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Penelope

Ellenton, FL, United States | Member Since 2013

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  • Down by the River: Grace Valley Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (234)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (212)

    June Hudson is the town's doctor, a caring, capable woman who now has a bit of explaining to do. People are beginning to notice the bloom in her cheeks - and the swell of her belly. Happily, DEA agent Jim Post is back in June's arms for good, newly retired from undercover work and ready for new beginnings here in Grace Valley. Expecting the unexpected is a way of life in Grace Valley, and the community is overflowing with gossip right now. Who is the secret paramour June's aunt Myrna is hiding? Does the town's poker-playing pastor have too many aces up his sleeve?

    Karen says: "Not so Much... : ("
    "Not as interesting as the first two"
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the trilogy, but found this last book to be so predicable that it was actually uninteresting. Robyn Carr is a really good writer and enjoyed the narration by Therese Plummer.


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

    Yes, I have listed to others by Therese Plummer and find her to be very nice to listen to.


    Was Down by the River worth the listening time?

    I enjoyed the other two in the series, so yes, I needed to finish it out...even though it certainly wasn't my favorite.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sea of Love: A Barberry Island Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Susan Donovan
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (21)

    Between Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket rests Bayberry Island, home to a bronze mermaid statue that promises to grant true love to anyone who asks with an open heart. For years Rowan Flynn distanced herself from Bayberry Island and its infamous mermaid legend. But after her investor fiancé lost what was left of her family’s fortune, Rowan reluctantly agreed to run the Safe Haven Bed-and-Breakfast, determined never again to fall for the ridiculous fantasy of the mermaid matchmaker.

    Paula says: "Oh My"
    "Too annoying to finish"
    Overall
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    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better story, better narrator


    What could Susan Donovan have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    After the first hour, and starting this three times I gave up


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Blame It on Texas: Hotter in Texas, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Christie Craig
    • Narrated By Barbara McCulloh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (10)

    Zoe Adams has always been content with her quiet nights at home, watching TV alone-until her life turns into a real-life episode of Unsolved Mystery Hunters. The story of a kidnapped girl triggers unexplained memories, and Zoe is dead-set on figuring out why. Her search leads her to one of the Lone Star State's richest families-and to sexy PI Tyler Lopez. Tyler has sworn off women, especially redheads with killer curves who poke their noses into his clients' private lives.

    Penelope says: "Really good series"
    "Really good series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you listen to Blame It on Texas again? Why?

    Yes, I will listen again


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blame It on Texas?

    Strip scrabble, breakfast disaster, Tyler's family gatherings and interaction with his sisters.


    What didn’t you like about Barbara McCulloh’s performance?

    There was no voice alterations. Here we have PIs that sound like a woman. Sometimes it is hard to wrap your mind around this.


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

    I laughed out loud in many sections,


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Perfect Play: Play-by-Play, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Jaci Burton
    • Narrated By Lucy Malone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (208)
    Story
    (204)

    The last thing event planner Tara Lincoln needs is the jet-set lifestyle of a football pro like Mick Riley, even though their steamy and passionate one-night stand proved that Mick is an all-star - both on the field and in the bedroom. Tara played the game of love once and lost big, and she doesn't intend to put herself out there again, especially with a certified heartbreaker. But when Mick sets his mind to win, nothing will stop him. And he has the perfect play in mind to catch this sultry vixen.

    Leesa says: "TOUCHDOWN!!!"
    "Sex, sex, sex"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    If you are looking for a steamy book...this is a decent one.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Voices didn't sound differentiate


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gansett after Dark: McCarthys of Gansett Island Series, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Marie Force
    • Narrated By Holly Fielding
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (29)

    Owen Lawry is days away from leaving Gansett Island to attend the trial of his father, who is charged with assaulting his mother almost a year ago. He has spent his entire adult life trying to outrun his violent past, but the upcoming showdown with the father he hasn't seen in more than a decade has him spending far more time in the past than in the present. His biggest challenge is convincing his pregnant fiancée, Laura McCarthy, to sit out the trip.

    Amazon Customer says: "Awful narrator, disappointing story"
    "The narrator ruined what was only an average book."
    Overall
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I have loved the whole series, except this book. As much as I like Owen and Laura I don't think the author did their story well.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Going on to a different author ... And definitely a different narrator.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Holly Fielding’s performances?

    When new titles come out in this series, I will listen...but other than that I won't start another series with her as the narrator.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The story never got deep enough to feel anything. The whole Jim incident at the engagement party fell like a dead weight...as just one example. Hard to believe Jim goes ballistic , but the crazy General doesn't come after his family before sentencing. Many missed story lines..at least in my opinion.


    Any additional comments?

    If you haven't read the other books, don't start here...it won't make much sense..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Promise: Thunder Point, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (215)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (192)

    Scott Grant has a bustling family practice in the small Oregon community of Thunder Point. The town and its people have embraced the widowed doctor and father of two, his children are thriving, and Scott knows it's time to move on from his loss. But as the town's only doctor, the dating pool is limited. That is, until a stunning physician's assistant applies for a job at his clinic.

    Penelope says: "Not my favorite in this series!"
    "Not my favorite in this series!"
    Overall
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It's Robyn Carr, and narrated by Therese Plummer, so it can't be all bad. I just didn't care for the main character (Paige). She seemed quite foolish many times. Dr. Scott was a favorite from other books in the series.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Robyn Carr again?

    Of course, always!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The under the table tent...with the bonking of the heads.


    Was The Promise worth the listening time?

    I won't listen to it again, but I guess it was worth the time.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Trouble in Texas: Deep in the Heart of Texas, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Katie Lane
    • Narrated By Nicole Poole
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Inheriting the most notorious house of ill repute in Texas can spell trouble for a girl's reputation...especially when she's Elizabeth Murphy, Bramble's prim and proper librarian. Yet when she discovers a buck-naked cowboy handcuffed to a four-poster bed, she forgets all about the town gossips. Elizabeth has sworn off men, but the stranger's kisses melt her resolve faster than ice cream on a hot summer day.

    Penelope says: "Couldn't help but laugh throughout"
    "Couldn't help but laugh throughout"
    Overall
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I went into this not wanting to like this story. Pure silliness...a who're house, a family curse, an old maid librarian...really? But, in Katie Lane fashion, it was funny and heart warming and just a good time to imagine.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters for sure, and there were some off the wall characters in this story.


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

    This series, which I am reading is so funny, I am a Nicole Poole fan.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catch Me a Cowboy: Deep in the Heart of Texas, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Katie Lane
    • Narrated By Nicole Poole
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (20)

    Katie Lane flat-out knows what her listeners want: steamy romances, hot cowboys, and love that conquers all. Catch Me a Cowboy finds Shirlene Dalton in fine fettle. Married to the man of her dreams and living in the biggest mansion in Bramble, Texas, she couldn’t ask for anything more. But then her hubby passes on and she lands back in a run-down trailer right next door to the perfect antidote for heartache: ruggedly handsome cowboy Billy Wilkes.

    SIMARA says: "A fun and crazy kind of story..."
    "I felt sorry for the main character throughout"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story is what it is, but after really liking the character of Shirlene I just felt so sorry for her being taken advantage of throughout the book I knew it would turn out ok, but it was hard to read.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    The next in the series...it is a really good series.


    What about Nicole Poole’s performance did you like?

    Her narration of the entire series is wonderful. Very talented.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Summer at Willow Lake: The Lakeshore Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Susan Wiggs
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    Real estate expert Olivia Bellamy reluctantly trades a trendy Manhattan summer for her family's old resort camp in the Catskills, where her primary task will be renovating the bungalow colony for her grandparents, who want one last summer together filled with fun, friends and family. A posh resort in its heyday, the camp is now in disarray and Olivia is forced to hire contractor Connor Davis - a still-smoldering flame from her own summers at camp.

    Penelope says: "What a confusing mish-mash of words!"
    "What a confusing mish-mash of words!"
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    What would have made Summer at Willow Lake better?

    Too many words! Too much jumping all over the place- it's the 30s, no the 90s, oh wait now it is the 70s, and occasionally let's throw in present day!


    Has Summer at Willow Lake turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not the genre, but definitely the author


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Confusion and aggrevation.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When Summer Comes: Whiskey Creek Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Brenda Novak
    • Narrated By Shannon McManus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (103)

    One day, Callie Vanetta receives devastating news… She needs a liver transplant. But her doctors warn that, in her case, the chances of finding a compatible donor aren’t good. Determined to spend whatever time she has left on her own terms, she keeps the diagnosis to herself and moves out to her late grandparents’ farm. She’s always wanted to live there. But the farm hasn’t been worked in years and she begins to fear she can’t manage it, that she’ll have to return to town.

    Penelope says: "Very enjoyable book"
    "Very enjoyable book"
    Overall
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    Where does When Summer Comes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I really enjoyed this book. Although basically it is a love story, the story line was unique and kept my interest throughout.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Brenda Novak again?

    Yes, I hope this series continues,


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Levi comes back and comes into her hospital room. I found that I had kind of been holding my breath, waiting and hoping he was going to make it in time,


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to the next installment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Against the Wild: The Brodies, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Kat Martin
    • Narrated By Jack Garrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    New York Times best-selling author Kat Martin has more than 60 romance titles to her credit. In this first book in the Brodies of Alaska series, Lane Bishop follows her heart to a remote Alaskan fishing lodge, where Dylan Brodie and his young daughter await. But the lodge houses a chilling legacy - one that could snuff out Lane and Dylan’s love even as it begins to take hold.

    Daniela says: "This plot is old-"
    "Another great book by Kat Martin"
    Overall
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    Story
    What made the experience of listening to Against the Wild the most enjoyable?

    Kat Martin writes a great story and Jack Garrett is a great narrator.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lane because of her toughness, kindness, loving nature. Dylan because of the way he treated Lane with protectiveness, love and kindness,


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

    I am a huge Jack Garrett fan!


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

    There were several times I choked up during this reading.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to the next installment. In hope it is about Nick Brodie.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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