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  • Try

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Ella Frank
    • Narrated By Shannon Gunn
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (21)

    Sex. Logan Mitchell loves it, and ever since he realized his raw sexual appeal at a young age, he has had no problem using it to his advantage. Men and women alike fall into his bed - after all, Logan is not one to discriminate. He lives by one motto - if something interests you, why not just take a chance and try? And he wants to try Tate Morrison.

    Lee Todd says: "oh yeah"
    "Uh.....no."
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    What would have made Try better?

    My main complaint was the narrator. Just way over the top. His voice for Tate sounded like an old man. Logan's voice was okay. The narration during almost all the sex scenes sounded like a sportscaster on ESPN during a really competitive football game.

    The sex scenes were also beyond sexy. Graphic to the point of being gross.

    The storyline itself was okay. Maybe this is one of those books that would have been better if I had read the e-book (or if it had a better narrator).


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ella Frank again?

    Don't think so.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Shannon Gunn?

    Sebastian York is my go-to guy. He can read the phone book and make it sound sexy.


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

    My main reaction was frustration because the story had potential, but the narration was just ridiculous.


    Any additional comments?

    Even though I know this is a series (and the cover art is very clear that this is part of a series), I still HATE CLIFFHANGERS. Granted, this one was fairly obvious (and you can read the synopsis of the next book on Goodreads), but I still hate cliffhangers. The author could have tied up that last detail in this book, and then end it with some teaser for the ongoing story.Cliffhangers are an attempt to manipulate the reader into buying the next book in the series. If a book is well written and the characters are memorable, cliffhangers aren't necessary in order to sustain your readership.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kaleb: An Alluring Indulgence Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nicole Edwards
    • Narrated By Freddie Bates, Eliza Grace
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (39)
    Story
    (39)

    Zoey Stranford might've had a crush on the sexy boy next door since middle school, but she's a woman now, and that crush has turned into a full-blown case of lust. So why is it that at twenty-nine her libido decides to ramp into high gear, making her only focus the intensely sexy, scorching hot boy next door - who is definitely not a boy anymore? The problem is, Zoey and Kaleb have been best friends for as long as she can remember.

    Rusty says: "Sexy Texas Drama"
    "Just awful!!"
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    What disappointed you about Kaleb?

    The writing was very uneven and derivative. Not very well edited at all. The "f" word was used in ridiculous excess in the course of normal conversations amongst the characters. It was overkill. But the BIGGEST disappointment was the narration. Freddie Bates was maybe a 2-star, but Eliza Grace was a -1, so I gave the performance 1 star. I couldn't finish the book because the narration was so bad. I notice there's a review already posted that says the narrations was amazing. I suspect that person must be a close relative of one of the narrators.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Nicole Edwards again?

    No.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Freddie Bates and Eliza Grace ?

    Sebastian York and Grace Grant (although she seems to have dropped off the audiobook scene lately - I miss her).


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

    I like stories about big, tight-knit families. The thing about the Walker family is that all the sons formed a company and work together. That's a bit too much togetherness to be believable (not to mention that they share women - that's DEFINITELY more togetherness than necessary!).


    Any additional comments?

    There's erotica and there's smut. I think this falls into the latter category.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lovely Trigger: Tristan & Danika, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By R.K. Lilley
    • Narrated By Chris Ruen, Sarah Naughton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (142)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (136)

    Over six years after the night that changed everything, Danika finds herself forced to spend the weekend constantly in Tristan’s company, as they attend the wedding of two of their dearest friends. It’s been long enough that she feels they can be friendly again without it destroying her peace of mind, but just a small amount of time in his presence has her remembering something she had forced herself to forget: There’d been a reason she’d gone through hell with this man, for this man, some true good to precede the bad.

    karen says: "One must trust in Soul Deep Attainable Love"
    "Trilogy could have been one great book"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would have trimmed out a lot of the extraneous scenes, cleaned up the many grammatical errors and ended up with one really great book.


    If you’ve listened to books by R.K. Lilley before, how does this one compare?

    Compared to Bad Things and Rock Bottom, Lovely Trigger was much easier on the emotions.

    The novella Lana is horrible.

    The Up in the Air trilogy was on par with this series. Another case of 3 books that could have been condensed to 1 great book.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The female narrator did a pretty good job, but her voice as Danika was a bit flat. She did a good job creating voices for most of the other female characters, especially Estella.

    The male narrator really lacked talent. I would give the female narrator 4 stars and the male narrator 2 stars, so I came up with 3 stars overall.


    Did Lovely Trigger inspire you to do anything?

    It made me realize that I am addicted to erotica. Consequently, it inspired me to give up erotica and get back into books from other literary categories.


    Any additional comments?

