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Fiona

Stanthorpe, Australia | Member Since 2012

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  • To Tame a Sheikh

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Olivia Gates
    • Narrated By Jennifer Woodward
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (18)

    He'd noticed her across a crowded room, and in that instant Sheikh Shaheen wanted her. With just a few words, Shaheen had his mystery woman in his bed, where she awakened passions he'd long denied. Then the sheikh discovered his lover's true identity. She was Johara, his childhood friend, now fully blossomed into a vision he could not do without. But his lineage demanded he take a wife of the throne's choosing. Anything else would have catastrophic results.

    CAROLYN says: "A Cinderella story for grownups"
    "Wonderful story of love against adversity."
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    What can you say about a book where the hero loves and believes in his true love almost from the first moment? Olivia Gates takes her lovers, Shaheen and Johara, and places their romance in a situation where things like a sense of duty and external influences threaten to tear them apart. In a genre where misunderstanding and angst between the protagonists is the usual way to drive the conflict this book came as a pleasant surprise. There was plenty of tension and anxiety but the relationship between Hero and Heroine remained a shining light throughout. Olivia writes great prose and brings out emotions that engage and sex scenes that sizzle. I listened to this book on audio on my kindle while driving and became so involved I continued to listen once I arrived home against my usual practice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Nonesuch

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Eve Matheson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (490)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (328)

    Sir Waldo Hawkridge, wealthy, handsome, eligible, illustrious, and known as The Nonesuch for his athletic prowess, believes he is past the age of falling in love. But when he comes north to inspect his unusual inheritance at Broom Hall in the West Riding, his arrival leads to the most entertaining of ramifications.

    Carl Smith says: "Simple pleasure"
    "Enjoyable listen with great dialogue"
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    I'm enjoying rediscovering Heyer in audiobook. The dialogue lends itself to this medium and with a good narrator can keep you smiling.

    Some people complain that Waldo is almost too good. I like that in a hero. Especially when he can be a manly man at the same time. Cos Waldo is very much a man. He is 'top-of-the-trees' in most forms of sport he undertakes so he will be *cough* well built and physically fit with lots of stamina.

    Ancilla is rather adorable, having put aside her hopes and dreams of love and marriage to be an independent woman and not be a burden on her family. She deserves the best of happy endings. I love how Waldo brings out the mischievous side of her and her sense of humour which no-one else has ever really appreciated.

    Some have criticise her reaction to the misinformation about Waldo's secret. I think her reaction and reluctant belief is very credible. Heyer makes sure we understand that Ancilla's only real experience with the Corinthian Set of which Waldo is a leader, is though her cousin Bernard and his friends. These are very likely the kind of loose young men who would do what Ancilla believes Waldo to have done and not see it as very wrong. Combine this with the kindly meant warnings of Mrs Chartley, the half understood ramblings of Waldo's nephew, and it's not surprising that Ancilla is forced to believe the worst.

    The romance itself is very sweet, growing day by day to it's natural conclusion rather than a thunder-clap of Love at first sight. We can see how perfectly matched they are which makes it doubly hard when things go wrong.

    Ancilla's charge, Tiffany, is annoying and irritating but not enough to spoil the book, especially as we are meant to find her so. The other characters are well drawn and enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Accidentally Expecting!

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Lucy Gordon
    • Narrated By Simone Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (19)

    RITA Award-winning novelist Lucy Gordon captures the hearts and imaginations of her many fans with complex and passionate tales. While in Italy, Ferne Edmunds falls for handsome Dante Rinucci. This charmer lives a life of carefree ease, while harboring the sobering truth that each new day could be his last. But when Ferne learns she’s pregnant, this casual relationship takes a deeper turn, and Dante discovers a reason to fight for his own life.

    Karen says: "Wonderful"
    "Typical Lucy Gordon Fare"
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    A nice little romance with believable characters. Ms Gordon always delivers. Easy to listen to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Italian's Suitable Wife

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lucy Monroe
    • Narrated By Lindsay Ellison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (76)

    Enrico DiRinaldi wants a wife and children, even though an accident has left him unable to walk. So he proposes a marriage of convenience to Gianna Lakewood. Having secretly always loved Rico, Gianna can't say no.

    Jill says: "honesty"
    "Captivating"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Italian's Suitable Wife the most enjoyable?

    Clear and wel read


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a nice story with just a good amount of angst.


    Which character – as performed by Lindsay Ellison – was your favorite?

    The hero. Sometimes the heroine sounded a little too whiny.


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

    When the hero overcame his adversity.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Possessed by the Sheikh

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Penny Jordan
    • Narrated By Juani Tantillo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (59)

    Stranded in the sands, Katrina is rescued by the Sheikh and taken back to his lavish desert camp. But in order to protect her, he will have to wed her. Then he discovers that she is untouched, a virgin. He is a desert sheikh who lives by a strict code of honor: Katrina must become his wife! Her time will be spent at the Sheikh's pleasure...

    A says: "Stockholm Syndrome, sex, and too-stupid-to-live"
    "Penny Jordan always a winner"
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    Where does Possessed by the Sheikh rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Excellent story and well read. My first from Audio and very well worth it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The hero and heroine were very appealing


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

    This is my first audibook of this type. As an Australian listening to a book by an English author I found the American accent strange at first but she did very well with the arabian feel of the language.


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

    It was very enjoyable. Good humour in places and moving as well.


    Any additional comments?

    My first time listening to romantic scenes and found some words a little jarring but only because I wasn't expecting them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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