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Howdyholly

A book lover with a romantic soul, but willing to take a leap of faith. I LOVE to get sucked into a story and live there for a bit.

Youngsville, NC, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • 37 purchased in 2015
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  • How to Master Your Marquis: A Princess in Hiding Story, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Juliana Gray
    • Narrated By Carmen Rose
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (45)

    Three intrepid princesses find themselves targets in a deadly plot against the crown - until their uncle devises a brilliant plan to keep them safe.... Of all her sisters, Princess Stefanie is by far the least amenable to law and order, which is why she’s appalled to find herself masquerading as an unbearably drab clerk for the most honorable barrister in England. But her dull disguise turns out to have its privileges: namely, the opportunity to consort unchaperoned with her employer’s exceedingly handsome nephew, James Lambert, the Marquess of Hatherfield.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "MarquisSteamy!"
    "- I - AM - IN - LOVE!!!!"
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    It's true, I am head over heels in love with this book, the characters and the story!!! I want more! LOVE IT! OMG!

    The first book was good, but this one just BLOWS ME AWAY!

    The narration is wonderful and the story, well it's almost 3 am, and I just somehow decided that to justify continuing to listen, I had to cook. Now, one steaming pot of fresh chicken noodle soup later (homemade including cooking the chicken) I am now trying to find something else to justify my late night - and my run-on sentences, but WOW! Good book!!!!

    LOVE !!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Viscount Who Lived down the Lane: Rhymes with Love, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Boyle
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    Overall
    (65)
    Performance
    (59)
    Story
    (58)

    As she arrives in Mayfair, Louisa Tempest is horrified when her incorrigible cat bolts from the carriage and dashes into a neighbor's house, where she comes face-to-face with the reclusive Viscount Wakefield. But even more dismaying than his foul temper is the disarray in which she finds his home. Convinced his demeanor would improve if his household were in order, Louisa resolves to put everything to rights.

    Felicia The Geeky Blogger says: "Love it!"
    "Fall in love all over again!"
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    The cat is worth the price of a credit, a great story just adds icing on a lovely cake! Listen, laugh and prepare to fall in Love!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Jennifer Chiaverini
    • Narrated By Christina Moore
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (519)
    Performance
    (446)
    Story
    (447)

    In Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker, novelist Jennifer Chiaverini presents a stunning account of the friendship that blossomed between Mary Todd Lincoln and her seamstress, Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Keckley, a former slave who gained her professional reputation in Washington, D.C. by outfitting the city’s elite. Keckley made history by sewing for First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln within the White House, a trusted witness to many private moments between the President and his wife, two of the most compelling figures in American history.

    Book and Movie Lover says: "Good mix of fiction and history"
    "Starts out okay but loses steam"
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    I was interested in the historical aspects of the book, but I think it may try to hard to prove to you how rough life was for the heroine of the book. Unfortunately, while I HONESTLY believe that the woman had a rough life, it doesn't come across in the book. She is almost always treated with honor and dignity, which the book tries very hard to disprove. IDK, maybe it's me, but I think it just beats you too much with some of the details. I enjoyed learning about Mary Todd Lincoln and her dress maker, but the details don't feel fleshed out, but the part that IS fleshed out, ad naseum, is the everyday life, which tries too hard to add details that are boring or irrelevant.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Better Homes and Hauntings

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1883)
    Performance
    (1745)
    Story
    (1750)

    When Nina Linden is hired to landscape a private island off the New England coast, she sees it as her chance to rebuild her failing business after being cheated by her unscrupulous ex. She never expects that her new client, software mogul Deacon Whitney, would see more in her than just a talented gardener. Deacon has paid top dollar to the crews he’s hired to renovate the desolate Whitney estate - he had to, because the bumps, thumps, and unexplained sightings of ghostly figures in 19th-century dress are driving workers away faster than he can say “Boo.”

    Amazon Customer says: "Disappointing"
    "Loved this book!"
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    I am not one who usually likes modern romances, but I fell head over heels for this one! It was so much fun and there were some great LOL moments. I could relate to all the characters and I really like them and I was engaged the entire story. I was emotionally invested by the end,. I adore the paranormal portions of the book, it would have been better if there was a little more of that, but as it was, it fit beautifully into the story. It was fun!!!!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • For My Lady's Heart: Medieval Hearts, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (356)
    Story
    (353)

    Pursued by her enemies, flattered and courted for her lands, a powerful, devious princess is desperate to reach refuge. Haunted by the shadow of the young assassin set upon her, Princess Melanthe knows that an ice cold countenance is her only protection. To succumb to love is the greatest danger of all. She can trust only one man amid the lies, the mysterious Green Knight - a true knight who never wavers once he gives his heart; a man who cannot comprehend deceit.

    Jean says: "One Of The Most Authentic"
    "I have re-listened 3 times and I can't grasp it"
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    As long as you don't mind the story being a bit detached, it is a very good book, but I feel like there are HUGE portions of the story that I am missing. I went back 3 times and tried to listen, and I don't know if I drifted or what happened, but I still have no idea about what happens when someone gets shoved down a privy hole. I also don't quite understand much of the action or the reasoning behind it. For instance, there is a scene when the Hero si trying to break up a mob, the mob listens to him and disperses, but then the hero is in a life and death struggle to save his life from his liege lord who wants to have him killed. WHAT? WHY? It makes no sense to me! Maybe it's me. The parts that I get I loved, I just wished that I could follow the entire story. The old English is not the only struggle here.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Tempting of Thomas Carrick: The Cynster Novels, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Matthew Brenher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (76)

    Thomas Carrick is a gentleman driven to control all aspects of his life. As the wealthy owner of Carrick Enterprises, located in bustling Glasgow, he is one of that city's most eligible bachelors and fully intends to select an appropriate wife from the many young ladies paraded before him. He wants to take that necessary next step along his self-determined path, yet no young lady captures his eye, much less his attention - not in the way Lucilla Cynster does, even though she lives miles away.

    R G says: "Enjoyable Overall"
    "the girls guide to stalking"
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    ugh, I'm so glad this book us over! ugh! no means no even if your god tells you it means yes. ugh!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Julia Quinn
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (169)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (151)

    Sir Richard Kenworthy has less than a month to find a bride. He knows he can't be too picky, but when he sees Iris Smythe-Smith hiding behind her cello at her family's infamous musicale, he thinks he might have struck gold. She's the type of girl you don't notice until the second - or third - look, but there's something about her, something simmering under the surface, and he knows she's the one.

    Karen Beames says: "Not the best."
    "Oh no... just no...."
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    I seriously WANTED to like this book. I love Julia Quinn, I love the Smythe-Smith Musicals but this book -the whole premise - is so utterly BAD! Iris, the Heroine, spends more time tripping and falling in this book than anything else. UGH! The whole story is a twist on the Beauty and the Beast story, only the beast is the unattractive girl. The Heroine has really nothing particularly likable about her, the Hero... YIKES, he is a total D.H. (and I don't mean Dear Husband) He marries her quickly because she is plain (ugly) and doesn't have much of a dowry so she won't make much of a fuss. Then -- He uses her (Spoiler alert! Stop reading here if you REALLY want to sit through this book) -- because he discovers his unmarried, virgin sister is pregnant, and he wants her to claim the child as theirs. Of course, the sister is not up for this plan. Poor plain Iris... She is milk toast and bland and barely stands up for herself. She thinks her husband finds her unattractive (and really...) but apparently she grows on him (like a fungus) and he discovers he is in love with the poor beast. It's really really dreadful. The Narrator does a wonderful job, as always, but UGH! Not Ms. Quinn's best work to say the least. I would recommend skipping this one.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Mystery of the Mystery of Edwin Drood

    • ORIGINAL (27 mins)
    • By Frances Fyfield
    • Narrated By Frances Fyfield
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Writer Frances Fyfield uses the manuscript of Dickens's last, unfinished, novel to work on the mystery of what happened to the book's eponymous hero, Edwin Drood. First broadcast: BBC Radio 4, 19 January 2012.

    Howdyholly says: "This is NOT the Dickens story!"
    "This is NOT the Dickens story!"
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    I had expected a version of the Dickens story, but this turned out to be a horrible mishmash of people talking about the story (often over top one another). It was weird and difficult to listen to. There was also some strange and distracting "mood music" in the background that made it even more difficult to understand. I am WHOLLY disappointed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thirteenth Child

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Patricia C. Wrede
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1218)
    Performance
    (1106)
    Story
    (1113)

    Eff was born a thirteenth child. Her twin brother, Lan, is the seventh son of a seventh son. This means he's supposed to possess amazing talent - and she's supposed to bring only bad things to her family and her town. Undeterred, her family moves to the frontier, where her father will be a professor of magic at a school perilously close to the magical divide that separates settlers from the beasts of the wild. With wit and wonder, Patricia Wrede creates an alternate history of westward expansion that will delight fans of both J. K. Rowling and Laura Ingalls Wilder.

    Erin - Audible says: "History, Magic, Teens, & Not An Inkling of Romance"
    "Interesting but it tries a little too hard"
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    This book tries really hard to be dystopic but they take normal words like "Child" and makes it into "childlings" which is somehow supposed to make us believe that society is that far away from our reality that it changes the venacular. Sigh...
    There is also the problem with believing that these people can do magic, but then there are people who prefer not to do magic and want to live without it (WHY?) and then there is the whole problem with re-writing history and making the founding fathers magicians... Double sigh....
    There are a whole lot of holes in the plot and even if you can suspend your disbelief, you still have to get through the book, which is alright, but not wonderful or transforming. I woud say it would be wonderful for a 7th grader. No major love interest or plot twists except that it is a BIG DEAL that she is the 13th child, until suddenly it isn't... IDK

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Mercedes: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8612)
    Performance
    (7891)
    Story
    (7902)

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes. Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.

    Joyce says: "Love this style of King!!!"
    "A good solid King book, but not the typical scary"
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    This was a very good book that focused on a retired police officer who is taunted by a serial killer who gets his kicks from killing random people. The only major criticizm that I have is that the narrator ALWAYS makes women sound like brainless air-heads who take a little too long to speak. That bothered me a little, one of the major players was named Holly, which is also my name, so I hated for her to sound so out of it, but all in all it was a very good listen. It was intriguing, but not scary, IMO, like some of the old S. King stuff was. This is a thinking book and it does have the potential to seem very real, which is scary in a different way. I liked it a lot and I recommend it, but it isn't a "sleep with the lights on" kind of scary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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