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  • The Undomestic Goddess

  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,800
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,224
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,219

Workaholic attorney Samantha Sweeting has just done the unthinkable. She's made a mistake so huge, it'll wreck any chance of a partnership.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • laugh out loud funny

  • By Susan on 05-13-08

Treat your ears, Rosalyn Landor is AMAZING!

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

Reviewed: 09-22-18

THE BOTTOM LINE
Story: 3.5 stars, cute, original and humorous modern romance
Performance: 5 stars, AMAZING, a real treat.
Relationship/ heat: nice, slow simmer
Overall: 4 stars, very enjoyable, easy summer read. Worth the credit!

THE BIG PICTURE
Others wrote about the book, which is delightful and entertaining, but I had to write about the amazing narration by Rosalyn Landor. Any book narrated by her is a treat for your ears!
I have always been a fan, but I listened to historical novels narrated by Ms. Landor, and thought that she was perfect for that genre. I was pleasently surprised to hear this contemporary narration so different and so on point! It was wonderful!
RL is able to change her voice, her pace, her accent and her intonation to fit the period of each book and each character beautifully.
Ms. Landor has a beautiful rich voice, adapting different voices to each character, and she is especially gifted with male voices. It is remarkable how she is able to distinguish between characters in such a masterful manner.
RL achieves what very few narrators are able to do, she actually acts, performing the book WITHOUT OVER ACTING.
A real treat, enjoy!

  • Wicked and the Wallflower

  • The Bareknuckle Bastards, Book 1
  • By: Sarah MacLean
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 183

When Wicked Comes Calling... When a mysterious stranger finds his way into her bedchamber and offers his help in landing a duke, Lady Felicity Faircloth agrees - on one condition. She’s seen enough of the world to believe in passion, and won’t accept a marriage without it. The Wallflower Makes a Dangerous Bargain... Bastard son of a duke and king of London’s dark streets, Devil has spent a lifetime wielding power and seizing opportunity, and the spinster wallflower is everything he needs to exact a revenge years in the making.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • And she sucks me in again!!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-26-18

Not a Pleasure...Confused book, Disappointing!

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

Reviewed: 07-28-18

BOTTOM LINE
Story: 2 stars, had potential but confused
Performance: 2 stars, over dramatic, distracting
Relationship/heat: not well developed, based on physical attraction, a lot of ‘sex’, sizzling heat.
Overall: 2 stars, just ok. Maybe next book in series will make sense.

BIG PICTURE
I hate to write it. I usually really love Sarah MacLean, so I was looking forward to this title. But it just OK. The Series actually has an interesting premise, and it is intriguing, but somehow it becomes tedious and confused. It seems the author is relying on intense physical attraction to create the relationship of the main couple, seriously overused the word “ Pleasure“ in descriptions of intimacy, and its hard to keep track of the characters and their roles.

Maybe it's the over dramatic narration that distracts from the story, but I was waiting for it to end...
I usually like Justine Eyre as well, but in this one she over acts, and over emphasize certain words (Pleasure pronouced PLEAAsure), so they sound ridiculous. There should be a certain finesse and subtlety to reading sex scenes, which is lacking here.

OVERALL disappointing, I can’t even tell if it’s the story or narration, maybe the next book in series will be better and make sense . Not worth a credit, SORRY.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Steamed

  • A Steampunk Romance
  • By: Katie MacAlister
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Bianca Amato
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 66

Award-winning author Katie MacAlister has published dozens of acclaimed novels. When Captain Octavia Pye discovers people not wearing proper 19th-century fashions aboard her Victorian airship, she wonders if they’re pirates. The reality is—they’re actually from an alternate universe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story...confusing narration

  • By Stacy on 06-10-11

Bad! Enough said!

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

Reviewed: 04-28-18

The Bootom Line:

Story: 0.5 star for effort. Really bad, stupid dialogue, after 7.5 hrs I just couldn’t finish this book.

Performance: 3.5 stars. Bianca Amato was great, Jonathan Davis was ok. But even their talent could not save this book.

Relationship/heat: odd development, shallow characters, bad. Some attempts at steamy scenes didn’t deliver.

Overall: Don't do it, not worth it even free, not worth your time!

The Big Picture:
Very sad to write this.I prefer to love a book.
Big disappointment, not worth writing a full, big picture, review. Sorry....

‘NOUGH SAID!

  • Catalyst

  • By: Rachel Grant
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

When a food storage depot in famine-struck South Sudan is torched, American aid worker Brie Stewart flees, only to land in a market where she's the next item up for auction. Is the attack on the aid facility another assault upon the war-torn fledgling democracy, or has her family set her up as a pawn in their quest for oil rights? Chief Warrant Officer Sebastian Ford crossed paths with Brie years ago when she was a shill for her family's company, pushing a pipeline that threatened his tribe's land. He leads the rescue operation to save her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A romantic thriller on steroids!

  • By Linda Townsend on 12-24-17

Great Series, Can’t Wait for the Next book!

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

Reviewed: 04-22-18

The Bottom Line:

Story: 4.5 stars, great action, great romance, good background details, intelligently written.

Performance: 5 stars, Perfect, Excellent!!!

Relationship/heat: 4 stars, develops fast, loving, opposites attract. Scolding hot...a bit unbelievable, under some of the circumstances, but well written!
Very nice to have a male lead that is NOT a millionaire...Yep!

Overall: 5 stars, Intelligent, Great romatic military suspense! Worth a credit!

Can’t wait for the next in the series!

  • The Paid Companion

  • By: Amanda Quick
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 774
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 709
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 711

The Earl of St. Merryn needs a woman. His intentions are purely practical - he simply wants someone sensible and suitably lovely to pose as his betrothed for a few weeks among polite society. He has his own agenda to pursue, and a false fiancée will keep the husband-hunters at bay while he goes about his business. The simplest solution is to hire a paid companion. Finding the right candidate proves more of a challenge than he expected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, Witty, A Little Heat

  • By J. Byerly on 08-21-15

A Bit of Everything Story & Stellar Performance!

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

Reviewed: 04-22-18

The Bottom Line:

Story: 3.5 stars, a bit of everything, entertaining, cute.
Performance: 5 stars, enhances the book, excellent as always!
Relationship/heat: 4 stars, witty, loving, entertaining, but predictable. Simmering heat.
Overall: 4 stars, enjoyable light listen!

The Big Picture:

PERFORMANCE: Bianca Amato is one of my favorite narrators. She has a rich voice, perfect pace and tone, great character voices, and an underlying sarcasm that is delightful. I believe her performance truly enhanced the story and the listening experience. Well done!

STORY: This book was really cute. It was a nice surprise as I expected less because of some other reviews. It is a basic (and predictable) story, but written with two very strong characters, many witty dialogues, some funny twists and surprises and a bit of a mystery.

The Female lead is strong, smart, and fun. Elenora is determined to make the best of her situation, she is creative and has no self doubts, despite her inexperience. She is refreshing for this genre!

The relationship development is gradual and believable, and fun to follow. The book is also infused with humor, which I always appreciate!

OVERALL: worth a credit or on sale, recommended for a light enjoyable listen.

  • Ep. 8: I Don't Want to Be Your Caregiver, I Want to Be Your Wife

  • By: Esther Perel
  • Length: 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 204

[Contains Mature Themes] Free for a limited time to Audible members. Almost two years ago her husband was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson's Disease. They have three kids, a mortgage to pay, and he has developed some compulsive behaviors he isn't proud of. Esther helps them learn how to turn off the 'caregiver,' and remember they are much more than that to each other.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love these series!

  • By Krystal on 12-05-17

Brilliantly done! Inspiring

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

Wow! This series is very interesting. Season 2 is just as good as season 1.

Esther Perel’s sessions are all interesting, she creates intimacy with the couples she treats, AND with the listener, and she inspires hope.

This episod is so honest, and it sheds a light on what couples can face when struck by adversity, especially illness. But it is amazing how a session that could be sad, is full of hope, humor, and good will. My heart goes out to this young couple, and they are in my prayers.

