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Ashley

I have a real crazy in love relationship with books!!!

SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • A Tale of Two Vampires

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Katie MacAlister
    • Narrated By Nicole Poole
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (148)

    Iolanthe Tennyson has had a very bad year—due in part to the very bad men in her life. So she’s accepted her cousin’s invitation to spend the summer in Austria to indulge her photography hobby. Rumors of a haunted forest there draw Iolanthe into the dark woods—and into the 18th century.... Nikola Czerny is a cursed man, forced by his half brothers to live forever as a Dark One. But his miserable existence takes an intriguing turn when a strange, babbling woman is thrown in his path.

    CAROLYN says: "More of a Carry On Vamp than Interview With A Vamp"
    "Ok so I seriously enjoyed this!"
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    Would you listen to A Tale of Two Vampires again? Why?

    Absolutely! I found it hilarious, yet touching.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Probably Nickla (I probably butchered that). I don't know I like IO as well. She is hilarious.


    Have you listened to any of Nicole Poole’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not but she is awesome. I am definitely on the look out for her now. Nicole Poole is up there with my favs now.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did! I laughed out loud several times and people around me were looking at me like I was some weirdo.


    Any additional comments?

    Need I say more? Yeahyah I recommend this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Gentle Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Deborah Smith
    • Narrated By Suzy Harbulak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (122)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (106)

    A Connecticut heiress learns she's adopted and travels to northern Florida "cracker" cattle ranch to find her birth parents. There she also finds unexpected romance with the ranch's owner.

    DARA says: "Extremely Touching!"
    "Pretty Sweet"
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    Where does A Gentle Rain rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Probably around the middle. I mean it was a good book for sure, but I have read/listened to a lot and this one isn't my favorite.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Gentle Rain?

    Probably when everyone learned the truth about "Karen."


    Have you listened to any of Suzy Harbulak’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not but I like her perspective on things. I like that she made people with disabilities a big part of her story and showed how beautiful they are too. It was quite touching and very sweet.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    "At the heart of it...."


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed reading this book. I think the narration was great and the story was very tender. If you are looking for something a little different, then I would definitely recommend this.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Samson's Lovely Mortal: Scanguards Vampires, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Tina Folsom
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (472)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (434)

    Vampire bachelor Samson can't get it up anymore. Not even his shrink can help him. That changes when the lovely mortal auditor Delilah tumbles into his arms after a seemingly random attack. Suddenly there's nothing wrong with his hydraulics - that is, as long as Delilah is the woman in his arms. His scruples about taking Delilah to bed vanish when his shrink suggests it's the only way to cure his problem. Thinking all he needs is one night with her, Samson indulges in a night of pleasure and passion.

    CAROLYN says: "Mmmmmmmm YUMMY"
    "Tsk, Tsk..."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was but it definitely took some getting used to. This is primarily because of the crude language. And I mean I cuss all of the time but there were a few things that had me looking at my Iphone with the side eye. I mean I had to go back and read the summary again like am I listening to porn or what? lol


    If you’ve listened to books by Tina Folsom before, how does this one compare?

    I have not.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Um yeah. Kevin Foley didn't miss a beat.


    Could you see Samson's Lovely Mortal being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Well if it was a tv series I'm not sure what channel it would be on....well probably HBO. It was a good question of who the stars would be but I can't think of any at the moment.


    Any additional comments?

    Well it wasn't my favorite. It was a decent read but I can only recommend this if it is on sale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Down London Road

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Samantha Young
    • Narrated By Elle Newlands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (553)
    Performance
    (509)
    Story
    (508)

    Johanna Walker is used to taking charge. But she’s about to meet someone who will make her lose control....

    It has always been up to Johanna to care for her family, particularly her younger brother, Cole. With an absent father and a useless mother, she’s been making decisions based on what’s best for Cole for as long as she can remember. She even determines what men to date by how much they can provide for her brother and her, not on whatever sparks may - or may not - fly. But with Cameron MacCabe, the attraction is undeniable....

    SIMARA says: "Magnificent!"
    "I'm officially done with the series"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, not with a good conscious.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It was pretty predictable.


    What aspect of Elle Newlands’s performance would you have changed?

    She did great with the accents but she sounded awful in the male voices. Cameron sounded very, very strange.


    Could you see Down London Road being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No. I don't think it should be so I can't even think that far.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read books one and two and I am just not into this series. Guess I don't see what the hype is all about because this seems more geared towards teenagers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Dublin Street

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Samantha Young
    • Narrated By Paula Costello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1207)
    Performance
    (1139)
    Story
    (1136)

    Jocelyn Butler has been hiding from her past for years. But all her secrets are about to be laid bare.... Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland, burying her grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without attachments. Her solitary life is working well - until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street where she meets a man who shakes her carefully guarded world to its core.

    Leesa says: "Swept me away!!!"
    "Guess I'm not sold..."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Unfortunately I cannot. I just did not find this book as interesting as I thought it would be. I kept expecting to get drawn in but it just never happened.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I don't know. I think I needed more information about the characters. Maybe more drama. Maybe more flaws. I think it may have been a little unrealistic.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Well I think she did a good job. She was not bad at all, but I was thrown off in the sense that she sounded like a teenager. She sounded very young like her voice wasn't appropriate for the adult activities.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No. I can't say that I would.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has some good reviews but it doesn't click for me. I have heard many romances and this one just lacked that chemistry. I honestly would not recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Surrender to the Devil

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Lorraine Heath
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (482)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (437)

    Frannie Darling was once a child of London's roughest streets, surrounded by petty thieves, pickpockets, and worse. But though she survived this harsh upbringing to become a woman of incomparable beauty, Frannie wants nothing to do with the men who lust for her, the rogues who frequent the gaming hall where she works. She can take care of herself and feels perfectly safe on her own-safe, that is, until he strides into her world, and once again it becomes a very dangerous place indeed.

    DARA says: "Very Sweet Continuation"
    "Don't let the title fool ya..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book was exciting, sweet, touching, steamy, and interesting. So yeah, I would definitely recommend it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like that the characters were flawed. Seriously no one was perfect and they all had some issues here or there that showed the fact that they were human. You know romance novels do not always show us the flaws.


    Have you listened to any of Susan Ericksen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I cannot recall ever listening to Susan Ericksen. Now I could be wrong, but if so it doesn't matter because she knocked this one out the park!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Probably when Sterling finally told Franny the truth. Or maybe when Franny told him the truth.


    Any additional comments?

    I was initially against this book because I did not like the title. Something about having that word in the title creeps me out. Yes, childish I know but hey we all need a shrink from time to time hahaha. Anyway I definitely recommend this book and I would recommend it even at regular price! So there you have it folks...it is a definite score!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shades of Twilight

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (348)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (198)

    Shades of Twilight is the story of Roanna Davenport, who grows up in a wealthy southern family but never quite fits in. She isn't pretty or popular, and she has a real talent for saying the wrong thing at precisely the wrong moment. She's in love with a distant cousin, Webb Tallant. But Webb marries their cousin Jessie, the bane of Roanna's life. When Jessie is found murdered, Webb is blamed for her death, even though there isn't enough evidence to charge him.

    Erin says: "It's about time!"
    "So I liked it, but I'm pretty creeped out...."
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    So here's what matters. The narration was superb! I have just added Natalie Ross to my fav list. She is easily in my top 10. I think it had a good storyline (in general).

    What I didn't like? Yes, as everyone else has said the incest was creepier than a haunted house. There are just some things that I am not used to (thank goodness), do not want to get used to, and don't even want to think about...and incest is right up on the top of that list. I mean creepy...

    And not that I'm trying to continuously tell you how much I am frazzled by that (which is obvious), but whats up with the whole cousin thing? Um 2nd cousins are not distant cousins. Geesh 2nd cousins come over for dinner and not just on holidays. I mean who lives with cousins their whole lives... only to grow up and sleep with them? This could not be normal.

    With that being said, I don't understand why the main character couldn't have been like a God-daughter who was adopted by the family and just grew up with the other kids. I mean did they really have to be cousins though? I mean in my eyes you are only distant cousins when you can't exactly pinpoint how you are related lol.

