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  • The Sun Is Also a Star

  • By: Nicola Yoon
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin, Raymond Lee, Dominic Hoffman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,396
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,263

I'm a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I'm definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is 12 hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won't be my story.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written love story

  • By BookLuvr73 on 12-16-16

Sweet Little Book

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

Reviewed: 12-15-16

This is a sweet little book of a Jamaican girl about to be deported who by happenstance meets a Korean-American boy, conflicted about his path in life. Both fall in love in the span of a few hours. Her writing style is solid, but this one is okay in comparison to "Everything, Everything". The story is implausible and the female narrator was annoying. Overall, a cute story, but not as great as it was hyped to be. Still worth the credit.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Dumplin'

  • By: Julie Murphy
  • Narrated by: Eileen Stevens
  • Length: 9 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,002
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 928
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 935

Dubbed "Dumplin'" by her former beauty queen mom, Willowdean has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American-beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked...until Will takes a job at Harpy's, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn't surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I could read it again and again

  • By tessa on 09-19-16

Wanted to Like it, but

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

Reviewed: 11-21-16

it was childishly written and saccharin. The message of being confident regardless of your appearance is a needed and positive one, but the story is conflicted at several points, sending mixed, unrealistic signals. There's no development between the main love interests and you're left scratching your head as to why these people got together; seemed forced. The narrator plucks the nerves and this book is just an over-hyped mess. Julie Murphy seems like a lovely person, but that's not reason enough to make the purchase. Wow, can social media pump up the volume on an otherwise tiresome book.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Shift Omnibus Edition

  • Shift 1-3, Silo Saga
  • By: Hugh Howey
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,724
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,280
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,310

In 2007, the Center for Automation in Nanobiotech (CAN) outlined the hardware and software platform that would one day allow robots smaller than human cells to make medical diagnoses, conduct repairs, and even self-propagate. In the same year, a simple pill, it had been discovered, could wipe out the memory of any traumatic event. At almost the same moment in humanity's broad history, mankind had discovered the means for bringing about its utter downfall - and the ability to forget it ever happened.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Back to where it all started

  • By Lore on 07-05-17

Ask Yourself Before You Buy...

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

Reviewed: 11-21-16

Is this the book for you? If you're considering "Shift" chances are you read and liked "Wool". I don't like sci-fi and have little patience for immensely long books, but enjoyed this one. Know the book is extremely slow to develop, written in the third person narrator, and jumps time periods-causing a little confusion. Brush up on the key points of the first book if it's been a while.

It's worth the trip to continue this story to the days days before "it" happened with the character Donald and his unwitting role in the machinations of a corrupt political agenda. At the very end, the characters and premise from the first book finally merge.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Holding Up the Universe

  • By: Jennifer Niven
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie, Robbie Daymond
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 405
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed "America's Fattest Teen". But no one's taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom's death, she's been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now Libby's ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent Story

  • By Sophie Beever on 04-01-17

We Need Diverse Books

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

Reviewed: 11-13-16

Niven follows the movement and offers an obese heroine and a hero with prosopagnosia. In the world of YA, her writing style is engaging as was this book. Her first, All the Bright Places, was amazing. This one is interesting, but lacks the connection between the two main characters. They just started liking each other after a rather traumatizing beginning and I never understood why. Seemed a little forced.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Carry On

  • By: Rainbow Rowell
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,349
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,353

Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who's ever been chosen. That's what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he's probably right. Half the time Simon can't even make his wand work, and the other half he starts something on fire. His mentor's avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there's a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon's face.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So glad I stumbled into this

  • By JM on 10-11-15

Rowell Always Gets it Right

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

Reviewed: 10-08-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Carry On to be better than the print version?

Yes. The narrators made the book sound far better than it would have in my head. I've found they can make or break a book and this one was cast well.

What did you like best about this story?

Didn't buy this book at first, not interested in a Harry Potteresque story and wasn't sure it would be as good as her others. I am happy to be wrong. I liked how Simon's magic was unpredictable he's far from perfect and his nemesis, Baz is sardonically witty. The ending was a nice surprise, Rowell strayed from a predictable conclusion.

What about Euan Morton’s performance did you like?

His voices were spot on. Baz sounded broody, bored, and slightly antagonistic. Loved it.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Conspiracy of Us

  • By: Maggie Hall
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 863
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 795
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 796

Avery West's newfound family can shut down Prada when they want to shop in peace, and can just as easily order a bombing when they want to start a war. Part of a powerful and dangerous secret society called the Circle, they believe Avery is the key to an ancient prophecy. Some want to use her as a pawn. Some want her dead. To unravel the mystery putting her life in danger, Avery must follow a trail of clues from the monuments of Paris to the back alleys of Istanbul with two boys who work for the Circle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hooked on Julia Whelan

  • By Katie - Audible on 06-04-15

A Little Ludicrous

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

Reviewed: 09-15-16

What disappointed you about The Conspiracy of Us?

Promising start, but it just became so over-the-top cheesy. The outsider kept in secret about her place as one of the most powerful and important people in the world was frankly sad and predictable. The love triangle was silly as was the entire book.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

What aspect of Julia Whelan’s performance would you have changed?

I didn't like her male voices.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No.

Any additional comments?

Skip it, even on sale.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Graveyard Book

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,591
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,924
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,939

Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful!

  • By Paula A Ford on 12-13-09

Fantastical!

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

Reviewed: 06-24-16

Where does The Graveyard Book rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the world of fantasy, in the top 3.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Graveyard Book?

The tale of the witch. You're not quite sure of her intentions and she evolves from her story to play an interesting and surprising part in the next.

Which scene was your favorite?

They were all spectacular. To give too much detail would ruin all the delightful surprises.

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

I was so surprised how wonderful the story, writing, and narration were. I'd read another of Gaiman's books several years ago and was intrigued, but think I misunderstood the genre. Bought this on sale and absolutely love this/him.

Any additional comments?

I'm so late to the party on Gaiman's books and can't wait to catch up. He truly creates another world so odd and glorious. Excited to delve into the others.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Highly Illogical Behavior

  • By: John Corey Whaley
  • Narrated by: Robbie Daymond, Julia Whelan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177

Sixteen-year-old Solomon is agoraphobic. He hasn't left the house in three years, which is fine by him. Ambitious Lisa desperately wants to get into the second-best psychology program for college (she's being realistic). But how can she prove she deserves a spot there? Solomon is the answer. Determined to "fix" Sol, Lisa thrusts herself into his life, introducing him to her charming boyfriend, Clark, and confiding her fears in him. Soon all three teens are far closer than they thought they'd be, and when their facades fall down, their friendships threaten to collapse as well.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It's illogical not to give this a try

  • By FanB14 on 06-24-16

It's illogical not to give this a try

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

Reviewed: 06-24-16

I adore John Corey Whaley, so listened to this one right away. His writing is funny, at times, self-deprecating, and non-verbose. He's not a wordy writer, everything is precise.

Solomon is a high functioning boy, suffering from agoraphobia with two loving parents and a grandmother. The panic attack involving a fountain a few years prior pushed him to stay at home and Lisa, the girl who was closest to the scene hasn't forgotten him since. She enters his life with slightly dubious motives; using him as a project for her admission essay while helping him in the process. You can guess what happens next, but Whaley takes the story from predictable plot to a step above infused with his humor. By the end of the book, I loved all the characters and bought into the story.

If you've read his other novel, "Where Things Come Back," this is a true departure as the other was extremely and wonderfully odd with a few twists and parallel stories. This book is more straight-forward and down-to-earth. Both are from the mind of a talented young writer.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Sweetbitter

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephanie Danler
  • Narrated by: Alex McKenna
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,581
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,439
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,441

Shot from a mundane, provincial past, Tess comes to New York in the stifling summer of 2006. Alone, knowing no one, living in a rented room in Williamsburg, she manages to land a job as a backwaiter at a celebrated downtown Manhattan restaurant. This begins the year we spend with Tess as she starts to navigate the chaotic, enchanting, punishing, and privileged life she has chosen as well as the remorseless and luminous city around her. What follows is her education.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Set Your Expectations Accordingly

  • By FanB14 on 06-24-16

Set Your Expectations Accordingly

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

Reviewed: 06-24-16

This book is touted as one of the stellar releases of 2016, so myriad sources state. Several call it a "coming of age" story, conjuring up images of a sweet YA novel. This is not the case.

Tess, or Fluffer as she's called, is an English grad looking for a job in Manhattan because "it was the only option." She doesn't want to be an actress, Broadway star, writer, publisher, etc. A low level job at a top rated restaurant is her first experience. This is a story of a 23 year old navigating the world of excess drinking, drug use, backstabbing, and sexual awakening. Know that before you listen.

The number of negative reviews surprised me. Maybe they were disappointed the book wasn't what they were expecting? Perhaps I have bad taste? I'll tell you why I like it.

What seems like a silly surface story of a naive girl in NYC is just window dressing for the selective, succulent language. I'm a pushover for any writer who can throw in the 500 SAT/GRE word list and have it come out in a non-pretentious, effortless flow, enhancing the story. This is the sumptuous story of Tess coming alive through her sense of knowledge and taste. The condescending, arrogant, yet seductive Simone opens up a world of fine wine and introduces Tess to the subtle differences between figs, oysters, duck, etc. we never notice or take for granted. You're immersed in the life that is the restaurant world and if you've worked in this field, some of it will feel familiar. They sit down for family meal and learn about the specials for the day. The cook is an aloof dictator; the manager likes the girls; fingers are pointed when things go wrong; some will do anything to get promoted. Everyone stays up late after, go out for drinks, take drugs, and sleeps together. The customers can be arrogant, funny, or treat you like a commoner. This may not be the book for you. It wasn't what I was expecting, but the turn of phrase, analogies, and unbridled confidence with which Tess exits this story made it a great listen for me.

As for the narrator, I found her voice raspy, unsure, pouty, sensuous, and at times confident, just bringing Tess into perfect focus. Since there are several negative slams of her, listen to the entire sample before you decide. She also narrates the YA novel, "Every Day" and I enjoyed her voice there, too.




30 of 31 people found this review helpful

  • Imaginary Girls

  • By: Nova Ren Suma
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Nova Ren Suma bursts onto the young adult scene with this tantalizing debut novel. During a drunken party - hosted by her beloved sister Ruby - 14-year-old Chloe discovers a dead body floating in the reservoir. Sent away for two years, Chloe returns to face unsettling surprises, including a disturbing truth that Ruby has been suppressing.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not even close to The Walls Around Us

  • By FanB14 on 04-04-16

Not even close to The Walls Around Us

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

Reviewed: 04-04-16

I have a new writer crush on Nova Ren Suma. After rereading her latest, The Walls Around Us, thought I'd check out an earlier novel. It's listenable, but not as well developed, taking a long time to tell us what we knew would happen at the conclusion. The main character, Ruby is an unlikable tall tale of a shrew. Had to listen to how cool she was, but never felt why everyone was so awed and frightened by her; especially her sister. Don't like giving a negative review of a talented writer, but also don't want anyone who may read this to spend their hard earned, expensive credit on Imaginary Girls, either.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful