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  • You Say It First

  • By: Susan Mallery
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209

Sculptor Nick Mitchell grew up in a family of artists and learned from his volatile father that passion leads only to pain. As he waits on a new commission, he takes a day job as a humble carpenter at a theme wedding venue. The job has its perks - mainly the venue's captivating owner, Pallas Saunders. Although he won't let love consume him, for ecstasy with an expiration date, he's all in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing!

  • By Kimberly on 10-06-17

Another Great Series

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

I read for relaxation and to take me away from my troubles. Susan Mallery never disappoints.

  • Real Men Will

  • By: Victoria Dahl
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 439
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 392
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 397

It was meant to be a one-night stand. One night of passion. Scorching-hot. Then Beth Cantrell and Eric Donovan were supposed to go their separate ways. That’s the only reason he lied about his name, telling her he was really his wild younger brother. Hiding his identity as the conservative Donovan. The "good" one.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A good end to the trilogy

  • By Kimberly on 03-17-12

50 Shades of Gray Has Nothing on Victoria Dahl

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

Reviewed: 04-04-14

What made the experience of listening to Real Men Will the most enjoyable?

The sex was the hottest of the series while still being believable. We also got to know what makes Eric--the darkest Donovan--tick.

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  • The Next Best Thing

  • A Novel
  • By: Jennifer Weiner
  • Narrated by: Olivia Thirlby
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 504
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 439
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 444

At 23, Ruth Saunders headed west with her 70-year-old grandma in tow, hoping to be hired as a television writer. Four years later, she's hit the jackpot when she gets The Call: the sitcom she wrote, The Next Big Thing, has gotten the green light, and Ruthie's going to be the show-runner. But her dreams of Hollywood happiness are threatened by demanding actors, number-crunching executives, an unrequited crush on a boss, and her grandmother's impending nuptials.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Funny Story!

  • By Rebecca on 07-18-12

What an ending!!

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

Reviewed: 07-20-13

What did you love best about The Next Best Thing?

I loved the ending! I was a little disappointed when I found that it wasn't a typical Jennifer Weiner book. I always looked forward to her funny, crazy characters.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Next Best Thing?

There were a couple. When Ruthie finally hooked up with Little Dave and, of course, the ending. I don't want to give the ending away, as I didn't see it coming. I thought the book was done and wrapping up, and bang a fabulous ending.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

I found the narration to be a little flat and slow. After I became accustomed to it, I felt that it reflected Ruthie's pessimistic personality.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

You really can do it your way and win.

Any additional comments?

This book is about love, loss, ethics, appreciating what you have, integrity and living by your own principles despite errors you may have made along the way.

Life is not about being beautiful, shallow, and trying to be what you think that everyone wants. Just be yourself. Be true to yourself and you will be a success.

  • Dance Upon the Air

  • Three Sisters Island Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,448
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,690
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,691

When Nell Channing arrives on charming Three Sisters Island, she believes that she's finally found refuge from her abusive husband - and from the terrifying life she fled so desperately eight months ago. Just as Nell starts to wonder if she'll ever be able to break free of her fear, she realizes that the island suffers from a terrible curse - one that can only be broken by the descendants of the Three Sisters, the witches who settled the island back in 1692.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet Romance with a Touch of Magic

  • By AudioAddict on 05-28-13

Great first book to kick off a series!

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

Reviewed: 06-18-13

What made the experience of listening to Dance Upon the Air the most enjoyable?

The development of the characters

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dance Upon the Air?

How the author addressed abuse of women.

Which scene was your favorite?

When the three sisters finally joined again

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

No

Any additional comments?

No

  • Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods

  • Underland Chronicles, Book 3
  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 715
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552

Book two left off with Gregor reading the Prophecy of Blood: a prophecy that calls for Gregor and Boots to return to the Underland to help ward off a plague. But this time, Gregor's mother refuses to let Gregor return to the Underland...until the rat Ripred assures the family that Gregor and Boots are needed only for a short meeting, which the crawlers will attend only if their "princess" Boots is present.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love, Love , Love!!!!

  • By Christal on 02-15-14

Great Series

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

Reviewed: 02-08-13

What did you love best about Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods?

Suzanne Collins really brings the story alive. I love the way she developed the characters in each book. She also introduces new characters in each new book. I am sad when she kills off her characters that she convinced the reader to love.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Gregor and the Curse of the Warmbloods?

The cliff hanger at the end. It made me want to purchase the next book right away.

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

Only in the series. He has a good range of voices to fit the variety of characters.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When Hamnet and Frill died.

  • Shadow of Night

  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 24 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,887
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,883

Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended, however....

  • By J. Lunsford on 07-15-12

Just as fantastic as the first book in the series!

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

Reviewed: 09-04-12

Where does Shadow of Night rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 10.

What other book might you compare Shadow of Night to and why?

I would compare this to a Diana Gabaldon series. There was even some time travel in this one. Lots of historical fiction.

Which character – as performed by Jennifer Ikeda – was your favorite?

Harkness makes history interesting and weaves it in with her storyline in such a way that the reader forgets that so much of the material is fact. Harkness also went deeper into the characters and made them even more lovable. She also told us more about Sarah and Emily.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The performance was great.

Any additional comments?

The book is long, but I found that I was listening to it not only on my commute but also when I exercised and cleaned house. It was like reading a book that you can't put down.

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  • A Discovery of Witches

  • A Novel
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,878
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,922

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A most terrific & non-typical treatment of Witches

  • By Neal on 04-17-14

Fantastic Book!

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

Reviewed: 08-17-12

Would you consider the audio edition of A Discovery of Witches to be better than the print version?

I didn't read it.

What did you like best about this story?

Everything. It has action, love, vampires, witches, history, and a great story. The performance was great. Jennifer Ikeda was able to believably pull off more than a dozen voices.

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

No.

Any additional comments?

I can't wait to listen to the next book in this series.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Tempting

  • By: Susan Mallery
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 742
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 415
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413

After three romantic flame-outs in a year and a restaurant career going nowhere, Dani Buchanan needs a fresh start. She goes looking for her biological father, but never expects to find a senator running for president. As his long-lost "love child", Dani could seriously derail the election - something his handsome campaign manager, Alex Canfield, isn't going to let happen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • YuM (I know, corny.. but i just dont care!!)

  • By Sarabalcombe on 07-24-07

Great Book from a Susan Mallery Series

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

Reviewed: 06-24-12

Would you listen to Tempting again? Why?

I usually don't listen to books more than once. However, I would be tempted to listen to the this series again. Food and romance together, what a great combination. My advise to anyone is to listen to the series in order starting with Sizzling. It is important for character development. Mallery did a great job with that in this series.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love all of the Buchanan siblings. I also came to enjoy Gloria in this book.

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

I do not like to have different performers in the same series. I missed Alyson Silverman in the beginning but became accustomed to Plummers's performance as the book progressed.

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

No extreme reactions. It followed the same recipe as so many of Mallery's books. It was relaxing to listen to with no stress--just enjoyment.

  • Finding Perfect

  • Fool's Gold, Book 3
  • By: Susan Mallery
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 562
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 422

When Pia O’Brian’s best friend dies, Pia expects to inherit her cherished cat. Instead, the woman leaves Pia three frozen embryos. With a disastrous track record in the romance department and the parenting skills of a hamster, Pia doesn’t think she’s meant for motherhood. But determined to do the right thing, Pia decides to become a single mother. Only to meet a gorgeous, sexy hunk the very same day. Raoul thought he was done with women and commitment, but he can't get sweet, sexy Pia out of his mind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Friendship an unwavering Devotion.

  • By Amy on 06-01-12

The Fool's Gold Series is a great listen.

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

Reviewed: 04-19-12

What did you love best about Finding Perfect?

I love that the characters from the earlier book are reoccuring.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I like Pia. She is someone you want to be friends with.

Which scene was your favorite?

When the older women ganged up of the rude women from out of town.

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

No. I liked listening to it in the car on the way to work for a week.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Divergent

  • By: Veronica Roth
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,472
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,306

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's not for me. Loved it anyway.

  • By Grant on 05-24-12

Great Book

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

Reviewed: 12-05-11

Would you consider the audio edition of Divergent to be better than the print version?

Yes. I don't say that often, but the performance added so much to this one.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Divergent?

When Trice was the first to jump off the building without knowing what was below her. It was the first peak at her bravery.

Which scene was your favorite?

There are so many great scenes. The description of each was meticulous.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes. When both Trice's parents gave their lives for her and exhibited such bravery.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful