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Amanda

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  • Bound: Mastered, 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Lorelei James
    • Narrated By Rachel Vivette, Luke Daniels
    Overall
    (511)
    Performance
    (477)
    Story
    (477)

    Former small-town girl Amery Hardwick is living her dream as a graphic designer in Denver, Colorado. She's focused on building her business, which leaves little time for dating - not that she needs a romantic entanglement to fulfill her. When her friend signs up for a self-defense class as part of her recovery after an attack, Amery joins her for support. That's where she meets him. Ronin Black, owner of the dojo, is so drawn to Amery that he takes over her training - in public and in private. The enigmatic Ronin pushes Amery's boundaries from the start, and with each new tryst, Amery becomes addicted to the pleasure and to him.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "I need some ice and ropes!"
    "A Decent Book with A Splash of Kink"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Bound to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed the narrator's take on the voices, so I'm sure I'd actually enjoy the audio version better. I've read some mixed reviews for the narrator, but she did a pretty good job in my opinion.


    Which character – as performed by Rachel Vivette and Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    You know, I have to be honest. I really didn't have a favorite character. This book is just so neutral to me that I have no opinion one way or another. The characters just seemed like vessels to move the story along while not really leaving a lasting impression on the reader. It's still a mildly fun ride, so I don't regret spending my credit here.


    Any additional comments?

    This book reminded me - a lot - of 50 Shades of Gray. What I can say about this is that, though the subject matter did seem similar (strong male lead with need for sexual control, docile female lead willing to meet those needs), the characters were far less flipping annoying in this book. Oh, the female lead didn't make me want to gouge my eyes out with a rolled up feminist magazine either, which was a major plus..

    As for notable negatives -- There is a lot of sex in this book. I'm not a prude, I swear, but I would have loved to have more plot. Also, there is a lot of graphic language, and before you say "Well, duh", what I mean is that most books like this will use cutesy words to mask the nitty gritty. This book doesn't have a problem letting you know EXACTLY what is happening while using a colorful vocabulary. If that makes you uncomfortable, you'll want to skip this for sure.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Man in the Window: Nancy Pearl's Book Lust

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Jon Cohen
    • Narrated By Jeff Cummings
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (15)

    Since he was disfigured in a fire sixteen years ago, recluse Louis Malone has remained hidden from the prying eyes of his neighbors in the small town of Waverly. Across town, Iris Shula, a lonely and unlovely nurse knows, at thirty-seven, it is unlikely that her Prince Charming will ever appear. But Iris is about to learn how wrong she is. When Louis accidently falls out of his second story window these two kindred souls are brought together. What unfolds is a most unlikely love story.

    Amanda says: "It feels like this author is just trying too hard"
    "It feels like this author is just trying too hard"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not. This book is just so... flat. It's a shame really, because the characters could be very intriguing if the author would have put them in a better situation to display it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Oh man, this guy's voice... It isn't a -bad- voice, but he actually puts too much personality into the voices. That's a weird thing to say, but it's the best way I feel I can describe it in a sentence. His female voices are almost entirely nasally and cringe-worthy. His male voices are over-the-top. In fact, the only voice I enjoyed was his take on Louis.


    Was The Man in the Window worth the listening time?

    At the end of the book, I felt as if I hadn't really gained anything from listening... so unfortunately, no, I don't think so.


    Any additional comments?

    It felt as if the author tried -very hard- to create a very poignant and touching book, but his attempts left me truly wanting to skip sections. He would drone on about an event or a memory for pages -- an attempt to offer a deeper insight into a character -- but it just felt so fake and dreamy that it was completely unbelievable for me. There were several times that I thought "Yea, you could have just said 'He's a good guy.' and skipped the attempt at a heart-wrenching back story." It wasn't a long read, but boy did it feel like it at times.

