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Rachel H.

Williamsport, PA, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • Honeysuckle Summer: Sweet Magnolias, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Sherryl Woods
    • Narrated By Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (39)

    Her devastating marriage behind her, Raylene Hammond is truly thankful for her best friends, the Sweet Magnolias. They’ve taken her in, shielding her from the world. Then she meets sheriff’s deputy Carter Rollins, and suddenly Raylene’s haven no longer feels quite so safe.

    Amazon Customer says: "Good story, horrible narrator!"
    "Good story, horrible narrator!"
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    Where does Honeysuckle Summer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have many audiobooks and this rates mid way through all of them.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoy the connection of a group of women and their friendship over time.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Mary Robinette Kowal’s performances?

    I would prefer not to. I have all the books in this series , so I've listened to more of her than I care for. I can usually blank out the narrator if necessary and just go with the story, but I found myself thinking "This is really awful". She's okay when just reading but lousy at the voices.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Whiskey Beach

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1327)
    Performance
    (1154)
    Story
    (1158)

    For more than 300 years, Bluff House has sat above Whiskey Beach, guarding its shore - and its secrets. But to Eli Landon, it’s home.… A Boston lawyer, Eli has weathered an intense year of public scrutiny and police investigations after being accused of - but never arrested for - the murder of his soon-to-be-ex wife. He finds sanctuary at Bluff House, even though his beloved grandmother is in Boston recuperating from a nasty fall. Abra Walsh is always there, though.

    Kim Venatries says: "Not So Good"
    "Better with new narrator"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I originally bought this book with a different narrator. I had a hard time getting invested sin the story. Since this was rereleased with Luke Daniels as the narrator, I redownloaded and was much happier with it. I wish there was some way Audible could let buyers know when a book was done with a different narrator.


    What other book might you compare Whiskey Beach to and why?

    Most of Nora Roberts mystery type books have a similar flavor. I enjoy them enough that I usually listen to them at least a couple of times a year and never get tired of them.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Abra fights off her attacker.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Once again, narration is key to enjoying a book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • No Limits

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Lori Foster
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (47)

    A surprise inheritance reunites a mixed martial arts fighter with the woman he's never forgotten in the first in a smoldering new series from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster Cannon Colter is quintessential hero material: chiseled jawline, shredded body-the works. He's also the guy who rescued Yvette Sweeny from kidnappers, only to put an end to her romantic dreams.

    sylvia says: "What Happen LF ?"
    "Revisiting Love"
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    If you could sum up No Limits in three words, what would they be?

    Love comes back


    What was one of the most memorable moments of No Limits?

    When the lawyer was going to force Yvette to go with him and her crazy, stalker ex broke in to save her.


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

    He is one of the best narrators on audible and is very good at making you forget it's just one person reading for all the characters. He doesn't do the over-the-top narrating that some of them do that make it hard to listen to a book.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    MMA remeets the girl he saved, all grown up.


    Any additional comments?

    I like Lori Fosters work and waited for this to come out. It didn't disappoint. Cannon is a very good guy who you immediately feel drawn to. It's not all about the description of MMA but about the people involved in the story. Since this is the beginning of a series, you get to know some of the characters who will be in future books. I gotta say, there is one that I'm not liking all that much yet so I hope she has a really good back story for him to explain why he is such a pig :)

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Long Time Coming

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Edie Claire
    • Narrated By Gabrielle de Cuir
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    Years and distance kept the memories at bay. But back at home, the past is ready and waiting to haunt her... Eighteen years have passed since Joy's childhood best friend, Jenny, met her death in a tragic car accident just a few days after their senior prom. A broken Joy left their small Kentucky hometown shortly after - determined never to come back. But when her father's illness forces her to return, she realizes that neither time nor distance have truly healed her troubled soul.

    Amazon Customer says: "waste of credit"
    "waste of credit"
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    What did you like best about Long Time Coming? What did you like least?

    The narrator was pretty good. The story was never ending and was so much angst that it was difficult to get through.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Edie Claire again?

    I don't know that I would. This really wasn't my type of book.


    Have you listened to any of Gabrielle de Cuir’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was Long Time Coming worth the listening time?

    No


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Before We Kiss: Fool's Gold Romance, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Susan Mallery
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (155)

    Former pro-football kicker Sam Ridge has notoriously bad luck with women - from cheaters to fame chasers. Still, the gorgeous brunette at the bar in Fool's Gold looks harmless - until she takes him home and he discovers a room devoted to securing a man, for life. Dellina Hopkins never guessed that storing gowns from a friend's bridal boutique would chase away her first and only fling. After her parents died, she skipped her "wild youth" to raise her sisters. She doesn't want forever from Sam, but one night - all night - would've been nice.

    Amazon Customer says: "Another Fool's Gold romance"
    "Another Fool's Gold romance"
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    What made the experience of listening to Before We Kiss the most enjoyable?

    I like that the narrator is the same for the whole series. It's easier to enjoy listening when I'm used to the voice of someone who has already established themselves as the characters in previous books.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The outrageous behavior of Sam's mother. Also, I like that Susan Mallery has set the stage for the next book by introducing characters that I know will have their own story soon.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Dellina has dinner with Sam's parents and sees that Sam did not exaggerate his mother's bluntness.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    A true community of friends.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Marie Force
    • Narrated By Holly Fielding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (23)

    After a devastating loss at work, he leaves for Newport where he meets his friend's new girlfriend, Caroline. Over that first weekend, Ted and Caroline fall in love. When they later act on their feelings, shock and disbelief ricochet through his tight-knit group of friends and family. A highly respected doctor, a beloved son and grandson, a loyal friend, Ted is stunned by his sudden free fall from grace.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not worth the credit"
    "Not worth the credit"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I don't think anything could have saved this. The male lead was a whining jerk and the female should be used as an example of what not to put up with.


    Has The Fall turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I have a lot of Marie Force books that I really enjoyed. I just couldn't get behind any of the circle of friends.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I didn't care for this narrator. Didn't show much emotion but she also didn't have much to work with.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Fall?

    I would totally rewrite the final scene.This was so bad I will be asking for my credit back. Will never want to hear this again.


    Any additional comments?

    This was such a disappointment since I enjoyed the books I've listened to by this author before.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • When We Met: Fool's Gold Series

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Susan Mallery
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (139)

    Angel Whittaker earned his scars the hard way, but the scars that can't be seen are the ones that haunt him the most. Since he moved to Fool's Gold, California, he's cobbled together a life for himself as a bodyguard trainer. If he's not exactly happy, at least his heart is safe.

    Cristina says: "Love the story, narrator not so much"
    "Another happy ending."
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    What made the experience of listening to When We Met the most enjoyable?

    Tanya Eby brings the characters to life. I also listen to books while I work and audible makes it very easy for me to enjoy them . It makes all the difference to have a good narrator.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of When We Met?

    When Angel understood that it's possible to have love again while still honoring the family he lost.


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

    All of the Fool's Gold books plus others. I like her narration. Some narrators just don't work for me, but she does. I never have any problem listening to her.


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

    I usually manage to find humor in all the Fool's Gold books. I love how everyone will help to get each other through the rough spots.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the series that I always preorder when I know about them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Perfect Fit: A DiCarlo Brides Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Heather Tullis
    • Narrated By Valerie Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Cami DiCarlo doesn't agree with her father that her life has been stuck in a rut, so she is not happy when he forces her hand into heading up guest services at his newest five-star hotel. The fact that he unveils the existence of four half-sisters at the same time, and insists that they live together while they launch the new resort, only makes things worse.

    Amazon Customer says: "Stranger sisters bonding."
    "Stranger sisters bonding."
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    What made the experience of listening to A Perfect Fit the most enjoyable?

    I like the idea of a group of females learning to bond. Although I bought all the books in this series, I still really am disgusted with their father. Self centered MW. I feel for all the girls that they had to learn of how deceitful their father was for their entire lives.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't have a favorite of the characters. They all have strong personalities and manage to mesh well under difficult circumstances.


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

    I like most audio books . It leaves me free to work and do errands while still enjoying a book. Although she isn't my favorite narrator, she is pretty good.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Surprise sisters.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadow Spell: Book Two of The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Alan Smyth
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1059)
    Performance
    (985)
    Story
    (978)

    With the legends and lore of Ireland running through his blood, falconer Connor O’Dwyer is proud to call County Mayo home. It’s where his sister, Branna, lives and works, where his cousin, Iona, has found true love, and where his childhood friends form a circle that can’t be broken. A circle that is about to be stretched out of shape - by a long-awaited kiss. Meara Quinn is Branna’s best friend, a sister in all but blood. Her and Connor’s paths cross almost daily, as Connor takes tourists on hawk walks and Meara guides them on horseback across the lush countryside.

    Margaret-Ann says: "Narration is terrible"
    "Hoping the next narrator is better."
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    What did you like best about Shadow Spell? What did you like least?

    I have really enjoyed Nora Roberts books before, but with this series, the narrators for the first two books in the series ruin it. The first book was read by someone who was so wrong because she made everyone sound like they were in their 70's and she was SOOOOOO excited, it made me cringe. This guy just had me nodding off or losing track because I really couldn't focus on the story. When your mind wanders when you are listening to a book, there is a problem with the narration.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hard to form a clear impression when I couldn't concentrate on the story.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Alan Smyth?

    Susan Ericksen ( as many people have said). She does such a good job with voices and accents.


    Did Shadow Spell inspire you to do anything?

    Write a review on being disappointed after waiting months for this book to be available.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Waiting on You: Blue Heron, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Kristan Higgins
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (161)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (149)

    Colleen O'Rourke is in love with love…just not when it comes to herself. Most nights, she can be found behind the bar at the Manningsport, New York, tavern she owns with her twin brother, doling out romantic advice to the lovelorn, mixing martinis, and staying more or less happily single. Ten years ago Lucas Campbell, her first love, broke her heart - an experience Colleen doesn't want to have again, thank you very much. Since then, she's been happy with a fling here and there, some elite-level flirting, and playing matchmaker to her friends. But a family emergency has brought Lucas back to town....

    Amazon Customer says: "Very funny and entertaining"
    "Very funny and entertaining"
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    What made the experience of listening to Waiting on You the most enjoyable?

    The humor of the story. There were a number of parts that were so funny because I could picture it happening. Very good narration.


    What other book might you compare Waiting on You to and why?

    The other books in this series as well as Kristan Higgins other books. She writes with a great deal of humor.


    Which character – as performed by Amy Rubinate – was your favorite?

    Colleen.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Laugh out loud funny.


    Any additional comments?

    I've bought all of the Kristan Higgins books available on Audible. I haven't been disappointed with any of them.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Right Bride: Book Three: The Hunted Series

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ryan
    • Narrated By Coleen Marlo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    High-powered businessman Cameron Shaw doesn't believe in love - until he falls head over heels for beautiful, passionate, and intensely private Martina. She's perfect in so many ways, immediately bonding with his little girl. Martina could be his future bride and a delightful stepmother...if only Cameron weren't blinded by his belief that Shelly, the gold-digging woman he's promised to marry, is pregnant with his child. After choosing Shelly over Marti at every turn, will he convince Marti she's his world and the only woman he wants?

    karen says: "Wow - was Cameron so stupid !!!"
    "Terminally Stupid"
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    What would have made The Right Bride better?

    By having the lead male not be so moronic that he would believe anything told to him by a gold digger. By having the female not be so idiotic that she would subject herself to this jerk. Just wanted to kick both of them.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jennifer Ryan again?

    Yes. I liked the first two books in the series and was looking forward to this book. Makes me wish I hadn't started the series in the first place.


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

    She is a good narrator and I wouldn't mind listening to other work by her. This wasn't her best canvas.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    For anyone who listened to first 2 stories, be ready to be annoyed. I felt sorry for Cameron when he was first introduced in the first book and hoped he found someone. Even though he did in this one, I just couldn't care.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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