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  • Suddenly You

  • By: Lisa Kleypas
  • Narrated by: Beverley A. Crick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 330
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 302

She was unmarried, untouched, and almost 30, but novelist Amanda Briars wasn't about to greet her next birthday without making love to a man. When he appeared at her door, she believed he was her gift to herself, hired for one night of passion. Unforgettably handsome, irresistibly virile, he tempted her in ways she never thought possible . . . but something stopped him from completely fulfilling her dream. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too much sex

  • By Sue on 07-20-18

ONE OF MY FAVORITE LISA KLEYPAS STORIES ... BUT ..

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

Reviewed: 01-04-19

I adore ALL of Lisa Kleypas's historical romances. I think this is #2 right after "Dreaming of You" on my list of favorites. However ... the narrator pretty much ruined it for me. {{sigh}} Roslyn Landor did most of her other historicals ... and I wish she had narrated this one.

I've been looking for this title for AGES!! I don't understand why this one was never done before. I was happy to see it and listened to it, but the narrator rather ruined it for me.

Great story ... bad narrator.

  • Someone to Watch Over Me

  • Bow Street Runners Series, Book 1
  • By: Lisa Kleypas
  • Narrated by: Anna Parker-Naples
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 174
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

In this Regency romance, Kleypas, the author of Seduce Me at Sunrise, tells the story of a scandalous beauty with no memory of who she is and the man determined to unravel the secrets of her past.  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Desperately Seeking Susan

  • By Tesla's Fire on 12-02-18

PAINFUL TO LISTEN TO ...

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

This is one of my very favorite Lisa Kleypas stories and have always wondered WHY it was eliminated from the series initially. I was so happy to see it available!! Woohoo!! Except ... the narration is terrible. I soldiered on ... but didn't enjoy it and never really got use to her voice. Chalk on a blackboard disturbing.

Don't know who chooses the narrator for these, but PLEASE go back to Rosalyn Landor!! I'd listen to her read the phone book, as they say.

Highly recommend the book ... just not this narrator.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Treading Water

  • Treading Water Series, Book 1
  • By: Marie Force
  • Narrated by: Holly Fielding
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297

Love is the last thing on Jack Harrington's mind when he sets out to meet Andi Walsh's flight. Recently back to work after spending more than a year tending to his comatose wife, Jack is focused on getting through each day and caring for his three daughters. However, the moment he sets eyes on Andrea Walsh, the interior designer who has come to decorate the hotel his company is building in Newport, Rhode Island, Jack begins to wonder if Andi might be his second chance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story

  • By Lisabeth on 05-20-13

MIGHT HAVE BEEN BETTER IF I JUST READ IT

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

Reviewed: 08-17-16

This was a "just okay" story ... brought low by the narrator. I usually like Marie Force, but this one just didn't sit well with me.

And I definitely won't be purchasing more of the series. Holly Fielding has gone onto my "never purchase" list. Wow. The entire 9+ hours was done in such a hushed, boring monotone, I had a really hard time focusing my attention on the story. Dreadful.

NOT recommended.

  • Painted Faces

  • By: L. H. Cosway
  • Narrated by: Ali Coffey
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

Dublin native Freda Wilson considers herself to be an acquired taste. She has a habit of making offensive jokes and speaking her mind too often. She doesn't have the best track record with first impressions, which is why she gets a surprise when her new neighbor, Nicholas, takes a shine to her. Nicholas is darkly handsome, funny, and magnetic, and Freda feels like her black and white existence is plunged into a rainbow of color when she's around him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unconventional, Amazing Love Story

  • By Diane S. on 05-01-16

My First LH Cosway Story

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

Reviewed: 07-14-16

I was so happy to see this on Audible, as it was the first book by LH Cosway that I read. SO unique and well done that I rushed to "follow" her (I assume it's a "her"!) so I didn't miss out on anything else she had written. I've since devoured all of her works and have never been disappointed.

I wish that more of Cosway's stories were on Audible! I'd definitely snap them up. As I said, so unique and well done. No cookie-cutter romance here!

My only complaint is the narrator. Viv / Nicholas is suppose to be from New Zealand but there was not even a _hint_ of a New Zealand accent. And so much of the story was pretty much just read to us in a monotone. Very disappointing.

Bad narrator notwithstanding ... highly recommended!

  • Rock Addiction

  • Rock Kiss, Book 1
  • By: Nalini Singh
  • Narrated by: Justine O. Keef
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 918
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 827
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 828

Molly Webster has always followed the rules. After an ugly scandal tore apart her childhood and made her the focus of the media's harsh spotlight, she vowed to live an ordinary life. No fame. No impropriety. No pain. Then she meets Zachary Fox, a tattooed bad-boy rocker with a voice like whiskey and sin and a touch that could become an addiction.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • really disappointing

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-10-16

Such a Disappointment!

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

Reviewed: 01-21-16

I generally love Nilini Singh, but this story just kind of fell flat, for me. Nothing ever really _happens_!! You get to PART 2 (ooh, the excitement!) ... and then nothing ever really _happens._ Double disappointment. I loved Molly. I loved Fox. There just wasn't a story to go along with the characters.

The worst though — I generally also really like Justine O. Keef. Ummm ... Molly was suppose to be a Kiwi (as were her friends ...) Why no accent? None at all!! And when the scene shifted to Australia, the accent was there, but superbly AWFUL. (And I do mean laughable.) Authors, please hire narrators that can DO THE ACCENTS as you write them!!

Sorry ... can't recommend this one.

  • Flat-Out Love

  • By: Jessica Park
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,735
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,568
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,576

He was tall, at least six feet, with dirty blond hair that hung over his eyes. His T-shirt read Nietzsche Is My Homeboy. So, that was Matt. Who Julie Seagles likes. A lot. But there is also Finn. Who she flat out loves. Complicated? Awkward? Completely. But really, how was this freshly-minted Boston transplant and newbie college freshman supposed to know that she would end up living with the family of an old friend of her mother’s? This was all supposed to be temporary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Loved this book!

  • By OutOfStyle1989 on 01-17-13

Just Cannot Get "Into" It

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

Reviewed: 11-27-15

I've tried five or six times to listen to this. Somewhere around chapter 5, I just lose interest and go to something that will hold my attention. As it has been said in other reviews, it really does appear to have been written for teens.

I really did try!

  • Welcome to Paradise

  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Emma Taylor
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321

Mira Walker is hoping that competing on a "living history" reality show will give her what's missing from her real life. Maybe she'll get closer to her boyfriend, who hasn't been all that nice to her lately. Get fired up about her job again. Who knows, she might even win a million dollars. Gabe Kincaid and his brother, Alec, are after that million, too, though. Mira and Scott are no threat at all, not when everybody involved is going to want to kill Scott after the first day. And there's no bond stronger than a twin's. What could possibly go wrong?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reality TV Romance Done Well

  • By CandCrew on 06-07-15

"Partying Like It's 1885!" AND IT'S SO MUCH FUN!

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

Reviewed: 06-02-15

Well, now ... I’ve tried watching reality shows on TV ... really, I have. Don’t like them. Period. However, Rosalind James is one of my favorite authors, so I thought I would give this book a try. Didn’t like it. Nope ... I LOVED it. I will admit that at first I got a little bit confused about who was who and who belonged with what other character, but once you got into the story, everything came together. (There is a list at the front of the ebook with all the characters and a bit about them, and that helped too. Go buy that first!)

You can get the synopsis of the story here and elsewhere, so I won’t get into that. I will say that I loved the burgeoning love interest between Myra and Gabe. Oh, Gabe! Can I have a Gabe? Ms. James writes such wonderful, upstanding heroes. They aren’t cookie-cutter and they are believable ... I guess that’s what makes them so wonderful. And her heroines, too. Just like real people and so relatable.

There were lots of characters to deal with, as I mentioned, but they were definitely NOT 2-dimensional, cookie-cutter characters. Each and every one of them seems real, with their own personalities and quirks and foibles. From the older gents and ladies (Stanley and Zara were absolute gems!) to the young crowd, every single one was limned perfectly.

I loved all the plotting and scheming; all the gardening, and cooking, and canning and plowing, and ... well, just all of it. I still don’t think I like the TV shows, but when the proceedings are playing out inside my head, it’s a whole different thing. I also learned something, so that’s a plus. (I never thought about using a hair pin to pit cherries. Now, if I could just find somewhere that sells hairpins! Ha!)

I do admit to being a tiny bit disappointed in the narrator, Emma Taylor. (I suspect that it’s just because I am so spoiled with Ms. James’s narrator for her “Escape to New Zealand” series, Claire Bocking. Claire is an _amazing_ narrator.) This reading was just rather lackluster and unemotional in comparison. Not awful, but any means ...just not stellar. I’ve only heard her doing an English accent previously and she’s quite good at that. But, a solid 4-stars from me, for this title.

[“I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own."]

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Just for You (Escape to New Zealand)

  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Claire Bocking
  • Length: 4 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 272
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 271

Hemi Ranapia isn’t looking for love. Fun, yes. Love, not so much. But a summer fishing holiday to laid-back Russell could turn out to be more adventure than this good-time boy ever bargained for. Reka Harata hasn't forgotten the disastrously hot rugby star she met a year ago, no matter how much she wishes she could. Too bad Hemi keeps refusing to be left in her past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Back to the beginning for Hemi and Reka

  • By M. Miller on 04-28-15

The Backstory We've Been Waiting For!

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

Reviewed: 04-16-15

I’m not usually a fan of novellas (the longer the better for my preferences) but as a fan of the “Escape to New Zealand” series, this was just fine. Better than fine. =)

With this title, we (finally!) get the back-story of the ‘old married couple’ that have been the backbone of most of the EtNZ stories, Hemi and Reka. How they met, how they parted, how they almost didn’t get together the second time ... yeah, all that.

Hemi was a bit full of himself when he first met Reka, having just been chosen to play for the All Blacks. Reka was coming off a bad relationship and needed to feel attractive and wanted and ... well, made a bad decision, especially since Hemi never followed up, never stayed in touch. But a few months down the road, and maybe it wasn’t a bad decision, as Hemi is back and has decided that now he wants to be the kind of guy that ‘sticks.’ A good guy. A guy that wants an all-in kind of relationship. Well Reka has a bit more spine at this juncture and he’s just gonna have to prove a few things first. (Go, Reka!!)

I loved watching Hemi and Reka get to their ‘happily ever after,’ and you can see the people they have become in the later books, as well. I’m so glad we got to find how they started out.

Recommended? No doubt about it!

[I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.]

  • Just Not Mine

  • Escape to New Zealand, Book 6
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Claire Bocking
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402

Hugh Latimer's coping with a few problems just now. A broken hand, missing the European rugby tour... and a half-brother and sister who are playing havoc with his love life. Instead of packing down in the scrum, he's driving the carpool to ballet - or forgetting it's his turn. When he hears his neighbor wailing out bad pop in the wee hours, it's the last straw.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes the best option is right in front of you

  • By Laura's Reviews on 04-12-15

Stories + Narrator = KEEP GETTING BETTER!

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

Reviewed: 03-31-15

If you’ve read any of my other reviews for this series, you know that (like a lot of other readers) the stories really piqued my interest ... and now love ... of rugby. And prompted me to set up a “New Zealand Vacation” fund, as Rosalind really shows us how gorgeous En Zed is and instills a fervent curiosity about a lesser-known country. (I’m getting close, folks! Yay!!) I can’t think of any other audiobooks I’ve listened to (or books that I’ve read) that have inspired that sort of ‘fan-dom.”

This story begins with Hugh Latimer just having one heck of a time. He’s just broken his hand, which takes him out of the line-up playing rugby for the All Blacks for the Northern Tour. That’s bad. No, that’s awful! And to make everything worse, he has to play parent to his two younger half-siblings who have been recently orphaned, as his aunt has decided to take a break from her custodial duties and travel to her native England. Well, we do learn to love Hugh, but this guy is bordering on clueless. He’s lucky to get himself places on time, never mind Amelia’s ballet lessons, Charlie’s rugby practice and ... oh! don’t even mention the grocery shopping. And hoovering ... with a cast on. He’s expected to do the hoovering, too!?!? (That’s vacuuming, for all you Yanks.)

Well, it’s hard to sleep with a cast on ... never mind worrying about all the aforementioned stuff. So, early one morning, Hugh feels like he’s just gotten to sleep, but he’s awaken by the next-door-neighbor wailing at the top of her lungs. This is just too much and he isn’t going to stand for it! He’s either going to rescue the old bag or get her to shut up. Except ... it’s not the old bag. Hugh has a new neighbor.

Okay ... with a set-up like that, you’ve got to know what happens next, right? =) So, go spend your credit!

Our narrator is the very, very talented Claire Bocking. You’ve got to know that she’s good with an Audie nomination under her belt for her very first audiobook (“Just This Once.”) [Way to go, Claire!] She just keeps getting better and better with these “Escape to New Zealand” stories. She’s funny, she makes you cry, her timing is impeccable, you never have to guess who’s talking ... well, I could go on and on. Just know that she really adds to the story and she’s wonderful!

Recommended? ABSOLUTELY!!


[I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.]

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Maid for Love

  • Gansett Island Series, Book 1
  • By: Marie Force
  • Narrated by: Holly Fielding
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 723
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 650
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 652

Maddie Chester is determined to leave her hometown of Gansett Island, a place that has brought her only bad memories and ugly rumors. Then she’s knocked off her bike on the way to her housekeeping job at McCarthy’s Resort Hotel by Gansett’s "favorite son", Mac McCarthy. He’s back in town to help his father with preparations to sell the family resort and has no intention of staying long. When Mac accidentally sends Maddie flying over the handlebars, badly injuring her, he moves in to nurse her back to health and help care for her young son.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining

  • By TM on 08-29-13

Narrator Really Detracted From the Story

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

Reviewed: 03-19-15

I read this on my Kindle a long time ago, but I couldn't even remember the story-line. To me it was only so-so. What bothered me about the audiobook is ... well, she just pretty much read the story. You couldn't discern _who_ was speaking. There was no "acting" involved at all. Ms. Fielding has a very pleasant voice, but she's not suited to being an audiobook narrator.

I can see that a lot of people really liked this story, but it was just blah for me and the reader didn't elevate it at all.