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Karen

9922 Timbers Drive Cincinnati,OH 45242 | Member Since 2007

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  • An Unwilling Conquest

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Nellie Chalfant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    A successful horse breeder and self-proclaimed rake, Harry Lester samples women like wines. But after having his heart trampled upon by someone he actually loved, he has no intention of falling for a woman again, let alone be ensnared by the trap of marriage. Now, with a large inheritance to his name, Harry knows that he'd best start running from London's matchmaking mothers and widows.

    A says: "Not Terrible, Just Trite"
    "Boring for Stephanie Laurens"
    Overall

    This novel is not as interesting as her Cynster series. Don't waste time with this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Beguiling the Beauty

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Sherry Thomas
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (43)

    When the Duke of Lexington meets the mysterious Baroness von Seidlitz-Hardenberg on a transatlantic liner, he is fascinated. She’s exactly what he’s been searching for - a beautiful woman who interests and entices him. He falls hard and fast - and soon proposes marriage. And then she disappears without a trace.… For in reality, the "baroness" is Venetia Easterbrook - a proper young widow who had her own vengeful reasons for instigating an affair with the duke. But the plan has backfired. Venetia has fallen in love with the man she despised - and there’s no telling what might happen when she is finally unmasked….

    Diane M. Vergowven says: "Sherry Thomas is the best!"
    "Frustrating Plot"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you like best about Beguiling the Beauty? What did you like least?

    Jenny Sterlin, the narrator is always good, which is why I purchased this book.
    I got very frustrated with the plot half-way through when Venetia falls in love with the Duke but chooses to act like a "B..." even after he knows her identity. Also, she doesn't tell her family what is going on even when she marries the Duke. There is no reason to keep them in the dark when she has a good relationship with them and they would not judge her.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would change Venetia's behavior toward the Duke after he learns her identity. He could still refuse to forgive her without her behavior toward him being so wicked. She just makes herself look worse in his eyes which at this point she shouldn't wish to do.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed Sherry Thomas's early novels very much and was disappointed in this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thunder and Roses: Fallen Angels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Mary Jo Putney
    • Narrated By Peter Bishop
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (119)

    They called him the Demon Earl. They said he could do anything. Son of a rogue and a gypsy, Nicolas Davies was a notorious rake until a shattering betrayal left him alone and embittered in the Welsh countryside. Desperation drives quiet schoolmistress Clare Morgan to ask the Demon Earl to help save her village. Unwilling to involve himself in the problems of others, Nicholas sets an impossible price on his aid-only if Clare will live with him for three months, letting the world think the worst, will he intervene.

    bookworm2bookworm says: "Great start to a series!"
    "Not the author's best effort"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I don't think anything could have improved my experience. The narrator was fine but the plot dragged and I was bored.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Mary Jo Putney again?

    Yes, I have enjoyed many of her other books.


    Any additional comments?

    I would not recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Tea Rose

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Jennifer Donnelly
    • Narrated By Jill Tanner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (46)

    East London, 1888 - a city apart. A place of shadow and light where thieves, whores, and dreamers mingle, where children play in the cobbled streets by day and a killer stalks at night, where bright hopes meet the darkest truths. Here, by the whispering waters of the Thames, Fiona Finnegan, a worker in a tea factory, hopes to own a shop one day, together with her lifelong love, Joe Bristow, a costermonger's son. With nothing but their faith in each other to spur them on, Fiona and Joe struggle, save, and sacrifice to achieve their dreams.

    Leslie says: "Please complete the trilogy with "THE WINTER ROSE""
    "Fantastic novel and narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Tea Rose to be better than the print version?

    Yes. I always seek out books narrated by Jill Tanner. In fact, that is why I ordered this book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The historical details of the time period were fascinating to me; and of course the wonderful love story.


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

    Jill Tanner makes the story come to life. She does equally well with the male and female character's dialogue which is hard to do.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't forget to get the other books in the series. They continue with the lives of the characters you have come to love in " The Tea Rose". I don't think the next book "The Winter Rose" is available on audio, so read that one and then get "The Wild Rose" on audio.
    You will love them all.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Talisman Ring

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Phyllida Nash
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (156)

    Neither Sir Tristram Shield nor Eustacie, his young French cousin, share the slightest inclination to marry one another. Yet it is Lord Lavenham's dying wish.

    Amanda says: "I laughed and laughed"
    "Delightfully funny"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Talisman Ring?

    The dialogue and characters were really funny. Georgette Heyer is a master at this genre.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm glad I discovered Phyllida Nash, the narrator. She really made the book for me. I'm definitely going to seek out other books she has done.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bound in Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Monica Belle
    • Narrated By Betsy Garden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (175)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (39)

    When university lecturer Hazel Jones takes the most popular of her female environmental-science students as a lodger she is expecting a procession of attractive men to follow. What she doesn't expect is Tiggy's diary to be left out every day. Knowing what her lodger gets up to, she is unable to resist reading it. It's not quite what she expects, and the revelations quickly lead her down a path she never expected to take.

    Paul says: "Witty, sexy satire"
    "Fun and Steamy!"
    Overall

    As erotica goes, this was a well written story. I didn't like the narrator but loved the sex scenes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Highlander's Touch: Highlander, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Karen Marie Moning
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1157)
    Performance
    (705)
    Story
    (705)

    He was a mighty Scottish warrior who lived in a world bound by ancient laws and timeless magic. But no immortal powers could prepare the laird of Castle Brodie for the lovely accursed lass who stood before him. A terrible trick of fate had sent her 700 years back in time and into his private chamber to tempt him with her beauty.

    E. Anderson says: "Fabulous!!"
    "Love the Author!"
    Overall

    The Highlander series has extremely entertaining plots and lends itself well to the audio book format.The narrator is very good,but needs work on his female voices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Desire: Dark Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Christine Feehan
    • Narrated By Juanita Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (649)
    Performance
    (236)
    Story
    (245)

    The stranger silently summoned her from across the continents, across the seas. He whispered of eternal torment, of endless hunger, of dark, dangerous desires. Somehow, American surgeon, Shea O'Halloran could feel his anguish, sense his haunting aloneness, and she ached to heal him, to heal herself.

    John Romero says: "Remarkable"
    "Sexy and interesting plot"
    Overall

    I loved this 2nd book in the Dark Series. For some reason I was unable to get this one at my library. It is definitely worth your time but listen to "Dark Prince" first because the plot is a continuation.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • One Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Jill Apple
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    A summer spent traveling across America with cynical, brooding photojournalist Shade Colby was not Celebrity photographer Bryan Mitchell's idea of a dream assignment. But Bryan will have to manage for an entire summer if she wants the fabulous cross-country photo shoot for a book, which they're both salivating over. However, Bryan and Shade disagree about everything...everything, that is, except the fierce attraction they have for each other.

    LeftyMom says: "Entertaining"
    "Terrible for Nora Roberts"
    Overall

    Many of Nora Roberts' newer novels are great. This one is as corn ball as they come. I had a hard time finishing it, despite it's short length.The narrator was bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caught in the Act (Men to Rescue)

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Lori Foster
    • Narrated By Victor Bevine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (368)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (134)

    When a robbery goes bad, undercover cop Mick Dawson can't believe Delilah Piper (aka mystery writer Lela DeBraye) was just in the wrong place at the wrong time...and neither do the perps. The only way to protect her while he investigates what really happened is to stick with her 24/7 -- and try not to fall for the object of his investigation.

    Tiffany says: "Caught me!"
    "Enjoyed it"
    Overall

    I likes the narrator and the story enough to get the other PI Men books in this series.Too bad the others weren't available on audio.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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