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  • The Hero

  • Thunder Point, Book 3
  • By: Robyn Carr
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,110

Robyn Carr is a number-one New York Times best-selling author known for stories blending romance, warmth, and heartfelt charm. In The Hero, Devon McAllister takes her daughter and flees to the tiny, coastal town of Thunder Point, Oregon. There, she meets high school football coach Spencer Lawson, a widower focused on raising his young son. Neither of them are looking for love, but they may be the only ones who can heal their wounded hearts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Robyn Carr continues to Awe inspire me.

  • By Wanda on 08-31-13

I can't listen to this narrator after this book

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

Reviewed: 12-19-17

What made the experience of listening to The Hero the most enjoyable?

I own most of Robyn Carr's books in print or on Kindle, and have been gradually buying them in audio. I really love her characters, and although not every book is terrific, the ongoing story makes it well worth reading all of each series. This book is a little silly; the plot is improbable and the characters didn't really have any chemistry to speak of - although I liked them well enough when they were introduced in the previous books of this series. As usual for RC, the secondary characters are wonderful.

The real problem with this audiobook is the narration. Therese Plummer is a gifted actress; her character voices are appropriate to the character, believable (even the male characters), and easily distinguishable. She reads slowly and with great clarity. But although she is sometimes just a little much (or, as Therese would say it, "Just. A LITTLE. MUCH!), I could hardly tolerate her Amazing Over-Pro-noun-ci-ation! of NEARLY Every! Word! in this particular book. I put it away for a while, but it didn't get easier. Did not finish, sadly. And it has spoiled me for her voice in RC's other books - my teeth start grinding Right! Away!

  • Hard Hitter

  • The Brooklyn Bruisers Series, Book 2
  • By: Sarina Bowen
  • Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella, Rock Engle
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347

As team captain and enforcer, Patrick O'Doul puts the bruise in the Brooklyn Bruisers. But after years of hard hits, O'Doul is feeling the burn, both physically and mentally. He conceals his pain from his coach and trainers, but when his chronic hip injury becomes too obvious to ignore, they send him for sessions with the team's massage therapist. After breaking up with her long-term boyfriend, Ari Bettini is in need of peace of mind. For now she's decided to focus on her work: rehabilitating the Bruisers' MVP.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable 2nd book of a hockey romance series!

  • By Krista Marie on 01-23-17

Liked one narrarator, not the other

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

Reviewed: 01-14-17

Any additional comments?

Fine Sarina Bowen story, as usual. Particularly liked the reveal on O'Doul's backstory. Unfortunately, I found myself becoming impatient with Ari, partly because of her angsty repetitiveness, but mostly because the narrator used the same Mae-West drawl throughout. I found myself rolling my eyes and cringing by the end. Liked Rick Engle's voicing of O'Doul's tough-guy/sweetie persona, though.

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  • Blame It on the Mistletoe

  • By: Eli Easton
  • Narrated by: Jason Frazier
  • Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323

When physics grad student Fielding Monroe and skirt-chaser and football player Mick Colman become college housemates, they're both in for a whole new education. Mick looks out for the absent-minded genius, and he helps Fielding clean up his appearance and discover all the silly pleasures his strict upbringing as a child prodigy denied him. They become best friends. It's all well and good until they run into a cheerleader who calls Mick the “best kisser on campus”.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If Jason read school textbooks,grades would go up!

  • By Ruth on 11-15-14

Delightful Story, Fantastically Narrated

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

Reviewed: 01-02-17

What about Jason Frazier’s performance did you like?

Jason Frazier's narration is pitch-perfect for both main characters, and the minor ones as well. The way he catches the nuances of Mick's confusion and growing attraction is especially delightful. It isn't just a reading of the book - it's an outstanding performance of the spirit of Eli Easton's adorable story. And the intimate parts are so well done, it nearly melted my earbuds. I was so impressed, I bought several other books that Jason has narrated. More from this talented voice actor, please!!