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Shauna

ME, United States | Member Since 2012

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  • The Spectacular Now

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Tim Tharp
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (269)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (246)

    "So, my beautiful fat girlfriend, Cassidy, is threatening to kick me to the curb again, my best friend suddenly wants to put the brakes on our lives of fabulous fun, my mom and big sister are plotting a future in which I turn into an atomic vampire, and my dad, well, my dad is a big fat question mark that I'm not sure I want the answer to."

    Sash & Em: A Tale of Two Bookies says: "Wouldn't recommend to everyone but great story!"
    "Enjoyed the story, but I wanted more at the end!"
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    What did you like about this audiobook?

    I liked the perspective it was written from and getting inside the head of Sutter. He was a very charming character.


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

    I thought the narrator was spot on! He was easy to listen to and got Sutter's attitude perfectly!


    Do you have any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the story right up until the very end. I felt like it left me hanging and I wanted more of a conclusion, but in hindsight it probably was just right for the flow of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Confess

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Colleen Hoover
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Louise, Sebastian York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (239)
    Performance
    (215)
    Story
    (214)

    Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight, and there's no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn't expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

    cLuMsYgIrL says: "I love Colleen Hoover but..."
    "#Confess, 5 stars are not enough for this story!"
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    OMG (not being lame, you’ll see when you read the book) this is one of the most incredible stories I have read. Colleen Hoover just has this amazing talent of weaving storylines together, so much so you can never guess what is coming. This book will fill you with so many emotions right from the prologue. I literally went from sobbing, to laughing to hating some characters so much I could feel my blood pressure rising! The story has the perfect blend of raw reality and humor right when you need it most.

    I read the paperback and listened to the audiobook at the same time, because I simply did not want to have to put the story down for any reason! Sebastian York and Elizabeth Louise did an amazing job narrating the story for the chapters I listened to. I look forward to listening to the whole audiobook soon since this story just begs to be read over and over!

    Of course, this isn’t just a simple book. In the digital or paperback version, you also get to see the paintings (commissioned by Danny O’Connor) that Owen creates from peoples’ confessions and that adds so much more to the experience. I can’t even look at the last painting without wanting to curl up in the fetal position and bawl my eyes out! Please do yourself a favor and also purchase the digital or hard copy of the books in addition to this very well done audiobook!

    I am simply in awe of Colleen Hoover’s creativity and storytelling ability. Seriously, 5 stars are just not enough for this book!

    2 of 2 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
    (178)
    Performance
    (168)
    Story
    (168)

    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....

    REBECCA says: "Suspenseful and Nerve-Wracking"
    "K.A. Tucker does it again! BEAUTIFUL story!!"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Burying Water to be better than the print version?

    Most books I read are in audio. Narrators Josh Goodman and Elizabeth Louise are fabulous. They really brought the characters to life and I enjoy having duel narration from the male and female perspective. This story is so engaging and intriguing I am positive the print version is just as enjoyable!


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

    There are so many beautiful moments in this story, but I would have to say that moment when Ginny and Water become family just made my heart so happy!!


    Any additional comments?

    K.A. Tucker grabs you from the first chapter laying the ground work for this story. The story is told from both present and past from two different sides so you just get little pieces along the way. It makes it very hard to stop reading because you simply must know what happened. This story is also about true love, compassion and healing. About 3/4 of the way through the book it's best to have a good amount of tissues on hand! This isn't just a good old love story, it's also about unconditional love from family, whether they are blood or not. I loved everything about this story and I am sure I will be reading it again soon since I already miss the characters!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heft

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Liz Moore
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
    Overall
    (2015)
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    (1816)
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    (1821)

    Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

    Mel says: "Intriguing--Captivating--Altering"
    "Such a unique story!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this book is very captivating and was hard to put down. I wanted to know more about each character and how they were connected. It's such a unique story that you just get caught up in. I really enjoyed learning more about Kel and Arthur's back stories and they are connected.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heft?

    When Arthur goes to the park for the first time in years, it's really a turning point of the whole story. The second part is when Kel is finally free and all the missteps he takes after that moment.


    Have you listened to any of Kirby Heyborne and Keith Szarabajka ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I absolutely love when I see Kirby Heybourne as the narrator and have added many books to my wishlist simply because he is reading them. Keith Szarabajka was brilliant and I would certainly listen to other books narrated by him.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Perfect Game

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By J. Sterling
    • Narrated By Dara Rosenberg
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (129)
    Performance
    (121)
    Story
    (120)

    The Perfect Game tells the story of college juniors, Cassie Andrews & Jack Carter. When Cassie meets rising baseball hopeful Jack, she is determined to steer clear of him and his typical cocky attitude. But Jack has other things on his mind... like getting Cassie to give him the time of day.

    Dasarae says: "OMG! I loved this story!"
    "Get the print or ebook, narrator ruins the story!"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. I started this story with the ebook, then switched about 4 chapters in to the audio with Whispersync. I was really starting to enjoy the story until the narrator ruined it. I am going back to the print version so I can get back to the story. I listen to 3-5 audiobooks a week and can usually warm up to almost any narrator, but her voice immediately makes me tune out.


    What didn’t you like about Dara Rosenberg’s performance?

    She is not a good match for this set of characters. It's over done and makes them all sound like immature valley girls from the 90's. It's insanely distracting from the story. I am going back to the ebook after attempting 2 chapters of the audio. Her impression of Jack is just horrid!


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Seduction and Snacks

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs)
    • By Tara Sivec
    • Narrated By Romy Nordlinger
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (428)
    Performance
    (398)
    Story
    (393)

    Claire is a 20-something, single mom who grudgingly helps her best friend sell sex toys while she attempts to make enough money to start her own business to give her foul-mouthed, but extremely loveable (when he's asleep) toddler a better life. When Carter, the one-night-stand from her past that changed her life forever, shows up in her hometown bar without any recollection of her besides her unique chocolate scent, Claire will make it a point that he remembers her this time. With Carter's undisguised shock at suddenly finding out he has a four-year-old son and Claire's panic that her stretch marks and slim-to-none bedroom experience will send the man of her dreams heading for the hills, the pair will do whatever they can to get their happily ever after.

    Angela says: "Very Good"
    "So flippin' funny!!"
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    Would you listen to Seduction and Snacks again? Why?

    YES!!! I just finished all 3 books in the series and I want to start over again! I was laughing almost non-stop while listening to this book! Tara Sivec I bow down to your Queen of Crude Humor!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It's really a toss up between Gavin and Drew since they are pretty much on the same mental level ;-P No spoilers here, listen to the book!


    Any additional comments?

    If you are easily offended or have no sense of humor (pretty much the same thing) don't listen to this book. Otherwise do yourself a favor and dive in this crazy-funny series! I still will randomly giggle thinking of scenes and certain vocabulary. Love, Love, Love!!!!!!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • How to Talk to a Widower

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Jonathan Tropper
    • Narrated By Eric Ruben
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (119)

    Doug Parker is a widower at age 29, and in his quiet suburban town, that makes him something of a celebrity - the object of sympathy, curiosity, and, in some cases, unbridled desire. But Doug has other things on his mind. First there's his 16-year-old stepson, Russ - a once-sweet kid who now is getting into increasingly serious trouble on a daily basis. And then there are Doug's sisters.

    Zan says: "The Characters Have Character"
    "This will make you laugh & cry equally!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this was a beautiful story! I was so brutally realistic in the thoughts and feelings of the characters. It is such an emotional roller coaster throughout the entire book. One minute you are laughing hysterically and the next you find yourself in tears as the reality of the situation hits home. Watching the healing process begin with both Doug and Russ is so heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. They are so lucky to have each other and the crazy dysfunctional Parker family!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Clair! She is just so funny, demanding and loveable at the same time. I would love to have her as my twin sister! She is very blunt and honest about everything, sugarcoating is not in her skill set!

    I also adore Russ, most likely because he is the teenage version of Doug. He is just trying to navigate life as a teenager, which is no picnic, coupled with the grief of losing his mother so tragically. Throughout all of this he remains very funny and charming.


    Which character – as performed by Eric Ruben – was your favorite?

    Doug. Erik Ruben does an amazing job pulling off his attitude, emotions and overall character. You really feel like you are hearing the story straight from Doug.


    Who was the most memorable character of How to Talk to a Widower and why?

    The most memorable character would be the Parker family as a whole. They are so dysfunctional, yet their bond is unbelievably tight! Any scene in the book where there is more than one of the family members together you will either be laughing or crying!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Maybe Someday

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Colleen Hoover
    • Narrated By Zachary Webber, Angela Goethals
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (626)
    Performance
    (578)
    Story
    (579)

    At 22 years old, Sydney has a great life: She’s in college; working a steady job; in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter; and rooming with her best friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter's cheating on her - and she is left trying to decide what to do next. Sydney becomes captivated by Ridge, her mysterious neighbor. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to his playing his guitar every day out on his balcony. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either.

    Melissa Bee says: ""Listening" with Your Heart"
    "Colleen Hoover does not disappoint!!"
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    I have been on pins and needles waiting for the release of this book! It was so worth the wait and I could not stop listening once I started. I sacrificed an entire night’s sleep to go on this wonderful ride with Sydney and Ridge. The addition of having a soundtrack to the book was so amazing! Griffin Peterson brings all the songs he wrote in collaboration with Colleen Hoover to life. You MUST purchase the album if you are going to listen to or read this book. I guarantee it will be on repeat for days after you finish the story!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ten Tiny Breaths: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By K. A. Tucker
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Louise
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (614)
    Performance
    (550)
    Story
    (554)

    Four years ago Kacey Cleary's life imploded when her car was hit by a drunk driver, killing her parents, boyfriend, and best friend. Still haunted by memories of being trapped inside, holding her boyfriend's lifeless hand and listening to her mother take her last breath, Kacey wants to leave her past behind. Armed with two bus tickets, Kacey and her 15-year-old sister, Livie, escape Grand Rapids, Michigan, to start over in Miami. Kacey's not worried. She can handle anything - anything but her mysterious neighbor in apartment 1D.

    Jordy says: "One of my Favorite Books this year!"
    "Emotional Rollercoaster!"
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    Would you listen to Ten Tiny Breaths again? Why?

    Yes I would. This story was beautiful and tragic, but uplifting by the time you get to the end. I really enjoyed all the characters and can't wait to see them pop up in other books by K.A. Tucker!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the transformation of Kacey throughout the story!


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

    The end, it was perfect! I also loved the part when the truth was revealed, but I won't disclose any details!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dead Hunger

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Eric A. Shelman
    • Narrated By John M. Perry
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (61)
    Performance
    (60)
    Story
    (60)

    A phone call to his sister leads Flex Sheridan into a nightmare and a quest to save his family from a new, horrifying epidemic that's turning humans into zombies. As he makes his way from Georgia to Gainesville, Florida and back, he picks up old and new friends and survivors. Flex re-connects with perhaps the strongest woman he's ever known, Gem Cardoza, his former girlfriend.

    Tilo says: "Good story, bad recording"
    "Engaging story with great characters!"
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    Would you listen to Dead Hunger again? Why?

    Yes, I would! I still have two more stories in the series to go, but I can see revisiting this story again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that there was some science involved and they were breaking down what happened to turn people and how they functioned. It was a different twist from other stories and shows out there.


    What does John M. Perry bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He brings the southern drawl and attitude of the main character you may not come up with if you read the actual book. His other accents are spot on as well.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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