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Carol Clarke

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  • Secrets and Shadows

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By L. T. Marie
    • Narrated By Erin Bennett
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (59)

    Retired Army Staff Sergeant Lee Winters is trying hard to adjust to civilian life. She was released from duty after a bomb in Ramadi injured her and killed her troops, the only people she ever considered her family. Living day-to-day with the knowledge that she was the only one left alive, she hits rock bottom, and an old army buddy persuades her into taking a bodyguard job.

    Carol Clarke says: "PTSD, Getting over war, A Rock Band needs guarding"
    "PTSD, Getting over war, A Rock Band needs guarding"
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    Would you listen to Secrets and Shadows again? Why?

    This is and existing book with lots of twist and turns leading up to one great love story. I don't which is richer the story of a vet getting over her PTDS and war scars or the love story between the vet and the sister of the lead sister of the band. It is a rich and many layered story. Showing the scars left over after the war and the just tender love between two woman when a professional arrangement keeps them apart and honor keeps them at bay.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The interaction between Joe and Lee (Both woman) I liked how they carefully constructed the love story, in slow tender little touches and almost invisible ways.


    What about Erin Bennett’s performance did you like?

    She had Joe's voice down perfect and really brought her to life. Lee to, showing her moments of PTSD perfectly and making it real for the listener.


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

    I was on the edge of my sit for of the story. Between the stalker and the war time scars, and the love story it keep pinned to my sit.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a lovely story with a mystery, scars of war and a out and out love story. It is well crafted and I loved it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Justice Calling: The Twenty-Sided Sorceress, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Annie Bellet
    • Narrated By Folly Blaine
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (76)

    Gamer. Nerd. Sorceress. Jade Crow lives a quiet life running her comic book and game store in Wylde, Idaho. After twenty-five years fleeing from a powerful sorcerer who wants to eat her heart and take her powers, quiet suits her just fine. Surrounded by friends who are even less human than she is, Jade figures she's finally safe, as long as she doesn't use her magic. When dark powers threaten her friends' lives, a sexy shape-shifter enforcer shows up.

    Ona says: "Hidden Leaf among the trees"
    "An Unexpected Pleasure!"
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    Would you listen to Justice Calling again? Why?

    Yes Just to get every ones names right in my head, I loved the story and hope she writes a book two, It was well written and well preformed. Do you help your friends or run and help your self, how much magic is too magic to draw attention to yourself? Will this little spell trip the scales and alert the bad guys or will the scale alert the bad guy. Do you use just enough magic to save yourself or will the little extra to save your friend be to much? So many questions and the only answer sometimes is to push forward and find out.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Justice Calling?

    Spoiler Alert********************* When she decides she has reached the crossroads and she just slams her arm into the bad guy and eats his heart to get the knowledge to save every one. I didn't expect that.


    Which character – as performed by Folly Blaine – was your favorite?

    jade- I liked all her gamer lingo to deal with how her magic worked. That she was brought up on D and D only doing with really magic. That she used a 20 sided die as her totem, I just thought it was cool. I loved the way


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

    I wish I had that kind of time instead it took me two night, because I fell asleep the first the first night and but finished up the next night,


    Any additional comments?

    It is a great story with a lot if imagination and a fun story urban fantasy story,

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Odd Girl Out: The Beebo Brinker Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Ann Bannon
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    She was the brain, the sparkle, the gay rebel of the sorority, and wonder of wonders, she chose Laura as her roommate. That was how it began. Suddenly they were alone on an island of forbidden bliss…. Here is the first novel in the Beebo Brinker Chronicles, the classic 1950s love stories from the queen of lesbian fiction.

    Dandylion says: "Odd Girl in"
    "Good story for a 50's pulp novel."
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    What did you love best about Odd Girl Out?

    Spoil Alert***********************That Laura declares loud and proud that she is "Queer" and leaves for New York without Beth, That Laura says to 1950's society, you be damn, I can never marry a man, be with a man, I there for must leave this farce and make my way as best as I can no matter what my family thinks, what society thinks, what lumps society hands ,me I must be true to myself. OK so it was a little Payton Place story and Beth stays for Charlie, but Laura had the gut to know enough to leave.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Laura, she come off as child like at first, but as the story goes along you find out she is the strong one in the story. I liked her best.


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    Good tone, good inflection, Good dramatic pauses, Just good over all reading of the book. And a pleasant voice.


    If you could rename Odd Girl Out, what would you call it?

    The old story, He gets her in the end.


    Any additional comments?

    I got so tried of lesbian stories written before 1975 that either end with one of the woman in the arms of a man, or with the one of the woman killing themselves or both. It's like you can't have a happy lesbian while one girl does end up in the arms of a guy, the other isn't suicidal in fact you kind of feel hopeful Hopeful for her. And since this is book one in the Bebo Beeker series the novel follow Laura into New York. I kind can't wait to listen to the rest of the series. I read Odd Girl Out and Bebo Beeker years ago back in the 1980's. But I didn't realize they were part of a series. And I read them a bit apart. I thought they were OK but in the mid/early 80 there were a lot of good author to choose from. Not as many as now but I remember reading Rita Mae Brown, Claire McNab, and Sandra Dryer like they were gold. Brown actually wrote books like In Her Day Ruby Fruit Jungle and her best novel Six of One. Which is Awesome. Then she decided to write real novels. Whatever that means. But if you haven't read Six of One find an old copy because it's out of print and enjoy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Folkvangr: The Valkyrie Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Erik Schubach
    • Narrated By Hollie Jackson
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    The Asgard have created a new permanent colony on Earth. As Kara and the rest of the Asgard prepare to transition away from Earth, Freya, using trickery, subterfuge, and cobbled together technology, fights for the very survival of the last of the Vanger race on Folkvangr.

    Danny says: "Wow!"
    "Erik Shubach's Valkyrie series is Awesome!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Folkvangr: The Valkyrie Chronicles, Book 3 to be better than the print version?

    I have not had time to read the books, but I want to make time. Shubach tell's a wonderful story. In this 3rd installment the bad guys gives us a hero, for The Whispering (Something) Ellena who is a cool character to fall for. Kate and Carra are still married and fighting strong, Valhalla is still in trouble but the gang is there to keep her safe. It is one wild ride not to be missed for lover of this series.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Folkvangr: The Valkyrie Chronicles, Book 3?

    When Ellena realizes she is in love with the girl who is the enemy that they have taken in. It is a touching moment but done in Shubach style so it is also laughably funny.


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

    I have listened to Parts one and two and four in this series and she does a wonderful job narrating them. She brings Carra and Kate's voice to live, Even Ellena comes to live in the narration. And the story is fresh and funny because of it.


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

    It made laugh really hard, and smile a lot, just the way the story is told with tongue and cheek kind of voice over, And the words, yet it's a wonderful young adult romance story.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Shubach's writing, I love all his series from the Valkyrie, to Music of the Soul, to Drakkon, to Troll, All of them are full of laughs and imagination. In Music series some of the main characters have been deaf, or had a missing leg, which to a handicapped person like myself is wonderful. It's nice that not everyone in romance stories is Blond blue eyed perfect or brown haired hard bodied goddess, Not all of us fit that type, some of get around on walkers, have MS and do not want pity, Which is nice to see some write about romance about people who are not all perfect. Which is why I enjoy his/her writing so much. And the voicing is perfect. And I love a good sci-fi / fantasy tell. So the Valkyrie series has been perfect for this lesbian. .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hostage Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By A. J. Quinn
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (78)

    Everything can change in a heartbeat.Hunter Roswell thought she had left her past behind. But her carefully structured world starts to fall apart when a serial killer connected to her past emerges from the shadows and begins stalking her. Already responsible for the deaths of five women, the killer now has Hunter firmly in his sights. And he’s picked a target date - the night of October’s full moon - also known as the blood moon or hunter’s moon.

    realdog says: "Perfect story, perfectly read"
    "Quinn writes a good mystery and romance."
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    Where does Hostage Moon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its up there with Radcylffe, Gerri Hill and Erik Schabach who write the best lesbian romance writers. To me Quinn's spinning of a great mystery in with a romance novel takes a lot of talent, Radcyliffe tells an action packed sort of mystery tell with her Honor series and a mystery/romance series with her Justice series, and she also mixes in a little mystery in some of her p-town series, which is what makes them great. Hill tells a great mystery/romance story with her Hunter series, Also her Devil's Rock and Keeper series. All are action packed but the romance is first with Hill. Erik tells a great action young adult lesbian sci-fi/ fantasy story with his Valkyrie series, I also really like his Drakkon series, And what I hope turns into a series with his Bridge Trolls story. All are wonderful. Still I think the best think he writes is his music of the soul series. Which is simple good with no mystery like in Quinn's story. Which is well written story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sarah,was my favorite, I liked they way she tried to be professional, yet knew she was falling for Hunter. I really liked the scene where they simply held hands in the club and left the club that way. It was a great scene.


