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Janine

Cary, NC, United States

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  • Viscount Breckenridge to the Rescue: A Cynster Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Matthew Brenher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (283)

    You are cordially invited to the wedding of Miss Heather Cynster... but not before she encounters kidnappers, danger, and a daring rescue at the hands of Viscount Breckenridge. Determined to hunt down her very own hero, one who will sweep her off her feet and into wedded bliss, and despairing of finding him in London’s staid ballrooms, Heather Cynster steps out of her safe world and boldly attends a racy soiree. But her promising hunt is ruined by the supremely interfering Viscount Breckenridge, who whisks her out of scandal....

    L. Reiner says: "Simon Prebble - come back!!"
    "Same old basic Stepahnie Laurens story"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Yes, I'd like to see if Stephanie Laurens could develop a different "path to love.". Every single book my Ms. Laurens is about an independent woman and a man who thinks the way to her heart is through passion. Come on, can't she come up with something a little different? Every book, even the Novellas, discusses at length the man's "primal tendencies" and "need to protect" which inevititably the woman doesn't want. She wants to be a partner and loved. I say blah, blah, blah to this story line.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stephanie Laurens? Why or why not?

    I guess I'll end up listening to the other two books in this series because I've purchased them and might as well listen to them, but these will be my last.


    What three words best describe Matthew Brenher’s voice?

    Matthew Brenher is okay. I didn't like that he gave Richard Cynstar a slight Scottish brogue and that he did not pronounce some names correctly or at least as I'm used to hearing them, but overall it wasn't a bad performance.


    Any additional comments?

    I am pretty sure that these will be the last books I ever read or listen to by Ms. Laurens unless I see reviews that the male dominating and resistant female roles aren't the basis for the whole story. I have read and listened to a lot of books by other authors and mostly books in series and the authors can always come up with a different way/reason for people to fall in love, but not this author. The story changes, but the path to love NEVER does.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • No Good Duke Goes Unpunished: The Third Rule of Scoundrels

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Sarah MacLean
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (114)

    He is the Killer Duke, accused of murdering Mara Lowe on the eve of her wedding. With no memory of that fateful night, Temple has reigned over the darkest of London's corners for twelve years, wealthy and powerful, but beyond redemption. Until one night, Mara resurfaces, offering the one thing he's dreamed of . . . absolution.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "Team Temple!"
    "Too much unexplained."
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    I had such high hopes for the next book in this series and although the storyline was very promising, there were too many unexplained issues. There is no mention of how or why Temple was presumed to be the "Killer Duke" when there was a lot of blood, but no body. There is nothing at all mentioned about what or how he would have disposed of the body. No rumors of throwing it off a cliff with him staggering back to her bed chamber or chopping it up (I know that's gruesome) - nothing. This book doesn't address the "body" in one sentence which just doesn't make sense. I would have expected to see that the ton rumored that he did something with the body - but there was nothing.

    Also, what happened to Temple's fathers previous 3 wives??? Mara was to be his 4th wife. Maybe Temple's father was the real "Killer Duke" and the ton could have said that the apple didn't fall far from the tree. Something!

    I also didn't understand how Mara could ask or force Temple to pay her to be with him when he really and truly held all the cards (so to speak). I listened to the paragraphs in the book where Temple and Mara discussed their bargain several times and I simply never understood how she could ask Temple to pay her or why he agreed to these outrageous terms. He could have just marched her out into society without any explanation to her or anyone else, but instead he ended up having to pay her to be with him??? Very confusing.

    I would have really liked this book if these few issues could have been explained. I did like the story of him being a boxer and I liked the interactions between the two characters, but there are several issues with this book that I just cannot understand.

    The tip we've received to the beginning of Chase's story sounds very intriguing. I hope Ms. McLean puts a bit more thought into Chase's story because it will be tough to pull it off and make convincing after all of the interactions between Chase and the other three scoundrels.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Duke of Midnight: Maiden Lane

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Hoyt
    • Narrated By Claudia Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (128)

    Twenty years ago Maximus Batten witnessed the brutal murders of his parents. Now the autocratic Duke of Wakefield, he spends his days ruling Parliament. But by night, disguised as the Ghost of St. Giles, he prowls the grim alleys of St. Giles, ever on the hunt for the murderer. One night he finds a fiery woman who meets him toe-to-toe-and won't back down…

    Jessica Ruis says: "Loved the story but still miss Ashford McNab"
    "OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!!!"
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    What did you love best about Duke of Midnight?

    I LOVED the story. What a great story. I know that I'll listen to this story and read it (I've bought both the audio version and ebook version) several, several times.


    What aspect of Claudia Harris’s performance would you have changed?

    I did not like her voices for several characters. For instance, I didn't really like the voice she gave the Duke of Scarborough and I really didn't like the voices she gave to the valet and other minor characters. She does a good job for the major characters and her intonation and pacing are very good. Although Ms. Harris does a pretty good job, she is not Ashford McNab. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE bring back Ashford McNab. She is the voice of this series and I think the audio series was nearly ruined with the last book. Ms. Harris is much better than the narrator of Lord of Darkness, but she is still no Ashford McNab.


