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  • How to Steal a Highlander

  • By: Olivia Norem
  • Narrated by: Greg Patmore
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7

Katherine Goldman is a professional with world-class skills, but the expertise of the family firm doesn't lie within the scope of legitimate commerce. Goldman & Associates steals priceless treasures and delivers them to the highest bidder - and business is good. When Katherine lands in Scotland to boost some relics, nothing in the experience of this notorious thief prepared her for a collision with a dark, rakish man wearing plaid who happens to be trapped inside an ancient mirror.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, good narration

  • By Rhonda on 10-15-18

I Would Listen To Again

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

Reviewed: 10-15-18

This was a pleasant surprise. It's been a while since I listened to a historical book. It's not really a romance per se but more of a historical adventure. But it's also a current adventure since we start in the present before traveling back to the past. On top of that we get a little of a paranormal mystery. What happened to Simeon Campbell to bring him to this point in time? Was it meant to be that Katherine Goldman would be the one to set things in motion?

Our author gives her readers a little bit of everything. Some would think that it would be confusing but she makes it all seem believable. Katherine is an interesting woman who on one hand can't understand what's going on but is willing to accept what's happening - eventually. Simeon isn't quite sure what's going on but he's a strong man that's willing to take a chance to find a solution.

No offense to Mr. Patmore but when I started listening to him I thought of Sean Connery. I had no trouble thinking of Simeon with a younger face of Mr. Connery. He helped to carry me back to the Highlands and the people that live there. He also helped me become apart of the present mystery and how Katherine is going to go about solving it. Mr. Patmore may not have the best female voice but that didn't bother me. He did a great job in getting me to like this story and looking forward to more.

I look forward to seeing what else Ms. Norem has written. I want to see where else she is going to take me and what my next adventure is going to be. I may even see what other books Mr. Patmore has narrated. He did a great job in transporting me out of my living room and taking me to the Scottish Highlands.These two made a great pair.

  • The Way We Were

  • Romantic Interludes
  • By: Rik Stone
  • Narrated by: Bob Sterry
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Β Enjoy this collection of short, romantic stories.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Short Stories!

  • By Jan M on 10-14-18

I Need To Get The Book

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

Reviewed: 09-28-18

Rating: 3.5 Stars

This is actually a series of stories which I didn't realize especially after I heard the words "The End" shortly after I started to listen to the book - just a warning so you don't end up with the puzzled face like I did. On a positive note, I did enjoy listening to Mr. Sterry's voice. He helped me imagine some of the scenes as they were going by. On a not so positive note; I heard every swallow and every breath which after a while become very off-putting. I will say, in his defense, I'm not very tech savvy so I don't know if there is anything I could have done to my iPod to get rid of all the unnecessary background noise. At times it got so bad that I stopped listening to the story which I didn't realize until I had that "what did I miss" moment.

I was surprised to find out that our author is a male. Mr. Stone created some very nice vignettes. The ones I could listen to left me wanting more. It made me think of times gone by when romance meant something slightly different. To do this book justice, I think that I need to get an actual copy of the book so my mind can do justice to the work that he has created. And again it could just be my lack of experience with technology that hindered my enjoyment of this audio version. I see he has other books available and will have to check them out - I'm not willing to give up, yet.

I voluntarily reviewed an Audiobook copy of this book

  • Dominate

  • Harris Brothers, Book 5
  • By: Amy Daws
  • Narrated by: Will Watt, Piper Goodeve, Charlotte Cole
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 118

After the harrowing attack against Gareth and Sloan, there are more than just physical wounds that must be healed. Recovering and moving on from their dark pasts is the only way they can truly find their bright futures. Who will surrender? And who will dominate?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 5 Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

  • By Cyndi on 08-18-18

This Was Emotional In More Ways Than One

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

I read and reviewed this last Harris Brothers book but even though I knew this was the end it was not going to stop me from listening to this story. There was no way that having listened to the previous four books that I was going to miss the chance in getting to experiencing this family one last time. I have come to enjoy these voice actors telling me the latest tale of a family I will always equate with the sport of soccer - excuse me, football.

One thing that I picked up on not too far into the story is that this was going to be the most emotional - I like it when I know I'm right. Having Mr. Watt, Ms. Goodeve, and Ms. Cole telling me the story added to that emotion. This is an emotional story anyway but having someone read it to you increases that level of emotion. I was at work while I was getting toward the end and I had a few tears in the corner of my eye and wouldn't you know that I didn't have a tissue on me at the time.

This is one thing that our author is good at. Her words have an effect on you. One way or another those words will touch your heart. The family she has so lovingly created will also touch your heart. In a way it's hard to give them up but every time I see a football game I will expect to hear the word Harris. I'm also glad because I can listen to this family's story again any time I choose. But I'll also be glad to listen to anything this author has created as well as finding out what else these actors have put a voice to. And if I ever see their names along with Ms. Daws, I know I'm in for a great time.

I voluntarily reviewed an Audiobook copy of this book.

  • Zach

  • Hell's Handlers MC, Book 1
  • By: Lilly Atlas
  • Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine, Erin DeWard
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

Β 

Toni’s no stranger to making mistakes. She has experienced firsthand how walking down the wrong path can send life spiraling out of control. Fortunately, she had someone to drag her from the gutter and help set her on the right track. As penance for the poor choices of her past, she pledges to suppress her baser desires and focus on finding a steady, dependable man, even if that means embracing a boring lifestyle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice Surprise

  • By Fay on 08-06-18

When's Book Two Coming Out?

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

This is one of those books that I wouldn't mind having both the book and the audio version. That way if there comes a time when headphones aren't possible, I have access to the Hell's Handlers via a book. The author and the voice actors have me wishing that I wasn't such a chicken about riding a motorcycle. Although with the three wheel versions out now has me thinking maybe... But not too sure about the bugs flying my way - yuck. But I listen to my books while driving so I can always fantasize - especially during bad weather.

Mr. Levine and Ms. DeWard compliment each other - they have great chemistry. This book was a great platform for them. I had no trouble picturing the emotion, the troubles, and who their characters were. Toni has some issues that filter into the real world so it's possible that I may walk by someone that can relate to what Toni has had to experience. Mr. Levine has the perfect voice that has me picturing Zach with no problem. It's going to be hard not to picture him in an MC setting. He also does a pretty good job with accents.

Ms. Atlas does a great job with who the Hell's Handlers are and how they feel about each other. She shows what Zach is willing to do for Toni and what Toni is willing to do for Zach. I was lucky enough to listen to another one of her MC books and was so happy when I saw this book become available. Now I just have to try and be patient while waiting for the next book to come out. My problem is that I'm not very good at being patient.

I voluntarily reviewed an Audiobook copy of this book.

  • Surrender

  • Harris Brothers, Book 4
  • By: Amy Daws
  • Narrated by: Will Watt, Piper Goodeve, Charlotte Cole
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 162

Gareth Harris is Manchester United's reclusive star defender. He has control over all aspects of his life. But a lifetime of supporting his siblings and filling in for an emotionally absent father has taken its toll.Β Sloan Montgomery is a clothing stylist whose world was turned upside down when she found herself pregnant and moving to Manchester with a man who was never supposed to be her forever. Now recently divorced and struggling with shared custody of her daughter, control is a fleeting concept for this American living in England.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 5 Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

  • By Cyndi on 08-17-18

I'm Left Desperate For More

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

I have already read and reviewed the book but that in no way would stop me from having the audio version in my library. I've come to expect Will Watt and Charlotte Cole to read me the Harris Brothers'. But this time they gave me a pleasant surprise. I've been introduced to Piper Goodeve. Mr. Watt showed how dominating a presence Gareth Harris is. Ms. Goodeve showed how much Sloan has had to endure but she's given herself permission to explore more with the right person.

When you have someone, like our narrators here, reading a very emotional story they give you that little bit extra that you wouldn't get if you were reading it yourself. I was able to pick up on the real emotions that Gareth and Sloan were experiencing. The one thing that we did have in common was that we were all left hanging. They also left me wanting the next book now.

This author has such a way with words. She makes it very easy to follow the story she has created. Ms. Daws also took the time to show the cultural differences between our main characters - just gives the story that extra touch. I'd love to pack my bags; get on a plane and go watch a soccer, oh excuse me football, while listening to this series - I don't suppose they have 24 hour games do they. She also shows her devious side by giving us the "to be continued" type of ending.

I voluntarily reviewed an Audiobook copy of this book.

  • On a Tuesday

  • By: Whitney G.
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon, Joseph Discher
  • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217

Charlotte Taylor has three automatic strikes in my book: 1) She hates me. She also claims that I'm a "domineering jerk with a huge, overbearing ego". (I do have something huge. It's not my ego, though.) 2) She takes our mandatory tutoring sessions way too seriously. 3) She's sexy as hell...and a virgin. At least those were her strikes before our study sessions started lasting longer than they were supposed to. Until one innocent kiss became a hundred dirty ones, and until she became the first woman I ever fell hard for.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A vivid, delightful and outstanding performance!

  • By Avephoenix on 09-01-18

College Romance Becomes Second Chance

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

We have two people who could not be more polar opposites than Charlotte Taylor and Grayson Connors. They first meet their senior year in college. One is an academic and one a jock. It's hard to think that these two could in any way become friends let alone romantically involved. But our author shows that anything is possible and how tough it can be.

Ms. G has me thinking that now preseason has started for professional football that I might have to relisten to her book while a game plays in the background. But college football is also gearing up so that's another option. Charlotte is an artist but I don't think that an art gallery will let me sit and reconnect with her. Maybe I'll have to go to a museum instead. I found it interesting on the author's choice of centering her story on one particular day of the week. It has me wondering what the rest of the series will be about. And will any of the secondary characters make appearances.

Ms. Mallon and Mr. Discher did a great job in letting me get to know our main characters. Sometimes I can get lost going from past to present but our narrators got me to really listen to what they were saying. They also make it easier to picture the banter Charlotte and Grayson had during their time in college. This is one good thing about listening to a book as opposed to reading it. They are totally different experiences and when you want to revisit a story the audio version makes it easier. Some people change the speed of a story and I wouldn't do that because it gives me an excuse to just relax and listen to the story being told to me.

I voluntarily reviewed an Audiobook copy of this book.

  • Unbreak My Heart

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Joe Arden, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 170

Experience all the feels in this unforgettable second-chance standalone romance from number-one New York Times best-seller Lauren Blakely! I didn't break her heart, and she didn't break mine - we broke each other's.Β I never stopped loving her, but time and distance played its cruel role in ripping us apart three years ago when she moved halfway around the world. Now after all those endless miles away, she's returned...but I'm not the guy I was before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth all the feels, the tears and the ride!! Wow!

  • By Patricia Villali Koett on 08-15-18

It's A Story That Could Make You Cry

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

This is a story where I'm glad I have the audio version instead of the written word. When having someone tell the story, it makes it more emotional - so my warning to you is to make sure you have tissue within reach. It pulls so much at the heart that if Andrew were real, you'd want to give him a big hug. Some will know exactly what he is going through. You will see that this is his story to tell - the narration isn't exactly even. Holland is an old friend who seems to have lost touch but a tragedy has brought the two friends back together again.

Mr. Arden and Ms. Mallon do a great job in getting me to picture what Andrew and Holland are going through as the story progresses. They have my rapt attention while they bring the words of Ms. Blakely alive. They show how sometimes we need to get away in order to bring things into perspective. I don't know that I'll ever get to Asia but I can see myself sitting in a dark corner at a Japanese restaurant as I listen to the book. The staff may look at me funny if they were to see me when I get to the ending where I have a big smile on my face knowing that Andrew has found his happiness. But there will also be tears because the ending was also bittersweet. Then the smile is back again when I find out the author has given me a little treat.

The only issues I had, and I don't think it had anything to do with the book, happened everytime I bent over. One time was when the female voice came on letting me know about the version of this book as our narrators are talking in the background. Another time it shut itself off so that I had to open the app up and restart the book. The last time it skipped a chapter and then restarted a chapter. It got to be frustrating but it didn't stop me from wanting to continue.

It's a story that is so full of passion. But it was also full of frustration - not the characters and not the story. The frustration came when I had to shut it off. I could never find the perfect place to cut off my enjoyment. This is one of those stories that will never get old no matter how many times you listen. My iPod has my books listed in alphabetical order so it will be very easy to locate when I'm ready. I look forward to my next adventure with this author.

I voluntarily reviewed an Audiobook copy of this book.

  • Liberty Landing: A Novel

  • By: Gail Vida Hamburg
  • Narrated by: Colleen MacMahon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

After Angeline Lalande, a journalist and historian, unearths the real meaning of the name Azyl, conferred on the town in the 1800s by immigrant-hating politicians, the town elders begin the act of renaming it. During the course of the renaming, we meet the intriguing denizens of the town -survivors, strugglers, and strivers of every race and nationality, and see the intersection of their lives and the ways they find home, heaven, and haven in each other.Β 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's all about the characters

  • By DabOfDarkness on 09-26-18

Confusing

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

Reviewed: 08-18-18

We always seem to start with the good news and I will do the same here. I enjoyed listening to Colleen MacMahon tell me this story. With the subject of the book I think having it told to me with an accent just gave me a better sense of the characters. But it didn't help me figure out where this story was going.

One minute my mind was going in one direction and then just as quickly my mind was taken somewhere else. I almost felt like I had to listen to the scene again and again so that I could figure out what was going on. With the current questions as to what's going to happen to those trying to immigrate into our country, I liked the idea of a journalist helping me unfold the history of a town. It's at this point where I got lost. There was just so much going on that trying to lock onto what was going on with these people became almost impossible.

I went into this liking the idea of in a small way connecting with my own ancestors that were immigrants themselves - this is what our country was built on. It's something we take for granted as we go about our daily lives. We walk by people but we don't know their story or that of their family history. And this is why historians become important. They're needed to fill in the blanks.

For me, I felt that I needed to have the written word in order to better help me figure out the story our narrator was telling me. I couldn't blame my confusion on my iPod because there were no issues that arose while listening. I couldn't even blame it on distractions. It's possible that someone else wouldn't have the same issues and that's why reviews become important. But this did leave me curious as to the other book our author has written.

I voluntarily reviewed an Audiobook copy of this book.

  • Where There's Smoke

  • Sweet Sins Series, Book 2
  • By: Kathy Coopmans
  • Narrated by: Lacy Laurel, Lorenzo Matthews
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

The lives of Dean Wagner and Tatum Fields have been ruled by the hand of fate. The past six years of my life have been consumed by guilt. Since we lost Landon to a fire, I’ve done everything in my power to protect my daughter, Leila, from finding out the truth about how her twin brother died. Nothing in my life means more to me than her. Not my band, not my reputation. Nothing. Until I see Tatum, the woman I saved on the beach the same night she dealt with a loss of her own. The daily routine I’ve settled into is what keeps me going. Work at my chocolate shop, pay the bills, repeat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heartbreaking emotional

  • By carvanz on 05-28-18

An Emotional Ride

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

We start this story with a father remembering his children. You would think that would be a happy moment for any parent but in this one we share some sad memories. I think you will find that this will keep your attention as the rest of the story unfolds. It's good at showing how that's a hard job especially when the parent has a very public job.

As a reader, we rely on the narrators to help us feel the emotions of the characters. Mr. Matthews is good in portraying Dean Wagner. With an audiobook, you have no visuals to help you understand what these people are about. You seem to concentrate more on the spoken word when sight is taken away. With this book I found that trying to work while listening became too much of a distraction. I wanted to concentrate on everything that was going on.

Ms. Laurel does a good job with portraying Tatum Fields. She's a character with her own set of issues. Can two broken people find happiness with each other? I rely on Ms. Laurel to show me what Tatum is going through as she tries to find her way to a happier place than where she started.

I enjoyed this book from beginning to end - that includes all the emotional ups and downs. It made me hungry for one of my favorite treats. I'm just not sure if a proprietor of a sweet shoppe would mind if I spent the day just sitting there as I listen to this story again. Yes, this is a story that I would listen to more than once. And because I've listened to one book out of the Sweet Sins series I'm not sure that I would read any of the other books. Listen, yes. But read? Not so sure because of the satisfaction I had with this one.

Ms. Coopmans creates two characters that are far from perfect. They are characters that some people may be able to relate to - they seem very realistic. She shows that sometimes fate steps in and stops us from doing something that could be toxic to our happiness. But the road to that happiness can be a rocky one. Our author also creates one character that if I had the chance would probably want to punch - he's a real jerk, and that's being nice. Then she has another character that you have to really feeling sorry for. And I was happy to find out that his story comes next - good thing I already have it in my TBR list. If I want continuity of this series I may just have to bump his position up on the list so that I listen to it sooner rather than later.

I voluntarily reviewed an Audiobook copy of this book.

  • Slope of Love

  • Love in Bloom: The Remingtons, Book 4
  • By: Melissa Foster
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 35

Olympic gold medalist skiers Jayla Stone and Rush Remington have been best friends for years. They've seen each other at their best and worst and have kept each other's secrets without fail. Only there's one secret Rush has kept close to his chest. After months of introspection, Rush realizes he's been filling his bed but not tending to his heart. He's changed his womanizing ways, and the only woman who can fill his heart has been right by his side all this time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rush and Jayla- down the ski slope of love

  • By Janis Bell on 10-17-18

Can See Listening To This More Than Once

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

Reviewed: 08-14-18

I loved that the author took the time to include a "Note To Readers" that set up the reader/listener for this book.

I'm not going to gush about Mr. Harrison but he is perfect as the narrator for Ms. Foster's books. The way he talks to us, just has me sitting back and relaxing while I listen to what he has to say. If I'm out working in the yard he helps in getting me to forget how hot it is and how I wish it was winter so that I could sit with a cup of hot chocolate as I listen to this story.

In this latest story our main characters are two competitive skiers. They also happen to be friends. Jayla had me frustrated. There were times where I wanted to yell at her. There were times where I'd let out a snarky laugh. It was interesting to watch Rush come to realize certain things. It was a pleasure to watch them to go from the love of friendship to the love between a man and a woman. They made me anticipating when the next Winter Olympics comes around but I don't know that I can wait until 2022. Maybe I'll have to see if I can find anything that shows the events from February. Otherwise my other choice would be to visit Vail Colorado but I'm no snow bunny. And somehow I can't picture myself sitting outside in a pile of snow listening to Slope Of Love.

This book helps me forget that and let the characters take me to a winter wonderland instead. This is a book that I wouldn't mind having both the book copy and the audio copy. I've heard Mr. Harrison enough that as I read I would probably hear him talking to me in my head. I find myself smiling from beginning to end, maybe let out a laugh or two, and forgetting any bad things that may have happened during the day. It also gets me to relax and just enjoy a romantic story. I can't wait to have more from this series, from this narrator and more importantly from Ms. Foster.

I voluntarily reviewed an Audiobook copy of this book.