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Phyllis S. Mike

sandymike

Bristol, CT USA | Member Since 2010

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  • 31 reviews
  • 127 ratings
  • 551 titles in library
  • 145 purchased in 2014
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  • Promises of Seduction

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Brenda Jackson
    • Narrated By Madison Vaughn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (79)
    Story
    (77)

    Savannah Claiborne's simple statement sets off an avalanche in Montana ranger Durango Westmoreland's carefully ordered life. Suddenly an unforgettable night of passion with the hazel-eyed beauty has turned into a lifetime obligation for the confirmed bachelor.

    Tosha says: "Entertaining but lacking"
    "A little too unbelievable"
    Overall
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    The story was interesting enough, even though it was a little too hard to believe, but I hated the female reader's interpretation of the male voice. He sounded like a robot; more like my GPS system than a sexy male human. It's a struggle to get through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Scandals of Classic Hollywood: Sex, Deviance, and Drama from the Golden Age of American Cinema

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Anne Helen Petersen
    • Narrated By Romy Nordlinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Believe it or not, America's fascination with celebrity culture was thriving well before the days of TMZ, Perez Hilton, Charlie Sheen's breakdown, and allegations against Woody Allen. And the stars of yesteryear? They weren't always the saints that we make them out to be. Part biography, part cultural history, the stories contained in this book cover the stuff that films are made of: love, sex, drugs, illegitimate children, illicit affairs, and botched cover-ups.

    Jennifer says: "Riveting journey"
    "Boring"
    Overall
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    I found it boring. The narrator was OK but the whole book was just boring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Simone: Adventures in Dating (Boxed Set), Books 1-5

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Riley J. Ford
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Powers
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    Simone: Adventures in Dating (Books 1-5) includes: Book 1 (The Billionaire): Simone meets a mysterious and charming billionaire who sweeps her off her feet. He might just be her perfect date - and more. But does he have a secret side? Book 2 (The Billionaire Revealed): Simone discovers the billionaire's secret, and it could be a deal breaker. Luckily, there's a sexy, down-to-earth cowboy waiting in the wings. But will his big, er…. hat be enough to keep her interested?

    Amazon Customer says: "Funny and entertaining"
    "Too phony"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    It was funny at times but annoying most of the time. I think the author went way too far. I couldn't even pretend that most if could happen. It was uncomfortable and fake.

    0 of 1 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
    (79)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (66)

    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"
    "A Suprisingly Good Book"
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    I have hundreds of audible books but this is the first one I read by Catherine Bybee. I'm pleased that now I have a new author that I really like. What I enjoyed the most was that the characters were very well developed, believable and likeable. The plot wasn't overdone. It was a very enjoyable read. I would give it 4.5 stars if I could give half stars. There were a couple of situations that were just a little unbelievable, but the fact that there were only a couple is really surprising. I recommend it and look forward to reading more by this author. The narrator is right on. She did a fantastic job with male and female voices. That's important to me.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Genuine Lies

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Joyce Bean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    Eve Benedict is the kind of subject who could make any biographer's career. Last of the movie goddesses, she has two Oscars, four ex-husbands, and a legion of lovers, both famous and infamous. Now she is ready to write a tell-all memoir that has even Hollywood's richest and most powerful worried. Julia Summers never dreamed of being chosen to tell Eve's story.

    Kathryn says: "Slow moving, Out-dated, Not a great payout."
    "Nostalgia at its best"
    Overall
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's well written, well read and set in a magical time gone by. I also appreciated the length. So many good stories are short. This story never lost my interest. I would definitely recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Impulse: A Selection from Something New

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    For once in her life, Rebecca Malone has decided to follow her impulses. After quitting her job and selling all of her belongings, she heads to Greece in search of adventure. So when a sexy local restaurant owner pursues her, she can't resist playing the role of sophisticated, well-traveled woman. But falling in love with Stephen Nickodemus was not part of the plan! Now she'll have to find a way to break the news of her true identity…without also breaking his heart.

    Phyllis S. Mike says: "Just Fluff"
    "Just Fluff"
    Overall
    Performance
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    This was just a little too far-fetched for me. Not the usual substance in earlier Nora Roberts stories. Kate Rudd's narration was not enjoyable. I wanted to like the book but her male voice was drone and bland. I wouldn't recommend it if you want an interesting story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (12714)
    Performance
    (11646)
    Story
    (11711)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Loved It"
    Overall
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    This story was charming, loving, funny, and sad all In one. This was the best Kate Rudd narration I've listened to. I've listened to 3 others. The narration was right on. I felt that John Green went a little overboard with his handling of the Dutch author (don't want to do a spoiler), but overall, I've read it twice now. I fell in love with the characters from the start. I would highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dual Image: A Selection from Play It Again

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (21)

    Playing Booth DeWitt's cruel ex-wife in his semiautobiographical film is the chance of a lifetime for actress Ariel Kirkwood. As she gets to know the sexy screenwriter, she finds herself wishing she was his real leading lady, but her accurate portrayal has left Booth conflicted over his failed marriage and new desires. Now Ariel must convince Booth to see her for the woman she is - and not the one she was hired to play....

    Phyllis S. Mike says: "3 is Generous"
    "3 is Generous"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I usually love Nora Roberts books. This combined with Kate Rudd's narration sounded like a dream but it was very irritating and disappointing. Of course we know how these stories will end but the way the author gets there is what makes it interesting. Nora Roberts wrote scenes that I want to call "stupid". I kept thinking "Oh Come On". Yes they have to have a fight but can it be more realistic? I started skipping ahead and it's already short.


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

    Give the reader some credit. If I was a teacher I would say this was put together quickly just to beat the deadline.


    Did Kate Rudd do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    One of the reasons I bought this book was because I loved Kate Rudd's narration in The Fault in Our Stars. I didn't enjoy this narration at all. I wish she had used her own natural voice for the female and I hated the male voice.


    Any additional comments?

    I wouldn't suggest purchasing these short stories. They're a disappointment and not really worthy of 3 stars.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Informed Risk

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (74)

    Mike Cavanaugh was a firefighter; it was his job to rescue people. Though inviting them home wasn't usually part of the job description. But when he pulled Christine Palmer out of her burning house, something about the gutsy single mom made him want to protect her, to make her life a little better.

    Deborah says: "I was expecting not so good."
    "Unbelievable and predictable at the same time."
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I was excited to see another Robyn Carr story but this was too unbelievable to even fantasize that it could be real. On top of that it was actually predictable. Very disappointing.


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

    Therese Plummer is an excellent narrator. Her narrating is the best part of the book.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Caught on Camera

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Kim Law
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (265)
    Performance
    (233)
    Story
    (240)

    Beautiful Vega Zaragoza learned the hard way that sex and the spotlight don’t mix. Now the former model makes her living behind the camera, working as a videographer to escape public scrutiny. But when Vega gets a shot at her dream job, one that puts her back in the public eye, she must choose: continue to play it safe or gamble everything to go toe-to-toe - and heart-to-heart - with the city’s most eligible bachelor.

    Kristin says: "LOVED THIS BOOK,"
    "Oh Brother"
    Overall
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    First there's too much anger and not even justified, just anger. I don't listen to these books to get into an angry place. Then you have to wonder why the main character is acting like a jerk for too long. I didn't enjoy the first hour enough to listen to the whole book. The narrator was fine, the story was just pathetic.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dreaming of You

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (725)
    Performance
    (486)
    Story
    (490)

    A prim, well-bred gentlewoman, Sara Fielding is a writer who puts pen to paper to create dreams. But now curiosity is luring her from the shelter of her country cottage into the dangerous world of Derek Craven – handsome, tough, and tenacious – and the most exciting man Sara has ever met.

    A User says: "Love it!"
    "Very Disappointing Performance"
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    I gave this book a low rating because I hated the way the male characters were performed and the females were only a little bit better. What I enjoy about this type of book is the characters and the narrator. The males all sounded like they were very old and the lead male was even garbled. I kept falling asleep and never even felt like listening to the end. I was very disappointed with the experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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