LISTENER

C.A. Szarek

North Richland Hills, TX
  • 20
  • reviews
  • 2
  • helpful votes
  • 25
  • ratings
  • Devil and the Deep

  • Deep Six, Book 2
  • By: Julie Ann Walker
  • Narrated by: Mackenzie Cartwright
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

Maddy Powers' life revolves around cocktail parties, political fund-raisers, and charity events - but she can't forget the daring former SEAL who appropriated her father's yacht a few months ago...or the scorching kiss they shared before he disappeared into the deep blue sea. Bran Pallidino carries a dark secret behind his lady-killer eyes - one that keeps him from pursuing a serious relationship with Maddy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GREAT book!

  • By C.A. Szarek on 01-21-19

GREAT book!

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

I really liked this book, and it was a great book 2 to a great series! I was disappointed that there aren't more books, but it didn't take away from the story. I really liked Bran, and I adored Maddie. The book had all I require in a great read, funny, action and steam! I wish there were more!

I did really like the narrator, too!

  • The Striker

  • Highland Guard Series #10
  • By: Monica McCarty
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240

Six years ago, Eoin "Striker" MacLean endured the greatest betrayal of his life, a disaster that led Robert the Bruce to a crushing defeat and left Eoin without the spirited woman who ruled his heart. Eoin knew that falling in love with Margaret MacDowell - his sworn enemy's daughter - was risky. He promised Bruce that he would keep his fiery bride in the dark about the elite Highland Guard, but he could not predict the dire consequences his secret would have on his young marriage.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Striker

  • By Cathy Henderson on 04-20-16

AWESOME book!

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

It had been a while since I ventured into this series, and oh, how I missed it! I ADORED this story, and I've always wondered about the mysterious Striker, so I was excited about this story. It certainly didn't disappoint. This was a fabulous book and I can't wait to check out the next one!

Antony was a new narrator for me, and I wasn't sure about his voice at first, but I really liked his voice, and his accents. I can't wait to hear the next story! The one crit I have is that Eoin is supposed to be pronounced "Owen" and Antony called him Iain for the whole book, so that was a tad icky, but I got used to it.

  • The Rock

  • Highland Guard Series #11
  • By: Monica McCarty
  • Narrated by: Antony Ferguson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 239

The first time Thomas MacGowan saw Elizabeth Douglas, he thought that she was a princess. To the son of the castle blacksmith, the daughter of the powerful lord of Douglas might as well have been. Despite their differences in rank, they become inseparable - until Thom confesses his love, and the humiliation of realizing that Elizabeth has never considered him a potential suitor drives him to battle. Elizabeth is devastated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • an engaging story of love

  • By PaintingandPages on 03-20-16

AWESOME book!

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

It had been a while since I ventured into this series, and oh, how I missed it! I ADORED this story, and I've always wondered about the mysterious Striker, so I was excited about this story. It certainly didn't disappoint. This was a fabulous book and I can't wait to check out the next one!

Antony was a new narrator for me, and I wasn't sure about his voice at first, but I really liked his voice, and his accents. I can't wait to hear the next story!

  • The Chosen

  • A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood
  • By: J. R. Ward
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,755
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,528
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,516

Xcor, leader of the Band of Bastards, convicted of treason against the Blind King, is facing a brutal interrogation and torturous death at the hands of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Yet after a life marked by cruelty and evil deeds, he accepts his soldier's fate, his sole regret the loss of a sacred female who was never his: the Chosen Layla. Layla alone knows the truth that will save Xcor's life. But revealing his sacrifice and his hidden heritage will expose them both and destroy everything Layla holds dear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A FINGER-LICKING BANQUET FOR ALL BDB FANS

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 04-07-17

SO awesome!

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

I waited for this book so long. I have always ADORED Xcor and Layla, so it was great to FINALLY get their story. So fabulous. Every time one of these books comes out, it sucks me right back into this world, and it's so awesome. I’ve wanted Layla to have an HEA since we met her way back in book 1 or two and it was an awesome read. I’ve also loved Xcor at first word and so this book was so exciting for me. I was worried about how it’d been done but the WarDen didn’t disappoint. It was so awesome and one of my faves in the series. I cannot wait for the next one.

I love how Jim reads these books!

  • Butterface

  • The Hartigans, Book 1
  • By: Avery Flynn
  • Narrated by: Brian Pallino, Savannah Peachwood
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148

It’s true. I’m not what most people would call “pretty” and, well, high school was rough. Fast forward ten years and life is good, until a bunch of jerks think it’s hilarious to put the “butterface” (AKA me) on a wedding Kiss Cam with the hottest guy ever - and that old humiliation hits hard. I recognize him immediately. The hottest cop in Waterbury and totally out of my league. But then he kisses me. And we totally forget the room, the crowd, everything. Then he tells everyone we’ve been dating for months.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Just plain fun!

  • By Sara on 11-06-18

LOVE THIS BOOK!

