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  • The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie

  • Highland Pleasures, Book 1
  • By: Jennifer Ashley
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,762
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,473
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,477

It was whispered all through London society that he was a murderer, that he'd spent his youth in an asylum and was not to be trusted - especially with a lady. Any woman caught in his presence was immediately ruined. Yet Beth found herself inexorably drawn to the Scottish lord whose hint of a brogue wrapped around her like silk and whose touch could draw her into a world of ecstasy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Way above my expectations!

  • By bluebelle on 05-05-12

An unexpected find

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

Reviewed: 05-25-16

What made the experience of listening to The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie the most enjoyable?

The cover made me hesitate, but the story captivated me. Not sure why, but the Ian is one the most lovable characters I have found. His desire to feel is endearing, and he is just so lovable, not an ounce of badness even after a tortured childhood. The overall story flowed well and the narrator was great for this genre.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ian

What about Angela Dawe’s performance did you like?

She reads with emotion, not in a montone, makes the listening experience a pleasure.

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

It is very emotional, yup, easy to cry, a harrowing experience because the cruelty he experienced at the primitive and inhumane psychiatric facility as a child; clode to the reality of mental health institutions at the time

Any additional comments?

Ian is one of those characters that could have a sequel. Beth is okay, but he is the star in this novel. Although sequels are not my cup of tea, I would make an exception in this case. I think this is one of those books that will be/are one of the favorites of many readers of the genre.

  • The Dragon Who Loved Me

  • By: G. A. Aiken
  • Narrated by: Morgan Hallett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 297
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298

New York Times and USA Today best-selling author G.A. Aiken is widely celebrated for her compelling Dragon Kin series. In The Dragon Who Loved Me, Rhona the Fearless, first daughter of a proud warrior family, resents that she’s not respected for her battle prowess by the male Northland dragons. But when one barbarian dragon becomes enamored with her, she begins to relish her influence over him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining!!!! But the not first in the Series

  • By Just so you know on 02-18-12

Something missing

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

Reviewed: 02-12-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator's diction was clear but emotionless which made the love scenes as romantic as eating in a fast food restaurant. And I didn't particullary like the diminished romantic tone from the first dragon books, which set Aiken as a lone star in the fantasy arena, whereas the first books had a balanced dose of fantasy, romance, mayhem, violence and humor, the tone has changed, romance has taken a nearly non existent role. Since Éibhear and Lizzie's story the romance portion has gone up in dragon smoke, and the stories have become more into the oncoming-ongoing war. I think this trend might have won Aiken more less romance inclined readers, but I no longer run to read the preorder books.

What did you like best about this story?

The humor and the dragon princes overall insensitive and selfishness, it is just hilarious, as well as their savagery. The continuity of their presence makes the reading experience worth while as well as the overall great imagination and originality expressed in Aiken's writing

How could the performance have been better?

More emotion and warmth, the narrator's read romance scenes the same way than violent or funny ones. Just like reading the ingredients for maccaroni and cheese. The love scenes with caution and almost rushed as if they needed to be skipped, and you could hear the discomfort in the reader's voice.

Do you think The Dragon Who Loved Me needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

The series needs to continue as simple as that, but expect to run on empty in the romance department, which is now an incidental, alas.

Any additional comments?

I wish for the old Aiken to return, but the new one is still okay even if the writing's uniqueness is quickly evaporating to please a wider audience. Too bad

  • Hello Love

  • By: Karen McQuestion
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,063
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 911
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 913

A year after the death of his wife, Christine, Dan is barely holding on. But one thing gets him through the long, lonely nights and that is his cherished dog, Anni. When she is stolen from his front yard, Dan and his daughter, Lindsay, are devastated. Meanwhile in another part of town, Andrea Keller is recovering from the heartbreak of a messy divorce. After she rescues a defenseless dog from an abusive tenant, her life changes in ways she never could have anticipated.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Animals Inspire Love

  • By Pamela Dale Foster on 11-10-14

Cookbook

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

Reviewed: 10-23-15

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

I listened to the end, a total waste of time. Maybe is just me but the entire story could have been 10 pages long. The almost, almost got old in no time. It was neither a live story, neither a dog story, what was not sure? Clean it was to the point there was not even a hug, so if you want to fill the space with zero angst, cutsiness, and a litlle bit of this, a little bit of that, this is for you.

Would you ever listen to anything by Karen McQuestion again?

Never

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

He did the best with the material given.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Hello Love?

Too much to write here, too much straw to gather in a meaningful fashion.

Any additional comments?

I wish I could have my money back

  • Bet Me

  • By: Jennifer Crusie
  • Narrated by: Deanna Hurst
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,415
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,690
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,709

Min Dobbs knows that happily-ever-after is a fairy tale, especially with a man who asked her to dinner to win a bet. Cal Morrisey knows commitment is impossible, especially with a woman as cranky as Min Dobbs. When they say good-bye at the end of their evening, they cut their losses and agree never to see each other again. But Fate has other plans.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Taking a Gamble on Love

  • By Queen Squared on 07-15-13

Okay not great

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-16-15

Too many: yes, no, maybe, almost...which made it predictable and tiresome. It made the plot contrived, and it was a shame because it had the possibilities for a superb farce.

  • In Harm’s Way

  • By: Irene Hannon
  • Narrated by: Stevie Ray Dallimore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 186

RITA Award-winning author Irene Hannon brings fans this exciting conclusion to her Heroes of Quantico series. In Harm’s Way opens with FBI agent Nick Bradley desperate to find a missing child. Then Rachel Sutton walks into his life, offering a tenuous link - Rachel claims she can feel the child’s terror through a tattered doll. Skeptical at first, Nick slowly uncovers startling connections that make him believe Rachel’s story - and believe her life is in grave danger.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story

  • By Katalin H. on 01-27-15

Religious

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

Reviewed: 02-10-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I have nothing against people who read or write inspirational fiction, but it is neither a genre that I would buy voluntarily nor read, thus I am bothered that I am stuck with a book that I bought totally unware of its contents. It is not the first time this happens when Audible sells inspirational books masked as other.

1 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Innocence

  • A Novel
  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,986
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,571
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,583

He lives in solitude beneath the city, an exile from society, which will destroy him if he is ever seen. She dwells in seclusion, a fugitive from enemies who will do her harm if she is ever found. But the bond between them runs deeper than the tragedies that have scarred their lives. Something more than chance - and nothing less than destiny - has brought them together in a world whose hour of reckoning is fast approaching.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Story dragged on and anti-climatic

  • By roz79 on 02-06-15

Yes, an alter Koontz might be enjoyable.

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

Reviewed: 10-18-14

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

While I had guessed much of the final outcome, and this story falls within the mystic realms where Koontz often dwells, it is a good tale, nevertheless; it is fodder for your inner —light—theologian. A doomsday story in the same vein of one of his older stories where innocence is the only way to earth's survival while eliminating all that ails our damaged world. A story about the eternal clash of evil vs good, where faulty humanity's original sin can only be expunged by total annihilation, thus granting hope for this earth. Albeit this fiction is not your regular terror fiction, it is an enjoyable read, just a different take.

If you could rename Innocence, what would you call it?

The tittle fits rather well.

Any additional comments?

Maybe start an alternate classification of some of Koontz works, his work can really be divided in at least one more genre. This cannot be classified as a horror book because it could raise unreal expectations while detracting lectors interested in this alternative genre from finding this good read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Wolf

  • A Carpathian Novel, Book 25
  • By: Christine Feehan
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,041
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 973
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 976

In Dark Lycan, Christine Feehan journeyed into the heart of the Carpathians, and into the souls of two lifemates stirred by the flush of passion and the threat of annihilation. In Dark Wolf, the breathtaking story continues as the bonds of family are imperiled, and the fate of two lovers lies hidden in the seductive shadows between life and death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dark Wolf is Sensual, Funny, and Marvelous

  • By Paulette on 02-12-14

Booooring

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

Reviewed: 09-10-14

What would have made Dark Wolf better?

An infusion of originality, less of the "Annoyingly clever," Carpathian, it is the same old, filling the blanks, more of a new plot, more of a new fresh approach.

Would you ever listen to anything by Christine Feehan again?

Maybe, her panthers are still readable, except for the geographical booboos.

How could the performance have been better?

Their imitation voices make my heart cringe and love scenes were, well, embarrasing.

Any additional comments?

Give up the Carpathians, or have an appendix with the background.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Cold, Cold Ground

  • Detective Sean Duffy, Book 1
  • By: Adrian McKinty
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,191
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,171

Adrian McKinty was born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland. He studied politics and philosophy at Oxford before moving to America in the early 1990s. Living first in Harlem, he found employment as a construction worker, barman, and bookstore clerk. In 2000 he moved to Denver to become a high school English teacher and it was there that he began writing fiction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a stunning book

  • By Alan on 01-17-12

A lazy stream growing into a powerful river

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

Reviewed: 05-17-13

Any additional comments?

It took me several tries to get into the story, but as a stream grows fed by tributaries into a powerful force of nature, so did this narration.

The narrator's lilt and cadence and native accent, further contributed to the natural flow and intensity of the story's events. The combination of a good tale and a well matched narrator, impacted on how the pieces fell into a perfectly mixed flow; on how all the feeding streams converged to make the interest grow; and on how the roar of the tale was able to drown all other interests, to successfully catch the reader's full attention in its eddies of intrigue and secrets.

This is a story of a conflicted catholic Irish detective working with protestants in the midst of the hunger strikes, the political maneuvers, the prejudices and hatred of religion, and the conflicted sexuality of the players, where many factors of the troubled Irish history are mixed with perfectly fluid precision, which result in a natural and moving experience, dragging you in as a nature's force.

A tale of a series of hate crimes cleverly using and exploiting the circumstances of all those involved, and a smart detective determined to find the connection between the murders of men who were reputed to be gay, the disappearance of a young woman, the Protestant-Catholic conflict, the dangers of Belfast during the era, and the politicos biding for power, and the main character's identity crisis; they all make for a powerful story only made better by the author's flawless performance and his wonderfully tinged with emotions voice.

What was better the story or the narrator? What shall I say, Doyle made the experience more intense; or was it McKinty who provided the perfect tale only to be enhanced by Doyle? Or do they flow together in a stream of great story telling, pulling us in until the end of the book and leaving us, the readers, hungering for more?

As far as the mystery went, it managed to stomp me, even if I had guessed much, and that is a feat, trust me, I am who guesses a who-done-it very early on. This is one book I would recommend without hesitation.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Distant Hours

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 22 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,863
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,171
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,182

Edie Burchill and her mother have never been close, but when a long lost letter arrives one Sunday afternoon with the return address of Milderhurst Castle, Kent, printed on its envelope, Edie begins to suspect that her mother’s emotional distance masks an old secret.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Right Mood At The Right Time

  • By Simone on 11-13-12

A short story line inflated with a word pump. Yawn

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

Reviewed: 11-08-12

What disappointed you about The Distant Hours?

Way too long for a fairly simple story line. It flowed liken like molasses someone put in the fridge. While is true Ms. Norton can paint a scene with her words, it was boring nevertheless. I skipped through 15 hours or so. It wasn't a Secret Garden, too much filler, and a so, so mystery, yawn.

Would you ever listen to anything by Kate Morton again?

Not sure, maybe. Everyone has the right to another chance.

What character would you cut from The Distant Hours?

Most.

Any additional comments?

A novella would have been better suited for the subject matter, less painful.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Delilah Complex

  • By: M. J. Rose
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 162

The Scarlet Society is a secret club of 12 powerful and sexually adventurous women. But when a photograph of the body of one of the men they're recruited to dominate - strapped to a gurney, the number 1 inked on the sole of his foot - is sent to the New York Times, they are shocked and frightened. Unable to cope with the tragedy, the women turn to Dr. Morgan Snow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Soft Porn

  • By Greg on 07-01-12

A different taste

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

Reviewed: 11-07-12

What did you like best about The Delilah Complex? What did you like least?

I have read other of Rose's works, and this one did not dissapoint. The possibility of women as the powerful agressors is intriguing. Throught my life, I have changed my naive belief that all wome nurturing creatures, and if the world goverments were left to their power, women would never turn into predators, and they would take advantage of their possitions, or at least not mostly.

Whereas the story line might be exagerated, it is thought provoking.

Would you recommend The Delilah Complex to your friends? Why or why not?

Not sure.

Do you think The Delilah Complex needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

The series as a whole needs one.

Any additional comments?

I would have rated it higher, hadn't it been for all the vivid descriptions of torture. I could have done without them, and, I would dare to say that the value of the total experience would have increased.

This is only my opinion, and while I like to read this genre, I find too much gore detracts from the entire experience.