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Susynne

hartland, VT, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 84 reviews
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  • The Harlot

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Saskia Walker
    • Narrated By Helen Stern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (87)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (62)

    Forced to watch her mother burn at the stake, Jessie Taskill knows the danger of the gift she inheriteda powerful magic that must stay hidden. Until one night when she's accused of witchcraft and Jessie finds herself behind prison walls, awaiting certain death with a roguish priest unlike any man of the cloth she has known.

    CAROLYN says: "Highly enjoyable historical raunchy romance"
    "too repulsive to listen to."
    Overall
    Performance
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    Would you try another book from Saskia Walker and/or Helen Stern?

    NEVER! It was a waste of both time and money. I never got even 30 minutes into it without having to shut it off and wash out my ears....


    What could Saskia Walker have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Nothing.... I can't imagine what anyone was thinking to write, edit, publish, record or deign to sell it.


    What didn’t you like about Helen Stern’s performance?

    ALL OF IT! Cheesy porn or in other words the lack of decent material, is no excuse!


    Any additional comments?

    If there were a category for cheesy slimy porn then this book would fit right in.I firmly believe that it takes all of us to review and like love or hate a book to keep the world an interesting place to read in. But I am truly offended by this book. I have listened to or read some awful books and can always find something good in them... something for someone to like. I am no prude, I allow for all tastes and opinions. However I have to say that I don't recall ever being as totalled appalled by anything in print as I was by this.... remembering that I bought it as a historical romance probably adds to my offence... but it wasnt listed as porn or even erotica... it was awful. I tried a half a dozen times to get past the filth and find the story hidden in it but couldnt bear to listen even long enough for that!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Wild Night's Bride: The Devil DeVere, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Victoria Vane
    • Narrated By Arial Burnz
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    With the devil in charge, there will surely be hell to pay...What happens when a struggling actress and a grieving widower come together in a night of unbridled debauchery orchestrated by a bored and machinating rake?

    Susynne says: "WAIT! THIS CAN'T BE BOOK ONE!"
    "WAIT! THIS CAN'T BE BOOK ONE!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Without spoiling too much beyond what you could already glean from the summaries.......

    Book 1 is driven by the fact that Ned is alone again since Annalee had died three years earlier.... It is Ned's love story.... NOT with Annalee but with phoebe! DeVere is the catalyst and is still his debauched self and single.... very!

    Book 3 is DeVere's story... in which Ned and Annalee, not Phoebe!!, are the driving catalyst. This is too backwards for even me, a most tolerable reader/listener who forgives much.

    Without spending more time picking it apart I have to say that within the first 20 minutes I discovered numerous other major time line errors and story conflicts.

    WHAT IS WRONG WITH ALL THIS?
    It's ridiculous. And since this one is DeVere's story I can't even suggest you read them in another order.

    Shame on you Ms. Vane, shouldn't you know your own books well enough to keep the characters in a logical storyline? You screwed up big-time here! Or did different authors write these books without consulting one another???

    So.... shall I review this for what it is on its own? Since I've had my rant I guess I should go listen to the rest of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Devil in the Making: The Devil DeVere

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Victoria Vane
    • Narrated By Guy Veryzer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Every devil has a beginning... In this first of three prequels to the award-winning Devil DeVere series, we meet Ludovic, Ned, and Simon as youths in this riotous Georgian romp written in the tradition of Fielding's Tom Jones. Since their first meeting at Westminster, Ned, Simon, and DeVere had forged an iron-clad bond that had maintained them through nearly six years. From the outset, Ludovic's scandalous family secrets had set him apart from the other aristocratic scions as an "untouchable." Deny it as he tried, the ugly truth remained that his mother was indeed the biggest whore in England, and his presumed father, the viscount, no less than a pox-ridden madman.

    Susynne says: "quick! kind of. .. lackluster!"
    "quick! kind of. .. lackluster!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Yes the narrator is awful... truly awful. however to speed him up one and a half or two times the speed makes him almost tolerable. I just don't really see the point in this novella other than a couple of sentences of information.
    Credit worthy No! Either buy it on sale or skip it.
    Heat factor nonexistent although sexual situations and blatant speech does prevail.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Highlander's Hope: Castle Bride Series

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Collette Cameron
    • Narrated By J. D. Kelly
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    Not a day has gone by that Ewan McTavish, the Viscount Sethwick, hasn't dreamed of the beauty he danced with two years ago. He's determined to win her heart and make her his own. Heiress Yvette Stapleton is certain of one thing: marriage is risky and, therefore, to be avoided. At first, she doesn't recognize the dangerously handsome man who rescues her from assailants on London's docks, but Lord Sethwick's passionate kisses soon have her reconsidering her cynical views on matrimony.

    Susynne says: "great book!!!!"
    "great book!!!!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    J.D.Kelly delivers a stellar performance of a great story. The voice of the hero alone had me in love with him....
    Don't miss this one!
    Worth the credit? YES!!!!
    Steamy?.... that too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lady Windermere's Lover: Wild Quartet, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Miranda Neville
    • Narrated By Charlotte Anne Dore
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    Damian, earl of Windermere, rues the day he drunkenly gambled away his family's estate and was forced into marriage to reclaim it. Now, after hiding out from his new bride for a year, Damian is finally called home, only to discover that his modest bride has become an alluring beauty - and rumor has it that she's taken a lover. Damian vows to keep his wife from straying again, but to do so he must seduce her - and protect his heart from falling for the wife he never knew he wanted.

    Susynne says: "very mixed feelings... and here is why:"
    "very mixed feelings... and here is why:"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Choppy, clipped and over enunciated, the totally wrong inflection and bizarre rhythm of the narrator detracts from the story... a lot! Given that comment I have to say that I did listen to it all... and that there were no confusing moments where voices of characters were indistinguishable. I actually really liked the story even tho it left me feeling a little bit lost. I suspect Julians story, which must be next, will solve it all. I pray for a different narrator!!!!

    worth a credit? hell yes and heavens no!
    Heat factor.... 4.....a steamy 4!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maid for Scandal: A Regency Short Story

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 48 mins)
    • By Anthea Lawson
    • Narrated By Hollis McCarthy
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Miss Anna Harcourt foolishly disguises herself as a maid to be near the man she thinks she loves, but little does she know how far this charade will lead her... or how close to ruin.

    Susynne says: "silly... , just silly!"
    "silly... , just silly!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    this wasn't one of those experiences where a world is packed into a short story but rather a paragraph of foolish musings turned into a short emptying story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wicked House of Rohan

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 21 mins)
    • By Anne Stuart
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (68)
    Story
    (68)

    In this exciting prequel to bestselling author Anne Stuart's House of Rohan series, when Kathleen Strong interviews for a job that offers a chance at proper employment, a mysterious group of aristocrats proposes a scandalous offer that she can't refuse.

    Kelley says: "One objection..."
    "wicked!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    short, sweet, sexy, wicked..... yum!
    The inception of the heavenly host.
    And the shortness of the tale doesn't matter!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Runaway Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Claudy Conn
    • Narrated By Mary Sarah Agliatta
    Overall
    (5)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (4)

    Spirited Chelsea decided she'd sooner run away to London than return to her vain and selfish guardian Aunt Augusta. But in her wildest dreams, she never imagined her dear godmother would arrange a Season - or convince the town's most eligible bachelor to take her under his wing.

    Book Nook Nuts says: "So Passionate"
    "Certainly not one of my repeatables!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I found the narrator rather uncomfortable to listen to. She had a odd way of speaking... the cadence all wrong, inflection wrong and each character was not very distinct. I will pass on her work in the future.

    The storyline was ok... the ending too fast! If it hadn't been short I may not have made it to the end. Not bad but kind of Blah...a little Bleck.

    There was little heat in the story yet the occasional explicit language was all X rated. But had no real steam to it.

    Worth a Credit, definitely not!! Buy it on sale? probably not. But that's just my opinion...of course.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Knight in Highland Armor: Highland Dynasty, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Amy Jarecki
    • Narrated By Dave Gillies
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (66)
    Story
    (66)

    Grieving from the death of his wife, Lord Colin Campbell listens to the cries of his newborn son while penning a missive to the king. With no marriage prospects, Colin petitions his majesty for help in finding a stepmother. Never again will he fall in love; the death of a woman brings more pain than losing a whole contingent of men on the battlefield.

    Susynne says: "no fluff included"
    "no fluff included"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Very well done! At one point I had to remind myself that this is a romance novel and everything would come out ok. I dislike novels that are so full of history that they are more like non fictional historical texts rather than a romance novel... but this story wove the two together brilliantly. But the history was by far a driving force that consumes much of this book. Hero and villain and a strong but trusting maiden are each richly written and portrayed. The heroine is smart strong woman and the men are... men!
    Both author and narrator delivered.
    Worth a credit? Yes.
    Heat factor? High yet very little time was spent on it. Heat was not the driving force of this book.

    If you want a typical highland romance.... all hot highlander and sexual tension with lots of fluff and a little strife then skip this one.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • By Any Other Name: Regency Seasons Novellas, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ava Stone
    • Narrated By Gill Hoodless
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Lady Philippa Casemore caused quite a scene at her very first ball of her very first season. She even landed herself, somehow, on the pages of the infamous betting book at White's gentleman's club. Unfortunately, she doesn't remember one moment of the night in question. Not the music. Not the notorious rake she'd dragged into the middle of the dance floor. Not the flask of opium-laced brandy she'd downed without realizing it's contents...

    Susynne says: "gotta love Ava Stone!"
    "gotta love Ava Stone!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Sweet for a short one. Sappy syrup in the ending dialogue (I really hate that, ruins a good story every time! Geesh...) but what can you expect in such a short story? Well...less flowers more foliage please.
    Had to be good however since I went to see if there more Ava Stone I hadn't heard...

    Don't use a credit, it's a $5 story... but YES, DO spend the 5 bucks. Providing of course that sweetness and fluff is your desire.
    Enjoy!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Photographs & Phantoms

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Cindy Spencer Pape
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (62)

    As a member of the Order of the Round Table, Kendall Lake is overqualified to be investigating strange phenomena at a seaside photography studio. But since the photographer is related to the Order's most powerful sorcerer, Kendall reluctantly boards a dirigible to Brighton.

    Susynne says: "no."
    "no."
    Overall
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    Story

    Couldn't do it. I have patience with bad or talentless narrators, thin story lines, weak plots, and even lousy phrasing. I barely tolerate miss pronunciation but try to take it in stride. All in all it takes a lot to make me say 'no'. But I do. I have given two bad reviews ever and felt very strongly in order to do it... mostly if I have nothing good to say I try to keep it to myself, everyone has different taste, so unless I thought there was something I just had to say I say little. Yet.... I say no. Not dramatic, traumatic, or even very emphatic. .. but it's a no. Keep your pennies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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