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Laquetta

Joliet, IL, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • A Secret Rage

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (112)

    Former New York City model Nickie Callahan is looking forward to the easy life when she moves to the sleepy college town of Knolls, Tennessee. But the women of Knolls are not safe. And as Nickie gets swept up in a string of brutally violent crimes, she must take matters of justice into her own hands.

    Tony Aguila says: "Trademark Charlaine Harris"
    "A SECRET RAGE"
    Overall

    THIS BOOK MUST BE AN EARLY DRAFT FOR CHARLAINE HARRIS -
    IT DRAGGED AND WAS SLOW IN KEY AREAS IN THE BOOK WHEN IT SHOULD HAVE POPPED OUT WITH EXCITMENT. IT LACKED WOW.
    Q KOSMIDES

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Bombshell: An FBI Thriller, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman, Paul Costanzo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (246)
    Story
    (242)

    FBI Special Agent Griffin Hammersmith, last seen in Backfire, has been recruited by Dillon Savich to join his unit in Washington, D.C. Savich sees something special in Hammersmith, an almost preternatural instinct for tracking criminals. While on his way to D.C., Hammersmith plans to visit his sister, Delsey, a student at Stanislaus School of Music in Maestro, Virginia. Before he arrives, he gets a phone call that Delsey has been found naked and unconscious, lying in a pool of blood, after a wild party. The blood isn’t hers - so to whom does it belong? Griffin must protect Delsey, but from whom?

    Susan says: "Typical Catherine Coulter"
    "SAD"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better narrators!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Catherine Coulter again?

    If she had better narrators. I've always read her books, love the FBI ones. This was the worst for me on all levels.


    What didn’t you like about Renee Raudman and Paul Costanzo ’s performance?

    Their lack of acting. The performance was stiff and boring.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Bombshell?

    Cant say. I'm going to have to buy the book and read it. The audio version is so awful that I couldn't get into the plot or characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Wow! I've been a fan of CC for years and I just hope it was not her who hired the narrators for Bomb Shell. Truly the reading was boring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twice Tempted: A Night Prince Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1623)
    Performance
    (1508)
    Story
    (1522)

    Leila's psychic abilities have been failing her, and now she isn't sure what the future holds. If that weren't enough, her lover, Vlad, has been acting distant. Though Leila is a mere mortal, she's also a modern woman who refuses to accept the cold-shoulder treatment forever - especially from the darkly handsome vampire who still won't admit that he loves her.... Soon circumstances send Leila back to the carnival circuit, where tragedy strikes.

    Hassan says: "A Book FULL of events and actions"
    "Vlad"
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    What did you love best about Twice Tempted?

    Seeing Vlad heart broken and acting like a mortal man with feelings. Loved it!


    What other book might you compare Twice Tempted to and why?

    Night Huntress books - Bones character. Vlad has made fun of his friend Cat and her husband Bones relationship, now the shoe is on the other foot. Karma, gotta love it.


    Which character – as performed by Tavia Gilbert – was your favorite?

    Lelia. Love her inner voice. She and the inner voice are like bickering sisters. But then I always find Leila's sister very entertaining.


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

    Extreme reaction - no. It made me laugh. The characters can give Dr. Phil a run for his money.


    Any additional comments?

    Vlad being brutal and cruel mixed in with being in love is very entertaining. I always look for a book with all sides covered - Funny, sad, cruel, bloody, crazed, drama and a since of yeah so what - always a sign of a great listen or read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Once Burned: A Night Prince Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    Overall
    (2381)
    Performance
    (2205)
    Story
    (2196)

    After a tragic accident scarred her body and destroyed her dreams, Leila never imagined that the worst was still to come: a terrifying ability to channel electricity and to see a person's darkest secrets through a single touch. Leila is doomed to a life of solitude ... until creatures of the night kidnap her, forcing her to reach out with a telepathic distress call to the world's most infamous vampire. Vlad Tepesh inspired the greatest vampire legend of all - but whatever you do, don't call him Dracula.

    Hassan says: "LOVED it from the beginning"
    "Burn baby burn"
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    Where does Once Burned rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I can only compare it to the Night Huntress novels. Since he is another spin-off from the series. On a scale of 1 thru 5 I give it a 3 1/2. Simply because book 2 should kick butt! It felt like J.F. was holding back and I believe she's saving it for book 2.


    What other book might you compare Once Burned to and why?

    Any of the Night Huntress books. Vlad is dangerous, scary and funny. It has everything I need in a book. A Naive, mentally tortured and lonely female meets crazed, sexy, dangerous and lonely Prince of boogie men. Characters to love, dislike and hate. Love it!! Leila's family is wonderfully dysfunctional, what's not to like.


    What about Tavia Gilbert’s performance did you like?

    The accents are AWESOME!!!! It amazes me she can keep them them straight.


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

    Yes. Vlad's character is always amusing. Now I get to laugh at his henchmen antics too. I laughed a lot.


    Any additional comments?

    Great Vlad has his on series, now we get to listen to more of his story line and day to day life. Waiting on more of the love triangle between Leila, Vlad and Max. I am waiting for book 2, out of all the characters from the Night Huntress series Vlad is more entertaining. That's saying a lot, I am a huge Bones fan. :-)

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bite Before Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Lynsay Sands, Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Paula Christensen, Tavia Gilbert
    Overall
    (605)
    Performance
    (562)
    Story
    (560)

    This holiday season, join two of today’s most popular paranormal authors for a special look into their worlds, where creatures are always stirring and no one sleeps through the night. The Bite Before Christmas: Teddy Brunswick knows about the immortals among us. He’s worked with them, called them friend - but he never counted on being snowed in with one over Christmas. Home for the Holidays by Jeaniene Frost: Cat and Bones are looking forward to a normal holiday - at least as “normal” as it gets for the combustible vampire couple....

    Ck says: "Home for the Holidays= 5 stars, The Gift= 0 stars"
    "Jeaniene Frost half"
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    What did you love best about The Bite Before Christmas?

    More of the Ian character. Get a chance to see how much he is truly Bones friend.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The demon who helped Cat and Ian. He was evil and self serving. Totally for him self. Love him.


    What does Paula Christensen and Tavia Gilbert bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Tavia Gilbert brings a voice to go a long with the character. It's different from the voice in your head trying to give everyone different voices.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes. When Bones confronted Annette about his past.


    Any additional comments?

    As always - I want more of Jeaniene Frost Night Huntress series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades Freed: Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7486)
    Performance
    (6550)
    Story
    (6554)

    When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees. Now, Ana and Christian have it all - love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy.

    SIMARA says: "We ate the dessert first..."
    "England writting"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. We all need reminding that we were once 21.


    What other book might you compare Fifty Shades Freed to and why?

    This reminded me of the Twilight series. Sex and punishment in one book and wanting in the other. Christian more forceful and Edward wanting to be. Bella had more common sense while Ana could not find or use hers.


    Which character – as performed by Becca Battoe – was your favorite?

    Christian. He is so damaged - her performance was awesome.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I want to beat that beautiful skin


    Any additional comments?

    The author is from England, her story line is set in the Washington state area. So the wording is a mix of England and American terminologies. I had to read the first book of the series twice before I looked up the author. Have an open mind.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors: Jane Jameson, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2808)
    Performance
    (2545)
    Story
    (2552)

    Just as Jane Jameson’s unlife seems to be stabilizing, fate sinks its fangs firmly into her butt. Despite her near-phobia of wedding planning, her no-frills nighttime nuptials to her sexy boyfriend, Gabriel, are coming along smoothly. That is, until she turns a fatally wounded teenage acquaintance, and the Council pronounces her responsible for the newborn vamp until he can control his thirst.

    Kirstin says: "Molly Did it Again!!!"
    "Great start, not so great ending."
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    What did you love best about Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors?

    The wedding drama. Loved Jane hiring a wedding planner with her mother in the mix. Great stuff!


    Would you recommend Nice Girls Don't Bite Their Neighbors to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes. Everyone needs a laugh or something relaxing and entertaining to listen to every now and then.


    What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

    The way she does Grandma Ruthie's voice is to funny.


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

    In the beginning yes. Laugh


    Any additional comments?

