LISTENER

Magic of Books Promotions

  • 3
  • reviews
  • 7
  • helpful votes
  • 3
  • ratings
  • Lost Dreams

  • By: Jude Ouvrard
  • Narrated by: Reagan West
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

When Carter is killed in combat, he leaves behind his heartbroken wife, Avery, and his shattered best friend, Remy. Naturally, these two wounded souls gravitate together, irresistibly drawn by the loss of the one they both loved, as well as their deep friendship with each other. But when that friendship starts to turn into something more, new problems arise. Will Avery be able to move on after losing the love of her life? Will Remy be able to fill the void left by the loss of his best friend? Or will this new chance at love cost them all they have left?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The audio was just as beautiful as I imagined

  • By Magic of Books Promotions on 02-28-18

The audio was just as beautiful as I imagined

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

Reviewed: 02-28-18

Any additional comments?

REVIEW - ✯✯✯✯✯

I volunteered to review this book without any promises about the review (the rating or the posting).

I’ve read Jude’s books in the past, including this one. I fell in love with Avery and was so excited to hear her words in her “own” voice. The audio version was just as beautiful as I imagined it would be.

The following is my personal opinion and thoughts about many aspects of this book and its author.

COVER: ✯✯✯✯✯ - I’m unsure if Jude wrote the characters based off the models, but they are exactly how I felt they should look. I’m so happy to see Jude didn’t do the typical 1/2 naked embracing couple as some authors would have for a contemporary romance. This cover matches perfectly due to the emotions and inner thoughts by the main characters. Congrats!

PLOT: ✯✯✯✯✯ - Avery is a retired soldier and newly married woman who deals with the separation from her husband, Carter, and their best friend, Remy. While overseas Carter is killed in action in front of Remy. Both Avery and Remy share the grief and heartache that comes along with the loss. However, Remy harbors a long kept secret that under any other circumstances would’ve gone to his grave. How will they both cope with the loss and the soon to be discovered knowledge that Remy has loved Avery for years?

WRITING STYLE: ✯✯✯✯✯ - Being French Canadian, Jude’s second language is English. However, you would never guess since her style outranks many authors out there. She isn’t overly descriptive in settings, but she definitely makes up for it in the emotional department. She makes it very easy to love and hate her characters.

CHARACTERS: ✯✯✯✯✯ - Avery is so easy to fall in love with. She’s sweet and caring. Having been in the military for years, she’s become more comfortable in army fatigues than in dresses. Through this book Avery is put through a roller coaster of emotions while learning how to live a civilian life. It’s easy to laugh and cry when thinking about her.

NARRATOR: ✯✯✯✯ - I’m only giving Reagan 4 stars because I’ve read the book prior to it being an audio. I had it in my head how the emotions surrounding Carter’s death should sound like. Unfortunately I didn’t truly believe Reagan’s performance. I’m unsure if it was actually her performance or just because I had it so highly built up in my mind. But, unfortunately it did lack for me. Don’t get me wrong...Reagan was awesome in the changing up with the different characters and is truly gifted. And the rest of the book was extremely well executed. I will be looking for more books narrated by her.

Remy is the second main character. He’s been Avery’s best friend for years. He’s loyal and willing to do anything for Avery. After the death of Avery’s husband and his best friend, he helps her to pick up the pieces while also grieving. His strength of character and caring nature is something that Avery needs to help her move past Carter’s death and learn to live again.

OVERALL FLOW: ✯✯✯✯✯ - The overall flow of the book was relaxed and inviting. I loved Reagan’s take on all the characters. She definitely was able to bring them to life as I had always hoped (since the first time I read the book).

If you are looking for a book with heart and soul-breaking emotions...well I highly recommend you grab your own copy. And be ready for a couple ugly cries in there too.

Under no circumstances was I approached by the author to read or review this book. I offered without any agreement or promise for any compensation. I am voluntarily giving my opinion about this book. My only affiliation with the author is that I am a fan and want to support by reading and posting this review of my own free will.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Desperately Seeking Sixty-Nine

  • By: J D Frettier
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 38

The year is 1969. Though there is war and unrest in the world, on August 15th, on a farm in upstate New York, a little concert will go down in history as the most famous music festival of our time: Woodstock. It also happens to be the day Bonnie McMillan and Peter Hampton meet and begin their free-spirited love-filled journey with each other. Fast forward 47 years. Bonnie unexpectedly passes after a night of hot sex and is whisked up to Purgatory, or "The Green Room".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Desperately seeking

  • By trixie on 02-04-17

I never wanted it to end

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

Reviewed: 02-21-18

I volunteered to review this book without any promises about the review (the rating or the posting). When I was first sent in the direction of this book, I was told it was a “laugh out loud” comedy. The saying “each to his own” applies in this case. However don’t get the wrong idea. Just because I didn’t LOL over the book doesn’t even come close to saying I didn’t enjoy it. It was a fun and humorous read and I will definitely be looking for more in this series. The following is my personal opinion and thoughts about many aspects of this book and its author. COVER: ✯✯✯✯✯ - This is one of my favorite covers ever. I’m so tired of 1/2 naked couples. The bold and bright colors, the font...hell, everything about it worked with the book. The TV, the bright green, the # 69….there is a reason for all of them. PLOT: ✯✯✯✯✯ - This book had a general direction the characters followed to get to the final result, but plot wouldn’t be the correct word to use. This was a humorous and feel good book that wasn’t supposed to have any overly dramatic situations or big climax at the end. Even though everything tied together in the end, it definitely leaves the story open to more books in the series. WRITING STYLE: ✯✯✯✯✯ - I’ve read books by JD in her alternate persona, Jennifer Theriot. Her writing style doesn’t differ between the personas. I love her “to the point” descriptions. There’s just enough to give you a visual effect without being overly descriptive. Also, she has a way of giving you background history on the characters while staying in the moment. I mean...information that normally would be mundane and boring is interesting and informative in developing the characters. CHARACTERS: ✯✯✯✯✯ - There are 3 main characters in this short story/novella. Each character is brought to life more by their words than their actions or any background information. Bonnie didn’t really conform to the “establishment” but she really has been allowed to spread her wings after her death….absolutely love her and can’t believe she ever birthed a kid like Dharma. Peter is Bonnie’s husband. As lovable and delightful as he is, I wouldn’t be able to be with someone like him. Cudos, Bonnie. Peter is a 70 year old hippy who refused to ever grow up until he was given the ultimatum by Bonnie. I love the character, but I’m so glad he doesn’t exist in my world. I’d kill him. Dee….omg, what a firecracker. She is the best friend of all best friends. She loud and proud. She pushes and pulls when the time requires it and she is definitely someone I want in my life. OVERALL FLOW: ✯✯✯✯✯ - With the story being so light and cute without any real angst, the flow was very easy-going. I was shocked when I hit the end of the book. I was left unsatisfied because I never wanted it to end. Bonnie dies after a night of kink with her husband of 47 years. Her best friend, Dee, who died 8 years earlier is there to welcome her to the “Green Room”. It’s like a holding room till the powers that be decide whether you go to heaven or hell. Bonnie reflects on her time with Peter...the time they met at Woodstock, the birth of the children, their marriage and life up to Bonnie’s death. During all this Dee shows Bonnie how to work with all the miracles the Green Room offers. Personally, I hope the Green Room really exists….I want the body sculpting, the Nip Amp and I definitely want to see the Get Some of Me. Under no circumstances was I approached by the author to read or review this book. I offered without any agreement or promise for any compensation. I am voluntarily giving my opinion about this book. My only affiliation with the author is that I am a fan and want to support by reading and posting this review of my own free will.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Saving Grace

  • By: Aubrey Wynne
  • Narrated by: Sara K. Sheckells
  • Length: 3 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17

Chloe Hicks' life consisted of an egocentric ex-husband, a pile of bills, and an equine business in foreclosure until a fire destroys the stable and her beloved ranch horse. What little hope she has left is smashed after the marshal suspects arson. She escapes the accusing eyes of her hometown, but not the memories and melancholy. Jackson Hahn, Virginia Beach's local historian, has his eyes on the mysterious new woman in town. When she arrives in Pungo, he is struck by her haunting beauty and the raw pain in her eyes. Her descriptions of the odd events happening in her bungalow pique his curiosity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thrilling exciting Paranormal

  • By Cyn on 12-30-17

I didn't realize how sucked I would become

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

Reviewed: 02-20-18

Where does Saving Grace rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

definitely within the top 5 of the books I've listened to

What other book might you compare Saving Grace to and why?

There is nothing like Saving Grace....it is a very unique and incredible book

Which scene was your favorite?

Paul going after Mike for the asshole moves he continues to make

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

100% definitely....unfortunately life got in the way

Any additional comments?

I volunteered to review this book without any promises about the review (the rating or the posting).

The moment I saw the cover and read the blurb, I knew that this book had everything I wanted and more. I didn’t realize how much this book would suck me in. I would become. I never wanted it to end and truly hope that Ms. Wynne does a second book with these characters. I was extremely surprised to find out that there really was a Pungo Witch and that her ghost is said to still be a part of the current history of Virginia Beach. That was just the icing on the top of a 5 tier cake.

The following is my personal opinion and thoughts about many aspects of this book and its author.

COVER: ✯✯✯✯✯ - Absolutely stunning. What more can I say. The past and present are both represented in this cover. And adding a horse...which also has meaning to the story...well...that’s more icing on the cake.

PLOT: ✯✯✯✯✯ - There was a lot of thought and planning to this plot. Everything word and action had a reason and a purpose. The history lesson I learned was well researched and I’m so happy I didn’t know previously the Grace Sherwood had really “existed”. An awesome job.

WRITING STYLE: ✯✯✯✯✯ - Ms. Wynne’s words allowed vivid and descriptive scenes to play out in my mind like a personal movie. I’m a huge fan of descriptive writing and Ms. Wynne didn’t fail to deliver.

NARRATOR: ✯✯✯✯ - This is the only thing about this book that I find fault in. And I have to admit that it was only in the first few chapters. I felt Ms. Sheckells was unsure of the narrating in the beginning, but once she hit her stride the words were like magic. Her range for each character left no doubt who was speaking. And, her emotions hit exactly as they should have depending on the section of the book. Personally, I would rather had her go back and redo the first few chapters (or minutes) just to rid me of this persistent nagging I was left with. Overall, however, an excellent job but a very talented narrator.

CHARACTERS: ✯✯✯✯✯ - Each of the characters were true to life.
Chloe is very calm and playful. Paul was the perfect “father figure” and protector.
Mike is the self-absorbed and angry a**hole that I have come to expect from ex-husbands.
Dottie is the mother I have always dreamed of having. Very outspoken and afraid of no one.
Jackson was sweet and lovable. I fell for him right away.
And, Grace. What can I say? A woman with a heart of gold. A caring, compassionate woman who fell on a string of bad luck due to the close-minded people of her generation.

OVERALL FLOW: ✯✯✯✯✯ - I can’t find one flaw in the flow of this story or the flow of the narration. Suburb job done by both Ms. Wynne and Ms. Sheckells.

After a fire destroys her barn, killing her prized horse, Chloe Hicks is informed that it may have been arsen. To add to her increasing troubles her ex-husband begins to make accusations around town causing her further stress. At the urging of her mother and good friend, Paul, she leaves town till the “heat” dies down. While in Muddy Creek, Chloe begins to experience strange things. Through her best friend Chloe meets Jackson and together they put together the pieces of the strange occurrences.

Even though Grace and Chloe lived in different time periods, I saw similarities in the lives they led. How their independent natures gave them strength to fight against their own type of evil. The saying “we girls have to stick together” is very true in this book. I believe that is the main reason Grace never moved on. And for Chloe’s sake I’m grateful to know there are supernatural forces out there that shouldn’t be explained.

Under no circumstances was I approached by the author to read or review this book. I offered without any agreement or promise for any compensation. I am voluntarily giving my opinion about this book. My only affiliation with the author is that I am a fan and want to support by reading and posting this review of my own free will.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful