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  • Castles

  • Crown's Spies, Book 4
  • By: Julie Garwood
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 843
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 768
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 766

Orphaned and besieged, Princess Alesandra knew that only hasty marriage to an Englishman could protect her from the turmoil in her own land. To the amusement of her makeshift guardian, Colin, younger brother of the Marquess of Cainewood, the bold raven-haired beauty instantly captivated London society. But when Alesandra was nearly abducted by her unscrupulous countrymen, the fighting instincts that won Colin a knighthood for valor were kindled. Deceiving himself that he wanted only to protect her, Colin swept her into a union meant to be a marriage in name alone...yet Alesandra's tender first kiss and hesitant caress ignited a wildfire in his soul.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • COLON IS A BODY PART NOT THE LEADS NAME!

  • By Tx2Stepn on 11-07-13

Favorite

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

Great story, great narration ~home following surgery ~listened to book straight thru! Now I’m waiting for a new contemporary novel Julie!

  • Heartless

  • By: Mary Balogh
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 14 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 713
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 655
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 658

Life has taught Lucas Kendrick, duke of Harndon, that a heart is a decided liability. Betrayed by his elder brother, rejected by his fiancée, banished by his father, and shunned by his mother, Luke fled to Paris, where he became the most sought-after bachelor in fashionable society. Ten years later fate has brought him back home to England as head of the family who rejected him. Unwilling as he is to be involved with them, he must assume responsibility for his younger siblings, the family estate he once loved - and the succession.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mary Balogh/Rosalyn Landor. What's Not to Love?

  • By 1955 on 07-20-15

Wonderful Story

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

Reviewed: 01-31-19

Balogh takes a Harlequin novel and adds class and drama. Landon has an incredible voice. Somewhere the two blended...drag. I’m not sure if it’s in the wording or it merely requires speeding it up a bit. I found this in their other novels as well, I become bored and race to the end not in anticipation and impatience but pure boredom to put a good plot to rest.

  • Untouchable

  • By: Jayne Ann Krentz
  • Narrated by: Amanda Leigh Cobb
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 181

Jack Lancaster, consultant to the FBI, has always been drawn to the coldest of cold cases, the kind that law enforcement either considers unsolvable or else has chalked up to accidents or suicides. As a survivor of a fire, he finds himself uniquely compelled by arson cases. But the more cases Jack solves, the closer he slips into the darkness. His only solace is Winter Meadows, a meditation therapist. After particularly grisly cases, Winter can lead Jack back to peace. But as long as Quinton Zane is alive, Jack will not be at peace for long.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • GREAT STORY - GREAT CONCLUSION!

  • By 🔵🔷🔹Del-VALLE🔹🔷🔵 on 01-09-19

Another Thumbs Down

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

Reviewed: 01-12-19

Made it about 2/3 thru. I’m sure many of you will love this and if you do that’s okay. I haven’t enjoyed any of Krentz’s books in a little over a couple years. This is my fault as I fell in love with her Arcane series, the Amanda Quick witty and thoroughly enjoyable adventures, and others with paranormal gifts (with exception of the Castle books, don’t like ‘dust bunnies.’) I’m calling it quits and it saddens me as Ms. Krentz has given me many enjoyable hours and greedy me wanted more. Evidently she’s going thru a mid-writer’s crisis and I’ve lost hope that she will come out of it.

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Dream Eyes

  • A Dark Legacy Novel, Book 2
  • By: Jayne Ann Krentz
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286

Gwen Frazier is no stranger to ghosts. She sees them in pools of water, windows, mirrors - any reflective surface - at the scene of violent deaths. But finding justice for the dead is something she’s not trained to do and a luxury she can’t afford. What pays the bills is her work as a psychic counselor who sees auras and interprets dreams. The death of her friend and mentor, Evelyn Ballinger, brings Gwen back to the small town of Wilby, Oregon, and brings back memories she would rather forget.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Expected more

  • By Shirley Spillman on 01-09-13

Love it but so sad......

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

Reviewed: 12-18-18

How many times can a person listen to the same books over and over? This was a great book to listen to but I will miss my Arcane and other books related. Love the Amanda Quick. Would have several other terrific stories to listen to if I could just get past the ‘dust bunny.’ Please bring stories like this one and the Arcane back❣️

  • The Pirate

  • Ladies and Legends Series, Book 1
  • By: Jayne Ann Krentz
  • Narrated by: Wendy Tremont King
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

Historical romance novelist Kate Inskip needs a break. Divorced, overworked, and completely stressed out, her writing buddies decide to surprise her with exactly what she needs - a vacation on a remote island that boasts a rich history and a crumbling castle built by an 18th-century pirate. But things don't go according to plan. A long flight, lost luggage, and a missed connection leave Kate wishing she'd stayed home. And a knife-wielding mugger is the last straw.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pirate of her dreams

  • By A_Basset_Lover on 11-20-18

What a surprise......

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

Krentz has been spiraling downward since the end of the Arcane Society, first adding Amy MacFadden to narrate, we were spared that narration this book, and now with a steamy Nancy Drewlike plot (although even those were more imaginative then this). Since she cannot sink any lower, time for me to give up and move on.

2 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Simply Magic

  • Simply Quartet, Book 3
  • By: Mary Balogh
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 12 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427

On a splendid August afternoon, Susanna Osbourne is introduced to the most handsome man she has ever seen...and instantly feels the icy chill of recognition. Peter Edgeworth, Viscount Whitleaf, is utterly charming - and seemingly unaware that they have met before. With his knowing smile and seductive gaze, Peter acts the rake; but he stirs something in Susanna she has never felt before, a yearning that both frightens and dazzles her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best so far

  • By Marta Richards on 09-03-16

Better than last

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

Reviewed: 11-15-18

It’s not that Balogh doesn’t have wonderful story lines, it’s just that she’s so long in the tooth. Coupled with a narrator that has a tendency to drag it out as well. Together, a big yawn BUT that was last novel. This one at least had a little more movement and story was good as usual.

  • Silver Linings

  • By: Jayne Ann Krentz
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

Successful but shy, Seattle art dealer Mattie Sharpe fell hard for handsome, outspoken, professional adventurer Hugh Abbott. When he broke her heart and returned to his South Sea island home, Mattie vowed she'd only meet him again over her - or better, his - dead body. When they do meet again, it's over someone else's dead body - and now they're running for their lives through a tropical paradise. Hugh's talking fast to make up for his mistake. Mattie's not listening...until his gentle touch ignites a white-hot fusion, and she gives in. But Hugh's past is catching up with them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not a bad story but.........

  • By Tami Emory on 05-19-18

Why?

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

Harlequin books equal Amy McFadden. In my nightmares I will hear her voice saying “Hugh, Hugh, Hugh.” Where is the adventure, the imagination?

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Family Man

  • By: Jayne Ann Krentz
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 83

A decade of working for the high-powered Gilchrist family empire has made sassy Katy Wade determined to open her own business. But there's one last problem she must solve before she can leave. The Gilchrists need an heir apparent to save their mysteriously floundering fortunes, and there's only one man for the job: Luke Gilchrist. All his life the Gilchrists have made Luke pay for his father's scandal, and now he's a renegade who's sworn he'll never go home - except to get even. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • i loved this book

  • By B. Seidel on 05-13-18

Which Jane Ann Krentz wrote this book?

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

Well, it wasn’t an Amanda Quick novel.… It wasn’t really a Jane Ann Krentz novel… Was it a harlequin book? As usual Amy McFadden did a lousy job, but at the same time Ms. Krentz has been hiring narraters in recent times that do not stand up to the quality of her stories and characters. This story grew a little stronger toward the end but definitely wasn’t the same quality that past novels have been. What happened to the Arcane Society, to the Amanda Quick novels? Were they all too safe, when is the experimentation going to end? There just aren’t that many great present day authors out there right now. I long for the past quality and for some of the past narraters (Barbara Rosenblatt) that pulled us into the story and allowed us to feel and live an adventure.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Fired Up

  • Book One of the Dreamlight Trilogy
  • By: Jayne Ann Krentz
  • Narrated by: Joyce Bean
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 624
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365

More than three centuries ago, Nicholas Willows irrevocably altered his genetic makeup in an obsession-fueled competition with alchemist and Arcane Society founder, Sylvester Jones. Driven to control their psychic abilities, each man's decision has reverberated throughout the family line, rewarding some with powers beyond their wildest dreams, and cursing others to a life filled with madness and hallucinations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It is one of the best books I have read on audile

  • By Michele on 01-22-11

Waiting..........

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

Reviewed: 02-15-18

How many times to listen to this series, more, more, more. Just not ready for it to end. I’d like to say just one more please, but, one would not be enough. Yet another well written Arcane adventure. Some people get all the talent!

  • Need to Know

  • By: Fern Michaels
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100

Through all their missions and adventures, the tightknit group of friends who make up the Sisterhood have learned one vital lesson: everybody has a weak spot. In the case of Yoko Wong's dear friend Garland Lee, the multimillion-selling performer known as America's beloved songbird, that weak spot was trusting her lawyer, Arthur Forrester. For years, he's taken advantage of her faith in him to amass a secret fortune. And now, in the deepest betrayal yet, he's dragged her into a lawsuit that could cost her home and everything she has left.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narration

  • By JamiKirkm on 11-19-18

This is my last Sisterhood book.....

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

Reviewed: 02-03-18

The boys, girls, Charles, et al, made a great team and made things interesting. I wouldn’t be married to Annie or Myra for all the tea in China even though they can afford it. Even as a 60+ yo, they are the least interesting characters (really they’ve turned into hags) of the lot and in this book, they were the storyline. PS: Fern......in my neck of the woods, nurse practitioners don’t do private duty and if they did it would be for more than $100/hr.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful