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  • Places to See

  • Books 1-3
  • By: Jennifer Conner, Danica Winters, Sharon Kleve
  • Narrated by: John Martin Byrne
  • Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Laila Byrne made a final promise to her friend. She will travel more and work less. After sticking a pin in a map of the world, she heads off to Ireland. Laila's trip doesn't work out as planned, but the mix-up results in a chance encounter with a handsome Irishman, Alasdair. Alasdair spends all his waking hours trying to figure out how to keep his family's century-old pub, The Empress of Ireland, open for business. He doesn't have time for anything. But when the lovely American comes across his path, will he find time?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Clever and charming

  • By A. Mosa on 07-14-14

Clever and charming

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

Reviewed: 07-14-14

Would you listen to Places to See again? Why?

Yes, I enjoy the premise and the characters were likeable.

What other book might you compare Places to See to and why?

I'd actually compare it to the movie "P.S. I Love You." It's along the same lines and I liked both this book and the movie.

Have you listened to any of John Martin Byrne’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, several. He is always excellent and ads alot of vitality to a story

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

I laughed all through it. The heroine is a delight in her awkward effort to like the camping trip.

Any additional comments?

All the stories are fun and a fast read. Each story has it's own flavor while staying true to the premise.

  • Bad Traffick

  • Leine Basso, Book 2
  • By: D. V. Berkom
  • Narrated by: Kristi Alsip
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

Identified as a person of interest in three cold case murders she didn't commit, retired assassin Leine Basso accepts a temporary position as a security specialist for A-list actor Miles Fournier. Leine finds she has her hands full trying to protect the head-strong celebrity, while at the same time fighting her desire for Detective Santiago Jensen; a game she knows she can't win.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thrilling, Fast Paced and Entertaining

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 05-02-16

Action Packed

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

Reviewed: 07-06-14

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

Yes, Berkom has done an excellent job of weaving the thriller plot with interesting characters while maintaining a fast paced story.

What other book might you compare Bad Traffick to and why?

Serial Date. Bad Traffick brings back some of the favorite characters from Serial Date and fleshed them out even more. Each book sheds more light on them and peeling their personalities, the good and bad, like an onion.

What does Kristi Alsip bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She was exactly how I imagined Leine Basso would sound. Loved her inflections and emotions brought to life.

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

Yes, when the actor Leine works for briefly discusses his childhood. It's not what the reader expects he'd reveal.

Any additional comments?

Berkom shines a light on the grim sex trafficking trade. This is fast paced with an interesting plotline. She doesn't shy from exposing the business and that happens here and just in faraway places.

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  • Kitty's Christmas Hope

  • Dreams Come True Series, Book 3
  • By: Sharon Kleve
  • Narrated by: Christy Williamson
  • Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

Kitty Skinner meets the perfect guy, he's kind, considerate and sexy as hell. She hopes to spend her favorite holiday with him, Christmas Eve. The only problem is, Aaron treats her like his best friend, not the girlfriend she dreams of being. To make matters worse he's found his perfect girl and wants Kitty to help plan their first date. Aaron Tyler thinks Kitty is sweet, talented and someone he can settle down with, but believes he has to deceive her into believing he cares for someone else to win her heart.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Worst. Narrator. Ever.

  • By Kimberly on 11-23-14

Finding romance in a comedy of errors

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

Reviewed: 07-06-14

Where does Kitty's Christmas Hope rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best. Very enjoyable

What other book might you compare Kitty's Christmas Hope to and why?

Empress of Ireland by Jennifer Conner

Which character – as performed by Christy Williamson – was your favorite?

Kitty Skinner, the heroine

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

Kitty's Christmas Hope reminded me of those great screwball comedies of the 1940's and 50's. The ones where Cary Grant and Roz Russell or Rock Hudson and Doris Day were smitten with each other. But, through bad advice, and choosing to leave their feelings unsaid or worse, not admitted to even themselves, they are ships passing in the night until the end of the story.

  • Shot in the Dark

  • By: Jennifer Conner
  • Narrated by: Nicole Colburn
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

Every night Detective Devan Burke drives through the Naughty Latte espresso bar. Bikini barista Luci Lombart gives him what he wants, coffee poured into a rich fantasy life. Her innocent smile reminds him of a time before he used a cane to walk. When her latte stand is robbed, the suspect escapes but takes her purse with her personal info with him. Devan fears he may come after Luci and complete the interrupted attack.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Decective and A Bikini Barista Find Love

  • By Redrabbitt on 11-22-14

A Couple Worth Knowing

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

Reviewed: 06-29-14

What did you love best about Shot in the Dark?

I especially enjoyed how the relationship between the hero and heroine grew, and how their relationship changed them on a personal level.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Luci, the barista. I like the way she strived to overcome past troubles. I like her determination in changing her future in a positive way. Her optimism was exactly what the hero, Devlin, needed.

What about Nicole Colburn’s performance did you like?

She's how I imagined Luci sounded.

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

It held my interest and I liked the feel of "being there" at the end when Luci was in danger and Devlin had to overcome any personal hesitation if he hoped to help.

Any additional comments?

I found the information on Russian tattoos quite interesting. The story is well paced with lots of action. Shot in the Dark has something for everyone: romance, suspense, humor and likeable characters.

  • Serial Date

  • Leine Basso, Book 1
  • By: D. V. Berkom
  • Narrated by: James Killavey
  • Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 55

Determined to leave her old life behind, retired assassin Leine Basso accepts a job working security at one of television's most popular reality shows, Serial Date. When a contestant is found dead in the prop closet, it appears the killer is one of the 'bachelors' on the show - an ex-con billed as a serial killer - but the detective in charge of the case isn't so sure. When Leine's estranged daughter is abducted by a man claiming to be the real killer, she's forced to rely on old skills to find her, and must come to terms with who she really is.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Satirical Suspense Novel

  • By Brian on 01-20-14

Realty Show Nightmare

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

Reviewed: 06-29-14

Would you listen to Serial Date again? Why?

Yes, the plot is so unusual yet believable, which makes it both intriguing and a bit scary. The possibility of this type of show eventually turning up are incorporated well into the story. It resembles Hunger Games in that way.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Serial Date?

The climactic end with the police detective, Santa fighting to get to Leine in time to save her life. And also, the many moments between the two as their relationship grew.

What does James Killavey bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I enjoy the way he brought the characters to life. The reader has a certain vision but the "hear" the characters speak in a way that sounds right to the ear is especially fun.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

Serial Date is fast paced with an interesting cast of characters. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.

45 of 45 people found this review helpful

  • The Empress of Ireland

  • Places to See, Volume 1
  • By: Jennifer Conner
  • Narrated by: John Martin Byrne
  • Length: 1 hr and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

Laila Byrne made a final promise to her friend. She will travel more and work less. After sticking a pin in a map of the world, she heads off to Ireland. Laila's trip doesn't work out as planned, but the mix-up results in a chance encounter with a handsome Irishman, Alasdair. Alasdair spends all his waking hours trying to figure out how to keep his family's century old pub, The Empress of Ireland, open for business.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Charming story, but flat characters

  • By Angelika on 08-30-14

Perfectly Delightful

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

Reviewed: 06-29-14

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

Charming, Upbeat, Sweet

Who was your favorite character and why?

Alasdair, the pub owner. He was charming in a natural and warm manner. Straight off, you know he's not a man who plays games with a relationship.

Which character – as performed by John Martin Byrne – was your favorite?

Again, Alasdair. Byrne's interpretation is exactly how I imagined the character would sound and Byrne does a nice job with the Irish accent.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

The book drew me in right away and had me cheering for a happy ending from page 1- the end. I highly recommend the story.