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  • The Wild Rose

  • By: Jennifer Donnelly
  • Narrated by: Jill Tanner
  • Length: 24 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 534
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 490
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 488

It is London, 1914. World War I looms on the horizon, women are fighting for the right to vote, and explorers are pushing the limits of endurance in the most forbidding corners of the earth. Into this volatile time, Jennifer Donnelly places her vivid and memorable characters, including Willa Alden, a passionate mountain climber who lost her leg while summiting Kilimanjaro with Seamus Finnegan - and will never forgive him for saving her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So sad that this third in the series is the last.

  • By I like to shop on 08-22-16

Absorbing Saga (Spoiler Alert!)

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

Reviewed: 02-23-18

Would you listen to The Wild Rose again? Why?

No. I never listen to a book more than once.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Willa, the heroine. Flawed, beautiful, brilliant.

Have you listened to any of Jill Tanner’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Same high quality narration. I have found all of Jill Tanner's work consistent.

Any additional comments?

This was my least favorite of the trilogy primarily due to how the villain of The Wild Rose was portrayed at the end despite all the horrible things he did -- not realistic to me.

  • Satyr's Son: A Georgian Historical Romance

  • Roxton Family Saga, Book 5
  • By: Lucinda Brant
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193

London, 1786. Lord Henri-Antoine has returned from the Grand Tour to a life of privilege and excess. A vast inheritance allows him every indulgence, free from responsibility. Yet, Henri-Antoine maintains a well-ordered existence, going to great lengths to conceal an affliction few understand and many fear. Miss Lisa Crisp is a penniless orphan who relies on the charity of relatives to keep her from the poorhouse. Intelligent and unflappable, Lisa will not allow poverty to define her. She leads a useful life working among the sick poor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lucinda Brant + Alex Wyndham = Truly Marvelous

  • By Cate F. on 12-10-17

5 Stars, but for Narrator's Choppy Performance

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

Reviewed: 01-05-18

What made the experience of listening to Satyr's Son: A Georgian Historical Romance the most enjoyable?

Nicholas Boulton does a very good job differentiating between gender voices and dialects. This listen I found the cadence he uses for some voices irritating. When he reads young females' lines his speaks quickly, with a lighter tone - which is good - but he's using a choppy cadence. He emphasizes the last word in every sentence, then there's a pause, as in "full stop," then he reads the next sentence, then full stop. I want to encourage him to be mindful of this choppy style. It's not natural and I know he's better than this. The audio director needs to keep Nicholas from falling into this unnatural sounding speech pattern. This is why the narration only got 4 stars instead of the usual 5 I have given to the other books narrated by him in this series.

What other book might you compare Satyr's Son: A Georgian Historical Romance to and why?

The rest of the books in the series.

  • 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 469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423

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

Perfection!

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

Reviewed: 12-22-17

Would you listen to A Duke in Shining Armor again? Why?

Yes! Wonderful story with well defined, intelligent, flawed lead characters who were very likeable and unlike some romances weren't frustrating to engage with.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Oh, the hero, of course. Sexy, handsome loveable.

What about Kate Reading’s performance did you like?

Kate Reading is flawless. She and Loretta Chase make a perfect pairing. Wonderful narrator with clear inflections between male and female, age and economic class.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

I'd love a movie made of any of Loretta Chase's novels. Tag line would be about how love prevails over the tight social strictures of the 19th century British ton.

Any additional comments?

This will be one of a few books that I will likely listen to again. It was that good.

  • Sweet Little Lies

  • A Heartbreaker Bay Novel
  • By: Jill Shalvis
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230

As captain of a San Francisco Bay tour boat, Pru can handle rough seas - the hard part is life on dry land. Pru loves her new apartment and her neighbors; problem is, she's in danger of stumbling into love with Mr. Right for Anybody but Her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted to throttle the heroine

  • By Gale Ann on 11-21-16

Wanted to throttle the heroine

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

Reviewed: 11-21-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I liked that the author used domestic abuse as a theme in this story. It's good to get it out in the open so more women will feel confident to ask for help.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Not sure you would call my high blood pressure from frustration over how impulsive the heroine was. She seemed incapable of thinking anything through. Perhaps that made her more real to some readers. I just got frustrated and yelled at her a few times. :-)

What three words best describe Karen White’s performance?

Karen does contemporary romance well. She has a distinctive cadence to how she reads which works for most of the contemporary novels I've listened to her narrate.

What would have made this romance irresistible?

The heroine being less of a feather brain, reactive twit.

Any additional comments?

I've enjoyed this series. This book is my least favorite.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Nothing Like Love

  • By: Abigail Strom
  • Narrated by: Emily Durante
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

Simone Oliver prides herself on being a realist and a cynic. A brilliant set designer for a Manhattan theater company, she thrives in the background and is perfectly comfortable in jeans, Chuck Taylors, and a paint-smeared T-shirt. That is, until Zach Hammond, the award-winning (and sexy-as-hell) British director, turns the spotlight on her. He's clearly captivated by her and won't take no for an answer - but Simone is determined to maintain her position that love's not worth the risk.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great, other than the weird attempt at a British accent

  • By Natasha Smith on 06-06-16

Warning! Narrator is HORRIBLE.

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

Reviewed: 07-24-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I stopped listening a few times and read the Kindle version, then I steeled myself to finish listening so I could warn other readers about the bad job the narrator made of this book.

What other book might you compare Nothing Like Love to and why?

The story was fun, the people and places appealing and attractive. Author's other books are fun -- like this one -- a chick lit theme.

What didn’t you like about Emily Durante’s performance?

Not much. Her male voices were terrible. They sounded like they had colds and the hero's British accent was abysmal. Truly horrible.

What would have made this romance irresistible?

A narrator who could handle the hero's masculine British accent. He didn't sound anything like the hero the author described.

Any additional comments?

I won't bother with any other books narrated by Emily Durante. I'll read them instead. I don't care if they only have American accents. She can't carry off a male voice. I think she needs long term professional coaching and training before she attempts another.

  • Sweet Thing

  • By: Renee Carlino
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin, Sean Pratt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 53

When Mia's father unexpectedly dies, she decides to pick up the threads of his life while she figures out her own. Uprooting herself from Ann Arbor to New York City, Mia takes over her father's café, a treasured neighbor­hood institution that plays host to undiscovered musicians and artists. She's denied herself the thrilling and unpredictable life of a musician, but a chance encounter with Will, a sweet, gorgeous, and charming guitar­ist, offers her a glimpse of what could be.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most frustrating book you will ever read. But READ IT!

  • By Book Club Gone Wrong on 07-28-18

Frustrating & Irritating Experience

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

Reviewed: 04-23-16

Would you try another book from Renee Carlino and/or Marguerite Gavin and Sean Pratt ?

No.

What could Renee Carlino have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

It took forever to reach any sort of resolution. The heroine was a fearful idiot, it was amazing how long the author could drag out her indecision about the smokin' hot hero.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Her voice sounded too smokey and old for the heroine, especially since it was in first person. I finally gave up listening and finished it by reading the Kindle version. I skipped and skimmed to the end, F I N A L L Y. It took forever.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Frustration on the long, dragged out storyline describing the heroine's utter lack of self honesty and all about her fears. I found Mia irritating and irrational for no good reason. There wasn't any supporting storyline explaining why she was a fearful thing about allowing herself to love the guy.

Any additional comments?

Not reading this author again, nor do I intend to buy/listen to another audiobook with this narrator.

  • The Unimaginable

  • By: Dina Silver
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 166

After 28 years of playing by the rules, Jessica Gregory moves from her small Indiana town to Phuket, Thailand. But her newfound routine is upended with the arrival of Grant Flynn, a captivating, elusive man who is sailing around the world while trying to move on from a past tragedy. Jessica volunteers to help crew Grant's boat, Imagine, on a passage across the Indian Ocean and finds herself falling in love with him as the voyage gets underway.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible Story, Like nothing I've read before!

  • By Cyndi on 04-20-17

Good Adventure

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

Reviewed: 01-23-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes, an enjoyable story..

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Love HEAs.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Amy McFadden?

This narrator is very one dimensional with all the many books I've listened to her read. She always sounds the same and always gushes. It's the GUSHING that I'm getting tired of. I'm thinking she gets so many gigs because she must not charge as much as others in her field.

Could you see The Unimaginable being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Yes because of the gorgeous places in the story. Josh Duhamel or Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Red Carpet Kiss

  • By: Melissa Brown
  • Narrated by: Kristin Watson Heintz
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

After penning a series of best-selling novels, Eleanor Riley vowed to leave her past - and the man who broke her heart - far behind. As the creator of one of television's most beloved dramas, Elle couldn't have written a better comeback for herself. But her success doesn't leave much room in her life for romance...until Luke Kingston enters the scene.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this book!

  • By Laura McMillin on 11-14-15

Too much angst for this gal

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

Reviewed: 01-11-16

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

Someone who enjoys indecision in a smart woman for no reason given. She likes control she says and seems to me to be a horrible choice for a relationship. Woman is way too neurotic.

What was most disappointing about Melissa Brown’s story?

I couldn't empathize with the main character. Too immature for supposedly being 35.

Would you be willing to try another one of Kristin Watson Heintz’s performances?

Didn't care for the narrator either which may have contributed to me not finishing this listen. I got one third through it and couldn't bring myself to listen to more.

What character would you cut from Red Carpet Kiss?

The main character, El.

Any additional comments?

I'll be mindful not to buy another book by this author and especially not any books with this narrator.

  • Sweetest Scoundrel

  • By: Elizabeth Hoyt
  • Narrated by: Ashford McNab
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306

Prim, proper, and thrifty, Eve Dinwoody is all business when it comes to protecting her brother's investment. But when she agrees to control the purse strings of London's premier pleasure garden, Harte's Folly, she finds herself butting heads with an infuriating scoundrel who can't be controlled.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • "One of the Best Non-Sex Sex Scenes Ever"

  • By Cam on 12-04-15

Sweet Hotness

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

Reviewed: 12-06-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I enjoy this series so much that I would absolutely recommend Sweetest Scoundrel as well as the entire Maiden Lane Series.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Asa the hero, of course! Lots of charisma, his rough around the edges manners were very appealing. A very sexy guy.

Which character – as performed by Ashford McNab – was your favorite?

Don't have any one is particular. She reads this series so very well. Pulls off the steamy scenes with a hint that Ashford enjoys reading them as much as I enjoyed listening!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The scenes where Asa introduces Miss Dinwoodie to what sex can be. Very earthy and realistic. Like author Grace Burrowes, Elizabeth Hoyt approaches the virile hero using self gratification to relieve his sexual tension. The authors who write as though their randy heroes just suffer through until they get to seduction is unreal. One gets a very strong sense of time and place in this book.

Any additional comments?

My favourite author and favourite series. Elizabeth makes all her heroes and heroines attractive, flawed and completely lovable. An awesome and winning combination.

  • Turn Up the Heat

  • A Pine Mountain Novel
  • By: Kimberly Kincaid
  • Narrated by: Casey Holloway
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

Unexpectedly jilted by her locally famous boyfriend and haunted by a boss who makes Attila the Hun look like a lap dog, Bellamy Blake does what any self-respecting girl in her shoes would do. She rounds up her two best girlfriends and makes plans to get the hell out of Dodge.... But Bellamy's escape plan takes a nose dive on the side of rural route 164 when her transmission self-destructs, leaving her in the middle of a cell phone dead zone with nothing but her wits. Oh, and Shane Griffin, the hottest mechanic who's ever checked under her hood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A enjoyable listen

  • By Cyn on 11-20-15

Narrator Needs More Experience

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

Reviewed: 05-14-15

The story was typical boy meets girl with a big secret keeping the hero from being honest. Misunderstandings ensue, hero comes clean, reconciliation occurs. They live happily ever after. Formulaic w very attractive, like able couple. Enough steamy scenes to keep interesting.

I'll avoid this narrator in future. She read the story with a choppy cadence. Used enough gruffness to distinguish the males. I'll READ any other books this narrator is on.