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Catherine

HEMPSTEAD, NEW YORK, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Sleeping Beauty

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Judith Ivory
    • Narrated By Violet Primm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (24)

    The beautiful courtesan Coco Wilde is famous for her ability to keep the wealthiest men in 19th-century London hanging on her every smile. But she maintains a careful emotional detachment from all admirers. When she meets Sir James Stoker, however, the raven-haired Coco is attracted by his radiant smile and dangerous eyes. Determined to capture her, James must find a wat to break the spell of indifference Coco has cast around herself.

    Avid Reader says: "Very entertaining and different"
    "Not Pleased"
    Overall

    I disliked this book because there was little or no conversation between the characters. It was more narration than actual conversation. It was boring.
    The characters were introspective. The story line was slow moving and unimaginative.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Highland Solution

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ceci Giltenan
    • Narrated By Paul Woodson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (111)

    Niall MacIan, a Highland laird, desperately needs funds to save his impoverished clan. Lady Katherine Ruthven, a lowland heiress, is rumored to be "unmarriageable"and her uncle hopes to be granted her title and lands when the king sends her to a convent. King David II anxious to strengthen his alliances sees a solution that will give Ruthven the title he wants, and MacIan the money he needs. Laird MacIan will receive Lady Katherine's hand along with her substantial dowry and her uncle will receive her lands and title.

    Virginia F. Smith says: "Loved it."
    "ENJOYABLE"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I liked this book and would recommend it to other listeners. Was disappointed slightly because I didn't feel it tied up all the loose ends. Would have like to have seen the uncle get his just desserts.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Abby Cooper, Psychic Eye: Psychic Eye Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Victoria Laurie
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Michaels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1662)
    Performance
    (1313)
    Story
    (1305)

    Abby Cooper is a P.I., psychic intuitive. But her insight failed her when she didn't foresee the death of one of her clients - or that the lead investigator for the case is the gorgeous blind date she just met. Now, with the police suspicious of her abilities and a killer on the loose, Abby's future looks more uncertain than ever.

    Roger says: "review of Abby Cooper series"
    "Loved Loved Loved"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I really enjoyed the relationship play between Abby and Dutch. I thought the dialogue was pretty on target. I got a kick out of the light hearted way the author would let you into the psychic mind of Abby. I loved the way the mystery unfolded bit by bit around the discovery of clues which weren't that hard to remember from one chapter to the next. It was just a nice easy listen. Can't wait to listen to the next book in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Back on Murder: A Roland March Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By J. Mark Bertrand
    • Narrated By Mel Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (99)

    Houston homicide detective Roland March was once one of the best. Now he's disillusioned, cynical, and on his way out. His superiors farm him out on a variety of punishment details until an unexpected break gives March one last chance to save his career. And his humanity. All he has to do? Find the missing teenage daughter of a Houston evangelist that every cop in town is already looking for. But March has an inside track: a multiple murder nobody else thinks is connected. Battling a new partner, an old nemesis, and the demons of his past, getting to the truth could cost March everything.

    Thomas Allen says: "Great murder mystery, but why all the preaching?"
    "A LITERARY AUTOPSY"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Lots of characters. Sometimes it was hard to remember how each character was related to the very integrate and lengthy story line. But in all fairness I'm new to the mystery genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2965)
    Performance
    (2659)
    Story
    (2666)

    Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.... Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle.

    Staaj says: "Surpised by how much I enjoyed it"
    "10 HOURS OF ?????"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Most stories are resolved by the end of listening for this amount of time. Then in the sequels they develop other characters with references and story lines linked to original characters. Cinder leaves the listener in the lurch. Don't start then you won't have worry about finishing. Yuck!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kill 'Em with Cayenne

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Gail Oust
    • Narrated By Tara Ochs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Spices are flying off the shelves of Spice It Up!, and Piper Prescott couldn’t be happier. It's that time of year again - time for the annual Brandywine Creek Barbecue Festival. Soon contestants and BBQ aficionados from all over the Southeast will converge on the town. Many of Brandywine Creek's citizens plan to participate in the week-long festivities and are busily concocting savory rubs and sassy sauces. Among the locals vying for the grand prize are Becca Dapkins and Maybelle Humphries.

    Robbin B. Williams says: "Enjoyed the story and narration!"
    "Hum Hum Good!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Enjoyed the flavor from being to end. It was an easy listen. It had the spice of surprise, the tantalizing herbs of romance and the well rounded aroma of a southern community.
    Will definitely come back for a second helping.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Secrets of a Summer Night: The Wallflowers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1612)
    Performance
    (965)
    Story
    (976)

    Annabelle Peyton, determined to save her family from disaster, decides to use her beauty and wit to tempt a suitable nobleman into making an offer of marriage. But Annabelle’s most intriguing — and persistent — admirer, wealthy, powerful Simon Hunt, has made it clear that while he will introduce her to irresistible pleasure he will not offer marriage. Annabelle is determined to resist his unthinkable proposition…but it is impossible in the face of such skillful seduction.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Love the Wallflowers"
    "WONDERFUL!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Secrets of a Summer Night the most enjoyable?

    I read the entire series. It was wonderful the way references were made to the characters from the previous books.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Secrets of a Summer Night?

    When Daisy tried to make Matthew jealous. Then she realized she was bored to tears with the Lord she had enlisted to help her with her scheme.


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

    Wonderful, Wonderful, Wonderful.


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

    Yes, but I didn't want it to end, so I slowed the process down.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hellion and the Highlander

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Lynsay Sands
    • Narrated By Marianna Palka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (447)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (262)

    Lady Averill Mortagne learned to control her fierce temper as a young girl. But if her father insists on parading her before one more English lord who looks askance at her flame-colored hair, she'll simply scream! Her only respite is the time she spends with Kade Stewart, the wounded Scot her brother brought home from the Crusades. Who could have imagined a Highland warrior would be the only gentleman around?

    Candyce says: "Another great one by Lynsay Sands"
    "Yuch!!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    No one


    What could Lynsay Sands have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Chosen a different narrator


    How could the performance have been better?

    Narrator needs work on dialectic and differentiation between characters.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't get through the first 10 minutes of the book because the narrator was so irritating.
    Part of the reason I listen to historical romances is because the when the narrator uses the dialect and accents from the specific country. When it is done correctly the narrator transports the listener back to the time and period the book is set in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Marriage Spell

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Mary Jo Putney
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (52)

    Jack Langdon has always suppressed his talent for sorcery. But his marriage to Abigail, a skilled wizard, ignites his passion and opens doorways he never imagined.

    Gurmukh says: "A Light Read"
    "Pleased as Punch"
    Overall

    Loved it. Give me more. The characters were developed. The dialog was not redundant. I was sorry when it was finished. I enjoyed the mixture of magic and romance, with the historical setting.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Scandal of the Season

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Sophie Gee
    • Narrated By Cameron Stewart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    The young aspiring poet Alexander Pope crosses paths with the coquettish Arabella and man-about-town Lord Petre at a masquerade ball. It's 1711, and the fashionable citizens of London, weary of recent political and social upheaval, are intent on simply pursuing enjoyment. But society in general is not accepting of any attraction that can't restrain itself behind at least a veneer of respectability, and Arabella and Lord Petre's intense attraction is both unacceptable and dangerous.

    Catherine says: "Misery"
    "Misery"
    Overall

    I usually love historical romances. This one actually put me to sleep. I didn't bother to finish it. Don't waste you time or your credits. It was slow moving and uninspiring. If I could I wouldn't give it a star.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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