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Kimberly

Love reading. Love listening.

Indianapolis, IN, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Don't Look Down

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie, Bob Mayer
    • Narrated By Patrick G. Lawlor, Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (75)

    Lucy Armstrong is a director of television commercials who's just been recruited to finish a four-day action-movie shoot. But she arrives on the set to discover that the directing staff has quit, the makeup artist is suicidal, the stars are egomaniacs, the stunt director is her ex-husband, and the lead actor has just acquired as an adviser a Green Beret who has the aggravating habit of always being right.

    S says: "Recommend for Cruisie fans"
    "I tried. I really tried."
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    I can't REALLY say how the story is. Can't they include a question mark for that and overall when you can't finish because of the narration? Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer are generally pretty good together (though a prefer JC all by herself), and the cnocept seems sound, but the narration irritated me so much I couldn't get past the first chapter, and I tried 3 times! This is one I'll have to read in print, then maybe I'll do another review regarding the story. But I still wouldn't recommend listening. Go to Goodreads for reviews and ratings on books, then come back here to see how it's rated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Feral Sins: Phoenix Pack, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Suzanne Wright
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1978)
    Performance
    (1823)
    Story
    (1840)

    Taryn Warner is a wolf shifter with extraordinary healing skills - and serious problems. First, her father is determined that she mate for life with a wolf shifter named Roscoe Weston, whom the feisty Taryn can’t stand. To make matters worse, she’s also been kidnapped by Trey Coleman, a dangerous alpha male from another pack. And as much as she wants to resist Trey, Taryn is incredibly, maddeningly attracted to him.

    Paige says: "Surprised they didn't check my ID"
    "Rated R for language, violence, and sex"
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    Setting: Contemporary, obviously an alternate reality
    Genre: Paranormal romance/erotica
    3 1/2 stars
    Gist of the story is, Taryn is from a wolf shifter pack, but she is latent, so she can't shift. Her father arranges a marriage to the gorgeous and charming Roscoe. But Roscoe pegs Taryn's creep-o-meter, so when Trey, the gorgeous and reputedly half-crazy Alpha of the Phoenix pack proposes a short marriage of convenience she accepts. His motivation is that he needs a mate to lend him credibility, which he needs to prevent his previous pack from absorbing the Phoenix through political machinations. Intrigue, sex, and violence ensue.
    The story could have been tightened up without effecting the plot line, but it kept my interest anyway.
    Jill Redfield provides a creditable narration. She doesn't do that obviously fake baritone for the males, and her females don't go into odd registers. She uses subtle inflection and pacing to differentiate the characters.
    This is a credit-worthy listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Moon Called: Mercy Thompson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4132)
    Performance
    (2678)
    Story
    (2684)

    Mercy Thompson's life is not exactly normal. Her next-door neighbor is a werewolf. Her former boss is a gremlin. And she's fixing a VW bus for a vampire. But then, Mercy isn't exactly normal herself.

    Susan says: "I love this series.."
    "Great narrator, average story"
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    Setting : Contemporary, eastern Washington state
    Genre: Paranormal
    Narration is great because... Lorelei King
    I just did a long review of this book at Goodreads, and I don't know how to copy and paste on a mobile device, so please check out the reviews there. There are quite a few 5-star ratings, but I couldn't agree. The POV is 1st person singular. which isn't a bad thing in this genre. I see a lot of books written in that viewpoint done well. However, this one is pretty passive-voice, with more tell than show, and dialogue isn't as abundant as it could be to show who the people are. There are interruptions in the action to remind the reader of information already provided.
    The plot is a little thin, but I think the purpose of this book was to introduce conflicts and character backstory. If you plan on listening to this series (and it really is a series, needing to be done in order), this book gives a good foundation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Iron Kissed: Mercy Thompson, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2610)
    Performance
    (1734)
    Story
    (1750)

    When her former boss and mentor is arrested for murder and left to rot behind bars by his own kind, it's up to shapeshifting car mechanic Mercy Thompson to clear his name, whether he wants her to or not. And she'll have to choose between the two werewolves in her life-whether she wants to or not.

    Deborah says: "Iron Kissed"
    "I am really enjoying this series!"
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    Setting: Contemporary, Eastern Washington state
    Genre: Paranormal suspense with romantic elements
    The story is about the arrest of Mercy Thompson's fae former boss for the murder of a human. Mercy knows it is connected to a series of murders on the fae reservation she helped solve, but Zee has forbidden her investigation into the crime. Well, being Mercy, she does what she wants. There's some well-written icky characters, both fae and human, and the suspense and mystery will keep you listening. On the romantic front, Mercy must decide which werewolf she wants.
    Definitely worth continuing this series.

    BTW, there's no sex in the series beyond kissing, at least through this book. The focus has been on the mystery/suspense so far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Something About You: FBI-US Attorney Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Julie James
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (464)
    Performance
    (407)
    Story
    (409)

    Staying overnight in a luxury hotel, Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Lynde overhears a high-profile murder involving a U.S. senator. Special Agent Jack Pallas is assigned to the investigation - the same Jack Pallas who still blames her for nearly ruining his career three years ago. Now the pair will have to put their rocky past behind them, focus on the case at hand - and smother the flame of their sizzling-hot sexual tension.

    AudioAddict says: "My Favorite Romance Series (so far)"
    "Assertive heroine and sexy, sexy alpha hero"
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    Setting: Contemporary, Chicago
    Genre: Romantic suspense
    Loved the characters and their history is a good background. They were just getting into an I'm-interested-in-you-in-a-romantic way point in a working relationship when Assistant US Attorney General for Illinois Cameron Lynde did something that caused FBI agent Jack Pallas to go off about her on national TV. The budding mutual interest died on the vine with Jack's anger/hatred and his transfer to Nebraska (can you say hinterlands?). Fast forward 3 years and Jack is back in Chicago and his first case, the murder of an escort associated with a US Senator, involves Cameron as a material witness. The suspense fuels the romance which, in turn, amps the suspense. This is a great combination of likable characters and interesting plot with Karen White's excellent narration. She does both male and female characters well, and she doesn't skimp in the secondary people.

    This was worth the credit and time I spent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Big Bad Bite: Big Bad Bite, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jessie Lane
    • Narrated By Chandra Skyye
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (47)

    Jenna O'Conner is not human, nor is she considered the norm for the supernatural Other community that is benevolent enough to share this world with the humans. On her first day as a member of the Wilmington Police Department's SWAT Team, Jenna runs into trouble in the form of a deadly, mouthwatering man named Adam McPhee, who is also not human. He is determined to figure out exactly what Jenna is, which could very well put her life in danger.

    Elantra says: "What an amazing story"
    "Ruined by narration"
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    Setting: Contemporary, North Carolina, USA
    Genre:Paranormal
    Shape shifters, demons, vampires & witches. This is the world Jessie Lane has created with this series. The plot is about our heroic team going up against extremist shifters who want strong divisions between species of supernaturals, and who think of humans as a source of food. The heroine, Jenna O'Conner, is a hybrid wolf shifter-demon who is a SWAT team member on the Wilmington police force. The hero is Adam McPhee, the wolf shifter alpha of the local pack. Secondary characters are Kent, a demon and fellow SWAT team member, and Owen Davies, US Pack Master. Maybe there are others, but I only got through chapter 7 of 18 before I turned it off due to the horrible narration. What's wrong with the narration? Chandra Skyye does a pretty good job with the narrative, and Jenna's voice is okay. The male voices - not so good. Then there's the pacing. She pauses noticeably where I think there are commas, but Owen's voice and pacing are downright irritating! There are pauses mid-phrase, and the delivery is extremely laconic with this character. I tried x1.25 speed, but it can't disguise those disconcerting hesitations in the character's utterances.

    I was neutral on the story because it sounds interesting, but I didn't get far enough into it to tell if it would continue to be interesting.

    If the plot sounds good to you, get it in ebook. It's available on Kindle for $3.99

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Better Homes and Hauntings

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (976)
    Performance
    (917)
    Story
    (924)

    When Nina Linden is hired to landscape a private island off the New England coast, she sees it as her chance to rebuild her failing business after being cheated by her unscrupulous ex. She never expects that her new client, software mogul Deacon Whitney, would see more in her than just a talented gardener. Deacon has paid top dollar to the crews he’s hired to renovate the desolate Whitney estate - he had to, because the bumps, thumps, and unexplained sightings of ghostly figures in 19th-century dress are driving workers away faster than he can say “Boo.”

    Amazon Customer says: "Disappointing"
    "Not Half Moon Hollow"
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    Setting: New England, contemporary
    Genre: Paranormal romantic mystery

    I like Amanda Ronconi's performances. She's so cheery, which works for light comedy.

    I was disappointed with this book. The premise is great, about a group staying on an island to restore a Victorian mansion, but the characters are one-dimensional. The heroine is Nina, the landscape designer, and the hero is Deacon, the owner of the mansion/island. There is a large supporting cast of characters. Cindy is there to oversee the cleaning and organization of the place. Jake is Deacon's best friend and the architect for the restoration. Dotty is Deacon's unconventional cousin who provides some of the comic relief. Rick is Nina's ex-boss who is the creepy, uninvited visitor to the island. There's also a couple of visits from a very bad interior decorator (I don't know why she was even written in, as she provides no movement in the story). There are also ghosts.

    The point of view is omniscient. This is pure laziness on the part of the author. It is much more difficult to keep to one point of view, showing all the action through the senses of one character, but it also provides for a smoother narrative. Showing unfolding events from perspective of all these characters caused a choppiness on the story line. The POV should have been limited to the H/h at the most.

    All of the characters knew, going in, that the place was haunted by Deacon & Dotty's great-great-grandmother Catherine, who was murdered by her husband. They didn't have to ask who-dun-it because they already knew. So what was the impetus for the plot? What was the mystery if they didn't ask the question needed to create it? Really, the big mystery is why the characters didn't figure it out as soon as I did.

    I am a big Molly Harper fan, but this was not worth the credit I used to get it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Escape

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Mary Balogh
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (66)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (61)

    After surviving the Napoleonic Wars, Sir Benedict Harper is struggling to move on, his body and spirit in need of a healing touch. Never does Ben imagine that hope will come in the form of a beautiful woman who has seen her own share of suffering. After the lingering death of her husband, Samantha McKay is at the mercy of her oppressive in-laws - until she plots an escape to distant Wales to claim a house she has inherited. Being a gentleman, Ben insists that he escort her on the fateful journey.

    Kimberly says: "A lovely escape"
    "A lovely escape"
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    Setting: England
    Genre: Regency romance

    Rosalyn Landor provides her usual wonderful performance. I truly enjoy her work.

    This is the third in The Survivor's Club series. The male protagonist was introduced in the first book of the series, The Proposal, and mentioned in passing in The Arrangement, the second book.

    The protagonists, Mrs. Samantha McKay and Sir Benedict Harper, are well rounded. They both have their individual challenges: hers is dealing with the overbearing, puritanical family of her late husband, and his is coming to terms with his disability. The plot is engaging. There aren't any huge conflicts, but there are a couple of minor ones. Hmm. I would say this is almost two stories with a road trip in between. The first part focuses on Samantha's situation and Ben's restlessness. The hero and heroine start out disliking one another, though Ben feels a grudging responsibility for Samantha. The road trip shows the gradual change in the relationship to liking and respect. The second part focuses on the relationship between Samantha and Ben, as well as Samantha's adjustment to life in Wales. It is a nice progression.

    The novel is followed by an amusing novela, The Suitor, which is set immediately prior to The Arrangement, though the hero is introduced in The Proposal. I'd tell you more about it, but that might spoil it for you.

    I highly recommend this audio production. It is worth the time and credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Seven Minutes in Devon: Cardiff Siblings, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Catherine Gayle
    • Narrated By Brad Wills
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    During a minutes-long span three years ago, their lives were forever changed when Lady Morgan Cardiff nearly drowned. Returning to the disastrous scene for the first time, Emma Hathaway is older, wiser and ready to move on. With her parents quickly aging, she needs a husband. Alas, she is an awkward, bookish girl with no dowry to recommend her, and she is far from being an Incomparable or an heiress who might rouse a gentleman's interest.

    Kimberly says: "Seven minutes to change two lives"
    "Seven minutes to change two lives"
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    Setting: England, 1816 and 1819
    Genre: Romance

    Narration is fair. While Brad Wills lacks the vocal range to do female voices really well, once you get used to his falsetto delivery it's fine.

    Even though much of this story was delivered in passive voice rather than through dialogue and action, it was engaging. The main characters were well done, though there may have been too many in the background.
    At a house party hosted by her sister and brother-in-law, Emma Hathaway was sitting with Lady Morgan Cardiff. When she turned away for a few moments, Lady Morgan walked into the estuary. Emma went in after her and ended up needing to be saved as well. While trying to save them both, Aiden Cardiff was unable to keep his sister's head above water, and when they reach the shore, Morgan wasn't breathing. Aiden blamed it all on Emma. Three years later, Emma is at another house party hosted by her sister and brother-in-law because Emma needs to find a husband. Among those invited is Aiden Cardiff, who hates Emma with a passion.
    I enjoyed the time I spent with these people, though the important secondary characters weren't as well described as they should have been. Once I got used to the delivery by Brad Wills, the book was quite engaging.

    Bottom line: Though it may not be at the top of my re-listen list, it is on the list. I believe it was worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Wicked Little Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Victoria Alexander
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    Evelyn Hadley-Attwater has it all - a genteel Victorian life replete with loving husband, ball gowns and elegant parties. No one, including the man she married, suspects that she was once “Eve,” a spy for England’s most enigmatic intelligence agency. Summoned for one final assignment, the excitement of her former life and memories of her mysterious, flirtatious boss “Sir” prove too tempting.... Adrian Hadley-Attwater is a respectable, dignified gentleman. But even the most proper gentlemen have secrets of their own. Secrets from the rest of the world, from their families, from their wives.

    N. Hopkins says: "Good story, lazy writing"
    "Wicked"
    Overall
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    Setting: England Victorian era
    Genre: Romantic intrigue

    I enjoy Justine Eyre's performances. I think she does a good job differentiating characters, and she has good range.

    Evelyn and Adrian were introduced in His Mistress by Christmas, which was a farce. Though this premise could have been presented in a farcical style, it was not. Adrian is the stuffy, proper head of the Hadley-Attwater family, and Evelyn is his wife of 2 years. They have become so complacent with one another and their marriage, both are itching for something more. But when Evelyn's past as a spy for the crown comes calling, she's not so sure she wants excitement after all. She never told Adrian about her clandestine activities, and her own odd behavior makes her worry that he'll wonder what's going on. Adrian has never been sure why Evelyn married him in the first place, so her nervousness and out of character actions make him more insecure. He worries that she finds him so boring that she'd have an affair. The characters are interesting, and the reveal at the end was surprising. The delivery of the premise was average and could have been tightened up.

    Bottom line is that it was an enjoyable way to pass a few hours, but it won't be at the top of my re-listen list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Lady, My Lord

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Katharine Ashe
    • Narrated By Veida Dehmlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    Lady Corinna Mowbray has three passions: Excellent books, intelligent conversation, and disdaining the libertine Earl of Chance. Lord Ian Chance has three pleasures: Beautiful women, fast horses, and tormenting high-and-mighty Corinna Mowbray. Neighbors for years, Corinna and Ian have been at each other's throats since they can remember. But when a twist of fate forces them to trade lives, how long will it be before they discover that they cannot live without each other?

    Kimberly says: "Interesting premise"
    "Interesting premise"
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    Setting: England 1822
    Genre: Romance

    Narration was average. I wasn't immersed in the story, nor was I kicked out of it by mispronunciation or overly melodramatic delivery.

    The premise of this is not new, but the author freely admits that it is a take on the switched personalities trope in a historical setting. The characters had definite personalities, and they definitely set off sparks in their dealings with one another. Their chosen lifestyles are so diverse, you have to wonder how they functioned. The author didn't take the opportunity to give humor to some of the situations except for Lady Corinna's confusion over what to do with a man's morning erection. However, the mutual hatred went too far and too deep. You have to wonder how they could ever forgive some of the things they said and did. But it does make the conciliation more dramatic in a way. I just wish the story had been tightened up and shorter.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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