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Stacy9203

Sioux City, IA | Member Since 2009

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  • 17 reviews
  • 46 ratings
  • 259 titles in library
  • 8 purchased in 2014
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  • Winter's Desire

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Amanda McIntyre, Charlotte Featherstone, Kristi Astor
    • Narrated By Priscilla Carson, Ashford McNab, Helen Stern
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    On Solstice Eve long ago, a Druid priestess and Norse warrior succumb to forbidden, erotic desire. Their passion is one that neither death, decree - nor time - can tear asunder. Now three women of later centuries begin their own sensual journeys, awakened by the ancient power of the priestess's words: "Burn bright of winter's desire."

    Stacy9203 says: "Cloudy with a chance of average"
    "Cloudy with a chance of average"
    Overall

    This was OK. Definite heroes and villains. Definite story lines. Definite mildly interesting characters. But still just OK. If you're looking for erotic - you'll get some bang for your buck. If you're looking for a deeply entrenched storyline with multilayered characters and dramatic intrigue you might wanna pass. Didn't suck and didn't rock. Just average.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Letting Go: The Surrender Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Alix Dale
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (199)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (187)

    Josslyn found perfection once, and she knows she’ll never find it again. Now widowed, she seeks the one thing her beloved husband couldn’t give her: dominance. Lonely, searching for an outlet for her grief and wanting only a brief taste of the perfection she once enjoyed, she seeks what she’s looking for at an exclusive club that caters to people indulging in their most hedonistic fantasies. She never imagined that what she’d find would be the one man who’s long been a source of comfort - and secret longing. Her husband’s best friend....

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Well... ..."
    "What. The. Hell?"
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    I love Maya Banks. Love her. But damn was this book trash. It was whiney, clichéd, repetitive and so unoriginal. There was no plot, the dialogue was phoned in and the narrator spoke through her teeth while portraying that male lead. Half of the book read like an instructional Dominate/Submissive for Dummies manual. It was so corny, with phrases like, "I will love you forever darling" or "he gave her wings to fly". Struggled so hard to finish it purely out of respect for the author. Wow. Was this awful. Not one redeeming quality. Majorly disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Melanie Ewbank, Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (444)
    Performance
    (386)
    Story
    (389)

    Dishonorably discharged, former Navy SEAL Shane Laughlin is down to his last ten bucks when he finally finds work as a test subject at the Obermeyer Institute, a little-known and believed-to-be-fringe scientific research facility. When he enters the OI compound, he is plunged into a strange world where seemingly mild-mannered scientists - including women half his size - can kick his highly skilled ass.

    Linda says: "Suzanne Brockmann at her best!"
    "Great book & narrator - homophobes need not apply!"
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    I???ve never read Suzanne Brockman before, but I liked the basic idea of the book, so I took a chance. So freakin??? glad I did. This book gives you three different romantic possibilities and artfully portrays the point of view of many of the book???s characters along the way. All of the homophobes out there can take a flying leap and move on to just another boring romance. This author took just as much care in portraying the emotional aspects of the homosexual relationship as the heterosexual relationships. I was emotionally involved in all of them and the author caught hold of my heart strings and tugged hard enough to make me tear up a few times. I will definitely try another book from this author. If you believe in love no matter what sex you???re attracted to and love a little kick-ass revolutionary paranormal storyline???you can???t go wrong. NOT the boring-hum-drum-same-old-story-line-and-characters and not everyone in the story ends up with the typical happy ending. Definitely one of the ten best I???ve ever downloaded from Audible.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Touch of Power

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    Overall
    (641)
    Performance
    (572)
    Story
    (577)

    Laying hands upon the injured and dying, Avry of Kazan absorbs their wounds and diseases into herself. But rather than being honored for her skills, she is hunted. Healers like Avry are accused of spreading the plague that has decimated the Fifteen Realms, leaving the survivors in a state of chaos.

    Sharon says: "Really, Really Good!"
    "False & misleading advertising & reviews - BORING!"
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    I received an email from Audible. I mean who hasn???t gotten an email from them ???helping??? us to find books to spend our credits on? So it suggested some good romance books for me???cause that???s my area of interest. Like a stupid, blind, propaganda-following-fool, I put this book in my Wish List. The reviewers were raving about it and so, not having ever read this author, and wanting something new???I took the plunge???apparently into a toilet bowl of lies, melodramatic plant infested storylines and absolutely NO ROMANCE whatsoever. About three fourths of the way into the boring listening experience I wondered if there would ever be anything even remotely resembling a romantic scene. So I went to my local bookstore and found a copy of this book. Here it is people: There are 390 pages and the first kiss between the main characters starts at page 369. It???s so un-noteworthy that the ???sex??? scene is a whole three sentences long. I???m not into porn on earphones, but could I get a little bit more finesse in there that could possibly mollify me after hours of listening to the main characters being caught and released so many times I felt like I was listening to a fishing show? No. Absolutely damn not. Such a waste of a credit it makes me wanna hurl. All of you who gave this a good review need to go and get a clue. Audible needs to yank this thing out of Romance and put it where it belongs: In the sincerely-boring Fantasy section. I should have just listened to the radio. It???s free.

    5 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Sugar Daddy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Jeannie Stith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (366)
    Performance
    (199)
    Story
    (195)

    Liberty Jones has dreams that will take her far away from Welcome, Texas, if she can keep her wild heart from ruling her mind. Hardy Cates sees Liberty as completely off-limits. His own ambitions are bigger than Welcome, and Liberty Jones is a complication he doesn't need. When Hardy leaves town to pursue his plans, Liberty soon finds herself under the spell of a billionaire tycoon.

    bluebelle says: "A Terrific Read!"
    "Makes me wish I was in Texas & had me a cowboy"
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    Can Lisa Kleypas write or what?! The woman puts other authors to shame in this novel. If you???re looking for a classic romance you???re in the wrong section. However, this book only gets bonus points for bringing the reader through the journey of a woman???s life so that not only are you emotionally invested in the story, but you truly understand the decisions she makes when deciding between her two alternate endings. To say it???s one of the best books I???ve read would be an understatement. The narrator performs an authentic Texas accent (coming from a born & raised Texan - that???s sayin??? somethin???) and really does the book justice. Can???t go wrong ??? buy-on-with-your-bad-self. It???s well worth the credit.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Atlantis Rising: Warriors of Poseidon, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Alyssa Day
    • Narrated By Joshua Swanson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (211)

    Eleven thousand years ago, before the seas swallowed the Atlanteans, Poseidon assigned a few chosen warriors to act as sentinels for humans in the new world. There was only one rule - desiring them was forbidden. But rules were made to be broken.

    Ducky says: "VERY HAPPY TO SEE (HEAR) ALYSSA DAY ON AUDIBLE!!!"
    "My 1st & LAST Alyssa day book. Physically painful!"
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    I don???t know which was worse: The narrator or the dialogue. The narrator tried ??? bless his little inept heart, he really did. But he sucked rocks. I???ve been listening to audio books for years, and this guy rivals the worst narrator I have ever heard (See Juanita Parker who is the narrator for the original Dark Prince by Christine Feehan. Great Feehan book ??? pitiful narrator). I can???t believe that the rest of these Atlantis books are also narrated by Joshua Swanson. The man should be selling cars, not narrating books.
    Adding insult to severe injury is the dialogue in this book. I rolled my eyes so many times I was worried they???d get stuck in my forehead. Such pathetic attempts at masculine warrior banter and bad, tired jokes were so hard to listen to I threw up in my mouth a little.
    This book could have been exceptional. I give the author props for the original idea. Maybe reading this book would have been better, I don???t know. All I do know is that I wanted to physically harm the narrator and repeatedly ask the author, ???Really? Is that the best you could come up with???? Wow - this really bit the big one people. Avert your eyes and move along.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Swallowing Darkness: Meredith Gentry, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Claudia Black
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (649)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (329)

    "I am Meredith, princess of faerie, wielder of the hands of Flesh and Blood, and at long last, I am with child twins, fathered by my royal guard. Though my uncle, Taranis, King of Light and Illusion, claims that he is the true father since he abducted me from my home, betrayed, and defiled me. And now he has branded my guards as a threat to my unborn children."

    Kristy says: "Story is great, narration was not so great"
    "Which idiot changed narrators for this one book?"
    Overall

    I have all of the books in this series. Each book is written in first person which allows the reader to see this new literary world through Merry's eyes. These books progressively get better every time I listen. However this particular book is truly the culmination of the five previous books and the most important in the series. Unfortunately some publishing DORK changed the narrator to some British chick instead of keeping Laurell Merlington. I'd pay for this book all over again just to have the old narrator make it come to life and keep the tone of the books more uniform. You can't get better than these books if your genre runs parallel to all things paranormal and romance. But lumping it into that one category of books isn't doing the series justice. I love this series so much that I own them in hard copy and through Audible. This series is more graphically sexual than Anita Blake ever thought about being and there are no vampires. However if a slew of beautiful men rotating out of one extremely lucky woman's bed gives your body the warm tingles and wrenches up the possibilities in your imagination - you can't go wrong with these books. Can't wait for the next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • First Grave on the Right: Charley Davidson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3652)
    Performance
    (2978)
    Story
    (2968)

    A smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper. Charley sees dead people. That’s right, she sees dead people. And it’s her job to convince them to “go into the light”. But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e. murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she’s been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all.

    S. Droski says: "Great choice for Stephanie, Lorelai or Buffy fans!"
    "Amazing new author and new series - More please!"
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    I was worried about this book and ultimately trusted the previous reviewers for that final leap of faith to move this book from my wishlist to my cart. So happy I did. I always carefully review every potential purchase and then listen to my favorites over and over again. This one surprised me, made me laugh out loud and sucked me in to identify with the main character. Loved it. Take the leap guys. You won't be sorry you did.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fantasy

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Lori Foster
    • Narrated By Dana Harshaw
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (43)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (24)

    Brandi really means it when she says “Oh, you shouldn’t have” to her sister’s outrageous birthday gift—a five-day dream vacation to a lovers’ retreat…lover included. Just what is she going to do in paradise with sexy stranger Sebastian Sinclair? Anything and everything she wants.

    Stacy9203 says: "An old snail, quicksand & not-so-romantic material"
    "An old snail, quicksand & not-so-romantic material"
    Overall

    Don???t be fooled by the short description of this book. It???s not a fun little erotic story. Instead it confronts serious subject matter. The main character was gang raped as an 18 year old virgin. While I like some of Lori Foster???s work, this isn???t one that I would recommend unless you???re prepared and want to deal with such a serious issue. Additionally this story moved extremely slow, crawling along like a crippled, ancient snail on sedatives. While Foster covered the delicate subject matter well, I was automatically disappointed because I was expecting something completely different. Tread carefully if you aren???t ready to crawl into the serious quicksand filling this slow moving story. I definitely regret the purchase.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Possessed by the Sheikh

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Penny Jordan
    • Narrated By Juani Tantillo
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (262)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (59)

    Stranded in the sands, Katrina is rescued by the Sheikh and taken back to his lavish desert camp. But in order to protect her, he will have to wed her. Then he discovers that she is untouched, a virgin. He is a desert sheikh who lives by a strict code of honor: Katrina must become his wife! Her time will be spent at the Sheikh's pleasure...

    A says: "Stockholm Syndrome, sex, and too-stupid-to-live"
    "Oh-my-giddy-aunt-BORING!"
    Overall

    The main characters hated one another so much and for so long that the eventual "happily ever after" was unbelievable and forced. I'm all for a little sexual tension before the actual sweaty-between-the-sheets-(or should I say scarves)-action, but this was a little much. From hatred to true love in 60 seconds doesn't even inch close to reality for me. This author needs to understand that even in a work of fiction, there has to be some authenticity. Additionally, the narrator only made a crappy book worse. Nothing good to say about this one. Next time I'll just subscribe directly to Narcoleptics Anonymous and get it over with quickly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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