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Susan-Marie

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  • Dangerous Highlander: Dark Sword, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Donna Grant
    • Narrated By Antony Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (211)

    He is magnificently strong - and dangerously seductive. One of the fiercest of his clan, Lucan MacLeod is a legend among warriors, inspiring fear in man and woman alike. For 300 years, he has locked himself away from the world, hiding the vengeful god imprisoned in his soul. But then, a young lass caught in a raging storm awakens his deepest impulses...and darkest desires.

    CAROLYN says: "ANOTHER WINNING PARANORMAL HIGHLAND SERIES STARTS"
    "An Ordinary romance"
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    Well, well, well. That is all I really have to say about this first book in the Dark Sword series. There is really nothing remarkable about this particular highland romance. It is a basic story with a touch of the paranormal but, other than that, it is a very basic romance. This has the making of a good series but, if you look at it, the story has been told many times over. Three brothers, who are very close, share an adventure and are obviously going to find love one by one as will their friends. There were almost no surprises and a great deal of syrupy sweet romantic moments between the main characters. The medieval highland theme provides a wonderful setting for romance but if you are looking for something with more depth you will probably be disappointed. For a trilogy with humor, lots of unexpected twists and turns, and still full of romance, you may want to take a look at the McCabe trilogy by Maya Banks. All three books are worth the credits or the cash price!

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  • The First Day of Christmas

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Carolyn Nash
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    To impress her boss, Linda Rogers eagerly volunteers to take in a foster child for the holiday season. She's well-organized in and outside the office; the addition of a child? A simple matter of blocking out the hours in her day planner and laying in a few supplies. Never mind that she's single. Never mind that she's never cared to have a lasting relationship or build a family. Housing seven-year-old Lucy Green for Christmas is simply to boost Linda up the next career step, nothing more.

    rick says: "No Matter How Hard You Push it; it Doesn't Stay Do"
    "What Really Happens Behind Closed Doors?"
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    This book has the potential to be so much more! It actually, reads more like a short story and can appear unrealistic because it takes place over a few months but moves fairly quickly. In the beginning of this book, the main character seems a bit shallow. Please don't let that fool you. If you feel discouraged or lose interest, try to stick with it. It is a book that will cause the reader to take a look at things many of us take for granted and, hopefully, will help us understand why we may want to remember things are not always the way they appear on the surface. I'll just say that it is a good reminder that families are rarely as straight forward as they may seem from the outside. No one really knows what goes on behind closed doors. It is a good book for both young adults and older readers. If you are looking for steamy romance, you'll not find it here. Nor will you find a fast-paced action-packed story. There were times when I could have cheerfully shaken the main character and asked her what time it was when she stopped having good sense but, for the most part it is a book I'd recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Sister's Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By various
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2839)
    Performance
    (1068)
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    (1068)

    New York Times best-selling author Jodi Picoult is widely acclaimed for her keen insights into the hearts and minds of real people. Now she tells the emotionally riveting story of a family torn apart by conflicting needs and a passionate love that triumphs over human weakness.

    Lisa says: "Wonderful Book, Very Emotional"
    "Don't Miss This One!"
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    Well, she has done it again! This author is a master of weaving the complex threads of each member of a family’s life into a story that will not just reach out and touch the reader but more like grab the reader with both hands. This book was offered as a Daily Deal and is another that would probably not have come to my attention had it not been offered, thereby, forcing me to take notice. I can tell you that the story is composed of a lot of selfish people who each believes that he or she is the most important person on the planet until they are forced to acknowledge that they are all just parts of a whole. Jodi Picoult has the ability to take modern, currently, controversial topics and turn them into a story that will hold the reader’s attention from start to finish. There were certainly times when I wanted to slap almost every character in the book but even that did not take away from the story. I say “almost” because my favorite character by far is, without a doubt, Judge, the service dog. What does a family do when they have to decide which of the children should live and how much is too much? Is one child more important than another? Are parents really capable of treating all of their children equally or are they just human? These, and many more are all questions you’ll find yourself asking while reading this book. Try to remember it is alright to get angry and to take sides but, whatever you do, don’t give up on the book. It is well worth it! In fact, were I in a book club this would be a perfect selection! I love the Daily Deals!

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  • Dark Witch: The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1576)
    Performance
    (1437)
    Story
    (1433)

    With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends. Ireland. County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations - and where her destiny awaits.

    Ann says: "Over the top"
    "Another Great Nora Roberts Trilogy!"
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    This book has the potential for another wonderful Nora Roberts trilogy. The story is set in Ireland, a favorite setting for the author, and is obviously written with a great deal of attention to detail on her part. I had one of the songs they’d sung in the pub stuck in my head all day. She Starts the story with a quick flash back which is in no way tiresome as some flash backs can be. When a cousin goes to Ireland to learn about her past she gets more than she was expecting. At first I didn’t like the main character but, somehow, I found myself on her side halfway through the book. It is clear that this is another romance where she has pretty much set up the couples at the beginning of the book. By the title you can probably tell there is a great deal of magic running throughout the entire book. It is very accurate and well done. If you like Nora Roberts and her ability to create a story about magic, and spice it up with just the right amount of romance, you’ll love this book. I’ve only just finished today and I am anxiously awaiting the next one which I believe should be released in May of 2014. I believe it is called Shadow Spell. The only thing that takes away from the listening experience is that the narrator makes everyone with an Irish accent sound like they are about 90-years-old and having a hard time breathing, but, she is still pretty good. It really is a great book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Defending Jacob: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By William Landay
    • Narrated By Grover Gardner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4062)
    Performance
    (3470)
    Story
    (3465)

    Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than 20 years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: his 14-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

    Kelli N. Perkins says: "Still Thinking About This Tale Weeks After"
    "Unbelieveable! Incredible! Great Book!"
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    Thank goodness for Daily Deals. This is one book I’d probably have never found had it not been featured one day. This book is riveting to say the least. There is really no other word to describe it. There are times when I found myself thinking, “You are not that stupid! Really, you just cannot be that stupid! Are you?” Even with these moments, Defending Jacob is an excellent read and listen. The narrator is awesome. He knows how to bring the listener into the story without over doing it. If you enjoy legal thrillers that will keep tossing things at you that you never see coming, you really need to read this book. There is little I can say without spoiling the story, however, prepare yourself for a great deal of, what the…” and “are you serious…?” moments. I am pretty good at figuring out the endings of books, a quality I do not necessarily enjoy but one that comes from reading a lot of books, but not this one. I was completely blown away by the ending. Don’t misunderstand me. You will have a couple of moments where you just want to skip to the end but don’t do it. You need to catch all of it. Anyway those moments are few and far between. All I can really say is keep track of the Daily Deals and read this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Lily: In the Garden, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Susie Breck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (662)
    Performance
    (456)
    Story
    (458)

    Hayley Phillips came to Memphis hoping for a new start, for herself and her unborn child. What she found was a home, said to be haunted but surrounded by beauty and friends - including Roz's son Harper. But to Hayley's chagrin, she has begun to dream about Harper - as much more than a friend. If Hayley gives in to her desire, she's afraid the foundation she's built with Harper will come tumbling down. Especially since she's begun to suspect that her feelings are no longer completely her own.

    Diane says: "Great Series"
    "A Perfect Ending To A Wonderful Trilogy"
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    It is difficult to say which is my favorite between books 2 and 3. This book, as expected, explains much about what happened so long ago. There is very little down time in book 3 and a great deal of surprises. The Harper bride is stronger than ever in this novel and even the publisher’s summary doesn’t come close to describing how much she forces herself into the lives of all the characters. The way the truth is revealed and the path they take to find it is worth both the time and investment. Again, if possible, try to read these books in order. It only adds to the experience and makes the truth so much more satisfying. This is a wonderful series and I can’t recommend it enough!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Rose: In the Garden, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Susie Breck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (677)
    Performance
    (475)
    Story
    (473)

    At 45, Rosalind Harper is a woman whose experiences have made her strong enough to bend without breaking - and weather any storm. A widow with three grown sons, she survived a disastrous second marriage, and built her In the Garden nursery from the ground up. But now her future is under attack.

    tina says: "great "
    "It Just Keeps Getting Better!"
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    With the second book in this series, the anticipation and excitement continues. After finishing the first book in this series, I immediately had to red book 2. Wow! The Harper Bride really has a temper and Susie Breck, the narrator, comes through again by drawing a picture with her voice of just how she feels. Once you’ve finished this book, be prepared to dive head first into book 3. It is irresistible and compelling. Did I mention I love this series?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blue Dahlia: In the Garden, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Susie Breck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1079)
    Performance
    (788)
    Story
    (787)

    Trying to escape the ghosts of the past, young widow Stella Rothchild, along with her two energetic little boys, has moved back to her roots in southern Tennessee - and into her new life at Harper House and In the Garden nursery. She isn't intimidated by the house - nor its mistress, local legend Roz Harper.

    bluebelle says: "Wonderful!"
    "A Must For The Beginning Of a Great Series!"
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    This first book in the series is yet another example of Nora Roberts’ mastery of weaving together a story’s past, present, and future. I know there are some who will skip prologues because they feel they spoil some of the stories but don’t do that because the prologues set the basis for each book in this series. If you like a great plot with characters that develop and grow, you’ll love this one. It is an intriguing storyline without the need of graphic sex scenes. There are sex scenes but they are tastefully written and are not overly graphic. The story could actually stand without them. The narrator does a really good job with the way she uses her voice to bring the characters to life. I purchased this book as a part of a special and could not resist purchasing the other two books separately in the series. I’m so glad I did! I really enjoyed this read and am anxiously awaiting the latest series from Nora Roberts coming out at the end of the month. Try to read the books in order because each one builds on the next. You’ll not be disappointed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thankless in Death: In Death, Book 37

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1464)
    Performance
    (1312)
    Story
    (1324)

    For Lieutenant Eve Dallas of the NYPSD, the job is a useful reminder of what she has to be grateful for this season. Hosting Roarke's big Irish family for the holiday may be challenging, but it’s a joyful improvement on her own dark childhood. Other couples aren’t as lucky as Eve and Roarke. The Reinholds, for example, are lying on the floor of their Downing Street apartment, stabbed and bludgeoned almost beyond recognition. Those who knew them are stunned - and even more heartbroken by the overwhelming evidence that they were murdered by their own son.

    Patricia says: "Violence vs. Sentiment"
    "Great As Usual But Not Quite J. D. Robb"
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    This is one of my favorite series. I am always willing to pre-order any of J. D. Robb’s books. While this is a great book, I didn’t feel like Eve was really on her game. She kept missing key steps in the investigation process that she would have never skipped. Also, many of the regular characters do not put in an appearance until a very moving gathering at the end of the book. Please don’t let this put you off the book or the series. It was still a good read and one that will keep your attention throughout the entire story. It does touch on some characters from whom we’ve not heard in quite some time and is well worth the time and money. I’ll definitely read it again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Rival

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Brenda Joyce
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (109)
    Story
    (110)

    A golden man, he is called Black Royce, a battle-hardened soldier of the gods. His vows are his life, until he is sent to New York City to protect a Healer from those who would use her powers for themselves. The moment Royce sees beautiful, feisty Allie Monroe, he knows she will be his only weakness...and he is right.

    Kelley says: "Too much of a multiply good thing."
    "The First Book Was Better"
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    I love time travel, however, this was a tedious read. If you enjoyed the first in this series you will probably be disappointed with these characters. The main players in the story are very one dimensional and it is hard to enjoy what has the potential to be a good story when the main female character is very selfish, pushy, whiny, and is constantly breaking her word. The story has promise but I found the length far too long. This entire story could have been finished in 4 to 6 hours. Although the concept, time travel, is definitely fantastic the plot is repetitive and disjointed. The author is obviously extremely talented and I don’t like to criticize a promising series but, after the first book this was very disappointing. I want to be fair so if I find the others to be better I’ll certainly write a more positive review.

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