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  • The Turn

  • The Hollows Begins with Death
  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,289
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,200
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,197

Trisk and her hated rival, Kal, have the same goal: save their species from extinction. But death comes in the guise of hope when a genetically modified tomato created to feed the world combines with the government's new tactical virus, giving it an unexpected host and a mode of transport. Plague rises, giving the paranormal species the choice to stay hidden and allow humanity to die or to show themselves in a bid to save them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm sorry I finished it too fast!

  • By Elizabeth K. on 02-16-17

I tried...

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

Reviewed: 03-03-18

And maybe I’ll try again, but after a half-dozen starts, I just could not get past the first hour of this story. Please note: The Hollows is one of my all-time favorite series ever; maybe my expectations were just too high...

  • His

  • By: Brenda Rothert
  • Narrated by: Lee Samuels, Kirsten Leigh
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 368
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344

I'd say I'm down on my luck, but that's an understatement. I'm flat on my ass. Homeless, hungry, and in hiding with my little sister at the age of 21, I've never been so desperate. I've hit rock bottom when I get an offer I can't refuse. Sell my body to save my sister? There's nothing I won't do to keep her safe. I make the rules, and I'm not afraid to defend myself if this rich guy crosses the line. But once I see beneath his cold, calculating façade, the lines aren't so clear anymore.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EMOTIONAL, ENDEARING & REFRESHINGLY DIFFERENT

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 08-09-17

Riveting and Suspenseful!

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

Reviewed: 01-23-18

I discovered Brenda Rothert through Audible’s “Romance Package.” This is a 2-2 winner - Come Closer was the first book I read. Her characters are likable and the storyline grabbed my attention and held it throughout the book, from beginning to end. Dual narration by Lee Smith and Kristen Leigh turns this book into a good performance. Definitely credit-worthy!

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  • Come Closer

  • By: Brenda Rothert
  • Narrated by: Lee Samuels, Kirsten Leigh
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 157

Sometimes appearances deceive. Take me, for instance. I look like a respectable doctor with his shit together, but the rural Montana mental hospital I work at is actually a sanctuary from my demons. At just 35 years old, I've already failed on an epic scale. Treating patients at Hawthorne Hill is part of my atonement. I've found peace when a new patient turns me inside out. Allison Cole is a beautiful, haunted survivor who fell into silence after witnessing a murder. But even without words, I'm drawn to her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lots of Twists and Turns!

  • By Ana's Attic on 12-08-17

Wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 01-22-18

Audible’s Romance Package scores another winner! Absolutely worth a credit and a closer look at other works available from this author!

  • Undenied

  • By: Maya Banks
  • Narrated by: Chandra Skyye
  • Length: 3 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 83
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 83

Payton Ricci is the last person Wes Hoffman ever expected or wanted to see again. After the disastrous sexual experience between them 12 years ago, he was only too happy to put the whole episode behind him. After all, he's come a long way since that awkward encounter between two gawky teenagers, and his ego needs no reminder. The night he sees Payton - a very sexy grown-up Payton - in Zack's Bar and Grill, he's mortified by this blast from the past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a terrific exciting trilogy!

  • By jw on 09-16-18

Undeniably Good!

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

Reviewed: 01-21-18

Audible’s Romance Package has enabled me to listen to many books for which I would not have spent money or a credit. Thanks to the RP, I have found many little gems like this one.

  • Night After Night

  • Seductive Nights, Book 1
  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Josh Goodman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 885
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 802
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 803

"Let me control your pleasure." Their world was sex, love, and lies. He intoxicated her. Commanded. Consumed. With a dirty mind and a mouth to match, Clay Nichols is everything Julia never knew she wanted and exactly what she cannot have. He walked into her life one night and unlocked pleasure in her that she never knew was possible. Possessing her body, captivating her every thought. Which makes him way too dangerous for Julia to risk her heart, given that she has a price tag on her head.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Half a story

  • By Beckie on 04-11-16

Four Stars, but Nailed Almost Every Pet-Peeve!

