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  • Learn Beginner Spanish Bundle: The Ultimate Spanish for Beginners Bundle: Lessons 1 to 30

  • From the Original Learning Spanish like Crazy Level 1
  • By: Patrick Jackson
  • Narrated by: Paul Rodriguez, Juan Noble, Jessica Ramos-Collins
  • Length: 20 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Take your Spanish to the next level. Learning Spanish like Crazy will empower you to step on the gas and peel rubber, taking you from beginner level - or even absolute beginner level - all the way to Latin American conversational Spanish.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What I really like about this audiobook

  • By Drew R. on 11-16-18

Well worth the credit!

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

I'm a beginner Spanish student learning on my own using apps, podcasts, books, and videos online. I picked up this audiobook to supplement my other lessons and I'm glad I did! It starts with the very basics of vocabulary and teaches it in a way guaranteed to make me remember. The narrator leaves space in order to guess the word and repeat it, making sure to imprint the word or phrase in my head.

If you're using an app like Duolingo to learn Spanish, or another program that focuses on repetition and memorization, this book is a great companion. Rather than memorizing phrases, it explains conjugation and sentence structure, which is really helpful. It also has a lot of sample conversations. This isn't a quick phrasebook, it contains in depth lessons that will help you to become fluent. At 30 hours, it contains a lot of content for a single credit.

The narration was really well done, the narrators left enough time to listen and repeat phrases, and enunciated in a way I never had trouble understanding. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.

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  • Leah's Song

  • Mountain Creek Drive Series, Book 2
  • By: Daphne James Huff
  • Narrated by: Kaye Anderson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Between her soccer superstar big sister and musical prodigy best friend, Leah Cooper has never been in the spotlight. And she's fine with that. So why would she ever try out for choir? Oh right, the incredibly hot new neighbor Josh, who she might like more than she secretly loves boy bands. The only problem is, her best friend Lilly likes him, too. They promise each other they'll both stay away, but Josh doesn't seem to want to stay away from Leah...  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sing like nobody is watching 5 stars

  • By texasangel71 on 12-10-18

Soooo Cute!

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

Reviewed: 12-07-18

Leah Cooper is pretty happy with her life, she's a junior in high school with a talented best friend and a soccer star older sister. As a middle child, she's a bit lost in the shuffle at home. When dreamy Josh moves in next door, Leah and her best friend Lilly both fall for him, hard. To save their friendship, Leah promises Lilly that she'll stay away from Josh. That promise is tested when Leah and Josh both join choir and Josh starts to pay more attention to Leah. Leah needs to decide if her friendship with Lilly is more important than dating the hottest and sweetest guy ever.

This is the second book in the Mountain Creek Drive series, but each book is a standalone read. It's a clean YA read I'd recommend for young teens on up. The setting was just so much fun, I loved the 90s references to things I haven't remembered in years, like the warped tour and Chicken Soup for the Soul. Leah was a heroine you want to root for, she's a peacemaker who put everyone before herself. I really wanted to shake her friend and siblings and smack her parents for not appreciating her. Josh is dreamy, as a YA lead should be, and their conversations and interactions were really cute. I'd definitely recommend this one!

The narration was great, Kaye Anderson had the perfect voice for the story and really brought a lot to it. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tempering Earth

  • Gathering Water, Book 2
  • By: Regan Claire
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Swanepoel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8

After discovering her true identity and coming to terms with an unimaginable heritage, Della Doe Deare finally thinks she has things figured out. She is learning the ropes of both her human and non-human responsibilities; ones which will soon include leading an army and may one day mean ruling a people. As the sole person able to control all five elements, she will have the power to protect everyone that she loves - and destroy anything that threatens them. But first, she has to survive the Elfennol training.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story

  • By Amazon CustomerBeliever on 11-21-18

A Great Follow Up

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

This is book 2 in the Gathering Water series, and I really recommend reading book 1 first. Della, once an orphan in the foster system, has discovered her extended family and an elemental heritage she never knew existed. As she navigates the new world of the Elfennol and learns more about her family's past, she feels more lost than ever. Only a new friend can help ground her, bring her comfort, and maybe save the lives of those she loves most.

It's hard to write a review without spoiling the first book, but I'll try! I loved book one in this series, and this was a great follow up. Della's strength makes her a powerful lead, and her vulnerability makes her immensely likable. She never feels sorry for herself, she's just trying to fit in to her new role and she tackles it head on. This was a clean read I'd recommend to young teens on up. I feel like we're building up to a great finale!

The narration was really good, with different voices for each character. She was really easy to listen to. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Soap-Making Business Startup: Start and Run a Successful Soap-Making Business from Home

  • By: Josephine M. Silva
  • Narrated by: Deryn Oliver
  • Length: 1 hr and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 8

This audiobook may be your best companion on this exciting journey or starting a soap-making business. Since you are now ready to turn your hobby into a profitable business, you will need some guidance, and this audiobook can be that guidance. This audiobook is all about focusing on the most important things you should know before you start your own business.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best choice I could have made

  • By dustain on 02-14-18

Good for business or hobby

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

Reviewed: 11-29-18

This was a great overview on starting a soap making business, it covers everything from materials to marketing to recipes. I especially appreciated the chapter on the legal side of selling soap, as I've read many horror stories about the legal risks involved. This book broke it down in an easy to understand way. The recipes run the gamut from simple soap made with pre-made soap base to more involved recipes. I can't wait to try one!

I switched back and forth between the audio and the kindle version of the book, and the audio was clear and easy to understand, perfectly paced. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.

  • 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 9
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9

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
  • Unique world

  • By Margaret on 12-07-18

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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.

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  • 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 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

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 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

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.