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  • Montana

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Debbie Macomber
    • Narrated By Emily Beresford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (129)

    Her grandfather wants her to come home, and Molly thinks she just might. His ranch will be a good place for her sons to grow up, a place to escape big-city influences. Then she learns - from a stranger named Sam Dakota - that her grandfather is ill. Possibly dying. Molly packs up the kids without a second thought and makes the long drive to Sweetgrass, Montana. Once she arrives, she immediately has questions about Sam Dakota. Why is he working on her grandfather’s ranch? Why doesn’t the sheriff trust him? Just who is he?

    Maria says: "Trusting Again isn't Easy."
    "I Couldn't Finish It"
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    Montana, as long as I could stand to listen, may have developed into something, if it'd had a better narrator. I tried to hang in there...but it was just too boring, and I felt a waste of time. After all, we do listen for enjoyment.

    The Story is about a woman with 2 boys getting a fresh start by moving from San Francisco, where her husband has been convicted of fraud, to live on her grandfather's ranch, which she will inherit. Her grandfather's ill, his Foreman an ex-rodeo star, who spent 2 years in prison for assault, questions whether he will stay on the ranch once Molly moves in.

    It may be the stereo type where she falls in love with the Foreman, while he saves the day from ranch difficulties, and helps her wayward oldest son, but I just couldn't listen long enough to find out...I may be wrong, but even if the story proves to be unique, the performance would still ruin it for me.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A Good Debutante's Guide to Ruin: The Debutante Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Sophie Jordan
    • Narrated By Carmen Rose
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (34)

    Declan, the Duke of Banbury, has no interest in ushering Rosalie Hughes, his stepsister, into society. Dumped on him with nowhere else to go, he's determined to rid himself of the headstrong debutante by bestowing on her an obscenely large dowry, making her the most sought after heiress of the Season. But Rosalie isn't about to go along with Declan's plans. Surrounded by fortune hunters, how is she supposed to find a man who truly wants her?

    Cam says: "When is the next book coming out?"
    "Mediocre"
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    Carmen Rose reads well, but everyone sound alike, both male and females. With a talented narrator "A Good Debutant's Guide to Ruin" could have been entertaining, but even the love scenes sounded like someone reading a recipe. The narrator sure makes a difference.

    Historical romance is my genre of choice, but it took me 3 tries to finish "A Good Debutant's Guide to Ruin" -- I cannot recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The White Lord of Wellesbourne

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Kathryn Le Veque
    • Narrated By Brad Wills
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Adam Wellesbourne and his four sons - Matthew, Mark, Luke and John - comprise the most feared House in the service of Richard III. Adam's eldest son, Matthew, has earned such an influential reputation that throughout England he is known as The White Lord of Wellesbourne. Upon the eve of the Battle of Bosworth field, Matthew finds himself forced into a contract marriage that he has been avoiding for 10 years.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Medieval Heaven!!"
    "Best Book I've Listen to in a Long Time!"
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    I have 9 unheard books in my Library, because they could not hold my attention. But I was riveted to "The White Lord of Wellsbourne" from beginning to end. I have found a new favorite author. I read so much it takes a talented author to keep me interested. I'm already wanting to read/hear more from Kathryn Le Vegue.

    I'm not going to write a summary of the book, because I think it is unnecessary, with what has already been said--but I do want to say this is not an insipid book in any way, it takes the reader through an array of emotions, but boredom is not one of them. It has everything that makes a book interesting: romance, intrigue, humor, suspense, likable characters.

    This author is so good she does not have to use what I call "filler words", or be overly descriptive to depict people, battle scenes, gardens, etc. for the reader to be able to see them with their" mind's eye".

    Knowing that in History, King Richard lost the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485 to Henry Tudor, I wondered what would happen to Mathew Wellsbourne, a supporter of Richard? It was a surprising ending.

    Great narration!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Married By Midnight: A Pembroke Palace Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Julianne MacLean
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    For seven years, Lord Garrett Sinclair - the ruggedly handsome illegitimate son of the Duke of Pembroke - has been traveling abroad with no intention of ever returning home to Pembroke Palace… until his father commands that he must marry by Christmas in order to thwart a family curse or lose his inheritance forever. Haunted by a tragic accident that has hardened his soul, Garrett entrusts his brothers to seek out a bride who will agree to a marriage in name only. Her reward? A sizable share of his inheritance - payable immediately after the wedding night.

    Lady M says: "Effortless Read"
    "Effortless Read"
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    "Married By Midnight" is an effortless read, lacking in emotional stimulation.

    Lord Garrett, the illegitimate youngest son a Duke, returns home after 7 years to fulfill the requirements of the Dukes latest will; that all his sons must marry before Christmas or lose their inheritance. The old Duke, developing mental disease, believes a curse will destroy the castle unless all his sons are married before midnight on Christmas eve.

