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Stephanie E Broome

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  • And After

  • Until the End of the World, Book 2
  • By: Sarah Lyons Fleming
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,136
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,979
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,965

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

A Zombie apocalypse where nobody dies.

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

Reviewed: 12-27-16

So, I almost liked this story. It addressed a lot of the issues shows like The Walking Dead don't cover. - like zombies + winter = zomcicles. However, the main character's love interest is annoyingly perfect aka one dimensional while the heroine was constantly self deprecating and SPOILERS:

NO ONE important dies. Even if you think someone is dead, guess what, they ARE NOT. It's fine if you just want a passable zombie story but I'm returning it.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,025
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,433

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hours in, restarted so husband could listen too!

  • By Pikay on 12-13-14

Breathtaking

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

Reviewed: 08-16-16

This book made me cry. It was a great balance of emotional and intellectual. A great new twist on a zombie apocalypse novel that can be enjoyed by those who don't enjoy the typical zombie apocalypse book.
The narrator was perfection. Love, love, love. Will listen again.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • My Sister's Keeper

  • A Novel
  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: Richard Poe, Julia Gibson, Barbara McCulloh, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 997
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 915
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 907

Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age 13 she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate - a life and a role that she has never challenged...until now. Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to question who she truly is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Incredible!!

  • By Steve on 08-27-16

Strong beginning, didn't like the ending

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

Reviewed: 07-12-16

I was really invested in this book- but I wasn't satisfied with the ending. It was trying so hard to be poetic that I felt like the author got lost.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Winner's Curse

  • Winner's Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Marie Rutkoski
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 475
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him - with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Winning Story

  • By Wendy on 03-24-16

Read this book.

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

Reviewed: 06-30-16

I don't give 5 star reviews often. This book is great. The characters are textured, the heroine is intelligent, emotional and brave. I think that the discussion about slavery could have been developed more fully but was handled well. I bought the sequel before I finished the first book, so I'm committed!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Poison Study

  • By: Maria V. Snyder
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,793
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,428
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,439

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace, and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantasy, with a touch of romance.

  • By A on 12-03-05

I wanted to love this story

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

Reviewed: 06-29-16

This book had an interesting premise and I really wanted to love it. But the characters never seemed to truly connect and the narrator spoke in a monotone. That killed it for me.

  • Beauty

  • A Retelling of the Story of Beauty & the Beast
  • By: Robin McKinley
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Parry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,035
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 958
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 964

New York Times best-selling author Robin McKinley has won numerous awards for her writing, including the prestigious Newbery Medal. Though her two sisters are beautiful, Beauty, despite her name, is thin and awkward - but she's also courageous. So when her father makes a terrible promise to a Beast living in an enchanted castle, Beauty knows she must volunteer to be the Beast's prisoner.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Honor and Beauty

  • By Carole T. on 09-14-17

Tale as old as time...

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

Reviewed: 06-17-16

This book was really well written and the narrator was lovely. However, I wash that the story had an extra twist. As it is though, it is a wonderful (if predictable) version of Beauty and the Beast.

  • The Taking

  • By: Kimberly Derting
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 152

When 16-year-old Kyra Agnew wakes up behind a Dumpster at the Gas 'n' Sip, she has no memory of how she got there. With a terrible headache and a major case of déjà vu, she heads home only to discover that five years have passed…yet she hasn't aged a day. Everything else about Kyra's old life is different. Her parents are divorced, her boyfriend, Austin, is in college and dating her best friend, and her dad has changed from an uptight neat-freak to a drunken conspiracy theorist who blames her five-year disappearance on little green men.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sci Fi Romance Novel

  • By Cookiej on 01-24-15

Intriguing, if a little meandering and sappy

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

Reviewed: 06-09-16

I liked this story to a point that I could just stop listening. I'm planning on reading the sequels. The plot itself is a good one: girl is taken in a flash of light and returned 5 years later with no memory of any time passing. It was the romance that irked me. Kyra goes from being in love with her boyfriend to falling for his brother very quickly. All while hating her ex for falling for her best friend over the 5 years she had been gone. Flimsy. Even though I ended up liking Tyler's character in the end. I think the narrator saved the book. She is extremely talented.

  • Ashfall

  • By: Mike Mullin
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 11 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277

For Alex, being left home alone for the weekend means the freedom to play his computer games and hang out with his friends without hassle from his mother. Then the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, plunging his hometown into a nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence. Alex begins a harrowing trek to search for his family and finds help in Darla, a travel partner he meets along the way. Together they must find the strength and skills to survive and outlast an epic disaster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Different

  • By Corey J. Polesel on 08-30-15

Loved it.

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

Reviewed: 05-18-16

If you are looking for an excellent coming of age story set in an ash covered world you've found it. I love apocalyptic stories. I love this one because, not only is it well written and well researched, it also made me think: what would I do? How would I react?

  • Departure

  • By: A.G. Riddle
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber, Scott Aiello
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,530
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,982
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,960

En route to London from New York, Flight 305 suddenly loses power and crash-lands in the English countryside, plunging a group of strangers into a mysterious adventure that will have repercussions for all of humankind. Struggling to stay alive, the survivors soon realize that the world they've crashed in is very different from the one they left. But where are they? Why are they here? And how will they get back home?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Sci-Fi Story With Lots of Twists and Turns

  • By Cheri on 09-01-15

I almost liked this.

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

Reviewed: 05-16-16

The narration was ok. Personally I find switching between narrators kind of annoying - and it was in this. However, they were good readers, which almost made up for it.

The story was the real stumbling point. The plane crash and - twist - time travel was interesting enough that I stuck with it but, sadly, the meandering style I noticed early in the book got worse until it bombed out entirely in the end. There was no satisfying conclusion... Unless it pertained to romance. But the romantic connection in the book was blah, so I didn't care about that anyway. 3 stars. Not worth it.