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  • The Collector

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,861
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,028
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,029

From #1 New York Times-best-selling author Nora Roberts comes a novel of a woman who needs nothing, a man who sees everything, and the web of deceit, greed, and danger that brings them together - and that could tear them apart… As a professional house-sitter and freelance writer, nothing ties Lila Emerson down - not her work, not a home, and definitely not a relationship. She spends her life moving from one job to the next, sometimes crashing at a friend 's Manhattan apartment. And though she can appreciate her clients ' extraordinary homes, their expensive collections, and their adorable pets, Lila has never longed for possessions of her own. Everything she has, including her heart, is portable.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I didn't want to like it--but couldn't stop!

  • By Janels on 05-02-14

The only person of color is the villain.

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

Reviewed: 09-21-16

The story is so-so. It has the tiresome dynamic of the sassy, independent woman learning that it's better to let her man be in charge. Also, hello... What year is it? Authors should know better by now. If you're going to have one POC, don't cast them as the villain. That's racist.

  • Bared to You

  • A Crossfire Novel, Book 1
  • By: Sylvia Day
  • Narrated by: Jill Redfield
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,027
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,125
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,134

"Gideon Cross came into my life like lightning in the darkness… He was beautiful and brilliant, jagged and white-hot. I was drawn to him as I’d never been to anything or anyone in my life. I craved his touch like a drug, even knowing it would weaken me. I was flawed and damaged, and he opened those cracks in me so easily…Gideon knew. He had demons of his own. And we would become the mirrors that reflected each other’s most private wounds…and desires."

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • TOUCHING & EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER OF PASSION

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 12-02-12

Narrator Great, Story Awful

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

Reviewed: 06-09-16

The narrator gives a stunning performance, and that's the only reason I liked this story at all.

It's basically Fifty Shades all over again, except that this time the heroine also has money. Gag. Two self-absorbed, incredibly immature one percenters, who could be spending their time and money giving back to the world, instead freak out constantly over the stupidest things while obsessing over sex. Seriously, I detest the characters in this book, and the story is unconvincing and boring.

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  • Shadow of Night

  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 24 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,867
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,863

Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended, however....

  • By J. Lunsford on 07-15-12

Smart, sexy, thrilling... even educational! :)

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

Reviewed: 09-03-12

This is one of those books that pulls you into a whole new world, where you begin to believe that it's all very real while you're in the midst of it. Captivating would be a good word. Anyone who is a history buff along with being a vampire/witch genre fan will get a real kick out of this. A must read! This is intelligently written but also fun all the way.

  • You Must Go and Win: Essays

  • By: Alina Simone
  • Narrated by: Alina Simone
  • Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 95

In the wickedly bittersweet and hilarious You Must Go and Win, the Ukrainian-born musician Alina Simone traces her bizarre journey through the indie rock world, from disastrous Craigslist auditions with sketchy producers to catching fleas in a Williamsburg sublet. But Simone offers more than down-and-out tales of her time as a struggling musician: she has a rapier wit, slashing and burning her way through the absurdities of life, while offering surprising and poignant insights.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful life journey

  • By Kristiina Friman on 11-08-11

Funny

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

Reviewed: 08-13-12

This is a very funny book. Worth listening! I laughed a lot, and could sympathize with Alina.

  • Fifty Shades Freed

  • Book Three of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
  • By: E. L. James
  • Narrated by: Becca Battoe
  • Length: 21 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,888
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,913

When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees. Now, Ana and Christian have it all - love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I really enjoyed this trilogy!

  • By Katherine on 06-12-12

Boooooooring

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

Reviewed: 08-06-12

What disappointed you about Fifty Shades Freed?

The story line is unbearably predictable. I rolled my eyes about 50 times (ha ha) before finally turning it off about 3/4 of the way through, never to listen again. I like the first two books OK, but not this one. I got really tired of the characters, too, what with Ana's lack of a backbone or self identity and Christian's appalling lack of anger management or respect for Ana. I just got weary of listening to their codependency. I could put up with their character flaws when there was a more interesting overall story happening, but the story line in Freed is appallingly dull.

Would you ever listen to anything by E. L. James again?

Maybe.

Would you be willing to try another one of Becca Battoe’s performances?

Her voice for Christian is one dimensional and sounds silly. It would be better if she put more flavor into his voice and less of an attempt to sound like a man (fake lowered voice). So, yes, I'd listen to her again, but I urge her management to rethink the way her recordings are mastered.

What character would you cut from Fifty Shades Freed?

Christian. He has no redeeming features other than his money. Imagine him without money, and he no longer seems appealing, despite his sexual skills. Without money, he wouldn't be able to cover up his control freakishness in stylish ways like he does. Imagine Ana actually growing up into a self-assured woman who wouldn't allow herself to be flattened by whatever whims this man has.

  • Lucid Dreaming Dream Walking Subliminal

  • Tibetan Dream Yoga Dream Walking Binaural Beats & Meditation Hypno Trance
  • By: Subliminal Hypnosis
  • Narrated by: Joel Thielke
  • Length: 1 hr and 11 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 15

Discover the amazing world of lucid dreaming with this subliminal hypnosis program. By using subliminal techniques, your subconscious mind will have pathways opened that will allow you to control your dreams, see another plane of consciousness and have experiences unimaginable in the physical world. Expand your awareness of your dreams! All you have to do is sit back and relax, and let your subconscious mind do all the work for you. Don’t wait another day. Today is all the time you need to start making positive choices for incredible change!

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • No Lucid Dreams Yet

  • By Erin on 05-25-12

No Lucid Dreams Yet

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

Reviewed: 05-25-12

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. So far, it doesn't seem to work. I've listened to it every day for a week and a half with no lucid dreams. I'll keep trying for another week or two just in case.

Any additional comments?

The end is awful. See, this book is very nice to listen to, very soothing with birds, water, bells, rain, etc. all mixed together. Then, at the end, it just abruptly stops, with no fade out or anything!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful