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  • Loose Ends

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Lance Greenfield, Clara Francesca, Sarah McEwan, and others
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 138

 In Kristen Ashley’s first anthology, listeners will find three short stories and two novellas taking them back to characters and series in the Kristen Ashley universe. This anthology includes: "No Clue", The Stars Aligned, "The Favor",  More Than Everything, and "Rock Chick Renewal".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Heart is so Full

  • By Listening is Reading on 11-17-18

Uneven but well worth the credit

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

Reviewed: 10-27-18

I'm so glad Kristen Ashley decided to do this. I loved getting to spend some time with Vi and Joe and Deacon and Cassidy again, and Todd and Stevie's story at the end was utter perfection. I didn't particularly care for the longer novellas, as I never got into the Honey series and thought that Heaven and Hell was also one of her weaker books.

As far as narrators goes, I'm glad that Susannah Jones came back, but while the performance for Vi/Joe and Deacon/Cassidy was fine it didn't sound quite "right."

Regardless of the "mixed" review, the highs were well worth the credit used!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Dear Aaron

  • By: Mariana Zapata
  • Narrated by: Callie Dalton, Teddy Hamilton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,224

Some days, all you need is a message from a stranger. Ruby Santos knew exactly what she was getting herself into when she signed up to write a soldier overseas. The guidelines were simple: one letter or email a week for the length of his or her deployment. Care packages were optional. Been there, done that. She thought she knew what to expect. What she didn't count on was falling in love with the guy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Two thumbs up 👍👍

  • By Anne-Marie Mogensen on 11-21-17

Narration perfection

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Mariana Zapata is one of my very favorite authors. No one "slow burns" like she does, and her characters are so likable and down to earth. Others have summarized the book quite eloquently, but I can only add that the pairing of Callie Dalton and Teddy Hamilton elevates Dear Aaron to a whole different level. Truly narration perfection.

  • Hot as Puck

  • By: Lili Valente
  • Narrated by: Tyler Donne, Summer Roberts
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 562
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 562

I am the world's biggest dating failure. We're talking my last date went home with our waitress kind of failure. But I have an ace in the back pocket of my mom jeans - my sexy-as-sin best friend, NHL superstar forward, Justin Cruise. Justin owes me favors dating back to seventh grade, long before he became a hotshot with a world famous...stick. So in return for my undying platonic loyalty, all I want is an easy-peasy crash course on how to be a sex goddess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must Buy

  • By Ap2514 on 06-07-17

This book was a total train wreck

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

I'm not sure which was worse, the pathetically unbelievable storyline, cringe-worthy dialog, or the monotone narrators. Also, for those who are interested in a hockey story, there was virtually no hockey in the story at all. Skate away from this one as fast as you can!

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Rock Chick Reborn

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Nicole Small
  • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479

As a Rock Chick, Shirleen Jackson lived through all the kidnappings and explosions. Along the way, she also watched the dramatic love stories that came with those rides unfold. But long ago, Shirleen made her choice. It affected who she was and would always be. She decided to settle for what she had and not want more. She had good friends. She was raising two fine young men who weren't hers, but she loved them anyway. She was good. And then Moses Richardson crashed into her life, literally...and deliberately.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ughhhh!! Why why why?

  • By Shopaholic on 04-04-18

Narration made it unlistenable

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

If ever there were an example of how the right narrator makes - or breaks - a book this is it. The characters were unrecognizable from their former Susannah Jones glory, and most of the time I had a hard time distinguishing who was speaking. Even male and female voices were hard to differentiate. There was probably a decent story in there somewhere, but it wasn't worth working so hard to try to find it.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Cream of the Crop

  • By: Alice Clayton
  • Narrated by: Deacon Lee, Olivia Song
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 816
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 765
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 765

Manhattan's It Girl, Natalie Grayson, has it all. She's a hot exec at a leading advertising firm, known industrywide for her challenging and edgy campaigns. She's got a large circle of friends and a family that loves her dearly, and her dance card is nearly always full with handsome eligible bachelors. What else could a modern gal-about-town wish for? The answer, of course, is...cheese.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 05-01-18

Natalie is not as "fabulous" as she thinks

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

Reviewed: 07-23-16

Alice Clayton is hit or miss with me, and while I loved "Nuts" this one was definitely a miss. I despised everything about Natalie, especially her rich-girl attitude. I'm sorry but in Manhattan a size 18 girl cannot have "anyone she wants" no matter how confident she is. NYC just isn't like that. And don't get me started about her description of her fat. Curves are ok, but waxing on about dimpled skin, fat rolls, and touching thighs is just gross. Oscar was marginally better, although his character never really seemed to develop that much beyond caveman. We all have to suspend a certain amount of reality when reading romance novels, but this was too much. I couldn't wait for Cream of the Crop to end.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • On My Knees

  • By: Meredith Wild
  • Narrated by: William Munt, Jennifer Mack
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 541
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 505
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 500

Haunted by the responsibility of caring for her troubled family, Maya Jacobs gave the only answer she could when Cameron asked her to marry him. Years later, entrenched in a soulless professional routine, she distracts herself from the lingering regret of her decision with a "work hard, play hard" lifestyle that guarantees no man will ever find his way into her heart again.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • DO NOT WASTE A CREDIT ON THIS 'BOOK'

  • By Kym Brown on 10-18-16

I detested this story

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

Reviewed: 11-08-15

Rarely do I have such a negative reaction to a book, particularly by an author who I have enjoyed in the past. Reading romance novels requires some level of suspension of belief...I mean, how many gorgeous dominant billionaires with tortured souls that can only be soothed by the love of a certain kind of woman can there be the world?...but there were just too many things wrong with this book.

1. Clearly the author has NO IDEA what it is like to work on Wall Street. Lunch hour for a junior analyst? Leaving at a normal time? Bankers typically arrive between 8-9 and a junior won't leave until well after midnight on a non-busy day and perhaps not at all when things get busy.
2. The sexual harassment was so obvious that the fact that she tolerated it at all was completely inconceivable. That she thought she could lose her job over it - more likely she would have gotten a multi-million dollar payout.
3. New gym owners don't get "investors" and open a certain kind of gym in NYC. They especially don't get 3 story homes to renovate.

The male protagonist was a decent character hurt by a poor narrator, although the guilt he harbored over "what he did" was completely unfounded. His attraction to the female (and her new alcoholism and #$#@$@# attitude) was totally unbelievable.

The Hardwired series was somewhat interesting (although IMO their relationship landed on the wrong side of abusive vs. kinky more times than I cared to count), but this one was awful.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Submission

  • The Submission Series, Book 1
  • By: CD Reiss
  • Narrated by: Jo Raylan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,442
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,343

Jonathan Drazen is a known womanizer and a gorgeous piece of man I'm not letting into my heart. Ever. Yeah, he's rich, beautiful, charming as hell, and he has a wit as sharp as a double-edged razor... but he's made it perfectly clear that this is a short-term f--k. Three nights, tops, then we part like sexually satisfied grown-ups. I believe him when he says he can't love me. I'm not trying to fall in love, either. We get in. Get it on. Get the hell out. Done. Right? Right.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fan-Freaking-Tastic!

  • By Jennifer on 02-12-15

Did I listen to the same book everyone else did?

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

Reviewed: 10-21-15

I really REALLY don't understand why this book got such good reviews. Seriously...it can be hard to separate a bad story from a bad narrator, but I'll try.

1. The narrator was difficult to understand. I guess she was trying to sound sultry, but it came across as garbled and uneven in volume (particularly for the male voices) and generally stupid. I listen to everything at 1.5x speed, but with her I had to slow it down just to try to make sense of what she was saying.

2. I hated the protagonist. I guess she wasn't as awful as some out there, but I totally didn't *get* the relationship between Monica and Jonathan.

3. I don't know how the author managed to make "hot" sex boring, but she somehow pulled it off.

4. I would have expected the book to end in a cliffhanger, thereby forcing me to listen to the next one if I wanted closure, but it just sort of fizzled out at the end.

When I think back on the book, not only do I not care at all what happens to the characters, but I can't really remember anything about it for all that it (didn't) capture my attention.

Totally skippable.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Boss

  • Boss, Book 1
  • By: Abigail Barnette
  • Narrated by: C. J. Bloom
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 876
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 809
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 805

Sophie Scaife almost ran away once, trading her ticket to college for a ticket to Tokyo. But a delayed flight and a hot one-night stand with a stranger changed her mind, putting her firmly on track to a coveted position at a New York fashion magazine. When the irresistible stranger from that one incredible night turns out to be her new boss - billionaire and publishing magnate Neil Elwood - Sophie can't resist the chance to rekindle the spark between them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read. .. WARNING cliffhanger

  • By Monica on 06-01-15

Last 2 hours made an awful book unbearable

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

Reviewed: 08-31-15

Spoilers ahead:




This book was mediocre to begin with, but the protagonist's rather disgusting attitude about pregnancy and the cavalier way they discuss abortion makes it truly awful. For anyone who knows the joy of parenthood, and especially those who suffered from infertility, it felt like a slap in the face.

2 stars for the performance, as the narrator's male British accent was cringe-worthy.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Finding Fraser

  • By: KC Dyer
  • Narrated by: Romy Nordlinger
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 722
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 668
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 665

I met Jamie Fraser when I was 19 years old. He was tall, redheaded, and, at our first meeting at least, a virgin. I fell in love hard, fast, and completely. He knew how to ride a horse, wield a sword, and stitch a wound. He was, in fact, the perfect man. That he was fictional hardly entered into it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Highly entertaining, great characters

  • By Linda on 08-19-15

I wanted to like this book, but no....

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

Reviewed: 08-13-15

I really wanted to like this book. I have a love/hate relationship with all of the Outlander books (they drive me nuts but are strangely addictive) and enjoyed the Starz series. The premise is interesting and could have been great. But the book had a few flaws, one of which was ultimately fatal.

1. The story ultimately rested on the likeability of the protagonist, and she was too stupid/blind and indecisive to resonate. While Claire from Outlander was conflicted at times, she was always a strong willed and interesting character. This was not.
2. The supporting characters were flat/one dimensional. Gay friend? Check. Neglectful boyfriend? Check. Nice guy? Check.
3. I would have never actually followed her blog as she never said anything interesting in it.
4. There was both too much and not enough Outlander in the book, and definitely not enough "Scotland" to justify how she went on and on about how much she loved the country.
5. The book claimed to have "mature themes," but unless I fell asleep through that part I must have missed them.

But ultimately, what sealed the deal for me was the narrator. I had already returned one Romy Nordlinger book because her "female lead" voice is whiney and annoying, and made me want to hit someone. Her voice did not improve in Finding Fraser. Actually the rest of the cast isn't bad, although she could have done more to differentiate the voices, but I think my intense dislike for the main character is probably 50% due to her.

I pre-ordered the book because of the tie-in to Outlander, but it was not worth it at all.

9 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • Sweet as Sin

  • Bad Habit, Book 1
  • By: J. T. Geissinger
  • Narrated by: Teri Clark Linden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,957
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,955

Twenty-something Kat Reid is loving life as an in-demand Hollywood makeup artist. She has absolutely no interest in rock 'n' roll, but in order to pay the mortgage, she agrees to work on the set of a rock video for the world-famous rockers known as Bad Habit...which brings her face-to-face with Nico Nyx, lead singer of Bad Habit and Adonis in the flesh.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed feelings about this one.

  • By Denise on 08-02-15

Not really a rock star story

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

Reviewed: 08-06-15

Yes, the main character is nominally a "rock star" but with the exception of the very beginning, music doesn't really factor into this. Plus the entire story is completely unbelievable. She treats him horribly (and is frankly an annoying and immature person to begin with), but somehow they fall in love with each other almost immediately and are engaged within days of actually being together. Their backstories/"issues" are also totally implausible, especially when thinking about how they deal with it. There are much better rock star stories out there....don't waste the credit.

22 of 25 people found this review helpful