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HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Books outside HOT genre = books given to me to review

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  • Two for the Dough: Stephanie Plum, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By C. J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1438)
    Performance
    (1201)
    Story
    (1202)

    Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is back, packing a whole lot of attitude. This time around, she's on the trail of Kenny Mancuso, a boy from the working-class burg of Trenton, New Jersey, who has just shot his best friend. Fresh out of the Army and suspiciously wealthy, Mancuso's also distantly related to Joe Morelli, a vice cop with questionable ethics, a libido in permanent overdrive, and a habit of horning in on Stephanie's investigations.

    debra says: "2 for the Dough - Funny, funny, and funny"
    "Maybe you've got to be from N.J."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Friends suggested this series (I bought the 1st 3) as comparable to Marian Keyes work...it is not. A little Stephanie Plum goes a long way.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Janet Evanovich? Why or why not?

    I have one more to go


    Which character – as performed by C. J. Critt – was your favorite?

    Grandma


    Was Two for the Dough worth the listening time?

    No....very hard for me to write this-I wanted it to be over.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the 1st one in the series...maybe the 3rd will be better...

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  • Dating in the Dark: Sometimes Love Just Pretends to be Blind (A Laugh Out Loud Romantic Comedy)

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Pete Sortwell
    • Narrated By Chris Dabbs
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    Jason is single and has been for all of his 32 years. It's depressing. But not as depressing as being told by his mother that he looks like Humpty Dumpty - after the accident. With a face that not even his own mother can love, it's hardly surprising that he'll try anything to get a woman to go out with him, even if it's only for a single date. With little interest in anything other than his quest for a woman and a nice bit of cod and chips, Jason needs to think outside the box if he's going to find someone who'll give him a chance.

    Teresa says: "Non-Stop Entertainment / A True Gem"
    "It's As The Title Says! *Funny, Read/Review"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dating in the Dark?

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    When I saw the title and the book jacket I wasn't sure what to expect. I've never listened to this narrator for rent this author before. It turns out that Dating in the Dark is literally what the book is about.

    30 year old , vertically challenged man is seeking a date. He's no prize to look at-almost anyone will do, he tried speed dating (no one even responded) dating friends friends, etc. but has NO LUCK. So he signs up with an agency focused on dating for the disabled. He decides that he's short - a "disability" sorta, but buys a pair a dark glasses.

    He meets a lovely lady who is blind and is interested in a date with him. After ONE date he really thinks this could go somewhere. However he is stuck in his "lie" of not been disabled. So a challenging set of events occur as he tells his friends and they tried to help him come clean. That while he is vertically challenged, he is NOT blind.

    It was charming, fun and light without being too girly. I think a guy would like listening to this for the banter and the challenge, as well.

    The narrator was very good. Perfect for the material written.

    Notes: Some strong language

    Credit worthy/$:* I was fortunate enough to have been offered the book in exchange for my review* which you are now reading.

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  • Fast Track

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (257)

    Cordelia Kane has always been a daddy's girl - her father raised her alone after her mother died in a car crash when Cordelia was just two years old. So when he has a serious heart attack, Cordelia is devastated, and the emotion is only intensified by the confusion she feels when he reveals the shocking truth about her mother. Cordelia can't suppress her curiosity about the woman who gave birth to her, and when she discovers the answers to her questions lie in Sydney, Australia, she travels there to get them.

    M. Davis says: "Mostly enjoyed it."
    "Great Book & Author Turned To Silliness Disappoint"
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    What did you like best about Fast Track? What did you like least?



    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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  • Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. The Obamas

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Edward Klein
    • Narrated By Lars Mikaelson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (254)

    In this highly anticipated follow-up to his blockbuster New York Times bestseller The Amateur, former New York Times Magazine editor-in-chief Edward Klein delves into the rocky relationship between the Obamas and the Clintons. An old-school reporter with incredible insider contacts, Klein reveals just how deep the rivalry between the Obamas and the Clintons runs, with details on closed-door meetings buttressed by hundreds of interviews.

    DS Ells says: "Fascinating!"
    "Behind The Curtain Details? Arrogance on Display?"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?


    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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Polishing Jade

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Tekoa Manning
    • Narrated By Felisha Caldeira
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Polishing Jade is set in the 1960's in rural Mississippi where the secrets are as sticky as the jams sold at Taylor's General Store. Jade Gentry is a young girl whose past will not control her future even if it cost her everything. Gripping and suspenseful, Jade will leave you sighing when she sighs, running when she runs, and celebrating when she is triumphant!

    Travis says: "Captivating and Inspiring!"
    "Classic Period Life Story"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?


    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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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abandoned: Three Short Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (58 mins)
    • By Jim Heskett
    • Narrated By Joe DiNozzi
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Abandoned tells three tales of people lost and trying to find their way. The journey from here to there isn't ever as straight and obvious as it seems. "To Build a Helicopter" recounts story of a man whose girlfriend unceremoniously dumps him at a party because of his lack of ambition. He'll seek solace in two piles: one of LEGO pieces, and the other cocaine. He'll use them both to build something to prove his worth.

    Teresa says: "Powerful and Poetic ~ WoW!"
    "Underlying Anger Frustration Of A Man X3 Shorts"
    Overall
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    Story
    What would have made Abandoned better?

    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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crashed: Driven, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By K. Bromberg
    • Narrated By Tatiana Sokolov, Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (499)
    Performance
    (463)
    Story
    (466)

    You must overcome all your fears, confront the demons that chase you, and cleanse the poison that clings to your soul or you risk the chance of losing everything. Mine started the minute Rylee fell out of that damn storage closet. She made me feel. Made me whole when all I thought I could ever be was incomplete. Became the lifeline I never knew I needed. Hell yes, she's worth the fight - but how do you fight for someone you know you don't deserve?

    Caren says: "Awesome!"
    "Dun-dan-da... The Fantastic End To Trilogy- Except"
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    Would you listen to Crashed again? Why?


    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.

    I hope you found my review helpful and if you did would you please leave click on the yes button at the end of the above description. Thank you.


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  • Arena of Souls: A Brock Stone Adventure: Brock Stone Adventures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 1 min)
    • By David Wood
    • Narrated By James Conlan
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    1931 - Brock Stone returns from places unknown to claim an inheritance and unravel a mystery his grandfather left behind. Stone and his companions set off on an action-packed adventure where enemies lurk in the shadows and the past comes to life. Mysteries, thrills, monsters, and more in David Wood's classic-style adventure, Arena of Souls. Fans of Indiana Jones and Doc Savage will love Brock Stone!

    Elizabeth L. says: "1930's action adventure"
    "Mis-Categorized? Should Be Young Adult?? *Review"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?


    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.

    *I was given this book in exchange for my thoughts, feelings and review.*

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  • 2103 - Act 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Drew Avera
    • Narrated By Al Kessel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    It's the year 2103. Fifty-three years after the second American Civil War, the landscape of a once great nation is in shambles. The United States is no more and is now broken into three separate countries; The American Union, The Confederate States of America, and the California Republic. The American Union is in a constant state of Martial Law due to rioting by a group of protestors known as "Outliers". They fight against the oppressive laws decreed by President Caleb Fulton, but all is not what it seems.

    DK says: "2103 Reminded Me Why I Do Not Listen To This Genre"
    "2103 Reminded Me Why I Do Not Listen To This Genre"
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    Any additional comments?


    2103

    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.*

    Thank you for reading my review. If you found it helpful please click yes, below this text.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Taming Jake: Cypress Corners, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By JoMarie DeGioia
    • Narrated By Wendy Rich Stetson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Jake Chapman loses himself in extreme sports to fill the emptiness in his life. But when he meets CPA Claire Callahan at Cypress Corners, he wants to spend his visit proving to her that living in the moment is worth the risk. Claire cares for her ailing father, a compulsive gambler who repeatedly risked all they had in the quest for a new high. When she falls for Jake, beloved uncle to her close friends' little boy, she throws her own caution to the wind for once in her life.

    DK says: "Absolutely Fun Series Keep Them Coming!"
    "Absolutely Fun Series Keep Them Coming!"
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    Would you listen to Taming Jake again? Why?

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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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  • Finding Harmony: Cypress Corners, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By JoMarie DeGioia
    • Narrated By Wendy Rich Stetson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Rick Chapman is climbing to the top rung of his father's corporate ladder. Fulfilling Chapman Financial's contract at Cypress Corners, Florida will finally prove his value to the company. And to his father. But one endangered weed, and the pretty plant girl trying to save it, could really screw up his plans. Harmony Brooks loves her job as a plant conservationist at Cypress Corners, and the money she earns allows her to make up for a former boyfriend's betrayal.

    DK says: "Yes! More, More, More Now! Great New Series"
    "Yes! More, More, More Now! Great New Series"
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    What did you like best about this story?

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    Finding Harmony

    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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