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julie

Just a simple girl living the simple life. Nothing is complicated when the power of imagination leads the way. Close your eyes & just listen

mobile, AL, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 19 purchased in 2014
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  • Midsummer Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (155)
    Story
    (153)

    When a powerful, decisive aristocrat undertakes to protect an absent-minded young inventress from England's enemies, he finds his orderly world turned into chaos. Merlin Lambourne's stubborn dream of flight puts her at risk, not to mention driving Ransom crazy. In spite of himself, he's oddly enchanted by this muddled miss and her eccentric ways... but can he overcome his own fears and realize her invention may be the answer to saving both their lives?

    Larue says: "Worth the wait."
    "Love her and love narrator but ........."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I only listened to this one completely through because of narrator. Nicholas Boulton is an incredible reader BUT this story was just so-so.....a little unbelieveable ....a little far-fetched..... A little lackluster.... A little 'hurry up and get to next chapter' kinda book.


    What could Laura Kinsale have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Some reviews noted positive comments about the hedgehog but REALLY? Why? The 'heroine' was an eccentric dimwit totally unmatched with the 'hero'. So sorry Nicholas Boulton wasted his time on this one......totally not a match between story and reader.


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Cavalier Queen

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Fiona Mountain
    • Narrated By Sandra Duncan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (5)

    It was Charles I's love for his queen, Henrietta Maria, that plummeted England into the darkness of the Civil Wars, but it was the love and loyalty of another man that sustained her through days of betrayal, destitution, and death.

    Tall and brave, Harry Jermyn is captivated by the witty French princess, just 14 years old when she sails with him to Dover, queen of a land she has never seen, of a people whose language she cannot speak, who despise her for her faith - and wife of a king she has never met.

    julie says: "Great story !"
    "Great story !"
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    Loved the story although it took a while getting accustomed to style of her narration. But once I got past that.... I was totally engaged. Great character development!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Lord: Book 1 in 'The Titans' Series, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Kathryn Le Veque
    • Narrated By Kiff VandenHeuvel
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    The year is 1180 A.D. and times are very dark. England is lawless for the most part and the people live in fear. Rising to power during this time is the vicious and brutal knight Ajax de Velt. His mission is to conquer a large stretch of the Scots and Welsh border, commandeering wealth and property along the way. He wants to be the most feared and powerful warlord in all of England, Wales, and Scotland, and he is well on his way.

    julie says: "First time listener of author and narrator......"
    "First time listener of author and narrator......"
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    I was surprised at the depth of character development and the amazing turn of events. I had a hard time in the beginning with the narration and initially found it irritating on the main character of 'Jax'. Once I muddled through this I became entranced. Great story!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rustication: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Charles Palliser
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    It is winter 1863, and Richard Shenstone, aged 17, has been sent down - "rusticated" - from Cambridge under a cloud of suspicion. Addicted to opium and tormented by sexual desire, he finds temporary refuge in a dilapidated old mansion on the southern English coast inhabited by his newly impoverished mother and his sister, Effie. Soon, graphic and threatening letters begin to circulate among his neighbors, and Richard finds himself the leading suspect in a series of crimes and misdemeanors ranging from vivisection to murder.

    julie says: "A mind bender"
    "A mind bender"
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    Definitely different but surprisingly engrossing. I thought the narration was good and since I like John Lee as a narrator- I am use to his pace and inflections. I thought he was perfect for this dark character and yes.... It is a Twisted story!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Nectar of Angels: The Arrowsmith Saga, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Dane St. John
    • Narrated By R. D. Watson
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    In the chaos of 14th-century England and France, wine is the nectar of angels - a valuable commodity buttressing kingdoms and vaulting vast fortunes. A mysterious old archer named David Arrowsmith recounts his tale to an eager French chronicler, Jean Créton, when the latter learns that his mission to Scotland seems a failure. The burden of Arrowsmith's story rests with Créton, who suddenly finds himself writing about a seemingly cursed infant that barely escapes the grip of the Black Death in rural Wales when his family dies.

    Maika says: "It transports you to another time, another world"
    "Really? Where are the honest reviews?"
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    Anyone who can listen to this narrator must be in a true coma! I cringe when I hear the voice because it reminds me of when you're put in a corner and told all the things you've done wrong. The story may have been okay..... I just couldn't listen very long to a monotone voice that sounded truly creepy.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Bernard Cornwell
    • Narrated By Matt Bates
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (290)
    Performance
    (265)
    Story
    (268)

    At the onset of the tenth century, England is in turmoil. Alfred the Great is dead and Edward his son reigns as king. Wessex survives but peace cannot hold: the Danes in the north, led by Viking Cnut Longsword, stand ready to invade and will never rest until the emerald crown is theirs.

    zita c pendleton says: "Good book. Weak ending."
    "Can't even finish!"
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    I am really let down with the performance in the narration on this one. I felt like I was listening to someone recite a dirge at a funeral. One day I might try to trudge through it but it's very doubtful. Don't they screen these people????

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Shadowheart: Medieval Hearts, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (104)

    A fatally dangerous man...and the woman who stands in the way of all he's ever desired. Beautiful and ruthless, the elegant assassin Allegreto will stop at nothing to regain his rightful place. And the perfect instrument has just fallen into his hands, in the lovely form of Lady Elena - the long-lost princess of the land he intends to wrest back from his enemies. But she is no mere maiden to be possessed.

    DARA says: "Another Kinsale Winner!"
    "Another riveting performance by Boulton!"
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    Wow... Yes wow! I admit I had to go back and read snippets of Allegreto's character in the first book because I found he was so ill mannered, petuous and unbearable at times. I had trouble accepting him as the main character in this book until I came to know HIM in a different way- so many different ways. This is a totally different style of romance from Kinsale and YES with a bit of dominatrix......AHEM! Nicely done Laura :)

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Scapegoat

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Daphne du Maurier
    • Narrated By Paul Shelley
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (62)
    Story
    (61)

    All he ever did in life was watch people, never partake in their happiness or pain. No family, no ties, no entanglements, no friends, nothing infinitely precious. But where John’s life was drearily detached, Jean’s was over-encumbered by the ties John lacked - a warring family, an ailing business, a sordid past. When they came face to face, Jean could not resist the opportunity to escape the trials of his messy existence. John, driven into the deception, faces the horror of his altar-ego’s careless cruelty as he is drawn helplessly into a web of lies - and of love.

    Darryl says: "Yet to be disappointed by DuMaurier"
    "What if this could really happen? Fascinating!"
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    I love her books. They're so intensely deep and thought-provoking. Narration was perfect. Not long after I listened to this on audio the movie aired on TV! What a pleasant but disappointing surprise because the movie didn't follow the books ending. Still..... Very enjoyable and engrossing read! No spoilers .... Just sit back and prepare to be fully entertained and captivated.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Tangled: The Tangled Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Emma Chase
    • Narrated By Sebastian York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1070)
    Performance
    (995)
    Story
    (996)

    Drew Evans is handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed? He’ll tell you he has the flu. But we all know that’s not really true. Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin.

    CAC says: "Brilliant!!!!"
    "Loved this! Fantastic story and narration!"
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    Delve into a guy's thought process on women with this one! I love this alpha male and his brutal honesty about men, women, and sex! Fiction yes, but so on target from a guys point of view. Romance with class!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • This Man: This Man Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jodi Ellen Malpas
    • Narrated By Edita Brychta
    Overall
    (779)
    Performance
    (726)
    Story
    (731)

    Young interior designer Ava O'Shea has no idea what awaits her at the Manor. A run-of-the-mill consultation with a stodgy country gent seems likely, but what Ava finds instead is Jesse Ward - a devastatingly handsome, utterly confident, pleasure-seeking playboy who knows no boundaries. Ava doesn't want to be attracted to this man, and yet she can't control the overwhelming desire that he stirs in her. She knows that her heart will never survive him and her instinct is telling her to run, but Jesse is not willing to let her go. He wants her and is determined to have her.

    Katheryne says: "Wash. Rinse. Repeat."
    "Eye roller for sure! Like 'really'? Ugh"
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    A cheesy wanna-be to Fifty Shades possibly, but nowhere close in my opinion. If all you want is sex with no substance of story then dive right in. I could only go as far as three or four chapters. Narration was good .

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Bastard: The Kent Family Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By John Jakes
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (271)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (248)

    Set against the colorful tumult of events that gave rise to our fledgling nation, this novel of romance and adventure introduces Phillipe Charboneau. The illegitimate son of an English nobleman, Phillipe flees Europe and, as Philip Kent, joins the men who set our course for freedom. The Bastard is the first volume in the Kent Family Chronicles, a series of novels that details one family's journey in the early years of the American nation.

    will says: "An Amazing Tale"
    "So disappointed at story AND narration"
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    I was so excited to download this series and kept it in my wish list until it was released. Although this was to be my first John Jakes experience I was convinced it was worth the wait, especially after reading reviews from his other series and then even after listening to the trial narration. Perhaps a better narrator would've helped but even putting that aside, the story just didn't grab me. I gave it several chapters and became so bored I couldn't go on. Too simplistic. I realize in a long series it takes time to set up the history of characters and events, but it should also grab and hold your attention while doing so. It will be interesting to wait and read other reviews. Meanwhile...... On to something else!

    8 of 16 people found this review helpful

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