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Lara

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  • Devil's Bride: A Cynster Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (990)
    Performance
    (685)
    Story
    (694)

    Governess Honoria Wetherby values her independence. She would rather travel the world than marry and give some man control of her life. Then, one stormy evening, fate changes all her plans. She stumbles upon a mortally wounded young man in the woods. When the stranger dies, she is trapped in a cabin with his body and with his newly arrived cousin, Devil, whom she soon learns is aptly named.

    Scottie in TX says: "Finally! The Book that Started it All!"
    ""Sardonic""
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Unsure who'd enjoy this - I suspect reading the book I wouldn't have picked up so much on how often the same adjectives were used over and over again . . .


    What could Stephanie Laurens have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Used a thesaurus


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Performance was fine . . .


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

    Disappointment.


    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Sins

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Lora Leigh
    • Narrated By Clare Claremont
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (121)

    Logan Callahan has fought hard to forget what happened that fateful day, so long ago. But every night he tries to sleep, he relives the nightmare. Every time he closes his eyes, he sees the woman whose life he could not save…. A newcomer in town, Sky O’Brien is a mystery to Logan. Like him, she is a night owl. Like him, she is fighting her own demons. Like him, she hides a secret in her eyes - a fire that consumes him with every glance. Could she be the one to heal him? When Logan’s ex-girlfriend is brutally murdered, his past implicates him as suspect....

    Lara says: "Worthy of a Novella, Not a Novel"
    "Worthy of a Novella, Not a Novel"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Edit, edit, and more edit. I truly admire Lora Leigh's prolific output and her ability to make every moment of intimacy that much more rauchy. When one reads a story, it's very easy to skim/gloss over extraneous details at one's leisure. However, the problem with 'listening' to a story (particularly on a long road trip), one clearly hears the the lack of editorial review. For instance, the puppy in the story had apricot fur, and I lost count of the number of times this was stated . . . The fact I remember this over a week later is most distressing.


    What was most disappointing about Lora Leigh’s story?

    Bottom line was the story dragged on unnecessarily for at least the first three hours of listening due to lack of editorial review. That shouldn't be the author's fault necessarily (I guess it depends on Ms. Leigh's relationship with her publisher). Would have been a very good, well-paced novella once all the unnecessary bits were removed.


    Which character – as performed by Clare Claremont – was your favorite?

    The heroine . . . she was just as tough and daring as the hero.


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

    Continued the Callahan Series, Book 2 perhaps, so it was nice to visit the characters again.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't overlook other Callahan books because of this review. I just finished reading Secret Sins involving Sheriff Archer Tobias and Anna Corbin and really enjoyed it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Card

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lora Leigh
    • Narrated By Clarissa Knightly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (388)
    Performance
    (352)
    Story
    (351)

    It was supposed to be simple. All Navy SEAL Nathan Malone had to do was rescue three young girls from a Colombian drug cartel, then allow himself to be captured just long enough to draw out a government spy. That was before his mission went disastrously wrong… and before his wife, Bella, was told that Nathan was never coming home. Bella’s mourned her husband’s death for three long years, having no idea that he was still alive....

    CAROLYN says: "15 HOURS OF PURE PLEASURE"
    "Wild Card is a Wild Ride"
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    What made the experience of listening to Wild Card the most enjoyable?

    The ultimate Alpha hero . . . they don't make Teflon nearly as tough as Nathan/Noah . . . nor a hero nearly as verbal. The mystery storyline interesting enough to be engaging. The "set pieces" aka sex scenes were more than graphic, detailed in brutally masculine terms, but this is Lora Leigh so you've been warned. Nothing's airbrushed, glossed over or implied in her stories. Definitely listen with ear buds only when around the children; blame any blushes on the thermostat setting.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Split . . . between Nathan/Noah and Bella/Sabella. The hero as we watched him become human again, and the heroine for her strength; she embodied the arc we women all go through in the natural evolution of a marriage/partnership, stumbling until we find our footing in the dynamic and ourselves.


    What three words best describe Clarissa Knightly’s voice?

    Paced, throaty, well-delivered. On a side note, I didn't necessarily care for the Ms. Knightley's interpretation of Bella/Sabella. Not dischordant, just heavy on the Southern accent. All the other characters I thought she did brilliantly.


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

    No laughing or crying but the mole in the story really, truly caught me off guard, insidiously placed and totally surprising. Listening again, it was easier to pick up on the clues.


    Any additional comments?

    So far, this has been my favorite Lora Leigh story, period.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deception

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Amanda Quick
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (338)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (195)

    Once Olympia Wingfield had been free to devote all her time to her true passion: the study of ancient legends and long-lost treasure. But now, with three hellion nephews to raise, the absentminded beauty has very little time for research. Which makes it seem all the more serendipitous when a handsome stranger strides into Olympia’s library unannounced and proceeds to set her world to rights.

    Amy says: "Poor narration"
    "Quirky Heroine, Decent Hero but Forgettable Story"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The hero "fixed" things too much, private meetings after the fact . . . Overall, it was a quirky story, likeable enough and easy to listen to, but I had no desire to listen to it again. Have already removed it from my Droid.


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

    This was the first time reading or hearing an Amanda Quick novel, so I have no point of reference.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Too affected, even for a Brit :-) Sorry, but it was just a bit too "gaspy" or would "breathy" be a better word? Reminded me a bit of the Eloisa James narrator who did the Fairy Tale series.


    Did Deception inspire you to do anything?

    No. Unless I can find a review identifying the "best" of Amanda Quick, this book will probably be the only Amanda Quick story I'll listen/read. Again, it wasn't awful, just not worth listening to again.


    Any additional comments?

    I did like the aspect of the two "aunts" - provocative point tying in with the denoument.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forever and a Day: Lucky Harbor, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Jill Shalvis
    • Narrated By Erin Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (133)

    Grace never thought she'd be starting her life over from scratch. Losing everything has landed her in Lucky Harbor, working as a dog walker for overwhelmed ER doctor Josh Scott. But the day his nanny fails to show up, Grace goes from caring for Josh's lovable mutt to caring for his rambunctious son. Soon Grace is playing house with the sexy single dad. With so many people depending on him, Josh has no time for anything outside of his clinic and family - until Grace arrives in town.

    SIMARA says: "Because audiobooks are better with chocolate!"
    "Doctor McHottie and the Willowy Blonde"
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    Where does Forever and a Day rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very high. Already a steady fan of Jill Shalvis, and I really enjoyed this story and the narrator's voice/interpretation. This is the sixth of six Lucky Harbor stories (rumors abound there'll be more) and is a satisfying conclusion the series as we know it. Of the "Chocoholic" trio, this ranks right after "Lucky in Love" (still my favorite story) and before "At Last."


    What did you like best about this story?

    Regardless of the love story, it reveals the struggles of a working dad with sole custody of a child, a demanding career field, the pains of dealing with an irascible sibling, and, thankfully, a man who didn't have mommy or daddy issues clouding his story line.


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

    She also read "At Last" by Jill Shalvis and reads well, pleasant on the ear, reads the male voices without unnecessary affectation.

    I still think Suehla El Attar (Books 3 and 4 of Lucky Harbor series) manages to vocalize Jill Shalvis' writing best, but Ms. Bennett's work is great. Still am disappointed Books 1 and 2 haven't been re-recorded - cannot stand the narrator of those two. Might I recommend Audible coordinate Ms. Bennett revisit Books 1 and 2 of Lucky Harbor so they might be more palatable to the ear?


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

    Yes, it's a great distraction to laundry, lawn work, dishes, cooking, ad nauseum.


    Any additional comments?

    As with any romance novel and the inherent sexual nature of the genre, mightily recommend earbuds versus speakers on the laptop. :-)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lucky in Love: A Lucky Harbor Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jill Shalvis
    • Narrated By Suehyla El Attar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (133)

    Mallory Quinn has had enough of playing it safe. As a nurse and devoted daughter, she takes care of everyone but herself. And as the local good girl, she's expected to date Mr. Right. But for once, she'd like to take a risk on Mr. Wrong. And who could be more wrong than Ty Garrison? The mysterious new guy in town has made it clear that he's only passing through, which suits Mallory just fine. Besides, his lean, hard body and sexy smile will give her plenty to remember once he's gone....

    SIMARA says: "Lucky me that I got this book!"
    "Fall in love with Lucky Harbor"
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    Where does Lucky in Love rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very, very high. Lucky in Love was the first I heard of the six-part series highly recommended by Eloisa James on her B&N blog. This book is fourth one, and, without having heard or read the preceding Lucky Harbor stories, I fell immediately into the story, characters, location, and absolutely loved the narrator Suehyla El Attar's voice. Appreciated her ability to pause at just the right moment, letting the moment hang or the mad dialogue rush of an embarrassed female. The other five novels [Book 1 Simply Irresistible, Book 2 The Sweetest Thing, Book 3 Head over Heels, Book 5 At Last, Book 6 Forever and a Day] are well worth the time, although I didn't like the narrator for Books 1 and 2, and that really ruined the stories for me. El Attar (Books 3 and 4) and Erin Bennett (Books 5 and 6) read Shalvis much more fluently.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mallory is hard to beat - and what woman can't relate to a character who is constantly giving of herself, her time, her affection, and rarely receives the same in return?


    Which character – as performed by Suehyla El Attar – was your favorite?

    Ty Garrison, without a doubt. El Attar's dry, terse interpretation, similar to how she read Sheriff Sawyer Thompson the third of the Lucky Harbor series, was wonderful. The huskier male tones did not sound deliberately forced and actually sounded legitimate.

    Second would be how El Attar read the perpetually flustered and harrassed Mallory.

    I'd be remiss in not mentioning Mallory's mom with what I'd consider a Minnesotan accent (and I blame/thank Prarie Home Companion).


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

    Several laugh-out-loud moments :-) Jill Shalvis writes great contemporary romances with dialogue that zings, snaps, and sounds completely plausible in today's society.


    Any additional comments?

    I would buy Books 3 - 6; save a credit or two for Books 1 - 2. Again, not because of the story but because of the narrator's interpretation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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