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anne

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  • Honor Bound

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Sandra Brown
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    Overall
    (91)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    Aislinn Andrews met Lucas Greywolf under unusual circumstances – she caught the escaped convict raiding her refrigerator. But was he a troublemaker who aroused dissidence among Arizona’s Native Americans…or a hero who’d gone to prison for a crime he hadn’t committed? It didn’t really matter now, since Lucas Greywolf had taken her hostage. He was going home to the reservation of his birth, honor bound to pay last respects to his dying grandfather. And Aislinn was his ticket home.

    Diana DC says: "Hidden Gem"
    "Indian Love Song"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the story and the reader was very good, but it was a little simplistic. The male character is a half-breed American Indian and the female is white. She is a little too wonderful and tolerant and he is a bit of a jerk.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Sandra Brown? Why or why not?

    Of course, I love Sandra Brown's books, especially her suspense novels.


    Which character – as performed by Renee Raudman – was your favorite?

    The female lead.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No. It is more of a Lifetime movie.


    Any additional comments?

    No.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Prince of Midnight

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (400)
    Performance
    (368)
    Story
    (368)

    He was once a legendary highwayman. Now he's a recluse in a ruined French castle, with only a half-wild wolf for a companion. When Lady Leigh Strachan comes looking for a man to aid in her revenge, she's disillusioned to find that the famed Prince of Midnight couldn't help even if he cared to - which he doesn't. S. T. Maitland wants nothing to do with his legend, or with this fierce, beautiful, broken woman... until the old thrill of living on the cutting edge of danger begins to rise in his blood again.

    Robbie says: "Imagine My Joy!"
    "Opposites Attract"
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    Of all the Kinsale's books that I have read (so far), this is my favorite. The story is exciting, the characters are memorable, and the narrator is terrific. The hero of the story, S. T., is a charming, good natured rogue with a physical affliction (deaf in one ear) that leaves him with balance issues. The heroine, Leigh, is a beautiful strong-willed woman bent on revenge against the evil man who ruined her life and destroyed her family. She is as intense as he is easy-going. Theirs is a case of opposites attracting, but the differences in their natures also threaten to tear them apart. Although I loved S. T. and wanted to slap Leigh up the side of the head and tell her to "wake up" at times, I liked both characters and wanted them to be together.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dream Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (201)
    Performance
    (187)
    Story
    (189)

    In search of a legendary mare, Lord Winter enters the crucible of the red sands, forging unbreakable bonds of loyalty and trust with his young companion in the desert. But hidden beneath the ragged costume of a Bedouin boy is a remarkable young woman: Zenia Stanhope, daughter of the extraordinary Queen of the Desert. Zenia wants nothing of the danger that Lord Winter lives for. She wants only to reach England, far from the blood and sand of the desert.

    Amazon Customer says: "Oh flipping WOW!"
    "Horrid Heroine"
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    Of all of Laura Kinsale's books, this is so far my least favorite. Of course, Nicholas Boulton is a wonderful narrator and the author is a great writer, but sometimes her characters leave a lot to be desired. This is especially true in this book. She likes to flush her characters out with a lot of baggage and angst. However, the heroine in this story, Zenia, is so damaged from being raised by her harridan of a mother that she takes out her insecurity on everyone around her, especially those who love her the most - her lover and her daughter. Why Winter still loves her despite her treatment of him, defies logic. I just could not feel empathy for this woman and even at the end of the story, I did not like Zenia and doubted that if this were reality and not a story, there would be no happy ending. She would continue to create her own unhappiness unless she got a lot of therapy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Three Weeks with Lady X: Desperate Duchesses

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Eloisa James
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    Overall
    (203)
    Performance
    (193)
    Story
    (195)

    Having made a fortune, Thorn Dautry, the powerful bastard son of a duke, decides that he needs a wife. But to marry a lady, Thorn must acquire a gleaming, civilized facade, the specialty of Lady Xenobia India. Exquisite, headstrong, and independent, India vows to make Thorn marriageable in just three weeks. But neither Thorn nor India anticipate the forbidden passion that explodes between them. Thorn will stop at nothing to make India his. Failure is not an option.

    Cynthia Howell says: "Finally a good regency romance again"
    "Great Writer and Great Reader"
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    I love Eloisa James' books. She has a way of making her characters come to life as if the reader was glimpsing into people's windows and watching their lives unfold. The author does not follow a scripted type of character. Each book introduces people with different types of personalities and backgrounds. She also likes to throw together unlikely love matches. India and Thorn make a great couple. And . . Susan Duerden is one of my favorite narrators.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flowers from the Storm

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (514)
    Performance
    (484)
    Story
    (485)

    He's a duke. He's a mathematical genius. He can't talk and he's locked in a lunatic asylum. Only a modest Quaker girl can reach him, but when she helps him to escape, she's swept into his glittering aristocratic world, her life torn apart by his desperate attempt to save himself.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "~COMPELLING!!~ Love This Author! Love This Book!"
    "Maddening Maddy"
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    I've read three of Laura Kinsale's books and each one is a treasure. The story is wonderful and consistent with her damaged hero and naïve heroine, much like those of the Bronte sisters. However, the heroine "Maddy Girl" was really irritating at times. Her constant worry over how she would be perceived by her Quaker "friends" was at odds with her love and concern for her husband who needed her far more than those supposed "friends". The book was a little overlong, but well worth it. While this seems to be a favorite of most readers, it was not mine. So far, the Shadow and the Star is my favorite, but that may change as I read more of her books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Sweet Folly

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (214)
    Performance
    (197)
    Story
    (198)

    Through their innocent correspondence, a lonely young wife grows to love an imaginary man thousands of miles away. But when he returns to England from India, her idea of reality is turned upside down. Drawn from a safe world of tea and parlor chat into madness and mystery, she cannot find her own cherished Robert in the frightening stranger who claims her love. Laura Kinsale personally chose the exceptional talent of Nicholas Boulton to voice her favorite heroine, sweet, witty Folie with her ferret, Toot.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Delightful Journey of Romance vs Reality"
    "Gothic Romance Revisited"
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    Laura Kinsale reminds me of the Bronte sisters and their tales of damaged men and the sweet naïve women who loved them. I loved the story of an unlikely romance between two very different people with a mystery of nefarious evil brewing in the background threatening to ruin their love and lives. Except for Robert's abrupt manner and terrible courtship skills, I felt his pain when he revisited his past. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the gothic romances of the 19th century women who brought their abundant skills to the printed page.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow and the Star

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (257)

    In defense of her honor, innocent Leda Etoile has burned all her bridges and taken refuge in her tiny attic room in a shabby boarding house in London. But her last safe haven is invaded when she wakes to find a man hidden in the dark - a man with golden hair and the face of a fallen angel, who moves in the night like a shadow. Will he be her savior, or her ruin? Samuel Gerard draws her inexorably into the richest circles of aristocratic England. But even as Leda falls in love with a man she can never have, she must keep his secrets.

    MickeyMarie says: "Everytime"
    "Opposites Attract in a Different Love Story"
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    The story of these two orphans who were raised so differently was compelling. The English/French girl, Leda, raised by an elderly spinster, was awkwardly lovely in her prudish innocence. Samuel's early life, however, was brutish and horrific; but he was saved by a kindly British couple and watched over/trained by their Japanese butler/sensei. The attraction between Samuel and Leda was instant, like a moth to a flame, but their mating dance was filled with pitfalls. I loved the story of these two lovers, but the reader's mispronunciation of Hawaiian words was irritating. Having lived in Hawaii for most of my life, I knew he was phonetically reading the words and guessing at how they were pronounced. I wonder why the author did not coach him better. For example, Manu (the shark god) is not Mano and most of the place names were also incorrectly pronounced. While his pigeon English for the local Hawaiians was laughable, his Japanese accent for the sensei was spot on. If not for that one aspect, I would have given this book five stars.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • No Good Duke Goes Unpunished: The Third Rule of Scoundrels

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Sarah MacLean
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (160)

    He is the Killer Duke, accused of murdering Mara Lowe on the eve of her wedding. With no memory of that fateful night, Temple has reigned over the darkest of London's corners for twelve years, wealthy and powerful, but beyond redemption. Until one night, Mara resurfaces, offering the one thing he's dreamed of . . . absolution.

    Gale Ann says: "Fallen Angels WOW!"
    "Questionable Heroine"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Probably


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Made the heroine stronger.


    Which character – as performed by Rosalyn Landor – was your favorite?

    No question - Temple!!


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

    Not necessarily


    Any additional comments?

    At first I wanted to return the book because I thought the heroine was so weak and lacked a sense of responsibility. She redeemed herself eventually, but it was too long in coming.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Devil in Winter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1189)
    Performance
    (783)
    Story
    (785)

    Easily the shyest Wallflower, Evangeline Jenner stands to become the wealthiest, once her inheritance comes due. Because she must first escape the clutches of her unscrupulous relatives, Evie has approached the rake Viscount St. Vincent with a most outrageous proposition: marriage!

    Robbie says: "Easy 5 stars!"
    "Adorable"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Devil in Winter to be better than the print version?

    Don't know.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    St. Sebastian - a lovable rake who really really loved his wife.


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

    Acting out the characters and their personalities


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

    When St. Sebastian got shot and faced his true feelings of adoration for his wife.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Wild Pursuit: The Duchess Quartet, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Eloisa James
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (83)

    It is whispered behind the fans of London's dowagers and in the corners of fashionable ballrooms that scandal follows willfully wild Lady Beatrix Lennox wherever she goes. Three years before, the debutante created a sensation by being found in a distinctly compromising position. Now, the town has branded her as unmarriageable, her family has called her a vixen, and Beatrix sees no reason not to go after what - and who - she wishes. And she wants Stephen Fairfax-Lacy, the handsome Earl of Spade.

    anne says: "BIG Disappointment"
    "BIG Disappointment"
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    What would have made A Wild Pursuit better?

    1. A better reader who wouldn't make all the females sound like snobs or prostitutes.2. The story got bogged down right at the beginning with 5 chapters devoted to conversations between snobbish women at parties talking about how to seduce men or cheat on their husbands.3. A smaller age difference between the protagonists (23 years is way too much to take seriously let alone get invested in the outcome of the romance).


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I still love Eloisa James' books and this is the first one which disappointed me. I bought it strictly going by the amount of people who thought it was a wonderful story.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Better reader who didn't exaggerate the accents.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not that I could hear. In fact, I stopped listening after Chapter 6.


    Any additional comments?

    I learned a lesson - don't trust the reviews. Also, I will not get any more books narrated by Justine Eyre.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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