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Karen

San Jose, CA, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • 13 reviews
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  • 357 titles in library
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  • The Marriage Bargain: Marriage to a Billionaire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jennifer Probst
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1353)
    Performance
    (1210)
    Story
    (1215)

    To save her family home, impulsive bookstore owner Alexa Maria McKenzie casts a love spell. But she never planned on conjuring up her best friend's older brother - the powerful man who once shattered her heart.

    Billionaire Nicholas Ryan doesn't believe in marriage, but in order to inherit his father's corporation, he needs a wife and needs one fast. When he discovers his sister's childhood friend is in dire financial straits, he offers Alexa a bold proposition....

    SandyH says: "Funny, heartbreaking"
    "Couldn't finish it"
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    Would you try another book from Jennifer Probst and/or Coleen Marlo?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    One of the few books I actually stopped reading mid way through. Plot was way too predictable.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sea Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Karen Robards
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (36)

    Cathy and Jon are nestled happily in the Carolinas until she is summoned home to England. There she discovers that her perfect marriage is a sham and her infamous rogue one step away from the gallows. Only by wedding her hated cousin, making Jon believe she has betrayed his love, can she save him. As fate threatens to part them forever, Jon risks his life to rescue the one prize he cannot live without: the woman whose inner fire both infuriates and beguiles him.

    Karen says: "I would have dumped him"
    "I would have dumped him"
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    I do not understand why the higher ratings from others for this book. The narrator's voice was an attempted sexy Southern Drawl with British English overtones, and did not work. I could barely listen to the story due to cringing at the voice.

    The plot started roughly 20% into Part 1. Every cliche phrase that could be written regarding body types and sex was present, in spades. At times I wished to choke the heroine, who seemed to go from ninny and accepting of all sorts of downgrading behavior from her husband, to feisty in the blink of an eye. It is beyond me why two people who fight all the time, both physically and verbally, would want to stay together.

    Probably the worst was the rape scene, and the heroine, while protesting, almost immediately afterwards was lusting after the rapist. A close second was her inability to verbalize the actions she took that led to the "misunderstandings" in her relationship despite months of solitary togetherness.

    I generally enjoy this author, but this book irritated me more than gave enjoyment.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sprig Muslin

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Sian Phillips
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (170)

    Finding so young and pretty a girl as Amanda wandering unattended, Sir Gareth Ludlow knows it is his duty as a man of honour to restore her to her family.

    But it is to prove no easy task for the Corinthian. His captive in sprig muslin has more than her rapturous good looks and bandboxes to aid her - she is also possessed of a runaway imagination...

    A says: "Teen years favorite comes to Audible --at last!"
    "I miss these kinds of romance stories"
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    First read this book about 30 years ago, and always enjoyed the author. It's an old fashioned romance without the graphic sex scenes. It was truly a breath of fresh air.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Catch Me: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lisa Gardner
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2080)
    Performance
    (1723)
    Story
    (1729)

    Charlene Rosalind Carter Grant believes that she will be murdered in four days. And she wants Boston’s top detective to handle her death investigation. It will be up close and personal. No evidence of forced entry, no sign of struggle. Charlie tells a chilling story: Each year at 8:00 p.m. on January 21, a woman has died. The victims have been childhood best friends from a small town in New Hampshire; the motive remains unknown. Now only one friend, Charlie, remains to count down her final hours.

    Vanessa says: "OK but not her best by a long shot"
    "Edge of the seat book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Hard to put this book down as a thriller with lots of plot turns. The story itself wasn't that believable, but it did keep one wondering what was going to happen next!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • I've Got Your Number: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1093)
    Performance
    (949)
    Story
    (942)

    Poppy Wyatt has never felt luckier. She is about to marry her ideal man, Magnus Tavish, but in one afternoon her “happily ever after” begins to fall apart. Not only has she lost her engagement ring in a hotel fire drill but in the panic that follows, her phone is stolen. As she paces shakily around the lobby, she spots an abandoned phone in a trash can. Finders keepers! Now she can leave a number for the hotel to contact her when they find her ring. Perfect! Well, perfect except that the phone’s owner, businessman Sam Roxton, doesn’t agree.

    Erin says: "Pure fun"
    "Silly but good"
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    This was a light, amusing read. Lots of twists and turns to the plot. I recommend it.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • V Is for Vengeance: A Kinsey Millhone Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Sue Grafton
    • Narrated By Judy Kaye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1255)
    Performance
    (1035)
    Story
    (1028)

    A woman with a murky past who kills herself-or was it murder? A dying old man cared for by the son he pummeled mercilessly. A lovely woman whose life is about to splinter into a thousand fragments. A professional shoplifting ring racking up millions in stolen goods. A brutal and unscrupulous gangster. A wandering husband, rich and powerful. A spoiled kid awash in gambling debt thinking he can beat the system. A lonely widower mourning the death of his lover, desperate for answers that may be worse than the pain of his loss.

    Gayle says: "Worth The Wait!"
    "Excellent book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    While the narrator could use a bit more inflection in her voice, the overall listen was excellent. At first, couldn't understand how the various subplots fit in, but it all came together in the end. Well recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Litigators

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Dennis Boutsikaris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3644)
    Performance
    (2964)
    Story
    (2928)

    The incomparable master of the legal thriller takes us deeper into the labyrinth that is the American justice system, always drawing us in with an irresistible hook, pulling the thread of tension tighter and tighter, and then knocking us out with a conclusion that's never "by the book". Maybe that's why, after more than 20 years of consecutive number-one New York Times best sellers, a new novel by America's favorite storyteller is still a major publishing event.

    June says: "Typical Grisham, entertaining"
    "Another excellent book"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Well developed characters, and the story keeps you glued to the ipod. The narrator has an excellent voice, and did well changing voices. One could feel the emotion of the jury trial and outcome. Absolutely excellent book.

    23 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • The Rose Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1404)
    Performance
    (1220)
    Story
    (1243)

    Acclaimed author Susanna Kearsley's previous works have won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award, and finaled for both the UK Romantic Novel of the Year and the RITA awards.

    Eva Ward is a modern woman thrown back three centuries to 1715 - only to find that might be exactly where she belongs. There, she finds true love with Daniel Butler, but the discord surrounding Hanoverian King George plunges the lovers into a world of intrigue, treason, and romance.

    Angel Claire says: "Amazing story."
    "Hard to put down!"
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    Excellent time travel romance from modern times to 1700's. The story definitely sucks you in, and will have you carrying the book with you everywhere you go!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Naughty in Nice: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1582)
    Performance
    (1386)
    Story
    (1365)

    Lady Georgiana Rannoch has once again been called into service by Her Majesty the Queen. This time she's sent to Nice on a secret assignment that's nothing to sneeze at: recover the Queen's stolen snuff box. As much of an honor as it is to be trusted by Her Majesty, an even greater honor awaits Georgie in Nice - as Coco Chanel herself asks Georgie to model her latest fashion. But when a necklace belonging to the Queen is stolen on the catwalk, Georgie has to find two priceless items-and solve a murder. How's a girl to find any time to go to the casino?

    Lindsay says: "Lots of good fun"
    "Love this series"
    Overall
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    This is a great series, set in 1930's, with a hint of romance along with a mystery. However, I am tired of hearing the same explanations of the main characters in each book. Obviously, it is so the books can stand alone, but for fans, it is tedious. The plot keeps one riveted, and the narrator is absolutely excellent. Overall, I recommend it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Match Me If You Can: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2184)
    Performance
    (851)
    Story
    (861)

    Annabelle is tired of being the lone failure in a family of overachievers. She's endured dead-end jobs and a broken engagement. But that's going to change now that she's taken over her late grandmother's matchmaking business. All Annabelle has to do is land the Windy City's hottest bachelor as her client, and she'll be the most sought-after matchmaker in town.

    Daniela says: "Guilty Pleasure"
    "Hard to put down!"
    Overall

    A good contemporary romance, that kept me smiling. The kind of book one can't put down.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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