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  • A Matter of Days

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Amber Kizer
    • Narrated By Alex McKenna
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (26)

    On Day 56 of the pandemic called BluStar, 16-year-old Nadia's mother dies, leaving her responsible for her younger brother, Rabbit. They secretly received antivirus vaccines from their uncle, but most people weren't as lucky. Their deceased father taught them to adapt and survive whatever comes their way. That's their plan as they trek from Seattle to their grandfather's survivalist compound in West Virginia....

    Connie says: "One of my favorite end of the world stories"
    "One of my favorite end of the world stories"
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    I found this to be one of the best dystopia narrations I've read or listened lately. It reminded me to the Stand, minus the fantastic elements. You get to care for the characters, and the situations are realistic to the degree that you feel immersed into the reality they're living. There were only a few times when I found myself saying to the main character "why would you want to go there???" but other than that, the whole story gets your attention and doesn't let it go. Worth the credit for sure!

    1 of 1 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
    (281)
    Performance
    (256)
    Story
    (255)

    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.

    Jan says: "A Free, Middle- of- the- series Novella"
    "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.

    0 of 0 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
    (566)
    Performance
    (527)
    Story
    (529)

    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 0 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
    Overall
    (354)
    Performance
    (327)
    Story
    (328)

    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.

    MAB says: "Heart-stopping cliffhanger...again"
    "Don't turn this into another Twilight!"
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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 0 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
    (282)
    Performance
    (183)
    Story
    (179)

    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 0 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"
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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 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
    (1492)
    Performance
    (1329)
    Story
    (1333)

    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"
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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 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
    (4100)
    Performance
    (3687)
    Story
    (3707)

    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"
    "Tear-jerker"
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    Whether you agree or not with the premise of this novel, I believe most people will find it very human and very moving story. I'm not sure if it's what I was expecting, since this is my second novel by this author and the other one seem to once again deal with very human characters, not your typical love story. One thing that I find in both novels is that in both you get a contrast with those people struggling to make ends meet and the other side of the spectrum with people who're swimming in money. The author seems to point at how necessary money is to reach certain goals, but all of the money in the world can't make you happy if you don't know what to do with it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sopaths

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Piers Anthony
    • Narrated By A.T. Chandler
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Killing children is an ugly business, but the alternative is so much uglier. Abner Slate just watched his five-year-old daughter Olive kill his wife and son. Olive is a sopath. Born without souls, sopaths are children who will lie, cheat, rape, and murder to get what they want. There's one in every family these days, destroying America's heartland from within. After murdering his daughter in self-defense, Abner is taken in by a secret network of sopath victims called Pariah.

    Connie says: "Can't even find the right title for this review"
    "Can't even find the right title for this review"
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    I believe myself to be a person with an open mind and when I read sci-fi, particularly stories of futuristic, or alternative worlds, I'm willing to take risks. An example of this is the novel "A girl with all the gifts." Yes, children are monsters in that story and it's a kill-or-be-killed world that made no exception for age or gender, yet somehow I felt there was a logical explanation to this type of behaviour. The Sopaths doesn't even compare, it's one of the worst novels I have ever read in my life. Please be warned that this is bordering on kiddie porn with no subtleties about it. I found the story more and more offensive as I tried to get through it and I couldn't find a single saving grace, not even the writing, which is as bad as the story. I've tried to return this audiobook, but they're making me call a number to do so. If they'll make it hard for me to return it, I'll make sure then to leave this review as a strong warning to anyone thinking of reading this novel, because if you have an ounce of decency you'll find yourself feeling sick to your stomach as I did.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • You Don't Have to Say You Love Me

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Sarra Manning
    • Narrated By Julie Maisey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (51)
    Story
    (51)

    Girls like Neve Slater don’t get gorgeous guys like William. But William’s been in L A for three years, and Neve’s been slimming down in preparation for his return. Then her sister Celia points out that if Neve wants William to think she's an experienced love-goddess then she’d better get some experience - a man to show her the ropes, like Celia’s colleague Max. And since he’s not Neve’s type, she certainly won’t fall for him...

    Aimee says: "I do have to say I love this book"
    "Right to the heart"
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    I found myself split at first on this book. There's humor, there's romance and there's lots of sexy moments. However, I found her naivete annoying sometimes, and her self-deprecating comments even worst. And still, if as a woman I'm honest, there are plenty of times when my mind has played the same stream of consciousness that this woman keeps playing in her head. The moment I admitted to this, the book just really clicked for me. A credit well spent!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • And After: Until the End of the World, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Sarah Lyons Fleming
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (112)
    Story
    (112)

    Cassie Forrest could almost believe life at Kingdom Come Farm is perfect, with Adrian and her friends at her side and spring on the way. The spring thaw also means millions of defrosting zombies, however, and if the past year has taught her anything, it's that life in this new world is highly imperfect. When Safe Zones throughout the country begin to disappear and the zombies at the fences grow in number, Cassie clings to the hope that if she has the people she loves most, it will be all right.

    Melody says: "Awesome!"
    "What will the 3rd book be like?"
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    Because there has to be a 3rd book, it'd be really sad if the series ends here. While the first book left us with hope about the future of the characters, the second one felt like a bucket of ice water, leaving us with a sense of uncertainty and fear. I feel the author has matured as a writer, giving us less gossipy, highschool-like feel to the group of friends, who're supposed to be in their late 20s or early 30s, and there's more zombie action. I look forward to the next book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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