Love and Other Wild Things Audiobook by Molly Harper (REVIEW)

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Review of: Love and Other Wild Things Audiobook
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Molly Harper

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On November 2, 2018
Last modified:November 1, 2018

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Love and Other Wild Things Audiobook

By: Molly Harper

Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi, Jonathan Davis

Published by: Audible Studios 9/04/18

Love and Other Wild Things (Mystic Bayou #2) by Molly Harper read by Amanda Ronconi and Jonathan Davis

4 Hearts rating image Hot Listens

Mystic Bayou #2

6 hrs and 41 mins

Paranormal Romance

Love and Other Wild Things Audiobook Sample

Love and Other Wild Things Audiobook

4 Hearts

This is the second book in Molly Harper’s Mystic Bayou series. In this book, we meet Danica Teel, an energy witch. She works for the League and has been tasked to look into the Rift, which has been leaking energy into Mystic Bayou. She’s hiding her abilities from her family. She also quite the interesting family dynamic. Her hippy father isn’t around much. Her mother wasn’t ine picture much either.

The hero of this story is the town’s mayor, bear shifter Zed. He was one of the best side characters in the first book, so I excited to see him get his own story. I was not disappointed. He is quickly attracted to Dani. He’s doing some work on the house that she’s staying in, which he proceeds to stretch out so that he can spend more time around her.

The romance on this one is really sweet. Zed’s family is so cute around him and Dani. Bael, Zed’s best friend, town sheriff and the hero of book one, is also fun as a secondary character in this story. Jillian, the heroine of book one, is Dani’s boss and makes for some fun too. I’m glad we got to spend time with her and Bael.

There is also a bit of a mystery afoot too. Someone is not only making things difficult for Dani and her work on the rift, they are making things worse. There also seems to be someone trying to remove her completely from the project, in a very permanent fashion.

Another fun addition to the series. This series is exactly what you would expect from Molly Harper. A fun paranormal series with plenty of humor, food and sweet romance. I really love Molly Harper’s characters. They are so relatable with problems that you could see in your own life or maybe someone you know. They just feel so real and funny.

Love and Other Wild Things Audiobook Narration

4.5 Hearts

Amanda Ronconi and Jonathan Davis continue to narrate this series, with each taking the chapters narrated by the heroine and hero, respectively. I’ve long been a fan of Amanda Ronconi, as she reads all of Molly Harper’s books. She does a great job bringing out the humor in her characters. This is only the second book I’ve listened to with Jonathan Davis (the first book in the series being my first book with him). I do like his narration. I think he brings out the laid back attitudes of the men in Mystic Bayou. He does read a bit slower than Amanda Ronconi. I didn’t feel quite the need to increase my listening speed with him, but it was a close thing. I know several people did adjust their speed for each chapter.

Being a huge fan of vampire movies and TV shows, I wondered, what would be the most humiliating way possible to be turned into a vampire- a story that a vampire would be embarrassed to share with their vampire buddies over a nice glass of Type O. Well, first, you'd have to make the protaganist a bit of an accidental loser. She's single, almost 30, and a librarian working in the small Kentucky town where she grew up. This "triple whammy of worry" has made her a permanent fixture on her Mama's prayer list. And despite the fact that's pretty good at her job, she just got canned so her boss could replace her with someone who occasionally starts workplace fires. She drowns her sorrows at the local faux nostalgia-themed sports bar and during the commute home, she's mistaken for a deer and then shot by a drunk hunter. And then she wakes up as a vampire. And thus, Jane Jameson and the wacky denizens of Half-Moon Hollow were born. It took me almost a year to complete and edit a draft of the book, which I planned as the first in a three-book series. I spent three months using agentquery.com to ruthlessly stalk potential literary agents. (There were a lot of lists involved, I don't want to re-live it.) I was gently rejected by at least half of them. I corresponded with some very nice, very patient people, but ultimately signed with the fabulous Stephany Evans of Fine Print Literary Management. Stephany was willing to take to the time to give me advice on how to imp Being a huge fan of vampire movies and TV shows, I wondered, what would be the most humiliating way possible to be turned into a vampire- a story that a vampire would be embarrassed to share with their vampire buddies over a nice glass of Type O. Well, first, you’d have to make the protaganist a bit of an accidental loser. She’s single, almost 30, and a librarian working in the small Kentucky town where she grew up. This “triple whammy of worry” has made her a permanent fixture on her Mama’s prayer list. And despite the fact that’s pretty good at her job, she just got canned so her boss could replace her with someone who occasionally starts workplace fires. She drowns her sorrows at the local faux nostalgia-themed sports bar and during the commute home, she’s mistaken for a deer and then shot by a drunk hunter. And then she wakes up as a vampire.

And thus, Jane Jameson and the wacky denizens of Half-Moon Hollow were born.

It took me almost a year to complete and edit a draft of the book, which I planned as the first in a three-book series. I spent three months using agentquery.com to ruthlessly stalk potential literary agents. (There were a lot of lists involved, I don’t want to re-live it.) I was gently rejected by at least half of them. I corresponded with some very nice, very patient people, but ultimately signed with the fabulous Stephany Evans of Fine Print Literary Management. Stephany was willing to take to the time to give me advice on how to imp

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Narrator: Amanda Ronconi

I am an actress, narrator and writer who divides my time between New York City and Upstate New York.  I have a BFA from NYU where I studied at the Stella Adler Conservatory.  I have performed in theaters around New York City as well as regionally at The Alley, Capital Rep and many productions at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey.

My Off-Broadway solo comedy, Shirley at the Tropicana, received critical acclaim and was subsequently featured in The New York Times.  Film and TV credits include Daydream Believer (Slamdance 2001’s Best Dramatic Feature winner), The Understudy, Deadly Sins (ID Discovery), IFC’s Get Hit and Chasing Paradise. National network and regional commercials include Chase Bank, Sony and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.  My voiceover work encompasses over 70 audiobooks available on Audible.com.

Narrator: Jonathan Davis

Narrator: Jonathan Davis

Jonathan Davis, a three-time recipient and fourteen-time nominee of the Audie Award, has earned accolades for his narration from the New York TimesPublishers Weekly, the American Library Association, Booklist, the Audio Publishers Association, AudioFile magazine, and USA Today. He has narrated a variety of bestsellers and award-winners for top publishing houses and national audio divisions, including Penguin Random House Audio, Harper Audio, Hachette Audio, Recorded Books, Blackstone Audio, Macmillan Audio, Simon & Schuster Audio, and Audible, Inc. He has narrated over forty titles of the Star Wars franchise for Lucasfilm Ltd./PRH Audio, including several iconic movie tie-ins, has participated with Star Wars Celebration, and has built a significant fan base. Jonathan’s work as a narrator includes films and programming for National Geographic Television, NOVA, PBS, VH1, and Francis Ford Coppola.

Jonathan was recently inducted into the Audible Narrator Hall of Fame.

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I like to thank Audible Studios for providing me with a copy of this Audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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ML Simmons Reviewer

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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.

    36 Comments

  1. I haven’t read any books by Molly Harper! This series sounds like a ton of fun and totally outside of my normal reading choices. I’m keen to try them out.

    Great review!

  2. I love Molly Harper’s books because they are funny and light. I will have to try this series. I like the sound of the romance and I also like that they have two narrators.

  3. I totes need them to read at the same speed!

  4. I loved book one and Zed was a scene stealer at times so I am definitely going to continue with the series. I like this narrative pair, too.

  5. I’ve liked other things by Molly and have been interested in this series since I first saw a review. I like the fact that she keeps tabs on her other book’s stars too. Thanks Melanie I may look into this further

  6. I really enjoyed this one as well. Molly Harper is the best, although so far I still love her vampire books the most. I think Amanda Ronconi is the perfect narrator for all her books. Glad you liked it too!

  7. This was a ton of fun! I do agree that Jonathan Davis reads a lot slower, but in a way that fit the laid back style of Zed. I didn’t increase my speed for him, I just accepted that that was the character. I really enjoy this series and hope there are more to come!

  8. I definitely want to pick this up. I think Kim liked it too if I’m remembering right.

  9. I have this one waiting on my Audible account. I’ve not been in a PNR mood lately but I think I’m almost there.

  10. Oh, this sounds really good, Melanie. “A fun paranormal with a sweet romance”…this works! Off to check out my library. Wonderful review!
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  11. It’s been so long since I haven’t read Molly Harper but I loved her novels!

  12. Great review. I really enjoyed book one and have plans to listen to this one. ^_^

  13. This sounds like such a fun series and I do love Ronconi’s narration. Too bad the speed of the male narrator felt slow. I have had audiobooks seem uneven like that and it does lessen the experience.

  14. I am enjoying this series – I like the overarching mystery about the riff. But I am one of those who feels AR and JD don’t quite mesh with narrative styles. Still, I enjoy and will continue to listen.

  15. oh I just adored this book so much here. Its SO SO Good!! I have been addicted to this setting and the world building. and I agree the romance in this book was so sweet and endearing.

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