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Cindy

Dalton, GA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • Bayon/Jean-Baptiste (Bayou Heat) (Volume 3)

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Laura Wright, Alexandra Ivy
    • Narrated By Pyper Down
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (43)

    The fight continues in the Wildlands. Facing extinction, the Pantera have been given a miracle. A child. The first one in over fifty years. But even as they prepare to celebrate, the enemy strikes, putting at risk the fragile female who carries the hope of their people.

    Margaret says: "the second time is better"
    "Ok but could be better"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I don't regret the purchase. It's a good storyline that is unique but it needs more meat to be a top series. So much more could be done with these books if each hero had his own book. I love both of these authors and they do a great job. I think the stories just went way to fast.


    What didn’t you like about Pyper Down’s performance?

    Inflections were off. Too many dramatic pauses in places it didn't need it. Almost to the point of adding an extra 3 or 4 periods in one sentence. Some places she did good but in those it was almost like she tried too hard.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    These stories have the potential to be great books but they are too short. It's two novella's crammed together and the story line went to fast. I wanted more from the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story but books were too short and the narrator was so-so. I don't regret them but doubt I'll listen to them again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Some Like It Scot

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Donna Kauffman
    • Narrated By Chloe Lynn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    She's cautious, careful - and about to lose control of her future to a marriage of inconvenience. So, what can reluctant bride Katie McAuley do? Easy - let a modern-day prince charming spirit her away for a month to his Scottish castle. There she can take refuge from her overbearing family and finally figure out what she really wants. But the more Katie sees of Graham McLeod, the harder it's getting to keep their arrangement strictly business....

    Cindy says: "Great story"
    "Great story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Some Like It Scot to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version but I would probably have liked it better.


    What aspect of Chloe Lynn’s performance would you have changed?

    She has a very pleasant voice and a slight Scottish accent. Unfortunately there aren't individual characters. She as the same accent no matter who is speaking....male/female, American/Scott. There were a few times that I lost who was speaking.

    But it's not bad enough not to listen to. I do plan to pick up the others as well. It wasn't bad I just find it easier to listen to if character voices are established then I don't loose my place.


    Any additional comments?

    I did love the story. Here you had a Scottish hunk who was essentially a book nerd/professor type person who had to get married or loose his place as laird. The story developed rather nicely. I'll pick up the next one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Druid Made Me Do It

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Natale Stenzel
    • Narrated By Roni Gallimore
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (64)

    Dark, powerful, sexy Kane. He has many names, but in truth he is Robin Goodfellow, the one-time favored son of Oberon, King of Faery. For centuries he's worked his magic, seducing and pleasuring women as befits his puca nature. But Kane made one big mistake - punishing his brother for a crime he did not commit. Oh yeah, he also left Dr. Janelle Corrington after the most amazing night of her life. Their lovemaking was brief, intense...and a one-night stand.

    Cindy says: "Only made it through chapter 1"
    "Only made it through chapter 1"
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    What was most disappointing about Natale Stenzel’s story?

    The beginning of it was just too far out there. I couldn't continue. I only made it through chapter 1 and went to another book. It starts with a doctor in front of some council of druids or fae born I'm not even clear on that part. But basically chick reported this Druid or they kept calling him a pooka whatever that is. She wanted him in trouble because he slept with her and then left and didn't tell her goodbye or call her.

    She has such hostility towards him you would think he murdered her best friend. She keeps refusing and the council tells her she has to. His brother volunteers to watch him but she goes off on that because apparently the pooka druid did something to his brother.

    Like I said, it was just too much. Way to unbelievable. It didn't peak my interest and I don't think I could have listened to her for very long. Had the story peaked my interest I would probably have listened longer but there wasn't anything there I wanted to hear.


    What didn’t you like about Roni Gallimore’s performance?

    narrator was terrible. It sounded like she was in an empty room and too close to the microphone. She had some inflection but all characters were pretty much the same. It was very hard to listen to it.


    Any additional comments?

    best part was I only paid 3.95 so not out too much.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Unbound: The Forbidden Bond, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Cat Miller
    • Narrated By Neva Navarre
    Overall
    (289)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (272)

    College is supposed to be a time of discovery, but Danielle Vaughn never imagined it would be like this: Heightened senses, supernatural powers, and a sudden craving for human blood. Dani is a demi-vamp, the daughter of a human psychic and a vampire noble, a living secret kept hidden for 21 years. As Dani’s heritage manifests itself, her thirst for blood is matched only by her hunger for Chase Diedrick.

    Davida says: "This book deserves 10 Stars!!"
    "Could not put it down!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Unbound the most enjoyable?

    The narrator did an excellent job on this one. She had all the emotions in her voice when needed and this story ran the gambit. The narrator would have made this book worth the read even if the story wasn't as good but it was.


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

    It took me a little bit to get into the book because it's essentially two stories told simultaneously. This book has it all. It's a tragic love story, evil villains, vampires, romance and a happy ending. I can't wait for the next book. I will definitely pick it up.


    Any additional comments?

    I laughed, I cried, I rolled my eyes. By the time I was half way through the book I couldn't put it down. Great story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • After Dead: What Came Next in the World of Sookie Stackhouse

    • UNABRIDGED (47 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (141)

    With characters arranged alphabetically - from the Ancient Pythoness to Bethany Zanelli - best-selling author Charlaine Harris takes fans into the future of their favorite residents of Bon Temps and environs. You’ll learn how Michele and Jason’s marriage fared, what happened to Sookie’s cousin Hunter, and whether Tara and JB’s twins grew up to be solid citizens. This coda provides the answers to your lingering questions - including details of Sookie’s own happily-ever-after…

    Rich R. Rainbolt says: "Not more than one-liners for each Character"
    "Wish I had bought the book instead"
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    What was most disappointing about Charlaine Harris’s story?

    It wasn't the story at all. This book is only one or two lines devoted to every character from the entire series that didn't have an ending in the final book. It is needed to complete the series but for $6 just the paperback book would have been better.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from After Dead?

    There weren't any scenes.


    Any additional comments?

    I think it would be better read than listened to as a book. I had to listen to it a couple of times because I missed some of the folks. It was only one or two sentences per character and sometimes I couldn't place the character before we were on the next one.

    It is needed for the series completion but since it is so short and the structure of the book I think it would be better to read it. However, the kindle version costs more than the audible book here.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead but Not Forgotten: Stories from the World of Sookie Stackhouse

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris (editor), Toni L. P. Kelner (editor), Rachel Caine, and others
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (282)

    Charlaine Harris' smash-hit Sookie Stackhouse series may have reached its conclusion, but the world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, lives on in this all-new collection of 15 stories. Written by a killer lineup of authors, including New York Times best-sellers Rachel Caine, MaryJanice Davidson, Jonathan Maberry and Seanan McGuire, and with introductions read by Charlaine herself, Dead but Not Forgotten puts your favorite characters center stage.

    Catherine says: "Bitter Sweet"
    "Overall worth the read"
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    Any additional comments?

    It was worth it just for Dianthaa, Bubba, & Eric's stories. I didn't care for Pam's, it was hard to follow and it felt wrong.

    Bubba's story was about when he was captured and put on the cross by the Mississippi vampires. Dianthaa's book you got a glimpse of a future Sookie and Sam. Eric's alone I would have bought the book for. It was 201 years after he left.

    For the most part, the various authors did a great job taking the existing characters and giving a small story from their perspective. It's a good addition to the Stackhouse series.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Professional: Part 1: The Game Maker, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Kimberly Alexis
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (412)
    Story
    (415)

    Mafiya enforcer Aleksandr "The Siberian" Sevastyan’s loyalty to his boss is unwavering, until he meets the boss’s long-lost daughter, a curvy, tantalizing redhead who haunts his mind and heats his blood like no other. Ordered to protect her, Sevastyan will do anything to possess her as well - on his own wicked terms. PhD student Natalie Porter had barely recovered from her first sight of the breathtakingly gorgeous Sevastyan before the professional hit man whisks her away to Russia, thrusting her into a world of extreme wealth and wanton pleasures.

    Marian says: "Serial series = more expensive audiobook"
    "Think Shades of Grey with the Russian mob"
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    Any additional comments?

    If Shades of Grey was too much for you then stay away from these. They are a shortened version without the drama. Same type of melt the ink of the pages sex scenes.

    It's a good story as well. You have a co-ed looking for her birth father only to find he's the head of the Russian mob. The love interest is her fathers right hand man who was a teen on the streets when found and taken in by her father.

    I love Kresley Cole's series Immortals After Dark....this is nothing like that series. I did like the book although it's short and the next book i a continuation of the story.

    Yes I went ahead and bought the other two to see what happens.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Angelfall: Penryn & the End of Days, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Susan Ee
    • Narrated By Caitlin Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1058)
    Performance
    (974)
    Story
    (982)

    It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her 17-year-old sister, Penryn, will do anything to get her back. Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel. Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl. Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival.

    Brooke says: "Creep-tastic!"
    "I never knew what was going to happen next."
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Penryn. Here is a 17 year old girl taking care of her 7 yr old paralyzed sister and her mentally challenged mother in a post apocalyptic atmosphere. She has the weight of the world on her shoulders but she doesn't complain or falter. She does what needs to be done to take care of her family.


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

    Yes. It pulled me in from the beginning. It wasn't like some books with a teenage main character. Penryn is more of an adult than her mother. She's had to be.She is strong but not too strong that it wouldn't be believable.

    The author did a very good job blending in all aspects of the story. You have angels, demons, humans, and monsters and it's all believable.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the story and didn't want it to end. I can't wait for the next one. Will definitely pick it up. Even though there isn't any physical romance there is some serious chemistry between Penryn and Rafe. This book didn't really end, so I'll be waiting to see what happens as the story continues in the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flirting Under a Full Moon: Flirting With Fangs Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ashlyn Chase
    • Narrated By Leah Mallach
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    Brandee has been dumped in every way possible, but by text is the last straw. That's it - she's officially done with men. Unfortunately, she's just been told her "soul mate" is the drool-worthy hottie all her friends call One-Night Nick. Nick has been searching for true love for 100 years. After all, werewolves mate for life, and he does not want to mess this up. As soon as he kisses Brandee, he knows she's the one. But how will he convince a woman who knows nothing of paranormals that she's about to be bound to a werewolf forever?

    Cindy says: "Cheeky and over the top drama"
    "Cheeky and over the top drama"
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    What was most disappointing about Ashlyn Chase’s story?

    I'm not sure exactly what I didn't like about the story. Normally this is right up my alley. The love scenes were hot but the story just didn't pull me in. I could have put the book down at any point and not finished it.

    I think it lost me when there was a frustrated, grumpy Mother Nature who had a council with the other gods that watched over the paranormals with human spy's. The fact that Mother Nature looks down her nose on everyone just seemed it was trying too hard to create drama. The fact that all this is because she won't have sex because she doesn't know what she will give birth too was just a little unbelievable.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I didn't have an issue with narrator. I'm not honestly sure if it was the story or what about this one. It really looked like it should have been a good story. I'm not sure why it just didn't do it for me.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Nothing. Absolutely nothing.


    Any additional comments?

    It did have a happy ending. That was the best part of the book. I wish I had liked the book but I don't think I'll pick up anymore in the series. Sorry.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Color of Heaven

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Julianne MacLean
    • Narrated By Jennifer O'Donnell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (340)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (306)

    A deeply emotional tale about Sophie Duncan, a successful columnist whose world falls apart after her daughter's unexpected illness and her husband's shocking affair. When it seems nothing else could possibly go wrong, her car skids off an icy road and plunges into a frozen lake. There, in the cold, dark depths of the water a profound and extraordinary experience unlocks the surprising secrets from Sophie's past, and teaches her what it means to truly live...and love.

    Cindy says: "Probably one of the best books I've read"
    "Probably one of the best books I've read"
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    Where does The Color of Heaven rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best. Not my normal cup of tea and I did get a little frustrated at first with the storytelling monologue type of reading. But the story did pull me in and I couldn't put it down. Even though I couldn't stop crying and wanted to stop listening I had to know how it ended.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The ending. It did have a happy ending.


    What about Jennifer O'Donnell’s performance did you like?

    She did a great job. The book was mainly from the writers point of view so other voices were limited. But when there were dialogs with other characters she did good with the voices.


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

    I cried through about 70% of this one. It absolutely broke my heart. Just the tragedy that everyone in the story goes through makes you wonder how that much could happen to so many intertwined lives.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was so sad. I felt so sorry for the main character. The amount of hardship she had to face and then when it switched over to her mothers story and the tragedy she went though as well.....

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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