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  • Total Bravery

  • By: Piper J. Drake
  • Narrated by: Daniel Thomas May, Caroline Slaughter
  • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

Mali knows her latest job has put one hell of a target on her back. And on this small island paradise, there's nowhere to hide. With a service dog like Taz, Mali feels safe. Sharing close quarters with a smoldering muscle-for-hire like Raul, she feels something else - an unexpected wave of desire. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Total Plot Holes

  • By Cindy H. on 11-12-18

Total Plot Holes

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

I’ve liked previous books in this series, but this one just didn’t do it for me. First if all, the 2 narrators pronounced Mali’s name differently from each other. The woman made the name sound like Molly & the man said Ma-LEE. I kept wondering who Molly was because that is not a Thai name, lol.

Then there was the whole rescuing of the University workers. On whose authority did the search & rescue team go into the compound? It was basically a military operation. I didn’t notice where they co-ordinated with the police, FBI or even the University to set up the rescue. They seemed to do it all on their own. Very strange. And then nothing was mentioned about what happened to the bad guys after they were caught... Idk, someone needed to edit the plot so it hung together better.

On top of that, I never really cared about any of the characters. None of them were very sympathetic. I will be requesting my credit back on this book.!

  • Blood Born

  • By: Linda Howard, Linda Jones
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Hart
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 191

Luca Ambrus is a rare breed: vampire from birth, begotten by vampire parents, blood born. He is also an agent of the Council - the centuries-old cabal that governs vampirekind, preserving their secrecy and destroying those who betray them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good start for a series

  • By RRWS on 06-21-10

Blood Born

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

This was a very enjoyable story. The world building & characters were all so well done. Even the plot/conflict was comprehensible/logical. My only complaint is that this appears to be the start of a series that didn’t get the green light to continue & there will be no more books like it. 😢

The narrator did a great job, also. I would listen to another book narrated by her again, no problem! 👍

  • Pearl Cove

  • Donovan Series, Book 3
  • By: Elizabeth Lowell
  • Narrated by: Robin Rowan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

Her husband died suddenly and mysteriously, potential enemies surround her, bankruptcy looms, and the fabulous Black Trinity necklace that was to be her financial security has vanished. Now desperate and alone, Hannah McGarry has no choice but to turn to Archer Donovan, one-time silent partner in her late husband's Pearl Cove pearl-farming venture.Archer would like to forget he'd ever heard of Pearl Cove and the dark memories it conjures up.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not a mystery story

  • By barbara on 01-01-10

Pearl Cove

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

Like all the books in this series, the author spends way too much time explaining the intricacies of the particular gem trade she’s focusing on for each book. I would be happy if she had skimmed over that part, lol. But the love story & the action & revisiting previous couples was very enjoyable, so overall I give it a thumbs up.

The narrator on the other hand did a lousy job with all the accents. I guess I have to give her credit for trying, but even I know a Hawaiian accent is not the same as a Chinese one, and Hannah’s Aussie accent came & went like the breeze. But putting all that aside, there really wasn’t much emotion in her readingn iow, it was kind of flat.

  • Amber Beach

  • By: Elizabeth Lowell
  • Narrated by: Robin Rowan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 224

Donovan International is a power to be reckoned with in the dazzling and cutthroat worldwide gem trade -- and is therefore a target for the murderous greed of unscrupulous competitors. Though a shrewd businesswoman, Honor Donovan has been effectively shut out of the dangerous family enterprise by the Donovan males -- until her favorite brother, Kyle, mysteriously vanishes along with a fortune in stolen amber.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this whole series

  • By Jaime l on 04-21-10

Too Much Amber

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

Reviewed: 11-05-18

This is a good story overall, but could have stood an editor’s red pen to cut out much extra verbiage, lol.There was way too much info on Amber, fishing & boating to suit me.

The narrator was tolerable, but a bit wooden. It is always a disappointment when a narrator doesn’t enhance a favorite book.

  • Running Scared

  • By: Elizabeth Lowell
  • Narrated by: Maria Tucci
  • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

In the scorching heat of the Southwestern desert, a frightened old man knows his time is quickly running out, as the bad karma of his own good fortune is finally closing in on him after 50 years.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Running Scared Abridged

  • By Cindy H. on 11-03-18

Running Scared Abridged

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

I’m not a fan of abridged books generally, but this one was done pretty well. While I haven’t read the actual book recently enough to remember what parts were cut out, there were no obvious jumps & hitches to point it out. Still, if the audiobook hadn’t been on sale, I doubt I would have given it a chance. I’m glad I did. After the 1st book in the series, this was my 2nd favorite of the Rarities Unltd series.

  • Moving Target

  • Rarities Unlimited, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Lowell
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

The troubling message from Serena Charters' late grandmother appears in a package containing four pages of a centuries-old illuminated manuscript - a strange inheritance that hides many secrets...and has already cost many lives. Seeking answers, Serena turns to Erik North of Rarities Unlimited, a reclusive manuscript appraiser with a passion for the past. Without warning they are thrust together into the center of a lethal firestorm that rages between two worlds - one long dead yet living on in an ancient text, the other chillingly alive and fraught with peril.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving Target

  • By Cindy H. on 11-03-18

Moving Target

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

Such a wonderful sequel to the Medieval Trilogy as well as a great introduction into a new series, Rarities Unlimited. I always wondered what happened to Erik of Sea Home in the Untamed/Forbidden/Enchanted series. He seemed like too terrific a guy not to get his own happily ever after. And I loved the way the author intertwined the ancient story with the modern day one. Perfection!

  • Enchanted

  • Medieval Trilogy #3
  • By: Elizabeth Lowell
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 225
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 141

Simon the Loyal has vowed never to love, for love makes a warrior weak. His arranged marriage to a beautiful Norman heiress would be duty and no more. But more than duty stirs his blood when he first sees Ariane. She has known only coldness from men - and a betrayal so deep it all but killed her soul. Wanting no man, trusting no man, speaking only through the sad songs she draws from her harp, Ariane comes to Simon an unwilling bride.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Return!

  • By Allison on 12-27-08

Enchanted Trilogy

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

When I was just reading the text version of these books, this 3rd one was my least favorite, but after listening to the audio version, I have changed my mind. Enchanted actually has more real conflict in it than the previous 2 & I found the resolution satisfying after all. 👍👍

  • Forbidden

  • Medieval Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Elizabeth Lowell
  • Narrated by: Sarah Scott
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 197
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 137

Throughout the Disputed Lands, she is called "Amber the Untouched" - a chaste, golden-haired beauty fleeing the remarkable love that was prophesied at her birth...and the death that must inevitably follow.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Quite a letdown after "Untamed"

  • By Diana on 09-29-08

Forbidden for an American to Read an English story!

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

The narrator was all wrong for this book. Anne Flosnik, who read the 1st & 3rd books in this trilogy, was at least British, lol. This one didn’t even try to use accents or voices, it was just a straight reading of the book. If you can get past all of that, the story is still good, but you’d be better off just reading a print version. That way you can create character voices & accents to suit yourself.

  • Untamed

  • Medieval Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Lowell
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 517
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 356
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 362

A hero of the crusades, Dominic le Sabre has returned in glory and in triumph to claim his reward: the beautiful Saxon bride awarded to him by the conqueror king. But Lady Margaret of the Blackthorne cannot yield to the bold Norman invader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect!

  • By Diana on 06-29-08

Untamed

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

Reviewed: 10-31-18

A favorite book finally found on audio! I’ve read the paperback version many, many times & the listening experience holds up to my memory. A very sensual love story. 👍👍

  • Shelter Mountain

  • By: Robyn Carr
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,591
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,071
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,071

Marine veteran John "Preacher" Middleton intimidates just about everyone who walks into his bar. But when an abused young mother comes in, seeking protection from her ex-husband, Preacher promises to become her guardian - and maybe something more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story of kindness and unconditional love

  • By Houston mom on 12-01-12

Shelter Mtn

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

Too cloyingly sweet, too cliched & predictable. I just couldn’t listen to it. It’d be ok for someone just starting to listen to romances, but I’ve been reading them for 40 years now & I need something with a bit more originality than this.