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  • Escapade

  • By: Diana Palmer
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2

When her father dies, heiress Amanda Todd inherits a nearly bankrupt newspaper that she’s determined to bring back from the dead. But controlling interest lies with mysterious millionaire Joshua Lawson. So she heads off to Josh’s Caribbean estate to convince him that she can save the failing business, but Amanda is floored when she comes face-to-face with the handsome tycoon. As sparks fly in paradise, can the young beauty convince him she’s a worthy partner in business...and love? 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • AVOID

  • By Nell Phoenix on 03-09-18

AVOID

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

This is an old DP when she wrote as Susan Kyle and it shows!! There is not just one couple but 3 so the story gets a bit confusing at times as to who is getting with whom and the stage of the relationship.

I got to about half way then gave up as I kept getting lost as to which couple the story was talking about. There is plenty of evidence in the story that this was written back in the 80's, and having read others from that time that DP wrote this does not match up. I also have to wonder if she recycled some of the story line into newer books as there are some similarities between this and more recent books.

Todd McLaren does his usual fair go at female voices and does put some emotion into the reading but he is not the greatest at creating an atmosphere. His voice is soothing to listen to and not grating but it does start to sound repetitive after a while so don't try to listen to one of his books in a single sitting - you will lose the plot!.

Overall this is one book that I will be returning for credit as it is just not up to par of an old DP book. Night Fever was way better!

  • Dragon King

  • By: Donna Grant
  • Narrated by: Terry Donnelly
  • Length: 4 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Grace Clark has always done things safely. She's never colored outside of the law, but she has a book due and has found the perfect spot to break through her writer's block. Or so she thinks. Right up until Arian suddenly appears and tries to force her away from the mountain. Unaware of the war she just stumbled into, Grace doesn't just discover the perfect place to write, she finds Arian - the most gorgeous, enticing, mysterious man she's ever met.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • bad narrator!

  • By Nell Phoenix on 10-08-18

bad narrator!

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

As a Scot I have heard many different attempts at a Scottish accent but this has to be the worst ever!!! this female narrator just demolishes what is a good story with her dismal attempts at trying to be a Scottish male.

The story is not the best in the series but it is a decent one, so I managed to listen to the full story but never again!

I have heard some half decent female narrators that can do male voices but Terry is not one of those.
Please stick with Antony for the series, while he can lack emotions on occasions he at least can do a half decent Scottish accent!

  • The Death Dealer

  • By: Heather Graham
  • Narrated by: Fred Stella, Natalie Ross
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Genevieve knows all about nightmares. She herself survived two months as a psychopath's prisoner. And now this new menace stalks the city. Spooked by the bizarre slayings, she turns to P.I. Joe Connolly, her past rescuer, friend and...hopefully something more, if he would just quit avoiding her. At first Joe isn't even sure there is a case. But the body count rises, and it's clear that a twisted killer is on the loose. Even more unsettling is the guidance he starts receiving from beyond the grave.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A gem of a listen

  • By Nell Phoenix on 22-03-18

A gem of a listen

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

Reviewed: 22-03-18

I got this as I was interested to learn more about Adam Harrison as I am a Krewe fan.

This turned out to be a gem of a book which was performed by the narrators more like a radio play so it flowed well.

It is part of a series so I think if you have read the previous books you may get more out of this than reading it as a stand alone but it is still very enjoyable.

If you are a Krewe fan then this is very much in the same idea, but maybe slightly less structured. The book flowed well and I was impressed with the characters.

Overall a great listen!!!

  • Covert Game

  • By: Christine Feehan
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14

Despite the death of a traitor and key conspirator, the plot to use the GhostWalker experiments to undermine the security of the US by foreign interests still exists. The GhostWalkers themselves must race against the clock to neutralize the danger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ANOTHER FANTASTIC GHOSTWALKER

  • By Dolores on 07-04-18

Classic Feehan

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

Reviewed: 22-03-18

This follows on from "Power Game" with the same baddies involved. We learn more about Gino and his relationship to Joe, including childhood. Nonny is around dishing out wisdom as usual, and there is updates on a few of the others about.

The fate of the girls held with Bella is cleared up a bit. The girls night out with Nonny to the Hurican club was a hoot!!! Zara's abilities are going to make for some interesting reading in coming books especially if she joins up with Jamie from team 3 and Flame from team 1 as all 3 are computer geniuses.

This book is back to being classic Feehan with more story and action than bedroom action. It sets up an interesting "What if" for future with what Zara brings back from Cheung and that he is still about.

Overall this was a great read and had me up all night unable to put it down!!!

