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Melissa

Portland, OR, USA

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  • 316 titles in library
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  • Pretties: Uglies, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Scott Westerfeld
    • Narrated By Carine Montbertrand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (492)
    Performance
    (307)
    Story
    (313)

    Tally Youngblood never felt like the other Pretties - she almost didn't become one. But Tally isn't the only one who feels like she's missing a part of herself. After uncovering sinister clues about the Pretty surgery, she stumbles upon a possible cure for Pretty-mindedness and a possible escape from the city. But the cure could have deadly consequences.

    Martha says: "Split Decision"
    "Excellent story, horrible narration"
    Overall

    I was so sad when I heard the narration for this wonderfully intriguing and fun novel... It is monotone and slow. The story is great, I recommend reading this series instead of listening to it.

    4 of 4 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
    (7163)
    Performance
    (6236)
    Story
    (6217)

    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"
    "Sad its over..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A fun, suspenseful, romantic, and well-written novel with a good narrator. Listened to it much too fast, kept finding reasons to listen...better do another load of laundry or dishes :-)

    The characters are semi-rip offs of Bones and Booth (especially Bones) from the TV show Bones, but as I love that show, it didn't bother me at all and the story is very different.

    Good listen, highly recommend!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Bride

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Julie Garwood
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1971)
    Performance
    (1224)
    Story
    (1233)

    By edict of the king, the mighty Scottish laird Alec Kincaid must take an English bride. His choice was Jamie the feisty youngest daughter of Baron Jamison. Alec ached to touch her, to tame her, to possess her forever. But Jamie vowed never to surrender to this highland barbarian. Though his kisses fired her blood, shadowed secrets from Alec's past threatened Jamie's happiness. She brazenly resisted him - until one rapturous moment quelled their clash of wills.

    XYZPDQ says: "Early works released in MP3 at last!!"
    "Surprised at how many GOOD reviews this book got!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I found the characters and the dialogue absolutely horrid. Immature, annoying, stupid dialogue, it was very hard to get past. The characters were silly and shallow most of the time, or suddenly incredibly romantic and out of character. It was just not very well written. Not a favorite of mine.

    On the plus side, the 'intimate' scenes were written well....

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Water for Elephants

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Sara Gruen
    • Narrated By David LeDoux, John Randolph Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13121)
    Performance
    (5562)
    Story
    (5631)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Some books are meant to be read; others are meant to be heard – Water for Elephants falls into the second group, and is one of the best examples we have of how a powerful performance enhances a great story. Nonagenarian Jacob Jankowski reflects back on his wild and wondrous days with a circus. It's the Depression Era and Jacob, finding himself parentless and penniless, joins the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth.

    Kindle Customer says: "Great Narration!!"
    "Great narration"
    Overall

    This was a well told story with two great narrators...which narration makes or breaks the audio-book experience, in my opinion. I liked jumping back and forth between older Jacob and younger Jacob. Just as a warning, there is some animal abuse described in this book... the love story is a bit underdeveloped (you just kind of assume from their limited interactions that they have fallen in love) but all the characters and the lives of people working in a circus were brought to life very well. The story is good just could have used a tiny bit more development between the main two characters but other than that it was great and I enjoyed listening to it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Woo a Reluctant Lady

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Sabrina Jeffries
    • Narrated By Sarah Coomes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (154)
    Story
    (149)

    Lady Minerva Sharpe has the perfect plan to thwart her grandmother’s demands: become engaged to a rogue! Surely Gran would rather release her inheritance than see her wed a scoundrel. And who better to play the part of Minerva’s would-be husband than wild barrister Giles Masters, the very inspiration for the handsome spy in the popular Gothic novels she writes? The memory of his passionate kiss on her nineteenth birthday has lingered in Minerva’s imagination, though she has no intention of really falling for such a rakehell, much less marrying him.

    Beverly says: "Story was great, narrator was awful."
    "meh"
    Overall

    I was just looking for a quick little romance novel... and I know and expect the 'romance' formula so that wasn't what bothered me. For starters, the characters were irritating, especially the female heroine... She just couldn't shut up about her 'books' - which became annoying after awhile, especially since it was promised to her that she could keep writing them.... For another, the first time they experience a little passion, it went too far too fast without any buildup...and then the next time it happened at the pond it lacked any kind of heat ... Next, they get married and she hires someone at her wedding to spy on her husband? Kind of ridiculous, she doesn't even give him a chance to be a husband before she's spying on him... The beginning had promise but it became more annoying as it went along. Not worth a credit in my opinion

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14793)
    Performance
    (9176)
    Story
    (9049)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "Great story, amazing narration"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Beyond the wonderful, gripping, and addicting story and characters that Diana Gabaldon has created is the amazing find of Davina Porter! She is the best narrator I have ever listened to, has great accents and breathes life into each and every character.

    The story is great... a bit too graphic in it's violent description of a rape/torture scene at the end of the book... but the rest of the book is too good for that to make me dislike the story entirely. The main characters are very well developed and you find you just have to follow them throughout the series to see what happens to them next...

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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