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  • The Bride Test

  • By: Helen Hoang
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,021
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,021

Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny‚ but not important emotions, like love. His family knows better - that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful book!!!

  • By Kelly B. on 05-08-19

On point with sad/happy & in between

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

Reviewed: 08-06-19

I loved Khai and was making a huge assumption that he would be the next on to get a story. I was first hoping to have more from Hoang. Then to have it followed up with an actual read with actual characters that I had a bond with was even better. This was more than on lowly girl with a child living in a country that treated her like she was not much more than the bottom of one's shoe. It was a bout a boy with autism and a girl with a chance. Its what she did with her chance that makes this story worth listening to. I enjoy Khai's mother and her need to make sure her baby boy had someone to love and would love him back in return.

Mixed-race Esme was treated as a foreigner in her own country. She was in the right place at the right time with the right mind to be herself. Being herself was what got her that one chance to make a difference in her world and that of her family (daughter, mother, and grandmother).

Khai had lots of things to come to terms with and the biggest one took him over a decade to deal with. The second almost slips through his hands.

Narration was clean, clear, and the accents with this one was clear and made the story feel more authentic to the culture being used for the story. I loved that very much. It added to the state of mind while listening to the audio.

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  • The Kiss Quotient

  • A Novel
  • By: Helen Hoang
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,761
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,351

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases - a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with as well as way less experience in the dating department than the average 30-year-old. It doesn't help that she has Asperger's and that French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. She decides that she needs lots of practice - with a professional - which is why she hires escort Michael Phan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this!

  • By Jessica on 06-12-18

there are advantages to being different

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

Reviewed: 08-06-19

Hearwarming was just the first word I thought of. But this one was so much more than just heartwarming. It was different, special, refreshing, enlightening, interesting. Aspergers' is not the end of the world. You just see the world differently. I loved the romance they built together. I loved Stella and all that was her. I loved Michael because he was doing him the best way he knew how and let no one make him feel bad for it. He did what needed to be done and was not going to take no for it.

Michael and Stella had their lives to live and were doing just that. We only were able to scratch the surface of the two of them. We were able to get to know a few other character and it was nice for the relationship aspect of it all. The only issue here was that there was no deep depths of either character and yet I still fell in love with the romance the two of them shared.

I guess we could go into details about what these two characters were and were not, but that would defeat the purpose of you getting to know them for yourself and seeing them through your own eyes, ears, heart, soul. I will admit this story may not be for everyone, but it was for me. I gave me a light at the end of a dark tunnel. Thank you, Helen Hoang.

Carly Robins did a fairly well job. A few times I was thrown by the lack of accent and clarity a few times, but other than that I found the audio flowing and smooth.

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  • The Krinar Exposé

  • A Krinar Chronicles Novel
  • By: Anna Zaires, Hettie Ivers
  • Narrated by: Shirl Rae
  • Length: 6 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

What happens in an alien sex club stays in an alien sex club, right? Well...not if you pen an exposé on the place. And certainly not if you omit the fact that the experiences in the article are your own. Or if the Krinar you’ve hooked up with is the club's owner, whose many kinks involve blackmail and mind games. For a young journalist out to prove herself, it's all about landing the next big story. Until it becomes all about landing in a possessive alien's penthouse bed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sexy Good Times Are Literally Out of This World...

  • By Karen Dee on 11-21-18

performance, story, excellent audio not so much

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

Reviewed: 08-06-19

The Krinar Exposé has been on my want list since I had heard the little snippet of it over a year ago. Now the full story is available and I must say that I was not disappointed with the story or the narration. Now, the audio quality I was not a fan of. My audio kept skipping works and jumping. I was so upset. Shirl Rae did her job of giving us a sweet feisty journalist and a very sexy, kinky, behaviorist doctor alien. All this being in the first person. We get to see more of what was going on from her perceptive. The additional or expanded epilogue with Mia & Korum was just additional icing on the cake.

  • The Girl Most Likely

  • Class of '85 Reunion Series
  • By: Jana Richards
  • Narrated by: Leigh Linley
  • Length: 4 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Cara McLeod, the girl most likely to have the perfect marriage, is now divorced and, in her own words, "fat, frumpy, and over forty." The thought of facing former classmates - and the ex-husband who dumped her - at her high school reunion terrifies her. Cajoled into attending by her kids and her best friend, Cara enlists help at the gym to lose weight and look great for the reunion. Personal trainer Finn Cooper is more than willing to help - but does he have to be so to-die-for gorgeous? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Girl most likely

  • By Deedra on 08-17-19

Life lessons can be hard but . . .

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

Reviewed: 08-06-19

There are times when we much grow and build or grown to move on. I think it was a little harder than Cara thought to move on with life after divorce. She tried going back to school. She tried being an intern. She tried being single and happy. She still was working on her self-esteem. She had baggage to lose and a life to reclaim. She had life lessons to learn even when they are hard and not exactly what one wants to hear or learn.

Finn was the guess that turned in to something more. The something more that Cara was not expected or fully aware of how much she needed in her life. Life lessons can be hard but sometimes they come when you are not expecting them.

Narration was fine. It was the audio quality that I had an issue with. There was an echo or tunnel sound to it. I just guess it left me feeling like I did not get the entire experience.

  • Coastal Elite

  • By: Kate Canterbary
  • Narrated by: Connor Brown
  • Length: 3 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89

Jordan Kaisall has problems. Business problems, political problems, cheating ex-girlfriend problems. He knows that a week away from the Washington D.C. Beltway won't do a damn bit of good for those problems, but his beach house in Montauk is exactly where he needs to be right now. April Veach has plans. Work plans, travel plans, try-everything-once plans. Montauk is keeping her plenty busy this summer between decorating wedding cakes and teaching yoga, and busy is good. But busy is also a lonely bed, and that wasn't part of her grand plan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Head to Montauk, Now!

  • By StrickDC on 03-17-18

too short to make a true connect

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

Reviewed: 08-06-19

I did enjoy the listen. I did enjoy the story, but I was wanting more. There was this something that was missing. There was more that wanted to be told. It was more to Jordan and I could just feel it was wanting to be released. I just did not get it. And then there was April she was a woman of many talents. There chance was just that a chance and not at the same time. I would have liked to see a more deeper or elaborate story for the two.

I loved getting a chance to visit the Walshes, even it it was just one of them.

Narration added a layer to the story. Connor Brown provided a voice to the man that had been through much and had something to find. The audio was clear and smooth.

  • Surviving Doodahville

  • By: Ashley Fontainne, Lillian Hansen
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Roberts
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

The summer of 1983 - the era of big debt, big hair, and big dreams. Seventeen-year-old Kassandra Lawson is excited about starting her senior year of high school. She has a crush on a local hunk, and her best friend, valley girl extraordinaire Liz Hendricks, insists on helping her snag the hot guy - for sure! July starts out uneventful for Kee and her parents. Her father, Kevin, is a partner at a CPA firm, and her mother, Gail, works as a secretary at the police department. The small family lives an idyllic life in sunny Hacienda Heights, California.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • #Redneck Pride is alive!

  • By Barb (Paging Through The Days) on 07-16-19

full rich characters with a deep distinct ...

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

Reviewed: 07-27-19

Family. Family lies. Family secrets. Family drama. Family Saga. This was that and so much more. There were romance. True love stories. True love tragedies. True love beginnings. Some came home. Some made a home. Some reconnected with loved one, lost ones, changed ones. Some grew up. Some grew old. Some just grew. Coming of age. Coming to terms. Coming to truths. Coming to life.

There were full rich characters with a deep distinct background story going with all that was presented. The year that changed the lives of so many. Kee, Kevin, Gail, Rafe, and all of Doodahville (not the real name of the town but it fit just fine.) The summer of 1983 brought much change and strife to the small town community in Arkansas. They will look back on that year as the one that made Doodahville what it was to become in the future. It took a man coming back home and a woman of compassion dying for the community to begin to see the errors of their ways/past.

I have to say that this will not be for the faint of heart. There are things that will have your blood boiling, panties in a twist, and then some. Fontainne & Hansen did a wonderful job bring you back to the 80s and that summer that things changed for the Lawson family and the community they took back and made more of.

Rebecca Roberts did a fabulous job. I loved each character she presented. I loved that she nailed the various characters and gave me a detailed picture to put in my mind that would go with the vocals she provided. I found that audio to flow smoothly. Roberts voice, pitch, tone, and diction fit the story just right.

*****
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Ashley Fontainne. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

  • Darkbeam Part I: A Dragonian Series Novel - The Rubicon's Story

  • The Beam Series, Book 2
  • By: Adrienne Woods
  • Narrated by: Kevin T Collins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

Everyone in Paegeia knows that only one Rubicon dragon lives at a time. If more than one, they will destroy Paegeia and eventually the rest of the world as they crave that constant power for dominance. Blake Leaf is this era's Rubicon and is destined for grate things if his darkness can be won.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • bring on more of the rubicon

  • By The Book Junkie Reads . . . on 07-27-19

bring on more of the rubicon

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

Reviewed: 07-27-19

BRING ON PART 2. Need I say more. The dark fantasy with a dragon. The battel of Blake Leaf against the darkness that works hard to overtake him.

I have yet to read the Dragonian series, but after this one I will be heading back to read that series and book one from this series. I want to see where things began and how the progress. I am awaiting the follow up book for Darkbeam. I want to know more about Blake.

I am certain that once I have consumed the other series and the first book of this series. I will most certianly be back to listen Darkbeam Part 1 a second time.

The choice in narrator was a good one. I found that Kevin's portarila of the characters was alluring. He was dark when needed. Sick and twisted at the right times. The timing, inflections, diction, pitch and tone worked very well with the story unfolding.

Kudoos and high-fives for the writing, the depth of characters, the direction of the story, the background, the narration.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Adrienne Woods. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

  • A Death in Duck

  • Lindsay Harding Cozy Mystery Series
  • By: Mindy Quigley
  • Narrated by: Holly Adams
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

With the new year approaching, hospital chaplain Lindsay Harding heads for a much-needed break in the peaceful resort town of Duck on North Carolina's outer banks. Her plan to attend the wedding of her friend, Anna, runs aground when a boatload of trouble washes ashore, and as the old year ticks down, the body count goes up. Thrust into the path of an increasingly desperate killer, Lindsay must uncover a sinister secret before she winds up swimming with the fishes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Get your giggle on with this mystery!

  • By Jan on 01-30-16

life has become a little more . . .

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

Reviewed: 07-15-19

Small-town Duck, NC finds that with the winding down of the year there's a steep increase in dead bodies. Good for them that Chaplin Lindsay Harding's in town for a wedding, but that was not the celebration it should have been. There were so many things going on this time around with the second installment in this cozy mystery series. A visit to Duck was a bit more than Lindsay was looking for during this holiday vacation. Action. Drama. Humor. Family. Friends. Accusations.
The Pacing of this book was fast and full speed ahead. There are lots of things to take up every challenge placed down. There were answers. You get more information. The characters are still good with more depth in to them. Their past. There relationships. The connections. A few new faces.

I very much enjoyed the second installment. The series is gaining with intensity, humor, wit, charm, Lindsay.

Holly Adams does a really good job. I applaud her and her action with pacing, tone, diction, and just the way she handles the story and puts voice to it.

*****
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Mindy Quigley. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

  • A Murder in Mount Moriah

  • A Reverend Lindsay Harding Mystery
  • By: Mindy Quigley
  • Narrated by: Holly Adams
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 66
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

For hospital chaplain Lindsay Harding, facing death is part of the job. After all she spends her working days comforting sick and dying patients. But when the annual Civil War reenactment in her hometown of Mount Moriah, North Carolina, produces a real casualty, the Grim Reaper suddenly gets a little too close for comfort. With the clock ticking, the police struggle to unravel how and why a beloved local reenactor was shot in front of hundreds of onlookers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Tracet on 12-26-15

introducing a Chaplin investigator . . .

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

Reviewed: 07-15-19

Cozy. Cute. Squirrely. My favorite mysteries are usually small-towns, female investigator, and one that would not be your typical choice to investigate. Mindy had just what I was looking for. I very much enjoy chaplain Lindsya Harding. She was someone that dealt with death and dying as part of her everyday. Now, she was in a role as investigator. The mystery was not overly complicated, but gave you just enough to get you wheels turning and you wanting to know more.
Narrator Holly Adams had the voice that could pull of mystery and still give you that feel of being right there as all the danger, suspense, and comedy took place. I found that this was a good start/introduction to a new series for me to look at.

*****
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Mindy Quigley. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

  • Oshun Rising

  • Trinity Forest, Book 2
  • By: Jennifer Alsever
  • Narrated by: Moira Todd
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Oshun has everything a young pop star could ever want - fame, fortune, and beauty to spare. But there's something dark inside of her, rising like the tide, fighting to be heard. Something that terrifies her. Because once she lets it out, she knows there's no going back. Ember is drowning. Fighting for consciousness, struggling to make sense of the strange dreams she's been having - prophecies of murder, deception, and blackmail. Maddie is barely staying afloat with her best friend Ember still missing, presumed dead. Then she learns a pop star may be involved in Ember's disappearance....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oshun Rising

  • By ZOE R on 11-29-18

back to trinity forest . ..

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

Reviewed: 07-15-19

You have just gotta read/listen to book one of this series. You will enjoy the follow up so much more. There are things that you just need to know, may want to experience, and just to save you sanity later on.

I may be just a bit bias. I loved book one. I loved book two just as much. This was truly and epic step in to the Trinity Forest. You will want to know all that you can to have yourself prepared for what will be coming to you.

Come join the Trinity Forest journey. Its full of deep characters with layers, rich world building for the forest, life, sorrow, pain, sadness, truth. I unwilling to give up too much but you will find that Ember, Oshun, Maddie, Jarod, Tre and more will have an impact on you and how you will look at the YA genre.

Narration was very much a complement to the coming of age, coming to terms young adult read that shows there are many ways to interpret things in life. The tones, pitch, and cadence helps to enforce much of the current running through this story.

*****
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Audiobookworm Promotions on behalf of various authors, narrators, and publishers. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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