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Judy

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Champaign, IL, United States | Member Since 2007

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  • Kill and Tell

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (543)
    Performance
    (358)
    Story
    (360)

    Still reeling from her mother's recent death, Karen Whitlaw is stunned when she receives a package containing a mysterious notebook from her estranged father, whom she has barely seen since his return from the Vietnam War decades ago. Then, a shocking phone call: Karen's father has been murdered on the gritty streets of New Orleans.

    A User says: "Perfect Narration!"
    "A really good book!"
    Overall

    I disagree with the previous reviewer. This book is more than just a romance novel; it is a good romantic suspense, which is a genre for which Linda Howard is well known. Here she delivers a fast-paced story with a good plot, complete with unexpected twists and great character development. I loved that the heroine was courageous and smart without being afraid to let emotions show. And the hero was just plain yummy! The narration wasn't the best I've heard, but it certainly didn't detract from the enjoyment of the book.

    All in all, I think this story is well worth the credit/cost.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Scandalous Desires: Maiden Lane, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Hoyt
    • Narrated By Ashford McNab
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (459)
    Performance
    (408)
    Story
    (407)

    Widowed Silence Hollingbrook is impoverished, lovely, and kind - and nine months ago she made a horrible mistake. She went to a river pirate for help in saving her husband and in the process made a bargain that cost her her marriage. That night wounded her so terribly that she hides in the foundling home she helps run with her brother. Except now that same river pirate is back... and he's asking for her help.

    Angela says: "Magnificent Journey!"
    "Hot!"
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    Another great chapter in the Maiden Lane series. The male lead of the book is hot, hot, hot!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Rock Hard: Sinners on Tour, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Olivia Cunning
    • Narrated By Justine O. Keef
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (780)
    Performance
    (723)
    Story
    (731)

    The second book in the Sinners on Tour series features lead singer Sedric Lionheart, who became a playboy after his fiancee, Jessica, broke his heart. Trapped on a summer tour together for two entire months - but stubbornly desperate to stay apart - they find a million steamy reasons why they had that lovin' feeling in the first place.

    CAROLYN says: "Sex drugs & rock n roll but oh soooo much more"
    "Good, but not as good as the first book..."
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    Story

    I really loved Sedric as a secondary character in the first book of this series and couldn't wait to read his story in this book. OC has a way of making these characters come to life that is entertaining and flat-out sexy! I love a hot book just as much as the next person but there were almost too many sex scenes in this one with overblown (no pun intended) descriptions. My only criticism for OC is that she learn to liberally sprinkle the book with hot scenes rather than saturate it. But the narrator is FANTASTIC!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Backstage Pass: Sinners on Tour Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Olivia Cunning
    • Narrated By Justine O. Keef
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1095)
    Performance
    (1011)
    Story
    (1018)

    It's been months since Brian Sinclair, lead guitarist for the famous rock band Sinners, composed anything. Unable to write the music that once flowed so naturally, Brian is lost without his musical mojo. But when sexy psychology professor Myrna Evans comes on tour to study groupie mentality, Brian may have found the spark he needs to reignite his musical genius. When lust turns to love, will Brian be able to convince Myrna that what they have is more than just a fling, and that now that he's found his heart's muse, he doesn't want to live without her?

    Leesa says: "Totally Fabulous!!"
    "Welcome Change of Plot"
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    Story

    The behind-the-scenes look in the music industry was a welcome change in storyline from the cookie cutter romance stories. I love that every character in the story was flawed in some way which made them believable and interesting. So much better than the "perfect people finding each other" that is the basis of most romances. Mix that with laugh-out-loud humor and scorching heat between the sheets (or any other available location) and you have a winner. Looking forward to other stories in the series.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Still Lake

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Anne Stuart
    • Narrated By Marie Ellis
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Buying a run-down farm in a beautiful Vermont town is the start of a new life for Sophie Davis. She moves her mother, Grace, and her half sister, Marty, out of the city, hoping the change will help both women sort out their complicated lives. And for Sophie, turning Stonegate Farm into a quaint country inn is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. She doesn’t even mind that the farm was the scene of a grisly multiple murder 20 years earlier….

    Judy says: "Only in a Novel..."
    "Only in a Novel..."
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    I love AS's "House of Rohan" and "Ice"series so I gave this a try. Not that great. The two main characters would never be attracted to each other or be together in anything but a romance novel. I kept reading because at least Griffin was sexy with his obnoxiousness. Sophie was just plain obnoxious and irritating. The story was predictable and disappointing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dare the Devil

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Elaine Raco Chase
    • Narrated By Destiny Landon, Lee James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    Welcome to Glacier Country! Luthor Devlin and his ranch hands were out tracking 20th-century rustlers when they stepped into a time warp! There on the jagged cliffs was a woolly mammoth, a sabre-toothed tiger, and a tawny, near-naked savage. She was a primal fantasy come true - that left him stunned!

    Brandy C. says: "Different .. in a GREAT WAY!!!"
    "Different..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have been bored to tears by the generic story plots with romance novels so I liked the fact that this book was a bit different. But the narration is about the worse I have ever suffered through! Too bad, because the story itself is humorous, if a little hokey.

    6 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7457)
    Performance
    (6492)
    Story
    (6482)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Outstanding!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This book is quite a step up from Nora's last couple of trilogies and is worthy of her reputation. The story is original, the characters are well-developed and likable, and its nicely balanced with humor and heat. The narrator would not have been my first choice (Susan Ericksen would have rocked it!) but she did an adequate enough job that it didn't detract from the enjoyment of the story. Thanks, Nora, for giving the people (your fans) what they want!

    39 of 43 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Perfect

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Laura Hicks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (509)
    Performance
    (447)
    Story
    (450)

    What would make the perfect man? That's the deliciously racy topic that Jaine Bright and her three girlfriends are pondering one night at their favorite after-hours hot spot: Mr. Perfect. Would he be tall, dark, and handsome? Caring and warmhearted - or will just muscular do? As their conversation heats up, they concoct a tongue-in-cheek checklist that becomes an overnight sensation, spreading like wildfire at work and sizzling along email lines. But what began as a joke among friends turns deadly serious when one of the four women is murdered....

    Judy says: "Oldie but Goodie!"
    "Oldie but Goodie!"
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    I read this book years ago when it was first released and am now delighted it finally came out in unabridged audio! This story encompasses all the elements of a great read without having to rely on the trendy gimicks of most books today. The storyline, humor and just the right amount of heat makes this one of my LH favorites.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Dangerous

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Palmer
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (123)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (50)

    Tall, lean and headstrong, FBI agent Kilraven lives by his own rules. And one of those rules includes keeping his hands off Jacobsville’s resident sweetheart, Winnie Sinclair, no matter the temptation. Shy and innocent, Winnie couldn’t handle a man like him – a merciless man with a haunted past. And this small town may hold not only the woman he fights to resist, but the answers to a cold case that is very personal to Kilraven.

    Judy says: "No Stars Had it Not Been for the Narrator!"
    "No Stars Had it Not Been for the Narrator!"
    Overall

    I wasn't drawn to this book for the story as much as I was the narrator. Phil Gigante is magic! He did an excellent job protraying Kilraven, turing an otherwise disagreeable and sometimes downright unlikable character into someone who was occationallly hot and sexy!

    I often tire of Diana Palmer's archaic way of protraying the male-female dynamic (which was
    ridiculous and often insulting in this story), and I know I would not have finished listening to this book had it not been for my appreciation for Phil Gigante's work. Catch him in the "Highlander" series by Karen Marie Moning. What he does to a Scottish accent is sinfuly delicious!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • One Season of Sunshine

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Julia London
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    Elementary school teacher Jane Aaron cancels her summer vacation plans and heads to Cedar Springs, Texas, to find her birth mother. While there, she’s hired by Asher Price, a wealthy widower, to look after his 13-year-old daughter, Riley, and five-year-old son, Levi. Around town, Jane also hears rumors that an older woman was killed in the same car accident that claimed Asher’s wife.

    Judy says: "Interesting Read"
    "Interesting Read"
    Overall

    I reallly liked the character development in this book for the most part, although I think Jane's issues were drawn out a little more than necessary. The book dealt with some pretty serious family issues with a realism that drew me in and held my interest. I'm used to Julia London's regency era novels, and experiencing her writing in a contemporaty setting was a nice change of pace. This story is definitely credit worthy.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Negligee Behavior

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Shelli Stevens
    • Narrated By Tiffany Cole
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    When lingerie heiress Brandy Summer gets cold feet and runs out on her Vegas wedding, she has nowhere to turn, so she hijacks a hunky biker waiting for a red light and begs him for help. What she doesn't know is that her instincts are right: the groom has a hidden agenda. He needs her money to pay off his gambling debts and she's his ticket to the good life.

    Judy says: "Good Story... Bad Narrator!"
    "Good Story... Bad Narrator!"
    Overall

    I agree with the other reviewers that this was a good story, albeit a little predictible. However, the narrator was simply atrocious! She had no idea how to differentiate between characters, so Marco frequently came off sounding like a whinny girl rather than a hot, Latin hunk. She occasionally tried to incorporate a couple of accents (British and Spanish), but they were even worse than her regular voice! If the narrator either makes or breaks the story for you, definitely go for this book in print. It is a shame that the screening process for audio-book narrators does not weed out people who have neither the talent nor the voice for the job.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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