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

    A good reading, straight forward story telling, good inflection, good dramatic pauses, good changing of voice for character. Generally excellent a good story teller.


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

    Serial killer after the one woman who got away, a love afraid between ex-FBI agent and tormented woman. (I have no idea how to sum this up for Hollywood but it would make a great film)


    Any additional comments?

    It's an excellent story, great drama, great mystery, Great romance, Great characters. Just really great writing. Want to read other books by this author, Have Show of Force (May have name wrong) But it was also Awesome!

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

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Meghan O'Brien
    • Narrated By Alexandria Wilde
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (48)

    Emily Parker has a busy life over which she maintains iron-clad control. Raised by drug-addicted parents, she’s used to taking care of the people around her, to the exclusion of her own needs. But not tonight. After years of celibacy, she’s ready to pay for exactly what she wants: to surrender control, by having it taken away. Having worked as a high-priced escort for years, Nat Swayne not only enjoys her job - she’s damn good at it.

    Bonnie says: "Very different Butch/Fem relationship"
    "O'Brien writes great Lesbian hot romance"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Night Off to be better than the print version?

    Have not read the book, not sure I would make it through with all the hot romance. It was better in audio, It is better than her 13 hours which is saying something because 13 hours was Awesome.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Can't remember names, but I liked both woman, both were hot and fun to listen to, both has issues to over come to keep them interesting, both when the got together lit off fireworks.


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

    Hot voice, great inflection, good pauses, an excellent reading, She just was awesome.


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

    I would want to take them out to breakfast together with that just got screwed look on both there faces, And watch them try not to look at each other when all they would want to do is go back and do it again.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story, more than a sex story, you got inside the character heads. She made them into real people.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Exposing Ellen: 1Night Stand Series

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 21 mins)
    • By Skylar Kade
    • Narrated By P. J. Morgan
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Ellen Porter is a stranger to the single life - as much a stranger as she is to facing her same-sex desires. The recent divorcee, desperate to prove that her attraction to women is just a phase, enlists the help of Madame Eve for one night of "getting it out of her system." Aimee Tran has had enough of the Los Angeles bar-hopping scene. In pursuit of a genuine romantic connection, she discovers Madame Eve and decides that maybe, just maybe, a one-night stand will tide her over until she finds The One.

    Eric says: "Intimate story telling exposes more than Ellen!"
    "Short Lesbian Fantasy with hot sex."
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    Would you listen to Exposing Ellen again? Why?

    Maybe, If I was in the mood to listen to a total sex story. It was married woman has lesbian fantasy. Agency hooks her up with the perfect girl, They have hot sex, And it was hot. So Maybe it I am in the mood. ,


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ellen, I like the process she went through with getting her life together.


    Which character – as performed by P. J. Morgan – was your favorite?

    Ellen for the same reason. She was hot.Morgan performed her well.


    Who was the most memorable character of Exposing Ellen and why?

    The hot sex part between Ellen and her tatoo'ed Lover.


    Any additional comments?

    If you want to listen to hot lesbian sex this is it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Karaoke Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Erik Schubach
    • Narrated By Hollie Jackson
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Skylar was horribly scarred by a fire in a violent crime, thoughts of suicide plagued her until she found music. It was her savior. She came forward from the shadows to express her pain through song. Karaoke bars were her salvation. Now in an international competition, she finds herself continually vexed by her rival, Kim, who never shows her any quarter. A strange relationship of respect grows between them, but could it be something more? Something beautiful?

    Danny says: "Another fantastic audiobook."
    "Erik is a genius, plus Handicapped person as star!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I just had a fight with my fight with my favorite lesbian romance writer over the fact there were never anything but perfect people in her novels, I asked her if she could include a best friend or side character who had maybe a wheelchair or a walker or was just somehow handicapped a little but was happy, health and cool. Not needing pity. She said basic "NO"her reasons were really lame. And it kind of hurt my feeling being handicapped myself. You get sick of reading about perfect people all the time. But here Erik has the lead character dealing with the lose of one leg like its no big deal, and she doesn't want pity from anyone which is what she gets from the girl who falls head over feet in love with her. No pity at all. Its a super great love story between two young women, one who has scares on the outside and inside that she has to let go off to allow herself to fall in love. Then you have the other girl with a few issues of her own, that may keep her from falling in love too. But their love is just too strong.


    What other book might you compare Karaoke Queen to and why?

    I can't think of anything right off hand, Snow Fall by Gerri Hill for some of the interaction between the two woman. but its nothing like it. Deafening Whisper by Erik, in Music of Soul series. In fact all the books in the Music of the Soul series have some elements in common.


    What about Hollie Jackson’s performance did you like?

    Her voice is just perfect for the voice of Skylar, and the other girl, her inflection, accents and timing and pauses were perfect, she brought the story to life, I plan to listen to it several more times.


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

    Skylar or her girlfriend or both of them together, I think both of them together. I would love to met the lovers.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an awesome book with so much going on, I wish there was a sequel to the story, I want to find out how they are doing after there career get started, I would like to hear about there relationship 5 years down the way once Skylar is writing songs and recording them and Her love is on the road.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Clean Slate

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Andrea Bramhall
    • Narrated By Victoria Aston
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    After a vicious attack, Morgan Masters wakes up to find that nothing is how she remembers it. John Major isn’t the prime minister anymore, the Millennium has been and gone, and it’s been a very long time since she was in college. When Erin’s worst fears become reality and her world crumbles around her, she has to pick up the pieces and start all over again. Can losing everything actually be the best thing that ever happened to Morgan?

    Carol Clarke says: "Slow storyw/ plot whole you can drive truck though"
    "Slow storyw/ plot whole you can drive truck though"
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    What did you like best about Clean Slate? What did you like least?

    I liked that it was about two women, What I liked least is you almost never get around to the reason why the main character so nobly gives up her wife and kids before getting beaten into loosing her memories and becomes a blank slate. And from then on it sucky over the top bad drama that is just bad.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Andrea Bramhall? Why or why not?

    I am not sure, if they are all this bad than NO


    Did Victoria Aston do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes she spoke the word written very well I just sorry what was written was so bad.


    Did Clean Slate inspire you to do anything?

    Stay in bed an moan and bitch about how bad it was.


    Any additional comments?

    Pass on this story unless you enjoy bad drama.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24302)
    Performance
    (10817)
    Story
    (10896)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Good Story, Violent in parts,"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo the most enjoyable?

    It was a good story though very violent in parts, but very dis jointed. I also didn't like the way it seemed to except that women get raped or abused by men as a norm, But over all it was a good book with strong characters.


    What other book might you compare The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo to and why?

    I would say a strong defective story with a good personal interest story with it, say Hound of the Baskerville and Gone with Wind combined into one boos


    Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favorite?

    I can pronounce his name but the reporter that was the main charterer,


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

    At the end when he is trying to say he is her friend. And make her understand what a friend is,


    Any additional comments?

    The book was good but only got 4 stars from me because the story was disjointed and it drove me crazy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blindsided

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Karis Walsh
    • Narrated By Betsy Zajko
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Guide dog trainer Lenae McIntyre left the high-speed world of television news writing behind, and now she helps other visually impaired people adjust to life with their canine companions. She teaches her students and their dogs to trust each other, but a past betrayal and the determination to be self-sufficient and independent keep her from trusting her heart to see love. Cara Bradley compensates for her family's shallow celebrity lifestyle by devoting her life to helping others, while keeping to the background.

    MAX&BETTY says: "Wonderful story and narrator"
    "Blindsided is Awesome!"
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    Would you listen to Blindsided again? Why?

    Yes, it's a charming love story that deals a lot in trust issues.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Since I am handicapped you would think I would relate more with the blind girl but it's the report that I liked best, she had such a hard time expressing her true emotions or understanding them until it was pointed out to her.


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

    Nope, but she is AWESOME


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

    I just loved it.


    Any additional comments?

    Really good book needs to be heard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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