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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
    (380)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (331)

    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
  • Bound by Flames: Night Prince, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1271)
    Performance
    (1154)
    Story
    (1152)

    Leila's years on the carnie circuit were certainly an education. What she didn't learn: how to be a vampire, or how to be married to the most famous vampire of them all. Adjusting to both has Leila teetering on a knife edge between passion and peril, and now the real danger is about to begin...

    Hassan says: "Fantastic!!"
    "Not as good as some others"
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    If you’ve listened to books by Jeaniene Frost before, how does this one compare?

    Tavia Gilbert has a specific way of narrating and sometimes I like it. It sort of grates on my nerves others. At least Bones wasn't in it.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel like this story was not as strong as previous Night Prince books and that's saying something. The first book was great, second was good, this one is in 3rd place. I'm really struggling to write something, and I realize that it's because it's been about two weeks since I listened to it and I have forgotten most of what I liked or disliked. It just left me an overall impressing of being OK.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Claimed: Brides of the Kindred, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Evangeline Anderson
    • Narrated By Anne Johnstonbrown
    Overall
    (313)
    Performance
    (287)
    Story
    (286)

    Olivia Waterhouse just got drafted. Problem is, she isn't being forced into the Army, she's been chosen as a Kindred bride. The Kindred are huge alien warriors;a race of genetic traders whose population is ninety-five percent male. After saving Earth from the threat of invasion they demand a reward--the right to find brides among the population. Baird is a Beast Kindred who recently escaped imprisonment and torture.

    Nicole Vela says: "Virtual reality"
    "Wish I could give half stars"
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    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I gave this an overall 4 stars because I did read the whole thing and it wasn't horrible. But it didn't ever feel like a 4 star performance or a 4 star story. I'd really like to give it 3 1/2 stars in each category because it just needed something to give it a little push over into the 4 star zone.


    Any additional comments?

    The main character can be a little annoying with her indecisiveness and naiveté. She refuses to let Baird talk to her or explain things and her main objection to staying with him is solved in literally a paragraph at the end of the book - almost an afterthought. That being said, I listened to the whole thing and I might consider reading the next one. Maybe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night of the Living Deed

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By E.J. Copperman
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (774)
    Performance
    (717)
    Story
    (716)

    Newly divorced Alison Kerby wants a second chance for herself and her nine-year-old daughter. She's returned to her hometown on the Jersey Shore to transform a Victorian fixer-upper into a charming-and profitable guest house. One small problem: the house is haunted, and the two ghosts insist Alison must find out who killed them.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "Had a blast listening to this one!"
    "It got a little boring"
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    What did you like best about Night of the Living Deed? What did you like least?

    I like the idea of solving the murder of the ghosts, but the plot dragged on a little too long.


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

    Most interesting aspect of the story was the interaction of the ghosts and solving the murders. Least interesting was the maybe going to be a romance/have to fix up my house plot that didn't seem to go anywhere. There just wasn't enough hook and I didn't finish this book.


    What three words best describe Amanda Ronconi’s voice?

    It's more than three words but "All men sound like Zeb" pretty much describes it. She is an amazing narrator and I find books because of her, but yeah, it's kind of funny.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Grim: Tornians Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By M.K. Eidem
    • Narrated By Commodore James, Laura Jennings
    Overall
    (543)
    Performance
    (509)
    Story
    (510)

    King Grim Vasteri is the strongest and most feared warrior in the Tornian Empire. He is the King of Luda, blood brother to the Emperor, and his line will die with him. He will have no offspring for no female would join with him for once he was scarred he was considered "unfit". The Tornian Empire has been dying ever since the great infection caused the birth of females to become a rarity. Since then they have been searching the known universes for compatible females.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "SO DANG GOOD!!!"
    "Just read the book, skip the audio"
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    What aspect of Commodore James and Laura Jennings ’s performance would you have changed?

    This is a dramatized narration, with sound effects and male and female voices switching between characters. I'm only a couple hours into it and I find it very distracting. Commodore James sounds more like a robot, he's just reading the words. I put more inflection into reading my kids a bedtime story. And his "performance" of a love scene was just stilted and uncomfortable. I think I'll switch to the kindle version because I'm interested in the story but ugh, these narrators are not good.


    Any additional comments?

    So far, the Tornians are pretty big jerks. For such an advanced species to have the capability to fly across the galaxy and educate their captives with some type of neurostimulating device, they are remarkably stupid in the ways of interacting with other species. You may excuse them as having been so steeped in their own traditions and customs that they don't realize other planets have different customs, but right in the first couple chapters they talk about how they have traveled the galaxy looking for women physically compatible with them. Seriously big plot hole.

    1 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
    (1456)
    Performance
    (1333)
    Story
    (1325)

    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....

    Shelly says: "I really hope this turns into a series..."
    "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
    (944)
    Performance
    (870)
    Story
    (869)

    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
    (1745)
    Performance
    (1594)
    Story
    (1579)

    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
    (1436)
    Performance
    (944)
    Story
    (945)

    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
    (2358)
    Performance
    (2168)
    Story
    (2185)

    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
    (1305)
    Performance
    (1163)
    Story
    (1162)

    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.

    Theresa says: "Enjoyable Story Ruined by Awful Narrator!"
    "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

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