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

I reallllllly loved this book, and I am super excited about the new series! I can't wait to check out each and every book as they come. This is so great cuz the heroine isn't drop dead gorgeous, and it makes it have a great appeal to "real life:"

So I don't love dual narration. I prefer duet, and if IS dual, I honestly would prefer just one narrator. That being said, I did love the male voice, and I liked the girl, and they did a great job on the book. I really wished it was duet instead of dual, but I will listen to the rest of the series, since I adore Avery's books.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Consumed

  • Firefighters Series, Book 1
  • By: J. R. Ward
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione, Hillary Huber, Jason Carpenter, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 741
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 689
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 683

Anne Ashburn is a woman consumed - by her bitter family legacy, by her scorched career as a firefighter, by her obsession with department bad-boy Danny McGuire, and by a new case that pits her against a fiery killer. Strong-willed Anne was fearless and loved the thrill of fighting fires, pushing herself to be the best. But when one risky decision at a warehouse fire changes her life forever, Anne must reinvent not only her job, but her whole self.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story - Why So Many

  • By Therese M. Woolley on 10-04-18

Great first book in a new series!

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

Anything JR writes, I will listen to/read. So this book was no exception, although I was uber disappointed Jim Frangione (who usually does all her books) wasn't the MAIN narrator for this book. It does have 4 narrators, so I assume the new series will all have more than 1, and in this case 3 males (including Jim) and a female, two of which read the accompanying novella. As in the previous book, I didn't like the female, and that didn't change. I don't feel like the voice fit the character, and was too nasally. Kinda annoying. The 3 males, I did like even tho the one who did the main character (Danny) took some getting used to for the character. I did like him better right off the bat than I had in the novella. I liked the 4th voice alot (Rizzo's character) but wished he was in it more, and I feel the same way about Jim. That being said, of course I will listen to the next one when it comes out.

  • The Wedding from Hell

  • By: J. R. Ward
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber, Jason Carpenter
  • Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

Don’t miss number one New York Times best-selling author J.R. Ward’s three-part series: The Wedding from Hell. This exclusive prequel to her upcoming standalone suspense Consumed (available in October 2018) takes us back to where it all started between arson investigator Anne Ashburn and "bad boy" firefighter Danny Maguire. The Wedding from Hell is a sexy standalone novella that sets up Consumed’s storyline, leaving fans hungry for more and dying to snatch it up.  

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

  • By Cyndi on 09-03-18

Great little listen!

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

So this book has two narrators, which is different for a JR book, and I didn't feel like EITHER the male voice or the female voice actually fit the characters, although the male voice grew on me. The female voice never did. I didn't like her voice at all, and especially when she was so nasally most of the time.

The story was great, and it made me look forward to the accompanying novel.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Haunting of Hill House

  • By: Shirley Jackson
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,817
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,391
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,398

Four seekers have come to the ugly, abandoned old mansion: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of the psychic phenomenon called haunting; Theodora, his lovely and lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a lonely, homeless girl well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the adventurous future heir of Hill House.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well written horror tale

  • By Crystal on 02-11-14

Just Okay

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

This book came out in 1959 so it showed that it was different from what I'm used to, but that being said I really did enjoy it. I wanted to check it out after I watched the recent Netflix series, which it is NOTHING like it, but it was a good story.

I loved the narrator, and she did awesome voices. I have never listened to another book she's done, but I would totally do so!

  • Hot Pursuit

  • By: Julie Ann Walker
  • Narrated by: Emily Beresford
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 64

Christian Watson, a former SAS officer and current BKI operator, never thought he would return to England after a terrible turn of events forced him to abandon his homeland. But, now, he's back on British soil where old enemies are determined to do him in. Fighting for his life is pretty much SOP for Christian. Doing it with the beautiful, bossy Emily Scott in tow is another matter entirely.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Virgin Audiobook Listener

  • By Tami on 10-20-17

LOVE this one!

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

Christian and Emily didn't disappoint! I really liked their story! It was kinda whirlwind, since it took place over a matter of days, but I already knew they belonged together, so it was nice to finally see it happen. I love how they snipe at each other, and learning about their pasts! I can't wait for the next one, although I am sad that it's the last one, since I wanted Ace and Rusty to have a book.

I really like this narrator, but her English accent leaves much to be desired, and I don't really like her male voices, except I didn't mind Ace's. I also didn't really care for Emily's voice, either. But she is still WAY better than the others who've read books in this series.

  • Fuel for Fire

  • By: Julie Ann Walker
  • Narrated by: Emily Beresford
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

Dagan Zoelner has made three huge mistakes. The first two left blood on his hands. The third left him wondering what if - what if he had told the woman of his dreams how he felt before his world fell apart? Spitfire CIA agent Chelsea Duvall has always had a thing for bossy, brooding Dagan, but it's just as well that he's never given her a second look - the secret about his past she carries could torch both of their lives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gotta love Julie

  • By Bonnie Cozad on 07-11-17

Just gets better...

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

I really enjoyed this one! I'd been eagerly waiting Dagan and Chelsea's story and it didn't disappoint! It was so great! As usual, I loved the characters, and I laughed and cried. I love this series so much, and I'll be sad when it comes to an end. I like meeting the new characters and getting to know others who only made appearances much better. I also love seeing characters from previous books! Such a great read! Can't wait for the next one.

I love this narrator. The only criticism I don't love her English accent. Alot of her male voices also sound the same, but she's still the best narrator this series has had. On to the next book!