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Closer

Contemporary Billionaire Romance Novel
Narrated by: Emma White
Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (53 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Famous Dutch architect Sven van der Meer, has just completed the greatest achievement of his professional life - the design and construction of The Spire, Chicago's tallest, most controversial skyscraper. But a shameful secret threatens to destroy his prestigious career - he's losing his eyesight. Now, he's run out of time and the only woman qualified to help maintain his charade of invincibility is also the one woman who despises him and The Spire. And he's fairly certain she's hiding something as well. Will the fiery, but enchanting, Miss Sanchez be the right woman to play the role of his pretend girlfriend? Or will the temptation of getting too close, too fast jeopardize their business arrangement and the future of his entire career?

When 28-year-old woefully unemployed Inez Sanchez arrives to her interview with hotter-than-hell billionaire architect Sven van der Meer - mastermind behind The Spire - she quickly realizes his job proposition isn't what she was anticipating. He's hiding a life-changing secret, one that could ruin his career as the most influential architect in the world, and he's willing to pay her 5000 dollars a day - just to help him keep it. Will she accept his offer to become his "pretend girlfriend" for the next four days in order to ensure the success of the most important week of his life? Or will her sassy flair for independence and smartass sarcasm keep her from submitting to his stern authoritative commands, no matter how sexy his European accent might be? And what will happen when he discovers she's hiding a secret, too - one that could threaten the stability of their arrangement and prevent her from getting too close to the one man in the world who might be capable of gaining her trust...

©2015 Aria Hawthorne (P)2017 Aria Hawthorne

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Great story but..

I loved the story but the accent from the woman reading the story was awful.

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Who Knew Blind Danish Billionaires Were So Sexy?

(I received an Audible credit so that I could listen to the book and give it an honest review)

So... I loved the story - if you've been reading my reviews lately, you'll notice that I have quite the thing for damaged characters (because aren't we all damaged in our own ways?) and this book featured two beautifully damaged characters. It's hard to say how so without giving away spoilers, but I fell hard for Inez -her strength, her sass, and her courage. And while Sven was quite the a$$hole to start, once we got to know more about him, it was totally understandable. I really appreciated that they didn't just jump into bed with each other, it made it that much more gratifying when it actually happened.

As far as the narration, hmmm.... I thought the voice talent did a good job with giving each character a distinct accent and voice, but I found her actual accent (the one used for the narration) to be slightly awkward and indiscernible. I actually chose to listen to it at 1.25x speed as opposed to regular speed and that helped. But I really did enjoy the story itself and listened to it twice!

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love the story

the story line was awesome! the characters were fun to love or hate. the narrator was not my favorite. if I had to stop the book it would take me time to get back in the roll of the story. I try not to complain about a narrator because we all like different voices but this one almost made me walk away from the book in the first chapter. I'm glad I didn't give up on it but I will avoid other books read by her. I want to be nanna when I grow up.

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Narration was hard to get past.

I should have listened to the sample first and would have quickly realized I would not have been able to tolerate the performance. The cadence of the narration was awful and drew my attention more than the words. I caught myself having to go back and listen To sections again because I missed what was said.

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Robotic

What did you like best about Closer? What did you like least?

The narrator sounds just like a robot - I couldn't even make it out of the first chapter. I tried changing the speed but it didn't help. Very disappointing because I couldn't stand to listen long enough to be able to give a true rating of the story line.

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Great Romance Story

The narrator was awful!!. It really destroyed it . It sounded as if a robot was read it.

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Unique twist!!

I listened to the audible version of this book. I enjoyed Inez and Sven's story. I thought it was a unique twist to the usual Billionaire stories. I really got a kick out of Inez's grandmother!! She's hilarious!! Loved how the book ended!
The narrator did a good job. I was a little thrown off by the narrator's accent at first but once she got into the story and all the other characters come into play it all seemed to come together. This is my first book by Aria Hawthorne and I will definitely read more by this author.

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Great narrator

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

Emma White did a great job with the accents and different characters in the story. It was a smooth transition between each of them.

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A great story that makes you smile

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

I loved the story line and Ms Hawthorne wrote it well. I have also read "Priceless" and "Devotion" and enjoyed how they link together but each acts as a stand alone book. I am a definite fan of Aria Hawthorne's writing and hope she produces more. ...off to read Ex's now.

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Well Done!

Loved the narrator and her accents. A really great story I totally immersed myself into. Exciting and entertaining love story.

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  • Mrs J Macdonald
  • 07-28-18

Closer

Was disappointed with the language right at the start. Had I known I would not hav purchased. I found it to be quite unnecessary.