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HATE spoilers! Enjoy HOT, sexy books. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. Running out this type Audible-so on2 lighter romance/mystery :-(

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  • Coming Undone: Brown Family, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Lauren Dane
    • Narrated By Lucy Rivers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (117)
    Story
    (118)

    After his parents' death, Brody gave up a promising career to care for his family. Now, with his siblings grown, Brody owns his own business, and for the first time in years he's alone. Elise has come to Seattle with her daughter to find peace. After years as a world-famous ballerina - and trapped in a marriage gone bad - she's looking for neither love nor attention. But she finds both in the handsome, honest man who befriends her with no strings attached.

    CAROLYN says: "A NICE SENSITIVE (AND HOT) LISTEN"
    "I LOVE This Hot & Sexy Series-PLEASE Offer More!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Coming Undone the most enjoyable?

    The attraction and steamy evolution of Brody and Elise's relationship.It was also great in that it included the entire Brown family and I cannot wait for the next book. I just pre-ordered it!


    What other book might you compare Coming Undone to and why?

    Laid Bare (the 1st in the Series) - ANYTHING by Lauren Dane - She is fantastic!


    What about Lucy Rivers’s performance did you like?

    The narration was moderate. Rivers' portrayal of the men again is lacking and the women sounded similar.


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

    Absolutely!


    Any additional comments?

    A great plot along with FANTASTIC sex scenes.

    NOTE: Strong Language and graphic sexual descriptions.

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  • Jane and Austen: Hopeless Romantics

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Stephanie Fowers
    • Narrated By Andrea Emmes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Meet Jane and Austen. First there's Jane - an impractical, starry-eyed wedding planner; if love can't match what she's read in a book, she doesn't want it. And then there's Austen - a pragmatic, logical-to-a-fault financial consultant; even if he were interested in someone, he wouldn't know. The two have one thing in common: they can't leave each other alone.

    DK says: "Would Go Well W/Required HS/YA Required Reading"
    "Would Go Well W/Required HS/YA Required Reading"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    To younger friends or family. It brings Jane Austen's work in a contemporary setting. It is a clever play on words and develops points in [the real] Jane Austen books.

    I rolled my eyes at the first part until I realized and Stephanie Powers was NOT trying to rewrite or knock off Jane Austen's originals. It was when I discovered the comparisons and characters referring to JA's original work that I began to see the appeal and cleverness that would draw the Young Adult' audience.

    It would be interesting for Jr. High and High School students who are required to read J. Austen to read this book as they rad the classics.


    What about Andrea Emmes’s performance did you like?

    Andrea Eamme's performance was spot on. She was required to perform male and female as well as English and American accents. The characters sounded age appropriate as well.


    Any additional comments?

    This would not have been my usual pick as it really was written toward a younger audience (YA.) *I was offered this free copy in exchange for my thoughts and review.*

    This was a sweet, clean romance though somewhat juvenile for my normal listening. However, I think it was well performed and will appeal to the younger dynamic.

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  • Celestial Conversations: Healing Relationships After Death

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Lo Anne Mayer
    • Narrated By Pam Dougherty
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    One morning Lo Anne Mayer wrote a letter to her mother, who had died a year earlier. Despondent over the strained relationship they had endured in life, Mayer started the journal because she still longed for healing. So began a remarkable soul-to-soul correspondence that restored their bond. When her own daughter died, Mayer started a new journal that soothed her grief. Now she shares her story and simple technique with bereaved people everywhere.

    DK says: "NOT MY USUAL GENRE-Received In Exchange For Review"
    "NOT MY USUAL GENRE-Received In Exchange For Review"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Celestial Conversations?

    This categorized as a Religion/Spiritual book, WAY outside my normal genre and would not have chosen it on my own. However, *I was offered a copy in exchange for my thoughts in review.*

    This was an interesting listen. While I do not believe in many of the methods that the author does -such as vibrations, astrology, reincarnation, etc., she is able to eloquently describe how they apply to HER methodology.

    Lo Ann Mayer explains her experience from her mother's death to opening and keeping a journal with questions directly to her. The first entry to her mother was answered by Mayer's own hand, however she is 'out of body' as she records what is coming through her mind. Only after the thoughts are recorded is Mayer able to come back and read her mother's reply. (It is not as complicated as I am making it sound.)

    Mayer shares how these experiences continue and prepare her for emotional trials on earth and reveals her loved ones thoughts of the afterlife.

    Whether a believer in eastern religions, or not, this book explores those and traditional western religions (I believe the author calls herself a Catholic) in a way that is caring and not offensive.


    Here is the Publisher's Summary.

    One morning Lo Anne Mayer wrote a letter to her mother, who had died a year earlier. Despondent over the strained relationship they had endured in life, Mayer started the journal because she still longed for healing. So began a remarkable soul-to-soul correspondence that restored their bond. When her own daughter died, Mayer started a new journal that soothed her grief. Now she shares her story and simple technique with bereaved people everywhere.

    ©2012 Cape House Books (P)2014 Cape House Books


    What three words best describe Pam Dougherty’s performance?

    I have not listened to Pam Dougherty before. I found her narration/performance VERY slow. I listened on a faster speed and it was much better. I'd have fallen asleep if I had listened at the regular speed - no judgement, just fact.


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  • Attachments: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Rainbow Rowell
    • Narrated By Laura Hamilton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (857)
    Performance
    (757)
    Story
    (762)

    Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder, coworkers at The Courier, know the newspaper monitors their office e-mail. But they still spend all day sending each other messages, gossiping about their coworkers, and baring their personal lives like an open book. Jennifer tells Beth everything she can’t seem to tell her husband about her anxieties over starting a family. And Beth tells Jennifer everything, period. Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill still can’t believe that it’s his job to monitor other people’s e-mail.

    Julie says: "Just what I'd hoped for"
    "Absolutley Delightful! Chi Lit Endearing & Fun"
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    What made the experience of listening to Attachments the most enjoyable?

    This book was SO MUCH fun. In this day of no privacy due to hackers & nefarious, evil doers - this accidental, email eavesdropper's (Lincoln) thoughts about his job and co-workers kept me in giggles.

    However, there was enough seriousness to make the book multi dimensional. I liked it and will listen again when I need a lift!


    Publisher's Summary

    Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder, coworkers at The Courier, know the newspaper monitors their office e-mail. But they still spend all day sending each other messages, gossiping about their coworkers, and baring their personal lives like an open book. Jennifer tells Beth everything she can’t seem to tell her husband about her anxieties over starting a family. And Beth tells Jennifer everything, period.

    Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill still can’t believe that it’s his job to monitor other people’s e-mail. When he applied to be an Internet security officer, he pictured himself protecting the newspaper from dangerous hackers - not sending out memos every time somebody in Accounting forwarded an off-color joke to the person in the next cubicle. Lincoln is supposed to turn people in for misusing company e-mail, but he can’t quite bring himself to crack down on Beth and Jennifer. He can’t help being entertained - and captivated - by their stories. But by the time Lincoln realizes he’s falling for Beth, it’s way too late for him to ever introduce himself. What would he say to her? “Hi, I’m the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you?”

    With snapping dialogue and irresistible charm, Rainbow Rowell transforms an ordinary IT guy into a lovable and endearing romantic hero and proves that falling in love never happens the way you plan it. Written with whip-smart precision and charm, Attachments is a fresh and energetic debut that marks the arrival of an exciting new voice in fiction.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lincoln, of course...he's just doing his job.


    Any additional comments?

    NOTE: A few passages of semi-raciness
    CREDIT WORTHY/$: Yes for Chic Lit fans
    $:I took a chance on this book at $5.95-worth every penny.

    I will keep an eye out for other Robin Rowell

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  • A Cedar Cove Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (119)
    Story
    (122)

    Mother-to-be Mary Jo Wyse arrives in Cedar Cove on Christmas Eve, searching for her baby's father. David Rhodes had said he'd be in town. But he isn't. Which leaves Mary Jo stranded, pregnant and alone. And there's no room at the local inn....

    Heather says: "loved this book"
    "Cheesy-Grandmother Might Like It-Not Mine"
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    What would have made A Cedar Cove Christmas better?

    This was an attempt of modernizing the Greatest Story Ever Told (Jesus' birth) - it begins with a single, very pregnant, young woman - Mary Jo Wyse...I WILL give kudos to Debbie Macomer for not trying to recreate the Immaculate Conception, but....

    Mary Jo takes off from the family home to look for the father of her unborn babe. His family lives in Cedar Cove but he can't be found nor can any of his family.

    She rolls into town and feels faint at the library. The fire department and the young, handsome, single fireman/EMT comes and helps her through her swoon.

    A bunch of strangers offered to help the pregnant woman and she is amazed by their goodness and benevolence. One of them has an apartment above her barn and offers it to her for the night (because all the Inns and B & B's are full.) It just so happens there's a bunch of animals; mule, sheep, horse, A CAMEL, etc. (a camel in Washington State in December at an individuals residence, come on, now!) hanging out in that barn-from the live Nativity the preceding weeks.

    Mrs. Macomber tries to make analogies throughout to the real Christmas story, but it's really cheesy. Mary Jo has three brothers (whose business is 3 Wyseman Builders) who frantically look for her in Cedar Cove-an island, etc.

    Anything else I say will give away and spoil, if you are a diehard Debbie Macomber fan, you may like this.

    For me its a miss...I'll stick to the original


    Publisher's Summary

    Mother-to-be Mary Jo Wyse arrives in Cedar Cove on Christmas Eve, searching for her baby's father. David Rhodes had said he'd be in town. But he isn't. Which leaves Mary Jo stranded, pregnant and alone. And there's no room at the local inn....

    So Grace Harding brings Mary Jo home to her nearby ranch. She and her husband, Cliff, have a houseful of guests, but they offer her a room over their stable (currently sheltering the animals - including a donkey and a camel - for Cedar Cove's Nativity pageant!).

    When Mary Jo goes into labor that night, a young man named Mack McAfee, a paramedic, comes to her rescue, just as her brothers - the three Wyse men - show up in town. The people of Cedar Cove join them in celebrating the birth of baby Noel. But no one has more to celebrate than Mack. Because this Christmas brings him faith, hope and love...

    What would the holidays be without a Christmas story from Debbie Macomber?

    ©2008 Debbie Macomber; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio, Inc.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something heavy and meaningful - maybe a Marc Cameron book


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Sandra Burr?

    The narrator matched the material.


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

    It was SO cheesy...is that a reaction? Eyeball rolling, disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    I really do not mean to be such a downer on Debbie Macomer. I really enjoyed the first book that I read "16 Lighthouse Road"n - it was catchy, romantic and clever.

    I picked up 3-4 other titles as they were on sale, as I listen I've determined I'm not a fan.

    Macomer has a lot of fans and I'm not sure why I don't warm up to her material as so many seem to. Perhaps it's a generational difference. As I said, I really enjoyed the first book that I read but the others after that have fallen flat. That is not to say she is bad most reviews are to the contrary of mine.

    NOTE: Completely 'safe' to play with kiddos around
    CREDIT/$ Worthy: In my opinion, no on all counts

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  • Sleigh of Hope (Grayson Brothers, Book 5)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Wendy Lindstrom
    • Narrated By Julia Motyka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Adam Dearborn has just been adopted into the Grayson family when he comes upon two boys huddled inside his sister’s warm greenhouse. Adam had hoped to have time alone with his sweetheart, Rebecca, but December snow is falling hard and the poorly clothed, hungry boys need his help. Adam takes them home never expecting the arrangement could become permanent. Being an only son is not a position Adam wants to give up, not does he want to share Rebecca’s affection with the older boy.

    Kathy says: "Finding Hope through letting go"
    "This Was Nice But Bring On Leave it for the Rain"
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    Would you be willing to try another book from Wendy Lindstrom? Why or why not?

    Yes, I really enjoy the Grayson Brothers series. I've actually started listening to Leave it for the Rain... Wendy Lindstrom cannot write these fast enough for me.

    However, this novella was a bit different than the rest of the series. I think that is because the story is told from YOUNG Adam's perspective. There are insecurities of school, trouble making, being 'replaced' in the family by another boy.

    This book isn't necessary to the series but it is a sweet story with a good message.


    Any additional comments?

    NOTES: No worries about listening with the kiddos in the room or car.
    Credit Worthy: Depends on your dedication to the series. It is expensive for a 3 hour listen, I held off for that reason but finally gave in.

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  • Anything He Wants & Castaway

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Sara Fawkes
    • Narrated By Julia Duvall
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    A powerful billionaire who always gets what he wants. An innocent protegee who will explore the darkest reaches of her own desire. Experience their intoxicating tale - now available for the first time as a complete saga...

    DK says: "How Long Must We Wait For the Next Part?"
    "How Long Must We Wait For the Next Part?"
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    What made the experience of listening to Anything He Wants & Castaway the most enjoyable?

    Anything He Wants was one of my first erotica thriller and I was SO MAD to be left with a cliffhanger! Finally we have the next part in Castaway, but be warned it's another cliffhanger ending. How long must we wait for the next? LOL


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Anything He Wants & Castaway?

    The end twist, based on Anything He Wants I knew SOMETHING was coming but wasn't sure what...


    Any additional comments?

    NOTE: Descriptions of sex, strong language
    Creditworthy: Yes -Hint from my pal Dawn- buy THIS combined 2 books instead of separately

    Publisher's Summary

    A powerful billionaire who always gets what he wants. An innocent protegee who will explore the darkest reaches of her own desire. Experience their intoxicating tale - now available for the first time as a complete saga...

    Anything He Wants Lucy Delacourt's temp position isn't quite her dream job but it pays the bills. The highlight of her day is riding the elevator in the mornings with a handsome stranger. But everything changes when the stranger seduces her. Completely out of character, she yields without a fight, but she has no idea her wanton acts with a man whose name she doesn't know will change her life forever. Because the sexy stranger is none other than Jeremiah Hamilton, billionaire CEO of Hamilton Industries, and one taste isn't nearly enough to satisfy his need.

    Castaway As the billionaire pulls Lucy deeper into his world of high stakes business deals and ruthless takeovers, he demands nothing less than her complete surrender. But Jeremiah has no place in his life for love, and as Lucy falls deeper for him, she risks having her heart shattered. Making matters worse, Jeremiah's fiercest rival is determined to steal Lucy's affection... and to do it, he'll show her the sinister side of Jeremiah's opulent world. With nowhere to turn and no one to trust, there's only one thing Lucy knows for sure: she'll never be free from Jeremiah's sweet possession.

    ©2014 Sara Fawkes (P)2014 Macmillan Audio

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  • Echoes of Scotland Street: An On Dublin Street Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Samantha Young
    • Narrated By Elle Newlands
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (128)

    Shannon MacLeod has always gone for the wrong type of man. After she drifted from one toxic relationship to the next, her last boyfriend gave her a wake-up call in the worst possible way. With her world shattered, she's sworn off men - especially those of the bad-boy variety.

    Tracey says: "Be my HERO - Cole Walker!"
    "Another GREAT Addition to the On Dublin Street"
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    What made the experience of listening to Echoes of Scotland Street the most enjoyable?

    The narration of Elle Newsland. Great Scottish accent and easily switched to an American accent when performing Joss.


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

    Yes, she narrated Down London Road (Book 2 in the series) which was just as good.


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

    Absolutely, I cannot get enough from the On Dublin Road series. It was great to find out what has been going on with the crew. Brooding Cole is all grown up and covered with tattoos.


    Shannon MacLeod has always gone for the wrong type of man. After she drifted from one toxic relationship to the next, her last boyfriend gave her a wake-up call in the worst possible way. With her world shattered, she's sworn off men - especially those of the bad-boy variety.

    Cole Walker is exactly the sort that Shannon wants to avoid - gorgeous, tattooed, charming, and cocky. But his rough exterior hides a good man who's ready to find "the one". He's determined to pull Shannon from her self-imposed solitude to win her heart.

    As Shannon opens up in the face of Cole's steady devotion, the passion between them ignites to blazing levels. But when Shannon's past comes back to haunt her, her fears may destroy the trust Cole has built between them - and tear them apart for good.…

    ©2014 Samantha Young (P)2014 Penguin Audio


    Any additional comments?

    NOTE: Some descriptions of sex, some violence & strong language
    Credit Worthy: Absolutely

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  • In Flight: Up in the Air, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By R.K. Lilley
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Powers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (766)
    Performance
    (706)
    Story
    (718)

    When reserved flight attendant Bianca gets one look at billionaire hotel owner James Cavendish, she loses all of her hard-won composure. For a girl who can easily juggle a tray of champagne flutes at 35,000 feet in three inch heels, she finds herself shockingly weak-kneed from their first encounter. The normally unruffled Bianca can't seem to look away from his electrifying turquoise gaze. They hold a challenge, and a promise, that she finds impossible to resist, and she is a girl who is used to saying no and meaning it.

    Tara says: "Romance meets BDSM"
    "For Those Who Like Billionare Domination It Themes"
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    What did you like best about In Flight? What did you like least?

    Best: I liked the book...fantasy (not PNR fantasy.) It was well written and a blend of humor, romance, over the top - this could never happen but its fun to imagine it could.

    Least: Story line of billionaire, dominant is getting tiresome for ME. That is not to take anything away from this book. It is a great book with enough originality to not be a cookie cutter 'billionaire' story.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It is a cliffhanger...there is no completion, so know that you'll be tempted to buy the next two.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was average to better than average in the female character roles. The male characters left a bit to be a desired.


    Do you think In Flight needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It is the first of 3 books...so it has a follow-up book. I don't think I'll invest in the next two because I'm tired of this type of story.


    Any additional comments?

    NOTES: Mature themes, violence and strong language
    This book was on sale for less than $6. A great marketing move.
    Credit worthy: No not when it is available for $6.95

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  • The Color Purple

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Alice Walker
    • Narrated By Alice Walker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1312)
    Performance
    (888)
    Story
    (888)

    Celie is a poor black woman whose letters tell the story of 20 years of her life, beginning at age 14 - when she is being abused and raped by her father and attempting to protect her sister from the same fate - and continuing over the course of her marriage to "Mister", a brutal man who terrorizes her.

    Amazon Customer says: "Absolutely Wonderful"
    "Unfortunately I Saw the Movie First"
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    What did you like best about The Color Purple? What did you like least?

    Unfortunately I saw the movie first but on the other hand, if I read the book I would not have watched the movie. The book was interesting but having seen the movie I was already bit biased in my characters in the book.

    I didn't understand the why the language needed to be so crass in the first few chapters. It did not add to the book at all and I'm not one to be easily offended by curse words and strong language. This really bothered me and I almost stopped listening.

    I think that had I not seen the movie I would've been totally lost in this book because it jumped around a bit.

    While this is a story of how slave mentality affected women differently and the sacrifice & bond between sisters, I don't understand the fascination that surrounds the book. It was solid and the events were descriptive. However, I did not feel in any way that it was a five star read nor creditworthy.

    Save your credit, watch the movie

    NOTES: Strong language (really strong), graphic descriptions of sex, violence - including rape.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Animal Magnetism: Animal Magnetism Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jill Shalvis
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (264)
    Story
    (260)

    In this debut to an exciting new series, Lilah Young has lived in Sunshine, Idaho, all her life, while pilot-for-hire Brady Miller is just passing through. But he soon has Lilah abandoning her instincts and giving in to a primal desire. Contains mature themes.

    SIMARA says: "Enjoyable contemporary romance..."
    "Sweet Romance But Very Naughty Bits No Plot"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Sure, but I'm not an editor/author so take this with a grain of salt. I was waiting, waiting, waiting for something to happen...there was no mystery, adventure, seduction. The publisher's summary calls it 'exciting' - I didn't hear it.

    If you cut the intimate scenes it was a book about animals - a humane society, helicopter pilot and a cast of many characters. Perhaps the author was setting the table for future books in the series.

    Publisher's Summary

    In this debut to an exciting new series, Lilah Young has lived in Sunshine, Idaho, all her life, while pilot-for-hire Brady Miller is just passing through. But he soon has Lilah abandoning her instincts and giving in to a primal desire. Contains mature themes.

    ©2011 Jill Shalvis (P)2011 Tantor


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Right now I'm listening to Mastered by Lorelei James. After that I'm going for a counter terrorism or some other sort of military thriller.


    What aspect of Karen White’s performance would you have changed?

    She was average, not bad not distinguished. The script required her to make animal sounds - not something that makes an adult book seriously.


    Any additional comments?

    NOTE: Mature themes

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