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Kathleen

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  • Blackmoore

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Julianne Donaldson
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (238)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (218)

    Kate journeys to the stately manor of Blackmoore and enlists the help of her dearest childhood friend, Henry Delafield. But when it comes to matters of love, bargains are meaningless and plans are changeable. There on the wild lands of Blackmoore, Kate must face the truth that has kept her heart captive. Will the proposal she is determined to reject actually be the one thing that will set her heart free?

    Cam says: "Heartfelt romance"
    "A Serious Love Story"
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    Would you listen to Blackmoore again? Why?

    Definitely. It's a nice break from the light romances I usually listen to. And the narrator was soothing and wonderful.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The emotional depth of the characters. A serious and realistic story of a boy and girl growing up and falling in love in the early 1800s in England. Being trapped is a feeling a lot of people can relate to.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Kate reveals her final secret to Henry.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Men and women falling in love face the same trials and emotions no matter what era it is.


    Any additional comments?

    Beautiful writing. Compelling and visual descriptions without going overboard. The narrator was fantastic.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Tempting of Thomas Carrick: The Cynster Novels, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Matthew Brenher
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (75)

    Thomas Carrick is a gentleman driven to control all aspects of his life. As the wealthy owner of Carrick Enterprises, located in bustling Glasgow, he is one of that city's most eligible bachelors and fully intends to select an appropriate wife from the many young ladies paraded before him. He wants to take that necessary next step along his self-determined path, yet no young lady captures his eye, much less his attention - not in the way Lucilla Cynster does, even though she lives miles away.

    R G says: "Enjoyable Overall"
    "Crazy Manipulative Female and Weak Male"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    In the end, not much. To begin with, I chose this story because it had so many 4.5+ ratings. Must be a lot of folks who haven't listened to the really good audible books. I agree with the others who found this listen less than acceptable. The heroine is supposed to be "strong" but she just chases the hero who is too weak or dumb to say buzz off. The mystery was the only reason I listened to the whole story and the mystery didn't wrap up with this book. I'm not interested enough, however, to get the next in this series. That tactic didn't work on me with this story, though I have fallen for it before.


    Has The Tempting of Thomas Carrick turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Still love historical romances. One clinker isn't going to stop me!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was ok but his female voices all sound like little old ladies which makes the steamy scenes uncomfortable or pretty funny. Except for the major problem of the young ladies voices, he was really pretty good.


    Any additional comments?

    Ms.Laurens has done much better. I will hope to see that again in future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Leopard Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Hoyt
    • Narrated By Moira Quirk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (164)
    Story
    (162)

    One look at Harry Pye, and Georgina knows she's not just dealing with a servant, but a man. Harry has known many aristocrats - including one particular nobleman who is his sworn enemy. But Harry has never met a beautiful lady so independent, uninhibited, and eager to be in his arms. Still, it's impossible to conduct a discreet liaison when poisoned sheep, murdered villagers, and an enraged magistrate have the county in an uproar.

    CAROLYN says: "ANOTHER CHARMING COMPLEX & COMPELLING LISTEN BY EH"
    "Unlikeable Lead Characters"
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    What would have made The Leopard Prince better?

    A heroine that was less silly and less aggressively after the hero. She got on my nerves. The hero was good but he didn't seem to care for the heroine either, except for the bed sport. The ending at the church I found a bit tacky, too. I really enjoyed the murder mystery, though.


    Has The Leopard Prince turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No. I've read lots of this genre and lots of EH's books, but unlike others, I was disappointed.


    What aspect of Moira Quirk’s performance would you have changed?

    I've listed to Moira Quirk's work before and really enjoy her readings. However, it was difficult on this go around to tell some characters from the others. I wonder if she got bored, too?


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Leopard Prince?

    Definitely would have cut out the last romp.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Silver Storm: The Raveneau Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Cynthia Wright
    • Narrated By Emily Beresford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (88)

    Dashing and dangerous Andre Raveneau is the Revolutionary War's most reckless privateer captain when Devon Lindsay stows away aboard his ship after her Connecticut town has been burned by the British. Raveneau sardonically agrees to deliver her to her childhood sweetheart in Virginia but doesn't count on his own potent attraction to the enchanting, courageous Devon. Through high adventure, swashbuckling sea battles, and the colorful history of America's revolution, the couple battles the fiery passion that binds them together.

    Corlis Ciji Ware says: "Audible Version of "Silver Storm" is terrific!"
    "Decent Story is the best I can say"
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    What would have made Silver Storm better?

    A not so naïve heroine and something likeable in the hero. She's too immature and he's too manipulating.


    Has Silver Storm turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No! However, I'm very leery of this author, now. I was interested enough in the plot and story line to see how everything turned out. My feeling is that it could have been written better. It seemed to be a good story written by a starry-eyed teenager.


    What didn’t you like about Emily Beresford’s performance?

    Her diction. The female characters sounded as if they were all hillbillies. Narrator sounded as if she were reading to small children. Her male characters were fine. However, I will steer away from this narrator. Yet, I'm very much in the minority here, so don't go by my opinion alone.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Silver Storm?

    Scenes and story were good. Just wish they were better written.


    Any additional comments?

    My opinion is definitely in the minority among previous reviews, so if this book sounds interesting, listen to the sample first and go from there.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dangerous Illusions

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Amanda Scott
    • Narrated By Cat Gould
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Engaged by proxy to a man she’s never met, Lady Daintry Tarrant is dismayed when the war hero returns, introducing himself as her fiancé, Lord Penthorpe. She cherishes her independence and has turned away many suitors, but this one she must marry. Penthorpe is completely captivated by Lady Daintry - but he’s not who he claims to be. Penthorpe and Lord Gideon Deverill fought together at the battle of Waterloo, and when Penthorpe fell, Gideon assumed his identity in order to see the beautiful Lady Daintry. Gideon knows there’s bad blood between Lady Daintry’s family and his own, but he’s smitten....

    Kathleen says: "Heroine is too Shrewish"
    "Heroine is too Shrewish"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Less emphasis on women's rights or at least giving them female characters a little feeling. Instead, they are mad at every man they meet - before the guy even opens his mouth.


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

    The beginning where the hero takes the place of his dead friend when he returns to England from the Battle of Waterloo was the most interesting. The least interesting to me was the mystery of the feud going on between the two families.


    Did Cat Gould do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, but could have been a bit better. Bet she was as board as I was reading some of the drivel that came out of the female voices.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Dangerous Illusions?

    I would have gotten rid of the silly mystery all together and toned down the heroine's ferocity.


    Any additional comments?

    After all this, I'm tempted to listen to Book 2 of this series as chapter 1 was tacked onto the end of this book and sounded interesting. Hopefully, the author was just trying to find her way with book 1 and book 2 will be better. Though Cat Gould's narration is different, I enjoy her portrayals if the book is half-way good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloody Jack

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By L.A. Meyer
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1839)
    Performance
    (1292)
    Story
    (1289)

    Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of 18th-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret.

    Terry says: "Sometimes it clicks"
    "Very Little Romance - It's an Action/Adventure"
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    What made the experience of listening to Bloody Jack the most enjoyable?

    Let me say up front that this is not a Romance!!! Though a very good story, don't be mislead! See additional comments below. With that said:

    Katherine Kellgren's narration! She really nailed the characters. And the story had just the right amounts of humor, melancholy, and action.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mary/Jack was my favorite character. She took every situation practically head on; especially the older she got.


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

    Terrific tongue in cheek humor brought to life.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    19th Century high seas adventures complete with seaman, pirates, and a girl masquerading as a ship's boy.


    Any additional comments?

    This really does not belong in the romance section. Though a delightful story, it's 90% adventure (probably for young adults or older children) and 10% - or even just 5% romance. Don't let the way this story was categorized mislead you!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lord of Scoundrels

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Loretta Chase
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1058)
    Performance
    (970)
    Story
    (968)

    Sebastian Ballister, the notorious Marquess of Dain, is big, bad, and dangerous to know. No respectable woman would have anything to do with the "Bane and Blight of the Ballisters", and he wants nothing to do with respectable women. He's determined to continue doing what he does best - sin and sin again - and all's going swimmingly…until the day a shop door opens and she walks in.

    Marcheta says: "Witty dialogue highlights battle between the sexes"
    "The Ratings are Deserved!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Lord of Scoundrels the most enjoyable?

    This is a traditional love story but not with merely a twist. There were several surprises that caught me, and I am usually able to predict what will happen eventually to the characters. I love it when I don't "see it coming" as happened so often with this story. Something is always going on and there is little repetition that so many of the other stories have. The characters are revealed bit by bit gaining this reader's understanding and endearment and respect. The writer is clever, and I enjoyed every bit of the story


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Lord of Scoundrels?

    When Lord Dane receives payback from Lady Jessica at a gaming hell after the scandalous
    ball/cemetery scene.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Reading – was your favorite?

    Loved Lord Dane and his dark humor, but I really loved Kate Reading's portrayal of Jessica. Just the perfect amount of sarcasm and warmth, stubbornness and frailty.


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

    Yes, made me tear up a couple of times and laugh out loud several times. Loved the way Jessica knew how to reason out Dane's actions instead of tearing into him impulsively - that is most of the time.


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely worth a credit! This one is a keeper!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Highlander Unmasked: The MacLeods of Skye, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Monica McCarty
    • Narrated By Antony Ferguson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (178)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (163)

    Alex MacLeod's virile physique, fearsome reputation, and renowned fighting skills have helped him master to perfection the role of a hardened mercenary. On a secret mission to protect his clan, he must keep his true purpose well hidden. But his dangerous endeavor is threatened by a beautiful woman he saves from outlaws, never dreaming she will appear at court and put his plans in jeopardy.

    Lady M says: "Different, But The Same"
    "Lucy Ricardo Heroine"
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    What would have made Highlander Unmasked better?

    Enjoyed the audio book very much until the second half. "Meg" just keeps making things harder and harder for the hero. Seems to me, he would have told her to buzz off by the end of the story. She didn't listen to him or any one else. Created all kinds of chaos. She got on my nerves.


    Has Highlander Unmasked turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not a bit. I'll be wary of the rest of this series, however.


    Which character – as performed by Antony Ferguson – was your favorite?

    Mmmm. I think Meg's mother, Rosalund. Mr. Ferguson did an excellent job with all the characters - even Meg - in my opinion. His reading of Meg was probably the only reason I got through the story. Meg annoyed me. A more whiny reading of her would probably have been more appropriate. Thank goodness the narrator didn't do it.


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

    Oh, yes. It was extremely heart-felt and emotional which I always love. Just wish Meg would have been smarter.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • His Bonnie Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Hannah Howell
    • Narrated By MacNab Ashford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (263)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (243)

    Storm Eldon was first caught up in the war between England and Scotland as a young girl, when she and her family were held hostage by their sworn enemies, the MacLagans. Years later, Storm finds herself trapped in the clutches of her Scottish adversaries once again. Now she must fight to preserve her loyalties, guard her virtue, and resist the charms of Tavis MacLagan, her handsome Highland captor.

    Jordy says: "Great romance, wonderful imagery, excellent plot!"
    "Excellent Plot; Would Prefer Better Writing"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    While the plot was engaging, the writing was well, sort of hokey, I thought. I found myself rolling my eyes frequently. The plot, however, did hold my attention to the end. Sorry, but I just didn't like the heroine's name either, Storm. Storm? Really?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked the two fathers, the clan chieftains. The way they dealt with their children was not unlike many of today's parents. I definitely recognized their frustrations.


    Did His Bonnie Bride inspire you to do anything?

    Not really. I might try another Hannah Howell though just to see if her writing is any different. I hope the plot will be as good.


    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Flowers from the Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (923)
    Performance
    (861)
    Story
    (861)

    He's a duke. He's a mathematical genius. He can't talk and he's locked in a lunatic asylum. Only a modest Quaker girl can reach him, but when she helps him to escape, she's swept into his glittering aristocratic world, her life torn apart by his desperate attempt to save himself.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "~COMPELLING!!~ Love This Author! Love This Book!"
    "I'm listening to it now for a second time!"
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    Would you listen to Flowers from the Storm again? Why?

    Am doing it now with a friend. It's one of those stories that you love so much, you want to listen to it again to see if you missed something - and relive it! The narrator is fantastic as always. Mr. Boulton brings to life the once spoiled and still arrogant, but now frustrated and angry duke. The duke is all male, growling and sarcastic one moment, and sweet and gentle the next. Maddy Girl (love that name) is typically straight-laced and follows her religion to the letter; yet how can she not realize that perhaps God is the one who brought the duke into her life.


    What other book might you compare Flowers from the Storm to and why?

    Haven't listened to a book this good since Diana Gabldon's Outlander series. I love all these books. Not sure I could choose which I enjoyed more. However, I get bogged down with all the characters and side-stories in the Outlander series. This book is all about one story - Maddy and Christian.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of the ones which portray the duke's thoughts. He not only hears and speaks brokenly, but he thinks that way, too. It's so funny, and you know exactly what he means and how he feels. Love the duke's friends as well.


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

    As another reviewer wrote, this book should be savored and not gulped.


    Any additional comments?

    So glad for Laura Kinsale and Nicholas Boulton!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Knight in Shining Armor

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jude Deveraux
    • Narrated By Steve West
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (428)
    Performance
    (384)
    Story
    (383)

    Once upon a time...as a fair maiden lay weeping upon a cold tombstone, her heartfelt desire was suddenly made real before her: Tall, broad of shoulder, attired in gleaming silver and gold, her knight in shining armor had come to rescue his damsel in distress.... Hailed worldwide as one of the most romantic novels of all time, Jude Deveraux's dazzling best seller "will capture your heart - and hold it" (Daily Herald, Chicago) with its breathtaking tale.

    Amazon Customer says: "Well worth the wait!"
    "Emotional!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of A Knight in Shining Armor to be better than the print version?

    Haven't read the print version, but would like to.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Except for her name, Douglas, I enjoyed the main female character. The author portrayed her as any woman would act having a knight from 400 years ago appear before her.


    What aspect of Steve West’s performance would you have changed?

    Would have liked to have heard the women's voices portrayed differently. Mr. West performed the male characters very well.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Love that spans the ages!
    Prepare for an emotional ride, the extremes of love, heart ache, happiness and despair.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish the story would have continued a bit beyond the end. It's like dropping one's child off on his/her first day of school. You know they will be ok, but you're not there to see it and feel it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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