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Shelly

Tampa, FL, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Forever Buckhorn

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Lori Foster
    • Narrated By Isabelle Gordon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (141)

    Gabe Kasper, the heartthrob of Buckhorn County, Kentucky, can have any woman he wants. But it's prickly, uptight Elizabeth Parks who gets under his skin. She thinks Gabe's some kind of hero and wants an interview for her thesis. Jordan Somerville thinks he wants a woman who's a paragon of virtue. But then the gentle veterinarian - rescuer of strays - meets Georgia Barnes, single mother and exotic dancer. She's a far cry from Jordan's dream woman - and she's made it clear that he's hardly her dream man, either.

    SIMARA says: "Sweet n sexy"
    "I will never forget this story, it was hilarious"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    No. it is perfect in an awesomely bad way. This is the Mystery Science Theater of romance novels.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lori Foster again?

    If depressed and had time to kill. This book was ridiculous, it made me laugh out loud, I hope it was written this way on purpose.


    What three words best describe Isabelle Gordon’s performance?

    I don't remember much about it, I think it was fine.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    All the brothers wearing nothing but cutoff jean shorts everywhere, the whole family, including babies posing for a family portrait in jean cutoff shorts! I men would have to be shirtless and the women would be allowed to wear tank tops, with no bras of course. Apparently, in this town going braless is acceptable because it's hot - hmm, I live in Florida and we don't do that much.


    Any additional comments?

    I read all three, they were all bad. In book number one I was disgusted with the "honey" name mix up, but then grew to appreciate the nonsense these books portray. This book takes the cake, I laughed out loud, I told my husband part of the plot and he laughed. I've told others and they laugh. Here are some highlights:
    1. the main character's signature outfit is jean short cutoffs and nothing else, everywhere. He apparently doesn't have a real job. The other brothers routinely walk around shirtless or naked, too.
    2. All the brothers live in the same house & if they move, it is still on the same land.
    3. The women walk around with no bras. They are really stupid, I think they were pretty much all virgins, of course!
    4. The premise for why this newest girl is here is really stupid. The seduction is incredibly stupid and he apparently thinks she is ugly at first because she has red hair & freckles, but likes her body.
    5. Kudos to the author for trying to make having a nasty sunburn sexy - if you've ever had one that bad you would know this girl would have been feeling pretty awful and not in the mood for love.
    6. the best part: the constant use of the words "female" and "male" as adjectives. "he was all MALE as walked toward her in his jeans with no shirt," "her skin was so soft, so FEMALE," "his scent was intoxicating and so, so, MALE"
    Hilarious!

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (4739)
    Performance
    (4297)
    Story
    (4306)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Interesting & action-packed"
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    What made the experience of listening to Hard Magic the most enjoyable?

    The variety of voices from the narrator. I really like when everyone sounds distinct and I can tell who is talking immediately. Love the voices for Sullivan and Heinrich, Faye (sp?) gets a bit on my nerves but it works.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hard Magic?

    I liked getting to know the backstory for all the characters. I think Heinrich's affected me the most.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the final showdown with the chairman on the airship.


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

    no, but I did think about it a lot. There were several humorous and upsetting parts in the story, but it was more akin to watching a good action film.


    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't sure about this story initially since I thought it sounded more like it was "guy" book and I'm not usually into history, but the magic and characters were very interesting and i actually liked the alternate history. I guess the only "guy" thing that bored me a little was all the gun descriptions since it meant nothing to me, but I am sure gun enthusiasts everywhere loved it and I did appreciate the expertise of the character that made all these weapons. I think the character development was exceptionally good so I am really invested in the story. I can't stop thinking about the characters and I want to know more. I immediately purchased the second book in the series and now I am frustrated because the 3rd isn't out yet. There were a few violent parts and since I can't stand to watch that kind of stuff so if this were a movie I would have "covered" my eyes for several scenes, but for the most part the violence was necessary and fit well with the story. This is a book I would definitely recommend listening to, rather than read, because it is so action-packed and the narration is so good. Second book was great as well, I really hope the third comes out soon! I especially want to know what is going on with Faye.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Next Always: Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2062)
    Performance
    (1826)
    Story
    (1833)

    The historic hotel in Boonsboro has endured war and peace, the changing of hands, and even rumored hauntings. Now it’s getting a major face-lift from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother. As the architect in the family, Beckett’s social life consists mostly of talking shop over pizza and beer. But there’s another project he’s got his eye on: the girl he’s been waiting to kiss since he was sixteen.

    krista says: "A cozy romance"
    "I like male narrators, story okay"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The guy was too perfect, but I guess that is the point. Wouldn't any sane person get a little more annoyed with the kids? The ghost story was a bit lame to me and I think the book would have been better without it.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The cute town was interesting, simple lives (unlike my own in the city). The least interesting was the ghost story.


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

    Yes. I really enjoy male narrators, but I've noticed they always get bad reviews since most people seem to like having a woman read men's voices rather than a man read a woman's. I will take the trade off though - I like hearing a man read the steamy scenes more than a woman. A large portion of the book is told from the persepective of men. He does read a bit slow (but I think it lends to the whole slower lifestyle in a small town), but you can probably speed up the audio on your mp3 player if it bugs you.


    Could you see The Next Always being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    yes, but i wouldn't watch it. It would have to be on lifetime I guess - I hope they leave out the ghost story.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was fine, classic. It passed the time, but overall the story was a bit vanilla and the characters are pretty forgettable. I can say the same thing about most of the mystery/crime novels I read though - the point is to relax a few hours. I picked it because I like male narrators for a change of pace and it is a trilogy. If you think the first one is decent, it is nice to have sequels so you can revist characters you like.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7833)
    Performance
    (6760)
    Story
    (6761)

    Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist.

    FanB14 says: "Horrible on All Accounts"
    "Good, Enjoyable, but doesn't live up to the hype"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    yes, i enjoyed the story. Lots of sex, ridiculous romance/fanstasy (don't we all want to fall in love with a billionaire and have such crazy passion we have sex 6 times a day or more?), and the trilogy promises hours of entertainment make them a good value. I like how the books are actually long with a plot and not super short like a lot of romances.


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

    It was more suspenseful/cliff-hanger than the ending to Fifty Shades of Grey. I purchased the third immediatly.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Becca Battoe?

    YES please replace the narrator! I read the first book in the series on my ereader, but bought books 2 & 3 on audible. I like listening because I can do other things (clean my pool, clean, drive & helps me get to sleep better than TV) so I "dealt" with it, but did not enjoy it. I looked her up, she primarily reads children and young adult novels and should stick with that. The voice for Anna was fine, but every other character was mediocre or bad. The male voices were AWFUL - it made a handsome, dreamy CEO sound like a slow, idiot which was a shame. It was hard to really enjoy the sex scenes because his voice was so UN-SEXY. I was apparently listening to the remastered version. Also, her accents were way off (is Jose hispanic or have a bad lisp?). My favorite female narrator is Susan Erikson (JD Robb In Death series) because she can do a lot of different voices (including men) very well - from southern, irish, hispanic, etc - they should get her if she is not exclusive to Brilliance Audio. I am less concerned with Anna sounding 21 than I am with the performance of most the characters being good.


    Do you think Fifty Shades Darker needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It has a follow up - I enjoy the story, but the sex and their interactions are already getting really repetitive. I am starting to get annoyed with Anna at this point - the guy has already made amazing strides in days with her that in real life would take years, but she constantly feels the need to test him, constantly doubts herself (at least this part is understandable) and wants to grill his therapist - unethical! She needs to be more patient, but I guess she is 21 . . .


    Any additional comments?

    If you get this one, might as well read them all!

    I didn't get the first one on audible so here is my take on the whole series if you haven't invested yet:

    My understanding is that the books were originally fan fiction available for free online that became popular and were rushed to press. I think I read they were in response to Twilight and notice some people think it is similar or a rip off - I've seen two of the twilight movies but never read the books and don't see how they are similar except in the way most romances are similar (but with no vampires thank god - i can't take this paranormal stuff seriously). The story itself is not much different than any romance novel in which rich/hot guy meets virgin who dates lots of hot women and is never serious with any of them meets hot/virgin & suddenly she is the "one & only" for some inexplicable reason (since virgin is often whiny & stupid when it comes to relationships) and they get engaged within days or weeks. I haven't finished the 2nd book yet or started the third, but I bet they do get engaged, she gets pregnant, & they live happily ever after despite the fact that it would be ridiculous. I am not saying I don't enjoy reading these books sometimes, but I also awknowledge what these books are and I don't think this one stands out that much from the rest.Could have been a lot better if they hadn't rushed and did some editing. Everytime I hear "oh my" I want to kill myself, and that is just one of many repetitive phrases (if I was reading instead of listening I could skip over some of this and reading the emails wouldn't be as annoying - but I actually enjoy the content of the emails). I see my comments are sounding negative, but I did enjoy it. It is better than a lot of other romances out there, many of which are just terrible. If you are new to erotica, you might like this because they don't use "dirty" words as often which can make some people uncomfortable.She uses anatomical terms and phrases like "he touched me down there" "his fingers traced up to the apex of my thighs," "penis," and "erection." I teach anatomy & physiology for a living so these terms are a little lame to me. If these terms bother you, don't bother reading any real erotica! Despite these relatively tame terms it is still sexy, but the sex happens so often it does get a bit boring. Sometimes I wish they would write erotica about normal people (you know, not a billionaire, good sex but not every few hours 7 days a week, a girl more realistic than a 21 year old hot vigin who doesn't think she is hot and apparently has never once been attracted to the any other hot men in her life who are in love with her because she was destined for this man) - but then I guess it wouldn't be a fantasy and not serve as a great escape from reality. Ooh - how about an experienced woman of 30 who meets hot young virgin man and he gets her to settle down ;)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5796)
    Performance
    (5145)
    Story
    (5138)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "story that keeps you thinking about it for days"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Original story


    What three words best describe Jim Dale’s performance?

    classic, soothing, a little boring at times


    Any additional comments?

    I had a difficult time getting into this book at first due to the narrator and the fact the book constantly skips around in the timeline (primarily between 1880's 1890's, up until 1902). Don't get me wrong, the narrator is very good, but the classic older gentleman narrator with english accent can sometimes put me to sleep and the way many do the female & children's voices can be a bit annoying. I do often use audiobooks to get to sleep at night though and tune out my husbands snoring so it definitely worked ;) That said, it was initially hard to get into (maybe because the narrator could get me to sleep in about 15 minutes) & the time jumping could be confusing since it took me about a month to finish, but by the second part of the download I was captivated. It is truly an interesting and original story that I will think about for weeks, months, or even years until I need to listen to it again. It reminds me a little of how a felt after reading Water for Elephants, but not just because they both involved a circus - because I felt the story was so interesting. If possible, I recommend listening to this one if you have more spare time, instead of 15-30 minutes at a time over a longer period like I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Veil of Night: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Clarinda Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (76)

    Jaclyn Wilde is a wedding planner who loves her job—usually. But helping Carrie Edwards with her Big Day has been an unrelenting nightmare. Carrie is a bridezilla of mythic nastiness, a diva whose tantrums are just about as crazy as her demands. But the unpleasant task at hand turns seriously criminal when Carrie is brutally murdered and everyone involved with the ceremony is accusing one another of doing the deed.

    "unknown" says: "Not Quite Loved It..."
    "story about wedding planning, not much mystery"
    Overall

    I hate it when books are overly detailed about topics that have zero to do with advancing the plot. I thought the plot of this book was a murder with a little romance thrown in, but 2/3 of the book is actually excrutiating detail about wedding planning with a little bit of romance and plot. Some of the talk about the weddings is a bit humorous (but it also repetitive) so just be aware you are going to learn a lot the job of a wedding planner and if that sounds good then by all means purchase it. Also, you know who did it right away and then it takes absolutely forever for the killers to be caught and it is kind of ridiculous how they are caught and how the story ends.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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