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  • An Argumentation of Historians

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 9
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 922
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 857
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 851

They say you shouldn't push your luck. Max gives her own luck a massive shove every day - and it's only a matter of time until luck pushes back.... January, 1536 - the day of Henry VIII's infamous jousting accident. Historians from St Mary's are there in force, recording and documenting. And arguing - obviously. A chance meeting between Max and the Time Police leads to a plan of action. And it's one that will have very serious consequences - especially for Max.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Re-download for final chapter

  • By Townsend on 04-13-18

Hmmm

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

Wonderful book, magical narration, not quite a cliff-hanger but certainly not a full stop ending.

  • A Scot in the Dark

  • Scandal & Scoundrel, Book II
  • By: Sarah MacLean
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390

Miss Lillian Harwood has lived much of her life alone in a gilded cage, longing for love and companionship. When an artist offers her pretty promises and begs her to pose for a scandalous portrait, Lily doesn't hesitate...until the lying libertine leaves her in disgrace. With the painting now public, Lily has no choice but to turn to the one man who might save her from ruin.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Decent enough Story, Okay narration

  • By Tracy T on 10-21-16

Insipid, teen-age drama

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

Reviewed: 08-31-16

Technically, the writing is good; grammar, syntax, all that is as it should be. The narrator does her normal good job, although for me, the pacing is a bit slow. Characters are well-delineated and elocution is good.

As to the plot -- to me, it is a teen girl's angst-y fantasy; the forgotten and ruined ward and the poor, misunderstood 'brute' of a Scotsman who 'save' each other. Not my thing, and I see no reason to put myself through another 9 plus hours of it.

Your mileage may vary, as always, and if you like woe-is-me drama with your romance, you might like this one. Thank heavens that people like different plots, and thank you to the authors who write them differently.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • An Accidental Goddess

  • By: Linnea Sinclair
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

Raheiran Special Forces captain Gillaine Davré has just woken up in some unknown space way station, wondering where the last 300 years have gone. The last thing she remembers is her ship being attacked. Now it seems that while she was time traveling, she was ordained a goddess.... Gillaine's only hope of survival rests with dangerously seductive Admiral Mack Makarian, who suspects her of being a smuggler - or worse. But he can't begin to imagine the full extent of it.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Love the print; less so the narrator

  • By Aryn on 11-08-15

Love the print; less so the narrator

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

Reviewed: 11-08-15

This book, the story, is full of wry wit and humor, especially between Simon and Gillaine, and some serious interactions -- rather like life.

The perfect narrator for this book would be someone who could read the characters and situations instead of just the words. The perfect narrator would be able to do male characters with enough differences that you could tell who was who. And the perfect narrator could nuance humor. To me, this narrator failed on all counts. Not to say she isn't a clear and capable speaker, just not the person for this book.

I would suggest fans of the genre (or the book, if you've already read it) to skip this audio version, buy the book and spend some down time with it, your favorite beverage, and a little chocolate.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Duke's Quandary

  • By: Callie Hutton
  • Narrated by: Billie Fulford-Brown
  • Length: 7 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 105

London 1814... Drake, Duke of Manchester is searching the Marriage Mart for a perfect bride. He wants a woman who is poised, sophisticated, and worthy of the title Duchess. But most of all, he wants a woman who does not want the useless emotion of love. Socially awkward Miss Penelope Clayton isn't meant for marriage. A serious botanist, she has no desire to wed, so being forced by her guardian to participate in the Season to find a husband is torture.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • good story but bad narration

  • By Rhonda on 01-29-15

not for me

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

Reviewed: 08-11-15

I found the story repetitive to the point of tedium. The narrator was competent, but couldn't add anything fresh to the words.

Others might find the story more to their liking.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mercy

  • Buchanan-Renard, Book 2
  • By: Julie Garwood
  • Narrated by: Christina Traister
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 862
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 760
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 765

When esteemed Justice Department attorney Theo Buchanan is struck ill at a New Orleans gala, Dr. Michelle Renard works fast to save his life. Soon, Theo finds himself in a race to save her when Michelle is targeted by a deadly crime ring. They call themselves the Sowing Club, a devious foursome driven by greed to accumulate millions in a secret bank account. Now they're dead set on silencing Michelle, who might know the secret behind the killing of one of their wives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The accents drove me nuts but the story was good

  • By kathy on 06-25-13

One of my favorites

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

Reviewed: 07-31-15

This is probably my favorite Julie Garwood book. Probably the first of her books I read and the one by which I've compared the rest of her books. I was pleased with the start of the narrated version; the bayou folk sounded fairly authentic. But the narrator had a tough time keeping track of who was supposed to sound like they were from where and the accents kept slipping around. She made a good stab at it, most of the time, but I ended up rather lost as to who was speaking and -- well, it all got rather muddled together. Her voice was pleasant, and when she was in narrator mode rather than character mode, she is excellent, and when she was doing the accents well, she did them very well -- I'd listen to her again, but perhaps her production chief could do a better job of keeping things on track.

As to the story, I like it. The female lead leads without a lot of angst and drama. The male lead does the same. This is a story, not a study in psychology and I enjoyed myself. What more can I say.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bound (Forbidden Series) (Volume 1)

  • By: Melody Anne
  • Narrated by: Lily Swan
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

Relinquish Control has just opened its doors in Seattle, and already we are not shy for customers. Relinquish Control is an exclusive escort service catering to the most distinguished customers, from business magnates to foreign royalty. This proven and well-established international business offers an elite selection of women who are ready and willing to attend to your every need with no questions asked. Confidentiality is our special obligation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You've Got to b Kidding

  • By Robbin Blackmon on 04-16-16

it's a cliff-hanger

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

Reviewed: 07-01-15

repetitive, unrealistic even for the genre, and a cliff-hanger to boot. not worth a credit or my time.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Robber Bride

  • The Daring Debutantes, Book 1
  • By: Jerrica Knight-Catania
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

When Victoria Barclay, privileged daughter of the Viscount Grantham, has a life-altering experience as a young girl, it sets the course for the rest of her life. She is determined to make a difference in the world, no matter the consequence, and becomes a highwayman - or woman, as it were - robbing the rich and donating her pilfered gains to the poor. Life-long friend and neighbor, Phineas Dartwell, Earl of Leyburn, suspects his dear friend is up to no good. She's become evasive, and even worse, he cares that she's become evasive.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Saccharine story-driven

  • By Aryn on 07-01-15

Saccharine story-driven

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

Reviewed: 07-01-15

The characters are driven by this too-emo story; not a real emotion or pretend reality-driven event among them; for me, nothing rings true. Reading it made my teeth ache. Stevie Zimmerman is, as always, near-perfect and the author can write, although it is as if she is channeling a day-dream for a 13 year old. Not my thing; YMMV.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tempting His Mistress

  • By: Samantha Holt
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

Lilly Claremont is well used to being at the center of gossip. Being the illegitimate child of a rich businessman never failed to titillate the gossips, and while she cared little about the wagging tongues, she never intended to reinforce their opinions of her by ruining herself completely.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I enjoyed this story immensely!

  • By Thamara on 04-09-15

redundant redundant

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

Reviewed: 06-28-15

I purchased this because I enjoy the narrator. Alas, there is only so much even a wonderful narrator can do to make the same lines and circumstances feel fresh. The story was predictable, and then to listen to it several times over as lines and scenes are repeated throughout the book became tedious.

Fortunately, the author has a decent grasp of language and writing of plot and scene, and the storyline has some freshness to it; it is not a total waste nor a bad book. I'd would just have preferred to have it tightened up. A lot. YMMV.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hold Me

  • A Fool's Gold Romance, Book 16
  • By: Susan Mallery
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313

Destiny Mills believes passion has its place - like in the lyrics of the country songs that made her parents famous. After a childhood full of drama and heartache, she wants a life that's calm. Safe. Everything that Kipling Gilmore isn't. Her temporary assignment with the Fool's Gold search and rescue team puts her in delicious proximity to the former world-class skier every day. Part of her aches to let go for once...the rest is terrified what'll happen if she does.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The female lead was so irritating!!!!

  • By JC on 04-26-16

If the review was on how much I liked the story,..

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

Reviewed: 06-09-15

The author does a better than fair job of using language. She has issues with the he/him format ("as him". Really, Madam Author?) and a few other grammar issues. Her characters are fleshed out quite well and she can write a scene that I can see. But the characters are mid-twenties going on 14 -- manipulative - given or gotten, whiny, passive-aggressive -- in otherwise adult roles... probably the only actual adult among them is Mayor Marge (?) and she is the all-knowing mother figure. On the merits of the author's ability as a writer, the three stars stand, or maybe more. She has a copy editor/copy readers of some worth, and it is a joy to find few if any errors of spelling or word usage.

If the rating was on how disappointed I am with where a promising story line went, it would be sitting at barely one star. The author is quite good, and I keep getting sucked in thinking THIS will be the one where her characters shine as people I'd like to know. This one isn't it, either.

The narrator does a fine job; I occasionally have a hard time pulling out which male is talking, but it is a crowd scene of all males; it would be hard for anyone.

YMMV; I am not knocking anyone's taste; this is just not mine.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Opal Fire

  • A Stacy Justice Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Barbra Annino
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 6 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,444
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,280
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,284

Stacy Justice is your average small-town reporter...who just so happens to be a witch. She’s never had the time or patience to mess around with the magic her grandmother and great-aunts are into, even though Grandma says Stacy has a higher calling. Right now, Stacy has stories to cover, her cousin Cinnamon’s bar to help run, and her cute cop boyfriend and flatulent Great Dane to keep her company. But when someone sets Cinnamon’s bar ablaze - almost killing Stacy in the process - the green-eyed redhead will have to embrace her inner witch after all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable mystery with a slight bit of magic

  • By susan on 01-15-13

I admit I didn't get far...

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

Reviewed: 05-25-15

For me, the story was dull, the narration was one-note, and I just didn't care about any of them.

The narrator is clear and can make voice distinctions and has diction and pronunciation down cold, but there was no variation in ... mood? I get that this is supposed to be a "serious" story, (crazy witches in capes and arson and drunks in a weird bar with with a dominatrix owner/manager and a Great Dane dog/familiar) but, in my head, there would have been some humor to go with the anger. And the lead characters were all angry. And serious. Yikes.

The author can write a scene and sentence; she is absolutely capable with the mechanics of her craft. Her characters were clear -- I could pick them out in a crowd. Or maybe a mob. An angry mob. Or at least a snotty one.

But maybe it is just me. I will not be revisiting this author nor this narrator, but absolutely, YMMV.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful