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  • Bluegrass State of Mind

  • Bluegrass, Book 1
  • By: Kathleen Brooks
  • Narrated by: Eric Dove
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,054
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 946
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 948

McKenna Mason, a New York City attorney with a love of all things Prada, is on the run from a group of powerful, dangerous men. McKenna turns to a teenage crush, Will Ashton, for help in starting a new life in beautiful horse country. She finds that Will is now a handsome, successful race horse farm owner. As the old flame is ignited, complications are aplenty in the form of a nasty ex-wife, an ex-boyfriend intent on killing her, and a feisty race horse who refuses to race without a kiss. Can Will and McKenna cross the finish line together, and more importantly, alive?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OMG FANTASTIC book

  • By Ginny LaMere on 06-10-13

I enjoyed listening

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

Reviewed: 09-17-18

I enjoyed the story. There were several times I laughed out loud and there were moments when I couldn't put it down. I would have enjoyed it more though if there had been more physical romance between the H & H. I'm not looking for erotica or porn. I actually think it's sexier to leave some of it to the imagination, but leaving it out all together is kind of on the boring side for me. It's not likely that two healthy adults in a relationship aren't going to end up in bed together. Especially after they've both declared their love. So I don't know how Audible decided to rate this romance sizzling, I would rate it sweet. I'm still looking forward to the next book though because like I said, I did enjoy the story and the characters.

The narration was ok. It definitely wasn't the best but was also not the worst. The male and female voices were good but I had an issue with the voices for the older ladies. It wasn't so bad that it was irritating but the narrator just didn't seem to really know how the accents and older southern phrases should work.

  • Easy Nights

  • By: Kristen Proby
  • Narrated by: Rachel Fulginiti, Zachary Webber
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,370
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,286
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,284

Savannah Boudreaux knows what it is to hurt. To bleed. To be afraid that the man she's promised to be true to until "death do us part" might in fact separate them far sooner than anyone had ever anticipated. But Van also knows what it is to survive. To move on. To live life to the fullest. With five brothers and sisters and a loving mother as her constant source of strength during the pain and the healing, Van realizes there is little else she needs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional End for a Great Series!

  • By Mrs S on 07-12-17

Best of Series

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

The previous book was not good, but like I said in that review, this author was capable of better than that and she proved it with this book. The story had good structure and kept me on the edge of my seat at times. It had some great steamy romance but it wasn't filled with empty sex scenes like the last book. This time the sex was an integral part of the storyline.

I particularly loved the very end of the book. It was a sweet addition and ending to the series.

  • Easy Magic

  • By: Kristen Proby
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber, Rachel Fulginiti
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,381
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,378

Family. Responsibility. Stability. As the co-CEO of Bayou Enterprises and the eldest of the Boudreaux clan, Beau is the epitome of these. Now that his baby sister, Gabby, is happily settled down, Beau has moved into the company loft in the heart of the French Quarter to be closer to his office while his own home is built. He doesn't have time for anything but the family he adores and the company that drives him. If only the bewitching owner of the herb shop downstairs from Beau's loft weren't so damn tempting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hello Zachary Webber!

  • By Erika on 04-05-17

All Sex, No Story

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

I love steamy romances so I have no problem with a book having several steamy sex scenes. But.....the sex needs to be "part" of the story, not "the" story. I've been listening to the Boudreaux stories from the start and overall, I've liked them. At least until I hit on this one. This one is like a novella that's had hours of constant sex added to it. There's just not enough substance to this storyline. It's disappointing too because this author is capable of much better.

As for the narrators, they're ok. The acting and actual narration was fine but their accents are terrible. Since the book makes specific reference to their supposed Louisianna accents and Simon's Brittish accent, they should have hired actors capable of speaking that way.

  • Wildfire

  • A Hidden Legacy Novel
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,790
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,677
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,670

Nevada Baylor can't decide which is more frustrating - harnessing her truthseeker abilities or dealing with Connor "Mad" Rogan and their evolving relationship. Yes, the billionaire Prime is helping her navigate the complex magical world in which she's become a crucial player - and sometimes a pawn - but she also has to deal with his ex-fiancée, whose husband has disappeared and whose damsel-in-distress act is wearing very, very thin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just as wonderful as Daniels world and Innkeeper.

  • By Michael Harmon on 08-25-17

love love love this series. Just can't get enough

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

Reviewed: 08-03-17

This is definitely my new favorite. I certainly hope there are more books added to this series. If you enjoy fantasy romance books you will you will love these books too. They are well-written and fun and will keep you riveted to each of the books. it's been a long time since I've enjoyed a series this much!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Burn for Me

  • A Hidden Legacy, Book 1
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,225
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,057
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,053

Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career - a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile situation. Nevada isn't sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire. Then she's kidnapped by Connor "Mad" Rogan - a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVED LOVED LOVED THIS BOOK

  • By Owned By Fizz on 07-29-15

Outstanding Writing, Outstanding Perfomance!

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

Reviewed: 07-27-17

Where does Burn for Me rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I'd have to say, I would rank this series in my top five. And given the amount of reading/listening I go through every week, that's saying something. I found this book by looking for books narrated by Renee Raudman. The high ratings and the fact that she was continuing to read throughout the series meant I had to give it a try.

What did you like best about this story?

It's hard to pick what I liked best about this book. There really wasn't anything not to like. It's well written and well performed. If I have to pick though, I would pick the WTF moment in the epilogue where you find out there's a huge plot twist. I knew I liked the book and would continue to the next book before I got to the epilogue but the big twist at the end there guaranteed my reading every book, for sure. I even semi-yelled OMG, NFW, which got my husband's attention and he asked me to tell him about the book.

What does Renee Raudman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I love the way Renee narrates. I first heard her perform Manhunting by Jennifer Crusie. (Cute book by the way. If you've never read it, you should) I fell in love with her as a narrator though, when I heard her perform Blue Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas. (Another book I HIGHLY recommend.) I've seen reviews where people have not liked her style at all and I respect the fact that her style could be one where you either love her or hate her but I love her. She is particularly good at making the love scenes delicious but she also has really great comedic timing. Like I said in the opening paragraph, I found this series by specifically looking for books read by her. I wouldn't do that if I didn't find her exceptional.

Any additional comments?

I generally don't care for books that leave the relationship between the H & H to spill over into the next book or books. I prefer seeing the couple come together by the end of the book. But this one was just too good to hold that against it. So I'm still giving it all five stars. It's worth every penny (or a credit). I'm looking forward to books 2 and 3.

  • Wired

  • By: Julie Garwood
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 925
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 837
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 833

Allison Trent doesn't look like a hacker. In fact, when she's not in college working on her degree, she models on the side. But behind her gorgeous face is a brilliant mind for computers and her real love is writing - and hacking - code. Her dream is to write a new security program that could revolutionize the tech industry.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Save your credit! Can't believe this is Garwood.

  • By M. Davis on 07-06-17

loved it!

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

Reviewed: 07-14-17

The only thing bad about these books…. is that Ms Garwood doesn't write them fast enough. I can hardly wait until the next one.

  • Roaring up the Wrong Tree

  • Grayslake: More Than Mated Series, Book 3
  • By: Celia Kyle
  • Narrated by: Kendall Taylor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

Half-hyena, Trista has spent years rotating between Grayslake, Redby, and Boyne Falls. When the Grayslake Itan - the local clan's werebear leader - orders a purge of all hyenas, she finds herself fighting to hold onto the hand-to-mouth life she's created. Her carefully built existence is threatened further when a gorgeous werebear strides into her life and demands not just her heart, but her very soul. She'll think about it, but not until her shift ends at seven.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this story.

  • By Kwas on 10-20-17

The best so far.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-30-17

The storyline in this one really captivated me. Most of the time, when it comes to the "will they make it or won't they" part, there's no real tension since you already know they'll make it. In this book though, I found myself so into the story, I was actually getting tense. I had to remind myself that they would be fine.

The narrator for these books is pretty good. She could work on having better voices for the male characters though. She does the lead male voice fine. It'll sounds like a man. The other male voices though will tend to sound less manly. Van's voice in this book sounded like a ten year old boy. Her acting and inflection though were both really well done.

I'm looking forward to the next book.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • No Ifs, and, or Bears About It

  • Grayslake: More Than Mated Series
  • By: Celia Kyle
  • Narrated by: Kendall Taylor
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 330

The first day of Mia's new life in Grayslake, Georgia, is not going as planned. The house her grandfather left her looks ready to crumble, boxes cover every inch of the floor and - oh - there's a bear cub in her pantry. It gets worse when the cub's uncle comes by and busts out his fur and claws while on her front porch. Then it gets loads better because suddenly there's a hot hunk of badge-wearing werebear on her lawn ready to rescue her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesomesauce

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-30-17

A Little Too Much Quirky But Good Overall

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

Reviewed: 05-22-17

It was a good read overall. Definitely worth the purchase. I would have enjoyed hearing hearing "Holy crap on a cracker" a few less times. It bordered annoying after the first 20 times. Other than that, the story was pretty pretty good. There were a few good sex scenes. Although I hate the word pussy and c**t. There was also some great action/conflict to keep it interesting. And last but certainly not least the narrator was great. She made men sound like men and women sound like men. Seems lately those qualities are rare.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • One True Mate 1

  • Shifter's Sacrifice
  • By: Lisa Ladew
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 911
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 821
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 809

An all wolf-shifter police force has been the only thing between humans and an unknown evil for centuries, but the pack is in danger of dying if they don't find their promised mates soon. It's a race against time to find the angel/human hybrid "One True Mates" that the pack's spiritual leaders say truly exist. Steamy. Light swearing. High heat. You've never experienced a shifter romance like this before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story

  • By Kindle Customer on 11-25-16

Good Story But Ruined By Horrible Narration

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

Reviewed: 05-13-17

Is there anything you would change about this book?

If I were to change anything in the story, I would have given Ella more of a backbone from the start. She got better but I don't like it when women are portrayed as weak. The woman doesn't need to be meek and winy for the fantasy of having the handsome hero swoop in and save her, to work. Strong and self confident women need help sometimes too and are far sexier than some woman who's shaken in her shoes like a chihuahua. These people are supposedly dying off because of the lack of mates. Their race will still be in trouble if their strongest men are paired up with weak women.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I suppose if I had to pick a favorite it would actually be two, Troy and Trent.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator was just terrible. I commute over 2 hours a day. A lot of times the traffic could try the patience of a saint. So instead of giving over to the dark side and raging at the daily stupidity of some people, I listen to audio books and ignore the crazy people in commute traffic that would otherwise make me want to scream. When a narrator is this bad though, it's just trading one craziness for the other.

He had a nice voice but he needs to learn how to use it. It was so (and I say "so" with great emphasis) frustrating, listening to his monotone reading. I get more inflection and emotion from the text-to-speech option on my kindle. He had a few moments when he did actually put some emotion into it and it let you know that he has the potential to be good but the problem was, those times were very few.

Did anyone listen to him read either before or during the production of this book? What was wrong with the director or producer that they would listen to his robotic delivery and think, "yep, this narrator was definitely the best choice" The narrator is "key" to audio books. I've heard great narrators that make not-so-good books so enjoyable you want to listen again and again. Why, would you pick someone who does the opposite? And sadly, this narrator reads the rest of this series. I think I'll pass.

Did One True Mate 1 inspire you to do anything?

Unfortunately, because of the narrator, the only thing it inspired was for me to quit listening and delete this book from my library. Too bad too because the story line has potential.

Any additional comments?

Maybe I'll read this series down the road when I can get the sound of this audio version out of my head. I definitely won't using any more of my credits for books narrated by Michael Pauly though.

  • Six Months

  • Seven Series, Book 2
  • By: Dannika Dark
  • Narrated by: Nicole Poole
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,558
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,278

April Frost is a compassionate young woman with a steady job and ambitious goals. But the harder she runs away from her past, the more it threatens to destroy her. When three strangers enter her life, April is forced to face her demons, and it's a battle she may not win. Private investigators in the Breed world are men who take risks, and Reno Cole is no exception. As a Shifter, he's expected to control his inner animal. But lately his wolf has been venturing dangerously close to the city, and he's about to discover why.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall ~ A Great Story!!

  • By Cheri on 01-31-16

The Narrator Ruins the Book

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

Reviewed: 05-07-17

What did you like best about Six Months? What did you like least?

The story in itself is good. But the narrator is just terrible. Her acting skills could use some work but the worst of it was the voice she gave the female lead. OMG, it was like she was 12 yrs old. She made her sound like some kind of brainless twit. I wish I would have just read these because listening to her just ruined it for me.

Would you be willing to try another one of Nicole Poole’s performances?

No. I think she's terrible.