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  • Girls & Boys

  • By: Dennis Kelly
  • Narrated by: Carey Mulligan
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,514
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,049
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,997

A pulse-pounding new play from Tony Award-winning® playwright Dennis Kelly takes you on a journey that is at once hilarious, gripping, and heartbreaking. This world-premiere production starring Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby, An Education) is available exclusively on Audible after a celebrated run at the Royal Court Theatre in London and off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theatre. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I have never heard a story performed so well.

  • By Erin Reeve on 07-05-18

Exceptional

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

A favorite of the year (out of dozens and dozens I've read this year). A masterful, thought-provoking story. Carey Mulligan gives an exceptional performance, beyond just about any performance I've ever encountered or listened to. It's only 90mins, not a long investment, but its mark will be indelible.

  • Rebel of the Sands

  • By: Alwyn Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 253

Sixteen-year-old sharpshooter Amani Al'Hiza never doubted she'd escape the miserable one-horse desert town where she was born. Getting out had always been the plan. But she never figured she'd wind up running for her life - with a boy wanted for treason. When Amani enters a disastrous shooting contest against Jin, a rakish foreigner, she has no idea of his connection to the ongoing war between the ruthless Sultan of Miraji and his exiled son, the Rebel Prince.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magic, Genie's, Prince's, and battles!! Love it!!

  • By Vanessa on 04-20-16

A Delight

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

I don't know why it took me so long to listen to this! This is the story I've been aching for for so long. This is not a story of the chosen one, a relief, but the story of a strong willed girl trying to do what's right.

Well executed, likeable and relatable characters, and an interesting setting and world. Absolutely recommend.

4 stars for narration. She did a good job, although I wish there had been more distinctive voices across the board. I may go back and physically read this one, that's how good it was.

  • Sky in the Deep

  • By: Adrienne Young
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 359
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331

Raised to be a warrior, 17-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Her life is brutal but simple: train to fight and fight to survive. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield - her brother, fighting with the enemy - the brother she watched die five years ago. Eelyn loses her focus and is captured. Now, she must survive the winter in the mountains with the Riki, in a village where every neighbor is an enemy, every battle scar possibly one she delivered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Raw and Brutal With A Lot of Texture and Depth

  • By B.A. Wilson on 05-02-18

Not Perfect But Still A Stellar Debut

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

3.5 stars - this is heavily weighted to the critiquing side of things so I want to preface it by saying it is worth listening to! There are some very minor things I note, but it's a solid debut novel and feels like a fresh story with a setting in (I assume) an alt Scandinavia. I also SUPER appreciated the lack of a love triangle (a serious reprieve, thank you!), and while she was the protagonist, Eelyn wasn't an out of the ordinary, special case. Not even the "hero who doesn't want to be the hero" trope. She just does what she has to while it's her brother who is the charismatic one, liked by all despite not really being a focus (that will make more sense when you listen to it!). It just felt more real, esp when in most books the protagonists seem to fall into that "they're special, one of kind" category. I really appreciated that.

Overall, this book delivers a fresh voice and a new heroine to the surge of fierce female leads within YA that couple years. The story isn't perfect; there are a few snags in places such as how and where things are described. There were a handful of times I was very confused about where people were in relation to each other or in relation to landmarks being described. This was particularly noticeable in battle/fight scenes; I had trouble tracking where characters were moving to and proximity to landmarks and enemies, etc. It's fairly minor, but is scattered throughout enough to notice. There was also some pacing where we'd suddenly be doing something different such as, describing a conversation happening in the house to suddenly walking outside. This may have simply been the way the audio was edited and may not have actually been an issue in print (with paragraphs, etc to denote the shift).

The narrator was fine. I've listened to Khristine Hvam before and she was great! This wasn't her best, but she got the job done. There wasn't a ton of variation in her voices, which would have been helpful. I've been listening to a lot of YA recently and the female narrators are beginning to blend together, which is a little disheartening.

Overall, I'd recommend it!

  • Unwind

  • By: Neal Shusterman
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,479
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,070
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,085

Conner's parents want to be rid of him because he's a troublemaker. Risa has no parents and is being unwound to cut orphanage costs. Lev's unwinding has been planned since his birth, as part of his family's strict religion. Brought together by chance, and kept together by desperation, these three unlikely companions make a harrowing cross-country journey, knowing their lives hang in the balance.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It won me over completely

  • By SoCalBonnie on 02-17-10

Stellar!

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

Reviewed: 09-03-18

Everything about this book is phenomenal. The concept, the execution, the narration, everything was masterful. I can't believe I waited so long to read this. This was my first Neal Shusterman novel, but it certainly won't be my last. Loved it.

  • The City of Brass

  • A Novel
  • By: S. A. Chakraborty
  • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
  • Length: 19 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 964
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 894
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 892

Nahri has never believed in magic. Certainly she has power; on the streets of 18th-century Cairo, she's a con woman of unsurpassed talent. But she knows better than anyone that the trade she uses to get by - palm readings, zars, healings - are all tricks, sleights of hand, learned skills, a means to the delightful end of swindling Ottoman nobles and a reliable way to survive. But when Nahri accidentally summons an equally sly, darkly mysterious djinn warrior to her side during one of her cons, she's forced to question all she believes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator ruined the charaters for me

  • By Jacquelyn S. De Phillips on 01-01-18

So magical and yet so confusing

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

I don't know if reading it would have helped? As others have said, the premise of the book has so much promise, yet the execution is messy and confusing. The setting and stories from farther east was a treat, but that, unfortunately, that doesn't really take center stage (this is really about the characters, not necessarily their environment) and what does (the characters and all the subplots among them) is really confusing. I didn't mind the narrator, but there wasn't a lot of variation among characters. I ended up picking up the book at the library to finish the last third or so. That did help, but plot points and sub plot points never did get any clearer. They just stayed...so messy. I know there's a sequel, but the ending was neither a gripping cliffhanger nor did it offer any closure or clarity - at all.

And Nahri. Dude. The character we get vs her history growing up on the streets doesn't make sense. Nor does she grow as a character throughout the story. She's a tough character to get behind (I don't understand some comments commending her as a strong lead. It takes more than just being a female protagonist to be strong...). Her only reactions were either shock followed by surprise or anger. And she was often played by all these men and just grumbled about being a victim and a failure. Someone who grew up alone on the streets, fleecing people to get by, would have some resistance and grit, both of which are sorely lacking with the character we get. All of it was very tiresome by the end. I hoped for some growth or redemption, unfortunately, there wasn't any on either count.

Oddly, I still want to know what happens. I'll pick up the sequel, but from the library instead of a purchase.

  • Firebrand

  • A Steeplejack Novel
  • By: A. J. Hartley
  • Narrated by: Noma Dumezweni
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Once a steeplejack, Anglet Sutonga is used to scaling the heights of Bar-Selehm. Nowadays she assists politician Josiah Willinghouse behind the scenes of Parliament. The latest threat to the city-state: Government plans for a secret weapon are stolen and feared to be sold to the rival nation of Grappoli. The investigation leads right to the doorsteps of Elitus, one of the most exclusive social clubs in the city. In order to catch the thief, Ang must pretend to be a foreign princess and infiltrate Elitus.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Delightful Sequel

  • By Keri Owen on 08-12-18

A Delightful Sequel

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

A sequel that doesn't fall into the usual sequel slump. Characters remain true from their introduction in the first book and only get better. The narrator does a really fantastic job, but I do wish she offered more variety. I will give her the fact there are a lot of characters in this book, but if she'd been able to differentiate more decisively among at least the more prominent characters (especially the women), I would have given 5 stars for her performance.

Overall, still a good performance by the narrator, developed characters, and a tangled mystery make for a wonderful sequel. Looking forward to the next!

  • Warcross

  • By: Marie Lu
  • Narrated by: Nancy Wu
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 927
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 860
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 862

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn't just a game - it's a way of life. The obsession started 10 years ago, and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty-hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By Camile Souza on 10-17-17

I NEED MORE!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I loved Warcross. I desperately want to be a Warcross player! The world was well thought out, I thoroughly enjoyed the main character, and Marie Lu clearly thought through the game of Warcross from all angles.

The best news I recently heard was there will be a series of Warcross books. I. Can't. Wait. BRING IT ON :D :D :D

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  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,319
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,996
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23,022

The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By kurdis teed on 05-28-17

A Slow Burn Worth Every Minute

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

This one took a minute to get going, but once it did, there was no going back. It is a longer book, but that just gets you hungrier to find out how exactly it all started and the end and answers you're barreling towards.

This is one of the few books I had to make 2 attempts at starting, but having finished it, I'm left speechless at its story, the masterful way the author pieced it all together, her indelible characters, and the fantastic performance of the author. This is also one of the few books I finished and just sat, thinking about what just happened because that's all I could do. Don't make the same mistake I did - don't wait to read this. Just start and buckle in for a journey of memorable characters and a plot that climbs a mountain of trails and switchbacks leading you to a final, magnificent view.

  • The Girl Who Drank the Moon

  • By: Kelly Barnhill
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,760
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,322

Every year the people of the Protectorate leave a baby as an offering to the witch who lives in the forest. They hope this sacrifice will keep her from terrorizing their town. But the witch in the forest, Xan, is kind and gentle. She shares her home with a wise Swamp Monster named Glerk and a Perfectly Tiny Dragon, Fyrian. Xan rescues the abandoned children and delivers them to welcoming families on the other side of the forest, nourishing the babies with starlight on the journey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful, Delightful, Engaging

  • By Tom on 08-31-17

A Struggle To Finish

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

Reviewed: 07-30-18

Despite an exceptional narrator, this was a struggle to finish. As others have noted, it has all the trappings to be a wonderful, lush modern fairytale, yet it falls unquestionably flat; it's hard to pinpoint exactly the issue(s) other than the simple fact this just didn't work. The narrator did a superb job, exemplifying what it means to be more than just a narrator but a voice actor.

I had the same experience as others: I could not get invested in these characters. And I wanted to! I just couldn't. I'm an avid listener, devouring books of a broad spectrum and this was right up my alley, I just...didn't care. I would guess it's because nothing really happens. There's no struggle or tension, it's just...flat. There were also some issues with the connective writing, such as saying, "Luna sat on the bed but didn't cry. She read the note and wiped her eyes." Wut. This happened much more frequently in the second half, which probably wouldn't have been anything to note if this had been the engaging story it had the potential to be.

I loved the idea, I appreciate the well-rounded characters and the excellent job of the narrator, I just couldn't get invested and seriously struggled to finish this. I only finished because I was holding out hope it would have some saving grace, a twist to make it all worth it. It didn't.

  • Godsgrave

  • The Nevernight Chronicle, Book 2
  • By: Jay Kristoff
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 19 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,190
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,119
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,120

Mia Corvere has found her place among the Blades of Our Lady of Blessed Murder, but many in the Red Church hierarchy think she's far from earned it. Plying her bloody trade in a backwater of the Republic, she's no closer to ending the men who destroyed her familia; in fact, she's told directly that Consul Scaeva is off limits. But after a deadly confrontation with an old enemy, Mia's suspicions about the Red Church's true motives begin to grow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Holy Moly, buckle up Dorothy ...

  • By J. Jarvis on 09-14-17

A Masterful Sequel

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

Sequels are always tricky; if the first book is amazing, there are high expectations for the second book that aren't always met. This book far and away meets expectations and then some. It builds on the first book and twists and turns and surprises in masterful ways. How one will wait until next Sept 2019 for the last book, I'm not sure, so savor this listen, gentle friends, it's a gripping ride.