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  • By Your Side

  • By: Kasie West
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 370
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 374

When Autumn Collins finds herself accidentally locked in the library for an entire weekend, she doesn't think things could get any worse. But that's before she realizes that Dax Miller is locked in with her. Autumn doesn't know much about Dax except that he's trouble. Between the rumors about the fight he was in (and that brief stint in juvie that followed it) and his reputation as a loner, he's not exactly the ideal person to be stuck with.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow! What a great book!

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-04-17

Written for Very Young Adults with Good Narrator

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-18

Starts off well, but exposes itself as a coming of age story that crams anxiety attacks down your throat. The whole book is about dealing with reactive behavior while trying to identify one’s emotions. In the most basic explanation possible, an eleventh grader can’t seem to figure out the most basic of questions—Do I like him or not? I would’ve loved this book in middle school, but not now. It’s extremely juvenile.

Romance was a subplot to dealing with panic and lack of personal confidence. The end felt abrupt and unfinished, but then again... middle school readers. I guess they would just be glad the boy and the girl presented themselves as a real couple at a real party.

The holes left behind were blatantly obvious. Unless I’m mistaken this book is a stand alone. So why would a story spin so many knots and never solve any of them? I would’ve even settled for a hint of closure. But I guess that’s too much to ask.

Caitlin Kelly’s narration was great :)

  • Just This Once

  • Escape to New Zealand, Book 1
  • By: Rosalind James
  • Narrated by: Claire Bocking
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,083
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 988
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 980

Everyone needs to be rescued sometimes. Everyone but Hannah Montgomery, that is. She just needs a vacation. Three weeks in New Zealand to sort out her life, figure out what she wants, seems just right. Oh, and to relax. She should definitely put that on the agenda. She certainly isn't looking for a fling with a professional rugby player, no matter how attractive he is. Hannah doesn't do casual. But maybe just this once.…

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • INTRODUCE YOURSELF TO NEW ZEALAND ... AND ...

  • By MJG on 03-02-14

Rugby Lessons with Mundane Love Story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-09-18

Being an American, I found Drew and his culture to be quite entertaining and dreamy. Hannah’s story, on the other hand, was the long and drawn out and boring. The story was way, way too long. You could skip through huge parts and miss nothing since the book is extremely predictable.

Whoever called this a slow burn was dead wrong. This story is about a workaholic woman who refuses to let a professional Rugby player take care of her because she’s a control freak. That’s the whole story and there’s absolutely no burn whatsoever. Don’t worry, it not a spoiler if you get all that same info in the first chapter anyway.

The narrator is amazing and was really the only reason I was able to finish.

Overall, it was a book I’ll never read again or really think about in the future. However, I want to go to New Zealand now.

  • My Soul to Take

  • Soul Screamers, Book 1
  • By: Rachel Vincent
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 843
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 846

Kaylee just wants to enjoy having caught the attention of the hottest guy in school. But a normal date is hard to come by when Nash seems to know more about her need to scream than she does. And when classmates start dropping dead for no apparent reason, only Kaylee knows who'll be next.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly Good

  • By melrailey on 03-14-10

Annoying Teen in a Great YA Story World

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-18

The main character ruined the story. She constantly complained about how people treated her even after someone dies in front of everyone. Just because this is a story about a teen didn’t mean she had to be written as a selfish, whiny nitwit. What a waste of a great story premise.

The entire story all she does is complain about how unfairly she’s treated by everyone except her bestie and insta-love boyfriend. I wanted to skip ahead to find out how the story ended, but was unwilling to miss the meat of the story.

The narrator is okay, but she just makes the whining worse. I don’t know if I can take another book of the same whiny teen voice.

I recommend reading this one because listening to it was difficult.

  • Under the Never Sky

  • By: Veronica Rossi
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne Flagler
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,064
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 932
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 931

Since she’d been on the outside, she’d survived an Aether storm, she’d had a knife held to her throat, and she’d seen men murdered. This was worse. Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland - known as The Death Shop - are slim. If the cannibals don’t get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She’s been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He’s wild - a savage - and her only hope of staying alive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Kept me listening!

  • By Brooke on 04-27-12

A Slow Buildup To A Whole New World

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-02-18

I know what people are talking about when they say it’s a slow start. It is! It takes almost the first third of the novel to really get into the characters and story. Although, it took me 3 times of picking up and dropping the book, I finally found the desire to make it through. And I’m glad I did!!

When you give it a solid chance the story is actually really good and pulls all of the new information together. I’m eager to listen to the next book. I’m sure I can get into book 2 much quicker than the first.

The narrator isn’t awful, but she still needs to work on her letter sounds. For instance, Perry should not sound like Harry. She threw me into “what POV” mode several times due to her voice change ups. I was thrown out of the story when I lost what character was being portrayed and had to backtrack to catch up.

  • Gray

  • The Complete Collection
  • By: Lou Cadle
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 24 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,050
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,878
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,869

Pre-med student Coral is on vacation in Idaho when something terrible happens. The black cloud is followed by a wildfire and searing heat that lasts for days. She survives deep in a cave but emerges days later to find the world transformed, with blackened trees, an ash-filled sky, and no living creatures stirring - except for her. So begins her desperate journey to find water and food and other survivors...and the answer to the mystery of what happened.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Promising but ultimately tedious

  • By Christen Doc on 11-09-17

Addictive!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-31-18

This will always be one of my favorite post-apocalyptic books. It took a couple of chapters to hook me completely, but once it did I couldn’t put it down.

On the downside, there were a couple of questionable moments that didn’t jive with the main character’s morale. One act in particular left me disgusted and I’m sure I’m not the only reader who feels this way. It should’ve been discussed on a much deeper level, but instead her questionably bad choice was blatantly ignored through out most of the book and never really seemed to bother her at all.

  • The Breakers Omnibus

  • Books 1-3 and Prequel Novella
  • By: Edward W. Robertson
  • Narrated by: Ray Chase
  • Length: 42 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,183
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,987
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,976

Books 1-3 and the prequel novella of the Breakers series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So glad I downloaded this one.

  • By Stevie Havoc on 11-16-15

Ummm... needs work

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-29-18

Ray Chase reads the book like he is trying to ruin it. His voice isn’t the problem. It’s how he portrays each character and doesn’t appropriately alternate tone between dramatic scenes and basic description. I like his voice overall and believe he would do a great job after he takes some basic voice acting classes.

The story is full of unnecessary information that becomes tedious. I want more characterization. I want to understand and root for the characters, but I just don’t. They need depth. It’s hard to read any book that gives me no reason to read it. Emotional attachment is what I’m looking for and sadly the author missed it by a long shot.

So, I’m sorry to say that I won’t ever finish this book unless I miraculously become interested in self-torture.

  • And After

  • Until the End of the World, Book 2
  • By: Sarah Lyons Fleming
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,876
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,736
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,723

Cassie Forrest could almost believe life at Kingdom Come Farm is perfect, with Adrian and her friends at her side and spring on the way. The spring thaw also means millions of defrosting zombies, however, and if the past year has taught her anything, it's that life in this new world is highly imperfect. When Safe Zones throughout the country begin to disappear and the zombies at the fences grow in number, Cassie clings to the hope that if she has the people she loves most, it will be all right.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FABULOUS LISTEN!

  • By Stephanie on 03-20-15

Emotional Masterpiece

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-18

There are a lot of books to choose from these days. Although most of them have great potential, most fail to meet my expectations. Sarah Lyons Fleming not only meets my expectations, but hits a home run out of the park.

When the reader feels a strong emotional attachment to the main characters, then the author has real talent. I’m impressed with Fleming’s abilities and am loving this series.

I’m not going to lie, this book evokes laughter and tears. Julia Whelan’s performance is once again outstanding.

  • Until the End of the World

  • By: Sarah Lyons Fleming
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,869
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,645
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,634

Cassie Forrest isn't surprised to learn that the day she’s decided to get her life together is also the day the world ends. After all, she’s been on a self-imposed losing streak since her survivalist parents died: she’s stopped painting, broken off her engagement to Adrian and dated a real jerk. Rectifying her mistakes has to wait, however, because Cassie and her friends have just enough time to escape Brooklyn for her parents’ cabin before Bornavirus LX turns them into zombies, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved every minute of this

  • By Natalie Harris on 09-05-14

Not Your Traditional Zombie Novel With Awesome Narrator!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-20-18

Character development in this book is superb. There isn’t much gore because the focus of the novel relies on the group dynamic during the fall of society.

There were a few lagging points when I sped up the book, but still wanted to know the happenings. Also, I didn’t quite like how the backstory was woven throughout the book because there were moments I didn’t couldn’t tell if I was listening to the past or present.

Julia Whelan is outstanding! You won’t be disappointed.

I’m anxious to get started on book 2.

  • Dirty

  • A Dive Bar Novel
  • By: Kylie Scott
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,861
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,672
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,667

The last thing Vaughan Hewson expects to find when he returns to his childhood home is a brokenhearted bride in his shower, let alone the drama and chaos that come with her. Lydia Green doesn't know whether to scream or cry in a corner. Discovering the love of your life is having an affair on your wedding day is bad enough. Finding out it's with his best man is another thing altogether.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Home Run for Andi Arndt & Kylie Scott!

  • By Lydia D. Rella on 04-20-16

Kylie Scott does it again!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-17-18

I was instantly hooked from the first chapter. People were giving me weird looks because I was Laughing and giggling all through out the book.

Kylie has a talent of revealing her characters through dialogue. And I love her style. I wasn’t a huge fan of the male lead, but I the physical chemistry was off the charts.

  • Elite

  • By: Rachel Van Dyken
  • Narrated by: Sarah Franco
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

For Tracey Rooks, life with her grandparents on a Wyoming farm has always been simple. But after her grandmother's death, Tracey is all her grandfather has. So when Eagle Elite University announces its annual scholarship lottery, Tracey jumps at the opportunity to secure their future and enters. She isn't expecting much - but then she wins. And life as she knows it will never be same…

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bad narration

  • By MeWow Kitty Kitty on 06-01-16

Story has potential. Narrator is awful!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-16-18

Overall, the story is okay, but with a little more work this could’ve been a great book.

I’m not sure how I feel about an unbelievable mafia based precedence in a college atmosphere that feels just like high school.

How am I supposed to believe that college students would ever act like high school students? The characters act and speak like young teens.

The heroine is a naive space cadet. She’s initially presented as strong and witty, but acts stupid almost all the time. And if it’s possible she seems to get dumber as the story goes on. She even blurts out incriminating secrets about everything at the wrong times.

And don’t get me started on Nixon. He’s supposed to be a mafia leader but he’s running around a college making rules? Then he magically falls for the girl that is getting dumber every moment. I guess it could be that the chemistry is missing.

It feels like the book was rushed and published after the second draft. It needs to be polished. The book has so much potential, but needs a major overhaul in editing. It’s obvious that the author jumped around in writing scenes and never really lined up how the information was given. The characters are weak, but are interesting enough for me to want to know more.

The narrator is awful! Her delivery is just bad. The heroine is always whiny and adolescent. The mafia students are portrayed as surfer boys. The grandfather sounds like a dying old lady. I can’t believe I was able to listen all the way through.