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  • Live Wire

  • Titan, Book 10
  • By: Cristin Harber
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 2 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

Titan Group is expanding. New recruits mean Jared Westin has potential new hires to scrutinize. What he didn't expect was his very pregnant wife Sugar to finagle her way onto the surveillance team as the prospects were assessed. Her involvement in the simple observation goes dangerously wrong. She and best friend Lexi Black stumble into a problem with Russian mobsters.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Introducing New Additions to Titan

  • By LexiMuse on 08-16-18

A steamy glimpse into the Titan World!

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

Reviewed: 09-13-17

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

Jeffery Kafer’s voice is deep and dark, which makes it perfect for a romantic suspense story. I really enjoyed his narration of the audiobook!

Any additional comments?

I’ve been hearing so many positive things about Cristin Harber’s popular Titan series that I jumped at the opportunity to review the Live Wire novella audiobook. I do love a good romantic suspense series and Live Wire does give those new to the series, like me, a lovely taste and feel for some of the characters that make up the Titan group. Although Live Wire didn’t explain the role of the Titan group, I was able to get the feel that Titan is made up of highly fierce individuals with various specialized skills who carry out dangerous operations. Live Wire also gives fans of the series more of couples Jared and Sugar (from Westin’s Chase) and Parker and Lexi (from Black Dawn).

Filled with steamy romantic encounters and a splash of intrigue and suspense, Live Wire is a quick and alluring novella to sample the Titan series. I’m now very interested in reading the other stories, especially Westin’s Chase and Black Dawn.

  • It Started with a Kiss

  • A Sequoia Lake Novel
  • By: Marina Adair
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165

With a kidney transplant behind her, Avery Adams is determined to channel her inner adventurer and explore everything life has to offer. Only problem is, the closest she's ever come to a real-life adventure was sixth-grade science camp. So to seize the summer in her rustic Sierra Nevada town, she takes a job as a guide at the local adventure lodge. But Avery doesn't realize her biggest challenge will register at six-plus feet of rugged good looks and alpha-male charm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read and listen..

  • By Trish R. on 06-17-17

A splendid small town romance!

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

Reviewed: 02-01-17

Any additional comments?

It Started With a Kiss is the first book in Marina Adair’s new Sequoia Lake series. Set in a small town in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, this book will splendidly satisfy romance readers everywhere who enjoy seeing love bloom surrounded by the great outdoors.

Having had a successful kidney transplant, Avery Adams is eager to climb a mountain. There’s a specific reason why she wants to hike up a particular mountain, and she’s not letting her inexperience get in the way. Avery is Sequoia Lake Lodge’s newest adventure coordinator and anxiously wants to be trained on the trails. Tyson Donovan has reluctantly returned to his hometown. He has painful reasons to stay away, but meeting Avery might make it difficult to leave after he helps out with the family business.

As an avid hiker, I connected quickly with both Avery and Tyson and their love for the outdoors. Avery has overcome some major obstacles in her life. Her zest-for-life attitude is adorably infectious. I think she enters Tyson’s life right at the perfect moment, as he’s in need to deal with some heavy things that have happened in his past. I was absolutely smitten with how their story played out. I also enjoyed getting to know all the secondary characters, and I’m very much looking forward to reading their stories in the next books in this series.

If it’s any indication how much I admired It Started With a Kiss, I listened to the audiobook immediately after reading the book. Renee Raudman narrates most of Marina Adair’s books, and I was delighted that she voices this particular one. I always find her narrations quite enjoyable, clear, and with just the right amount of emotion.

I’ve read all of Marina Adair’s romance books to date. I must say that It Started With a Kiss lands itself as one of my favorite books she’s ever written. Not only is the romance fun and engaging, but also the plot highlights relationships such as mother-daughter, father-son, and friendships that tug at your heart. You’ll be left feeling satisfied and hopeful!

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  • Year of Yes

  • How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person
  • By: Shonda Rhimes
  • Narrated by: Shonda Rhimes
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,091
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,396
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,334

The megatalented creator of Grey's Anatomy and Scandal and executive producer of How to Get Away with Murder chronicles how saying yes for one year changed her life - and how it can change yours, too.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best 7 Hours Listening to an Audio Book Ever!

  • By ccreads on 02-20-16

Engaging and Inspiring!

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

Reviewed: 11-28-16

Any additional comments?

I have to admit that as a huge fan of Shonda Rhimes’ shows, I really didn’t know that much about her at all. I liked the concept of this book with Ms. Rhimes telling her story through her year of saying yes to opportunities that she would normally decline. Shonda Rhimes is incredibly talented and successful. She seems honest talking about her life and what makes her uncomfortable. I found her journey in this book especially fascinating.

I enjoyed several things about this book, and I’ll highlight a few. I absolutely loved that the audiobook is narrated by Shonda Rhimes herself! It felt more personal and engaging that way. I loved that her actual speeches from the events that she spoke at were included in the audiobook. Not only were these speeches entertaining, but absolutely inspiring as well. I liked that she was real in her feelings about being a working single mother of three children, about her weight loss, and even how her family interact with each other. I found her sarcasm quite humorous! Finally, I’m so glad to see that she gave much love to one of my favorite fictional characters that she’s created to date in this book. I was so captivated with Ms. Rhimes telling the story of how the character of Cristina Yang was created, what she symbolized to many fans, and the moments leading to filming this character’s final scene on the show. It reminded me of how much I miss seeing Cristina Yang on Grey’s Anatomy.

Year of Yes is about the positive things that can happen when making the choice to step out of your comfort zone. This is a motivational read that also made me laugh and smile along the way. I now have a better perspective about the woman behind ShondaLand! The audiobook was a thoroughly enjoyable listen the second time as well.

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60,817
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,552

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

This grumpy man’s story is written with much heart

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

Reviewed: 10-29-16

What about George Newbern’s performance did you like?

It was my first time listening to George Newbern, and I quickly took to his narration. I liked his various voices for the characters, seamlessly changing between male and female voices. I particularly enjoyed his voices for Ove and Parvaneh. My Swedish friend recommended this book to me. I listened to the English version, but my friend listened to this audiobook in Swedish and said her experience was quite positive!

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

This was my first time reading anything from Swedish author Fredrick Backman, and he won my heart with this grumpy man’s story!

The beginning of A Man Called Ove made me very curious about Ove. Why is this old man so cranky? I learned right away that he’s an old fashioned kind of guy. Ove has a preference to a certain Swedish car brand and would very much like his neighbors to just follow the rules of the community. Is that so difficult? Apparently, some people can’t read signs. I also got a strong feeling that Ove is lonely. At this point I felt very sad for him, but I still wanted to know why. Then one day a new family moves into the neighborhood. Ove is extremely annoyed by this family, but he would soon find out that they were destined to meet.

This story takes place in Sweden. Fredrick Backman unfolds Ove’s backstory gradually and with much care through serious, emotional, and often funny flashbacks. I learned why Ove is the way he is now. His past is filled with meaningful moments, both loving and tragic. Yeah, I pretty much warmed up to the guy quickly as I learned more about his life. With a focus on friendship and how one man can make a significant impact in the lives of the people around him, A Man Called Ove is written with much heart and humor. This book definitely made me laugh and cry!

Overall, A Man Called Ove is a truly heartfelt story. If you enjoy reads that follow the theme of fate stepping in at just the right moment, then I highly recommend this international bestseller!

  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

  • By: Gabrielle Zevin
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,450
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,790
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,789

The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books - the only bookstore on Alice Island - has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children’s section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Tale for Booksellers

  • By B. Leon on 04-15-14

A heartfelt story for booklovers!

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

Reviewed: 09-23-16

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

Yes!

Any additional comments?

I want to hug this book! That’s exactly how I felt reading The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry. A while ago a close friend recommended this book to me. She said it’s about a grumpy bookstore seller. She didn’t tell me more to not give away too much of the story, but she knew that I would love this book as she did. Months later I pick up the audiobook, and I was immediately carried away by the story of this grumpy bookseller!

Who is A.J. Fikry? Well, A.J. lives on Alice Island and owns the only bookstore there, Island Books. Both the bookstore and its owner are struggling. A.J.’s wife had died, and his passion for books and life, in general, is dwindling. When a very rare book is stolen, it all leads A.J. down a truly unexpected journey…a loving and meaningful second chance at life. I won’t say any more about the plot as I think not knowing the key event that happens at the beginning is what makes this story charming.

I’m so glad I chose to listen to the audiobook. Scott Brick is one of my favorite narrators. I know some may disagree, but I actually liked his dramatic style. This story easily flows anyway, and his narration helped contribute to that as well.

This was my first time reading anything from Gabrielle Zevin, and I’m absolutely smitten with her storytelling! I found the several book references to be quite clever that I giggled at several moments. Overall, my heart filled with so much warmth by the end. The audiobook was only about 7 hours long, so I listened again and continued to be captivated by the grumpy bookseller the second time around. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry is a heartfelt story for booklovers. This would make a lovely book club selection. I hope you give this one a try.

