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  • The Hybrid Author Mindset

  • The Totally Honest, No BS, Myth-Busting, Realistic, Non-Politically Correct Guide to Succeeding at Publishing Traditionally and Independently
  • By: Vincent Zandri
  • Narrated by: Andrew B. Wehrlen
  • Length: 1 hr and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

From New York Times, USA Today, and Amazon overall number-one best-selling thriller and Shamus Award-winning author Vincent Zandri comes a quick, to-the-point listen about making it as a full-time hybrid author. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must for New Authors!

  • By Shannon G on 11-19-18

Every aspiring author should listen to this

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

Reviewed: 11-27-18

I've penned a book. I have 2 more in the works and thought hmmm, what in the world is the hybrid author mindset? Thank goodness I listened to this book! The author does a great job of making sure you understand the differences between traditional publishing and what he refers to as hybrid publishing. Instant gratification vs. long term reward. I love that the author used his own experiences to pave the way. Publishing is a cut-throat business. One day you are in and the next day people have forgotten about you. The author does a great job of explaining and giving examples of how to make sure that doesn't happen to you. Every aspiring author should listen to this and know that they have options in how they publish, With today's technology the sky is the limit and hybrid authors are becoming more and more common. I'm going to be a hybrid author after listening to this book. I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

  • You're Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)

  • A Memoir
  • By: Felicia Day
  • Narrated by: Felicia Day, Joss Whedon - foreword
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,048
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,609
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,578

In the tradition of #Girlboss and Mindy Kaling's Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, a funny, quirky, and inspiring memoir from online entertainment mogul, actress, and "queen of the geeks" Felicia Day about her unusual upbringing, her rise to Internet stardom, and embracing her individuality to find success in Hollywood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't dismiss this one out of hand!

  • By John S. on 09-09-15

A must listen

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

Reviewed: 11-27-18

This is hands down one of the best titles I've listened to all year. It is going to be one of the titles I'm constantly recommending to people. I loved getting a behind the curtain look at Felicia Day's life. She's fascinating in so many more ways than I initially thought. She's funny and sharp and utterly self-deprecating. I'm pretty sure people who saw me laughing hysterically at the airport thought I'd lost my mind. Not only is this book smart and funny, it tells a tale of hard work paying off and the struggle with how to fit into this crazy world is constant. Oh, and the author reads it which is a total win in my book. It's always better to hear someone read their own auto-biographical book. Get this book. That is all.

  • Hi Bob!

  • By: Bob Newhart
  • Narrated by: Will Ferrell, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,810
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,094
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,013

In Hi Bob!, American icon Bob Newhart gets together one-on-one with a handpicked cohort of luminaries in the world of entertainment, whom he happens to be friends with. Bob gets deep with each performer about their aspirations, their careers, how they got started, and how they grew to be where they are today. They make TV shows, movies, or albums, but they all like telling stories.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really well edited, funny, sincere

  • By RCC on 09-24-18

One of my favorite listens of the year

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

This was one of my favorite listens of the year, hands down. Prior to this I knew of Bob Newhart as his character on The Big Bang Theory, that was all. I had no idea he was this incredibly warm comedian who had won so many awards. I have always been a fan of multiple narrators but this is mostly conversations between Bob and his friends, who also happen to be comedians. There are parts that are laugh out loud funny and others that have you contemplating the meaning of life. All in all I love the format, the content, and the narration. It really feels as if you are in someone's living room listening to Bob talk to friends of his.

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  • Girl, Wash Your Face

  • Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be
  • By: Rachel Hollis
  • Narrated by: Rachel Hollis
  • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,202
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,878
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,732

As the founder of the lifestyle website TheChicSite.com and CEO of her own media company, Rachel Hollis developed an immense online community by sharing tips for better living while fearlessly revealing the messiness of her own life. Now, in this challenging and inspiring new book, Rachel exposes the 20 lies and misconceptions that too often hold us back from living joyfully and productively.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • More for women who are mothers

  • By MeredithNCSU girl on 04-07-18

The best pep talk for women

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

I listened to this book a chapter or two at a time, each morning until I finished it today. I love her voice and I love when nonfiction authors narrate their own books. I think it lends a lot of authenticity to the listen. This book is an in your face pep talk for women. I'm sure men could get a lot out of it as well, but realistically it was written for women. There are religious overtones and that works well for some people. I can still enjoy it, even with the God piece. It is clearly important to her and she is speaking her truth. She is funny and many of the personal anecdotes made me laugh out loud. I would listen to this on the way to work in the mornings and get strange looks from people on the highway who caught me laughing hysterically about something Rachel said. This is a dream big, chase your dreams, motherhood is great in all it's forms, have some balance in your life book- and it was great. I look forward to her next book.

  • Spinning Silver

  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,508
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,420
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,410

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father's inability to collect his debts has left his family on the edge of poverty - until Miryem takes matters into her own hands. Hardening her heart, the young woman sets out to claim what is owed and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold. When an ill-advised boast draws the attention of the king of the Staryk - grim fey creatures who seem more ice than flesh - Miryem's fate, and that of two kingdoms, will be forever altered. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • great story but character voices all sound same

  • By Karen Carlson on 11-17-18

Naomi does it again

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

I loved this book. I loved it so much. I both read and listened to it. In my head the accent is much less pronounced, so switching from the voices in my head to the narrators voice was a little jarring. That's entirely on me, not on the narrator. The narration is fantastic. The story is 5 stars. The author does a great job of making characters completely believable and yet they have actual depth. I either love or hate fairytale retellings. This one I love. I look forward to coming back to it again and again.

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  • A Court of Frost and Starlight

  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Amanda Leigh Cobb
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,880
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,742
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,738

Months after the explosive events in A Court of Wings and Ruin, Feyre, Rhys, and their companions are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can't keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated - scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bring Jennifer Ikeda back

  • By Lori on 05-03-18

Another knockout for SJ Mass

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

For many authors this is a full length book, for Sarah J Mass this is more of a novella. Oftentimes in a series you get to the end and go "I wonder what happens next?". A Court of Frost and Starlight is the what happens next. It is what happens when the war is over and you have to rebuild your life from what you thought you would never get to have. It is sweet, steamy, heartfelt, and has a strong story of redemption. It is another knockout for Sarah J Mass. I can't wait to see where the story goes from here.

  • Rich People Problems

  • A Novel
  • By: Kevin Kwan
  • Narrated by: Lydia Look
  • Length: 16 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,041
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,642
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,623

When Nicholas Young hears that his grandmother, Su Yi, is on her deathbed, he rushes to be by her bedside - but he's not alone. The entire Shang-Young clan has convened from all corners of the globe to stake claim on their matriarch's massive fortune. With each family member vying to inherit Tyersall Park - a trophy estate on 64 prime acres in the heart of Singapore - Nicholas' childhood home turns into a hotbed of speculation and sabotage.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as the first

  • By Dara W. on 06-07-17

Best in the series

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

For me, this was the best book in the series. I love Nick and Rachel, but seeing how the stories of the characters surrounding them intertwine make their story so much richer. I loved learning more about Ama and her story. Seeing other characters get happily ever afters was wonderful. This book wraps up the story into a neat bow and really gives a cultural punch.

  • Guilty Pleasures

  • An Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter Novel
  • By: Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Alexis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,920
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,252
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,254

Published almost 10 years ago, Guilty Pleasures marked the debut of a writer who was destined to grow from cult favorite to a major bestselling author. Now, for long-time Anita Blake aficionados and newfound fans, Guilty Pleasures makes its debut in downloadable audio

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Narration is just plain awful!!!

  • By NiceGirlsBkBlog on 09-03-09

Hooks you from the start

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

I've read Laurell K Hamilton's other series multiple times, but this was my first jaunt into the Anita Blake series. I can say that I'm now hooked on this series too. There is a lot of implied violence in this first book and it is more horror/paranormal than I was expecting. If you often do other tasks while listening, you will find yourself either lost in the story(and not doing the other task) or lost because you were focused on something else. This is a complex audiobook that needs your full attention to follow the story. I finished this and immediately purchased the next book in the series, that's how good Guilty Pleasures is.

  • The Two-Plate Solution

  • A Novel of Culinary Mayhem in the Middle East
  • By: Jeff Oliver
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Hansen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9

Follow a diverse cast of young talented chefs as they compete in a high-stakes TV cooking competition set in Israel. Their culinary foes: fake “terrorists” brought in by the producers - that is, until some actual terrorists show up on set, and the producers must scramble to either integrate them into the show or risk death.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A tasty dish

  • By cosmitron on 07-18-18

Hells Kitchen X 1000

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

If you are a fan of Hell's Kitchen, Chopped, or Cut Throat Kitchen: You will enjoy this audiobook. With big personalities and even bigger ambitions a crew of culinary contestants must battle each other and some very unexpected guests to win it all. It kept me on my toes the whole time, not knowing what twist would be thrown at the contestants next. My only qualm was the narration. I listened to the sample and thought I could handle it, but after so many hours the narration can become a little grating. Listen to the sample before deciding to buy the audio copy. The story and characters are fantastic. It's a great beach listen. Although, people may look at you funny for laughing out loud, it's worth it. I received this book in return for my unbiased review.

  • Crazy Rich Asians

  • By: Kevin Kwan
  • Narrated by: Lynn Chen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,555
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,259
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,213

Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just Okay

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-06-18

Tantalizing look inside the world you don't know

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I got both the kindle and audio versions of this book. I enjoyed the audio version more mostly because of pronunciations. There are a lot of terms in this book(both asian language and brands) that I have never heard pronounced before. It is much better with someone saying them for you instead of you trying to figure out how the word sounds.

Overall this was a good listen. The story is enjoyable and rooting for a happy ending has never been easier- but there are so many things in the way of the happily ever after and THAT's what makes this book fun.