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  • Friendship, Texas, Book 2
  • By: Magan Vernon
  • Narrated by: Kassiopia DeVora
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

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. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Good Second Chance Romance

  • By HeatherY on 10-21-18

A Good Second Chance Romance

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

Brooke and Eddie were best friends, inseparable until Eddie hit it big as a country music star. He left Brooke and their small town of Friendship, TX before graduation, leaving Brooke adrift and lonely. Ten years later, Brooke is back in town for her father's funeral and Eddie returns as well, smarting from a nasty breakup. Can the two pick up as friends after ten years apart, or do they have a chance at something greater?

This is the second book in the Friendship TX series, but I read it as a standalone. It's a sweet second chance romance, told half from Brooke's point of view, and half from Eddie's. I really liked Eddie, he's definitely not perfect but had a great character arc. I loved that Brooke was an author and that let us peek into the publishing business. I also loved the flashbacks to Brooke and Eddie's childhood, and both sets of parents, past and future, were adorable.

Unfortunately I had a really hard time liking Brooke, she was too self-centered for me. When we meet her, she and her family are standing outside the funeral home for her father's funeral, and her mom has to ask her repeatedly to put her phone away and pay attention. She doesn't show any emotion about her father's death until a few chapters later, I had assumed they were estranged. Then we flashback to a few days before the funeral, when she's packing to leave for Friendship. Her boyfriend Drake, a man she's been dating for 7-10 years and who has recently proposed, is desperately in love with her, and she can barely tolerate him. She acknowledges that he's been supporting her financially and emotionally since she left college despite the fact that she doesn't love him. When she finally calls Drake and he asks when she's coming back and if their relationship is over, she just hangs up on him. Later when Eddie mentions he's leaving Friendship for a few days to take care of some commitments, Brooke thinks that there's nothing for her in Friendship and she might as well leave, as if her newly widowed mother and six year old sister don't exist. There were so many times when she was intolerant to those around her, snarking about the church ladies and referring to Noah as "the deaf kid". I love reading about a bold woman with sass and brains, but Brooke was just too selfish. It wasn't a dealbreaker for me, I still enjoyed the read, but I do prefer a more likable heroine.

The narration was really well done, Kassiopia DeVora did a great job. There were some singing parts and I absolutely loved them, she has a wonderful voice.

I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.

  • The Importance of Being Earnest

  • By: Oscar Wilde
  • Narrated by: James Reynolds
  • Length: 1 hr and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People is a play by Oscar Wilde. First performed on February 14, 1895, at the St James' Theatre in London, it is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious persona to escape burdensome social obligations. Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play's major themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage and the resulting satire of Victorian ways.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You Will Smile and Laugh Through The Entire Story

  • By Romance junkie on 10-22-18

It's Just A Lot Of Fun!

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

This comedic play tells the story of Jack and Algernon, two rich and frivolous young men in Victorian England. Jack has crafted the perfect way to let loose without ruining his reputation, he's invented a younger brother named Ernest. Ernest is blamed for all of Jack's misdeeds and no one, not even Jack's new fiancee Gwendolen, is the wiser. After Algernon discovers the deception, he borrows "Ernest" and pretends to be him while visiting Jack's country estate. There Algernon falls for Jack's young ward, Cecily. When the two women discover they are both engaged to Ernest, hijinks ensue!

I absolutely love this play, it's wonderful and infinitely quotable. It's guaranteed to make you laugh out loud, every moment of the dialogue is so witty. I highly recommend the audiobook! I requested a copy, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.

  • A Dogtown Christmas

  • An Oklahoma Lovers Book
  • By: Callie Hutton
  • Narrated by: Eliza Anders
  • Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Guthrie, Oklahoma, 1912. Priscilla Cochran intends to prove to the world she is a grown-up woman, able to take care of herself. She accepts a job as a teacher in Dogtown, Colorado, where the man who hired her thinks she is a woman of "mature years". Mitch Beaumont is tired of young women who come to Dogtown and leave in tears because it is not a built-up city with entertainment a young woman would want. He has finally secured a teacher for the town who has assured him she is a middle-aged spinster and will be able to last through the hard winters.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short and Sweet

  • By Lilly Bell on 10-12-18

Great Historical Romance!

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

When Mitch places an ad for a mature woman to teach in his small town of Dogtown, Colorado, he's expecting a comfortable middle aged woman to arrive. When 20 year old Priscilla steps off the mail coach instead, he orders her to turn right around and go back where she came from. But Priscilla is determined to make a difference for the children in the town, and won't let an overbearing man boss her around. As Mitch and Priscilla are thrown together more and more, they start to revise their first impressions of each other.

I really enjoyed this sweet romance! It's part of a series, but is written as a standalone book. It has a few slightly steamy scenes and a curse word or two. I really loved the small town setting, and the main characters were great. Both Priscilla and Mitch have to deal with their prejudice about the way they view each other and the way they view themselves. Mitch thinks Priscilla, a senator's daughter, is too good for him, and Priscilla thinks her only worth is as a teacher. They need to get to know themselves and each other better before they can have their happily ever after.

The narration was well done, the narrator had to perform accents and some sentences in French and did a great job on both. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.

  • The Little Mermaid

  • By: Hans Christian Andersen
  • Narrated by: Sri Gordon
  • Length: 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

The Little Mermaid is a fairy tale written by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen about a young mermaid who is willing to give up her life in the sea and her identity as a mermaid to gain a human soul.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Surperb acting by Sri Gordon!!

  • By Mandymay💄👠👛 on 10-01-18

Imaginative and Magical

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

This story of The Little Mermaid is a beautiful tale of a young mermaid princess and her love for the prince she rescued from a shipwreck. The audio version is well worth a listen just for the detailed descriptions of life under the sea. It's imaginative and magical. It's very different from the Disney version, and the two really can't be compared.

The narration was done well. Sri Gordon doesn't dramatize the story, she lets the listener interpret the emotions the author intended. She gave each character their own speaking voice, and immersed me in the story. It's a lovely quick listen.

  • My Zombie BFF

  • YA Short Tales, Book 1
  • By: Liz Hahn, Liz Matis
  • Narrated by: Kasi Hollowell
  • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Penny helped Mia survive the horrors of high school. Now, Mia has a chance to return the favor and help Penny survive the zombie apocalypse. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen

  • By Deborah on 09-15-18

A Fun Listen!

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

It takes a zombie apocalypse to find out who your real friends are! Mia and Penny are unlikely BFFs, Mia's the theater kid with the army prepper father, and Penny's the cheerleader dating the captain of the football team. Together these lifelong friends face the horrors of the zombie apocalypse as it overruns their school.

I'm normally not a zombie or horror fan, but this book was great! It had none of the gore and violence and focused more on Mia and Penny's friendship, which I loved, it was portrayed so well. The author captured that friendship perfectly. It doesn't end on a cliffhanger, it wraps things up nicely while leaving room for more books later. I hope there's more, I'd definitely read another by this author!

The narration was well done, the point of view switches between Mia and Penny and the narrator was perfect for both. She deepens her voice just a touch for male voices, and immersed me in the story. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.

  • Gathering Water

  • By: Regan Claire
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Swanepoel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 23

Growing up in the foster system, Della never really had anything to call her own, not even a last name. Now, the truth was exposed, but there was still so much she didn't know. Hoping to learn more about the mother she never knew and maybe discover a bit more about herself along the way, Della travels across the country seeking answers - and finds far more than she bargained for. An unimaginable world - one on the brink of war - is pulling her in and making her claim a birthright she never knew she wanted. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique!

  • By Pam C on 10-03-18

Had Me Hooked!

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

Della Doe spent her life in the foster care system after her mom passed away during childbirth, unidentified as a Jane Doe. For eighteen years Della was shuttled from family to family, never finding a home, never quite fitting in. On her 18th birthday, Della learns her mother's name and where she came from, and travels to the small seaside town in North Carolina to claim her inheritance.

I really enjoyed this coming of age supernatural YA! There's a lot to love here, a strong heroine just discovering her family and her powers, a smart alec best friend who puts a smile on your face, a great small town setting, and a unique take on supernatural powers. Della was portrayed really well, I felt like I got to know her. She's so detached in the beginning but gradually loses that reserve. I liked the slow reveal of her powers, I thought it was built up well. This was a clean read I'd recommend to young teens on up. It definitely had me hooked and waiting for the next one!

The narration was well done, with separate voices for each character and a voice that fit Della perfectly. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dare to Dream

  • Carolina Beach Series, Book 1
  • By: C.A. Harms
  • Narrated by: Lillian Yves
  • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

After the sudden death of his wife two years ago, Darren Griffin has finally found peace. He has a good life, good job, two daughters he’d do anything for, and a beautiful home on the beach. Greer Monroe is grieving the loss of her father. It’s the final rung on the broken ladder that’s become her life - crappy job, no friends, and a cheating ex-boyfriend. At the insistence of her aunt, Greer decides to spend some time at her family’s beach house. When the glee-filled sound of children’s laughter dances through the breeze, Greer finds herself smiling again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story!

  • By Jan M on 08-23-18

Just a Sweet Listen

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

Still reeling from her father's loss and her boyfriend's betrayal, Greer decides to visit her family's beach house to recenter herself. She finally finds happiness watching the family next door, two sweet little girls and their doting father. Darren has his hands full running his business and raising his two girls, but the woman next door intrigues him. But Greer doesn't want to risk giving her heart away, or hurting the little family who has come to mean so much to her.

This was my first listen by this author, and it was really sweet! CA Harms created two lovable and believable leads, set the story in a beautiful location, and capped it all off with two of the sweetest little girls in print. The description of Greer's loss had me tearing up repeatedly in the first chapter, it was so well written. And her relationship with Darren was so natural and lacking in angst. The story switches between Greer and Darren's point of view, which I always prefer. I'd definitely pick up another book by this author.

The narration was well done with different voices for each character, she also performed the little girls' voices in an easy way. It pulled me right into the story and kept me listening. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.

  • Right Ho, Jeeves

  • By: P.G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Kevin Theis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

The infamous Bertie Wooster, rebuffing the assistance of his trusty manservant Jeeves, attempts to help his old chum and newt-fancier Gussie Fink-Nottle win the affections of the goofy but adorable Madeline Bassett. But without Jeeves to lend a hand, chaos ensues, and Bertie finds himself accidentally - and horribly - engaged to Madeline himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfection!

  • By HeatherY on 08-23-18

Perfection!

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

If you've read any of Wodehouse's Jeeves books before, you know what to expect. Bertie gets himself into an awful scrape, and Jeeves quietly extricates him from the situation, usually humiliating Bertie a little in the process. It never gets old. I love the Jeeves short story collections, but this full length story really lets Wodehouse plunge into the ridiculousness of it all. In Right Ho, Jeeves, Bertie is convinced Jeeves is losing his touch and decides to solve an old school chum's love problems by himself. Of course Bertie, the lovable goof, makes things worse, and spirals the whole pack of Fink-Nottles, Bassetts, the Market Snodsbury Grammar School, and Milady's Boudoir into a mess only the master of psychology can solve.

I absolutely love Wodehouse's writing. He's a master of language and he uses prose and Bertie's slang to great comedic effect. It's just so much fun to listen to, wonderfully quotable and easy to understand, every line is perfection. If you're feeling just a bit down, a chapter or two of Jeeves and Wooster would be the perfect pick me up. I cannot recommend this book highly enough!

Although I've read the Jeeves books over the years, I've never listened to them narrated before, and I've been missing out. Kevin Theis performed with perfect comedic timing, making me laugh out loud throughout the whole book. His voices for each character were spot on, he even made Gussie sound a bit like a newt. I'm not sure how he managed it, but he did! Wonderful narration, it was very good, sir.

I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Pit and the Pendulum - Unabridged

  • By: Edgar Allan Poe
  • Narrated by: Kevin Theis
  • Length: 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

A prisoner, sentenced to death during the Spanish Inquisition, finds himself trapped in a lightless cell to contemplate his fate. Will he die by falling helplessly into a deathly, yawning pit in the center of the room? Or will the deadly, razor-sharp pendulum slowly descending from the ceiling be the cause of his demise? This enhanced audiobook - with music and sound effects - is an unabridged copy of the classic story by the master of horror, Edgar Allan Poe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Poe at his best

  • By Jo B. on 09-16-18

Great Narration!

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

The Pit and the Pendulum is a classic tale of horror, one of Poe's best. This is my first time listening to the story instead of reading it, and the performance really lets you drink in every well placed word. This audio version is a dramatic read with subtle sound effects throughout. They really added to the story and became part of it. I listened to it in broad daylight and still had the shivers. Well done.

  • The Redemption of a Rogue

  • Dark Regency, Book 2
  • By: Chasity Bowlin
  • Narrated by: Lillian Yves
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

Lord Michael Sutherland, Viscount Ellersleigh, is infamous among the ton for his powers of seduction and his prowess as a lover. Running from his own ennui and a lover who fancies herself his future wife, Michael retreats to the country and a crumbling, haunted castle won in a game of chance...a castle occupied by an innocent and oh-so-tempting young woman, Miss Abbigail Barrows. But country life proves to be anything but quiet. At a debauched house party, Michael finds himself confronted with an unfortunate quandary: Marry Abbigail, an innocent, or hang for murder.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Ms. Shaz on 09-23-18

Dark Regency

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

When Lord Michael Sutherland wins a country estate in a game of chance, he doesn't expect it to be falling to pieces, or for it to be haunted. The estate also comes with another surprise, Miss Abigail Barrows, the orphaned cousin of the previous owner. Guilty over forcing the young woman from her home, Michael follows Abigail to a neighboring estate where a murder is committed and Michael is the lead suspect. The only way to prove Michael's innocence is for Abigail to admit they'd been alone together, compromising her reputation. To save Abigail's reputation they quickly marry and Michael is faced with the unique challenge of seducing a woman immune to his charms. Meanwhile, a cult with dark motives gathers near Michael's estate and both Michael and Abigail are in their crosshairs.

I absolutely loved the first book in this series, The Haunting of a Duke, it's the perfect blend of romance, suspense, and the paranormal. The first book introduces Michael, and I was really looking forward to his story. Despite his rogue reputation, he's loyal and honest. In this book, he's matched with a woman as headstrong and independent as he is and they're perfect for each other. Abigail is a strong character who can be a little argumentative for the sake of arguing, which made her more real to me, she's not a perfectly perfect heroine who forgives instantly. Together, they're the perfect cult fighting team!

The narration was well done, it pulled me right into the story. The narrator performed accents and voices for each character and gave each character their own personality. It made the whole book a pleasure to listen to. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.