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Carlise

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  • Softly at Sunrise: A KGI Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Adam Paul
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (80)

    A novella companion to New York Times best-selling author Maya Banks' Shades of Gray. Softly at Sunrise takes place in a gap of time that occurs in Shades of Gray. Rachel Kelly has traveled a long, hard road in her journey back to her husband, Ethan, and the Kelly family. Now, as she and Ethan are poised to move into their new home, safe behind the walls of the Kelly compound, Rachel wonders if she’ll finally be free of the ghosts that have haunted her for so long and if she’ll step into the sun after a past steeped in darkness.

    Tina says: "HATED the new narrator!"
    "I loved it..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Definitely..it took a while to get used to the new narrator, but I got so absorbed in the story that he faded into the background.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    PJ, definitely. She was an aboslute female in this book..strong, fragile, girly, manly..all wrapped into one. She brought what happened to her to the forefront, avoided it, dealt with it her way and on her terms. She was all over the map and it was wonderful.

    Now, Cole would be next. He was so sensitive and manly all at the same time. He never stepped into her world without acknowldeging her for who and what she was..their courtship (what little there was) and handling of the event were the best parts of the book.


    Which character – as performed by Adam Paul – was your favorite?

    PJ, definitely. He didn't try too hard to be female and since this was PJ we're talking about, it seemed to fit.


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

    The entire rape scene from beginning to when she was in the hospital was so emotional for me. There were times when I had to stop because my emotions were too wired. It was upsetting, disturbing, and troubling all at the same time. I didn't think I'd be able to finish it, but I had to step away for a minute and then come back. It was such an integral part of the story and PJ and cole's relationship that I could not stop continuing to read the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I am torn between this one and the Rio story as my favorite. I listened to it twice because I could not pull away from PJ and Cole. While the change in narrator was startling, he fell into the background and the story took over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Instincts: Phoenix Pack

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Suzanne Wright
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (386)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (356)

    It happens whenever wolf shifter Roni Axton is near Marcus Fuller: a crackle of sexual awareness that's intoxicating...and deeply annoying. Marcus is a pack enforcer who oozes power, but Roni is lethal in her own right - nothing like the flirty females who flock around him. Even still, his possessive gaze makes one thing clear. Marcus has singled her out for seduction, and he wants to make her sit up and beg.

    Brooks Krabousanos says: "Great series"
    "Another great addition to The Phoenix Series"
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    Would you listen to Dark Instincts again? Why?

    Listen again..I've listened to it twice already. Yes, I will listen again when the next installment comes out.


    What other book might you compare Dark Instincts to and why?

    Can't compare any other book..this one was a great addition to the series. Funny and witty, it is a great book.


    What about Jill Redfield’s performance did you like?

    I loved everything about Ms. Redfield's performance. her voice, expressions, and ability to take us fluidly from one character to another is one of the reasons enjoy the series. If she stops reading the future installments, I will be immensely disappointed.


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

    While I thoroughly enjoyed the book, I can't say that I was moved by any specific scene in the book. This book was not emotionally touching to me, although I felt for Ronnie's relationship with her mom. It was sad to understand the twisted way that her mother found to raise her to be strong and self sufficient. I guess even shifter parents can have issues too :)


    Any additional comments?

    I love The Phoenix series. The characters are all funny, but serious at the same time. Their devotion to their mates and pack are heartwarming, but it is gratifying to see that even with all of that Alpha madness running rampant everywhere, the women actually run things.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Ties: Wicked Lovers Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Shayla Black
    • Narrated By Lexi Maynard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1044)
    Performance
    (943)
    Story
    (945)

    When a stalker ratchets up his attempts to get to her, cable sex-talk-show host Morgan O'Malley turns to Jack Cole - a self-proclaimed dominant - for help. Though Jack is a bodyguard, Morgan feels anything but safe in his presence. Because slowly and seductively, Jack is bringing her deepest fantasies to the surface. And when he bends her to his will, what's more shocking than her surrender is how much she enjoys it and how she starts to crave his masterful touch.

    Lexie says: "WOW! I love Shayla Black!!"
    "Not one of my favorites"
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    The narrator was good. I like to hear distinctly different character voices and live when their able to pull you into a story. Unfortunately, I did not enjoy the story, I found Morgan and Jack annoying, often. Submission from a complete stranger didn't seem far fetched from my point of view, so the constant pushing from Jack was a bit much. Morgan was annoying even if her apprehension in facing her sexuality was understandable. I loved Deek though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Open: Hurley Brothers, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lauren Dane
    • Narrated By Kate Turnbull
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (58)

    Five years ago, Tuesday Eastwood's life collapsed and left her devastated. After an empty, nomadic existence, she's finally pieced her life back together in the small Oregon town of Hood River. Now Tuesday has everything sorted out. Just so long as men are kept for sex, and only sex.... Then she met him.

    Carlise says: "OMG! I need to visit Hood River, OR"
    "OMG! I need to visit Hood River, OR"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I DEFINITELY recommend this book AND Ms. Dane. I love how her and I especially love her brown Family/ Hurley brothers series. I will be immensely sad when she runs out of people to write in this family.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved that both Ezra and Tuesday were both hesitant and cautious entering this relationship. I love that they were both "broken" and found coming together as a healing for both of them.


    What about Kate Turnbull’s performance did you like?

    I loved her voice. I'm not sure how she does it, but she can sound like a man and a woman without stretching it and faking it. She is superb. Really makes the book come alive.


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

    I can't say that there was one specific part that moved me. I loved and hated how much Tuesday questioned her feelings and connection to Ezra. I hated that Ezra couldn't see how far he has come and overcome to become the wonderful man he is..All in all, I loved the book, the hot sex, the wonderful Easton and Hurley family, and how wonderful it is to find love again..if you're lucky to do so.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a wonderful book. I love to read about strong men who understand themselves, deal with their shit, and help others deal with theirs. He is a "suttle" Alpha male, who's tortured and wonderful all at the same time.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fire and Desire

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Brenda Jackson
    • Narrated By Peter Ohms
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (46)

    Two years ago, geologist Corinthians Avery had brazenly sneaked into a hotel room to seduce Dex Madaris, head of Madaris Explorations and the longtime object of her affection. But the man who emerged from the shower to find Corinthians clad in next to nothing was handsome foreman Trevor Grant. When a smug Trevor informed her that Dex was not only absent from the trip, but at home happily married, Corinthians was mortified.

    ryeme says: "Loved the book, but not like the printed version"
    "Will always LOVE Ms. Jackson, but not the narrator"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I love all of Ms. Jackson's books enough to buy the book and audio version so I can listen to my favorites when I want to..unfortunately. Ms. Ohms does not do the story telling justice. He speaks so slow and with hardly any emotion. It's like listening to a special needs kid tell a story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Corinthians and Trevor, how can you not...mis-communication, unrequited love, denial, and eventually acceptance..what's not to love..but Ashton is the best. Although his part is small in this book, I looked forward to reading his story.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Peter Ohms’s performances?

    I'm not sure. While I love Ms. Jackson's books, I'm not getting the same goose bumps and complete interest that I have when reading the actual books. This is the 3rd book so far that I've purchased with lack luster effects. I'm not sure if I will continue to spend the money even if it's a small amount.


    Was Fire and Desire worth the listening time?

    It was worth it to hear one of my favorite stories come to life, but the "come to life" is what I had the problem with..the narrator is just so dry.


    Any additional comments?

    While I am sure that Mr. Ohms is a great narrator for some other genre of books, he is not doing Ms, Jackson's books any justice for us die hard fans. If he could get better or Ms. Jackson could entertain another narrator, I think this would help immensely.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drawn Together: Brown Family Series, # 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Lauren Dane
    • Narrated By Lucy Rivers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (89)

    Tattoo artist Raven Smith is blunt and hard, broken and jaded, dark and beautiful. While she doesn't hide her painful past, she does keep a wall around her heart. She's free, sexually - but no one gets to the real Raven beneath the prickly exterior. With a voice like smoke, Jonah Warner is a smooth-talking, highly successful attorney, with a body that should never be hidden by a suit

    Jordy says: "4 Smokin' Hot Stars! Finally, Raven's Story!"
    "I love RAVEN..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Drawn Together to be better than the print version?

    Unfortunately, I only have the audio version so I cannot give a reply to this question.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Drawn Together?

    There are so many..I loved the time the spent talking when she started his tattoo, but I equally loved that she called him when she went off to find her mother and he dropped everything to go to her. While these two (2) may seem from different worlds, they are so right for each other.


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

    I feel she brought Raven to life. I visualized her voice sounding just as Ms, Rivers delivered, sultry, sexy, but able to show the vulnerability.


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

    I wouldn't say an extreme reaction, but I think I want a tattoo now. Reading this series is was definitely an eye opener, but Raven's story clinched it for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved how this story came together. I loved that we finally revealed Raven's past to explain some of her personality and past behavior. This was definitely worth the wait. I'm going to miss the Brown's and their friends.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When Day Breaks: A KGI Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Adam Paul
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (183)

    The Kelly Group International (KGI): A super-elite, top secret, family-run business. Qualifications: High intelligence, rock-hard body, military background. Mission: Hostage/kidnap victim recovery. Intelligence gathering. Handling jobs the U.S. government can't.... Eden is said to be one of the most beautiful women in the world. Her face has graced countless magazines and her body has sold millions of dollars of clothing. But her fame and beauty has earned her more than she ever imagined. Evil is stalking her, determined to extinguish the ethereal beauty forever.

    Malinda says: "Pretty good addition to the series :)"
    "Enjoyable"
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    What did you like best about When Day Breaks? What did you like least?

    I waited for months to read Swanny's story..I loved how open and honest Eden was about her attraction to Swanny. It seemed genuine and I was invested in them really exploring this attraction. Unfortunately, while I felt he attraction between the two (2) characters, I felt that the story moved too fast and didn't establish a true "I love you, happily ever after feel" that we got in the other Kelly books.


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

    The story started off with a potential mystery that we could follow..finding out the threat to Eden. Unfortunately, this was not the basis if the book, so this "action" was solved relatively quickly which was a little disappointing.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I enjoyed the narrator and have gotten used to his voice and mannerisms.


    Did When Day Breaks inspire you to do anything?

    Unfortunately, no.


    Any additional comments?

    I will always be a Maya Banks/ KGI fan, but I was not that thrilled with this particular story. I would have loved to have more "conflict or action" that would bring the characters together and allow their relationship to grow. While we know that Swanny is an "adoptee" of the Kelly family, it would have been nice to know more about Swanny's background, introducing Eden to the Kelly clan, especially Mrs. Kelly, the recovery of Eden after the sttack. It would have been nice to spend a little more time developing their relationship, revealing the villain, and watching it all come together.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Perfect Hope: Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2041)
    Performance
    (1797)
    Story
    (1808)

    Ryder is the hardest Montgomery brother to figure out - with a tough-as-nails outside and possibly nothing too soft underneath. He’s surly and unsociable, but when he straps on a tool belt, no woman can resist his sexy swagger. Except, apparently, Hope Beaumont, the innkeeper of his own Inn BoonsBoro.... As the former manager of a D.C. hotel, Hope is used to excitement and glamour, but that doesn’t mean she can’t appreciate the joys of small-town living. She’s where she wants to be - except for in her love life....

    Maria says: "Perfect Ending!"
    "Absolutely beautiful.."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Perfect Hope the most enjoyable?

    The story of Hope and Ryder was beautiful..Watching them overcome their original "assumptions" about each other and their views on entering a relationship was classic. Hope proved to be exactly what Ryder needed even when he didn't know or understand exactly what he needed. I also loved how the narrator really got in to the voicing each character differently..tone, style..it was really engaging.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ryder was my favorite. he was rough, raspy, but soft and engaging all at the same time. You couldn't help, but love him.


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

    His voice and tone. I kept getting swept up in the story just by his voice and narration.


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

    I loved when ryder awaoke from the dream he had about Billy. How it affected him ad how it connected him to Hope. You could see him falling for her, but during those moments, you saw him actually..fall.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this trilogy of books. I enjoyed it so much that I read them all twice back to back. I loved Mr. Andrews. I will be sure to check out some books that he narrates just because of him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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