2 Romantic Audible Originals

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Hi, friends!

With being home more frequently, I've been incorporating more audiobooks into my daily life - thanks to much bullying pushing by Amber. I love being able to listen to a quick audiobook while I'm doing a chore or going on a walk. When audiobooks first became big a few years ago, I was convinced that they wouldn't be for me. These days, a lot of talent and energy go into producing good quality audiobooks. They are almost like listening to a movie which can make it really fun. I'm lucky enough that I have access to various sources of audiobooks but in today's post, I wanted to chat briefly about two romance Audible Originals that I recently listened to. 

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by Nina Bocci
Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Audible Originals
Publication Date: February 4th 2021
Audiobook Length: 1 Hour 40 Minutes
Source: Audible Subscription
Star Quotient: ★★★
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷
Audiobook Production & Narration: 🎧🎧🎧🎧

A Vineyard Valentine, as the title hints, is a quick and romantic novella that takes place during Valentine's Day. Vineyard owner, Eloisa, is hosting a Valentine's Day soiree at her family's vineyard except that she hates all things Valentine's Day. This year, to spice things up, she hosts an Anti-Valentine's Day event so she can hang out with follow V-Day grinches. She just needs to run between the two events to make sure that everything is going smoothly. Very much to her surprise, she meets a handsome gentleman with who she immediately has a connection. I enjoyed listening to this very quick novella. It had a magical feel to it with the way the author described the setting. The couple had good banter and I thought the narrator made their chemistry shine through. I especially liked the conversations and games they have pushing them to interact. Don't expect a ton of romantic or character development here as the novella is only about 2 hours long. It's really just all about this one night. It was cute and it entertained me while I was cooking, so it was a good listen in my book. :)

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by Falguni Kothari
Narrated by: Soneela Nankani, Vikas Adam
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Adult
Publisher: Audible Originals
Publication Date: February 11th 2021
Audiobook Length: 1 Hour 54 Minutes
Source: Audible Subscription
Star Quotient: ★★★1/2
Kiss Factor: ✷✷✷1/2
Audiobook Production & Narration: 🎧🎧🎧1/2

The Set Up is the story of Aditi and Krishna who are set up on a blind date by their respective grandparents. Neither is overly excited about this date and they are ready to sabotage themselves so they never have to meet again. Things start off rockily but somehow these two end up liking each other much more than they anticipated. When they discover that their grandparents had a bit of a "the-one-who-got-away" type of relationship back in the day, they decide to set up their grandparents instead. Insert turns of flirty texts and encounters with Aditi and Krishna bonding. I thought this novella was super cute and I had a stupid grin throughout most of it. While both Aditi and Krishna are likable and fun, it's their meddling grandparents who are scene stealers. They are so freaking adorable and made me feel all warm and cozy. Even though I knew this was just a novella, I was a little sad at how short this listen was because the characters had such good chemistry and I think there was room to make this a promising full-length novel. Obviously, that is me being selfish because I enjoyed learning about the characters so much and would have loved to spend more time with them. As for the narration, I enjoyed it for the most part. I thought Soneela, in particular, was brilliant and really brought Aditi's character to life. Vikas Adam, I struggled a little bit with. I especially did not like his voice or accent when he was quoting the desi aunties in this book. I'm sorry I know this is a little rude but he sometimes made Krishna come across as an a-hole. His sometimes cringe-worthy performance wasn't enough to completely take away from my enjoyment of the overall story though. All in all, this was wonderful and I look forward to reading more from Falguni Kothari!

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