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  • Never Seduce a Scot: Montgomerys and Armstrongs, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1772)
    Performance
    (1616)
    Story
    (1618)

    Eveline Armstrong is fiercely loved and protected by her powerful clan, but outsiders consider her "touched." Beautiful, fey, with a level, intent gaze, she doesn't speak. No one, not even her family, knows that she cannot hear. Content with her life of seclusion, Eveline has taught herself to read lips and allows the outside world to view her as daft. But when an arranged marriage into a rival clan makes Graeme Montgomery her husband, Eveline accepts her duty -unprepared for the delights to come.

    CAROLYN says: "OMG - NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL A GREAT LISTEN"
    "A heroine with brains and bravery..."
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    If you could sum up Never Seduce a Scot in three words, what would they be?

    Sweet, tender, heartwarming


    What did you like best about this story?

    That in the end, the two clans overcome their animosity because they have found a common cause worth fighting for.


    What about Kirsten Potter’s performance did you like?

    That she didn't overdo it in trying a Scottish accent.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chase the Stars: Lang Downs, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ariel Tachna
    • Narrated By William James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (53)
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    (54)

    Twenty-year-old Chris Simms is barely keeping his head above water. After losing his mother and his home, he struggles to provide for himself and his brother. When homophobes attack him, he thinks his life is over, but then he's rescued by jackaroos from a nearby sheep station. He's as stunned to be offered a job there as he is to discover both the station owner and foreman are gay.

    Carolyn says: "A true-to-form second installment"
    "A true-to-form second installment"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed how Jesse and Macklin are each trying to overcome fears regarding commitment in different ways, and each have to find their own answers.


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

    The accents of the characters. Usually when I read a book where the characters speak in a foreign accent, their voices default to American in my head. James definitely gets the Aussie accent right. I really hope James narrates the rest of the series, because it's one I'd like to own.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Inherit the Sky: Lang Downs Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Ariel Tachna
    • Narrated By William James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (65)

    Caine Neiheisel is stuck in a dead-end job at the end of a dead-end relationship when the chance of a lifetime falls in his lap. His mother inherits her uncle’s sheep station in New South Wales, Australia, and Caine sees it as the opportunity to start over, out on the range where his stutter won’t hold him back and his willingness to work will surely make up for his lack of knowledge.

    Sophie says: "Struth, cobber!"
    "Promising start to a series"
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    What did you love best about Inherit the Sky?

    The fact that Cain is unashamed of what he is, and isn't afraid to demand the same of a lover if they're going to be together.


    What other book might you compare Inherit the Sky to and why?

    Love, Like Water by Rowan Speedwell. They both involve hardworking, rugged, farmer-style men who take an outsider under their wing, and into their hearts.


    Which character – as performed by William James – was your favorite?

    Macklin - I think even native Australians would agree that James does him justice as far as the accent goes.


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

    When Macklin almost loses Cain and that helps him put things in perspective and overcome his fear of being 'out.'


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Love, Like Water

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Rowan Speedwell
    • Narrated By K. C. Kelly
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (71)

    Three years undercover with one of the worst gangs in the country left FBI agent Joshua Chastain shattered. Battling nightmares and addiction, he leaves the concrete jungle for New Mexico horse country, hoping to start over on his uncle's ranch. Foreman Eli Kelly spends his life rehabilitating abused animals, and Joshua is just another lost soul. But as Joshua slowly begins to put his life back together, Eli realizes that Joshua is a lot more than his newest project. Joshua's plan seems to work - maybe a fresh start was just what he needed.

    Donald says: "An intense and wonderous story..."
    "Prepare to be sucked in..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It's longer than the standard 6-8 hours for stories in this genre, which allows for more substance in the story.


    What other book might you compare Love, Like Water to and why?

    Kindred Hearts, also by Rowan Speedwell. They both involve shattered characters who find healing through love.


    Which character – as performed by K. C. Kelly – was your favorite?

    Eli - the Spanish words which Eli occasionally uses add to his character, and give him a unique connection with Joshua.


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

    Yes - in fact I stayed up until 2 am on a school night so I could listen to it all in one sitting...and I had class at 7:45 am.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chase the Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By V. M. Waitt
    • Narrated By Hugh Bradley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
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    (50)
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    (50)

    Up until he buys an old truck, Elijah Morgan lives life according to his family's plan, never feeling like he belongs. Desperate to find his own path, he heads out on the open road, only to end up stranded in Nebraska. Not wanting to ask for his parents' help, he takes a job with tough, independent farmer Chase McKenzie. Despite their age gap, the attraction between Chase and Elijah soon becomes undeniable. They give in to their desire, but that night changes everything and threatens the secret Chase guards so carefully.

    Jeffrey says: "Not Great, But Good"
    "Not your usual formulaic romance..."
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    Where does Chase the Storm rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the best for the sheer amount of emotion it contains.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Elijah. I could relate to his struggle of trying to be happy in a life that doesn't suit him, and trying to find the courage to pursue what he really wants to do with his life.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Elijah finally returns to Chase.


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

    Chase. I'd smack him upside the head and tell him that he shouldn't take his anger at himself out on Elijah.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love Comes Silently: Senses Series

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Andrew Grey
    • Narrated By Max Lehnen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (40)
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    (40)

    Caring for a loved one with cancer is tough. Doing it alone is overwhelming - especially when that loved one is a child. But ever since Ken Brighton's partner left him, Ken has spent his days at the hospital with his daughter, Hanna, hoping for a miracle. Maybe the mysterious care packages that appear for Hanna don't qualify, but they bring a spark of hope into his and Hanna's tired life-and so does Ken's neighbor, former singer Patrick Flaherty.

    PrismBookAlliance says: "My new favorite Andrew Grey"
    "Needs a different narrator..."
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    If you could sum up Love Comes Silently in three words, what would they be?

    Short, sweet, satisfying


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Love Comes Silently?

    When Patrick writes his story for Ken


    Did Max Lehnen do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Not really - I've listened to several audiobooks performed by him, and there are certain qualities in his voice that make him one of my least favorite narrators. The inflections he uses are often unsuitable to what he's saying, and his tone is pretty uniform throughout.


    Who was the most memorable character of Love Comes Silently and why?

    Patrick. He's a very strong person to have overcome what he has, and have the courage to go on.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Company of Swans

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Eva Ibbotson
    • Narrated By Patricia Conolly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (116)
    Performance
    (41)
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    (42)

    Nineteen-year-old Harriet Morton leads a dreary existence. Her ballet class is her only joy. When Father won't let her travel on a ballet tour to South America, Harriet creates a clever ruse that covers her escape and triggers an experience far beyond her dreams.

    James says: "A Treat"
    "One of the most perfect romances I've ever read"
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    Where does A Company of Swans rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the top in the Romance category, and not the slutty, totally-inappropriate-for-younger-readers-and listeners type of Romance either.


    What other book might you compare A Company of Swans to and why?

    I can't think of one off the top of my head that the whole story reminds me of. There are elements that remind me of other stories, but I can't think of one that's very much like it in plot or subject.


    Which character – as performed by Patricia Conolly – was your favorite?

    Rom Verney - he's the hero, the love interest, and has a tragic past.


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

    "A thoroughly satisfying romance"


    Any additional comments?

    The only problem I found with this book was...on second thought, I can't think of a single thing I found wrong with it, except maybe that it ended - but even that was perfect, and exactly what it should be.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rose Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Robin McKinley
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    "It is the heart of this place, and it is dying," says the Beast. And it is true; the center of the Beast's palace, the glittering glasshouse that brings Beauty both comfort and delight in her strange new environment, is filled with leafless brown rosebushes. But deep within this enchanted world, new life, at once subtle and strong, is about to awaken. Twenty years ago Robin McKinley enthralled listeners with the power of Beauty. Now this extraordinarily gifted novelist retells the story of Beauty and the Beast again - but in a totally new way, with fresh perspective, ingenuity, and mature insight.

    ShySusan says: "Good, but not as good as Beauty"
    "Not the usual spin on the tale..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, because all of my friends like fairy tales.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like that the two sisters aren't irredeemable nitwits in this version- they too have character and are a great support to their youngest sister.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Purgatory: A Novel of the Civil War

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jeff Mann
    • Narrated By Mikael Naramore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (21)

    During the Civil War, two young soldiers on opposite sides find themselves drawn together. One is a war-weary scholarly Southerner who has seen too much bloodshed, especially the tortures inflicted upon the enemy by his vicious commanding officer. The other is a Herculean Yankee captured by the rag-tag Confederate band. When these two find themselves admiring more than each other's spirit and demeanor, when passions erupt between captor and captive, will this new romance survive the arduous trek to Purgatory Mountain?

    Ryan says: "intresting tale, wierd at times, thick accents"
    "Best first person narration I've ever heard"
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    What did you love best about Purgatory?

    I can't add anything to previous reviews about the quality of the story itself, so I won't even try. Suffice it to say I agree with it all. I'll keep my review to the quality of the narrator. Not only does he get the accents dead right, but I could hear a distinct difference between the voices of the southern characters. There are parts where Naramore is voicing Drew, who has a gag in his mouth, and I swear he can express more emotion through muffled grunts than most people can with their clear voices. (I can't help but wonder if Naramore actually put a gag in his own mouth in the recording studio.) An especially memorable scene is where Ian is tending to Drew after a particularly cruel session of torture, and Drew has lost his short-term memory as a result. I closed my eyes listening to it and could imagine myself in Ian's place, Drew's head in my lap as he described how he felt, his voice slurred and scared.

    Part of the quality of the narration is the quality of the writing. This is a book I downloaded without reading it first, and although physical books can easily move me emotionally and drag me bodily into the story through print, it is rare that a narrator can do so without my having read the book first. Mann is definitely an excellent writer, but without an equally excellent narrator the story would definitely lose something just being listened to.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jacob T. Marley

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By R. William Bennett
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    "Marley was dead to begin with...." These chillingly familiar words begin the classic Christmas tale of remorse and redemption in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Now R. William Bennett rewinds the story and focuses the spotlight on Scrooge’s miserly business partner, Jacob T. Marley, who was allowed to return as a ghost to warn Scrooge away from his ill-fated path. Why was Marley allowed to return? And why hadn’t he been given the same chance as Ebenezer Scrooge? Or had he?

    Ronna says: "Must read for all A CHRISTMAS CAROL fans!!"
    "The untold half of Dickens's "A Christmas Carol""
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    Where does Jacob T. Marley rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love Simon Vance as a narrator, and was ecstatic when I learned he had done this book. It met my expectations perfectly, and was a delight to listen to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jacob T. Marley?

    I'd already read the book so there were no surprises as far as plot went, but Vance's narration made all of the emotional scenes come to life, so much so that I had tears in my eyes at certain points. I couldn't pick just one that stands out, unless it's the final scene where Marley offers himself to balance the scales for Scrooge.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Marley's crossing over and meeting The Man.


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

    Yes, and I did.


    Any additional comments?

    For any fans of Dickens' original novel, this is a must-read. It adds so much to the story, and does not detract from the version we all know and love. This is the story of Marley, who, as Bennet points out, is in the story very briefly for such an important character who changed Scrooge's life...in ways we didn't realize.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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