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  • Fatal Consequences

  • By: Marie Force
  • Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 568
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 570

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

Characters starting to feel like family

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

Reviewed: 10-01-17

I love the "Fatal" series by Marie Force. Each book builds on the one before. After just three books, I'm starting to feel like I know these characters. They have such separate and unique personalities. I often find myself smiling or laughing while I'm listening to the audiobooks in the series. My one disappointment is this narrator. I much prefer the other narrator they've used (Felicity Monroe). Sadly, this made the book less enjoyable to listen to. I'm disappointed that Ms. Kaminsky seems to have narrated many of the books in the series.

  • Marrying Winterborne

  • By: Lisa Kleypas
  • Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,592
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,467
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,463

Savage ambition has brought common-born Rhys Winterborne vast wealth and success. In business and beyond, Rhys gets exactly what he wants. And from the moment he meets the shy, aristocratic Lady Helen Ravenel, he is determined to possess her. If he must take her virtue to ensure she marries him, so much the better....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read "Cold Hearted Rake" first...

  • By I like to shop on 10-06-17

Loved the story - hated the narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-27-17

Let me start by saying that I loved the story and the main characters, Helen and Winterborne. I would highly recommend reading this book rather than listening to it. I already wrote in my review of the first book in the series, Cold-Hearted Rake, that I couldn't finish listening to the book because of the narrator. Unfortunately, I had already purchased the audio of Marrying Winterborne which will turn out to be a waste. Terrible accent, boring characterization. The sad thing is it could have been fabulous with a better narrator. Disappointed to see that they're using the same narrator for Devil in Spring.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Cold-Hearted Rake

  • By: Lisa Kleypas
  • Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,389
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,384

Devon Ravenel, London's most wickedly charming rake, has just inherited an earldom. But his powerful new rank in society comes with unwanted responsibilities...and more than a few surprises. His estate is saddled with debt, and the late earl's three innocent sisters are still occupying the house - along with Kathleen, Lady Trenear, a beautiful young widow whose sharp wit and determination are a match for Devon's own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glorious!

  • By bluestategirl on 03-31-16

Great story - terrible narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-27-17

I love Lisa Kleypas! Several of her books are on my top ten list of favorite romances. It's difficult to start a new series and at first I found it difficult to get into the story. It took a while but once I did, I really enjoyed it. I liked the peripheral characters more than the main characters so I was pleased to learn that the next book in the series (Marrying Winterborne) focused on Lady Helen and the fascinating Winterborne.
Unfortunately, I was very disappointed in the narrator. Her accent sounded phoney. She barely distinguished between the characters with her voice. At times, I had trouble determining who was talking in scenes with several characters. It sounded more like a reading that anyone could have done. I'm sorry to say that I purchased the next audio book in the series (Marrying Winterborne) before listening to this one and as a result, I will probably never listen to it. What a waste! This recording made me want to tear my hair out. If it had been a disk or cassette like in the old days, I would have tossed it out the car window. That also means, I won't be buying the newest one - Devil in Spring.

  • Splendid

  • Blydon, Book 1
  • By: Julia Quinn
  • Narrated by: Lucy Rayner
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 157

American heiress Emma Dunster has always been fun-loving and independent, with no wish to settle into marriage. She plans to enjoy her Season in London in more unconventional ways than husband hunting. But this time Emma's high jinks lead her into dangerous temptation. Alexander Ridgely, the Duke of Ashbourne, is a notorious rake who carefully avoids the risk of love until he plants one reckless kiss on the sensuous lips of this high-spirited innocent and condemns himself to delicious torment.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Murdered by Horrible Narration

  • By Joan M. Taylor on 12-18-16

Dreadful narrator ruins the story

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

Reviewed: 02-02-17

I love Julia Quinn's books, including this one, but I had to stop listening because the narrator was so awful. I'm sorry to say bad things about Ms. Raynor, but OMG, I just couldn't continue. I stopped after wincing through about seven chapters. What is so upsetting is that this same narrator has done all three Blydon books (Splendid, Dancing at Midnight, and Minx) all of which I bought before realizing how annoying her voice is. Julia - how could you have chosen her? It appears I wasted three credits.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

Forty Shades of Pearl
    Pearl Trilogy Series, Book 1
    
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    Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
    131 ratings
    Overall 3.8
  • Forty Shades of Pearl

  • Pearl Trilogy Series, Book 1
  • By: Arianne Richmonde
  • Narrated by: Laurel Wilson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 124

Documentary producer Pearl Robinson is a beautiful and smart 40-year-old divorcée but has not had a date for over two years. When she hears about Alexandre Chevalier, a young French Internet success story, she assumes he is a nerd. But when she bumps into him face to face, she's stunned by his charm, beauty, and sophistication, and startled by her strong feelings and desire for a man 15 years her junior.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Worst

  • By Valerie J on 08-08-13

Love Makes Us Do the Strangest Things

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

Reviewed: 06-05-15

I fell in love with Pearl and Alexandre from the very first chapter. Pearl is more insecure about herself than you'd think she would be considering how successful she is at work, but she's just come off a bad divorce which left her in a bit of a mid-life crisis. Add to that, she's recently turned forty and is wondering if she'll ever find love again. Enter Alexandre who charms her and brings excitement to her life - plus incredible, mind-blowing sex. These two have a real connection that's greater than just the physical, but it takes some time for Pearl to trust his intentions. Alexandre is a fascinating combination of successful, confident business man and amazing lover with a little craziness thrown in. At times, he seems to be the one who's more mature instead of being 15 years younger than she is. Some of the events in his life seemed a little over the top. Could he really have done so much in just his twenty-five years? Could Pearl's insecurities really make her do some of the wild things she does? Sometimes when reading fiction, you have to just suspend disbelief and go with it in order to have some fun. After all, who wouldn't want to be whisked away on a private jet to a gorgeous house in Provence, live in a penthouse in NY, or have a guy like Alexandre fall in love with them. Count me in!

  • Castaways in Time

  • The After Cilmeri Series, Book 6
  • By: Sarah Woodbury
  • Narrated by: Laurel Schroeder
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

With a scarlet-fever epidemic raging throughout London, a rogue baron on the loose, a new baby keeping him up at night, and a kingdom to run, the last thing David has time for is a trip to the 21st century. But as he should know by now, time waits for no man, not even the king of England.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better Than Reading the Book!

  • By M&M on 04-30-15

Better Than Reading the Book!

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

Reviewed: 04-30-15

I've read all the books in the After Cilmeri series and love them all. This one had been my least favorite - until I listened to it on audio. Listening gave me new perspective on the story and changed my opinion significantly.
Callum and Cassie, who have become two of my favorite characters, play a significant role in this particular story as they travel from the middle ages forward to the 21st century with David. Because they come from modern times originally and because of their very different backgrounds, they add new dimensions and depth to the ensemble of characters. Back in modern Wales, they are pursued by various government agencies who all want to learn about time travel and find some way to take advantage of it for their own purposes. Meanwhile, in the middle ages, Lilly, Anna, and the others are dealing with a full scale war brought by one of David's enemies. I liked that the other characters were able to successfully operate without David's direction although you could feel his influence working throughout.
I thought once the story line moved from being primarily about Wales (after David became King of England) that it would become less and less interesting, but that has not been the case at all. Ms. Woodbury has found ways to keep the story moving ahead and keep it fresh and interesting. At the end of each book, I think she couldn't possibly continue the story any longer at the high level of interest and quality. I'm thrilled to say I've been wrong - every single time. Each story has left me anxiously awaiting the next installment. Listening to this story makes me want to reread the next one, Ashes of Time.
If you've only read the After Cilmeri series, you're missing out on an important part of the enjoyment which to me is hearing tongue-twisting, yet melodic Welsh words. Take a break from the modern world and step into this alternate universe's version of the middle ages.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Exiles in Time

  • The After Cilmeri Series, Book 5
  • By: Sarah Woodbury
  • Narrated by: Laurel Schroeder
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

Two years in Afghanistan; four years working for MI5, the British security service; and the death of both of his parents from cancer. At the age of 34, Callum thought he'd experienced the worst that life could throw at him. That was until his boss ordered him to open a buried file on his desk and to take it seriously. His new assignment: to detain and question a pregnant woman and her ailing husband - and, if need be, to stop them from returning to medieval Wales.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • missed items/humor

  • By Lisa on 06-04-15

One of my favorite of the series

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

Reviewed: 04-17-15

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

I have recommended the After Cilmeri series to all my friends. Even though I've read each book in the series several times, I've been looking forward to the experience of listening to them. The audio version makes the characters really come alive for me. I can't wait for the next one!

What other book might you compare Exiles in Time to and why?

These aren't your typical time travel stories. The author has created more of an alternate universe that gives you a feel for how it would be to be a modern person transported back to medieval times. The characters bring modern ideas and ways of thinking into their daily lives and are also changed by the times in which they now live.

What about Laurel Schroeder’s performance did you like?

I love hearing the Welsh words pronounced because it's almost impossible to figure out how to say them - even though the author provides a pronunciation guide in the beginning of each book.

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

I can't pick out just one particular moment, but what I liked best about the book in general was the growing relationship between Collum and Cassie. They're both from the present and had no say in being sent back to medieval Wales. Each has been struggling to make the best of it. Fortunately, their prior experiences allow them to adapt more quickly than some. Collum was in special forces so he's familiar with fighting and Cassie, part Native American, was taught by her grandfather important outdoor activities that helped her to survive, such as using bow and arrows and hunting.

Any additional comments?

Be sure to read the After Cilmeri books in order. I've grown so attached to Llywelyn that it's hard for me to read non-fiction history books in which he is murdered. It's just too sad. I prefer this alternate universe in which he's saved and has a happier life.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Red Queen

  • A Novel
  • By: Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,666
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,679

Heiress to the red rose of Lancaster, Margaret Beaufort never surrenders her belief that her house is the true ruler of England and that she has a great destiny before her. Her ambitions are disappointed when her sainted cousin Henry VI fails to recognize her as a kindred spirit, and she is even more dismayed when he sinks into madness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, unsympathetic heroine

  • By Karin on 09-12-10

Great writing, unlikeable main character

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-16-11

Margaret Beaufort is one of those intriguing people whose role is pivotal in history but whose name we barely recognize. She is a descendent (although somewhat indirectly) of Edward I of England and eventually mother of the boy who became Henry VII. Of the Lancaster line, her whole life was supposedly devoted to marrying the right men, making the right allies and putting her son on the throne of England where she believed he should be instead of the one of the Yorks. The War of the Roses is a fascinating time in English history, full of intrigue, extreme ambition and violence. According to this story, she fancied herself a sort of Joan of Arc of England who was chosen by God to put the rightful king on the throne. There's some doubt in my mind that at that point the Lancaster's claim was any stronger than the York's but it all came down to who could out maneuver the other. She believed she was on God's mission but never questioned if it was truly God's work or her own ego that drove her. In short, I got bored with her self-righteous attitude and found myself disliking her intensely.

  • The Hunger Games

  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,334
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,519
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,954

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story. Absolutely grating narrator.

  • By tcp100 on 12-27-11

I couldn't stop listening

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-16-11

I bought this book because it was a Nancy Pearl recommendation and it sounded intriguing. A post-apocalyptic story in which teenagers are chosen by lottery and forced to fight to the death? How could that be anything but depressing? The book was not at all what I was expecting. This is a great story with unforgettable and well-developed characters that looks what happens when the people with power do everything they can to force others into submission through fear and intimidation.
In spite of everything that the main character goes through, she manages to retain her humanity and her sense of right and wrong. Part of what keeps Katniss on track is her relationship with her fellow competitor, Peeta whose kindness and devotion are so strong that Katniss it helps her see things more clearly. Although this book is intended for teenage readers, I found myself in love with the characters and hooked on this unusual coming of age story.
Now I can't wait to see what happens in the next two books.

  • Anne of Green Gables

  • By: L.M. Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Barbara Caruso
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 825
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 655
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 666

On Prince Edward Island, aging siblings Mathew and Marilla Cuthbert decide to adopt a boy to help with chores around the farm. But when Mathew arrives at the train platform, the only living creature in sight, legs dangling from the piles of shingles where she sits, is a freckled, green-eyed, redheaded little girl. Mathew senses immediately that life at Green Gables is going to be very different. And how right he is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • kindred spirit

  • By Catherine on 05-26-06

One of my favorites

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-30-09

I love the Anne of Green Gables series and I really enjoyed listening to it again.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful