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Megan

South Elgin, IL, United States | Member Since 2010

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  • Sweet Evil

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Wendy Higgins
    • Narrated By Erin Mallon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (149)
    Story
    (150)

    What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences? This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels. Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She's aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but Anna, the ultimate good girl, has always had the advantage of her angel side to balance the darkness within. It isn't until she turns 16 and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test.

    Brooke says: "Eh..."
    "Surprisingly good!"
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    What did you love best about Sweet Evil?

    I thought the story was fairly original. I liked the interpersonal relationships between the characters and it really kept my attention.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sweet Evil?

    I liked how Annie really grew into herself and you could see her evolve throughout the book. I also liked the love triangle tension.


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

    This was great. It definitely kept me listening longer than I thought I would.


    Any additional comments?

    I can't wait for sequels!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Fallen Too Far

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Abbi Glines
    • Narrated By Jennifer Bronstein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (381)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (366)

    She is only nineteen. She is his new stepfather’s daughter. She is still nave and innocent due to spending the last three years taking care of her sick mother. But for twenty-four year old Rush Finlay, she is the only thing that has ever been off limits. His famous father’s guilt money, his mother’s desperation to win his love, and his charm are the three reasons he has never been told no.

    Kim says: "Nice hot romance"
    "SO Many Problems, but still glad I finished"
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    What did you like best about Fallen Too Far? What did you like least?

    The story had a lot of problems. Blair was written as a total Pollyana character. She was the traditional American depiction of a "good girl" and I don't know if the author did that so it would be considered acceptable that she wanted to have sex or if it was just to draw big red arrows to really show the reader(listener) that you need to have sympathetic feels for her. I just can't believe, even young as she is, that a girl so practical and down to Earth would be interested in Rush after the way he treated her and how horrifically he treated all the women he encountered in the book. SPOILER: It really isn't believable that the (sarcastic voice here) love of a good girl would turn him around. Even after he fell in love with Blair he still treated other girls terribly.

    This being said, I am happy that I listened all the way through. I was shocked and totally caught off guard by the ending - in a good way.


    Would you recommend Fallen Too Far to your friends? Why or why not?

    If you can stomach the beginning with the bad boy and the good girl who couldn't help falling for him even though he treats all women terribly, yes.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was ok. Sometimes she lost the tone of the characters and I had no idea who was speaking until the context of the sentence clued me in.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    Rush not being a total jerk to all women.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • In the Band

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Jean Haus
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd, Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (145)
    Performance
    (134)
    Story
    (137)

    Being popular in the college music scene doesn’t solve all your problems; at least that’s what the hot musicians of indie band Luminescent Juliet discover. In this compelling novel, trouble begins when 18-year-old Riley, trying to regain her rhythm after throwing away her percussion scholarship to a top school, wins an audition to become the band’s new drummer. This sets her on a collision course with Romeo, the band’s sexy dark-haired guitarist, whose ambitions do not include performing with a girl.

    Boredom says: "Oh Romeo you can be my Romeo anyday"
    "Liked the book and the series"
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    If you could sum up In the Band in three words, what would they be?

    Good, light read with strong female characters and surprising depth.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a solid story and performance. The characters were well developed and the story was good. Looking forward to more from this author.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Far from Perfect: A Love from the Heartland Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Barbara Longley
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (268)
    Performance
    (243)
    Story
    (239)

    For Ceejay Lovejoy, life in Perfect, Indiana, has been anything but. Abandoned by her parents and left pregnant by her boyfriend, Ceejay has had to fight every step of the way to carve out a future for herself and her daughter. She swears off men for good - until the day Noah Langford appears on her doorstep. Noah narrowly survived the roadside bombing in Iraq that cost him his leg, returning home to the news that his stepbrother, Matt, has died in a car accident. It is the final blow to Noah’s shattered soul - until he learns about the girlfriend and baby Matt abandoned.

    TexasKeyLady says: "An Excellent Story. Wonderful Characters."
    "Unbelievably awful story"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story!


    Would you ever listen to anything by Barbara Longley again?

    I seriously doubt it.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The relationship between CJ and Noah is probably the most dysfunctional and poorly written I have ever read. From the beginning Noah tried to manipulate CJ and "handle" her by passive aggressively forcing her into doing what he wanted without regard to her thoughts and feelings. I was hoping that this would be satire! The way everyone dismissed CJ's role and rights as a mother and pushed her for access to her daughter was appalling. And the fact that CJ got "upset" but just let everyone handle her...I just can't even review it coherently. I couldn't even make it to the end of the book. I have never turned off an audiobook because I was so mad at the story - but I did with this book. If CJ ended up with Noah after he tried to handle and mansplain how to raise her daughter and what was best for them I think I would have screamed. I am now mad all over again after typing out the review.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish there was a way I could get my time back. This book should be required reading for all high school girls so they know what red-flag behavior to look for in men before they get into serious relationships. Is he like Noah? RUN.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Winner's Curse: Winner's Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Marie Rutkoski
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him - with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

    Lynn says: "Over priced but okay"
    "Really liked the story"
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    If you could sum up The Winner's Curse in three words, what would they be?

    Interesting, compelling, new


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the strong heroine. The plot is a change from a lot of the current YA but is still fast-paced and compelling. Very enjoyable and I can't wait for the next one.


    Which character – as performed by Justine Eyre – was your favorite?

    Justin Eyre is a great narrator and when looking for new books, if I am unsure whether to try it or not, I will definitely pick it up if I see her narrating.


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

    Yes.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Allegiant: Divergent Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Veronica Roth
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6676)
    Performance
    (6134)
    Story
    (6191)

    What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

    Teddy says: "I hate it when this happens"
    "Disappointing!"
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    What was most disappointing about Veronica Roth’s story?

    This series showed such promise! For what could have been a profound and thought-provoking trilogy, the final book (in my opinion) ended on a pat and somewhat cheap note. I understand why Ms. Roth chose the path she did, but she could have made the point in a better way. I completely tuned out after the big event in the book and honestly didn't really care about what happened in the rest of the story.


    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Testing: The Testing, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Joelle Charbonneau
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (132)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (121)

    The story in which a 16-year-old is chosen by her government to undergo The Testing, which decides if she gets to go to The University. The University is for the country’s best and brightest teens and puts the rebuilding and future leadership of the United Commowealth in their hands. During The Testing, extreme psychological and physical trials pit them against one another to determine which teens have what it takes to become a leader.

    M. Herbert says: "Purely CRAZINESS!"
    "Another great dystopian series!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Testing the most enjoyable?

    This was a very engaging story and I can't wait to read the rest in the series. There were some similarities between this and the Hunger Games, but the story stands on its own. Some of the twists I didn't see coming and the characters were interesting. The narrator was good and didn't detract from the story.


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

    I haven't listened to her before. She is one of the better narrators. My only complaint is that she pronounces the "o" in opossum. Most people just day "possum". It was a little jarring every time she did it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flat-Out Love

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jessica Park
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (700)
    Performance
    (653)
    Story
    (654)

    He was tall, at least six feet, with dirty blond hair that hung over his eyes. His T-shirt read Nietzsche Is My Homeboy. So, that was Matt. Who Julie Seagles likes. A lot. But there is also Finn. Who she flat out loves. Complicated? Awkward? Completely. But really, how was this freshly-minted Boston transplant and newbie college freshman supposed to know that she would end up living with the family of an old friend of her mother’s? This was all supposed to be temporary.

    Marie Medellin says: "Nerdtastic! Best Narration!"
    "Love Love LOVE!!!"
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    Where does Flat-Out Love rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This has got to be one of my favorite audiobooks. The story was good, engaging, romantic, dramatic, and sweet. The narrator's performance was incredible. I listen to 30 audiobooks a year, her narration was incredible.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I might not have cried, but I definitely choked up and gasped. The story and performance was very emotional and it really came through.


    Any additional comments?

    This was fantastic! I will definitely get more from this author and look for this narrator again. Excellent.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Easy

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Tammara Webber
    • Narrated By Tara Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (620)
    Performance
    (577)
    Story
    (584)

    A girl who believes trust can be misplaced, promises are made to be broken, and loyalty is an illusion. A boy who believes truth is relative, lies can mask unbearable pain, and guilt is eternal. Will what they find in each other validate their conclusions, or disprove them all?

    Rita says: "Didn't Want to Stop Listening"
    "Good story, some parts were hard to hear"
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    Where does Easy rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Very enjoyable. There were some disturbing scenes of sexual violence, but overall it was a good story and I am glad I listened.


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

    Surprisingly yes. I found myself listening for a lot longer stretches than I thought I would.


    2 of 2 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
    (987)
    Performance
    (889)
    Story
    (907)

    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..."
    "One of the only multi-narrator books I enjoyed."
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    I actually liked this story. It was interesting and held my attention the whole time. I am a fan of post-apocalyptic fiction. I will definitely get the sequel. The narrators were good. It took me a bit to get into the dual narrators, but I enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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