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  • Beautiful Creatures: Beautiful Creatures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3423)
    Performance
    (2879)
    Story
    (2898)

    Lena Duchannes is unlike anyone the small Southern town of Gatlin has ever seen, and she's struggling to conceal her power and a curse that has haunted her family for generations. Ethan Wate, who has been counting the months until he can escape from Gatlin, is haunted by dreams of a beautiful girl he has never met. When Lena moves into the town's oldest and most infamous plantation, Ethan is inexplicably drawn to her and determined to uncover the connection between them.

    FanB14 says: "Adequate for Adults"
    "Boring!"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the story wasn't so convoluted! It was just a silly story with no real connection between they characters. And yes I do read YA stuff all the time. So either I'm finally outgrowing it or this was just really bad.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Unwanted Wife: An Unwanted Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Natasha Anders
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (123)

    No one had ever looked at her and seen perfection - until now. Delicate, titian-haired Theresa Noble has met her father’s associates in the past, but the gorgeous, Italian-born Sandro De Lucci leaves her speechless. Eighteen months into their marriage, however, Sandro has turned to ice. Desperate to escape a relationship that has proven to be as stubbornly passionate as it is cold and hateful, Theresa summons up the courage to ask for a divorce. But before he’ll grant her request, Sandro demands something from Theresa: a son.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "What a surprise!"
    "This guy is a jerk...and hard to like"
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    Any additional comments?

    I realize the guy thought his wife was using him in some way, but still he treated her like crap for so long and in so many horrible ways that I could never forgive him, and I couldn't forgive her for being such a doormat. Do people really carry around resentment like this and never say anything? Seems unrealistic. Nonetheless, even when the husband finds out that his wife married him for the right reasons he is still an ass and his excuses don't make it better. I can't believe people think this is romantic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Having My Baby

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Theresa Ragan
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (156)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (143)

    Growing up, Jill Garrison never daydreamed about having the perfect wedding. Instead, she dreamt about having a baby. Boy or girl, it didn't matter. Unfortunately, her fiancé can't have children. Determined to realize her lifelong dream of having a baby, Jill spends years searching for a company (CryoCorp) that provides high-quality donor sperm. Everything is right in Jill's world until her wedding day, when her fiancé leaves her at the altar to be humiliated before friends and family....

    Yuliya says: "Good book and excellent narator"
    "Doesn't seem like a professional wrote it"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    The story was cute...it just seemed like it was written by an amateur....The dialog was so cheesy and the characters didn't' seem real. I can't put my finger on it but it reminded me a lot of the stories on the fan-fiction sites or on other amateur writing sites.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Windfallen

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Michelle Ford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (98)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (93)

    The tiny, well-ordered seaside village of Merham holds little to interest the adventurous - except for Arcadia, the breathtaking art deco house perched above the shoreline. Attracted to this magical place, young Lottie Swift surrenders freely to its temptations and ultimately must face the hard consequences of her actions. Years later, another young woman comes to Merham. A designer hired to make over the now-empty Arcadia, Daisy Parsons seeks a new beginning, as Lottie once did. Fleeing a broken relationship, Daisy finds refuge at Arcadia, and something more - a love she thought she would never know again.

    Daryl says: "Moving character drama"
    "Not what I expected from a Jojo Moyes book"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    no....boring book. Well written, but really I could see everything coming a mile away. The end was very unsatisfying and well, it just didn't seem to be a story worth telling.


    Any additional comments?

    If you've read recent Jojo Moyes (You before me-AWESOME! or One Plus One), this is NOT like that. Its very well written, but it just doesn't have the solid storyline the others have.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Exquisite: Exquisite, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ella Frank
    • Narrated By Mackenzie Cartwright
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (161)
    Story
    (159)

    Tormented by self-imposed guilt, Dr. Lena O'Donnell has spent the last nine years in survival mode. Struggling through days that seem to blend together and battling her way through each horrifying night, she's determined that this is what she deserves.... Mason Langley's life is going exactly the way he planned it, until her. A confirmed bachelor and the successful owner of the hottest restaurant to hit Chicago, he never expected to be blindsided by an angry woman in a pair of scrubs. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to shake the doctor.

    Datagirl75@gmail says: "Solid love story with a hint of realism"
    "I think I'm going to have to stop reading NOW"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The way Lena gravels! Its embarrassing the woman lets this asshole treat her like a doormat. She really didn't do anything wrong and he acts like she killed his mother! I understand Mason is hurt and all but really can't his sister or friend slap him a few times so he wakes up realizes that he's the one who is a horrible person.
    I can't take it much longer, if this Mason dude doesn't stop acting like an ass I am going to have to stop reading.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Professional: Part 1: The Game Maker, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Kimberly Alexis
    Overall
    (468)
    Performance
    (435)
    Story
    (439)

    Mafiya enforcer Aleksandr "The Siberian" Sevastyan’s loyalty to his boss is unwavering, until he meets the boss’s long-lost daughter, a curvy, tantalizing redhead who haunts his mind and heats his blood like no other. Ordered to protect her, Sevastyan will do anything to possess her as well - on his own wicked terms. PhD student Natalie Porter had barely recovered from her first sight of the breathtakingly gorgeous Sevastyan before the professional hit man whisks her away to Russia, thrusting her into a world of extreme wealth and wanton pleasures.

    Marian says: "Serial series = more expensive audiobook"
    "Jeez! Hottest book I've read in a while"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    If you're looking for a good erotica book, this is that. It has a different spin on all of the "billionaire likes S&M and good girl wants to explore" themes out there right now. The setting is unique (Russia) and the back story is believable. My biggest complaint is why are there 3 books...they are so short they could have been 1 book easily! As soon as I finished one I went and bought the next right away...but it seemed ridiculous, each one was only like 3 hours long.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raine Falling: Hells Saints Motorcycle Club, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Paula Marinaro
    • Narrated By Will Damron, Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (149)

    After a lifetime of uncertainty, Raine Winston shouldn’t be fazed by anything anymore. But she’s terrified. Terrified that her wayward sister, Claire, has gotten into debt dangerously over her head. Terrified that a muscle-clad biker named Diego doesn’t want payment with money - he wants much more. And terrified of the dizzying desire she feels whenever Diego touches her.…

    Frances says: "GREAT BIKER STORY! LOVED IT!!!"
    "Really good--for some reason"
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    What made the experience of listening to Raine Falling the most enjoyable?

    Good characters...believable and real.


    What other book might you compare Raine Falling to and why?

    Undeniable....but in that book I hated how ridiculous the heroine was...she was a doormat and despite the fact that Raine puts up with more than she should, she's not really a pushover.


    Any additional comments?

    Great Biker book, with realistic characters and a great story line. I keep finding myself thinking about these people and wondering what they're up to. I read/listened to 4 or 5 books a month and I don't often think much about them once I'm done so...that's saying something. I even went to see if there was a book 2 but.....beware book 2 is still being written. I hate that! By the time its out I'll have forgotten a lot of the details.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • One Plus One: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Bower, Ben Elliot, Nicola Stanton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1029)
    Performance
    (929)
    Story
    (938)

    Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied, and your math-whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can't afford to pay for. That's Jess' life in a nutshell - until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess' knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages...maybe ever.

    Kathy says: "Sometimes I need a book that is just fun to read."
    "Another great book from JoJo Moyes"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    Great Narrator. Fun, easy to listen to. Jojo is one of my new favorite authors. She has very realistic characters, dealing with very relatable problems. You Before Me is still my favorite, but this is great too. The only minor issue I have with Jojo's books is that its a little too PG. But after this I'll go pick up something from the erotica section and all will be well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Saving Grace

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (588)
    Performance
    (530)
    Story
    (539)

    When Lady Johanna learned that she was a widow, she vowed she would never marry again. Only sixteen, already she possessed a strength of will that impressed all who looked past her golden-haired beauty. Yet when King John demanded that she remarry - and selected a bridegroom for her - it seemed she must acquiesce, until her beloved foster brother suggested she wed his friend, the handsome Scottish warrior Gabriel MacBain.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Beautifully Written Highland Tale"
    "A nice read, but the hero was really unlikeable"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Saving Grace the most enjoyable?

    Great narrator! Seemed authentic to the time (but really what do I know about 13th century Scotland)


    Any additional comments?

    I'm sure its very authentic to make the hero so dominant and belittling to woman. I mean that's how it was in those days, right? But, the people that read these books are woman of the 21st century and most probably don't find a controlling, demeaning man very attractive. I know I don't.....just saying.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Demon Lover: The Fairwick Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Juliet Dark
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (85)

    Since accepting a teaching position at remote Fairwick College in upstate New York, Callie McFay has experienced the same disturbingly erotic dream every night: A mist enters her bedroom then takes the shape of a virile, seductive stranger who proceeds to ravish her in the most toe-curling, wholly satisfying ways possible. But Callie soon realizes that her dreams are alarmingly real. She has a demon lover - an incubus - and he will seduce her, pleasure her, and eventually suck the very life from her. Then Callie makes another startling discovery....

    Amazon Customer says: "At first I was wary..."
    "Returned it!"
    Overall
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    What disappointed you about The Demon Lover?

    The story never went anywhere.....about 1/2 way through nothing of consequence had happened yet...simply a repetition of the same vague scene in which she is unsure of what she see's and feels.


    What was most disappointing about Juliet Dark’s story?

    I just couldn't care about this shadowy figure....it left me apathetic about the heroines plight.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Justine Eyre’s performances?

    NO....I've heard her read other things, but this time her voice deep gravely voice really grated on me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Kiss a Rake

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Anne Stuart
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (265)

    Bryony Russell and her two sisters are left destitute by the disgrace and unexpected death of their father, a wealthy shipping magnate. He left a cryptic note, and Bryony is determined to find the real villain and clear her father’s name. In disguise as a servant, Bryony infiltrates the home her of father’s business partner to find proof of his guilt...or innocence. It’s not just clues that Bryony finds, but temptation too.... Adrian Bruton, Earl of Kilmartyn, immediately suspects there is something not quite right about his new housekeeper.

    Marcheta says: "Liked story, didn't like American reading"
    "Better than I thought it would be"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Any additional comments?

    I got this one on sale and I figured it would fair at best (as most of the sale books are). But it was pretty good, especially the ending. Usually everything ends all wrapped up as neat as can be. I like that this seemed more realistic. Very hot sex scenes and the chemistry between the 2 main characters was excellent.
    On the negative side--the narrator was little too sexy, she almost growled every line. I like her voice but she overdid it a bit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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