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Long Beach, CA, United States

  • 3 reviews
  • 272 ratings
  • 562 titles in library
  • 159 purchased in 2014

  • Days of Gold

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jude Deveraux
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In 1766 Scotland, the laird of the clan, Angus McTern, has everything he wants in life. That is, until Edilean Talbot shows up. Breathtakingly beautiful and born of privilege, Edilean represents everything Angus despises. Still, she dazzles him, and when Angus can no longer hide his feelings, she rejects him, leaving him deeply wounded and humiliated. Soon, though, Edilean needs his help....

    BookReader says: "Days of Gold"
    "Great Performance, Weak Story"
    What disappointed you about Days of Gold?

    Great performance, weak story. That just about sums it up and I don't have too much else to say. Perhaps, I will add that the main characters are daft and irritating, and when Angus goes off to do his own thing, the story becomes so disconnected from the story and without apparent point that I could barely pay attention to what was going on.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Jude Deveraux again?

    Not likely, unless someone recommends me one with passion.

    What about Davina Porter’s performance did you like?

    She is an amazing narrator. The two main annoying characters were even perfectly described with annoying personification.

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Days of Gold?

    Most of part two.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beautifully Damaged: Beautifully Damaged, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By L. A. Fiore
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Ember Walsh is a trusting soul with the quiet beauty of her late mother, who perished in a mysterious car crash when Ember was three. A little tomboyish from being raised by her father, Ember packs a punch when a stranger gets pushy with her in a bar, catching the steely blue eyes of a tall, gorgeous tattooed man — Trace Montgomery. Still damaged from her last disastrous relationship and warned off the bad boy by friends, Ember fights the smoldering heat that Trace sparks in her when he begins shadowing her like a dark angel.

    Donna Thomas says: "Great Story"
    "Decent plot, terrible character traits."
    What would have made Beautifully Damaged better?

    The main two characters' character flaws are too ridiculous to feel sympathetic toward their life struggles. The story describe them to be intelligent and honorable, yet their actions are so juvenile and crass that I could not develop a healthy respect for them. The story itself could be interesting. I appreciated the twists and turns in the story but really, the characters ruined it.

    Would you ever listen to anything by L. A. Fiore again?

    Maybe not.

    How could the performance have been better?

    The voice sounded too unnatural. Too breathy. No one speaks like that. I think if she assumed a more natural tone, she would have been very good.

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

    Disappointment. I really wanted to like the book.

    1 of 2 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

    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.

    NEW NAME says: "Power, intensity, true love....I think!"
    "Eye roller."
    Any additional comments?

    My eyes must have rolled every 3 mins. Both main characters' personality deficiency, while such flaws are necessary to connect the readers to the characters, was so unreasonably neurotic to the point of ridiculous that made the story unconvincing. Obsessive possessive control freak male can be sexy, and I'm sure that's what the author was going after, but in the case of Jesse, made him plain intolerable. I couldn't muster up a liking for the guy, and his counterpart's tolerance just ridiculous.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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