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Susynne

hartland, VT, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • All About Love: A Cynster Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (221)

    Determined to escape the matchmaking skills of London society, Alasdair Cynster-better known as Lucifer-heads for the English countryside. But his flight from London leads him straight to Phyllida Tallent, a beautiful, strong-willed young woman who is as equally determined as he is to remain unmarried.

    L. Gilchrist says: "Nice story"
    "another great cynster story--"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of All About Love to be better than the print version?

    I do not read what I listen to. I just don't see the point of doing so.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of All About Love?

    The weaving of the story followed her usual recipe...the budding relationship...


    Have you listened to any of Simon Prebble’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Simon Prebble IS the voice of the cynster books! It's just not the same without him and I know I can rely on him!


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

    Stephanie Laurens always delivers, what else is there to say?


    Any additional comments?

    Huge double thumbs up. Reliable, enjoyable... a Cynster to fall in love with and a story you KNOW you can trust to deliver!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • More than a Duke: Heart of a Duke, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Christi Caldwell
    • Narrated By Tim Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (35)
    Story
    (35)

    Polite Society doesn't take Lady Anne Adamson seriously. However, Anne isn't just another pretty young miss. When she discovers her father betrayed her mother's love and her family descended into poverty, Anne comes up with a plan to marry a respectable, powerful, and honorable gentleman - a man nothing like her philandering father.

    Susynne says: "More than just good!"
    "More than just good!"
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    I believe that a review should be a person's opinion about the story, performer... etc... Not a short version of the actual story.

    That said... This is one of those HEA romances that has a way of eating up the time and being done before you know it! Tortured souls heal one another and all of that good stuff. I can't put my finger on it but it seems it's remarkably like another book... but not. Since I've listened to almost a thousand books I just can't think of which one it could be. It doesn't really matter, I out and out enjoyed this one.... it goes onto my replay someday list!

    NARRATOR : Excellent! I generally can't
    stand a male narrator's female voices... but Tim Campbell did a great job. When you hear the story and the characters and not the narrator then you know it was well done. One of my biggest pet peeves, besides obvious mispronounciation and totally lack of comfortable cadence, is the mouthy sounds of some performers. I don't want to hear wet or tongue gushy or tooth whistle kind of sounds... nor a voice that stands out as being all wrong such as a exaggerated female in a males voice. Point being that there were none of those things that bring a performance into the story... or detract from it. Two enthusiastic thumbs up!

    CREDITWORTHY? : In my opinion most definitely!

    HEAT FACTOR?: There were defiantly moments.... and since the story was driven by the whole 'how to seduce' lessons it is obvious what direction it took. It was not , however, steaming with sexual tension or overly explicit in the sex scenes. Definitely warm!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Duke in My Bed: Heirs' Club of Scoundrels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Amelia Grey
    • Narrated By Barrie Kreinik
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    As a notorious member of the Heirs' Club, Bray Drakestone can't resist a challenge from one of his well-heeled colleagues - especially when it involves money and horses. But the friendly wager takes an unexpected and deadly turn.

    Susynne says: "Wonderful!"
    "Wonderful!"
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    I realllly liked this book! It was a joy to listen to.... I laughed, and smiled, and shed a tear tear and there.... Amelia Grey has written a most enjoyable story full of rich characters, beautiful visuals and true emotion. This was a great happy-ever-after romance which will go onto my "Listen again, someday" list.

    NARRATOR : Barrie Kreinek deliverd a excellent performance with all of the good qualities and none of the bad! Two enthusiastic thumbs up!

    CREDITWORTHY? : Heavens yes! If you love a good historical romance then you can't go wrong!

    HEAT FACTOR? : Very little... Some chemistry... a clear visual, a little steam but no real heat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Promises Made: Scandalous Encounters, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Ava Stone
    • Narrated By Stevie Zimmerman
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Lady Elspeth MacLaren loves everything about London - the ballrooms, the entertainments, the handsome single lords in want of a wife. Unfortunately, she already has a betrothed... She just doesn't know it yet.

    Susynne says: "Promise kept!"
    "Promise kept!"
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    If I had been promised a good book then by far that promise was kept! I have no complaints whatsoever. It's easy to know an Ava Stone book will be good but I have to say for a short one this was a goooood one!!!! I may have fallen in love a little bit myself.

    NARRATOR : Stevie Zimmerman delivered as usual I always hear the characters and not her, which is the way it should be! 5 stars!!!

    CREDITWORTHY? : I think it cost less than a credit did, but yes yes yesssss!

    HEAT FACTOR : low, warm I suppose..... sexual tension... language to make it obvious.... no real heat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mail Order Switch

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Patty Devlin
    • Narrated By Hollie Jackson
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Liz will do anything to get away from her evil guardian, and she was prepared to disguise herself as a boy and look for work as a ranch hand. When Caroline, a stranger on the train next to her, sees through her "boy" disguise, and begs her to take her place as a mail-order bride, Liz doesn't hesitate long before saying yes. It's got to be easier than working on a ranch, and as a married woman with a new name, she'll be out of her guardian's clutches forever.

    Susynne says: "It's the word 'switch' that's the double entendre."
    "It's the word 'switch' that's the double entendre."
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    Not a bad story beneath it all... just not executed. What a waste.... it is all wrong when women expect to stand in a corner and get their backsides blistered as punishment perceived by their husbands. Perhaps it's me but I find it entirely unacceptable! I got over the idea of a little spanking during love play used in a lot of books. (ok for some i suppose) But this is corporal punishment! It seems to be the point of the story rather than what is actually a good plot line. It wasn't even presented in any format that had meaning, it was supposed to be a general way of life. Could that be right in the way of the new west as our country grew...and I never heard of it before? Doubtful. The authors notes included that in her books "there are no explicit sex scenes but plenty of spanking" Maybe she doesn't realize that what that sounds like and what she presented are two vastly different things.

    NARRATOR : Excellent! I would gladly listen to her again. She had a total lack of accents (chicago, western drawl, etc...) so I wouldn't expect her to excel where that was supposed to matter. But I never heard HER, but rather the story, as it should be. No pronunciation errors, stumbles, mouthy (wet, toothy, toungue, lips or swallow) sounds, etc... she was very good!

    CREDITWORTHY? : No. Either buy it on sale or skip it is my recommendation.

    HEAT FACTOR: None! zero.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enchanting Pleasures: The Pleasures Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Eloisa James
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Gabrielle Jerningham cherishes the portrait of her betrothed, the perfect Peter Dewland... until she meets his commanding older brother Quill. But it is Peter to whom she has been promised. And how can she possibly transform her voluptuous, outspoken self into the poised gentlewoman Peter requires?

    Susynne says: "Fabulous!"
    "Fabulous!"
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    And that's the truth. Eloisa James does it spectacularly well.... I loved the characters, the plot.... I remember looking and seeing almost two hours left and wondering what would fill them... and almost magically it was done. That's a good book! The ending was just a little odd... I didn't get the locale but that's ok. I understood it, it was even a good scene, but why put them there? I guess it doesn't matter.

    NARRATOR : Susan Duerden is Fantastic here. I never heard HER but rather the characters. That's the way it should be!

    CREDITWORTHY? : YES! 100%... that is IF you like a good romantic HEA story with a little political intrigue and a good cry.

    HEAT FACTOR? : High. Not steamy heart throbing sexual tension high... but high all the same.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Betrothed

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 53 mins)
    • By Renee Rose
    • Narrated By Bridie Lawrence
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (12)

    Young Lady Julia is offered by the king as a war prize to the Duke of Pembridge after her father tries to forcibly take the Duke's land. Worried that she will suffer as a result of his animosity, she runs away dressed as a page, only to unwittingly end up in the very same Duke's army. Bronson, the Duke of Pembridge, is not fooled by the little page's disguise for a moment, and offers the lady his protection, not realizing that he is the man she is hiding from.

    Susynne says: "Ok. I guess....."
    "Ok. I guess....."
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    I don't get why so much chastisement and spanking should take up the majority of a short story. It wasn't a 'sensual' aspect... it was just....WRONG! Without it there was room for a good story to develop.

    NARRATOR : Very good. I heard the characters not the narrator.

    HEAT FACTOR : Dirty language and spanking does not equal sexual tension or heat. Mature themes.... but not real heat.

