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  • Cold-Hearted Rake

  • By: Lisa Kleypas
  • Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,489
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,389
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,384

Devon Ravenel, London's most wickedly charming rake, has just inherited an earldom. But his powerful new rank in society comes with unwanted responsibilities...and more than a few surprises. His estate is saddled with debt, and the late earl's three innocent sisters are still occupying the house - along with Kathleen, Lady Trenear, a beautiful young widow whose sharp wit and determination are a match for Devon's own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Glorious!

  • By bluestategirl on 03-31-16

Author took some risks

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

Reviewed: 03-25-19

This book is good enough to begin with the positive aspects. The narration was OUTSTANDING. I will be seeking out her work! Additionally, the research was impressive and the conflict was, in part, original. Finally, the sexual tension was well done and, at times, original (Kudos on the accidental interrupted bathing scene). However...
All in all, this ends up being a story about I’ll-suited partners who return to one another because the make-up sex is spicy. Not romantic to anyone with any kind of real relationship experience. Mature adults recognize this union as not being sustainable. Doomed. Dysfunctional. “But Kathleen takes charge,” you say? No she doesn’t. She uses sex in a weak attempt to prolong the relationship. Sad. Not strong. Sad. The couple says terrible things to one another, in anger, and this pattern points to the inevitable quest for a new relationship in a few years (or a REALLY miserable marriage replete with affairs and rabid resentments). I admire the author for trying to break the “girl meets Duke, dislikes but wants Duke, Duke becomes a better man in his quest to win her, happily ever after” mold. And I do think variations and departures from that model can succeed, but do not succeed here.
The distraction of setting up a story (Marrying Winterborne) in the midst of the current dysfunctional nest, reassures the reader that there’s more ugliness to come. Helen is young, innocent, and prone to taking complete responsibility when relationship problems arise. What great prey for the domineering, arrogant, presumptuous, angry, and spoiled Winterbourne! I haven’t read Marrying Winterborne (and won’t), but I wonder if Helen will take ineffectual stands against the jerk, Winterborne (who will change a tiny bit, but not much). This is the template for Cold-Hearted Rake.

If you are like me, you read romance novels because you believe people can mature to the point that they can engage in sustainable relationships that are stable but still sexy. Reading about alcoholics, I’ll-tempered men (from a long line of ill-tempered men), and men who feel entitled to anything and are briefly intrigued by anything they are denied, does not feel romantic. Nor does the idea (and ugly truth) that women submit to jerks out of sheer habit (Kathleen married Theo...why?...Helen wants Winterborne...Why?) The male leads in these stories don’t depart from the female leads’ harmful patterns-they’d capitalize on them. I can observe that sad story free and with a much smaller investment of time.

  • An English Bride in Scotland

  • By: Lynsay Sands
  • Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 924
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 848
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 846

Annabel was about to take the veil to become a nun, when her mother suddenly arrived at the abbey to take her home...so that she can marry the Scottish laird who is betrothed to her runaway sister! She knows nothing about being a wife, nothing about how to run a household, and definitely nothing about the marriage bed. From the moment Ross MacKay sets eyes on Annabel, he is taken with his shy, sweet bride...and the fact that she's blessed with lush curves only makes him utter his own prayers of thanks. But when an enemy endangers her life, he'll move the Highlands themselves to save her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So Adorably Sweet!

  • By 🌸DARA on 06-28-13

Boring sex and dialogue. Flat characters.

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

Reviewed: 03-21-19

Uninteresting characters. Meaningless dialogue. Bland. Returning. Reactions/behavior of characters unlikely...and not in an interesting way.

  • Guided Meditations for Sleep, Anxiety and Self Healing Bundle

  • 3 Beginners Scripts for Stress Relief, Letting Go, Having a Quiet Mind in Difficult Times and Overcome Trauma
  • By: Mindfulness Meditation Academy
  • Narrated by: Jane Lee
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 194

Defeat anxiety, reach deep sleep, and heal yourself with this guided-meditations bundle! Listen to the calm voice and beat of this three-in-one guided-meditations bundle to heal yourself and relieve stress in few minutes! 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Mostly music: A rip-off

  • By witty imp on 02-07-19

So much help for sleeping and stress!

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

Reviewed: 01-21-19

Good narration. Perfect balance between speaking and not speaking. Music soothing and simple. Love it!

  • Wicked and the Wallflower

  • The Bareknuckle Bastards, Book 1
  • By: Sarah MacLean
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238

When Wicked Comes Calling... When a mysterious stranger finds his way into her bedchamber and offers his help in landing a duke, Lady Felicity Faircloth agrees - on one condition. She’s seen enough of the world to believe in passion, and won’t accept a marriage without it. The Wallflower Makes a Dangerous Bargain... Bastard son of a duke and king of London’s dark streets, Devil has spent a lifetime wielding power and seizing opportunity, and the spinster wallflower is everything he needs to exact a revenge years in the making.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • And she sucks me in again!!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-26-18

Author should consider using word search/count

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

It was very distracting to hear "flared" and "flashed" repeated so often - the repetition took my attention from the story. I understand that the word choices matched the fire/flame/burn/devil imagery, but still...too much.The dialogue was good and the narration very good, but I think I would hesitate to purchase another book in the series. Irritation might flare!

  • Love in the Afternoon

  • Hathaways, Book 5
  • By: Lisa Kleypas
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 824
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815

Captain Christopher Phelan has been corresponding with the beautiful golden-haired Prudence Mercer while he was away fighting in the Crimean War. What he doesn't know, however, is that the woman who wrote to him is actually Prudence's best friend, Beatrix Hathaway.
Upon his return home to Hampshire, it becomes clear that Christopher's experiences in war have changed him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's Beatrix's turn!

  • By Helen on 07-08-10

Male lead is a petulant, I'll-tempered brat

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

Narrator does a good job with every voice but the male lead. Her voice is just not suited to male roles. The lead male was just very unlikable. I did not want our plucky heroine to marry him! He was so selfish and petulant that even his war trauma did not make him a sympathetic character. Much of the writing was good but between his voice and personality, he ruined the story.

  • Breathless

  • House of Rohan Series, Book 3
  • By: Anne Stuart
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303

Ruined beyond repair and shunned by London society, lovely Miranda Rohan rebelliously embraces the freedom that comes from having nothing left to lose. However, this dangerous course throws her under the power of the darkly enigmatic Lucien de Malheur - known to many as the Scorpion. Seeking to destroy the Rohans, Lucien traps Miranda in a marriage she thinks is based on friendship but instead is rooted in vengeance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not Your Ordinary Love Story

  • By Judy on 03-31-11

Stockholm syndrome meets Fatal Attraction meets Beauty and the Beast

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

Straight from the you-can-change-a-man-if-you-love-him-enough tradition. Dysfunction is a valid tactic for mixing things up, but this one was too dark, too unlikely, and too ugly for me.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Shelter Mountain

  • By: Robyn Carr
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,813
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,274

Marine veteran John "Preacher" Middleton intimidates just about everyone who walks into his bar. But when an abused young mother comes in, seeking protection from her ex-husband, Preacher promises to become her guardian - and maybe something more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story of kindness and unconditional love

  • By Houston mom on 12-01-12

It's just so....nice. Ugh!

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

Oh, boy. Where do I start? John is...perfect. Paige is...perfect. The minor characters are a weak attempt to show slightly imperfect characters, and the relevance of the subplots is questionable. Too many dialogue tags. John's eunichesque history is...concerning, but don't worry. In one night he becomes a perfect lover. Paige's character is flat. Damsel in distress-that's all. Christopher is a....yes, you guessed it, perfect. A few f-bombs can't save this saccharine story or bring it into the realm of relatability. Will return.

  • The Writer's Guide to Realistic Dialogue

  • Fiction Writing Tools, Book 4
  • By: S. A. Soule
  • Narrated by: Julie Carruth
  • Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

A powerful reference tool to crafting realistic conversations in fiction! This manual is specifically for fiction writers who want to learn how to create riveting and compelling dialogue that propels the storyline and reveals character personality. Writers will also learn how to weave emotion, description, and action into their dialogue-heavy scenes. With a special section on how to instantly improve characterization through gripping conversations, all of these helpful writing tools will make your dialogue sparkle!

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I was expecting

  • By Aaron on 06-26-18

Returning

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

Reviewed: 12-26-17

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

You would have to be someone who had NEVER even read a book before for this content to be informative.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Nutshell

  • By: Ian McEwan
  • Narrated by: Rory Kinnear
  • Length: 5 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,727
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,577
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,568

From the best-selling author of Atonement, Nutshell is a classic story of murder and deceit, told by a narrator with a perspective and voice unlike any in recent literature. A bravura performance, it is the finest recent work from a true master. To be bound in a nutshell, see the world in two inches of ivory, in a grain of sand. Why not, when all of literature, all of art, of human endeavour is just a speck in the universe of possible things?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Long Version, and the Short.

  • By Ilana on 09-19-16

Interesting premise....but I am realizing how indulgently overwritten is McEwan

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

Reviewed: 12-05-17

Densely overwritten....but if you favor academic-speak, this is a novel you might enjoy rigorously unpacking. Has moments of beautiful imagery, but the work is so cerebral I found it difficult to care about the fate of any of the characters. This is what happens when artists embrace the notion that everything should be intellectualized ad nauseum. A shame. This literature major sees this book as a lover who has been whisked off to their own autopsy before we've even enjoyed our first kiss. Damn.

  • On a Wicked Dawn

  • By: Stephanie Laurens
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 494
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 350

Laurens, a New York Times best-selling author, thrills millions of fans with each book in her sensuous Bar Cynster series.

Both beautiful and headstrong, Amelia Cynster has decided to marry the man of her dreams. Lucien Ashford is handsome and sexy - but Amelia is tired of waiting for him to make the first move. So slowly, carefully, she begins to lay her trap.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Maine Knitter on 03-09-14

Pretty good. Prebble never disappoints.

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

Reviewed: 11-04-17

This was pretty good - not as good as some of the other Cynster titles. I felt the conflict, with the money, was a bit thin...and the verbiage during the sex scenes was a little convoluted (glimpsed her soul? What? Easy does it!) Overall, worth purchasing