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Clarice

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  • The Marriage List

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Dorothy McFalls
    • Narrated By Janean Jorgensen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (41)

    Considered unmarriageable by many due to her questionable parentage, May has let her hopes for true love fade and devoted herself to a life caring for her ailing aunt. But when May is unable to pay rent on the humble cottage in which she and her aunt reside, she must plead her case to the imposing viscount willing to toss two helpless women in the gutter. A wounded hero of the Peninsula campaign,Viscount Radford Evers is known for his harsh bearing, stubborn pride, and skillful avoidance of wedding vows.

    Kd says: "No sex but...."
    "An Average Romance"
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    What did you like best about The Marriage List? What did you like least?

    The Narrator. The story. It wasn't bad. Just not the best I've ever


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Plot was a tlittle too light. Just nothing there really.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Highland Honor: Murray Family, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Hannah Howell
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (136)

    Nigel Murray saw through her masquerade from the start: a young woman trying to pass herself off as a page. It almost worked - until she was unmasked in battle with the English, at the point of a sword. Nigel recklessly saved the raven-haired beauty, whose secrets now endangered them both. He spirited her off to Scotland, determined to erase the terror he tasted in her kiss.

    Rita says: "I want a highlander"
    "Narrator is bad"
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    If there is a reader/performer of audio books who has a more annoying vocal pattern, I have never heard her. Angela Dawe's monotonous narration completely ruined an otherwise okay novel. I tried very hard to listen to the whole thing. I tried speeding it up. I tried slowing it down. Nothing worked. I gave up after falling asleep for the third time. Dawe's characterizations aren't bad; but unfortunately, it's not all dialogue. I'm ordering the book on my Nook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edenbrooke

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Julianne Donaldson
    • Narrated By Emily Elizabeth Hamilton
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (94)

    Marianne Daventry will do anything to escape the boredom of Bath and the amorous attentions of an unwanted suitor. So when an invitation arrives from her twin sister, Cecily, to join her at a sprawling country estate, she jumps at the chance. From a terrifying run-in with a highwayman to a seemingly harmless flirtation, Marianne finds herself embroiled in an unexpected adventure filled with enough romance and intrigue to keep her mind racing.

    DARA says: "Delightful Story"
    "Returning it."
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    It is a real challenge to write a novel in the first person; unfortunately, Donaldson doesn't quite measure up to that challenge. Add to that a breathy narrator and you have a recipe for a "yikes"! I'm going to get my money back on this one.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of Secrets

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Alyssa Everett
    • Narrated By Courtney Patterson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Rosalie Whitwell has spent most of her life sailing the globe with her adventurous father, dreaming of the day she can settle in one place long enough to have a home and family of her own. When her father suffers a fatal heart attack in the middle of the North Atlantic, Rosalie turns in her panic to a fellow passenger - the cool, reclusive Lord Deal. For years David Linney, Marquess of Deal, has avoided the society of others. Even so, he's drawn to his lovely shipmate, like him, the victim of family tragedy.

    sandy says: "the narration was great"
    "Such Promise"
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    The "secret" is too easily dealt with when we finally learn what it is.--not quite believable. Nicely drawn characters. Narrator does well. A good little listen, but probably not worth a credit. Wait until it's on sale.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Highland Surrender

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Tracy Brogan
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (686)
    Performance
    (632)
    Story
    (627)

    Defiant Highland beauty Fiona Sinclair is shocked by her brothers’ treachery. To seal a fragile truce, they have traded her hand in marriage to their sworn enemy, a man she has never met, a man she was raised to despise. With no choice but to wed, Fiona makes her own private vow: Though she may sacrifice her freedom, she will never surrender her heart. Commanded into marriage by the king, Myles Campbell is no more willing than his reluctant bride. Still, she is a rare beauty, passionate enough to warm even the coldest marriage bed.

    Karen says: "I couldn't stop listening!"
    "SO-SO"
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    I really did not like the heroine. She was not a pleasant or sympatheic character, so it was hard to like a book when you're hoping the main character goes away.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    Overall
    (4718)
    Performance
    (4376)
    Story
    (4376)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "Dresden's #14 Doesn't Disappoint"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    My favorite wizard is back in the flesh with the regular cast of friends, enemies, and frenemies to help and harm him. Jim Butcher gives Harry his usual sarcasm and ready wit as well as a dire situation for the universe that only Harry and his unique positions as the Winter Night and a private eye can save.
    There's a great twist at the end that I'm still trying to decide if I like or not, but it sure sets the stage for more stories set in in Harry's crazy world of modern day Chicago and the fairy realms. I would have given the story five stars, but sometimes Butcher gets carried away on the descriptiions and detail of everything--and I don't just mean the violence and blood. I think, as Butcher's fame grows, his editors get more timid about cutting down his verbage.
    James Marsters is back as the narrator. Though John Glover's performance of "Ghost Story" was excellent, Marsters has grown as much as a narrator of Harry as Harry has grown as a character.
    Well worth the credit!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Loki's Daughters

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Delle Jacobs
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (72)

    For generations, Arienh’s people have feared the Viking raids. She knows all too well the terrible toll the Northmen have taken on the Celts, having lost most of her own family to their swords. So one stormy night when she encounters and wounds a Viking warrior, she has every right to want him dead. And yet she hesitates…. Ronan knows Arienh doesn’t recognize him. He was just a boy when his kinsmen raided her village and Ronan risked his own life to protect her. Now he has returned to claim the beautiful girl who captured his heart years before. But wooing a Celtic woman is no easy task.

    Clarice says: "Real characters and a great story."
    "Real characters and a great story."
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    I have only recenty discovered Delle Jacobs. The two books I have read of hers are Romance but so much more. Loki's Daughters has a very real and believable setting with honest characters. The plot is traditional in many aspects, but it also has enough nuances to keep the listener engrossed. While the narrator isn't the best ever, she's easy enough to listen to. I bought it during a sale, so it was under $10, but I would have been happy to use a credit for it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Birthday Scandal

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Leigh Michaels
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (99)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (89)

    The wealthy Duke of Weybridge knows that everyone loves a good surprise...and a good scandal. He has bounteous amounts of both for the guests at his extravagant birthday ball - particularly for his nieces and nephew, Emily, Isabel, and Lucien. They think his promise to improve their lives means a generous stipend. But he’s got a different gift in mind: finding them perfect matches. His task won’t be easy, because the Arden siblings have given up on love.

    Karen says: "Three Romances for the Price of One!"
    "A Fun Read"
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    Have you listened to any of Rosalyn Landor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Rosalyn Landor is one of my favorite narrators. Her voice is just right for the lighter roamnces. Her male voices are masculine in tone without sounding comically deep and fake "male".


    Any additional comments?

    It was a nice listen for my long week-end road trip.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Hobbit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7562)
    Performance
    (6816)
    Story
    (6914)

    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
    "Amazing!"
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    What did you love best about The Hobbit?

    The story is one that is so simple and linear, but the characters so complex and appealing that they can relate to so many different readers. It is a true classic.


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

    I have been hearing a voice in my head as I've been reading this for 40+ years, and his is the voice.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't see how anyone could be disappointed with this editon of THE HOBBIT.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Highland Destiny: Murray Family, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Hannah Howell
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    Overall
    (198)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (185)

    When destiny brought Sir Balfour Murray and his wounded brother down the same road as Maldie Kirkaldy, she offered her services as a nurse even as she tried to deny the desire this dark-eyed knight had ignited at first sight. Soon they discover that they both share a mission of vengeance, but Maldie cannot tell him her true identity - to do so would brand her a spy.

    CAROLYN says: "Another worthy Highland Warrior Trilogy starts"
    "UGH! The narration...."
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    What did you like best about Highland Destiny? What did you like least?

    I honestly couldn't finish listening. The narrator has the most irritating vocal pattern. Her characters are awful.. I love Hannah Howell, so I think this is one I'll get the paperback to read.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Angela Dawe?

    Almost anybody.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Night Like This

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Julia Quinn
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (236)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (209)

    Anne Wynter might not be who she says she is.... But she's managing quite well as a governess to three highborn young ladies. Her job can be a challenge: in a single week she finds herself hiding in a closet full of tubas, playing an evil queen in a play that might be a tragedy (or might be a comedy; no one is sure), and tending to the wounds of the oh-so-dashing Earl of Winstead. After years of dodging unwanted advances, he's the first man who has truly tempted her, and it's getting harder and harder to resist.

    Lupdilup says: "Maybe Julia Quinn is not for me"
    "Much Dialogue, Little Plot"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you like Julia Quinn and her witty wriitng, you'll like this one.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anne, the heroine, is a truly likable lady, if a bit sad.


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

    I like all her charcacter voices. She is a good performer of Julia Quinn's style.


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

    No extreme reacton, and that is what is preventing me from giving this five stars.I would like to have been totally involved, but this was a book about conversations and not well-rounded plot and characters.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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