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  • Agnes and the Hitman

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie, Bob Mayer
    • Narrated By Sandra Burr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (542)
    Performance
    (266)
    Story
    (270)

    Agnes Crandall's life goes awry when a dognapper invades her kitchen one night, seriously hampering her attempts to put on a wedding that she's staked her entire net worth on. Then a hero climbs through her bedroom window. His name is Shane - no last name, just Shane - and he has his own problems.

    Sharon11675 says: "Ditzy Agnes?"
    "DNF! Really echo chamber sound effect?"
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    Any additional comments?

    This review is solely based on the audio production. What production team in the right mind would put an echo chamber sound effect for Agnes' internal dialogue? Do they really think the listeners are too dense to figure out when she is speaking out-loud and when she is in her head?

    The narrator seemed ok but I was too distracted to give an honest assessment. I've read/listened to Cruise's other books and they were great so I may just get this on Kindle at some point

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Jill Mansell
    • Narrated By Julie Maisey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (58)

    Lola has no intention of accepting when her boyfriend Dougie's snobbish mother offers her £10,000 to break up with him.

    Shelly says: "Great listen!"
    "Great cast of characters!"
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    What did you love best about An Offer You Can't Refuse?

    Often in chicklit/romance books that have multiple story lines going on the MCs story will be thinly formed. Mansell gives each character the attention they deserve. Her stories are always funny, sweet and topical. This one is no different.

    You have the "bad boy" (well man) who sleeps around with the sweet but experienced girl (nothing I hate more in a romance is a slutty guy+inexperienced/virgin girl...yawn).

    The recently "scorned" woman with a ticking biological clock. Preteen angst from the spunky and smart daughter. Tragedy but not over the top life can't go on kind. The glamorous ex Hollywood actress. Finally the awesome gay dad who isn't dealing with coming out like a lot of romance novelists assign them, he is dealing with raising his daughter.


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

    Maisey is fantastic, her voices serve each character well. My one complaint is her American accents. It wouldn't have bothered me but during a scene a character was imitating an East coast accent Masell wrote he did a spot on accent. It made me cringe, one part British with a dash of southern and a little Jersey for good measure.

    Other than that Maisey delivered an excellent performance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tied with Me: With Me in Seattle, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Kristen Proby
    • Narrated By Jennifer Mack
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (85)

    A man whose lifestyle is so different from her own…Nic Dalton’s cupcake bakery is thriving. She serves both rock stars and locals alike, content with her growing business. But one adventurous night out with her best friend, Bailey, turns her life upside down. She meets a handsome stranger who makes her skin sizzle and her heart race. Their one night together is explosive and unexpected, but when he has to suddenly leave without taking her phone number, Nic resigns herself to never seeing him again.…What will it take to trust and submit to his every desire?

    Courtney says: "I'm a masochist for finishing this."
    "I'm a masochist for finishing this."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who want mind readers as a BDSM partner. Case in point:"

    "In clubs, safe words are mandatory, so if we ever go to one together, your word will be ‘red.’ The second you say ‘red,’ everything stops, no questions asked. But, honestly, the way I feel about safe words is, you shouldn’t need one with me. It’s my job to learn what you can handle and what you can’t, and I’m a firm believer in ‘no means no.’"

    People who don't mind repetition. "I've ever" felt, experienced, whatever appeared 17 times. 17!
    "It’s the most incredible thing I’ve ever felt"
    "....finest specimen of man I’ve ever seen."
    " ... most alluring smell I’ve ever experienced."
    "...Matt is perhaps the best thing I’ve ever experienced."

    Other words were repetitive too but I couldn't be bothered to find more examples.

    Nic was TSTL at times. You go home with a guy you don't know tied up bc he says he's not an "ax murderer"?

    How many times can your hands be tied behind your back with rope. There's more to bondage than that and how about some spontaneity. It was like appointment sex.

    Matt was a lot of talk "when I get you home". There was a bathroom scene where he could have tied her with his belt instead he tells her she has 5 minutes to get to the car. Yawn.

    Spoiler! Nic again is TSTL with the whole "I can't have a baby so if I love him set him free." Utter nonsense what year is it because there is this thing called adoption and surrogacy. So tell the man and if has to have a child that has he's DNA then he's a worthless pile. That storyline is as played as rich guy meets virgin.


    What didn’t you like about Jennifer Mack’s performance?

    Mack does this fake laugh/chuckle that is really annoying. It's super aloof and contrived and I rolled my eyes so many times I thought I might roll them out of my skull. Her men's voices were ok.

    The male narrator was much better sorry I've forgotten his name and am typing on my phone bc I'm so annoyed by this book.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I had the Charlie Brown reaction to the adults. Wah wah wah wah.


    Any additional comments?

    If your an audio masochist do it but if you like bondage, alpha males, a strong non wishy washy heroine and a dash of D/s stay away.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Jet: A Marked Men Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jay Crownover
    • Narrated By Callie Dalton, Cal Wembly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (108)
    Performance
    (102)
    Story
    (103)

    With his tight leather pants and a sharp edge that makes him dangerous, Jet Keller is every girl's rock and roll fantasy. But Ayden Cross is done walking on the wild side with bad boys. She doesn't want to give in to the heat she sees in Jet's dark, haunted eyes. She's afraid of getting burned from the sparks of their spontaneous combustion, even as his touch sets her on fire.

    Jordy says: "A delightfully yummy novel"
    "Bring the Angst"
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    Any additional comments?

    This book was average for one reason. Aidan. She drove me up a wall. Her inner monologue of "old Aidan" did that and "new Aidan" wants this. Re..dun..dant. And the writing for her had me wanting to wring her neck. Yes we know Jet's pants are tighter than your's. I didn't start liking her until the last 2 hours. It's like 2 different people wrote the parts. The narrator for Aidan was ok but just ok. I wish I could post a gif to fully express how lame she was for 80% of the book.Now Jet's character was well thought out. His internal monologue was interesting and to the point. Also the narrator was much much better. Jet had some really terrific lines that will melt your heart.There a few hot parts, but I was so irriatated at Aidan that they fell short. Thier first encounter in the club bathroom and the last one in the hotel were the best, the rest was filler. I really hope Rowdy or Rome's story is better and there's a little comic or lighthearted relief to break up the borderline teenage angst that this book has.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Drawn Together: Brown Family Series, # 5

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Lauren Dane
    • Narrated By Lucy Rivers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (56)
    Performance
    (53)
    Story
    (53)

    Tattoo artist Raven Smith is blunt and hard, broken and jaded, dark and beautiful. While she doesn't hide her painful past, she does keep a wall around her heart. She's free, sexually - but no one gets to the real Raven beneath the prickly exterior. With a voice like smoke, Jonah Warner is a smooth-talking, highly successful attorney, with a body that should never be hidden by a suit

    Jordy says: "4 Smokin' Hot Stars! Finally, Raven's Story!"
    "DNF Boring"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book was beyond boring maybe it was the monotone narrator? Maybe it was the repetitive words? Maybe it was both but my word I wanted to find some cyanide. I'm not opposed to the C word. I'm not opposed to any word when used in the right context or by a character that would use it. But sweet baby jujubes there are a plethora of adjectives for a woman's nether regions to choose from.


    Has Drawn Together turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Definitely not. I'm a peddler of romance, erotica and smut.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Rivers male voice was so utterly boring. Scenes that should have lit my panties on fire made me close my eyes. Maybe she took a sedative to chlllout before reading it? Who knows.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Ummmm the premise was good? I went to Goodreads and there are lots of positive reviews so I may give the written version a whirl at some point.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Rosie Project: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Graeme Simsion
    • Narrated By Dan O'Grady
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (858)
    Performance
    (783)
    Story
    (781)

    Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own....

    Margaret says: "A fun listen"
    ""I can eliminate most women in less than 40 secs""
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    Where does The Rosie Project rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is definitely in my listen again list. BTW Audible should create a lists option in the app. Don is such a lovably infuriating guy who will simultaneously make you laugh and a little sad.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The speed dating scene was really funny. "I've sequenced the questions for maximum speed of elimination,’ I explained. ‘I believe I can eliminate most women in less than forty seconds. Then you can choose the topic of discussion for the remaining time."

    Also everytime time he correctly (bc obviously he would never be wrong) determines someone's BMI I chuckled.


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

    Questions for the "Wife Project".


    Any additional comments?

