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Robbie

I spin my own wool and knit. Listening to audiobooks while I craft is one of my favorite things. I'm hooked.

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  • Covet: A Novel of the Fallen Angels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1443)
    Performance
    (849)
    Story
    (856)

    Redemption isn't a word Jim Heron knows much about - his specialty is revenge, and to him, sin is all relative. But everything changes when he becomes a fallen angel and is charged with saving the souls of seven people from the seven deadly sins. Vin diPietro long ago sold his soul to his business, and he's good with that - until fate intervenes in the form of a tough-talking Harley-riding, self-professed savior.

    M. M. Robinson says: "Entertaining listen"
    "Enjoyable read"
    Overall

    This book is action packed, with a nice steamy romance thrown in. I enjoyed the plot. The action was fast paced and I found it hard to wait to see what would happen next. The paranormal parts of the plot were understandable, tied closely to judeo-christian religious mythology most would be at least somewhat familiar with. There are rather graphic sex encounters in this book, and if you are offended by such things then beware. However, the book certainly doesn't center around the lovemaking, and when it does occur, it fits into the plot. The characters were engaging in their roles. The only complaint I found with the book overall is the dialogue of some of the characters. It's a bit of nitpicking, really. I believe the author was attempting to make some of the main characters come across as tough and "street smart", but I felt she really overused abbreviated words, cursing, and slang in general to the point that it felt a tad contrived. I felt Eric Dove did a great job of narrating the story. Overall, a credit worthy read.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Fest: Cursing Fate

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Pepper O'Neal
    • Narrated By Kathy Bell Denton
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (6)

    She has some deadly secrets... Tabitha Norkus wants only one thing in life - freedom from slavery for herself and the others held captive at the Lithuanian weretiger compound. When she gets the chance to escape, she grabs it. Taking three other Weres with her, she bolts for England, hoping to find sanctuary with her cousin in the British weretiger pride. But Tabbi's fierce attraction to Drake Gatos, the English pride leader terrifies her, compounding her inability to trust him.

    Angela says: "Good potential but......"
    "Decent Shifter Romance"
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    While I wasn't exactly bowled over by this book, I did enjoy it. The heroine, Tabby, is orphaned and left to the mercy of an evil pack leader and his minions in Lithuania. Unspeakable things were done to the women and children there. Tabby escapes with another young woman, a teenage boy and a small girl in tow, and heads for England in search of her distant cousin.

    Now this is where it becomes obvious that there was a previous book in this series, and I absolutely hate to read books in a series out of order. Still, it's pretty apparent that her cousin had already found her HEA in a previous installment, and this book was beginning shortly after the other book ended. Now, I don't think I missed out on anything from this story by not having read the first book, but you do get a lot of flash backs to happenings in the other story. The previous book in question is not on audible, and I've read this one already, so there's nothing to be done. Still, that was a bit disappointing.

    As for this story, there was plenty of action and tense moments. Upon arriving in England, Tabby finds her cousin away on her honeymoon. She hides, but is discovered by one of Drakes pack members. The hero, Drake, recognizes more or less instantly that Tabby is his mate. He then proceeds to bungle everything but the sex for their first few encounters. At times I found myself slapping my head and wondering "what WAS he thinking??" Other times I just shook my head and said "what a typical MAN thing to do". Still, the subject matter can be rather heavy at times, so Drakes romantic fumbles and the precocious 4 year old girl that came with Tabby provide some comic relief.

    Tabby and the other's in her escape party all suffered horrendous systematic and long term abuse to the point that it's a wonder they were still functioning human beings. For me, that made it a bit hard for me to buy into some aspects of the story line. She does sensitively touch on the subject of their fragile mental state, but all in all, they just don't seem all that fragile at all, given the circumstances. They are, in fact, incredibly brave and resilient.

    The narrator, Kathy Bell Denton, was too flowery (or perhaps "overblown" is a better word) in her speech to suit me. She also didn't really reach the low range that would have been more suitable for male voices. The author described Tabby and the children as having perfect English with only mild accents, and I think the narrator hit that mark very well. She also did good and quite distinct American and English accents, so I can't fault her there. I also really enjoyed her portrayal of the 4 year old girl. Her "toddler speak" was excellent. I gave the narration 3 stars, because she wasn't terrible, and I didn't find her voice distracted overmuch from the story, but there are definite areas that could stand improvement.

    The book doesn't end on the cliffhanger, but it does end by introducing a bit of mystery about what will almost certainly be the heroine of the next book in the series. If Audible releases it, I will most likely buy it and hear what else Pepper O'Neals paranormal world of shifters has to offer next. Worth a credit? Maybe, but I think I'd wait for a sale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unlawful Contact: I-Team Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Pamela Clare
    • Narrated By Kaleo Griffith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (216)

    When a young woman disappears, journalist Sophie Alton investigates and is led to the woman's brother, a convicted killer who is running from the law. Together, they follow a dangerous path toward the truth - and unforgettable passion.

    CAC says: "Whew.........."
    "Utterly Riveting"
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    What an awesome story, with unforgettable characters and a plot that will twist your guts in all sorts of directions. If you like light, fluffy books that you can listen to with "half an ear", this isn't the book for you. If you like action packed, emotionally intense books with a fabulous plot that take a serious look at very real but often unexplored social issues, then this book, heck, this whole series, just might be for you!

    Unlawful Contact made me think about a few things that were frankly, quite uncomfortable to think about. It made me consider seriously how vulnerable inmates are to their jailers, how easy it is for these jailers to become jaded and corrupt. It made me think about how convicts have no real voice when it comes to defending themselves against abuse. It also showed how easy it is to be "framed" for a crime, and how just the accusation of wrongdoing can ruin a person's life. It made me consider how much trust we put in law enforcement personnel, and how things can go badly wrong when that trust is misplaced.

    Besides the subtle, and sometimes not so subtle, messages in this book, the story itself is fast paced and action packed. Hunt is on the run, Sophie is an investigative journalist who, in the course of doing her job, gets caught up in his adventure. They have a past, and they have a very hot present, but do they have a future?

    I've really enjoyed this series so far, but this book is definitely my favorite. It truly hit the nail on the head when it comes to benchmark romantic suspense. There was a couple of times when things got so intense I had to hit the pause button and compose myself.

    Kaleo Griffith read this book with professional perfection. He kept me spellbound with his flawless pacing. I can't imagine anyone doing it better.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Feral Heat: Shifters Unbound, Book 5.5

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By Cris Dukehart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    Jace Warden is sent to the Shiftertown in Austin to find a way to free all Shifters from their Collars. But pulling off the Collars can cause Shifters to go mad or kill them outright. In Austin, Jace meets Deni Rowe, a wolf Shifter with troubles of her own-she was deliberately run down in the road, and while her body has healed, she still has episodes of total memory loss during which she retreats into her pure animal self.

    Robbie says: "Very Good Novella, but Costly"
    "Very Good Novella, but Costly"
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    This is a great novella, and interestingly enough, it actually advances the progress in one of the major story line arcs. While most authors that I read offer novellas in their series, you can usually feel free to miss them, since they are generally hook ups for side characters and don't advance the plot much, if at all.

    We've met Deni and Jace in previous books. She's the wolf shifter who had a bad motorcycle accident that left her having spells where she goes feral and attacks everyone around her. Jace is the son of the leader of the Nevada shifter town, and he's came to Texas to help the leaders of Deni's shifter town, who are trying to find a way to remove shifter's collars.

    Jace meets Deni and sparks fly right off the bat. Their chemistry is very good, and Jace's presence calms Deni's feral beast. I do wish the author had explored Deni's problems a little more, perhaps made them more of an obstacle than what they were. I love imperfect characters, and her's has been a favorite of mine. Unfortunately, while it is brought up, and some of Jace's efforts to calm her are mentioned, it's all a bit glossed over for my taste, and thus the 4 stars instead of 5.

    The other thing I'm not pleased with is the price of this book. This was a novella priced as a full length book, and that seemed a bit much to me. I did spend a credit on this, but I did it grudgingly and with the feeling I was being robbed spending a precious credit on such a short book. Audible, you can do better than that!!!

    Cris Dukehart's narration was close to perfect. She has a pleasant reading voice, and does a marvelous job with accents and both male and female voices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Viper's Kiss

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Shannon Curtis
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (27)

    Librarian Maggie Kincaid yearns for excitement but being accused of espionage is not what she had in mind. Wanted by the police, the FBI and the criminal element, Maggie goes on the run–and runs straight into sexy Luke Fletcher. Unfortunately, when Luke pulls out the handcuffs, it's not because he has something kinky in mind...

    M. Davis says: "Half way thru "hero" Luke is a jerk!"
    "Enjoyable Story"
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    Maggie is almost too resourceful for her own good! While the reader knows she's not the infamous spy Viper, ex Green Beret and Security Specialist Luke is having a hard time believing her story. Through a series of desperate but ingenious maneuvers and not a little bit of luck, the woman has escaped police, thugs and even his vigilant guard. Yet she expects him to believe she's a simple librarian and this is all just a case of mistaken identity?

    I found this to be a fun and fast paced book. Most of the book covers the action packed events of a single day. Luke, poor man, vacillates from being baffled to angry to attracted and then back to baffled. Maggie barely has time to catch up with everything happening as, on what started out as a perfectly normal day, her world spins out of control.

    This is a Harlequin, which means it's a bit kitschy, but for me it was a fun and fast read, and I really quite enjoyed it.

    Lauren Fortgang did a fine job with the narration. I did hear a couple of mispronunciations, and her character voices needed a bit more distinction, which is why she didn't get 5 stars for her performance. Still, her performance overall was obviously professional and enjoyable to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sleeping with the Wolf: After the Crash, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Maddy Barone
    • Narrated By Clementine Cage
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    Carla is an up and coming country music star when she boards a plane for Denver in the year 2014. After the plane crashes in the year 2064 she learns that nuclear war destroyed technology and unleashed a plague that devastated the female population. Even now, decades after the plague has dwindled to isolated outbreaks, women are precious commodities to be fought for, and Carla finds herself offered as the prize in a Bride Fight.

    Malinda says: "Very good start to the series :D"
    "Not Air Tight, but Enjoyable"
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    I really did enjoy the story, and overall had to give this book a decent score. Yes, there are some problems. There was an immaturity to the writing style, some holes in the plot line and the author hasn't developed a very strong voice, but the premise and story were good, and the story itself was entertaining. While I did have a few eyerolls in the process of listening to this book, in the end, I was left smiling and satisfied and that's really what reading is all about for me.

    This is a dystopian fantasy, but not really a dark one. Oh, yes, the apocalypse has happened, and times are tough. Technology has yet to be reinvented, and living is on the primitive side, although some structures from "before" still exist.

    A plane crashes 50 years into the future, and some passengers set out to find help, only to find the world as they know it has been replaced by this primitive version. Men outnumber women by a huge number, so women need to be married to be safe.

    Carla, a country music star, finds herself being the prize in a bride fight. The winner, Taye, is a wolf shifter. There's really no explanation if wolf shifters existed in times "before" or if they are a product of the apocalypse. Taye is alpha of his pack. The pack, apparently, like to go nude all the time, live in an abandoned roadside motel, and no other women live there. The books tells how Taye and Carla get acquainted and how their relationship progress. All in all, it was a sweet story.

    I actually liked the narrator. She did have a very young sounding voice, which might bother some, but I found she did well with narration and fairly well with voices. No real complaints from me on that score.

    Is this book worth a credit. Not really. The length alone would put me off spending a valuable credit for it, but if you can get it on sale, it's not a bad read if you can just suspend belief and enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Crescent Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Delilah Devlin
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    From ancient Egypt to present-day New Orleans, a woman of exceptional strength is called to protect against an unspeakable evil...and to experience an unforgettable seduction. Khepri still isn’t used to being The God’s Wife. The daughter of a common farmer, she’s more comfortable being friends with servants than employing a whole team of them. Lately she’s had doubts about the role she’s been thrust into. She’s had yearnings for another sort of life, one where she’s loved intimately, rather than only adored from afar.

    Robbie says: "Great Story, Unparalleled Narration"
    "Great Story, Unparalleled Narration"
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    For the first time ever, I bought a book based on who the narrators were rather than the book's synopsis or author. I hadn't heard of Delilah Devlin before, and while I love paranormal romance, I'm not so big on the Egyptian theme. Still, it was a Phil and Natalie production, and I honestly think this fantastic narration team could make a grocery list sound interesting, so I took a chance and bought the book.

    Happily, I was not disappointed. I expected the fantastic narration, but I was very pleased with this story as well. Khepri is a woman from ancient Egypt, a humble girl raised to the exalted position of The God's Wife. A powerful priestess, she is essentially mummified while alive so that she could awake in present day New Orleans and defeat a powerful evil.

    Justin is a seasoned cop. After losing his best friend and partner, he loses his temper with a superior. He's been kicked out of the homicide division and reassigned to investigate thefts. He and his new partner pick up a case investigating the theft of Egyptian artifacts at a local museum.

    In the process of the investigation, Justin breaks all the rules when he rescues the beautiful, mysterious Khepri and spirits her away to his home. Is she the woman of his dreams? Or is she a delusional lunatic who believes she's the wife of a God, destined to save the world from a supernatural evil? The more Justin sees of Khepri, the more he likes her, as things develop, he slowly begins to understand that she's exactly who she claims to be.

    I was pleased with the character development, the writing style and very happy with the layout of the plot. It certainly kept me tuned in, eager to hear what would happen next.

    There are liberal and graphic sexual situations. This book is adult erotic fiction done well, but would not be appropriate for a younger audience.

    Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross delivered a stunning performance. Separately, they are both wonderful narrators, but together, they bring life to a story. Thank you Audible! Well done!

    1 of 1 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
    (574)
    Performance
    (541)
    Story
    (544)

    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!!!!!"
    "Right Out of Left Field"
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    I fancy myself a well informed reader, and yet I'd never heard of this book, this series or even this author. Ok, I do tend to read mostly paranormal, but still, one would have thought that a book so good would have not escaped my notice!

    I can't even tell you why I was reading the reviews of this book, but they caught my attention as they were universally glowing praise for the author. I was feeling a bit restless and in the mood for something different, so I bought Mystery Man.

    Holy smokes! This book was simply fantastic. It went beyond my expectations into the land of "books I will remember for the rest of my life" territory. To beat it all, this book was so well written I couldn't even tell you why I loved it so much. It's just a masterfully told love story, with just the right amount of angst, action and adventure. The hero is sex on a stick and the heroine is smart and likable. The writing style flows perfectly, with just the right touch of humor.

    Kate Russell is a great narrator, and her performance here is stellar.

    Worth a credit? In hindsight, I'd pay two. It's that good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rule Breaker: A Novel of the Breeds, Book 29

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Lora Leigh
    • Narrated By Brianna Bronte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (131)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (119)

    Lion Breed and enforcer Rule Breaker has just a few rules he doesn't break. Not for anything. Not for anyone - like never have sex with a woman outside his own breed, especially a human woman. Especially someone too helpless, too fun loving and too full of life to ever be able to protect herself, let alone help him to protect her. If the damned animal inside him insists on a mate, then why pick her? A woman who is an easy target and who can be used as a weapon against him at any time. But what he suspects is mating heat may not be that at all.

    Robbie says: "Breaking the Rules"
    "Breaking the Rules"
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    This book is an excellent addition to the Breeds series. Admittedly, some books are better than others in this series, but overall, it's a fantastic series and this book stood out for me as one of the best. Having read this series from the beginning, I'm not sure how this book would stand alone, but I would highly recommend this series to those who love romance, scifi/paranormal with a big dose of erotica thrown into the mix.

    The Breeds were created in labs by an evil entity known as "The Genetics Council". They combined human and animal DNA in an attempt to create super soldiers. Their treatment in the labs was horrendous. Once their existence is revealed to the world, their introduction into society and their assimilation is a rocky one, to say the least. A phenomenon called "Mating Heat" effects the breeds, causing them to be irresistibly drawn to their perfect mate.

    Coming out of the labs, the Breeds chose names for themselves, and our hero in this book chose (one can only imagine with his tongue in his cheek) the name Rule Breaker. He and his twin, both Lion breeds, were forced to watch their mother dissected by evil scientist in the labs in an attempt to understand mating heat, so Rule has vowed to never subject a woman to that risk. He intends to run fast and hard at the first "whiff" of his mate. When he meets Gypsy, he feels a compulsion to keep an eye on her and ensure her safety, but she's only 15, has just lost her brother to Council soldiers, and he suffers from no signs of the mating heat when he's near her. He protects her from afar for 9 years until his duties bring him back to the Navajo nation area where Gypsy lives. Gypsy, now 24, is up to her neck in intrigue. When he sees her again, Rule feels intense attraction, but thankfully, still no signs of the mating heat. Feeling safe, he proceeds to attempt a seduction.

    Gypsy feels responsible for the death of her brother, who was a human computer whiz and spy for the Breeds, when she was only 15. Her parents distanced themselves from her after her brothers murder and her near rape by Council soldiers. Feeling the need to redeem herself and somehow atone, Gypsy joins a covert group and becomes an operative that is only known as "Whisper". She's a friend to all, but a lover to none. When the Breed Rule Breaker decides to pursue her for more than friendship, she feels the attraction, but fights it. Her handlers forbid her from forming intimate attachments. Her work and her redemption is all her life has been about since her brothers death, and she doesn't want to give that up.

    In typical Lora Leigh style, the hero is hot, the sex is hotter, and the machinations of all the players can make you rewind more than a few times. Unlike many erotic novels, there's an excellent story with plenty of action going on outside of the bedroom.

    Brianna Bronte delivers this story with consummate professionalism. Her pleasant voice, great timing and awesome delivery is just spectacular. Well worth my credit!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Demon Of Synar: Forced To Serve Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Donna McDonald
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Being captain of his own rescue ship is the life Liam Synar has always dreamed of living. Being master of a hereditary demon is not. Coveting Malachi's power, his exiled evil brother hunts him to capture the demon that Liam's life mate unknowingly hosts. Putting Malachi inside Ania two years ago had been an act to save her when she almost died saving him. If only the demon hadn't killed again.

    Robbie says: "A Series Introduction"
    "A Series Introduction"
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    I read the other (very positive) reviews and decided to give this book a try. However, I feel it necessary to say that it's more of a series introduction than a story in and of itself. While it introduces you to the five main characters, and lays out past events that have brought our characters to the point where they are "today", it doesn't have a resolution in the end.

    This 5 hour audio book quite thoroughly introduces each character and gives you some time in each ones head. It is very character driven, and the characters do make real mistakes, but when trying to think of a synopsis of this book, I realize that I could pretty much reveal the whole book in a brief synopsis, so I will decline from doing that. Instead, I will merely reiterate that while this is a good "set up" novella for a future series, it's not in and of itself a satisfying romantic read with a tidy HEA.

    I did enjoy Allyson Johnson's narration. There were some odd pauses at the beginning, though that's probably more an editing issue. Her narrating voice was pleasant, her character voices, particularly that of Malachai (the demon), were excellent, and her inflection and pacing fit the events going on in the story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • After the Storm: A KGI Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Adam Paul
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (125)

    Over the years, Donovan Kelly has fought relentlessly for justice, women and children always holding a special place in his heart. Working side by side with his brothers, Donovan has witnessed firsthand the toll it’s taken - physically, mentally, and emotionally - on his loved ones, and the innocent lives caught in the crossfire. What he never expects is for his next mission to happen right on his home turf - or for it to take a very personal turn.

    M. Davis says: "Big Disappointment..."
    "Donovan Get's His Girl"
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    I love this series, and I'd loved to have been able to give this book 5 stars, but it didn't quite hit that mark for me. KGI is a private para military company, founded by ex-military tough as nails brothers who like to go in and save those in distress. This series, thus far, have been about how each brother or team member finds their love. Donovan, one of the Kelly Brothers, is the hero in this book.

    Eve is on the run with her two half siblings from an abusive step father, and she winds up in Dover, Tennessee, near the Kelly compound. They are out of money and running out of luck when they meet up with Donovan and his adopted sister Rusty, who decide to give them a hand up and protection.

    While I did enjoy the story, I felt like Van and Eve's relationship all happened a bit too quickly. Van came on pretty strong, with his "instant family" thing. This one didn't seem to have as much action as the others in the series did either. Other than that, it was a great read, and necessary for those following the series.

    I thought Adam Paul did a great job with the narration, bringing life to the story and managing the voices competently. Being from the area where the Kelly boys live, it's no small praise when I say he nailed the accents. Well done!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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