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Violet Winters once had it all but lost it when her husband was murdered by a criminal madman. During a cold winter night Violet has to leave her warm bed to tell her neighbor to turn the music down. And that's when she meets sinister, scarred, scarily attractive security specialist, Joe Callahan. She wants to deny it, but Violet can't beat back the hunger she feels for Joe so she gives in again and again. Feeling it himself, Joe feeds Vi's hunger, breaking his own rules to keep her in his bed. Even though Violet had only one man in her life, she's sure Joe is giving her the signals and Vi decides she's ready to take a second chance at life and, maybe, love. But Violet doesn't know the dark secrets in Joe's past, secrets so soul-wrenching, they've drained him dry. With nothing left to give, Joe's determined to live his life alone and he breaks Violet's heart. Crushed by Joe's betrayal, Violet comes to terms with the fact that, no matter what signals he gave, Joe was not theirs to win. But Violet's husband's murderer is obsessed with her and heartbreak again haunts the door of the Winters home. When it does Joe is forced to face the knowledge that he can't fight Violet's pull, she's under his skin and filled him full to bursting. Joe needs to win her back and put his life on the line to keep Violet safe. But, having had it all once, can Violet endure losing Joe?

©2014 Kristen Ashley (P)2015 Audible Inc.

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  • Dar
  • 2021-06-13

A million stars!

Vi and Joe invaded my thoughts, my dreams, and my world while I listened to this book. There was just so much, so many emotions to unpack, unravel, and decipher. I either had a goofy grin on my face or my eyes were welling with tears. I’m at a loss to say anything more than that, because this was not a book to listen to, this was an event to be part of, and I was. If I could give a million stars, I would, I loved this that much <3

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Beautiful story—could’ve found a better narrator

I just want to get this out first before I tell you how amazing this book is. Olivia Porter (narrator) needs to NOT do anymore audiobooks. The whole time I could hear her chewing gum and what I believe is her stomach rumbling lol..no lie! I had my earphones on and it was just so obvious she’s chewing while she’s narrating 🤦🏻‍♀️.

More to the point.. Kristen Ashley is by far my favorite author. She just knows how to write stories that have a little bit of everything. “At Peace” is just another perfect example! I did buy this audiobook knowing about the narrator’s audible noises but it didn’t stop me from wanting to hear this story 😊. #audible1

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  • Sharon
  • 2015-06-30

One of KA's best - the Worst Narrator

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The story is perfect, but the narration was truly awful. The narrator had a flat voice, there was no distinction between characters and strange pauses. She also made Ashley's awesome sex scenes incredibly boring.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Olivia Porter?

Any of the narrators from her other series.

Any additional comments?

This is one of my top 5 stories from Kristen. I was so happy when the series came out and couldn't wait to listen to Joe and Violet's story. I am so disappointed because a bad narrator ruins even the best book. I'll just go ahead and re-read the actual book.

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  • ML listener
  • 2015-06-16

Good story, terrible narrator

Would you listen to At Peace again? Why?

No, Could barely finish it the first time. Would have enjoy reading the book much better.

What didn’t you like about Olivia Porter’s performance?

Usually try to be nice but I cringed a lot. Narrator just read words at times and was not engaged in the moment.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Enjoyed book but not audible.

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  • TerraW
  • 2015-06-12

Horrible Narrator

What did you like best about At Peace? What did you like least?

I initially liked this story the first time I read it but...I was struggling to listen to the audio

Any additional comments?

I am not sure if I just didn't notice to begin with but...the narrator starts almost every sentence with a loud inhale and it is beyond annoying. I also hear her smacking her mouth too and it started to make me crazy around chapter 7. Did they not give her any breaks or what?

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  • Sandra Dabelema Iheme
  • 2015-06-01

Very Poor Narration!

Would you try another book from Kristen Ashley and/or Olivia Porter?

I would try another Kristen Ashley book but not one narrated by Olivia Porter.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Story line is okay

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Olivia Porter?

Julia Whelan

What character would you cut from At Peace?

Bonnie

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  • awhit333
  • 2015-07-18

Loved it!

Violet lost her husband and father of her two daughters a year and a half ago when he was shot by a criminal madman in the line of duty. She has left Chicago and moved with her daughters to "the Burg" in Indiana to try and move on with her life. She meets her neighbor Joe when she has to go over in the middle of the night to ask him to turn down his music. Joe is a big intimidating security specialist who intrigues Violet even as she fears him a little. Joe is definitely attracted to his neighbor and soon they are both giving in to their physical attraction to one another. Joe's past has left him void of many emotions and with strict rules about relationships. He pushes Violet away, but can't deny that she and her daughter are getting under his skin, a feat no one has accomplished for over 17 years.

I am a Kristen Ashley fan, and one of the things I love about her is that after every book of hers I read (or listen to) I'm sure I'll never like another book of hers more. I loved the first book in this series, and had my usual reluctance going in hoping that I would like this one as much as "For You". I loved this book even more than I thought I would. Violet was an easy character to care about immediately. I was connected to her right away and stayed engaged throughout. She is someone who has faced the kinds of loss that would easily cause other people to be crippled by grief or bitter and angry. Violet has definitely grieved the loss of her husband, but she has done her best to find joy in the life she creates for her daughters. She is kind and loving, and it was each to cheer her on. Joe was a very intriguing character. We know he has a past that caused him to build an emotional wall and alter his life and future plans. Getting to know Joe slowly as we learn more and more about his life was something that kept me hooked into the story. The physical chemistry between Joe and Violet is off the charts!

The peripheral characters in this story (as with all Ashley books I've read) are important and wonderful in their own right. In addition to the main characters, we get to know families and friends, and neighbors. We get to feel that we are part of this town and invested in its residents.

I experienced a wide range of emotions throughout the duration of this book, and anytime an author can get me feeling along with the characters, or just having strong feelings about what I want to happen, I am thrilled. Another thing I appreciate about this book in the length and pacing. We really have enough time to get to know everyone and are all the more invested as the events of the story unfold. I adore this author, I adore this series, and I can't wait to continue the journey.

I found the narration to be unobtrusive (which is a compliment). At no point was I taken out of the story or distracted by the narrator.

*A copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review

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  • Jana Menefee
  • 2015-06-07

Good story, below average performace

Is there anything you would change about this book?

A different narrator would be good. This one stumbles, stammers and sounds bored.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

most of the time she sounds bored. sometimes she stumbles and stammers. she's obviously uncomfortable with the sex scenes. not a good match for this author.

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  • ❤️ 🎧 Cyndi Marie 🎧 ❤️ Audiobook Addicts ❤️ 🎧
  • 2020-11-27

✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

I'm loving this series. The suspense is great and the romance is perfect. I love the perfect balance between the too. Joe is a great character, He is bossy and protective but he has demons and that really make his not so sweet side understandable. Vi is a strong women who has been through a lot and is still pushing forward for her girls. She is a great mom but she is also a women with a serious attraction to the guy next door. Their relationship is off the charts hot and so sweet too! Great story line and loved that we still get some of the characters from book 1.

Narration was great.

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  • Lan
  • 2015-06-16

Can't stand the swallowing!

Would you try another book from Kristen Ashley and/or Olivia Porter?

Love KA cants stand Olivia Porter reading

What didn’t you like about Olivia Porter’s performance?

Everything!! Everyone sound the same and she constantly swallowing all the time so much saliva and spit its so annoying I can't concentrate on the story

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I love the story KA as always gets my 5 stars points off for the narration

Any additional comments?

this series for some reason have a different narrator for each book but choose carefully please I've never had a complaint on the narration on her books except this one

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  • Kim S. Owens
  • 2015-05-27

Joe and Vi - Good Love

My favorite Ashley book, but quite disappointed with choice of narrator. Kind of "flat" audio performance.

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  • 2015-05-14

Wonderful book-Awful audiobook

At Peace is in my top five favorite Kristen Ashley books so it pains me to say this audiobook was so bad I actually made my first return to Audible. The narrator showed next to no change in voice between characters; it was almost impossible to tell the difference between the characters. Joe, wonderful, amazing, HOT Joe, should not have sounded the same as Violet's 14 year old daughter. Ick. I made myself listen long enough to hear 7 different characters voices and honestly, had I not already read the book several times and been very familiar with what was supposed to be happening, I would not have had a clue as to who was speaking. Advice: Read the book. The story is beautiful, sexy, funny, suspenseful, everything Kristen Ashley does so well. Do NOT listen to this book.

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  • zibiline
  • 2021-04-12

déçue

At peace est l'un de mes livres préféré de KH. J'ai du déjà le lire 3 ou 4 fois. J etais donc impatiente de pouvoir en profiter en audio. Mais quelle déception ! L'interprétation est d'une grande platitude, c'est particulièrement gênant lors des scènes érotiques, on dirait que l'interprète lit un mode d'emploi, je ne m'attend pas à du doublage style " porno" mais il y a quand même moyen d'insuffler un peu d'émotion. D autre part j'ai été gênée par le fait que le ton de voix employé est presque toujours le même, cela rend la compréhension difficile quand le locuteur change et que le texte ne l'indique qu'a la fin de la prise de parole, il arrive même qu'elle oublie de changer de ton en changeant de personnage ( Vi parlant avec la voix de Jo, ça fait drôle)
En conclusion, je regrette d'avoir gâché un crédit pour cette interprétation. wil vaut mieux lire le livre, quoiqu'en conduisant c'est déconseillé !