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  • Mrs. Saint and the Defectives

  • A Novel
  • By: Julie Lawson Timmer
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Wiley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,012
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 917
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 916

Markie, a fortysomething divorcée who has suffered a humiliating and very public fall from marital, financial, and professional grace, moves, along with her teenage son, Jesse, to a new town, hoping to lick her wounds in private. But Markie and Jesse are unable to escape the attention of their new neighbor Mrs. Saint, an irascible, elderly New European woman who takes it upon herself, along with her ragtag group of "defectives," to identify and fix the flaws in those around her, whether they want her to or not.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Hours of a narcissist complaining

  • By Nomad 2009 on 09-22-17

Slightly tedious

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

Spoiler alert. The primary character is a whiner & the co-primary is a bossy liar. They both have good enough reasons for their attitudes, but it’s a little tedious to listen to for so many hours. The persistent thread that helping your neighbor in fact helps you, is quite admirable but kind of rubbed in your face - a lot.
Not all the red herrings were addressed in this novel about secrets. I found myself at the end saying, “But what about the ...”. There are some character cliches.
The narrator is a good fit for this book with many characters & range of emotions, which kept me listening to the end.

  • Rock Chick Revenge

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Susannah Jones
  • Length: 17 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,606
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,487
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,494

Ava Barlow hates men. She has reason and she’s vowed not only never to get involved with another one again, but also to exact vengeance on her best friend’s lying, cheating, rat-bastard husband. Since Luke Stark, Ava's childhood crush, is now a badass mother, she thinks to enlist him, but changes her mind at the last second. Too late. Luke knows she’s up to something and he’s already seen many a Rock Chick try to fight her own battles without the Hot Bunch stepping in. He’s having none of it. She’s having none of him. The clash of the Rock Chick and Hot Guy begins, but Luke’s got the advantage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you want to swoon ... meet Luke Stark!

  • By Erin on 01-29-15

Another great Rock Chick

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

Reviewed: 07-14-18

Ava & Luke make another great Rock Chick & Hot Bunch couple with their own idiosyncrasies and back stories. Lots of humor plus suspenseful turns plus sharp dialog. If I were to change anything: 1) I’d relay a little more of what Luke is doing when he’s not with Ava because the focus is all on her in every scene, and 2) when Ava asks Luke to “Step Back,” to stop, to let her go, or just plain “No,” Luke usually doesn’t listen. The reader knows Ava’s head is getting in the way of her heart , and it’s meant to be a bit humorous, but I think it’s a bad trend.
Susannah Jones is the perfect narrator for this series.

  • Rock Chick Reborn

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Nicole Small
  • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 520
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518

As a Rock Chick, Shirleen Jackson lived through all the kidnappings and explosions. Along the way, she also watched the dramatic love stories that came with those rides unfold. But long ago, Shirleen made her choice. It affected who she was and would always be. She decided to settle for what she had and not want more. She had good friends. She was raising two fine young men who weren't hers, but she loved them anyway. She was good. And then Moses Richardson crashed into her life, literally...and deliberately.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ughhhh!! Why why why?

  • By Shopaholic on 04-04-18

OK but not top Ashley

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

Reviewed: 07-02-18

I was excited to discover Shirleen had her on story on audiobook, but unfortunately it was essentially listening to a 5 hour first date. Shirleen vacillates between tough confident gal & whining, “No one could ever love me because of my past.” Moses is her cool, calm sexy guy, but he’s more like her therapist.
There is snappy Kristen Ashley dialog, but minimal action & no suspense. Lots of life lesson stuff, but too much like a sermonette. The new narrator’s voice fits Shirleen, but less so the other characters.
This audiobook was a “time passer,” not a great read.

  • The Hookup

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Lance Greenfield, Stella Bloom
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,985
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,849
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,839

When the new girl in town, Eliza "Izzy" Forrester, decides to hit the local drinking hole, she's not ready to meet the town's good, solid guy. She's definitely not prepared to engage in her very first hookup with him. Then Izzy wakes up the next morning in Johnny Gamble's bed, and good girl Izzy finds she likes being bad for Johnny. Even so, Izzy feels Johnny holding her at arm's length. He's in love with someone else. Someone who left him and did it leaving him broken.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A WHIRLWIND OF WICKEDLY WONDERFUL FEELS

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 12-23-17

Enjoyable but not Ashley’s Best

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

Reviewed: 06-25-18

The H is a decent guy alpha male hunk. The h is a sweet, sensitive strong beauty. Every character has *major* issues from the past. The relationship of H & h is the focus of this novel; the action & events seem secondary. So it’s a bit drawn out, with the main characters vacillating plenty, but it’s tolerable. The sex scenes are abundant & a little overboard, but not unexpected with Ashley.
Stella Bloom has always been a first rate narrator, and she excels here - adding to the story. Lance Greenfield’s narration seems more suited to a spy novel or murder mystery. Every phrase (“He sat in the chair.”) is accentuated as if a bomb were about to explode any minute.
Overall entertaining. I could listen to it again in a year or two.

  • Assassin Next Door

  • Bad Boy Inc. Series, Book 1
  • By: Eve Langlais
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Mitchell
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129

A killer with a white picket fence. Suburbia, a great place for a man with secrets to hide - while investing in some solid real estate. The biggest drawback? Neighbors. In this case, a neighbor with sexy curves and a bright smile. Good thing she's not his type. Single moms with annoying exes are on the do-not-date list. Stay away. Calvin wants to; it's just not happening. He can't help but find himself drawn to the chaos next door. And when danger threatens his suburban lifestyle, this assassin doesn't hesitate to act.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listen at 1.25x speed

  • By Tanya on 06-10-18

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

Lots of cliches & stereotypes but enough suspense, action and humor to keep the audiobook entertaining. Really liked the narrator’s performance.

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  • The Genius and the Muse

  • By: Elizabeth Hunter
  • Narrated by: Caroline Shaffer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 101

For Kate Mitchell, finishing her master's thesis on reclusive photographer Reed O'Connor was just another item to check off her list. She knew exactly what she was doing. Or did she? There's just one portrait that doesn't fit. One portrait... and the passion she sees behind it. Finding the story behind O'Connor's picture becomes Kate's obsession, and the people she meets will challenge everything she thought she knew about life, love, and inspiration. A single picture can tell more than one story.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting story

  • By Terri F on 06-19-16

Slow start but got better

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

Reviewed: 05-28-18

The early chapters seemed cliched, and I was sure I could guess how the story would develop. I was pleased, however, when a mystery appears that the main character proceeds to unravel over the remainder of the book. The art references & personalties are still somewhat insubstantial and stereotyped respectively, but tolerable. Entertainingly narrated.

  • Sprinkled: A Humorous Cozy Mystery!

  • Lacey Luzzi Mafia Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Gina LaManna
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 168
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 168

Lacey Luzzi's roller coaster of a life has been filled with the highest of highs and the lowest of lows. She just never expected the lows to be so...sparkly. After falling on her face during an attempt to follow in her recently deceased mother's stripper boots, Lacey realizes she is not cut out for life on stage. She sets out on a yearlong investigation to find her true family, never expecting she'll find it with a capital F.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who knew The Mob could be so much fun?!

  • By Jan on 07-01-15

OK

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

Reviewed: 03-26-18

The story had some really amusing snippets and some excitement and suspense; but there was also a lot of just plain un-amusing silliness. At times the heroine, Lacey, acts so immaturely that I got tired of her problems and situations. “Just Grow Up Already!” This issue wasn’t helped by the narrator who sounds more like a 17 year old than 28.
There are quite a few characters and locations, and Lacey bounces around all of them non-stop, exhaustively and occasionally with loss of story continuity.
I listened to the end because, although not great, it offered entertainment during a long road trip and housework.

  • Fortune Hunter

  • By: Jana DeLeon
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,579
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,411

Someone has created a fake social media identity and is online romancing the lonely women of Sinful in order to scam them out of money. Because he always seems to pick the perfect targets, Fortune, Ida Belle, and Gertie think he must be either a Sinful resident or someone with a close association to the town.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Book

  • By John on 08-02-16

Right balance of humor & suspense

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

Reviewed: 02-21-18

I’ve listened to all in the series so far. Fortune Hunter, book 8, doesn’t disappoint in the quirky misadventures of Swamp Team 3, the peculiar characters of Sinful, or the mystery & suspense

  • Louisiana Longshot

  • A Miss Fortune Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Jana DeLeon
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,889
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,868

It was a hell of a long shot.... CIA assassin Fortune Redding is about to undertake her most difficult mission ever - in Sinful, Louisiana. With a leak at the CIA and a price placed on her head by one of the world's largest arms dealers, Fortune has to go off-grid, but she never expected to be this far out of her element.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not great lit but at $4.95 no loss

  • By green ice cream garden on 08-22-16

Very entertaining

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

Reviewed: 11-03-17

Some stereotyped characters & repetition, and a bit hard to believe a trained CIA assassin would keep making major goofs. That said, the story was highly entertaining with suspense & comic breaks. Likable main characters. Excellent narration. I plan to get the next in this series.

  • Mr. Match

  • The Mister Series, Book 5
  • By: JA Huss
  • Narrated by: Jill Redfield, Joe Arden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317

Oliver Shrike thinks ahead. He likes to make lists and tick off boxes. He plans, he plots, and he's got everything under control. Until one day he sees my videos on his dating site. The private erotic videos I make just for him. When I'm looking at the camera, I can practically see his face. Hear the internal arguments. Feel his desire. Because I'm that kind of woman. You should delete my videos, Oliver Shrike. It's your job to keep that dating site on the up and up. But you don't, do you?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Finale!!

  • By Erin on 07-19-17

Disappointed.

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

Reviewed: 08-14-17

I had read Mr Books 1 & 2, then purchased this audiobook of #5. Man, was I confused. It may call itself "stand alone", but prepare to not understand a lot - references to past events & numerous characters. Add in the fact that at least 7 of the principal characters have nicknames: sheesh.

Also, I just couldn't warm up to Oliver & Katya. Both are strong w a vulnerable side, but they often came off as just arrogant & obnoxious.

The narration was super. I wish the story could have equaled the narrators.