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Margarita

All business but contemporary fun!

New York, NY | Member Since 2013

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  • 26 reviews
  • 75 ratings
  • 1 titles in library
  • 77 purchased in 2014
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  • The Buy Side: A Wall Street Trader's Tale of Spectacular Excess

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Turney Duff
    • Narrated By Turney Duff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (139)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (130)

    A remarkable writing debut, filled with indelible moments, The Buy Side shows as no book ever has the rewards – and dizzying temptations – of making a living on the Street.

    Courtney says: "Fascinating, honest tale of life on the "Street""
    "An amazing heart felt story of escaping Wall st."
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    What did you love best about The Buy Side?

    The author is just brilliant, amazing humor, great story telling, takes you inside the "dirty" side of Wall St but with an unpretentious tone that is so needed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Easy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Tammara Webber
    • Narrated By Tara Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (618)
    Performance
    (575)
    Story
    (582)

    A girl who believes trust can be misplaced, promises are made to be broken, and loyalty is an illusion. A boy who believes truth is relative, lies can mask unbearable pain, and guilt is eternal. Will what they find in each other validate their conclusions, or disprove them all?

    Rita says: "Didn't Want to Stop Listening"
    "Cute YA story."
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    Any additional comments?

    The story is surprisingly developed for a YA book. Jacquelyn comes out of a relationship with the perfect boyfriend and tries to not fall for the seeming "bad boy" which proves to be a strong solid character after a traumatized past. Both characters could have shown more of their layers throughout the book, given what the writer disclosed for their past.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Epilogue: The Dark Duet: Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By CJ Roberts
    • Narrated By Anthony Elmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (74)

    I’m writing this because you begged. You know how I love the begging. In fact, you probably know too many things and know them far too well. Who am I? Well, that’s what I’m trying to figure out. I was a whore in my youth, a killer since my adolescence, and a monster as a man. I am the man who kidnapped Livvie. I am the man who held her in a dark room for weeks. But, most importantly, I am the man she loves. She loves me. It’s quite sick, isn’t it? Of course, there’s more to our story than can be surmised in a few short sentences, but I’m at a loss for justifying my behavior back then.

    Jordy says: "It was one helluva unforgettable ride!"
    "Surprisingly different than the first two books"
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    Any additional comments?

    I was surprised to find a young adult story in front of me when I started listening to this audiobook. It is true that both of them were young and are now trying to start from scratch... The story is very light, yes enjoyable at times and funny, and very sexy. But its at a 180 degree turn to where the two left off. I did want Caleb and Livvie to have a happy ending somehow, but it sounded a bit too easy for my liking. I give 4 stars just because Livvie finds some peace at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seduced in the Dark: Dark Duet, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By CJ Roberts
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (226)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (215)

    Rescued from sexual slavery by a mysterious Pakistani officer, Caleb carries the weight of a debt that must be paid in blood. The road has been long and fraught with uncertainty, but for Caleb and Livvie, it's all coming to an end. Can he surrender the woman he loves for the sake of vengeance? Or will he make the ultimate sacrifice?

    Katheryne says: "Heart-pounding and intense"
    "Caleb unveiled- Heart pounding!!!"
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I absolutely loved that the story started backwards and yet it did not spoil anything to you. It certainly added a extra layer of suspense by not knowing how Livvie got to the border. Caleb's disturbing past is unveiled which gives a lot of color on why he is who he is. His own martyrdom during his childhood makes his story credible and gives the reader a valid chance to forgive him. The story builds around his impending decision to whether betray his heart or the life as he knows it.


    Which character – as performed by Emily Durante – was your favorite?

    Terrific job in doing both hispanic and middle eastern accents.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Captive in the Dark: Dark Duet, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By CJ Roberts
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (333)
    Performance
    (310)
    Story
    (311)

    Caleb is a man with a singular interest in revenge. Kidnapped as a young boy and sold into slavery by a power-hungry mobster, he has thought of nothing but vengeance. For 12 years he has immersed himself in the world of pleasure slaves searching for the one man he holds ultimately responsible. Finally, the architect of his suffering has emerged with a new identity, but not a new nature.

    Katheryne says: "Dark, disturbing, perverse…but I loved it!"
    "Subject too dark... yet it keeps you captivated"
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    Where does Captive in the Dark rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It certainly ranks at the top in terms of a unique plot. It gives an eerily believable feel to the story, which could make you sick to even think about it.


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

    Yes. Held me captive.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a story that describes a woman's worst nightmare: abduction, sexual force, captivity. The author got right the psychological aspect of how the captor tried to "break" the person and build her back up as he wanted her to be: a slave.

    People's, or better women's, reactions to this book should be honestly studied by psychologists. I kept asking myself: if Caleb was ugly would I have kept listening? Would I try to make excuses for him for what he did to her?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sweet Filthy Boy

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Christina Lauren
    • Narrated By Shayna Thibodeaux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (332)
    Story
    (332)

    One-night stands are supposed to be with someone convenient, or wickedly persuasive, or regrettable. They aren’t supposed to be with someone like him. But after a crazy Vegas weekend celebrating her college graduation - and terrified of the future path she knows is a cop-out - Mia Holland makes the wildest decision of her life: follow Ansel Guillaume - her sweet, filthy fling - to France for the summer and just…play.

    karen says: "Sweet Hot Deliciousness / Yum Yum"
    "Hilarious, witty and sweet!"
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    If you could sum up Sweet Filthy Boy in three words, what would they be?

    Hilarious, witty and sweet!


    How could the performance have been better?

    I was extremely disappointed with the performance. It almost ruined the book, but I kept listening because I liked the story. The narrator sounded like she was bored to read and was trying to finish as fast as possible. She kept raising her voice at points in time when the story did not have any "suspense" and it sounded very odd.


    Any additional comments?

    Fun story about two people who meet in Vegas and yes... they get drunk and get married but its not as cheesy as it sounds. If you pass that fact and accept it is what it is... you will enjoy the book. The female character is beautifully unveiled slowly throughout the book, and her many layers come in to play nicely in situations. The male character is easy to love and enjoy, as the title of the book hints.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Michael Lewis
    • Narrated By Dylan Baker
    Overall
    (1527)
    Performance
    (1365)
    Story
    (1380)

    Michael Lewis returns to the financial world to give listeners a ringside seat as the biggest news story in years prepares to hit Wall Street....

    Darwin8u says: "Making the system deliver on its promise."
    "Micheal Lewis does it again!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Flash Boys the most enjoyable?

    The simplification of the background financial information needed to understand the problem, which is also explained while focusing in a few key areas, is an unmatched quality of Lewis' books. Any lay person without a finance background should be able to grasp this problem.


    Any additional comments?

    Great job of staying ahead of/ exposing the industry in the right way (without conspiracy theories and irrelevant innuendos).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sinners at the Altar: Sinners on Tour, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Olivia Cunning
    • Narrated By Justine O. Keef
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (88)
    Story
    (91)

    When Sinners tie the knot, things don't always go as planned. Lead guitarist Brian Sinclair may have finally won Professor Myrna Evans heart and her consent to wed, but being part of a high-maintenance band might just ruin his long-anticipated wedding day and steamy wedding night. Will the couple ever find a moment's peace or are some things more important than a night of uninhibited love-making?

    Lia says: "Another Fantastic Sinners Book"
    "Loved all 5 books! Except this one..."
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I was excited when I started listening to this book, to hear how the lives of the band members and their significant others have developed. However, the format did not work for me. First it was like reaching the peak of happiness in each couple and only living those moments. At the end it ended up too "sweet" and "sugar-y" throughout.


    If you’ve listened to books by Olivia Cunning before, how does this one compare?

    Unfortunately, and I truly mean that because I loved the prior books, this was not a great read.


    What three words best describe Justine O. Keef’s performance?

    Justine did a terrific job as always. Great way to pull off all the voices in one book! I knew who was speaking before she even said it! Amazing job with so many characters involved!


    Could you see Sinners at the Altar being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Kellan Lutz as Sed could be fun!


    Any additional comments?

    Two key issues I have with this book are: 1) why was Trey's relationship not in this book while the rest 4 were included? 2) why bring up Brian's feelings toward Trey and leave them unresolved in this book? These didn't make sense unless there is another book in order just for Trey which would be odd.

    Again loved all prior books, please read those before this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lick: Stage Dive, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Kylie Scott
    • Narrated By Andi Arndt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (874)
    Performance
    (818)
    Story
    (822)

    Waking up in Vegas was never meant to be like this. Evelyn Thomas' plans for celebrating her 21st birthday in Las Vegas were big. Huge. But she sure never meant to wake up on the bathroom floor with a hangover to rival the black plague, a very attractive half-naked tattooed man in her room, and a diamond on her finger large enough to scare King Kong. Now if she could just remember how it all happened.One thing is certain, being married to one of the hottest rock stars on the planet is sure to be a wild ride.

    Jordy says: "4.5 Lickable Rock Stars!"
    "The story intrigued me but then was blah."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Hopeless romantics should definitely give this book a chance!


    What was most disappointing about Kylie Scott’s story?

    Besides the obvious "got married in Vegas and then dont remember it" lack of believability, what really did not rub me the right way was the fact that this bad boy was portrayed only as a romantic, sensitive guy (except two angry fits that were short lived). His character was completely inconsistent with a rock superstar. I have to admit though I liked the heroine's character quite a lot, it had layers of complexity that were well defined given her background/ history.


    Any additional comments?

    The author could have added more intricate details or elements of a rock star's life into the book to increase the reader's interest. Olivia Cunning's sinners series nailed that aspect... as a comparison.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fall from India Place: On Dublin Street, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Samantha Young
    • Narrated By Chloe Lynn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (164)
    Performance
    (158)
    Story
    (157)

    Leaving Hannah was the biggest mistake of Marco's life - something he has deeply regretted for years. So when fate reunites them, he refuses to let her go without a fight. Determined to make her his, Marco pursues Hannah, reminding her of all the reasons they're meant to be together. But just when Marco thinks they're committed to a future together, Hannah makes a discovery that unearths the secret pain she's been hiding from him - a secret that could tear them apart before they have a real chance to start over again.

    Amazon Customer says: "Mixed Feelings"
    "Loved all prior books. but this one... not so much"
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    What aspect of Chloe Lynn’s performance would you have changed?

    She whispered the whole book out. It was unfortunate because it ruined most fun parts. Maybe the author decided to pick this narrator to offset the more intense sex scenes in the book compared to the prior ones, but I disagree with the approach.


    Any additional comments?

    My biggest issue with this book is that I don't believe that the couple could forgive what they did to each other in real life. Over-dramatized breakup has its consequences and if I wanted to related to Hanna, the easy forgiveness she gives Marco spoils it for me.
    Samantha is a great writer, I hope she keeps up the quality of her prior work (please!). Don't rush it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ten Tiny Breaths: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By K. A. Tucker
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Louise
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (290)

    Four years ago Kacey Cleary's life imploded when her car was hit by a drunk driver, killing her parents, boyfriend, and best friend. Still haunted by memories of being trapped inside, holding her boyfriend's lifeless hand and listening to her mother take her last breath, Kacey wants to leave her past behind. Armed with two bus tickets, Kacey and her 15-year-old sister, Livie, escape Grand Rapids, Michigan, to start over in Miami. Kacey's not worried. She can handle anything - anything but her mysterious neighbor in apartment 1D.

    Jordy says: "One of my Favorite Books this year!"
    "Another good book from K.A. Tucker"
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    Would you listen to Ten Tiny Breaths again? Why?

    The narrator was too soft spoken for my taste.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is indeed a bit stretched, Kacey has gone through so much heart ache in her life but she never dealt with her emotions which led to problems later on. I personally think that Trent's identity is spoiling the story. Without it would have been much more believable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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