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Gayle

Faribault, MN | Member Since 2012

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  • 43 reviews
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  • Notorious Nineteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1597)
    Performance
    (1388)
    Story
    (1402)

    After a slow summer of chasing low-level skips for her cousin Vinnie's bail bonds agency, Stephanie Plum finally lands an assignment that could put her checkbook back in the black. Geoffrey Cubbin, facing trial for embezzling millions from Trenton's premier assisted-living facility, has mysteriously vanished from the hospital after an emergency appendectomy. Now it's on Stephanie to track down the con man. Unfortunately, Cubbin has disappeared without a trace, a witness, or his money-hungry wife. Rumors are stirring that he must have had help with the daring escape...or that maybe he never made it out of his room alive.

    G. House Sr. says: "Tedious Formulaic with same-old same-old"
    "Glad to see Plum back"
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    I always enjoy Evanovich's stories about Stephanie Plum. The story was fun and entertaining! Reading a Plum novel is like catching up with old friends.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Wallflower

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Maya Rodale
    • Narrated By Carolyn Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (31)

    Lady Emma Avery has accidentally announced her engagement - to the most eligible man in England. As soon as it's discovered that Emma has never actually met the infamously attractive Duke of Ashbrooke, she'll no longer be a wallflower; she'll be a laughingstock. And then Ashbrooke does something Emma never expected. He plays along with her charade. A temporary betrothal to the irreproachable Lady Avery could be just the thing to repair Ashbrooke's tattered reputation.

    Gayle says: "Surprisingly Pleasant"
    "Surprisingly Pleasant"
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    This was a light and enjoyable tale. There was some humor infused with the story and I enjoy that. I will be looking for more of Rodale's stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • If He's Tempted

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Hannah Howell
    • Narrated By Ashford MacNab
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Lady Olympia Wherlocke has the gift of foresight. When Lady Agatha Mallam asks Olympia to locate her brother so he can rescue her from an arranged marriage, she knows exactly where to find Lord Brant Mallam, Earl of Fieldgate. What happens next is something she never envisioned. Since his betrothed died, Lord Brant Mallam has drowned his sorrow with wine and women. His dissolute ways have only emboldened his calculating mother. But with the help of the enchanting Olympia, he concocts a daring plan to end his mother's devious designs for his sister.

    Gayle says: "Love the Wherlockes!"
    "Love the Wherlockes!"
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    I thought this was an enjoyable series of books. Of course, I am a fan of Howell! The first two didn't weave together much, but they were good stories. However, as the series went, the stories became more entwined. Characters were likable and easy too become involved in. I also like this narrator!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Paid Companion

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Amanda Quick
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (351)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (166)

    The Earl of St. Merryn needs a woman. His intentions are purely practical - he simply wants someone sensible and suitably lovely to pose as his betrothed for a few weeks among polite society. He has his own agenda to pursue, and a false fiancée will keep the husband-hunters at bay while he goes about his business. The easiest solution is to hire a paid companion.

    bluebelle says: "Always a fun listen"
    "Just OK"
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    Story line was OK. Narrator was not that good, not bad, just blah. Male voices too nasal and women's voices too fake. Overall, not something that kept me very interested.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Longer a Gentleman

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Mary Jo Putney
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (82)

    A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today best-selling author, Mary Jo Putney has won two RITAs and two Romantic Times Career Achievement Awards. In No Longer a Gentleman, the gentleman in question, Grey Sommers, is conducting a bit of light espionage in France when a dalliance with a government official’s wife gets him thrown into a dungeon. Enter beguiling spy Cassie Fox, sent to free the suffering lord - and perhaps to liberate his heart.

    Dr says: "good historicl adventure"
    "Good enough to read a second time!"
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    Read this one a while ago and was kind of annoyed by it's inference to other characters that it seemed like I should know about. Just found out it is part of a series, The Lost Lords, book 4. So now I am reading it again in order which is no hardship, because Putney weaves good tales with likable characters and some suspense and I found the book enjoyable the first time so I would imagine it will be even better now that I have all the background information!

    Just wish audible had identified this as a series and that they had book 5: "Sometimes a Rogue"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nowhere Near Respectable

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Jo Putney
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynols
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (48)

    New York Times best-selling author Mary Jo Putney has claimed two RITAs and four Golden Leaf Awards. Her mastery of the historical romance is evident in every word of Nowhere Near Respectable. Damian Mackenzie is an incorrigible gambler just honorable enough to save Lady Kiri Lawford from dangerous smugglers. That does not, however, mean he has any desire to return her romantic interest - until he learns Kiri’s not exactly the prim and proper lady society expects her to be.

    MickeyMarie says: "My kind of Hero"
    "Another good story =intrigue & likable characters!"
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    This is book 3 of the Lost Lord series. Again unique characters, that have a common connection. I enjoyed the spy aspect of this one, and did not suspect how they would end up together till the end. (whoops too late for a spoiler alert-but we all know they have happy endings, right?) Once again, the last little bit of the book set the stage for the next one. Like this narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Less Than a Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Mary Jo Putney
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (162)

    RITA Award-winning, New York Times best-selling author Mary Jo Putney is justly celebrated as a master of the Regency romance. Here Alexander Randall is the last heir to the Earl of Daventry and he must find himself a bride. His prayers are answered in the form of distressed midwife Julia Bancroft. But though their union would benefit both parties, Julia is reluctant to surrender her heart.

    Joki says: "Avoids the Cliches of the Genre"
    "Good Read-good series!"
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    This is the Lost Lord series book 2 by Putney. I like the story and was taken with the characters in this one. Not the typical hero and heroine, but easy to get involved with. Enjoyed their story and enjoyed the way the series winds the characters together. I also like that each book does a little to set the stage for the next one, makes one want to move right into the next story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Loving a Lost Lord

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Mary Jo Putney
    • Narrated By Kate Rawson
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    Battered by the sea, Adam remembers nothing of his past, his ducal rank, nor of the shipwreck that almost claimed his life. However, he's delighted to hear that the golden-haired vision tending his wounds is his wife. Mariah's name and face may not be familiar, but her touch, her warmth, feel deliciously right....

    marilynolsen says: "Good summer read"
    "Start of a Series"
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    I wasn't too excited about the description of this book, but when I was looking at some of Putney's other books, I realized this was part of a series: The Lost Lords. This is book 1 and audible has 4 of the 5 books. I had already read "No Longer a Gentleman" and had the feeling I was stepping into a story that had already started because of the way it referenced other characters, so I was pleased to figure out that this was the start of that series.

    I like to start at the beginning, makes for greater understanding and allows the story to build. Despite the bland description, I found this to be an enjoyable read with likable characters. I will be reading the rest of the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Highland Scoundrel: Clan Campbell, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Monica McCarty
    • Narrated By Roger Hampton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (138)

    Framed for a crime he did not commit, Duncan Campbell, the illegitimate son of a chieftain, has returned to the Highlands, determined to clear his name after ten years in exile. He is drawn to the unforgettable sensual beauty of Jeannie Gordon, the headstrong girl who once pledged him her love, gave him her innocence, and then betrayed him. Now, in the glow of the moonlight, she defiantly shows Duncan the bad end of a pistol .Jeannie is stunned to discover that the broad-chested brigand she just shot is the rogue who broke her heart years ago.

    J says: "Another great listen!"
    "Enjoyed the Series"
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    This series got better as it went, each book was better than the one before. I think it is because it was like more and more pieces of a puzzle that came together in this final book. I also like that McCarty sprinkles her historical books with some factual stuff which makes it all the more interesting. Worth the credits.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Highland Outlaw: Clan Campbell, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Monica McCarty
    • Narrated By Roger Hampton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (162)
    Story
    (163)

    Handsome and dangerous, Patrick MacGregor is a wanted man, possessing the tough, tenacious spirit of his outlawed clan. He will stop at nothing to save his people from destruction, even if it means marrying Elizabeth Campbell, the daughter of his worst enemy. Yet the flaxen-haired beauty disarms him from the start. Her sweet, unspoiled softness touches the cold depths of his ravaged soul-and makes him want much more than revenge.

    CAROLYN says: "Download the whole series, you won't be disappoint"
    "Series gets better as it goes"
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    The first book (Highland Warrior) was a good read, but unremarkable. The second book built on the first and I like a series that brings back characters from previous books, so it worked for me. Some of the characters I became interested in are not the main ones, but interesting all the same and I am enjoying hearing their stories as well. This book has a little of everything...brawny men, fighting, passion, clan loyalties and lack thereof, intrigue and treachery, and war. This series gets better as it goes and I am looking forward to the third book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Proposition

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Judith Ivory
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (94)

    Lady Edwina Bollash is a woman of importance and distinction who has never been the object of any man's affection. However, when she meets Mick Tremore, a tall, handsome young man from the bottommost rung of society, she instantly attracts his attention. As Mick wants desperately to become a gentleman, Edwina decides to transform him into a man with class.

    Mary says: "Very enjoyable as well as fun"
    "A Little Different"
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    I liked it. The fact that the heroine wasn't the typical drop dead beauty was a nice change of pace. The hero, while good looking, wasn't the typical rich, bored socialite either. That said it made for a good read with a small bit of mystery to keep you interested. My only complaint would be that the narrator does not do women's voices very well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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