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  • Once Upon a Sure Thing

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167

It's so easy being best friends with a gorgeous, talented, charming guy. Said no woman ever. Except me. My friendship with Miller is a sure thing — he’s my plus one, my emergency contact, and my shoulder to lean on. He’s also been by my side helping me raise one helluva awesome kid who’s the center of my world. Nothing will change our easy breezy friendship. Until I have the bright idea to convince him to start a new band with me. Trouble is, our sizzling chemistry in the recording studio is getting harder to ignore, no matter how risky it might be.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 4.5 Stars ✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 09-27-18

Cute

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-16-18

This one was cute. This was typical LB. It was fun and cute, with one very pleasant surprise. ERIN!! Love it. Erin Mallon is one of my all time favs! And, her little cameos are awesome. Narration was great, as usual. Cute and fun.

  • Once Upon a Real Good Time

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 265

That smoking hot one-night stand with a former rock star? Turns out, he's my son's new teacher. Oops. But I didn't know that the night I met Campbell. All I knew was he played my body the same way he played a guitar - like he owned it. My libido is still high-fiving me after being self-served for too many years, and we're both ready for another night or two of fun, especially since we don't just have chemistry in bed - we connect over everything. That is, until I learn he's the man who'll be coming to my house twice a week to teach my son the best music lessons money can buy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A GENUINE & DELICIOUS SLOW-SIMMER TO PERFECTION

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 09-14-18

Fun

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-18

What fun. Like the different spin on this one with the teen kids. Really enjoyed Campbell and Mckenzie! They windy road it took for these 2 to get together was a fun one. Loved the trivia and flirty and fun dialogue. Was a fun way to weave these 2 and their families together.
And, of course the narration was great as always from these 2 narrators. Can't wait to dig into the next one.

  • Hello, My Name Is Oliver

  • By: Paymaneh Ritchie
  • Narrated by: E Roy Worley
  • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

Oliver, the funny, SPCA-adopted Beagle-cross is like any other dog and has a basic range of feelings. He just has a lot of them. Anxiety, depression, lack of self-esteem, and loneliness accompany Oliver to his new home where he sheds a few of these issues and teaches his new owners to cope with the rest.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cute story

  • By TNelly on 10-17-18

Really cute

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-18

This was really cute. The writer's writing from the dogs perspective was spot on and it was really cute seeing life with humans through a dogs eyes.
The narrator was very animated and a lot of fun. Very cute children's book.

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  • 2000 Most Common French Words in Context: Get Fluent & Increase Your French Vocabulary with 2000 French Phrases

  • By: Lingo Mastery
  • Narrated by: Emilie Cocquerel
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Have you been trying to learn French and simply can’t find the way to expand your vocabulary? Do your teachers recommend you boring textbooks and complicated stories that you don’t really understand? Are you looking for a way to learn the language quicker without taking shortcuts? If you answered “Yes!” to at least one of those previous questions, then this book is for you! We’ve compiled the 2000 Most Common Words in French, a list of terms that will expand your vocabulary to levels previously unseen. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lingo is the best way to learn!!

  • By Mandymay💄👠👛 on 10-01-18

Love it!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-18

I loved this. I seem to spend more time writing or reading French instead of hearing it and found that I have to really pay attention. My French ear was getting a little shabby. So, I have been listening to more. And, this is a great one. The narrator is great and it's got really fun stuff not just boring sayings and phrases.

  • Simmer

  • By: Stephanie Rose
  • Narrated by: Inés del Castillo, Joseph Discher
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 25

My life was always at a simmer… only stewing, never going anywhere. I was left to fend for myself when it came to affection or love, so I learned to go without. I refused to let them see how broken and lonely I was; it was much easier to hide behind a false reality. I didn't want anyone's pity. I didn't need it. Pity wouldn't put food on the table or keep a roof over our heads. That was all me. Now, I have a second chance at a dream long forgotten. It demands hard work and sacrifice - with absolutely no distractions. A recipe I already know all too well, raising a daughter on my own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Slow Burn Romance!

  • By bookbruin on 08-31-18

Simmer

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-09-18

Stephanie Rose is just so real. I love the way she did Sara. Clearly, Sara didn't seem like a very nice person in the first book. But, yet all those churning and conflicted emotions she was going through came out in this book. And, it was so real. What I love the most is the way she processed and dealt with all those emotions Sara had. They are so real. And, we can all relate to not having the best thoughts or feelings about others or situations. But, how we respond to them or act is what really defines who we are. And, Sara was just so awesome and so real. Some people in difficult situations spiral down to ridiculous drama, and others choose to do what's best given the situation. And, Drew?! Love Drew. He was so awesome. Honestly, even the age issue. It may not be an issue at all for some, but is for others. And, it was handled so well. I love that she dealt realistically and fairly with such complex issues without turning into a shock and awe overly drama situation. This is my second book by this author and I am now securely in the fan spot.

The narration on this was really great. I don't think I've head either of these narrators. I was super impressed with Ines del Castillo. Both narrators did a great job.

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  • Mantra: Sacred Words of Power

  • By: Thomas Ashley-Farrand
  • Narrated by: Thomas Ashley-Farrand
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 293

The power of mantras comes not from the meaning of the symbols, but from their direct vibrational effect on our body's physiological and energetic systems. Ashley-Farrand also teaches that Sanskrit is an energy-based language and mantras are spiritual formulas for working with this energy. They are desgined to eliminate obstacles as we progress spiritually, and help us to make energetic progress toward good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Learn to Chant Mantras by Listening

  • By Kate on 11-28-12

Totally loved and enjoyed this book!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-05-18

I totally found this book on a fluke. I was looking up something mentioned in another book, and this one popped up along with the others on the subject I was looking up. I can't even remember now what I was looking up. But, I remember seeing this one among them and thinking, "How strange? It's not even related." And, yet, I was compelled to look at it. I clicked it, read what was posted about it, and then listened to the sample. Then, I was totally fascinated. I've read about Hinduism, Buddhism, eastern thought, etc, so none of that was new. But, I'd never learned or learned about actual mantras. I was completely absorbed. Just wow! Not sure I should call it fun, but it was quite fun. Even saying and learning some of the mantras was fun. This was just a totally unexpected fluke of a great surprise.

  • Part-Time Lover

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Shane East, Grace Grant
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358

I'll say this about Christian - he made one hell of a first impression. When I first saw the strapping man, he was doing handstands naked on a dock along the canal. His crown jewels were far more entertaining than anything else I'd seen on the boat tour, so I did what any curious woman would do - I took his photo.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A SWEET ENJOYABLE CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 06-04-18

Part-Time Lover

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-28-18

Another fun one from this author. Great characters, witty writing, a fun story with a few twists and turns along the way. You know you're always going to get a fun listen with LB.

  • Bill Gates’ Rules for Success: How to Become Unstoppable in Business and Life

  • By: Eric Mortimer
  • Narrated by: Kevin Theis
  • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

The face of Microsoft and a man now worth $92.3 billion, Bill Gates has a lot to teach us about hard work, success, kindness, unkindness, ruthlessness, tenacity, intelligence, and philanthropy - more so than might be apparent from looking at the easygoing, oft-smiling Gates. Now is as good a time as any to try and understand how a geeky kid (said with the utmost respect) from Seattle became such an ambitious and bold revolutionary in the tech world. I will do so by pointing out a few facets that I think are the most important parts of Gates' career and personality. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The real Bill..

  • By Mandymay💄👠👛 on 09-04-18

Bill Gates

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-11-18

Good information on Bill Gates. A lot a did know already growing up in an IBM household, some I didn't. Was a quick, interesting read. And, I really loved the inclusion of his blog where Bill Gates posts his reviews on the books her reads. Immediately found some interesting ones.

  • Everyday Meditation

  • By: Aaptiv
  • Narrated by: Ceasar F. Barajas
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 45

20 audio-guided sessions. Improve your mood and fight fatigue and stress with this four-week meditation program. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Just not the right narrator

  • By Jason Burry on 08-24-18

Different

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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-30-18

First off, I love Ceasar's voice. Very nice. But, I don't feel like it varies enough on different meditations. It seems to focus more on extending the inhale and exhale more and more each session instead of focusing on different styles of mediation, mindfulness, 5 senses, visualization, thought, body. I'm not done yet. But, the emphasis through the entire session so far on each focuses on the breath and extending the breathing from 4 seconds to 5 to 6. There was mention of some other things, but then it was like it was over and I missed it or something.
I personally didn't find them awful at all as some reviews indicate, just repetitive. Ceasar's voice is more energetic, not up beat per se, but somehow energetic. And, I found it great to do after a workout. I do like to do a calming meditation after a workout and often find the more "soothing, slow speech" to slow and too low energy after a workout. My only issue is the heavy emphasis on breathing and deeper and deeper breathing as you go to each new session. While many, if not all, usually start out focusing on breathing, after 3-5 minutes they usually will move on to something else. And, I tend to jump around to what feels right for me in the moment. Sometimes breathing won't focus my mind so I go to the senses or body awareness, or something. But, I totally loved Ceasar's voice and could really listen to him speak nonsense all day. And, I thought he had the perfect tone and voice for an after workout meditation. Usually in a live workout class with a short ending meditation the instructor sounds about like him. It helps bring everyone back down to calm, but it's not the calm almost sleep voice. Not that I mind that either, but not after a workout.

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  • Baby Daddy

  • By: Kendall Ryan
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York, Virginia Rose
  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 716
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 656

We met in a trapped elevator. Emmett was on his way to work, sophisticated and handsome in his tailored suit and tie. I was on my way to the sperm bank. Awkward, right? At 35, my life hadn't taken the path I thought it would and I was tired of waiting - I wanted a baby. And I was ready to take matters into my own hands to make it happen. After our ill-fated elevator encounter, Emmett insisted on taking me to dinner - he also insisted on something else - that I ditch my plan involving a turkey baster and let him do the job. He would be my baby daddy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A pregnancy romance with a You've Got Mail feel

  • By Jen Valencia on 03-23-18

Baby Daddy

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-30-18

I was recommended this book so many times. But, I just wasn't sure it was something I'd be interested in. Then, I got a recommendation from someone who knows my tastes and hasn't steered me wrong yet, and man was she right...again! I totally enjoyed this book. It wasn't just romantic fluff. It was cute, felt real, awkward, and funny. It was as awkward as the situation would have been in reality. I love it when the realism is brought into a story. I believe this is my first Kendall Ryan, and I'm already scheduled to buddy listen another.
The narration on this was also great. Sebastian York is not new to me. I always love his narrations. But, Virginia Rose was new, and she was perfect in this. Definitely an overall fun one and worth the time and credit.