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Darlene

Yucaipa, CA, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Midnight Lies: Wildfire Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Ella Grace
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    The winds of fate have blown cruelly on a family that once had it all: money, power, prestige. The lives of three beautiful daughters were forever changed when, on a sultry night in Midnight, Alabama, a murder-suicide shattered the Wilde family. The girls grew up to live separate lives but now have returned home, each to face a danger no one can see coming. Former homecoming queen Samantha surprised everyone by going into law enforcement, but beneath her tough facade lies a wary heart.

    Ezinwanyi says: "The Wilde Sisters are at it again"
    "Good Series"
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    I really liked both of these book's. And will be looking forward to the book of the third triplet.
    The suspense and mysteries kept me hooked from the beginning to the end of each. The women in this family don't take much grief from anyone. And are ready to face or fight any situation they are confronted with. While the beginning is a little slow starting and drawn out. It is most needed for the whole story. Marguerite Gavin does an excellent job narrating also.
    Ms Ella Grace you are an excellent writer keep the good work coming and you will continue to have a fan in me.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Deadly Identity: Wyoming Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Lindsay McKenna
    • Narrated By Anthony Haden Salerno
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    One tragic decision dashed Rachel Carson's plans and made her scared of her own shadow. Now on the run, she must forever give up the hope of love - or a baby. But with her new identity, she can help care for a motherless little girl, left in the protection of handsome Sheriff Cade Garner. As tough as his Wyoming mountains, Cade takes his responsibilities seriously. He will do whatever is necessary to protect baby Jenny and give her the life she should have had.

    Darlene says: "Suspenseful"
    "Suspenseful"
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    Wow, didn't know how this was going to turn out. Susan's AKA Rachael's ex husband was really one nutty jerk. Every time he was brought back into the story line. I'd cringe and think what in the heck is he going to do. This is the first book I have read by Lindsay McKenna. So don't really know if I like this style of writing. However I am giving another of her book's a listen. I really like suspenseful novels but this one was a little to close to a nightmare for my taste. Still in my opinion it was well done.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Heroes Are My Weakness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Erin Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (181)

    He's a reclusive writer whose imagination creates chilling horror novels. She's a down-on-her-luck actress reduced to staging kids' puppet shows. He knows a dozen ways to kill his characters with his bare hands. She knows a dozen ways to kill an audience with laughs. But she's not laughing now.

    Darlene says: "Different"
    "Different"
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    As a rule Susan Elizabeth Phillips writes humorous stories. This one is somewhat of a mystery with not as much humor in it. Actually I found it took me awhile to really get into the story. But was very glad I stayed with it. There were twists and turns in who the real villain was going to end up being. Along with the little mute girl and the hand puppet's. Will I listen to this book again? You bet I will. Erin Bennett did a great job narrating as well. If you are looking for another laugh out loud story? Do not buy this one. If however you would like to read a good light mystery? This Book is the one to buy.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Sleuth Sisters

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Maggie Pill
    • Narrated By Judy Blue, Anne Jacques, Laura Bednarski
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    We love our sisters, right? It's just that sometimes we love them because of, and sometimes we love them in spite of. But when murder's the crime and solving's your line, sisters count on sisters. It's a family thing.

    Karen says: "Please, more books like this"
    "Novice Detectives"
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    These three middle age sisters resemble the three blind mice. But keep pecking away until the case is solved. Some of the book is a little drawn out in spots for my taste. But has the possibility of being a good series. So hope Maggie Pill continues with it and brings out another book. As for the narration? It was great as far as I was concerned. They made each of the sisters into separate recognizable characters. The only suggestion I would venture to make. Would be to add a male narrator for the male voices.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Shopping for a Billionaire: Shopping for a Billionaire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Julia Kent
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    When mystery shopper Shannon Jacoby meets billionaire Declan McCormick with her hand down a toilet in the men's room of one of his stores, it's love at first flush in this hilarious new romantic comedy from New York Times best-selling author Julia Kent.

    Darlene says: "Cliff Hanger"
    "Cliff Hanger"
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    How dumb do these serial writing author's think we are? Is this book as exciting as Flash Gordon? No! Could it be a really cute story if it was finished? Yes indeed! Will I buy the next book in hopes that it ends? Well now, I will have to think about that. Maybe I will and maybe I won't. Just don't know if I want to give them the opportunity to double charge me for what should be one short story. And because of that I have rated this book 2 stars for half of the story!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fast Track

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (136)

    Cordelia Kane has always been a daddy's girl - her father raised her alone after her mother died in a car crash when Cordelia was just two years old. So when he has a serious heart attack, Cordelia is devastated, and the emotion is only intensified by the confusion she feels when he reveals the shocking truth about her mother. Cordelia can't suppress her curiosity about the woman who gave birth to her, and when she discovers the answers to her questions lie in Sydney, Australia, she travels there to get them.

    M. Davis says: "Mostly enjoyed it."
    "Always Entertaining"
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    I have never read a book by Julie Garwood that was anything but entertaining. As far as Tanya Eby goes, while the accent's could have been better. I have listen to much worse narrator's. All of Ms. Garwood's character's would be great in a book of their own. A book with these main characters have long been awaited. And for me was a real treat. I would love to see Walker's, Spencer's, and Liam's stories told.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Shame on Him: Fool Me Once, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Tara Sivec
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (39)

    For Lorelei Warner, being perfect isn't everything it's cracked up to be. She did what her straitlaced parents wanted: Became a lawyer, married her college boyfriend. But since her husband ran off with another man and her career became a nonstop bore-fest, Lorelei has turned to her best friends and Fool Me Once Investigations to find fulfillment and adventure.

    Darlene says: "Best So Far"
    "Best So Far"
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    This is just plain funny and cute. I think it is the best one so far of the series. I will be looking forward to anything else by this particular author. She has a keen since of humor that just seems to touch my funny bone. I laughed out loud when listening to all three of these book's. And truly hope everyone gets the same amount of enjoyment from them. The narrator Amy McFadden is perfect for this book. I have to admire her for being able to read this one without giggling out loud.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Power Play: FBI Thriller, Book 18

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Catherine Coulter
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews, Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (183)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (158)

    Natalie Black, the U.S. ambassador to the Court of St. James, has returned to Washington, her job in jeopardy. Her fiancé, George McCallum, Viscount Lockenby, has died in a car accident, and mysterious rumors that she's responsible begin to surface: she broke off the engagement and, heartbroken, he killed himself. Then someone tries to force her off the M-2 outside London.

    Darlene says: "Could have been a 5 star"
    "Could have been a 5 star"
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    First let me say I have been a Catherine Coulter fan, since her first book was published. When her FBI thrillers came out I fell in love with Sherlock and Savich. And would immediately grab them as soon as they would come out. Until they brought in the paranormal and weird characters of the Blessed bunch. I have thrown more than one book and CD out into the garbage. I was so in hopes that they were done with that junk. And am praying that this last book will be the end to it at last. For one I think this book would have been a 5 star without the Blessed parts. Really like that they are bringing Nicholas over from England. And can see all kinds of possibilities for different really good stories.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Neanderthal Seeks Human: A Smart Romance, Knitting in the City, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Penny Reid
    • Narrated By Jennifer Grace
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (89)

    After losing her boyfriend, apartment, and job in the same day, Janie Morris can't help wondering what new torment fate has in store. To her utter mortification, Quinn Sullivan- aka Sir McHotpants- witnesses it all then keeps turning up like a pair of shoes you lust after but can't afford. The last thing she expects is for Quinn - the focus of her slightly, albeit harmless, stalkerish tendencies - to make her an offer she can't refuse.

    Sharon says: "Could Not Stop Listening....."
    "Cute Laugh Out Loud"
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    The dialogue in this book was really funny. Had me laughing out loud and shaking my head. Some of the analogy was simply a crack up. I absolutely love a book that can make me laugh as makes ones day better. No long drawn out sex scenes in this book which is refreshing to say the least. Just 14 hours of fun in my opinion. I will be looking for the next book in this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Family Affair

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Fern Michaels
    • Narrated By Cris Dukehart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    In a city built on dreams, Trisha Holiday makes her living moving like one. But out of her dancer's costume, she's as down-to-earth as they come. That's why she ignores the admiring note - and the accompanying $1,000 bill - that arrives backstage after one of her ethereal performances. Yet the sender, a wealthy foreign prince, isn't easily dissuaded. Seven years living and studying in the United States have made Malik long for the freedom to choose his own bride - and the woman he wants is Trisha.

    Pattie says: "Awesome book"
    "Modern Fairytale"
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    This book is like a fairytale. With some cute, funny, and very sad scenes. I don't usually like a tear jerker love story. But this book was well worth the tissues used. As an adult I have no problem with a couple of sex scenes. But personally I found this book to be refreshing do to the absence of those overly drawn out sex scenes. That so many of the newer authors insist on putting into their stories. Which in my opinion add absolutely nothing to the story line. As for this book I wouldn't hesitate to let a young teen read this story. There would be no worries about encouraging bad morals just good character building. Good job of narration done by Cris Dukehart.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seduction Under Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Melissa Cutler
    • Narrated By Gayle Hendrix
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    What's worse? Being held hostage by a Mexican drug cartel or being held hostage by that cartel with the one man you passionately hate? Camille Fisher, a brainy, tough-as-they-come cop, can't believe she's daring to escape with her too-hot nemesis, Aaron Montgomery. But once she outsmarts their brutal captors, the danger's just beginning.

    Darlene says: "Out of The Pan Into The Fire"
    "Out of The Pan Into The Fire"
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    Wow-wee if action is what you are looking for go no further. These books have it all. Bang up hero's and heroines getting into situation after situation. Just when you think they are home free? Whack their right back into having to face the bad guy's again. I personally enjoyed these action packed books. Although I did get tuckered out, from trying to help them out of one hot spot after another. Even had to stop and rest a couple of times. Before going on with the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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