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  • Mind Lies

  • By: Harlow Stone
  • Narrated by: Madeline Shade
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Amnesia, heartbreak and lies. Waking up from a coma...the only person I remember isn't here. Not even my best friend knows who he is. I know in my heart Locklin is real. My memories of us began with love, songs, and passion. But soon after changed to sorrow and fear. Maybe I'm crazy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Okay story but narration lacked

  • By KIDSFIRST81 on 11-06-18

Okay story but narration lacked

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

When I read the synopsis for this book I was really excited to read this book but I was overall let down by the book and I think it overall was due to poor narration. I believe if I would have read this book in paper form it would have been much better. The overall plot and writing style was not too bad but I found myself getting turned off by the flat monotone narration style. I actually tuned out several times and had to rewind and relisten to the part to understand what I missed. When it comes to narration it's important to have different tones for characters and to feel that you connect to the people being portrayed and I felt that was missing from this book. I've listened to over 900 books and this would be placed in one of my bottom 20 when it comes to performances.


I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The fact that I was gifted this book had no influence over my opinion of it.

  • Rumor Has It

  • Friendship, Texas, Book 2
  • By: Magan Vernon
  • Narrated by: Kassiopia DeVora
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

A brand-new stand-alone second-chance rom-com from Friendship, Texas, featuring country music's biggest superstar, Eddie Justice, and Friendship's resident author, Brook Carrington. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Friends to Lovers

  • By Fiaerfly on 11-13-18

Long lost friends to lovers

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

This was my first book by Magan Vernon and I found her writing style very enjoyable and easy to follow. Her character development was nice and not over the top. Her characters are likable, believable and you feel like you know them by the end of the first chapter. This is a nice second chance romance without too much drama. Its an easy listen that you can complete within one to two listens as it's just over 5 hours. I liked that it wasn't too angsty and can be a nice summer, vacation or beach read.

The narration on this book was very well done as she had many different characters to portray and differentiate between. I found her pacing and pronunciations easy to listen to and would listen to another audiobook by her again without hesitation.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

  • Running Hot

  • Hell Ryders MC, Book 2
  • By: J.L. Sheppard
  • Narrated by: Dawson McBride
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

Thomas "Cuss" Layne has never wanted for anything, except the beautiful girl he saved so long ago. She's a rich girl, and he's a biker. For years, he hasn't had a glimpse of her. Still, he's never been able to get her off his mind. When her life's in danger, he rides to her rescue once again. This time, he's determined to do what he should've done long ago - make her his, in every way. Tiffany Hamilton has never gotten over the bad boy with the sapphire eyes and midnight hair, the boy who once saved her. She wants him - a touch, a taste - but he's never wanted anything to do with her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slow Burn

  • By Jan M on 03-25-18

Slow burn MC book

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

Reviewed: 06-26-18

This was my first J.L. Sheppard book and I enjoyed listening to it. It's not your typical MC book as it's very dark and hard to listen to which was a nice change of pace for me. This is a "slow burn" type of romance. Cuss has been in love with Tiff since he was 16 but felt like he doesn't deserve her. He has always protected her from her bad choices in men and now he is out to win her heart. Will they he have what it takes to win her heart?

Dawson McBride does a good job narrating this book. His voice is perfect for a biker and his inflections are spot on. I would have loved to have a female narrator also been part of the book for Tiff but that's just a personal preference.

I was given this book by the author, narrator or publisher in exchange for my unbiased review

  • The Three Little Pigs

  • By: Joseph Jacobs
  • Narrated by: Heidi Gregory
  • Length: 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

The Three Little Pigs is a classic fable about three pigs who build three houses of different materials. A big bad wolf blows down the first two pigs' houses, made of straw and sticks respectively, but is unable to destroy the third pig's house, made of bricks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A timeless classic

  • By Son of Odin on 04-26-18

Cute retelling of a childhood classic

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

Reviewed: 05-17-18

This is a the tale of the 3 little pigs with a little bit of a twist from the classic tale. I haven't heard this version so it made it enjoyable for me since it wasn't the "standard" 3 little pigs. My kids like this book as it isn't so long that they get bored listening to it (they are 3 and 6).


The narration was very easy to listen to and both of my kids enjoyed her reading. We have listed to this book too many times to count since downloading it.

I was given this book by the author, narrator or publisher in exchange for my unbiased review through AudioBoom

  • Breakaway

  • By: A. M. Johnson
  • Narrated by: Tracy Marks, Aaron Shedlock
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

As Tampa Bay's star center, Mark Carmelo's life was hockey, and after a bitter and public break up, all he wanted to do was focus on the game. Until he saw her - the one that got away, the one he thought he'd never see again. For 13 years, Stevie West drowned in her lackluster life. Recently divorced from her “roommate” with passionless benefits, she was ready to start over on her own. Until she ran into him. The same man she'd met one year ago. The temptation that had finally given her the courage to find herself again. 

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

  • By Cyndi on 04-03-18

2nd chances and sports, whats not to love?!?

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

Reviewed: 04-24-18

Would you listen to Breakaway again? Why?

Yes, I would listen to this story again as it has enough going on that it keeps the reader/listener interested throughout it. I never felt like I was bored or that I wanted to fast forward to "get to the good stuff" like I do in some other stories.

What about Tracy Marks and Aaron Shedlock ’s performance did you like?

Both Tracy and Aaron narrate in a way the bring their characters to life. They put a lot of emotion and passion into their narration so you can feel their characters in their storytelling. Their tones, paces and inflections blend together perfectly to make this story work well.

Any additional comments?

I was given this book by the author, narrator or publisher in exchange for my unbiased review through AudioBoom

  • Seized by Love

  • Love in Bloom: The Ryders, Book 1
  • By: Melissa Foster
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

Lizzie Barber runs a successful flower shop by day and secretly hosts the Naked Baker webcast at night to help pay for her younger sister's education. To keep friends and family from finding out about her sexy secret, she's put her social life on hold until her sister's education is paid off and she can stop filming the webcast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book

  • By Mommysuz on 11-09-18

Love blooms here

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

Seized by Love is the first book in the Love in Bloom/Ryders Series. This book is about Blue Ryder and Lizzie Barber's love story. Lizzie is flower shop owner during the day and the "Naked Baker" by Night. Her nighttime job however it mainly to put her sister though school and use the extra money to pay off her flower shop. Lizzie and Blue have known each other for years and Blue finally talks Lizzie into allowing her to date him but Lizzie fears her secret night job will be the end of their relationship.

This was my first book of Melissa's and I found it to be well thought out and her characters very well written. There was a lot of character development and I felt like I really connected to them throughout the storyline. Melissa puts a lot of emotions into her characters and you can feel them in her writing style. There is also some great sex scenes which is always nice in a romance novel. I like that I also got to know other characters and want to read their books as well.



I was given this book by the author, narrator or publisher in exchange for my unbiased review

  • Fighting Dirty

  • Worth the Fight Series
  • By: Sidney Halston
  • Narrated by: Lacy Laurel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

With his preppy clothes and horn-rimmed glasses, Enzo Silva is the last dude anyone expects to find in a mixed martial arts gym. A wealthy Brazilian banker who never had to fight for anything, Enzo's stuck in the amateur circuit - but he burns to make the pros. Maybe that explains the heat he feels whenever he's around Jamie Lynn Calhoun. The pint-size, magenta-haired bartender with the Texas drawl is everything he's not...and everything he craves.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Opposites Attract Brining Out The Best In Each Other

  • By Romance junkie on 06-24-18

Fighting for love, Enzo style

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

Reviewed: 03-27-18

Where does Fighting Dirty rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I'm going to answer this in comparison to the other in this series, this was my least favorite of the series as it didn't have as much of the MMA as the others did. It was more focused on the love life and lives outside the ring. It title of the book and the series itself made me think it was going to be like the rest and have more MMA in it but it really didn't have anything until the very end besides a few comments here and there that Enzo wanted to do MMA but didn't have much time for it.

Have you listened to any of Lacy Laurel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to other books narrated by Lacy Laurel before. This one wasn't my favorite by her probably because she had to do some accents that she didn't quite perfect right. The Texan accent wasn't quite right most of the time...it sounded like it was southern not Texan. The rest of the narration is great, her speed, inflections, etc are great...it's just the accent that wasn't quite right. I wouldn't let that stop me from buying this book as it's a small part of the book.

Any additional comments?

I was given this book by the author, narrator or publisher in exchange for my unbiased review through AudioBoom

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Heartbreaker

  • Filthy Dirty Love, Book 1
  • By: Stacey Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Gideon H. Welles
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

Veteran cop Maddox Hunt is all about the job. Sure, there are women - lots of women, truth be told - but there's no one special. Until a one-night stand from his past, rookie Joss O'Neil, is assigned to his division. Suddenly, all he can think about is her. The scent of her. The taste of her. Fresh out of field training, Joss has thrown herself into her job, determined to kick-start her career. And while police work has its thrills, her gorgeous new boss is what really gets her pulse pounding. Too bad he's nothing but a distraction.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • seems to have editing issues

  • By cyndi on 10-15-17

One Nighter turns office romance

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

Reviewed: 03-27-18

Would you be willing to try another book from Stacey Kennedy? Why or why not?

Yes, I liked Stacey's writing style, the narration wasn't my favorite though. I would be willing to give the narrator another listen with another book and see if my opinion is any more favorable.

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

I think this may have been better if it had dual/duet narration. I found the male narration to be a little rough for a female and a bit monotonous at times. He did a good job for the male voice as he does have a good deep voice but I couldn't get into the book when he was reading for a female character.

Was Heartbreaker worth the listening time?

There were times I started to tune out of the story and had to stop listening and pick back up the story at a later time. There were also a lot of editing errors that made it hard to listen to the story (lines being repeated, etc).

Any additional comments?

I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher in exchange for an honest review

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Stray

  • By: Natasha Stories
  • Narrated by: Sierra Kline, Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 42

Erin Timms took a new job as a veterinarian in Sunshine, Colorado, for two important reasons: to get away from her ex, and to give herself a chance at a new life. But when devastating news of her ex follows her there, she begins to think she has made a terrible mistake. Tall, stunning-looking Jon Miles had only one goal: to save the mountain canyon where Sunshine is located from businessmen who want to exploit it. But how can he do that when he is already an outcast? There was nothing to suggest they’d ever meet, much less strike a spark of red-hot romance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great narration, a bit too much happening though

  • By Sara on 04-03-18

Cute Tail of love in small town

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

Reviewed: 03-21-18

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Overall I felt the book was pretty well written. It has a lot of different things going on from heartaches, corporate takeovers, small town drama/rumormills, land development, grudges (local vs tourists) and lots of love drama. Of course we also can't forget about MAX the dog...he is also in the book a lot and who can't enjoy a book with a main character that is a dog :)

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The ending felt a little rushed, after all the buildup suddenly it was all over. I would have liked to have seen a little more resolution before things worked out. I did like the epilogue and how things worked out there but the resolution in the chapter(s) before that felt rushed.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I liked the female narrator but the male narrator wasn't my favorite. I've listened to him in other stories but I don't think he fit the part as well in this book.

Any additional comments?

I was given this book by the author, narrator or publisher in exchange for my unbiased review through AudioBoom.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Hot Daddy

  • By: R.R. Banks
  • Narrated by: Rodney Falcon
  • Length: 5 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

"Alright, alright, alright." Women say I sound just like Matthew McConaughey. And owning half of Texas, life can't get any better. Until my inheritance is threatened by my bitch of a half-sister. Well sugar, that shit ain't happenin'! The only way to stop her is to get married. It's in my parents' will. Fortunately, I know just the candidate - Amanda. She lights me up as bright as the Dallas sky. All I can think of is her riding me cowgirl while wearing my Stetson. But there's more to it. She's actually making my playboy ass consider settling down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great!

  • By mandy on 01-09-18

Texas Sized Romance

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

Reviewed: 02-27-18

Is there anything you would change about this book?

For me I had a hard time getting into this book. There were times I had to put it down and start it again. I could guess what was going to happen and it was pretty stereotypical so that may have been a lot of the problem for me.

If you’ve listened to books by R.R. Banks before, how does this one compare?

This was my first R.R. Banks story and I thought the characters were well developed and overall the book was well written but it was a little "fluffy" and parts could have been left out.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Possibly, it does seem pretty well developed like it was made for a movie. It is a has drama, comedy and love. (reminds me of a 27 dresses style movie)

Any additional comments?

If you are looking for a romance to escape into that is a typical love romance this should be right up your alley.


I was provided this audiobook through Audiobook Boom at no charge by the publisher and have voluntarily left an unbiased review.