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  • Imogene in New Orleans

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Hunter Murphy
    • Narrated By Lee Ann Howlett
    Overall
    (21)
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    (20)
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    At the ripe age of 73, Imogene Deal McGregor has a penchant for following her own instincts, as well as more grit and spunk than her hypochondriac son, Billy McGregor, and Billy's impulsive partner Jackson can handle. The boys take Imogene to New Orleans with their devilishly handsome English bulldog Goose, hoping to visit friends and attend a second line parade, but moments after arriving in the French Quarter, they find their friend Glenway Gilbert murdered in his art gallery.

    Jan says: "Mayhem and madness"
    "Lots of personality but hard to follow"
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    Any additional comments?

    I liked that this story opened with action, but I felt like the author failed to "orient" me to the story and characters. There are five named individuals in the first few paragraphs and I got distracted from the story trying to figure out who was who. The POV also seemed to jump around, which added to the confusion. I actually viewed chapter one on Amazon's preview feature to figure out who was who.

    I found it difficult to follow the story through additional chapters, but enjoyed the description and colorful characters as narrated by Lee Ann Howlett.

    Because I often listen to audiobooks while driving, cleaning or multitasking, this confusion was distracting and kept me from becoming engaged by the story. While I did not enjoy the audio version of the story, I was curious enough to download the ebook.

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Reluctant Bride: Brides Along the Chisholm Trail, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maxine Douglas
    • Narrated By Evelyn Grace
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
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    (14)
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    (14)

    Roseanne Duncan witnesses her employer push his sickly wife down the staircase. Fearing she’ll have to testify against a prominent man in town, she answers an ad for a mail-order bride in Dodge City. Believing this is a way for her to escape the possible danger of her employer, she travels to Dodge City and marries under the name of Abigail Johnson. Rose hadn’t expected the handsome man waiting for her to be a bartender with a six shooter on his hip and a badge on his chest.

    Cyn says: "A believable story but narration has issues"
    "Escape into a historical romance"
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this historical western by Maxine Douglas. The characters were equally engaging and it was wonderful for their love story to reveal itself to their happy ending. Escaping back into history with an American western romance like this is my favorite way to spend time.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The City Baker's Guide to Country Living

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Louise Miller
    • Narrated By Jorjeana Marie
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (278)

    When Olivia Rawlings - pastry chef extraordinaire for an exclusive Boston dinner club - sets not just her flambéed dessert but the entire building alight, she escapes to the most comforting place she can think of - the idyllic town of Guthrie, Vermont, home of Bag Balm, the country's longest-running contra dance, and her best friend, Hannah. But the getaway turns into something more lasting when Margaret Hurley, the cantankerous, sweater-set-wearing owner of the Sugar Maple Inn, offers Livvy a job.

    JaxJournalist says: "Great story, fabulous narrator"
    "Great story, fabulous narrator"
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    If you could sum up The City Baker's Guide to Country Living in three words, what would they be?

    I can't pick just three words to describe this book, but I'll share three of my favorite things about the book.

    1) The story has an almost timeless feel, as if there are bits and pieces from today and yesteryear. Livvy colors her hair all kinds of wacky shades so I knew it was a contemporary story, but the music and small town elements made me feel as if I had stepped back in time.

    2) Livvy has some issues - big issues. But it is these issues that make her three dimensional and appealing. She's the kind of person you really want to get their shit together because they deserve better than they think they do. I appreciated that the author didn't try to redeem Livvy by having Livvy admit she was a mess and change in a big way (i.e. become perfect). Livvy owns up to her mistakes and faults, but is redeemed by her willingness to trust and love those around her.

    3. Read the author's bio and it's easy to see where she drew inspiration for the exquisite details that make the reader feel as if they've been transported to a sugarhouse in rural Vermont. The vivid descriptions crafted by Miller qualify her to call herself a "wordsmith".


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

    This is the first book I've listened to narrated by Jorjeana Marie. She perfectly suited the story and characters in Miller's book. Her performance never threw me out of the story, and in fact, drew me deeper into the mood, scenes and interactions. Her vocal interpretation of Margaret, the owner of the Sugar Maple Inn, was my favorite.


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

    **SPOILER ALERT**

    Livvy takes her pregnancy test in a bar. The contrast of the loud, noisy crowd surrounding her in such a dramatic moment of crisis underscored Livvy's (self-imposed) isolation and loneliness. This is also another fabulous example of the author's characterization of Livvy - she is never pathetic, never plays a victim. She's a strong woman on a journey to discover her own self-worth.

    I was also deeply moved by the relationship between Livvy and Margaret. For someone who runs from commitment, permanency and responsibility, from the start Livvy seemed hellbent on working her way through Margaret's defensive, bristly, critical persona. Their scenes together are amusing, touching and heartwarming.


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended. Some readers may be offended by theme of adultery (I wasn't one of them).

