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kokobean99

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  • Head Over Heels: A Lucky Harbor Novel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jill Shalvis
    • Narrated By Suehyla El-Attar
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (173)
    Performance
    (151)
    Story
    (154)

    Breaking rules and breaking hearts.

    Free-spirited Chloe lives life on the edge. Unlike her soon-to-be married sisters, she isn't ready to settle into a quiet life running their family's newly renovated inn. But soon her love of trouble - and trouble with love - draws the attention of the very stern, very sexy sheriff who'd like nothing better than to tame her wild ways.

    SIMARA says: "Chloe+Sawyer= hot story"
    "No Connection"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book's storyline was very simplistic, and I felt no connection to the characters. This book might be good for someone who wants a very light read.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jill Shalvis again?

    I have listened to Jill Shalvis several times in the past and always enjoyed her stories, but this book was a very poor effort. The characters were not well developed and the storyline was not believable.


    What about El Suehyla’s performance did you like?

    She had good inflection in her voice.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Book Thief

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Markus Zusak
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    Overall
    (7717)
    Performance
    (5927)
    Story
    (5947)

    It's just a small story really, about, among other things, a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak's groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can't resist: books.

    Shannon says: "Word Thief"
    "Beautiful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This story was beautifully written. It is a book that I would listen/read again. The characters and the story were so believable. The narrator was excellent in capturing the essence of each character and bringing them to life.

    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
    (1304)
    Performance
    (672)
    Story
    (685)

    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!"
    "It was okay"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I have read other books by this author which were much better. This book while somewhat entertaining was on a scale of 1-10 a 5 for me. Some of the characters were incredibly annoying and not well developed. Even the main characters name was annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Have Lived a Thousand Years: Growing Up in the Holocaust

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Livia Bitton-Jackson
    • Narrated By Christine Williams
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (27)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (23)

    Imagine being a 13-year-old girl in love with boys, school, family - life itself. Then suddenly, in a matter of hours, your life is shattered by the arrival of a foreign army. This is the memoir of Elli Friedmann, who was 13 years old in March 1944, when the Nazis invaded Hungary. It describes her descent into the hell of Auschwitz, a concentration camp where, because of her golden braids, she was selected for work instead of extermination. In intimate, excruciating details she recounts what it was like.

    Jillian says: ""My God, My God""
    "Disappointed"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I wanted to read this book because I am interested in history. For me the narrator ruined the story. The story itself is interesting, but the narrator was in my opinion suboptimal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pleasure for Pleasure: Essex Sisters, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Eloisa James
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (141)
    Performance
    (126)
    Story
    (125)

    Fueled by the knowledge that notoriety is better than failure, witty, unconventional Josie does what no proper young lady should - she challenges fate. She discards her corset and flirts outrageously. She attends the horse races and allows an arrogant rakehell to whisk her behind the stables for a surreptitious kiss . . . and is caught!

    LUCY says: "I LOVES THIS STORY IT'S FUN"
    "Boring"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This had to be one of the most boring books, the plot was silly. I only finished listening to it because I thought it might get better. It never did. Narrator was the worst especially when attempting accents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Chaperone

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Laura Moriarty
    • Narrated By Elizabeth McGovern
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2133)
    Performance
    (1880)
    Story
    (1867)

    >The Chaperone is a captivating novel about the woman who chaperoned an irreverent Louise Brooks to New York City in 1922, and the summer that would change them both. Only a few years before becoming a famous actress and an icon for her generation, a 15-year-old Louise Brooks leaves Wichita to make it big in New York. Much to her annoyance, she is accompanied by a thirty-six-year-old chaperone who is neither mother nor friend. Cora Carlisle is a complicated but traditional woman with her own reasons for making the trip.

    Amanda says: "Perfection."
    "Lovely"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Really good story. Elizabeth McGovern was the perfect choice to narrate this story. I was a little sad when the story ended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Plunder

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Peter Rawn Klein
    • Narrated By Mira Noire, Peter Rawn Klein
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (93)
    Performance
    (83)
    Story
    (82)

    Five local business men in Dover, New Hampshire, belong to a club called The Snowshoe Club. At a club meeting, these five men decide that they want girlfriends they can have sex with. One among their number, Elliot, the one in charge of getting things done, suggests that they might get one girlfriend and share her among the five of them. They agree that such a scheme would be a practical idea. They dispatch Elliot, who finds a college girl and commandeers her to their purposes.

    kbunch says: "Refreshingly original"
    "Wild"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This story was really graphic, and really far-fetched. The narrator was the worst, monotone, flat voice. Sounded like a bored old man reading.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patty Jane's House of Curl

    • ABRIDGED (3 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Lorna Landvik
    • Narrated By Janet Letnes Martin, Suzann Nelson
    Overall
    (24)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    Comic Lorna Landvik gives Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegon a feminine perspective with her story about Patty Jane and Harriet Dobbin, two wacky Minnesota sisters. Before she can say "annulment," Patty Jane's husband has gone and a baby is on the way, leaving Patty to rely on sister Harriet and the House of Curl, a beauty shop which evolves into a support group and community workshop over three tumultuous decades.

    K. Fontaine says: "Makes me want to get a permanent wave!"
    "Touching"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    This was a great story and made all the better by the narration. They characters were believable and really likeable. I would like to read or listen to more books by this author.

    0 of 0 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
    (14589)
    Performance
    (11979)
    Story
    (12606)

    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.

    Kd says: "Really 2.5"
    "Unlistenable"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book most likely appeals to readers or listeners who do not want a deep story line. The characters were vacuous, and the writer used words like "holy crap". I couldn't finish listening to this story, because it was so poorly written.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure


    How could the performance have been better?

    Find a different narrator. The narrators voice was extremely annoying. I think that is one of the reasons I could not finish listening to this story.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Irritation


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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