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  • From Lukov with Love

  • By: Mariana Zapata
  • Narrated by: Callie Dalton, Teddy Hamilton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,887
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,753
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,750

If someone were to ask Jasmine Santos to describe the last few years of her life with a single word, it would definitely be a four-letter one. After 17 years - and countless broken bones and broken promises - she knows her window to compete in figure skating is coming to a close. But when the offer of a lifetime comes in from an arrogant idiot she's spent the last decade dreaming about pushing in the way of a moving bus, Jasmine might have to reconsider everything. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New Favorite MZ Slow Burn

  • By Brittany M on 05-13-18

And the Gold Medal Goes to...

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

When I found out this book was about Jasmine, I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy it. I didn't care for her character in Dear Aaron. However, Jasmine undergoes a transformation in this book and there's a depth to her that we didn't get in DA. I ended up really liking her. Ivan sort of felt like an enigma, but as the story unfolded, I realized something. Mariana's heroes (at least for her longer books) tend to change (become better men, handle their tempers better, etc.) by the end of the book. I don't think Ivan changed much at all. It was Jasmine's perception of him, as well as her attitude, that changed. I liked that. It was different.

Callie and Teddy are great narrators. For some, it might take some getting used to hearing Teddy read Ivan's dialogue while Callie narrates, but I really liked it.

  • Hot and Badgered

  • Honey Badgers Chronicles Series, Book 1
  • By: Shelly Laurenston
  • Narrated by: Traci Odom
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 485
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 480

It's not every day that a beautiful, naked woman falls out of the sky and lands face-first on grizzly shifter Berg Dunn's hotel balcony. Definitely, they don't usually hop up and demand his best gun. Berg gives the lady a grizzly-sized t-shirt and his cell phone, too, just on style points. And then she's gone, taking his XXXL heart with her. By the time he figures out she's a honey-badger shifter, it's too late. Honey badgers are survivors. Brutal, vicious, ill-tempered survivors.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story but needs Charlotte Kane

  • By Krystal Zitek on 04-11-18

Great Story, Wrong Narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

I love that this series continues the Pride series (a few years down the road), and I love that it's about Honey Badgers. If you enjoy the Pride series, you should enjoy this book.

Now, the narrator. To be fair, I don't think Traci Odom is a bad narrator. She just isn't the right one for this series. Shelly's humor in these books tends to lean on the insane side. It takes a very special person to convey the humor, the insanity, AND the voices. Charlotte Kane did all of that darn near perfectly in the Pride series. Ms. Odom just isn't up to par. For the new characters, she did fine though there wasn't much distinction between some of them. For the characters I did know, I kept thinking "Ric doesn't sound like that. Bo doesn't sound like that. Dee-Ann doesn't sound like that. Toni doesn't sound like." You get the picture. It soured my enjoyment of the book. However, I'll still buy the audiobooks even if Ms. Odom narrates them. I just won't enjoy them as much as I could.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Hookup

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Lance Greenfield, Stella Bloom
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,974
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,839
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,829

When the new girl in town, Eliza "Izzy" Forrester, decides to hit the local drinking hole, she's not ready to meet the town's good, solid guy. She's definitely not prepared to engage in her very first hookup with him. Then Izzy wakes up the next morning in Johnny Gamble's bed, and good girl Izzy finds she likes being bad for Johnny. Even so, Izzy feels Johnny holding her at arm's length. He's in love with someone else. Someone who left him and did it leaving him broken.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A WHIRLWIND OF WICKEDLY WONDERFUL FEELS

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 12-23-17

Enjoyable But Not Quite Up To Par

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

Reviewed: 12-20-17

First, let me just say that I liked the book, and I would read more of this series.

That being said, it wasn't what I expected. The synopsis implies certain things, and it took forever for those things to happen. When they did, they didn't happen as implied. I'd call the synopsis part bait-and-switch, part misdirection, and part lie. Frankly, I expect better than that from KA. Also, there were characters and pets referenced but they hardly factored into the story. I think KA liked the idea of Izzy having all these animals but she didn't want to write about them or, perhaps, sometimes forgot they existed. Same goes for Johnny's best friend. Why mention him if we aren't going to meet him at least once? I don't know. It wasn't as tight a story as she typically writes, but I think this book was written quickly and it shows in the details.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Queens of the Conquest

  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Julia Franklin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 86

The lives of England's medieval queens were packed with tragedy, betrayal, love, warfare, adultery, and mystery - but their stories are obscured by centuries of myth and prejudice against these powerful women. These Norman queens were actually more autonomous and influential than most later queens, since they actually participated in battles and led troops of their own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting as Always

  • By Ann on 11-04-17

Interesting as Always

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

Reviewed: 11-04-17

I've read a handful of Alison Weir biographies, and she never fails to keep me engaged. Right now, I'm going through a Medieval England phase, so this book was right up my alley. She did a good job of mixing what information we do know with some speculation on her part and what legend says. My understanding is that this is meant to be part of a series, and I can't wait to read more of it.

I know another reviewer had a problem with the narrator. I didn't. I listened to the book at 1.5 speed, which might have made a difference. I didn't get distracted by the pauses.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Lucky Stars

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 16 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 496
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 498

Belle Abbot is pathologically shy, and because of this she's living a nightmare due to the fact that she's also a national treasure hounded by the media. James Bennett is known the world over as the perfect catch, handsome, wealthy, and the owner of an intimidating castle on a Cornish Cliff, Chy An Als Point. Belle and James meet, and in one night they fall in love. The problem is Belle's dating James' brother.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narration ruined my appreciation of this book

  • By Ann on 08-30-17

Narration ruined my appreciation of this book

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

Reviewed: 08-30-17

I'm sorry for harping on Ms. Craden, but she totally ruined this series for me. In this book particularly, she managed to turn KA's characters' quirks turned into incredibly annoying characteristics that made me what to skip sections. Yes, I believe this is the narrator's fault because I have no trouble reading the book. This series could have shined with a different narrator. Normally, I listen to KA's books on a regular basis, but I have a feeling that I'll pass on these books.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Fairytale Come Alive

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 584
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 546
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 544

In Isabella Austin Evangelista's life miracles never happen...she knows she's destined to be the princess who's stuck in the middle of a fairytale where there will be no happily ever after. Once upon a time, Prentice Cameron loved Isabella Austin until he discovered she was a spoiled, rich girl who spent her summers toying with his heart. Life led Prentice to his own fairytale, the love of the full-of-life Fiona Sawyer. That being so, that fairytale was torn away when Fiona died of a brain tumor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The most beautiful story ever told....

  • By Soriya Dao on 06-18-17

Painful. So very painful.

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

Reviewed: 08-30-17

I've read this book previously so I know I like it. However, because of Abby Craden's narration, I almost gave up on it about one hour into it. I don't know what accent she's trying to do, but it isn't Scottish. Somehow, I managed to suffer through it.

  • Stutter

  • Bleeding Hearts, Book 2
  • By: A. Zavarelli
  • Narrated by: Tracy Marks
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 555
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 552

Someone once told me that happiness is fleeting. I can see now that he was right. I'm trapped in a black hole of darkness I can't seem to crawl out of. My twin and my lover want each other dead and I'm pregnant with a baby I don't know how to protect. Ryland says he will do anything to get me back, but how do you trust the man who almost killed you? When every option before you comes at a cost, how do you choose the right path? People say that history has a way of repeating itself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better than the first

  • By Nicole B. on 10-14-17

Am I the only one?

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

Reviewed: 05-09-17

This review is a warning. I am not suggesting that you avoid this book. I actually liked most of it (though Echo was better) and was going to rate it higher until I got to the end. However, I found the glowing 5-star reviews to be very misleading for one very big reason.

I'm being vague so as to not give spoilers....

Here's why: I literally thought that somehow I was missing the last chapter of the book and you people who've read/listened to this book, you KNOW what I'm talking about. There's big unresolved drama when the last chapter ends. Then it jumps straight to the HEA epilogue. The author totally yadda yadda yadda'd over HUGE things! What happened? Did she just get tired of writing the story so she summed it up? This is only the second book by this author I've read and I don't think I'll read any more. I don't trust the author's commitment to finishing well. I don't mean to be harsh, but that was a real disservice to the characters, the story, and the readers. I think I would have been okay with skipping over certain medical bits if there had been a final summary chapter before the epilogue. (Medical stuff is hard to write if you don't have a lot of knowledge of that subject matter, so I would totally understand keeping that vague.) I can't help but wonder if she thought she was going to write a third book and then changed her mind so she tacked on an epilogue. (Maybe this is how she writes all of her conclusions so her fans are used to it. If that's the case, I can understand why people rated it higher. However, Echo and Stutter are all I have to go on, and this bothered me.)

Seriously, what the heck happened? I cannot be the only person who found this incredibly jarring. It bothered/upset/confused me so much that I felt compelled to leave this review for others so they're prepared.

  • Just Dreaming

  • By: Kerstin Gier
  • Narrated by: Marisa Calin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65

The course of dream travel never did run smooth - at least, not in Liv Silver's experience. Able to visit other people's dreams (whether they want her to or not), Liv has solved mysteries, unearthed difficult truths, fought madmen, and escaped life-threatening peril, all from the comfort of her own bed. But Liv's troubles are just beginning.... A rocky romance, a malicious blogger with a hidden identity, a wedding, and a classmate (or two) dead set on revenge all await Liv in this action-packed conclusion to the Silver trilogy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I enjoyed it, but...

  • By Ann on 05-05-17

I enjoyed it, but...

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

Reviewed: 05-05-17

I read some reviews of the printed book, and I must admit that I understand why some people were underwhelmed. There seemed to be a lot of filler in it (Matthew, I'm talking to you). And I wish there'd been a bit more excitement instead of the verbal "I'm gonna get you" taunts. However, it came together in the end and was better than I thought it would be (I was expecting worse based on the reviews).

Bottom line: It's not as good as the first two books. A significant question is left unanswered but I can live with that. There's some choppiness owing, primarily, to the fact that things that were a big deal in the previous book suddenly don't matter and we don't get a real explanation for the change of heart. In spite of all that, I enjoyed it and will listen to the series again.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Three Wishes

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,038
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,035

When Lily Jacobs was born, she inherited Fazire - a genie. Her family had three wishes and they'd only ever used one so Fazire was stuck in the human world. This worked since he'd become a member of the family anyway. Even with a genie, Lily's young life wasn't perfect. To escape the kids making her miserable at school, Lily buried herself in romance novels. One day, when the teasing was just too much, she used one of her wishes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cute but long

  • By Danni on 06-23-17

I adore this book

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

Reviewed: 05-03-17

Would you listen to Three Wishes again? Why?

Absolutely. I really love the characters and the concept. I haven't come across very many genie stories and was delighted with this one. Fazire was a great character and really added a lot to the story (and not just because he's the genie). I wish KA would turn this into a series.

What did you like best about this story?

While this isn't really a "be careful what you wish for" story, I think it touches on the dream of what we want and the harsh reality of actually getting it. For Lily, I think the struggle of getting through to the other side wasn't as romantic as she thought it would be when she was a 14-year-old making her wish. Was it worth it? Listen and find out!

Have you listened to any of Carly Robins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. She reads Mariana Zapata's RCM and does a great job of it. I enjoyed her performance of this book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, and I pretty much did.

21 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • Sommersgate House

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 14 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 857
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 798
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 796

Douglas has no desire to raise his dead sister's children, nor does he want the distraction of the tempting Julia living under his roof. Julia is struggling with grief and trying to make a go in a new country without much help from impossibly handsome, but even more impossibly remote Douglas. Not to mention, she has to deal with the active hostility of Douglas's frosty, Attila-the-Hun-in-a-skirt mother, Monique. Douglas decides the best way to give the children what they need, get his mother to behave, and give himself what he wants is to marry Julia.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Ruined by the narrator

  • By Amy K. on 01-24-17

Please choose a new narrator

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

Reviewed: 01-25-17

What did you love best about Sommersgate House?

This story is more about broken people getting put back together and becoming a family, which adds a certain amount of sweetness to it. Of course there's romance, but that's not all there is, and I like that.

What didn’t you like about Abby Craden’s performance?

She can do a passable heroine voice and that's it. What she can't do is accents or male characters. It just irritates me to no end that I'll have to suffer through her narration every time I want to listen to these books.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful