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  • The Awakening

  • The Awakening, Book 1
  • By: Lisa M. Lilly
  • Narrated by: Jewel Greenberg
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

Tara Spencer's mysterious pregnancy causes her family and fiance to turn against her, and sidetracks her plans for medical school. Only a stranger, Cyril Woods, believes her claim that she's still a virgin. The religious order that Cyril belongs to thinks Tara's child may be a new messiah. But when prenatal testing raises troubling questions the order becomes Tara's enemy, convinced she will trigger the first stage of the Apocalypse.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Tara's Baby

  • By Spooky Mike on 05-21-18

Decent and Entertaining, but buy book 2 in print..

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

Reviewed: 06-07-17

Yet another YA/NA book with a female main character who makes poor choices. I spent a good part of the book wondering at Tara's lack of common sense. With that said if you don't take the book too seriously it's enjoyable enough, and I was surprised by the ending.

If you do like this book enough to buy book two, I recommend you buy BOOK 2 in print instead of audio OR you download the audio sample first. The reader of book two is different and I found her voice so irritating that I returned the audiobook.

  • United

  • Alienated Series, Book 3
  • By: Melissa Landers
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Lambert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40

After thwarting a deadly coup and saving the alliance between their worlds, Cara and Aelyx have finally earned a break. Their tiny island colony is everything they dreamed it would be - days spent gathering shells on the beach and nights in each other's arms. But the vacation is short-lived. The treaty between Earth and L'eihr has awakened an ancient force that threatens to destroy them all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable, despite the narration

  • By Bibliophile Mom on 10-31-16

Enjoyable, despite the narration

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

Reviewed: 10-31-16

The story was light and fun--everything I could want in a YA listen. I don't want to give away any of the finale's plot, but I do want to point out that the reader was...well...not great. Actually she was okay until she had to do a voice or accent. Her pace, enunciation, and pronunciation were great, but all of her male characters sounded like a four year old trying to mimic her dad, and most of the aliens and all of the foreigners had bad French-ish accents. Despite this, I truly enjoyed this series and recommend it for those who enjoy fun sci-fi "clean" romance.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • You are Mine

  • Mine Series, Book 1
  • By: Janeal Falor
  • Narrated by: Rachel Tailbone-Potter
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 96
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 87

Serena knows a few simple things. She will always be owned by a warlock. She will never have freedom. She will always do what her warlock wishes, regardless of how inane, frivolous, or cruel it is. And if she doesn't follow the rules, she will be tarnished. Spelled to be bald, inked, and barren for the rest of her life - worth less than the shadow she casts. Then her ownership is won by a barbarian from another country.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Screwed up audio

  • By Sarah on 01-20-16

Painfully BAD

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

Reviewed: 04-01-16

Serena is absolutely the dumbest female character I've ever encountered. She's whiny and has zero common sense. I tried to complete the book, but the poor writing and Serena's constant "woe is me" attitude became too grating. I should have known the writing was not going to get better when the author would write that a character had never heard of something, then not one minute later she wrote about how the character had learned about the SAME thing previously. That sounded weird, so an example of what I mean, without giving away any spoilers or plot points (some of y'all might still read this, so I won't ruin it for you), is something like "She had never heard of chocolate chip cookies...blah blah blah...when she used to make chocolate chip cookies many years ago..." I'm sorry? What? The whole book is riddled with plot holes big enough to drive an elephant through.

If you dislike annoyingly unintelligent female characters (I'm not talking just of the main female character's naïveté, this girl is as dumb as a box of hammers), this is not the story for you. Click your 'back' button now...you've been warned!

  • Forsaken

  • The Forsaken Saga, Book 1
  • By: Sophia Sharp
  • Narrated by: Pamela Lorence
  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 47

Nora Colburn was perfectly content in life. A junior in high school, she had good friends, a great family, and did well in school. Nothing particularly exciting ever happened where she lived, and everything was stable. But that all drastically changes when a new student arrives at Nora's school. Wild rumors swirl about his past, and Nora becomes determined to find out the truth. As she gets to know the mysterious student, he shares with her an ancient secret - one that may yet put both of them in grave danger.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • WIMPY HEROINE & THE WORST NARRATOR I'VE EVER HEARD

  • By Bibliophile Mom on 07-07-15

WIMPY HEROINE & THE WORST NARRATOR I'VE EVER HEARD

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

Reviewed: 07-07-15

Would you try another book from Sophia Sharp and/or Pamela Lorence?

No. Absolutely not. The author's writing is terrible, and the narrator sounds like she's reading to a bunch of toddlers.

Would you ever listen to anything by Sophia Sharp again?

No.

Would you be willing to try another one of Pamela Lorence’s performances?

Not even if you paid me to. Her weird cadence was a total mismatch for something intended for teens. She sounded like she should be reading preschool books.

What character would you cut from Forsaken?

I was only able to make it to chapter 5, but from what I did hear, none of the characters had ANY redeeming qualities.

Any additional comments?

This is a very sub-standard take on the classic 'damsel in distress.' The heroine was a complete milquetoast. I wouldn't want younger girls or tweens to listen to this because the main character is not someone I'd think anyone would want a young girl to emulate. I wouldn't recommend it for teens because the writing probably would not hold their attention and would, therefore, be a COMPLETE WASTE OF MONEY/A CREDIT.

I'm almost always able to at least finish a book and I'm not usually so harsh with my reviews, because almost every book has *some* redeeming quality. But seriously, I am astounded by the BADNESS of this book. There are some YA novels which make great listens for people of all ages. This is not one of them. Please, go read something else.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Gameboard of the Gods

  • Age of X, Book 1
  • By: Richelle Mead
  • Narrated by: Emily Shaffer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 591
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542

In a futuristic world nearly destroyed by religious extremists, Justin March lives in exile after failing in his job as an investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims. But Justin is given a second chance when Mae Koskinen comes to bring him back to the Republic of United North America (RUNA). Raised in an aristocratic caste, Mae is now a member of the military's most elite and terrifying tier, a soldier with enhanced reflexes and skills. When Justin and Mae are assigned to work together to solve a string of ritualistic murders, they soon realize that their discoveries have exposed them to terrible danger.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great 2nd Half

  • By Felicia The Geeky Blogger on 06-16-14

I tried...really I did...

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

Reviewed: 07-19-14

I just could not follow this book. At all. I really enjoyed this author's VA and Bloodlines books, I even wrote a 5-star review for Vampire Academy. I bought this book expecting to love it as much as the others, but I just COULD NOT get into it. I've struggled through 15 chapters, but there is just too much going on and not enough backstory. Also, it seems as if the author drew mythology information from many different cultures, but she did nothing to tie it all together.

I think that if the backstory was better-developed I would be writing a positive review. I really hate to give up on books, so I'm going to pick up the book at the library. Maybe the printed version is easier to follow.

  • Reason to Breathe

  • Breathing, Book 1
  • By: Rebecca Donovan
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,022
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,022

In the affluent town of Weslyn, Connecticut, where most people worry about what to be seen in and who to be seen with, Emma Thomas would rather not be seen at all. She’s more concerned with feigning perfection - pulling down her sleeves to conceal the bruises, not wanting anyone to know how far from perfect her life truly is. Without expecting it, she finds love. It challenges her to recognize her own worth - at the risk of revealing the terrible secret she’s desperate to hide.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a great story

  • By Tonya on 07-17-13

Great story...but not for Tweens and younger teens

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

Reviewed: 04-23-14

Audible classifies this book as YA 11-13, but I do not agree. I enjoyed the story, but I found some of the language to be a little abrasive for that age group. I would say it is more appropriate for ages 15 and up.
The plot is engrossing and intense, and because of the subject matter I found myself having to take breaks from this title to listen, read or watch something more cheerful. The narrator is excellent, however, and I will definitely purchase the next book in the series.

  • Vampire Academy

  • Vampire Academy, Book 1
  • By: Richelle Mead
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Wolf
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,843
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,757
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,781

St. Vladimir's Academy isn't just any boarding school - it's a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They've been on the run, but now they're being dragged back to St. Vladimir's - the very place where they're most in danger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Buy it! Vampire fan or not.

  • By Felicity Fairchild on 05-14-09

So much better than I expected!

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

Reviewed: 03-01-14

For literally YEARS, Audible has been listing this book in my recommendations. Every time I saw it, I would scoff and scroll past it. Then a few weeks ago came the fateful day...the day that I was out of credits, out of books to listen to, and broke! I was looking for a cheap, fun read to hold me until my new credits posted, and lo and behold, there was Vampire Academy...again. I think it may have been even cheaper than usual, so I bought it with no expectations. For the first hour or so, I was not impressed. The beginning of the story borders on silliness, but I kept listening because the story was so original and unusual (and again, I was broke and out of credits). After a while, I found myself actually wanting to know what happened next, I found myself smiling as I listened, and a few times I totally burst out laughing.

I don't want to give away any of the story, because I think part of the reason I liked this book so much because I knew NOTHING about it and none of my friends had read it, so I had no spoilers. It's definitely not high art or great literature. It's simply a light, fun, well-written, story that provides some escapist entertainment.

I enjoyed it so much, that I used my next two credits to buy books 2 & 3, then I bought three extra credits so I could get 4, 5 & 6 at a discount! If you like the YA/Fantasy genre, and are an older teen adult, this book is definitely worth a listen. I do not recommend it for teens under 16 because I'm a mom and a prude, and there are some mild sexual situations and plenty of underage drinking. Not to mention the occasional f-bomb. But, c'mon...it's soooo cheap. What do you have to lose?

And if you DO like the book, whatever you do, do NOT see the movie. That's two hours of my life I'll never get back. Instead, buy the next book!

  • Abandon

  • By: Meg Cabot
  • Narrated by: Natalia Payne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Last year, 17-year-old Pierce died - just for a moment. And when she was in the space between life and death, she met John: tall dark and terrifying, it's his job to usher souls from one realm to the next. There's a fierce attraction between them, but Pierce knows that falling for John means a life of shadows and loneliness in the underworld....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Love the Story, Hate the Narrator

  • By Kindle Customer on 07-18-12

'Abandon' hope, all ye who purchase this book...

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

Reviewed: 07-18-12

I had high hopes for this book because I had heard good things about the author and the synopsis interested me. But I didn't make it 10 minutes into this book before I wanted to stop! The narrator is dull and bland, she had absolutely no emotion at all. And the story is so disjointed. The author does little to introduce the main characters or set up the plot...I literally felt like I was dropped into the middle of a book and given no backstory. I tried to keep listening, but after an hour and a half the novel was still so poorly developed that I had to turn it off.

  • City of Fallen Angels

  • The Mortal Instruments, Book 4
  • By: Cassandra Clare
  • Narrated by: Ed Westwick, Molly C. Quinn
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,167
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,373
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,418

City of Fallen Angels take up where City of Glass left off. With Valentine out of the way, Clary thought she and Jace could finally be together--but when someone starts murdering the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine's Circle and leaving their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to destroy the new peace between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, she realizes the past can never be left entirely behind.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • HATE that female reader!

  • By Snow*Bear on 08-28-13

WARNING: HORRIBLE NARRATORS

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-08-11

I was so excited for this book, but my excitement turned to disappointment when I heard the first narrator. Did anyone listen to this before it was released?? Obviously not. The voice the male narrator uses for Simon sounds sounds like a cross between a Brit with a sore throat and Marlon Brando in the Godfather. And the female sounds like a third grader giving an oral book report.

If I were not so busy, I would have just given up on this production, bought the hard copy, and read this AWESOME book the old-fashioned way.

89 of 96 people found this review helpful

  • Uglies

  • Uglies, Book 1
  • By: Scott Westerfeld
  • Narrated by: Carine Montbertrand
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,129
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 838
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 848

Tally Youngblood is quickly approaching her 16th birthday and the mandatory pretty-making surgery that accompanies it. But Tally isn't sure if she wants to be a placidly happy Pretty. When a top secret organization threatens her with remaining Ugly forever, she reluctantly spies on the rebels who have refused the surgery. They think it changes more than just looks and are working on a cure. But they need someone to become Pretty to test it out.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpectedly enjoyable

  • By Cather on 08-24-08

Not for adults...

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-09-10

I downloaded this book because I have been reading and enjoying the recent rash of surprisingly good Young Adult fiction (Twilight, The Hunger Games, City of Bones, etc). This book was not on par with those--it lacked the wit and sophistication of those other books. I was only able to make it through the first three chapters of Uglies. If you are over the age of 14, I recommend you not waste your credit on this one, it is most definitely written for children and younger teens.

2 of 10 people found this review helpful