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  • Prince Joe

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Ashley Adlon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (487)
    Performance
    (322)
    Story
    (320)

    Media consultant Veronica St. John has been hired to teach a rugged Navy SEAL to impersonate a European prince who's been targeted by terrorists. But one conversation and Veronica knows there's no way she can turn streetwise New Yorker Joe Catalanotto into nobility. Joe, on the other hand, is confident he's got what it takes. Two days isn't a lot of time to get the job done...but it's enough time to fall in love.

    R. D. MOORE says: "Earlier Work - Still Worth the "Read""
    "Loved this story!"
    Overall

    This is the first book I've listened to by Suzanne Brockmann and I can't wait to listen to &/or read more of her stories!
    I've listened to several audiobooks & this one is now at the top of my list of favorites! The narration is one of the things I consider when rating the audioibooks I listen to & this is a perfect example of how a well done naration (or in this case performance) truly enhances the story. Ashley Adlon is now one of my favorite narators (along with Savannah Richardson, Natalie Ross, Joyce Bean, and Renee Raudman, Sanda Burr and James Daniels).
    This is a story you will honestly get lost in & while I usually only listen to audioooks in the car this one was so good I listened to it everywhere & anywhere since I just couldn't put it down!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Drive Me Crazy: Holland Springs, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Marquita Valentine
    • Narrated By Nicky Phillips
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Twenty-four year old Troublemaker Extraordinaire, Melanie Ann Smith, isn't asking for much out of life: A house without wheels, to travel further than her home state and her best friend's older brother, Carter Ambrose. Only three things stand in her way: Juggling all of her odd jobs, keeping her daddy from gambling away all of their money and getting Carter to see her as a woman. She is the one woman who's off-limits...

    KimberlyH says: "Good story ruined by the narration"
    "Good story ruined by the narration"
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    What disappointed you about Drive Me Crazy?

    The actual story was good but the narration was truly one of the worst I've heard. The inflections were used at the wrong time or not at all. It was definitely disappointing.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Nicky Phillips’s performances?

    No, probably not


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • On Fire

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Chandra Skyye
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (80)
    Story
    (80)

    When Deputy Marshal Jared Cameron investigates a series of arson attacks in a seaside town, the biggest blast of heat comes from sexy fire inspector Darcy Michaels - until their scorching after-hours affair is compromised by a secret from Darcy's past.

    KimberlyH says: "A wanton isn't a wonton!!"
    "A wanton isn't a wonton!!"
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    I can only imagine that Sylvia Day must of cringed if she listened to the numerous amount of words that were mispronounced in this audio book!
    The last straw for me was toward the end of the book when the word wanton was pronounced as wonton! This was a great story (love Jared and Darcy) and I've yet to read or listen to a book by Sylvia Day that I haven't loved but the mispronounced words and the accent of the narrator (that sounded to be possibly from New Jersey in a story that is set in the Northwestern United States) was a distraction and disappointment.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Backup Plan

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Sherryl Woods
    • Narrated By Tanya Eby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (137)

    It’s finally time for Dinah Davis to go home. The world-weary correspondent wants to settle down with the sweet guy she left behind in South Carolina’s Low Country. Instead, she’s confronted by his black-sheep brother, and – despite her longing for serenity – sparks fly. How can she possibly trade her perfectly safe backup plan for a risk-taking guy like Cordell Beaufort after all the dangers she’s already faced? But to Dinah’s dismay – backup plan or not – her heart has its own ideas.

    Elizabeth says: "A Romanti Treasure"
    "Good if you're looking for a (very) light read..."
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    While I was listening to this trilogy (which by the way should definititely be read in order) I was trying to think of what the dialogue reminded me of and I finally figured out that it reminded me of my daughter's Babysitter's Club books! When the word 'cahoots' was used either in the 2nd or 3rd book in the series I finally figured it out.
    I first listened to a book narrated by Tanya Eby in The Search by Nora Roberts and while I liked the story I wasn't crazy about what I can best describe as the nasal sounding voice of the characters.
    I liked the narration better in this series and she does a great job with the different voices especially when they reappear in the 3 different books.
    While the storyline in this book isn't boring it is a bit predictable. If you like books that really make you think and grab ahold of you you might want to pass on this series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Born in Fire: Born In Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Fiacre Douglas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1423)
    Performance
    (936)
    Story
    (933)

    Maggie Concannon is a glassmaker whose exquisite works are more than mere objects of beauty: they are reflections of her own true nature. One man has seen the soul in her art, and vows to help this complex woman build a lucrative career.

    Robbie says: "Ho hum"
    "Loved the story but..."
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    Where does Born in Fire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    If i ranked this book with the other audio books I've listened to (which is well over 100) this woud be in the bottom 25%


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Obviously the main characters Rogan and Maggie, I also can't wait to read the next book in the series about Maggie's sister


    What aspect of Fiacre Douglas’s performance would you have changed?

    He did a great job with the inflections in the Irish accent which a non native speaker would have stuggled with but in general I found his narration to be flat. I think a female narrrator would have made it easier to connect to the characters and would have made the story come alive. Susan Erikson would have been a great choice for this series since she was amazing in the The Key Trilogy.


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

    No, I found the monotone voice of the narrator too distracting to listen to the book in one sitting. It took a lot of concentration to block it out and to focus on the story.


    Any additional comments?

    As usual anything story by Nora Roberts is wonderful and she is without a doubt one of my favorite authors. I purchased this book on sale and am very glad that I didn't pay full price or use a credit to buy the book. I'll finish the series but will more than likely read them on my own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead to the World: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #4

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4024)
    Performance
    (2110)
    Story
    (2125)

    New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris thrills listeners with the fourth book of her spectacular Sookie Stackhouse series. Driving home from work, barmaid and telepath Sookie Stackhouse discovers vampire and area sheriff Eric on the side of the road missing his shirt, his shoes and his memories. Featuring vampires, werewolves and magic galore, Dead to the World will satisfy any listener's craving for the supernatural.

    Brandon says: "Oooooooooh Booooooooy!"
    "Best of the series so far..."
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    I don't usually like to listen to or read paranormal books but after reading/listening to everybook in the series by Molly Harper I decided to give this series a try and I'm so glad I did!
    I'm about 2 hours into thhe next book in the series (Deas As A Doornail) and I have to agree with several other reviews that this is my favorite in the series so far. Eric's sweetness in this book can only be the character's true personality and I can't wait to see if that side of his personality comes out again in future books.
    As for my opinion about whether the books in this series are able to be read (or listened to) as a 'stand alone' I think if the first book I read was in the middle of the series I'd be able to enjoy it but I'd be contantly wondering what I'd missed in a previous book.
    Also, the narration for this series (and thank you to whoever I should thank for having the entire series read by the same narrator!) is a true performance and brings the story alive. Not to mention that I'd be clueless about how to pronounce several names in the series if I was reading it on my own!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Date Dead Men: Jane Jameson, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3835)
    Performance
    (2947)
    Story
    (2938)

    Once a devoted children's librarian, Jane Jameson now works at a rundown occult bookstore. Once a regular gal, she's now a vampire. And instead of a bride, she's an eternal bridesmaid -- which leads her to question where exactly her relationship with her irresistibly sexy sire, Gabriel, is headed. Mercurial, enigmatic, apparently commitment-phobic vampires are nothing if not hard to read.

    Kickez says: "A great continuation from the 1st book!"
    "Anything by Molly Harper is 5 stars!"
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    Even though I don't usually go for the paranormal genre and have left it for my teenage kids to read I purchased the book 'HowTo Flirt With A Naked Werewolf ' when Audible had it on sale since it had so many great reviews. It sat in my Audible library for months before I finally downloaded it and then it stayed for awhile longer in my Itunes library before I finaly uploaded it onto my Itouch.
    It only took me less than 5 minutes of listening to before I was hooked and I've since purchased all of Molly Harper's audio books.
    Amanda Ronconi is an amazing narrator (that is really better described as a performance) and brings each of the characters to life.
    If you are like me and have been hesitant to give paranormal romances a try I promise you won't be disappointed with this audio book or any of the other audio books my this author!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Close: Bulletproof Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Brenda Novak
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (80)

    Claire O’Toole’s mother, Alana, went missing 15 years ago. That was big news in Pineview, Montana, the kind of town where nothing much ever happens. Then, last year, Claire’s husband, David, died in a freak accident - after launching his own investigation into Alana’s disappearance. Is Alana dead? Or did she simply abandon her husband and daughters?

    KimberlyH says: "This is a stand alone story..."
    "This is a stand alone story..."
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    I love a trilogy - even though I think it's just another way to get readers (or listeners) to spend more money I like when I'm able to revisit the charactors I've liked in the previous stories and how the stories build on each other.
    The first 2 books in this trilogy (Inside and In Seconds) were what I'd expect in a trilogy. The secondary characters from 'Inside' had their story told in the book 'In Seconds' and the main characters from 'Inside' were secondary characters in the second book.
    But, while the story line for 'In Close' takes place in the same town as 'In Seconds' there's no relationship at all in the story line. The first 2 books were about prison gangs and the third book was about a small town cover up and I don't think Peyton or Virgil (main characters from Inside) were even mentioned in this book.
    Furthermore, I really liked the charactor Rex a.k.a.Pretty Boy in the first 2 books. He was the type of charactor that you just can't help but root for...he saved the lives of 2 children along with both of the main charactors in each of the other 2 books. In the second book he was in love with the main character (Laurel) but she left him (for Miles - who's also a charactor in the third book). and he was also working to overcome a bad childhood and drug addiction. His story was completely dropped and he's never even mentioned in the thrid book! Hopefully he'll reappear in one of the authors other books so we're not left hanging!
    As a stand alone book 'In Close' is enjoyable and worth your time but if you're looking for a follow-up from the first 2 books in the trilogy you'll be very disappointed!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Falling Home

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Karen White
    • Narrated By Lyssa Browne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    Cassie Madison has it all: A high-powered advertising career; a stylish Manhattan apartment; and a sophisticated, rich, and gorgeous fiancé. It's a far cry from her childhood in Walton, Georgia, home of the annual Kudzu Festival and hot, sticky summers. And then there are all the bad memories, the heartache. When Cassie's estranged sister calls to say that her father is dying, Cassie knows it's time to set aside her feelings and go home and face the sister she hasn't seen in 15 years.

    Melissa says: "Wasn't sure but glad I did!"
    "Warning! This review has a slight book spoiler..."
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    This was a great story and the narration was a true perfromance but I probablyt won't finish the book. I typically enjoy books that have happy endiings and while I'm assuming that the main character in this book ends up with a happy ending her sister (who is the young mother of 6 children) dies in the end of the book from cancer.
    If you don't mind a happy ending being over shadowed by saddness you'll love this book. But, if you're like me and don't want to end a great story with the death of a very likeable character you may want to pass on this and try another of Karen White's books.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Out of Control: Troubleshooters, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Norma Lana
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (178)

    Savannah von Hopf has no choice. To save her uncle's life, she goes in search of Ken "WildCard" Karmody, a guy she barely knew in college who is now a military operative. She must convince him to help her deliver a cache of ransom money into the hands of terrorists halfway around the world. What she doesn't expect is to end up in WildCard's arms before she can even ask for his help.

    Don says: "Great story but a flat narrator"
    "disappointing!"
    Overall

    I've listened to the 3 previous books in the troubleshooters series (The Unsung Hero, The Defiant Hero and Over The Edge) and loved every second of all 3 of those audio books. In all 3 the narration was a true performance and enhanced the story.
    I purchased the 4th book on the series today and after trying to get through the first hour of the story I wish I could say the same about this book. The other books flowed and I was so engrossed in the story that I just lost track of time. I feel bad for saying it but the acting in this narration doesn't flow - you know when you're watching a TV show or movie and you can tell when the actors are acting? That's how the narration of this book felt to me.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pursuit

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Karen Robards
    • Narrated By Franette Liebow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    When rookie lawyer Jessica Ford gets the call from her boss, John Davenport, the senior partner at the illustrious law firm for which she works, she can tell he is well on his way to being drunk. He needs Jess to meet First Lady Annette Cooper, for whom Davenport is a personal lawyer, at a Washington, D.C., hotel. Jess is thrilled: this high-profile assignment must mean that she's earned her boss's trust and she's on her way to bigger things. But unfortunately, bigger isn't always better.

    soliloquy says: "pursuit"
    "narration ruined this story!"
    Overall

    I've listened to numerous books and Karen Robards is one of my favorite authors but I finally gave up on this one because the monotone voice of the narrator was so distracting I wasn't able to get into the story. I'm going to order the book and read it instead!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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