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Battle Creek, MI
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  • Undo Me

  • The Good Ol' Boys
  • By: M. Robinson
  • Narrated by: Lauren Sweet, Logan McAllister
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

I fell in love with her when I was 17. She brought me to my knees when I was 20. I loved her against reason. I loved her against hope. I loved her against all odds. Now she's back, a constant reminder of what I lost, what could have been. I hate her. I resent her. I still love her. Can I forgive her? Will she be my end once again or my beginning?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Undo Do me undid me

  • By Jaime on 07-18-16

DNF. Exhausting. Moved. So. Slow.

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

Reviewed: 08-08-16

Struggled well past 2/3 of the way, moved crazy slow. with so many good books available, I can't justify more time on this.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Cowboy Take Me Away

  • Rough Riders, Book 16
  • By: Lorelei James
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Estrella
  • Length: 19 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158

The moment Carson McKay saw the sexy blonde at the dance hall, he wanted to throw her over his saddle and gallop hell-bent toward the closest church. Given his reputation as a lover and a fighter - not necessarily in that order - it wasn't surprising that she gave him the cold shoulder. But he hadn't expected the mean right hook when he tried to steal a kiss.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic.

  • By Pamela on 03-21-16

DNF...

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

Reviewed: 10-30-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

It just did not grab me; moved too slow. I see it has good ratings, so maybe it's just me.

  • Something Sweeter

  • Sweet, Texas, Book 3
  • By: Candis Terry
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Seattle event planner Allison Lane is an expert at delivering the perfect wedding - even if she might not exactly believe in the whole"'til death do us part" thing. When her father decides to tie the knot with a woman he barely knows, Allison heads to Sweet, Texas, to make sure his new honey is the real deal. What she didn't expect to find at the local honky-tonk was a sexy Southern man as bent on charming her pants off as he is on blowing her "true love doesn't exist" theory all to hell.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very sweet!

  • By Libby on 05-05-17

Enjoyable despite so-so narration.

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

Reviewed: 10-30-15

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

Was not crazy about the narrator, but she did handle the different voices quite well.

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  • Always Loving You

  • Danvers, Book 6
  • By: Sydney Landon
  • Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

After surviving a horrific attack as a teenager, Ava has never been able to truly overcome her fears. The incident was covered up by her family so she wouldn't have to deal with it publicly, and only one person understands what she had to endure in private: her brother's best friend, MacKinley Powers, who found her the night of the attack. But even he doesn't know everything - and she's afraid to open up to him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • DNF...

  • By JLM on 10-30-15

DNF...

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

Reviewed: 10-30-15

What did you like best about Always Loving You? What did you like least?

There was nothing I liked best. Whole story was too contrived. Was not impressed w/ narrator.

What was most disappointing about Sydney Landon’s story?

Contrived, far-fetched, bordering on juvenile.

  • Montana Bride

  • Bitter Creek, Book 11
  • By: Joan Johnston
  • Narrated by: Julia Gibson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

When Karl Norwood' s mail-order bride meets an untimely demise on the way to the Montana Territory, Hetty Wentworth steps in to take her place. Hetty has no idea how she' s going to pretend to be all the things she isn' t - including the mother of two kids. She only knows her deception is necessary if she' s going to save two orphans from the awful fate she suffered as a child. Karl smells a rat when a much younger woman than he was expecting arrives with two children who look nothing like her. But his mail-order bride is so beautiful, he doesn' t object - until he realizes that his charming new wife has been lying...about everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quality plot along w/ romance!

  • By JLM on 05-08-14

Quality plot along w/ romance!

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

Reviewed: 05-08-14

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

Touching, endearing, nerve-wracking

What did you like best about this story?

I loved how Hetty & Carl's relationship deepened & evolved. I love that Carl was plain - at first - to Hetty, but she soon realized he was so much more.

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

I have never listened to Julia Gibson's performances. She is my new favorite narrator!

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

Hetty & Carl's similar Christmas gifts for one another. Also Andy's response to Grace's secret.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Blazing Embers

  • By: Deborah Camp
  • Narrated by: Barbara Edelman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

In a West run by outlaws, Cassie Potter's father is brutally murdered and she can afford to trust no one. Even the handsome stranger collapsed on her doorstep could be dangerous-despite the bullet in his back-a fact that makes her shudder even as the sight of him makes her heart race. As Rook Colton's strength and lust return, Cassie is helpless against the power of her own desire.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Narration was a distraction.

  • By JLM on 04-23-14

Narration was a distraction.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-23-14

Would you try another book from Deborah Camp and/or Barbara Edelman?

I have read a few of Camp's books & they were good, and this one may be have better if I wasn't so put off by the narration.

Would you be willing to try another one of Barbara Edelman’s performances?

No. Her different voices were not good, the primary character came across childish instead of unschooled/unpolished as I believe the author intended. And the men's voices were just bad.

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

Story may be good in traditional book form.

  • Kissing in the Dark (Grayson Brothers, Book 4)

  • By: Wendy Lindstrom
  • Narrated by: Julia Motyka
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107

Desperate circumstances set Faith Wilkins on the run and straight into Sheriff Duke Grayson’s protective arms. Duke believes Faith is a struggling widow, intelligent healer, and loving mother. Their blooming friendship and explosive attraction reinforce Duke’s decision to marry Faith. But when he discovers that his beautiful new bride lied about her identity and is hiding from a man with the power to destroy their family, her betrayal slices to his core.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Do They Make Men Like This Anymore???

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 02-24-14

Another great Grayson Brothers installment!

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

Reviewed: 02-13-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Kissing in the Dark to be better than the print version?

I "read" this book via audio, rather than print, so it is difficult to know if it is better than the print version, however I am certain they are both great!

What did you like best about this story?

I loved this story for a number of reasons. I have loved each of the Grayson brothers uniquely as I have come to know them through Wendy Lindstrom's stories. Duke Grayson's integrity shines throughout this story, the attraction between Duke and Faith, and also Duke's thoughtful actions, such as secreting away the hairbrush (thought to be lost in the quick move) that holds sentimental value to Faith that he finds at her old home and later gives to her, are very touching. He did a number of very thoughtful "just because" things throughout this story that were very moving. Duke's attraction and respect for Faith, as well as his connection to Adam and Cora were also very moving.

Any additional comments?

This is the fourth Grayson Brother's book I have read, and they have all been top-notch historical romances.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful