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Elle in the Great NorthWest

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Beaverton, OR, United States

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  • Overseas

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Beatriz Williams
    • Narrated By January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (238)

    When twenty-something Wall Street analyst Kate Wilson attracts the notice of the legendary Julian Laurence at a business meeting, no one’s more surprised than she is. Julian’s relentless energy and his extraordinary intellect electrify her, but she’s baffled by his sudden interest. Why would this handsome British billionaire—Manhattan’s most eligible bachelor—pursue a pretty but bookish young banker who hasn’t had a boyfriend since college?

    Cassie says: "I WANT ONE!!!"
    "Hist. Romance & a touch of time travel-NOT Si Fi"
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    For some reason this was in the Science Fiction department and it's about as much Si Fi as "Outlander" by Diana Gabeldon is..don't get me wrong-I love the Outlander series, but basically they are historical romances and not Si Fi -They have a bit of time travel,but its not necessarily central to the plot. This novel falls into the same category

    The bits of flash back to the early WWI era that constitutes the time-travel and the returning to current time were confusing at first-I had to rewind and listen again several times-finally I got the eras correct and my listening smoothed out. The reason for time travel and how it's done doesn't come until the final chapters of "Overseas" and that was irritating..no real reason for it to be held off so long and the explanation is dumb IMO but, then, I'm not the author.

    "Overseas" is a real romance though and, for the most, it's adequately done. The plot is one that keeps romances going..rich man meets financially floundering woman and though she insists she can take cafe of herself, he swoops in with jewels and pearls and a unending ticket for private air travel..all of which have something eventually to do with the time travel, but when introduced are dumb and contrived. I had a problem with the female protagonist, who is a dynamic stockbroker and a firm woman in real life but always gives in to her old fashioned and overbearing male lead/protagonist. Granted he grew up in the early 1900s and women were treated differently then, but he's been in current time for quite a while when he meets the female protagonist and I wished the author had allowed him to grow a bit in attitude.

    The reading was well done-January LaVoy has a great voice and did a good job on accents and male voices. Her narration added excitement to the book for me.

    I call this story average-it's the kind of book I'd rather have read myself and bought at the used book store for $2.00 instead of spending a credit on it here. It's worth a listen if you love, love, love Historical Romance...just don't make the mistake I did and think it's actually Science Fiction-time travel. If you just occasionally enjoy historical romance, put it on a list for the used book store and pick it up there to read for yourself.

    I was disappointed.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Collector

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1451)
    Performance
    (1301)
    Story
    (1321)

    From #1 New York Times-best-selling author Nora Roberts comes a novel of a woman who needs nothing, a man who sees everything, and the web of deceit, greed, and danger that brings them together - and that could tear them apart… As a professional house-sitter and freelance writer, nothing ties Lila Emerson down - not her work, not a home, and definitely not a relationship. She spends her life moving from one job to the next, sometimes crashing at a friend 's Manhattan apartment. And though she can appreciate her clients ' extraordinary homes, their expensive collections, and their adorable pets, Lila has never longed for possessions of her own. Everything she has, including her heart, is portable.

    Elaine says: "One of Nora's best in years"
    "At Last-a good Nora Roberts!"
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    I've been so disappointed with the past few NR books that I was hesitant to buy another..however this book is Nora Roberts at her best.

    No triplets with powers, no cool cop or haunted house her..just a good mystery/romance in classic Nora Roberts style.

    I found the story arc excellently crafted and the protagonists believable. The plot was nicely contrived and the villain excellently bad. I really enjoyed this listen and recommend it to those who are NR readers as well as those who are new to her work-this would be a great place to start!

    Buy it and ENJOY.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (968)
    Performance
    (907)
    Story
    (901)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    April says: "not enough stars..."
    "Again, another Outlander Book to Love"
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    It's taken be 5 days (and nights) to finish this 44 hour book-and one might think that after 44 hours, I wouldn't need to say, at the end of the book, "NO..It can't be over YET!". But thats exactly what I did say!. then I rolled back to the first 6 hour 'episode' and started over again. With any of the 8 Diana Gabaldon novels in this series listening (or reading) over is the name of the game! Prior to my joining Audible, I'd start re-reading from book 1 about 2 months prior to a new book release so I can have the whole story, the many many characters remembered, the historical fiction bits looked up on Wikipedia (another great addition to life) and my 20+ year old flow chart out so I can connect all the strings once more.

    I love accurate Historical Fiction and Gabaldon does her best to be as accurate as her novelists license allows her to be. Her research is immaculate and spot on and you aren't going to find a battle taking place at some strange site when it actually took place elsewhere..Yahoo for this kind of writing.

    I know that the next book is the last one..or D.G. says it is at least... and I know it will be another 5+ years before it's out but honestly ***I Want It Now***. For every story arc that was cleared up, a new one was begun until the last and final paragraph when yet another exciting and unexpected incident occurs at Frazer's Ridge and my mind went crazy with "What??" I absolutely can't fill anyone in on what goes on, suspense is the name here, but it's a true thriller.

    If you've followed Outlander's Jamie and Claire for 20+ years as I have, and as my daughter has-(she started reading them in High School and is as hooked as I am) then this is yet another novel you'll have to have. Now I've got to go get a hard copy so I can have it autographed when she comes to Portland next month.

    And, Don't forget the Outlander Book 1 series on Starz coming up in a couple of months!

    19 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Bloody Jack #2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By L. A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (709)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (388)

    Jacky Faber, Bloody Jack, is back, and this time, she's facing a situation far worse than a ship full of murderous pirates. Curse of the Blue Tattoo, L. A. Meyer's sequel to the enormous popular Bloody Jack, is just as bawdy and entertaining as the original.

    William says: "Nice story, extremely well read!"
    "Read These Great Books In Order For Best Enjoyment"
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    Many long series can be read in bits and pieces-you can pick up any of the 'Eve Dallas' or Jack Reacher" or Stephanie Plum books in any order you choose to grab them. Then there are the series like "Outlander" and this Jacky Faber series that NEED to be read from book 1 on down the line. Oh-I guess you can really read any book you want but there is so much back story and each book builds on the previous one that, as other reviewers, who started in the middle of the series, post about not understanding what was going on, getting lost in the vast number of Jackys friends and her chaotic adventures.

    I enjoyed this as much as I did the first one and am glad that, as my daughters request, I purchased the first 5 in the series at one time. I figured it would take me a couple of months to get thru these-they looked pretty long but I've averaging book a week of intermittent listening. I just can't put the headphones down.

    I still think that this episode can be listened to by the entire family especially if younger ones got some explaining during it. I wish I'd have had this series when I used to take road trips with my kids.

    Kellgren brings so much wonderful excitement into the plot by her great performances of all the many characters. It's easy to know who is 'talking' as Kellgren keeps her dialog accents straight - theres no guessing on my part about which character is which.

    I hope the series remains just as good as these first two. Some of the best I've heard on Audible.

    Well worth your monthly credit-and even worth purchasing more credits so you cn buy it at the membership discount!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bloody Jack

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By L.A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (1164)
    Performance
    (675)
    Story
    (668)

    Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of 18th-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret.

    Terry says: "Sometimes it clicks"
    "Perfect for Family Car Trips with Teens"
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    Katherine Kellgren seems to be everyones favorite narrator and listening to this charmer of a story it's easy to see why. She puts life and excitement into a girls version of swashbuckling sailors vs. pirate books and carries the listener along on the wild ocean adventures.

    Although I've just listened to this first novel, there was so much background on Mary 'Jacky' s' life, prior to her life at sea, that I get the feeling it's important to read these books in order.

    Enjoyable, full of adventure and a bit of romance, harsh scenes of Mary's younger life as an orphan in London might make this too hard for a younger-than-10 child but I think it would be ok for 13 and above girls. And their moms. Good for the family car trips this summer.

    I'm on to the next episode in this already long series!

    Well worth your credit

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hidden Man

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By David Ellis
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (49)

    On a hot summer night in 1980, two-year-old Audrey Culter was snatched from her bedroom and never seen again. Twenty-six years later, her brother, Sammy, fatefully crosses paths with the man the police failed to convict for her abduction and murder. A few weeks later, that man is dead, murdered. Private attorney Jason Kolarich is engaged to defend Audrey's brother. But can he trust the people who hired him?

    Michael says: "Love this guy"
    "Convoluted story arc - great narrator"
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    Luke Daniels saved what little could be saved of this mish mash of a novel. It was confusing and made little sense much of the time. No real plot or character development.

    I bought it because it was narrated by Daniels and I usually enjoy everything he does. I think this one is going back however.

    For me it was mediocre though others seem to like it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Band

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jean Haus
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd, Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (126)

    Being popular in the college music scene doesn’t solve all your problems; at least that’s what the hot musicians of indie band Luminescent Juliet discover. In this compelling novel, trouble begins when 18-year-old Riley, trying to regain her rhythm after throwing away her percussion scholarship to a top school, wins an audition to become the band’s new drummer. This sets her on a collision course with Romeo, the band’s sexy dark-haired guitarist, whose ambitions do not include performing with a girl.

    Boredom says: "Oh Romeo you can be my Romeo anyday"
    "A Book For Band Geeks"
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    And, as the mom of 2 band geeks and a rock drummer husband I appreciated hearing this atypical teen angst & romance book. Band geeks LOVE the marching band and transitioning from the field to a stage and a set up drum kit is different for our protagonist, a spunky sharp and talented young woman.

    Haus expressed the need to play very nicely and with empathy and I have to admit a bit of disappointment with the end where choices were made. I wanted her to choose the band but she chose the guy. Sigh. Up until that point it was full of tough decisions and excitement, the story arc was well done and especially entertaining was Luke Daniels (who can do no wrong) version of the audition scene.

    Primary narrator Kate Rudd did an nice job, expressing the different characters voices quite well..but she's not Luke Daniels.

