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Brenda

All I need in life is my family and an inexhaustable supply of books.

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  • Judgment in Death: In Death, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1039)
    Performance
    (698)
    Story
    (700)

    In an uptown strip joint, a cop is found bludgeoned to death. The weapon's a baseball bat. The motive's a mystery. It's a case of serious overkill that pushes Eve Dallas straight into overdrive. Her investigation uncovers a private club that's more than a hot spot.

    Brenda says: "J D Robb and Susan Ericksen"
    "J D Robb and Susan Ericksen"
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    Every now and then I read a comment on the "In Death" series where the reviewer has a negative comment on Susan Ericksen's narration. This baffles me. Ms. Ericksen IS Eve, Roarke, Peabody, etc. I would NEVER want another narrator for this series.
    I enjoy Nora Roberts/J D Robb's writing and I love Ms. Ericksen's narration. Please, don't listen to the negative comments. Listen to one of the books and make the decision yourself. I don't think you will regret it.

    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12100)
    Performance
    (10990)
    Story
    (11016)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Scary and Exciting!"
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    I don't often write reviews, but felt compelled to review "14". I don't often read (or listen) to science fiction, and will never buy a vampire book, though they seem to be the rage right now. However, the summary of this book and the good reviews I read captured my attention, so I bought the book and am very glad I did!

    The book is about an apartment building where strange things occur and some of the tenants want to know how and why these things happen.

    As new tenants of the building were introduced, I wondered if I would join the group who wanted to find out why the strange occurrences happened or be in the group that closed their eyes to the weird happenings. I still have mixed feelings about which group I would be in and that is one of the reasons I liked this book.

    I read or listen to an average of 12 - 14 books each month, so sometimes I have to re-read the publisher's summary or a review to jumpstart my memory, but not with this book.
    I listened to this book over a year ago and need no assistance in remembering it in detail.

    Even if science fiction is usually not your favorite genre, try this book. I believe it will appeal to a wide range of readers. I really enjoyed the story and the great narration. The surprise near the end was indeed a surprise for me. I didn't see it coming at all! The book captures the imagination in the first few pages and the exciting ride begins - don't miss it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2861)
    Performance
    (2405)
    Story
    (2413)

    History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

    Martha says: "Get Out Your Hankies"
    "My first Kearsley book, not my last!"
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    Ms. Kearsley writes a very interesting, intriguing story in the "The Winter Sea".

    The heroine, Carrie, is writing a novel about a young woman named Sophia who lived during the 1708 Jacobite uprising in Scotland. Carrie has written other novels, but this one seems to be writing itself! Carrie seems to actually be living the story as she writes it!

    There are two love stories in "Winter Sea"; Sophia's in 1708 and Carrie's in present day. Sophia and her lover run into problems centered on the events happening around them. The love scenes are not graphic, which I appreciate.

    The premise of this story is different from any I have previously read and I found it very interesting and enjoyable.

    Rosalyn Landor is, as always, amazing! How one person can perform so many voices, I don't know, but am glad she can. I know I will always hear perfect narration when I see her name.

    Ms. Kearsley is a very good writer and I plan to listen to her book, "The Rose Garden", next.

    I highly recommend "The Winter Sea". It is historical fiction at its best!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Again the Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (406)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (354)

    Lady Aline Marsden was brought up for one reason: to make an advantageous marriage to a member of her own class. Instead, she willingly gave her innocence to John McKenna, a servant on her father’s estate. Their passionate transgression was unforgivable - John was sent away, and Aline was left to live in the countryside - an exile from London society - and he took her love. Now McKenna has made his fortune, and he has returned - more boldly handsome and more mesmerizing than before.

    Nicola says: "Great Book great Narrator"
    "Warning: Maybe I tell too much!"
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    Lisa Kleypas can write very good love stories. This is a good story with one exception.

    Alaina is the beautiful, eldest daughter of an Earl. Makenna is a stable boy. Makenna came to the family as an orphan and at a very early age. He and Alaina grow up together and fall in love when they become teenagers. When the Earl finds out he sends Makenna away. Alaina must tell him he is to leave and make him believe she wants him to go. A few days after he leaves, Alaina is the victim of an accidental fire and her legs are burnt and left badly scarred. She is emotionally scarred as well.

