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Ann Hawkins

Auckland, New Zealand
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  • Rock Chick Reawakening

  • A Rock Chick Novella - 1001 Dark Nights
  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Susannah Jones
  • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 893
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 837
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 836

Rock Chick Reawakening shares the tale of the devastating event that nearly broke Daisy, an event that set Marcus Sloan - one of Denver's most respected businessmen and one of the Denver underground's most feared crime bosses - into finally making his move to win the heart of the woman who stole his.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Building Castles

  • By Erin on 03-23-17

A welcome return to the Rock Chick stories

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

Reviewed: 05-17-17

We learn the back-story of Daisy and Marcus and how, despite their dark backgrounds, a beautiful love story evolved.

  • Meet Me in the Dark

  • By: JA Huss
  • Narrated by: Troy Duran, Anna Riordan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373

He's empty, inhuman, dishonest, and cruel. She's never wanted anyone more. Sydney has lived in fear for eight years after freelance assassin, Merc, failed to rescue her from a cult-like militia group. Left in the hands of a sadistic man, she did whatever it took to survive. But Merc's last words gave her hope. Hope he'd be back to finish the job. After Merc is betrayed by her father, Sydney becomes his target. He wields sex, drugs, lies, and love like weapons.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You’ll Need A Flashlight To Get Through This Dark

  • By Audio Audits on 11-03-16

Great Story, but it IS the second of a series.

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

Reviewed: 12-09-16

This dark suspenseful story is a great read but it follows a previous story without the courtesy of recapping Book One so I had some very frustrating moments trying to understand the constant references to a back story to which I had never been granted access. A couple of pages as a prologue would have prevented such bewilderment and let me feel more in touch with the protagonists and increased my enjoyment. Even the author's chatty little piece at the end of the story would have helped had it been placed at the beginning instead.

I shall have to watch out for Book One as it still does not seem to be available.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Banking the Billionaire

  • Bad Boy Billionaires Series, Book 2
  • By: Max Monroe
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Hart, Jeremy York
  • Length: 13 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,033
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,038

Uninhibited. Sarcastic. Confident. Beautiful. With a thriving photography career that allows her to travel all over the world and capture the hottest of men behind her camera lens, Cassie Phillips is the woman who can't be tamed. Adrenaline junkie. Jokester. Billionaire. Hot as sin. At six-foot-five, with muscles for days and that perfect, playful smile, Thatcher Kelly is the kind of man you don't want to deny. Wild for wild. Prank for prank. The two most unlikely of people may be the only ones to see that some personality traits only run skin deep.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Dreadful Female Lead

  • By Deborah on 01-10-17

False advertising - bad book!

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

Reviewed: 11-29-16

An immature, potty-mouthed trollop manages to snare a rich man, who isn't remotely describable as a Bad Boy. She plays thoughtless pranks to endear herself, which are supposed to be amusing but are in fact silly, childish and potentially cruel. Almost every sentence uses the F bomb, so much so that if this book had ever been correctly edited it would be half as long. Everybody swears occasionally but this was just monotonous and irritating, and not remotely erotic. Somebody please give this writer a Thesaurus and a Dictionary! The previous effort from this writer was much better but descending to the gutter has made sure I will avoid further purchases.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Fallen One

  • By: Kathryn Le Veque
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

1332 A.D. - As the premier commander for Roger Mortimer, Earl of March, when he commandeered the throne from a young Edward III, Sir Mathias de Reyne is the type of knight that all men aspire to be: fair, powerful, intelligent, and bold. Men on both sides of the Mortimer/Edward lines respect and admire de Reyne for his outstanding character, including Dragonblade himself, Tate de Lara.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Fantastic!

  • By tresjax on 04-27-14

Silly plot, infantile heroine, ridiculous pets.

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

Reviewed: 11-10-16

I could not finish this load of drivel, having been nauseated by the child bride, the ridiculous plot, and excessive padding of the prose with unnecessary observations of the behaviour of captive animals.

  • Torkel's Chosen

  • A World Beyond
  • By: Michelle Howard
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 719
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 645
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 643

Torkel Alonson has had enough of being ignored and looked over by females on his adopted home world of Enotia. His pride has suffered and he must accept the painful truth. Females will never choose a male with his evil lineage despite his honorable service to his government's military.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • KEPT ME ON MY EMOTIONAL SEAT'S EDGE!

  • By sheryl beauchemin on 03-30-17

Weak story made worse by intrusive sound effects.

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

Reviewed: 10-24-16

Don't waste your money! This writer is aping another author with a similar-sounding name, and doing a very poor job of it.
The very skilled narrator struggled valiantly to make a silk purse out of this sow's ear.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Bryn Greenwood
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,731
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,371
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,361

As the daughter of a drug dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. It's safer to keep her mouth shut and stay out of sight. Struggling to raise her little brother, Donal, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible adult around. Obsessed with the constellations, she finds peace in the starry night sky above the fields behind her house until one night her stargazing causes an accident. After witnessing his motorcycle wreck, she forms an unusual friendship with one of her father's thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not a love story everyone will love

  • By Alyse Stolz on 02-27-17

A brave departure from the norm

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

Reviewed: 08-12-16

The story line is a refreshing change from assembly line romance tales. The main protagonists are damaged and unglamorous. Some readers might even find the gradual development of their relationship disturbing due to the age gap and the squalor of their surroundings, yet the author persuades us that something of beauty can still grow in the ugliest of circumstances. There is neither a handsome Prince nor sexually skilled billionaire to fuel a reader's girlish daydreams here. Instead a random act of kindness to a child generates a feeling of responsibility which, over a period of years, develops into an attraction destined to raise concerns. This was not an easy subject to tackle and I applaud the author for taking us in a new direction. I look forward to more books from this source.

28 of 36 people found this review helpful

  • Wildest Dreams

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Tillie Hooper
  • Length: 19 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,686
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,516
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,518

Seoafin "Finnie" Wilde was taught by her parents that every breath was a treasure and to seek every adventure she could find. And she learns this lesson the hard way when they perish in a plane crash. But she never forgets, and when she discovers there is a parallel universe where every person has a twin, she finds a witch who can send her there so she can have the adventure of a lifetime. But upon arrival in the Winter Wonderland of Lunwyn, she realizes she's been played by her twin and finds herself walking down the aisle to be wed to The Drakkar.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The hell..?

  • By Jordan on 01-18-17

Awful narrator,childish story,sloppily produced.

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

Reviewed: 07-30-16

I've been a fan of Kristen Ashley until now. This attempt to branch off into a new direction doesn't succeed for me, it is more like a children's story. The narrator ignores all punctuation and clearly doesn't understand half of the words she is attempting to pronounce, making instead wildly inaccurate substitutions which haven't been picked up, such as cast aspirations...instead of aspersions, Aaaargh. Added to this are a host of varying pitch levels signalling a constant stop and start in the narration which the producer should have cleaned up. Sloppy work which detracts even further from the listener's enjoyment.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Storm

  • Ashes & Embers, Book 1
  • By: Carian Cole
  • Narrated by: CJ Bloom
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,466
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,466

A series of weather and road mishaps leave me trapped in the middle of a blizzard with a complete stranger. In the back of a pickup truck. For 48 freakin' hours. A stranger with long hair, tattoos, and rippling with muscle. A stranger with an insanely sexy voice and a wicked smile that turns my insides to jelly. A stranger who holds me in his arms, calms me, and then sets a fire in me that I can't put out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AN ORIGINAL & WELL WRITTEN ROCKER ROMANCE

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 05-04-16

Childish and tedious

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

Reviewed: 06-04-16

The writing and narrating style are both extremely childish. I felt that, if the small erotic component were to be removed, this book would be more appropriately aimed at a younger readership, despite the immature behaviour of the main protagonist being an unworthy role model for impressionable youngsters.

2 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Release!

  • The Walker Brothers, Book 1
  • By: J. S. Scott
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Powers
  • Length: 5 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389

My name is Eva Morales, and I was one step away from being homeless when Trace Walker came into my life. I want to hate him because of my past, but I end up making what I consider a "devil's bargain" with the arrogant young billionaire instead. Really, I have no choice. It's either take the work he's offering or starve, and I've been hungry long enough.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Za on 11-02-16

Utterly silly.

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

Reviewed: 03-13-16

This is a clumsily cobbled-together piece of nonsense which stretches the bounds of credulity beyond breaking point. It contains just about every cliché and coincidence imaginable for the weakest of fairy stories yet has not one whit of humour to leaven it's predictability. The worst news is that it is the first of a trilogy.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Doctor Wears a Stetson

  • Diamondback Ranch, Book 1
  • By: Anne Marie Novark
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 355
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 322
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 324

Jessie Kincaid was fifteen and innocent when Cameron asked her to the prom. She lost her heart that night, but his plans didn't change. He left their small town to pursue his dreams. Seventeen years later, a trip home leads Cameron McCade back to Salt Fork, Texas and the newly widowed Jessie Divine. Since his return, the fire between them burns as hot as ever. Can they take up where they left off? Can Jessie risk her heart again?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dawn's Review of The Doctor Wears a Stetson

  • By DawnG on 03-21-14

So many words, so little content.

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

Reviewed: 12-01-15

This trite little tale seemed to drag on forever, despite there being very little actual story. The heroine was so stupid that any credibility was impossible to maintain. It was in the sale for good reason but any price paid would be more than it is actually worth.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful