Sample Sunday | Audible Review → Audio Review Hold On by Kristen Ashley

Posted October 18, 2015 by FMA in 5 Stars - It fed my addiction!, Audible, Sample Sunday

Sample Sunday | Audible Review →  Audio Review Hold On by Kristen AshleyHold On Series: The Burg #6
Also in this series: Hold On
on September 1, 2015
Length: 21 hrs and 20 mins


Since she was young, Cher Rivers knew she was not the kind of girl who got what she wanted. A girl who could hope. A girl who could dream. She knew a happily ever after just wasn't in the cards for her. In love for years with the last bastion of the 'burg's eligible bachelors, Garrett Merrick, Cher worked hard at making him laugh. Being one of the guys. Having him in her life the only way she could. All this, knowing he was in love with another woman.

The Merrick family is known for loving deep. So when Cecelia Merrick was murdered, it marked the Merricks in a way none of them recovered from. Both Cecelia's children found love. Both turned their backs on it. But Garrett "Merry" Merrick knew in his soul: The woman he divorced years ago was the one for him. Until the night when Cher took Garrett's back, and things changed.

The Merrick family loves deep. They also protect fiercely. And with his eyes finally open, Garrett sees the woman who truly is for him, and he goes after her.

©2015 Kristen Ashley (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

I was provided a review copy; this did not influence my opinion of the book.

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Just as I adored the written version, I LOVED the audio of HOLD ON.

The narrator of Hold On was perfect for me. Erin Bennett’s intonations were spot on. She handled male and female voices with care, avoiding caricatures. There are many characters in a KA book. The narrator didn’t get hung up on that. She didn’t try to “sound like a man” or completely alter her voice  during a dialogue to designate a different character. Rather, with a slight tone change she fluidly went through the dialogue and continued the story. With one exception. Ryker. He was portrayed on one tone, one emotion – anger. While he is a force of nature, and intense, I didn’t *read* all of his parts as anger. So this was a different take on his character.

The audio experience gave clarity to some of the written word that I found confusing as I read.

The narrator was hilarious! She accurately portrayed in her voice the humor written by Kristen Ashley.  As well, she captured the emotionality of the story perfectly!




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About Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley was born in Gary, Indiana, USA and nearly killed her mother and herself making it into the world, seeing as she had the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck (already attempting to accessorise and she hadn’t taken her first breath!). Her mother said they took Kristen away, put her Mom back in her room, her mother looked out the window, and Gary was on fire (Dr. King had been assassinated four days before). Kristen’s Mom remembered thinking it was the end of the world. Quite the dramatic beginning.

Nothing’s changed.

Kristen grew up in Brownsburg, Indiana and has lived in Denver, Colorado and the West Country of England. Thus, she’s blessed to have friends and family around the globe. Her family was (is) loopy (to say the least) but loopy is good when you want to write. They all lived together on a very small farm in a small farm town in the heartland. She grew up with Glenn Miller, The Everly Brothers, REO Speedwagon and Whitesnake (and the wardrobes that matched).

Needless to say, growing up in a house full of music, clothes and love was a good way to grow up.

And as she keeps growing, it keeps getting better.

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