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  • Axel

  • Corps Security, Book 1
  • By: Harper Sloan
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden, Sean Crisden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,322
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,224

Isabelle West has learned the hard way how hard life can be when fate isn't by your side. For the last two years Isabelle has been slowly clearing the clouds of her past. Happiness is finally on the horizon. She has a thriving business, great friends, and her life back. All she has to do is jump over the last hurdle... her ex-husband. Axel never thought he would look into the eyes of Isabelle West again, and he wasn't sure he wanted to now.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I don't know... Sort of maddening.

  • By D. Snyder on 02-08-18

All Alpha, All the Time

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

Reviewed: 01-21-17

Book (4.5 Stars) - I've listened to the whole series now and love Ms Sloan's books. The guys are definitely over-the-top alpha and protective but I certainly didn't expect less than that from this kind of story (ex-military, security specialists as heroes). I love the hard exterior but soft core for the heroine. Axel did not disappoint. I did want to shake the heroine a little because she dragged out telling the hero what happened in the past (things that contributed to them getting separated) but it wasn't enough to detract from my enjoyment of the book. I also enjoyed how well drawn all the side characters were. It never felt like they were cardboard props.

Narration (2 Stars) - My overall rating for the audio book is reduced for three reasons. The volume of the book kept fluctuating up and down, making me have to constantly adjust my volume. Second, the male narrator couldn't have made the female characters sound more whiny or insipid. Seriously. That was horribly annoying. And third, and this is minor and probably just my problem, the female narrator couldn't seemed to say the hero's name without sounding as if she were spitting it out in anger. That two was a bit distracting. (Note: that character appears in later books as a support character and this narrator doesn't seem to have the same problem with his name)

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  • Love at First Flight

  • One Round Trip That Would Change Everything
  • By: Marie Force
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

Juliana isn't looking for love. When she meets Michael, a prosecutor who sits next to her on a plane, Juliana has been dating Jeremy for 10 years. But Jeremy is hedging about marriage, and Michael promises to give her everything she's ever wanted in a relationship. Michael is supposed to be getting married. But he is drawn to Juliana in a way he never was to his beautiful but manipulative fiancée. When they get off the plane, Michael and Juliana can't tear themselves apart. But with desperate exes who won't let go, love at first sight is tested beyond endurance....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Why can't judge a book by it's cover?

  • By Kristin on 03-20-13

Annoying

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

Reviewed: 02-27-16

Generally, I enjoy Marie Force's work but this book was...difficult. It felt as if the conflict with the heroine's ex is contrived and at points, I felt really bad for the hero. I also wanted to yell "are you serious?!" at the heroine. While the premise of this book is great and the book has a HEA, overall it was a let down and the ending was disappointing.

I feel like I should add that I did like the narration. I think Ms Eby did a good job with the material.

  • Starting Over

  • By: Barbie Bohrman
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155

Single mom Vanessa Holt has a daughter she loves, a supportive family, and her art. Having given up on finding true love - if that even exists, which she doubts - she's content to put romance on the back burner. But not everyone agrees. Those nearest and dearest are ready to see Vanessa let down her long blonde hair and have some fun. To put their grumbling to rest, Vanessa agrees to go on a date with the next man who asks.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A new heroine PLEASE!!!

  • By Picky Reader 101 on 02-27-16

A new heroine PLEASE!!!

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

Reviewed: 02-27-16

The writing on this story is really good, the narration is excellent but I wanted to stab the heroine and felt sorry for the hero. While this is supposedly a romance, the story focuses more on the relationship between the heroine and her daughter and subsequent family drama. The heroine was hard to like and I had to force myself through the last chapters of this book. The story ends right about the place where the romance would actually start. This book didn't really leave me with a feel-good feeling; more like...huh??

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Impact of You

  • By: Kendall Ryan
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Meadows
  • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 63

Needing an escape from her past, Avery chooses a college where no one knows her. Keeping a low profile was the plan, falling for the intense frat boy, Jase wasn't. Yet she can't deny how alive she feels when he's near. Even as common sense implores her to stay away, her body begs her to get closer. Jase, numb from his own family drama, has grown bored with weekends fueled by nameless girls and countless bottles when he meets Avery. Helping her cope with her past is better than dealing with the bullshit his own life's served up.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator Needs to Rethink Her Career Choice

  • By ReadsALot on 05-03-14

I should have listened to the other reviewers!

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

Reviewed: 11-11-15

I love Kendall Ryan's books, but this one is only "okay". Complicating matters is that the narrator is horrible. Her inflections were completely off and never showed the right emotion (relatively flat other than needless emphasis), and her phrasing made it impossible to tell one sentence from the next. All the phrases were read as if they were sentences on their own which made comprehension of the story downright difficult. I own over 300 audio books and this is the worst narration I've ever encountered.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ever After Drake

  • The McCain Saga, Book 1
  • By: Keary Taylor
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Bentley
  • Length: 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 34

It was my first day as a brand new high school teacher. But I got dumped that morning. Via text. And then one of my students hit on me. And the rest of the day was a complete mess. The beautifully single Mr. Drake McCain found me in my classroom, feeling sorry for myself. And not sixty seconds later he had me laughing and electricity racing through my blood. My family is broken and complicated. I literally don't know my biological father's name. My mother is absent and my half-brother barely knows who she is.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I was so annoyed with the narrator

  • By KmJocoy89 on 01-16-18

A Sweet Love Story

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

Reviewed: 11-04-15

This story wasn't what I expected when I picked it up -- it's sweeter than I thought, but the author did an admirable job of drawing in the reader and throwing in the unexpected. They fall in love quickly, but that's where the trouble and heartbreak begin. I was definitely rooting for their well-deserved HEA.

  • Begin Again

  • Starting Over
  • By: Evan Grace
  • Narrated by: Nikki Diamond
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

Two years ago Journey Cummings spent two of the best weeks of her life with the man of her dreams, until he left her without even a goodbye.... Journey has spent the last two years trying to find the man who left her high and dry after two blissful weeks together, but he seemed to have dropped off the face of the Earth. With no hope in finding the father of her son she tried to just move on, until a chance encounter changed everything.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heartwarming Reunion...Eventually

  • By Picky Reader 101 on 05-19-15

Heartwarming Reunion...Eventually

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

Reviewed: 05-19-15

It should be noted up front that this is Book 3 of a series.

Immediately, I got the feeling that this wasn't the 1st book of a series, but on Audible it's not labeled as being in a series. Heading over to Amazon, you'll find this is book 3. I'll be going back and reading the first two. Those characters were in this book and I found them engaging.

I really enjoyed this book but couldn't give it 5 stars because of the grammar and 'wrong word' mistakes in it, such as emancipated instead of emaciated. Those are kinda different. Also...well...everyone was just so darn polite! That seemed unrealistic.

In the beginning, I wasn't sure I'd like the heroine or the hero of this book. She seemed a bit weak (it may have been the narrator making her sound whiny) and he... Well, "jerk" would be a nice assessment, but they came around. She was stronger than I thought, and he was not so much an @ss. Of the two, I liked him best. I was glad I stuck it out. The book plot and characterization were similar to a traditional Harlequin-type book, but since I like those, it wasn't a problem for me where it might be an issue for others.

I particularly liked the secondary characters. They were well done and interesting. The strong sense of family and community made the story seem more real. The main love relationship of the story was sweet, and when I got to the end, I believed in their HEA without question. Overall, I found this to be a nice, easy read without too much angst or conflict. It was more two people who've made mistakes just getting through life and getting past the problems -- a slice of "real" life story. And that's not a bad thing.

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  • Mistletoe and Margaritas

  • By: Shannon Stacey
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,126
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 948
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 954

Claire Rutledge still believes in love, despite losing her husband. So, after two years, she's not surprised by the steamy dreams telling her it might be time to start moving on. But she didn't expect her friend Justin to have the starring role.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just one more reason Audible is the best!

  • By Rosehips, TX on 07-27-12

This narrator should never do women's voices. Ever

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

Reviewed: 08-28-13

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The story itself is good. The narrator was terrible.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

His rendition of women's voices is somewhat...insulting.