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Raleigh, NC, United States
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  • Annabelle

  • The Four Sisters Series, Book 2
  • By: Audrey Harrison
  • Narrated by: Katie Bunn
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Annabelle Johnson has a secret. It could ruin her. But yet, she remained in a darkened room with a gentleman. Perhaps it was because for the first time she felt safe in a gentleman's company. Lord Stannage was a handsome man. A pity then that everyone who met him only noticed his different colored eyes. In a society that only perfection was accepted, he was never going to feel welcomed. Two people, both hurting and afraid, needing each other's strength before their living nightmare can ease.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator kept me from enjoying

  • By Kathleen on 05-12-18

Narrator kept me from enjoying

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

Reviewed: 05-12-18

After listening to Stevie Zimmerman’s narration of the first book in this series, what a disappointment! First the narrator is just not very good. Second, although not an expert on British accents, I thought Bunn had a more working class accent that really eliminated the magic of the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl in the Gatehouse

  • By: Julie Klassen
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Jasicki
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 517

RITA Award finalist and Christy Award winner Julie Klassen delivers historical romances brimming with the eloquence and intensity of Jane Austen. In an abandoned gatehouse on an old estate, Mariah Aubrey lives in seclusion. She supports herself by writing novels in secret—at a time when such writing is considered improper and unladylike. Soon the wealthy and ambitious Captain Bryant leases the estate and is intrigued by the beautiful girl in the gatehouse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing and Fresh Story and Characters

  • By Carrie Fancett Pagels on 10-15-11

Jaciski was fantastic. Ver good read.

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

Reviewed: 03-17-18

No wallpaper historical. Reminds me of Jane Austin. It's about romance, manners, culture and every day life but keeps up the tension. Though some might not like the religious comments/references brought up every once in a while, I think it is probably very appropriate for the era. It is a "sweet" romance, our heroine and hero share no more than a kiss, but I found it enjoyable and era appropriate.

It's hard for a narrator to do a good job of the voices of the opposite gender characters but this narrator did them excellently. I will look into more books narrated by her.

  • Captured by the Highlander

  • Highlander Series #1
  • By: Julianne MacLean
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 677
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 612
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 615

From best-selling author Julianne MacLean comes the first entry in the fiery saga of three Highland warriors sworn to protect their homeland-and fight for the women they love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great narrator and story

  • By Elizabeth on 02-09-12

A parody of a bodice ripper.

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

Reviewed: 12-29-12

Purple prose ("she felt his tremendous masculine form on top of her"), overwriting, redundant words ("murky gloom"--is there a bright gloom?), cliches ("she fought him with all of her might"), stupid anachronisms ("I'll scream my guts out"). It was all silly, stupid adolescent melodrama. By the second chapter I was ready to throw up.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dangerous Race

  • By: Dee J. Adams
  • Narrated by: Eve Bianco
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 95

Four years ago, race car driver Tracey Bradshaw almost died in a horrific crash. Now scarred inside and out, she's making a comeback, but her team is plagued by a series of "accidents."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Couldn't Put It Down

  • By Laurie on 10-01-11

Silly protagonist, weak story, fluffy narrator

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

Reviewed: 11-23-12

The protagonist had no credibility. The book starts as a female race car driver--supposedly intent, dedicated and determined to succeed from a young age--is tearing around turns at over 200 miles an hour, setting track records. While she should be listening to her engine and the sound of her transmission, figuring out how to take the next turn even faster, her heart pounding at her dangerous maneuvers, instead our airhead protagonist is laid back, thinking about her life, her boyfriend, joking amiably over her headphone. I don't THINK so! A race car driver is an athlete. A professional. This is the most important thing she has ever done in her life, for God's sake. And, our protag also has time, during her record-setting maneuvers, to look up at the stands and observe what is going on. PUH-LEASE!

The narrator made the whole thing even worse with her "tee-hee-hee" voice. She used a high-pitched girly narration to comment on the feel of the track and the turns, for example---sounding more like she was oohing over her latest nail polish than an athlete commenting on conditions.

Despite the initial nearly fatal attack on our protag, when the lady next takes the track, no one even seems to pay any attention to the possibility that she may be being targeted so no one pays any attention to the fact that her pills went missing and are found mysteriously. No. Everyone ignores this. Although our protag has already taken pills from a different bottle (and so ignores the newly recovered pills), her mentor takes them. GUESS WHAT HAPPENS FOLKS!!

I didn't get much further than this. It was just too dumb, dumb, dumb.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Other Woman

  • By: Hank Phillippi Ryan
  • Narrated by: Ilyana Kadushin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 90

Jane Ryland was a rising star in television news…until she refused to reveal a source and lost everything. Now a disgraced newspaper reporter, Jane isn’t content to work on puff pieces, and finds herself tracking down a candidate’s secret mistress just days before a pivotal Senate election. Detective Jake Brogan is investigating a possible serial killer. Twice, bodies of unidentified women have been found by a bridge, and Jake is plagued by a media swarm beginning to buzz about a “bridge killer” hunting young women. As the body count rises and election looms closer, it becomes clear to Jane and Jake that their cases are connected….

