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Amy

Ottawa, ON, Canada | Member Since 2010

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  • Up Close and Dangerous: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (72)

    Bailey Wingate's scheming adult stepchildren are surprised when their father's will leaves Bailey in control of their fortune, and war ensues. A year later, while flying from Seattle to Denver in a small plane, Bailey nearly dies herself when the engine sputters - and then fails.

    ShySusan says: "Great survival romance"
    "More a survival story than a romance."
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    What did you love best about Up Close and Dangerous?

    The characterization was good. Like many of Linda Howard's novels, it gives you a detailed look at the main characters thought process.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There are really only two characters through most of the book, Cam and Bailey. I liked them both. They came across as very real. Linda Howard has a knack for putting normal people into unusual situations and letting us watch the outcome.


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

    I have listened to many of her performances and loved them all. I find she has a nice range and I never catch myself cringing at her male/female voices as sometimes happens with other narrators.


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

    I found i had a hard time putting this down. Or turning it off as the case may be. I wanted the drive to last longer so I wouldn't have to pause the book.


    Any additional comments?

    The romance itself felt rushed. There was a nice twist at the end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Governess Affair: The Brothers Sinister, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Courtney Milan
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (233)

    Three months ago, governess Serena Barton was let go from her position. Unable to find new work, she's demanding compensation from the man who got her sacked: a petty, selfish, swinish duke. But it's not the duke she fears. It's his merciless man of business - the man known as the Wolf of Clermont. The formidable former pugilist has a black reputation for handling all the duke's dirty business, and when the duke turns her case over to him, she doesn't stand a chance. But she can't stop trying....

    Karen says: "Short But Sweet"
    "An excellent beginning"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this a couple of my historical romance junkie friends. It embodies the time period but with a twist. It isn't about the privileged class - as is the case with the majority of historical romance.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Serena. Her determination, unwillingness to accept defeat.


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

    I have listened to Rosalyn Landor before and I do enjoy her performances. This one is on par with the others.


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

    Yes. I found myself eager to find out what happens in the next interaction between Hugo and Serena.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for the next book in this series. The epilogue just makes me want it more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Sacrifice: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Lowell
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (74)

    According to Maya legend, December 21, 2012, will mark the end of the world as we know it. Is it myth...or will their prediction become reality? Archaeologist Lina Taylor has devoted her life to studying ancient Maya artifacts, splitting her time between digs in South America and the classroom teaching college students. But the professor's structured, academic life is about to spin out of control. Some extremely valuable and important Maya artifacts have gone missing. Are the culprits fanatics determined to create chaos and usher in annihilation?

    Elle in the Great NorthWest says: "Mayan Calendar adventure/romance-average"
    "Long, involved and yes...tedious."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I'm still struggling to finish this book. I have a bout 90 min left and I can't seem to do it. So no, not time well spent. I am seriously contemplating skipping a head to listen to the last 10 min and be done with it, but I'm not even sure I care that much about what happens to the main characters.


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

    I think there is just too much detail about the Maya, or maybe it was just too dry. I think it needed more action, or maybe more sympathetic characters. The one character I liked got shot close to the beginning and hasn't made a reappearance yet.


    Which character – as performed by Richard Ferrone – was your favorite?

    Richard Ferrone did a good job with the narration, but I just can't bring myself to care for any of the characters.


    Do you think Beautiful Sacrifice needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I think this book should just be left to lie in peace.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2941)
    Performance
    (2380)
    Story
    (2384)

    Generations of werewolves have been secretly residing in a secluded valley a stones throw from Grundy, Alaska. So when a snooping Outsider comes to Grundy to investigate rumors of lycanthropic shenanigans in the area, the valleys pack alpha, Maggie Graham, resolves to chase him away, even if doing so takes a quick bite on the butt. What a pity that researcher Nick Thatcher turns out to be so drool-worthy, and that his kisses make Maggie want to sit up and beg.

    Ducky says: "MOLLY HARPER IS A HOOT!!!!!!"
    "Laugh out loud funny"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf the most enjoyable?

    It was all so thoroughly enjoyable I don't know where to start. I love Maggie, and Nick, and Moe, and Cooper. This book is hilarious.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf?

    Without giving too much away - the most memorable part for me was about Maggie and the mating mark. Maybe I''m just slow to catch on but that part took me by surprise and I'm still laughing about it.


    What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

    She has the snark down to perfection. This book is loaded with sarcasm and grudging respect. Amanda Ronconi should ( and I believe she does) narrate all that Molly Harper writes. They make a great team.


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

    Laugh...I laughed until I cried and some of the situations in this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie All Night

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Sandra Caldwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (344)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (133)

    Dumped by her boyfriend and demoted from WBBB's prime-time spot, radio producer Allie McGuffey has nowhere to go but up. She plans to make her comeback by turning temporary DJ Charlie Tenniel into a household name. And if he's willing to help cure her breakup blues with a rebound fling, that's an added bonus.

    webempress says: "Typical early Crusie"
    "Jennifer Crusie at her best!"
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    Would you listen to Charlie All Night again? Why?

    I have listened to this book more than once already. It makes me laugh out loud at times. I thoroughly enjoy the internal and external dialogue. Jennifer Crusie has a way of making her characters so real, easy to relate to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the radio station, how everyone one - except for a few notable exception ( and even then they came around eventually) - worked together. How Allie was the driving force behind that place and didn't want or need the credit. And the puppy...I am a sucker for the puppy.


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

    Aimee Jolson did a very good job. I love it when I can easily determine who is speaking based upon the narrators ability to give each character their own voice. There is a lot of dialogue in this book and it can be fast paced at times and Aimee preformed very well. I can't really say that I wouldn't have enjoyed this book as much if I had read it for myself but I do know now that if I do read it for myself then I will be hearing the characters as Aimee narrated them.


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

    Not particularly. It wasn't really gripping, and I wasn't thinking about it while I was trying to do something else. Don't get me wrong I enjoyed it but for me to want to listen to it in one sitting - well 7 hrs is a long time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Look of Love: The Sullivans, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Bella Andre
    • Narrated By Eva Kaminsky
    Overall
    (972)
    Performance
    (865)
    Story
    (870)

    With The Look of Love, best-selling author Bella Andre introduces you to a fun and emotional contemporary romance series about the Sullivan family. Because when a Sullivan bad boy falls... he falls hard. And it's forever. Chloe Peterson is having a bad night. A really bad night. The large bruise on her cheek can attest to that. And when her car skids off the side of a wet country road straight into a ditch, she's convinced even the gorgeous guy who rescues her must be too good to be true. Or is he?

    Angelia says: "Great find! Romantic, Sweet with serious Heat!"
    "Light contemporary romance"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes I would recommend this as a beach read. It was an easy read. I really didn't find it all that engrossing but it did manage to pull me into Chloe's emotional turmoil. I found Chase to be just too good to be true. But that is what a beach read is for.


    Would you recommend The Look of Love to your friends? Why or why not?

    see above...


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

    This is the first time I've listened to Eva Kaminsky's narration so I can't compare her to any of her previous endeavors but I would pick up another book narrated by her in a second. She was very good.


    Do you think The Look of Love needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It doesn't *need* a follow up book but I would love to hear more about Chase and Chloe.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beauty in the Beast

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Christine Danse
    • Narrated By Rebecca Wisocky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Journeying by steampowered sled to London's Frost Fair to perform, Tara and three friends are trapped in a blizzard in the woods. A gruff, handsome stranger offers them shelter - and wants one thing in return. Stories. Their host, Rolph, is captivated by Tara's story of an orphaned girl raised by the Fae in the world of the spirits. Equally intrigued by Rolph, Tara encourages him to share a story of his own. When Rolph weaves a tale of a man who is doomed by his own folly to turn into a wolf at the full moon, Tara suspects there is more than a grain of truth in his words.

    Amy says: "Strange mix of Genres"
    "Strange mix of Genres"
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    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The mix of different genres was most likely the most interesting aspect of this book. There was steampunk/fantasy with some historical/romance and fairytale. The book though fell flat near the end. For me it just failed to deliver.


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

    I picked up this audiobook because of Rebecca Wisocky. I absolutely adore her narrations and would listen to anything she read. She is so good at crafting suspense and her pacing is marvelous.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Open Season

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Deborah Hazlett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (387)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
    (347)

    Daisy Minor is bored. Worse than that, she's boring. A plain, small-town librarian, she's got a wardrobe as sexy as a dictionary and hasn't been on a date in years. She's never even had a lukewarm love affair, let alone a hot one. So when she wakes up on her 34th birthday and wonders how it is that she still lives with her widowed mom and spinster aunt while her friends have all gotten married and started families, she decides it's time to get a life - and a sex life.

    Alisa says: "Finally on Audible after all these years."
    "Great Characters"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the characters in this story. The stereotypical small town people who, once you were introduced to them a bit turned out not to be so stereotypical after all. The interactions between mother and daughter, hero and heroine, even the puppy were delightful. I found myself laughing out loud.


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

    I would absolutely listen to this book in one sitting. In fact as soon as I finished it I started listening again from the beginning.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • On Thin Ice: Ice Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Anne Stuart
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (69)

    In the latest entry in Anne Stuart's exciting Ice series, when Finn MacGowan escapes from captivity in Latin America, taking with him feisty American heiress Elizabeth Pennington, the pair encounters even more trouble as they try to make their way toward safety.

    Alisa says: "Great addition to a very good series."
    "Love Anne Stuart"
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    Would you listen to On Thin Ice again? Why?

    I'll definitely listen to this audiobook again. In fact I've just finished it and will be starting over at the beginning as soon as I've done here. It is the perfect mix of suspense and - though I hesitate to use the word - romance.


    What other book might you compare On Thin Ice to and why?

    Of all of Anne Stuarts books this one reminds me most of Ruthless. The hero/antihero...is not as heartless as some of her protagonists.


    Which character – as performed by Xe Sands – was your favorite?

    I have to say - odd as it may be - that Dylan was my favorite character. Xe Sands is EXCELLENT...and is definately in my top 5 narrators. I live with a teenage boy - and Xe had the breed down perfect in her narration of him.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Future Perfect

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (152)

    Dressed in Victorian attire, Juliana Anderson gives guests at her cozy New England bed and breakfast a taste of old-fashioned hospitality. Whether she’s cooking up delights in her kitchen or maintaining the rooms in her beautifully decorated inn, Juliana stays busy and content. Until Webster Donovan arrives - tall, rugged, and sexy beyond belief. The lean, dark-haired author has a bad case of writer’s block and he’s planned a six-week stay to cure it.

    SHIRLEY says: "Just Okay"
    "Classic Suzanne Brockmann"
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    What did you love best about Future Perfect?

    This is a very character driven story. I actually found myself laughing out loud. For those who are familiar with Suzanne Brockmann's work this won't offer much in the way of variety but it is a formula that works. I couldn't stop listening.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Future Perfect?

    I'm not a big fan of characters who are quick to judge. And both of the main characters in this book are guilty of that but it was very well handled and i like how both of them are made to see the error of their ways.


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

    Patrick Lawlor has the dialog down pat. There is never any confusion as to who is speaking. Even though some of the dialog can be fast paced, he makes it work.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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