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  • Lilac Lane

  • A Chesapeake Shores Novel, Book 14
  • By: Sherryl Woods
  • Narrated by: Christina Traister
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Single mom Kiera Malone struggled for years to raise her three children in a small town on the coast of Ireland. Just when she's let down her guard and allowed herself to love again, her fiancé suffers a fatal heart attack and leaves her alone yet again. Overwhelmed by her loss, she's persuaded to visit her father, Dillon O'Malley, and her daughter, Moira O'Brien, in Chesapeake Shores. With the promise of family ties and a job at O'Brien's, her son-in-law's Irish pub, she takes what seems like the biggest risk of her life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • predictable and fake

  • By Happy Reader on 31-12-18

predictable and fake

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

Reviewed: 31-12-18

I have no doubt a lot of readers like this series, but I found it so boring I couldn't finish it. The strory is unexciting and so predictable, you could see every plot turn a mile away. there was zero sexual/romantic chemistry between the main couple and the story seemed to rely on inconsequential chitchat between side characters to fill the pages. So much so, that it was hard to remember who the story is supposed to be about.
The novel was crammed full of 2-dimensional cutsie cute fake-Irish characters that only exist in the imagination of someone who never went to Ireland
The narrator did her best, I can forgive a few mistakes in pronunciation, but she was so intent on the Irish accent that everyone started to sound the same, even the Americans or New Yorkers started to sound a little Irish too
Will not be reading another from this author

  • Guards! Guards!

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,952
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,950

If you find yourself ruminating on questions like "Where have all the dragons gone?" then this is the story for you. Explore the crazy, creepy land called Discworld, where you'll discover that the dragons aren't asleep or dead - they're dormant, packed in like huge, scaly sardines. Join in the search for the key to their closed-in, comatose world in this eighth fantastical Discworld novel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eminently Re-readable

  • By mollyeyre on 08-07-13

A fantastic listen

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

Reviewed: 26-12-18

I’ve read this book years ago but Nigel Planer fid a great job with the reading, really enhanced the narrative and captured the humour
Great book
Great listen

  • Spring at Blueberry Bay

  • Hope Island Series, Book 1
  • By: Holly Martin
  • Narrated by: Penny Andrews
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

When Bella finds a dashing homeless man on her doorstep, she invites him into her cottage and into her life. But Isaac's keeping a secret from her, this woman whom he hadn't expected to fall for. She can't ignore the chemistry between them, but she's had her trust broken before. Will Bella run when she learns the truth, or could he be the man to help her to love again?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heart warming. Easy listen

  • By Katie on 04-08-18

a heart waking love story

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

Reviewed: 22-12-18

Nice story set in a small pretty island off the coast of Cornwall
I just with the voiceover didn’t sound like a little girl

  • The Housekeeper's Awakening

  • By: Sharon Kendrick
  • Narrated by: Jill Tanner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Recovering from a terrible car accident, world-renowned playboy Luis Martinez is bored, grumpy and frustrated. He’s sick of nurses fussing over him, so he fires the lot and demands his innocent housekeeper massage him back to health! Carly Conner has spent her life trying not to be noticed - but now, with her boss looking at her differently, every day the tantalising tension between them grows. How long will she be able to deny the temptation he poses?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Insecure girl catches playboy

  • By Happy Reader on 16-12-18

Insecure girl catches playboy

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

Reviewed: 16-12-18

I liked the story but sadly the reader was more suited to reading instructional videos She sounded too bossy all the time, not what you need in a romance

  • Apprentice - Scarlet City - Part I

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Rebecca Gablé
  • Narrated by: Douglas Booth, Miriam Margolyes, Alison Steadman, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,785
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,629
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,628

A rags-to-riches tale, Jonah's journey spans the breadth of human experience, from the intricacies of Edward III's political intrigues to the cutthroat world of international trade, from the triumphs of war to the agonies of personal loss - love, friendship, joy, heartbreak and glory. Set largely in London, the Scarlet City, the centre of medieval England, the Scarlet City trilogy is a thrilling portrait of the age and the people who made it so rich, colourful and extraordinary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfectly Formed Tale Hits the Sweet Spot

  • By Simon on 06-12-17

Amazing amazing amazing

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

Reviewed: 05-10-18

This is the kind of story that keeps sending you to Wikipedia to look up peoples and events - except you can’t bear to stop listening because it’s too good to stop. A rich wonderful tale that brings 1300 London to such vivid life that you can smell it.
But what’s truly incredible is the superb performance from a 5***** cast
Particularly Miriam Margolyes and Douglas Booth
Highly recommended

  • Fire in His Kiss

  • Fireblood Dragon, Book 2
  • By: Ruby Dixon
  • Narrated by: Noelle Bridges, Jeremy York
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Bloodlust and insanity rule my existence. As a fierce drakoni warrior, this strange new world I find myself in eats at my mind until there is nothing left. There is no light or clarity...until she arrives. I save her life, plucking her from the sky. From that point on, she is mine. But the human I have chosen for my mate - Sasha - is fragile and wounded. She does not trust me and fears my presence. I will not give up, though. I will do anything to give her my fires and bond us both in body and spirit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • what a brilliant story

  • By Suzyplums on 05-11-18

Wonderful story, wonderful performance

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

Reviewed: 27-09-18

This was even better than the first book. The plot is getting more interesting too
Loved Dakh. He was so funny. Laugh out loud funny
Can’t wait to read the next

  • British Bedmate

  • By: Penelope Ward, Vi Keeland
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57

I'm writing this letter because it's highly doubtful I'll ever garner the courage to say this to your face. So, here goes. We're totally wrong for each other. You're the proper single mum with a good head on your shoulders. I'm just the carefree British doctor passing through town and temporarily living in your converted garage until I head back to England. But here's the thing... for some bloody reason, I can't stop thinking about you in very inappropriate ways.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Another Hit from Penelope & Vi

  • By Lo on 11-10-17

Great story but unconvincing British dialogue

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

Reviewed: 23-08-18

Interesting story with a warm sweet heart breaking centre. Both Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland are fantastic writers, but please don't try a British character again unless you find a British editor who can catch all the mistakes. I'm not picky but the dialogue was full (and yes I mean FULL) of words and expression an English man would never say. And please note, Loo does not mean bathroom, it mean's toilet. Brits never say 'buddy' and never ever say 'different than'
So it just jarred and was harder to believable
Likewise, the narrator made several mistakes with the accent.

  • The Real Deal

  • A Novel
  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon, Zachary Webber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

April Hamilton wants you to know she hasn’t been on Craigslist since that time she sold her futon after college. She doesn’t even spend that much time online. And even if she did, she would not be looking up personal ads. But going home alone for her family's summer reunion is an invitation for every single relative to butt into her personal life. She simply can’t handle another blind date with the butcher, the baker, or the candlestick maker from her hometown. So when she finds the Craigslist ad for a boyfriend-for-hire, she’s ready to pay to play.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book

  • By Book addict on 21-07-18

good story, but one narrator irritating

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

Reviewed: 23-08-18

Nice story. it starts really really well and loved the unusual characters. Past the midway point it slowed down and became a bit predictable and the male lead went form strong bad boy to a bit helpless and clueless. But Zachary Webber read the part really well which made up for it. He's a great audio narrator
Sadly the same cannot be said of Erin Mallon. She reads well, but has a sing-song way of reading that gets annoying after a while. She also puts a breathy stress on her words as if she's reading a children's book. by the end I started skipping her chapters because it just got on my nerves. That's a shame, the book would have been better with another reader

  • Breathing Fire

  • Heretic Daughters, Volume 1
  • By: Rebecca K. Lilley
  • Narrated by: Nicole Phillips
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10

Seven years ago, Jillian burned just about every bridge she ever had. Being a lifelong fugitive, she'd seen it as her only chance to get away clean, but it had taken its toll. In a world where those with supernatural powers must stay hidden from normal society, being a creature that even most of the supernatural community considered a myth did not make for an easy life. And when the ex she ran away from finds her again, it's about to get much harder. It doesn't help that she's still hopelessly in love with him...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Great audio, Fantastic story

  • By Happy Reader on 18-08-18

Amazing Great audio, Fantastic story

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

Reviewed: 18-08-18

This was the perfect UF Romance
Full of rich magical details and a real page turner

  • Tight

  • By: Alessandra Torre
  • Narrated by: Angelo Di Loreto, Piper Goodeve
  • Length: 7 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

This is not a story of servitude. This is a story of strength. I was happy in my small town. In my life as a single, 32-year-old woman. I had a good job, wonderful friends, my independence. I also hadn't gotten laid in three years. Hadn't been on a date in two. Had stopped counting calories and wearing makeup...a while ago. Then Brett Jacobs waltzed in. Caressed my thigh, dug rough fingers into my hair, lowered his soft mouth to my skin, took sexual control of my mind, and stirred it all around with what he packed in his pants.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good but not a romance

  • By Happy Reader on 30-06-18

Good but not a romance

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

Reviewed: 30-06-18

It’s a good story but more a crime thriller inside a love story.
The leading lady is kidnapped by a psychopath and kept in an underground cell fir months which was pretty harrowing