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Judy

Auckland, New Zealand | Member Since 2012

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  • Deception Cove: A Rainshadow Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Jayne Castle
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (249)

    As a light-talent, Alice North has the rare ability to make things disappear, including herself - a gift that comes in handy during her magic act with her dust bunny Houdini. Business mogul Drake Sebastian is day-blind, since his sight was nearly destroyed in a lab accident. But he’s the one man who can see Alice when she disappears - and he needs her. On Rainshadow Island, two dangerous Old World crystals are missing, igniting a paranormal storm. Drake thinks Alice is the key to finding them, and proposes they head there, but only after a marriage of convenience.

    Captain Skurvy says: "Jayne Castle produces another winner"
    "Cheesy lines"
    Overall
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Stop all the cheesy lines in the book. The book had an interesting plot and the main guy character was suppose to be cool. However, I found it difficult to believe it when he kept saying really cheesy lines.

    Another thing is that the author kept stating out the most obvious points. It made me felt stupid and talked down to.


    Would you recommend Deception Cove to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not really. Not unless there is no other books to listen to.


    Did Joyce Bean do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes. She did a fantastic job.


    Did Deception Cove inspire you to do anything?

    To write this review.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sylvester: Or, the Wicked Uncle

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Nicholas Rowe
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (277)

    When Sylvester, the Duke of Salford, first meets Phoebe Marlow, he finds her dull and insipid. She thinks he is insufferably arrogant. But when a series of unforeseen events leads them to be stranded together in a lonely country inn, they are both forced to reassess their hastily formed opinions, and they begin to discover a new-found liking and respect for each other. But what Sylvester doesn’t know is that Phoebe is about to publish a novel - a novel in which all London will recognize him as the villainous ‘Count Ugolino’

    C. Mendez says: "Finally!!!"
    "Entertaining"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of Sylvester to be better than the print version?

    I am unsure as I have not read the book. However, I found it difficult to distinguish between the characters during the story. If I wasn't concentrating enough everyone seems to just blend together.


    What other book might you compare Sylvester to and why?

    The big difference between this book and other more recently written romances is that it is not full of sex scenes. This I found rather refreshing.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't have a favorite.


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

    Not really. Maybe if it was read by someone else.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Four Seconds to Lose: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By K. A. Tucker
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Louise, Sebastian York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (321)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (302)

    Owning a strip club isn't the fantasy most guys expect it to be. With long hours, a staff with enough issues to keep a psych ward in business, and the police regularly on his case, twenty-nine-year-old Cain is starting to second guess his unspoken mission to save the women he employs. And then blond, brown-eyed Charlie Rourke walks through his door, and things get really complicated. Cain abides by a strict "no sleeping with the staff" rule. But being around Charlie challenges Cain's self-control…and it's been a long time since any woman has done that.

    Jordy says: "Engaging, Sexy, Addicting, and Simply Amazing!"
    "Entertaining"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Four Seconds to Lose to be better than the print version?

    I cannot comment since I have not read the print version.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cain. Even though he had been through so much, he was still a kind and decent guy.


    Which character – as performed by Elizabeth Louise and Sebastian York – was your favorite?

    Sebastian. He had an easy voice to listen to.
    Elisabeth's performance was great but there were times when I found her voice a pitch too high for my comfort.


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

    No idea....


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the credit!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • All I Can Handle: I'm No Mother Teresa: A Life Raising Three Daughters with Autism

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Kim Stagliano
    • Narrated By Nicole Vilencia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    "Dr. Spock? Check. Penelope Ann Leach (Remember her?) Check. What to Expect When You’re Expecting? Check. I had a 700 dollar Bellini crib for God’s sake! Everything was perfect…." And so begins Kim Stagliano’s electrifying and hilarious memoir of her family’s journey raising three daughters with autism. Always outspoken, often touching, and sometimes heartbreaking, Kim Stagliano is a powerful new voice in comedic writing.

    Gilmara Lima Mendes says: "Not a science book, so much as an empiric one."
    "Hands down to an amazing mother"
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    Where does All I Can Handle: I'm No Mother Teresa rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Middle. Not the best book and not the worse I have listened to.
    But I think it is amazing how much hard work she has put in to her family.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of All I Can Handle: I'm No Mother Teresa?

    I can't think of one.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't think of one.


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

    No. But I found it difficult to laugh at some of Kim's humor. I just found it snarky at times.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The MacKinnon's Bride: Highland Brides, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Tanya Anne Crosby
    • Narrated By Braden Wright
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (138)

    Descended of the legendary sons of MacAlpin, Iain MacKinnon refuses to bow to the English. When his young son is captured by a minion of the English king, the fierce Scottish chieftain vows to stop at nothing to secure the lad's return. Retaliating in kind, he captures the daughter of his enemy, planning to bargain with the devil. FitzSimon's daughter has lived her entire life in the shadow of the man she called father--yet never would she have imagined he would forsake his only daughter.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Two Torn Hearts One Fun Adventure"
    "No surprises"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. If they would like a typical romance.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Iain. He sounds like a really nice sweet capable guy.


    Which character – as performed by Braden Wright – was your favorite?

    Iain.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    None that I can think of.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a entertaining romance. No surprises.

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Feral Sins: Phoenix Pack, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Suzanne Wright
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2108)
    Performance
    (1941)
    Story
    (1957)

    Taryn Warner is a wolf shifter with extraordinary healing skills - and serious problems. First, her father is determined that she mate for life with a wolf shifter named Roscoe Weston, whom the feisty Taryn can’t stand. To make matters worse, she’s also been kidnapped by Trey Coleman, a dangerous alpha male from another pack. And as much as she wants to resist Trey, Taryn is incredibly, maddeningly attracted to him.

    Paige says: "Surprised they didn't check my ID"
    "Listen to it if you like typical alpha male"
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    Would you try another book from Suzanne Wright and/or Jill Redfield?

    Nope. I am not sure if it is the writing or Jill Redfield, but it was painful to listen to Jill speak in a male voice and the character sounded more like a dumb jock.


    Would you recommend Feral Sins to your friends? Why or why not?

    Nope. See above.


    Did Jill Redfield do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    It was easy to differentiate the characters. But her male voice is not very attractive. Instead of sounding smart and sexy, she comes off as dumb and too much of a "try hard."


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    Rewrite the characters' dialogues and change the narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Intimate Life: Sex, Love, and My Journey as a Surrogate Partner

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Cheryl Cohen-Greene
    • Narrated By Rebecca Gibel
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (27)

    For the past 40 years, Cheryl Cohen Greene has worked as a surrogate partner, helping clients to confront, consider, and ultimately accept their sexuality. In this riveting memoir, Cohen Greene shares some of her most moving cases, and also reveals her own sexual coming-of-age. Beginning with a rigid Catholic upbringing in the 1950s, where she was taught to think sex and sexual desires were unnatural and wrong, Cohen Greene struggled to reconcile her sexual identity.

    Susie says: "The Tender Memoir of a Sex Surrogate"
    "Interesting Audiobook"
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    Would you listen to An Intimate Life again? Why?

    Nope. I bought this audiobook because I wanted to understand more about surrogate partner as a profession. Although I am no saint, there were some parts where I found it difficult to understand the choices Cheryl made and weirdly enough, I found my self angry during parts of the audiobook.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The brutal honesty and how strong Cheryl was.


    What about Rebecca Gibel’s performance did you like?

    It was alright.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Cheryl and her mother mended their relationship.


    Any additional comments?

    Cheryl is amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shadowheart: Medieval Hearts, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    Overall
    (150)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (140)

    A fatally dangerous man...and the woman who stands in the way of all he's ever desired. Beautiful and ruthless, the elegant assassin Allegreto will stop at nothing to regain his rightful place. And the perfect instrument has just fallen into his hands, in the lovely form of Lady Elena - the long-lost princess of the land he intends to wrest back from his enemies. But she is no mere maiden to be possessed.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Another Kinsale Winner!"
    "Engaging story"
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    Would you listen to Shadowheart again? Why?

    Nope. It was a good story but for some reason I did not enjoy the main female character.


    What other book might you compare Shadowheart to and why?

    I can't think of any one.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first time the main characters met.


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

    Not really. I did felt some mild annoyance with the main female character at times. This is especially the case when her actions hurt the main male character.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a good story overall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of Scoundrels

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Loretta Chase
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (758)
    Performance
    (699)
    Story
    (698)

    Sebastian Ballister, the notorious Marquess of Dain, is big, bad, and dangerous to know. No respectable woman would have anything to do with the "Bane and Blight of the Ballisters", and he wants nothing to do with respectable women. He's determined to continue doing what he does best - sin and sin again - and all's going swimmingly…until the day a shop door opens and she walks in.

    Marcheta says: "Witty dialogue highlights battle between the sexes"
    "Entertaining"
    Overall
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Lord of Scoundrels the most enjoyable?

    The combination of interesting characters and fantastic narrator made it difficult to pause this story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main characters were not your stock standard type and the witty dialogue.


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

    Nope.


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

    Beauty and the beast???


    Any additional comments?

    Get the audiobook. You won't regret it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Prince of Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (438)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (405)

    He was once a legendary highwayman. Now he's a recluse in a ruined French castle, with only a half-wild wolf for a companion. When Lady Leigh Strachan comes looking for a man to aid in her revenge, she's disillusioned to find that the famed Prince of Midnight couldn't help even if he cared to - which he doesn't. S. T. Maitland wants nothing to do with his legend, or with this fierce, beautiful, broken woman... until the old thrill of living on the cutting edge of danger begins to rise in his blood again.

    Robbie says: "Imagine My Joy!"
    "Unlikeable main female character"
    Overall
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    Would you try another book from Laura Kinsale and/or Nicholas Boulton?

    Nicholas Boulton did a fantastic job, however I am quite wary about trying another Laura Kinsale's book.


    What could Laura Kinsale have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    The main female character was not very likeable. I could not finish the book since I did not care for the character at all.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nicholas Boulton?

    No idea. He did a fine job.


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

    Disappointment and annoyance. Disappointment because the book had good reviews and I had high hopes. Annoyance whenever the main female character appeared. I don't even know why the main male likes her.


    0 of 5 people found this review helpful

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