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jeprdy

somewhere in the middle | Member Since 2009

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  • Chesapeake Blue: Chesapeake Bay, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By James Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (548)
    Performance
    (359)
    Story
    (360)

    Seth Quinn is finally home. It's been a long journey. But a lot has changed in St. Christopher since he's been gone - and the most intriguing change of all is the presence of Dru Whitcomb Banks.

    Roberta Rothwell says: "Good story"
    "enjoyable, but..."
    Overall

    I loved how this wrapped up the Quinn's story. However, the problem I had with this was the narration. Many times, there was a southern drawl to many of the characters. Seeing as how the characters are all from the northeastern seaboard, and none of them had an accent in the previous 3 books in this set, it was distracting. Very distracting. The accent seemed to disappear in the last few chapters, which again, was distracting & odd. Not to mention the character's voices weren't well distinguished. The 3 stars combine my 4-star rating for the story & plot, and my 2-star rating for narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bared to You: A Crossfire Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4258)
    Performance
    (3855)
    Story
    (3867)

    "Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness… He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds…and desires."

    CAROLYN says: "TOUCHING & EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER OF PASSION"
    "I've read better fanfiction..."
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Just as poorly written as 50 shades. I like erotica/romance as much as the next soccer-mom; but, there could at least be a solid relationship to stand as a base for the hot sex! This story has 2 broken people using sex as an escape. ALL. THE. TIME. Seriously, there is nothing in either character that makes me want them to work through their issues and succeed as a couple. I tired of the repeated descriptions of how Gideon was the perfect male specimen- from his silky black hair down to his enormously large (is it even going to fit?) male member. Please. We soccer-moms all want our romance novel men to be gorgeous and packing large, but Eva talked of Gideon's physical perfection so much it gave the impression of her attraction to him as no more than superficial. Then she's all of a sudden on love? I didn't buy it. Narration was tedious- esp when channeling the male characters... Sounded as if Gideon was whining during the sex as opposed to moaning Eva's name. I only continued to listen through part 2 as I'd hoped Gideon's abuser would be revealed. It may have been as I think I missed a chapter or 2 lol, but if not I couldn't tolerate the torture of continuing this series to find out! This read like bad Twilight fanfiction (50 shades, anyone???) only without the obvious BDSM.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16777)
    Performance
    (11025)
    Story
    (10909)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Surprisingly Fantastic!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I am an avid audiobook fiction fan and had just become a fan of historical romance when Audible.com put the entire Outlander series on sale for a ridiculously low price. I purchased ALL 7 books based on the overwhelming positive reviews of the 1st book - Outlander. By the time I got around to listening to this book, I'd forgotten the specifics of the plot... When the book began, I was certain I'd made a huge mistake as the beginning of the story was not your typical "highlander" story; but, I kept listening anyway- still assuming I'd wasted my $$ due to not investigating the books thoroughly. Boy, was I wrong. The way this book weaves through time and produces this epic love story is brilliant! The book sometimes gets bogged down with details that appear to be irrelevant, yet it all intertwines into the storyline and characterizations that make this book impossible to put down. I'm through the 4th novel in this series now and it keeps getting better. Lastly, the narration is superb. Each character is clearly differentiated by the narrator and makes it seamless in its story-telling.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bet Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Deanna Hurst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1366)
    Performance
    (727)
    Story
    (742)

    Min Dobbs knows that happily-ever-after is a fairy tale, especially with a man who asked her to dinner to win a bet. Cal Morrisey knows commitment is impossible, especially with a woman as cranky as Min Dobbs. When they say good-bye at the end of their evening, they cut their losses and agree never to see each other again. But Fate has other plans.

    Amazon Customer says: "Another win!"
    "Fun, witty, makes me smile!"
    Overall
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    Story
    Any additional comments?

    I love most of JC's books, as I'm a chick-lit fan; but this one is my favorite! It's very smart, very witty and the characters are relate-able. I often picture this in my head as a Lifetime movie or something. It's that cleverly written and that much fun. Wish they WOULD make it a movie lol. I don't know what it is about this story, but it makes my heart warm. I keep it on my iPod at all times, and start it up again if I need a mood-booster :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15460)
    Performance
    (12775)
    Story
    (13413)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "Shame on me!"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you try another book from E. L. James and/or Becca Battoe?

    Unlikely. I've read lots of fanfiction that far surpasses the quality of EL James' writing. I knew going into this purchase this was fanfic, but I assumed it must be better than the rest as it was a NYT best seller, right? Wrong.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I don't knw. THe narrator can't necessarily be blamed for the bad writing. And the fact that the narator's voice sounds more like a petulant high schooler rather than a burgeoning young woman can only be blamed on whomever cast her for this book.


    What character would you cut from Fifty Shades of Grey?

    Ana's inner goddess. Ugh.


    Any additional comments?

    Save your ceredits people. If you're looking for an erotic novel to listen to, pick another one and save yourself the frustration of this mess.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seduction in Death: In Death, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (741)
    Performance
    (440)
    Story
    (440)

    Dante had been courting his victim in cyberspace for weeks before meeting her in person. A few sips of wine and a few hours later, she was dead. The murder weapon: a rare, usually undetectable date-rape drug with a street value of a quarter million dollars.

    Kellie says: "Where'd Peabody go??"
    "Narration a HUGE issue this time around!"
    Overall

    What the heck happened this time? I've read the first 12 in order, and until this book was extremely happy with the series!! Now, this one comes along and there is barely any differentiation from characters. I'm only 3 chapters in, and by other reviews, doesn't seem like it will get any better the further I go (if I decide to go further). So far, the biggest disappointment has to be the lack of Peabody. I LOVE PEABODY! Now, her voice is no different than Eve's. I've already gotten the next 2 books in the series, and hope I didn't waste my money on them as I feel like I did with this one. I can honestly say that while JD Robb's writing has me coming back, the biggest enjoyment out of this series so far has been the voice characterization put into the books by the narrator. Until now, that is. What a huge disappointment!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Bite Me: A Love Story

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1564)
    Performance
    (789)
    Story
    (784)

    "The city of San Francisco is being stalked by a huge shaved vampyre cat named Chet, and only I, Abby Normal, emergency backup mistress of the Greater Bay Area night, and my manga-haired love monkey, Foo Dog, stand between the ravenous monster and a bloody massacre of the general public. Whoa. And this is a love story? Yup."

    Ron says: "WOW!!!"
    "Abby Normal rocks!"
    Overall

    This has to be the funniest thing I have ever heard! First, the content is hilarious & I found myself laughing out loud at the most inopportune moments (walking down the isle at the local grocery store, laughing hysterically- alone- does tend to attract some strange looks...) But, the narration is what makes this downright crazy and unforgettable!! I am way too old to be talking like Abby, but am finding myself using key phrases of hers, much to the dismay of my teenager lol. This has to be the best $12 I've ever spent on entertainment! I can't wait to pick up more Christopher Moore titles & pray I can get another Abby Normal fix!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Sea Swept: The Chesapeake Bay Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By David Stuart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (917)
    Performance
    (628)
    Story
    (642)

    A champion boat racer, Cameron Quinn traveled the world spending his winnings on champagne and women. But when his dying father calls him home to care for Seth, a troubled young boy not unlike Cameron once was, his life changes overnight.

    Louise says: "Outstanding"
    "Enjoyed this"
    Overall

    I liked the narrator, loved the storyline & the mystery surrounding the plot. I went out & got the next 3 in the series as soon as I finished this one!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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