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Connie

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  • Cry

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Jacqueline Druga
    • Narrated By Gene Joseph Blake
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (21)
    Performance
    (20)
    Story
    (20)

    Following a mysterious storm, the world is thrown into chaos. Communications are disabled along with computer networking. Nightly, the skies illuminate and with each sequential storm more and more people disappear. No one knows what is causing the events and as the governments break down, the population dwindles to a mere fraction. Communities are left to fend for themselves. Mankind faces an extinction level event. Grant and Rita Mason have lived in the same town for over three decades. Their town has become one of the few remaining pockets of civilization.

    Connie says: "Good story, not so good a narrator"
    "Good story, not so good a narrator"
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    Performance
    Story

    I enjoy this kind of fiction and this book by Druga doesn't disappoint. However, I disliked how the male narrator did all the voices in such a way that most of the characters sounded like old men or women, with very little distinction among them, so sometimes I wasn't sure who was talking. With many characters to follow this detail is very important since the story can get confusing after a while.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Gentle Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Deborah Smith
    • Narrated By Suzy Harbulak
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (207)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (181)

    A Connecticut heiress learns she's adopted and travels to northern Florida "cracker" cattle ranch to find her birth parents. There she also finds unexpected romance with the ranch's owner.

    ~~ DARA ~~ says: "Extremely Touching!"
    "A story that deserves a better recording"
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    Thiis is a moving, corky and sweet story with characters that one comes to care about. One thing that ruins this audiobook is the very bad audio editing. From no pauses in between chapters to clear differences in volume in places where one would guess sections were re-recorded or added. The reader isn't too clear in voicing the male vs female characters so it can get confusing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Harvesting

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Melanie Karsak
    • Narrated By Kristin James
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (25)
    Story
    (25)

    While Layla Petrovich returns home to rural Hamletville after a desperate call from her psychic grandmother, she never could have anticipated the horror of what Grandma Petrovich has foreseen. The residents of Hamletville will need Layla's cool head, fast blade, and itchy trigger finger to survive the undead apocalypse that's upon them. But even that may not be enough. With mankind silenced, it soon becomes apparent that we were never alone.

    Amazon Customer says: "New favorite!!"
    "The author couldn't make up her mind about this"
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    Story

    So, the story doesn't seem to be very well focused, by the end I had no idea what it was about - was it about zombies? I'm not sure, there were plenty of them at the beginning, but by the end, not so much. But that fact doesn't bother me as much as the main female protagonist. Why is that when an author wants to make a female character as the leader of the pack, she assumes this role automatically, without really earning it or deserving it? I hate how all people, men and women, just turn to this woman to ask constantly, "what do we do now?" What were these people doing before this woman walked back in town?? The ending was abrupt too. Not sure if I'll want to continue reading this series.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Portal: Portal Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Imogen Rose
    • Narrated By Sue Leib Bernstein, Lauren Tate
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Come Find Me Two Years Ago... Six words that propel ice-hockey-playing tomboy Arizona into an alternate dimension. She suddenly finds herself living the life of a glamorous cheerleader. She finds herself transported from her happy life with her dad to living with the mother she hates. Everyone knows her as Arizona Darley, but she isn't. She is Arizona Stevens.

    Allie-Kat says: "Fantastic"
    "Interesting start, then what a mess...."
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    It started off as a promising idea, the first few chapters, even the original song, I really like the dreamy quality of it. Then, it just falls apart, I felt like just when the main character would try to tackle something important, she'd just get distrated by the most mundane situations - choosing clothes, walking the dog, etc. The dialogues are terrible, I can't imagine a teenager, particularly the guys, talking like that. The ending and parts of the story are just too confusing to follow. It feels like such a waste of a good concept.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Broken World: Broken World, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate L. Mary
    • Narrated By Hillary Huber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    When a deadly virus sweeps the country, Vivian Thomas sets out for California in hopes of seeing the daughter she gave up for adoption. Then her car breaks down, and she's faced with a choice. Give up or accept a ride from redneck brothers Angus and Axl, but she's prepared to do whatever it takes to reach her daughter.

    Heather says: "Give it til the middle"
    "When every day people survives zombie apocalypse.."
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    I really enjoyed this zombie story, although I heard that this is supposed to be similar to another book or to The Walking Dead. I'm a fan of the tv show, and yes, there're some aspects to the book that reminds me of the show - Daryl = Axel for example. However, in both there's a certain humanity that pops up to make you think, yep, that's how I would have reacted. These aren't your perfect heroes, they make mistakes, they have shaddy stories in their past, and they still make it alive. I really look forward to the next book!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • So Long, Lollipops: The Free Until The End of the World Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (3 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Sarah Lyons Fleming
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (431)
    Performance
    (390)
    Story
    (392)

    Peter watched his new family drive away, certain it was the last time he'd ever see them. But sometimes plans go awry in the best way. Now, the plan is to get back to them. But sometimes plans go awry in the worst way. Sometimes the only plan is to believe it will be all right, even when it's almost impossible to believe.

    Debbie Petersen says: "Surprisingly excellent and captivating ."
    "Just a novella, but great side story!"
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    I really liked the first novel of this series, and though the second one is heartbreaking, I became attached to these charecters. Listening to this novella helped me tie some ends together, but it made me hope there's a third instalment so that maybe some of the characters that appear in So long, lollipops might end up in the third novel. Peter is actually one of the most evolved characters in this series, really enjoyed getting to know him.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Maybe Someday

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Colleen Hoover
    • Narrated By Zachary Webber, Angela Goethals
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (648)
    Performance
    (598)
    Story
    (599)

    At 22 years old, Sydney has a great life: She’s in college; working a steady job; in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter; and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter's cheating on her - and she is left trying to decide what to do next. Sydney becomes captivated by Ridge, her mysterious neighbor. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to his playing his guitar every day out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either.

    Melissa Bee says: ""Listening" with Your Heart"
    "Beautiful, poetic... too sweet at times"
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    This book reminded me of my college experience so much, all that drama, heartbreak and bittersweet memories. I love the use of music and lyrics as the engine that moves along the plot. To have one of the main characters deal naturally with an important physical disability without making it into a tragedy really added points to the story. Still, I could have used less sweet, heart breaking moments, especially when the end became predictable, it was over the top at times. Still, really worth a listen!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dead of Winter: Arcana Chronicles, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Kresley Cole
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (583)
    Performance
    (533)
    Story
    (535)

    Heartbreaking decisions: Evie was almost seduced by the life of comfort that Death offered her - until Jack was threatened by two of the most horrific Arcana, The Lovers. She will do anything to save him, even escape Death's uncanny prison, full of beautiful objects, material comforts - and stolen glances from a former love.

    Katheryne says: "Love, love, love this series!"
    "Don't turn this into another Twilight!"
    Overall
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    I hate to give such a low rating to a series that I really like and think it has a lot of merit in many departments, except for the love triangle - like some other reviewer said, it overshadows all the other good aspects of the plot. Like some other readers, I was fascinated by the tarot cards as the main line that joined a number of characters together. That was to me the best part of the first book, you got to know the alchemist, not just Evie and her group of friends. Since the second book it's become Evie-centered, and I think that's where the story has started to go wrong. It'd really be good to have another pov, like in the first book. And please, let's tone down the love triangle aspect of the story, because to me either Jack or Death are good for Evie, just pick one and move on!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Life as We Knew It: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susan Beth Pfeffer
    • Narrated By Emily Bauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (301)
    Performance
    (196)
    Story
    (192)

    Miranda's disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the Moon closer to the Earth. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun?

    Syd says: "Makes You Wonder..."
    "Makes you want to start storing provisions"
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    This is one of the first audio books I ever listened, and just like the first time, after listening to this book, I felt like I should go to the supermarket and start buying non-perishable foods lol I know there are many novels that deal with surviving zombie apocalypse and other types of catastrophic scenarios, but in these there are no super humans involved, nor supernatural events, just plain people trying to deal. I hear the last novel of the series is really disappointing and I have yet to decide whether to listen to it or not, but having listened to the first 3 novels before, they're all worth the credit.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Replay

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Robin Brande
    • Narrated By Maria Hunter Welles
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Cara Campbell thought she had it made: star athlete, popular student, winner. But when she dies during surgery, she sees something she knows no one would ever believe. The doctors manage to revive her, but what happened during those 42 seconds of death has changed everything. Now Cara is having a hard time adjusting to her former life. None of her friends or accomplishments matter anymore. What does matter is the face she saw as she came rushing back into her body.

    Connie says: "A thoughtful teen story"
    "A thoughtful teen story"
    Overall
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    This is definitely a YA novel, but I'd say it's for the mature end of that public. I like the emotional and spiritual journey of the character that deals with existentialist questions that youth and maybe some adults may wonder about, but it trascends all of that to deal with real life issues that the young protagonist must face and solve in her present reality. Ultimately it's a novel about second-chances, not going along with the crowd, developing a sense of individuality and self-confidence, and facing life issues head on.

    0 of 1 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
    (1810)
    Performance
    (1598)
    Story
    (1601)

    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."
    "Entertaining, real (a little gross) and romantic"
    Overall
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    I really like having different voices to make a distinctive pov for each character. It's romantic in an unusual sort of way. I could do without so many references to car sickness and bodily functions.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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