    Love this book. Love this narrator. Lovelovelove this author and hope she'll take us back to Guthrie.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shopping for a CEO's Fiancee

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Julia Kent
    • Narrated By Sebastian York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (176)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (167)

    We skipped right over the whole fiancée thing and went straight from girlfriend to wife. At least, I think that's what happened. I woke up after my brother's Vegas wedding reception with my luscious girlfriend in bed with me. We're both wearing wedding rings. So is her coworker, Josh. And our Vegas chauffeur, Geordi. Who the hell am I married to? Unraveling this mystery will be as difficult as figuring out why Amanda and I are having panic attacks over the thought of being husband and wife.

    Cyn says: "Lord what and outstanding listen LOVED IT"
    "I'm in love with Andrew McCormick"
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    Where does Shopping for a CEO's Fiancee rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is one of my favorite audiobooks from Julia Kent's Shopping series. Sebastian York *is* Andrew McCormick! His narration matched the voices in my head, down to the last character's inflection and tone of voice. This book continues in the same vein as the previous books, blending quirky humor and outrageously funny scenes with emotionally charged moments that make you fall in love with "being in love" every single time. Kent and York get my vote for best rom/com author/narrator duo!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shopping for a CEO's Fiancee?

    Park the car and finish your beverage before listening to the scene where Professor Victoria Kensley-Wentingham from Boston University fits Andrew for a historically accurate Jane Austen-ish costume to court Amanda. Between York's impersonation of the professor and Kent's depiction of Andrew trying on Regency-era trousers (especially Vince's entrance and the "tweezers" reference), you will laugh out loud until you cry.


    Which character – as performed by Sebastian York – was your favorite?

    I loved York's interpretation of Andrew McCormick because he brought emotional depth, humility and sensitivity to a classic Type A alpha male. It could be easy to dislike Andrew for his arrogance and superior attitude, but York shatters the stereotype with his nuanced narration, thanks in large part to Kent's well-written characterization.


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

    In many romance novels, it is the heroine who is depicted as emotionally vulnerable. I loved that Andrew is the one risking it all for love in this book. While this book and this series are first and foremost romantic comedy, Kent always gives readers an emotional wallop that leaves them dazzled.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is best enjoyed as part of the series so that readers understand the history of the characters and the progression of the interpersonal relationships. A "must enjoy" audiobook recommendation!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By J.K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    Overall
    (29904)
    Performance
    (27486)
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    (27447)

    Dark times have come to Hogwarts. After the Dementors' attack on his cousin Dudley, Harry Potter knows that Voldemort will stop at nothing to find him. There are many who deny the Dark Lord's return, but Harry is not alone: a secret order gathers at Grimmauld Place to fight against the Dark forces. Harry must allow Professor Snape to teach him how to protect himself from Voldemort's savage assaults on his mind. But they are growing stronger by the day and Harry is running out of time....

    Gretchen SLP says: "Best Book You'll Read This Year"
    "A favorite I'll listen to over and over again"
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    This is one of family's favorite series and perfect for long-distance family trips. We can always agree on listening to a Harry Potter tale.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By J.K. Rowling
    • Narrated By Jim Dale
    Overall
    (27596)
    Performance
    (25404)
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    (25362)

    When Dumbledore arrives at Privet Drive one summer night to collect Harry Potter, his wand hand is blackened and shrivelled, but he does not reveal why. Secrets and suspicion are spreading through the wizarding world, and Hogwarts itself is not safe. Harry is convinced that Malfoy bears the Dark Mark: there is a Death Eater amongst them. Harry will need powerful magic and true friends as he explores Voldemort's darkest secrets, and Dumbledore prepares him to face his destiny....

    Gina says: "Masterful Narration Continues"
    "Great book"
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    Any additional comments?

    One of my favorite series on audiobook. The narrator does a great job bringing the story to life.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Billionaire's Instant Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By CJ Howard
    • Narrated By Susan Marlowe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (46)
    Story
    (46)

    When Callie Williams signed up to the "bride bidder" app she was in a desperate situation. On the brink of losing her home, she needed money and she needed it fast. Allowing herself to be sold as a bride to a wealthy man was supposed to be a last resort for Callie, but she soon realized it was her only option. When billionaire Thomas Dearborn signed up to the "bride bidder" app he was not totally interested in finding a traditional wife.

    Cheri says: "Ok Story ~ Was Hoping For More!"
    "Passive storytelling"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    This was a sweet story, but I found the pacing slow. It opens with Callie attending her grandfather's burial. It is narrate, with lots of back story, that made it difficult to get drawn into the story. Throughout the entire story, there is lots of "telling" (passive storytelling) vs. "showing".


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narrator did an okay job, but like the actual story, there were moments when it dragged. The narrator's tone and voice were fine, but some of the introspection and reflection scenes were tedious.


    Any additional comments?

    I believe many readers will enjoy this story, but I expected it to be a little edgier, a little more fast paced. It is a sweet, slow moving tale of romance with likeable characters and a predictable outcome.

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Error Code

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By R.K. Howard
    • Narrated By Julie McKay, Punch Audio
    Overall
    (8)
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    (8)
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    (8)

    Sassy has never been so dangerous. Question: What do you get when you take a witty housewife with deep, dark secrets and coop her up in a house with a frustratingly demonic dishwasher and a professional killer who just happens to look like The Gladiator? Answer: You get a thrilling tour de force of unexpected action that's peppered throughout with comedic beats and seriously dark undertones. From opening paragraph all the way to the very end, Error Code is a non-stop romp.

    Ashanti says: "A Twisted and Somewhat Wacky Thriller"
    "Entertaining story"
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    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I wasn't sure what to expect from this story since the description is rather convoluted. It took me a little time to follow along but once I was engaged, I completed the story in one listen. Part of what kept me intrigued were the complexities of the story. What does a malfunctioning dishwasher have to do with paid assassins??? Listen to Error Code and find out.


    Have you listened to any of Julie McKay and Punch Audio ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Julie McKay delivers a strong, professional performance. There is great emotional range and inflection in her voice that captures the pacing and tension in the story. Greatly enjoyed her performance.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Daxton: 120 Proof Honey Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 3 mins)
    • By Becca Fanning
    • Narrated By Meghan Kelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Daxton Holt thought getting his honey on Mason's shelves would be simple. Walk in, flash a smile, and fill out some paperwork. But this owner was something else. She saw right through his charms, pushing him to really sell his product. He liked that, and he liked her. A feisty little minx is sweeter than any honey his bees made.

    NB says: "Short story that I felt was missing something"
    "Okay story"
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    What about Meghan Kelly’s performance did you like?

    Meghan Kelly did a good job portraying the cast of characters.


    Any additional comments?

    My interest in this story waned as soon as the hero and heroine met. Daxton Holt shows up to pitch his honey products to Blair Mason, who is in the middle of a financial crisis with her small grocery store. Despite being in tears about having to fire employees, she immediately notices Dax's muscular appearance. This felt artificial and contrived for the sake of the story. From there, she tells him she won't sell his products because they might not meet quality and safety standards, and because selling moonshine is illegal, essentially calling him a criminal (despite Dax assuring her this is not so). Dax proceeds to pursue Blair, trying to convince her to sell his honey and go out with him. Blair struck me as critical and judgemental and not very likeable, so I didn't feel the author provided a credible basis for Dax's attraction.

    When Blair learns Dax is a shifter during a 4 on 1 fight, she exhibits no surprise. Maybe in this world, humans are aware of shifters and I didn't pick up on that.

    Although this author has solid skills, I found there to be a lack of "organic" sexual tension, especially because Blair struck me as so unlikable.

    I would be willing to try other books by this author.

    I was provided this audio book at no charge by the author in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The World's Funniest Bathroom Graffiti: Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 20 mins)
    • By C. J. Phillips
    • Narrated By Anthony Lee
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    C.J. Phillips and cohorts have scoured much of the western world to bring you this book of America's funniest bathroom gibberish. Attempts were made to keep the contents of all The World's Funniest Bathroom Graffiti volumes as disgustingly respectable as possible (good luck!). Unlike other graffiti books which present any kind of graffiti, this book concentrates on wall-writing that's funny.

    CRAZY4PEANUTBUTTER says: "Fun read"
    "A few laugh-out-loud gems"
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    Would you try another book from C. J. Phillips and/or Anthony Lee?

    Yes, I would sample another book from this author and narrator. The book content was an amusing distraction and the narrator did a good job handling this challenging format.


    Was The World's Funniest Bathroom Graffiti: Volume 1 worth the listening time?

    If you have a few minutes of downtime that need filling, this audiobook is just the thing. I'd skip the two bonus books at the end.


    Any additional comments?

    I was provided this audio book at no charge by the author in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Devil's Due: The Thomas Caine Series, Book 0

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Andrew Warren
    • Narrated By Bryan L. Anderson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (52)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (45)

    Thomas Caine is a dangerous man. A former CIA assassin, he was burned, betrayed, and left for dead. Now, he struggles to stay off the grid, and hides from his dark past in the seedy underworld of Pattaya, Thailand. But when human traffickers detonate a bomb in a crowded Thai market, it sets off a chain reaction that drags Caine out of the shadows. This new syndicate has taken the one person Caine has sworn to protect, and the vengeful former assassin will wage a bloody one-man war to get her back.

    shelley says: "Excellent start to a new series."
    "Right up there with Crais and Child"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Devil's Due to be better than the print version?

    I preferred the print version of this story, primarily because the narrator did not sound like I imagined Thomas Caine. However, the story in any format will keep readers engaged!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Finished this book in one sitting and moved on to the next book in the series. Very well written with stellar "thriller" elements - a complex hero, action, danger, excitement, and twists and turns I never saw coming.


    Did Bryan L. Anderson do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The narrator's style seemed more like that of narrator vs. taking on the personas of the different characters. His gritty, bass-timbre voice suited the genre, but he didn't bring Thomas Caine to life.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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