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  • Training Season

  • By: Leta Blake
  • Narrated by: Michael Ferraiuolo
  • Length: 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164

Unquestionably talented figure skater Matty Marcus is willing to sacrifice everything for his Olympic dream, but his lack of discipline cost him the gold once before. Now the pressure's on. He needs a coach who can keep him in line, but top coaches don't come cheap, and Matty can't afford to stay in the game no matter how badly he wants to win. When a lucrative house-sitting gig brings him to rural Montana, Matty does his best to maintain his training regimen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You'll find a wonderful love story here!

  • By Carra at Making it Happen blog on 07-26-17

Training Season (Training Season, #1) by Leta Bla

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

Reviewed: 07-17-17

What did you love best about Training Season?

I first read this book last year and was absolutely blown away by it. It's a subtle read, there's nothing in it that, at first glance, is really groundbreaking. But I think it's the subtlety and the reality of it that makes me love it so much. I received a copy of this audiobook as a reward through the author's Patreon, so maybe that means I'm a bit biased, but honestly, this was such a great audio experience of a book that I already loved.

Matty is such a wonderfully complex and flawed character. He and Rob are amazingly sweet and perfect and heartbreaking to read. Their story is one that, from the beginning, is tainted with a little sadness and regret, as Matty's time in Montana is limited and Rob's world is centered there. It's hard to see how an HEA is possible, but they jump right in with both feet and no regrets and no holds barred, and their love for the other is tangible. I teared up a bit when I read this book the first time, but listening to some of the heartbreaking scenes brought them to life. I was bawling like a baby, sitting in the parking garage at work, not wanting to stop listening. (My coworkers asked me that day if I was ok. It was hard to explain that my heart was breaking for fictional characters.)

What about Michael Ferraiuolo’s performance did you like?

Michael Ferraiuolo does a great job of narrating this book. His voices for Rob and Matty are on point and his pacing is perfect as always. He gives the words feeling while keeping them distinct and easy to follow.

Any additional comments?

There is a HEA/HFN by the end. No worries there. If you want to stop reading Matty and Rob's story at the end of this book, you definitely can and be left satisfied. Though I don't know why you'd want to. Their story continues in Training Complex.

Reviewed by Annie L for OMGReads Blog

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Tested by Her Web Master

  • Web Master Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Normandie Alleman
  • Narrated by: Alicyn Aimes
  • Length: 4 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

He's my addiction, my love - my life. He's my Dominant - my everything. He's changed me, and I never want to go back. But now, he's asking for too much. Going too far. It's out of my comfort zone - not who I am. I'll swallow my pride and face my fears. But something tells me he has ulterior motives for this extreme request, and I will get to the bottom of it. That is, if I can pass his test.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tested by Her Web Master (Web Master, #2)

  • By Jessica Alcazar on 06-29-16

Tested by Her Web Master (Web Master, #2)

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

Reviewed: 06-29-16

Any additional comments?

I REALLY enjoyed this Audio book. I wasn’t too pleased with the narration of the first in this series, Her Web Master, but this was quite different. Alicyn Aimes did an excellent job with both voices and brought the story to life perfectly. THIS time I didn’t even have to fool around with the speed of narration at all.
I did something really different with this audio book. I listened to it in the car while I drove places for about a week or so. I wouldn’t recommend it LOL not because it was bad, quite the opposite. The story of Sophie and Quentin got even hotter at this point. We’re face to face now. Not online. And they are a scorching powerhouse together! I was seriously captivated by this Audio. And THAT’S why you shouldn’t be driving while you listen to it LOL
I have to say, this book pushed my boundaries and I liked it. I’m normally not the girl who enjoys to read deep BDSM lifestyle stories. I like my BDSM light, dirty and kinky. And this is anything but. However, it is well written and well developed so I enjoyed it.
Audio provided for blog tour review

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Love in a Small Town

  • The Soldier's Second Chance: Pine Harbour, Book 1
  • By: Zoe York
  • Narrated by: Em Eldridge
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 50

Six years. Two break-ups. One divorce. They should be over each other. Rafe Minelli knows better than to tell his wife no, particularly since they aren't married anymore. She can't hightail it out of town, though, not when they've finally broken through the post-divorce cold war status quo. Olivia Minelli needs to leave Pine Harbour. It's just too hard to see Rafe moving on without her - even if he says he doesn't want to. But when a new and exciting job falls into her lap, she needs to choose: protect her heart, or take the new job....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Musings

  • By Reader Lady on 07-22-16

OH MY OH MY OH MY !!!! What a love story this was!

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

Reviewed: 05-24-16

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, from my review, you can tell I love the story of Olivia and Rafe and Em Eldridge did an excellent job narrating it. I haven't had a lot of experience with audible books, but I honestly forgot Ms Eldridge was narrating thru most of it. In my head, it was Olivia and Rafe. She didn't distract from the story, she enhanced it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Love in a Small Town?

It isn't a moment that is most memorable, but the message behind the story. Love is worth fighting for. Love takes sacrifice. Love isn't easy but it's worth it :)

Any additional comments?

My Review of the story:WHAT a love story this was! I honestly didn't think it would WOW me based on the blurb alone. I actually thought it might just be silly. I WAS WRONG!Poor Rafe and Olivia have been thru what seems hell and hot coals to find their HEA! And that they do :) !!Zoe York has such an engaging way of telling a story that I felt ALL the emotions they were feeling as they were going thru them! I couldn't put this book down! And what a great story! .... The determination and passion that Rafe has to win Olivia over and the trust that finally comes .... gawd, I may cry just writing this review!SERIOUSLY ..... do not miss out on this love story! YOU WILL REGRET IT!#TRUTH!

  • Her Web Master

  • Web Master Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Normandie Alleman
  • Narrated by: Alicyn Aimes
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 120

Emails, texts, and hidden identities were one thing. But now, coming face-to-face with the mystery man, the star of my fantasies, both terrifies and completely thrills me. If all goes according to plan, he will intensify the exquisite bond we share by transporting me to that glorious intersection between agony and ecstasy. If not, everything we've built will come crashing down around us, destroying my dreams in the process.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 10 Stars for Creativity alone!

  • By Nina on 04-22-16

Her Web Master

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

Reviewed: 04-22-16

Any additional comments?

This review is solely for the Audio version
This is my first experience with this book. I hadn't read it before I signed up for this tour. I'd never actually listened to a book before reading it. This was probably not a good choice. This story was extremely erotic in nature. With that being said, you expect a certain type of grit, confidence and authority from the male lead. Had I only read the book, I would have conjured these traits in him but I didn't and the narrator unfortunately did not sound like the alpha male he should have. He was slow in the narration and without confidence in his speech. It really was quite odd. The female voices were not too bad but yet again, everything seemed to be read really really slow ... so I manually changed the speed of narration by almost a third more. If you do that, I think you might be very pleased with the outcome. Especially when it comes to the sexual acts. Before speeding up the narration, they sounded like school aged kids but after it was actually quite good.

So lesson learned ... sometimes you have to speed up the narration of a book in order to enjoy the audio! However, even with the speed-up of the narration, I'm very much middle of the road in rating. Speed or no speed, there still was no authority to the male narration and the female narration was not that much better. It just painted a very blah picture in my head of the characters.

I hope one day to go back and read Her Web Master so I can fully appreciate the story there.

Audio provided by Indie Sage PR for blog tour review

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  • Sincerely, Carter

  • By: Whitney G.
  • Narrated by: Joseph Discher, Jennifer O'Donnell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 738
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 689
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 691

Arizona Turner has been my best friend since fourth grade, even when we hated each other. We've been there for one another through first kisses and first times, and we've been each other's constant when good relationships turned bad. (We even went to colleges that were minutes away from each other.) Throughout the years, and despite what anyone says, we've never crossed the line. Never thought about it. Never wanted to...until one night changed everything. At least, it should've....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • addicting!

  • By Lunar Ryuu on 12-17-15

Sincerely, Carter (Sincerely Carter, #1)

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

Reviewed: 04-12-16

Any additional comments?

I read Sincerely, Carter last October and had a BLAST reading it! So when the opportunity to listen to the story on audio came up for a blog tour, I jumped on it. Why? Because I haven't read two more fun people in a very long time. I was so thoroughly entertaining by Carter and Arizona that I have already re-read the book AND listened to it in audio.
This audio book was perfection. I am so glad that Whitney G. decided to use both a female and male narrator because it just added to the fun. Nothing brings an audio book down more than trying to pass a male narrator as female and vice versa. Jennifer O'Donnell made an excellent Arizona and Joseph Discher was an absolute perfect Carter! They were both exactly as I had envisioned them to be when I first read this book! They didn't miss a single beat when it came to the chemistry that Arizona and Carter had. Their friendship and love and comradery was portrayed perfectly thru their voices. I've taken note of these two narrators and will be looking for more work by them in the future!
As for the story itself .... #flawless :)

  • Withering Hope

  • By: Layla Hagen
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo, Michael David Axtell, Christy Romano
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 212
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211

A crash landing leads to a crash course in survival...and passion. En route to a tropical paradise, overworked and dedicated Aimee Myller is ready to begin her new life. But when the plane defects, the pilot, sexy Tristan Bress, needs to make an emergency landing in the heart of the Amazon rainforest. Aimee Myller's dreams of a fairytale getaway in Brazil come crashing right down with the plane.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 3.5- why don't you just stab me in the soul- stars

  • By Misty on 04-16-16

Withering Hope

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

Reviewed: 03-30-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Withering Hope to be better than the print version?

Absolutely!

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

No, this was my first.

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

I wanted to, yes, but could not. The story does not pull you in until a good 50% in.

Any additional comments?

OK ... Where to begin ... I think telling you that this is a love story, not a romance story is imperative. There are certain standards and/or events that must happen in a story to make it flow from a love story into a romance story. Without giving anything away, the only thing I can say is that a key element in romance was missing from Withering Hope...But, that's just a minor point in categorization so lets move on...
The story-line ... big chunks are hard to believe and you are really going to have to remember that this is a work of fiction and therefor the fantastical and over-the-top is not only acceptable but sometimes necessary.
The love story ... I loved it. It's not new. It's not fresh, but I still loved it. The relationship that formed between our leads took form predictably. Two people attracted to each other, both unsatisfied with where their lives are at the moment, are bound to forge a romantic connection sooner or later when stuck in the Amazon forest with no idea if they will survive or not. It's natural, so the story is acceptable.

Lastly, I want to mention something about the Audio aspect to this book verses the Book. When this book first published last year, I attempted to read it. I stopped. Twice. Why? Well, two things. It's a slow start. It's not until Tristan and Aimee fully accept their feelings for each other that the story takes off, and that takes quite a bit. So it dragged at the beginning...a lot. Second, when I skimmed to see if it would pick up, I realized the end and it kinda disappointed me (romance vs love story) and I wished it would have been categorized properly..

SO, when this Blog Tour came around for the Audio, I jumped at the chance. I just knew that listening to the story would be more captivating and exciting because it mirrors watching a movie. And I was right :) My brain was able to shut off and just listen to the words and it transported me straight to the Amazon. The narration was exceptional and it brought the story to life! I would HIGHLY recommend this Audio! :)