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Susynne

hartland, VT, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Moonglow: Darkest London, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Kristen Callihan
    • Narrated By Moira Quirk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (199)

    Finally free of her suffocating marriage, widow Daisy Ellis Craigmore is ready to embrace the pleasures of life that have long been denied her. Yet her new-found freedom is short lived. A string of unexplained murders has brought danger to Daisy's door, forcing her to turn to the most unlikely of saviors. Ian Ranulf, the Marquis of Northrup, has spent lifetimes hiding his primal nature from London society. But now a vicious killer threatens to expose his secrets. Ian must step out of the shadows and protect Daisy.

    Diana DC says: "Terrific Series"
    "to love a wolf!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Moonglow the most enjoyable?

    The voices. Both heard in the heart and by the ears.


    What other book might you compare Moonglow to and why?

    Firelight. Because there isn't another. I hate this question! Books are individual works of art... and no two can ever be (or should never be) alike.


    What about Moira Quirk’s performance did you like?

    Its flawless. Her voices, both male and female, with a myriad of accents and situations are smooth and believable with a comfortable cadence and timber. Well done!


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

    Oh yes! I cried plenty... held my breath as I willed certain story lines to not be what I thought it was. ... yes... plenty of reacting!


    Any additional comments?

    This series melds fantasy and regency romance into something new and verrrry enjoyable. And fortunately no vampires!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Provocative in Pearls

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Madeline Hunter
    • Narrated By Polly Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    Their marriage was arranged, but their desire was not...After two years, Grayson Bridlington, The Earl of Hawkeswell, has located his missing bride Verity Thompson. Coerced into marrying Hawkeswell by her duplicitous cousin, Verity fled London for the countryside. Now, the couple must make the most of an arranged marriage-even if it means surrendering to their shared desire.

    Susynne says: "I couldn't listen to the 'heroine' a second longer"
    "I couldn't listen to the 'heroine' a second longer"
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    I have listened to hundreds and hundreds of audio books the majority being historical romance. In all that time I have NEVER had a extreme reaction to a specific character and I have NEVER been so disgusted that I HAD to turn it off. I am very tolerant actually, listening to awful narrators just to hear the story, or tolerating a story just for the sake of getting to the ending. I have more trouble finding faults with the experience overall then anything else, since I consider a book to be just a book, meaning one authors idea for a story and to be appreciated for what it is on it's own, not in comparison with any other. BUT my reaction to this was extreme! I don't doubt that to read this story it may be perfectly enjoyable. And I don't doubt that the narrator delivering any other book would be fantastic as she is quite good. But Polly Lee must have decided that Verity is even a more selfishly awful creature then she is in order for her portrayal of her to be so exactingly extreme. She may have hit the nail on the head since I don't like her, Verity that is. She is such a dislikeable bitch that I couldn't 'listen' a minute more!!! Her personality became offensive to me, which is how she is written and obviously meant to be I am sure, but she sounds like such a hatefully selfish bitch that I couldn't stand to HEAR her! So is my extreme hateful reaction due to how well she is written or how she is delivered? I enjoyed every other word that the narrator spoke... but my enjoyment of the book was totally driven to hatred by Verity. Perhaps it was both. Since she is the goal post of this book it's hard to differentiate. In other words... maybe the author did this one charactar so well and the narrator delivered her so exacting that it spoiled any hope the book had of being good.. and perhaps wading thru it would have lead to something enjoyable, but after hours of nothing but Verity I couldn't bear it any longer. Perhaps part of the tale is her transformation... which would make it a great book. But I had wasted enough time and run out of patience long before any hint of it.

    Will I try another by this author? I don't dare!

    Will I buy another with Polly Lee? I have heard her before and never had a bad thing to say, she is an exceptional narrator!

    CREDIT worthy, not in my humble opinion. It felt like self inflicted punishment since I wanted to shut it off longggggg before I did.

    HEAT factor... just my contempt for Verity. If things got steamy later I couldn't say.

    Generally... leave this one alone, read it maybe.... but only listen if you are totally unaffected by a specific unlikeable character.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dream Castle

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Andrea Kane
    • Narrated By Gemma Dawson
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    The dream is always the same. The terrifying stalker. The gaping abyss. She can see herself running, desperate to escape the huge black beast waiting to devour her. For Kassandra Grey, there is only one refuge from her nightmare - and a horrifying secret hidden in the swirling mists. Braden Sheffield first spies her on a deserted beach - a lone figure who emerges from the fog like a stunning apparition. Betrayed by the woman who was to be his bride, the world-weary duke of Sherburgh is captivated by Kassie’s youth and beauty.

