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Rene

GAINESVILLE, VA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Accidentally on Purpose

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By L. D. Davis
    • Narrated By Serena Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (178)
    Story
    (179)

    When Emmy sleeps with Kyle after a night of drinking, she quickly tries to put the mistake behind her. When the duo is snowed in together over a long weekend, Emmy begins to discover there is more to Kyle than his mean-spirited behavior. Unfortunately, Kyle has a steady girlfriend he is unwilling to break up with. Moving on and putting that long weekend behind her, Emmy starts dating attorney Luke Kessler. Luke treats Emmy with kindness, reverence, and loves her unconditionally. He is everything Emmy should ever want in a man - sexy, intelligent, successful, and funny, with strong family bonds.

    Jordy says: "Another Winner for Me!"
    "Weak Lead Character"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The lead character became annoying with her perpetual weaknesses.


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

    Luke was a great character, one that you wanted to root for the entire book. The story was a bit weak.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The performance was very average. Not memorable, but did not detract terribly from the book.


    Could you see Accidentally on Purpose being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    NO!!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Girl: A Novel: Slammed, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Colleen Hoover
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (78)
    Story
    (78)

    Layken and Will’s love has managed to withstand the toughest of circumstances and the young lovers, now married, are beginning to feel safe and secure in their union. As much as Layken relishes their new life together, she finds herself wanting to know everything there is to know about her husband, even though Will makes it clear he prefers to keep the painful memories of the past where they belong. Still, he can’t resist his wife’s pleas and so he begins to untangle his side of the story, revealing for the first time his most intimate feelings and thoughts, retelling both the good and bad moments, and sharing a few shocking confessions of his own.

    clpmagic17 says: "like the book the narrator!? i dont know"
    "A Good Conclusion to the Series"
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    What did you love best about This Girl: A Novel?

    Finally, a great narrator. Thank you for bringing Kirby into the mix. He made the last book. I also enjoyed the conclusion to the series.


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

    I have listened to his books. He always does a great job. His performance in this book was consistent with his other books, very good.


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

    The Slams very awesome! Well done!


    0 of 0 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
    (205)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (194)

    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."
    "Carving Pumpkins"
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    Where does Point of Retreat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The series is improving and the writing more interesting. I rank it just below half way down my list.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Will was my favorite character. He is a strong and interesting presence mature beyond his years.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I can't believe this narrator was considered for this book. No inflection, boring, and mild accent took away from the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slammed

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Colleen Hoover
    • Narrated By Heidi Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (335)
    Performance
    (306)
    Story
    (305)

    Layken Cohen isn't your typical 18-year-old. After the recent death of her father, she is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she's slowly losing hope. Enter Will Cooper: The 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for performing "Slams". Will and Layken immediately form an intense and emotional connection neither of them knew they needed until it was found.

    Allison says: "Awful Narration"
    "Intriguing but poor narration"
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    What did you like best about Slammed? What did you like least?

    The Slams were intriguing. Very dissatified with the narration. It really hurt the book.


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

    I have listened to her Losing Hope books. They were outstanding! This did not hold up to those standards; however, this could be in part due to the poor narration.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Heidi Baker?

    Kate Rudd or Emily Gavin


    Did Slammed inspire you to do anything?

    Not really, but I was intrigued by her Slams.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Entwined With You: Crossfire Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1914)
    Performance
    (1777)
    Story
    (1786)

    The worldwide phenomenon continues as Eva and Gideon face the demons of their pasts and accept the consequences of their obsessive desires.... From the moment I first met Gideon Cross, I recognized something in him that I needed. Something I couldn’t resist. I also saw the dangerous and damaged soul inside - so much like my own. I was drawn to it. I needed him as surely as I needed my heart to beat. No one knows how much he risked for me. How much I’d been threatened, or just how dark and desperate the shadow of our pasts would become.

    AudioAddict says: "I would title it "Bored with You""
    "Best of the 3"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I was not a huge fan of this series; however, I want to get to the conclusion. I would not recommend this series, but I must admit this is the best of the 3.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Beat: The Sinners on Tour Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Olivia Cunning
    • Narrated By Justine O. Keef
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (314)
    Story
    (315)

    From the moment he lays eyes on the Sinners' new soundboard operator, drummer Eric Sticks knows he has to make Rebekah his. Unfortunately, she's too busy trying to seduce guitarist Trey Mills to pay him much attention. Rebekah never planned to fall for the tall, goofy drummer with the weird sense of humor and a heart the size of the galaxy. But Eric makes her laugh and his constant attention makes her feel sexy and irresistible - exactly what she needs after the things her last lover said to her.

    BluBumblB says: "One of the sweetest sinners!"
    "No more watching"
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    Would you try another book from Olivia Cunning and/or Justine O. Keef?

    Yes. Justine has delivered great performances!


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Yes. This book was much slower, predictable, than the earlier books.


    What about Justine O. Keef’s performance did you like?

    Justine did another great job!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hot Ticket: Sinners on Tour Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Olivia Cunning
    • Narrated By Justine O. Keef
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (499)
    Performance
    (464)
    Story
    (468)

    When Jace walked through the doors of Aggie's dungeon, the last thing he expected was to find self-forgiveness and the love of a remarkable woman. But when a terrible accident sidelines Jace during the band's tour, the burdensome chains of his past wrap ferociously around his heart. Determined to crack through Jace's armored shell, Aggie must go beyond her usual methods to mend his heart to love again.

    Lia says: "Hot Ticket Indeed"
    "Pleasure and Pain"
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    What did you love best about Hot Ticket?

    I like the continuation of the story through the series, even with specific character focus.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Jace finding his perfect fit.


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

    Yes, but it would give away too much.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rock Hard: Sinners on Tour, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Olivia Cunning
    • Narrated By Justine O. Keef
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (619)
    Performance
    (576)
    Story
    (579)

    The second book in the Sinners on Tour series features lead singer Sedric Lionheart, who became a playboy after his fiancee, Jessica, broke his heart. Trapped on a summer tour together for two entire months - but stubbornly desperate to stay apart - they find a million steamy reasons why they had that lovin' feeling in the first place.

    CAROLYN says: "Sex drugs & rock n roll but oh soooo much more"
    "Intense once again! Rock on!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Rock Hard the most enjoyable?

    I loved the rock star story line with the fascinating characters introduced through out the series. It incorporated intense sex with a decent story line.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Rock Hard?

    Hmmm.... this would give to much away. The entire romance between the lead characters is eye opening and intense!


    Have you listened to any of Justine O. Keef’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    She did a fantastic job with this book. Her voice is perfect for Sed, raspy and deep! Justine was able to differentiate between all the characters flawlessly.


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

    Yes and no. Considering its intensity, I needed breaks to regroup and continue. However, the story line made me want to continue.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Backstage Pass: Sinners on Tour Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Olivia Cunning
    • Narrated By Justine O. Keef
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (873)
    Performance
    (805)
    Story
    (810)

    It's been months since Brian Sinclair, lead guitarist for the famous rock band Sinners, composed anything. Unable to write the music that once flowed so naturally, Brian is lost without his musical mojo. But when sexy psychology professor Myrna Evans comes on tour to study groupie mentality, Brian may have found the spark he needs to reignite his musical genius. When lust turns to love, will Brian be able to convince Myrna that what they have is more than just a fling, and that now that he's found his heart's muse, he doesn't want to live without her?

    Lia says: "Steamy Sex - Sweet Romance"
    "Intense"
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    What did you love best about Backstage Pass?

    Backstage Pass was hot, but yet had a decent story line. I love the characters in the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Backstage Pass?

    This would give too much away. The entire progression of their romance was memorable!


    Have you listened to any of Justine O. Keef’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I have not. The first book I gave her a 4; however, in book 2 I gave her a 5. Her raspy voice is perfect for Sed. She did an outstanding job with the voices!!!!


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

    Ah, not sure I could write that here. This book is intense and hot!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • My Favorite Mistake

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Chelsea M. Cameron
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (111)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (106)

    Two secrets. One bet. Who will break first? Taylor Caldwell can't decide if she wants to kiss her new college roommate or punch him. On the one hand, Hunter Zaccadelli is a handsome blue-eyed bundle of charm. On the other, he's a tattooed, guitar-playing bad boy. Maybe that's why Taylor's afraid of falling in love with him, or anyone else. She doesn't want to get burned, so she needs him gone before it's too late.

    Jordy says: "Mega Swoon Worthy New Adult Romance"
    "I wish I had a roommate like Hunter in college!"
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    Would you listen to My Favorite Mistake again? Why?

    Maybe. It was a fun love story, but not captivating enough to listen to it again.


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

    Kate Rudd is an extraordinary narrator. She made the book. However, I also enjoyed Hunter's character.


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

    Kate always does a fantastic job! She brings life to the story, portraying each character like their were more than one narrator.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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