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Karla

Swept Away By Romance

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  • Imitation in Death: In Death, Book 17

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By J. D. Robb
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (837)
    Performance
    (565)
    Story
    (567)

    Summer, 2059. A man wearing a cape and a top hat approaches a prostitute on a dark, New York City street. Minutes later, the woman is dead. Left at the scene is a letter addressed to Lieutenant Eve Dallas, inviting her to play his game and unveil his identity. He signs it, "Jack."

    Holly Helscher says: "The Saga Continues"
    "Just keeps getting better!"
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    5 Stars! J.D. Robb does it again. Seventeen books in and this series is still going strong!! It never gets old for me and it just keeps getting better. Roarke and Eve are so comfortable in their relationship, it makes me smile. I love the way they tease each other, Eve comes off as so aloof and annoyed, all the while loving it when Roarke irks her into submission. The passion and desire they have for each other gives me the warm fuzzies. On this particular case Eve brings Roarke on board as a consultant and whenever that happens it just adds a little extra to the read. The more Roarke...the better. Along for the ride are the crazy love birds, Peabody and McNab, Eve's rock...Feeney, and the lovely Dr. Mira. All that and another amazing plot, with a psychotic killer, tense moments, as Eve whittles away at the clues to find justice for the victims!!


    Susan Erickson is phenomenal as the book's narrator. She nails the voice for each character, and injects the right emotion and inflection, making an already thrilling read...EVEN BETTER!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Playing the Part

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Darcy Daniel
    • Narrated By Eva Kaminsky
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (146)
    Story
    (148)

    Anthea Cane is a successful actress - well, action star. Her films are mostly about how hot she looks silhouetted by fiery explosions. But Anthea is determined to prove she's more than just a body. With the role of a lifetime up for grabs - a serious adaptation of her favorite novel - Anthea sets off to her small hometown in the name of research. Cole Daniel is a blind farmer with no patience for divas, especially one who mercilessly teased him as a young boy. When Anthea shows up using a fake name and pestering him into letting her stay, he can't pass up the opportunity to torment her just a little.

    SIMARA says: "Cole had me at hello!!!"
    "4 Solid Stars!"
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    Wonderful...the author and narrator played this really well!

    I was unprepared for emotions this book stirred up in me. Two lost souls; Anthea is lost to her celebrity, and Cole is lost to the horrific event that altered his life forever. Their chance meeting would bring about huge changes in their lives, and I thought the author did a great job entwining the characters and their stories! I was impressed when I found out this was her debut novel!

    I didn't like Anthea at first, but once she settled into her role as Ann, a fake name she used, her true personality came through and I grew to like her...a lot! Deep down she was always this sweet caring person, but it was tamped down by the fame and success she acquired at such a young age.

    Cole, broke my heart. Living alone, trapped by his disability and insecurity. He was a beautiful man, and he just needed to have the right woman come into his life to make him step out of the safety of the world he created for himself. All he ever had to gauge romance on was the books that he listened to, so sweet and touching, but he paid attention and when the moment came for him to become intimate for the first time, he had the stuff to make Anthea/Ann and me... RAWRRRR!!!

    I was shocked when it was revealed as to what happened to him as a child, I didn't see it coming, made me want to wrap my arms around him. I had my suspicions about what caused Cole's blindness, and as your reading, don't scoff, it's real, although in Cole's case it might have been exaggerated to add effect to the read.

    I wanted more in the way of an ending, it was sweet, but...something was missing. I could see this going the way of a series. There were a few secondary characters that felt had a story to tell and it would be awesome to catch up with Cole and Anthea, a novella would be nice too *hint hint*. Other than my problem with the ending, there was so much to love about this book. Even though there are some serious issues being dealt with, I never felt anxious, the story transitioned nicely and was a delight to read!

    The narrator, Eva Kaminsky, was fabulous! I thought her Aussie accent was very authentic. She didn't try too hard, gave a distinct voice to each character, and emitted the emotions as the author intended. I'll be looking for more from her as well as the author, Darcy Daniel, who did a stand-out job with this debut novel!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Well of Ascension: Mistborn, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6698)
    Performance
    (4651)
    Story
    (4687)

    The impossible has been accomplished. The Lord Ruler - the man who claimed to be god incarnate and brutally ruled the world for a thousand years - has been vanquished. But Kelsier, the hero who masterminded that triumph, is dead too, and now the awesome task of building a new world has been left to his young protégé, Vin, the former street urchin who is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and to the idealistic young nobleman she loves.

    Robert says: "It keeps getting even better"
    "5 Riveting Stars!! Lord Ruler…was that good!!"
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    I can’t even begin to tell you how much I enjoyed this book. Just when you think you have it all figured out…you don’t. So many twists and turns, I was getting dizzy! I can’t even imagine what’s going to come next. I need The Hero of Ages now!!

    Michael Kramer rocked the narration!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8344)
    Performance
    (5788)
    Story
    (5824)

    For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

    Aaron Brown says: "Unique Magic system, good plot twists."
    "5 +++ Phenomenal Stars!!"
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    Michael Kramer has a strong smooth voice; perfect for this read…I was mesmerized and caught up in his passionate narration. When you read an epic book, such as this, where at every turn the story changes, an audiobook with a good narrator, can give the reader the element of surprise…no eyes skimming ahead at crucial points, you live it, you are in the moment, as the words are read. I highly recommend listening to the audio version of this book, even if you’ve already read it, it’s worth the listen!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Devil You Know: The Devil DeVere, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Victoria Vane
    • Narrated By Eva Hathaway
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (16)

    Sometimes the devil is disguised as a gentleman... In this third installment of the award-winning Devil DeVere series, DeVere is finally center stage when Ned, Annalee, and her cousin, Diana arrive at DeVere’s estate for a weekend of horseracing. From the first meeting, DeVere makes his interest in Diana acutely known. Although she sees no harm in a light flirtation, she doesn’t intend to become another notch on his bedpost. Nevertheless, DeVere fascinates her.

    CAROLYN says: "Well it was short - but boy did it pack a lot in"
    "Victoria Vane does it again...just delicious!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The story is excellent and even though I've read the book, to hear it on audio is wonderful new way experience this amazing book!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hands down DeVere! He is the “Rico Suave” of his time. He’s charming, shrewd, debauched and quite honorable when need be, although the thought of that makes him cringe! He’s also shamelessly amusing and more than once his thoughts and words had me laughing out loud.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to name, but when DeVere lays his lovin' on Diana...my ears nearly burned to a crisp!


    Any additional comments?

    Victoria Vane’s writing is like the finest of chocolates. It melts in your mouth, it consumes you as you enjoy its sinful decadence, and long after it’s gone it stays with you. Just delicious!! The Devil You Know is beautifully done and depicts the Georgian time period both in setting and superbly crafted words, which is fast becoming the author’s trademark. The intimacy that ensues between DeVere and Diana left me breathless; it’s naughty, sexy and passionate. The book is also filled with witty dialogue, and although this is a novella, it’s a substantial story. The ending leads us and teases us right into the next book. I can hardly wait!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Days of Blood & Starlight

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (1041)
    Performance
    (952)
    Story
    (960)

    In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand new canvas.

    Katheryne says: "No Sophomore Slump here...Just wow!"
    "Amazing 2nd book in this captivating series!"
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    Where does Days of Blood & Starlight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Right at the top!


    What other book might you compare Days of Blood & Starlight to and why?

    It's nothing like anything I've listened to before. It's in a class of it's own!


    Which character – as performed by Khristine Hvam – was your favorite?

    Suzanna!


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

    It constantly surprised me. I never knew what to expect.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is a standout, but the narration by Khristine Hvam brings the story to life and allows the listener to experience this amazing book in a whole new light!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redeeming Love

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (936)
    Performance
    (596)
    Story
    (599)

    Francine Rivers is one of America's favorite romance writers and a bestselling inspirational author. Her many heartfelt novels have won awards and the adoration of fans accross the country. In Redeeming Love, she retells the Biblical story of Hosea, setting it in the 1850s, amidst California's gold country.

    Jo says: "Not Just For Girls"
    "Inspirational!"
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    No review I could ever do, would give this book the justice it is so deserving of! You have to experience it to understand all the meaning that it holds. It's an amazing journey I will NEVER forget!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unexpected Millionaire

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Susan Mallery
    • Narrated By Catherine Carr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (403)
    Performance
    (263)
    Story
    (260)

    Millionaire Kane Dennison's first mistake had been carrying an injured Willow Nelson inside his home, which, as a rule, was off-limits. Of course, she'd needed his help, but his one kind gesture had her believing he was a nice man. He wasn't.

    Judy says: "Nice second installment"
    "Enjoyable 2nd book!"
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    Loved the story, wasn't a fan of the narrator. For the life of me I don't understand why the same narrator wasn't used in all 3 books in this series, since the characters from the first book have a heavy presence in this book and no doubt in the third one, which has a different narrator too! I want my characters to stay true to form and with the constant changing of voices, that's not happening.

    I enjoyed Willow and Kane, she was quirky and fun, he was private and withdrawn. Willow just being Willow talked herself right into Kane's life. It was pretty funny and awfully cute! Not much drama, a sweet ending, and nice lead in to the next book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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