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Colleen

Edmonton, AB, Canada | Member Since 2013

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  • Wanted: A Most Wanted Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By J. Kenner
    • Narrated By Saffron Martindale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (169)

    He is everything I crave, all I desperately want - and he is everything I can't have. Evan Black embodies my every fantasy. He is brilliant, fierce, and devastatingly handsome. But he is also headstrong, dangerous, and burdened with secrets. My family warned me to stay away, that I could never handle Evan's dark dealings or scarred past. Maybe I should have listened. Maybe I should have run. But our desire is undeniable, and some temptations you just can't fight.

    Tweetyct2 says: "Hot, steamy and sexy!!!"
    "hoping for more..."
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    What did you like best about Wanted? What did you like least?

    If this had been the first J Kenner book I read I am sure I would have liked it better, however, given I had already read the Damian Stark series I felt like Wanted was basically a re-write of Damien and Nikki's story with slight variations. It seemed like Julie Kenner was following a formula that was condensed given this book was to be a stand alone story instead of a series..although they will be in the subsequent bookes, but the love story will focus on the other men not Evan. There was was little to no character development.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    disappointing and predictable.


    Any additional comments?

    Julie Kenner needs to slow down and worry about remaining creative and true to her characters not pumping out books to make money.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Blindfolded Innocence

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Alessandra Torre
    • Narrated By Mackenzie Cartwright
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    Brad De Luca is used to getting whatever, and whomever, he wants. The premier divorce attorney in town, he is a 40-year-old playboy who's bedded half the city - including his own clients. And when the newest intern at his firm poses a challenge, his seductive prowess goes into overdrive. Pre-law student Julia Campbell is fresh off a failed engagement and happy with her new independence. Even if she weren't warned away from Brad at every turn, she'd know he was bad news. The last thing she needs is an older man who could destroy her job prospects, not to mention her innocence.

    Leesa says: "Could of been better"
    "Silly and unbelievable story"
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    What would have made Blindfolded Innocence better?

    The main characters! I thought it was so unbelievable that a top attorney would ever be interested in such a dim-witted girl. Not only that how would this girl even get to law school?

    Going from an "innocent" to one or two orgasms then suddenly she's having a threesome? The sequel promises and orgy? Just goofy.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Nothing from this author.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    She was fine.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Target

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By David Baldacci
    • Narrated By Ron McLarty, Orlagh Cassidy
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2184)
    Performance
    (1936)
    Story
    (1941)

    The president knows it's a perilous, high-risk assignment. If he gives the order, he has the opportunity to take down a global menace, once and for all. If the mission fails, he would face certain impeachment, and the threats against the nation would multiply. So the president turns to the one team that can pull off the impossible: Will Robie and his partner, Jessica Reel. Together, Robie and Reel's talents as assassins are unmatched. But there are some in power who don't trust the pair.

    L.W. says: "Several Stories in One Book..So Good!"
    "A bit disjointed..."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Extend the missions


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I'm not a big fan of Orlagh Cassidy. I find her voice flat and there is very little differentiation between the female characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Although I enjoyed this book it felt a bit like the missions were too short and did not integrate into the story that well. I would rather the author focused more intensely on one or two missions to build suspense.I would also like to see more dynamics between the characters. There is the hint of attraction between Will and Jessica but then nothing ever happens. Given their dangerous careers and troubled paths the groundwork is there for a steamy romance between the two. The character development seems a bit flat.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Revealing Us: Inside Out Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Lisa Renee Jones
    • Narrated By Grace Grant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (238)

    You've discovered Rebecca's secrets. You've discovered Sara's secrets. Now Sara will discover "his" deepest, darkest secrets... but will those secrets bind them together - or tear them apart?

    Jordy says: "A passionate romance mixed with suspense & mystery"
    "Good, but author running out of steam?"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, but only to answer the questions from the last novel . This book seemed to be drug out way beyond what it should have been forcing the reader to listen to Chris and Sara having essentially the same issues over and over again. When, finally, we get to hear Chris's deep, dark devastating secret it is a real letdown.

    There's is also a point where one has to question just how many insidious people can be in Sara's life. The missing roommate gets a bit ridiculous and a weak effort at introducing a new story line.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Lisa Renee Jones? Why or why not?

    Yes, because of the first two books in this series.


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

    Yes, I really like her.


    Any additional comments?

    Please make the long wait for the next two books worth it & if a series has run its course then publishers/authors should not drag them out trying to make money. The Crossfire series is a prime example.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twisted

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Emma Chase
    • Narrated By Charlotte Penfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (336)
    Story
    (337)

    When spontaneous and carefree meets cautious and responsible, falling in love can get just a little Twisted

    There are two kinds of people in this world: the ones who look first, and the ones who leap. I’ve always been more of a looker. A planner. Cautious. Then I met Drew Evans. He was so persistent. So sure of himself. He made it easy to leap with him.

    Did you think Drew and I were going to ride off into the sunset and live happily ever after? So did I. But life is about choices, and Drew already made his. In fact, he tried to decide for the both of us—but you know that’s not my style. So I came back to Greenville, to spend some time alone . . . sort of.

    Because old habits die hard, and sometimes you have to go back to where you began before you can move ahead again.

    momx4b says: "Annoying and disappointing"
    "Somewhat unbelievable..."
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    What made the experience of listening to Twisted the most enjoyable?

    I thought they narrator did a great job of Kate and as always I enjoy listening to Sebastian York.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the characters and their chemistry together, but I did find the story line to be somewhat silly and childish. These characters are close to 30, professional people and have been together for two years yet the entire book is based on a complete misunderstanding that could have been easily resolved with a five minute conversation.

    I can't imagine a solid, mature relationship ever going through something like this.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Suspect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Robert Crais
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4093)
    Performance
    (3648)
    Story
    (3646)

    LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well, not since a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner, Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty - until he meets his new partner. Maggie is not doing so well, either. The German shepherd survived three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan sniffing explosives before she lost her handler to an IED and sniper attack, and her PTSD is as bad as Scott’s. They are each other’s last chance.

    Jacqueline says: "Gripping Page Turner!!"
    "Disappointing"
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    Would you try another book from Robert Crais and/or MacLeod Andrews?

    No


    What could Robert Crais have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    There could have been so much more character development which would have made for an excellent story. The idea was there, but the author only scratched the surface making it a very light read, not much impact.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story line was great. It just needed to be developed further.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lick: Stage Dive, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kylie Scott
    • Narrated By Andi Arndt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1023)
    Performance
    (960)
    Story
    (964)

    Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this. Evelyn Thomas' plans for celebrating her 21st birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man in her room, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.One thing is certain, being married to one of the hottest rock stars on the planet is sure to be a wild ride.

    Jordy says: "4.5 Lickable Rock Stars!"
    "Brutal narration!"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, buy the book could have been so much more enjoyable with a better narrator.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Kylie Scott? Why or why not?

    Yes. The author wasn't the problem.


    What didn’t you like about Andi Arndt’s performance?

    Blah, blah, blah. For an erotic romance a bit of passion would be nice!


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Valley of Amazement

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Amy Tan
    • Narrated By Nancy Wu, Joyce Bean, Amy Tan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1053)
    Performance
    (932)
    Story
    (947)

    Shanghai, 1912. Violet Minturn is the privileged daughter of the American madam of the city's most exclusive courtesan house. But when the Ching dynasty is overturned, Violet is separated from her mother in a cruel act of chicanery and forced to become a "virgin courtesan." Half-Chinese and half-American, Violet grapples with her place in the worlds of East and West - until she is able to merge her two halves, empowering her to become a shrewd courtesan who excels in the business of seduction and illusion, though she still struggles to understand who she is.

    Pamela says: "Just could NOT get past the ugliness"
    "Strange king of read...?"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Lately, I've read a few book like this where there are parts of the book I really enjoy and others that just drag on and could be either cut down considerably or eliminated entirely. Over ally, an interesting read, but you found have to hang in there and I did end up skipping parts.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Amy Tan? Why or why not?

    Probably not...because I'm sure the writing style is the same, and the book wasn't that great.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Yes.


    Did The Valley of Amazement inspire you to do anything?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beneath This Man

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Jodi Ellen Malpas
    • Narrated By Edita Brychta
    Overall
    (614)
    Performance
    (570)
    Story
    (573)

    Jesse Ward drowned her with his intensity and blindsided her with his passion, but he kept her away from his dark secrets and broken soul. Leaving him was the only way Ava O'Shea could survive. She should have known that Jesse Ward is impossible to escape - and now he's back in her life, determined to remind her of the sensual pleasures they had shared. Ava is equally determined to get at the truth beneath this man's steely exterior. That means letting herself get close to the Lord of the Manor once more.

    Leesa says: "I'm so involved"
    "Interesting Twists to this story"
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    What made the experience of listening to Beneath This Man the most enjoyable?

    Given this is a new author she does an exceptional job. I actually liked this book better than the first one and look forward to the third.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Take Me: A Stark Novella (Stark Trilogy #3.5)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By J. Kenner
    • Narrated By Sofia Willingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (261)
    Performance
    (238)
    Story
    (242)

    "I've long dreamed of my fairy tale wedding, but it wasn't until I met Damien Stark - who captured me with his kisses and undid me with his touch - that I began to believe it was my destiny. Though we both carry secrets and scars, our shared passion heals us, binding us together. We have surrendered to each other completely, and our mutual ecstasy is the brightest light in my life. But darkness still snakes through the cracks in our armor. Ghosts from our past have moved in, bringing fresh pain that cuts deep and threatens to destroy everything we hold dear."

    Amazon Customer says: "Not in Love"
    "Only 1 thing bad about this book..."
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    If you could sum up Take Me in three words, what would they be?

    There's only one bad thing about this book...it's the last in the series! Out of all the shades of grey type books this is by far the best written. I loved the characters and the entire series. This book was a lovely ending to Damien and Nikki's loves story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Damien. I loved how he took care of Nikki, protected her and accepted her.


    Which character – as performed by Sofia Willingham – was your favorite?

    Damian. I loved his gentle, soft voice when he spoke to Nikki.


    Any additional comments?

    Sad the series is over😥

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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