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Cynthia

I love to sew and read. Now I can do both at the same time!

Member Since 2011

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  • Goddess of the Hunt

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Tessa Dare
    • Narrated By Helen Moore-Gillon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (55)

    Ever the bold adventuress, Lucy Waltham has decided to go hunting for a husband. But first she needs some target practice. So she turns to her brother's best friend, Jeremy Trescott, the Earl of Kendall, to hone her seductive wiles on him before setting her sights on another man. But her practice kisses spark a smoldering passion that could send all her plans up in smoke.

    Kimberly says: "Ruined by poor narration"
    "So Disappointed!"
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    I was happy when I found another Tessa Dare novel available to me at Audible. I didn't notice that it was narrated by a different reader than the previous book I had enjoyed so much. That usually isn't a big deal. Just takes some getting used to, but I've always been able to overcome that situation.

    But not this time. It wasn't even that the reader has an annoying voice or that it grated on one's nerves. She has a nice soft voice and a wonderful accent. I think if she had just read the darn book, I could have born it, but that was not to be.

    Her acting skills are atrocious. I didn't realize you even needed acting skills to be a professional reader. But it's certainly plain when those skills are lacking. Is it possible that there are no standards when it comes to reading audiobooks? I can't even tell you whether the story is any good at all because I just obsessed on THAT VOICE.

    I stopped listening an hour in. I've never done that before. I'll wait until the experience has faded from my memory and try to read the Kindle version of the book.

    Bottom line? Don't make my mistake. I guarantee if I had listened to the audio sample before I rushed to purchase, I would have certainly not done so.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Any Duchess Will Do: Spindle Cove, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Tessa Dare
    • Narrated By Eva Kaminsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    Griffin York, the Duke of Halford, has no desire to wed this season - or any season - but his diabolical mother abducts him to "Spinster Cove" and insists he select a bride from the ladies in residence. Griff decides to teach her a lesson that will end the marriage debate forever. He chooses the serving girl. Overworked and struggling, Pauline Simms doesn't dream about dukes. All she wants is to hang up her barmaid apron and open a bookshop.

    Kimberly says: "Wonderful!"
    "Tessa Dare Writes a Dang Good Story!"
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    I love everything about this book. The story line is fabulous, the characters are fresh and very appealing. I listened to the whole thing in one sitting and I could turn around and listen to it again.

    Eva Kaminsky's narration is terrific. I especially love her accent for Pauline, our heroine. Pauline is a country lass, who though lacking much formal education, is witty and quick and catches the hero's attention from first glance. Griff, the Duke of Halford has been forced by his mother, a woman who is desperate for grandchildren to pick a woman to be his Duchess. His mother vows to be able to turn any one of the ladies of Spindle Cove into a woman that the Ton will accept as Duchess material. Griff offers Pauline a good sum of money to take his mother up on her offer and to fail spectacularly. Pauline doesn't see this as a problem.

    I love Tessa Dare more and more with every book of hers I read.

    It's worth a credit. It's worth the money. And most importantly, it's worth the time it took to listen to it.

    I thoroughly enjoyed every minute.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Hazards of Hunting a Duke: Desperate Debutantes

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Julia London
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    Overall
    (89)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (81)

    When the young ladies of the Fairchild family learn that their stepfather has absconded with their late mother's fortune, Ava, the eldest, hunts down the notoriously wealthy rakehell Jared Broderick, the Marquis of Middleton and heir to a dukedom. Much to her shock and delight, the marquis sweeps her into a whirlwind romance and proposes marriage. But after their passionate wedding night, Ava discovers Jared has ulterior motives of his own. Not only does he expect her to deliver an heir while he continues to enjoy a rogue's life, but Ava also suspects she is a pawn in her husband's quest for revenge.

    Cam says: "Captivating and delightful"
    "Strange Book"
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    Three quarters of the way through this book, I suddenly wondered if Audible had switched books on me. It started out well enough. Ada, our Heroine is left penniless and alone and Jared, our Hero must make a suitable match before his father forces him to wed a woman he knows he'll be miserable with. He has a mistress that he adores and wants to spend the rest of his life with. Suddenly, after sharing a brief kiss with Ada, he's dumped the mistress for no reason that I could fathom and he breaks all the rules of society to hurriedly marry Ada.

    There's absolutely no chemistry between our H&H. Frankly, there doesn't even appear to be any attraction.

    I've read several of Ms London's books and I never remember any of them being this disjointed and uninteresting.

    Don't waste your time on this one. If Anne Flosnik coulnd't save it for me, it couldn't be salvaged.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Duchess War: The Brothers Sinister, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Courtney Milan
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (324)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (297)

    Miss Minerva Lane is a quiet, bespectacled wallflower, and she wants to keep it that way. After all, the last time she was the center of attention, it ended badly - so badly that she changed her name to escape her scandalous past. Wallflowers may not be the prettiest of blooms, but at least they don't get trampled. So when a handsome duke comes to town, the last thing she wants is his attention.

    Lia says: "Very Clever Story!"
    "This book is a standout!"
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    Great story, fabulous characters. This is the best of Ms Milan's books that I've read so far. I love her books for the strong women and the caring men who love them. There were enough plot twists to keep you guessing and interested.

    Rosalyn Landor is my favorite narrator and she is what brought me to Courtney Milan's stories.

    Definitely credit worthy.

    I look forward to more books in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Whisper To Me of Love

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Shirlee Busbee
    • Narrated By Caroline Kinsolving
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Ripped from her dying mother's arms, Morgana Fowler was cast into a life of desperate thievery. With a tongue even sharper than the blade she deftly wields, she has all but mastered her devious trade - until she picks the pocket of a dashing American who wrests her from the sordid streets of London. In the arms of her gallant protector, she is helpless against the longing he elicits within her.

    Cynthia says: "Good listen, in spite of itself!"
    "Good listen, in spite of itself!"
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    This was such a good story. I am so glad that I forced myself to continue to listen, because I was not sure I was going to be able to. The reader, in the first 15 minutes, had me ready to give up and grab the book. Then she settled into a rhythm, chose an accent from the many she was testing and made an effort to stick to it. Her performance from then on wasn't that bad. But she mispronounced words constantly! This drove me crazy. It wasn't that she stumbled over words, she didn't even blink. Stayed in character and everything. And these weren't terribly difficult words either. Who knows what was going on with that. I realize it's not like spellcheck, but is there really no quality control?

    So yeah, wonderful characters, great story - kept me interested all the way through. Good plot twists. Smart book. I'll find more of Ms Busbee's to listen to. Definitely worth a credit.

    But really. VIS-count? Seriously?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rhythm and Bluegrass

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (546)
    Performance
    (506)
    Story
    (504)

    The anticipated follow up to Molly Harper's My Bluegrass Baby, which followed Sadie Hawkins as she jockeyed for the director's position at the Kentucky Tourism Commission with a sophisticated and handsome challenger.

    Cynthia says: "SO SO SO SO SO GOOD!"
    "SO SO SO SO SO GOOD!"
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    Some of the first books I listened to when I joined Audible was Molly Harper's Jane series. They were all read by Amanda Ronconi and I listened to them all in a row, as fast as I could. I then went back and purchased every Molly Harper book available to me on Audible. I pre-ordered this book because I knew that the story would be great and I wouldn't be disappointed.

    I've listened to tons of audiobooks since I started and I've heard some really good stories. But Molly Harper's books are special. I've listened to them all several times and they never get old.

    The books are witty and smart and funny. Her dialogue is true and her characterizations are spot on. Amanda Ronconi's voice is a perfect fit to Ms. Harper's stories.

    I dare anyone to listen to one of her books and not be cheered by the experience.

    Her books make me happy!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Most to Lose

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Laura Landon
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (72)

    When Jonah Armstrong, the Earl of Haywood, returns to London after a three year absence, his plan is simple: reenter society, find a wealthy bride, and save the Haywood name from ruin. He has no time for distractions. Yet when he encounters Lady Cecelia Randolph, Jonah can’t resist a flirtation. After all, his feud with her brother, the Duke of Hadleigh, necessitated Jonah’s recent exile; he’s entitled to his revenge. But within seconds Jonah realizes he’s underestimated Cecelia.

    CAROLYN says: "ANOTHER GOOD BOOK NEARLY RUINED BY THE NARRATION"
    "I wanted to like this book"
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    I tried, I really did. I made it through those awful first 10 minutes. It took more than 3 times that long because I kept turning it off. Then I'd try again. Because I forced myself through the screeching voice in that first 10 minutes of the audiobook, I thought it was clear sailing. I was wrong. What was wrong with this book? I checked back through my history. Nope, I'd heard the reader before and while her voice is not one of my favorites, it has never stood out as one of worst I have ever heard. She did an adequate job on the previous books I'd listened to, one of them written by Laura Landon. So what was it about this book that made her voice so annoying that it set my teeth on edge.

    Halfway through this torture, I figured it out. The book wasn't very good! And while sometimes a great reader can carry a bad book forward, an inferior reader cannot.

    The plot was implausible, the characters not only uninteresting, but for the most part, downright unpleasant. The hero and heroine might have been ok if they had been given some kind of story to work with, but this just wasn't it.

    Please, don't disregard Laura Landon because of this book! Try one of her others. But don't waste your credit or your money on this one.

    That's 4 hours and 26 minutes I'm never going to get back. I'll leave the other 3 hours till sometime in the future when the awful memory of that first 10 minutes has faded from view.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wallflower: The Old Maids' Club, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Catherine Gayle
    • Narrated By Sherill Turner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    The choice between adhering to a long-held pact and finally accepting love could prove Lady Tabitha Shelton's unhinging. She is plump, plain, pleasant... and thoroughly unappealing to any of the men of the ton - apart from fortune hunters. A self-appointed wallflower, she has every intention of remaining one. Tabitha made a vow of spinsterhood with her cousins when they were girls, and she refuses to go back on her word.

    Cynthia says: "Who knows if it's a good book or not?"
    "Who knows if it's a good book or not?"
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    It was so hard to get past the narrator's dreadful speech pattern that I couldn't have told you for sure if it was a good book or not. The way she SPIT! OUT! WORDS! in a staccato rhythym made me glad I wasn't having a face to face conversation with her.

    Every so often, she forgot herself and her voice returned to a normal pattern.

    I gave up after a few chapters and finished the book on Kindle.

    The health department should be warned about this woman. I think I might have caught the flu.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of Wicked Intentions

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Lorraine Heath
    • Narrated By Faye Adele
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (133)

    Lord Rafe Easton may be of noble blood, but survival taught him to rely only on himself and to love no one. Yet when he sets eyes on Miss Evelyn Chambers, an earl's illegitimate daughter, he is determined to have her, if only as his mistress.... After her father's death, Evelyn Chambers never imagined she would be sold to the highest bidder, yet circumstances give her little choice but to accept the lord's indecent proposal. Rafe is wealthy, as well as ruthless. Yet his coldness belies deep passion and deeper secrets.

    Michelle says: "Sigh...I hate that it is over..."
    "The Best Yet!"
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    I've read or listened to most of Lorraine Heath's books and this one was the best yet. It's 2am, and I stayed up this late to finish the book. I'm taking a few minutes now to write a review because the book is that good.

    The story was believable, the characters were people I instantly wanted to know more about. I cared about them. That's how I recognize the mark of great writing.

    I can't say enough good things about Faye Adele's performance as narrator. And it was truly a superb performance. I'm going to actively search out more narrations by her.



    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Dance with a Duke: The Stud Club Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tessa Dare
    • Narrated By Leslie Bellair
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (527)
    Performance
    (467)
    Story
    (472)

    In One Dance with a Duke, the first novel in Tessa Dare's delightful new trilogy, secrets and scandals tempt the irresistible rogues of the Stud Club to gamble everything for love.

    Amazon Customer says: "Horsing around in Historical Romance"
    "Why didn't I know about Tessa Dare?"
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    I have listened to, and read, tons of historical romance novels by lots of different authors. I can't believe this is the first Tessa Dare book I've been exposed to. It had a real story. The heroine, Amelia, is smart and witty and loving. Her hero, Spencer, is handsome, brooding and fiercely enamoured of Amelia, much to his own surprise.

    The narration, by Leslie Bellaire, was spot on. I was a little hesitant at first. Ms Bellaire sounds very young. But her narration was perfect for this book.

    I wait with anticipation for Audible to obtain more of Tessa Dare's books.

    This is my first review. But I felt so strongly positive about this book that I wanted to tell others of my experience. Take a chance on authors you might not be familiar with. You might sometimes suffer disappointment. You won't, however, be disappointed with this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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