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Karen Schapira

Plantation, Florida, USA | Member Since 2013

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  • Rush: The Breathless Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Adam Paul
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1086)
    Performance
    (1004)
    Story
    (1008)

    When Gabe Hamilton saw Mia Crestwell walk into the ballroom for his hotel’s grand opening, he knew he was going to hell for what he had planned. After all, Mia is his best friend’s little sister. Except she’s not so little anymore. And Gabe has waited a long time to act on his desires. Gabe has starred in Mia’s fantasies more than once, ever since she was a teenager with a huge crush on her brother’s best friend. So what if Gabe’s 14 years older? Mia knows he’s way out of her league, but her attraction has only grown stronger with time. She’s an adult now, and there’s no reason not to act on her most secret desires.

    SIMARA says: "Degrading, dirty story with terrible narration..."
    "Nice listen -"
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    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rush?

    Gabe's transformation.


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

    I preferred Adam Paul's performance in Rush to his performance in the KGI series because I was used to Harry's voices.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was entertaining. I am not a fan of kinky sex. However, the delivery was not too severe in this case. Not a spectacular story - I much prefer the KGI series. But, worth a listen. Maya Banks is an extraordinary talent. Her range is phenominal!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Lover: The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    Overall
    (3192)
    Performance
    (2067)
    Story
    (2078)

    The vampire Darius fears for the life of his half-breed daughter, who is unaware of her unusual destiny. To oversee her transformation, Darius seeks help from Wrath, a dangerous loner and the world's only purebred vampire.

    Tracy says: "Amazing start to this awesome series!"
    "Fabulous Listen"
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    I am a Julie Garwood fanatic who became hooked on Christine Feehan (not to replace Julie; just an added addiction)...J.R. Ward has now joined the fold! And, Jim Frangione is a fabulous narrator...I'm not sure that people realize how important the narrator is to an audio book listener...

    Anyway, if my favorite authors are not sufficient to help you read this book, let me give you a brief synopsis of those romantic elements that have me moving straight to the next book in the series. Impossibly strong, arrogant men - at least five more that I would like to see kneeling before the love of their lives. Equally strong women who capture their hearts. The vampire thing is subtle, not gross (which I appreciate) and there is a human element mixed in...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Prince: Author's Cut Special Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (612)
    Performance
    (490)
    Story
    (497)

    A telepathic hunter of serial killers, Raven Whitney helps to catch some of the most depraved criminals. But her work keeps her from getting close to others, and has drained her body and spirit. In need of rest and rejuvenation, she embarks for a vacation far from home. Mikhail Dubrinsky is the prince of the Carpathians, the powerful leader of a wise and secret ancient race that thrives in the night. From the moment they meet, Raven and Mikhail are helpless to resist the desire that sparks between them. But just as fate unexpectedly brings these life mates together, malevolent forces threaten to destroy them.

    julie says: "Utterly Supurb!!!"
    "Fabulous Series"
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    Whether you enjoy paranormal literature or not, you should definitely give Christine Feehan a try (either read or listen). I was not a paranormal regular and have read or listened to every one of the series and eagerly await the next one.

    The series introduces the Carpathian people and the stories are sensual, romantic and inspiring. The heroes are strong, extremely arrogant men; the women equally courageous - together they are invincible...almost.

    Christine Feehan brings the reader/listener into a world of romance, honor, and loyalty spanning centuries and transcending borders. Give it a try - truly worth the time...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hotshot: Buchanan-Renard, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (317)
    Story
    (317)

    A graduate of a prestigious French culinary school, Peyton has just lost her job as a food critic after rightfully accusing her boss of sexual harassment. Out of work and in a bad place personally, to Peyton a year doing something completely different sounds wonderful. Peyton dives into learning the resort business but is quickly derailed by an escalating chain of events that puts her life in danger. She refuses to be intimidated - until she’s nearly killed. Then she calls on her childhood friend and protector, Finn MacBain, now with the FBI, and asks for his help.

    Lesley Goranson says: "What a disappointment"
    "Another Great Garwood Read!"
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    I've been reading and rereading Julie Garwood books since 1998. These days, I sit in wait for the next publication. Hot Shot was good from the first listen! The story gripping and entertaining. Strong female characters and eqully strong, sensitive male characters. If only we didn't have to wait a year between reads!

    What can I say...I'm a true Garwood fan.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Tempted into Danger: ICE: Black Ops Defenders

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Melissa Cutler
    • Narrated By Holly Fielding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    When a simple mission to deliver the beautiful and brilliant Vanessa Crosby to a safe house goes horribly wrong, ICE agent Diego Santero's life gets complicated. Relentlessly hunted and not knowing whom to trust, Diego takes Vanessa on the run, deep into the heart of the deadly Panamanian rain forest. Vanessa reminds herself that she's just another asset to the ruggedly handsome black ops agent... until their intense situation leads to a release of passion neither expected. But even if they make it out alive, how can they ever have a future together?

    Gretchen says: "Mostly action"
    "Great New Series"
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    Where does Tempted into Danger rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Promises to be a great new series -


    Any additional comments?

    Sorry that the rest of the series wasn't written yet...

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Colters' Woman: Colter's Legacy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Freddie Bates
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (624)
    Performance
    (581)
    Story
    (583)

    Adam, Ethan, and Ryan aren't looking for women. They're looking for a woman. One woman they know will share their lives and their beds. They're losing hope they'll find her, that is until Adam discovers Holly lying in the snow just yards from their cabin. Adam knows she's the one the minute he holds her in his arms, and as soon as his brothers see her, they know it too. The only problem is convincing Holly of that fact - and protecting her from the danger of her past.

    CAROLYN says: "A MENAGE FOR 4 - BUT BE WARNED"
    "Polygomy in Reverse"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. The entire series is well written, entertaining, and the premise is a new twist (for me) - a reversal of the usualy polygomy; instead of multiple wives, one wife has multiple husbands.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Colters' Woman?

    Her labor.


    What about Freddie Bates’s performance did you like?

    Everything


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cavanaugh on Duty

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Marie Ferrarella
    • Narrated By Ann Cavanaugh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Esteban Fernandez has only one reason to live - and that reason vanishes when his cover is blown. As an undercover narcotics detective, Esteban wants to hunt the scum who killed his brother - and put his stepfather in prison for life. Reassigned and rootless, the brooding detective couldn't care less about the sexy cop he's now paired with...until they start finding bodies.

    Karen Schapira says: "Narrator's Performance is Irritating"
    "Narrator's Performance is Irritating"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would recommend the book as a read, not as a listen.


    What other book might you compare Cavanaugh on Duty to and why?

    Entertaining romance.


    How could the performance have been better?

    By simply paying attention to the punctuation.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wrong Bed, Right Guy: Come Undone, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Katee Robert
    • Narrated By Kasha Kensington
    Overall
    (442)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (410)

    Prim and proper art gallery coordinator Elle Walser is no good at seducing men. Heck, she's been throwing hints at her boss for months, but he's completely clueless. Desperate to escape her mother's matchmaking efforts, she comes up with a plan - buy some lingerie and climb into her boss' bed. The plan goes brilliantly...until she accidentally seduces a sexy stranger instead. Bad boy nightclub mogul Gabe Schultz just had the best almost-sex of his life. Too bad the smoking hot blonde thought he was his brother and bolted before he could finish what they started.

    Ebony says: "Wrong Might Be Right"
    "Entertaining"
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    Any additional comments?

    This was a surprisingly entertaining, romantic story about two people who find themselves as they find each other -

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Never Seduce a Scot: Montgomerys and Armstrongs, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1772)
    Performance
    (1616)
    Story
    (1618)

    Eveline Armstrong is fiercely loved and protected by her powerful clan, but outsiders consider her "touched." Beautiful, fey, with a level, intent gaze, she doesn't speak. No one, not even her family, knows that she cannot hear. Content with her life of seclusion, Eveline has taught herself to read lips and allows the outside world to view her as daft. But when an arranged marriage into a rival clan makes Graeme Montgomery her husband, Eveline accepts her duty -unprepared for the delights to come.

    CAROLYN says: "OMG - NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL A GREAT LISTEN"
    "Loved It!"
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    Where does Never Seduce a Scot rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love the Highlands - introduced to me by Julie Garwood. Maya Banks is my next favorite author in this area. I loved her Highlander series and so far, the Montgomerys and Armstrongs are proving to be just as entertaining.


    Which character – as performed by Kirsten Potter – was your favorite?

    Eveline was a difficult character to portray yet you really felt as if she could not hear.


    Any additional comments?

    The relationship that blossomed between Graeme and Eveline and Graeme's brothers and Eveline was well developed. I can't wait to read the next books in the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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