Pretty Things: The Rock and Roll Fantasy Collection : A Rock and Roll Fantasy

  • by Diane Rinella
  • Narrated by Hollie Jackson
  • Series: A Rock and Roll Fantasy
  • 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This special set includes the first three standalone books in the collection including an extended version of Queen Midas in Reverse.
It's a Marshmallow World (novella).
Once upon a time, Darla was given a mystical gift, along with an ominous message. Now, meeting Chris puts her head in a spin. Could it be that gift from long ago holds the key to their happiness?
Scary Modsters...and Creepy Freaks (novel).
A fantastical romance involving a woman, the music that fuels her, and her Ouija board.
Rosalyn possesses a sunny personality that is laced with quirks. Although she seeks acceptance in a world where she lives out of time, what she gets is ridiculed for her eclectic wardrobe and unconventional music collection.
One fateful night, Rosalyn bewitches Niles, a stylish man whose offbeat character perfectly complements her own. Unfortunately, he possesses a critical flaw that means relationship suicide for him and pretty much anyone.
While under the influence of insomnia-impaired judgment, Rosalyn summons Rock 'n Roll deity Peter Lane back from the dead. Not only does he spin her hormones into a frenzy, Peter is also the precarious puzzle piece that brings sense into her world. When Niles learns that he can overcome his life-long challenge by helping Peter avenge his death, how far will he go to secure Rosalyn's heart?
Queen Midas in Reverse (extended novella).
For Jacqueline, a second date is as rare as a unicorn. She's beautiful. She's intelligent. So why is she experiencing a string of first dates that leaves her ducking behind bushes and running for buses? Contrary to her nature, trading in her heels and curling iron for an easy chair surrounded by cats sounds appealing. Is she cursed, or can she find the man who will steal her heart?


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Refreshingly Quirky and FUN...SO FUN!

Would you listen to Pretty Things: The Rock and Roll Fantasy Collection again? Why?

This fun group of friends and their stories just melt your heart! How I'd love to find a place like Mulligan's and get my closest group of friends together for a "Cheers" atmosphere of camaraderie and adult beverage. Life is much too serious, so why not have a groovy cool rock and roll fantasy set to read with characters you come to love <3

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hands down, it's Niles. Keep in mind, I'm a product of the sixties, so his funky, eclectic style made me swoon. He's such a gentleman!

Which scene was your favorite?

It was a tearful, heartbreaking moment in Scary Modsters where Rosalyn reveals something from her past. TOTALLY didn't see this coming and I actually teared up.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

In It's A Marshmallow World, I was so moved by the relationship Darla had with her Gram Gram....It's a beautiful relationship and call me sappy, but I was moved by it.

Also, in Scary Modsters, when Rosalyn and Niles finally got together, it was pretty moving and groovy too!

Any additional comments?

I'm a huge fan of Hollie Jackson - this narrator can do absolutely ANYTHING! The voices she gives to Ms. Rinella's quirky characters is pretty darn incredible.

As I said, being a product of the sixties and a huge music lover, I found these stories to be so entertaining and I look forward to more.

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- JenTheRiot "JenTheRiot"

Received free- FB group Free Audiobooks for Review

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The only way this would have been a better listening experience was if there had been a different narrator.

What was most disappointing about Diane Rinella’s story?

Let me state that I couldn’t even finish this audiobook. I forced myself to complete Part One and that was it. I attempted Part two but no.

I had so many issues with Part One (“It’s a Marshmallow World). The story seemed more like diary entries to me with a very immature/juvenile sounding main character (for example, ‘that bites’, ‘that sucks’). Instead of being able to experience the story, it was more told to the reader. As in, so-and-so did this, then she did this, etc. The story went from one scene to the next and there was barely any dialogue. Was Darla even described? If she was, I don’t even remember what she looked like besides the multi-colored hair and wild clothes later on in the story. What exactly was the point of this supposed story anyways? It didn’t catch my attention AT ALL!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I wasn’t really a fan of this narrator. She was WAY too upbeat, perky, enthusiastic, (any other positive word you can think of) and it was really annoying. It made it hard for me to focus on the story. She also lacked a variety of voices for the characters. The females pretty much sounded the same (for example, a seventeen-year old and a ninety-two-year old sounded about the same age except GranGran had a somewhat country sounding accent); likewise, the men sounded alike. When the narrator went from telling the story to being a character who was talking, most of the time I wasn’t even sure what was happening.

Any additional comments?


So the story starts off with Darla whose seventeen and then suddenly jumps to her being a different/older age. I don’t know if I missed something or what. Where they flashbacks/flash-forwards? If so, there were no transitions whatsoever.

What time period was this story supposed to be taking place during? I ask because it was weird that the main character’s friends were jealous that she had her own cell phone.

The lead character ends up asking for bleach from her sister after their gran dies. Now I don’t know if gran died while she was young…because you don’t hear anything about it until she’s obviously older and has multi-colored hair. That whole jump forward in time was really confusion.

What was with Chris? When he was complimenting/flirting with Darla and her friends and then later with just Darla, I swear it sounded like he was reading from something. It was very unnatural sounding. I don’t know if that was the way it was written or because of the narrator.

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- Melissa "I love reading! I also love looking for mistakes in what I'm reading."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-18-2016
  • Publisher: Diane Rinella