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  • When the Duke Returns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Eloisa James
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (105)

    Married by proxy as a child, Lady Isidore has spent years fending off lecherous men in every European court while waiting to meet her husband. She's determined to accept him, no matter how unattractive the duke turns out to be. When she finally lures Simeon Jermyn back to London, his dark handsomeness puts Isidore's worst fears to rest - until disaster strikes. The duke demands an annulment. Forsaking his adventuresome past, Simeon has returned to London.

    CAROLYN says: "A Duke vs. a Duchess....... an entertaining match"
    "Great Story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of When the Duke Returns to be better than the print version?

    Yes, the narrator brings out the emotions in both of the main characters as they interact with one another.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    both Isador and Simeon. Isador is a very strong minded woman and yet she doesn't try to get her on way even when she's wrong nor does she try to show that she could take care of herself even though she can, just to prove to him that she could,( you know the type where the female lead is always trying to prove to the male lead that she is as smart or as capable as a man so she tries to prove it anyway she can just to be contrary), and Simeon is alpha male enough to acknowledge that Isidor, is smart and able to take charge of certain things and yet not be intimidated by her strong character so he doesn't try to force her to see things his way and the fact that they both try to compromise enough to see each others view points make me like this story very much.


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

    Yes, she does a good job. I like her voices both male and female. As a matter of fact I prefer her voice to that of Rosalyn Landor, because, Ms. Landor's male characters sound like some old stodgy uncle or grandpa and the same with the female characters, the voices of the female character sound to me that of an old aunt or a grandma's voice, stiff and too low to be a young woman's voice. I love listening to Susan Duerden's character voices she acts out the emotions of each one of her character and you can hear it in her voice. I am very pleased with her narration. I wish she would do more of these. I always listen again and again to the stories she narrates, she makes the stories enjoyable to listen to.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, I like how Isidor and Simeon declared their love for each other, it made me cry.


    Any additional comments?

    Aside from the subplot of the stuffed up toilets, which wasn't to my liking at all, I don't know how the author came up with that type of scenario for the two main characters to get together, if one ignores those parts that mention it, this was a pretty good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Watch Your Back

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Karen Rose
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (93)
    Story
    (92)

    Baltimore homicide detective Stevie Mazzetti has suffered losses no woman should have to endure. And, despite it all, she's still a fighter. When she learns that her ex-partner might have miscarried justice, she's determined to put the past to rights, even when she becomes a target. It's former marine Clay Maynard's job to see the risk in every situation, and he doesn't have to look hard to find the danger surrounding Stevie. Since the minute he first saw her, Clay has wanted toprotect the wounded officer, and he started loving her not long after that.

    shelley says: "Karen Rose does not disappoint"
    "Frustrating!"
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    Would you listen to another book narrated by Marguerite Gavin?

    narrator can't do cordelia's voice, she sounded like an old lady


    What character would you cut from Watch Your Back?

    Heroine has too much angst, she's not a likable character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Shiver of Light: Merry Gentry, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Laurell K. Hamilton
    • Narrated By Charlotte Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (272)
    Performance
    (252)
    Story
    (256)

    Merry Gentry pretends to be human. She moved to Los Angeles and began working as a private investigator at Grey's Detective Agency. But all of this is just a disguise; in fact she is a princess of faerie, her real name is Meredith Nic Essus, and she had to flee the Dark Court of Faerie because of attempts on her life. In order to inherit her rightful crown, Merry needed to conceive an heir, a notoriously difficult task for the slow-reproducing Fey. In the 2009 novel Divine Misdemeanors, Merry had finally achieved that goal - and fans have been kept waiting all this time to find out what happens!

    Dennette says: "Narration not for me"
    "NO NO NO!"
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    Any additional comments?

    The author killed off one of the best characters in the series! I don't like how this story has gone nor where it's going! looks like I won't be buying any more books by this author!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • King of Sword and Sky: Tairen Soul, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By C. L. Wilson
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (95)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (86)

    Rain, the proud and haunted Fey King, risked everything to follow his heart and his destiny to Ellysetta - his truemate, his love, the woodcarver's daughter who possessed miraculous gifts she did not understand. He defied the nobles of Celieria to claim her, battled demons and Elden mages to wed her. And now he must protect her - and his imperiled kingdom - with magic, steel, and scorching flame. For his soul-kin, the magical tairen, are dying, and only the Fey King's bride can save them...

    foxtail_too says: "Wonderful tale with poor choice for narrator"
    "Who Chooses these narrators?!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of King of Sword and Sky to be better than the print version?

    Not with this narrator~


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

    She sounds like my grandma! OMG! the characters sound like senior citizens not young men and women in the prime of their life!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It makes me mad that the publishers do not look into their narrators before they decide to sign them up to read the book! It's not worth listening to! Get the books and might as well read them yourself!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Moon Rising: A Dark-Hunter Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (545)
    Performance
    (300)
    Story
    (305)

    Fang Kattalakis isn't just a wolf. He is the brother of two of the most powerful members of the Omegrion: the ruling council that enforces the laws of the Were-Hunters. And when war erupts among the lycanthropes, sides must be chosen. Enemies are forced into shaky alliances. And when the woman Fang loves is accused of betraying her people, her only hope is that Fang believes in her.

    Chandler says: "Decent DH addition"
    "Amy is an immature, mama's girl idiot!"
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    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where both katalakis brothers were willing to sacrafice themselves for each other without the other's knowledge


    Any additional comments?