    Makenna runs away from where the Earl has sent him and makes his way to America. Years later he returns to Alaina's home as a wealthy man, along with his partner, the very wealthy and exceptionally handsome, Gideon Shaw. Makenna plans to take revenge on Alaina for sending him away. Of course, they are both still in love with one another.

    Alaina will not accept Makenna's love because of her scarred legs. About 2 or 3 chapters before the ending, she has the perfect chance to change her mind, but doesn't. Then a chapter later she suddenly changes her mind without reason. This, to me, is the weak part of the story. Alaina is a beautiful woman who cannot accept what happened to her. Her vanity makes her a little unlikeable to me.

    The best part of the book for me is the secondary love story. Olivia, Alaina's younger sister is in seclusion because of a scandal. She is not as beautiful as Alaina; however, I like her much better. She becomes involved in an affair with the handsome Gideon Shaw. Because of a serious problem Gideon has she refuses to marry him, and rightfully so, in my opinion.

    Lisa's sex scenes are more graphic than I am comfortable with, but I cam FF through them.

    Rosalyn Landor does a beautiful job. Her voice for Gideon Shaw is fantastic! She is simply amazing with the different voices in this book.

    If you like Lisa Kleypas' books you will probably like this one too. Most of the other reviews are good. In many ways Alaina is a likeable character, I just did not like her fixation on her legs. I didn't notice any other reviewers remarking about this, so maybe it is just me!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How to Woo a Reluctant Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Sabrina Jeffries
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (297)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (163)

    Lady Minerva Sharpe has the perfect plan to thwart her grandmother’s demands: become engaged to a rogue! Surely Gran would rather release her inheritance than see her wed a scoundrel. And who better to play the part of Minerva’s would-be husband than wild barrister Giles Masters, the very inspiration for the handsome spy in the popular Gothic novels she writes? The memory of his passionate kiss on her nineteenth birthday has lingered in Minerva’s imagination, though she has no intention of really falling for such a rakehell, much less marrying him.

    Beverly says: "Story was great, narrator was awful."
    "I, too, am in love with Giles!"
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    This is the third book in a series of five. If you have not read the first two, I suggest you do so first because it will give you more insight into each character and more information regarding the mystery that underlies each story.

    Five siblings, who have been traumatized by the tragic marriage and deaths of their parents, are being forced to marry or be disinherited by their controlling grandmother. Because of their trauma, each has reasons why he or she is fearful of marrying. However, each one doesn't want to be the reason his or her siblings lose their inheritance, so, each one dutifully and very reluctantly, look for mates.

    In this book we have Minerva and Giles. Minerva is an author in a time when female authors were rare and in a society where working was for those in the lower classes. Thus, she is considered a "hellion". Giles is also a hellion, so everyone believes. He is well known as a rogue, a gambler and heavy drinker, but is he really? Minerva has been in love with him since she was 9 years old; if only he would love her too, she would gladly wed. So the story goes. . .

    Also, regarding their parents' tragic deaths; did their mother kill their father and then herself, as they had been told and had believed for 19 years, or did someone murder both parents? If their parents were murdered, who did it and why?

    I reserve 5 stars for books with beautifully crafted writing, originality, and characters who will live on in my memory. This is not one of those books, but it is very enjoyable and I can wholeheartedly recommend it to you. Enjoy!


















    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18802)
    Performance
    (12908)
    Story
    (12803)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "WONDERFUL SERIES!!!"
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    I love books, as do you, if you are reading this review. I read (and always have) everything I can get my hands on. Now that I have problems with my eyes, I listen to books. I don't know why I did not come across this book until about 3 years ago, but am so thankful I found it.

    I have listened to all of the books in the "Outlander" series and the Lord John books, as well. Ms Galbaldon is an exceptional writer! The attention and detail she gives to every aspect of her story is incredible. Her historical research is renown. (I know this because I became interested in Ms. Galbaldon after reading her books, and have read everything I could find about her.) I have learned so much about Scotland that I otherwise would never have known. (We weren't taught a lot of Scottish history in school!) I feel I am actually present with her characters because of the vividness of her writing. I can "see" Jamie, I can "smell" Claire's herbs, I can almost "taste" the wood buning in the fireplaces.

    I am trying to explain how I feel while reading these books; however, I am no Diana Galbaldon. Let me just say, I have enjoyed, more than I can say, every minute I have spent listening to this series.

    If you like historical novels, you will love this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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