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Becky

Laguna Hills, CA, United States | Member Since 2011

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  • The Goddess Test

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Aimée Carter
    • Narrated By Brittany Pressley
    Overall
    (409)
    Performance
    (367)
    Story
    (373)

    It's always been just Kate and her mom - and her mother is dying. Her last wish? To move back to her childhood home. So Kate's going to start at a new school with no friends, no other family, and the fear her mother won't live past the fall. Then she meets Henry. Dark. Tortured. And mesmerizing. He claims to be Hades, god of the Underworld - and if she accepts his bargain, he'll keep her mother alive while Kate tries to pass seven tests. Kate is sure he's crazy - until she sees him bring a girl back from the dead. Now saving her mother seems crazily possible. If she succeeds, she'll become Henry's future bride, and a goddess.

    Lisa says: "Really a 2.5 star!"
    "Fun concept, thin characters"
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    I really wanted to love this book but the characters were just too thin. I couldn't really feel for the characters or believe in their romance. This is a case where 'show, not tell' is missing. Having the main character say, "I fell for him more each day" is a statement, but doesn't make me feel or believe it it's true for these characters. That problem runs through the whole book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Seed

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Ania Ahlborn
    • Narrated By Eric G. Dove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (517)
    Performance
    (460)
    Story
    (464)

    With nothing but the clothes on his back - and something horrific snapping at his heels - Jack Winter fled his rural Georgia home when he was just a boy. Watching the world he knew vanish in a trucker’s rearview mirror, he thought he was leaving an unspeakable nightmare behind forever. Now, years later, the bright new future he’s built suddenly turns pitch black, as something fiendishly familiar looms dead ahead. Surviving a violent car crash seems like a miracle for Jack’s family, but Jack knows there’s nothing divine about it.

    Jim "The Impatient" says: "THE DIRTY SOUTH"
    "not a bad book, just not my cup of tea"
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    if you like phycological horror with a paranormal/biblical tilt at in the South, this is for you. not my thing is all

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Don Quixote: Translated by Edith Grossman

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Miguel de Cervantes, Edith Grossman (translator)
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (2215)
    Performance
    (2075)
    Story
    (2066)

    Sixteenth-century Spanish gentleman Don Quixote, fed by his own delusional fantasies, takes to the road in search of chivalrous adventures. But his quest leads to more trouble than triumph. At once humorous, romantic, and sad, Don Quixote is a literary landmark. This fresh edition, by award-winning translator Edith Grossman, brings the tale to life as never before.

    Peter Y. Chapman says: "Masterpiece - in literature and narration!"
    "Book does not do well in audio format"
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    The book itself and reading is fine, but this is not a book that does well in audio format. Parts of the book are written in a poetic from where the last stressed syllable is dropped. It's just really hard to listen to since sometimes the word intended is no completely obvious and that split second that my brain needs to fill in the blank means I miss the next line and then I have no idea what's going on anymore.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Clean Sweep

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3573)
    Performance
    (3284)
    Story
    (3280)

    On the outside, Dina Demille is the epitome of normal. She runs a quaint Victorian Bed and Breakfast in a small Texas town, owns a Shih Tzu named Beast, and is a perfect neighbor, whose biggest problem should be what to serve her guests for breakfast.

    Amber says: "Interesting series start, narration annoyed me."
    "Fun book, hate the narrator"
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    The story was a fun Sci Fi/Urban fantasy for the over 20's readers who still like the youthful fun of light hearted stories. The main character was mature but still youthful enough to want to prove herself. She is at an age where she can make informed and rational decisions about who she wants to be in the world and stand up to potential consequences. I don't like spoilers, but I will say this is a great personality to follow around an urban fantasy.

    The narrator unfortunately nearly killed the whole thing for me. The main character is in her 20's with spunk, backbone, and a measured and rational approach to crisises that can be handled with a few jabs of a spear. But the narrator sounds like a slow, calm 80 year old southern grandma, making romantic and action scenes... awkward or boring. I literally nearly fell asleep on the road listening to her. Speeding up to 1.20-1.30 made the story just barely tolerable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matefinder: Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Leia Stone
    • Narrated By Dara Rosenberg
    Overall
    (832)
    Performance
    (768)
    Story
    (766)

    Werewolves, facing the threat of extinction, desperately seek their mates to bear young. Aurora, a human far removed from the supernatural world, is nearing her own end after being fatally injured in a car accident. Kai, an alpha werewolf, lurks in the nearby trees watching her bleed out. He chooses to save her the only way he knows how, by changing her. Aurora struggles with her past as a domestic abuse survivor and the new dominating and violent lifestyle of a werewolf.

    Brandy Blackerby says: "GREAT START TO A SERIES!!!"
    "A female power trip, but too one sided and thin"
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    The book isn't as bad as some but the plot has too many things packed into it the whole thing feels thin and flimsy.

    The characters are where a lot of the thinness comes from. The main character, Aurora, is way too powerful and it's all handed to her too easily. The no sense of suspense or mystery. The guy she falls for, Kai, is so perfect for her that there's no real feeling of romance or chemistry. He feels like Aurora designed an ideal guy and he fell out of the sky for her but has no real purpose of his own. Aurora ends up being all powerful and special but she never has to work for it. She just thinks she is 'weird' for having no weaknesses and more power than anyone else.