    Worth a credit, a good listen for teens 13 and up, especially for a young girl who might be having problems fitting in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When I Found You

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Catherine Ryan Hyde
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (268)

    Nathan McCann thought he didn't want a family. But when he finds an abandoned newborn in the woods, he feels an inexplicable bond with the boy and starts to make plans to raise the child as his own - until the baby's grandmother steps forward to claim him. Nathan makes a request of her, though: to one day bring the boy to meet his rescuer.

    Zabie says: "Love comes from many places"
    "Give This Book More Than An Hour"
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    and you'll be rewarded with a heartbreaking story of compassion and tenderness. The last couple of hours were so much better than the first 5. Too bad it took the narrator that long to warm up!.


    I was Oh So Done with is novel by the 3rd hour and was complaining about it to a friend-who had recommended the book-she read the paper book. She couldn't understand I disliked it so. The narration was cardboard, stiff and toneless. I didn't give a $hit about any of these people- the boy was a total brat, the old guy was dull and his wife was Suzy Homemaker with passive aggressive issues. The girlfriend was so meek and quite you couldn't hear what the narrator said..in a book you could read the words.

    On her recommendations, I finished the whole book and ended up being taken into the world of these people, Plus the narrator gets so much better

    Only for patient people I guess.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1608)
    Performance
    (1514)
    Story
    (1514)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Marci says: "King and Patton create a winning combo"
    "WONDERFUL, SAD AND FULLY KING"
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    Well,*I* listened to the whole thing...yeah all night, yeah re-listening when I fell asleep and during those times I wasn't totally alert.

    The story arc is fast moving and kept me awake and listening until 4:30am when I finally had to get some sleep. The plot continued to develop with enough twists and truss to keep me on the edge of my seat-tight writing from King here, great characters that I did get connected with, surprises in a "How could that happen!!!" mood..and a tense gotta get 'em ending.

    King developed a truly EVIL new bad guy and a way cool older man good guy, who retired from the PD.. it took me a while to get "retdet"..retired detective..that the evil guy sued..just to make one thing easy for you. NO more spoilers here.

    It's truly a great King novel with suspense, drama, romance and love, and a different type of horror.

    I've read complaints that this isn't a horror novel, but if you don't invision horror when a young and evil man talks so nonchalantly about his mothers killing of his little brother or of her sexual abuse of him as a young child, then your idea of horror is different then mine.

    King has a great book here and it's well worth the credit for those of you who wait for a review or 20 prior to purchasing.

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • After the Fire: Hidden Cove Series, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Kathryn Shay
    • Narrated By Jeffrey Kafer
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (120)

    Three firefighters from the Malvaso family are trapped in a burning building and almost lose their lives. After they are rescued, they decide to change the way they've been living. Mitch, the eldest, wants to make some decisions about his dysfunctional marriage and spend more time with his kids. Jenn decides to have a baby - with her best friend, Grady. And Zach, the bad boy of the group, vows to make up for his past sins and become a better man.

    cglewis says: "Could not stop listening!"
    "Sort of bland-average? mediocre?"
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    I've enjoyed "fire fighter as hero" many times and when this was offered as an Audible Daily
    Deal I snapped it up. Wanted to like it-and did...just...Liked It. Not love, or couldn't stop listening to it but......liked it.

    The family has family problems..no biggies but mediocre problems. The primary characters have divorce issues, loss issues, and Stupid Strong Women issues. This was a real annoyance to me thru out the book.

    Yeah the bitch is the bitch wife of course, the victim wife is typical and the strong sister is totally a wack job. She does not the ++++ what she wants from the man!

    The publisher touts this as a well researched (like riding in the fire truck) novel. But, sigh, it's really a bunch of sob stories, winey wives strong men and dumb teens.

    For a rainy day when you want to paint your toenails, text and fix english muffins, this is a good background murmur. You won't miss anything and if you do, you won't care.

    Don't spend more than $5.00 on it. it's one of the2-3 star books that end up on sale. But..why bother?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blonde: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Anna Godbersen
    • Narrated By Erin Mallon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    It’s early spring 1959, and the word desire is synonymous with America’s most famous blonde: Marilyn Monroe. Being desired is her drug, her kryptonite, the very definition of who she is. It’s so much a part of her identity that her own wants and needs have become fleeting at best, as if she’s seen herself through others’ eyes so often that she’s forgotten what she looks like through her own. But the deepest needs always surface, and there is one thing Marilyn wishes for beyond all else: to meet her real father.

    Jaime says: "Awesome Story!"
    "A Historically Questionable Historic Novel"
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    A lot has been written about JFK's relationship with Marilyn Monroe and this is simply another one.

    I lived in Los Angeles and left high school in 1969 when much of this took place and clearly remember the newspapers, both ethical and trashy, take on her death and relationship with a beloved President.

    I don't think the writing was outstanding, however Erin Mallon's narration was slightly better than average..she did get a good take on the Blond's lisp.

    Is it true? Most likely but then, we'll never know will we? If you like historical fiction you might enjoy this book. It was an average listen-I like but didn't love it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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