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S.J. Dowling

Little Rock, AR United States
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  • Running Into Love

  • By: Aurora Rose Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins, Alexander Cendese
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 421
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423

Fawn Reed has kissed one too many toads and has finally decided that Prince Charming doesn't exist. After countless mishaps, mistakes, and unmitigated disasters on the dating scene, she's decided to give up and move on with her life...solo. Everything changes, however, after Fawn runs into Levi Fremont, a homicide detective new to New York City.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story - Female Narrator - ANNOYING

  • By M. L. .S on 10-02-17

Great audio rendition

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-29-18

This was a cute love story that had lots of comical scenes, passion, sweet love, a bit of intrigue and tension, lots of family, and HEA. I felt the story kind of slogged a bit at the beginning, with Fawn taking a bit too long to get to the heart of things. Fawn, 27, a 5th grade school teacher, had a hard time understanding that Levi, 30-year old , an NYCPD detective actually likes and wants her, despite the fact that he's called her "babe" ever since they met. But he doesn't given up and I like the dual epilogue.s. The narrator's were awesome, their vocals bringing the right tone into each scene.

  • The Ones That Got Away

  • A Collection of Lost Fish Tales
  • By: Suanne Laqueur
  • Narrated by: Vanessa DeSilvio
  • Length: 11 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Plenty of fish in the sea. But none like the ones that got away. Author Suanne Laqueur gives her listeners an intimate, guided tour of the award-winning novel, The Man I Love. From the embryonic chapters written over 20 years ago to scenes cut from the final draft, you'll witness the crafting of an emotional journey and the evolution of the beloved characters within The Fish Tales.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a tremendous accompaniment to this series!!

  • By S.J. Dowling on 05-17-18

Such a tremendous accompaniment to this series!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-17-18

The wealth of feels and enlightenment this fourth and final volume of this series delivers is unlike any other I've experienced. And the narrator's ability to navigate through this compendium of thoughtful explanation, while retaining the full characterization is amazing. Ms Laqueuer has woven such a glorious blanket of color, expression, thoughtfulness, and life into this series, that I feel I experienced this 14-year span along with these characters. Being allowed into the mind of the author in how many aspects of the plot were developed is magical, and brought to us so gloriously by Ms DeSilvo. Why anyone who loves romance doesn't rush to purchase this whole series is a true mystery.

  • Give Me Your Answer True

  • By: Suanne Laqueur
  • Narrated by: Vanessa DeSilvio
  • Length: 14 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

It's been three years since a single lapse of judgment cost Daisy the love of her life. Erik was a conduit to her soul but now he's chosen a path of total disconnection, refusing to speak to her or acknowledge her betrayal. Alone and shattered, Daisy attempts to take responsibility for her actions while building her career as a professional dancer in New York City. But Erik's unforgiving estrangement proves too much for her strength. Plagued by flashbacks to the Lancaster shootings, she falls into a dangerous spiral of self-harm.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By Justin and Katie Schauer on 06-21-18

Bravo and any other similar synonyms

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-17-18

I can't seem to get enough of this book and this series. I've purchased each book and audiobook of the series. I listen to it or read it while commuting to and from work, running on the treadmill, resting, during lunch hours, on the weekends, anytime I can. I almost know it by heart, yet every single time I learn something new about any of the incredible characters. Even though your heart does not want either Daisy or Erik to have any other lover or love interest, you can't help but want them to have the closeness with another human. Such an awesome narration, or rather an immersion into the myriad of each character, making you feel, just not only know, each character. I cannot recommend this series more strongly or urgently.

  • Here to Stay

  • By: Suanne Laqueur
  • Narrated by: Vanessa DeSilvio
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Love is never so sweet as when it receives a second chance. In the sequel to her award-winning novel The Man I Love, Suanne Laqueur continues the story of Erik Fiskare's romance with Daisy Bianco. Though separated for 12 years, the extraordinary bond forged in their youth has endured. But when your soulmate has caused you indescribable pain, how easy is it to forgive? How much trust is needed to place your heart back into the hands that once broke it?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • what a ride...

  • By Baiba on 10-31-18

This series is utterly addictive!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-17-18

I have listened and re-read this series multiple times over the last few months. It's rich storyline and awesome characters totally have me spellbound. Ms Laqueuer tells a romance story beautifully interwoven with culture, history, current affairs, the mysterious psyche we all possess, along with an unbelievable love that withstood time, distance and every possible stressor known. The narrator's voice gifts us all of the passion and feels as she delivers each character's individual nuances and specifics. I cannot recommend this series and this narrator strongly enough.

  • Find Me

  • By: Laurelin Paige
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 622
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 574

I came to The Sky Launch to begin fresh, away from the horrors of my past. The circumstances that brought me here were not the best, but I've become good friends with Alayna and Hudson Pierce, and my family has healed in ways I never thought they could. With them around me, I've never felt more at home. But starting anew means letting go. And there are some things I don't want to leave behind - like JC, the man who taught me how to let loose. The man I wasn't supposed to love. The man I don't want to lose.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Insecure Babble for too Many Hours

  • By Adriana Hook on 10-20-17

All the feels and wow factor

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-14-18

The. book and storyline itself was not surprisingly awesome. The narrator's brought JD and Gwen's characters so alive and vital. Even when you felt as if Gwen pouted too much or held herself back more than you liked, JD would say something in his (Tanya Eby's) rich, sexy voice that would melt your insides. With difficulty surrounding them, true and abiding love shone through brightly, mostly by JD, but eventually by Gwen as well. This coue certainly survived an amazing number of attacks to the strength of their love and came away vicariously. Highly recommended to read and or listen to.

  • Mad Love 2

  • A Novel
  • By: Colet Abedi
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

Heartbroken by the handsome and enigmatic Clayton Astor Sinclair, Sophie Walker has put her whirlwind romance with him in the Maldives behind her and is determined to focus on her career as an artist. But when her new job in the south of France turns out to be too good to be true, she can't help but wonder if she is making a mistake. Their passion cannot be denied, but when Clayton shuts her out after a family tragedy, Sophie is determined to fight for what is right.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A few hiccups in story for me, but great otherwise

  • By S.J. Dowling on 03-27-18

A few hiccups in story for me, but great otherwise

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

Reviewed: 03-27-18

Would you consider the audio edition of Mad Love 2 to be better than the print version?

I don't always read the e-versions of books where I also have the Whispersync audio version, but I did read most of the e-book as well as heard the audio version. I would say that the audio edition, and the voice inflections of Jessica Almasy was superior; however, I had one small problem and that is that all the other main character voices (Sophie, Erick Orie) were loud and proud, but I found the voice of Clayton so low I had to struggle to hear it. I often even had to back up and up the volume to make out what he says. I did read a good bit of the e-book to make sure I'd gotten all of what Clayton said in my mind.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mad Love 2?

The "scenes" that are most memorable are so for me because they are my least favorite areas of the whole series. It's is the fact that [this may be a spoiler] Clayton never once spoke the words "I love you" to Sophie. There was at least one scene where his eyes led Sophie to believe that this is how he felt, but his actions (other than his fierce protectiveness of her) never actually, to me, displayed his love for her. In fact, he vocalized that she was "his," that he "owned" her, and even had her repeat these words. Other memorable (in a sort of negative way for me) moments were those when I was angry that Sophie forgave Clayton so easily when he had clearly been hurtful and sort of disrespectful to her.

Which scene was your favorite?

I think the very last part of the book was and will remain my favorite scene. I don't want to spoil, but it was worth all of both books. That scene was ALMOST worth my most memorable moments that were negative that I mentioned above.

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

Yes. Although I was unable to do it that way.

Any additional comments?

Sophie was a very complex, if not hillarious, character. Ms Almasy definitely portrayed her quirky, thought-provoking, complex, and funny character beautifully. I'm not certain how many of the other characters (and perhaps they were all) were portrayed by her, but she was epic on this one!

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  • Hot Secrets

  • By: Lisa Renee Jones
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 420
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 386

Royce Walker, a former FBI Agent, who's opened a private security firm with his brothers, has always had the hots for the prim, proper Assistant District Attorney, but considered her hands-off because of a family connection. However, when danger threatens Lauren, he isn't willing to stand by and watch her get hurt. Now the passion for survival is only rivaled by the passion burning between them. And that passion might just be the death of them both.

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

  • By Cyndi on 04-29-18

Perfect mixture of mystery, sizzle, humor, and hot spice

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-18

No matter how many books I hear, I will always be amazed at the performing narrator's ability to channel so many characters, capturing the tenor and essence of each. I always pour phase both digital book and audio version together, and often only "listen" only. As much as Ms Jones wrote an awesome story with the recipe of perfect ingredients, but Mr. Summerer likewise brought it all to life through my headphones. Royce was the quintessential hot, sexy alpha male while Aurora/Rory was the strong-willed, hard-nosed attorney each of whom unable to fight the sizzling attraction to the other amidst danger and intrigue. I thoroughly loved each page/scene to the very end of the epilogue!

  • Lie Next to Me

  • By: Sandi Lynn
  • Narrated by: Kasha Kensington
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 231
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 202
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 204

The pain was unbearable, but I had to keep moving. I had to keep running, because if I didn't, he'd find me. I looked behind me as I ran through the streets; scared, alone, and in the dark as the mist of rain hit my face. My name is Rory Sinclair, and the night I was violently attacked was the night that changed my life forever. One man, a man named Ian Braxton, made it his mission to heal me, to save me, and to show me a world that previously had been only a dream to me.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Poorly written fifty shades of grey wannabe

  • By Diane on 01-21-15

Powerful story with angst and emotion

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-03-18

I am always as amazed at the narrator's ability to capture the essence and flavor of characters as I am at how well author's bring characters so vividly into you as you read or listen to the story. Me Kensington was awesome at slipping in and out of each person a as you heard the intricacy of the relationship between Ian and Aurora (Rory) swirl into a rollercoaster of emotions. Ian was undoubtedly a total assets who fought with all he had his growing love for Rory. I often thought Rory was just too darn easy with Ian, but it truly was her useless love for him that broke through his every barrier. I say bravo to both author and narrator for a great romance experience.

  • On the Rocks

  • By: Sawyer Bennett
  • Narrated by: Douglas Berger, Bunny Warren
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211

He left to travel the world for fame and glory, but only after spurning Gabby Ward and crushing her young heart. Now Hunter Markham has come back home to the sand and salty breeze of the North Carolina Outer Banks so he can open up Last Call, a beach bar nestled among the dunes of the Atlantic. Gabby Ward is not happy that Hunter has returned. Bitter over his rebuff years before, she's content to stay far away from him and his dangerously charming ways

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • same story

  • By 3hmamma on 08-10-18

Great characterization and storyline.

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

Reviewed: 02-13-18

Would you consider the audio edition of On the Rocks to be better than the print version?

I have not yet read the printed.electronic version, only the audio version. I often do both; however, I have not yet read the e-version on my Kindle. I was quite happy with just the audio, but will have it to fall back on when I am ready to read.

What was one of the most memorable moments of On the Rocks?

I think it was when Gabby Ward decided to react in a manner that she felt was the very best thing for Hunter Markham. It infuriated him, but he still recognized that she was doing something truly for him, and he was so in love and so frustrated.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Gabby got the best of Sasha, who was trying to make it look like she'd slept with Hunter.

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

A 2nd chance at love, hot surfer dude and sexy female contractor and the choices a young couple in love must make.

Any additional comments?

The narrators did a great job with the various character voices and characterizations. The storyline in itself was pretty good, not amazingly unique, but very good with a few zingers thrown in. I thoroughly enjoyed the audio book and have not yet read the electronic version.

  • Red Night

  • Vampire Files Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: R.K. Close
  • Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Samantha, a feisty private investigator, knows how to handle herself around cheaters, liars, and thieves, but vampires? That's another story. During a routine investigation, Samantha's seemingly ordinary life is turned upside down when she crosses paths with a mysterious vampire. Adam's as terrifying as he is alluring. His attention towards Samantha inadvertently draws the eye of a notoriously dangerous creature of the night. She doesn't trust Adam, but he may be her only hope of staying alive. Or is he?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Fangs Up! 👍

  • By Amber Alverson on 04-12-18

First time Vampire audio book listener, very very

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

Reviewed: 02-13-18

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

I don't have too many friends who read vampire books; however, ever since Twilight came out and I began my foray (addiction) for romance books/audio books, this is the first vampire book I've "read." I was incredibly impressed with the plot line, the characters, and most especially the talented narrator's ability to so easily blend into each character, both male and female. If I have a friend who is interested in this genre, I would recommend the audiobook.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Since the narrator's ability to clearly use the multiple character voices so specifically, it was easy to determine who was speaking. My favorites bounced back and forth between Gabe and Adam, although Zachary's accent was quite enchanting. Gabe was just so tender and caring for Samantha. Adam was a close second but Gabe's sweetness stuck out.

Which character – as performed by Natalie Naudus – was your favorite?

She was amazing with her character voices. You could so clearly tell who was speaking by the inflections, accents, and tones. I think Samantha was so well done by Natalie. Her speaking and thought process were so clearly delineated, and her humor came through very well.

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

Not an extreme reaction, just a pleasant one. Although it was a "fantasy" book, which is not my preferred genre, it was pleasant to experience the fantasy events through Samantha's voice and eyes.

Any additional comments?

This Audible was generously provided to me by the author, and I am happy to offer my review. I often listen to audio books when I lay down at night, so it takes several sessions to get all the way through. I often have to backtrack quite a bit. This was so pleasant to listen to that I made it through in just 3-4 nights of listening.

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