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  • Hell on Wheels: Black Knights Inc., Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Julie Ann Walker
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (96)

    Ex-Marine Nate "Ghost" Weller is an expert at keeping his cool - and his distance - which makes him one hell of a sniper. It's also how he keeps his feelings for Ali Morgan in check. Sweet, sexy Ali has always revved his engine, but she's his best friend's baby sister ... and totally off limits. Ali's never seen anything sexier than Nate Weller straddling his custom Harley - or the flash of danger in his eyes when she tells him she's in trouble. First, something happened to her brother, and now she's become the target of a nasty organization.

    Karen says: "What a ride!"
    "Weak narration was secondary to the story line."
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    What disappointed you about Hell on Wheels?

    With most characters, a nickname, the first name, and the last name were used interchangebly way before the listener had a fix on who was who. Also, there were several disconnects in the story line that made me think that it was over-edited or poorly written. For example, two characters were being chased by "villians" and found a temporary refuge -then, after a night of passion they are back at base having suceeded in thir mission. No mention on how they evaded the villians getting back on the road or the ones posted at the destination of their mission.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Abby Craden’s performances?

    No


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Hell on Wheels?

    If I were editor, I would make sure the characters and story flowed in such a way that made sense to the reader. Also, I would have had the story critiqued by persons who had more knowledge of the subject matter - such as - the U.S. President invites a private citizen and a tribe of unauthorized "Black Ops" to an Oval Office interogation of a U.S. Senator. Get real!


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Knight Moves

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Laurie McLean
    • Narrated By Dina Pearlman
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    When a futuristic chalice transports San Francisco-based videogame programmer Marian Tyler back to 1100 AD it turns her life into a living knightmare. Dashing Sir Thomas de Percivale is on his way to his execution - unjustly accused of a crime he didn't commit - when a 'witch' drops out of the sky and knocks him off his horse thus saving his life. Together they must flee for their lives, outwit the Bishop of Durham and stay alive long enough to reclaim Sir Thomas' birthright.

    Ellen says: "Terrible narration."
    "Terrible narration."
    Overall
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    What would have made Knight Moves better?

    Definitely another reader.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Laurie McLean again?

    Unless the author is the one who engages the narrator, I would purchase another book by Ms. McLean.


    How could the performance have been better?

    An experienced reader.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not sure. Couldn't listen longer than 45 minutes.


    Any additional comments?

    Returned this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When Day Breaks: A KGI Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Adam Paul
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (157)

    The Kelly Group International (KGI): A super-elite, top secret, family-run business. Qualifications: High intelligence, rock-hard body, military background. Mission: Hostage/kidnap victim recovery. Intelligence gathering. Handling jobs the U.S. government can't.... Eden is said to be one of the most beautiful women in the world. Her face has graced countless magazines and her body has sold millions of dollars of clothing. But her fame and beauty has earned her more than she ever imagined. Evil is stalking her, determined to extinguish the ethereal beauty forever.

    MM says: "MAYA...YOU GOT A LITTLE LAZY ON THIS ONE"
    "Too immature"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?


    The book was just OK. The story line was lost in the hours dedicated to the romance developing between the main characters. The dialog sounded like a couple of pre-teens
    noticing the opposite sex for the first time... "do you really like me? Really?"


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Proposition

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Katie Ashley
    • Narrated By Justine O. Keef
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (170)

    With her thirtieth birthday looming, Emma Harrison finds her biological clock clanging and the elusive knight in shining armor yet to appear. She's running out of options, especially after her gay best friend backs out from being her sperm donor. Of course, there's always a sperm bank, but Emma fears a donor mix-up might impregnate her with the spawn of Satan.

    Leesa says: "Baby making"
    "Sophomoric"
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about The Proposition?

    While I enjoy "fantasy", when writing in 2012, don't set up the characters as educated professionals with good jobs and then have them behaving outrageously at the office.
    If set in the mid 70's, perhaps I could have stomached the office gossip about sexual experiences, having sex in the office, and having alcoholic drinks at lunch during the workday. I endured 2 1/2 hours but couldn't go further.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not this author.


    Which character – as performed by Justine O. Keef – was your favorite?

    n/a


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    n/a


    Any additional comments?

    Will probably return this book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Virgin River

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1668)
    Performance
    (1155)
    Story
    (1172)

    Recently widowed, grieving Los Angeles midwife/nurse Melinda Monroe answers a small upstate town's ad for help. Nestled amongst California's giant redwoods, quaint Virgin River is host to many quirky characters - including bar owner Jack Sheridan, who may be just the man to make Melinda smile again.

    Houston mom says: "Great author if you like Nora Roberts!"
    "Great story and wonderfully flawed characters."
    Overall
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    Story
    What did you love best about Virgin River?

    It's tired and depressive state held together by strong people who recognize the gem it could become.


    Which character ??? as performed by Therese Plummer ??? was your favorite?

    Mel Sheridan


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

    I was captivated by the characters and story line development. Both the humor and sadness elicited strong emotions.


    Any additional comments?

    Looked forward to the a sequel.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Crazy for Love

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Victoria Dahl
    • Narrated By Montana Chase
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (52)

    Chloe Turner thought she was going to marry the perfect man—until her fiancé’s plane crashed. And then she got the really bad news: he’d tried to fake his own death to avoid marrying her. Now America’s most famous bridezilla (a tag she most definitely does not deserve), Chloe escapes to a remote island to avoid the paparazzi. And right next door is a man who just might be the cure for Chloe’s heartache.…

    Courtney says: "Couldn't finish because of narration"
    "Inept Narrator"
    Overall

    I really wanted to hear this book, but the narrator was so distracting that I kept stopping. My rating is based on not having the patience to finish listening to the book. What a waste of money. Narrator Montana Chase is on my "do not purchase" list.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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