    The most important thing in Lovely Trigger was Tristan's sobriety. I thought the author did a good job keeping that theme present throughout the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rare and Precious Things: Blackstone Affair Volume 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Raine Miller
    • Narrated By Grace Grant, Shane East, India Baldwin
    Overall
    (136)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (127)

    The fourth part in the New York Times best-selling Blackstone Affair series, brings the continuing story of Ethan and Brynne, two damaged souls fighting for a hard-won love, and now the promise of a new hope to secure their happily ever after. Fresh from an idyllic honeymoon along the Italian coast, the Blackstones prepare for the birth of their precious baby while facing the challenges of settling into a new home and married life. But when specters from the past resurface, so do their lingering doubts.

    beetlemom says: "save your money...no new thoughts."
    "Should have been an epilogue to Eyes Wide Open"
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    First, I have to say that I am annoyed with Audible for not putting this book on the home page as a book that I would be interested in based on my past purchases, seeing as I have the other three books in my library. I just stumbled upon it by accident as I was browsing the website the other day.

    With that out of the way, my reaction to this book was "meh". The author basically tied up loose ends from the other three books, but that could have been done with an epilogue at the end of Eyes Wide Open. There's really not much in the way of more story in this book. It just felt like an excuse to extend the series in an attempt to get more money out of consumers.

    Normally I love Grace Grant and Shane East, but in this book, Grant seemed very tentative in her narration. She slowed down and seemed to leave too much time between sentences. That's my main criticism of her performance in this book, but other than that, she did a good job - but not as good as she usually does.

    Shane East did a good job, on par with his past performances. I have to say, though, when he reads a sex scene, it can be a bit over the top. If I'm listening at home, it's okay, but if I'm listening in my car, I have to pull over! :) He really puts it all out there, so good for him!

    Bottom line for me is that it was an okay book. If you really liked the first three books, you will probably want to get this one to find out a few things, but overall, it just felt like a way to get more money out of me.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Chasin' Eight: Rough Riders, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Lorelei James
    • Narrated By Vanessa Caine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (163)
    Story
    (165)

    Suspended until he gets his act together, bull rider Chase McKay has sworn off women. Forever. Or at least a month. Whichever comes first. Actress Ava Cooper became a tabloid target when her boyfriend was outed as gay. When she goes into hiding in an abandoned trailer, though, she finds it occupied by the kind of red-blooded cowboy she needs to prove she’s got the goods between the sheets.

    chris falcone says: "Great story from Lorelei James. Blah narrator."
    "Hoping for entire series"
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    Some of the books in the Rough Riders series have been a lot more sexually graphic than this book. Chasin' Eight focused more on the story and the characters (although they definitely had some really hot sex going on, too). So for this reason, I would say that Chasin' Eight was a bit more balanced than some of the other books in this series. I didn't feel like I was being constantly bombarded with one sex scene after another.

    I liked how Chase and Ava grew as people throughout their relationship. Their internal conflicts didn't feel manipulative or overly angst-ridden. I wouldn't go so far as to say that it was a "believable" romance, but it definitely was not a Cinderella story like so many contemporary romances are. They were both at a crisis point in their respective lives, and their relationship was basically the catalyst that got them both to move on to better things.

    I also liked the introduction of an unexpected relative in Chase's life towards the of the story. It felt very real to me, and I hope to find out what happens with that relationship if Audible ever gets the rest of the series on board.

    So all in all, I liked the story. It wasn't as over the top as some of the other ones were; wasn't so all about sex; actually felt like real people dealing with real issues.

    As for Vanessa Caine's narration, the first hour or two was very, very bad. Somewhere along the way, though, her voice mellowed out, and she did a much better job. Sometimes I don't know if it's the recording/engineering/sound people who screw up the audio, or if the narrator is really just that bad, but Vanessa Caine started out bad and ended up halfway decent.

    Prior narrator, Rebecca Estrella, is just too flat and boring. Plus she mispronounces words all the time, which drives me crazy. For example, she pronounces "pinged" (think "ping pong") as "pinjed" (think "hinged"). I had to stop and rewind the first time she said that, trying to figure out what the heck that was all about. Thereafter, I understood what she meant when she said "pinjed".

    Of course, the best narrator for Lorelei James's books is Scarlett Chase, but she seems to be only on the Blacktop Cowboys series so far. Wish she could have narrated this series as well.

    Anyway, I liked Chase and Ava's story. The price of it was just about even with the cost of a credit, so I just put it on my credit card rather than use a credit. However, if you're not in a big hurry to go from Book 7 to Book 11 (since #8 through #10 are not available at this time), then wait for a sale or drop some big hints to friends and family that you'd like Chasin' Eight as a gift! :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sweet Filthy Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Christina Lauren
    • Narrated By Shayna Thibodeaux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (372)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (356)

    One-night stands are supposed to be with someone convenient, or wickedly persuasive, or regrettable. They aren’t supposed to be with someone like him. But after a crazy Vegas weekend celebrating her college graduation - and terrified of the future path she knows is a cop-out - Mia Holland makes the wildest decision of her life: follow Ansel Guillaume - her sweet, filthy fling - to France for the summer and just…play.

    karen says: "Sweet Hot Deliciousness / Yum Yum"
    "BRING BACK GRACE GRANT AS NARRATOR!!"
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    I am only two hours into this audiobook, and I am already thinking of returning this book. The narrator does is doing a terrible job so far, and I doubt it will get any better. Soooo frustrating because I've waited a long time for this book to come in audio format.

    Oh, well...............

    9 of 15 people found this review helpful
  • Bad Things: Tristan & Danika #1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By R.K. Lilley
    • Narrated By Sarah Naughton, Chris Ruen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (213)
    Story
    (213)

    Danika hasn't had an easy life. Being insanely attracted to bad boys has never helped make it easier. One look at Tristan, and every brain cell she possessed went up in smoke. This man was trouble with a capital T. It was a given. She knew better. Bad boys were bad. Especially for her. Considering her history, it was crazy to think otherwise.

    karen says: "Gosh who could resist? Not me !!"
    "This book is a bad thing"
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    So tired of authors who write 95% sex and 5% story. I suspect that after the entire trilogy is released on Audible, we'll get to realize that the three books could have been stripped of a huge amount of gratuitous sexual content and end of being one fairly decent story.

    Other than that, the narrators were really bad. Just all wrong for these characters.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Horse: Dark Horse Series

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Kate Sherwood
    • Narrated By Peter B. Brooke
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    Dan thinks about just driving, leaving the whole mess behind. He's got enough money. He could just arrange to get his stuff and his horse shipped to wherever he's going. Taking off is what he used to do when things got to be too much, and it worked pretty well, really.

    Riva says: "Sweet Triad"
    "Awful on every level!!!"
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    This was way too long to listen to the whole thing, but I forced myself to get through a couple of hours of it just to see if it got any better. It didn't. The story was ridiculous, the writing was choppy, the narrator was one of the all time worse that I've heard (especially with female voices). A total waste of several hours of my life.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Grounded: Up in the Air, Volume 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By R. K. Lilley
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Powers
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (254)

    James and Bianca's story draws to a close in the explosive conclusion to the Up In The Air Trilogy. After a short but earnest courtship, Bianca can no longer deny her feelings for James, and though she's tried her hardest, she can't help but see that he cares deeply for her, as well. In a completely uncharacteristic move, she has put aside her misgivings and agreed to live with the enigmatic billionaire. Is her leap of faith the beginning of something wonderful, or is it too much, too fast?

    Jen G. says: "Amazing ending to a wonderful series!"
    "Kind of a mess"
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    This series is like so many other of the 50 Shades variety, only worse. The Up in the Air TRILOGY (read further below) barely made it off the ground. Two 14-year-old kids living on the street, in ditches, behind grocery store dumpsters, etc., till they somehow get jobs as flight attendants (first class cabin, no less). I guess jobs really do fall out of the sky.

    We also have a young, gorgeous, emotionally damaged, orphaned billionaire mega mogul businessman who is into BDSM. Quite an original idea. Oh, and all his exes and their messes. Never saw that coming.

    By the time we get the third book of the TRILOGY, which is now being called a "series" because - guess what? - there's another installment coming - book four, being told from the POV of James and Stefan. Because obviously the author didn't say enough about how much these guys love Bianca in the first three books. Greedy much?

    By the time we get to book three, there are way too many sex scenes, and most of them are just flat out gratuitous. One in particular was absolutely nauseating (think Red Wings). And why, why, why name a baby Duncan?????? Gaaa-aaaa-aaa-hhhh!!!

    The writing was very uneven; grammar was really bad at times; narrator was not good at all.

    I could go on, but I think you get the point.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dirty Kiss, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Rhys Ford
    • Narrated By Greg Tremblay
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (106)

    Cole Kenjiro McGinnis, ex-cop and PI, is trying to get over the shooting death of his lover when a supposedly routine investigation lands in his lap. Investigating the apparent suicide of a prominent Korean businessman's son proves to be anything but ordinary, especially when it introduces Cole to the dead man's handsome cousin, Kim Jae-Min.

    T. Henry says: "Almost better than the book!!! And I love the book"
    "Worst narrator in history!!"
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    I am tossing this one back. The narrator is so bad that after an hour, I am totally done.

    It might make a decent read, but truly a horrible listen.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful

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