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  • Beautiful Disaster

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jamie McGuire
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University's Walking One-Night Stand. Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid.

    Guiselle says: "5 things you should know before buying this book"
    "5 things you should know before buying this book"

    For the sake of transparency (so you know what your spending your credit on) I lined up 5 things I think you should know before you buy this book.

    1. The main character Abby Abernathy (nicknamed 'Pigeon' by her love interest Travis 'Mad Dog' Maddox) is eighteen going on nineteen. She's just started out college with her best friend America (Mer).

    2. The story is set in college but the dynamics between the students (and also between the main characters) seems more like high school. In other words: it's juvenile. If you're not a (very) young adult, you might end up rolling your eyes even more than Abby Abernathy does.

    3. Travis Maddox has a temper (he's quite volatile) and is physically violent. Not against his 'Pigeon' or their friends, mind you. But pretty much against everyone else. Blood splatters quite often in this book.

    4. Spoiler alert!: Somewhere past midway the book takes a turn and the cast goes to Vegas.

    5. I should have stopped at the Vegas turn, but really I can't not mention this:
    Travis, the hero, sports tribal art tattoo's.
    And later he adds a new tattoo that declares his love for 'Pigeon'. In Hebrew.
    I'm not saying anything else. Zip.

    I didn't hate it. This novel is quite entertaining at times. But the storyline is all over the place (see 4) and overall it's very, very young adult.

    If you read all of the above and you're curious. Go ahead. Buy it. I dare you. Just don't say I didn't warn you!

    110 of 118 people found this review helpful
  • Declaring Spinsterhood

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jamie Lynn Braziel
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Emma Bailey is fed up with the dating scene, and if she hears her mother nag one more time about getting married…well, she’s had it, and she wants everyone to know it. In a moment of clarity (or insanity?), she announces to the world that she will never marry. No husband and no kids; no worries about diapers, driving lessons, or divorce. Her friends are there for her, but they’re also involved in their own lives and loves, so off she goes into a world of casual dating. But what happens when the avowed spinster, the woman who has supposedly tucked her heart into a safe little space, suddenly realizes that her best friend Brian means more to her?

    Guiselle says: "Juvenile and poorly written"
    "Juvenile and poorly written"
    What disappointed you about Declaring Spinsterhood?

    The main character (Emma) acted like an overly dramatic, eye rolling, ice cream eating pre-teen.

    Would you ever listen to anything by Jamie Lynn Braziel again?

    Not likely

    Would you listen to another book narrated by Johanna Parker?


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Declaring Spinsterhood?

    All of the scenes in which the main character interacted with her mother. They made her (Emma) seem petty and juvenile.
    Oh, and all of Emma's scene's with her best friend and love interest (forgot his name). They were superficial and cringe worthy.

    Any additional comments?

    I know it seems harsh, but I would really advice others against spending their credit on this book. It's really not worth it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Northern Lights

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Gary Littman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Lunacy was Nate Burke's last chance. As a Baltimore cop, he'd watched his partner die on the street - and the guilt still haunts him. With nowhere else to go, he accepts the job as chief of police in this tiny, remote Alaskan town. Aside from sorting out a run-in between a couple of motor vehicles and a moose, he finds his first few weeks on the job are relatively quiet. But that's about to change.

    Michele says: "Makes you want to see Alaska for yourself"
    "The balance between murder and romance"

    I'm happy to report that I've finally joined the throngs of Norah Robert fans. Ok, I'm still not an avid fan, but I did like the book, and that's good enough for me.
    After decades of feeling like a pariah and thinking: Is this it?, this novel finally made me think: Ok, I think I get it. Kinda.
    Certainly a good listen. Well. Let's get to it, shall we?

    So, this guy, Nate, an ex cop, is pretty depressed after an incident in which his partner got killed. So he quits his job and moves to Alaska. ...Ok.
    So he gets there and becomes chief of police in this town called Lunacy. (Lunacy, get it? The townspeople are pretty weird and they are called Lunatics. Mrs Roberts seems to have an excellent although not very subtle sense of humor. It's funny, though, isn't it? Lunatics? LOL).
    Nate meets and falls in love with this awesome bush pilot woman Meg. Then a body is discovered on a mountain. The rest of the plot circles around this murder. Who'd done it?! :-O

    The excitement in this books comes mainly from the murder, and the search for the killer. The love between Meg and Nate seems almost placid. Maybe I'm getting mellow in my old age, but I liked that. Nice, kinda calm love. No real drama there.
    Very pleasant.
    While on the one hand, the pace seemed slow and nothing much happened with regards to Meg and Nate, on the other hand, the abundance of Lunatic (lol) characters made me feel as if a lot was going on in the overall story. I need to confess, though that most of the characters (including the main characters) seemed a bit 'flat' to me. Take Nate for example, although he was supposed to be tormented, I wasn't really convinced. The scenes in which his depression was discussed, seemed spaced out and didn't seem to tie into the whole.

