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  • A Brush with a Billionaire

  • A Clean Billionaire Romance
  • By: Lorana Hoopes
  • Narrated by: C.J. McAllister
  • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Billionaire actor Brent McKasson wanted something different in life. Tired of being typecast in the same action roles, he decides to take some time off to think. However, his car breaks down in the small town of Soda Spurs, Texas. Forced to rely on people he doesn't know, Brent rediscovers the charm of a small town and a feisty female mechanic, but will it be enough for him to stay, or will the fame call him back?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A light read

  • By Tojo on 12-30-18

4.5 stars

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

Such a sweet story of two wounded hearts who find healing together (with the help of a few small town busy bodies, lol)

Initially it's a fairly predictable plot, with a bit of insta-love going on, but just when you think their happily-ever-after has been secured, an unexpected twist crops up. And the HEA is amped up because of that (yum)!

Clean romance level is a few sweet kisses
The plot includes discussion of the protagonists' Christian faith in a pretty realistic way, but is not preachy

The narrator has a perfect voice, though he starts out sounding a little bit cheesy, he settles into it pretty quickly and does a great job overall.

This is a perfect story for those times when you want something to lighten up your mood after a long day.

  • Love on the Line

  • By: Deeanne Gist
  • Narrated by: Barbara McCulloh
  • Length: 13 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

A Christy Award winner and RITA finalist, best-selling author Deeanne Gist crafts inspirational fiction of the highest order. Set in Texas at the turn of the century, this historical gem finds Georgie Gail as a tough-as-nails switchboard operator trying to make a living in a man’s world. So when the handsome Luke Palmer is hired as her colleague, she’s anything but pleased. What Georgie doesn’t know is that Luke is an undercover Texas Ranger chasing a gang of train robbers - and they’re headed her way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • When Not All Is What It Seems

  • By Carrie Fancett Pagels on 09-03-13

Premise was great but the story was a mixed bag

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

Any additional comments?

I love birds - have a bird garden of my own, in fact - but as disgusting as the bird parts fashion trend was, Billie's bird obsession was over the top and frequently tedious. I did mostly enjoy the development of the hero & heroine, as well as their relationship, but it took some patience. The history in Gist's books is always interesting and the romance is technically clean but does get a bit racy. I enjoyed the way the story wrapped up, at least, & it helped soothe the bumps endured to get there.

I gave it a 4, but it's probably closer to a 3&1/2.

  • Fair Play

  • By: Deeanne Gist
  • Narrated by: Kate Forbes
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

Saddled with a man's name, the captivating Billy Jack Tate makes no apologies for taking on a man's profession. As a doctor at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, she is one step closer to having her very own medical practice - until Hunter Scott asks her to give it all up to become his wife.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • excellent

  • By Les Raymond on 09-06-15

Good but a little grim

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

What did you love best about Fair Play?

While I did like this story, the subject matter is frequently kind of grim and at one point something terrible happens & really brings the story down. So while I am not sorry I invested the time, I don't recommend this if you're in the mood for something lighthearted.

I also was a little frustrated with Dr Billy Jack Tate as a character. She's supposed to be a smart, can-do kind of woman - but I have a hard time believing that she would be so lacking in common sense and take so many chances as she does (esp after an event that should have led her to such wisdom forcibly).

The romance is somewhat undercut here as well by an overemphasis on the physical attraction that frequently comes across as more lust than love.

So I would say this is a worthwhile story overall, no regrets, just not one of Gist's best.

  • Tiffany Girl

  • By: Deeanne Gist
  • Narrated by: Rachel Botchan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128

As preparations for the 1893 World's Fair set Chicago and the nation on fire, Louis Tiffany - heir to the exclusive Fifth Avenue jewelry empire - seizes the opportunity to unveil his state-of-the-art, stained glass, mosaic chapel, the likes of which the world has never seen. But when Louis' dream is threatened by a glassworkers' strike months before the fair opens, he turns to an unforeseen source for help: the female students at the Art Students League of New York.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed this book

  • By D L Miller on 07-09-15

One of my favorite Gist novels

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

What did you love best about Tiffany Girl?

This is such a sweet story about two people who come from somewhat opposite upbringings, but by the end of the story have been moved toward each other to meet in a fairly realistic middle that still manages to be happy. You learn a lot of interesting history along the way.

The romance is a little steamy, but at least it never crosses the line into graphic. The narrator is kind of stiff sounding at times, but does a decent job.

I highly recommend this one!

  • It Happened at the Fair

  • By: Deeanne Gist
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 84
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

Gambling everything, including the family farm, Cullen McNamara travels to the 1893 Chicago World's Fair with his most recent invention. But the noise in the Fair's Machinery Palace makes it impossible to communicate with potential buyers. In an act of desperation, he hires Della Wentworth, a teacher of the deaf, to tutor him in the art of lip-reading. The young teacher is reluctant to participate, and Cullen has trouble keeping his mind on his lessons while intently watching her lips.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved my trip to the fair with Deeanne Gist!

  • By Carrie Fancett Pagels on 05-14-13

Pleasurable - and different - story

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

Any additional comments?

Deeanne Gist writes love stories that take place during different times in history. So we get engaging characters who are also sharing some interesting aspects of their time period with us as well. There is one tragic event in the story - based on an event that actually occurred - but it doesn't bring the story down as has happened in a few of her other books.

Della's fears seem a little over the top and seem to be a deliberately manufactured excuse for a point in the story where the hero ends up having to take his shirt off which just felt kinda awkward. The romance in the story does push it all the way to the boundary line of clean romance (which I wish Gist would stop doing), but it never actually goes over at least.

Overall, I really enjoyed this story and anticipate listening to it again. Definitely recommend!

  • Grace

  • The Four Sisters Series, Book 3
  • By: Audrey Harrison
  • Narrated by: Katie Bunn
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 23

The day that Grace walks into Harry Long's life turns everything upside down. For the first time, he is taking risks for the beautiful pixie that has walked into his life, but his actions could cost him everything. An innocent picnic threatens Grace and Harry in ways that neither could have predicted, but their lives and the lives of those around them will never be the same because of it.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dumb People Doing Really, Really Dumb Things

  • By Gillian on 02-02-18

Annoyingly Implausible

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I confess to skimming thru parts. A silly plot with the added annoyance of repeated hot & heavy petting behind the bushes (seriously, groping lust is NOT romance). My only interest was the furtherance of the storylines in the overarching plot of the book series.

  • Annabelle

  • The Four Sisters Series, Book 2
  • By: Audrey Harrison
  • Narrated by: Katie Bunn
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Annabelle Johnson has a secret. It could ruin her. But yet, she remained in a darkened room with a gentleman. Perhaps it was because for the first time she felt safe in a gentleman's company. Lord Stannage was a handsome man. A pity then that everyone who met him only noticed his different colored eyes. In a society that only perfection was accepted, he was never going to feel welcomed. Two people, both hurting and afraid, needing each other's strength before their living nightmare can ease.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator kept me from enjoying

  • By Kathleen on 05-12-18

Ok, gets better toward the end

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I have a hard time believing that heterochromia (two different colored eyes) would have been looked on in such a way - especially in an otherwise handsome, single man with money & a title. A few too many misunderstandings/failures to communicate but overall it's a sweet story about finding healing.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rosalind: A Regency Romance

  • The Four Sisters, Series Book 1
  • By: Audrey Harrison
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 83

Peter Gilbert, Duke of Sudworth, is a good man. He has inherited the title and the debt that his deceased brother and father created, having had to leave the home that he had set up away from his dysfunctional family. Facing bankruptcy, he has determined to keep the family home at whatever cost. Only those closest to him know that it is not for his own benefit. Rosalind, is the eldest daughter of Mr Johnson, a 'cit', a man who has earned his fortune through business. He is determined that his four daughters will marry the highest titles in the country.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not a Civil Contract

  • By Barbara on 09-23-15

Really Good and then...Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

Is there anything you would change about this book?

This story started out so well and so sweet, I had high hopes that I had a new favorite author. Some 2/3rds of the way into the story, though, it just gets... frustratingly stupid. I wish Audrey Harrison had ended it before that.

  • Eleanor

  • The Four Sisters Series, Book 4
  • By: Audrey Harrison
  • Narrated by: Katie Bunn
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Eleanor Johnson, the youngest of the Johnson sisters, is plain. Se does not wish for sonnets; just someone to love her for herself. Now, not only plain she, has made a fool of herself in the worst possible way. Joseph Heaton is sick of the fickleness of society. He has become one of those in society famous for their notoriety in putting people down. He is to find that one arrogant sentence was to cost him the woman that, unwittingly, had become the most important person in his life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By Vibliophile on 02-26-18

Meh

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

What did you like best about Eleanor? What did you like least?

Sigh. Audrey Harrison is an author who shows enough promise that I keep reading, but has let me down at least once in every book of hers that I've read. This final story in the series was likable & engaging in the main, but the hero's interest in our heroine was never really developed, it just seemed to happen spontaneously. The villain's story turned out to be largely unbelievable.

Overall it was entertaining, but with so much dissatisfaction generated that it neutralized most of the warm fuzzies.

Additionally, the hero having sex with the heroine before they got married, esp for the reasons given was absurd. And certainly not at all romantic.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Jessamine's Folly

  • By: Suzanne G. Rogers
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196

After her estate is entailed away, Jessamine Foster has no choice but to live with relatives who detest her. When her aunt gives her an ultimatum to leave, Jessamine accepts a position as companion to Lord Kirkendale's sister - even though she's been warned her predecessors can't seem to resist the earl's exceptional good looks. Can Jessamine manage to hold on to her job without losing her heart?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful, Fun and Clean!

  • By A+D on 09-11-16

Cinderella variation!

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I decided to listen to this one after enjoying the author's "Spinster" so much. It's a Cinderella kind of variation. It's a little more flawed if one is looking for relative believability or strict historical accuracy, but still nothing glaring & it's so well done that it's easy to just tell the left side of your brain to shut up and let the right side enjoy!

Narrator's voice is a bit weak on male voices, but is tolerable & otherwise, she does well.

Thankfully it is also a fairly clean romance with just some intense kissing scenes, no petting or groping or graphic garbage.

I'll be continuing to look for more by this author!