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  • The Mister

  • By: E. L. James
  • Narrated by: Dominic Thorburn, Jessica O'Hara-Baker
  • Length: 16 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 229
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 199

London, 2019. Life has been easy for Maxim Trevelyan. With his good looks, aristocratic connections and money, he’s never had to work, and he’s rarely slept alone. But all that changes when tragedy strikes and Maxim inherits his family’s noble title, wealth, and estates, and all the responsibility that entails. It’s a role he’s not prepared for and one that he struggles to face. But his biggest challenge is fighting his desire for an unexpected, enigmatic young woman who’s recently arrived in England, possessing little more than a dangerous and troublesome past. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable read - I still have unanswered questions

  • By Mrs Sarah JL Leather on 28-04-19

It was okay... keep your expectations low.

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

Reviewed: 14-05-19

The book was okay, nothing special in terms of the storyline or characters. The writing style is pretty much the same as the Fifty Shades books, but then, that's the same for the majority of authors in the erotica/romance genre, their style of writing rarely develops or improves, the same can be said for character development.

Predictable in most parts, but the story has been left open for a sequel. If EL James writes a sequel to this book, maybe I'll buy it. Overall, The Mister is a light, average listen/read. Give it a try, but keep your expectations low.

  • Gentleman Sinner

  • By: Jodi Ellen Malpas
  • Narrated by: Julie Garthan, Jack George
  • Length: 14 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

Izzy White knows of the darkness in this world. After all, she escaped it long ago. Determined not to let her past beat her, Izzy has a secure, stable life with a job she loves in nursing. But one act of kindness will completely upend everything she's so carefully built - putting her right back in the crosshairs of danger she's been so desperate to avoid. When Theo Kane shows up like a knight in shining armour, Izzy can't help thinking she's been saved from one threat and exposed to another....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In need of stronger narrator

  • By Yvonne on 10-02-19

Mediocre, don't believe the hype.

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

Reviewed: 09-02-19

I wanted to love this book so much, the hype promised something different, Theo... a brand new Alpha to love and adore, sadly not. I am a big fan of the One Night series and liked the This Man series too. But, this book is lacking. It was slow to start, it got a little interesting when Izzy was in Las Vegas, then it dragged until the last 3-4 chapters, even then it struggled to keep my attention. Oh, and surprise, surprise there's a "shock" pregnancy, he's a club owner... the all to familiar format, it's all so tired and predictable. Julie Garthan's performance sounded like a giddy school girl, but I feel that's down to the writing as I thought the performance she delivered in The Forbidden was great. Hardcore JEM fans will love this book, I have no doubt. For me, unfortunately the last few JEM book's I have read/listened to have missed the mark and confirmed that she is a "one trick pony" when it comes to developing stories and characters. I doubt I'll be buying another JEM book, I am returning this one. So disappointed.

  • The Forbidden

  • By: Jodi Ellen Malpas
  • Narrated by: Julie Garthan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85

A new standalone novel from Jodi Ellen Malpas, the best-selling author of the This Man and One Night trilogies. Annie has never experienced the 'spark' with a guy - the kind of instant chemistry that steals your breath and blindsides you completely. Until a night out with friends brings her face to face with the wickedly sexy and mysterious Jack. It's not just a spark that ignites between them. It's an explosion. Jack promises to consume Annie, and he fully delivers on that promise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love comes unexpectedly

  • By Garden girl on 15-02-18

Good story, but has the usual JEM predictability.

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

Reviewed: 16-01-19

I enjoyed listening to this book. It was fairly well written and approached the subject of adultery well.

The one thing that has started to irk me with JEM books… This Man series, One Night Series and this book, she seems to follow some kind of template where there is the shock of an “unexpected” pregnancy, she even describes the discovery of/reaction to the pregnancies in more or less the same way. I'd expect a little more originality in her writing by now, instead of rehashing the same situations and scenarios in her books.

The narration is good, great performance.

  • Hollywood Dirt

  • By: Alessandra Torre
  • Narrated by: Rachel F. Hirsch
  • Length: 12 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Cole Masten. Abandoned by his superstar wife, Hollywood's perfect husband is now Hollywood's sexiest bachelor: partying hard and screwing even harder. Watch out Los Angeles, there's a new bad boy in town. Summer Jenkins. That's me, a small town girl stuck in Quincy, Georgia. I cook some mean chicken and dumplings, can bluff a grown man out of his savings in poker, and was voted Most Friendly my senior year.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So slow and the narration is bizarre

  • By asdfghjkl on 12-11-18

So slow and the narration is bizarre

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

The story is very slow starting, I'm just over 4 hours into the book and it's still to get interesting, constantly going over the same inane points which have no real relevance in progressing the story, I get the author is trying to set the scene, but we get the point the first 20 times they're mentioned.

I don't know what the narrator is trying to portray, she keeps lowering her voice to a whisper. Is she trying to be sultry, create some kind of dramatic effect? It's made the book unlistenable. Summer's narrative goes on and on about being Southern, proper Southern etiquette and tradition... we get it, the book is based in the South and the author doesn't need to give prominence to every Southern cliche she can think of. Very disappointing thus far, I expected more. Not sure if I'll persevere with this book.

  • Crazy Rich Asians

  • By: Kevin Kwan
  • Narrated by: Lynn Chen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 462
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 416
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 415

Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season. When Rachel Chu agrees to spend the summer in Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicholas Young, she envisions a humble family home, long drives to explore the island, and quality time with the man she might one day marry.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • May have been more enjoyable with another narrator

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-07-18

Awful! Only positive is the good narration.

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

Reviewed: 05-11-18

Awful! Only positive is the good narration, Lynn Chen is great and I would like to hear other books read by her. There is no substance to the story, the characters are one dimensional. It's terrible, I shall not be reading the remaining books in the trilogy. How is this book a bestseller?