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Annette Dahl

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  • Maid for Love

  • Gansett Island Series, Book 1
  • By: Marie Force
  • Narrated by: Holly Fielding
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 733
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 659
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 661

Maddie Chester is determined to leave her hometown of Gansett Island, a place that has brought her only bad memories and ugly rumors. Then she’s knocked off her bike on the way to her housekeeping job at McCarthy’s Resort Hotel by Gansett’s "favorite son", Mac McCarthy. He’s back in town to help his father with preparations to sell the family resort and has no intention of staying long. When Mac accidentally sends Maddie flying over the handlebars, badly injuring her, he moves in to nurse her back to health and help care for her young son.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining

  • By TM on 08-29-13

Good Story

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

Reviewed: 03-08-19

Pretty good story. The Narrator almost ruined the story for me. It wasn't until I turned off the audio that I began to enjoy the story.

  • Retreat

  • By: Jay Crownover
  • Narrated by: Natasha Soudek
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 309

I was a woman on the edge, shaken and shattered after a breakup that felt like it tore my entire world apart. My best friend, sick of watching me drown in misery and melancholy, harassed me until I agreed to go with her on a weeklong wilderness retreat. Nowhere in the glossy brochure did it say anything about the fact I was going to have to battle the insufferable but deliciously rugged trail guide instead of the elements. The brochure also forgot to mention that when you left civilization behind, there was no place to pack your inhibitions and fears.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another hit series for Jay!

  • By Valerie J on 07-18-17

First time for a DNF because of Narrator

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

This book was a free read on Amazon. The audible was only $1.99. This is the first time for me that the Narrator was so bad I couldn't stand to listen to it anymore. I may read this book without the audible so I can give a book review on Amazon and Goodreads. I will never purchase a book narrated by Natasha Soudek again.

  • Into the Fire

  • A Night Prince Novel
  • By: Jeaniene Frost
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,065
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,055

For nearly 600 years, Vlad Tepesh cared for nothing, so he had nothing to lose. His brutal reputation ensured that all but the most foolhardy stayed away. Now, falling in love with Leila has put him at the mercy of his passions. And one adversary has found a devastating way to use Vlad's new bride against him. A powerful spell links Leila to the necromancer Mircea. If he suffers or dies, so does she.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I was disappointed

  • By Henry on 03-08-17

Very Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

I can't believe I'm saying this, but this story was so disappointing for so many reasons. Even Tavia Gilbert's excellent performance couldn't save it for me. Perhaps the story failed because of the personal struggles the author was going through while she was trying to finish this story. And, for that I feel very sad that I thought the story failed. In my opinion, none of the characters matched themselves from the previous books. And, with this being an introduction for the next release, it failed to live up to Ian's character. It wasn't until Ian's last scene did I see a hint of the old Ian. :-(

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Clam Jam

  • By: RC Boldt
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Hart, Jeremy York
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 210
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 200
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 199

Clam jam. Definition: the female equivalent of a cock block. Example: You're chatting with a guy you're interested in, and your friend comes along and lays claim to him. That's my life - except it's worse. My friend who keeps "jamming" me is my gay roommate. Fact: He went home with three - yes, three - of the guys I had been so sure were into me. Fact: He's really pissing me off. I'll never manage to get a boyfriend before the age of 50 if he keeps this up. Fact: Secretly, I wonder what it would be like if he weren't gay.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So f%#&ing funny!!!

  • By Erin H. on 05-26-17

Excellent Story Excellent Narration

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18


Another sweet romantic comedy. Even though I have a complaint about this authors writing, I must state the fact that I thoroughly enjoyed this story. For me, the author went a little too heavy on Maggie's inner voice narrative. Yes, it was funny, but the head chatter was over the top. It was the one thing that kept me thinking that this funny story should be a 4 star and not a 5 star rating.

When I got to about 36%, I was thinking Ry's big lie is about to crumble. Then, I began to wonder with so much story left to the book, how is it going to play out. Well, the deception went on and on. Making this the first romantic tale where, for me, the male character was TSTL. At one point I was hoping Jack and Sarah would setup an intervention, because really both these kids were utterly DUMB.

Who would have guessed I would have felt emotional love angst in this romantic comedy. When I got to 88%, silly me, it was like a suspense/thriller where you’re about to find out who’s going to get killed. Geez, I knew it was coming and I still got antsy.

For this story I must mention the audio. The female narrator actually helped me with Maggie's internal head chatter. Her voice presentation made most of it funny. If it hadn't been for the female narrator, there is no doubt this would have been a 4 star read for me. Well, I thought the male narrator was going to be Sebastian York. Nope, it was Jeremy York. And, Mr. York really made Ry sound like one big hunky man.

Best line in a scene..... "I have to figure out a way to solve the fact that I’ve done something I never imagined was possible. I’ve cock blocked myself."

“If it is written, so it shall be!” …. This story had such a wonderful happily ever after it totally deserves a 5 star rating. Excellent Read

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  • Complicated

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Lance Greenfield, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,123

When small-town Nebraska sheriff Hixon Drake meets Greta Dare, the connection couldn't be stronger, but the timing couldn't be worse. Dealing with the fallout of a divorce he never wanted and setting up a new home for his kids, Hix becomes that guy, that one he never wanted to be, and puts a stop to things before they can even start. Protecting his kids and himself is his only priority. Greta, on the other hand, has found the place for her and the brother she adores that's perfect for them - a sleepy little town in Nebraska.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complicated was a pleasure to my senses!

  • By Kara Hildebrand on 05-02-17

Great Story Okay Narration

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

I can't express enough how happy I am that I didn’t hate this read. Yes, it did have a whole lot of KA's new long winded story telling. But, it was like watching a very detailed, very developed falling in love, love story. I enjoyed every long drawn out minute of it because I was enjoying the fabulous journey of discovery.

I guess I should mention the narrators, who I thought did an okay performance. I always enjoy it more when there are both male and female narrators for the couple.

I did love how KA tied up all the loose ends of the story. But, I did have an issue. And, perhaps it’s because all I’ve been doing is beta reading and that has warped me as a reader, but as far as I’m concerned the story had two big plot holes. And, that left me feeling disappointed. Nonetheless, Four Stars for a Great Read.

  • Wait for Me

  • By: Elisabeth Naughton
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 284

A woman without a past.... After a tragic accident left her with no memory, Kate Alexander struggled to fit in with a husband and world that didn't feel right. She's had no reason to question what friends and family have told her, not until her husband is suddenly killed and she finds a photo of a young girl in his office. A girl who can't be anyone but a daughter Kate didn't know she had.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Could have been a 5 star

  • By Grasslands on 12-01-16

Great Story Okay Narration

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

Romance Mystery isn't my usual genre and it took until chapter four for the story to spark my interest, but after that between the couple's anger and sexual heat I was excited to get to each next scene. I found myself going back to previous scenes so I could feel the emotions again, and to be sure I hadn't missed anything. And, the mystery kept me in anticipation to the very end.

The narrator did an okay job. She was unable to create any voice differential in the characters, but at least when there was a question mark at the end of a sentence there was a question in her voice.

This was an Amazon bargain and I’m so glad I took a chance it… Great Read!

  • Natural Harmony

  • Confession Records, Book 1
  • By: Kate Roth
  • Narrated by: Melissa Moran
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

Suddenly named the acting president of her uncle's record label, former pop princess Sabrina Walker is finally ready to grow up. While her professional life moves forward, she still clings to the last fragment of her past life in the form of an uncertain relationship with her manager Beau. When Sabrina hires handsome, young assistant Wade Lawson, he awakens in her the hidden confidence she's always desired.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Okay read and audible

  • By Annette Dahl on 08-22-17

Okay read and audible

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

Reviewed: 08-22-17

Any additional comments?


This was just an okay read. I really didn't care for the plot or the characters. Wade was a sweet boy, but even Wade couldn't make up for Beau and Sabrina's lack of good character.

The narrator's was not very good.

  • Sweet Sinful Nights

  • Volume 1
  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Josh Goodman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 983
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 897
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 901

Ten years ago, Brent Nichols let the love of his life slip through his fingers. It's his greatest regret, especially since she's all but disappeared. But when the gorgeous and captivating woman walks into his life unexpectedly, he's determined to win her back. Whatever it takes, he won't make the same mistake twice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Nichols Brother Wins My Heart

  • By coffeegoddesstk on 11-21-15

Story was just Okay...

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

Reviewed: 08-13-17

Would you try another book from Lauren Blakely and/or Josh Goodman?

Yes for Josh Goodman but I'm done with Lauren Blakely

Any additional comments?

The story was very predictable, and I just couldn't find any redeeming qualities to the plot. As with all of this authors stories it dragged and dragged with sentences of unnecessary dribble. I jumped over paragraphs to get to dialogue.

I couldn't stand Brent. He came across like a money hungry/superficial man from 21 to 31. If he loved her so much why did he never go back for her in 10 years? As for Shannon, I get over reacting at 21, but at 31 she still seemed out in left field and dingy. First time I’ve disliked both main characters.

I read along with the audio and the male narrator did a good job, just not much voice difference for any of the main or secondary characters.

I finished it just so I could get a happily ever after for this tortured coupled. But, I was so glad when I finished it. Okay read.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • After We Fall

  • By: Melanie Harlow
  • Narrated by: Rob Howard, Renee Givens
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,144
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,045
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,042

Jack Valentini isn't my type. Sexy, brooding cowboys are fine in the movies, but in real life, I prefer a suit and tie. Proper manners. A close shave. Jack might be gorgeous, but he's also scruffy, rugged, and rude. He wants nothing to do with a "rich city girl" like me, and he isn't afraid to say so. But I've got a PR job to do for his family's farm, so he's stuck with me and I'm stuck with him. His glares. His moods. His tight jeans. His muscles. His huge, hard muscles.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I FELL TOTALLY AND COMPLETELY!

  • By BluBumbleB on 11-27-17

Excellent Story

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

Reviewed: 08-10-17

If you could sum up After We Fall in three words, what would they be?

Beautiful love story with a moral.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jack

Have you listened to any of Rob Howard and Renee Givens ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I loved Rob Howard voice.

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

Jack at the grave side.

Any additional comments?

I fell in love with this story from the very beginning. It was a love story that pulled at my heart strings. I was swept away by this broken farmer. The storyline touched my heart for so many reason. I loved the story completely.

Jack, yes there were times I wanted to hate him, but all I could see was his brokenness and pain. His character caused me to contemplate the struggles that comes with the death of a loved one. Grieving is different for everyone, and on top of that he had PTSD. My heart hurt for Jack. It's been awhile since a broken hero has gotten to me, but I felt this character's pain. Excellent storytelling.

I instantly loved Margot. She may have been, tipsy but she did a fine job taking action on her idiot ex-boyfriend. She could have been a spoiled little rich kid, but no she was sweet and pure of heart.

Best line in a scene..... “You’re a scone cold bitch, you know that?”

Best line in the book.....“Shh.”He put a finger over my lips. “I’m not looking for my first love. I’m looking for my last.”

Moral of this story….. You may be broken now, but you can love again.

Excellent writing and an excellent love story.

  • Practice Makes Perfect

  • By: Julie James
  • Narrated by: Karen White
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426

Payton Kendall and J. D. Jameson are lawyers who know the meaning of objection. A feminist to the bone, Payton has fought hard to succeed in a profession dominated by men. Born wealthy, privileged, and cocky, J. D. has fought hard to ignore her. Face-to-face, they're perfectly civil. They have to be. For eight years they have kept a safe distance and tolerated each other as coworkers for one reason only: To make partner at the firm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect blend of romance and humor!

  • By "unknown" on 08-07-13

This romantic comedy should be made into a movie

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

Reviewed: 07-23-17

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I think the narrator did a fine job, but I thought her voice sounded too old for the characters.

Any additional comments?

Delightful story that should be made into a romantic comedy movie.

By the third chapter our handsome hero J.D. was appearing to be a real jack-hole. Actually, I found both the hero and the heroine to be career greedy idiots. It was a totally different take on a couple for me. And, I just loved it.

What I loved the most about this story was every time I thought I had the feud figured out I would be wrong. This war of roses tale was so funny. There was two scenes that were hilarious. In one scene I kept thinking, oh Payton Don’t NOT do it.... The scene with Payton in the court room was priceless, and it’s where I came to the conclusion that this story is movie worthy.

The only complaint I have with the story is the happy for now ending. I figured out how the competition would end and it was perfect. But, I really wanted to see more of this couple and their future