He was known throughout the kingdom as Hawk, legendary predator of the battlefield and the boudoir. No woman could refuse his touch, but no woman ever stirred his heart - until a vengeful fairy tumbled Adrienne de Simone out of modern-day Seattle and into medieval Scotland.
I could hardly stand this heroine. She was mean and nasty and just full of hate from the beginning. I found her totally unlikeable. The hero was likeable and generally a decent guy. I could not understand how he could put up with her. They kept saying how "perfect" she was. Frankly, she was so shallow with her "hating beautiful men" and judging Hauk by his appearance yet, at least initially liking Adam Black who was supposedly just as pretty. Yet she was supposedly so beautiful yet a nasty b***ch. Made the whole book difficult to get through. The narrator was good and the saving grace of this book.
A man has struggled with impotence for over two decades. His wife, in despair over her feelings of hopelessness in the bedroom, seeks relief for her sexual frustration and feelings of resentment.
Understanding that this is an actual therapy session I felt this psychologist really did not address the couple's problem. Yes the issue she brought up was clearly a problem but it was not really a solution to their problem. The follow up with the couple indicates this as well. I will check out a few more episodes not not sure this series is worth my time.
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A teen idol at 15, an international icon and founder of the Brat Pack at 20, and one of Hollywood's top stars to this day, Rob Lowe chronicles his experiences. Never mean-spirited or salacious, Lowe delivers unexpected glimpses into his successes, disappointments, relationships, and one-of-a-kind encounters with people who shaped our world over the last 25 years. These stories are as entertaining as they are unforgettable.
I just finished listening to Rob Lowe's "Stories I Only Tell My friends" and I am still rather stunned. I got this book as a holiday freebie from Audible years ago and it has sat in my to read queue since. I am just a bit older than Rob and certainly watched a number of his movies growing up but have not really kept up with his career, not being a fan of West Wing or Parks and Recreation. In any case, I got re-intrigued with him recently when he joined a favored show, Code Black. I read the periodic star autobiography and, although I typically find them rather mindless fun, don't really expect much in the way of thought or good writing. In this case I was totally floored.
Within a few minutes I was captivated by this man's story. First, I never realized he grew up in Ohio, let alone in my own neck of the woods. His grandfather lived in the same county I did where my own grandparents and extended family still live today. I probably went to his grandfather's grocery store! I could totally relate to his comments throughout the book about growing up as a polite, Midwest, people-pleaser! I could see and relate to his early days in Dayton and felt an immediate connection to his story. Also, to other naysayers...YES...it is possible to be good-looking, or smart, or athlete and not fit in with whatever happens to be the "in crowd" and to have self-doubts and question one's own self esteem no matter how outwardly successful. Rob articulates his struggles with these areas so eloquently. He did not grow up in a rarefied atmosphere. I appreciated throughout his own self-awareness and sharing what lessons he has learned along the way.
I came away with a great deal of respect for this gentleman. First, the book is very well written, interesting, and oh momma, was it sweet to listen to Rob narrate the book. Second, I appreciated that he spoke really only positively about those he discussed. SHAME!! on those reviewers who gave bad reviews because he did not "dish" on his colleagues. What kind of people are you who only want to hear one person trash another. It was so refreshing to hear a Hollywood insider speak respectfully and often fondly of his colleagues. I was impressed with the restraint and respect he demonstrated. I loved his stories about meeting various famous people and appreciated how matter of fact he often was. I mean what kid just goes up and knocks on Liza Minelli's door! What chutzpuh! What opportunities he had to make connections.
A couple other points stood out to me. First, I did not recall the furor over the "sex tape", nor his relationship with Melissa Gilbert (although I am sure I knew about that at some point). Frankly, again, shame on others reviewers who go on about him not saying alot about these events. How would you like to air some of what was likely his most difficult times to the public and rehash what was likely very emotional times. You would not do it, why should he. In both cases, he was young and self-admittedly, self-absorbed and "stupid". He was only 24 at the time of the sex tape and as he said, today it would not even garnered any press. Geeze, would you want to be constantly reminded of a stupid thing you did at 24? I wouldn't. Also, I wondered if there were legal reasons he could not say some things.
About the Melissa Gilbert thing, a couple of points struck me. Looking into the situation, it appears that she was rather nasty in her bio and related interviews. Clearly it was not a happy time for her, she was young too, and the relationship clearly left a mark. Rob was young too at the time and from what he says about his behavior at the time on a downward spiral. The whole situation clearly was hard for him too and given how well he speaks of others, I wonder if he felt, "If I can't say anything nice just don't say anything at all". I was also struck by how open he was about his "womanizing" behavior at the time...and please let's remember his was a young twenty-something! I would wonder why Melissa put up with it. In any case, we can speculate all we want, it was clearly a topic he felt too private to discuss for whatever reason, and given all else he shared, I think we have to respect that.
I was impressed with his efforts at sobriety. He was only 25/26 when he went to rehab. I thought that was actually rather amazing he had enough awareness to seek help at that age when so many others, much older....Have you read Leonard Nimoy's bio?...did not. Even more impressed that he has stayed sober for so long. I was also impressed by his love for his wife and sons. As I read in another review, this seems like a love story for her and that is so sweet. At this point, now 8 years after this book came out, they are still together. I hope they continue to make it!
To end I can only say, best of luck to Mr. Lowe and his family. From one Midwesterner to another, my best to you and your family. Your book made me laugh, and think and feel, and for a week while listening I was entranced by your story. I look forward to listening to your next book...yes I will get in Audible because, seriously, that voice is amazing!
Homicidal is the story of the almost 25-year serial-murder crime spree of Lonnie Franklin Jr., who is alleged to have killed at least 10 women in Los Angeles, if not more. Nicknamed by the media the Grim Sleeper, because there appeared to be a 13-year lull in the killings, Franklin met most of the women through random encounters that ended in murder. Significant blunders by the Los Angeles Police Department helped Franklin avoid arrest for years.
Interesting story but incomplete. I realize this was written as a Kindle single so was meant to be short. Perhaps it would have been easier to follow in written format. As an audiobook the jumping around from the main story to other background information was difficult to follow and the transitions were abrupt. The thing that was most disconcerting was the story just seemed to stop. There was the interview with the attorney who was detailing all the problems with the case and then an interview with a friend and then it was just done. No recap of the trial or final verdict, where he is now, etc.
The narrator has gotten slot of negativity but his rather "sportscaster" approach was appropriate for this type of story. He presented what could be very inflammatory information very neutrally.
Eveline Armstrong is fiercely loved and protected by her powerful clan, but outsiders consider her "touched." Beautiful, fey, with a level, intent gaze, she doesn't speak. No one, not even her family, knows that she cannot hear. Content with her life of seclusion, Eveline has taught herself to read lips and allows the outside world to view her as daft. But when an arranged marriage into a rival clan makes Graeme Montgomery her husband, Eveline accepts her duty -unprepared for the delights to come.
It was ok. Loved Graham but really did not care for Evalyne. I listened to this book on audiobook so not sure if the narrator influenced that. She just came off as unnecessarily deceitful and winey at times to me. Also it seemed Banks kept repeating the same thing over and over. By the 14th chapter I was ready to shoot myself if they mentioned (word for word the same) one more time how much the Montgomerys hated the Andersons. It did get better later on. I love Banks work and have a number of other Montgomery books in the queue so I hope they are better. This was not bad just not up to my expectations.
Firefighter Harris Black stumbled across nude photos of a woman, and handwritten notes...about him. Who was this mystery woman? Harris hired a P.I. to trace her...never suspecting he'd already found her.
This was a very cute story. Short and more novella length, but a fast listen. The premise is unique. Harris, a firefighter, finds a box of notes and pictures of a beautiful naked woman at the site of a fire. He falls for the unknown lady in the pics not realizing they are his platonic BFF running buddy. She recognizes herself but does her best to keep him from finding out the truth.
My problem with this listen was the narrator. She had a very high voice and constantly was speaking in a very breathy voice. No way could she effectively do male voices. I felt like I was listening to nails scratching on chalkboards the whole time. In addition her little girl voice sounded like she was about twelve which made listening to the love scenes just downright creepy.
He is Spade, a powerful, mysterious vampire who has walked the earth for centuries and is now duty-bound to protect this endangered, alluring human—even if it means destroying his own kind. Denise may arouse his deepest hungers, but Spade knows he must fight his urge to have her as they face the nightmare together, because once the first crimson drop falls, they will both be lost.
This is my first book by Jeaniene Frost and I am not really sure what I think coming out of it. My overall impression is that the story is generally good, interesting premise and the action moves along. There were a few things, however, that grated on me and make me question the overall experience.
I will start with the narrator as I think that may have had the greatest negative impact on me. I was not impressed with Tavia Gilbert at all. I gather from her accent and some of the slang in the book that Jeaninene Frost is British. That is not a negative in any way, but I was irritated by Tavia's accents. The heroine, Denise had a very Southern US accent for no real reason which drove me nuts. The worst, however, was the hero, Spade, who's high pitched British accent made him sound girly and totally not like a desirable hero. The narrator also frequently spoke so slowly and deliberately I often thought... just get on with it would you.
Then the book, as I said, overall I liked the story, however, I did not like Denise. She was just way too stubborn, screaming and running and carrying on like a baby half the time. If I were Spade I would have ditched her. I understand she went through a very traumatic experience, but that does not excuse her constant, and I mean every single time, misinterpretation and jumping to conclusions about everything Spade did. I just wanted to smack her constantly. The only other real thing I disliked about the book was Spade's name...I mean just yuck! I understand where it came from but it was not a good name for a hero...I think the author could have come up with something else.
In conclusion, I think I probably would not have had the reactions I did to this book if I had read it in print. I tend to be pretty generous with my stars, leaving 1 and 2 stars for really bad books so I give this an overall 4 for story but 3 for narrator...she was decent just not for this story. I will look to read in print some of the author's other books but will likely avoid the audiobooks with this author.
Socialite Eden Carlbough didn't expect running a girls' camp to be easy, but she never thought she'd literally be run up an apple tree by the little monsters...nor did she think she'd come crashing down into the capable arms of orchard owner Chase Elliot. Chase knew he'd caught a windfall when he looked at the woman in his arms. He didn't like being cast as the serpent, but how could he resist when she'd just offered him such forbidden fruit?
Good early Robert's. Nice sweet, clean read. Narrator was fine. A pleasant listen. but not earth shattering. Well worth the $3.46 cash price.
In Lover Enshrined, a member of the Black Dagger Brotherhood must make a decision that could save - or spell doom for - his race of vampires. Phury knows his share of pain, but can the Primale of the Chosen experience love as well?
I have become quite addicted to the Black Dagger Brotherhood series but this book was difficult to get through. Compared to the other brothers, I feel Phury's story was given far less attention and development. This book included a great deal on additional story lines which can be fine but they often eclipsed the main story. So here is what I liked and didn't like.
- John Matthew starting to come into his own, along with Blay and Quinn
- The final resolution with the Chosen is ultimately satisfying
- Ending between Phury and Zhadist
- Too much time spent on other storyline development. Lash, Quinn's situation, John Matthew, Bella and the baby, and Tor and Lassiter...the last in particular could have waited to the next book.
- Phury's story is not really a love story...frankly Cormea did nothing for me at all and I really don't see her as an agent of change for Phury....this is really about him overcoming his addiction
- In regards to Phury's drug addiction, I think this was really overplayed and over-reacted by the Brotherhood. As another reviewer commented, all the Brothers are really broken and frankly Zhadists self-destruction before Bella was as bad as Phury's and they did not kick him out...and what about Tor just up and taking off after Wellesly. No one really tried to help Phury other than yell at him and Zhadist was really hypocritical in cutting him off after all he did himsef
- I felt that this was more a rant on JR's part against drug addiction and Phury's self-loathing just made me want to smack him
- We got gipped with the birth of Nala...after all the lead in and worry about Bella we get a line..."Oh by the way, the baby was born fine...let's celebrate"..Hello! This is the first Brotherhood baby, tons of storyline about Zhadist worrying and Bella being in danger and we don't even get to see what happened. I thought she was not even due yet.
So...I enjoyed this book reasonably but would not listen again and found it a weak but necessary contribution to the series.
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Along Came a Spider first introduced Alex Cross, the brilliant homicide detective. When the daughter of a Hollywood actress and the son of the Secretary of the Treasury are kidnapped, Cross and the Secret Service are pitted against Gary Soneji, a murderous serial kidnapper who wants to commit the crime of the century.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
Yes, this was my first James Patterson book. I've heard all the hype about him but was not sure what to expect. Along Came a Spider was a real thriller. Serial killer Sineji is diabolical and you really don't know until the end is he for real or not. The ending also has another unexpected twist.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
The plot was intricate and took some effort to keep straight at times. I had a little difficulty getting into it at first but then got hooked.
Which scene was your favorite?
I liked the courtroom hypnosis scene and the MacDonalds shooting scene was downright terrifying.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I really liked Alex Cross. He is a delightful, caring family man who is intelligent and a great detective. Nana-Momma is the solid foundation of the family. I look forward to seeing the children's personalities develop as they get older.
In this book the relationship between Alex and Jesse is interesting. This book was written in the late 90's and inter-racial relationships were less tolerated then. I think things would be quite different today.
Any additional comments?
Charles Turner was an excellent narrator. His voice fit my impression of Alex Cross to a T. I am disappointed he is not doing future books.