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Swooooon!!

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

Reviewed: 02-09-19

Well here we are with another LB book with awesome casting.

A friends-to-lovers troupe which I love.

Jason Reynolds is a best man, No, actually, not a best man, THE best man.

He runs a successful Best-man-For-Hire company, and he is pretty damn good at it, he also adds the service of his “plus-one” with his best friends’ sister Truly (LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the name!!)

They are very good friends, with lots of fun and banter between them, and there is nothing remotely sexual about them…well except that one time a few months ago, but that meant nothing, absolutely nothing…really, they are just friends…Nothing to see here folks!!

Of course, this is BS, and they are hot for each other and keep trying to find ways that they shouldn’t be together, but everyone knows that they should.

Funny, full of witty banter, and a story-line that is bound to make you swoon and sigh.
LB is the queen of the Rom-com and this one will have you catching up with characters from her other books, and with an added Blooper reel at the end of the book, will have you listening until the very last second.

Narration was top notch as usual with every LB book, she always has her audio listener fans in mind when she does her casting, and the narrators used in this book were the best of the best.

Buckle Yourself in for a Bumpy Ride!

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

Reviewed: 05-07-19

Set in a not-too-distant-future, Britain is now seeing self-drive cars on our roads every day, they are the saviour of our highways, as they help the environment, as well as cutting down traffic jams, they can see possible problems ahead, so will take alternative routes.

You can just get in the car, and relax, maybe sit and read the daily paper, maybe finish putting on your make-up, or because the windows turn opaque and let you play videos, you can sit and scroll through Facebook and Twitter on the way to work...Sounds great right?

And it is, everyone has embraced the future, except some, some people really don't like these cars at all!

Libby is one of these people, she is called for jury duty, but not for what you think, these juries consist of just one member of the public, and they are held in secret to discuss accidents involving Driverless cars, and also to determine who (or what) is at fault.

Headed by the obnoxious MP Jack, the trial is in full swing when the hacker joins the conversation, and he makes it clear very quickly who is in charge!

You see, it turns out that the cars that "could never be hacked" actually could be, and the hacker will show you what happens when you do not pay attention.

A live fed has been set up on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram showing the courtroom and all of the Jurors, it also shows the random 8 people that are now stuck in their cars and are all driving to the same location, the exact location, meaning that they will all crash...but the hacker will allow one person to live, who decides that....Oh...it's you!!

A wonderful read with a scary look into our near future.

A Prickly Character that you'll Blooming love!

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

Reviewed: 05-07-19

Susan Green, 45, likes to be in control, of her life, her work, and her love life.

She lives in her one-bedroom flat in London which is perfectly suited to her as she can keep everything organised and functional, she works in an office environment, and is a little bit of an enigma to her work colleagues, as she doesn’t have anything like a social media account, she wouldn’t stoop so low!

No, she is happy as she is at work, and socialising outside of the office with her work friends is a no-no, in fact she doesn’t see why anyone would want to do this! She’s happy just getting on with her work, and looking after her succulents, i.e. Cacti / Cactuses.

She has an arrangement with a man for a no-strings-attached relationship, that provides cultural and other, more intimate, benefits, however she does NOT want, or NEED a relationship, as it causes problems.

“Dealing with members of the opposite sex isn’t that dissimilar from training a dog; you need to be firm and persistent.”

Her brother Edward is the “Golden Child” and she has always been slightly resentful of him because of this, he doesn’t work and hasn’t contributed to the help with their mother’s care during her illness.

When their mother suddenly passes away, Susan is horrified to find out at the reading of the will, that her mother has left the family home to her brother, not only that, he has moved his friend into the house, and he SMOKES!! This simply Will. Not. Do

And then to add to a bad situation, she finds out that she is pregnant at 45!

I really enjoyed this story, Susan was quite difficult to like at the beginning, because she came across very emotionless, however as you begin to get to know her better, you start to realise that this is part of her quirky personality, and she copes with things this way.

🎧🎧

Narration for this was fabulous, Katherine Manners did a fantastic job with the accents and the characters.

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A New Binge Worthy Series

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

Reviewed: 24-06-19

Well, I have found myself a new series to binge, I can't wait to read the next one in this series, I was on the edge of my seat for most of it.

A genre that I wouldn't usually read was being banded around on a FB group that i am in, then I heard the narrator, Julia Whelon.....and I was invested.

I promptly bagged the who series on KU and upgraded the Audio's for £3.47 each!!! what a bargain!

Told in the POV of Cassie, we see her in her home town of New York, there seems to be some sort of "flu" epidemic that is sweeping the city, so people are being quite cautious, but until she gets a call from her friend explaining that people are dying and there is no cure does she really start to worry.

Her friends tells her to get out of town immediately, so her and her friends try and do just that, except it turns out that the people that are dying from this epidemic, have not done being dead yet!

This was such a great story, I was so invested in all of the characters, and they were all brilliantly narrated by the awesome Julia Whelon, one of my favourite narrators, ho bought every one of them to life in my head.

This is not a gory book, there is a little gruesome talk, but nothing too bad, if you liked The Walking Dead then you will probably like this, as it is about a group of people trying to survive.

Try it, You never know, you might like it!!

Jason Clarke is singing THIS IS NOT A DRILL!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 24-06-19

I've said it before and i'll say it again, if you want to listen to a great romance audio, then you should listen to Lauren Blakely.

Why?

Because she spends so much time on her audio books as she is an avid listener, she ALWAYS delivers with the narrators that she picks, and her stories are ALWAYS sweet, sassy and low drama.

And if you are really lucky, (such as this book) you will also get some swoon worthy singing in it YES I SAID SINGING!!

This gorgeous book was narrated by Jason Clarke, and the Queen of Romance narration, the stunning Miss Andi Arndt.

So if you want to be swept off of your feet with yet another cracker of a story by Ms Blakely, then you should really grab this one.

Not only do you get the brilliant story of Sloane & Malone, a friends to lovers story, with some great crooning from Jason Clarke (Swoon) you also get your hands on the Novella for book 1.5 in the Sinful Nights series, which will have you desperate to get your hands on the full series.

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A fab fun read

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

Reviewed: 22-05-19

Bella Tyson is a famous author, her genre is crime and she loves to write a good old Murder Mystery, but there is one thing holding her back at the moment, and that is writers block, after a messy and bitter divorce a couple of years ago, she just can't seem to get back into the swing of it.

She receives an email from a fan who offers her an apartment in Venice to help her with new ideas for her new novel.
Bella obviously jumps at the chance, and soon starts thinking of ideas for her new book.

After arriving in Venice and meeting the very dashing Will, the two set off to see the sights of Venice, well until the murders start happening obviously!

This is brilliant for Bella as she can use these brutal murders for inspiration for her book, but then weird things keep happening that she can't explain!

A super fun read, I loved Bella's character, she used humour a lot to get herself out of situations, and I love her for that as I tend to do the same thing, although not as brilliantly as her!

Expertly narrated by Deryn Edwards, who bought Bella's character to life and showed her sparkling personality.

A short listen at only 6 hours, and well worth grabbing!

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Guaranteed to make you smile!

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

Reviewed: 22-05-19

This is a revamp of a previous book with added extra's

Lauren Blakely is a master at this type of story, I always find myself with a cheesy grin on my face, her love stories and humour make her one of my favourite authors.

This story was no different, fun filled and swoony to the maximum.

As always Lauren thinks about her audio audience, so always pulls it out of the bag when it comes to top notch narrations, this story having the dream team that is Andi Arndt and Sebastian York.

Guaranteed to put a smile on your face, grab this one as soon as you can!

Stick with it

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

Reviewed: 17-04-19

Just finished, wow ............... I can't speak yet.
I need to take it all in.


6 hrs later. ...

It's taken me a while to write a review on this book as I'm not sure how to.

It is pretty much what has already been said about it.

For the first 3/4 of the book I had absolutely no idea what was going on, who was who, and what they had to do with each other. And then all of a sudden BAM it hits you.

It literally has you going NOOO hang on a minute ...........

My father took one hundred and thirty-two minutes to die.
I counted.
It happened on the Jellicoe Road. The prettiest road I’d ever seen.

I mean you have to read it just because of that right.

By the end I was crying, not ugly crying like I did in TFIOS but tears were shed, and that is what makes a great book!

So read this book, suck it up and keep going with it, even if you think as I did 'I don't care how bloody brilliant it's supposed to be, I'm adding it to my DNF pile' you should not miss this beautifully crafted and wonderful gift.

Narrator Love

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

Reviewed: 17-04-19

I love a YA love story, yes they can be a little Insta-love, but they are great, you can get lost in a fabulous book for a few hours, and when you look up, all is right with the world!

I loved the fact that this was not only told in dual POV, but it also goes into the background of some of the other characters so that you can see why they are the way that they are

Narrated as always beautifully by Bahni Turpin with Raymond Lee and Dominic Hoffman who are 2 new narrators for me, but made this book sound so good

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Reason to Breathe cover art

Prepare to be shocked

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

Reviewed: 17-04-19

Emma is living with her aunt (Carol) and uncle (George) as her father died and her mother turned to alcohol and couldn't look after her.

She is an above average student with excellent results, and a brilliant sports person, so much so that she has coaches coming to watch her from other universities to snap her up.

Her best friend Sara is the most popular girl in the school, and she is also being crushed on by a gorgeous new guy in her classes that all the girls are swooning over.

So why is she not happy?
Why does she not want to be noticed by anyone?
Why does she not have any other friends.
Why does she wear long sleeved baggy clothes all year round?

This book had lots of emotions for me, genuine gushiness, swooning, and gasps of horror!

And ending ...THE ENDING !!!!