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

Reviewed: 01-14-18

WARNING: CLIFFHANGER!! I wouldn’t write this review immediately after finishing this book because I feared my review and rating would be unfair. Lauren Blakely is among several authors I’ve recently discovered, and I plan to read every one of her books available on Audible. BUT...
1. This one’s a cliffhanger. I enjoy reading series. One criterion of a series is: each book should contain a complete story. Sure, the next book can pick up right where the previous book ends, but the previous book SHOULD have an ending. It leaves a bitter taste in my mouth when I feel forced (duped!) into spending an additional credit to see how the story I am currently reading ends. I refuse to knowingly spend a credit or more than a bargain-deal on a cliffy. I’ll will pass even when it’s a bargain-deal if the next book isn’t available.
2. It’s short! 6 hours and 9 minutes short. Alone, this wouldn’t be worth mentioning — if it weren’t part of the avalanche of, what? marketing? authors’ instructions? a new ‘art-form’ of writing? who makes these decisions that leave me feeling as though I wear a sign proclaiming, “I’m stoopid! Take advantage of me!”
3. Every single book in this series is short. The range is from 2 hours and 19 minutes (yes, seriously!) to 6 hours and change.
4. There are eight books in this series; Audible currently has four. Granted, the unavailable books are presumably short (oh, the irony! 🤣) in-betweeners e.g. books 0.5, 3.25, 3.4, 3.75 are unavailable.

I am sure I could continue with one or two more things that upset me about this book, but I’m running out of steam lol. I also want to mention why I believe it’s a 4-star worthy book:

Lauren Blakely’s writing rocks. This book has a fun, action-suspense theme. I am enjoying “getting to know” the characters and appreciate the good-natured bantering among them. I know something/someone dark is lurking in the shadows, and with Josh Goodman performing, I feel as if I am a fly on the wall, looking back and forth at the characters when they’re talking. Josh Goodman doesn’t read to you or at you; he creates a live performance. I’m beginning to get spoiled with so many good Audible books containing excellent talent and dual narration, yet JG still delivers ... even with the female characters.

No Lauren Blakely review would be complete without mentioning its h-h-hottness. Night After Night will scorch your ears! Sexy-time in this book easily rates a full, fat five stars! Er, um...you know...if you’re into that sort of thing <wink>

And finally, Audible’s (relatively) new Romance Package kept me from losing my mind over the avalanche of peeves! Lauren Blakely’s books are currently featured in the package, which went a long way soothing the sting of the peeves. I’m beyond thrilled with the Romance Package! Sorry for the massive-missive review 🤔 I hope it helped you to decide that the book is not worth a credit (you will end up spending at least two credits)... but(!) you can try the Romance Package for 30 days without obligation. If you do, I bet you’ll want to keep it! Enjoy your next read — whatever it is! ~•~ karen

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  • Steal the Day

  • Thieves #2
  • By: Lexi Blake
  • Narrated by: Kitty Bang
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63

The world's most unusual thief faces her greatest challenge -- stealing a soul from the depths of Hell. When a member of her crew is dragged to Hell by a demon, Zoey plans the most dangerous heist of her career. With her team at her side, Zoey intends to sneak onto the Hell plane and steal Sarah back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Whoa!!!

  • By Kristine on 09-10-17

Audible, Please Obtain the Rest of the Series!

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

Amazing story with terrific characters. I’ve seen reviews comparing this series to “Twilight,” but it’s so much better. I would honor this series to be compared to my all-time favorite series: The Hollows, by Kim Harrison.

Audible, please release the remaining books in this wonderful series, and keep Kitty Bang!

  • Hold Me Close

  • By: Vanessa Vale
  • Narrated by: Kylie Stewart
  • Length: 3 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 110

Rachel wants one thing in life, a family of her own. But she's not going to get it without a man. Or can she? They may have ruined their chances in the past, but Matt and Trevor know Rachel's the woman for them. When they discover her plans, they tell her they'll give her exactly what she wants...the old-fashioned way. Because once they get their hands on her, they'll hold her close and never let go.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sexy quick listen

  • By Jonella A. Moore on 10-01-17

Meh...

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

Reviewed: 01-06-18

Audible’s Romance Package is fan-freakin’-tastic! I love being able to explore new-to-me authors and short novellas without feeling “invested.” Maybe I just wasn’t in the right mood to enjoy this book. I’ll give it another try and update this review at that time. This review isn’t as much for the book as it is for Audible’s genius, offering all-you-can read with plenty of well-loved authors. No, you don’t get to keep the books, which is fine for me because it is extremely rare for me to read a book more than once. The only negative about the Romance Package is the lack of ability to track which books I’ve read. Hopefully, leaving a review will take care of that. I wouldn’t purchase or spend a credit on this book, but I’ll definitely give it another try as long as it remains in this program. This, along with the new channels that offer a super wide variety of listening material, including several full-length audiobooks, keeps Audible head and shoulders above any competitors they might have! Audible! My Number One guilty pleasure!

  • The V Card

  • By: Lauren Blakely, Lili Valente
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York
  • Length: 5 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 685
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 634
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633

When you think about how easy it is to lose keys, phones, sunglasses and your dignity on social media, you might figure it'd be a cinch for me to ditch my V Card. You'd be wrong. At 25, I run a successful business, live in a fantastic apartment, and have fabulous friends to go out with any night of the week. And yet I'm still a card-carrying member of a club I don't want to belong to anymore. Good thing I know just the man for the deflowering job - my brother’s business partner and best friend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, sexy and sweet.

  • By Readers Together on 12-13-17

Sweet and Steamy

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

Reviewed: 12-15-17

I try to avoid the shorter length books because, well, I’m one of those frugal (cheap!) people who wants to feel I’m getting my money’s worth. Audible’s Romance Package has helped me to relax on that front, and I would have otherwise missed out on this terrific, feel-good, hot read! The narrators are excellent, breathing life into the very likable main characters whose conversations made me feel as though I were sitting right next to them. I smiled, I worried, I rooted and cheered for the characters. After listening to the last epilogue, I felt satisfied, and happy. Really, what greater gift can a book give?

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  • Arranged

  • A Masters and Mercenaries Novella - 1001 Dark Nights
  • By: Lexi Blake
  • Narrated by: Ryan West
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153

Kash Kamdar is the king of a peaceful but powerful island nation. As Loa Mali's sovereign, he is always in control, the final authority. Until his mother uses an ancient law to force her son into marriage. His prospective queen is a buttoned-up intellectual, nothing like Kash's usual party girl. Still, from the moment of their forced engagement, he can't stop thinking about her. Dayita Samar comes from one of Loa Mali's most respected families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fabulous

  • By carrie sponaugle on 01-20-18

Tried to finish...just couldn’t

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

Reviewed: 12-14-17

I usually love Lexi Blake as well as the 1001 novellas. I tried many times to give this a listen, but my thoughts drifted, or I fell asleep; the story just never grabbed me the way the others do. Narration is excellent, and I’m sure the story probably picks up, but I can’t seem to find the oomph to get past the third hour.

  • Hemy

  • By: Victoria Ashley
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Shawnee, Beckett Greylock
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

My name is Hemy Knox, and I'm a f--king heartbreaker.... I've hurt the one person who means the most to me in life, the only woman I have ever f--king loved. I let the drugs, alcohol, and wild life take over, consume me. I got her where I wanted her and ripped her f--king heart out. Since then I've spent countless nights having dirty, meaningless sex with a multitude of people, leaving them wanting and begging for more with no regrets. Some may even call me the devil, soulless.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Get ready for Hemy to leave you hot & bothered!

  • By Amy Rogers on 12-07-16

Great Series, but the female narrator...

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

Reviewed: 11-23-17

I love this author, this series, and this story-line, but I cannot listen to the female narrator. Her voice is fine; she has good inflection. The problem is each and every time she inhales, her inhalations sound like she is gasping for air. Those continual, sharp inhalations with each and every breath make me too anxious to finish the book. I don’t know if she can adjust her microphone or if there’s another simple fix for this; I hope so... The male narrator deserves 5 stars, and I hope this review does not negatively affect him whatsoever.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful