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Frances

It's all about romance in my library! I have a wonderful husband, children and my grandchildren they are my rock.

Whittier, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 96 reviews
  • 336 ratings
  • 566 titles in library
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  • Losing Hope: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Colleen Hoover
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (138)

    Haunted by the little girl he couldn’t save from imminent danger, Holder’s life has been overshadowed by feelings of guilt and remorse. He has never stopped searching for her, believing that finding her would bring him the peace he needs to move on. However, Holder could not have anticipated that he would be faced with even greater pain the moment they reconnect.

    Jordy says: "This book was an example of pure perfection!"
    "Too Long!!!"
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    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It was interesting in know on his point of view, but it could have been combined with the first book.


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

    Understanding his true feeling with Sky/Hope, and his sister.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    His voice was boring at times.


    Could you see Losing Hope being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Nope


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret: Highlands' Lairds, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1096)
    Performance
    (995)
    Story
    (1001)

    Judith Hampton was as beautiful as she was proud and loyal. Her dear Scottish friend from childhood was about to give birth, and Judith had promised to be at her side. But there was another reason for the journey from her bleak English home to the Highlands: to meet the father she had never known, the Laird Maclean. Nothing prepared her, however, for the sight of the Scottish barbarian who was to escort her into his land...Iain Maitland, laird of his clan, a man more powerfully compelling than any she had ever encountered.

    CAROLYN says: "MEDIEVAL HIGHLAND ROMANCE AT IT'S BEST"
    "Brilliant!! I love Julie Garwood Stories"
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    Would you listen to The Secret again? Why?

    Yes!!! I love the story line, they characters as so funny and entertaining


    What other book might you compare The Secret to and why?

    The Bride by Julie Garwood. Scottish gets an English women and their dealing with their differences.


    Have you listened to any of Susan Duerden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. Susan is amazing!!


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

    Laughed so much - there are too many parts. It's a must read.


    Any additional comments?

    I wished they can make a movie out of this book. Or a TV series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Life: All Souls, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1954)
    Performance
    (1846)
    Story
    (1838)

    After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches - with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

    Loren says: "too many loose threads in this weaving"
    "Brilliant!! Way to End the Trilogy!!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    If you could sum up The Book of Life in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining - Funny - Thrilling


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved how the story line was in details, you can vision in your mind on each scene in every chapter. I wished the ending should have been more in details, to be consistent with the rest of the story line - I felt it was rushed.


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

    Jennifer did an amazing job as always, she capture every character in each story.


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

    Yes, there were several parts. Emily's death, Matthews torture (I felt the pain) and when Diana stood up to the congregation.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love Letters: A Rose Harbor Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    In this enchanting novel set at Cedar Cove's cozy Rose Harbor Inn, number-one New York Times best-selling author Debbie Macomber celebrates the power of love - and a well-timed love letter - to inspire hope and mend a broken heart.

    Robert says: "simplistic,dated, niave, may appeal to a socially"
    "I love this Series!!!"
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    Where does Love Letters rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 5!!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love how she captures everyone emotions and feelings in each character, to make you understand both sides of the story.


    What about Lorelei King’s performance did you like?

    She always does a great job!!


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

    Yes, it was perfect


    Any additional comments?

    I'm so excited, it looks as though Hallmark TV will hosting these series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wedding: The Lairds' Brides, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Heather Wilds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (478)
    Performance
    (444)
    Story
    (442)

    New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood has captured the hearts of millions of listeners worldwide with timeless tales of love and soaring adventure. Now, returning to the enchanting world of her classic love story “The Bride,” she brings to glorious life the passion, intrigue, and rivalry of medieval Scotland....

    jujubug58 says: "Incredible Narrrator"
    "Funny!!! Romance!!! Entertaining!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, very entertaining!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Brenna, her stubborniness drove Connor crazy!!


    Which character – as performed by Heather Wilds – was your favorite?

    Heather did an amazing job on ALL characters!! Very passionate narrator.


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

    I always laugh in Julie's stories.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2019)
    Performance
    (1267)
    Story
    (1279)

    By edict of the king, the mighty Scottish laird Alec Kincaid must take an English bride. His choice was Jamie the feisty youngest daughter of Baron Jamison. Alec ached to touch her, to tame her, to possess her forever. But Jamie vowed never to surrender to this highland barbarian. Though his kisses fired her blood, shadowed secrets from Alec's past threatened Jamie's happiness. She brazenly resisted him - until one rapturous moment quelled their clash of wills.

    XYZPDQ says: "Early works released in MP3 at last!!"
    "Funny!!! Romance!!! Entertaining!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Bride in three words, what would they be?

    The sex scene were exotic!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Bride?

    The tender side of Eric


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

    Rosalyn did a good job in narrating this story. He capture my attention in the story telling.


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

    Yes, it was perfect.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The King of Threadneedle Street: Rougemont, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Moriah Densley
    • Narrated By Heather Wilds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    He owns three shipping companies, a diamond mine, and his own castle. He knows Portuguese, Hindi, Mandarin, and Morse code. His assets net thirteen million. Everyone thinks Andrew Tilmore, Lord Preston, the financial prodigy dubbed "The King of Threadneedle Street," has it all, but he wants the one prize money can't buy: His childhood sweetheart. Alysia Villier can't say if it's worse having Andrew's father in control of her inheritance or Andrew in control of her heart.

    Frances says: "Loved it!"
    "Loved it!"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The King of Threadneedle Street the most enjoyable?

    It had a beginning and ending. No cliffhanger


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Alysia drove me crazy at times. But, at the end it all worked out.

    I loved Andrew's grandmother, she was great, no can mess with her. No-scene type of women.


    What about Heather Wilds’s performance did you like?

    Heather did an amazing job!


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

    The entire book was entertaining.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Gift

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (322)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (293)

    The New York Times best-selling author of Ransom weaves the delightful, sensual story of two lovers destined for high adventure and blissful rapture! A child bride, Sara Winchester had grown into a winsome beauty, joyfully anticipating the day when her husband Nathan, Marquess of St. James, would return to claim her heart at last. Nathan had never bared his soul to any woman, but he was soon utterly beguiled and exasperated by Sara’s sweet, defiant ways. With their future at stake, they would discover the true destiny of their passion... for all time!

    CAROLYN says: "A RIOTOUS REGENCY ADVENTURE ON THE HIGH SEAS"
    "Very Entertaining!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up The Gift in three words, what would they be?

    Funny! Entertaining! Exciting!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sara was so cute! I loved her character. Nate was good too! A totally a manly man!


    Have you listened to any of Susan Duerden’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes - Loved it!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The same. It would be a good movie


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Elite

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kiera Cass
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (952)
    Performance
    (860)
    Story
    (863)

    The selection began with 35 girls. Now, with the group narrowed down to the Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon's love is fiercer than ever. The closer America gets to the crown, the more she struggles to figure out where her heart truly lies. Each moment she spends with Maxon is like a fairy tale, filled with breathless, glittering romance. But whenever she sees her first love, Aspen, standing guard, she's swept up in longing for the life they'd planned to share.

    Katheryne says: "This fan girl enjoyed it...love triangles and all!"
    "Fantastic!!"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Elite to be better than the print version?

    Yes, Amy does an amazing job. I just had to closed eyes and pretend I was there.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I didn't have one, it was all good.


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

    Yes, the scene where America caught the Prince making out with another girl. My stomach dropped.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Selection: The Selection Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Kiera Cass
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1324)
    Performance
    (1204)
    Story
    (1214)

    For 35 girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime: the opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth... to be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels... to live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her, and leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want.

    Shannon says: "You might want to wait... if you hate cliffhangers"
    "Loved it!!!"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you listen to The Selection again? Why?

    Yes! It was very entertaining.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved America's character, she was very out spoken and fought what she believed in.


    What about Amy Rubinate’s performance did you like?

    Amy did an amazing job in changing her voice to each character.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    No, I would keep it as is. This book would be a perfect move!!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Desert Heat: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Reyes
    • Narrated By Shayna Thibodeaux, Sebastian York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    Between running from her past, working three jobs, and worrying about her family, the only thing that could further complicate singer Bethany Amaya's life is falling in love. But after serendipitously attending a speed dating event and meeting the intense and sexy detective Damian Santiago, that's exactly what happens. In the blink of an eye, Bethany is caught up in a passionate affair with the most irresistible man she's ever met.

    Frances says: "Romantic! Sexy! Entertaining!"
    "Romantic! Sexy! Entertaining!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Desert Heat again? Why?

    Yes, I love the story line. It was entertaining to listen too.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love the Santiago's Brothers and Sister, they were very entertaining.


    Have you listened to any of Shayna Thibodeaux and Sebastian York ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Perfect pair!!!


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

    I loved the beginning of the story how Bethany dismissed Damian.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope there will be a second book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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