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Joe Anna O'Brien

I am a huge fan of romances and happy endings. I like books that take me away from everyday life and into the land of romance, some adventure and of course happy endings.

Dayton, Ohio USA | Member Since 2008

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  • Happy Ever After: The Bride Quartet, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (873)
    Performance
    (438)
    Story
    (446)

    No man has rattled wedding-planner Parker Brown in a long time, but the motorcycle-riding, raven-haired Mal seems to have a knack for it. His passionate kisses always catch her off guard, much like her growing feelings for him. Parker’s business risks have always paid off, but now she’ll have to take the chance of a lifetime with her heart….

    Amy says: "Wonderful ending!"
    "Waited but let down when it arrived"
    Overall

    I can't tell you how many book from Nora Roberts that I own or have read. This Quartet was something I really looked forward to and enjoyed the 1st 3 books. I feel like the author got tired of her subjects and just winged the last and final book to get it finished and out on the shelves. I expected more character depth from Parker the lead lady in the book and was let down.

    I don't regret my purchase but could have used more closure and depth from the characters. I believe that this author put these books out for all her old fans to keep us happy.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Never Seduce a Scot: Montgomerys and Armstrongs, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1510)
    Performance
    (1372)
    Story
    (1373)

    Eveline Armstrong is fiercely loved and protected by her powerful clan, but outsiders consider her "touched." Beautiful, fey, with a level, intent gaze, she doesn't speak. No one, not even her family, knows that she cannot hear. Content with her life of seclusion, Eveline has taught herself to read lips and allows the outside world to view her as daft. But when an arranged marriage into a rival clan makes Graeme Montgomery her husband, Eveline accepts her duty -unprepared for the delights to come.

    CAROLYN says: "OMG - NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL A GREAT LISTEN"
    "What a wonderful Story!!!"
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    I am so grateful for the $4.95 special on 1st of series books! I would never have tried a Maya Banks book and I am so glad that I did! The story holds your attention all through the entire book... The characters are well defined and interesting. The reviews on this book are right on point. I have already purchased and listened to the 2nd book in this series and can hardly wait until September when the next book is released.

    I recommend this book and author to anyone who loves a good romance novel!

    You go Maya Banks you have been added to my favorite author list!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Texas Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Jodi Thomas
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (14)

    Twenty-five-year-old Rose McMurray may be beautiful, smart, and capable of running her family's ranch at Whispering Mountain, but she's backed away from marriage three times without giving anyone reasons. Everyone thinks she is a coward, afraid of any adventure, including falling in love. She's never done a single wild or reckless thing in her life...until now. Duncan McMurray, like Rose, was adopted into the family. As a Texas Ranger, he swears he'll never settle down and marry.

    Rose says: "Duck and his Rose"
    "Jodi Thomas NEVER DISAPPOINTS!"
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    I have been listening to this series from the 1st book. I was so happy when Jodi started writing about the 2nd generation. I liked the last book a bit better because of the interaction with more of the family and let us get to know the girls and Duncan. This book was good and kept my interest but I missed news about the girls and the rest of the family! Would like to have known what the family reaction was to Rose and Duncan falling in love.

    Hope the next book ties more of the extended family in and give an update on Rose, Duncan and Em.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Elizabeth Hoyt
    • Narrated By Emma Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (183)

    Since the death of his first wife, Godric St. John has devoted his nights to protecting the innocent of London disguised as the notorious Ghost of St. Giles. When Lord Griffin Reading discovers Godric's secret double life he presents him with an offer he can't refuse, and Godric finds himself married to a young - and pregnant - stranger. Two years ago Lady Margaret "Megs" Reading lost both her lover and her unborn child - but not before being forced into a marriage of convenience with Godric St. John....

    Janine says: "BRING BACK ASHFORD MCNAB - PLEASE!!!"
    "Good Story the narration could have been better"
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    Where does Lord of Darkness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love Elizabeth Hoyt and will keep buying her books. Not sure she has anything to say about who does the narration.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Not much the way the narrator pronounced some of the words was irritating and would avoid any books read by this narrator unless it was an author I loved.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Good Earl Deserves a Lover

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Sarah MacLean
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (198)

    Lady Philippa Marbury is...odd. The brilliant, bespectacled daughter of a double marquess cares more for books than balls, for science than the season, and for laboratories than love. She's looking forward to marrying her simple fiancé and living out her days quietly with her dogs and her scientific experiments. But before that, Pippa has two weeks to experience all the rest - 14 days to research the exciting parts of life. It's not much time, and to do it right she needs a guide familiar with London's darker corners.

    Janine says: "DISAPPOINTED"
    "Enjoyable"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would but I would recommend reading the books in order. I disagree with the other reviews. I think Pippa's story can stand alone but is richer having read the first book in the series.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of One Good Earl Deserves a Lover?

    I like when Pippa confronts Castleford and learns there was more to him than she gave him credit. Very likable people.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No I enjoyed the entire book.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish there had been more interaction with Pen and Bourne to connect the two books. But I feel the other people who reviewed this book were unfair. Pippa is a unique woman and the author developed her personality very well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One in a Million

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Susan Mallery, Tanya Michaels
    • Narrated By Marie Ellis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (98)

    One in a million - that's what widow Stephanie Wynne figured her chances were of finding a man who could help her raise her kids instead of acting like one himself. After experiencing that with her late husband, she was happy to finally be in control of her own life. Sure, it could get a little lonely, but there were ways around that…. FBI negotiator Nash Harmon was trained to be cool and detached in every situation. But when he came to Stephanie's B&B, there was something about her lively family that drew him in.

    LeftyMom says: "A Narrator Nightmare"
    "Glad I took a chance"
    Overall
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    If you could sum up One in a Million in three words, what would they be?

    I read a lot of negative reviews on this book but I love Susan Mallery and decided to purchase it anyway. I am glad I did. The second book is not as good as the first but I found it easy to listen to and enjoyed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Easy listening and good characters.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Marie Ellis?

    Not unless I loved the author


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rewriting Monday

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jodi Thomas
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers, Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (31)

    New York Times best-selling author Jodi Thomas’ Rewriting Monday is an irresistible blend of romance and suspense. In it, reporter Pepper Malone moves to Bailey, Texas, after a news story nearly gets her killed. Now she wants to be left alone to do her job in relative peace and quiet. But when the newspaper’s staff is targeted by a madman with a grudge against the media, Pepper is drawn back into the public eye—and into the arms of the paper’s handsome owner.

    Maria says: "Not Enough Heat"
    "I love Jodi Thomas' writing style!"
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    Where does Rewriting Monday rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favorites but all of her books are! She takes you inside the heads of her characters and makes you feel like you are in the book with them.


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

    I love her style and I am always on the edge to see what will happen next. I think this book is where the Harmony Series was born. I love that series and can't wait for the next book!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    To many to count. I find the bakery scene where all the towns people gather to try and help but just make things more complicated.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I don't think a movie could do this book justice. When they make books into movies you loose the heart of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    A great listen. I know I will listen to it again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Just Down the Road: A Harmony Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jodi Thomas
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (33)

    New York Times best-selling author Jodi Thomas captures listeners’ hearts with her sweet tales set in Harmony, Texas. In Just Down the Road, a rowdy night at the bar lands Tinch Turner in the ER under the care of Dr. Addison Spencer, igniting a passion Tinch hasn’t felt since the loss of his wife. Meanwhile, Reagan Truman, grieving her beloved uncle, finds solace in her new Harmony family—and a new baby.

    Joe Anna O'Brien says: "Wonderful!!!"
    "Wonderful!!!"
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    Where does Just Down the Road rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Up at the top! Jodi takes you right into Harmony it is like being there instead on just listening to a story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I get so invested in the characters. They are normal and have faults you feel like you have met them and they are now your friends.


    Which character ??? as performed by Julia Gibson ??? was your favorite?

    I love all of them but I have a real soft spot for the Funeral Director. He looks at himself so practically and he is so sensible then he surprises himself. He makes me laugh and makes me cry. I love his heart and the compassion he has for other people even the dead ones.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I think that a movie would be impossible. They would not be able to portray the depth of the community or the characters in a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the next one! I love this series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • One Dance with a Duke: The Stud Club Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tessa Dare
    • Narrated By Leslie Bellair
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (476)
    Performance
    (421)
    Story
    (425)

    In One Dance with a Duke, the first novel in Tessa Dare's delightful new trilogy, secrets and scandals tempt the irresistible rogues of the Stud Club to gamble everything for love.

    Amazon Customer says: "Horsing around in Historical Romance"
    "Love it!!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of One Dance with a Duke to be better than the print version?

    Don't know


    What other book might you compare One Dance with a Duke to and why?

    Any of Mary Balogh's books I love them all.


    Which character ??? as performed by Leslie Bellair ??? was your favorite?

    Penelope


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

    I really liked the whole thing but when Spencer figured out what a special person she was and that he loved her was really good.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Prince of Ravenscar

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Catherine Coulter
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (61)

    April 1831, her grace Corinne Monroe wants her widowed son, Lord Julian, to marry her best friend’s daughter, Miss Sophie Wilkie. Julian last saw Sophie when she was twelve years old, silent, skinny, and always staring at him. However, his mother is nothing if not persuasive, and Julian reluctantly accompanies her to London to meet the young lady. And he knows that whatever happens isn’t going to be good. Lord Devlin Monroe, Julian’s nephew, is very fond of his intriguing reputation in society: he delights, he frightens, he brings on delicious shudders. He’s enjoying a pleasant bachelor life....

    Cynthia says: "Where has Catherine Coulter Gone?"
    "Really enjoyed the book"
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    Where does Prince of Ravenscar rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    It was well written and had that spark of humor that Catherine Coulter has in all her historical novels.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It kept me guessing and interested in what was coming next.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond Seduction: A Bastion Club Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (130)
    Performance
    (110)
    Story
    (114)

    In a moment of recklessness, Gervase Tregarth, sixth Earl of Crowhurst, swears he’ll marry the next eligible lady to cross his path. Cloistered at his ancestral castle in Cornwall, with nary a suitable woman for miles, he never expects he’ll have to fulfill his pledge, at least not until the London season begins. But then he meets his neighbor, the very appealing Madeline Gascoigne.

    Years of secret service to the Crown have taught Gervase the value of always having a loophole - there will be no wedding if he and Madeline are not compatible in every way.

    Toni Lea Mccrary says: "Great addition to the Bastion Club series"
    "Stephanie Laurens always delivers"
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    Would you listen to Beyond Seduction again? Why?

    Yes I always listen to Stephanie Laurens book more than once. I love her style and her stories


    What other book might you compare Beyond Seduction to and why?

    Any of the Bastion Club books but the hero in this book is very special and reasons problems out before acting unlike most of the other members when it comes to the ladies they are in love with.


    What three words best describe Steven Crossley???s voice?

    To formal, dry


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

    No because of the narrator I needed to break it up.


    Any additional comments?

    Stephanie Laurens never lets me down!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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