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Elisabeth

Norwich, United Kingdom

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31
REVIEWS
8
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
6

  • Lady Be Bad

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Elaine Raco Chase
    • Narrated By Jill Arehart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    When the invitation arrived, Marlayna O'Brian was stunned. There was her ex-husband's name attached to both an engagement announcement and the opening of Kingman Castle, Jorstadt Island, in the St. Lawrence. Noah Drake walked out of her life without a word - just divorce papers. She wanted answers and he was the only man who could provide them. When Marlayna RSVP'd she had only one aim in mind: to be in Noah's arms again - no matter what she had to do to get there.

    Gaele says: "Dialogue that is real and poignant!"
    "OK story, light and pleasant."
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    I liked the story plot line, it's a light pleasant romance, which I feel could have been more fully developed, but as a long short story/novella worked fine. I wasn't very impressed with the narrator, though she did a better than usual attempt at an English accent.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Desiree: The Bestselling Story of Napoleon's First Love

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Annemarie Selinko
    • Narrated By Nicole Quinn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (45)

    Fourteen year old Desiree can't believe her good fortune. Her fiance, a dashing and ambitious Napoleon Bonaparte, is poised for battlefield success, and no longer will she be just a French merchant's daughter. She could not have known the twisting path her role in history would take, nearly breaking her vibrant heart but sweeping her to a life rich in passion and desire. A love story, but so much more, Desiree explores the landscape of a young heart torn in two.

    sophia says: "Stunning telling of a riveting story."
    "A fascinating story"
    Overall
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    Story

    I've read this book many times over the past 45 years, and it is one of my favourites. When I saw that it had been recorded as an audio book, I was thrilled, and bought it immediately. However, I feel that the narration has let it down. The delivery is so stilted and pedantic, it was difficult to listen to and it took me some time to get used to it. The various European accents are excellent, but some of the characterisation seem almost ot be caricatures, very strange.
    It won't stop me listening to it it again, though, but it will be in spite of the narration, not because of it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Forest Lord: The Fane, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Susan Krinard
    • Narrated By Christine Williams
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Deep in a forest of Regency England dwells The Forest Lord - and there he dwells alone. A living legend, the powerful Green Man of yore has but one chance to escape his forest prison and one hope for love - the very woman he has vowed to destroy.

    CAROLYN says: "A REGENCY FANTASY FAIRYTALE FOR GROWN UPS"
    "An excellent book, but . . ."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator spoiled it for me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's complexity and the way it slowly unfolds, showing the deepening feelings of the characters as she gradually begins to love.


    What didn’t you like about Christine Williams’s performance?

    Far too mannered and the accents are frankly atrocious.


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

    No idea.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Obsession

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Katie Reus
    • Narrated By Eliza Foss
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (41)

    Ten years ago, Lilly Carmichael left town without an explanation, breaking Braden Donnelly's heart. The death of her aunt has brought Lilly home and face-to-face with memories she thought were long buried. Still getting over a traumatic incident from her work as an NSA agent, Lilly initially dismisses the face at her window as a figment of stress-induced paranoia.

    K. April Holgate says: "Predictable with not very realistic characters"
    "Average"
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    Would you try another book from Katie Reus and/or Eliza Foss?

    Probably not


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

    The identity of the killer
    The fact that the supposedly expert agent was basically TSTL


    How could the performance have been better?

    Less emoting.


    Do you think Deadly Obsession needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. I didn't warm to either character and don't really care to find out what happens to them. I struggled to finish the book, to be honest.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carolina Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Dean Robertson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (148)

    Tory Bodeen grew up in a small, rundown house where her father ruled with an iron fist and a leather belt - and where her dreams and talents had no room to flourish. But she had Hope - who lived in the big house, just a short skip away, and whose friendship allowed Tory to be something she wasn't allowed to be at home: a child. But after Hope's brutal murder, Tory's life fell apart. Now grown, she's trying to find a measure of peace. But Hope's killer is still nearby.

    paula lewis says: "Good and Bad"
    "Great story, awful narration"
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    One of Nora's best, but the narration is dreadful. Emotionless, deadpan, dry and read as if she can't wait to finish it. Awful

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Star Bright

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Catherine Anderson
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    Overall
    (112)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (89)

    New York Times best-selling author Catherine Anderson whisks listeners away to Oregon for a suspense-filled romance. Faking her own death to escape her murderous husband, Rainie takes refuge in the rural community of Crystal Falls, where she finds work as a bookkeeper on a horse ranch run by Parker Harrigan. But as their initial attraction blossoms, Rainie fears she can’t continue to elude the man who has sworn to kill her - and that her mere presence could jeopardize everything the Harrigan family holds dear.

    Roberta says: "Interesing premise, didn't like the narrator."
    "Inspirational romance rather than suspense"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    It reads like an inspirational romance rather than romantic suspense, with the most un-Alpha hero I have ever encountered. I don't have a problem with him saying grace before meals, but the message is rather pushed. And he goes to ask his father if it's OK to have feelings for a woman he suspects is married. Come on!


    What was most disappointing about Catherine Anderson’s story?

    It just didn't go anywhere. There is no 'action', where is the suspense? At least, not as far as I've listened - about a third of the way through, and I can't bear to listen to any more to find out if it improves, I'm afraid.
    Also, I don't find the characters sympathetic - I don't really care whether they get together in the end or not. They are cardboard cutouts, there is no real depth to them


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She makes Rainie - and the other female characters I've encountered - sound quite 'whiny', giving them sugary sweet voices that grates on me. Also, her pronounciation of some words, is frankly bizarre, as if she'd never encountered them before and is making up what she thinks they should sound like. The emphasis is on the wrong part of the word.


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

    Not for me, I'm afraid


    Any additional comments?

    I'ts the first and last Catherine Anderson I'll be listening to. I really dislike this book and it's put me off trying others. Also, I'll listen more carefully to the samples from now on to see whether I can stand the narrator's voice.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Forged in Fire: A Red-Hot SEALs Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Trish McCallan
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (496)
    Performance
    (443)
    Story
    (442)

    Beth Brown’s dream feels so real: a mysterious stranger is gunned down during a violent airplane hijacking, and there’s nothing Beth can do to stop it. But Beth doesn’t believe in premonitions - or does she? How else can she explain the intense connection she feels to the gorgeous man in her dream whom she’s never met? A man she’s determined to save....

    Angela says: "A fantastic listen!"
    "Excellent start to the series"
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    I loved this!
    Feisty heroine and seriously hot Hero Seal, with a hint of paranormal in the psychic link between them. She is clearly a Linda Howard fan, and I loved the little hints to some of her favourite books in some of the characters names and situations. There seem to be clear clues to further books with the secondary characters, but it's going to be a long wait till the next one - not till September!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Scarlet Nights

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jude Deveraux
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (179)

    Engaged to the charming and seductive Greg Anders, Sara Shaw is happily anticipating her wedding in Edilean, Virginia. The date has been set, the flowers ordered, even her heirloom dress is ready. But just three weeks before the wedding, Greg gets a telephone call during the night and leaves without explanation. Two days later, a man climbs up through a trapdoor in the floor of Sara’s apartment, claiming that he is the brother of her best friend and that he’s moving in. While Mike Newland is indeed telling the truth about his identity, his reason for being there reaches far deeper.

    Carol says: "Scarlet Nights"
    "Slow"
    Overall
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    An initially TSTL heroine in a slow story, which only livened up in the last hour or so. It appears to be the third in a series, but I can't say I'm tempted to listen to them. It's not awful, but certainly not a book I'd bother listening to twice..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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