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Maria

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.

Citrus Heights, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Temptation

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Alyson Silverman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (181)
    Story
    (186)

    Socialite Eden Carlbough didn't expect running a girls' camp to be easy, but she never thought she'd literally be run up an apple tree by the little monsters...nor did she think she'd come crashing down into the capable arms of orchard owner Chase Elliot. Chase knew he'd caught a windfall when he looked at the woman in his arms. He didn't like being cast as the serpent, but how could he resist when she'd just offered him such forbidden fruit?

    Kelley says: "No means yes?"
    "Feel Good Story!"
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    This one of Nora's happily ever after stories. I loved the lil girls in this story. Usually its boys getting up to physical mischief, however there was an adventerous one in the group, who will probably one day be head of something. The story is formulaic, and yes it was predictable but the journey was cute and interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Embers at Galdrilene: Dragon's Call, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By A. D. Trosper
    • Narrated By Valerie Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (103)
    Story
    (104)

    The war between the Guardians and the Shadow Riders ended in total devastation. The final battle killed all the dragons and left nothing but fields of ash. A small clutch of dragon eggs was all that remained to provide hope for the future. Five hundred years later, the ability to use magic is a death sentence and dragons are remembered as a curse. But the unhatched dragons sing for their riders...and six lives will be changed forever.

    Ashley Fontainne says: "A Magical Journey"
    "Fantastic Writing and Story Telling!"
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    WOW...just let me say it again....WOW!!! I love dragon stories, but this one, is just AWESOME. The characters are so fleshed out and introduced with such an attention to detail that I never once got lost. Each one was unique and their abilities was so well suited to their personalities.The story is slowly built up; had me holding my breath at what was coming and it did not disappoint. You get to see the story from the POV of the characters and the dragons, it is so intricately woven that you don't even realize what is happening.
    Of course there is Evil and you even get to see the story from their POV as well, which was very different, normally the Evil is just that mindlessly evil, not this time, its Evil, very Evil and can easily suck you in.
    Even though the ending was more than satisfactory, ( the battle) you know there is more to come. I believe this is a trilogy.

    Totally worth a credit. I am downloading the second book now!

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Clean Sweep

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (722)
    Performance
    (661)
    Story
    (661)

    On the outside, Dina Demille is the epitome of normal. She runs a quaint Victorian Bed and Breakfast in a small Texas town, owns a Shih Tzu named Beast, and is a perfect neighbor, whose biggest problem should be what to serve her guests for breakfast.

    Donna says: "A MUST LISTEN. Promising start for a new series."
    "A Pure Delight!"
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    What a new concept, an Inn for paranormals to stay, during their travels. A sentient Inn which is also considered neutral ground and a sanctuary. So any intergalactic or non intergalactic guest can stay here.The story opens with the death of a 3rd dog in the neighborhood. The deaths are vicious, with the animals being eviscerated. Dina is our heroine and Sean is our reluctant Hero, who is also a former Navy seal and a shifter, and is very ignorant of his world, and Arland a vampire who has the makings of being another love interest for Dina.
    The world building is unique, presently the inn only has one guest, and she is quite scary. There is also a back story regarding the Inns and Dina's parents, that I am hoping will be further explored in the next book.
    My favorite character though was Dina's dog, a lil shi tzu name Beast! LOL This was a fun, engaging book and with some LOL moments.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Without Regret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By R. L. Mathewson
    • Narrated By Stella Bloom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    Chris Williams is used to making sacrifices. For years he's done his duty by his family and his calling as he awaited the one person that was meant for him. When she finally came into his life, she was nothing like the woman he'd expected. Instead of being the warrior ready to help him protect his family and the humans under his care he got.....

    Yvette says: "WELL I REGRET THE MALE LEAD!!! WHAT A JERK!"
    "Not a Great Female Role Model"
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    I enjoyed the first book in this series. However, Chris and Izzy did not push any buttons for me. Chris was a total jerk to Izzy throughout the entire book. Izzy was a very immature, naive person. Having parents who only tolerated her existence until at age 16 she left home and they didn't bother looking for her. She has lived a very insular existence with her computers as her companions. She is a total genius when it comes to creating programs and hacking into secure systems. Everyone wants her except Chris. She continually has sex with him, he pushes her away, then goes to her for more sex, after all she is his mate.
    The book was too long....it dragged in places. Very lil action until the end of the book.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Sleeping with the Wolf: After the Crash, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Maddy Barone
    • Narrated By Clementine Cage
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (85)

    Carla is an up and coming country music star when she boards a plane for Denver in the year 2014. After the plane crashes in the year 2064 she learns that nuclear war destroyed technology and unleashed a plague that devastated the female population. Even now, decades after the plague has dwindled to isolated outbreaks, women are precious commodities to be fought for, and Carla finds herself offered as the prize in a Bride Fight.

    K. April Holgate says: "Great start to a smexy shifter series"
    "Eh! Could have been better."
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    The premise of the story is a very good one. However, this story is not very well developed at all. It left a lot of questions and nothing in the new world was explained as to what had happened, there was no mention of a centralized government, or even a local one, just seemed as if there were a lot of cabals with each one with their own laws of governance. I Know there are several stories about the other girls captured but I would suspect it is from their point of view of their new lives. I don't think I will continue with the series, this one was meh!

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Night of the Living Deed

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By E.J. Copperman
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (530)
    Performance
    (496)
    Story
    (495)

    Newly divorced Alison Kerby wants a second chance for herself and her nine-year-old daughter. She's returned to her hometown on the Jersey Shore to transform a Victorian fixer-upper into a charming-and profitable guest house. One small problem: the house is haunted, and the two ghosts insist Alison must find out who killed them.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "Had a blast listening to this one!"
    "A Nice Mystery"
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    Although I guessed who was behind the murders, and who wanted the deed, the story was still interesting. A great beginning to a new series. Its nice to have friends, ghost friends that is, Maxie made me laugh out loud. However, poor Paul, serious, down to earth, (what an oxymoron) guy he was, so serious about his profession really captured my heart. This is is one of those stories that you can listen to with your kids in the car.
    Amanda Ronconi did a fantastic job narrating the story.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Full Disclosure

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Dee Henderson
    • Narrated By David de Vries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (424)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (376)

    Ann Silver is a cop’s cop. As the Midwest Homicide Investigator, she is called in to help local law enforcement on the worst of cases, looking for answers to murder. Hers is one of the region’s most trusted investigative positions. Paul Falcon is the FBI’s top murder cop in the Midwest. If the victim carried a federal badge or had a security clearance, odds are good Paul and his team see the case file or work the murder. Their lives intersect when Ann arrives to pass a case off her desk and onto his.

    Tina says: "DEE surprises you again"
    "Passionless"
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    I haven't written a review in a while, but I just had to do one for this book. First off let me say the narrator was very good when it came to doing the voices. They were very distinct and his female voices were very good.

    However, this story lacked passion. The story has a Christian bent, however are you telling me that Christians don't have any passion in their lives? The story line was interesting however, again it could have been ramped up some with more intensity with her word choice in telling the story. As far as the romance between the main characters were concerned, it was very apathetic. I can't believe someone sees someone starts asking questions about their background, likes what they hear and decides this is the one for me. HUH? No....heart beating fast when you are with this person? No....desire to kiss her senseless, no body reaction to being close her......is this the way Christians are around their so called love interest? Look we all have those giddy feelings when we think we have found the one, the body responses, the desire to touch, kiss the one that makes your heart beat alarmingly when they are around, to deny these feelings exist isn't being human, it doesn't mean you have to act on them. Acting on them after marriage is the Christian way. This story didn't do it for me, I like stories that writers imbue with more intensity and passion.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Shadows: Kinncaid Brothers Series # 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jaycee Clark
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (71)

    A small, friendly Colorado town, nestled in the breathtaking Rockies, cloaks a malevolence, an evil that stalks women. Jesslyn Black, a writer, is content living her now-single, childless life. If she keeps to herself, she can't get hurt. Haunted by the past, Jesslyn never again wants to experience the soul-shredding pain of losing loved ones. Aiden Kinncaid is running from his own secret loss. As the CEO of Kinncaid Enterprises, he travels to this remote Colorado resort town to oversee the opening of the new Highland Hotel.

    Toni L. Bell says: "Up all night"
    "Enjoyable"
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    I loved the hero in this story, however the heroine was very hard to warm up to. She was one of those ditzy women who kept doing very dumb things. I also did not care for all of the angst we were put through regarding her widowhood. I know losing a husband and child was very traumatic for her but it had been three years. I don't know if she had ever had grief counseling or not but it would not have hurt.
    The plot was good, although I figured it out who the killer was.
    This is the start of a series, and the family members sound interesting especially Ian, which was a lose end that wasn't taken care of.

    Of course Johanna Parker did a great job as always.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Single Girl’s To-Do List

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lindsey Kelk
    • Narrated By Cassandra Harwood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (29)

    A hilarious and romantic standalone novel from the bestselling author of the I Heart series, Rachel Summers loves a to-do list: Boyfriend – Flat - Great job. NOT on the list: Being dumped - Best friends Emelie and Matthew ride to her rescue with an entirely new kind of list – The Single Girl’s To-Do List.

    signe says: "Loved it. Loved it. Loved it"
    "I Can't Believe I Listened to This!!"
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    OK this is a British written book. This book is written in the style of a Sophie Kinsella book, however it misses it mark on so many fronts. There were some moments that were meant to be funny but just didn't quite do it. This is a story of a girl who is dumped by her boyfriend but he refuses to give her a reason as to the "time out." So begins her quest to change herself along with her two friends a gay male and her BFF. This is where the list making comes into play. She immediately makes a list of things to do to make herself not boring. If you need something light to read and want to follow a 28 year olds journey to self discovery, then by all means pick this one.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Hotshot: Buchanan-Renard, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (343)
    Performance
    (319)
    Story
    (319)

    A graduate of a prestigious French culinary school, Peyton has just lost her job as a food critic after rightfully accusing her boss of sexual harassment. Out of work and in a bad place personally, to Peyton a year doing something completely different sounds wonderful. Peyton dives into learning the resort business but is quickly derailed by an escalating chain of events that puts her life in danger. She refuses to be intimidated - until she’s nearly killed. Then she calls on her childhood friend and protector, Finn MacBain, now with the FBI, and asks for his help.

    Lesley Goranson says: "What a disappointment"
    "Thoroughly Enjoyable"
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    I enjoyed this book. The comeuppance for the bad guys was enjoyable. However, the ending was even better. The characters were well developed and likeable, even Debbie. An easy read, some action, some romance, minor sex scenes everything to keep you interested.

    Narrator was pretty good.

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Fever

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Lowell
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Lisa Johansen, world traveler, had tasted the exotic and seen the extraordinary. But when a rancher called Rye came into her life, he ignited a feverish desire foreign to her mind, her body, her soul... Rye was certain Lisa was like the gold-digging women in his past. He'd been burned before, and he vowed he would make no more mistakes. Still, he found it hard to resist her. Before he knew it, he'd gotten dangerously close to the flame. But it was too late - he was addicted to the fire.

    Karen says: "Waited a long Time for this series of EL books!"
    "Not Very Feverish"
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    The hero in this story was a total jerk. He lied to Lisa, found that she was naive, took her virginity and kept her away from others. When she found out who he really was, he reluctantly invited her to the dance he was giving at his ranch. His distrust of Lisa was misplaced and he knew it but couldn't admit it to himself. Sure he was redeemed at the end but I would have had a hard time forgiving him.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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