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  • The Hookup

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Lance Greenfield, Stella Bloom
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,483
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,476

When the new girl in town, Eliza "Izzy" Forrester, decides to hit the local drinking hole, she's not ready to meet the town's good, solid guy. She's definitely not prepared to engage in her very first hookup with him. Then Izzy wakes up the next morning in Johnny Gamble's bed, and good girl Izzy finds she likes being bad for Johnny. Even so, Izzy feels Johnny holding her at arm's length. He's in love with someone else. Someone who left him and did it leaving him broken.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Sorry Kristen

  • By lauren on 12-26-17

The Hookup

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

Reviewed: 05-25-18

I miss the angsty Kristen Ashley stories that could break my heart, make me laugh, cry, rage and swoon. The Hookup had the potential to do all of those things but never quite got there.

The story wasn’t bad, it just could have been so much more.

  • Fallen Crest Forever

  • By: Tijan
  • Narrated by: Graham Halstead, Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236

Mason Kade is the dream. He is the promise. He's offering what so many would fantasize about, and it's not that I don't want it/him/us. It's the opposite. There might be ghosts haunting me, but this man who's my soul mate is asking me for forever. How can I say no to someone who already gave me my happily ever after?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Remarkable finally for the Fallen Crest Series

  • By Sandy Crossen, Erotic Romance Book Blog with Sandy on 04-26-18

Liked it more than I expected

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

Reviewed: 11-14-17

I liked this book more than I thought I would. I’d stopped reading the series after book 4 and didn’t plan on picking it up again but I’m glad that I did.

My only issue had to do with the female narrator - I liked her voice as Sam but really didn’t care for her narration of the male characters (Mason, Logan, Nate, etc.). For the first time ever, I found Logan annoying and I really think it’s because of the way she did his voice. I thought that the male narrator did a great job of voicing Mason, though.

If you liked the first three books in the Fallen Crest series, I think you’ll probably enjoy this one.

  • A Slice of Heaven

  • Sweet Magnolias, Book 2
  • By: Sherryl Woods
  • Narrated by: Janet Metzger
  • Length: 11 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 197

Dana Sue might run the best little restaurant in Serenity, but when you're feeding a small town of neighbors, busybodies, and best friends, things can get a bit hot in the kitchen. Never mind that she's putting on too many pounds (an occupational hazard for a chef)—she's worried about her too-skinny teenage daughter, Annie, who has been slowly starving herself since the loud, suitcase-tossing, name-calling fit on her front lawn that left Dana Sue minus one cheating husband.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Full of Southern Charm and a Delightful Read

  • By Compute on 08-18-12

Slow Paced

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

Reviewed: 10-22-17

I found the story to be a bit too sweet and sorely lacking in the angst department. I liked the narrator, characters, friendships and the premise of the story but it was just so slow paced and boring at times that I couldn’t wait to finish and move on to a new book.

  • Indiscretion

  • A Novel
  • By: Charles Dubow
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 56

Harry and Madeleine Winslow have been blessed with talent, money, and charm. Harry is a National Book Award-winning author on the cusp of greatness. Madeleine is a woman of sublime beauty and grace whose elemental goodness and serenity belie a privileged upbringing. Bonded by deep devotion, they share a love that is both envied and admired. The Winslows play host to a coterie of close friends and acolytes eager to bask in their golden radiance, whether they are in their bucolic East Hampton cottage, abroad in Rome thanks to Harry's writing grant, or in their comfortable Manhattan brownstone.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Henry James is probably not even bothering to roll

  • By Darwin8u on 04-06-13

Kept me engaged

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

Reviewed: 07-11-17

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

Probably somewhere in the middle.

If you could rename Indiscretion, what would you call it?

Maybe 'Betrayal'?

Any additional comments?

Overall - 4 stars
Performance - 4 - 4.5 stars
Story - 3.5 stars

  • Until It Fades

  • A Novel
  • By: K. A. Tucker
  • Narrated by: Shayna Thibodeaux
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 536
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 503

Twenty-four-year-old truck stop waitress and single mother Catherine Wright has simple goals: to give her five-year-old daughter a happy life and to never again be the talk of the town in Balsam, Pennsylvania (population 3,000 outside of tourist season). And then one foggy night, on a lonely road back from another failed date, Catherine saves a man's life. It isn't until after the police have arrived that Catherine realizes exactly who it is she has rescued: Brett Madden, hockey icon and media darling.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • To Save a Stranger

  • By kathy on 06-30-17

Liked the story

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

Reviewed: 07-01-17

What three words best describe Shayna Thibodeaux’s performance?

I don't have 3 words. I thought that her voice sounded too old for the main character and that she did a much better job of voicing the secondary characters.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the story but found the (main character) narration distracting. It took me a while to get into it but once I did, I was able to overlook my issue with the narration.

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  • Mercy

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 17 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 543
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 419

Police chief Cameron McDonald has lived in idyllic Wheelock, Massachusetts for most of his life, as has his beloved wife Allie. Their comfortable lives are thrown into tumult, however, when Cam's distant cousin Jamie arrives in town along with his wife's dead body. Jamie admits to the murder - a mercy killing to end the pain caused by a ravaging cancer. And now Cam is torn by his oath to uphold justice and his family obligations as chief of the Scottish McDonald clan.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Picoult meet Gabeldon whilst searchin' the heather

  • By PlantCrone on 08-13-12

Mercy

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

Reviewed: 08-18-16

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

I enjoyed the narrator and some parts of the story so I don't consider it a waste of time.

What could Jodi Picoult have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

She could have spent more time focusing on one story instead of two.

What about Alyssa Bresnahan’s performance did you like?

I thought she was great and plan on looking up other books that she's narrated.

What would have made this romance irresistible?

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I mostly always enjoy stories that involve infidelity but I don't like it when there is easy forgiveness or being left with the feeling that the person who cheated is pretty much just settling because he can't have what he wants and puts no real effort/groveling into getting back together with the person he cheated on. The heroine deserves better than that and I thought that she came off looking rather weak just as she had started to become stronger and more assertive.

I would have much rather had the majority of the book dedicated to what happened between Allie and Cam (and the aftermath) than to have had their story compete a second one about a different couple.

Any additional comments?

Mercy is the first book that I've read by this author and I loved her writing style. I do plan to read more of JP's work again in the future.

  • Triptych

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Michael Kramer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,942
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,470
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,473

From Atlanta's wealthiest suburbs to its stark inner-city housing projects, a killer has crossed the boundaries of wealth and race. And the people who are chasing him must cross those boundaries, too. Among them is Michael Ormewood, a veteran detective whose marriage is hanging by a thread and whose arrogance and explosive temper are threatening his career. And Angie Polaski, a beautiful vice cop who was once Michael's lover before she became his enemy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spoiler Alert

  • By Patricia on 12-13-15

Triptych

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

Reviewed: 07-14-16

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

It ranks in the top 10 for sure - in both story quality and narration.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked that Karin Slaughter can keep me on the edge of my seat and that her storylines haven't become predictable. I find myself rolling my eyes at some of the crime/suspense books that I've read recently because they are so obvious and not particularly clever.

What about Michael Kramer’s performance did you like?

I loved it. His narration was wonderful.

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

Definitely but it was a bit too long to be able to listen to in one sitting. I was always very anxious to get back to it whenever I took breaks.

Any additional comments?

I would have loved for Michael Kramer to narrate the next book in the series but, unfortunately, he isn't listed as a narrator for any of the future Will Trent books. I'll be skipping Fractured on Audible because of my personal issues with the narrator (Phil Gigante) and will resume listening again with the third book.

  • Heart of the Matter

  • By: Emily Giffin
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Nixon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 469
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 470

Tessa Russo is the mother of two young children and the wife of a renowned pediatric surgeon. Despite her own mother's warnings, Tessa has recently given up her career to focus on her family and the pursuit of domestic happiness. From the outside, she seems destined to live a charmed life. Valerie Anderson is an attorney and single mother to six-year-old Charlie - a boy who has never known his father.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Tough Listen

  • By Liatris on 07-19-10

Great story and Narration

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

Reviewed: 06-29-16

What did you love best about Heart of the Matter?

I love that it was *mostly* pretty realistic and that it kept me engaged the whole time.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Tessa was my favorite because I could relate more to her than the other characters.

Have you listened to any of Cynthia Nixon’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This is my first time listening to Cynthia Nixon narrate an audiobook and I thought that her performance was excellent.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I felt a bit outraged on behalf of Tessa a few times but I didn't have any extreme reactions to it. I may have smiled a few times but I don't remember laughing or crying.

Any additional comments?

Overall, I would have liked to have seen more demonstration of emotion and regret from the characters as well as a peek into what happens when one of them decides to try and reach out to a friend from the past.

  • Sugar Daddy

  • By: Lisa Kleypas
  • Narrated by: Jeannie Stith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 438
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434

Liberty Jones has dreams that will take her far away from Welcome, Texas, if she can keep her wild heart from ruling her mind. Hardy Cates sees Liberty as completely off-limits. His own ambitions are bigger than Welcome, and Liberty Jones is a complication he doesn't need. When Hardy leaves town to pursue his plans, Liberty soon finds herself under the spell of a billionaire tycoon.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Terrific Read!

  • By bluebelle on 07-17-12

My First Lisa Kleypas Contemporary Romance

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

Reviewed: 06-26-16

Would you listen to Sugar Daddy again? Why?

Probably. I loved the narration and story so I'll likely listen to it again in a year or two.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I loved all of the characters but my favorite was Carrington. She was adorable and funny and the narrator did her voice and reactions perfectly.

Have you listened to any of Jeannie Stith’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't yet but I plan to at some point. I noticed that she hasn't narrated very many books (13) so I'm hoping that she will be adding to her audiobook work in the future which will increase the selection available.

Any additional comments?

I plan to read/listen to the whole Travis Family series. I just wish that the same narrator had done all of them because I loved her performance.

  • See Jane Score

  • The Chinooks Hockey Team, Book 2
  • By: Rachel Gibson
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 717
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 660
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 658

A little subdued, a little stubborn, a little tired of going out on blind dates with men who drive vans with sofas in the back, Jane Alcott is living the Single Girl existence in the big city. She is also leading a double life. By day she's a reporter covering the raucous Seattle Chinooks hockey team - especially their notorious goalie, Luc Martineau. By night she's a writer, secretly creating the scandalous adventures of "Honey Pie"...the magazine series that has all the men talking.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Narrator...Great Story...An absolute treat!

  • By Lisa M. Filipe on 05-03-15

See Jane Score.

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

Reviewed: 06-11-16

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

Yes. I think it's a good choice for a lighter read in between books that are much heavier on angst.

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

I loved Kathleen Early's narration and have so far enjoyed all of the books (I've read) that she's narrated.

Any additional comments?

I took small issue with the supposed Canadian pronunciation of the word "about" as "aboot." The character was from Western Canada and not from one of the far eastern Maritime provinces where this Canadian stereotype originated. I have never personally encountered anyone who says "aboot" and think it sounds ridiculous.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful