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Luke

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  • Something Like Summer

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Jay Bell
    • Narrated By Kevin R. Free
    Overall
    (190)
    Performance
    (180)
    Story
    (177)

    The hot Texas nights were lonely for Ben before his heart began beating to the rhythm of two words; Tim Wyman. By all appearances, Tim had the perfect body and ideal life, but when a not-so-accidental collision brings them together, Ben discovers that the truth is rarely so simple. If winning Tim's heart was an impossible quest, keeping it would prove even harder as family, society, and emotion threaten to tear them apart. Something Like Summer is a love story spanning a decade and beyond as two boys discover what it means to be friends, lovers, and sometimes even enemies.

    Donald says: "More than meets the eye..."
    "Best Gay Book Around."
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    What did you love best about Something Like Summer?

    I love how this book focuses on a homosexuals life and doesn't portray it negatively or stereotypically, mostly. It a love story that spans a lifetime and just so happens its with two guys which is brilliant. It wasn't anymore sexual than common books of similare standing with a hetero story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Fault in Our Stars

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By John Green
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14646)
    Performance
    (13347)
    Story
    (13422)

    Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

    FanB14 says: "Sad Premise, Fantastic Story"
    "Heartwarmingly Good."
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    Any additional comments?

    This book is all together thought provoking, funny, sad, and happy. It tells the story of how two individuals who have had very difficult lives come together and find greater strength in each other. The ending some may say is predictable, I would disagree. It is instead a provocative ending that leaves you feeling completely happy yet numb to the world with the illusion of predictability ever present.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs: Jane Jameson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5948)
    Performance
    (4640)
    Story
    (4646)

    Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed $25 in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead.

    Sandra Ross says: "Laugh-out Loud Funny"
    "Surprisingly Better than Anticipated."
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    Any additional comments?

    This book at first glance seems to be a vampire rip off novel taking key ideals found in charlaine harris's sookie stackhouse novel. It develops into more than that though, holding its own through the plot. Are there questioning elements of this book that seem to almost refere to sookie stachhouse? Yes. Are they a problem? Maybe, but it is still an enjoyable read/listen for the money spent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lightning

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Dean Koontz
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4321)
    Performance
    (2688)
    Story
    (2707)

    A storm struck on the night Laura Shane was born, and there was a strangeness about the weather that people would remember for years. But even more mysterious was the blond-haired stranger who appeared out of nowhere - the man who saved Laura from a fatal delivery. Years later - after another bolt of lightning - the stranger returned.

    Barry says: "One of Koontz' best, entirely enjoyable."
    "Great to the End, Almost."
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    What made the experience of listening to Lightning the most enjoyable?

    While the writing was decent I enjoyed the narration most of all, Further the build up of the concept for the novel was nice, but only because of the concept itself as it could have been better executed.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall I love the idea but the build up around the concept for the book was long and tedious, further the ending was not nearly as enjoyable as I believed it should be. This was my first book by Koontz and given his reputation I expected better. I still enjoyed the book but think it could have used some more pages to transition and explain in subtler ways how the world it contains works.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13967)
    Performance
    (10623)
    Story
    (10633)

    A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.

    Tom says: "Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering"
    "One of the best."
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    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the rich characters that are created in this book and the way the framework/conceptual design of the magic.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7015)
    Performance
    (3753)
    Story
    (3774)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "Brilliant"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Graveyard Book to be better than the print version?

    Not better but equal it was amazing to hear Neil Gamin Read it himself


    Which character – as performed by Neil Gaiman – was your favorite?

    Bod obviously


    Any additional comments?

    This was a brilliant book that was creatively constructed and not only that was cleverly constructed. It was set at just the right pace and always introduced things when it was verring towards the slow side. Its subtle framework of the unknown as well as its blatant framework of the previously mentioned creates the a world of mystery that kept me engaged till the end.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Perry Moore
    • Narrated By Michael Urie
    Overall
    (979)
    Performance
    (724)
    Story
    (729)

    In the story comic book legend Stan Lee calls "spellbinding" and "totally original," Thom Creed has secrets. For one, like his father, he has super powers. Also, he's been asked to join the League—the very organization of superheroes that spurned his dad. Then there’s the secret Thom can barely face himself: he's gay. But becoming a member of the League opens up a new world to Thom. There, he connects with a misfit group of aspiring heroes, including Scarlett, Typhoid Larry, and Ruth, a wise old broad who can see the future. Like Thom, these heroes have things to hide....

    Jed says: "Great"
    "Interesting Listen."
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    What did you love best about Hero?

    It was about a gay character! People dont write and certainly dont get published as often when the main character of a story is gay and this book wins out because of that. I also enjoyed the idea of superheroes and how the world was shaped as a comic book which melded the fantastical and sometimes absurd ideas into a reality that was fairly believable.


    What three words best describe Michael Urie’s performance?

    Decent, Placid, Gay.
    I liked how he read the book but in other contexts I would be severely dissapointed in his performance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Modern Witch: A Modern Witch, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Debora Geary
    • Narrated By Martha Harmon Pardee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1072)
    Performance
    (964)
    Story
    (984)

    Lauren is downtown Chicago's youngest elite realtor. She's also a witch. She must be - the fetching spell for Witches' Chat isn't supposed to make mistakes. So says the woman who coded the spell, at least. The tall, dark, and handsome guy sent to assess her is a witch too (and no, that doesn't end the way you might think). What he finds in Lauren will change lives, mess with a perfectly good career, and require lots of ice cream therapy.

    ShySusan says: "Perfect antidote for vampire & zombie overdoses"
    "An Okay Book for a Boring Day."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not, it started out good but as it continued went no where. If I was to recommend it it would be for some old church lady looking for and uplifting story, of course she wouldn't read it because its about magic.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I enjoyed the magic of the world and the rules created for the magic. The characters were not so memorable and lack very much true depth. Moments such as how the grandmother was an amazing artist felt cliche in the context of the book itself.


    What does Martha Harmon Pardee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Really the narrator was one of the best parts of this book as I enjoyed her voice and how she didn't need to greatly alter it to create characters.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    NO.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Stephen Chbosky
    • Narrated By Noah Galvin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2631)
    Performance
    (2382)
    Story
    (2404)

    Most people think 15-year-old Charlie is a freak. But then seniors Patrick and his beautiful stepsister Sam take Charlie under their wings and introduce him to their eclectic, open-minded, hard-partying friends. It is from these older kids that Charlie learns to live and love.

    FanB14 says: "Intelligent, Absorbing Coming of Age Story"
    "Fantasticly Clever!"
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    Would you listen to The Perks of Being a Wallflower again? Why?

    I would definitely listen to this book again, its a clever coming of age story that is relatable to me as well as to many others I should assume. It is constructed nicely and the author can actually write. The subtle shifting of nuance within the book portray the fragility of this world which is not so uncommon from our own.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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