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Tessie T

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  • The Return of Rafe MacKade: The MacKade Brothers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (484)
    Performance
    (444)
    Story
    (442)

    Ten years after disappearing from Antietam, Maryland, the bad boy has come home. Cleaned up and successful now - though still dangerously good-looking - Rafe MacKade sets the town on fire…and tongues wagging. Not even lovely newcomer Regan Bishop is immune to his charms. Though Regan claims to not want to get involved with a rebel, Rafe's pretty sure that her reaction to their sizzling kisses suggests otherwise.

    Lit Chick says: "Loved this!"
    "Enjoyable"
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    Would you listen to The Return of Rafe MacKade again? Why?

    I enjoyed the narrator's characters and his voice was different than the usual narrators you hear.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Return of Rafe MacKade?

    The ending was good. Sort of funny.


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

    Rafe as a character was annoying and lovable at the same time.


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

    It is just a typical romance novel. No extreme reactions.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyable book. Can't wait to read the next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When Snow Falls: Whiskey Creek, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Brenda Novak
    • Narrated By Tara Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (175)
    Story
    (179)

    After growing up in cheap motels, moving from town to town with her sister and mother, Cheyenne Christensen is grateful to be on her own. She’s grateful, too, for the friends she found once her family settled in California. But she’s troubled by the mystery of her earliest memories, most of which feature a smiling blonde woman. A woman who isn’t her mother. Although Cheyenne has repeatedly asked for explanations, the people who could help aren’t talking.

    Angela says: "When Snow Falls"
    "Cute."
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    Would you listen to When Snow Falls again? Why?

    Probably not. I'm not a person who re-reads many books. It was an enjoyable book though.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The switch of romantic interest was interesting and I liked it. Although, Cheyenne jumping right into bed after being hit on in the park, after saving her virginity for so long struck me as off and a weird thing to do, but after the book progressed it became clear he really cared for her even before hitting on her. I also had trouble with the parts with her friends plotting an intervention while on a cruise before ever meeting the guy and basing their judgments on rumors. They really pissed me off.


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

    The book was a rollercoaster of emotions and I liked that. It def made me want to listen to it all in one sitting, just to see how she handled all the problems she introduced. I could almost guess who she'd end up with, but for a while there I wasn't sure, and that is a good thing in the world of cookie cutter romance books.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • When Lightning Strikes: Whiskey Creek, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Brenda Novak
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (298)
    Performance
    (262)
    Story
    (269)

    Gail DeMarco left Whiskey Creek, California, to make a name for herself in Los Angeles. Her PR firm has accumulated a roster of A-list clients, including the biggest box office hit of all - sexy and unpredictable Simon O’Neal. But Simon, who’s just been through a turbulent divorce, is so busy self-destructing he won’t listen to anything she says. She drops him from her list - and he retaliates by taking the rest of her clients with him. Desperate to save her company, Gail has to humble herself by making a deal with Simon.

    christine says: "worthwhile listen !"
    "Cute."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'm not sure. It would depend on the person I was recommending it to because of one reasons. The story was wonderful and enjoyable, with chemistry and an interesting, sort of different and new plot. It kept me hooked and I couldn't wait to see how it ended. However, the ending...I have a lot of problems with. It felt rushed and like a second thought. Almost like "Oops! Deadline approaching, have to end this soon!" She introduces a huge problem right at the end and "solves" it (and almost every problem in the book) neatly right on the last paragraph. Too neatly. Too quickly and hardly believable. After learning all about the characters, it just felt like they would have needed more than one single half-day to handle the issue and problem she introduced. She and the characters needed a couple more chapters. I just really had a hard time with it. I'm hoping the next book in the series is a little better.


    Which character – as performed by Amy Rubinate – was your favorite?

    I enjoyed her style of narration and enjoyed all 10.5 hours of it. Both Simon and Gail were wonderfuly done.


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  • Free: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 15 mins)
    • By Washington Irving
    • Narrated By Tom Mison
    Overall
    (1012)
    Performance
    (943)
    Story
    (948)

    In the secluded Dutch territory of Sleepy Hollow, nebbish schoolmaster Ichabod Crane competes with the town hero for the hand of Katrina Van Tassel, the 18-year-old daughter and sole child of a wealthy farmer. As Crane leaves a party at the Van Tassel's farm one autumn evening, he is pursued by the Headless Horseman, an apparition said to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper snuffed out by a stray cannonball.

    Sara says: "Treasures Of Jolly Autumn"
    "Wonderful."
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    Where does Free: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its really good. I don't how it ranks, but it was an enjoyable audiobook.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Free: The Legend of Sleepy Hollow?

    I liked the ending, obviously. It is the best part of the whole book. Tom Mison did a wonderful job with it.


    Any additional comments?

    Tom Mison (best known for his current starring role as Ichabod Crane on the Fox series Sleepy Hollow) he did a wonderful job and gave it the sleepy quality at the beginning and slowly went to spooky by the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Next Always: Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2386)
    Performance
    (2113)
    Story
    (2121)

    The historic hotel in Boonsboro has endured war and peace, the changing of hands, and even rumored hauntings. Now it’s getting a major face-lift from the Montgomery brothers and their eccentric mother. As the architect in the family, Beckett’s social life consists mostly of talking shop over pizza and beer. But there’s another project he’s got his eye on: the girl he’s been waiting to kiss since he was sixteen.

    krista says: "A cozy romance"
    "Wonderful."
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    Would you listen to The Next Always again? Why?

    Yes! After visiting BoonsBoro, MD, it was really neat to read a story about them and be able to see in my head what was going on. Especially, since almost all the businesses, including the inn, bookstore, pizzeria and such are actual businesses. And the rooms in the Inn are exactly as described in the book. Making it really special. After my next visit, I will probably re-read/listen to this book again!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene were Clare truly realizes she has fallen for Beckett with the dogs and kids tumbling around his legs.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Where Clare breaks down in the Inn about the ghost that haunts it and why her deceased husband never came back.


    Any additional comments?

    Making it one of my favorite books are the characters. I totally fell in love with them. Thye are so well written, rounded, and formed. Clare is wonderful, and felt like a sister. Beckett is so dreamy. Could he be any more perfect?? I can't wait to read the next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Don't Hex with Texas: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Shanna Swendson
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (460)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (413)

    Everything's bigger in Texas - including romance, magic, and danger! Katie Chandler has fled fast-paced Manhattan and returned home to a simpler life, working at her family's feed-and-seed store in Cobb, Texas. In a painfully selfless gesture, Katie had left the sexy wizard Owen Palmer to battle his demons in the magical realm–after all, Katie just seemed to attract evil, which only made Owen's job a lot harder.

    Bonnie says: "Let's meet Granny & the rest of the family"
    "Interesting. Hooked."
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    Would you listen to Don't Hex with Texas again? Why?

    Yes! Loved it!


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

    I've read the other books in the series and she is getting better.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my favorite book of the series so far. I loved meeting Katie's family, especially her Granny. It reminded me of my extremely close knit family and the tiny town we live and farm in. The character developments were interesting and the plot moved a little quicker this time. It didn't feel like it was creeping along for no reason like in parts of the previous books. I can't wait to read the next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Damsel Under Stress: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Shanna Swendson
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (497)
    Performance
    (441)
    Story
    (437)

    To-do: Stop the bad guys. Rescue the wizard. Find the perfect outfit for New Year's Eve. At last, Owen Palmer, the dreamboat wizard at Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., has conjured up the courage to get Katie Chandler under the mistletoe at the office holiday party. But just when it looks like Katie has found her prince, in pops her inept fairy godmother, Ethelinda, to throw a wand into the works. Ethelinda's timing couldn’t be worse. A plot hatched by MSI's rogue ex-employees, Idris and his evil fairy gal pal Ari, threatens to expose the company's secrets - and the very existence of magic itself.

    Catherine says: "Fun easy listen."
    "Interesting. Hooked."
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    Where does Damsel Under Stress rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This dang series. It is so good and I'm so hooked.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Damsel Under Stress?

    Katie and Owen's kiss under the mistletoe.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Christmas at Owen's foster parent's house. Owen is such a complex character and I love learning more about the sexy, powerful wizard who's so shy.


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

    Yes. I bought it and finished it in the same day. I am so hooked on this series. The ending of this one had me throwing money at Amazon and Audible for the next book.


    Any additional comments?

    Katie was much better in this book and Owen became even more complex and I'm still swooning. (Don't tell my husband! lol). He really is a wonderfully developed character and I'm dying to read more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Enchanted, Inc.: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Shanna Swendson
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (879)
    Performance
    (786)
    Story
    (791)

    Katie Chandler had always heard that New York is a weird and wonderful place, but this small-town Texas gal had no idea how weird until she moved there. Everywhere she goes, she sees something worth gawking at and Katie is afraid she's a little too normal to make a splash in the big city. Working for an ogre of a boss doesn't help. Then, seemingly out of the blue, Katie gets a job offer from Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., a company that tricks of the trade to the magic community. For MSI, Katie's ordinariness is an asset.

    ELSA says: "fun and interesting"
    "Interesting."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Enchanted, Inc. to be better than the print version?

    I think so. I liked how she did the male character's voices. They had depth of character, just from the voices, and it really added to the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was funny.


    What three words best describe Eva Wilhelm’s performance?

    Interesting. Different. Depth.
    The narrator did ok. The main character's accent really started to get to me at the end. It is supposed to be Texan but comes off as a New Yorker pretending to be southern and really bothered me. She constantly sounded shocked, hard of hearing, and (I hate this word) crazy bossy. However, I liked how she did the male character's voices. They had depth of character, just from the voices and I really liked that.


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

    I laughed a few times, but I didn't have an extremem reaction to it.


    Any additional comments?

    Interesting. Loved the premise. The beginning was interesting and really pulled me in. I was waiting for the tension to build to a big climax, but it never did. There was a climax of the story, a magical one, but it felt late and the tension wasn't built towards it. It just...happened. The story is very business based. It is like a legal drama with magic, fairies, and elves. In all honesty, I am really hoping this book is just setting up the rest of the series for a thrilling ride of magic and romance. Other than that, I am totally swooning over Owen Palmer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Once Upon Stilettos: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Shanna Swendson
    • Narrated By Eva Wilhelm
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (601)
    Performance
    (538)
    Story
    (539)

    Click your heels three times and say, "There's no place like Bloomies!" Katie Chandler's life is pure magic - literally. As an executive assistant at Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., she's seen more than her share of fantastical occurrences. A mere Manhattan mortal, Katie is no wizard, but she's a wiz at exposing "hokum" pocus, cloaked lies, and deceptive enchantments. And she's fallen under the all-too-human spell of attraction to Owen, a hunky wizard and coworker. Owen, however, is preoccupied. Someone has broken into his office and disrupted top-secret files, and it reeks of an inside job.

    Jennifer B. Creamer says: "A new addiction!! For Molly Harper fans"
    "Interesting."
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    Would you listen to Once Upon Stilettos again? Why?

    It was cute and I loved the romance side of it. It actually said "Aw" outloud a few times.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The premise is so interesting that it has me hooked. Plus a pair of shoes that makes every man want you? Sign me up!


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I loved her male voices and I wish Owen had more speaking parts. *Swoon* I had trouble with her accent she gave Katie's speaking voice. It drove me up the wall at times, especially when she put on her Texan accent. It was jarring and loud. Almost like Katie has a slight hearing problem and shouts everything she says. I liked the narration voice though. It was pleasant, soothing, and worked for me. Again, Audible included the first two chapters of the next book in the series, and I'm hooked again!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The scene where Katie is showing off her new outfit to her friends, parents, and friend's boyfriends and she thinks to herself: “Maybe that's what I'd been doing wrong all along. I'd been so worried about being practical that I'd forgotten about making myself special. If I didn't think I was special, why should anyone else? And I WAS special.”


    Any additional comments?

    I actually liked this book much better than the first, which is a huge rarity for me. The only reason I read it is because Audible included the first two chapters at the end of the first book, and I was hooked. The plot moves much quicker in this book, but it is still a bit slow. The tension was built really nicely towards the climax of the book as well and had me on the edge of my seat. I like Katie, but she can be a thick now and again. It took her longer than I expected to realize her dilemma given all the proof she had and then she wouldn't tell anyone despite the horrific danger she was in. Owen had me swooning again, of course. I really like the character developments for him and many of the other characters in this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Better Homes and Hauntings

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1380)
    Performance
    (1298)
    Story
    (1301)

    When Nina Linden is hired to landscape a private island off the New England coast, she sees it as her chance to rebuild her failing business after being cheated by her unscrupulous ex. She never expects that her new client, software mogul Deacon Whitney, would see more in her than just a talented gardener. Deacon has paid top dollar to the crews he’s hired to renovate the desolate Whitney estate - he had to, because the bumps, thumps, and unexplained sightings of ghostly figures in 19th-century dress are driving workers away faster than he can say “Boo.”

    Amazon Customer says: "Disappointing"
    "Cute."
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    What made the experience of listening to Better Homes and Hauntings the most enjoyable?

    The writing was funny where it needed to be funny and spooky were it needed to be spooky. Cute story.


    Would you recommend Better Homes and Hauntings to your friends? Why or why not?

    Maybe. It is a cute, interesting story. A bit cheesy and predictable. Not the best story I've ever read, but very very far from the worst. From the first two chapters you can see who will end up with who and the problems they are going to face, but it was still a fun read.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The characters were a bit hard to decipher between, but it was enjoyable.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The very very end was really sweet.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

    • UNABRIDGED (15 mins)
    • By James Thurber
    • Narrated By Ben Stiller
    Overall
    (3389)
    Performance
    (3022)
    Story
    (3053)

    Mild-mannered Walter Mitty is a day-dreamer who escapes his anonymous life by disappearing into a world of fantasies filled with heroism, romance and action. This well-known and beloved tale has launched its famous protagonist into the cultural lexicon, warranting his inclusion in English-language dictionaries and countless anthologies. Stiller's imaginative performance as Mitty is the perfect re-introduction to the classic character and a great preface to the upcoming film, for longtime fans and new listeners alike.

    Dave says: "We Only Live Once. Or Do We?"
    "Only 15 minutes. Worth every second of your time."
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    What did you love best about Free: The Secret Life of Walter Mitty?

    This short story really sums up what reading is for me. Escaping into a book to escape the often dull, boring, real world, is what I do every time I read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Obviously, Walter Mitty. I feel for him, and really wish he had a happier real life.


    Which character – as performed by Ben Stiller – was your favorite?

    Ben Stiller was an amazing narrator. I really liked how you could tell between the "real life" and not so real life easily with just his voice. His real life voice was bored, lonely, and tired and his fantasy voice was excited and full of energy.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Since this was already made into a film, I really liked their tag line.
    "Stop Dreaming. Start Living"


    Any additional comments?

    Loved Ben Stiller's comments at the end. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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