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Liatris

Salem, OR, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 32 reviews
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  • 12 purchased in 2014
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  • Started Early, Took My Dog: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Graeme Malcolm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (547)
    Performance
    (305)
    Story
    (305)

    Waterhouse leads a quiet, ordered life as a retired police detective - a life that takes a surprising turn when she encounters Kelly Cross, a habitual offender, dragging a young child through town. Both appear miserable and better off without each other-or so decides Tracy, in a snap decision that surprises herself as much as Kelly. Suddenly burdened with a small child, Tracy soon learns her parental inexperience is actually the least of her problems, as much larger ones loom for her and her young charge.

    Beverly says: "For the Love of Children and Dogs"
    "Complex and entertaining"
    Overall

    I had a bit of trouble getting things straight at the beginning of this novel, but as the story progressed I couldn't stop listening (got a lot of dishes washed!). The narrator was fabulous - with subtle character differences and a dry tone that had me laugh out loud in places. I found the characters believable and -not appealing, really, but I could like them and have compassion for them. The little girl was worth the price of the book. A crazy scene at the climax of the plot, with enough denouement to give a good sense of closure. I bought it for the title, but will go back and listen again for the quality. Looking forward to "reading" more of Atkinson's work.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Weekend Warriors: Revenge of the Sisterhood #1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Fern Michaels
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (189)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (117)

    On the surface, these seven women are as different as can be - but each has had her share of bad luck, from cheating husbands to sexist colleagues to a legal system that often doesn't do its job. Now, drawn together by tragedy, they're forging a bond that will help them right the wrongs committed against them and discover an inner strength they didn't know they had. The Sisterhood is learning that when bad things happen, you can roll over and play dead...or you can get up fighting...

    happy98 says: "Likeable"
    "No More Michaels"
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    I bought this because I have seen so many Fern Michaels titles and thought I'd try one. There were so many things I didn't like about this book! The narrator is not my favorite and really does sound far to old. The women involved are pretty much unbelievable - and bloodthirsty. The details are stereotypic and the plot uninteresting. There was not one character I found appealing. I found the accent used for the American born of Chinese descent a bit offensive. The book is old fashioned in thinking and values, not funny, and I just cannot recommend it. Then again, I'm more into forgiveness and healing than revenge and violence. I really can't figure out why I bought this - maybe it was a finger twitch accident!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • For My Lady's Heart: Medieval Hearts, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (137)

    Pursued by her enemies, flattered and courted for her lands, a powerful, devious princess is desperate to reach refuge. Haunted by the shadow of the young assassin set upon her, Princess Melanthe knows that an ice cold countenance is her only protection. To succumb to love is the greatest danger of all. She can trust only one man amid the lies, the mysterious Green Knight - a true knight who never wavers once he gives his heart; a man who cannot comprehend deceit.

    DARA says: "Refreshingly Different"
    "Engaging"
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    I loved this one. Laura Kinsale wrenches her reader's heart and doesn't scrimp on anything. She manages to capture the era and tell a dramatic story without being hokey, melodramatic, or offensive. She makes interesting characters interact in interesting ways and does not soften their struggles and pain to make an easy read. She tells the whole story. Good book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Moonspun Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (66)

    You've already met Rafael Carstairs, the mysterious sea captain who worked against Napoleon in Calypso Magic. He's a civilian now and traveling to see his twin brother, Damien Carstairs Baron Drago, in Cornwell. In the middle of a moonless night, Rafael rescues a young girl, Victoria Abermarle, from smugglers, only to find that she's trying to escape his twin, Baron Drago, who tried to rape her.

    Liatris says: "A lot of rape"
    "A lot of rape"
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    This book starts with the rape of a young girl by 8 men in hoods and continues on to tell the story of a pig headed man who doesn't listen to his wife when she says no to sex. Of course he convinces her (by kissing her in just the right place) that "no" means "yes," then steals her fortune, and they go on to fall madly in love, solve the crime and live happily ever after. This is one of those books that gives historical romance a bad name. Personally? I'm not an Anne Flosnik fan either and probably would not have ordered this had I realized her nasal voice would have to be tolerated. I almost stopped listening after the first twenty minutes but decided to finish so I could honestly warn other romance fans that this one is problematic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love and Other Scandals

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Caroline Linden
    • Narrated By Veida Dehmlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (230)
    Performance
    (206)
    Story
    (208)

    Joan Bennet has endured four Seasons without a single suitor or serious flirtation, let alone a marriage proposal. She's had just about enough of being a respectable wallflower and is giving serious thought to embarking on a life of sin, or at least lascivious adventure like the ones described in a popular scandalous book. When she meets her brother's favorite drinking mate, Viscount Burke, it seems her hopes of adventure might be answered . . .

    MuseLover says: "Returned! Will read on Kindle!"
    "Fun"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I thought this one was pretty fun. Feisty heroine and misunderstood hero. Best of all she is not a petite sweet thing. Nice to have a realistically bodied woman in the starring role for a change.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flat-Out Love

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jessica Park
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (552)
    Performance
    (515)
    Story
    (515)

    He was tall, at least six feet, with dirty blond hair that hung over his eyes. His T-shirt read Nietzsche Is My Homeboy. So, that was Matt. Who Julie Seagles likes. A lot. But there is also Finn. Who she flat out loves. Complicated? Awkward? Completely. But really, how was this freshly-minted Boston transplant and newbie college freshman supposed to know that she would end up living with the family of an old friend of her mother’s? This was all supposed to be temporary.

    Marie Medellin says: "Nerdtastic! Best Narration!"
    "Engaging"
    Overall
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    I listened to this book over a weekend and it was engaging and entertaining. However, the heroine was cast as an eighteen year old from Ohio. Completely unbelievable that she would have such a precise vocabulary and quirky academic background knowledge coming from the mediocre high school that the author describes. Also unbelievable is the minimal damage she displays having an absentee father and somewhat dingy mother, not to mention close mined relatives. If her background story and age had been more believable I would have enjoyed this story more. For a listen while cleaning house book it was fine.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dream Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (148)
    Story
    (150)

    In search of a legendary mare, Lord Winter enters the crucible of the red sands, forging unbreakable bonds of loyalty and trust with his young companion in the desert. But hidden beneath the ragged costume of a Bedouin boy is a remarkable young woman: Zenia Stanhope, daughter of the extraordinary Queen of the Desert. Zenia wants nothing of the danger that Lord Winter lives for. She wants only to reach England, far from the blood and sand of the desert.

    Cynthia says: "The narrator hands down it the best"
    "Rich"
    Overall
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    This is the second Laura Kinsale book I've listened to, and both have been rich in character development and painful in the proximity to emotional disaster the characters allow themselves. Not perfect people, which is always refreshing in what can be a predictable genre. I am an historical romance fan partly because they are easy and entertaining reads/listens. I don't expect to find myself getting teary! But with Laura Kinsale I do. Her books are long enough and rich enough in detail, plot, and emotion that I stay engaged and become involved. The narration is excellent.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Love Unscripted: The Love Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Tina Reber
    • Narrated By Madeleine Maby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (536)
    Performance
    (494)
    Story
    (497)

    Ryan Christensen just wanted to be an actor. Never in his wildest dreams did he imagine a life where fans would chase him, paparazzi would stalk him, and Hollywood studios would want to own him. While filming in Seaport, Rhode Island, Ryan ducks into a neighborhood bar for a quick escape from legions of screaming fans... and finds much more than he expected. Nursing a recent heartbreak, Taryn Mitchell believes men are best kept at a safe distance. But when Ryan Christensen unexpectedly bursts through the front door of her pub, she can’t help but be drawn in

    Candateshia Pafford says: "OMG! So unexpected! So GOOOOOOD!!!!"
    "About three days too long"
    Overall
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    Story

    This book was slow, long, and felt as though the writer had someone tell her "you need a scene to set up ______________" (fill in the blank). It was like reading an undergraduate's first attempt at a novel with that inability to cut anything out. I know that's pretty harsh, but I kept on going to the end in hopes that one character would finally get around to being intelligent and it just never happened.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone Girl: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13968)
    Performance
    (12332)
    Story
    (12361)

    It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

    Teddy says: "Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!"
    "Appalling"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I understand why this is a best seller - it is clever and smart and the characters are well developed. The narration is great. I found it painful to listen and would have stopped listening if it had not been my book group's choice that month. I found reading about two so completely dysfunctional people stressful and not enjoyable in the least. I do not recommend to people who have ever had trouble in their relationships. If you like clever books about unpleasant people this one's for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Lady Awakened: Blackshear Family Series # 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cecilia Grant
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (259)

    Newly widowed and desperate to protect her estate and beloved servants from her malevolent brother-in-law, Martha Russell conceives a daring plan. Or rather, a daring plan to conceive. After all, if she has an heir on the way, her future will be secured. Forsaking all she knows of propriety, Martha approaches her neighbor, a London exile with a wicked reputation, and offers a strictly business proposition: a month of illicit interludes... for a fee.

    Benoibe says: "Excellent Debut Novel. Perfect Narration."
    "Give it a few minutes"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Enjoyable listen. The narrator was a little stiff sounding at first, but as I got to know the protagonist, it became the perfect tone and rate. A good listen for historical romance fans. Not one of those ballroom books, though, so a little less predictable and a little more interesting. The changes the leads go through happen slowly enough that they are less unbelievable than some historics.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Spellbound: Book II of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3096)
    Performance
    (2894)
    Story
    (2892)

    Dark fantasy goes hardboiled in Book II of the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International. The Grimnoir Society’s mission is to protect people with magic, and they’ve done so—successfully and in secret—since the mysterious arrival of the Power in the 1850s, but when a magical assassin makes an attempt on the life of President Franklin Roosevelt, the crime is pinned on the Grimnoir.

    Paulette says: "Spellbound is Pure Magic"
    "Amazing Narration - again!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I don't know how Bronson Pinchot can convince me he's a naive young woman as well as a built-like-a-rock strongman, but he does. I'm starting to see a graphic novel playing in my head as I listen to these books. Very entertaining with likable heroes and heroines. Captures the flavor of noir and includes this slightly altered version of history that I find utterly enjoyable. Bigger than life fiction to help you get through that commute or pile of dishes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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