    The narration is superb and a follow up story to...well, if I tell you that would spoil the fun, would be awesome. This quirky book will make your heart melt and your face hurt from smiling and laughing.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Stranger

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Christina Lauren
    • Narrated By Grace Grant, Jonathan R. Cole
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (836)
    Performance
    (779)
    Story
    (773)

    Escaping a cheating ex, finance whiz Sara Dillon's moved to New York City and is looking for excitement and passion without a lot of strings attached. So meeting the irresistible, sexy Brit at a dance club should have meant nothing more than a night's fun. But the manner - and speed - with which he melts her inhibitions turns him from a one-time hookup into her Beautiful Stranger.

    Jordy says: "Delicious!!"
    "Get your difibulators because Max Stella swoon."
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    Have you listened to any of Grace Grant and Jonathan R. Cole ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Jonathan R. Cole should narrate all hunky British men, I'm looking at you Redheaded Series. Sweet baby cheesus and all the wise guys he could read stock quotes and I'd listen. And when he calls her Petal...*fans face* Max Stella could take me ehhummm.


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

    The end. We all know these types of stories end happy, that's why we listen. Well that and the ummm well let's put it this way: Night Club, Roof Top, Restaurant, Warehouse, Charity Party, Taxi, Office and I won't reveal the best because spoilers.

    Max - "You could break my heart just know that, yeah" Now imagine the sexiest British accent saying that "yeah".


    Any additional comments?

    The story was engaging and the writing was excellent. The characters had purpose and the sex didn't overwhelm the story. Perfect blend of erotica and romance, much better than Beautiful Bastard. Now what are you waiting for go put that credit to good use.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rhythm and Bluegrass

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (403)
    Story
    (403)

    The anticipated follow up to Molly Harper's My Bluegrass Baby, which followed Sadie Hawkins as she jockeyed for the director's position at the Kentucky Tourism Commission with a sophisticated and handsome challenger.

    Melissa says: "Rhythm and Bluegrass"
    "Harper and Ronconi do it again."
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    What does Amanda Ronconi bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Ronconi is not only one of the best female narrators but one of the best narrators period. She does an amazing job infusing life into even the smallest roles and her male voices are fantastic. Rhythm and Blues is no different, each character is nuissanced and with Harper's sharp wit will keep you chuckling throughout the whole listen.


    Any additional comments?

    I would have given 5 stars for story but felt a little let down that it was so short, the character development could have been a bit more elaborated on. This short but sweet listen was full of fun, chuckles and just the right amount of sweetness without being overly saccarhin. Harper and Ronconi are a team made in audio heaven.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Unidentified Redhead

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alice Clayton
    • Narrated By Keili Lefkovitz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (191)
    Story
    (192)

    When Grace Sheridan returns to Los Angeles to become a working actress, it's a second shot at a life-long dream. With some help from her best-friend agent, will that dream become a reality - or at 33, has Grace missed her chance at the big time? And when an unexpected sizzling romance with Jack Hamilton, the entertainment industry's newest "it" boy, threatens to shine an uncomfortable spotlight on her life, how will that affect her career... and his?

    Jordy says: "Fun, Flirty, Sexy, Smutty Book!"
    "Main character British but no British accent?"
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    Would you try another book from Alice Clayton and/or Keili Lefkovitz?

    By Clayton yes by Lefkovitz no.


    What was most disappointing about Alice Clayton’s story?

    That I couldn't finish due to the narration.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Keili Lefkovitz?

    Lorelei King, Amanda Ronconi or Heather Smith who narrarated Wallbanger.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Unidentified Redhead?

    I wish I could have made it through enough of the book to answer this question.


    Any additional comments?

    When the main character is a sexy British accented man, that accent MUST be done. In fact the whole point to listening to a work of fiction is the different voices, otherwise it's just someone reading a story. Not one voice could be delianated from another.

    This is no Wallbanger.

    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
    (379)
    Performance
    (202)
    Story
    (201)

    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..."
    "Narrator gasps for breath."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I'm having a really hard time finishing the book due to the narrators inability to breathe quietly. At the end of nearly every sentence it's sounds as if she is taking a deep breath before going underwater. It's a shame the editor or sound technician couldn't have removed the problem because her voices and cadence are pretty good. Rachel Gibson's stories are cute and fluffy perfect for when you want to escape into an idyllic world but I'm not sure if I can bring myself to finish this one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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