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Amelia

I'm a Navy vet, swim teacher, wife, and I love books!

MESA, AZ, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • All He Ever Desired

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Shannon Stacey
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (171)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (150)

    After college, Ryan Kowalski decided to leave Whitford, Maine, rather than watch Lauren Carpenter marry another man. Now his siblings need his help to refurbish the family-owned Northern Star Lodge and he's forced to face the past sooner rather than later when he collars a vandal - and learns the boy is Lauren's son.... The last person Lauren needs back in her life is Ryan Kowalski. With a bitter ex-husband and a moody teenage son, she has enough man trouble already. But her son needs to learn a few lessons about right and wrong, even if Lauren has to escort him to Ryan's door every day to work off his crime.

    Kristin says: "Soooo cute!!!"
    "Hum drum... Predictable, and selfish heroine."
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    I was hoping to enjoy this book, but it just didn't suck me in. I know I should've started at the beginning of the series, but Shannon Stacey did an ok job filling in the gaps. The problem was the characters were not that enjoyable. Sure, the main guy is kind, compassionate, and hooks a girl, but the girl he hooks is pretty self centered, and by the time I got to the end of the book I was hoping she'd do something to redeem herself. Nope. Instead, she had to have everyone else convince her that the guy she claims to be in love with is good enough for her, and despite the "happily ever after" I don't see a realistic happy ending. A lot like real life, except a good guy like that would (hopefully) not settle for second rate conceit. BORING. And disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Earl's Wet Nurse

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jacqueline DeGroot
    • Narrated By Whitney Webster
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The earl of Sefton is delighted when he sees the midwife approaching bearing a tiny bundle. Within moments of being introduced to his new son, his world is shattered by the news that his wife did not survive the birth. Thorne, a man used to commanding regiments, puts his emotions aside to deal with providing for his newborn son. His first concern - one made known to the entire household by his heir's fully functioning lungs - is to secure a wet nurse.

    Amelia says: "I lack words to describe why I didn't enjoy this"
    "I lack words to describe why I didn't enjoy this"
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    The narration reminds me of overacted theatre. It was decent initially, but it became more annoying as the story progressed. I'll admit she did a good job with the accents of the house staff, but the storytelling and main characters grated on me.
    As far as the story, decent intrigue with mysterious holes in the ground, but they're left unresolved and everyone seemed to forget about them entirely! That was weird. Then again the story is a total cliffhanger. I'd like to know what happens next, but it's not worth the credit to me. As for the earl and his wet nurse, the only reason he seems to fall in love with her is her sex drive. It's obnoxious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Longest Ride

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, January LaVoy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1923)
    Performance
    (1627)
    Story
    (1649)

    91 year-old Ira Levinson is kept concious after a car wreck by visions of his late wife, Ruth, who recounts stories of their lifetime together. A few miles away, at a local rodeo, Sophia Danko, a senior at Wake Forest, meets a young cowboy named Luke. Ira and Ruth. Sophia and Luke. Two couples who have little in common. Yet their lives will converge with unexpected poignancy, reminding us all that even the most difficult decisions can yield extraordinary journeys: beyond despair, beyond death, to the farthest reaches of the human heart.

    Bj says: "Fantastic story"
    "Two beautiful love stories"
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    Ira and Ruth's story brought me to tears. Long lives together full of love, sorrow, joy, hardship, beauty. It brought me to tears at times.
    Then Sophia and Luke's story, young, full of hope, so new that it's lacking the depth of long love for true honesty. But secrets can destroy love, and they will have to learn to journey past the fear of they want to make it.
    A slightly slow beginning, but beautiful and worth the listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mayhem

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jamie Shaw
    • Narrated By Andi Arndt, Adam Verner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (155)

    When college freshman Rowan Michaels meets gorgeous, up-and-coming rock star Adam Everest, she knows a player like him is the last thing she needs after her ex-boyfriend shattered her heart. But she can't stop thinking about the kiss they shared on his tour bus. On the first day of school, Rowan is stunned when Adam saunters into her French class. He's soon failing miserably, and, on a whim, she offers to tutor him. But Adam doesn't recognize her as a makeup-free, glasses-clad college student.

    Terra says: "YA/ New Adult, College Aged, Rock Star, Romance"
    "Surprised by how much I loved this book!"
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    What a good listen! I got this solely based on the reviews, and they weren't wrong! The perfect amount of drama, comedy, and sex appeal kept me hooked and I couldn't stop listening. Rowen might have gone a little crazy sometimes, but it was part of her wholesome, naïve charm. And yes, Adam is the perfect rockin', swoon-worthy hero. If you like this genre, you'll love this book!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Samantha Young
    • Narrated By Angelica Lee
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (350)
    Story
    (346)

    Alexa Holland's father was her hero - until her shocking discovery that her mother and she weren't his only family. Ever since, Alexa has worked to turn her life in a different direction and forge her own identity outside of his terrible secrets. But when she meets a man who's as damaged by her father's mistakes as she is, Alexa must help him.

    Kyjia says: "Same old fifty shades based plot :("
    "Loved everything about this book!"
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    I love Samantha Young. And I love this new book! She tells stories so beautifully, and has created characters that you can't help but love. Alexa is witty, self assured, with just enough issues to make her a believable character. I was concerned this would potentially be like 50 shades (don't get me wrong, I enjoyed those books), but instead it was its own story, full of drama, steamy scenes, and a plot that kept me so hooked that I couldn't stop reading! If you've enjoyed previous work by Samantha Young, you'll love this one too! If you're new to her, take a chance! You won't be disappointed.

    2 of 3 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
    (1403)
    Performance
    (1286)
    Story
    (1277)

    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"
    "Enjoying the series, not so much the 2nd narrator"
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    Great, fun series! I've listened to the first multiple times, but I think I'll have to buy the e-book for this one if I want to get through it again. Alan Smyth does a decent job in some respects, but his voice for the American cousin, Iona, is atrocious! She sounds like a geeky American man, for one, and the R's are chewed entirely too much. I laughed every time I heard her. To top it off, the voice for Boyle was equally obnoxious. I couldn't tell him apart from his female Irish counterparts! So glad the story of Boyle and Iona has already happened. Praying they bring the first narrator back for the last book, or at least someone equally talented. This narrator? No thank you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Before Jamaica Lane: On Dublin Street

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Samantha Young
    • Narrated By Lee Angel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (848)
    Performance
    (785)
    Story
    (783)

    The follow-up to the runaway bestsellers On Dublin Street and Down London Road. Despite her outgoing demeanor, Olivia is painfully insecure around the opposite sex - usually, she can't get up the nerve to approach guys she's interested in. But moving to Edinburgh has given her a new start, and, after she develops a crush on a sexy postgrad, she decides it's time to push past her fears and go after what she wants. Nate Sawyer is a gorgeous player who never commits, but to his close friends, he's as loyal as they come.

    Jordy says: "The story of Olivia and Nate. Loved it!!"
    "LOVE THIS BOOK! Narration could've been better."
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    I LOVE THIS SERIES! I've listened to each book before this one more than once, and love the realness and rawness of the stories. AND they're HOT. I was a disappointed in the narration for this one because I felt that the accent was a way off, and could be distracting... But not distracting enough to not love this book! If you're super picky about narration, however, get the e-book instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Midnight Bayou

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By James Daniels, Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1373)
    Performance
    (1147)
    Story
    (1154)

    Declan Fitzgerald had always been the family maverick, but even he couldn't understand his impulse to buy a dilapidated mansion on the outskirts of New Orleans. All he knew was that ever since he saw Manet Hall, he'd been enchanted - and obsessed - with it. So when the opportunity to buy the house comes up Declan jumps at the chance to live out a dream.

    Phyllis S. Mike says: "Not the Norm"
    "This narrator is great!"
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    I'm not usually into male narrators for romance, but James Daniels does an amazing job capturing the essence of New Orleans a and the Cajun dialect. The story was enjoyable too! Decent twists and turns (though the ending felt slightly anticlimactic). A good listen!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Witch: The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2274)
    Performance
    (2053)
    Story
    (2051)

    With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends. Ireland. County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations - and where her destiny awaits.

    Jeri says: "Gotta love/hate Nora Roberts"
    "Loved everything about this book!"
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    Great plot, great narration, I was sucked in and am so bummed the other two installments of the trilogy aren't released yet! I'll be pre-ordering these ones for sure, and waiting with bated breath!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Connected: Connections Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Kim Karr
    • Narrated By Veronica Meunch, Christian Fox
    Overall
    (288)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (268)

    What if a "Once in a Lifetime" could happen twice? Suffering from a past full of tragedy, Dahlia London's soul has been left completely shattered. Happily ever after is a far cry from reality in her world. But when she is reconnected with her past, the bonds that form are irrefutable. When River Wilde, lead singer of The Wilde Ones, comes back into Dahlia's life, the intensity that fires their relationship combined with underlying feelings that have never died lead her to believe she has met her soul mate.

    Katheryne says: "I Loved it!!!"
    "Ugh. Gag. Soooooo disappointed."
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    This book is so terrible. Maybe it's me, seeing the rest of these reviews, but I feel this one all around sucked. The narration made Dahlia sound so fake when she had dialogue with River, and I didn't feel that her character's thoughts and dialogue belonged to the same person. The plot made her fiancé seem douchy, despite all his redeeming qualities, which I felt cheapened the story. And if I hear the adjective "adorable" again... Well, let's just say Kim Karr should invest in a thesaurus. No masculine hero of a book should be called adorable all the time, or adorably hot, adorably funny, adorably gag me! Not worth the credit. Can't even finish it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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