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  • Secondhand Spirits: A Witchcraft Mystery, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Juliet Blackwell
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (775)
    Performance
    (720)
    Story
    (712)

    Lily Ivory hopes for a normal life when she opens Aunt Cora's Closet. With her magical knack for vintage fashion - she can sense vibrations of the past from clothing and jewelry - her store becomes a big hit. But when a client is murdered and children start disappearing from the Bay Area, Lily may be the only one who can unravel the crime.

    Sherry says: "Witches and fashion - what's not to like!"
    "Interesting plot but needs more development"
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    Though the idea of this book is the kind of fiction I find entertaining, I found the characters a little hollow, I wish I would get to know them a little more to really care what happens to them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Replay

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Robin Brande
    • Narrated By Maria Hunter Welles
    Overall
    (2)
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    (2)
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    (2)

    Cara Campbell thought she had it made: star athlete, popular student, winner. But when she dies during surgery, she sees something she knows no one would ever believe. The doctors manage to revive her, but what happened during those 42 seconds of death has changed everything. Now Cara is having a hard time adjusting to her former life. None of her friends or accomplishments matter anymore. What does matter is the face she saw as she came rushing back into her body.

    Connie says: "A thoughtful teen story"
    "A thoughtful teen story"
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    This is definitely a YA novel, but I'd say it's for the mature end of that public. I like the emotional and spiritual journey of the character that deals with existentialist questions that youth and maybe some adults may wonder about, but it trascends all of that to deal with real life issues that the young protagonist must face and solve in her present reality. Ultimately it's a novel about second-chances, not going along with the crowd, developing a sense of individuality and self-confidence, and facing life issues head on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Plus One: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Bower, Ben Elliot, Nicola Stanton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1033)
    Performance
    (933)
    Story
    (942)

    Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied, and your math-whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can't afford to pay for. That's Jess' life in a nutshell - until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess' knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages...maybe ever.

    Kathy says: "Sometimes I need a book that is just fun to read."
    "Entertaining, real (a little gross) and romantic"
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    I really like having different voices to make a distinctive pov for each character. It's romantic in an unusual sort of way. I could do without so many references to car sickness and bodily functions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3547)
    Performance
    (3214)
    Story
    (3232)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    Michael says: "Who or What defines Quality of Life?"
    "Tear-jerker"
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    Whether you agree or not with the premise of this novel, I believe most people will find it very human and very moving story. I'm not sure if it's what I was expecting, since this is my second novel by this author and the other one seem to once again deal with very human characters, not your typical love story. One thing that I find in both novels is that in both you get a contrast with those people struggling to make ends meet and the other side of the spectrum with people who're swimming in money. The author seems to point at how necessary money is to reach certain goals, but all of the money in the world can't make you happy if you don't know what to do with it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sopaths

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Piers Anthony
    • Narrated By A.T. Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (1)
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    (1)
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    (1)

    Killing children is an ugly business, but the alternative is so much uglier. Abner Slate just watched his five-year-old daughter Olive kill his wife and son. Olive is a sopath. Born without souls, sopaths are children who will lie, cheat, rape, and murder to get what they want. There's one in every family these days, destroying America's heartland from within. After murdering his daughter in self-defense, Abner is taken in by a secret network of sopath victims called Pariah.

    Connie says: "Can't even find the right title for this review"
    "Can't even find the right title for this review"
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    I believe myself to be a person with an open mind and when I read sci-fi, particularly stories of futuristic, or alternative worlds, I'm willing to take risks. An example of this is the novel "A girl with all the gifts." Yes, children are monsters in that story and it's a kill-or-be-killed world that made no exception for age or gender, yet somehow I felt there was a logical explanation to this type of behaviour. The Sopaths doesn't even compare, it's one of the worst novels I have ever read in my life. Please be warned that this is bordering on kiddie porn with no subtleties about it. I found the story more and more offensive as I tried to get through it and I couldn't find a single saving grace, not even the writing, which is as bad as the story. I've tried to return this audiobook, but they're making me call a number to do so. If they'll make it hard for me to return it, I'll make sure then to leave this review as a strong warning to anyone thinking of reading this novel, because if you have an ounce of decency you'll find yourself feeling sick to your stomach as I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You Don't Have to Say You Love Me

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Sarra Manning
    • Narrated By Julie Maisey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (48)

    Girls like Neve Slater don’t get gorgeous guys like William. But William’s been in L A for three years, and Neve’s been slimming down in preparation for his return. Then her sister Celia points out that if Neve wants William to think she's an experienced love-goddess then she’d better get some experience - a man to show her the ropes, like Celia’s colleague Max. And since he’s not Neve’s type, she certainly won’t fall for him...

    Aimee says: "I do have to say I love this book"
    "Right to the heart"
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    I found myself split at first on this book. There's humor, there's romance and there's lots of sexy moments. However, I found her naivete annoying sometimes, and her self-deprecating comments even worst. And still, if as a woman I'm honest, there are plenty of times when my mind has played the same stream of consciousness that this woman keeps playing in her head. The moment I admitted to this, the book just really clicked for me. A credit well spent!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And After: Until the End of the World, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Sarah Lyons Fleming
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (67)
    Performance
    (61)
    Story
    (60)

    Cassie Forrest could almost believe life at Kingdom Come Farm is perfect, with Adrian and her friends at her side and spring on the way. The spring thaw also means millions of defrosting zombies, however, and if the past year has taught her anything, it's that life in this new world is highly imperfect. When Safe Zones throughout the country begin to disappear and the zombies at the fences grow in number, Cassie clings to the hope that if she has the people she loves most, it will be all right.

    Connie says: "What will the 3rd book be like?"
    "What will the 3rd book be like?"
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    Because there has to be a 3rd book, it'd be really sad if the series ends here. While the first book left us with hope about the future of the characters, the second one felt like a bucket of ice water, leaving us with a sense of uncertainty and fear. I feel the author has matured as a writer, giving us less gossipy, highschool-like feel to the group of friends, who're supposed to be in their late 20s or early 30s, and there's more zombie action. I look forward to the next book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Falling on Bluegrass

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (396)
    Performance
    (376)
    Story
    (377)

    Kelsey is known around the office for having everything under control. So it's not surprising that she and her boss, Sadie, have everything planned to the second for the office winter retreat. But there are things even Kelsey can't micromanage. An unprecedented snowstorm smothers half of Kentucky and knocks out the power, closes the roads, and generally shuts down the state.

    nancy olean says: "Bit disappointing"
    "Uhm, ok..."
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    I really love Molly Harper, and this book follows the formula of her previous books, but the setting just doesn't do it for me. How long can adults get stuck with each other without that many worries about family and other life responsibilities weighting down the fun? I felt it was a set up more appropriate for YA books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Daughter of Light: Kindred Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By V. C. Andrews
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    In this enthralling vampire novel, V.C. Andrews returns to the story of a beautiful girl desperate to escape her secret family legacy - bred to be a lure for unwitting victims of her father's blood appetites. Determined to break free and embrace a life outside the shadows, Lorelei runs away from the only world she's ever known. In a quiet rooming house, she finds refuge among the tenants of elderly Mrs. Winston, and the beginnings of a new love with Liam, her landlady's handsome grandnephew. But Lorelei soon discovers that burying her past is not so easy.

    Connie says: "Disappointing ending"
    "Disappointing ending"
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    I really dislike being stringed along with a great plot line and narration, only to end up with a solution that's way too simplistic and not very satisfying after all the tension and fear that has been building up over the course of two books. Why? Why make it sound like something really terrible is about to happen, only to end up with a Disney ending? Gag!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Daughter of Darkness

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By V. C. Andrews
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (68)
    Performance
    (42)
    Story
    (45)

    Seventeen-year-old Lorelei Patio is the adopted daughter of 200-year-old vampire Sergio Patio. She never realized why her family has had to move so often or why she is not permitted to get too friendly with other young people. In fact, except for one shocking moment that seemed more like a dream, Lorelei never fully realized who and what her father was nor what her sisters were brought up to do for him. But one day, that all changed.

    Kristi says: "Great Story!"
    "Intriguing plot"
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    I haven't read anything by this author since the Flowers in the Attic series, which was pretty good. This one reminds me a little of early Anne Rice's books, though there's too much emphasis on teenage drama that goes a bit overboard, and by that I mean, the character is completely obsessed with having a boyfriend, above all other concerns.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Betrayed: House of Night Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast
    • Narrated By Edwina Wren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1131)
    Performance
    (620)
    Story
    (627)

    Fledgling vampyre Zoey Redbird has managed to settle in at the House of Night. She's come to terms with the vast powers the vampyre goddess, Nyx, has given her, and is getting a handle on being the new Leader of the Dark Daughters. Best of all, Zoey finally feels like she belongs-like she really fits in. She actually has a boyfriend...or two. Then the unthinkable happens: Human teenagers are being killed, and all the evidence points to the House of Night.

    A User says: "Great Series"
    "Great sequel"
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    I found this book more interesting than the first one, although I would have liked less repetition of already known facts about the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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