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alison

American Fork, UT, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Infamous

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe, Patrick Lawlor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (552)
    Performance
    (271)
    Story
    (277)

    When history professor Alison Carter became a consultant to the film version of the Wild West legend she’d dedicated her career to researching, she couldn’t possibly have known that she would not only get a front-row seat to a full-blown Hollywood circus but would innocently witness something that would put her life in peril. Nor did she expect that a tall stranger in a cowboy hat would turn the movie — and her world — completely upside down.

    LeftyMom says: "Loved it!"
    "Painful to finish."
    Overall

    I downloaded this book for a road trip and regretted it almost immediately. If I had had any options I would not have finished this book.

    1 of 4 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"
    "Did the narration ruin the book or is the book bad"
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    First of all this narrarator was horrible. He's good with male voices but his women are whiny and when he did the yongest boys voice I cringed. (I have a five year old boy, they don't sound like that!) As far as the story goes, I wonder if I would have liked it more if I had read it. I get that it's the first in a trilogy so there is a lot of groundwork to lay for the rest of the books but it just seemed so flat. I'm not giving up on Nora, she has brought so many wonderful stories to life and I know she can bring her magic to books two and three.

    39 of 45 people found this review helpful
  • High-Powered, Hot-Blooded

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Susan Mallery
    • Narrated By Gayle Hendrix
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (63)

    Mr. December: Duncan Patrick, CEO Scrooge. A powerful businessman, Duncan didn't like ultimatums, unless he was making them. But the board demanded his public image change. When he encountered sweet kindergarten teacher Annie McCoy, he knew she'd make him look like a perfect angel, though it would take some devilish manipulation.

    Jacki says: "Good Story...BAD Narration"
    "What's with the narrarator?"
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    Performance
    Story

    I love almost all Susan Mallery books and this was no exception, but the narrarator was awful! She sounds like an old woman which meant that it was like having my grandma read me steamy sex scenes! Her various secondary charachters ended up having weird accents that did not go with the story. Read the book yourself, don't have Gayle Hendrix do it for you!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Call Me Irresistible

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Shannon Cochran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1031)
    Performance
    (481)
    Story
    (470)

    Call Me Irresistible is the book Susan Elizabeth Phillips's readers have long awaited. Ted, better known as "little Teddy," the nine-year-old heartbreak kid from Phillips's first best seller, Fancy Pants, and as "young Teddy," the hunky new college graduate in Lady Be Good, is all grown up now—along with Lucy from First Lady and Meg from What I Did for Love. They're ready to take center stage in a saucy, funny, and highly addictive tale fans will love.

    "unknown" says: "SEP is Back In The Game!! Loved It!"
    "I loved this book!"
    Overall

    Loved the story, loved Shannon Cochran, this book was worth the long wait. Keep up the excellent work SEP, but please write faster!

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Tender Loving Care

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Susan Mallery
    • Narrated By Gayle Hendrix
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (107)
    Performance
    (40)
    Story
    (42)

    Logan Phillips didn't expect to like his nurse, let alone find himself attracted to her. But Melissa VanFleet's gentle humor and sweet spirit soothes the architect's frustration at his temporary blindness. He finds she's tempting him down a road he's sworn never again to travel. But a little TLC can go a long way.

    L.D. says: "Susan Mallery- Always a good choice"
    "Susan Mallery before she learned to write."
    Overall

    I like most of Susan Mallery's books with few exceptions, I did not like this one. It's obvious that this is an early work based on the clothing that is described, it was funny at first but once the novelty wears off it's just hard to buy into. The word that kept popping into my head as I listened to this book was plodding, the build up to romance is endless! Another thing that has always bothered me about SM is her male leads unbending and unrealistic feelings toward women based on past experiences, the lead in this book is the worst by far. A bad marriage has convinced him that all women are decitful liars, hard to believe that an intelligent man would feel that way.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Confession: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Scott Sowers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3557)
    Performance
    (1268)
    Story
    (1286)

    An innocent man is about to be executed. Only a guilty man can save him. Travis Boyette is such a man. In 1998, in the small East Texas city of Sloan, he abducted, raped, and strangled a popular high-school cheerleader. He buried her body so that it would never be found, then watched in amazement as police and prosecutors arrested and convicted Donté Drumm, a local football star, and marched him off to death row.

    Suzn F says: "I confess, I loved it!"
    "I couldn't stop listening!"
    Overall

    If I had read this book not knowing who had written it I would not have guessed that it was a Grisham novel. Most of Grisham's stories follow a similar path but this book was a complete departure from the plan. I loved the way the story flowed and the charachters drifted in and out of the narrative. I loved that I found myself questioning my long held opinions on the subject of the death penalty and I loved that Grisham shined a light on some truly backward practices in our justice system. The one thing that I didn't like was that it seemed that the main villain was the state of Texas. If you are a Texan or just a fan of the state you may be upset by many of the anti-Texas references.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India, and Indonesia

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Gilbert
    Overall
    (4879)
    Performance
    (1513)
    Story
    (1526)

    Around the time Elizabeth Gilbert turned 30, she went through an early-onslaught midlife crisis. She went through a divorce, a crushing depression, another failed love, and the eradication of everything she ever thought she was supposed to be. To recover from all this, Gilbert took a radical step. She got rid of her belongings, quit her job, and undertook a yearlong journey around the world, all alone. This is the absorbing chronicle of that year.

    Kerry says: "Witty and Wonderful"
    "I think I liked it."
    Overall

    I finished EPL about a month ago and still can't decide if I liked it or not. I can safely say that it's better than the movie!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Fountainhead

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Ayn Rand
    • Narrated By Christopher Hurt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3202)
    Performance
    (1883)
    Story
    (1910)

    One of the 20th century's most challenging novels of ideas, The Fountainhead champions the cause of individualism through the story of a gifted young architect who defies the tyranny of conventional public opinion. The struggle for personal integrity in a world that values conformity above creativity is powerfully illustrated through three characters: Howard Roarke, a genius; Gail Wynand, a newspaper mogul and self-made millionaire; and Dominique Francon, a devastating beauty.

    Zachary says: "The Fountainhead"
    "So Glad I Took The Time"
    Overall

    I started my journey through the psyche of Ayn Rand with Atlas Shrugged and didn't think I could possibly enjoy the Fountainhead as much, I did. The theme's of the two are similar but that is where the similarity stops, this is not a variation of Atlas Shrugged. I loved the charachters, the story and the message. It's half as long as AS which is a plus but The Fountainhead is just as engaging and enlightening. Thank you Ayn Rand (wherever you are) for sharing your mind with the world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lady Be Good

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (809)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (347)

    Lady Emma Wells-Finch comes to Texas on a mission: she has two weeks to ruin her reputation. The only thing that will save her from losing everything is complete and utter disgrace. World famous playboy-athlete Kenny Traveler has been blackmailed into chauffeuring Lady Emma around. He needs to prove himself completely respectable to get back into his game. And when a gorgeous man who can't afford another scandal meets a hardheaded woman who's determined to cause one, anything can happen...even love.

    mia says: "Another great book by SEP"
    "not my favorite"
    Overall

    I generally purchase audio books when I have a long drive planned. When I listened to "Lady be Good" I completed my drive with two hours left on the book, and it took me a week to get around to finishing the story! It's not that the book is bad, it just isn't so good that I felt the need to finish it in a timely manner. Having read about SEP's next book I am glad that I completed "Lady be Good" because one of it's characters is the male lead in her next novel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dream a Little Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (891)
    Performance
    (413)
    Story
    (409)

    Rachel Stone is a widow and single mother, broke and alone. Worse, her late husband, a televangelist, stole five million dollars, none of which came to her. Nor did she know about the theft, but it still makes her an outcast, and she is desperate. Then she meets Gabriel Bonner, who gives her a job. Romantic sparks fly, but love is never easy. Gabriel has a tragic loss of his own, and his family, fearing Rachel's motives, campaigns loudly against her.

    Gina says: "Read Nobody’s Baby first"
    "Not SEP's best, but still good."
    Overall

    I resisted this book because the summary didn't sound interesting enough. I needed a book for a road trip and decided to go for it, and I'm glad I did. Cal Bonner is one of my favorite SEP characters and I enjoyed getting to know his brothers. The only negative would be the voice of five year old Edward. I love Anna Fields and miss her voice, but she can't do kids, they end up sounding like whining babies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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