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Maria Prieto

The Oracle Reviews

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  • Countermeasure: Countermeasure, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Cecilia Aubrey, Chris Almeida
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Trevor Bauer, an NSA analyst, is searching for answers to the mystery surrounding his parents' disappearance when he crosses paths with Cassandra James, an ex-CIA operative with a big chip on her shoulder. By a stroke of luck, he becomes the key to her own mission while she becomes the center of his attention. Fighting an attraction as intense as their overwhelming instinct to keep each other at bay, together, they embark on a harrowing adventure that leads them across the ocean.

    micquleta says: "Make It Geeky for Me"
    "The new sexy: Geeks & computers"
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    I read Countermeasures on E-book format and became an instant fan. When finally available on audio I was elated. Tim’s voice was perfect for Trevor, the accent was pat down, he was able to switch into different characters without issue, making each distinguishable and bring the personalities to life. The story flowed and unraveled like a movie playing in my head with Tim narrating.
    I really enjoyed the relationship forming between Trevor & Cassie, the love scenes were very heated, even more so on the audio version. The narrator, TIm Reynolds is just as dedicated in his preformance as these two authors are in their work, it makes for an awesome combination.Thank you audible for adding a great story to your library.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dog Collar Crime: A Lucie Rizzo Adventure, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Adrienne Giordano
    • Narrated By Laura Princiotta
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
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    (4)

    Out of work and down on her luck, Lucie Rizzo is forced to do the one thing she's long avoided - move home to her nutty, mob-infested family. A move that brings her back into the tempting arms of Frankie Falcone, the ex that never fails to make her heart sit up and beg. When Lucie parlays her temporary dog-walking gig into a career making fancy dog accessories, Frankie becomes her number one supporter. Life starts to look like a walk in the park...until three of her bling-wearing clients are dogjacked.

    C. Stephan says: "Pleasant Summer Read"
    "Fun story"
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    This is a fun story to read or listen too. It is very well written and narrated. The voice, Laura Princiotta does a great job. Her voice is the right age for the main character and she does wonderful voicing the other characters, even the one with the tough guy attitudes. She voices the story well enough for me to close my eyes and see it playing out before me.
    The story is a unique romantic comedy that is guaranteed to leave you in stitches. I solved some of the mystery before it started to unravel, but I grew up reading mysteries and watching tough guy shows. I was wrong to suspect Frankie at the beginning, he after all is in love with Lucie and a man in love does do stupid things. So I’m giving a little away here, but ladies I have to tell you, he an upright citizen. The dog - nappings and almost nappings are hilarious and I have a soft spot for Lucie’s brother who ends up bruised and battered in the process of supplying us with humor. The story delves into the past where secrets are always well hidden and the key to solving the present situation is close and personal to Lucie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Samson's Lovely Mortal: Scanguards Vampires, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Tina Folsom
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (529)
    Performance
    (486)
    Story
    (486)

    Vampire bachelor Samson can't get it up anymore. Not even his shrink can help him. That changes when the lovely mortal auditor Delilah tumbles into his arms after a seemingly random attack. Suddenly there's nothing wrong with his hydraulics - that is, as long as Delilah is the woman in his arms. His scruples about taking Delilah to bed vanish when his shrink suggests it's the only way to cure his problem. Thinking all he needs is one night with her, Samson indulges in a night of pleasure and passion.

    CAROLYN says: "Mmmmmmmm YUMMY"
    "Burning up the Vampire world"
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    Samson is awesome. I've read the book and the download of the audio rocked and was as burning hot as the book. Kevin Foley knocked one out of the park! Thank you Tina & Kevin!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Marry a Duke

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Vicky Dreiling
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Jasicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (449)
    Performance
    (388)
    Story
    (389)

    In Vicky Dreiling’s enchanting Regency romance debut, Tristan - the rakish duke of Shelbourne - wants to marry and sire an heir. To help him choose among the dizzying array of wealthy but witless candidates, he secures the services of prim and proper matchmaker Miss Tessa Mansfield. But as Tessa seeks the perfect mate, the duke finds himself distracted by Tessa’s considerable charms.

    Dalia says: "My first book for Vicky, not the last ;)"
    "An unexpected surprise"
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    How to Marry a Duke


    Author: Vicky Dreiling Narrator: Elizabeth Jasicki

    File Size: 530 KB Print Length: 436 pages Audio Length: 12 hrs 48min
    Publisher: Forever; (January 1, 2011) Recorded Books
    Tristan, the Duke of Shelbourne is a man with a mission: find a wife he can tolerate as long as they both shall live. Love is not necessary--nor desired. But how to choose among a dizzying array of wealthy-yet-witless candidates? Hire London's infamously prim and proper matchmaker. Then pretend she's not the most captivating woman he's ever met...

    Helping a devilish Duke create a contest to pick his perfect mate is the kind of challenge Tessa Mansfield relishes. Her methods may be scandalous, but she's determined to find the notorious bachelor more than a wife--she'll bring him true love. Yet when Tessa watches the women vie for the Duke's affections, she longs to win his heart herself. And after a stolen kiss confirms Tristan's desire, Tessa knows she has broken a matchmaker's number one rule: never fall in love with the groom.
    This is not my typical read. I usually avoid these types of books because they have the tendency to be very flowery and although they may be realistic to the times they aren’t very real to me. To my surprise I found this book for sale on audible and said…how bad it can be. Usually when I say this to myself I find myself very surprised and very much enjoying the story, this was not an exception. I enjoyed the story and laughed through all humorous parts and sighed through all the romantic ones. Typical also is the lack of SEX. I like sex, enjoy it very much, my three kids are proof and they still shout a resounding “Ewww” every time my husband takes two steps towards me. Anyway, Sex in these types of books can be very tricky; the author can end up making readers wanting much more or make the heroine look slutty for the times. Although, there were heated moments, the story did fall prey to the times it was written in and there is a lack of sex but the sexual tension between The Duke & Tessa is there in Spades. I love the characters. Tessa is not the typical swooning chit, for the times she is very smart, worldly and independent. The Duke, well I did want to shake him a few times, but he comes through in the end and turns out to be the perfect counterpart for Tessa.
    Elizabeth Jasicki does an excellent job as narrator. Her accent is not forced and is not only British in nature but fits the aristocratic tones of the characters and the times. I hope she narrates the books that follow; she made it very enjoyable for me.
    This story should serve as an example that we should never stick to the typical even when we read. We might miss something we will find remarkably enjoyable even though its not our typical taste.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • To Russia with Love: Countermeasure, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Cecilia Aubrey, Chris Almeida
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    >In the second book of the Countermeasure Series, encumbered with the dangerous task of infiltrating a Russian Mafia stronghold and recovering stolen files in exchange for the new clue, Trevor Bauer finds himself bound to a Russian Mafia crime lord. When plans veer out of control and Cassandra Bauer finds herself on the run, her sole focus is ensuring Trevor's safety - even it if means depending on those who might not have their best interests at heart....

    Gaele says: "This pairing of authors and narrator is genius!"
    "Hot intrigué and romance"
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    I have enjoyed reading & listening to this book. Opening the book I submerge myself instantly into Trevor & Cassie’s world. New to marriage they are still feeling their way around. Their love easily evident in that they will do anything for each other, including crossing lines that may put their lives in danger. They follow a trail that leads them to the doors of the ruthless Russian mafia. Stephan and Jessica reignite their unrequited passions, initially ignited and abandoned with one passionate kiss in Countermeasures. What is there not to love in this book!!!! There is passion, intrigue, adventure from the very beginning. I must say that it had the perfect combination of the three and for the tech geeks…there is plenty to love also. I felt as if I was watching a movie as it all played out in my head. Jason Bourne, look out…here comes Trevor! Chris and Cecilia are raising the bar for authors like Robert Ludlum. I am hoping for a movie deal and great actors to play out the roles.
    Surprising treat for me was Stephan. He seems so well put together and controlled, the perfect business man and gentleman. What lies beneath that surface is wild heated passion that would drive any woman insane with need. I was torn between the couples, feeling very much like a voyeur, flipping channels between couples. Stephan places older men back in the market…making it harder for the younger ones to compete! This is a must read, five stars aren’t enough to rate this book.
    Audio review:
    I just finished the audio version to this amazing story, and it held true to the written, word by word. I loved Tim Reynolds as the narrator, he truly has a grasp of Trevor, and is growing well into voicing the other characters as well. He was a great pick for the series. If you like the written version of the series you are sure to LOVE the audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twice Tempted: A Night Prince Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1621)
    Performance
    (1506)
    Story
    (1520)

    Leila's psychic abilities have been failing her, and now she isn't sure what the future holds. If that weren't enough, her lover, Vlad, has been acting distant. Though Leila is a mere mortal, she's also a modern woman who refuses to accept the cold-shoulder treatment forever - especially from the darkly handsome vampire who still won't admit that he loves her.... Soon circumstances send Leila back to the carnival circuit, where tragedy strikes.

    Hassan says: "A Book FULL of events and actions"
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    What made the experience of listening to Twice Tempted the most enjoyable?

    the humor adventure and the heat between the two main characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is a great read and the audio version is easy to follow.


    What about Tavia Gilbert’s performance did you like?

    I am a fan of Tavia Gilbert; she is the perfect voice for the Frost characters. She packs her performance with fantastic acting and distinguishable voices. Any story narrated by her is worth the purchase.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14744)
    Performance
    (9133)
    Story
    (9005)

    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"
    "The Oracle Reviews: ThOutlander"
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    Outlander
    Author: Diana Gabaldon Narrated: Davina Porter
    File Size: 2562 KB, Print Length: 896 pages, Audio: 32hrs & 37min
    Publisher: Dell, Recorded Books June 1, 1991 & October 26, 2004
    Claire Randall is leading a double life. She has a husband in one century, and a lover in another...
    In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon—when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly she is a Sassenach—an "outlander"—in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord...1743. Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire's destiny in soon inextricably intertwined with Clan MacKenzie and the forbidden Castle Leoch. She is catapulted without warning into the intrigues of lairds and spies that may threaten her life ...and shatter her heart. For here, James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, shows her a passion so fierce and a love so absolute that Claire becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire...and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
    A book comes to life to me, becoming a living fantasy …movie in my mind and some even become a part of me, this is one of those stories. There is no way you can put this book down or stop the audio without fighting with conscious and making it submit to reality. Diana takes you there; you will find yourself in Claire’s place living life with Jamie. She truly captures the human state. The past will flash forward grabbing you and thrust you head long into Scotland and the Highlands. The concept of time travel may seem too farfetched for some, but it’s the perfect launching point for this story. The synopsis does a grand job letting you know what the story is about, I can only emphasize to run not walk to your local book store, or E-book hub and download this story. You will not be disappointed. If you enjoy audio, the audio version is fantastic. I feel like taking a bullhorn shouting about the necessity to include this book and series in your library but to purchase the audio as well. Davina Porter is brilliant, simply brilliant. Her voice and performance knocked me to my bum. I’ve not said this about many narrators. Basically, if the publisher is wise they will choose the voice to fit the story or main character, which they did with Davina. But rarely does the narrator become the main character or the cast of characters with such believability. She is a true spectacular find and will not disappoint. This series is expected to be picked up by Starz and produced as a series, expecting cable release in 2014. If you purchase this story and the following series, you will be adding a true treasure to your library.
    The Oracle (Maria Mercedes)
    All synopsis are supplied by the publisher via Amazon, Goodreads, or Barnes & Noble
    The Oracle Reviews purchases some titles others are received via Netgalley or the authors themselves. All opinions and reviews are her own.



    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Highland Scoundrel: Clan Campbell, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Monica McCarty
    • Narrated By Roger Hampton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (147)

    Framed for a crime he did not commit, Duncan Campbell, the illegitimate son of a chieftain, has returned to the Highlands, determined to clear his name after ten years in exile. He is drawn to the unforgettable sensual beauty of Jeannie Gordon, the headstrong girl who once pledged him her love, gave him her innocence, and then betrayed him. Now, in the glow of the moonlight, she defiantly shows Duncan the bad end of a pistol .Jeannie is stunned to discover that the broad-chested brigand she just shot is the rogue who broke her heart years ago.

    J says: "Another great listen!"
    "Highland Scoundrel"
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    What made the experience of listening to Highland Scoundrel the most enjoyable?

    Roger Hampton is perfect for the narrator for the story. He infuses emotion into his voice when he reads capturing the "moments" of interest in the book. He also brings the Highlands home to the reader.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Highland Scoundrel?

    When Duncun realizes that he is the real heir to the chieftenship.


    Which character – as performed by Roger Hampton – was your favorite?

    Duncun


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

    Some of the interaction between the hard headed Jeannie & Duncun was fun.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By L. Frank Baum
    • Narrated By Anne Hathaway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1911)
    Performance
    (1770)
    Story
    (1761)

    One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway (Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films, The Dark Knight Rises, lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

    Cheimon says: "Odd narration choices dim experience for adults"
    "The wonderful wizard of Oz"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz the most enjoyable?

    I never got to read this story growing up and didn't want my children to miss out, so when i saw that Anne Hathaway was the narrator I grabed it. I decided to listen it and was drawn in by Anne's performance. She broughtlife to all the characters in the world of OZ and new life to this the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Its a childs story that can be enjoyed by an adult with a young heart.


    What about Anne Hathaway’s performance did you like?

    She is a supreme actress with great talent. I loved her performance.


    Any additional comments?

    I consider this stroy to be a classic. I find that when a classic like this is narrated by an actor or group of actors it adds new life to a story. I wish more classics were given the opportunity to have new life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The 7th Month: A Detective D. D. Warren Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 47 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (2376)
    Performance
    (2002)
    Story
    (2007)

    In Lisa Gardner’s first-ever short story following thirteen bestselling novels, The 7th Month takes listeners between the books and into a day in the life of Boston Detective D. D. Warren. In her seventh month of pregnancy, D.D. should be taking it easy. Instead, she accepts a small consulting role on the set of a serial killer film shooting in Boston.

    Kristi says: "A great short detective mystery!"
    "The 7th Month"
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    Would you listen to The 7th Month again? Why?

    I enjoyed the whole intrigue & mystery surrounding the murder. The narrator Kristen Potter has the perfect voice for this character making her come to life.


    What other book might you compare The 7th Month to and why?

    When a narrator makes a story pop & come to life it is more like watching a movie. I don't think I can compare it to another book but to several movies and TV series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The introduction of her boyfriend. It was fun to "watch" him at work. He came in and easily put the pieces together.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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