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Brooke

Audio books are the best :)

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  • Prodigy: A Legend Novel, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Marie Lu
    • Narrated By Steven Kaplan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (902)
    Performance
    (804)
    Story
    (811)

    June and Day arrive in Vegas just as the unthinkable happens: The Elector Primo dies, and his son Anden takes his place. With the Republic edging closer to chaos, the two join a group of Patriot rebels eager to help Day rescue his brother and offer passage to the Colonies. They have only one request: June and Day must assassinate the new Elector. It’s their chance to change the nation, to give voice to a people silenced for too long. But as June realizes this Elector is nothing like his father, she’s haunted by the choice ahead. What if Anden is a new beginning?

    Amazon Customer says: "Breathless"
    "Good followup, will continue with the next book"
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    This book, while not quite as good as the first, was still very interesting and kept me listening. The characters fall into some interesting situations and the ending chapter was very eventful. But, aside from a last minute turn in the story, I almost think this book could have concluded the series, as story sort of culminates to a nice place so I'm not sure there's a lot of room to grow...

    But I guess because of that I'm interested to see what the last book has in store!

    0 of 0 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
    (4582)
    Performance
    (4085)
    Story
    (4107)

    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.

    Bonny says: "Will & Louisa - each has what the other one needs"
    "Good 'finding yourself' story"
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    I appreciated this book for its humor and fresh take on a romance story. It was much less focused on the romance part (until the end that is) and more so a story of the main character finding herself.

    Well written and performed, not hugely exciting but worth the read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Plus One: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Jojo Moyes
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Bower, Ben Elliot, Nicola Stanton, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1763)
    Performance
    (1558)
    Story
    (1561)

    Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied, and your math-whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can't afford to pay for. That's Jess' life in a nutshell - until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess' knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages...maybe ever.

    Kathy says: "Sometimes I need a book that is just fun to read."
    "Cute love story"
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    I liked this book pretty well, the ending got a bit too 'mushy' (for lack of a better term) for me. It's not that I don't appreciate a good romance but perhaps the author just didn't make it believable enough for me.

    Other than that, it was well written and well performed. I liked it enough to read another of the author's books - Me Before You.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Martian

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Andy Weir
    • Narrated By R. C. Bray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23652)
    Performance
    (21736)
    Story
    (21746)

    Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

    Michael G. Kurilla says: "Macgyver on Mars"
    "Great sci-fi survival story"
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    I really liked this book, the story was entertaining and very well written. All of the details the author gave made the story that much more believable.

    The only reason I gave it 3 stars instead of 4 or 5 is because it wasn't quite my type of genre, but that shouldn't having any bearing on the fact that it was very well written and well performed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fated: Alex Verus Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Benedict Jacka
    • Narrated By Gildart Jackson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1291)
    Performance
    (1172)
    Story
    (1176)

    Alex Verus is part of a world hidden in plain sight, running a magic shop in London. And while Alex's own powers aren't as showy as some mages, he does have the advantage of foreseeing the possible future-allowing him to pull off operations that have a million-to-one-chance of success. But when Alex is approached by multiple factions to crack open a relic from a long-ago mage war, he knows that whatever's inside must be beyond powerful.

    Jessica says: "Harry Dresden meets the Temple of Doom"
    "Not the best..."
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    I did not enjoy this book much, the story was relatively boring despite the author's attempts to make it exciting. The writing at times seemed almost...misogynistic? But perhaps that was just the author's portrayal of female characters in the book.

    Regardless, it was hard for me to get through this book, I normally enjoy fantasies a lot, but this story seemed almost silly.

    The narrator was also not a great performer, aside from the main character's voice, his voices for other characters fell flat and added to the 'silliness' factor.

    Wasn't for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Cuckoo's Calling

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Galbraith
    • Narrated By Robert Glenister
    Overall
    (9136)
    Performance
    (8236)
    Story
    (8252)

    After losing his leg to a land mine in Afghanistan, Cormoran Strike is barely scraping by as a private investigator. Then John Bristow walks through his door with an amazing story: his sister, the legendary supermodel Lula Landry, famously fell to her death a few months earlier. The police ruled it a suicide, but John refuses to believe that. The case plunges Strike into the world of multimillionaire beauties, rock-star boyfriends, and desperate designers, and it introduces him to every variety of pleasure, enticement, seduction, and delusion known to man.

    Tracey says: "Unbelievable debut mystery set in London"
    "Well written mystery"
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    While I'm usually not one to pick up a mystery novel, I really enjoyed this one. It took me several chapters to really get into it but the writing is what kept me going. The author made you feel like you were there experiencing exactly what the characters were feeling, seeing, hearing.

    As for the mystery itself, it was interesting but occasionally things 'fell into place' rather conveniently, but perhaps that's just my inexperience with mystery novels :)

    Will read the next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Written in My Own Heart's Blood: Outlander, Book 8

    • UNABRIDGED (44 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5206)
    Performance
    (4837)
    Story
    (4825)

    Hurtled back through time more than two hundred years to 1743 Scotland, Claire Randall finds herself caught in the midst of an unfamiliar world torn apart by violence, pestilence, and revolution and haunted by her growing feelings for a young soldier, James Fraser.

    G. House Sr. says: "Eloquent Fabulous Historical - Grand Continuation"
    "More more more!"
    Overall
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    While I did feel there might have been a bit of rushing through some parts of the story, this 8th book did not disappoint. I loved this one as I have the others.

    Diana Gabaldon, please write more of these!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Life After Life: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Kate Atkinson
    • Narrated By Fenella Woolgar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1586)
    Performance
    (1398)
    Story
    (1412)

    On a cold and snowy night in 1910, Ursula Todd is born to an English banker and his wife. She dies before she can draw her first breath. On that same cold and snowy night, Ursula Todd is born, lets out a lusty wail, and embarks upon a life that will be, to say the least, unusual. For as she grows, she also dies, repeatedly, in a variety of ways, while the young century marches on towards its second cataclysmic world war.

    Diane says: "Life after life after life after life after life.."
    "Interesting take on historical fiction"
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    I enjoyed listening to this book and its take on early to mid 1900's England.

    I think we all wonder what life would be like if we had a chance to live it over again and this book really captured those possible slight differences between lives without making it too unrealistic.

    Overall I did feel it was a bit sad, granted 1910-1945 England had its fair share of hardships so I suppose I can't expect anything different...

    Good listen, not great but good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Piper Kerman
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4155)
    Performance
    (3731)
    Story
    (3757)

    With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money 10 years ago. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to 15 months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187-424 - one of the millions of women who disappear "down the rabbit hole" of the American penal system.

    Mark says: "My favorite book of the year, so far"
    "Interesting, fact filled memoir"
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    After having watched the first season of Orange Is The New Black on Netflix, this book was VERY tame in comparison. But I guess I had to expect that ;)

    I really enjoyed Kerman's honesty throughout the story and her perspective on what it means to "do time". But I most of all appreciated that the memoir was riddled with stats about prison life in America - you could really tell she did her research when writing this book. She tells her own story but we also get an idea of what it was like for other prisoners in her same camp, and what it must be like for prisoners in various facilities across the nation.

    Overall I enjoyed the book, it was different from what I expected it to be, but it gave me some perspective and I love when a book does that!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Marie Lu
    • Narrated By Mariel Stern, Steven Kaplan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1432)
    Performance
    (1287)
    Story
    (1306)

    What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem. From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect.

    Arwen says: "A Legend in Some Minds..."
    "2 lead characters-nice change for dystopia fiction"
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    This book has your typical post-disaster dystopian society with a totalitarian regime keeping people down and weeding out the weak. What I appreciated most about this book is that it was well written and thought out. There weren't any blaring holes in the story or ridiculous jumps to conclusions that I've experienced with other YA dystopian novels.

    The characters maybe aren't as developed as I'd like them to be but the dual protagonists might be the cause of that. I liked how the narration split between the two, and the story kept me listening all day with its unexpected turns and surprises.

    Overall really liked it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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