Books Left Unreviewed | Issue Three, Audiobooks

Books Left Unreviewed

In this third edition of BOOKS LEFT UNREVIEWED, I’m sharing my thoughts on three (3) more audiobooks that I’ve read. If you’ve missed the others, you can find issue one (which is another audiobook edition!) and issue two, all about non-fiction. You can also follow me on Goodreads for more book reviews, ratings, and recommendations. 



Books Left Unreviewed | Issue Three, AudiobooksOne Day in December
by Josie Silver
Narrated by : Eleanor Tomlinson, Charlie Anson
Published by Random House Audio
Release date : October 16nd, 2018
Genres: Romance, Contemporary Romance
Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
Source: The Publisher | Format: Audiobook
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A love story about what happens after you meet, or rather, don't meet the one.

Laurie is pretty sure love at first sight doesn't exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there's a moment of pure magic...and then her bus drives away.

Certain they're fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn't find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they "reunite" at a Christmas party, when her best friend Sarah giddily introduces her new boyfriend to Laurie. It's Jack, the man from the bus. It would be.

What follows for Laurie, Sarah and Jack is ten years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered. One Day in December is a joyous, heartwarming and immensely moving love story to escape into and a reminder that fate takes inexplicable turns along the route to happiness.

I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My Thoughts:

This was a total whim download. I kept seeing it around and without knowing exactly what it was about, decided to request it from the publisher. And I’m so glad I did!

This is a story told about first love. Friendship. Life; and spans over the course of 10 years. Which, at first may seem kind of odd and you may think, “how much can I really connect to a story that spans so long!?” But, it works really, really well. Quite honestly, it kind of needed to be spanned over some time; because hell, what happens when you DO fall in love with your best friends boyfriend?

While the story seems like one full of drama, it isn’t in the slightest. We follow Lou & Jack through those years during their ups and downs, missed chances and how they made the best out of their situation.

I will say, this is one of those books that I think I love more because of the audio. The narrators were FANTASTIC as Lou & Jack. Towards the end, I was gripping my phone (while listening) since the build-up just about KILLED ME at the end.

If you’re looking for a quick, addictive read, I highly recommend this!

Rating Report
Plot
five-stars
Writing
four-half-stars
Characters
four-half-stars
Pacing
four-stars
Romance
four-half-stars
Emotional Impact
four-half-stars
Narration
four-half-stars
Overall: 4.5


Books Left Unreviewed | Issue Three, AudiobooksThe Suspect
by Fiona Barton
Narrated by : Susan Duerden, Fiona Hardingham, Nicholas Guy Smith, Katharine McEwen
Series: Kate Waters #3
Published by Penguin Audiobooks
Release date : January 22nd, 2019
Genres: Adult, Suspense
Length: 11 hours, 30 minutes
Purchase at: Amazon (Affiliate Link) Audible
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When two eighteen-year-old girls go missing in Thailand, their families are thrust into the international spotlight: desperate, bereft, and frantic with worry. What were the girls up to before they disappeared?

Journalist Kate Waters always does everything she can to be first to the story, first with the exclusive, first to discover the truth--and this time is no exception. But she can't help but think of her own son, whom she hasn't seen in two years, since he left home to go travelling.

As the case of the missing girls unfolds, they will all find that even this far away, danger can lie closer to home than you might think..

I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

My Thoughts:

What would you do if your child was accused of a horrific crime? Would you cover for them? Turn them in? Back them up 100%? Or do everything you could to prove their innocence?

In The Suspect, we see what Kate does in this exact situation.

Told in multiple POVs, we follow Kate as she unravels the mystery of the night two teen girls go missing, and the events that lead up to their disappearance; from the girls themselves. In addition, we get a Mother’s POV. 

This book is completely engrossing! You have no idea the direction it’s going to go, and the twists that come about. I was finding excuses to listen to this book throughout the day and it turned out to be a quick read/listen. 

The narration was great, too. I always appreciate multiple narrators for multiple POVs. Fiona Hardingham is one of my favorites, and hearing her narrate a different role then what I’m used to was a pleasant surprise!

If you’re new to mystery/thriller/suspense I audio, I recommend starting here. Such a fantastic novel!

Rating Report
Plot
five-stars
Writing
four-half-stars
Characters
four-half-stars
Pacing
four-stars
Romance
four-half-stars
Emotional Impact
four-half-stars
Narration
four-half-stars
Overall: 4.5


Books Left Unreviewed | Issue Three, AudiobooksDevil's Daughter
by Lisa Kleypas
Narrated by : Mary Jane Wells
Series: The Ravenels #5
Published by HarperAudio
Release date : February 26th, 2019
Genres: Historical Romance
Length: 8 hours, 51 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Purchase at: Amazon (Affiliate Link) Audible
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Although beautiful young widow Phoebe, Lady Clare, has never met West Ravenel, she knows one thing for certain: he's a mean, rotten bully. Back in boarding school, he made her late husband's life a misery, and she'll never forgive him for it. But when Phoebe attends a family wedding, she encounters a dashing and impossibly charming stranger who sends a fire-and-ice jolt of attraction through her. And then he introduces himself...as none other than West Ravenel.

West is a man with a tarnished past. No apologies, no excuses. However, from the moment he meets Phoebe, West is consumed by irresistible desire...not to mention the bitter awareness that a woman like her is far out of his reach. What West doesn't bargain on is that Phoebe is no straitlaced aristocratic lady. She's the daughter of a strong-willed wallflower who long ago eloped with Sebastian, Lord St. Vincent—the most devilishly wicked rake in England.

Before long, Phoebe sets out to seduce the man who has awakened her fiery nature and shown her unimaginable pleasure. Will their overwhelming passion be enough to overcome the obstacles of the past?

Only the devil's daughter knows...

My Thoughts:

Ah, my heart swells so much for this series!

If you haven’t started this series, I demand you go out and find this series and start listening.

Right now.

I’ll wait.

…..

And yes, I say the whole series because you will NOT be able to listen to just one. You’ll NEED the rest!

Historical Romance is a new love for me over this past year. I now understand why Lisa Kleypas is labeled the QUEEN of HR because she writes such interesting, fun, and sexy books!

In this installment in The Ravenel’s Series, we FINALLY get West’s book. We first meet West in book 1, and he’s been such a charmer. I say he’s had the most growth of all the characters as the series has continued on. While Phoebe isn’t my favorite heroine of the series, I loved that she grew out of her shell and was able to get past the grievances of her past.

Now, this installment coincides with one of her previous series, The Wallflowers, which I did not read, and don’t NEED to read to enjoy this one. 

Mary Jane Wells is moving up on my favorites list of narrators. She does a voice for all the different characters and is able to maintain it through the series. I love it!

Hopefully, by now, I’ve convinced you to start this series. PLEASE DO! It’s such a delight.

Rating Report
Plot
five-stars
Writing
four-half-stars
Characters
four-half-stars
Pacing
four-stars
Romance
four-half-stars
Emotional Impact
four-half-stars
Narration
four-half-stars
Overall: 4.5

Tell me your thoughts

  • Have you read/listened to any of these? If so, what did you think?
  • If not, do any sound like something you’d enjoy? Why or why not

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