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  • Beast

  • Twisted Ever After, Book 1
  • By: A. Zavarelli
  • Narrated by: Tracy Marks
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 301

Once upon a time, I believed in fairytales. But then he took me. And he taught me that life isn't a fairytale. He is scarred. Broken. A dark and wild thing. His beauty is violent and his words are cruel. His heart is a shadowed landscape where nothing can grow. He tells me he could never care for me, and he proves it every day.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not for me!!!!

  • By Sunshine on 07-22-17

Dark & delicious modern take on classic fairytale

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

Reviewed: 08-15-17

What made the experience of listening to Beast the most enjoyable?

The story of beauty and the beast has been told in many different ways, so coming up with a version that holds your interest and keeps you wanting more is difficult. A Zavarelli did an amazing job at making a well known tale seem unique and one of a kind. I didn't want to stop listening

What other book might you compare Beast to and why?

Idk

Which scene was your favorite?

If I told you it would give away the ending. So let's just say it was near the end

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

He holds the key to her heart and She's the only one who can set him free

Any additional comments?

**I received a free copy of this audio book in exchange for my honest, unbiased review **

If you are a fan of A Zavarelli then you will love this book. She knows how to write about scarred characters and how love can free their demons. Even if you've heard the take of beauty and the beast 10 times, I promise you haven't heard it told this good.

  • Mr. Match

  • The Mister Series, Book 5
  • By: JA Huss
  • Narrated by: Jill Redfield, Joe Arden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303

Oliver Shrike thinks ahead. He likes to make lists and tick off boxes. He plans, he plots, and he's got everything under control. Until one day he sees my videos on his dating site. The private erotic videos I make just for him. When I'm looking at the camera, I can practically see his face. Hear the internal arguments. Feel his desire. Because I'm that kind of woman. You should delete my videos, Oliver Shrike. It's your job to keep that dating site on the up and up. But you don't, do you?

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

  • By Cyndi on 09-10-17

My brain hurts (review of series more than just this final book)

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

Reviewed: 07-29-17

I really wanted to love this series. I really did. I FLOVE JA Huss, but I just couldn't get into this series. I struggled through all the books because come on it's JA Huss, you know nothing is what it seems so you just keep waiting for it to all make sense. But you never feel like it does. You still have questions as to why people did things and what the significance of certain things were. There was just too much going on. Too much to follow. It's almost like she tried too hard to make it this big mystery that it just got too complex and there was just too much going on. You're constantly confused and trying to remember what all the details of the past books were about. Like seriously-instead of feeling that satisfied "oh now I get it, it all makes sense" that you usually get with the last book I'm feeling like thank God it's over, my brain hurts. I'm really not trying to bash like I said I absolutely adore this author, and maybe someone with a bigger brain will have it all figured out, but as for me I'm glad it's over. The narration on each book was out of the park fantastic so that was a plus. While I don't recommend this series I do highly recommend everything else by this author!!!

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Totally loved it!

  • By Shawna on 05-23-17

Totally loved it!

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

Reviewed: 05-23-17

I am just finishing up my Marni Mann binge listen, and I have to say I ended on a great one! I do wish I'd discovered that Unblocked was in audio before I listened to Wild Aces, but it was still totally amazing and really didn't effect anything. However if you've not listened to either I would start with this and go right into Wild Aces. Both are amazing!!! And both can be standalone's. Derek and Frankie are the perfect couple. It was funny, sexy, entertaining, captivating, and kept me wanting more the whole time. Loved that there weren't huge misunderstandings and tons of angst! I highly recommend!

  • Good Boy

  • By: Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Teddy Hamilton, Tanya Eby
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 933
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 875
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 876

Hosting her brother's wedding for an MVP guest list is the challenge of Jess Canning's life. Already the family screw-up, she can't afford to fail. And nobody (nobody!) can learn of the colossal mistake she made with the best man during a weak moment last spring. It was wrong, and there will not be a repeat. Absolutely not. Even if he is the sexiest thing on two legs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Blake Riley makes me smiley-and so does this audio

  • By Lydia D. Rella on 05-03-17

Wonderful addition to HIM & US!

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

Reviewed: 05-11-17

What a perfect story! First, if you haven't listened to HIM & US- go do that, then listen to this one. This is Jaimie's sisters story and it's funny, sexy, and highly entertaining!!! Definitely 5 stars. I was so sad when I finished US, but this was the perfect follow up, giving us more Wesmie ❤️ Blake is totally swoon worthy, and Jessica is so sweet, they make an adorable couple. The female narrator sounded a little too old for Jess, I would have preferred a younger narrator, but the story was fabulous & Teddie Hamilton's voice is pure yummmm.

  • Bombshell

  • Hollywood A-List, Book 1
  • By: CD Reiss
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Christian Fox
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 950
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 885
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 886

Hollywood bad boy Brad Sinclair always gets his way, whether it's the role he wants or the bikini-clad model he has to have. But when a bombshell gets dropped in his lap in the form of a dimpled five-year-old from a forgotten relationship, he knows his life is about to change forever. Cara DuMont isn't exactly thrilled when she gets assigned to be the nanny for the latest box-office king. She has one rule: no celebrity fathers, especially single ones with devilish good looks and rock-hard abs.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A Predictable Formula

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-03-17

An absolute must listen! Sweet, funny, romantic, and wholesome ❤️

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

Reviewed: 05-04-17

Wow where to start? This is such a sweet, funny, heartwarming story that you won't be able to resist falling in love with ❤️ it's not the typical dad falls in love with nanny story. It's genuine. It's real life. It's beautiful. And the narration? Nothing is better than Andi Arndt and Christian Yum. I mean Christian Fox. They make the characters real. Absolutely loved it ❤️

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  • Carnal Secrets

  • The Phoenix Pack, Book 3
  • By: Suzanne Wright
  • Narrated by: Jill Redfield
  • Length: 12 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,003
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,749
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,746

Half-shifter Shaya Critchley may hold a submissive role in her wolf pack, but the petite redhead refuses to let an Alpha male interfere in her life. Furious and humiliated after her mate refused to claim her, she runs off to hide among the humans. Why wait around for an Alpha male to love her when he’d obviously prefer to ignore her?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better than book 2, not better than book 1

  • By Candateshia Pafford on 02-16-14

Good series so far, however I'm getting tired of the same narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-29-17

As it is an easy series to listen to, I don't know that I'll continue on. I'm getting a little tired of the same narrator for every couple. It would be ok if it had a male and female narrator, but if I hear the female narrator saying "fuuuuuuuuuck" again as the man is having sex I might just wash my ears out. I don't usually mind just a female narrator, but she should never have to narrate the males point of view during a sex scene. I seriously cringed every time there was a sex scene because I knew it was coming. It literally made me cringe and laugh out loud every time I heard it and I'm usually not laughing during a sex scene. Even though they were descriptive I was not the least bit involved just because the way it was narrated. If you're going I have both people talking during a love scene it needs to have two narrators, or only be told from the females point of view. Don't have a female narrate for the male, it's just not sexy.

  • The Untouchables

  • Ruthless People, Book 2
  • By: J. J. McAvoy
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

Everything Melody Callahan has ever been told about her past is a lie. Her father lied. Her husband lied. But like all secrets...they come out. With new targets on their backs and the media focused on their family as the presidential election approaches, Liam and Melody must fight on two battlefronts. Melody is torn between being in love with Liam and wanting to kill him for lying to her. Being in love and showing love are two different things. Liam will do anything to protect his family, even if that means hurting the people he loves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Love This Series!

  • By Audio Audits on 06-07-17

Loved it, but.....

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

Reviewed: 04-11-17

Loved everything BUT the change in narrators 😢 I hate it when narrators change mid series!

  • El Diablo [The Devil]

  • The Good Ol' Boys Spin Off
  • By: M. Robinson
  • Narrated by: Lauren Sweet, Marcio Catalano
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 365
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 342
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 339

Living in a world where I was worth more dead than alive was a choice. I was a bad man; I never claimed to be anything else. I've done things I'm not proud of, seen things that can't be unseen. I've caused pain that I can't undo. It was all my choice. Every decision. Every order. Right and wrong never mattered. Until her. She was under my protection, until she became my obsession.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OMG EL DIABLO IS A GREAT LISTEN & HE IS A SON OF

  • By I HATE THIS NEW LOOK on 01-25-17

Loved it, then hated it, then loved it

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

Reviewed: 03-13-17

Even though I spent most of the book hating El Diablo, I couldn't help but hold out hope of a HEA for him. There were a lot of wtf moments, and very emotional moments, all great aspects of a book. Even though it was rather long, I couldn't stop listening and really did enjoy it overall. Narration was decent, the male narrator wasn't the best at knowing where to put emphasis on words, often reading as if there were periods in the middle of sentences rather than the end. The female was excellent. There were a few audio mistakes and repeated phrases, but nothing too bad. I would recommend this. It's definitely unlike anything I've heard before.

  • Turbulence

  • By: Whitney G.
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon, Joe Arden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,274
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,202

Jake Weston and I met under a cloud of cliches: Boy meets girl. Boy charms girl. Boy screws girl. He was the sexiest, cockiest man I'd ever encountered, but I had no idea he was a senior pilot when we met. No idea we worked for the same airline, and he had secrets just like me.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A very accurate title

  • By Danni on 03-06-17

Very unique

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

Reviewed: 02-23-17

While I would hate to ever come in contact with someone like Jake, the story flowed well and kept me listening. I've honestly never listened to anything like it. I pretty much listened straight through and never lost interest which is saying quite a bit for me. Narration was wonderful.

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  • Mr. Corporate

  • The Mister Series, Book 3
  • By: JA Huss
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden, Ryan West
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 390

Weston Conrad is the best headhunter in the business. That handsome smile goes a long way toward convincing most people to trust him with their future. I'm not most people. I'm his direct competition. And it doesn't hurt to be just the kind of woman he's been looking for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The series gets better and better with each book.

  • By Sharon_M on 02-20-17

Not my favorite Mister

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

Reviewed: 02-21-17

Would you try another book from JA Huss and/or Abby Craden and Ryan West ?

JA Huss may just be my favorite author so of course. The narrators I would listen to again. Ryan more than Abby

Would you ever listen to anything by JA Huss again?

Absolutely

Would you be willing to try another one of Abby Craden and Ryan West ’s performances?

Ryan west- yes

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

Not really. It was quite boring to me, and way too tame for a Huss book

Any additional comments?

So far I'm not loving the Mister Series. Perfect was just ok, Romantic I actually did like because he was a little dirtier than the others. Corporate was a total snooze fest for me. If you're like me and love JA Huss dark side then this series probably isn't for you. I don't think I will continue with this series, however I will not give up on Julie. She's an amazing erotic suspense writer

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