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  • Carnal Innocence

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Tom Stechschulte
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1099)
    Performance
    (943)
    Story
    (952)

    New York Times best-selling novelist Nora Roberts captivates millions of fans with her provocative blend of scorching passion and chilling suspense. With Carnal Innocence, she creates a gripping tale of murder, infatuation, and true love in a small southern town. After beautiful concert violinist Caroline Waverly breaks up with her conductor and lover Luis, she escapes to her late grandmother’s home in Innocence, Mississippi.

    Karen says: "The wait has ended"
    "Older Mystery/Romance"
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    More mystery than romance. This is an older Nora Roberts book and it shows its age. Although it's not bad, it's not in the same class as her newer releases. Tucker and Caroline are a southern boy (well, man) and a Yankee raised woman with southern roots. The backdrop to their romance is a serial killer loose in Mississippi. Plus, there's some family drama for both Tucker and Caro (his nickname for her). Not unusual, since what's a romance without tension?

    My impression is heavily affected by the narration, which was not a winning performance IMO. Plus, I am a stickler for knowing the age of a book because it sets an expectation (e.g., if you think the book is a fresh release and about a current time, then it feels weird if the details are in the 80s). I looked around on Amazon to find when Carnal Innocence was first released but couldn't find anything older than a few years. Listening to the book, it became clear the book was written in the late 80s or early 90s. While it's true to the time (e.g., no cell phones, only one mention of a desktop computer), it still didn't work well for me. I think it was the performance. God bless the narrator, Tom Stechshulte, but he can't do a female voice without conjuring images of every man-in-drag (think Tootsie and Mrs. Doubtfire). On the other hand, he did a great job with the southern men, and in such a way that you knew exactly who was talking without needing their name. I love a good southern man's accent - there's something about their cadence, their timbre and their speech that just makes me want to cozy up to him. However, Mr S's vocalization of Caro just didn't work and it distracted me every time 'she' opened her mouth.

    If you're a diehard NR fan, you'll probably want to read this. If you're a mystery/romance fan, this one will also work. However, I don't recommend the audible.com version - I was driving through west Texas (5 hrs each way) or I would never have finished it. Getting 10 hours into it after that drive, I couldn't not finish it. I definitely won't be listening to it again or reading it in print. I'll also have to hear a sample before listening to another of Mr Stechshulte's work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mystery Man

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Kristen Ashley
    • Narrated By Kate Russell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (558)
    Performance
    (525)
    Story
    (528)

    Gwendolyn Kidd has met the man of her dreams. He's hot, he's sexy, and what started as a no-names-exchanged night of passion has blossomed into a year and a half-long pleasure fest. Sure, it's a little strange that he only appears in her bed at night, but Gwen is so sure he's the one, she just can't turn him away…. Hawk Delgado knows more about Gwen than she could ever imagine. She's gorgeous, headstrong, and skittish about relationships. But Hawk is facing his own demons, demons that keep him from connecting with anyone.

    Angela says: "Fan-freakin-tastic!!!!!"
    "LOVE KA, love this audible"
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    I'm already a die hard Kristen Ashley fan and was thrilled to see MM on Audible. For the uninitiated, KA is the author of Rock Chicks, Colorado Mountain, The Burg and Dream Man (of which MM is the first) series as well as several standalone books. All feature bossy alpha males and a variety of women. Her stories are spicy and full of romantic and dramatic tension.

    MM is not on my top KA list but it's still really, really good. It ties into Rock Chicks, just a bit, and introduces the remaining three heroes of the Dream Man series: Mitch Lawson, Brock Lucas and Kane "Tack" Allen. (Law Man, Wild Man and Motorcycle Man, respectively.)

    If you love spicy contemporary romances, I highly recommend KA's Dream Man. Her writing is a bit grittier than Nora Roberts and a less edgy than Joanna Wylde and Madeline Sheehan's. For me, they're repeat reads and worth reading and listening to.

    As for Ms Russell, the narrator, I really liked her. She managed to handle the men's voices really well and enhanced the story for me. Since I'd already read the book twice on my Kindle, it says something that she made it something, well, more.

    I can't wait for the next KA book to be available on Audible!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Vincent Boys

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Abbi Glines
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Shayna Thibodeaux
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    Ashton is getting tired of being good, of impressing her parents and playing ideal girlfriend to Sawyer Vincent. Sawyer is perfect, a regular Prince Charming, but when he leaves town for the summer, it’s his cousin Beau who catches Ashton’s eye. Beau is the sexiest guy she’s ever seen, and even though he’s dangerous, Ashton is drawn to him. Beau loves his cousin like a brother, so the last thing he wants to do is make a move on Sawyer’s girl. Ashton is off-limits, absolutely. That’s why he does his best to keep his distance, even though he’s been in love with her forever.

    MCM says: "YA Love Triangle that Works"
    "YA Love Triangle that Works"
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    The Vincent Boys is a coming of age romance set in small town Alabama, the summer before the hero & heroine's senior year. I liked it for a variety of reasons, the first of which is that it's a good story with strong characters in Beau, Ashton and Sawyer. Beau and Ashton's romance is the primary focus, naturally, but Beau's relationship with Sawyer, Ashton's friendship with both, Ashton's values as a daughter of the local Baptist minister and Beau's relationship of the local barmaid are just a few of the meaty subplots. None of these felt unnatural, rushed or a distraction to the main story. The only piece of the story that did make me uncomfortable is that Beau and Ashton first take up while her boyfriend, Sawyer, is camping with his family. (That's not a spoiler, it's the big point of the first third of the book.) I'm not a fan of cheating and especially here. I almost couldn't finish the story. After putting it aside a couple of times, I was glad I finished it - there's a really satisfying ending and a solid set up for the sequel (Sawyer's story).

    I listened to The Vincent Boys as an Audible book (this review is posted on Goodreads, Amazon & my blog). The narrators were a mixed bag for me, with the female narrator (Shayna Thibodeaux) doing a fabulous job and the male (Kirby Heyborn), not so much. To be fair, some of the other reviewers having the opposite response - sample the book on Audible before you buy. I even liked Ms Thibodeaux's narration of male voices better than Mr Heyborn's but the story's changing POVs required two narrators. I'd be willing to listen to other books narrated by Ms Thibodeaux. Both narrate the sequel, The Vincent Brothers, and I plan on listening to it as well.

    YA is not normally my thing but I like Abbi Glines and wanted to give the series a whirl. I'm giving it a 4 star write up, because it's so well written, even if it's not entirely my cuppa tea. There's a lot of references to sex, but not much action (they ARE in high school, after all, and Ashton is a preacher's daughter) and very little profanity. If I had a teenage daughter, I wouldn't have any concern about her reading this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fallen Too Far

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Abbi Glines
    • Narrated By Jennifer Bronstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (269)
    Story
    (276)

    She is only nineteen. She is his new stepfather’s daughter. She is still nave and innocent due to spending the last three years taking care of her sick mother. But for twenty-four year old Rush Finlay, she is the only thing that has ever been off limits. His famous father’s guilt money, his mother’s desperation to win his love, and his charm are the three reasons he has never been told no.

    Kim says: "Nice hot romance"
    "Good New Adult story"
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    After downloading this, I realized I had already read it on my Kindle. I'm glad I listened to it anyway. Fallen Too Far is a New Adult story - Blair is 19 and Rush, 24 - but there is mature content in it. It's good, not great, but lots of family drama to go alone with the romance. I've already read the other two books in the series but I'll be listening to them as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Falling into You

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jasinda Wilder
    • Narrated By Gabriel Vaughan, Piper Goodeve
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (485)
    Performance
    (457)
    Story
    (452)

    Nell Hawthorne is in love with her life-long best friend, Kyle Calloway. Their young love is invincible and life is full of promise; then one night Kyle dies suddenly in a tragic accident and Nell is forever changed. She meets Kyle's older brother, Colton, for the first time at the funeral. They both struggle to move on with life as best they can. Years later, they meet again in New York City, and Colton realizes that Nell has never really gotten over Kyle's death. She seems to be harboring a deeply rooted pain, a heavy weight of guilt, and regret. He knows he shouldn't get involved, but he can't help himself.

    Jordy says: "Worth the Credit!!!"
    "DNF - not enough tension"
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    I compulsively finish books but this was a DNF for me - I made it about the 3/4 mark. It may likely just be a style thing but I felt all the tension went out of the story. The story was technically well written, though. This was an Audible listen, the narrators were ok, didn't distract from the story.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Once Her Man, Always Her Man: A 1 Night Stand Story: Always a Marine, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 12 mins)
    • By Heather Long
    • Narrated By Christine Padovan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (31)

    Fulfilling a favor and executing a business plan, Luke Dexter arrives at Dallas' Sybarite Club for a one-night stand. He never imagined he'd come face to face with the woman he left behind a decade earlier. Rebecca Rainier fell in love with Luke Dexter in high school and was crushed when he dumped her to join the Marines after 9/11. Set up on a one-night stand by her business partner, nothing could prepare Rebecca for who her date is. Can Luke and Rebecca bridge the pain of a decade-long abandonment, in one cold Texas night?

    M.B. says: "Masterfully written and well narrated love story"
    "DNF - not enough tension"
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    I compulsively finish books but this was a DNF for me - I made it about the 3/4 mark. It may likely just be a style thing but I felt all the tension went out of the story. The story was technically well written, though. This was an Audible listen, the narrators were ok, didn't distract from the story.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Boomerang Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Fiona Lowe
    • Narrated By Tess Masters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    Matilda Geoffrey risked it all for love. She left Australia to be with Barry - the man who had swept her off her virtual feet. Now, wearing a wedding dress, she's alone on Main Street in small-town Wisconsin, and things aren't working out exactly as planned.… In town for his annual family visit, Marc Olsen had never seen a bride quite like Matilda - staring into a storefront window, holding a tottering wedding cake, and looking desperately in need of a groom. He may not have any warm feelings for his hometown, but meeting Matilda just as she discovers she's been scammed by her online "fiancé" stirs something in him.

    Lia says: "Easy Romance Listen"
    "Good story, good narration"
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    Listened to this book and loved the narrator - she slid between voices and accents seamlessly and not once did I get distracted by her voice.

    The story was a great, fun read - an immigrant bride gets the shaft and she happens to meet a commitment phobic, Nordic looking guy who she immediately tags as "Blondie". Blondie is home for a holiday visit (giving their romance some additional tension in terms of knowing it will come to an end).

    The two have good chemistry, the rest of the subplots add quite a bit to the story - overall, it was a lovely read. I'm willing to read more by this author and listen to more narrated by Tess Masters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maybe This Time

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1342)
    Performance
    (723)
    Story
    (724)

    When Andie tries to gain closure with her ex-husband, he asks one final favor of her. A distant cousin has died and left North the guardian of two orphans. When Andie meets the two children, she realizes the situation is much worse than she feared. Carter and Alice aren’t your average delinquents, and the creepy old house where they live is being run by the worst housekeeper since Mrs. Danvers. Complicating matters is Andie’s fiancé’s suspicion that this is all a plan by North to get Andie back.

    Jessica says: "Loved This Book"
    "Entertaining"
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    I have come to really enjoy Jennifer Crusie's writing, particularly her snappy sense of humor. This story is somewhat dated (it is set in 1992) but very enjoyable if you're looking for a light romance with some mystery, family drama and a few ghosts.

    Angela Dawe is a good narrator and avoids the trap of hoarsely voiced men. She voices a variety of characters from old to young, alive to ghostly, making it easier to understand who is speaking and bringing young Alice, in particular, to life.

    I prefer a bit more romance to my stories and a stronger hero. North is ok, just didn't set me on fire.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faking It

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Aasne Vigesaa
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (621)
    Performance
    (321)
    Story
    (317)

    Reformed art forger Tilda Goodnight reluctantly joins forces with semi-reformed con man Davy Dempsey. They want to steal a dubious painting and several million embezzled dollars from a lethal widow named Clea, who has targeted a mild-mannered art collector as her next dearly departed. Complications include her sister, the female impersonator; his best friend, the reformed cat burglar; a recidivist embezzler named Rabbit; a hit man; some lousy sex; and a juke box.

    Julie says: "Sometimes Audioversions really stand out."
    "Good, fun read"
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    Good, fun listen - I enjoyed both the reader (Aasne Vigesaa) and the story. It had fun, snappy dialogue, lots of overlapping subplots and a yummy (if not alpha male) hero. Davie Dempsey and Tilda Goodnight are a good combination. I'm not sure I would have stuck with it if this were on my Kindle but Ms Vigesaa's narration is what made it sing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Not Another Bad Date

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Rachel Gibson
    • Narrated By Nicole Poole
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (203)

    Rachel Gibson's spunky New York Times best-selling romances are confectionary treats for listeners. Curvaceous Adele Harris is prepared to give up dating forever. But when she travels home to console her sister, whose marriage is on the rocks, she runs into ex-flame Zach Zemaitis - and passions are reignited.

    SIMARA says: "Second chance love with a ghostly twist..."
    "Cute by wimpy ending"
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    Not Another Bad Date by Rachel Gibson is a lighter romance, albeit with a hot alpha male (Zach) as the hero. Ms Gibson does a great job with the characters, including Zach's daughter and Adele's niece, Kendra. It was cute, snappy and a fun listen but I was ultimately let down by the short and convenient wrap up-Ms Gibson had a great plot but didn't make the most of it. I liked the narrator (Nicole Pool) and thought she did a great job with the various voices and accents. Would I listen again? Maybe. But I'll have to rewrite the ending in my head. I'm a fan of hot alpha males and prefer a little more grit in my stories; I'm taking two stars off for the weak ending and the mystical element that distracted from the story more than it added.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Little Night Magic

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Lucy March
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (960)
    Performance
    (881)
    Story
    (873)

    Olivia Kiskey needs a change. She’s been working at the same Nodaway Falls, New York, waffle house since she was a teenager; not a lot of upward mobility there. She’s been in love with Tobias, the cook, for the last four years; he's never made a move. Intent on shaking things up, Olivia puts her house on the market, buys a one-way ticket to Europe, and announces her plans to her friends - but then she meets Davina Granville, a strange and mystical Southern woman....

    Elizabeth says: "Not quite Molly Harper, but not bad.."
    "Funny, enjoyable romance"
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    A Little Night Magic, narrated by Amanda Ronconi, was a fabulous listen. It was funny, sweet and enjoyable. Ronconi's interpretation was perfect for the story, with only one small, off note (she mispronounced "burying the lead", a newspaper saying for not leading with the most important part, as 'burying the led" - I use this saying a lot so it distracted me to hear it like that). I wouldn't have bought this book based on the summary but Audible.com had a great deal and I took a chance. Based on this reading, I would happily listen/read to another Lucy March story and will be happy to listen to other titles read by Ms Ronconi.

    Among other things, Ms March gave us some great phrasing. My favorite is "contact fat", which our heroine, Olivia, says she gets just by serving the delicious food at Crazy Cousin Betty's restaurant. She is well paired with Tobias, the hero, and the secondary characters are well drawn. Definitely an enjoyable read that I will likely listen to again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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