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Mary B.

Huntsville, TX | Member Since 2001

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  • Flat-Out Sexy: Fast Track Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Erin McCarthy
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (75)

    The last place widowed single mother Tamara Briggs wanted to find a man was at the racetrack. Been there, done that. But rookie driver Elec Monroe sure does get her heart racing.

    Taniea says: "Sweet Romance"
    "Buying the next in series now!"
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    I love finding a new series I can enjoy! If you like the contemporary romances of Susan Andersen, Linda Lael Miller and Susan Mallery - you'll enjoy this book as well.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Daisies in the Canyon

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Carolyn Brown
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    She's here to claim her birthright....Ex-army sergeant Abby Malloy feels no loss after the father she never knew passes away. Still, part of Ezra Malloy's ranch belongs to her, and if the stubborn blonde has to live there for a year with two half-sisters who are strangers to her, so be it. Nothing could stand in the way of her inheritance... except a local sheriff wrapped in snug blue jeans and a sexy grin. He's here to claim her heart....

    Mary B. says: "Wrong Narrator - Recommend you read the book"
    "Wrong Narrator - Recommend you read the book"
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    I happen to love Carolyn Brown's books. There is a humor and lightness to them that is lost if you listen to this book. In fact, I stopped listening and started reading and it was as if they were two different books. Natalie Ross is not a bad narrator, but she is the wrong narrator for this type of book. There is an underlying "woe is me" tone to her voice that is completely wrong for Brown's spunky, smart characters. She also has a very forced, unnatural laugh that has an almost snide quality to it - again, wrong for Brown's books. If I were to pick a narrator I would probably choose C.J. Critt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Not Quite Forever: Not Quite Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Catherine Bybee
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (76)

    Romance author Dakota Laurens believes that happily-ever-afters exist only between the covers of her sexy novels. But to her surprise, she finds a real-life hero when she meets a handsome emergency room doctor. The outspoken author feels an instant and intense attraction to Dr. Walt Eddy, and the feeling is mutual. When the globetrotting doctor pulls a disappearing act on Dakota, she's prepared to write him off... until fate brings a blindsiding twist to her story.

    Phyllis S. Mike says: "A Suprisingly Good Book"
    "Probably my favorite in the series"
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    I really enjoyed the sense of humor in this book, even more so than the others. My only problem was the antibiotic device! It's used a lot and I would think the main characters being a doctor and a romance writer (who would recognize the device) would have known better. Otherwise, I really liked it and will probably listen to the book again.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rules of the Game

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Television director Brooke Gordon thinks that baseball player Parks Jones is an insufferable cad with an inflated ego. Unfortunately, he's also brilliant and her client's spokesman. Brooke is determined to ignore the intense attraction she feels while directing Parks in a commercial. But Parks is willing to break a few rules to convince Brooke that love isn't just a game to him. It means forever.

    Mary B. says: "Don't bother"
    "Don't bother"
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    This is the first time I haven't liked the characters in a Nora Roberts novel. I almost stopped reading the book, especially since the narrator misprounces some pretty basic words right off the bat. (The heroine works in advertising and has a Clio award - it's pronounced 'cleo' not 'cli-o'.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hot Buttered Yum

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Kim Law
    • Narrated By uncredited
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Turtle Island’s Yummy Santa contest is underway, and master of ceremonies Roni Templeman is ready to rock around the Christmas tree. After years of hiding the pain of loss behind her carefree lifestyle, she’s shocked to find one broad-shouldered contestant is much more than just a hot body. But is she ready to finally let someone unwrap her guarded heart? Single dad (and gorgeous nerd) Lucas Alexander would do anything to help the charity that’s done so much to help him - even if that means stripping down and suiting up as a sexy Santa.

    Amazon Customer says: "Dreadful narrator"
    "Back on Track"
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    I normally like Kim Law's books, but I hated the first book in this series (Ex on the Beach) and the last Sugar Springs book. I thought that was it for me and Ms. Law's books. However, I have Kindle Unlimited and decided I could try again since it was basically free. Am I glad. I enjoyed "Hot Buttered Yum" and felt she's back on track and back in my 'author's to read' list. Personally, I'd skip the first book in the series and start with this one - you won't miss anything.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Turning Thirty-Twelve

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Sandy James
    • Narrated By Cynthia Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Jackie Delgado didn't want a new man in her life until a dreaded blind date turns out to be more exciting than she'd ever imagined. When her youngest son leaves for college, Jackie is hit hard by empty nest syndrome and pours herself into her work as a teacher. Bowing to pressure from friends, Jackie agrees to a blind date. But when Mark Brennan calls, she realizes the date won't be "blind". He's the father of one of her students.

    Mary B. says: "Tried to finish, but just couldn't"
    "Tried to finish, but just couldn't"
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    The narrator's over ennunciation was really irritating, but wouldn't have mattered as much if the story hadn't been even more irritating. The heroine's constant back and forth about her lack of self-esteem gets really old and the hero's controlling personality doesn't seem much better than the ex's - just in a different way

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Texan Undercover

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Anne Marie Novark
    • Narrated By Courtney Tulba
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Sparks fly and computers crash when Claire Maxwell's cybercafe is used for criminal activities. She's thrown into the midst of an undercover operation and doesn't like it one bit. She really doesn't like being thrown in the company of the hot private eye handling the case. Claire doesn't believe in love or happily ever after anymore. Can the handsome P.I. change her mind?

    CJ Griffin says: "Good story"
    "Don't Bother"
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    I enjoyed Ms. Novark's "Diamondback Ranch" series, but this book is awful. I didn't like the characters and the story was completely predictable. The narrator made the story worse. Amazing that the story is set in Texas and all the characters sound like they're from north of the Mason/Dixon line. At one point a character is described as having a deep, sexy voice - yet the narrator's voice for the man is higher than the heroine's.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sweet Spot

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Stephanie Evanovich
    • Narrated By Katie Schorr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    When pro baseball player Chase Walker first meets Amanda at her restaurant, it's love at first sight. While Amanda can't help noticing the superstar with the Greek-god build, he doesn't have a chance of getting to first - or any other - base with her. A successful entrepreneur who built her business from scratch, Amanda doesn't need a Prince Charming to sweep her off her feet. And a curvy girl who likes to cook and eat isn't interested in being around the catty, stick-thin herd of females chasing Chase and his teammates.

    D. A. Tyler says: "Light heart and funny with a little kink"
    "Couldn't finish"
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    I think the summary should have included the fact this story is about a dom/sub relationship. I have no interest in this kind of book. I listed to about 1/2 the book hoping the story would change, then couldn't stomach anymore.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Trouble with Love: Texas One Night Stands

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Joan Reeves
    • Narrated By Holly Adams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    There's one rule for a one night stand: NEVER see your part-time lover again. EVER. So what's a girl to do if the tall, dark, and too-darn-yummy guy shows up at her office? By-the-book Deputy Susannah Quinn has all she can do to resist Special Agent D. E. Hogan. Hang on to your Stetson as the fun and games begin in this sexy romp that's as hot as a bowl of Texas chili!

    Susan says: "Captivating performance--Don't miss this book!"
    "Ending ruined book"
    Overall
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    I was actually enjoying the book until the end. In fact, I lowered the number of stars simply because of the ending. It's one of those books that spends a lot of time on telling us why two characters "can't" get together, then they have "amazing" sex, and suddenly all the lies, deceits, and lack of communication don't matter anymore. Their "chemistry" transcends the fact that they never talk to each other, never work anything out, and allows them to instantly 'forgive' all transgressions. Yeah, right! I better stop or I'll lower the star count.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Taking Shots: Assassins Series # 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Toni Aleo
    • Narrated By Lucy Malone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (137)
    Performance
    (123)
    Story
    (122)

    No matter how hard she tries, Elleanor Fisher never thinks she's good enough, from her job to her weight to her love life. After enduring years of abuse at the hands of an ex-boyfriend, Elli has been drifting through life in a daze. Until, that is, she meets Shea Adler on a promotional shoot for the NHL's Nashville Assassins. Before Elli knows what's happening, the gorgeous Shea breaks the ice and shatters her world. A brilliant athlete inside the rink, Shea Adler is tired of the life he's living outside of it: the women, the money, the drinking. But everything changes when he meets Elli.

    Jordy says: "sweet hockey romance"
    "Whine on Ice"
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    Hot hockey guy falls for insecure babe. OK, I actually like most of the book and found Ellie's insecurities believable. However, in order to throw the final monkey wrench into the plot, the heroine suddenly believes people who have always lied to her, characters who were always straight shooters suddenly beat around the bush, and people stop talking to each other for no real reason except to further the anxiety of our hero & heroine. The last couple of hours of the book ruined what I had previously enjoyed. Too bad.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Billionaire Playboy: The Sherbrookes of Newport, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Christina Tetreault
    • Narrated By Kelly Cameron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (15)

    Captain Charlotte "Charlie" O'Brien, a doctor in the United States Navy, returns to her home in North Salem, Massachusetts to visit her family and make an important decision about her future. Mother Nature has other plans when a hurricane strikes, flooding the town and throwing Jake Sherbrooke in Charlie's path. Initially she believes Jake is nothing more than a rich playboy, but quickly, she learns that he is so much more.

    Debra says: "HOT FOR THE PLAYBOY"
    "Poor choice for narrator"
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    This is one of those books that had to overcome really poor narration. Maybe Kelly Kamyrn (misspelled on the cover or by audible) would be good for children's books, but definitely not for a book that requires an adult sound. I said 'maybe' because her phrasing if very strange and she mispronounces a number of relatively easy words. My guess -- she didn't read the book before doing the narration. I like Miss Tetreault's writing so I hung in there. If I had a choice, I would have read this book rather than listened to this narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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