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There were many, Bella's 'innocence'.
Great, strong, gravely voice!
Adult themes, loosely 'historical' references (something I don't care for but did not bother me in this series). I really liked this book.
I love Julie Garwood and am always excited to listen to a book by her. This one had me in its grips, just enough romance, mystery and action… Great stuff! Then at about the midway point it just got silly. Not even the normal cookie-cutter alpha male and delicate female, I have no other word and silly.
Don't hold this review against the author. However there are many more of her books both historical and contemporary, that are a lot of fun, dramatic etc. Look into her Hotshot series for contemporary and almost any of her historical have received four stars from me for story and overall.
Tanya Eby does an adequate job with the material given – it is performed as a story instead of the narrator trying to jump into different roles.
Notes: A few racy scenes in the boudoir
Credit worthy/$: I would not use a credit nor pay full price for this Julie Garwood I'm pretty sure I got this on sale-either paid outright or if it was a 2 for 1 credit opportunity.
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Fiction, fact or anything in between. It is all here... the agreements, slights, etc. For me it was interesting look at a political party inside of the political part, in this case, the democratic national party.
The two power couples have their highs and lows and in betweens. Follow Edward Klein's tipsters & former staff, as he relates a tale of national and worldwide interest while explaining from his "sources" what was really going on behind the scenes.
It is full of questions and answers that one would never have even considered. I'm like the armchair quarterback having watched the game and seeing how it could also played out differently, if only.
From loyalty, unspoken spoken, to expectations HRC was presumed Democratic Party she suddenly is upstaged by a younger, articulate (when the teleprompters are rolling *smiles*,) chants of hope and change that leaves her wondering what happened..
It was interesting to me and on occasion I could say to myself 'yeah that explains what happened.'
Narration was average to engaged
Notes: A few bad words
Creditworthy/$: I don't know, got it for $5 and am happy
Set in the 1960s this is a book about a child who grows up quickly in a fatherless home at times and then some nefarious things happen leading her to a life far away from Mississippi.
In the story or writing similar to 'The Help' or the later chapters of Caine River, on a more personal and darker side, I really enjoyed listening.
My one small complaint is that the timeline of the book did not match the timeline of the period in which the story was told.
Their arson modern things pointed out that were not available during the 60s. Other than that it was excellent and enjoyed it.
The narration was admirable and easy to listen to. The southern accent was believable and exemplary exemplary
Notes: Some graphic scenes
Credit worthy/$: Yes, this book is worth a credit. *I was gifted a copy of this book in exchange for the, the opinion and this review.* I'd BUY it on sale.
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Underlying Anger Frustration Of A Man X3
Perhaps I am a bit naïve in my life experience, but I'm not sure of the purpose of a collection of this sort.
Story #1 To Build a Helicopter: is about a man was listening to his ex-girlfriend entertaining two other men in the next room, while he is prepping cocaine while playing with Legos? I understand the angst of his situation from a relationship standpoint but could not see where the Lego proportion came in
Story #2 The Meaning of Words – this one made a bit more sense, especially as it closed. There is a man is "stalking" a hairdresser. It is full of descriptions. The end is a twist that caught me off guard.
Story #3: Shots and Strippers as the publishers summary recounts night in the life of a party kid. It did show the content of one of the party goers character. *I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my opinions, thoughts & this review.*
I appreciated Joe DiNozzi's performance. It was professional and as personable as the book of short stories would allow. I would like to hear more of his work and believe he could do a great job with whatever material he was given to perform
Notes: strong language, descriptions of nudity
Credit worthy/$: To me this not credit worthy. It is less than an hour long and the current price is $3.95. If you want to get a taste of Jim Haskett and/or Joe DiNozzi
So this is it... the final book in the series, or is it?
Colton & Rylee finally break through the walls of their separate issues that are keeping them apart.
However, Colton has a bad accident that takes his memory away, selectively. Rylee goes through her own physical trauma.
There is a lot of crying which turned me off because I am not of the thought that crying men are sensitive and emotional. I kept yelling, "Man up dude!"
Just what I was starting to get bored with the story (it had slowed) we finally get the real, deep down reason that has kept Colton from loving anyone but the Rylee his entire life.
Colton's past is very graphic and disturbing, if I give any more of a description then it would be a spoiler. Besides all of the crying that came before and after, it was a really dramatic moment and as I said very graphic and disturbing.
The end seems to tie up all of the loose strings. However, I noticed that there is a fourth book that has recently been released. The description sounds like #4 is redundant. I doubt I'll purchase it (unless it's super cheap.)
The narrators are great! As you may have read in my previous review I enjoyed the male and female trade-offs of two narrators. I think that it brought another good dimension to the listening experience. I appreciate each of the narrators and have listen to them separately, however in this series I prefer the dual narration
Notes: Strong language, descriptions of sex (including rape)
Credit worthy/$: Yes & yes. But you must listen to them in order so that you can follow the characters and the story line easier.
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When I read the description for this book it sounded like an exciting thriller-comparable to Indiana Jones. A man inherits from his grandfather and the 'storyline' – according to the summary - of adventure and all that goes with it.
I'm not sure, but maybe this is a young adult book. It certainly had that feel to me as I was listening. It sounded like the old book series "choose your own adventure" in which you would read along and then at the end of the chapter you had a choice between which way to go and the ultimate ending. You could read it again and decide other paths, with different alternatives, choose the direction and have an alternate ending.
It wasn't really what I expected based on the summary.
James Conlan is great and does a wonderful job in telling the story. I was not distracted as a male narrator speaking the female character. That is something that happens too often - but this performance was very good.
Notes: Nothing to warn about here
Creditworthy/$: This would be a no for me on both accounts. It is relatively short – four hours. If you are interested in this style book, or for a Young Adult, I would recommend buying it out right as it is less expensive than using a credit.
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The description sounded like a really cool book, the United States broken up into three separate countries and the struggles and triumphs that are caused because of it.
However, now I remember why I don't choose to read/listen to sci-fi books. I was lost the entire time. It sounded a bit like The Walking Dead (which I have not seen any episodes of)
If SyFy is your thing, please don't allow this review to dissuade you from purchasing with a credit for paying for a download. I will point out that it is very short, less than three hours.
The narrator was very good and had the topic, subject matter been different I think I would be more enthused about it. He did a great job depicting the mostly male cast very well.
No: I can't think of anything to warn about
Credit worthy/$: *I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a review.*
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The second in the series which I hope becomes a huge hit.
We were introduced to Jake in the previous book Finding Harmony." Jake is the overambitious brother (of Rick) working toward his dad's approval.
Jake is shipped down to Cyprus Florida to work on a project and make sure it is completed on or before the projected deadline.
Claire is the buttoned up, straight laced, OCD heroine. She is very standoffish about starting a relationship with Jake. However, she decides that she can have a no strings attach fling with the man that will be leaving the area in a couple of months. He feels the same of her.
They soon discovered that emotions, both good and bad, are playing into their mental, love & physical relationship as neither expected.
It is there is a believable plot amongst some racy scenes. I enjoyed it very much.
Wendy Rich Stetson is personable and professional. There are many characters and if I needed to stop listening, I was able to pick it up again and know exactly who was speaking and which character. She brought life to the story and I am glad that she was chosen to read these two books as she is a perfect fit.
As in my review for the first book by JoMarie DeGioia this series reminds me very much of Shannon Stacy and her Kowalski family series. The plot can be somewhat dark or totally superficial and they are spot on.
Notes: As with previous book there are mature scenes in it but they are somewhat tastefully done. There were also a few cuss sports, if that bothers you.
Credit worthy/$: Absolutely on both counts. I will be looking out to see if there are additional titles available from Audible. I do want to hear more of her work. *I was given a copy to listen to, in exchange for m,y thoughts, opinion and this review.*
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Harmony is an environmentalist looking to save what most people would call a weed. Rick Chapman needs to prove himself to the family hierarchy and needs to build on the same property as the endangered plant is found.
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the way JoMarie DeGioia mentioned the environmental angle and then left it alone. No overuse or PREACHING!
Harmony and Rick meet up and cannot stand one another but cannot stand the thought of being apart from one another.
There is very little buildup to their risqué bedroom shenanigans. Enough of a story to hold it against together, however, they do jump in right from the beginning and it semi-graphic so listen at your own risk.
I loved it. It may seem a bit shallow but it is right in the pocket of this genre. would compare this author with Shannon Stacy and her Kowalski series.
I can only hope that JoMarie DeGioia is churning out a whole bunch more, and longer for the series.
The narration was excellent. I listen to most of my books on 2X speed, though I did slow it down to get a taste of the narrators "real" sounds. She was excited, genuine, sad, etc. throughout the performance and she came across as very believable. Genuine and professional, a five star performance (and I am very stingy with my stars.)
Notes: Mature themes
Credit worthy/$: Absolutely I would use the credit for it and each book in the rest of the series. However, I was fortunate to have *been gifted a copy of this to listen to an exchange from my thoughts and this review.*
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I am enjoying this series and I think it is getting better with each installment.
Once again we are with Colton and Rylee, going back and forth, can he love me? Can she love me? She admits to him that she loved him and he goes running.
Colton starts to reveal his past and it is horrible but intriguing as to why he is who he is. Damage and vulnerable however letting his wall down a little at a time.
I cannot wait for the next book and fortunately for me I have it in my library.
I like the dual narration. Each of these readers are excellent and I've only heard them perform individually. The two of them together are a great asset and enjoyable to listen to.
Notes: Mature scenes, strong language
Credit worthy/$: Yes and yes. Again, I watch for the sales and keep my Wish List up to date so I was able to get really good deals on them. I'm also grateful that I had waited this long to collect all three (*Hats off to my friend DMT & her rules list*) of the series so that I could listen to them in order without having to wait forever for the next part.
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