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  • Hard Beat

  • Driven Series #7
  • By: K. Bromberg
  • Narrated by: Mason Lloyd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324

Foreign war correspondent Tanner Thomas is addicted to living on the edge. Needing the adrenaline rush of his job to help him cope with a personal loss, he throws himself back into the game, concentrating all his energy on getting the next big story. But when he meets his new photojournalist, Beaux Croslyn, he can't help but feel like he's losing his focus. With secrets she won't address, Beaux is far from your ordinary woman.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not your typical romance

  • By Jennifer on 12-06-15

illogical and stupid characters

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

I knew the end was coming when I wanted him to punch her and shit her up and then toss her off a cliff for endangering their lives because she had to be written as “strong independent female” by really was stupid zero common sense piece of shit female. Letting her quit and finding a new heroine would have been an excellent novel. This? This was not. Save yourself and skip. Definitely not up to par to most of author’s other works

  • Joy Ride

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York
  • Length: 6 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,884
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,780
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,774

From the number-one New York Times best-selling author of Full Package and Big Rock comes a hot and hilarious new standalone romantic comedy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WHAT A JOY THIS RIDE TURNED OUT TO BE

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 05-12-17

cute

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

Cute. decently written. However, incredibly predictable plot wise. Bubble gum sweet and nearly as unfulfilling. Sometimes heroine was dislikable with illogical mood swings and confused rationale for behavior. Overall characterizations were stereotypes more than actual people. Hero was a walking cliche of how a female writing a male voice wants a man to be but cannot write them. Still a cute tale just ... eh. Narrator was decent but oftentimes so slow and unemotional it made a quick read into a ponderous listen.

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  • Due Diligence

  • By: Anna Zabo
  • Narrated by: Iggy Toma
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 163

After Fazil Kurt breaks up with his girlfriend, a business trip to Seattle offers some much-needed time away. Sent by S. R. Anderson Consulting, Fazil is there to help audit Singularity Storage, a company they are trying to save. His first discovery is intriguing to say the least: One of Singularity's engineers is Todd Douglas, Fazil's first love. He knows better than to get personally involved on a job like this. Back in high school, Todd broke Fazil's heart more times than he could count, but both men have grown so much since then - and Fazil never could say no to Todd....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ups and downs

  • By Kristina on 03-24-17

well done except for a protracted drama end that has no explanation beyond character idiocy

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

a story fails when one of the main characters is a complete idiot, repeatedly, but without any explanation as to why or other character traits other than being a self centered idiot. So, yeah. That rather spurred the experience. Being an idiot for sake of drama falls flat. Also, urge to slap said character upside the head or at least fight for his own job and life. Ugh.

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Betting on Forever audiobook cover art
  • Betting on Forever

  • The Breakfast Club, Book 2
  • By: Felice Stevens
  • Narrated by: Marc Bachmann
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 112

A weekend fling in Atlantic City couldn't be more out of socially shy Zach Cohen's comfort zone, but a bet with his best friends forces him to put aside the humiliation he's hidden for years and step away from behind his computer screens and online world. When he meets Sam Stein, despite their spark, Zach expects nothing more than a night of passion and a kiss good-bye. Yet weeks later, he can't keep the man out of his head.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent narration of a heartfelt story

  • By Dianne T. on 04-27-16

meh. Poorly executed tale.

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

If you find yourself only tolerating the narrator, wanting to kill the mother, strangle the friend, punch the h and slap the H upside the head ... probably best to stop listening. Made it 60% through and realized the problematic writing on top of unlikable characters made this a waste of time. Weirdly it was the writing weakness that made this intolerable. Overall not bad but def not good.

  • Bittersweet

  • The True North Series, Book 1
  • By: Sarina Bowen
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld, Tad Branson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,654
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,546
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,548

The last person Griffin Shipley expects to find stuck in a ditch on his Vermont country road is his ex-hookup. Five years ago they shared a couple of steamy nights together, but that was a lifetime ago. At 27 Griff is now the accidental patriarch of his family farm. Even his enormous shoulders feel the strain of supporting his mother, his three siblings, and a dotty grandfather. He doesn't have time for the sorority girl who has shown up expecting to buy his harvest at half price.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hot Farmer+Strong Heroine+Scenery=Perfection!

  • By Lydia D. Rella on 10-18-16

Ditzy unrealistic self absorbed heroine ruins this.

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

Reviewed: 04-20-18

Unlikable heroine makes this impossible to suffer through. Save yourself from this, else your IQ might suffer.

  • Filthy Little Secret

  • By: Devon McCormack
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149

After breaking up with his cheating ex, Mark Kenmore turns to rebound sex with the campus drug dealer, Tim Halwell. He's heard the rumors about all the hearts Tim's broken, but after how he's been hurt, there's no way he'll let himself fall into that trap. Besides, if the press found out he was screwing around with a drug dealer, it would tarnish his governor mother's reputation. He expects the sex to be hot and exciting. What he doesn't expect is the most intense, mind-blowing experience he's ever had.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow!!

  • By Kate M on 09-02-17

over dramatic slow speaking narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-16-18

over dramatic slow speaking narrator nearly ruins this but switch the speed to 1.25 or 1.5x and the endless overly dramatic voice fades AND goes at a normal speed. Thank god.

Otherwise good story.

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  • Hollywood Scandal

  • By: Louise Bay
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,455
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,349
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,354

As one of Hollywood's A-listers, I have the movie industry in the palm of my hand. But if I'm going to stay at the top, my playboy image needs an overhaul. No more tabloid headlines. No more parties. And absolutely no more one-night stands. Filming for my latest blockbuster takes place on the coast of Maine, and I'm determined to stay out of trouble. But trouble finds me when I run into Lana Kelly.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Tired and cliche

  • By Ella Harlow on 09-29-17

meh

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

cute but shallow. so they have lots of sex that’s fairly bland and talk like friends. Is that chemistry? meh. He’s gorgeous and he thinks she’s beautiful. That’s it.

Just don’t see it. Protagonists are all cliches too. Yawn.

  • Closer Than You Think

  • Faith Corcoran, Book 1
  • By: Karen Rose
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 28 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,404
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,401

Psychologist Faith Corcoran is desperate to escape the stalker who's made her life a nightmare for the past year--desperate enough to run to the one place that has been her nightmare for far longer. Both boon and bane, her recent inheritance of her grandmother's old house in Cincinnati offers a sanctuary in which she can start her life anew but requires that she face dark memories that resonate to this day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • hard to stop listening

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-08-15

Too contrived and predictably impossible

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

Reviewed: 06-20-17

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone without a brain - I don't overthink plots, but this was too ridiculous to be even remotely possible. It's not a mystery or tension or suspense if things just keep HAPPEN to HAPPEN. Uh, no.

Has Closer Than You Think turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, the genre is great when written well. But this author? gods no, never again. I just wish I'd listened to it sooner so I could have returned the audiobook.

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

Performance had no issue, solid.

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

disgust at the author. appreciation for other mystery writers who don't fall into these sort of narrative traps.

Any additional comments?

Skip it.