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  • Tear You Apart

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Megan Hart
    • Narrated By Karen White
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (76)
    Story
    (75)

    I don't know which stop I got on at; I only know the train is going fast and the world outside becomes a blur. I should get off, but I don't. The universe is playing a cosmic joke on me. Here I had my life - a good life with everything a woman could want - and suddenly, there is something more I didn't know I could have. A chance for me to be satisfied and content and maybe even on occasion deliriously, amazingly, exuberantly fulfilled. So this is where I am, on a train that's out of control, and I am not just a passenger.

    Kd says: "STUPENDOUS!"
    "Definitely torn apart..."
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    Once again, Megan breaks our hearts. In my opinion, this book, "Deeper" and "Broken" should be in a series of their own. This is definitely one of the tearjerker books of the series, and though it doesn't disappoint, it totally crushes a reader.

    In the true tradition of the two books listed above, "Tear You Apart" lives up to the title. Elisabeth is a product of a broken home, though no one will admit it. Two kids away at college, and a husband who is nearly non-existent. A boss who could have been her lover, and an artist to steals her heart. Throughout the story, she tries to find herself, and figure out just what will make her truly happy. She makes mistakes along the way, but in the end, in order to become happy, she must break and lose everything.

    This book will definitely take you on a roller coaster of emotions, and just when you think everything is about to settle into place, your heart will shatter. Great story, well written, and still staying true to Megan Hart's style, though the love scenes seem to be more about addiction than actual desire.

    My heart is broken...now I am going to go read something more lighthearted lol...

    Enjoy!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Red Hill: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jamie McGuire
    • Narrated By Emma Galvin, January LaVoy, Zachary Webber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (111)
    Story
    (111)

    When the world ends, can love survive? For Scarlet, raising her two daughters alone means fighting for tomorrow is an everyday battle. Nathan has a wife, but can't remember what it's like to be in love; only his young daughter Zoe makes coming home worthwhile. Miranda's biggest concern is whether her new VW Bug is big enough to carry her sister and their boyfriends on a weekend escape from college finals. When reports of a widespread, deadly "outbreak" begin to surface, these ordinary people face extraordinary circumstances and suddenly their fates are intertwined.

    Amy says: "Are the Lives Lost Worth Those Saved?"
    "Seen it before, but STILL a great tale..."
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    Though I am not a big fan of apocalyptic stories, especially zombie ones, I absolutely loved this book. It kept me sucked in through the entire story!

    Now, first of all, it has to be said. The whole "follow multiple people through their journey during the apocalypse" story has been told many times over. But having it done Jamie McGuire style changed it up for me a little bit. And the fact that Emma Galvin (Beautiful Disaster/A Beautiful Wedding) and Zachary Webber (A Beautiful Wedding) returned after the Beautiful Disaster series was an EXCELLENT treat, since they are two of my favorite narrators! The only downside to that being that I kept slipping into Abby/Travis mode lol.

    When the breakout first began, my starting thought was, "NO, HER KIDS!" I had no idea that the entire book would end up being a buildup just for her kids return. I do think that it got to be a little bit on the obsessive side with that. This woman basically risked the lives of others for her own children, and part of me thought, how selfish of her. The other part of me thought, I would do the same damn thing for my daughter, if I were in Scarlet's shoes.

    When we got into Nathan's story, the only thing I wanted was to see his wife walking down the street as a "Ted", and have him blow her brains out. She just walked out on him and their daughter, Zoey, and I was hoping for some revenge on their part (maybe in a book #2? hint hint, nudge nudge). But when they come together with Nathan's brother-in-law and his wife, I help hope. That fell too, but that was partly redeemed in the end.

    My favorite character out of the entire story was Miranda. Oh Miranda, Miranda, Miranda...It was kinda sweet that she met the apocalypse with the love of her life, Bryce, but the way their relationship changed, and the new interest...it was all way too depressing for me. The situation with Ashley and Cooper was extremely maddening for me in two ways. First, what Cooper did for Zoey was amazing. Second, the end result of that decision, was depressing. It's hard to be mad at a child, especially a non-fiction one, but in that instant I was angry with Zoey as well as Cooper. I really wish that the story of Miranda, Bryce, Ashley and Cooper had gone a VERY different way.

    The ending of this book definitely leaves room for a sequel, and I hope Jamie writes one! I was very sad and depressed for a few days after finishing this book, but it has earned its 5 stars from me. Great story, well written, perfect narrators!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Wicked Beat: The Sinners on Tour Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Olivia Cunning
    • Narrated By Justine O. Keef
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (514)
    Performance
    (480)
    Story
    (483)

    From the moment he lays eyes on the Sinners' new soundboard operator, drummer Eric Sticks knows he has to make Rebekah his. Unfortunately, she's too busy trying to seduce guitarist Trey Mills to pay him much attention. Rebekah never planned to fall for the tall, goofy drummer with the weird sense of humor and a heart the size of the galaxy. But Eric makes her laugh and his constant attention makes her feel sexy and irresistible - exactly what she needs after the things her last lover said to her.

    BluBumbleB says: "One of the sweetest sinners!"
    "OH...MY...GAWD!!!!!!!!!!!"
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    I was definitely thrown off by the order that these books were released, because they do read in order. Book 5 was released before book 4, and I believe book book 3 came out before book 2, but having read book 5 before 4, I was definitely impatient waiting for it to come out. I am so happy that I found this series, cause its hot, with a capital HOT!

    I am a total sucker for a musician, which is probably why this series is my favorite when it comes to rockers! Olivia kills it every damn time! This is one of my favs from the Sinners series. There is just something about drummers and bassists that makes me.............yeah!

    After the soundboard operator, Dave, is injured in the bus crash, his sister Rebekah steps in to take over the reigns...temporarily. But even though she is uninvited, unwanted, and even sabotaged, she still manages to pull through. You gotta love the strength of this chick, cause she puts up with a lot. Then again, what Sinners chick doesn't?

    Eric has always been one of my favorite characters, which is why I am glad that his story rocked so hard! The fact that Rebekah wanted Trey kinda flew me at first, but she ended up where she belonged. I do love how it's easy to stay in tune to the entire story, and the whole band. Every time I read a new book, its easy to pick up where the last left off, no matter how much time has gone by in the story or in real life.

    To put out a spoiler, without spoiling the book, I want to say that my favorite moment was when Eric responded to something in his mic to Rebekah, that was only meant for her ears, but was overheard throughout the audience. Classic! The interaction between these two characters is hilarious, and I am in love with them!

    I don't know how many times i have read these books, but if they were on paper, I would definitely wear out the binding! I am anxiously awaiting book 6, Sinners at the Alter!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Space Between Us

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Megan Hart
    • Narrated By Alexandra Wilde
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (164)

    Tesla Martin is drifting pleasantly through life, slinging lattes at Morningstar Mocha, enjoying the ebb and flow of caffeine-starved customers, devoted to her cadre of regulars. But none of the bottomless-cup crowd compares with Meredith, a charismatic force of nature who can coax intimate tales from even the shyest of Morningstar’s clientele.

    HibiscusSvg says: "Classic Megan Hart"
    "I need more!"
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    I am a big Megan Hart fan, and this series is by far, one of my favorites of all time. I love how every book revisits with at least one character from a previous book, and ties all of the stories together. This one is no different. We get to see Johnny D and Em again (and find out that they have had their baby), as well as Joe and Sadie (and imho, an unwelcome reentry of one of Joe's former story subjects), all 4 of which have been some of my favorite characters from the past.

    Aside from the blasts from the past, we become more familiar with the Morningstar Mocha coffee shop itself, from behind the scenes. The way that Tesla and Meredith get together is a big tease, i think. But when everything comes out, its not what I was expecting to happen. However, the way that the story unfolds is pretty predictable.

    At first, I was pretty fond of Meredith, and somewhat distrustful towards Charlie, but that definitely changed about midway through the story. However, it was inevitable, seeing as how situations like this always flip around. Sometimes people want something so bad, that their selfishness blows up in their own face, as it did with Meredith.

    I wish there was more details on the history between Tesla and Vic, because it just feels like there is more to it all, other than what they say. His reasoning between why he didn't want his wife to know about his previous career, and why he seemed so ashamed of it, even though he wanted to get back into it. I would also like to know more about Tesla's brother, Captain. He needs his own book, I think.

    Love scenes are pretty hot. as usual, without going overboard. I do wish that more had happened at the sex club though. There was so much potential for things that could have happened, but didn't. I was kind of bored through that part, and had to rewind a couple if times to get through it.


    All in all, another great story. Two thumbs up, five stars and all that jazz. Keep it rocking Megan!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Favor

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Megan Hart
    • Narrated By Suzy Lexington
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    With characteristic compassion and searing honesty, Megan Hart weaves a shattering small-town story about what can turn brother against brother, and the kinds of secrets that cannot remain untold. Janelle Decker has happy childhood memories of her grandma's house, and even lived there through high school. Now she's back with her twelve-year-old son to look after her ailing Nan, and hardly anything seems to have changed, not even the Tierney boys next door.

    Nikki says: "Not your typical Megan Hart..."
    "Not your typical Megan Hart..."
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    Ever since my first Megan Hart book (Broken), I have become obsessed with her heartbreaking love stories. I have been debating this book since before it came out, but once it did, there was no question about if I would or would not purchase it.

    I do not "regret" the purchase, but this story just felt so.....tame. When comparing to the rest of Megan's books, this one is minimally sexual. It's not steamy in the least, and the sexual encounters are barely there, and not erotic at all. I do love the story line, and the history between the two main characters, but it never made me shed a tear, like I usually do with Megan's books when she gives you something good, breaks it, then gives it back. I do love the fact that these aren't some young 20 somethings that fall in love with each other a week after meeting.

    The flashbacks and flashforwards are kind of confusing, and you really have to be paying attention when they come. She says "then" when there is about to be a flashback, but there is no warning when coming back to current time. I had to rewind a few times to understand what happened when.

    The relationship with the twins was confusing at times, and I was disappointed that one of them only appeared in the story, in the flashbacks. It would have been interesting to see him interact with his family in current times.

    Lastly, the narrator was not horrible, but she does not do a male voice very well. When you have to range between a 12yo boy up to an 80+yo woman, you should have a bit of a better range. It almost always sounded like a whiny girl making voices. Not to say I would never listen to another book narrated by Suzy Lexington again, but I just don't think that she did as well with this one, as she could have.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Entwined With You: Crossfire Series, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Sylvia Day
    • Narrated By Jill Redfield
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2588)
    Performance
    (2401)
    Story
    (2414)

    The worldwide phenomenon continues as Eva and Gideon face the demons of their pasts and accept the consequences of their obsessive desires.... From the moment I first met Gideon Cross, I recognized something in him that I needed. Something I couldn’t resist. I also saw the dangerous and damaged soul inside - so much like my own. I was drawn to it. I needed him as surely as I needed my heart to beat. No one knows how much he risked for me. How much I’d been threatened, or just how dark and desperate the shadow of our pasts would become.

    AudioAddict says: "I would title it "Bored with You""
    "Good book, but not as great as the previous two"
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    I have been anticipating the release of this book, as have SO many others. Sylvia promised via live chat that many questions would be answered in this book, and yet, many of those questions were not even really touched.

    One of the redeeming factors is that, we still have the same narrator, Jill Redfield. So many long series books have multiple readers, and that's just confusing. I love the way Jill brings these characters to life! It makes it easy for me to see each person separately in my head.

    Another redeeming factor, is that the series is very well written. Sylvia is a seasoned writer, and she knows how to make a story believable! I have read other similar books (yes, like 50 shades), and many of them are very poorly written. This book is very well done, as are the rest, as far as detailing, story line, etc. However, this book almost felt as if Sylvia was trying to rush through it. It felt so short, compared to the previous two books.

    One downside with this book is, it felt like 95% of the time Gideon and Eva were together, they were having sex. Last time I checked, this was a romance novel, not pure erotica. SLOW DOWN, just a little bit, please! Yes the couple is hot. Yes, the story is steamy. But we get it, they cant get enough of each other. Can we get to the rest of the BS now please?

    I still love this series, and I still love Sylvia's books, and I will continue to buy them. And I will still eagerly await the final two books, but I must say, this one is so far, the most disappointing. I really did not want to give a negative review on this one, but I had no choice.


    Why would i give it 5 stars all around with such a negative review, you ask? I still think its 5 star worthy...sorry

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Frost Burned: Mercy Thompson, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Patricia Briggs
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2352)
    Performance
    (2162)
    Story
    (2175)

    Mercy Thompson's life has undergone a seismic change. Becoming the mate of Adam Hauptman - the charismatic Alpha of the local werewolf pack - has made her a stepmother to his daughter, Jesse, a relationship that brings moments of blissful normalcy to Mercy's life. But on the edges of humanity, what passes for a minor mishap on an ordinary day can turn into so much more.... After an accident in bumper-to-bumper traffic, Mercy and Jesse can't reach Adam - or anyone else in the pack for that matter. They've all been abducted.....

    ShySusan says: "One of the best urban fantasy series"
    "Patty, you have done it again!"
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    As always, the latest installment of Mercy's story rocks! I have been anxiously awaiting this one since march of 2011, since River Marked came out. Hard to believe that it has really been 2 years since we last visited the pack!

    I love that we got to see Mercy, Adam, Jesse, Kyle, and Stefan as well as a few others. I would have loved to see more of Zee and Ben and Darryl, as well as the rest of the pack.

    I was extremely shocked to see Asil, The Moor, pop up (refer to the Alpha & Omega series). I love that both series can flow into each other so flawlessly! Often times when I read spin off books, its a completely different story, and does not mesh well with the original story line from the first story set.

    I would have loved to see Mercy take on more of a motherly role, even though she and Jesse are so close in age, but I guess that's what makes her such a cool step-mom! She is more of a bestie than a parent!

    Even though I loved the story as is, I felt that.....something....I am not sure what exactly, was missing. I guess we will have to hold off for another installment?

    Also, I would love to see Mercy and Adam have a baby! They need one, I think! Also, it would be interesting for Charles & Anna (again, refer to Alpha & Omega series) to make an appearance in a Mercy book. It would be something to see, having an Omega near this pack.

    Would I recommend this book? Absolutely! How could I not? I have been in love with these characters since 2009! 7 books in what, 3 1/2 years? Keep up the awesome work Patricia! And thank you so much for keeping Lorelei King on this project! It is always so disappointing when a new narrator pops into a series in the middle.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sold to the Vampire

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 4 mins)
    • By Adriana Rossi
    • Narrated By Mona Bella
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    Overall
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    (8)
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    In a world where the earth is infested with vampires, humans are bought, sold, and bred for one sole purpose: blood. Tessa is caught and auctioned of to a wealthy vampire Lord, who intends to use her to pleasure and feed his disobedient son, and also to breed her to his human cattle. Tessa falls hard for her vampire master, who feeds her lustful desires. But how can she survive in a castle filled with blood-starved vampires?

    Vicki says: "This must be someone;s first attempt at writing."
    "Short and unsatisfying, yet still a great story"
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    Any additional comments?

    I took a look at the author before purchasing this book, and realized that most of her books are less than an hour long, but the story intrigued me, so I bought it anyways.

    I think that the overall concept of the story is excellent, however, one hour is far too short for any love story that is new and did not previously exist. More background on both characters would have been nice, and more of a description of the atmosphere and locations would be great. Therefore, the lack of details and background aside, I think the story is very well written, and I do not regret the purchase.

    The world created in this story is what is pretty common for this day in age, as far as it basically being post-apocalyptic as far as the humans are concerned. Humans have been taken over by vampires, are forced into hiding or slavery, etc. Common story, but very well written. I would LOVE to read a much longer version of this story one day. But until that time comes (if it ever does), I will be checking out more books by this author, whenever I need a quick break from the 10+ hour long stories I am used to listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Black Dawn: Morganville Vampires, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Rachel Caine
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (218)
    Performance
    (200)
    Story
    (201)

    In Last Breath, the rain brought a new and dire threat to Morganville and its vampires...their ancient enemies, the draug. Now, the vampires are fighting a losing war, and it will fall to the residents of the Glass House - Michael, Eve, Shane, and Claire - to take the fight to an enemy who threatens to destroy the town, forever. Lovers of Morganville, rejoice: Black Dawn takes the intrigue, romance, and nail-biting suspense of the series to its highest level yet.

    Nikki says: "Bring back Cynthia Holloway!"
    "Bring back Cynthia Holloway!"
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    What did you like best about Black Dawn? What did you like least?

    I have been in love with this story, since the very beginning! I love how the story plot is constantly twisting, and how it is so in depth with so many characters, not just 2 or 3 like in a lot of other stories. It definitely is not anything like anything else I have ever read before, and I will always hold it as a cherished part of my book collection!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have not finished Black Dawn yet, so I cannot say. But I did read the teaser on Rachel's web site, and the special fan club extras, and I am definitely itching to continue on. Can't wait!


    Would you be willing to try another one of Angela Dawe’s performances?

    I am not a fan of Angela Dawe reading this book. She makes it sound like a completely different story, because her voice is a LOT deeper than Cynthia Holloway's. Plus, after already listening to 11 books with Cynthia's voice, you kind of have a mindset of each character's voice, and it's pretty easy to imagine it in your head. It's like, watching a tv show for 5 seasons, then they replace the main character's actor for the 6th season. It's not the same, and not nearly as good.


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

    If it became a movie, I would most definitely go see it!


    Any additional comments?

    If you are not a die hard Morganville Vampires (audiobook) fan, you might not like this at all. I would say check your local library for the paperback or CD, before purchasing it permanently.

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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