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  • Antisocial

  • By: Heidi Cullinan
  • Narrated by: Iggy Toma
  • Length: 13 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

Xander Fairchild can’t stand people in general and frat boys in particular, so when he’s forced to spend his summer working on his senior project with Skylar Stone, a silver-tongued Delta Sig with a trust fund who wants to make Xander over into a shiny new image, Xander is determined to resist. He came to idyllic, Japanese culture-soaked Benten college to hide and make manga, not to be transformed into a corporate clone in the eleventh hour.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • So-so

  • By Jessica on 08-27-17

adorable

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

Reviewed: 09-28-17

This is a romance between two guys in college trying to figure out who they are and what their future will be. Both have issues with their parents and struggle with career choices. Both guys are virgins. One isn't sure what his sexuality is and doesn't quite want to label it for certain. It doesn't contain actual sex, but there are some really erotic moments. One is an artist so some fun with art comes into play. Mostly this is about a diverse group of friends supporting each other and enjoying mutual loves like manga and anything Japanese. Antisocial is a sweet romance with lots of openness and diversity. I'd like to see it turned into an anime.

  • Skin After Skin

  • PsyCop, Book 8
  • By: Jordan Castillo Price
  • Narrated by: Gomez Pugh
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 172
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172

Fierce. Audacious. Independent. Curtis Ash can't be bothered to settle down. He's too busy enjoying his cushy job as a high-paid stylist, caught in a whirlwind of hookups, parties, and obscenely priced cocktails. The only snarl in an otherwise charmed life is the salon's hotshot colorist, Red Turner. Not only does Red put the whammy on customers and rake in all the big tips, he's oblivious to Crash's flirtation. But there will be plenty of time to win him over - or so Crash thinks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I never liked Crash but this book changed that

  • By Shan on 09-10-17

Can't get enough of this narrator or this universe

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

Reviewed: 09-28-17

I love the PsyCop universe. It's one of my favorite series. This one does have a different feel from the others because it has a different main character. I do prefer Victor as a lead, but I really enjoyed filling in many of the unknowns with Crash's story.

  • The Ice Dragon

  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Maggi Meg Reed
  • Length: 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 722
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 592
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 598

The ice dragon was a creature of legend and fear, for no man had ever tamed one. When it flew overhead, it left in its wake desolate cold and frozen land. But Adara was not afraid. For Adara was a winter child, born during the worst freeze that anyone, even the Old Ones, could remember.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • G. R. R. Martin and Dragon's make a good listen

  • By James on 01-27-12

a tale for all ages

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

Reviewed: 09-21-17

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed this short story. It's bittersweet, but I wouldn't expect anything less from the author.

  • Ask Him Why

  • By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden, Nick Podehl, Scott Merriman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,760
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,569
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,573

Ruth and her little brother, Aubrey, are just teenagers when their older brother ships off to Iraq. When Joseph returns, uninjured, only three and a half months later, Ruth is happy he is safe but also deeply worried. How can it be that her courageous big brother has been dishonorably discharged for refusing to go out on duty? Aubrey can't believe that his hero doesn't have very good reasons.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ask him why?

  • By auntduke on 05-14-16

really makes the reader think

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

Reviewed: 09-21-17

Any additional comments?

This is a think piece. The oldest son was a soldier before being sent home. He wouldn't go out on a mission. That is breaking the law so it turns into a big deal that makes the entire family suffer and never be the same. It changes everything. They have to finally get past the fallout years later. It's touching.

  • The Butterfly Project

  • By: Emma Scott
  • Narrated by: Amy Melissa Bentley, Guy Locke
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45

At age 14, Zelda Rossi witnessed the unthinkable, and has spent the last 10 years hardening her heart against the guilt and grief. She channels her pain into her art: a dystopian graphic novel where vigilantes travel back in time to stop heinous crimes before they happen. Zelda pitches her graphic novel to several comic book publishers in New York City, only to have her hopes crash and burn. Circumstances leave her stranded in an unfamiliar city, and in an embarrassing moment of weakness, she meets a guarded young man with a past he'd do anything to change....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Touching and Thoughtful

  • By Toni H on 09-21-17

Touching and Thoughtful

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

Reviewed: 09-21-17

What made the experience of listening to The Butterfly Project the most enjoyable?

I loved the storyline, and the narrators used the right amount of feeling in each situation.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Beckett was my favorite because he totally faced his mistakes and tried to make up for them always.

What about Amy Melissa Bentley and Guy Locke ’s performance did you like?

The narrators helped me to feel the characters emotions. I liked there being a female and male voice. It helped with POV right away which can sometimes be more confusing with audiobooks than when reading a book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

This is a moving book overall so there is more than one moment, but one that really stands out is when Zelda forgives herself.

Any additional comments?

Zelda and Beckett have painful pasts. Both are struggling every moment with the emotional baggage. The author does an excellent job of putting the reader in their shoes. I easily understood their actions and feelings. I love these characters and how they don't play romance games. I suppose because they have seen firsthand how real consequences can be, they take life seriously. Both characters are sort of stuck and having trouble moving forward. They help to bring each other around to a better place. I definitely recommend The Butterfly Project. It's entertaining, but it also leaves you thinking. It's not a book that you can just finish and forget.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Doubt

  • Caroline Auden
  • By: C. E. Tobisman
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 449
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 384

When Caroline Auden lands a job at a top Los Angeles law firm, she's excited for the challenge - and grateful for the chance to put her dark past as a computer hacker behind her. Right away, her new boss asks her to find out whether a popular GMO causes healthy people to fall ill. Caroline is only supposed to dig in the trenches and report up the ladder, but her tech background and intuition take her further than planned.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't finish it.

  • By Customer X on 09-24-16

plenty of suspense

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

Reviewed: 09-09-17

Any additional comments?

This story has plenty of suspense and a likable lead. If you don't worry too much about everything connecting in a logical way, it's entertaining.

  • The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition

  • By: Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes, full cast, Margaret Atwood
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,249
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,182

After a violent coup in the United States overthrows the Constitution and ushers in a new government regime, the Republic of Gilead imposes subservient roles on all women. Offred, now a Handmaid tasked with the singular role of procreation in the childless household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost everything, even her own name.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT

  • By ambER on 04-20-17

Really worked my mind over

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

Reviewed: 09-09-17

Any additional comments?

It took me awhile to work up the nerve to read this book. I was worried that it would be too heavy on my heart. I'm glad I finally took the time. What happens in it is scary, but it's a great book. The way the story is written with the character like she is actually telling the reader the story makes it feel more personal. Mine was a recent copy so it also had a note from the author written after the tv series was already in the works. She answers frequently asked questions. It also has an essay type piece written by someone else discussing and explaining different bits. Both of those additions really helped me sort my thoughts. In the book, it's the future and America has become a land where women have no rights. All the equality we would expect is gone. Also, because of toxicity in the environment, lots of people can't have children anymore so the women that can are just used as breeders. Pretty freaky. Definitely worth reading.

White Teeth
    
    
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    Length: 23 hrs and 20 mins
    1,463 ratings
    Overall 3.9
  • White Teeth

  • By: Zadie Smith
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin
  • Length: 23 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,463
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,156
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,158

Archie's life has disintegrated. Fresh from a dead marriage, middle-aged Archie stretches out a vacuum hose, seals up his car and prepares to die. But unbeknownst to him, his darkest hour is also his luckiest day. With the opening of a butcher's shop, his life is saved and soon he is on his way to beginning a new life with a young Jamaican woman looking for the last man on earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complex, thoughtful but fun

  • By Kenneth on 01-28-09

different outlooks

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

Reviewed: 07-11-17

Any additional comments?

This book is a mix of races, religions and ages. It follows two families. The men were in a war together. They marry and have kids. The kids then grow up with their issues. You get everyone's thoughts on things as time passes. It honestly took me a good while to get into the story. I did end up liking it. I'm not sure if there was an overall message, but most everyone in the book was a somewhat new perspective from many of the books that I've read.

  • Blaze

  • A Novel
  • By: Richard Bachman, Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
  • Length: 8 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,381
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 949
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 951

Blaze is the story of Clayton Blaisdell, Jr., of the crimes committed against him and the crimes he commits, including his last, the kidnapping of a baby heir worth millions. Blaze has been a slow thinker since childhood, when his father threw him down the stairs and then threw him down again. After escaping an abusive institution for boys when he was a teenager, Blaze hooks up with George, a seasoned criminal who thinks he has all the answers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good story

  • By Randall on 04-25-09

will give you conflicting feelings

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

Reviewed: 07-11-17

Any additional comments?

Blaze is the lead character. The story current story of his criminal undergoing unfolds alongside the filling in of his personal history. I found my feelings toward him ever-changing. He's simple-minded and has had a hard life and is caught up is a major crime. For me this was engrossing and sad. It makes you wish for the impossible ending.

2 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Neon Lawyer

  • By: Victor Methos
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,449
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,837
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,822

With money and hope in short supply, newly minted attorney Brigham Theodore decides it’s time to lower his standards. He joins a seedy fly-by-night firm in Salt Lake City out of desperation. After he loses his first case - a speeding ticket - he’s convinced his career is over. But to his shock, his boss hands him a slightly more complex case: capital murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • HERE'S THE DEAL

  • By John on 02-02-15

newbie lawyer beats the big dog

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

Reviewed: 07-11-17

Any additional comments?

This is a fulfilling (you can't help getting behind the MC and his case) and interesting book, but the details often didn't seem realistic. I will definitely check out more from this author, and I do recommend this book for someone wanting a good guy/little guy wins type of read.