Sample Sunday — At Peace by Kristen Ashley

Posted August 18, 2019 by FMA in Audible, Sample Sunday

Sample Sunday 2

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a SAMPLE SUNDAY. In fact, the last post made was also a Kristen Ashley story, which I proclaimed to be one of the best audio’s I had listened to! (find that review here)


This rating is purely for the narration of this book.

I was so looking forward to listening to this story. I have had this audible version forever. It sat on my phone, staring at me like an unopened Christmas gift — taunting me. But I wanted to cherish it so I waited, because this is one of my favorite KA stories and I just knew this was going to be special. And also, when you invest a great deal of money and 23 hours and 9 minutes of your time, you expect it to be amazing.

Only it wasn’t.

This narrator was awful. She did not do the story justice, in fact, had this been my first exposure to the story, I would have given up and never would have read it, and therefore, would never have gotten to experience Joe Callahan in all his Alpha glory.


* I had to increase the speed, because I was falling asleep with the pace.

* Where there needed to be pauses and voice inflections there weren’t any, and where there didn’t need to be any, there were many.

* Men’s voices don’t “have a lilt” at the end. Alpha males don’t sound like prepubescent boys— or at least they shouldn’t.

* The swallowing — look, I get it, we all have saliva — but I don’t want to hear you rid your mouth of it


** Joe Callahan

Do yourself a favor, read the book and stay far away from this version!

at peace audible

At Peace

By: Kristen Ashley
Narrated by: Olivia Porter
Series: The ‘Burg, Book 2
Length: 23 hrs and 10 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 05-12-15
Language: English
Publisher: Audible Studios


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?

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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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