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  • Beard Science

  • Winston Brothers, Book 3
  • By: Penny Reid
  • Narrated by: Joy Nash, Chris Brinkley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,031
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 956
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 952

Jennifer Sylvester wants one thing, and that one thing is not to be Tennessee's reigning Banana Cake Queen. Ever the perpetual good girl and obedient daughter, Jennifer is buckling under the weight of her social media celebrity, her mother's ambitions, and her father's puritanical mandates. Jennifer is officially desperate. And desperate times call for Cletus Winston.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Than 5 Quirky, Swoony Stars!!

  • By Diane S. on 04-24-17

Beard Science (WB Volume 3) by Penny Reid

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

Penny Reid is a comedic genius! I love her writing style and flair for comedy. I also loved her voice narrators, and while I loved them both, I liked them better when they spoke their lead character’s gender. I felt that the guy narrator couldn’t really do a great female voice (but I didn’t expect him to) and that the woman voicing the men during her chapters—sometimes it was difficult to distinguish the characters. That said, her southern accent and his deep tenor was delish!

  • Until There Was You

  • By: Kristan Higgins
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 623
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 585

Posey Osterhagen can't complain. She owns a successful architectural salvaging company, she's surrounded by her lovable, if off-center, family, and she has a boyfriend-sort of. Still, something's missing. Something tall, brooding and criminally good-looking - something like Liam Murphy. When Posey was 16, the bad boy of Bellsford, New Hampshire, broke her heart. But now he's back, sending Posey's traitorous schoolgirl heart into overdrive once again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 1st for this author and narrator

  • By J and M on 02-25-17

Until There Was You —Kristan Higgins

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

Reviewed: 07-19-18

I thoroughly enjoyed Xe Sands voicing the characters of Until There Was You. Perhaps I’m biased, however, because Ms. Sands is the reason I started listening to audio books and how I found out about Higgins writing talent.

UTWY was charming and funny, and I could relate to Posey in many ways. Liam, though a bit aloof, won me over by being a great father to his teenage daughter. While it took a bit to finally get our two heroes together, I gushed and swooned at their sweet gestures. Overall, a wonderful contemporary romance.

  • If You Only Knew

  • By: Kristan Higgins
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands, Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,593
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,478
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,467

Wedding-dress designer Jenny Tate understands the happily ever after business, yet somehow she's still involved in her ex-husband's life. In fact Owen's new wife may - inexplicably - be Jenny's new best friend. Sensing this, well, relationship isn't helping her move on, Jenny trades the Manhattan skyline for her hometown up the Hudson, where she'll be able to bask in her sister Rachel's picture-perfect family life...and hopefully make one of her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story and amazing performance!

  • By Rannie on 07-27-16

If You Only Knew -- Kristan Higgins

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

Reviewed: 04-19-17

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

Definitely! Before downloading this book, I read a review on Amazon that stated it should be a mandatory book sitting on hotel night tables, like a Bible might be. They are *so* right! This book is told in two point of views, Jenny and Rachel, and the two sisters definitely have different qualities about them but are distinctly beautiful, fitting, and consistent through the book. Jenny is insanely HILARIOUS, so make sure you are comfortable laughing in public with earbuds plugged in your ears while people stare and mouth, "Are you okay?" Rachel has a good dry wit about her, but her "strength" is definitely sincerity and motherhood. She's the quiet type, has this innocence about her despite being married with three children. I really liked the two characters.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jenny. Hands down. She's hilarious, a bit spiteful, a helluva girl. She's not "shy" about things, like...when she's interested in a man... LOL. I don't know quite how to describe her, but she's a person I'd definitely want to be friends with if she were real.

Which character – as performed by Xe Sands and Amy Rubinate – was your favorite?

Jenny. The whole reason I even *tried* this book was because I heard a (maybe) 2-3 minute audio excerpt of this book on Jo Raylan's (aka Xe Sands) website. Legit. Her voice has this suave, (as her moniker titles) whisky rasp. It's pretty amazing...and it sounds really effed up that I am in love with Xe's narration. Bhahaha. LOL, I hope that maybe one day I'll have something worthy for her to narrate. XD

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Definitely both laugh and cry. Jenny's part was my favorite as humor is a MUST in contemporary -- well, basically any book I read -- but definitely one that isn't...heavy/intense.

Any additional comments?

This is a really great book, and has a satisfying ending, witty characters, and is pretty wholesome. I wouldn't recommend this book per say to teenagers as the characters are adults with adult issues. They're over 30's for frame of reference.

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  • The Angel of Death

  • By: Elicia Hyder
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 411
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 410

After stopping a serial killer and shutting down an interstate human trafficking ring, Sloan Jordan is ready for a break. But back at home in Asheville, her problems have only just begun. The supernatural world has taken an interest in her, and strange things are happening. Her powers are multiplying, she's plagued by vivid nightmares, and a deranged young woman, babbling an unknown language, has been detained by police.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Enjoyable, Again!

  • By SindyM on 07-22-18

The Angel of Death –– Elicia Hyder

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

Reviewed: 04-06-17

If you could sum up The Angel of Death in three words, what would they be?

Climatic. Gritty. Suspenseful.

Who was your favorite character and why?

As always, Sloan and Warren, and Azrael. I loved Az's temperance, how it contrasted the impulsivity of Sloan, Nate, and Warren. His strength is leadership and I admire that he intends to protect Sloan and Co.

Which scene was your favorite?

I liked the beginning where (aarg, can't spoil too much) Sloan goes to her doctor's. She's pregnant (I won't tell you who's the father) but there's a bit of comedy in there! I'm a sucker for snarky and plain witty comments.

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

Lol, yes. I hadn't intended to listen to it full on out since I'd already bought the book and knew what was going to happen, but Brittany breathes life into the characters, Elicia has written and I couldn't resist!

Any additional comments?

There is a CLIFFHANGER!!!! You've gotten the first two books to ease into Sloan's world, but now here's where it gets down to business! There are much more action and peril, suspense and dastardly people out to hurt Sloan.

  • The Soul Summoner

  • By: Elicia Hyder
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 587
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 538
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 536

Blessed or cursed with a connection to the souls of others, Sloan Jordan can see the best in people...and the worst. With nothing more than a glance at a photograph, she can judge the living from the dead and the good souls from the evil ones. For 27 years she's kept her ability a secret, but 11 young women have been murdered in the mountains of North Carolina, and Sloan may be the only hope of finding their killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!

  • By Ashlynde on 07-24-17

The Soul Summoner –– Elicia Hyder

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

Reviewed: 03-28-17

Where does The Soul Summoner rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I definitely love Brittany Pressley's voice, and I think she perfectly voiced Sloan and Co. I definitely rank her in my top five favorite narrators!

What did you like best about this story?

I love the quips and quirks (the comedic relief) that the characters brought. I've never been a love triangle type, but she makes it funny, tension-y, and emotional all in the course of one book! I literally cried at some point (both lol and sad moments)! XD

Which character – as performed by Brittany Pressley – was your favorite?

Sloan. Definitely. But second comes Warren. She makes him have this husky rasp or whatever and definitely makes it work well for his character. I always imagined Warren as a laxish, suave sounding dude! XD

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both laugh and cried! (Having read the three books out so far March 2017, "The Siren," Elicia's next book in the series is my favorite! You should totes check that out if you are intrigued by this one.

Any additional comments?

This has a complete ending and beginning and can be read like a stand-alone. Therefore, there is NO cliffhanger!

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  • The Siren

  • By: Elicia Hyder
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368

All the missing victims of North Carolina's deadliest serial killer have been found, all except Rachel Smith. When the FBI produces a photo proving Rachel is alive and well in Texas, one case is closed but another one is opened. Either this is a case of mistaken identity, or there are more people than just Sloan Jordan and Warren Parish who seem to walk the earth without a soul.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this Series

  • By Lynnz on 10-11-17

The Siren –– Elicia Hyder

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

Reviewed: 03-15-17

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

Hell yeah! Lol, I just did actually! This book is pretty spectacular and can also be read as a stand-alone, which is always nice. The previous book, The Soul Summoner, can also be read singularly.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ahhh, such a hard choice! Definitely Sloan and Adrianne! They're both very sassy and witty!

Which character – as performed by Brittany Pressley – was your favorite?

Sloan Jordan, but she does guys well, too!

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

Well...I suppose you'd find out eventually, and it's not really extremely important to the rest of the book, so I'll say it was when Sloan found her late mother's recipe files for her. I cried my eyes out. XD

Any additional comments?

Sloan Jordan: No words can even describe how much I love her! She's sassy, sweet, and all around neat. As a girl who understands the longing to find her birth parents, I can certainly relate that aspect of this book! One thing I will say, without spoiling, is people are not always who they seem to be. There's a whole lot going on beneath the surface, and Sloan will do well to remember that!

Warren Parish: One word: HOT. What's sexier than a military man with washboard abs, an enigmatic aura, and dry wit who uses his "gift" to exact justice?! Okay...I don't really condone murder to solve problems, even in the way he's used it necessarily, but as a last resort to stop some really effed up people, I guess I'd let it pass. (And besides, he's kind of the protagonist, so like. I gotta deal with it anyway. LOLOL. Ahhh, it's a gray area for some lawyers in the crowd. XD) BUT, the man is totally amazing and I love that he's so patient with Sloan.

Nathan McNamara: Two words: Dammit Elicia! Why the hell do you have to do this to me?!?! Nate's just as lovable as Warren and he cares just as much for Sloan too! There's just one itsy-bitsy issue: he's already got a girlfriend––in the form of Sloan's "nemesis." The bro is playing a dangerous game here: two women, three hearts, who's will be broken in the end??????!

In this book, I learned how to make scrambled eggs (yes, cook!), a bit about the Catholic religion (and angels–if they exist), how to shoot a gun, and how military deployment callback "works" all while laughing my head off, crying my eyes out, and yelling at the characters to get their acts together! XD

Of the current Soul Summoner books out this is my favorite one!

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