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seelk

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  • SEAL the Deal: Seal Brotherhood, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Sharon Hamilton
    • Narrated By J.D. Hart
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
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    (58)
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    Special Operator Nick Dunn gets the call he has been dreading since before his last deployment. His sister is in her final stages of cancer. He and his Team 3 roommate drive up to Sonoma County from Coronado to help her shut down her failing nursery business and tie up her final affairs.

    Deborah Close says: "Awesome"
    "Love me some SEALs"
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    If you could sum up SEAL the Deal in three words, what would they be?

    Captivating, hot, amazing!!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the whole story, the portrayal of a close bond between sister and brother, the close bond of a SEAL team, their 'no man is left behind' mentality makes me admire and love them more each time I read a story. The best part, as in each story written by Ms. Hamilton, is that love has the power to heal and the women in each SEAL's life is as strong as their men and in their own way support and strengthen them.


    Which character – as performed by J.D. Hart – was your favorite?

    I love each character narrated by J. D. Hart, his voice is amazing. Each time I listen to a book narrated by him I am amazed with the range of voices, the emotions, the personalities he can portray.


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

    I laughed out loud imagining the SEALs dancing and singing when they helped out at Sophie's nursery before the final sale day. I cried when Sophie died. There were a whole range of emotions throughout the book.


    Any additional comments?

    I really recommend this series, amazing stories. Even though I know they are fictional characters, they seem so real and their life, their struggles, their strength & dedication is pouring of the pages. With J. D. Hart's voice they come to life.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The MacKinnon's Bride: Highland Brides, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Tanya Anne Crosby
    • Narrated By Braden Wright
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (197)
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    (174)
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    Descended of the legendary sons of MacAlpin, Iain MacKinnon refuses to bow to the English. When his young son is captured by a minion of the English king, the fierce Scottish chieftain vows to stop at nothing to secure the lad's return. Retaliating in kind, he captures the daughter of his enemy, planning to bargain with the devil. FitzSimon's daughter has lived her entire life in the shadow of the man she called father--yet never would she have imagined he would forsake his only daughter.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Two Torn Hearts One Fun Adventure"
    "Excellent"
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    I loved this book when I read it a few years ago, but listening to it read by Braden Wright blew me away. Just the right amount of raspy with a healthy does of warmth, Mr. Wright's voice is the perfect choice for this story, it made me feel warm and tingly... and the singing he does... *sigh* I played those parts back a few times. The voices of the characters were well differentiated, I especially loved Iain's voice, also old Angus' voice. The emotions came thru clearly which for me is important. I find nothing worse when I hear the word but not the emotion behind it. This story of Iain and Page is a a good mix of romance, mystery, betrayal, redemption, revenge and a dash of hilarity ending with a HEA. Thank you for a great listening experience.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Impatient Lord: Dragon Lords, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Michelle M. Pillow
    • Narrated By Melissa Barr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
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    (18)
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    Riona Grey lives life on her own terms, traveling wherever the next spaceship is flying and doing what she must in order to get by. When her luck turns sour, she finds herself on a bridal ship heading to a marriage ceremony. A planet full of dragon shifters seeking mates wasn’t exactly what she had in mind as a final destination.

    Melissa says: "Amazing...I love Rionna"
    "impatient, but lovable"
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    Loved the story of Mirek and Riona. In the previous book, I didn't really like Riona, but she redeemed herself in this one. She is strong, funny, mischievous and fun loving, keeping Mirek on his toes after scaring him by falling into a coma. Mirek is so lovable and fun, he is so loyal to her, caring for her for months. Loved their banter, their bedroom talk. Loved how the story unfolded and it wasn't predictable, which made the book more exciting. I like that in every book in the series we get to read beyond the HEA ending of the couple from previous books and the further we get into the series the more of the big picture is revealed.
    I wasn't sure about Melissa Barr's voice at the beginning, but she drew me into the story with her various voices and enthusiasm. Really enjoyed her telling the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Stubborn Lord: Dragon Lords, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Michelle M. Pillow
    • Narrated By Mason Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
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    (32)
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    Kendall Haven's life turns upside down when she's kidnapped off her fueling dock home by thugs claiming to have the right. Her father, the gambler, used her to cover his losses at the Larceny Casino Ship. Drugged and treated like cargo, she's sold to the highest bidder - Galaxy Brides Corporation. Landing on a primitive planet on the far edge of the universe, she has no intention of fulfilling her father's contract - even if that contract includes marriage to a very handsome, very sexy, very intense barbarian of a man.

    Melissa says: "Stubborn Lord"
    "I want a Dragon Lord ;)"
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    Loved this book in the series. I love how the author follows up on the characters in the series and we see how the main characters in the previous books fare and some events from a different perspective. The world of then Dragon Lords becomes more clear and complex at the same time. Kendall and Alex, the main characters in this book have great chemistry despite being from different worlds. A hopeless situation becomes a love story to last centuries. At the end I had to laugh out loud, Ms. Pillow took the words right out of my mind... "Wait! What about Morgan?" Loved listening to Mason Lloyd's voice, such a perfect choice for book. Another great listening experience! Thank you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Swami Soup

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Valerie Gilbert
    • Narrated By Valerie Gilbert
    Overall
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    Tap dance with Valerie on her raucous journey up steep inclines and down sudden drops with pedophiles, weird witches, day court, night nurses, and plain old crazy New Yorkers at her side. Her insight and silliness will tickle your funny bone while lightening your load with irreverent and magical perspectives on the sad, the wonderful, and the inexplicable.

    seelk says: "Great book, awesome voice"
    "Great book, awesome voice"
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    Loved this book. Ms. Gilbert's experiences and opinions are masterfully told in her own awesome voice. I could listen for hours and did. The stories were various and a great mix, some made me laugh out loud, some made me think as they told great truths, and some were I was nodding my head saying YES that's right. I can't pick a favourite part, they all have something to offer to the heart and mind of those willing to listen AND hear the messages behind them. I totally recommend this audio experience with 5 stars. Looking forward to more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • His Highness The Duke: Dragon Lords, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Michelle M. Pillow
    • Narrated By Melissa Barr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29)
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    (28)
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    Aeron wants nothing more than to continue to live out her very long, solitary life in a small metal room listening to communications for the Federation Military. It's not glamorous. It's not even charming. But it's safe. There's no chance of getting hurt. When she intercepts a communication about the impending genocide of the Qurilixian people, she has no choice but to act. No one at the Federation seems inclined to do anything about the threat and suddenly it's up to her to save a whole planet.

    Melissa says: "The Duke"
    "I want a dragon lord"
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    As with the other stories I listened to in the Dragon Lords series I loved the premise, a little scifi with a medieval feel to it. This pairing is a bit easier for the fact that Aeron finds out from the beginning that Bron is a dragon shifter. But that doesn't mean it will be easy for them to come to common ground. She is a courageous woman, even if she doesn't think so at times, crossing the galaxy to help save a planet from annihilation. Loved her sister and her wild ways and I hope to listen to her story next. And Bron... sigh... I want a Drague Lord too.
    Melissa Barr's voice is really nice, perfect for the female characters, but I think it falls a bit short for the male characters, especially these dragon warriors where I would expect to hear a deeper pitch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Me and My Ghoulfriends: Larue Donavan, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Rose Pressey
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Klett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (77)
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    (77)

    There's always fun to be had on a ghoul's night out. By day, Larue Donavan is a down-to-earth bookstore owner. But by night, she's a world-renowned psychic investigator dedicated to helping lost spirits find peace. Dead people won't leave her alone and Abraham Lincoln thinks he's in charge of her lovelife. Larue can handle ghosts and undead presidents. It's the living who drive her crazy. When Callahan Weiss moves to town, the handsome newcomer opens a coffee shop right next door.

    seelk says: "Sweet story"
    "Sweet story"
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    A sweet story about Laroue, a young woman with an unusual gift, she sees dead people and helps them cross over. Humour, mystery, some suspense and sleuthing mixed with some light romance makes this an enjoyable story. Listening to it narrated by Elisabeth Klett made it even more so. Perfect voice for this. Loved Ms. Klett's versatile voice, expressive and right pitch for each character. Loved the dynamics between Laroue and Mindy, the wild, and somewhat reckless best friend. And the ghosts that surround her are an interesting mix. The ending is hinting at more books to come, I will be checking them out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Fierce Highlander: Highland Adventure, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Vonda Sinclair
    • Narrated By Andrew Bryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    Gwyneth Carswell, an English lady banished by her father to the harsh Scottish Highlands, wants nothing more than to take her young son away from the violence of two fighting clans - her own distant kin, the MacIrwins, and their enemies, the MacGraths. She risks everything to rescue the fierce MacGrath warrior from the battlefield where he's left for dead by her clan. She only knows she is inexplicably drawn to him and he wants peace as she does. When her clan learns of her betrayal, they seek vengeance. Dare she trust the enemy more than her own family? Laird Alasdair MacGrath is driven to end two-hundred years of feuding with the MacIrwins. But by taking in and protecting Lady Gwyneth and her son, he provokes more attacks from his mortal enemy. As the danger and conflict surrounding them escalate, Alasdair and Gwyneth discover an explosive passion neither of them expected. With the arrival of a powerful man from her past, a horrible decision confronts her - give up her son or the man she loves.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Highland Chemistry 101"
    "a great story"
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    I loved the story, the premise of this book. Alasdair is a Highlander warrior, with honour and loyalty, loved the way he is portrayed. Gwyneth, the English lady, who saves his life at the beginning of the story, is not as bright and she behaves as expected of a haughty aristocrat even though she is banished from her title and wealth. Loved the twists the story took and toward the end when I thought it was smooth sailing toward HEA, Ms. Sinclair threw me for a loop, loved it. Looking forward to the next one.

    Loved Andrew Bryan's voice, the different accents, and how I could discern the various characters. The narration had some aspects that bugged me, when not in dialogue the narrating had no punctuation, most of the time ending the sentences with a questioning tone; also in some places the tone didn't match what the character said. Although I loved Alasdair's voice, his voice boomed when he was mad or whispering or just talking.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Memories, Dreams & Deflections: My Odyssey Through Emotional Indigestion

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Valerie Gilbert
    • Narrated By Valerie Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
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    (3)
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    A continuation of the serendipitous saga commenced in Raving Violet, Valerie Gilbert’s first non-fiction collection of short stories, Memories, Dreams & Deflections: My Odyssey Through Emotional Indigestion, picks up the sojourn of this sassy, single mystic, mired in her mind and cloistered above the streets of New York City. This volume explores Valerie’s intrepid and irreverent search for healing inside and out (both medical and mystical), the quest for peace (and quiet) and, as always, true love.

    seelk says: "Awesome"
    "Awesome"
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    Just as the first book, this one too is very entertaining. I love Ms. Gilbert's voice, such a pleasure to listen to her while talking about her real life experiences. She is hilariously irreverent, has opinions with which I agree on most things. This book made me laugh, think, nod and shake my head, but most of all I find it uplifting. I totally recommend it, as I do the first one, 'RAVING VIOLET". I am looking forward to Swami Soup. Thank you Ms. Gilbert!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Warrior Prince: Dragon Lords Anniversary Edition

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Michelle M. Pillow
    • Narrated By Sarah Van Sweden
    Overall
    (40)
    Performance
    (38)
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    (38)

    Physically scarred in childhood by an act of betrayal, Pia has never been considered an attractive woman to other humans, but in a universe filled with aliens she's managed to blend in. One horrible mistake and she is on the run. Desperate to hide her identity, she makes a deal with Galaxy Brides - in exchange for a new face, she'll marry anyone they put in front of her. Never did she realize her future husband would be the most handsome warrior of the Draig.

    kelcor says: "Loved the story but the narration was choppy"
    "Love dragon shifters"
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    Loved the story of Zoran and Pia! As with the other stories I listened to before in the series, the match of a Drag Prince with a foreign woman had its challenges, especially when the woman doesn't know the customs and tradition of the planet she landed on. It is quite a story, lots of misunderstandings and words have this couple at odds sometimes. Once they are truly bonded which happens towards the end, they are very happy together. Loved that many events in the previous stories are told again but from a different perspective so I have an even better understanding of them. Quite a few twists in the story that I didn't expect, and the ending... loved it.
    Ms. Van Sweden's voice is very lovely, very good narrator, but I found it didn't really match the story, very soft at times, too soft. But past the mid mark something changed, and I could really get into the listening. I started hearing more variation, more appropriate tones to match the words. Towards the end it became really good and how it should have been the whole way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hunter: Crossfire, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Gennita Low
    • Narrated By Kevin Foley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Hawk McMillan, SEAL commander, is on a lone mission. To get close to Dragan Dilaver, a Kosovo kingpin involved in drugs and arms-rafficking, Hawk helped him escape from Asia and return to his former country of Yugoslavia. Now Hawk has to discover where certain weapons have been dropped for Dilaver over the diverse regions of Montenegro, Macedonia, and Albania - not an easy task for someone unfamiliar with the territory.

    Kindle Customer says: "Love the Reader!!!"
    "Supercharged"
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    Talk about a supercharged story, just wow. For most of the story, my heart was beating so fast logged up in my throat. This is Hawk and Amber's book, they meet, sparks fly from the get go. Loved the way the story unfolded, the author throwing in some twists when least expected. A world of intrigue, suspense, tragedy peppered with some hot sexy scenes, some comical bantering makes this an awesome read. I highly recommend it. I loved it when I read it, but listening to it narrated by Kevin Foley ... WOW ... his voice is amazing, flexible and versatile. With so many characters, genders, nationalities, I didn't have to figure out who's talking, Mr. Foley did a great job. Thank you for hours of enjoyment. Looking forward to listening more.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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