Kissing Under the Mistletoe by Bella Andre Narrated by Eva Kaminsky

December 19th, 2013 kimbacaffeinate Review 26 Comments

19th Dec
Kissing Under the Mistletoe by Bella Andre Narrated by Eva Kaminsky
Kissing Under The Mistletoe
by Bella Andre
Series: The Sullivans #10
Published by: Oak Press
Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Audible
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star

The Sullivan siblings have captivated the hearts of listeners worldwide, and this Christmas, New York Times best-selling author Bella Andre shares the love story that started it all... For Mary Sullivan, Christmas is, and always has been, about family. And this year is no different. As she awaits the arrival of her eight children and their partners at the cottage in Lake Tahoe, she hangs the ornaments that they made for her over the years. Each decoration brings with it a tide of memories, all of which she holds dear to her heart. But when she comes across the oldest ornament, the one her beloved husband, Jack, gave her on their very first Christmas together, Mary is immediately swept back to the first days of their whirlwind romance, to the love that would be the foundation on which they built the family she is so proud to call her own. Join the Sullivans this Christmas for a story that explores the wonder of the holidays, the meaning of family and a love that transcends time.

What? Wait a minute… has Kimba over at Caffeinated Book Reviewer lost her mind? Didn’t she already review this book? Relax peeps take a sip of your cocoa I haven’t lost my mind. Thanks to audible.com I was offered a change to review the audio version of Kissing Under the Mistletoe by Bella Andre. Since I am new to the audio book world, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to compare reading vs listening.

Mary Sullivan is alone at their cottage on Lake Tahoe waiting for her children, their spouse and her grandchildren to arrive. She is pulling out family ornaments and reminiscing over the memories of each. Then she opens an important box and carefully removes two very special ornaments. As she holds them, she remembers her beloved husband and how they fell in love. Wildly romantic, and sweet I fell in love with Mary and Jack.

Listening to the audio was a different experience then actually reading the book, and to be honest sometimes I liked the narration in my own head better. As I listened Eva Kaminsky slowly won me over, and I quickly settled into listening to this wonderful romance unfold. I loved Jack and Mary’s whirl-wind romance and Andre’s wonderful writing style translates well to audio format. I was a little nervous as to how the kissing scenes would translate, but it worked out well, and I found myself swooning all over again. Eva doesn’t rush, and she gives voice to each character. This is new to me so stick with me as I navigate this review. I want to say her timing was good, in other words she paused at the right moments and used the right pitch when expressing passion or humor. Does that make sense? She left me eager to try more audio books, and I hope to bring you a new one each month.

Read my thoughts on Bella Andre’s Kissing Under the Mistletoe

 

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About Bella Andre

Known for “sensual, empowered stories enveloped in heady romance” (Publishers Weekly), her books have been Cosmopolitan Magazine ”Red Hot Reads” twice, have been translated into ten languages, and her Sullivan books are already bestsellers in Brazil. Winner of the Award of Excellence, The Washington Post has called her “One of the top digital writers in America” and she has been featured by NPR, USA Today, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and most recently in TIME Magazine. She has given keynote speeches at publishing conferences from Copenhagen to Berlin to San Francisco, including a standing-room-only keynote at Book Expo America. If not behind her computer, you can find her reading her favorite authors, hiking, swimming or laughing. Married with two children, Bella splits her time between the Northern California wine country and a 100 year old log cabin in the Adirondacks.

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26 Responses to “Kissing Under the Mistletoe by Bella Andre Narrated by Eva Kaminsky”

  1. Trish

    Love the plot synopsis but just as I suspected when I started to listen my mind wandered all over the place. I just prefer to read rather than listen.
    Thanks for the chance to listen though, it has made me want to read the book 🙂

  2. Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    If the narrator is good enough, he or she can ‘save’ a book for me. I can think of so many books I know I wouldn’t have enjoyed nearly as much on paper. Fortunately, saving wasn’t necessary here since you enjoyed both versions, even if you do sometimes prefer reading. 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      That is interesting and I wondered at times where I loved a book and those who listened to it on audio did not or the exact opposite. I am going to be reviewing one a month now and I am anxious to see how it goes.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I listen while cleaning and cooking but my favorite is right before bed. I snuggle under the covers with my ear buds in and close my eyes. Now I feel asleep one night listening to Outlander and when my husband woke me up and told me I feel asleep with my ear-buds in I answered, “Aye, so I did”. With an accent I might add! :snort:

  3. Lupdilup

    Great Kimba! I have this on deck for my next listen, it’s good to know the narrator did a good job 🙂 I’m so happy you’re finding the audiobooks’ magic, and you are totally right, the audio adds another dimension to the novels, a good narration can sometimes be better than our inner voice.
    I’m on my way to Philadelphia, so I won’t be on line much, I want to wish you and your family a very marry Christmas!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      thanks Loupe, I hope your Christmas is wonderful too. I wish I was going home to Philly too. Be safe and merry!

  4. Lindy

    I have tried to read audio books, but I find they put me to sleep or I end up daydreaming. I tend to like reading the book myself. I can see how it would be a different sort of experience reading the book versus listening to the audio. This lady seems like she was a good narrator of the story. I’m glad you enjoyed this audio experience. Great Review Kim!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      thanks Lindy, it does take sometime to adjust, and while I think I will always prefer books, I do like listening each night before I go to sleep.

  5. Victoria (aka Zemfirka)

    For me liking an audiobook has very much to do with the narrator. Before I started listening to audiobooks I always thought I would hate it and wouldn’t be able to do that, but now – I can’t imagine not having them. I love commuting and driving around because I have audiobooks to keep me company and there are some really great ones out there.

    Glad you had a good experience. I’ll look forward to more audiobook reviews from you! 😉

    Victoria (aka Zemfirka) recently posted: Book Review: City of Lost Dreams
    • kimbacaffeinate

      My commute is less then 4 mins, so I usually listen while cleaning or right before I fall to sleep at night. It does take some adjustment and while I will always prefer reading it is nice to rest my eyes and just listen..LOL

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I agree with that, I can read a book in 2-3 hrs vs 14 hrs of audio. This is why I listen to only one at a time for 30 mins a night.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It took me a little while to get comfortable with them. The more you listen the easier it gets. I like to clean with ear buds and listen

  6. Sharon - Obsession with Books

    I really struggle with audiobooks, I end up wandering around the house and miss bits and pieces or they seem to take me forever to get through but I’m pleased to see you enjoyed this one. It was nice to see you compare the physical read over the audio.

    I love the sound of this series, Bella Andre is always fabulous!

    A lovely review.

    Sharon - Obsession with Books recently posted: Review: Her Sexiest Mistake by Jill Shalvis
    • kimbacaffeinate

      While I will always prefer reading over audio I do find that with practice I am enjoying them.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I read way faster too, but I am finding I like to listen to one a month as it lets me listen before bed 🙂