    The plots in this series always start out great but towards the end it becomes weak. The main characters are so well written that you get really into them - but the last two chapters unravels and I think

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Explosive Eighteen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1893)
    Performance
    (1660)
    Story
    (1646)

    Before Stephanie can even step foot off Flight 127, Hawaii to Newark, she’s knee deep in trouble. Her dream vacation turned into a nightmare, and she’s flying back to New Jersey solo. Worse still, her seatmate never returned to the plane after the L.A. layover. Now he’s dead, in a garbage can, waiting for curbside pickup. His killer could be anyone. And a ragtag collection of thugs and psychos, not to mention the FBI, are all looking for a photograph the dead man was supposed to be carrying.

    HappyMom says: "to quote Lula 'I really expected a better story'"
    "WOW!!"
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    Would you listen to Explosive Eighteen again? Why?

    Yes! And 2 more times after!! This one is up there with the first 4 books of the series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Stephanie!! I'm so happy that J.E. finally gave her some back bone about men! Happy that Joe and Ranger have shown what they have wanted to do to each other. When she lost her car multiple times to the same FTA. :-) Oh, the F.B.I parking lot.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she thought about the Hawaii episode


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

    Yes and Laughed


    Any additional comments?

    Keep them coming. I like the fact that Joe, Ranger and Stephanie had battle bruises before the middle of the book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Smokin' Seventeen: A Stephanie Plum Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1906)
    Performance
    (1281)
    Story
    (1279)

    Where there’s smoke there’s fire, and no one knows this better than New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum. Dead bodies are showing up in shallow graves on the empty construction lot of Vincent Plum Bail Bonds. No one is sure who the killer is, or why the victims have been offed, but what is clear is that Stephanie’s name is on the killer’s list. Short on time to find evidence proving the killer’s identity, Stephanie faces further complications when her family and friends decide that it’s time for her to choose between her longtime off-again-on-again boyfriend and the other bad boy in her life....

    Joan says: "Been there read that!"
    "SMOKIN' SEVENTEEN"
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    Thank you Janet!! Just wanted to say AWESOME JOB! I love all of the Stephanie Plum characters. I will not say much, just that you rock! Mystery, death, sex and pure laughter all the things I love in a book.
    Two thumbs up!!

    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4096)
    Performance
    (3116)
    Story
    (3124)

    Even in Grundy, Alaska, its unusual to find a naked guy with a bear trap clamped to his ankle on your porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern transplant Mo Wenstein has no difficulty identifying the problem.

    Mariya says: "Preternaturally Funny"
    "How to Flirt with A Naked Werewolf"
    Overall

    This book has it all. Kid running far away from crazy parents - family disputes - nosy people - bad boy drama - danger - sex and Werewolfs. Even had comedy! Nice break from Charlaine Harris and
    Janet Evanovich

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Reckoning: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #11

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3916)
    Performance
    (2611)
    Story
    (2600)

    With her knack for being in trouble's way, Sookie witnesses the firebombing of Merlotte's, the bar where she works. Since Sam Merlotte is now known to be two-natured, suspicion falls immediately on the anti-shifters in the area. Sookie suspects otherwise, but her attention is divided when she realizes that her lover, Eric Northman, and his "child", Pam, are plotting to kill the vampire who is now their master. Gradually, Sookie is drawn into the plot - which is much more complicated than she knows.

    BRANDON says: "Antiques RoadShow, Burned Hair & Elvis"
    "Dead Reckoning"
    Overall

    Wow! This is the first time I'm disappointed with a Sookie novel. The whole book was off. I understand how Sookie's not dealing well with how she is changing but come on. It's great she is learning where her abilities come from and what her grandmother did to have children. She should be mad that Gran nor anyone helped with her telepathy. Nice that Amelia is back sad that they are not close anymore. Alcid and the bed thing??? Eric and Sookie's sex scene has Eric saying wimpy words. The vampire is a Viking, wimpy words do not fit. I get that CH wants SS and EN to break up, but this is not what I am use to. Still a devoted fan and I will buy the next installment - so please get back on track. QK

    11 of 14 people found this review helpful

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