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  • Never Kiss a Rake

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Anne Stuart
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (265)

    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.

    Marcheta says: "Liked story, didn't like American reading"
    "Tantalizing story, frustrating performance"
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    I like the story. Bruton is the kind of rogue that I am immediately attracted to. What is unusual is that his appeal springs from his disarming way with words rather than any heroic action. Briney is the perfect foil because her innocent upbringing means that she honestly does not understand the meaning of his banter. Had she responded to his innuendo with customary retorts he would have been bored after their first encounter, but her baffled responses entertain and intrigue him.

    The performance made following the story frustrating. The way Xe Sands drops her voice to affect Bruton's seductive Irish accent makes it very hard to hear what he says....and many words get lost altogether between her whispers and indistinct accent. I will not rush to listen to more of the books she reads.

    The mystery is never fully solved...there is no tidy package and bow explaining every little detail of the plot. If I had read the book in print I would have been jumping back to the beginning to get a few names straight...but in the end it does not matter.

    If you like Victorian era erotic romances -- I can recommend this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Just Good Friends: Escape to New Zealand, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Rosalind James
    • Narrated By Claire Bocking
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (155)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (140)

    Kate Lamonica isn't Koti James' type. Too small. Too dark. And heaps too much work. So it's an easy bet that he can be her friend for six weeks without making a move on her, no matter what his mates would have said. Kate can't believe she's made the bet at all. New Zealand had seemed like the perfect escape from the stalker who'd threatened first her peace of mind and then her life. She certainly doesn't need any more trouble. Why on earth has she agreed to spend time with a Maori rugby player who's far too handsome and charming for his own good - and knows it?

    MJG says: "ANOTHER FANTASTIC KIWI / RUGBY LOVE STORY"
    "Good as...."
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    I really like this series. I like the main characters, I adore the supporting characters, I like the places they go and the things they do. I like the way the characters reveal themselves by the way they behave/react in experiences that are unexpected and unfamiliar.

    The way Koti is described, over and over and over again by every single character in the book, had my mind searching for someone whose physicality might compare. Is there an actor as cut as Koti (Matthew McConaughey?) or one with a face as beautiful (young Paul Newman?). I'll never know.

    I didn't expect to admire him as much as I did Drew (Book 1), but he definitely revealed himself to have more substancial values than his skirt-chaser image would belie. However, Kate tears into him for not having the guts to dig deep and work hard for the things that don't come easy to him. Unexpected and thought provoking, this was a character flaw that I have never seen an author confront. In the end it turned out to be an interesting trait for the story to hinge on.

    The first book in the series was a travelogue for New Zealand. Rather than describing the scenery, this book explores and explains the culture. I learned so much about the history and heritage that make N Zed different from any place else on the planet. That richness alone would be reason to listen to this book.

    The narrator, Claire Bocking, is a conundrum. Her reading MAKES these books. She infuses each sentence with the emotion and inflection that the writer heard in her head as she put the words to paper. She succeeds in making each character distinct. Her male voices are as successful as her female voices. And her accents are spot on.

    The conundrum? She has a LISP! Every word with an S exposes her speech impediment...but only when she is speaking with an American accent. It isn't evident with the Ausie accents!

    Regardless....she is a magnificent reader. There was no sentence or paragraph in her performance that failed to convey exactly what was happening, being said or being felt. She is 100% present in each moment of this story.

    I highly recommend this book and this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Never Close Enough: Never, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Anie Michaels
    • Narrated By Romy Nordlinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (53)

    The last thing Ella Sinclair needed on her birthday was a cheating boyfriend, a broken heart, and a dead car battery in a remote beach town. At her greatest moment of need, the protective and sexy Porter Masters comes to her rescue. Ella takes a holiday week at the coast to discover herself and finds that her attraction to Porter is potent and undeniable. Uncertain of their future together, Ella struggles to open her heart to trust again.

    Julie says: "I didn't want it to end!"
    "I am pissed off!"
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    I am really pissed off. I can not believe that Anie Michaels ended this book this way. It is one long tease. You don't know until the last chapter that you'll have to buy the next book to hear what happens!

    But, to comment on what IS in this book...I was aware (and pleased) at the beginning that the author did not use rough language. She avoided the use of terms like c@*k and d#+k. She did not use the word f#@k -- as a noun or as a verb -- and the characters did not curse.

    Then, three quarters of the way into the book the language gets course and the sex gets explicit. It was just odd. Did the book have two authors? Was it written in two different decades?

    The narration was okay but not enthralling. There was something naive about the reading. Romy Nordlinger did not change the pace or inflection of her voice to build the anticipation or excitement in the sex scenes.

    But mainly I am pissed about the "cliff hanger" ending. That was just mean. To me and to Porter.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Just This Once: Escape to New Zealand, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Rosalind James
    • Narrated By Claire Bocking
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (294)
    Performance
    (270)
    Story
    (269)

    Everyone needs to be rescued sometimes. Everyone but Hannah Montgomery, that is. She just needs a vacation. Three weeks in New Zealand to sort out her life, figure out what she wants, seems just right. Oh, and to relax. She should definitely put that on the agenda. She certainly isn't looking for a fling with a professional rugby player, no matter how attractive he is. Hannah doesn't do casual. But maybe just this once.…

    MJG says: "INTRODUCE YOURSELF TO NEW ZEALAND ... AND ..."
    "Drew is my kind of man"
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    This story is well written. Rosalind James could be compared to Sandra Brown or Nora Roberts. The sizzle level compares more to Sandra Brown.

    Drew is a fantastic character. So much depth and quality. Hannah is annoying because she is so rigidly set in her belief that he way she grew up makes her incapable of ever doing normal family relationships. But I guess Hannah being annoyingly rigid is the point of the story -- so you have to endure her relentless insecurity.

    As others have said, this book is like a travel guide to New Zealand. That part is really cool, and the opportunity to learn some of the culture of the country and its passion for rugby.

    Clair Bocking's accents are wonderful. The N Zed accents make the audio version the only way to get this book. I don't think an American could have the same experience of the story if they were reading it on the page. We don't know how to imagine the accents in our brains with the same lyrical fun as Ms. Bocking delivers in the audiobook. And the accents are critical to the characters.

    And I love the native reference to N Zed. Again, a colloquialism that most Yanks don't recognize. Zed is the way Kiwis (and Poms) say the letter Z. So N Zed to them is simply NZ. That kind of use of language gives this book so much texture and makes it so much more fun.

    If I have a complaint, it is with the production. There are several places where there is no pause - even a pause long enough to take a breath - between scene changes. There will be a section where Heather is in her hotel on Sunday night and immediately there is a new scene where she is walking down the street on Monday afternoon -- with no break of any kind to help you recognize that the scene has changed. It is not a fatal flaw, but it would be more comfortable to have a clew when the action is shifting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Charlie All Night

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Sandra Caldwell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (352)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (139)

    Dumped by her boyfriend and demoted from WBBB's prime-time spot, radio producer Allie McGuffey has nowhere to go but up. She plans to make her comeback by turning temporary DJ Charlie Tenniel into a household name. And if he's willing to help cure her breakup blues with a rebound fling, that's an added bonus.

    webempress says: "Typical early Crusie"
    "So good I listened to it twice in a week"
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    I love Charlie, and I love this book.

    The characters are well written and very likable. Crusie lets you draw your own conclusions about the individuals by the way they treat each other...and especially by how they take care of the station puppy!

    Charlie haunted me...so I had to listen to it again. Charlie had an impact on me because of the way his feelings for Allie developed; how he embraced his admiration for her, his attraction to her, and his loyalty to her. Even though he was not looking for a long term relationship, he did not put up walls to keep her out. He let himself feel his feelings and he celebrated Allie as an unexpected gift.

    This may be the best crafted of the Jennifer Crusie books that I have listened to. It was written earlier in her career than most of the Crusie titles I've listened to...so perhaps she had to work harder on her writing before she got popular. The very likable characters develop in stages, the action has a good pace and the story stays focused on the necessary progression (no blind alleys).

    Sandra Caldwell's performance was good. She kept the action moving and her reading in no way interfered with my enjoyment of the story. She succeeded in creating one voice for Allie and another for Charlie...but there were a couple of fast-paced conversations where it became difficult to tell which of those two characters was speaking. Otherwise her performance was very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Another Dawn

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Ellen Archer
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Betrayal had ruined Banner Coleman's wedding day and on her wedding night she was a jilted bride. Now old seeds of greed and desire are harvesting a scandal - and Banner's affair with an old family friend could shatter a friendship and a family.

    nichola says: "One of my favorite Sandra Brown books!!"
    "I wish I had listened to Sunset Embrace first"
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    This book is the second in the series and I wish I had listened to the first one first. I am concerned that I heard all of the "spoilers" when I listened to this one.

    But I like the characters. Banner is a princess at first, but she grows as life happens to her. Jake is an enigma at first, but he turns out to have considerably more substance to him than his drifter lifestyle would indicate.

    The story could have moved a little faster, but regardless, it entertained for the duration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Her Royal Spyness: A Royal Spyness Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Rhys Bowen
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    Overall
    (4861)
    Performance
    (4180)
    Story
    (4156)

    Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

    Alice says: "Happy addition to a difficult genre"
    "Unexpectedly fun."
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    Georgie is great fun and Darcy is an irresistible rogue. It was fun to find a little light romance in a mystery novel. I am sure to purchase the next in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Instant Temptation

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jill Shalvis
    • Narrated By Liisa Ivary
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    T.J. Wilder is the perfect package of breathtaking adventure and raw sex appeal. Even better, he's about to reconnect with the one woman he's never been able to forget....

    Catherine says: "Probably the best of the series"
    "Probably the best of the series"
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    This one competes with Instant Gratification for best in the series. I probably like it most because of my affection for Harley and T.J.

    The "interuptions" were fun. I liked watching Harley grow in self-esteem through her time on the river. I wish Annie had showed up a little more often.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Safe Harbor

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Judith Arnold
    • Narrated By Tom Dheere
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (53)

    From the time they were eight years old, Kip Stroud and Shelley Ballard spent their summers growing up together on Block Island. As teenagers, they argued about books and learned from each other a little about the way boys and girls viewed each other. They were best friends - until a tragedy in Shelley's life tore them apart. Twelve years later, Kip has had to face his own tragedy. When he returns to the island to heal, he discovers that Shelley is now living there, older and wiser but bearing emotional scars.

    Catherine says: "Ok story, reasonably well written"
    "Ok story, reasonably well written"
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    The story was predictable but fine for light listening. It opens with several chapters of teenage years as backstory. That may be the best "romance" in the book, but I did not purchase the book because I wanted to listen to teen romance.

    The writing was good enough. (Some of the stuff they publish in this genre these days is so amateurish that the writing interfers with the storytelling.)

    I wouldn't say it was a must listen, but if you don't have high expectations it will hold your attention. It is not one that you can not turn off at bedtime -- which is probably good for me since I am inclined to stay up until dawn when I have a really compelling book playing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paw and Order: A Chet and Bernie Mystery, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (210)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (193)

    In the seventh book in the brilliant New York Times best-selling mystery series, canine narrator Chet and P.I. Bernie journey to Washington, DC, and the dog-eat-dog world of our nation’s capital. Stephen King has called Chet "a canine Sam Spade full of joie de vivre". Robert B. Parker dubbed Spencer Quinn’s writing "major-league prose". Now the beloved team returns in another suspenseful novel that finds Chet sniffing around the capital city and using his street smarts to uncover a devilish plot.

    Tracey says: "The Guinea Pig Did It!!"
    "Fun and funny!"
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    It took me a while to get into Chet's rhythm, but once I did I really enjoyed this book. Chet is a hoot. And Spencer Quinn does a GREAT job of seeing the world from a canine point of view. Who knew there were so many smells out there!?! Or how easy it is to get distracted. I did, however, know how often a dog like Chet could think about food -- because I have a dog just like him!

    Fun Fun Fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gamble

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Emma Taylor
    Overall
    (663)
    Performance
    (619)
    Story
    (619)

    Nina Sheridan desperately needs a timeout vacation. With a fiancé who can't even remember how she takes her coffee, Nina wants some distance to rethink her engagement. Flying halfway around the world from England to a mountain town in Colorado should do the trick. But when she finds a gorgeous man at her rental cabin, Nina's cold, lonely adventure suddenly heats up.

    Erin says: "Great Story with Excellent Narration"
    "I finally found an author as good as SE Phillips!"
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    Love! Love! Love this book and how well it is written! I have been searching for an author whose writing I could enjoy as much as I enjoy Susan Elizabeth Phillips, and now I have!

    The characters reveal themselves through dialogue and through actions, not from what the author tells you about them. Relationships DEVELOP, they don't just appear out of thin air. Good writing makes all the difference in good storytelling.

    This book has lots of texture and layers. She develops a whole town full of characters and creates an armload of people you want to spend more time with. These are mountain folks, and may seem a little quirky to city-folk listeners .... but I am mountain folk too and they ring completely true to me. I loved Carnal, Colorado and its people.

    Emma Taylor's narration was great. Each character was distinct and she read the dialogue well. Sometimes dialogue and narrative run together with no differentiation, but Taylor succeeds in keeping the storytelling clear.

    I don't think I will be interested in Kristen Ashley's Rock Chick or Chaos books (they sound a little rough for me), but I'll be listening to more of the Colorado Mountain series for sure!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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