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Hilary

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  • Hotshot: Buchanan-Renard, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (309)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (290)

    A graduate of a prestigious French culinary school, Peyton has just lost her job as a food critic after rightfully accusing her boss of sexual harassment. Out of work and in a bad place personally, to Peyton a year doing something completely different sounds wonderful. Peyton dives into learning the resort business but is quickly derailed by an escalating chain of events that puts her life in danger. She refuses to be intimidated - until she’s nearly killed. Then she calls on her childhood friend and protector, Finn MacBain, now with the FBI, and asks for his help.

    Lesley Goranson says: "What a disappointment"
    "Great romance, action! It's an excellent listen!"
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    If you could sum up Hotshot in three words, what would they be?

    Touching, passionate and gripping


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Finn is my favorite Character. He is strong and the hero of course but he is also flawed and has to over come his need to be alone so that he avoids becoming vulnerable. Peyton wonderfully shows him the way through that. She also is a wonderful Character. Her determination to do the right thing in the face of evil as well as stand up to her family with her cousin all make her a great character in the story.


    What about Amy McFadden’s performance did you like?

    Amy McFadden is clear and easy to understand


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

    I have actually listened to it three times now, never in one sitting but I always wish I could have.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of my favorite audio books. I really enjoy the story and the characters. I do some times feel like Amy McFadden reads in a slightly perfunctory cadence which is not always preferable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Summer Secrets

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Barbara Freethy
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (9)

    USA Today best-selling and award-winning author Barbara Freethy writes wonderfully entertaining contemporary novels. Summer Secrets is the compelling story of three sisters and the burden of the terrible secret they share.

    Pauline Norton says: "riveting"
    "Great story with intriguing secrets!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I truly enjoyed tis book from beginning to end. The narrator did good job with each character and as always Barbara Freethy did not dissappoint. She leaves the listener wanting to know what happens next. So thumbs up on this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • From This Moment On: The Sullivans, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Bella Andre
    • Narrated By Eva Kaminsky
    Overall
    (571)
    Performance
    (511)
    Story
    (519)

    For 36 years, Marcus Sullivan has been the responsible older brother, stepping in to take care of his seven siblings after their father died when they were children. But when the perfectly ordered future he's planned for himself turns out to be nothing but a lie, Marcus needs one reckless night to shake free from it all. Nicola Harding is known throughout the world by only one name - Nico - for her catchy, sensual pop songs. Only what no one knows about the 25-year-old singer is that her sex-kitten image is totally false.

    CAROLYN says: "Another winner from Ms. Andre"
    "Could not get through it!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Sorry, I had to stop listening half way through this one and strike the others from the series that I had in my wish list. Where is the story??

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Look of Love: The Sullivans, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Bella Andre
    • Narrated By Eva Kaminsky
    Overall
    (987)
    Performance
    (878)
    Story
    (884)

    With The Look of Love, best-selling author Bella Andre introduces you to a fun and emotional contemporary romance series about the Sullivan family. Because when a Sullivan bad boy falls... he falls hard. And it's forever. Chloe Peterson is having a bad night. A really bad night. The large bruise on her cheek can attest to that. And when her car skids off the side of a wet country road straight into a ditch, she's convinced even the gorgeous guy who rescues her must be too good to be true. Or is he?

    Angelia says: "Great find! Romantic, Sweet with serious Heat!"
    "Zero story line!!"
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    What disappointed you about The Look of Love?

    There is no plot at all.


    What was most disappointing about Bella Andre’s story?

    This book might as well have been porn. it was pure sex. The Characters never had a chance to develop personalities even.


    What three words best describe Eva Kaminsky’s performance?

    It was a decent performance.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Look of Love?

    90 percent of the sex scenes! I would have put in a plot and given the story a reason to exist.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On a Night Like This: The Callaways #1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Barbara Freethy
    • Narrated By Robin Rowan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (52)

    The second oldest of the Callaway clan, Aiden Callaway veered from the family tradition of urban firefighting and became a smokejumper, never questioning his choice until the job took the life of his friend, Kyle, and left Aiden with injuries and fractured memories. Everyone blames Aiden for what happened, but he doesn't remember, nor is he sure he wants to remember. The truth may clear Aiden of blame but destroy Kyle's reputation and hurt the people he left behind.

    Linda says: "Poor Narration"
    "Enticing story to the end!"
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    Where does On a Night Like This rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Because the story line is so good I'd say this audiobook would rank in my top 10.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of On a Night Like This?

    When Aiden finds Sarah at her house after she finds the box of pictures and sweeps her off to Redding for an escape.


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

    Well, I have to say I was not very happy with Ms. Redding's performance. The women often sounded pouty or too your for their ages. Many of the men were dramatically too snappish or angry. In fact she made everyone too drama filled much of the time. I have listened to many books now and there is just no reason to have the characters sound so poised for dramatics so much of the time. It would do Barbara Freethy's books a boon to find a new narrator As her stories are very good and her characters are very likeable.


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

    There are many but I suppose to pick one it might be when Aiden and Sarah go to visit Kyles Wife.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has a story that moves right along. it kept me listening and wanting more. It ended leaving some dangling ended that makes me want to move quickly on to the next book in the series. Barbara Freethy is a skilled writer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Change of Heart: Perfect Indiana, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Barbara Longley
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    Cory Marcel built a successful military career over eight grueling years. But after her commanding officer brutally assaulted her, she lost everything. Shattered, Cory reluctantly agrees to work at a furniture store in the picturesque town of Perfect…but she wonders if she can ever escape the demons haunting her. Ted Lovejoy may have cofounded Langford & Lovejoy Heritage Furniture, but these days, everyone makes decisions without him. He’s ready to walk away from his beloved business…until he sees Cory.

    Hilary says: "Great story which will appeal to many women!"
    "Great story which will appeal to many women!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed listening to this story and following Cory's story as she made her way through her recovery. It was great to see how she and Ted grew together too. Very touching!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Difference a Day Makes: Perfect, Indiana, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Barbara Longley
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (83)

    Paige Langford has it all: wealth, beauty, and ambition. Yet when her boyfriend’s betrayal costs her both her dream job and her reputation, she retreats to her brother’s rural home in Indiana to heal and figure out the rest of her life. There she meets Ryan Malloy, a gruff, hard-drinking cowboy whose surly temper can’t hide the pain in his eyes.

    sandy says: "I don't usually buy books with male narrator's"
    "Characters you care about! Good listen!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Difference a Day Makes to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Difference a Day Makes?

    When Ryan visits the sight of Theresa's accident and says his goodbye to her.


    What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

    He is does a great job with the male voices and tells the story well. Keeps the listener interested. He has a tendency however to make the women sound like they are talking in baby talk a little bit. I have noticed this in other books as well.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is far and away much better than book 1 in this series. I very much liked both lead characters. I still find Ted to be a pain and that would be fine if it helped the story line in any way but it does not. I also feel at times that some of the characters are over reacting to things. If they were on stage they would be over acting. I don't think this is the fault of the narrator either it is how it's written. Never the less. This book 2 is a huge improvement. I look forward to book 3.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Far from Perfect: A Love from the Heartland Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barbara Longley
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (308)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (276)

    For Ceejay Lovejoy, life in Perfect, Indiana, has been anything but. Abandoned by her parents and left pregnant by her boyfriend, Ceejay has had to fight every step of the way to carve out a future for herself and her daughter. She swears off men for good - until the day Noah Langford appears on her doorstep. Noah narrowly survived the roadside bombing in Iraq that cost him his leg, returning home to the news that his stepbrother, Matt, has died in a car accident. It is the final blow to Noah’s shattered soul - until he learns about the girlfriend and baby Matt abandoned.

    TexasKeyLady says: "An Excellent Story. Wonderful Characters."
    "female lead is a whiney witch too much of the time"
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    Would you try another book from Barbara Longley and/or Kate Rudd?

    I will try one more from this series but I am hoping it will have more likable characters in it.


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

    I would have had the characters in it be so much less irritating. Noah and the Aunt were the only likable adults in the entire story.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Rudd – was your favorite?

    I really liked CeeJays Aunt.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    The feeling of actual chemistry between Ceejay and Noah. It would have helped too if she was a more likable person.


    Any additional comments?

    This story had potential. I stuck it out to the end but I found the endless nonsense with Noah's father and the budinski sherriff so very irritating. It seemed to go too far. They were both behaving too stupidly to even be the antagonists of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fatal Burn

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (33)

    Someone is trying to kill Shannon Flannery, but the police don't believe her. Only Travis Settler, a former Special Forces agent, is inclined to help. He's certain that Shannon's shady past has something to do with the disappearance of his daughter, whose connection to Shannon has nightmarish implications.

    stl1111 says: "Good listen"
    "Edge of your seat suspense! Awesome listen!"
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    Would you listen to Fatal Burn again? Why?

    I am sure I will listen to Fatal Burn again. It has such great twists and turns!


    What other book might you compare Fatal Burn to and why?

    I am not sure there is any one book it can be compared to, at least not that I have read or listened to.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Shannon forces her brothers to come clean about the truth of what they and their father had been doing.


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

    No laughing or crying but it certainly had me feeling like I was on the edge of my seat. The suspense was great.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the twist that some of the characters who are normally good guys in books like these turned out to be shady. While this was sad for Shannon it was an unexpected change which was refreshing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Return of Rafe MacKade: The MacKade Brothers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (371)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (338)

    Ten years after disappearing from Antietam, Maryland, the bad boy has come home. Cleaned up and successful now - though still dangerously good-looking - Rafe MacKade sets the town on fire…and tongues wagging. Not even lovely newcomer Regan Bishop is immune to his charms. Though Regan claims to not want to get involved with a rebel, Rafe's pretty sure that her reaction to their sizzling kisses suggests otherwise.

    Hilary says: "Great, Hot Characters!"
    "Great, Hot Characters!"
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    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Reagan. She stood up to the overly Macho men.


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    Ed. He did Ed really well. I kind of wish there had been more scenes with her.


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

    no extreme reactions.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Island of Flowers: A Selection from Winds of Change

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    To reconcile with her long-estranged father, Laine Simmons travels to Hawaii. But she soon finds her motives being questioned by his arrogant, judgmental, and extremely attractive business partner, Dillon O’Brian. It doesn’t help that every infuriating confrontation with the man only makes her want him more. As Laine struggles to heal her past, she has to fight her treacherous heart - or admit to herself that this is one battle she’d rather lose...

    JaredMonk says: "Read too fast to enjoy"
    "Interesting early Nora work."
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    Where does Island of Flowers rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Maybe In the middle. Nora Roberts is my favorite Author. This is clearly one of her early books. She improved a lot over the years.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Island of Flowers?

    When Dillon shows up at her classroom in France.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Most of the time. At times to was a bit slow.


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

    When he thought she was selling her body not her locket and was so angry with her.


    Any additional comments?

    I am from Hawaii. The Narrator should have done a better job finding out how to pronounce the Hawaiian place names on Kauai. She really botched that. She also tried to give the local people some kind of an accent which came out sounding like some sort faint European accent. This could not be more wrong.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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