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Jan

Melbourne, Australia | Member Since 2010

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  • The Sins of the Mother: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Danielle Steel
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (143)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (118)

    Every woman makes choices. And no one has made more difficult choices than Olivia Grayson. The enormously successful businesswoman missed out on much of her children’s lives while she built her legendary home-furnishings empire. In Danielle Steel’s character-rich novel, Olivia faces the past, tries to balance the present and make amends where due, while still running her vastly successful business. As a way of making up to them for time lost, Olivia spends months each year planning a holiday that everyone in her family will enjoy.

    Jan says: "Loved it"
    "Loved it"
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    What did you love best about The Sins of the Mother?

    The story, this is the best Danielle Steel book I have read in years. I rarely purchase her books if the narrater is male. I find a female suits this type of story so much more.I could not put this book down and will read it again.The story is so complete you enjoy every bit I just did not want it to end. It was a pleasure to listen too. I have some of her books with a male narrator but find them a trial it is like listening to a speech sometimes, particularly one male who is really bad. Altho I would like to buy some of these book I do not and will not buy her books again unless we have a female narrator.


    Which character – as performed by Cassandra Campbell – was your favorite?

    Olivia she was so well read but then again Cassandra was amazing with every character.


    If you could rename The Sins of the Mother, what would you call it?

    The name was perfect.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a great book my favourite Danielle Steel ever and much better than any of her recent books.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Kissed in Paris

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Juliette Sobanet
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    When event planner Chloe Turner wakes up penniless and without a passport in the Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris, she only has a few fleeting memories of Claude, the suave French man who convinced her to have that extra glass of wine...before taking all of her possessions and slipping out the door. As the overly organized go-to gal for her drama-queen younger sisters, her anxiety-ridden father, and her needy clients, Chloe is normally prepared for every disaster that comes her way.

    Jan says: "Pathetic"
    "Pathetic"
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    I enjoyed the other books set in Paris from Juliette Sobanet but this book is absolutely pathetic I tried so many times to read it but finally gave up. Nobody
    could be as stupid as the female in this book. Even the narrator who I normally enjoy sounded ridiculous through much of the story. An absolute waste of a credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • It's Raining Men

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Milly Johnson
    • Narrated By Colleen Prendergast
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Best friends May, Lara, and Clare are desperate for a holiday. But when they arrive in Ren Dullem, it seems it is not the place they thought it was.… May can't wait to get away from men after being cruelly deceived. Then in Dullem she falls for one of the inhabitants…. Lara walks in to find her boyfriend, James, in bed with his ex. She needs the sea air to heal her. Clare's kind boyfriend Lud wants her to live abroad with him, but she's just been offered a promotion. It gives her the excuse she needs to end the relationship and find some excitement. Will this holiday be the break they all need?

    Jan says: "Not up to Milly Johnson's usual standard."
    "Not up to Milly Johnson's usual standard."
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    I love Milly Johnson books just buy them as they become available. This one however was okay but probably the least favourite of all her books.

    Here Come the Girls was great I listened to it quite a few times but this one
    definitely is a once only listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Not Planning on You: A Danvers Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Sydney Landon
    • Narrated By Allyson Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (95)

    Suzy Denton thought she had it all: a great job as an event planner for Danvers International and a committed relationship to her high school sweetheart.... But now her life has gone to hell in a handbasket. Not only did she discover her fiancé cheating, but a recent corporate merger is making her job very difficult - mostly due to Grayson Merimon, wealthy CEO. Gray is a man who goes after what he wants. And, after their first meeting, he wants Suzy.

    Kristin says: "Loved this series!"
    "Don't Bother"
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    I enjoyed the first book in this series but this was so far fetched it was ridiculous.
    Who buys a house on the spot and can move in same day no matter how much money he had.
    The sex scenes could have been cut by half or at least varied a bit so repetitive in the terrible breathy voice the narrator had. The book was very repetitive you could skip chapters and pick up where you left off. I skimmed thru this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Absolute Scandal

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Penny Vincenzi
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    It's the glittering 80s and Lucinda Cowper, Elizabeth Beaumont, and Flora Fielding feel happy and secure in the power and pleasure of wealth. Nothing could have prepared them for a devastating financial scandal, which turns the boom to bust. The crash takes away their hope, their self-respect, and for some, it destroys even more. Facing bleak futures, affairs begin, lies are spun, relationships are pushed to breaking point, and within the year someone will be dead. But who? And why?

    Jan says: "Penny Vincenzi of course it was good"
    "Penny Vincenzi of course it was good"
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    I love anything Penny Vincenzi writes but this was so worth reading. Good story great narrater. Well worth it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Weekends Required: A Danvers Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sydney Landon
    • Narrated By Allyson Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (283)
    Performance
    (260)
    Story
    (263)

    Claire Walters has worked for Jason Danvers as his assistant for three years, but he’s never appreciated her as a woman - until the day she jumps out of a cake at his friend’s bachelor party.... To support her ailing mother, Claire is forced to work a second job at a party-planning company. But when her handsome boss ends up with a front-row seat to the action, she’s mortified - and he’s intrigued. With Danvers International in the middle of an important merger, Jason asks Claire to accompany him on weekend business trips - and suddenly all her fantasies are coming true.

    Maria says: "Not Bad, Not Great!"
    "Good Read"
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    This was a fun highly unbelievable story but I loved it. I have purchased the next in series hope it is as good as this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Not Quite Dating: Not Quite Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Catherine Bybee
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (196)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (178)

    Working the graveyard shift as a waitress, single mother Jessie Mann has no time to waste on a Texan with big dreams and a skinny wallet. And that’s just what she sees when Jack Morrison ambles into the diner where she works. After a childhood of financial instability, Jessie swore she’d do better by her son. But with Christmas just around the corner, saying no to Jack and his cowboy good looks is easier said than done.

    SIMARA says: "A pleasant surprise!"
    "Another winner"
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    This is another of Catherine Bybee's books which I enjoyed. Just a light fun book.
    I have purchased all her books and enjoyed them all.
    Good narration everytime which for me makes the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Not Quite Mine: Not Quite, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Catherine Bybee
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (121)

    Her life is missing the love… When Katelyn “Katie” Morrison attends her brother’s wedding, the glamorous hotel heiress wonders if she’ll ever find “the one”... especially when she sees her sexy-as-sin ex, Dean Prescott. While attending his best friend’s wedding, Dean can’t stop staring at Katie’s sinful curves. He swore he’d never repeat the mistake of falling for her. Learning that Katie has a newborn, Dean knows there’s more going on than Katie admits.

    Elizabeth says: "Delightful"
    "Loved it"
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    This was another fun read by this author. I have enjoyed every one of her books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Married by Monday: Weekday Brides, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Catherine Bybee
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (166)
    Story
    (167)

    Carter Billings: With sandy blond hair and Hollywood good looks, Carter could have any woman he wants. When he makes his bid for governor of California, he knows he must settle down and become a family man. His choice for a running mate between the sheets: matchmaker Eliza Havens. Eliza Havens: Eliza’s happy that her best friend has a wealthy, adoring husband. It’s the husband’s best friend - sexy, dashing Carter Billings - that drives her crazy. No man has ever squabbled with Eliza this much…or made her heart race this fast.

    Elizabeth says: "Very Entertaining Story and Characters"
    "Another good one from this author"
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    I have read this series enjoyed each one of Catherine Bybee's books
    a different storyline just fun books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wife by Wednesday: Weekday Brides, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Catherine Bybee
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (320)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (302)

    Blake Harrison: Rich, titled, and charming…and in need of a wife by Wednesday. Blake turns to Sam Elliot, who isn’t the businessman he expected. Instead, Blake is faced with Samantha Elliot, beautiful and feisty with a voice men call 1-900 numbers to hear. Samantha Elliot: Owner of matchmaking firm Alliance and not on the marital menu…that is, until Blake offers her ten million dollars for a one-year contract. And there’s nothing indecent about this proposal. The money will really help with her family’s medical bills. All Samantha will need to do is keep her attraction to her new husband to herself and avoid his bed.

    Elizabeth says: "Entertaining, Feel Good Romance!"
    "Yes"
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    Loved this book just a fun read I went and purchased the rest of her series and they were all fabulous holiday reads.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beauty Queen: The Fancy Lives of the Lear Sisters, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Julia London
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    To the outside world, former Miss Texas Rebecca Lear has the perfect life - until her husband leaves her for another woman. Now Rebecca’s life is a perfect mess, one she’s determined to dig herself out of without a cent of her overbearing father’s money. She heads to Austin to start anew, volunteering for a friend’s political campaign to bulk up her nonexistent résumé. Only Rebecca never counted on working with a hotshot attorney who makes her see red - and feel sexier than she has in years.

    Jan says: "Another good one in series"
    "Another good one in series"
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    Beauty Queen the second book is just great. I loved Material Girl so purchased this book and I think it is even better. Loved Rebecca and Mat and how the story panned out.

    I have purchased the next book but have not read that yet if it is as good as the first two it will be great.

    Well worth a read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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