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Toulon Belle

Prescott, AZ, United States | Member Since 2013

  • 8 reviews
  • 422 ratings
  • 0 titles in library
  • 1 purchased in 2015

  • The King's Coat

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Dewey Lambdin
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    It is 1780, and 17-year-old Alan Lewrie is a brash, rebellious young libertine. So much so that his callous father believes a bit of naval discipline will turn the boy around. Fresh aboard the tall-masted Ariadne, Midshipman Lewrie heads for the war-torn Americas, finding - rather unexpectedly - that he is a born sailor, equally at home with the randy pleasures of the port and the raging battles on the high seas. But in a hail of cannonballs comes a bawdy surprise.

    Andrew says: ""Sex, Swords, Sailing Ships""
    "Wish ALL Alan Lewrie Series was Available on Audio"

    The Alan Lewrie series is extremely interesting & addictive. His peronal life might be a diaster but his Professional Life is where he Shines!
    I am a woman & some people might assume female readers would take exception to the character's behavior. I don't fault the character for his supposed "Inappropriate" behavior--I try to look at the big picture from realistic stand point and from that I can appreciate the cirumstances. Like I said before--his Professional Exploits are what makes the book!

    To me the important thing is getting the job done and when it comes time to kick arse and take names--that is exactly what our hero does and he does with such a flare that you want him to do it againa and again!!

    My only Complaint is that several books are NOT available on Audible. It is my Strongest Hope that the remaining books will be made available SOON. And it goes without saying that the books Must continue to be narrated by John Lee--nobody else could do justice to Captain Alan Lewrie.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Execution Dock

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Anne Perry
    • Narrated By David Colacci

    On Jericho Phillips' floating brothel, sex slaves are forced to endure unspeakable acts. Now one such soul, 13-year-old Fig, is found with his throat cut, his tortured body tossed into the river. Commander William Monk of the River Police swears that Phillips will hang for this abomination. But the miscreant is as wily as he is monstrous, and his wealthy clients seem far beyond the reach of the law.

    Marjorie says: "Ruined by the narrator"
    "Absolutely the WORST Book of the Series!"

    **Spoiler Alert**
    Another Author takes and ruins a character's previous persona. We are supposed to believe that Rathbone who has ALWAYS been Fiercely Loyal to both Monk and Hester NOT only attacks them but goes out of his way to humiliate them just so he can impress his father-in-law (a man he has NO need to impress) to represent an ANIMAL like Jericho Phillips. It makes you despise a character that has always been portrayed as an Honorable person.

    Then there is Rathbone's wife Margaret--she has been loyal to Hester and quite frankly owes her own personal happiness to Hester. Now she is portrayed as self righteous B*ITCH!

    The court scene where Rathbone rips Hester & Monk apart is ABSOLUTELY REPREHENSIBLE!!!!

    What is WRONG with authors and their need to treat listeners like we are stupid. I have listened to all these books but this book is INSULTING!!!!!

    And YES the Narrator SUCKS but that is old news.
    Please bring back Davina Porter (the BEST female narrator ever) and the only reason I ever discovered this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oliver's Hunger: Scanguards Vampires, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Tina Folsom
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Newly turned vampire and Scanguards bodyguard Oliver has trouble controlling his thirst for blood. Every night is a struggle against temptation, but when Asian beauty Ursula literally falls into his arms, he fears he will lose the battle over his inner demons and succumb to bloodlust. Enslaved by vampires for her special blood, Ursula has just escaped her captors. She's rescued by a handsome stranger, only to realize that he's a vampire.

    K. April Holgate says: "Good story, yummy narrator"
    "Maya's "Apology" to Oliver is a JOKE!"
    What would have made Oliver's Hunger better?

    If the author had Actually stuck to the story line and the characters she has created.Oliver is a great guy they have known for 3 YEARS but after a measly 2 months as a Vampire nobody believes a thing he says! Maya should have been on her knees groveling for Oliver's forgiveness!!! I rooted for Zane all along but now he who has always drank from Humans can't even treat Oliver with respect. Sort of the pot calling the kettle black!

    Has Oliver's Hunger turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, but unfortunately it is a necessary "read" to continue the series. Just like JR Ward's book #6 Lover Enshrined of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series--I hated the way the author portrayed Phury but again it was a necessary read so you know what is going on. At least that book had some redeeming qualities unlike this one.Why do authors feel the need to ruin some of their best characters????

    Which scene was your favorite?

    I like Ursula & Oliver and their relationship is good thing but I don't have a favorite scene

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

    Ursula & Oliver's relationship.The ONLY other redeeming quality is the narrator!

    Any additional comments?

    Maya's so called "Apology" to Oliver is a JOKE!!! She should be horsewhipped at least. I now find her character totally Repugnant! Blake is a F***tard of monumental proportions! How can he be related to Quinn??? Zane and Maya's attitudes made my BLOOD BOIL!What was the author THINKING????

