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Franci Neill

Downingtown, PA, USA | Member Since 2013

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  • Wanted Series # 2, Saved

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Kelly Elliott
    • Narrated By Arika Rapson, Nelson Hobbs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (71)
    Story
    (69)

    Ari, who comes from a loving family that has had more than its share of difficulties, is faced with the possibility of losing the love of her life. All she dreams of is growing old and having children with Jeff, but a family history and a conniving Rebecca could shatter that dream. Trying to support Jeff and cope with all the truths and possibilities of her own destiny may prove to be more than Ari can handle.

    Jordy says: "prepare to need a roll of antacids"
    "Sometimes Gut-wrenching, but worth it in the end"
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    If you could sum up Wanted Series # 2, Saved in three words, what would they be?

    Hilarious, Tearful and Hot!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Kelly did a great job of showing how even through all the ups and downs that Jeff and Ari experienced, their love won out in the end and it truly conquers all!


    What does Arika Rapson and Nelson Hobbs bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voices of the characters add that extra something especially when Jeff and Ari are arguing or making love. It just adds that extra oomph to experiencing the story.


    If you could take any character from Wanted Series # 2, Saved out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Ari - she's a real fire cracker. She says what she's thinking when she's thinking it and you better watch out!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Faithful: Wanted Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Kelly Elliott
    • Narrated By Arika Rapson, Nelson Hobbs
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (58)
    Story
    (60)

    After Heather Lambert's parents die in a tragic car accident her senior year of high school, she refuses to let anyone into her heart for fear of being hurt again. Focusing only on school to follow her dreams of becoming an elementary school teacher, the last thing Heather intends to do is fall in love with Josh Hayes. Josh knows the moment he lays eyes on Heather that she is the one he's been waiting for. During months of obstacles and denied feelings, he is rejected by her time and time again.

    Jordy says: "Why do I torture myself with these cliffhangers!"
    "Gut Wrenching and Happy All in One Book"
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    What made the experience of listening to Faithful the most enjoyable?

    The continuity of the story from the Wanted Series is continued with Heather and Josh's story. For me, this was my favorite of the 4 books.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Faithful?

    When Josh and Heather make love next to the Llano river for the first time and admit their love for each other. It's like you want to do a fist pump and go "YES"


    Which character – as performed by Arika Rapson and Nelson Hobbs – was your favorite?

    Heather was my favorite. Arika did a great job portraying Heather's innocence and growth as a character.


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

    Yes. I would listen to all of Kelly's books in one sitting if I could


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cherished: Wanted, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Kelly Elliott
    • Narrated By Arika Rapson, Nelson Hobbs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (28)

    Jessie Rhodes has been in love with Scott Reynolds for most of her life. But he ran away from her once, leaving her heartbroken. When they find their way back to each other, things seem to fall into place, and they begin to plan their future together.... Until Scott's ex-fiancée deceives them all. With yet another broken heart, it is Jessie's turn to run away. During her retreat, she meets an intriguing man, and they form a bond that makes Jessie question everything.

    Franci Neill says: "Wonderful Story"
    "Wonderful Story"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Cherished to be better than the print version?

    Not really. I like listening as I drive or do housework or work. But I read a lot so I also have the print version and will read this as well as listen to it again and probably again...


    What other book might you compare Cherished to and why?

    Because this is part of the Wanted Series, I wouldn't "compare" it to any other book. I like that this one ties up the series quite nicely.


    Which character – as performed by Arika Rapson and Nelson Hobbs – was your favorite?

    Scott is my favorite - I just love Texas Cowboys!


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

    Absolutely


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Broken: Broken Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Kelly Elliott
    • Narrated By Shirl Rae, Nelson Hobbs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (112)

    Layton Morris and his brother Mike grew up not knowing what it would be like to live in a normal home. With no running water or electricity in their home and no parents around to protect them, they quickly learned how to survive and depend only on each other. When a tragic accident took Mike away from Layton and the only other person that he ever let into his heart walked away from him, leaving his heart shattered, Layton focused all of his time and energy into the ranch he and his brother dreamed of.

    Jordy says: "Kelly Elliot is the diva of mushy heartbreak!!"
    "Awesome Story!"
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    Would you listen to Broken again? Why?

    YES, YES and YES!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Broken?

    The first time Layton and Whitley make love in the shower was beautifully written and really showed how far they both had come in how they felt for each other. It wasn't just about having sex!


    What about Shirl Rae and Nelson Hobbs ’s performance did you like?

    Their intonations for the Texas "drawl" made me feel like I was listening to someone from Texas!


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

    When Layton realized that Whitley needed his help and rescued her... I don't want to give too much away, but it was a powerfully written scene.


    Any additional comments?

    If you haven't read any of Kelly's books, I highly recommend them all!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Broken Dreams: Broken, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Kelly Elliott
    • Narrated By Shirl Rae, Nelson Hobbs
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Courtney Will always dreamed of finding her Prince Charming and living happily ever after. However, her dreams were shattered one fateful night when her prince turned out to be her worst nightmare. Reed Moore's past filled his world with guilt and anger. Then, a mistake in college deepened these feelings. Fearing he will one day repeat his father's mistakes with the woman he loves, Reed has vowed to never give his heart to anyone.

    Franci Neill says: "Another Winner!!!"
    "Another Winner!!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Broken Dreams to be better than the print version?

    Not necessarily. I like the audio version because I have a long commute. But I also like the print version because there are bonus scenes and the song lists are included as well. I'm also a voracious reader and have a tendency to re-read my favorite books/authors over the years.


    What did you like best about this story?

    What didn't I like about this story should be the question? The love between Reed and Courtney was genuine and healed both of them from past pain and trauma. I laughed and cried.


    Have you listened to any of Shirl Rae and Nelson Hobbs ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've not listened to Shirl Rae before, but I've listened to Nelson Hobb's because he's on all of Kelly Elliott's other books.


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

    YES!


    Any additional comments?

    Now that I've found Kelly Elliott, I'm a dedicated, loyal and slightly obsessed fan :-)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wanted: Wanted Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Kelly Elliott
    • Narrated By Nelson Hobbs, Arika Rapson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (122)

    Verbally abused by her mother for years, 18-year-old Ellie Johnson always believed she would never be loved or wanted by anyone. She focused all of her attention on her grades and getting into the University of Texas to start a new life away from her mother. The last thing Ellie expected was to fall in love with Gunner Mathews, a starting linebacker for the University of Texas football team and not to mention, her brother's best friend. Gunner only has two passions in life, football and his grandfather's ranch, until he falls for his best friend's little sister.

    Jordy says: "typical insta-love at first sight kind of romance"
    "A surprisingly great book...."
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    Where does Wanted rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book ranks as one of my favorites so far. The narrators were great and made me really feel like they were the characters of the book.


    What other book might you compare Wanted to and why?

    I don't know that I could compare it exactly. I have a tendency to read/listen to books that are parts of a series. I've always liked getting to know all the characters and then getting "updates" on them in the following books.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My very favorite scene has to be when Gunner takes Ellie out to their "Oak Tree" on the ranch. So romantic and special in that Ellie really starts to believe she can be "wanted".


    Any additional comments?

    Even though this book is about people quite a bit younger than me, I thoroughly enjoyed the story, fell in love with Gunner and Ellie and the strength of their commitment to each other.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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