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  • The Only One

  • A One Love Novella - 1001 Dark Nights
  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Zachary Webber
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 650
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 617
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 616

Let's say there was this guy. And he gave you the most mind-blowing night of sex in your life. And you never saw him again. Until 10 years later. Now, it turns out he's the only one in all of Manhattan whose restaurant is available for my charity's event. The trouble is, he doesn't recognize me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Only One Melts Heart by Audio!

  • By The Audio Flow on 06-29-17

Really sweet story!

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

Reviewed: 03-07-19

At first I was a bit skeptical because of Penny's reaction, but after getting to know her in later chapters, it was definitely a sweet story and a nice wholesome second chance. I loved it and so happy there wasn't any silly drama stuff. another excellent LB Story!!!

  • Edge of Eon

  • Eon Warriors, Book 1
  • By: Anna Hackett
  • Narrated by: Vivienne Leheny
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48

Sub-Captain Eve Traynor knows a suicide mission when she sees one. With deadly insectoid aliens threatening to invade Earth, the planet's only chance of survival is to get the attention of the fierce Eon Warriors. But the Eon want nothing to do with Earth, and Eve wants nothing to do with abducting War Commander Davion Thann-Eon off his warship. But when Earth's Space Corps threaten her sisters, Eve will do anything to keep them safe, even if it means she might not make it back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Edge of Eon

  • By debby on 03-09-19

Original SciFi Action Romance Story!!

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

Reviewed: 03-03-19

An absolute gem of a Sci-Fi Action Romance Story! Anna Hackett never ceases to amaze me. She has created another original Sci-Fi idea that stands apart from many SciFi Romance books out there. Not only do you have a strong female human Heroine, and an attractive Hero who happens to be a War Commander for the Eon Race, there is a story that is built based off of strength, grit, and passion. I loved every part of this book, and it definitely receives 5stars from me. Excited to see where Anna Hackett will take us with this Series. Book #2 Touch of Eon is available now I can't wait to get my 'ears' on the Audiobook!

Vivienne Leheny really knows how to bring out humour, emotion, action, and tension to a scene. She narrates her characters so well, and brings them to life! I loved her narration from the Galactic Gladiators Series by Anna Hackett, and I'm so glad she is narrating the Eon Warriors Series! Worth the listen! 5star Narration through and through.

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  • If I Only Knew

  • By: Corinne Michaels
  • Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake, Shane East
  • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,877
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,739
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,734

My life was perfect - until a shocking tragedy pulled the rug out from underneath me. My children were left without a father. I was without a husband and a provider. Instead of wallowing in my grief, I buried myself in my work at Dovetail Enterprises. Landing the promotion as the CEO’s right hand was exactly what I needed. Getting saddled with Milo Huxley as an assistant is exactly the opposite. I can’t stand him. He’s arrogant, irresponsible, and out for my job. As if that’s not bad enough, he has to be devastatingly sexy, and have a posh English accent that makes me squirm on top of it all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved it. absolutely adorable.

  • By jojo beanz on 10-31-18

So much heart .

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

Reviewed: 01-20-19

This is my first CM book and I am completely in love with this book. I have not smiled, laughed, and cried so much from one book in a long time. It's the perfect mix without the any overly used tropes or drama. This is a story about love and loss and more importantly, the reality of it all. it's so much more than I expected. Add on 2 top rated Narrators (my favs) and you have a story that was delivered with so much heart and passion . it is perfect and I can't wait to try another CM book!!!

  • Birthday Suit

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York, January Lavoy, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 859
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 815
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 817

An all-star production of a brand new stand-alone romance from number one New York Times best-selling author Lauren Blakely, performed by a full cast of 12 narrators.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best audiobook. EVER!

  • By Kara Hildebrand on 01-14-19

Most Fun to be had! Not your typical 2nd Chance.

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

Reviewed: 01-20-19

This is a 2nd chance romance, and its NOT what you'd expect. If you've ever read a Lauren Blakely book, you'll know she'll do right by a trope. None of that crazy unnecessary drama stuff. LB writes quality storytelling without needing to bring in the drama that will piss you off. Not here... This will be a story that you'll absolutely LOVE listening to and will want to go back for more and wish it was soooo much longer!! like.... 10x longer just so you could listen to all the amazing narrators interact with the main characters.

Absolutely FANTASTIC listen!! This is a one of a kind production and a gem of a story with amazingly talented narrators. The LB has really written something that has given Audible the opportunity to have all 12 narrators in one story and become a full Audio Production "Blockbuster" Romance without the action, but with all the romance! I loved the characters, the story, and the narrators that brought LBs story to life.

Make sure you listen all the way through. The Bloopers alone give this book a full star. Infact, it pushes this book to be 6 stars out of 5.

LOVED IT. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!! What are you waiting for? Go Grab yourself a copy! Worth every penny/credit.

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  • Like the Wind

  • By: J. Bengtsson
  • Narrated by: Callie Dalton, Zachary Webber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,735
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,637
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,640

When a letter from his supposedly deceased mother finds its way into his hands, life changes in an instant for international pop star Bodhi Beckett. Reeling from the deception of those closest to him, Bodhi spirals out of control and is sent to a secluded mansion in the coastal mountains of Southern California for some rest and relaxation. But the retreat proves to be anything but relaxing when a raging wildfire sets the landscape around him ablaze. While escaping the flames, Bodhi rescues Breeze, a quirky, pet-loving woman, and together the two fight their way to safety. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ahhh-amazing

  • By Christy Almeida on 01-16-19

New Adult Book. This book reads in "Present Tense"

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

Reviewed: 01-20-19

Okay, this is my first J.Bengtsson book and I wasn't aware it was a NA story.
Bodhi and Breeze were fun characters and likable at first. Afterwards, different opinions may be formed about them depending on how you usually like seeing your characters.

There were a lot more descriptions than I am used to. This book also reads in "Present Tense" and its a style that's becoming more and more popular. ie: "Stumbling out the door, I drop to my hands and knees coughing up billowy white smoke. Where was the oxygen, why couldn't I get air. Taking a series of shallow gulps, I finally drew in a deep breath, surprised when air filled my lungs." Unfortunately this style of writing doesn't work for me. It pulled me away from trying to connect to the character and wanting to know what happens next. If you don't mind this kind of style, and don't mind NA books, then I would recommend you giving this book a try. It seems like a popular one just by the ratings of other readers.

Narration: I've listened to several ZW narrations before and they're pretty much always 4-5star work. In this book, he does well during scenes where the character interacts with others, but felt most of his talent wasn't brought to the forefront in this book due to the long descriptions and consistent monologues, and I unfortunately i wasn't able to connect or adapt to CD's narration.

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  • The Substitute

  • Wedding Pact Series #1
  • By: Denise Grover Swank
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,681
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,562
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,554

Megan Vandemeer meant to tell her parents about her broken engagement, but a month and a half later she finds herself boarding a plane home to her wedding. Having stretched avoidance to its limits, it's time to come clean - a terrifying prospect since her mother is sure to blame her rather than her cheating, emotionally frigid ex. A couple of drinks and two Dramamine later, Megan finds herself spilling her sob story to the tall, dark, and handsome stranger in the seat next to her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable & Fun Story

  • By Amy M on 10-23-16

Characters are hit and miss, overall Good.

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

Reviewed: 01-02-19

Not bad. Characters can be hit and miss. Some parts a bit wordy and scenes were a bit extended and probably not as necessary. Personally believe this book could have been at least 30-40% shorter. Overall, a solid 3stars.

Narrator Shannon McManus did amazing. Kept me engaged throughout the story with good emotions and a variety of different voices for all the characters. Nicely done. 5Stars for Narration!!

  • Uncharted

  • Treasure Hunter Security, Book 2
  • By: Anna Hackett
  • Narrated by: Stella Bloom
  • Length: 4 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

Former Navy SEAL Callum Ward has one motto - live life to the fullest. He saw the worst of war and lost good friends, but now he works for Treasure Hunter Security. When he's not providing security for archeological digs and invaluable museum exhibits, or off on daring treasure hunts, he's rock climbing, racing, or skiing. Nothing - and no one - has ever tempted him to slow down...until on an expedition into the Cambodian jungle, he has to work with one opinionated, prickly photographer, Dani Navarro.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • exploration and romance in Cambodia

  • By lisa j on 12-30-18

Tricky book for narrating done exceptionally well!

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

Reviewed: 12-16-18

I've already praised book #1 on how i love this team of Anna Hackett and Stella Bloom. SB has brought Anna's characters even more fun than they already were the first time reading them through. There is a wide variety of secondary characters with many accents, and I personally felt SB did an excellent job making it work, yet subtly as not to distract from the story. Great job all around for AH and SB!!

Looking forward to listening to the rest of the Series!

  • Undiscovered

  • Treasure Hunter Security, Book 1
  • By: Anna Hackett
  • Narrated by: Stella Bloom
  • Length: 5 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 44

Finding undiscovered treasures is always daring, dangerous, and deadly. Perfect for the men of Treasure Hunter Security. Former Navy SEAL Declan Ward is haunted by the demons of his past and throws everything he has into his security business - Treasure Hunter Security. Dangerous archeological digs - no problem. Daring expeditions - sure thing. Museum security for invaluable exhibits - easy. But on a simple dig in the Egyptian desert, he collides with a stubborn, smart archeologist, Dr. Layne Rush, and together they get swept into a deadly treasure hunt for a mythical lost oasis.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good

  • By CRAZY4PEANUTBUTTER on 12-11-18

Narration really brings this book to life!

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

Reviewed: 12-16-18

I enjoyed the Treasure Hunter Security Series a lot, but an absolutely loving it the second time around with Stella Bloom's narration. I feel like certain scenes have really been brought to life that I wasn't able to do in my own mind while reading it the first time. The character's have made me laugh more through Audiobook and i think this team/duo of Anna Hackett and Stella Bloom has really hit the perfect spot for this Series. I am looking forward to "listening" to the rest of the Series!! 5stars all around.

  • Imperator

  • Galactic Gladiators, Book 11
  • By: Anna Hackett
  • Narrated by: Vivienne Leheny
  • Length: 6 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 37

Space station security specialist Sam has done one thing since her abduction by alien slavers...fight to survive. But now one strong alien gladiator stands at her side and Sam knows she is no longer alone. Thrust into a lawless desert arena, Sam Santos has done terrible things in order to stay alive. As the Champion of Zaabha, she's been fighting to find a way out. Everything changes when the Imperator of the House of Galen sacrifices his freedom to help her. The hard-bodied, fierce man has vowed to help her escape, but getting out of Zaabha is only the first deadly task they face. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really good

  • By CRAZY4PEANUTBUTTER on 12-24-18

An excellent conclusion to the Galactic Gladiators

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

Reviewed: 12-16-18

This was one of the most highly anticipated Character of the Galactic Gladiators Series for most all of Anna's Fanbase. I've enjoyed the Series so much and loved the way Anna Hackett wrapped up the Series. The entire Series was unique, original, and one of a kind. Kudos to an excellent Series by Ms.Hackett.

Vivienne Leheny does such an excellent job with this Series as well. I've read the books several times, but now listening to them, she's given me a totally new experience. She's even made me laugh and favour a few characters more than I did the first time reading them through. Fantastic!

  • Mission: Her Rescue

  • Team 52 Series, Book 2
  • By: Anna Hackett
  • Narrated by: Stella Bloom
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

When archaeologist January’s plane is shot down over the Guatemalan jungle, she knows she’s being hunted for the invaluable Mayan artifacts she’s carrying. Only one man and his team can save her…the covert, black ops Team 52, and the distrusting former CIA operative who drives her crazy… Dr. January James has a motto: live life to the fullest. A terrible incident in her past, where she lost both her mother and her innocence, taught her that. Now she spends her days on archeological digs doing the work she loves.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By CRAZY4PEANUTBUTTER on 12-24-18

Such a fun action packed romance book !

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

Reviewed: 12-16-18

What another absolute delightful witty and creative book by Anna Hackett. I first 'read' this book through Audiobook and the experience is definitely heightened with Stella Bloom's narration and how she's brought Anna's character's to life. So much fun and excellent characters and dialogue.

Can't wait to listen to Team52 #3 Mission Her Security!

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