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Margarita

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  • Fall from India Place: On Dublin Street, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Samantha Young
    • Narrated By Chloe Lynn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (328)
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    (304)
    Story
    (304)

    Leaving Hannah was the biggest mistake of Marco's life - something he has deeply regretted for years. So when fate reunites them, he refuses to let her go without a fight. Determined to make her his, Marco pursues Hannah, reminding her of all the reasons they're meant to be together. But just when Marco thinks they're committed to a future together, Hannah makes a discovery that unearths the secret pain she's been hiding from him - a secret that could tear them apart before they have a real chance to start over again.

    Amazon Customer says: "Mixed Feelings"
    "Loved all prior books. but this one... not so much"
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    What aspect of Chloe Lynn’s performance would you have changed?

    She whispered the whole book out. It was unfortunate because it ruined most fun parts. Maybe the author decided to pick this narrator to offset the more intense sex scenes in the book compared to the prior ones, but I disagree with the approach.


    Any additional comments?

    My biggest issue with this book is that I don't believe that the couple could forgive what they did to each other in real life. Over-dramatized breakup has its consequences and if I wanted to related to Hanna, the easy forgiveness she gives Marco spoils it for me.
    Samantha is a great writer, I hope she keeps up the quality of her prior work (please!). Don't rush it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Paying Guests

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sarah Waters
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (764)
    Performance
    (687)
    Story
    (690)

    It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned; the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband, and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs. Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.

    D says: "I Stuck With It Until the End Hoping For Something"
    "2.5 stars for the Paying Guests"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If the author cut the last third of the book, this would have been a much better experience. The trial was just over-stretched, to the point that it really didn't matter what happened next, since the author showed an irreconcilable chasm between the heroines. Thus, the very last paragraph of the book did not make sense at all for me. It was not believable.


    What aspect of Juliet Stevenson’s performance would you have changed?

    The constant whispering was making it difficult to hear the dialogue when outside.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret: Highlands' Lairds, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1228)
    Performance
    (1112)
    Story
    (1118)

    Judith Hampton was as beautiful as she was proud and loyal. Her dear Scottish friend from childhood was about to give birth, and Judith had promised to be at her side. But there was another reason for the journey from her bleak English home to the Highlands: to meet the father she had never known, the Laird Maclean. Nothing prepared her, however, for the sight of the Scottish barbarian who was to escort her into his land...Iain Maitland, laird of his clan, a man more powerfully compelling than any she had ever encountered.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Nice Historical Highland Romance"
    "3.5 stars for this funny and sweet book!"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would really want to learn about Ian a bit more. I feel like there was so much more to his character that we didn't see. He almost acted as a secondary character.


    Any additional comments?

    Judith is a beautiful young English woman who has grown up with a verbally abusive uncle and indifferent mother. She stays loyal to her childhood friend who married in the Highlands and goes to her when she is about to give birth. She meets Ian McClean on the way, and throws him off with her sweet, tender manner yet strength to speak up and do the right thing, that he stands no chance :). The plot had many developments to keep you entertained until the very end. It was funny and sweet. My main issue with the story was that everything turned out too good to be true, in all respects, which took away the believability of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Devil's Bride: A Cynster Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Stephanie Laurens
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    Overall
    (1086)
    Performance
    (780)
    Story
    (787)

    Governess Honoria Wetherby values her independence. She would rather travel the world than marry and give some man control of her life. Then, one stormy evening, fate changes all her plans. She stumbles upon a mortally wounded young man in the woods. When the stranger dies, she is trapped in a cabin with his body and with his newly arrived cousin, Devil, whom she soon learns is aptly named.

    Scottie in TX says: "Finally! The Book that Started it All!"
    "I wanted to love this book..."
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    What did you like best about Devil's Bride? What did you like least?

    I wanted to like this book because as soon as you start reading you see its beautiful prose and a plot that throws you into a murdered body and the male and female leads stranded in a cottage for the night. However, the story's pace decelerates and stays flat until the very end. I am also sorry to say but I KNEW who the murderer is from the time he first appeared in the book. The hints were so obvious that it completely ruined the suspense.



    Would you be willing to try another one of Simon Prebble’s performances?

    No. The narration was completely over the top.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Voyager

    • UNABRIDGED (43 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9444)
    Performance
    (6518)
    Story
    (6501)

    Set in the intriguing Scotland of 200 years ago, the third installment in the romantic adventures of Jamie and Claire is as compelling as the first. Now that Claire knows Jamie survived the slaughter at Culloden, she is faced with the most difficult decision of her life. She aches to travel back through time again to find the love of her life, but, in order to do that, she must leave their daughter behind.

    A User says: "7 Stars!! Brilliant!!"
    "Claire returns to the past-the adventure continues"
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    Any additional comments?

    This was another emotional roller coaster. Claire make another life-altering decision to leave her grown up daughter behind, albeit at the good hands of the Reverend's nephew and passes through the stones yet again to find Jamie, after discovering that he did not die at Culloden. The re-union is not what you would expect as Jamie's life in the past 20 years is slowly uncovered and their deepest fears and uncertainties are brought to life. Through their travels they get to know each other yet again and accept the consequences of their actions. This book has a great many new characters and transports you to places unknown.

    Diana Gabaldon has easily landed on my top 3 authors of all time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragonfly in Amber

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11472)
    Performance
    (7969)
    Story
    (7990)

    New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

    Shelley says: "I ADORE this series!"
    "Tears, laughter and world-wind adventures!"
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    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The very first chapter of the book was extremely emotional for me. Diana, as always, did a phenomenal job describing the pain, nostalgia, heart-ache and all these soul wrenching emotions Claire was going through, even after 20 years from their separation.


    Any additional comments?

    I found the structure of the book a bit unorthodox. The first part was very emotional but anchored you to the reality of the situation. Then the story continues with Claire and Jamie's adventure in Paris, trying to stop the rising from happening. Knowing the end, or thinking that you knew detracted part of the suspense. Having said that, the story telling was mesmerizing and their love stronger than the page before. Simply fantastic series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19720)
    Performance
    (13752)
    Story
    (13646)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "AMAZING storytelling, suspense-filled plot!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Diana Gabaldon can transport you back in time with a stroke of beautifully shaped words in your imagination's canvas. The story starts with Claire and Frank's honeymoon in Scotland, after a 5 year separation during the world war two, when Claire served as an army nurse. They are trying to rediscover each other when Claire passes through a monument of stones and gets transported 200 years ago in the same area. That was the time leading to the Scottish uprising, lead by Bonnie Prince Charlie that resulted in the elimination of many Scottish clans. Claire's adventure is filled with dangerous situations, unfitting for a single woman that is suspected by both English and Scottish to be a spy. She develops a friendship with the outlaw Jamie Fraser and the friendship slowly builds into something strong beyond their wildest expectations.

    The story does indeed include crude scenes to give the true feeling of that nearly "medieval" time. These are described in detail however, and as such do require an iron stomach. So be warned!

    Now this is love that will last eons!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Again the Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (411)
    Performance
    (360)
    Story
    (359)

    Lady Aline Marsden was brought up for one reason: to make an advantageous marriage to a member of her own class. Instead, she willingly gave her innocence to John McKenna, a servant on her father’s estate. Their passionate transgression was unforgivable - John was sent away, and Aline was left to live in the countryside - an exile from London society - and he took her love. Now McKenna has made his fortune, and he has returned - more boldly handsome and more mesmerizing than before.

    Nicola says: "Great Book great Narrator"
    "Lisa Kleypas never disappoints!"
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    What did you love best about Again the Magic?

    Aline's love for McKenna early on was captivatingly sweet.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The favorite scene was when Aline reveals why she pushed him away all these times. His reaction, which is not at all what she expected is sad, infuriating and funny all at once.


    Any additional comments?

    LK is one of my all time favorite authors. This book did not disappoint. However, it felt that the obstacles between them towards the end should have not been there, since they were self created by Aline. I found it even brutal at some point her refusal to him. Besides that, it was another great read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Redeeming Love

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Francine Rivers
    • Narrated By Kate Forbes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1055)
    Performance
    (695)
    Story
    (699)

    Francine Rivers is one of America's favorite romance writers and a bestselling inspirational author. Her many heartfelt novels have won awards and the adoration of fans accross the country. In Redeeming Love, she retells the Biblical story of Hosea, setting it in the 1850s, amidst California's gold country.

    Jo says: "Not Just For Girls"
    "Surprising good but not quite... there"
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    Any additional comments?

    The book really surprised me. The author's heavy religious view almost stopped me from listening it but I am glad I did so. It was beautifully written, did an excellent job transporting you to that era by describing the people of that day and age without stereotypes. This was a pure love story, if there is such a thing. The damaged heroine is saved by the devout Christian man who takes her under his wing and shows her what true love and commitment really are.

    My main issue with this book IS really difficult to overcome though, despite the nice elements mentioned above: the hero has a love at first sight moment which is ok. His persistence to get her as his wife though, despite all odds and her refusal is attributed to one divine power. He even hears God telling him to pursue her. And throughout the book, no matter what she does to push him away, he persists because she is the "chosen" one. That for me really detracted from the purity of their love.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Corinthian

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Georgina Sutton
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (131)
    Story
    (133)

    The accomplished Corinthian Sir Richard Wyndham is wealthy, sophisticated, handsome ,and supremely bored. Tired of his aristocratic family constantly pressuring him to get married, he determines to run away after meeting the delightful, unconventional heroine Penelope Creed. Penelope - literally - falls into his life late one night as she hangs from the window of her aunt's house - she too attempting to escape the pressures of forced marriage.

    Carol says: "Fun on the Run"
    "Teenage-like adventure of two grown ups"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It was interesting to listen to a book written by someone who lived in that era and represented their idea of fun and entertainment.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Corinthian?

    The last scene when the carriage pulls away and the passengers see the couple kissing and their reaction, thinking both of them were men was quite funny.


    Did Georgina Sutton do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Sutton did a great job with the narration. All the characters were distinct and believable.


    Any additional comments?

    I always thought Heyer was a romance author. The romance in this book is almost non existent! It felt that out of the blue, at the end, the two of them suddenly saw each other and fell in love. The signs leading up to that were so minute that it really was a surprise to hear his feelings suddenly unleashed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Hunger Like No Other: Immortals After Dark, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2303)
    Performance
    (2128)
    Story
    (2132)

    After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he's waited millennia for is a vampire. Sheltered Emmaline Troy finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents - until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. But when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces, will their desire deepen into a love that can bring a proud warrior to his knees and turn a gentle beauty into the fighter she was born to be?

    Amazon Customer says: "My new favorite narrator!"
    "What a fun & suspenseful journey!!!"
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    What did you love best about A Hunger Like No Other?

    Lachlains fight for self control while Emma got stronger after each hurdle was thoroughly entertaining.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Hunger Like No Other?

    The scene under the moonlight was the epitome of the story. I wish it was a bit longer but overall perfectly delivered,


    Any additional comments?

    The story was not overly infused with rules and definitions of the species,which made it an easy read, however the sheer number of characters became overwhelming towards the last chapters, I guess since this is a series, it makes sense to introduce more characters for the sequels, it was jaut a tiny bit much. Lachlan is a phenomenal character who redefines himself to get what he so desperately wants. His mate. The passion and desire described whee exhilarating.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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