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Tara S.

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  • The Mister

  • Written 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 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully Cringy

  • By Jennifer on 2019-04-22

not as good as I was expecting

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

Reviewed: 2019-05-01

The narrators did an amzing job of keeping me interested in an uninteresting story. I wasn't foolish enough to want it to be like Fifty Shades series and was disappointed when it had too many similarities ... rich man falls for inexperienced younger woman. Been there did that.

  • The Shameless Hour

  • Written by: Sarina Bowen
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld, Nick Podehl
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

For Bella, the sweet-talking, free-loving, hip-checking student manager of the Harkness men's hockey team, sex is a second language. She's used to being fluent where others stutter, and the things people say behind her back don't (often) bother her. So she can't understand why her smoking-hot downstairs neighbor has so much trouble staying friends after their spontaneous night together. She knows better than to worry about it, but there's something in those espresso eyes that makes her second-guess herself.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I hate giving a Sarina Bowen book a bad review!

  • By Tara S. on 2019-04-12

I hate giving a Sarina Bowen book a bad review!

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

Reviewed: 2019-04-12

This is the first Sarina Bowen book I didn't like. Mainly because of the narrators. I don't understand how one narrator can mispronounce a name so mane times....but then say it correctly 2 lines later...then go back to the mispronounced version?! She will refer to the male counterpart as "Raff" then a line later she will say "Raif" then go back to "Raff" and so on ....for the ENTIRE BOOK! Then she called Johnny Rikker, RYKER....not"ricker" as in other books. That is so distracting. Sarina works hard on creating a relationship with her readers with these Character and Saskia Maarleveld (the narrator) destroys that.

  • Blonde Date

  • An Ivy Years Novella
  • Written by: Sarina Bowen
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl, Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2

As a sorority pledge, there are commandments that Katie Vickery must live by. One: Thou shalt not show up for the party without a date. Two: The guy shall be an athlete, preferably an upperclassman. Unfortunately, Katie just broke up with her jerkface football player boyfriend. Even worse, her last encounter with him resulted in utter humiliation. She'd rather hide under the bed than attend a party where he'll be. Yet staying home would mean letting him win.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • cute story

  • By Tara S. on 2019-03-30

cute story

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-30

what a cute back story to the one i just read. i got to know Andy B so now its nice to get to know him and Blonde Katie lol

  • The Year We Hid Away

  • Written by: Sarina Bowen
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl, Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2

Bridger Macaulley used to be a player both on and off the ice. But now, while his teammates chase the next hockey victory, Bridger worries that the dean will discover he's housing his eight-year-old sister in his dorm room. Juggling a full course load and a big secret, it's only a matter of time until the other skate drops.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • so good!!!!

  • By Tara S. on 2019-03-29

so good!!!!

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-29

another amazing book from Sarina! i cant wait ti get the next one... right now LOL

  • A Beautiful Funeral

  • Written by: Jamie McGuire
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt, Joe Arden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

Eleven years to the day after eloping in Vegas with Abby, Special Agent Travis Maddox delivers his own brand of vigilante justice to mob boss Benny Carlisi. Vegas's oldest and most violent crime family is now preparing for vengeance, and the entire Maddox family is a target. The secret Thomas and Travis have kept for a decade will be revealed to the rest of the family, and for the first time the Maddoxes will be at odds. While none of them are strangers to loss, the family has grown, and the risk is higher than ever.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I was Disappointed ...and so Confused LOL

  • By Tara S. on 2019-03-12

I was Disappointed ...and so Confused LOL

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-12

It's told in the point of view of everyone...the male narrator speaks all the brother chapters and the female for all the wives.....and they don't change the voices so I often forget who I am listening to. I did not like that at all....especially in past books the narrators were good about having specific voices for each family member. Another part that was really distracting is the way the narrators pronounce things very different. For example, it's always been "eek-ins" as their home town and "estis park" and now all of a sudden it's "est-teees" park and "aye-kins" for the home town. When you are 5-7 books in and feel attached to these characters it's hard to hear. Continuity is important, I feel, in series like these.

  • Crazy Rich Asians

  • Written by: Kevin Kwan
  • Narrated by: Lynn Chen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 450
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By Amazon Customer on 2017-12-12

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-08

The story was amazing and the narrator was just as enjoyable! I can see myself listening to it again!

  • Beautiful Burn

  • A Novel
  • Written by: Jamie McGuire
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Fresh out of college, Ellison Edson has fallen through the cracks of rock bottom. While staying in her family's vacation home in Colorado, her behavior has finally gained the attention of her parents - but not in the way she hoped. Cut off from the millions she's always taken for granted and left alone to fend for herself, Ellie spirals further out of control, making a mistake she can't take back.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Story - good but the narrator ruined it

  • By Tara S. on 2019-03-08

Story - good but the narrator ruined it

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

Reviewed: 2019-03-08

Her voice......so hard to enjoy a great story with that narrator. Why does everyone have to sound like they are whisper-yelling? She makes Ellison sound like Paris Hilton on the verge of crying and puking - circa 2007 and it was so annoying.
That Australian accent for the Aussies- OMG terrible. If you can't do one...then don't.
She makes Tyler sound like he is always on the toilet with marbles in his mouth.
The one and only time the narrator was clear and enjoyable was her 10 second stint as a flight attendant.

  • Beautiful Oblivion

  • Maddox Brothers, Book 1
  • Written by: Jamie McGuire
  • Narrated by: Phoebe Strole
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4

Trenton Maddox was the king of Eastern State University, dating co-eds before he even graduated high school. His friends wanted to be him, and women wanted to tame him, but after a tragic accident turned his world upside down, Trenton leaves campus to come to grips with the crushing guilt. Eighteen months later, Trenton is living at home with his widower father, and works full-time at a local tattoo parlor to help with the bills. Just when he thinks his life is returning to normal, he notices Cami sitting alone at a table at The Red.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but not as good as Beautiful Disaster

  • By Julia on 2019-02-16

disappointed

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

Reviewed: 2019-02-14

apart from the occasional error when the reader got the brothers names mixed up dot-dot. That was distracting! I couldn't get over the fact that's the big bad secret was he was his brother????

  • Overnight Sensation

  • Written by: Sarina Bowen
  • Narrated by: Jason Clarke, Savannah Peachwood
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

Heidi and I have been trading hungry looks all year, and everything she does makes me smile. But I don't do girlfriends, and I certainly can't get involved with the league commissioner's daughter. I need shots on goal, not a hookup and a widely misunderstood paparazzi photo. Can I resist her, though? The way she teases me should be a game penalty for interference with my libido.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • not the best but def not bad

  • By Tara S. on 2019-02-05

not the best but def not bad

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

Reviewed: 2019-02-05

Love Sarina Bowen books! wasnt a fan of the female voice on this story so that was a bit distracting.