    I don't feel that Amy was the ideal mate for Fang, she wasn't worthy of him, the fact that she was so immature and not think over the consequences of her actions is very telling. I mean when both brothers were willing to sacrifice themselves for love of each other, she was willing to sacrifice Fang's family, just so she can have him for herself,(when she tried breaking him out of Sarbitar's prison) and when she knows she makes a mistake, rather than own that mistake she lashes out in anger instead ( this was when she tells Fang she can take care of herself, even though she was out numbered 3 to one with the enemy wolves, when she was in their territory) I repeat,she is not the right woman for Fang, as a third example, is rather than be happy that Fang's family accepts her as his mate, she still longs for her MOTHER"S approval, even though she knows her mother hates Fang. If not for the fact that I like that the brother's look out for each other despite their anger over what happened between them you can still feel that love and caring, as family their bonds are still strong, this book is not worth the credit I spent for it. As I said, 'AMY IS NOT THE RIGHT MATE FOR FANG!"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patient Zero: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3681)
    Performance
    (3041)
    Story
    (3031)

    When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

    Kim Venatries says: "Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more."
    "GREAT ACTION THRILLER/SUSPENSE/HORROR"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    It's not the typical "Horror" story in which the main characters just try their best to get out of the zombies' way and stay alive, etc...the usual cliche..this one has lots of action and lots of suspense and a pretty good story line. I was really surprised!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stranger in My Arms

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (589)
    Performance
    (516)
    Story
    (517)

    “Lady Hawksworth, your husband is not dead.” With those words, Lara’s life turned upside down. Hunter, Earl of Hawksworth, had been lost at sea. Or so she’d been told. Their unhappy marriage - with its cold caresses and passionless kisses – was over. But now a powerful, virile man stood before her, telling secrets only a husband could know, and vowing she would once again be his wife in every way.

    CAROLYN says: "ONE OF HER BEST YET, I COULDN'T STOP LISTENING"
    "Story is "OK" but..."
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    Would you ever listen to anything by Lisa Kleypas again?

    It depends on the story and how each character is portrayed. I like some of Lisa Kleypas books, but sometimes her stories and characters are a hit or miss with me.


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

    I liked the hero he's all that you would want for the main character.


    Any additional comments?

    The heroine acts like a "Mother Teresa" with her charitable works and yet she can't bring herself to be understanding and considerate and at least try to reconcile with her husband when he wanted to start over with her and their marriage. Heroine's character not very appealing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Murder of Crows: A Novel of the Others, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Anne Bishop
    • Narrated By Alexandra Harris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (623)
    Performance
    (566)
    Story
    (568)

    After winning the trust of the terra indigene residing in the Lakeside Courtyard, Meg Corbyn has had trouble figuring out what it means to live among them. As a human, Meg should be barely tolerated prey, but her abilities as a cassandra sangue make her something more.

    RabidReads says: "Without equal"
    "THIS IS AN OUTSTANDING SERIES!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Murder of Crows the most enjoyable?

    The characters and the story itself has a lot of substance!


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

    She captures everyone's character and acts it out in her voice impressions of them.


    Any additional comments?

    The ending was too short and rather abrupt after the rising tension of the last two chapters, to my consternation it just felt rushed at the ending. As I reached the end of the book, my thoughts were, 'huh, that's it?' I felt the author rushed the last chapter just to end it perhaps to reach a published deadline? I felt it was lacking in someway.... I listened to the first book at least four times just waiting for this second book to appear and when it did appear on audible, I started on the first book again from start to end and then went on to the second book. but with the second book at the ending I felt I didn't want to listen to this book again just yet perhaps because there were some loose ends that weren't addressed in the story but I know it would be addressed in the third book. Aside from this gripe, I really loved these two books and can't wait for the third installment!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Whisper To Me of Love

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Shirlee Busbee
    • Narrated By Caroline Kinsolving
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Ripped from her dying mother's arms, Morgana Fowler was cast into a life of desperate thievery. With a tongue even sharper than the blade she deftly wields, she has all but mastered her devious trade - until she picks the pocket of a dashing American who wrests her from the sordid streets of London. In the arms of her gallant protector, she is helpless against the longing he elicits within her.

    Cynthia says: "Good listen, in spite of itself!"
    "Why?"
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    Would you be willing to try another one of Caroline Kinsolving’s performances?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Why did they have a different narrator?! I don't know about this narrator.. she doesn't read as if there is life in her characters its like she's just reading the paragraphs in a monotone voice..she barely act out the characters in her voice...why didn't they get Ms. McNab to read this story?!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Then Came You: Gambler of Craven's Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lisa Kleypas
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (733)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (456)

    Reckless, wild, and beautiful, Lily Lawson delights in shocking proper London society – and now she is determined to rescue her sister from an unwanted impending marriage to the notorious Alex, Lord Raiford, by fair means or foul. But while she succeeds outrageously, Alex is a master gamesman who is not to be undone.

    Mandy Hepler says: "Addictive"
    ""URGGGH!""
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    What disappointed you about Then Came You: Gambler of Craven's Series, Book 1?

    I thought this would be a keeper. I'm almost at the end of the book about the 11th chapter and I'm about the end of my patience! LILY IS AN IDIOT!!! She knows the hero loves her right in the middle of the book and yet she keeps her issue from him until this chapter!NO..... the author TRIES MY PATIENCE.!! I thought Derek Craven was suppose to be this underworld figure that should know whats going on in the ton and in the underworld slums.. so why can't he find the child's kidnapper? What's up with that?!! And after all that hype about Derek's supposed power in the underworld it took ALEX to find the child!Why did Ms. Kleypas make the kidnap issue last as long as TWO YEARS?! Why not three to six months and later meets with the Hero while trying to find her child, then the story goes from there...? Its such a stupid subplot that I want to throw my ipod across the room that's how stupid it was! BLECCCCH! I"m going to return this, what a waste of my time!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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