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Elizabeth L.

Liberty, SC, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Desecration

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By J.F. Penn
    • Narrated By Rosalind Ashford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (40)

    When the body of a young heiress is found within the Royal College of Surgeons, Detective Sergeant Jamie Brooke is assigned to the case. She enlists Blake Daniel, a reluctant clairvoyant, to help her discover the message it holds. When personal tragedy strikes, Jamie has nothing left to lose and she must race against time to stop the mysterious Lyceum claiming another victim. As Jamie and Blake delve into a macabre world of grave robbery, body modification, and the genetic engineering of monsters, they must fight to keep their sanity, and their lives.

    Michael Parsley says: "So much more than a thriller"
    "Keeps you on the edge of your seat ..."
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    Desecration is a story set in London during the present day. DS Jaime Brook is on the case of a murdered woman who had great bodily damage done to her. As this is going on, Brook is also dealing with the illness of a family member. We see Brook as she is trying to keep these two lives separate. In the course of investigation, Brook is drawn into a world that is on the edge.

    Rosalind Ashford gives a wonderful performance. She gives each character is own voice and it is her narration, along with the author's words, that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I would highly recommend this book to my friends who want a well paced murder mystery with a twist. I look forward to listening to more books in this series along with other books Ms. Ashford narrates.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Sacrament

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Clive Barker
    • Narrated By Chris MacDonnell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Will Rabjohns, perhaps the most famous wildlife photographer in the world, has made his reputation chronicling the fates of endangered species. But after a terrible accident, Will is left in a coma. And in its depths, he revisits the wildernesses of his youth and relives his life with a mysterious couple who have influenced his life as an artist and a man. When Will awakens, he sets out on a journey of self-discovery - one where he will penetrate the ultimate mystery and finally unlock the secret of his destiny. Soaring, provocative and passionate, Sacrament is a masterwork from the pen of one of today's most acclaimed authors.

    Randy says: "Great Adventure, and what an ending.."
    "Too strange for my taste"
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    Any additional comments?

    Sacrament is a strange book. I just couldn't connect with the characters. In actuality, I couldn't even finish the book. I did give it a good 3 hours and then I was done. As I didn't finish the book, I can not recommend this to anyone.

    I really enjoy Mr. MacDonnell's narration and this book WILL NOT put me off from listening to another one of his books. Mr. MacDonnell did the best he could with this story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ingram of the Irish: The Knights' Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Angela Hunt, Angela Elwell Hunt
    • Narrated By Chris Macdonnell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Learning of his Irish origins, a proud English knight seeks the secrets of his birth. But the truth shatters his illusions, leaving him struggling with God's purpose for his life.

    LilMissMolly says: "Noman Knight in Search of Irish Family Connection"
    "Great narration ... story drags at times"
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    Any additional comments?

    Ingram of the Irish is a story of an abandoned baby who grows up to be an English knight. At 26 years of age, an Irish monk comes to the castle to tell Ingram that he is of Irish decent. Ingram then goes to Ireland to find his family.

    The story is good bones to it but I felt that is was way longer than it needed to be.

    I loved Mr. Macdonnell's narration. I will listen to another of his books. He has great sense of character and knows how to express the emotions needed without being over dramatic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lian/Roch: Bayou Heat, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Alexandra Ivy, Laura Wright
    • Narrated By Emily Beresford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    LIAN THE HUNTER: Lian isn’t a happy puma. He’s a lethal Hunter who should be out fighting the enemy, not babysitting a human scholar. Still, he’ll do whatever necessary to rid the world of the evil goddess, Shakpi. And there’s the bonus of spending a few hours away from his family of Nurturers who have been smothering him with love. The last thing he expects is to discover a female who not only stirs his passions, but who calls to his cat on a primal level.

    med c says: "Lian/Roch"
    "Steamy shifter romance ..."
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    If you could sum up Lian/Roch in three words, what would they be?

    Hot steamy shifters


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Roch was at Lydia's apartment and had to convince her to come back to the bayou with him.


    Any additional comments?

    Lian/Roch is books 9 and 10 in the Bayou Heat series. These are the first 2 books of the series I have listen to/read. I found that I was able to follow along with the story line with out being lost. That being said tho, I am now going back to find books 1-8. I want to find out what is happening in the Bayou and with the Pantera shifters.

    Ms. Beresford again does a knock out job with this book. I hope to hear her do some more of these books. She really has a grasp on the characters and made me want to continue to listen to the books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mister Darcy's Dogs: Pride and Prejudice Contemporary Novella (Mister Darcy Series by Barbara Silkstone) (Volume 1)

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Barbara Silkstone
    • Narrated By Karen Krause
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Jane Austen's beloved characters return in this novella, a contemporary variation on Pride and Prejudice, one of the most popular novels in English literature. Doctor Lizzie Bennet, struggling against her conservative English countryside upbringing, determines to prove her worth as a dog psychologist. Nothing will deter her from her career until she meets the uppity and oh-so mysterious Londoner, Mister Darcy.

    erobbins33 says: "A fun romp through the English countryside"
    "A cute modern twist"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really enjoyed Lizzie. I liked how she was independent. I also liked how she was able to put Caroline in her place without being mean about it.


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

    As this book is a short novella, under 4 hours, I find that it would be great for a car trip or a lazy day around the house.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. Darcy's Dogs is a cute modern twist on Pride and Prejudice. I'm not a big Austen fan so I'm not familiar with the original book that these characters are based on. That being said, I didn't have any problems staying engaged in the story.

    Ms. Krause is a lovely narrator. She gives each character their own voice and the pacing was very good. She had me drawn into the story and kept me wanting more. I can't wait to listen to more work by Ms. Krause.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Image of Deceit

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jill Shannon
    • Narrated By Emily Beresford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Bygie Hudson's isolated life as an artist was perfect...except for her husband. Her seclusion is shattered when the police arrive to tell her there has been an accident. The man she'd been married to for 15 years, and considered divorcing for 14, is dead...and they believe she may be behind it. As she fights to clear her name, she learns her husband has been selling far more than cars through their successful dealership, and the corruption is linked to a prominent judge....

    mani says: "A thriller"
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    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. Unlike some mysteries I had no idea "who did it". Did I have some guesses? Yes but I was very happy with how the story progressed and the ending.


    What about Emily Beresford’s performance did you like?

    I've always enjoyed Ms. Beresford's narrations. She is a narrator who gets into the story and shows all the emotion needed for each character. Her voice is pleasant and she keeps me drawn in the entire time.


    Any additional comments?

    Image of Deceit is a great mystery. The characters are well developed and I found myself routing for Bygie and Hall. The mystery itself is solid and I would recommend this book to my friends who enjoy a good book. I can't wait to see what Ms. Shannon comes up with next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter Wonderland (A Romantic Short Story)

    • UNABRIDGED (20 mins)
    • By Mindy Wilde
    • Narrated By Lia Langola
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Melissa is excited as when her boyfriend drives her up to his family cabin for a quick weekend getaway. A little tired from the trip Melissa is hesitant when Eric suggests they head out for a walk in the woods. Her mood quickly changes when Eric shows her the pleasure that can be found walking in a Winter Wonderland.

    Kim M. says: "Okay story, A++++ narrator!"
    "A sweet short story that is hot!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Winter Wonderland is an adult short story. We meet Melissa and Eric as they travel to his cabin in the woods for a romantic weekend. Melissa would love to just relax but Eric suggests going on a walk thru the snow first. While they are on their walk, one thing leads to another and it gets pretty heated. After a satisfying tryst in the woods, the return home and enjoy each other's company.

    This short story would make a great jumping off point for a future novel length story. I would love to know more about Melissa and Eric.

    Ms. Langola's voice is well suited for this romantic story. She gives each character their own voice, has great pacing and I would love to listen to some more of her work.

    As this has mature content, I would recommend this to those listeners that are at least 18 or over.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ted Saves the World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Bryan Cohen
    • Narrated By Steven Jay Cohen
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Ted Finley was your typical, wise-cracking teenager - until an otherworldly force gave him abilities beyond his wildest dreams. After an unintended public display of his powers, Ted has become an instant celebrity and the target of a gang of undead thugs. Sixteen-year-old Erica LaPlante was six-feet-under when a blast of blue light brought her body back to life. Armed with the consciousness of a fierce warrior, Erica must keep her teenage urges at bay to protect the newfound hero.

    Kindle Customer says: "A truly amazing book"
    "We find a hero where we least expect it ..."
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    What made the experience of listening to Ted Saves the World the most enjoyable?

    Mr. Cohen's narration. I found him to have a pleasant voice and he was able to create characters of all ages.


    What about Steven Jay Cohen’s performance did you like?

    I find Mr. Cohen to have a very pleasant voice. He shows just the right amount of emotion for the story and his pacing was good. He didn't sound rushed. I would love to listen to more of his work. I hope he does the next book in this series.


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

    When Erica told Ted the truth and he was able to see her for who she really was.


    Any additional comments?

    Ted Saves the World is a great YA/Paranormal story. I liked the whole average guy gets powers and has to save the world story line. I felt that the characters were well developed and they seemed like true teenagers. My favorite character would have to be Ted himself. He got these new powers and really took responsibility and care with them. Did he play a few tricks? Yes, but over all he was down to earth.

    I would recommend this book to my friends who like a nice YA Paranormal story. I suggest this book for those 14+ years old.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hallways in the Night

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By R.C. O'Leary
    • Narrated By Steven Jay Cohen
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    When a veteran cop tries to arrest baseball's home run king, one of them ends up on trial and the other one ends up dead. A routine stakeout is almost over when Dave Mackno decides to pursue a speeding Porsche. It's a decision that will have deadly consequences. That's because the Porsche is being driven by Remo Centrella, baseball's home run king, who is half-drunk and at the tail-end of a steroid cycle that makes him think he's bulletproof.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "We are introduced to a pair of police detectives,"
    "A court room drama with twists at every turn"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really enjoyed the character of Dave. You could see why he did what he did and you hoped for the best. It was interesting to find out some of his back story and the events that made him the cop he is.


    Have you listened to any of Steven Jay Cohen’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I listened to this book and then the very next book I listened to was Ted Saves the World, also read by Mr. Cohen. This is a court room drama and the other was more of a YA/New Adult genre book. Mr. Cohen is able to narrate each genre with ease. He is very believable as the characters in each of the books. I would love to listen to more by Mr. Cohen.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book. I liked the beginning when we meet Dave and his partner Bobby during the heated times of the Atlanta Child Murders in 1979/1980. We see what kind of people they are and thru out the book we encounter more of their back stories. The main part of the book is set in the present day. Dave stops baseball start Remo Centrella and during the course of the traffic stop an altercation occurs and Remo ends up dead. Was it self defense or was it more? We are taken thru a story that involves as the aspects of a tradition thriller. We meet people from Dave's past, Remo's life and the back stories of the lawyers are just as interesting.

    I would recommend this book to my friends that enjoy a good solid legal thriller. It keeps you wanting more and Mr. Cohen, as narrator, takes you there.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Misdirection: Lucas Norton

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Martin Link
    • Narrated By Chris MacDonnell
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    When we first encounter the series' narrator, Lucas Norton, he's riding his bicycle through a sleeting rain, heading to his office in the British Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ) complex in Cheltenham, England. Meet the new James Bond. He has all the high-tech toys Britain's MI5 security service has developed at his disposal, but he's just a regular guy dealing with a promotion and marital problems, in addition to one hell of a caper.

    AudioBookReviewer says: "good old fashioned international spy thriller"
    "The heist is on and you are in for a ride ..."
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    Would you listen to Misdirection again? Why?

    I would listen again to see if I could pick up any clues that I missed the first time in the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the fact that the mystery was solid. I didn't see any obvious holes in the story. I really enjoyed the interaction between MI-5 and the FBI.


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

    Mr. MacDonnell has a great voice for this genre. He was able to keep me engaged in the story. You could feel the action and suspense as the story was being read. I would love to listen to more books narrated by Mr. MacDonnell.


    Any additional comments?

    Misdirection is just that. A story of misdirection and robbery. Lucas's first case now that he is with MI-5 is about a armor car heist. All through out the story you think he is on the right track only to be 'misdirected'. The mystery is solid and I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys police thrillers. I hope that this is the beginning a series and I can't wait to see what happens to Lucas next!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jane and Austen: Hopeless Romantics

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Stephanie Fowers
    • Narrated By Andrea Emmes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    Meet Jane and Austen. First there's Jane - an impractical, starry-eyed wedding planner; if love can't match what she's read in a book, she doesn't want it. And then there's Austen - a pragmatic, logical-to-a-fault financial consultant; even if he were interested in someone, he wouldn't know. The two have one thing in common: they can't leave each other alone.

    DK says: "Would Go Well W/Required HS/YA Required Reading"
    "A modern twist on Jane Austen ..."
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    Would you listen to Jane and Austen again? Why?

    Absolutely. It was fun, witty and some of the characters made me laugh.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jane and Austen?

    The wedding scene at the end of the book. (Not going into any more detail ~ don't want to spoil it!)


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

    Ms. Emmes has a great voice for the Young Adult/New Adult genre. She really brings out the emotions of the characters. She also shows their youthfulness well.


    Any additional comments?

    Confession time: At the age of 40+ I have never read a Jane Austen novel ... ever. The only knowledge I have of Mr. Darcy is the fact that Bridget Jones loved him and I've seen Colin Firth dressed as Mr. Darcy. I have seen "Emma" (with Gwenyth Paltrow) and of course its modern retelling "Clueless".

    That being said, I never at once felt lost in the story of the Jane Austen characters. Ms. Fowers has a gifted way of bringing everything together. This is a fun book and I would recommend it to all my friends who enjoy Jane Austen and even those, like me, who have never read one of her books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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