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Tonya

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  • Reckless: The Thoughtless Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By S. C. Stephens
    • Narrated By Rebekkah Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (482)
    Performance
    (462)
    Story
    (464)

    When Kellan’s band gains stardom, Kiera and Kellan’s relationship is put to the ultimate test. Can their love for each other withstand the constant pressure of superstardom? The friendships they’ve formed, the new family they’ve found, and the history they’ve forged will all play a part in helping them navigate the turbulent waters of the band’s exploding popularity. A greedy executive hell-bent on success, a declining pop star looking for an edge, and a media circus that twists lies into truths are just some of the obstacles the lovers will have to overcome if they are going to remain together.

    Robin says: "KELLAN KYLE!!!"
    "This was a great ending to an addictive series!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Reckless to be better than the print version?

    I would, mainly because Ms. Ross has a way of individualizing each character. She adds depth and personality behind the words.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    In Reckless, Kellan.


    What about Rebekkah Ross’s performance did you like?

    As I stated previously. She brought these characters to life. They were written with personality and she brings each one out. I have the print and the audio and I love them both, but I especially love to hear her voice for each character.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely. Without a doubt!


    Any additional comments?

    I have passed this series on to anyone I can. I loved it. Thoughtless tore me up, Effortless had me on edge, and Reckless had me in tears (in a good way).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7177)
    Performance
    (6249)
    Story
    (6230)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Loved the developement of the main character."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The beginning of the book was a far fetched but once the story fell into place, I loved the characters and wanted to see how it worked out.


    What other book might you compare The Witness to and why?

    Drawing the Line by Kimberly Kincaid because of the storyline of the witness and learning to protect herself.


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

    She brings the main character to life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    It took a bit to get into this storyline. But once it took hold, I wanted to see how it worked out.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Barely Breathing: Breathing, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Rebecca Donovan
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (439)
    Performance
    (406)
    Story
    (411)

    “I’ve spent most of my life trying to make it to a future that still hasn’t happened, or avoid a past that won’t let me go. I don’t remember when I’ve ever just stopped to live in the present, to hold on to the seconds I’m in.”Emma Thomas’s struggle with an abusive home life came to a heart-pounding conclusion in the final chapters of Reason to Breathe, the first installment of The Breathing Series — Rebecca’s Donovan’s bestselling romantic thriller (USA Today). Now her secret life has been exposed, and her tormentor can’t hurt her anymore. Yet, some are still haunted by that night. The bruises may have faded, but scars and fears remain. How will she reclaim her life when she’s barely breathing?

    Lia says: "LOVED IT but so frustrated with Emma!"
    "Again, what a great story."
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    Where does Barely Breathing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This series is one of my favorites.


    What other book might you compare Barely Breathing to and why?

    Pieces of You by Cassia Leo because of the personal struggles of the character.


    What about Kate Rudd’s performance did you like?

    I thought Kate did a good job with this story. She wasn't my favorite narrator that I have heard, but she was good.


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

    The swing.


    Any additional comments?

    This book followed the emotional roller coaster as well, but I loved it all.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Reason to Breathe: Breathing, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Rebecca Donovan
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (705)
    Performance
    (654)
    Story
    (653)

    In the affluent town of Weslyn, Connecticut, where most people worry about what to be seen in and who to be seen with, Emma Thomas would rather not be seen at all. She’s more concerned with feigning perfection - pulling down her sleeves to conceal the bruises, not wanting anyone to know how far from perfect her life truly is. Without expecting it, she finds love. It challenges her to recognize her own worth - at the risk of revealing the terrible secret she’s desperate to hide.

    Nancy Devault says: "Awesome"
    "Such a great story"
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    If you could sum up Reason to Breathe in three words, what would they be?

    Emotional, Romantic, Courageous


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Reason to Breathe?

    The very end. I don't want to spoil.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Rudd – was your favorite?

    Both Evan and Emma were great, but I love Evan's devotion.


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

    Evan just holding her even when he didn't fully understand.


    Any additional comments?

    This is just an emotional journey but I loved every minute of it.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Out of Breath: The Breathing Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Rebecca Donovan
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (416)
    Performance
    (389)
    Story
    (392)

    Emma Thomas is hiding. From everything and everyone... including herself. But she can't hide forever. Her past will find her, and her secrets won't remain quiet - not if she wants to be forgiven. Emma learns that honesty can hurt worse than betrayal, and the truth may cost her the only love she's ever known.

    Jordy says: "Finally No More cliffhangers! I love a good HEA!!"
    "Great ending to a great series"
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    If you could sum up Out of Breath in three words, what would they be?

    Emotional, Romantic, Courageous


    What other book might you compare Out of Breath to and why?

    Pieces of You by Cassia Leo because of the internal struggles the character endures.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Rudd – was your favorite?

    It was close between Emma the main character and Evan. I actually loved Evan's devotion.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, definitely.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this entire series. It was heart wrenching and emotional, but it drew me in.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Black Hills

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1110)
    Performance
    (544)
    Story
    (556)

    A summer at his grandparents' South Dakota ranch is not 11-year-old Cooper Sullivan's idea of a good time. But things are a bit more bearable now that he's discovered the neighbor girl, Lil Chance, and her homemade batting cage. Even horseback riding isn't as awful as Coop thought it would be. Each year, with Coop's annual summer visit, their friendship deepens from innocent games to stolen kisses, but there is one shared experience that will forever haunt them: the terrifying discovery of a hiker's body.

    Lorraine says: "black hills"
    "Pleasantly Surprised"
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    Where does Black Hills rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was good. It is not something that I would normally have picked from myself. It was on sale so I decided to try it. I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last chapter where the story came to fruition.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Bastard

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Christina Lauren
    • Narrated By Grace Grant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1253)
    Performance
    (1155)
    Story
    (1162)

    Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He’s exacting, blunt, inconsiderate - and completely irresistible. A beautiful bastard. Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family’s massive media business. He never expected that the assistant who’d been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocative - completely infuriating - creature he now has to see every day. Despite the rumors, he’s never been one for a workplace hookup. But Chloe’s so tempting he’s willing to bend the rules....

    Larry says: "Evesdropping on Wife's Girl Group Book"
    "Steamy"
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    Would you listen to Beautiful Bastard again? Why?

    Yes. I liked the dynamic between the characters.


    What other book might you compare Beautiful Bastard to and why?

    Bared to You because of the power struggle between the business exec and the worker.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not necessarily. I enjoyed it, but not to the point I didn't want to turn it off. It was predictable to me.


    Any additional comments?

    It was good, not great, but I did enjoy it. Sex was there, chemistry was there, I just feel the story line lacked a little for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Edge of Never

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By J. A. Redmerski
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    Overall
    (474)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (436)

    Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett thought she knew exactly where her life was going. But after a wild night at the hottest club in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, she shocks everyone - including herself - when she decides to leave the only life she's ever known and set out on her own. Grabbing her purse and her cell phone, Camryn boards a Greyhound bus ready to find herself. Instead, she finds Andrew Parrish.

    Lori says: "I couldn't finish it"
    "Liked this Listen A Lot"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It took a bit to be drawn in to the story line, but after it developed I really was drawn in to the characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The dynamic between the two characters. The way the interacted.


    What about Lauren Fortgang’s performance did you like?

    I think she added just enough personality to keep the story interesting.


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

    No Turning Back


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this listen.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Wallbanger

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Alice Clayton
    • Narrated By Heather Smith
    Overall
    (1205)
    Performance
    (1111)
    Story
    (1119)

    Thanks to paper-thin walls and the guy’s athletic prowess, Carolyn is gaining an - um - intimate knowledge of her new neighbor's nocturnal adventures. And since Caroline is currently on a self-imposed "dating hiatus," and her neighbor is clearly lethally attractive to women, she finds her fantasies keep her awake even longer than the noise. So when the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts Simon Parker, her heard-but-never-seen neighbor.

    Rosina says: "No Sex in the City"
    "Good, but not my favorite."
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    What made the experience of listening to Wallbanger the most enjoyable?

    It had some comedic parts that had me smiling.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Simon. He was charming.


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

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    I got a little tired of Clive the cat and hearing about the missing O.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hopeless

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Colleen Hoover
    • Narrated By Angela Goethals
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (470)
    Performance
    (437)
    Story
    (444)

    Would you rather know a truth that makes you feel hopeless, or keep believing the lies? Beloved and bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with the spellbinding story of two young people with devastating pasts who embark on a passionate, intriguing journey to discover the lessons of life, love, trust--and above all, the healing power that only truth can bring.

    Jordy says: "Another 5 Star Favorite"
    "Drawn in and Loved this story"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Just when I thought I knew what was coming, it went a different direction. It kept me interested the entire time. I wanted to see how the characters handled each situation.


    What other book might you compare Hopeless to and why?

    Slammed of course just due to character age and such. Also the Shattered Series by Cassia Leo.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Hope finally learned what Dean was holding back.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely. It took a couple chapters to develop the characters, but then the story drew me in and I wanted to hear what happened next.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was much more than I anticipated. I loved the twists in it. Great listen for sure!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Point of Retreat: Slammed, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Colleen Hoover
    • Narrated By Kamran R. Khan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (222)
    Performance
    (207)
    Story
    (211)

    Hardships and heartache brought them together...now it could tear them apart. Layken and Will have proved their love can get them through anything; until someone from Will's past emerges, leaving Layken questioning the very foundation on which their relationship was built. Will is forced to face the ultimate challenge: how to prove his love for a girl who refuses to stop "carving pumpkins". "Sometimes two people have to fall apart, to realize just how much they need to fall back together."

    Tonya says: "I enjoyed this book, not the narrator."
    "I enjoyed this book, not the narrator."
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    What did you love best about Point of Retreat?

    The maturity the characters tried to maintain and how Will had to show Laken why he was really in love with her.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    That's tough. I like the neighbor girl, but Will won me over.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kamran R. Khan?

    Either the girl who did the first book or a different male. He just seemed to rush through the reading and there was no real depth added by him. In the first book, the slams were almost over emphasized. In here he seemed to speed read and force the story. I didn't care for this narration at all.


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

    Yes it butterflying did. A couple of times.


    Any additional comments?

    The story was great. It was predictable, but still a good story. It held a few surprises. The narration just really put a damper on my listening to it again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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