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  • Whispering Rock

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Robyn Carr
    • Narrated By Therese Plummer

    In Robyn Carr's Whispering Rock, wounded LAPD Sergeant Mike Valenzuela finds the help and healing he needs in Virgin River. Now he longs for the marital bliss his Marine Corps buddies enjoy. And he thinks he's found the right woman. But after she's brutally attacked, Mike must show her how to trust again.

    Julie says: "Special stories"
    "Loved the story. Loved the men."

    I loved the ensemble cast and feeling of family and connections between characters. The main love story was well developed and worth the wait for the very hot love scene. I often get bored with characters that are too perfect, but the perfect men in this story were just too good to get bored with. I can't wait to hear more of this story in previous and later books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Saint: The Original Sinners, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Tiffany Reisz
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Hart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Rebellious, green-eyed Eleanor never met a rule she didn't want to break. Sick of her mother's zealotry and the confines of Catholic school, she declares that she'll never go to church again. But her first glimpse of beautiful, magnetic Father Marcus Stearns - Søren to her and only her - and his lust-worthy Italian motorcycle is an epiphany. Eleanor is consumed, yet even she knows that being in love with a priest can't be right. But when one desperate mistake nearly costs Eleanor everything, it is Søren who steps in to save her.

    Christine Laputka says: "Finally a Performance worthy of the material!"
    "Ms Reisz keeps getting better"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Saint to be better than the print version?

    Elizabeth Hart is a great narrator. This audio version is sooo much better than reading, because I feel like I am in the room while Nora tells her story. It is so much more enjoyable to hear the accents and voice inflections than imagining it from words on a page. Also I can listen while driving, walking or doing repetitive work around the house. A good audio book makes mundane tasks so much more interesting and tolerable. Besides, no one knows what a great BDSM scene I just listened to while picking up veggies in the frozen food section. They probably think my sly smile is for the peas.

    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Saint?

    I love everything about this book, but I loved Nora's speech near the end and the whole way Ms Reisz structured this book between past and present. She ended this book without ending the story brilliantly. Ms Reisz is a talented writer and is getting better with each book. I should be sick of these characters by the 5th book or the plot should be waning or the conflict contrived. But Nora and company just get more interesting, the plot more engrossing and the conflict so intoxicating that I can't wait to read/hear/know more. I must say it again - BRILLIANT.

    What about Elizabeth Hart’s performance did you like?


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

    Yes. Especially the at the end.

    Any additional comments?

    I want to hear more of it all.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Scandal Wears Satin: Dressmakers, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Loretta Chase
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    A blue-eyed innocent on the outside and a shark on the inside, dressmaker Sophy Noirot could sell sand to Bedouins. Selling Maison Noirot's beautiful designs to aristocratic ladies is a little harder, especially since a recent family scandal has made an enemy of one of society's fashion leaders. Turning scandal to the shop's advantage requires every iota of Sophy's skills, leaving her little patience for a big, reckless rake like the Earl of Longmore.

    Chantelle says: "Good follow up..."
    "Witty amusing dialog at its best"
    What made the experience of listening to Scandal Wears Satin the most enjoyable?

    With a dialog driven story like Scandal Wears Satin and other Loretta Chase stories, a good audio performance makes the printed words come to life. Overall, a funny highly entertaining book to enjoy in audio. I laughed out loud frequently and couldn't stop smiling hours later.

    What other book might you compare Scandal Wears Satin to and why?

    I love all Loretta Chase books and this "dress maker" series is similar to her others with great character insight and highly entertaining dialog. If you read her previous books in print it is well worth the price to hear them in audio as they become available.

    What does Kate Reading bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Especially when multiple accents are involved and words less familiar to the modern vocabulary, the distinct voices and proper pronunciation featured in dramatic narration help keep the plot rolling as well as enhancing the listener immediate understanding and subtle insights often only descernable through vocal inflection. With phonetic writing the reader is forced to slow down to imagine how the accented dialog sounds losing the pacing of the conversation and some of its meaning and impact. This narrator is great with accents and distinctive female voices. Her male voices are passable but sometimes sound alike. Even so, her dramatization is excellent and brings the story to life.

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


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Striking Distance: I-Team Series, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Pamela Clare
    • Narrated By Kaleo Griffith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    TV reporter Laura Nilsson, known as the "Baghdad Babe," spent eighteen months in an Al-Qaeda compound after being kidnapped live on the air. Two years later, she's still wondering why.No mission in Javier Corbray's fourteen years as a Navy SEAL affected him the way Laura's rescue did.

    STEPHANIE says: "This one is so-so."
    "wonderfully heartbreaking"
    What did you love best about Striking Distance?

    The romance is heartbreaking, sensuous and satisfying. All the I-team books are fantastic, but this one has the most emotional extremes of happy and sad, fear and fantasy, good and evil, passion and penance. I love Pamela Clare's novels because she knows how to craft her characters to be exceptional but sympathetic, the plots extreme but believable, and really tell the story. But even the greatest literature can be butchered by a bad narration and I have to compliment the author for choosing one of the best audio book performers in the business, Kaleo Griffith, to make her books even better in audio book form. Bravo!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • What Happens in London

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Julia Quinn
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor

    When Olivia Bevelstoke is told that her new neighbor may have killed his fiancée, she doesn't believe it for a second, but, still, how can she help spying on him, just to be sure? So she stakes out a spot near her bedroom window, cleverly concealed by curtains, watches, and waits . . . and discovers a most intriguing man, who is definitely up to something. Sir Harry Valentine works for the boring branch of the War Office, translating documents vital to national security.

    Donna says: "Brilliant"
    "Boy meets girl fairy tale love story that works"

    I liked this love story because it didn't have the usual "hate each other" or contrived misunderstanding conflict that is prevalent in most romance novels. The couple seams perfect for each other from the beginning and after some witty and fun dialog, they fall in love and fulfill their desires. It is perfect romance that works. The author does a good job of making you feel the excitement of saying the words "I love you" for the first time even though the characters have no doubt they are coming. It just feels good and made the fairy tale real for me.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • The Prize

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the resplendence of William the Conqueror's London court, the lovely Saxon captive, Nicholaa was forced to choose a husband from the assembled Norman nobles. She chose Royce, a baron warrior whose fierce demeanor could not conceal his chivalrous and tender heart. Resourceful, rebellious and utterly naive, Nicholaa vowed to bend Royce to her will, despite the whirlwind of feelings he aroused in her.

    Karen says: "The Prize? Alas, more like Booby Prize..."
    "All I wanted was more."

    The story ended too soon. I wanted at least two more chapters and an epilogue to fulfill expectations of the plot.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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