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  • The Lone Texan

  • A Whispering Mountain Novel
  • By: Jodi Thomas
  • Narrated by: Linda Stevens
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

The Lone Texan features Sage McMurray, a recent widow whose life is about to take another unexpected turn. One would think that the loss of a husband was plenty for anyone to deal with, but then Sage is taken hostage in a robbery and auctioned off to the highest bidder. The bidder in question, however, has more than a few surprises in store.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ready for Your Grandma to Read you a Romance?

  • By Anonymous User on 12-27-11

Story really good, narrator sounded too old.

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

Reviewed: 02-14-19

I love a steamy, romantic historical western and they are difficult to find. In this novel Drum and Sage don't just have sex but instead make passionate love. Furthermore, Drum was not the knuckle-dragging, reeking of an overabundance of testosterone "alpha" man I read about (and repulsed by) in so many stories these days. He is instead strong enough to be vulnerable; devoted to the woman he loves. In addition, Sage is not TSTL doormat leaving all the "saving" and important decisions to Drum. This tale was perfect for me...

...except the narrator. She was not untalented but her voice was too old for the characters she played. However, I liked the publication so much that I could overlook that her voice was miscast. In conclusion, I look forward to more of this author's works in the future.

  • Texas Rain

  • By: Jodi Thomas
  • Narrated by: Linda Stephens
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 106

Readers’ Choice Award winner Jodi Thomas pens a touching, passionate tale about never giving up on love. Texas Ranger Travis McMurray prefers chasing outlaws to being cooped up in domestic life. But all that changes when he meets Rainey, a stunning beauty who steals not only his heart—but his horse. On the run from an arranged marriage, Rainey wants to start a new life inthe West—but will Travis be able to track her down before she disappears for good?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Texas Rain

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-16-11

Not as good as "The Lone Texan" IMO.

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

Reviewed: 02-14-19

I read Sage's story first quite by accident. I was looking for a historical western with a little steam. As Goldilocks would say, "It was just right!" and I thought I had found another author just right for me. Unfortunately, I found this tale was a little flat with hardly anything more than infrequent kissing until the end. Even in the one lovemaking scene at the end I felt the figurative bedroom door was slammed in my face. I'm sure it must be hard for a writer to find the perfect amount of romance for each reader. I usually just pick publications with "Sizzling" and above but some are not rated at all.

In conclusion, I felt this writing provided only a predictable, worn plot. However, this author does a good job of developing her characters so it makes it easier to invest in their future. I plan to pick out a "sizzler" next and see if we can break the 0 for 0.

  • Rocky Mountain Shelter

  • Six Pack Ranch, Book 8
  • By: Vivian Arend
  • Narrated by: Tatiana Sokolov
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

To escape the hell she was trapped in, Becky left everything behind but her courage. And for once in her life, good people step up to make a difference - a helping hand, a new job...a very attentive and libido-stroking neighbor. Now a new future awaits, one that shockingly includes sexual pleasure instead of icy pain and a sexy cowboy who's more than eager to show her the ropes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Series!

  • By Kindle Customer on 10-25-16

Have enjoyed all of this author's books!

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

Although this plot is somewhat overused in romance, the character development in this story is good enough to have had me invested. I look forward to reading/listening to more of her books in the future.

  • Laiden's Daughter

  • Clan MacDougall, Book 1
  • By: Suzan Tisdale
  • Narrated by: Erin Jones
  • Length: 12 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 966
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 881
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 881

Betrayed by lies told before her birth, Aishlinn is raised by a harsh and cruel stepfather. Her life is forever changed one horrifying night when she is forced to flee England for the safety of the Scottish Highlands. Rescued by a fierce band of highland warriors, Aishlinn soon learns that honorable men do exist. She finds a strength she never knew she possessed and it will be tested to the limits when she is forced to make a heart-wrenching decision…allow the English to kill those she loves, or surrender for the crime she committed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 01-09-18

Plot and character development lacking, IMO.

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

The narrator's voice was just okay. I found the female lead to be weak and downtrodden in almost a gratuitous presentation. For someone in such dire circumstances, there seems to be an extreme emphasis on her looks. I gave up on the story after several chapters and DNF.

  • Heart of Stone

  • Long, Tall Texans, Book 33
  • By: Diana Palmer
  • Narrated by: Graham Halstead
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

Boone Sinclair is a hallmark Diana Palmer hero: tall, strong, and handsome. A businessman and a rancher, Boone had it all...except for Keely Welsh. The first time he spotted her on his property, he was determined not to let her get away from him. The lovely beauty would be his.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Toxic male lead, young doormat of a girl.

  • By Anonymous User on 02-02-19

Toxic male lead, young doormat of a girl.

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

I tried several Diane Palmer books years ago and now I remember why I gave up on them. The common trope in many of her stories including this one is the emotionally constipated, superior, knuckle-dragging male who torments the doormat of a female because of his personality disturbances. Ugh! Spare me because I KNOW that is not love. I was looking for a Western and forgot why I avoid her tales. However, while it is not for me, someone else might enjoy it. To end on a positive note, I thought the narrator did a good job.

  • To Sin with a Viking

  • By: Michelle Willingham
  • Narrated by: Deirdre O'Connell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Caragh O Brannon defended herself bravely when the enemy landed - only now she finds herself alone with one very angry Viking. Styr Hardrata sailed to Ireland intending to trade, never expecting to find himself held captive in chains by a beautiful Irish maiden. The fiercely handsome warrior both terrifies and allures Caragh, but he is forbidden territory. He is the enemy, and he is married. Yet Styr harbors a secret that just might set them both free.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OK but not my jam.

  • By Anonymous User on 02-02-19

OK but not my jam.

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

First of all, I really liked the narrator's voice with that delightful accent. Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy the story as much. It may just be a personal preference but I don't like a tale where the female lead chases a grumpy male while disparaging herself. She did seem TSTL at times. He was always having to save her.

Furthermore, I find it hard to believe that her family lived on the ocean and fished as a part of subsistence yet she was starving because when left alone she didn't know how to fish. I also was incredulous that the whole clan was starving yet no one in the clan knew how to fish including the elderly men? The male lead (of course) taught her how to fish just in the nick of time to prevent starvation. Literally, TSTL.

In addition, at the end of the writing I still felt like she was the second choice even though I respected the choices both of them made in consideration of his marriage. While there is a HEA, the reader has to wade through plenty of angst to get there. Some people might enjoy that, I didn't.

In conclusion, this is the first book I have read by this author and it wasn't all bad. I would try another just in case it is a one off.

  • Seduced

  • The Wicked Woodleys, Book 5
  • By: Jess Michaels
  • Narrated by: Danielle O'Farrell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Criminal Jack Blackwood has plenty of problems, from his complicated relationship with his brother to the plethora of men coming to dethrone him as king of the underground. What he doesn't need is a rich, bored gentleman showing up to try to join his gang. Worse, he doesn't need that gentleman's sister, Lady Letitia Seagate, chasing after him demanding he keep her brother safe. If only the lady weren't so damned intriguing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A 3.5 for me. Usu enjoy this author's books .

  • By Anonymous User on 02-02-19

A 3.5 for me. Usu enjoy this author's books .

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

Overall, I liked this story. Although the narrator's rendition was okay in general, I found Jack's voice to be off. If he was self-educated and grew up on the poorest streets of London, I would have expected a rough Cockney accent. Instead it was often slightly nasal and plummy even more than the upper class characters which seemed incongruent to me.

In conclusion, this tale is not particularly thought-provoking or taxing for the brain but provides some light inoffensive reading with a nice HEA. Sometimes that is exactly what I am in the mood for while I get household chores done.

  • A Sword for His Lady

  • Courtly Love Series # 1
  • By: Mary Wine
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Wiley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

After proving himself on the field of battle, Ramon de Segrave is appointed to the Council of Barons by Richard the Lionheart. But instead of taking his most formidable warrior on his latest crusade, the king assigns Ramon an even more dangerous task - woo and win the lady of Thistle Keep. Isabel of Camoys is a capable widow with no intention of surrendering her valuable estate. She's fought long and hard for her independence, and if the price is loneliness, then so be it.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed review,predictable plot,very light reading.

  • By Anonymous User on 02-01-19

Mixed review,predictable plot,very light reading.

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

I think it must be difficult to write a story which hasn't already been written already. While I can empathize that this is any writer's struggle, I do occasionally encounter books which do not employ tired tropes that really grab my interest. Unfortunately, this tale is not one of those. However, I am thankful that there was nothing offensive (like gratuitous rape, sexual punishment, submissiveness, etc) in the publication. It seemed a very light read if that is what you are in the mood for. It helped that this writing was relatively short, only 11 or 12 chapters, and it delivers an HEA. I also liked that the female lead was a strong confident woman who was not a doormat although constrained by the rules of her time.

One other possible improvement would be a different narrator. It was not that she was a bad narrator but her voice sounded too mature for the characters she was depicting. While she does a good job of differentiating voices, her male voices sounded like gruff old men (not very appealing in the sex scenes). In closing, I would try future books by this author in hopes that this was a one off.

  • The Tilted World

  • A Novel
  • By: Tom Franklin, Beth Ann Fennelly
  • Narrated by: Brian D'Arcy James
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 219

The year is 1927. As rains swell the Mississippi, the mighty river threatens to burst its banks and engulf everything in its path, including federal revenue agent Ted Ingersoll and his partner, Ham Johnson. Arriving in the tiny hamlet of Hobnob, Mississippi, to investigate the disappearance of two fellow agents who'd been on the trail of a local bootlegger, they are astonished to find a baby boy abandoned in the middle of a crime scene. Ingersoll, an orphan raised by nuns, is determined to find the infant a home, and his search leads him to Dixie Clay Holliver.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Simple Short Review

  • By Kenny Hogan on 11-25-13

An excellent book so well narrated!

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

Reviewed: 01-31-19

This is a richly drawn story that I have no regrets having spent the time listening to. It is a tale that showed the many perspectives of Prohibition. In addition, the work lluminates how tragedy can burn away the superficial leaving the ability to hone in on the purest values. Last but least, the narrator gives a distinctive and emotive voice to all the characters; far from the robotic or overdramatic voices often heard, like Goldilocks, just right. Kudos to both the narrator and the author!

  • Hard Evidence: I-Team Series, Book 2

  • By: Pamela Clare
  • Narrated by: Kaleo Griffith
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 514
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481

After the murder of a teenage girl, a mysterious man in a black leather jacket was seen lurking near the crime scene. Investigative reporter Tessa Novak has him in her sights as the culprit. That man was Julian Darcangelo, an undercover FBI agent working with the Denver police. He's closing in on the trail of a human trafficker and killer. Tessa's accusations could blow his cover, and he wants her off the investigation. But just as Tessa has made Julian a target of interest, she is now a target of the killer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Romantic Suspense

  • By Katherine on 01-26-14

As always, a story that draws you in...

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

Reviewed: 01-31-19

It is the health care provider in me that has to point out that when a captor has a victim down on the ground, then I don't know how the captor can also be putting their knee in the "solar plexus" of their victim. The solar plexus is located in the upper abdomen, an area of nerves behind the stomach protected by the spine posteriorly. Okay, enough anatomy already.

Aside from that tiny, pendantic and unimportant detail of anatomy, I love ALL of Pamela Clare' s books were the ones she wrote about the historic past. "Defiant", "Surrender", "Untamed" and my best loved "Ride the Fire" is on my bookshelf right now and has been re-read many times. Although the modern books are not my favorite, I look forward to anything this author writes. I can't help but hope she will consider more tales with the rich historical detail and vivid imagination of her first publications however.