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Holly

I believe there are 3 elements to a great romance audible book: good narration, believable plot, flawed characters and great dialogue!

Bentonville, AR, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Smooth Talking Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (628)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (304)

    No one has ever truly touched Jack Travis's heart or soul...until Ella Varner comes along. She appears one day on his doorstep with fury in her eyes and a baby in her arms. Her troubled sister is the mother and, according to Ella, Jack Travis is the father. But when Ella demands that Jack take responsibility for the first time in his life, he ends up taking much more than that.

    mia says: "Lisa Kleypas does it again!"
    "Great Listen!"
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    This is my favorite Lisa Kleypas listens. I do not care for her historical romances, they seem contrived. However, I really like her contemporaries and this one does not disappoint. It has believable characters and a few steamy scenes. I love the addition of a baby, which provides an opportunity to see the softer side of Jack Travis. The narrators voice can be a little distracting at times, but not enough to take away from the plot.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cry No More

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (219)

    With an astonishing blend of savvy, instinct, and passion, Milla Edge displays an uncanny gift for finding lost children. When all seems helpless, desperate souls from across the country come to her for hope and results. Traveling to a small village in Mexico on a reliable tip, Milla begins to uncover the dire fate of countless children who have disappeared over the years.

    Diana says: "Best of the best"
    "Actually pretty good...."
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    I really liked this Linda Howard read. Linda did her research here, the writing and topics were very interesting to me. I connected with the main characters, and even cried at the end. The romance was believable and steamy! The narration was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby Sirois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (225)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (88)

    A fabulous lost Amazon city once inhabited by women warriors and containing a rare red diamond: it sounded like myth, but archeologist Jillian Sherwood believed it was real, and she was willing to put up with anything to find it - even Ben Lewis. Ruffian, knock-about, and number one river guide in Brazil, Ben was all man - over six feet of rock-hard muscles that rippled under his khakis, with lazy blue eyes that taunted her from his tanned face.

    LeftyMom says: "Enjoyed the story"
    "Liked the plot did not like the hero!"
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    I really liked the plot and the location of this story! The descriptions of the amazon and stone city were fantastic. The character of Jillian came across as sincere, i really connected with her! I did not like the hero at all, and was really disappointed by some of his actions. Most of all I did not buy into their chemistry. Narration was ok, this narrator does a lot of Susan Mallory listens, and I could not help but feel like I was listening to one of her books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Open Season

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Deborah Hazlett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (361)
    Performance
    (318)
    Story
    (323)

    Daisy Minor is bored. Worse than that, she's boring. A plain, small-town librarian, she's got a wardrobe as sexy as a dictionary and hasn't been on a date in years. She's never even had a lukewarm love affair, let alone a hot one. So when she wakes up on her 34th birthday and wonders how it is that she still lives with her widowed mom and spinster aunt while her friends have all gotten married and started families, she decides it's time to get a life - and a sex life.

    Alisa says: "Finally on Audible after all these years."
    "Fell short of plot and romance"
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    The plot and romance had potential, Howard just did not pull it off. I felt like so much could have been done with the idea of a librarian turned sexy husband hunter but LH just did not take it there. I felt like Jack's character could have been developed more. The narration was ok, Jack's "yankee" accent was AWFUL!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Perfect

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Laura Hicks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (443)
    Performance
    (389)
    Story
    (391)

    What would make the perfect man? That's the deliciously racy topic that Jaine Bright and her three girlfriends are pondering one night at their favorite after-hours hot spot: Mr. Perfect. Would he be tall, dark, and handsome? Caring and warmhearted - or will just muscular do? As their conversation heats up, they concoct a tongue-in-cheek checklist that becomes an overnight sensation, spreading like wildfire at work and sizzling along email lines. But what began as a joke among friends turns deadly serious when one of the four women is murdered....

    Judy says: "Oldie but Goodie!"
    "Meh..."
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    Typical early Linda Howard. I had a hard time connecting with the lead female character and didn't buy into the romance plot. The only thing that kept me listening was the murder mystery.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shattered

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Karen Robards
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (619)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (377)

    With an ailing mother to care for, Lisa Grant takes the first job she can find: research assistant to District Attorney Scott Buchanan. What Lisa expects to be a mind-numbingly boring task turns into anything but when a missing-persons case draws her attention. The details of the case are engrossing: an entire family — father, mother, and two children — disappeared without a trace more than 28 years ago. Except that’s not all: the mother in a photo Lisa finds could be her own twin.

    SassiKassi says: "All that's promised and more."
    "It was ok...."
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    This was my first Karen Robards book and purchased based on a another's listeners reviews. I really liked Scott's character but felt like Lisa's character was weak. The romance story line was good but the mystery is what kept me listening. Susan Ericksen did an excellent job narrating!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1887)
    Performance
    (1143)
    Story
    (1153)

    By edict of the king, the mighty Scottish laird Alec Kincaid must take an English bride. His choice was Jamie the feisty youngest daughter of Baron Jamison. Alec ached to touch her, to tame her, to possess her forever. But Jamie vowed never to surrender to this highland barbarian. Though his kisses fired her blood, shadowed secrets from Alec's past threatened Jamie's happiness. She brazenly resisted him - until one rapturous moment quelled their clash of wills.

    XYZPDQ says: "Early works released in MP3 at last!!"
    "Silly!"
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    I bought because of the positive reviews, however I could not finish this audio book! Please don't waste your credit/money.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Good Girls Don't

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Victoria Dahl
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (218)
    Story
    (218)

    With her long ponytail and sparkling green eyes, Tessa Donovan looks more like the girl next door than a businesswoman - or a heartbreaker. Which may explain why Detective Luke Asher barely notices her when he arrives to investigate a break-in at her family’s brewery. He’s got his own problems - starting with the fact that his partner, Simone, is pregnant and everyone thinks he’s the father.

    Stephanie says: "I REALLY LIKED THIS BOOK BECAUSE"
    "Just Don't"
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    I could not finish this book, it was a combination of the narrator (too whiny) and the plot. Don't...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Welcome to Temptation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Aasne Vigesaa
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (935)
    Performance
    (491)
    Story
    (501)

    Sophie Dempsey wants to help her sister film a video and then get out of Temptation, Ohio. Mayor Phin Tucker wants to play pool with the police chief and keep things peaceful. But when Sophie and Phin meet, they both get more than they want. Gossip, blackmail, adultery, murder, vehicular abuse of a corpse, and slightly perverse but excellent sex: all hell breaks loose in Temptation.

    Diana says: "Crusie at the top of her game"
    "Very Tempting"
    Overall
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    I am not a big fan of Jennifer Crusie, however I liked this book. I enjoyed the relationship between Phin and Sophie. The narration was good. That pretty much sums it up!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nothing but Trouble

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Rachel Gibson
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (191)

    Rachel Gibson’s “eloquent prose” (Publishers Weekly) has earned the author a number of coveted awards, including the RITA, Golden Heart, and National Reader’s Choice. Nothing But Trouble features an injured,prickly Seattle Chinooks hockey player who is none too pleased to be bedridden.

    LeftyMom says: "I love this trouble!"
    "No Trouble at all!"
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    This is my favorite Rachel Gibson novel. I first read it and then immediately purchased it when audible published it. This has almost all of my favorite elements of a good romance: flawed characters, great (hilarious dialogue) and an engaging plot. I loved how the romance unfolded between Mark and Chelsea. I thought the narrator lacked a bit, she was very monotone and I did not think she captured Chelsea's care free character.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dying to Please

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (330)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (153)

    Loyal. Beautiful. Professional. Impeccably organized. Potentially lethal. Sarah Stevens is a woman with many distinct qualities. First and foremost a butler par excellence, skilled at running large households smoothly and efficiently, she is also a trained bodyguard and expert marksman - indispensable to her elderly employer, a courtly gentleman Sarah has come to respect and love. But her perfectly ordered life is shattered when tragedy strikes.

    Nyrrocdooh says: "Couldn't Stop Listening."
    "Best Linda Howard"
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    I think this is Linda Howard's best audible book. At first I did not like the idea of a female body guard/ butler, turns out... it worked for me! The plot is very good, the romance is very believable and Susan Ericksen's narration is flawless.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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