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Elizabeth

I just Love the Allure of a Great Romance...a Pair of Rose Colored Glasses...some Fine Wine, and a Subscription to Audible...

Sandia, TX, United States | Member Since 2012

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FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
194

  • On Dublin Street

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Samantha Young
    • Narrated By Paula Costello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1451)
    Performance
    (1364)
    Story
    (1362)

    Jocelyn Butler has been hiding from her past for years. But all her secrets are about to be laid bare.... Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland, burying her grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without attachments. Her solitary life is working well - until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street where she meets a man who shakes her carefully guarded world to its core.

    Leesa says: "Swept me away!!!"
    "Braden Carmichael…Come On Down…"
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    Oh…My…

    “Dublin Street” is a “can’t put down”, “must listen to again” novel by Samantha Young, and Braden Carmichael is perhaps the best leading man…ever!

    This story is rich in emotion with great characters that you will love.
    There is a strong sexual content found in these pages, but responsibly written within the context of the storyline.

    Mark your calendars for May 7, 2013 when the Second installment of the Dublin series, “Down London Road” will be released on ebooks! I was so impressed with “Dublin Street” that I made a visit to Samantha Young’s website. There, I found out that Publisher’s Weekly announced that Samantha signed a book deal for the third book in the series as well.

    I cannot wait…

    Credit Worthy??? You’d better believe it!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Boomerang: A Boomerang Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Noelle August
    • Narrated By Amanda Wallace, Andrew Eiden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Mia Galliano is an aspiring filmmaker. Ethan Vance has just played his last game as a collegiate soccer star. They're sharp, hungry for success, and they share a secret. Last night, Ethan and Mia met at a bar, and, well, one thing led to another, which led to them waking up the next morning together. Things turned awkward in a hurry when they found themselves sharing a post-hookup taxi to the same place: Boomerang headquarters.

    Elizabeth says: "Looking Forward to More from Noelle August"
    "Looking Forward to More from Noelle August"
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    This is a fun, stress free novel that is entertaining and worth the credit! Cute characters, good story. Enjoyable!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15489)
    Performance
    (9827)
    Story
    (9709)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Standing Ovation for Outlander Series"
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    OUTLANDER by Diana Gabaldon is an absolutely amazing novel, with a perfect mixture of romance, Scottish folklore, and time travel adventure.
    Talk about getting your credit's worth!!! This listening experience is perfectly narrated by Davina Porter, and provides over 33 hours of pure entertainment.
    YES!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Georgia on My Mind: A Sexy Contemporary Romance

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Marie Force
    • Narrated By Holly Fielding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    Since Georgie Quinn's mother died, the highlight of her life has become "jogger stalking" every morning with her roommates, Tess and Cat. Stuck running the senior center her mother founded in Newport, RI, until a replacement director is found, Georgie dreams of returning to her glamorous life in Atlanta. As that life begins to unravel, she discovers a whole new one in Newport where the jogger turns out to be sexy detective and tree hugger Nathan Caldwell.

    Elizabeth says: "Enjoyable Story Lost by the Narrator"
    "Enjoyable Story Lost by the Narrator"
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    Georgia on My Mind: A Sexy Contemporary Romance, written by: Marie Force, and narrated by: Holly Fielding would have been more enjoyable had I read it to myself, or with another narrator.
    Holly Fielding, the narrator, has a somewhat cute and girlie voice (sometimes becoming too "sing/song") that might be better used in young adult books whose characters are all female.
    Unfortunately, she becomes monotone and bullish sounding when it comes to male voices, making it very difficult to enjoy.
    I believe the story is sweet and solid enough to be enjoyable, but I had to leave it several times, due to the narrator's voice, in order to return to it later and finally finish.

    Had I known what I know now, I would not have used a credit for this performance. Sorry.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cursed: The Watchers Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By S.J. West
    • Narrated By Christa Lewis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (139)

    Lilly Rayne Nightingale always felt like Fate was trying to wipe away her existence through a series of odd, near fatal incidences. Luckily, her best friend Will was always one step ahead of Fate preventing her from being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Will was her knight in shining armor until he broke her heart after their one and only kiss. On Lilly's first day of college, she meets Brand Cole. Intrigued by Brand, Lilly must decide whether or not she can give up her adolescent fantasy of being reunited with Will and allow Brand the opportunity to conqueror her heart.

    Danielle says: "Very pleasantly surprised"
    "A "Poor Man's" Twilight"
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    Cursed: The Watchers Trilogy, Book 1 by SJ West, was very disappointing and not worth the credit or time. I know that this sounds harsh, but the similarities to Twilight are insulting. What I mean to say, is how did West not realize that the parallels were just too obvious.
    I wanted to like it...but couldn't finish it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rock Chick

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Susannah Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (716)
    Performance
    (672)
    Story
    (678)

    Indy Savage is a former wild child (okay, maybe not so "former") and current used-bookstore owner. Lee Nightingale is a former bad boy and now runs a private investigation service. Toss together a quiet barista with a not-so-lawful side-business, a crazy Vietnam Vet, a pothead, a drag queen, family and friends who will not mind their own business, a few stun guns, and a bag of diamonds, and mix them all up with some shootings, a high-speed chase and car bombs exploding, then hang on for your first wild Rock Chick ride.

    karen says: "A Rockin story"
    "Thououghly Fun!"
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    Rock Chicks, Book 1, by Kristen Ashley was a surprise to me. I'm not sure why because I have enjoyed several of Kristen's books. I will start by saying that I didn't love the cover...and that made me a bit skeptical, and even hesitant to begin. But when I did...to my delight, I discovered a light-hearted, lol, funny diversion from several of her other books.

    A little reminiscent of "Stephanie Plum"...including a hilariously witty protagonist named Indie, missing diamonds, lots of clever antics; a motley collection of characters that I just loved, and, of course, hot Alpha's...I have already pre-ordered Book 2 which will be on audio June 10, 2014!

    Enjoy this book! It is definitely Credit Worthy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Just Good Friends: Escape to New Zealand, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Rosalind James
    • Narrated By Claire Bocking
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (84)

    Kate Lamonica isn't Koti James' type. Too small. Too dark. And heaps too much work. So it's an easy bet that he can be her friend for six weeks without making a move on her, no matter what his mates would have said. Kate can't believe she's made the bet at all. New Zealand had seemed like the perfect escape from the stalker who'd threatened first her peace of mind and then her life. She certainly doesn't need any more trouble. Why on earth has she agreed to spend time with a Maori rugby player who's far too handsome and charming for his own good - and knows it?

    Lolli says: "Hot rugby player in NZ: yes please!"
    "Escape to New Zealand - Again..."
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    Another light-hearted hit: Escape to New Zealand, Book 2, for Rosalind James!
    "Just Good Friends" is a fun read that includes, just as in Book 1, historical and cultural points of interest about New Zealand...definitely enticing the traveler in me to take a trip there someday.
    The narrator, Clair Bocking did a good job, and has a lyrical quality to her voice...her accents were right-on!
    Definitely a fun listen when you are in need of a happy, basically stress-free book...
    Have fun! Credit worthy...YES!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Just This Once: Escape to New Zealand, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Rosalind James
    • Narrated By Claire Bocking
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (186)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (176)

    Everyone needs to be rescued sometimes. Everyone but Hannah Montgomery, that is. She just needs a vacation. Three weeks in New Zealand to sort out her life, figure out what she wants, seems just right. Oh, and to relax. She should definitely put that on the agenda. She certainly isn't looking for a fling with a professional rugby player, no matter how attractive he is. Hannah doesn't do casual. But maybe just this once.…

    MJG says: "INTRODUCE YOURSELF TO NEW ZEALAND ... AND ..."
    "I Sooooo Needed This!"
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    I was soooo in the mood for a light-hearted, sweet-hearted, book like this. "Just This Once: Escape to New Zealand, Book 1, by Rosalind James was just the ticket, for the mood I was in... I loved the characters, and loved the story. The narrator, Clair Bocking did such a good job, although, I would recommend slowing down a bit...her accents were right-on!
    A bit like a travel brochure, perhaps; although, I found myself really in need of a happy, basically not stress book...Have fun! Credit worthy...YES!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Twisted

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Emma Chase
    • Narrated By Charlotte Penfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (350)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (332)

    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"
    "A Scanty Follow-up to Tangled"
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    Emma Chase’s second installment in the “Tangled” Series fell short of my expectations. “Twisted” as told through the eyes of the leading lady, Kate and is narrated terrifically by Charlotte Penfield This is the continuing story of Kate and Drew two years later. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this, and perhaps my expectations were too high, since I gave 5 stars to Book 1.

