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Wendy

Bookstore hobby-jobber, mom, gardener and former copywriter. Eclectic taste in books and audits.

United States | Member Since 2012

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  • All I Need Is You: An Over the Edge Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Julia London
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (127)
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    (121)
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    (121)

    Behind Eli McCain’s Texas drawl lies an extreme sports lover, a former Hollywood stuntman…and a broken heart. Left at the altar a year ago, he’s not happy when Thrillseekers Anonymous, the extreme sports club he cofounded, gets into the celebrity wedding business. Especially since Marnie Banks, the wedding coordinator with the stunning smile and sexy curves, never stops talking. Marnie, meanwhile, hopes planning an A-list celebrity wedding will be her ticket to success. If only her glamorous clients weren’t constantly throwing outrageous demands at her. And if only Eli wasn’t so guarded - and so jaw-droppingly handsome.

    Kristin says: "Nice listen."
    "Light and realistically contemporary"
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    Would you listen to All I Need Is You again? Why?

    I'd listen again because the characters were so darn like able and because I love Renee Raudman's narration.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Marnie. Like all of us, she's had tough times. Not traumatic but challenging. But she still believes in people and opportunities and she's not going to give up on her dream of being a wedding planner because the situation isn't made-to-order.


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

    Renee is the bomb with vocal characterization.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm looking forward to the next installment of Thrillseekers.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Professional: Part 1: The Game Maker, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Kimberly Alexis
    Overall
    (427)
    Performance
    (399)
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    (401)

    Mafiya enforcer Aleksandr "The Siberian" Sevastyan’s loyalty to his boss is unwavering, until he meets the boss’s long-lost daughter, a curvy, tantalizing redhead who haunts his mind and heats his blood like no other. Ordered to protect her, Sevastyan will do anything to possess her as well - on his own wicked terms. PhD student Natalie Porter had barely recovered from her first sight of the breathtakingly gorgeous Sevastyan before the professional hit man whisks her away to Russia, thrusting her into a world of extreme wealth and wanton pleasures.

    Marian says: "Serial series = more expensive audiobook"
    "Another great author bites the publishing formula"
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    Don't get me wrong - I love KC's writing and the worlds she creates. I work in an Indie bookstore and prop the Arcana Chronicles like the paranormal floozy I am. But, honestly, looking at the publishing schedule and the length of the books, we know the trilogy could be wrapped into one delicious read. But the math works like this: one $20+ audiobook discounted to under $10 in less than a year. Or 3 audios released over two months with the discounted price netting almost $15.
    It's only her recent books that have pushed the $16 to $20 mark and we all try use credits on those. No way would we waste a credit on $4.61 audio. So all the middlemen are making more money at the expense of the consumer and the needy characters who want their story completed in one book.
    Will I buy the rest of the series? Absofloozy! But I tend to shy away from overt marketing ploys with other books and have written KC about my concerns with this series. Maybe she'll tell the gurus she was nucking futs to agree to this capitalization and it won't happen again.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Mystery Man

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Kate Russell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (845)
    Performance
    (802)
    Story
    (805)

    Gwendolyn Kidd has met the man of her dreams. He's hot, he's sexy, and what started as a no-names-exchanged night of passion has blossomed into a year and a half-long pleasure fest. Sure, it's a little strange that he only appears in her bed at night, but Gwen is so sure he's the one, she just can't turn him away…. Hawk Delgado knows more about Gwen than she could ever imagine. She's gorgeous, headstrong, and skittish about relationships. But Hawk is facing his own demons, demons that keep him from connecting with anyone.

    Angela says: "Fan-freakin-tastic!!!!!"
    "Suspense and romance"
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    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book because it MOVED. Listeners weren't subjected to long internal dialogues or angsty navel-gazing. Right from the start we're treated to action, quality character contact and suspense. Priced right to purchase or use a credit on. You'll be hooked on this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Highland Surrender

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Tracy Brogan
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (792)
    Performance
    (727)
    Story
    (727)

    Defiant Highland beauty Fiona Sinclair is shocked by her brothers’ treachery. To seal a fragile truce, they have traded her hand in marriage to their sworn enemy, a man she has never met, a man she was raised to despise. With no choice but to wed, Fiona makes her own private vow: Though she may sacrifice her freedom, she will never surrender her heart. Commanded into marriage by the king, Myles Campbell is no more willing than his reluctant bride. Still, she is a rare beauty, passionate enough to warm even the coldest marriage bed.

    Karen says: "I couldn't stop listening!"
    "Sloooooow"
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    Any additional comments?

    Sophomoric narration and a really plodding storyline make this a good book to type to. In other words, rather than escaping with a good book, you want to find shelter from it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Surrender to the Devil

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lorraine Heath
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (518)
    Performance
    (466)
    Story
    (472)

    Frannie Darling was once a child of London's roughest streets, surrounded by petty thieves, pickpockets, and worse. But though she survived this harsh upbringing to become a woman of incomparable beauty, Frannie wants nothing to do with the men who lust for her, the rogues who frequent the gaming hall where she works. She can take care of herself and feels perfectly safe on her own-safe, that is, until he strides into her world, and once again it becomes a very dangerous place indeed.

    ~~DARA~~ says: "Very Sweet Continuation"
    "Sadly lacking"
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    Any additional comments?

    The story had promise as we follow Franny Darling's life. However, the plot plodded with altogether too much angst and too little progression. I suffered through 2/3 of the book before deciding I was bored, frustrated and unable to continue to listen. A complete disappointment since I liked the first books in the series.
    Normally, I love Susan Ericksen's narration but this one was poorly edited with character switches and conversations blurry. It also matched the the sloooow plot but could not be corrected by speeding up the recording.
    Save your money and credits - and teeth gritting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Edge of Never

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By J. A. Redmerski
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    Overall
    (489)
    Performance
    (447)
    Story
    (451)

    Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett thought she knew exactly where her life was going. But after a wild night at the hottest club in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, she shocks everyone - including herself - when she decides to leave the only life she's ever known and set out on her own. Grabbing her purse and her cell phone, Camryn boards a Greyhound bus ready to find herself. Instead, she finds Andrew Parrish.

    Lori says: "I couldn't finish it"
    "Surprised"
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    Any additional comments?

    I bought this on a whim and was so pleasantly shocked by how much I enjoyed the story. Not a typical HEA but a story with real character development and discovery. It's the story of how we all want fall in love. With quality time on a bus (plane, box, confined space :-), an adventure and the chance at a future together. Major twist at the end notwithstanding. Worth a credit.
    PS: this novel was satisfying and concluded beautifully. I'm a little disappointed to see this story continue as I'm anti- trilogy now.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • This Man: This Man Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jodi Ellen Malpas
    • Narrated By Edita Brychta
    Overall
    (826)
    Performance
    (772)
    Story
    (776)

    Young interior designer Ava O'Shea has no idea what awaits her at the Manor. A run-of-the-mill consultation with a stodgy country gent seems likely, but what Ava finds instead is Jesse Ward - a devastatingly handsome, utterly confident, pleasure-seeking playboy who knows no boundaries. Ava doesn't want to be attracted to this man, and yet she can't control the overwhelming desire that he stirs in her. She knows that her heart will never survive him and her instinct is telling her to run, but Jesse is not willing to let her go. He wants her and is determined to have her.

    Katheryne says: "Wash. Rinse. Repeat."
    "Ish"
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    I loved the Brit-wit in this book but was appalled that this wasn't a stand-alone book. A decent editor and a savvy publisher would've distilled a worthy story into one book instead of three! What happened to choosing the value of a a great story into a great bottom line? The amazon reviews saved me from installment 2 and 3. Again, they suffer a lack of a critical eye. I am done with overwritten trilogies and E.L. Wannabes! Every employee at Random House (shipping, janitors) received a $5,000 bonus at year end 2012 because of the success of 50 shades. A formula was born and we, the readers, are paying for it literally and figuratively. This is not fine art.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Angels' Flight

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Nalini Singh
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (247)

    Warrior angels, vampire hunters, and angels gone bad heat up this altogether sizzling paranormal alternate universe. This anthology of novellas features Angels' Wolf, Angels' Judgment, Angels' Pawn, and the never-before-published Angels' Dance.

    CAROLYN says: "Couldn't wait to get this, but wish I had !!"
    "Disappointing"
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    Any additional comments?

    I'm only into the second novella and am, frankly, bored. I agree this should be termed a prequel to the series. While some stories add depth for future novels, some backtrack to tell stories where you already know the outcome, eliminating any suspense or urgency. My advice: wait for the next novel.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Prince of Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (386)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (355)

    He was once a legendary highwayman. Now he's a recluse in a ruined French castle, with only a half-wild wolf for a companion. When Lady Leigh Strachan comes looking for a man to aid in her revenge, she's disillusioned to find that the famed Prince of Midnight couldn't help even if he cared to - which he doesn't. S. T. Maitland wants nothing to do with his legend, or with this fierce, beautiful, broken woman... until the old thrill of living on the cutting edge of danger begins to rise in his blood again.

    Robbie says: "Imagine My Joy!"
    "Epic and unexpected"
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    Would you listen to The Prince of Midnight again? Why?

    Absolutely. The characters are fractured souls who do not miraculously overcome their emotional trauma and have endless orgasms. They try, they fail, they win and still can't find happily ever after. They both have to work for love and health and happiness.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That characters actually ate - or not - the cuisine du jour of the region and period. Garlic soup. Shudder!


    What about Nicholas Boulton’s performance did you like?

    French accent, ability to perform female voices without making them out to be brittle or overly emotional


    Any additional comments?

    Very credit worthy. I like long books that allow the storyline to be fleshed out and details drawn out. This story does this exceptionally well.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Do Not Disturb

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Tilly Bagshawe
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Hotel heiress Honor Palmer dreams of revitalizing the faded Palmers Hotel into the glamorous Hamptons hot spot it once was. When she inherits the property, she finally has her chance. But she’ll have to deal with a greedy stepmother after her trust fund, a celebutante sister spending money faster than you can say AmEx, and a chic new hotel opening down the street - owned by evil tycoon Anton Tisch and run by a hot young playboy who’s got ambitions of his own.…

    Kelly says: "NOT A ROMANCE!!!!!!!!"
    "This is not your Mother's romance - thankfully"
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    Where does Do Not Disturb rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 25 percent


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved the development of Lucas and Honor. Moving beyond childhood dysfunction, ingrained assumptions and learning from mistakes makes them more likeable as the story progresses.


    Any additional comments?

    I was a little disconcerted by one reviewer's animosity about infidelity in the book and claiming it's not a romance. It is a complex story with a megalomaniac and a really well developed storyline. The sexy business is appropriate and a lot closer to the nonfiction world we live in than the Insta-love that often shows up in romance novels. This is the Big Girls version of love. I loved the length of the story and liken the intricate story to those written by Sandra Brown.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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