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L

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  • Last Night at Chateau Marmont: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Lauren Weisberger
    • Narrated By Merritt Wever
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (221)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (84)

    Brooke was drawn to the soulful, enigmatic Julian Alter the very first time she heard him perform “Hallelujah” at a dark East Village dive bar. Now five years married, Brooke balances two jobs—as a nutritionist at NYU Hospital and as a consultant to an Upper East Side girls’ school, where privilege gone wrong and disordered eating run rampant—in order to help support her husband’s dream of making it in the music world.

    Cathy says: "Another great Weisberger novel"
    "Bad Narration"
    Overall

    Nothing ruins a good audiobook faster than a terrible narrator. I almost couldn't get through it but thankfully I did-very good book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hollow: The Hollow Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jessica Verday
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    When Abbey’s best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, everyone else is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead, and rumors fly that her death was no accident. Abbey goes through the motions of mourning her best friend, but privately, she refuses to believe that Kristen is really gone. Then she meets Caspian, the gorgeous and mysterious boy who shows up out of nowhere at Kristen’s funeral, and who keeps reappearing in Abbey’s life. Caspian clearly has secrets of his own, but he’s the only person who makes Abbey feel normal again.

    Messerschmidt says: "Slow"
    "OMG Get on with it already"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What disappointed you about The Hollow?

    Everything, the plot line sounded interesting but it took forever to go anywhere


    Has The Hollow turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Perhaps


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Her painful enunciation of every letter of every word put my teeth on edge, she did however manage to read it in a way that made me think something good was around the corner when in reality it was further minutia about how the main characters feet were cold and the long drawn out process she would take to warm them up, blah, blah, blah - get on with the story.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger this book could have been reduced to a short story and been a completely interesting read-all the details of how Abby walked to school, her perfume making, what her parents were saying at any given moment - it just dragged on & on - I finally skipped to the epilogue without any fear of missing something good - I hate not finishing a book


    Any additional comments?

    The story got lost in the detail-cut the crap next time and I may read another.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Collateral

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Ellen Hopkins
    • Narrated By Rebekkah Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Collateral centers on Ashley, an MFA student at San Diego State University. She grew up reading books and never dreamed she would become a military wife. One night she meets a handsome soldier named Cole. He doesn’t match the stereotype of the aggressive military man. He’s passionate and romantic. He even writes poetry. Their relationship evolves into a sexually charged love affair that goes on for five years and survives four deployments.

    L says: "Great Book - Awful Narrator"
    "Great Book - Awful Narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Where does Collateral rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    All of Ellen Hopkins books are amazing, never disappointed, unfortunately I'll have to buy the Kindle version of this one as well - Rebekkah Ross is too hard to listen to - monotone, says 'een' for every work ending with 'ing' puts my teeth on edge


    What other book might you compare Collateral to and why?

    I haven't read anyting around this topic but Ellen Hopkins books all have a similar feel, not to say they're formulaic but each one keeps you wanting more - she always produces a great read.


    How could the performance have been better?

    If the narrator would just say 'ing' instead of 'een' she'd probably be ok for the voice of a teenager but for more mature characters she doesn't cut it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16279)
    Performance
    (13537)
    Story
    (14161)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "Oh My I Clambered"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Tell Becca Battoe to try another career and also that the 'B' in clamber is silent!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Perfect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Ellen Hopkins, Christina Wildson
    • Narrated By Aya Cash, Heather Lind, Aaron Tveit, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (35)
    Performance
    (30)
    Story
    (32)

    Everyone has something, someone, somewhere else that they’d rather be. For four high-school seniors, their goals of perfection are just as different as the paths they take to get there. Cara’s parents’ unrealistic expectations have already sent her twin brother spiraling toward suicide. For her, “perfect” means rejecting their ideals to take a chance on a new kind of love. Kendra covets the perfect face and body - no matter what surgeries and drugs she needs to get there. Sean will sacrifice more than he can ever win back....

    L says: "Excellent all the way around"
    "Excellent all the way around"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The narrators were awesome, not an annoying voice in the bunch, which can really kill the good book experience. The story and it's characters were totally engaging. Bought several more books by this author.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Triangles: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Ellen Hopkins
    • Narrated By January LaVoy, Jan Maxwell, Michele Pawk
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (39)
    Performance
    (38)
    Story
    (38)

    Three female friends face midlife crises in a no-holds-barred exploration of sex, marriage, and the fragility of life. As one woman’s family comes apart at the seams, another’s reconfigures into something bigger and better. In this story of connections and disconnections, one woman’s up is another one’s down, and all of them will learn the meaning of friendship, betrayal, and forgiveness. Get lost in the world of Triangles, where the lives of three unforgettable women intersect, and where there are no easy answers....

    Courtnie says: "One more success for the amazing Ellen Hopkins"
    "Great Book, terrible narrator"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The story was awesome, characters very layered and interesting but the woman who read the Andrea part nearly made me pull the plug on this.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Before I Fall

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lauren Oliver
    • Narrated By Sarah Drew
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (872)
    Performance
    (695)
    Story
    (696)

    Samantha Kingston has it all: the world's most crush-worthy boyfriend, three amazing best friends, and first pick of everything at Thomas Jefferson High—from the best table in the cafeteria to the choicest parking spot. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last. Then she gets a second chance. Seven chances, in fact.

    Bluemoon says: "Great story... but not for kids!"
    "So Good"
    Overall

    The writing is so good in this book, keeps you hanging on from beginning to end, the characters are so believable, I loved and hated them all at one point of the book or the other - just like in highschool but as good as the book was the narration by Sarah Drew really set the tone, I have since downloaded every book she's narrated, I hope Grey's Anatomy doesn't take her away from this entirely because as good as a book is if the narrating is grating and annoying I can't even get through it, then I have to turn around and buy it again in print form

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
  • The Castaways: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Elin Hilderbrand
    • Narrated By Katie Hale
    Overall
    (146)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (57)

    Greg and Tess MacAvoy are one of four prominent couples who count each other as best friends. As pillars of their close-knit community, the MacAvoys, Kapenashes, Drakes, and Wheelers are important to their friends and neighbors, and especially to each other. But just before the beginning of another idyllic summer, Greg and Tess are killed when their boat capsizes during an anniversary sail.

    Steph says: "Fun listening"
    "The Castaways-Excellent Read"
    Overall

    I loved this book and the narrator was really good as well, didn't get tired of her at all. She kept saying "Quay's" like k-ways where I come from that's said "Keys" I found myself yelling at my dashboard on the long commute home "Keys, it's Keys" but I'm not from Nantucket maybe that's how they say it there - all that aside, I really, really loved this book, great story, excellent characters - downloaded Barefoot right after. A Summer Affair was my first by this author and I didn't care for it but I'm glad I looked further and found this book

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • If I Stay

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gayle Forman
    • Narrated By Kirsten Potter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (15)

    Just listen,' Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel. I open my eyes wide now. I sit up as much as I can. And I listen. 'Stay,' he says. Everybody has to make choices. Some might break you. For seventeen-year-old Mia, surrounded by a wonderful family, friends and a gorgeous boyfriend decisions seem tough, but they're all about a future full of music and love, a future that's brimming with hope. But life can change in an instant.

    Ashleigh says: "If I Stay, Hopefully not though..."
    "If I Stay"
    Overall

    The story was good but the thing that kept me from loving this book was the language used by the main character - I found it hard to relate to a 17 year old who would use a phrase like "squalling in his bassinet" pretty sure I don't know any 17 year olds with that sophisticated a vocabulary.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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