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SassiKassi

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  • Blown Away

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sharon Sala
    • Narrated By Gayle Hendrix
    Overall
    (45)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (26)

    Writer Cari North thought she knew all there was to know about plot twists—until she stumbled across her ex-fiancé, Lance Morgan, digging a shallow grave in the Louisiana woods. After one horrifying moment of shared recognition, Cari knew her life hinged upon whether she could outrun Lance and the hurricane-spawned tornado that was barreling down on their heels.

    SassiKassi says: "A good story"
    "A good story"
    Overall

    This was the first Sharon Sala novel I've ever "read" in any format. I enjoyed it enough that I know I will be seeking out some of her other books. The narration was fine also.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Intimate Exposure

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Portia Da Costa
    • Narrated By Lola Holiday
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (34)

    From the moment Red Webster arrived at executive Vicki Renard's firm, sparks flew between them. The photographer is supposed to create a company profile for its new owner, but he spends most of his time flirting with her. His sexy teasing infuriates Vicki... and piques a desire to submit to him.

    Amazon Customer says: "Not sure where the title came from..."
    "Lola Holiday ruins the audio version"
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    Normally, I love Portia DaCosta books. She's written some different types of stories that I've loved in the past. This book seemed to be a rather formulaic romance and was much too short. I felt no tug from the characters because the length of the book wasn't long enough to flesh them out and make you either love or hate them. The story was a sweet romance but I would have expected Vickie to be more angry about the deception. And I know Portia DaCosta can do a much better story.

    Having read the other reviews that were written about the kindle edition, not the audio one, I'd just like to say that many people experience what is known as 'sub-frenzy' and when the opportunity presents itself to 'play' in the bdsm world, women don't always make the best choices and jump into play quickly. So Vickie's experience isn't all that unsual, even though you do wish she'd had a mentor to educate her some about safety prior to accepting an offer to play.

    Another reviewer was unhappy about the intensity of the big spanking scene in the hotel room and felt it bordered on abuse because she was still feeling twinges of pain from it days later. Perhaps it was a bit intense for a first big scene, but being in the lifestyle, I think of that spanking scene as pretty normal. And she also only had to say stop and he would have stopped. Since her thoughts during the scene were open to the reader, I think it's pretty clear she was happy with what was happening. Suspend your own thoughts and feelings about whether or not bdsm is abuse and accept that she seemed happy. Generally, masochists are thrilled to have bruises they can poke a couple of days later to remind them of the fun they had. ;-)

    I'd say to read this book instead of listening to it. Unfortunately, I didn't remember that I'd hated this narrator in another book in my library because it's been a long time ago. But as soon as she'd read a few sentences, I remembered her and her annoying way of reading. I did manage to make it all the way through the book, but the narrator really detracted from the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Krissy - A BDSM Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By S. J. Lewis
    • Narrated By Natalie Bernadette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    Krissy is an attractive young blonde, living in a big city. She makes a living as a commercial model and convention hostess, entertaining men who want her hot looks and voluptuous body. In truth, she couldn’t care less about the men she dates; she prefers women when it comes to sex. However, when it comes to making money, she’s perfected the perfect con game, luring wealthy men to cheap hotels where she teases the mark with her girl-next-door sex-appeal, then drugs them, robs them and splits before they even know what hit them.

    SassiKassi says: "This is not a BDSM novel"
    "This is not a BDSM novel"
    Overall
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    This is about kidnapping, rape and the business of sex slavery. It has nothing consensual in it. I can't believe I wasted a credit on this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • In the Flesh

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Portia Da Costa
    • Narrated By Cynthia Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (14)

    Posing nude to appease her now ex-fiancé wasn't the most prudent idea Beatrice Weatherly has ever had. With the photographs scrutinized up and down the ton and her brother running the family into debt, Beatrice's hopes of making a respectable marriage are dashed. After one glance at Beatrice's infamous racy cabinet cards, wealthy, powerful Edward Ellsworth Richie is soon obsessed with Beatrice's voluptuous figure. His indecent proposal - one month of hedonistic servitude in exchange for the money to pay her brother's debts - is one she can hardly refuse.

    Kelley says: "Rookie Mistake"
    "Not my favorite PdC, but still quite good"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have loved Portia Da Costa's books for years. I tend to buy everything I can find of hers. I'm not usually a fan of historical romance, but bought this one just because of the author. I did enjoy this story very much, though I've enjoyed her contemporary stories much more.
    Light and easy listening on this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Holding Out for a Hero: Books 1, 2, and 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Shelli Stevens
    • Narrated By Nina Carlisle
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Sheriff Tyson Wyatt is positive the sexy new girl in town is hiding something. While he uncovers her secrets, he plans to uncover some other things too. Like how she feels under the covers. Eleanor is hiding out in Wyattville to avoid testifying against her drug-dealing ex-boyfriend. Soon she realizes that Tyson might be as dangerous to her heart as her ex is to her life.

    SassiKassi says: "Poorest narration and production ever"
    "Poorest narration and production ever"
    Overall
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    Although the stories were ok for a formulaic romance, the narration was atrocious. The narrator read with almost a monotone and minimal inflection that made the sex scenes especially sound totally boring.
    There were also places in the production of the audio where total sentences were repeated, as if the reader had lost her place and restarted. If I were the company that had produced this junk, I'd be totally embarrassed. Don't they listen before offering something for sale?
    I don't have the kindle books and won't be buying them, but I think the stories may be slightly better if you read them yourself and skip the audio version.
    What a total waste of a credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Special Delivery

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Elaine Raco Chase
    • Narrated By Destiny Landon, Lee James
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (73)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (69)

    When Roxanne Murdoch took the place of an absent employee to deliver a belly-gram, she never expected to spend New Years Eve locked in a bank with the vice president shed been sent to surprise. Yet here she was, a respectable businesswoman, dressed like a harem girl, barricaded against a howling blizzard with handsome Bram Tyler. Soon hed cracked her icy facade and melted her reserve. But what would happen at blizzards end when passion faced reality?

    Jeannie says: "Loved It!!! Loved It!!! Loved It!!!!"
    "How did this story get any raving reviews?"
    Overall
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I guess when I purchased this story, I must have only read a couple of great reviews and missed the bad ones. This story was in the erotica section. It was not erotic at all. I don't think even better narrators could have made this story into 4 or 5 stars.


    What was most disappointing about Elaine Raco Chase’s story?

    Mostly the narrators, but the story itself just wasn't all that interesting.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Destiny Landon and Lee James ’s performances?

    No. And please don't have Lee James ever narrate another romance. He was so inappropriate it's not even funny.


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

    Extreme disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    Lee James sounds like he's in his 80's and was supposed to be a man in his 30's. He was a really, really bad choice for this type of book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Tart: Delicious, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Lauren Dane
    • Narrated By Anadelle Waters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (70)
    Story
    (70)

    Juliet Lamprey is having the time of her life running her successful bakery, Tart, when Gideon Carter comes back into her life. Returning home to help his grandfather run the family on the farm, Gideon is back for good. When they meet again, the spark between them is immediate, and it isn't long before the former childhood friends play catch up in bed.That's not good news for local lawyer Cal Whaley. Though the sexually open but strictly monogamous Cal has loved Jules for a long time, he's hardly ever taken it further than friendship.

    SassiKassi says: "Disappointing narrator"
    "Disappointing narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you try another book from Lauren Dane and/or Anadelle Waters?

    I have other Lauren Dane books on my Kindle. If Anadelle Waters is the narrator, I'll give the book a pass. I enjoy Lauren Dane. Anadelle Waters does ok with voices and narrating regular life, but she is totally passionless when it comes to the sexual parts. And in a book in the erotica section, that just doesn't cut it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Seeing how the characters learned to communicate better with each other as their relationship deepened.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She was so passionless during the sex scenes that I quit listening to the book after only a couple of sex scenes and finished it on my kindle.


    Do you think Tart needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I think since there are other books in the Brown family line and in the Delicious line we'll see the characters again. It will be nice to see how their relationship develops.


    Any additional comments?

    Please don't let Annadelle Waters narrate any other erotica!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Run the Risk

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lori Foster
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (341)
    Performance
    (303)
    Story
    (305)

    When Detective Logan Riske goes undercover to find Pepper Yates, a potential link to his best friend's unsolved murder, he vows to gain her cooperation by any means necessary. But the elusive beauty is more suspicious - and in far more danger - than he expected. And the last thing Logan needs is to start caring for her.... Pepper has spent the past five years dodging the corrupt club owner who will stop at nothing to keep her silenced. She can trust no one, not even the handsome new "construction worker" who's moved in next door.

    CAROLYN says: "Bk1 of L.F. new series delivers a first class plot"
    "Worth a listen"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I might, if I knew they were into light, fluffy, romantic suspense.


    What other book might you compare Run the Risk to and why?

    It compares favorably to her other light romantic suspense books and possibly to some of the Jayne Ann Krentz books. I can't really pick a specific title.


    What aspect of Jim Frangione’s performance would you have changed?

    There wasn't a huge difference in the various mens and womens voices, other than knowing one was a woman and one was a man, but he did well enough that he didn't detract from the book in my opinion.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In Too Deep

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Portia Da Costa
    • Narrated By Imogen Church
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (87)

    I just want a taste of you. Or a touch. My fantasies about you plague my every waking hour. My only comfort is imagining that similar fantasies might obsess you too. When young librarian Gwendolynne Price starts finding increasingly erotic love notes to her in the suggestion box at work, she finds them both shocking and liberating. But who is her mystery admirer and how long will he be content to just admire her from afar...?

    Kimberly says: "Naughty & Wonderful"
    "Oh, so yummy!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up In Too Deep in three words, what would they be?

    Enthralling, Titillating and Hot!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nemesis. He made me yearn to be Gwendolyn!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't pick one. There were way too many. But I did like the scene where Gwendolyn secretly watched the Professor masturbate.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, and I did!


    Any additional comments?

    I think the narrator did a very good job. I will listen to this one over and over!

    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
    (12692)
    Performance
    (11626)
    Story
    (11691)

    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"
    "So glad I didn't listen in front of others."
    Overall
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    Would you listen to The Fault in Our Stars again? Why?

    Oh yes. It was a very good story. Very outside the kind of books I usually buy, but very good anyway.


    What other book might you compare The Fault in Our Stars to and why?

    None I've read. This isn't my usual reading style.


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

    She doesn't ring a bell in my mind. I might have and just forgot.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7604)
    Performance
    (6623)
    Story
    (6614)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "I will read this one again!"
    Overall
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    What made the experience of listening to The Witness the most enjoyable?

    The story itself.


    What other book might you compare The Witness to and why?

    Maybe Shades of Twilight, by Linda Howard. Both books have a heroine who has been through a traumatic past incident and both emerged as strong and capable women.


    What about Julia Whelan’s performance did you like?

    She did the different voices well and never sounded like she was just reading.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    She kept me guessing all the way to the end. I hate to figure out the bad guy half way through the book and this one I hadn't.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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