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Kelly Maldia

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  • Him: Him Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Carey Heywood
    • Narrated By Lucy Rivers
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (214)
    Story
    (215)

    Sarah Miller hasn't been home in seven years. She thought she could stay away forever. If it wasn't for her big brother's wedding, that is. Part of her even feels silly for staying away this long. It's not like anyone even knew what happened. Well, except for him. That guy. The one she compared all others to. The one who set the bar so high no other guy after him could even compete. The one who made her feel like anything was possible. The one she thought she would never be good enough for. The one she spent the last seven years trying to forget.

    Pam Audio-Fanatic says: "3.5 Stars"
    "It was better than ok but I didn't like it."
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    Any additional comments?

    I listened to the audio book. Axel is the first book in the Corps Security Series. There are 6 books in the series. It is told from Izzy and Axel’s POV.

    I would issue major trigger warning for domestic abuse for this book. The scenes do set up the story are a sick reminder of being abused.

    This is a story of second chance love. Izzy has had it rough twelve years. She’s finally doing better when Axel barges back into her life. Axel is of course the perfect male with glossy black hair and emerald eyes. He stands at 6’6” with a rock hard body. He’s definitely an alpha male going on. He’s aggressive and possessive.

    The drama of Izzy and Axel were choking at times. The story has a bit of a thriller in it that helped move the storyline along. I might consider reading another in the series. I really want to hear Maddox story.

    As far as the audio book, Abby Craden was an excellent narrator. Her voice really portrayed the emotions. Sean Crisden’s narration wasn’t for me. My husband heard his voice and called it creepy. I had to stop listening to it and finished on my Kindle because his voice was ruining the story.

    I didn’t base the story’s review on the audio book. The book was more than “It’s okay” but not a solid “I liked it.” 3.5 stars

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Russian Roulette

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By David Corn, Michael Isikoff
    • Narrated By Peter Ganim
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1487)
    Performance
    (1330)
    Story
    (1325)

    The incredible, harrowing account of how American democracy was hacked by Moscow as part of a covert operation to influence the US election and help Donald Trump gain the presidency.

    @CyberSpaceSA says: "Great Book Yet Total Political Incompetence "
    "Incredible journalism. Snooze of a narrator."
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    The information is very well investigated and paints a vivid timeline of what happened in the 2016 election. The journalists did an excellent job. The work they did to pull all the threads from the federal government, Trump campaign, Clinton campaign, Steele, and other sources was what I've been wanting. I wanted a timeline that put the pieces together. That's what I got and more information I didn't know.

    The narrator was dry. Maybe the journalists didn't want someone using too much inflection because it might seem as if a biased opinion was given. What they got was a very monotone narrator that honestly put me to sleep at times. As long as I was moving, I was fine and could absorb the great work of the journalist. As soon as I sat down, I was out like a light.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Michael Wolff
    • Narrated By Michael Wolff, Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17921)
    Performance
    (16027)
    Story
    (15936)

    With extraordinary access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff reveals what happened behind-the-scenes in the first nine months of the most controversial presidency of our time in Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, the country—and the world—has witnessed a stormy, outrageous, and absolutely mesmerizing presidential term that reflects the volatility and fierceness of the man elected Commander-in-Chief.

    Jerry R. Nokes Jr. says: "Not as credible as one would like."
    "If 25% of this book is true, America is doomed."
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    It is shocking to to hear the possibility of the President and the people that surround him are that clueless.

    The narrator also does the Nevernight Chronicles, I kept expecting random facts about the history of Godsgrave or Mr Kindly snide comment but no. We just got more shocking information about the U.S. government.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Problem with Forever

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs)
    • By Jennifer L. Armentrout
    • Narrated By Amy Landon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (362)
    Performance
    (341)
    Story
    (341)

    For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory "Mouse" Dodge, it's a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it's been four years since her nightmare ended, she's beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime. Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone - spending her senior year at a public high school.

    Amazon Customer says: "My only regret..."
    "The story was really good. The narrator was off."
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    The Problem with Forever is a YA contemporary about self discovery with romance. Others would probably disagree with the order in which I labeled it. It is from the POV of Mallory “Mouse” Dodge. I would put this as young as 12-13 years old because it is very tame romantically but does bring up abuse and death. I think is a great book for a girl who might doubt herself when it comes to interacting with others or public speaking.

    I have always like/loved JLA’s books. I had preordered the book way back when preorder came out. I really wanted to read this book but I had no time to sit and read, so I got the Audible upgrade to listen while getting things done. I’ll be honest. I did not care for the narrator in this book. She felt flat and it was missing so much. Her male voices were laughable. Let’s just say I only listened to an hour of this before I switched solely to reading. Yes I did listen to the audio clip prior to getting the Audible but that small selection of the book was probably the best the narrator read.

    Overall, I felt the story was about Mallory discovery of her as a 17 year old girl. Her early life experiences damaged her view on the world and how she perceived it. She did become involved with Rider romantically; I think it was more part of her growing up. I read some reviews that said she was immature and too grown-up at the same time. She has PSTD. Normal development of emotions can be stunted. So yes, she might have been immature and too grown up, which would be normal for someone with her background.

    This story will probably bring tears to people who cry easily. My heart is pretty much stone but I felt many of the emotions Mallory was going through. I think JLA did an incredible job making us feel what Mallory felt.

    I added it to my daughter’s Kindle.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Assassin's Blade: The Throne of Glass Novellas

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Sarah J. Maas
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Evans
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2453)
    Performance
    (2262)
    Story
    (2272)

    Celaena Sardothien is her kingdom's most feared assassin. Though she works for the powerful and ruthless Assassin's Guild, Celaena yields to no one and trusts only her fellow killer for hire, Sam. When Celaena's scheming master, Arobynn Hamel, dispatches her on missions that take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, she finds herself acting independently of his wishes - and questioning her own allegiance. Along the way, she makes friends and enemies alike, and discovers that she feels far more for Sam than just friendship.

    Noelle says: "Interesting Story, I'm game."
    "A great tale to fill in the gaps"
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    The Assassin’s Blade is the prequel to the Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J Maas. It has the same narrator from the Throne of Glass Series, who did an incredible job. From what I understand, they came out in novella form prior to the release of Throne of Glass in 2013, but were bundled together in one book, The Assassin’s Blade, prior to the release of Crown of Midnight in 2015. I did not read the book until after I finish Crown of Midnight.

    DO YOU NEED TO READ THEM TO UNDERSTAND THE THRONE OF GLASS SERIES? No. They do help you understand some of the stories Celaena tells and Celaena’s mind. VERY SMALL SPOILER: They are about Celaena’s fall. You may not like Celaena by the end of the story. I can’t begin to tell you the number of times I wanted to shake and slap her around in this story. She evolves so much throughout the Throne of Glass series. I think hitting rock bottom, helped shape her into a completely different person.

    WOULD I RECOMMEND READING THEM? YES! Not because it fills in the gaps but because they are amazing. They are well written and suck you in. SJM’s writing causes you to feel all these emotions. She does a perfect job transporting you to her world. Plus, I wouldn’t doubt that a character or two from The Assassin’s Blade might pop up in last two books from this series. There are characters from the prequel that should be in lands that are our characters are headed to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Opposition: A Lux Novel, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jennifer L. Armentrout
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre, Rob Shapiro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (432)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (397)

    Katy knows that the world changed the night the Luxen came. She can't believe that Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her-could destroy them all.

    Pam Audio-Fanatic says: "5 Opposition Stars"
    "A fitting ending for Daemon and Kat"
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    The beginning and near the end of this book gutted me. The rest was delicious and funny. The dual POV continued to be a bonus for me. I love hearing the internal dialogue of Daemon Black. This will continue to be one of my favorite series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Star: The Final Book of The 5th Wave

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Rick Yancey
    • Narrated By Phoebe Strole, Ben Yannette
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2448)
    Performance
    (2241)
    Story
    (2239)

    We're here, then we're gone, and that was true before they came. That's always been true. The Others didn't invent death; they just perfected it. Gave death a face to put back in our face, because they knew that was the only way to crush us. It won't end on any continent or ocean, no mountain or plain, jungle or desert. It will end where it began, where it had been from the beginning: on the battlefield of the last beating human heart.

    Linda B says: "Wait.... what?"
    "What we loved about the story was missing"
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    My husband and I read The Last Star together. We both loved The 5th Wave. We both like The Infinity Sea. We felt like it was an in-betweener with the purpose of setting up the final book with a grand slam. We weren’t completely sold on The Last Star. The narration was excellent.

    It picks up a few weeks after The Infinity Sea. The story started out creepy and all sorts of awesome. Then we get to the main characters. Ringer finds herself in a new mess. Ben, Cassie and Evan were a mess of emotions that seemed off based on their past behaviors. You would think by now that some trust might have been established between them after saving each other’s life again and again, but no. What we both loved about the characters wasn’t there in this book. My husband seemed to think Ringer was written perfectly.

    The timing seemed off throughout the story. It was rushed in place and dragged in others. During intense moments with action huge information drops were given leaving you going “what just happened?” Most of what we needed to know happened in the last 25% of the book. There was a lot of filler that didn’t add too much to the overall story. The filler seemed to get the people in the right place for the ending to happen but it wasn’t really interesting to read.

    I did love when the plan needed to be implemented it was the girls that did the butt kicking. Go girl power and all that.

    I know that many, many readers had a problem about the end. Do I like the ending? I’m on the fence. Did I expect something similar to happen? Yes I did. A life would need to be sacrificed to save the world. It’s a dystopian after all.

    My husband and I both agreed we didn’t like it but it was better than okay. 3.5 stars.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Origin: Lux Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jennifer L. Armentrout
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre, Rob Shapiro
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (511)
    Performance
    (467)
    Story
    (470)

    After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, Daemon's facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure. Surrounded by enemies, the only way Katy can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don't seem entirely crazy, but the group's goals are frightening...

    GH says: "The Series Gets Richer and Ricer in intrigue"
    "We finally hear Deamon's POV"
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    I loved this book because we finally get to hear what is going on in Daemon’s head with the dual POV. This book can be hard to read/listen to because of what happens to Katy and Daemon at the hands of Daedalus. There is betrayal from friends. There is a lot of heart breaking death. The ending is a huge cliffhanger too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Opal: Lux, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Jennifer L. Armentrout
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (568)
    Performance
    (512)
    Story
    (524)

    No one is like Daemon Black. When he set out to prove his feelings for Katy, he wasn't fooling around. Doubting him isn't something she'll do again and now that they've made it through the rough patches, well, there's a lot of spontaneous combustion going on. But even he can't protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they loved. With help coming from the most unlikely source and Adam's death still lingering with those who loved him, friends will become the deadliest of enemies and the villains will no longer be clear.

    Cyndi says: " ✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫"
    "The ending is brutal"
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    Finally Daemon and Katie get together. Their problems with DOD and Blake have only started. The ending is brutal no many times you read or hear it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Onyx: Lux, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jennifer L. Armentrout
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (700)
    Performance
    (635)
    Story
    (640)

    Daemon's determined to prove what he feels for Katy is more than a product of their bizarro connection. So she's sworn him off, even though he's running more hot than cold these days. But they've got bigger problems.The Department of Defense is here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that Katy and Daemon are linked, Katy's a goner. So is he. And there's this new boy in school who's got a secret of his own. He knows what's happened to Katy and he can help, but to do so, Katy has to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that's possible.

    Cyndi says: " ✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫"
    "There's a sweet side to the sarcastic Daemon Black"
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    I loved the story and we see a softer side to Daemon as he tries to woo Katie. I wanted to shake Katie so many times during this story. The ending is bittersweet.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Funny Boy Meets the Airsick Alien from Andromeda

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 40 mins)
    • By Dan Gutman
    • Narrated By Ray Chase
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Funny Boy, a superhero who disarms villains with his powerful sense of humor, is summoned to save Earth from a planet-gobbling alien from outer space.

    Kelly Maldia says: "My son loved it!"
    "My son loved it!"
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    My son said the story was funny and silly. He loved it. He wants to read more in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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