The production/editing quality is excellent!

Highly recommended, definitely worth your time, you’ll be surprised how thought provoking or relevant it can be.

  • Cold Pursuit

  • Cold Justice, Book 2
  • By: Toni Anderson
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161

Single mom Vivi Vincent is thrust into her worst nightmare when she's trapped inside a mall during a terror attack along with her eight-year-old son. With the help of Jed Brennan, an FBI special agent on enforced leave, Vivi and her son survive the assault. But the danger is far from over.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thrilling read I totally loved

  • By Cyn on 04-05-15

Shocking.....makes no sense. Bigoted?

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18


The Bottom Line:
Story: Sad, makes no sense. Writing is average.
Performance: very good, well done!
Relationship/heat: mild heat, relationship loving but at times doesn’t make sense.
Overall: not worth a credit, or your time!

You will need to have a LOT of suspended belief for this one!
I heard so much about this author, I had very high hopes, and I am so disappointed, and sad. There is action, suspense, and some romance, but....a lot of it doesn’t make sense. Where do I begin....?

If you can believe that an elected American Vice President will conspire with terrorist to kill innocent American citizens in a mall, for the purpose of creating a war in the Middle East, just because he is Jewish.... than this book is for you.

The premis that a Jewish Vice President will kill Americans to “protect his people” in Israel, by provoking a war, is basically suggesting that an American Jew will never be loyal to the US. Which is sad and suggests bigotry.

Yes , there is also clear sympathy for brutal terrorists (they are “manipulated”). And it is a complete mystery how a Middle East war can be in the interest of Israel, but the story is built on that idea.

Not well researched and if you know anything about the region, it really doesn’t make sense. Is this approach typical to Teri Anderson?

Not worth a credit, not worth your time!

  • Cold Evidence

  • By: Rachel Grant
  • Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
  • Length: 10 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

The only thing Navy underwater archaeologist Undine Gray fears more than facing former SEAL Luke Sevick is never scuba diving again. But when a dive on a Cold War-era US Navy submarine ends with an accidental explosion, she's terrified of going into the deep, forcing her to beg the most experienced diver she knows to take her back to the bottom of the cold Salish Sea. Luke wants nothing to do with the woman who destroyed his career a dozen years ago but finds it impossible to turn his back on her plea.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Discovered RG’s Cold Evidence- I Loved it. Cool!

  • By SB on 01-16-18

Discovered RG’s Cold Evidence- I Loved it. Cool!

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

Reviewed: 01-16-18

The Bottom Line:
Story: 4.5 stars. original, good action, good romance, interesting. Entraining romantic suspense.
Relationship/heat: 4.5 stars, also original, good main characters, loving, sizzling.
Narration: 4 stars, good- gets better as the series progresses.
Overall: 4.5 stars, great listen, worth a credit!

The Big Picture:
STORY: I discovered Rachel Grant with her Flashpoint series, which is excellent. Her “Evidence” series is very good too, and well worth the listening time. Cold Evidence is interesting, well researched, fast pace mystery /suspense, sizzling, intelligently written, and peppered with good humor.
I love the fact that the main hero Luke is NOT a millionaire! How refreshing, that there can be “regular-salary-earning” guys starring in a romance! There is more of that in some of the other books by Rachel Grant. Her main female characters are also interesting modern women, with brains (!!!) and diverse personalities. Undine, in Cold Evidence, is complex and very human, along with her great achievements. The relationships that Rachel Grant creates sound believable and sizzle off the page in a loving manner, without distracting from the suspense, and they are infused with fun and humor (THANK YOU).
Cold Evidence is very well done, and fun to listen to!

NARRATION: Good. Nicol Zanzarella gets better as the Evidence series progresses. She has a nice voice, good pace, and clear intonation. She does accents pretty well, and is pleasant to listen to. Personally, I prefer the narration of the Flashpoint series, but this narration is quite enjoyable!

OVERALL: If you like this genre, Rachel Grant is a great author to follow, and you will enjoy this book. I loved it. Cool! (Listen to the book and you’ll see why I said that 😉)
Can’t wait to listen to the next book in the series.
Definitely worth a credit!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Game of Chance

  • By: Linda Howard
  • Narrated by: Kali Dziuba
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 487
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431

On the trail of a vicious criminal, agent Chance Mackenzie found the perfect bait for his trap: Sunny Miller. So Chance made himself the only man she could trust—and then arranged for her long-missing father to find out about them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ruined A Perfectly Good Book

  • By Nina on 11-01-11

Series Review- Take a chance on this one!

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

Reviewed: 12-27-17

SERIES Review

This series is interesting. Linda Howard’s premise about the MacKenzie family is good, but the first books are not very good. The first books have pretty unbelievable situations such as a rescued hostage and a rescuer having hot (virgin) sex hours after escaping, lounging around naked for hours while in hiding, in enemy territory (!!!) Come on...What???
The series was written over the span of 10 years and you can see the difference in the quality of writing, and the development of the author. If I didn’t have a special deal through a package, I would have stopped listening after the first audiobook. But, it gets better, Here is my take:

MacKenzie’s Mission**-Clearly early work, Story/Suspense is not very believable, requires too much “suspended belief”, narration a bit off, 2 Stars, not worth a credit.

MacKenzie’s Pleasure***-Improved writing, good idea for story/suspense, but the development of the relationship and intimacy is truly unbelievable, average narration: same narrator does a better job in this one, 2.5-3 stars, not worth a credit

MacKenzie’s Magic***-Short story, Better writing, cute, narrator gets the groove, 3.5 stars. Worth it on sale.

A Game of Chance****- Best of series, there are almost 10 years between the writing of this book and the first in the series. This is clearly much more mature writing. The story and suspense are more believable and develops reasonably. The relationship development is also more believable, more natural, it is infused with a healthy sense of humor and it sizzles. The happy ending does not come easily, they have to work for it a little. The The book draws you in from the beginning and can be a stand alone novel. Female narration is pretty good.
4 stars overall, recommended for fun, Worth a Credit!

STORY: 3.5- 4 stars. This is actually a pretty good story with nice writing and interesting suspense that does not require too much suspended believe.

RELATIONSHIP/HEAT: 4 stars. Develops reasonably and more believable, written well. The relationship is sizzling, and infused with humor.

NARRATION: 3.5 stars. Pretty good, KD has a generally nice voice and acts just right for this genre. She needs to work on her male voices, but she has potential.

OVERALL: 4 stars for this genre, easy fun listen, best of series, worth a credit.

  • Tinderbox

  • By: Rachel Grant
  • Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 219

In the volatile tinderbox of the Horn of Africa, Morgan Adler has made the paleoanthropological find of a lifetime. The discovery brings her to the attention of a warlord eager to claim both Morgan and the fossils, forcing her to make a desperate dash to the nearby US military base to beg for protection.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect Romantic Suspense, Intelligently Written!

  • By SB on 12-27-17

Perfect Romantic Suspense, Intelligently Written!

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

Reviewed: 12-27-17


Story: 5 stars, original, fast pace, great action. WOW!
Relationship/heat: 4 stars, develops a bit too fast but then it is great and Sizzling hot. A few explicit sexual scenes well written and loving.
Narration: 5 stars, amazing voice, PERFECT!
Overall: 5 stars, great listen, worth a credit!

STORY: Wow, What a surprise! This is actually a pretty original story for this genre, intelligently written, fast pace, action packed, very hot book! Rachel Grant wrote a clever, pretty believable story (well...somewhat) that is engrossing, deals with serious issues, yet full of humor, love and heat.
I’m adding Rachel Grant to my favorite authors list, and can’t wait to listen to the next in the series and more books by RG.

NARRATION: Another surprise! It was just PERFECT! GT has an amazing voice, perfect pace, great male AND female voices, and just a pleasure to listen to. He is able to have female voices that sound natural and not forced, and he distinguishes between characters very well. BRAVO!

Overall, if you like this genre, this book is a must listen! It will elevate your expectations for all others. Definitely worth a credit!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful