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Joslyn

MILTON, WI, United States

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  • The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Kao Kalia Yang
    • Narrated By Kao Kalia Yang
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    In the 70s and 80s, thousands of Hmong families made the journey from the war-torn jungles of Laos to the overcrowded refugee camps of Thailand and onward to the United States, all in search of a new place to call home. Decades later, their experiences remain largely unknown. Kao Kalia Yang was driven to tell her own family's story after her grandmother’s death. The Latehomecomer is a tribute to that grandmother, a remarkable woman whose spirit held her family together.

    Joslyn says: "Skip listening!"
    "Skip listening!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Read the book, do not listen!


    What was most disappointing about Kao Kalia Yang’s story?

    Horrible voice narration.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her voice made me feel very little sympathy for the characters.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The narration made it hard for me to feel anything towards the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    Since listening to the book, I had read it. Liked it much better in print.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16254)
    Performance
    (10544)
    Story
    (10425)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Best book I have 'read' in years!"
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    What did you love best about Outlander?

    I loved the characters, the setting and the narration was suberb!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Can I pick two? Jaime and Claire!


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    Jamie. Loved Davina Porter's narration. She has such a subtle range of voice for each character. So entrancing.


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

    Yes, found myself wasting time in the car or while doing chores to keep listening.


    Any additional comments?

    The historical aspects of this book were very realistic. Loved the medical and herb knowledge displayed by Claire.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Many Sins of Lord Cameron: Highland Pleasures, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (620)
    Performance
    (574)
    Story
    (578)

    A renowned rake, Cameron Mackenzie doesn't care if Ainsley Douglas has a virtuous excuse for sneaking around his bedchamber. He only cares that she's at his mercy. One kiss at a time, he plans to seduce her. But what starts out as a lusty diversion may break Cam's own rules.

    Katheryne says: "Perfect Regency Romance"
    "Well worth a credit!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if the friend is interested in historical romance novels.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really enjoyed the character of Ian. I would like to know what the disability the author was referring to.
    The romance between Ian and Beth was so charming.


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

    I loved Angela Dawe's reading of this novel. Not sure if I would have enjoyed the book nearly as much without her narration.


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

    Ian and Beth - romance of the century!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Duke's Perfect Wife: Highland Pleasures, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (581)
    Performance
    (542)
    Story
    (539)

    Lady Eleanor Ramsay is the only one who knows the truth about Hart Mackenzie. Once his fiancée, she is the sole woman to whom he could ever pour out his heart. Hart has it all - a dukedom, wealth, power, influence, whatever he desires. Every woman wants him - his seductive skills are legendary. But Hart has sacrificed much to keep his brothers safe, first from their brutal father, and then from the world. He's also suffered loss: his wife, his infant son, and the woman he loved with all his heart, though he realized it too late.

    CAROLYN says: "FIVE STARS - FOUR WORDS - I NEED MORE PLEASE !!!"
    "Least exciting of the series, but worth a credit!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I found this brother the least compelling of the MacKenzie brothers. Would have enjoyed more of a romance storyline.


    If you’ve listened to books by Jennifer Ashley before, how does this one compare?

    I liked this story the least of the MacKenzie brothers series.


    Which character – as performed by Angela Dawe – was your favorite?

    Love Lord Mac and Lord Cam!


    Could you see The Duke's Perfect Wife being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Henry Cavill, Robert Pattinson


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Megan's Mark: The Breeds

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lora Leigh
    • Narrated By Brianna Bronte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (399)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (228)

    Cursed with the extraordinary power to feel other peoples’ emotions, Megan Fields has tucked herself away in a remote corner of New Mexico, working as a small-town sheriff’s deputy. She finds solace in the silence and heat of the desert. But when Breeds begin dying on her watch, Megan realizes that the secrets from her past can’t stay buried forever. Someone is out for blood - her blood. An arrogant Feline Breed, Braden Arness broods with feral intensity.

    Missy says: "Megan's Mark, The Breeds, Book 1 Review"
    "Very disappointing."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book had the potential to be excellent. Interesting story premise, but in the end unfulfiling.
    I never understood why Megan and her 'mate' were together. Totally random. Hard to become emotionally involved with characters like that.


    Has Megan's Mark turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Brianna Bronte’s performances?

    Unsure.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Very steamy scenes, but a bit too much. Because I was not involved with the characters, very unenjoyable.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Bed with a Highlander

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1346)
    Performance
    (1227)
    Story
    (1238)

    Ewan McCabe, the eldest, is a warrior determined to vanquish his enemy. Now, with the time ripe for battle, his men are ready and Ewan is poised to take back what is his-until a blue-eyed, raven-haired temptress is thrust upon him. Mairin may be the salvation of Ewan's clan, but for a man who dreams only of revenge, matters of the heart are strange territory to conquer.

    marlene says: "Steamy as only a Maya Banks can be!!!"
    "Rather dull."
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    Would you try another book from Maya Banks and/or Kirsten Potter?

    Not sure if I would.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something by Jennifer Ashley.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kirsten Potter?

    unsure


    What character would you cut from In Bed with a Highlander?

    The characters were good. I thought the writing was rather juvenile. Amateurish.


    Any additional comments?

    Not sure if I disliked this book because I had just finished listening to a similar series by Jennifer Ashley which I LOVED! Highland Pleasures - highly recommend that series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie: Highland Pleasures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Jennifer Ashley
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    Overall
    (1510)
    Performance
    (1375)
    Story
    (1376)

    It was whispered all through London society that he was a murderer, that he'd spent his youth in an asylum and was not to be trusted - especially with a lady. Any woman caught in his presence was immediately ruined. Yet Beth found herself inexorably drawn to the Scottish lord whose hint of a brogue wrapped around her like silk and whose touch could draw her into a world of ecstasy.

    Lupdilup says: "FANTASTIC BOOK, NICELLY PERFORMED."
    "Enjoyable Listen"
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    If you could sum up The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie in three words, what would they be?

    Romantic historical fiction


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Ian Mackenzie


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

    Loved the accents.


    Any additional comments?

    Really becamed involved with characters. Hope there is another in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When You Dare

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lori Foster
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (394)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (330)

    Readers can “feel heat radiating off the pages” (Publishers Weekly) of New York Times and USA Today best-selling author Lori Foster’s steamy romances. Her work has even earned her a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award. The first in her compelling Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series, When You Dare is sure to satisfy Foster’s loyal fans—and win her new ones.

    KIA says: "I purchased this because narrated by Jim Frangione"
    "Draws you in."
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    Would you listen to When You Dare again? Why?

    Story started a bit slowly, then the storyline built. Initially, I almost stopped listening as it was a bit cheesy. :)
    I became involved in the characters and really looked forward to listening to each chapter.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great character details and romance.


    Did Jim Frangione do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Truthfully, not a fan of the narration. I didn't feel he was involved in the story at all at times.
    Should have been read by a woman.


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

    At times, I laughed out loud at "extreme masculinity."


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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