LISTENER

Book addict

  • 188
  • reviews
  • 36
  • helpful votes
  • 406
  • ratings
  • Lionheart

  • Moonshadow Series, Book 3
  • By: Thea Harrison
  • Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

King Oberon reigned over his Dark Court in Lyonesse for centuries until an assassination attempt laid him low. Now he lies unconscious in his snow-bound palace while his Power battles the enchantment that threatens to end his life. A skilled trauma surgeon and magic user, Dr. Kathryn Shaw reigns at the top of her profession in New York. Then comes a challenge she can’t resist - she is asked to cure the incurable. Just getting close enough to try healing Oberon is a dangerous proposition. When she does reach him, he awakens too soon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A solid enjoyable listen

  • By Book addict on 14-12-18

A solid enjoyable listen

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

Reviewed: 14-12-18

Out of the books I’ve listen to by Thea Harrison I’d probably put this closer to 4 stars because the action wasn’t quite as enthralling, but the overall balance of great narration, good characters and an engaging premise made me rate it a bit higher. Wish there were more full length novels by Thea Harrison available on Audible. At present it seems like loads of novellas apart from this series (..which has sadly concluded with this book).

  • Cake: The Newlyweds

  • Cake Series, Book 4
  • By: J. Bengtsson
  • Narrated by: Joe Arden, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 18

Fate doesn't own Jake McKallister. At least, that's what he tells himself. Life is better than ever. He's at the top of his game, performing to sold-out crowds the world over. He has his health and a solid, fun-loving family to keep him grounded. And he got the girl - the beautiful, quirky girl he's just made his wife. Yes, life is good. If only fate would stop screaming in his ear. Lucky is the best word for Casey McKallister. Yes, life is perfect...until it all comes crashing down around her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Kindle Customer on 01-08-18

Good to catch up with the characters

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

I enjoyed catching up with the characters and loose ends being tied up. It did read like a very good extended epilogue and collection of short stories of their escapades rather than a cohesive story, though. If you like the series I would recommend it.

Elizabeth's Wolf cover art
  • Elizabeth's Wolf

  • By: Lora Leigh
  • Narrated by: Maxine Mitchell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

She brought him back from death and made him live again. Dash thought himself alone, a soldier, a fighting machine and no more. Elizabeth made him realize he was a man. Danger surrounds the woman his soul marked as his mate, death and blood and a treachery that goes beyond even his worst nightmares. But he will protect her and what she claims as her own. He was created to kill, trained to do it efficiently, and only a man bound to her, heart and soul, will have the strength to save Elizabeth and her prized possession. He was a lone wolf. A man alone. No pack, no family, no one to call his own until one single, innocent letter awoke Elizabeth's wolf.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ok to poor

  • By Book addict on 11-12-18

Ok to poor

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

This was really long for a Lora Leigh book and it dragged at times. It was exactly what you’d expect from this sort of book, better than some of this genre, worse than many. If you’re a loyal Lora Leigh fan I’m sure you’ll enjoy it but it really wasn’t for me.

  • Little Donkey

  • A Short Story
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 443
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402

It’s Christmas, and Jenny Checkland is beset with problems. The vicar, who really should know better, has asked to borrow Marilyn the donkey for the nativity play, thereby unleashing chaos on the already chaos-laden Frogmorton Farm. Will Marilyn survive her bath? Will anyone survive Marilyn’s bath? Robbed of her role as the Virgin Mary, what revenge is the angel Gabriel plotting? Why is that sheep so fat? Will Charlie ever get to say his one line? Can Marilyn be prevented from eating the baby Jesus?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read the nothing girl first!

  • By Hevpais on 25-10-15

It was ok

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

Reviewed: 11-12-18

Just a random short epilogue. It was an ok story and nice to see the characters from the main book, but I’m glad it was free to purchase.

  • Richer Than Sin

  • The Sin Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Meghan March
  • Narrated by: Joe Arden, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Ten years ago, Whitney Gable caught me off guard with her long legs and grab-you-by-the-balls blue eyes. I didn't know or care what her name was. Like any Riscoff worth the family name, I went after what I wanted. We burned like a flash fire until she married another man. She hates me, and she should. I objected on her wedding day. Now she's home, with those same long legs and man-eater stare, but there's no ring on her finger. They say a Riscoff and a Gable can never live happily ever after, but I'm not done with Whitney Gable.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn’t get into it

  • By Book addict on 10-12-18

Couldn’t get into it

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

Had to return this book. First time for me with a Meghan March story. It kept chopping and changing between the present and the past which stopped me from being able to get into the story and so I kept getting distracted. There was very little connection between the hero and heroine and that could have been developed more. Also, the plot seemed too much like a cheesy soap opera with all the drama and relationships (and looking at spoiler reviews it is only going to get worse). What’s happened to Meghan March? I’ll try again with her next series/book and hopefully she’ll be back on track.

  • The Nothing Girl

  • The Frogmorton Farm Series, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 787
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 724
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 720

Getting a life isn't always easy. And hanging on to it is even harder.... Jodi Taylor brings all her comic writing skills to this heartwarming tale of self-discovery. Known as The Nothing Girl because of her severe stutter and chronically low self-confidence, Jenny Dove is only just prevented from ending it all by the sudden appearance of Thomas, a mystical golden horse only she can see. Under his guidance Jenny unexpectedly acquires a husband - the charming and chaotic Russell Checkland.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful book

  • By ellen on 08-05-15

So much potential!

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

This book was going well, full of quirkiness and an interesting story, but then it just all started to fall apart for me. All the drama at the end was really underdeveloped and it was confusing to work out what the heroine was actually feeling towards other people. There was also a lack of connection between the hero and heroine, and the hero annoyed me too often (I think the author intended for me to affectionately shake my head and roll my eyes, but he seemed too disconnected from the heroine for me). This book has the makings of something good but it needs more work.

  • Amber to Ashes

  • By: Gail McHugh
  • Narrated by: Arden Hammersmith
  • Length: 18 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4

From the New York Times best-selling author of Collide and Pulse comes a gritty new novel about a shattered young woman who unexpectedly falls for two best friends.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Too much teenage drama for me

  • By Book addict on 10-12-18

Too much teenage drama for me

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

Seemed like a lot of drama for the sake of drama so I couldn’t finish it. I’m sure some people love it, but it’s really not for me.

  • The Kiss Quotient

  • A Novel
  • By: Helen Hoang
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 35
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases - a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with as well as way less experience in the dating department than the average 30-year-old. It doesn't help that she has Asperger's and that French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. She decides that she needs lots of practice - with a professional - which is why she hires escort Michael Phan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 4.5 stars

  • By Book addict on 08-12-18

4.5 stars

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

I don’t don’t why this book hasn’t got a higher rating. It has won a Goodread award and kept cropping up in my recommendations so I thought I’d give it a whirl despite the rating being around 4 (and on Audible most people seem to rate way too generously which is frustrating, so 4 is usually not that great).

Quality wise it’s up there with my favourite romance authors who have good character development, interesting plots and believable chemistry. I was really absorbed throughout, and the only thing that let it down was the lack of effective communication drama towards the end. Even that didn’t negatively effect it too much for me because overall it was great, so only took half a star off.

I’ll be looking out for more from this author.

  • Dr. Strange Beard

  • Winston Brothers, Book 5
  • By: Penny Reid
  • Narrated by: Chris Brinkley, Chloe Miller
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9

Ten years after Simone Payton broke his heart, all Roscoe Winston wants is a doughnut. He'd also like to forget her entirely, but that's never going to happen. Roscoe Winston remembers everything - every look, every word, every single unrequited second - and the last thing he needs is another memory of Simone. Unfortunately, after one chance encounter, Simone keeps popping up everywhere he happens to be....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not my favourite, but worth a listen

  • By Book addict on 08-12-18

Not my favourite, but worth a listen

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

I love Penny Reid books but this wasn’t as good as her others. I was on track to give it 3 stars but it really improved by the end so it bumped up to 3.5/4 stars.

Simone wasn’t really likeable until the last quarter of the story. I’ve given it a lot of thought since finishing it to try and put my finger on what was wrong with the book. I think it was that the narrator, Chloe Miller, wasn’t a good match for the character. Don’t get me wrong, Chloe is a good narrator and I’d happily listen to more of her, but she had far too much emotion and soft squidgy centre coming through in her voice to convincingly portray a character who is supposed to be logical and makes decisions based on facts. Because of this, Simone comes across as a heartless b***h who doesn’t feel enough for the hero, instead of a clueless brainiac who takes a while to process emotions (which is what Penny was going for I’m sure). By the end you felt what she felt, but the start was all wrong. I usually love Penny’s brainiac emotionally out of touch characters, but it really didn’t work here.

There wasn’t much description on what the characters looked like (hair length/style for example) so I felt like my imagination was stunted. It could have been weaved in seamlessly if it linked to physical interactions between the characters. I don’t need much description, but more than “she’s black with smallish boobs” and wearing a scarf round her hair when she sleeps presumably means natural hair (I may be wrong), but length? Style? Anything? Facial features? And with him I only figured there was a beard because of the title and reference to it towards the end.

As a side note, as a white British female, I found the references to the realities of growing up as a black person in America incredibly sad but poignant, and well balanced with the plot to share a message through a different medium which might resonate with a wide audience in a way that stimulates more reflection, discussion, action and social change. Let’s hope it does anyway. Often the topic of racism comes up after police shootings and the news reports which rightfully shine a spotlight on what is still happening, but there is so much to be done to change culture from the ground up in daily life with shaping people and their views before it ever escalates. Books like this can contribute to this in subtle ways. I’m glad I’ve grown up in a community where guns aren’t around and racism is shunned and not a daily fact of life - not to say it doesn’t happen, and there is still stigma and assumptions made based on looks, but the picture this book painted made me feel outraged. How can you judge a person based on the colour of their skin?!?! To judge a person based on appearance/background/money/other trait is far more telling of the person doing the judging, than the person being judged. And the people who are there to serve and protect being like that? So despicably wrong. Some people are such small minded pricks.

  • Kissing Tolstoy

  • Dear Professor, Volume 1
  • By: Penny Reid
  • Narrated by: Fiona Fischer, Stephen Dexter
  • Length: 5 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

What do you do when you discover your super-hot blind date from months ago is now your super-hot Russian lit professor? You overthink everything and pray for a swift end to your misery, of course!  

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Awful book from a great author

  • By Book addict on 08-12-18

Awful book from a great author

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

I love Penny Reid. I hate this book. From what I’ve gathered, it was written as a serial and released gradually over time in the author’s newsletter for free, then put together as a book with proceeds going to charity for a time, then I can only imagine they thought they may as well put it out there as a general release as they might as well get more money from it. Rubbish! You can tell it was free. All the positive reviews on Audible are doing the author a complete disservice because her other work is consistently 4 or 5 stars for me, and are so much better than this.

Penny Reid is a talented author with great characters in nearly all her other stories, but this book is underdeveloped, full of holes, with tonnes of talking about what the characters feel but completely and utterly failing to make you, the reader, feel it too. That together with the try-hard way that the book tried to tell the reader how incredibly clever the characters are, that they’re special and the relationship is like a literary classic love story (it’s really not), and how it referred to loads of research the author had evidently done into Russian literature at the cost of the actual plot made it a completely unsatisfying read. Poetic declarations do not make a convincing relationship. The book was also far too short to really explore anything.

Ohhhhh Penny. I never thought I’d say this, but I’m returning this and asking for my credit back. I’m looking forward to your next release though (..so long as it’s a normal book and not a serial release)