    CREDITWORTHY : I probably wouldn't bother. But if you do you should just buy it since it costs less then a credit does

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Encounter with an Adventurer: Scandalous Encounters, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 58 mins)
    • By Ava Stone
    • Narrated By Stevie Zimmerman
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Andrew Yeats, the prodigal and scandalous viscount Brookfield, never thought the delightful Miss Potts would take his suggestion about international adventure to heart, but she's done just that. Guilt and concern over her safety plague him, and Drew becomes just as determined to save the lady as she is for her escape.

    Susynne says: "Enjoyable encounter. . ."
    "Enjoyable encounter. . ."
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    I have always loved Ava Stone. This one is short and sweet but has some substance to it. Yes I truly enjoyed it! MUCH better than 90% of the shorts I've listened to during this 1/2 off sale.

    NARRATOR : I enjoy Stevie Zimmerman and never hesitate to buy a book she nartates. I always hear the story... feel the characters and never notice any performance errors.... I don't notice the narrator. That's how it should be!

    CREDITWORTHY? : Yes... except I would buy it since it costs less than a credit does.

    HEAT FACTOR : Zero. A couple of kisses and no adult language or steaminess.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Kiss Before the Wedding: A Pembroke Palace Short Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 2 mins)
    • By Julianne MacLean
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (21)

    Lady Adelaide Robins, the charming and beautiful daughter of an impoverished earl, was raised on the foggy moors of Yorkshire. Never in her wildest dreams did she imagine she would travel to London, capture the heart of a duke, and receive a proposal of marriage. Is she ready for a life of luxury and privilege as a duchess? Or will her heart forever belong to another?

    Elizabeth says: "Short Story but nice addition to the series"
    "Short....sweet."
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    Very short.... a little drama....nice.

    NARRATOR : As usual she doesn't disappoint.

    CREDITWORTHY : only if your foolish enough to realize it costs less then a credit does! Just pay for it! (on sale)

    HEAT FACTOR : None. One kiss, some vague wedding night talk.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Christmas Ball

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 57 mins)
    • By Sherrill Bodine
    • Narrated By Polly Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Outshone by a gregarious stepsister and overbearing stepmother, Lady Athena Cummins is used to fading into the shadows. Beloved only by her youngest sister, Persephone, Athena has accepted her destiny as a spinster. But Persephone has a different scheme in mind, and conspires to send Athena out for one night of fun at Lord Finchley’s masquerade Christmas Ball. The masked beauty catches the Lord’s eye but, determined to avoid the wrath of her stepsister, Athena leads Lord Finchley on a wild chase to discover her true identity.

    Kimberly says: "A Christmas Cinderella"
    "Short but sweet!"
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    Buy it on sale...knowing ahead of time that it's only a snippet of a story.... one that needs to bloom into a delightful book. The story here raced through to its conclusion when I wanted to know so much more about these people.

    CREDITWORTHY? : Buy it on sale...it's so much less $ than a credit.

    HEAT FACTOR : None. Cool and sweet with just two tender kisses...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Ice Captain's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By S.G. Rogers
    • Narrated By Rachel F. Hirsch
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    En route to her first season in London, however, a failed kidnapping sends Miss Jillian Roring into the arms of the most jaded bachelor in England. When Logan and Jillian unwittingly violate the rigid rules of propriety in Victorian-era England, he is obliged to make her an offer of marriage. Because she aspires to be more than an obligation, Jillian refuses the match. Logan follows her to London to woo her properly, but his scheming ex-fiance has other plans.

    Tristan Cruz says: "Great Character Role"
    "Well....."
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    STORY : This had the promise of a fairly good story .... but that did not quite come to be... it needed fleshing out a bit here, a lot there, etc... Some very interesting aspects needed more time to develop and there was room for a great drama if Sam's character had been utilized creatively, as I expected it to be.

    NARRATOR : This book was truly painful to listen to although I did struggle through somehow. She had a very small repertoire of character voices and used ridiculous extremes to fill in. It was painful! She also had the habit of suddenly speed reading a couple of lines to where I literally checked to be sure I hadn't somehow hit the speed on my audible app! Volume was a problem for her as well. Pronounciation was a issue as well. As was cadence and intonation. I am amazed actually that I got thru it all!!!

    CREDIT WORTHY? NO!
    HEAT FACTOR? NONE!

    My recommendation.... pass unless you have nothing better to do.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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