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Bluegrass State of Mind

Bluegrass, Book 1
Narrated by: Eric Dove
Series: Bluegrass, Book 1, Bluegrass Universe, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
4 out of 5 stars (1,159 ratings)

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How steamy is it? Sizzling

Publisher's Summary

See where the USA Today best-selling Author Kathleen Brooks began!

This is the first book in Kathleen Brooks' Best-Selling Bluegrass Series.

McKenna Mason, a New York City attorney with a love of all things Prada, is on the run from a group of powerful, dangerous men. McKenna turns to a teenage crush, Will Ashton, for help in starting a new life in beautiful horse country. She finds that Will is now a handsome, successful race horse farm owner. As the old flame is ignited, complications are aplenty in the form of a nasty ex-wife, an ex-boyfriend intent on killing her, and a feisty race horse who refuses to race without a kiss. Can Will and McKenna cross the finish line together, and more importantly, alive?

©2011 Kathleen Brooks (P)2013 Kathleen Brooks

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OMG FANTASTIC book

Would you listen to Bluegrass State of Mind again? Why?

yes I would I love the book I have it on my kindle but with audio I can listen while I sew or workout

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

no but I love his voice

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

I love when they finally find out what happened to Kenna and Mo and Ahmed assure her they have her back

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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  • a
  • Manito, IL, United States
  • 06-06-13

Loved it!

Where does Bluegrass State of Mind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

At the top.

What did you like best about this story?

I love the whole story. Kathleen Brooks writes wonderful books.

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

His voice really embraced the light Southern drawl that you hear in KY. I was also impressed that he didn't make me cringe when he did the women's voices. Some times men doing women's voices are hard to take. This wasn't the case here.

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

YES! I usually listen to audio books while working in the yard or exercising. It made me not want to stop.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • Amanda
  • Morden, United Kingdom
  • 07-05-13

Fantastic book

Would you consider the audio edition of Bluegrass State of Mind to be better than the print version?

I enjoyed both equally. I love reading but it is just as good having it read to me:)

What did you like best about this story?

I like the storyline and the interaction between the characters

What about Eric Dove’s performance did you like?

I just love his voice :)

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

Oh yes, I could have listened to it forever :)

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One of my favorite books now on audio

What made the experience of listening to Bluegrass State of Mind the most enjoyable?

Smooth flow and great narration and of course the wonderful story itself

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bluegrass State of Mind?

the fear that was evident in McKenna as she witnessed the incident in the conference room and while running away from Chad

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

first time with Eric Dove

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

I love when the town comes together to welcome McKenna as one of their own

Any additional comments?

I have read this book on Kindle and was very excited to listen on audible and it was above and beyond my expectations

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Just Okay

I purchased this and the second in the series at a good price so I was not so upset. I thought it was a little unbelievable at times. Maybe this would have been better narrated by someone else. I kept thinking as I listened to it that the narrator needs to be reading a mystery novel not Romantic Suspense as this was labeled because he does have a good voice, just not for the series.

I'm not going to get the next one in the series.

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Can’t consider this one steamy

The storyline was great and the small injection of suspense was an added touch. I only wish there was a bit more passion mixed in since I felt the story could have been so much better with that addition. The narrator also did a very nice job with the characters but his voice for the prince was superb. It was hard not to imagine Antonio Banderas for that personality. The second story in the series is about the prince so even though I am certain the passion will be lacking, thanks to the narrator, I will have to purchase that book as well.

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FANTASTIC SERIES!

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

Yes. This whole series follows wonderfully, never a dull moment, and very unexpected! Can't wait to read more!

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A Bit Generic

After listening to this book, I'm really surprised that this book has earned such a high rating on Amazon, Goodreads, etc... Only a week after listening to this book and I'm having a hard time recollecting much about it, as I write this review.

No strong opinion about this book. It wasn't great and it wasn't terrible. It was just okay. Fairly generic, really. The performance was fine. I guess I was expecting more suspense, based on the synopsis. But, I still would have liked the contemporary romance if the main characters had been more developed. It was still entertaining though.

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Kind of a let down.

Well, maybe I'm missing something. It has all the ingredients to make a good listen but really fell short for me and I'm sorry for that. SPOILERS: The h/h relationship didn't seem to have much depth and development. I didn't experience the journey. The ex wife was a good twist but again no journey or depth. The mystery plot was a good idea but again, no depth or development. The crimes were pretty whack but Kenna was running around more worried about what she was wearing to the derby and giving interviews on tv when she is supposed to be hiding out. A couple months in and she still hasn't pressed charges and when she finally sees her ex boyfriend it's like no big deal. He walks away.

As for the narrator, he has a wonderful voice but heads so fast through everything that it tends to de-dramatize everything. That's not too say I like a narrator to talk so slow that I fall asleep but to read so fast that I can't even feel the moment may have been a big part of what I feel was lacking.

I gave it 3 stars for effort but 2 stars may have been enough. Sorry. I just had high hopes. It got a lot of good reviews on amazon.

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  • Elizabeth
  • Sandia, TX, United States
  • 08-15-13

Disappointing Story - Fair Narration

Bluegrass State of Mind is a really great title, but the story was disappointing. The reviews, for the most part were quite positive, which leaves me to question the reading experience of some of the reviewers. More often than not, the reviews are most helpful when making a decision to buy, so I was surprised by this listen.

Do some of you remember The Wonderful World of Disney, where the narrator was needed to tell the story because their audience was comprised primarily of children? That seemed to be this author's style of writing for Bluegrass. The characters and plot could have been amazing, should have been amazing, but they weren't. I think that there was background information overload...too much explanation and background information narrated instead of the story being developed and told by the characters themselves.

Eric Dove has a wonderful voice, and a good southern accent, although he seems to race through his narration. A great narrator lends his or her voice to the characters and brings the author's words to life for their audience. Tempo is as important as inflection.

I would not listen to Bluegrass State of Mind again, and would not be able to recommend it as credit worthy. ;(

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Carien
  • 03-21-15

Secrets and safety

What did you like most about Bluegrass State of Mind?

Wondering if I could ever survive in a town like this where everyone knows everyone else's business, but then there are all these wonderfully kind and caring people who would go to hell and back for you...

What did you like best about this story?

Wonderfully developed characters

What does Eric Dove bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Unique voices for each character