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Los Angeles, CA, United States
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  • Into the Light

  • By: Aleatha Romig
  • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins, Erin deWard, Noah Michael Levine
  • Length: 13 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,584
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,445
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,447

Sara Adams awakes blind, unable to remember the most basic details of her life, but her darkness seems a blessing when she discovers the terrors of The Light. Stella Montgomery investigates the news from the mean streets of Detroit, where she's noticed a disturbing trend: Young women are vanishing. When her best friend disappears, Stella digs for answers - despite warnings from her police detective boyfriend - following a twisted trail that leads her through the city's most dangerous and forsaken precincts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very thought provoking... And disturbing...

  • By shelley on 09-30-16

Rape Porn

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

Reviewed: 01-26-17

I thought I was buying an intriguing mystery, but it turns out to be a bodice ripper featuring sex with impaired consent and brainwashing. I hope in the end it turns out that the perpetrator and his conspirators are brought to justice, and the woman who is brainwashed and then raped is able to break free of her captors, but given the steamy romance novel treatment of their "love making" I am guessing this is not the case, and I won't be finishing the book.

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • The Art Forger

  • By: B. A. Shapiro
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,083
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,761
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,754

Making a living reproducing famous artworks for a popular online retailer and desperate to improve her situation, Claire is lured into a Faustian bargain with Aiden Markel, a powerful gallery owner. She agrees to forge a painting - a Degas masterpiece stolen from the Gardner Museum - in exchange for a one-woman show in his renowned gallery. But when that very same long-missing Degas painting is delivered to Claire's studio, she begins to suspect that it may itself be a forgery. Her desperate search for the truth leads Claire into a labyrinth of deceit where secrets hidden since the late 19th century may be the only evidence that can now save her life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing forage into art forgery and intrigue

  • By D on 11-28-12

Engrossing and Exceptionally Performed

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

Reviewed: 02-08-16

This story is fantastic, but Xe Sands is incredible! I wish she performed every novel with a female protagonist.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • How to Have a Good Day

  • Harness the Power of Behavioral Science to Transform Your Working Life
  • By: Caroline Webb
  • Narrated by: Caroline Webb
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 305
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 259

In How to Have a Good Day, economist and former McKinsey partner Caroline Webb shows listeners how to use recent findings from behavioral economics, psychology, and neuroscience to transform their approaches to everyday working life. Advances in these behavioral sciences are giving us ever better understanding of how our brains work, why we make the choices we do, and what it takes for us to be at our best.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who Doesn't Want to Have a Good Day?

  • By Ariel on 02-04-16

Who Doesn't Want to Have a Good Day?

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

Reviewed: 02-04-16

As an NPR devotee, I have become a big fan of the behavioral sciences lately. That was my initial draw to this book, even though I was concerned the work applications may not interest me, since I don't work in a traditional field. Much to my surprise, this book is not only funny and well paced, it's full of practical, and even better, science based advice that is useful in every walk of life. I feel like I learned a lot about my career life, but also interacting with my spouse- and even interacting with my toddler. Additionally, the author does a great job reading it, which is always a big crapshoot with author readers. I can't recommend it enough.

35 of 36 people found this review helpful

  • The Lightning Thief

  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 1
  • By: Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by: Jesse Bernstein
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,919
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,942
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,000

Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. No matter how hard he tries, he can't seem to stay out of trouble. But can he really be expected to stand by and watch while a bully picks on his scrawny best friend? Or not defend himself against his pre-algebra teacher when she turns into a monster and tries to kill him? Of course, no one believes Percy about the monster incident; he's not even sure he believes himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Lightning Theif

  • By Sara on 08-17-05

Great story, terrible narration.

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

Reviewed: 02-05-14

Jesse Bernstein's voice has a condescending tone, like he is talking down to children, in every moment of the story. It makes him unbelievable as the main character, though he does a fine and consistent job as other character voices. It doesn't make the book unlistenable, but it certainly detracts from the enjoyment of a good tale.

54 of 67 people found this review helpful

  • Middlesex

  • By: Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Narrated by: Kristoffer Tabori
  • Length: 21 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,599
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,499
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,535

In the spring of 1974, Calliope Stephanides, a student at a girls' school in Grosse Pointe, finds herself drawn to a chain-smoking, strawberry-blonde classmate with a gift for acting. The passion that furtively develops between them - along with Callie's failure to develop physically - leads Callie to suspect that she is not like other girls. In fact, she is not really a girl at all.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth Waiting It Out

  • By D. N. Meads on 08-28-09

The Audio Engineer should retire

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

Reviewed: 04-17-12

In spite of an amazing story and an excellent reading, I had to give this audiobook a one star performance because whomever did the final audio mix saw fit to add overly loud, jarring music, often overpowering the end of emotional and interesting chapters that would have faired better on their own. It was enough to completely yank me out of the story at times, and while I usually would have been shedding tears in these climactic moments, I was instead straining to hear them.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Expats

  • A Novel
  • By: Chris Pavone
  • Narrated by: Mozhan Marno
  • Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 668
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 565
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 569

Kate Moore is a working mother, struggling to make ends meet, to raise children, to keep a spark in her marriage... and to maintain an increasingly unbearable life-defining secret. So when her husband is offered a lucrative job in Luxembourg, she jumps at the chance to leave behind her double-life, to start anew. She begins to reinvent herself as an expat, finding her way in a language she doesn’t speak, doing the housewifely things she’s never before done - playdates and coffee mornings, daily cooking and never-ending laundry....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You Will Need to Pay Attention

  • By Ariel on 03-14-12

You Will Need to Pay Attention

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

Reviewed: 03-14-12

This book really keeps you interested from start to finish, but it features nearly non stop flash backs, jumping through time continually. In the book I assume the reader could tell this from page breaks, but in the audiobook there's little to clue you in. However, I could usually catch on to where we were in time within a few sentences, and it did really keep me engaged.

Also, the reader's voice is a bit disengaged. She does a great job at the voices, but the narration feels kind of dry.

24 of 24 people found this review helpful

  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

  • By: Ransom Riggs
  • Narrated by: Jesse Bernstein
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,459
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13,935
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,947

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets 16-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It might be better to actually read this.

  • By Ariel on 07-25-11

It might be better to actually read this.

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

Reviewed: 07-25-11

I really enjoyed the story and characters, and Jesse Bernstein does a fantastic job as the main character. Unfortunately his accents and voices for other characters were pretty terrible. Until the very end, when I was so absorbed by the story I didn't care, I dreaded every time Emma or Miss Peregrine needed to speak.

131 of 142 people found this review helpful