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Elizabeth

Researcher, editor, writer, francophone, anglophile. Started listening to audiobooks to conciliate my love of knitting and novels.

Sudbury, Ontario, Canada | Member Since 2009

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  • 31 purchased in 2014
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  • Unveiled

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Courtney Milan
    • Narrated By Rebecca De Leeuw
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (312)
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    (273)
    Story
    (271)

    Ash Turner has waited a lifetime to seek revenge on the man who ruined his family—and now the time for justice has arrived. At Parford Manor, he intends to take his place as the rightful heir to the dukedom and settle an old score with the current duke once and for all. But instead he finds himself drawn to a tempting beauty who has the power to undo all his dreams of vengeance….

    Kelli says: "Excellent Historical Romance"
    "Well thoughtout storyline"
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    This one had an interesting story. It wasn't my favourite, but it was good. The story was well thought out. Hidden identity themed historical romance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Duke Is Mine

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Eloisa James
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (332)
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    (292)
    Story
    (293)

    For Olivia Lytton, betrothal to the Duke of Canterwick - hardly a Prince Charming - feels more like a curse than a happily-ever-after. At least his noble status will help her sister, Georgiana, secure an engagement with the brooding, handsome Tarquin, Duke of Sconce,a perfect match for her in every way... every way but one. Tarquin has fallen in love with Olivia. Quin never puts passion before reason. And reason says that Georgiana is his ideal bride. But the sensual, fiery, strong-willed Olivia ignites an unknown longing in him....

    Ramona says: "Great Romance with a Twist"
    "James writes smart historical romances"
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    I think Eloisa James is among my favourite historical romance novelists. Her writing is smart, funny, and I'm never disappointed. This addition to her fairy tales is fantastic. Her characters come to life so easily in our imaginations with her descriptions and the way she makes them interact with one another. I would recommend this one in a heartbeat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It Happened One Autumn: Wallflower Series #2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1168)
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    (748)
    Story
    (763)

    Where beautiful but bold Lillian Bowman quickly learned that her independent American ways weren’t entirely “the thing.” And the most disapproving of all was insufferable, snobbish, and impossible Marcus, Lord Westcliff, London’s most eligible aristocrat.

    Caroline says: "Did not like main female charactor's voice"
    "Alpha male, strong female lead, good story"
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    This is my first Wallflowers Kleypas novel, but it won't be my last. I'm already listening to Devil in Winter (Wallflowers n. 3).

    The love story is totally believable in this one. I liked the main characters' strengths and weaknesses. The opening scene was original as well. I would recommend this one for lovers of historical romance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kill and Tell

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (561)
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    (374)
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    Still reeling from her mother's recent death, Karen Whitlaw is stunned when she receives a package containing a mysterious notebook from her estranged father, whom she has barely seen since his return from the Vietnam War decades ago. Then, a shocking phone call: Karen's father has been murdered on the gritty streets of New Orleans.

    A User says: "Perfect Narration!"
    "Good narration, less than good book"
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    I liked some of Linda Howard's other novels, but this one left me wanting. The story was alright, but I found that the love story element of the novel wasn't really believable. Yes, characters in these types of novels fall in love pretty fast, love at almost first sight and all... but I found there was nothing to hint at a reason as to why they fell in love in the first place. It just wasn't believable. But the suspense story elements were interesting. I wouldn't recommend this one.

    Good narration though from Natalie Ross.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Seduction of a Highland Lass

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1059)
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    (978)
    Story
    (985)

    Fiercely loyal to his older brother, Alaric McCabe leads his clan in the fight for their birthright. Now he is prepared to wed for duty, as well. But on his way to claim the hand of Rionna McDonald, daughter of a neighboring chieftain, he is ambushed and left for dead. Miraculously, his life is saved by the soft touch of a Highland angel, a courageous beauty who will put to the test his fealty to his clan, his honor, and his deepest desires.

    T. Young says: "A Great Story"
    "Good Highland series"
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    I'm pleasantly surprised with Maya Banks' highlanders. She an excellent storyteller and you really feel for her characters. I'm definitely going to listen to the third in this series. I also recommend reading Paula Quinn highlander books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kiss of the Highlander: Highlander, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1290)
    Performance
    (791)
    Story
    (780)

    Enchanted by a powerful spell, Highland laird Drustan MacKeltar slumbered for nearly five centuries hidden deep in a cave, until an unlikely savior awakened him. The enticing lass who dressed and spoke like no woman he'd ever known was from his distant future, where crumbled ruins were all that remained of his vanished world.

