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  • Guilty Pleasures

  • Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Book 1
  • By: Laurell K. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Alexis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,852
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,191

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

Overall
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 10,746
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,650
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,609

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.

  • Power of Five: Reverse Harem Fantasy

  • Power of Five Series, Book 1
  • By: Alex Lidell
  • Narrated by: Victoria Mei
  • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 307
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 303

Orphaned and sold to a harsh master, Lera's life is about mucking stalls, avoiding her master's advances, and steering clear of the mystical forest separating the mortal and fae worlds. Only fools venture into the immortal realms, and only dark rumors come out... Until four powerful fae warriors appear at Lera's barn. River, Coal, Tye, and Shade have waited a decade for their new fifth to be chosen, the wounds from their quint brother's loss still raw. But the magic has played a cruel trick, bonding the four immortal warriors to... a female. A mortal female. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More PNR fantasy than sexy-times fantasy

  • By JaxJournalist on 06-06-18

Mortal woman becomes part of bonded male group

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

Reviewed: 06-18-18

I have read many of Alex Lidell's books. This steps out of the YA realm completely. The performance by the narrator is incredible. All of the voices are distinct. This is hard when you have to have 5 distinct male voices that are interacting constantly.

I really enjoyed the story. It is a reverse harem romance and if you are offended by multiple people falling in love with one person and one person falling in love with multiple people- this is NOT the book for you. If you are into love stories- you will like this one immensely. The story is well written. The plot is unexpected. The characters have depth. I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.

An enjoyable listen and probably NSFW.

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  • War and Wind

  • Tides, Book 2
  • By: Alex Lidell
  • Narrated by: Kaitlin Bellamy
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24

A cowardly captain. An incompetent crew. A mission she can't fail. Nile and her small band of loyal midshipmen saved the ship, and Captain Rima might just kill them for it... one young officer at a time. No one and nothing on the Aurora is safe anymore, least of all Nile's explosive secrets or her connection with Domenic, which vibrates between them like a cutlass speared into the deck. When the shifting tide of war suddenly turns Aurora's backwater outpost into a vital battleground, Nile faces an impossible choice between duty and freedom. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Narration!!!

  • By Chelsea Smith on 09-06-18

A good sequel in the Tides Series

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

This was a good book. The first one felt like it had more action and adventure. I don't know if I'll come back again to listen to this one again, but it is a vital part of the story. The narration again is wonderful Basically Nile is very much the angsty teen in this book, you have been warned. The character development is moving along and the mid book climax is one for the books! Like many other reviewers I think we could have ended it here and been happy as readers- but I'm excited to see where the author takes book 3 and what new challenges Nile and the crew will face. A good book overall, a good listen, and I'll be back for book #3. I received this book in exchange for my honest review.

  • Obsidio

  • The Illuminae Files, Book 3
  • By: Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
  • Narrated by: Olivia Taylor Dudley, Carla Corvo, full cast
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,034
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 972
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 971

Kady, Ezra, Hanna, and Nik narrowly escaped with their lives from the attacks on Heimdall station and now find themselves crammed with 2,000 refugees on the container ship Mao. With the jump station destroyed and their resources scarce, the only option is to return to Kerenza - but who knows what they'll find seven months after the invasion? Meanwhile Kady's cousin, Asha, survived the initial BeiTech assault and has joined Kerenza's ragtag underground resistance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Meant to be an Audio Book

  • By Darian on 03-18-18

It's like watching an incredible movie

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

The finale to the illuminate files is not to be missed. It's like watching an incredible movie. The authors do a great job of combining their styles to create a cast of characters that, like the last 2 books, you become so attached to. You want them to succeed against all odds, knowing that the likelihood is slim. Young people deal with the same emotions as adults and realistically, those emotions are magnified. I totally would have read this series as a young adult and been fine with the adult language and themes; I have to keep reminding myself of that as an adult. This book has new characters, getting to see a side of Baytech we haven't seen previously, and more twists and turns than you can imagine. Be aware- you will be sucked in the whole time, so set aside a day to just listen.

  • Only Human

  • By: Sylvain Neuvel
  • Narrated by: William Hope, Charlie Anson, Laurence Bouvard, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 818
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 771
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 771

Brilliant scientist Rose Franklin has devoted her adult life to solving the mystery she accidentally stumbled upon as a child: a huge metal hand buried beneath the ground outside Deadwood, South Dakota. The discovery set in motion a cataclysmic chain of events with geopolitical ramifications. Rose and the Earth Defense Corps raced to master the enigmatic technology, as giant robots suddenly descended on Earth's most populous cities, killing one hundred million people in the process.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • casting error detracts severely, but a good story

  • By Deborah on 05-02-18

Required listening for all

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

I can't stop recommending this book to people. Why? Because it should be a required listen for everyone. The story resonates with the world we live in today. The narration, as usual, is incredible- I love multiple narrators. When I switch back and forth with the paperback version I still hear the characters, as portrayed in the audio copy. This would not be easy to pick up without having read the first two books, however I think this book should be required for everyone. It may take place on an earth where giant robots from another planet can drop in whenever they choose, but the themes are the same as what we live with here and now, but magnified. If this was required reading- maybe we would have a population of sane, competent people who understand that people are flawed, but we are all alike in the fact that we are, only human. I can't stop thinking about this book and the impact it had on me. Get it. You won't be disappointed.

  • The Book of Five Rings

  • By: Miyamoto Musashi
  • Narrated by: Kevin Collins
  • Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

I have been many years training in the way of strategy, called Ni Ten Ichi Ryu, and now, I think I will explain it for the first time. It is now during the first 10 days of the 10th month in the 20th year of Kanei (1645). I have climbed mountain Iwato of Higo in Kyushu to pay homage to heaven, pray to Kwannon, and kneel before Buddha. I am a warrior of Harima province, Shinmen Musashi No Kami Fujiwara No Geshin, age 60 years. With the virtue of strategy, I practice many arts and abilities - all things with no teacher.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Must for All Martial Artists

  • By Son of Odin on 04-06-18

A classic

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

The Book of Five Rings is a classic. It's a life book. It's a management book. It should be required reading for everyone. Why? Life lessons people. Confrontation and communication are key parts to the human narrative. If we each remembered to listen to this book yearly, a lot of that confrontation and communication would happen in a more insightful and clear way. I received this book in return for my honest review.

  • Rapture

  • Titan Series, Book 1
  • By: Renee Field
  • Narrated by: Gemma Novak, Keith Cook
  • Length: 12 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Mermen aren't real. That's what biologist Jamie Winters thinks until a gorgeous Greek god enters her life and drowns her, forcing her to rapture into a Siren. Used to logic, she can't quite come to terms with Seth Cutter's magical undersea realm or the fact that he's a macho Titan. Being a Siren causes Jamie's hormones to go into overdrive, which isn't good when she realizes that's exactly what Seth was hoping for. Sure, the sex is out of this world, but she's not about to change her character.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • rapture indeed

  • By seelk on 07-27-18

Held me captive till the end

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

First, I want to say that I thought this was going to be a fluff piece. I was wrong. I thought oh, cute story that will be easy to listen to on the plane to and from Florida. It was easy to listen to- definitely. It was cute, yes. But it was so much more than that. All of us have been in the position to be blindsided by people from our past. All of us have the ability to fall in love and to have it be so strong we want to take that next step immediately. We don't want to lose the things precious to us. If you are in the mood for a love story with some bite and real emotions, this book is for you. I received this book in return for my honest review.


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  • One Summer in Montmartre

  • By: Teagan Kearney
  • Narrated by: Nano Nagle
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

Grieving over the death of her son, and with her marriage in trouble, Anna's life is falling apart. When a long-hidden love letter is discovered in the back of her favorite painting, she seizes the opportunity to go to Paris. Intending to research Hélène, the mysterious recipient of the letter, she is thrown together with the arrogant François. Dependent on his help, Anna realizes the tension between them is attraction. Should she continue a lifetime of playing it safe or listen to her heart? If you enjoy perceptive, complex stories exploring the rich variety of human emotions, you'll love this beautifully poignant love story.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Parisian Affair

  • By Teresa on 07-18-18

A love story that's human

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

Reviewed: 04-30-18

Everyone loves a good love story right? Long lost love letters? Even better. The reading of the letters was my favorite part. The characters were brought to life in a way that made them seem real and human. Sacrifice is such a hard topic to bring up in books. Often it is exaggerated to the point of being uncompromising. One Summer In Montmartre does a great job of keeping it human and accessible. Family is such a strong focal point of this book again in a way that is relatable. Everyone deals with kids who don't seem to connect with their parents or family members. I love how truly relatable this story is and weaves together so many great aspects of what makes us human; love, loss, grief, strength, and family. I received this book in return for my unbiased review.