    Amazon Customer says: "Gag!"
    "Romantic Historical Mystery!"
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    A romantic historical mystery is definately more like it!! Definately a dream holding a nightmare... literally!!!
    This nightmare driven love story is great! I was surprised at how quickly the time passed.... it was well written, excellently performed and contained so much mystery, so many twists and turns, so much treachery and such extremes of heart wrenching emotion, that I was thoroughly entertained and wanted nothing more than to be left alone to listen. Can't say better then that I guess.

    CREDIT worthy, YES!!!

    HEAT factor.... 4!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rhyme and Reason: Bexley-Smythe Quintet, Novella 2

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Catherine Gayle
    • Narrated By Carol Hendrickson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    The Duke of Danby is matchmaking again. No matter what his overbearing duke of a grandfather wants, Thomas Goddard has no intention of marrying a high-born lady. He's the son of Danby's by-blow, for heaven's sake, and no gentleman! When yet another letter-complete with yet another marriage license-arrives, Thomas does as any reasonable man would do. He rips the thing to shreds, tosses it over the cliffs, and curses Danby's name. Regrettably, his shouted curse startles the very lady his grandfather intends for him to marry.

    Susynne says: "Too good to only be a a novella!"
    "Too good to only be a a novella!"
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    I loved it! This is one of the very few novellas I have listened to. I rarely pick anything this 'short'. But I loved it! It had room to be a longer story and altho I enjoyed every minute I did feel cheated by the length... the whole story was there I just wanted more!!!
    So far the Bexley-Smythe Quintet is too much fun to miss!

    CREDIT worthy... YES, BUT not on a dollar value, just buy it, a credit costs more. But definatlly YES!

    HEAT.... 2, not long enough to boil but plenty of time to steam.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flight of Fancy: Bexley-Smythe Quintet, Novella 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Catherine Gayle
    • Narrated By Carol Hendrickson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Lord Falkland bets Lord Jefferson Blount two hundred fifty pounds that Lord Haworth will ensure the ruination of Lady Georgianna Bexley-Smythe by 15 May unless the Marquess of Stalbridge returns to Town and settles his debts before that date. Cedric Loring, the Earl of Montague, has been an honorary member of the Bexley-Smythe family for years. He's always had a special, if sometimes strained, bond with Georgie. But when her name ends up in the betting book at White's before she's even made her debut, he knows no one can protect her quite like he can.

    Susynne says: "A high flying YESsssss!!!"
    "A high flying YESsssss!!!"
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    I rarely listen to the under three hour books, and am happy that I did listen to this one. It was fun! Enjoyable and humorous, I loved it! And since great literary excellence is not generally expected in a couple of hours I find nothing to complain about. Nothing what so ever.... I loved this book!
    The narrator was great and it was definately worth the few very enjoyable hours it filled.

    CREDIT worthy? Do you know what a credit is valued at? So it would be a definate yes except it is '' should I spend the money worthy?'' since it's priced less then a credit. Still its a YES!

    HEAT factor? 1 or 2.... maybe. It's driven with lots of longing but the steam is not there at all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hazards of Hunting a Duke: Desperate Debutantes

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Julia London
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    Overall
    (106)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (96)

    When the young ladies of the Fairchild family learn that their stepfather has absconded with their late mother's fortune, Ava, the eldest, hunts down the notoriously wealthy rakehell Jared Broderick, the Marquis of Middleton and heir to a dukedom. Much to her shock and delight, the marquis sweeps her into a whirlwind romance and proposes marriage. But after their passionate wedding night, Ava discovers Jared has ulterior motives of his own. Not only does he expect her to deliver an heir while he continues to enjoy a rogue's life, but Ava also suspects she is a pawn in her husband's quest for revenge.

    Cam says: "Captivating and delightful"
    "A desperate duke too!"
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    Anne Flosik delivered her exactingly reliable and expected performance. She never changes and can be expected to deliver.
    Julia London fans will very much like this story as it too delivers as always. London seasons, country estates, dowries, ranks and arranged marriages with relationship twists, emotional angst and maybe a little villiany or a little treachery and you have a historical romance. That is all as it should be... and tied in a bow of satisfactional enjoyment. Whats not to like?

    CREDIT worthy, yes, especially if you're a Julia London fan.

    HEAT factor, 4, driven with steamy and mostly explicit moments and enough sexual tension to keep it interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Perils of Pursuing a Prince: Desperate Debutantes

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Julia London
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (75)

    From New York Times best-selling author Julia London comes the second novel in her irresistibly romantic Desperate Debutantes trilogy, in which three suddenly destitute aristocratic young ladies must resort to desperate means to keep up appearances...and find the husbands of their dreams.

    Cam says: "Got goose bumps listening to the story"
    "Happily typical Julia London!"
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    Altho this is the second in the series it does stand alone. However I recommend The Hazards of Hunting a Duke first! This is not a serious book, just as JL never writes... but its enjoyable. I will remember it but probably never be inspired to listen to it again. This is no means the fault of Anne Flosnik who delivered her exacting performance faithfully the same as always. But rather that it is a very typical normal totally as expected HR. No complaints... none at all. and if I hadn't accidently started with book three and then read book one I may never have found this one and am glad that I did.

    CREDIT worthy....if you are a Julia London fan then definately yes. Even if you aren't I give it a yes.

    HEAT Factor....4 very steamy explicit moments for sure... but not much of the sexual tension that drives some stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Genuine Article: Regency Nobles Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Patricia Rice
    • Narrated By Mia Chiaromonte
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Lady Marian Lawrence is in London to snare a rich husband to save her family from ruin - a difficult task given her biting wit and lack of beauty. Hiding her true self, Marian is about to win the wealthy and amiable Lord Darley - until the detestable Reginald Montague blocks their path to the altar. Reginald Montague has vowed to never marry and is determined to keep his bestfriend Darley from being snared by a fortune hunter.

    Susynne says: "A totally enjoyable smile creating story!!!"
    "A totally enjoyable smile creating story!!!"
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    Well read and well written this wonderful story is full of humor and laughter as well as unexpected twists and turns and all with a giggle. I fell in love with the characters and truly wish there were books that have as much fun with themselves as this one does. If you look at books seriously and search for literary brilliance and deep enlightenment then please walk away and spare us all your thoughts because anyone who loves a hysterical historical romance with fun fluff and enjoyment can't but adore this story.

    oh, yeah....
    well with a credit altho' it does have a HEAT factor of Zero (as in zip zilch nada) it doesn't matter in the least!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Venus

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jane Feather
    • Narrated By Gemma Dawson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    The last thing Lord Nicholas Kincaid expected to see in the gloom of a London tavern was a vision of loveliness. And when she led him to a bedchamber with a come-hither smile, there was no question of resisting - until he realized the lying wench meant to render him senseless so the landlord could rob him blind!

    Michelle says: "Loved! Great Listen!"
    "Mispronounciations abound!"
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    The frustration of listening to a fabulous narrator mispronounce so many words in such a ridiculous way is almost funny! It felt at times as if a poor student read aloud and didn't know the words! How can such a narrator not even know how to say 'chemise’....(it isn't chemist without a clear T , after all..) Its absurd! Does no one Edit? Verify? Proof? C'mon.... Who chooses narrators without knowing they can't Pronounce Common words?? Do they interviww them? Even a script to read to confirm the ability of the narrator before hiring could avoid this? Grrrrr.....
    I do like Gemma's voice, delivery, cadence, male vs female voices, etc...but this time it was....foolish?... Ugh!

    Ignoring the one complaint I have to applaud Jane Feathers writing, as usual. The Pygmalion-esque theme was interesting in a weird way. Although this one was not my my favorite JF books and I won't rush to get the next one but all in all a typical regency period romance with most of what you expect from this author.

    Creditworthy? Yes if you can handle all the mispronounced words.
    Heat factor? Very low. SomeSome very explicit moments...but that's about it.
    Tears? Not really...
    Laughter? A little...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Angel: The O'Byrne Brides Series - Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Miriam Minger
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Klett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Ronan was a legend among men...and the last thing he needed was a troublesome woman. Yet this fierce Irish warrior took a deathbed oath to protect a chieftain's rebellious daughter. Triona was a hellion of a woman...who would let no man rule her. Raised in the ways of a warrior, she defied Ronan's every command. So he planned to marry her off, to be rid of the wild lass forever. But in the heat of battle - enflamed by her passionate spirit - Ronan decided he wanted this beautiful, impossible woman for himself!

    Susynne says: "spiteful bitch?????"
    "spiteful bitch?????"
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    The way Angela Dawe delivered Trionna had her come off as a truly unlikeable spiteful bitch... but I don't think that was how the written words were meant... The narrator is stellar but the attitude of the one character was SO extreme that I was actually hating her and had to remind myself to hear the words not the speaking... Wonderful book.... but for that one thing.
    Credit worthy? Yes!
    Heat factor? Verrry low but for a few moments of extreme.
    Tears? Not for me...
    Laughter? A few good chuckles to be sure.
    Violence? Not like most... very little of the bloody battles actually.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Promise Me Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Connie Brockway
    • Narrated By Alison Larkin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    Lady Catherine "Cat" Sinclair must rescue her impoverished family by marrying a wealthy suitor. But there is one problem: she knows nothing of seduction. But Thomas Montrose - a rake who has long set the town ablaze with his passion - may be able to help. Can Cat persuade him to give her a few scandalous lessons? But he may get schooled....

    Yvette says: "Great Leads-but they had terrible communication"
    "definately credit worthy."
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    I loved it. Both the story and the characters were great, hilarious, serious, dramatic and sincere... The often unusual story line was interesting and the listen pleasing to hear. As a regency romance this one is very good and a little different.
    I give a good two thumbs up and recommend this one as definately credit worthy.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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