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Katha

Kingwood, TX, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • 24 reviews
  • 96 ratings
  • 469 titles in library
  • 22 purchased in 2015
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  • Blood Brothers: Sign of Seven, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (719)
    Performance
    (418)
    Story
    (419)

    Every seven years, on the seventh day of the seventh month, strange things happen. It began when three young boys - Caleb, Fox, and Gage - went on a camping trip to the Pagan Stone. And 21 years later, it will end in a showdown between evil and the boys who have become men - and the women who love them.

    beth says: "So-So for Nora"
    "Fun Part 1 of a story"
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    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Phil Gigante?

    As much as I enjoyed the story, the narration was very distracting and I felt like stopping after about an hour. Glad I stuck it out.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the relationships from Nora Roberts if not the sex and language. Her characters appeal to me. Did not care for narrator. Male narrators need to find a way to read female characters without sounding so silly. These female leads were not silly, but they felt that way from this reader. But I really enjoyed the story and getting the next part immediately.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Instincts: Phoenix Pack

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Suzanne Wright
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (297)
    Story
    (292)

    It happens whenever wolf shifter Roni Axton is near Marcus Fuller: a crackle of sexual awareness that's intoxicating...and deeply annoying. Marcus is a pack enforcer who oozes power, but Roni is lethal in her own right - nothing like the flirty females who flock around him. Even still, his possessive gaze makes one thing clear. Marcus has singled her out for seduction, and he wants to make her sit up and beg.

    Brooks Krabousanos says: "Great series"
    "Suzane is good and Jill is great!"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I have enjoyed all of these books. But I am torn between the idea that I love Suzanne's writing or Jill's performance. Combined they make for a great time. Enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fury: New Species, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Laurann Dohner
    • Narrated By Vanessa Chambers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1244)
    Performance
    (1152)
    Story
    (1158)

    Ellie is horrified to discover the pharmaceutical company she works for is doing illegal experiments, splicing human and animal DNA, creating exotic new species. One such "experiment" captures her heart and she’ll do anything to save him - even if he hates her for it. Fury has never known compassion or love. He's spent his life in a cell, chained and abused by humans. The one woman he allowed himself to trust betrayed him. He vows to end her life but when she's finally in his grasp, harming her is the last thing he wants to do to the sexy little human.

    BluBumbleB says: "Loved it! I'm a Fury Fan!!!"
    "Seriously Fun Series . . .Addictive"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    This is a fun series. Books 12 and 13 just came out and are great. But read in order, it will make a difference in your enjoyment. The best: Justice is #1, Fury #2 and until Darkness, Valiant was #3. A couple were not good (Obsidian and Shadow) and a couple finished strong but started weak (Moon and Brawn). But Laurann's males keep me reading and rereading. The reader gets a little valley girl in the early books but calms down as the books progress. Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Laurann Dohner
    • Narrated By Vanessa Chambers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (371)
    Performance
    (342)
    Story
    (344)

    Kat’s boss wants dirt on the NSO. She is sent to Homeland undercover, but everything goes wrong as soon as she enters the front gates. She is arrested by a big, powerful, sexy New Species but she is not frightened. He turns her on and things heat up fast between them. Now, she just hopes he doesn’t break her heart.

    tonya says: "She is stepping up her game"
    "Fun series"
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    Any additional comments?

    I love this series. Darkness will tie with Valient for #3 best. Justice #1, Fury #2. (But read them in order!) There were a few books that were not good (Obsidian and Shadow) and a few that were weak (Brawn and Moon) but they all ended strong. The way Laurann writes the male part is what keeps me reading and rereading. Darkness returns to a stronger heroine and tortured hero. Reader calmed down her valley girl impression of some of the books. Enjoy!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Chief

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Monica McCarty
    • Narrated By Robert McNab
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (312)

    Best-selling author Monica McCarty transports listeners to the 14th-century Scottish highlands in this dazzling novel. Warrior Tor MacLeod is picked by Robert the Bruce to lead the fight against English rule. Despite Tor’s rigid disposition and devotion to his craft, his new bride is determined to warm his heart.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Overbearing Chief meets Romantic Lass"
    "Lots of history, only a little romance"
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    Any additional comments?

    This was so highly recommended, as is the series. If you enjoy the history, rather than the romance, you will enjoy this. I didn't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Otherwise Engaged

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Amanda Quick
    • Narrated By Louise Jane Underwood
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (231)
    Story
    (230)

    Miss Amity Doncaster, world traveler, is accustomed to adventure and risk. Benedict Stanbridge, a man of science and a spy for the Crown, has faced danger in the darker corners of foreign lands. But they are about to face a threat that is shockingly close to home . . . One does not expect to be kidnapped on a London street in broad daylight.

    Susanna says: "An engaging return to earlier Quick style"
    "A Romance that is not Romantic"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    It seemed Ms. Quick wanted to write a Victorian murder mystery but knows you have to input a romance, so she threw in two unremarkable sex scenes in odd places and done. There wasn't a single bit of sexual tension, which is much more important. I used to love Ms. Quick's quirky heroines and dark heroes. This heroine tried to be quirky but the hero felt like a school boy, whether by the writing or the reader, I wasn't sure. This is a very lightweight romance, if that is your type.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • One Night Scandal: The Spinster Club, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Christie Kelley
    • Narrated By Ashford MacNab
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Born on the wrong side of the blanket, matchmaker Sophie Reynard understands the consequences of unbridled desire all too well. Despite the many highborn friends she has matched, falling in love with an aristocrat without a pedigree of her own would be an act of futility. But that doesn't stop her from succumbing to one evening of anonymous passion.

    Cam says: "Wish there were more to the series!"
    "Same thing, chapter after chapter"
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    Any additional comments?

    The story: Marry me? I can't marry you. Over and over and over ....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unveiled

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Courtney Milan
    • Narrated By Rebecca De Leeuw
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (352)
    Performance
    (311)
    Story
    (308)

    Ash Turner has waited a lifetime to seek revenge on the man who ruined his family—and now the time for justice has arrived. At Parford Manor, he intends to take his place as the rightful heir to the dukedom and settle an old score with the current duke once and for all. But instead he finds himself drawn to a tempting beauty who has the power to undo all his dreams of vengeance….

    Kelli says: "Excellent Historical Romance"
    "Not enough action"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I love a good romance but there has to be action to the story as well. This was too much thinking, discussing, agonizing . . . and I did not connect with the heroine's reason to stay away.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Bound: Elder Races Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Thea Harrison
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    Overall
    (2356)
    Performance
    (2082)
    Story
    (2095)

    Half human and half Wyr, Pia Giovanni spent her life keeping a low profile among the Wyrkind and avoiding the continuing conflict between them and their Dark Fae enemies. But after being blackmailed into stealing a coin from the hoard of a dragon, Pia finds herself targeted by one of the most powerful---and passionate---of the Elder Races.

    Amazon Customer says: "Woo Freakin Hoo!"
    "Finished the series, loved them all"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I dislike the vampire/werewolf series and was hesitant about this one. But there are all sorts of creatures and I loved that. Dragon, griffin, fairy, gargoyle, etc. The "world-building" is not so detailed as to annoy like so many of them. I enjoyed from page 1. The romance is steamy and enjoyable. The f-bomb is annoying, and may turn some romance readers off. I loved the characters (who doesn't want a dragon; women are strong). Great series. Give it a try.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Wicked Deeds of Daniel MacKenzie: Highland Pleasures, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (261)
    Story
    (262)

    Daniel Mackenzie lives up to the reputation of the scandalous Mackenzie family - he has wealth, looks, and talent, and women love him. When he meets Violet Bastien - one of the most famous spiritual mediums in England - he immediately knows two things: that Miss Bastien is a fraud, and that he’s wildly attracted to her.

    Vinity says: "Off just a bit and frustrating reader"
    "Read Ian and Elliot"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I think Ian's story is the best romance ever; I think Elliot's story was just slightly #2. But the ick factor of Daniel's story was just too much. I finished it thinking it had to eventually have something I would enjoy. It did not. Sorry.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Beyond the Highland Mist: Highlander, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2450)
    Performance
    (1590)
    Story
    (1597)

    He was known throughout the kingdom as Hawk, legendary predator of the battlefield and the boudoir. No woman could refuse his touch, but no woman ever stirred his heart - until a vengeful fairy tumbled Adrienne de Simone out of modern-day Seattle and into medieval Scotland.

    Kathryn says: "Don't bother."
    "Even on Sale, not good enough."
    Overall
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    Would you ever listen to anything by Karen Marie Moning again?

    No


    What didn’t you like about Phil Gigante’s performance?

    Makes the girl voices sound silly.


    Any additional comments?

    Tries to include humor in exactly the wrong spots, and it never works. Actively disliked the ending to the second book. Deleted the third.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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