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Lou

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  • Ain't She Sweet?

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Kate Flemming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (932)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (336)

    The girl everybody loves to hate has returned to the town she'd sworn to leave behind forever. As the rich, spoiled princess of Parrish, Mississippi, Sugar Beth Carey had broken hearts, ruined friendships, and destroyed reputations. But 15 years have passed, now she's come home, broke, desperate, and too proud to show it.

    Lydia says: "Another winner from Susan Elizabeth Phillips"
    "Great"
    Overall

    Another fantastic SEP novel, its a pity Colin was read with possibly the worst English accent I have ever heard.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Ship of Brides

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Nicolette McKenzie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (81)

    1946: World War II has ended and all over the world, young women are beginning to fulfill the promises made to the men they wed in wartime. In Sydney, Australia, four women join 650 other war brides on an extraordinary voyage to England - aboard HMS Victoria, which still carries not just arms and aircraft but a thousand naval officers. Rules are strictly enforced, from the aircraft carrier’s captain down to the lowliest young deckhand. But the men and the brides will find their lives intertwined despite the Navy’s ironclad sanctions.

    Lou says: "3.75 stars"
    "3.75 stars"
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    Being a born Aussie I approached this book with equal parts curiosity and apprehension. Curiosity because this topic of Australian war brides was unfamiliar to me except in the vaguest sense and apprehension because non- Australian writers rarely write Australian characters well without falling into the trap of stereotyping.

    The story was interesting and unique. The plot meandered its way through the voyage rather than dragged as it gradually introduced and unpacked each character and his or her story. The main characters were well written but did appear to me to be cardboard cut outs of stereotypical 1940's Australian women. Also, Jeans character in particular seemed to spew out clichéd Australian colloquisms so often that I suspect the author gleaned most of that characters dialogue from "an idiots guide to Aussie slang" or something similar.

    The narration was really exceptional. The accents were very very well done and inflection and intonation were perfect.

    All in all it was a good book. I think it lost points for me because of the stereotypes but I suspect that aspect won't bother other listeners nearly as much as it did me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Risk Worth Taking

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Laura Landon
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (46)

    Tormented by the deaths of his wife and child, Griffin Blackmoor spends his days drowning his grief in whiskey. But when a bullet that was meant for him kills his best friend, Griffin makes a promise to the dying man that will thrust him back into London Society - and into the path of the one woman who could make his life worth living again. The daughter of a drunkard, Lady Anne Carmichael swore she would never love a man like Griffin Blackmoor.

    Elizabeth says: "A PG romance with a serious subject"
    "Ok, but too clichè"
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    I have only just discovered Laura Landon and, after enjoying Intimate Deception, I thought I'd give this a try. While I probably wouldn't use a credit on it, I was happy enough with what I got for the price of the kindle edition with added narration.

    The story was compelling enough to keep me interested but I have to say the extended monologue by the cackling villian while the helpless heroine waits for the hero to make his move was just a little too clichèd for me. Also, unless the concept of smuggling is completely foreign to you ( and by foreign I mean you have NEVER heard the term 'smuggler' and you do not have even the most elementary understading of the topic) then the 'murder mystery' will become no more than a predictable sub plot within the first three chapters. Still, the story was interesting enough to carry the predictable mystery even if I did feel that the M.C's came across as pretty dim everytime they stood around wondering who was trying to kill them and tried to figure out what the deal was with the parcel of land Annie inherited.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Her Sudden Groom: Groom Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Rose Gordon
    • Narrated By B. F. Laskar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (57)

    The overly scientific, always respectable, and socially awkward Alexander Banks has just been informed his name resides on a betrothal agreement right above the name of the worst chit in all of England. With a loophole that allows him to marry another without consequence before the thirtieth anniversary of his birth, Alex has only four weeks to find another woman and make her his wife. Being the logical scientist he is, Alex decides to take his friend's advice and treat his quest for a bride just like a science experiment...

    Kimberly says: "Story good - narrator was not."
    "Narration was fine"
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    I bought the kindle version of this first and, after reading the audible reviews, almost didnt add the narration. In the end I decided to buy it because I figured if it was as bad as the reviews said 1.99 wasn't much to lose. Given this, I was pretty surprised to hear the narration was actually better than passable. I have listened to hundreds of audiobooks from audible and I can say with some amount of confidence that this narrator, while not exceptionally good, neither was she exceptionally bad. Nothing irritates me more than terrible narration or production flaws but I honestly can not understand why so many people complained about this narrator. I've even been wondering if the book has somehow been updated because of the bad reviews. I would suggest listening to the sample before writing this one off. In the end, while i'm not sure i'd spend a credit on this book, i was more than satisfied for the 2.99 I payed for the kindle and audio versions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Rises

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1089)
    Performance
    (988)
    Story
    (998)

    Mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate, Curran, the Beast Lord, are struggling to solve a heartbreaking crisis. Unable to control their beasts, many of the Pack’s shape-shifting children fail to survive to adulthood. While there is a medicine that can help, the secret to its making is closely guarded by the European packs, and there’s little available in Atlanta. Kate can’t bear to watch innocents suffer, but the solution she and Curran have found threatens to be even more painful. The European shape-shifters who once outmaneuvered the Beast Lord have asked him to arbitrate a dispute - and they’ll pay him in medicine.

    Melissa says: "Great addition to the story"
    "MORE!!!"
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    As this is number six in the series, I'm going to assume you're already familiar with these books by the time you purchase this instalment. Given this, you'll probably understand what I mean when I say, after finishing this all I could think was I WANT MORE!!!

    Magic Rises is another fantastic fast paced, action packed Kate Daniels novel. Highlights include: a look into the European shifters, a clearer picture of Hugh Deambre and Kate performing some neat new tricks with her magic. I'll state the obvious, this was definitely worth the credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Harlequin: Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Cynthia Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (452)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (269)

    Malcolm, head of the vampire Church of Eternal Life, is no particular friend to Anita Blake. So when he shows up in her office, to ask for her help against creatures so feared that no vampire will willingly speak their name, Anita is surprised. But she believes him. Malcolm may not be a Master of the City, but he's an old and powerful vampire, a leader of men, and he does not easily ask for help - especially from Anita and Jean-Claude, whose power Malcolm considers corrupt.

    Lou says: "*sigh*"
    "*sigh*"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Like many Anita Blake fans, I am disappointed by Hamiltons apparent fixation on Anita's sex life. At first I thought the ardeur concept was probably just a convenient way to add a few more sex scenes to the books, but I feel like its the only issue addressed in recencent Anita books. The sex scenes go on for chapter after chapter and are followed by long, tedious examinations of Anita's ever increasing sexual appetite. I loved the first 9 books or so in this series and I'm really hoping that the series will improve again


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Stardust of Yesterday: Haunting Hearts Series

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Lynn Kurland
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (87)

    Genevieve Buchanan inherited a castle—and a ghost to go along with it. But Kendrick de Piaget was no typical ghost. He was a handsome and infuriatingly arrogant 13th-century knight. At first, he wanted to frighten Genevieve, though she was more charmed than scared by his ghostly tricks. But when his thoughts turned to wooing her instead, Genevieve had to face her greatest fear: falling in love.

    Nancy says: "One of my favorites"
    "A bit lame"
    Overall

    The plot was fairly interesting but the romance was a bit juvenile. It was nice in a 'little girl dreaming of her knight in shining armor' kinda way, but it was a bit lame.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Taken by Midnight: The Midnight Breed, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Lara Adrian
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (590)
    Performance
    (388)
    Story
    (385)

    In the frozen Alaskan wilderness, former state trooper Jenna Darrow survives an unspeakable breach of body and soul. But with her narrow escape comes an even greater challenge. For strange changes are taking place within her, as she struggles to understand - and control - a new hunger. To do so, she will seek shelter in the Boston compound of the Order, an ancient race of vampire warriors whose very existence is shrouded in mystery.

    Candyce says: "loved it!"
    "Not as good"
    Overall

    I have really enjoyed this whole series, but I thought this installment wasn't as good as the other books. The main characters (Brock & Jenna) were not well developed and the plot failed to pick up the on going 'Dragos vs The Order' theme. It seemed almost as if the author has written this book without a clear idea of where she intends the series plot to go.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Kiss of Midnight: The Midnight Breed, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Lara Adrian
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1265)
    Performance
    (790)
    Story
    (788)

    He watches her from across the crowded dance club, a sensual black-haired stranger who stirs Gabrielle Maxwell's deepest fantasies. But nothing about this night---or this man---is what it seems. For when Gabrielle witnesses a murder outside the club, reality shifts into something dark and deadly. In that shattering instant she is thrust into a realm she never knew existed---a realm where vampires stalk the shadows and a blood war is set to ignite.

    Stacy says: "A Whole New Take on Vampire Mythology"
    "Like BDB but better"
    Overall

    The series is similar to the Black Dagger Brotherhood but not as intense. Adrian has kept a good balance between fantasy and romance in these books which, in my opinion, makes them more engaging then the BDB series. Enough romance to keep me caring about Lucan and Gabrielle's story, but enough action to keep their story interesting.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Undeniably Yours

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Shannon Stacey
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (359)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (252)

    Bar owner Kevin Kowalski is used to women throwing their phone numbers at him, but lately he's more interested in finding a woman to settle down with. A woman like Beth Hansen. If only their first meeting hadn't gone so badly. Beth's tending bar at a wedding when she comes face-to-face with a tuxedo-clad man she never thought she'd see again. She tries to keep her distance from Kevin but, by last call, she can't say no to his too-blue eyes or the invitation back to his room.

    Gianna says: "NOT a romance, hoping the dude would dump her!"
    "So irritating"
    Overall

    I really liked the other two books in this series, so I was really surprised by this book. The heroine of the story put me right off. Perhaps if her character was better explained or if she came across as anything but completely emotionally shallow the book would have been tolerable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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