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Lenee

CROSS PLAINS, WI, United States | Member Since 2009

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  • Wicked Intentions

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Hoyt
    • Narrated By Ashford McNab
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (685)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (502)

    Infamous for his wild, sensual needs, Lazarus Huntington, Lord Caire, is searching for a savage killer in St. Giles, London's most notorious slum. Widowed Temperance Dews knows St. Giles like the back of her hand-she's spent a lifetime caring for its inhabitants at the foundling home her family established. Now that home is at risk.....

    Katheryne says: "I don't understand the bad reviews. I enjoyed it!"
    "Fantastic"
    Overall

    This book and the second book are must reads if you like trashy romance. It's not poorly written and the narrator is good too. The hero is very different from any other hero i've ever read. Hoyt's heros are somehow very human. Also the romantic plot line is unusual for this genre. I won't spoil it for you! It is erotic, but I don't call this erotica. It's hot though, adults only! This series is fantastic.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Eternal Rider: Lords of Deliverance, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Larissa Ione
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (507)
    Performance
    (389)
    Story
    (390)

    His name is Ares, and the fate of mankind rests on his powerful shoulders. If he falls to the forces of evil, the world falls too. As one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, he is far stronger than any mortal, but even he cannot fight his destiny forever. Not when his own brother plots against him.

    Jan says: "Demonica For Animal Lovers!"
    "Wrong Narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Hillary Huber was totally the wrong pick for narrator. She's breathy and unemphatic. When Ares drops the f-bomb, she whispers it! This is supposed to be an alpha male, lady. Say it with some ruthlessness! Her voice and presentation make both the hero and the heroine appear weak. Which they aren't.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Eternal Rider?

    I'd say Larrisa Ione writes some pretty hot sex scenes! She's not afraid to drop the f-bomb or swear or be crude. After all, these are soldier, warriors, alpha types, not regency heros. Makes the story and the characters more real.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Hillary Huber’s performances?

    Never. She's dreadful.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    Actually, it's not a bad book. I ended up just reading it and I really liked it.


    Any additional comments?

    Requires you to stretch your imagination. It's interesting to see a paranormal/urban fantasy based in Christianity. Very unique and creative.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Scottish Prisoner

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman, Rick Holmes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1273)
    Performance
    (1126)
    Story
    (1129)

    Winner of the Quill Award and the Corine International Book Prize, Diana Gabaldon is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Outlander series. This fourth novel featuring popular character Lord John Grey is told both from Lord Grey’s perspective and from that of Jamie Fraser, the star of the Outlander series.

    Teahouse Fox says: "Lord John 'Quixote' rides again"
    "Missing something"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Diana Gabaldon and/or Jeff Woodman and Rick Holmes ?

    Diana is a fantastic writer and I am absolutely hooked on her Outlander series, but I don't think I'd do another Lord John book. Rick Holmes was bad and Jeff Woodman lacks something in portraying LJ that Davina Porter captures perfectly. Davina Porter's voice is much deeper and raspier when reading Jamie, not to mention much more fierce--acted, not read. She just is the voice of Jamie Fraser.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Now, I'm not a prud by any means, I'm trying to break into the romance genre myself, but really after all these years of picturing Jamie and knowing what happened to him at the hands of Jack Randall and how that experiece effected him... I really don't want to hear about Lord John's designs on Jamie's body. Sometimes, I wonder who Diana is writing to--what is her target market? Why would women who read Outlander and fell in love with Jamie, the epitome of manliness, want to read or listen to gay sex scenes with LJ? Although an honorable guy, he's just not compelling, yet she keeps ramming him down out throat. Maybe there are women out there who want to read about gay sex, but frankly, I'm not one of them.
    I guess my expectations were too high. I thought his would be more of a straightforward mystery, which is what I was under the impression the LJ books were, but it's more of a long plodding story with just a sort of mystery, a couple of good one liners and a little more filling in of Jamie's time at Hell water. It's lacking real excitement, it all seems forced. It's just dull, flat, insubstantial, uncompelling. Disappointing.
    Her Royal Spyness was way way better.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jeff Woodman and Rick Holmes ???s performances?

    No. I heard great things about Jeff Woodman's LJ, but it's he's just not up to snuff.


    Was The Scottish Prisoner worth the listening time?

    I suppose. I'm thinking that some of what is told here will show up in one of the Outlander books


    Any additional comments?

    This story is missing something. That something is Claire. Or Davina Porter. Or maybe just women in general.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • One Enchanted Evening

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Lynn Kurland
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (67)

    A duty-bound knight has taken on the task of rebuilding the most dilapidated castle in all of England. A costume designer gets her chance to shine by showcasing her fairy tale designs at an upscale party in an authentic medieval castle. And the magic that whispers along the castle's hallways is about to orchestrate an improbable happily-ever-after.

    Ilona says: "enchanting"
    "Eh..."
    Overall

    This is okay. It's different, I'll give it that. But there's no sex. A little drawn out. Lynn is a self depricating author and that does make it funny at times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26794)
    Performance
    (20559)
    Story
    (20643)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "So Good that I'm Shocked!!!"
    Overall

    I don't know what it is about this book. It is a little hard to understand what's going on in the begining. Like all fantasy, it's a little confusing if you don't know the lay of the land or have a map handy. I thought it took through the whole first part to really get going, but once it does, you just can't stop! Sometimes the story seems to move slow, but it's really not. It's very hard to explain. At first, I thought this was going to be just a rehash of Lord of the Rings... It sort of starts out that way with the token cookie cutter characters, but they are soooo human. Everyone is not what they seem. This really is a book and a world about men and the weakness of men. The women in this book are incredibly strong people able to take care of themselves and are natural born leaders. I like that this book has sex in it. Literature is supposed to be about the human condition and sex is part of that. Something about the way men write the act that is raw yet sensual. Martin captures the mindset, the culture, the erotisism of barbarianism in a believable way. The Drogo, Dani story line is wonderful, slowly evolving. Every one is flawed, all have strengths and weaknesses, there's not good guys and no bad guys, everything seems to float somewhere in that gray murky area. All have a legitimate claim to the iron throne.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • An Echo in the Bone: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (45 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5959)
    Performance
    (4113)
    Story
    (4121)

    Jamie Fraser knows from his time-traveling wife Claire that, no matter how unlikely it seems, America will win the Revolutionary War. But that truth offers little solace, since Jamie realizes he might find himself pointing a weapon directly at his own son - a young officer in the British army. And Jamie isn't the only one with a tormented soul - for Claire may know who wins the conflict, but she certainly doesn't know whether or not her beloved Jamie survives.

    Charles says: "Read all of Gabaldon's stuff before this one"
    "Some parts boring, some parts Fantastic!!"
    Overall

    Parts of this book are fantastic!!! and other parts, are just plain boring. Sometimes I think Diana forgets who her audience is. Women don't want all the war detail. Just give it to me quick and straight. If you like Lord John, you'll like this book. I don't particularly. I think he's just not compelling so there's parts of this that are boring, although, you have to listen to understand what will happen in the next book. I think that story like will give some insight into Claire's history. Willie, I'm sorry to say, is not at all compelling. I just don't care about him, at least, not really until the end. The story line with Ian is sad. The Roger, Brianna story line is holy cow fantastic!! It makes the whole book worth while! I'm not sure why so many are upset that Diana leaves you hanging at the end of this book. She pretty much does that with all her books. I think you will have to read some of the Lord John mysteries to understand exactly what's going on in some parts, but it's not necassary. All Diana's books are written where the first have sets you up for what happens in the second half. This is very similar. All the action happens in the second half of the book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ravished by a Highlander: The Children of the Mist Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Paula Quinn
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (698)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (507)

    Davina Montgomery is no ordinary English lady. For her own protection, she’s been locked away from society, her true identity the Crown’s most closely guarded secret. Until a shocking betrayal—and a bold rescue—land her in the arms of a fierce Highlander, a powerful warrior whose searing gaze and tantalizing touch awaken her body and soul.

    Judy says: "Love those highlanders!"
    "So, so"
    Overall

    Everything about this book is okay.... just okay. I don't really expect this kind of stuff to be great literature, and I didn't pay for that either. It's entertainment. Just know that going in.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Seduced by a Highlander: The Children of the Mist Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Paula Quinn
    • Narrated By Carrington MacDuffie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (436)
    Performance
    (295)
    Story
    (303)

    Tristan MacGregor is famed throughout the Highlands as a silver-tongued seducer and an unrepentant rogue. Bold and charming, he’s dallied with many women, yet none as mysterious as the lass he steals a kiss from at king’s court. Little does he know this beauty is one of his clan’s greatest enemies.

    Judy says: "I Love Tristan!"
    "It's okay."
    Overall

    If you're looking for upscale literature, this isn't it. It's definatly no Outlander, but what the heck, it's entertainment. I'm really not sure how I feel about the narrator. I've listened to some of the other books she's read and I think maybe it's just the way the book it written. She has a very nice voice... I'm just not sure what it is. This book it no mind bender. It's alot of telling and not showing. This isn't really a criticizim, it just is what it is. But by god! If I have to listen to the word 'gaze' one more time! Really, that word is used way to much in this book. It's good, not great, but i like the characters and the story better than the first book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Notorious Pleasures: Maiden Lane, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Hoyt
    • Narrated By Ashford McNab
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (429)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (313)

    Lady Hero Batten, the beautiful sister of the Duke of Wakefield, has everything a woman could want, including the perfect fiancé. True, the Marquis of Mandeville is a trifle dull and has no sense of humor, but that doesn't bother Hero... until she meets his notorious brother.

    Katheryne says: "Another credit worthy listen!"
    "This is a great series!"
    Overall

    I thought the first book in this series, Wicked Intentions, was great! This book does not disappoint! It's, ah, very naughty, but I didn't think as erotic as Wicked Intentions, but still, whoa! I like the the reader. I think her voice is perfect for this genre, sort of soft and husky. I'm excited for the next book to come out in Nov. I will buy that the day it comes out! Totally worth the credit.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Countess

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Eva Ibbotson
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (172)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (78)

    Rupert, the young Earl of Westerholme, returns home from the war - and Anna, a housemaid, falls hopelessly in love with him. But they can never be together - Rupert is engaged to the snobbish and awful Muriel. And anyway, Anna is only a servant. Or so everybody thinks.

    Patricia says: "Magical and Enchanting"
    "Storytelling!!"
    Overall

    If you like a simple little story to be entertained, this is a good one. Don't have to think too much about this one, but that's what I like about it. How can you not like Anna?! and Muriel is soooo offensive! The whole eugenics thing brings in such a twist! Davina Porter definiatly makes this book shine! I thought this might be trashy, and i was hoping, but it wasn't and really i didn't mind! This is one of the better examples of storytelling i've come across. If you like davina porter try the outlander series!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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