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MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, United States
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  • Easy Love

  • By: Kristen Proby
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York, Rachel Fulginiti
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,275
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,012
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,009

Sexy. Intriguing. Easy. Eli Boudreaux's family has built ships and boats in Louisiana for generations. He comes from a hardworking, wealthy family, and his empire is growing by leaps and bounds. At 30 he is the youngest CEO ever to head Bayou Enterprises, cochairing with his eldest brother. His head for business and his no-nonsense work ethic are also quickly making him the best the company has seen in generations. His staff admires him, women adore him, and Eli's family is solid.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just okay

  • By Danni on 07-05-16

Couldn't get past the first chapter

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

Reviewed: 01-05-18

Any additional comments?

I love New Orleans and as a forensic accountant I would have loved a story about tracking down an embezzler, but OMG WTF. I rolled my eyes so many times I gave myself a migraine.

The dialog was terrible and I quit the book after about 15 minutes.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter

  • By: Theodora Goss
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,171
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,007
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,994

Mary Jekyll, alone and penniless following her parents' deaths, is curious about the secrets of her father's mysterious past. One clue in particular hints that Edward Hyde, her father's former friend and a murderer, may be nearby, and there is a reward for information leading to his capture...a reward that would solve all of her immediate financial woes. But her hunt leads her to Hyde's daughter, Diana, a feral child left to be raised by nuns.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Cute, erratic, sloppy but not without charm

  • By Rachel on 07-07-17

Cute, erratic, sloppy but not without charm

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

Reviewed: 07-07-17

What did you like best about The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter? What did you like least?

Strong female characters, love a good mystery.

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

She does a good job trying to make each character distinctive, but gets confused as occasionally swaps accents.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Possibly

Any additional comments?

I love the concept, but the narrative was a bit annoying. I didn't mind the idea of borrowing creatures from other stories and weaving them into this tale but the Sherlock Holmes character was so poorly represented.

If you are going to use beloved characters with well established personalities and NOT completely reinvent, then be true and respectful of the source.

67 of 70 people found this review helpful

  • Heartless

  • By: Marissa Meyer
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,014
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,863
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,863

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen. Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense secret courtship.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect narration, but disappointed with the story

  • By Linda Nichols on 12-17-16

Dissapointing

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

Reviewed: 11-14-16

What disappointed you about Heartless?

I love the Lunar series and really wanted to like this, but there were so many little things that just rankled me and I found myself spiraling into the same anger as the character.

What could Marissa Meyer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The first half of of the book was reasonably set up but the second half just fell apart for me.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Rebecca Soler?

The actor wasn't bad except that she mispronounced some key words and had a couple very shrill voices for characters that tweaked my eardrums.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Heartless?

I don't know about scenes, but I would correct the mispronounced words and adjust the sound.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Stars Above

  • A Lunar Chronicles Collection
  • By: Marissa Meyer
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,323
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,217

The universe of the Lunar Chronicles holds stories - and secrets - that are wondrous, vicious, and romantic. How did Cinder first arrive in New Beijing? How did the brooding soldier Wolf transform from young man to killer? When did Princess Winter and the palace guard Jacin realize their destinies?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shorts from Lunar.

  • By Teresa on 03-02-16

Nice addition to the series

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

Reviewed: 02-03-16

What didn’t you like about Rebecca Soler’s performance?

I think Rebecca is a great performer and did a great job with the voice acting HOWEVER she either has a cold or there is something wrong with the audio because she sounds stuffy and I found it very distracting.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Star Wars: Heir to the Empire

  • (20th Anniversary Edition), The Thrawn Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Timothy Zahn
  • Narrated by: Marc Thompson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,073
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,958
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,930

Five years after the Death Star was destroyed and Darth Vader and the Emperor were defeated, the galaxy is struggling to heal the wounds of war, Princess Leia and Han Solo are married and expecting twins, and Luke Skywalker has become the first in a long-awaited line of new Jedi Knights. But thousands of light-years away, the last of the Emperor’s warlords - the brilliant and deadly Grand Admiral Thrawn - has taken command of the shattered Imperial fleet, readied it for war, and pointed it at the fragile heart of the New Republic....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At last!

  • By Jt on 10-25-11

Good story, but were the sound effects necessary?

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

Reviewed: 12-29-15

Any additional comments?

I have that kind of autism that is very sensitive to repetitive noises. It makes me want to gauge out my eardrums. So I found the sound effects in this production very distracting.

Granted, I LOVED the Imperial March and the lightsaber sounds. It's the constant background noises that stopped me from enjoying the story. There are constant beeps and chirps to make ambiance and it drove me NUTS.

If you don't mind noises that take away from the narrators voice, I highly recommend this audiobook.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • City of Fallen Angels

  • The Mortal Instruments, Book 4
  • By: Cassandra Clare
  • Narrated by: Ed Westwick, Molly C. Quinn
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,451
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,635
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,679

City of Fallen Angels take up where City of Glass left off. With Valentine out of the way, Clary thought she and Jace could finally be together--but when someone starts murdering the Shadowhunters who used to be in Valentine's Circle and leaving their bodies around New York City in a manner designed to destroy the new peace between Downworlders and Shadowhunters, she realizes the past can never be left entirely behind.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • The narrators!

  • By Melissa on 04-06-11

Awful Narrators

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

Reviewed: 12-28-15

Would you try another book from Cassandra Clare and/or Ed Westwick and Molly C. Quinn ?

I would actively avoid book narrated by Ed Westwick and Molly C. Quinn

What was most disappointing about Cassandra Clare’s story?

The whole series has been pretty obvious and the incest thing dragged out too long and was just damn creepy even if it was obvious where the story was going.

What didn’t you like about Ed Westwick and Molly C. Quinn ’s performance?

Terrible accents, Molly was so damn whiny and I really dislike that there is no consistency between narrators on pronunciation. Why aren't there notes on how to pronounce strange/made-up words in these audiobooks? There is a production team listed in the credits, what do they actually do?

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

  • By: Junot Diaz
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis, Staci Snell
  • Length: 16 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,421
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,918
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,936

Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd. Oscar dreams of becoming the Dominican J. R. R. Tolkien and, most of all, of finding love. But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the Fuku: the curse that has haunted Oscar's family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love. Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous listen

  • By Kathleen on 04-26-08

Awful, couldn't get past the first few chapters

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

Reviewed: 07-23-15

What could Junot Diaz have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The writer seems capable of painting a vivid picture and setting up the storytelling framework but I found the content vulgar and boring.

  • Vampires Are Forever

  • Argeneau Vampires, Book 8
  • By: Lynsay Sands
  • Narrated by: Rick Robertson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 737
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 554
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 559

Vampires don't exist...do they? Inez Urso is beginning to have her doubts. Her business associate Thomas Argeneau has some interesting traits, like an allergic reaction to the sun, excellent night vision, and not much of an appetite for food. And to top it all off, he just tried to bite her neck...but maybe that was a sign of passion. If so, she'd be happy to experience more, despite her determination not to mix business with pleasure.He's been waiting forever for a woman like her...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Winner from the Argeneau Family

  • By Maria on 10-27-12

Sloppy storytelling

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

Reviewed: 06-23-15

Probably the weakest in the series so far and the accents were weak. Marguerite's story would be much more interesting.

  • A Bite to Remember

  • Argeneau Vampires, Book 5
  • By: Lynsay Sands
  • Narrated by: Victoria McGee
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 837
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 620
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 620

Rule #1: Never get involved with someone who won't be there for you when the sun comes up. Once bitten, twice shy, and sexy PI Jackie Morrisey wasn't going there again. Vincent Argeneau may be the hottest guy she's ever met, living or dead, but she's here to stop a killer from turning this vampire into dust, not to jump into bed with him.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A bite to remember

  • By theMan45 on 11-04-09

Cute, but soooo formulaic

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

Reviewed: 05-26-15

Would you try another book from Lynsay Sands and/or Victoria McGee?

The story is getting really formulaic; mortal bumps into a gorgeous immortal, instant connection that one or both half heartily resist, together they overcome a problem, in the end they realize they are in love, one or both spend a chapter or two hung up on stupid paper thin neurosis and self esteem issues only to proclaim their love and start planning a wedding.

Would you be willing to try another book from Lynsay Sands? Why or why not?

Maybe, only until I find a better author.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Emily and Einstein

  • A Novel of Second Chances
  • By: Linda Francis Lee
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller, Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 913
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 784
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 787

He was a man who didn’t deserve a second chance... but he needed one. Emily and her husband, Sandy Portman, seemed to live a gracious if busy life in an old-world, Upper West Side apartment in the famous Dakota building. But one night on the way to meet Emily, Sandy dies in a tragic accident. The funeral isn't even over before Emily learns she is on the verge of being evicted from their apartment. But worse than the possibility of losing her home, Emily is stunned when she discovers that her marriage was made up of lies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well-written, kept my attention

  • By Allison on 03-20-11

OK story, bad editing and frustrating antagonist

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

Reviewed: 05-05-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The performance was decent, but there were several times when the reader didn't like the way she delivered the line and read it again. Clearly there was no editing done, or not enough and it really threw me off the story. *Attempting to not leak spoilers* The antagonist was so frustrating, I really hoped he wouldn't find redemption.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful