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  • Dr. Neuro

  • St. Luke’s Docuseries, Book 3
  • By: Max Monroe
  • Narrated by: Joe Arden, Maxine Mitchell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116

Dr. Nick Raines wants nothing more than to keep his head on straight and his daughter in his life. But does that really have to mean he can't have love? It's a battle: head vs. heart.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • WELL that sucked!!!

  • By Lucretia on 12-25-17

What happened to tv show??

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

Reviewed: 11-14-17

Not a bad story,but much, much different from the first two books in the series. First, much more tame in the bedroom department. Then there’s the ‘what are the odds’ plot twists, which seemed very contrived (I mean, NYC is simply teeming with people...). Finally, the reality tv show that was prominent I. The first two books is nearly nonexistent in this one. Not sure why they called him dr. Neurotic.

  • Take Me Back

  • By: Meghan March
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Zachary Webber
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 937
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 866
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 867

We fell in love on a beach, got married in paradise, and rode off into the sunset. It should have been perfect, but saying "I do" doesn't guarantee a happily ever after. Two years later, I barely recognize either of us behind the walls we've built. It's time to bring it full circle. Back to a tropical paradise. Back to find out if we can still make this work. I'm not willing to give her up, but to save us, I have to risk everything.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Should've been written under a pseudonym

  • By Mike on 03-21-17

Enjoyable first half, torturous second half

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

Reviewed: 11-14-17

Book completely changes direction midstream. Not in a good way. Not to give away the plot, but story takes a very violent, and out of place, turn about halfway through. If you like your romances with beatings, stabbing, nd gunshots, with a touch of sex trafficking this may be for you.

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  • 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 1,112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,024
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,025

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

Good story, flaws spoil it a bit

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

Reviewed: 09-18-16

What did you like best about First Star I See Tonight? What did you like least?

This books was more like the older Chicago Stars books, which I enjoyed. No excessive involvement in other characters. One big issue for me--did the author forget her previous books? When she mentions characters from the original series, she names the players and the women they married. Among them, Kevin married "a children's book author". Does Phillips not remember that this is the sister of the heroine from the first Stars book, and owner of the team? This was a huge plot device, and I can't believe that no mention was made of it.

Would you be willing to try another one of Nicole Poole’s performances?

Possible. However, she needs to brush up her pronunciation. "MAJ Mile"!! Really!?! (It's MAG MILE, as in Magnificent, not MAJ mile as in Magic. Sheesh...There were a few others, too. Generally, though, she did a decent job of distinctive voices for the different characters. But if you're gonna do Chicago, please learn how to pronounce it's landmarks.

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  • Falling for Max

  • By: Shannon Stacey
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125

Max Crawford has reached the point in life where he's starting to think about settling down. Unfortunately he's always been a little awkward when it comes to social interactions, and working from home doesn't help. He spends so much time alone, painting beautiful, historically accurate model trains, that half of Whitford has begun to joke that he may be a serial killer. Not exactly prime husband material.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Melissa Horn on 07-27-15

Excellent as always from ms staves and ms fortgang

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

Reviewed: 04-09-15

Stacey is my favorite author, and this book doesn't disappoint. This narrator is also one of the best. Highest recommendation.

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  • Candy Cane Kisses

  • Forever Christmas, Book 4
  • By: Elle Rush
  • Narrated by: Christy Williamson
  • Length: 1 hr and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    1.5 out of 5 stars 2

All bakery-owner Lindsay Leeds wants for Christmas is for her former high-school crush Sheriff Keith "Bodey" Bodewell to quit playing games. The sheriff has been dancing around asking her out for months and Lindsay is tired of it. His "fake girlfriend" ploy was cute and it was sweet that he recruited her friends to find out what she likes, but enough is enough. She's a busy woman and he needs to step up or he's going to lose his shot.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible

  • By Tonya on 12-08-15

Mercifully short, HORRIBLE narrator ruins another

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

Reviewed: 03-11-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I don't think anyone would enjoy this book with this narrator.

Has Candy Cane Kisses turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not other books, but certainly other books by this author and narrator

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Her pronunciation and enunciation were awful. Example she says nothing as "no thing".

What character would you cut from Candy Cane Kisses?

No characters were annoying or overused.

  • Christmas Kiss

  • Forever Christmas, Book 2
  • By: Sharon Kleve
  • Narrated by: Christy Williamson
  • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

The western Washington town of Glenville is threatened with the possible loss of their 100 year old Christmas tree farm to an outside corporation. Four friends join together to keep the tradition alive and create new opportunities with the rebirth of the Forever Christmas tree farm. Adelaide Duval has been told how to live her life from a very early age. First by her mother and then by her jerk boyfriend Jason. Both leave her expectantly and now she’s starting over with a new home and a new business.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Story OK, ruined by HORRIBLE narrator (again)

  • By MM NW Chicago on 02-17-15

Story OK, ruined by HORRIBLE narrator (again)

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

Reviewed: 02-17-15

Would you try another book from Sharon Kleve and/or Christy Williamson?

Author is OK, lightweight brief story. However, the narrator totally ruins the experience.

Would you ever listen to anything by Sharon Kleve again?

Sure, if I didn't pay too much.

How could the performance have been better?

A different narrator.

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

Story was mildly entertaining. Nothing special, but an OK way to listen to in the background while doing something else. I like the Christmas business aspect; very reminiscent of Nora Roberts Bride series.

Any additional comments?

Seriously, check out the narrator on other books--universally awful reviews!

  • Christmas Reflections

  • Forever Christmas, Book 1
  • By: Joanne Jaytanie
  • Narrated by: Christy Williamson
  • Length: 1 hr and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

As a teenager Juliet Swanson couldn't wait to get out of her home town of Glenville, WA and move to the big city. She moved to California to attend college, and then went to work for a large corporation. It didn't take her long to realize that clawing her way up the ladder at others expense wasn't the life she wanted. She moved back to her home town, fell in love with the 'family feel' of living there and has a close knit group of girlfriends she shares everything with.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • HORRIBLE Narrator!!

  • By MM NW Chicago on 02-17-15

HORRIBLE Narrator!!

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

Reviewed: 02-17-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Better narrator.

Has Christmas Reflections turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not the story, but the narrator completely ruins it.

What didn’t you like about Christy Williamson’s performance?

Where do I begin...mispronounciations (calvary for cavalry for example), terrible inflections, she emphasizes in odd places, virtually monotone, except for strangely placed pitch changes. No change in voice between characters. The worst narration I've ever heard on audible, hands down.

Any additional comments?

Did I mention the TERRIBLE NARRATOR!?

  • Love by Design

  • By: Liz Matis
  • Narrated by: Nicole Colburn
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 9

Design Intervention starts the second season with its own surprise makeover. Interior designer Victoria Bryce must break in her temporary co-host, Aussie Russ Rowland. Victoria, former socialite wild child hopes the reality show will give her the clout to launch her own design line without her family connections. Russ, former bad boy Australian TV star is using the show to launch his acting career in the States. Sparks fly on camera as they argue over paint colors and measurement mishaps leading to passions igniting behind the scenes.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Bad Narration

  • By Necole on 04-04-13

Hero's accent HORRIBLE, slow but OK story

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

Reviewed: 04-14-13

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

It was OK, not a total waste of time, but not something I want to repeat. Not necessarily going to look for more by this author.

Has Love by Design turned you off from other books in this genre?

Nope. There's always a clinker in the bunch.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Awful accent for male lead--sometimes Italian, sometimes Irish, sometimes British, occasionally approximates Australian (but not often). Every time Russ speaks, I cringe. She did an OK job with the other characters, although it was a bit difficult to distinguish between female characters.

Could you see Love by Design being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No.

Any additional comments?

Where is the quality control for narrators? Some are excellent at accents, but some, like this one, are an embarrassment. I almost felt like I was listening to Robin Williams, with how often the accent changed.

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  • Sizzle

  • By: Katherine Garbera
  • Narrated by: Ebonee Noel
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2

A recipe for desire or disaster! Preparation: Only the best chefs are selected to compete in the hit reality TV show Premier Chef. First, add one bakery owner, Staci Rowland, who's out to prove that even the sweetest chef can wield a wickedly sharp knife. Then, counter that sweetness with Remy Cruzel, a spicy and smokin-hot Cajun chef, who's looking to prove he's more than his name.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Story OK, narrator HORRIBLE!

  • By MM NW Chicago on 04-05-13

Story OK, narrator HORRIBLE!

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

Reviewed: 04-05-13

What did you like best about Sizzle? What did you like least?

The story is a typical Blaze book, set in the world of reality cooking shows (which I love!!).

What did you like best about this story?

Setting of a cooking competition show was fun.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Ebonee Noel?

ANYBODY!! Her southern accent for Remy was awful, and detracting. She mispronounced so many words.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Maybe, probably wait for the DVD or Lifetime broadcast.

Any additional comments?

Why can't these producers monitor the pronunciation of the narrators??

0 of 1 people found this review helpful