We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
On a Night Like This Audiobook

On a Night Like This: The Callaways #1

Regular Price:$18.49
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

From #1 NY Times Best-selling Author, Barbara Freethy, comes a romantic new contemporary series about the Callaways, a big, blended Irish family born to serve and protect.

The second oldest of the Callaway clan, Aiden Callaway veered from the family tradition of urban firefighting and became a smokejumper, never questioning his choice until the job took the life of his friend, Kyle, and left Aiden with injuries and fractured memories. Everyone blames Aiden for what happened, but he doesn't remember, nor is he sure he wants to remember. The truth may clear Aiden of blame but destroy Kyle's reputation and hurt the people he left behind.

Aiden seeks help from an unlikely ally…

Sara had always been untouchable, sweet, innocent, his sister's best friend, and the girl next door. But one reckless night in their youth took their relationship to a new level. Sara has never forgiven or forgotten the way Aiden brought it crashing down, but she's no longer that girl with the crazy crush. She's a woman in search of her own truth.

The sparks between Aiden and Sara have been smoldering for a very long time. Sara is afraid to take another chance on a man who broke her heart, and Aiden knows better than anyone how dangerous an intense fire can be.

As teenagers they weren't ready for each other. Are they ready now?

On A Night Like This is the first book in an eight book connected contemporary romance series featuring the intriguing Callaway family. Love, mystery, adventure - the Callaways have it all!

©2013 Barbara Freethy (P)2013 Barbara Freethy

What the Critics Say

“Freethy has a gift for creating complex characters.” (Library Journal)

“Barbara Freethy is a master storyteller with a gift for spinning tales about ordinary people in extraordinary situations and drawing readers into their lives.” (Romance Reviews Today)

“Freethy's skillful plotting and gift for creating sympathetic characters will ensure that few dry eyes will be left at the end of the story.” (Publishers Weekly on The Way Back Home)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

3.9 (207 )
5 star
 (67)
4 star
 (87)
3 star
 (34)
2 star
 (11)
1 star
 (8)
Overall
4.0 (187 )
5 star
 (63)
4 star
 (79)
3 star
 (30)
2 star
 (10)
1 star
 (5)
Story
3.8 (188 )
5 star
 (56)
4 star
 (73)
3 star
 (34)
2 star
 (9)
1 star
 (16)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Hilary Honolulu, HI, United States 06-20-14
    Hilary Honolulu, HI, United States 06-20-14 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    10
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    37
    33
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Enticing story to the end!"
    Where does On a Night Like This rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Because the story line is so good I'd say this audiobook would rank in my top 10.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of On a Night Like This?

    When Aiden finds Sarah at her house after she finds the box of pictures and sweeps her off to Redding for an escape.


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

    Well, I have to say I was not very happy with Ms. Redding's performance. The women often sounded pouty or too your for their ages. Many of the men were dramatically too snappish or angry. In fact she made everyone too drama filled much of the time. I have listened to many books now and there is just no reason to have the characters sound so poised for dramatics so much of the time. It would do Barbara Freethy's books a boon to find a new narrator As her stories are very good and her characters are very likeable.


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

    There are many but I suppose to pick one it might be when Aiden and Sarah go to visit Kyles Wife.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has a story that moves right along. it kept me listening and wanting more. It ended leaving some dangling ended that makes me want to move quickly on to the next book in the series. Barbara Freethy is a skilled writer.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Linda ANKENY, IA, United States 04-14-14
    Linda ANKENY, IA, United States 04-14-14 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    8
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Poor Narration"

    Loved the storyline, but felt like I was listening to a mechanical voice. The clipped words made me feel like the audio was produced by a computer reading the words. It was missing an easy flow and was difficult to make myself listen.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kim Perry 09-14-14
    Kim Perry 09-14-14
    HELPFUL VOTES
    8
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    10
    9
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Second chance romance"
    If you could sum up On a Night Like This in three words, what would they be?

    Sweet, connection, and discovery.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of On a Night Like This?

    There were two really memorable moments. One was when Sara confronted her father and the other was when Aiden discovered the truth about why Kyle died in the fire.


    Which character – as performed by Robin Rowan – was your favorite?

    Sara


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

    Yes, it was. I wanted to see how the rest of the story would unfold.


    Any additional comments?

    There was a good story, good pacing, and great characters. I would recommend this book and I'll be reading the other books in this series.

    *I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Tarri United States 04-11-14
    Tarri United States 04-11-14 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    47
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    132
    37
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good story"

    but the whispering little girl voice the narrator used for the female characters was a bit off-putting. Also, the gruffness of some of the male characters' voices made them unlikable to me.

    The story was good and had enough content to make this a possible to-read series, but I would not listen to the rest.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    DK 01-08-16
    DK 01-08-16 Member Since 2013

    No spoilers! Love HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. I also review in exchange for books-lots of fun surprises!

    HELPFUL VOTES
    870
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    836
    835
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    111
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Another Series I've Been Suckered In To!! :-)"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely, this audio book would be safe in a couple different circles of my friends. There is enough spice to keep it interesting without going over the top with graphic descriptions.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Aiden, because he was dealing with so much and denying even more.


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

    Yes it was and I had to spread it out over two days! It just about drove me wild. It's a romance wrapped up in danger with a bit of mystery as well. I made myself shut it off at 1 am last night with 3 hours to go. It was the first thing I put on today because I wanted to hear all of it, right to the end.

    Alex is coming home for her dad 60 birthday. They have never had any sort of relationship, but she is hopeful that as he saves he will also soften. I cannot really elaborate anymore than the publisher summary for fear of spoiling. (See more of my comments below)

    Publisher's Summary:

    The second oldest of the Callaway clan, Aiden Callaway veered from the family tradition of urban firefighting and became a smokejumper, never questioning his choice until the job took the life of his friend, Kyle, and left Aiden with injuries and fractured memories. Everyone blames Aiden for what happened, but he doesn't remember, nor is he sure he wants to remember. The truth may clear Aiden of blame but destroy Kyle's reputation and hurt the people he left behind.

    Aiden seeks help from an unlikely ally…

    Sara had always been untouchable, sweet, innocent, his sister's best friend, and the girl next door. But one reckless night in their youth took their relationship to a new level. Sara has never forgiven or forgotten the way Aiden brought it crashing down, but she's no longer that girl with the crazy crush. She's a woman in search of her own truth.

    The sparks between Aiden and Sara have been smoldering for a very long time. Sara is afraid to take another chance on a man who broke her heart, and Aiden knows better than anyone how dangerous an intense fire can be.

    As teenagers they weren't ready for each other. Are they ready now?
    --------


    Any additional comments?


    I can tell you that 'I like the heck out of this' and have added the other 8 Callaway books to my Wish List.

    My only critique of the book is that there were a lot of outside characters to keep track of. I find this is typical in the first book of the series. I may have missed some of the more subtle story line but look forward to continuing these with these characters as the series progresses.

    The performance was OK. There were moments where Robin Rowan started out of character but quickly adapted. I think it's difficult with so many main characters and secondary characters – men, women and kids – to try to keep track of who you are supposed to be portraying. I don't know how any of these narrators are able to do this.

    ALWAYS listen to the sample before buying. I found that listening at a little faster speed made it better. But I don't think the performance was nearly as bad as other reviewers charge.

    *I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my review. I would recommend it for any of the "typical" romance types. It may be a little bit steamy for a straight-laced granny (although they are the worst – those grannies and their secrets.)

    As I said, I'm going to put the remaining Callaways on my Wish List. This does not happen often when I am listening to a book in exchange for a review. This series reminds me of Bella Andre's Sullivan series.

    Notes: a few mature scenes (18+) but other than that there isn't anything to warn about.

    Note to you, reading this~

    I enjoy leaving reviews, as I know that I read them the reviews of others before I purchase a book. If you found my review helpful in your decision about this book, would you please select yes directly below this paragraph? Thank you so much.

    Please consider "following me" here on Audible.com. I purchased a lot of books by authors that I am faithful to. I also have the opportunity to review books in all genres, many that I would not pick up on my own. I have been pleasantly surprised by new authors and narrators. Thanks!

    *Authors/narrators, feel free to use my review to promote this book on Twitter, Facebook, etc. Please link it back here.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer 01-01-16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fun story, decent reading."

    Fun! I enjoyed the way Freethy braided suspense with romance. Narration could've been edited better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Trish R. JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 10-29-15
    Trish R. JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States 10-29-15 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    740
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    492
    478
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    63
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good grief.."
    Any additional comments?

    This narrator is just terrible. Aiden sounds just like Sara, which should be real interesting when they have sex. I just bought this audible for $1.99 and I can certainly see why it's on sale. If you're not even going to try to sound manly then don't be a narrator. I'll finish the book by just reading it. Geez!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    J. L. 03-10-15
    J. L. 03-10-15
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    228
    15
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Sappy"

    Despite decent writing and character development this story was a challenge to get through. It was a combination of a sappy story along with a mediocre narrator. It was what I consider cringe worthy and at many times throughout the book I found it hard to continue listening. If you are able to suspend credulity while 'reading' a book then you may enjoy this, otherwise it's not worth a credit nor the cost if it's at a sale price.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Kindle Customer 02-10-15 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    19
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "storyline is good."

    the Calloway clan is great ,can't wait to read more of the series. fun book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.