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  • Phi Alpha Pi

  • 21st Century Austen, Book 2
  • By: Sara Marks
  • Narrated by: Libby Marshall
  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    0 out of 5 stars 0
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Lizbeth has a busy senior year ahead of her, balancing her goals to complete an bring president of her sorority, writing an honors thesis, graduating, and decide her future plans. Love isn’t something she’s even thinking about. That is, until Wil, a new transfer student, pushes every one of her buttons. Lizbeth finds Wil to be rude, snobby, and judgmental. Even though she tries to avoid him, he seems to be everywhere, scowling when he sees her in classes and at parties. That is, until his Thanksgiving proclamation of love. It causes Lizbeth to reconsider how she sees the world and Wil.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 3.5 Stars for the story, the narrative was horrid

  • By JM Saenz on 10-16-18

3.5 Stars for the story, the narrative was horrid

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

Reviewed: 10-16-18

I don't think I have ever said anything this objectionable regarding a narrator performance until now. The voice pitch and volume changed from sentence to sentence at times. The audio was garbled or muffled at most times and at others there were echoes. I think the only reason I was able to understand it all was because I was using the Kindle WhisperSync option and I was following along when possible and other times I went back and replayed the audio until I understood it.

Regarding the storyline: This is more of a re-imagined version of P&P than a retelling of the story. Nonetheless, it is still an interesting book.

Even though the characters were supposed to be adults on a college campus, some of attitudes portrayed were at times that of pre-teens and teenagers and not young adults.

I would buy more audiobooks from this author if AND ONLY IF this narrator is not used for those subsequent recordings.

  • The Earl of London

  • By: Louise Bay
  • Narrated by: Shane East, Imogen Church
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357

I believe in love. It just doesn’t believe in me. I date. I’m all for giving guys a chance. I’ve just never met the one. Until on a spring morning in the English countryside, a tall, dark stranger emerges from the mist. Logan Steele is all tousled hair, hard chest, and lips so perfect I want to reach out and touch them, just to check they’re real. Did I mention he’s an Earl with a self-made fortune? But when I find out Logan Steele is out to destroy everything I’ve dedicated my life to protect, the chemistry disappears and the hope that had blossomed my chest turns to rage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great narration

  • By Erin Lewis on 08-27-18

F-ing great!

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

Reviewed: 10-13-18

This was f-ing incredible. I am glad Darcy was able to get HEA finally. Makes wonder who will cupid's arrow hit next. Perhaps Aurora?!

Narrators did a wonderful job.

  • War Storm

  • Red Queen Series, Book 4
  • By: Victoria Aveyard
  • Narrated by: Amanda Dolan, Erin Spencer, Saskia Maarleveld, and others
  • Length: 22 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,668
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,516
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,516

Mare Barrow learned this all too well when Cal's betrayal nearly destroyed her. Now determined to protect her heart - and secure freedom for Reds and newbloods like her - Mare resolves to overthrow the kingdom of Norta once and for all... starting with the crown on Maven's head. But no battle is won alone, and before the Reds may rise as one, Mare must side with the boy who broke her heart in order to defeat the boy who almost broke her. Cal's powerful Silver allies, alongside Mare and the Scarlet Guard, prove a formidable force.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • With a sneer

  • By SandraDee on 07-16-18

???

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

I have very mixed feelings about this book. I love the series but this book was a little disappointing. The story feels unfinished and the book feels like it was rushed towards the end. Please don't get me wrong, I really did enjoy this book but it feels like several key points were left open even though this is supposed to be the last book in the series.

In regards to the narrative, the male narrators sounded monotone. There was no inflection, no life. Sorry but this really hurt the performance as a whole.

  • The Deception at Lyme: Or, The Peril of Persuasion

  • Mr. and Mrs. Darcy Mysteries, Book 6
  • By: Carrie Bebris
  • Narrated by: Leslie Carroll
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 25

Critically acclaimed author Carrie Bebris earned a Daphne du Maurier Award for her lively mysteries starring the fictional creations of Jane Austen. Here, Mr. and Mrs. Darcy investigate a murder in the seaside village of Lyme. While on holiday, the Darcys stumble upon the body of a woman who had been at the center of a local scandal. Was it an accidental death? Or were there more sinister forces at work?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • tolerable

  • By connie on 02-25-12

Inspiring! 😍

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

This is the first book I have ever read by this author and I am saddened I had not done so already. I am so glad I did, it is truly inspired. I love the clever way she integrated characters from two Jane Austen's novels into one story without compromising the characters introduced by Jane Austen.

I narrator was superb as well and I hope more books from this series are released on Audible in the near future.

  • Pride

  • By: Ibi Zoboi
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

Zuri Benitez has pride. Brooklyn pride, family pride, and pride in her Afro-Latino roots. But pride might not be enough to save her rapidly gentrifying neighborhood from becoming unrecognizable. When the wealthy Darcy family moves in across the street, Zuri wants nothing to do with their two teenage sons, even as her older sister, Janae, starts to fall for the charming Ainsley. She especially can’t stand the judgmental and arrogant Darius. Yet as Zuri and Darius are forced to find common ground, their initial dislike shifts into an unexpected understanding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Every girl from the hood needs to listen to this

  • By Kiana on 09-19-18

🤔 🤨

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

As a story this book was okay, but calling this a Pride and Prejudice retelling is not an accurate statement. Yes, some of the characters names were similar but calling this story a P&P vagary is a stretch. I really didn't like the characters themselves but I really enjoyed the poetry expressed by Zuri's character hence the 3 for the story.

The narration is amazing which I think helped and which is why I gave 4 overall. I don't think I could have completed this book if the narration was not as lively, and with so much heart. Elizabeth Acevedo makes you feel the words.

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  • The Girl from Summer Hill

  • A Summer Hill Novel, Book 1
  • By: Jude Deveraux
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 458

Chef Casey Reddick has had it up to here with men. When she arrives in the charming town of Summer Hill, Virginia, she leaves behind a demanding boss at a famous DC restaurant and a breakup with a boyfriend jealous of her success. Some peace and quiet on the picturesque Tattwell plantation are just what she needs to start fresh. But the tranquility is broken one misty morning when she sees a gorgeous naked man on the porch of her cottage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh Out Loud

  • By Jim L. Ramsey on 09-11-16

Happily Satisfied, I loved it

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

The narration was fantastic. This modern P&P Variation is smart and not overdone.

The day I bought this book was the first time I had heard of this book and this author. It was a recommendation by Meredith Esparza from AustenesqueReviews.com. I am so happy for the recommendation. The book funny, heartwarming, heartbreaking and also made me want to throw things in anger.

Though I do wonder how they planned on putting on 11 more shows with a missing Wickham after opening night?!

  • London Holiday: A Pride and Prejudice Romantic Comedy

  • By: Nicole Clarkston, A Lady
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14

Drugged and betrayed in his own household, Fitzwilliam Darcy makes his escape from a forged compromise that would see him unhappily wed. Dressed as a footman, he is welcomed into one of London’s unknown neighborhoods by a young lady who is running out of time and running for her life. Deciding to hide in plain sight, Miss Elizabeth Bennet dodges the expectation to marry the man of her mother’s dreams. When the insolent footman she “found” refuses to leave her side until they can uncover a solution to their respective dilemmas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love it

  • By JM Saenz on 09-16-18

I love it

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

I really love the story. I've always enjoyed Miss Zimmerman's narrative, as I did on this occasion as well but chapter 16 is missing. The story jumps from chapter 15 to chapter 17.

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  • Pride and Proposals: A Pride and Prejudice Variation

  • By: Victoria Kincaid
  • Narrated by: Erin Evans-Walker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

Darcy has been bewitched by Elizabeth Bennet since he met her in Hertfordshire. He can no longer fight this overwhelming attraction and must admit he is hopelessly in love. During Elizabeth’s visit to Kent, she has been forced to endure the company of the difficult and disapproving Mr. Darcy, but she has enjoyed making the acquaintance of his affable cousin, Colonel Fitzwilliam. Finally resolved, Darcy arrives at Hunsford Parsonage prepared to propose - only to discover that Elizabeth has just accepted a proposal from the colonel, Darcy’s dearest friend in the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ahhhhhh Darcy

  • By JM Saenz on 09-15-18

Ahhhhhh Darcy

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

Wonderful narrative of wonderful story. I love P&P retelling stories including this one. This is a wonderful story but Mr Darcy really aggravated me. I admired his determination to keep his feelings to himself while his cousin was still in the picture. Even though Elizabeth was grieving he could have been less aloof to aleast try to change her thinking about him. Because of his stubbornness he almost lost her. I loved his fierce determination to protect her even from his own "unwanted feelings" but by not making his true feelings evident her was pushing he away. I was saddened by Richard's parents behavior towards her as well but all these elements made the story more complex and endearing once they were able to obtain their HEA.

  • Wolf of Stone

  • Gypsy Healer Series, Book 2
  • By: Quinn Loftis
  • Narrated by: Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Dalton Black, a Canis lupis full of guilt and anger, never expected to find his true mate. Perhaps already slipping into madness, he had resigned himself to the fact that he would walk the earth without the other half of his soul. But all of those resignations evaporated when he saw her broken and bloodied body lying on that altar. Though the man didn't recognize her, the wolf did.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great read!

  • By Phyllis Gaskill on 02-09-18

Imaginary

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

The imaginary in this book is off the charts. So funny and heartbreaking. Now I wonder what happens to the Pixie King's Brother when he has a cold or when his face is exposed to cold weather.....

  • Once Upon a Time Travel

  • By: Sariah Wilson
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Gideon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Recent college grad Emma Damon knows the Rose Room in Hartley Hall is off limits, which is exactly why she can't wait to get inside. Once she enters the forbidden room, Emma learns more about the history of the museum than she ever intended to know. Waking up confused and shocked in 1816, all Emma wants is to return to her cozy home with flushing toilets and disposable razors. But when she's mistaken for someone else, Emma must pretend to be everything she's not.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • So Much Fun!

  • By Lynne Denena on 09-09-18

Hilarious

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

Reviewed: 08-30-18

I have always enjoyed this author's work and this book doesn't disappoint. It is hilarious but at times it is very sad. So many misunderstandings because of their different language patterns. For example, "I will have to mount while you are here." Seriously, who wouldn't find that funny especially with the serious tone the author and narrator used while delivering the line.

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