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Jeanne

Elgin, IL, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Model Man

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Nicole McCaffrey
    • Narrated By Teri Glenn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (77)

    Single mom and romance novelist Kelly Michaels has no time for a man in her life. But when mega-famous cover model Derek Calavicci puts the moves on her at a romance writers’ conference, she almost succumbs to temptation. Common sense prevails, however, and she puts a stop to the proceedings before they’ve barely started, leaving her aching with desire and Derek completely intrigued.

    Erin says: "It must be me................"
    "Slow Down !!!"
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    Would you listen to The Model Man again? Why?

    Yes. It's a good story. I enjoyed the story of lust for an older woman. Being 40 myself, there's always hope... It's nice to hear a story told with hope for love with a hot, young man.


    What other book might you compare The Model Man to and why?

    --


    What didn’t you like about Teri Glenn’s performance?

    She read extremely fast and with no change in her voice tone to differentiate between the different characters. I could not tell, most of the time, if it was a thought or someone talking. Terrible, terrible reader!!!


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

    No. As it was catchy, there were enough places to pause and come back to later.


    Any additional comments?

    To the reader, SLOW DOWN and ENJOY the characters!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16392)
    Performance
    (14567)
    Story
    (14607)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Keeps ya guessing!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! If I were "reading" it, I probably would have given up after the first few chapters. But having these phenomenal narrators allowed me to continue "listening." And good thing I did. I liked him, then I hated him. I liked her, felt sorry for her, then hated her. Fantastic play on your emotions.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Unfortunately, it was her. I kept finding myself wanting to hear what she was thinking, what she was doing, how she was going to find her way out of sticky situations.


    What about Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ’s performance did you like?

    They did a fabulous job narrating! And I was able to distinguish between each character, due to their fabulous inflections.


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

    The moment she came back. His expression and the whispering in her ear. He wanted her to know he knew. Awesome!


    Any additional comments?

    It does start off kind of slow; but stay with it. It gets better and better. The ending did leave me wanting more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty: The First of the Classic Erotic Trilogy of Sleeping Beauty

    • ABRIDGED (4 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Anne Rice
    • Narrated By Genvieve Bevier, Winthrop Eliot
    Overall
    (739)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (306)

    In the traditional folktale of Sleeping Beauty, the spell cast upon the lovely young princess and everyone in her castle can only be broken by the kiss of a Prince. It is an ancient story, one that originally emerged from and still deeply disturbs the mind's unconscious. Now Anne Rice's retelling of the Beauty story probes the unspoken implications of this lush, suggestive tale by exploring its undeniable connection to sexual desire.

    Denise says: "Dark Erotica"
    "Very disturbing"
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    What disappointed you about The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty?

    Nothing I expected. It felt dirty and wrong!


    What was most disappointing about Anne Rice’s story?

    First of all, it was very unrealistic. Secondly, I loved 50 shades and Sylvia Day's novels, and I love a good naughty porn story; however, this was not. I kept hoping she would find a way out of the extremely horrifying event that was her life. Disappointed and disturbed by the whole thing. I couldn't even listen to it that intently. Instead of feeling sensual, it just felt so wrong. And there was no break from it. It was constant abuse. Terrible, terrible, just terrible. I felt awful for the main character. I would not recommend this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reflected in You: A Crossfire Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3037)
    Performance
    (2771)
    Story
    (2788)

    Gideon Cross: As beautiful and flawless on the outside as he was damaged and tormented on the inside. He was a bright, scorching flame that singed me with the darkest of pleasures. I couldn’t stay away. I didn’t want to. He was my addiction…my every desire…mine. My past was as violent as his, and I was just as broken. We’d never work. It was too hard, too painful…except when it was perfect. Those moments when the driving hunger and desperate love were the most exquisite insanity. We were bound by our need. And our passion would take us beyond our limits to the sweetest, sharpest edge of obsession.…

    Rebecca says: "Fifty Shades Minus Twilight."
    "HOT HOT HOT, Lustful, Emotional"
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    What did you love best about Reflected in You?

    The emotions I felt--as a reader--following both characters roller coaster of a relationship. You really pull for this couple, despite everything they've gone through.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Reflected in You?

    There were many, but one memorable moment was when Gideon's jealousy over Ava's ex caused him to force the answer out of her. As deep and dark as it was, he had a point to make, and knew only one way to get it out of her; and by-God he did. I think it was the climax of their relationship. The realization of what kind of hold they had on each other.


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

    Just in Bared to You


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

    ABSOLUTELY! I found myself attached to my computer, waiting to hear the reasoning behind Gideon's darkness. I must admit, I was very enticed by the build-up and foreshadowing, only to be disappointed with the ten-minute reasoning, which ended up lacking emotion and feeling.

    I felt the first book built up Gideon's past to the point that the reader NEEDED to know why. I thought the second book was going to explain his past in full detail and show how the two of them would get through it. That never happened.


    Any additional comments?

    It felt as though the author rushed through the ending, throwing in the suspicious murder, etc. Needless to say, I was extremely disappointed in the end, and want a re-write! Or, a third novel delving deeper... I fell in love with Gideon and Ava and WANT MORE! The foreshadowing of many subjects never came to fruition; i.e., them getting married, her ex coming after her, the story behind his brother's weird behavior at the garden party, her roommate (Cary's) future...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband Trap

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Tracy Anne Warren
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1056)
    Performance
    (828)
    Story
    (837)

    Winner of a RITA, a National Readers’ Choice Award, the HOLT Medallion, and the Golden Quill, New York Times best-selling author Tracy Anne Warren is among the most acclaimed and popular Regency romance storytellers. In The Husband Trap, the reserved Lady Violet Brantford agrees to swap identities with her vivacious sister. Before she knows it, she’s married to the Duke of Raeburn, who finds himself pleasantly surprised with his charming new wife.

    SIMARA says: "Passionate and emotional narration..."
    "A Fantastic and Emotion-filled Story"
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    If you could sum up The Husband Trap in three words, what would they be?

    Emotional, touching, hopeful


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Husband Trap?

    One of the most memorable moments for me was the night, shortly after they were married, when Adrian had Violet take the lead in their lovemaking. Such a romantic and feeling husband is what all us wives hope for in our husband.


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

    No I have not, but she is FABULOUS! You can really tell the characters apart. You forget it is one person doing the voices because her inflections and tones are spot-on. I love listening to Bianca act/speak/tell the story.


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

    The most touching moment for me was when Adrian found the letter in the fireplace. From that moment until he found Violet again--at their honeymoon location--had me near tears with the betrayal and inner struggle Adrian was feeling. It was written so suspensefully, I couldn't stop listening.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait to read Tracy's other three novels! The end of this one had me wanting to hear more about Violet's friend, Adrian's brother, and of course the infamous Jeannette!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4151)
    Performance
    (3761)
    Story
    (3774)

    "Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness… He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds…and desires."

    CAROLYN says: "TOUCHING & EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER OF PASSION"
    "Very sexy,..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it is written very well and has you pulling for this couple. The emotions and feelings one feels when reading this book is wonderful.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bared to You?

    My favorite moment is how well written the intimate moment between Eva and Gideon--when they are struggling with their own inner torment, trying to explain to each other how much they mean to each other--at the Garden Party at Gideon's family's home. The chance that they might get caught is such a turn-on.


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

    There's more to Gideon than the story allows. By reading this story, you know that Gideon had some sort of troubled past. The foreshadowing is there, but leaves you wanting more answers by the end.

    I do believe the voice/actress made it a little difficult to separate the characters' voices. Sometimes, I wasn't sure if it was Eva or Cary talking, etc.


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

    There were a few moments that really moved me. One that stands out is when Gideon finally tells Eva he loves her, but it's more than that. The way it is explained is touching and heartfelt. It's so lovely that Eva felt that too.


    Any additional comments?

    More,....it would be great if the author made a second book from Gideon's perspective, delving into his past and how the two of them can get past it, together. It's such a great story, but I want more!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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