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  • Sexy as Sin

  • Sinful, Montana, Book 3
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Emma Wilder
  • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Brett Hunter’s life isn’t unicorns and rainbows, and it sure isn’t sparkles. He’s a businessman, a disciplined man, a money man, and if he ever believed in magic, it was a long time ago. He’s not a hero, and he doesn't play one on TV. Oh, and he really doesn't like the water. What’s he doing, then, on an Australian beach in a custom-made Italian suit, up to his waist in the waves and helping a red-haired mermaid save the day?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hot, funny, tender and sweet listening

  • By MF on 16-12-18

Hot, funny, tender and sweet listening

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

Reviewed: 16-12-18

Funny, tender, hot and sweet with a dash of drama - this is such an appealing listen. Part of the beauty of it for me, having read the book, was that I couldn’t rush through in my eagerness to find out what happened next. I was able to savour each favourite moment and to find some new ones from the narration.
The characters come alive in Emma Wilder’s narration, she has great variety of tone and depth. The challenge for any narrator has to be to get the opposite sex to sound believable- Emma Wilder nails it! Brett’s husky, moderated voice matched his character perfectly and Willow’s spirit and vulnerability shone through.
If you’ve read the book, you’ll love the narration.
If you’re new to it, you’ll love the characterisation, the insights and the magic moments that author Rosalind James continues to deliver.

  • Take Me Back

  • Paradise, Idaho, Book 4
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 15 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Hallie Cavanaugh's late father just left her millions of reasons to stay away from Jim Lawson, deputy sheriff of Paradise, Idaho, and the man who broke her heart fourteen years ago. Hallie has worked hard for independence, but she can't dismiss a massive inheritance, even if she has to follow her father's manipulative terms to get it. How hard can it be to spend six months back in Paradise - and not sleep with her old flame?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This author has done better elsewhere

  • By Susan on 01-03-18

Rich varied listening to suspense and romance

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

Reviewed: 11-03-17

So...I found new experiences listening to this audio, having read the book.
A good reading gives life and enrichment to a good book and this ticks both boxes.
Rosalind James has a good ear for family relationships and tensions, teenage moods, for small town life, social factors and of course, romance. Stir in some mystery, suspense, heartbreak, some heat- and it's a winner.
The narrator Brittany Presley brings the characters to life with variety of pace, tone and expression.
De Marco the detective amused me. I liked her portrayal of controlled Jim with tight lipped speech and bitten off vowels. I liked Hallie whose vulnerability, warmth and had won bravery and confidence shines through.
A rich varied listening experience.

I received a free copy of this audiobook in return for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way or obliged to be positive.

  • Just Stop Me

  • Escape to New Zealand, Book 9
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Emma Wilder
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Lots of young women dream of being a princess. Nina Jones isn't one of them. After escaping from her palace/prison by burying herself under sacks of fertilizer, she ends up in a beach cottage on New Zealand's South Island. She's meant to be looking after a cantankerous widower. Too bad she doesn't know how to boil an egg.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great fun listening

  • By MF on 07-01-17

Great fun listening

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

Reviewed: 07-01-17

Wow this is a fun listen! I am sometimes disappointed when listening to a favourite book, but not on this occasion. Can a woman narrator do justice to male characters?
On this occasion, emphatically yes!
Emma Wilder really brings the characters to life. I loved grand dad Arthur's gruff life wisdom, he is spot on. Carmela and Graham' marriage revival is an added dimension too.
Light and shade, fun, humour, drama - there's lots of listening variety.
This is part of the New Zealand series but is absolutely a stand alone book.
Ian and Nina take a while to get together but when they do, it's typically steamy. If you haven't read the book you might want to be aware there are some fairly explicit sexual descriptions that the narration really brings to life!
I am still not a fan of the 'prince' element but that's a tiny personal point on my part, just being honest.
Control and choice are strong themes. Ian isn't perfect- he stuffs up but admits it and keeps trying (got to love him just for that!) and Nina has to toughen up to confirm her self belief. There's adjustments on both sides - just like real relationships.
New Zealand wraps around the listener and somehow the vibe and feel of the country is even stronger when spoken aloud.
Credit to all involved.

I received a free copy of this audiobook in return for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way or obliged to be positive. This is my own opinion.

  • Just in Time

  • Escape to New Zealand, Book 8
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Claire Bocking
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

Will Tawera doesn't do commitment, except on the rugby field. Moving to Las Vegas to become a kicker for the NFL would be a big change from New Zealand rugby, but then, he's ready for a change. And when he's asked to do a little modeling on the side? Thousands of dollars to hold a beautiful blonde while looking dark, dangerous, tattooed, and Maori? He could do that.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vegas meets New Zealand and it's great listening

  • By MF on 30-01-16

Vegas meets New Zealand and it's great listening

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

Reviewed: 30-01-16

Such fun listening to this book!
Here's a funny thing too - I loved reading it but I loved listening MORE!
Will's teasing is irresistible, as is his irrepressible charm, occasional awkwardness and when he stuffs up, it's even better. Plus, he does a good occasional line in dark and dangerous.
Sure, Faith has taken advantage of him, but who could blame her? Well, maybe a teeny bit. But she' s pretty great, so we forgive her.
The background double story thread can be occasionally distracting but it adds light and shade. You should be aware that steamy reading makes even steamier listening.
The narration is masterful - full of variation, expression, great accenting. How does Claire Bocking put laughter into voices? How does she make Will sound so sexy?
Vegas meets New Zealand and it makes great listening.

I received a free copy of this audiobook in return for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way or obliged to be honest.
Luckily I loved it!

  • Hold Me Close

  • Paradise, Idaho, Book 2
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Kayla Chambers knows what love is - and what it isn't. When her boyfriend turns abusive, she and her son escape to a new life in a place where he'll never find them. The idyllic town of Paradise, Idaho, has everything she needs to get back on her feet. Survival is her only goal, and the last thing she wants is another man in her life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Promising start, but didn't finish

  • By Susan on 31-10-17

Emotional and gripping listening, loved this audio

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

Reviewed: 21-12-15

Skilled narration and character differentiation, light and shade in the story, makes for great listening. Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross do a good job here . Tough listening when it's the man Kayla and son Eli have run from - how I disliked actually hearing him speak his mean and controlling words . Happy/ sad listening when it's 9 year old Eli - he can tug at your heartstrings!
Kayla might be softly spoken but her resolution and pride shine through and Luke's easy, winning charm, backed up by his determination and generous heart oozes through his voice and words.
Rosalind James has a winning way of finding magical and fun moments in everyday life
Loved the book, loved the people mix, the glimpse of small town life , the romance, the suspense and loved the listening !

  • Just Once More

  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Claire Bocking
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Eight smoking-hot rugby players. Eight partners. Seventeen kids. Beaches and barbecues and beer, salt and sand and sea. Family and good mates and no worries. December in New Zealand. One very pregnant, very tired Hannah Montgomery Callahan is playing hostess to it all, doing her best and wondering if her best is good enough. And one legendary All Black captain is willing to do whatever it takes to show her that when he promised to be there for her forever, he meant it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Part time pro's !!!

  • By Fleetwoodboy on 16-07-17

A warm, sometimes hot mix of rugby romance couples

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

Reviewed: 26-11-15

Some books seem made for audio and Just This Once is up there. In some ways, it's almost a series of conversations in that each featured couple tells an unknown aspect of their story - sometimes as a flashback, other times moving forward. It's a credit to Claire Bocking's skills once again that each character has their own voice and shading .
This book kept me company in the air on the way home from Australia - ideal because I wasn't interrupted by required work! It's fun too and we all need a little of that ...
If you have listened/ read any of the previous NZ books then you will be familiar with the
couples and probably be as delighted as I was to hear extra parts of their stories and some new developments. Koti and Kate continue to be a hot couple, ratching up the steam; Drew struggles slightly for once but true to form, squares up and Finn reveals an intuitive side that I hadn't previously discerned. Plus my favourite words of advice to Drew "show her more"!
I think this audio is best enjoyed if you have read/ listened to other books because it adds value, but it is more than good enough to stand alone and won't disappoint you.
Great expressive dialogue and writing from Rosalind James combined with top knotch reading from Claire Bocking.

I received a free copy of this book. I wasn't compensated or obliged to be positive, this is my honest opinion - I loved listening!

  • Just for You (Escape to New Zealand)

  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Claire Bocking
  • Length: 4 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Hemi Ranapia isn’t looking for love. Fun, yes. Love, not so much. But a summer fishing holiday to laid-back Russell could turn out to be more adventure than this good-time boy ever bargained for. Reka Harata hasn't forgotten the disastrously hot rugby star she met a year ago, no matter how much she wishes she could. Too bad Hemi keeps refusing to be left in her past.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Look back, listen and love it!

  • By MF on 20-04-15

Look back, listen and love it!

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

Reviewed: 20-04-15

I felt very familiar with Hemi and Reka as they appear in all the Escape to NZ books, but they haven't had a story in their own right - until now.
It's a fascinating retrospective into how they first got together - and a total surprise! But so right !
This Reka is direct as always but not as self assured, although she puts on a good front and Hemi is not the devoted family man. Here, he is single, newly adjusting to the All Black fame and pressure and frankly, a bit too sure of his own charm. Well that has to change ....

Just because a mistake feels good doesn't mean it isn't a mistake, says Reka. Ouch!
Hemi has some work to do. And it makes great listening.

As ever, Claire's narration performance is spot on, she can realistically speak the male parts, vary accents and intonation; everyone has their own distinct voice. I was swept up into the story.
It's all great listening and I loved it.

I should say that if you haven't read this or any of the books, it won't matter - it stands alone. In fact I would like to come across Hemi and Reka in the other books, knowing what I know now, a different perspective !

"I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own"

  • Just Not Mine

  • Escape to New Zealand, Book 6
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Claire Bocking
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Hugh Latimer's coping with a few problems just now. A broken hand, missing the European rugby tour... and a half-brother and sister who are playing havoc with his love life. Instead of packing down in the scrum, he's driving the carpool to ballet - or forgetting it's his turn. When he hears his neighbor wailing out bad pop in the wee hours, it's the last straw.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, faultless listening, a winner!

  • By MF on 12-04-15

Great story, faultless listening, a winner!

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

Reviewed: 12-04-15

Just Not Mine wasn't my immediate favourite when I first read it - don't know why - but on second reading I found more in it and was totally sold on Hugh and Josie.
And this audio is just the best!
You don't need to have read the book, just immerse yourself in listening and get to know and love the characters as they speak to you.
Love the variety of expression, depth and shade of Claire's narration. No wonder she's been nominated for an Audie award because she is fantastic.
Rosalind James has the knack of weaving family relationships, teenage angst and child insecurities in with the main romance story.
Have a wry smile at Hugh's unwitting selfishness when he is first plunged into single parent world (forgiven because he is a quick learner) . Laugh at Charlie's child perspective on "sexy advertising". Feel Josie's pain and sense of loss.
And of course enjoy the relationship!
Great story, faultless listening, a winner!

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated for my review and I was not required to write a positive review. The opinion expressed here is my own.

  • Courting Trouble

  • By: Kathy Lette
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Vuletic
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Tilly has the day from hell when she's sacked from her barristers' chambers in the morning, then finds her husband in bed with her former best friend in the afternoon. She escapes to her mother, Roxy - a sassy solicitor whose outrageous take on men, work, and family life is the despair of her more conventional daughter. Roxy comes up with a radical plan for their future - they'll set up an all-female law firm which will only champion women who have been cheated, put upon, attacked, ripped off, or ruined by the men in their lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book of many parts

  • By SusanMcC on 06-10-14

Overall entertaining listen

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

Reviewed: 21-03-15

I stuck with this after I lost interest at the halfway mark and it came good again towards the end. Some of the dialogue sounds contrived - it is probably witty when being read, but when actually spoken can sound long and unrealistically clever. The narrator does a decent job ,albeit with an exaggerated style in parts - Jack comes over as a caricature of smooth urbane and Nathan sounds like Joanna Lumley. A good dash of social commentary adds spice and weight .Overall entertaining listen

  • The Cuckoo's Calling

  • Cormoran Strike, Book 1
  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 15 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,992
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,122

When a troubled model falls to her death from a snow-covered Mayfair balcony, it is assumed that she has committed suicide. However, her brother has his doubts, and calls in private investigator Cormoran Strike to look into the case.Strike is a war veteran - wounded both physically and psychologically - and his life is in disarray. The case gives him a financial lifeline, but it comes at a personal cost: the more he delves into the young model's complex world, the darker things get - and the closer he gets to terrible danger...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Nick Moore on 15-07-13

Addictive listening! Brilliant story !

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

Reviewed: 24-02-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Cuckoo's Calling to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version, this was my first encounter with Cormoran Strike and I am hooked! Great character portrayal and expressive narration. Robert Glenister does a brilliant job.

What did you like best about this story?

The mix of plot, social observation ,relationships and the descriptive writing

Which character – as performed by Robert Glenister – was your favourite?

Cormoran Strike of course!

Any additional comments?

Brilliant listening, brilliant story !