Dana Marcel

Metairie, LA, United States
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-01-18

super cute story

Super cute story. Makes me want to take the same journey! Team Fraser and Team Braveheart!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-20-18

feels and emotions

This book hit way too close to home for me. The best way I can describe it is "Real". It was raw and gritty, and real. This one will stick with me for a while.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-23-17

No connection

What disappointed you about This Man?

Crazy sex with a mysterious man – Check. Mysterious man who is domineering and bossy – Check. That’s sexy as hell. But domineering and bossy does not sufficiently describe Jesse Ward. He’s not an a**hole; he’s not a jerk. Jesse Ward is a truly horrible man. He’s mentally and emotionally abusive to Ava. [Since he’s her client] I kept screaming in my head “OMG Ava, tell your boss! This is harassment! Call the police!” And Ava falling in love with Jesse…. Umm no, you’re stupid. She didn’t know his age, where he was from, his likes, his dislikes, what he likes to eat or drink, etc. She literally knew nothing about him except how he is in bed and where he lives and works. That’s it. That’s not love. The sex scenes were hot, but other than that the book completely lacked in the connection department. Other than sexual connection, the characters had NO connection. The only dialogue in this book is Jesse telling Ava what she can and cannot do, or something equally abusive and possessive. This book was almost exactly like 50 Shades, except British with 20 times more bossiness/domineering/possessiveness/abuse. The last 1/8 of the book was interesting enough. But not enough to make me want to purchase the next 2 books.

What could Jodi Ellen Malpas have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

More connection to the couple, to be sure! Despite his bad characteristics, if we had known more about Jesse as a person that may have changed the opinion I have of him.

What aspect of Edita Brychta’s performance would you have changed?

She did good with what she was given.

What character would you cut from This Man?

Sarah.... typical and unnecessary drama.

Any additional comments?

The story needs more connection to the relationship other than lust.

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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-23-15

Offended cajun

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I love Nora Roberts and I loved this book. However, I took away 2 stars because of the annoying Cajun stereotypes. I live in New Orleans and am Cajun born and bred. NOBODY says "Cher" like that. NOBODY. In all my 37 years I've only heard "Cher" used several times. Mostly people only do it when we're poking fun at ourselves or trying to over exaggerate our "Cajun". Also, we do NOT have fais do do's for wedding. We have normal weddings like everybody else. My biggest pet peeves in books is when an author uses discriminative stereotypes to characterize a Cajun/New Orleans born and bred character. Authors really should actually visit and spend time in New Orleans before writing a piece revolving around this area and its people.

If you’ve listened to books by Nora Roberts before, how does this one compare?

This one falls short because of the insulting cajun stereotypes

Did James Daniels and Sandra Burr do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

I HATED James Daniels Cajun accent. It was AWFUL. But then again, he was just working off of what the author wrote, so I can't blame him. He did do a great job with Declan's accent.
Sandra Burr was great. In the early 1900's that was indeed how cajun's spoke so he accent fit for that time period that she was narrating for.

Did Midnight Bayou inspire you to do anything?

Yes, it inspires me to write a book a why cajuns hate stereotypes.

Any additional comments?

If it wasn't for all of that I would've given this book a full 5 stars. Because other than that, it was a great Nora Roberts classic.

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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-15

Narrator ruined it

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Pick a better narrator

What do you think your next listen will be?

Something with a better narrator

What didn’t you like about Suzan Crowley’s performance?

Boring voice!

Any additional comments?

I think if the narrator was different I maybe could've enjoyed it. The narrator has such a boring voice that I literally fell asleep. I'll try it again in book form maybe one day.

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-21-15


What made the experience of listening to Still Missing the most enjoyable?

This is a book of survival, and empowerment. I highly recommend it, and list it among my favorites.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Still Missing?

The things she had to endure while she was held hostage. I can't go into detail without spoilers so I'll just say.... feels and emotions!

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

No I haven't, but I definitely will be looking into more of her narration soon!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Cry mostly.

Any additional comments?

Psychological thriller masterpiece!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-18-15


What did you love best about Confess?

Colleen Hoover has an amazing ability to make you feel a range of nearly every single human emotion possible. You'll cry your eyes out and then on the next page you'll left hysterically.

What did you like best about this story?

All the confessions and the fact that they are from real fans.

Which scene was your favorite?

Can't pick just one.

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

The prologue had me crying and then again at the end.

Any additional comments?

I was 7 minutes into the (audio) book and cried. So I knew this would be a great book. Just like every other Colleen Hoover book, this one had me full of feels and emotions. Of course I was laughing so much as well because let’s face it, Colleen Hoover writes hilarious books! How does she always seem to come up with these exceptional story lines??!!!
Trey and Lydia – I can’t say out loud what I think about you both because Jesus is watching.

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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-30-15

Love/Hate relationship with this one

Would you consider the audio edition of Burned to be better than the print version?

Anything Phil Gigante narrates is better than the print version.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Burned?

Lor! Loooove that man! Hope to see more of him in the next books!

Have you listened to any of Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Their narration is flawless.

Any additional comments?

Love the Fever Series! I thoroughly enjoyed this book! New characters, new POV’s, new dangers, new mysteries, new everything!
That being said, another blogger wrote “Burned was not a book she (KMM) wanted to write and you feel it on every single page.” While harsh, I have to agree. This was not KMM’s best work. I’ve read lots of stuff in the past 2-1/2 years saying that KMM is going through a hard time in her life with different personal issues. It definitely shows in her writing style in Burned. There’s just way too much of a “depressing” emotional feel to this book. Mac was portrayed as depressed and weak. Not the version of Mac that we were left with after the 5th (and what we thought was final) book.
In my opinion, where KMM messed up is that she listened way too much to the backlash of Iced and Dani’s age. You can absolutely tell that this version of Burned is not the original Burned that she had intended.
There are GREAT things in this book. (I especially love the scenes with Lor.) The book could’ve been fantastic, but it somehow failed. Over all, KMM let her personal life along with the bloggers backlashing over Iced negatively impact her writing Burned. I’m disappointed with this one. But KMM is an amazing author so I’m praying she will redeem herself.
I hope all the people that bitched about Iced (namely about Dani and her age) got what they were looking for. KMM was able to give you what you wanted, and in doing so disappointed many of her TRUE fans. There was absolutely nothing wrong with Iced to begin with.
I still and always will LOVE KMM and the Fever series. Forever a devoted fan!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-21-14


Where does Where She Went rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 5 for sure (when combined with If I Stay)

Who was your favorite character and why?

Umm duh, Adam!!!

What does Dan Bittner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He was perfect for the part of Adam!

Any additional comments?

First off, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT read the synopsis for this 2nd book before you finish If I Stay!
Where She Went ties everything together from If I Stay. Together these 2 books make for a beautiful story that I will remember forever!

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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-21-14


What made the experience of listening to If I Stay the most enjoyable?

The narrator and the writing were both wonderful. The narration was perfect for Mia and the writing is very fluid and easy, making for a great audiobook!

What did you like best about this story?

Everything. There's not 1 thing that I liked "best". The whole thing was great.

Any additional comments?

First off, DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT read the synopsis for the 2nd book before you finish If I Stay!
What an emotional journey! This is definitely a story that will stay with me forever.
I do think that you HAVE to read the second book “Where She Went” to truly appreciate the whole story.

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0 of 1 people found this review helpful