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  • 400 First Kisses

  • The First Series, Book 1
  • By: E. L. Todd
  • Narrated by: Lia Langola, Michael Ferraiuolo
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

The man I hate lives next door. He must have just moved in, even though I never saw the moving truck. He's just as arrogant as I remember, mowing the lawn without a shirt and grinning like an idiot. When he catches me staring at him through the window, he winks. So cocky. He flirts with me like he never broke my heart. And then he tells me something that I just can't believe. We're married.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Can you say "50 First Dates"

  • By Lynnz on 12-22-17

A story of loyalty, love and perseverance

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

Reviewed: 12-06-17

This is a story I really enjoyed. It comes with a big plot twist I wasn't expecting which made the attitude I felt towards a few of the characters completely flip and am now rooting for. This is a symphony of emotions where the characters ebb and flow like the tide of their surroundings, but what remains is loyalty, devotion, friendship and love. Part 1 ends with hope and I want to find out in the next audio how the paths of the 5 friends and partners will turn out.

I enjoyed Lia as a narrator. The voices were clean and distinct, although I wish there was a tiny bit more of a difference between the sisters as I didn't remember who's point of view was being addressed a couple of times. Editing was clean and the sound was even which was nice not having to adjust volume between chapters. I did have an issue with Michael's narration. He only did two chapters and found it odd that for a sideline character in this 1st book that he had his own narrator for his point of view. Akso, because the majority of the book was narrated by Lia, I already had the male characters persons in my head, and when he read, it threw me out of the story. I kept picturing slurry Sylvester Stallone in a robe. His voice was too deep for the characters; especially for Cyrus.

All in all, I'm looking forward to book 2!

Note: I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dream Kisses

  • Romance on the Ranch Series Book 1
  • By: Verna Clay
  • Narrated by: Wendy Rich Stetson
  • Length: 4 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35

Author Sarah Carter meets Sage Tanner while he's posing for the cover of her soon-to-be-released romance novel. During a coffee break arranged by her publisher, an embarrassing incident makes Sarah furious and she walks out. Of course, fate has a wonderful way of intervening in matters of the heart. Deciding her book needs a dose of reality, Sarah signs up for "dude" lessons at Lazy M Dude Ranch. Imagine her chagrin when she discovers the owner of the ranch is none other than Mr. Tanner himself!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Romance Writer And The Model Cowboy?

  • By Nocturnus on 01-20-16

A Sweet Western Story Within A Story

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

Reviewed: 01-18-16

This was a fun western ranch story that is placed in a modern day lifestyle. The story follows a romance writer who needs inspiration for her book and a cowboy whose priorities are his daughter and managing his ranch while also taking advantage of his "assets" to help provide for his family's future.

I really liked the idea of Sage being the sexy rancher while giving confidence back to Sarah, who is self-conscious author that is more bold and assertive in her books than in her personal life. From a female perspective, many women want to be desired by the "unreachable" and to have that in story form gives a playful edge of "what if?" One of my favorite scenes in the story is the Wagon Train. The author, Verna, provided a fun section of material that makes me think she did a little research on her own in person to create this setting. It almost makes me want to find a dude ranch that does Wagon Train events during the summer!

Verna created a nice light-hearted romance that was just long enough for the story to provide enough "meat" and feel complete but not so overwhelming that this audio needed to be listened to over a period of several days. The audio and literary pace moved along smoothly. The Narrator, Wendy, did a great job on the voices. All the characters were believable and I could picture them to be realistic characters in their setting. Technical aspect of the audio was very good as well. There was no skipping, echo or repeating of words. This was a very clear recording.

All in all, this was a nice romantic story that left several assumptions to the imagination without having to go into descriptive detail. This would be a good audio and book for those who want something light, romantic and leave you feeling fulfilled.

I'm looking forward to listening to more of Verna's Stories and Wendy's characters.

Note: Audio was received in exchange for a fair and honest review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Venom

  • Vampire Romance Book One
  • By: Kristen Middleton
  • Narrated by: Meghan Kelly
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 43

When Melody Williams goes missing at a concert, at Club Nightshade, her 18-year-old cousin, Chelsey Fairfax, sneaks into the club to find answers. Little does she know that some mysteries are better left hidden.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short But Sweet!!!

  • By Cheri on 08-29-15

Hopeful For The Series

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

Reviewed: 08-18-15

Any additional comments?

This was an audio I'm still not completely sure about. It wasn't horribly bad, but it was very disjointed for an initial book in the series. There was a lot of setup dialogue that could have been reduced. It spends 2/3 of the book looking for one person but then when she is found it felt like no big deal. Vampires allude about themselves to the main girls in the story in a joking manner as though they should know all about them already and the girls play it off in an oblivious manner. Also, the main female character receives significant news about her family and it's treated in an "oh well" manner and let's move on. There was no romantic spark in this book whatsoever, so for it to be tied as a Romance series, it has not evolved into that genre at this time.

That being said, I do like the concept of vampire/alternative musicians, but would like for the author to focus on that side a bit more.

I enjoyed the narrator and her vocal variety with the characters. I pictured the cousin to be a whiny bimbo as other characters talked about her and the voice the narrator gave her fits perfectly. This is my first time listening to the narrator and would listen to other books she has narrated.

The book at the beginning has a 1-point narrative and about 2/3 through it separates between Christina and Slade. This might be one of the reasons why it feel so disjointed. I spent more than half of the audio listening to one perspective and then all of a sudden we get another perspective and I'm wondering why now are we hearing his voice? Why wasn't his story laced better throughout the book instead of playing catchup at the end?

I would like to listen to the 2nd book in the series to see more of a rounded-out and established cast and to find out why these characters are relevant to each other. Book 1 ends on a teaser/cliff-hanger as expected but I did want to feel more vested in these characters to help me be encouraged to listen to book 2. I'm not sure how many books are scheduled to be in the series, but I hope there is more connection between the characters sooner than later.

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I received this audio in behalf of the publisher/author/narrator in exchange for a fair and honest review

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Princess in Peril

  • A Casanova Romance
  • By: Janet Whitehead
  • Narrated by: Melanie Fraser
  • Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Agency nurse Lynn Crane was delighted when she found employment at an isolated manor house in the Yorkshire countryside, but she quickly realized that all was not as it seemed. As she nursed her VIP patient, Serge Varda, Prince of Estavia, through a mysterious illness, an alarming truth began to emerge. Her employers, Max Ozerov and the sinister Dr. Miros, were planning to wrest control of the country from him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable romantic mystery

  • By Rabid Reader on 03-15-18

Nice to See a Female As The Hero

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

Reviewed: 08-10-15

It was great to have a female hero saving the male figure but the title was a bit misleading. While the male lead character was a prince, or heroine is not a princess nor was she in peril. She was calm while assertive the entire time. That being said, it is a decent story that kept be engrossed the entire time.

I enjoyed the narration by the actress and she did well with the variety of characters.

I received this book from the publisher/aurhor/narrator in exchange for a fair and honest review.

  • Wedding the Widow

  • By: Jane B Night
  • Narrated by: Felisha Caldeira
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Augustus knows that a wife and family can never be more than a dream for him. His former fiancée made that perfectly clear when she left him before he had even recovered from the surgery to amputate his leg.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Unlikely Romance.

  • By pixledust on 10-16-15

A Sweet Story About Mail-Order Romance

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

Reviewed: 08-04-15

The story was a nice light romantic drama that is based in the pioneering days of when the women out west were few and the need for women was more utilitarian-based to support the household friends and family.

Each of the main characters had self-doubt which made the book more about acceptance of themselves as well as acceptance of their partner.

The audio was good for light listening as the narrator had a calm and soothing voice. There was a time or two which I wish she had a little more inflection or urgency in her voice as there were a couple of instances where I didn't realize there was danger until mid-way through the section listening carefully to the actual contents of the story. There were no issues with the audio and content/chapters flowed smoothly.

All-in-all, I would recommend this audio for light story listening.

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I received this audio in exchange for a fair and honest review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Piano

  • The Ultimate Guide to Mastering Piano for Beginners in 30 Minutes or Less!
  • By: Tanya Mosier
  • Narrated by: Charles Orlik
  • Length: 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 2

Learn everything you need to know about learning to play the piano. You will learn how to read notes, how long each note should be held for, and the basics of reading sheet music. We will move from reading notes, to learning about the piano keys, and learning where the notes are located on the piano. After you are able to find the notes, you will begin learning how to play chords. By the time you finish listening to this audiobook you are going to be able to play the piano at a beginner's level.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Not helpful!

  • By Todd (Toad) Vogel on 12-18-15

A Brief Rundown Of Piano Basics

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

Reviewed: 07-31-15

This was an audio I was intrigued to listen and find out how one can teach piano without an actual book. I am a novice when it comes to piano, but do know a few basic items in regards to music so I wanted to use this as a comparison tool.

This audio would be best to listen in front of the piano in order to practice alongside the tutorial.

As an audio standalone to learn piano, it was a bit confusing and lacking in certain details. The main focus in one of the chapters is learning the music staff and notes. The visual description of the notes and staff alignment were not translated easily through audio, so if you do not know what a quarter note or a whole note looks like then the chapter will not make sense. Many times the narrator references what certain items look like "here" so it is obviously described visually in the book.

The narrator has a nice tonal voice and was energetic with the content. There were a few times where he spoke quickly. More pauses between sentences would have been easier to help process the technical information before going onto the next lesson.

This audio was helpful for me in learning acronyms for the notes, chords and gave good examples of starter songs to practice scales. This audio is one that will be good to listen to again in sections while practicing and is short enough to listen all the way through. I would suggest getting the book or if there are downloadable companion sheets to help with referencing, the audio would be a more complete tool for getting started in learning how to play.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Curing Doctor Vincent

  • The Good Doctor Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Renea Mason
  • Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine, Erin Deward
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 678
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 638

Audie Award, Erotica, 2016. Elaine Watkins, Public Relations Advisor, is surprised when she receives a summons from the very attractive and enigmatic Dr. Xavier Vincent. She worships the talented physician and company icon responsible for developing the cure that saved her sister's life and isn't immune to his charm. Even though puzzled by his request, she is excited and eager to get started on his latest project. But Dr. Vincent has other ideas.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is a MEGA HOT listen... Perfect Narrators

  • By Jacqueline's Reads on 06-11-15

Amazing Narration

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

Reviewed: 07-26-15

This is by far my most favorite audiobook. I have listened to this several times. The immediate interaction of the actor voices told a much more vivid and complex story then the usual alternate chapters of male & female actors.

The storyline itself was wonderfully unique and Renea did a great job detailing characters thoughts, emotions and surroundings.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Cut and Run

  • Aspen Eyes Series, Book 1
  • By: Amy Elizabeth
  • Narrated by: Holly Adams
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Raised in the crime-ridden neighborhood of South Boston, Rebecca Sheehan has learned the hard way that people can't be trusted. So when her unscrupulous boyfriend turns up without a pulse, she knows she needs to get out of Southie. Fast.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • good book

  • By Kim on 04-23-16

A Multi Plot-Filled Story Set In Wyoming

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

Reviewed: 07-03-15

This was my first audio by the author and narrator and was very pleased with the overall story as well as narration. I enjoyed the multiple plot lines which was nice because as one layer was exposed, the story didn't feel it was at an end and was just using filler until the word limit was reached. The introduced characters felt well-developed and seeing how this is 1st in a series, I'm assuming there will be more development with some of the secondary characters. I fell in love with the relationship between Alec and his father, Walter and it was nice to see a strong bond from a male perspective.

The narrator did a good job with separating character voice from narration, however, the voice for Rebecca didn't sound like she was from Boston but from Jersey which then made it a bit grating for me. To be fair, I'm not familiar with south Boston accents so it could be spot on, but I kept picturing a short buxom gal wearing leopard print whenever this character was voiced.

All in all, this is a great start to a series and I would listen to the next story.

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I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ellie + Ace: The Case of the Bedtime Bandit

  • By: Tangerine Toodles, Wednesday Whistlehoot
  • Narrated by: Tiffany Williams
  • Length: 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Meet Ellie and Ace! Soon to be… Nearly… Just about… World-famous detectives! Well, almost. Any day now, if they solve enough cases. And good news! They are on a case now. Someone is causing trouble all over their small town of Huckleberry Springs. Each night, the troublemaker strikes - breaking into houses, spilling garbage, and stealing toys. Nobody knows who the culprit is, but everyone blames someone else. Ellie and Ace have to solve the mystery fast – before their neighbors go to war. Ellie could smell the mystery in the air. She could also smell a lot of knocked-over garbage. She and Ace had a job to do, and they had better do it fast. “Are you ready, Ace?” Ace barked and tightened his collar. It was go time! Girl detective Ellie and her dog pal Ace are on the case. Can they catch the bedtime bandit? Read to find out!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kids will love it

  • By Yaquelin on 05-01-14

Entertaining for young readers

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

Reviewed: 04-25-14

Any additional comments?

My 7 year old daughter enjoyed listening and was able to follow the plot without being confused or lost. The audio length was long enough to not make her restless in one sitting. The narrator did a great job with the variety of voices and each character was distinguishable. Looking forward to hearing more stories in this genre!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Winter Wonderland (A Romantic Short Story)

  • By: Mindy Wilde
  • Narrated by: Lia Langola
  • Length: 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

Melissa is excited as when her boyfriend drives her up to his family cabin for a quick weekend getaway. A little tired from the trip Melissa is hesitant when Eric suggests they head out for a walk in the woods. Her mood quickly changes when Eric shows her the pleasure that can be found walking in a Winter Wonderland.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Okay story, A++++ narrator!

  • By Kim BookJunkie on 01-27-15

Romantic short that's fun to imagine!

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

Reviewed: 02-12-14

What did you love best about Winter Wonderland (A Romantic Short Story)?

A fast listen that was fun to go along with the story. It's cold where I am when I listened to the story so the imagery and setting were perfect. Voice of narrator was great. Would listen to a book by this author and narrator again.