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Ellen

North Providence, RI, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • A Dark Guardian: Shields, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Donna Grant
    • Narrated By Antony Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (115)

    Hugh and his men are faced with fighting creatures only thought to live in legend but which have been brought to Earth by evil bent on annihilating all the realms. That is Hugh's life - and he loves it. At least he did until he found himself staring into the angelic, innocent face of Lady Mina of Stone Crest. In all the time he has led the Shields Hugh has trusted his instinct to keep his men alive, yet now he doesn't know what to believe. Everything points to Mina as the evil summoning the creatures, but she proclaims her innocence. He should be able to see through her lies, if she is indeed lying, but his attraction to her blinds him to even that.

    CAROLYN says: "PARANORMAL INTRIGUE,DUTY & LOVE MAKE A GREAT COMBO"
    "I can't wait to begin the next book."
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    Would you listen to A Dark Guardian again? Why?

    Absolutely. It was exciting and romantic with all the action of a paranormal adventure,


    What did you like best about this story?

    It pulled me into the story right away and kept me wondering who was the villain.


    Which character – as performed by Antony Ferguson – was your favorite?

    Lady Mina


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

    When they were in the barn together, his fierceness to have her belong to him was amazing.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Donna Grants writing and am always looking for her next adventure to begin. Her highlander novels are incredible.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thunder and Roses: Fallen Angels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Mary Jo Putney
    • Narrated By Peter Bishop
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (152)
    Performance
    (139)
    Story
    (137)

    They called him the Demon Earl. They said he could do anything. Son of a rogue and a gypsy, Nicolas Davies was a notorious rake until a shattering betrayal left him alone and embittered in the Welsh countryside. Desperation drives quiet schoolmistress Clare Morgan to ask the Demon Earl to help save her village. Unwilling to involve himself in the problems of others, Nicholas sets an impossible price on his aid-only if Clare will live with him for three months, letting the world think the worst, will he intervene.

    bookworm2bookworm says: "Great start to a series!"
    "A lot of interesting customs"
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    What did you love best about Thunder and Roses?

    Claire's resolve


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nicholas because there are so many facets to his personality and his sence of honor


    Which character – as performed by Peter Bishop – was your favorite?

    Nicholas


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I would differently put this on my reread list

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Captured by the Pirate Laird: Highland Force, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Amy Jarecki
    • Narrated By Paul Woodson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    Wed by proxy to a baron old enough to be her grandfather, Lady Anne trudges up the gangway of a galleon that will deliver her into the arms of a tyrant. Crestfallen, she believes her disastrous life cannot get worse - until she awakes to the blasts of cannon fire. Facing certain death, Anne trembles in her stateroom while swords clash and the chilling screams of battle rage on the deck above. When a rugged Highlander kicks in her door, she prays for a swift end.

    Nicole Laverdure says: "A captivating Scottish adventure!"
    "Exciting and suspenseful"
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    Where does Captured by the Pirate Laird rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Highly recommended not Kathryn Le Veque though


    What did you like best about this story?

    Laird MacLeod determination to keep her even if the ransom is paid


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

    I love his accent and the way he emphasizes everything he saying. Sometimes I think he's just as excited about what he's reading as a listener is to hear it


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

    No however it did give me a good feeling.


    Any additional comments?

    I would read another book written by Amy Jarecki

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • My Fierce Highlander: Highland Adventure, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Vonda Sinclair
    • Narrated By Andrew Bryan
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Gwyneth Carswell, an English lady banished by her father to the harsh Scottish Highlands, wants nothing more than to take her young son away from the violence of two fighting clans - her own distant kin, the MacIrwins, and their enemies, the MacGraths. She risks everything to rescue the fierce MacGrath warrior from the battlefield where he's left for dead by her clan. She only knows she is inexplicably drawn to him and he wants peace as she does. When her clan learns of her betrayal, they seek vengeance. Dare she trust the enemy more than her own family? Laird Alasdair MacGrath is driven to end two-hundred years of feuding with the MacIrwins. But by taking in and protecting Lady Gwyneth and her son, he provokes more attacks from his mortal enemy. As the danger and conflict surrounding them escalate, Alasdair and Gwyneth discover an explosive passion neither of them expected. With the arrival of a powerful man from her past, a horrible decision confronts her - give up her son or the man she loves.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Highland Chemistry 101"
    "Typical but more boring than most"
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    What would have made My Fierce Highlander better?

    More action, more interaction with the characters and more historical details


    Has My Fierce Highlander turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Andrew Bryan?

    I really don't think another narrator would help


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from My Fierce Highlander?

    I don't know and I really would hate to say most


    Any additional comments?

    This is not a book I would read again or recommend even to someone I wasn't too fond of

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Honor of a Highlander: A Novella: The MacKinnon Clan, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By April Holthaus
    • Narrated By Melissa Carey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (16)

    Laird Rory MacKinnon set out to join William Wallace after discovering an imminent threat that the English have planned an attack. Raised as a warrior, he has given his heart and soul to fight for Scotland's freedom, until he meets a lass who has captured his heart like no other, Lady Annella. After a brutal attack on her land, Rory discovers that Annella has been taken prisoner by the English. Now Rory must fight; not only to secure his own clan's freedom but to save the woman he loves.

    Nicole Laverdure says: "Amazing Scottish adventure!"
    "This is rather a typical story I've read before"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would make it longer there wasn't must content for me


    What did you like best about this story?

    The last chapter, when they were married


    What about Melissa Carey’s performance did you like?

    She told a good story and the book would have been flat without her


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I'm not really sure


    Any additional comments?

    There was so much more to tell, I thought, maybe I just didn't get it.

    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"
    "One of Tanya Anne Crosby's better novels"
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    Where does Once Upon a Kiss rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I enjoyed it but found it not as exciting as some of the other audiobooks.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Blaec d'Lucy of course. Arrogant, heart stopping , dangerous and yet with just the right amount of tenderness.


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

    I always find the narrator to bring me into the story and make me fell part of the action. It also makes you feel as if the characters are talking to you.


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

    Not really. Although I felt angry that anyone could treat a woman in the matter that William did it came as no surprise due to the era and the way some men thought at that time.


    Any additional comments?

    I am glad both brothers ended with love in their lives and William ended with what he desired.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Falls of Erith

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Kathryn Le Veque
    • Narrated By Brian J. Gill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    1305 A.D. Being descended from great, though disgraced family, can be a greater curse than most. As a direct descendent of Simon de Montfort, Lady Gray de Montfort Serroux has lived her life with the axe of shame hanging over her head. Because of this, her marriage matches were limited and she wed a dishonorable man who widowed her when he was murdered in a gambling game. Left with a young daughter to support, Gray and her daughter and her mother have been living in poverty.

    Ellen says: "Overall moving story from beginning to end"
    "Overall moving story from beginning to end"
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    Would you listen to The Falls of Erith again? Why?

    I love to listen to all of Kathryn Le Veque's books over and over as I always realize I've missed something the first time around.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lady Gray because she never gives up and stays strong and true throughout


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Braxton throws down his sword and armor to be with his lady wife


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I have recommended this to several of my friends and hope that the author will continue to write in this era. I would also love her to write about Highlanders as Scotland and Scottish men are always an enjoyable read.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Valiant Chaos

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kathryn Le Veque
    • Narrated By Tim Campbell
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Brogan is a very large man with power and skill, but uneducated due to his family's immigrant social standing. He meets our heroine by chance, a member of the mighty de Nevilles, the most powerful ruling family in England. The Lady Avalyn du Brant's uncle is the all-powerful Richard Neville, "The Kingmaker". Although Brogan knows she is out of his league, he is nonetheless taken by her. Avalyn, too, is intrigued by the big soldier with the heavy accent and menacing presence.

    Marcheta says: "I'm so relieved she rewrote the ending"
    "I'm so glad you rewrote the ending"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I definitely would recommend this to a friend it was a wonderful book and I just loved the end when they were together in a new country with their children.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It shows that no matter if you are rich, poor or from different backgrounds love can always make it work.


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

    Emotion and a feeling of being there with the characters


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

    Yes. I cried but they were happy tears.


    Any additional comments?

    I have all of Kathryn Le Veque audiobooks and can't wait for her new book coming out the end of October. I find from her website that some books are not available in audiblebooks and wish something could be done about it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark One: Dark Knight

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Kathryn Le Veque
    • Narrated By Jim McCabe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (54)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (54)

    It is A.D. 1486. Fresh from his treacherous turning of the tides against Richard III in the Battle of Bosworth, Sir Gaston de Russe's reputation is dark and dirty. Those loyal to Richard hate him and those loyal to Henry Tudor fear him. He is, after all, The Dark One. In order to gain a strong foothold in Yorkshire, Henry sends Gaston to one of the largest fortresses in the north, a massive bastion called Mt. Holyoak Castle.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Epic Medieval Love Story"
    "Fabulously unbelievable"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Dark One: Dark Knight to be better than the print version?

    I don't know, I haven't read the print version


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was funny, sad, scary and sexy, you never knew what was going to happen next


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

    This is my first time listening to him, his voice is easy to listen to


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

    I laughed at the girls outrageous behavior but I also cried, even at the happy events.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a wonderful book and I really enjoyed reading it. Kathryn Le Veque is an exceptional writer. I can't wait to start my next book by her.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Lady and the Knight: Highland Brides, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Lois Greiman
    • Narrated By Gemma Johansson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (15)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    The Lady and the Knight is a nominee for the coveted Rita award. As children three cousins have made a wish for true love upon a magical dragon amulet, little realizing how daring their destinies will be.

    MM says: "AWFUL...AWFUL...AWFUL!!!"
    "Not one of the better of the series"
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    Where does The Lady and the Knight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Far below, however, I continued reading hoping it would get better. Unfortunately I was disappointed.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The knight is not a strong character which I find very annoying


    Would you be willing to try another one of Gemma Johansson’s performances?

    Yes, as I don't believe the narrator was the problem


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

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    I found there was repetition in the book there were sentences that were repeated continually throughout the reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Magic: Dark Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (83)

    Young Savannah Dubrinsky was a mistress of illusion, a world-famous magician capable of mesmerizing millions. But there was one - Gregori, the Dark One - who held her in terrifying thrall. Whose cold silver eyes and heated sensuality sent shivers of danger, of desire, down her slender spine. With a dark magic all his own, Gregori - the implacable hunter, the legendary healer, the most powerful of Carpathian males - whispered in Savannah's mind that he was her destiny.

    Patrina says: "Great Book, Abysmal Performance"
    "Gregori was magnificently exciting"
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    If you could sum up Dark Magic in three words, what would they be?

    Breathtaking, emotional, sexy


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Savannah because she was sexy, tough, tender but able to control the most powerful man alive


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Savannah realizes Gregori is her wolf


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

    Yes but I had to keep backing it up because I kept falling asleep


    Any additional comments?

    One of the best Carpathian books in the series so far a must read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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