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Mary

MAPLE SHADE, NJ, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Duke's Perfect Wife: Highland Pleasures, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (569)
    Performance
    (531)
    Story
    (529)

    Lady Eleanor Ramsay is the only one who knows the truth about Hart Mackenzie. Once his fiancée, she is the sole woman to whom he could ever pour out his heart. Hart has it all - a dukedom, wealth, power, influence, whatever he desires. Every woman wants him - his seductive skills are legendary. But Hart has sacrificed much to keep his brothers safe, first from their brutal father, and then from the world. He's also suffered loss: his wife, his infant son, and the woman he loved with all his heart, though he realized it too late.

    CAROLYN says: "FIVE STARS - FOUR WORDS - I NEED MORE PLEASE !!!"
    "Enjoyable!"
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    Would you listen to The Duke's Perfect Wife again? Why?

    Jennifer Asley makes you love family in this story. I didn't think any of the brothers in this series would be more interesting then Ian. To my surprise Hart was as complex, interesting, and unpredictable as his younger brother. Hart MacKenzie has sufficed much for his family's security and his career. He is handsome, but has a dark side to his personality that not everyone understands. I would listen to this story again because of the complexity of his character and interaction between the MacKenzie men and women.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved both Hart and Ian. Hart for his ability to show commitment to family, intergrity in relationships with friends. Ian is my overall favorite character because of how he demonstrates the same high level of commitment and intergrity as Hart. Between the two of them there is a perfect parternship in profecting the ones they love.


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

    The MacKenzie Brothers series was the first time I listened to Angela Dawes. She was perfect. I enjoyed listening to her.


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

    The interaction between Hart and Elleanor was delightful. Her ability to ignore Hart and proceed with her own agenda kept me laughing.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't waite for the series to continue with Daniel Mackenzie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Untamed Mackenzie: Highland Pleasures Series, Book 5.5

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (149)

    To redeem her family's disgraced name, Lady Louisa Scranton has decided to acquire a proper husband. He needs to be a man of fortune and highly respectable in order to restore both her family's lost wealth and reputation. She enters the Marriage Mart with all flags flying, determined to find the right bachelor. But Louisa's hopes are dashed when the Bishop of Hargate drops dead at her feet - and she is shockingly accused of murder!

    Kimberly says: "Yummy!"
    "Zazzling Mackenzies are the best!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Untamed Mackenzie the most enjoyable?

    Meeting all of the characters again is a thrill. The fact that family can exist and overcome dsyfunction is inspiring.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like getting to know Lloyd and appreciate him.


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

    I love Angela Dawe. She brings humor, and engery to the story.


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

    Yes. In fact, I was sorry it was so short.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • One Good Earl Deserves a Lover

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Sarah MacLean
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (226)
    Story
    (227)

    Lady Philippa Marbury is...odd. The brilliant, bespectacled daughter of a double marquess cares more for books than balls, for science than the season, and for laboratories than love. She's looking forward to marrying her simple fiancé and living out her days quietly with her dogs and her scientific experiments. But before that, Pippa has two weeks to experience all the rest - 14 days to research the exciting parts of life. It's not much time, and to do it right she needs a guide familiar with London's darker corners.

    Ezinwanyi says: "Pippa's thirst for knowledge leads her to Love"
    "Thoroughly Enjoyable"
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    Where does One Good Earl Deserves a Lover rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This story ranks a 9.5 on a scale of 10. It's a funny story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character is Lady Sarah


    What about Rosalyn Landor’s performance did you like?

    Rosalyn Landor's performance is predictable but just right for this story.


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

    As I said it made me laugh


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Raven Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Hoyt
    • Narrated By Moira Quirk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (324)

    Widowed Anna Wren is having a wretched day. After an arrogant man on horseback nearly crushes her, she arrives home to learn that she is in dire financial straits. The Earl of Swartingham is in a quandary. Having frightened off two secretaries, Edward de Raaf needs someone who can withstand his bad temper and boorish behavior. When Anna becomes the earl's secretary, it would seem that both their problems are solved. But when she discovers he plans to visit the most notorious brothel in London, she sees red-and decides to assuage her desires....

    CAROLYN says: "IF YOU'R LOOKING FOR ROMANCE THEN LOOK NO FURTHER"
    "Tall, Dark and Handsome..."
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    If you could sum up The Raven Prince in three words, what would they be?

    I loved this story. The fairytale of the Raven was excellent. This was a good story line. The characters in the story didn't kept me guessing and when I wasn't wondering what was coming next I found myself trying to guess where the fairytale was going.


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

    This was my first Moira Quirk performance.


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

    I laughed and was totally entertained. This is the best of the Prince stories.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Match Me If You Can: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2253)
    Performance
    (914)
    Story
    (924)

    Annabelle is tired of being the lone failure in a family of overachievers. She's endured dead-end jobs and a broken engagement. But that's going to change now that she's taken over her late grandmother's matchmaking business. All Annabelle has to do is land the Windy City's hottest bachelor as her client, and she'll be the most sought-after matchmaker in town.

    Daniela says: "Guilty Pleasure"
    "Smooth & Melow"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was my lest favorite story from the series. However, it has it's moments...


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

    There were no surprises, a few moments when you couldn't help but laugh


    What about Anna Fields’s performance did you like?

    I love Anna Fields. I am very sorry she will no longer be a narrator.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Doris Day kinda of girl!


    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
    (1078)
    Performance
    (978)
    Story
    (986)

    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"
    "My first Judith Garwood Novel"
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    What did you love best about The Secret?

    The author created a interesting story that held my interest untl the end of the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The empathy within the main character allowed her to have an intimate connection with so many different people. I liked the unstated way the female characters showed their strength and intellect.


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

    Susan brings humor alive. Her voice is small and soft but strong and demanding at just the right times.


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

    I don't think that I had an extreme reaction to this book. It did make me laugh and certainly I was sorry at the end that it wasn't longer. I thought there was a least another character to be had with the father and brother. We are taken from her brother wanting to bed her to a father being bowled over by the fact that she existed. It left me wondering if she spent a month or so with her father who would he really be? Was her brother a man, boy, or fool.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Kitchen House: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kathleen Grissom
    • Narrated By Orlagh Cassidy, Bahni Turpin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6856)
    Performance
    (4826)
    Story
    (4815)

    Orphaned while onboard ship from Ireland, seven-year-old Lavinia arrives on the steps of a tobacco plantation where she is to live and work with the slaves of the kitchen house. Under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her adopted family, though she is set apart from them by her white skin. Eventually, Lavinia is accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles opium addiction.

    B.J. says: "Good, but with reservations"
    "Little Pleasures Build Great Hope"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Kitchen House the most enjoyable?

    Kathleen's characters are presented with empathic respect and heartbreaking honesty. Hearing the story from Belle and Lavinia prospective allowed me to not judge either character too hardly. It allowed me to question what I would do if faced with the same challenge. It made it impossible for me to not respect tthe heartache and wisdom that came to both women. Belle's down to earth sense of human was just right for keeping the storyline realistic. Lavinia's sense of commitment was inspiring. I can't wait to see what else Katthleen has for us.


    What other book might you compare The Kitchen House to and why?

    The Gooed Earth by Pearl S. Burk because of the inmitate portrayal of the characters provides a snapshot of the culture. The integrity in which the story is presented also make me think of Mark Twain.


    What does Orlagh Cassidy and Bahni Turpin bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Humor, empathy, navity. I don't know if I would have been able to understand or see the use of drugs without judgement if it this human weakness had not be presented from different prospectives.


    If you could take any character from The Kitchen House out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would to go to dinner with the men in the story. I would not pick any one in particular but would want to talk to them as a group. As individuals they were sadly missing so much but as a group I felt the story failed to explore their humanity.


    Any additional comments?

    This was an great story. I want read more from the author. I would love to see her do a series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Born in Fire: Born In Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Fiacre Douglas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1412)
    Performance
    (925)
    Story
    (922)

    Maggie Concannon is a glassmaker whose exquisite works are more than mere objects of beauty: they are reflections of her own true nature. One man has seen the soul in her art, and vows to help this complex woman build a lucrative career.

    Robbie says: "Ho hum"
    "Born in Fire was interesting"
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    What did you love best about Born in Fire?

    The story had surprising twists and turns. The author gave you just enough to make you think you knew what would come next and most of the time you did. However, there were surprises which kept the tale interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The irelish pride and people that you meet in the book


    Which character – as performed by Fiacre Douglas – was your favorite?

    Margaret Mary


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

    The problem is that I didn't hear the full tale. Book 1 and Book 2 had the same content. So I only had content through chapter 10.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy Audible books on my way to and from work. I just wish the experience was more predictable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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