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Christine M. Butler

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  • Kings of Korruption MC Series, Book 2
  • By: Geri Glenn
  • Narrated by: Joe Arden, Maxine Mitchell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178

I had it all growing up. Popularity, beauty, great friends, and a perfect family. But then one day, it all changed - now I'm blind. I've never let that stop me, though. Life is an adventure, and I believe in making the best out of every moment. I spend my days with a job I love, online friends, and a sexy new book boyfriend every week. I know in my heart that someday, my own prince charming will come along and appreciate me for exactly who I am - I won't settle for anything less. Meeting Tease seems like the beginning of my fairy tale...until he opens his mouth.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Had to read this one instead

  • By Christine M. Butler on 09-19-18

Had to read this one instead

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

I love Joe Arden’s narrations, but the minute I got to Maxine Mitchell’s part I knew I could no longer listen. She has a VERY weird style of reading that I can’t handle listening to. I’m not sure if it’s just a timing issue or what seems to be odd inflections/ annunciation/ intonation of words, but it is like nails on a chalkboard for me. Sadly, I had to skip the audio and read the book myself instead.

My biggest complaint about the book itself is simply in the wanting more time with the characters once the end comes. Geri Glenn does a fabulous job of immersing the reader in the world and getting them invested in the characters.

Definitely worth the read, and maybe worth the listen if you don’t mind the quirky female narration that drove me nuts!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Complicated

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Lance Greenfield, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,885
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,883

When small-town Nebraska sheriff Hixon Drake meets Greta Dare, the connection couldn't be stronger, but the timing couldn't be worse. Dealing with the fallout of a divorce he never wanted and setting up a new home for his kids, Hix becomes that guy, that one he never wanted to be, and puts a stop to things before they can even start. Protecting his kids and himself is his only priority. Greta, on the other hand, has found the place for her and the brother she adores that's perfect for them - a sleepy little town in Nebraska.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complicated was a pleasure to my senses!

  • By Kara Hildebrand on 05-02-17

Simply fabulous

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

Reviewed: 03-19-18

I thoroughly enjoy Kristen’s books, but this one was fantastic. It just has so much heart from start to finish that I’d find myself laughing and crying with the characters along their journey.

It also happened to be a perfect listen. Kudos to the team for getting the absolute best narrators for the job on this one, because some of Kristen’s other audiobooks have been touch and go (heavy Jersey accents for Colorado). So, if you put off on getting this book (as I did) due to bad narration in the past, take my word for it that isn’t an issue here!

This whole package was perfection!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Motorcycle Man

  • Dream Man, Book 4
  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Kate Russell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,908
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,773
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,770

Tyra Masters has had enough drama to last a lifetime. Now, she's back on track and looking forward to her new, quiet life. Until she meets the man of her dreams. The tattooed, muscled biker plies her with tequila-and the best sex of her life. She knows it isn't the tequila and hot sex talking. He's the kind of man she's always wanted. Unfortunately, he's also her new boss…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Holy Mother of Delicious Hotness!!!

  • By Jordy ♡♡♡♡ on 02-08-14

Great book, hard listen

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

Reviewed: 03-11-18

I loved the story and characters. It was a book that took me away and let me live a crazy life vicariously through it’s pages. I definitely recommend it, with one caveat...

Let’s talk about why a biker book taking place in Colorado sounded like a bad episode of The Jersey Shore. Who behind the scenes reviewed this audiobook and thought that was ok? Better yet, who is the narrator related to? I have to tell you, I nearly got my money back, because of the narrator, but I stuck it out. The narration gets a little less Jersey as you go, or maybe I got used to tuning out the annoyance. Either way, if strong accents that don’t match the setting bother you, take the time to read this one for yourself straight from the pages of your e-reader or hard copy, because the book is ABSOLUTELY worth it! The narration, not so much.

  • Innocent Ride

  • Hellions Ride, Book 4
  • By: Chelsea Camaron
  • Narrated by: CJ Bloom, Nelson Hobbs
  • Length: 6 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 240
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229

Her life is full of structure, routine, and organization. Settled, comfortable, and content, corporate accountant Caroline Milton loves knowing what to expect every minute of every day. More importantly, she loves knowing her life is what she pictures it to be and not what she came from. The Catawba Hellions VP is a wild one, refusing to be tamed. His motto - "hit it, get it, and go; no repeats" - guarantees a new woman in his bed nightly.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Eh...

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-25-18

preachy & cliche

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

Reviewed: 02-19-18

I have enjoyed the rest of the series, but this one was so chock full of preachy cliches it could double as one of those self-help idea a day calendars. It even ends on a preachy, self-help/self-love tangent.

I just did not enjoy it, and was definitely expecting a better/meatier story for these two characters. instead it was a watered down drama with a boat load of life coaching. Meh.

I read this one via the romance package, and definitely glad I didn't spend a credit on it.

The rest of the books in the series have been well worth it though. This one just missed the mark for me.

  • Challenged

  • Vipers Creed MC Series, Book 1
  • By: Ryan Michele
  • Narrated by: Mason Lloyd, Kendall Taylor
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207

As the gun lay heavily in his hand, the weight of it was nothing compared to the pressure his father had put on him and the Vipers Creed Motorcycle Club year after year, dragging them all down in the process. Cade had two choices: the club or his father. The club won. It took a particular kind of man to kill his blood, but Cade had always believed in doing what was right for the club. To him, it was a small sacrifice to make things normal for him and his brothers. Then, when Trixie strode into his club, his normal was shot to hell.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I LOVE ME A ALPHA MALE AND CADE IS JUST THAT

  • By I HATE THIS NEW LOOK on 10-05-16

enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 02-13-18

Fantastic narration.

I enjoyed the story, characters, and definitely recommend to fans of MC romances.

Now, on to the next one!

  • Music of the Heart

  • Runaway Train Series, Book 1
  • By: Katie Ashley
  • Narrated by: Justine O. Keef, Mason Lloyd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 529
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 492
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 493

For Abby Renard, the plan was supposed to be simple - join her brothers' band on the last leg of their summer tour and decide if she's finally ready for the limelight. Of course, she never imagined that stumbling onto the wrong tour bus at Rock Nation would accidentally land her in the bed of Jake Slater, the notorious womanizing lead singer of Runaway Train. When he mistakes her for one of his groupies, Abby quickly lets him know she sure as hell isn't in his bed on purpose.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I have a huge weakness for rock star romances!

  • By Jordy ♡♡♡♡ on 10-11-13

just ok, sorta cringy

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

Reviewed: 02-10-18

I enjoyed Katie Ashley's MC series so I tried this one out. It was only okay for me, because while I liked the overall story, I also wished for something different the entire time. There were just too many cringy moments for me to be able to want a HEA for the main characters together.

Abby was the epitome of a doormat. Throughout the whole book Jake was a serious douchebag with only a few redeemable moments inbetween being a douche again, and within minutes of his jerkwad behavior she would forgive him. I'm talking about asking her to get to know him better with the hope of more to end up getting oral from a waitress moments later. it was seriously cringeworthy... and continued to happen throughout. I honestly hoped she would grow a spine and end up with his band mate, or running for any other dude. That hope is the only thing that took me to the end of the book. Sad, but true.

The narration was iffy. In the beginning the country accent for Abby annoyed me, but by the end the female narrator stopped using it (thankfully). The male continued to pull the accent, also annoying. And I'm a southern girl with a twang saying this.

My opinion is just that, and here as a reminder for myself. Someone else may see past the things I disliked, so give it a try, and see for yourself. 😁

  • Last Mile

  • By: Katie Ashley
  • Narrated by: Julian Durant, Kristina Klebe
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149

After her father was murdered in the line of duty, ATF agent Samantha Vargas is determined to take down the scumbags of the drug trade. When her partner takes on a case to infiltrate the Hells Raiders MC, Samantha agrees to go undercover as his old lady, but is surprised to find herself drawn to the very man she is investigating. Benjamin "Bishop" Malloy has worked hard to carve a place for himself both in and out of the MC world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Quit listening and read the story!

  • By Denise on 06-25-16

enjoyed it

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

I wasn't thrilled with the male narrator for this one. His secondary character voices made them all sound like grumpy old men with throat cancer.

The book itself was fabulous though. I've enjoyed the whole series so far, and this one did not disappoint.

  • Redemption Road

  • By: Katie Ashley
  • Narrated by: Jameson Adams, Eliza Grace, Gomez Pugh
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216

Looking for a walk on the wild side, Annabel Percy, the daughter of a powerful politician, gives in to an attraction to a sexy biker she meets one night. But she finds herself living a nightmare when she's kidnapped and transported into a hell on Earth she never could have imagined.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By michele on 08-27-18

fantastic story

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

Reviewed: 02-07-18

obvious trigger warning for those who can't stomach stories involving human trafficking and sexual abuse, but beautifully handled, and worth attempting.

seeing Rev and Annabelle heal together was such a lovely thing.

Superb narration too!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Caveman

  • A Single Dad Next Door Romance
  • By: Jo Raven
  • Narrated by: Anna Riordan, Jacob Morgan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 287

Matthew Hansen is the kind of handsome that has grown women whispering behind their hands and giggling like schoolgirls. Dark, tall and mysterious, he's a newcomer to our little town. He's a gritty, grease-covered mechanic, and a single daddy. Sweet, right? Plus, he's looking for a nanny - and I am desperately looking for a job. Sounds like the perfect deal. Only he's a jerk. An uncivilized, hulking brute. Zero manners. Zero interest in making me feel welcome in his home. Downright rude. But oh, so sexy. And I need the job. I can do this.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • ugh!

  • By Kristin on 10-24-17

ruined

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

There was a fantastic story buried underneath mounds of depression and FAR too much sex.
Literally, the main characters would be interacting with children and/or siblings and that interaction would get cut into by H or h thinking about sex. Neither character could get through a single scene in the entire book without describing in their mind what they'd rather be doing, or how their body was reacting (wet, throbbing, hard). I'm all for steamy scenes in books, but this was to the point of sheer annoyance.

Normally, I would skim, but that would have cut the book probably in half or more. As I listened to the audiobook whole driving a lot, it also became impossible to do so. If you don't mind sex, completely inappropriate mentioning of sex (while conversing with children), and more thoughts of sex, sex acts, and adults unable to control their bodies long enough to have a functional conversation, then this one is for you. Again, there is a cool mystery riding underneath all the sex and depression, it was just a shame that it was overshadowed by it.

The narration was well done by both the male and female.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bring Me Back

  • By: Karen Booth
  • Narrated by: Ruth Urquhart
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

>It's more than a lucky break when music journalist Claire Abby lands a Rolling Stone cover story with British rock star Christopher Penman. Claire spent her teenage years gazing at his posters on her bedroom wall, fantasizing he was her boyfriend, and falling in love with his mysterious green eyes. Two decades later, in person, Chris is everything Claire feared - off-the-charts sexy, ridiculously charming, and utterly nerve-wracking. He's not about to discuss the rumors he's dodged for a decade, but she has a job to do.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • uggghhh

  • By Christine M. Butler on 01-07-18

uggghhh

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

Reviewed: 01-07-18

I will review the ebook separately since I had to buy it, because the narrator for the audio was so awful. To say her voice, pronunciations, and intonation were annoying is putting it mildly.

Listen to the sample first before purchase.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful