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  • My Kind of You

  • Trillium Bay, Book 1
  • By: Tracy Brogan
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 953
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 830
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 826

Emily Callaghan never expected to spend another summer on Wenniway Island. Yet here she is, back in her quaint northern Michigan hometown of Trillium Bay, divorced, flat broke, and dragging along her precocious 12-year-old. It's a simple arrangement: Emily, a house flipper, will renovate one of her grandmother's rental properties in exchange for a much-needed loan. Once a wild child, the reformed Emily also hopes to remodel her reputation and show her family she's all grown up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome read and Awesome narration..

  • By Trish R. on 06-12-17

Selfish and Sacrilegious Heroine NO THANKYOU.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-16-18

So it isn't bad enough that Emily continues to try to get Lily to break up with Tad despite how happy they are. Emily nags, and nags, and tries to get her sister to date a mindless yoga instructor merely because his is handsome and more age appropriate. Emily decided her sister shouldn't be with Tad no matter how happy they are. What she wants is best! She is really narrow minded and selfish.

But I am completely disgusted with her hypocrisy and lack of morals. First she talks about finding some random guy to have sex with. Ok tart you are an adult. But when she spends the entire church service graphically and deliberately imagining the sex she wants to have with Ryan I am repulsed and done. Listening in church can be difficult. It is sometimes dry and your mind might wander. That isn't what she did. She never for one moment tried to listen but decided to spend the whole service imaging the sex she wished she could have. She purposefully indulged in the imagery. A skanky hypocrite like her shouldn't bother to go to church at all. She could hardly have picked a more inappropriate sacrilegious topic to indulge in.

  • Hisses and Honey

  • By: Shannon Mayer
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447

Humble baker-turned-supernatural Alena Budrene is lovely and lethal, and for the first time, she's owning it. Finally rid of her low-life ex-husband, she's free to date sexy vampire mob boss Remo, who respects her as both a Supe and a woman. She's on good terms with her difficult mother, and she's growing comfortable with her powers. But just when it seems things are falling into place for Alena, Hera strikes again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun and Energetic

  • By Sandfly on 03-14-17

Superduper . Not really.

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

When someone tells you there is only one way to get to the underworld that's a clue. When they tell you it is a one way trip that's another clue. When they stand there holding one of the few weapons which can kill you that is the biggest clue of all. Why then was our heroine so surprised when she demanded to be sent and he stabbed her?
Aside from being superduper dim our superduper heroine is also superduper bossy. She tells all the gods and goddesses what to do. And because that's just how the author rolls they do.
The book is superduper unlikely. But despite the high body count it has a superduper happy ending.

  • Fangs & Fennel

  • The Venom Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Shannon Mayer
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547

Alena Budrene is not just a gifted Seattle baker - she's also a supernatural. Having survived the virus that made her transformation necessary and outwitted an attack by a Greek hero, she's ready to settle down and deal with the challenges of living as a "Super Duper." But nothing is easy for a woman who can turn into a giant snake. Threatened by her unprecedented strength, Alena's enemies team up against her. What's next on the menu?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Can't stand stupid, weak will Heroines

  • By Christine on 12-12-17

What Was She Thinking?

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

The heroine discovers the bad guys have an oil which can kill her. She steals it. But she hands it to her vampire friend to keep it safe. She is supposed to keep it safe while she sleeps (is dead) during the day, in the house with two people who the heroine knows have turned against her.

Unsurprisingly the turncoats steal it back from the sleeping/dead vampire. Then the heroine rushes deliberately into a trap without even trying to find an antidote or protection against the poison.

She never takes any advice and shuns anyone who tries to help her.

There are obvious and logical solutions all around but the heroine ignores them all. Of course she gets a mostly happy ending anyway despite not really earning it. The series is more dramatic than well thought out. So I dropped the score to 3 stars.

  • Enchantress

  • Evermen Saga, Book 1
  • By: James Maxwell
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 17 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,661
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,481
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,477

Ella and her brother, Miro, are orphans, their parents killed long ago in the ongoing struggle against the mad Emperor. From the day Ella witnesses an enchanter using his talents to save Miro from drowning, she knows what she wants to be. But the elite Academy of Enchanters expects tuition fees and knowledge. Determined, Ella sells flowers and studies every book she can. Meanwhile, Miro dreams of becoming one of the world's finest swordsmen, wielding his nation's powerful enchanted weapons in defense of his homeland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good but ....

  • By Hlambase on 08-24-14

Gratuitous Violence and Dim Characters

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

This book has really horrible violence. The author occasionally interrupts the action with gruesome descriptions of people, children especially, violently murdered for fun. It usually doesn't have anything to do with the plot. It is just thrown in for unknown reasons.

When something bad happens the author drags it out slowly with paragraphs of trivial unrelated details. It is so tedious. It's like if a train was coming and someone was about to die on the tracks we would have to wade through a description of the scenery, description of the train and what the engineer was thinking and had eaten for lunch before the inevitable, graphic death actually occurs.(This is an analogy not a scene from the book.)

At the beginning the author describes a character in detail including his background and motivations. The author pointedly mentions his ill advised curiosity and nosiness. Obviously he is being set up to meet a bad end. Then he discovers something a dreadful secret. It seems he is destined to die for sure. Nope. We got the background and life story of a random bit character for no apparent reason.

Ella is stupid. If there is a foolish bad decision to make she makes it. Miro isn't much better. He at least is likeable. Ella is rude, selfish, arrogant and foolish.

This book is so dark and dreadful and considering the Heroine's track record and total lack of common sense I don't see much hope for a happy ending. Besides I have had more than my fill of innocent men, women and children randomly, brutally tortured and murdered because of the greed and depravity of those In power while anyone decent is betrayed and all others just let it go on unchallenged.

I am done. I won't finish this book. I got one third of the way through.

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  • Clean Sweep

  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,903
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,581
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,578

On the outside, Dina Demille is the epitome of normal. She runs a quaint Victorian Bed and Breakfast in a small Texas town, owns a Shih Tzu named Beast, and is a perfect neighbor, whose biggest problem should be what to serve her guests for breakfast.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Story was good, narrator did not fit.

  • By Letitia Waltersdorff on 11-18-15

Great Story. So So Narration

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

Reviewed: 09-28-18

The narrator does a pretty good job except when she gets Arland's voice mixed up with Caldenia's
Also Dina sounds very small town and undereducated which considering she has traveled the galaxy and interacted with countless different alien species seems inappropriate.

The story itself is unique and imaginative. An Inn magically connected to other worlds and catering to every imaginable species is bound to be an interesting series. And it is. Throw in a couple of hunks to fight alongside and woo the pretty, magical, young Innkeeper and you have the recipe for excitement and romance.

  • Life After Wife

  • Three Magic Words, Book 3
  • By: Carolyn Brown
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298

All's fair in love and war, and Sophie is determined to win the battle for her aunt Maud's cattle ranch - even if it means fighting Elijah, a rude ex-military man. But it seems that even from the grave Aunt Maud is still matchmaking; her will states that both Sophie and Elijah must share the ranch evenly, and neither wants to give up a share. But Sophie's main focus is on the ranch, not romance; she just put her life back together after being betrayed in her previous marriage.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A real treat

  • By DeAnn Herberger on 05-25-18

Selfish Sophie

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

Sophie is a selfish, rich btch who just inherited half a ranch from her great aunt. She tells Elijah who inherited the other half that she doesn't care that he served his country as a soldier for 20 years. She says there are no machine guns or drug cartel in Texas so he should take the million dollars she inherited from her deceased televangelist husband as payment for his half of the ranch and get out leaving the only home he has ever known.

I hate this btch and don't think she deserves a happy ending. Her husband cheated on her. Boo hoo hoo. It serves her right for marrying the kind of "religious man" who sells religion for profit. She knew he was dishonest and unscrupulous. Why would she expect honesty or honor in marriage when he had none in his professional life.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • In Shining Whatever

  • Three Magic Words, Book 2
  • By: Carolyn Brown
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267

Hart Ducaine was the love of Kate Miller's life, but he hadn't been interested in a long-term relationship with her 15 years before. So why should she trust him now? There is no way he will ever be her knight in shining...she can't remember the word...knight in shining whatever! A professional bull rider turned rancher, Hart only has eyes for Kate, but she is one sassy piece of baggage - even more so than back when she was a teenager and she'd first caught his eye.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Selfish Whiny Heroine

  • By M.L.L. on 09-24-18

Selfish Whiny Heroine

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

Kate dated 17 year old Hart for 3 weeks when she was 15 before he went back to his ex girlfriend. She will never trust him or any other man again.

  • A Forever Thing

  • By: Carolyn Brown
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306

Fancy Lynn Sawyer says that before she'll even think about the M word, a man has to say the three magic words, but 'I love you' isn't enough. He has to promise her a forever thing. She intends to find her forever thing in Florida, her home since she was 15, so she wasn't even looking for it when she comes to Texas to help her grandmother. With a job at the elementary school lined up, Fancy Lynn moves but she intends to stay only until her grandmother regains her health. Theron Warren has absolutely no intention of falling in love again. His one failed marriage was painful enough.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • cute and clean

  • By AmazonShopper_Kate on 02-06-17

Pretty Good

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

This was a pretty good book. I resent that the short girl had to end up with a REALLY short guy. Why should she? Besides he needs to get some height in his family.

The worst thing about this book was the 2-3 year old. Some of her dialogue was too advanced for even a smart child. The concepts not the vocabulary were beyond the understanding and mental capabilities of a child that young. And of course it is always annoying when an adult tries to sound like a small child. This Audible narrator did a pretty good job. But sometimes it got irritating.

  • The Yellow Rose Beauty Shop

  • By: Carolyn Brown
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 891
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 777
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 773

Stella's mama never should've put Stella on the church prayer list. With Stella's 27th birthday coming up fast, Nancy desperately wants to see her daughter married and giving her grandbabies. Petitioning heaven seems like a surefire way to get it done. But in Cadillac, Texas, where the gossip's hotter than the city's famous jalapeño peppers, it isn't long before all hell breaks loose.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • love her books!

  • By marie popick on 03-31-16

Spoilers.

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

First you think Stella is a slut meeting random men and going to a motel for a nights of sex. Then you find out it is sex with a boyfriend not random pick ups. Then you find out she has a secret husband. At first she has a reason for the secret. But when the reason for secrecy is past she still keeps it from her loved ones.

I didn't like how the preacher was lying to and deceiving his congregation the whole book. That isn't appropriate behavior for the man people are supposed to be able to put their trust in and use as a moral compass.

  • Magic Triumphs

  • Kate Daniels, Book 10
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,580
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,473
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,466

Kate has come a long way from her origins as a loner taking care of paranormal problems in post-Shift Atlanta. She's made friends and enemies. She's found love and started a family with Curran Lennart, the former Beast Lord. But her magic is too strong for the power players of the world to let her be. Kate and her father, Roland, currently have an uneasy truce, but when he starts testing her defenses again, she knows that sooner or later, a confrontation is inevitable. The Witch Oracle has begun seeing visions of blood, fire, and human bones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Everything we hoped for...

  • By IreneMBBT on 08-28-18

Narrator is Inconsistent

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

The narrator doesn't always follow the descriptions of the characters voices. After narrating more than 10 book of these characters she should be familiar with them. Derek for instance is supposed to have a raspy ruined voice. She gives him a peppy teenager voice. Christopher is from California but for some reason speaks with an Italian accent. Sometimes. Not always. Andrea has had a Texas drawl in the past but not in this book. Curran's voice changed mid paragraph so I thought someone else had joined the conversation.

She sometimes mispronounces words. Dictionary ma'am.