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Dawn Bear

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  • His Brother's Bride: Banks Brothers' Brides, Volume 4

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Rose Gordon
    • Narrated By Michelle Anne Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    While traveling around America, Elijah Banks makes a promise he's unable to keep. So to guard his family's name and his sister-in-law's feelings, Henry Banks tells this beautiful stranger that he is the brother she seeks and impulsively agrees to marry the stunning beauty who introduces herself as Elijah's intended.

    Dawn Bear says: "Miserable narration"
    "Miserable narration"
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    What did you like best about His Brother's Bride? What did you like least?

    I ended up turning off the narration and just read this book. The book was as enjoyable as the rest of the series, in print


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator, who also narrated the rest of this series, emphasized every other word...to ad nausium. It became so frustrating, I could not finish listening. I am not sure why the over emphasized words, when she only did this in the last two books, but it should have been dealt with before release.


    Did His Brother's Bride inspire you to do anything?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Not worth the money

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kissed: A Southern Georgian Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Tanya Anne Crosby
    • Narrated By Laurel Schroeder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Jessamine Stone vows to wed no man but her onetime fiance Christian Haukinge. She sets out to win back Christian's affections, unaware that her brother has already offered him a bribe to break her heart. Driven by something dark, Christian agrees to the devil's bargain, but soon finds Jessie's innocent passion, trust, and faith undermine his resolve for vengeance. Now only the woman he has betrayed can heal his deep and scarring wounds.

    Amazon Customer says: "Kiss Me, Christian!"
    "Enjoyable book, great narration"
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    Would you try another book from Tanya Anne Crosby and/or Laurel Schroeder?

    Absolutely. I have always enjoyed Tanya Anne Crosby books, and have found a new favorite in Laurel Schroeder


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

    I have to say the most and least interesting aspects of this story are both the Revolutionary War connection. It could have been much more interesting, but was not as well developed as I would have liked


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

    This is my first Laurel Schroeder narration, but it is not my last. I truly enjoyed her tone and character differentiation.


    Do you think Kissed needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. Ms Crosby finished this story.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook has some editing issues. There are several points were there are sentence/phrase repeats, but this did not detract too much from the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Teton Sunrise: Teton Romance Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Peggy L. Henderson
    • Narrated By Steve Marvel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Evelyn Lewis' secret dream of marrying her brother's best friend is shattered when he leaves their hometown to seek his fortune elsewhere. For six long years, she's waited and wondered if he would return. After the shocking murder of her parents, her brother is the only family she has left. Refusing to accept a betrothal to a man she doesn't love, she decides to take control of her destiny and confront her parents' killer.

    Breakaway671 says: "Couldn't wait to hear more!"
    "Thouroighly enjoyed listening to this book"
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    Where does Teton Sunrise rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would place this book in the middle range of all of my audiobooks. Having said that, I have listened to over 300 audiobooks, and this is one I will remember.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved that this story was not at all predictable. I listen/read a very popular mystery series obsessively, and Ms Henderson completely surprised me in the end.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    While I really enjoyed Steve Marvel's voice, it is smooth and not distracting, I really did not like how he did Evelyn and Henry's voices. It is difficult to imagine she is raising her voice at Alex when the narrator is doing a high pitched whisper.


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

    The ending of the book brought me to tears. Without giving storyline away, it is completely worth the journey to get there.


    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was my first by this author, but it will not be the last. I anxiously await the rest of this trilogy. Despite my reservations about Evelyn's voice, I do hope Ms Henderson stays with the same narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wild Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Lori Brighton
    • Narrated By Ashford MacNab
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Wanton. . .Leo Roberts is next in line for an earldom and the power and fortune that come with it, but he is uncultured, unrefined - and completely untamed. . .until governess Ella Finch arrives upon the scene. Can so young and inexperienced a woman tutor him in the manners and mores of his class? Leo's mysterious past has rendered him an outsider, too wild for polite society. But he finds her innocence most intriguing. . .

    Dawn Bear says: "Fantastic!"
    "Fantastic!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Loved this story, loved the narration and it is a Whispersync special too.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ella is strong and steadfast, even in her insecurities.


    Which character – as performed by Ashford MacNab – was your favorite?

    This is a toss up I loved how well she went between Leo's British and Colin's American accents.


    Any additional comments?

    I have a new fave female narrator.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Scottish Selkie

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Cornelia Amiri
    • Narrated By Dennis Kleinman
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    From ancient druid lore, springs the tale of a mysterious, dark warrior, a fiery Pict Princess, and the shadowy secret standing between them. A bow and arrow carrying Pict beauty takes vengeance on a royal target but fails at her attempt to slay the Scot King, Kenneth McAlpin. To save her life, she is forced to wed the king's cousin, Malcolm. Just as the Scot warrior and the Pict Princess begin to forge a bond, Malcolm must reveal his incredible secret and choose between two worlds, one with Bethoc or one without.

    leif says: "A pleasant dive into the world of Romance"
    "Excellent story and listen"
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    What did you love best about The Scottish Selkie?

