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Mary B.

Huntsville, TX | Member Since 2001

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  • An Amateur Corpse

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Simon Brett
    • Narrated By Frederick Davidson
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    Mary B. says: "Charles Paris fan"
    "Charles Paris fan"
    Overall

    I have found myself downloading all of Simon Brett's 'Charles Paris' mysteries. They are light, but I really enjoy his characters and the atmosphere he creates. They are peopled with slightly quirky characters, but nothing beyond belief. The fact that an actor somehow finds himself caught up in all these murders should stretch belief, but the author creates a world where it seems totally plausible.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
  • Love Reality

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Nana Malone
    • Narrated By Eva Christensen
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Walking love disaster Mia Donovan is a reality television production assistant by day, secret dating blogger Lonely Girl by night. All she has to do to get the job of a lifetime is face her fears and step in front of the camera. Unfortunately that also means dating her nemesis, Single Guy, for the entire world to see.

    Kelli says: "Ending left me hanging"
    "Darker than I thought it would be"
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    Started out liking the book, but it isn't as lighthearted as the the blurb would have you believe. About half way through I only listened to finish the book. Not sure I'll read anything else from this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Risk Worth Taking

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Victoria James
    • Narrated By Laura Darrell
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Interior designer Holly Carrington worked hard for her success. Then tragedy struck, leaving Holly the sole guardian of her infant niece. Now she's swapped her designer purse for a diaper bag, and is going ahead with plans to renovate - and sell - her childhood home in Red River. But facing her past also means coming face-to-face with Quinn Manning all over again...

    Mary B. says: "Lame"
    "Lame"
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    Couldn't even finish the book. It would be hard to explain all that is wrong with this book, without giving away the plot. The protagonists state the problems they have dealing with each other, but when the actual explanations come all I could think was ... huh? Also, Holly is a hot shot professional interior designer, but instead of doing the work on her house that HAS to be done to prevent flooding, she spends the money on a granite counter top! Of course our hero has to save her. I gave up at this point, she was too stupid for me to tolerate.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Friends without Benefits: Knitting in the City, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Penny Reid
    • Narrated By Devra Woodward
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (63)

    There are three things you need to know about Elizabeth Finney: 1) She suffers from severe sarcastic syndrome, especially when she's unnerved, 2) No one unnerves her like Nico Manganiello, and 3) She knows how to knit.

    Rocio says: "Enjoyed it"
    "Disappointing"
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    I was looking forward to this book, since I enjoyed the first book in the series "Neanderthal Seeks Human." However, as much as I liked the characters in the first book, I disliked them in the second. The hero is supposed to be a standup comic, but you wouldn't know without constantly being told how funny he is (he never says anything remotely funny). I wanted to ring the necks of both main characters! As far as the narration, why does a man who grew up in the US have an Italian accent?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Daisies in the Canyon

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Carolyn Brown
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (30)

    She's here to claim her birthright....Ex-army sergeant Abby Malloy feels no loss after the father she never knew passes away. Still, part of Ezra Malloy's ranch belongs to her, and if the stubborn blonde has to live there for a year with two half-sisters who are strangers to her, so be it. Nothing could stand in the way of her inheritance... except a local sheriff wrapped in snug blue jeans and a sexy grin. He's here to claim her heart....

    Maureen says: "Not much conflict"
    "Wrong Narrator - Recommend you read the book"
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    I happen to love Carolyn Brown's books. There is a humor and lightness to them that is lost if you listen to this book. In fact, I stopped listening and started reading and it was as if they were two different books. Natalie Ross is not a bad narrator, but she is the wrong narrator for this type of book. There is an underlying "woe is me" tone to her voice that is completely wrong for Brown's spunky, smart characters. She also has a very forced, unnatural laugh that has an almost snide quality to it - again, wrong for Brown's books. If I were to pick a narrator I would probably choose C.J. Critt.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Not Quite Forever: Not Quite Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Catherine Bybee
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (156)

    Romance author Dakota Laurens believes that happily-ever-afters exist only between the covers of her sexy novels. But to her surprise, she finds a real-life hero when she meets a handsome emergency room doctor. The outspoken author feels an instant and intense attraction to Dr. Walt Eddy, and the feeling is mutual. When the globetrotting doctor pulls a disappearing act on Dakota, she's prepared to write him off... until fate brings a blindsiding twist to her story.

    Phyllis S. Mike says: "A Suprisingly Good Book"
    "Probably my favorite in the series"
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    I really enjoyed the sense of humor in this book, even more so than the others. My only problem was the antibiotic device! It's used a lot and I would think the main characters being a doctor and a romance writer (who would recognize the device) would have known better. Otherwise, I really liked it and will probably listen to the book again.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rules of the Game

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (16)
    Story
    (17)

    Television director Brooke Gordon thinks that baseball player Parks Jones is an insufferable cad with an inflated ego. Unfortunately, he's also brilliant and her client's spokesman. Brooke is determined to ignore the intense attraction she feels while directing Parks in a commercial. But Parks is willing to break a few rules to convince Brooke that love isn't just a game to him. It means forever.

    Mary B. says: "Don't bother"
    "Don't bother"
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    This is the first time I haven't liked the characters in a Nora Roberts novel. I almost stopped reading the book, especially since the narrator misprounces some pretty basic words right off the bat. (The heroine works in advertising and has a Clio award - it's pronounced 'cleo' not 'cli-o'.)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hot Buttered Yum

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Kim Law
    • Narrated By uncredited
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (45)
    Story
    (45)

    Turtle Island’s Yummy Santa contest is underway, and master of ceremonies Roni Templeman is ready to rock around the Christmas tree. After years of hiding the pain of loss behind her carefree lifestyle, she’s shocked to find one broad-shouldered contestant is much more than just a hot body. But is she ready to finally let someone unwrap her guarded heart? Single dad (and gorgeous nerd) Lucas Alexander would do anything to help the charity that’s done so much to help him - even if that means stripping down and suiting up as a sexy Santa.

    Mary B. says: "Back on Track"
    "Back on Track"
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    I normally like Kim Law's books, but I hated the first book in this series (Ex on the Beach) and the last Sugar Springs book. I thought that was it for me and Ms. Law's books. However, I have Kindle Unlimited and decided I could try again since it was basically free. Am I glad. I enjoyed "Hot Buttered Yum" and felt she's back on track and back in my 'author's to read' list. Personally, I'd skip the first book in the series and start with this one - you won't miss anything.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Turning Thirty-Twelve

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Sandy James
    • Narrated By Cynthia Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Jackie Delgado didn't want a new man in her life until a dreaded blind date turns out to be more exciting than she'd ever imagined. When her youngest son leaves for college, Jackie is hit hard by empty nest syndrome and pours herself into her work as a teacher. Bowing to pressure from friends, Jackie agrees to a blind date. But when Mark Brennan calls, she realizes the date won't be "blind". He's the father of one of her students.

    Mary B. says: "Tried to finish, but just couldn't"
    "Tried to finish, but just couldn't"
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    The narrator's over ennunciation was really irritating, but wouldn't have mattered as much if the story hadn't been even more irritating. The heroine's constant back and forth about her lack of self-esteem gets really old and the hero's controlling personality doesn't seem much better than the ex's - just in a different way

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Texan Undercover

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Anne Marie Novark
    • Narrated By Courtney Tulba
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Sparks fly and computers crash when Claire Maxwell's cybercafe is used for criminal activities. She's thrown into the midst of an undercover operation and doesn't like it one bit. She really doesn't like being thrown in the company of the hot private eye handling the case. Claire doesn't believe in love or happily ever after anymore. Can the handsome P.I. change her mind?

    CJ Griffin says: "Good story"
    "Don't Bother"
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    I enjoyed Ms. Novark's "Diamondback Ranch" series, but this book is awful. I didn't like the characters and the story was completely predictable. The narrator made the story worse. Amazing that the story is set in Texas and all the characters sound like they're from north of the Mason/Dixon line. At one point a character is described as having a deep, sexy voice - yet the narrator's voice for the man is higher than the heroine's.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sweet Spot

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Stephanie Evanovich
    • Narrated By Katie Schorr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (42)

    When pro baseball player Chase Walker first meets Amanda at her restaurant, it's love at first sight. While Amanda can't help noticing the superstar with the Greek-god build, he doesn't have a chance of getting to first - or any other - base with her. A successful entrepreneur who built her business from scratch, Amanda doesn't need a Prince Charming to sweep her off her feet. And a curvy girl who likes to cook and eat isn't interested in being around the catty, stick-thin herd of females chasing Chase and his teammates.

    Lulu says: "Lightweight, Fun Read"
    "Couldn't finish"
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    I think the summary should have included the fact this story is about a dom/sub relationship. I have no interest in this kind of book. I listed to about 1/2 the book hoping the story would change, then couldn't stomach anymore.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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