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  • "pleasantly surprised"

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    I didn't expect to like this one as much as i did. It's not the traditional chick-lit, in that it has slightly sad undertone, but i think it's what made the main character more thoughtful and likable. It made her seem less....flighty/girly than the traditional chick-lit heroine. Plus, I enjoyed the narrator, which is key for a good audiobook.

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    The Next Thing on My List

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Jill Smolinski
    • Narrated By Staci Snell
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    Meet June Parker. She works for L.A. Rideshare, adores her rent-stabilized apartment in Santa Monica, and struggles with losing a few pesky pounds. But June's life is about to change.

    S says: "pleasantly surprised"
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  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

    "Mindless entertainment"

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    You need to suspend the idea that this book has any resemblence to reality to enjoy it. It's absurd, silly, ridiculous and fun. Its not well written or socially redeemable, its just junk food for the ears and mind!The emails are funny and I loved the way they were performed of course they were over the top. That is what a beach read is all about!!!

  • Brava, Valentine: A Novel

    "You have to understand NY Italians"

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    I love Adriana's books and this was no exception. There wasn't that much "excitement" in the plot, but the way she tells the story is what makes it fun. I guess part of why I like her writing is that she accurately describes the experiences of Italian American families from NY - the good and the bad. I would love to have lunch with Adriana on the rooftop of the apt in the village, she makes it all come to life!

  • Me Before You: A Novel

    "Not what you would expect"

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    I was not sure what to expect with this book,I purchased it based on the reviews here. I was not disappointed at all. I think the subject was explored with dignity and realism. I was happy that the author did not decide to make the story unreal by writing a Hollywood Happy Ending. The character development of Lou was excellent. It was hopeful despite being sad. The reader was excellent. I would highly recommend this audio

  • Between, Georgia

    "Not worth your time or credits"

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    I think this may be an earlier book by JJackson because it was not even close to her other books in any way. The characters were interesting but the story was flat. Even Ms. Jackson's amazing narration which, truthfully, I could probably enjoy listening to her read the dictionary, didnt save it. I recommend, A Grown Up Kind of Pretty, my favorite.

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As an Audible Editor I listen for a living! British classics, YA novels, speculative fiction, and anything quirky, fascinating, or heart-wrenching.

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  • "Where Do I Even Start?"

    20 of 22 helpful votes

    In my self-description I wrote that I’m often drawn to heart-wrenching books. Well, this one certainly qualifies. If you read the synopsis of this story it will tell you that Me Before You is about a quadriplegic and the relationship that he forms with his care giver and how an unexpected love blossoms between them. Fine. This is indeed the narrative. But I’d tell you that what it’s really about is the impossible. (And not in the nice, hopeful “he did the impossible!” way. I mean in the wretched way.) I’ve never listened to a book that made me feel more trapped and claustrophobic. This is a real-life horror story about people who desperately want something they simply can’t have, and about differing perspectives that can never be reconciled. There’s a creepy old maze in the town where this novel is set that serves as a central point of imagery. And that’s what Jojo Moyes’ book feels like exactly: a tangle of directions, an unsolvable problem, knowing that there's no way out. How do you move forward if you keep turning circles on yourself because there is no acceptable answer? This book is simply crushing and will make you feel grateful for every moment of happiness you’ve ever had in your life. And yet, please don’t let the depressing picture I’ve painted scare you off. I can’t say this book is uplifting: it’s not. But it is revealing and instructive and even occasionally lovely.

    Given the heavy subject matter, I don’t think I could stand it if Me Before You wasn’t perfectly narrated, and luckily it is - by a brilliant multicast. Though the content of the story is nothing like The Help, the multiple-perspective casting here is as authentic and well-executed.

    I recommend this one highly to anyone up for an emotional challenge. However, there were a handful of side characters whose viewpoints just didn’t strike me as valid, or who could have been more sophisticatedly rendered. It’s only for this reason that am I not giving this book a full five stars.

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    Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Bonny says: "Will & Louisa - each has what the other one needs"

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  • 4.5 (1972 ratings)

    Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
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    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Bonny says: "Will & Louisa - each has what the other one needs"
  • 4.4 (1152 ratings)

    This Heart of Mine

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
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    Molly Somerville knows she has a reputation for trouble. She did give away her $15-million inheritance, but, hey, nobody's perfect. Yes, Molly's happy about almost everything...except her long-term crush on the daredevil quarterback for the Chicago Stars. That awful, gorgeous Kevin Tucker, a man who can't even remember her name! One night, Molly's penchant for running into trouble runs her right into Kevin himself, turning her world upside down.

    Donna A says: "5 stars"
  • 4.3 (871 ratings)

    Happy Ever After: The Bride Quartet, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
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    No man has rattled wedding-planner Parker Brown in a long time, but the motorcycle-riding, raven-haired Mal seems to have a knack for it. His passionate kisses always catch her off guard, much like her growing feelings for him. Parker’s business risks have always paid off, but now she’ll have to take the chance of a lifetime with her heart….

    Amy says: "Wonderful ending!"
  • 4.3 (329 ratings)

    Sprig Muslin

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Sian Phillips
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    Finding so young and pretty a girl as Amanda wandering unattended, Sir Gareth Ludlow knows it is his duty as a man of honour to restore her to her family.

    But it is to prove no easy task for the Corinthian. His captive in sprig muslin has more than her rapturous good looks and bandboxes to aid her - she is also possessed of a runaway imagination...

    A says: "Teen years favorite comes to Audible --at last!"
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  • 4.3 (319 ratings)

    A Civil Contract

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Georgette Heyer
    • Narrated By Phyllida Nash
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    Set in the Regency period, this is a classic tale of misunderstood love and an arranged marriage.

    Janet says: "Excellent Narration"
  • 4.3 (223 ratings)

    Big Girls Do Cry

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Carl Weber
    • Narrated By Teresa Floyd
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    In this sequel to Something on the Side, two Rubenesque beauties kiss the Big Apple goodbye and launch a new chapter of the Big Girls Book Club in Richmond, Virginia. But this time, the size-14-and-over ladies’ club is welcoming a chunky (and very male) player into its ranks—and plus-size shenanigans are sure to follow.

    Dream says: "I love Carl Weber"
  • 4.5 (192 ratings)

    In a Witch's Wardrobe: Witchcraft Mysteries, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
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    Taking a night off from running her successful San Francisco clothing store, Lily attends a local art deco ball where vintage fashions steal the show. But when a young woman at the event falls under a mysterious sleeping sickness, Lily senses that a curse was placed on the woman's corsage. Before Lily can solve the woman's magical ailment, she's asked to assist in investigating a string of poisonings in the Bay Area witchcraft community.

    Beatrice says: "Loving this series"
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1972)
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    (1795)
    Story
    (1800)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Bonny says: "Will & Louisa - each has what the other one needs"
  • Spying in High Heels

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Gemma Halliday
    • Narrated By Caroline Shaffer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (220)
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    (194)
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    (194)

    L.A. shoe designer, Maddie Springer, lives her life by three rules: Fashion. Fashion. Fashion. But when she stumbles upon the work of a brutal killer, her life takes an unexpected turn from Manolos to murder. And things only get worse when her boyfriend disappears - along with $20 million in embezzled funds - and her every move is suddenly under scrutiny by the LAPD's sexiest cop. With the help of her post-menopausal bridezilla of a mother, a 300-pound psychic and one seriously oversexed best friend, Maddie finds herself stepping out of her stilettos and onto the trail of a murderer. But can she catch a killer before the killer catches up to her?

    Annette says: "Very fun listen"
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite
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    Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

    Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

    S says: "One of my top 10 listens of the year!"
  • The Signature of All Things: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Gilbert
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
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    In The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery. Spanning much of the 18th and 19th centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker - a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia.

    Dina says: "An Educational and Epic Oddity"
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  • Otherwise Engaged

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Suzanne Brockmann
    • Narrated By Susan Boyce
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    (152)
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    Funny, charismatic, and one heck of a temptation, Preston Seaholm made a wickedly sexy hero as he rescued Molly Cassidy from tumbling off the roof. The pretty widow bewitched him with a smile, unaware the tanned sun god was Sunrise Key's mysterious tycoon -- and one of the most eligible bachelors in the country. He needed help fending off unwanted advances, but once he convinced her to play along at pretending they were engaged, would he discover the pleasures of surrendering to her temptation?

    Judy says: "Really Cute!"
  • The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Fannie Flagg
    • Narrated By Fannie Flagg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (400)
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    (356)
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    (356)

    Mrs. Sookie Poole of Point Clear, Alabama, has just married off the last of her daughters and is looking forward to relaxing and perhaps traveling with her husband, Earle. The only thing left to contend with is her mother, the formidable Lenore Simmons Krackenberry. Lenore may be a lot of fun for other people, but is, for the most part, an overbearing presence for her daughter. Then one day, quite by accident, Sookie discovers a secret about her mother's past that knocks her for a loop and suddenly calls into question everything she ever thought she knew about herself, her family, and her future.

    Susie says: "New favorite!"
  • The Prada Plan 3: Green -Eyed Monster

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Ashley Antoinette
    • Narrated By Honey Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
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    (48)
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    (50)

    Leah's crazy scheming has finally paid off. Now that YaYa is out of the picture, Leah has everything she's ever wanted. She steps into YaYa's shoes, and now she has money, family, and, most importantly, she has Indie. She's the queen of his empire, and no one suspects a thing. There's only one problem: Disaya Morgan isn't dead. Newly initiated into a powerful circle of women, YaYa is out for blood, and when she comes gunning for her spot, the streets will never be the same.

    JALAYNE says: "Here we go AGAIN!!!"
  • Amy Falls Down: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jincy Willett
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
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    (74)
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    Amy Gallup is an aging novelist and writing instructor living in Escondido, California, with her dog, Alphonse. Since recent unsettling events, she has made some progress. While she still has writer's block, she doesn't suffer from it. She's still a hermit, but she has allowed some of her class members into her life. She is no longer numb, angry, and sardonic: she is merely numb and bemused, which is as close to happy as she plans to get. Amy is calm. So, when on New Year's morning she shuffles out to her backyard garden to plant a Norfolk pine, she is wholly unprepared for what happens next. Amy falls down.

    William says: "Not contemporary fluff"
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  • Attachments: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Rainbow Rowell
    • Narrated By Laura Hamilton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
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    (94)
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    Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder, coworkers at The Courier, know the newspaper monitors their office e-mail. But they still spend all day sending each other messages, gossiping about their coworkers, and baring their personal lives like an open book. Jennifer tells Beth everything she can’t seem to tell her husband about her anxieties over starting a family. And Beth tells Jennifer everything, period. Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill still can’t believe that it’s his job to monitor other people’s e-mail.

    Julie says: "Just what I'd hoped for"
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
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    When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews successful entrepreneur Christian Grey, she finds him very attractive and deeply intimidating. Convinced that their meeting went badly, she tries to put him out of her mind – until he turns up at the store where she works part-time, and invites her out. Unworldly and innocent, Ana is shocked to find she wants this man. And, when he warns her to keep her distance, it only makes her want him more.

    Masha says: "Frustratingly bad read"
  • Never Say Goodbye

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Susan Lewis
    • Narrated By Julia Franklin
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    A compelling and deeply moving novel of friendship, family and the power of love, from the Sunday Times top ten bestseller. Now available as an audiobook. How would you cope with the threat of losing someone you love? Josie Clark is a loving wife and mother. She and her husband Jeff don’t have much and it’s often difficult to make ends meet. But Josie will do anything to protect her family and keep them safe. Bel Monkton is a successful property developer, living in a beautiful house by the sea.

  • Bridget Jones's Diary

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Helen Fielding
    • Narrated By Imogen Church
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    A dazzling urban satire of modern human relations? An ironic, tragic insight into the demise of the nuclear family? Or the confused ramblings of a pissed thirty-something? The third installment in Bridget Jones' journey, Mad About the Boy, will be out in October 2013.

    Crystal says: "Just plain fun!"
  • Never Say Goodbye

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Susan Lewis
    • Narrated By Julia Franklin
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    A compelling and deeply moving novel of friendship, family and the power of love, from the Sunday Times top ten bestseller. Now available as an audiobook. How would you cope with the threat of losing someone you love? Josie Clark is a loving wife and mother. She and her husband Jeff don’t have much and it’s often difficult to make ends meet. But Josie will do anything to protect her family and keep them safe. Bel Monkton is a successful property developer, living in a beautiful house by the sea.

  • Christmas on Ladybug Farm: A Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Donna Ball
    • Narrated By Lia Frederick
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    It's Christmas Eve, and Cici, Bridget and Lindsay are busy preparing for their annual holiday party. The tree is sparkling, the turkey is roasting, the stockings are hung and the eggnog is chilled. The scene is set for the perfect Christmas...with one or two exceptions. The entire state is in the midst of a heat wave. No one can find any mistletoe. The Christmas tree lights keep exploding, and, perhaps worst of all, something has gone terribly wrong with Ida Mae's fruitcakes.

  • The Four Streets

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Nadine Dorries
    • Narrated By Emma Gregory
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    1950s Liverpool. In the tight-knit community of the Four Streets, two girls are growing up. One is motherless and hated by the cold woman determined to take her dead mother's place. The other is hiding a dreadful secret which she dare not tell to anyone. The people of Four Streets laugh, grieve and hope together. But what can they do when a betrayal at the heart of their world comes to light?

  • The Art of Deception

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Liz Harris
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
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    Jenny O’Connor can’t believe her luck when she’s hired to teach summer art classes in Italy. Whilst the prospect of sightseeing and Italian food is hard to resist, Jenny’s far more interested in her soon-to-be boss, Max Castanien. She has always blamed him for a family tragedy and now she wants answers. But as the summer draws on, she starts to learn firsthand that there’s a fine line between love and hate.

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  • The Bookstore

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Deborah Meyler
    • Narrated By Lucy-Jane Quinlan
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    Ardent and idealistic, Esme Garland arrives in Manhattan to study art history at Columbia University. When she falls in love with New York blue-blood Mitchell van Leuven, life seems to be clear sailing, until she falls pregnant and he abruptly ends it all. To make ends meet Esme starts work at a small West Side bookstore with a colorful crew of characters - but then Mitchell, glittering with charm and danger, comes back on the scene.

  • A Game with One Winner

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Lynn Raye Harris
    • Narrated By Lisa Smith
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    Paparazzi darling Caroline Sullivan is hiding a secret behind her dazzling-yet-inscrutable smile. Her ex-flame, Russian businessman Roman Kazarov, is back on the scene. Sources confirm that the cutthroat Kazarov is seriously ruffling the pristine feathers of the normally cautious Caro.... Rumours of scorching-hot secret trysts are flying....

  • In His Brother's Place

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Lane
    • Narrated By Anna Salinas
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    For three years Angie Montoya hid her son from her late fiancé's family...until his brother tracked them down. Now Jordan Cooper demands she move to his ranch. But how can Angie live with the man who called her a gold-digger...the man whose kiss she's never forgotten?

  • Yours Truly

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Kirsty Greenwood
    • Narrated By Rachael Louise Miller
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    Newly engaged Natalie will do anything for a quiet life and telling a few white lies never does any harm. It's not like people will ever discover what she's really thinking... Until one night, thanks to a pub hypnotist, Natalie's most private thoughts pop out of her mouth. When she has no way to break the hypnotist's spell, Natalie is forced to face the truths she has been avoiding her whole life...

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  • The Scarred Earl

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Beacon
    • Narrated By Jilly Bond
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    Can a reclusive and distrustful lord, scarred by betrayal, learn to trust a pampered society beauty who seems to have the whole world at her feet? When Alexander Forthin, Earl of Calvercombe, clashes with Persephone Seaborne it seems not... But a series of mysterious disappearances links their two families, forcing the embittered soldier and the toast of St James into an unlikely alliance.