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Badly Flawed Production Ruined it For Me

  • By John Ellenberger on 10-09-12

Is it too much to expect a skillful writer?

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

Reviewed: 10-06-12

I was so disappointed by the opening of this book I could go no further. Writers are told that the first scene of a novel should capture the reader, make them feel as though they are in the hands of a master who will take them on a wonderful journey.

The writing in the opening is amateurish, characterization and dialog poor. The author tries awkwardly to give us time, place, backstory. Do the following excerpts sound to YOU like what a realistic seasoned detective is thinking and saying at a murder scene? Or does it sound more like Jake, the new boy-detective, the master of cliches and dumb thoughts?

He recognized television. Radio. That kid from the paper. How did they get here that fast?

Too bad I can’t call Jane. She’d love this.

What does Jane always say? It bleeds, it leads. At least her stories aren’t like that.

The EMT’s scrambling out of the doors. No need for them to hurry, Jake thought. She’d been dead for at least three hours. Just like the other woman.

***
And, REALLY, can you "hear" this exchange among crime reporters at a murder scene?

“One a couple a weeks ago, one today, that’s two.” "Is two murders serial?” “Both by water. Both by Bridges...That’s serial. We’re going with that. Maybe… The River Killer.’
“We are, too. The Bridge Killer.”
***

The description is pretty well written. But if I'm going to spend hours of my time listening to a novel, I expect good writing. I gave two stars for the story because I had to rate it. Actually I have no idea.

If you're thinking of buying this one, listen to the sample. My own fault, buying this loser. Should have listened to the sample. Got caught up in the reviews. When will I learn?

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Wedding Beat

  • By: Devan Sipher
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 115

Gavin Greene is a hopeless romantic. He’s also a professional one: He writes the wedding column for a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper, covering spectacular parties from coast to coast. But there’s a thin line between being a hotshot reporter on assignment and being a single guy alone on a Saturday night at someone else’s wedding. Everything changes on New Year’s Eve when Gavin meets Melinda, a travel writer with enchanting dimples....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Like a trip to the dentist!

  • By Elizabeth on 07-07-12

Whiney nerd seeks perfect love

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

Reviewed: 07-23-12

What disappointed you about The Wedding Beat?

I couldn't finish this book. I became tired early on of this nebbish kvetching---which he does continually throughout the book. My reaction to the protagonist's annoying internal thoughts (which was what most of the book was) was like nails on a chalk board. I wanted to tell him to just shut up and get on with it. Also I didn't find the humor all that funny and the romance wasn't very romantic. It was actually rather sad. About half-way through I gave up and quit. I gather most people liked this book which I don't understand. Maybe if you listen to the sample you can tell whether you find the protagonist off-putting.

Has The Wedding Beat turned you off from other books in this genre?

no

Would you be willing to try another one of Peter Berkrot’s performances?

maybe

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

irritation, frustration

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Open and Shut

  • By: David Rosenfelt
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,914
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,955
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,945

Whether dueling with new forensics or the local old boys' network, irreverent defense attorney Andy Carpenter always leaves them awed with his biting wit and winning fourth-quarter game plan. But the fun stops the day Andy's dad, Paterson, New Jersey's legendary ex-DA, drops dead in front of him at a game in Yankee Stadium.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Does Anyone Else Notice the Missing Content?

  • By pewter on 02-05-13

Not my type of protagonist

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

Reviewed: 04-30-12

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

A different protagonist. Andy Carpenter is a loser-type: a self-deprecating, wise-ass attorney who reminds me something of Harlen Cobin's Myron Bolitar except with less ego. I think I used to like him but hadn't read any novels about him for years. Now I find him tedious.

If you’ve listened to books by David Rosenfelt before, how does this one compare?

Can't remember

Which character – as performed by Grover Gardner – was your favorite?

The girlfriend investigator.

Any additional comments?

The mystery is okay. The narrator was good.

  • The Spymaster's Lady

  • By: Joanna Bourne
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 372

She's braved battlefields. She's stolen dispatches from under the noses of heads of state. She's played the worldly courtesan, the naive virgin, the refined British lady, even a Gypsy boy. But Annique Villiers, the elusive spy known as the Fox Cub, has finally met the one man she can't outwit... British spymaster Robert Grey must enter France and bring back the brilliant, beautiful - and dangerous - Fox Cub. His duty is to capture her and her secrets for England.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly enjoyable; Audiobook is fantastic

  • By Emily London on 12-28-10

The Spymaster's Lady

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-12-11

I like a well written historical romance, particularly historical romantic suspense, but so often the things that keep the couple apart are so contrived you can't even pretend to believe them. And, the women are often so weak-willed and like every other romance heroine, rejecting the man at first but in time just wanting to be dominated by the love interest. In this book the heroine is smart, strong, possesses all kinds of skills to keep her and others alive. The man and woman are spies on opposite sides so the problems of them getting together are believable. The suspense is high. And the heroine remains strong and brave to the end. And her love interest, strong himself, loves her for her strength and bravery. I hope Audible gets other books by this author! Very exciting, romantic and sexy.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful