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Bonnie

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Bellmore, NY, United States | Member Since 2001

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  • Medicus: A Novel of the Roman Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Ruth Downie
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (866)
    Performance
    (448)
    Story
    (449)

    Gaius Petrius Ruso is a divorced and down-on-his-luck army doctor who has made the rash decision to seek his fortune in an inclement outpost of the Roman Empire, namely Britannia. After a 36-hour shift at the army hospital, he succumbs to a moment of weakness and rescues an injured slave girl, Tilla, from the hands of her abusive owner. And before he knows it, Ruso is caught in the middle of an investigation into the deaths of prostitutes working out of the local bar.

    Lehua says: "Took Me by Surprise"
    "An enjoyable surprise"
    Overall

    I didn't expect much, but soon found I was looking forward to what would happen next. Fun with a twist.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Easy Pickings: A Jane Yellowrock/Walker Papers Crossover

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter, C. E. Murphy
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam, Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    Welcome to the crossover event fans have been waiting for: Joanne Walker and Jane Yellowrock meet in a world not quite like either of their own, where they must find and defeat the magic that brought them there - or they just might find themselves...easy pickings!

    April says: "Excellent,two of my favorite kick ass women togeth"
    "Impressed with this crossover"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very much so. I am not a big follower of the Joann Walker series, although I've listened to approximately three of the books. I have listened to all the Jane Yellowrock series and together they made a really good team in this story. I know I'll listen to again....


    What did you like best about this story?

    How the two women found each other and recognized the power that each had. How they knew how to work together so beautifully even though they had never seen or heard of each other before that day.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene in the beginning of the book where Jane and Jo come across a daemon, and Jane turns to her Beast and kills it. Jo finds that she can talk to Beast in her mind and to Jane. They come to an understanding that at some points are quite amusing.


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

    Jane and Jo meet a god


    Any additional comments?

    I would love to see more like this, short novellas that have a beginning and an end. Not making it a series, but knowing the characters and what who they are and not sure how they would interact was really enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Poison Promise: Elemental Assassin, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jennifer Estep
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (229)

    Gin Blanco is hard-nosed, sexy, and lethal. Nicknamed "The Spider," she's a stone elemental assassin who brings her unique mix of magic and tact to every assignment, no matter the target. There's a new drug on the streets of Ashland, and its name "Burn" sums up the potent effect it has on its users. When one of her restaurant employees is threatened by dealers of the drug, Gin steps in to set things straight…

    Hassan says: "Don't Annoy The Spider!!"
    "So far the best in this series"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I've followed this series since it started. Some of the books were kind of weak, and I didn't enjoy. Out of the 11, I returned two because the story line annoyed me, and I thought Gin was made to look stupid. This one was really good. Had many twists and turns and showed Gin's growth as a person and maybe it makes her weaker because she cares so much about those close to her, but it makes her stronger because of the bond she feels. I really think this was the best in the series so far.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gin of course. The way she interacts with her friends and relations, her growth and strength from learning to care and go the extra mile for the sake of being true to her feelings, and for what is right. (However she's still not afraid to kick some butt to show that she's still has it)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were several, but the best was at the end when she meets the daughter of her nemesis M. Monroe.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to how Jennifer Estep will continue this story with this new group of villains, who are all related to Gin's past. They seem to be stronger and more powerful than the old ones, and I'm afraid that some of the people Gin knows will be eliminated in the next few installments. It was promised in this one and the only way to continue the story would be to make it happen. Who will be eliminated, or tortured by Gin's enemies? We'll have to wait and see.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Festive in Death: In Death, Book 39

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (185)

    Personal trainer Trey Ziegler was in peak physical condition. If you didn't count the kitchen knife in his well-toned chest. Lieutenant Eve Dallas soon discovers a lineup of women who'd been loved and left by the narcissistic gym rat. While Dallas sorts through the list of Ziegler's enemies, she's also dealing with her Christmas shopping list - plus the guest list for her and her billionaire husband's upcoming holiday bash.

    Bookworm says: "Better than the last several In Death books"
    "Eve is maturing and so is the series"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Festive in Death to be better than the print version?

    Never read any of the print versions, only audio.


    What other book might you compare Festive in Death to and why?

    Since this is a series, I can only say each of the characters, especially Eve, has grown and matured in many ways since the start of this series. Since this is book number 39, a lot of situations and characters have had many things happen.


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

    Susan Ericksen is the voice of the "In Death" series. I can't imagine any other narrator doing this series. I've enjoyed every one of her narrations in this series. This was one of the best stories in my opinion. Touched on many issues with Eve's past (as always) since she had such a horrid childhood, which made her the "Cop" she is now.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope that the characters continue to mature and grow as they have. Truly this book was one of my favorites in this series. Thank you Nora Roberts, aka J.D. Robb

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Secured Undercover: Secured Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 39 mins)
    • By Charity Parkerson
    • Narrated By Hollie Jackson
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Fashion Designer Flower Calloway's next big show could make her famous all over the world. However, when she meets the sexy security team who's in charge of keeping the high-dollar fashion safe, she ends up uncovering a few secrets that could break her heart.

    Bonnie says: "Fast paced love story with a real twist."
    "Fast paced love story with a real twist."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Secured Undercover to be better than the print version?

    Never saw print


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Secured Undercover?

    Besides the ending which I won't blow for those who haven't listened. In the start of the book a delivery boy brings flowers to Flower, and he asks her for her phone number. She realizes he's hitting on her and she say's I have bra's that are older than you. I laughed so hard. Some funny moment and some touching ones.


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

    I've listened to Hollie Jackson narrate several books and I think she's great.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great short book that really was enjoyable. I plan on getting more books by this author.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shattered: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2386)
    Performance
    (2260)
    Story
    (2259)

    For nearly 2,000 years, only one Druid has walked the Earth - Atticus O’Sullivan, the Iron Druid, whose sharp wit and sharp sword have kept him alive as he’s been pursued by a pantheon of hostile deities. Now he’s got company. Atticus’ apprentice, Granuaile, is at last a full Druid herself. What’s more, Atticus has defrosted an archdruid long ago frozen in time, a father figure (of sorts) who now goes by the modern equivalent of his old Irish name: Owen Kennedy. And Owen has some catching up to do.

    D says: "The third druid"
    "Keeps getting better"
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    What did you love best about Shattered?

    Brought in new character, loved the old guy trying to get used to 2000 years of progress in just a few weeks.....but he's a druid, so it flies. People were complaining about too many characters to follow. I had no problem. The story was twisted and in the end you find out some things that I guess will take us into the next book. But it was pretty awesome


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Always love Oboron the dog. He keeps everything real. REALLY.


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

    Yes, I love his narrations, he does voices and emotions wonderfully. One of my favorites is "600 hours of Edward" When I see him as narrator I always check out what the book is about.


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

    Actually I did it was the 4th weekend and I listened straight through with a few breaks for food and other breaks. Didn't want to let go until I knew what would happen.


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the next book and I hope Luke Daniels Narrates that as well he's wonderful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Better Homes and Hauntings

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1100)
    Performance
    (1038)
    Story
    (1044)

    When Nina Linden is hired to landscape a private island off the New England coast, she sees it as her chance to rebuild her failing business after being cheated by her unscrupulous ex. She never expects that her new client, software mogul Deacon Whitney, would see more in her than just a talented gardener. Deacon has paid top dollar to the crews he’s hired to renovate the desolate Whitney estate - he had to, because the bumps, thumps, and unexplained sightings of ghostly figures in 19th-century dress are driving workers away faster than he can say “Boo.”

    Amazon Customer says: "Disappointing"
    "Harper and Ronconi together again"
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    If you could sum up Better Homes and Hauntings in three words, what would they be?

    Amazing character grouping


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved all the main characters but Nina really was my favorite because she became stronger as the story progressed, wanting to help other characters, and realizing her strengths


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

    Amanda Ronconi is amazing, She did all the characters really great, sometimes I think she does the villeins too well.


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

    I did, I stayed up until it got to the very end. Couldn't help myself, I'm hooked on Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to see what Molly Harper comes up with next. She's great with supernatural stories, and she really makes you laugh out loud at some of the situations.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • FREE Better Homes and Hauntings: Chapters 1 and 2

    • UNABRIDGED (52 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (143)

    When Nina Linden is hired to landscape a private island off the New England coast, she sees it as her chance to rebuild her failing business after being cheated by her unscrupulous ex. She never expects that her new client, software mogul Deacon Whitney, would see more in her than just a talented gardener. Deacon has paid top dollar to the crews he’s hired to renovate the desolate Whitney estate - he had to, because the bumps, thumps, and unexplained sightings of ghostly figures in 19th-century dress are driving workers away faster than he can say “Boo”.

    AudioAddict says: "Okay, but not good enough to buy the book"
    "Free Sample Harper & Ronconi ARE BACK!"
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    Where does FREE Better Homes and Hauntings: Chapters 1 and 2 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Made me itchy for the rest of the book to come out. I love Molly Harper, her writing is usually so funny I'm laughing out loud, and with audio books that can be disturbing. (especially the strange looks you get at the park)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of FREE Better Homes and Hauntings: Chapters 1 and 2?

    When chapter two ended I couldn't believe almost an hour had gone buy. I have in my wish list to purchase as soon as it becomes available.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    So far at the end of chapter inventing a drinking game, you have to hear in in Ronconi's voices.


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

    Molly Harper and Amanda Ronconi seem to hit the nail on the head every time. Harper's words and Ronconi's narrations. I've heard Amanda Ronconi do other narrations and she's fabulous with all her work. I always look for certain narrators when new books are available. Ms Ronconi is one of my favorites.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm straining at the bit for this book........Don't know what else to say.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Naoki Higashida
    • Narrated By Tom Picasso
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (680)
    Performance
    (606)
    Story
    (608)

    Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, The Reason I Jumpis a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic loved one at last have a way to break through to the curious, subtle, and complex life within.

    Janice says: "Cracking the code"
    "Really good until the last two chapters"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes, the last chapter really totally took the subject of autism out of the contexts of this book. Really disappointing, if indeed written by a thirteen year old who wanted to add a religious aspect to his feelings then maybe, but it just made me feel totally annoyed


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

    It totally had nothing to do with Autism. As an Atheist, this was something that totally was added for effect. (whether it was done for effect or for emotion) it totally turned me off


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed all of the book up until the last two chapters. It talked about autism, from the point of the person who has autism. (As a person gets older, with the help of teachers and family with lots of patients some one with autism can learn) I recently read "600 hours with Edward" developmentally disabled adult with OCD. Even though he was high functioning adult with Asperger syndrome, and OCD. and it was fiction, I got a lot out of it and I think others would as well


    Could you see The Reason I Jump being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No, It would be too demanding, maybe a movie if they left the last two chapters out.


    Any additional comments?

    When writing about a disorder, especially from the patients point of view, I had no clue of this persons views on religion, and why they put it in the last two chapters was beyond me. Other than that, avoid the last two chapters and enjoy this book it's well read and truly expresses what it's like to be a prisoner of autism

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 600 Hours of Edward

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Craig Lancaster
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (800)
    Performance
    (737)
    Story
    (738)

    A 39-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, Edward Stanton lives alone on a rigid schedule in the Montana town where he grew up. His carefully constructed routine includes tracking his most common waking time (7:38 a.m.), refusing to start his therapy sessions even a minute before the appointed hour (10:00 a.m.), and watching one episode of the 1960s cop show Dragnet each night (10:00 p.m.). But when a single mother and her nine-year-old son move in across the street, Edward’s timetable comes undone....

    Lulu says: "A Very Good Book with a Very Difficult Hero"
    "Important story about developmental disabilities"
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    If you could sum up 600 Hours of Edward in three words, what would they be?

    Emotionally, Eye-opening, and informative.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved that Edward was able to learn, with the help of his therapist and things hat happened in his life to step into becoming stronger for himself.


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

    Yes, and he does a wonderful job with all the voices and emotions of all characters. Both women and men. Very talented narrator


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

    Not all disabilities are visible, and those that aren't are sometimes the hardest to overcome.


    Any additional comments?

    This story really gave you a perspective of what it's live to be an adult with social dysfunctions and OCD. (And from what I understand Edward was mildly dysfunctional, because he was able to live on his own and take care of himself) This was a touching and entertaining story that you'll want to listen to in one sitting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • B Is for Bondage: Erotic Alphabet

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Alison Tyler
    • Narrated By Hollie Jackson
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    From Amour to Zippers, this alphabetical extravaganza of erotic delights features 26 hot volumes of explicit, playful stories. A simple leather strap, a shiny pair of handcuffs, a delicate silk scarf, a lover who takes charge. Here Alison Tyler gathers playful fantasies of sexual control and erotic restraint. Featuring such popular erotica writers as Shanna Germain, Mathilde Madden, and Teresa Noelle Roberts, B Is for Bondage is luscious, naughty, and infinitely sexy.

    Rebecca says: "Honeyed voice, steel-bound stories"
    "If you Enjoy Kink you won't go wrong"
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    Would you listen to B Is for Bondage again? Why?

    Very much so, the stories were well written and well narrated. I enjoy ALL types of Erotica, Kinky, Gay, Straight, everything if it's well written and narrated can light you up. (Unless you have phobias about certain kinks) I really don't have any so maybe that's why I enjoy Ms Tyler's anthologies. I have over a dozen and enjoy them all and so does my spouse.


    What other book might you compare B Is for Bondage to and why?

    If you've listened to any of Ms Tyler's anthologies you'll find they mostly revolve around kink, bondage or BD/SM but you'll find gender play and pain/pleasure. etc. Remember where talking about consenting adults and much of this is make believe. It's ok to imagine and use your mind to get off.


    What about Hollie Jackson’s performance did you like?

    She did voices and emotions very well. In bondage and S/M there will be different emotions and voices she did a very good job of expressing each character


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

    This is erotica, you should have extreme reactions, some should turn you on or make you get ideas to play around with your loved one. (as long as you both want to play) Like any book of fiction you have to take what you want and leave the rest.


    Any additional comments?

    I always look for Alison Tyler's books and anthologies, along with Rachel Kramer Brussel, Violet Blue, DL King, Sinclare Sexsmith. just a few of the editors who put together great anthologies of erotica. Looking forward to the next book in this series since it goes from A-Z

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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