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  • Second Draft

  • By: C.M. Seabrook, Carter Blake
  • Narrated by: Addison Spear
  • Length: 4 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72

It's been almost a year since I've seen her, the only woman that's ever gotten under my skin, and made me wish I was a better man. More than just the washed up hockey player, turned sports journalist whose body is almost as scarred as his soul. Now, she's pregnant with my brother's baby. A baby he wants nothing to do with. And he's asked me to clean up his mess. I have no intention of offering her the deal he's laid out. I have a deal of my own. One that will finally make her mine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Sonandmoon on 03-23-18

Don't bother with this one

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

Reviewed: 05-24-17

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

I just felt the writing was sort of hollow...there wasn't much depth to the character development or the story itself and the narrator was just not great. I don't think this book had 4 or 5-star potential.

Would you ever listen to anything by C.M. Seabrook and Carter Blake again?

No, I wouldn't. This was my first book and it just wasn't impressed. It felt very amateurish.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Addison Spear?

Someone with more expression and this is going to sounds terrible, but someone without that hint of a lisp. I had a hard time taking her seriously.

What character would you cut from Second Draft?

Travis, he was such a loser. But really, I didn't feel any attachment to any of the characters.

Any additional comments?

This was just a disappointment the whole way around, I'll avoid these authors and this narrator in the future. I actually had a little less than an hour left in the audiobook when I just gave up on it.

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  • Eat, Pray, Die

  • An Eat, Pray, Die Humorous Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Chelsea Field
  • Narrated by: Nikiya Palombi
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 155

Being an undercover poison taster for the rich and famous might sound glamorous, but for Isobel Avery it means stomaching bad clients and even worse coffee. Join her as she protects the sexy client she'd like to strangle, dodges the terrifying loan shark, and hunts down the bad guy. A fresh and funny romantic mystery series about a witty, down-to-earth heroine with a job you've never seen before.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Listening to the book

  • By Kindle Customer on 05-10-17

The book may be good, but the narration is bad

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

Reviewed: 05-10-17

What did you like best about Eat, Pray, Die? What did you like least?

I only ended up listening to an hour of this audiobook because I found the narration very poor. The main character is supposed to be Australian, but the narrator doesn't even attempt and Australian accent, which turned me off initially, but even for an American reader, I just thought she had the feel of a bad actress. I'll be careful not to pick any more audiobooks narrated by her.

Would you be willing to try another book from Chelsea Field? Why or why not?

I need to finish reading this one (or at least get a little further into it) before I can decide, I'm a little turned off of the book right now, but I can't decide if it's due to the narration or if it's a combination of the book and the narrator. I did borrow this on Kindle Unlimited, so I plan to read the ebook instead of listening, but we'll have to wait and see if I actually end up finishing it...

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nikiya Palombi?

Almost anyone else, but most importantly, someone who could do an Australian accent.

Did Eat, Pray, Die inspire you to do anything?

Quit.

Any additional comments?

I returned this audiobook but I hope others will enjoy it. Happy reading/listening!

  • November 9

  • A Novel
  • By: Colleen Hoover
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber, Angela Goethals
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,042
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,883
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,885

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon's last day in LA together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I hate you soo good, Colleen!

  • By Meraline on 11-11-15

A great book!

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

Reviewed: 04-11-17

I just read/listened to my first Colleen Hoover book a week ago (Maybe Someday) and this is my third one since then. They're soooo good! I have laughed out loud and I've felt like crying, but I've enjoyed every minute. I highly recommend!

  • At Wolf Ranch

  • Montana Men, Book 1
  • By: Jennifer Ryan
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 642
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 571
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 566

After years on the rodeo circuit, Gabe Bowden wants nothing more than land of his own and a woman who will claim his heart for more than one night. When he has the chance to buy the enormous Wolf Ranch spread, he snaps up the incredible deal. Everything is set until Gabe rescues a woman on the deserted, snowy road leading to the property, and the half-frozen beauty changes everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cowboy rescue

  • By Conner4u on 04-10-15

Annoying narrator

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

Reviewed: 07-08-16

The story wasn't bad...maybe a little cheesy, but the narrator was fairly annoying. I just really disliked the way she talked, like how she always pronounced "family" more like "fah-mly" and things like that. I didn't hate her so bad I couldn't finish, but I'll avoid listening to anything she narrates in the future.

  • Lies, Damned Lies and History

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 7
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,640
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,493
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,481

I've done some stupid things in my time. I've been reckless. I've broken a few rules. But never before have I ruined so many lives or left such a trail of destruction behind me. As Max would be the first to admit, she's never been one for rules. They tend to happen to other people. But this time she's gone too far, and everyone is paying the price. Grounded until the end of time, how can she ever put things right?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why do her books have to end????

  • By janet on 05-07-16

Great book, I highly recommend!

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

Reviewed: 05-19-16

I can never say enough good things about the "Chronicles of St. Mary's," it's such a great series and like all of the other books, this one does not disappoint! I highly recommend this to any and everyone!

  • Meeting Trouble

  • By: Emme Rollins
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Saydah
  • Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

Sabrina can't believe her luck - she's always dreamed of front row seats to see her favorite band, "Trouble", but when she quite literally bumps into lead singer, Rob Burns, and he invites her backstage, she finds herself hoping her luck doesn't run out--and that maybe, just maybe, all her dreams will come true. This title makes the ultimate fantasy come true when a female fan meets a sexy rock star guitar god with enough pluck to make the g-string on your Stratocaster quiver for days.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short Sweet Love story

  • By L.W. on 10-20-14

Fun, but ultimately I can't recommend...

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

Reviewed: 03-23-16

I have to start out by saying there was just too much sex in this book. It wasn't a very long book, and I really loved the storyline and the way the characters interacted. I had a big goofy grin on my face most of the time I was listening, but... I have a real problem with a girl who's willing to sleep with a guy she knows is married, even if he's separated. Until a divorce is final, that's still a marriage. This is obviously something that's going to eventually be resolved, so I'm glad for that, but as much as I enjoyed the story, between the frequent and graphic sex scenes and that whole married/separated/divorcing thing, I'm just a little too uncomfortable with the context to continue the story. For that reason (and yes, I know I'm being very conservative), I can't recommend this book. If that sort of thing doesn't bother you, you'll probably love it!

  • Ransom

  • Highlands' Lairds, Book 2
  • By: Julie Garwood
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,930
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,932

In the dark days after the death of Richard the Lionhearted, lives and lands would fall into upheaval at the hands of a power-hungry British ruler and his violent minions. One victim of the scourge is innocent Gillian, who is a mere child when the cruel and ambitious Baron Alford slaughters her father and tears her family apart. Alford, determined to recover a jeweled box for the despotic King John, is furious when the precious treasure slips through his fingers - only to be lost for more than a decade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love the Highlands' Lairds

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 05-06-13

A little bit of a let down...

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

Reviewed: 01-28-16

What disappointed you about Ransom?

I really enjoyed the first book in this series and this book started out well enough, but honestly, by the end I was just getting impatient for it to be done. I can't exactly put my finger on what I didn't like other than how repetitive some things were. I got tired of all the whispers, especially the narrators actual whispers, I found them really irritating. Aside from that, I've enjoyed Julie Garwood's novels in the past, but I feel like they're just basically the same story retold with slightly different twists at this point. I love highlander stories and enjoy these alpha makes having some woman they considered weak stand up to them, but in this, she only sort of stands up to him and pushovers are annoying to me.

Would you ever listen to anything by Julie Garwood again?

Yes. I've enjoyed her books in the past and this wasn't a bad book, it just wasn't as good as I'd hoped for. I'll take a break and then probably give a different one a try.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Susan Duerden?

I'm not sure. I don't think so. All of the English male voices she did sounded really stupid/annoying to me, as well as some of the highlanders. The whispers and fake laughs were another source of annoyance for me too, so I'll probably avoid her.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Ransom?

As I've already said, the whispers! I mean, I don't know anyone who whispers that much and it would get real old real fast if I did. I know that's not a scene, but I'd cut down on them. I never knew that was a pet peeve of mine until this book.

  • The Trouble with Christmas

  • By: Debbie Mason
  • Narrated by: Becket Royce
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

Resort developer Madison Lane is about to lose the one thing she loves most in the world - her job. Dubbed "The Grinch Who Killed Christmas", Madison spoiled a deal that would turn quaint Christmas, Colorado, into a tourist's winter wonderland. Now the citizens want her fired but the company gives her one last chance, sending Madison to the small town to restore the holiday cheer.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Satisfying

  • By Jhirst on 12-05-15

Started out cute then just dragged on...

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

Reviewed: 12-16-15

What would have made The Trouble with Christmas better?

I thought the narration was pretty bad, so a good narrator would have really improved the experience, but aside from that, the story line just kind of fizzled out and went on too long. The "excitement" at the end was pretty anticlimactic too.

What was most disappointing about Debbie Mason’s story?

I liked the classic make the Grinch love Christmas thing the story had going on, but I was kind of annoyed by the main character and how she was supposed to be all feisty but every time she got mad or frustrated w/ the situation with her love interest he made everything seem like she was being unreasonable and she just accepted it.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator just didn't have much variation with the different characters voices and she was a little nasal.

What character would you cut from The Trouble with Christmas?

None, I didn't any issues with the characters to that point.

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  • Reawakened

  • The Reawakened Series, Book 1
  • By: Colleen Houck
  • Narrated by: Phoebe Strole, Mark Deakins
  • Length: 13 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 179

When 17-year-old Lilliana Young enters the Metropolitan Museum of Art one morning during spring break, the last thing she expects to find is a live Egyptian prince with godlike powers who has been reawakened after 1,000 years of mummification. And she really can't imagine being chosen to aid him in an epic quest that will lead them across the globe.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • let down

  • By Denise on 08-06-16

Sadly, disappointing

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

Reviewed: 09-24-15

What would have made Reawakened better?

More likable main characters. Lily was a really annoying main character to me. I remember being frustrated with the main character in her other series from time to time, but I just didn't like the main character in this series. I found her unrelateable and pushy with her feelings. Amon wasn't really the greatest either, he was just sort of okay. I liked Amon's "brothers" a lot better than him.

Would you ever listen to anything by Colleen Houck again?

Yes, I read/listened to the "Tiger's Curse" series and was a big fan, so I'd definitely try more that she comes out with, just not any more in this series.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I think the narrator was fine, I didn't love her, but I didn't dislike her either.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment is probably my biggest reaction, but I have to say annoyance as well. I was really annoyed with Lilly most of the time.

Any additional comments?

If you were excited about the book because you're a fan of the "Tiger's Curse" series, don't be. It's not nearly as good, but I say that as thirty-something reading a young adult book. I found this book pretty immature, so maybe those actually in the young adult audience would like it. I couldn't wait for it to get over!

  • The Cage

  • By: Megan Shepherd
  • Narrated by: Barrie Kreinik
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

When Cora Mason wakes in a desert, she doesn't know where she is or who put her there. As she explores, she finds an impossible mix of environments - tundra next to desert, farm next to jungle - and a strangely empty town cobbled together from different cultures and time periods, all watched over by eerie black windows. And she isn't alone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • wasn't expecting a series

  • By Amy Humbyrd on 07-28-15

Leave this one, it's not worth it

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

Reviewed: 08-26-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No, I honestly really didn't enjoy this book. I love fantasy, YA, etc, but this book was just really annoying to me. The characters were all so stupid, I just couldn't relate to ANY of them and only felt frustrated by them over and over again.

Has The Cage turned you off from other books in this genre?

I'm a fantasy lover, but not so much with sci-fi and I'd put this book more in the sci-fi genre unfortunately. I don't know that I'd say this book in particular turned me off of the genre since I haven't had many good experiences with it to begin with, but it definitely didn't turn me ON to the genre.

Which character – as performed by Barrie Kreinik – was your favorite?

I have to hand it to the narrator, she did a really good job with all of the characters, particularly with their accents. She has no blame in this getting a bad recommendation, it's all on the author.

Could you see The Cage being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Gosh, I hope not! It was already too drawn out for me (and I most definitely WON'T be reading any sequels), I can't image how drawn out things would get on film.

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