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Frances

It's all about romance in my library! I have a wonderful husband, children and my grandchildren they are my rock.

Whittier, CA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 104 reviews
  • 366 ratings
  • 620 titles in library
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  • The Gift

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (351)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (321)

    The New York Times best-selling author of Ransom weaves the delightful, sensual story of two lovers destined for high adventure and blissful rapture! A child bride, Sara Winchester had grown into a winsome beauty, joyfully anticipating the day when her husband Nathan, Marquess of St. James, would return to claim her heart at last. Nathan had never bared his soul to any woman, but he was soon utterly beguiled and exasperated by Sara’s sweet, defiant ways. With their future at stake, they would discover the true destiny of their passion... for all time!

    CAROLYN says: "A RIOTOUS REGENCY ADVENTURE ON THE HIGH SEAS"
    "Very Entertaining!!!"
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    If you could sum up The Gift in three words, what would they be?

    Funny! Entertaining! Exciting!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sara was so cute! I loved her character. Nate was good too! A totally a manly man!


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

    Yes - Loved it!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The same. It would be a good movie


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dirty Rowdy Thing: Wild Seasons, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Christina Lauren
    • Narrated By Sebastian York, Shayna Thibodeaux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (237)
    Performance
    (222)
    Story
    (226)

    Despite their rowdy hookups, Harlow and Finn don’t even like each other.... which would explain why their marriage lasted only 12 hours. He needs to be in charge and takes whatever he wants. She lives by the Want-something-done? Do-it-yourself mantra. Maybe she’s too similar to the rugged fisherman - or just what he needs.

    BluBumbleB says: "I LIKE IT DIRTY!!"
    "Hot and Sexy!"
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    If you could sum up Dirty Rowdy Thing in three words, what would they be?

    Hot, Sexy and Entertaining!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harlow, I love strong independent characters.


    Which character – as performed by Sebastian York and Shayna Thibodeaux – was your favorite?

    As always Sebastian was perfect! At first, I was dissappointed you didn't get Grace Grant, but Shayna is good too! Shayna did a good job and did pulled off her Australian voice.


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

    I loved the scene when Harlow went to find Finn at the docks. I really felt her emotion and how Finn just ignored her feelings.

    When Harlow was lying with her mom and told her trouble about Finn.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope to learn more about Finn's brothers and more about his TV program. I think that can be a juicy story. But, Harlow and Finn must stay together, the are so cute together!

    I hope Olie and Lola hook up!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Burying Water

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By K. A. Tucker
    • Narrated By Josh Goodman, Elizabeth Louise
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (73)

    Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives - but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to "Jane Doe" for another day, the woman renames herself "Water" for the tiny, hidden marking on her body - the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge....

    rosalee schraeder says: "Could not stop listening"
    "Great Story!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it was a good story and very entertaining


    What did you like best about this story?

    How Jane Doe and Jenny met.


    Have you listened to any of Josh Goodman and Elizabeth Louise ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    They both did a good job!


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

    Yes


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • After We Collided: The After Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Anna Todd
    • Narrated By Shane East, Elizabeth Louise
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    After a tumultuous beginning to their relationship, Tessa and Hardin were on the path to making things work. Tessa knew Hardin could be cruel, but when a bombshell revelation is dropped about the origins of their relationship - and Hardin’s mysterious past - Tessa is beside herself.

    Jen Lewin says: "Can't stop listening!"
    "Emotional Roller Coaster Story!"
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    What made the experience of listening to After We Collided the most enjoyable?

    If felt this book will never end. You think Tessa and Harden finally got their relationship together and then Tessa blows it! And then it's Harden turns. It was a back and forth relationship, it was funny to see who will mess up next.


    What other book might you compare After We Collided to and why?

    After


    Which character – as performed by Shane East and Elizabeth Louise – was your favorite?

    They both did a good job!


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Can't wait for the 3rd book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • After: After, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Anna Todd
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Louise
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    There was the time before Tessa met Hardin, and then there’s everything After... Life will never be the same. #Hessa... Tessa is a good girl with a sweet, reliable boyfriend back home. She’s got direction, ambition, and a mother who’s intent on keeping her that way. But she’s barely moved into her freshman dorm when she runs into Hardin. With his tousled brown hair, cocky British accent, tattoos, and lip ring, Hardin is cute and different from what she’s used to.

    Jen Lewin says: "Dramatic and Suspenseful!"
    "Emotional and Heatbreaking!"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, it was entertaining.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    This story was emotional roller-coaster! I like how the author chapter all ends of the characters. Tesa and Harden drove me crazy at times. It was funny and entertaining.


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

    Elizabeth always does an excellent job!


    Do you think After needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Collin

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Sandi Lynn
    • Narrated By Chris Chappell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    I'd like to introduce myself. My name is Collin Black, and I’m the future CEO of Black Enterprises. At 22 years old, I'm living the American dream, or at least my version of it. I'm rich, fit, sexy, and no matter where I go, women are always throwing themselves at me. I love to party, and when I do, it can sometimes lead to trouble. Women. What can I say? One woman broke my heart which led me to close myself off so it could never happen again. I’ve become one of New York's most eligible bachelors and bad boy.

    Frances says: "I LOVE THE FOREVER SERIES!"
    "I LOVE THE FOREVER SERIES!"
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    Where does Collin rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Same as his father Connor at the Top!


    What other book might you compare Collin to and why?

    His parents story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Denny's good-bye letter to the Black family, it was emotional.


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

    I cried when Denny died and saying goodbye to Jacob.


    Any additional comments?

    The ending wasn't good. There wasn't an epilogue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You Were Mine: A Rosemary Beach Novel, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Abbi Glines
    • Narrated By Sebastian York, Elizabeth Louise
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (60)

    In the eyes of the wealthy playboys who frequent Kerrington Country Club in Rosemary Beach, Tripp Newark is a hero. Under pressure from his parents to become a lawyer and lead a conservative, upper-class life, Tripp disappeared from town five years ago to travel the world, forfeiting the opportunity to inherit millions. Yet few know what he was really running from....

    Rebecca says: "Finally! Tripp and Bethy's story!"
    "EXCELLENT!"
    Overall
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    Where does You Were Mine rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was a good book to listen too!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of You Were Mine?

    It was good to see how Bethie was able to come to terms with Chase's death, she was able to get out of her depression.


    Have you listened to any of Sebastian York and Elizabeth Louise ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Loved their performance!!


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

    Yes, it was perfect!


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't like how it ended. It wasn't a cliffhanger, but it could have ended a different way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raine Falling: Hells Saints Motorcycle Club, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Paula Marinaro
    • Narrated By Will Damron, Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (163)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (159)

    After a lifetime of uncertainty, Raine Winston shouldn’t be fazed by anything anymore. But she’s terrified. Terrified that her wayward sister, Claire, has gotten into debt dangerously over her head. Terrified that a muscle-clad biker named Diego doesn’t want payment with money - he wants much more. And terrified of the dizzying desire she feels whenever Diego touches her.…

    Frances says: "GREAT BIKER STORY! LOVED IT!!!"
    "GREAT BIKER STORY! LOVED IT!!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Raine Falling the most enjoyable?

    It was very entertaining, I loved there were action and thrilling moments.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like Raine and her sister Claire, they both been through a lot in their past. They became these beautiful and independent girls.


    Which character – as performed by Will Damron and Jill Redfield – was your favorite?

    You can go wrong with Jill Redfield, I love listening to her. When I noticed she was the narrator for this book, I didn't have a problem in purchasing this book right away. Will was okay, first time I listened to him.


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

    Yes, it was perfect!


    Any additional comments?

    One thing I enjoyed this book, they all have their past they have to deal them. I'm glad the author did not dwell too much on their hang ups. The story was entertaining, funny at times, and sad, my emotions was going crazy, that's what makes a good story.

    I can't wait for the 2nd book!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl Who Came Home: A Novel of the Titanic

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Hazel Gaynor
    • Narrated By Connor Kelly-Eiding, Alana Kerr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (65)
    Story
    (67)

    A voyage across the ocean becomes the odyssey of a lifetime for a young Irish woman…. Inspired by true events, The Girl Who Came Home poignantly blends fact and fiction to explore the Titanic tragedy's impact and its lasting repercussions on survivors and their descendants.

    Frances says: "LOVED IT! WILL LISTEN TO IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN!!"
    "LOVED IT! WILL LISTEN TO IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Girl Who Came Home to be better than the print version?

    YES!! The narrators were excellent! This was very well done to listen too! Loved it!


    What other book might you compare The Girl Who Came Home to and why?

    Unfortunately, I haven't read any other books to compare it to.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There wasn't one scene was my favorite, the entire story was very well written and had me in every scene. From the beginning to the end, I don't want to give anything way, you won't be disappointed.


    If you could take any character from The Girl Who Came Home out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Maggie and Peggy, I would loved to learn more about their lives after the Titanic.


    Any additional comments?

    For those of you that love romance stories, in my opinion this was the best story! It puts you in the mind set on "what if" and it's a nice reminder never take life for granted. This will be a great movie, especially during the Holidays!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret: Highlands' Lairds, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1147)
    Performance
    (1042)
    Story
    (1048)

    Judith Hampton was as beautiful as she was proud and loyal. Her dear Scottish friend from childhood was about to give birth, and Judith had promised to be at her side. But there was another reason for the journey from her bleak English home to the Highlands: to meet the father she had never known, the Laird Maclean. Nothing prepared her, however, for the sight of the Scottish barbarian who was to escort her into his land...Iain Maitland, laird of his clan, a man more powerfully compelling than any she had ever encountered.

    CAROLYN says: "MEDIEVAL HIGHLAND ROMANCE AT IT'S BEST"
    "Brilliant!! I love Julie Garwood Stories"
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    Would you listen to The Secret again? Why?

    Yes!!! I love the story line, they characters as so funny and entertaining


    What other book might you compare The Secret to and why?

    The Bride by Julie Garwood. Scottish gets an English women and their dealing with their differences.


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

    Yes. Susan is amazing!!


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

    Laughed so much - there are too many parts. It's a must read.


    Any additional comments?

    I wished they can make a movie out of this book. Or a TV series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book of Life: All Souls, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3160)
    Performance
    (2951)
    Story
    (2939)

    After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness's enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew's ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches - with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.

    Patricia says: "Disappointed"
    "Brilliant!! Way to End the Trilogy!!"
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    If you could sum up The Book of Life in three words, what would they be?

    Entertaining - Funny - Thrilling


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved how the story line was in details, you can vision in your mind on each scene in every chapter. I wished the ending should have been more in details, to be consistent with the rest of the story line - I felt it was rushed.


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

    Jennifer did an amazing job as always, she capture every character in each story.


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

    Yes, there were several parts. Emily's death, Matthews torture (I felt the pain) and when Diana stood up to the congregation.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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