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Karen

Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.

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  • From This Moment On: The Sullivans, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Bella Andre
    • Narrated By Eva Kaminsky
    Overall
    (661)
    Performance
    (591)
    Story
    (599)

    For 36 years, Marcus Sullivan has been the responsible older brother, stepping in to take care of his seven siblings after their father died when they were children. But when the perfectly ordered future he's planned for himself turns out to be nothing but a lie, Marcus needs one reckless night to shake free from it all. Nicola Harding is known throughout the world by only one name - Nico - for her catchy, sensual pop songs. Only what no one knows about the 25-year-old singer is that her sex-kitten image is totally false.

    CAROLYN says: "Another winner from Ms. Andre"
    "Kitten, what a way to Nap"
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    Where does From This Moment On rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Of the sullivan brothers, this is # 1. Loved Smith, and Ryan's as well,and still have Chase's story to listen. Gabe story just did not appeal to me. Zack's started out fairly great w/ puppy, but turned a bit dark/sad so it was not a favorite. Sophie's story, broke my heart.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Marcus, bad boy with lots of style


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    I wish Eva read a bit faster. This is one of her better reads as the story had a better outline.
    I would not buy her as a reader if not for Sullivan brothers.


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

    I did listen to this one all at once. True core romance with enough of all the right elements.


    Any additional comments?

    You do not have to listen to the books order in as Bella writes with enough tie in, but does not have the stories based on a mystery. I like the older brothers Marcus and Smith the best. Ryan was yummy. Ms Andrea is very cleaver in her outlines.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Two Alone

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (201)

    Beautiful and self-confident businesswoman Rusty Carlson was hurt, terrified and alone with a man she feared. But one thing was certain – she would surely die without his help. Vietnam vet Cooper Landry had a deep-rooted grudge against beautiful women like Rusty. Experience had taught him they were takers. But he’d survived far worse dangers, and this time he’d be damned if he’d let her risk his chance for survival.

    Angelia says: "Sensuality, believable characters, totally hot!."
    "Classic Sandra Brown, Wonderful"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sandra opens with a description of this classic core romance. If you love her current works, this is not it. S.B. first wrote as a romance writer with her stories having a H.E.A.E.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Cooper our hero, makes you want to go camping in the great outdoors.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when Cooper protects Rusty from raunchy father and son.


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

    this is a classic I have re read in hard copy. Joyce Bean voice is a bit deeper in this recording than her 2008 reads and she is JUST wonderful in this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Joyce reads S.B. Witness and is fantastic. Try her read of Linda Howards Cry No More both are not to be missed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby Sirois
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (244)
    Performance
    (104)
    Story
    (105)

    A fabulous lost Amazon city once inhabited by women warriors and containing a rare red diamond: it sounded like myth, but archeologist Jillian Sherwood believed it was real, and she was willing to put up with anything to find it - even Ben Lewis. Ruffian, knock-about, and number one river guide in Brazil, Ben was all man - over six feet of rock-hard muscles that rippled under his khakis, with lazy blue eyes that taunted her from his tanned face.

    Judy says: "Really good book!"
    ""Dangerous and Raunchy Hero" Linda's Best"
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    What did you love best about Heart of Fire?

    this is an Old Classic from Linda Howard which is a top fave of mine, beware it was written in the 90's so read reviews.


    What did you like best about this story?

    this is a 90's story of family loyalty coupled with an Amazon adventure. If you like Linda's current work, then this is not it. Of course long time fans of L.H. know this is a must have novel to have in their library.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Tanya, AKA Tatitana Sokolov, recorded this story before she developed her current deeper voice reads. If you like her, then this will not disappoint, but it is NOT in her raspy deep voice.


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

    yes, as this is a classic romance. NOT the F.S.O.G variety, but one that has humor and wit in the dialogue.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Executive Privilege

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Phillip Margolin
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (682)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (311)

    When private detective Dana Cutler is hired by an attorney with powerful political connections, the assignment seems simple enough: follow a pretty college student named Charlotte Walsh and report on where she goes and whom she sees. But then the unexpected happens.

    Lu says: "Entertaining"
    ""The Strong Survive""
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    What did you love best about Executive Privilege?

    I purchased due to J.D. reading this book. I listened to #3 first as it was a later recording than book1. Both are good books and they do overlap so buy this one first. I had no idea who the main focus hero and heroine were going to be and this book was a delight, as it cleverly wove several pairs together to bring the story to light. I have to say #1 is a bit better than #3 so if you like this book, #3 will not disappoint.


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

    I have purchased 4 of his books and After Dark is still my fave, but you will need a tissue if you like mystery romances. It is not a romance by far but a tale of deep obsession that goes too far. Both #1 & #3 are more of a saga mystery with lots of twists and turns. I love Angela Dawe male reading voice, hence After Dark.


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis – was your favorite?

    Mr Davis is so great at breathing life into each character from our heroes down to each villain.
    This story had lots of characters and Davis makes each character very distinct so you could listen and enjoy. I loved J.D. reading Sandra Browns Mean Streak and I have been downloading any good synopsis/listen that closely duplicates his pace and voice patterns from that book.


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

    when our F.BI. agent reads Dana's file.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Drink Before the War

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Dennis Lehane
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (430)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (371)

    With novels like Mystic River and Shutter Island, Dennis Lehane has dramatically altered the landscape of the crime thriller—while boldly overstepping the boundaries that have long separated mystery from literature. Now two of his sensational early novels have been combined in a single volume—two gritty and mesmerizing masterworks of suspense featuring the private eye duo of Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro.

    L. O. Pardue says: "Great beginning to thriller series"
    ""And Justice For All""
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    What made the experience of listening to A Drink Before the War the most enjoyable?

    author's wit and humor comes across due to Jonathan Davis's delivery.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Dennis Lehane? Why or why not?

    I have all of this series in my wish list due to J.Davis reading them. I love the connection between Angie and Patrick so I may not buy in released order. On the fence and I am depending on the book reviews as to the next to purchase. I like the summery for #6, but the reviewers are not happy that the wonderful J.Davis was requested to do a true Bostonian accent not used on this book. J.D. deep voice does not need to be in accented form! Not sure if this author is for me. I love the Karin Slaughter Will Trent series, but alas can not listen to them as the first couple for me were way too dark and scary. I am going to buy this author one read at a time, when I usually buy the entire series all at once. If the stories turn too dark, then no on this wonderful author.


    What about Jonathan Davis’s performance did you like?

    I purchased this book due to J.D. reading it. I found this talented reader on Sandra Brown's Mean Streak and have become a great fan. Mr. Davis reading voice and pace are still the best in Mean Streak. I have been downloading new authors that J.D. reads trying to find as good a listen as Mean Streak,Note: Mystery/Romance,. J.D. makes our P.I. Partners outstanding in this book. Bubba and Detectives are very good as well. Lots of fun to hear them talking.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you audible for listing book #1 on sale for $4.95. These sales are wonderful to get listeners into a new author or reader. How can we go wrong for the price!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blind Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Rebecca Zanetti
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    For Nate Dean, love is a four-letter word. As part of a secret black-ops military unit, he and his brothers were genetically engineered by the government to be ruthless soldiers with an expiration date. They were loyal only to one another... until Nate laid eyes on the woman who stole his heart and blew his world apart. Now, years later, his family is still paying the price for his mistake. But as time runs out, there's only one person who can save his family: the very woman Nate swore he'd never trust again.

    Karen says: "Dangerous, Passionate and Sweet"
    "Dangerous, Passionate and Sweet"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a great series for the money! Cleaver, sexy and underneath a tenderness for a family. Each book is cleverly linked to another brother so you don't have to listen in the release order if you want to try one out. #1 is cleaver, but #2&3 are vying for first place for me. Each book shows enough of each brother that you can't wait for the next release.


    What other book might you compare Blind Faith to and why?

    For me this whole set of books about each brother is worth the money.


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

    Ms white is my number #1 reader after the late great Anna Fields. Ms white's male reading voice is why I am a fan. She also delivers wit and humor like an author intended. Check out Julie James series, I own them all with Karen reading them. Listen to a few of her samples to see if you like her. Karen makes our hero Nate so hunky! Author has our hero "putting noodles on" showing what a care taker Nate is deep down.


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

    Yup, it has been a long day. I waited patiently for #3 to be released. So worth the wait. The story follows the publishers' outline.


    Any additional comments?

    Audible please don't wait to record #4. This is a winner from this author and Karen white makes all the brothers as sexy and cleaver as a romance mystery should be for your loyal listeners.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Cutting Room

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jilliane Hoffman
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (15)

    Detective Manny Alvarez knows the body of a murdered Florida student is only the beginning - his investigation soon reveals a terrifying trend in nightclub abductions. Hotshot Assistant State Attorney Daria DeBianchi works the case, too, hoping it will be the one that makes her career. It will - but for all the wrong reasons. Their only lead, notorious serial killer William Bantling, claims they are looking for more than one murderer. However, in exchange for the truth, he wants off death row.

    Aisha says: "Irritating Reader-Gruesome Story"
    "Love the "Bear""
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    If you could sum up The Cutting Room in three words, what would they be?

    Intense, Focused, and Funny. This is an intense thriller story, and you can miss the wonderful humorous lines if you are doing to many things while listening. "the Bear" has them, so listen for it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Manny, the Bear. " He was big, burley, hairy and bald" with such a great sense of humor. Tough to be a detective and still have one! Our heroine is as spunky as they get and reader really brings her spunk to life.


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

    I only purchased this story as I LOVE Angela's male reading voice. Yes, you have to get use to her cadence, but she brings to life any male character in a book. I love her in the Tiffany Snow series, Kade the bad boy is just as yummy as they get, and Angela really brings him to sexy life! A much lighter romance mystery than this author.


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

    Oh yes, well ok every waking hour. Riveting and so fast paced. I listened to Plea of Insanity as that is read by my most fave reader Karen White. Again, her male voice is the best. If you like humor, check out Julie James series romance mysteries with Karen reading them.


    Any additional comments?

    The next book has comments i.e.: like Karin Slaughter, You must be hard core thriller fan, which I am not so this author may not be for me. Hence the Romance Mystery notes I have.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hunter's Claim: The Alliance, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By S. E. Smith
    • Narrated By David Brenin
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (130)

    Jesse Sampson and her two younger sisters have lived a hard life on the streets of Seattle, Washington, for the past several years. Four years before, the Earth received its first visitors from space, causing mass fear. Alone in a world gone mad with just her sisters, Jesse has learned to use the darkness and the remains of the city to survive and keep what was left of her family alive. She has seen the savage side of human nature and finds they are not much different from the aliens who conquered the Earth.

    Melanie says: "SEXY ALIEN FANASTY ROMANCE"
    "A Bit Too Short"
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    Would you try another book from S. E. Smith and/or David Brenin?

    I don't think this author is for me. The length maybe just a bit too short and story develops like an outline to a series. Author did set you up for the next book. David Brenin is a wonderful narrator and brings our hero, Hunter to life. He does a fab job on all the ladies and outstanding on Taylor. His deep voice is as wonderful as Jonathan Davis reads. Check him out.


    Would you recommend Hunter's Claim to your friends? Why or why not?

    The sample was so intriguing and opened like Julie Garwood's Honor's Splendor. I like many short reads and this one had lots of promise, but I felt like author or editor tried to accomplish too much in the 5 hr listen. Make no mistake, this is a romance with suspense/sci fi under tone.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    when our hero gets released from his chains.


    Any additional comments?

    I tried a few of the Lauren Donner stories that ran along this same theme. Those were just too underdeveloped and repetitive. Again not for me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Danger Close: The Echo Platoon Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Marliss Melton
    • Narrated By David Brenin
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Navy SEAL Sam Sasseville resents being called upon repeatedly to rescue Madison Scott, an oil tycoon's daughter, from trouble of her own making. Just weeks after extracting her from drug-riddled Mexico, Maddy disappears into the terrorist-threatened region of El Chaco, Paraguay.

    Dedicated to protecting the world's last agricultural frontier from her family owned oil wells, Maddy knows her long-dead activist mother would approve of her work, even if that blasted Navy SEAL doesn't.

    Sophia Rose says: "Exciting, Opposites Attract Romantic Suspense"
    "Sorry to Say "For Melton Fans Only""
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This had no reviews, but was a recent release. I did not buy the Enforcer, which had good reviews, but older listen. My mistake! I took a chance on this one, but this needed better editing. It had a good outline, but it also listened like outline. So much potential in the story and characters. More mystery maybe...it seemed to be missing the "macho" of the Seals. If you like tender men, then this is for you. If a listen is about the Seals, I want it as hunky as it can get. I would consider this a tender story. Not much mystery, ok suspense maybe, but a stretch. For me, it was not worth 9 hrs of precious listening time.


    Has Danger Close turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I love the genre, but this author may not be for me. I know a bit more editing could have made this fantastic. Wobbling on now trying the "Enforcer". That sample was not long enough to tell if author continues to have "tender heroes", which are not for me.


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

    David got such great reviews, and he did a fab job on this listen. He brought all the characters to life.


    Do you think Danger Close needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Author wrote about Seals and there can be more books with each of the Seals. However If author writes with the same level of "tenderness", not for me. This book was not a mystery, and it missed on the erotic vain, so "Tender" sums it up. The suspense was some what there, but needed better editing.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cover Your Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Mary Burton
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (36)
    Story
    (36)

    At first, they struggle to escape. Then a torrent of blows rains down upon their bodies until their eyes cloud over in final agony. The killer shows no remorse - just a twisted need to witness each victim's last terrified moments. Public defender Rachel Wainwright is struggling to reopen a decades-old case, convinced that the wrong man is in prison. Homicide detective Deke Morgan doesn't want to agree.

    Karen says: "Great Mystery Romance"
    "Great Mystery Romance"
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    Would you listen to Cover Your Eyes again? Why?

    I love the reader Karen White and I found this great mystery looking for her current read. I like a variety of Romance and Mystery. This book was a mystery first and had romance woven all through the book. This is NOT F.S.O.G type romance. Romance is subtle between H & H. The hero's siblings could have spin off stories the author could write as independents books, the tie being the family unit.


    What other book might you compare Cover Your Eyes to and why?

    Clever outline from the author and reader made the whole story a non-stop listen.
    I am a core romance listener and have been adding lots of mysteries to my library. Sandra Browns books are closest to this type of mystery, see Mean Streak.


    Which character – as performed by Karen White – was your favorite?

    All of the characters were given such life by Ms White voice. I love her male voices the best and when there is sarcasm from them, it is the best. See Julie James author for the best reads from K.W. Author Jill Shelves/ K.W. reads are very good as well.


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

    YES, I did! I Iost some sleep over this good listen. Yes, I did figure out some of the clues, but hey isn't that what I am suppose to do? This is not a hard core mystery like Michael Connelly's but all the characters were good and added to this story. This has a large cast of females who add depth to this story and will not disappoint if you like mystery/romance type listens.


    Any additional comments?

    Ms Burton, please continue to have Karen read your work. A reader can make or break a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wedding Vow: Save the Date, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Cara Connelly
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (12)
    Performance
    (11)
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    (11)

    Maddie's all about right and wrong. Adam's shades of gray. So when he uncovers the hot body under her hard-ass veneer and she finds he's a thief with a heart, can the law-and-order lawyer and the fast-and-loose felon put their prickly past behind them?

    Karen says: "Sharp Wit and Fast Dialogue"
    "Sharp Wit and Fast Dialogue"
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    What did you love best about The Wedding Vow?

    I just started listening to this book and can tell it is a winner, dialogue is fast and story is moving quickly. Our hero has already melted my heart when he rescues John Doe dog.
    Our heroine has a range of emotions and a sharp tongue for which she puts to good use, reader Karen White's best reading feature,.


    What other book might you compare The Wedding Vow to and why?

    Judith McNaught's Every Breath You Take. Same arrogant type hero/personality. I have listened to J.McN book at least 3 times, it is that good. All of Ms McNaught's books are classics!


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

    I purchased this book as Karen White is one of my top readers and this book was a new release for her. See her Julie James series and Jill Shalvis animal series. Karen's male voice and her ability to bring out the wit of an author is her top feature. Listen to Julie James samples to see if you like K.W. Check out Rebecca Zanetti's series too. Karen knocks that out of the park.


    Any additional comments?

    I have not purchased book #1 as the reader sounds like Kathleen Early and #1 is the only book reader lists. If this author/story turns out to be terrific, then I will buy it. Author/Audible, please have Karen White read the next installment if there is one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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