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Amy

I busy myself living life, chasing smiles, and enjoying adventures!

ELIZABETHTOWN, KY, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Bound: Mastered, 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Lorelei James
    • Narrated By Rachel Vivette, Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (665)
    Performance
    (621)
    Story
    (621)

    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.

    cmsande says: "Satisfy Your Craving with Bound by Lorelei James"
    "Loosely Bound"
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    Where does Bound rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Bound was an average audiobook. Nothing spectacular for me. I wouldn't read it again, but I didn't feel as if it was a complete waste of time.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bound?

    Nothing truly memorable for me. It was a so-so storyline. I did enjoy the description of the rooftop garden and I would have liked to spend more time there. Sadly this was the most memorable detail.


    What three words best describe Rachel Vivette and Luke Daniels ’s performance?

    Not Enough Luke


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

    Nothing special.


    Any additional comments?

    The 'binding' was a bit much for me. I found it hard to relate and this element of the story wasn't impactful enough for me to use my imagination. I found the characters typical... big bad boy and silly juvenile girl. Again, it entertained me over a boring, rainy weekend but I wouldn't listen again.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Surrender (Volume 1)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Melody Anne
    • Narrated By Saskia Maarleveld
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (252)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (237)

    Raffaello (Rafe) Palazzo takes what he wants with no regrets. Arianna (Ari) Lynn Harlow has led a charmed life until tragedy strikes her family. He's looking for a no-emotions attached mistress, she's looking for redemption. They are not a pair that should ever work, but undeniable attraction and devastating tragedies bring them together in the city by the bay where he fights to keep their relationship nothing more than an enjoyable way to meet his needs, and she battles to not lose herself in him.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "WOW! So good that I am upset volume 2 is not out.."
    "Deja vu"
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    This genre is becoming all to familiar - poor girl, down on her luck, rich and powerful man who owns everything in the world wants to save her by employing her as his mistress to keep her while denying that's he's falling in love...you know the rest. I'm just not a fan of the over-saturation of this tired story line. Otherwise, the story is entertaining and I was compelled to keep reading the series, partly due to the cliff-hanger ending (although I'm pretty sure I can predict how this will wrap up - just like all the rest). I wasn't impressed with the narration but it was tolerable. I will likely avoid this genre for a long while after I complete this series but if you're in to the '50 Shades of Copycats' you will likely enjoy this one a great deal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Point of Retreat: Slammed, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Colleen Hoover
    • Narrated By Kamran R. Khan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (252)

    Hardships and heartache brought them together...now it could tear them apart. Layken and Will have proved their love can get them through anything; until someone from Will's past emerges, leaving Layken questioning the very foundation on which their relationship was built. Will is forced to face the ultimate challenge: how to prove his love for a girl who refuses to stop "carving pumpkins". "Sometimes two people have to fall apart, to realize just how much they need to fall back together."

    Tonya says: "I enjoyed this book, not the narrator."
    "Just so-so"
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    This book was difficult to enjoy because of the narration. The voice fit the character but beyond that I was not happy with the narration. It was as if the entire book was one painfully long run-on sentence. Without natural breaks at the end of sentences or even entire sections in the chapter I was constantly confused. Throughout the entire story I was trying to figure out who was doing/saying what and even what day we were on. Did we move on to another event or is this all happening at once? I found myself drifting off because it was impossible to keep up. I am going to try to read the kindle version and see if I enjoy it more. At this point, I was not overly impressed. Overall, it was a good distraction during a long drive but I did not walk away feeling as if I had experienced anything with these characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pretty Instinct

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By S. E. Hall
    • Narrated By Kitty Bang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (164)

    "If opposites attract, then I am nothing. Because you, you are everything." There's no easy road traveled to such an intense sentiment, one I never dreamt I'd feel. But I also never planned on Cannon Blackwell climbing aboard my tour bus.

    CAROLYN says: "NOW HOLD ON BECAUSE I'M ABOUT TO GUSH HERE......."
    "A good read..."
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    A well written story with lovable characters. Connor was my favorite character...having a special needs brother myself I was captured by the relationship between Connor and Liz. He was the catalyst that subtly held all the characters together.
    Overall, just a good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slammed

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Colleen Hoover
    • Narrated By Heidi Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (384)

    Layken Cohen isn't your typical 18-year-old. After the recent death of her father, she is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she's slowly losing hope. Enter Will Cooper: The 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for performing "Slams". Will and Layken immediately form an intense and emotional connection neither of them knew they needed until it was found.

    Allison says: "Awful Narration"
    "Flashback to my immature 18 yr old self"
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    I read this book because it was highly recommended by a co-worker/book buddy. I realized quickly that I would have enjoyed this story much more when I was a younger adult. The main character was a typical 18 yr old girl. Typical in the sense that she was emotionally impulsive and reactive. I don't usually enjoy young adult novels because I no longer relate to the characters. This story was full of tough life situations and a controversial relationship between teacher and student. I was conflicted about my feelings on the relationship as I am a mother of teens and I had a difficult time deciding how I felt about their relationship. My heart urged me to cheer them on while her immaturity kept my brain clearly on the 'this is why this is frowned upon' side of the fence. Overall it was a good story and I was never compelled to put it away without finishing, but I've personally outgrown this genre and I would have undoubtedly enjoyed it more 20 yrs ago.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Edge of Never

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By J. A. Redmerski
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    Overall
    (522)
    Performance
    (477)
    Story
    (481)

    Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett thought she knew exactly where her life was going. But after a wild night at the hottest club in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, she shocks everyone - including herself - when she decides to leave the only life she's ever known and set out on her own. Grabbing her purse and her cell phone, Camryn boards a Greyhound bus ready to find herself. Instead, she finds Andrew Parrish.

    Lori says: "I couldn't finish it"
    "WOW! I can hardly wait until our next road trip!"
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    If you could sum up The Edge of Never in three words, what would they be?

    Changed My Life!


    What other book might you compare The Edge of Never to and why?

    I can't think of another book that satisfied my emotional needs as well as my insatiable wanderlust as The Edge of Never. Definitely a one of a kind love story and life story.


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

    I started this book on the way home from work one afternoon and literally kept listening until my alarm went off the next morning. I listened straight through the night, morning prep and my drive back to work. I had to pull off into a parking lot on the way to work to listen to the final chapters because I was crying so hard I couldn't drive. I found it slow to start in the first couple of chapters but when the road trip began, I was so engrossed in the adventure that I couldn't let it end.


    Any additional comments?

    Although it seemed unlikely that these 2 characters would randomly find themselves on a road trip together, the story flowed so naturally that I was completely in love with the idea of this couple exploring the open road. I enjoyed their impulsive adventures and the emotional explorations along the way. I was so emotionally involved with these characters and their lives that I found myself laughing, crying, and everything in between. (as a side note - I also found a couple of new favorite songs along the way. I will never again hear "Laugh, I Nearly Died" without thinking of our nights in New Orleans - *sigh*) My life is forever changed after this adventure!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Breakable: Contours of the Heart, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Tammara Webber
    • Narrated By Zachary Webber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (228)
    Story
    (231)

    As a child, Landon Lucas Maxfield believed his life was perfect and looked forward to a future filled with promise - until tragedy tore his family apart and made him doubt everything he ever believed. All he wanted was to leave the past behind. When he met Jacqueline Wallace, his desire to be everything she needed came so easy.… As easy as it could be for a man who learned that the soul is breakable and that everything you hoped for could be ripped away in a heartbeat.

    The Reading Date says: "Unbreak my heart, Lucas!"
    "Landon? Lucas?"
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    Would you listen to Breakable again? Why?

    I had a difficult time keeping up with the flashbacks vs. current Lucas/Landon flow of this story. If listening while driving or working I often found myself rewinding to catch up with the story-line because it was easy to lose track. I was glad to finally understand Lucas' perspective, although it was easy to speculate based on what I knew of him from "Easy." I will likely listen again to make sure I didn't miss anything the first time around.


    What about Zachary Webber’s performance did you like?

    His tone and inflections definitely fit Lucas' character and you could feel the darkness and depth and sorrow in his dry tone. He sounded exactly as I imagined Lucas.


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

    No extreme emotional charge from me, although I did genuinely enjoy these characters and their story. I was glad to dig a little deeper into Lucas' heart and thoughts and see Jacqueline as he saw her.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thoughtless

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By S. C. Stephens
    • Narrated By Rebekkah Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (864)
    Performance
    (807)
    Story
    (820)

    For almost two years now, Kiera’s boyfriend, Denny, has been everything she’s ever wanted: loving, tender, and endlessly devoted to her. When they head off to a new city to start their lives together - Denny at his dream job and Kiera at a top-notch university - everything seems perfect. Then an unforeseen obligation forces the happy couple apart. Feeling lonely, confused, and in need of comfort, Kiera turns to an unexpected source - a local rock star named Kellan Kyle. At first, he’s purely a friend she can lean on, but as her loneliness grows, so does their relationship. And then one night everything changes....

    Candateshia Pafford says: "What a shocker!"
    "Banging my face against a wall!"
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    If you could sum up Thoughtless in three words, what would they be?

    Pick One Already!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kellan - He is honest and genuine and real.


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

    Excellent voices for each character (A+ on Denny's accent!) She sped up and slowed down when appropriate and truly brought the story to life.


    If you could take any character from Thoughtless out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Griffin... Sure to be lots of laughs!


    Any additional comments?

    The back and forth made me crazy! I was not thrilled with the endless mind games and indecision. I felt bad for Denny but I loved Kellan. I was so sick of watching her play with their heads and hearts... but, I couldn't decide who she should chose! I was glad to see a break from the wealthy business man who sweeps the simple girl off her feet and throws her in a room of pain to sex her into submission. This is a realistic human love story that was heart wrenching and frustrating as hell! Very well written.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Disaster

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jamie McGuire
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1347)
    Performance
    (1236)
    Story
    (1256)

    The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University's Walking One-Night Stand. Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid.

    Guiselle says: "5 things you should know before buying this book"
    "Not so Beautiful Disaster..."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book may have been better received by an adolescent or young adult.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jamie McGuire again?

    I'm not giving up on Jamie McGuire, but I'm not jumping at the chance to spend another credit on her work. If heavily discounted, I may try again.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Emma Galvin?

    Emma Galvin unfortunately did not fit the characters and her speed fluctuated, although not at the appropriate times. I could not buy in. Rebekkah Ross would have fit this character very well. She may have done a better job of bringing these characters to life.


    What character would you cut from Beautiful Disaster?

    I don't know that I would have cut any of the characters but I did not like Travis at all. I could not believe he was the main male character that I was supposed to believe Abby was in love with. I also couldn't tolerate Abby. She was so immature and all over the place. I couldn't relate to her at all and couldn't quite understand what she was doing most of the time.


    Any additional comments?

    This story may have been better understood by a teen or young adult. I could not relate to these characters and I found myself wondering if the Travis/Abby story is misleading young girls to ignore red flags and embrace these obsessive, possessive, overwhelming young men who are controlling and co-dependent. 19 year olds with an impulsive elopement and tattoos with each other's names after less than a year together? UGH! Seriously!? Who does that?!? People who have serious regrets at 30, that's who! Don't be mislead, girls... this is NOT a healthy, dreamy love story.... Ask your Mom!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reaper's Property

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Joanna Wylde
    • Narrated By Stella Bloom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1007)
    Performance
    (945)
    Story
    (955)

    Marie doesn't need a complication like Horse. The massive, tattooed, badass biker who shows up at her brother's house one afternoon doesn't agree. He wants Marie on his bike and in his bed. Now. But Marie just left her abusive jerk of an ex-husband and she's not looking for a new man. Especially one like Horse - she doesn't know his real name or where he lives, she's ninety percent certain he's a criminal and that the "business" he talks with her brother isn't website design.

    Tara says: "Holy Hot Bikers"
    "*shrug* *sigh*"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I wasn't really impressed with this story. The foundation was there for a steamy story but it never made it to the next level. I doubt I would recommend this to my book buddies unless I ran out of recommendations.


    What three words best describe Stella Bloom’s performance?

    Average... Nothing spectacular, although not bad. Her performance really invoked no emotion, positive or negative.


    Any additional comments?

    This story line had great potential but it never went to the next level for me. I wasn't invested in the characters, even at the end and I felt there was so much more I needed to know about them. I didn't hate it, but it definitely wasn't memorable.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Four Seconds to Lose: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By K. A. Tucker
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Louise, Sebastian York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (350)
    Performance
    (326)
    Story
    (328)

    Owning a strip club isn't the fantasy most guys expect it to be. With long hours, a staff with enough issues to keep a psych ward in business, and the police regularly on his case, twenty-nine-year-old Cain is starting to second guess his unspoken mission to save the women he employs. And then blond, brown-eyed Charlie Rourke walks through his door, and things get really complicated. Cain abides by a strict "no sleeping with the staff" rule. But being around Charlie challenges Cain's self-control…and it's been a long time since any woman has done that.

    Jordy says: "Engaging, Sexy, Addicting, and Simply Amazing!"
    "Nothing to Lose!"
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    Where does Four Seconds to Lose rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would rate Four Seconds a 7 on a 1-10 scale. Worth a 2nd read although not in my Top 10 list.


    Have you listened to any of Elizabeth Louise and Sebastian York ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Elizabeth Louise fit Charli's character and Sebastian York always brings the sexy bad boys to life! I have a hard time with the duo narration, it doesn't flow well for me no matter who is narrating.


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

    I finished this book in a single sitting the first time. I'm now listening for the third time!


    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to buy into the characters and their back story with the drug slinging connections and the reformed bad boy who owns a strip club and an apartment building that houses his employees to help them find a safe and healthy life path. Really? But, it was well written and it flowed naturally. Overall, well written and narration was on point!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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