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Natalie

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Purcellville, VA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Second Chance Pass: Virgin River, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (695)
    Performance
    (483)
    Story
    (482)

    Within a few short months, Vanessa buried her husband and birthed his son. When serendipity brings a man into her life again, her heart flutters anew. But just as he plans to reveal his love, another woman stakes her claim on him - a claim his sense of honor can't easily shake off.

    OLIVIA says: "Excellent"
    "I'm a fan of the preacher man!"
    Overall

    I thought the first book would be impossible to beat, but with the amazing narration of my favorite Therese Plummer as well as the emotional and climactic story of Preacher and mysterious newcomer Paige - I couldn't put it down. The writing is fantastic, the story weaving in characters old and sneak peaks of what is to come make this a wonderful listen that kept me up all night until I finished!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Night to Surrender: Spindle Cove, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Tessa Dare
    • Narrated By Carolyn Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (65)

    Welcome to Spindle Cove, where the ladies with delicate constitutions come for the sea air, and men in their prime are..nowhere to be found. Or are they? Spindle Cove is the destination of choice for certain types of well-bred young ladies: The painfully shy, young wives disenchanted with matrimony, and young girls too enchanted with the wrong men; it is a haven for those who live there. Victor Bramwell, the new Earl of Rycliff, knows he doesn't belong here.

    Lia says: "Sweet Fun Romance"
    "Good narration, witty, but not captivating"
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    This is a well written book in terms of characters, scenery, and witty dialog. However, I found myself drifting off during many parts that didn't keep my attention. I love historical romance and this is worth a credit, but the plot is not a great suspensful page turner. It is a light, romantic fair and a funny story about "spinster cove". I think I will give the second book a chance however.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Findley's Lass: The Clan MacDougall Series

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Suzan Kathleen Tisdale
    • Narrated By Brad Wills
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (66)

    The Highlands of Scotland, Autumn 1344..... She had won his heart without trying... and he can only pray for the chance to give her his. When Findley McKenna returns after his battle with the English to offer Maggy Boyle a home amongst his clan, he finds only death and destruction instead of the young widow who has stolen his heart. The only things left of her home is the burned out hut and decaying bodies of the auld people Maggy has taken care of for the past three years. With only a prayer, his Highlander heart, and a bit of bloodied plaid to cling to, Findley will crawl through hell if he must, in order to find Maggy and her sons and avenge the massacre before him.

    DARA says: "Made Me Smile"
    "Excellent Narration, wonderful story! Another grea"
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    This is not a corset ripper, but instead a touching story of a mother's love, a warrior's unwavering will to get his lass, and the coming of age of brave little brothers. I enjoyed the story immensely! Brad is an excellent narrator, he really makes the story!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Clayborne Brides: One Pink Rose, One White Rose, One Red Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Mikael Naramore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (88)

    First introduced in Julie Garwood's magnificent New York Times bestseller For the Roses, the Clayborne brothers of Blue Belle, Montana, have been embraced by millions more through this trio of #1 bestselling novels. Now collected in one volume, these stories tell of three spirited brothers - once a mismatched gang of street urchins - who learn that love flourishes in the most unexpected places…One Pink Rose.

    Elaine says: "Light but entertaining romances."
    "My ears are bleeding. Couldn't finish it."
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    After two hours, I had to turn it off. The voices of the brothers sound like they are all highly effeminate and unrealistic. It is just not the Julie I am accustomed to having started with her Highland series'. Too long, not the best choice for narration and I couldn't get through it. Just painful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Lion's Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (445)
    Performance
    (400)
    Story
    (405)

    Christina Bennett had taken London society by storm. The ravishing beauty guarded the secret of her mysterious past until the night Lyon, Marquis of Lyonwood, stole a searching, sensuous kiss. An arrogant nobleman with a pirate's passions, he tasted the wildfire smoldering beneath Christina's cool charm and swore to possess her.... But the feisty and defiant Christina would not be so easily conquered. Mistress of her heart and of her fortune, she resisted Lyon's sensuous caresses.

    Jordy says: "Yes another 5 star rating!"
    "Superb narration, fantastic story!"
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    Julie has really done it again! A great heroin, with a new story line. No clammy, boring English fellows here - this Lord is just the right one to match wits with Christina. Excellent, highly recommend, enjoyed every minute! The narrarator switched from a young girl, a man, another man to a nasty old countess within seconds and you don't even notice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond the Highland Mist: Highlander, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2106)
    Performance
    (1283)
    Story
    (1286)

    He was known throughout the kingdom as Hawk, legendary predator of the battlefield and the boudoir. No woman could refuse his touch, but no woman ever stirred his heart - until a vengeful fairy tumbled Adrienne de Simone out of modern-day Seattle and into medieval Scotland.

    E. Anderson says: "Loved It!!"
    "Crap!"
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    Turned it off after one chapter, it was painful to listen to the bad writing in this. If you want to read about a highland gigalo, a slut for a queen, then I guess have it. It was the worst first chapter of a romance i have every read/listened to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Honor's Splendour

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (839)
    Performance
    (536)
    Story
    (534)

    In the feuding English court, gentle Lady Madelyne suffered the cruel whims of her ruthless brother, Baron Louddon. Then, in vengeance for a bitter crime, Baron Duncan of Wexton—the Wolf—unleashed his warriors against Louddon's domain. Exquisite Madelyne was the prize he catured...but when he gazed upon the proud beauty, he pledged to protect her with his life.

    Jordy says: "Julie Garwood writes the best Highlander books!"
    "Great ebook, horrific narrarator"
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    Please skip the audio version and download the book on your kindle. You will love the text and story, but will despise the narrator. I enjoyed the book immensely, it is just a poor choice for a narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Seduce a Scot: Montgomerys and Armstrongs, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1668)
    Performance
    (1520)
    Story
    (1523)

    Eveline Armstrong is fiercely loved and protected by her powerful clan, but outsiders consider her "touched." Beautiful, fey, with a level, intent gaze, she doesn't speak. No one, not even her family, knows that she cannot hear. Content with her life of seclusion, Eveline has taught herself to read lips and allows the outside world to view her as daft. But when an arranged marriage into a rival clan makes Graeme Montgomery her husband, Eveline accepts her duty -unprepared for the delights to come.

    CAROLYN says: "OMG - NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL A GREAT LISTEN"
    "What a great new discovery! Love, love, love!"
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    There are many more detailed reviews so I will save the paragraphs and tell you this is not a hard core erotic novel, thankfully, it is a great contemporary romance set in the Highlands with a WONDERFUL narrator, a great and realistic story line and fascinating characters and heroin. Buy it, well worth it!!! Can't wait to start the next ones.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Candlelight Christmas: The Lakeshore Chronicles, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Susan Wiggs
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    A single father who yearns to be a family man, Logan O’Donnell, is determined to create the perfect Christmas for his son, Charlie. The entire O’Donnell clan arrives to spend the holidays in Avalon, a postcard-pretty town on the shores of Willow Lake, a place for the family to reconnect and rediscover the special gifts of the season. One of the guests is a newcomer to Willow Lake - Darcy Fitzgerald. Sharp-witted, independent, and intent on guarding her heart, she’s the last person Logan can see himself falling for.

    Jean says: "boring narration, boring story line"
    "Boring, terrible narration"
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    I didn't pay attention to the first half, and couldn't take the second. Terrible narration, boring story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vision in White: The Bride Quartet, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1111)
    Performance
    (570)
    Story
    (572)

    The women at Vows - a wedding planning company in Connecticut - make it their business to create memorable events for couples sealing their bonds. And though the bonds among Parker, Emma, Mac, and Laurel may not be official, they are very real - and equally worthy of celebration.

    Mary says: "Bad Narration"
    "Great quartet, not that impressed with narrarator"
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    I loved these books so decided to buy the audio for work time, however this narrator feels sounds like she is reading from a sheet of paper instead of sounding natural. She needs some practice, not enough differentiation in the voices which are vast between the girls. Recommend, but not a great narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Music: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (329)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (178)

    For Princess Gabrielle of St. Biel, Scotland is a land of stunning vistas, wild chieftains, treacherous glens, and steep shadows: skullduggery, betrayal, and now murder. Prized for her exquisite beauty, the daughter of one of England's most influential barons, Gabrielle is also a perfect bargaining chip for a king who needs peace in the Highlands: King John has arranged Gabrielle's marriage to a good and gentle laird. But this marriage will never take place.

    Lilian says: "Yes, read it!"
    "Great period piece"
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    I very much enjoyed this period piece by Julie, combining a great story of different world being thrown together, add some intrigue and drama, strong, believable characters and you have another great 5 star piece. Recommend highly!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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