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  • The Pact

  • By: Karina Halle
  • Narrated by: Lidia Dornet, Shaun Grindell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,207
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,121
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,121

Linden McGregor is tall, rugged, and gunslinger handsome - a helicopter pilot with a Scottish brogue and charm to spare. He's also one of Stephanie Robson's best friends and has fit into that box for as long as she's known him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A rating...

  • By Smitten with Reading on 12-19-15

Well-written, enjoyable romance

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

I was well-pleased with this romance because:


** No TSTL characters. Thank you Karina Halle!!

** No glaringly obvious errors (e.g. of grammar, generally well-known facts, medications, etc. ) Thank you again!

**** Please note "The Pact" was narrated by Shaun Grindell and, Lidia Dornet. Next books in series have different narrators. ****

** Shaun Grindell, the male narrator was excellent! He is either Scottish or did a great impression. He sounded authentic and very sexy. The female narrator, Lidia Dornet was great as long as she was doing American characters. Luckily there was only a small part very early in book where she had to read a wee bit of the Scot's dialog.

She sounded like an amalgamation of Australian/Kiwi ?? ... I don't exactly remember now except that I was confused because I thought the summary had mentioned a Scottish character. I paused the book while I re-read the description/summary and It DID say Scottish!

It was just that Lidia Dornet initially really butchered the accent. I think she got better the few other times she narrated the Scottish character - that or my brain auto-corrected the aural input it received. 🙃

** While there were a couple of not-so-nice characters, their parts were minimal.


"The Pact" is one of the best romances I've listened to recently (and I listen to at least 15 a month). Definitely credit worthy! Better yet, it's available as part of the "Romance Package".

  • The Deepest Night

  • By: Shana Abe
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Sastre, Rich Orlow
  • Length: 8 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

It's 1915, and sixteen-year-old Lora Jones is finishing up her first year as a charity student at Iverson, a prestigious, gothic boarding school on England's southern coast. While she's always felt different from everyone around her, now she finally knows why: She is a drákon, a rare, enchanted being with astonishing magical abilities. As war hits Britain's shores, and Lora reels from an unimaginable loss, she finds that her powers come with grave and dangerous responsibilities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique Paranormal Romance

  • By Love2Dive on 03-15-18

Unique Paranormal Romance

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

Reviewed: 03-15-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this book!

I guess technically this is a Historical Paranormal Romance - since it's set in WWII England with short periods in Germany and a very brief stopover in France. Though I guess the paranormal content, in this case, must invalidate this as a true historical recounting. Other than that, knowing only the basics of WWII -- I'm completely unqualified to judge.

I found the story interesting, imaginative and well-paced. While this book did contain some romance, it was mostly understated with at most a mild PG rating.

While this is book two of a three book series - it doesn't end with a cliffhanger. There are parts of the story left to unfold and while I am interested in learning how the story is resolved, at least I finished the book without cliffhanger rage.

Unfortunately, although book three was released in February 2017, The Fiercest Joy is not available through Audible at this time (March 2018). 😢


  • Must Love Chainmail

  • Must Love Series, Book 2
  • By: Angela Quarles
  • Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111

Trapped in the wrong time, she needs a knight in shining armor, but this damsel in distress might be the real savior. With a day planner attached to her hip, the last thing Katy Tolson wants is a romance that threatens her well-ordered life. She's set to marry the safe - but bland - guy, but something's not quite...right. A careless wish thrusts her through time into medieval Wales and into the arms of a knight in somewhat shining armor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Same premise as Outlander, shorter, less complex

  • By Love2Dive on 02-07-17

Same premise as Outlander, shorter, less complex

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

Reviewed: 02-07-17

This is a regular one book historical romance set in late 13th century Wales. Book has same basic premise as Outlander in that a modern woman finds herself accidently transported back in time. That is where the similarities end however.

I enjoyed this book. The heroine of the story was neither TSTL or a raving bitch - such a breath of fresh air. The story was fast-moving and kept my attention.

The narrator did a GREAT job (to my American ears) with the different characters and the multiple accents required for each... British, American, French and Welsh. Having been an American on vacation in Wales [me attempting to read a map aloud ... may I PLEASE buy a handful of vowels!], I was especially impressed with her pronunciation of all the Welsh words and place names.

The romance was very sweet and I like both the hero and the heroine.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Theirs to Take

  • By: Natasha Knight
  • Narrated by: Kelly Owens
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 91

Eva Webb didn't know what she'd find the night she secretly followed her fiancé. She had feared he was meeting another woman. But it was so much worse than that. The man she loved betrayed and kidnapped her, packing her onto a truck destined for the black market to be sold to the highest bidder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Theirs to take

  • By J on 12-02-15

Steamy! Good story ruined by TSTL heroine

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

Reviewed: 07-23-16

Narration was excellent. However, I found the actions of the girl in the story to be annoyingly stupid. She's a captive who's had the rules clearly explained and she continuously repeats easily avoided transgressions that get her beaten. Idiot! I'm not talking about escape attempts (those are understandable although first was stupid because no thought put into any plan) but other small things that were unnecessary.

Beware: there is some light BDSM-ish activity involving pain. Not for the squeamish.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sleight of Hand

  • Bite Back, Book 1
  • By: Mark Henwick
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Henrie
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 394
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 362
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360

For Amber Farrell, post-military life as a PI has its ups and downs: She's been hit by a truck. She's being sued by a client. Denver's newest drug lord just put out a contract on her. The sinister Athanate want her to come in for a friendly chat. And it's only Tuesday. Enter Jennifer Kingslund: rich, gorgeous - a tough businesswoman who's known for getting what she wants in the boardroom and the bedroom.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good entry into Urban Fantasy

  • By J. W. Mullins on 02-08-15

Awesome Detective/Mystery with touch of Paranormal

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

Reviewed: 08-30-15

I loved this book!! There are more in series but not on Audible 😭. Good news is that this was a complete novel and while obviously intended to be an ongoing series - there was no cliffhanger.

The narrator, Kimberly Henrie, did a great job! All the characters were distinctive and appropriate. I hope Audible will obtain the rest of this series and with Ms. Henrie narrating.

The synopsis is available on Audible so there is no need to waste space here retelling it. I'll just say that it was extremely well written - both the story and the writing itself. Never once did I find myself cringing from poor grammar or sentence structure. The story was engaging from the very start. I was NEVER bored - which is a rare thing. Although the main character was female, the author never once had her do anything stupid. As an intelligent female myself, I am extremely thankful to Mark Henwick for the creation of the creation of Amber Ferrell. I've never understood why so many female writers create such annoying female protagonists who are either total uh... witches or simply "Too Stupid To Live".

It was a pleasure listening to this book! I listened into the wee hours of the night until I forced myself to put it down last night for essential sleep before picking up again this morning.

This book is DEFINITELY WORTH A CREDIT or an outright BUY.

AUDIBLE: Please approach Mr. Henwick to release the rest of this series on audio.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Time I Saw Her

  • A Novel
  • By: Karen Robards
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252

In this world, Dr. Charlotte "Charlie" Stone skillfully probes the twisted minds of incarcerated serial killers to better understand what makes them tick, and to help nab those who remain at large. But in the next world, Charlotte's ghostly lover - convicted killer Michael Garland - is facing death yet again. It seem the only way Charlie can snatch Michael from the jaws of oblivion is by proving his innocence. And this dead man's dead ringer may just be the key.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best of series!

  • By Love2Dive on 08-28-15

Best of series!

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

Reviewed: 08-28-15

I have always liked most of the characters in the Dr. Charlotte Stone series ( most glaring exception being Lena, the argumentative B1T¢h of a female FBI agent and Dr. Stone when she's being Too Stupid To Live). I have wanted to scream about the way the author presents Dr. Stone as being über intelligent while at the same time having the character continually doing things to put her near the top of the TSTL list. Robards repeating things is often annoying as well.

The character voices performed by narrator Anne Marie Lee and the story are what hooked me and made the less perfect aspects of this series worth purchasing each book of this series. I especially can't say enough wonderful things about her performance of the characters Michael and Tony. All the character voices are absolutely fantastic, but she has turned Michael abd Tony into the voice equivalents of male super models for me! Those two characters and the basic stories behind each novel is what has kept me buying this series. Otherwise, I think the "smart" but simultaneously TSTL Dr. Stone and Lena the FBI Super B1t¢h would've kept me from ever reading a second Robards novel.

This was the best of all the series. Charlie didn't do anything outrageously stupid and Lena was only a peripheral annoyance. The story was REALLY good and satisfactorily solved a lot of very important questions.

This was definitely an up all night - edge of my seat - MUST know what happens kind of book.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Under Different Stars

  • The Kricket, Book 1
  • By: Amy A. Bartol
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,499
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,258

Kricket Hollowell never wished upon stars. She was too busy hiding in plain sight, eluding Chicago's foster care system. As her eighteenth birthday approaches, she now eagerly anticipates the day she'll stop running and finally find her place in the world. That day comes when she meets a young Etharian soldier named Trey Allairis, who has been charged with coming to Earth to find Kricket and transport her to her true home.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good setting, but annoying romance

  • By 5ismyfavoritenumber on 05-23-15

Refreshingly imaginative and well written.

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

Reviewed: 08-26-15

While the story is a romance, the world and events surrounding it are well thought out and were extremely captivating. This is not your average cookie-cutter urban fantasy romance by any means - although the teen (18 yo) heroine, "Cricket", was somewhat annoying she wasn't as stupid or annoying as the majority of modern romances make their female protagonists. Taking into account her age, upbringing and life experience her attitude is quite plausible.

The narration was excellent. The character voices were quite distinctive and I had no problem whatsoever discerning which character was "speaking" at anytime.

I found this book immediately engaging and intriguing throughout. "Under Different Stars" was simply ... well ... out of this world! 😉

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bloodrose: A Nightshade Novel

  • By: Andrea Cremer
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 218

Calla has always welcomed war. But now that the final battle is upon her, there's more at stake than fighting. There's saving Ren, even if it incurs Shay's wrath. There's keeping Ansel safe, even if he's been branded a traitor. There's proving herself as the pack's alpha, facing unnamable horrors, and ridding the world of the Keepers' magic once and for all. And then there's deciding what to do when the war ends. If Calla makes it out alive, that is.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Prepare for Disappointment!

  • By Felicity Fairchild on 06-17-12

Great storyline but some annoying characters

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

Reviewed: 04-25-15

Original storyline undermined by juvenile bickering; but overall most characters were really great. Fantastic Narrator!!

  • Animal Magnetism

  • Animal Magnetism Series, Book 1
  • By: Jill Shalvis
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 520
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 461
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 457

In this debut to an exciting new series, Lilah Young has lived in Sunshine, Idaho, all her life, while pilot-for-hire Brady Miller is just passing through. But he soon has Lilah abandoning her instincts and giving in to a primal desire. Contains mature themes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable contemporary romance...

  • By SIMARA on 05-07-13

Well written and entertaining

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

Reviewed: 02-18-15

It was a light and entertaining love story.

The characters were all fairly normal people - without a supposedly "intelligent" but actually idiotic heroine. The lead female (Lilah) was kind and actually acted intelligent. I hate that so many women authors write romances obviously meant for women and yet create heroines who are either always doing OMG dumb things and/or acting like total bitches. And yet, despite this, have gorgeous, intelligent men fall in love with pain-in-the-butt, impulsive, and too-stupid-to-live women.

Happily, that was not the case in this book. Although it didn't have a deeply thought provoking plot - the characters were well written and none of them annoyed me. The way the main man's character evolved was really good. I found myself laughing aloud at his interactions with "Twinkles".

The narrator did a really good job with both the male and female voices. I loved the animals in the book and thought the narrator's pet imitations were great! There were steamy love scenes and a tiny bit of drama - but nothing unrealistic, overly dramatic or contrived.

I liked it!

  • Strangers

  • By: Barbara Elsborg
  • Narrated by: Tillie Hooper
  • Length: 14 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 490
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 446
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 449

Kate Snow's had enough of bad boys until a one-way swim in the ocean puts her on a collision course with a man she can’t resist. Charlie Storm has turned being a bad boy into an art form. Already a famous pop star, mega-success in the movie business beckons until his inner demons send him spiraling out of control and right out to sea. The last thing he expects to do before he dies is crash into a suicidal woman. When the worlds of these two strangers collide, their lives take an upward twist.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not funny.

  • By Tauna on 10-17-13

Best written and narrated romance I've read lately

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

Reviewed: 12-22-13

Would you listen to Strangers again? Why?

Yes.

Refreshing "hot" sensual romance without the usual - excruciatingly weak and stupid or supposedly tough, independent stupid female described as intelligent then written to say and/or do ridiculously stupid things. I'm female and it annoys me that so many romance books written by women portray their heroines as such vapid creatures.

The characters in Strangers were intelligent and believable. The author created two awesome people both of whom are broken in different ways. The dialogue is very sharp and witty in parts and breathtakingly bittersweet in parts.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Strangers?

The dialogue between Charlie and Kate during their chance meeting in the sea is my favorite part.

Unfortunately, the moment that struck hardest emotionally and thus most memorable is when Kate uses the key card provided her by Charlie's agent.

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

No, none of which I'm aware. I think Ms. Hooter did a great job with narrating the different characters both male and female. I could easily discern each character. I think she's a great narrator.

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

Yes!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful