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Ali

Richmond, VA, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • 5 reviews
  • 90 ratings
  • 273 titles in library
  • 14 purchased in 2014
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  • Release Me (The Stark Trilogy)

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By J. Kenner
    • Narrated By Sofia Willingham
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (963)
    Performance
    (886)
    Story
    (885)

    He was the one man I couldn’t avoid. And the one man I couldn’t resist. Damien Stark could have his way with any woman. He was sexy, confident, and commanding: Anything he wanted, he got. And what he wanted was me. Our attraction was unmistakable, almost beyond control, but as much as I ached to be his, I feared the pressures of his demands. Submitting to Damien meant I had to bare the darkest truth about my past - and risk breaking us apart. But Damien was haunted, too. And as our passion came to obsess us both, his secrets threatened to destroy him - and us - forever.

    Katheryne says: "Why isn't this book in your library????"
    "So glad there's another book coming out soon!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Release Me to be better than the print version?

    The audio is definitely much preferred in this case cuz it got me through the book faster, not that I wanted it to end. But I just the opposite, I couldn't stop listening and the audio made it easier.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    This is a toughy because both main characters, Nikki and Damien, are lovable to me. Both characters are strong and very independent but they need each other. I think being with and seeing the other makes the character see and understand him/herself more. And that's what I love about this book. Both characters are facing similar demons and realize their bond is stronger than these demons.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The entire book was just full of raw emotion and was very moving all around but I think the moment he confesses that he's been watching her and wanting her for years because he knew they were kindred spirits was really moving.


    Any additional comments?

    The part of this book I hated the most was when it was over. I wanted it to continue. I am so excited for the next book in the series (Claim Me), which will be out next month (April 27th) YAY. I hope the second book touches more on his personal life.

    All the raw emotion on both sides and trying to break the barriers is what makes it such a powerful listen. It is a lot like 50 shades and Bared To You.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Rush: The Breathless Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Maya Banks
    • Narrated By Adam Paul
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1015)
    Performance
    (938)
    Story
    (941)

    When Gabe Hamilton saw Mia Crestwell walk into the ballroom for his hotel’s grand opening, he knew he was going to hell for what he had planned. After all, Mia is his best friend’s little sister. Except she’s not so little anymore. And Gabe has waited a long time to act on his desires. Gabe has starred in Mia’s fantasies more than once, ever since she was a teenager with a huge crush on her brother’s best friend. So what if Gabe’s 14 years older? Mia knows he’s way out of her league, but her attraction has only grown stronger with time. She’s an adult now, and there’s no reason not to act on her most secret desires.

    Karen says: "Not Maya Banks at her best"
    "Rush is a good title"
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    This story was like a modern romance on crack! There were too many major points to contribute to the story line but not enough build up. I felt like the story was like BAM point 1 then BAM point 2 then etc. The story was rushed! I guess modern romances now are trying to meet/ exceed the "50 shades" standards, but it took 3 books to tell that story. I don't want to read a book and think I'm getting the "cliff notes" version.

    Also, the narrator was not that enjoyable to listen to. I think he gave a one note performance and even he rushed some of the dialogue. If a man narrates a romance, then he should narrate it in more of a sultry tone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thoughtless

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By S. C. Stephens
    • Narrated By Rebekkah Ross
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (736)
    Performance
    (694)
    Story
    (706)

    For almost two years now, Kiera’s boyfriend, Denny, has been everything she’s ever wanted: loving, tender, and endlessly devoted to her. When they head off to a new city to start their lives together - Denny at his dream job and Kiera at a top-notch university - everything seems perfect. Then an unforeseen obligation forces the happy couple apart. Feeling lonely, confused, and in need of comfort, Kiera turns to an unexpected source - a local rock star named Kellan Kyle. At first, he’s purely a friend she can lean on, but as her loneliness grows, so does their relationship. And then one night everything changes....

    Candateshia Pafford says: "What a shocker!"
    "Hate to love this!"
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    If you are looking for the typical hero saving the tortured woman romance, do not download this book. If you want a quick read, forget this book. It makes you think. It is so full of blemishes on all three of the main characters parts (morals I am so against). I wanted to slap them all and put the book away so many times, but because it was so dramatic I just could not put it down. I usually save my listen for work (so no listening outside of work). I began this book on a Friday afternoon. The book was like a bad car crash, I couldn't stop listening and I finished in a few days (over the weekend/ outside of work). I was so engulfed and wanted to know what happened next.

    I do agree that the author could have shortened the book. I didn't need to hear description of every nook and cranny here and there. And the recording is of very poor quality. I'm not saying the narrator was bad, but I got a lot of background noise.

    Overall it was a very interesting twist on modern romance. Even the bad need their good times.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6681)
    Performance
    (5074)
    Story
    (5154)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "An interesting twist"
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    I did like this book and listening to it added an interesting pull. The narrator made it sound like a mockumentary. I felt I was watching a story of his life on The History Channel. That definitely added a some intrigue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Narrated By Joshilyn Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1383)
    Performance
    (1193)
    Story
    (1169)

    A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty is a powerful saga of three generations of women, plagued by hardships and torn by a devastating secret, yet inextricably joined by the bonds of family. Fifteen-year-old Mosey Slocumb-spirited, sassy, and on the cusp of womanhood-is shaken when a small grave is unearthed in the backyard, and determined to figure out why it's there. Liza, her stroke-ravaged mother, is haunted by choices she made as a teenager. But it is Jenny, Mosey's strong and big-hearted grandmother....

    Melinda says: "This One Ought To Butter Your Biscuit"
    "Not so grown up!"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty the most enjoyable?

    It was an uplifting, positive story.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would've changed the narrator. She was too nasally and whiny. Or I would've used 3 different narrators.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    This story did seem a bit adolescent at times, and not just when Mosey was telling her story. It was a bit predictable.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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