    Lord Garrett has no wish to marry, so his two older brothers find him a wife that will be a wife in name only. After their marriage, they will each go their separate ways. Afraid of being married off to some old lecher, ruined Lady Anne, disowned by her family, with no money and no prospects welcomes the opportunity to live independently on the money she will receive for marrying Lord Garrett, although they have never met.

    "Married By Midnight" does not live up to what I expect from Julianne MacLean.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (582)
    Performance
    (498)
    Story
    (501)

    Emily Pollifax is one of a precious few gray-haired female sleuths who solve their cases through unflagging determination, moral courage and wisdom that comes with age. In "The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax", Emily answers the call of that “nice Mr. Carstairs” to go to Istanbul as a courier and search for a missing agent.

    Coffee Lover says: "Wonderful story, perfect narration!"
    "Delightful!"
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    The widowed Mrs. Pollifax , bored with retirement, becomes a courier for the FBI. In "The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax" she is sent to Istanbul to meet with a defecting Russian double agent, carrying a passport and money to give her so she can fly to the the US for sanction.

    If you have read or heard any of Mrs. Pollifax books you know nothing is that simple, nothing ever goes as planned. She can get into and out of situations that have you laughing out loud. In "The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax", Mrs. Polifax keeps losing the agent she came to help and finding her again. The ruthless kidnappers are relentless in their pursuit, and just when Mrs. Polifax believes they have escaped, they are caught again.

    The bodyguard sent with her for protection is killed, and she does not return to the Hotel, so no-one knows where she is, as she sets out to accomplish the job she was hired to do. Only Mrs. Polifax would hold a room of people at bay with a wooden gun, as she and her new friend rescue the "Agent" from the kidnappers.

    I highly recommend Mrs. Pollifax books if you are in the mood for a little intrigue and humor.
    I suggest reading the first book "The Unexpected Mrs. Pollifax" before reading any others.

    Barbara Rosenblat is a very talented narrator.I enjoyed her performance very much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pure and Simple

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Patricia Ryan
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (80)

    Ally Turner is shaken by the death of her childhood friend, starlet Willow Scott - and horrified when devilishly charming Tom Proctor starts digging into Willow's past for a tell-all bio, threatening to unearth a scandalous secret that must be kept hidden at all costs.

    Susan says: "thoroughly enjoyed this book!"
    "One Of The Best Books I've Heard in a Long Time"
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    I didn't want to stop listening to it, but because of the length of the story, I had to break it up. It was a little confusing in the beginning with so many characters being introduced all at once. But soon, under the expert pen of Patricia Ryan, each character took on their personal identities. The hero, Tom Proctor, an ex-crime reporter, is hired to write the tell-all Bio of Willow Scott, a movie star, who died before giving him all the details of her life. Willow wants Tom to write the truth about her life, so he needs to do what he does best, investigate.

    His research takes him to the small town Willow grew up in, and to the Turner family who took her in after her mother's body is identified as the one found in her small home on Cholra Road. Hanna Scott , a hippie, died Willow's senior year on Halloween.

    Ally Turner, our heroine, was Willow's best childhood friend--now EXfriend. Tom came for Willow's funeral in her hometown which was overseen by Dorthy Turner, Ally's mother. Ally's father, Hart Turner, had died in an auto accident the same night Willow ran away from the Turner home. The list of Turner characters are: Ally Turner and her mother, Dorthy, her small dog, Snowball, Ally's younger sister Brook, and Willow's confidant, her older brother Hart JR, who does not make an appearance at the funeral.

    There is Vincent Furley, a movie/TV star, and Willow's ex-lover. There's also Hart JR's best friend and local law officer, Ethan, who looks after the Turner ladies. Ethan became Cheif of Police after the alledged suicidal drowning of the late Cheif of Police, although no body was ever found.

    Tom wonder's what Ally, who was Willow's best friend through high school, had against Willow, and knows she is hiding something.

    Eric G. Dove gave an excellent performance. He does women voices better than other male narrators I've heard. He has a well modulated voice I could listen to all day. I will be looking for books he narrates.

    I highly recommend "Pure and Simple".

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Echoes of Ancient Dreams: A Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Kathryn Le Veque
    • Narrated By Tim Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Destry Caldbeck, smarting from being jilted at the altar, travels to Ireland on what was supposed to be her honeymoon. While visiting Dowth Mound, an ancient Neolithic site outside of Dublin, she encounters a group of students and their instructor. Dr. Conor Daderga is everything an Irishman should be; enormous, muscular, red-headed, and dead sexy. He's also loud, booming, animated, and brilliant.

    tresmom says: "What a fantasy!"
    "Mythical Story Tale"
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    The beginning of "Echoes of Ancient Dreams" began in modern day Ireland, where Destry, a physician, meets Conner, a professor of ancient Ireland. They were immediately drawn together, and were sent through time together back to the 900's.

    A sorcerer was waiting for them.

    Although more of a mythical story, it seemed to be written for children -- until the last 30 or so minutes, When they had detailed sex. Destry said, she felt dirty doing it with the children in the room, and that is how it felt listening to it.

    I hung in there to the end waiting for something interesting to happen, I'm glad it was only a little over 4 hours long.

    I've never read/listened to Kathryn Le Vegue before, but if this is a sample of her writing, I won't be listening to her again. Even the ending left a lot to be desired, you can use your imagine how you want it to end.

    Tim Campbell has a nice voice and does accents well. His narration was the best part of the audio.

    I was very disappointed.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • In Want of a Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jo Goodman
    • Narrated By Talmadge Ragan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (94)

    Jane Middlebourne needs a way out. In 1891, life in New York is unforgiving for a young woman with no prospects, especially when her family wants nothing to do with her. So when Jane discovers an ad for a mail-order bride needed in Bitter Springs, Wyoming, she responds with a hopeful heart. Rancher Morgan Longstreet is in want of a wife who will be his partner at Morning Star, someone who will work beside him and stand by him. His first impression of the fair and fragile Jane is that she is not that woman.

    Mary says: "An enjoyable listen."
    "I Could Not Finish It!"
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    I really did want to like this book. Mail Order Bride western romances are some of my favorites. But this book lacked substance, not much of a story, yet. After listening 7 hours I see no purpose in the story. Morgan and Jane are likable private individuals. Morgan likes to eat, as do his ranch hands. It goes into detail about what they eat and how they eat it, Jane's ride to and from the ranch, who is seated where in the church. There is so much detail the story (if there is one) is lost.

    They talk about rustlers, and someone stays with Jane making sure she does not go outside. The ranch-hands, even Morgan, hang the wash, etc, to keep Jane inside. But no rustlers are encountered, no action taking place. Very little is said about the rustlers in the first 7 hours...actually little is said about anything, other than mundane things, lighting the hard to light cook-stove, cooking, Jane having one of the "hands" buy her a pretty sewing box, she had seen in the mercantile when she was in town, paying for it with her own money, rather than ask Morgan for it. She mends his clothes. The only excitement (if you can call it that) was when Morgan tried to ride a Mustang, and hurt his ankle and ribs.

    There has been no romance thus far, even after consummating their marriage. Some of my lack of enjoyment in the story could be the narrator, like Jane and Morgan she is straight forward in her reading of the text; unemotional. Most of Ms Ragan's performance sounds by rote.

    There seem to be contradictions from the Prologue to after Jane arrived in Bitter Springs and married. I had to go back and listen to the prologue to see if I was mistake about what transpired between Jane and her cousin, since this was my 4th attempt at listening to "In Want of Wife", but I was remembering right.

    I'm too bored now, but maybe I will try once again to listen to "In Want of Wife" and see if any loose ends gets tied up. I would fast forward to the last chapter, but could miss explanations for the contradictions, if there are any.

    I see several people enjoyed the book; literature, like food, is certainly up to an individual's taste.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Compromised

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kate Noble
    • Narrated By Rosalind Ashford
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (50)

    Miss Gail Alton was not having a good day. Or a good year. First, she's strong-armed into attending the Season as a foil to her beautiful sister,Evangeline. Then, while riding her mare in the park, she gets toppled by a stuffy, self-important, too-handsome-by-half "gentleman" who has the audacity to blame her for their fall into the chilly lake! Little does Gail know that the very same man will soon be found in a compromising position with her sister....

    Lady M says: "Cute Story - GREAT Narrator!"
    "Cute Story - GREAT Narrator!"
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    "Compromised" was a light romance from new author Kate Noble. It was a little slow in some spots, but for the most part flows nicely. This story is about the Alton family. The father is in politics and the step-mother is a social climber. They have two daughters. Evangeline, the oldest girl, is blond, petite and a beauty; Gail is tall with not much to recommend her except her wit and her outspoken ideas, which usually gets her into trouble. Sharing a season with her gorgeous sister causes people to ignore Gail, so she is quiet and tries to blend into the background at balls her step-mother forces her to attend.. Her step-mother wants both her step-daughters to get married, but Gail wants nothing to do with it.

    Gail's father bought Max's horse's stablemate and gave her to Gail. She encounters Max riding his horse in the park and his horse goes berserk trying to get to Gail's mare. His reins break, and Gail tries to help as his horse comes barreling at her, and they both find themselves thrown from their horses into a lake. She sees him again at her family's ball and throws up on his shoes. Max hopes he never sees Gail again, because she confuses him and blames him for everything that goes wrong.

    Max’s father plans to disown him if Max doesn't find a wife in three months, so Max has no choice but to attend the "season's" balls. During the Alton ball, he meets Evangeline in the conservatory and with the moon shining upon her beautiful face Max leans forward and kisses her, and is caught by the Housekeeper. Max feels he has compromised Evangeline and offers to marry her...and everything goes downhill from there.

    I enjoyed the witty dialogue between the hero (Max) and heroine (Gail).

    Kate Noble is a noteworthy author, and Rosalind Ashford gave an excellent performance -- VERY talented narrator.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil's Love

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Julia London
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (93)

    With dreams of a great romantic love, Abigail Carrington sails to England to marry the man she has loved since childhood, Michael Ingram, Marquis of Darfield. She believes her betrothed is a generous and noble man who has been longing for her. But the handsome man waiting for her at the altar is a dark, brooding stranger who rushes her into marriage, then abandons her at his country estate. Only the passion of Michael's kiss gives her hope that theirs can be more than a marriage of convenience.

    Lizette says: "This will twist your heart!"
    "Romantic Love Times One!"
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    Michael Ingram, Marquis of Darfield, prefers to be a recluse, because of his family's past indiscretions, debts, and scandal. Even though he agreed to a betrothal to Abbey, a wealthy merchant-captain's daughter, many years ago, in exchange for paying off his wastrel father's debts, when the time comes to fulfill the contract Michael does not want to marry her.

    Abbey had fallen in love with Michael when she was 9 years old when he was aboard her father's merchant ship. She followed him around the ship with her pirate sword at the ready to get his attention, but he ignored her when he could.

    Over the years her father regaled her with stories about Michael's love & devotion to her, even giving her periodic reports on him and telling her of his continued devotion to her; giving her gifts supposedly from Michael via her sea captain father. After her father's death, remaining a naive ROMANTIC little girl mentally, she travels to England to marry him, expecting Michael to be in love with her and pining for her, as much as she has pined for him. Although she has not seen him, nor talked to him in 10 years, she has a portrait of him supposedly painted just for her, and her father's romantic stories telling of his unfailing love for her. All he recalls of Abbey is a wild, dirty hellion whom he couldn't stand.

    She excused his ignoring her, still dreaming of a grand love...until she learns the truth, that her father had been lying to her all those years, and in reality Michael did not even like her. Michael offered her a way out of the marriage, but Abbey was devastated and confused and having no place to go, she married Michael.

    She was so naive, but she was sheltered all her life and she was only nineteen. She had built an image of Michael in her mind and heart of an honorable man who loved her desperately. She had dreamed of their perfect love and marriage built on her father's lies.

    Despite his uncaring attitude during the day, she never stopped loving him.

    The story includes humor, revenge, shooting, betrayal, murder, sexuality, duels, and unrequited love.

    3 of 5 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
    (911)
    Performance
    (605)
    Story
    (601)

    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!"
    "A Beautiful Story"
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    Julie Garwood is a very talented author. I have enjoyed reading most her books, and this one didn't disappoint. How ever good the story, how ever great the characters, it is the talent behind the pen that makes a good book GREAT. Garwood does a wonderful job with character development and dialogue, her descriptive writing makes her stories live. Her writing and Anne Flosnik's narration transports you into the story, it's as if you are watching it unfold.

    Set in medieval times, "Honor's Splendour" is about a baron seeking revenge for his sister's rape. He plans to kidnap the sister of his enemy; an eye for an eye--a sister for a sister. It begins when Baron Louddon has Baron Duncan of Wexton, known as "The Wolf", undressed and tied to a post in the middle of winter to freeze to death, so there would be no marks on his body. Madelyne (the sister of his enemy) plans to escape her brothers abuse, but first she feels compelled to save the poor warrior from certain death. Not knowing he is there to kidnap her; she frees him and he captures her. Duncan immediately sees she is nothing like her brother when Madelyne unselfishly helps him and warms his frozen feet with her own body. So, he needs to adjust his plans.

    Julie Garwood has a wonderful sense of humor which can be seen in her characters. Like the sweet, naive Lady Madelyne who want to save the world, keeps telling everyone that she is a quiet woman, but she is usually doing it at the top of her lungs....or in trying to cover over her disobedience she will say something like, "I have gone through an ordeal". It is not funny when I relate it, but it is funny and cute when penned by Ms Garwood and narrated by Anne Flosnik. I just love Madelyne's character.

    I highly recommend "Honor's Splendour"!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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