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Ann

Canton, MI, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • One Day

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By David Nicholls
    • Narrated By Anna Bentinck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (932)
    Performance
    (521)
    Story
    (522)

    It's 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. They both know that the next day, after college graduation, they must go their separate ways. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. As the years go by, Dex and Em begin to lead separate lives. And yet, unable to let go of that special something that grabbed onto them that first night, an extraordinary relationship develops between the two.

    Kathy says: "Great book, bad ending"
    "Good...not great"
    Overall

    The was a little disappointing...not sure what all the fuss is about...I was depressed by the ending but I guess I like my fiction happily ever after....Hope that's not a spoiler...it really is kind of a surprise ending, and that's cool.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Never Kiss a Rake

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Anne Stuart
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (229)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (208)

    Bryony Russell and her two sisters are left destitute by the disgrace and unexpected death of their father, a wealthy shipping magnate. He left a cryptic note, and Bryony is determined to find the real villain and clear her father’s name. In disguise as a servant, Bryony infiltrates the home her of father’s business partner to find proof of his guilt...or innocence. It’s not just clues that Bryony finds, but temptation too.... Adrian Bruton, Earl of Kilmartyn, immediately suspects there is something not quite right about his new housekeeper.

    Harry_ATL says: "Excellent performance!"
    "Better than I thought it would be"
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    Any additional comments?

    I got this one on sale and I figured it would fair at best (as most of the sale books are). But it was pretty good, especially the ending. Usually everything ends all wrapped up as neat as can be. I like that this seemed more realistic. Very hot sex scenes and the chemistry between the 2 main characters was excellent.
    On the negative side--the narrator was little too sexy, she almost growled every line. I like her voice but she overdid it a bit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Take This Regret

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By A. L. Jackson
    • Narrated By Andi Arndt
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (97)

    Christian Davison has a plan for his life. He is determined to become an attorney and to one day take his place as partner in his father's law firm. Nothing will stand in his way, not even Elizabeth Ayers and their unborn child. After Christian cuts her from his life, Elizabeth spends the next five years struggling to provide for her daughter and willing to sacrifice anything to give her child a safe, comfortable life. For five years, Christian has regretted the day he walked away from his family and will do anything to win them back just as Elizabeth will do anything to protect her daughter from the certain heartache she believes Christian will bring upon them.

    Datagirl75@gmail says: "Long and drawn out. Save your $$$"
    "Really good!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Very realistic situation that I can totally see happening. I'm surprised there are not more versions of this subject--a young self-centered guy leaves his girlfriend pregnant only to grow- up and finally realize what a huge mistake he's made. This was a great story, I would highly recommend it!
    The only thing that bugged me was AGAIN the author choose to have them not tell each other things that most normal people would and some of the things were a little unrealistic. (SPOILER COMING) If you know anything about little kids you know that while the little girl might be a bit down when the mom won't let her see her Dad, but she wouldn't stop eating and stare at the walls for days.....little kids aren't built that way. They don't have the ability to think about things the way we do and they have no attention span, so they forget quickly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fire Dance

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Delle Jacobs
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (76)

    Sent to execute the king’s cryptic command to destroy an evil sorcerer, capture his castle, and take his daughter to wife, Alain De Crency expects a hard siege. Instead, the castle is undefended, the daughter vanished, and the sorcerer dead, shrouded in a purple cloak. Alain lays claim to the cloak and searches for the missing daughter. But soon he faces a new dilemma: How can he marry the missing lady when a beautiful, evasive servant has captured his desire?

    Amazon Customer says: "Narrator ruins it for me!"
    "Not as good as Loki's Daughter"
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    Any additional comments?

    This was just OK..I read Loki's Daughter by the same author so I thought maybe this would be as good. The story line was very convoluted ......too many strange twists and stupid misunderstandings, Just tell him that his shroud is poison already!!! Chapter and chapter of her keeping things from him even when he's proven to be a good guy. Why would you not at least try to explain that it is what is making him sick??? So ridiculous!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Loki's Daughters

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Delle Jacobs
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (394)
    Story
    (401)

    For generations, Arienh’s people have feared the Viking raids. She knows all too well the terrible toll the Northmen have taken on the Celts, having lost most of her own family to their swords. So one stormy night when she encounters and wounds a Viking warrior, she has every right to want him dead. And yet she hesitates…. Ronan knows Arienh doesn’t recognize him. He was just a boy when his kinsmen raided her village and Ronan risked his own life to protect her. Now he has returned to claim the beautiful girl who captured his heart years before. But wooing a Celtic woman is no easy task.

    Clarice says: "Real characters and a great story."
    "Excellent---really fun and different."
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    What did you love best about Loki's Daughters?

    It was very realistic..in so many romance novels characters make stupid decisions; like they decide not to tell someone something important for silly reasons, or they don't demand answers about other things. Subsequently, misunderstanding occur and that becomes the main plot device. That is not what happens here. There are reasonable reasons for the conflict between the 2 main characters yet their is lots of chemistry too.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think I liked that it was funny in addition to all of the other things I expected (ie romance). There are some laugh-out-loud funny parts!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the girls steal the guys cloths and the guys decided to get back at them....


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best romance novels I've read this year. IF you like romance and IF you read a lot of it you know that often it's the same story line recycled over and over. This one seems fresh and the setting/time period (Vikings!) is not as overdone as the 1800's.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love Unscripted: The Love Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Tina Reber
    • Narrated By Madeleine Maby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (609)
    Performance
    (563)
    Story
    (564)

    Ryan Christensen just wanted to be an actor. Never in his wildest dreams did he imagine a life where fans would chase him, paparazzi would stalk him, and Hollywood studios would want to own him. While filming in Seaport, Rhode Island, Ryan ducks into a neighborhood bar for a quick escape from legions of screaming fans... and finds much more than he expected. Nursing a recent heartbreak, Taryn Mitchell believes men are best kept at a safe distance. But when Ryan Christensen unexpectedly bursts through the front door of her pub, she can’t help but be drawn in

    Candateshia Pafford says: "OMG! So unexpected! So GOOOOOOD!!!!"
    "Are girls really this clueless!"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No....I hope people don't think this is okay-to treat this woman like this. Sure Taryn jumps to conclusions a lot, but mostly she puts up with a lot of crap and gets very little sympathy for it. She should of told Ryan to f-off along time ago. He hides their relationship from the world and lets his publicist, agent, and the public at large think she's nothing and allows the world to believe he's hooking up with someone else. He makes her wait across the street and watch him schmooze with his co-star who is in love with him. He expects her to be okay with watching him kiss his ex-girlfriend co-star day after day. But when he has his jealous fits over nothing (as far as he knows) he tries to control her and the situation to make him feel better . He was such a manipulative, narcissistic jerk and by the end of the book I was sooooo hoping she would dump him and make him gravel a little.


    What could Tina Reber have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not made Taryn such a doormat.


    Which character – as performed by Madeleine Maby – was your favorite?

    None, but it wasn't the narrator's fault. I even hated Taryn's best friend, Marie--a lot!....if she was my best friend and she slapped me knowing what I'd been through that night I would have punched her in the face and fired her from my bar.


    Was Love Unscripted worth the listening time?

    Not really.....it was sooooooo long. I feel the editor could have cut the book down by 1/3 and still told the same sexist story.


    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
    (1499)
    Performance
    (1367)
    Story
    (1366)

    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"
    "So fun!"
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    Where does The Rosie Project rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Towards the top!


    Have you listened to any of Dan O'Grady’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Never listened to him before...at least I dont' think so....I don't pay much attention to narrators. But he was perfect for this part!


    Any additional comments?

    Really great! This is a romance with a twist and it seems that is impossible these days. Every romance is so predictable anymore, but The Rosie Project manages to create this unique modern couple, that I can't really identify with, but I still love!
    I wish they had put an actual photo on the cover...Don is a character that grows on you, and by the end even I was in love with him. I just wanted to know what he looked like, for some reason I couldn't image him. This is another book that would make a great movie!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Night Circus

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Erin Morgenstern
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6306)
    Performance
    (5603)
    Story
    (5599)

    The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

    Pamela says: "The circus of your dreams"
    "Fun and easy, excellent writing and a great story!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Night Circus the most enjoyable?

    It was so new and different. I really had no idea where it was going and how it would end. There so many ways it could go and it was a blast trying to guess what would happen next.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Night Circus?

    When Marco reveals himself to Celia.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story that's a romance and more. I don't like books where the author seems to scream, "I'm a great writer! Look at all the beautiful words I've written...look how many I use to describe every last detail of every scene". This author is great...and does have a vivid imagination but, it doesn't bog down the action. I never felt like I needed to skip ahead to the action like I do with some books in the fiction genre.
    It was just a really unique story. I really hope they make a movie out of this...it would be excellent!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When You’re Ready

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By J. L. Berg
    • Narrated By Carly Robins, Scott Aiello
    Overall
    (29)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (28)

    Years after suffering the tragic loss of her husband, Ethan, which left her alone to raise their young daughter, Clare Murray still holds the last letter he wrote with the words "When You're Ready" written in his familiar messy handwriting, unable to break its weathered seal. Ready for what? He was her entire world, and Clare had accepted a life without him, without love. Until years later, fate brings her to an emergency room, and face to face with a stormy-eyed doctor intent on changing her mind.

    Ann says: "So predictable!"
    "So predictable!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Okay, I love a good ole sloppy romance just as much as the next person, but this was just really bad. There was very little story...so much of the book was spent building this perfect relationship and after a while I kept waiting for something to happen. The dialog was so ridiculously perfect and their was never any motivation given for Logan to suddenly decide Claire was the one to make him settle down and be a "better man". All of the..."events" of the books were so obvious I saw them coming by chapter 2. I don't know, maybe I'm finally growing out of romance novels, it seems its hard to find a good one anymore.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ignite Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Tahereh Mafi
    • Narrated By Kate Simses
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (316)
    Performance
    (292)
    Story
    (294)

    With Omega Point destroyed, Juliette doesn’t know if the rebels, her friends, or even Adam are alive. But that won’t keep her from trying to take down The Reestablishment once and for all. Now she must rely on Warner, the handsome commander of Sector 45. The one person she never thought she could trust. The same person who saved her life. He promises to help Juliette master her powers and save their dying world...but that’s not all he wants with her.

    Marjorie says: "Stunning conclusion!"
    "Wow-Everything I hoped and more! Excellent!"
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    What did you love best about Ignite Me?

    The relationship between Juliette and Warner. Probably the best chemistry between two YA characters since Edward and Bella....only better!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ignite Me?

    Duh! When Juliette finally gives in and tells Warner she loves him.


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

    She does Warner's voice perfectly. Often women can't do the guy's voice very well, but Warner's voice is very......Warner.


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

    Yes! This was the hottest YA book I've ever read. In fact, my 12 year old read the first 2 and I'm not sure I want her to read the last one. It is really pretty graphic. But Tahereh Mafi knows how to write scenes with sexual tension without dragging it out too long. She also did a great job of not making it all about romance.


    Any additional comments?

    Why are they making movies out of YA Books like Beautiful Creatures, Divergent, and Mortal Instruments and NOT this series. It is way better.
    Best ending to a series I've ever read! ...........and maybe there'll be a 4th? Maybe???!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Close Liaisons: The Krinar Chronicles, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Anna Zaires, Dima Zales
    • Narrated By Kathleen Godwin
    Overall
    (403)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (387)

    In the near future, the Krinar rule the Earth. An advanced race from another galaxy, they are still a mystery to us - and we are completely at their mercy. Shy and innocent, Mia Stalis is a college student in New York City who has led a very normal life. Like most people, she's never had any interactions with the invaders - until one fateful day in the park changes everything. Having caught Korum's eye, she must now contend with a powerful, dangerously seductive Krinar who wants to possess her and will stop at nothing to make her his own.

    Val says: "I can't believe how much I enjoyed the book"
    "One of the worst books I've listened too!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Wow...I thought the premises was fun....alien/human love affair, but wow, its about the most unromantic thing I've ever heard. The male lead is a controlling, abusive, psychopath with no redeeming qualities at all. The "Happy ever after" is the woman excepting that despite the fact that her oppressive,"lover" has EVERY warning sign of a major domestic abuser, she is just overreacting and should try to accept her fate as his captive and sex slave. How is this romantic? Its really kind of sick. And don't get me started on the fact that author uses words like "penis" and "vagina" when describing sex scences.......is this a medical report or erotica?
    This was just bad; bad writing, bad narrating (she sounds WAY to straight laced for erotica), and bad characters....in the end I was hoping Mia would kill her lover! Or herself. I'm sure that's not what the author was trying to convey. Too bad, this could have been a good book.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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