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Golden Penny

TN | Member Since 2010

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  • Truly Madly Yours

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Rachel Gibson
    • Narrated By Emma Bates
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (94)

    When pretty hairdresser Delaney Shaw returned home to Truly, Idaho, for the reading of her stepfather's will, she planned on paying her respects and getting out of town. But it seems the will has some unexpected stipulations - like the one that says if Delaney wants her inheritance she needs to stay put and have nothing to do with sexy Nick Allegrezza...for an entire year!

    MaxineSap says: "Truly Enjoyed"
    "Maybe my favorite Gibson of all time"
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    Wow, i think i finished this book in 2 days. I actually stayed up between 3 and 6am just to hear the end. I loved this story. While the narrator wasn't the best in distinguishing between male and female voices- her inflection was OUTSTANDING and made up for it! I thought Nick's character was great- awesomely flawed, and incredibly heartfelt. I loved hearing his perspective at the end when all the chips are finally laid out.

    Delaney is a great character too- i mean the whole story! I've already re-read part of it. Hilarious, leaves you wanting more, and just great. DEFINITELY credit worthy, definitely re-read worthy and overall just great.

    I was worried too- as i've really liked Gibson's Hockey series and haven't been crazy about some of her other books that forayed outside of that series. This has me scouring for more of her stuff!! Breathe of fresh air for contemporary romance!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Play

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Kylie Scott
    • Narrated By Andi Arndt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (875)
    Performance
    (831)
    Story
    (830)

    Kylie Scott returns with the highly anticipated followup to international best seller LICK Mal Ericson, drummer for the world famous rock band Stage Dive, needs to clean up his image fast - at least for a little while. Having a good girl on his arm should do the job just fine. Mal doesn’t plan on this temporary fix becoming permanent, but he didn’t count on finding the one right girl.

    Edyta says: "A really fun style of writing!!"
    "first one was better"
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    Such a lack-luster book, that even with only 30 minutes left.... i stopped listening. Shocker? Not if you get that far in the book. Nothing of note really happens, the characters are very 1 dimensional, and the entire story line makes really no sense whatsoever. The first book with Evelyn and David (while still not plausible) was at least fun enough to go along with that it was enjoyable. This one was like one big whiney fest. Skip PLEASE.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Just This Once: Escape to New Zealand, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Rosalind James
    • Narrated By Claire Bocking
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (191)

    Everyone needs to be rescued sometimes. Everyone but Hannah Montgomery, that is. She just needs a vacation. Three weeks in New Zealand to sort out her life, figure out what she wants, seems just right. Oh, and to relax. She should definitely put that on the agenda. She certainly isn't looking for a fling with a professional rugby player, no matter how attractive he is. Hannah doesn't do casual. But maybe just this once.…

    MJG says: "INTRODUCE YOURSELF TO NEW ZEALAND ... AND ..."
    "Just this once... please SKIP"
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    If you like your heroine to be 2 dimensional, and basically a cyborg... then go right ahead and read. Does this woman have any deeper feelings? We know she has some serious abandonment issues...but that part of the story isn't even that well developed. Oh her brother and sister won't come for Xmas, woe is her... is about as deep as the sob story goes. I usually like a book that gives me a good reason to want to root for a couple.. this one made me think the guy was nuts for wanting to go out with her. Plus her conversation skills were JUVENILE!! I could have written her dialogue. She's not funny or witty. Basically, steer clear and hope that the next book gives the female lead a better part...

    Other than that, the male lead was great, and the narration was great too. It was honestly THAT hard to stomach HER!!!!!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Intentions

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Hoyt
    • Narrated By Ashford MacNab
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (679)
    Performance
    (497)
    Story
    (496)

    Infamous for his wild, sensual needs, Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, is searching for a savage killer in St. Giles, London's most notorious slum. Widowed Temperance Dews knows St. Giles like the back of her hand-she's spent a lifetime caring for its inhabitants at the foundling home her family established. Now that home is at risk.....

    Katheryne says: "I don't understand the bad reviews. I enjoyed it!"
    "Good-but Took forever to finish"
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    Looking back, I can usually tell how much I truly enjoyed a book by the length at which it takes me to finish. If i stay up late just to listen a bit more- or can't wait to do laundry or vaccum or any other house hold task just to sneak a listen! This was not one of those books however. I found myself laboring to finish it just so I could move on. While I wanted to know the end..and i wanted to see how things would turn out, I just didn't care at the same time. The characters are only slightly interesting- at best. Plus the narration was only so-so. I won't be re-reading it, nor am I that intrigued to try out any other of Elizabeth Hoyt's books. Sad- because they seem to have such a following too. Just couldn't see what all the hype was about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Marriage Merger

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jennifer Probst
    • Narrated By Madeleine Maby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (251)
    Performance
    (229)
    Story
    (234)

    Her sisters have found wedded bliss with their wealthy, wonderful dream men, but not Julietta Conte. She's stayed on terra firma as top executive of the family's corporation, La Dolce Famiglia bakery. Work is her passion, and her trendy Milan apartment her sanctuary... until Sawyer Wells, a masculine masterpiece in a suit, lures her out of hiding with an irresistible offer: an exclusive partnership with his international chain of boutique hotels.

    Lulu says: "Not as enjoyable as earlier books in series ..."
    "Fun, but others were better"
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    I really have enjoyed the last books of the Marriage Series. But this one, just didn't see to have the same charisma, or chemistry as the others. I found my mind wandering during different scenes. Plain to say, this book just did not hold my interest the way the Marriage Bargain or the Marriage Mistake did! While it was fun to see where all the other characters ended up- I won't be reading this one again. Excellent narration though!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flowers from the Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (513)
    Performance
    (483)
    Story
    (484)

    He's a duke. He's a mathematical genius. He can't talk and he's locked in a lunatic asylum. Only a modest Quaker girl can reach him, but when she helps him to escape, she's swept into his glittering aristocratic world, her life torn apart by his desperate attempt to save himself.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "~COMPELLING!!~ Love This Author! Love This Book!"
    "amazing! Where have these books been hiding?!"
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    Captivating, twists and turns, beautiful story development. The last 1/4 moved a little slow- but overall, amazing. A definite re-read! narration is AMAZING. Sometimes I feel that if I were to read the book, I would enjoy it better- but the narration probably MAKES this book. Wouldn't dream of reading it on my own. So credit worthy! Off to use another credit on Ms. Kinsale

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faking It

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Aasne Vigesaa
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (665)
    Performance
    (363)
    Story
    (359)

    Reformed art forger Tilda Goodnight reluctantly joins forces with semi-reformed con man Davy Dempsey. They want to steal a dubious painting and several million embezzled dollars from a lethal widow named Clea, who has targeted a mild-mannered art collector as her next dearly departed. Complications include her sister, the female impersonator; his best friend, the reformed cat burglar; a recidivist embezzler named Rabbit; a hit man; some lousy sex; and a juke box.

    Julie says: "Sometimes Audioversions really stand out."
    "FUN! Davy's hilarious story!"
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    Coming right at you- Davy Dempsey's Story. And of course, Davy's story couldn't be very straight forward, could it. Thats what makes him the most cunning of the Dempsey's. So when you throw: Betty, Veronica, Scarlet and ....wait... yes Matilda, or shall we call her Tilda... you get one hell of mix- plus alot of names to keep track of. And she's not the only one wandering around with multiple "identities". Hello Louise. Plus add Pops into the story mix and its just one big 'ole Dempsey party with a Clea on top. literally. Has plenty of humor to keep the story moving (plus the narrator doesn't pause of a breath - which definitely keeps the pace going). Although it could have more in the romance department, its enough to be satisfying. All in all a great story. I will probably wait awhile to re-read, but if you know me- even CONSIDERING re-reading is a compliment (blame it on a short attention span). While the beginning of the book was a bit of a snooze, wait until half way and just hold on for the ride in the closet of your life!

    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
    (1094)
    Performance
    (994)
    Story
    (1000)

    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"
    "Good Highlander book..still looking for my KMM fix"
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    Julie Garwood write some awesome books. You really can't go wrong. And this goes for The Secret too. It was hard to put down and I moved through it quickly! Susan Duerden, I mean the woman has a narration talent that you cannot deny.

    Although, now i'm on the otherside of this book- Its hard to remember what it was all really about. English-Scottish tensions, a brooding laird, feminist movement vibes, midwifery, a secret parentage. Was it good: yes. Will I read it again: probably not. Take what you will, and lose yourself for a several hours- but its not KMM. Oh how I hope she adds more to her highlander novels *sigh.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Welcome to Temptation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Aasne Vigesaa
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (996)
    Performance
    (551)
    Story
    (559)

    Sophie Dempsey wants to help her sister film a video and then get out of Temptation, Ohio. Mayor Phin Tucker wants to play pool with the police chief and keep things peaceful. But when Sophie and Phin meet, they both get more than they want. Gossip, blackmail, adultery, murder, vehicular abuse of a corpse, and slightly perverse but excellent sex: all hell breaks loose in Temptation.

    Diana says: "Crusie at the top of her game"
    "Cruise does it again"
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    And again and again and again! I couldn't put this DOWN! Loved all aspects of this book, and can't wait to read Davy's book (already have it... just waiting now!). This book was all over the place, but somehow... Cruise can pull it off and make it just glow!

    Single mayor, young motherless child, struggling porn producers, murder, nosey small town, and a hoopla of hilarious family.... oh ya, and romance! who knew it was such an awesome combo!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Accidentally Yours

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Susan Mallery
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (523)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (198)

    Wanted: Single mom seeks billionaire's pocketbook to fund dying son's research cure. Will seduce if necessary. Blackmail is not out of the question. Miracles welcome.

    Stephanie says: "I really like this book"
    "This just missed the mark"
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    Wanted: to be relieved from dying child book when looking for a simple fun romance. I am not sure how the idea of mixing in one dead child and a dying one became a great foundation for a romance book. It just seems to me... kinda, i don't know, depressing, sad, and all around- not fun. This is why I usually stray away from Non-Fiction. If i really wanted my pleasure reading to be real life... then sure, but this is supposed to be for FUN! This book, not fun. I mean, I see the fantasy in it.

    Single mother, on the brink of poverty, sick child, cue the billionaire.

    But this book focuses too much on the process of "finding a cure" (which, cough, is totally and completely bogus... plus i work in scientific research, and i just had to continuously roll my eyes... which brings me back to why i don't read "real life" books). So, had she just ditched the "cure" story plot line, i'm sure i would have enjoyed it more. Since she didn't... i don't like this book. not credit worthy. Drags on. NOT a normal susan mallery book. Usually her reads are laugh out loud funny, with romance whipped in!

    This one just left me wanting to get put out of my misery.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bet Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Deanna Hurst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1352)
    Performance
    (716)
    Story
    (731)

    Min Dobbs knows that happily-ever-after is a fairy tale, especially with a man who asked her to dinner to win a bet. Cal Morrisey knows commitment is impossible, especially with a woman as cranky as Min Dobbs. When they say good-bye at the end of their evening, they cut their losses and agree never to see each other again. But Fate has other plans.

    Amazon Customer says: "Another win!"
    "4.5 for SURE!"
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    Wow, how have I moved so far into this genre and never picked up a Jennifer Cruise book. Shame on me. But, oh how i've remedied this conundrum! Bet me was hilarious! Although the betting did kinda get out of hand there... it was awesome. Min wasn't my favorite character ever, but I loved Cal. So while it was kinda funny to have them together... the book in its entirety made up for it, and then some. Especially if you throw in the meddling Ex's! All in all, very credit worthy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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