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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
    (396)
    Performance
    (362)
    Story
    (364)

    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.

    L.W. says: "Interesting and Enjoyable"
    "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
  • Moonfire: Australian, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Linda Lael Miller
    • Narrated By Saskia Maarleveld
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    After sailing to Australia only to find that the man who asked her to marry him has no intention of fulfilling his part of the bargain, Maggie Chamberlain vows to shape a new life for herself in Sydney. Then arrogant, wealthy Reeve McKenna captures Maggie's untried heart, thrilling her senses with the sweet, dark rush of desire. But Reeve cannot be hers alone, for he is obsessed by his search for his beloved brother James, lost two decades before.

    Hilary says: "Very enticing, Didn't want to stop listening!"
    "Very enticing, Didn't want to stop listening!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Great story. Characters you grow to like and villains you love to hate. It's a story with twists and turns that make you keep listening and when you are forced to hit the pause button you want to get back to it as soon as possible. Linda Lael Miller did a great job on this one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ten Tiny Breaths: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By K. A. Tucker
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Louise
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (585)
    Performance
    (528)
    Story
    (530)

    Four years ago Kacey Cleary's life imploded when her car was hit by a drunk driver, killing her parents, boyfriend, and best friend. Still haunted by memories of being trapped inside, holding her boyfriend's lifeless hand and listening to her mother take her last breath, Kacey wants to leave her past behind. Armed with two bus tickets, Kacey and her 15-year-old sister, Livie, escape Grand Rapids, Michigan, to start over in Miami. Kacey's not worried. She can handle anything - anything but her mysterious neighbor in apartment 1D.

    Jordy says: "One of my Favorite Books this year!"
    "Excellent story beginning to end! Great listen!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Ten Tiny Breaths to be better than the print version?

    Did not read the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This would be a toss up between Casey and Storm. Casey for her strength and constant battles to stay healthy and deal with her demons, and Storm just because she is such a cool lady/


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

    Not sure.


    If you could take any character from Ten Tiny Breaths out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Casey, so I could be her friend.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is written in first person which I do not like normally. However the story line was gripping and had enough twists that I forgot about that distraction. This really is a great story and while is could be categorized as a "romance" it really is very different from the usual romance plots. I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. I highly recommend it. I am off now to look for more K.A. Tucker books.

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  • Wild Montana Sky: Montana Sky Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Debra Holland
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (182)
    Story
    (184)

    Stepping off the train in Sweetwater Springs, Montana, Elizabeth Hamilton is filled with relief, nerves, and the thrill of hope. Life on her dear friend’s ranch will be very different than Gilded Age Boston’s high society. But at least here, Elizabeth is far from her spiteful sister-in-law and the bittersweet memories of her late fiancé.

    Nick Sanders has loved Elizabeth since he first glimpsed her portrait - not that he dare admit it. A ranch hand has no call to woo a well-born lady, especially when she’s being courted by the town’s finest gentleman. Yet there’s something in her mix of courage and compassion that won’t let Nick quit.

    Angela Fitzgerald says: "A very enjoyable and relaxing audio"
    "Very fun and entertaining story!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Wild Montana Sky to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It has just the right mix of characters you are cheering for and those you dislike. I really liked Elizebeth's slow change from Boston high society to Montana rancher. Wonderful!


    Which character – as performed by Natalie Ross – was your favorite?

    Elizebeth for sure but I also thought she did Jenia's horrid mother quite well too.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Sweet Valentine: Pride Series Romance Novels, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jill Sanders
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Sara Lander was back in town. She had big plans for her inheritance along with her freshly printed business degree and years of experience in some of Seattle's finest bakeries, she has a rich idea for Pride. Sara's Nook is going to be the next biggest thing to hit town. All she needs now is to steer clear of the hunky ex-Navy SEAL who is hell bent on taking all her focus away from starting her own business.

    Hilary says: "Sweet story with suspense, worth the listen!"
    "Sweet story with suspense, worth the listen!"
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    Would you listen to My Sweet Valentine again? Why?

    Easy story, likable characters, does not take a lot of time.


    Which character – as performed by Tanya Eby – was your favorite?

    Alan. He was a great leading man character. The tall dark and handsome hero. He wa always in Sarah's corner.


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

    This would not be a book to make a film from. good story but there needs to be more to it for a movie.


    Any additional comments?

    Without giving anything away to future listeners I feel this book is a good one in the series but more could have been done with the conflict. It was made to seem more than it turned out to be. That was a little disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cold Blooded

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Lisa Jackson
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (106)

    Best-selling author of Hot Blooded Lisa Jackson reunites detectives Rick Bentz and Reuben Montoya in this gripping psychological thriller. As a serial killer terrorizes New Orleans, the detectives enlist the aid of psychic Olivia Benchet. As the beautiful Olivia paints a vivid portrait of the man they seek, Bentz finds himself thinking of nothing but seducing her. But as the killer claims yet another victim, Bentz realizes that both Olivia and his daughter Kristi are the next targets.

    Debbra says: "Chapters are out of order."
    "good story but it dragged on……."
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    Would you try another book from Lisa Jackson and/or Alyssa Bresnahan?

    Lisa Jackson is one of my favorite writers. I have read or listened to many of her books and will continue to. Ms. Bresnahan does an excellent job performing the stories for us and certainly is an endorsement for an audible book.


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

    This particular book seemed to drag on and on. I suppose I would have built up the relationship between Rick and Olivia more throughout the story. I also would have brought the crescendo of the ending up sooner. Too much sitting about scratching their heads worrying.


    Which character – as performed by Alyssa Bresnahan – was your favorite?

    Not one in particular. She performed the victims to perfection though.


    Did Cold Blooded inspire you to do anything?

    creepy question.


    Any additional comments?

    Great ending!! The end brought great emotion and was perhaps the one time I was actually gripped.

    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
    (629)
    Performance
    (587)
    Story
    (591)

    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.

    Bonnie says: "Sure Kelsey makes poor choices, who doesn't?"
    "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
    (899)
    Performance
    (830)
    Story
    (829)

    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
    (1669)
    Performance
    (1530)
    Story
    (1515)

    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
    (253)
    Performance
    (234)
    Story
    (239)

    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
    (218)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (195)

    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

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