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Karissa

PETERSBURG, IL, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • No Second Chance

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Harlan Coben
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (689)
    Performance
    (307)
    Story
    (314)

    Marc Seidman awakens to find himself in an ICU, hooked up to an IV, his head swathed in bandages. Twelve days earlier, he had had an enviable life as a successful surgeon, living in a peaceful suburban neighborhood with his beautiful wife and a baby he adored. Now he lies in a hospital bed, shot by an unseen assailant. His wife has been killed, and his 6-month-old daughter, Tara, has vanished. But just when his world seems forever shattered, something arrives to give Marc a new hope: a ransom note.

    Ed says: "Really"
    "What wouldn't a father do for his child?"
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    This story had it all....Romance, plot, twists, turns, the evilest of villains and more betrayals than expected. Marc a seemingly regular guy, whose heroic tendency's came from his deep love for his daughter. It was a enthralling read from beginning to the unexpected end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Uncommon Grounds

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Sandra Balzo
    • Narrated By Karen Savage
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (86)

    A body in a pool of skim milk. An unsavory discovery at any time, but especially inconvenient when the milk puddle is in front of the espresso machine the very morning you're scheduled to open your chic suburban coffee house, Uncommon Grounds. AND the body is one of your partners, leaving you and your other partner - the one who's still alive - as suspects. Which would all be bad enough, even if your husband HADN'T just dumped you for his dental assistant....

    beatrice says: "I'll have another cup please"
    "Entertaining and Refreshing"
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    Sometimes those 3 for 2 sales do work out...

    Three friends become partners in a coffee shop. On opening day, one friend is found dead and the other two girls become suspects.

    The story moves quickly. Great snarky dialogue and fun relatable characters. The ending is a bit abrupt, but it doesn't leave you hanging.

    The narration was good.

    Not sure I would have tried these books on my own, but I will keep going with this enjoyable series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Never Seduce a Scot: Montgomerys and Armstrongs, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1655)
    Performance
    (1509)
    Story
    (1512)

    Eveline Armstrong is fiercely loved and protected by her powerful clan, but outsiders consider her "touched." Beautiful, fey, with a level, intent gaze, she doesn't speak. No one, not even her family, knows that she cannot hear. Content with her life of seclusion, Eveline has taught herself to read lips and allows the outside world to view her as daft. But when an arranged marriage into a rival clan makes Graeme Montgomery her husband, Eveline accepts her duty -unprepared for the delights to come.

    CAROLYN says: "OMG - NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL A GREAT LISTEN"
    "Absolutely Sublime"
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    Now this is what a romance novel is supposed to be.

    The story was simply enchanting.

    The narration was superb. The Scottish accent wasn't over used and did not detract from the story.

    Absolutely credit worthy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christmas Mourning: A Deborah Knott Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Margaret Maron
    • Narrated By C.J. Critt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (86)

    Margaret Maron’s best-selling Deborah Knott mystery series won instant acclaim upon its debut in 1993. In this 16th entry in the series, the judge is faced with a horrifying holiday murder case. After a beautiful young cheerleader is found dead in a car wreck, Judge Knott’s husband Deputy Dwight Bryant discovers evidence that the death was anything but an accident.Now Knott and Bryant are on a desperate search for a killer before he or she trikes again.

    Bookbums says: "I Love Judge Knott"
    "As down home and home spun as it gets"
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    A teen is killed in a single car accident ...but was it an accident? Or was it murder?

    Rather than being a story where the book centers around the mystery, this book is a sweet tale which centers around the lives of Deborah and Dwight, there families and town as they prepare for Christmas. The mystery is woven into there story not the other way around. This book is not hard hitting suspense but more like finding a soft fluffy kitten in your christmas stocking on Christmas morning.

    At the same time, I must say the narration was off putting. It's the speed and the deliberate cadence with which she reads the book. The lilting almost sing song affect, the frequent pauses for emphasis where there shouldn't be any and the leisurely turtle like speed at which she reads the story.

    Although I liked the story, the narration was just extremely tedious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • False Mermaid

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Erin Hart
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (367)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (257)

    American pathologist Nora Gavin fled to Ireland three years ago, hoping that distance from home would bring her peace. Though she threw herself into the study of bog bodies and the mysteries of their circumstances, she was ultimately led back to the one mystery she was unable to solve: the murder of her sister, Trona. Nora cant move forward until she goes backback to her home, to the scene of the crime, to the source of her nightmares and her deepest regrets.

    Lia says: "A good listen"
    "Very hard to get through"
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    I have an average attention span and a wide genre of tastes in audio books. I just couldn't get into this book.

    If you read the reviews, a lot of comments about the narration and the narrator's Irish accent. The richness of the accent used was kinda like a double piece of chocolate cake with warm fudge frosting, in other words, way too much of a good thing.

    However, My problem with the story lies in the amount of superfluous Irish folklore. It was interesting. But it felt like listening to two or three different stories. One story rooted in folklore and another story rooted in the present day murder.

    My second problem lies in the depth of development given to extraneous minor characters. For example, I may need to know who that Character X found the body, but I'm just not sure I needed to know about this Character X's entire history when it is in no way relevant to the main story. The depth that the author to provide information about this minor character, ends up taking away from the real story.

    For me it all just got muddled and murky. With some editing, this could have been a great book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • His Absolute Need: The Billionaire's Ultimatum (Book One)

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Cerys du Lys
    • Narrated By Lauren Sweet
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (13)

    Screwing up on her first day of a one-day job is the last thing Jessika Fevrier wanted to do. Worse yet, she's managed to infuriate Asher Landseer, the young, handsome, reclusive and eccentric billionaire CEO of Landseer Enterprises. His idea of work performance punishment is unorthodox to say the least, but Jessika finds herself intrigued by this singularly unaffected man nonetheless. She was only supposed to clean Asher's office, but before she leaves for the day he has another job he'd like to offer her.

    Cassie says: "Narrator completely killed this for me."
    "It's been done before and it's been done better"
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    From the initial "meet cute" when our heroine Jessica, a self employed book reviewer / blogger, clumsily stumbles directly into the arms of her billionaire, Asher...you get the feeling it's all been done before and that it's been done much better.

    The character development is almost non existent. We have no idea why Asher is the way he is...We aren't sure why he and Jeremy are friends. Or even why Asher and Jessica fall in love?

    The narration is extremely tedious. It's almost choppy and robotic. The voices are annoying.

    In the end, the plan to devastate our hero and cause untold financial ruin, can be solved by Terminex???? It's absolutely and unequivocally preposterous and NOT in a good way.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Mystery Man

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Kate Russell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (772)
    Performance
    (732)
    Story
    (737)

    Gwendolyn Kidd has met the man of her dreams. He's hot, he's sexy, and what started as a no-names-exchanged night of passion has blossomed into a year and a half-long pleasure fest. Sure, it's a little strange that he only appears in her bed at night, but Gwen is so sure he's the one, she just can't turn him away…. Hawk Delgado knows more about Gwen than she could ever imagine. She's gorgeous, headstrong, and skittish about relationships. But Hawk is facing his own demons, demons that keep him from connecting with anyone.

    Angela says: "Fan-freakin-tastic!!!!!"
    "Literally laugh out loud funny"
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    This was a great listen. You won't regret the use of a credit. Loved the characters. Highly recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When I'm With You: Because You Are Mine, Part I

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Beth Kery
    • Narrated By Anne Delaroche
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    Out-of-control party girl and wealthy socialite Elise Martin has come to Chicago to prove to herself and the rest of the world that her life is truly worthwhile. But she never dreamed she'd find herself at the erotic mercy of the dynamic and wealthy Lucien Lenault, her girlhood crush, an irresistible enigma who renders women powerless and vulnerable…not to mention wholly insatiable. But Elise isn't just any woman. She's used to playing with fire, and for her, discovering Lucien's secrets is all part of the game. What brought Lucien to Chicago with a new name and a new identity?

    Leesa says: "I Tried"
    "Because the narration was so difficult...Oui Oui"
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    Where to begin?

    Elise is a former party girl who has been spoiled by her parents until they stop there financial support. Lucien is a former companion who feels that she would benefit from some discipline.

    The discipline concept being very similar to 50 shades right down to the riding crop and of course we find out that Elise is actually a virgin. (Oh Lucien....How could you have been so mistaken)

    It's not that the similarities are of overwhelming in plot but in style. Still worth a listen except for one thing ...narration. It really is that bad. I understand that the main characters are from France but the accent or affect or dialect is so overdone that you literally will miss words. It's more than merely off putting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7094)
    Performance
    (6176)
    Story
    (6160)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Finally the right balance of romance and suspense"
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    From the beginning it seemed that the odds were stacked against Elizabeth / Abigail created as a genetic experiment and raised by a cold, distant nightmare of a mother. In a fit of teenage rebellion Elizabeth fabricates fake id's to get into a club .I was really struck by the humanity in the story how one simple rebellious act, not so different from the teenage angst we all go through had horrific consequences. This was a really good listen. Enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • More than a Mistress: Mistress Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Mary Balogh
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (564)
    Performance
    (431)
    Story
    (433)

    An arrogant duke does the unthinkable - he falls in love with his mistress.... She raced onto the green, desperate to stop a duel. In the mêlée, Jocelyn Dudley, Duke of Tresham, was shot. To his astonishment, Tresham found himself hiring the servant as his nurse. Jane Ingleby was far too bold for her own good. Her blue eyes were the sort a man could drown in - were it not for her impudence. She questioned his every move, breached his secrets, touched his soul. When he offered to set her up in his London town house, love was the last thing on his mind.

    Lia says: "Enjoyable listen"
    "Bland, Predictable and Tedious"
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    There is a certain predictability to romance novels, I understand it expect and even quite enjoy it as a fan of the genre. But this book is not even moderately interesting. . Even if the narrator was fabulous (and that was not the case) it wouldn't have saved this annoying story. The accent was way overblown and I never want to have to imagine a quizzing glass as the most interesting part of a story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sea Swept: The Chesapeake Bay Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By David Stuart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (878)
    Performance
    (593)
    Story
    (606)

    A champion boat racer, Cameron Quinn traveled the world spending his winnings on champagne and women. But when his dying father calls him home to care for Seth, a troubled young boy not unlike Cameron once was, his life changes overnight.

    Louise says: "Outstanding"
    "Three men and a baby..."
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    Ok, the baby is actually a 10 year old boy named Seth and the men are his three older brothers, Cameron, Ethan and Philip. This was a heart warming story of the importance of family and as well as an entertaining romance. I really look forward to the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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