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Rowena Portch

Award-winning blind author who enjoys listening to books as much as she does writing them.

Silverdale, WA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • 10 reviews
  • 91 ratings
  • 290 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2014
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  • Savor the Danger

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lori Foster
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (230)
    Story
    (229)

    She may be aloof, and more pretty than gorgeous, but Alani Rivers is the kind of woman a hot-blooded mercenary can't forget, no matter how hard he tries. So when Jackson Savor wakes up next to the naked, sleeping beauty with no memory of what happened he knows he's been drugged - even if Alani doesn't. After she was kidnapped, Alani vowed never to trust another man again. Still, something about this strong, sexy hero with the tender touch makes her want to believe him. Will the truth bring them closer than ever?

    bluebelle says: "Not for the faint of heart"
    "A feel-good novel that is worth the read"
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    Where does Savor the Danger rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in my top 20.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Arizona. I liked her fire—not so much her mouth.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The part where they found the cat.


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

    I think it would have been better without all the foul language. Other than that, I was mostly touched when the author told the story of Arizona.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a good book, with interesting characters, but too much ugly language for my taste. The sex scenes were good and I mostly enjoyed how Jackson took control of the situations. I liked Alani's softness and found her innocence charming.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Big Bad Wolf: The Others Series

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Christine Warren
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (205)
    Story
    (203)

    Missy Roper's fantasies have revolved around Graham Winters since the moment they met. But the imposing leader of the Silverback werewolf clan always seemed oblivious to Missy's existence.

    Robbie says: "Good Things Come in Small Packages!"
    "Tough one to get through"
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    Would you try another book from Christine Warren and/or Kate Reading?

    No, I don't think so.


    What could Christine Warren have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Have a stronger female character. She lacked self esteem and was always thinking that she wasn't good enough. I read stories to get away from that sort of thing.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Absolutely. I couldn't get past her lisp and she made the heroine sound less appealing than the author intended.


    What character would you cut from Big Bad Wolf?

    They all seemed pretty essential.


    Any additional comments?

    When the author explains about the mate hunt, she specifically mentions that if a couple are mated, they only hunt for each other because wolves mate for life. Then, in the next scene, she has the villain hunting for another man's mate, even though the villain has a mate of his own and a child. What's up with that? Where was this villain's mate and why would she ever allow him to go after another female?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Feral Sins: Phoenix Pack, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Suzanne Wright
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2096)
    Performance
    (1931)
    Story
    (1947)

    Taryn Warner is a wolf shifter with extraordinary healing skills - and serious problems. First, her father is determined that she mate for life with a wolf shifter named Roscoe Weston, whom the feisty Taryn can’t stand. To make matters worse, she’s also been kidnapped by Trey Coleman, a dangerous alpha male from another pack. And as much as she wants to resist Trey, Taryn is incredibly, maddeningly attracted to him.

    Paige says: "Surprised they didn't check my ID"
    "A Pleasant Delight"
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    What made the experience of listening to Feral Sins the most enjoyable?

    I loved the strong personalities of the two alphas. The bantering that occurred between them was priceless. I especially loved old woman, Gretta's attitude; she reminded me of a friend of mine.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Feral Sins?

    The moment when Trey told Terryn that he loved her.


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

    No, this was the first. I think she did an excellent job.


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

    No. I wanted to savor it.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to listen to book 2!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life of Pi

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Yann Martel
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10926)
    Performance
    (6123)
    Story
    (6172)

    Pi Patel has been raised in a zoo in India. When his father decides to move the family to Canada and sell the animals to American zoos, everyone boards a Japanese cargo ship. The ship sinks, and 16-year-old Pi finds himself alone on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. Soon it's just Pi, the tiger, and the vast Pacific Ocean - for 227 days. Pi's fear, knowledge, and cunning keep him alive until they reach the coast of Mexico, where the tiger disappears into the jungle.

    Theresa says: "Best audio of the year for me"
    "Good spiritual lesson"
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    Where does Life of Pi rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my top 20. The writing was fresh, and stimulated my senses enough to keep me interested. I loved Pi's character.


    What other book might you compare Life of Pi to and why?

    I'm not quite sure. It's unlike any other book I have read.


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

    He added drama and was pleasant to listen to.


    If you could rename Life of Pi, what would you call it?

    A piece of Pi


    Any additional comments?

    Great story with an interesting twist in the end. It really gets you thinking about possible truths and illusion versus reality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Bourne Identity

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Robert Ludlum
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1156)
    Performance
    (790)
    Story
    (785)

    His memory is blank. He only knows that he was flushed out of the Mediterranean Sea, his body riddled with bullets. There are a few clues. A frame of microfilm surgically implanted beneath the flesh of his hip. Evidence that plastic surgery has altered his face. Strange things that he says in his delirium -- maybe code words. Initials: "J.B." And a number on the film negative that leads to a Swiss bank account, a fortune of four million dollars, and, at last, a name: Jason Bourne.

    P. Shuart says: "Robert Ludlum's Attention to Detail A++"
    "Great espionage story that keeps you riveted"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Bourne Identity to be better than the print version?

    Yes, mainly because I'm blind and cannot read the printed version


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    At times, yes, at others, the scenes seem to drone on, but the information was pivotal to the plot.


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

    He brought the characters to life. Each one had their own unique voice.


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

    No way. It's far too long for that and required too much concentration.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm eager to start the next book in the series. I was surprised to discover just how different this book was from the movie version. They were like two different stories all together. I enjoyed the book version more—go figure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Primal Law: Alpha Pack Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By J. D. Tyler
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    Overall
    (1001)
    Performance
    (904)
    Story
    (908)

    After a massacre decimates half his team and leaves him crippled, Jaxon Law must relearn how to fight-and battle the anger and guilt threatening to overwhelm him. But when he rescues a beautiful woman who awakens his primal instincts, Jax is unprepared for the dangers that lie ahead.On the run from her employer, brilliant lab assistant Kira Locke has evidence that leads the Alpha Pack on a hunt for someone targeting human civilians with Psy abilities.

    CAROLYN says: "WOW!! REALLY GREAT START TO A FANTASTIC NEW SERIES"
    "Love the references to animalistic lust"
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    If you could sum up Primal Law in three words, what would they be?

    good character development


    What other book might you compare Primal Law to and why?

    Cherise Sinclair's Shifter books


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

    No, this is the first


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

    I liked it when the fairy was rehabilitated and set free


    Any additional comments?

    This was a fun story to listen to with good scenes, great character development and an engaging plot.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Creating Your Own Destiny: How to Get Exactly What You Want Out of Life and Work

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Patrick Snow
    • Narrated By Barry Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Put your own fate exactly where it belongs - in your hands It is one of the great questions of life. Its a simple question, really, but it seems impossible for many to answer: Do we control our own destinies? Ninety percent of people think and act as if their destiny is foreordained, while only about 10 percent believe in the capacity to change and act on it. Creating Your Own Destiny explains and demonstrates to the majority how to dream, plan, and execute a better future - despite the challenges of the economy and life circumstances.

    Rowena Portch says: "Good Advice All Around"
    "Good Advice All Around"
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    If you could sum up Creating Your Own Destiny: How to Get Exactly What You Want Out of Life and Work in three words, what would they be?

    worth the time


    What did you like best about this story?

    The advice he gave about how to lose weight


    What about Barry Campbell’s performance did you like?

    His reading was clear, concise and he had a pleasant voice


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

    The quotes moved me and motivated me


    Any additional comments?

    This book made sense and gave me much to think about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18824)
    Performance
    (8674)
    Story
    (8704)

    Mikael Blomkvist, crusading journalist and publisher of the magazine Millennium, has decided to publish a story exposing an extensive sex trafficking operation between Eastern Europe and Sweden, implicating well-known and highly placed members of Swedish society, business, and government. On the eve of publication, the two reporters responsible for the story are brutally murdered.

    David says: "irritatingly engrossing"
    "Amazing series"
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    What did you love best about The Girl Who Played with Fire?

    Lisbeth's character. She was strong, a bit demented, but had admirable integrity. She stuck to her guns and followed through with her commitments. Also, she was a strategist and didn't put up with situations she could change, even if it mean taking drastic measures, which she did--brilliantly.


    What other book might you compare The Girl Who Played with Fire to and why?

    The other two in the series are just as good.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to mention. They're all good.


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

    It made me cheer for the justice that should be served on silver platters.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is about a woman who was wronged in so many ways it would have made most people in her position to go insane. Lisbeth, however, triumphs and rises so far above the muck, it almost seems clear. That is until someone stirs the water.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Covet: A Novel of the Fallen Angels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1637)
    Performance
    (1028)
    Story
    (1034)

    Redemption isn't a word Jim Heron knows much about - his specialty is revenge, and to him, sin is all relative. But everything changes when he becomes a fallen angel and is charged with saving the souls of seven people from the seven deadly sins. Vin diPietro long ago sold his soul to his business, and he's good with that - until fate intervenes in the form of a tough-talking Harley-riding, self-professed savior.

    Robbie says: "Enjoyable read"
    "Interesting concept"
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    Would you listen to Covet again? Why?

    J.R Ward did not disappoint me. I was expecting something rather similar to the Black Dagger Brotherhood series. I was pleasantly surprised to discover something entirely different but with the same witty charm that can only be J.R Ward. I love her descriptions, dialog, and characters who suck me into their world.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Marie. I loved her charm and her inner guilt about what she had done with her life. She had an inner strength about her and held her head high, even though she wasn't pleased with who she had become.

    I also loved Vin, and the way he treated Marie. He was strong, had street smarts, and knew about drinking good beer.

    Jim was also a great character. I loved how he never wanted a dog, but he showed compassion for one that desperately needed it.


    Have you listened to any of Eric G. Dove’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this is the first. It took me a while to get into his style, but then I really enjoyed his voice.


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

    It left me feeling happy and satisfied.


    Any additional comments?

    Good story. Definitely worth the read. Even my husband enjoyed it. What was really nice was the fact that not every scene was about sex. There was actually a story involved.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Player

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Emily Beresford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (160)

    Ruthless might as well be Gray Bennett’s middle name. When the renowned Washington, D.C. insider talks, powerful people listen. But Gray hasn’t come home to Saranac Lake to play politics. Or play at all. A tragedy has shaken the unshakable Gray Bennett to his hardened core. And so has the most unlikely of women. The mousy redhead who used to run around the Moorehouse B and B - the one he never noticed - is now all fiery hair and lush curves. But sweet Joy Moorehouse is too innocent for a cynic like him.

    Mary says: "DO NOT ORDER"
    "Wow, this is a different book for J.R Ward"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I have read every book this author has written. I must say, I was surprised that this book came from the same author. Joy, the female lead, was not the typical strong character that Ward casts in her stories. Gray, the male character, was strong in some respects, but rather weak in others that didn't seem to quite fit. Honestly, I wanted to reach out and slap them both.

    The ending was nice, but I was not truly satisfied with their relationship. It was too wishy washy for my tastes and lacked the in-your-face comments, descriptions and dialog that is typical for J.R Ward.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Not my type of romance. The characters were weak and seemed to sacrifice core values for the sake of physical gratification.


    Did The Player inspire you to do anything?

    She made the characters sound too young. I felt as if I were reading about teenagers and not adults.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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