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  • Welcome to Temptation

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Aasne Vigesaa
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (974)
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    (529)
    Story
    (538)

    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"
    "A Red Herring Romance ..."
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    Would you listen to Welcome to Temptation again? Why?

    Probably not, but only because this is not my favourite audiobook genre. This said, the narrator was EXCELLENT. I have come to realise that the narrators who focus on voice affectation and emotion rather than differentiation are extremely good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is very funny from start to finish, and because it is set in an small town, it has a quirky retro charm that most mature readers will enjoy.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can speak to favourite scenes, and I can honestly say that the banter between Sophie and Finn is absolutely heartwarming and funny.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh, definitely laugh. It would actually make a great Rom-Com, as the story reads like a cross between Sweet Home Alabama, Bridget Jones' Diary and Jerry McGuire.


    Any additional comments?

    The overarching theme of the book is the conflict between modern and old-fashioned attitudes towards intimacy, relationships and power. It also hints at the benefits and pitfalls of living in a broken family. All in all, an easy, entertaining read.

    4 of 4 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
    Overall
    (1476)
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    (642)
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    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!"
    "The Rip-Roaring Fun of Falling in Love"
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    What did you love best about Natural Born Charmer?

    The richness of the characters, plot and setting will charm you out of sleep for a night or two, at least.

    Early on I felt like I was commiserating with one or another of them. Susan's characters are always charming and full of love, even the most hon'ry ones - you'll meet a doozie of a woman in this book. Of course, it was ridiculously witty, some dry, most sarcastic, all good-natured.

    An honorable mention must go to the EXCELLENT narration of Anna Fields, who brought every character - whether aged eleven or seventy-much - to life. I actually read 'Charmer' on the strength of her narration of another author's work.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Natural Born Charmer?

    It's a good-length book, and the story bounces and dashes along. There are, literally, no dull moments (thank goodness!).

    Without spoilers my three picks for memorable moments would be "The Arrival of Wild Jack", "Neeta Teaches Riley To 'Walk'", and "Dean Expects The Worst". Read the book and you'll find each one.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It should be a romantic one, but I choose 'Catfight at the 'Grill Barn'" .... Hi-larious!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Hahaha ... "Country Strong" Meets "Taming of the Shrew" meets "Cheers (If It Was Set on an Old Farm in Kentucky)". Sorry, best I could do.


    Any additional comments?

    You will not regret the credit spent on this fabulous novel. It's funny, full of wisdom, and of course, lots of love.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Beautiful

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Yvonne Woon
    • Narrated By Caitlin Davies
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (109)
    Performance
    (46)
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    (47)

    After Renee Winters discovers her parents dead, her grandfather sends her off to Gottfried Academy in Maine. It’s here she meets Dante, to whom she feels inexplicably drawn. As they get to know each other better, Dante can’t seem to control his attraction either, and they being a complex and dangerous romance. Dangerous because Dante is hiding a frightening secret.

    Leslie says: "Good, but..."
    "An Original Plot That Needs A Sequel"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, but only he/she is a lover of young adult paranormal fiction and Nancy Drew or Scooby Doo styled mysteries.

    No, because this story started in intriguing fashion, then got lost in a distracting, somewhat pedantic whodunnit (along with several hitherto important characters), and only came back to life in the closing minutes of the audiobook.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead Beautiful?

    This sounds worst than it is, but the climax of the story when the main characters, beautifully named Renee and Dante, fully experience their unique connection and union is the most memorable part of the book.


    What aspect of Caitlin Davies’s performance would you have changed?

    I think more thought could have been put into her dramatic voice-over of the Dante character. It took a long time to warm up to him because of Davies' droning delivery. Should have been more 'undead' and less 'half-dead'.


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

    No, partially because of the length but mostly because of the boring middle chapters.


    Any additional comments?

    Author Wood owes it to her fans to tells them what happens after the end of this first installment in the story, as it has good legs for a tighter, faster moving sequel that focuses on the main characters and less on solving a mystery.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9368)
    Performance
    (8587)
    Story
    (8637)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "The Best Book I Have Ever Read .... Ever"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fault in Our Stars to be better than the print version?

    I will buy this book for my children to read when they are old enough. John Greene hides nothing.

    The audio edition is impeccably narrated by Kate Rudd, doing this poignant story full justice with perfectly moderated voicing that focuses on the characters' evolving emotion and the plot's tonality rather than gender and age.


    What other book might you compare The Fault in Our Stars to and why?

    There is no book I have read in recent memory that I can compare this novel to.

    Having lost my mother to cancer at a very young age, the book's themes and plot hit home in a way no other novel I've read has.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Rudd – was your favorite?

    Augustus (Gus) is so very brave. Hazel is so very honest. Together they make a very smart and emotionally engaging couple in a tragic relationship. As their laughter gives way to tears and dread of eminent loss, so will yours.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Gus' stoicism is reminiscent of my mother's. It is always amazing how the dying use their last efforts to cheer others, and the soften the blow of loss for the loved one. He forces you to remember loved ones you've lost to cancer as youthful, vital, happy and worthy of remembrance as themselves, not what their disease has wrought.

    And Hazel's sweet devotion toward the end ironically reminds me of the Bible passage:


    Any additional comments?

    This will become essential, and probably yearly, reading. This is, bar none, the very best book I have ever read, listened to or experienced.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Hush, Hush

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Becca Fitzpatrick
    • Narrated By Caitlin Greer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (19)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (13)

    This darkly romantic story features our heroine, Nora Grey, a seemingly normal teenage girl with her own shadowy connection to the Nephilim, and super-alluring bad boy, Patch, now her deskmate in biology class. Together they find themselves at the centre of a centuries-old feud between a fallen angel and a Nephilim. Forced to sit next to Patch in science class, Nora attempts to resist his flirting, though she gradually falls for him against her better judgment.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Plot, Writing Not So Much ..."
    "Great Plot, Writing Not So Much ..."
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    What did you like best about Hush, Hush? What did you like least?

    I liked Patch's character (silly name, though) and I have no affection for the main character, Whatshername - maybe I no longer understand teenagers, but I remember being much more interesting at that age.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have upped the pace of the story quite a bit, as well as created a more engaging ecosystem - the town where story is set, surrounding geography, community colour - for the characters to live in. Coming off of the Shiver series, this aspect of the book was lacking.


    What didn’t you like about Caitlin Greer’s performance?

    Forgettable.


    Was Hush, Hush worth the listening time?

    The jury's still out. Given the reviews I'll give the series one more book before deciding if I'll warm to it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Maggie Stiefvater
    • Narrated By Jenna Lamia, Pierce Cravens, Dan Bittner, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (318)
    Performance
    (278)
    Story
    (275)

    In Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver, Grace and Sam found each other. In Linger, they fought to be together. Now, in Forever, the stakes are even higher than before. Wolves are being hunted. Lives are being threatened. And love is harder and harder to hold on to as death comes closing in.

    FanB14 says: "Meandering Tale, Abrupt Conclusion"
    "An Excellent Climax .... Perfectly Narrated"
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    Please read AND listen to this entire series. It is so well written and the narration is right up there with "Water for Elephants". The themes - love, death, lies, family, depression, jealousy and coming of age are timeless. This story is not just for kids.

    And the writing ... oh, the writing! You will literally feel like you're in the room, or in the woods, or inside the character's head all the time. You will feel the cold, the biting wind and smell the almond, autumn scent of wolf.

    Please join me in pleading with Maggie Stiefvater to write one more in the series ... I'm not ready to say 'Goodbye' to Sam, Grace, Isabel and Cole just yet. THIS IS MUST LISTEN!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Hades: Halo Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Alexandra Adornetto
    • Narrated By Alexandra Adornetto
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Even the love of her boyfriend, Xavier Woods, and her archangel siblings, Gabriel and Ivy, can’t keep the angel Bethany Church from being tricked into a motorcycle ride that ends up in Hell. There, Jake Thorn bargains for Beth’s release back to Earth. But what he asks of her will destroy her, and quite possibly her loved ones as well. Can he be trusted in this wager?

    Kindle Customer says: "The Next Twilight ....?"
    "The Next Twilight ....?"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a great read for teens - both sexes - who enjoy roller coaster adventure, crossed with rom-com (romantic comedy) with a good dose or religion and theology thrown in to season the story. You will laugh, shed a tear and even hold your breath throughout this book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jake Thorne, the hellish antagonist of the first two books in the series brings


    What about Alexandra Adornetto’s performance did you like?

    It's always a treat to have an author record his/her own audio book, allowing the story to enjoy the conviction of its creator. Adornetto puts her shrill voice to good use, keeping her numerous characters' tones, personalities and demeanours well differentiated throughout an engaging 13-hour performance.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book was extremely entertaining, and while it was emotional in spots, I mostly hooted with laughter throughout. With its more positive storyline and the right acting talent, I can easily see The Halo Trilogy eclipsing Twilight as the next big graphic novel turned movie franchise.


    Any additional comments?

    I was fortunate enough to read Halo before Hades - I recommend this before moving on to this second book in the series. Fabulous book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Letters to Elise: A Peter Townsend Novella (My Blood Approves)

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Amanda Hocking
    • Narrated By Hannah Friedman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (50)
    Story
    (50)

    In My Blood Approves, Peter Townsend fell in love with Alice Bonham, but she wasn't his first love. In a new novella told through his letters, his history is revealed.

    Kindle Customer says: "A Stunning Prologue To The Series (Spoilers)"
    "A Stunning Prologue To The Series (Spoilers)"
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    What did you love best about Letters to Elise: A Peter Townsend Novella (My Blood Approves)?

    I finally feel like I know this character, Peter. In the books that chronologically follow - the story of Alice and his brother (who he made), Jack. he comes across and angry, mean and agonized. In this book his humanity finally breathes.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Peter is the protagonist and I like him because he always acted with the best intention, but I'd favourite Elise. She is his first love, his friend and confidante beyond the grave, in many ways his moral compass.


    What about Hannah Friedman’s performance did you like?

    I only gave 4 stars because I was hoping for a male narration. She did an excellent job.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I think my eyes got wet once or twice, when he went home to a dead Elise and when he spoke of Alice. If you're a hopeless romantic, you'll love this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to read the entire Blood Approves story in Peter's words. As a more 'mature' reader his perspective is mature and refreshing. Hocking's prose finally flows fluidly when she writes in his character's words. He is her muse.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wisdom: My Blood Approves, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Amanda Hocking
    • Narrated By Hannah Friedman
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (122)

    For her 18th birthday, Alice Bonham takes a vacation to Australia only to have her trip cut short by an unexpected murder. While Alice tries to understand what happened, she regrets some of the choices she's made, especially the more permanent ones. On top of that, the child vampire is running loose, and its attracting some very unwanted attention.

    Kindle Customer says: "Worth Reading The Entire Series ..."
    "Worth Reading The Entire Series ..."
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    Would you listen to Wisdom again? Why?

    Having read the entire series over five or six days, I was happy that Wisdom was worth the journey. I'll probably read this every year, and take some more time to understand Hockings' writing style.


    What other book might you compare Wisdom to and why?

    In an odd way, Wisdom and the entire series had overtures of the Twilight series in some parts of the plot and of course the main character love triangle.


    What about Hannah Friedman’s performance did you like?

    I think Friedman hit her stride in this book - this was the most convincing of her performances in the series. I found the characters better differentiated this time around.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I think the film's slogan could be:


    Any additional comments?

    I would not recommend reading this series of books out of order -- be prepared for the story to move slowly at times but to be thoroughly satisfying at the end.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13117)
    Performance
    (5560)
    Story
    (5626)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "A Classic Unlikely Love Story"
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    What did you love best about Water for Elephants?

    Can I say


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Water for Elephants?

    The moment when Marlena's schizophrenic husband strikes her and Jacob steals her out of the circus camp ... It's the moment that her husband loses her, and I think he knows he won't get her back.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I honestly can't pick one .... maybe when the menagerie escaped was my fave. The narration of this was so good that, as I listened, I felt I was in the midst of the stampede, stripes and snorts whirling around me.


    If you could take any character from Water for Elephants out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    I would invite the young and old Jacobs. They are both idealistic and insightful, in spite of their years and because of them, respectively.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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