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Judy P.

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  • Affliction

  • Green Fields, Book 7
  • By: Adrienne Lecter
  • Narrated by: Tess Irondale
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

The dawning civil war has ended in a truce. Scavengers and traders all over the country are settling down for the long, hard winter to come. With their new camp outside the maze of New Angeles at the coast growing every day, Bree, Nate, and the gang have their hands full - yet something is not quite right. Maybe one last run before the winter is all that's needed to cure that itch. What could possibly go wrong?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Stella Stella

  • By Wade Lancaster on 10-27-17

All is not well with Bree

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

Reviewed: 04-12-18

What made the experience of listening to Affliction the most enjoyable?

The narrator is awesome, the characters come to life.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bree of course, she is a strong female character and stands up to life’s challenges.

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

I would not have continued with the series if not for Tess’s narration.

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

I was frustrated with the direction of this book, just another road trip to the silo to find out what was wrong with Bree. Let me say, it was really gross. I will never look at routine tests the same way ever.

Any additional comments?

I followed the series because of Bree and Nate’s relationship, however I am beginning to think it’s too toxic. If my husband talked to me that way I would have left long ago.

  • Mr. Bennet's Dutiful Daughter

  • A Pride and Prejudice Variation
  • By: Joana Starnes
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

When Colonel Fitzwilliam's disclosures are interrupted by the bearer of distressing news from Longbourn, Miss Elizabeth Bennet is compelled to accept an offer she would have otherwise dismissed out of hand. An offer of marriage from the all-too-proud Mr. Darcy. Yet how is she to live with a husband she hardly knows and does not love?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heart-wrenching and Emotional P&P Variation

  • By HeatherY on 06-14-17

A hard lessened learned

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

Reviewed: 04-11-18

If you could sum up Mr. Bennet's Dutiful Daughter in three words, what would they be?

Misunderstanding, love, and forgiveness.

What did you like best about this story?

Elizabeth growing to love her husband and trying to make him happy. Let’s say it was hard work, more than I’m could have imagined.

Which character – as performed by Stevie Zimmerman – was your favorite?

Elizabeth of course. Stevie Zimmerman made All the characters come to life and is always a pleasure to listen to without any of the characters sounding hokey.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Mrs. Bennet causes havoc wherever she is but what else is new.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed listening to the audiobook. I wanted more.

  • So Long, Lollipops

  • The Free Until The End of the World Novella
  • By: Sarah Lyons Fleming
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,929
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,596
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,592

Peter watched his new family drive away, certain it was the last time he'd ever see them. But sometimes plans go awry in the best way. Now, the plan is to get back to them. But sometimes plans go awry in the worst way. Sometimes the only plan is to believe it will be all right, even when it's almost impossible to believe.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Zombie, Chick Lit

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 12-30-15

Finally an answer to what happened

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

What made the experience of listening to So Long, Lollipops the most enjoyable?

I finally have the answer of what happened to Peter before he reached Kingdom Come Farm in Vermont.

What did you like best about this story?

Learning more about Peter as a human, not just the rich dude from NY. This story made me like him and want him to survive.

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

Listening to the books makes everyone come to life in my head, not as good as a movie but better than a book.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

So long lollipops, it seems to fit.

Any additional comments?

A must read.

  • To Capture Mr. Darcy

  • A Pride and Prejudice Variation Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Ann West
  • Narrated by: Nina Price
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 19

Nature's a fickle thing. When four days of rain occur earlier in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice to trap Jane and Elizabeth Bennet at Netherfield Park, new romances, misunderstandings, and alignments are made. Volatile tempers never did well cooped up together. Not even when there's a chessboard to help pass the time. Fall in love with the romance of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet all over again in this new variation by author Elizabeth Ann West.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A game of chess played while learning to love

  • By Judy P. on 04-10-18

A game of chess played while learning to love

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

Where does To Capture Mr. Darcy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The book was an awesome read. The audiobook lacks something to make the characters come to life the way others have done for me.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mr. Bingley was so happy and oblivious to Darcy attraction to Elizabeth and Caroline obsession with the couple. His character never fails to amaze me.

What aspect of Nina Price’s performance would you have changed?

I’m not a fan sorry to say. Darcy, Lizzy, Jane, the Bingleys should come to life and she missed the mark.

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

I usually don’t stop listening to a book once I start, so I’m unsure if I count. I look forward to more of Elizabeth Ann West audiobooks, maybe with a new narrator.

Any additional comments?

If I can make a recommendation to anyone interested in Pride and Prejudice variations, all of the authors books make for excellent reads. I have never been disappointed.

  • Conceit & Concealment

  • A Pride & Prejudice Variation
  • By: Abigail Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59

Six years after Napoleon's invasion of England. Fitzwilliam Darcy is a traitor. He even admits to collaborating with Napoleon's troops. And Elizabeth Bennet despises all traitors. But she can't make sense of Darcy. He doesn't act like a traitor. He risks his own safety to save young women from the French. And how can she despise a man who loves puppies? Something about him doesn't add up - and she finds him far too attractive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Butterflies, Goosebumps, And A Lot Of Tears!

  • By HeatherY on 07-19-17

A wonderful surprise.

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

Would you consider the audio edition of Conceit & Concealment to be better than the print version?

Yes, the characters come to life with the narration.

What did you like best about this story?

It was so different than the usual P&P. England is occupied by the French. Life in England is different and has challenges I had not imagined. Darcy is a an unknown hero along with his remaining Fitzwilliam family. Elizabeth’s journey with Georgianna to keep themselves safe while learning the truth was something I could never have imagined. That’s why Abigail Reynolds is an amazing author.

What about Elizabeth Klett’s performance did you like?

Elizabeth Klett has the range to make all the characters in the book to come to life without making them sound hokey. One of the best narrators I have heard.

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

When the ships were blown up, not knowing what happened to Elizabeth was awful. Darcy was broken.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this book and love this audiobook. I will be listening to it again and again.

  • On Equal Ground

  • A Pride and Prejudice Vagary
  • By: Elizabeth Adams
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 111
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

Well-read, observant, and spirited, a young Elizabeth Bennet draws the attention of a wealthy widower. When she finally meets Mr. Darcy, she outranks him. Of course, that doesn't stop him from insulting her. Married and wealthy, is she still beneath his notice? Elizabeth's high society connections create new opportunities for her sisters and, in turn, keep Darcy close to her family. When tragedy strikes, will Darcy rise to the occasion?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stands on its own

  • By Allexia Martin on 07-12-18

Not want I expected, it was better.

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

If you could sum up On Equal Ground in three words, what would they be?

Heartbreak, love, and family.

What other book might you compare On Equal Ground to and why?

Darcy and the Duchess by Mary Ann Mushatt. ( not an audiobook) Although in this book Elizabeth loses her husband to an accident not an illness. Her life is very happy and she makes friends with Mr. Darcy before her husband dies, so the basis of friendship makes it an easier road to love.

What about Stevie Zimmerman’s performance did you like?

Stevie Zimmerman makes All the characters come to life, it like a play in your mind.

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

Moved me? I’m not sure but I had to get over my own prejudice at Elizabeth’s marriage to another, an older man and her happiness with their children. I’m not a fan of Elizabeth being with anyone other than Darcy. The book became easier for me as Darcy comes to Elizabeth professing his love and they decide to come together as a family.

Any additional comments?

This book was well written and kept my attention. I’m sure in an alternate universe this is how Elizabeth and Darcy would come together.

  • Colonel Darcy: An Elizabeth and Darcy Story

  • By: Timothy Underwood
  • Narrated by: Virginia Ferguson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Bennet thought Fitzwilliam Darcy, her friend Georgiana's brother, was the most wonderful, handsomest man in the entire world. When he went to India to fight Britain’s enemies, she made him promise to write her along with Georgie regularly. There wasn't anything improper, since Georgiana and she had sworn to be sisters. When Elizabeth and Georgiana learned that Fitzwilliam was captured, they kept writing letters to him, so that when he was released, he would know that he had not been forgotten by those who loved him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ❤❤❤❤

  • By JM Saenz on 01-15-18

One of all time favorites.

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

If you could sum up Colonel Darcy: An Elizabeth and Darcy Story in three words, what would they be?

Heartbreak, love, and forgiveness.

What other book might you compare Colonel Darcy: An Elizabeth and Darcy Story to and why?

None that I know of, this story is about Darcy being a second son leaving England and being held prisoner in India. Then Darcy coming to Elizabeth’s rescue while losing contact with Georgianna because of prejudice by his family. There is a lot of heartbreak due to injustice for both Darcy and Elizabeth before they come together as a couple in love. I could not out the book down, then when the audiobook came out I had to have it!

Which character – as performed by Virginia Ferguson – was your favorite?

Darcy. His experiences and how they shaped him to overcome everything to give him peace and love.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Colonel Darcy and Elizabeth. I think that says enough.

Any additional comments?

This not your typical P&P. Darcy is a second son, Elizabeth’s family is horrible, even Jane. Darcy’s older brother is selfish while Georgianna is open and loving due to the early connection to Elizabeth. The Matlock’s are awful. The obstacles the couple face lessen when they finally come together, and learn to work together to save Georgianna from herself. You cannot help but cheer the Couple on.

  • The Girl Who Dared to Think 5: The Girl Who Dared to Lead

  • By: Bella Forrest
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Leigh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 383
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381

Return to the Tower in the epic fifth book of The Girl Who Dared series, where the Champion has been chosen...and Liana's courage will be put to the test like never before.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Cliffhangers are poor writing technique.

  • By Heather on 04-19-18

Left me on the edge of my seat.

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, but they should start at the beginning of this series would be helpful. It would introduce Liana and who she is to the reader.

What did you like best about this story?

It finally brings everything together, the characters, the problem and a solution, however don’t expect to find out what happens. That should be found out in the next book or maybe two.

What about Kirsten Leigh’s performance did you like?

Her ability to make ALL the characters come to life.

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

Bree’s brother leaving after he drops to a one and his anguish over losing his ranking.

Any additional comments?

I hope the next book will end this problem with the tower and lead to a book with all the characters from the Forrest and Tower coming together.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Catharsis

  • Green Fields, Book 8
  • By: Adrienne Lecter
  • Narrated by: Tess Irondale
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

Bree’s list of priorities: Survive the next hour. Survive the next day. Survive the next week. Hold down solid food. Re-learn how to walk. How to run. How to hold a gun. How to fight. Make Bucky Hamilton rue the day we met, and met again. And find out what the f--k we are looking for in Europe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good book

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-08-18

Worth the wait and another great book.

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

Would you listen to Catharsis again? Why?

Yes, I plan on revisiting each book to remind me of Bree’s adventure.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Catharsis?

Bree putting together Bucky Hamilton’s role in her journey to this point in her life and how things might have been different. Although I was hoping this was the last book in the series, there seems to be more.

Which character – as performed by Tess Irondale – was your favorite?

Bree of course, she is the story and her journey of discovery and willpower to survive.

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

The surgery was a bit much for me. Thankfully a previous reviewer forewarned me and I was prepared to zone out during that very disturbing description.

Any additional comments?

I found Adrienne Lecter and the first book in this series “Incubation Green Fields #1” by a recommendation and was not disappointed. Although zombies play a very prominent part of this series, it was the development of Bree and Nate’s relationship that kept me hooked. Their relationship is not perfect, sometimes I want her to leave him, but that’s exactly what keeps me coming back.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Whisky Wedding

  • A Mr. Darcy & Elizabeth Bennet Story
  • By: Elizabeth Ann West
  • Narrated by: Nina Price
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

When Elizabeth Bennet of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice learns of her sister's elopement before leaving for the Peaks District, she and her aunt are off to Scotland to chase the wayward couple. Inn after inn, there is no sign of Lydia or Mr. Wickham, but Elizabeth won't give up. A foolhardy decision to continue to search on her own lands Elizabeth right into the arms of a familiar face...Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy. Join author Elizabeth Ann West in a tale of carriage accidents, amnesia, and a forced marriage, but happy endings for all. Well, maybe not Mr. Wickham!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful what if variation.

  • By Judy P. on 04-10-18

A wonderful what if variation.

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

If you love Pride and Prejudice variations this is one not to miss. The story picks up with Lizzy and the Gardiners learning of Lydia running away with Wickham, however Lizzy and Mrs. Gardiner heading to Scotland while Mr. Gardiner goes to London. Lizzy is so worried about Lydia she makes mistakes and soon finds herself married to Mr. Darcy and cannot remember marrying him.

What other book might you compare The Whisky Wedding to and why?

I’m not sure I have ever read a Pride and prejudice variation with this storyline before, which is why I was interested in this book. Lizzy uses her intelligence and wit to help speed along a resolution to her memory loss and Darcy speeds along the recovery of Lydia.

Which scene was your favorite?

The morning after the wedding, Lizzy wakes up to find herself in bed with an unknown man and freaks out. Darcy unaware of her memory loss is unable to account for his wife’s reaction.

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

Lizzy’s reconciling with her aunt Gardiner. Lizzy learns how her actions affected her family and what could have happened if Mr. Darcy had not found her on the road after the carriage accident.

Any additional comments?

While I am a fan of Elizabeth Ann West, the narrator sometimes loses my attention. I am affected by the tone in her voice. So I cannot give this an overall five stars. The story was great but not the narration.