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

    OH YES! I didn't get to listen to it in one sitting, but there's no doubt I could have if I would have had the time. I finished it in less than 3 days. A great, great story!!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Elizabeth Hoyt can weave a story and she ALWAYS leaves you wanting more and more and more! There are so many characters that we are just left wandering about that I'm not sure how I'll manage to wait until the next book comes out. I can't figure out how she will close the book on all of these characters and how many more books she will write in this series. What I do know is that I want them all NOW! We are left wondering about Penelope, Apollo, Ms. Royale, Asa (I think the next book is his story), and as always Phoebe. Sweet, sweet Phoebe - I cannot wait for her book and I'm always afraid Ms. Hoyt will stop the series before Phoebe finds her true love. If you are looking for a GREAT series, start with the first book in the series and work your way through them all. They are well worth the time!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wish List

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 11 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Sondra Knight
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (40)

    When Nicholas James draws Stephanie Martin's name in their law firm's Secret Santa exchange he knows he's in for a merry Christmas - if he can figure out what to give the woman he's wanted for months. When he works late and finds a crumpled piece of paper listing Steph's personal wish list, he knows he's in luck. Because all Steph wants for Christmas is him, in a number of naughty ways. And not-so-saintly Nick is going to make every one of her carnal wishes come true.

    Janine says: "Perfect short erotic Christmas story"
    "Perfect short erotic Christmas story"
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    What did you love best about Wish List?

    It was just the right length and had a very good, BELIEVABLE story for such a short story. Good erotic love scenes too.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Emma the Outlaw

    • UNABRIDGED (52 mins)
    • By Laura Hogg
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lynch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (4)

    Emma looks down at the crowd from a hanging platform. Her father was framed, and she took the blame for the crime to save him from execution. Where is her beloved husband, Nate? She looks around and sees her husband on a horse, guns blazing. In a whirlwind rescue, she hops on the back of his horse, and they're off, realizing that they will spend the rest of their lives as outlaws.

    Janine says: "Just okay for a short story"
    "Just okay for a short story"
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    Any additional comments?

    For such a short story it wasn't too bad. It's a clean romance so if you are looking for something short and clean, give this a try. It's not great, but not awful either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forever a Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Delilah Marvelle
    • Narrated By Cynthia Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Lady Bernadette Marie Burton may be the richest widow in England, but like her dreams of finding true passion, her reputation is deteriorating. Cruel gossip, loneliness, and hordes of opportunistic suitors have her believing society couldn't be more vile…or dangerous. So when an attacker threatens her life, she finds safety in the most unseemly of places: the arms of a mysterious, Irish-American gang leader. His fortune stolen, young Matthew Milton is done playing the respectable gentleman. But from the moment he arrives in London and encounters the voluptuous Lady Bernadette, he can't help but wonder about the finer pleasures he's missing.

    Janine says: "Glad it's over!"
    "Glad it's over!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator for one. I think she did a pretty good job with the narration for Matthew, but I didn't not like her voice for Bernadette. I think she did a better Irish accent than British accent.

    I also didn't really care for the story of Bernadette. It was kind of boring. The last few chapters of the book were rather boring.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought that Bernadette's recovery after 4 tankards of gin was extremely unbelievable. The morning after being almost gang raped and forced to drink all of the gin, it was as if she was not affected in the least.

    I did not like the proposal scene or accompanying sex scene. I just was not crazy about much of this book although I did like Matthew's character and his story. Seems a little odd, but Matthew's story was very good, it's just that the rest of the book didn't stand up to his story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Captured by the Highlander: Highlander Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Julianne MacLean
    • Narrated By Antony Ferguson
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (288)
    Story
    (286)

    From best-selling author Julianne MacLean comes the first entry in the fiery saga of three Highland warriors sworn to protect their homeland-and fight for the women they love.

    Elizabeth says: "Great narrator and story"
    "Highland Warrior and Self- Righteous Snob"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I might if someone was a big fan of highland romances. I wasn't terribly impressed with the book or the narration.


    What was most disappointing about Julianne MacLean’s story?

    I didn't like that Amelia was so dead set against Duncan having to fight and I hated her constant defense of her fiancé. Duncan had a very strong conscience and I think she should have seen that. I can understand the distaste for fighting, but Duncan was a trained warrior and his life was to protect his clan and family. Those were rough times and every man had to be willing to fight. I liked Duncan and I loved his secret. That made the book worth listening too and provided a nice twist.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Anthony Ferguson isn't may favorite narrator, but he isn't the worst I've ever listened to and in all honesty it was just a couple of characters that I did not like at all. One being the uncle. Mr. Ferguson made him sound like a pretentious, ignorant fool. He really was't ignorant at all. he just wasn't real outspoken.


    Any additional comments?

    This book wasn't my favorite but I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
    • Narrated By Paul Baymer, Susan Duerden, Roselyn Landor, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3009)
    Performance
    (1194)
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    (1194)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: The best book club you’ve never heard of – but will be eager to join, courtesy of a full cast of true characters. January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb....

    Kent says: "MUCH better than I ever expected! Give it a try!"
    "Perfectly Lovely!!"
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    What did you love best about The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society?

    Everything! I was so apprehensive about starting this book, but I am so glad that I did. What a great story. I learned so much about WWII and what happened to people. It seems that we will never know the full extent of atrocities committed during that war.

    I loved the people and their personal correspondence. I hate that we have lost the art of writing such lovely letters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    About mid-way through the book my favorite character was Marc Reynolds because he was just so clever with words. Then he became a bit too bossy and I liked Juliet best. I think I really enjoyed the book best before Juliet went to Guernsey and she was simply corresponding with the Potato Peel Pie members.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I thought all of the narrator's were fantastic. I liked that they decided that Susan D. would only read letters from Juliet and no other characters. This REALLY brought the characters to life for me. Each character was so real.

    I know that the other narrators did several characters each, but these narrators are some of the best in the business and if you are new to audiobooks, you may never know that the narrators are reading letters from a few characters instead of just one.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed out loud a few times and I was very disturbed during several parts of the book, especially when the author described the tote workers. Terrible.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book. I think that reading the book would be a little bit harder to get through because of the addresses at the top of each letter. The addresses can get repetitive and one might be tempted to skip over reading them; however, the addresses do ensure you know where each character is because of the address so they are important. I also thought having the narrators read the addresses would be a problem, but it wasn't. I was actually anxious to hear where the characters were and this was noted when the address was read before each letter.

    If I had to choose one word to describe this book, I would use "perfect". This book was absolutely perfect. I loved it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Reese: Rock Creek Six, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Lori Handeland
    • Narrated By Bobbin Beam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Mary McKendrick, a head-strong school teacher who wants nothing more than to find a home in her adopted town of Rock Creek, Texas, takes charge when a band of ruffians attempts to destroy the town. Mary hires Reese, the mysterious, and reluctant, leader of a band of deadly Confederate veterans, to protect them. Reese is haunted by the war and what he did during it. The only constant in his life are the five men willing to come to his side whenever he calls them.

    LilMissMolly says: "Great Western Romance!"
    "GREAT Story, Yucky Narration"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    No - the narration was not good at all.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Reese?

    Mary's and Reese's introduction was very entertaining.

    The introduction of the Rock Creek Six was very interesting. The book is really well written and a strong character base is built during this first book in the series.


    Any additional comments?

    I used the "whispersync" option and bought the ebook and the audio book both at great prices. I actually ended up reading more of the book than listening because the narration was just boring.

    I would definitely recommend the book, but I cannot recommend the audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heirs and Graces: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1002)
    Performance
    (904)
    Story
    (900)

    As 35th in line for the throne, Lady Georgiana Rannoch may not be the most sophisticated young woman, but she knows her table manners. It's forks on the left, knives on the right - not in His Majesty's back….

    Nancy says: "Enjoyable light murder mystery"
    "Undecided - ending not believable"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heirs and Graces?

    I cackled when Jack first met the Dowager Duchess. That conversation was hilarious.


    What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

    Katherine Kellgren always delivers a rock solid performance. Ms. Kellgren has managed to keep the voices of all repeating characters the same in every book. I think that makes the characters more real.


    Any additional comments?

    I have really enjoyed every book in this series, until this one. I liked, but the ending with the resolution of the crime was just not believable and especially when the twins mother told the kids to "hold" Georgiana. Cat was supposedly in the bed sick and Sissy was in her wheel chair by he window which only left Nick -an 11 year old boy to hold Georgie. Too unbelievable for me. I also think its time for Georgie and Darcy to get on with it. They could get married and still have murders and mysteries to solve. If you have listened to all of thee books and enjoyed them, then you should definitely add this to your collection, but I don't think this books storyline is as good as previous books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Abby: Mail Order Bride: Unconventional Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Verna Clay
    • Narrated By Amy Gramour
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Brant Samson has fallen on hard times with the death of his beloved wife a year earlier from lung fever. Left with three children, he's desperate to find a mother for them. Ten year old Jenny does her best to care for two year old Ty, and fourteen year old Luke works the ranch with his father, losing himself in dime novels to ease the pain of his mother's death. Brant's options are limited since eligible women seldom pass through Two Rivers, much less settle in the small Texas town.

    Lady M says: "Sweet -- Touching!"
    "Monotone Narrator"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. I might recommend the book but probably not the audiobook. The narrator read in a monotone without much emotion.

    I liked the story up until the part where Abby left the family. I know she was devastated but I found it to be a very selfish act when there were two children who had already experienced quite a bit of during their lives.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Verna Clay? Why or why not?

    Providing a different narrator was used, I probably would.


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator is definitely not the worst I've ever listened to. She is just boring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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