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Jennifer

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  • 27 reviews
  • 93 ratings
  • 336 titles in library
  • 6 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
    (72)
    Performance
    (63)
    Story
    (65)

    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
  • 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
    (80)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (74)

    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.

    3 of 6 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
    (107)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (101)

    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.

    Chris and Clara Brown says: "Fun if you enjoy tabletop RPGs"
    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Disenchanted

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Robert Kroese
    • Narrated By Phil Gigante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (127)

    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.

    Katie 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
    (30)
    Performance
    (28)
    Story
    (27)

    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
    (374)
    Performance
    (353)
    Story
    (356)

    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.

    Andrew Stone says: "Fantastic - Fast Moving - Totally Engaged"
    "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
    (93)
    Performance
    (87)
    Story
    (86)

    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
  • Chase Us: Stories

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Sean Ennis
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    >In this beautifully imaginative collection, young people attempt to negotiate the often surreal terrain of childhood and adolescence where family, friends, clergy, and teachers often pose a threat instead of providing safe harbor. At the heart of the collection is the relationship between the meek narrator, his best friend alpha-male Clip, and the near-feral Roger - but there are also agoraphobic mothers, gorgeous babysitters from New Zealand, paranoid stoned veterans, and deeply sad older sisters.

    Jennifer says: "Oddly Compelling"
    "Oddly Compelling"
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    I am not sure what I expected when I picked up this audiobook, but it wasn't what I got. The author takes a collection of bizarre life stories and gives them a weight that will pull at you.

    This is essentially a collection of short stories about the same group of people throughout their lives. The stories, however, are non-linear. I do not mean that they jump around. I mean the characters' backstories and their relationships with each other vary from story to story. But there are common themes running throughout. The characters manage to be both the same and different in every story. It was very different and very interesting. The effect was not a collection of short stories, but of one complete story. Maybe the only story. The author manages to use funny stories about adolescent boys to make you feel the the weight, the pull, of existence. That sounds pretentious, I know. But that's how I feel right now after finishing this audiobook. Heavy. Not in a bad gloomy way, but in a 'this has significance' sort of way.

    I think the most amazing part of this is that the author pulled me through this metaphor, this existential type journey and I didn't even feel it. It didn't feel pretentious while it was happening, if you get me. (Anyone else having a hard time reading Koontz these days?). I laughed, I was uncomfortable, and there was some 'holy shit!'. Basically, I enjoyed listening to a book. But I came away with more. I can tell I will keep thinking about this one.

    The narrator did a great job as well. No problems. Except maybe his Philly accent sounded a little New York ;)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Looking for Alaska

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1660)
    Performance
    (1423)
    Story
    (1442)

    Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words - and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.

    Looking for Alaska brilliantly chronicles the indelible impact one life can have on another.

    FanB14 says: "Humorous YA for Adults"
    "This one will stick with you"
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    This was a great book from John Green. I've read Paper Towns and really liked it. I thought this was better. This book clutched at your mind and heart. I did not feel sad at the end, although the book is sad in parts, but I did _feel_ and think. I was invested and I took something with me as we parted ways. To me, this is great praise for a book.

    I have seen some reviews criticizing this book as not being appropriate for young adults. I disagree - at least for my definition of 'young adult'. Often these days that moniker includes 'tweens'. And I do not think this book is entirely appropriate for early middle schoolers. But I do think it is appropriate for high schoolers or kids about to go into high school. Yes, there is smoking, drinking and sexual acts in this book. But if you think your high school freshman is not thinking about or doing at least one of those things, you are confused. More importantly, there are consequences for this behavior. This book shows clearly how easily things can get out of control; how a single moment, a single decision, can change your life forever; how your life impacts those around you; and clearly shows how teenagers can have serious issues. All GREAT things for a high schooler to know, in my opinion. I am a mother. My child is not in high school yet. But I am certainly old enough to know good life lessons when I read them.

    The narrator was great.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Paper Towns

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Dan John Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1267)
    Performance
    (1068)
    Story
    (1080)

    Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life - dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge - he follows.

    FanB14 says: "John Green Fans Will Enjoy"
    "Great book 3.5 stars"
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    I really liked this book. Emotion and humor. Events do happen in the book. For example, there is much clue following and deciphering and shenanigans. But, interestingly, all the major plot points and the denouement were all emotional. But they are so well intertwined and disguised within the events happening in the book, that you almost don't recognize the emotional ride. You feel the emotions but you don't feel 'preached at' or in any way existential. But, I promise, the book will stick with you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Shifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Alexander Cendese, Lorelei King
    Overall
    (639)
    Performance
    (596)
    Story
    (597)

    Mercy Thompson’s world just got a whole lot bigger... A collection of all-new and previously published short stories featuring Mercy Thompson, “one of the best heroines in the urban fantasy genre today” (Fiction Vixen Book Reviews), and the characters she calls friends...

    Malinda says: "Great compilation of stories from the Mercy-verse"
    "Great stories for Mercy-verse fans"
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    All the stories were great. This is definitely a compilation for those who have read the Mercy books. My only gripe was with the narration. Both narrators were great, but sometimes personalities, accents, and pronunciations lacked continuity with the rest of the existing series. This was a minor annoyance, and is a common problem with short stories set in an existing story-verse. Nothing that should stop you from picking this up if you are a Mercy fan.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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