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Libella

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  • 28 reviews
  • 201 ratings
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  • Somebody to Love

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kristan Higgins
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (284)
    Performance
    (249)
    Story
    (249)

    After her father loses the family fortune in an insider-trading scheme, single mom Parker Welles is faced with some hard decisions. First order of business: go to Gideon's Cove, Maine, to sell the only thing she now owns-a decrepit house in need of some serious flipping. When her father's wingman, James Cahill, asks to go with her, she's not thrilled . . . even if he is fairly gorgeous and knows his way around a toolbox.

    Libella says: "Great story and horrific narration."
    "Great story and horrific narration."
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    I picked this title because I had just listened to Higgins' Catch of the Day, and truly enjoyed it. I should have given the excerpt a careful listen, but I didn't. Xe Sands, who narrated Catch of the Day, would have been a much better choice. Eyre's voice would be appropriate for some work, but I felt like I was listening to a 75 year old with a warbley voice, and could not take it. Of course, it could just be me and some people might love Eyre's voice with this novel, but I felt like I was listening to a great grandmother instead of a 35 year old woman. I bought the ebook instead, and am much happier for having done so.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Days of Blood & Starlight

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1258)
    Performance
    (1137)
    Story
    (1147)

    In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand new canvas.

    Katheryne says: "No Sophomore Slump here...Just wow!"
    "Great story, great narrator"
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    I found this novel unexpectedly intriguing. Great fantasy based in reality (sort of). Chimera and Angels living in their own universe, yet able to make their way into ours...a time when angels are not necessarily the good guys, and chimera (demons?) are kind and thoughtful and dangerous...
    The narrator makes this novel a superlative listen. She performs the accents beautifully, and reads with aplomb and grace.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lothaire: Immortals After Dark, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Robert Petkoff
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1412)
    Performance
    (1318)
    Story
    (1320)

    Driven by his insatiable need for revenge, Lothaire, the Lore’s most ruthless vampire, plots to seize the Horde’s crown. But bloodlust and torture have left him on the brink of madness - until he finds Elizabeth Peirce, the key to his victory. He captures the unique young mortal, intending to offer up her very soul in exchange for power, yet Elizabeth soothes his tormented mind and awakens within him emotions Lothaire believed he could no longer experience.

    Josaphine says: "Great story with a FANTASTIC narrator!"
    "I was prepared to truly enjoy this"
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    I thought this book of Cole's would be great, and enjoy this series as a means to pass the time. But I found myself frustrated with the wonderful Robert Perkoff's female southern drawl (his voice just did not work for me here), and I really didn't like the story, either. The basic concept was quite good, actually, but the way Cole let her heroine be...bullied into things...the whole "No means no!" concept was thrown out the window here. I listened to it in entirety, but was consistently frustrated when our hero would force himself on the heroine...and she kept going back for more. Truly, a disappointment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jacob: Nightwalkers Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jacquelyn Frank
    • Narrated By Xe Sands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1242)
    Performance
    (1086)
    Story
    (1088)

    Since time began, there have been Nightwalkers - the races of the night who live in the shadows of the moonlight. Love with humans is absolutely forbidden, and one man makes certain to uphold this ancient law: Jacob, the Enforcer. For 700 years, he has resisted temptation. But not tonight... Jacob knows the excuses his people give when the madness overtakes them and they fall prey to their lust for humans. He's heard every one and still brought the trespassers to justice. Immune to forbidden desires, uncontrollable hungers....

    Dorothea says: "Awesome!"
    "Good romance with killer narrator..."
    Overall

    This good romance is made very enjoyable by a talented narrator. Xe Sands does great work with Franks' novels. Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tangled: The Tangled Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Emma Chase
    • Narrated By Sebastian York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1795)
    Performance
    (1669)
    Story
    (1676)

    Drew Evans is handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed? He’ll tell you he has the flu. But we all know that’s not really true. Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin.

    CAC says: "Brilliant!!!!"
    "Clearly not for me."
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    I love a good, steamy romance. This was not it. Narrator Sebastian York has a lovely voice, and it was frustrating to hear it used to read words that are so incredibly derogatory and belittling, both to women and men. I did not find the story humorous. It was predictable, which is okay if it is entertaining...but it was not. Not worth the money or the time. And since I am an audio addict, that is saying something.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Maze Runner: Maze Runner, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By James Dashner
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6161)
    Performance
    (5322)
    Story
    (5375)

    When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he's not alone. When the lift's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade - a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls.

    Trav says: "1st book is pretty good. Downhill afterward."
    "Not engaging for someonewho loves teen literature"
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    I was shocked by this novel. I started out listening to it, but had to stop. I did not enjoy the narrator. But that wasn't the only problem. I simply didn't enjoy the story. I don't find Dashner's writing engaging or believable. It feels like his writing is over-simplified, and thereby almost belittling to teen intelligence. Honestly, I wanted to love the story. But, I just can't bring myself to. I am irritated by the main character's constant wondering about what is going on, and the writing is just too...bland.

    I do read a lot of teen-lit, both fiction and non-fiction. It is rare for a novel to leave me so un-moved.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cinder: Book One of the Lunar Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3531)
    Performance
    (3171)
    Story
    (3179)

    Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.... Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle.

    Staaj says: "Surpised by how much I enjoyed it"
    "Fantastic adaptation of the classic fairy tale."
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    This science-fiction fairy tale gripped me from the outset. The narration is very good, and makes the listen that much better.

    The story is a re-conception of Cinderella, where Cinder is a highly capable, independent and unconventional cyborg girl, who finds herself enmeshed in political intrigue, secret missions, and a swoon-worthy interaction with a wonderfully normal prince.

    I don't want to give anything away. If you like entertainment, this book is a nice start to an intelligent series that redefines the roles of the heroine and hero, addresses many modern-day issues (conformity, risk-taking, self-acceptance), and has excellently developed characters. I will listen to the next in the series!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Shiver

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Karen Robards
    • Narrated By Shannon McManus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (514)
    Performance
    (450)
    Story
    (455)

    If driving a piece-of-crap tow truck through the seediest part of town with a Smith & Wesson beside her means putting a roof over her son’s head, then Samantha Jones is going to be the best damn repo woman on the books. The streetwalkers, the drug pushers, the bands of looking-for-trouble punks haunting the mean streets at midnight don’t intimidate her. These are her people. The guy she finds bound and bloodied in the trunk of her latest conquest, a flashy new BMW, is a different breed entirely.

    Kimberly says: "Gave Me Shivers!"
    "Not worth the time"
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    This story is so canned and predictable that it is painful. On top of that, the language Robards attributes to her leading woman and man is painfully boring and, at times, demeaning. The narrator did an okay job - not terrible, but certainly not star worthy. Everyone sounded the same.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Serpent's Kiss: Elder Races Series #3

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Thea Harrison
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1237)
    Performance
    (1114)
    Story
    (1120)

    In order to save his friend's life, Wyr sentinel Rune Ainissesthai made a bargain with Vampyre Queen Carling - without knowing what she would ask from him in return. But when Rune attempts to make good on his debt, he finds a woman on the edge.

    ducksandruns says: "My Favorite of the Series!"
    "Good story."
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    As with Harrison's other work, this has a dose of predictability, but it manages to veer from the path significantly enough to make the novel entertaining and worthwhile. I was pleased by the uncertain nature of the relationship between Rune and Carling, and the completely different type of personality that Rune compared to Dragos, while still maintaining control and managing situations. It is good enough to make me excited for Oracle's Moon...

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Storm's Heart: Elder Races Series #2

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs)
    • By Thea Harrison
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1528)
    Performance
    (1370)
    Story
    (1369)

    During the rule of her murderous Dark Fae uncle, Thistle "Tricks" Periwinkle found sanctuary among the Wyr in New York. Her ethereal beauty and sparkling personality won the hearts of the public, but after her uncle's death, there are those who don't want to see her ascend to the throne. Able to wield thunder and lightning, Wyr sentinel Tiago Black Eagle has ruled the skies for centuries. He's sent to protect Tricks when she's almost assassinated in Chicago....

    Amazon Customer says: "Great Story!!"
    "Not bad & my least favorite of the series so far"
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    This novel works because it is part of a nice series, but would not stand well alone, in my opinion. I enjoy Harrison's writing and Eastlake's narration, but it this novel is just there - a way to get to the next novel, which I really enjoyed. The story here is predictable and "meh" compared to the other 4 stories thus far.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dragon Bound: Elder Races Series #1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Thea Harrison
    • Narrated By Sophie Eastlake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2372)
    Performance
    (2097)
    Story
    (2109)

    Half human and half Wyr, Pia Giovanni spent her life keeping a low profile among the Wyrkind and avoiding the continuing conflict between them and their Dark Fae enemies. But after being blackmailed into stealing a coin from the hoard of a dragon, Pia finds herself targeted by one of the most powerful---and passionate---of the Elder Races.

    Amazon Customer says: "Woo Freakin Hoo!"
    "Very enjoyable."
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    I have recently had poor experiences with very popular novels in the paranormal romance genre, but this one is very good. I like the narrator Sophie Eastlake - she gives her characters different tones of voice and is easy to listen to. She is not what I consider brilliant, but good. I would give her 3.5 stars if it were possible.
    The story itself if quite entertaining. I had no idea about a few of the twists (Pia's second form) which was nice, since you can clearly anticipate some of the story line. Harrison does a nice job of making the characters completely inhuman and fantastical, and yet lets them have common failings, which I enjoy.
    There is nothing extraordinary about this story, but it is entertaining. I will listen to the next one.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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