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M.B.

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Monterey Bay, CA | Member Since 2012

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  • 17 reviews
  • 35 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2014
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  • Entwined Erotica: Volume 1: Unbound, All 4 Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Cecilia Tan, Lacey Michaels, Debra Hyde, and others
    • Narrated By Christine Padovan
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (20)

    Entwined is a new experiment in erotica, bringing together all-star authors and fans into a single immersive experience. In each volume, one award-winning author contributes the opening scenes to a new erotic adventure. But when the heroine reaches a decision point, the narrative fractures into wildly different pathways from hardcore BDSM to lighter, more romantic fare, and all of the shades in between, listeners can listen to and replay high-quality fractures, each written by an award-winning erotica author in her own genre.

    Mark says: "Hot, Innocent and Smart!"
    "Way better than Fifty Shades of Grey!!!"
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    What a great concept! Get a bunch of great authors together of different romance/erotica genres, take the same beginning and write a different story in that author's genre on the same main character!

    Not sure if this publisher will always offer this lower pricing structure on these stories on Audible, but if so, you definitely get more 'bang' for your buck buying and listening to the 'Entwined' stories ;-)

    Can't wait for Volume 2 to 'come' out !

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Huddle Up: 'Fantasy' Football, Season 3

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Liz Matis
    • Narrated By Christine Padovan
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    When Angel O'Malley is left penniless by her deceased father's gambling debts, she is forced to sue pro football player Billy Burner for child support. Blindsided with a five-year-old daughter, he tackles fatherhood with the same commitment he gives to the game, but he has his eye on a bigger prize: Angel's heart. She agrees to Billy's plan to play house to ensure the new father makes no rookie mistakes.

    Gina says: "Love the Fantasy Football series!"
    "The perfect summertime romance!"
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    The author continues to create a wonderful thread between the characters in her first two stories in the series, and with the new characters she introduces here - plus cleverly sets up the ending for another story to follow!

    The writing keeps getting better - there is always background and plot with conflict and great humor thrown in, not just gratuitous sex. The narrator is smooth and always a pleasure to listen to.

    Another winning 'season' in 'Huddle Up'!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Enslaved: The Enslaved Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Shoshanna Evers
    • Narrated By Christine Padovan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (59)

    Elisabeth Anderson has seen Trevor and his friends at the infamous Manhattan BDSM club WhipperSnapper, where everyone calls them the BAD Boys, for "Billionaire Arrogant Doms." The BAD Boys--Trevor Brooks, Marc Wilde, and Roman Chase - are aptly named; they've made money hand over fist due to their aggressive investing at the Brooks Wilde Chase Fund. These guys are so rich they can get away with anything, or so the rumors go.

    Claudia says: "If new audio, then very good stuff"
    "Great story and narration - an erotica winner!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Enslaved to be better than the print version?

    In many ways, yes - because the voice inside my head narrating silently when I read with my eyes isn't as rich or humorous as the narrator's voice. It's also great to listen to a book when your eyes are tired, and gives your hands other things to do (like driving to work, or 'other' things ;-))


    What does Christine Padovan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She brings out the humor, the angst, the intelligence and color of each of the characters. The hard knocks, tough to feel deserving of love, Elisabeth; the Dom looking for the right woman, Trevor; his Dom friends and colleagues, Roman and Marc; new found love for Gregory and his sub, Andrew.


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

    Absolutely! It's one of those 'hard to put down' type of books, especially when the narrator's voice gets you so hot and bothered, you need to 'relieve' yourself :-) The author, Ms. Evers creates such interesting characters and weaves the story seamlessly around them, that you don't want to stop listening till you hear the resolution at the end. And Ms. Evers has happy endings to her stories - and I 'loves me a happy ending' as one of the characters says in this story :-)


    Any additional comments?

    Ignore the 1 star reviewer. Looking at the reviewers who write blatant lies about certain narrators and/or authors, you can tell from the repeated lines they say, that it is some jealous person who can't stand someone else's success, and feel they just have to buy any audiobook the narrator narrates or author writes, just to give their audiobook a low rating, then return the book to bash someone else. How pathetic!

    This is definitely a well written, well narrated winner - I hope to see more of Ms. Evers' stories come to life with great voices such as Ms. Padovan's :-)

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • No Regrets, No Surrender

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Heather Long
    • Narrated By Christine Padovan
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Madame Eve's 1Night Stand service introduces Gunnery Sergeant Jasmine "Jazz" Winters to best friends and retired Marines, Logan Cavanaugh, and Zach Evans. At the end of their night of frenzied passion in Las Vegas, Jazz walks away from the only two men who ever made her feel like a woman. Logan and Zach let her go, but only if she swears all of her future leaves to them. These three Marines shared everything, but will one night be enough?

    M.B. says: "A menage with a happy ending! OohRah!"
    "A menage with a happy ending! OohRah!"
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    So great for Ms. Long to continue where 'Retreat Hell! She Just Got Here' left off :-) She takes these wonderful characters who hit it off from their 1Night Stand encounter, and creates an amazing setting, centering around Jazz's battle injuries.

    There is never a boring moment; everyone stays forward thinking even in the midst of conflict, and the author intersperses the right amount of hot sex in all the right places :-)

    OohRah for these strong, sexy Marines!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Proud to Serve Her: 1 Night Stand: Always a Marine, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 29 mins)
    • By Heather Long
    • Narrated By Christine Padovan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Damon Sinclair is a simple Marine with simple needs and after five years of active duty in the sandbox, he's ready to settle down and feed people's souls. But when the rest of his Brothers sign up with the 1Night Stand dating service, the opening night of his new restaurant includes a date with Madame Evangeline's hand picked choice. Helena Blake has focused her entire life on her education and legal career.

    M.B. says: "The best written combination of food and sex ever!"
    "The best written combination of food and sex ever!"
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    Leave it to Ms. Long on giving her characters such diverse backgrounds and talents :-)

    As always, the series continues in depth with weaving sensual nuances into the telling of each character's own story. Having Damon be a chef, creating a dinner of pure titillation had me reaching many times for my vibrator (my b.f. being out of town on biz) as the story continued wonderfully to amazing climaxes and new heights in the seduction department.

    Kudos to Ms. Long in continuing to use Christine Padovan as her narrator - her throaty tones were perfect, especially her voice choice for Helena.

    Keep 'em 'coming', Audible!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Going for It: "Fantasy" Football - Season 2

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Liz Matis
    • Narrated By Christine Padovan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Pro football player Jake Miller's game plan for winning back supermodel Hannah Hahn is play action in the bedroom. Once he sees beyond the swimsuits and lingerie, feelings of love blindside him, changing the rules of the game. Hannah owns the runway, but that success came with a price and a secret that's kept her from trusting a man until Jake crashes through her defenses. The paparazzi love the beauty and the beast couple but the tabloid rumors turn ugly and test the fragile trust between them.

    Gina says: "Sexy, lighthearted fun!"
    "Another touchdown for Ms. Matis!"
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    I wonder what would happen if the author quit her job as a 'mild mannered accountant by day' and became a full-time writer? Her stories have wonderful, sexy characters, great spot-on humor and hot sex too :-)

    The throaty, sexy voice of Ms. Padovan is even better here than in 'Playing for Keeps' - very relaxed and sounds like she was having fun; the dialogue and narrator parts flow beautifully.

    Keep 'em coming, Ms. Matis!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Retreat Hell! She Just Got Here: 1 Night Stand Series: Always a Marine, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 5 mins)
    • By Heather Long
    • Narrated By Christine Padovan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    Jazz has been one of the guys for over a decade, serving her country with distinction, but she longs to explore her femininity, to be desired as a woman, to flirt, cavort, and fulfill every sexual desire. When her mother, of all people, signs her up for a one-night stand, she's not sure whether to be exhilarated or pissed. Flying to Las Vegas on the promise of a total escape, Jazz plans to be Jasmine for just one night, because tomorrow she plans to re-up for another five years.

    M.B. says: "Great menage story from Ms. Long"
    "Great menage story from Ms. Long"
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    If you could sum up Retreat Hell! She Just Got Here in three words, what would they be?

    Semper fi thrice :-)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    That's hard - all three were so likable. I really liked Jazz - she was one of the guys for so long as a Marine and wanted to explore being a woman so badly. Her transformation was very fun to listen to :-).


    What about Christine Padovan’s performance did you like?

    Her alto tones are so pleasant to listen to. I enjoy how she voices male characters and makes them so real.


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

    I felt bad for Logan, thinking he may not be able to overcome his injuries to be with a woman. But definitely, I was grinning with the end results :-).


    Any additional comments?

    Love Ms. Long's ability to give her characters such depth in only a short story format!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Once Her Man, Always Her Man: A 1 Night Stand Story: Always a Marine, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 12 mins)
    • By Heather Long
    • Narrated By Christine Padovan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (34)

    Fulfilling a favor and executing a business plan, Luke Dexter arrives at Dallas' Sybarite Club for a one-night stand. He never imagined he'd come face to face with the woman he left behind a decade earlier. Rebecca Rainier fell in love with Luke Dexter in high school and was crushed when he dumped her to join the Marines after 9/11. Set up on a one-night stand by her business partner, nothing could prepare Rebecca for who her date is. Can Luke and Rebecca bridge the pain of a decade-long abandonment, in one cold Texas night?

    Cecilia says: "Sweet Heather Long romance"
    "Masterfully written and well narrated love story"
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    As her Amazon reviews say, Ms. Long is a master of the short story. There is a beginning, middle and end to all the characters. I could feel the pain and longing of Luke and Rebecca from the very first description.

    And, of course, wonderfully written and beautifully described sex scenes :-) - the narrator has improved considerably from a year ago in the Romance genre.

    Hope to see the rest of Ms. Long's 'Always a Marine' series make it into audio form :-)

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Sword and the Dragon, Revised: The Wardstone Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By M. R. Mathias
    • Narrated By Chris Dorman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (48)

    When the Royal Wizard of Westland poisons the king so that his puppet prince can take the throne and start a continental war, a young squire is forced to run for his life carrying the powerful sword that his dying monarch burdened him with from the death bed. Two brothers find a magic ring and start on paths to becoming the most powerful sort of enemies, while an evil young sorceress unwillingly falls in love with one of them when he agrees to help her steal a dragon's egg for her father.

    Kevin says: "Absolutely unlistenable"
    "One of Top 10 Indie Fantasy stories in audio! Yes!"
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    Yes, FINALLY - the great M.R. Mathias is in audio form! I can understand why he wanted the talent of Chris Dorman, an animation voice artist to narrate this story - Mr. Dorman can certainly do great character voices.

    However, the narrator parts were alittle stiff - but being this is Mr. Dorman's first audiobook, he will hopefully get better as he goes along :-)

    But even so, the strength of the story and its many wonderful characters made this still a great entertaining experience for me, just like reading the book did.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Gator Kill: Truman Smith Private Eye, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Bill Crider
    • Narrated By Michael Ray Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    After he failed to find his missing sister, whose remains finally turned up in a bag in an overgrown field, Texas PI Truman Smith retired to become a housepainter on Galveston Island. But when an alligator is killed and its carcass left on display on a family friend's property, Tru is persuaded to search for the culprit. Soon the brooding gumshoe is stumbling over the bodies of dead humans, is shot at and run down by a souped-up four-by-four as he's embroiled in a plot complete with crooked police, a possible land-grabbing sheme and assorted "bad guys".

    M.B. says: "Great narration - couldn't stop listening!"
    "Great narration - couldn't stop listening!"
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    It was hard to 'put it down' - it's that good! Don't know where this narrator has been, but glad he is now narrating audiobooks. What a voice!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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