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Nissa M

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  • Down to You: The Bad Boys, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By M. Leighton
    • Narrated By Kate Rudd, Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (864)
    Performance
    (786)
    Story
    (789)

    When college student Olivia Townsend returned home to help her father run his business, she never imagined a complication like Cash and Nash Davenport - twin brothers different in so many ways but with one thing in common: an uncontrollable desire for Olivia. Cash is dangerous, sexy, and bad to the bone - a man whose kisses make Olivia forget she is playing with fire. Nash is successful, reliable, and intensely passionate - and already taken. But all it takes is one soft stroke to make Olivia forget he belongs to someone else. However, Olivia is in for a surprise....

    Jordy says: "The Bad Boys with a twist...."
    "Meh."
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    What would have made Down to You better?

    A less predictable storyline, better narration, etc.


    Would you ever listen to anything by M. Leighton again?

    Yes, maybe, if the book was cheap. I think with audiobooks, a lot of the time the narrators can make or break the experience. If you don't like listening to them, you're kind of out of luck with the story, because it detracts from the whole.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The girl was fine I guess. I think she was annoying to me because the character was annoying. So fine, she did her job. The man irked me because the character he was portraying was supposed to be this tough, deep-voiced, sort of alpha male, while the narrator was higher pitched and it just didn't work.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Down to You?

    It's hard to pick certain scenes. The story kept changing and escalating into completely different things. It started as one story, then all of a sudden there was a whole new mob plotline...


    Any additional comments?

    Some people really might enjoy this one, it just wasn't for me.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Dare You To

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Katie McGarry
    • Narrated By Brittany Pressley, Christopher Gebauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (138)
    Performance
    (120)
    Story
    (122)

    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"
    "Dare You To not enjoy this book..."
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    If you could sum up Dare You To in three words, what would they be?

    1. Non-stop.
    2. Emotive.
    3. Perfect.


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

    Katie McGarry's books are all set in the same universe--characters that are connected, etc. I love them all! Such drama, such incredible character building. Amazing! Read them all, loved them all.


    What about Brittany Pressley and Christopher Gebauer ’s performance did you like?

    They both do a good job bringing across not only their main characters, but the different personalities of the supportings as well.


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

    Hmm... There are so many parts of this book that seriously had my heart racing and cursing the end of my commute--I just wanted to keep listening! Beth was frustrating because I wanted so much better for her and she was self-destructive. I felt for her!


    Any additional comments?

    Amazing. Never regret using credits for Katie McGarry's books!

    0 of 0 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
    (261)
    Performance
    (244)
    Story
    (244)

    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.

    Amazon Customer says: "I just ADORE this book!"
    "Expectations are the root of all heartache..."
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    Would you try another book from S.J. West and/or Christa Lewis?

    Yes. Maybe just to see where the story would go. Will it get better? Less schizophrenic?


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I think that the main girl could have been more realistic. She was just so naive and perfect, it got a little irritating.


    What about Christa Lewis’s performance did you like?

    She worked well with what she was given, but I think because I didn't like the main character, it was hard to like her. Sorry,girl!


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

    Yes. Because I have a weakness for books-->movie adaptations. Sigh.


    Any additional comments?

    Not the worst book ever, honestly. I just had super high expectations because I love stories of nephilim and angels, paranormal, etc.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Everneath

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Brodi Ashton
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (280)
    Performance
    (254)
    Story
    (259)

    Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath. Now she’s returned - to her old life, her family, her boyfriend - before she’s banished back to the underworld... this time forever. She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can’t find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists. Nikki longs to spend these precious months forgetting the Everneath and trying to reconnect with her boyfriend, Jack, the person most devastated by her disappearance - and the one person she loves more than anything.

    Kale says: "A Hauntingly Beautiful Debut"
    "Everneath but Underwhelming"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Hmm. No, I wouldn't recommend this book. It was insanely predictable and the story kind of made me angry. The main girl is whiny and kind of spineless--except she isn't that much, she just always comes across like that.


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

    I knew exactly what was going to happen because it was so predictable, so it wasn't the big shocking twist that I think was supposed to happen. Sigh.


    Did Amy Rubinate do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    The narrator was okay. She did her best with the material given her. Some different voices to distinguish.


    Did Everneath inspire you to do anything?

    Nope. Except maybe grumble that I had wasted a credit on this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd say save your credit.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Selection: The Selection Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Kiera Cass
    • Narrated By Amy Rubinate
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1910)
    Performance
    (1705)
    Story
    (1721)

    For 35 girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime: the opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth... to be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels... to live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her, and leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want.

    Amazon Customer says: "You might want to wait... if you hate cliffhangers"
    "The Bachelor: Dystopian Prince Edition"
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    Would you listen to The Selection again? Why?

    Hmm.. If I was on a long roadtrip and got bored with the same music over and over on the radio, yes, I would listen to The Selection again. It wasn't awful, it just was... annoying? Not even that harsh, but it irked me, although I still had to know what would happen next. Exactly like a guilty pleasure TV show.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would try to make the main character more likable. The whole love triangle aspect, too, seemed a little forced.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    ... I actually can't remember a specific scene that I was like, "OMG this is so good, let me remember this one for my review"


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

    I did want to continue the story to know what would happen next, but I wasn't anguished by the thought of stopping like I am with other books.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Graceling

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Kristin Cashore
    • Narrated By David Baker, Chelsea Mixon, Zachary Exton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (830)
    Performance
    (563)
    Story
    (565)

    Set in a world where some people are born with a Grace - a unique, sometimes uncanny, gift - this is the story of Katsa, whose Grace, demonstrated at an uncomfortably early age, is for killing. This makes her a perfect tool for her uncle, King Randa But Katsa chafes at the way she is being used - and even more at the injustices she sees around her.Then she meets Prince Po, who has a Grace to match hers...

    Kari says: "Outstanding first novel!"
    "Predictable, but still fun"
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    Where does Graceling rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've only listened to a handful, so this would probably rank as 3/5.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Bitterblue, the little princess with moxie. She was such a little trooper! I wanted to like the main character Katsa, but she was almost obnoxiously obstinate and naive at times.


    What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

    I liked that the narrator would do different voices for the different characters.


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

    If you had the power to kill with your bare hands, what would you do?


    Any additional comments?

    I only wish that this book wasn't as predictable as it was. I pretty much could figure out what would happen, even though it was treated as some big twist. Sigh. Still, it was entertaining and fun. A good read/listen regardless!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Grave Mercy: His Fair Assassin, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Robin LaFevers
    • Narrated By Erin Moon
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (319)
    Performance
    (285)
    Story
    (295)

    Escaping an arranged marriage, 17-year-old Ismae finds sanctuary in the St. Mortain convent, where the sisters worship the gods of old. There, Ismae learns that the God of Death has special plans for her—a destiny that will one day compel her to betray the man she loves.

    Amazon Customer says: "I Heart Death's Handmaiden!"
    "Fantastic!"
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    If you could sum up Grave Mercy in three words, what would they be?

    Captivating, Entertaining, Thought-provoking


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Main character, Ismae. She is relatable (emotion-wise, not the whole assassin/ Death's daughter thing). She is so well written that her actions and thoughts seem like it could be anyone. She is torn between loyalties, and doesn't know who to trust, believe, etc. She doesn't know whether to trust her heart or her mind. Plus--she's a badass assassin who doesn't take anyone's crap!


    What about Erin Moon’s performance did you like?

    Okay, the narrator was amazing! She did different accents, voices, and more. She was great!


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

    Probably the tagline of the book: "Why be the sheep when you can be the wolf?"


    Any additional comments?

    Definitely glad this popped up in my recommendations.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Throne of Glass: A Throne of Glass Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Sarah J. Maas
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Evans
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1110)
    Performance
    (1027)
    Story
    (1037)

    After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

    A Frayed Knot says: "It's no Game of Thrones..."
    "Seriously good"
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    What made the experience of listening to Throne of Glass the most enjoyable?

    The narrator seemed to be really into the story, which of course adds to the experience. Then, the plot, characters, drama, etc. all were fantastic. The heroine is amazing: strong, humorous, badass, and relatable (maybe not the mad skills but her humanity).


    What did you like best about this story?

    Maas does a great job creating a whole world. It's a well thought-out fantasy universe and the characters seem real (real to that world, obviously it's not set in our time/world, etc.). The main three characters are the best, and although there may be the start to a love triangle, that's not the main focus to the storyline. It's more about a girl who was raised to be a killer, who was imprisoned for said killing, then gets the chance for freedom--and what she'll have to do to gain that freedom. Along the way, the reader gets to experience her thoughts, emotions, experiences, and more, and it's extremely well done.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't want to give away spoilers, but I enjoyed the action sequences. They were well written in the way that you could really imagine what was going on, like watching it through your mind's eye. Also, I liked anything where Calaena and the Crown Prince were together.


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

    I listen to my audiobooks on my commutes, and sometimes I would take the long way home, desperately wanting to continue the story.


    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Enclave

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Ann Aguirre
    • Narrated By Emily Bauer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (565)
    Performance
    (498)
    Story
    (496)

    New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20s. When Deuce turns 15, she takes on her role as a Huntress, and is paired with Fade, a teenage Hunter who lived Topside as a young boy. When she and Fade discover that the neighboring enclave has been decimated by the tunnel monsters—or Freaks—who seem to be growing more organized, the elders refuse to listen to warnings.

    Felicity Fairchild says: "It was supposed to be good."
    "So close to perfection"
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    Where does Enclave rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've only listened to a handful of audiobooks so far, but Enclave is definitely up at the top.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was good, if a little confusing at times. The characters sometimes seemed a little unreal, but that was part of the reality to the world created by Aguirre. Something happened topside, and people were forced down below for safety from the dystopian universe. Then, decades go by and new generations don't even know any of the old ways. So, it was a very intriguing story. We go from underground, to questioning the new ways, to topside, with a healthy dose of suspense, intensity, and danger mixed throughout.


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

    I haven't listened to any of the narrator's other performances. But this one was fine.


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

    I did want to keep listening. The whole story was so fresh and unique that I couldn't wait to want to know what would happen next (even if I was good at predicting what would happen).


    Any additional comments?

    Nice little romance that wasn't overwhelming or overbearing to the story--it just sort of wove in without being forced. Seemed realistic enough.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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