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  • Love the One You're With

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Emily Giffin
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (433)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (179)

    Ellen's relationship to Andy doesn't just seem perfect on the surface; it really is perfect. She loves his family, and everything about him, including that he brings out the best in her. That is, until Ellen unexpectedly runs into Leo. The one who got away. The one who brought out the worst in her. The one she can't forget.

    Susan says: "Love The One Your With"
    "Thought I'd like this book more...."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I really liked Something Borrowed and Something Blue, but this book doesn't really present any new material. It's slow and seems to focus on what I think is insignificant details. I found myself thinking "just get on with the plot!"


    Has Love the One You're With turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I think I might have just set high expectations because I loved the first two books by Emily Giffin.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kathleen McInerney’s performances?

    Hmm, not sure. She's good at distinguishing between male and female characters, but I didn't enjoy the airy, ditzy tone she gave the female characters. It didn't seem necessary. I'm not drawn by her voice, I find myself spacing out when I listened to this.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Love the One You're With?

    Honestly, I think I zoned out for what parts I did read. I really liked the story of how she met her two love interests and when her best friend reveals she's expecting, but the rest of it is just fluff. ( I'm almost through the first installment).


    Any additional comments?

    I'm kinda disappointed and will probably return this book. I just can't get into it. I liked the concept of the story, but it's just moving so slowly. I thought it would be fast paced like Something Borrowed and Something Blue (which I thought was a little slower, but still a good pace). Maybe because I read them on paper, that was easier. I'm not sure.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Tiny Lie: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By K. A. Tucker
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Louise
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (240)
    Performance
    (225)
    Story
    (223)

    >"Make me proud." These were the last words Livie’s father ever spoke to her. In the seven years since her parents’ tragic death, Livie has done her best to keep this promise through her every choice, word, and action, while looking after her sister with strength and maturity. But with college right around the corner, unexpected challenges will test her resilience - and her heart. Livie walks into Princeton with a solid plan, and she’s dead set on delivering on it: Rock her classes, set herself up for medical school, and meet a good, respectable guy to marry someday. What isn’t part of her plan are Jell-O shots; a lovable, party animal roommate she can’t say "no" to; and Ashton....

    Jordy says: "One Tiny Lie"
    "A Close Second..."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    After reading "Ten Tiny Breaths", I was eager to pick up another audiobook by this author. I like this book, but it took me a little while to get into Livvy's character after her being a dormant character in the first book. The narrator used the same voice almost for both Livvy and Casey, which made it hard to distinguish...don't let that deter you, though. I'd still recommend this book to a friend.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the courtship between Livvy and Ashton. Connor seemed nice too, but..well, you'll see. Definitely liked the quick dialogue.

    The beginning seemed really forced and not very realistic. It seems like Livvy was pushed into being the stereotypical college freshman and that bothered me, but I guess it works with the rest of the story..I don't want to give anything away.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really like when Ashton and Livvy start admitting their feelings for one another.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but not as much as "Ten Tiny Breaths". I liked the story, but wasn't as compelled to pick it up every waking moment of my spare time.


    Any additional comments?

    Not a bad followup for "Ten Tiny Breaths" but could've been a tad more realistic, especially in the beginning. I do like where the plot goes, but it's more predictable. You should still check it out!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ten Tiny Breaths: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By K. A. Tucker
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Louise
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (386)
    Performance
    (351)
    Story
    (352)

    Four years ago Kacey Cleary's life imploded when her car was hit by a drunk driver, killing her parents, boyfriend, and best friend. Still haunted by memories of being trapped inside, holding her boyfriend's lifeless hand and listening to her mother take her last breath, Kacey wants to leave her past behind. Armed with two bus tickets, Kacey and her 15-year-old sister, Livie, escape Grand Rapids, Michigan, to start over in Miami. Kacey's not worried. She can handle anything - anything but her mysterious neighbor in apartment 1D.

    Jordy says: "One of my Favorite Books this year!"
    "LOVE."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this book to a friend. It's the perfect amount of chick lit and drama without being overly one or the other. There's a nice twist to it and the plot isn't incredibly predictable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't think I had a favorite. I liked how all of the characters interacted and it was quick, sharp wit that was funniest. None of the dialogue sounded forced.


    Have you listened to any of Elizabeth Louise’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I listened to "One Tiny Lie" and found the dialogue to be the same. I would love to read more of her works.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES! There aren't really any slow parts to this one. "One Tiny Lie" had a little more slowness, but not much. I found myself tuning in late at night when I should probably be heading to bed, but I just couldn't wait to figure out what was gonna happen next!


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely worth trying. This book is good for 20-somethings who are caught between full out erotic novels and teeny bopper romances. It's a good, quick listen/read that I would definitely listen to again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Be Single: A Novel

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Liz Tuccillo
    • Narrated By Judy Greer
    Overall
    (38)
    Performance
    (15)
    Story
    (15)

    On a brisk October morning in New York, Julie Jenson, a single 38-year-old book publicist, gets a hysterical phone call from her friend Georgia. Reeling from her husband's announcement that he is leaving her for a samba teacher, Georgia convinces a reluctant Julie to organize a fun girls' night out with all of their single friends to remind her why it is so much fun not to be tied down.

    Melissa says: "Funny, quirky, enjoyable read"
    "A Trip Around the World in a Few Short Hours!"
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    What did you love best about How to Be Single?

    I really liked all the places/settings. It kept the book interesting.


    What other book might you compare How to Be Single to and why?

    Eat Pray Love--I haven't read it, but it's similar in the sense that this girl is traveling around the world to really find herself. It's a nice concept and didn't feel too played out.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I can't think of any particular ones off the top of my head, but there was some really quick and sharp humor (like off handed remarks) that were just really funny. This narrator did an awesome job capturing all of the accents from around the world and grasping the true personality of each character.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I probably could've. I just wish it wasn't abridged.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish the unabridged version was on Audible. This version seemed rushed and not every sequence of events added up. I would probably want to read the book version of this to get the spots I feel are missing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Dog Who Knew Too Much: A Chet and Bernie Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Spencer Quinn
    • Narrated By Jim Frangione
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (725)
    Performance
    (631)
    Story
    (620)

    Combining suspense and intrigue with a wonderfully humorous take on the link between man and beast, Spencer Quinn's exceptional mystery series has captured widespread praise since its New York Times best-selling debut, Dog on It. The Dog Who Knew Too Much marks the duo's triumphant return in a tale that's full of surprises.

    LINDA says: "Mystery from the canine point of vew"
    "Another Enjoyable Spencer Quinn Book"
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    Would you listen to The Dog Who Knew Too Much again? Why?

    Yes. I should've reviewed this right after I finished it instead of two months later.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love Chet. He's got such a cute and funny personality. It reminds me of what I think is going on in my dog's mind.


    What three words best describe Jim Frangione’s performance?

    Slow. Relaxed. Passable.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Shoot, I wish I recalled more of the book to answer this one.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a good book and I enjoyed it at the time, but I still think they should find a different narrator. This narrator's voice drops off into mumbles at the end of the phrase and it happens too quickly to predict it and turn the volume up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Choice

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Nicholas Sparks
    • Narrated By Holter Graham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (810)
    Performance
    (381)
    Story
    (386)

    Travis Parker has everything a man could want: a good job, loyal friends, even a waterfront home in small-town North Carolina. In full pursuit of the good life, including boating, swimming, and regular barbecues with his good-natured buddies, he holds the vague conviction that a serious relationship with a woman would only cramp his style. That is, until Gabby Holland moves in next door.

    M. Chinander says: "Wow"
    "Not the Direction I Was Expecting..."
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    What did you like best about The Choice? What did you like least?

    I really liked the beginning of the book. I loved the beginning of their romance. I wasn't expecting it to take the turn it did and after awhile, it just seemed like the author was ruminating on this choice that needs to be made. It's just really depressing and stagnant after the first 1/4 ends.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I think it would have been more enjoyable if this choice wasn't lingering for so long. I mean, it makes sense why the choice takes so long to make and that's the nature of the issue (sorry, I'm trying really hard not to give anything away), but I got bored really fast.


    Have you listened to any of Holter Graham’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Maybe? I liked him as a narrator. He captured the voices of the characters really well.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Maybe if they were able to base it off an abridged version. This story really doesn't need to be told in more than an hour.


    Any additional comments?

    Wasn't expecting this book to be so depressing and the latter half seems to be written in a different style than the first half. Like, the first half has momentum and is uplifting and really easy to get through. Once that part finishes, it drags on and on and left me sitting there like "is it finished yet??"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (26875)
    Performance
    (20639)
    Story
    (20722)

    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
    "Just Not Into It"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Hmm, that's a good one. I really REALLY wanted to like this book, but it just didn't click for me. I don't think I wasted my time reading it, but after awile, I wasn't really interested anymore. There were too many characters to follow and I'm not big on violence, so I didn't really want to hear about it.


    What was most disappointing about George R. R. Martin’s story?

    Nothing was really disappointing. I still think the book was really well written and that the narrator did a good job reading it, it just wasn't for me.


    Have you listened to any of Roy Dotrice’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't but I did like his narration. He gave it the medieval feel it deserves.


    Was A Game of Thrones worth the listening time?

    It was worth checking out, but I don't think I'll read any of the other ones.


    Any additional comments?

    I scoured through all the reviews before using a credit on this. 33 hours is a long commitment! Again, I have nothing poor to say about the way the book was written or how it was performed, it just wasn't my cup of tea. I like and have read/enjoyed other works like this, but I just couldn't get into this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Girl: A Novel: Slammed, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Colleen Hoover
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (115)
    Performance
    (108)
    Story
    (107)

    Layken and Will’s love has managed to withstand the toughest of circumstances and the young lovers, now married, are beginning to feel safe and secure in their union. As much as Layken relishes their new life together, she finds herself wanting to know everything there is to know about her husband, even though Will makes it clear he prefers to keep the painful memories of the past where they belong. Still, he can’t resist his wife’s pleas and so he begins to untangle his side of the story, revealing for the first time his most intimate feelings and thoughts, retelling both the good and bad moments, and sharing a few shocking confessions of his own.

    clpmagic17 says: "like the book the narrator!? i dont know"
    "Good, but seems like a re-cap"
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    What made the experience of listening to This Girl: A Novel the most enjoyable?

    I really liked the narrator for this book. He has a lot of emotion and really captures the feel of the conversations without being over the top.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Colleen Hoover? Why or why not?

    I would. I like the plot of her stories and there are some funny moments that are written well.


    What about Kirby Heyborne’s performance did you like?

    The way he was able to differentiate between characters (not just accents, but the mood and tone as well) and the emphasis on the emotion being conveyed--without being over the top. There are a couple scenes where Layken is really upset with Will and he just captures it perfectly.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really. There's nothing about this book that's new from the first two books. It's just in Will's perspective. I won't give it away, but there's one thing in particular that happens that the audience didn't know about from Layken's perspective, but otherwise, nothing new.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend the book if you're just not done listening to the series, otherwise, you could skip it and not miss anything. I had this on in the backround while doing other stuff and was still able to follow it because none of the plot was new. The only real difference is that we don't hear more from Gavin, Will and Layke's brothers, or Layken's best friend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Point of Retreat: Slammed, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Colleen Hoover
    • Narrated By Kamran R. Khan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (248)
    Performance
    (232)
    Story
    (236)

    Hardships and heartache brought them together...now it could tear them apart. Layken and Will have proved their love can get them through anything; until someone from Will's past emerges, leaving Layken questioning the very foundation on which their relationship was built. Will is forced to face the ultimate challenge: how to prove his love for a girl who refuses to stop "carving pumpkins". "Sometimes two people have to fall apart, to realize just how much they need to fall back together."

    Tonya says: "I enjoyed this book, not the narrator."
    "Great Follow-Up!"
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    Where does Point of Retreat rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's close to the top. It's a really nice follow-up to Slammed, the first book. I was originally drawn to this book because I enjoy poetry and it was part of an Audible book sale. I liked it so much, I scooped up the second book. I can't wait for the third/final installment!


    What other book might you compare Point of Retreat to and why?

    I know that the stories aren't quite similar, but the characters remind me of the ones in The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks. Just the youthfulness of Lake and Will resonates for some reason.


    Have you listened to any of Kamran R. Khan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't. Kamran Khan has a very soothing and relaxing voice. I found that I could focus better if I increased the speed of his narration just a bit.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Sometimes things in people's lives don't happen in chronological order...


    Any additional comments?

    Really great read. I would definitely read this series again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • True Love and Other Disasters

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Rachel Gibson
    • Narrated By Susan Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (574)
    Performance
    (395)
    Story
    (397)

    Best-selling author Rachel Gibson is acclaimed for her quick-witted and endearing romances. True Love and Other Disasters begins as the Seattle Chinooks hockey team owner dies, bequeathing the team to his young widow, Faith. Faith is determined to be taken seriously as the owner, and she’s not going to let anyone—especially dreamy star player Ty Savage—get in her way.

    S says: "More Rachel Gibson, please!"
    "Cute, but Predictable"
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    I thought this book was cute, but I think it tried really hard to be one of those romance novels that's super passionate, but it didn't quite get there. The first part of the story is really slow--like alright, we get that this is a forbidden romance. I really enjoy hockey, and I was looking for there to be more in the way of describing some of the game and how a team manager works, but I guess that wasn't really the point. You never know about how Faith got a hold of taking care of the team after Virgil dies, just that she's interested in Ty.

    Overall, I think this story has a lot of potential, but could've panned out a bit more besides the romance part of it. I think it'd make a great film adaptation. The narration is pretty good. I like how Susan Bennett expresses worry/shock--it fits what I think the character sounds like.

    Glad I got this book on sale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Slammed

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Colleen Hoover
    • Narrated By Heidi Baker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (402)
    Performance
    (365)
    Story
    (367)

    Layken Cohen isn't your typical 18-year-old. After the recent death of her father, she is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she's slowly losing hope. Enter Will Cooper: The 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for performing "Slams". Will and Layken immediately form an intense and emotional connection neither of them knew they needed until it was found.

    Allison says: "Awful Narration"
    "Great Story, but Narrator Got on my Nerves"
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    I really enjoyed this book although I thought I had bought the abridged version at first because you get thrown right into the middle of the character's life events and the story progresses quickly. The narrator's voice bugged me because she was really ditzy and delayed her narration. For example "Tell him to give me my books back!!......................she said." That wasn't a smooth flow of conversation. She also has an interesting accent. She pronounced Javier (Spanish: HAHV-yehr) HAY-vee-YAR and vague with a short a instead of a long a.

    Overall the story itself was enjoyable. It's a nice short read and I liked it enough to pick up the second installment. I like poetry a lot and enjoyed the poetry and lyrics within the main story.

    I bought this book on sale and I'm glad I did. It's worth checking out though!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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