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  • Baby Teeth

  • A Novel
  • By: Zoje Stage
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,309
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,146
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,142

Suzette knows her clever and manipulative seven-year-old daughter doesn’t love her. She can see the hatred and jealousy in her eyes. And as Hanna’s subtle acts of cruelty threaten to tear her and her husband apart, Suzette fears her very life may be in grave danger....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Creepy Creepy

  • By Mina00 on 08-09-18

Interesting perspective and great characters.

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

With a degree in psychology, I love to hear what people are thinking, what motivates them. The characters where flawed and realistic. The emotions were raw and highlighted the duality we so often feel and can't express. I was a little disappointed with the ending as it seemed more like it was setting up for the next novel, than truly ending. But hey, I'd read/listen to another, so bring it on!

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

  • A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life
  • By: Mark Manson
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 5 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108,628
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95,248
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94,721

For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A book for 20-somethings, but not me

  • By Bonny on 09-22-16

Exactly what I needed, exactly when I needed it.

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

Reviewed: 04-04-17

Would you consider the audio edition of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck to be better than the print version?

Didn't read the print version, but yes the narrator was brought the lines to life.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Was there a character - maybe you should read the book...

Which scene was your favorite?

Really.... Not that kinda book.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Don't watch the movie, read the book.

Any additional comments?

This is a different way of looking at life not a narrative, it's a kick in the pants and very liberating, given you permission to "not give a fuck." Not sure I can consistantly apply this theory to my everyday life but a little, "who gives a fuck" could be good for us all.

  • The Mountain Man Omnibus

  • Books 1-3
  • By: Keith C. Blackmore
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 27 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,934
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,536
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,530

Boomstick. Samurai bat. Motorcycle leather. And the will to live among the unliving. Augustus Berry lives a day-to-day existence comprised of waking up, getting drunk, and preparing for the inevitable day when "they" will come up the side of his mountain and penetrate his fortress. Living on the outskirts of a city and scavenging for whatever supplies remain after civilization died two years ago, Gus knows that every time he goes down into undead suburbia could be his last.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read, keeps you engaged

  • By Steve on 07-30-15

Great Zombie Read

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

Reviewed: 03-27-17

Would you consider the audio edition of The Mountain Man Omnibus to be better than the print version?

Loved the characters, the settings and that there was a plot besides just zombies! Kinda gruesome, but then that is what you are looking for in a zombie world story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Gus - he's everybody - with strengths that we all want to have and weaknesses that we can all relate to even if we don't have them.

Which scene was your favorite?

I liked the part of the story when they are getting out of the rich man's mansion in one of the later stories.

Any additional comments?

GOOD READ!!!

  • Neverwhere

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,696
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,771
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,758

Richard Mayhew is a young man with a good heart and an ordinary life, which is changed forever when he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk. His small act of kindness propels him into a world he never dreamed existed. There are people who fall through the cracks, and Richard has become one of them. And he must learn to survive in this city of shadows and darkness, monsters and saints, murderers and angels, if he is ever to return to the London that he knew.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Vivid, imaginative.

  • By Joseph on 10-29-09

Love this author - not my favorite of his books.

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

Reviewed: 03-27-17

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

No - there are much better books by the same author.

What three words best describe Neil Gaiman’s performance?

animated / engaging / long

Could you see Neverwhere being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No

Any additional comments?

Read Practical Demonkeeping! :)

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  • Dweller

  • By: Jeff Strand
  • Narrated by: Scott Thomas
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 82

When Toby Floren was eight years old, he discovered a monster living in the woods behind his house. A ghastly, frightening creature with claws, fangs, and a taste for human flesh. As he ran out of the forest, screaming, Toby felt that he'd been lucky to escape with his life. Years later, Toby finds comfort with the creature. It's his own special secret - something that nobody else in the world knows about. Somebody to talk to. Somebody to confide in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I can't even...

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 01-16-17

The human is much more a monster than the monster

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

Reviewed: 03-27-17

Would you try another book from Jeff Strand and/or Scott Thomas?

Maybe

Would you recommend Dweller to your friends? Why or why not?

No. I find that it is innate in us all to believe that because animals live by instinct that they are released from the responsibility of having moral character, and yet humans find themselves tested constantly because they have to rely on more than their animal instincts. In my opinion this book is a testament to the failure of man being more than an animal and failing the animal who is more human than he is himself.

Did Dweller inspire you to do anything?

Hug my dog.

Any additional comments?

I believe in the purity of instinct of animals and the moral character of men to rise above their own weakness and do what is right, not always, but most of the time. I was disappointed in the dilemma and the brief "flicker" of a moment of how it could have been if everything had gone perfectly. I think I would have been much more interested in THAT story.

  • The Elementals

  • By: Michael McDowell
  • Narrated by: R.C. Bray
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,526
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,296
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,288

After a bizarre and disturbing incident at the funeral of matriarch Marian Savage, the McCray and Savage families look forward to a restful and relaxing summer at Beldame, on Alabama's Gulf Coast, where three Victorian houses loom over the shimmering beach. Two of the houses are habitable, while the third is slowly and mysteriously being buried beneath an enormous dune of blindingly white sand. But though long uninhabited, the third house is not empty. Inside, something deadly lies in wait.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid Haunted House Book - and that's rare!

  • By Uber Femme on 06-28-18

Good build up to a whole lotta not much.

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

Reviewed: 03-27-17

I really love the atmosphere created the characters were solid and likable, in the narrator was awesome. I was waiting until the end for something to happen, for that "climax" point in the plot. The story kind of made its way there, attempted it, and then kind of meandered its way away from it, like driving too quickly past some kind of auto accident. If you like suspense, the whole book a suspense, you should like it. If you want answers, explanation or resolution, not the book for you.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Through the Zombie Glass

  • By: Gena Showalter
  • Narrated by: Natalie Gold
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391

Zombies stalk the night. Forget blood and brains. These monsters hunger for human souls. Sadly, they've got mine. Alice Bell has lost so much. Family. Friends. A home. She thought she had nothing else to give. She was wrong. After a new zombie attack, strange things begin to happen to her. Mirrors come to life, and the whispers of the dead assault her ears. But the worst?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good but....

  • By Nightwolf on 03-13-15

S'ok - I listened....

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

Reviewed: 03-23-17

What did you love best about Through the Zombie Glass?

I like the characters - well rounded and believable.

Would you be willing to try another book from Gena Showalter? Why or why not?

She's one of my favorite authors. I like her one liners and the emotions she creates between characters.

What three words best describe Natalie Gold’s voice?

At some point could you have found a tissue and blown your nose? I liked the different voice snap intonation, but so often found myself wishing she would just get over her cold already.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

meh. "I tore the world apart looking for you."

Any additional comments?

It was entertaining enough to keep me listening on long boring commutes but obviously geared toward the twilighters - reminded me ALOT of city of bones saga. This author has much better, and is pretty mediocre in the pre-adult genre.