  • Steve Jobs

  • By: Walter Isaacson
  • Narrated by: Dylan Baker
  • Length: 25 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,307
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,431
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,394

Based on more than 40 interviews with Jobs conducted over two years—as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues—Walter Isaacson has written a riveting story of the roller-coaster life and searingly intense personality of a creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies, music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting man

  • By Jeanne on 11-13-11

Captivating from beginning to end

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

Reviewed: 08-25-16

Any additional comments?

Two words to describe how I felt while listening to this audiobook…absolutely fascinating!

So why would I be so intrigued by an undoubtedly, first-rate ruthless man? I’m pretty sure it’s how Walter Isaacson tells Steve Jobs’ story. The introduction pulled me in right away with how the author was approached by Jobs to write his biography. When he finally agreed, Jobs encouraged him to write the harsh, honest truth…both the good and the bad parts of his life. Jobs also agreed that he wouldn’t control what was written about him.

Going into this book, I really didn’t know that many things about Steve Jobs other than the headlines I’d hear about him in the news. I did watch the made-for-TV movie Pirates of Silicon Valley years ago, which first brought to my attention the rivalry between Jobs and Bill Gates. I also heard he was a difficult man to work with, but I didn’t know just how much.

Simply put, Steve Jobs had a passion for perfection. I found his early life quite interesting. I hadn’t known how he met Steve Wozniak before and was engrossed with reading about their symbiotic relationship and how Apple Inc. came to be. I actually wanted to read more about the Homebrew Computer Club after reading those chapters. There’s no doubt Jobs could market a product well, although I shake my head at how he went about making certain ideas into reality, especially with how he treated people. In his eyes, if you were in his way or weren’t of any use to him, you were basically extinguishable. I liked the term Reality Distortion Field used to describe Jobs’ charisma, and how he could sound so convincing.

Other things I found fascinating were his Pixar days, his family life, and the creation of iTunes and the App Store. Really, I had no idea of his level of involvement with Pixar and the Toy Story movies. I loved the little glimpses into Jobs’ life as a husband and father. Was he father-of-the-year material? Certainly not, but I think he tried his best as the years went by, especially after he fell ill and accepted his fate.

While Jobs did many downright unfavorable and unforgiving things, some of which he later regretted, he had remarkable vision for whatever projects he wanted to make reality. He made his mark in this world that is recognized widely.

One doesn’t have to be a techie to understand this book. If you enjoy compelling biographies, Steve Jobs has an interesting one. I gave this book a high rating due to the combination of riveting subject matter, audio narration, and storytelling. It was my first time listening to Dylan Baker, and his narration is pleasing and exceptional. I’m glad I decided to get the audiobook. There’s a reason why Jobs pursued this particular author. I think that after hearing all the rough-edged details of his life, Jobs knew Isaacson would handle his story with great care. He brilliantly does do by presenting the many sides to this complicated man concluding with an intensely poignant and emotional epilogue. Back in 2011, I was encouraged by someone close to me to read this book. I had put it on the back of my mind to get to it someday. Five years later, I found myself entirely captivated from beginning to end, so much so, that I started to listen to it again.

  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

  • By: L. Frank Baum
  • Narrated by: Anne Hathaway
  • Length: 3 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,791
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,765

One of the best-known stories in American culture, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz has stirred the imagination of young and old alike for over 100 years. Best Actress nominee Anne Hathaway ( Rachel Getting Married, Alice In Wonderland), fresh from filming one of this year’s most anticipated films, The Dark Knight Rises, lends her voice to this uniquely American fairy tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • just wonderful!

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-16-16

The journey to Emerald City never gets old!

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

Reviewed: 03-31-16

Would you consider the audio edition of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz to be better than the print version?

Yes

Any additional comments?

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz audiobook, narrated by actress Anne Hathaway, was an absolutely delightful listening experience! L. Frank Baum’s characters in this story are so magical, vivid, and lively. I thought Anne Hathaway flawlessly brought life with these familiar characters in her narration. The cast in the book is large, and there are some minor characters that weren’t portrayed in the movie. She had a different voice for everyone, and her ability to easily change her voice to the character of the moment showcased her excellent acting talents! Whether you’ve seen the movie or read this book before, I still recommend the audiobook. It’s a very entertaining version of a timeless classic!