    The plot also doesn't take enough time to develop fully. From initial werewolf transformation, to romance, pack conflicts and a battle between mythical creatures, everything is resolved one after another within a few paragraphs. Things that would normally take characters a long time to process, deal with and resolve are treated too casually and accepted without difficulty or remorse. If there is a hint of remorse, it's handled in a sentence or two. This makes all the characters feel pretty fake and the conflicts trivial. They don't hold anything dear enough to fight for, everyone caves to the main character without any real fight.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Critical Failures: Caverns and Creatures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Robert Bevan
    • Narrated By Jonathan Sleep
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7100)
    Performance
    (6705)
    Story
    (6695)

    Tim and his friends find out the hard way that you shouldn't question the game master, and you shouldn't make fun of his cape. One minute, they're drinking away the dreariness of their lives, escaping into a fantasy game and laughing their asses off. The next minute, they're in a horse-drawn cart surrounded by soldiers pointing crossbows at them.

    M. Maryanow says: "Audible Studio...More Please!"
    "Nerd humor galore!"
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    Definitely enjoyed this. This is what I call 'nerd humor' genre. The plot is just as meandering as any tabletop game but the dialogue had me in stitches. The humor and jokes are all very self aware and tounge and cheek.

    TIhis is a satire on D&D and RP culture, so doubt non-nerd/gamers would get all of the references that are made in the jokes. I don't play D&D myself, but I have enough friends who do and I play enough games myself that I got the majority of the humor.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rebirth: Rogues Shifter Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Gayle Parness
    • Narrated By Reba Buhr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (291)
    Performance
    (267)
    Story
    (267)

    Having always felt like a freak of nature, 17-year-old Jackie's life is turned upside down when she discovers that she's not human, but instead part of a large supernatural community. Because of her newly discovered magical abilities, she's picked to train with a group of powerful young shapeshifters who become her close friends. Their purpose is to protect the vulnerable shifter population from the more violent supernatural beings that inhabit this terrifying and exciting world.

    Captain Skurvy says: "A wonderful new world to explore"
    "Boring"
    Overall
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    Poorly written and extremely cliche. The author tried to deal difficult topics, such as abuse, assult, etc., and basically dropped the ball. Just because a character says in a short dialouge they were assulted does not automatically make them feel cured of tall he mental scars. Which is basically how all dramatic plot points are treated in this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • PhiLOLZophy: Critical Thinking in Digestible Doses

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Chrissy Stockton, Sarah Heuer
    • Narrated By Theresa McCarthy
    Overall
    (608)
    Performance
    (530)
    Story
    (543)

    A popular question in philosophy is "How do I know I exist?" That seems really boring, though. How about, "How can I use logic to get over my ex?" If you really love wisdom, you love it in all situations - you don't need to be spoon fed unsolved problems in philosophy, because you're already analyzing the US Weekly you’re reading or your kinda significant other. Sarah Heuer and Chrissy Stockton are writers living in Minneapolis who are determined to do something more interesting with their philosophy degrees than talk about dead white guys.

    John Hayes says: "The Worst Example of Critical Thinking I've Seen"
    "Reader is totally off base with colloquial speech"
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    Any humor or flow is killed by inept handling of how to use 'bro', LOL, or a cuss word with natural speech. Hard to judge the book's content. It's trying a little too hard to write in a stream of consciousness style without really letting the work stand for itself. Some of the things that are humorous and/or relevant to young adults of today. For my personal taste, well I know it is an essay, I feel like it's isn't quite comprehensive enough. Applying philosophy to everyday life is a good idea, but I feel there is a conflict wish using lowbrow speech college level philosophy terms. It is unlikely that everyone who reads this book is likely to have taken a philosophy course.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Morning Star: Book III of the Red Rising Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Pierce Brown
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (22745)
    Performance
    (21203)
    Story
    (21152)

    Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society's mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

    Audre says: "It doesn't get much better than this!"
    "A good finish to a great series"
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    The book wrapped up everything really nicely but I feel like it almost needs another book or a collection of short stories to tie up a couple of loose ends. The main storyline was completed nicely but there are some characters in the book that played supporting roles who I'm still curious about. Some of the surprises were not as dramatically exciting as the first book but there was still good action and political savvy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Red Rising

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Pierce Brown
    • Narrated By Tim Gerard Reynolds
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (29621)
    Performance
    (27599)
    Story
    (27566)

    Darrow is a Red, a member of the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future. Like his fellow Reds, he works all day, believing that he and his people are making the surface of Mars livable for future generations. Yet he spends his life willingly, knowing that his blood and sweat will one day result in a better world for his children. But Darrow and his kind have been betrayed. Soon he discovers that humanity reached the surface generations ago. Vast cities and sprawling parks spread across the planet.

    Jared G says: "Wow, what a performance and what a story"
    "An Adult Hunger Games Trilogy"
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    I hate to have to compare this to The Hunger Games trilogy, because I think it's better from an adult perspective, but that's the closest thing I can think of that most people would recognize. As a comparison though, the romance pretty much takes a near non-existent role and is instead replaced with complex politics, fascinating characters, phenomenal plot twists, insane battles and just plain insane people.This book is very well thought out, I'm in total awe of the many levels of planning this book must have taken to write. Highly recommended!

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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