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  • When Beauty Tamed the Beast

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Eloisa James
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (512)
    Performance
    (467)
    Story
    (466)

    Miss Linnet Berry Thrynne is a Beauty... Naturally, she's betrothed to a Beast. Piers Yelverton, Earl of Marchant, lives in a castle in Wales where, it is rumored, his bad temper flays everyone he crosses. And rumor also has it that a wound has left the earl immune to the charms of any woman. Linnet is not just any woman. She is more than merely lovely: her wit and charm brought a prince to his knees. She estimates the earl will fall madly in love - in just two weeks. She is more than merely lovely: her wit and charm brought a prince to his knees.

    Elizabeth says: "Witty banter, sexy story, good fun"
    "Love Love Loved it!"
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    What did you love best about When Beauty Tamed the Beast?

    There wasn't a lot of repetitive dialogue between characters. Many historical romance characters rehash the same complaints about each other in a million different ways over and over again. This book had witty banter, clever characters, and was simply a fun read. The main male character was just arrogant enough that you liked him, but didn't feel like he was a complete ass. The female protagonist was sweet/innocent enough, but not so much you would want to vomit. Overall, It was a fun read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I didn't have a favorite. I thought they were all well written.


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

    I thought Ms. Duerden did a great job with the voices. Then again, I almost never write negative reviews of the readers. I could listen to a frog read a book.


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

    I did listen to it in once sitting. I spent the day cleaning my house and doing chores. Nine hours later the book was done.


    Any additional comments?

    I will be checking out several more of Eloisa James books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unexpected Duchess: Playful Brides, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Valerie Bowman
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Lady Upton's tongue may be too sharp to attract suitors, but her heart is good, and when her painfully shy friend Cassandra needs help, she devises a brilliant scheme to help her discourage an unwanted suitor, the Duke of Claringdon. Lucy will hide behind the hedgerow and tell Cass just what to say...but it turns out that he's made of sterner stuff than either of them anticipated. And Lucy is shocked to discover that tangling with the tenacious man is the most fun she's had in ages.

    Malena says: "Could not deal with the reader"
    "Could not deal with the reader"
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    I made it through about 20 minutes of the book before giving up. The narrator reminded me too much of Moaning Myrtle from Harry Potter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skinwalker: Jane Yellowrock, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2918)
    Performance
    (2479)
    Story
    (2484)

    Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. But now she's been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie's Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who's killing other vamps.

    Mobilis says: "How refreshing"
    "I made it through about two hours.."
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    I like urban fantasy. I like paranormal romance. I did not like this book. The lengthy descriptions of the main character in her beast form bored me. I found myself mentally drifting off. I know there were other reviewers who said the book got good after the beast parts, but I never made it that far. It sucks, because I really wanted to get into a new series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Stroke of Midnight: Meredith Gentry, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (525)
    Performance
    (291)
    Story
    (294)

    "I am Meredith Gentry, P.I., solving cases in Los Angeles, far from the peril and deception of my real home - because I am also Princess Meredith, heir to the darkest throne faerie has to offer. The Unseelie Court infuses me with its power. But at what price does such magic come? How much of my human side will I have to give up, and how much of the sinister side of faerie will I have to embrace?"

    Robert W says: "Politics, Sexuality & Beauty"
    "not too impressed ...I quit after 2 hours."
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    I've listened to the first three books and found them fun and fascinating. For some reason this book could not hold my interest. In this book, Merry is trying to solve the murder or a reporter and Beatrice, a lesser fae. The entire book takes place in one day and seemed to drag. Not worth a credit.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Pip Ballantine, Tee Morris
    • Narrated By James Langton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (703)
    Performance
    (629)
    Story
    (623)

    Evil is most assuredly afoot - and Britain’s fate rests in the hands of an alluring renegade... and a librarian. These are dark days indeed in Victoria’s England. Londoners are vanishing, then reappearing, washing up as corpses on the banks of the Thames, drained of blood and bone. Yet the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences - the Crown’s clandestine organization whose bailiwick is the strange and unsettling - will not allow its agents to investigate. Fearless and exceedingly lovely Eliza D. Braun, however, with her disturbing fondness for dynamite, refuses to let the matter rest...

    Suzanna says: "Great Steampunk - worth a listen"
    "Yuck...Soo predictable couldn't finish."
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    First of all, I don't care for male readers.I can overlook a poor reader if the story is exciting. This story was not. I listened to the book for four hours. After that, I simply could not continued. The characters the stereotypical hot tough girl and nerdy guy. An unlikely pair who get thrown together etc...blah blah blah.
    It felt like I was listening to a Scooby Doo mystery.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Shameless: House of Rohan Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Anne Stuart
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (170)

    A long string of tragic loves haunts Viscount Benedick Francis Alistair Rohan. Cool and cynical, he's weary of life's fickle games and wants a prim and proper wife he can ignore while indulging his sensual appetites. Lady Melisande Carstairs is nothing less than a tornado storming into Benedick's measured life. Possessed of boundless energy and the soul of a reformer, Melisande always conquers, whether it's saving the souls of soiled doves or seducing the man she's inconveniently fallen for.

    Deanne says: "Love this family."
    "Solid Romance"
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    Okay, I didn't notice the "Don Quicks-Oat" mispronunciation. I did notice a fun story.

    Most of the book is completely unbelievable, but I'm fine with suspending belief for 10 hours.

    I have not read any of Rohan series so I can't really compare it to the other books. I did think Shameless was fine as a stand-alone novel.

    I will warn you that the sex scenes are explicit. The heroine is totally sexually repressed and learners the ways of love through the hero. It's pretty much a sexin 101 class, but with the occult. Good times!


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband Trap

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Tracy Anne Warren
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1073)
    Performance
    (841)
    Story
    (851)

    Winner of a RITA, a National Readers’ Choice Award, the HOLT Medallion, and the Golden Quill, New York Times best-selling author Tracy Anne Warren is among the most acclaimed and popular Regency romance storytellers. In The Husband Trap, the reserved Lady Violet Brantford agrees to swap identities with her vivacious sister. Before she knows it, she’s married to the Duke of Raeburn, who finds himself pleasantly surprised with his charming new wife.

    SIMARA says: "Passionate and emotional narration..."
    "Super cute story."
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    Where does The Husband Trap rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The romance was believable. She clearly defined the character's personalities. Yes, the heroine made several uber predictable mistakes, but HELLO this is a historical romance. You're not getting Shakespeare. If you like historical romance with good sex scenes you will like this book. It is NOT like a Georgette Hyer book. Yes, the cover looks all sweet, but she goes into some decently descriptive scenes. Personally, I like my romances hot and my heroes dashing. This book fulfills.


    What other book might you compare The Husband Trap to and why?

    I would compare a lot of the romance scenes to Lisa Kleypass.


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

    She did a nice job with the voices. I like a reader to be non-distracting. She doesn't have to act out the whole book.


    If you could rename The Husband Trap, what would you call it?

    The title fits. If you've seen the parent trap etc..you get the jest of the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Duke Is Mine

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Eloisa James
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (288)

    For Olivia Lytton, betrothal to the Duke of Canterwick - hardly a Prince Charming - feels more like a curse than a happily-ever-after. At least his noble status will help her sister, Georgiana, secure an engagement with the brooding, handsome Tarquin, Duke of Sconce,a perfect match for her in every way... every way but one. Tarquin has fallen in love with Olivia. Quin never puts passion before reason. And reason says that Georgiana is his ideal bride. But the sensual, fiery, strong-willed Olivia ignites an unknown longing in him....

    Ramona says: "Great Romance with a Twist"
    "Worst romance I've read in a while."
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    What would have made The Duke Is Mine better?

    The entire story consists of the heroine complaining about how fat she is. "I'm so fat blah blah blah. No one could love me. My breasts are too big" etc....Not only was she a fatty, but she had a terrible personality. She's rude, insensitive, and has no thought for her family.

    Her twin sister is kind, funny, generous, and pretty, but no...the hero wants the mean fat chick.

    The entire romance made NO sense. They had nothing in common and no mutual interests. She actually mocks the hero's interest in mathematics. The only attraction between the hero and heroine is that he gets randy looking at her fat rolls. The hero came across as some creeper browsing a fetish magazine.

    Also, I didn't find it entertaining, hot or exciting to hear the heroine rattle on about her body issues. Yes, we all have them, but I don't want to have to listen to someone else complain for 10 hours. If I wanted to hear chicks complain about their low self esteem I would call my girlfriends, not spend an audible credit.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Eloisa James again?

    Yes. I listened to Beauty and the Beast story by Eloisa James and absolutely loved it. I thought it was sweet, funny and completely entertaining. The Duke is Mine was nothing like the Beauty and the Beast. I know it was supposed to be a "princess and the pea" type story, but I think Ms. James was trying to compare her fat heroine (the princess) and her twin sister (the pea). It simply didn't work.


    What about Susan Duerden’s performance did you like?

    She does a great job. Always.


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

    I was angry I spent money on the book. Disappointed that the book wasn't as good as the other books I've read from her and sad that I wasted my time.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Orchid Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Lauren Willig
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (358)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (211)

    In The Orchid Affair, Willig introduces her strongest heroine yet. Laura Grey, a veteran governess, joins the Selwick Spy School expecting to find elaborate disguises and thrilling exploits in service to the spy known as the Pink Carnation. She hardly expects her first assignment to be serving as governess for the children of Andre Jaouen, right-hand man to Bonaparte's minister of police....

    Elizabeth A Ruuska says: "Back in Paris!"
    "Ehhh...I've read better"
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    Would you try another book from Lauren Willig and/or Kate Reading?

    Kate Reading yes, Lauren Willig, probably not for a while. I read The Mischief of the Mistletoe about a year ago and loved it. I thought this would have a similar feel. I like light humor and tongue and cheek banter between characters. This didn't have much of it.
    I also seriously disliked the whole contemporary story line thrown in. It seemed totally out of place and I fast forwarded through most of it. Granted, I've not read/listned to any other of the Pink Carnation series. I would imagine the contemporary story line makes more sense to those who have read other books in the series.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'm not sure yet. I usually go for the sale items.


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

    I'm not too picky about readers, but in a romance novel I much prefer a female reader. Kate Reading does an excellent job reading both male and female parts. I know some reviewers complained that they could not distinguish between the male voices, I didn't have that problem.


    What character would you cut from The Orchid Affair?

    I would cut out the contemporary store line. It seemed more of an interruption rather than an addition to the tale.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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