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J. Elliott

Louisiana USA
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  • Thoughtless

  • By: S. C. Stephens
  • Narrated by: Rebekkah Ross
  • Length: 20 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,356
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,260
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,273

For almost two years now, Kiera’s boyfriend, Denny, has been everything she’s ever wanted: loving, tender, and endlessly devoted to her. When they head off to a new city to start their lives together - Denny at his dream job and Kiera at a top-notch university - everything seems perfect. Then an unforeseen obligation forces the happy couple apart. Feeling lonely, confused, and in need of comfort, Kiera turns to an unexpected source - a local rock star named Kellan Kyle. At first, he’s purely a friend she can lean on, but as her loneliness grows, so does their relationship. And then one night everything changes....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What a shocker!

  • By Candateshia Pafford on 12-24-12

Story is Eh....Audio is terrible

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

Reviewed: 08-31-13

I like Kellen but the character of Kiera is NOT likable at all. I wanted to hit her over the head with a 2 x 4 repeatedly.

I want to find out what happens to the other characters and to Kellen so I'll buy the next one but this isn't my favorite story.

Didn't like the reader at all.

The background in the audio is terrible and very distracting at times. Audible, whether I'm spending a credit or buying with cash, you really should fix the sound.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Passion Unleashed

  • By: Larissa Ione
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 562
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 441
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438

Serena Kelley is an archaeologist and treasure hunter - and a woman with a secret. Since she was seven, she's been the keeper of a powerful charm that grants her health and immortality... as long as she stays a virgin. But Serena isn't all that innocent. And when a dangerously handsome stranger brings her to the brink of ecstasy, she wonders if she's finally met the one man she cannot resist.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Why oh why was the narrator changed?!

  • By SIMARA on 09-10-12

The reader really is not good

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

Reviewed: 12-12-12

As everyone else says, the reader is terrible. She's not bad enough for me to turn it off but she's pretty bad.

  • Outlander

  • Outlander, Book 1
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 32 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47,891
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,384
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,250

Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary

  • By Sara on 09-10-14

Read the description first - GREAT Book

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

Reviewed: 12-02-12

Outlander is my all time favorite series and I couldn't believe that it had even a couple negative reviews. I have never written a review for this book simply because it seemed that everyone had said everything I'd say but better, so I didn't review it. My review will basically be a rebuttal to the negative reviews.

I sat at my computer to read the reviews and am *shocked* that there isn't a way to respond to someone's review. For example "C" reviews the book with one star but most of what that person says is WRONG! I'm guessing they didn't read the whole book. He/She compares everything to being in the 1400's which is NOT the case. The main character starts off in 1940's and jumps back 200 years to the mid to late 1700's. This fact is repeated so many times it leads me to believe that the reviewer has not in fact, read the book. "C" says that no one notices her speech, dress or medical skills which again, is NOT true! Without giving away anything, many of the characters are suspicious of her and she's basically not able to leave unattended because they ARE suspicious of her!

Please take the negative reviews with a grain of salt and read the better reviews for a true picture of the book. Those of you who are buying it for time travel will be disappointed, as there is only a dash of it. I classify it as a romance pure and simple with a dash of time travel and a good bit of historical fiction piped in.

I have read the whole series several times because it is just that good. Diana Gabaldon writes so many details that when I look up from reading I'm surprised that I'm not in the 18th century! You live in her book instead of just reading it.

Do you have to suspend reality to read it? Yes! It is fiction after all!

As far as the sex scenes, only two from the first book stand out all these years later. The first one is tender and sweet and the 2nd is so well written that I can't (CANNOT) listen to it over and over. (Trying not to give away spoilers, but I always skip this part when re-listening) This book is not a bodice ripper by any stretch of the imagination and I think the people that review it badly for that reason have not read the book and are only trying to aggravate the fans of this series.

There is one part of the book that has turned some people off (this is what is referred to as S&M or Abuse in the reviews) and I can understand that, but if you are thinking in terms of 18th century men and women, it does fit which is an unfortunate sign of the times back then. I'm talking about the middle part, not the part referenced above which occurs later on in the book. I know I'm being vague, but I don't want to spoil anything.

Every single person I've recommended this book to has fallen in love with Jamie and Claire and the rest of the crew.

Think of this book as romance, with a good bit of accurate historical fiction, lots of drama and a dash of time travel thrown in. Definitely have book 2 ready when book 1 ends!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Something About You

  • FBI-US Attorney Series, Book 1
  • By: Julie James
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 995
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 894
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 902

Staying overnight in a luxury hotel, Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Lynde overhears a high-profile murder involving a U.S. senator. Special Agent Jack Pallas is assigned to the investigation - the same Jack Pallas who still blames her for nearly ruining his career three years ago. Now the pair will have to put their rocky past behind them, focus on the case at hand - and smother the flame of their sizzling-hot sexual tension.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun times with the FBI

  • By Noirbear on 04-28-13

recommend

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

Reviewed: 10-06-12

This was my first Julie James book. I enjoyed the story though I did think it started off a little slow. Enjoyed the two main characters and also the supporting characters. Found myself rooting for them and I wouldn't mind meeting a Jack Palace in person! :)

The narration left a bit to be desired. It wasn't bad enough that I couldn't listen to it but almost. It was impossible for me to loose myself in the story telling because of the narrators constant choppy reading. She emphasizes stops. Almost like reading an old time telegram (or at least how they do it on tv). All her characters do the stopping thing. Her voice isn't bad but the stops really took away from the story for me.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Golden Lies

  • By: Barbara Freethy
  • Narrated by: Julia Gibson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

USA Today best-selling author and winner of the RITA Award, Barbara Freethy presents a captivating novel of romance and intrigue. Golden Lies is packed with dark family secrets and passionate love affairs.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story but the reader is terrible

  • By J. Elliott on 06-09-11

Good story but the reader is terrible

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-11

I listen to a lot of books and can usually listen past the reader, but this reader is SO "sing songy" that it ruins the book. I enjoyed the story, since I enjoy the author but the reader ruins it. Every end of each sentence is drawn out. Terrible.

Read the book, don't listen to it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful