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  • Once Upon a Tower

  • By: Eloisa James
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 184

As an extremely wealthy laird, Gowan Stoughton, Duke of Kinross, can have any of the maidens at the ball he attends. The only problem is they are all English and Gowan is not so certain they are suitable. He is accustomed to the hard-working lasses from his Highlands, not these dainty noblewomen who spend their days drinking tea or some other such nonsense. But then he makes the acquaintance of Lady Edith Gilchrist. Utterly bewitched by the emerald-eyed beauty with lush golden locks, he knows he must have her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Virginal Love

  • By anne on 11-10-14

A fun, feel-good comfort read

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

Reviewed: 06-28-13

I love books like this when I need a break from heavier more emotionally taxes stories. I actually listened to this one while packing up my house and cleaning everything while preparing to move and it made the whole experience much more bearable. As always I love Susan Duerden's narration. I enjoyed the fact that this book began with the couple marrying then realizing that the reality of marriage is drastically different then they both had anticipated. Both characters are very different and are initially unwilling to make the sacrifices necessary to have a harmonious marriage but ultimately work through there differences and find a common ground with one another. This would have been a five star listen if it were not for the fact that I really didn't love either one of the main characters. Their personalities were fitting for the story but I just couldn't relate to the heroine and the hero was a little stiff and boring for my taste. They were also very young 19 and 22 I think so they hadn't developed a great deal of depth of character yet. I loved Leila and thought the romance between her and Edi's father was more interesting but overall it's a fun fairytale themed listen.

  • Bared to You

  • A Crossfire Novel, Book 1
  • By: Sylvia Day
  • Narrated by: Jill Redfield
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,602
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,627
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,643

"Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness… He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds…and desires."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • TOUCHING & EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER OF PASSION

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 12-02-12

Heartbreakingly sad and emotionally exhausting

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

Reviewed: 03-08-13

This book is not a light listen and getting through it almost did me in. Both Ava and Gideon are such tortured souls reading their story made my heart hurt. Although I eventually will want to know what happens next I just can't take it right now and need a break before I go into a depression. I enjoy steamy love scenes but I found them to be a bit overkill in this case. I'd say about 70% of this book is pure sex and I don't find that appealing as I prefer a bit more plot, dialogue and actual romance and Gideon's idea of romance was not exactly normal. The characters also use a lot of crass language during love making which is a huge turn off for me.

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  • Dark Lover

  • The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1
  • By: J. R. Ward
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,902
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,470
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,488

The vampire Darius fears for the life of his half-breed daughter, who is unaware of her unusual destiny. To oversee her transformation, Darius seeks help from Wrath, a dangerous loner and the world's only purebred vampire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awsome title even for the Men

  • By John on 04-19-09

I am officially a fan!

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

Reviewed: 01-19-13

I bought this series a long time ago on sale and never got around to listening to it because I wasn't really sure I'd be into it but boy was I wrong! I usually read Historical Romance and as much as I love my Dukes and Duchesses I was in the mood for something a little different so I decided to listen to the first installment of The Black Dagger Brotherhood and it wasn't long before I was totally hooked on the delicious warrior vampire brothers and actually went on and listened to the whole series in order. Dark Lover was one of my favorites in the series. This book tells the story of Wrath (the vampire king) and Beth his beloved. What I love about this series is that even though each book focuses on one specific relationship there is a lot more going on with other characters and relationships at the same time. The narrator that was chosen for this series is one of the best I have heard and he made the books even better. I highly recommend.

  • This Duchess of Mine

  • By: Eloisa James
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 229

Wedding bells celebrating the arranged marriage between the lovely Duchess of Beaumont and her staid, imperturbable duke had scarcely fallen silent when a shocking discovery sent Jemma running from the ducal mansion. For the next nine years she cavorted abroad, creating one delicious scandal after another (if one is to believe the rumors). Elijah, Duke of Beaumont, did believe those rumors. But the handsome duke needs an heir, so he summons his seductive wife home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A TOUCHING & PASSIONATE ROMANCE IN GEORGIAN LONDON

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 11-02-12

Love Eloisa James!

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

Reviewed: 01-01-13

What made the experience of listening to This Duchess of Mine the most enjoyable?

Eloisa James writing is fantastic!

What did you like best about this story?

The relationship between the Duke and duchess really evolved during this book. At first I didn't care for the Duchess and found her flighty and shallow and thought the Duke was being cold and distant but when they really began to talk to each other and truly get to know each other it became clear that both possesed a much deeper character than it initially appeared.

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

It actually took me a while to get used to her way of speaking. Her voice trailed up at the end of sentances quite a bit and it sounded odd at first but once I got used to it she was fine. Her voices for the charcters were excellent.

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

At one point it looks like there is no possible way that the Duke is going to survive from his heart condition. I really thought he was going to die at one point and I couldn't help but cry especially when they decide to take the gamble with his life.Thank goodness for romances as they almost always end up alright in the end.

Any additional comments?

I'm can't wait to read the next book Villiers seemed like a pretty sexy guy(I can't help but like the men who refuse to wear wigs) and I'm excited to hear his story.

  • Gabriel's Inferno

  • By: Sylvain Reynard
  • Narrated by: John Morgan
  • Length: 20 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,775
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,592
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,613

Enigmatic and sexy, Professor Gabriel Emerson is a well-respected Dante specialist by day, but by night he devotes himself to an uninhibited life of pleasure. He uses his notorious good looks and sophisticated charm to gratify his every whim, but is secretly tortured by his dark past and consumed by the profound belief that he is beyond all hope of redemption. When the sweet and innocent Julia Mitchell enrolls as his graduate student, his attraction and mysterious connection to her not only jeopardizes his career, but sends him on a journey in which his past and his present collide.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Souls Too Tortured for My Taste

  • By Lulu on 10-03-12

This might be my favorite book ever!

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

Reviewed: 11-29-12

Would you listen to Gabriel's Inferno again? Why?

Oh yes and I can't wait for the next book!

What other book might you compare Gabriel's Inferno to and why?

There really is no other book that I have read that compares to this one. It does, however , make me curious about actually reading some of Dante's work to understand more of what the characters were talking about and the story behind it.

What about John Morgan’s performance did you like?

Hi voice is sexy and sensual and perfect for Gabriel. He did all of the characters voices very well and I always knew exactly who was talking. He's one of the few male narrators that doesn't make the female characters sound like simpering idots.

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

This was so wildly good that at one point I woke up at three in the morning and had to finish a chapter before I could go back to sleep.

Any additional comments?

This is the most delicious book I have ever read. It's a hopeless romantics dream, redemption, second chances and true love.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Her Husband's Harlot

  • Mayhem in Mayfair, Book 1
  • By: Grace Callaway
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 346
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 303

After a disastrous wedding night, proper Lady Helena Harteford fears for the fate of her new marriage. Disguised as a doxy, she tracks her husband down at a bawdy house to reason with him...and instead discovers the thrill of forbidden passion. An innocent ruse turns into a risky deception; how far will this once-wallflower go to win her husband's love?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love, love, love this hot romance!!!

  • By Bettina on 11-19-12

This had redeeming qualities but was a bit much

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

Reviewed: 11-24-12

What did you like best about Her Husband's Harlot? What did you like least?

Some of the sex scenes especially in the beginning were almost pornographic and I actually stopped reading for a while but had to see what happened. I felt like a lot of sex was written in simply for the sake of sex and without a real point and it turned me off. Finally we got to the real story and I think the relationship that eventually developed between the characters was touching, I just wish there was more story and romance and less gratuitous sex. I don't mind steamy love scenes but it was just too much.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I thought this narrator was excellent and performed the accents well.

Did Her Husband's Harlot inspire you to do anything?

Seduce my husband ;)

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • The Capture of the Earl of Glencrae

  • A Cynster Novel
  • By: Stephanie Laurens
  • Narrated by: Matthew Brenher
  • Length: 15 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385

Headstrong Angelica Cynster is certain she'll recognize her fated husband at first sight. And when her eyes meet those of a mysterious nobleman, she knows beyond a doubt that he's the one. But her heart is soon pounding for an entirely different reason - when her hero abducts her! The eighth Earl of Glencrae has no choice but to kidnap Angelica, the one Cynster sister with whom he hadn't wanted to tangle. But to save his castle and his clan, he must persuade her to assist him - and he's prepared to offer marriage to seal the deal!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely love Stephanie Laurens & Cynster books

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-05-12

Forgettable

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

Reviewed: 11-24-12

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I think that I really just don't care for this author. I read another book by her from this series a few months ago and did not enjoy it. I thought I would try this one since it got better reviews and I had in in my library but it was just as bad.

What could Stephanie Laurens have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

These books are just a bit tedious, traveling fom inn to inn, love scenes are a bit overdone and repetitive. No truly great connection between the characters. Blah.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The male voices are good but the female voices are whiny.

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

I did like Angelica she was very outspoken and free thinking for the time period and I enjoyed that.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Never Love a Highlander

  • By: Maya Banks
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,993
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,992

Caelen McCabe's young, reckless heart nearly destroyed his clan. Now, putting family loyalty above all else, he steps up to marry his older brother's jilted bride and salvage the uneasy alliance between two clans. While beautiful Rionna McDonald is a fit wife for any man, Caelen trusts no woman, especially not this sweet temptress who torments him with white-hot longing. As the sacrificial lamb in her father's power game, Rionna will do her duty but vows to protect her heart and her pride from humiliation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Always Love a Highlander!

  • By Dasi H on 06-01-12

Love this series

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

Reviewed: 11-24-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Never Love a Highlander to be better than the print version?

I have never read this in print but I thought the audio version was excellent.

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

I've listened to this whole series narrated by her and I think she does a great job. Her accents are very well done.

Any additional comments?

This was not my favorite book in the series but I enjoyed very much anyway. Caelen was frustrating at first and I thought he was going to be a hopeless hero but managed to redeem himself in the end. Rionna was great but I got upset when Caelen was initially trying to change and control her thankfully she didn't listen to him :)

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • To Beguile a Beast

  • By: Elizabeth Hoyt
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 439
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 316

Beneath Helen’s beautiful façade, Alistair finds a courageous and sensual woman. A woman who doesn’t back away from his surliness—or his scars. But just as he begins to believe in true love, Helen’s secret past threatens to tear them apart. Now both Beast and Beauty must fight for the one thing neither believed they could ever find—a happy ever after.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beauty and the Beast

  • By Kat on 11-05-10

Touching Romance

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

Reviewed: 11-24-12

Would you listen to To Beguile a Beast again? Why?

Yes I probably will. I really liked this series of books and this was my favorite in the series.

What was one of the most memorable moments of To Beguile a Beast?

When Helen finally sees Alistar without his eye patch and instead of being disgusted or turning away from him she treats him with tenderness and acceptance.

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

Yes, shes ok. Not my favorite narrator but certainly not the worst.

Any additional comments?

I love Helen and Alistar, they are such an unlikely couple but perfect for each other. Alistar is so tourtured by his past but is redeemed by Helen's unconditional love. Alistar is also far from physically perfect although he is still very appealing and I tend to really like stories with imperfect characters.

  • Highland Vow

  • Murray Daughters, Book 1 (Murray Family, Book 4)
  • By: Hannah Howell
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409

Ten years ago, young Elspeth Murray rescued a wounded knight and lost her heart forever. Now a stunning beauty and gifted healer, she is reunited with Cormac Armstrong when he saves her from an unwanted suitor. But Cormac is promised to another, a woman who has blinded him to her ruthlessness. Now Elspeth must battle against the odds to claim a man and a love she will not be denied.Cormac is stunned by the desire Elspeth's kiss awakens - and cannot resist the temptation she offers.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great start to a new Highland Clan

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 04-29-12

Entertaining Highland Romance

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

Reviewed: 11-24-12

Would you listen to Highland Vow again? Why?

Probably not. Although I think the author is a talented story teller I find the heroine frustrating.

Which character – as performed by Angela Dawe – was your favorite?

Cormac

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

I could not help but be frustrated by the Elspeth! She is so upset that Cormac will not break his vow to Isabelle after she has given him her virginity and her love even though he told her from the very beginning he could not give her a future because he was promised to another. It's her own fault. I know it's just a story but I feel her behavior is a terrible example to women. Giving yourself to a man in an attempt to make them love you is just a terrible idea!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful