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KellyMac

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  • Blood Ties

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Sharon Sala
    • Narrated By Madison Vaughn
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (55)
    Story
    (54)

    Savannah Slade is not the person she thought she was. The reading of her "father's" will has led her to a world-shattering revelation: her sisters are not her blood kin and she may be the heiress to a massive fortune. Her not-quite-fiance Judd doesn't care where she came from - he only wants her by his side. But the primal need to uncover her past wins out, and Savannah trades the Montana ranges for Miami's moneyed oceanside enclaves.

    Maria says: "Very Good Story"
    "Boring, repetitive and predictable."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Sharon Sala and/or Madison Vaughn?

    No for Sala. Read one, you've read them all. Vaughn's issue was the material, so I'd probably give her another shot.


    What was most disappointing about Sharon Sala’s story?

    The books were so repetitive and boring. Should have been one book or a series of short stories.


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

    Annoyance and disappointment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The FREE 3-Chapter Sampler of Consequences

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 24 mins)
    • By Aleatha Romig
    • Narrated By Romy Nordlinger
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (116)

    Anthony Rawlings had a plan—to teach Claire Nichols to behave. Claire Nichols had a plan—to survive! In an unfamiliar bedroom within a luxurious mansion, Claire Nichols wakes to memories of a brutal abduction. All of her recollections have one common denominator, the man she just met—Anthony Rawlings. Unbeknownst to Claire, Anthony has had her in his sights for a long time. Every action has consequences—and his actions resulted in their chance meeting. Facing incomprehensible circumstances, Claire must learn to survive as she comes to terms with her new reality—every aspect of her livelihood is now dependent upon the tall, dark-haired, dark-eyed tycoon.

    karen says: "Wow - I had to get this book on my pr-order list"
    "Distrurbing in a very bad way"
    Overall
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    Story
    What would have made The FREE 3-Chapter Sampler of Consequences better?

    I'm grateful that I took advantage of the free 3-chapeter sampler so I didn't waste my money. I found this book so disturbing that I couldn't listen beyond the first chapter. That it's written by a woman made it even more upsetting, and that some people classify this as a "romance," is beyond reason. There is no romance involved in this story of sickness and brutality made even worse by the fact that the author has the woman blaming herself and eventually finding redeeming characteristics in her brutal captor. This is the worst sort of tripe. I have no problem with a little tie me up/tie me down, but this is beyond consensual, fun kinky behavior.


    What could Aleatha Romig have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Get professional help.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Romy Nordlinger’s performances?

    Narrator was fine, problem was the material, not performer.


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

    No.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Frost Burned: Mercy Thompson, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2319)
    Performance
    (2133)
    Story
    (2144)

    Mercy Thompson's life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman - the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack - has made her a stepmother to his daughter, Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy's life. But on the edges of humanity, what passes for a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more.... After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can't reach Adam - or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They've all been abducted.....

    ShySusan says: "One of the best urban fantasy series"
    "Great book in a fantastic series"
    Overall
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    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this author and this series to many people. The author has created wonderful characters that are believable despite the fact that it is a fantasy series and the characters have otherworldly abilities.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author makes it easy to believe and become part of Mercy's world. That characters can transform shapes, fly, do other supernatural things, doesn't make them inhuman or keep the reader from identifying with them.


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

    King is fantastic in all her performances


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

    I listened to it non-stop and I've listened to it more than once.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Stains

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Sharon Sala
    • Narrated By Gayle Hendrix
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (47)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (27)

    At the reading of her father's will, Maria Slade receives shocking news—as a four-year-old, she'd witnessed her prostitute mother's murder and been taken into hiding by the well-meaning preacher who'd raised her as his own. Maria remembers none of that. But now she's determined to flush her mother's killer out of hiding and discover the identity of her birth father. She heads to Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she meets Detective Bodie Scott.

    Donna Thomas says: "Narration NOT RIGHT!!!!!!!!"
    "Boring, repetitive and predictable."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Sharon Sala and/or Gayle Hendrix?

    Not by Sala. Forced myself through first book in series and tried other books because I'd foolishly bought whole series, but couldn't make myself waste the time. No real objection to the narrator. She just had lousy material.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Sharon Sala again?

    No


    Would you be willing to try another one of Gayle Hendrix’s performances?

    Probably, but I'd check reviews much more closely.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Blood Stains?

    Would have been better as short stories or if entire series had been done as in book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood Trails

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Sharon Sala
    • Narrated By Eileen Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (22)

    Holly Slade has just discovered her secret identity. Her "father's" deathbed confession reveals that Holly's real father was almost certainly the notorious serial killer known as "The Hunter," and that her mother gave Holly up to save her life. But The Hunter was never caught - and Holly’s mother simply vanished. In search of her past, Holly leaves both her home and Bud Tate, the handsome ranch foreman she’s afraid to love....

    M. Davis says: "Love, love, love this series!!!!"
    "Boring, repetitive and predictable"
    Overall
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    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I don't think many readers would enjoy this series of books. Once you read one, you've read them all. Stories are very repetitive, and formulaic. I forced myself to finish the first book but couldn't make it through the rest.


    What could Sharon Sala have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Would have been better as short stories or if entire series had been done as in book.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Would have been better as short stories or if entire series had been done as in book.


    What character would you cut from Blood Trails?

    Would have been better as short stories or if entire series had been done as in book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Between Sisters

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kristin Hannah
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (159)

    Claire Cavenaugh has fallen in love for the first time in her life. As her wedding day approaches, she prepares to face her harsh, judgmental older sister. It is the first time they have been together in more than two decades. Over the course of a hot Pacific Northwest summer, these two women who believe they have nothing in common will try to become what they never were: a family.

    Lizzy says: "I wish I had a sister!"
    "Keep a tissue handy"
    Overall

    Book was a good listen, but it had me in tears a number of times. Hannah did a good job of evoking the complicated emotions that arise in troubled families. I really enjoyed it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Land of Painted Caves: Earth's Children, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (34 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jean M. Auel
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1279)
    Performance
    (785)
    Story
    (797)

    Ayla, one of the most remarkable and beloved heroines in contemporary fiction, continues to explore the world and the people around her with curiosity, insight, and, above all, courage. As the story opens, Ayla, Jondalar, and their infant daughter, Jonayla, are living with the Zelandonii in the Ninth Cave - a shelter of stone. Ayla has been chosen as an acolyte and has embarked on the arduous task of training to become a spiritual leader.

    phillip says: "Be careful what you wish for!"
    "Big letdown after a long wait."
    Overall

    I had read all of the other Earth Children books years ago and had looked forward to this "final" installment for a long time. I even re-listened to the whole series in the days leading up to the release of the Land of the Painted Caves. Perhaps that was why I was so upset that this book had no sense of resolution. It was simply a remixed regurgitation of the Mammoth Hunters and the Shelter Stones. Misunderstandings plague the relationship between Ayla and Jondalar; because of her amazing talents, Ayla grudgingly embraces her "spiritual" calling; and Ayla encounters prejudice but spreads knowledge about her "Clan."

    This book contains absolutely nothing new.

    Save your money and your time. If you must hear the story, get the abridged version, so you won't waste as much of your life.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Shakespeare's Landlord: Lily Bard Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Julia Gibson
    Overall
    (523)
    Performance
    (312)
    Story
    (310)

    From the Anthony Award-winning author of the immensely popular Sookie Stackhouse mysteries comes the first book starring Lily Bard, a reclusive cleaning lady with a penchant for karate. When Lily finds and reports a dead body, her shady past and connections to potential perpetrators make her a leading suspect.

    Bonnie says: "If your looking for Sookie leave this series alone"
    "Interesting Early Work"
    Overall

    I recently discovered Charlaine Harris and I've been rapidly working my way through all her recorded works. I was thrilled to find that this early work had made it to recorded form. Originally published back in 1996, I think this is Harris' first or second published book. It's a simply mystery/suspense format - no supernatural players. Her main characters are interesting, complex, not always likable, which adds interest. She also wrote a great mystery - lots of twists and turns, many potential villains, but enough clues for an astute reader to figure it out. Her later promise is apparent in this early work.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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