The Narrator has done a few Feehan books now and I think he is improving but he is a bit flat at times with no emotion in his voice when there should be. He is still very easy to listen to but his female voices tend to be very off. Overall a decent narrator.

ENJOY!!

  • Leopard's Blood

  • By: Christine Feehan
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Though born into a leopard's lair in the bayou, Joshua Tregre's fighting skills were honed in the rainforests of Borneo. Sleek and deadly, he's the perfect man to take over a crime syndicate back home in Louisiana's lush swamplands. His razor sharp instincts give him an edge in the violent underworld he knows so well, but even the watchful leopard inside him isn't prepared for the danger that comes from the girl next door.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AWESOMELY FANTASTIC

  • By Dolores on 04-04-18

Worst yet

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

This has to be the worst one yet in this series. I'm open minded but even I was taken aback with both foul language and the bdsm nature to the sex scenes. There is being alpha male then there is outright dominance. This was pure dominance.

Returned didn't even get half way through!

  • Wyoming Winter

  • Wyoming Men, Book 7
  • By: Diana Palmer
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

There's something about those Wyoming men... New York Times bestselling author Diana Palmer returns to the Cowboy State with a brand-new tale of desire and deception. Cultivating his vast Wyoming ranch is all security expert J. C. Calhoun wants. His land is the only thing the betrayed rancher can trust in after discovering his fiancée was pregnant by another man. But all J.C. holds dear becomes compromised when a lost little girl leads him to Colie Jackson, the woman who destroyed his life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • New characters

  • By Nell Phoenix on 02-11-17

New characters

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

Reviewed: 02-11-17

This is the next installment in the Wyoming series and yet again it spans Wyoming and Jacobsville with a twist.

Most of the action happens in Wyoming so you get updates on a few previous characters, including the Kirks. Then there is a jump to Texas before things return to Wyoming. What is surprising is that this time a few new characters appear plus one that had been named but hadn't appeared till now.

This is kind of on the lines of old school Palmer for the intimate bits but modern Palmer for other bits. I'm guessing that some of the new characters will be getting books at some point. The story spans about 3 years of time so the main characters grow over time and learn from both the past and others giving them wisdom.

Todd McLaren has done a few DP books now and while he has a soft easy listening voice he still has issues with female voices. This means some of the emotions are lost but that's a small point overall.

This is a decent DP book and for once nice to see new characters which added greatly to things.

Overall enjoyable

  • Tangled Destinies

  • By: Diana Palmer
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 4

Saved from an abduction and unthinkable harm, Gabrielle Bennett owed her life to her rescuer. Marc Stephano, a stranger from the sketchy shadows of town, could've asked for money. Instead, he introduced her to desire and claimed her completely - then he broke her heart. Older, wiser and now a top New York model, Gabrielle is prepared for anything - except Marc's reemergence into her life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Old school Palmer

  • By Nell Phoenix on 23-10-17

Old school Palmer

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

Reviewed: 23-10-17

This is an OLD book newly released on audio. When you listen to it there are clues that its from the 80's or so.

The story overall is pure Palmer of old, with overly macho hero and very female but strong minded heroine. These elements setup for lots of miscommunication and jumping to the wrong conclusion until events manage to put the 2 leads in a situation where things have to be talked out.

This is a romance but in true Palmer style the intimacy is there but blurred somewhat with language that stays out of using crudeness.

Overall this was an enjoyable listen and a nice toss back to old Palmer.

The narrator has done several of her books but still makes all the heroines sound the same. His voice is OK to the ear and not jarring.

Enjoy

  • Brighter Than the Sun

  • KGI Series, Book 11
  • By: Maya Banks
  • Narrated by: Tad Branson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

As the last unattached member of the Kelly clan, Joe is more than ready to risk life and limb on any mission he's assigned to, but when it comes to love, he'll keep his distance. He's content to watch his brothers become thoroughly domesticated. Zoe's had nothing but heartbreak in her life, and she's determined to start over with a completely new identity, thanks to her college friend Rusty Kelly. But it's the gorgeous smile and tender words of Joe Kelly that begin to weaken her resolve to never risk her heart again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • the last Kelly man falls

  • By Nell Phoenix on 15-09-17

the last Kelly man falls

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

Reviewed: 15-09-17

Any additional comments?

This is what I would call a pivotal book for a few reasons. First Rusty is front and centre as the Kelly giving aid, she manages to out geek Donavan, and shows how she has matured since The Darkest Hour. Next it sets up events for what will be, after 2 more books, the last KGI book - Rusty's story, things have moved on from being an immature crush to having more adult feeling. Sean manages to blow it big time leaving Rusty with no reason to stay anymore but she does come back for a wedding, and it is at that wedding that the Kelly men realise that Sean & Rusty have a thing for each other, (took them long enough).

Joe is the Kelly man to fall this time and after being somewhat resistant initially he falls hard and fast after just 2 dates. Its nice to see how he knows something is amiss so handles Zoe with gentlemanly care and allows her to some degree to set the pace. When Zoe goes missing Joe like the rest of KGI goes all out to find his woman and bring her home safe.

Since this story happens in and around the compound, there are lots of updates on other Kelly's as well as on some of the team members. For anyone who has read Steele's story then here again you get to see his softer side and it is ROFL when he tells KGI Maren expecting again. Then later when he finds a beat up Zoe he goes all out to protect her & follow her wished even when that means standing in front of Zoe's hospital door to block a raging Joe from getting to her. The scene where he persuades Zoe to come with him was heart breaking to read.

Overall this book has 2 intertwined stories that of Zoe & Joe and the continuing sage of Rusty & Sean. They blend seamlessly and enhance each other, leading to a very entertaining read. This is one of the better reads from the series, with the reader left in no doubt about what is happening and what is being set up to happen. ENJOY!!!

  • Wyoming Brave

  • Wyoming Men, Book 6
  • By: Diana Palmer
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Ren Colter may own an enormous ranch in Wyoming, but he scorns his wealth. He's closed himself off since his fiancée left him years ago, so he's shocked when he allows Meredith Grayling to stay with him. He tells himself it's only to protect the blonde beauty from a stalker, but Ren's alpha instincts soon kick in.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • WYOMING BOOK 6

  • By Saluki Selfie on 30-12-16

Basic modern DP

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

Reviewed: 29-12-16

Have you listened to any of Todd McLaren’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Got a bit monotone at times and voices blended. He still not great a female voices so they tend to sound the same

Any additional comments?

This is part two of the story started in defender. It helps if you have read defender as many of the same characters appear along with some old favs and recent couples. This is your basic modern DP with virginal female lead being a person of faith and a damaged much older male lead. About half the book happens in Wyoming the rest back in Texas. The story plods along enough not to be boring. There are some lol moments as standard in any DP book. Cousin Mikey and associates provide some OMG and lol moments. Many of the characters involved in defender are back including the avengers and we learn a bit about them. Not a lot in the way of updates about other couples but a few recent ones pop up. The croc incident involving rouke and Carson gets a mention. There are the usual misunderstanding and edited info that cause problems which are coming to be standard in all DP books. So is the fact that story arcs span different series. Overall its a decent read and worth a listen. Not one to listen to in a single sitting but ok

  • Defender

  • Long, Tall Texans Series
  • By: Diana Palmer
  • Narrated by: Todd McLaren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

When Paul Fiore disappeared from Isabel Grayling's life, he told himself it was for all the right reasons. She was young and innocent, and he was her millionaire father's lowly employee. Three years on, Paul is the FBI agent assigned to Isabel's case. Too late, he realizes what life in her Texas mansion was really like back then - and how much damage he did when he left.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very much a Diana Palmer book

  • By Nell Phoenix on 04-07-16

Very much a Diana Palmer book

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

Reviewed: 04-07-16

Have you listened to any of Todd McLaren’s other performances? How does this one compare?

very similar but he got a few voices wrong, should of checked past books!

Any additional comments?

This book is the first of 2 about the Grayling sisters, the younger sister gets her story in the Wyoming series Jan 2017.

This is very much in the same vain as most of DP's book, with a virginal naive young lady and an older, slightly damaged guy. About the first third of the book gives the history between Paul and Isobel (Sari) with the rest of the book back in present day. As is the case with many of DP's books if you have read the rest of the series, the timeline is a little off but it doesn't distract from the story too much. Since most of the action takes place in Jacobsville, there is a lot of catch up with the usual crowd, which is nice but its mostly the same crowd that is in every other DP book of late. The story is a too and fro between the main characters with much misunderstanding and lies for protection told. Its not until the present part that things get untangled but again some of the same issues come back to haunt both of them.

Like most DP books, what you get initially is not what you think is going to happen, as there are a few surprises in store. There are a few twists and turns, some characters like Mr Grayling that I wanted to strangle! but overall its a nice easy read.

Todd McLaren is a decent narrator but he got a couple of voices wrong in my opinion. Glory Rodrigo sounded Mexican when she is American. This is not the first DP book he has narrated so I had heard his voices before. Overall he is easy to listen to with a slow steady rhythm to the narration with accent when needed. One of the better narrators that I have heard. Enjoy!