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Gwendolyn

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  • Bet Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Deanna Hurst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1355)
    Performance
    (718)
    Story
    (733)

    Min Dobbs knows that happily-ever-after is a fairy tale, especially with a man who asked her to dinner to win a bet. Cal Morrisey knows commitment is impossible, especially with a woman as cranky as Min Dobbs. When they say good-bye at the end of their evening, they cut their losses and agree never to see each other again. But Fate has other plans.

    Amazon Customer says: "Another win!"
    "Love It!"
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    This is my all time favorite romantic comedy. Partly because there aren't a ton of embarrassing sex scenes. This story is a comedy on how men and women see relationships differently, the hilarious love advice they give each other, and how two people who are exact opposites can actually be perfect for each other. I loved all the laugh out loud situations Jennifer Crusie put her characters in. And I've never read or listened to a story where all the characters seemed to mesh so well with each other. You actually feel like one of the gang when you listen to each person's story and cheer them on. You even find yourself enjoying the scenes where the 'bad guys' are plotting against the 'good guys'. I have listened to this book at least 4 times and I never get tired of it. A very light-hearted, funny look at the he says/she says of romance.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Playing Possum

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe, Natalie Ross, Amanda Ronconi, and others
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (185)

    "Playing Possum": Sookie Stackhouse brings enough birthday cupcakes for her nephew's entire class but finds she's one short when the angry ex-boyfriend of the school secretary shows up. "Dahlia Underground": Venerable vampire Dahlia Lynley-Chivers survives an attack by an anti-vampire terrorist group, only to show them they tried to blow up the wrong bloodsucker.

    Amazon Customer says: "Where is Johanna Parker!?!"
    "Three out of five ain't bad"
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    I didn't like the 2nd story, 'Dahlia Underground' and the 4th story 'Death by Dahlia'. I kept looking at the summery on Audible because I couldn't believe that those stories were written by Charlaine Harris. I was equally put off with the narrators for both stories. The way they talk is very distracting and keeps you from being able to lose yourself in the plots. The first story was good, but I really loved the 3rd story, 'Two Blondes' and the last one 'If I had a Hammer' Amanda Ronconi's narration definitely adds to the appeal. Over all I think this makes it worth purchasing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Glenn Harrold's Ultimate Guide to Permanent and Natural Weight Loss

    • ORIGINAL (59 mins)
    • By Glenn Harrold
    • Narrated By Glenn Harrold
    Overall
    (255)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (74)

    Glenn Harrold, the UK's best-selling hypnotherapist, combines the very latest clinical hypnotherapy techniques with state of the art digital sound to aid weight loss. On this high-quality recording you will hear a pleasant voice and absorbing sound effects that guide you into a deeply relaxed state of mental and physical relaxation. In this very receptive relaxed state you will be given a number of post hypnotic suggestions and carefully layered affirmations to help you achieve your goals.

    Catherine says: "Very Helpful for some People"
    "Working Great For Me!"
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    I am seriously overweight and have always had trouble anytime I have tried to diet and lose weight. I began listening to this audio everyday 2 weeks ago and I've been having remarkable results. I have started to experience an urge to exercise, when I have never liked to in the past. It's been a lot easier for me to eat less at meal times too. I even avoid desserts and snacking between meals without giving it a second thought. All in all, I would have to say that this has been an awesome audiobook that has made getting into the mode of healthy living and eating so much easier. I highly recommend this to anyone who is having trouble with weight loss and needs that extra push.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vanity, Vengeance and a Weekend In Vegas: A Sophie Katz Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kyra Davis
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (564)
    Performance
    (487)
    Story
    (486)

    Sophie Katz, bestselling mystery writer and amateur sleuth, has just discovered that Anatoly, her sexy Russian P.I boyfriend of six years is actually married to the daughter of a Russian mafia boss. Devastated by his betrayal, Sophie banishes him from their beautiful San Francisco Victorian home. Desperate to distract their friend and pull her out of her depression, Dena and Marcus spirit Sophie away to Vegas for a "fun filled weekend" at a Sex Toy Trade Show. But bigger trouble awaits in Vegas. Anatoly is there; his beautiful Russian wife is there; and so is a dead body stuffed into a closet

    G. House Sr. says: "Better and Better"
    "Awful!"
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    I have bought all the audiobooks in the Sophie Katz series and I've loved them all except this one. The first 5 books I only bought through Audible. This book, I first bought on Amazon for my kindle because it wasn't available in audio format. I had not been overly impressed with the book, but I thought it was because I really loved Gabra Zackman's performances of all the characters. I just recently purchased and listened to this audiobook, and I couldn't even get more than an hour in before I just shut it off. The problem is the story is very slow and lacks most of the laugh out loud moments I loved. This particular performance by Gabra is equally bad. None of the characters sound right. They all seem to lack the personalities and voice inflections I've gotten used to. The main character, Sophie, just comes off as whiney. It's hard to know if these problems are due to the changes in editing and publication, or if this series has just reached the end. I don't believe I will be buying anymore though.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses: Half Moon Hollow, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2111)
    Performance
    (1955)
    Story
    (1947)

    Nola Leary would have been content to stay in Kilcairy, Ireland, healing villagers at her family’s clinic with a mix of magic and modern medicine. But a series of ill-timed omens and a deathbed promise to her grandmother have sent her on a quest to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky, to secure her family’s magical potency for the next generation. Her supernatural task? To unearth four artifacts hidden by her grandfather before a rival magical family beats her to it. Complication One: The artifacts are lost somewhere in vampire Jane Jameson’s occult bookshop. Complication Two: Her new neighbor, Jed Trudeau, keeps turning up half-naked at the strangest times....

    Diana Turmenne says: "One of the best spin offs I have read!"
    "Meh..."
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    I really miss the laugh-out-loud humor of the Jane Jamison series and the story 'And One Last Thing'. Those stories made me laugh so hard at times that I'd cry. And every time I listened to them, it would be like visiting old friends. That was why I started buying every audio book by Molly Harper. Lately though, the stories are slipping into mediocrity. The just don't have that same spark that set them apart anymore. I hope this is temporary because I miss the old Molly Harper magic.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden Truth: Truth Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Dawn Cook
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (339)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (218)

    Alissa never believed in magic. But then she went to the Hold, a legendary fortress where human Keepers once learned magic from enigmatic Masters. Under the tutelage of the last surviving Master, Alissa discovered that she had inherited her father’s magical ability.

    Angela Fitzgerald says: "Wow, seriously, Rakus? Absolutely marvelous"
    "Not as good..."
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    I had enjoyed the first book in this series, but I found that this second book was harder to get through, and a lot less believable. The main character, Alissa, ruins the story with her childish, immature behavior. She refuses to listen to anyone else, and then seems shocked when her bad behavior results in making bad situations worse. I've seen toddlers behave with more self control that this character has. I found her to be very unlikable in this book. Some of the scenes in this book were not very believable either. Without spoiling the story, I would have to say that one character's lack of response to a life and death issue simply because he didn't want to mess up his room is a shockingly amature twist in a storyline. Even Marguerite's fantastic narration couldn't save this story. Needless to say, I won't be buying anymore of the books in this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11415)
    Performance
    (8283)
    Story
    (8290)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "Absolutely loved it!"
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    Once again, an author proves that you can have an awesome paranormal story without all the fluff and nonsense. This story had a great plot line and wonderful characters. I will be getting the rest of the books in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Undead in My Bed

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Jessica Sims, Molly Harper, Katie MacAlister
    • Narrated By Leah Mallach, Abby Craden, Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (504)
    Performance
    (463)
    Story
    (459)

    In "Shades of Gray" by Katie MacAlister, Noelle is a Guardian: a demon-wrangler, imp-banisher, and all-round secret protector of humans from the Otherworld. In "Undead Sublet" by Molly Harper, executive chef Tess Maitland is banned from her five-star kitchen in Chicago to recover from "exhaustion". Jessica Sims's "Out With a Fang" features Ruby Sommers, a lonely were-jaguar who signs up for a blind date through the paranormal dating agency Midnight Liaisons.

    NDiaye says: "Dynamic Trio... hmmm maybe"
    "Some stories were good"
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    I bought this book because I absolutely love all of the books in the Jane Jamison series by Molly Harper, and I was really hoping to find more authors I would like. I hated the first story by Katie MacAlister. I kept listening and waiting to start liking it, but the characters are awful. I can't figure out if it's the story or the narrator that ruined it for me. I loved Molly Harper's story, which I knew I would. I found that I really liked the third story, Out With a Fang by Jessica Simms and I'm looking forward to buying one of her full length stories. I would recommend this book for the second & third stories only.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • For a Few Demons More

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (599)
    Performance
    (551)
    Story
    (555)

    Despite dating one vampire and living with another, Rachel Morgan has always managed to stay just ahead of trouble...until now. fiendish serial killer stalks the Hollows, and no one living in or around Cincinnati - human, inhuman, or undead - is safe. An ancient artifact may be the key to stopping the murderer - a mysterious relic that is now in the hands of Rachel Morgan, fearless independent bounty hunter and reckless witch. But revealing it could ignite a battle to the death among varied local supernatural races.

    anne says: "Rachel does it again..."
    "Getting tired of parts of the storyline"
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    I have loved this series, and the way Marguerite Gavin narrates them. Jenks, especially, has been a hilarious part of the stories. But I am getting tired of Ivy's antics. Quite frankly, I have never been a fan of situations where one person tries to high pressure, or even force, someone to have sex with them. I can't find anything likable about this character who thinks she has the right to force someone else to live by what she want, dictating what Rachel's allowed to do. Nevermind what Rachel wants. And I really can't understand how Rachel is willing to put up with all the unreasonable demands Ivy puts on her. For this reason, I'm a little leary about continuing with this series. I think, at the very least, I will be taking a break from this series for a while.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Modern Witch: A Modern Witch, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Debora Geary
    • Narrated By Martha Harmon Pardee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (892)
    Performance
    (808)
    Story
    (828)

    Lauren is downtown Chicago's youngest elite realtor. She's also a witch. She must be - the fetching spell for Witches' Chat isn't supposed to make mistakes. So says the woman who coded the spell, at least. The tall, dark, and handsome guy sent to assess her is a witch too (and no, that doesn't end the way you might think). What he finds in Lauren will change lives, mess with a perfectly good career, and require lots of ice cream therapy.

    ShySusan says: "Perfect antidote for vampire & zombie overdoses"
    "Boring, shallow, and so predictable"
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    My favorite books are always the ones that catch my interest in the first chapter or two. This books still didn't have my interest after 3 hours when I finally turned it off. It was poorly written, and the problem was compounded by a bad narrator. All the women, except for Aunt Myrna, sounded the same. And the narrator sounded overly perky about everything. Ms. Pardee would do best in self help books for self esteem and confidence boosts.
    There was nothing in the characters personalities to distinguish one from another. I found, after 3 hours, that the author had done nothing to make you identify or sympathize with any of the people in the story. No motivation to care about the characters, and no situations to keep you listening to the end. This author and narrator have definitely moved to the top of my 'avoid at all costs' list.
    ... And what was up with the annoying click clack of typewriter keys between every scene? Wow.

    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Skinwalker: Jane Yellowrock, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2920)
    Performance
    (2481)
    Story
    (2486)

    Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. But now she's been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie's Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who's killing other vamps.

    Mobilis says: "How refreshing"
    "Story was alright, but..."
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    This story was good. It has a little bit of a different take on things with the heroine being a Cherokee woman. But I found it a little hard to visualize her as a strong independent woman and hunter when the narrator gives her the lilt of a sweet southern belle. Likewise the choppiness of her speech when she is in her mountain cat form is very distracting and off-putting I haven't decided if I will continue with the rest of the books in this series because all of the summaries sound so similar to the first book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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