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Equusdreamer

Day dreaming book lover!

Vermont, United States | Member Since 2010

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REVIEWS
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HELPFUL VOTES
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  • Romancing the Duke: Castles Ever After

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Tessa Dare
    • Narrated By Carmen Rose
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (132)

    As the daughter of a famed author, Isolde Ophelia Goodnight grew up on tales of brave knights and fair maidens. She never doubted romance would be in her future, too. The storybooks offered endless possibilities. And as she grew older, Izzy crossed them off. One by one by one....Now Izzy's given up yearning for romance. She'll settle for a roof over her head. What fairy tales are left over for an impoverished 26-year-old woman who's never even been kissed?

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Sigh-Worthy Fluffy Fun Fairy Tale"
    "How I Love Happily Ever Afters!"
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    Tessa Dare is one of my new favorites. Her characters are not cookie-cutter perfect. However, her story line is! Also, Carmen Rose was AWESOME! She had all the accents down including the Scottish valet Duncan. Audible, I hope you have plans for the rest of the series because this is too good to miss.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Meant for Her: The Love and Danger Series, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Amy Gamet
    • Narrated By Carly Robins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (32)

    Julie Trueblood's name is found alongside an encrypted message in the safe deposit box of a dead man, bringing Navy investigator Hank Jared to her door, looking for answers. The daughter of the most infamous spy of the twenty-first century, Julie denies any knowledge of the man or the cipher and sends Hank away.

    Stacy says: "Read don't listen!"
    "All the elements"
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    This romantic suspense has all the elements and is pretty good. I really enjoyed listening. There are just a couple of drawbacks. Since it is so short, the characters fall in love pretty quickly without the usual character development. The next problem is that it ends so quickly it leaves you hanging. They do have their HEA after some major twists and turns. Bottom line - its worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When Passion Rules

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Johanna Lindsey
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (235)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (178)

    Forced to flee Napoleon’s rampaging army on the continent, orphaned Alana Farmer and her eccentric guardian make a new home for themselves in London. There, Alana enjoys every privilege a daughter of the nobility could hope for, plus an education fit for a queen. Now, on the eve of her debut into London Society, she learns the shocking secret of her birthright. Can it be true? Is she really the lost princess of the European kingdom of Lubinia? Persuaded by her guardian to return to their homeland to quell a bloody revolt, Alana finds herself in an isolated, mountainous country whose customs strike her as medieval!

    Rosita says: "Excellent!!"
    "Out of the Ordinary"
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    This book is something different. I love historical romance but some of them can be formulaic which results in utter boredom. This book is original. It starts in England but then quickly moves to Lubania which is a real part of Poland. There is suspense, surprises and of course, a happy, ever after. Rosalyn Landor is one of my favorite narrators which adds to the listening pleasure.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lord Ruin

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Carolyn Jewel
    • Narrated By Kate McDermott
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Ruan Bettancourt, the Duke of Cynssyr, intends to marry London's most beautiful debutante. A case of mistaken identity forces him to marry her sister, spinster Anne Sinclair. Before long, he's head-over-heels in love with his wife while Anne is determined to make the best of her unwanted marriage. Can Lord Ruin convince Anne he's fallen in love?

    Equusdreamer says: "Unfortunate for Lord Ruin"
    "Unfortunate for Lord Ruin"
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    I read this book a few years ago and really enjoyed it and was really happy when I saw it available in Audible. What ruined Lord Ruin was the narration. Ms. McDermott's lack of experience is evident and she should try changing her voice for the different characters that are part of the story line. When the narrator is unable to change voices, the reading comes across as flat and monotone. Some really good examples are Anne Flosnik and Susan Duerden whose narration of historical romance books are a listening joy. I hope that Ms. McDermott will continue narrating books as she has an authentic accent. I just hope she will practice the male voices and learn to make each character stand out.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of Scoundrels

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Loretta Chase
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (736)
    Performance
    (679)
    Story
    (678)

    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"
    "Must Love Scoundrels!"
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    Loretta Chase how come it took so long to get on Audible? All of her books are incredibly well written, and each character has depth beyond what is normally found in romance books. I hope that more of her books will find their way here (especially Lord Perfect, my all time favorite!). I don't want to leave the narration out because that was outstanding too. Thanks to Kate Reading, Ms. Chase's wonderful book was done justice. I hope you will use your credit on this book, you won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whisper To Me of Love

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Shirlee Busbee
    • Narrated By Caroline Kinsolving
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Ripped from her dying mother's arms, Morgana Fowler was cast into a life of desperate thievery. With a tongue even sharper than the blade she deftly wields, she has all but mastered her devious trade - until she picks the pocket of a dashing American who wrests her from the sordid streets of London. In the arms of her gallant protector, she is helpless against the longing he elicits within her.

    Cynthia says: "Good listen, in spite of itself!"
    "Snip, Snip to the Bodice Ripper!!"
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    I think the editor sleep through the book. It was waaaaaaay toooooo long! I actually looked at the publishing date of the book to find out if it was an old romance novel published in the days that were not PC. Nope I was wrong, it's a recent publish date. The sex scenes made me cringe; I had to fast forward over those. The narration was breathy and falsely dramatic. I did feel bad for Ms. Kinsolving, the book was so long it almost sounded like she was losing her voice at some points.

    I want to say something good about it too. The story might not of been too bad if the editor had done his/her job and cut some scenes and asked Ms. Busbee not to describe everything in such finite detail, like describing the food the butler brought in.

    Worth a credit? If you like long, tortuous romance books, hey give it go.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Playing the Part

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Darcy Daniel
    • Narrated By Eva Kaminsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (160)
    Performance
    (147)
    Story
    (149)

    Anthea Cane is a successful actress - well, action star. Her films are mostly about how hot she looks silhouetted by fiery explosions. But Anthea is determined to prove she's more than just a body. With the role of a lifetime up for grabs - a serious adaptation of her favorite novel - Anthea sets off to her small hometown in the name of research. Cole Daniel is a blind farmer with no patience for divas, especially one who mercilessly teased him as a young boy. When Anthea shows up using a fake name and pestering him into letting her stay, he can't pass up the opportunity to torment her just a little.

    SIMARA says: "Cole had me at hello!!!"
    "Love Aussie Style!"
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    This is a really enjoyable listen. The story is heartfelt and warm. The narration is perfect and Eva Kaminsky's Australian accent is totally believable. This is not a complex romance that has you wondering how the hero/heroine get together. It is sweet and filled with loving romance. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dream Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (200)

    In search of a legendary mare, Lord Winter enters the crucible of the red sands, forging unbreakable bonds of loyalty and trust with his young companion in the desert. But hidden beneath the ragged costume of a Bedouin boy is a remarkable young woman: Zenia Stanhope, daughter of the extraordinary Queen of the Desert. Zenia wants nothing of the danger that Lord Winter lives for. She wants only to reach England, far from the blood and sand of the desert.

    Amazon Customer says: "Oh flipping WOW!"
    "Beautiful and painful!"
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    This is an unforgettable book with unforgettable narration. What was painful for me was the struggle of the characters to achieve peace. Their struggle goes right to the bitter end. Laura Kinsale will be an automatic download for me but when I want a nice, sweet romance, I won't look here. As far as narration goes, Nicholas Boulton is in the top three narrators for romance at Audible if not the top. I hope you won't hesitate listening to this book, especially if you are looking for depth of characters and strength and talent of narration.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Arrangement

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Mary Balogh
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (182)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (162)

    Desperate to escape his mother's matchmaking, Vincent Hunt, Viscount Darleigh, flees to a remote country village. But even there, another marital trap is sprung. So when Miss Sophia Fry's intervention on his behalf finds her unceremoniously booted from her guardian's home, Vincent is compelled to act. He may have been blinded in battle, but he can see a solution to both their problems: marriage. At first, quiet, unassuming Sophia rejects Vincent's proposal. But when such a gloriously handsome man persuades her that he needs a wife of his own choosing as much as she needs protection from destitution, she agrees.

    Grace says: "A nice story about a special relationship."
    "Sweet!"
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    Sometimes an old fashioned romance is really what you want. Mary Balogh's books fit the bill. Her characters are generally not perfect like other romance novels but they really touch the wounded parts of ourselves and touch on emotions. They are not "hot", or sexy in a way that is over the top. If this is what you are craving, then I say "go for it!"

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Prince of Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (421)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (389)

    He was once a legendary highwayman. Now he's a recluse in a ruined French castle, with only a half-wild wolf for a companion. When Lady Leigh Strachan comes looking for a man to aid in her revenge, she's disillusioned to find that the famed Prince of Midnight couldn't help even if he cared to - which he doesn't. S. T. Maitland wants nothing to do with his legend, or with this fierce, beautiful, broken woman... until the old thrill of living on the cutting edge of danger begins to rise in his blood again.

    Robbie says: "Imagine My Joy!"
    "One of the Best Historical Romances on Audible"
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    This book has just the best of everything. There are so many twists and turns with heartache and happiness, it definitely is an emotional roller coaster. Nicholas Boulton's narration was outstanding! His voice is incredible and is reminiscent of Sean Connery's voice. It has a great story which is missing in some of the romances I've read lately. The main characters in the book are so lovable that I will miss them and will have to return to the book again and again just to keep them in my life. Definitely worth the credit.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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