LISTENER

HeatherY

San Diego
  • 262
  • reviews
  • 403
  • helpful votes
  • 262
  • ratings
  • Traveler's Zone

  • A LitRPG YA Fantasy (The Revelation Chronicles, Book 2)
  • By: Chris Pavesic
  • Narrated by: Natalie Heng
  • Length: 5 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Magic, combat, gear scores, quests, and dungeons are all puzzles to be solved as Cami navigates the Realms and builds a better life for her family. But an intrusion from her old life threatens everything she has gained and imperils the entire virtual world. Time to play the game.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is pretty good, I think

  • By TU on 11-14-18

Fun LitRPG

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

Reviewed: 11-07-18

Years go, scientists discovered how to imprint human consciousness onto a single water droplet and then stored those water droplets in tanks called Aquariums. The Aquariums were set up to be realms similar to MMORPGs, and the wealthy spent millions to be imprinted and spend their immortality there. When war broke out and the Aquariums were broken, the imprinted minds entered the ecosystem where they destroyed the world as it was. Cami and Alby were just trying to survive day to day when they were captured and imprinted, forced into a new realm with no idea what was in store. This book begins six months after the first, when Cami has leveled up enough to leave the safe Starter Zone and explore more of the new world.

This is the second book in the series, and you'll need to read the first book to fully grasp the storyline. This series has a pretty interesting premise, an intriguing way to get the main characters into the game world. I like my LitRPG to be character driven, heavy on the world-building, and light on the stats, and this book served up all that and more. I love Cami and Alby's relationship and thought it was really well written. Cami is still finding her way in this book, and isn't taking an active role in the new world, but it's setting up to be an awesome showdown when she does. I'd recommend the book for young teens on up, and to fans of both fantasy and LitRPG.

The narration was really well done, with the perfect voice for Cami. She performed accents for each of the characters and I thought it was a good performance. I read the first book and listened to the second, and preferred the audiobook. I requested a copy of the audio, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.

  • Making the Cut

  • By: Ian Thomas Healy
  • Narrated by: Summer Jo Swaine
  • Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Making the Cut is the flagship show on the FoodieTV network, giving recent high school graduates a chance to win a scholarship to a prestigious culinary school. Midori is from San Francisco, and grew up in a family that owns a restaurant. All she ever wanted to do was cook, but in Japanese culture, women are relegated to hostess and management roles. Nicole is from Denver, the child of a broken home who's been forced to grow up way too soon. She's been poor her entire life, and that prize package is impossibly valuable to her. These two girls become friends despite their cultural differences, and together with six more challengers, will be competing in front of the cameras.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • who doesn't like food

  • By KD on 11-03-18

Awesome YA Listen!

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

Making the Cut is a new reality cooking show for FoodieTV, a show for recent high school graduates to compete for a $10,000 prize and a scholarship to a prestigious culinary school. The prize seems like a fortune to Nicole, a young Latina girl who works long hours to help support her mom and young sister. And the scholarship seems like a dream come true to Midori, a young Japanese girl desperate to prove to her parents that she can do more than wait tables in the family restaurant. Midori and Nicole are fast friends from the beginning, but the show gives them challenges that test that friendship as they both cook their hearts out to be crowned the winner.

I really loved this book! It's a clean read I'd recommend for young teens on up. I thought it was interesting that it followed two contestants instead of one, I was never sure which girl was going to win. It was refreshing not knowing the ending, it made it suspenseful. Both girls were so likable and I was rooting for both of them, although I did have my own favorite! I loved that we got to see both Midori and Nicole's point of view and the diverse cast was a pleasure. The only fault I could find with this book is that all those descriptions of amazing food had my stomach grumbling all day. It all sounded so tasty, I wouldn't listen to this one before a grocery store trip!

The book has a very diverse cast, Nicole is Hispanic, Midori is Japanese, one of the judges is Jamaican, and the rest of the contestants are from various parts of the US. That range of accents would be difficult for any narrator, and I wouldn't expect anyone to be able to perform them all! The narrator's voice for Nicole's half of the book is very soothing, but has no accent even when Nicole mixes in Spanglish phrases. But Midori's half of the book is narrated in a baby voice that was a little trying after a while. I'd recommend listening to the audio sample to see how the narrator suits you. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rumor Has It

  • Friendship, Texas, Book 2
  • By: Magan Vernon
  • Narrated by: Kassiopia DeVora
  • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

A brand-new stand-alone second-chance rom-com from Friendship, Texas, featuring country music's biggest superstar, Eddie Justice, and Friendship's resident author, Brook Carrington. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Friends to Lovers

  • By Fiaerfly on 11-13-18

A Good Second Chance Romance

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

Brooke and Eddie were best friends, inseparable until Eddie hit it big as a country music star. He left Brooke and their small town of Friendship, TX before graduation, leaving Brooke adrift and lonely. Ten years later, Brooke is back in town for her father's funeral and Eddie returns as well, smarting from a nasty breakup. Can the two pick up as friends after ten years apart, or do they have a chance at something greater?

This is the second book in the Friendship TX series, but I read it as a standalone. It's a sweet second chance romance, told half from Brooke's point of view, and half from Eddie's. I really liked Eddie, he's definitely not perfect but had a great character arc. I loved that Brooke was an author and that let us peek into the publishing business. I also loved the flashbacks to Brooke and Eddie's childhood, and both sets of parents, past and future, were adorable.

Unfortunately I had a really hard time liking Brooke, she was too self-centered for me. When we meet her, she and her family are standing outside the funeral home for her father's funeral, and her mom has to ask her repeatedly to put her phone away and pay attention. She doesn't show any emotion about her father's death until a few chapters later, I had assumed they were estranged. Then we flashback to a few days before the funeral, when she's packing to leave for Friendship. Her boyfriend Drake, a man she's been dating for 7-10 years and who has recently proposed, is desperately in love with her, and she can barely tolerate him. She acknowledges that he's been supporting her financially and emotionally since she left college despite the fact that she doesn't love him. When she finally calls Drake and he asks when she's coming back and if their relationship is over, she just hangs up on him. Later when Eddie mentions he's leaving Friendship for a few days to take care of some commitments, Brooke thinks that there's nothing for her in Friendship and she might as well leave, as if her newly widowed mother and six year old sister don't exist. There were so many times when she was intolerant to those around her, snarking about the church ladies and referring to Noah as "the deaf kid". I love reading about a bold woman with sass and brains, but Brooke was just too selfish. It wasn't a dealbreaker for me, I still enjoyed the read, but I do prefer a more likable heroine.

The narration was really well done, Kassiopia DeVora did a great job. There were some singing parts and I absolutely loved them, she has a wonderful voice.

I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.

  • The Importance of Being Earnest

  • By: Oscar Wilde
  • Narrated by: James Reynolds
  • Length: 1 hr and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People is a play by Oscar Wilde. First performed on February 14, 1895, at the St James' Theatre in London, it is a farcical comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious persona to escape burdensome social obligations. Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play's major themes are the triviality with which it treats institutions as serious as marriage and the resulting satire of Victorian ways.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A classic satire

  • By cosmitron on 10-10-18

It's Just A Lot Of Fun!

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

This comedic play tells the story of Jack and Algernon, two rich and frivolous young men in Victorian England. Jack has crafted the perfect way to let loose without ruining his reputation, he's invented a younger brother named Ernest. Ernest is blamed for all of Jack's misdeeds and no one, not even Jack's new fiancee Gwendolen, is the wiser. After Algernon discovers the deception, he borrows "Ernest" and pretends to be him while visiting Jack's country estate. There Algernon falls for Jack's young ward, Cecily. When the two women discover they are both engaged to Ernest, hijinks ensue!

I absolutely love this play, it's wonderful and infinitely quotable. It's guaranteed to make you laugh out loud, every moment of the dialogue is so witty. I highly recommend the audiobook! I requested a copy, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.

  • A Dogtown Christmas

  • An Oklahoma Lovers Book
  • By: Callie Hutton
  • Narrated by: Eliza Anders
  • Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

Guthrie, Oklahoma, 1912. Priscilla Cochran intends to prove to the world she is a grown-up woman, able to take care of herself. She accepts a job as a teacher in Dogtown, Colorado, where the man who hired her thinks she is a woman of "mature years". Mitch Beaumont is tired of young women who come to Dogtown and leave in tears because it is not a built-up city with entertainment a young woman would want. He has finally secured a teacher for the town who has assured him she is a middle-aged spinster and will be able to last through the hard winters.  

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • She's not backing down!

  • By Claire on 10-25-18

Great Historical Romance!

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

When Mitch places an ad for a mature woman to teach in his small town of Dogtown, Colorado, he's expecting a comfortable middle aged woman to arrive. When 20 year old Priscilla steps off the mail coach instead, he orders her to turn right around and go back where she came from. But Priscilla is determined to make a difference for the children in the town, and won't let an overbearing man boss her around. As Mitch and Priscilla are thrown together more and more, they start to revise their first impressions of each other.

I really enjoyed this sweet romance! It's part of a series, but is written as a standalone book. It has a few slightly steamy scenes and a curse word or two. I really loved the small town setting, and the main characters were great. Both Priscilla and Mitch have to deal with their prejudice about the way they view each other and the way they view themselves. Mitch thinks Priscilla, a senator's daughter, is too good for him, and Priscilla thinks her only worth is as a teacher. They need to get to know themselves and each other better before they can have their happily ever after.

The narration was well done, the narrator had to perform accents and some sentences in French and did a great job on both. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.

  • The Little Mermaid

  • By: Hans Christian Andersen
  • Narrated by: Sri Gordon
  • Length: 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

The Little Mermaid is a fairy tale written by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen about a young mermaid who is willing to give up her life in the sea and her identity as a mermaid to gain a human soul.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Surperb acting by Sri Gordon!!

  • By Mandymay💄👠👛 on 10-01-18

Imaginative and Magical

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

This story of The Little Mermaid is a beautiful tale of a young mermaid princess and her love for the prince she rescued from a shipwreck. The audio version is well worth a listen just for the detailed descriptions of life under the sea. It's imaginative and magical. It's very different from the Disney version, and the two really can't be compared.

The narration was done well. Sri Gordon doesn't dramatize the story, she lets the listener interpret the emotions the author intended. She gave each character their own speaking voice, and immersed me in the story. It's a lovely quick listen.

  • My Zombie BFF

  • YA Short Tales, Book 1
  • By: Liz Hahn, Liz Matis
  • Narrated by: Kasi Hollowell
  • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

Penny helped Mia survive the horrors of high school. Now, Mia has a chance to return the favor and help Penny survive the zombie apocalypse. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen

  • By Deborah on 09-15-18

A Fun Listen!

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

It takes a zombie apocalypse to find out who your real friends are! Mia and Penny are unlikely BFFs, Mia's the theater kid with the army prepper father, and Penny's the cheerleader dating the captain of the football team. Together these lifelong friends face the horrors of the zombie apocalypse as it overruns their school.

I'm normally not a zombie or horror fan, but this book was great! It had none of the gore and violence and focused more on Mia and Penny's friendship, which I loved, it was portrayed so well. The author captured that friendship perfectly. It doesn't end on a cliffhanger, it wraps things up nicely while leaving room for more books later. I hope there's more, I'd definitely read another by this author!

The narration was well done, the point of view switches between Mia and Penny and the narrator was perfect for both. She deepens her voice just a touch for male voices, and immersed me in the story. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.

  • Gathering Water

  • By: Regan Claire
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Swanepoel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24

Growing up in the foster system, Della never really had anything to call her own, not even a last name. Now, the truth was exposed, but there was still so much she didn't know. Hoping to learn more about the mother she never knew and maybe discover a bit more about herself along the way, Della travels across the country seeking answers - and finds far more than she bargained for. An unimaginable world - one on the brink of war - is pulling her in and making her claim a birthright she never knew she wanted. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique!

  • By Pam C on 10-03-18

Had Me Hooked!

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

Della Doe spent her life in the foster care system after her mom passed away during childbirth, unidentified as a Jane Doe. For eighteen years Della was shuttled from family to family, never finding a home, never quite fitting in. On her 18th birthday, Della learns her mother's name and where she came from, and travels to the small seaside town in North Carolina to claim her inheritance.

I really enjoyed this coming of age supernatural YA! There's a lot to love here, a strong heroine just discovering her family and her powers, a smart alec best friend who puts a smile on your face, a great small town setting, and a unique take on supernatural powers. Della was portrayed really well, I felt like I got to know her. She's so detached in the beginning but gradually loses that reserve. I liked the slow reveal of her powers, I thought it was built up well. This was a clean read I'd recommend to young teens on up. It definitely had me hooked and waiting for the next one!

The narration was well done, with separate voices for each character and a voice that fit Della perfectly. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Dare to Dream

  • Carolina Beach Series, Book 1
  • By: C.A. Harms
  • Narrated by: Lillian Yves
  • Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

After the sudden death of his wife two years ago, Darren Griffin has finally found peace. He has a good life, good job, two daughters he’d do anything for, and a beautiful home on the beach. Greer Monroe is grieving the loss of her father. It’s the final rung on the broken ladder that’s become her life - crappy job, no friends, and a cheating ex-boyfriend. At the insistence of her aunt, Greer decides to spend some time at her family’s beach house. When the glee-filled sound of children’s laughter dances through the breeze, Greer finds herself smiling again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story!

  • By Jan M on 08-23-18

Just a Sweet Listen

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

Still reeling from her father's loss and her boyfriend's betrayal, Greer decides to visit her family's beach house to recenter herself. She finally finds happiness watching the family next door, two sweet little girls and their doting father. Darren has his hands full running his business and raising his two girls, but the woman next door intrigues him. But Greer doesn't want to risk giving her heart away, or hurting the little family who has come to mean so much to her.

This was my first listen by this author, and it was really sweet! CA Harms created two lovable and believable leads, set the story in a beautiful location, and capped it all off with two of the sweetest little girls in print. The description of Greer's loss had me tearing up repeatedly in the first chapter, it was so well written. And her relationship with Darren was so natural and lacking in angst. The story switches between Greer and Darren's point of view, which I always prefer. I'd definitely pick up another book by this author.

The narration was well done with different voices for each character, she also performed the little girls' voices in an easy way. It pulled me right into the story and kept me listening. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.

  • Right Ho, Jeeves

  • By: P.G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Kevin Theis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

The infamous Bertie Wooster, rebuffing the assistance of his trusty manservant Jeeves, attempts to help his old chum and newt-fancier Gussie Fink-Nottle win the affections of the goofy but adorable Madeline Bassett. But without Jeeves to lend a hand, chaos ensues, and Bertie finds himself accidentally - and horribly - engaged to Madeline himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfection!

  • By HeatherY on 08-23-18

Perfection!

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

Reviewed: 08-23-18

If you've read any of Wodehouse's Jeeves books before, you know what to expect. Bertie gets himself into an awful scrape, and Jeeves quietly extricates him from the situation, usually humiliating Bertie a little in the process. It never gets old. I love the Jeeves short story collections, but this full length story really lets Wodehouse plunge into the ridiculousness of it all. In Right Ho, Jeeves, Bertie is convinced Jeeves is losing his touch and decides to solve an old school chum's love problems by himself. Of course Bertie, the lovable goof, makes things worse, and spirals the whole pack of Fink-Nottles, Bassetts, the Market Snodsbury Grammar School, and Milady's Boudoir into a mess only the master of psychology can solve.

I absolutely love Wodehouse's writing. He's a master of language and he uses prose and Bertie's slang to great comedic effect. It's just so much fun to listen to, wonderfully quotable and easy to understand, every line is perfection. If you're feeling just a bit down, a chapter or two of Jeeves and Wooster would be the perfect pick me up. I cannot recommend this book highly enough!

Although I've read the Jeeves books over the years, I've never listened to them narrated before, and I've been missing out. Kevin Theis performed with perfect comedic timing, making me laugh out loud throughout the whole book. His voices for each character were spot on, he even made Gussie sound a bit like a newt. I'm not sure how he managed it, but he did! Wonderful narration, it was very good, sir.

I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful