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Martha

Cypress, CA, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • The Husband List

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich, Dorien Kelly
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (364)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (320)

    Caroline Maxwell would like nothing more than to join her brother, Eddie, and his friend Jack Culhane on their adventures. While Jack and Eddie are off seeing the world, buying up businesses and building wildly successful careers, Caroline's stuck at home frightening off the men her mother hopes will ask for her hand in marriage. When her mother sets her sights on the questionable Lord Bremerton as a possible suitor, Caroline struggles with her instincts and the true nature of her heart. She longs for adventure, passion, love, and most of all...Jack Culhane, an unconventional Irish-American bachelor with new money and no title.

    julianne says: "So disappointed"
    "Ending a bit too tidy"
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    I enjoyed the mechanations of this story, but the ending is a bit too "tidy" and almost unfinished in a way. The couple winds up together, but the antagonist just goes away, not really dealt with at all.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Little Night Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lucy March
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1289)
    Performance
    (1184)
    Story
    (1173)

    Olivia Kiskey needs a change. She’s been working at the same Nodaway Falls, New York, waffle house since she was a teenager; not a lot of upward mobility there. She’s been in love with Tobias, the cook, for the last four years; he's never made a move. Intent on shaking things up, Olivia puts her house on the market, buys a one-way ticket to Europe, and announces her plans to her friends - but then she meets Davina Granville, a strange and mystical Southern woman....

    Elizabeth says: "Not quite Molly Harper, but not bad.."
    "A nice story"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Little Night Magic the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoy Amanda Ronconi as a narrator. She brings life and depth to her characters that brings them to life for me. Even though I am hearing the story, she is able to make it feel like I am watching it. That is of course mostly the author, but I give credit to Ronconi for knowing how to infuse emotion into her voice when necessary, hesitation, uncertainty, passion, and excitement, all finding places in her reading of the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is a lightweight story that doesn't really have a lot of negativity. Even though some bad things happen, it was apparent that it would have a happy ending - and I'm a sucker for a happy ending. :-)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rhythm and Bluegrass

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (789)
    Performance
    (731)
    Story
    (730)

    The anticipated follow up to Molly Harper's My Bluegrass Baby, which followed Sadie Hawkins as she jockeyed for the director's position at the Kentucky Tourism Commission with a sophisticated and handsome challenger.

    Cynthia says: "SO SO SO SO SO GOOD!"
    "Another fun story from Molly Harper"
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    Any additional comments?

    I think some people did not like this story, but I found it really charming and sweet. It isn't high art and that needs to be remembered. It is a fun story about people falling in love. One aspect I found confusing though is that this is book 2 of the series, but it seemed like it took place before or at the same time as book 1. Which, if you have read book 1 of a series, it can be confusing for book 2 to unfold as though book 1 didn't happen. Regardless, this was a fun story that made me laugh out loud at times, plus I loved the underdog aspect of Bonnie's situation in the town.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Bluegrass Baby

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1512)
    Performance
    (1388)
    Story
    (1374)

    Sadie Hutchins loves her job at the Kentucky Tourism Commission. Not only could her co-workers double as the cast of Parks and Recreation, but she loves finding the unusual sites, hidden gems, and just-plain-odd tourist attractions of her home state. She’s a shoo-in for the director’s job when her boss retires at the end of the year…until hotshot Josh Vaughn shows up to challenge her for the position. Josh is all sophisticated polish while Sadie’s country comfort, and the two have very different ideas of what makes a good campaign.

    Diana Turmenne says: "Made me want to visit Kentucky!"
    "Sweet story"
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    Have you listened to any of Amanda Ronconi’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I love Amanda Ronconi and she has drawn me to other authors. She is one of my favorite narrators. I just have to remember that her voices don't belong to certain characters. Men all sound like Zeb to me. :-)


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

    Being a Civil War enthusiast and reenactor, I had to laugh at the reenactment portion of the story. The things they did are supreme "no nos" in the CW community, lol, but it was fun and of course I can suspend my personal knowledge for the sake of a fun story.


    Any additional comments?

    Being a fan of paranormal romance, I kept waiting for something really bad to happen, but no vampires, werewolves, or shape shifters popped out of the woodwork, lol. This is a sweet story with a happy ending, which is good for the soul every once in a while. :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kiss of Midnight: The Midnight Breed, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Lara Adrian
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1362)
    Performance
    (872)
    Story
    (873)

    He watches her from across the crowded dance club, a sensual black-haired stranger who stirs Gabrielle Maxwell's deepest fantasies. But nothing about this night---or this man---is what it seems. For when Gabrielle witnesses a murder outside the club, reality shifts into something dark and deadly. In that shattering instant she is thrust into a realm she never knew existed---a realm where vampires stalk the shadows and a blood war is set to ignite.

    Stacy says: "A Whole New Take on Vampire Mythology"
    "Didn't finish it"
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    What disappointed you about Kiss of Midnight?

    The development of the story was a little slow. It didn't hook me right away and draw me in for more. I felt like there must have been another book before this one that explained all the details that seemed important to the story, but didn't make sense to me. I have read a lot of paranormal romance books, tons of vampire love stories, etc, but I was confused enough that I didn't finish it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Feral Sins: Phoenix Pack, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Suzanne Wright
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2117)
    Performance
    (1947)
    Story
    (1963)

    Taryn Warner is a wolf shifter with extraordinary healing skills - and serious problems. First, her father is determined that she mate for life with a wolf shifter named Roscoe Weston, whom the feisty Taryn can’t stand. To make matters worse, she’s also been kidnapped by Trey Coleman, a dangerous alpha male from another pack. And as much as she wants to resist Trey, Taryn is incredibly, maddeningly attracted to him.

    Paige says: "Surprised they didn't check my ID"
    "Sexy time"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it had a good story, good twists and turns.


    Any additional comments?

    A little too much "back door action" for my taste, but it was still a sexy story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enchanted, Inc.: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Shanna Swendson
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (892)
    Performance
    (798)
    Story
    (803)

    Katie Chandler had always heard that New York is a weird and wonderful place, but this small-town Texas gal had no idea how weird until she moved there. Everywhere she goes, she sees something worth gawking at and Katie is afraid she's a little too normal to make a splash in the big city. Working for an ogre of a boss doesn't help. Then, seemingly out of the blue, Katie gets a job offer from Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., a company that tricks of the trade to the magic community. For MSI, Katie's ordinariness is an asset.

    ELSA says: "fun and interesting"
    "I guess I expected romance"
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    What did you like best about Enchanted, Inc.? What did you like least?

    I really liked the idea of the story when I read the publishers summary. However, I guess I expected some romance because Para-Romance is the majority of what I read and this was suggested "based on my library." This is not a romantic story. It's cute, but not romantic.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought the next book in the series but it's been in my library for a while and I've not been interested in it, based on this book. It is a cute idea but a little boring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Some Girls Bite: Chicagoland Vampires, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Chloe Neill
    • Narrated By Cynthia Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1534)
    Performance
    (1200)
    Story
    (1217)

    They killed me. They healed me. They changed me. Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn't exactly glamorous, but it was mine. I was doing fine until Chicago's vampires announced their existence to the world---and then a rogue vampire attacked me. But he only got a sip before he was scared away by another bloodsucker...and this one decided that the best way to save my life was to make me the walking undead.

    Stephanie says: "GREAT"
    "Narrator has no depth"
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    Would you try another book from Chloe Neill and/or Cynthia Holloway?

    Cynthia Holloway has one voice for women, one voice for men, and her own voice - but they all sound the same. It was sometimes difficult to follow conversations because it was hard to tell who was speaking. She also said "sup" as in "sup dude?" And this was frequently in sentences that used "supernatural" shortly after. I think most audiences of para-romance know by now that "sup" in this context is pronounced "supe." Yes that is something to nitpick on because it was jarring every single time.

    The story seemed a lot like sorority rush. If you are into that, you might like this book. Being a recovering sorority girl, it seemed a little shallow to me. A big ceremony to initiate the new members of the house? Ugh. It might be closer to young adult than anything else. There was very little romance involved.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Cynthia Holloway’s performances?

    No. She did nothing for the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Accidental Werewolf: Accidentally Friends, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Dakota Cassidy
    • Narrated By Meredith Mitchell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (286)
    Story
    (286)

    When Marty Andrews gets bitten by a mangy mutt while walking her teacup poodle, her blond hair darkens, the hair on her legs starts growing at an alarming rate, and her mood swings put her dream job as a sales rep for Bobbie-Sue Cosmetics in serious jeopardy. Then a drool-worthy man shows up at her door claiming that he accidentally bit Marty. And since he's a werewolf, she is now, too. Thinking Keegan Flaherty is clearly insane, Marty refuses to believe a word until a kidnapping makes her realize there's more at stake than just her highlights.

    Alyssa Reid says: "Terrible reading, fluffy novel"
    "Just average"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There's a little too much dithering around and introspection at crucial moments of action. Yes, the heroine needs to examine her feelings and thoughts, but not during a life threatening struggle. Also, I got a little sick of her constant second guessing her abilities to shift. Last, can we just call it Mary Kay already? The make up companies are direct rip offs of real, existing companies and not even disguised very well.


    Would you recommend The Accidental Werewolf to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. As I said, a little too much of the heroine thinking about her past at moments of the story when she should be taking some action or other. Also, the "plot twist" was so obvious I figured it out within the first few chapters. Finally, there are some gratuitous uses of erotica terms that seem misplaced, to the point of being a little jarring. Maybe if I had read the book instead of listening it might have been better.


    What three words best describe Meredith Mitchell’s voice?

    1. Smooth. A little too smooth. Nothing says erotic like a voice that is so smooth it lacks intonation and emotion.

    2. Soothing. As in, it was easy to ignore and sometimes made me drowsy.

    3. Boring.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    As a movie it might be good.


    Any additional comments?

    I plan on avoiding any more books narrated by Meredith Mitchell. She takes a potentially exciting story and distills it down to a fairy tale. She isn't able to give the various characters their own voice and I wondered at times if she had read the story herself before this job. Times that I would have emphasized emotion, she was completely flat. Times that needed energy, she was, well, completely flat. She just reads the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Professional: Part 2: The Game Maker

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Kimberly Alexis
    Overall
    (376)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (357)

    Mafia enforcer Aleksandr "The Siberian" Sevastyan’s loyalty to his boss is unwavering, until he meets the boss’ long-lost daughter, a curvy, tantalizing redhead who haunts his mind and heats his blood like no other. Ordered to protect her, Sevastyan will do anything to possess her as well - on his own wicked terms. PhD student Natalie Porter had barely recovered from her first sight of the breathtakingly gorgeous Sevastyan before the professional hit man whisks her away to Russia, thrusting her into a world of extreme wealth and wanton pleasures. With every day she spends under his protection, she falls deeper under his masterful spell.

    Katheryne says: "Middle Book Syndrome?"
    "Hot, sweaty, sex"
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    Any additional comments?

    If you have made it to part 2, you know exactly what to expect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Girl's Guide to Vampires: The Dark Ones, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Katie MacAlister
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (165)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (156)

    Joy Randall's Top-five tips for vampire hunters: Location, location, location. Vampires won't be caught dead (ha!) in places like discos, 10-minute lube shops, or Switzerland. Remember, if you wouldn't be there, neither would a bloodsucker. Trust your eyes. You know the handsome, annoyingly arrogant, self-assured man in the shadows with long hair and a cleft in his chin? He's your vampire. No matter how tempting it might be, do not "accidentally" acquire a paper cut on your finger and suggest your vampire kiss it to make it better....

    E. Lanier says: "Maybe it was Katie's first "stab" at writing"
    "Cute idea, but where's the vampire?"
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    Would you recommend A Girl's Guide to Vampires to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. The story is called A Girl's Guide to Vampires, but there is very little girl/vampire interaction. The only redeeming quality about this story was the sex.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Karen White?

    As it turned out, I did. I don't really love her as a narrator.


    Was A Girl's Guide to Vampires worth the listening time?

    It helped the bumper to bumper traffic stress, but otherwise it was not the best few hours of my time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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