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Lena

I am a busy sports mom listening to romance only. If the narrator is good and it has a decent plot, I will find it enjoyable.

Smyrna, TN, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 43 purchased in 2014
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  • Grounded: Up in the Air, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By R. K. Lilley
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Powers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (357)
    Performance
    (334)
    Story
    (336)

    James and Bianca's story draws to a close in the explosive conclusion to the Up In The Air Trilogy. After a short but earnest courtship, Bianca can no longer deny her feelings for James, and though she's tried her hardest, she can't help but see that he cares deeply for her, as well. In a completely uncharacteristic move, she has put aside her misgivings and agreed to live with the enigmatic billionaire. Is her leap of faith the beginning of something wonderful, or is it too much, too fast?

    Book Nerd says: "Amazing ending to a wonderful series!"
    "Went on too long"
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    I looked forward to this book for some time. Book 2 was great and I wanted everything tied up. This book answered all of my questions, but was a little too long. I found myself getting side tracked and not caring enough to rewind. I get the BDSM stuff, but it was too much for my taste. If about 5 of those scenes were cut out, it would have been much better. Was it still worth my credit? Absolutely. I love the characters and I wanted the happy ending for James and Bianca and I got it.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Husband's Secret

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liane Moriarty
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3318)
    Performance
    (2978)
    Story
    (2990)

    Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

    Margaret says: "Escape to the land down under..."
    "Slow Start But Hang In There"
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    I had to be patient with this book. It started slow and the back and forth confused me, but it was a great read. We read this for a book club discussion and some of the ladies couldn't finish it, but It was great in the end. Malice is about the choices we make and how we can become so blind sided when we only look at situations from a narrow perspective.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Disaster

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jamie McGuire
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1262)
    Performance
    (1157)
    Story
    (1176)

    The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University's Walking One-Night Stand. Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid.

    Guiselle says: "5 things you should know before buying this book"
    "Annoying..."
    Overall
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    This book was highly recommended by a friend. We usually have the same taste in books, but I found this book annoying. I listened a second time and had to stop. I could possibly be the age of the characters. I have no interest in going tot the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forever Consumed: Consumed, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Skyla Madi
    • Narrated By Madeleine Bundy
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (44)

    Seth Marc is back and training harder than ever before to redeem his loss to Don Russell. Tensions are high but stakes are higher as MMAC founder, Matt Somers, forces Seth and Don to train under the same roof. Though Matt Somers believes it's only good fun to provoke the two for publicity, he doesn't realize just how serious the situation is. With Olivia by his side, Seth Marc pushes himself to his limits and struggles to keep opponent, Don Russell, out of his head as they fight it out one last time

    Lena says: "Narrator...."
    "Narrator...."
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    Any additional comments?

    The story was ok, but the narrator change was terrible. She didn't attempt to do different voices, so I found myself pressing rewind. This almost killed the story for me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Lead: Stage Dive, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Kylie Scott
    • Narrated By Andi Arndt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (614)
    Performance
    (591)
    Story
    (589)

    As the lead singer of Stage Dive, Jimmy is used to getting whatever he wants, whenever he wants it, whether it's booze, drugs, or women. However, when a PR disaster serves as a wake-up call about his life and lands him in rehab, he finds himself with Lena, a new assistant to keep him out of trouble. Lena's not willing to take any crap from the sexy rocker and is determined to keep their relationship completely professional, despite their sizzling chemistry.

    Kevin Ann Mullen says: "I love a book that makes you laugh out loud"
    "Good 3rd installment"
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    This was an enjoyable book. The initial reviews almost convinced me not to listen, but it was a good book. I like the characters so it was a good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Holy Frigging Matrimony

    • UNABRIDGED (52 mins)
    • By Emma Chase
    • Narrated By Sebastian York
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (83)

    What does Drew Evans have to say next? Find out in this short story, filled with his sexy charm, unique advice, and hilarious one-liners. Marriage: The final frontier. Steven went first. He was kind of our test subject. Like those monkeys that NASA sent off into space in the '50s, all the while knowing they’d never make it back. And now another poor rocket is ready to launch. But this isn't just any posh New York wedding. You've seen my friends, you've met our families, you know you're in for a treat.

    BluBumbleB says: "GOTTA LOVE DREW..."
    "Cute, but...."
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    This was a cute story but I thought it was about Drew and Kate. Enjoyed it, but unexpected.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rusty Nailed: Cocktail, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alice Clayton
    • Narrated By Heather Smith
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (150)

    Playing house was never so much fun - or so confusing. With her boss on an extended honeymoon, Caroline’s working crazy-long hours to keep the interior design company running - especially since she’s also the lead designer for the renovation of a gorgeous old hotel. And with Simon, her hotshot photographer boyfriend, gallivanting all over the world for his job, the couple is heavy-duty into "absence makes the heart grow fonder" mode. No complaints about the great reunion sex, though!

    Troublez4u says: "first walled now nailed?!?!?"
    "Perfect follow up to Wallbanger"
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    What made the experience of listening to Rusty Nailed the most enjoyable?

    To see the progression of Simone and Caroline's relationship. She didn't become someone different because she was in a relationship with Simon.


    What other book might you compare Rusty Nailed to and why?

    None


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

    She did a great job.


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

    Yes. Clive!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to The Red Head series by Alice Clayton and now Wallbanger series. I am in love with this book. It's real, mature, funny, and honest. More than worth the credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tangled: The Tangled Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Emma Chase
    • Narrated By Sebastian York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1231)
    Performance
    (1145)
    Story
    (1147)

    Drew Evans is handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed? He’ll tell you he has the flu. But we all know that’s not really true. Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin.

    CAC says: "Brilliant!!!!"
    "Good, but no Wallbanger"
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    Would you listen to Tangled again? Why?

    Yes because I enjoyed the male POV and the back and forth.


    What other book might you compare Tangled to and why?

    Some people compared to to Wallbanger, but I don't agree. Maybe slightly, but not as entertaining.


    Which character – as performed by Sebastian York – was your favorite?

    Dre's neice. I don't like most narrators attempt at a female adult or child voice but this narrator did well.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyable. I always listen at least 2 times and I am in the middle of the second listen. It's a good book, stand alone, but I am not sure if a series is necessary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8970)
    Performance
    (8087)
    Story
    (8094)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Great Story"
    Overall
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    Any additional comments?

    I generally listen to romance, but I had to read this for my book club. It has been a great change. At times, Jake seemed weak to me, but the overall story was really good. I liked the overall ending but felt like it could have been stronger. The judge had a lot of power and at times. I thought this book was from 1968 instead of 1988. I guess 30 years in MS time doesn't mean much. As a southern, I hope we aren't so slow to change.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Naked: The Blackstone Affair, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Raine Miller
    • Narrated By Grace Grant, Shane East
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (677)
    Performance
    (637)
    Story
    (640)

    Brynne Bennett has left scandal in her past and is living the good life. An American grad student at the University of London and part-time photographic model, she's getting back on track with lots of hard work and focus on a career in art conservation. When London businessman Ethan Blackstone buys her nude portrait, he wants to possess more than just her image. He wants Brynne in his bed, serving him in every way possible. He has no trouble voicing his desires, and he isn't taking no for an answer.

    BluBumbleB says: "Wow!!!!! I'm speechless."
    "Need More Detail"
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    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to the first and second book, they could have been combined. It seems like what was 2 books, should have been 1 book. However, I will read book 3 just to close the circle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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