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  • Caught Up in Us

  • Caught Up in Love, Book 1
  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Emily Durante
  • Length: 5 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 551
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 503
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 504

Five years ago, Kat Harper fell into a dizzying summer romance with her brother's best friend, Bryan. It was a mad, crazy love full of kisses all through the night, but he broke her heart and she had to move on. Five years later, Kat is finishing her graduate degree and building her business as a jewelry designer, when Bryan, head of his own successful company, walks back into her life. Bryan has been assigned to Kat as her new business mentor and the rules are clear

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, light, happy, fabulous!!

  • By RexyRomance on 08-24-14

Hilarious.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-02-18

But not in a good way. The phone sex scenes are read so so badly, and they are like a quarter of the book. They are mind-bogglingly not sexy. Its like quarterly reports are being read. The dude voice is especially dreadful. Both characters are TSTL. You have been warned.

  • Friends without Benefits

  • Knitting in the City, Book 2
  • By: Penny Reid
  • Narrated by: Devra Woodward
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,157
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,154

There are three things you need to know about Elizabeth Finney: 1) She suffers from severe sarcastic syndrome, especially when she's unnerved, 2) No one unnerves her like Nico Manganiello, and 3) She knows how to knit.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Story was good, but the narrator ruined it!

  • By bookaddict on 12-07-17

Shocking narration

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-13-18

This is one of those 'buyer beware' reviews. Everything is wrong with this narration. From the embarrassingly offensive Italian accents to Elizabeth's constantly defeated voice. The medical professionals are ENTIRELY unbelievable, and Elizabeth's workplace decisions and relations are painfully unprofessional and often very stupid. I just couldn't buy her as an intelligent person at all, and she is supposed to be a doctor at 27. It is hard to understand how this book and recording came to be published.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • To Love Jason Thorn

  • By: Ella Maise
  • Narrated by: Lidia Dornet, Sebastian York
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,729
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,546
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,544

Jason Thorn...my brother's childhood friend. Oh, how stupidly in love with that boy I was. He was the first boy who made me blush, my first official crush. Sounds beautiful so far, right? That excitement that bubbles up inside you, those famous butterflies you feel for the very first time - he was the reason for them all. But you get to live in that fairy tale world only until they crush your hopes and dreams and then stomp on your heart for good measure. And boy did he crush my little heart into pieces.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read book 2 first

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-14-18

Messy, often childish, boundary issues.

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-19-17

Little One was the pet name our hero had for our heroine. He called her that when he was a teen and she was a kid with a crush, and felt it was a good thing to keep saying even when they were adults. I honestly hadn't known I could be annoyed hearing Sebastian York say anything, but this is it.

I had previously listened to "To Hate Adam Connor", and I enjoyed it. This book was just terrible to me. I never felt a real chemistry between the main characters; it seems like Jason was just supposed to be sexy because he was a movie star and duh movie stars are sexy. She had a truly abusive relationship with her ex-boyfriend and current roommate, and it was never really called out. I had trouble with boundaries in this book as well. At one point they are having sex and he was getting out a condom from his bedside table, and apropos of nothing, she mentioned that she had already snooped around his room and seen them. Wait, what? Why? When?

Olive was childlike and silly from the moment of her arriving on the stage, settling a movie deal for her book and getting harassed by execs, and not bothering to get an agent. She had immature emotional reactions throughout. The big sad drama at the end was contrived and very avoidable. This book was hard to listen to, and rarely believable.

  • NPCs

  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,706
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,698

What happens when the haggling is done and the shops are closed? When the quest has been given, the steeds saddled, and the adventurers are off to their next encounter? They keep the world running, the food cooked, and the horses shoed, yet what adventurer has ever spared a thought or concern for the Non-Player Characters? In the town of Maplebark, four such NPCs settle in for a night of actively ignoring the adventurers drinking in the tavern when things go quickly and fatally awry.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable if you manage your expectations

  • By Miachi on 01-23-15

So placid

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-15-17

You know how people keep reviewing this as 'pleasant?' Take it a step further. It is placid, dull, uninspiring. In a funny way I wondered if the narrator actually made it worse than it seemed, as he just has this really calm delivery at all times. At one point the characters are plummeting and the narration is this guy going 'aaaahhhh aaaahhh aaahhhh' and it is so very inappropriate to what is actually happening in the text. I laughed, and should have quit then. The characters are bland, the narration is bland. I don't recommend it.

(I am the target audience. D&D player for life.)

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Raven Cursed

  • Jane Yellowrock, Book 4
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,467
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,139

The vampires of Asheville, North Carolina, want to establish their own clan, but since they owe loyalty to the Master Vampire of New Orleans, they must work out the terms with him. To come up with an equitable solution, he sends an envoy with the best bodyguard blood money can buy: skinwalker Jane Yellowrock. But when a group of local campers are attacked by something fanged, Jane goes from escort to investigator. Is it a rogue-vampire, shapechanger, or witch? Or something else magical?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By Rosemary on 06-04-13

Why do I keep buying these?

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-15-16

I have no idea how this woman stays employed. Jane is a mess of complexes and contradictions. She makes the same terrible decisions over and over. Emotionally, she is a teen. The pretense of her 'running security' for this or anything else is laughable. This book runs from one (often unexplained) fight scene to the next. New characters are introduced haphazardly, and rarely followed up on. Formerly solid relationships are ignored, new relationships appear seemingly out of the ether, and get most of the attention, before they too just disappear. Points are made over, and over, and over. Oh, Angie Baby is 'scary powerful?' YOU DON'T SAY. What even happened with Beast in the end?? I could go on. It almost seems unedited.

Also can someone please tell me how this fighting biker managed to put ALL of her fighting leathers in long term storage?

  • When It Rains

  • By: Lisa De Jong
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Mack
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 239
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 219

One night changed my life forever. Beau Bennett has been my best friend since I can remember. He was my first crush before everything came crashing down, and now he wants more, but it's more than I can give him. Things are different now. I wish I could tell him why, but I can't. I haven’t told anyone. I never knew how much I really needed him until the day he left for college, and I was completely alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Most emotional and touching book

  • By shirley on 11-09-14

Listen up ladies

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-19-15

This is a melodramatic schlockfest of the highest order. I don't mean to say it isn't entertaining. It is, but it's basically a soap. Two different men 'save' our heroine, and if you aren't interested to hear about this, please get off this boat right now because the strangely irresistible Kate is going to tell you this over, and over, and over. This book wants to make you cry SO BAD. I didn't, and I feel like someone owes me a cookie.

...and the character of Beau...sort of a grotesque caricature of wish fulfillment. I wanted to inject spines into basically everyone.

Anyhow have at it. If you're into this sort of thing, this book will be total catnip. If you're not, well - you were warned.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Just to Be with You

  • Seattle Sullivans, Book 3
  • By: Bella Andre
  • Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 506
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 457
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 463

Ian Sullivan, the powerful and wealthy CEO of Sullivan Investments, has never failed at anything in his life...apart from love and marriage. Certain that he'll never take the plunge again, the last thing he expects is for a beautiful actress to turn his perfectly organized world completely upside down. Tatiana Landon, one of the hottest talents in Hollywood, has been waiting for true love her whole life. When she meets Ian, she's certain she's finally found it...along with a passion that sizzles hotter than anything in her wildest dreams. All she needs to do now is find a way to convince him to take the risk of loving again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All of this author's books are wonderful reads.

  • By cheryl on 10-04-17

I found it very dull.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-05-15

Mary Sue city in here. This heroine is saccharine sweet. I couldn't bear her by the end of the book. I didn't enjoy the narration but perhaps this is just a matter of taste. I find her modulations to be strange and forced. I suggest you listen to the sample before you make the purchase.

  • Sunrise Point

  • By: Robyn Carr
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,232

RITA Award winner Robyn Carr is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. In this 19th installment of her Virgin River series, Tom Cavanaugh returns home to take over his family’s apple orchard and settle down. Single mom Nora Crane is nothing like the kind of woman he thought he’d fall for—yet he can’t take his eyes off her. And while they have different concepts about family, they soon find out how quickly those ideas can change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mood Enhancing Series

  • By pewter on 06-18-12

Entertaining, great narration - trigger warning:

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-09-14

I did enjoy this book. The storyline was compelling and the characters were well drawn and likable. Therese Plummer is a very good narrator. She has moments of brilliance that floor me. But there are a few things which could ruin a story for some people, and were a bit sour for me. Spoilers here, I will keep to a minimum:






















A bear is shot and killed, and it was kind of a super gratuitous plot point. It was really sad but weirdly unacknowledged. (I'm enjoying that this is a literal trigger warning).
Hero spends a lot of time kissing another woman. (Hate this)
Subplot that went right over my head. I finally started playing these parts at double speed. (Yes I know it's just a bad thing and not a trigger warning).

  • The Prince of Midnight

  • By: Laura Kinsale
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,076
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,077

He was once a legendary highwayman. Now he's a recluse in a ruined French castle, with only a half-wild wolf for a companion. When Lady Leigh Strachan comes looking for a man to aid in her revenge, she's disillusioned to find that the famed Prince of Midnight couldn't help even if he cared to - which he doesn't. S. T. Maitland wants nothing to do with his legend, or with this fierce, beautiful, broken woman... until the old thrill of living on the cutting edge of danger begins to rise in his blood again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Imagine My Joy!

  • By Anonymous User on 05-26-13

Do yourself a favor.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-02-14

Nicholas Boulton reading Kinsale is a dream. This is not a lightweight fluffy story, but at the same time I found it to be an easy listen. Best author, best narration. I honestly don't want to give away any of the story. It is a delicious treat which I will come back to yearly.

15 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • It's a Waverly Life

  • By: Maria Murnane
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 324

After rebounding from a broken engagement and relinquishing her job in sports PR, the irrepressible Waverly Bryson has a new man, a new career, and a new lease on life. Her part-time gig as an advice columnist has proven to be as entertaining as it is affirming, and her fledgling greeting card line, Honey Notes, is off to a promising start. After a series of disastrous romantic rebounds, she has settled into a long-distance relationship with handsome Jake McIntyre.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Waverly, like the cracker

  • By Claudia H on 07-10-15

Boring book about boring people

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-25-14

I think maybe if you are a sorority girl or maybe someone who thinks pithy shirts are just great, this may be the book for you. These people are BORING. And you know how a definition of crazy is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result? I can't believe Waverly's incredibly boring version of crazy actually gets her what she wants.