    The romance in the story is about as flat as the attempt by the author to make me feel anything. You can barely even call it romance, to be honest. I appreciate that Cohen doesn't try to hide the blemishes of his characters or their relationships, but I feel as if there is only friendship between the characters. And that's fine really, but I was expecting a hint of a romance in there too.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Graeme Simsion
    • Narrated By Dan O'Grady
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1508)
    Performance
    (1376)
    Story
    (1375)

    Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own....

    Margaret says: "A fun listen"
    "Very intriguing view on love"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Rosie Project to be better than the print version?

    I believe I probably would have enjoyed reading this book in print as opposed to listening to it. The narrator was not bad, but he wasn't good either. He just wasn't very good at varying his voice enough, and his portrayal of a woman's voice was just downright disturbing at times.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I enjoyed the narrator's voice specifically for Don's voice. Unfortunately, I found that every other voice was lacking quite a bit.


    Any additional comments?

    I've seen a lot of reviews deeming this book as "difficult" or "unfunny". I found neither to be true. There we're several times that I choked out a laugh at work and got funny looks, and throughout the book, I was impressed with the author's interpretation of the inner musings of a person with non-standard mental function. It seems as if people found it unnecessary to note that the main character counted his schedule to the minute, or could recite a whole book of cocktails, but I think it was, if not entirely necessary, at least a valid inclusion to the book. It was part of who the character was.

    Please note that if a dry, awkward sense of humor is not your cup of tea, you'll probably want to skip this one. If you want a book that has a very clear, very easy 'happily ever after' you'll probably want to skip this, too. The ending may seem unconventional to some because the couple doesn't magically fix all of their problems and ride off in to the sunset; it doesn't try to be a gooey romance. It's a romance about a man who doesn't grasp love in the "normal" sense - there's no way to "fix" him and there's nothing about him that needs to be fixed. If you're okay with that, give it a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of Scoundrels

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Loretta Chase
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (686)
    Performance
    (633)
    Story
    (633)

    Sebastian Ballister, the notorious Marquess of Dain, is big, bad, and dangerous to know. No respectable woman would have anything to do with the "Bane and Blight of the Ballisters", and he wants nothing to do with respectable women. He's determined to continue doing what he does best - sin and sin again - and all's going swimmingly…until the day a shop door opens and she walks in.

    Marcheta says: "Witty dialogue highlights battle between the sexes"
    "A Strong and Smart Female Lead"
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    If you could sum up Lord of Scoundrels in three words, what would they be?

    Characters you'll love.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jessica was such a fabulous character. It's difficult for me to enjoy most romance books because it feels like there is an overwhelming number of idiotic, self-conscious female leads. Jessica is most definitely not one of them. She is surprisingly smart and witty. She is attractive. And even though she is considered a 'spinster' given the time of the book, she knows that she's a catch.

    She is also not afraid to admit that what she has with the male lead is, at first, lust. There is no love at first sight (which is just too darn unbelievable in most novels).

    I would love for more female leads to be like this.


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

    Kate Reading is a -fantastic- narrator. I can't stress this enough. She does sound a tad older (and that's hardly a bad thing), but it makes sense given the characters she's voicing.

    She did such a great job of bringing the characters to life. She's the kind of narrator that would make me consider listening to a book specifically to hear her voice.

    And I'm not exaggerating when I say that my toes kind of curled when she spoke in Italian in Dane's voice. It was... disconcerting to say the least.... But impressive nonetheless.


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

    Hearing Dane break into Italian and beg Jess to stay was pretty moving. It was very well written, and to see such a defiant character break was very moving.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like period pieces and romance, this is the book for you. Be aware (and I'm sure you probably are), that there are explicit sexual situations in this book, so if that makes you uncomfortable you should look elsewhere for your entertainment. If that kind of stuff doesn't curl your hair, give it a try. It's definitely worth a listen.

    Also, Dane reminds me of Rochester something fierce. And Jess was strong and unbending like Jane, so it appeased my inner Bronte lover. I could hardly take my earbuds out while I was at work and I had to work pretty hard to contain my laughter and squeals of delight.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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