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Lindsey

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  • Brawn: New Species, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Laurann Dohner
    • Narrated By Vanessa Chambers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (472)
    Performance
    (432)
    Story
    (434)

    One look at Brawn, and Becca is wondering how he’d look without his clothes. He’s also instantly attracted to her, but has sworn never to touch a human female. They just aren’t sturdy enough for the type of rough sex Brawn enjoys most. When he learns he’ll be living under the same roof with Becca, Brawn simply sees it as a chance to broaden his knowledge of humans. Hopefully he can do so while keeping his hands off her.… His good intentions go astray when they’re both kidnapped and locked together in a cage.

    Anybody says: "Still Loving New Species!"
    "Mmmmm...yummy"
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    What did you love best about Brawn?

    I love the part with Becca struggling on her on after being separated from Brawn and needing help, but no willing to accept it. Trying to be vague to avoid spoilers.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really liked the heroine, Becca. She was strong and independent, but not perfect, perhaps too stubborn, and she gets drunk when she is frustrated, doesn't become a perfect martyr.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She is an excellent narrator...until she attempts anyone's voice. Becca sounds like a valley girl at times, and the guys sounded almost comical.


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

    Yes, because I love the story so much. I can't tell you how many times I have read it prior to this.


    Any additional comments?

    Say what you will about Laurann Dohnner's stories' eerie similarities to a certain other novelist (as in, even some characters have the same names, there is the same backstory, etc.), she is an entertaining writer. She is formulaic like none other! But Brawn is good, as is Slade and Valiant. The others are a little too cookie cutter for me, which is a pet peeve of mine. I can't recommend reading or listening to many of her works, but this one is a favorite and guilty pleasure.

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  • Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Laurann Dohner
    • Narrated By Vanessa Chambers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (325)
    Performance
    (307)
    Story
    (308)

    Dr. Joyce Yards has never met anyone as sexy or as irresistible as 466. He refuses to discuss anything except getting her naked beneath him. Their therapy sessions are growing hotter, his raw hunger for her is becoming aggressive, and she is falling for him. Joy knows the dire consequences if she gives in to desire. It will break her heart but she must walk away.

    Anybody says: "Love this series....except for this one"
    "No..."
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    What would have made Moon better?

    The plot killed it for me. She is a therapist who is using sex to make a feral New Species sane again. It just reads like the plot to a bad porno. I like the others in the series well enough, some hits and misses, and I wish I hadn't wasted my money on this one. I should have read it first, but, oh well. This could have been so much better by introducing a subplot, making the sex therapy a smaller portion of the story, and I got so sick of her explaining why she had quite her job! We get it. You are a perfect angel wronged by the world. Where have I seen this before? Oh, right, in every other story Laurann Dohner writes. It is okay for a heroine to be imperfect (and I do not mean solely in appearance; we get it, you believe curvy women have sex appeal and skinny women do not), and she can be less the innocent sex goddess with indisputable morals.


    Has Moon turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes. I did take this author off of my auto buy list. Too many repeated plots with forulaic conflict (woman is a saint and saves New Species, he will be angsty, fight against attraction, some bigoted idiot with the personality of cardboard will kidnap the heroine, threaten rape, but get stopped by the hero before anything happens). The heroine will supposedly be friendly, but have no friends or family depending on them. The female species introduced will be awkwardly straightforward and like the human female based off of a 2-minute conversation.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her voices are very poorly-done. Ranging from sounding like a mouth stuffed with a napkin to grating valley girl, there is little to redeem her.


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

    Stupid misogynist and prejudiced moron that is an active part of the New Species life will be proven in a Scooby style to be the evil that no one say coming!


    Any additional comments?

    Don't buy it. Very little redeeming the story. Instead of wasting 10 hours of your life listening to this, hit your head repeatedly against the wall. You will find more of a plot doing that than here. If you have read one New Species book, you have read most of them. I can recommend Slade, Brawn, and Valiant (narration is particularly bad in that one, but the story is quite good) in the series that are good. Fury wasn't bad, but I had some serious concerns with her book having one too many similarities to the Breed series by Lora Leigh...same names and everything, so it makes me really uncomfortable...

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  • True

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs)
    • By Laurann Dohner
    • Narrated By Vanessa Chambers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (257)
    Story
    (255)

    Jeanie loves a New Species and is willing to pay for that love with pain, tears, and heartbreak. She’ll do anything to keep 710 alive but she never wants him to know how she suffered for him. He’s the reason for her mission in life - freeing others like him. True has a new life working with the NSO to rescue his people. A good life, until he encounters a dying woman - the female who betrayed him. True should feel gratified that she’s finally going to pay for her crimes, but she claims to be a victim, too.

    Robbie says: "True-ly Great Read"
    "Good story, but..."
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    If you could sum up True in three words, what would they be?

    Sexy, angsty, martyr


    What was one of the most memorable moments of True?

    Going to the prison and confronting the corruption


    What didn’t you like about Vanessa Chambers’s performance?

    She goes from sounding like a valley girl one minute, to trying to sound like a man, but just sounding like she filled her mouth with cotton balls. She is not a good narrator. She is getting better, but her struggles with different voices for different characters can easily ruin a story. I liked the story well enough to grit my teeth through her worst flubs during the narration. She makes some of the more intelligent female characters sound like 13-yr-old girls. Oh, Tricia, I remember you are supposed to be prodigal, even if the author and narrator forgot.


    Any additional comments?

    I read the story and got the audio book for something to listen to as I work out or have chores to do around the house. It is entertaining enough, but I really wish they would hire a different narrator for future work. She tries, but it is not a career that she excels in. I don't know how they decided to use her for more than one work. Although, since listening to her mangle Valiant's story, this one was much better. Fewer nails on the chalk board-esque moments.

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  • Joining

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Johanna Lindsey
    • Narrated By Sharon Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (85)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (37)

    A betrothal has been announced that will join together Britain's two most powerful families - a union of wealth and influence to rival even the King himself. However, not only does the ambitious King John oppose this wedding, but Milisant and Wulfric - the intended bride and groom - are equally unhappy with the arrangement. Two passionate, headstrong people, they resent being thrown together for purely dynastic reasons.

    Nuria says: "TYPICAL MEDIEVAL ROMANCE"
    "Couldn't finish"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The narrator killed it for me. I have read the book before, and it is fluff, no true substance to it, but entertaining.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The heroine isn't meek in any sense of the word. She does on occasion cross the line to shrew territory, but these moments are usually followed by a redeeming quality.


    What didn’t you like about Sharon Williams’s performance?

    She sounded like she was trying to be...a snob, almost. The male voices are so bad it's comical. Her voice grated on my nerves so much, that I had to stop listening.


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

    Not really. I won't listen to it again, and did delete it from my computer.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't get this audio book. The narration is painful, and the story isn't good enough to try and struggle through it. The story is okay, not correct historically, of course, but you don't expect that from a Johanna Lindsey book, after all. It is the equivalent of cotton candy for the brain. There are much better historical audio books that are much better choices.

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  • Blue-Eyed Devil: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (456)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (216)

    His name is Hardy Cates. He's a self-made millionaire who comes from the wrong side of the tracks. He's made enemies in the rough-and-tumble ride to the top of Houston's oil industry. He's got hot blood in his veins - and vengeance on his mind.

    Rebecca says: "Great romance series"
    "Favorite Kleypas novel"
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    What did you love best about Blue-Eyed Devil?

    The character, Haven, has a lot of development, grows a lot during the story. I enjoyed not having a perfect character, but instead having someone going through obstacles and becoming a better person


    What did you like best about this story?

    Not a fluff piece, but still has strong romance


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

    Her accents are very good. They flow naturally. Sometimes, the guys' voices would be a little forced, but ultimately, she did a wonderful job.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Finding true love?


    Any additional comments?

    This is an amazing story. I can't tell you how many times I have read it. I finally broke down and got the audio book, and I love it. It is rather nice that Kleypas established characters in the first novel, Sugar Daddy, and kept their personalities in this novel as well.

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  • Captured Heart: Highland Hearts, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Heather McCollum
    • Narrated By Michelle Ford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (118)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (109)

    Fleeing with only her bow, horse, enormous pet wolf, and the cryptic clues hidden in her mother's medicine journal, healer Meg Boswell gallops north towards freedom, running from the man who falsely accused her mother of witchcraft. Cursed with magical healing abilities, Meg knows that if she's captured, she will die like her mother-atop a blazing witch's pyre.

    DARA says: "Lovely Highland Adventure"
    "Did not finish"
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    What disappointed you about Captured Heart?

    I got very bored with the story, made it a little over halfway through, but have not finished it. I keep losing interest.


    What could Heather McCollum have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    When I think of the story, it is just fluff. I would like some substance in the middle, something to keep it interesting.


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

    She was fine, gave the characters a bit more life than they would have otherwise have had.


    What character would you cut from Captured Heart?

    Not sure


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked the beginning, but it just draws on from there, became rather boring. I don't know about the ending, haven't been able to finish it yet.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Never Love a Highlander

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (937)
    Performance
    (858)
    Story
    (861)

    Caelen McCabe's young, reckless heart nearly destroyed his clan. Now, putting family loyalty above all else, he steps up to marry his older brother's jilted bride and salvage the uneasy alliance between two clans. While beautiful Rionna McDonald is a fit wife for any man, Caelen trusts no woman, especially not this sweet temptress who torments him with white-hot longing. As the sacrificial lamb in her father's power game, Rionna will do her duty but vows to protect her heart and her pride from humiliation.

