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The Deal

Series: Off-Campus, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 26 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (47 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

She's about to make a deal with the college bad boy....

Hannah Wells has finally found someone who turns her on. But while she might be confident in every other area of her life, she's carting around a full set of baggage when it comes to sex and seduction. If she wants to get her crush's attention, she'll have to step out of her comfort zone and make him take notice, even if it means tutoring the annoying, childish, cocky captain of the hockey team in exchange for a pretend date.

...And it's going to be oh so good.

All Garrett Graham has ever wanted is to play professional hockey after graduation, but his plummeting GPA is threatening everything he's worked so hard for. If helping a sarcastic brunette make another guy jealous will help him secure his position on the team, he's all for it. But when one unexpected kiss leads to the wildest sex of both their lives, it doesn't take long for Garrett to realize that pretend isn't going to cut it. Now he just has to convince Hannah that the man she wants looks a lot like him.

©2015 Elle Kennedy (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

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The narrator killed it for me...

I really enjoyed the story. The book wasn't the problem for me it was the narrator. I wish I had read the book cos I found the voice annoying and whiny when she switched into Hannah's pov. Garrett's pov was great, but I found myself missing bits of the story cos I couldn't stand the whiny voice. I wouldn't buy another audio with this narrator. I won't buy the next book, bcos Logans voice was super annoying as well and I know I'll hear that voice if I read the ebook. I know this is stupid but that's just my opinion.

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A great story and romance

I started with not enjoying the narrator her voice was a 💞💕little, well not my favourite but after listening for a wile I got over my judgement and really enjoyed the looming romance between these 2. I will listen to the next book in the series, so unlike a lot of other narrators that I don't enjoy It won't stop me for listening to this author.
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A stereotypical college romance book

Love the story overall. Characters were complex and left me loving them by the end . I mean it was what I expect in a college romance book. If you likes After or Beautiful Disaster you will like this book.

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  • Nancy Nurse
  • 05-11-2015

Love the book, not thrilled with the narration...

If you could sum up The Deal in three words, what would they be?

Awesome fun story -read it, don't listen

Who was your favorite character and why?

I LOVE Garrett and Hannah apart and even more together -they both have quick minds and are genuine in everything they do.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lorelei Avalon?

Alternated between a male and female narrator for Hannah and Garrett's chapters. Maybe Madeline Maby and Zachary Webber...

Any additional comments?

LOVE the book! This is one of the few books I have re-read only a few months after initially reading -the dialog between the characters and the texts back and forth made me laugh out loud while reading. I was really excited to see it was coming out as an audiobook so I could listen to the story during my crazy daily commute.

The narrated version is not at all what I expected -Ms. Avalon has a very deep and nasal-toned voice and does not fit for a 20 year-old woman OR a 20 year-old man (she is playing both characters -even though the books chapters are split between the male and female POV); her intonation is off and does not do the story justice. I found myself annoyed when really common phrases were narrated in a way that stressed words in an oddly -I have no idea how old Ms. Avalon is, but based on the narration, I am guessing she is significantly older than the characters and has never uttered similar dialogue in her everyday life.

I'm glad I only paid $1.99 to add the audio version, because I am really disappointed with the result and don't think I'll be making past the first couple of hours :-(

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  • Caro
  • 12-11-2015

Great story but...

UPDATED FOR THE ADDITION OF MALE NARRATOR

I was VERY excited to see that The Deal was being updated to include a male narrator and Christian Fox is awesome as Garrett... but I can't really change my rating of this audiobook because having the male narrator just amplifies how unsuitable the female narrator is. I would have gladly paid to purchase this audiobook again if Audible Studios had re-recorded the female POV as well. Come on Audible Studios!!! Just do it!!

I really really loved The Deal. It's one of my favourite books of the year and I was hoping it would come out as an audiobook

Unfortunately the choice of narrator has kinda rained on my audiobook parade. I understand that it's not the author's choice for the narrator as once the rights are sold, it's out of their hands, but Audible Studios got it wrong big time as Lorelei Avalon did not have the right voice for these characters. Hers was a bit whiny and there was little distinction between the male and female characters.

I'm giving The Deal an overall score of 4 stars because I love the story and the author, but I'm glad I only paid $1.99 for this audiobook. I sincerely hope Audible Studios do not use this narrator for the third book in this series

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  • Mary
  • 10-11-2015

Great book but skip the audio

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

No, I'm actively anti-recommending it. Lorelei's voice is not suited for Hannah and Garrett's playful, witty banter. She turned Hannah into a whiny girl and her attempts to perform Garrett's voice would be laughable if it didn't upset me so much. She sounded like a girl attempting to imitate her father. I have been telling all my friends who loved The Deal to avoid the audio.

What did you like best about this story?

The story is amazing. The Deal is easily one of my favorite books this year. Hannah and Garrett are individually strong, complex characters, and their chemistry, both romantic and not, is phenomenal.

Would you be willing to try another one of Lorelei Avalon’s performances?

Nope.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Not even close. I almost abandoned it within three minutes. It was painful to continue.

Any additional comments?

I can only hope Lorelei won't be chosen for The Score.

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  • ❤️ Cyndi Marie ❤️
  • 14-01-2018

✫✫ 4.5 Stars ✫✫

I really enjoyed this book! It was so refreshing to listen to a New Adult book without the immature drama. This book had hockey players, great friendships, a great love story which wasn't an insta-love woohoo and was pretty sexy too. I really like both main characters, they were both strong because of their past and ready to move past that all. They really were a great match for each other and brought out the nest in each other. I'm excited to listen to the rest of the series now!

The narration did seem a little to old for these 20 year old's but she still did a good job.

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  • Becky
  • 19-11-2015

Awful narrator

Great book. Great story. Terrible narrator. A college girl that sounds like she has either smoked 4 packs of cigarettes a day or is not even a girl but a man that is doing a horrible job of trying to be a woman, just kept throwing me. Add in the fact that the guys sounded like pre-pubescent boys, all with the exact same voice and I just couldn't get into the book. Way too distracted to really enjoy this book. Want to listen to book 2, but won't even buy it because I can't listen to the narrator.

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  • ADV
  • 03-11-2015

I love this story, but...

I loved this book, and I loved her other book The Mistake. Unfortunately, it loses something in the audiobook. The narrator is talented as a female narrator. However, I will never understand why authors (or is it the publisher's decision) who write books with alternating POVs elect to use only 1 narrator for the audiobook. The suspension of disbelief is difficult when the tough hockey player hero sounds like a girl with a cold instead of a guy.

Other than that, it really is a fun story that made me smile all the way through. Unless you need the audiobook because you have a long commute, read the book.

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  • Danni
  • 16-11-2016

Could have been better

I loved the story, but the narration ruined it. Lorelei is not a bad narrator but her voice didn't fit Hannah's character. Also they really should have had a male narrator for Garret's part. Because of this, it took me a long while to get into the story.

Once I was able to get past the narration, I really enjoyed the story. It's very funny and sexy. I Would recommend skipping the audio and just reading the book.

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  • AvidReader
  • 20-02-2016

Good book, poor execution

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The voice actor.

What did you like best about this story?

This book is hilarious. I love how Elle Kennedy makes stories relatable and fun to read.

What didn’t you like about Lorelei Avalon’s performance?

I get that this is a book about college kids, and college kids can be whiny, but good grief. She has the uncanny ability to make every single character sounds like a whiny toddler, which is a shame because this is one of my favorite books/series. I regret buying the next book on Audible now.

Any additional comments?

If you can get past the poor performance, this really is a good book. Your money would be better spent on the ebook or dtb.

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  • Christy
  • 10-11-2015

Loved the book, didn't care for audio

I read this book a while back and was so excited to hear it would be an audiobook (it's how I prefer to reread old favorites). I was not impressed with this narrator. Every supporting female character sounded the same as one another, and the males were the same way. I've listened to some narrators where there was no doubt who was speaking among many characters - not the case here. And why didn't Garrett have a male narrator for his chapters and parts? It was really weird that she narrated his thoughts and stuff. I won't be buying the second book, which has different main characters but still the same narrator.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-11-2015

good read

like it a lot kinda hate the voice computer sounding to me but I like the story

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  • Jessica Wolfe
  • 14-01-2018

Couldn't Continue

I wanted to like this book, but it is slooooow and the narrator was awful. Almost an hour in the lead characters had only had one conversation and the reader's style which sounds like a stoned Valley girl - laconic, flat and bitchy - got to much for me and I had to stop.

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  • cj
  • 02-12-2015

Great story, disappointing narrator

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I have read the book and enjoyed listening to the story as it highlighted things I had skipped when I read it

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Deal?

the first time Hannah and Garrett kiss

Would you be willing to try another one of Lorelei Avalon’s performances?

yes but I did find her voice irritating and I didn't like the way she read the male parts

Could you see The Deal being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

yes - it would be a great movie/tv series.

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  • Ellen Gene Long
  • 23-09-2019

Christian Fox the narrator makes you love Garett

Christian Fox is the best male narrator I have read a book by. I read the other books and they aren’t as good as the first one in terms of narration.

Garett is the dream guy! Would highly recommend!

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  • Emily Maynard
  • 04-09-2019

The Deal, A Must Read x

OMG what an amazing Book, I LOVE IT!!!!!
Its a must read! x

The Love hate relationship at the begin of this and the hidden personal life storys are amazing too.

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  • Ola
  • 14-08-2019

if you're in doubt - buy it is awesome

I was anxious about this audiobook based on the reviews criticising narrators, but after listening to the whole book, I disagree! Christian Fox is doing excellent job, I would even say it is not much as narration as voice acting. He brings Garrett to life. Lorelei is okay, but requires getting used to her slow tempo. As for the book itself, the book is awesome. The story is hilarious, both characters have real chemistry that you can feel as the story progresses.

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  • debbie
  • 08-08-2019

Loved the book but awful narrator

The only thing that put me off this book was the god awful female narrator, seriously it was so off putting I almost stopped afew chapters in. Other than that I loved it

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  • Woody
  • 25-06-2019

Good story - didn’t enjoy the narrator

I was a little disappointed with this audiobook - I’ve got the kindle version and thoroughly enjoyed the story, but the narrator wasn’t as good as others I’ve listened to. She is also the narrator for book 2 (The Mistake) then there are different narrators for books 3 & 4. I’m gonna stock with it as I’ve also read book 2 previously and am looking forward to exploring the rest of the series.
All in all - enjoyed the story, it’s a nice, easy one, and whilst at times I didn’t like the narrator, I still managed to make it through the audiobook!

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  • Nix
  • 29-01-2019

Narrator ruined this too much to finish

I enjoyed this on my kindle and so purchased in audio so I could enjoy it whilst doing housework. The narrator's voice is just too annoying to finish, I really like this story but audio is just not for me.

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  • IWantSunshine
  • 01-01-2017

Excellent!

Excellent! A masterpiece! I really really loved this book from the very beginning to the very end. Great story line, great story telling, great characters, great conversations. Highly recommended if you like the genre.

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  • Rachel Reads
  • 11-03-2016

Brilliant

Great story, well written and beautifully paced.
I really enjoyed how the relationship developed. The author addressed some sensitive issues with delicacy. I agree with some of the other reviews - if there is a large male percentage of the book that is from the male POV then a male narrator should be involved; That said the narrator did a good job, considering the different voice overs she had to do.
Memorable bit - G's hysterical laughter when they are being intimate for the first time, it's great that not all sex scenes are deep and intense.