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Johanna

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  • Lone Star Heartbreaker: The Diamondback Ranch Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Anne Marie Novark
    • Narrated By Erin Mallon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (58)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (56)

    Tyler McCade is the youngest McCade brother in Salt Fork, Texas, and the biggest heartbreaker of them all. Or he was - until a plane crash wrecked his body and sent his crop-dusting company into a tailspin. Needing time to heal and form a new business plan, he retreats to the Diamondback Ranch, where he spends too much time alone tormented by the possibility that the accident might have been his fault. Caitlyn Ross lives to fly planes. Accepting the job as pilot for Lone Star Wings seems like a dream come true. But when she packs up everything she owns and finds herself working for the brooding Tyler McCade, her defenses go on high alert.

    Wanda says: "Another Great story!!"
    "Bad story, even worse narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you be willing to try another one of Erin Mallon’s performances?

    No. The narration made this story worse. Empathis was off throughout the whole story, and especially in the dialogues.


    Any additional comments?

    I went for what I hoped was a light story, but got a flat one instead. I really have nothing good to say about it, it was just plain bad.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Reaper's Property

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Joanna Wylde
    • Narrated By Stella Bloom
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (958)
    Performance
    (898)
    Story
    (907)

    Marie doesn't need a complication like Horse. The massive, tattooed, badass biker who shows up at her brother's house one afternoon doesn't agree. He wants Marie on his bike and in his bed. Now. But Marie just left her abusive jerk of an ex-husband and she's not looking for a new man. Especially one like Horse - she doesn't know his real name or where he lives, she's ninety percent certain he's a criminal and that the "business" he talks with her brother isn't website design.

    Tara says: "Holy Hot Bikers"
    "I hated both main characters"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Ones that can overlook the fact that the hero has the same view of women as most men had in the 19th century.


    Any additional comments?

    I should have read the title more closely- Reaper's PROPERTY. I hated the "hero" for treating the heroine like an object, but I think I hated her even more for accepting it. Sometimes I can overlook a bit of too much macho for a hot listen, but this just set my teeth on edge.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Horn Gate

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Damon Suede
    • Narrated By Charlie David
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Librarian Isaac Stein spends his lumpy, lonely days restoring forgotten books, until the night he steals an invitation to a scandalous club steeped in sin. Descending into its bowels, he accidentally discovers Scratch, a wounded demon who feeds on lust. Consorting with a mortal is a bad idea, but Scratch can't resist the man who knows how to open the portal that will free him and his kind.

    Johanna says: "Will not keep this one"
    "Will not keep this one"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Usually I don't pick books that have been rated less than 4 stars, but I've previously enjoyed books by Damon Suede, and Charlie David's narrations are usually perfect. I also liked Bad idea where Scratch is a character.

    Coming from that, here is what I think about Horn Gate:

    It is messy, and at times difficult to understand and follow the thoughts and actions of the main character. I feel like I never got to know the characters and why they behaved the way they did. It certainly had enough action to make a short story interesting, but I was unable connect with the story itself and everyone in it. A bit of Hebrew was also thrown into the mix, which didn't make the plot easier to follow.

    Charlie David has a really great voice. Why, oh why, was everything coming out of Scrath's mouth whispered? Not only was it at times hard to understand what he was saying, it made the whole listening experience bad.

    Perhaps the written version is better? Or maybe this would have worked better as a full length novel instead of a 3 hour listen? I'm not sure what could have saved this, for me it just felt like a draft and not a finished story. Will keep looking for other things to listen to by this due, but will return this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Vampire Diaries: The Return: Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By L. J. Smith
    • Narrated By Rebecca Mozo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (194)
    Performance
    (133)
    Story
    (135)

    With the help of charming and devious Damon, Elena rescued her vampire love, Stefan, from the depths of the Dark Dimension. But neither brother returned unscathed. Stefan is weak from his long imprisonment and needs more blood than Elena alone can give him, while a strange magic has turned Damon into a human. Savage and desperate, Damon will do anything to become a vampire again - even travel back to hell. But what will happen when he accidentally takes Bonnie with him?

    Johanna says: "Good entertainment..."
    "Good entertainment..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Okay listen (Damon is hot!) but too much focus on Elena. Would have wished for Bonnie (or anyone else really) to shine some more. Don't like that Elena takes up all the space and seems to take for granted that she is the center of them all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet: Charley Davidson, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1622)
    Performance
    (1486)
    Story
    (1491)

    Sometimes being the grim reaper really is that. Grim. And since Charley’s last case went so awry, she has taken a couple months off to wallow in the wonders of self-pity. But when a woman shows up on her doorstep convinced someone is trying to kill her, Charley has to force herself to rise above. Or at least get dressed. She quickly realizes something is amiss when everyone the woman knows swears she’s insane.

    CAROLYN says: "AS SOON AS I HIT 'PLAY' I WAS TOTALLY ENTHRALLED!!"
    "Brilliant!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    All five star reviewers have already said everything worth knowing about this book, the author and the narrator. Buy it, not only for the verbally armed heroine, but for all the other great characters in this book. Well written, greatly narrated and best in the series so far!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Darkness Bound

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Christine Price
    • Narrated By Jack LeFleur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    Confined in a sterile research facility and treated like a lab rat, Chris is alone and terrified. His special powers are his only escape, allowing him to psychically connect with other patients.... Alone in his cell for longer than he can remember, Vance is hungry. When newcomer Chris makes a mental connection, Vance is intrigued and soon wants more than just conversation. Chris and Vance seek comfort with each other, and with Simon - the only staff member who's shown them a hint of compassion.

    Johanna says: "One dimensional"
    "One dimensional"
    Overall
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    What could Christine Price have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I never understood how and why the social bonds formed between the "heros" of this story. There was no explenation, just boom! and there it was. All the characters felt one dimensional most of the time.This book should have been shorter, and then maybe it wouldn't have felt so empty of substance.


    Any additional comments?

    Jack LeFleur was good. Try A Reason to Believe instead.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On Dublin Street

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Samantha Young
    • Narrated By Paula Costello
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1577)
    Performance
    (1486)
    Story
    (1482)

    Jocelyn Butler has been hiding from her past for years. But all her secrets are about to be laid bare.... Four years ago, Jocelyn left her tragic past behind in the States and started over in Scotland, burying her grief, ignoring her demons, and forging ahead without attachments. Her solitary life is working well - until she moves into a new apartment on Dublin Street where she meets a man who shakes her carefully guarded world to its core.

    SIMARA says: "An emotional journey..."
    "Hard to separate thoughts from speach..."
    Overall
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    Story

    ...something I think other reviewers have mentioned before. Narrator did a good job with the accents though.

    I didn't really warm up to the main character, what with all the "I know I'm wrecking my own life and the life of those I love by making this decision, but I will make it anyway since I really want to be miserable". I get that she's had a tragic past but come on! She doesn't have to make it worse by consciously sabotaging her own happiness.

    This was going to be a positive review, but guess I dind't like this book as much as I initially thought. Got a warm feeling while listening, but after a week or two I can't remember why.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Entertaining Mr Stone

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Portia Da Costa
    • Narrated By Petra Kollander
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (73)

    When reformed bad girl Maria Lewis takes a dull job in local government back in her home town, the quiet life she was looking for is quickly disrupted by the enigmatic presence of her boss, Director Robert Stone. A dangerous and unlikely object of lust, Stone touches something deep in Maria's sensual psyche and draws her to an erotic underworld, a far cry from life in the dusty offices of Borough Hall.

    SassiKassi says: "Sexy and Entertaining"
    "Hot and sweet"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    A lot of hot sex and a sweet story to connect it all.


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

    No, this is the first time. She's got a great dry tone that suits this story. Very pleased with the narrating!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Borrowing Alex

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Cindy Procter-King
    • Narrated By R.E. Chambliss
    Overall
    (41)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    Nikki St. James knows kidnapping Alex Hart and whisking him off to secluded Lake Eden is probably a little extreme, but her fiance barely seems to notice her existence any more, and she needs Alex to help her get his attention. Besides, she's probably doing the college professor a favor he's so uptight a little R & R at a lakeside cabin is just what he needs. Not that she cares what he needs, or has noticed how handsome he is....

    Amazon Customer says: "Very disappointed"
    "Cliché"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I didn't know it was possible to cram so many cliches into one relatively short story. Just under six hours, and I had to force myself to listen. I can be a sucker for sweet romance, but this was bad. I wanted lemonade and got stuck with sticky molasses.

    I got really frustrated, not only with the story but also the narration. There's only one word for it: slow. I don't recommend this story to anyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs: Jane Jameson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5729)
    Performance
    (4430)
    Story
    (4439)

    Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed $25 in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead.

    Sandra Ross says: "Laugh-out Loud Funny"
    "Great listen, wonderfully narrated"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love everything about this story! The herioine is cheeky, unpredictable and strongwilled, the storyline a far cry from many of the vampire books out there that's usually about macho men saving their beautiful but weak destined-to-be wives from harm. Well, there is a bit of saving going on,but in a good way.

    The characters are very well thought through with personalities that made me both laugh (out loud in afternoon rush hour at the tube station like a lunatic) and want to pull my hair out by the roots in frustration. Just read it and you'll understand.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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