Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: Animal Magnetism by Jill Shalvis


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Audiobook review: Animal Magnetism

Animal Magnetism audioAuthor: Jill Shalvis
Narrator: Karen White
Audio Speed: 1.25x
Series: Animal Magnetism #1
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Source: Purchased

Having burned out on listing to urban fantasy titles, I decided to go with a contemporary, small town romance to brighten my mood. Animal Magnetism by Jill Shalvis fit the bill perfectly.

Sunshine, Idaho, is a small town where everyone knows each other AND all their business. Lilah Young has lived most of her life in Sunshine, keeping everyone close in her heart, including the rescue animals she cares for so lovingly. But Lilah is lonely, and when you live in a small town, prospects are slim. So when Brady Miller comes to town, Lilah decides to take charge of her attraction and invites Brady to a short, no-strings-attached fling for the month he’s in town.

Overall, Animal Magnetism hits all the right notes. It’s a sweet, slow-burning love story between two people who must come to terms with the fact that their feelings are more than lust and desire. The slower tempo allows for the pair to develop a great friendship, making their eventual declaration of love all the more meaningful. Although in the beginning, I felt the pace dragged a little too slowly, once the author developed the world and introduced the characters, the pace moved more quickly. And don’t let the slow-burning part fool you – Lilah and Brady have incredible chemistry that they explore frequently.

The performance by Karen White is good. She nails Lilah’s sweet, strong voice, accentuating Lilah’s sensitive and caring nature, but giving her a backbone at the same time. I did find the narration a bit slow even at 1.25x speed, but it did grow on me as the story progressed. I wasn’t as keen on her permanence of the male voices, which seemed slightly too feminine to me.

In the end, I enjoyed my trip to Sunshine, Idaho, and will most certainly make a return trip in the future.

My Rating: B, I liked it
Narration: B-, I liked it, but I had a few small issues



  • I think I own this audiobook, but I haven’t listened yet. I love Karen White. I’ve only listened to her narrate Rebecca Zanetti’s books. I should move this up my list.

    • It totally has that Kowalski Family vibe going on. Enjoyable! I didn’t care for the male voices as much, but I have a feeling after listening a bit more, I won’t even notice!

  • Awwww that cover

  • Jennifer @ The Book Nympho

    I love this series! I did most of them on audio but after catching up I now read the ARCs. I prefer Karen for these kinds of romances over others.

  • I’ve really enjoyed this series. It gets better and better I think. I’ve not tried them on audio or that narrator yet. Hope you enjoy the next one 🙂

    • Thanks Anna. I love small town, happy romances, and I think I’ll really enjoy the listening to more of the series!

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