A Reason to Stay ~ Audio Book

A Reason to Stay: Oak Hollow, Book 1 - June Stevens, DJ Westerfield

Okay, so here are the technical details

Written by: June Stevens, DJ Westerfield
Narrated by: Meghan Kelly
Length: 1 hr and 26 mins 
Series: Oak Hollow, Book 1
Format: Unabridged
Release Date:06-13-14
Publisher: DJ Westerfield
Program Type: Audiobook


Ellie loves her hometown, job, and best friend Jake. But Jake is a ladies man that will never settle down. Ellie can't stand to see him with other women anymore, so she is packing up and leaving Oak Hollow and everything she loves to start over. A night of unexpected passion makes her start to think maybe things can work out between them, until she happens upon a secret Jake has been keeping for more than a year. Will their friendship be forever torn apart? Or will Ellie find a reason to stay


The rating on this one is hard for me, do I rate based on how the story was with narration or do I rate on the story itself…the hard part is, as an audio book the narration has a big impact on the telling of the story and while the narrator was not bad….there was something missing.  I thought she did great with the actual dialogue, however on the narration between dialogue (not sure what to call it) it was almost to fast.  I kept thinking take a breath and slow down.  I think the other hard part for me was I did not feel the narrators connection to the story…..she did not become the characters for me.  To me, the best audio books are the ones where the narrators really become the characters, they are not just reading you the story, they bring the story to life…..I’m not sure how else to explain it….but that is what was missing from the narration for me.


The story itself, a friends to lovers, was very sweet.  I think this is one that I would have enjoyed more reading instead of listening.  My one complaint would be that they waited so long to actually talk to each other about feelings….but then I guess we would not have the story…anyways that is just one of my “pet peeves” in romance books, I usually just look at my kindle or car stereo and think (or in some cases talk out loud) “Dude, just freaking talk to each other and quite wasting time”.


So, I think all in all a 3.5. I would rate the story as written 4 Stars but the narration would be 3 stars.


Audiobook provided by the Author for an honest review