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rebecca

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  • Going Back for Romeo: Highlander Time Travel Romance

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By L. L. Muir
    • Narrated By Shandon Loring
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (46)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    Jillian MacKay is being conned by a pair of 80-year-old witches. They're convinced she's the perfect sucker to test a prophecy and they're willing to bury her alive to prove it. Once she escapes and finds herself in 15th Century Scotland, she believes her return home depends on a heroic deed - she must rescue a plaid-clad Romeo and Juliet before tragedy can end in tragedy. The monster standing in her way, however, is a handsome Highlander who might just be her own Romeo...a Romeo she must leave behind.

    rebecca says: "Shandon loring sounded drunk"
    "Shandon loring sounded drunk"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    no:
    I had to really concentrate to her what he was saying because he slurs his words so bad. I kept having to rewind and re listen to figure out what he was saying.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story flowed well. It was enough of a mystery to keep me interested enough to hear the whole thing. The romantic sections weren't too explicit. I never had to hear the word nipple, manhood, or the phrase "to the core". Which I appreciate greatly.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Shandon Loring’s performances?

    nope


    Do you think Going Back for Romeo needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Sure, as long as the guy reading it isn't drunk.


    Any additional comments?

    Shandon loring could be awesome if he enunciated. When he wasn't doing the super deep voice and slurring he sounded ok.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Going Home: The Survivalist Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By A. American
    • Narrated By Duke Fontaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (869)
    Performance
    (801)
    Story
    (801)

    If society collapsed, could you survive? When Morgan Carter's car breaks down 250 miles from his home, he figures his weekend plans are ruined. But things are about to get much, much worse: the country's power grid has collapsed. There is no electricity, no running water, no Internet, and no way to know when normalcy will be restored - if it ever will be.

    Randall says: "A page turner, if. . ."
    "Macho macho man"
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    What would have made Going Home better?

    If there had been one female character in it who wasn't in need of constant supervision and protection. if he didn't explain every piece of survival gear to death. If the main character had been even a little more intelligent and way less sanctimonious.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Zombie Fallout


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

    I have not. I thought his voice was pleasant. I would definitely listen to him again.


    What character would you cut from Going Home?

    The Idiot girl who shot him in the head. She was an Insult to women everywhere. I would have left her on the second day.


    Any additional comments?

    There were parts of this book that shined. Sarge and Driver were very well written.. Morgan was cocky and irritating. The bad guys fell like they were in a Stallone movie from the 80s. Nobody got blisters or sore arches. The admittedly out of shape Morgan was able to carry a 60 lb pack for 10 miles a day or more. All liberals are the bad guys just looking for a handout, The government is out to get all of us. Society collapsed within a day of losing electricity.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Married with Zombies

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Jesse Petersen
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (529)
    Performance
    (454)
    Story
    (453)

    A heartwarming tale of terror in the middle of the zombie apocalypse. Meet Sarah and David. Once upon a time, they met and fell in love. But now they’re on the verge of divorce and going to couples’ counseling. On a routine trip to their counselor, they notice a few odd things: the lack of cars on the highway, the missing security guard, and the fact that their counselor, Dr. Kelly, is ripping out her previous client’s throat. Meet the zombies....

    decembergrit says: "Good read for zombie fans"
    "Dumb Title, fun book"
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    If you could sum up Married with Zombies in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, Quirky, Wouldmakeagoodmovie.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Sarah and David are both strong and intelligent. they look out for each other even though they despise each other. it's fun.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Magic of Recluce: Saga of Recluce, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By L. E. Modesitt Jr.
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (414)
    Performance
    (379)
    Story
    (386)

    Young Lerris is dissatisfied with his life and trade, and yearns to find a place in the world better suited to his skills and temperament. But in Recluce a change in circumstances means taking one of two options: permanent exile from Recluce or braving the dangergeld, a complex, rule-laden wanderjahr in the lands beyond Recluce, with the aim of learning how the world works and what his place in it might be. Many do not survive. Lerris chooses the dangergeld.

    Captain Skurvy says: "Epic Fantasy"
    "Get rid of the sound effects."
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    What did you like best about The Magic of Recluce? What did you like least?

    The story line was new and interesting. The constant Swish, whirr POP! Slam! were off putting and interfered with the flow of the story. They were too loud, and just seemed dumb. Just say there was a loud Slam as the door swung shut, lose the sound effects.


    What other book might you compare The Magic of Recluce to and why?

    The endover novels. Because I can't think of any other I have read that are similar.


    Which character – as performed by Kirby Heyborne – was your favorite?

    There weren't any.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Nope


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Alan Bradley
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1379)
    Performance
    (864)
    Story
    (861)

    It is the summer of 1950 and a series of inexplicable events has struck Buckshaw, the decaying English mansion that Flavia's family calls home. A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath. For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw.

    Midi says: "Terrific story...spot-on narration"
    "The most lovable main character since nancy Drew"
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    Would you listen to The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie again? Why?

    Yes, this audiobook is the perfect storm. The Story is entertaining, The Woman who recorded it had the perfect voice and inflections to relay the story, it is an intelligent plot, and flows perfectly.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie?

    When Flavia and the inspector both come to the same conclusion from entirely different clues.


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

    No, but I would enjoy more.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Flavias sisters slipped up and showed they care


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Undead and Unwed: Queen Betsy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By MaryJanice Davidson
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1681)
    Performance
    (706)
    Story
    (700)

    Waking up in a tacky coffin and wearing off-brand shoes, Betsy Taylor can't believe the horrible turn her life has taken; then she discovers she's a vampire. Soon, Betsy becomes a participant in a power struggle between the forces of darkness. With only her friend Jessica and the hunky vampire Sinclair to help her, this new "Queen of Vampires" will have a tough time getting her afterlife straight.

    Vanessa says: "Great Concept / Annoying Character"
    "The Paris Hilton of the vampire world"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Changing the main character into someone less vapid would have been a big plus to get me to buy another of these books. I am sure a lot of women won't mind reading about a dumb fashion model who only cares about expensive shoes.


    Has Undead and Unwed turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I love this Genre of storytelling.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The gay guy friend said some things that made me laugh.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Undead and Unwed?

    Every thing about shoes and designer clothing.


    Any additional comments?

    There were a lot of parts of this book that were genuinely entertaining, If the main character were just a little less self absorbed, I would have bought them all,

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1868)
    Performance
    (1673)
    Story
    (1667)

    Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

    Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

    S says: "One of my top 10 listens of the year!"
    "A good story for understanding cognitive biases"
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    Would you listen to Where'd You Go, Bernadette again? Why?

    Probably not, just because there are so many books out there.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Every person in the book had flaws and likable traits. She is good at exploring how most people will react to any situation differently from others and the stories behind why.


    What about Kathleen Wilhoite’s performance did you like?

    Her voice is unique, pleasant, and flowed well with the story line.


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

    There were some very funny parts, but none that made me laugh out loud.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this. it was suspenseful and kept me interested the whole way through. I was a little mad at the husband.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And One Last Thing...

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2563)
    Performance
    (1931)
    Story
    (1925)

    Lacey Terwilliger's shock and humiliation over her husband's philandering prompt her to add some bonus material to Mike's company newsletter: stunning Technicolor descriptions of the special brand of "administrative support" his receptionist gives him. The detailed mass e-mail to Mike's family, friends, and clients blows up in her face, and before one can say "instant urban legend", Lacey has become the pariah of her small Kentucky town and a media punch line....

    Amazon Customer says: "For me this was such a HOOT!!!"
    "Had some very bright spots"
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    What did you like best about And One Last Thing...? What did you like least?

    Her main character had some glimpses of having a backbone. She was starting to become her own person after having been a doormat all her life. She never financially supported herself though. Everything she ever had was given to her even though she was intelligent and could easily have been more self supporting. Her father was an emotionally unsupportive, self absorbed ass.


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

    This was my first. I might give her another try. I prefer strong main characters who fight the good fight, instead of weak people who are handed everything, then thrust out on their own.


    Which character – as performed by Amanda Ronconi – was your favorite?

    The girl who wanted to start the website was good except for being too angry. The main male character was ok.


    Did And One Last Thing... inspire you to do anything?

    No, I'm already a strong self supportive person.


    Any additional comments?

    I really wanted to like this book. There are parts of it I liked a lot. The main character started to become a strong person, but then just fell back into the same patterns she started with. She is like the women at the country club that I don't like because they are just window dressing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret: Highlands' Lairds, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (906)
    Performance
    (829)
    Story
    (834)

    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.

    CAROLYN says: "MEDIEVAL HIGHLAND ROMANCE AT IT'S BEST"
    "Nice distraction"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Secret to be better than the print version?

    I build things at work, so I can only listen to them because I need my hands to turn screws. I think they are similar. Audio is better only because it's hands free.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoy Julie Garwoods' writing style. I usually am quite entertained by her female leads strength and drive to accomplish difficult goals. The Heroine was very likable. The hero probably would have been too, without the creepy whispering voice for him.


    What does Susan Duerden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voice is nice, I enjoy her accent. her inflection and the creepy whispering for the male lead were off putting.


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

    I am a glutton with books. I want to listen to/read all of them in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    Susan Duerden has a pleasant voice, I would probably like listening to her again, if she changed up her inflections more and got rid of the creepy man whisper.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gentle Warrior

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (490)
    Performance
    (299)
    Story
    (302)

    In feudal England, Elizabeth Montwright barely escaped the massacre that destroyed her family and exiled her from her ancestral castle. Bent on revenge, she rode again through the fortress gates, disguised as a healer...to seek aid from Geoffrey Berkley, the powerful baron who had routed the murderers.

    Brenda says: "Love this story"
    "Gentile pushover"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the main female character had been a stronger person and not so wishy/washy. If the sex left a little more to the imagination


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

    It seemed rushed, like she just wanted the story done with. Anticlimactic.


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

    I have not. She did a good job her voice is pleasant.


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

    it was disappointing. Usually Ms Garwood does much better. Ransom is what made me give romance novels another try.


    Any additional comments?

    I really like Julie Garwood, this just wasn't her best effort. Usually her main characters are pretty fearless after coming from tragedy. I will purchase her books again. Every one can't get knocked out of the park every time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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