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Kimberly

Woodinville, WA, USA | Member Since 2009

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  • The Prize

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (623)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (392)

    In the resplendence of William the Conqueror's London court, the lovely Saxon captive, Nicholaa was forced to choose a husband from the assembled Norman nobles. She chose Royce, a baron warrior whose fierce demeanor could not conceal his chivalrous and tender heart. Resourceful, rebellious and utterly naive, Nicholaa vowed to bend Royce to her will, despite the whirlwind of feelings he aroused in her.

    A. Masters says: "narration takes away from the story"
    "Great book, horrible narration"
    Overall

    This is one of my favorite Julie Garwood books but the narration is atrocious. I'm finding it hard to even finish listening to it. Hopefully, other historical romance novels by Ms. Garwood will be narrated by someone else.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Betrayed: Krewe of Hunters, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Heather Graham
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    One night, New York FBI agent Aiden Mahoney receives a visitor in a dream - an old friend named Richard Highsmith. The very next day he's sent to Sleepy Hollow because Richard's gone missing there. Maureen - Mo - Deauville now lives in the historic town and works with her dog, Rollo, to search for missing people. She's actually the one to find Richard…or more precisely his head, stuck on a statue of the legendary Headless Horseman.

    Kimberly says: "Storyline Getting Old"
    "Storyline Getting Old"
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    Story
    What did you like best about The Betrayed? What did you like least?

    The setting and the dog.


    Would you recommend The Betrayed to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not really. Earlier Krewe books are better.


    What aspect of Luke Daniels’s performance would you have changed?

    Some of the male voices weren't up to par and I know he's better than that.


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

    Maybe...


    Any additional comments?

    Ms. Graham needs to end this series and start work on her McCafferty and Quinn books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10355)
    Performance
    (9252)
    Story
    (9227)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "Entertaining!"
    Overall
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Hounded the most enjoyable?

    Luke Daniels' interpretation of all the characters was spot on.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hounded?

    Any scene with Oberon. I want a dog like him.


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    Everything. I've listened to a lot of books by Luke Daniels and he never disappoints. He really brought these characters to life.


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

    Towards the end when Atticus finds out Hal and Oberon were kidnapped by the witches.


    Any additional comments?

    Great book! I bought the second one in this series and hope it's just as good. There were moments where I was literally laughing out loud. Just what I needed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hexed: Krewe of Hunters, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Heather Graham
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    Devin Lyle has recently returned to the Salem area, but her timing couldn't be worse. Soon after she moved into the eighteenth-century cabin she inherited from her great-aunt Mina - her "crazy" great-aunt, who spoke to the dead - a woman was murdered nearby. Craig Rockwell - known as Rocky - is a new member of the Krewe of Hunters, the FBI's team of paranormal investigators. He never got over finding a friend dead in the woods. Now another body's been found in those same woods, not far from the home of a woman named Devin Lyle.

    Leigh says: "Murder, FBI, Romance, Crew hunters, good storyline"
    "Becoming Predictable"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not really. I would recommend one of the earlier Krewe of Hunter books. Unfortunately, there was no chemistry between the two leads in this book. Plus, the killer in these books are becoming more and more predictable.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Heather Graham? Why or why not?

    I've read almost all of Heather Graham's books.


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    Always love Luke Daniels.


    Do you think The Hexed needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No follow up book needed.


    Any additional comments?

    I think it's time for Ms. Graham to disband the krewe of hunters and get working on the next book for the Quinn and Cafferty series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fast Track

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (141)

    Cordelia Kane has always been a daddy's girl - her father raised her alone after her mother died in a car crash when Cordelia was just two years old. So when he has a serious heart attack, Cordelia is devastated, and the emotion is only intensified by the confusion she feels when he reveals the shocking truth about her mother. Cordelia can't suppress her curiosity about the woman who gave birth to her, and when she discovers the answers to her questions lie in Sydney, Australia, she travels there to get them.

    M. Davis says: "Mostly enjoyed it."
    "Entertaining"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Fast Track rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Middle of the range. It was good, entertaining, but I've definitely listened to better by Ms. Garwood.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cordelia - she was head strong without being stupid.


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

    I like Tanya Eby and she did a decent job. The Australian accents could have been better, but overall, it wasn't bad.


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

    The beginning of the book with her father was very well written and touching.


    Any additional comments?

    Not a bad book. If you've read a lot of Ms. Garwood's books, then you'll know this isn't like her historical romance novels, which will always be my favorite genre by her. This storyline was better than the one for Sophie. Murder List, however, will be the best of this trilogy.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Collector

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2301)
    Performance
    (2054)
    Story
    (2070)

    From #1 New York Times-best-selling author Nora Roberts comes a novel of a woman who needs nothing, a man who sees everything, and the web of deceit, greed, and danger that brings them together - and that could tear them apart… As a professional house-sitter and freelance writer, nothing ties Lila Emerson down - not her work, not a home, and definitely not a relationship. She spends her life moving from one job to the next, sometimes crashing at a friend 's Manhattan apartment. And though she can appreciate her clients ' extraordinary homes, their expensive collections, and their adorable pets, Lila has never longed for possessions of her own. Everything she has, including her heart, is portable.

    Joan says: "Good author and good narrator"
    "Good Read"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to The Collector again? Why?

    Yes, the characters are very engaging and the narrator was really good.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ash -- I thought his character was the most realistic.


    Which character – as performed by Julia Whelan – was your favorite?

    Lila - she did a really good job of bringing her to life.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, the book was really good. She kind of lost me at the end and Lila's character became really annoying. Almost wanted to stop listening (not giving anything away). But it was worth sitting through to get to the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cursed: Krewe of Hunters, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Heather Graham
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (74)

    Hannah O'Brien, who grew up in the house and now runs it as a B and B, has always had a special ability to see a pair of resident ghosts. But when a man is murdered in the alley behind her place, she's dismayed when his spirit appears, too, asking for help. FBI agent Dallas Samson has a passionate interest in the murder, since the victim's a colleague whose death is connected to the smuggling ring known as Los Lobos - the wolves.

    Jaimee says: "Great"
    "Not Bad"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about The Cursed? What did you like least?

    First of all, I'm not done with the book, but so far, it's pretty good. I have one complaint though, if Ms.Graham is going to use characters from other books, she needs to remember their relationship to each other. I read all 3 Bone Island trilogy books and David and Liam Beckett are cousins NOT brothers as she has them in this book. Also, in the book she refers to O'Hara's as O'Briens a couple of times. Sorry, a bit annoying.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hurricane Bay

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Heather Graham
    • Narrated By Gayle Hendrix
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    Dane Whitelaw knows something about Sheila Warren that no one else does. Dane knows Sheila's dead. The private investigator found a photo under his door - a picture of Sheila, strangled with his tie and posed on the beach of his private island in the Florida keys. The crime appears to be the handiwork of a serial killer currently terrorizing the Miami area. Now Dane knows he is being set up to take the fall for the killings. He just doesn't know why.

    Shannon says: "Average"
    "Couldn't finish the book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Heather Graham and/or Gayle Hendrix?

    Normally love Heather Graham. The Cafferty & Quinn series is great, as well as the Krew of Hunters. But this book is awful.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Heather Graham again?

    Yes, I would.


    What didn’t you like about Gayle Hendrix’s performance?

    Male voices sucked.


    What character would you cut from Hurricane Bay?

    Kelsey, absolutely annoying. Strong women are great, but she was just stupid.


    Any additional comments?

    Yeah, skip this book. I couldn't get past chapter 3.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Awakening: Alliance Vampires, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Heather Graham
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    There is no escaping. Despite a floundering marriage, Megan O’Casey and her husband Finn still make good music together. Which is why they head to Salem, Massachusetts, Megan’s hometown - booked to perform a weeklong series of concerts culminating on Halloween. But as soon as they arrive, Finn seems different - sensual beyond belief one moment; cold and ruthless the next. The locals - even Megan’s relatives - regard him strangely, with a distrust bordering on hatred.

    Kimberly says: "Boring"
    "Boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story line.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Heather Graham again?

    I love Heather Grhaam's books and have read many of them. I just finished the 2nd book in the Cafferty & Quinn series and loved it. This one, however, was just boring.


    Which character – as performed by Tanya Eby – was your favorite?

    None. I couldn't connect to any of the characters. Found them all to be boring or annoying. If anything, the best part of this book is the fact the narrator was good.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment. Ms. Graham's books are usually well written.


    Any additional comments?

    Yeah, skip this one. Not worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Keeper of the Dawn: The Keepers: L.A., Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Heather Graham
    • Narrated By Claire Christie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Alessande Salisbrooke has been warned about the legend of the old Hildegard Tomb - how human sacrifices are being carried out by the followers of a shape-shifting magician. As a Keeper, Alessande understands the risks of investigating, but she can't shake the nagging feeling that the killings are tied to a friend's recent murder, and she can't turn her back. With the help of Mark Valiente, a dangerously sexy vampire cop, Alessande narrowly escapes becoming a sacrifice herself. But the bodies continue piling up, completely drained of blood.

    Kimberly says: "Overall, just kind of average"
    "Overall, just kind of average"
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    What did you like best about Keeper of the Dawn? What did you like least?

    Best - Mark. Least - Alessande. She was one of the most annoying characters.


    If you’ve listened to books by Heather Graham before, how does this one compare?

    I've listened to many books by Heather Graham and read even more. This book is probably one of my least favorites.


    What three words best describe Claire Christie’s performance?

    Kind of bland.


    Did Keeper of the Dawn inspire you to do anything?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're really bored check it out. It will hold your interest but just not one of Heather Graham's best books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phantom Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Heather Graham
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Cummings
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (206)

    A secret government unit is formed under the oversight of Adam Harrison, famed paranormal investigator. The case: In a historic mansion in New Orleans’ French Quarter, a senator’s wife falls to her death from a balcony. Most think she jumped, distraught over the loss of her young son. Some say she was pushed. And yet others believe she was beckoned by the ghostly spirits that inhabit the house - once the site of a serial killer’s grisly work.

    Michele says: "Great Book"
    "Not Her Best..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Not quite finished with it but so glad I've read all the other Krewe of Hunters books. Also, I'm glad Jackson and Angela's character's developed more in other story lines because this one isn't the best.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Heather Graham? Why or why not?

    I've read nearly all of her books. Surprised I hadn't read this one yet, although glad I didn't.


    What three words best describe Jeffrey Cummings’s voice?

    It's ok. Much prefer Luke Daniels. Since he's the one I've listened to the most I was left a bit disappointed listening to Mr. Cummings.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    Better chemistry between the two leads.


    Any additional comments?

    If this is your first read for Heather Graham, don't let it deter you. Her other books are great. Give them a chance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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