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  • Turning Home

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Stephanie Nelson
    • Narrated By Jenny Sullivan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (14)
    Story
    (14)

    When Brooke Kingsley finally captures the interest of her four-year crush-Dylan Crawford-her world turns upside down. Feeling alive for the first time, Brooke decides to spend her last three days of summer with Dylan and discovers there's more to him than the rumors being whispered all over town. The problem is, Brooke's father doesn't want his daughter anywhere near the blue-collar bad boy. As Brooke leaves for college, she'll realize that some boys aren't easy to forget.

    Erica says: "Couldn't Wait for it to End"
    "Couldn't Wait for it to End"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This is a YA book which is the genre I prefer but this book would only be enjoyable to a preteen-midteen. Only someone young would not find Brooke really annoying.


    Has Turning Home turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not all all, I enjoy YA.


    What aspect of Jenny Sullivan’s performance would you have changed?

    Her performance was fine no recommendations needed.


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

    Not really and I don’t like admitting it. Brooke is a very sweet girl but she’s incredibly annoying. The constant whining drove me nuts. I’m not saying she shouldn’t have complaints because she’s rich but geez are you happy about anything in your life? I have to be vague here to avoid revealing information…Brooke is so disgruntled about everything in her life and she wants the reader to know she’s nothing like the rich selfish snobs in her town yet she seemed just as selfish when it came to her mother’s incident, she was busy with Dillan. Which I guess I shouldn’t expect more of an 18 year old but I do. Her parents were extremely overbearing and I can understand her frustration but they love her dearly and she showed little to no appreciation which is the behavior of a 14 year old not 18.


    Any additional comments?

    This book dragged on and didn't get interesting until the last hour then it came and went to fast!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Stupid Girl

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Aurora Smith
    • Narrated By David Dietz
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    All seventeen-year-old David really wants is to fly under life's radar. In a typical cold winter day in Montana he does something extraordinary: he rescues smart, funny, gorgeous good-girl Lucy Peterson from drowning in a freezing lake. As their friendship grows, David realizes that risking his life was the easy part. His friendship with a girl who is different from him in every imaginable way forces David to challenge himself and those around him.

    Valeria says: "Very truthful deep and fun"
    "A Nice Surprise"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I will highly recommend this book to a friend. This book will be a pleasure for a wide range of ages because its so relatable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I really enjoyed this book. Although the main characters are raised in different worlds it’s not the typical good girl bad boy story. The story encompasses love, heartache, abuse; it’s a story that addresses many topics. I rarely knew what was going to happen next. In addition, I rarely read a story from a male’s point of view and a good portion of the story is from David’s point of view. David and Lucy’s journey into adulthood is a wonderful story.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narrator did an excellent job actually sounding like a teenager, with almost every character. The only problem I have is generally the same problem I have with male narrators, its very difficult to sound like a young teenage girl. It comes across incredibly annoying and unrealistic but it’s not terrible enough to take from the story and I still say he did a really good job. The narrator did a great job pacing the story and turned on the serious and comedic tones at the right time.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I didn’t have an extreme emotions to this book but its still an excellent read.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lie Next to Me

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Sandi Lynn
    • Narrated By Kasha Kensington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (80)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (76)

    The pain was unbearable, but I had to keep moving. I had to keep running, because if I didn't, he'd find me. I looked behind me as I ran through the streets; scared, alone, and in the dark as the mist of rain hit my face. My name is Rory Sinclair, and the night I was violently attacked was the night that changed my life forever. One man, a man named Ian Braxton, made it his mission to heal me, to save me, and to show me a world that previously had been only a dream to me.

    Kindle Customer says: "Nice title."
    "Disappointing"
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    Would you try another book from Sandi Lynn and/or Kasha Kensington?

    I would try another book by this author because I try 2 books before I decide an author is just not for me.


    What was most disappointing about Sandi Lynn’s story?

    This book was so disappointing because it has great reviews on Amazon. I don’t see what the other readers got out of this story. It’s clear the author is riding the wave of Fifty Shades of Gray. That is not too bad because we all get inspiration from something. My problem is the book includes aspects of Fifty Shades of Gray unnecessarily, it adds nothing to the plot. What is the point of mentioning he has a sex room when it wasn’t used in the story, to point out that Rory is so special he won’t take her there? There are other ways to show that to the reader without adding the sex room. In addition the story just starts bad. She gets stabbed and instead of taking her to the hospital he takes her home, where in the world do people do that? On top of that Rory is so annoying but she’s much like many women which was the only believable part of the story. One of the reason men lie to women is because women can’t deal with the truth. Ian was very up front with Rory about his views on relationships but could she handle that, NO! Her mission was to change him and this story only drives home the myth that women have, you can change any man and make him fall in love with you. This book was just bad all around.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When she stood up to Ian's father.


    What character would you cut from Lie Next to Me?

    The main character Rory


    3 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Undone: Unbreakable, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Rebecca Shea
    • Narrated By Amy Landon, Zach Villa
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (51)

    I've found it's easy to share my body but not my soul. I need no one, yet I crave her. Self-assured and independent, she doesn't need me, but she wants me, and undeniably I want her too. At war with myself as I battle the secrets of my past, I don't know if I can allow her to see the darkest parts of me, the parts I've left untouched - undone. As she chips away at the walls I've built for years, I fear those secrets will hold me hostage from love forever.

    Erica says: "Much better then book 1"
    "Much better then book 1"
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    If you could sum up Undone in three words, what would they be?

    Complex, emotional & memorable


    What other book might you compare Undone to and why?

    This is a great book. Book 1 was good but this one was so raw and emotional. I didn’t want to put this down. We are introduced to Landon in book one. He’s a bad boy unwilling to settle down. We learn so much about his past in this book and it’s heartbreaking and really sad for lack of better words. The childhood abuse he suffered was difficult to listen to and the narrator did a great job portraying his agony through his tone. Landon falls in love with Regan but his past has made him afraid to love and commit to anyone and he continuously pushes her away. Regan is a strong, intelligent woman that isn’t looking for a man to rescue to her unlike the main character in book 1, which I love. This book is filled with drama but it’s nothing too unbelievable and I highly recommend it.


    What aspect of Amy Landon and Zach Villa ’s performance would you have changed?

    Zach has the same issue I’ve found with all male narrators portraying a southern female, it’s terrible! When I say terrible I don’t mean you can’t stand to listen to it but it just sounds like ridiculous to me. It really isn’t that big of a deal though. Zach did an awesome job, I could feel the rage Landon experienced through Zach's narration.


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

    Yes, but discussing it would give too much of the story away.


    Any additional comments?

    Although this is book 2 you won't miss anything crucial if you don't read the first book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Piece

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Maggi Myers
    • Narrated By Amy McFadden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Life shouldn’t be about picking up the pieces. Beth Bradshaw has spent her life hiding from her tragic past. From the moment a trusted family friend steals her innocence until the moment another rescues her, she struggles to just survive. Surrounded by the comfort and protection of her extended family, Beth embarks on a journey of healing far from the horrors of her home. In her darkest moments, she meets a boy named Ryan. For one incredible summer, Ryan shows Beth what it’s like to act her own age.

    Nikki says: "missing a little something but still good"
    "Just Okay"
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    Would you try another book from Maggi Myers and/or Amy McFadden?

    The narrator was fine but I don't think I read another Maggi Myers book unless it was a good deal thru whispersync.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    This question is irrelevant to this book so I will give my opinion on this book. This book was just okay. It has great reviews on Amazon which made me eager to read it. Although the subject matter was tough to listen to it made the book stand out. I also enjoyed the relationship she had with Tommy and the evolution with her parents. Unfortunately, I still found it rather boring and rather predictable. With the great reviews on Amazon I definitely don’t recommend anyone avoid this book because of my review. I guess it just wasn’t my cup of tea.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I read this book only a week ago and I can't recall a favorite scene which goes to show how much of an impact this book made. I really only remember the molestation scene because it was tough to listen to.


    Could you see The Final Piece being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    This could be on Lifetime for sure!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Forever & Always: The Ever Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Jasinda Wilder
    • Narrated By Piper Goodeve, Gabriel Vaughan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (159)
    Performance
    (150)
    Story
    (151)

    These letters are often all that get me through week to week. Even if it’s just random stuff, nothing important, they’re important to me. Gramps is great, and I love working on the ranch. But…I’m lonely. I feel disconnected, like I’m no one, like I don’t belong anywhere. Like I’m just here until something else happens. I don’t even know what I want with my future. But your letters, they make me feel connected to something, to someone.

    Ruffian says: "Powerful and Memorable Forever and Always"
    "Rarely Do I Give 5 Stars"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Forever & Always to be better than the print version?

    I haven’t read the print version. Book 2 is not available in the audio format and when this happens I just wait for the release. With this book I can’t possibly wait for the audio version. This book was so good I will be actually reading the print version GASP!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cade is my favorite character. You can’t help but feel immense sorrow for him. No one should encounter so much turmoil especially so young. He sees himself as weak when actually he is very strong. Not many people could have carried on the way he did. When he finally was about to break he reached out to the one person who knew everything about him instead of taking the easy way and simply feeling sorry for himself and make reckless decisions.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene is when the reconnect. The writing is done so well I could feel the intensity of their reconnecting. I felt like I was there watching them have this intimate and joyous reunion.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I didn’t cry but only because I don’t think a book could ever bring me to tears no matter the devastation. If I were an emotional person I could have cried through half the book so I can definitely see a person having extreme emotion towards the story.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is best I’ve read in years. It takes the reader through so many emotions. It’s sad and I mean sad but it also makes you smile. Should you get this book, most definitely!

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Forbidden Disclosure: A Billionaire in Disguise, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Terri Marie
    • Narrated By Ben Pratt
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (44)
    Performance
    (41)
    Story
    (43)

    Francesco Giordano wants to retire and turn over his shipping empire to his only son Daniel. But the young, gorgeous, and sexy Daniel is more interested in fast cars, the family jet, and bedding women. When Francesco decides the best way to make his son grow up is to change his identity and move him away from his Manhattan penthouse, Daniel's world begins to rock. Sent to a little town in Tennessee, stripped of his family name and all access to money, Daniel finds himself on a mission to prove to his father that he can make it.

    Witchywoman says: "County Boy City Slicker"
    "A little disappointed"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Was listening to this book time well spent, what a question. At 6 hours it was surly an easy listen. I listen to my books while at work so sure it was time well spent.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Terri Marie? Why or why not?

    I wouldn’t listen to another book from this author and apparently this book has a part 2 and I’m not interested in reading it.


    Which character – as performed by Ben Pratt – was your favorite?

    Ben did a great job. I normally don’t enjoy male narrators but he was great. The characters all had distinct voices.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    I didn’t hate this book at all I just really didn’t enjoy the story. It felt rushed. The main character’s transformation was just too quick. The concept of the storyline is not original which I don’t think necessarily an issue it’s the execution of the storyline that I have a problem with. Everything happened so quickly and ended just too perfect. I’ve never read a book where everyone and I mean everyone is happy in the end of the story. Everyone finds love; an entire town is saved its way too far-fetched. Then angry Katherine, I couldn’t understand why she hated him so much. I see her disliking him but the extent of her anger just seemed strange. After saying all that, it’s not a horrible book at all, it’s a light easy read I just expected more after reading the reviews.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Maxed Out: American Moms on the Brink

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Katrina Alcorn
    • Narrated By Katrina Alcorn
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (57)
    Performance
    (52)
    Story
    (51)

    Mothers are the breadwinners in two-thirds of American families, yet the American workplace is uniquely hostile to the needs of parents. Weaving in surprising research about the dysfunction between the careers and home lives of working mothers, as well as the consequences to women's health, Alcorn tells a deeply personal story about "having it all,” failing miserably, and what comes after. Ultimately, she offers readers a vision for a healthier, happier, and more productive way to live and work.

    Margaret says: "The definition of insanity..."
    "OK I Guess"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Maxed Out to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the the print version


    If you’ve listened to books by Katrina Alcorn before, how does this one compare?

