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Gale Ann

sheltieroses

Member Since 2006

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REVIEWS
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  • The Taste of Innocence

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (83)

    Stephanie Laurens entices readers anew with each of her delectable Regency era novels, and this New York Times best-seller showcases Laurens at her captivating best. Charles Morwellan - eighth Earl of Meredith - knows he must marry, but he plans to do so on his own terms. So, after years of escaping the clutches of would-be wives, it is quite a shock when he is refused by the beautiful Sarah Conningham.

    Gale Ann says: "Sloooow Start"
    "Sloooow Start"
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    What did you like best about The Taste of Innocence? What did you like least?

    When a plot was finally introduced about 3/4s through the first half of the book. The courtship started out the book and was too long.


    Would you recommend The Taste of Innocence to your friends? Why or why not?

    I doubt it. Took way too long to go introduce a plot of interest. Just learning about how the main character is wooing his identified intended was too drawn out.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Simon Prebble?

    Oh, yes. Simon Prebble is one of the very best! He nails all the characters without resorting to a falsetto for the female voices as several inexperienced and less talented male narrators do. A lot of seduction and sex scenes without including explicitly erotic scenes as novels by Jennifer Ashley, Maya Banks, Charlotte Featherstone and Courtney Milan's are.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    The author's description of place, dress and the time's social mores is very good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • No Good Duke Goes Unpunished: The Third Rule of Scoundrels

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Sarah MacLean
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (160)

    He is the Killer Duke, accused of murdering Mara Lowe on the eve of her wedding. With no memory of that fateful night, Temple has reigned over the darkest of London's corners for twelve years, wealthy and powerful, but beyond redemption. Until one night, Mara resurfaces, offering the one thing he's dreamed of . . . absolution.

    Gale Ann says: "Fallen Angels WOW!"
    "Fallen Angels WOW!"
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    What made the experience of listening to No Good Duke Goes Unpunished the most enjoyable?

    I really like the hero and heroine. They're gorgeous, good and kind, sexy, attractive -- and so flawed and proud. This was an engaging story from start to finish with well drawn characters, a really interesting storyline, enough steamy sex to keep it interesting and integrated into the plot not just thrown in for the heck of it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Temple for his physical attractiveness, kindness, and intelligence. The heroine, Mara, runs a close second. I also really liked Lavender, the piglet, -- a nice touch. I like that I don't feel frustrated with this author about either one or both of them being ninnies about their feelings for each other. Some romance authors take their H/H denial about their feelings too far, causing this reader a high level of frustration for having to deal with what at first seemed to be an attractive, intelligent adult into a seeming half-wit about their mutual attraction. This can result in either a low rating of the story or a return if I can't finish it.


    What does Rosalyn Landor bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Rosalyn Landor is one the best female historical romance narrator to be found. I look for books she's narrated. Her accents are always so well done, and although there's not a big variation between her male and female characters, I never get confused about the gender. She is five stars for me every time.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I feel good getting in touch with the characters who make this book such an enjoyable story. The scene descriptions make one feel a part of the action. I absolutely fell for Temple. Wow, what a man.


    Any additional comments?

    This is the third equally entertaining listen in this three (so far) volume series I found the heroes, i.e., "fallen angels,' consistently hot, handsome, sexy, smart and extremely intriguing due to their flaws and strengths and the stories they're in. Pair them with an equally matched heroine, engaging secondary characters; a sense of time and place; and a plot you want to follow to the end through myriad changes and surprises and I'm hooked! I advise reading them in order, but it won't spoil the experience if you don't. I am anxiously awaiting the next volume. PLEASE say there will be another! . This is a credit worthy listen, of course!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Everything in Its Time: Time Travel Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Dee Davis
    • Narrated By Ross Pendleton
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (177)

    Years ago while vacationing in Scotland, Katherine St. Claire believed she'd found the love of her life. She shared a night of passion with a stranger, in a hotel castle called Duncreag. But come morning, her lover had disappeared. And she has spent the last eight years trying to convince herself it was all a dream... Living in the 15th century, Iain Mackintosh remains haunted by the memory of his greatest love. Eight years ago, she disappeared, leaving behind a cairngorm earring as the only evidence of her existence.

    CAROLYN says: "IT MUST BE EDIBLE.... 'CAUSE I TOTALLY DEVOURED IT"
    "Couldn't Finish"
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    Would you try another book from Dee Davis and/or Ross Pendleton?

    Probably not if this light weight, full of holes story is indicative of this author's style


    What could Dee Davis have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Had more plot, story didn't jump around leaving holes in how the 21st century woman adapted so quickly to Medieval time.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator was okay. I would listen to him again.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste a credit.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Wicked Deeds of Daniel MacKenzie: Highland Pleasures, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (219)
    Story
    (219)

    Daniel Mackenzie lives up to the reputation of the scandalous Mackenzie family - he has wealth, looks, and talent, and women love him. When he meets Violet Bastien - one of the most famous spiritual mediums in England - he immediately knows two things: that Miss Bastien is a fraud, and that he’s wildly attracted to her.

    Vinity says: "Off just a bit and frustrating reader"
    "Love, Love, LOVE this Series - Ruined by Narrator"
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    What did you love best about The Wicked Deeds of Daniel MacKenzie?

    The main characters Daniel and Violet. Well defined, very likeable people.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oh, Daniel, without a doubt what a charming, interesting hero.


    What didn’t you like about Angela Dawe’s performance?

    I'm not going to buy or listen to any more books narrated by Ms Dawe. She consistently sounds p.o.'d and has an odd cadence to her reading. She almost ends her sentences in question marks. She has become such a distraction that I listened to just the first chapter before turning it off to read the book on my tablet.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Initially I had an extreme negative reaction to the poor narration of what is a 6 star story - not 5 stars, 6! I was completely charmed by the story, all of the characters and what a wonderful job the author did describing her scenes. I felt almost like I was there.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One More Night: Over the Edge, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Julia London
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (73)

    Behind Michael Raney’s good looks lies a string of ex-girlfriends…and a web of secrets. A former CIA agent, stunt coordinator, and one of the dashing, sexy members of Thrillseekers Anonymous, Michael earned the nickname Extreme Bachelor after dating and dumping countless women over the years. But there’s one woman he can’t forget: actress Leah Klein. Still devastated that Michael dumped her - especially since she thought a marriage proposal was on his lips - former Broadway star Leah almost faints when she sees him coordinating the stunts on the set of her first movie. This film was supposed to be her big break, not another heartbreak.

    CAROLYN says: "ONE MORE ROMANTIC & ENJOYABLE LISTEN FROM J.L."
    "Very Likeable Couple"
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    What did you love best about One More Night?

    I really liked this pair and was rooting for them all they way. Despite them both being beautiful their fears were understandable and their missed cues made sense. It was fun, light reading with some touching parts. The subplot from Michael's past gave the book more interest and kept the momentum going.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really "got" each of the two main characters -- like them very much.


    What about Renee Raudman’s performance did you like?

    Renee Raudman's style has grown on me with this book. Her male Texas drawl was irritating in the first book due to making the handsome studly lead character sound like an old man. This main male character doesn't have an accent which she did better. I liked how she voiced Leah, the heroine.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The main final scene at the producer's house between Michael and Leah. Wow. The scene between the two of them in Michael's loft apartment was pretty darn hot, but I wondered how realistic it could be when they haven't been together in over five years.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ruined by Rumor

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Alyssa Everett
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (74)

    Who could possibly throw over a woman as beautiful and vivacious as Roxana? Certainly not Alex Winslow, the Earl of Ayersley, who has spent years trying in vain to forget his unrequited love. When he learns she's been abandoned by her cad of a fiancé, he finds himself offering a shoulder for her to cry on. Comfort soon turns into a passionate kiss—and scandal when they are caught in an embrace.

    Michelle says: "MORE ALYSSA EVERETT PLEASE!!!"
    "Boring"
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    Would you try another book from Alyssa Everett and/or Rosalyn Landor?

    No to Alyssa Everett. Absolutely yes to Rosalyn Landor. The two main characters tried my patience to the point where I couldn't finish the book. I got half way through then threw in the towel.


    Which character – as performed by Rosalyn Landor – was your favorite?

    She's good at any and all narrations. I am a huge fan for her work.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ambersley: Lords of London

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Amy Atwell
    • Narrated By Victoria Scott
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (36)

    An heiress to a fortune disguised as a gardener’s son. An heir to a dukedom who doubts his own legitimacy. Separated by status and their own well-guarded secrets, can they take their rightful places in Regency society and find the love they deserve? Traumatized by a blaze that killed her parents, young Johanna remembers nothing of her privileged past and remains ignorant of the dangers that surround her. She grows up among the servants, where she develops a sense of purpose that helps her survive the betrayal that unmasks her true identity.

    CAROLYN says: "ENCHANTING REGENCY ROMANCE & LOTS OF REVELATIONS"
    "Poor Narrator"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator has a pleasant voice but a terrible delivery. I couldn't finish listening to it. Ended up reading the book


    Would you recommend Ambersley to your friends? Why or why not?

    There are a lot of authors I would recommend before this one.


    What didn’t you like about Victoria Scott’s performance?

    Inflection was dull. Sounded like just anyone reading the book. I expect more dramatic presentation and distinctiveness between the characters' "voices."


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    Probably Rosalyn Landor or even Carrington McDuff, Therese Plummer or Justine Eyre performances would have made it bearable.


    Any additional comments?

    Read the book, don't waste a credit or your money buying the audio edition.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wanderer: Thunder Point, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (820)
    Performance
    (727)
    Story
    (733)

    Nestled on the Oregon coast is a small town of rocky beaches and rugged charm. Locals love the land’s unspoiled beauty. Developers see it as a potential gold mine. When newcomer Hank Cooper learns he’s been left an old friend’s entire beachfront property, he finds himself with a community’s destiny in his hands. Cooper has never been a man to settle in one place, and Thunder Point was supposed to be just another quick stop. But Cooper finds himself getting involved with the town. And with Sarah Dupre, a woman as complicated as she is beautiful.

    Music Lover says: "Good new series by Carr"
    "Sweet Beginning"
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    If you could sum up The Wanderer in three words, what would they be?

    Sweet, real, entertaining


    What did you like best about this story?

    Listening to Therese Plummer read Robyn Carr's contemporary novels is like sitting down to a meal that is complete with one's favorite dishes, but made with unexpected spices -- still good, but not always exactly the same.

    I have thoroughly enjoyed the audio Virgin River series and the Grace Valley trilogy. Robyn Carr has clearly found her niche. I feel good about her characters and stories. They're all nice folks who are likeable (except any bad guys) and one can relate.


    Any additional comments?

    Robyn Carr and Therese Plummer go together like peanut butter & jelly.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Barefoot Season: A Blackberry Island Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Susan Mallery
    • Narrated By Sarah Grace
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (208)

    Michelle Sanderson may appear to be a strong, independent woman, but on the inside, she’s still the wounded girl who fled home years ago. A young army vet, Michelle returns to the quaint Blackberry Island Inn to claim her inheritance and recover from the perils of war. Instead, she finds the owner’s suite occupied by the last person she wants to see. Carly Williams and Michelle were once inseparable, until a shocking betrayal destroyed their friendship. And now Carly is implicated in the financial disaster lurking behind the inn’s cheerful veneer.

    Cynthia L. Powers says: "Good story. Wooden performance."
    "Narrator Ruins It"
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    What disappointed you about Barefoot Season?

    I couldn't get into the book due the the poor quality narration. I think I could have done a better job! Guess I've gotten spoiled by Therese Plummer and Tanya Eby! I'm going to download the Kindle version.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I may try the second on in this series if I recognize the narrator and know I can trust her.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Monotone, no real differentiation between the female characters. Sounds bland and beige.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I couldn't finish it, so can't answer. Only made it a few chapters in before I threw in the towel.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Look of Love: The Sullivans, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Bella Andre
    • Narrated By Eva Kaminsky
    Overall
    (994)
    Performance
    (884)
    Story
    (890)

    With The Look of Love, best-selling author Bella Andre introduces you to a fun and emotional contemporary romance series about the Sullivan family. Because when a Sullivan bad boy falls... he falls hard. And it's forever. Chloe Peterson is having a bad night. A really bad night. The large bruise on her cheek can attest to that. And when her car skids off the side of a wet country road straight into a ditch, she's convinced even the gorgeous guy who rescues her must be too good to be true. Or is he?

    Angelia says: "Great find! Romantic, Sweet with serious Heat!"
    "Steamy with Little Plot"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If there was more to the story than sexy scenes. Lots of steamy stuff which is great when it's set against an interesting storyline


    What was most disappointing about Bella Andre’s story?

    No real action or plot until the end of the book.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I liked the narrator. Her voice was pleasant and clear and I could tell who was speaking when.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Three quarters of the way through I started feeling impatient with the lack of a developing story. I see that the author has written a series around this family and I was looking forward to getting to know them, as one can when reading Lisa Kleypas or Nora Roberts. The writing is not of the same caliber. Not sure I'll try the second one in the Sullivan series.


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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