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  • Blackmoore

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Julianne Donaldson
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (185)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (174)

    Kate journeys to the stately manor of Blackmoore and enlists the help of her dearest childhood friend, Henry Delafield. But when it comes to matters of love, bargains are meaningless and plans are changeable. There on the wild lands of Blackmoore, Kate must face the truth that has kept her heart captive. Will the proposal she is determined to reject actually be the one thing that will set her heart free?

    Cam says: "Heartfelt romance"
    "A clean love story"
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    I read this book when it was released and really enjoyed the story. I had thought then that it would be fantastic as an audiobook, as I prefer audiobooks to be in first person. This book was light yet deep and I loved Henry. Kate was a decent heroine-- strong willed and fighting to be seen beyond her family. She was also selfless with her love.

    This story flashes between present and past and is done is such a way as not to be confusing. In fact, it really helped keep an otherwise predictable story interesting.

    The narrator was great. Her voice was perfect for Kate. Her accent is authentic, unlike in the last book I listened to :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ashes of Roses: Tales of the Latter Kingdoms, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Christine Pope
    • Narrated By Valerie Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Even the Emperor of Sirlende cannot always do as he pleases, but when custom demands he find another bride after the death of his betrothed, a princess he barely knew, Torric Deveras defies his counselors and changes the rules rather than make a loveless marriage. Ashara Millende is the only daughter of a nobleman, but had her inheritance stolen from her by her unscrupulous stepmother. A servant in the house that should have been hers, she dreams of escaping the drudgery of her life and finding someone who will love her for who she truly is.

    Amazon Customer says: "Bad narration ruins decent story."
    "Bad narration ruins decent story."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I would say that, since it kept my mind busy while mindlessly painting the walls of my house, it was time well spent. But under any other circumstance, no.


    Would you recommend Ashes of Roses to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. There are many better Cinderella retellings out there. I think, though, that the story might be better than I think. The performance really detracted from the story.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Valerie Gilbert?

    Nope. She did a good job narrating Dragon Rose (by the same author) so I was eager to give this book a listen. Valerie Gilbert was pretty painful to listen to for this story though. Sometimes LITERALLY painful as she used some very shrill and sharp inflections. It was a lot like nails on a chalkboard. But even more notable is that she does not have a good male reading voice, so the chapters read from the emperors POV were particularly hard to hear. She should never have been cast to read a book where HALF of the story is written in the first person of a man.


    Was Ashes of Roses worth the listening time?

    No. I should have read this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to reiterate that the story itself was not horrible. It is important to go into this realizing that it is a Cinderella story. I think I might have enjoyed it in a different format and would recommend the print version over the more expensive audio version.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Defy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Sara B. Larson
    • Narrated By Rebecca Mozo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (61)

    Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king's army, Alexa uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince's guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alexa can't prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory. The longer Alexa is held captive with both Rylan and the prince, the more she realizes that she is not the only one who has been keeping dangerous secrets.

    Rebecca says: "Could have been a great story"
    "Great entertainment"
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    What made the experience of listening to Defy the most enjoyable?

    The story was good, though I don't think I would have been as satisfied if I was reading it. The narrator was FANTASIC and made the story come to life.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Sara B. Larson? Why or why not?

    Yes. While the world building was minimal for a fantasy, the story was fast paced. I like some (clean) romance in my stories so this story suited me very well. I am excited for the next installment of this series. Because I feel like I was left hanging and I NEED there to be a sequel.


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

    She had a perfect voice for a woman pretending to be a man. Her voice is changeable enough to suit the lead character. She did a great job with the inflections of the protagonist, a must for a first-person novel.


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

    YES. I have enjoyed this audiobook so much that I have listened to it four times. It is fast paced due to it's shortness of details and the listener doesn't have to concentrate overly much to enjoy the story. It was a perfect listen while I sewed, packed boxes, drove cross country, unpacked boxes...


    Any additional comments?

