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  • Fall from Grace

  • By: Danielle Steel
  • Narrated by: Luis Moreno
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 623
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547

Sydney Wells' perfect life with her wealthy, devoted husband vanishes when he dies suddenly in an accident. Widowed at 49, she discovers he has failed to include her in his will. With Andrew's vicious daughters in control of his estate, and no home or money, Sydney finds a job in fashion, despite her own designer daughters' warnings. Naive, out of her element, and alone in a world of shady international deals and dishonest people, she is set up by her boss and finds herself faced with criminal prosecution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fall from Grace

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-26-18

Wonderful story

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

Reviewed: 04-02-18

Any additional comments?

This was a lovely story that illustrates how quickly one's life can be altered, only to discover that unfortunate twists of fate can lead to ultimate joy!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Lady and the Highlander

  • Highland Fairytale Series, Book 3
  • By: Lecia Cornwall
  • Narrated by: Ruth Urquhart
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 13

Laire MacLeod's father has married a mysterious widow who is a vain beauty that deals with potions and spells. Laire does not drink them with the rest of her family and is the only one who could see through her stepmother's games. When Laire flees to find help from her uncle, the Lady's huntsman follows her with orders to kill. Laire must survive in a dangerous new city and find the antidote to a poisonous potion before it is too late.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful Adult Fairytale - Didn't Want it to End

  • By Olivia on 09-26-17

Delightful Adult Fairytale - Didn't Want it to End

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

Reviewed: 09-26-17

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Lecia Cornwall has crafted a hypnotic adult fairytale about beautiful Laire Macleod whose father’s obsession with having a son imperils his family in disastrous ways. To his gross disappointment, Donal Macleod’s seven previous wives only gave birth to daughters. His 8th wife turns out to be a scheming witch who drugs Donal and his daughters with a mind-numbing potion. Laire refuses to drink the concoction and escapes to Edinburgh, followed closely by the witch’s mysterious and conflicted henchman, Iain Lindsey, who is sent to kill her. As Laire seeks to rescue her family, the ensuing tale is a captivating succession of close encounters and near disasters with an amazing band of endearing and malevolent characters. This is an exhilarating love story and breathtaking adventure. Ruth Urquhart’s narration is utterly amazing as each character fully materializes through the magic of her voice.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Lucky Stars

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 16 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 481
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 453

Belle Abbot is pathologically shy, and because of this she's living a nightmare due to the fact that she's also a national treasure hounded by the media. James Bennett is known the world over as the perfect catch, handsome, wealthy, and the owner of an intimidating castle on a Cornish Cliff, Chy An Als Point. Belle and James meet, and in one night they fall in love. The problem is Belle's dating James' brother.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narration ruined my appreciation of this book

  • By Ann on 08-30-17

A Rivetting Conclusion to a Wonderful Series

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

Reviewed: 06-18-17

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Lucky Stars is the fifth and final book in Kristen Ashley's compelling Ghosts and Reincarnation series. It offers a complicated love story imperiled by betrayal, murder, and ancient ghosts. Wealthy bachelor, James "Jack" Bennett falls hard for beautiful Belle Abbot upon first sight. The problem is, she is his younger brother's date at their mother's annual birthday ball. Belle is timid and wary of Jack's attention, but finds herself equally attracted to him. After one dance with Belle, Jack steals her away from the family castle to a loft above the stable where they engage in passionate love making that will forever alter their destinies, as well as change the lives of both of their families and three ancient ghosts. What makes Belle especially intriguing is that while she is painfully introverted, she is also a very successful and wealthy fashion designer.

Each character is robustly developed by Kristen Ashley and excellently portrayed by the narration of Abby Craden who perfectly embodies the voices of women, men, and children. She transitions from British to Scottish to American accents so flawlessly that you forget one person is narrating.

Kristen Ashley never fails to deliver!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Complicated

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Lance Greenfield, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,097
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,099

When small-town Nebraska sheriff Hixon Drake meets Greta Dare, the connection couldn't be stronger, but the timing couldn't be worse. Dealing with the fallout of a divorce he never wanted and setting up a new home for his kids, Hix becomes that guy, that one he never wanted to be, and puts a stop to things before they can even start. Protecting his kids and himself is his only priority. Greta, on the other hand, has found the place for her and the brother she adores that's perfect for them - a sleepy little town in Nebraska.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complicated was a pleasure to my senses!

  • By Kara Hildebrand on 05-02-17

Excellent Mixture of Romance, Mystery, & Mayhem

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

Reviewed: 05-02-17

Any additional comments?

Another well crafted story that expertly intertwines romance, mystery, and murder and keeps the reader riveted. Hix is sheriff in a quiet little town where crime is rare. He moved there to satisfy his wife's demand to live near her parents. Seven years and two children later, Hix and Hope are divorced and he is trying to establish a new home for his children who are now in their teens. Greta moved to the little town to find a safe and peaceful place to care for her brother. Greta is a stunning beauty who catches Hix's eye while he watches her sing at the Do-Drop Club, an upscale restaurant. Hix and Greta have an immediate and lusty attraction that they unsuccessfully try to resist. The sleepy little town is rocked when murders begin to occur that Hix is working to solve."Complicated" is an excellent story with everything we expect from Kristen Ashley. The narration by Lance Greenfield and Erin Mallon is perfect.. .

40 of 43 people found this review helpful

  • A Mackenzie Clan Gathering

  • Highland Pleasures Series #7.5
  • By: Jennifer Ashley
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293

Ian Mackenzie is awakened at Kilmorgan Castle one night to find robbers stealing the priceless art collection of his oldest brother, Hart. Since Ian and Beth are the only ones in residence at Kilmorgan at the moment, Ian decides that he must find the art and the culprits before the family shows up for Hart's birthday gathering.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing Mystery and Lusty Romance!

  • By Olivia on 03-29-16

Intriguing Mystery and Lusty Romance!

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

Reviewed: 03-29-16

II love the way Jennifer Ashley intertwines a solid mystery and passionate romance into plush settings. The MacKenzie men are bold, lusty, eccentric, and devoted to their family. (Did I mention lusty?) This story continues the saga of Lord Ian, the youngest brother who suffered greatly as a child at the hands of a cruel father. His inappropriate behavior in social settings would probably be diagnosed as autism today, but in 19th century Europe was viewed as "crazy". I love how his older brothers cared for and protected him, eventually saving his life as a lad. In "A MacKenzie Family Gathering", we get to know more about the evolution of the reclusive Ian, his devoted wife, Beth, and their three "wee ones". Most importantly, we watch Ian discover that his quirky and awkward behavior is nothing about which to be ashamed. In the final analysis, his brilliant oddities and fearless bravery unravel a lethal mystery and save the life of someone very dear.

Angela Dawe is an amazing narrator. She manages to distinguish each voice of the men, women, and children in this growing clan in a way that you know exactly who is speaking and what they are feeling.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Knight

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Savannah Richards
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,359
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,185
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,187

Knight Sebring knows who he is, what he wants, and what he likes. And he gets it. But he never expected something as sweet as Anya Gage to wander into his bedroom during a party he did not expect to be having to borrow his phone. Knight tries to leave Anya to the life she deserves, with white picket fences and a man who watches football on Sundays - good, normal, and clean.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OH KNIGHT KNIGHT KNIGHT YR SUCH A YUMMY BAD BOY

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 04-16-15

Two-dimensional characters

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

Reviewed: 10-29-15

What was most disappointing about Kristen Ashley’s story?

Kristen Ashley's books are typically well developed, robust and sensual, while weaving an engaging tale that captures the reader's heart and imagination. Unlike the characters in her other novels, the main players in "Knight" are two dimensional and not believable. I am a big fan of Ms. Ashley's novels and will continue to read her books, but this one was not for me.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • At Peace

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Olivia Porter
  • Length: 23 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,554
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,441

Violet Winters once had it all but lost it when her husband was murdered by a criminal madman. During a cold winter night Violet has to leave her warm bed to tell her neighbor to turn the music down. And that's when she meets sinister, scarred, scarily attractive security specialist, Joe Callahan.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • One of KA's best - the Worst Narrator

  • By Sharon on 06-30-15

Wonderful Story with Great Narration

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

Reviewed: 10-20-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely!

What does Olivia Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I thought the narrator was excellent, provided a unique voice for each character, and conveyed every emotion experienced by each of them.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?


I was moved when Joe finally acknowledged his love for Violet and her girls and was afraid that he had waited too late to stake his claim.

Any additional comments?


I really enjoyed this story and find myself listening to it repeatedly. It was particularly touching to see how Violet and her daughters slowly cracked the shell around Joe Callahan’s heart.

I am new to Kristen Ashley and have become a complete fan.

  • The Many Sins of Lord Cameron

  • Highland Pleasures, Book 3
  • By: Jennifer Ashley
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,379
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,290

A renowned rake, Cameron Mackenzie doesn't care if Ainsley Douglas has a virtuous excuse for sneaking around his bedchamber. He only cares that she's at his mercy. One kiss at a time, he plans to seduce her. But what starts out as a lusty diversion may break Cam's own rules.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Oh what a Highland Pleasure

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 06-05-13

Love those MacKenzie men!

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

Reviewed: 03-13-15

Like all of Jennifer Ashley's historical romances, this story delivers on all fronts. It is a wide sweeping adventure, sensual romance, tinged with secrets, mystery, angst, and triumph. The narrator is superb. The four MacKenzie brothers are handsome and privileged Scottish lords who suffered from painful childhoods at the hands of a self-centered, cruel father. This story is about Lord Cameron MacKenzie, a gifted horseman, single father, and tantalizing womanizer who falls hard when he meets Ainsley. She captures his mind and heart, but runs from him because of her dark past. This is a well written and excellently performed story!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Public Secrets

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 20 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,469
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,217

Emma McAvoy may have grown up in the limelight, but some secrets are hidden in a darkness no light can reach. Now on the verge of a successful career, and having fallen in love with the man of her dreams, Emma is looking to the future. Yet it’s the past that is about to catch up with her. For Emma, her childhood had been almost like a rags-to-riches fairy tale - until the tragic night that changed her family forever. But what Emma thinks she knows about that terrible night and the man she’s about to marry is only half the truth.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Long, Dark, Depressing, Boring & Disappointing

  • By Lisa on 08-14-14

Long book, but worth every hour!!

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

Reviewed: 07-31-14

Any additional comments?



Nora Roberts has crafted an absorbing tale of love, fame, wealth, and betrayal that is infused with Renee Raudman’s exceptional narration. Little Emma McAvoy spends the first three years of her life terrified by a drug addicted, abusive mother who readily gives Emma to her famous rock star father in exchange for money. Brian McAvoy adores his baby girl and raises her in a world of affluence, security, and celebrity, occasionally darkened by drugs and promiscuity. Emma slowly accepts that she is safe and surrounded by love from her “Da”, her caring stepmom, and the capricious members of her father’s band. When her stepbrother is born, four year-old Emma is overcome with love for the baby and devotes herself to his care and protection. As Emma matures into an educated, accomplished, and beautiful young lady, the story takes a dark turn of treachery that will have you on the edge of your seat. Two men enter her life, both declaring their love - only one, however, is to be trusted. Excellent story!

25 of 28 people found this review helpful

  • Sunset Embrace

  • By: Sandra Brown
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 230

Lydia and Ross have both been hurt in the past. However, they find themselves thrown together, fighting the same enemy and unable to stop the events that will eventually pit one man's vengeance against the strength of a woman's love.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Love Sandra Brown! HATE this book

  • By Nicole D. Z. on 02-11-16

SABDRA BROWN AT HER BEST

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

Reviewed: 06-16-14

Any additional comments?

This is an excellently written novel that represents Sandra Brown at her best. This romantic mystery is also a wonderfully crafted western that takes place on a wagon train. The story unfolds with unexpected twists that involve people with deep and painful secrets that are central to the plot. The love story is sensuous, yet poignant. Ellen Archer's narration is superb, with convincing distinction among the characters. Great audiobook!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful