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Elizabeth

I love Epic Fantasy....have become a Historical Romance fan because I am a sucker for a good Happily Ever After. Good characters are a must

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  • The Wedding: The Lairds' Brides, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Heather Wilds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (513)
    Performance
    (477)
    Story
    (473)

    New York Times bestselling author Julie Garwood has captured the hearts of millions of listeners worldwide with timeless tales of love and soaring adventure. Now, returning to the enchanting world of her classic love story “The Bride,” she brings to glorious life the passion, intrigue, and rivalry of medieval Scotland....

    jujubug58 says: "Incredible Narrrator"
    "Narrator PERFECTION, delicious characters"
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    Garwood once again created outstanding characters and their banter is the best element of the book. Heather Wilds is an EXCEPTIONAL narrator and is only second to Kate Reading in my opinion. This book is not as good as The Bride, but is still great and credit worthy. If you enjoy Garwood's characters then you will like these as well. I actually liked the first half of the book much better than the last half. The first half had me laughing and crying. Then it seemed to slightly flatten out, but I still enjoyed it very much.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Scottish Prisoner

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Rick Holmes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1303)
    Performance
    (1155)
    Story
    (1157)

    Winner of the Quill Award and the Corine International Book Prize, Diana Gabaldon is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Outlander series. This fourth novel featuring popular character Lord John Grey is told both from Lord Grey’s perspective and from that of Jamie Fraser, the star of the Outlander series.

    Teahouse Fox says: "Lord John 'Quixote' rides again"
    "Nice compliment to Voyager...."
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    Diana Gabaldon is just a truly OUTSTANDING writer. I may be one of the only people who is NOT a big fan of Lord John Grey, BUT I felt like I HAD to listen to this particular book so I could get a better understanding of Jamie and his relationship.

    Halfway through Voyager (Outlander series) I stopped and got this book and listened. Claire is not IN the book, but YES she is because Jamie can't forget her.

    It cleared up some issues I wondered about and was well worth the listen. I started back up with Voyager and was glad to have the insight.

    Is it a MUST....NO. But I did need the additional info.

    The story is a great adventure with great characters and dialogue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chieftain: Return of the Highlanders Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Margaret Mallory
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (135)

    With her powers to heal and see evil where others cannot, beautiful Ilysa dresses plainly, speaks softly, and loves her chieftain from afar. Yet when Connor finally stokes the embers of desire that have so long burned within her, Ilysa feels bliss unlike any she's ever known. Now as he is forced to place duty before happiness, Ilysa senses Connor is in grave peril. Can she find a way to prove she is the woman he needs by his side?

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Love Comes To Those Who Wait."
    "Great end to a SUPER series"
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    This was my least favorite of the series, but that doesn't mean it isn't good.....just not AS GOOD as the others....IMO

    I loved IIysa and the story was multifaceted. There was much more going on than just a romance.

    This is a great series that no one who enjoys Highlanders should miss.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Warrior: Return of the Highlanders Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Margaret Mallory
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (177)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (165)

    From the Isle of Skye to the battlefields of France, Duncan MacDonald has never escaped the memory of the true love he left behind. Deemed unworthy of a chieftain's daughter, Duncan abandoned the lovely Moira to prove his worth in battle. Now, when called upon to rescue her from a rival clan, one thing is certain: Moira's pull on his heart is stronger than ever. Bartered away in marriage to a violent man, Moira will do anything to ensure she and her son survive.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "A Love Worth Waiting For......"
    "The loyal warrior and the lady...ENJOYABLE"
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    The 3rd installment in the Return of the Highlanders Series is much like the first 2....sweet, sexy, heartwarming, and just a down-right enjoyable listen.

    What I LOVE about this series is that the conflicts are solved quickly and the listener isn't waiting an hour for the couple to resolve the issue. Now that also makes it a little less dramatic and maybe in some peoples opinion not the best writing technique,

    ....but ....I wanted a easy listen that took me through the gamut of emotions without making me sweat for hours at every problem that cropped up!

    This series is that for me...the perfect feel good romantic series.

    Get all 4 and start listening!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Everlasting Covenant

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (35)

    Anne Gifford's dowry - or lack thereof - is of no concern to Sir Dylan DeFrayne. Wrapped in each other's arms, what more could they possibly need? Yet the young lovers' passion can never be sanctioned - the DeFraynes and Giffords have been sworn enemies for decades. Lest more blood be shed, the two must keep their affair a secret…and plot their elopement. Clad in threadbare hand-me-downs, Anne never expects the powerful and aged Brennan Forbes to remember her face, let alone propose marriage.

    MickeyMarie says: "This is not the same Robyn Carr"
    "Troubling Listen...Good and Bad"
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    I am almost at a loss to figure out how I feel about this book. The beginning is extremely slow and it drug on and I felt like for sure I was going to dislike this book. The book has an interesting element of the War of the Roses history in it which I enjoyed...but I had trouble wrapping my arms around the actual romantic part of the story. I don't feel like the romance was developed enough and the characters were developed enough for me to really care about them in the beginning of the book it took quite a long time for me to even care what happened to anybody in the book.

    I began to get interested about halfway to three quarters of the way through the book. While it held my interest it wasn't one of those books that I just didn't want to put down I mean I was almost listening because I just had to find out what happened in the end. The book is too long in my opinion and there's a lot of stuff that could be eliminated. It's definitely not one of Robyn Carr's best. I wish that this same story could be written over and maybe (I hate to say a better job done) of writing it because I'm no writer myself and never would claim to be but I just feel like if Carr was at her best when she wrote this particular book it would have been a much better listen. Overall it just seems like it was written before Carr had honed her skills and perfected her craft!

    I spent 14 hours listening to what seemed like the Cliffs Notes of a story.

    So question is it creditworthy....... I don't know. I believe it's worthy if its on sale but at the same time the listener have to have a lot of patience. This book was just frustratingly bad at times and then there were times where I was very interested so I just don't know what to tell you!

    Narration was great....Romantic rating is a very weak PG-13....and there was very little romance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Guardian: Return of the Highlanders, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Margaret Mallory
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (315)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (286)

    After years of fighting abroad, Ian MacDonald comes home to find his clan in peril. To save his kin, he must right the wrongs from his past... and claim the bride he's long resisted. As a young lass, Sìleas depended on Ian to play her knight in shining armor. Five years later, Sìleas has grown from an awkward girl into an independent beauty who knows she deserves better than the reluctant husband who preferred war to his wife. Now this devilishly handsome Highlander is finally falling in love. He wants Sìleas - and he won't take no for an answer....

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Spirited Highland Adventure"
    "Interesting, sweet, frustrating..HIGHLANDERS!"
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    The story was interesting from the start. I could see how the series was going to be a great one from the moment all the characters were introduced.

    Mallory does a great job creating characters that inspire emotions in the reader/listener.

    I am not a fan of male narrators for romance novels, so although Perkins does a fine job...just not my favorite.

    I loved Sileas from the start and Ian needed a god slap now and then , but don't all Highlanders?

    Great start to a superb series! Listen to the series as soon as you can!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sinner: The Return of the Highlanders, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Margaret Mallory
    • Narrated By Derek Perkins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (198)

    Alex MacDonald is known for his skill as a warrior, his prowess with women, and his vow to never take a wife. But now his chieftain has asked him to make the ultimate sacrifice: Wed Glynis MacNeil, a lass famed throughout the Highlands for her exquisite beauty - and defiant ways. Familiar with heartbreak, Glynis refuses to fall for another handsome scoundrel. Yet when Alex's past sins force an unlikely union, Glynis gives in to temptation and becomes his wife. Will their passion be strong enough to fight the enemy?

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Great Sequal.. one of the best Highlander series!"
    "Sexy HOT Highland Escape!"
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    I couldn't put this book down. I looked forward to Alex's story and was NOT disappointed. This was a delicious second book in the series "The Return of the Highlanders"
    One of the best Highlander series I have listened to so far. Loved it!

    I am not a fan of male narrators for romance novels, so Derek Perkins is fine and not a turn off, but not my preference.

    Listen to the entire series...it is well worth it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darling Beast

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Hoyt
    • Narrated By Ashford McNab
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (67)

    Falsely accused of murder and mute from a near-fatal beating, Apollo Greaves, Viscount Kilbourne has escaped from Bedlam. With the Crown's soldiers at his heels, he finds refuge in the ruins of a pleasure garden, toiling as a simple gardener. But when a vivacious young woman moves in, he's quickly driven to distraction.

    Moriah says: "Enjoyable Listen"
    "How I LOVE the MAIDEN LANE series!"
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    Fabulous book. So glad to see the return of Ashford McNab...she is the voice of Maiden Lane to me..(even though I was not a fan of her Phoebe lisp)

    Elizabeth Hoyt is a masterful writer who knows how to draw in a reader / listener. I didn't want to put it down.

    It is strange to say in a Romance book, but the little boy Indigo and his dog Daffodil stole the show in the first half of the book!

    I laughed, teared up, had many strong emotions because of this book. If you haven't discovered MAIDEN LANE...you are missing out on one of the best series of all time!

    Get it Get it Get it!!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of Scoundrels

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Loretta Chase
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (763)
    Performance
    (704)
    Story
    (703)

    Sebastian Ballister, the notorious Marquess of Dain, is big, bad, and dangerous to know. No respectable woman would have anything to do with the "Bane and Blight of the Ballisters", and he wants nothing to do with respectable women. He's determined to continue doing what he does best - sin and sin again - and all's going swimmingly…until the day a shop door opens and she walks in.

    Marcheta says: "Witty dialogue highlights battle between the sexes"
    "Character Perfection...Narration at its best!"
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    First off....this book could have sucked (but it didn't! ) and I would have listened anyway...because KATE READING COULD READ A PHONE BOOK AND BRING IT TO LIFE! She is the best narrator on the planet. In fact she is the ONLY reason I listened to this book. But I'm so glad I did because.....

    Lord of scoundrels is brilliant! I fell in love with Jessica immediately. She is easily in my top 3 heroines of all time. Chase's ability to bring characters to life (with Reading's help of course) is fascinating. This is a totally character driven book. There is a plot and storyline but it all takes a backseat to the dialogues and interactions between Jessica and Dain.
    This is one of the best books I have ever listened to. Witty...funny...tragic...heart-wrenching...heartwarming...romantic...sensual...Lord of Scoundrels has everything.
    The romantic scenes are steamy and somewhat descriptive but not over the top. They are handled tastefully.
    This book is worth a credit...heck it's worth 2!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Once Upon a Kiss

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Tanya Anne Crosby
    • Narrated By Braden Wright
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (133)

    To settle a feud, Dominique Beauchamp was resigned to wed in order to heal their injured lands. Offered in marriage by her brother to the lord of Drakewich, she came to take the d'Lucy name... but never counted on losing her heart to the brother of her betrothed - the Black Dragon. Blaec d'Lucy mistrusted her from the beginning, believing her to be part of her brother's endless perfidy, but he was powerless to resist the fiery-haired vixen that rode so proudly into their midst. Their love was sealed... once upon a kiss.

    Lynn says: "The "Kiss" delivered"
    "Not credit worthy...narration ruined it for me"
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    One aspect of the story line seemed to be well on it's way to development but the rest of the story was really weak. I COULD NOT STAND the narrator's character voices. He has a good regular voice, but he made the hero sound mean and gruff all the time and the heroine sounded like a drag queen.

    I listened on double speed. Not impressed.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonfly in Amber

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10906)
    Performance
    (7445)
    Story
    (7468)

    New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

    Shelley says: "I ADORE this series!"
    "Dirk in my Heart...but WONDERFUL!"
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    Yes....I cursed Diana Gabaldon and swore to NEVER listen to another word of her horrid writing when I heard Claire say "I am Claire Randall" I hated Diana for destroying Claire and Jaime...hated her for leaving me with such a longing in my heart at the end of Outlander just to plunge a dirk into it with those words!

    Then I collected myself. I thought - SURELY with so many books in the series there is a perfectly logical explanation as to why she is calling herself and her DAUGHTER Randall. The series is about a love story between Claire and Jaime MAINLY so everything would be alright in the end.

    I read some reviews here on Audible and other sites and again was thrown into a deep despair. Really? DIA was slow and boring and people actually wanted to skip it? The worst book in the series? How could this be? So I tried to ignore what I had read, reminding myself that poor reviews by other readers did not mean I would not enjoy the book. So I pressed play again.

    Yes the first hour or so was heart-wrenching and maybe a bit slow, but once Jaime and Claire were back together all was right with the world again.

    DIA is a GREAT book. It isn't Outlander...but it is wonderful. Diana's writing style is unsurpassed. The dialogue and character development and interactions is like no other. DIA is a crucial step in the series and if you really think about it and put yourself in their shoes.... you will see that the actions of the characters and the events play out like they should.

    Remember that while this is a Time Travel Historical Romance.....it is still as REAL as it gets. My meaning is that the story isn't all roses and laughter. There are real life issues and struggles along with a passionate love story. It's real. Sometimes real means tough for
    the reader to deal with...but I am sure that in the end all will be right with the world of Claire and Jaime.

    I can't get over how perfect Davina Porter's narration is. She brings Diana's words to life with perfection. It is a movie (television show) playing out in my head.
    In fact she brings it to life so well...I could swear I have already seen the scenes on the STARZ television series, but when I look back I realize those parts haven't been shown on television yet.

    In closing - don't read the negative reviews and get discouraged. DIA is an integral part of the series and once you get past the first couple hours you will be enraptured just as I was.

    On to Voyager!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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