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STEPHANIE

Florence, AL, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • The Last Victim: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Karen Robards
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (121)

    Dr. Charlotte Stone sees what others do not. A sought-after expert in criminal pathology, Charlie regularly sits face-to-face with madmen. Obsessed with learning what makes human monsters commit terrible crimes, Charlie desires little else from life - no doubt because when she was 16, she herself survived a serial killer's bloodbath: A man butchered the family of Charlie's friend, then left the girl's body on a seaside boardwalk one week later. Because of the information Charlie gave police, the Boardwalk Killer went underground.

    Michelle says: "Needs something, just not sure what"
    "I should have heeded the warning!"
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    Would you ever listen to anything by Karen Robards again?

    I think this was Karen's last one for me it was that bad. There are no words to describe haw bad this one sucked!


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The narration was good but that was it.


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

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (457)
    Performance
    (424)
    Story
    (429)

    In the dark days after the death of Richard the Lionhearted, lives and lands would fall into upheaval at the hands of a power-hungry British ruler and his violent minions. One victim of the scourge is innocent Gillian, who is a mere child when the cruel and ambitious Baron Alford slaughters her father and tears her family apart. Alford, determined to recover a jeweled box for the despotic King John, is furious when the precious treasure slips through his fingers - only to be lost for more than a decade.

    DARA says: "Love the Highlands' Lairds"
    "Book form so much better."
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    What did you love best about Ransom?

    This is my favorite historical romance book, everything was good about it.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Narration did not do justice.


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

    Voices got on my nerves to much to do a one sitting.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stealing Shadows

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Kay Hooper
    • Narrated By Cristine McMurdo-Wallis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (182)

    From best-selling author Kay Hooper comes a thrilling tale with a paranormal bent and a touch of romance. Cassie Neill has a powerful but troubling gift. She can see inside the minds of serial killers as they are planning their crimes. Tormented by her ability, she takes refuge in a secluded North Carolina town. But there’s no escaping her visions, and when a body surfaces just where she predicted, Cassie is suddenly a suspect.

    MEOWx4 says: "Good story, bad narration"
    "So-so"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was a forgettable story, characters were under developed.


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

    The ending was blah just like the rest of the book, again not good but not bad.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Cristine McMurdo-Wallis?

    Anybody else, no range of voices, well not a good range, they all sounded to old.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Nope!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forged in Ash: A Red-Hot SEALs Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Trish McCallan
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (68)

    Kait Winchester inherited a special gift from her Arapaho ancestors: She can heal with her touch. And there is no one she would like to get her hands on more than the super-sexy SEAL who seems determined to ignore their off-the-charts chemistry. When the wounded warrior finally seeks her help, she’s ready to nurse him back to health…and into her bed.

    Karen says: "Second Book Better Than First!"
    "Well worth it!"
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    What other book might you compare Forged in Ash to and why?

    Sort of like Maya Banks KGI series.


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

    This was the first book by this narrator, it was a great range and I really enjoyed him.


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

    I did listen to it in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    The only down side was it didn't finish the mission, I'm sure the next book will finish it out. The relationship was finished so I don't mean that wasn't left unclosed. It also jumped to different story lines, and as soon as I had to know what would happen next it jumped back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Striking Distance: I-Team Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Pamela Clare
    • Narrated By Kaleo Griffith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (124)

    TV reporter Laura Nilsson, known as the "Baghdad Babe," spent eighteen months in an Al-Qaeda compound after being kidnapped live on the air. Two years later, she's still wondering why.No mission in Javier Corbray's fourteen years as a Navy SEAL affected him the way Laura's rescue did.

    Beth says: "No Strikes, it's a homerun!"
    "This one is so-so."
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    Where does Striking Distance rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This one was my least favorite so far. Pamela Claire's endings usually make me cry but this one fell short.


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

    Kaleo Griffith does an amazing narrative as always.


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

    No, plot didn't live up to my exceptions.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Rainbow

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Brenda Sweeney
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    A romance in the jungle - Grant Sullivan, tough, masculine and handsome, is a retired military expert entrusted with a mission in the Costa Rican jungle - to find hostage and socialite Jane Hamilton Greer. When Grant rescues her in a rather cavalier and physical fashion, no love is lost between them. But gradually, their mutual attraction and passion becomes apparent and the jungle smolders in more ways than one.

    Molly says: "Jungle HEAT..Ex Cia Operative rescues Jane 4STAR"
    "Didn't live up to my Linda Howard"
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    Would you try another book from Linda Howard and/or Brenda Sweeney?

    Will definitely listen to Linda Howard, wasn't the best narrator...something was "off" about her voices, I didn't think she was believable.


    Any additional comments?

    It wasn't my favorite...but it wasn't my least favorite.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Breaking Point: I-Team Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Pamela Clare
    • Narrated By Kaleo Griffith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (224)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (208)

    Denver journalist Natalie Benoit and Deputy U.S. Marshal Zach McBride find themselves captives of a bloodthirsty Mexican drug cartel. Working together, they escape through the desert toward the border, the attraction between them flaring hotter than the Sonoran sun. They fight to stay ahead of the danger that hunts them as forces more powerful than they can imagine conspire to destroy them both....

    CAC says: "O-M-G........."
    "There should be a ten star option."
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    If you could sum up Breaking Point: I-Team Series, Book 5 in three words, what would they be?

    SO FREAKING AWESOME!


    Which character – as performed by Kaleo Griffith – was your favorite?

    Of all the heroes in the I Teams books, Zack takes first prize. Loved him from the beginning. Holly has also become my favorite by far. I WANT MORE! Pamela Claire needs to write them a little faster, I am going to download book 5.5 now and wait anxiously for the next book.


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

    The ending, she gets me everytime, but this ending was powerful. I literally sat on the floor and wept. Zack and Holly are both scarred on the inside, in the end the peace Zack's acceptance was so emotional and Holly's was so dear, even though it didn't come close to Zack's.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naked Edge: I-Team Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Pamela Clare
    • Narrated By Kaleo Griffith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (178)

    Someone wants the Native Americans off their sacred land. And when Navajo journalist Katherine James and park ranger Gabriel Rossiter team up to investigate why, their passion for the truth - and each other - makes them targets for those desperate enough to kill.

    Cindy says: "ANOTHER GREAT FROM PAMELA CLARE !!"
    "Good but not the best."
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    Where does Naked Edge rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was a good book, however compared with the other I Team novels this was just good and the others were AWESOME. It did show what an amazing character Kat was and Gabe was a hot dream come true.


    What about Kaleo Griffith’s performance did you like?

    Kaleo Griffith does an amazing job.


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

    The endings, in all her books Claire makes me cry. I know it's coming but still can't stop the tears.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unlawful Contact: I-Team Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Pamela Clare
    • Narrated By Kaleo Griffith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (214)

    When a young woman disappears, journalist Sophie Alton investigates and is led to the woman's brother, a convicted killer who is running from the law. Together, they follow a dangerous path toward the truth - and unforgettable passion.

    CAC says: "Whew.........."
    "Wow this one was a winner"
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    What made the experience of listening to Unlawful Contact the most enjoyable?

    In "Hard Evidence" Kaleo Griffith did a so so performance and I almost didn't get "Unlaw Contact" because of that reason, but I just decided to grin and bare it because I couldn't doubt the reviews I read. They were all raving with the exception of one. I am so glad I decided to purchased it, because I have consider Pamela Clare to be another of my favorite authors, and will be getting the other I-team novels.


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

    Yes. I kept thinking it has to end good but it seemed like it would be one of the few with a grave ending. There are just a handful of books that make me teary eyed and this one was a flat out crying book; but not because of how it ended but because the way it sounded like it was heading. I listen to my audio books all the time and rarely have my ear buds out. Of course I was at the crying stage in the middle of the store and was asked by everyone if everything was ok.


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

    Oh, it sure got a tear shedding reaction form me. Kaleo Griffith did a flawless performance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby Sirois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (88)

    A fabulous lost Amazon city once inhabited by women warriors and containing a rare red diamond: it sounded like myth, but archeologist Jillian Sherwood believed it was real, and she was willing to put up with anything to find it - even Ben Lewis. Ruffian, knock-about, and number one river guide in Brazil, Ben was all man - over six feet of rock-hard muscles that rippled under his khakis, with lazy blue eyes that taunted her from his tanned face.

    LeftyMom says: "Enjoyed the story"
    "I resisted buying this but I am SO GLAD I got it."
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    Would you listen to Heart of Fire again? Why?

    Yes, the reviews I read were mixed and I was thinking it would be a so-so. Some spots did drag, but I find that with almost all of Howard's books. Overall I was very pleased with it.


    What does Tanya Eby Sirois bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I have listened to a few of her books and found her to a an average narrator, but this one was perfect for her. Every voice was faultless.


    Any additional comments?

    There was something that is in most Howard's books, besides dragging, is the the ending; it completes the story but is done so fast, I like more details...of course I never want a good book the end, so that may be why I find them wrapped up so fast.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Chance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Kali Dziuba
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (215)

    On the trail of a vicious criminal, agent Chance Mackenzie found the perfect bait for his trap: Sunny Miller. So Chance made himself the only man she could trust—and then arranged for her long-missing father to find out about them.

    Nina says: "Ruined A Perfectly Good Book"
    "It was just too average."
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    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It was too forgettable, I have always heard about this series and maybe I should have listened to them in order. Now I am too skeptical to listen to another one in this series.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes they were both so typical.


    Any additional comments?

    This one did not meet my expectations. The whole story, characters, and the WHOLE book was so average!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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