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sweet Addiction: Sweet Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Caroline Wintour
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Cole is successful beyond his wildest dreams. He can have any woman he wants, but there's only one he can't stop thinking about: his childhood sweetheart, Ren. He's never forgotten his first taste of innocent love and the desire that consumed them - or the pain he brought upon her . . .Her long ago brush with submission awakened a longing in Ren that drove her to walk the darker edge of desire. She's become a beautiful woman at ease with her sexuality and unapologetic about her need for a dominant man.

    Angela says: "Hot!"
    "Definitely the Best of the Sweet Series!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Sweet Addiction to be better than the print version?

    I read the book and have been looking forward to the Audio version and wasn't disappointed

    What other book might you compare Sweet Addiction to and why?

    Book #2 Sweet Persuasion because Cole, Lucas & Damon are my favorite characters and these were my favorite books of the series.

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

    Yes, she is the same as her previous performances. She is an okay narrator, not great but not bad. At least they use the same narrator consistently.

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

    SPOILER: When Lucas gives Ren to Cole

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Tempted

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Megan Hart
    • Narrated By Zoe Winslow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    I had everything a woman could want... My husband, James. The house on the lake. My life. Our perfect life. And then Alex came to visit. The first time I saw my husband's best friend, I didn't like him. Didn't like how James changed when he was around, didn't like how his penetrating eyes followed me everywhere.

    Brandon says: "I'M SHOCKED!"
    "Tempted--NO! Tortured--YES!!!"

    I bought the book before the cover was changed. The Original Cover was Very Explicit and you are lead to believe that this erotic book with a story line. Sounds great Right? Unfortunately, the book is whiny Melodrama with a few sex scenes thrown in.

    The book is long drawn out drama about an anniversary party for Anne's parents. NOTHING happens, in this book, but we do learn all about Anne's marriage, her alcoholic father, her dysfunctional family and her inability to deal with her mother-in-law.

    I kept reading hoping it would get better, and sometimes it did but then it would go back to dysfunctional alcoholic crap and ruin it.

    I enjoy erotic novels to escape reality!! Not to listen about other people's problems.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Winds of War

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Herman Wouk
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Herman Wouk's sweeping epic of World War II stands as the crowning achievement of one of America's most celebrated storytellers. Like no other books about the war, Wouk's spellbinding narrative captures the tide of global events - and all the drama, romance, heroism, and tragedy of World War II - as it immerses us in the lives of a single American family drawn into the very center of the war's maelstrom.

    Robert says: "A Masterpiece"
    "This Great Story deserves a Better Narrator"

    I read this book several years ago and was thrilled to find it in Audible format. My only complaint is the Narrator. Kevin Pariseau provides a monotone narration and ALL the voices sound the same--even the male & female voices sound the same. It's a long book which in my opinion is a good thing but you need a talented narrator to keep your interest. With this narrator I often find my wandering.

    This is a great story and deserves to be read by a great narrator (such as John Lee or Simon Vance) that could do it justice.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Hasty Death

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Marion Chesney
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Lady Rose Summer refuses to abide by her parents' insistence that she marry. Even more distressing, she wants to work. On advice from Captain Harry Cathcart - a noble-born private investigator who knows Rose all too well - her parents agree to let Rose work as a typist and live in a women's hostel. But life as a working woman isn't quite what Rose imagined: When a playboy is murdered, Rose returns to high society to follow a trail of deception, rumors, and devious plots.

    KBL says: "Fun Characters, Great Narration"
    "Narrator Davina Porter Makes the Book"

    The story is enjoyable if you are looking for an easy listen. It is very predictable and doesn't fill out the characters but then again it is a very short story.

    I only found this book because I was looking for something narrated by Davina Porter. I love this genre but prefer much longer books that take the time to deveolp the story & and characters. I decided to listen to because of narrators merits--and wasn't disappointed by her performance.

    I must take exception to the review criticizing Porter's narration, Reviewer: Bronwyn appears to be in the Minority--not one person finds the opinion helpful. Porter is by far and away one of the MOST Talented Narrators!!!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Dance to the Music of Time: First Movement

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Anthony Powell
    • Narrated By Simon Vance

    Anthony Powell's universally acclaimed epic encompasses a four-volume panorama of twentieth century London. Hailed by Time as "brilliant literary comedy as well as a brilliant sketch of the times," A Dance to the Music of Time opens just after World War I. Amid the fever of the 1920s and the first chill of the 1930s, Nick Jenkins and his friends confront sex, society, business, and art.

    James says: "A Modern (but Subtle) Masterpiece."
    "Boring - the author overanalyzes everything"

    I agree with the review written by Lucinda the book is "Boring". I also LOVE long audiobooks but there was just so much filler that it was very distracting from what was happening. Every time it would start to get interesting, the author would go off on tangent analyzing every thought and emotion. I would lose my train of thought and have to rewind it to get back to the meat of the conversation. I forced myself to finish the book hoping that SOMETHING would happen but it never did.

    Simon Vance did his usual SUPERB job narrating this book--he was the only saving grace!

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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