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Mary Dieterich

Northeast Missouri
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  • A Scandalous Pursuit

  • Scandalous Series, Book 3 (Volume 3)
  • By: Ava Stone
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 111

Even the most ruthless of rogues live by their own code of honor, and for Alexander Everett, the wicked Duke of Kelfield, his includes not seducing the ward of his oldest and dearest friend. However for a man who is accustomed to getting what he wants, the lure of the forbidden fruit is enough to drive him wild. When he finds himself under the same roof as the enchanting Olivia Danbury at a summer house party, he discovers the temptation of the lady is more than he can resist.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A DUKE + A VIRGIN = A DELICIOUS REGENCY LISTEN

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 07-29-13

Innocent Miss and Scandalous Rake Must Marry!

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

I really enjoyed this book in Ava Stone's Scandalous series. The Regency characters really come to life with Stevie Zimmerman's narration. She did a good job with all the characters, both male and female. There were a lot of characters to keep straight, so it was quite a feat.

The Duke of Kelfield is one of the most notorious rakes in London, and Olivia Danbury is an innocent miss just trying to have a little fun at a country house party. These two could not be more different, but when they are caught in what appears to be a compromising position, they decide to make the best of it and get married. Complications abound, what with former fiances, former mistresses, and an adorable daughter thrown into the mix. Do they have a chance at a happy marriage? Each is determined to give it a try. There are a lot of emotions in this story, from the giddiness of falling in love, to the heartbreak of betrayal and memories of a troubled past. Plus there is plenty of steamy romance. The duke is a hard character to like sometimes, but it's easy to see why the sweet Olivia would be his perfect duchess.

  • Abandon the Night

  • The Heroes of New Vegas, Book 3
  • By: Colleen Gleason
  • Narrated by: Sebastian Fields
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

From the raging fires, five men emerge with extraordinary new powers. They are humankind's last hope…but they cannot survive this dark, ravaged world alone… Quentin Fielding had everything. Money. Power. Women. But now that civilization is all but annihilated, Quent wants only one thing: Revenge. Harnessing a strange new “gift”; he embarks on a deadly mission to find the man responsible for the chaos and destruction, the man he should have killed years ago: His father.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hottest story of the series so far!

  • By Mary Dieterich on 03-02-15

Hottest story of the series so far!

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

Reviewed: 03-02-15

Where does Abandon the Night rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks near the top.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked that we are getting more and more answers about why the change happened and who was behind it. The chemistry between Zoe and Quent is immediate, so the sex is hot from the start. Then they have to work on trusting each other enough to actually work together and possibly build a life together.

What about Sebastian Fields’s performance did you like?

I enjoyed how he was able to shift from an English accent or a female character's voice back to the narrator seamlessly. He was able to give each character a unique voice and personality.

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

I definitely wanted to keep going to find out what happened next.

Any additional comments?

If you object to strong language, you may want to avoid this book. However, I think the smart mouth fit with Zoe's personality.

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  • Sower of Dreams

  • The Gods' Dream Trilogy
  • By: Debra Holland
  • Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 210

A kingdom invaded. A warrior princess on the run for her life. A hero from another world. An evil god who wants their souls. Can they join forces to defeat the evil one and win freedom for their people?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dream walking at it's best...

  • By Terri on 07-09-15

Fantasy World with Connection to Earth

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

Reviewed: 11-03-14

Where does Sower of Dreams rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It is about the middle of the pack. The pacing was slow, but it featured an interesting new world, likable characters, despicable villains, and a deeper mystery that carries over to the rest of the series.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sower of Dreams?

I think the most unique part of the story is when Daria and Khan would connect in their dreams before they had even met each other. I also liked Khan's struggle to rebuild the city and how Daria and Khan worked together to deal with their enemies.

What about Noah Michael Levine’s performance did you like?

I enjoyed his voice for the narration and the male characters. Daria's character voice was okay, but sometimes her voice and the other females were hard to hear as I was listening in the car.

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

The healing of Jasmine was an emotional part of the story. Perhaps we'll see more of her later?

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the world-building with the descriptions of Sea Jem and the ruined city that Khan finds. The connection between people through their other sense was a unique power in the story. It was also different to have the gods play such important roles in peoples lives--for better or worse. I would continue with the rest of the series to see how it all plays out.

  • Forever His

  • Stolen Brides Series, Volume 1
  • By: Shelly Thacker
  • Narrated by: Julia Motyka
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 614
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 567
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 561

On New Year's Eve, she tumbles 700 years back in time - and into the bed of a darkly handsome knight. Sir Gaston de Varennes wanted a docile bride who would fit into his plans for vengeance and justice, but a trick of time finds him married to a thoroughly modern American lady who turns his castle, his life, and his heart upside down. Will her desperate secret tear them apart after only a few bittersweet weeks of stolen passion - or will they conquer mistrust, treachery, and time itself to discover a love that spans the centuries?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Was up all night!

  • By Falon on 10-16-13

Medieval tale with time travel. Excellent narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-30-14

Would you listen to Forever His again? Why?

No. I don't often reread books, or in this case, relisten. It's 15 hours long, so that's a big commitment.

What other book might you compare Forever His to and why?

I'm not sure. This is the only book I have read like this. It might have some elements similar to Outlander, since it is a modern woman traveling back to medieval times.

What about Julia Motyka’s performance did you like?

She was very good with the French pronunciations. She did an excellent job distinguishing all the characters with her voice.

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

Some of the moments when you weren't sure how Celine's health would hold up were tense and sad. Celine also had a good sense of humor about her situation. And I loved to hate the bad guy!

Any additional comments?

This unusual medieval tale features a modern woman who unexpectedly travels back in time to the year 1300. She winds up in the bed of a dark lord named Gaston. He thinks she is the ward of his enemy whom the king is forcing him to marry in a bid to keep the peace. He's not about to trust her, and her ridiculous story about being from the future only leads him to think she may be mad. But Celine is very lovely and through her hard work and helpfulness, she gains the trust and devotion of his servants. Soon Gaston can't deny his attraction to her, but for a man who has never known love, it is almost impossible to admit what he feels. Meanwhile, Celine must find a way to get back to her time to avoid a life-threatening medical condition, even though she will leave her heart behind with Gaston.

The story has many humorous moments as she tries to convince people who she is and then starts "inventing" gadgets to make their lives easier. But there are also dark moments when Gaston suspects her of plotting with his enemy, and when that enemy moves to take care of them both and take everything Gaston holds for himself. I enjoyed the glimpse into medieval life. The sex was pretty hot, yet much more tender than you would expect from a fierce warrior.

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