    Although I plan to continue looking forward to Emma Chase’s next audible, I only awarded Twisted an overall 3 stars, mainly because the narrator did such a good job with the material.

    Throughout this novel, I found myself frustrated to the point of irritation with the NUMEROUS, (twisted) misunderstandings between the two main characters. It was, in my opinion overkill, because while the reader is supposed to envelope the “love” between Kate and Drew, their lack of faith and miscommunications bordered on the ridiculous. While Book 1, “Tangled” was funny and entertaining to read, “Twisted” was more of a “ugh…give me a break” read.

    I’m on the fence with this one. Given the option, I probably would have to listen to it myself, and therefore making it credit worthy, however, I think you would be able to go into Book 3 without it. So, my vote is not worth the credit. Sorry.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Perfect Chemistry

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Simone Elkeles
    • Narrated By Roxanne Hernandez, Blas Kisic
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (204)

    When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created perfect life is about to unravel before her eyes. She's forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she's worked so hard for her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect.

    Leslie says: "Perfect Chemisty has perfect chemistry."
    "“Grease” Meets “West Side Story”"
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    Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles is the first book in the Perfect Chemistry Series, as well as the first book by Simone Elkeles that I have read/listened. Although it received an overall rating of 3 stars from me, the narration, performed well by Roxanne Hernandez and Blas Kisic, received 4 stars.

    The Perfect Chemistry series is targeted toward teen’s ages 13 & up, and I can see howt it would hold more appeal for them. The bad boy meets good girl is classic in Romance Novels, and I am definitely a fan. But, while I, (at my age – ugh) certainly realize that this is fiction and not meant to be a taken as biographical, the ending is not at all probable. I might not object to my teen reading this, but I would certainly want to know what he or she were reading so that I might be able to shed some light on the plausible reality of the outcome of such a relationship. Don’t get me wrong, I have read hundreds of romance novels, and love them…13 just seems young.

    Fairly good story, but sadly, I do not recommend as credit worthy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadowheart: Medieval Hearts, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (113)

    A fatally dangerous man...and the woman who stands in the way of all he's ever desired. Beautiful and ruthless, the elegant assassin Allegreto will stop at nothing to regain his rightful place. And the perfect instrument has just fallen into his hands, in the lovely form of Lady Elena - the long-lost princess of the land he intends to wrest back from his enemies. But she is no mere maiden to be possessed.

    DARA says: "Another Kinsale Winner!"
    "Astonishing! Thrilling! Amazing!"
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    Laura Kinsale brings to her readers, a book 2 that is an absolute credit worthy continuation to Medieval Hearts. In Book 2, LK creatively brings about a seemingly loveless character to his knees in love and redemption. Nothing short of a miraculous and believable character transformation.

    As Laura's fans have come to expect from the her, you will experience a jaw dropping, awe-inspiring, can’t put down, captivating historical romance.

    This novel is exhilarating; gratifying and exhausting (in the best sense of the word) experience (and I mean experience: see, hear, smell taste, and feel everything along with these amazing characters) the talented work that is Laura Kinsale.

    I remain addicted.

    I do have one concern in my recommendation – as mentioned in another review, there are a few S&M scenes introduced in this novel. This was not particularly appealing to me, and I found it somewhat troublesome, however, artistically speaking, I could, to a certain extent, see how it might have been warranted for this story, as the alpha male had been severely abused as a child, adolescent, and young adult. Of course, the abusive upbringing of this character also made it more sad than tantalizing. Even so, I absolutely loved these characters and wanted the best possible outcome for them.

    Again, the combination of Kinsale’s writing style and ability, with the brilliant narration of Nicholas Boulton, is perfection. I have said it before, and it will always bear repeating, Nicholas Boulton has got to be the most outstanding male narrator of Historical Romance of all time. His rich baritone voice is mesmerizing and is one to absolutely LOVE. This collaboration is nothing short of excellence!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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