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Christina

DENVER, Colombia | Member Since 2010

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  • The Arrangement

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mary Balogh
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (179)
    Story
    (181)

    Desperate to escape his mother's matchmaking, Vincent Hunt, Viscount Darleigh, flees to a remote country village. But even there, another marital trap is sprung. So when Miss Sophia Fry's intervention on his behalf finds her unceremoniously booted from her guardian's home, Vincent is compelled to act. He may have been blinded in battle, but he can see a solution to both their problems: marriage. At first, quiet, unassuming Sophia rejects Vincent's proposal. But when such a gloriously handsome man persuades her that he needs a wife of his own choosing as much as she needs protection from destitution, she agrees.

    Grace says: "A nice story about a special relationship."
    "Love Mary Balogh"
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    Would you listen to The Arrangement again? Why?

    Yes, it is the only Mary Balogh book I will listen to (I read all her others) because all her other audio books are performed by Anne Flosnick and I literally cannot tolerate listening to her. I'm truly shocked that anyone thinks she can narrate. Such a shame.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie: Highland Pleasures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1586)
    Performance
    (1442)
    Story
    (1444)

    It was whispered all through London society that he was a murderer, that he'd spent his youth in an asylum and was not to be trusted - especially with a lady. Any woman caught in his presence was immediately ruined. Yet Beth found herself inexorably drawn to the Scottish lord whose hint of a brogue wrapped around her like silk and whose touch could draw her into a world of ecstasy.

    Lupdilup says: "FANTASTIC BOOK, NICELLY PERFORMED."
    "Fabulous story, great writer"
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    What did you love best about The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie?

    What a terrific story. I think that Elizabeth Hoyt wrote about Jennifer Ashley, something to the effect that the heroes in her books were "my kind of manly man" that is paraphrased, but you get the point. SO TRUE, the best men!
    She did a fantastic job describing a man in the late 19th century who obviously had Aspergers syndrome, if not autism. Wonderful wonderful
    Unfortunately the reader (performer) was dreadful. It made it difficult to listen. Every sentence was the same , kind of a breathless statement always accenting the last word.
    I can't believe the publishers listened to her read and said, "great, your hired". Jennifer Ashley's books are too good to be brought low by an incompetent reader.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When a Stranger Loves Me: Pembroke Palace Series, Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Julianne MacLean
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    Lady Chelsea Campion is shocked to stumble upon a naked man swept onto the beach not far from her home on the Channel Islands. Shipwrecked, obviously…but when the handsome stranger awakens, he is unable to remember anything of his life before that moment. Chelsea soon embarks upon a secret and scandalous plot to seduce him while he is captive in her home, for she needs a child to secure her family's future, and this man-clearly of noble blood-is perfect for the task.

    Elizabeth says: "Forgetting Can Make A Remember Who He Is....."
    "Predictable"
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    Would you listen to When a Stranger Loves Me again? Why?

    I would not listen to it again. The story was predictable and a little sappy in places. Nothing to bring up any strong emotions , not thought provoking but overall it was enjoyable
    enough :)


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unraveled

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Courtney Milan
    • Narrated By Nicole Quinn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (137)
    Story
    (132)

    Smite Turner is renowned for his single-minded devotion to his duty as a magistrate. But behind his relentless focus lies not only a determination to do what is right, but the haunting secrets of his past - secrets that he is determined to hide, even if it means keeping everyone else at arm's length. Until the day an irresistible woman shows up as a witness in his courtroom. Miranda Darling isn't in trouble - yet. But she's close enough that when Turner threatens her with imprisonment if she puts one foot wrong, she knows she should run in the other direction.

    CAROLYN says: "A GOOD BOOK TOTALLY RUINED BY THE NARRATOR"
    "Excellent Story"
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    What did you love best about Unraveled?

    What a fabulous story. Unfortunately the narrator was really bad. if she just had to read in one person, female, she was very good. As soon as she began with other characters, especially male, it was painful. I persevered however because the story was that intriguing.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Songbird's Seduction

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Connie Brockway
    • Narrated By Heather Wilds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Effervescent bon vivant Lucy Eastlake is a young operetta singer whose star is on the rise in Edwardian London. Though struggling to maintain her beloved great-aunts’ household, she holds fast to the belief that “things will work out.” Now, with the fiftieth anniversary of a siege her great-aunt Lavinia lived through approaching, it looks like Lucy is right, because a fortune is due to be divided among the survivors.

    Christina says: "not my favorite Brockway"
    "not my favorite Brockway"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It moved slowly for me. I found myself a bit anxious waiting for the pace to pick up, for the story to improve. Still love Connie Brockway and the narrator was excellent, just won't listen to this one again.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Connie Brockway again?

    Definitely, love her books normally


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Beautiful Enemy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sherry Thomas
    • Narrated By Charlotte Anne Dore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    Catherine Blade's uncommon beauty and daring have taken her far in the world, but she still doesn't have the freedom to live life as she chooses. Finally given the chance to earn her independence, who should be standing in her way but the only man she's ever loved - the only person to ever betray her. Despite the scars Catherine left him, Captain Leighton Atwood has never been able to forget the mysterious girl who once so thoroughly captivated him.

    Christina says: "my least favorite from this author, and still good"
    "my least favorite from this author, and still good"
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    Would you listen to My Beautiful Enemy again? Why?

    As I stated in the headline, this was my least favorite of Sherry Thomas's books, but it was still a very well written story. It is difficult to know if I would have enjoyed the book if there was a different reader. The reader was very poor which reduced my enjoyment many fold. She mispronounced words, accented the wrong syllables. I was disappointed. I won't get another book where she is the narrarator.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3930)
    Performance
    (3670)
    Story
    (3660)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "Words don't do justice"
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    What did you love best about Written in My Own Heart's Blood?

    Davina Porter spoils us for any other reader!
    Gabaldon is perfection again. PLEASE write number 9!!!!!!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Husband's Wicked Ways

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jane Feather
    • Narrated By Emma Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Best-selling author Jane Feather beguiles with this sparkling story of the alluring secrets hidden behind the elegance of Regency London, when a lovely young woman discovers the danger...and delight...of risking everything for love.

    Christina says: "Performance was a disappointment"
    "Performance was a disappointment"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Jane Feather is a very good writer. I've read most of her books, they are intelligent and well written. Unfortunately the reader (performer) was so bad that I finally gave up with 5 hrs remaining in the book. I'll finish with the printed version. Emma Taylor read the main characters parts in a pinched, uptight tone. She was required to use a Russian accent and Spanish accent for certain characters, they both sounded identical (bad). I will admit to being spoiled by such great readers as Simon Prebble, Rosalyn Landor, Davina Porter, Steven Crossley etc. I cannot listen to a poor reader and enjoy the book, no matter how well written.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Emma Taylor’s performances?

    definitely not


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Intentions

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Hoyt
    • Narrated By Ashford McNab
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (687)
    Performance
    (505)
    Story
    (504)

    Infamous for his wild, sensual needs, Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, is searching for a savage killer in St. Giles, London's most notorious slum. Widowed Temperance Dews knows St. Giles like the back of her hand-she's spent a lifetime caring for its inhabitants at the foundling home her family established. Now that home is at risk.....

    Katheryne says: "I don't understand the bad reviews. I enjoyed it!"
    "What a master story teller"
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    Where does Wicked Intentions rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the first book in her Maiden Lane series. I own them all and have listened to all of them at least twice. What an amazing writer. Funny, poignant, wicked, tender, unbelievably clever, she knows how to do it all.


    Any additional comments?

    Just order it , I will warn you however that you will become an Elizabeth Hoyt addict. Ahhh....such a wonderful indulgence

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Lady Awakened: Blackshear Family Series # 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Cecilia Grant
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (301)

    Newly widowed and desperate to protect her estate and beloved servants from her malevolent brother-in-law, Martha Russell conceives a daring plan. Or rather, a daring plan to conceive. After all, if she has an heir on the way, her future will be secured. Forsaking all she knows of propriety, Martha approaches her neighbor, a London exile with a wicked reputation, and offers a strictly business proposition: a month of illicit interludes... for a fee.

    Benoibe says: "Excellent Debut Novel. Perfect Narration."
    "One of my favorite new authors"
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    What did you love best about A Lady Awakened?

    I loved that her story was so tender and intelligent. She took 2 characters with obvious short comings and created a story where they strove to become better people, far different people than they thought they could be, inspired by each other.
    I thought so much of this book that I bought it for friends.


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

    The book made me cry in several places, not sad tears, but for the tenderness portrayed so uniquely.


    Any additional comments?

    Just get it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Proposition

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Judith Ivory
    • Narrated By Steven Crossley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (119)

    Lady Edwina Bollash is a woman of importance and distinction who has never been the object of any man's affection. However, when she meets Mick Tremore, a tall, handsome young man from the bottommost rung of society, she instantly attracts his attention. As Mick wants desperately to become a gentleman, Edwina decides to transform him into a man with class.

    Mary says: "Very enjoyable as well as fun"
    "my favorite book"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I read 2-3 books per week so naming The Proposition as my favorite is meaningful.
    I first listened to Judith Ivory's book several years ago. It was one of the most delightful, tender, laugh out loud funny books I've ever had the privilege of hearing.Steven Crossley's narration could not have been improved upon. I still smile remembering. Thank you Judith Ivory and Steven Crossly for such a treasure!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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