    Brenda says: "Could stand alone in the series"
    "All that it's hyped up to be"
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    Yes, just like I expected it was going to be -- it's great. Mr. Gigante is a fantastic narrator. I find that in narrating love scenes could make the reader, and the listener, uncomfortable. The story if funny because of the people out of their time. Lots of angst and sexual tension. And you can't go wrong with those sexy highlanders!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • True Love and Other Disasters

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Rachel Gibson
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (578)
    Performance
    (398)
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    Best-selling author Rachel Gibson is acclaimed for her quick-witted and endearing romances. True Love and Other Disasters begins as the Seattle Chinooks hockey team owner dies, bequeathing the team to his young widow, Faith. Faith is determined to be taken seriously as the owner, and she’s not going to let anyone—especially dreamy star player Ty Savage—get in her way.

    S says: "More Rachel Gibson, please!"
    "Story was alright, narrator was excellent"
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    I'm not expecting anything earth shattering new with contemporary romance. What I do expect is some kind of catharsis. I didn't really identify with Duffy. The dialogue wasn't riveting. There are so many other better contemporary romance novels to chose from, I probably wouldn't recommend this one above a score of others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ideal Man: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Christina Traister
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (799)
    Performance
    (638)
    Story
    (654)

    Dr. Ellie Sullivan has just completed her residency at a large urban hospital. While jogging in a park nearby, she witnesses the shooting of an FBI agent in pursuit of wanted criminals, a couple identified as the Landrys. The only person to see the shooter’s face, Ellie is suddenly at the center of a criminal investigation. Agent Max Daniels takes over the Landry case. A no-nonsense lawman, he’s definitely not the ideal man that Ellie has always imagined, yet she’s attracted to him in a way she can’t explain. Max vows to be Ellie’s shadow until the trial, and it isn’t long before sparks fly....

    A User says: "Maybe if I was 16"
    "Fun story, nothing earth shattering"
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    Honestly, I liked it. It was one of my "gym audiobooks." I choose stories that don't need too much concentration, but are entertaining enough to keep my attention while I'm sweating away on the bike/treadmill/elliptical.

    I give it a 3.5 star rating. I like Julie Garwood, but I find her male characters are caricatural, stereotypical and predictable. There was absolutely not depth in the main male character's personality. Personally, aside his "rock hard manly muscles," he had not a lot going for him. He was thoughtful though, I will give him that. And gentlemanly.

    The narrator was great! I'd only recommend it if it was on sale. I'd save my precious credits for something else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Untamed: Medieval Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Lowell
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (352)
    Performance
    (216)
    Story
    (221)

    A hero of the crusades, Dominic le Sabre has returned in glory and in triumph to claim his reward: the beautiful Saxon bride awarded to him by the conqueror king. But Lady Margaret of the Blackthorne cannot yield to the bold Norman invader.

    Diana says: "Perfect!"
    "Good performance, ok story"
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    I'm ambivalent of how I feel about this story. The story was good, I won't deny it. But my eyes were rolling A LOT while I was listening to the story.

    Too many similes for my taste. The falcon metaphor was pushed a bit too far and became annoying after a while. And the way the author wrote about the woman's "precious jewel that needed polishing between the gentle folds of her... bla bla" (I'm obviously paraphrasing here but you get my meaning), was just eye rolling and preposterous!

    I honestly laughed out loud a few times (when it wasn't supposed to be funny). It wasn't like there was any witty banter between the main protagonists in the story like Johanna Lindsey writes for her characters. But I digress.

    Not my favourite. There are better ones out there, for sure.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gentle Rogue: A Malory Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Johanna Lindsey
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (496)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (258)

    Heartsick and desperate to leave her sorrows on England's shores, innocent Georgina Anderson seeks passage on the "gentleman's ship", Maiden Anne, disguised as a cabin boy. The captain, however, is no gentleman; he's the ex-pirate and irrepressible rake, James Malory.

    Maureen says: "Great love story."
    "Funny and sexy"
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    I really liked this one by Johanna Lindsey, and I think I'd rank her among my favourite Romance authors.

    The performance was great! It must have been hard to find someone who could speak with an American, English as well as a Scottish accent! The accents may not have been perfect, but I personally did not notice if they weren't.

    This novel can easily be read without reading the others in the series. I haven't read any other of Lindsey's 'Malory' novels, but was perfectly able to follow this one on its own.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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