Best: Tucker-a manly guy!
Least: The vocabulary and 'values' of Sally Mae
I have loved 4 of the 5 thus far...the incorrect use of old English (Thee, thou) was annoying - if you can get past that the listening is o.k.
I enjoyed her performance, she does a great job -especially with the male characters.
No, this would be NC-17 or rated X as there are erotic and mature audience themes.
It is fun...the previous two books were frustrating and reflected our current entitlement society.
This one was pure fantasy (wedding at the Plaza), private jet flights, etc.
I enjoy Kinsella and would only compare to the lesser liked (Shopaholic Takes Manhattan).
I'd rather recommend Can You Keep a Secret? or I've Got Your Number-
FANTASTIC, FABULOUS, laugh out loud reads!!!
Becky Bloomwood-Emily nails it and every character every time.
There were a few giggles.
Life has been good for Becky Bloomwood: She's become the best personal shopper at Barneys, she and her successful entrepreneurial boyfriend, Luke, are living happily in Manhattan's West Village, and her new next-door neighbor is a fashion designer! But with her best friend, Suze, engaged, how can Becky fail to notice that her own ring finger is bare? Not that she's been thinking of marriage (or diamonds) or anything.
Then Luke proposes! Bridal registries dance in Becky's head. Problem is, two other people are planning her wedding: Becky's overjoyed mother has been waiting forever to host a backyard wedding, with the bride resplendent in Mum's frilly old gown. While Luke's high-society mother is insisting on a glamorous, all-expenses-paid affair at the Plaza. Both weddings for the same day. And Becky can't seem to turn down either one. Can everyone's favorite shopaholic tie the knot before everything unravels?
Most Highland romances seem to follow the same plot. The idea of a clan council was an original twist in this reader's [very limited] historical romance listening.
Julie Garwood does an exceptional job. I really enjoy listening to her performances. Women sound like women and men sound like men.
The scene of Patrick as he believes Frances Katherine is going into labor and the chaos that ensues.
Judith Hampton was as beautiful as she was proud and loyal. Her dear Scottish friend from childhood was about to give birth, and Judith had promised to be at her side. But there was another reason for the journey from her bleak English home to the Highlands: to meet the father she had never known, the Laird Maclean. Nothing prepared her, however, for the sight of the Scottish barbarian who was to escort her into his land...Iain Maitland, laird of his clan, a man more powerfully compelling than any she had ever encountered.
In a spirited clash of wills and customs, Judith reveled in the melting bliss of Iain's searching kisses, his passionate caresses. Perplexed by her sprightly defiance, bemused by her tender nature, Iain felt his soul growing into the light and warmth of her love. Surely nothing would wrench her from the affection and trust of Iain and his clan...not even the truth about her father, a devastating secret that could shatter the boldest alliance, and the most glorious of loves!
Not at first but by the last 1/3 of the book I would have been reading through the pages as quickly as possible because I wanted to know what was going to happen next!
Great Highland romance...I will got this for $4.95 and will wait for the next one to go on sale. But for a historical buff they may want to splurge on it with $ or a credit.
Probably not, as none of my friends have any curiosity in scientology.
Prior to this I listened to Shattered Dreams: My Life As A Polygamist's Wife by Irene Spencer which gave one woman's firsthand account of another religion/cult that I know little about.
I expected a story but this read as a newspaper article. Given that context I could not submerge into the material as I would have if told from a firsthand account.
Scientology, created in 1954 by a prolific sci-fi writer named L. Ron Hubbard, claims to be the world's fastest-growing religion, with millions of members around the world and huge financial holdings. Its celebrity believers keep its profile high, and its teams of "volunteer ministers" offer aid at disaster sites such as Haiti and the World Trade Center. But Scientology is also a notably closed faith, harassing journalists and others through litigation and intimidation, even infiltrating the highest levels of government to further its goals. Its attacks on psychiatry and its requirement that believers pay as much as tens and even hundreds of thousands of dollars for salvation have drawn scrutiny and skepticism. And ex-members use the Internet to share stories of harassment and abuse.
Now Janet Reitman offers the first full journalistic history of the Church of Scientology, in an even-handed account that at last establishes the astonishing truth about the controversial religion. She traces Scientology's development from the birth of Dianetics to today, following its metamorphosis from a pseudoscientific self-help group to a worldwide spiritual corporation with profound control over its followers and even ex-followers.
Based on five years of research, unprecedented access to church officials, confidential documents, and extensive interviews with current and former Scientologists, this is the defining book about a little-known world.
No, her other writing is outside of my area of interest.
It was fine - a narrator really has to hit it out of the park to get an above average rating from me.
This is 13+ hours of the history of scientology. It is very dry and detail oriented. There are no central characters to gravitate towards making it difficult for me to invest in.
It is a kid's story that would make one think. I HATE that it was altered for political correctness. Sure, there are dated terms and slang, but that is how it was written and the language and events reflect the world at the time.
No one loves and understands animals like the eccentric 19th-century physician Dr. Dolittle, who masters animal language with the help of Polynesia the parrot. After his human patients desert him, the kind-hearted doctor finds his calling in practicing animal medicine, and his fame spreads far and wide. When a terrible epidemic breaks out among monkeys in Africa, Dr. Dolittle sets out to save them, accompanied by some of his favorite pets. Thus begins the amusing, whimsical adventures of Dr. Dolittle and the animal kingdom.
Hugh Lofting, winner of the 1923 Newbery Medal for The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle, has a gifted knack for imbuing unique, distinct personalities in his characters, human and animal alike.
Yes, a solid performance but not exceptional or poor. Average.
This was a free gift from Audible. I would never have purchased it on its own. Thanks, Audible!
Probably not. This is deep, strong, heartbreaking novel set in Paris during and after the Second Empire. It takes a commitment and took me several tries to get into it. Once I was in I was in...however a lot of it was 'historical' recounts (the author's perception NOT true to history), especially near the end. I was more invested in Eugénie R. and her circle than the history going on around her. It read more like a history book than novel....Eugénie R. got lost.
Love and war converge in this lush, epic story of a young woman’s struggle with life and love during and after the Second Empire (1852 - 1871), an era that was absinthe-soaked, fueled by railway money and prostitution, and transformed by cataclysmic social upheaval.
Eugénie R., born in foie gras country, follows the man she loves to Paris but soon finds herself marooned. An outcast, she charts the treacherous waters of sexual commerce on a journey through artists’ ateliers and pawnshops, zinc bars and luxurious bordellos.
Giving birth to a daughter she is forced to abandon, Eugénie spends the next 10 years fighting to get her back, falling in love along the way with an artist, a woman, and a revolutionary. Then, as the gates of the city close on the eve of the Siege of Paris, Eugénie comes face to face with her past. Drawn into a net of desire and need, promises and lies, she must make a choice and find her way to a life that she can call her own.
The Unruly Passions of Eugénie R. is a testament to the power of love, friendship, and the art of self-creation.
The scene where Eugénie R. must decide what to do about her baby.
She was wonderful - her accents were spot on and one could tell the characters from each other. She was perfect for this book.
Some sexual situations
There just was not enough here to hold my interest...romance was skim-action was slim, this was too little.
Staying overnight in a luxury hotel, Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Lynde overhears a high-profile murder involving a U.S. senator. Special Agent Jack Pallas is assigned to the investigation - the same Jack Pallas who still blames her for nearly ruining his career three years ago. Now the pair will have to put their rocky past behind them, focus on the case at hand - and smother the flame of their sizzling-hot sexual tension.
Not bad, a solid performance...but nothing exceptional.
Boredom, disappointment & frustration...about 1/2 way through started listening at 1.5x speed.
This was SO slow...like the 'little engine that could' but this book couldn't. I kept waiting for things to get going but they never did.
This series was NOT for me and I will not purchase anymore...not even if on sale.
It was an interesting book and it held my attention. I enjoyed following the journeys of Jada & Sunny. However, I felt the author glamorized the drug lifestyle.
Jada left home at the age of sixteen, running from her own demons and the horrors of physical abuse inflicted by her mother’s boyfriend. She partied hard, and life seemed good when she was with Born, the neighborhood kingpin whose name was synonymous with money, power, and respect.
But all his love couldn’t save her from a crack addiction. Jada goes from crack addict and prostitute to survivor and back again before she finds the strength to live for herself and come out on top. And her stormy romance with one of the fiercest hustlers on the streets makes White Lines one of the most unforgettable urban love stories of the year.
Probably not...perhaps if there is an opportunity to get White Lines II on sale.
She did a great job giving each character a unique voice. However, her female portrayals squeaky, high pitch voices with a Southern drawl. This was not true to character since they were native to Brooklyn, New York and surrounding burrows.
Absolutely, these two women are fantastic! I cannot wait for Audible to get Sweet, Filthy Boy....
Their only other work is Young Adult I do not care about reading anything in that genre.
I LOVE Grace Grant and she has such a broad range-very talented. Any of her character portrayals are pure perfection. Beautiful B*stard narration was fabulous because of it.
Sebastion York is fine and I enjoy his voice - however, I do not care for the dual narration.
It was and I did.
One beautiful bastard of a groom. The most beautiful bitch of a bride. A panty-ripping office hook-up turned true love everlasting.
Wedding bells can't chime soon enough for Chloe Mills and Bennett Ryan. Chloe, exasperated and stressed by all the last-minute to-dos, is on the verge of saying "I do" to eloping.
For his part, Bennett's so worried about being distracted by Chloe's body that he makes a no-sex-until-the-wedding-night rule that only seems to be making things worse by continually backfiring on him.
As their crazy families descend for the big day - only a few of them actually trying to be helpful - the fiery lovers are about to test whether the couple that argues together can keep it together long enough to exchange rings, and not just heated words.
Cheeky humor, a tiny bit of angst and a lot of sex and profanity.
I would not listen to Sandra Brown's 'Note to Reader' in the beginning as she gives the ending away!
Beautiful and self-confident businesswoman Rusty Carlson was hurt, terrified and alone with a man she feared. But one thing was certain – she would surely die without his help.
Vietnam vet Cooper Landry had a deep-rooted grudge against beautiful women like Rusty. Experience had taught him they were takers. But he’d survived far worse dangers, and this time he’d be damned if he’d let her risk his chance for survival. But there were predators in the dense woods – both animals and human – and the odds were against them. They could handle that.
What Rusty and Cooper weren’t prepared for was the discovery that they desired more than just survival….
Absolutely, she is a great author.... this is a re-release from the 1980's -so the reader should keep that in mind when deciding to purchase- however, the love story is timeless.
Yes. In those I've listened to, she delivers a solid performance. Her male characters sound like men and females sound feminine.
This was a bit of a simple tale. Something a bit more complex with a bombshell twist & more romance would have made it irresistible. However, this was an interesting (yet gruesome) beginning premise with a light, feel good story.
A few, minor descriptions of sex.
Personally, I wouldn't use a credit or pay full price for this but would snatch it up if found on sale - which I was able to for less than $5.
Absolutely! This is a great series about a family of siblings/cousins in Maine & N. Hampshire. It is a fun, [tiny, tiny bits of naughtiness] romance series that keeps you engaged and feeling good.
Liz Kowalski is heading home to Whitford, Maine - this time for good. Eager for her family, a fresh start and some fun, she doesn't count on being rescued by the chief of police her very first night back in town. Drew is everything she's not looking for...so why is she still so attracted to him?
After a brief, forbidden rendezvous at her brother's wedding, Drew Miller expects Liz to return to New Mexico and stay there. He's searching for someone to settle down with, not a casual fling with his best friend's sister. But when they're stuck together on the annual Kowalski camping trip, things start going a little sideways. Keeping their hands off each other proves just as impossible as keeping their secret from becoming public knowledge.
Amid family, mud and melted marshmallow, Liz and Drew try to fight what's growing between them. But a little time alone, a lot of chemistry and too many opinions might be just what it takes to bring together two people so determined not to fall in love.
Lauren Fortgang is fabulous! She gives each character their own voice and sound...that can be a challenge when dealing with 5 or 6 male characters and 4 or so female characters in this book.
She delivers each emotion as written - happy, longing, sarcastic, snarky... it is all there.
I hope there is a long lost Kowalski relative or 10 that Shannon Stacey finds to write about because I LOVE this series and am sorry it is at its end.
Happy romance with lots to keep the listener engaged. Smart writing by Shannon Stacey and great execution by Lauren Fortgang.
A few naughty words and situations but all in all a feel good romance.
Credit worthy? Yes!
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