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  • How to Date Your Dragon

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi, Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,607
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,303
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,299

Concerned that technology is about to chase mythological creatures out into the open (how long can Sasquatch stay hidden from Google maps?), the League for Interspecies Cooperation is sending Jillian to Louisiana on a fact-finding mission. While the League hopes to hold on to secrecy for a little bit longer, they're preparing for the worst in terms of human reactions. They need a plan, so they look to Mystic Bayou, a tiny town hidden in the swamp where humans and supernatural residents have been living in harmony for generations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As someone from Louisiana...

  • By Kristi on 02-13-18

A good listen with a predictable end

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

Reviewed: 01-29-18

I love Molly Harper and have listened to all her available books on audible. The characters are great. There is laugh out loud dialog, endearing side characters and she always leaves me wanting more. This book was no exception to that. However, I don’t know if it is because I have read so many, but her books are now very predictable to me. I knew who the bad guy was way too early in this one. It is still a good book and worth the listen (Ronconi is still the best at reading her books and is not a disappointment here) but if you are a Harper fan, just be warned, this one doesn’t bring anything new to the table.

  • Come to Me Quietly

  • Closer to You, Book 1
  • By: A .L. Jackson
  • Narrated by: Todd Haberkorn, Tanya Eby
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 412
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 378
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 378

Aleena Moore is haunted by Jared Holt. It's been six years since she's seen her brother's best friend, the self-destructive bad boy she secretly loved in high school. As the years pass, she knows it's time to move on. Time to decide between a practical nursing degree and her true dream as an artist. Time to get over Jared and give another guy a chance…Just when she opens her heart to her friend, Gabe, Aly returns home to find Jared sleeping on her couch. The teenage boy she loved has grown into a man she can't resist.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written story

  • By Tweetyct2 on 01-15-14

Boring with bad narration

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

Reviewed: 10-30-17

I love the author but the male narrator is reading on slow motion. It is painful. Even tried increasing the speed but it made it worse. The story isn't great either. Painful past, yes, but keeping details about the story for later reveals is the only intrigue or conflict that I could find. And then it abruptly ends. I would like to have seen some of the family resolution of the relationship that was a huge part of the book. Feels like a wasted credit.

  • Snow Angel Cove

  • By: RaeAnne Thayne
  • Narrated by: Celeste Ciulla
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208

Nothing short of a miracle can restore Eliza Hayward's Christmas cheer. The job she pinned her dreams on has gone up in smoke - literally - and now she's stuck in an unfamiliar, if breathtaking, small town. Precariously close to being destitute, Eliza needs a hero, but she's not expecting one who almost runs her down with his car! Rescuing Eliza is pure instinct for tech genius Aidan Caine.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator ruined it for me

  • By Melissa on 12-18-15

Boring and missing conflict

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

Reviewed: 10-04-17

This book was boring. The main characters had obstacles to overcome before they met but they did not have to overcome anything to be together. I like when the characters have to earn their happy endings or at least work a little for them. There was also a lot of mentions of back story on the secondary characters. It read like the author was advertising those other books within this story. I did not feel that the mentions added to this story. It was misplaced and odd. Painful but I finished it.

  • The Mother Road

  • By: Meghan Quinn
  • Narrated by: Greyson Ash, J.F. Harding
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165

It all started when my brother, Paul, convinced me to go on one last family road trip across the Mother Road with him and my dad. Just like old times, right? Wrong. What Paul fails to mention is his best man, Porter, will be joining us, who just so happens to be my childhood crush and the man who broke my heart four years ago. What is supposed to be a fun family bonding experience across Route 66 turns into a war of pranks, awkward moments and bathrooms full of dirty flannel shirts and day-old beard clippings.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A little juvenile for my tastes.

  • By Daniele on 08-18-17

Hilarious perfection

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

Reviewed: 07-14-17

This book is laugh out loud funny. The narrators are fantastic and the story is told perfectly. It has a great mix of love, sibling pranks, snarky language, odd ball side characters, hot sex and hilarious dialogue. A great listen.

  • Clam Jam

  • By: RC Boldt
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Hart, Jeremy York
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 184
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 175

Clam jam. Definition: the female equivalent of a cock block. Example: You're chatting with a guy you're interested in, and your friend comes along and lays claim to him. That's my life - except it's worse. My friend who keeps "jamming" me is my gay roommate. Fact: He went home with three - yes, three - of the guys I had been so sure were into me. Fact: He's really pissing me off. I'll never manage to get a boyfriend before the age of 50 if he keeps this up. Fact: Secretly, I wonder what it would be like if he weren't gay.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So f%#&ing funny!!!

  • By Erin H. on 05-26-17

Wish it would just end

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

Reviewed: 06-27-17

I finished this book. I didn't want to. The female lead was boring, immature and her voice grates. The male supposedly loved her but lied and lied and lied and just couldn't find the right time to tell her. She called him her best friend but couldn't discuss the fact that he was blocking all her dates. They loved each other but could not have basic adult discussions to resolve obvious issues. The story had no surprises, except that a supposedly gay man loved having sex with women and she still couldn't put it together. I live near this town in upstate NY (yes its real) and the writer seems oddly obsessed with the details of the town. You would think that would add detail and depth to the story but by doesn't. Don't waste your credit.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Social: The Social Media Series, Books 1-3

  • By: JA Huss
  • Narrated by: Mark Kamish, Autumn Clark
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245

Grace Kinsella is social. But she likes the anonymity of being a blue bird on Twitter, where she can shoot arrows of pithy filth at her favorite movie star. Virtual love is right up her alley. Vaughn Asher is dominant. But only in private. A former child actor turned mega-movie action hero, Vaughn knows how to navigate a world filled with paparazzi, avoid the tabloids, and have his fun, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a dirty bird...

  • By Jeri-Lynn C. on 06-07-16

Terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 05-21-17

I tried. I couldn't get very far though. The male narrator is terrible. He makes the male sound like and insurance salesman and the female sounds strangled, high pitched, squeaky. Not something you want in an erotic book (or really any book). The female narrator is ok. I could probably have gotten through it if she was the only narrator. But she is not so I am returning this. I love JA's books. I am disappointed that I can't listen to this one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Feversong

  • By: Karen Marie Moning
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione, Amanda Leigh Cobb
  • Length: 16 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,543
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,534

MacKayla Lane and Jericho Barrons return in the epic conclusion to the pulse-pounding Fever series, where a world thrown into chaos grows more treacherous at every turn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great way to end the series!

  • By S. Williams on 01-23-17

Amazing finale

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

Reviewed: 01-20-17

It starts off slow but builds to a perfect ending for this amazing story. There are no loose ends and you feel for these characters to the very last minute.

I could not believe they changed narrators for the finale but if any one can fill in for Phil Gigante it is Jim Frangione. He does an amazing job, as usual and nothing is lost with the change.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Player

  • The Game Maker, Book 3
  • By: Kresley Cole
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Alexis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 708
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 659
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 657

In Las Vegas, Sin City, Dmitri Sevastyan finds her, Victoria Valentine - sexy, vulnerable, and in need of a protector. Obsession takes root deep inside him. Despite a history tainted with violation and betrayal, he will stop at nothing to possess her. Descended from a long line of con artists, 24-year-old Victoria, a.k.a. Vice, needs the score of a lifetime to keep her loved ones safe. She sets her sights on gorgeous and rich Dmitri Sevastyan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ANOTHER WINNER. WE NEED 12 MORE BROTHERS

  • By I HATE THIS NEW LOOK on 07-02-16

Could not get into this one...

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

Reviewed: 07-18-16

Any additional comments?

I am torn with this latest in the Game Maker series. I am a huge Kresley Cole fan, I am a fan of the previous 2 books in this series. I love Kimberly Alexis as well. But after saying that I have to say that this book was just off for me. For one, Kimberly Alexis used her "Anita Blake" voice. I know narrators can only do so much but I did not have this issue with the first 2 books in the series. With this one, I felt like it was Anita and it was very hard to get past. And the sex scenes were awkward, narration-wise. But again, that may be due to to me trying very hard to not picture Anita with Demitri, it was very confusing for my poor brain! Two, the con artist jargon was obnoxious. A character would say something using common phrases they knew and then it would be explained, but pretty much everything had to be explained. It did not flow into the story like it typically does. It got old and was distracting. I think it could have been embedded in the story better and not so obtrusive. Third, the main character was constantly saying one thing and doing another. I know this was needed to create the need and angst that led to the quick decisions and quick start to the relationship but it was oddly off putting for a main Cole character. This did not feel like Cole's best to me and I hope, if there is another book in this series, they use a new narrator and Cole gets back on her game. Pun intended...

  • Easy Love

  • By: Kristen Proby
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York, Rachel Fulginiti
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,096
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,856
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,853

Sexy. Intriguing. Easy. Eli Boudreaux's family has built ships and boats in Louisiana for generations. He comes from a hardworking, wealthy family, and his empire is growing by leaps and bounds. At 30 he is the youngest CEO ever to head Bayou Enterprises, cochairing with his eldest brother. His head for business and his no-nonsense work ethic are also quickly making him the best the company has seen in generations. His staff admires him, women adore him, and Eli's family is solid.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just okay

  • By Danni on 07-05-16

Good book but other reviews are misleading

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

Reviewed: 12-17-15

What did you like best about Easy Love? What did you like least?

I picked this book because I LOVE Sebastian York. I also read reviews and other readers could not say enough good things about this book. And it is a good book. Great characters, decent plot, hot love scenes. However, for as much as I love York, I was a little disappointed in the narration of this book. The female narrator does a great New Orleans accent with a southern drawl but York doesn't portray the character with the same accent. So it is a little jarring to move between the narration because the male lead, voiced by both, is done completely different by the two actors. You get used to it but I felt the need to spell that out because I did not see that in the other reviews I read. For as much as I love a good scene by York and his deep baritone, I think in this case, the book would have been better off being read solely by Miss Fulginiti.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

One narrator.

  • Better Homes and Hauntings

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,552
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,271
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,275

When Nina Linden is hired to landscape a private island off the New England coast, she sees it as her chance to rebuild her failing business after being cheated by her unscrupulous ex. She never expects that her new client, software mogul Deacon Whitney, would see more in her than just a talented gardener. Deacon has paid top dollar to the crews he’s hired to renovate the desolate Whitney estate - he had to, because the bumps, thumps, and unexplained sightings of ghostly figures in 19th-century dress are driving workers away faster than he can say “Boo.”

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Harper offered up a simple, entertaining tale that

  • By kimbacaffeinate on 07-16-14

Great stand alone story from Molly Harper

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

Reviewed: 10-24-14

What made the experience of listening to Better Homes and Hauntings the most enjoyable?

I love Molly Harper, have read all her books and this one is among my favorites. Great characters, interesting plot with the haunted mansion.

What other book might you compare Better Homes and Hauntings to and why?

Molly's Bluegrass series is similar to me, a great mix of characters with multiple relationship paths (friends, lovers, family).

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

Yes! Love that she has read another Harper book. She does it so well.

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

Not really, the ghost story plot really kept things moving/changing/interesting but there wasn't really one moment. Too many funny, laugh out loud moments to list.

Any additional comments?

I don't usually write reviews but after reading so many negative reviews about this book, I held off reading it and I was so happy with the story and found that I did not agree with many of the reviews. I felt this was very much Molly Harper style, with witty characters, hysterical dialog and just the right mix of drama and sexy. I just wanted to leave a positive review in case someone needs a nudge, don't wait if you are a fan of Harper!