AUDIOBOOK REVIEWS GALORE Volume I

Today I have a couple of audiobook reviews for you. In Volume I you will find reviews of

LUNA AND THE LIE by Mariana Zapata
STUCK UP SUIT by Vi Keeland
THE LEARNING HOURS by Sara Ney

AUDIOBOOK REVIEWS GALORE Volume ILuna and the Lie by Mariana Zapata
Also by this author: Under Locke, The Wall of Winnipeg and Me
on December 12th 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance

Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible
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Narrator: Callie Dalton, Gomez Pugh
Length: 17h
Cliffhanger: No

Goodreads
five-stars

The problem with secrets is that they’re too easy to keep collecting.

Luna Allen has done some things she would rather no one ever know about. She also knows that, if she could go back in time, she wouldn’t change a single thing.

With three sisters she loves, a job she (mostly) adores, and a family built up of friends she’s made over the years, Luna figures everything has worked out the way it was supposed to.

But when one of those secrets involves the man who signs her paycheck, she can’t find it in her to regret it. Despite the fact that he’s not the friendliest man in the world. Or the most patient.

Sometimes there are things you’re better off keeping to yourself.

LUNA AND THE LIE

by Mariana Zapata

Callie Dalton is a narrator I’d put my money on. I KNOW she’ll deliver. I love her narration. But Gomez Pugh, a wildly underused performer, was the big surprise. His deep, a little rough voice did all kinds of wonderful things to me. I hope more authors will discover him and use his narration more often.

I loved Luna, the girl who wanted nothing more than to be loved, who had been disappointed and hurt so much in the past. She was a great heroine, she seemed needy sometimes but if you knew her history you could really understand why she needed so much reassurance. Ripley was quite a curmudgeon but through Luna I saw how kind he actually was. With Luna in his life he became lighter, sweeter without losing his edge. Ahhhh, what a man.

Mariana Zapata is a phenomenon. She knows how to build up the chemistry between the characters without them so much as touching each other faces and that over the course of, what, 500 pages? The relationships she writes about are ultra slow-burn and the culmination usually happens in the last 5% of the story. Do I care? Not even a little. The ride until then is always worth it. MZ is a slow writer and that’s something else I adore about this author – she doesn’t rush to release books. But, greedy person that I am, I want more. I need more!

AUDIOBOOK REVIEWS GALORE Volume IStuck-Up Suit by Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward
Also by this author: Hate Notes, We Shouldn't, When August Ends
Also in this series: The Coaching Hours
Published by Audible Studios, Tantor Audio on April 11th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Tropes: No
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible
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Narrator: Joe Arden, Maxine Mitchell
Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
Cliffhanger: No

Goodreads
four-stars

It started out like any other morning on the train.
Until I became mesmerized by the guy sitting across the aisle.
He was barking at someone on his phone like he ruled the world.
Who did the stuck-up suit think he was...God?
Actually, he looked like a God. That was about it.
When his stop came, he got up suddenly and left. So suddenly, he dropped his phone on the way out.
I might have picked it up.
I might have gone through all of his photos and called some of the numbers.
I might have held onto the mystery man's phone for days―until I finally conjured up the courage to return it.
When I traipsed my ass across town to his fancy company, he refused to see me.
So, I left the phone on the empty desk outside the arrogant jerk's office.
I might have also left behind a dirty picture on it first though.
I didn't expect him to text back.
I didn't expect our exchanges to be hot as hell.
I didn't expect to fall for him―all before we even met.
The two of us couldn't have been any more different.
Yet, you know what they say about opposites.
When we finally came face to face, we found out opposites sometimes do more than attract―we consumed each other.
Nothing could have prepared me for the ride he took me on. And I certainly wasn't prepared for where I'd wind up when the ride was over.
All good things must come to an end, right?
Except our ending was one I didn't see coming.

STUCK-UP SUIT

by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward

This book. Dayum. It made me laugh, made me cry and made me rage. The banter between Soraya and Graham was so brilliant. Soraya’s unconventional character pushed Graham’s buttons, who was, indeed a stuck-up suit until he met her. She stood up to this domineering man who until then treated the people in his proximity with disrespect and arrogance. She definitely took him down a notch or three.

