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  • The Lying Game

  • A Novel
  • By: Ruth Ware
  • Narrated by: Imogen Church
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,441
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,249
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,243

On a cool June morning, Isa Wilde, a resident of the seemingly idyllic coastal village of Salten, is walking her dog along a tidal estuary. Before she can stop him, Isa's dog charges into the water to retrieve what first appears to be a wayward stick - and to her horror, Isa discovers it's not a stick at all...but a human bone. As her three best friends from childhood converge in Salten to comfort a seriously shaken-up Isa, terrifying discoveries are made, and their collective history slowly unravels.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • No spoilers - Long winded and repetitive

  • By J.Durant on 07-30-17

Narration was amazing but ...

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

Reviewed: 09-22-17

I had issues with the narrator. I felt she was boring, aggravating, and treated her baby daddy like a piece of crap with no real cause. I would have preferred the story told from Thea's POV because she was more interesting to me. The story is really interesting and keeps you guessing for sure though!

  • Nuts

  • The Hudson Valley Series, Book 1
  • By: Alice Clayton
  • Narrated by: Shayna Thibodeaux, Sebastian York
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,495
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,494

After losing almost all of her clients in one fell swoop following an accident involving whipped cream, private chef to Hollywood's elite Roxie Callahan gets a call from her flighty mother, saying she's needed home in upstate New York to run the family diner. Once she's back in the Hudson Valley, local organic farmer Leo delivers Roxie a lovely bunch of walnuts, and soon sparks - and clothing - begin to fly. Leo believes that everything worth doing is worth doing slowly...and how!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous story -- great character interaction

  • By GH on 03-23-16

Lost interest

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

Reviewed: 02-01-17

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Meh. I didn't hate it but there wasn't a lot of character development and tension. It was quirky and light-hearted, which is great if that's something you like. But other than her having a crush on a guy who immediately gets in her pants, there's not a lot of conflict or tension between them.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

It's a very easy read, but again, I like a little more substance in my stories, especially at what we pay for them. More character tension and conflict, otherwise it's all too easy.

Have you listened to any of Shayna Thibodeaux and Sebastian York ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

Was Nuts worth the listening time?

I didn't finish it. I lost interest.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Blackmoore

  • By: Julianne Donaldson
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,037
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 945
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 950

Kate journeys to the stately manor of Blackmoore and enlists the help of her dearest childhood friend, Henry Delafield. But when it comes to matters of love, bargains are meaningless and plans are changeable. There on the wild lands of Blackmoore, Kate must face the truth that has kept her heart captive. Will the proposal she is determined to reject actually be the one thing that will set her heart free?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EXQUISITE!

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 09-22-13

AMAZINGLY EXQUISITE!

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

Reviewed: 09-30-16

What did you love best about Blackmoore?

I love a steamy romance, but I adore proper romances, and Julianne Donaldson never disappoints. I loved Edenbrooke, and I loved this story, everything about it--the characters, the order in which the story was told, her beautifully and clearly written prose, the twists and turns... All of it was perfect and magical and transported me to Blackmoore. Cassandra Campbell was THE BEST narrator I've ever listened to. I can only hope that when I bring my own historical romances to audio I can get her on board. Her inflection and intonation--her storytelling itself is all simply perfect, and I enjoyed the story all the more. Thank you both for creating such a beautiful story that I could listen to and still get sucked into the pages, unable to set the story aside for even a day. Although I'm a huge Jane Austen fan, I have to say that her stories, no matter how amazing and timeless, never evoke so much gut wrenching emotion as this story did for me. Perhaps I'm just a hopeless romantic, but I can't wait for the next!

Which character – as performed by Cassandra Campbell – was your favorite?

She did an amazing job on all of the character and the intonations and the accents.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES!!!

Any additional comments?

If you enjoy Jane Austen or proper romances, GET THIS BOOK!!!!

  • Killing Sarai

  • A Novel (In the Company of Killers)
  • By: J. A. Redmerski
  • Narrated by: Kate Reinders, Stephen Bel Davies
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 542
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 504
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 507

Sarai was only fourteen when her mother uprooted her to live in Mexico with a notorious drug lord. Over time she forgot what it was like to live a normal life, but she never let go of her hope to escape the compound where she has been held for the past nine years. Victor is a cold-blooded assassin who, like Sarai, has known only death and violence since he was a young boy. When Victor arrives at the compound to collect details and payment for a hit, Sarai sees him as her only opportunity for escape.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing

  • By Sandy Shea on 07-29-14

The narratoin choices are...surprising

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

Reviewed: 12-14-14

If you could sum up Killing Sarai in three words, what would they be?

Intense interesting read

What did you like best about this story?

I liked Victor and Sarai's relationship and how realistic and transitional it seemed to be.

Have you listened to any of Stephen Bel Davies and Kate Reinders ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

At times, yes.

Any additional comments?

I was really surprised by the narration choice for Victor. I don't think it was a good fit, in fact I think it made him seem like a completely different character than what Sarai saw and portrayed to the reader. While I think Stephen is a great narrator, his voice sounds very cultured and a little too old and less severe that I would picture Victor sounding like. It was pretty distracting to me, so I gave the story 4 stars.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dare You To

  • By: Katie McGarry
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley, Christopher Gebauer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 184

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock - with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him. But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams - and his life - for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Country boy meets big city girl - worlds collide

  • By Katheryne on 08-28-13

Easy for me to relate to and real!

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

Reviewed: 08-18-13

What made the experience of listening to Dare You To the most enjoyable?

I liked the rawness of Beth's character. She's a character more real to life than most characters tend to be, but then again, McGarry's last book was the same way. Well done!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Beth, because she's so innocent event though she thinks she's a badass and loser, and she's ignorant to what life's possibilities are which I believe a lot of youth in her situation would view life too. She's guarded with good cause, but she's also smart and witty and compassionate and it makes for a very compelling/complex character. This is a gritty story, not sugar coated at all, it's real to life and I like that. Even Ryan's life is far from perfect beneath his all-star, boy-next-door exterior.

Have you listened to any of Brittany Pressley and Christopher Gebauer ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No I never have before. I thought Brittany was a perfect fit for Beth, but Christopher was only okay. It's nothing against his narrating because he's great, but I can't picture the character the way he's described when I'm listening to Christopher. He sounds too nice, maybe even too young. I'm not sure.

Any additional comments?

I love this author and I'll definitely be listening to the next book.

  • Yours to Keep

  • By: Shannon Stacey
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 652
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 526
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 530

Sean Kowalski no sooner leaves the army than he's recruited by Emma Shaw to be her fake fiance;. Emma needs to produce a husband-to-be for her grandmother's upcoming visit, and, though Sean doesn't like the deception, he could use the landscaping job Emma's offering while he decides what to do with his civilian life. And, despite his attraction to Emma, there's no chance he'll fall for a woman with deep roots in a town he's not planning to call home.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Melt-the-heart kind of good!!

  • By SIMARA on 05-11-12

Totally entertaining, loved it!

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

Reviewed: 03-13-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would definitely recommend. It was fun, fast, and had a fantastic narrator.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Yours to Keep?

The whole story was simple, fun, and totally endearing and kept me listening even when I should have been doing something else.

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

She is just a great reader and actor. She's great with intonations and just taking her time. Pausing to get a point across and so on. Probably one of, if not THE best narrator I've heard for romances.

Any additional comments?

I've found a new narrator that I love and an author who I'll continue to read as much as I can! Loved everything about it!

  • How to Marry a Duke

  • By: Vicky Dreiling
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Jasicki
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 559
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 481
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 486

In Vicky Dreiling’s enchanting Regency romance debut, Tristan - the rakish duke of Shelbourne - wants to marry and sire an heir. To help him choose among the dizzying array of wealthy but witless candidates, he secures the services of prim and proper matchmaker Miss Tessa Mansfield. But as Tessa seeks the perfect mate, the duke finds himself distracted by Tessa’s considerable charms.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • My first book for Vicky, not the last ;)

  • By Dalia on 12-30-11

Liked it a lot!

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

Reviewed: 10-01-12

Would you listen to How to Marry a Duke again? Why?

Yes! I plan to listen to it again some day. It's a fun, entertaining story that I found myself getting very addicted to. I love stories with standards so different than our own and witnessing how characters solve the problems society puts in front of them.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The Dutchess was very entertaining and fun and I liked the Duke ( her son )

  • Chain Reaction

  • A Perfect Chemistry Novel
  • By: Simone Elkeles
  • Narrated by: Roxanne Hernandez, Blas Kisic
  • Length: 8 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123

Luis Fuentes has always been sheltered from the gang violence that nearly destroyed his brothers' lives. But that didn't stop him from taking risks - whether he's scaling a mountain in the Rockies or dreaming of a future as an astronaut, Luis can't stop looking for the next thrill.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love these characters!

  • By Lisa on 01-09-12

I love Simone Elkeles books!

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

Reviewed: 09-24-12

If you could sum up Chain Reaction in three words, what would they be?

This was a great as I hoped it was. I hope she keeps going with the Fuentes family!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Luis is my favorite character because he's fun

Have you listened to any of Roxanne Hernandez and Blas Kisic ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I never have, but I really like Blas Kisic A LOT.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Shatter Me

  • By: Tahereh Mafi
  • Narrated by: Kate Simses
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,823
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,669
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,676

"You can't touch me," I whisper. I'm lying, is what I don't tell him. He can touch me, is what I'll never tell him. But things happen when people touch me. Strange things. Bad things. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't let the sample fool you - So Good!

  • By Amanda on 06-08-12

I love Kate Simses

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

Reviewed: 09-24-12

If you could sum up Shatter Me in three words, what would they be?

I love this story, but It wouldn't have been as engaging as it was without Kate's great narrating. She did a wonderful job narrating Matched also. I get sucked in with all her emotion and realistic voices. I recommend this to women of any age, they'll love it!

What about Kate Simses’s performance did you like?

Like I said, I loved Kate's performance. Audiobooks generally annoy me because the voices aren't realistic for the characters or they don't change their voices or use much emotion and she is AMAZING at it. LOVE IT!