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Nikki

Katy, TX, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • 15 reviews
  • 112 ratings
  • 168 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2015
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  • First Comes Marriage: Huxtable Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Mary Balogh
    • Narrated By Anne Flosnik
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (734)
    Performance
    (393)
    Story
    (390)

    Against the scandal and seduction of Regency England, New York Times best-selling author Mary Balogh introduces an extraordinary family - the fiery, sensual Huxtables. Vanessa is the second daughter, proud and daring, a young widow who has her own reason for pursuing the most eligible bachelor in London. One that has nothing to do with love. Or does it?

    mia says: "A great introduction to the Quintet"
    "Nice and easy reading!"
    Overall

    Bought the book for listening in the car during a daily commute to work and back home.The book certainly served the purpose!The narrator is great,very artistic and with a plesant voice, the story is easy to follow, the characters are amiable, and in general a very pleasant read.If you do not have place for a romance in your heart,the book is not for you though.

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Me Before You: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4732)
    Performance
    (4209)
    Story
    (4233)

    Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

    glamazon says: "A Journey Into the Unknown"
    "A Very Emotional and Moving Story"
    Overall
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    What did you like best about this story?

    Very touching and moving story about struggles and challenges of people with disabilities, issues they face on a daily basis, and their behind-the-scenes routines. There is no sugar coating in the story, and things are presented just the way they are in real life, and yet somehow the author managed to make it an enjoyable read, at times even funny, and as strange as it may sound, the book is not a depressing piece of work but actually quite the opposite - it leaves the readers with a desire to live their lives to the fullest and cherish every moment. The author has also done an excellent job at exploring the characters and making all of them very real and believable.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a story about LIFE, love, family, friendship and letting go. It is a sad story and yet a life-assuring at the same time. A very good book overall and I would highly recommend it to anyone.

    0 of 0 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
    (3184)
    Performance
    (2840)
    Story
    (2834)

    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"
    "A Very Light and Enjoyable Read"
    Overall
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    What did you love best about The Rosie Project?

    If you like Sheldon Cooper of "The Big Bang Theory" sitcom, you will love this book. I enjoyed it. Funny and engaging, with likeable characters. Narration was good too.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharp Objects

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Gillian Flynn
    • Narrated By Ann Marie Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5434)
    Performance
    (4414)
    Story
    (4440)

    Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

    Kelley says: "I agree with Stephen King"
    "The Narrator Nearly Ruined the Book"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Sharp Objects to be better than the print version?

    I am not sure.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sharp Objects?

    I liked the book, it is very well written, and the plot is interesting, and some of the twists are really unexpected. It is however a little "sick" to my taste - too much violence, bullying, psychological problems almost each character seems to have. Some of the violence stories happening in schools and among teenagers are almost unbelievable and make you wonder how on earth could these things happen in real life, but then again sick things do take place in schools... Overall, a good read but be prepared for some hard parts with human behaviour and mental and emotional problems descriptions.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I found the narration truly dreadful. I believe the narrator would be an excellent candidate for reading eulogies, because this is exactly how the entire book has been narrated. Dreadful! Absolutely dreadful!


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

    Made me sick at times, but it's just me. But I guess that was the author's intention to reveal some of the truths that hide behind seemingly respectable schools and families.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Love for Sale: A World History of Prostitution

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Nils Johan Ringdal, Richard Daly (translator)
    • Narrated By Kahlil Joseph
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (4)
    Story
    (4)

    From the Whore of Babylon to The Happy Hooker, eminent historian Nils Johan Ringdal has written a masterly, extremely readable world history of the world's oldest profession, spanning a wide historical swathe armed with a lively wit. Beginning with The Epic of Gilgamesh, the Old Testament, and ancient cultures from Greece to India and beyond, Love for Sale takes the listener on a tour through the entire recorded history of prostitution up to the modern red-light district.

    Nikki says: "Poor Quality Audio Product"
    "Poor Quality Audio Product"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I couldn't fully appreciate the story, since the quality of audio editing was extremely poor. It sounded like the book was patched up from the audio pieces recorded in different studios by different people and using different technology. And I am not talking about chapters sounding different, I am talking about sentences, parts of which appear to have been erased and replaced by separately recorded pieces. Not the usual Audible's high quality standard. I struggled to keep going but had to give up after a couple of hours, and was very tempted to claim my credit back.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Kahlil Joseph’s performances?

    Absolutely not.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes, it looks like the author has done some remarkable research on the topic, but the presentation is boring, and I am not talking about the narrator in this case.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Full Black

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Brad Thor
    • Narrated By Armand Schultz
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1858)
    Performance
    (1503)
    Story
    (1514)

    Born in shadow and kept from heads of state, there are some missions so deadly, so sensitive, that they simply don't exist. so deadly, so sensitive, that they simply don't exist. When one such mission goes horribly wrong, a wave of dramatic terrorist attacks is set in motion. Their goal: the complete and total collapse of the United States. With the CIA's intelligence abilities hobbled, former Navy SEAL Team 6 member turned covert counterterrorism operative Scot Harvath launches an audacious plan to infiltrate the terrorists' network and prevent one of the biggest threats the U.S. has ever faced.

    Sean says: "More More"
    "Racism alert"
    Overall
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Some times it was hard to tell the voices of the characters apart. But other than that, it was a good performance.


    What was most disappointing about Brad Thor’s story?

    When somebody gave a voice (literally!) to some of my own thoughts that I wasn't proud of in the first place but would have at the times of anger and despair, I felt truly ashamed of myself. The book is full of hatred, and unless you are an American born and raised blond blue-eyed christian hating all other races and religions, some of the ideas and opinions presented in this book will disgust you. I guess, after killing all arabs and moslems, Mr. Thor would want to see all Russians and Chinese dead too, along with anybody who wouldn't agree with him, just for good measure. I no longer wonder how the world could create and bear Hitlers and Stalins.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • You're Next

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Gregg Hurwitz
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3030)
    Performance
    (2594)
    Story
    (2583)

    Mike Wingate had a rough childhood  —  he was abandoned at a playground at four years old and raised in foster care. No one ever came to claim him, and he has only a few, fragmented memories of his parents. Now, as an adult, Mike is finally living the life he had always wanted  —  he’s happily married to Annabel, the woman of his dreams; they have a precocious eight-year-old daughter, Kat.

    Janice says: "Edge of my seat."
    "Narrator almost spoiled the story"
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    What didn’t you like about Scott Brick’s performance?

    İt was extremely monotone and tidious, except for dialogues. İt felt like he would burst into tears any time during the narration. İn my opinion,he would make an excellent necrology, eulogy or funeral speech deliverer.


    Any additional comments?

    A good book overall, unexpected ending, original plot.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Horse: A Walt Longmire Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Craig Johnson
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    Overall
    (2541)
    Performance
    (1895)
    Story
    (1876)

    The Denver Post hails Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire mystery series as a must-read. Joining the four previous novels - all of which have been Book Sense picks - The Dark Horse puts a unique Wyoming twist on the classic British village mystery. When Longmire meets a woman jailed for her husband's death, he travels outside his usual haunts to discover the truth behind this unusual murder case.

    V. Sharol says: "Another outstanding book from Johnson"
    "The narrator's voice is a disaster!"
    Overall

    I started the book about 15 times, and could never go beyond the first 15 minutes... Unfortunately, the "sample" button was disabled at the time of purchase, so i bought the book fully relying on the other readers' reviews... I cannot remember anybody commenting on the the narrator's voice... My recommendation would be to listen to the sample before purchasing the book, otherwise you'd waste your money, just like i did...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Can You Keep a Secret?

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Sophie Kinsella
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    Overall
    (1365)
    Performance
    (549)
    Story
    (551)

    Emma Corrigan has a long list of secrets, one of which is that she is afraid of flying. Coming back from a thoroughly ruinous sales trip to Glasgow, the plane she is on encounters some air turbulence, and she ends up spilling her guts to the handsome American sitting next to her. He gets to hear that she fibbed to get her current job and that she has never been able to satisfactorily find her G-spot. Then, the plane lands...and the American turns up in her life again. He's the CEO of her company....

    A says: "Enjoyable Chick Lit"
    "Extremely Entertaining and Funny!"
    Overall

    The narrator is slightly lisping (just a tad!). The story and the characters remind you of those in Bridget Jones books. If none of the above bothers you, you'll enjoy the book AND the narration enormously! I am adding Kate Reading (a.k.a. Johanna Ward, real name: Jennifer Mendenhall) to my favourite narrators list, after Rosalyn Landor! Buy this book if you want to take your mind away from any gloomy thoughts you may have in your head - it will work better than any yoga class! Great fun!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ten Things I Love About You

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Julia Quinn
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (530)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (284)

    Sebastian Grey is a devilishly handsome rogue with a secret. Annabel Winslow's family voted her The Winslow Most Likely to Speak Her Mind and The Winslow Most Likely to Fall Asleep in Church. Sebastian's uncle is the Earl of Newbury, and if he dies without siring an heir, Sebastian inherits everything. Lord Newbury detests Sebastian and will stop at nothing to prevent this from happening....

    Eileen says: "Very Clever & Entertaining"
    "Very entertaining!"
    Overall

    "Ten Things I Love About You" brings back some of the characters of "What Happens in London". I was not overly impressed with the plot, but I gave the book 4 stars, mainly because it made me laugh so many times. I love the author's sense of humour and her writing style; she's got that special way with words that makes the reading so pleasant and enjoyable. Rosalyn Landor (narrator) is outstanding, as usual, and makes you feel like you are 'watching' a movie... The story itself is not very believable but who cares if it's funny and well written! :) My favourite character is the Grandmother, who adds the "spice" to the plot. It's a shame the book contains some unnecessarily detailed erotic scenes, otherwise it would be perfect for all age groups.
    All in all, a suitable book for listening while driving.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Michael and Natasha

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Rosemary Crawford, Donald Crawford
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    Overall
    (63)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    He was Grand Duke Michael, handsome brother of Tsar Nicholas II. She was the beautiful twice-divorced daughter of a Moscow lawyer. Their scandalous love affair and their runaway marriage to Vienna in 1912, trailed by the Tsar's secret police, caused uproar in Russia and was the talk of all Europe.

    Filmguy says: "More than a Love Story"
    "Great book!"
    Overall

    A must-read for history lovers! If you are familiar with the Romanoff's history, this book will make you look at a number of well-known historical facts from a different perspective. The authors do an excellent job at picturing their characters as mere mortals as far as their feelings and emotions are concerned, and yet underlining how dramatically differently their lives could have turned out should they not be burdened by their royal duties. Although I was not overly impressed with the narrator, I nonetheless enjoyed the book very much. If you like this book, I would also recommend Antonia Fraser's "Love and Louis XIV: The Women in the Life of the Sun King", outstandingly narrated by Rosalyn Landor.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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