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chessjunkie

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  • Twisted Perfection: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Abbi Glines
    • Narrated By Elizabeth Louise, Sebastian York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (247)
    Story
    (247)

    My future was about to be completely thrown off track because Della Sloane was under my skin, and I had to have her. I couldn’t ignore it anymore . . . I’d gotten close enough to her to see deeper. Della Sloane is not your average girl. Yearning to break free of her dark and sheltered past and the memories of the illness that claimed her mother, Della plans a solo road trip to experience real life on her own terms.

    Jordy says: "Abbi Glines writes the most addicting books!!"
    "Twisted Awesomeness"
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    Where does Twisted Perfection rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top tier


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Woods-is impossible not to love


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the meet cute


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    made me laugh and cry


    Any additional comments?

    well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Greg McKeown
    • Narrated By Greg McKeown
    Overall
    (232)
    Performance
    (210)
    Story
    (205)

    By forcing us to apply a more selective criteria for what is Essential, the disciplined pursuit of less empowers us to reclaim control of our own choices about where to spend our precious time and energy - instead of giving others the implicit permission to choose for us. Essentialism is not one more thing - it’s a whole new way of doing everything. It’s about doing less, but better, in every area of our lives. Essentialism is a movement whose time has come.

    Molly Helm says: "Paring Down..."
    "Bravo!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend this book to anyone who is serious about living a life that reflects who they truly are


    What other book might you compare Essentialism to and why?

    Hum, there is nothing quite like it. Other business books are not as good because Essentialism is really a practice that the individual develops in order to live a more authentic life.


    Which character – as performed by Greg McKeown – was your favorite?

    Come one, y'all know there are no characters in this book. But Greg was a solid narrator.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Essentialism?

    I will apply the "less but better" mantra to my work and personal life.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is great for me because It really is about how to achieve the biggest bang for your efforts by finding the truly valuable things and focusing on them. The idea that 90+ percent of our opportunities, information, interactions are noise, are unimportant, are time wasters is really revolutionary in a world where so many of us are trying to figure out how to manage the deluge of nonsense (without first recognizing it as nonsense). Having this new perspective provides much needed clarity of purpose that should be valuable to any reader.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Husband's Regret: Unwanted, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Natasha Anders
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (82)

    Tall and thin, twenty-eight-year-old Bronwyn Palmer has become positively gaunt, a ghost of her former self. That self was - and still is - the wife of a rich, handsome executive with an ocean-view house and his own security staff. It was in that house, two years ago, that Bryce Palmer learned Bronwyn was pregnant with their first child. But Bryce’s rage over his impending fatherhood touched off a chain reaction of emotional and physical traumas that wounded them both.

    Trish says: "Awesome.."
    "Exactly like the first novel, but not as good"
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    Would you try another book from Natasha Anders and/or Justine Eyre?

    Probably not. I love Justine Eyre as a narrator.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    A Calculated Life


    What about Justine Eyre’s performance did you like?

    She is pretty awesome. Very passionate voice. It adds dimension to the characters


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

    Nope. Unless some awesome actors were in it.


    Any additional comments?

    The first novel in this series was a refreshing take on romance. But this story is based on a misunderstanding taken to the extreme. I also wondered why there is no mention of the heroin's family and why she didn't lean on them for support during rough times. The heroin is way to fragile for my taste. Even Cinderella didn't play the victim.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ain't She Sweet?

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Kate Flemming
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (929)
    Performance
    (328)
    Story
    (334)

    The girl everybody loves to hate has returned to the town she'd sworn to leave behind forever. As the rich, spoiled princess of Parrish, Mississippi, Sugar Beth Carey had broken hearts, ruined friendships, and destroyed reputations. But 15 years have passed, now she's come home, broke, desperate, and too proud to show it.

    Lydia says: "Another winner from Susan Elizabeth Phillips"
    "Sweet Enough to Cause a Toothache"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Ain't She Sweet? to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print edition


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the imperfect, determined and complicated protagonist. Loved that there are no real antiheroes-just complex people.


    What does Kate Flemming bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She can deliver a joke well, and I like how she choses to emphases words in a way that adds new meaning to sentences. She is great at capturing angst especially in children's voices.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me laugh and grin. Twisted my stomach into knots at times too.


    Any additional comments?

    One of my favorite books by this author. I loved the treatment of the African American characters. But more than that, I loved the story of revenge, forgiveness and redemption. Also, it was funny and the story had many unexpected surprises. Almost every character had tremendous development.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Exquisite: Exquisite, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Ella Frank
    • Narrated By Mackenzie Cartwright
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (135)
    Performance
    (127)
    Story
    (128)

    Tormented by self-imposed guilt, Dr. Lena O'Donnell has spent the last nine years in survival mode. Struggling through days that seem to blend together and battling her way through each horrifying night, she's determined that this is what she deserves.... Mason Langley's life is going exactly the way he planned it, until her. A confirmed bachelor and the successful owner of the hottest restaurant to hit Chicago, he never expected to be blindsided by an angry woman in a pair of scrubs. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to shake the doctor.

    Datagirl75@gmail says: "Solid love story with a hint of realism"
    "Unpalatable"
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    What would have made Exquisite better?

    The story was too wordy, repetitive, and didn't really have a plot. No real drama here. Shallow main character who simply isn't bright enough to be a doctor. The banter wasn't funny, the characters aren't really developed. I don't know why anyone would be interested in dating the doctor lady, given that she was a raging b*tch at the beginning of the book. She didn't bring much to the relationship and boyfriend did all the heavy lifting.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Ella Frank again?

    Absolutely not.


    What didn’t you like about Mackenzie Cartwright’s performance?

    She is just not that good. She reads too slowly and doesn't do men well. She may have been more interesting if the story was more compelling.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Exquisite?

    Almost all of them.


    Any additional comments?

    I have no idea why this book had 4 stars. It was a painful listen. I have to power through it just to prove to myself that I have indeed predicted the ending.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3078)
    Performance
    (2506)
    Story
    (2512)

    Generations of werewolves have been secretly residing in a secluded valley a stones throw from Grundy, Alaska. So when a snooping Outsider comes to Grundy to investigate rumors of lycanthropic shenanigans in the area, the valleys pack alpha, Maggie Graham, resolves to chase him away, even if doing so takes a quick bite on the butt. What a pity that researcher Nick Thatcher turns out to be so drool-worthy, and that his kisses make Maggie want to sit up and beg.

    Ducky says: "MOLLY HARPER IS A HOOT!!!!!!"
    "The Art of Seducing A PJ Clad Listener"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf to be better than the print version?

    don't know...i don't read books anymore, apparently...i have 81 books in my audible library, and its only been 5 months. I don't have the print version...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf?

    When Nick told Maggie she was in love with him, Loved how he saw right through her.


    Which character – as performed by Amanda Ronconi – was your favorite?

    Nick-he was awesome,


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Made me smile like a fool,,,


    Any additional comments?

    I read this series out of order, and saved this one for last, because I didn't like Maggie in the other books...particularly the first one. I love Maggie in this book. I loved how Nick saw right through her, and refused to indulge her in nonsense. Loved how she learned being alpha meant more than just having her way. Leadership and bullying are not the same thing. I feel like her character really developed in this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Unwanted Wife: An Unwanted Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Natasha Anders
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (116)
    Story
    (112)

    No one had ever looked at her and seen perfection - until now. Delicate, titian-haired Theresa Noble has met her father’s associates in the past, but the gorgeous, Italian-born Sandro De Lucci leaves her speechless. Eighteen months into their marriage, however, Sandro has turned to ice. Desperate to escape a relationship that has proven to be as stubbornly passionate as it is cold and hateful, Theresa summons up the courage to ask for a divorce. But before he’ll grant her request, Sandro demands something from Theresa: a son.

    Candateshia Pafford says: "What a surprise!"
    "Obviously, he wants her"
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    What did you love best about The Unwanted Wife?

    How it completely upended the formula for for romance novels, smacked you in the face with emotional conflict.


    What other book might you compare The Unwanted Wife to and why?

    no such book exists


    Which character – as performed by Justine Eyre – was your favorite?

    hum, no favorites


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

    the part when she came back home from the day at the movies...i knew he loved her then


    Any additional comments?

    this is a great book. Justine Eyre is awesome. I loved the location, the characters, the emotion, the story...the conflict that is family/marriage

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Natural Born Charmer

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1507)
    Performance
    (672)
    Story
    (670)

    Dean Robillard is the Chicago Stars' hotshot quarterback. Not only does he have lightening reflexes on the field, he is also utterly gorgeous. First seen in the critically acclaimed Match Me If You Can, Dean is trying to recover (both mentally and physically) from a shoulder injury by taking a road trip. Along the way he meets Blue, a beautiful woman down on her luck, and as they spend more time together their attraction grows.

    MSEreads says: "Another CHARMER from SEP!"
    "Caution: Causes uncontrollable laughing fits!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. This was very clever and unpredictable, the narrator was awesome.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dean, I enjoyed is cleaver and unexpected remarks


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Dean's reply to the portrait Blue did of him.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent plot development, superior character development, delightful dialog. Even the antiheroes are charming, in a grumpy sort of way.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Clipped Wings

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Helena Hunting
    • Narrated By Jason Carpenter, Elizabeth Louise
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (125)
    Performance
    (122)
    Story
    (124)

    From her dark hair sweeping below her waist to her soft, sexy curves, Tenley Page intrigues tattoo artist Hayden Stryker in a way no one else ever has…especially when she asks him to ink a gorgeous, intricate design on her back. Yet for all her beauty, there is something darkly tragic and damaged about Tenley that, for Hayden, is everything. Covered in ink and steel, Hayden is everything Tenley has never dared to want, awakening a desire to explore more than the art adorning his stunning body. Trapped by a past that leaves her screaming from nightmares, Tenley sees Hayden as the perfect escape.

    Jordy says: "Dark, Complex, Primal, Deep Tattooed Love Story!"
    "Tattoos, Bandaids for the Insecure?"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This story could have been much better if the main characters weren't lying to each other out of fear and the supporting characters were more interesting. This story reads like it was written by a high school student trying to be deep.


    What was most disappointing about Helena Hunting’s story?

    Shallow characters, a plot driven by petty lies and Jersey Shore type drama. The story was way too long for such a simple mundane plot.


    Did Jason Carpenter and Elizabeth Louise do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Jason was great Elizabeth Louise was annoying and she reads tooooo slow


    What character would you cut from Clipped Wings?

    Ugh, the stripper ex girlfriend


    Any additional comments?

    This story had potential but the characters were both so very insecure. I don't think people get tattoos to cover up their insecurities or pain. There was no wit, banter, or anything particularly smart about this story. It lacks depth, intrigue, and surprise but it was full of petty drama and male showmanship.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • And One Last Thing...

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2787)
    Performance
    (2145)
    Story
    (2142)

    Lacey Terwilliger's shock and humiliation over her husband's philandering prompt her to add some bonus material to Mike's company newsletter: stunning Technicolor descriptions of the special brand of "administrative support" his receptionist gives him. The detailed mass e-mail to Mike's family, friends, and clients blows up in her face, and before one can say "instant urban legend", Lacey has become the pariah of her small Kentucky town and a media punch line....

    Ducky says: "For me this was such a HOOT!!!"
    "The Way to A Mans Heart is Through Skinny Dipping"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of And One Last Thing... to be better than the print version?

    Don't know


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Lacey, she is so funny.


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

    Among the best, Amanda is awesome


    If you could take any character from And One Last Thing... out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Lefty Monroe - He looks like Huge Jackman, who else would I want to have dinner with?


    Any additional comments?

    This is a fun story. The main character does a lot of growing, the antiheroes are a bit one note, but they serve their purpose. The supporting characters are funny and interesting. Nice change of pace for a romance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reaper's Legacy: Reaper's MC, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Joanna Wylde
    • Narrated By Tatiana Sokolov, Todd Haberkorn
    Overall
    (540)
    Performance
    (503)
    Story
    (507)

    Eight years ago, Sophie gave her heart - and her virginity - to Zach Barrett on a night that couldn't have been less romantic or more embarrassing. Zach's stepbrother, a steely-muscled, tattooed biker named Ruger, caught them in the act, getting a peep show of Sophie he's never forgotten. She may have lost her dignity that fateful night, but Sophie also gained something precious - her son Noah. Unfortunately, Zach's a deadbeat dad, leaving Ruger as Noah's only male role model. When he discovers Sophie and his nephew living in near poverty, Ruger takes matters into his own hands.

    Barb says: "Another hot biker!"
    "Sophie is a whiny idiot drama queen..."
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    What did you like best about Reaper's Legacy? What did you like least?

    I think the female narrator ruined it for me, but the story took forever to develop and it wasn't really interesting

    The plot was really, um, unexciting. Got better near the end Sophie finally smartened up.


    Has Reaper's Legacy turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Maybe.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Drop the female narrator, or have her be less whiny. The male narrator was really great, he should have done the whole book. There aren't very many chapters with the male narrator.

    I think the female narrator has a nice voice, it is just a bit...grating....it makes the protagonist sound insecure and flightily.


    Do you think Reaper's Legacy needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I hope not.


    Any additional comments?

    I really didn't like Sophie. I feel like she took no responsibility for her life. She accidentally got preggers, accidentally leaves her child with a druggie, accidentally ends up in a non relationship with a man she has loved for years, and the day she leaves him, she accidentally bumps into a neighbor how happens to have a spare apartment, and then, then, she happens upon a job...

    I liked her ex-stripper college graduate friend much better than Sophie's ungrateful, stuck-up, drama queen self.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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