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Jennifer Garcia

Los Angeles, CA USA
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  • Unwrapping Noel

  • By: Jennifer Theriot
  • Narrated by: Sara Gordon
  • Length: 3 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

Noel Calabrese hates Christmas as much as she hates her life. While in the Silicon Valley on a business trip, she meets Leon Hallas. Could this sexy, silver fox be her ticket to happiness? Can she learn to trust again?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet Holiday Romance

  • By Erin on 12-14-16

Noel and Leon

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

Reviewed: 05-04-16

Unwrapping Noel was a short story jam-packed with a lot of feeling. One of them was anger, I seriously wanted to knock Noel's ex-husband out. He was so selfish, taking advantage of Noel's kindness. I saw her kindness, in the beginning, as weakness because I wished she would have had more self-value to be someone else's doormat.
But it's when she meets a gorgeous silver fox of a man that she starts to see how much she's worth and she grows a backbone. Yes!!
Noel and Leon (look, their names are the same just spelled backward) started off strong and had a blip, because Leon had a past that scarred him as well. Of course, the ending was sweet and the beginning of their second chance.
I'd love to read more about them. Overall, it was a great story and the audio narrator was pretty good too.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Toccata Obbligato - Serenading Kyra (Out of the Box)

  • By: Jennifer Theriot
  • Narrated by: Zachary Liebenstein
  • Length: 1 hr and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Todd O'Malley has been called many things, from filthy mouthed jerk to legendary Rock God. With his outlandish cocky demeanor – tatted up and pierced, compared in looks to Adam Levine – his constant use of the F-bomb, and the seductive gyrations he performs for the ladies on stage, affirm he is a man every woman craves. But there is only one woman who is able to capture his heart, Kyra Edwards. That chance meeting at a little coffee shop in Evanston began their journey of compromise, pain, dedication and love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating and Beautiful.

  • By Anna Salamatin on 03-24-16

A Good Short, Quick Read

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

Reviewed: 04-05-16

This was a super short story, quick read, that gave us an inside look at someone that showed up in another series, Out of the Box. I didn't know that when I read it. And, because I hadn't read that series before I read this, I felt like it was too much of a quick telling. The story was just that... a lot of telling and not a lot of showing, BUT when it did get to the showing parts, those were really good. The whole things seemed fast, the love, the dating, the proposal, and I'm not sure if I felt like everything was resolved. But again, I think it's supposed to be that way. I need to read the other series so I can appreciate this more, because this rocker, Todd, was seriously hot!! I was rooting for him the whole time!
Besides the story itself and the writing, I'd like to speak about the narration, since I listened to this in audio format. I listen to a lot of audiobooks, most of the books I "read" are audiobooks. I even have favorite narrators. I thought the writing of Todd's (the MC) thoughts and the way he spoke were very fitting, but the narrator did not translate that. I honestly did not like the narrator very much at all. ( I hate saying anything negative at all, but if you're an audiobook connoisseur like I am, you'll appreciate the honesty) He sounded robotic, slightly monotone, no inflection for emotion or anything that the computerized feature on a Kindle couldn't do. It was a bit disappointing, because Todd had swagger, a certain way of speaking, and a lot of emotion. I just didnt get that from listening to it. If I didn't just force myself to concentrate on the words and the actual story, and not the way it was "read" to me, I would have given this 2 stars. However, I put aside the narration and pictured how Todd would have said what he said, while listening and it made it so much better.
This was the first book of Theriot I've read, and I will read more of hers. I think, if you're going to read this story, you should read the Out of the Box series first.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Deep

  • A Stage Dive Novel
  • By: Kylie Scott
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,058
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,062

One by one the members of Stage Dive are falling in love. David, Mal, and Jimmy have all taken the plunge, and now it's Ben's turn - only he refuses to fall into that trap. The sexy bassist enjoys his no-strings-attached lifestyle. But when Ben is forced to keep the one girl he's always had a weakness for out of trouble in Sin City, he quickly learns that what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • High Expectations for Book 4

  • By Sharon on 04-01-15

Oh, Bennie!

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

Reviewed: 04-28-15

Another great addition to the Stage Dive series. I wonder if Sam gets his own book next. I love these guys!! Now they're all settled down!

  • Lead

  • Stage Dive, Book 3
  • By: Kylie Scott
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,551
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,368
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,374

As the lead singer of Stage Dive, Jimmy is used to getting whatever he wants whenever he wants it - now he's caught up in a life of hard partying and fast women. When a PR disaster serves as a wake-up call and lands him in rehab, he finds himself with Lena, a new assistant hired to keep him out of trouble. Lena's not willing to take any crap from her sexy boss and is determined to keep their relationship completely professional, despite their sizzling chemistry. But when Jimmy pushes her too far, he just might lose the best thing that's ever happened to him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh out loud

  • By Madeleine on 08-05-14

Hearts Can Heal

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

Reviewed: 04-27-15

Great to see Jimmy happy!! I love being anle to get the newest love story feom each band member and get peeks into the others' lives.

  • Rise to Power

  • The David Chronicles, Volume 1
  • By: Uvi Poznansky
  • Narrated by: David George
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

Here is the story of David as you have never heard it before: from the king himself, telling the unofficial version, the one he never allowed his court scribes to recount. In his mind, history is written to praise the victorious—but at the last stretch of his illustrious life, he feels an irresistible urge to tell the truth. In the first volume, Rise to Power, David gives you a fascinating account of his early years, culminating with a tribal coronation. Rooted in ancient lore, his is a surprisingly modern memoir.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Impressive achievement

  • By Seb Kirby on 01-13-15

Engrossing, Personable, and Poetic

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

Reviewed: 08-24-14

This is the second book of Uvi's I've read and I enjoyed it. First, I'd like to say that the audio version is incredible and the narrator excellent. He truly did a wonderful job telling this story.

I am not well versed in the bible and did not really know the story of David. So this story was like reading any other historical fiction, but so much better.

The story begins with David ill and dying. As he fades away, losing his kingdom, he tells the story of his life. It is an interesting and well told story. It was history told in a modern way, which made it so easy to understand. There were no complicated words to look up or try to understand. It was all very straight forward. It made the flow of the story seamless.

David grew up with a struggle but a lot of smarts or luck on his side. As much trouble as he found, he seems to have weaseled his way out of it all. I was completely engrossed once David began to tell his story, and found his story telling to be personable and poetic.

If you like historical fiction and great story telling, I recommend this book to you.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Falling Into Us

  • By: Jasinda Wilder
  • Narrated by: Gabriel Vaughan, Piper Goodeve
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 819
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 750
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 752

When Kyle Calloway died, he took a part of Nell with him. She wasn't the only one left to pick up the pieces, however; Kyle's death left a gaping hole in the hearts and lives of his parents and his older brother Colton, and ultimately broke the will of the girl he loved.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenally written, and utterly captivating....

  • By Jordy ♡♡♡♡ on 10-17-13

Gut wrenching and Inspiring!

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

Reviewed: 07-17-14

I accidentally posted this review to the first in the series and don't know how to change it. So, I'm here posting the review to Falling into You. :( Sorry. When I learn how to fix it, I will.


When people gush and gush about certain books and say they’re heart wrenching, I decide I want to read it so badly, but my heart makes me hold off. I finally gave in and, wow, am I glad I did.

This story, this journey, started off with high school kids being best friends and falling in love, and you think it’s a great love. BUT … and there’s always a but, stuff happens. Life happens and it sucks. And this stuff, hurts and had me snot sobbing for most of the book.

This was part of Kyle and Nell’s turning point.


“And now we’re learning how to fall in love together. I don’t care what any one else says. I
love you. I’ll always love you, no matter what happens with us in the future. I love you now and
forever.”

There are real life issues and they gut you. As it says in the summary, her first love dies… and it’s so tragic.
Kyle, during his last breaths can’t stop telling Nell that he loves her.


“You can’t Nell. Just… hold my hand. I love you”

Oh, boy. After his death, the pain and heartache. Jasinda writes these emotions so well. It made me feel like I lost someone. I could feel the pain so vividly. Her characters are well formed, more than, and the words are beautiful.

So, two years later we meet up with Nell again and see that she hasn’t healed, forgotten, or moved on. She’s still stuck in her pain and heartache. And with that pain comes serious issues that are dealt with. Again, Jasinda tackles these issues so well.

But Colton wants to help her, he feels a connection to her. She does also but does not want to admit it.

These are Colton’s words to her.


“I’m still trying to find the words to heal you,
To take your pain and make it all my own
So your beautiful eyes can smile,
So you can be at peace.
And now that Fate has intervened,
Conspired to draw us together,
I can’t resist the lure of your eyes,
The temptation of you beauty,
The siren song of you voice
Whispering my name
In the dark comfort between my sheets.
I can’t resist you, baby,
Because I’m falling still,
I’m falling into you.”

This story and these characters will leave an imprint under your skin. It’s a must read. It’s also the first book in a series, but can be read alone.

  • Falling into You

  • By: Jasinda Wilder
  • Narrated by: Gabriel Vaughan, Piper Goodeve
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,692
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,563
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,566

Nell Hawthorne is in love with her life-long best friend, Kyle Calloway. Their young love is invincible and life is full of promise; then one night Kyle dies suddenly in a tragic accident and Nell is forever changed. She meets Kyle's older brother, Colton, for the first time at the funeral. They both struggle to move on with life as best they can. Years later, they meet again in New York City, and Colton realizes that Nell has never really gotten over Kyle's death. She seems to be harboring a deeply rooted pain, a heavy weight of guilt, and regret. He knows he shouldn't get involved, but he can't help himself.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to categorize this one!

  • By AudioAddict on 04-17-14

Gut wrenching but inspiring

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

Reviewed: 07-17-14

This amazing sequel to Falling into You was just as heartbreaking and incredible. At first I was expecting a continuation of Colton and Nell’s story. Although they did make appearances, they were the main characters in the story, and that was more than all right.

Becca and Jason were best friends with Nell and Kyle since they were little. As we know in book one, Kyle dies, and we get to see how the two best friends deal with it.

In a story that takes us from high school to adulthood, we have a great read.

Becca and Jason had their own problems to deal with on top of their best friend’s death. It was a difficult road and every time things started to go good for them another disaster would strike. They went through so much. My heart broke for them each and every time something happened. I could barely keep my chest from tightening and my throat from constricting. But through it all, they had each other and their love never faltered. It kept them going.

Wilder did another great job building these characters and their relationships, thoughts, struggles, and fears. It’s always a special reading experience when reading a book and you can feel what the characters feel.

Becca expresses part of her daily struggles here:


“That’s me
The silent girl
The stutterer
The prisoner
The smart girl
The valedictorian scribbling maledictions to no one”

And here is a part of Jason’s thoughts:


“You’re my woman. Of course
I’m responsible for you. It’s my highest duty in life to take care of you, protect you.”

Here is both of them:


“Promise me you’ll love me forever. No matter what.”
“I can’t promise you forever, Beck. I can’t promise you forever, because that’s not long enough.”

So many stories I read are with the bad guy gone good when he meets his love. Well, Jason was always good. Becca was always good. Regardless of their struggles and pains, they were good people, good to each other. That was how they got through it all.

However, I think the performance lacked a bit. The man's voice could have been a bit more in touch with the character's emotions. It almost felt monotone throughout.

I recommend this story to those that enjoy some sexy times, struggles, angst, love, romance, and great characters.

  • Gladstone

  • By: John Miller
  • Narrated by: Deren Hansen
  • Length: 4 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Jack Saunders just wants a new start after a messy divorce. He doesn't bargain on a wrong turn and a breakdown in the Arizona desert. A beautiful girl coming to his rescue on a classic Indian motorcycle might mean things are looking up. Or, they might be turning really strange in a town that time forgot, with friendly people willing to die for a cause...to save a founder's statue.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Twlight Zone + Western

  • By DabOfDarkness on 06-09-14

Historical Western? No ... It's just an illusion.

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

Reviewed: 02-21-14

This was a fantastic story. Set in current day, but feels like it goes back, almost historical. It's just an illusion and part of the mystery of the story. It's a wonderful plot with a great romance in the background. Truly had me hooked the whole time I listened.

The narrator did a wonderful job with the narrating. Each character had its own voice and I enjoyed the pace in which he spoke. His voice was almost hypnotic.

It's a small town, western, gun slinging, camaraderie, and take care of each other type of book. I truly enjoyed. There's not much more I can say without giving it away.

  • One Way or Another

  • By: Elaine Raco Chase
  • Narrated by: Janina Edwards
  • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Meet Abby, computer killer and prickly proprietress of the Cove Bookshop in Camden Cove, Virginia. She's a woman with many secrets, a mother and sister she fiercely protects, and a secluded, quiet life that has become a bit boring. Enter Nick Maxwell, a man determined to bring Abby to her knees and into his arms - but he had more than a few secrets of his own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet, classic romance with heat

  • By WiLoveBooks on 10-25-12

True Love

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

Reviewed: 02-19-14

I enjoyed this story very much. It was sweet and endearing.
The many characters were strong and well done. I'd grown to love them all in such a short amount of time. The story itself was cute and I'd read it again.

However, I did not like the narration of the audiobook very much. I listen to tons of audiobooks a year, last year alone over 150, and I found this narrator to be bland and monotone. She would try to use inflections but they seemed at the wrong times. Most of the time, it came out in the same tone all the way through. There was not much of a difference in the voices of the different characters. While listening, I wished for the story to finish and also wished I had the ebook so I could finish it myself. It may just be me, and I do suggest you give it a try for yourself.

BUT, don't let this take you away from what's really important, which is the story. I definitely recommend this book to anyone that loves contemporary romance/ rom-com/chick-lit type books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Favorite Son

  • By: Uvi Poznansky
  • Narrated by: David Kudler
  • Length: 2 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

This story is a present day twist on the biblical story of Jacob and his mother Rebecca plotting together against the elderly father Isaac, who is lying on his deathbed, in order to get their hands on the inheritance, and on the power in the family. This is no old fairy tale. Its power is here and now, in each one of us. Listening to Yankle telling his take on events, we understand the bitter rivalry between him and his brother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautiful and Haunting

  • By James D. on 09-11-13

Sibling Rivalry

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

Reviewed: 02-19-14

This was a lovely story written about a set of twins fighting for the birthright. Of course the one born first got it, and the second one spent his life jealous of it and finally tricked his brother out of it.

It was beautifully written and flowed so well. I thoroughly enjoyed every second of it. The narrator was great and did a wonderful job with the voices and narration.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful