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Ruffian

I'm semi-retired at 67 and a recent Cancer survivor.

Madison, MS USA | Member Since 2012

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  • Wild Things: Chicagoland Vampires, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Chloe Neill
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (562)
    Performance
    (511)
    Story
    (510)

    Since Merit was turned into a vampire and the protector of Chicago's Cadogan House, it's been a wild ride. She and Master vampire Ethan Sullivan have helped make Cadogan's vampires the strongest in North America, and forged ties with paranormal folk of all breeds and creeds, living or dead...or both. But now those alliances are about to be tested. A strange and twisted magic has ripped through the North American Central Pack. But who - or what - could possibly be powerful enough to out-magic a shifter?

    Nereyda says: "Can't get enough of Merit and Ethan!"
    "WILDILY IN LOVE WITH WILD THINGS!"
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    This series has captivated me from the get-go. It’s been such a journey to follow the Chicagoland houses, their masters, the characters, the stories, the magicks, the relationships that are forged between houses, the Grenwich Presidium, the Shifters (Gabe and his family)and the various villains and sorcerers (namely Mallory and Catcher Bell). We have been introduced to so many ‘supes’ (supernaturals) that it boggles the mind yet all of them have a place at the table and something both to offer and to decline. We have watched how supes struggle for recognition as meaningful and valuable members of the Chicagoland realm, embraced by strong men such as Merit’s Grandfather. Each book has grown in depth, maturity and creative development as Ms Neill’s voice as an author does the same. Of course, the key figures of Merit and Ethan—two of the strongest characters I’ve read in a long time remain the focus of the books along with plots and story lines that are intricate, complex and very very well-conceived. This book not only offers us another terrifically crafted tale of intrigue via supernatural kidnapping and side-show exploitation but also the continued maturation of the relationship between Merit and Ethan (Methan as Ms Neill likes to call them). I swear, some of the dialogue in this book has brought me to my emotional knees by the sheer beauty and intensity of how these two love, care for and are committed to each other AND to Cadogan House. The analogy of working with peoples who are ‘not like us’ is not lost here but skillfully incorporated and woven throughout the book.

    Sopie Eastlake continues to bring her incredibly gifted voice(s) and understanding of the story to the tales. She is all characters well but especially Merit and even Ethan. She captures Merit’s spark and her vulnerability as well as Ethan’s aloof superiority and profound love of Merit. I’ll listen to damn near anything she narrates/reads/performs.

    If you enjoy the paranormal genre and have not been introduced to this series, by all means start at the beginning and work your way to this one….the BEST ONE YET.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadows: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By J.R. Ward
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    Overall
    (623)
    Performance
    (567)
    Story
    (565)

    Two brothers bound by more than blood discover a conspiracy that will change their destiny in the astonishing all-new novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, the "frighteningly addictive" (Publishers Weekly) series by number-one New York Times best-selling author J. R. Ward.

    Erin says: "It's like Gigi Birmingham all over..."
    "Step Into The Shadows"
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    Whew! Man what a ride this was. I am not going to review it other than to give it a well deserved FIVE STARS! The Shadows, for me, is her best book (and man does it work you out emotionally) since John Matthew and Xhex (Lover Mine). I listened to it and Jim Frangione once again nails the narration with some equivocation on my part with his ability to do female characters and WHY he wants to add the Bostonian (southie) accent to Butch is beyond me. It just doesn't ring true because he has not been consistent with it. Otherwise, he's been The Voice of The BDB since the get-go, so he's family.

    In any event, it's a fabulous book and I'm so glad I moved past The King.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fall with Me

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jennifer L. Armentrout
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (52)

    Jennifer L. Armentrout, New York Times best-selling author of the Wait for You series, delivers a new novel of first love, second chances, and scorching chemistry between an artistic bartender and the tough, sexy cop who's determined to win her. Roxy's loved Reece Anders since she was 15, so when the straitlaced cop finally surrendered to a steamy encounter years later, Roxy hoped he'd fall for her, too. He didn't. Or that's what she's always believed.

    Ruffian says: "Fall for Fall with Me"
    "Fall for Fall with Me"
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    I have enjoyed this series immensely and am very hopeful that this is not the end of it. The story of Roxy and Reese is quite lovely, sensual and exciting. The writing is superb...weaving together intrigue, suspense, romance and humor with exquisite sensitivity. The story is well developed, the characters are ones we've met before...so it's like meeting old friends. Some of the characters most definitely stay with you and become hopeful focus of future novels--although, I'm not sure Katy deserves a whole book because she is just such a hilarious character. On the other hand, it might be nice to see her with her depth explored. Nevertheless, this book is about two scarred (and scared) people who fight their way to and from each other until they finally connect. Once connected, there is no separation. Listen to it and enjoy Sophie Eastlake's superb narration...as always, she nails every character and situation.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Running Barefoot

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Amy Harmon
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    When Josie Jensen, an awkward 13-year-old musical prodigy, crashes headlong into newcomer Samuel Yazzie, an 18-year-old Navajo boy full of anger and confusion, an unlikely friendship blooms. Josie teaches Samuel about words, music, and friendship, and along the way finds a kindred spirit. Upon graduation, Samuel abandons the sleepy, small town in search of a future and a life, leaving his young mentor behind.

    Leeloo says: "Another great book."
    "Barefoot or Not--Run for this book"
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    I am a unabashed fan of Amy Harmon. She is smart, she writes beautiful stories, she is clever, she is creative, she writes so her readers learn stuff and she is an honorable writer. Running Barefoot is an early work of hers and I had read it a while ago. Listening to a good book adds a layer of depth and detail that one often misses when reading...this book is no exception. It's the lovely and powerful story of a young half-Navajo boy (who sure does grow up nicely) and his school bus seatmate, a 13 year old (going on 21) girl child who becomes his mentor between his Native American world and her Utah world. Their story evolves over several years as they both become the world to each other, then grow apart, experience tragedies and triumphs and find a place for themselves. Interwoven throughout this book is music and the impact classical music has on them as friends, individuals and musicians. I loved this book and will listen to it more than once. Tavia Gilbert does such a nice job with all the characters but is most impressive in her pronunciation of Navajo phrases. And that's where we learn...how powerfully moving the story of the Navajo nation is as well as the spirituality of the Native American.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clipped Wings

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Helena Hunting
    • Narrated By Jason Carpenter, Elizabeth Louise
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (174)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (172)

    From her dark hair sweeping below her waist to her soft, sexy curves, Tenley Page intrigues tattoo artist Hayden Stryker in a way no one else ever has…especially when she asks him to ink a gorgeous, intricate design on her back. Yet for all her beauty, there is something darkly tragic and damaged about Tenley that, for Hayden, is everything. Covered in ink and steel, Hayden is everything Tenley has never dared to want, awakening a desire to explore more than the art adorning his stunning body. Trapped by a past that leaves her screaming from nightmares, Tenley sees Hayden as the perfect escape.

    Jordy says: "Dark, Complex, Primal, Deep Tattooed Love Story!"
    "Now I WANT a tattoo!"
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    This type of book is not my usual read but this (and the sequel) were both beautifully written and narrated. I'm a fan of Elizabeth Louise and now of Jason Carpenter. They did a great job of portraying the intricacies of two very wounded and lost souls as they were drawn to each other, while scared to death of the connection. The story line is not terribly original but the depth of the character development and the emotional wrecks they both were had me riveted.Strong story, strong writing and strong performances.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Confess

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Colleen Hoover
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Louise, Sebastian York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (217)
    Story
    (216)

    Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight, and there's no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn't expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

    cLuMsYgIrL says: "I love Colleen Hoover but..."
    "I must CONFESS this was awesome"
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    I run hot and cold with CoHo--sometimes I love what she does and other times, not. But, she has had a couple of really terrific books of late...starting with one of my all time fave audios, Maybe Someday. This book was a delicious combination of an exceptionally clever story line, beautifully developed emotional situations, strong male/female characters, excellent narrative interpretation and enough twists and surprises to keep you smiling and touched. Elizabeth Louise is wonderful as Auburn; girl interrupted and Sebastian York is equally as strong at Owen. The prologue sets the tone for this book in that all of the confessions heard are actual confessions that Ms Hoover has gotten from readers. Of course, all are confidential. The story of how these confessions (and the dance toward Auburn's and Owen's confessions) is beautifully done. The bookend prologue and epilogue tie this lovely book up neatly, poignantly and with grace. Don't miss this one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Archer's Voice

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Mia Sheridan
    • Narrated By Kris Koscheski, Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (169)
    Story
    (171)

    When Bree Prescott arrives in the sleepy, lakeside town of Pelion, Maine, she hopes against hope that this is the place where she will finally find the peace she so desperately seeks. On her first day there, her life collides with Archer Hale, an isolated man who holds a secret agony of his own. A man no one else sees.

    Amazon Customer says: "Must have! !"
    "Don't Miss this Book"
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    Archer's Voice is one of those books I've both read and listened to...something I do frequently when a print book is THAT good. Audio just adds depth...and this is no exception. Ms. Sheridan has put together a story that is a strong and powerful tale of misconception, friendship. revelation, love and redemption. I also left a review of the Kindle version on Amazon, so you can try that one as well. It's a terrific story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Easy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Tammara Webber
    • Narrated By Tara Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (776)
    Performance
    (722)
    Story
    (733)

    A girl who believes trust can be misplaced, promises are made to be broken, and loyalty is an illusion. A boy who believes truth is relative, lies can mask unbearable pain, and guilt is eternal. Will what they find in each other validate their conclusions, or disprove them all?