    All in all, I liked the book. It wasn't spectacular, but certainly a solid suspense/ romance novel. If you're looking for a novel with a romance/ murder plot. This one's as good as any and better than quite a few. Nice descriptions of the surroundings are included. I would say the romance aspect was pleasantly there, but the murder investigative side of it was more prevalent.

    The narrator has a very nice voice, by the way. My only problem, and that's one of my pet peeves, so please indulge me, is that male narrators sometimes tend to 'overdo' female voices or intonations. I found that mr. Littman's (narrator) rendition of Meg (and of her mother) sometimes tended a bit towards a caricaturization.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • I Don’t Care about Your Band: What I Learned from Indie Rockers, Trust Funders, Pornographers, Felons, Faux-Sensitive Hipsters, and Other Guys I’ve Dated

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Julie Klausner
    • Narrated By Julie Klausner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In the tradition of Cynthia Heimel and Chelsea Handler, and with the boisterous iconoclasm of Amy Sedaris, Julie Klausner's candid and funny debut I Don't Care about Your Band sheds light on the humiliations we endure to find love - and the lessons that can be culled from the wreckage. I Don't Care about Your Band posits that lately the worst guys to date are the ones who seem sensitive. It's the jerks in nice guy clothing, not the players in Ed Hardy, who break the hearts of modern girls.

    L. Calder says: "As flirty as a pleated skirt"
    "The morning after: Coffee with Klausner"

    I actually really liked this book for three main reasons:

    First of all: the book is both written and narrated in a very close up, witty and informal manner which really drew me in from the start. It felt like I was sitting in a coffee shop on a Saturday afternoon with one of my funnier girlfriends, listening to her dish about her unfortunate love life. (This setup could either go very well or go terribly wrong, mind you...).

    However, secondly and thankfully: Klausner is funny! No dramatic accounts, but what the Dutch like to call sweet/sour stories. Stories that make you see the absurd and comical in "common", sometimes sad, situations. Klausner delivers these stories with a great sense of comedic timing which made me both cringe and laugh out loud.

    Third and most important of all, Klausner really knows how to juggle with words. I love it when books have (for lack of a better description) a balanced sequence of both words and sentences. This book felt a lot like that. Nice sentences, nice rhythm. Makes you want to read it on paper after you've heard it. Since I'm no writer, that's the best I can explain it. Nicely written.

    So you're sitting over a latte with you're pal Klausner and she tells you all about these guys she's dated.. Sometimes she's pretty harsh and she tends to be a bit heavy handed with the gay and lesbian references (not in a negative way)... but she's funny, so you're laughing.

    However, it is a pretty one sided conversation and Klausner's cleverly phrased stories may prompt you to hit the pause more than once or to go back 'cause you just missed on of the many jokes she's able to fit in a single sentence, but heck... You asked to be entertained and if that's what you're after, this will be a credit well spent!

    One quick word of warning: her fast pace will keep you on your toes and sometimes it might tend to the frantic.

    Four stars! Yay!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Reckoning: Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #11

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker

    Sookie Stackhouse is a cocktail waitress in Bon Temps, Louisiana. Now the vampires and the shapeshifters are 'out', you'd think the supernaturals would get on with each other. But nothing is that simple in Bon Temps!

    Rae says: "Loved It"
    "Please don't shoot the messenger!"

    So, I hate to be the bearer of bad news and I can only imagine the hours the Mrs. Harris put into this one! I love the southern vampire (sookie) series, but for some reason I can't really relate to Sookie in this one.
    Reading this is seeming more and more like homework.

    (!Spoiler alert!)

    The way Mrs. Harris is laying the foundation for the Sookie-Sam relationship felt forced to me. So much so, that I still can't finish the book! The book begins with constant references to how good Sam is, how Sookie would like to brush his hair, how he defends her, helps her... I don't know, it's making Sam seem even more boring (maybe she should just keep him as a pet). I suppose Sookie will eventually see the light and realize that she has been in love with Sam the whole time. Snore.

    I put down 3 stars as a start. As I read I'm taking away or adding stars. Don't hold your breath, though. It's taking me longer than usual to finish this one.

    Ah well... I guess I should press play...

    BTW. Miss Parker did well, as always.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Unleash the Night: A Dark-Hunter Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    An orphan with no clan that will claim him, Wren Tigarian grew to adulthood under the close scrutiny and mistrust of those around him. A forbidden blend of two animals - snow leopard and white tiger - Wren has never listened to anyone when there was something he wanted. And now he wants Marguerite....

    Guiselle says: "Love.. gotta love it.."
    "Love.. gotta love it.."

    Not much to it, it's just a love story. I liked it.
    You may notice my lack of enthusiasm, it's because although the premise was nice, the story sounded a bit tired.
    - The main characters lacked consistency.. Out of the blue Wren and (what's her name..) Marguerite would for example make a joke that was out of character. Facts would conveniently pop up along the way.. stuff like that.
    One problem arising from having such an extensive series where all the men are perfect is that when they meet one another (as happened in this story) the other hunks will interfere with our perception of our hero (Wren) as the hunkyist of them all (in Marguerites eyes).
    Ah well..

    Anyways, no regrets here. If you want a taste of the darkhunter/ were world you'll get your fill here..
    An enjoyable read.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Natural Born Charmer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Dean Robillard is the Chicago Stars' hotshot quarterback. Not only does he have lightening reflexes on the field, he is also utterly gorgeous. First seen in the critically acclaimed Match Me If You Can, Dean is trying to recover (both mentally and physically) from a shoulder injury by taking a road trip. Along the way he meets Blue, a beautiful woman down on her luck, and as they spend more time together their attraction grows.

    MSEreads says: "Another CHARMER from SEP!"
    "Readers warning: You'll get sucked in.."

    First of all that beaver thing, and calling Blue(!) 'The Beave'... it was just wrong.
    That being said: I don't know what she does or how she does it, but SEP does it well. I just kept nodding off, lulled to sleep by the narrator's voice, and then waking up and rewinding the thing so I wouldn't miss one bit of the story.. A very weird experience. The story just felt like it was reaaally long, and slooow in it's development, but it didn't seem to bother me(?!)
    You just get sucked into the SEP world and don't want to leave.
    And it totally got me hooked on her Chicago Stars series.. That's some weird talent, ms Phillips..
    (The narrator did lull me to sleep, but that was because her voice was very pleasant. In all honesty I think she did a great job!)

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Born to Bite: An Argeneau Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Lynsay Sands
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    With all three of Armand's late wives meeting unfortunate and untimely ends, is this sexy immortal a lover or a murderer? That's what Eshe d'Aureus intends to find out. As an enforcer, it's her job to bring rogue vampires to justice, even if the rogue in question makes her blood race red hot. Armand knew she was trouble the moment Eshe roared into town on her motorcycle, clad in tight black leather. She claims she's hiding from dangerous fiends, though he suspects something more.

    Alice says: "Born to Bite"
    "Oh, ms Sands, you're lucky your books usually rock"

    Although it was nice seeing the storyline developed during Nicholas and Jo's adventure come to a satisfying conclusion, this novel was nothing to write home about. The love between Eshe and Armand lacked depth. They had no almost no conversations except a few about their dead mates. They did not seem to have anything in common. The only thing binding them together was the fact that they were lifemates. Eshe especially was quite one-dimensional. I liked having a black (mixed race) heroine, however I missed the physical descriptions you usually have in this type of novels. The narrator was ok.. Except for his dreadful renditions of Lucian Argeneau and of Eshe. (I know it's not easy for men to adopt a credible female voice, but Eshe's voice in this one had me cringing..) All in all: I usually love Lynsay Sands and I remain optimistic so, I'm still looking forward (if a bit more cautious than before) to the next installment... I'll say three stars because I'm in a good mood. The book was worth 2,5.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Welcome to Temptation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Aasne Vigesaa
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Sophie Dempsey wants to help her sister film a video and then get out of Temptation, Ohio. Mayor Phin Tucker wants to play pool with the police chief and keep things peaceful. But when Sophie and Phin meet, they both get more than they want. Gossip, blackmail, adultery, murder, vehicular abuse of a corpse, and slightly perverse but excellent sex: all hell breaks loose in Temptation.

    Diana says: "Crusie at the top of her game"
    "Better read it, if you can"

    The narrator is awful. After 10 minutes I just had to turn it off.. A pitty really, because the story seems lighthearted and fun.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Texas Cooking: Texas Hill Country Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Lisa Wingate
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker

    According to USA Today, best-selling author Lisa Wingate “dishes up fun and charm” with her touching romance novels. In Texas Cooking, Wingate tells the story of Colleen Collins, a big city reporter who thinks she’s seen and heard it all until she visits the tiny town of San Saline. Listeners from all walks of life will relish this tale of passion, new beginnings, and the comfortsof good food and good conversation.

    Jen says: "Odd Title for Such a Wonderful Book!"
    "Nice book!"

    I really liked this book. Nice uncomplicated story. The two main characters had good chemistry. The narrator did a great job! Credit well spent.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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