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  • The Body Reader

  • By: Anne Frasier
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,724
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,715

For three years, Detective Jude Fontaine was kept from the outside world. Held in an underground cell, her only contact was with her sadistic captor, and reading his face was her entire existence. Learning his every line, every movement, and every flicker of thought is what kept her alive. After her experience with isolation and torture, she is left with a fierce desire for justice - and a heightened ability to interpret the body language of both the living and the dead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Go Jude!

  • By AudioAddict on 01-21-17

Entertaining but Circular

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

Reviewed: 02-12-19

This story is good and pulls you in. It has a lot of what I call book magic about it. Book magic is where the scenerios are alittle far fetched for real life but it works for a story. The book is the first in the series so I'm interested to see character growth since this book seem like a little introduction into who the characters are going to be. Big mysteries are solved but the effects of them seem very unresolved. If you like thrillers because they make for interesting stories and don't demand that it be over realistic with dotted i's and crossed t's I recommend this to you.

  • Love Story

  • Love Unexpectedly Series, Book 3
  • By: Lauren Layne
  • Narrated by: Amy Melissa Bentley, Rudy Sanda
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 26

When Lucy Hawkins receives a job offer in San Francisco, she can't wait to spread her wings and leave her small Virginia hometown behind. The cross-country trip comes with a traveling companion: her older brother's best friend, a.k.a. the guy who took Lucy's virginity hours before breaking her heart. After spending the past four years and every last dime caring for his sick father, Reece Sullivan will do just about anything to break free of the painful memories - even if it means a two-week road trip with the one girl who ever made it past his carefully guarded exterior.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • horrific southern accents

  • By D. Flynn on 12-20-18

Totally and Completely Nerve-wrecking

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

Lauren Layne why? It's hard for me to understand or champion the couple being together. The only thing about Reece that made me feel that he was worthy of Lucy was Lucy. Lucy's childhood crush should be that and only that. I spent the whole story hoping that Reece's anger and betrayal would make sense or be justified and it never really seems to happen to me. On top of that, it was drawn out in a kind of angsty and dramatic way that took away instead of add to the story. All broken inner thoughts and no communication made it so the couple had no chemistry. I had to skip through the sexy times because I just didn't feel that they belonged there. I hate giving such a bad review but I'd say there are better choices for your credits sadly this wasn't part of the romance package so it doesn't even have that redeeming quality. Also, Rudy Sanda didn't help matters his accents and different voice were terrible had it read his part straight out it would have been more tolerable because his normal part wasn't swoon-worthy but they did the job.

  • How to Date a Douchebag: The Coaching Hours

  • By: Sara Ney
  • Narrated by: Muffy Newtown, Josh Goodman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130

There are no douchebags in this story. Well, there are, but they're not who this story is about. This story is about me - the coach's daughter. When I moved to Iowa to live with my dad, the university's take-no-prisoners wrestling coach, I thought transferring would be easy as pie - living with my father would be temporary, and he'd make sure his douchebag wrestlers left me alone. Wrong on both counts.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing til the end

  • By Leezard_Love on 04-13-18

Just a good love story

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

There's not much to this story, in the end, it just a cute little love story. Besides, the beginning were you're trying to figure out who the love interest will be this book this book pretty much end up being a good boy meets girl book. I like the love story well enough but was thrown off by the back story and the douchebags especially since the writer took time to present their action from their POV. It took a while to get into what the story ended up being. This one is not as good as the others but it still pretty good.

  • Blurred Lines

  • By: Lauren Layne
  • Narrated by: Mason Lloyd, Allison Pike
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 452

When Parker Blanton meets Ben Olsen during her freshman year of college, the connection is immediate - and platonic. Six years later, they're still best friends, sharing an apartment in Portland's trendy Northwest District as they happily settle into adult life. But when Parker's boyfriend dumps her out of the blue, she starts to wonder about Ben's no-strings-attached approach to dating. The trouble is, even with Ben as her wingman, Parker can't seem to get the hang of casual sex - until she tries it with him.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Meh...

  • By Britney S on 06-12-16

I heart friends to lovers

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

I've always liked a good friends to lover story and this one was exacuted well. This book doesn't have a dramatic angsty built up that most stories take, were one or both are afraid to act because they don't want to lose their friendship. This comes about in a more organic manner. Scratch meets itch and there's no going back or is there? A Romance Package must and even a creditworthy pick. It's a standalone but I wish the "series" was a little connected but the book is complete when it ends.

  • Midnight with the Devil

  • A Dark Romance
  • By: Emma Castle
  • Narrated by: Jeremy York
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

In Diana Kingston's defense, it was the middle of the night in the deserted hospital chapel. Surely it was just a dream. She hadn't really sold herself to a brooding stranger to save her father's life, right? Then she wakes, and her father is fully recovered, and a mysterious letter arrives from the tall, dark, handsome - um, devil? Yep, it was right there on the contract, Lucien Star, aka Lucifer Morningstar, that had been his name in the dream.... Gulp. What would the devil himself want with her? Sex. Three months of it, every Friday night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WICKEDLY WONDERFUL & FULL OF LIGHTHEARTED FEELS

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 09-21-18

Not A Dark Romance

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

Reviewed: 12-27-18

The only thing thing that makes this dark is that it's a deal with the devil. It's strangely a mythological/paranormal-ish chick lit story. It's cute, witty and filled with lots of mythology and some erotica. If you're not looking for something that's overly extreme with shock and awe this is a good middle of the road story.
Beautiful, lonely and sacrificial, Diana has everything and nothing to lose so she makes the deal of a lifetime. Now it's time for the devil to do his work. Most think that it's the devil that make them do bad things when in truth he only directs you to the less righteous desires. So when he's given a subject that is good and pure he has to pull out all the stops but instead of pulling her in could she be pulling him out?

  • Mindf--k

  • By: Gabi Moore
  • Narrated by: Nikki Hampstead
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

The love story I'm about to tell you is the purest and most beautiful thing I've ever done. But it all began in the darkest, ugliest way possible. Forget what you know about power and domination. Yes, this is a story of submission, but real submission, where the stakes are real and the cost is high. This is a story like all other good stories. It has good guys and bad guys, scary parts and naughty parts. And it has me, someone who thought they knew how the story would end, just like you think you do right now.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Only 1 book of 3 in audiobook and it's Cliffhanger

  • By Crystalew on 12-22-18

Only 1 book of 3 in audiobook and it's Cliffhanger

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

Reviewed: 12-22-18

With that said after reading all the good reviews on Goodreads it seemed like a must read. I really want to give this a good review and recommend that you dive in even if you have to read the other books in the series. I think my expectations were too high.
The story starts off kind of slow to me I couldn't bring myself to be interested in Nora. The story is told in a slow burn kind of way but it never really gave me the feels. Dean is masterful at his approach with Nora. I just think there was too much of Nora's inner dialog of her trying to convince us of who she is and what she's about that I miss out on the real story and the twisty parts. Maybe I just tuned out. Or maybe the Mindf**k for me is there is no mindf**k.
Maybe it's just a book that is better if you read it. I would still recommend it(I'm too critical) if all the books are on audiobook but since they're not I'm having a hard time doing so.

  • #1 Crush

  • By: T Gephart
  • Narrated by: Grace Grant
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 297

Tia Monroe was smart, sassy, and successful. Sure, she could get a little crazy at times - life around Tia was never boring - but that was part of her appeal. And while she didn't see herself as classically beautiful, she had no shortage of options in the boyfriend department. She just hadn't found one who held her interest. Until she laid eyes on Eric Larsson, and then it was lust at first sight. He packed the perfect mix of smoldering sexy and unapologetic cool into his blond-haired, blue-eyed, ridiculously hot six-foot-four frame.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cute laugh out loud story

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-20-17

Perfect execution

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

Reviewed: 12-15-18

This story had the right amount of angst, frustration in comedy. What I love about this is Tia's antics are crazy and somewhat annoying but you want to stay the course with her to see how she gets herself our of the mess she creates. It's brilliant how everything unfolds. The narration grew on me, though for some reason I couldn't get a vision of Tia through Grace Grants voice. I highly recommend this one.

  • His Dirty Little Secret

  • By: Terri Anne Browning
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins, Jacob Morgan
  • Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 172

Secrets...dirty ones. He was mine...there was a time.... Or so I thought. Instead, I was simply his dirty little secret. He couldn't, no, wouldn't, risk telling his best friend - my brother - about us. So, I kept quiet. Blinded by love and bound by my own desires, I allowed it all. I didn't tell a single soul about my time with Sawyer, not my brother, not my closest friends. Not then, and especially not now. How can I? My best friend is his ex-wife. The past is the past. I'm over him. I refuse to still love him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story line

  • By Anonymous User on 04-20-18

Buyer Beware

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

Thank goodness for Amazon reviews. So far Audibles ratings and reviews do not prepare listeners for this books pitfalls. I read reviews sometime before I choose the book usually lower rated ones to prepare myself and often after I listen to a book. I go to the reviews to see if others had the same opinions. Audibles reviews almost had me listening again because I thought that must have fallen asleep and missed some of it. When I read the Amazon reviews I was relieved to discover that I was not mistaken. Sadly this is not a bad story it is just incomplete and rushed. This seems like the first draft when you have the base of the story before you go back and add details and depth. I didn't expect a complicated storyline for a 3 hour listen actually I thought it mostly be erotica but the author actually tried to fit a 6+ hour storyline into 3 hours. I think this is my first listen by this writer and it would have detoured me but other reviews have said that her books are usually better than this one. If I paid outright or with a credit, I would have felt cheated. I have the Romance package but even so it sad that the writer is getting paid for this one.

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  • Hate Notes

  • By: Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York, Lynn Barrington
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,933
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,924

It all started with a mysterious blue note sewn into a wedding dress. Something blue. I’d gone to sell my own unworn bridal gown at a vintage clothing store. That’s when I found another bride’s “something old.” Stitched into the lining of a fabulously feathered design was the loveliest message I’d ever read: Thank you for making all of my dreams come true. The name embossed on the blue stationery: Reed Eastwood, obviously the most romantic man who ever lived. I also discovered he’s the most gorgeous. If only my true-love fantasies had stopped there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THIS IS MY LOVE NOTE..

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 11-09-18

Snarky, Fun with a Sweet Slow Burn

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

I loved almost everything about this book. Mostly I loved the slow burn and the relationship progression. I felt that the story was practical and outlandish at the same time which is what makes a story a story. It's when the unbelievable happens that makes us want to see how the story goes.

Here's why I like the book:
*Charlotte-I can relate to her. She's sweet but not a doormat, honest, and goofy and a little crazy town at times. With the help of her fairy godmother, she really blossomed. I also like that she was part silly girl and independent woman, I never really had that who does that moment when it came to her actions.
*Reed- A down and out romantic that despite coming off as arrogant and cynical A-hole. To me, he had an underlying playfulness to him. His snark was the best. I found it hard to take him seriously. I like that while he found Ms. Darling attractive his actions were not about lust.
*The Relationship- Not really Love/Hate just the liking each other so much that they were in constant irritation with each other. I really liked the honesty that these characters shared throughout getting to know each other. I'm glad that they really got to know each other before they had relations. I also like that there was a premise on which Charlotte was attracted to Reed that it wasn't about him being a good looking Alpha. It does get hot and sexy but it not overly done and it's not saturated throughout the book it takes awhile.
*The issue(Reed)-This is what sealed the deal for me. This was real and true and I could relate to it emotionally. It wasn't the typical never want to get hurt again story-line. It didn't make me roll my eyes with frustration, it had merit.

This book spoke to me emotionally for some reason and that doesn't happen often. It made me laugh, cry and I loved how the subject of depression was addressed. It even inspired me to make my own fuk it list.

  • Ruckus

  • By: L. J. Shen
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel, Savannah Peachwood
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,183

They say that life is a beautiful lie and death a painful truth. They're right. No one has ever made me feel more alive than the guy who serves as a constant reminder that my clock is ticking. He is my forbidden, shiny apple. The striking fallacy to my blunt, raw, truth. He is also my sister's ex-boyfriend. One thing you should know before you judge me: I saw him first. I craved him first. I loved him first. Eleven years later, he waltzed into my life, demanding a second chance. Dean Cole wants to be my bronze horseman. Hopefully, he isn't too late.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My effin' heart!

  • By Marianne H. on 07-19-17

Get on with the story already.

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

Drawn out and overly dramatic. I don't know whether the story or the narration of the story grated on my nerves. Every bit of the book seemed forced to me. All the lack of communication and beating around the bush just made the book unenjoyable. I was so irritated most of the time that didn't even want to listen to the erotic parts. I think more than anything I was bothered by the over the top HEA. I would have liked it to ended more realistically. If you're going to tackle a hard subject that set the tone for the whole book than I'd would have liked in the less fairytale way. This subject hits close to home for me and a lot of women. It's sometimes nice to see how you can overcome and survive it. It not often that I complain about the stories direction (meaning if it realistic or not) but this ending completely killed it for me.

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