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Fair Lawn, NJ, United States | Member Since 2011

  • 9 reviews
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  • 270 titles in library
  • 81 purchased in 2014

  • Entwined With You: Crossfire Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The worldwide phenomenon continues as Eva and Gideon face the demons of their pasts and accept the consequences of their obsessive desires.... From the moment I first met Gideon Cross, I recognized something in him that I needed. Something I couldn’t resist. I also saw the dangerous and damaged soul inside - so much like my own. I was drawn to it. I needed him as surely as I needed my heart to beat. No one knows how much he risked for me. How much I’d been threatened, or just how dark and desperate the shadow of our pasts would become.

    AudioAddict says: "I would title it "Bored with You""
    "Ready to return this book"
    Would you try another book from Sylvia Day and/or Jill Redfield?

    Probably, I will give it a try

    What could Sylvia Day have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    She could stop thinking about her "honorarium", and develop a better story line.

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

    Jill Redfield was excellent.

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


    Any additional comments?

    I am not interested in Book #4 and #5.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Their Virgin Hostage: Masters of Menage Series, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Shayla Black, Lexi Blake
    • Narrated By Serena Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Shayla Black and Lexi Blake present an unforgettable tale of passion and intrigue in the latest novel in the Masters of Menage series.

    DK says: "Their Virgin Hostage: Fun Erotic Escape"
    "So below average"
    What disappointed you about Their Virgin Hostage?

    Kinley Kohl agrees to marry wealthy Greg Jansen to save her family. Her wedding day should be the happiest of her life…except that she doesn’t love him. And she can’t help but wonder if she’s making a mistake. Even so, she refuses to let her loved ones down. Then moments before her nuptials, she’s kidnapped—and her whole life changes.
    Sounds good, right?
    No, after that it becomes:
    Boring, predictable and
    Wasn't mature. Not something I would be interested in buying again.

    What was most disappointing about Shayla Black and Lexi Blake ’s story?

    Shayla Black can do so much better

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    All male and female voices sounded almost the same

    Any additional comments?

    It was inexplicably long then suddenly everything starts happening.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shades of Honor (Grayson Brothers, Book 1)

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Wendy Lindstrom
    • Narrated By Julia Motyka
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Prepare to fall in love with the Grayson brothers in Shades of Honor, the first novel in the best-selling series by award-winning author Wendy Lindstrom. Haunted by a gruesome war and his own dark secrets, former Union soldier Radford Grayson returns home, seeking a loving reunion with his brothers and a place where he and his young daughter can make a home. Desperate for peace, Radford is ambushed by his unexpected and forbidden love for Evelyn - his brother's fiancée.

    Deborah says: "Embers grow into a Magnificent Love !!!"
    "Story was ok"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, I would not! The story was just ok. Evelyn is torn between Kyle, her fiance, and Radford and keeps reminding herself that she has to marry Kyle because she'd promise. It just goes on and on saying the same thing, only in different words. I really do not care about any religious aspects....I gave this a two star because she really did have a great plot but after reading over and over again the problem of why the main two characters couldn't be together I wanted to scream. I got it the first six times.

    If you’ve listened to books by Wendy Lindstrom before, how does this one compare?

    Never listened before and will not do it again

    Would you be willing to try another one of Julia Motyka’s performances?

    No way. She sounded so of the worst performances

    Could you see Shades of Honor being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?


    Any additional comments?

    I didn't find it to be an exceptional book but a typical western like romance. I am not curious about what happens with the other brothers.

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Flat-Out Love

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jessica Park
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    He was tall, at least six feet, with dirty blond hair that hung over his eyes. His T-shirt read Nietzsche Is My Homeboy. So, that was Matt. Who Julie Seagles likes. A lot. But there is also Finn. Who she flat out loves. Complicated? Awkward? Completely. But really, how was this freshly-minted Boston transplant and newbie college freshman supposed to know that she would end up living with the family of an old friend of her mother’s? This was all supposed to be temporary.

    Patricia says: "I Loved this book!"
    "Predictable and for teens"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I found it entertaining at first, however, it became predictable somewhere after chapter 18 and towards the end.

    What was most disappointing about Jessica Park’s story?

    I hate when it takes only a short read to figure out what was to happen in the story. But it is cute and rather stupid. A pleasant enough journey, though I was waiting for it to end too early in the book. The characters are somewhat flat as is the overall love affair which is the basis on which the book is built. But take it for a day and that is enough.

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

    no, she was ok

    Was Flat-Out Love worth the listening time?

    not really, i got bored after first 10 chapters

    Any additional comments?

    People 21 and younger would enjoy it more. Facebook updates bored me after a while.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Mistress

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Amanda Quick
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    When a blackmailer threatens her Aunt Zoe, Iphiginia knows she can ferret out the villain. A 26-year-old vixen with the intellect to match her beauty, Iphiginia descends on London society as the dazzling mistress of the missing Earl of Masters—another supposed victim of the blackmailer. But when the missing earl suddenly reappears at a ball, Iphiginia is caught in her own clever lie.

    Harry_ATL says: "Great narration"
    "Good book, terrible narrator"
    If you could sum up Mistress in three words, what would they be?

    Good book, but buying this audio-book was a waste of money. I read it first and after listened to this on an audio book. I'm almost tempted to read the book again just to see if it improves without the narration which ruined it for me. It was hard to take any of the characters seriously because I didn't care for the various voices the narrator came up with. They were all too feminine and silly.

    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Too slow, hard to separate male and female voices

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


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Honor's Splendour

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the feuding English court, gentle Lady Madelyne suffered the cruel whims of her ruthless brother, Baron Louddon. Then, in vengeance for a bitter crime, Baron Duncan of Wexton—the Wolf—unleashed his warriors against Louddon's domain. Exquisite Madelyne was the prize he catured...but when he gazed upon the proud beauty, he pledged to protect her with his life.

    Jordy says: "Julie Garwood writes the best Highlander books!"
    "One of the worst book"
    What disappointed you about Honor's Splendour?

    Everything: boring story, fake nerdy lead female character plus too perfect and enduring main male hero. Madeline combined personalities of medieval Mother Teresa and Marry Poppins. Was there something she could not do?

    What three words best describe Anne Flosnik’s performance?

    Below average. Usually, I like her performance, but not this one

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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rose Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Acclaimed author Susanna Kearsley's previous works have won the RT Book Reviews Reviewers Choice Award, and finaled for both the UK Romantic Novel of the Year and the RITA awards.

    Eva Ward is a modern woman thrown back three centuries to 1715 - only to find that might be exactly where she belongs. There, she finds true love with Daniel Butler, but the discord surrounding Hanoverian King George plunges the lovers into a world of intrigue, treason, and romance.

    Angel Claire says: "Amazing story."
    "Boring slow story and weak faceless characters"
    What disappointed you about The Rose Garden?

    Kearsley completely failed to show her story. It was boring, like reading a history report, and the characters were underdeveloped and flat.Can somebody tel me how Eva and Daniel look like? The author by some reason forgot to describe their appearances. :-) I could not connect with the characters on a deeper level, simply because they were so weak and static. After listening of first 1,5 hours of the audio-book and and reading 10 chapters, I still did not now what is special about Eva, her personality, and even her looks. However, I got a complete description of nature, clouds, kitchen, bedroom......What about chemistry between main characters? I got the feeling that Kearsley does not have any idea how to created alive, believable, multidimensional characters. Dead Katrina Ward and her husband were more alive than all others. Daniel and Fergal should have been shocked by a woman from the future suddenly appearing out of thin air. They should have been questioning her about her strange appearance, what time period she came from; what it is like in the future. Instead, they're pretty much blasé about this mysterious phantom woman. The author attempts to explain this ridiculous scenario by depicting Daniel and Fergus as "scientific types." Well, scientifically-minded or not, most people from 17/18 centuries would be slightly freaked out by something like this happening. This scenario is not even remotely believable. The set-up seems cheesy to me and it never feels like the relationship between Daniel and Eva develops properly. And the ending chapters with her discovery that Claire also time traveled.......oh, wait a minute, i read it somewhere.....yes Diana Gabaldons's book "Outlander". Same Claire? :-) Diana's Claire also met another woman from the future who lived in 18 century....... I thought the writing style was decent, and I enjoyed reading the descriptions of Cornwall.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Susanna Kearsley again?


    How could the performance have been better?

    Narrator should be more consistent regarding all accent. Also, her male voices sounded all the same.

    What character would you cut from The Rose Garden?

    Eva and Daniel. I think Eva' dead sister Katherine could be a better character.

    Any additional comments?

    It is not Diana Gabaldons's "Outlander", not even close.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Centurion’s Wife: Acts of Faith, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Janette Oke, Davis Bunn
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Three-time Christy Award winner Davis Bunn collaborates with Janette Oke to evoke the tumult of first-century Judea in the wake of Christ’s crucifixion. Although she prefers service in Pontius Pilate’s palace to a loveless marriage, Leah is betrothed to a Roman centurion. Before he can have Leah, however, he must go on a secret mission. But when a rabbi’s missing body sends Leah and Alban after the same answers, what they discover could change all they hold dear.

    Michael says: "Gets you into the events in a fresh way"
    "Not what I expected"
    Would you try another book from Janette Oke and Davis Bunn and/or Susan Lyons?

    No way.

    What was most disappointing about Janette Oke and Davis Bunn ’s story?

    I find it SO ironic that this book is titled The Centurion's Wife — the heroine doesn't actually become the centurion's wife until the very end. She isn't even considered his bride until well into the book. Mostly, she's a slave with very lofty beginnings.

    But the title is even more misleading than that. You'd think from the title that this is some kind of historical romance set in ancient Roman times — you know, the polytheistic era with all the cool Roman togas and sandals. I imagined dark wavy hair, dark eyes, and Roman noses, a sexy, sultry romance set in the Mediterranean. Not so! In fact, this is more about the Jews in Biblical times, during the birth of Christianity. It was like a complete 180 degrees for me — not the Romans but the people that the Romans subjugated?

    The problem was that even though the beginning showed promise, it never got there. Generally a good book starts out good and then builds up. You can usually tell right away. This seemed like it would build up, it just didn't.

    This was basically a re-telling of the aftermath of Jesus's crucifixion. I know the story from the bible and had no problem with the liberties the authors took, because it's a Historical Fiction novel. I found nothing offensive as some reviewers seemed to, but it was boring. The rising from the dead of a messiah should not come across as boring, whether you are reading it as fiction or fact. It should be exciting stuff! This was not.

    My biggest problem with the writing, and I'm not sure which author is to blame, was that they described in words how the characters were feeling or speaking. Every time. What I mean, is that instead of showing me a character was in awe, by describing tone, volume of speech, facial expression, action, etc. the authors chose to say "So and so was awed." This story begs for descriptive detail, It's a story I would like to have felt. Instead, it read like a list of facts, or the authors take on the facts.

    What three words best describe Susan Lyons’s voice?

    I did not care about her voice because the story itself had too many flows

    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Centurion’s Wife?

    Describing the tea as a main refreshment for Romans and Jews instead of wine and water. Tea came to that area only in 5th century. Use of English farthing: the British farthing (derived from the Anglo-Saxon feorthing, a fourthling or fourth part) was a coin of the Kingdom of Great Britain, a new sovereign state created in 1707 by merging the Kingdom of England and the Kingdom of Scotland, and later a coin of the United Kingdom, worth one quarter of a penny, 1⁄960 of a pound sterling, a continuation of the English farthing first minted in silver in the 13th century.

    Too many bloopers to describe.

    Any additional comments?

    I read historical fiction for excitement to help me understand better what has happened in the past. This portrayed a very exciting, world changing event in the blandest of voices. I will not be continuing the series.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Sinful

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Charlotte Featherstone
    • Narrated By Victor Villar-Hausar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In Victorian England, vice of every kind can be purchased, and Matthew, the Earl of Wallingford, makes certain he avails himself of every possible pleasure. Bored and jaded, he is as well-known for his coldness as for his licentious affairs with beautiful women.

    Kathy says: "Horrible reading"
    "I liked it a lot"
    What made the experience of listening to Sinful the most enjoyable?

    Good story and interesting characters

    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sinful?

    Description of feeling

    What about Victor Villar-Hausar’s performance did you like?

    He has a great voice

    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Depth of feelings

    Any additional comments?

    If you have never read it it you are in for a treat.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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