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  • Ash Princess

  • By: Laura Sebastian
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273

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.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected, but still very good.

  • By M. Addison on 06-27-18

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 1,603
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,482
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,476

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
  • Disappointing

  • By Diane Garlough 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 87
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 85
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 85

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 126
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

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
  • Good story line

  • By A. on 06-04-17

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.

4 of 4 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 5,152
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,766
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,771

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 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 39

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 136
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 125

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.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Ashes of Roses

  • Tales of the Latter Kingdoms, Book 4
  • By: Christine Pope
  • Narrated by: Valerie Gilbert
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

Even the Emperor of Sirlende cannot always do as he pleases, but when custom demands he find another bride after the death of his betrothed, a princess he barely knew, Torric Deveras defies his counselors and changes the rules rather than make a loveless marriage. Ashara Millende is the only daughter of a nobleman, but had her inheritance stolen from her by her unscrupulous stepmother. A servant in the house that should have been hers, she dreams of escaping the drudgery of her life and finding someone who will love her for who she truly is.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Meh

  • By Jan on 06-27-16

Bad narration ruins decent story.

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

Reviewed: 08-30-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I would say that, since it kept my mind busy while mindlessly painting the walls of my house, it was time well spent. But under any other circumstance, no.

Would you recommend Ashes of Roses to your friends? Why or why not?

No. There are many better Cinderella retellings out there. I think, though, that the story might be better than I think. The performance really detracted from the story.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Valerie Gilbert?

Nope. She did a good job narrating Dragon Rose (by the same author) so I was eager to give this book a listen. Valerie Gilbert was pretty painful to listen to for this story though. Sometimes LITERALLY painful as she used some very shrill and sharp inflections. It was a lot like nails on a chalkboard. But even more notable is that she does not have a good male reading voice, so the chapters read from the emperors POV were particularly hard to hear. She should never have been cast to read a book where HALF of the story is written in the first person of a man.

Was Ashes of Roses worth the listening time?

No. I should have read this book.

Any additional comments?

I would like to reiterate that the story itself was not horrible. It is important to go into this realizing that it is a Cinderella story. I think I might have enjoyed it in a different format and would recommend the print version over the more expensive audio version.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Defy

  • By: Sara B. Larson
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Mozo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 461
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 412

Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king's army, Alexa uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince's guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alexa can't prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory. The longer Alexa is held captive with both Rylan and the prince, the more she realizes that she is not the only one who has been keeping dangerous secrets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It was good but.....

  • By Lynn on 01-04-15

Great entertainment

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

Reviewed: 08-30-14

What made the experience of listening to Defy the most enjoyable?

The story was good, though I don't think I would have been as satisfied if I was reading it. The narrator was FANTASIC and made the story come to life.

Would you be willing to try another book from Sara B. Larson? Why or why not?

Yes. While the world building was minimal for a fantasy, the story was fast paced. I like some (clean) romance in my stories so this story suited me very well. I am excited for the next installment of this series. Because I feel like I was left hanging and I NEED there to be a sequel.

What does Rebecca Mozo bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She had a perfect voice for a woman pretending to be a man. Her voice is changeable enough to suit the lead character. She did a great job with the inflections of the protagonist, a must for a first-person novel.

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

YES. I have enjoyed this audiobook so much that I have listened to it four times. It is fast paced due to it's shortness of details and the listener doesn't have to concentrate overly much to enjoy the story. It was a perfect listen while I sewed, packed boxes, drove cross country, unpacked boxes...

Any additional comments?

The storyline was great, especially if the listener wants a love story. Fantasy lovers might not appreciate the skimping on details as far as world building goes. I find that too much world building during first person AUDIOBOOKS grows dull quickly. Had I read this novel vs listened to it, I might have felt short changed. As an audiobook, though, it moved like a movie (only BETTER!).

  • Stealing the Preacher

  • By: Karen Witemeyer
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Darlow
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246

On his way to interview for a position at a church in the Piney Woods of Texas, Crockett Archer can't believe it when he's forced off the train by an outlaw and presented to the man's daughter as the preacher she requested for her birthday. He's determined to escape - which would be much easier if he could stop thinking about Joanna Robbins and her unexpected request. For months, Joanna had prayed for a minister. A man to breathe life back into the abandoned church at the heart of her community. A man to assist her in fulfilling a promise to her dying mother. But just when it seems her prayers have been answered, it turns out the parson is there against his will....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Had to buy an actual copy of the book.

  • By Candace on 08-31-13

Fun story

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

Reviewed: 11-08-13

If you could sum up Stealing the Preacher in three words, what would they be?

Great brain candy.

What did you like best about this story?

The story was fun. Crockett was a great character and Joanna was a great match. I enjoy the way Karen Witemeyer always adds a touch of excitement. Whether it's a brutal boxing match, a near lynching, or a shootout in a cabin, it's there. And it's never the same.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

She told the story well. She did great voices for the characters. But her "narrator" voice was peculiar. I was glad that she gave Joanna a feminine voice because her natural voice, the one she used as narrator, was