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  • The School for Good and Evil: The School for Good and Evil, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Soman Chainani
    • Narrated By Polly Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (59)
    Performance
    (56)
    Story
    (56)

    Welcome to the School for Good and Evil, where best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. With her glass slippers and devotion to good deeds, Sophie knows she'll earn top marks at the School for Good and join the ranks of past students like Cinderella, Rapunzel, and Snow White. Meanwhile, Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks and wicked black cat, seems a natural fit for the villains in the School for Evil.

    Sparkee RN says: "Great Book!"
    "Sugar coated darkness. Grimm Brothers brutality"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would, with the warning that their intro to school is a little slow, but once they are there things are dark and brutal and rather messed up in a way that is often times shocking. I know this is a kid's book, but I sometimes thought it too dark for kids. At times, it often felt like a fairy-tale setting Lord of the Flies, as far as a certain characters spiral into madness. It is a very good and interesting book though. I couldn't stop listening, despite some flaws in the pacing.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The School for Good and Evil?

    I love all the moments when Agatha and Sophie choose each other, though Sophie is a TERRIBLE friend, she does care about Agatha, and that always shines through her petty, shallow, and selfish demeanor. She's still terrible, but you want for her to be better. Agatha is an AWESOME friend. God, I was so proud of characters are several points in this book, like when Hester invited Agatha to be her guest at the No-Ball, and students put aside their differences, when Evil helped Good. Ugh. Loved it.


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

    I have not.


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

    If I could have, I would have.


    Any additional comments?

    The book ends as if at the end of the chapter, rather than the end of the book. You want to keep flipping to find out what happens and you can't. It's a cliffhanger ending in a way, so that it and the next book are actually just one big book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ex-Heroes

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Jay Snyder, Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3007)
    Performance
    (2697)
    Story
    (2710)

    Stealth. Gorgon. Regenerator. Cerberus. Zzzap. The Mighty Dragon. They were heroes. Vigilantes. Crusaders for justice, using their superhuman abilites to make Los Angeles a better place. Then the plague of living death spread around the globe. Despite the best efforts of the superheroes, the police, and the military, the hungry corpses rose up and overwhelmed the country. The population was decimated, heroes fell, and the city of angels was left a desolate zombie wasteland like so many others.

    Aser Tolentino says: "Superheroes vs. Zombies? Sure, why not..."
    "Heroes still have to be heroes when the world ends"
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    Where does Ex-Heroes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top five. I really, really enjoyed it. I will listen to this again and probably regularly. I can't wait to get the other books.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ex-Heroes?

    There's really not any one moment that stands out in the book, as it's not made of big moments until the final battle at the end of the book. The whole of it is what is amazing, the switching back and forth between Then and Now, that just world builds.


    Which character – as performed by Jay Snyder and Khristine Hvam – was your favorite?

    I honestly did not realize it was only two actors voicing this. It sounds like a full cast. It's excellent. Stealth is probably my favorite voice, but St. George (formally The Mighty Dragon) is my favorite character because of who he is and what he stands for, where as she works from an analytic and strategic standpoint, rather than a moral one.


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

    No, but I did listen over a period of days every chance I could.


    Any additional comments?

    I very much recommend this book. The world ends, but heroes are still heroes and have a job to do, even when they go from fighting crime to trying to save what's left of humanity. I would love a movie or tv show based on this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Clean Sweep

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renee Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (645)
    Performance
    (590)
    Story
    (591)

    On the outside, Dina Demille is the epitome of normal. She runs a quaint Victorian Bed and Breakfast in a small Texas town, owns a Shih Tzu named Beast, and is a perfect neighbor, whose biggest problem should be what to serve her guests for breakfast.

    Donna says: "A MUST LISTEN. Promising start for a new series."
    "Shows potential, but writer needs training/polish"
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    What did you like best about Clean Sweep? What did you like least?

    The Inn was my favorite part, actually. I thought it was very intriguing how it moved and shaped. The alien aspect made it a little too left field.


    Would you recommend Clean Sweep to your friends? Why or why not?

    No, or to give it a try, but read it rather than listen to it.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    She was pretty bad. The MC is a blonde white girl living in TX. The narrator made her sound like a cliche black creole woman in New Orleans. All the characters were annoying, which made the romance and interactions not come across the way I'm sure the author intended.


    Did Clean Sweep inspire you to do anything?

    Go find more stories about B&B's.


    Any additional comments?

    The story probably would have been more enjoyable with a better narrator. I was able to finish the story, but yells of "OMG BAD NARRATION!" were heard throughout. If there's to be more books following this one, I don't care enough to read them, though.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Maid for the Billionaire: Book 1 of the Legacy Collection

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs)
    • By Ruth Cardello
    • Narrated By Kim Bubbs
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (195)
    Performance
    (177)
    Story
    (179)

    In Maid for the Billionaire Dominic Corisi knew instantly that Abigail Dartley was just the distraction he was looking for, especially since having her took a bit more persuading than he was used to. So when business forces him to fly to China, he decides to take her with him, but on his terms. No promises. No complications. Just sex. Abby has always been the responsible one. She doesn't believe in taking risks; especially when it comes to men - until she meets Dominic.

    Ginny says: "wonderful wonderful wonderful"
    "Story is SO unhealthy. The narrator is excellent."
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who like other bad examples about relationships that are unbalanced, unhealthy, and toxic. Like "50 Shades of Gray".


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ruth Cardello again?

    Not if she wrote a romance. Her characters and their stories were actually REALLY interesting... until they were put in a room together and it was all raging hormones, mind games, ego, and manipulation.


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

    I had not, but she is an excellent narrator I will look up to see what other books she has read. She was LOVELY to listen to.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Maid for the Billionaire?

    All the sex. All of it.This story would have been amazing had it actually had a plot. The characters had interesting stories that meant nothing.


    Any additional comments?

    This should not be any man or woman's fantasy. This is not healthy or sexy. This kind of behavior should send you screaming as you run in the opposite direction.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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