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  • Death of an Addict

  • A Hamish Macbeth Mystery
  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 195

When a recovering addict dies while recuperating near Lochdubh, our red-headed hero suspects foul play. To complete his investigation, Constable Macbeth must leave his idyllic home and travel to Amsterdam to match wits with big-time drug dealers. Fans will enjoy seeing a new, tougher side of Macbeth as he dons smart suits and falls in love with his gorgeous superior officer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Series takes a dark turn

  • By Townsend on 06-11-17

Great story line

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-17-18

The story held my interest from start to finish. There are many plot twists as Hamish MacBeth tries his hand at international espionage and the pursuit of love. In her element, Davina Porter is a very talented narrator, but this story requires a male narrator with a Scottish brogue. Shaun Grindell is my favorite narrator of the series. Definitely worth the credit.

  • Wicked Beginning

  • An Ivy Morgan Mystery, Books 1-3
  • By: Lily Harper Hart
  • Narrated by: Angel Clark
  • Length: 18 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 136

vy Morgan is a witch with a mind of her own. What she doesn't need is romantic entanglements. That's why Jack Harker's appearance in her life is such a conundrum. Jack Harker has a haunted past and all he wants is peace and quiet. He's left a life of violence and despair behind for the comforts of home and country. He might find peace in Ivy's presence, but he'll never find quiet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good price for the first 3 books

  • By Tara on 11-06-17

Delightful Series, Enjoyable Listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-10-17

What made the experience of listening to Wicked Beginning the most enjoyable?

The story was a good balance of mystery, romance, humor, sarcasm and magic. The characters were delightful. The story held my interest through all 3 books.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jack...reminded me of one of my favorite people.

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

Angel brought the characters to life with good intonations and midwestern speech patterns and accents. Having spent a lot of time in midwestern small towns, I think her nay sayers have not spent any time there. The characters were very believable, albeit a little immature for their ages.

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

I listened to each book pretty much in one sitting. It was not so complex that it prevented me from getting some other household tasks finished. It's an easy listen.

Any additional comments?

There was just enough magic to make it fanciful, but not heavy fantasy or occult.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Jessamine's Folly

  • By: Suzanne G. Rogers
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171

After her estate is entailed away, Jessamine Foster has no choice but to live with relatives who detest her. When her aunt gives her an ultimatum to leave, Jessamine accepts a position as companion to Lord Kirkendale's sister - even though she's been warned her predecessors can't seem to resist the earl's exceptional good looks. Can Jessamine manage to hold on to her job without losing her heart?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful, Fun and Clean!

  • By A+D on 09-11-16

Great read!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-17

Would you consider the audio edition of Jessamine's Folly to be better than the print version?

n/a

What was one of the most memorable moments of Jessamine's Folly?

Jassamine's first kiss

Which character – as performed by Stevie Zimmerman – was your favorite?

Can't choose just one. Stevie did an amazing job!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Romance, intrigue and something else

Any additional comments?

To the author. This was a wonderful book. The only thing I would have liked is that the main story would not end so abruptly with the loose ends being tied up in the epilogue. I could have easily listened to another hour or 2 detailing some of those last events. I'm looking forward to your next publication.

  • A Spy's Devotion

  • The Regency Spies of London, Book 1
  • By: Melanie Dickerson
  • Narrated by: Anna Parker-Naples
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 859
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 768
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 770

In England's Regency era, manners and elegance reign in public life - but behind closed doors treason and deception thrive. Nicholas Langdon is no stranger to reserved civility or bloody barbarity. After suffering a battlefield injury, the wealthy, well-connected British officer returns home to heal - and to fulfill a dying soldier's last wish by delivering his coded diary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clean romance

  • By Catherine on 04-28-16

Delightful!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-16

If you could sum up A Spy's Devotion in three words, what would they be?

Romance, Espionage, easy listen

Who was your favorite character and why?

Julia, the main heroine was my favorite. The story displays good character development of a realistic person; highlighting her struggles between her loyalty and her heart. She's a God fearing (high moraled) young women who is not pious nor arrogant.

What does Anna Parker-Naples bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Anna Parker-Naples does an incredible job of making the characters come to life with all their good qualities and flaws.

Any additional comments?

The story held my attention and I felt like they could be real people. The espionage component was at times hold-your-breath suspenseful with good resolution. The romance was delightful, but very clean...how refreshing. So many of today's romances have weak story lines and depend on voyeuristic sexual scenes to carry the story. Usually anyone who has any type of faith in God is scorned. This book is not at all preachy, just respectful of Christian values.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Lord of Wicked Intentions

  • By: Lorraine Heath
  • Narrated by: Faye Adele
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286

Lord Rafe Easton may be of noble blood, but survival taught him to rely only on himself and to love no one. Yet when he sets eyes on Miss Evelyn Chambers, an earl's illegitimate daughter, he is determined to have her, if only as his mistress.... After her father's death, Evelyn Chambers never imagined she would be sold to the highest bidder, yet circumstances give her little choice but to accept the lord's indecent proposal. Rafe is wealthy, as well as ruthless. Yet his coldness belies deep passion and deeper secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sigh...I hate that it is over...

  • By Michelle on 05-04-13

Tragedy, romance, redemption

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-01-16

What made the experience of listening to Lord of Wicked Intentions the most enjoyable?

This book is the last of the series of 3 that are the perfect blend of tragedy, romance and redemption of 3 orphaned young lords who flee from their uncle who seeks to kill them to obtain the title and lands. This book is about Rafe, the youngest, who is left in a horrible work house whose very difficult life shapes him into a hardened gambling hell owner. Convinced that he would never be free of his demons, Rafe believed he could never love or be loved. Evelyn, the heroine, was born on the wrong side of the blanket, sold to the highest bidder, ultimately was the only women who can melt his heart and save Rafe from his demons.

What other book might you compare Lord of Wicked Intentions to and why?

The other books of the The Lost Lords of Pembrook series also have fantastic narration.
1. She Tempts the Duke
2. Lord of Temptation

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

The narration of the whole series is superb.

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

The tragedies made me cry for lost innocence of 3 young lads, and cringe at the descriptions of man's inhumanity to man, especially from those who should have been trusted. As the romance develops, the passion sizzles. The story resolves into a heartwarming finish; a perfect ending to a great series.

Any additional comments?

The third of three in the series. Although all are stand alone books, I highly recommend listening to them in order. The character and plots are wonderfully developed and intertwined.

  • Sweetest Scoundrel

  • By: Elizabeth Hoyt
  • Narrated by: Ashford McNab
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 291

Prim, proper, and thrifty, Eve Dinwoody is all business when it comes to protecting her brother's investment. But when she agrees to control the purse strings of London's premier pleasure garden, Harte's Folly, she finds herself butting heads with an infuriating scoundrel who can't be controlled.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "One of the Best Non-Sex Sex Scenes Ever"

  • By Cam on 12-04-15

Almost perfect.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-18-16

Where does Sweetest Scoundrel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks in the top 5.

What other book might you compare Sweetest Scoundrel to and why?

I read about 50 romances a year of all sorts genres and authors, Elizabeth Hoyt has a very distinctive style that shouldn't be compared to the rest. The plot and characters are strong, and realistic. She has a way of making the sexual scenes sizzle. Even though often quite explicit, they don't come across as lewd, prolonged, or gratuitously added.

What about Ashford McNab’s performance did you like?

The diversity and range of this narrator is amazing. I think she captured the essence of each character flawlessly.

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

I did. It is freezing here so no point in going anywhere I didn't have to. I started it late afternoon, paused it only to put a simple dinner on the table and then curled up and finished it in the wee hours of the morning.

Any additional comments?

I rarely give a book a 5 star. I'm sure it wasn't perfect, but I couldn't come up with anything I'd change. I loved her approach to Eve, the heroine being a very psychologically and emotionally damaged women being haunted by her past. In spite of his gruffness, Asa, the hero, is very patient and loving as he helps her heal, while she helps him work through his own demons. The passionate scenes are sizzling, but not what you''d expect.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Betrothed

  • By: Renee Rose
  • Narrated by: Bridie Lawrence
  • Length: 1 hr and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 44

Young Lady Julia is offered by the king as a war prize to the Duke of Pembridge after her father tries to forcibly take the Duke's land. Worried that she will suffer as a result of his animosity, she runs away dressed as a page, only to unwittingly end up in the very same Duke's army. Bronson, the Duke of Pembridge, is not fooled by the little page's disguise for a moment, and offers the lady his protection, not realizing that he is the man she is hiding from.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Spanking

  • By Buffy on 01-24-16

Not erotic

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-27-15

Would you try another book from Renee Rose and/or Bridie Lawrence?

I'd have to look at the plot summary. If it contained "erotic spankings", no. If it was just a historical romance, yes. Enjoyed the narrator

Would you be willing to try another book from Renee Rose? Why or why not?

The premise of the book was good, just too much emphasis on discipline and not enough character development.

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

I thought the narrator did very well. He has a wide range of voices and inflections, very enjoyable.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

no

Any additional comments?

The heroine is beaten (spanked) into a very submissive wife who strikes me as more of a child then a women, save the sex scenes. The Duke is a decent, loving man but uses physical discipline to keep everybody in line. Without a strong heroine, it just didn't work for me.

  • In Bed with the Devil

  • By: Lorraine Heath
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen, Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,220
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,223

They call him the Devil Earl - a scoundrel and accused murderer who grew up on the violent London streets. A proper young lady risks more than her reputation when consorting with the roguishly handsome Lucian Langdon, but Lady Catherine Mabry believes she has no choice. To protect those she loves, she would do anything-even strike a bargain with the devil himself. Lucian desires respectability and a wife above all else, but the woman of his choosing lacks the social graces to be accepted by the aristocracy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceeded my expectations...

  • By SIMARA on 10-21-12

Great Romantic Tale

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-20-15

If you could sum up In Bed with the Devil in three words, what would they be?

Romance, adventure, perfect

Who was your favorite character and why?

I couldn't choose just one. The whole cast of characters are developed well, very believable and all necessary to make the plot work.

What does Susan Ericksen and Antony Ferguson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Their voices bring the story to life, I can shut my eyes and envision every scene.

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

For all practical purposes, I did. I didn't want to put it down!

Any additional comments?

I have an extensive romantic library. This is the first book I've ever given a perfect score! Well worth the credit or the purchase. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Scoundrel and the Debutante

  • By: Julia London
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 119

The fate of Roan Matheson's family depends on how quickly he can find his runaway sister and persuade her to return to her betrothed. Scouring the rustic English countryside with the sensually wicked Prudence at his side - and in his bed - he's out of his element. But once Roan has a taste of the sizzling passion that can lead to forever, he must choose between his heart's obligations and its forbidden desires.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intense story

  • By Annette on 03-02-18

What a fun romp!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-31-15

Would you listen to The Scoundrel and the Debutante again? Why?

Absolutely! I loved that both lead characters are delightful characters developed in a most heartening story. Neither is ever a total jerk or a shrew...very refreshing.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Scoundrel and the Debutante?

I knew that when Prudence nailed her target, the she was a force to be reckoned with.

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

Her voice is amazing...so believable!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Ransom

  • Highlands' Lairds, Book 2
  • By: Julie Garwood
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,099
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,896
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,898

In the dark days after the death of Richard the Lionhearted, lives and lands would fall into upheaval at the hands of a power-hungry British ruler and his violent minions. One victim of the scourge is innocent Gillian, who is a mere child when the cruel and ambitious Baron Alford slaughters her father and tears her family apart. Alford, determined to recover a jeweled box for the despotic King John, is furious when the precious treasure slips through his fingers - only to be lost for more than a decade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love the Highlands' Lairds

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 05-06-13

Darn Near Perfect!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-06-15

If you could sum up Ransom in three words, what would they be?

adventure, mystery and love

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ransom?

How the child was revealed when he was returned home was heart warming and joyful. It wasn't critical to the story, but a magical moment for me.

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

Susan is my favorite narrator. Here variety of voices, timing, rhythm, and voice inflections are amazing.

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

In the opening scenes, the castle is under siege. Part of the description is told from the a child's perspective. It was chilling to think of what it must of been like for the children living through such nightmares.

Any additional comments?

Ransom is the perfect balance of adventure, mystery, love and romance. It was longer than most of the books I read, but never dragged. I had trouble putting it down. I was home ill that day, and it really perked me up :)