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  • A Mind of Her Own

  • By: Paula McLain
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13,718
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,339
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,313

Paris, 1893. Twenty-five-year-old Marie Sklodowska is studying science at the Sorbonne - one of the only universities in the world that has begun to admit women. A thousand miles from her native Poland, with no money and the odds stacked against any woman daring to pursue a career in such a rigorous field, Marie throws herself into her studies. She's certain that to succeed in a man's world, she will have to go it alone. Her meticulous plans get thrown slightly off-course when Marie attracts the attention of an accomplished young physicist, himself on the precipice of greatness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Based on a true story

  • By Kingsley on 03-01-19

Far too short

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

Reviewed: 03-30-19

1 hour and 15 minutes of the way Dr. Marie Curie was portrayed here is not nearly enough. But it was sweet, realistic, quirky and just right. Warm, warm recommendations from here!

  • Royally Screwed

  • By: Emma Chase
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Shane East
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,577
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,306
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,296

Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crowned Prince of Wessco, aka His Royal Hotness, is wickedly charming, devastatingly handsome, and unabashedly arrogant - hard not to be when people are constantly bowing down to you. Then, one snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark-haired beauty who doesn't bow down. Instead she throws a pie in his face.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A TRUE ADULT FAIRYTALE

  • By Vicki on 10-24-16

A solid listen

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

Reviewed: 02-23-19

The story itself was.. nice. All in all, there's not much inherently wrong with this book. It just didn't blow my mind, either. The narration was well executed, but Shane's change of tone between Henry and Nicolas wasn't too impressive. Andi did well.
But nothing spectacular, either. If you enjoy having the voices essentially seem invisible, this is a decent take on it, though.

Mind you, this review is written literally 30 seconds after finishing the book, and my excitement isn't all that high. In fact, I'm left with a couple questions, most of which revolve around the decision at the press conference near the end (I'm trying to keep this spoiler free) Why would he give it up so easily? It's just unrealistic.

  • Slow Burn

  • Lost Kings MC series, Book 1
  • By: Autumn Jones Lake
  • Narrated by: Noelle Bridges, Troy Duran
  • Length: 6 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

President of the Lost Kings MC, Rochlan "Rock" North hasn't managed to find a woman capable of making him want to curb his wild ways - until he meets sweet, innocent, married lawyer Hope Kendall.
Forced to represent the outlaw biker, Hope is rattled by her immediate attraction to Rock. Hope is a good girl in a good marriage. Rock thrills her, but she's not going to throw away everything she's built on a fling with her criminal client. Rock respects Hope enough to leave her alone, even as he realizes he's become a little obsessed with her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this book!

  • By Rogue_Empress on 05-16-18

Love, love, love!

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

Character development and a real plot! Hurray!

Rock was a pleasure to hear about, truly. Troy Duran's amazing voice really fits him. Neither character is perfect, and they have obvious, yet realistic flaws. The time frame is realistic, too; they don't just fuck, have a kid and get married in 3 months like a generic storyline often works for (this is not a spoiler, by the way. Genuinely just an example). No, there was a real plot here. You truly feel the importance of club life for Rock, and Hope's loyalty, inner turmoil and intelligence - Hope isn't a damsel in distress being saved by the "big, bad but not-so-secretly romantic MC President" and then swooped off her feet to whatever wonderful life lies ahead. We really get a story.

Even side characters like Sophie, Bricks and Trinity were given some love by the author. They had real personalities and weren't just flat stereotypes. It's really difficult to get this kind of character development right, but it happened!
I've listened to this one multiple times, and every time I find myself falling in love with these characters, the mc, the dynamics and the storyline. Even though I know the progression by heart, the narrators make it sound interesting.

Now, Troy Duran has one hell of a voice for this, but so does Noelle Bridges. She truly fits Hope's character and has the perfect speed - you get to follow along nicely, yet it doesn't go too slow so you get bored (and I'm easily bored, so this says a lot). The tone and emotions she pins on Hope are perfect for her, just like Duran's voice fits Rock.

All in all, I cannot recommend this book enough! If you're new to genre like I was when I first got it, you'll have your expectations set high. I have yet to find a book as good as this one - and I'm picky.

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  • Ghost

  • Lords of Carnage MC Series, Book 1
  • By: Daphne Loveling
  • Narrated by: Troy Duran, Jillian Macie
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 62

They call me Ghost for a reason. Silent and in the shadows, I don't make my move until I am absolutely sure of everything. Four years ago I was sure about Jenna. My best friend's kid sister had grown up into a spitfire I couldn't resist. One night we stopped resisting. We promised we'd keep it a secret. It was a one-time mistake, but we'd put it behind us. Jenna tried to get out of our corrupt town, but it pulled her back in again. Now she needs help. I'll do all of that for her, if she'll just shut the hell up and let me. She can even keep all of her secrets, except for one.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story

  • By Fay on 09-28-18

Flat characters and more

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

Reviewed: 02-06-19

All in all, Ghost is a decent book.

What I was really missing was character development!
Not a lot was put into making the characters have in-depth character traits, and were honestly rather flat. The story had potential, but seemed superficial. There were no dynamic relationships that went back and forth, and it seemed like you were just meant to accept "oh, so this is happening now". Besides, it was pretty predictable. And the Iron Spiders? Why didn't we hear more about them? There was a real potential there.

Now, for the narrators:
Troy Duran did what he could with the flat character he was given. It was probably the best part of the story, but a shame to have such a good narrator talk for a mediocre character. The not-too-obvious emotions were there as always, and he did a fine job!
Jillian Macie was too slow. It felt like she was sleepy the entire time, and it really slowed down the pace of a supposedly exciting book, which ruined it for me - and considering she has the most chapters, this part is important.



SPOILER:
She got over the murder too quickly. Seemed unrealistic.And her fear about Noah being Casper's child were exaggerated, so it actually made me frustrated with her in a way that did not compliment the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful