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  • Something About You: FBI-US Attorney Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Julie James
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (330)
    Story
    (332)

    Staying overnight in a luxury hotel, Assistant U.S. Attorney Cameron Lynde overhears a high-profile murder involving a U.S. senator. Special Agent Jack Pallas is assigned to the investigation - the same Jack Pallas who still blames her for nearly ruining his career three years ago. Now the pair will have to put their rocky past behind them, focus on the case at hand - and smother the flame of their sizzling-hot sexual tension.

    Noirbear says: "Fun times with the FBI"
    "Sweet and Fluffy - an enjoyable listen"
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    Is Something About You great fiction? Definitely not. But it is a well-written chick fic featuring an intelligent woman and an interesting mystery - worth a few hours of relaxation and enjoyment. The first 10 minutes of evesdropping on someone else having hotel sex is a bit off-putting, but if you can get beyond that the result is worthwhile.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Splendour Falls

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (108)

    Emily Braden has stopped believing in fairy tales and happy endings. When her fascinating but unreliable cousin Harry invites her on a holiday to explore the legendary town of Chinon, and promptly disappears - well, that's Harry for you. As Emily makes the acquaintance of Chinon and its people, she begins to uncover dark secrets beneath the charm.

    MV says: "Odd story with a worse narration"
    "Odd story with a worse narration"
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    Unlike Susanna Kearsley's other stories (The Winter Sea is one of my favorite listens), I believe this story is almost entirely set in the present with only vague references to past actions. I say "I believe" because the narration was so poor that it was hard to follow. The volume was inconsistent, phrases were mumbled or repeated randomly, and there was only 1 character with a truly distinguishable voice so it is difficult to keep everyone apart. Also, Barbara Rosenblat sounds like a 2 pack a day smoker, which is frankly unpleasant to listen to.

    As for the story itself, I didn't find the characters to be particularly interesting, nor was I that interested in the "mystery"

    I pre-ordered this story based on my love of The Winter Sea, but I think this book is definitely a pass.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Fangirl

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Rainbow Rowell
    • Narrated By Rebecca Lowman, Maxwell Caulfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (198)
    Story
    (199)

    Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life - and she's really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow Series when they were just kids; it's what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere. Cath's sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can't let go.

    Bleu says: "Nerdy. Romantic and Fun"
    "A YA book about fanfiction??? It's actually great"
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    I'm the first to admit that the premise is a bit hokey...a young adult book about a girl who writes thinly veiled Harry Potterish slash fanfiction...but remarkably it works. I think this book resonates so well because it tells the story of a girl who is having a hard time growing up and finding her away in a new and unfamiliar life. Transitions are such a natural part of life, yet for many people (including me) it is hard to let go and move on. I actually loved the fanfiction aspect as well. There have been a few cultural phenomenon recently (Harry Potter and Twilight come to mind) that can be difficult to say goodbye to. RR captured that level of devotion and relative importance so well.

    At the end of the day this book feels like a warm and wonderful hug. I have recommended this book to several friends already.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (3444)
    Performance
    (1798)
    Story
    (1842)

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Prsilla says: "Really-REALLY Classic!"
    "1 voice...47 hours"
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    The Count of Monte Cristo is one of my favorite books of all time, but the narrator killed it for me. John Lee barely differentiates among the characters' voices, so while he has a very pleasant voice to listen to (fall asleep to), the 47 hours droan on and on. I was very disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Do Not Disturb

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Tilly Bagshawe
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Hotel heiress Honor Palmer dreams of revitalizing the faded Palmers Hotel into the glamorous Hamptons hot spot it once was. When she inherits the property, she finally has her chance. But she’ll have to deal with a greedy stepmother after her trust fund, a celebutante sister spending money faster than you can say AmEx, and a chic new hotel opening down the street - owned by evil tycoon Anton Tisch and run by a hot young playboy who’s got ambitions of his own.…

    Kelly says: "NOT A ROMANCE!!!!!!!!"
    "Infidelity ruins a decent story"
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    Tilly Bagshawe could have had a decent story in there somewhere, but rampent infidelity and poor morals ruined it. None of the characters were particularly likeable, and I found myself not caring what happened. The narration was pretty good though, and I managed to finish it despite not particularly enjoying it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • New York: The Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Edward Rutherfurd
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    Overall
    (744)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (367)

    New York is the book that millions of Rutherfurd's American fans have been waiting for. A brilliant mix of romance, war, family drama, and personal triumphs, it gloriously captures the search for freedom and prosperity at the heart of our nation's history.

    Chuck says: "Stunning"
    "Fall in Love with New York"
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    Edward Rutherfurd's New York follows the lives of New York families from the days of the Dutch through post-9/11 Manhattan to give the readers a unique perspective on the history and people of the greatest city on earth. The city itself comes alive as perhaps the most important character of all in the book, and what could be slow and boring is instead fast paced and exciting. ER makes the intelligent choice to not dwell too much on any one event or period, but instead drops in at key moments and fills in the gaps quickly if necessary. Mark Bramhall's narration was excellent as well. I was somewhat skeptical going in but this is the best (serious) book I have read in months. At 38 hours or so it is definitely worth a credit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Great Gatsby

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By F. Scott Fitzgerald
    • Narrated By Jake Gyllenhaal
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2662)
    Performance
    (2442)
    Story
    (2451)

    F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....

    Darwin8u says: "Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured"
    "JG has a nice voice...too bad it doesn't change"
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    Jake Gyllenhaal's voice is wonderful and melodic...perfect to fall asleep to. Unfortunately that's pretty much the effect that the entire book had on me. I couldn't differentiate between any of the male characters, and most of the time the women were no better. As for the story itself, I picked it up as one of those books I should have read in high school but skipped. I could have skipped it again. Thank goodness it was only 5 hours!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Secret Keeper

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2510)
    Performance
    (2142)
    Story
    (2152)

    England, 1959: Laurel Nicolson is 16 years old, dreaming alone in her childhood tree house during a family celebration at their home, Green Acres Farm. She spies a stranger coming up the long road to the farm and then observes her mother, Dorothy, speaking to him. And then she witnesses a crime.

    Maria says: "Kate Morton (and Caroline Lee) does it again!"
    "The last 2 chapters almost saved the book"
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    Some books start slow, but this was ridiculous. I hated the book until the last 2-3 chapters, and only then did I find anything redeeming about the main characters and the story line. If I hadn't been trapped under a sleeping baby I probably would have given up. Despite her rave reviews (and Audible's frequent "you might like this recommendation) I guess I just don't understand the appeal of Kate Morton's writing. I would definitely suggest skipping this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Beekeeper's Apprentice

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Laurie R. King
    • Narrated By Jenny Sterlin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1689)
    Performance
    (1030)
    Story
    (1032)

    In 1914, a spirited American girl named Mary Russell meets a retired Sherlock Holmes in the English countryside. Instantly realizing that Mary is gifted with astonishing deductive powers, the Great Detective emerges from retirement to join her as she tracks down a fiendish assassin.

    Yuriko says: "Wow"
    "Reads like bad Sherlock Holmes Fanfiction"
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    I had such a hard time listening to this story. It reads like bad Sherlock Holmes fanfiction, with the author writing herself in as a perfect "Mary Sue" addition. He is one of literature's great characters, yet we are supposed to believe that he can be evenly matched by a young girl? Adding insult to injury, the narrator's Sherlock voice is annoying. I'm definitely skipping this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winter Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Susanna Kearsley
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2418)
    Performance
    (2014)
    Story
    (2015)

    History has all but forgotten.... In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown. Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next best-selling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write. But then she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction....

    Martha says: "Get Out Your Hankies"
    "My favorite book of the year (so far)"
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    The Winter Sea was a wonderfully haunting romance straddling 2 time periods – modern Scotland and the Jacobite Rising of 1708. In modern Scotland the protagonist is an author who becomes inspired after visiting a castle, and begins to write a fiction-but-turns-out-to-be-true story of a love affair in 1708. The writing and narration were both superb and I found myself inspired to visit the real-life Slain’s Castle and walk the lands that she described. A fantastic listen!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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