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Stephenie

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  • Born of Night: A League Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Sherrilyn Kenyon
    • Narrated By Kelly Fish
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (639)
    Performance
    (421)
    Story
    (428)

    In the Ichidian Universe, The League and their ruthless assassins rule all. Expertly trained and highly valued, the League Assassins are the backbone of the government. But not even the League is immune to corruption. Command Assassin Nykyrian Quikiades once turned his back on the League - and has been hunted by them ever since.

    Robbie says: "Tortured hero, Damsel in Distress. Pure Kenyon!"
    "Great series. Worth every credit."
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    The story: The characters are believable and engaging. They are dynamic. The plots are interesting and fast-moving with just enough twists to keep a sharp mind attentive.

    The performance: The reader was great. She really brought the characters to life. She made the action scenes and scenes with emotion really shine. I've since gone looking for other things that she reads.

    If another installment of this series came available, it would jump to the top of my wish list.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fifty Shades of Grey: Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By E. L. James
    • Narrated By Becca Battoe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (16332)
    Performance
    (13584)
    Story
    (14209)

    When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

    Amazon Customer says: "Holy Crap minus the Holy"
    "Juvenile and Flat"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you're a brainless college-age twit looking for soft porn and screwed-up characters, this book is definitely for you.


    Would you ever listen to anything by E. L. James again?

    No. After switching to the Kindle, the writing didn't seem QUITE so bad as it was portrayed by the Audible reading. However, I still couldn't finish the book. The main character is an idiot. Christian (the hero) is ridiculously screwed up and is a horrible hero. It was painful to read. The randomly-used "big words" did not make the author seem more intelligent. Quite the opposite. I didn't even care enough about the characters to keep reading. I stopped when he showed her his "game room". The author needs to seek psychological help.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Becca Battoe’s performances?

    No. The reading was so atrocious that I bought the Kindle book to read it myself. The performance sounded like an over-enunciated reading, not a performance. I couldn't make it more than 30 pages into the book before I had to stop listening.


    Any additional comments?

    When this series came out years ago, I read the description and couldn't get myself to read it. Now that it is a movie, I decided to give it a try. I am more than a little sad that I gave the author any money. She should not be encouraged to keep writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jumpstart to Skinny: The Simple 3-Week Plan for Supercharged Weight Loss

    • ABRIDGED (1 hr and 12 mins)
    • By Bob Harper, Greg Critser
    • Narrated By Bob Harper
    Overall
    (48)
    Performance
    (37)
    Story
    (37)

    In his instant number-one New York Times best seller The Skinny Rules, celebrity trainer and coach of NBC’s The Biggest Loser Bob Harper delivers the ultimate strategy for healthy, long-term weight loss and "thin maintenance". But what if you have a big event looming - a reunion, wedding, beach vacation, or other special occasion - and need a fast-acting plan to meet your short-term goals? Jumpstart to Skinny features 13 short-term rules (no one gets thin on mere suggestions) that will supercharge your weight loss.

    Stephenie says: "Short and poorly read, but informative"
    "Short and poorly read, but informative"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Sure. I'm not going to promote it, but I wouldn't detract it, either. The content is good, hard-hitting and very applicable. The included PDF is a must-have if you read the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    LIke Bob Harper, the information in his book is full of tough love and direct how-to's.


    What didn’t you like about Bob Harper’s performance?

    Considering that Bob is a public speaker and television star, I was disappointed with his wooden speech as he read the book. He's a considerably better speaker when he speaks from the cuff. His flat speech in the book was downright distracting.


    Do you think Jumpstart to Skinny needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I would recommend that anyone looking for a follow-up NOT buy the Skinny Rules audiobook. The audiobook is ONLY the rules and does not contain the menus, recipes, or tools that the printed or Kindle book contain. There is no extra PDF for that book like there is for Jumpstart to Skinny. I would recommend the Kindle or printed book.


    Any additional comments?

    The piece of the book that resounded with me the most was when Bob talked about medicine. He basically said that if you went to a professional doctor and asked for help, if the doctor prescribed a specific medicine, you wouldn't mess with the dosage or look for a substitute. By that reasoning, Bob is a professional and what he wrote in his book works. Don't look for substitutes or change anything that he has planned.

    This was important to me since I was already looking for substitutes. It was a good reminder that the program is only 3 weeks. Just do what Bob says.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fall of Giants: The Century Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8683)
    Performance
    (5341)
    Story
    (5328)

    Ken Follett's World Without End was a global phenomenon, a work of grand historical sweep beloved by millions of readers and acclaimed by critics. Fall of Giants is his magnificent new historical epic. The first novel in The Century Trilogy, it follows the fates of five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, and Welsh - as they move through the world-shaking dramas of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.

    Keith says: "Ken Follett and John Lee / Audible's Dream Team"
    "Excellent Series"
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    I just wanted to add my review to the multitude of others. I read this book in the Century Trilogy for a book club and was hooked. When Winter of the World was released, I also snapped it up.

    I'm not usually a fan of historical fiction and particularly not a fan of the writing style that features multiple unrelated characters that end up being tied together. The fact that I give both the story and the performance 5 stars should tell you exactly how good this book is. I eagerly await the release of the final book and will buy it in audiobook form.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Winter of the World: The Century Trilogy, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Ken Follett
    • Narrated By John Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5388)
    Performance
    (4561)
    Story
    (4572)

    Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its five interrelated families - American, German, Russian, English, Welsh - enter a time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs. As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and emotion.

    Tim says: "Brilliant Sequel"
    "Riveting Series"
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    I just wanted to add my review to the multitude of others. I read the first book in the Century Trilogy for a book club and was hooked. When Winter of the World was released, I snapped it up.

    I'm not usually a fan of historical fiction and particularly not a fan of the writing style that features multiple unrelated characters that end up being tied together. The fact that I give both the story and the performance 5 stars should tell you exactly how good this book is. I eagerly await the release of the final book and will buy it in audiobook form.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Notorious

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Nicola Cornick
    • Narrated By Katherine Kellgren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (114)
    Performance
    (96)
    Story
    (96)

    Dangerously seductive and sinfully beautiful, Susanna Burney is society’s most sought after matchbreaker. Paid by wealthy parents to part unsuitable couples, she’s never yet failed to accomplish her mission of diverting a groom-to-be - until her final assignment brings her face-to-face with the man who’d once taught her an intimate lesson in heartache.

    J-9 says: "Great listen for Historical Romance Fans!"
    "Way too many details"
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    Disclaimer: I've only listened to the first 45 minutes of this audiobook. At first, I was thinking, this author is good - the details are very realistic. But the first 45 minutes of the audiobook cover about 3 minutes of the storyline. The author goes too far in detail. After the first 15 minutes I was bored and kept hoping it would pickup. After 45 minutes I couldn't take anymore and shut it off. I may try to listen to it again later and if I do, I'll change my review accordingly.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Horns: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Joe Hill
    • Narrated By Fred Berman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1495)
    Performance
    (1067)
    Story
    (1074)

    Ignatius Perrish spent the night drunk and doing terrible things. He woke up the next morning with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache, and a pair of horns growing from his temples. At first Ig thought the horns were a hallucination, the product of a mind damaged by rage and grief. He had spent the last year in a lonely, private purgatory, following the death of his beloved, Merrin Williams, who was raped and murdered under inexplicable circumstances.

    bet says: "people are funny"
    "Fun and well-read"
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    The performer was excellent and the story kept me coming back for more. I would recommend this audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dune

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Frank Herbert
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
    Overall
    (10233)
    Performance
    (5872)
    Story
    (5955)

    Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

    Joshua says: "Wonderful production!"
    "Classic, but BORING"
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    I tried to listen to this for a bookclub and just couldn't finish it. The strange names are confusing and I just wasn't drawn back to it like I have other audiobooks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One for the Money

    • ABRIDGED (2 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lori Petty
    Overall
    (767)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (187)

    Meet Stephanie Plum, a bounty hunter with attitude. Desperate for work, with her Miata repossessed and her refrigerator empty, she cons her way into a job as an "apprehension agent" for a bail bondsman. This best selling debut earned Evanovich nominations for the Edgar, Anthony, Agatha, Shamus, and Macavity awards.

    Connie says: "Abridged......Left out so much!"
    "Sucks you in"
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    This story moves well and is entertaining. I would recommend it to a friend. It also sucks you into the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bet Me

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Jennifer Crusie
    • Narrated By Deanna Hurst
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1401)
    Performance
    (756)
    Story
    (772)

    Min Dobbs knows that happily-ever-after is a fairy tale, especially with a man who asked her to dinner to win a bet. Cal Morrisey knows commitment is impossible, especially with a woman as cranky as Min Dobbs. When they say good-bye at the end of their evening, they cut their losses and agree never to see each other again. But Fate has other plans.

    Amazon Customer says: "Another win!"
    "Fun read, but not super."
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    This is a light and enjoyable read, but not super. I don't regret listening to it, but it wouldn't be my top recommendation.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Timeline

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 6 mins)
    • By Michael Crichton
    • Narrated By John Bedford Lloyd
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2505)
    Performance
    (781)
    Story
    (797)

    Modern science meets feudal France...dinosaurs still walk the Earth...a secret world of killer gorillas...only in a Michael Crichton thriller! Check out our full selection in our Crichton store!

    Charles Stembridge says: "Narrator"
    "Great story, pretty good performance"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The story was excellent, clearly researched and believable.


    What about John Bedford Lloyd???s performance did you like?

    The performance was solid, but I've definitely heard better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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