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  • Rebel's Blade

  • Aermian Feuds Series, Book 1
  • By: Frost Kay
  • Narrated by: Em Eldridge
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

Tehl Ramses is drowning; crops are being burned, villages pillaged, and citizens are disappearing, leading to a rising rebellion. As crown prince, and acting ruler, Tehl must find a way to crush the rebellion before civil war sweeps through his beloved kingdom. Tehl will do whatever is necessary to save his people. Yet, his prisoner is not at all what he expects.... Fed up with the neglect and corruption of the crown, swordsmith Sage Blackwell steps forward to spy on the crown.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I was so excited to read this, but alas.

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-04-19

I was so excited to read this, but alas.

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

Usually fantasy young adult books are enjoyable to read. Unfortunately, this one fell short of my hopeful expectations. The narrator had a pleasant voice though was stilted at times. The book was clearly written for a younger audience than I am. I've gotten to chapter six and have had enough. The dialogue is childish, there is no excitement, and I keep rolling my eyes while waiting for the story to really take off and get started. I would not recommend this for anybody under the age of 18. Though, due to some more mature themes alluded to, I also wouldn't recommend this for anybody younger than 13.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Glitter and Sparkle

  • By: Shari L. Tapscott
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Phillips
  • Length: 5 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31

Lauren's senior year is going exactly as planned. Her craft blog is getting more visitors every day, and she knows what she's going to do with her life after graduation: get her associate's degree, marry someone fabulous, and live happily ever after.Sure, she doesn't know what she's going to get that degree in, .and there's no Prince Charming on the horizon yet. But, still that's the plan.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • very sweet story

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-25-18

very sweet story

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

Reviewed: 10-25-18

this was an enjoyable listen. I liked the narrator. I was pre reading this for my younger teen to make sure that it was appropriate and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It is a clean book, just some kissing.

I would love to see a happily ever after for Grant in another book (just a subtle hint for the author! ).

  • Famous by Default

  • By: MK Harkins
  • Narrated by: Tiffany Marz
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Buried, by my family's fame. Dying to escape the limelight, and finally, I do. Being raised as a Jayne, I'm under constant scrutiny. The rock band my brothers formed makes it impossible to stay under the radar. Paparazzi, tabloids, rabid fans - you name it and I've got it. It all makes me sick. But getting shipped off to crazy Aunt Betty's house in my senior year of high school isn't any better. After all, there isn't a stray kid or pet in the world that my aunt wouldn't take in. Then I meet her. She's cautious, suspicious, and not interested in me at all. But that's fine by me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • loved this book❤❤

  • By rachel pohler on 03-08-18

decent story, narrator was distracting

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

The story was decent, maybe better than decent with a different narrator. Narrator added unnecessary and annoying sounds. Tons of loud and dramatic wailing and plenty of distracting sighs and inhalations. I appreciate the effort in trying to bring life to the narration but it was overkill. And yet, when not ad libbing obnoxious sound effects, her narration fell flat and lifeless. Her female voices were alright, masculine voices were not great.

  • Ash Princess

  • By: Laura Sebastian
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 592
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 548

Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia's family, her land, and her name. Theo was crowned Ash Princess - a title of shame to bear in her new life as a prisoner. For 10 years, Theo has been a captive in her own palace. She's endured the relentless abuse and ridicule of the Kaiser and his court. She is powerless, surviving in her new world only by burying the girl she was deep inside.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Wired background musics is annoying

  • By Jac attack on 10-11-18

a pleasant surprise

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

I was skeptical before starting this book, but the narrator in the story quickly drew me in. A princess held in her castle with torn loyalties. she must choose between her people or the friends she has made, those seen as the enemy of her people. Fantastic narrator. I'm excited to get the next installment!

  • 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 2,226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,057
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,051

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
  • If a Book Series Had a Christmas Special ...

  • By Angela on 05-03-18

unexpectedly boring

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

After the excitement of the original books, I was really looking forward to continuing the series. This novella, though, had no plot. At all. It was nice seeing characters again, although they showed little to no growth. If you miss the characters and want to revisit them, you might enjoy this. It lacks conflict and is mostly just hearing about the daily lives of the cast.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Lucky in Love

  • By: Kasie West
  • Narrated by: Laurence Bouvard
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 115

Maddie doesn't believe in luck. She's all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night she buys a lottery ticket on a whim, and, to her astonishment, she wins! In a flash Maddie's life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships - nope, now she's suddenly talking about renting a yacht and basking in the spotlight at school! But then rumors start flying, and random people begin asking her for loans. Suddenly Maddie finds that she isn't sure whom she can trust.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Was a miss for me

  • By Audiobookhoe on 08-05-17

Light, sweet read

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

Reviewed: 07-29-17

What did you love best about Lucky in Love?

The story was clean and sweet-- typical of Kasie West. Still not as good as "The Distance Between Us" but superior to "By Your Side".

What was one of the most memorable moments of Lucky in Love?

I really enjoyed the nerdy side of Maddie. I liked whenever she spewed random facts out.

How could the performance have been better?

Pretty much EVERYTHING could have been better. The only voices this narrator does well are adult women. Her mom voice was actually really good. But the way she read for the main character was grating-- lucky for the listener that the book is IN FIRST PERSON!!! BRUTAL! The popular girl got a valley girl voice. The boy voices were horrible and absolutely indescribable. I will think twice about listening to another genre narrated by Laurence Bouvard. But I would never listen to another book read by her that has many teen characters in it. They are not her forte.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Honestly, it wasn't a book I wanted to listen to at all. I bought the kindle book and plan on returning the audiobook. It's THAT bad. I'd certainly want to READ it all in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

Go for the print edition if you are not one to get past poor narration. Laurence Bouvard might be a fabulous performer for other genres-- her voices are not suited for teenage characters.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • An Uncommon Courtship

  • Hawthorne House Series, Book 3
  • By: Kristi Ann Hunter
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Anne Dore
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

Life for Lady Adelaide Bell was easier if she hid in her older sister's shadow - which worked until her sister got married. Even with the pressure of her socially ambitious mother, the last thing she expected was a marriage of convenience to save her previously spotless reputation. Lord Trent Hawthorne couldn't be happier that he is not the duke in the family. He's free to manage his small estate and take his time discovering the life he wants to lead.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This one is for reading.

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-21-17

This one is for reading.

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

Reviewed: 05-21-17

I had to buy the print version. Narration is stilted and brutal to listen to.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • A Court of Wings and Ruin

  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Amanda Leigh Cobb
  • Length: 25 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,034
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,586
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,591

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so, she must play a deadly game of deceit - and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre but for her world as well.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not that bad!!

  • By Amanda on 05-03-17

Narrator was good!!! Just different.

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

Reviewed: 05-11-17

I'm with the rest of the reviewers. It's difficult to listen to this one. Not because the narrator is bad. She's actually pretty good. If she had started reading with book 1, there would no complaints. But it's hard to hear a new voice in the third book of a first person series (especially since I happen to seek out books narrated by Jennifer Ikeda).

That said, I feel like this narrator did a good job with the voices. It seems like she tried to match the voices and cadences Jennifer Ikeda created for the supporting characters. And it didn't seem far off for Feyre, either, as you can only modify your natural voice so much! While my initial reaction was to give the performance a 1 star, that would be quite unfair since my only complaint was that they changed narrators. She did a 5 star job.

The story is great. I found the entire series to be suspenseful and wholly creative. The series feels complete, though Mass says it will continue in 2018 (perhaps with another character's tale? Some closure for Tamlin, please!)

Maybe I'm a prude, but I think it should be noted that, though this is young adult, it does contain ADULT scenes. I decided that it's not appropriate for my 15 year old to read (or hear) at this time.

Overall, a great book. The change of narrator made it easy for me to slip between kindle and audio formats. If they re-record this with Jennifer Ikeda, I would happily re-purchase it, too!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Collide

  • By: Michelle Madow
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 49
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

I should have died when I was shot at the Halloween dance. Instead I woke up - one week earlier, in a parallel universe where my mom's fatal car accident six months ago never happened

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short entertainment

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-21-17

Short entertainment

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

Reviewed: 02-21-17

This was my first read/listen by this author. Overall, an entertaining book. It went by very quickly and I was disappointed when it ended.

First, the story. I found this to be a very unique story, though I could be wrong as this is an unusual genre for me. I thought the story flowed smoothly. The author managed to tell about Anna's old life without having to do a big backstory, which could have been really boring. I did not think the "culprit" was surprising, I knew who it was all along, but I wasn't disappointed by the lack of mystery. I liked the characters, too. Like another reviewer, I was rooting for the other boy.

I am glad I listened to this versus reading it. There were lots of grammatical errors (using less instead of fewer, "me and so-and-so", instead of "so-and-so and me (or I)". There were multiple instances of this. It was very frustrating. As a listener, I pretended that I was listening to a teenager speak rather than listening to the narration of a published book. That helps. A little. Most of the intended audience, actual young adults, might not even notice the errors.

I would recommend this book to teens and young-at-heart adults.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Key (The True Reign Series)

  • By: Jennifer Anne Davis
  • Narrated by: Michelle Michaels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 138

His father's kingdom is on the brink of upheaval and at the center of it all is an ordinary girl who could be the key to its undoing. When faced with the ultimate choice, will he choose the girl he's falling in love with or the kingdom he has sworn to protect?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Book.

  • By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 02-10-15

I think I'll read this one...

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

Reviewed: 04-21-15

I think this has the bones to be a great book. Alas, I find the narrator aggravating and can't listen beyond my current chapter, chapter 4. The narrator has a pleasant voice but the reading is stilted.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful