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Melissa Bee

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  • Flat-Out Love

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jessica Park
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (556)
    Performance
    (519)
    Story
    (519)

    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!"
    "Fun, quirky and predictable (but in a good way!)"
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    This story was quirky, fun, and predictable (but not in a bad way!). Even though the reader can figure out the underlying plot there are still aspects that are surpassing, amusing and touching. Julie arrives in Boston to start her first year of college only to find out the apartment she put a deposit on doesn't exist. Her mother pulls some last minute strings and Julie is off to spend a few days with a family of an old friend of her mom's. This Watkins family is ecentric. There's nerdy college student Matt, the Harvard professor mom, ultra brainy research analysis dad, and immature 13 year old Celeste. Out of the picture, traveling the world is the handsome eldest brother Finn. Oh, and then there's Flat Finn, the life size cut out of the real Fynn that Celeste totes around with her wherever she goes. While the family dynamics are certainly strange, Julie really connects with them, especially Finn who she strikes up an intimate on line relationship with via Facebook. But then there's Matt who she's really good friends with. Julia sets out to help Celeste loosen her dependence on Flat Fynn while uncovering the real reason behind the family's dysfunction.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • A Song for Julia (Thompson Sisters)

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Charles Sheehan-Miles
    • Narrated By Jack Wallen, Alana Rader
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Crank Wilson left his South Boston home at sixteen to start a punk band and burn out his rage at the world. Julia Thompson left a secret behind in Beijing that exploded into scandal in Washington, DC, threatening her father's career and dominating her family's life. When Julia and Crank meet at an anti-war protest in Washington in the fall of 2002, the connection between them is so powerful it threatens to tear everything apart.

    Jordy says: "The best Thompson Sister book so far!!"
    "Poor quality audio/narration"
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    This may have been the poorest quality audiobook I've ever listened to. I had issues and inconsistencies with both narrators for Crank and Julia. I just couldn't stomach Crank's Boston accent. His voice for Julia didn't remotely resemble the hasty style she read with. He also didn't do a British accent for Serena, which the female narrator did. The female narrator did do a wonderful job on all the characters voices (I liked her voice for Crank better than his actual voice). However, she read so quickly, blowing past natural pauses and then creating pauses where there shouldn't be any. She also swallowed a lot (she was a noisy reader) and the overall recording when she read sounded "cheap" as if she were just pressing a tape recorder, not in any kind of professional sound booth.

    The story itself was just OK for me. Although I understood Julia's difficult past; it was hard to watch her continually keep Crank at a distance because of her own insecurities

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Promise Me

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Barbie Bohrman
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (105)
    Story
    (103)

    Sabrina Chandler has been unlucky in love: 10 years ago, just before her high school graduation, she was shockingly betrayed by her boyfriend and her so-called best friend. That dark day, a mysterious bad boy, Tyler Anderson, came to her defense. He made her promise to leave their hometown, told her she deserved so much more — things that he could not give her. Now, Sabrina reluctantly heads to her high school reunion, hoping to confront her betrayers — and, just maybe, to meet Tyler again.

    Books,Coffee and Wine says: "Great Narration- Great Story-!! <3"
    "Just OK for me"
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    What would have made Promise Me better?

    Kate Rudd is really hit or miss as a narrator for me. I liked her narration of this book, but I didn't love it.


    What was most disappointing about Barbie Bohrman’s story?

    The story was so typical for this new adult genre. The lack of good communication to clarify assumptions could have simply resolved so much. But then there wouldn' have been any angst. I understand that...I just didn't have any patience for it.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kate Rudd?

    Kate wasn't bad. I think I had difficulty with the overall story, not the narrator.


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

    Forgiveness and trust was a nice redeeming message in this book.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Because of Low

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Abbi Glines
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Shayna Thibodeaux
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (148)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (140)

    Playboy Cage owns the apartment, and he hosts a revolving door of people, in and out, at all times. Most of them are long-legged hot girls who are never there more than a night or two. When Cage’s new roommate, Marcus, enters the picture, he’s just looking to nurse a broken heart. But there’s one particular semi-frequent regular who catches his eye. Willow - 'Low' - is the one Cage wants to marry. But the two of them are night and day, and Marcus can’t see how Low puts up with all of Cage’s womanizing.

    Gretchen says: "Surprisingly good"
    "Predictable, worthy of eye-rolls"
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    I just didn't have much patience for a story that was so predictable that by the first chapter or two I had it all figured out (and it did play out exactly how I thought it would). The relationship between Markus and Willow was fun and romantic, but the overall storyline was one big cliché. Are there really people as shallow out there as Willow's sister and Markus' dad? I found them and the story to be unrealistic. The best thing about this book was the dual narration by Kirby Heyborne and Shayna Thibodeaux (who also narrates under the name of Candace Thaxton).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Deliverance

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By James Dickey
    • Narrated By Will Patton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1233)
    Performance
    (1092)
    Story
    (1093)

    The setting is the Georgia wilderness, where the state's most remote white-water river awaits. In the thundering froth of that river, in its echoing stone canyons, four men on a canoe trip discover a freedom and exhilaration beyond compare. And then, in a moment of horror, the adventure turns into a struggle for survival as one man becomes a human hunter who is offered his own harrowing deliverance.

    Katherine says: "excruciatingly vivid, marvelously written and read"
    "Monstruous acts of survival"
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    I have never seen this movie, (I was aware of a few quotes and the reference to the banjo music) so I listened to this book blindly. The build-up was slow, but filled with foreboding. When things did turn, they turned sharply and violently. What sets out as an adventurous canoe trip for four friends turns into a monstrous act of survival against man and nature. I really can't exactly pinpoint why I didn't like this novel more. One of my favorite narrator's, Will Patton, did a wonderful job reading it, but I felt the pacing might have been my main issue. This book is heavy on details and the connection between man and nature. From a purely literary perspective it was impressive-full of emphasis on symbolism and foreshadowing and an amazing, descriptive transformation by the main character

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Short Stay in Hell

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Steven L. Peck
    • Narrated By Sergei Burbank
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (117)

    An ordinary family man, geologist, and Mormon, Soren Johansson has always believed he'll be reunited with his loved ones after death in an eternal hereafter. Then, he dies. Soren wakes to find himself cast by a God he has never heard of into a Hell whose dimensions he can barely grasp: a vast library he can only escape from by finding the book that contains the story of his life. In this haunting existential novella, author, philosopher, and ecologist Steven L. Peck explores a subversive vision of eternity.

    Janice says: "I'll be thinking about this one for a while."
    "Makes you wonder..."
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    For me, the narrator neither added to nor subtracted from the content of this story. When Soren Johansson, a Mormon, dies of brain cancer in his early 40's, he is stunned to find himself in hell. This is no hell that he or anyone else has ever fathomed. The reason he and the other people were cast in this particular hell is because they did not believe in Zoroastrianism. Who would have thought that's why you would end up in hell? But don't worry, this hell is not forever. Your ticket to getting out is to simply go through the vast library that awaits you and find the book about your life without any errors in it. So begins Soren's new "life" in hell. It may take you awhile to really understand the dimensions in this hell and when you do, you will not only wonder at its possibility but you will also find more value in time and life in general. This story made my head spin a bit but mostly it left me with a strange, unsettling kind of uncertainty about what could be.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Down London Road

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Samantha Young
    • Narrated By Elle Newlands
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (561)
    Performance
    (516)
    Story
    (515)

    Johanna Walker is used to taking charge. But she’s about to meet someone who will make her lose control....

    It has always been up to Johanna to care for her family, particularly her younger brother, Cole. With an absent father and a useless mother, she’s been making decisions based on what’s best for Cole for as long as she can remember. She even determines what men to date by how much they can provide for her brother and her, not on whatever sparks may - or may not - fly. But with Cameron MacCabe, the attraction is undeniable....

    SIMARA says: "Magnificent!"
    "Great narration, OK story"
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    This was a relatively predictable yet steamy love story. The narrator's charming Scottish accent was what sealed the deal on getting this audiobook (I couldn't have replicated that in my mind while reading it!)

    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
    (771)
    Performance
    (725)
    Story
    (726)

    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.

    Jordy says: "Think Wallbanger meets Beautiful Bastard...."
    "I got tangled up in Tangled!"
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    There's no doubt that I would have enjoyed this book immensely had I just read it; however, listening to Sebastian York completely capture Drew Evan's unabashed sexuality, arrogance and hilarity was perfection (hence the 5 star rating). I have read several books where the womanizing bad boy/man falls for the inexperienced good girl/woman. What makes this book unique is that it's written from Drew's point of view and we are in his unfiltered mind the whole time.

    His player ways are challenged when he meets his new co-worker, Kate Brooks.
    First off, Kate is engaged and Drew has a rule about never hooking up with anyone he works with. Needless to say, his previous rules and MO go out the door. But Kate is not playing his games-at all. The undeniable sexual tension between them is heightened when they compete against each other in order to land a coveted investment account-one they are both willing to play dirty to get.

    What this book comes down to is Drew navigating in completely uncharted territory when it comes to Kate…and love. He makes some serious mistakes, but the guy IS willing to make up for it. All I know is you can plant me inside Drew's mind any day. I lost track of how many times I laughed out loud (when not laughing I was continuously grinning). I almost tripped over my own feet on the treadmill a few times because I was so distracted by the humorous banter between Kate and Drew. This audiobook was so entertaining, that I started listening to some parts over again. It's hilarious, steamy, romantic and a ton of fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Down to You: The Bad Boys, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By M. Leighton
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd, Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (472)
    Performance
    (433)
    Story
    (430)

    When college student Olivia Townsend returned home to help her father run his business, she never imagined a complication like Cash and Nash Davenport - twin brothers different in so many ways but with one thing in common: an uncontrollable desire for Olivia. Cash is dangerous, sexy, and bad to the bone - a man whose kisses make Olivia forget she is playing with fire. Nash is successful, reliable, and intensely passionate - and already taken. But all it takes is one soft stroke to make Olivia forget he belongs to someone else. However, Olivia is in for a surprise....

    Jordy says: "The Bad Boys with a twist...."
    "Fun & sexy"
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    This was a fun, sexy and very addicting book to listen to. I liked the alternating chapters read with a female voice for Olivia and the male voice for Cash and Nash. There wasn't a surprise twist for me...it was what I thought. I still liked it though (-:

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Drowning Instinct

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ilsa J. Bick
    • Narrated By Kathleen McInerney
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (46)

    There are stories where the girl gets her prince, and they live happily ever after. (This is not one of those stories.) Jenna Lord's first 16 years were not exactly a fairy tale. Her father is a controlling psycho and her mother is a drunk. She used to count on her older brother - until he shipped off to Iraq. And then, of course, there was the time she almost died in a fire.

    Kimberly says: "Disturbing"
    "Dark & damaged & secrets"
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    This is a dark book, and listening to it is the perfect medium for it because Jenna is confessing her story on cassette tape. At sixteen years old, Jenna Lorde has a damaged past. After being in a psych ward and home-schooled she is now attending a public school where she befriends her chemistry teacher. I can't tell you how many times I thought, "Boundaries, Mr. Anderson, boundaries!" But soon there aren't any. Jenna has her secrets, but guess what, so does Mr. Anderson. I liked the ending...it was emotional and the last bit I heard was perfect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • How to Love

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Katie Cotugno
    • Narrated By Merritt Hicks
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember: as natural as breathing, as endless as time. But he's never seemed to notice that Reena even exists... until one day, impossibly, he does. Reena and Sawyer fall in messy, complicated love. But then Sawyer disappears from their humid Florida town without a word, leaving a devastated - and pregnant - Reena behind.

    Melissa Bee says: "Love at its hardest, messiest times"
    "Love at its hardest, messiest times"
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    I really loved "How To Love." This isn't an easy, predictable read; it's love captured at its hardest and messiest times. This book tells the story of a girl, Reena, who always wanted to go everywhere, but instead becomes trapped and goes nowhere and a boy, Sawyer, whose afraid of being left behind and takes off without a word to anyone-takes off for a very long time. After more than two years, he comes back. To say things have changed would be an understatement. Things are very complicated for him and Reena now, but then again, before Sawyer ever left there were a multitude of complications between them. Told in alternating chapters from before Sawyer left and after he returns, Katie Cotugna painfully explores love, patience, guilt and forgiveness and Merritt Hicks does a great job of narrating it all. This is my favorite kind of young adult novel-one that's well-written, authentic, emotional and will appeal to adults of all ages.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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