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Linda

Curled up with a good book in my corner of the world on Sweet Grass Farm, it doesn't get any better than that!

Tacoma, WA, United States | Member Since 2009

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FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Gabriel's Inferno

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sylvain Reynard
    • Narrated By John Morgan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1173)
    Performance
    (1049)
    Story
    (1070)

    Enigmatic and sexy, Professor Gabriel Emerson is a well-respected Dante specialist by day, but by night he devotes himself to an uninhibited life of pleasure. He uses his notorious good looks and sophisticated charm to gratify his every whim, but is secretly tortured by his dark past and consumed by the profound belief that he is beyond all hope of redemption. When the sweet and innocent Julia Mitchell enrolls as his graduate student, his attraction and mysterious connection to her not only jeopardizes his career, but sends him on a journey in which his past and his present collide.

    Lulu says: "Souls Too Tortured for My Taste"
    "A powerful and richly textured love story."
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    Where does Gabriel's Inferno rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would rank Gabriel's Inferno among the top ten per cent of the audiobooks I've listened to so far.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What I liked best about this story was experiencing the journey with all its twists, turns and pit falls that typically happen in a relationship, but made more interesting the way the author interwove the Dante literary references. It sparked my interest enough to return to some college reading to see if I could glean more than I did in my youth.


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

    To say I enjoyed John Morgan's narration is an understatement. His performance brings a depth of passion and vivid richness to the story that borders on the hypnotic.


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

    The argument between the Professor and Julia in the lecture hall was memorable!


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this as a wonderful listen. Not fast paced, but a slow, lovely journey of love.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Heroes Are My Weakness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Erin Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (177)

    He's a reclusive writer whose imagination creates chilling horror novels. She's a down-on-her-luck actress reduced to staging kids' puppet shows. He knows a dozen ways to kill his characters with his bare hands. She knows a dozen ways to kill an audience with laughs. But she's not laughing now.

    Darlene says: "Different"
    "A Delightful Modern Gothic Romance!"
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    This book has all the elements of a Gothic tale, the brooding hero, the turreted house on a cliff by the thundering sea, mysterious death, etc. But it also delivers Susan Elizabeth Phillips special cast of interesting characters: a strong and quirky female heroine who desperately needs to be rescued, but gets into trouble while trying to rescue everyone else, a set of puppets who can't keep their mouths shut, an endearing child who needs to be rescued, and an assortment of other island dwellers, none of whom are what they appear to be.

    All of this and a sexy, compelling love story too. And I will add, for anyone put off by all the erotica wanna be books flooding the market today. Ms. Phillips wrote some wonderful love scenes without having to go into lurid detail about body parts, or using vulgar language. She is a class act all the way. You absolutely don't want to miss this one.

    Susan Elizabeth Phillips is at the top of her game. It's the best romance I've listened to in a very long time.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Big Sky Wedding

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Linda Lael Miller
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (65)

    Wedding bells are ringing in Parable, Montana, but Brylee Parrish hasn’t enjoyed the sound since being jilted at the altar by Hutch Carmody. She’s over Hutch now, and running a multimillion-dollar business is challenging enough for this country gal. So she should avoid falling head over boot heels for A-list actor Zane Sutton. He’s come home to his rodeo roots, but Hollywood lured him away once and just might again. Yet everything about him, from his easy charm to his concern for his young half-brother, seems too genuine to resist…. Zane didn’t come to Parable for love - but count on a spirited woman to change a jaded cowboy’s mind.

    Linda says: "BEST IN THE SERIES !!!!!"
    "BEST IN THE SERIES !!!!!"
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    True to Linda Lael Miller's style this audio book is full of down home country warmth, real folks, and a few of those castoff critters who need a loving home, both the four-footed and two-footed variety. Along with that, it's chock full of enough cowboy country colloquialisms to choke a horse, but those of us who enjoy these Big Sky stories don't mind. In fact, that is what adds to the charm. Speaking of adding to the charm, the gravely, baritone of Jack Garrett just about melts me into a puddle every time I hear his voice. I think he has the voice of the quintessential cowboy. So that makes this listen just about perfect for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Surrender (Volume 1)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Melody Anne
    • Narrated By Saskia Maarleveld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (215)

    Raffaello (Rafe) Palazzo takes what he wants with no regrets. Arianna (Ari) Lynn Harlow has led a charmed life until tragedy strikes her family. He's looking for a no-emotions attached mistress, she's looking for redemption. They are not a pair that should ever work, but undeniable attraction and devastating tragedies bring them together in the city by the bay where he fights to keep their relationship nothing more than an enjoyable way to meet his needs, and she battles to not lose herself in him.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "WOW! So good that I am upset volume 2 is not out.."
    "THIS HAS BEEN DONE BEFORE"
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    This was a complete waste of time. It is a copy cat novel, no need to mention whose, but
    there is also such gaping holes in the research that no one could suspend belief for that long.
    Anyway, even if you are getting it for the erotic element, don't waste the credit, there isn't much and it's not very well done. It's another one of those cliff hanger endings meant to suck you into the next book, which given the content of this one, I don't care to find out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • If I Were You

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Lisa Renee Jones
    • Narrated By Grace Grant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (537)
    Performance
    (498)
    Story
    (503)

    The journal comes to Sara McMillan by chance, when she inherits the key to an abandoned storage locker belonging to a woman named Rebecca. Sara can't resist peeking at the entries in the journal...and she finds a scintillating account of Rebecca' affair with an unnamed lover, a relationship drenched in ecstasy and wrapped in dark secrets. Obsessed with discovering Rebecca' destiny after the entries come to an abrupt end, Sara does more than observe the players in the woman's life....

    Leesa says: "Cliff-hanger"
    "FIVE STAR EROTIC, ROMANTIC SUSPENSE!!"
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    This one grabbed me. From the beginning I was emotionally involved in the mystery and suspense of the story. The interaction of the characters was riveting and steamy! ! Whew... Excellent narration. Loved the book so much I bought the second before I finished the first. Trust me, you will want to do the same, because this one is a cliffhanger.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Dublin Street

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Samantha Young
    • Narrated By Paula Costello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1516)
    Performance
    (1428)
    Story
    (1424)

    Jocelyn Butler has been hiding from her past for years. But all her secrets are about to be laid bare.... Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland, burying her grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without attachments. Her solitary life is working well - until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street where she meets a man who shakes her carefully guarded world to its core.

    Leesa says: "Swept me away!!!"
    "Intensely passionate and compeling love story"
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    This is not an easy love story. It's at times uncomfortable, thought provoking, and frustrating. I loved the story all the more for those very reasons. There are intensely passionate moments and very sweet "breakthrough" moments.

    The narrator does an excellent performance with the different characters, male and female vocals and Scots accent.

    The dialogue is believable and very humorous at times, at others just heartbreaking. Stay with it to the end. It's a very satisfying listen. Well worth the credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fatal Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Marie Force
    • Narrated By Felicity Munroe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (597)
    Performance
    (486)
    Story
    (496)

    Washington, D.C., Metro Police Detective Sergeant Sam Holland needs a big win to salvage her career - and her confidence - after a disastrous investigation. The perfect opportunity arises when Senator John O’Connor is found brutally murdered in his bed, and Sam is assigned to the case. Matters get complicated when Sam has to team up with Nick Cappuano, O’Connor’s friend and chief of staff...and the man Sam had a memorable one-night stand with years earlier. Their sexual chemistry still sizzles, and Sam has to fight to stay focused on the case.

    Lavendar says: "Great Story but...."
    "Murder, Romance and a Sharp Lady Detective in D.C."
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    I tried this first book in the Fatal series and loved it so much I bought the entire series. I have since listened to them all again. It has become one of my favorites.

    The variety of characters are well-developed, the dialogue is believable and the mysteries aren't predictable. All that and the romance that develops throughout the series between Sam, the smart lady detective and Nick, the very handsome and charming Senator is beyond yummy. They mix it up between the sheets and manage to juggle their very busy lives and careers, sometimes not so well, which makes for very interesting listening.

    Even though the narrators change mid-series, they don't do a bad job of maintaining consistent voices.

    Very definitely worth the credit!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fever: The Breathless Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Adam Paul
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (734)
    Performance
    (672)
    Story
    (679)

    Jace Crestwell, Ash McIntyre, and Gabe Hamilton have been best friends and successful business partners for years. They’re powerful, they’re imposing, they’re irresistibly sexy, and Jace and Ash share everything - including their women. When they meet Bethany, Jace begins to feel things he’s never experienced before: jealousy and a powerful obsession that threatens him, overwhelms him - and excites him beyond control. Jace isn’t sharing Bethany - with anyone. He’s determined to be the only man in her life, and it’s jeopardizing a lifelong friendship with Ash.

    Leesa says: "Modern day Cinderella story with a touch of BDSM"
    "Smoking Hot Romance"
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    Maya Banks never fails to strike the right balance in romance and erotica. I loved Fever, but it started out surprising me because I rather expected Jace and Ash to find a woman of their own to share and keep. However, this is not the case. This is Jace's love story and it's a great one. I won't give any more spoilers than that.

    I will say that Adam Paul's narration completely nails Jace's character right down to the brooding, sexual intensity. The sex scenes are so hot, steam practically comes out the headphones. Adam Paul is fairly new to narrating books here, but I look forward to hearing more from him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maid for Love: The McCarthys of Gansett Island, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Marie Force
    • Narrated By Holly Fielding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (143)

    Maddie Chester is determined to leave her hometown of Gansett Island, a place that has brought her only bad memories and ugly rumors. Then she’s knocked off her bike on the way to her housekeeping job at McCarthy’s Resort Hotel by Gansett’s "favorite son", Mac McCarthy. He’s back in town to help his father with preparations to sell the family resort and has no intention of staying long. When Mac accidentally sends Maddie flying over the handlebars, badly injuring her, he moves in to nurse her back to health and help care for her young son.

    Tracy says: "Entertaining"
    "Not worth the credit. A big disapointment!"
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    Would you try another book from Marie Force and/or Holly Fielding?

    I loved the Fatal series by Marie Force which was why I tried the first in this series. It truly sounds like it could be a production of an earlier work because it lacks the depth, polish, character development and interesting dialog I was expecting from all the books in the Fatal series. I will never purchase another book narrated by Holly Fielding. I barely stayed awake through this one!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I will probably try the I-Team series by Pamela Clare. I listened to the sample and it sounded interesting and the narrator sounded good.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Holly Fielding’s performances?

    This narrator nearly put me to sleep. The love scenes were boring due to her monotone delivery. I mean, if a guy isn't any more excited than Holly Fielding made Mac sound, I would have asked him to leave and done my nails instead.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was predictable, but sweet.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Melanie Ewbank, Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (419)
    Performance
    (364)
    Story
    (367)

    Dishonorably discharged, former Navy SEAL Shane Laughlin is down to his last ten bucks when he finally finds work as a test subject at the Obermeyer Institute, a little-known and believed-to-be-fringe scientific research facility. When he enters the OI compound, he is plunged into a strange world where seemingly mild-mannered scientists - including women half his size - can kick his highly skilled ass.

    Linda says: "Suzanne Brockmann at her best!"
    "Suzanne Brockmann at her best!"
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    Would you listen to Born to Darkness again? Why?

    Yes! I've already listened to it a second time. The story is terrifyingly plausible in its plot.


    What did you like best about this story?

    No one can give you an adrenaline rush like Suzanne Brockmann. She takes you from 0 to 100 miles an hour in seconds with heart pounding action and rapid-fire dialog. I met a whole new cast of characters of diverse paranormal talents from telepathy, telekinesis, to dream projections and beyond. But, most importantly, Suzanne Brockmann creates characters of toughness and tenderness, strength and vulnerability, integrity, tenacity and compassion. Characters I can't help but love. And woven into all this are three very sweet, very different, love stories. So I feel like I've been double (triple) dipping!


    What does Melanie Ewbank and Patrick Lawlor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Patrick and Melanie are exceptionally talented narrators. They have the ability to increase the adrenaline by ramping up the action scenes and then dialing it way down for a tender love scene. Each character is infused with their own special personality. I don't know how they work their magic, but that's exactly what it is! They both seem to have a particular gift for understanding Suzanne Brockmann's wit and humor and give an excellent performance, especially in delivering the snappy dialog and the irreverent banter of the characters. In my opinion, Patrick Lawlor is one of the most gifted narrators available today. I will frequently shop for audiobooks by looking for what he has available. And I am so glad to see that Melanie Ewbank has returned. She is a strong and talented narrator and I look forward to hearing more of her work.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved Born To Darkness. I can't wait for the next installment in the Fighting Destiny series.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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