    This author was able to weave a story full of folklore, legends, true history, love, pain, and sex in a way that did not interfere with the flow. I enjoyed learning about the folklore and true history as much as living the romance through the absolutely fantastic voice of Dennis Kleinman.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Scottish Selkie?

    Bethoc's transformation was my absolute favorite part.


    What about Dennis Kleinman’s performance did you like?

    Dennis Kleinman has a warm voice, and is able to convincingly act out the different characters, without making the females sound like shrews. His performance, as usual, makes one feel as they are listening to a play, not just someone reading a book. Very well done on the Scottish brogue.


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

    I teared up when Bethoc finally realized she was wrong about the death of her father and betrothed.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the story and loved the narration of this audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Caversham's Bride: The Caversham Chronicles - Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Sandy Raven
    • Narrated By Dennis Kleinman, Victoria J. Mayers
    Overall
    (77)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (71)

    Dennis Kleinman and Victoria J. Mayers bring to life this unique audiobook version of the historical romance, Caversham's Bride. Together they seamlessly integrate an entire cast of characters and create the ambiance of Morocco, Italy and England, making this a wonderful and exciting listening experience.

    carla says: "Read like no other WOW"
    "Excellent narration"
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    What did you love best about Caversham's Bride: The Caversham Chronicles - Book One?

    I loved this story for its uniqueness. The story had just enough intrigue and was not just another "fluff Regency".


    What did you like best about this story?

    The minor characters were just as strong as the main characters.


    What about Dennis Kleinman and Victoria J. Mayers ’s performance did you like?

    I cannot say enough good things about this narration. It was as if I were listening to a stage performance of the story. Definitely not just someone reading a book to me.


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

    I did listen to this book in one sitting. I had to run to the store, and just took it with me.


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot wait for further collaborations between this author and these two fantastic narrators. Thank you for taking me into the world of Ren and Lia!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Sweet Folly

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (221)
    Story
    (221)

    Through their innocent correspondence, a lonely young wife grows to love an imaginary man thousands of miles away. But when he returns to England from India, her idea of reality is turned upside down. Drawn from a safe world of tea and parlor chat into madness and mystery, she cannot find her own cherished Robert in the frightening stranger who claims her love. Laura Kinsale personally chose the exceptional talent of Nicholas Boulton to voice her favorite heroine, sweet, witty Folie with her ferret, Toot.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Delightful Journey of Romance vs Reality"
    "Not whisper sync enabled"
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    What did you love best about My Sweet Folly?

    The heroine was very consistent. Probably my favorite of Ms Kinsale's heroines.


    What was most disappointing about Laura Kinsale’s story?

    The romance never really developed. The "hero" continued to punish the heroine all the way to the end, when he had always been the untrustworthy of the pair.


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

    Nicholas Boulton is fast becoming one of my favorite narrators. One really feels the emotions when listening to him


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

    No to both. But it did anger me toward the hero all the way to the last.


    Any additional comments?

    This is not whisper sync enabled. So, I had to send quite a bit of time trying to find my place when going between the ebook and the audio. So much so, that it became intolerable

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • In the Garden of Disgrace: The Garden Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Cynthia Wicklund
    • Narrated By Tanya S. Bartlett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (49)

    When 17-year-old Lady Jillian Fitzgerald sneaks out to spy on a duel, she believes she is merely guilty of an indiscretion. But when the duel takes a deadly turn and Jillian becomes an unwilling passenger in the fleeing carriage of the infamous "Lord Wicked", she knows what began as a lark has become a disaster. One night of bad judgment and her life is changed forever.

    Patricia says: "Great Story. Love the Characters"
    "Good book, bad narration."
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    What disappointed you about In the Garden of Disgrace?

    I was not disappointed in te story, but in having to read it at the same time as I listened to it


    What didn’t you like about Tanya S. Bartlett’s performance?

    Ms Bartlett needs to learn how to read. She repeatedly made huge mistakes in words, which changed the meaning of a sentence. She pauses when there is no punctuation justifying it, and Fails to do so when there is. The only difference between characters voices is shrill to ear piercing shrill. The reading is stiff, and ncomfortable at times. I ultimately ended my torture and just read the book. I would be really upset if I had paid more than $1.99 for ths audio. I must assume there are directors, or at least someone who actually listens to the audio before releasing it, they did not do their jobs.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from In the Garden of Disgrace?

    I would not have cut anything, as I believe an unabridged recording should be jut that. I do think they should have been a little more concerned about the integrity of the story though.


    Any additional comments?

    A few classes on public reading. Maybe some poetry reading....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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