    OK so back to the story. I really liked Webb. I thought he was interesting, firm but kind hearted, and masculine. I liked Roanna too but geesh she was a bit obsessed with Webb. I mean who harbors that type of obsession over a span of 20 years??

    I think it had a good storyline (in general) and I really enjoyed this read. Shocking I know, but seriously if incest was taken out of the picture I would have rated this book a 5 and loved it. Even still I recommend it. And to top it off I did learn something from this book...I could never be a private investigator because not once could I correctly guess who the real killer was.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Mane Event: Pride Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Shelly Laurenston
    • Narrated By Charlotte Kane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (455)
    Performance
    (422)
    Story
    (425)

    Shelly Laurenston turns up the heat with two sizzling novellas. Christmas Pride: How come all the good-looking ones are insane? That's what runs through NYPD cop Desiree "Dez" MacDermot's mind the minute she hooks up again with her childhood buddy, Mace Llewellyn. Shaw's Tail: Brendon Shaw, hotel owner and lion shifter, has seen better days. He's been beaten, had a gun to the back of his head, and had to be rescued by a Pack of shape-shifting wolves.

    TSTBren says: "Why speed up Johanna Parker/Charlotte Kane?"
    "Why is she talking like that????"
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    I took a chance with a new narrator and a new author...and what a mistake that was!!! It is hard for me to figure out if I like the story at all considering the narration is so ridiculous. I mean why does she talk like that?!?!? The awkward way she says the sentences and hangs on to some words....the way she reads like she is being chased by a wild pack of pit bulls....the way she does that awful southern drawl...the way she over acts.....the way she draws out every fifth to sixth word.

    My little rant above is nothing but the truth so help me! I should have trusted those audible reviewers out there and I am now giving you all my apologies for doubting you. This was a tremendous waste of my time, energy, money, and even my sanity. I am literally shaking my head. And as one reviewer said this is not an attack against Charlotte Kane herself but the truth is the truth.

    As for the book, I question whether the book would even be a decent read. It seemed a bit cheesy, sexually charged (for absolutely no reason), and a generic knock off of something that could have been good.

    Needless to say, I do not recommend this book. Take my word and save your money and credit. Yeah don't even buy it if it is on sale. I'm just sayin.....

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Until Dark: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (6882)
    Performance
    (3472)
    Story
    (3504)

    Vampires have officially "come out of the coffin", and Miss Sookie can't wait for one to come her way.

    Pamela says: "That Vampire Said ...."
    "Don't Cheat Yourself..."
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    First things first...I have to say I am/was not a fan of the True Blood tv show. I attempted to watch one episode and found it pretty sleazy but that was before I read/listened to this book. So if you do not like the show, please do not count this book out.

    With that being said, I have to say how amazing the narration was. I am a new fan of Johanna Parker! I found all of her voices phenomenal, she had a great accent, and she definitely showed emotion while reading. I mean Johanna is an actress!!!

    I won't go into detail and give away spoilers but I will say if you like the paranormal world with a tinch of humor and romance, you just may love it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32544)
    Performance
    (23870)
    Story
    (24194)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "I could barely put this thing down!!!"
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    Where does The Hunger Games rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Oh it is pretty far up there. I truly enjoyed this! I mean truly!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ooh I don't know. Peeta I think. He is just soo sweet. Shoo...I think I love him!


    Have you listened to any of Carolyn McCormick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I have never listened to any of her performances. I really enjoyed her performance. I mean she distinguishes each character and not only that but she is really just an awesome actress.

    And yes I will address the comments of her sounding too old for Katniss' role. Yes she does sound a bit more mature than I would have imagined Katniss but she is still awesome. I would rather listen to the awesomeness of Carolyn than listen to some young girl who narrates awful...so there you have it!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely! I was aggravated when people interrupted me whether at home or work lol.


    Any additional comments?

    I actually read the book after I saw the movie and I loved them both. Listening to this book just makes me want to watch the movie again. I have immediately downloaded book 2 and look forward to listening this evening....Needless to say, I highly recommend this read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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