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realdog

realdog

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  • Retirement Plan: A Crime Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Martha Miller
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (86)

    What do you do when you fall through the loopholes in the system and all you have to rely on are your own wits? Lois and Sophie have scrambled and saved for years, planning for their retirement in Florida. But now they've lost it all, and Lois' sniper training from her long-ago service as an Army nurse leads to a desperate career choice. When Detective Morgan Holiday is assigned to investigate a spate of sniper killings, it's just one more stress point in her already overburdened life.

    'Nathan says: "Rooting for the "bad guys" has never been so good!"
    "Don't miss this one"
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    Where does Retirement Plan rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would put this in the top 10 of audio books, and I've listened to a lot of them. I like the book when I read it, but it really comes to life as an audio book. The narrator is spot on. Beautifully read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's hard to pick between the three main characters -- Morgan the detective or the two elderly couple, Sophie and Lois. Morgan's dealing with her mother's Alzheimer's disease is heart-breaking. Sophie and Lois as contract killers sounds outrageous, but their matter-of-fact approach to it makes it seem perfectly sensible ... like opening a vegetable stand to make extra money.


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

    The most moving moment was when Morgan's new partner - the one she thought was going to be a sexist jerk - stood guard so she could come to terms with her mother's death in private.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book that is meant to be read aloud, and this narrator does an excellent job at it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • How Sweet It Is

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Melissa Brayden
    • Narrated By Felicity Munroe
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    Some things are better than chocolate.... Molly O'Brien is a sweetheart. Her friends and neighbors all think so. While she enjoys her quiet life running the town bakeshop in Applewood, Illinois, she wonders if there could be more. After losing the love of her life four years prior in a plane crash, Molly thinks she's ready to navigate the dicey dating waters once again. However, you can't always pick who your heart latches on to.

    silverwalnut says: "EXCELLENT AUDIO NOVEL"
    "Awesome story, well told"
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    This is my very favorite of Melissa Brayden's books. Her background in theater is obvious in her delightful dialogue and precision pacing. I've liked this author from the beginning, but she continues to improve with each book. Her main characters are well developed and surrounded by a cast of interesting secondary characters. I also thought the narrator did a good job with the reading. Can't recommend this enough. It's an excellent story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Blade Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By J.A. Pitts
    • Narrated By Erin Bennett
    Overall
    (128)
    Performance
    (118)
    Story
    (117)

    Sarah Beauhall has more on her plate than most 20-somethings: day job as a blacksmith, night job as a props manager for low-budget movies, and her free time is spent fighting in a medieval re-enactment group. The lead actor breaks Sarah's favorite one-of-a-kind sword, and to avoid reshooting scenes, Sarah agrees to repair the blade. One of the extras, who claims to be a dwarf, offers to help. And that's when things start to get weird.

    Rog42 says: "Great contemporary fantasy"
    "Heroine falls way short"
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    The elements are all there ... magical sword, mysterious society, dragons, trolls, giants, etc. But the story is plagued by weak character development and a somewhat impotent heroine who continually falls short. While you always want your heroine to have some flaws her steadfast best friend or love interest can fix, the heroine in this book continually falls short in an embarrassingly stupid way.
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    She pisses herself the first time she is confronted by the enemy; she's lesbian and only had sex with one lover, but gets drunk and takes on two men (for the first time) at once (would never happen); the bad guy has beaten and done god-knows-what-else to her girlfriend and is dragging her away toward a helicopter, but the heroine pauses her rescue pursuit to jump into a bunch of other skirmishes on the battlefield to rescue other people before later remembering about -- oh, yeah, Katie, good she's still resisting the bad guy; the big battle is pretty much over and she doesn't even check on her lover before telling some other people that she's going off chase the bad guy; she does pause in the battle to lust over a Valkyrie; after nearly losing her lover and her own life, she declares her love for Katie, but then proceeds to have a very non-sexual relationship even though their relationship was sexual at the beginning of the book.

    So, I'm thinking. Don't know who J.A. Pitts is, but this author is definitely a guy. He is so caught up in who stabbed who and the mechanics of the battle, the character development is skimpy and totally unrealistic, especially for a fantasy.

    Finally, as long as we talking about battle mechanics, another thing that bothered me were the times that the heroine stood back and watched when she should acting --- stabbing, talking, running, something. It drove me nuts. As much as I wanted to like this book, I don't think I can stand to listen to the next in the series. What I'd love to do is edit the first book instead. It has great potential.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Awakening: Drakon, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Erik Schubach
    • Narrated By Hollie Jackson
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (49)

    Doctor Myra O'Connell is researching myths and folklore. In a strange twist, she discovers that she is one of the legends she is researching. Then all hell breaks loose. Myra and the woman assigned to be her protector, Special Agent Quinn Trask, must fight for their lives, and those of the people of Denver and the world, against a madman bent on obtaining immortality. Only the dragons can stand in his way.

    krop says: "Qheen Dragon Awaken"
    "Another winner"
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    I just can't stop listening to Erik Schubach stories. Love the narrator, love the author's style, love the stories. This is saying a lot, considering I rarely latch onto an author who "fades to black" when it comes to sex scenes...in fact, none that make my fav list do... until Erik. His tales are rich and made to be audible. I'm not sure I'd enjoy them as much if I read them. The narrator really does a great job with his characters, especially the accents in this story. Looking forward to listening to the next in this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Love Burns Bright: A Lifetime of Lesbian Romance

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Radclyffe (editor)
    • Narrated By Lily Bask, Lillian Thayer
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Love, passion, desire the pleasure that begins with the thrill of the first date, the breathless anticipation of the first kiss, and the euphoric wonder of the first night of passion only deepens as love grows. These stories of lesbian couples celebrating their lives and desire from some of the best romance and erotica writers today are heartfelt and best of all, hot! Some things really do get better with time.

    realdog says: "Great stories, utterly fantastic narrator"
    "Great stories, utterly fantastic narrator"
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    Disclaimer: I purchased this audio book because one of stories, "The Portrait," is mine and I wanted to hear what my words sounded like when read by someone else.

    The big surprise was how the narrator made all of the stories really sing, especially the first story by Rebekah Weatherspoon. This narrator understands the art of story-telling and delivers each story with the finesse that brings it to life. I'm an audio book junkie, so I've listened to some bad, mediocre and good readers. This is one of the best, if not the best I've heard.

    I also need to add that while I like Weatherspoon as a novelist, I LOVE her as a short story writer. Her stories have a deep rich texture that make you want to listen again. The first story in this collection, one of two that are hers, is alone worth the price of this audio book.

    The only reason I didn't give the rest of the content five stars is that one or two of the stories seemed more fitting for an erotica collection, than romance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Night Hunt: Midnight Hunters, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By L.L. Raand
    • Narrated By Maxine Mitchell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (74)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (72)

    Niki Kroff has one mission in life--to lead Sylvan Mir's elite guard and protect the wolf Alpha's life. When Lara, another of the centuri, becomes a Vampire in the course of saving Sylvan's life, Niki is assigned to protect her during her transition. Removed from Sylvan's guard, Niki struggles to find her place in the Pack and control her desire for a forbidden Were whose call grows stronger every day

    realdog says: "Outstanding"
    "Outstanding"
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    This paranormal series is full of romance, intrigue and a tightly woven plot that just keeps going with the constant introduction of new characters. I can't say enough about the narrator. She's one of the best, and I listen to a lot of audio books. She's got the vampires down perfectly...I love her Francesca and her Michele voices.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Naked Heart

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jennifer Fulton
    • Narrated By Kate DeLane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Can two women who trust no one risk all and trust each other? Raised by a single mother on the wrong side of the tracks, Unity Vaughan has fought for everything she's ever achieved. Now, having made a breakthrough discovery at her biotech company, she finds her business a target for industrial espionage and a hostile takeover. She needs an expert to watch her back and spy on her enemies - which is how she finds herself in a bizarre nightclub trying to hire a woman with a flogger in one hand, a camera in the other, and a pair of corseted twins fondling her body.

    Gang of Four says: "Too much"
    "Whew! Very hot."
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    Great narrator, great story, really great writer. This one is the most erotic I've read from this author and it translates well into an audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oath of Honor: A First Responders Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Radclyffe
    • Narrated By Betsy Zajko
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (75)

    Navy Captain Wes Masters, newly posted to head the White House Medical Unit, is a physician with only one patient, but her job is twenty-four/seven. Her charge is simple - protect and preserve the well-being of the most powerful man in the world - the President of the United States. Her job gets even harder when she has to prove she is up to the task to Secret Service Agent, Evyn Daniels, a member of the elite Presidential Protection Detail, and a woman who challenges Wes on more than just the professional front...

    Prax says: "Loved it"
    "Great story, great narrator"
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    Would you listen to Oath of Honor again? Why?

    I'd read or listen to any book by Radclyffe.


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

    Don't know if I've listened to this narrator before, because their names don't usually stick with me. This one will, though, because she's great. A bad narrator can ruin a great book. Betsy Zajko is the best I've heard. The sound editor, however, could have done a better job in a place or two where it was easy to hear the splice in the edit. Or, maybe it was just obvious because the narrator was nearly flawless.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a "must listen" that should be on everybody's list who likes lesbian fiction.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Turn Back Time

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Radclyffe
    • Narrated By Nicole Vilencia
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (103)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (93)

    Wynter Thompson, divorced with a young child, struggles to balance the demands of her surgical residency with the responsibilities of motherhood - and between the two, discovers there is little time left for anything else. She manages to convince herself that she has everything she needs, because another chance at love is definitely not in her game plan. Pearce Rifkin is a woman with a plan, and it doesn’t include a serious relationship. Chief Surgical Resident is just a stepping stone to her lifelong goal.

    Lisa C. says: "Ok book"
    "One of my favorite romances"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Despite the short-comings of the narrator, this is one of Radclyffe's best medical romances. I've read it more than once and listened to it more than once.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Turn Back Time?

    The entire story is really great.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narrator, unfortunately, completely missed the personality of one main character and on occasion ignored written direction, such as a whisper or a tone of voice. Unfortunate for such a great story.


    Any additional comments?

    Absolute only thing wrong with this audio book is the fault of the narrator. Even though the author describes one of the surgeons as having a husky voice, the narrator gives her a wimpy little girl voice that never should be used for a grown woman, much less an aggressive lesbian surgeon.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Society's Child: My Autobiography

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Janis Ian
    • Narrated By Janis Ian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (506)
    Performance
    (467)
    Story
    (467)

    Janis Ian was catapulted into the spotlight in 1966 at the age of 15, when her soul-wrenching song "Society's Child" became a hit. But this was only the beginning of a long and illustrious career. In Society's Child, Janis Ian provides a relentlessly honest account of the successes and failures - and the hopes and dreams - of an extraordinary life.

    Pamela J says: "I know why this won the grammy"
    "The best autobiography I've ever encountered"
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    Where does Society's Child rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book, and the incredible delivery, is so full of insights. I've never been so profoundly affected by a book before.


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

    No, I wanted to drag it out and savor it. I only listen to audio books when I'm in the car or on the exercise bike.


    Any additional comments?

    This book felt so incredibly personal, read and sang by the author. Being a song writer, I think, gives here an innate sense of timing. She's an excellent writer and reader. I loved it when she said she suddenly realized that "words have color and words have feeling." Her words do.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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