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  • Sapphic Surfer

  • By: K'Anne Meinel
  • Narrated by: Kellie Grey
  • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Can a virgin such as Ashley cope with the feelings that are building inside her for the famous surfer? Can a Midwestern girl with all the morals and hang-ups ingrained in her overcome them to actually enter into a Sapphic romance with this woman?  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Want to learn about surfing? Here you go!

  • By suerob on 18-08-18

Want to learn about surfing? Here you go!

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

Reviewed: 18-08-18

I knew virtually nothing about surfing so this was an entertaining read. Lots of facts about surfing that I hadn’t even thought about were described well. In fact, there was a lot of description and minutiae in the story, some of which was probably not necessary.
However, it was an interesting plot and I know more about surfing than I did yesterday!
Quite honestly not over keen on the narration. Found the voice a bit hard - but I’m English so that may be a regional difficulty and not necessarily a problem for anyone else.

  • Safe Harbor

  • Provincetown Tales, Book 1
  • By: Radclyffe
  • Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

A mysterious newcomer, a reclusive doctor, and a troubled gay teenager learn about love, friendship, and trust during one tumultuous summer in Provincetown. Reese Conlon, LtCol USMCR, is the new sheriff who has heads turning amidst speculation as to who will be the first woman to capture her attentions. Doctor Victoria King has been betrayed by love once and refuses to risk heartbreak again. Brianna Parker, the teenaged daughter of Reese's chief, fears her father’s wrath when he learns that she loves another girl.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Hard headed but sweet

  • By seer on 30-11-13

Super version of great story.

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

Reviewed: 21-07-18

The Provincetown stories have long been favourites of mine in written form, both in paperback and ebook. This superb audio version gives so much more, especially to these English ears!
I love Nicol Zanzarella’s voice and the range of regional accents she portrays, and the depth of emotion she gives her characters truly make her narrations an absolute joy to hear. I now seek out audiobooks she has narrated, just based on the life she breathes into her characters.
I’ve just bought the second title in the series and am happily about to tackle usually mind-numbing household tasks with unexpected vigour, knowing I’ll be back in Provincetown once more.

  • Right Here, Right Now

  • By: Georgia Beers
  • Narrated by: Paige McKinney
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Accountant and financial advisor Lacey Chamberlain doesn't consider herself a control freak. She's merely a planner-orderly, neat, and content in her tidy little life. When a marketing firm moves into the empty office next door, the loud-music-playing, stinky-food-ordering, kickball-in-the-hall staff make Lacey crazy. Marketing expert Alicia Wright is spontaneous, flies by the seat of her pants, and lives in the moment-all the things Lacey is not. She's also gorgeous, thoughtful, and seems determined to make Lacey like her. They say opposites attract, but for how long? And is that really a good idea?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So disappointed!

  • By suerob on 07-05-18

So disappointed!

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

I loved this story in book form, so much that I’d been really looking forward to listening to the narration.
☹️ Told in the first person, the narrator is fine until she begins to speak for each character. Our heroine suddenly acquires a deep, gruff voice, her love interest is a high and girly and it seems every character of note has his/her own slightly extreme modulation as if to attempt to stand out.
I gave up about a third of the way through, having realised I was just irritated and not enjoying it at all. Such a shame.
I do know reviews are subjective and others may find this narration good entertainment. What I will say is I found the speed a little slow so upped it one notch, which helped a lot.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Chasing a Brighter Blue

  • By: Gerri Hill
  • Narrated by: Nicol Zanzarella
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Photojournalist Reagan Bryant has just returned from six-month stint in Afghanistan. Haunted by the tragedy that ended her last assignment, she's searching for some peace - something to end the guilt and chase the trauma away. Two weeks at the resort hotel owned by her future sister-in-law's father seems like the perfect escape.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another cracking Gerri Hill with great narrator.

  • By suerob on 07-05-18

Another cracking Gerri Hill with great narrator.

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

Loved this written story (Gerri Hill’s book are SO good) so thought I’d give it a go as an audiobook.
Absolutely loved it! Nicol Zanzarella’s voice and ability to convey the different nuances of emotion just made this perfect.
Definitely one to return to, and a narrator I’ll look out for in future.

  • And Playing the Role of Herself

  • By: K. E. Lane
  • Narrated by: Lisa Cordileone
  • Length: 14 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 26

Actress Caidence Harris is living her dreams after landing a leading role among the star-studded, veteran cast of Ninth Precinct, a hot new police drama shot on location in glitzy LA. Her sometimes-costar Robyn Ward is magnetic, glamorous, and devastatingly beautiful, the quintessential A-List celebrity on the fast-track to super-stardom. When the two meet on the set of Ninth Precinct, Caid is instantly infatuated but settles for friendship, positive that Robyn is both unavailable and uninterested. Soon Caid sees that all is not as it appears, but can she take a chance and risk her heart when the outcome is so uncertain? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely superb

  • By suerob on 04-03-18

Absolutely superb

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

One of my favourite stories that is narrated so sympathetically and with such humour that even though I knew the twists and turns it seemed as fresh as my first reading.
Definitely five stars. And I’ll definitely look out for more books narrated by Lisa Cordileone.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Lily's Fire

  • By: Lise Gold
  • Narrated by: C.C. Sinclair
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Lily, a heartbroken editor from London, has just learned the hard way that love is unpredictable. After finding her fiancee entangled with another woman, she travels to Bali to recover from her failed relationship. River is a womanizing artist with a troubled past and serious commitment issues. She traded a successful career in L.A. for a quiet, anonymous life in Bali where she works as a tour guide on weekends. After the two meet on an excursion led by River, Lily is shocked to find herself curiously drawn to her new friend. Lily has never been involved with a woman before but she can't seem to get the charming and persuasive blonde out of her head.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining, Funny with Tense Moments

  • By suerob on 28-11-17

Entertaining, Funny with Tense Moments

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

Reviewed: 28-11-17

First of all I should explain that I was given a promo code for this Audible title and the author was previously unknown to me, as was the narrator.

On the whole I found this an entertaining story. It’s the first time I’ve listened to a story before reading it and I found that slightly odd, having no preconceived ideas or images in my head. Once I’d become used to that I settled in and enjoyed the storyline, the humour and the angst, the "will they, won't they" uncertainty (even though I hoped for a happy ending).
There were occasional slow areas when I just wanted the narrator to hurry up and get the story flowing and unfolding again but they weren’t enough to make me fast forward through the narration.
I found some of the narration a little bit too earnest and Lily's mother especially jarred every now and then. This, of course, may have been difficult for me only because I’m not used to such over-exuberance. I certainly wouldn’t reject the story just because it took me a little bit out of my comfort zone. It may be an English reticence on my part!
There were just a few minor irritations in pronunciation and one (repeated) that infuriated me. I haven’t been able to discover if C.C.Sinclair is British. If she IS, then I am appalled. If she isn’t there's still no excuse - someone should have picked up on the cringe-inducing pronunciation of High Wycombe. No, it’s NOT W+EYE+KUHM. It's WIK+UHM. Always has been. In all my 67 years, some lived not all that far away from the town, I have NEVER, EVER heard it pronounced any way other than WIKUHM.
If that isn’t enough to put you off, then I’d highly recommend this story for its humour, its well-drawn and colourful characters and interesting story line.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting listen!

  • By suerob on 18-11-17

Exciting listen!

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

Reviewed: 18-11-17

The first of two stories featuring Alex and Sarah (sequel Tumbledown). This brings two characters together, both of whom have already endured suffering, and pitches them straight into a harrowing cat-and-mouse pursuit in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State.
Alex is American, Sarah is English and the cultural differences provide light touches in this dark, gripping story.
I’d already read the book (in fact have read all of Cari Hunter’s books) before listening so knew the plot yet listening gives an added dimension that transports the listener unflinching right into the story. It’s not always a comfortable place to be but the narration is so good it’s really hard to press pause every now and then and return to real life!
Highly recommended, as are all the audio versions of Cari Hunter’s books.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping and heart-wrenching.

  • By suerob on 18-11-17

Gripping and heart-wrenching.

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

Reviewed: 18-11-17

Sequel to Desolation Point, this continuing story of Alex and Sarah is fast-moving and unrelenting in its portrayal of two women fighting to survive against a fanatic determined to kill them.
The narration brings each anguished moment compellingly and starkly to life, the harrowing passages seeming so awfully real and the tender moments so moving and loving.
Recommended without hesitation - ideally after reading or listening to Desolation Peak.