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  • Island of Glass

  • Guardians Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,600
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,350
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,339

As the hunt for the Star of Ice leads the six guardians to Ireland, Doyle, the immortal, must face his tragic past. Three centuries ago, he closed off his heart, yet his warrior spirit is still drawn to the wild. And there's no one more familiar with the wild than Riley - and the wolf within her....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • NR Trilogy - great story

  • By Laura L. on 12-08-16

Highlander and Eve

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

Reviewed: 11-21-18

Read the books in order. I love the narrator, Saskia Maarleveld. I listen to a lot of audibles. I love Julia Whelan, Mary Jane Wells, and Keleo Griffith. Saskia Maarleveld is now on the favorites list. I was looking for something different as I waited for the next In Death Book. So glad I found this trilogy. The third couple reminded me of a grumpy Duncan McLeod and Eve Dallas. No nonsense couple. Good read, if other books have been read first.

  • Bay of Sighs

  • Guardians Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,821
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,520
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,514

Mermaid Annika is from the sea, and it is there she must return after her quest to find the stars. New to this world, her purity and beauty are nothing less than breathtaking, along with her graceful athleticism, as her five new friends discovered when they retrieved the fire star. Now, through space and time, traveler Sawyer King has brought the guardians to the island of Capri, where the water star is hidden. And as he watches Annika in her element, he finds himself drawn to her joyful spirit.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • New narrator,finally

  • By Raemar3356 on 04-01-17

Mermaid, Time travel, Adventure

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

Reviewed: 11-21-18

I recently discovered this book. I love the narrator, Saskia Maarleveld. I listen to a lot of audibles. I love Julia Whelan, Mary Jane Wells, and Keleo Griffith. Saskia Maarleveld is now on the favorites list. I was looking for something different as I waited for the next In Death Book. So glad I found this trilogy. The books need to be read in order. I actually like that. It is interesting that although the characters are around the same age, they appear to be different ages in terms of how they are treated by the group. That was an interesting dynamic to me. I enjoyed the plot, characters, action, and surprises of each character. I have re-listened to the books multiple times. It was worth the credit IMO.

  • Stars of Fortune

  • Guardians Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,570
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,191

To celebrate the rise of their new queen, three goddesses of the moon created three stars, one of fire, one of ice, one of water. But then they fell from the sky, putting the fate of all worlds in danger. And now three women and three men join forces to pick up the pieces....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Typical NR

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-20-15

Magic, Love, Adventure

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

Reviewed: 11-21-18

I recently discovered this book. I love the narrator, Saskia Maarleveld. I listen to a lot of audibles. I love Julia Whelan, Mary Jane Wells, and Keleo Griffith. Saskia Maarleveld is now on the favorites list. I was looking for something different as I waited for the next In Death Book. So glad I found this trilogy. I love that the characters ask the questions that I have in my head. I love the vows spoken by the main couple. I often struggle with reading books about witches/demons, etc on a religious level so I wasn't sure if I would even make it through a couple of chapters. However, I enjoyed the plot, characters, action, and surprises of each character. I have re-listened to the books multiple times. It was worth the credit IMO.

  • Taken

  • A Laird for All Time, Book 3
  • By: Angeline Fortin
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426

Celebrated actress Scarlett Thomas never wanted fame - that was her parents' dream. Now she's ready to make big changes, but she never could have imagined how big those changes would turn out to be. Returning to the medieval Dunskirk Castle, where she filmed the Puppet War trilogy, she encounters an old Scotsman named Donell who directs her to an ancient claymore that sends her back in time to 16th-century Scotland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Taken, audio version

  • By KElizabeth Green on 01-28-16

Read the books that are male narrated

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

It's hard to listen a male narrator do the female voices. My personal preference is a female narrator, but decided to give it a try anyway. The narrator is good, but just couldn't do the female voices in a way that was pleasing to me. I wish I had read the two books that were narrated by a male and saved my money. The other books in the series are narrated by a female who does pretty decent male voices.

  • A Laird to Hold

  • A Laird for All Time Series, Book 5
  • By: Angeline Fortin
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

Scarlett would do anything to save her unborn baby, even return to a time she never thought she'd see again. Not for a moment had she missed the constant scrutiny of a celebrity life. To reappear now, inexplicably pregnant in the eyes of the modern world would create a media circus, but Scarlett knows she can overcome any obstacles with Laird at her side and the help of new friends drawn together across time itself by the enigmatic Scotsman known as Auld Donell.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Last book in a series

  • By Joan on 04-03-18

Last book in a series

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

I read the book before the listening to the book. I enjoyed the book; however, I did wonder how a narrator would pull off all the characters being together in one book. Not well. First, Hugh's name for Clare has completely changed in pronunciation. Emmy is supposed to be from Memphis, but has a now Scottish accent in the book. I loved the narrator in all the other books, but it seems like she did not listen to herself or review how each character sounded before recording this book. So glad I read the Kindle version first.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Love in the Time of a Highland Laird

  • A Laird for All Time, Book 4
  • By: Angeline Fortin
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311

When she was accidentally pushed into a wormhole, Allorah "Al" Maines never imagined she'd be thrown back in time, land at the feet of a gorgeous Highlander, and be taken as his prisoner. Al is awestruck by the savage Scot who chained her up in his dungeon. But once she emerges from her cell, she finds herself even more captivated by the roguish Highlander he's transformed into. He's an undeniably enticing manifestation of all her secret fantasies - ones she's tempted to explore.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good time travel Highlander book

  • By MVA on 10-03-16

Interesting plot

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

Reviewed: 03-10-18

I loved this book. The first book will always be my favorite but this one is worth a credit. Intense sexual scenes that I fast forwarded through.

  • Someone to Wed

  • By: Mary Balogh
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364

When Alexander Westcott becomes the new Earl of Riverdale, he inherits a title he never wanted and a failing country estate he can't afford. But he fully intends to do everything in his power to undo years of neglect and give the people who depend on him a better life.... A recluse for more than 20 years, Wren Heyden wants one thing out of life: marriage. With her vast fortune, she sets her sights on buying a husband. But when she makes the desperate and oh-so-dashing earl a startlingly unexpected proposal, Alex will agree only to a proper courtship.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice change of pace

  • By Joan on 12-06-17

Nice change of pace

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

Reviewed: 12-06-17

This book is not overly sexual. Yes, you can actually focus on the developing the relationship between the main characters. The narration was good. It was worth the credit.
Update: I listen to this book several times this summer. It has gotten better and better. "Why can't I be a woman and a person?" what a wonderful question issued by the main character. Love it!

20 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • Fatal Threat

  • A Novel of Romantic Suspense, w/ Bonus Short Story: Bringing Noah Home (The Fatal Series)
  • By: Marie Force
  • Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 189

It's just another day at the office for Washington Metro Police lieutenant Sam Holland when a body surfaces off the shores of the Anacostia River. But before Sam can sink her teeth into the new case, Secret Service agents seize her from the crime scene. A threat has been made against her family, but nobody will tell her anything - including the whereabouts of her husband, Vice President Nick Cappuano.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Over The Top In Places

  • By Lia on 06-28-18

Do I like Nick and Sam or Not?

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

Reviewed: 08-09-17

I can't decide if I like Nick and Sam. Maybe I am comparing them to Eve and Roarke. I know why Roarke loves Eve. I am not sure why Nick loves Sam. Are they in love or just in lust? They seem to have a shallow relationship. I have no problem with the plot/storyline. It is an imaginative series, not true life drama. However, Nick and Sam do whine a lot about their lives. Nick could have refused to be VP, but instead he hates the secret service, the restrictions, etc. I just not sure I like them and yes, I have read the entire series.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Wired

  • By: Julie Garwood
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 936
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 846
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 842

Allison Trent doesn't look like a hacker. In fact, when she's not in college working on her degree, she models on the side. But behind her gorgeous face is a brilliant mind for computers and her real love is writing - and hacking - code. Her dream is to write a new security program that could revolutionize the tech industry.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Save your credit! Can't believe this is Garwood.

  • By M. Davis on 07-06-17

Very Simplistic

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

Reviewed: 07-05-17

I have always loved Julie Garwood. This book didn't read like her. I found the dialogue and characters lacked interest and complexity. There was none of the humor and banter I associate with a Julie Garwood book. I wasted a credit.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Magician's Lie

  • A Novel
  • By: Greer Macallister
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Nick Podehl
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,374
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,248
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,254

The Amazing Arden is the most famous female illusionist of her day, renowned for her notorious trick of sawing a man in half on stage. One night in Waterloo, Iowa, with young policeman Virgil Holt watching from the audience, she swaps her trademark saw for a fire ax. Is it a new version of the illusion, or an all-too-real murder? When Arden's husband is found lifeless beneath the stage later that night, the answer seems clear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magical

  • By Greyhorse on 01-24-15

Suspenseful with excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 12-02-15

Tired of erotically and explicit sex novels? Need a reading cleanse? This book is the one. Loved it.