow at times"
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    Phil Gigante does a great job as always. The story was interesting and creative. The idea of the highland targe is a novel one. I like Scottish romances that have a bit of intrigue. There were a few slow parts, but overall I found the audiobook enjoyable. I will likely buy the next in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wyoming Tough

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Diana Palmer
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (106)

    A cowboy through and through, ranch owner Mallory Kirk knows what it means to put in a full day’s work. But does his new cowgirl? He has his doubts that Morie Brannt will be able to pull her own weight, even if the petite young woman does seem to have a lot of spirit. As they spar over events at the ranch and a past that threatens their hopes for the future, sparks begin to fly, and Mallory can’t help but notice Morie in a new light. But is this tough Wyoming man ready to love?

    Crystal says: "GREAT STORY GREAT COWBOY NARRATION TERRIBLE WOMANS"
    "Great narration; book predictable with plot holes"
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    I bought this because I like romances and Phil Gigante as a narrator. He does a great job as always. The story, however, leaves something to be desired. The characters are likable enough, but the premise is doubtful...a sheltered heiress (albeit to a Texas ranch) goes to work anonymously as a cowgirl on a ranch. Also, several times I rolled my eyes. Why would a Wyoming rancher hire a PI from Houston? And of all the PIs in the world, the same guy gets hired by her Texas family? Why didn't the characters see what was coming? Also, as satisfying as some of the scenes were near the end, they were predictable. I won't buy more of this series, even if my favorite narrator is on board.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rose Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1506)
    Performance
    (1316)
    Story
    (1340)

    Acclaimed author Susanna Kearsley's previous works have won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award, and finaled for both the UK Romantic Novel of the Year and the RITA awards.

    Eva Ward is a modern woman thrown back three centuries to 1715 - only to find that might be exactly where she belongs. There, she finds true love with Daniel Butler, but the discord surrounding Hanoverian King George plunges the lovers into a world of intrigue, treason, and romance.

    Angel Claire says: "Amazing story."
    "The perfect mix of romance, history & England"
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    This is a magical story, weaving present and past, romance and mystery. The characters and sense of place are exceptional. Any fan of the Outlander series will like this book. I highly recommend it, even if you general avoid "paranormal" romances. It isn't truly paranormal; it simply weaves present and past together in a moving romance with a bit of suspense thrown in as well.

    I highly enjoyed the narrator and recommend the audio version over the print version.

    You will love this story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Styxx: Dark-Hunter, Book 22

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (592)
    Performance
    (566)
    Story
    (569)

    Centuries ago Acheron saved the human race by imprisoning an ancient evil bent on absolute destruction. Now that evil has been unleashed and it is out for revenge. As the twin to Acheron, Styxx hasn’t always been on his brother's side. They've spent more centuries going at each other's throats than protecting their backs. Now Styxx has a chance to prove his loyalty to his brother, but only if he's willing to trade his life and future for Acheron's.

    Catherine says: "Stick with it..."
    "Consider this review your WARNING LABEL"
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    Warning 1: If you haven't read books from this series, this is NOT the one to start with. Go back, way back, pre-Acheron and start the series.

    Warning 2: If you have read the series, as I have, be prepared. Do you remember how Acheron's book came with a warning? Kenyon prefaced it with a message along the lines of, "This is not my usual book. The first half is hard to read..." Well, THIS book should have had a warning as well. If reading/listening to the first half of Acheron was hard for you to handle, take the awful, painful, desperate sense you remember from it and multiply it by ten. Then experience it for the first THREE-FOURTHS of this book.

    This is a LONG listen. Four parts, over 8 hours each, which I will round to approximately 32 hours of listening time. Do the math...that means that for over 24 hours of your life, a FULL DAY, you will be listening to the horror that Styxx lived growing up. Then, when you get to part four, you will hope the happily ever after part of the story will begin. It doesn't. It moves to present time period, but the payoff for all the suffering you have endured won't really begin until the last five hours left in the book.

    Sigh. That is a long time of suffering for little payoff. Don't get me wrong. It isn't bad writing or bad narration that you are enduring. They are both so vivid that you feel like you are actually experiencing some part of the awful life Styxx had. If this had been a book, I would have skimmed it. But you can't really do that on audio.

    I can't stress it enough in my warning. It is as if Kenyon sat down, wrote a list of every awful thing that could happen to a person, and sat about weaving it into a grief- and pain-filled story. I can never say that I liked this book. I liked the last five hours, and I'm glad I know what happened. But I would have much rather been able to skim the awful parts. There's only so much rape, treachery, abuse and neglect I can read about...

    Here's hoping the next book is a little lighter on pain and a little heavier on action and romance.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Shadowfever: Fever, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross, Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2090)
    Performance
    (1118)
    Story
    (1117)

    MacKayla Lane was just a child when she and her sister, Alina, were given up for adoption and banished from Ireland forever. Twenty years later, Alina is dead and Mac has returned to the country that expelled them to hunt her sister’s murderer. But after discovering that she descends from a bloodline both gifted and cursed, Mac is plunged into a secret history: an ancient conflict between humans and immortals who have lived concealed among us for thousands of years.

    Katheryne says: "I loved it, but its not for everyone"
    "Amazing finale to my Favorite Series Ever!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Shadowfever the most enjoyable?

    The two readers bring to life characters that I know and love. The thought of Mac being "read" by a male, or God forbid, Barrons being read by a female (!!) would have kept me from listening. Natalie Ross and Phil Gigante do an amazing job.

    I had read the series twice before downloading the audible version. It did NOT disappoint!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Barrons, of course! Mysterious, dark, sexy, overprotective & stubborn. He may drive you crazy, but you love him!


    Which character – as performed by Natalie Ross and Phil Gigante – was your favorite?

    Barrons! Though Phil reading as any of Barrons men is entertaining: Ryodan, Fade, Lor.
    I also think Natalie did a great job as Dani, which she continues in ICED, the spin off series.


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

    Barrons & Mac...so many moments!


    Any additional comments?

    Read the whole series! This is the fifth book, and it may not make much sense if you start here. This is a great series, with lots of complex characters. Shadowfever is AMAZING, but should be read in context.

    0 of 0 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
    (1453)
    Performance
    (1322)
    Story
    (1324)

    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."
    "An original male lead; captivating listen"
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    If you could sum up The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie in three words, what would they be?

    Original Scottish Romance


    What other book might you compare The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie to and why?

    This series (4 books about 4 brothers) brings to mind Maya Banks Scottish Romances. But Ian can't really be compared to other heroes. He is different than the stereotypical male lead. My guess is that he has something akin to Aspergers, though the author never names the condition. He doesn't read social cues, and has an eidetic memory. He isn't sure how to relate to others, especially women. The story of he and Beth, and her love for him bringing him out of his shell is refreshing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I like the scenes where Beth is figuring him out. His brothers have long understood that Ian is different. They love and protect him, but don't really understand how his mind works. Beth loves him too, and they find their way as the book goes on. I like to hear about them in the subsequent books as well!


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

    Yes! But it is long. I used it to make household tasks more entertaining!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Many Sins of Lord Cameron: Highland Pleasures, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (589)
    Performance
    (546)
    Story
    (549)

    A renowned rake, Cameron Mackenzie doesn't care if Ainsley Douglas has a virtuous excuse for sneaking around his bedchamber. He only cares that she's at his mercy. One kiss at a time, he plans to seduce her. But what starts out as a lusty diversion may break Cam's own rules.

    Katheryne says: "Perfect Regency Romance"
    "Great listen! Enjoy this historical romance!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Many Sins of Lord Cameron to be better than the print version?

    Angela Dawe brings life to the characters, somehow even managing to distinguish voices of the 4 Mackenzie brothers and other minor characters. How she can come up with 7 or more different male Scottish voices, I will never know!

    Please listen to the series in order, and you will enjoy it more. The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie and The Scandalous Marriage of Lady Isabella come first. Angela Dawe reads those too!


    What other book might you compare The Many Sins of Lord Cameron to and why?

    Maya Banks Scottish Romances. Hot men, headstrong women, great setting.


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

    Her read brings to mind the era, the various classes of people that were so prevalent in that time period in England. You can hear the dialogue brought to life.


    Any additional comments?

    Great series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Duke's Perfect Wife: Highland Pleasures, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (551)
    Performance
    (516)
    Story
    (512)

    Lady Eleanor Ramsay is the only one who knows the truth about Hart Mackenzie. Once his fiancée, she is the sole woman to whom he could ever pour out his heart. Hart has it all - a dukedom, wealth, power, influence, whatever he desires. Every woman wants him - his seductive skills are legendary. But Hart has sacrificed much to keep his brothers safe, first from their brutal father, and then from the world. He's also suffered loss: his wife, his infant son, and the woman he loved with all his heart, though he realized it too late.

    CAROLYN says: "FIVE STARS - FOUR WORDS - I NEED MORE PLEASE !!!"
    "Fabulous performance of a great book!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Duke's Perfect Wife to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print book, but I can't imagine reading it without hearing Angela Dawe's voices in my head. In fact, I just downloaded the print version of A MacKenzie Family Christmas, now that I've finished listening to the four main books about the brothers. I hear Angela's voices in my head as I read it. I am relatively new to audible.com, but after hearing the four books, I have been searching for other books she reads. I'm ready to pack my bags and head to Scotland after listening!

    This is the Fourth book in the series; I recommend starting with The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie. The second book is Lady Isabella's Scandalous Marriage and the third is The Many Sins of Lord Cameron. All main characters from the first three appear in this fourth book, and you will enjoy it more in chronological order.

    Enjoy!


    What other book might you compare The Duke's Perfect Wife to and why?

    Similar to Maya Banks Scotland books. Strong, stubborn hot men, headstrong women, wonderful Scot accents. What else could you want in a romance?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The family photograph scene towards the end.


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

    Yes, but instead I listened while I did chores around the house. Made folding laundry much more enjoyable!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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