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  • Finding My Prince Charming

  • By: J. S. Cooper
  • Narrated by: Tanya Stevens
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 127

When Lola Franklin decided to study abroad she never anticipated embarking on a whirlwind weekend romance with a hot guy before classes started. And she certainly never counted on the hot guy being her new professor. Or a Prince. Or the biggest asshole she had ever met. Xavier Van Romerius is the playboy Prince of Europe and he loves his life. He doesn't do relationships, and never wants to get married.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Ugh

  • By Jenn on 03-13-15

Rape-ish, Abusive, Flat Characters- Awful.

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

I anticipated reading fluff when I downloaded this book. I was not expecting the cure for cancer, I promise. Unfortunately, this book is exceedingly terrible. It reads like a poorly written story by a 9th grader. There is practically no character development, I can't really find much plot development either and the relationships between the characters are abusive, cheap, inflammatory, and poorly done. Even the sexual encounters are flat and dull. It all seems more like date rape and the discussions about women who behave like whores is downright repugnant. It reads like a 9th grader's round table of insults in the late 1980's. Pure garbage. I think Audible should have paid me to listen to this one.

  • Mercer Girls

  • By: Libbie Hawker
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,341
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,129
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,127

It's 1864 in downtrodden Lowell, Massachusetts. The Civil War has taken its toll on the town - leaving the economy in ruin and its women in dire straits. That is, until Asa Mercer arrives on a peculiar, but providential, errand: he seeks high-minded women who can exert an elevating influence in Seattle, where there are ten men for every woman. Mail-order brides, yes, but of a certain caliber.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful

  • By Kirsten Balckwell on 02-04-17

Smart. Well written. Well researched. Endearing.

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

This book is an interesting tale with characters that drew me in. They were smart, funny, strong and based on true stories. This story made me laugh and appreciate the quality writing.

  • The Lion's Lady

  • By: Julie Garwood
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,649
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,489
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,492

Christina Bennett had taken London society by storm. The ravishing beauty guarded the secret of her mysterious past until the night Lyon, Marquis of Lyonwood, stole a searching, sensuous kiss. An arrogant nobleman with a pirate's passions, he tasted the wildfire smoldering beneath Christina's cool charm and swore to possess her.... But the feisty and defiant Christina would not be so easily conquered. Mistress of her heart and of her fortune, she resisted Lyon's sensuous caresses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved everything about this book!

  • By 🌸DARA on 06-03-13

Worst of Garwood's books. Tiresome.

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

Reviewed: 12-01-17

Little storyline or character development. No chemistry. Rote intimacy to fast forward through. Bored now.

  • The Most Dangerous Place on Earth

  • A Novel
  • By: Lindsey Lee Johnson
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 113

The wealthy enclaves north of San Francisco are not the paradise they appear to be, and nobody knows this better than the students of a local high school. Despite being raised with all the opportunities money can buy, these vulnerable kids are navigating a treacherous adolescence in which every action, every rumor, every feeling, is potentially postable, shareable, viral.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well Written Yet Heart-Wrenching Content

  • By Gwen B. on 02-08-17

Well Written Yet Heart-Wrenching Content

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

Reviewed: 02-08-17

If you could sum up The Most Dangerous Place on Earth in three words, what would they be?

Fascinating. Unsettling. Mournful.

What other book might you compare The Most Dangerous Place on Earth to and why?

There are moments this reminded me of Rules of Attraction by Brett Easton Ellis, but these characters were far more redeemable. Their series of decisions were smaller, less regrettable, less intentional. More alive.

Any additional comments?

The first chapter of this book had me sobbing. Driving home from work, heading into a weekend and sobbing uncontrollably. This never happens, I assure you. I felt the hopelessness and abandonment of these characters. I knew what was coming and was powerless to stop it. I read each chapter to see their own views, their personal journeys and if they may be able to become entangled from the web of a shared experience. I read with so much hope for them all that this may be fixable. They all learn. They all grow and evolve. They all pay. Some of this is self inflicted and some of this is the product of the negligence or occasional yet fierce smothering around them. This is very well orchestrated, well coordinated and still an emotional tale. It's an interesting story where I somehow miss a character I never knew and can never comfort or guide. From that perspective alone, this book is extraordinary.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Photograph

  • By: Beverly Lewis
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore, Stina Nielsen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215

Eva Esch and her sisters are in a predicament. With the passing of their widowed mother, Eva's older brother plans to move his growing family into the Eden Valley farmhouse where they all grew up, leaving little room for his three single sisters. Unless they marry within the year, the only apparent option is for two sisters to go to Indiana to live with an elderly great-aunt. Eva hopes to be married, but she isn't sure she wants to give up her sweet shop for the life of a farmer's wife.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not one of her best

  • By Teresa on 04-26-16

Delightfully Sweet Story

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

Reviewed: 01-31-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It's a heartwarming read. It's done well. The characters are intelligent and the plot is developed. The details of the Amish life they lead are very interesting also. This was a pleasant stress buster for me.

  • Accusing Elizabeth

  • A Pride & Prejudice Variation
  • By: Jennifer Joy
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Had Elizabeth Bennet known what awaited her at Rosings Park, she never would have agreed to visit. An atrocious proposal, the constant condescension of her hosts' haughty patroness, and an unsavory debt collector prowling about are only the beginning of her problems when a lady's diamond earrings go missing. Fitzwilliam Darcy regrets extending his visit at Rosings when the only woman he's ever desired irrevocably refuses his offer of marriage. Then someone robs his cousin's jewelry box. Elizabeth has stolen his heart, but did she steal the diamonds?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Light and Airy PPFF, but not silly.

  • By Gwen B. on 01-13-17

Light and Airy PPFF, but not silly.

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

Reviewed: 01-13-17

Light and relaxing. A bit fluffy but not dumb at all. Better than a lot of fan fiction.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

  • A Novel
  • By: Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer, Susan Duerden, Rosalyn Landor, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,653
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,371
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,350

London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she's never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb.... As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends – and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I felt like a bit of a voyeur

  • By Ella on 03-10-09

Charming story. Treat yourself to this one.

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

Reviewed: 01-10-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This story is very interesting and the characters become dear to your heart. While I was being entertained with their perspectives, I was falling in love with their quirks and learning so many details about their lives in WWII that I never even considered before.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

This stretched my heart and my mind, the perfect combination. By the 5th chapter I was laughing and crying with them as if I was there.

Any additional comments?

The accents in this were just superb. I could certainly listen to this over again, it's such a great choice.

  • The Most Wonderful Tales of the Year

  • Holiday Memories Written and Performed by Our Favorite Narrators
  • By: Audible Narrators
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Kate Reading, Michael Kramer, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,962
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,306
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,294

Here at Audible, we know just how much of an impact a voice can have on a story - taking simple words and filling them with elation, wonderment, tragedy, or pure satisfaction. We rely on our narrators every day to bring our favorite stories and characters to life - to introduce us to new authors and genres, or even to a new (perhaps longer) commute. And though our narrators are the best story tellers in the business, it's usually someone else's that they're telling.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Is Some Kind of White Elephant Gift?

  • By Dave on 12-12-16

Very interesting stories! Funny and rich.

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

Reviewed: 12-22-16

Its exciting to get to know theses narrators, their deep traditions, funny and occasionally sad experiences too. Definitely made it feel like Christmas time. Thank you!

  • Royally Screwed

  • By: Emma Chase
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Shane East
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,253

Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka His Royal Hotness, is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant - hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you. Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark-haired beauty who doesn't bow down. Instead she throws a pie in his face.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A TRUE ADULT FAIRYTALE

  • By Vicki on 10-24-16

Surprisingly well done. who knew?

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

Reviewed: 12-22-16

I bought this just to listen to Shane East during a very stressful week. He could have been reading the phone book with this voice, this accent. Based upon the book cover, I thought I'd hate this story or find it vacuous. To my surprise, there is a solid story line. Developed characters and plot to be found here! I'm looking forward to the next in the series now...and more Shane East too please. PS, a little full of the not quite old enough to be mommy porn, but it's fine. Not negative or positive really, just repetitive. Worth reading.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Compromised!

  • A Pride and Prejudice Variation
  • By: J Dawn King
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

When Elizabeth finds Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy outside Netherfield, alone and at his most vulnerable, she must make a quick decision to bend the rules of propriety to help him or turn her back on someone in need. Her tender heart reaches out to him and his wounded one grabs hold of her well-intentioned support. Discovery changes the course of their lives as Elizabeth is forced to accept a reluctant proposal of marriage from this man whom she has just barely begun to respect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good guys win - bad guys lose

  • By Kindle Customer on 10-05-16

FINALLY! P&P FF with Integrity.

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

Reviewed: 12-13-16

What was one of the most memorable moments of Compromised!?

I really enjoyed the characters in this story retaining the basic instincts that Jane Austen intended. Their circumstances were far different than I'd imagined and far different than the same rehashing of these characters done over and over again in other fan fiction that was a waste of time before. This story was imagined well and the flow of characters made great sense. This author knew exactly what made them tick originally and thrust them into situations that allowed those personality traits to react naturally.

Which character – as performed by Stevie Zimmerman – was your favorite?

Her accent is excellent.

Any additional comments?

If you are tired and disgusted by all of the P&P fan fiction out there that is silly, give it one more try. This one has a brain and is still romantic and hopeful.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful