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Crazy about books. Romance and military suspense junkie. Reviewing books is just plain old fun.

Bowie, MD, United States

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  • A Lot Like Love: FBI-US Attorney Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Julie James
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (392)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (352)

    Jordan Rhodes is invited to all of Chicago's best parties, but there's only one the FBI wants to crash. To get her brother out of jail, she agrees to take Agent McCall as her date. But when the mission gets botched, requiring their "relationship" to continue, it starts to feel less like an investigation-and a lot like something else.

    M. Davis says: "Great Series!"
    "Another Winner!"
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    Where does A Lot Like Love rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    My audiobook listening preferences are pretty diverse. So, to make this easier for myself I'll rank it among all of the romance novels I've ever listened to and it's in the top 15.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Lot Like Love?

    One of the moments that I enjoyed reading was when Nick showed up at Morgans wine shop and saw her having a drink with another guy. It was the moment that Nick had to acknowledge his true feelings for Morgan.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes.


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

    I didn't have an "extreme" reaction, but just like the first book in this series, About That Night, the characters are very likeable and they all have a great sense of humor. I especially love books that make me laugh out loud or smile or have some other outward reaction. This book did exactly that.


    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sweet Dreams

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Emma Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (491)
    Performance
    (456)
    Story
    (461)

    When the rough-around-the-edges Tate meets the high-class Lauren, he thinks she won't fit in at Bubba's. Yet there's more to Lauren than meets the eye, and Tate soon sets his mind on claiming her as his own. Before long, the desire burning between them is heating up the cold mountain air. But when violence strikes the town, Tate must reveal a dark secret to Lauren - one that may put an end to their sweet dreams.

    Traci Graves says: "Pretty good"
    "The Problem with Kristen Ashley"
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    In Sweet Dreams, the main characters were a challenge for me to enjoy.

    Tate was a good guy at heart but his personality was very abrasive and he was unapologetically rude. Lauren, really struggled with finding her voice and standing her ground. For example, it is never, never ok for a man to announce the details of his girlfriends sexual behaviors to her ex in the presence of her coworkers and other various strangers at her place of employment. NEVER. Lauren was initially angry, but then in true Lauren fashion she allowed Tate to make light of it. Lauren repeatedly allowed Tate to devalue her anger, but what bothered me the most was her gradual acceptance of his distasteful behavior.

    It is important to note that at some point the book becomes less romantic and more about sex. So if you are into reading lots of graphic sex scenes, by all means, click buy...If your tastes are more conservative, keep browsing.

    As usual, Emma Taylor is a great narrator.

    Happy reading!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breathe

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Emma Taylor
    Overall
    (405)
    Performance
    (380)
    Story
    (380)

    In Carnal, Colorado, Faye Goodknight is the town's quiet, shy librarian. She may also be Carnal's last remaining virgin. For years, Faye has had a crush on Chace Keaton, but the gorgeous cop has always been unattainable. She's resigned to live contentedly with only her books for company-until Faye suddenly meets Chace alone in the woods.

    Sharon says: "Another Excellent Installment in This Series"
    "Unnecessarily Long"
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    When I was in my teens, I would fall in love with certain books and characters - in romance novels primarily. And being a fanciful young woman, I would mourn my completion of those novels and wish that they could've gone on forever; I wanted to know all the stuff that the author left out; I wanted to know the characters better; I wanted to know how their lives ended up; I just wanted more. Which brings me to my point.

    "Breathe" is the detailed book that I daydreamed about as a kid. The story itself is beautiful. I loved Faye and Chace; they balanced each other perfectly and who doesn't want to see two people who've wanted wanted to be together for ten+ years finally get their chance, right? Right.

    Having said that, Kristen Ashley seems to be either fundamentally against or simply incapable of trimming off the fat for a leaner and more refined novel. The upside of that is that as Chace and Faye's relationship progressed, I remember having the sense that I was settling in with them; it was a nice feeling. The downside is that somewhere around the 18th hour I started getting impatient, I became extremely bored with the numerous sex scenes and hopeful that I was near the end.

    The things that I found a bit irksome are 1) How Chace, and some of the other male characters, spoke in fragments and not full sentences. Maybe that's how mountain-men speak, I don't know, but it still made me scratch my head a bit 2) I'm not a shrinking violet when it comes to profanity, but there were times where even I tired of the frequent use of the "F-bomb" 3) The conflict concerning Chace and his father was extremely unlikely and everything that happened subsequently didn't jibe.

    Moving on, Emma Taylor did a great job with the narration. I doubt that I would recommend this book, but I'll probably end up reading the rest of the series because once I start a series I always feel compelled to finish it.

    Happy reading!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Lessons in French

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (179)

    Trevelyan d'Augustin and Lady Callista Talliafaire were secret sweethearts, until the day her father dismissed him with a whip across the face. Ten years and three jiltings later, shy Callie is resigned to a quiet village life as the late earl's spinster daughter. But now Trev has returned from his estates in France, upending everything, dragging her into adventures, stealing Hubert the prize-winning bull, and flinging Callie's heart into mayhem again.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Holy Cow!! What A Lovely Romance!! ;-)"
    "Confused by Other Reviewers"
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    Lessons in French wasn't a terrible read, but it certainly wasn't a 4.5 star read either.

    The two major issues that kept this book from being great are:

    1. It was weighed down by too much filler, e.g., the ominous men seen roaming around town, the run away bull, the livestock show, Callista's conniving cousin, the issue of blackmail regarding Callista's fiances and the list goes on. It felt like the author didn't know how to resolve some of these issues so she rushed through them, while the events/issues that should've been explored a bit more were just dropped.

    2. While it was a sweet love story, it was mostly boring and uneventful.

    In other news, the narration was pretty decent. Happy reading!



    1 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Nineteen Minutes

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Carol Monda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2286)
    Performance
    (897)
    Story
    (916)

    Jodi Picoult delivers the riveting tale of one small town's entanglement with high-school violence.

    New York Superior Court Judge Alex Cormier is assigned to preside over the case of the alleged Sterling High School shooter. Lawyer Jordan McAffee represents Peter, the boy who, on the day of the shooting, was found in the corner of the gymnasium holding a gun to his head with a shaky hand. Detective Patrick DuCharme has one star witness, but her story keeps changing. And then there's the biggest problem of all: the star witness happens to be Judge Cormier's daughter.

    Suze says: "Mesmerizing"
    "Lots of Themes Going on Here...."
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    Let me start by saying that Nineteen Minutes was chosen by my book club to read last month; it's not a book that I would've read on my own.

    Nineteen Minutes is one of those books that I had to step away from occasionally because there were some scenes that were difficult to read. A mass school shooting is the central theme, but the book also addresses abuse, bullying, single parent issues, children's privacy rights, 2nd amendment rights and a few other things.

    This was not a book that I found enjoyable. It actually enraged me at times - the spinelessness of some of the characters, the neglect of school officials to protect a kid who was being viciously bullied on a regular basis, the aloofness of the parents who didn't know that their own children didn't like each other or the carelessness of the parent who allowed her kid the freedom to have sex in the house til the wee hours of the morning as she slept soundly upstairs. WHAT?! There were so many things that seemed foreign and unrelatable to me that I struggled until the very end to finish the book.

    I guess the one good thing I can say is that Nineteen Minutes sparked some good discussion at the book club meeting, so there is that.

    You may notice that the way I rated this book does not match my review. I'm going to be fair here and acknowledge Jodi Picoult as a good writer. I will not give her low scores just because I didn't care for this book.

    Happy reading!

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Chance: A Thunder Point Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (462)
    Performance
    (413)
    Story
    (417)

    With its breathtaking vistas and down-to-earth people, Thunder Point is the perfect place for FBI agent Laine Carrington to recuperate from a gunshot wound and contemplate her future. The locals embraced Laine as one of their own after she risked her life to save a young girl from a dangerous cult. Knowing her wounds go beyond the physical, Laine hopes she'll fit in for a while and find her true self in a town that feels safe. She may even learn to open her heart to others, something an undercover agent has little time to indulge.

    Wanda says: "WELCOME BACK TO THUNDER POINT"
    "Predictable"
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    Would you listen to The Chance again? Why?

    Probably not. Robyn Carr has at least 3 book series that are all written using the same formula. They all involve a quaint little town filled with people who are super neighborly, a town that is so wonderful to live in that even nomads don't want to leave, the people strongly believe in second chances and as you get to know them you discover that they are great communicators -even the men. And then some stranger happens along and for all the reasons previously mentioned decides to stay and fall in love.

    The first series I read by Robyn Carr is Virgin River. I loved that series and I did reread a couple of those books. But now, the novelty has worn off and I didn't really connect with The Chance on a level deep enough to make me want to read it again.


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

    I will never completely bash a narrators performance, but I will admit that I don't really care for Therese Plummers narrations. It's a matter of personal preference, but she over enunciates her words. She rolls every "r" and crosses every "t". She should lighten up a bit.

    On the flip, side she's dramatizes the scenes pretty well.


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

    No.


    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Polaris Protocol

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Brad Taylor
    • Narrated By Henry Strozier
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (160)

    Taskforce operators Pike Logan and Jennifer Cahill are used to putting their lives at risk, but in The Polaris Protocol it's Jennifer's brother and countless more innocents who face unfathomable violence and bloodshed. Pike and Jennifer are in Turkmenistan with the Taskforce - a top-secret antiterrorist unit that operates outside US law - when Jennifer gets a call from her brother, Jack. Working on an investigative report into the Mexican drug cartels, Jack Cahill has unknowingly gotten caught between two rival groups.

    Wendygoodwitch says: "Too Much Brutality"
    "IF IT DON'T FIT DON'T FORCE IT"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Polaris Protocol the most enjoyable?

    The narrator and the action.

    It's not that the narrator was that extraordinary and just knocked me clean off of my feet. It's just that I thought he had a voice that was perfect for this genre. Some narrators have voices that can seem like a character all by itself. Henry Strozier's narration didn't interfere with the story. I like that. It was perfect in a nondescript way.

    And I really enjoy books that read like movies. There are some really good action sequences in this book and that's what kept me going.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Brad Taylor? Why or why not?

    Yes. I love a good series that allows me to really get to know the characters. I think I'd like to get to know Pike and Logan a little better.


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

    No. This was my first.


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

    "Wanted to?" Not necessarily.

    Could have? Possibly - while taking a nice long road trip.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was enjoyable. I only gave it three stars because the storyline felt forced. I'm not a fan of books where family members of secret government operatives end up involved in some sort of deadly international event that requires the operators to go off the grid trying to save their lives. Those story lines never feel real to me for some reason - probably just a matter of personal preference.

    *POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT*

    And then I have mixed feelings as to the likelihood of Pike and Logan being romantically involved in real life. On one hand, I can totally understand how two people can become attracted to each other in the workplace; most people spend at least eight hours of their day at work - some more than others. We interact constantly with our co-workers and pheromones are don't discriminate. I GET IT!

    However, in Pike and Logan's line of work, I think its a bit of a stretch to think that a romantic relationship between a team leader and a subordinate would be so well received by the team members. I think its dangerous and a transfer would be in everybody's best interest.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Eye: A Gray Man Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Mark Greaney
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2317)
    Performance
    (2072)
    Story
    (2093)

    Ex-CIA master assassin Court Gentry has always prided himself on his ability to disappear at will, to fly below the radar and exist in the shadows - to survive as the near-mythical Gray Man. But when he takes revenge upon a former employer who betrayed him, he exposes himself to something he’s never had to face before. A killer who is just like him. Code-named Dead Eye, Russell Whitlock is a graduate of the same ultra-secret Autonomous Asset Program that trained and once controlled Gentry.

    Julius Butcher says: "Fits well into the series"
    "SOMEWHAT DIFFERENT, BUT STILL GOOD"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would and I have! Problem is, I don't know too many people who are fans of this particular genre. I recommended it anyway thinking that anyone with eyes to see and/or ears to hear would enjoy this book simply because it's just that enjoyable.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. Just when you think there's only one 'Gray Man' in the world, 'Dead Eye' comes from out of the woodwork and shakes things up completely. And then the team of Mossad agents - that seemed to be really good at their jobs - had me considering, at one point, that this book could be the end of this series.


    What about Jay Snyder’s performance did you like?

    I love Jay Snyders voice. I never have any problems listening to him. His tone is perfect.


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

    I think its kind of difficult to be moved by this kind of book, but there was a moment that made me particularly proud of Court Gentry. Court was trained as an operative prior to the advent of a lot of the technologies that are used in the world today. There was a moment in the book when he was somewhat vulnerable and uncomfortable with the idea of having to depend on technology to keep him alive, but he made the decision to fall back on his initial training and it ultimately saved his life.


    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Dead Yard

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Adrian McKinty
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (834)
    Performance
    (408)
    Story
    (405)

    In this exciting sequel to the acclaimed Dead I Well May Be, the mercenary Michael Forsythe is forced to infiltrate an Irish terrorist cell, confronting murder, mayhem, and the prospect of his own execution.

    Rebecca says: "A more mature Michael..."
    "Michael Forsythe - A Force To Be Reckoned With"
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    Where does The Dead Yard rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is always a hard question for me to answer because once you've read over a thousand books how do you answer such a question. So on a scale of 1 to 1000 with 1 being the highest I'd say it ranks somewhere between 300 to 400.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the pace of this story. It was slow to build, giving the reader just enough time to get to know the characters and build the suspense. There are little pockets of action thrown in occasionally and then it gets to the end and BAM!

    Additionally-and this may sound weird-but I like the conflicting emotions that the main character Michael evokes within me. At the end of the day this man is a criminal and a cold blooded killer, but always-because of his circumstances- I find myself rooting for him.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not sure how to answer this without a bit of a spoiler. Sorry! Lol I'll keep it as general as possible.

    My favorite scene is near the end when Michael is in a position to fight back and he and finally gets to confront Touched.


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

    I don't know if "moved" is the word I'd use, but parts of this story were very unexpected and very well written, but quite gory and will definitely stick with me for a while.


    Any additional comments?

    I always like to point out whenever a book is in a series and The Dead Yard is the 2nd book of The Dead series by Adrian McKinty. I would recommend that you start with the first book in the series, Dead I May Well Be. Great series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • For the Roses: Claybornes' Brides, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Mikael Naramore
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (205)

    The Clayborne brothers were a rough gang of street urchins - until they found an abandoned baby girl in a New York City alley, named her Mary Rose, and headed to Blue Belle, Montana, to raise her to be a lady. They became a family - held together by loyalty and love, if not blood - when suddenly a stranger threatened to tear them apart.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Beautiful Story"
    "TOUCHING STORY, EXCESSIVE DIALOGUE"
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    I have two main things to say about For the Roses . First of all, before I actually purchased this book I read the reviews carefully. I was quite surprised to see that, as a romance novel, the length of the book exceeded 20 hours. The average length of a romance novel is usually no longer than 13 hours. That was a red flag for me, but I'm a fan of Julie Garwood so I disregarded the book length.

    Next I considered the reviews. Now when I read reviews on four/five star books I actually pay closer attention to the reviewers who rate the book lower. Within the first 1/2 hour of listening to For the Roses one of the reviews immediately came to mind - "Too much dialogue". But again, I trusted the author and ignored that too.

    However, it became perfectly clear to me that the reason the book the book was so long was because there is indeed too much dialogue-about mundane things-and some of the conversations felt a bit contrived as though she were trying to address as many social issues as possible to demonstrate how evolved the Clayborne's were during this period of time. But quite often I found myself zoning out from sheer boredom - and I'm someone who prefers a decent amount of conversation!

    On the flip side I found this story to be quite touching. The Clayborne family personified acceptance, unconditional love and honor. If the world adopted their values and beliefs we wouldn't have half the problems we do now.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Hawk

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Monica McCarty
    • Narrated By Robert McNab
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (295)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (259)

    Best-selling author Monica McCarty captivates millions with swashbuckling Scottish romances like The Hawk. Brilliant seafarer Erik MacSorley has never encountered a gale he couldn’t weather or a woman he couldn’t win—until he drags a wet, halfclothed “nursemaid” from the Irish Sea. But Ellie’s ordinary dress belies the truth that she’s the spirited daughter of an Irish nobleman. And her determination to resist Erik’s charms is a challenge he can’t resist.

    Toni says: "After "Braveheart": The Saga Continues (Book 2)"
    "Good Series, Not So Good Narration"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Hawk to be better than the print version?

    Considering the fact that I dislike the narrator, I doubt it. As a matter of fact, after listening to the first book in this series my plan was to finish the series in print, but I waited so long to read The Hawk that I forgot about that plan UNTIL I heard the first couple of sentences.


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

    Take your pick. Its pretty similar to countless other historical romance with just a touch more history and depth to it.


    What didn’t you like about Robert McNab’s performance?

    I had to speed up the book because not only did he read too slow, but sometimes his rhythm was a bit off. He doesn't do characters very well, especially female characters, and his Irish accent left a lot to be desired. On a positive note he has a great sounding voice; a very pleasant tone.

    I'm not going to bash Mr. McNab. It is my belief that narrators each have a type/genre of book that they are more organically suited for and historical romance just may not be his thing.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the series.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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