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Claire

America | Member Since 2014

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  • 575 reviews
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  • Her General in Gray

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Linda Nightingale
    • Narrated By Joe Formichella
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Autumn Hartley purchases Allen Hall at a steal, but the northern lass gets far more than a beautiful plantation in the South Carolina Low Country. The house comes complete with its own ghost, a handsome and charming Civil War General — for the Confederacy. The stage is set for another civil conflict.

    Rebecca Azizov says: "the sugar is pouring out from this book"
    "Not your average ghost"
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    I laughed out loud reading this book, the Generals actions were quite funny at times. It's interesting to see a southern gentleman transplanted into the modern era, the changes made for some humorous reactions from John.

    I like Autumn a lot, the way she dealt with having a ghost haunting her new house showed she has inner strength in spades, and I love that is a lead character.

    The scene is beautifully set, there's just enough of a description to create a mental picture without putting in too much detail.

    The narrator did a good job with the character voices and having the personalities of the characters come through. The overall delivery was well paced and sounded natural.

    I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon's Gift: The Seeker Complete Series

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Linsey Hall
    • Narrated By Laurel Schroeder
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (7)

    Waking up in hell is not Del Bellator’s idea of a good time. She’d rather be back on earth, killing demons and hunting down magical treasure for her shop, Ancient Magic. Turns out escaping hell is easy - it’s staying out that’s hard. Del's dragon magic is illegal in the supernatural world. Worse, she doesn’t know how to control it. And if others learn her secret, she’s dead. Things get ugly when the Warden of the Underworld shows up to drag her back to hell. He’s a one of a kind demon shifter - the sexiest, most powerful one she’s ever met - and he’s set his sights on her.

    Claire says: "Loved it, loved it, loved it!"
    "Loved it, loved it, loved it!"
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    This series picks up just after the first series finishes, it starts with Del waking up in Hell and the excitement continues from there.

    Each of the five books in the series covers a different issue that she need to solve to complete her major task. Along the way we come across some really interesting characters, and some really nasty characters. There's mystery and adventure and a nice helping of romance, if fact there's not a dull moment to be found.

    I really enjoyed listening to this series and I'll definitely be continuing on with the next series.

    The narration is excellent, there were a lot of character voices and these were all well done and distinct, the delivery was a great match for the books, matching whatever was happening and helping me become immersed in the story.

    I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sometimes You Win: The Sometimes Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stacy Eaton
    • Narrated By Julie Walters, Gene Branson
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Haley Rosewood's life has never been easy, especially not with a class-A jerk for a boss and a marketing job that barely pays her enough to provide a roof over her daughter's head and food for the table. Every day is a struggle, and the thought of being romantically involved with anyone is a dream she doesn't dare indulge. Devon Carrington is the type of man to give the shirt off his back to anyone in need, and when he finds Haley struggling through a bad day, he does everything he can. In return, he asks that she help him pick out lottery numbers and tells her she gets half.

    Jan M says: "Enjoyable Listen"
    "What a great beginning!"
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    I just loved the start of this book, it really drew me in. Haley is such an inspiring person, she works so hard to build a good life for herself and her daughter and I couldn't help but want her to succeed. Devon is the kind of man you want to meet, sweet and caring, strong and supportive.

    The conflict in the middle of the story felt a bit forced, it took bad communication and misreading signals to a whole new level. I also didn't feel like this was resolved at the end of the book, it felt unfinished to me.

    I really enjoyed listening to it and the narrator did a great job with the character voices and the pace and tone of the delivery.

    I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • West Cork

    • ORIGINAL (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
    • Narrated By Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
    Overall
    (15884)
    Performance
    (14146)
    Story
    (14139)

    This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series. West Cork is FREE through May 9, 2018.

    Ilia says: "EXCELLENT."
    "Like a podcast"
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    This book is a series of podcast episodes. it explores the known events around the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier in 1996 and the investigation into who killed her as this remains unsolved 20 years later.

    Each podcast explores a different aspect of what happened and it is well designed to give a clear picture of what is known.

    I did feel at times that there was a large focus on Ian Bailey the main suspect and at times it focused so much on him that it felt like Sophie was forgotten.

    I was interesting but felt incomplete probably because there is no resolution.

    The narration is well done, clear and easy to follow.

    I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sheikh’s Pretend Fiancée: The Sharif Sheikhs Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Leslie North
    • Narrated By Erin Coker
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Five years after her first stay as a foreign exchange student, American librarian Liyah returns to the Middle East. The move goes against her practical nature, but even a plain Jane like herself sometimes thirsts for adventure. When a favor for a friend thrusts her into the path of beguiling billionaire Asad Sharif, Liyah’s sensible life may become something far more...sensual. Liyah is ensnared by Asad’s seductive charm, but she’s way out of her depth. However, with a push from Asad’s meddling sister, Liyah is soon leading the lavish lifestyle of a sheikha.

    Jan M says: "Another Winner!"
    "Everyday girl meets Sheikh"
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    I really enjoyed the descriptions of Dubai it really made the setting come alive for me.

    Liyah describes herself as a plain Jane, yet she captures the attention of a Sheikh upon first meeting him. The attraction is strong from both sides and sparks fly.

    Beautifully written and fun to listen to. The narrator did great character voices and the delivery was dynamic and engaging.

    I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fallen Empire: A Science Fiction Superhero Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kevin Michael
    • Narrated By Matt Butcher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    The world is falling apart, and it's Logan's task to put it back together. Logan is a peace-enforcement officer on Earth's flagship space colony of Nova Roma. Every day he fights to put intergalactic scumbags behind bars. But there's an evil growing on the street that threatens to take down Nova Roma. And it may be too big for Logan or anyone else to stop.

    Claire says: "Not as advertised"
    "Not as advertised"
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    I didn't feel like this book matched the blurb.

    There was not a superhero cape in sight. I don't want to downplay the role that peacekeepers play in this book, they do an important and difficult job, but superhero?

    I'm also missing the growing evil, yes there was lots of crime and society seemed to be spiraling down, but I totally missed a specific evil.

    So what was right about it, there's lots of action, there's emotional drama and the lead character is really likeable. I did enjoy it, I just wish the blurb had been more accurate.

    The narration is well done, good character voices and the delivery was clear and dynamic.

    I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Expressive Writing for Healing: Journal Your Way from Grief to Hope

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Mary Potter Kenyon
    • Narrated By Marisha Tapera
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Writing is one of the oldest and most effective means of self-exploration, self-expression, and self-discovery. In this new guided journal, Mary Potter Kenyon offers readers an opportunity to reflect on the meaning and significance of loss and allows the griever to sort through all the conflicting emotions that arise after a death. 

    cosmitron says: "There are many ways to heal."
    "Highly recommended"
    Overall
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    I'm not much of a journal writer, on occasion I decide to give it a go, but it rarely lasts more than a few days, maybe a week. I've long been aware of the positive impact of journal writing so I decided to see if this book would help me to start a new practice.

    While to book is aimed at people who are grieving it's advice could be equally useful for someone dealing with other strong emotions like anger or depression.

    The book is beautifully written and the examples from Mary's experiences makes it relate-able and gives a personal feeling to it. The writing prompts were especially useful, it can be hard to get started and these have really helped.

    I'm really glad I found this book, although, perhaps it found me.

    The narration somehow manages to be positive, calm and inspiring at the same time, it's perfect for the book.

    I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Wendy Wants

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Nikki Sex
    • Narrated By K. D. Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    After thirteen years of marriage and three children, Wendy Hayward is bored with sex. As much as she loves her husband, Wendy married Mr. Vanilla. Now she reads nothing but steamy erotic romance stories on her Kindle and fantasizes about having sex with fictional characters, complete strangers, and tattooed rock stars. One fateful day however, her husband grabs the wrong Kindle on the way to work, and discovers some of Wendy's more interesting fantasies.

    mandymay says: "Something every woman wants.."
    "One of the hottest books I've read in ages"
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    I've read several Nikki Sex books and they're always hot, but this one would have been in danger of spontaneous combustion if it were a paperback.

    As a bonus there were also moments that were incredibly sweet and the relationship between Wendy and Frank is one to be envied, their love for each other is clear from the start.

    I loved the references to the characters reading other Nikki Sex books and using the advise from them. I thought it was done in a clever and slightly self mocking manner.

    It was lovely to read a sexy book where the characters are older than mid-twenties I wish that were more common.

    I will definitely listen to this again.

    The narration is excellent, great character voices and the delivery helped draw me into the action.

    I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hunting in Bruges: Hunters' Guild, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By E.J. Stevens
    • Narrated By Melanie A. Mason, Anthony Bowling
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    With a desire to prove herself, protect the innocent, and advance within the ranks of the Hunters' Guild, Jenna Lehane hits the cobbled streets of Bruges with blades at the ready. Someone, or something, is murdering tourists and dumping their bodies in the city's scenic canals. With the help of a mysterious stranger, Jenna begins to piece together clues that are dotted throughout the city like blood spatter. Determined to stop the killings, Jenna delves into a bloody local history that only raises more questions - but some secrets are best left buried.

    Adriana B says: "Excellent Fast Paced Urban Fantasy"
    "A great start to a new series"
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    This series takes place at about the same time as the end of the Ivy Granger series and some of the events from Ivy Granger are mentioned. It is not necessary to read the Ivy Granger series first, but it was excellent and I highly recommend it.

    This series follows Jenna Lehane from the hunters guild. She's a strong, confident and capable lead character and I couldn't help but like her. My standout character however was Ash, he was such fun and his unique situation left me laughing out loud at times.

    There's lots of action going on and it's backed up with a solid plot. The world building is excellent and so are the characters. I like the attention to detail that helps bring everything to life.

    The narration is well done, the character voices are distinct and recognizable and the delivery matched what was happening in the book. The dual narration worked well.

    I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Two Much for You

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 31 mins)
    • By Sky Corgan
    • Narrated By Meghan Kelly
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Two weeks ago, two of the dreamiest men I've ever seen moved in across the street. Ever since then, I've been obnoxiously aware of every little noise I hear coming from next door. Every sound is a chance that they might be outside working on one of their cars in their driveway or mowing the lawn shirtless. Yummy. Looking is all I can do though. They're both way out of my league. One a gorgeous blond with a swimmer's build. The other a ruggedly handsome brunette with the most delicious five o'clock shadow. And then there's me, average at best. Never in a million years did I think they would show up on my front doorstep. And what they want is far from conventional.  

    Krystyn says: "Ultimate quickie!"
    "Short and hot"
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    This was fun to listen to and the sex was hot. It has a fairly abrupt ending but didn't feel incomplete.

    I enjoyed listening to it but I felt like the guys were too insistent on getting Rose into bed, it made it feel rushed for me and I didn't like that she'd made the decision to leave and then they'd used somewhat underhanded methods to get her to change her mind. Don't get me wrong, she wasn't forced, but I can't figure out what the rush was when they say their looking for a relationship. An extra few pages and a couple more dates would have made the whole thing work better for me.

    The narration is well done, the character voices are clear and distinct and the delivery was hot.

    I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Witch You Well: The Westwick Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Colleen Cross
    • Narrated By Petrea Burchard
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (52)

    Even if the entire town is now accusing Aunt Pearl of murdering her guest. Even if her fiancee is acting weird and talking about seeing ghosts. Even if the town's sexy new sheriff, Tyler Gates, treats her like the most hexing of all the witches.

    Natalie @ ABookLoversLife says: "Fun story."
    "This was so much fun the listen to"
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    I've been listening to this series out of order, it hasn't seemed to matter too much although I have found that later books have spoilers for earlier books because they are linked. That said they seem to work as standalone books and as a series.

    Aunt Pearl is my favorite character, she's very no nonsense, she doesn't care what others think and she creates chaos wherever she goes. She adds a lot of humor to every situation she gets involved with.

    The cast of characters is the highlight of the book, they're so wonderfully quirky.

    If the mystery had been better done I'd have given it five stars, but seriously, who leaves a murder weapon in the trash can of their hotel room? On the very property where the murder happened?

    The character voices were really well done and the delivery was dynamic.

    I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher and I voluntarily wrote this honest review.

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    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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