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Sugarpucker

I listen to many audiobooks and review the ones I find most notable.

Member Since 2012

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  • 31 reviews
  • 97 ratings
  • 379 titles in library
  • 37 purchased in 2015
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  • Faking It

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Elisa Lorello
    • Narrated By Cynthia Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (76)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (69)

    After breaking off her engagement, 30-something Andi Cutrone yields New England to her ex and flees home to Long Island. There, she devotes her time to teaching in the writing program at Brooklyn University and overanalyzing her past failed relationships. But then she meets Devin, a male escort whose client list seems to include at least half of the accomplished women she knows. He is handsome, charismatic, and absolutely out of her league, but she can’t deny he has a certain…something. And so Andi makes him a proposition: If he will teach her to shed her sexual inhibitions, she will teach him to be a writer.

    Stephanie says: "wonderful"
    "More self discovery than romance"
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    I liked this book. I would give it 3.5 stars. The description makes it sound like a romance, but it is more of a self discovery book with romance elements. Very enjoyable. At no point in the story did I want to smack our heroine. This is contrary to many romance novels I have read, so I am very pleased. She progressed steadily as a person and I cheered for her along the way. She takes what she learns and makes good, solid decisions. This is so seldom the case in novels, that I feel it very satisfying and noteworthy.

    The narrator wasn't amazing. I didn't care for her at the start of the book. But once I got used to her, I stopped hearing her (if you know what I mean). So, not the worst narrator, by far. She just didn't add anything extra to the experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dark Recollections: Adrian's Undead Diary, Volume 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Chris Philbrook
    • Narrated By James Foster
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (300)
    Performance
    (279)
    Story
    (279)

    For the first time, the Internet phenomenon is now in print! Beheading a zombie isn't easy in a world where you're more afraid of the living than the dead. Adrian Ring's simple life is thrown into chaos when the world is ripped apart by a plague of undead and legions of desperate survivors. Retreating to Auburn Lake Preparatory Academy, Adrian attempts to rescue friends and family on the way while dancing around his impending insanity over who and what he left behind, and evading maniac survivors.

    Mike Naka says: "northern exposure meets zombieland"
    "Surprisingly Awesome"
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    I wasn't sure I would like this. I like zombie books. I've read Tufo and a few other less memorable ones. But I am not usually a diary fan. I was hesitant because this book is entirely in diary format. But what a surprise! I love it. I am hooked. Actually, I listened to the sample and I was hooked. This has it all - tactical, procedural, humor and some feels. The world building is fun. We learn about the zombies from Adrian first hand as he is learning about them. He is the only person talking and I never got tired of listening. That right there tells you something. I am going to read the next one for sure!

    The narrator was very good. He gave Adrian real personality.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • An Unwelcome Quest: Magic 2.0, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Scott Meyer
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1657)
    Performance
    (1509)
    Story
    (1506)

    Ever since Martin Banks and his fellow computer geeks discovered that reality is just a computer program to be happily hacked, they've been jaunting back and forth through time, posing as medieval wizards and having the epic adventures that other nerds can only dream of having. But even in their wildest fantasies, they never expected to end up at the mercy of the former apprentice whom they sent to prison for gross misuse of magic and all-around evil behavior.

    Chris says: "Happy to see more, but not as fun as the first two"
    "Loving this series"
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    I liked this book better than the second book. I know from some of the reviews I read that some people did not. I found this plot to be a fun twist. Very entertaining. I also liked the character interaction. I think this book progressed the story line even though it took place in a fictional landscape. I was very amused and interested. I am not sure why people are complaining. This is a fun series, this is not epic fantasy. Sometimes my soul can't heft the burden of Middle-Earth or Arrakis, and for those times there is Magic 2.0

    Luke Daniels is AMAZING. As always. His voices are so distinct they not only differentiate the characters, but help define them. I think he could read a theoretical textbook and make me want to listen to the end. I have chosen audiobooks solely because he narrated them. I kid you not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spell or High Water: Magic 2.0

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Scott Meyer
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2269)
    Performance
    (2088)
    Story
    (2089)

    A month has passed since Martin helped to defeat the evil programmer Jimmy, and things couldn't be going better. Except for his love life, that is. Feeling distant and lost, Gwen has journeyed to Atlantis, a tolerant and benevolent kingdom governed by the Sorceresses, and a place known to be a safe haven to all female time-travelers.

    Charles says: "Fantastic: 2.0"
    "So Much Fun!"
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    This series is so much fun. I would pick up the first book, if you haven't read it. This would go much better with the set up in the first book. There is lots of world building and character development you'd miss if you started here. Now, if you read the first book and enjoyed it, you will like this book, too. More of the same, but in a good way not in a tired, boring way. We get to go to Atlantis, which I was totally wondering about after the end of the last book. Very entertaining. I have also read the third book, so I am clearly enjoying the series.

    Luke Daniels is AMAZING. As always. His voices are so distinct they not only differentiate the characters, but help define them. I think he could read a theoretical textbook and make me want to listen to the end. I have chosen audiobooks solely because he narrated them. I kid you not.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I'll Give You the Sun

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Jandy Nelson
    • Narrated By Julia Whelan, Jesse Bernstein
    Overall
    (480)
    Performance
    (411)
    Story
    (408)

    Jude and her brother, Noah, are incredibly close twins. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude surfs and cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and divisive ways…until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as an unpredictable new mentor.

    FanB14 says: "As Bright as 1000 White Hot Suns"
    "Oh the feels!"
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    This book is wonderful. Both sad and uplifting, with quirky humor and life lessons. It is overall a very feel good book, but with many emotional twists and turns, up and down. It was amazing on all counts: great character development, cohesive story, raw emotions and fabulous lessons. It tugged at my heartstrings without ripping them out or becoming too heavy.

    This book is YA because the protagonist are young, but the subjects of grief, guilt and self identity are universal. It does not feel young. It inspired NO eye rolling in me whatsoever.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Light Who Shines: Bluebell Kildare Series, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Lilo Abernathy
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Klett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (162)
    Performance
    (152)
    Story
    (150)

    When Supernatural Investigation Bureau agent Bluebell Kildare (a.k.a. Blue) arrives at the scene of the crime, it's obvious the grotesquely damaged body of the deceased teenage boy was caused by far more than a simple hit and run; and she vows to catch the killer. Using her innate sixth sense, Blue uncovers a powerful magical artifact nearby. She soon discovers it acts as a key to an ancient Grimoire that was instrumental in the creation of the Vampire breed and still holds the power to unravel the boundaries between Earth and the Plane of Fire.

    Emmi Kivimäki says: "Absolutely love this book!"
    "I liked it but..."
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    I liked this book. I didn't love it. But I'm gonna cut a girl some slack. This is a GREAT debut novel. I think, as she grows as a writer, I will really enjoy her books. So, I loved the story and the world she created. Awesome. It was the little things that got to me. If you are prone to eye rolling when listening to some books - watch out. Here are some of the things that bothered me. While I like my vampires bad*ss (and not sparkly), in this book they were a little too bad*ss in parts. For example, they can run 2 blocks in a second. That's not running, that's teleporting. Just a little too much for me. I also felt like the book could have benefitted from a little more subtlety and inference. Many things were spelled out to clearly - like emotions or motivations. I think readers/listeners connects better with a character if they are not hand fed everything. I like to take cues from context, speech and tone to understand underlying emotions or currents running through a book. The author was a little heavy handed with the prejudice and other emotional topics, telling us what conclusions to come to instead of painting us a picture that leads us there. I think this is something that will improve as the writer matures. I am looking forward to it because the world is great. One last small thing that is personal to me, the main character says 'holy smokes' a lot. Now, I do not need my characters to curse. But holy smokes? Really? And she says it a lot. Not my favorite. Others may not mind, but it drove me nuts.

    About the narrator. I know a lot of people liked the narrator. I did not. I thought her female voice for Blue was ok, and I like the priest's voice, but I hated her voice for Jack. You could clearly tell it was a female voice pretending to be a man's voice. I've listened to over 200 audiobooks and while this narrator was no where close to the worst, I just didn't care for some aspects of her narration. It was not bad enough to stop me from listening.

    Varg, of course, is awesome. He's her wolf familiar.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Critical Failures: Caverns and Creatures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Robert Bevan
    • Narrated By Jonathan Sleep
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (213)

    Tim and his friends find out the hard way that you shouldn't question the game master, and you shouldn't make fun of his cape. One minute, they're drinking away the dreariness of their lives, escaping into a fantasy game and laughing their asses off. The next minute, they're in a horse-drawn cart surrounded by soldiers pointing crossbows at them.

    M. Maryanow says: "Audible Studio...More Please!"
    "Very Entertaining"
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    I thought this book was very entertaining. Shakespeare it was not, but there was a nice coherent story with good character development. This will obviously appeal to people who have played games like D&D. I mean it references character sheets, charisma, random encounters, and rolling a 1, so there you go. It is not a 'gritty' book. There is much joking and bumbling along with the action. It goes pretty much how you would expect it to go if a bunch of casual gamers had to actually become their characters. Some of the content was kinda stereotypical, but I still think it was handled in a funny way. I enjoyed it. If you like gaming and don't take yourself too seriously, I think you will enjoy it too.

    The narrator was awesome. He did great with the different voices and characters and their expression.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Disenchanted

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert Kroese
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (184)
    Performance
    (167)
    Story
    (167)

    King Boric the Implacable knows death comes to all great warriors. He just didn't expect it to be so damn fickle. Felled by an assassin's blade, he should be spending eternity carousing in the Hall of Avandoor. Instead, his spirit is bound to his decaying body by the enchanted sword of Brakslaagt. And unless he can hunt down the mysterious Lord Brand, who gave him the weapon so long ago, he is cursed to wander the earth forever as an undead wraith.

    Amazon Customer says: "Warning, do not listen in public"
    "Entertaining, Not Epic. Funny and Interesting."
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    This book is good stuff. It's a quest/finding-yourself type fantasy but it it not the long epic kind. Its is the entertaining and interesting kind. The plot was just complex enough to be interesting without that epic fantasy feel that can bog you down sometimes if you are not in the mood for it. The entire book was funny, but it was also surprisingly thought provoking. I had read the book previously and liked it so much I decided to add on the narration and give it a go. A very enjoyable listen. The narrator was great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Graffiti Moon

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Cath Crowley
    • Narrated By Ben Maclaine, Hamish R. Johnson, Chelsea Bruland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (31)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    Senior year is over, and Lucy has the perfect way to celebrate: tonight, she's going to find Shadow, the mysterious graffiti artist whose work appears all over the city. He's out there somewhere - spraying color, spraying birds and blue sky on the night - and Lucy knows a guy who paints like Shadow is someone she could fall for. Really fall for. Instead, Lucy's stuck at a party with Ed, the guy she's managed to avoid since the most awkward date of her life. But when Ed tells her he knows where to find Shadow, they're suddenly on an all-night search around the city.

    Tabitha says: "Beautiful, Romantic Story & Excellent Narration!"
    "Adolescence, Art, Amazing"
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    I love this book. I rented it from the library 3 times and finally decided I had to own it. This book is so fun and engaging. It is smart and witty. The adolescents in this book are written the way I think they should be, the way I remember myself. A good kid who sometimes makes the wrong decisions, but often making the right ones. These kids aren't just walking bags of hormones. They are thoughtful, caring, fun and flawed. The book is also very funny. The interactions between the two main characters are real and you feel for them. The narrators are great. I love the accents. I'm glad they used Australians so the characters sound like they are from Australia, not just say they are.

    I really love this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Three: Legends of the Duskwalker, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jay Posey
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (413)
    Performance
    (387)
    Story
    (390)

    The world has collapsed, and there are no heroes any more.His name is Three, a travelling gun for hire in a dying world. He has no allegiances, no family, no ties.Against his better judgment, he accepts the mantle of protector to a sick woman on the run, and her young son. Together they set out across the plains in search of a mythic oasis, attempting to survive the forces that pursue them, and the creatures of the dark.In these dark times, a hero may yet arise.

    Lesley says: "Fast-moving adventure in a cool future world!"
    "New Epic Adventure - better than the description"
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    This was a real surprise for me. I had never heard of this series before. I read the description because Luke Daniels narrates it (he is seriously that awesome). The premise sounded interesting and it was on-sale so I bought it. This book was WAY better than its description sounded. The writing was fantastic. The story line completely engaging. And the new world system well executed, although a bit mysterious (probably intentional). I felt for all the characters. I seriously teared up during some of the emotional parts. I want to get the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • My Awesome-Awful Popularity Plan

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Seth Rudetsky
    • Narrated By Seth Rudetsky, Andrea Burns, Paul Castree, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (97)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (88)

    Justin has two goals for sophomore year: to date Chuck, the hottest boy in school, and to become the king of Cool U, the table in the cafeteria where the "in" crowd sits. Unfortunately, he has the wrong look (short, plump, Brillo-pad curls), he has the wrong interests (Broadway, chorus violin), and he has the wrong friends (Spencer, into Eastern religions, and Mary Ann, who doesn't shave her armpits). And Chuck? Well, he's not gay; he's dating Becky, a girl in chorus with whom Justin is friendly.

    matt says: "Outstanding"
    "Fantastic, Hilarious, Heartwarming"
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    This book is fantastic. Laugh out loud funny, insightful and entertaining. Relatable, no matter who you are. We've all been through adolescence and we've all had our share of embarrassments and epiphanies. This book was highly entertaining. All the narrators were amazing.
    I know this review is short, but I am hoping it will entice people to read my review and pick up the book. Seriously. You should totally just pick it up. I am glad I did. I really did laugh out loud. That wasn't an expression.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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