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Lisa Maurer

True Story Book Blog

San Antonio, Texas United States | Member Since 2012

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  • Fifty Shades Darker: Book Two of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9445)
    Performance
    (8239)
    Story
    (8252)

    Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist.

    Tracy L says: "I CAN'T LISTEN ANY LONGER! I'M BUYING THE BOOK."
    "Amazing Series"
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    If you could sum up Fifty Shades Darker in three words, what would they be?

    Only Gets Better


    What did you like best about this story?

    The continued development of the characters and continuing to produce a book that you just can't stop reading/listening to


    Have you listened to any of Becca Battoe’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    She did the first book, Fifty Shades of Grey - but it's the same series, so it's hard to compare.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES!


    Any additional comments?

    I loved reading the book, so I love hearing the book - you can critique Becca all you want, she did a better job than I could ever do. This series is a page turning, can't put it down for one second because you MIGHT miss something kind of series....it sucks you in and spits you out a happy sappy lovey dovey mess. Don't listen to the reviews that say it's porn - porn is not about love and to it's core this book is the BEST love story I have ever read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Beautiful Bastard

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Christina Lauren
    • Narrated By Grace Grant
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1446)
    Performance
    (1330)
    Story
    (1343)

    Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He’s exacting, blunt, inconsiderate - and completely irresistible. A beautiful bastard. Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family’s massive media business. He never expected that the assistant who’d been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocative - completely infuriating - creature he now has to see every day. Despite the rumors, he’s never been one for a workplace hookup. But Chloe’s so tempting he’s willing to bend the rules....

    Katheryne says: "HHHOOOOOOOOOOTTTTTT!"
    "Amazing! Fabulous! Love, Love, Love!"
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    Would you listen to Beautiful Bastard again? Why?

    Yes...because I love Chloe and Bennett and could hear their story a million times and only love it more.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Their HOT! They're passionate and electric and I'm addicted to their chemistry and everything that makes them so incredibly sensual.


    What about Grace Grant’s performance did you like?

    Grace is FANTASTIC! Not many girls can pull off doing both female and male POV's and do it well - she's one of the best I've listened to.


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

    It made me FEEL everything! Lust...happiness...frustration...anger...joy...bliss...angst'd my heart to the point of tears...it was ALL amazing!


    Any additional comments?

    Beautiful Bastard is one of my favorite books of all time period, but the audio book is now one of my favorite audio books of all time. I love the way Grace narrated it, she brought Chloe and Bennett to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Captive in the Dark: Dark Duet, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By CJ Roberts
    • Narrated By Emily Durante
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (453)
    Performance
    (420)
    Story
    (423)

    Caleb is a man with a singular interest in revenge. Kidnapped as a young boy and sold into slavery by a power-hungry mobster, he has thought of nothing but vengeance. For 12 years he has immersed himself in the world of pleasure slaves searching for the one man he holds ultimately responsible. Finally, the architect of his suffering has emerged with a new identity, but not a new nature.

    Katheryne says: "Dark, disturbing, perverse…but I loved it!"
    "Deep, Dark and Addictive...Caleb rocked my world"
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    Would you listen to Captive in the Dark again? Why?

    Possibly...it's a very complex story with lots of details - if I hadn't already read the book before I listened to audio, I definitely would need to because it's really easy to miss the little things.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Captive in the Dark?

    Caleb...his story, his pain, everything that makes him tic. His interesting and alluring and dangerous.


    What about Emily Durante’s performance did you like?

    She's very clear and has a good tone.


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

    Anything involving Caleb and Livvie


    Any additional comments?

    There were moments with Emily where her accents got a little over the top and verging on annoying. It's easier for me to tune those out after a while, but it was a little much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sea of Tranquility: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Katja Millay
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Candace Thaxton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (433)
    Performance
    (399)
    Story
    (397)

    Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her - her identity, her spirit, her will to live - pay. Josh Bennett’s story is no secret: Every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at 17 years old, there is no one left. Now all he wants is be left alone and people allow it because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

    Everyone except Nastya, the mysterious new girl at school who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life.

    Jennifer says: "There is NOTHING wrong with this book"
    "Breathtaking...powerful...emotional...love!"
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    Where does The Sea of Tranquility rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10


    What other book might you compare The Sea of Tranquility to and why?

    It's interesting because...I would classify it as YA but it has a very mature feel to it. I can't compare but the writing is some of the best I've ever read, characters are brilliant and SO epically emotional.


    What does Kirby Heyborne and Candace Thaxton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They did a good job portraying the characters, it was believable and I enjoyed their narrations.


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

    Chuckle maybe...Nastya is a dry little thing. Cry...omg yes, it squeezed the crap out of my poor little heart.


    Any additional comments?

    One of my favorite books of all time.

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

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Madeline Sheehan
    • Narrated By Tatiana Sokolov
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (431)
    Performance
    (401)
    Story
    (408)

    Eva Fox is the princess of the Silver Demons Motorcycle Club. Growing up with the bikers in the club, this is the only lifestyle she knows. Deuce West is the sexy biker bad-ass of the Hell's Horsemen Motorcycle Club. Like Eva, he was born and raised in the club. Their first meeting is innocent, but as Eva matures into a woman, their chance reunions evolve into a fit of lust and love. Fate continues to bring them together time and time again, but their twisted journey is filled with pain, betrayal, and bloodshed that could tear them apart.

    Jordy says: "Sons of Anarchy on Steroids"
    "Incrediably powerful, gritty, raw story - LOVED it"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    10000000000000% yes!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Eva and Deuce...*sigh*


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

    She was alright - not my fav and not who I would have chosen for Eva, but she did alright.


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

    True Love isn't glamorous or pretty or perfect...it's raw, real and UnDeniable.


    Any additional comments?

    Fan-freaking-tastic story...must read/listen to - hands down one of my favorite books and series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wallbanger

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Alice Clayton
    • Narrated By Heather Smith
    Overall
    (1337)
    Performance
    (1232)
    Story
    (1242)

    Thanks to paper-thin walls and the guy’s athletic prowess, Carolyn is gaining an - um - intimate knowledge of her new neighbor's nocturnal adventures. And since Caroline is currently on a self-imposed "dating hiatus," and her neighbor is clearly lethally attractive to women, she finds her fantasies keep her awake even longer than the noise. So when the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts Simon Parker, her heard-but-never-seen neighbor.

    Sara Donati says: "No Sex in the City"
    "OMG Simon can wallbang me any time he wants!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Wallbanger to be better than the print version?

    I prefer reading, but this is a close second.


    What other book might you compare Wallbanger to and why?

    No comparison - it's in a league of its own.


    Have you listened to any of Heather Smith’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No - but she did a great job.


    If you could rename Wallbanger, what would you call it?

    Clive: The Wonder Cat and the Adventures of His Human. Clive nearly steals the show...


    Any additional comments?

    This book has AMAZING banter, a super sexy manwhore and a smart, sophisticated, hilarious heroine - I cannot recommend it highly enough - it's one of my fav's!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Futures and Frosting

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Tara Sivec
    • Narrated By Romy Nordlinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (147)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (142)

    Carter, Claire and Gavin have formed the perfect little family. Their friends are getting married and everyone is growing up, maturing and ready to face the future. Or are they? From bachelorette party hell, porn addictions, dinner roll baseball and botched wedding proposals to finding out everyone's extended family is chock full of crazy, Carter and Claire begin to question the strength of the ties that bind them.

    Robert Zimmermann says: "Review: Futures and Frosting, by Tara Sivec"
    "Equally as hilarious at the first book!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - I would recommend it to any human who likes laughter and happiness.


    What other book might you compare Futures and Frosting to and why?

    Any funny romances - I hate comparing!


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Romy Nordlinger?

    Not if I could help it. Sorry!


    If you could rename Futures and Frosting, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't - it's a perfect title for this book.


    Any additional comments?

    Great follow up to Seduction and Snacks - if you love these characters, you will love this book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Seduction and Snacks

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Tara Sivec
    • Narrated By Romy Nordlinger
    Overall
    (384)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (352)

    Claire is a 20-something, single mom who grudgingly helps her best friend sell sex toys while she attempts to make enough money to start her own business to give her foul-mouthed, but extremely loveable (when he's asleep) toddler a better life. When Carter, the one-night-stand from her past that changed her life forever, shows up in her hometown bar without any recollection of her besides her unique chocolate scent, Claire will make it a point that he remembers her this time. With Carter's undisguised shock at suddenly finding out he has a four-year-old son and Claire's panic that her stretch marks and slim-to-none bedroom experience will send the man of her dreams heading for the hills, the pair will do whatever they can to get their happily ever after.

    Angela says: "Very Good"
    "Laugh your butt off amazingness right here..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Seduction and Snacks to be better than the print version?

    No...it's the same story but I wasn't crazy about the narrator's voice.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Seduction and Snacks?

    Oh wow...just one? Let's just say it involves Claire, Carter, sexy times and almost getting caught by a TV news camera and reporter.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I wasn't crazy about it - the ladies voice is NOT Claire...and it was almost bordering on annoying. I dealt with it but...yeah, not my fav...which sucks because I LOVE the story.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Story - yes...the narrator...no.


    Any additional comments?

    HILARIOUS trilogy - if you love romantic comedies, this is one of the best IMO.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Hopeless

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Colleen Hoover
    • Narrated By Angela Goethals
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (585)
    Performance
    (542)
    Story
    (549)

    Would you rather know a truth that makes you feel hopeless, or keep believing the lies? Beloved and bestselling author Colleen Hoover returns with the spellbinding story of two young people with devastating pasts who embark on a passionate, intriguing journey to discover the lessons of life, love, trust--and above all, the healing power that only truth can bring.

    Jordy says: "Another 5 Star Favorite"
    "Emotional and gripping story."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - it's a fantastic story, well written, the characters are amazing...I can't think of anything I didn't love about it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hopeless?

    Two words...Live You. Holder is just....wow.


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

    She's got a great voice for Hope, it worked for me.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES!


    Any additional comments?

    Hopeless is one of my favorite books of all time...I love Sky and Holder.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Edge of Never

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By J. A. Redmerski
    • Narrated By Lauren Fortgang
    Overall
    (516)
    Performance
    (471)
    Story
    (476)

    Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett thought she knew exactly where her life was going. But after a wild night at the hottest club in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, she shocks everyone - including herself - when she decides to leave the only life she's ever known and set out on her own. Grabbing her purse and her cell phone, Camryn boards a Greyhound bus ready to find herself. Instead, she finds Andrew Parrish.

    Lori says: "I couldn't finish it"
    "One of my favorite books ever..."
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    What made the experience of listening to The Edge of Never the most enjoyable?

    All of it...Andrew and Camryn have a completely unique story and I loved every second of it.


    What other book might you compare The Edge of Never to and why?

    I can't compare...it's a great angsty New Adult romance.


    What about Lauren Fortgang’s performance did you like?

    She doesn't over do Andrew's voice, which I appreciate it - it's very natural. She's also got a great voice for Camryn.


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

    Two lost souls who find their way together...


    Any additional comments?

    Andrew is on of my top book boyfriends ever and this story just hits me in all the right places - the emotions, the characters, the writing - every part of it is awesome.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gabriel's Inferno

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Sylvain Reynard
    • Narrated By John Morgan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1194)
    Performance
    (1068)
    Story
    (1090)

    Enigmatic and sexy, Professor Gabriel Emerson is a well-respected Dante specialist by day, but by night he devotes himself to an uninhibited life of pleasure. He uses his notorious good looks and sophisticated charm to gratify his every whim, but is secretly tortured by his dark past and consumed by the profound belief that he is beyond all hope of redemption. When the sweet and innocent Julia Mitchell enrolls as his graduate student, his attraction and mysterious connection to her not only jeopardizes his career, but sends him on a journey in which his past and his present collide.

    Lulu says: "Souls Too Tortured for My Taste"
    "Gabriel is out of this world amazing..."
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    If you could sum up Gabriel's Inferno in three words, what would they be?

    Passionate. Intense. Mesmerizing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Gabriel's Inferno?

    The moment he realizes who Julia is.


    Which character – as performed by John Morgan – was your favorite?

    Gabriel!!!! OMG John's voice is like sex wrapped in chocolate and dipped in sin - he's fabulous!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Wanted to...yes! Very addictive.


    Any additional comments?

    AMAZING writing with compelling characters and a fantastic plot - the start to an amazing trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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