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  • Forbidden Love

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Karen Robards
    • Narrated By James Clamp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (54)

    With one sweet, seductive kiss, Megan Kinkead is no longer the impudent child Justin Brant remembers. She was a girl when she left Maam’s Cross Court for school, but she has returned a woman, body and soul. Once Megan’s guardian, Justin, the sixth Earl of Weston, is soon her heart’s obsession. Desire smolders between them, and then he tells her he is married….

    reasonable critic says: "A Bit Too Much Angst"
    "A Bit Too Much Angst"
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    The story revolves around an affair between a 17 year old girl and her 36 year old guardian who has been unhappily married for 15 years. On the surface, this plot line could have provided the basis for a very good book(i.e. a similar story written by Anita Shreve in which the young girl is very precocious and mature beyond her years). Sadly, the girl in this novel is so immature (for example, she doesn't know what a penis is) and unrealistic that it is hard to believe the guardian could feel more for her than lust. The guardian himself has a bad temper, is very controlling, and is so self-centered he appears downright clueless sometimes. Most of the book is full of self-recrimination, angst, anger, and misunderstanding. The resolution toward the end leaves one feeling like "hell, why didn't the guardian do this a long time ago." The narrator is unpleasant and difficult to listen to. This is not a terrible book, but it is not one I would recommend.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Lessons in French

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Laura Kinsale
    • Narrated By Nicholas Boulton
    Overall
    (133)
    Performance
    (124)
    Story
    (122)

    Trevelyan d'Augustin and Lady Callista Talliafaire were secret sweethearts, until the day her father dismissed him with a whip across the face. Ten years and three jiltings later, shy Callie is resigned to a quiet village life as the late earl's spinster daughter. But now Trev has returned from his estates in France, upending everything, dragging her into adventures, stealing Hubert the prize-winning bull, and flinging Callie's heart into mayhem again.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Holy Cow!! What A Lovely Romance!! ;-)"
    "Each Audio Book is a Gem"
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    It is difficult to compare Laura Kinsale's audio books narrated by Nicholas Boulton--they are all awesome. Lessons in French is no different--I loved it. My only complaint is that there are too few Kinsale books on audible.

    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
    (130)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (121)

    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 Great Book From One of My Favorite Authors"
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    Laura Kinsale never fails to deliver stories that keep the reader/listener riveted until the end. Her novels have powerful sensual chemistry, magic, tender romance, and amazing character development. Wonderful. Nicholas Boulton is a delicious narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Lady's Tutor

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robin Schone
    • Narrated By Lulu Russell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (29)

    Married young to a man hand-picked by her father, Elizabeth Petre is an ideal Victorian lady. She has borne two sons and endured sixteen years of selfless duty in a passionless marriage. Craving a man's loving touch yet loyal to her wedding vows, Elizabeth is determined to seduce her coldly indifferent husband. She knows of only one man who can teach her the erotic secrets of love. The bastard son of an English countess and an Arab sheik, Ramiel Devington was reared to embrace both Western culture and Eastern pleasure.

    Kd says: "Nice, sexy, not memorable"
    "Unique and Captivating Storyline"
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    This is the first time I have read this author and I am very impressed. She surpasses most other writers of erotica in her ability to demonstrate the provocative power of words and images. This book is what erotica should be in IMHO--sensual and arousing in the context of an evolving love story.

    0 of 0 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
    (1189)
    Performance
    (1108)
    Story
    (1108)

    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!!!!"
    "Witty, Sexy, Informative"
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    Hard to believe this book was written by a woman in some places--the male point of view seems so right on. The narrator was terrific and had great pacing in delivering punch/surprise lines. Type of humor reminds me of the book Wallbanger, although the resemblance ends there. Male recounting process of falling in love from first person perspective was an entertaining approach. I liked this book a lot...good read

























    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
    (212)
    Performance
    (195)
    Story
    (196)

    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"
    "Another Wonderful Adventure!"
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    Laura Kinsale and Nicholas Boulton are a magical duo--blending romance and intrigue seamlessly. I hope he performs all of her books for the benefit of audible listeners. I encourage you to read the ones currently available to see if you don't join me in my plea for more.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • A Lady of the West

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Linda Howard
    • Narrated By Natalie Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    Victoria Waverly is sold in marriage to a ruthless rancher. Honor and pride help her endure life as a wife in name only but nothing can quench her forbidden desire for gunman Jake Roper. Jake wants nothing but to reclaim Sarratt's Kingdom - the ranch that is his legacy and obsession. But ancient wrongs and blazing passions will bind together the aristocratic beauty and the powerful cowboy. In a bloody land war, they will fight for Jake's birthright, and seize at all costs the love that is their destiny.

    Angela says: "Great Book"
    "Bad Book-Very Few Redeeming Qualities"
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    This book has to be one of the worst Linda Howard has ever written. The hero is a complete jerk who yells at his wife, slaps her, and forces her to have sex on several occasions. The heroine is a mainly spineless "proper" lady who doesn't demonstrate an ounce of character until something happens to her younger sister--who is the only bright
    spot in the entire book. The narrator is less than competent with this book. When she portrays the evil maniacal first husband, one can't help but laugh out loud. Save your credits or money. This one is a waste of either.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Once Upon a Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Eloisa James
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (124)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (113)

    As an extremely wealthy laird, Gowan Stoughton, Duke of Kinross, can have any of the maidens at the ball he attends. The only problem is they are all English and Gowan is not so certain they are suitable. He is accustomed to the hard-working lasses from his Highlands, not these dainty noblewomen who spend their days drinking tea or some other such nonsense. But then he makes the acquaintance of Lady Edith Gilchrist. Utterly bewitched by the emerald-eyed beauty with lush golden locks, he knows he must have her.

    Amazon Customer says: "Just couldn't like the heroine."
    "Eloisa James Takes a Dive With This One!"
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    This has to be the worst book Eloisa James has ever written. Susan Duerden gave her usual stellar performance, but even she could not rescue the two superficial main characters
    who were stuck in a plot line that revolved around a wife faking orgasms and a husband's ego being hurt when he finds out. One of the things that bothered me the most about this story was that while the husband was off on his angry tirade, he has sex with a bar maid--ostensibly to learn more about what pleases a woman sexually. Nothing else was ever said about this infidelity in the book. I thought it was a huge deal because both the husband and wife had discussed the importance of fidelity before their marriage and he had told his wife that he hated liars above all else (referring to her faked orgasm). This book was a big disappointment and am going to ask for a refund. Don't waste your credit or $.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Autumn Lover

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Lowell
    • Narrated By Laural Merlington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Returning to her Wyoming ranch at the Civil War's end, Elyssa Sutton finds it picked bare by scavengers and coveted by determined men. Yet the proud young woman vows never again to abandon her Ruby Mountain home, though it means enlisting the aid of a dark and dangerous stranger who lives for revenge alone.

    reasonable critic says: "Another Poorly Narrated Mediocre Book"
    "Another Poorly Narrated Mediocre Book"
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    I seem to be on a self-imposed bad streak of selecting mediocre books with inappropriate/incompetent narrators that destroy what little merit the books had
    to begin with. Such is the case with Autumn Lover. The female narrator trying to
    do the main male character's voice in this book is plain terrible. I can't even
    think of a way to describe how his voice sounds--it is not pleasant to listen to.
    The romance storyline is almost funny; and would be if it weren't intended as
    serious. In sum, I wouldn't give this audiobook as a gift , even to someone
    I disliked.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Light of the World: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 20

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By James Lee Burke
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1090)
    Performance
    (965)
    Story
    (954)

    In Light of the World, sadist and serial killer Asa Surrette narrowly escaped the death penalty for the string of heinous murders. But following a series of damning articles written by Dave Robicheaux’s daughter Alafair about possible other crimes committed by Surette, the killer escapes from a prison transport van and heads to Montana - where an unsuspecting Dave happens to have gone to take in the sweet summer air, accompanied by Alafair, his wife Molly, faithful partner Clete, and Clete’s newfound daughter, Gretchen Horowitz.

    Dave says: "Burke is still the best"
    "ANOTHER CLASSIC!"
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    James Lee Burke and Will Patton combine their incredible talents to once again deliver a story of timeless passion, wisdom, and the struggle of good vs. evil. While not the best of the Robicheaux novels, this book is still a masterpiece. James Lee Burke is the best American novelist alive today and Will Patton is a star performer. Buy the book. Download the audio.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Unidentified Redhead

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alice Clayton
    • Narrated By Keili Lefkovitz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (257)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (238)

    When Grace Sheridan returns to Los Angeles to become a working actress, it's a second shot at a life-long dream. With some help from her best-friend agent, will that dream become a reality - or at 33, has Grace missed her chance at the big time? And when an unexpected sizzling romance with Jack Hamilton, the entertainment industry's newest "it" boy, threatens to shine an uncomfortable spotlight on her life, how will that affect her career... and his?

    Jordy says: "Fun, Flirty, Sexy, Smutty Book!"
    "Poor Narration. Implausible Plot."
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    The narrator sounds more like a 40 or 50 something woman with smoker's voice. Her male voices are so bad it is hard to differentiate who is talking half of the time. The idea of a gorgeous 24 year old budding male Hollywood star falling for 33 year old "nobody" is a bit far fetched in today's world--perhaps if he, too. was a struggling actor it might ring truer. What is even harder to believe is how their physical relationship develops--weeks of hot oral sex and making out without intercourse. I mean lots and lots of oral sex. No credible reason give to explain this weird delay before the big event. While there was some humorous dialogue, this book did not come close to the hilarity of Wallbanger. I was very disappointed and doubt I will be reading this author again. I don't recommend this book. Sorry to say, because I loved Wallbanger.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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