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Monique

Killeen, TX, United States | Member Since 2014

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  • Dare You To

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Katie McGarry
    • Narrated By Brittany Pressley, Christopher Gebauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (113)

    Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock - with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him. But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams - and his life - for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all....

    Katheryne says: "Country boy meets big city girl - worlds collide"
    "Really Good"
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    Where does Dare You To rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'd rank Dare You To in my top 5.


    What other book might you compare Dare You To to and why?

    I'd compare Pushing the Limits or Falling Into Us to Dare just because of the issues that happen throughout this story and the YA feel of it.


    Which character – as performed by Brittany Pressley and Christopher Gebauer – was your favorite?

    I liked the way Brittany performed Beth's character.


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

    I was able to hold back any tears but I did laugh a couple of times. I was also a bit angry a couple of times.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • After the Rain

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Renee Carlino
    • Narrated By Abby Craden, Kris Koscheski
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Nate Myers graduated from UCLA medical school at the top of his class, ready to follow in the footsteps of his father, a superstar cardiothoracic surgeon. Six years later, Nate's career is being ruined by a malpractice suit. Questioning himself for the first time, he retreats to a Montana cattle ranch to visit his uncle and gain perspective. There he meets a beautiful young woman named Avelina who teaches him more than he ever knew about matters of the heart.

    Kristin says: "Who wrote this?"
    "After the Rain"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Yes, this was a story I was interested in reading when I first read the summary.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought this was an OK story. I liked Kris's performance 100%. I however didn't always enjoy Abby's. He male voices were a bit much for me if I'm being honest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sempre: Redemption: Forever, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By J. M. Darhower
    • Narrated By Carla Mercer-Meyer
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (53)

    Haven Antonelli and Carmine DeMarco have been through a lot. Haven was taken in by Carmine's father, and with his family's help, she escaped a gruesome fate. However, saving Haven from the dark intentions of a mafia family cost Carmine a steep price: He was forced to swear loyalty to them. Now, still passionately in love, Carmine and Haven must face the fall-out of Carmine's forced service, as Haven discovers terrifying secrets about the family that enslaved both her and her mother - and why she matters so much in this intricate web of lies.

    Ezinwanyi says: "Carmine and Haven Sempre"
    "Redemption"
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    Would you listen to Sempre: Redemption again? Why?

    Yes because I'm sure I missed some things the first time. It was also that good to where I'd enjoy it again like it was my first listen.


    What other book might you compare Sempre: Redemption to and why?

    I think Burying Water by K. A . Tucker. They both have mob ties and they both have that emotion that tugs are your heart a bit.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    While I had many favorite scenes I really liked the Epilogue.


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

    This book made me want to cry several times.


    Any additional comments?

    I liked the 3rd person telling that followed more than just Haven and Carmine. My feelings for her haven’t changed a bit. She’s still rather timid and unsure of herself and I thought that was OK. I got to feel her grow some and experience life as she should. Carmine disappointed me for a bit. I didn’t like his careless attitude even though he was going through a hard time. I seriously felt for some of the things he had to do and witness.

    I was a little up and down on my feelings for Corrado. At times he just seemed so mean. I liked him but kind of at a distance. I also liked how everything wrapped up. I had a lot more emotions throughout listening to this than I expected. Also, the amount of times I felt on edge was pretty high as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Double Time: Sinners on Tour, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Olivia Cunning
    • Narrated By Justine O. Keef
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (605)
    Performance
    (559)
    Story
    (559)

    After falling head over heels in love with Reagan Elliot, the perfect woman for him, Sinners' rhythm guitarist, Trey Mills, vows to give up his bisexual ways forever. When an obsessed fan threatens Reagan, she hires her friend, Ethan, to protect her while on tour. Falling for his girlfriend's bodyguard, a guy, was never on Trey's agenda. Will he have to choose between them, or can he have the best of both worlds?

    DK says: "Naughty, Naughty, Hot, Hot-Proceed With Caution!!!"
    "Just OK"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It normally seems to take me forever to read books that are close to 400 pages so I'd say yes, this was time well spent. I would have honestly kept putting it off if not for the audible.


    Would you recommend Double Time to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, if they are looking for some hot ménage scenes.


    Any additional comments?

    Out of the other five I've read of the series this one was the weakest in my opinion. I was in no way impressed with the instalove.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jane's Melody: A Novel (Atria)

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Ryan Winfield
    • Narrated By Emily Beresford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (90)
    Story
    (90)

    What boundaries would you cross for true love? That's the question a grieving mother must answer when she takes in a young street musician to learn about her daughter's death and finds herself falling for him. A sexy but touching love story that will have you equally tantalized and in tears. Jane's Melody follows a forty-year-old woman on a romantic journey of rediscovery after years of struggling alone. Sometimes our greatest gifts come from our greatest pain. And now Jane must decide if it's too late for her to start over, or if true love really knows no age.

    Carolyn says: "Love, Love Love Jane and Caleb"
    "Jane's Melody"
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    Would you listen to Jane's Melody again? Why?

    While a little sad at times, I'd definetly listen to Jane's Melody again especially before book 3 comes out.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Caleb a lot, he was such an old soul for his young age.


    Which character – as performed by Emily Beresford – was your favorite?

    I liked her performance of Jane.


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

    Through tragedy comes LOVE.


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked the narration of this story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Burying Water

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By K. A. Tucker
    • Narrated By Josh Goodman, Elizabeth Louise
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (78)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (73)

    Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survives - but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to "Jane Doe" for another day, the woman renames herself "Water" for the tiny, hidden marking on her body - the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge....

    rosalee schraeder says: "Could not stop listening"
    "Burying Water"
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    Where does Burying Water rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'd probably rank this in the top 25% of audiobooks I've listened to so far.


    What other book might you compare Burying Water to and why?

    I'd probably compare this book to What If by Rebecca Donovan just because of the way things were set up. The suspense and the constant wondering of what was what.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was the naming process and also the word association game.


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

    Yes, I could have listening for 11 hours straight if I had the time.


    Any additional comments?

    I really liked the narrators, I thought they did a great job and I'd definitely listen to them again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Up in Flames

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Nicole Williams
    • Narrated By Allyson Ryan
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (104)
    Performance
    (98)
    Story
    (98)

    Elle Montgomery's life is going one way. And Cole Carson's is going the opposite. There's no reason their paths should ever intersect, even in a small town in central Washington. But summer in the Methow Valley has other plans for Elle and Cole. After an awkward run-in at the local swimming hole, Elle tries to keep away from the guy who looks at her like she's already lying beneath him in bed. She fails. Cole is about as successful at staying away from the girl who seems immune to his charms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Oh the follies of 18 year olds."
    "OK Read/Listen"
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    Would you try another book from Nicole Williams and/or Allyson Ryan?

    Yes, I plan on trying more of Nicole Williams's books.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I thought the ending was a little far fetched if I'm being honest.


    What about Allyson Ryan’s performance did you like?

    I liked Allyson's voice a lot, she made for an easy listen.


    Was Up in Flames worth the listening time?

    I'd say yes since it isn't a long story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Killing Sarai: A Novel (In the Company of Killers)

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By J. A. Redmerski
    • Narrated By Stephen Bel Davies, Kate Reinders
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (169)

    Sarai was only fourteen when her mother uprooted her to live in Mexico with a notorious drug lord. Over time she forgot what it was like to live a normal life, but she never let go of her hope to escape the compound where she has been held for the past nine years. Victor is a cold-blooded assassin who, like Sarai, has known only death and violence since he was a young boy. When Victor arrives at the compound to collect details and payment for a hit, Sarai sees him as her only opportunity for escape.

    laura says: "I LOVED being in their company"
    "Great Listen"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Yes, the narrators are really good and the suspense is off the charts.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    I liked Victor warming up to Sarai.


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    No, this was my first time listening to these two.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    Victor surprised me a couple of times the way he was with Sarai.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    While this is a dark read, the suspense is really good. Great start to what I believe is a 4 part series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Left Drowning

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Jessica Park
    • Narrated By Arielle DeLisle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (314)
    Performance
    (290)
    Story
    (292)

    What does it take to rise from life's depths, swim against the current, and breathe? Weighted down by the loss of her parents, Blythe McGuire struggles to keep her head above water as she trudges through her last year at Matthews College. Then a chance meeting sends Blythe crashing into something she doesn't expect - an undeniable attraction to a dark-haired senior named Chris Shepherd, whose past may be even more complicated than her own.

    Ruffian says: "Applauds for Left Drowning"
    "Loved It"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Left Drowning to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read much of the print version so I can't honestly say.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Sioban, he was so over the top and adorable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There were too many scenes to deem a favorite but maybe one of the flashback scenes at the lake. It was sweet.


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

    I laughed and cried. Everyone in this story was amazing and it was just so heartfelt.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this to anyone looking for a great read. The characters are great, the story is great. Just a great read overall :).

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Hot Ticket: Sinners on Tour Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Olivia Cunning
    • Narrated By Justine O. Keef
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (674)
    Performance
    (627)
    Story
    (630)

    When Jace walked through the doors of Aggie's dungeon, the last thing he expected was to find self-forgiveness and the love of a remarkable woman. But when a terrible accident sidelines Jace during the band's tour, the burdensome chains of his past wrap ferociously around his heart. Determined to crack through Jace's armored shell, Aggie must go beyond her usual methods to mend his heart to love again.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "Yah for Jace!!!"
    "Hot Ticket"
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    If you could sum up Hot Ticket in three words, what would they be?

    Hot, Interesting, Sad


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Hot Ticket?

    I'd say the most memorable moment for me when Jace was in the dungeon with Mistress V


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    At times and then other times no. I felt like she was reading to me rather than performing in certain areas.


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

    I laughed several times when Eric was around. I don't think I cried but there were some sad moments.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Game Changer: A Novel (The Game Series, Book 2)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By J. Sterling
    • Narrated By Dara Rosenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (47)
    Story
    (49)

    Jack appeared at my door last night after six months of no communication wearing a Mets jersey and holding a dozen red roses. He told me he was sorry, that he loved me, and that he would earn my trust again. It took everything in me to not fall apart at the mere sight of him. I wanted to take him back into my life, but I needed to know that this time it would be forever...

    Monique says: "Liked this one too"
    "Liked this one too"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Game Changer to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read much of the print version so I can't compare.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought this was another good one. Not too much drama and I was thoroughly entertained. There were only one or two moments that had me rolling my eyes. I was disappointed in Cassie for the way she acted and her decision to run. She came off so strong throughout so this moment of weakness from her was a little disappointing. I thought everything wrapped up good so I’m curious as to what else their story has to offer.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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