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M. Gould

Philadelphia suburbs USA
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  • Cassandra's Challenge

  • The Imperial Series, Book 1
  • By: M.K. Eidem
  • Narrated by: Ian Gordon, Jennifer Gill, Jess Friedman, and others
  • Length: 22 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,010
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,006

Cassandra Chamberlain has always stood out. It's hard not to at 6'1" and 165 pounds, with jet black hair and sapphire blue eyes. And if that isn't enough, she is also brilliant, graduating from Harvard at 15, teaching at MIT at 19, and up for the prestigious Magellan Award at 25. She's never really fit in. Not with her peers, not with her contemporaries, only with her family. But everything changes when the Earth is attacked, and Cassandra and her niece, Victoria, are the only survivors. Suddenly the smartest woman on the planet has to relearn everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Story And Performance!

  • By Cheri on 06-24-16

Great listen

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

Reviewed: 10-30-16

Fascinating characters especially female lead looking forward to next book t to see if different spin cont
inues



  • Trust No One

  • By: Jayne Ann Krentz
  • Narrated by: Amanda Cobb
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 984
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 884
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 887

It's no coincidence when Grace Elland finds a vodka bottle next to the lifeless body of her boss, motivational speaker Sprague Witherspoon. The bottle is a terrifying - and deliberate - reminder of the horrors of her past. Grace retreats to her hometown to regroup and tries to put everything she’s learned about positive thinking into practice - a process that is seriously challenged on the world’s worst blind date. Awkward doesn’t begin to describe her evening with venture-capitalist Julius Arkwright.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story as always from JA Krentz

  • By Kay on 01-08-15

Fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 06-23-15

Best of her books. Wonderful characters, intriguing mystery ans delightful romance

Grace's affirmations, though at times too many, are thought provoking

The culprits were a major surprise

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Dearest Rogue

  • By: Elizabeth Hoyt
  • Narrated by: Ashford McNab
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299

Lady Phoebe Batten is pretty, vivacious, and yearning for a social life befitting the sister of a powerful duke. But because she is almost completely blind, her overprotective brother insists that she have an armed bodyguard by her side at all times - the very irritating Captain Trevillion.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspiring Romance Perfectly Imperfect Characters

  • By Kelli on 08-11-15

Hurrah,,, not the same old, same old!!

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

Reviewed: 06-02-15

I'd been giving up on historical genre....too many copy cat plots and not many differences. Seems I was reading same book over and over with just some name. Changes ....all very predictable.

Dearest Rogue does have likenesses to most historical romances, but it offers some unexpected differences which kept me wondering on what was going to happen during twists and turns.

Also a story of a blind young woman and her protection guard did not sound that appealing, sister of a Duke and a commoner. No fancy balls or the Ton. No hidden pedigrees, nor riches to be found or reclaimed. The treasure was in the relationships and dialogue. Yes, there are three kidnappings but the ways resolved were heart warming and slightly different than the norm.

This is an unexpectedly good story keeping to many common themes though taking some interesting resolutions. It is an enjoyable, fun, well written story,worth time and credit

I did have some trouble with hero's voice, rushed ending which often occurs, along with too frequent stress of 12 year age difference, I could nit pick other things but bottom line ,,,,just relax, don't try to guess and just go for a happy listen

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret

  • Highlands' Lairds, Book 1
  • By: Julie Garwood
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,773
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,450

Judith Hampton was as beautiful as she was proud and loyal. Her dear Scottish friend from childhood was about to give birth, and Judith had promised to be at her side. But there was another reason for the journey from her bleak English home to the Highlands: to meet the father she had never known, the Laird Maclean. Nothing prepared her, however, for the sight of the Scottish barbarian who was to escort her into his land...Iain Maitland, laird of his clan, a man more powerfully compelling than any she had ever encountered.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice Historical Highland Romance

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 04-17-13

Great and different

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

Reviewed: 02-20-13

Would you listen to The Secret again? Why?

This was an excellent story, well read. I liked the way the heroine created change. ...no fighting just very smart questions, actions, observations which caused others to rethink positions...see in new ways.

This was a different approach and story line than most historical novels. .not same old, same old



It was also funny in places, plus showed true friendship between women

Simply put...it was delightful!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Player

  • By: J.R. Ward
  • Narrated by: Emily Beresford
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 284

Ruthless might as well be Gray Bennett’s middle name. When the renowned Washington, D.C. insider talks, powerful people listen. But Gray hasn’t come home to Saranac Lake to play politics. Or play at all. A tragedy has shaken the unshakable Gray Bennett to his hardened core. And so has the most unlikely of women. The mousy redhead who used to run around the Moorehouse B and B - the one he never noticed - is now all fiery hair and lush curves. But sweet Joy Moorehouse is too innocent for a cynic like him.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Two different stories combined in 2nd part

  • By Jake on 05-31-12

DO NOT ORDER

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

Reviewed: 05-31-12

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

First would need to hear complete book to determine any star ...incomplete it's a zero

How could the performance have been better?

A complete book ... though reader could also be improved

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

W/o a complete book, cannot say

Any additional comments?

Audible has only supplied 2/3 of the book then suddenly switches to another book. You are left hanging after listening to what might be a good book .... why wasn't this found before listing it...why hasn't it been taken off yet. All purchasers should get money back plus book credits

it is quite disconcerting as well as a waste of time to listen, get involved then suddenly hear an entirely different story and wonder what happened .... going back and forth trying to find the original book continuation.

I am extremely disappointed with Audible...very poor quality and customer service!!!!! I called and they were willing to refund purchase but said couldn't do anything else. Don'the t they realize aggravation in listening to part of a book then be left hanging. Finally plus question on how this happened, I was given a small $ credit but IMO anyone who bought this book in good faith and went thru the aggravation plus wasted time searching should get at least a free credit ..actually even two ... Believe me, it was very disturbing listening to a book while sick so as to occupy mind and wham...story disappears and I'm going back and forth trying to find the story with no luck

Well Audible, are you going to take this book off list and give fairer compensation to customers who were so put out?????


32 of 35 people found this review helpful

  • Fatal Consequences

  • By: Marie Force
  • Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 576
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 517

Lieutenant Sam Holland has no sooner accepted Senator Nick Cappuano's proposal than she's back on the job. A woman has been found brutally murdered and evidence points to Henry Lightfeather, a senator and close friend of Nick's. While Sam investigates, Nick stands by his friend - complicating his own bid for reelection, and causing tension between the couple.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By M. Gould on 07-19-11

Excellent

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-19-11

The combination of the Washington political scene, hunt for a vicious killer and developing personal relationships provides a multi level story which holds one's interest. It may be helpful to listen to the two preceding books since they provide background which supports this book...or consider just the last one Fatal Justice as a start. Each book adds to the richness and complexity of the main characters ...and each gets better and better.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Deception

  • By: Amanda Quick
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 646
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 464
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 461

Once Olympia Wingfield had been free to devote all her time to her true passion: the study of ancient legends and long-lost treasure. But now, with three hellion nephews to raise, the absentminded beauty has very little time for research. Which makes it seem all the more serendipitous when a handsome stranger strides into Olympia’s library unannounced and proceeds to set her world to rights.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible narration...

  • By Isabelle on 01-27-13

Delightful!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-10

Best of the new Quick books IMO. I like Regency though tire of oft repeated plots. This takes a different slant and not always predictable. It's fascinating to hear the developing relationships of all the characters especially the interchanges between the two leads, starting from the introduction of the "tutor" into a madcap household. Both main characters are quite unique and balance each other very well as does the storyline. Definitely fun for summer read ...or anytime.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Burning Lamp

  • Book Two of the Dreamlight Trilogy
  • By: Amanda Quick
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 255
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258

The Arcane Society was born in turmoil when the friendship of its two founders evolved into a fierce rivalry. Sylvester Jones and Nicholas Winters each sought to enhance their individual psychic talents. Winters’ efforts led to the creation of a device of unknown powers called the Burning Lamp. Each generation the Winters man who inherits it is destined to develop multiple talents—and the curse of madness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Story is great- narration poor

  • By Anne on 05-05-10

Good Summer Listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-30-10

Amanda Quick is light listening yet has enough new twists to hold interest. It's certainly different to have a crime lord as the hero. The two key figures are well matched. As to narrator, I guess it's the old analogy of I say toe-may-toe and you say toe-mah-toe. I like Anne Flosnick and she seems suited for this type of story.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Shameless

  • Banning Sisters Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Karen Robards
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173

Lady Elizabeth, the youngest and most headstrong of the three Banning sisters, has been engaged three times, and has most scandalously broken off all three engagements. Her fear of becoming any man’s property has kept her from marriage and earned her a reputation in the town as a heartbreaking flirt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly entertaining

  • By Kim on 07-22-10

Terrible

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-20-10

The reading ruins this book. I have tried several times to listen and the break neck fast speed doesn't permit one to "get into" the story. Although the reader has a lovely base voice, she unfortunately moves between monotone and sing song and always as if there is a race against time to get as much said as quickly as possible. I usually like the author but the reading has made this choice a complete waste of a credit.

5 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Storm Glass

  • By: Maria V. Snyder
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 596
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 346
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 348

As a glassmaker and a magician-in-training, Opal Cowen understands trial by fire. Now it's time to test her mettle. Someone has sabotaged the Stormdancer clan's glass orbs, killing their most powerful magicians. The Stormdancers--particularly the mysterious and mercurial Kade--require Opal's unique talents to prevent it happening again. But when the mission goes awry, Opal must tap in to a new kind of magic as stunningly potent as it is frightening.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting character, no Gabra

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-16-09

Good yet disappointing

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-09

3 1/2 star. Usually a writer improves with each novel. Ms. Snyder appears to be doing the opposite. Her first book, the award winning Poison Study is superb and the best of all she's written. The other two Study books are entertaining and tie things together. Now Ms Snyder focuses on a character from the first series. The heroine is called a one trick magician and for now, it seems to be somewhat fitting in comparison to the multi-dimensional skills of her first heroine. There are far too many characters in this new series and is confusing for the thread seems to stop and another starts. It is to be hoped that future books weave threads together and provide a hero as in Poison Study. I had additional difficulty with the narrator. Usually quite good, she does not measure up in this book. I guess I was spoiled by Poison Study ... be sure to ready that series first.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful