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  • Starting from Scratch

  • Housemates, Volume 5
  • By: Jay Northcote
  • Narrated by: Lewis Carter
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Starting over isn't easy, but Ben is ready to live his life as the man he was always meant to be. Ben is transgender and is back at the university after hormone treatment and chest surgery. His new housemates have no idea about his history, and Ben would prefer to keep it that way. He's starting from scratch, and his life is finally on track, except in the romance department. The idea of dating guys as a guy is exhilarating but terrifying, because if Ben wants a boyfriend he'll have to disclose his secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny and beautiful with a flawless narration

  • By Amy Bellows on 01-10-19

Funny and beautiful with a flawless narration

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

This is a smart, sexy, heartfelt book about two men falling in love, one of whom is transgender. This is my favorite romance I've read all year. It was fun, but also deep. My wife is transgender, and I rarely find romances that accurately portray what loving a transgender person is really like. This book is amazing. I haven't read the rest of the series, but I will now.

Lewis Carter was an amazing narrator too. I'll definitely be checking out his other work.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Adrenaline Rush: An Mpreg Romance

  • Never Too Late, Book 2
  • By: Aiden Bates
  • Narrated by: Barney Parkwynne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Pete is six months pregnant when he finds himself in the middle of a bank robbery gone bad. He’s sure he’s going to die, but a handsome alpha State Trooper bursts in to save him at the last possible moment. Pete is half in love with Ozzy before the week is out - but what kind of alpha wants a pregnant omega? Ozzy Morris is a cold case detective. He’s also a member of the SWAT team. When SWAT is called out to intervene in a bank robbery turned hostage situation, Ozzy meets the omega of his dreams. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story with a caring alpha

  • By Nica Flor on 02-16-19

Sweet Protagonist and Decent Story

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

While there were a lot of word repetition problems and strange dialogue tags, I loved the main character, Pete, and the slow burn pacing worked. The narrator was great. Overall, an enjoyable read.

  • The Testing

  • The Testing, Book 1
  • By: Joelle Charbonneau
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Morton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 942
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 848
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849

The story in which a 16-year-old is chosen by her government to undergo The Testing, which decides if she gets to go to The University. The University is for the country’s best and brightest teens and puts the rebuilding and future leadership of the United Commowealth in their hands. During The Testing, extreme psychological and physical trials pit them against one another to determine which teens have what it takes to become a leader.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narration is ruining this for me

  • By Robin on 03-30-14

Poor Reader, Great Story

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

Reviewed: 06-24-13

Would you consider the audio edition of The Testing to be better than the print version?

No. The female reader had an obnoxious male voice, and she made the story seem more juvenile.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The protagonist, Cia, had grit. But she was also vulnerable at times. I feel that she was able to hold on to who she was, despite the challenging circumstances. She was an interesting character to read about. I loved her family too.

Would you be willing to try another one of Elizabeth Morton’s performances?

No. I will steer clear of her in the future, choosing instead to read a book rather than listen to her.

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

Absolutely. Despite the bad reader, the story was thrilling. A great book for someone who enjoyed Hunger Games and Divergent.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Informationist

  • A Thriller
  • By: Taylor Stevens
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,620
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 994
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,007

Vanessa “Michael” Munroe deals in information - expensive information - working for corporations, heads of state, private clients, and anyone else who can pay for her unique brand of expertise. Born to missionary parents in lawless central Africa, Munroe took up with an infamous gunrunner and his mercenary crew when she was just fourteen. As his protégé, she earned the respect of the jungle's most dangerous men, cultivating her own reputation for years until something sent her running. After almost a decade building a new life and lucrative career from her home base in Dallas, she's never looked back. Until now....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • What a start!

  • By Diana - Audible on 04-17-12

Spellbinding

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-13-11

For those wanting something more after finishing "The Girl with the Dragon's Tatttoo" series, "The Informationist" will satisfy. While Lisbeth Salander gets her information by hacking, Michael (an androgynous woman with mad knife skills) has a knack for learning languages and blending into different cultures. This allows her to gather specialized information from even the most difficult sources. "The Informationist" also has that foreign feel of Lisbeth Salander's story because most of the book takes place in Africa, where Michael grew up. I found this book to be thoroughly entertaining. The narrator didn't rock my world, but she was entirely sufficient.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Delirium

  • By: Lauren Oliver
  • Narrated by: Sarah Drew
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,823
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,336
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,358

"Ninety-five days, and then I'll be safe. I wonder whether the procedure will hurt. I want to get it over with. It's hard to be patient. It's hard not to be afraid while I'm still uncured, though so far the deliria hasn't touched me yet. Still, I worry. They say that in the old days, love drove people to madness. The deadliest of all deadly things: It kills you both when you have it and when you don't."

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent narration

  • By Diana - Audible on 04-30-12

Beautiful and Well Narrated

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-13-11

For those who found the characters of "Matched" flat, but liked the plot, this is the perfect alternative. "Delirium" is a great dystopic romance.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Flip

  • By: Martyn Bedford
  • Narrated by: Alex Kalajzic
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

One morning 14-year-old Alex wakes up to find himself in the wrong bedroom, in an unfamiliar house, in a different part of the country. Six months have disappeared overnight. The family at the breakfast table? Total strangers. And when he looks in the mirror, another boy’s face stares back. A boy named Philip, known as Flip. Unless Alex finds out what’s happened and how to get back to his own life, he’ll be trapped forever inside a body that belongs to someone else. Martyn Bedford’s debut novel for young adults is fearless and fast-paced....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Narrator

  • By Amy Bellows on 04-13-11

Great Narrator

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-13-11

The narrator of this title made this book that much more clever and hilarious. It was poignant without being pretentious, and funny without resorting to cheap humor. A great read. I only gave it four stars because the plot dragged just a bit towards the end.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Enclave

  • By: Ann Aguirre
  • Narrated by: Emily Bauer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 871
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 773
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 772

New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20s. When Deuce turns 15, she takes on her role as a Huntress, and is paired with Fade, a teenage Hunter who lived Topside as a young boy. When she and Fade discover that the neighboring enclave has been decimated by the tunnel monsters—or Freaks—who seem to be growing more organized, the elders refuse to listen to warnings.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Mysterious and Suspenseful

  • By The Reading Date on 02-08-14

Annoying Narrator

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-13-11

While the story itself is certainly engaging, but the reader ruined it. I would recommend reading this instead of listening to it.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Massacre at Mountain Meadows

  • By: Ronald W Walker, Richard E Turley, Glen M Leonard
  • Narrated by: Bill Dewees
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

On September 11, 1857, a band of Mormon militia, under a flag of truce, lured unarmed members of a party of emigrants from their fortified encampment and, with their Paiute allies, killed them. More than 120 men, women, and children perished in the slaughter.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Crime has its own momentum

  • By Darwin8u on 05-08-18

Disappointing

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-24-11

Please understand that this book is written by three Mormons before you buy it. Their version of events is nauseatingly sympathetic to those who did the massacre, not those who were victims.

5 of 11 people found this review helpful