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  • The Kiss Quotient

  • A Novel
  • By: Helen Hoang
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,266
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,259

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases - a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with as well as way less experience in the dating department than the average 30-year-old. It doesn't help that she has Asperger's and that French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. She decides that she needs lots of practice - with a professional - which is why she hires escort Michael Phan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this!

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-12-18

Enjoyable and Sexy

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

This book could also be titled "Autistic Woman Has Sex," and sex is about 60% of the book. While sex is a key part of the development of the relationship and the scenes were well written and well performed, I admit there were one or two times I was waiting for the sex to end so we could get back to the plot. This is bc Hoang created two compelling characters here, and Stella herself provides such a freshness of perspective on falling in love. P.S. If you like this one, check out Courtney Milan's Trade Me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Trade Me

  • Cyclone, Book 1
  • By: Courtney Milan
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands, Sean Crisden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306

Tina Chen just wants a degree and a job, so her parents never have to worry about making rent again. She has no time for Blake Reynolds, the sexy billionaire who stands to inherit Cyclone Systems. But when he makes an offhand comment about what it means to be poor, she loses her cool and tells him he couldn't last a month living her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heart-warming.

  • By ReadingMad100 on 08-17-18

Why did I wait so long to read this book?!

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

Reviewed: 01-18-19

Courtney Milan is a goddess. This story made me laugh, cry, and swoon. Absolutely sublime.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Someone to Trust

  • By: Mary Balogh
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149

Widow Elizabeth Overfield and Colin Handrich, Lord Hodges, are both surprised when their sled topples them into a snowbank and they end up sharing an unexpected kiss. They know there is no question of any relationship between them, for she is nine years older than him. They return to London the following Season, both committed to finding other more suitable matches. Still, they agree to share one waltz at each ball they attend. This innocuous agreement proves to be one that will topple their worlds....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Phoned in

  • By rangerdragon on 12-03-18

Not even Ms. Landor could save this - almost DNF

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

Warning: This isn't a romance, but a family story about a man figuring out his life. The love plot is wholly secondary. I've never done Balogh before, but if all her work is so redundant and long-winded I never will. If you have read the other Westcott novels, you'll enjoy listening to their plots being rehashed every few pages. If you need to hear a conversation three or even four times from different POVs to understand what's going on, then you'll love this one. Ms. Landor is, as always, sublime, but this novel was NOT. It was a complete slog, and though I made it through to the end, it never got better. I'm terribly disappointed because most historical romance readers swear by Balogh.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Duke in the Night

  • By: Kelly Bowen
  • Narrated by: Ashford McNab
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293

The first novel in a new historical romance series from Kelly Bowen.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Struggled with this book. Good Narration

  • By Tracy T on 03-29-18

Almost didn't finish...

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

So Ashford McNab did a lovely job narrating. But the hero almost made me put down the book several times. I like Bowen, and I respect her for trying a more abrasive hero, but he really deserved a slap in the face. I dont care how tragic his backstory. He kept doing whatever the hell he wanted, disregarding the heroine's wishes, and was too possessive too early for my taste. But it's ok, bc he wasn't as big an asshole as the guy who tried to force his attentions on heroine, so I guess it's a great relationship. He does reform some, and is like walking sex, so there's that, but... He made me quite angry throughout. There are lots of lovely things, and the heroine is a BAMF (except when it comes to men) and does scold him constantly for being a patriarchal ass, they both have to give a but at the end which is nice, theres an A+ finale scene, but... I dunno, maybe I just fell in love with Alex Lavoie in Between the Devil and the Duke, and August lost out by comparison. I think I'll look at the whole series, bc I'm intrigued by Harland and Rose, but...

  • Between the Devil and the Duke

  • By: Kelly Bowen
  • Narrated by: Ashford McNab
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 288
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264

He should have thrown her out. But when club owner Alexander Lavoie catches a mysterious blonde counting cards at his vingt-et-un table, he's more intrigued than angry. He has to see more of this beauty - in his club, in his office, in his bed. But first he'll have to devise a proposition she can't turn down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome read and Awesome narration..

  • By Trish R. on 02-02-17

The best in the series!!!

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

Reviewed: 08-21-18

I enjoyed the first two books, but this was my absolute favorite! I loved the heroine, was already besotted with the hero, and it was great fun to see (almost) all of the usual cast of Chegarre & Associates turn up in the course of the story. Love love love!

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  • Seducing Mr. Knightly

  • Writing Girls, Book 4
  • By: Maya Rodale
  • Narrated by: Carolyn Morris
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

For ages, it seems, advice columnist Annabelle Swift has loved Derek Knightly, editor-owner of the London Weekly, from a distance. Determined to finally attract her boss's attention, she seeks advice from her loyal readers, who offer Annabelle myriad suggestions, from lower-cut bodices (success!) and sultry gazes (disaster!) to a surprise midnight rendezvous (wicked!). Derek never really took note of his shy, wallflower lady writer. But suddenly she's exquisite, and he can't get Annabelle out of his mind!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Rodale Saved the Best for Last!

  • By GLR on 04-30-14

Cute but Repetitive

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

This is my first Maya Rodale, and it might be my last. This book could have been half the length if the narrator had cut out all the restating *in the exact same language* of the facts. It's not like the dramatics are rocket science, or that we're going to love sight of the situation. I swear if I heard the words "lowered bodice" one more time... This is sad bc it was a cute story with some fun side characters, a good setting, the newspaper scandal was a nice intrigue. Could have been an even better story with out all the repetition which was rather off-putting at times.

  • Unraveled

  • By: Courtney Milan
  • Narrated by: Nicole Quinn
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 252
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227

Smite Turner is renowned for his single-minded devotion to his duty as a magistrate. But behind his relentless focus lies not only a determination to do what is right, but the haunting secrets of his past - secrets that he is determined to hide, even if it means keeping everyone else at arm's length. Until the day an irresistible woman shows up as a witness in his courtroom. Miranda Darling isn't in trouble - yet. But she's close enough that when Turner threatens her with imprisonment if she puts one foot wrong, she knows she should run in the other direction.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Impossible to listen to

  • By Hope on 06-21-14

Why would you ever choose this narrator for a romance??

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

Reviewed: 06-03-18

Her voice is too harsh. Romance needs to be smooth and sophisticated. NQs voice is better suited to a murder mystery. I love CM, and this voice managed to ruin her writing. It was truly stomach-turning at times. Don't do this to us, Audible.

  • Circe

  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,046
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,133

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child - not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring, like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power - the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refined writing with an intimate performance

  • By Michael - Audible Editor on 04-11-18

Mesmerizing

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

Reviewed: 04-23-18

So beautifully written and performed! I admit the story got a bit slow when Odysseus came, but the character of Circe is so strong you hang in there. More from Perdita Weeks please!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Common Christmas

  • Haberdashers Tales, Volume 1
  • By: Sue London
  • Narrated by: Matthew Lloyd Davies
  • Length: 2 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Grace Ashman has lost everything: her mother five years ago, and now her father and her home just a week before Christmas. She lives on the streets until one kind man invites her inside for a meal before the holiday. What she couldn't know is that his kindness will change her life forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Uncommon Christmas Story

  • By KindleBabe on 12-30-18

Simple, sweet, sublime

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

Reviewed: 01-23-18

A warm cozy listen, perfect for the holidays. I liked that the characters were not nobility.

  • The Duchess Deal

  • Girl Meets Duke
  • By: Tessa Dare
  • Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,439
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,324
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,322

Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury's to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne'er-do-wells by night. Now there's a new item on the list. He needs an heir - which means he needs a wife. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar's daughter turned seamstress, appears in his library wearing a wedding gown, he decides on the spot that she'll do.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 100% perfect

  • By Eugenie on 09-29-17

Delightful

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

Reviewed: 09-15-17

Mary Jane Wells is delightful. Tessa Dare is delightful, and here she is at her best. The combination is irresistible and utterly charming. Beauty reforms beast with humor and fun and delicious romance. And Wells perfectly draws out the humor in a style which keeps all light and fun.