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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
    (334)
    Performance
    (313)
    Story
    (313)

    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
  • Snow Falling on Bluegrass

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (97)

    Kelsey is known around the office for having everything under control. So it's not surprising that she and her boss, Sadie, have everything planned to the second for the office winter retreat. But there are things even Kelsey can't micromanage. An unprecedented snowstorm smothers half of Kentucky and knocks out the power, closes the roads, and generally shuts down the state.

    Elise says: "Finally Kelsey story!"
    "BEST if the series!"
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    Would you listen to Snow Falling on Bluegrass again? Why?

    Yes. I really like Kelsey. I have enjoyed her character throughout all three books. This book had the added bite of the evil boyfriend and mother to stir things up. It makes for a good story to listen to again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Snow Falling on Bluegrass?

    The pillow fort, Sadie and Josh's proposal, telling Gina off...this list goes on.


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

    Her excellent acting. She performs each character individually. She brings to story to life so wonderfully.


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

    I certainly laughed a few times and I felt true sadness for Kelsey over her relationship with her mother.


    Any additional comments?

    Great story. It's certainly a book you want to listen to from beginning to end. I really liked that Charlie was not really the leading man I wanted him to be at the start but he grew on me as the story went on until I was rooting for him at the end. That was a nice change.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rhythm and Bluegrass

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (684)
    Performance
    (636)
    Story
    (635)

    The anticipated follow up to Molly Harper's My Bluegrass Baby, which followed Sadie Hawkins as she jockeyed for the director's position at the Kentucky Tourism Commission with a sophisticated and handsome challenger.

    Cynthia says: "SO SO SO SO SO GOOD!"
    "Excellent, Fun, Entertaining!"
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    What did you love best about Rhythm and Bluegrass?

    The humor Molly Harper infuses into the entire story.


    What other book might you compare Rhythm and Bluegrass to and why?

    Except that this book is written in first person there are aspects of it that remind me of some of Nora Roberts earlier books. Her dialogue and her ability to make me feel truly sad or laugh out loud. All very similar to some Nora Roberts books.


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

    Yes. She is always very good.


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

    Yes. I just about did, actually.


    Any additional comments?

    Fun story. Great characters. This is a good book to listen to when you are looking for a an easy story that is really, really good but is not going to leave you gripping the edge of your seat the whole time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Bluegrass Baby

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1314)
    Performance
    (1218)
    Story
    (1206)

    Sadie Hutchins loves her job at the Kentucky Tourism Commission. Not only could her co-workers double as the cast of Parks and Recreation, but she loves finding the unusual sites, hidden gems, and just-plain-odd tourist attractions of her home state. She’s a shoo-in for the director’s job when her boss retires at the end of the year…until hotshot Josh Vaughn shows up to challenge her for the position. Josh is all sophisticated polish while Sadie’s country comfort, and the two have very different ideas of what makes a good campaign.

    Diana Turmenne says: "Made me want to visit Kentucky!"
    "Good story Never sure if I like first person."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this to a friend looking for a good romance that has an easy story with likable characters that you can root for.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of My Bluegrass Baby?

    When Josh leaves the fair. It adds to the air of mystery behind what his motivations are through out the story.


    Which character – as performed by Amanda Ronconi – was your favorite?

    Not one in particular. She performed all very well. What she did so very well was accents and when speech was impeded. Like when Sadie held Josh's lips together and he tried to say something or when Josh spoke with peanut butter in his mouth. It truly sounded realistic.


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

    Two sittings.


    Any additional comments?

    I was not aware this book was written in first person. I generally do not like this as I prefer stories that delve into the thoughts going on in the the other character's heads as well. So I may not have purchased this series had I known. However, I did enjoy this book and will continue with this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • For the Roses: Claybornes' Brides, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Mikael Naramore
    Overall
    (204)
    Performance
    (189)
    Story
    (194)

    The Clayborne brothers were a rough gang of street urchins - until they found an abandoned baby girl in a New York City alley, named her Mary Rose, and headed to Blue Belle, Montana, to raise her to be a lady. They became a family - held together by loyalty and love, if not blood - when suddenly a stranger threatened to tear them apart.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Beautiful Story"
    "Slow to start but builds to great."
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    Would you listen to For the Roses again? Why?

    Most likely I would not. It's just a little too long and part one is a little slow in building the story. The very beginning is good but the it takes a but to get on with the point. But once She does then it's a great story!


    What other book might you compare For the Roses to and why?

    I usually read contemporary time period books so this was a departure for me.


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

    The various accents. He was excellent at bringing all the Characters to life by using all the differing accents so well.


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

    Not the whole book, no. Part three I wanted to though.


    Any additional comments?

    Julie Garwood wrote particularly compelling characters in this book. By Part two I found myself rooting for the brothers and Mary Rose. I felt anger for them and sadness and frustration at times. The story between Mary Rose and Harrison is very compelling as well. This is over all a good listen and worth the time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deadline

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Stephen Lang
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (193)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (170)

    Dawson Scott is a well-respected journalist recently returned from Afghanistan. Haunted by everything he experienced, he's privately suffering from battle fatigue which is a threat to every aspect of his life. But then he gets a call from a source within the FBI. A new development has come to light in a story that began 40 years ago. It could be the BIG story of Dawson's career one in which he has a vested interest.

    Elaine says: "Unbelievably mediocre!"
    "Absolutely Gripping!"
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    Where does Deadline rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'd have to say in the top five for sure and I have listened to a lot of really good books!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's hard to pick just one but I guess I will say Dawson. He has a lot of hidden qualities to him that keeps you wondering.


    Which character – as performed by Stephen Lang – was your favorite?

    Mr. Lang did a really good job with Bernie.


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

    I was surprised by it a couple times but no laughing or crying.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great story from beginning to end. Is is gripping and suspenseful. It has a lovely romance that builds slowly throughout. The plot has the listener on the edge of their seat to the last second. Sandra Brown did herself proud with this book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hot on Her Heels: Lone Star Sisters, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Susan Mallery
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (141)

    Dana Birch vowed never to put herself at the mercy of a powerful man. She became a deputy so that she could take care of herself, and protect those she loved. Especially her best friends, the Titan sisters. Twenty years ago, Garth Duncan swore revenge on Jed Titan for abandoning Garth and his mother. Now he's back to fulfill that promise, even if Jed's daughters get caught in the crosshairs. All that stands between him and his goal is Dana, her gun, and a growing passion that can't be denied.

    Judy says: "Finally!"
    "Yay! a story for Dana! Worth listening to!!"
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    If you could sum up Hot on Her Heels in three words, what would they be?

    strong, honest, finally


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hot on Her Heels?

    In the motel room with Jed and Kathy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Garth Realizes he loves Dana.


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

    Not necessarily. It was very good but dod not quite have the grip the other books in the series had.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked this book a lot. May even listen to it again. It lost some of the intensity that the other three books had in the series though. I am really glad however that Dana got a story too and it was really interesting to see how Susan Mallery brought Garth into the fold.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Straight from the Hip: Lone Star Sisters, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Susan Mallery
    • Narrated By Julie Francis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (258)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (117)

    Izzy has always been the fearless Titan sister. But when an oil rig blows up, leaving her barely able to see, her sisters find themselves as concerned by her emotional withdrawal as by the possibility that the explosion was no accident. Are the mind games their long-lost brother Garth has been playing turning physical? Or is someone else out to get them?

    Judy says: "Finally, a good one!"
    "Good listen, Wonderful characters!"
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    Would you listen to Straight from the Hip again? Why?

    Yes. The whole series is worth listening to again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Straight from the Hip?

    When Izzy finds out the truth about Nick.


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

    It's as good as the other's


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

    Not one big emotional moment, no. There are a many good moments that grab the listeners/readers attention though. One's with Jed in particular. Nick and Izzy battling with each other as they fall in love.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has two strong characters coming together during a lot of turmoil in Izzy's life. it makes for a good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lip Service: Lone Star Sisters, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Susan Mallery
    • Narrated By Julie Francis
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (117)

    Skye Titan's wealthy father thinks he can still dictate his daughter's choice in men. Now widowed and a single mother, Skye isn't the yes-girl she once was. Especially since the love of her life is back in Texas after eight long years. He won't like the answers to the questions he's asking. About why she left him at the altar. And about her eight-year-old daughter.

    mia says: "Skye was a huge let down..."
    "Excellent listen all the way through!"
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    Would you listen to Lip Service again? Why?

    Yes! I like the lead characters and will want to visit them again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really liked Mitch. I liked seeing his transformation from the beginning of the story to the end.


    Which character – as performed by Julie Francis – was your favorite?

    Oh that's easy, Skye. She gives Skye this light and feminine voice you just want to cringe at first but it absolutely fits her socialite personality. However there is much more to Skye than is on the surface....


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

    No, I just enjoyed listening to it and looked forward to each listening session.


    Any additional comments?

    Skye and Mitch's story is worth listening to. Susan Mallery does a great job telling this one. There is anger, passion, love, mixed loyalties, intrigue and much more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Summer Secrets

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Barbara Freethy
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    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
    (586)
    Performance
    (525)
    Story
    (533)

    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

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