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  • Thirteen Hours

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Meghan O’ Brien
    • Narrated By Alicyn Aimes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (151)
    Performance
    (144)
    Story
    (145)

    It's her birthday but lonely workaholic Dana Watts is at the office late, drafting a proposal. The very last interruption she expects comes in the form of the most beautiful breasts she has ever seen. These belong to an incredibly hot woman, who is standing in front of her, stripping to music. Laurel Stanley performs strip-o-grams to pay her way through school. She has never encountered a more ungrateful recipient than Dana. The uptight project manager makes it clear that she is furious to be distracted from her work by the "gift".

    Bonnie says: "Pretty good for light lesbian erotica"
    "Love in an elevator"
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    The initial portion of selection; the part where the two ladies were in the elevator was both touching and entertaining. Afterwards the story drifted into the same basic cliches that all romance novels seem to devolve into. The promise that Meghan O'Brien displayed in the initial section of this book offers the potential of better works ahead. All that being said the beginning is enough for me to recommend this audio.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Escaping the Giant Wave

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Peg Kehret
    • Narrated By Terry Bregy
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (8)

    Thirteen-year-old Kyle thought spending a vacation on the Oregon coast with his family would be great. He'd never flown before, and he'd never seen the Pacific Ocean. But Kyle's vacation becomes a nightmare when he's babysitting his sister BeeBee and an earthquake hits. Can Kyle and BeeBee outwit and outrun nature's fury to save themselves from tsunami terror?

    rick says: "Wrong Narrator"
    "Wrong Narrator"
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    This was, for the most part a nice little kid's story; though much of the middle portion of the narrative was pretty tedious. However the middle aged male narrating this tale from the perspective of a thirteen year old just didn't work. Indeed it was just so jarring, that at times it completely distracted from the story. I know that it's probably impossible to find a thirteen year old male capable of reading an audiobook but I find it hard to believe that a better reader couldn't have been located.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lucy in the Sky

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By John Vorhaus
    • Narrated By John Vorhaus
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    i>Lucy in the Sky is a coming-of-age tale set in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1969. Gene Steen is an earnest, intelligent, truth-seeking teen stuck in the cultural wasteland of his suburban home. He wants to be a hippie in the worst way, but hippies are scarce on the ground in the forlorn Midwest of Gene’s 15th year. Then, on the Summer Solstice, his life is turned upside down by the arrival of his lively, lovely, long-lost cousin Lucy. She’s hip beyond Gene’s wildest dreams and immediately takes him under her wing.

    rick says: "Really Good"
    "Really Good"
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    This was a fantastic coming of age/ adventure story set in 1969 that tells the tale of the very unfortunately named Gene Steen and his cousin Lucy. Fifteen year old Gene lives with his parents in Milwaukee; surely the least hip place on Earth he's sure. Lucy on the other hand is surely the coolest person on the planet and totally hot too; too bad she's his cousin but at least he's learning some things he never expected to.
    Then the story goes from young adult coming of age narrative to an adventure when she tells him a few of her secrets and the two of them take to the road.
    If not for an overly detailed acid trip description this is a poignant, intelligent, mature story set in a time that I remember quite well. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sun Tzu at Gettysburg: Ancient Military Wisdom in the Modern World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs)
    • By Bevin Alexander
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (42)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (30)

    Imagine the impact on world history if Robert E. Lee had listened to General Longstreet at Gettysburg and withdrawn to higher ground instead of sending Pickett uphill against the entrenched Union line. Or if Napolon, at Waterloo, had avoided mistakes he'd never made before. The advice that would have changed the outcome of these crucial battles is found in a book on strategy written centuries before Christ was born.

    Anthony says: "Simply Excellent"
    "How Different History Could Be"
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    Bevin Alexander concentrates on eight battles where better strategies or reactions by the men guiding their armies could have changed history. Warning for those of you have idolized Robert E Lee, he doesn't fare very well in this work; nor does George Washington for that matter. Using the works of Sun Tzu the author points out mistakes made by military leaders that cost battles, and or wars.
    It's an interesting take on historical events; particularly the battle of Gettysburg, the turning point of the American Civil War. I visited the sight and took the tour of the battlefield, and what Lee tried to accomplish there always confused me.
    There are times when the audio version bogs down in detail that probably worked better in print. Still for those of you fascinated by military history this is a definite add to your collection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Good Dog

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Susan Wilson
    • Narrated By Fred Berman, Christina Delaine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (728)
    Performance
    (355)
    Story
    (356)

    Adam March is a self-made “Master of the Universe.” He has it all: the beautiful wife, the high-powered job, the glittering circle of friends. But there is a price to be paid for all these trappings, and the pressure is mounting—until the day Adam makes a fatal mistake. His assistant leaves him a message with three words: your sister called.

    Shelby says: "A cynic and a cynical dog - PERFECT!!"
    "Finishes Strong"
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    This book began so slowly I came close to giving up on it. Adam Marsh's meltdown; the act that sets this whole story in motion was done in slow motion and with more detail than is imparted in The Odyssey. The characters aren't particularly well balanced for the most part; particularly for the first three quarters of the book. What saves this book is Adam's growth of character and the relationship between him and Chance the rescue dog. Well, that and the improvement in the relationship between Adam and his daughter Ariel; both of them growing as people as well as father and daughter. If you're able to get through the first couple of chapters it's a good listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Girls Only: First Time

    • UNABRIDGED (28 mins)
    • By Selena Kitt
    • Narrated By E.V. Grove
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    Molly likes babysitting for single mom, Faith. She's younger and cooler than most of the other people she sits for and Molly finds herself lingering at the end of the night, asking the older girl questions about life and love... and sex. When Faith comes home a little drunk and a lot horny, Molly finds that tonight, Faith has some show-and-tell answers to her provocative questions that leave both women more than satisfied!

    rick says: "Not Bad"
    "Not Bad"
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    This is a pretty good story and E V Grove does an excellent job, but after listening to Taken I was expecting more. When it comes t erotica Selena Kitt is a better author than most but this this one doesn't quite measure up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Pretty Little Liars #1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Sara Shepard
    • Narrated By Cassandra Morris
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (296)
    Performance
    (173)
    Story
    (176)

    Spencer covets her sister's boyfriend. Aria's fantasizing about her English teacher. Emily's crushing on the new girl at school. And Hanna uses some ugly tricks to stay beautiful. But they've all kept an even bigger secret since their friend Alison vanished.

    Marlina says: "You have to kind of get used to it"
    "Mean Girls Meets Hannah Montana; I Guess"
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    While at a loss for a compromise choice my daughter talked me into a bit of nostalgia. After one chapter she had to admit that the trip down memory lane hadn't taken her where she'd hoped to go. One chapter in, we reached a consensus that the max age for this series was fifteen; tops.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dakota Blues

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Lynne Spreen
    • Narrated By Caroline Miller
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    While visiting her Midwestern hometown after many years, workaholic Karen Grace risks a few extra days away from the office, to get reacquainted with her extended family and childhood friends. She visits the crumbling homesteads of her prairie ancestors, and rediscovers their immigrant dreams and sacrifices. When her tyrannical boss fires her, she's 1500 miles from home, just one more middle-aged worker out of a job in a tough economy. To make matters worse, her husband just left her for his pregnant girlfriend.

    rick says: "Should Be Blahs"
    "Should Be Blahs"
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    A tired trite story that tosses cliches around like confetti. The female relatives of the protagonists are uninteresting stereotypes instead of people. To add to this the narrator speaks in singsong cadences that sound as if her previous experiences as a narrator was as kindergarten teacher. Avoid this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • She Has Your Eyes

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Elisa Lorello
    • Narrated By Cynthia Barrett
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Andi and David have settled happily into Andi's Northampton home, but David wants more. He wants them to get married. But their discussion is put on hold when Wylie, a fifteen-year-old girl, shows up in their backyard, bearing news that takes David’s mind off the future and sends it spiraling into the past. Reeling from David's news, Andi receives a startling announcement of her own, one that leads to a relationship with her estranged mother. As Andi and her mother get closer and Wylie weaves her way into their lives, Andi finds solace in an old comfort: her ex-fiancé.

    rick says: "Too Close To Home"
    "Too Close To Home"
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    The outline of this story was so eerily close to one part of my life that's it's taken me more than a couple of months to be able to write this review.
    Suddenly finding out one day that you have a fifteen year old daughter is one of those surreal experiences that for months afterwards there is the sense that it wasn't real; it was something that you thought about or wrote about, or was part of a dream. It can't be anything that actually happened; can it? The uncertainty in this narrative was certainly familiar to both of us as was the ambivalence and fear that we both felt. Discomfort becomes a very familiar sensation; particularly for the daughter as she meets grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins for the first time.
    Perhaps I'm far too close to the story to appreciate it but I found the book to be seriously lacking in depth and detail. There were far too many holes in the narrative and I found the conclusion less than satisfying. In short I chose this selection because it was so close to my own experience and found out that was all it was for me. This book didn't add a thing for me; whether the fault was the author's or mine; i can't say.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Taken: An Erotic FFM Menage Coming of Age Romance

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 29 mins)
    • By Selena Kitt
    • Narrated By Taylor Quinn
    Overall
    (25)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (23)

    Lizzy's friendship with her older boss, Sarah, turns into something deeper and much more exciting one rainy day after work, and Lizzy finds herself drawn into a world she never knew existed. Sarah has a dominant streak, and as she leads Lizzy into the role of a submissive, the two women become closer than they ever thought possible. But while Sarah, hurt too many times, wears a ring, and tells guys she's "taken", Lizzy knows she secretly longs for a man....

    G.M. says: "Steaming Coming of Age!"
    "90 Happy Minutes"
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    Excellent selection for what it is. Highly erotic and quite well written Selena Kitt keeps the story moving and this audio comes off as a nuanced erotic romance rather than a audio porn movie. Definitely worth the cost.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 1066: History in an Hour

    • UNABRIDGED (45 mins)
    • By Kaye Jones
    • Narrated By Jonathan Keeble
    Overall
    (26)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (21)

    Love history? Know your stuff with History in an Hour. During the year 1066, England had three different kings and fought three huge battles in defence of the realm, including the bloody Battle of Hastings. The result was the Norman Conquest which defined England during the Middle Ages. 1066 in an Hour will guide you through the politics and personalities of the Norman invasion. It will help you understand why William the Conqueror was victorious and introduce you to the new king and subsequent ancestor to the Plantagenets and Tudors.

    rick says: "New Narrator Needed"
    "New Narrator Needed"
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    I purchased this hoping to understand the significance and back story of 1066 and the battle of Hastings. Unfortunately I found the reader's voice so grating and irritating i didn't make it through forty five minutes. Purchase at your peril.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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