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Mcmenace23

CT, USA | Member Since 2011

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  • Vixen: The Flappers, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Jillian Larkin
    • Narrated By Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Every girl wants what she can’t have. Seventeen-year-old Gloria Carmody wants the flapper lifestyle—and the bobbed hair, cigarettes, and music-filled nights that go with it. Now that she’s engaged to Sebastian Grey, scion of one of Chicago’s most powerful families, Gloria’s party days are over before they’ve even begun... or are they?

    Mcmenace23 says: "Not worth the credit"
    "Not worth the credit"
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    This book intrigued me as the description seemed very similar to Anna Godbersen's The Luxe series, which I enjoyed. However, Vixen had three main characters Gloria, Clara, and Loraine, who all do pretty much nothing for the entire book and then in the last chapter all of the excitement and plot occurs. I was disappointed, but maybe my expectations were too high.
    The best way to describe this book would be Chicago Gossip Girl in 1920s.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cursed: The Watchers Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By S.J. West
    • Narrated By Christa Lewis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (153)
    Performance
    (142)
    Story
    (142)

    Lilly Rayne Nightingale always felt like Fate was trying to wipe away her existence through a series of odd, near fatal incidences. Luckily, her best friend Will was always one step ahead of Fate preventing her from being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Will was her knight in shining armor until he broke her heart after their one and only kiss. On Lilly's first day of college, she meets Brand Cole. Intrigued by Brand, Lilly must decide whether or not she can give up her adolescent fantasy of being reunited with Will and allow Brand the opportunity to conqueror her heart.

    Danielle says: "Very pleasantly surprised"
    "Forgettable"
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    I enjoyed it well enough BUT...
    It was definitely your typical YA fiction.
    I almost immediately forgot what this book was about. I think I've already read 2-3 different authors works which have a nearly identical plot. I believe this one ended on a cliff-hanger, but that was not enough to keep me interested to try to finish the series. Very little character development. and nothing intriguing enough about the characters to make me invest my time in another series.
    I hadn't heard this narrator before, but she was convincing as a teenage girl.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Gods of Earth

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Craig DeLancey
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (120)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (110)

    Against all odds, - A God has returned - to Earth. Chance Kyrien is turning seventeen, and on this day he will be confirmed as a Puriman and learn the shape of his life to come. Young Chance is ambitious, rebellious, but also fiercely devout, and his only thoughts are about farming and wine-making - and marrying the girl he loves. But in a shocking burst of violence, Chance's dreams are shattered. Now he must survive against hellish forces to face his ultimate foe: a long-forgotten god whose destiny is intertwined with his own.

    Jay Pruitt says: "Pleasant Surprise!!!"
    "Disappointed"
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    I couldn't even finish the book. It's too long, and there's a lot of just waiting around and stagnant plot. I only made it through about 8 hours of listening before I gave up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heart of Obsidian: Psy-Changeling, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Nalini Singh
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (456)
    Performance
    (415)
    Story
    (418)

    In 2006, Nalini Singh introduced the beguiling and sensual Psy-Changeling world in Slave to Sensation, which spawned a series that has had readers and critics cheering. Throughout the incredible 11-book run there has been one question that has tantalized Nalini's legion of fans. Now, in the eagerly awaited 12th book in the series, Nalini Singh finally reveals the answer to the biggest Psy-Changeling mystery - an answer so surprising we wouldn't dare spoil it. Even if we knew.

    C. Mendez says: "Amazing read, but be warned..."
    "So goooood!"
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    I have been committed to this series, and I feel like this book was my reward. The planning that went in to this series is astounding and so many things come together in this book. Some of her pairings don't work so well (I had a particularly hard time getting through both Max's and Dev's books - cooincidentally two pairings which did not include much Changeling activity) and this book doesn't capture the Changeling perspective but was not lacking for it at all.
    to all fans of the series: this is what you have been waiting for!

    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
    (724)
    Performance
    (677)
    Story
    (676)

    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!"
    "A Sweet but forgetable story"
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    This book was good, although I can't say I will want to re-read it or even remember it in a few weeks. The way the author describes the main character's pain is very realistic, but the circumstances of the romance seem very contrived.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reason to Breathe: Breathing, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Rebecca Donovan
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd
    Overall
    (740)
    Performance
    (685)
    Story
    (684)

    In the affluent town of Weslyn, Connecticut, where most people worry about what to be seen in and who to be seen with, Emma Thomas would rather not be seen at all. She’s more concerned with feigning perfection - pulling down her sleeves to conceal the bruises, not wanting anyone to know how far from perfect her life truly is. Without expecting it, she finds love. It challenges her to recognize her own worth - at the risk of revealing the terrible secret she’s desperate to hide.

    Nancy Devault says: "Awesome"
    "WOW"
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    I was so incredibly surprised by this book. The emotions portrayed in this story are simply amazing. I haven't finished a book crying so much since 'A Time for Dancing' or 'The Fault in Our Stars'... SUCH a good book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • If I Die

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Rachel Vincent
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (327)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (288)

    The entire school's talking about the gorgeous new math teacher, Mr. Beck. Everyone except Kaylee Cavanaugh. After all, Kaylee’s no ordinary high-school junior. She's a banshee - she screams when someone dies. But the next scream might be for Kaylee. Yeah, it's a shock to her, too. So to distract herself, Kaylee's going to save every girl in school. Because that hot new teacher is really an incubus who feeds on the desire of unsuspecting students.

    Danyale says: "Best of the series!"
    "Best One Yet"
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    As a fan of most of Vincent's books, I have to say that I enjoyed this particular one the most. The character development and new dimensions to the story has rekindled my interest in Kaylee's story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Century Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Alastair Reynolds
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (530)
    Performance
    (408)
    Story
    (405)

    Three hundred years from now, Earth has been rendered uninhabitable due to the technological catastrophe known as the Nanocaust. Archaeologist Verity Auger specializes in the exploration of its surviving landscape. Now, her expertise is required for a far greater purpose. Something astonishing has been discovered at the far end of a wormhole: mid-twentieth-century Earth, preserved like a fly in amber.

    DAVID says: "One of John Lee's best performances"
    "Bad idea, not worth it"
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    I believe I purchased this during a sale, and now I can't remember why it caught my attention. I made it through about half of the book before giving up. The main characters have very little personality and the clash between historical and futuristic fiction is not pleasant. The narration is mediocre and grinds on the nerves. Much of the story takes place in Paris, and the french accent was annoying and the "unknown" accent of the character from the future just sounded like she had a head cold.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Blood of the Fold: Sword of Truth, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Buck Schirner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2050)
    Performance
    (1098)
    Story
    (1115)

    In a fantasy world as rich and real as our own, Richard Rahl and Kahlan Amnell stand against the ancient forces which besiege the New World - forces so terrible that when last they threatened, they could only be withstood by sealing off the Old World from whence they came. Now the barrier has been breached, and the New World is again beset by their evil power.

    Donald says: "Finally!!!"
    "A good decision"
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    Started this series because I watched the TV show..this third book is just as good as the previous two. If you like George R. R. Martin, I think you will like Terry Goodkind

    0 of 0 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
    (917)
    Performance
    (754)
    Story
    (766)

    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.

    Jeremy says: "Green is Always Good, But Paper Towns Not Best"
    "Very Whiney"
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    What does the narrator bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    One of the characters has a thing about capitalizing letters. The narrator, instead of just reading the words as they are (ex. "That"), says "capital T. that". It got annoying when a list written by this character was read


    Was Paper Towns worth the listening time?

    Very anticlimactic. I was disappointed with the writing (relied heavily on poetic interpretation)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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