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green ice cream garden

miramar, FL United States | Member Since 2014

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  • 103 reviews
  • 104 ratings
  • 189 titles in library
  • 31 purchased in 2015
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  • Obsidian: Lux, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jennifer L. Armentrout
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    Overall
    (457)
    Performance
    (427)
    Story
    (429)

    When 17-year-old Katy Swartz moved to West Virginia right before her senior year, she'd pretty much resigned herself to thick accents, dodgy Internet access, and a whole lot of boring, but then she spotted her hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up...until he opened his mouth. Daemon Black is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. It's hate at first sight, but when a stranger attacks her and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something...unexpected happens. The hot guy next door? Well, he's an alien.

    Katheryne says: "Holy Alien Hotness"
    "more action please"
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    No surprises here, it is the YA formula for freaky teen romance. That's why I guess it's okay. What it's missing is action. Action in the conflict between races, sex action (there's only so much angst you can take), action from any of the good or bad guys, and yet I picked up the next in the series. Had to see if anything more substantial develops. As far as the narration, there is a squeaky and shaky quality that sometimes works but most of the time is annoying.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Dawn Patrol

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Don Winslow
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (200)
    Performance
    (130)
    Story
    (131)

    Every morning Boone Daniels is out with the Dawn Patrol: four men and one woman as single-minded about surfing as he is, or nearly. They have real jobs; Boone works as a P.I. just enough to keep himself in fish tacos and in the water. But Boone is also obsessed with the unsolved case of a young girl named Rain who was abducted while he was with the San Diego police.

    Brian says: "Awesome"
    "Okay, but was this a history lesson?"
    Overall
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    Be warned a third of this book is CA history, I think. At least there's a lot of back story on CA and surfing how much is true I don't know and don't care. I could have done with less of it but the book is still good. The story has a slow build with a frantic end and a truly disturbing crime to be solved. The narration fits well with the characters although the one Brit could have been performed better. I would say this is a good summer vacation read on a lawn chair somewhere.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where All Light Tends to Go

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By David Joy
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    Overall
    (166)
    Performance
    (153)
    Story
    (150)

    The area surrounding Cashiers, North Carolina, is home to people of all kinds, but the world that Jacob McNeely lives in is crueler than most. His father runs a methodically organized meth ring, with local authorities on the dime to turn a blind eye to his dealings. Having dropped out of high school and cut himself off from his peers, Jacob has been working for this father for years, all on the promise that his payday will come eventually.

    Marci says: "Perfection"
    "appalachian fate"
    Overall
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    The writing is beautiful, creative and thoughtful while remaining simplistic. The story is the musings of a boy not just caught in a world he can't escape but also a future that he can't write for himself. Is he surrendering his life or did he ever have a choice in the matter? He prepares you for the end, which you hope the whole book will be different, and when the time comes it brings the most awkward peace. The performance was wonderful in setting the mood of all the characters.

    0 of 0 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
    (1584)
    Performance
    (741)
    Story
    (739)

    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!"
    "Fairies?"
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    There's so much I liked, and it was totally ruined by fairies and unicorns! UGH!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Match Me If You Can: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2349)
    Performance
    (993)
    Story
    (1005)

    Annabelle is tired of being the lone failure in a family of overachievers. She's endured dead-end jobs and a broken engagement. But that's going to change now that she's taken over her late grandmother's matchmaking business. All Annabelle has to do is land the Windy City's hottest bachelor as her client, and she'll be the most sought-after matchmaker in town.

    Daniela says: "Guilty Pleasure"
    "Not a perfect match but better"
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    After the previous disappointments in this series, this book gets a 3. Although I find characters that are too changing, I found this one to be cute.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • This Heart of Mine

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (1358)
    Performance
    (695)
    Story
    (701)

    Molly Somerville knows she has a reputation for trouble. She did give away her $15-million inheritance, but, hey, nobody's perfect. Yes, Molly's happy about almost everything...except her long-term crush on the daredevil quarterback for the Chicago Stars. That awful, gorgeous Kevin Tucker, a man who can't even remember her name! One night, Molly's penchant for running into trouble runs her right into Kevin himself, turning her world upside down.

    Donna A says: "5 stars"
    "Terrible opener"
    Overall
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    The first part of this book is just terrible. Who can believe any of it? Thankfully the hot stuff is good enough to get the reader to the end. Plus, narration is great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dream a Little Dream

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    Overall
    (943)
    Performance
    (459)
    Story
    (457)

    Rachel Stone is a widow and single mother, broke and alone. Worse, her late husband, a televangelist, stole five million dollars, none of which came to her. Nor did she know about the theft, but it still makes her an outcast, and she is desperate. Then she meets Gabriel Bonner, who gives her a job. Romantic sparks fly, but love is never easy. Gabriel has a tragic loss of his own, and his family, fearing Rachel's motives, campaigns loudly against her.

    Gina says: "Read Nobody’s Baby first"
    "Good characters, terrible story"
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    If all the window dressing surrounding the main characters were stripped away I would have loved this book. Alas, all the extra stories detracted from a sweet romance.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nobody's Baby But Mine

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1335)
    Performance
    (660)
    Story
    (646)

    Jane Darlington is a genius at physics, but there's one problem she can't solve. She yearns for a child, but wants to spare it the pain of growing up as...well, a nerd. And surely any child of Jane's would be a little too brainy for the playground set. So she sets out to find a special man to father her child, someone without too much gray-matter between his ears: in short, a big, strong dope. Cal Bonner, legendary pro quarterback, seems to fit the bill. But there's something Dr. Jane hasn't counted on.

    Ella says: "Lots of Fun"
    "Inconsistent and far fetched"
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    The characters develop in an inconsistent way and you just can't buy the pregnancy, marriage, and family stuff. Hope the next one is better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Heaven, Texas

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1055)
    Performance
    (549)
    Story
    (556)

    It seems like an easy assignment for an assertive but sweet woman like Gracie Snow: track down her friend, Bobby Denton, a famous ex-jock, and bring him to Heaven (Texas, that is) to shoot a movie. How could he refuse a glamorous offer like that? Easy....

    Diana says: "If you haven't met Bobby Tom . . ."
    "Frumpy fun"
    Overall
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    Story

    I enjoyed the two main characters in this book even though they were hard to believe at times. Again Anna Fields did a great job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • It Had to Be You

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Susan Elizabeth Phillips
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1328)
    Performance
    (718)
    Story
    (718)

    It's Dan Calebow's worst nightmare: Phoebe Somerville, a trendy New York knockout, inherits the Chicago Stars, the football team he coaches. And she wants to help him run it. Phoebe's sure he needs her. He's a sexist good-ol'-boy jock with a one-track mind. Surely she can straighten him out.

    bluebelle says: "Classic Susan Elizabeth Philips"
    "Only for the football"
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    I'm a football fan so this influenced my rating. Not because the football is good but because it kept it interesting. I hated the narration of her walk. But overall performance also saved this read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Silk: A Sherlock Holmes Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Anthony Horowitz
    • Narrated By Derek Jacobi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1376)
    Performance
    (1219)
    Story
    (1225)

    Sherlock Holmes is the greatest detective in literary history. For the first time since the death of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, a new Holmes story has been sanctioned by his estate, whetting the appetites of fans everywhere. Information about the book will be revealed as deliberately as Holmes himself would unravel a knotty case, but bestselling novelist and Holmes expert Anthony Horowitz is sure to bring a compelling, atmospheric story to life.

    Debra says: "PLEASE tell me there are MORE !"
    "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery"
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    I've read all of the complete works of Sherlock Holmes and this has to be the story that comes closest in style and formula. In that respect it's quite amazing. However, there's nothing like the real thing and therefore I enjoy when Sherlock Holmes is given new spins. It's a good book, one I would recommend to hard core fans but it falls flat. A part could be due to the narration. The narration could have made the characters more distinctive. Instead it sounded like only one (ok, may 2 with that bad America accent) was part of the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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