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Karen

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

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  • The Last of the Red-Hot Vampires: Dark Ones Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Katie MacAlister
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Physicist Portia Harding's life is grounded in facts. There's nothing that can't be explained by logic and science. Until she travels with her best friend to England - and accidentally summons an ethereal Virtue who bequeaths her gift of weather control to Portia.... Now Portia's walking around with a literal cloud over her head - and a heart - stopping handsome maniac trying to kidnap her. But Theondre North is no run-of-the-mill maniac. He's a nephilim - the son of a fallen angel - who needs Portia's help to change his fate.

    Karen says: "Fantasy with Laughs"
    "Fantasy with Laughs"
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    Where does The Last of the Red-Hot Vampires rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I needed humor and this book came through. I am not a true paranormal or fantasy fan, but this one was creative and had lots of simple uncomplicated laughs.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    our heroine of course...true friend


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

    I love her reading voice of males and she gets what the authors want for a reading pace/story line. Try her Julie James series...catch her "hey"


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

    this one had a different spin on a love story...as it had humor, mystery, and hot sex too


    Any additional comments?

    I purchased this author due to Karen White. I do not think I want to try this author with the other readers unless reviews are great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blind Faith

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Rebecca Zanetti
    • Narrated By Karen White
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    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.

    0 of 0 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
    (15)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (13)

    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.

    Karen says: "Love the "Bear""
    "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
    (105)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (99)

    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.

    1 of 1 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
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    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.

    Karen says: "Sorry to Say "For Melton Fans Only""
    "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
    (30)
    Performance
    (27)
    Story
    (26)

    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)
    Story
    (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
  • An American Werewolf in Hoboken: Wolf Mates, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Dakota Cassidy
    • Narrated By Hollie Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (111)

    After being drugged and captured by Animal Control, Max Adams is on Hoboken's doggie death row when his life mate adopts him, takes him home, and promptly names him Fluffy. While JC, in all her new-pet-owner-ness, feeds "Fluffy" vile kibble, dresses him in mortifying dog couture, and schedules to have his manhood removed, Max's human side gets to know JC. Especially in the biblical sense.

    Lori Howe says: "Highly entertaining"
    "Good Hokey Humor"
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    Would you try another book from Dakota Cassidy and/or Hollie Jackson?

    Mixed on both author and reader. It took me 4 tries to listen and I can't get into it. Author has cute dialogue and HJ did some justice, but like another reviewer said, HJ does NO MALE voice at all so you can't get into the story. HJ does have a good cadence for humor, but must work on her male voice.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    the author understands humor and that would have come across much stronger, but same voice pattern for all characters killed it.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Hollie Jackson?

    Karen White, Tatiana Sokolov or Angela Dawe


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    You can tell author understands humor IE: title of this story which intrigued me to buy. The first couple of chapters are good, but the reading voice made me stop listening and starting over about 3-4 times. I quit, as I have hundreds of new listens I want to hear.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Armed & Dangerous: Cut & Run Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Abigail Roux
    • Narrated By Sean Crisden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (253)
    Performance
    (242)
    Story
    (242)

    Left alone in Baltimore after his unpredictable lover bails, Special Agent Zane Garrett takes his frustration out on everything in his path - until he is ordered to Chicago to back up an undercover operative. When he gets there, though, he finds himself face to face with his wayward partner, Special Agent Ty Grady. They have to deal with the uncertainty lingering between them while they work to retrieve their intended mark, a retired hit man and CIA wet-works operative named Julian Cross.

    Riva says: "Addicted to Ty and Zane"
    "Note: Written by a Woman"
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    Would you try another book from Abigail Roux and/or Sean Crisden?

    No Abigail Roux, YES Sean. Sean great reading voice saved this story, well I have 6 hrs to go as I write these notes. Not sure what I expected, but this seemed like the men's characters were written from a woman point of view of what gay lovers should be like. I felt like the author was trying to convey the 2 FBI guys feminine or gentle side. This was not for me.


    Has Armed & Dangerous: Cut & Run Series, Book 5 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Unless this starts getting better, I don't know if I want to listen to 6 more hrs. The synopsis lead me to believe this was a mystery not delving into the femine side of two partners who are coping with a long term relationship issues. I tried a m/m story written by a man, but it was too strong for me. I thought a woman may have a clever hand at writing this genre, but this author's take is not for me.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Ty's interaction with Julian's Maine Coon cats.


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

    In the few chapters I have listened, there is potential for good humor, but the emotional portion is just too sappy for me. It just seemed like dialogue a woman would say to another woman.


    Any additional comments?

    I chose this book as the other reviewers said it was the best. Huh!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Capitol Murder

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Phillip Margolin
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (112)

    Private investigator Dana Cutler and attorney Brad Miller have overcome more than a few daunting challenges and powerful enemies to see justice done. Now wicked threats old and new are about to bring them together once again. Convicted serial killer Clarence Little has escaped from death row in Oregon, and Brad receives threatening messages in D.C., where he is working for Senator Jack Carson, a high-ranking member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

    Charles Atkinson says: "They're back! A Really Fun Series."
    "Saved by Jonathan Davis"
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    What did you like best about Capitol Murder? What did you like least?

    this had a good outline and characters. I have not listened to #1 & 2 as they were recorded in earlier years and I wanted to experience readers' current recording cadence closes to 2014. I thought author spent too much time referring to #1 & 2 and not staying with the story a bit more in-depth. the 3 stories had a lot of information that connects the whole novel, but at times sounded more of an outline. I have more of this author in my wish list due to some good readers.


    Would you recommend Capitol Murder to your friends? Why or why not?

    this is not my genre, I am a core romance listener, but am desperate to hear more of JD voice telling me a story. The characters are great, and book1 & 2 may do better justice to them. Author has a way of spinning a tale and this books' ending did not disappoint.


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

    I love JD reading abilities. His 2014 deep cadence in Sandra Browns' Mean Streak, was so great, I have been trying to find other reads/authors that his voice can do justice to the story. JD performance saved this story. JD is his main stream name. I do not know if he has a romance or erotic A.K.A. name, but I would love it if someone would point out that name. i.e.: sean crisen aka dan john miller of Nora Roberts the Pagan stone, hot.


    Did Capitol Murder inspire you to do anything?

    I will keep searching JD reads until I can ID his voice on the audible samples. Dana story may be good as she is tough and smart as a whip. She actually is the glue to this story, not Brad. Book 1 & 2 may showcase Brad more, but you have to buy the books to know.


    Any additional comments?

    ps: Clarance is just plain creepy, but adds to this story. Side note: this is my 2nd read from this author. So far After Dark seems the best story read by Angela Dawe, you will need a tissue.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Belonging to Them: The Daly Way

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Brynn Paulin
    • Narrated By Tatiana Sokolov
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (125)
    Story
    (126)

    On the run from her past, Rayna Halliday is devastated when her old car breaks down in the middle of nowhere. She soon finds that her ex has managed to block her credit cards, her accounts and even her cell phones in an attempt to exert his control over her. Giving in to him is something she refuses to do. When the owners of O’Keefe’s Gas and Repair come to her rescue, they make her an offer that tantalizes the forbidden desires within her - she can find a way to pay for the car repairs or she can belong to them for two weeks and they’ll see to her repairs for free.

    's C says: "good"
    "Only Skin Deep"
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    Would you listen to Belonging to Them again? Why?

    These are good short stories that take you out of the daily grind


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Belonging to Them?

    When heroine first discovers Jamie's under cover issues


    What about Tatiana Sokolov’s performance did you like?

    She has a great male reading voice she has developed under this aka name for tanya eby.
    She has also learned better reading cadence in her recent reads.


    Any additional comments?

    The are not worth a credit, so wait for 25% sale and get them all as I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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