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  • Dark Desires

  • By: Eve Silver
  • Narrated by: Billie Fulford-Brown
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 50
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

Betrayed by those she trusted, penniless and alone, Darcie Finch is forced to accept a position no one else dares as assistant to dangerously attractive Dr. Damien Cole. Ignoring the whispered warnings and rumors he's a man to fear, she takes her position at his eerie estate, where she quickly discovers nothing is at it seems, least of all her handsome and brooding employer. As Darcie struggles with her fierce attraction to Damien, she must also deal with the blood, the disappearances...and the murders.  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Blah Blah Blah Blah.. Geez..

  • By Tracy T on 10-01-18

Fun Gothic; Great Narration

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

Reviewed: 04-17-19

Wonderfully gothic.

Darcie is a young gentlewoman down on her luck. She obtains a maid-of-all-work position in the household of Dr Damien Cole and eventually becomes an illustrator for his anatomical studies. The novel is set in Victorian London during the time of Jack the Ripper and there are similar murders in Whitechapel.

The author does a good job of setting up Darcie so she doesn't know whether the doctor is evil, or whether she should listen to her heart which is telling her to fall in love with him. Classic gothic struggle!

The attraction between Darcie and Damien was a little weak, and the middle of the book dragged, but overall it was a fun plunge into the gothic world of Victorian London. And the narrator was fantastic.

  • Boundary Broken

  • Boundary Magic, Book 4
  • By: Melissa F. Olson
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259

Years ago, boundary witch Allison “Lex” Luther made a promise to an alpha werewolf. Now, just when the supernatural community in Colorado is enjoying a period of hard-won peace, the alpha turns up at Lex’s door to call in his marker. Two of his pack members have disappeared in the Colorado sand dunes, and he needs safe passage to hunt for them. With her friend Simon Pellar along for backup, Lex ventures into the dunes to search for the missing couple…but what they find is only the opening move in an ambitious assault against those who hold power in the Colorado Old World.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Heroine too frustrating for 4th book

  • By Kiffyb23 on 03-27-19

Olson Does It Again!

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

Reviewed: 03-28-19

Such a treat to have a new Boundary book from Melissa F Olson!

I re-read the entire series before reading this, and loved how they all flowed together. I find her characters interesting and quirky, and her version of the paranormal world is one of my favorite interpretations.

Alison 'Lex' Luther is a boundary witch -- one who straddles the line between life and death. Olson has created a life for her that's multi-layered and fascinating. I adore the secondary characters, especially Simon & Lily Pellar, Maven, an extremely old vampire who looks like an artsy college student, and one of my favorite characters, Sashi, a thaumaturgic witch.

I wasn't terribly engaged at the beginning, but the story gained momentum and the last 2/3 or so were up to Olson's standards. As always, Kate Rudd did an amazing job with the narration, but I'd like her to listen to the Scarlet series so she knows how to pronounce 'Dashiel.'

  • A Notorious Vow

  • The Four Hundred Series
  • By: Joanna Shupe
  • Narrated by: Carmen Rose
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

When Lady Christina Barclay's parents settle on an intolerable suitor, Christina turns to her reclusive neighbor, a darkly handsome and utterly compelling inventor, for help. Oliver Hawkes reluctantly agrees to a platonic marriage...with his own condition: The marriage must end after one year. Not only does Oliver face challenges that are certain to make life as his wife difficult, but more importantly, he refuses to be distracted from his life’s work - the development of a revolutionary device that could transform thousands of lives, including his own.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bad Narration

  • By H Price on 03-14-19

Bad Narration

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

Reviewed: 03-14-19

It's amazing how much damage a bad narrator can do. The narrator for this audiobook, Carmen Rose has a weird musical way of finishing each phrase and sentence exactly the same. It is, in fact, musical, but so distracting that it's hard to concentrate on the story line.

This was essentially a Marriage of Convenience, which is a favorite trope of mine. Deaf millionaire Oliver Hawkes marries Lady Christina Barclay to save her from her money-grubbing parents and a really horrible octogenarian "groom." I enjoyed it, but wasn't drawn into the story as much as I should've been because of the bad narration.

  • Unraveled

  • By: Courtney Milan
  • Narrated by: Nicole Quinn
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 235
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231

Smite Turner is renowned for his single-minded devotion to his duty as a magistrate. But behind his relentless focus lies not only a determination to do what is right, but the haunting secrets of his past - secrets that he is determined to hide, even if it means keeping everyone else at arm's length. Until the day an irresistible woman shows up as a witness in his courtroom. Miranda Darling isn't in trouble - yet. But she's close enough that when Turner threatens her with imprisonment if she puts one foot wrong, she knows she should run in the other direction.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Impossible to listen to

  • By Hope on 06-21-14

It's pronounced jāl, not gay-ol!

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

Reviewed: 03-11-19

I was looking forward to the last volume of the Turner series, but the narrator pretty much ruined it for me. It's pronounced jāl, not gay-ol! You'd think if a narrator was going to work on a book about a magistrate that she might Google the pronunciation of 'gaol' before she began. After all, there were many dozens of uses of the word in the novel. But apparently not. In addition, she had a shrewish voice and made many of the minor characters sound like puppet voices. Sort of like the puppets/characters from Labyrinth....

That being said, it was a wonderful tale of Smite, the darkest and most enigmatic of the Turner brothers. Courtney Milan is a terrific writer and I love the richness of her characters!

  • Unraveled

  • Whiskey Sharp
  • By: Lauren Dane
  • Narrated by: Simone Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

Maybe Dolan has lived independent, free-spirited and unattached since leaving home at 16. Whiskey Sharp, Seattle's sexy vintage-styled barbershop and whiskey bar, gave her a job - and a reason to put down roots. Cutting hair by day, losing herself drumming in a punk rock band by night, she's got it good. But a longtime crush that turns into a hot, edgy night with brooding and bearded Alexsei Petrov makes it a hell of a lot better. Maybe's blunt attitude and carnal smile hooked Alexsei from the start. Protecting people is part of his nature.

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

  • By Cyndi on 06-16-18

Not Much of a Plot

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

Reviewed: 03-10-19

Unraveled has really no plot to speak of -- just some family drama (including some that wasn't resolved, but I'm guessing it's for the next book). Perfectly fine, but that's it. Probably not worth the credit.

Maybe (a nickname for Gladys, which she hates) and Alexi get together after eyeing each other for the past two years while they worked together in Whiskey Sharp, a barbershop and bar. Yep, that's the plot. For the last 90% of the book, they deal with some family problems on both sides. Some minor, some more than that. They are likable characters, especially Maybe (described by her sister as a hummingbird - high energy and colorful). But the book went on and on without much of anything happening.

Nice narration by Simone Lewis.

  • A Duke in Shining Armor

  • Difficult Dukes
  • By: Loretta Chase
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 527
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479

Hugh Philemon Ancaster, seventh Duke of Ripley, will never win prizes for virtue. But even he draws the line at running off with his best friend's bride. All he's trying to do is recapture the slightly inebriated Lady Olympia Hightower and return her to her intended bridegroom. For reasons that elude her, bookish, bespectacled Olympia is supposed to marry a gorgeous rake of a duke. The ton is flabbergasted. Her family's ecstatic. And Olympia? She's climbing out of a window, bent on a getaway.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderfully humorous and entertaining!

  • By Millicent j Hill on 12-13-17

A 19th Century Runaway Bride

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

Reviewed: 02-15-19

What a lovely book!

I thoroughly enjoyed A Duke in Shining Armor. Of course it had all sorts of my favorite catnip: forced proximity, a runaway bride, a bookish heroine....

Lady Olympia accepts the proposal of a duke she doesn't care for so she can help her family financially. But he shows up drunk for the wedding and she ends up taking way too many sips of brandy to bolster her courage. Instead, the brandy gives her a different sort of courage and she ends up bolting. The Duke of Ripley follows her - he's the Best Man and it's his job to try to keep the wedding in order. And you can guess what happens next....

Beautifully written and beautifully narrated.

  • A Duke by Default

  • By: Alyssa Cole
  • Narrated by: Karen Chilton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

New York City socialite and perpetual hot mess Portia Hobbs is tired of disappointing her family, friends, and - most importantly - herself. An apprenticeship with a struggling swordmaker in Scotland is a chance to use her expertise and discover what she's capable of. And it turns out that she excels at aggravating her gruff silver-fox boss, when she's not having inappropriate fantasies about his sexy Scottish burr.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Needed a different narrator

  • By Eirenical on 08-12-18

DNF

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

Reviewed: 02-15-19

I couldn't do it. I couldn't listen to that horrible accent. It took me completely out of the story line and all I kept hearing was the narrator butchering a Scottish brogue.

I'm sure she's a great narrator in other circumstances -- she has an interesting voice. But why would you hire a narrator who is incapable of doing the hero's accent?

  • Polaris Rising

  • A Novel
  • By: Jessie Mihalik
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

In the far distant future, the universe is officially ruled by the Royal Consortium, but the High Councillors, the heads of the three high houses, wield the true power. As the fifth of six children, Ada von Hasenberg has no authority; her only value to her high house is as a pawn in a political marriage. When her father arranges for her to wed a noble from House Rockhurst, a man she neither wants nor loves, Ada seizes control of her own destiny. The spirited princess flees before the betrothal ceremony and disappears among the stars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolute Perfection!

  • By Anonymous User on 02-15-19

Non-Stop Action!

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

Polaris Rising grabs you from the first chapter and the action never stops. Lady Ada von Hasenberg has been on the run from her father for almost two years because he wishes to attach her to a loveless marriage. She meets outlaw Marcus Loch and together they chase adventures across the universe.

The world building is smooth and seamless. The attraction between Ada and Loch is hot and dangerous. If I have any criticism at all, the plot is a bit thin. But the action makes up for it.

And the narration by Emily Woo Zeller is nothing short of perfect!

Highly recommended!

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  • 99 Percent Mine

  • A Novel
  • By: Sally Thorne
  • Narrated by: Jayme Mattler
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 439
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 418
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 419

If Darcy Barrett hadn’t met her dream man when she was eight years old, the rest of the male population wouldn’t be such a let-down. No one measures up to Tom Valeska, aka the best man on Earth, not in looks, brain, or heart. Even worse is the knowledge that her twin brother Jamie saw him first, and claimed him forever as his best friend. Tom’s off limits and loyal to her brother, 99 percent. One percent of Tom has had to be enough for Darcy, and her adoration has been sustained by his shy kindness. And if she’s honest, his tight t-shirts. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Unfortunately, Not worth the wait

  • By Kimberly on 02-02-19

Inside Darcy Barrett's Brain

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

Reviewed: 02-01-19

I love Sally Thorne's brain... and her writing style..... and her sense of humor.

So I've read some reviews comparing this with The Hating Game, but you just can't compare them. They both have wit, humor, and a fun slow burn, but otherwise they're very different books and you just have to love them for their own merits.

Darcy is smart, sassy, vulnerable, and lives life on the edge. Tom is steady and reliable. They're part of a triangle -- the 3rd part is Darcy's twin, Jamie. Jamie and Tom are best friends. Darcy and Tom have loved each other since they were 8 but never got together. Many years later they are thrown together while renovating Darcy's grandmother's cottage.

I loved being inside Darcy's brain. I loved watching her learn what makes Tom tick. And the narrator Jayme Mattler did a wonderful job!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • International Player

  • By: Louise Bay
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld, Shane East
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,333
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,231
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,230

Being labelled a player never stopped me from being successful with women. Until I met Truly Harbury. Truly was the first girl who ever turned me down. And she might just be the first woman with whom I ever fall in love. When an emergency means she needs my help running her family’s charity, I’m happy to introduce her to the glitz and glamour of the London business world - taking her to dinners, coaching her through speeches, zipping up the sexy evening gown I helped her pick out. The more time we spend together, the more I want to convince her I’m not a man to avoid.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow Start — Excellent Story

  • By janatallow on 01-26-19

Light, Sweet & Sexy

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

Reviewed: 01-23-19

A light, sweet, sexy friends-to-lover romance. Truly thinks of herself as the plain, bookish twin and doesn't understand why her "friend" Noah would be interested in more than friendship.

It's a story of Truly coming out from behind her twin's shadow - of her coming to understand that she's entirely more capable than she ever imagined.

Saskia Maarleveldd and Shane East are two of my favorite narrators and both did an amazing job! And thanks for including this immediately in the Romance Package, Audible!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful