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Jill

Tampa, FL, United States | Member Since 2005

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  • 16 reviews
  • 315 ratings
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  • To Die For

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Franette Liebow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (121)

    Blair Mallory lives the good life. She's pretty, confident, and the owner of a thriving upscale fitness center. But in the shadow of success, a troubled member of the club develops a strange fixation on her, imitating her style and dress. Matters take a darker turn when the look-alike is shot dead - and Blair witnesses the horror.

    SassiKassi says: "Story is great. Narrator, not so much"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall

    I love absolutely everything I have ever read by Linda Howard EXCEPT THIS BOOK!! The writing was ok but the narrator was so annoying I wanted to shoot the main character by the end of the first half. This book moved slowly but the narration made it AWFUL!!! Try any one of Ms. Howard's OTHER books.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Heist: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich, Lee Goldberg
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1233)
    Performance
    (1094)
    Story
    (1101)

    FBI Special Agent Kate O’Hare is known for her fierce dedication and discipline on the job, chasing down the world’s most wanted criminals and putting them behind bars. Her boss thinks she is tenacious and ambitious; her friends think she is tough, stubborn, and maybe even a bit obsessed. And while Kate has made quite a name for herself for the past five years the only name she’s cared about is Nicolas Fox - an international crook she wants in more ways than one.

    Janels says: "Evanovich, no longer trite--entertaining romp"
    "This was a lot of fun"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Heist?

    It was a a roller coaster ride!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The protagonist!!


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

    he has so much realism!!


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

    made me sit up and take notice - I was concerned about the ending


    Any additional comments?

    This was a fun ride!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Caught Dead in Philadelphia

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Gillian Roberts
    • Narrated By Diane Warren
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    When Liza Nichols’ lifeless body is discovered in Amanda Pepper’s living room, the thirtyish unmarried schoolteacher becomes the prime suspect in her friend’s death. In an effort to clear her name, Amanda joins forces with the attractive detective assigned to the case, giving him advice and doing some unofficial snooping of her own.

    Jill says: "I see why this series is so popular in paperback!!"
    "I see why this series is so popular in paperback!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Caught Dead in Philadelphia again? Why?

    This is a smart thriller but it takes a while through the first book to see it. I always wonder who puts up the reviews of "1st" books to a series that say this same thing but this is an intelligent book with a great ending that isn't visible until the last 5 chapters. I like that!! I have high hopes for the next dozen books or so! Keep in mind this book was written before cell phones were ubiquitous (1987 I think)! But aside from cell phone technology it is very current and exciting!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The bounce between whether or not the protagonist and the heroine will get together is fun!!!


    What about Diane Warren’s performance did you like?

    She is a great audio performer - there are few better (Amanda Ronconi and Lorelei King are the only two that are as good or slightly better!)


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

    Yes, however, I work for a living so it took me almost 3 days. That means I listened every minute I wasn't working (60 hours a week as an Architect), torturing middle-school children (mother of 3, ugh), doing laundry (my penance for not being a billionaire) or cleaning everything (part of being human - even though I have a weekly housekeeper)!!!


    Any additional comments?

    It was very slow at first but after the first few hours it was totally worth it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tall, Dark, and Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Tate Hallaway
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (454)
    Performance
    (407)
    Story
    (407)

    Recovering witch Garnet Lacey owns Wisconsin's premier occult bookstore. And a fringe benefit of the job is getting customers like Sebastian Von Traum - piercing brown eyes, a sexy accent, and a killer body. The only thing missing is an aura. Which means he's dead. And that means trouble - something Garnet's a sucker for....

    amy says: "Tall, Dark, Dead & Poorly Edited"
    "Thoroughly enjoyable!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is one of the more light-hearted para-normal books and while it is never laugh-out-loud funny, it is totally amusing.


    What about Amanda Ronconi’s performance did you like?

    Amanda does a full range of voices never leaving you wondering which character is supposed to be talking! Very articulate.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • How To Marry a Millionaire Vampire: Love at Stake, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Kerrelyn Sparks
    • Narrated By Suzanne Cypress
    Overall
    (776)
    Performance
    (600)
    Story
    (601)

    So what if he's a bit older and usually regards a human female as dinner, not a dinner date? Yes, Roman Draganesti is a vampire, but a vampire who lost one of his fangs sinking his teeth into something he shouldn't have. Now he has one night to find a dentist before his natural healing abilities close the wound, leaving him a lopsided eater for all eternity. Things aren't going well for Shanna Whelan either... After witnessing a gruesome murder by the Russian mafia, she's next on their hit list. And her career as a dentist appears to be on a downward spiral because she's afraid of blood.

    Lulu says: "If Profanity is Called for, Please Use It"
    "What a Shame!!"
    Overall

    The writer is obviously talented and the premise is good. The shame of it is that the writer was on the right track to make it amusing and have it be a little serious and a lot funny, similar to Janet Evanovich's Plum series; but then, it gets too whiney, weepy, and serious. I might try the second one just to see if Ms. Sparks editor did her job this time but I won't hold my breath...

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Room Service

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Beverly Brandt
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (55)

    Jet-setter Katya Morgan believes that love comes in gilt-wrapped packages. So when her father disinherits her, her first priority is to get her money and her cushy life back. But meanwhile, having no way to pay the enormous bill she racked up at the sumptuous Royal Palmetto Hotel poses a slight problem. Then Alex Sheridan, the hotel manager, has the gall to suggest that she pay off her debt by working at the hotel—as a maid!

    Stephanie says: "GREAT"
    "Fun Read"
    Overall

    It is a litlle like a cookie cutter novel but it is fun to listen to and the reader is decent. Don't be discouraged by the beginning, it is a good time.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hidden Currents

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Alyssa Bresnahan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (475)
    Performance
    (282)
    Story
    (286)

    Strong telepath Elle Drake has gone missing. Even her six magical sisters cannot find her. They all agree that she is alive and something terrible must have happened or she would have contacted them. Jackson Deveau, a deputy sheriff in the small village of Sea Haven, off the northern California coast, has known that Elle is destined for him. When she disappears, he gathers with his friends, Jonas Harrington and Ilya Prakenskii, and Elle's sisters to find her and bring her safely home.

    L. Claude says: "Perfect ending to a good series....."
    "STOP!! Before you read Book 7 (This Book)"
    Overall

    I HIGHLY recommend you read the first 6 books in this series; then read the synopsis of this book and stop there. DON'T READ THIS BOOK!

    The Drake sisters series is some of Ms. Feehan's best work but this book was HORRIBLE! It was seemingly endless physical and mental abuse of the youngest Drake sister. It was very depressing and not a happy ending but just a satisfactory ending. It is a total BUMMER!

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Dark of the Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Susan Krinard
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    Overall
    (88)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    His iron hand once kept the warring vampire clans of decadent 1920s New York from one another's throats. But now, outcast from his own kind, Dorian Black haunts the back alleys of the city alone...until the night he meets reporter Gwen Murphy and feels something stir within him for the first time in centuries.

    Tracy says: "Enjoyable book...."
    "Intense Story"
    Overall

    I enjoyed this quite a bit, however, I felt like it may have gone on for too long. Almost no sex in this book but the characters were enthralling.

    It took a long time to get there but I enjoyed the ending. If you are looking for an interesting and lengthy story this is a good tale!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven, Texas

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1000)
    Performance
    (497)
    Story
    (501)

    It seems like an easy assignment for an assertive but sweet woman like Gracie Snow: track down her friend, Bobby Denton, a famous ex-jock, and bring him to Heaven (Texas, that is) to shoot a movie. How could he refuse a glamorous offer like that? Easy....

    Diana says: "If you haven't met Bobby Tom . . ."
    "Enjoy the Stars Series"
    Overall

    This is the second in Susan Elizabeth Phillips' ficticious Chicago Stars NFL team series and it is far and away the funniest of the 6 that I have read! It is sexy and funny!

    1 of 1 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
    (108)
    Performance
    (34)
    Story
    (37)

    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"
    "Save yourself!!!"
    Overall

    I implore you to listen to the other reviewers who tell of repetition. DON'T WASTE YOUR PRECIOUS TIME with this overly drawn out, painfully repetitious, rambling tale. It is a good story (that was what made me give it a chance) but it wasn't worth it. Too bad JoAnn Ross or another skilled author didn't write this plot or perhaps an editor could have done his/her job and cut it down to an appropriate 7 hours!!

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful

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