  • After You

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Anna Acton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,514
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,251
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,225

How do you move on after losing the person you loved? How do you build a life worth living? Louisa Clark is no longer just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life. After the transformative six months spent with Will Traynor, she is struggling without him. When an extraordinary accident forces Lou to return home to her family, she can't help but feel she's right back where she started.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Doesn't come close to, Me Before You.

  • By Taryn on 11-09-15

I have and always will adore Lou!

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

Reviewed: 03-10-16

Which character – as performed by Anna Acton – was your favorite?

Lou

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

After You didn’t evoke the same strong emotions that I felt while reading Me Before You, but it was still a very satisfying and touching read. The book begins with Lou definitely struggling and having a hard time coping on a daily basis. Other returning characters are also having a difficult time in their own lives as well. So my curiosity was pretty high from the beginning and my interest was piqued since I had cared about these characters in the first book.

Any additional comments?

I won’t say much about the plot, but I have to say that Jojo Moyes came up with a twist that I did not expect, more lively characters, and a learning journey for Lou that gives her purpose. I have and always will adore Lou even though it takes her a while to figure things out. I wanted to see her get to a good place. In the end, I’m glad I found out what happened to her. Audiobook review: English actress Anna Acton is the sole narrator for After You, and she’s a delight to listen to in an audiobook! If you’ve listened to the Me Before You audiobook, like I have, then I would recommend listening to After You as well. You will not be disappointed.

  • When Breath Becomes Air

  • By: Paul Kalanithi, Abraham Verghese - foreword
  • Narrated by: Sunil Malhotra, Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,550
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,500

At the age of 36, on the verge of completing a decade's worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phenomenal book!

  • By A. Potter on 01-16-16

Inspiring, moving, poignant, and profound

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

Reviewed: 02-16-16

Would you listen to When Breath Becomes Air again? Why?

Yes, I found this to be an incredibly moving read.

What did you like best about this story?

Dr. Kalanithi’s memoir offers the perspective of both doctor and patient and of the doctor/patient relationship. Being a neurosurgeon, he knew exactly what was coming when he was diagnosed with cancer. It still didn’t make things easy for him or his family. Dr. Kalanithi was a man with a brilliant mind who had a zest for learning and a love for literature. I was engaged with reading how he faced death head on.

Have you listened to any of Sunil Malhotra and Cassandra Campbell ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

The When Breath Becomes Air audiobook is narrated by Sunil Malhotra with the epilogue being read by Cassandra Campbell. Both narrators deliver clear readings with good pacing. Having listened to and enjoying one of Sunil Malhotra’s narrations before, I was delighted to learn that he was the main narrator for this book. Despite the sad tone, listening to this audiobook continued to be an enlightening experience.

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

Dr. Kalanithy’s writing is deeply poignant and will make you think, if you haven’t already, about death and dying and your own mortality.

  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

  • Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!
  • By: Seth Grahame-Smith, Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,721
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,608
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,611

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains." So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Why not just enjoy

  • By Rebecca on 07-24-09

Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennett make a dynamic duo

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

Reviewed: 02-12-16

What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

It’s always nice when the book and narrator is a great match. Katherine Kellgren narrating Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is an awesome pairing! I had to laugh-out-loud when Charlotte Lucas was speaking, and I never even found her character that appealing before. Kellgren did contribute to making Elizabeth Bennett more fierce and lively and Mr. Darcy as dashing even with all the zombie slaying and violence. She made my listening experience very engaging! I enjoyed so much that as soon as I finished it the first time, I went back to listen again immediately.

Any additional comments?

When I first started seeing Seth Grahame-Smith’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies in stores a few years ago, I thought it was weird. I might have overlooked it at the time because I was still uninterested in reading anything with zombies. Now, after reading and enjoying a few modern day Pride and Prejudice retellings, I decided to try Pride and Prejudice and Zombies on a whim in audiobook form. You know what? I found it to be delightfully humorous and a pleasurable listen!

If you’ve read or watched Pride and Prejudice before, then you know the story. I won’t rehash what the story is about. This one has a healthy dose of zombie twist, which I found horrifyingly good! The Bennett daughters are students of the Shaolin Arts, so they are very capable when they run into zombies. I love that there is a katana-wielding Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy as they are both zombie slayers. I only wish there were more detailed scenes with the two of them fighting off the zombies together as they make a dynamic duo. Nevertheless, I found myself looking forward to certain, memorable scenes just because I wanted to see how the author would incorporate zombies into the mix. Several scenes were very amusing. I’m so glad I finally gave this book a try! Love it or hate it, take this book for what it is…an entertaining retelling of a classic and beloved novel.