    First listen by Katrina Alcorn


    What does Katrina Alcorn bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She's a good narrator but doesn't really add anything I couldn't get if I had read the print version only because of the type of book it is


    Any additional comments?

    This is an ok book; it’s interesting to hear of another mother’s struggle that’s not in your immediate circle of friends or family. Unfortunately I can’t continue to read it; I’m a little over half way finished. I can’t help but think it’s a bunch of whining from a rather privileged mother. She has great job with a flexible schedule and 6 figure salary, understanding boss, seemingly awesome husband, housekeeper, gardener, healthy kids and etc. Why is she still complaining? Don’t have multiple children if you are losing your mind with one and cut yourself some slack perfection is not required. She’s neurotic and unrealistic with her expectations of being a good mother. She would probably slit her wrist if she had money problems, stripped away the housekeeper, gardener and had a husband that worked outside the home. I can’t sympathize nor relate to this woman in anyway.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Falling into You

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jasinda Wilder
    • Narrated By Gabriel Vaughan, Piper Goodeve
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (845)
    Performance
    (787)
    Story
    (788)

    Nell Hawthorne is in love with her life-long best friend, Kyle Calloway. Their young love is invincible and life is full of promise; then one night Kyle dies suddenly in a tragic accident and Nell is forever changed. She meets Kyle's older brother, Colton, for the first time at the funeral. They both struggle to move on with life as best they can. Years later, they meet again in New York City, and Colton realizes that Nell has never really gotten over Kyle's death. She seems to be harboring a deeply rooted pain, a heavy weight of guilt, and regret. He knows he shouldn't get involved, but he can't help himself.

    AudioAddict says: "Hard to categorize this one!"
    "Tragic and Heartfelt"
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    What made the experience of listening to Falling into You the most enjoyable?

    You can feel the pain of the characters in this book. Nell is a girl that's headed for accomplishing great things in life but when tragedy strikes her path is changed forever. You get to see this perfect girl with her perfect life turned upside. The struggles she goes through is not pretty or glamourized, it seems so real. Their is no way the author or someone close to her didn't live through something very similar to this.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Falling into You?

    Although this is not really part of the book at the very end someone sings the song Falling Into You and it was so beautiful.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Playing the guitar in the hospital. I won't add anything else, don't want to spoil anything.


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

    The hospital scene with the guitar.


    Any additional comments?

    Unlike the other reviews I didn't cry but it will break your heart for sure.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • White Lines

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Tracy Brown
    • Narrated By Allyson Johnson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (399)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (352)

    Jada left home at the age of sixteen, running from her own demons and the horrors of physical abuse inflicted by her mother’s boyfriend. She partied hard, and life seemed good when she was with Born, the neighborhood kingpin whose name was synonymous with money, power, and respect. But all his love couldn’t save her from a crack addiction. Jada goes from crack addict and prostitute to survivor and back again before she finds the strength to live for herself and come out on top.

    Dornetta says: "A very compelling story"
    "You won't regret getting this book!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    After nearly 50 books this is the 1st book I would recommend to anyone and everyone. I normally stay away from books with drug content because they always seem to glamorize the street life and although I have no experience with that life I seriously doubt everyone lives happily ever after. This book is what I imagine that life to be. The struggle, money, fun, drugs, death, this book has it all without being unbelievable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    At 19 hours long this book was very detailed and it showed her journey from the beginning to the end. It's long but in noway was I ready for it to be over. I've listened to long books and I always seem to be ready for it to be over already but no this one.


    Did Allyson Johnson do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes the characters had different voices. The only problem with the narration was the southern accent. At times the accent was very prominent which is weird because all the characters are from NY. It doesn't take away from the book and to be honest I wouldn't have wanted to listen to strong NY accents since I'm from VA. I can see it bothering those from the North though as they probably don't want to listen to a southern accent for 19 hours.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Truth is Stranger than Fiction, the name of the book Sunny and Jada wrote. Although I think that title/tag is already used elsewhere.


    Any additional comments?

    You won't regret getting this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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