    Rita says: "Didn't Want to Stop Listening"
    "Easily Liked"
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    I wish we could give half stars because this rates at least a 4.5. It's the first of the Contours of the Heart books and this one is Jacquelyn's book. I should have listened to it first but I am such a Zachary Webber fan I listened to Breakable first. Didn't make a HUGE difference but enough. Breakable is not a sequel but a parallel story from Lucas/Landon's POV (see my review of it...I thought it stunning). This is a lovely coming of age story of a couple of college aged kids who are drawn to each other...one experiencing a rebound from being dumped by her boyfriend of 3 years (that would be Jacquelyn) and the other a badly damaged student who finds himself drawn to her. Through a series of events, they become friends albeit under false pretenses. It's the story of how they gradually connected and the circumstance that almost split them apart. It's quite a beautifully written book that I wish had been narrated by someone who sounded a bit younger and more feminine (except for when vocalizing the 'boy' parts). It's easy on the ears and will certainly pull at your heart.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • After Ever Happy

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Anna Todd
    • Narrated By Shane East, Elizabeth Louise
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (77)

    It's never been all rainbows and sunshine for Tessa and Hardin, but each new challenge they've faced has only made their passionate bond stronger and stronger. But when a revelation about the past shakes Hardin's impenetrable façade to the core - and then Tessa suffers a tragedy - will they stick together again, or be torn apart?

    Kim says: "So Disappointed"
    "Now I'M Happy Ever After"
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    This series has been a struggle for me...the idea/concept is a wicked and interesting study of damaged people and the cruelties they can effect on others. The story of Hardin and Tessa is FINALLY over with this book and I am so relieved. Actually, this and the first book were pretty decent...the second and third were mostly an exercise in frustration at just how much this story could be drug out with the characters repeated the same mistakes and discussions ad nauseum. I got so frustrated with the characters ALMOST getting a grip on themselves only to make really stupid decisions over and over and over. There is merit in some of Ms Todd's writing and it appears that she has grown some in this last book. Some of her phrasing and situations were genuinely funny and her attention to the struggles of addiction and recovery is admirable. The narrators took some getting used to but things did improve with the addition of Shane East. The only issue is that his Tessa was not nearly as good as Elizabeth Louise's Hardin. I am now happily over After.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Different Blue

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Amy Harmon
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    Blue Echohawk doesn't know who she is. She doesn't know her real name or when she was born. Abandoned at two and raised by a drifter, she didn't attend school until she was ten years old. At nineteen, when most kids her age are attending college or moving on with life, she is just a senior in high school. With no mother, no father, no faith, and no future, Blue Echohawk is a difficult student, to say the least.

    J. Duncan says: "Great story."
    "Blue and You...a good combination"
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    I am an unabashed Amy Harmon fan. I read this book when it first came out on Kindle and loved it. As with most books I really really like, the audio book is a means to hear it (of course) which allows a difference resonance and depth than written. Ms Harmon has such a great writer's voice that captures in great depth and power the intensity, struggle and consequences of actions taken or actions not taken. Blue Echohawk is a study in contradictions--belonging yet not belonging; young yet old; needy yet fiercely independent; private yet attention-seeking. And, she is immensely talented and strong. This is her coming of age book which details with all the vivid shades that Blue is how she fills a destiny and falls in mature and deep love. My advice is to read this book if that's available to you and THEN listen to it. You won't be sorry AT ALL as it is such a sweet story of a culture forgotten and a magical girl who brings it back to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lady Luck

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Emma Taylor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (661)
    Performance
    (616)
    Story
    (615)

    Since birth, Lexie Berry has had nothing but bad luck. Orphaned at an early age, she had a rough childhood and a boyfriend who was murdered. Now the beautiful, stylish Lexie is determined to change her luck and her life. But first she's got to make good on a promise: To pick up Ty Walker from prison. One look at the gorgeous ex-convict and Lexie knows she's in trouble-and already thinking about taking a walk on the wild side.

    Yvette says: "A FANTASTIC AUDIOBOOK EXPERIENCE!"
    "Get Lucky and Listen to this"
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    This is one of my favorite of the Colorado Mountain series and I can't really explain why. The narration is very good (not great but credible), the story follows KA stories to a T, there is a bit too much extraneous material (which is also her penchant) and I was not THAT fond of Lexie but didn't hate her either. I guess the draw is Ty, his struggles and his determination to be true to himself. I have to REALLY like a book that goes this long in order to finish it MUCH LESS listen to it twice. And I've listened to this book at least twice and will again. Even knowing all the story, it's still a lovely and strong book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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