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Connie

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  • One More Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Liz Flaherty
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (134)

    Grace has taken care of her widowed father her entire adult life and the ornery old goat has finally died. She has no job, no skills and very little money, and has heard her father's prediction that no decent man would ever want her so often she accepts it as fact.

    Claudia says: "I Praise this Author"
    "Excellently involving emotional listen"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would & will recommend this book in a heartbeat! The story is well written and involving. Liz Flaherty is now at the top of my list of authors as well as Rebecca Gibel who narrated the book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of One More Summer?

    There were several...several moments with Promise stirred my heart strings, and in the gazebo


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

    I laughed out loud and cried real tears


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait to read more from this author

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forged in Ash: A Red-Hot SEALs Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Trish McCallan
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (264)
    Performance
    (240)
    Story
    (240)

    Kait Winchester inherited a special gift from her Arapaho ancestors: She can heal with her touch. And there is no one she would like to get her hands on more than the super-sexy SEAL who seems determined to ignore their off-the-charts chemistry. When the wounded warrior finally seeks her help, she’s ready to nurse him back to health…and into her bed.

    Karen says: "Second Book Better Than First!"
    "Outstanding!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Forged in Ash to be better than the print version?

    N/A


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Story stayed true all the way through. Lots of action and suspense.


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    Luke did a really good job on all the characters. voices were clear and you know who's talking. He was able to translate the emotional scenes as well as the action scenes to the listener.


    Any additional comments?

    I love a book that has a story with characters I care about that stay true to how they are presented at the beginning, growing as the story builds. Trish does an excellent job doing this. I'm looking forward to more books by this author and narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Card

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lora Leigh
    • Narrated By Clarissa Knightly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (501)
    Performance
    (454)
    Story
    (454)

    It was supposed to be simple. All Navy SEAL Nathan Malone had to do was rescue three young girls from a Colombian drug cartel, then allow himself to be captured just long enough to draw out a government spy. That was before his mission went disastrously wrong… and before his wife, Bella, was told that Nathan was never coming home. Bella’s mourned her husband’s death for three long years, having no idea that he was still alive....

    L.W. says: "10% Story 90% Sex"
    "Disappointed with narrator"
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    What did you like best about Wild Card? What did you like least?

    Character development was good as was the premise for the story line...There was just an overwhelming amount of sex that was annoying because the narrator couldn't make me feel anything but annoyed that it took so long. also Lora could have spent less time saying the same thing over and over, I got that things were different in the early days of the marriage the first time she explained it.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I found the story line interesting but the reasons for Nathan not returning home to Bella weren't very plausible. I could see him being self absorbed or having self pity and in pain and fear of hurting Bella, but when he's with her he isn't even surprised that he seems so normal. Their relationship seems normal. The sex scenes were meant to be over the top but didn't do much for me.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Clarissa did an ok job, just didn't care for her rendition of the emotional side of the book


    Could you see Wild Card being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Not so much


    Any additional comments?

    I've said it before, a regular story can be made better by the narrator, and a good story can be hard to listen to with the wrong narrator. Reading is so much different that audio because if all the dots don't connect just right, a fantastic book is just ok. I like Lora Leigh's writing and will listen to more of her books, was just disappointed that this wasn't one of the really good ones as it had the potential to be. I will also say it was worth the credit and I did finish the book, although I did speed it up to do so.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jagged

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Emma Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (336)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (312)

    Zara Cinders always knew Ham Reece was the one, but he wasn't interested in settling down. When she found someone who was, Ham walked out of her life. Three years later, Zara's lost her business, her marriage, and she's barely getting by in a tiny apartment on the wrong side of the tracks. As soon as Ham hears about Zara's plight, he's on her doorstep offering her a lifeline. Now, it will take every ounce of will power she possesses to resist all that he offers.

    Connie says: "WOW! Great story! Great writing! Great narrator!"
    "WOW! Great story! Great writing! Great narrator!"
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    Would you listen to Jagged again? Why?

    Yes! Story line realistic and easy to follow, but having a wonderful narrator makes all the difference! Emma is excellent at the voices of all her characters! Ham sounds deep and scratchy and like a man, so his part in the story "felt" real. Loved "Cookie" because her drama was simple and real and NOT drug out all through the book! I get frustrated when the whole story is drama and could have been resolved with a conversation.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ham (Graham) So reasonable. Delightfully intent, sexy, and masterful.


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

    Emma brought the characters to life. was very pleased to listen and went looking for more books she's narrated.


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

    wanted to, but had to sleep. Couldn't wait to start it again in the morning though!


    Any additional comments?

    A good book is made better by a good narrator. I've listened to some so-so books that were better than the writing alone because of the narrator, and I've listened to some really good books that were hard to get through because the narrator wasn't right for the story. It's a team adventure and this team is a winner on all accounts!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Clipped Wings

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Helena Hunting
    • Narrated By Jason Carpenter, Elizabeth Louise
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (156)

    From her dark hair sweeping below her waist to her soft, sexy curves, Tenley Page intrigues tattoo artist Hayden Stryker in a way no one else ever has…especially when she asks him to ink a gorgeous, intricate design on her back. Yet for all her beauty, there is something darkly tragic and damaged about Tenley that, for Hayden, is everything. Covered in ink and steel, Hayden is everything Tenley has never dared to want, awakening a desire to explore more than the art adorning his stunning body. Trapped by a past that leaves her screaming from nightmares, Tenley sees Hayden as the perfect escape.

    Jordy says: "Dark, Complex, Primal, Deep Tattooed Love Story!"
    "Frustrated!! Hate a cliffhanger ending!!!"
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    What did you love best about Clipped Wings?

    story is well written, characters are well thought out. and story line is different enough to be thought provoking but believable. I didn't want to put it down!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Tenley and Hayden are both favorites. I believe I like Tenley because while she was a strong woman she needed someone to lean on because of all the trauma in her resent past. Seeing her grow stronger while dealing with the memories was believable, I like Hayden because he could relate to Tenley because of his own loss, but wanted some of his past to also be resolved as the author kept bringing the police officer into the story line but it didn't go anywhere. Of course, this may all come about if and when Ms. Hunting decides to finish the book with an actual ending to the story.!


    Which character – as performed by Jason Carpenter and Elizabeth Louise – was your favorite?

    Both main characters were performed well, were believable and likable even if avoiding talking to each other was carried to the extreme and caused a lot of needless heartache that a little conversation would have taken care of. There was enough going on in Hayden's and Tenley's past that needed to be dealt with that not sharing info and keeping secrets didn't make much sense, especially on Tenley's part. Being a man whore is something I can understand Hayden not wanting to share...


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

    No end in sight


    Any additional comments?

    I am so tired of getting into books only to find there isn't an ending. I consume enough reading material that I want one story to end before I begin another. There wasn't even a hint that there wouldn't be an ending to this book. The book was long enough I thought I was safe. I avoid the new trend in book writing selling where you only get a chapter or two at a time when ever I spot them. This author is fantastic, however, if I find this is her writing style I'll avoid purchasing any more of her books!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • White Trash Beautiful

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Teresa Mummert
    • Narrated By Grace Grant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (84)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (80)

    Cass lives a depressing life in a small trailer park in Eddington, Georgia, with her mother and abusive boyfriend Jackson. She works hard to barely make ends meet. But everything changes when Tucker White, the lead singer in the band Damaged, walks into her diner. He tries to show her that there is more to life than the hand she has been dealt, but Cass soon learns that being with Tucker will come at a high price.

    Jordy says: "Not a Cinderella Story!"
    "stupid!"
    Overall
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    Has White Trash Beautiful turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    Which character – as performed by Grace Grant – was your favorite?

    Grace did a good job with all the characters


    Any additional comments?

    Cassie made the stupidest decisions, for the stupidest reasons, over and over again. once I can understand but why she went back home over and over again was stupid

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mighty Storm: Mighty Storm Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Samantha Towle
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (551)
    Performance
    (513)
    Story
    (523)

    It's been 12 years since Tru Bennett last saw Jake Wethers, her former best friend and boy she once loved. Jake Wethers, sexy, tattooed, and deliciously bad lead singer, and brains behind The Mighty Storm, one of biggest bands in the world, left Tru with a broken heart when he moved from England to America with his family when they were both 14. Sent to interview Jake for her music column by the magazine she works for, they are both unprepared for the sparks that fly the instant they reconnect.

    CAROLYN says: "BEAUTIFUL WELL WRITTEN INTENSE LOVE STORY"
    "about 8 chapters too long"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The Mighty Storm the most enjoyable?

    really liked the narrator.


    Has The Mighty Storm turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


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

    lots of emotion in the voices and loved Jake's voice


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

    made me angry. I didn't like the stupid choices Tru made from sleeping with Jake when she was still with her boyfriend to the way she told him to the way she hung on to being mad at Jake for his drug use and sleeping around.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't like books written in the 1st person as a rule, but the narrator convinced me to listen with the hope of being hooked into the story. However, I put the story on fast speed to get it over with as I admit to being curious as to how it would end but just could not stand Tur's wishy washy back and forth attitude.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Breath of Scandal

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1248)
    Performance
    (735)
    Story
    (729)

    On a rainy Southern night, Jade Sperry endured a young woman's worst nightmare at the hands of three local hell-raisers. Robbed of her youthful ideals and at the center of scandal and tragedy, Jade ran as far and as fast as she could. But she never forgot the sleepy "company town" where every man, woman, and child was dependent on one wealthy family.

    Margaret says: "Lifted by Narration"
    "heartwretching"
    Overall
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    Where does Breath of Scandal rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    hard to listen to. The story line wove heart retching events that were too hard for a simple love story. I wanted to stop listening several times but knew there had to be a happy ending in there somewhere


    What did you like best about this story?

    the last few chapters


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

    right after the attempted abortion in the barn. couldn't stand it.


    Any additional comments?

    very good book, but I don't think I'll ever want to listen to it again. some parts were just too much to bare.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Match Me If You Can: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2322)
    Performance
    (968)
    Story
    (980)

    Annabelle is tired of being the lone failure in a family of overachievers. She's endured dead-end jobs and a broken engagement. But that's going to change now that she's taken over her late grandmother's matchmaking business. All Annabelle has to do is land the Windy City's hottest bachelor as her client, and she'll be the most sought-after matchmaker in town.

    Daniela says: "Guilty Pleasure"
    "OMG! Great from beginning to end!!!!!"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to Match Me If You Can the most enjoyable?

    funny story with tears! The very best kind


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Pip-great voice and character! but it was a close call because I liked Brody, and Heath and Annabelle, and....


    What about Anna Fields’s performance did you like?

    she made the Characters come alive


    Who was the most memorable character of Match Me If You Can and why?

    Pip, and Heath, Brody . . .Book club group. The characters were all well rounded and full


    Any additional comments?

    Didn't think this would be as good as it was. Was delightfully surprised. Didn't want to stop listening!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oceans Apart

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Karen Kingsbury
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (57)

    Airline Captain Connor Evans has nearly forgotten that stormy weekend in Hawaii nearly ten years ago when he broke the greatest promise of all. Now Connor has the perfect life with his wife, Michele, and their two daughters, and the secret of that long-ago time is his own. But an ocean away, a flight attendant is raising her young son by herself when the plane she's working on crashes into the Pacific. Her will is very clear about one thing.

    Rachelle says: "You think you hit the bottom in life? Now what?"
    "unexpected!"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book, even though it's not my usual fare. The book brought forth a wealth of emotions!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Max


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I cried when Max was sent back home to be adopted


    If you could rename Oceans Apart, what would you call it?

    Max


    Any additional comments?

    worth a credit and more

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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