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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
    (363)
    Performance
    (318)
    Story
    (319)

    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
  • 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
    (1515)
    Performance
    (1183)
    Story
    (1199)

    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
    (301)
    Performance
    (275)
    Story
    (275)

    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.

    Angela says: "Absolulte!"
    "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
    (373)
    Performance
    (348)
    Story
    (354)

    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
  • Even Vampires Get the Blues: Dark Ones Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Katie MacAlister
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (42)

    Paen Scott is a Dark One: a vampire without a soul. And his mother is about to lose hers too if Paen can't repay a debt to a demon by finding a relic known as the Jilin God in five days. Half-elf Samantha Cosse may have gotten kicked out of the Order of Diviners, but she's still good at finding things, which is why she just opened her own private investigation agency. Paen is one of Sam's first clients and the only one to set her elf senses tingling, which makes it pretty much impossible to keep their relationship on a professional level.

    Martha says: "The formula is getting a little boring"
    "The formula is getting a little boring"
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    Would you be willing to try another book from Katie MacAlister? Why or why not?

    I'm taking a break from MacAlister for a while. She finds a formula and goes with it, but after a few iterations of the formula it gets a little boring. I also really struggle with her "falling in love in a week" theme in every single book. Sure, they are supernatural beings and completely unrealistic, but even that fast of a romance is unrealistic.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I have heard this lady read other books and I need to remember that she sounds like she is holding her nose. It's not the best.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Deep Blue Good-By: A Travis McGee Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By John D. MacDonald
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1251)
    Performance
    (1050)
    Story
    (1060)

    He's a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He's also a knight errant who's wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule is simple: he'll help you find whatever was taken from you, as long as he can keep half.

    Michael Cavacini says: "An Entertaining Start To A Classic Series"
    "Wonderful book"
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    If you could sum up The Deep Blue Good-By in three words, what would they be?

    Next book, please!


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

    Robert Petkoff is the reason I tried this book. He is an outstanding narrator who gives a true voice to each character without sounding like a man reading a woman's lines, make sense? I fell in love with him in the Kresley Cole books and wanted more.


    Any additional comments?

    I know nothing about the author of this book, but I will be reading more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Day's Knight

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Katie MacAlister
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (41)

    Men in tights never looked so good. At least that's Pepper Marsh's first impression when she attends a jousting competition at the Rennaissance Faire in Ontario. An unemployed and unattached software engineer, Pepper has had enough of the computer geeks in her dating pool. She yearns for a man of yore. A man not afraid to stare death in the face... and laugh at it. A man with a big lance....

    Marianne says: "Very Entertaining"
    "Not very good"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I don't think I'd recommend it. It's a little too shallow, and even though I finished it, I was frustrated several times over really idiotic story developments. Women's jousting? I had to google it just to see if it's real. Yes, it exists, but it's pretty niche. Also, MacAlister is famous for having her lead characters fall deeply, madly in love within the space of a couple days. How do you really get to know someone enough to LOVE them truly, within a couple days time? It's not possible, IMO, and I think she might try a story that develops over the course of a month next time.


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

    Maybe; a screenwriter might change the cat to a dog.


    Any additional comments?

    A Renaissance fair is on the one hand, pretty far from an historical reenactment of the time period. On the other hand, many people who work at these things pride themselves on being historically accurate in their appearance and manner. Clearly, every character in the book didn't give a hoot about that. Whatever, I can forgive that.

    Next, a cat? Really, that is among the dumber sidekicks I have read about in books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sixth Grave on the Edge: Charley Davidson, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1237)
    Performance
    (1167)
    Story
    (1165)

    Most girls might think twice before getting engaged to someone like Reyes Farrow - but Charley Davidson is not most girls. She’s a paranormal private eye and grim-reaper-in-training who’s known to be a bit of a hell-raiser, especially after a few shots of caffeine. Her beloved Reyes may be the only begotten son of evil, but he’s dark and sultry and deeply sexy and everything Charley could hope for. Really. But when the FBI file on Reyes’ childhood happens to land into her lap, she can’t help herself: She opens it...and then the real fun begins.

    RabidReads says: "This book could change EVERYTHING!"
    "Can't wait for the next book"
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    My only complaint is that Charley is a little bit too naive at times and that takes away from the story when I am shouting at my iPod. Sure it can be argued that she isn't hearing the story develop from a different perspective, but she is better at connecting the dots than the rest of us. But, seriously, this is such a good series I can suspend my minor annoyances in favor of this great story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blow Me Down

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Katie MacAlister
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    In the Internet virtual reality game Buckling Swashes, Earless Erika and Black Corbin are two of the most deadly pirates to sail the online seas. And now they've met their matches: each other. But fearless Earless Erika is really just Amy - a financial analyst with little time in her life for anything but work. And Corbin is none other than the man behind the game - the programmer and owner of the company. He's intrigued by Amy, the only buccaneer to best him in this test of digital testosterone, while she just wants to take his arrogance down a peg. But soon the two find themselves comrades in arms against a merciless rival bent on Corbin's destruction....

    Martha says: "Expected so much more"
    "Expected so much more"
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    What a funny, clever idea! A software engineer, a "Second Life" type game, two people meet, fall in love, live happily ever after.

    Except the story which could have been so simply told was convoluted and dragged along with no real interaction between the main characters. Oh, and the story has already been executed well by other authors, and even an Australian children's TV program. I could not get much past the first three or four chapters. Very disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Anything He Wants

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Sara Fawkes
    • Narrated By Clarissa Knightly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (332)
    Story
    (334)

    Lucy Delacourt's temp position isn't quite her dream job but it pays the bills. The highlight of her day is riding the elevator in the mornings with a handsome stranger. Tall, dark, and sexy as hell, Lucy knows he's way out of her league, but a girl can look, right? Everything changes the day the stranger seduces her. Completely out of character, she yields without a fight, but she has no idea her wanton acts with a man whose name she doesn't know will change her life forever. Because the sexy stranger is none other than Jeremiah Hamilton, billionaire CEO of Hamilton Industries, and one taste isn't nearly enough to satisfy his need.

    Rebecca says: "A lot of room for improvement"
    "Raunchy"
    Overall
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    This is basically soft core porn with a bit of a story thrown in for good measure. Don't kid yourself, just enjoy it. ;-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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