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Nikolai Leokov never thought he'd fall in love with the only girl he's ever befriended. Valentina Tomic has issues with commitment after the ultimate betrayal. When Tina decides to make broody Nik's day better, she never thought she would end up friends with the hard man. Nik has never had a woman be so affectionate to him without expecting something in return. Nik and Tina cordially invite you to listen to Friend-Zoned - a story of friendship, humor, and love.

©2013 Belle Aurora (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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Adolescent Book made worse by female narrator

What did you like best about Friend-Zoned? What did you like least?

Girl with a tragic past has overcomes it to be a positive, kind woman with a group of close friends. I wanted to like this book as the heroine seems to be plucky and strong. It may have been an okay book to read but listening to it really annoyed me. The narration of the heroine's part was way over the top. It was like sitting in the booth next to a bunch of high school girls that are chattering away over dramatically. The sound made when the squeaky shop door opened was just irritating!

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Didn't make it to the end.

Would you be willing to try another one of Eleanor Gwyn and Douglas Berger ’s performances?

Sorry - I'm not an Eleanor fan.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

It most probably would be a Lifetime movie. I'd watch it on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

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  • Marvette
  • JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States
  • 05-05-15

Great story!!

This was a wonderful story. I loved the fact that the two main characters had a chance to slowly get to know one another before they became a couple. It was not that instant falling in love a first sight. The secondary characters also made this a wonder book. My only issue was at times was the female narrator voice. I think this would have been better just with Douglas Berger doing the narrating. He was excellent in this Audio version. I do think that I will take a chance and listen to the next book in this series.

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Adorable! Loved it!

To be perfectly honest within the first 15 minutes of listening to this book I was about to give up on it. Thankfully I didn't! At first the female narrator irritated the snot out of me, she's incredibly peppy and sounds ditzy as all get out but then I realized she was PERFECT for Tina. Tina is super peppy and positive most of the time despite terrible emotional scars and trauma, and let's face it, she's kind of a ditzy goofball. I absolutely loved it though, she is incredibly humorous and brings out the best in Nick. The male narrator did a great job as well! This book made me laugh out loud so many times and tear up also. The first word that comes to mind when I think of this book is adorable, although I usually enjoy a good steamy romance I enjoyed the banter and interactions between the characters so much that I couldn't have cared less about the steamy parts (although I did enjoy those parts as well) . I barely stopped smiling throughout the entire book, definitely worth a credit or buy!

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Highly disappointing!

All the stupid sounds....
and the narrator's voice didn't help! I struggled to finish this book. Whoever wrote great reviews lied. Do not waste your credit on this book.

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Horrible! Waste of money!

Would you try another book from Belle Aurora and/or Eleanor Gwyn and Douglas Berger ?

Absolute not, the author is not a good writer, she needs a better editor! Eleanor Gwyn's narration made me want to drive my car off the road, she was that bad. Worst audible experience!

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The plot could have worked had the characters made sense.

Any additional comments?

Will never buy any audible with Eleanr Gwyn narrating.

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immature for adults?

I couldn't finish this ine. the main narrator was bad and the story was immature characters. yuck.

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Funny but not consistently witty.

Fuuny but there was too much content crammed into one storyline. Too many subplots. like watching a Moonlighting marathon.

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annoyed

This book started off great for me. Thanks was an independent leading lady and a brooding man won over through the power of friendship. I love these friends to lovers stories, however this one went awry for me. The heroine was a but annoying. I liked that she was written as sweet and quirky but her odd humor got old really fast. Also the dialogue and situations were a but cheesey. Often times it came off as unnatural. I also felt like there were too many half baked side stories ; after awhile it started to drag.

Douglas Berger was great. I will look out for more of his performances. However, Eleanor Gwyn was not my favorite. She was too over the top, her male impersonations weren't the greatest and she made Tina even more annoying than she is on paper. I found myself just waiting for her to finish so I could get back to Douglas Berger

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Loved it!!!

What a ride and I loved every bit of it! Finally a book that allows the characters to develop and get to know each other.

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This is one story you shouldn't miss.

This story had me smiling throughout! It's cute, funny, and a little steamy. I Loved all the characters. Lots of chemistry between the leads. I think you'll be happy you chose this book.
The dual Narration worked well for this. They were both excellent!

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  • Aileen
  • 01-05-17

Must listen to

This audio book is fab I loved this series in book for but getting to listen to it is even better plus with having both male and female narrators made it that bit more amazing I highly recommend this audio book

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  • HelgaCabbage
  • 09-14-17

Patchy

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No.<br/>I hate weak female characters and this began with such promise, with an upbeat heroine who had been through a personal tragedy and yet somehow remained sunny and happy... But then it quickly changed into constant tears and weakness, with the hero having to literally pick her up and carry her every few minutes while she cries into his chest, which is tiresome.<br/><br/>Possibly the lowest point of the story is during a steamy make-out session when she actually bursts into tears because she sees his penis for the first time and thinks it is too large and won't fit... Seriously. It would be a stupid reaction from anyone, but for a woman who has supposedly already given birth to a baby?<br/>And the hero is just as bad. Apparently feeling the need to take off his silk tie to clean her up after sex because the paper towels were too rough in the bathroom... Apparently in his bathroom there is no such thing as toilet paper...<br/>Honestly, stuff like this is just so glaringly stupid it yanks you out of the story and prevents immersion. Better editing would have caught a lot of these things, I think.<br/><br/>My other problem with this story is that all the men are supposedly tough ex-gang members, but they neither act nor speak like men at all and their entire lives seem to revolve around the women and talking about their feelings constantly.<br/>Soon after the women enter their lives they apparently no longer need guys' poker nights, or guys' nights out at the bar, their lives become all about the women, all the time.<br/><br/>I also found the listing of every outfit the girls wore tiresome, as though the story has to wait while we read excerpts from a catalogue or fashion magazine. Cut between these constant reminders of how stunning and sexy all the girls are (in case we're ever likely to forget), and the heroine continuously cooking the 'best food EVER' for her men, and it's like some kind of 1950's housewife fantasy.

What will your next listen be?

I need a break after this and am listening to real crime podcasts. I will choose my next romance more carefully.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator did well with some poor writing, but it was especially confusing when characters constantly repeated out loud the exact words they'd just thought, eg:<br/>What?!<br/>"What?!" I say...<br/>This happens all the time. At first I thought I'd accidentally replayed a few seconds of audio, but it seems the author tried to use this kind of repetition for effect. These should all have been cut by a half decent editor.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

No. There is not enough story for this to be turned into a film. Everyone would just be stood around talking about how much they like each other.

Any additional comments?

Could have been much better with help from a good editor.