Together, they filled a void in one another that made them perfection. I loved their candidness with each other which is why I hated the way Soraya destroyed Graham’s trust. Up until then I loved her but I have to admit that I was really upset about it. I hate the plot device of using another woman to make the good ones reconsider their feelings and choices they have. I hate that authors use the ex to plant horrible things and doubts in the minds of the new women of their former lovers. It’s getting old and I literally rolled my eyes at that.

I get that Soraya’s life was shaped by the choices of her father but, look, I have abandonment issues, I had a similar experience like Soraya but the way she went about dealing with the situation of Graham being a father by another woman would NEVER EVER cross my mind. I hated that she went that way. I hated the hurt she caused, shortly after Graham laid his heart out. Thankfully, it didn’t take her long to realize how she twisted her own experience and applied it to Graham. Graham…I loved this man. He could be rude, aggressive but he was also sweet and honest. He was incredible.

STUCK-UP SUIT was a highly entertaining, unexpectedly emotional story, narrated by Joe Arden and Maxine Mitchell. These two did an awesome job giving a voice to Soraya and Graham. Maxine’s performance made Soraya shine, portraying her sass, loving heart and her conflict. Likewise, I couldn’t imagine anyone else as Graham than Joe. He’s also pretty great doing Australian accents.

AUDIOBOOK REVIEWS GALORE Volume IThe Learning Hours by Sara Ney
Also by this author: Team Player, The Coaching Hours
Also in this series: The Coaching Hours
Series: How to Date a Douchebag #3
Published by Audible Studios on September 26th 2017
Genres: RomCom, Contemporary Romance, sports romance
Tropes: Beauty and the Beast
Format: Audiobook
Source: Audible
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Narrator: Josh Goodman, Muffy Newtown
Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
Cliffhanger: No

Goodreads
four-stars

He's not a douchebag; but that doesn't stop his friends from turning him into one.

MY FRIENDS WANT ME TO GET LAID.

So much so that they plastered my ugly mug all over campus, in bold printed letters:

Are you the lucky lady who's going to break our roommate's cherry?
Him: socially awkward man with average-sized penis looking for willing sexual partner. You: must have a pulse. He will reciprakate with oral. Text him at: 555-254-5551

The morons can't even spell. And the texts I've been receiving are what wet dreams are made of. But I'm not like these douchebags, no matter how hard they try to turn me into one.

THIS ISN'T THE KIND OF ATTENTION I WANT.

One text stands out from hundreds. One number I can't bring myself to block. She seems different. Hotter, even in black and white.

However, after seeing her in person, I know she's not the girl for me. But my friends won't let up--they just don't get it. Douchebags or not, there's one thing they'll never understand: GIRLS DON'T WANT ME.

Especially her.

THE LEARNING HOURS

by Sara Ney

I loved Rhett and Laurel’s story. Rhett isn’t a douchebag, at all. He’s one of the most endearing heroes I’ve read so far. So adorable, how he can’t believe his luck that Laurel wants to spend time with him, watch him find confidence with her. I would have liked to see the guys who were hazing him, get real punishment for their actions.
When I started this story I wasn’t Laurel’s biggest fan – she was bullying him too and I was wondering how Sara Ney would make me believe that Laurel was actually worthy of Rhett. But she did (although I felt like the way she treated him in the beginning and after she got to know him didn’t mesh. It was uncharacteristic and a huge change without any gradual growth. Nevertheless, I really loved Laurel.
Josh Goodman and Muffy Newtown are two of my favorites but I have to say that both of their French accents are horrible. I don’t expect perfection but it sounded all wrong, staccato, stilted. Ah well, I still loved their performance!

four-stars

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2 Comments

  • I haven’t had a chance to read any of these yet, but I definitely want to soon since I love the work these authors have put out!! You are correct on Callie Dalton’s narration, its such a treat to listen to her.

  • Great reviews, Astrid! I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed Luna and the Lie so much. It really surprised me with all of its mixed reviews, and I’ve been bummed to not get to it yet. Perhaps I will try the audio- when they’re really good they can make such a difference!

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