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Deborah

Oak Park, IL, United States | Member Since 2004

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  • Call Me Irresistible

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Shannon Cochran
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1025)
    Performance
    (476)
    Story
    (465)

    Call Me Irresistible is the book Susan Elizabeth Phillips's readers have long awaited. Ted, better known as "little Teddy," the nine-year-old heartbreak kid from Phillips's first best seller, Fancy Pants, and as "young Teddy," the hunky new college graduate in Lady Be Good, is all grown up now—along with Lucy from First Lady and Meg from What I Did for Love. They're ready to take center stage in a saucy, funny, and highly addictive tale fans will love.

    "unknown" says: "SEP is Back In The Game!! Loved It!"
    "Loved it!"
    Overall

    I couldn't remember the detailed histories of the repeat characters but loved it anyway. It is always a please to read these author.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Heroes Are My Weakness

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Erin Bennett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (202)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (177)

    He's a reclusive writer whose imagination creates chilling horror novels. She's a down-on-her-luck actress reduced to staging kids' puppet shows. He knows a dozen ways to kill his characters with his bare hands. She knows a dozen ways to kill an audience with laughs. But she's not laughing now.

    Darlene says: "Different"
    "Nice nod to Gothic romance"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I always enjoy Susan Elizabeth Phillips. She has a way of developing interesting quirky characters. This wasn't her best but still very enjoyable.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Beautiful Ashes: Broken Destiny, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (176)
    Story
    (174)

    Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just beyond her own. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse - her hallucinations are real, and her sister is trapped in a parallel realm. And the one person who believes her is the dangerously attractive guy who's bound by an ancient legacy to betray her. Adrian might have turned his back on those who raised him, but that doesn't mean he can change his fate, no matter how strong a pull he feels toward Ivy.

    Stacey says: "This is NOT a Cat & Bones Novel!!!"
    "A big disappointment"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Why is it that authors think it will be easy to write for young/new adults? Evidently the formula is to create a simpering, melodramatic, stupid heroine. The narration didn't help since Ivy sounded like a 15 year old and Adrian a 40 year old. This book was especially disappointing coming from the author of the Cat & Bones series which I enjoyed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clean Sweep

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (698)
    Performance
    (640)
    Story
    (640)

    On the outside, Dina Demille is the epitome of normal. She runs a quaint Victorian Bed and Breakfast in a small Texas town, owns a Shih Tzu named Beast, and is a perfect neighbor, whose biggest problem should be what to serve her guests for breakfast.

    Donna says: "A MUST LISTEN. Promising start for a new series."
    "Wonderful new series"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Ilona Andrews has shown us a new world with some captivating new characters. Looking forward to more in this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Desiree: The Bestselling Story of Napoleon's First Love

    • UNABRIDGED (25 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Annemarie Selinko
    • Narrated By Nicole Quinn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (48)
    Story
    (46)

    Fourteen year old Desiree can't believe her good fortune. Her fiance, a dashing and ambitious Napoleon Bonaparte, is poised for battlefield success, and no longer will she be just a French merchant's daughter. She could not have known the twisting path her role in history would take, nearly breaking her vibrant heart but sweeping her to a life rich in passion and desire. A love story, but so much more, Desiree explores the landscape of a young heart torn in two.

    sophia says: "Stunning telling of a riveting story."
    "Nice history lesson"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I enjoyed hearing about this period of European history even if it was through the eyes of a woman who didn't seem to give a care about it. The four stars is because there was quite a few flaws in the actual facts. It kind of bugs me that people who read this will take is as truth.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Half-Blood: Covenant, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jennifer L. Armentrout
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (173)

    The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi-pure-bloods-have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals-well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: Become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures. Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway.

    Deborah says: "Problem with Narrator!"
    "Problem with Narrator!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I had a huge problem with the narrator. She has a gravelly irritating tone that was like listening to nails on a chalk board. Even getting past that, she didn't differentiate the voices of the characters much.

    The story might have been interesting if I hadn't already read Vampire Academy. There was so many similarities that it really distracted me. It was an OK story but not engaging and I'm not very interested in what will happen in the rest of the series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    Overall
    (9300)
    Performance
    (8523)
    Story
    (8532)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "Toooooooo looooonnng"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    There were parts that were wonderful but other parts which took way too long. The problem with an audiobook is that it is difficult to skim. You just have to plug along. The story actually ends about an hour before the book does. I kept thinking there might be something of interest but it was a very long tedious exposition of the book's themes.

    I loved the narration! I think I will continue to hear Boris's "Potter!" in my head for some time. But really, this could have been edited significantly without losing the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Mad Scientist's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Cassandra Rose Clarke
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    Finn looks and acts human, though he has no desire to be. He was programmed to assist his owners, and performs his duties to perfection. A billion-dollar construct, his primary task now is to tutor Cat. As she grows into a beautiful young woman, Finn is her guardian, her constant companion…and more. But when the government grants rights to the ever-increasing robot population, however, Finn struggles to find his place in the world, and in Cat’s heart.

    Joe Frazier says: "An Exquisite Tale of Transforming Love"
    "Was sucked in despite weaknesses"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    There's a lot to like about this book. Finn's character is amazing and intriguing. Cat - not so much. The book is way too long. It would have been great to cut to the chase wtihout everything in the middle. And I can't quite forgive Cat for what she does to Richard but can't say much more without giving away spoilers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Endlessly: Paranormalcy Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Kiersten White
    • Narrated By Emily Eiden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (91)
    Story
    (89)

    Evie's paranormal past keeps coming back to haunt her. A new director at the International Paranormal Containment Agency wants to drag her back to headquarters. The Dark Faerie Queen is torturing humans in her poisonous realm. And supernatural creatures keep insisting that Evie is the only one who can save them from a mysterious, perilous fate. The clock is ticking on the entire paranormal world. And its fate rests solely in Evie's hands. So much for normal.

    Lisa says: "Nice ending, just for ONE thing..."
    "Great ending although a bit tedious"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I would have given it 4 1/2 if that were possible. While I still love Evie, I was getting a little weighed down by her bad decisions and not even listening to anyone's story. In the end, though, I was more than satisfied with the finale. I even got teary listening to the acknowledgements!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cress: The Lunar Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Marissa Meyer
    • Narrated By Rebecca Soler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1090)
    Performance
    (1001)
    Story
    (1004)

    In this third audiobook in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they're plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and prevent her army from invading Earth. Their best hope lies with Cress, a girl trapped on a satellite since childhood who's only ever had her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker. Unfortunately, she's being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she's just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

    AudioAddict says: "Very clever story (and series)"
    "Thought this was the end"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I was pretty shocked when I got to the end and the story didn't finish. For some reason, thought this was a trilogy. And with audiobooks, you don't always see that you're near the end!

    I really love this series and can't wait to see how it all comes together.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Witch's Handbook of Kisses and Curses: Half Moon Hollow, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2163)
    Performance
    (2001)
    Story
    (1994)

    Nola Leary would have been content to stay in Kilcairy, Ireland, healing villagers at her family’s clinic with a mix of magic and modern medicine. But a series of ill-timed omens and a deathbed promise to her grandmother have sent her on a quest to Half-Moon Hollow, Kentucky, to secure her family’s magical potency for the next generation. Her supernatural task? To unearth four artifacts hidden by her grandfather before a rival magical family beats her to it. Complication One: The artifacts are lost somewhere in vampire Jane Jameson’s occult bookshop. Complication Two: Her new neighbor, Jed Trudeau, keeps turning up half-naked at the strangest times....

    Diana Turmenne says: "One of the best spin offs I have read!"
    "Expected More"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Maybe my expectations were too high after reading other Molly Harper books. These characters were not particularly amusing. And the main character's Boston/Irish accent was just horrible. I cringed for the first hour trying to figure out what the narrator was trying to do. I suppose it would be a hard mix to pull off but it was seriously distracting. The love interest had an equally annoying voice. I'm just glad it's over!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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