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Karen

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  • Lost in You

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Heidi McLaughlin
    • Narrated By Jordan Leigh, Kristin Allison
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (36)
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    (36)
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    (36)

    Ryan Stone is a less-than-average teenager. He doesn't have fancy clothes. He doesn't carry around the latest smartphone and he definitely doesn't have an MP3 player. Instead, he goes to school, does his chores, and dreams of a new life away from Brookfield where he's expected to follow in his blue collar family's footsteps. Hadley Carter is America's Pop Princess. A successful recording artist living her dream with a sold-out tour and a handful of Grammy's there isn't much that she wants for, except love. But finding love on the road is near impossible....

    Karen says: "Conflicted"
    "New voices in narration...AWESOME!!!"
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    If you could sum up Lost in You in three words, what would they be?

    FAN FREAKING TASTIC!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Without a doubt it was Ryan Stone. I never thought I would say this because I love my bad boys, but it was nice having a hero that didn't do something to jeopardize the relationship with the heroine. Ryan was sweet, shy and terribly cute. He didn't own a cell phone, didn't listen to music, never broke curfew and attended church every Sunday. Until meeting Hadley just a few months shy of his 18th birthday, Ryan had never even kissed a girl!. Roles were definitely reversed in this story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I've listened to the last 4 chapters at least 5 times so I would definitely have to say the reunion was my favorite.


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

    She was 22 and America's Princess of Pop. He was 17 and didn't own a radio. Can love survive the impossible?


    Any additional comments?

    This story is New Adult at its finest. Holly. McLaughlin defied all the conventional expectations that define this relatively new sub-genre of romance and not only made the unusual premise seem quite normal but did it with compassion and a genuineness that makes "Lost In You" worth no less than 5 stars. Add the dual POV narrated by awesome newcomers Jordan Leigh and Kristin Allison and you've got an audiobook that all romance lovers should have at the top of their wish lists!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ready for You

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By J. L. Berg
    • Narrated By Eva Christensen, Kaleo Griffith
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (18)
    Story
    (18)

    Eight years ago, Garrett Finnegan’s world shattered the day Mia vanished from his life. He’s been struggling to pick up the pieces ever since. Haunted by memories and ghosts of the past, he chooses a solitary existence rather than risk his heart again. Mia Emerson has made one wrong decision after another but none worse than walking away from the boy who stole her heart so long ago. When her new life is turned upside down, she finds herself returning to her roots and the hometown she left behind.

    Karen says: "Heartbreaking, Heartwarming Second Chance Romance"
    "Heartbreaking, Heartwarming Second Chance Romance"
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    Where does Ready for You rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best New Adult romances I've listened to this year!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love the H, Garrett, because he isn't a man-ho like most H's are in similar situations. He knows from the age of 15 that Mia is "the one" for him; and, even though he doesn't see her for 8 years after their HS graduation, he rarely dates during those years because his memory of Mia is so exalted other girls fall way short.


    Have you listened to any of Eva Christensen and Kaleo Griffith ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to both of them many times before. Their performance in Ready For You is excellent, as I have found all of their previous narrations to be.


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

    Definitely! When Garrett's father passed away, he delivered an emotional eulogy that had me in tears.


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to an average of 4 New Adult audiobooks a week and Ready For You is in the upper echelon of the genre. The author, J.L. Berg, wrote a simple story with complex characters that she endears to the readers through the strength of emotion. Nothing about the story is too far-fetched or over-the-top where a reader/listener must suspend disbelief just to enjoy it. Instead, the characters are thoroughly fleshed out to the point where we actually feel as though we know them personally. Throw in the best narration possible and you've got a 5-star success!!! Ready For You is a MUST for those that enjoy listening to New Adult romance.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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