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Kimberly

ANN ARBOR, MI, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Highland Warrior: Clan Campbell, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Monica McCarty
    • Narrated By Roger Hampton
    Overall
    (326)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (291)

    The ruthless enforcer of Scotland's most powerful clan, Jamie Campbell will use any means necessary to vanquish lawlessness and unrest among the feuding Highland clans. Seduction is a game as easily played as subterfuge, but when Jamie poses as a suitor to a rival clan's daughter in order to expose treason, the line between duty and pleasure is suddenly blurred.

    CAROLYN says: "Great start to a great series."
    "Yum! Katrina chose well!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Highland Warrior to be better than the print version?

    For sure! Narrator was great!


    What other book might you compare Highland Warrior to and why?

    Hard to compare, because it was so good! I wish I could be guaranteed a read (listen) this good every time!!


    Have you listened to any of Roger Hampton???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He's always good...but the excellent story and characters make it all come together!


    Any additional comments?

    Best use of a credit, ever!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Bargain

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Mary Jo Putney
    • Narrated By Emma Newman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (121)

    Forced to wed to keep her inheritance, independent Lady Jocelyn Kendal finds an outrageous solution: she proposes marriage to Major David Lancaster, an officer dying from his Waterloo wounds. In return for making her his wife, she will provide for his governess sister. But after the bargain is struck and the marriage is made, the major makes a shocking, miraculous recovery.

    April says: "A Classic Worth Your Time"
    "Not much going on here"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    More plot, more action


    What could Mary Jo Putney have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Something more than two people falling in love needs to happen.


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

    I have not but the narration was good -not at all the problem.


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

    Boredom and frustration.


    Any additional comments?

    If all you need from a romance is two people falling in love, you will enjoy this book. If you need action, surprises, originality, this is not the story for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Iron Duke

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Meljean Brook
    • Narrated By Faye Adele
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (155)

    After the Iron Duke freed England from Horde control, he instantly became a national hero. Now Rhys Trahaearn has built a merchant empire on the power-and fear-of his name. And when a dead body is dropped from an airship onto his doorstep, bringing Detective Inspector Mina Wentworth into his dangerous world, he intends to make her his next possession. But when Mina uncovers the victim's identity, she stumbles upon a conspiracy that threatens the lives of everyone in England.

    Marcheta says: "First steampunk book for me"
    "Confusing steampunk novel"
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    Would you try another book from Meljean Brook and/or Faye Adele?

    Not from the author but the narration was good.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something less sci-if, more romantic.


    What about Faye Adele’s performance did you like?

    The voices and inflections were distinct. Good job.


    What character would you cut from The Iron Duke?

    Characterization was not the problem. I didn't realize this was steampunk. Confusing and distracting....all the bugs and technology


    Any additional comments?

    This novel needs to be labeled better in terms of genre

    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
    (150)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (144)

    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!"
    "Yummy!"
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    Would you listen to The Untamed Mackenzie again? Why?

    YES! Refreshingly unique characters. Some twists…didn't see everything coming from a mile away. I like that!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Untamed Mackenzie?

    The "medical" exam.


    Which character – as performed by Angela Dawe – was your favorite?

    The male lead was wounded but tough…his voice reflected that.


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

    Yes! It's that way with a good book.


    Any additional comments?

    More like this!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Never Trust a Pirate: Scandal at the House of Russell, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Anne Stuart
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (115)

    Madeleine Russell counted on making a splendid match. Instead, a devastating family scandal left her orphaned and penniless...and determined to uncover the villain who disgraced and killed her father. The beautiful, quick-witted Maddy disguises herself as a household servant, vowing to work in her prime suspect’s house and learn the truth. But the closer she gets to the man who may have ruined her family, the more she feels drawn in by his wicked reputation.

    Rosemary says: "The 2nd book in the series as good as the 1st!"
    "Returning it. Deja Vu! Recycled plot!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    NOT if they read the first book. It's a recycled plot!! Daughter poses as a maid, to find the "truth" about her father, Home is equipped with a (soon to be) laughably shallow Lady of the House…who hates the daughter/maid. Conflicted daughter seduced. Seduced daughter near-victim of murder. Everything is the same, except for the sodomy references, which I could have done without!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Never Trust a Pirate?

    I appreciated the demise of the villain NOT coming at the hands of the male lead…same as the first book.


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

    Already did…when I listened to the first book.


    Any additional comments?

    XE is great, but I am annoyed at having, essentially, purchased the same book twice. Stuart is good….but it's time to come up with something fresh. One daughter to go. PLEASE make book 3 something refreshing. Please.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Kiss a Rake

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Anne Stuart
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (172)

    Bryony Russell and her two sisters are left destitute by the disgrace and unexpected death of their father, a wealthy shipping magnate. He left a cryptic note, and Bryony is determined to find the real villain and clear her father’s name. In disguise as a servant, Bryony infiltrates the home her of father’s business partner to find proof of his guilt...or innocence. It’s not just clues that Bryony finds, but temptation too.... Adrian Bruton, Earl of Kilmartyn, immediately suspects there is something not quite right about his new housekeeper.

    Harry_ATL says: "Excellent performance!"
    "Compelling characters, refreshing plot & narration"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would, but it's a little edgy so I would keep that in mind. A young friend, I think.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The male lead was the best. The female lead was quite frustratingly naive. The male lead was a little disturbing!…but in a compelling way.


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

    Voices are superb!…but I would like her slow down just a bit. Felt a little rushed.


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

    The warehouse scene.


    Any additional comments?

    More XE please, just need her to slow down a bit. More from this author as well!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • No Good Duke Goes Unpunished: The Third Rule of Scoundrels

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Sarah MacLean
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (147)

    He is the Killer Duke, accused of murdering Mara Lowe on the eve of her wedding. With no memory of that fateful night, Temple has reigned over the darkest of London's corners for twelve years, wealthy and powerful, but beyond redemption. Until one night, Mara resurfaces, offering the one thing he's dreamed of . . . absolution.

    Gale Ann says: "Fallen Angels WOW!"
    "Refreshing Plot! Risky character development."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of No Good Duke Goes Unpunished to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version but Landor does such a great job, I'd bet the audio is better!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of No Good Duke Goes Unpunished?

    When the heroine approaches Temple in the streets at night.


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

    Very consistent. Good stuff! Male voices are not much differentiated among the minor characters, though….except for children.


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

    All moments when the characters were torn between current attraction and past resentment.


    Any additional comments?

    I might have liked the heroine's reason for tricking Temple to be justified/explained a little sooner. It was hard to like her…what she had done seemed unforgivable and an indication that she was not a good person.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Seduction of Elliot McBride

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (249)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (234)

    USA Today best-selling author and RITA Award winner Jennifer Ashley pens heart-pounding tales that keep listeners spellbound with torrid romance and finely crafted intrigue. Juliana St. John faces the ultimate mortification when she's stood up on her wedding day. But then fate places her face-to-face with her first love, Elliot McBride, and she finds herself falling for her half-mad former paramour.

    CAROLYN says: "5 STARS - 5 WORDS LOVED LOVED LOVED THIS BOOK"
    "Sweet story.Ashley knows her stuff!"
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    Would you listen to The Seduction of Elliot McBride again? Why?

    The story was believable, compelling, and interesting. The characters were likable and sympathetic.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Seduction of Elliot McBride?

    When the main characters first arrived at the estate. The author did a good job of using the house as a metaphor for Elliot's mental state.


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

    Dawe is very consistently good. What a talent! I feel that I am watching a film as opposed to simply listening to a book.


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

    Several moments of Elliot's vulnerability. The author does an EXCELLENT job of making Elliot human without making him wimpy or a liability for the female character. I think this is tricky, but she pulls it off!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lessons of Desire

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Madeline Hunter
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Best-selling author Madeline Hunter stokes the fires with this sinfully delicious tale of an unjustly imprisoned woman and her savior. When publisher Phaedra Blair is released from confinement, she has Lord Elliot Rothwell to thank. But she soon learns Rothwell's ulterior motive - to prevent her from publishing a manuscript that would scandalize his family. Yet Phaedra doesn't mind playing Rothwell's erotic games - and she is every bit his match.

    Rebeka says: "Not Worth the Credit"
    "Struggling to get through the first half!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narration is cold and haughty. It's difficult to distinguish the characters from the aloofness and unemotional tone of the narration. Mostly I feel like the characters are unlikable.


    Would you recommend Lessons of Desire to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. I will finish it because I paid for it, but I mostly use the book to fall asleep. Sounds rude, but it is absolutely true.


    What didn’t you like about Jill Tanner’s performance?

    She is emotionless. Her narration causes the characters to come off as emotionless and unlikable. I cannot cheer for them or even like them. They seem to have no pathos.


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

    No. I don't care about the objectives of the characters. The seduction scenes are so cold that I cannot believe that anything meaningful exists between the characters other than calculated manipulation.


    Any additional comments?

    I will not take another chance on this author or narrator because I cannot tell if the problem is with one, the other, or both.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Thorn & the Thistle

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Julie Moffett
    • Narrated By Cynthia Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Scotland, 1751: The MacLeods are a strong clan, united with their fellow Scots to resist English rule. But when their leader, the Black Wolf, is struck down in battle, it is up to his daughter to keep the rebellion alive. Megan knows she must act quickly or risk losing the fight for their ancestral lands. Desperate, she secretly assumes the Black Wolf's mantle, fooling their enemies into thinking he's still alive. If she can keep going for a bit longer, the clan's future will be secure.…

    Lady M says: "An Engaging Story!"
    "Character development and plot better than the sex"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The narrator is excellent, the plot is engaging, the character development brings the story to life and the romantic relationship is engaging and sweet.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The voices and the plot. I was engaged the whole time.


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

    Voices with real personality and distinction. Excellent accents (except for the German one, maybe).


    Any additional comments?

    The sex scene was terribly disappointing. I think the author should either skip sex scenes or make them enticing. Painful virginal sex with minimal foreplay is not what women want to read!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen Greenblatt
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (848)
    Performance
    (726)
    Story
    (722)

    Nearly six hundred years ago, a short, genial, cannily alert man in his late 30s took a very old manuscript off a library shelf, saw with excitement what he had discovered, and ordered that it be copied. That book was the last surviving manuscript of an ancient Roman philosophical epic by Lucretius—a beautiful poem containing the most dangerous ideas: that the universe functioned without the aid of gods, that religious fear was damaging to human life, and that matter was made up of very small particles.

    Ethan M. says: "Very compelling history, a less compelling thesis"
    "Nobody writes likes Greenblatt!"
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    Would you listen to The Swerve again? Why?

    Yes, and I will. His thoughts are complex but one can follow.


    What other book might you compare The Swerve to and why?

    I really don't think there is a comparable book....perhaps Haidt.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There are not scenes in this book, really.


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

    No. It's a little dense for one sitting, but I would gladly listen to it repeatedly.


    Any additional comments?

    More from Greenblatt. Students and scholars benefit greatly from his writings!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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