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Built to Last Audiobook

Built to Last

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Publisher's Summary

Olivia Bennett is on the tenure track at Cornell University, the resident expert on Southern women writers. After moving to upstate New York from Atlanta, she falls in love with and purchases an old, run-down farmhouse. The only catch: she knows nothing about renovating a house, taking care of land, or snow.

Joss Bauer is a New York native who grew up in her family's construction business. She has a soft spot for old houses, but no patience for overpaid debutantes who want to play at country living. When Olivia hires Joss to do the renovations on her new home, the sparks fly, in more ways than one. It turns out both women have a lot to learn about life, love, and the meaning of home. But when a scandal threatens Olivia's professional reputation, it puts her priorities and her new found love on the line.

©2016 Aurora Rey (P)2016 Bold Strokes Books Inc

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    D'Andre 12-02-16
    D'Andre 12-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Such a Romance!!!"

    This was a romance of all romances. The story flowed easily and held so much emotion. The characters were lovable (especially Ben), and brought to life by the narrator Gwenn Dawson in such a way that it made you feel as though you were watching the whole thing take place. The details of every aspect of this story brought the reader that much closer to the characters. The emotions that this story ignited was palpable, taking you on a ride that you will not forgot.
    I totally recommend this book to anyone who loves a great love story, filled with tons of romance.
    Five Stars Aurora, you really outdid yourself!!!

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    Pam St Petersburg FL 10-31-16
    Pam St Petersburg FL 10-31-16 Member Since 2016
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    "It did not completely suck"

    Narration was not that great. Not her voice but the accents and male voices. The story was not that interesting but ok.

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    Kris H. 10-17-16
    Kris H. 10-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Built to last"

    Wonderfully written! I had no trouble Invisioning myself within the happenings of the story. Love Audible! I began reading the book then decided to try Audible. Just as I would watch a movie, the narration was so well done, I could see the story unfolding in my mind. The other reason I tried Audible is because I read slow. I finished the book sooner, which means I can start another! I like the option of being able to transition between listening and reading if I'm in a public situation. Thanks again for a wonderful story!

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    Bridget Wright 10-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Meh"

    The "Southern" accent made this hard to listen to at times. Grating on the ears.

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    Lynne 09-26-16
    Lynne 09-26-16
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    "Solid"

    Pleasant listen, sweet story. A good relisten. I will look for more by Me. Rey.

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    Kindle Customer Kansas, USA 09-06-16
    Kindle Customer Kansas, USA 09-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Laugh riot"

    I haven't laughed so hard in a while. Olivia's southern accent was great. Romance was wonderful and plentiful. Highly recommend reading this book.

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    Michelle A. Evans 08-18-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Narrator is Terrible"

    I have an idea, if you can't do an accent just don't attempt it. This narrator ends up making one of the protagonists sound like Great Aunt Beula from Swampy Rock, Alabama. God Lord! The other protag sounded like a 13 year old girl even though she's supposed to be this tough butch contractor.
    The book was decent but the narration really took away from it. Audible really has to find better narrators for their lesbian romances.

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    Ms. NY 08-01-16
    Ms. NY 08-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Overall decent book."

    The book was decent but not my favorite. The characters annoyed me at times. There were some undeveloped details that may have made them better understood. Typical uhaul theme and butch/fem cliches for the story line, but it never gets old for me tho. The narrator did well with distinguishing characters, although pitch and tone could be improved. Overall, it was a decent book, I will try others from this author.

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  • Naomi
    8/19/16
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    "Unable to finish!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    While the narrator had an easy to listen to voice, I couldn't stand the voice she used for Olivia. It grated on me so much that I was unable to listen to the whole story, and not finishing a book is almost unheard of for me!


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I couldn't complete the book due to the awful voice used for Olivia.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator had a pleasant voice and read at a good pace but the voice she used for Olivia made me shudder and meant that I couldn't take to her character at all.


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

    I would love to have heard the whole story but I couldn't endure Olivia's voice, it really didn't match the mental picture I had of her.


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