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  • The VIP Doubles Down

  • Wager of Hearts, Book 3
  • By: Nancy Herkness
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 305

Gavin Miller, the billionaire author of a best-selling thriller series, struggles with a grim secret: he hasn't written a word in more than a year. Writer's block is killing his spirit and jeopardizing his contracts with his publisher and his Hollywood producers. Prodded by his agent, Gavin reluctantly agrees to see Allie Nichols, a sassy physical therapist tasked with treating the novelist's severe neck and shoulder pain - and maybe his writer's block, too.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • No story, just sex

  • By The Book Runner on 05-14-17

Horrible job with male voices

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

Reviewed: 03-16-18

Good series but this narrator does not do male voices wel, sometimes so hard to tell the male vs female voices. Kind of ruined the whole series for me.

  • Mia & Korum

  • The Complete Krinar Chronicles Trilogy
  • By: Anna Zaires, Dima Zales
  • Narrated by: Roberto Scarlato
  • Length: 31 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 425

Like most humans, NYU student Mia Stalis knows little about the beautiful, mysterious invaders who’ve taken over Earth. Rumors about them abound: about their impossible strength and speed, their intentions toward Earth...their vampiric tendencies. None of it concerns Mia, though - until she catches Korum’s eye. Powerful and terrifyingly seductive, the Krinar leader will do anything to possess her - and no human law can stop him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mia & Korum Sitting in a Tree...

  • By Stacey on 06-19-17

Lots of telling, not much showing

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

Reviewed: 02-24-18

What would have made Mia & Korum better?

The relationship between Korum & Mia didn't really work for me, There was a lot of telling of what they were to each other, but not a lot of showing. The scifi angle was more interesting to me than the romance. A bad sign in a romance novel. The story felt awkward, almost juvenile in style, despite the erotic nature of some of it. That said, the 2nd book got more interesting and a little less awkward.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Had good concepts, just not a fan of the writing style.

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  • Pucked

  • By: Helena Hunting
  • Narrated by: Nathan Everett, Muffy Newtown
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,525
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,355
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,359

With a famous NHL player for a stepbrother, Violet Hall is well acquainted with the playboy reputation of many a hockey star. So of course she isn't interested in legendary team captain Alex Waters or his pretty, beat-up face and rock-hard six-pack abs. But when Alex inadvertently obliterates Violet's misapprehension regarding the inferior intellect of hockey players, he becomes much more than just a hot body with the face to match.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narration

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-25-16

Creepy male narrator ruins it

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

Reviewed: 02-19-18

Any additional comments?

Female narrator does a great job with both roles, there was no need to have a male narrator at all, specially when he read with confusing accents and smarmy voice! Would have been a 5 star read otherwise.

  • Natural Law

  • By: Joey W. Hill
  • Narrated by: Maxine Mitchell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 502
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 456
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 463

Mackenzie "Mac" Nighthorse is a highly respected homicide detective and a career cop. There isn't a dangerous situation that can back him down. However, the personal becomes uncomfortably entangled in the professional when he goes undercover in a high class BDSM club as a male submissive in order to find a Dominatrix who is winning the trust and then murdering her chosen partners. When his path crosses Violet Siemanski's, he realizes he's found a Mistress willing to be his ally in finding the murderess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Download immediately!!!

  • By NEW NAME on 10-23-13

Needs a different narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-07-17

What did you like best about Natural Law? What did you like least?

I picked this up on a recommendation from Kristen Ashley, a fave author. I knew it was to be a BDSM/erotica with an alpha-sub male, so I wasn't surprised by the BDSM heavy plot. That said, I didn't like the heroine that much. She seemed rather immature. Maybe the narration colored my impressions. I don't like the voices and didn't think the narration matched the style of the characters. Maybe I would have had a better experience if I read it instead of listened to audio.

  • Wild and Free

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon, Abby Craden, Stella Bloom
  • Length: 19 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,056
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,053

Abel Jin and Delilah Johnson have lived their lives with holes in their souls, yearning for something they don't understand. Until one night Delilah is in mortal danger, and a man who's otherworldly strong and supernaturally fast saves her. Delilah is then cast into a world where fiction comes to life in the form of Abel, her destined mate, a vampire/werewolf hybrid who claims her at first breath as his. But Abel knows the danger isn't done. He's dreamed for centuries that his mate will perish, and he will stop at nothing to keep her safe.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant and unforgettable!

  • By Kimberly P. on 08-12-16

Not my favorite - Too Breaking Dawn-ish

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

Reviewed: 12-03-16

If you’ve listened to books by Kristen Ashley before, how does this one compare?

This series really differs from her other books (tho I haven't read the Fantasyland series). But, this last book of the series just feels so over the top. There's not much build up to the relationship. The story focused more on the epic meet-up of all the couples. Then there's the tons of characters that just piles on. So yeah, a bit like Breaking Dawn if you're familiar with that book.

Any additional comments?

I miss characters like those in the Colorado, Magdalene and Rock Chick books. Please bring them back!

  • First Star I See Tonight

  • A Novel
  • By: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Narrated by: Nicole Poole
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,072
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,071

Piper Dove is a woman with a dream - to become the best detective in the city of Chicago. First job? Trail former Chicago Stars quarterback Cooper Graham. Problem? Graham's spotted her, and he's not happy. Which is why a good detective needs to think on her feet. "The fact is...I'm your stalker. Not full-out barmy. Just...mildly unhinged."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story - ok narration

  • By G Richards on 08-24-16

Great read/listen!

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

Reviewed: 10-15-16

Where does First Star I See Tonight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of my faves, makes me want to revisit the Bears soon. The last couple of SEP books have been more misses than hits for me, but this one is a homerun. I really hope she writes more of this style.

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

I took this on a road trip so I was listening all in one sitting. 8hrs of driving whizzed by because Piper and Coop's snarky banter kept me so entertained. I realized how much I've missed this series and SEP's zany humor. Hot sparks and belly laughs all the way.

Any additional comments?

I realize Anna Fields has a lot of fans, and it's been awhile since I went through the Chicago Bears series, but personally, I thought Nicole Poole did a great job. She has a sexy voice and lively narration. I didn't have any issues keeping the male/female voices apart. She was one of the better narrators I've listened to so far.

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  • With Everything I Am

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Stella Bloom
  • Length: 19 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,230
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,143

One night, Callum is driven into the woods by instinct - an instinct to protect. In the form of wolf, he meets a young human child who he is instantly drawn to in a fierce way he doesn't quite understand. Sonia Arlington has lived a lonely life. She has certain abilities that make her strange and she has a rare disease that, if untreated, could kill her. Her father makes her vow that she will never let others discover her abilities. This forces Sonia to stay distant, always guarding against exposure.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed Speeds

  • By M. Thurman on 08-23-16

Emotionally intense, romantic, HOT!

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

Reviewed: 09-06-16

Would you consider the audio edition of With Everything I Am to be better than the print version?

YES, the voices are each unique. Callum sounded properly Scottish and hot! Sonia didn't sound like a teenager. Stella Bloom should have done Lucien and Leah's story too.

What was one of the most memorable moments of With Everything I Am?

There was an intense moment towards the end that got to me. You'll know when you hear it. So well written, so well read!

Which scene was your favorite?

Too many to list, ,mostly the moments when Callum showed such tenderness and attachment to the 'human'.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

No idea, but I would have liked to see Sonia's black/white/gray house.

Any additional comments?

I'm not a fan of fantasy books and only picked up this series because I'm a big fan of KA. Book #1 was just ok and I almost did not want to read this one. The reviews here convinced me and so so glad I finally read it. Callum and Sonia's story is the best one yet. In fact, their emotional journey is now one of my favorite KA story line! I'm afraid to read Book #3. Not only because it will mean the end of this series, but also because reviews so far have been lukewarm. But I can't leave this group of characters hanging so I will finish this trilogy.

  • Until the Sun Falls from the Sky

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,350
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,258
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,254

Leah Buchanan's family has been in service to vampires for five centuries. Even so, Leah wants nothing to do with her family's legacy. But when she's summoned to her Selection by the Vampire Dominion, under familial pressure, she has no choice but to go. Lucien has been living under the strict edicts of the Vampire Dominion for centuries, but he's tired of these ancient laws stripping away everything that is the essence of the vampire. So he's taking it back. And this is because Lucien has been watching and waiting for decades for Leah.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I so wanted to love this but Leah...

  • By Nana-Mbra Idun on 08-13-16

Too Much Like Twilight

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

Reviewed: 08-26-16

What did you like best about Until the Sun Falls from the Sky? What did you like least?

If I pretended h was 20 instead of 40, that H was a normal alpha, and Vampire Dominion didn't really exist, I can almost enjoy this KA story. There were too many mythical elements that reminded me of Twilight, and not in a good way.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I'm not normally a big fan of fantasy. The mythology of the 3 and the prophecy just didn't gel for me.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Voice took some time to get used to. I didn't like the breathy voice and cadence of her voice.

Was Until the Sun Falls from the Sky worth the listening time?

As it's KA, even this was worth listening to.

  • At Peace

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Olivia Porter
  • Length: 23 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,678
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,549
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,553

Violet Winters once had it all but lost it when her husband was murdered by a criminal madman. During a cold winter night Violet has to leave her warm bed to tell her neighbor to turn the music down. And that's when she meets sinister, scarred, scarily attractive security specialist, Joe Callahan.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • One of KA's best - the Worst Narrator

  • By Sharon on 06-30-15

Buddy?

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

Reviewed: 06-27-16

What was one of the most memorable moments of At Peace?

The fact that Cal/Joe calls Vi 'buddy' just irritated me all the way through. And he doesn't let me forget it either.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

I didn't like her Joe 'voice'. Sometime I get the male/female voices mixed up, specially when there's more than 2 characters in the scene. Narrator doesn't do voices well.

  • Chasin' Eight

  • Rough Riders, Book 11
  • By: Lorelei James
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Caine
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306

Suspended until he gets his act together, bull rider Chase McKay has sworn off women. Forever. Or at least a month. Whichever comes first. Actress Ava Cooper became a tabloid target when her boyfriend was outed as gay. When she goes into hiding in an abandoned trailer, though, she finds it occupied by the kind of red-blooded cowboy she needs to prove she’s got the goods between the sheets.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't Finish

  • By Cynthia on 02-08-13

Horrible Narrator!

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

Reviewed: 12-09-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I love this series, but can't stand this narrator. She couldn't do the male voices justice. Chase didn't sound masculine enough. Sometimes the male and female voices sound so similar, it was so hard to tell them apart. Why did they change narrator in the middle of the series??

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Vanessa Caine?

Rebecca Estrella