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  • Buns

  • Hudson Valley, Book 3
  • By: Alice Clayton
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Louise, Jason Carpenter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 490
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461

Clara Morgan is living the dream, if you can call rebranding hotels that are desperate for a new life and running any kind of marathon a dream. Which she does. But the career she loves and the endurance races that keep her adrenaline pumping have kept her too busy to put down any roots. Growing up in foster care, she's never been able to establish traditions of her own, which may be why she's fascinated by the rituals that generations-old family resorts are known for.

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

  • By Cyndi on 05-01-18

More like flatbread. "See what I did there?" :)

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

Reviewed: 05-28-17

What did you like best about Buns? What did you like least?

As always, I loved checking in with characters from previous books within this series... and what a treat to see a few of my favorites from other series!

While I liked Clara and Archie, individually, I didn't really buy into their chemistry (seemed a little more hate/hate in the beginning rather than love/hate).

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

It was predictable, but okay. Would have enjoyed a little more in the epilogue.

What three words best describe Elizabeth Louise and Jason Carpenter ’s voice?

Solid... enjoyable...non-distracting

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

Only if it were a movie of the entire series, not just this one book.

Any additional comments?

As usual, Alice had me laughing out loud. While this was probably my least favorite in the series, still found the cast of characters and their interactions delightful and entertaining. Unfortunately, the conflict between the main characters just didn't work for me and the resolution was just a little flat for me. But, I sure hope we get another trip to the Hudson Valley.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dating a Metro Man

  • Book Four of the Never Too Late Series
  • By: Donna McDonald
  • Narrated by: Connie Ventress
  • Length: 7 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 76
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

If asked, 30-year-old Seth Carter could not have recounted a single moment since he'd met her that he had not loved the stubborn, self-centered, and admittedly spoiled Jenna Ranger. Even with all her faults, Jenna thinks no woman in her right mind would willing choose to spend all her free time with a man who so obviously loves his cell phone and work more than he does her.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This Narrator is TERRIBLE!!!!

  • By Natalie Rodriguez on 04-04-18

Mixed feelings...

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

Reviewed: 10-15-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I think Ms. McDonald spoiled me with the first three books in this series. I really enjoyed those characters, and the look at romance from a different point view (compared to all of the NA romances, I typically read). This may just be a result of having enjoyed the previous three books with the "more mature" characters so much, but Jenna and Seth were somewhat annoying... in particular Jenna, unfortunately. I began to grow tired of her whining and back and forth emotions when it came to Seth. While I understand that Jenna is much younger than the previous characters, I would think that she would be more mature for her age because she hangs out with more mature individuals. Because of this, I would have loved it if the book had spent more time on the Talia and Allen storyline, and less on Jenna and Seth. I LOVED that story line. I think Talia and Allen deserved their own book.

Would you recommend Dating a Metro Man to your friends? Why or why not?

Only if they have read the other books in the series already. I don't feel this book was representative of the rest of this great series and not sure that it would entice someone to go back and read the first three books. By reading the other books previously, I feel my love for the characters from the previous books kept me interested in this book... Well, that and the Talia and Allen storyline. :)

How could the performance have been better?

Unfortunately, I was not a fan of this narrator. The narrator of the previous books in the series, was great and really set the tone for the series. This narrator had an interesting accent/ drawl and cadence to her voice, that I really did not care for. It was too slow and did not seem to fit the characters. Although she did better with Talia's (and her parents) British accent(s), in my opinion. Also there were several editing issues - throughout the book the narrator repeats lines, that were probably meant to be edited out.

What would have made this romance irresistible?

More Talia, Allen, Mason, and Kendra of course! Not to beat a dead horse, but I LOVED this family, could not get enough. I could "assolutely" read an entire book just on Mason!

Any additional comments?

In addition to the Talia/ Allen story line, I really enjoyed checking in with the characters from previous books, as well as the book's ending. I really enjoyed this series and look forward to reading more from this author. I hope the previous narrator, Anne Johnstonbrown, is brought back for future books.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this audiobook from the author in exchange for my review.

  • Pulse

  • By: Gail McHugh
  • Narrated by: Mary Kowal
  • Length: 13 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 521
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 523

Now that Emily Cooper has walked away from her first love, she finds herself running toward her only love. Unraveling fast, but clinging to hope, Emily risks all she has left on the man that has consumed her every thought and dream since the day they met. Will Gavin take her back? And if so, will their reunion be a collision of two hearts destined to complete one another and rekindle a love that knew no boundaries? Or will scars from their past rip open, tearing slowly at what each of them was meant to be? Can fate, the ultimate game changer, mend the shattered road it laid out from the start? Only time will tell…Tick-Tock…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The ending was PERFECTION. Loved loved loved it. 

  • By Jordy ♡♡♡♡ on 09-14-13

Almost 5 Bottlecaps!!!

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

Reviewed: 09-16-13

If you could sum up Pulse in three words, what would they be?

Adorable yet heart-wrenching

What did you like best about this story?

Gavin, of course... Lol! Seriously, there are too many things to list; I loved almost all of it. There is one part of the book that I found distracting and I am still note sure why it was necessary... don't worry no spoilers, here - you will see what I mean when you listen/read it. But all in all, great follow up. Loved the characters, appreciated the nice and thorough ending - didn't feel rushed, provided just enough time to reflect and savor the story of the characters. I think one of the best conclusions I have heard/ read in quite some time.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Male voices seemed to be an issue for narrator and outside of Gavin, it was sometimes difficult to distinguish the male voices, and it may have just been me, but they all sounded a bit "dopey." Also, I really disliked the voice used for Fallon. Was it just me or did Fallon and Trevor sound exactly the same??? Creepy.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and I almost did.

Any additional comments?

Great listen. Not sure what I was expecting, but a great surprise.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Crazy Little Thing

  • By: Tracy Brogan
  • Narrated by: Lori Reyes
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,488
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,277
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,272

Sadie Turner is not a control freak, just…orderly. When a cheating spouse topples Sadie’s impeccably tidy world, she packs up her kids for a summer vacation at her aunt’s lake house, hoping to relax, reboot, and pick up the pieces away from men. All men. But eccentric Aunt Dody has other plans: she’s determined to see Sadie have a little fun - with Desmond, the sexy new neighbor. Tall, tanned, muscular - and even great with her kids - Desmond is Sadie’s worst nightmare. He must have a flaw - he’s a man, after all - so Sadie vows to keep her distance. But as summer blazes on, their attraction ignites....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Notes for the Narrator

  • By J on 12-01-14

Hilarious!!!!

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

Reviewed: 12-15-12

Where does Crazy Little Thing rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 10 for sure.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Crazy Little Thing?

Pretty much anytime Aunt Dody opened her mouth! Loved Aunt Dody!!!!

Did Lori Reyes do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Pretty much. A few times the transitions between Desmond and other characters were a little muddled, but for the most part you could definitely differentiate between the characters.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I actually laughed out loud... for most of the book.

Any additional comments?

Would love to read/ hear more about Aunt Dody's future escapades. What a character!

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Kiss Me, I'm Irish

  • The Sins of His Past, Tangling with Ty, Whatever Reilly Wants
  • By: Roxanne St. Claire, Jill Shalvis, Maureen Child
  • Narrated by: Terry Donnelly
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 60

For one incredible night, Kendra Locke gave Deuce Monroe everything she had. Then he walked away to chase his big-league dreams. Now after one too many daredevil stunts, he's back in his hometown ready to pick up where they left off—but Kendra has no intention of giving in easily….

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Pick an accent, please.

  • By Kristy D. on 12-09-12

Pick an accent, please.

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

Reviewed: 12-09-12

What disappointed you about Kiss Me, I'm Irish?

The narration was all over the place, and REALLY painful. I even tried to speed up the narration.... it didn't help. After the first book, I was hoping that the second two were narrated by different narrators, I think it tainted my view of the last two books before I even began.

Would you ever listen to anything by the authors again?

Maybe, if they had a different narrator.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Her various and inconsistent accents really made it difficult to stick with the book and get into the stories. I thought the Northeast and Irish(?) accents were painful in The Sins of His Past, but the Southern accents in Whatever Reilly Wants were horrific. May have been better to have just read the book, instead of listening to them.

What character would you cut from Kiss Me, I'm Irish?

No one character disturbed me, but again I had a hard time getting into the stories. It was the narrator.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Switch

  • By: Megan Hart
  • Narrated by: Filomena Contessa
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 204

"Don't get me wrong, I'm not in the habit of reading other people's mail, but it was just a piece of paper with a few lines scrawled on it, clearly meant for the apartment upstairs. It looked so innocent, but decidedly - deliciously - it was not."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • LOVE MEGAN HARTS BOOKS.

  • By Stephanie on 05-08-12

Disappointed...

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

Reviewed: 10-13-12

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Better transition and explanation of Paige's ultimate decision; needed more closure in the end. Ending felt rushed, and not fully resolved

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

Didn't care for the narrator's "Austin" performance, male characters in general were awkward, but Austin really annoyed me. Absolutely loved Artie and Kira voices and portrayal.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Narrator