    The storyline was great, especially if the listener wants a love story. Fantasy lovers might not appreciate the skimping on details as far as world building goes. I find that too much world building during first person AUDIOBOOKS grows dull quickly. Had I read this novel vs listened to it, I might have felt short changed. As an audiobook, though, it moved like a movie (only BETTER!).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stealing the Preacher

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Karen Witemeyer
    • Narrated By Cynthia Darlow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (100)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (83)

    On his way to interview for a position at a church in the Piney Woods of Texas, Crockett Archer can't believe it when he's forced off the train by an outlaw and presented to the man's daughter as the preacher she requested for her birthday. He's determined to escape - which would be much easier if he could stop thinking about Joanna Robbins and her unexpected request. For months, Joanna had prayed for a minister. A man to breathe life back into the abandoned church at the heart of her community. A man to assist her in fulfilling a promise to her dying mother. But just when it seems her prayers have been answered, it turns out the parson is there against his will....

    Roberta says: "Best yet!"
    "Fun story"
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    If you could sum up Stealing the Preacher in three words, what would they be?

    Great brain candy.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was fun. Crockett was a great character and Joanna was a great match. I enjoy the way Karen Witemeyer always adds a touch of excitement. Whether it's a brutal boxing match, a near lynching, or a shootout in a cabin, it's there. And it's never the same.


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

    She told the story well. She did great voices for the characters. But her "narrator" voice was peculiar. I was glad that she gave Joanna a feminine voice because her natural voice, the one she used as narrator, was


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Edenbrooke

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Julianne Donaldson
    • Narrated By Emily Elizabeth Hamilton
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (165)

    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.

    Cam says: "Another winner by Julianne Donaldson"
    "Great in print format..."
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    What did you love best about Edenbrooke?

    I loved the light hearted story and the witty dialogue.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Edenbrooke?

    I enjoyed Marianne and Phillips meeting in the Inn. Their dialogue was clever and fun.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her English accent was terrible. Her male characters, particularly Phillip, sounded like they had bad French accents. I spent my time wondering if it was better that they had bad French accents versus a terrible English one. Her reading and inflection did not bother me, so perhaps she is better suited to reading a novel set in America. As long as the story doesn't contain many immigrants.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • To Win Her Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Karen Witemeyer
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (248)
    Story
    (248)

    RITA Award nominee Karen Witemeyer is acclaimed for her winning blend of history, humor, and romance. In this heartstirring tale, repentant exconvict Levi Grant comes to Spencer, Texas, in 1887 - hoping to put his past behind him and start out fresh as the town’s new blacksmith. To promote civility, Eden Spencer runs her own lending library, where she discovers Levi’s love of literature. But just as romance begins to bloom, Eden learns of Levi’s prodigal past.

    Amazon Customer says: "Impossible to part from! Heartwarming! :)"
    "Fun story, excellent narrator"
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    I read this book on my kindle, so obviously I enjoyed the story. I prefer audiobooks to be light and humorous because I'm usually doing something (like housework or driving) when I'm listening to them. I don't want it to be too intense because I am prone to distraction.

    This book fit the bill. It is romantic with some light humor and some VERY minor suspense. As always, Karen Witemeyer provides an entertaining story with developed characters. While this story is nothing extraordinary (entertaining and fun, ABSOLUTELY, but it's not gonna blow anybody away), the performance WAS. The reader had excellent voices, fun accents, and wonderful inflection. I enjoyed this reading and it will definitely be one that I'll listen to over and over.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Proper Pursuit

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Lynn Austin
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (73)

    Fresh from finishing school, Violet receives a double shock. Her dad announces his upcoming wedding and then confesses an old lie - her mom didn't really leave for a sanitarium 11 years ago. But why then did she leave? Under cover of visiting the World's Fair, Violet travels to the stately Chicago home of her saintly grandmother and three eccentric great aunts.

    Carla says: "Can't go wrong with a Lynn Austin book!"
    "Wonderful narrating"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES-- this audiobook is fun to listen to and the story is nice and uplifting.


    Any additional comments?

    I had read this book previously. When I listen to audiobooks I love to listen to lighthearted stories that are fun. I also like a good voice actor to narrate. This narrator was FANTASTIC. She made the story SO fun to listen to.

    This is not the typical deep Lynn Austin story. It is humorous and lighthearted vs deep and heart-wrenching. It is in first person-- which is my favorite type of audiobook to listen to. This is one I could listen to over and over again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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