    Amazon Customer says: "Always Love a Highlander!"
    "Not nearly as good as the McCabe trilogy"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, because I would've recommended the McCabe trilogy first, and wouldn't want them tainted by being associated with this.


    Has Never Love a Highlander turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not at all, but the author can be so much better!


    Did Kirsten Potter do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    She was okay. Nothing is standing out to me.


    Was Never Love a Highlander worth the listening time?

    No, not really.


    Any additional comments?

    She is a good writer, but I found this story to be lacking. She has a McCabe trilogy that is so much better. Don't go to this for a highlander book. Where she takes leeway with historical context is just too much. Not even for a fluff piece does it work.

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  • Ransom: Highlands' Lairds, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (532)
    Performance
    (491)
    Story
    (496)

    In the dark days after the death of Richard the Lionhearted, lives and lands would fall into upheaval at the hands of a power-hungry British ruler and his violent minions. One victim of the scourge is innocent Gillian, who is a mere child when the cruel and ambitious Baron Alford slaughters her father and tears her family apart. Alford, determined to recover a jeweled box for the despotic King John, is furious when the precious treasure slips through his fingers - only to be lost for more than a decade.

    DARA says: "Love the Highlands' Lairds"
    "Good Garwood historical"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Ransom to be better than the print version?

    I like the audio book much better. I am not sure why, but struggled to get through the print version, but have listened to the audio book several times


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ransom?

    The scene towards the beginning with the beating. Set the creation of her character.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Good with the voices, nothing really stands out.


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

    The reunion. Actually made me a bit angry.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked how the story progressed, and probably wouldn't have any second thoughts about the characters, but we meet Brodick in the The Secret, and fell in love with him, but he fell to the Garwood syndrome, where every hero, and every heroine is really the same person, just with different names. She tries to refer to the temperament she created for his character when he was first introduced, but then he basically becomes Ian. But, on bright side, this story is much less formulaic than her other works.

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  • In Bed with a Highlander

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1314)
    Performance
    (1199)
    Story
    (1211)

    Ewan McCabe, the eldest, is a warrior determined to vanquish his enemy. Now, with the time ripe for battle, his men are ready and Ewan is poised to take back what is his-until a blue-eyed, raven-haired temptress is thrust upon him. Mairin may be the salvation of Ewan's clan, but for a man who dreams only of revenge, matters of the heart are strange territory to conquer.

    marlene says: "Steamy as only a Maya Banks can be!!!"
    "Strong highlander romance"
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    Where does In Bed with a Highlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my favorites


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Crispin. A sweet child that doesn't come across like an idiot. I really hope he gets his own book one day.


    What about Kirsten Potter’s performance did you like?

    She did a good job differentiating of characters' voices. She is very articulate and easy to understand.


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

    I don't generally laugh or cry at books, so no reaction like that, but I did really enjoy it.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read this book many a times before I broke down and got the audio book. This is not going to be a history lesson, or immersing you into life in this era. This is a romance novel, teetering on being a fluff piece. But it doesn't pretend to be anything else. It is an enjoyable piece when all is said and done. I don't know if I would have enjoyed it so much if it would be so faithful to its setting, so I can't say that is a flaw. I don't regret getting it, and have listened to it several times. One comment, though, is something about the ending doesn't sit well with me, don't enjoy it, so usually stop reading or listening a ways before the end; I am not sure why, but I do not enjoy the last part of the story.

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  • Sweet Talk: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (415)
    Performance
    (378)
    Story
    (377)

    When FBI agent Grayson Kincaid first encounters Olivia MacKenzie, she makes quite an impression. The beautiful, tough young attorney has stumbled into the middle of an FBI sting operation and reduced it to chaos. Months of surveillance and careful planning down the drain, Kincaid’s partner is furious and lets Olivia know that she’s ticked off the wrong guy. After all, he’s FBI. But Olivia isn’t intimidated by his partner’s bullying because she’s something even scarier...she’s IRS.

    J. Gilbert says: "Good story but annoying narrator"
    "Standard Garwood contemporary"
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    Where does Sweet Talk: A Novel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the middle. It was enjoyable, nothing noteworthy.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Strong heroine.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I really did not like the voice of the hero. It was very annoying to me, but her other male voices didn't bother me at all. Otherwise, she is very good. But every time Grayson had a line, I winced. Regardless, she is a good narrator, I just did not like that one character's voice.


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

    Not really, but I think that is because I have the book, and have read it a few times already.


    Any additional comments?

    Garwood has a set procedure with her contemporary works, so if you read one, you have read them all. Heroine is strong, meets hero where one is in trouble, the other helps. Proceed cat and mouse romance, meanwhile heroine is threatened by something related to her marriage or family, and hero helps, then the final showdown where something almost happens to the heroine, but the hero will be there in the nick of time to prevent it. I have found this in every one of her books. But the kicker is, I still read them. Her works are no longer unique, but they are interesting, and you know that going in. They are cookie cutter, but still satisfying.

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