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  • Reached: Matched, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Ally Condie
    • Narrated By Jack Riccobono
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (693)
    Performance
    (627)
    Story
    (630)

    After leaving Society and desperately searching for the Rising Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again: Cassia has been assigned to work for the Rising from within Society, while Ky has been stationed outside its borders. In this gripping conclusion to the Matched Trilogy, Cassia will reconcile the difficulties of challenging a life too confining, seeking a freedom she never dreamed possible, and honoring a love she cannot live without.

    Anastasia says: "Disappointed ..most likely will return this book"
    "A bit of a disappointment..."
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    I loved Matched and Crossed (the first two books in this trilogy). I couldn't wait for Reached to be published. Once I was able to listen to it, I felt let down. The story seems to drag on while we wait for the inevitable conclusion that happens at the very end. The narrators were wonderful though! I enjoyed their performances.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Rosie Project: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Graeme Simsion
    • Narrated By Dan O'Grady
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1355)
    Performance
    (1235)
    Story
    (1235)

    Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a "wonderful" husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical - most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver. Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent - and on a quest of her own....

    Margaret says: "A fun listen"
    "If you need a good laugh..."
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    The main character, the situations he gets himself in, and the things he says to people are hilarious! This is a truly funny story all the way through. At the end, it is amazing how much the main character has grown and has been able to accomplish. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to laugh out loud.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wonder

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By R. J. Palacio
    • Narrated By Diana Steele, Nick Podehl, Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (933)
    Performance
    (842)
    Story
    (836)

    August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school - until now. He’s about to enter fifth grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid, then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?R. J. Palacio has crafted an uplifting novel full of wonderfully realistic family interactions, lively school scenes, and writing that shines with spare emotional power.

    Jay says: "A Beautiful Story"
    "Amazing!"
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    If a teen (or anyone) reads Thirteen Reasons Why and is feeling like suicide is an option for severe depression, that person needs to read Wonder. Auggie shows amazing bravery and strength all through this story. He has to deal with so much fear, anger, rejection, and ridicule all because of something completely outside of his control. He has friends and family who come alongside him and support him throughout his experiences. The ending was extremely positive for all of the involved characters!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Khaled Hosseini
    • Narrated By Atossa Leoni
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5042)
    Performance
    (1275)
    Story
    (1275)

    Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss, and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them, in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul, they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

    David says: "Somber but gripping"
    "Great story!"
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    In addition to the excellent story, it was interesting to learn about many of the customs from the Afgan culture. The horrors that the people had to live through were heartbreaking. That so many could come out on the other side with hope and ready to start again was inspiring. I was moved to tears at the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Marie Lu
    • Narrated By Mariel Stern, Steven Kaplan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (999)
    Performance
    (898)
    Story
    (917)

    What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem. From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect.

    Arwen says: "A Legend in Some Minds..."
    "Excellent!"
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    What a great story for fans of The Hunger Games! The characters of Day and June just captured my attention and drew me right into the story. It was hard to stop listening! When it was over, I kept wishing the second book was already out because I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Under the Never Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Veronica Rossi
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne Flagler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (576)
    Performance
    (508)
    Story
    (510)

    Since she’d been on the outside, she’d survived an Aether storm, she’d had a knife held to her throat, and she’d seen men murdered. This was worse. Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland - known as The Death Shop - are slim. If the cannibals don’t get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She’s been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild - a savage - and her only hope of staying alive.

    Katheryne says: "Beware of the Triology"
    "If you enjoyed The Hunger Games..."
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    This story grabbed my attention and kept me interested until the end. It was easy to become involved with each of the main characters and their back stories. I was reminded in ways of The Hunger Games, yet this story definitely took its own direction. After reading the story first, the narrator didn't quite seem right to me as I listened (that's why 4 out of 5 stars), but I still enjoyed the experience. I can't wait to read the second book!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Prodigy: A Legend Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Marie Lu
    • Narrated By Steven Kaplan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (614)
    Performance
    (559)
    Story
    (564)

    June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: The Elector Primo dies, and his son Anden takes his place. With the Republic edging closer to chaos, the two join a group of Patriot rebels eager to help Day rescue his brother and offer passage to the Colonies. They have only one request: June and Day must assassinate the new Elector. It’s their chance to change the nation, to give voice to a people silenced for too long. But as June realizes this Elector is nothing like his father, she’s haunted by the choice ahead. What if Anden is a new beginning?

    KK says: "Loved it right up until the end"
    "Great sequel!"
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    I enjoyed this book as much as Legend (the first book). The characters and plot just draw you in and keep you involved until the end. It was hard to stop listening. Can't wait for book 3 to be released!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The False Prince

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jennifer A. Nielsen
    • Narrated By Charlie McWade
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (220)
    Story
    (218)

    In a discontent kingdom, civil war is brewing. To unify the divided people, Conner, a nobleman of the court, devises a cunning plan to find an impersonator of the king's long-lost son and install him as a puppet prince. Three orphans are recruited to compete for the role, including a defiant boy named Sage. Sage knows that Conner's motives are more than questionable, yet his life balances on a sword's point he must be chosen to play the prince or he will certainly be killed. But Sage's rivals have their own agendas as well.

    English teacher says: "Best read of the summer!"
    "Entertaining for the whole family!"
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    I listened to this on a car trip with my 4th and 7th grade sons and we all enjoyed it. We can't wait to listen to the second book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Witness

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Nora Roberts
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7183)
    Performance
    (6255)
    Story
    (6236)

    Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

    Amazon Customer says: "A great book"
    "Not just a romance..."
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    I was pleasantly surprised with this story. The drama captured my attention and kept me listening intently. Elements of some of Roberts' other characters did pop up from time to time (expressions, character descriptions, etc...), but they did not detract from the plot. In book form, I would call this a "page-turner." It's a good summer read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Silver Linings Playbook: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Matthew Quick
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1733)
    Performance
    (1562)
    Story
    (1567)

    During his years in a neural-health facility, Pat Peoples has formulated a theory about silver linings. He believes that his life is a movie produced by God, that his mission is to become physically fit and emotionally supportive, and that if he succeeds, his happy ending will be the return of his estranged wife, Nikki. When Pat goes to live with his parents, everything seems changed: no one will talk to him about Nikki, and his new therapist seems to be recommending adultery as a form of therapy.

    FanB14 says: "Eagles Victory"
    "Very enjoyable!"
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    I agree with all the other reviewers who said they understood the movie much better after reading the book--they were right! The author allows his readers to understand how much time, patience, and support is needed for patients recovering from mental illness. At the same time, he has written a fast-paced and enjoyable story. Warning to those who like to listen with their children/families: watch out for the language in many places!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Runaway King: The Ascendance Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Jennifer A. Nielsen
    • Narrated By Charlie McWade
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (132)
    Story
    (136)

    Just weeks after Jaron has taken the throne, an assassination attempt forces him into a deadly situation. Rumors of a coming war are winding their way between the castle walls and soon it becomes clear that deserting the kingdom may be his only hope of saving it. The stunning second installment of The Ascendance Trilogy takes listeners on a roller-coaster ride of treason and murder, thrills and peril, as they journey with The Runaway King.

    Frances says: "Jaron can take a punch"
    "Can't wait for book 3!"
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    I enjoyed this book even more that the 1st book (The False Prince). The characters drew me in and the plot twists and turns kept me listening intently. My 10 year old son listened to part of the book with me on a car trip and it captured his interest too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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