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  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • A Novel
  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,956
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,984
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,878

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Close To Perfection--A Definite Thumbs Up!

  • By Kathy on 08-07-17

I don't get the hype!?

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

It just seemed boring?! And the end/trauma just didn't affect me as much as other books have.

  • Peripeteia

  • The City Series, Book 2
  • By: Sarah Lyons Fleming
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer, Luke Daniels
  • Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 851
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 814
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 813

Months into the apocalypse, the zombies show no signs of dying, but it's clear everyone in Sunset Park will die without enough food to outlast the undead. Add in the less-than-sociable new neighbors only blocks away, and the hunt for sustenance has come to feel more like a race than a ramble. Sylvie is happy in her new home with the people who've become like family, though she's still working out how to let them into her heart. Eric wants in, and he wants to find his sister, but he can't do both at the same time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fix the audio!

  • By K. Dennis on 11-07-17

HATE THE FEMALE CHARACTER!!!!

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

This series is so disappointing because I LOVED the related series Until the End of the World.

Eric (Cassie's brother) is AMAZING and I loved him through and through. I really liked Jorge, too.

Both books in this series (The City Series) were so long and drawn out and felt like nothing happened. I wasn't upset when people died (like I was in Until the End of the World- I cried every time a character died in that series) so that was a fail on the author's part in The City Series.

Also, it ends with them running away so I assume there will be a Book 3 in this series. Perhaps they will make it up north and find Cassie?? That would be a good ending actually so it would be worth seeing the two Series coming together.

Most of all though, I cannot stand the main female character. She doesn't think she is lovable and at 27 she needs to get over it. It just seems like such a childish way to behave. However, Eric was great with her and forced her to open up and she did. She was also erratic and annoying. I just cannot get on board with her personality.

Honestly, I do not recommend you waste your time with The City Series... the only part of it that is worth it is knowing what happens to them because you already read the Until the End of the World series. So it the author does come out with a Book 3 in the City Series and it ties back into the story with Until the End of the World... it may be worth it to see the story end. So I guess I am recommending it - but just don't get your hopes up.

  • The Mentor

  • Men of the North series, Book 3
  • By: Elin Peer
  • Narrated by: John Masterson, Noelle Bridges
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 126

Everyone knows NOT to discuss how to raise children. The Men of the North have been living in exile for centuries, raising their boys without the influence of women. Now an experiment will bring girls and boys together in a new school with children and teachers from each side of the border. But how can two teachers work together when they don't agree on anything? Sparks fly in this clash of cultures when Archer Rex objects to Kya Rae's meditation "shit" that will surely turn his boys into wusses. He wants the kids to learn how to hunt and fight instead. Contains mature themes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simple and enjoyable

  • By Joey on 05-14-18

UNSURE!!!!

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

Book 3 in this series is about Kya and Archer. Christina nominates her best friend/old roommate Kya Rae to co-teach the experimental school with Archer. Kya and Archer fight and disagree constantly about how to teach the kids. Although it takes a longgggg time, they end up falling in love.

I had a really hard time deciding how I felt about this book. For me, it was hard to overcome the misogyny. I normally like bickering, but it's just so woven in with gender roles that it bothers me. But to be fair, this entire series is about gender roles so it's not really fair to judge it when that's the entire premise, right? I'm unsure. Also, I don't like spanking and this book has one scene with spanking (it wasn't terrible, but I just personally struggle with that in regard to children and even with consenting adults. I can even get on board with other BDSM stuff, but spanking always annoys me - PS there is no BDSM in this book. I was just explaining that it's just a weird thing that seriously puts me off). So perhaps if that doesn't bother you, this book won't be so hard to digest for you.

I do like how Archer clearly shows that he cares and likes Kya - despite some misogyny.

Overall, this book frustrated me, gave me lots of angst (toward the end after Kya realized she loves him, but maybe it's too late), and then I was relieved and happy when they end up together. So maybe that means it's a good book? Again, I'm just so unsure.

Give it a try! Find out for yourself. For me, I'm on to Book 4.

  • The Ruler

  • Men of the North Series, Book 2
  • By: Elin Peer
  • Narrated by: Noelle Bridges, John Masterson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160

Four hundred years in the future, women control the world but Khan Aurelius, ruler of the last free men, is determined to take back the power that has been denied men for centuries. Outnumbered by far, he knows that women need to give up their power willingly and with one of their councilwomen as a hostage, he's certain he can influence her with his superior male intellect. She is just a soft woman, after all. Councilwoman Pearl has sacrificed herself to save an innocent priestess. Trapped in the Northlands, her soft voice and sugar-coated view of the world doesn't impress Khan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fant-freaking-tastic

  • By Tracey McGarvey on 04-03-18

PRETTY GOOD

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

Book 2 in this Series is the story of Khan and Pearl. Khan is the ruler of the Men. Councilwoman Pearl agreed to be his captive in exchange for the release of a stolen priestess (by a distraught Magni who was looking for his runaway wife). Khan is now Pearl’s protector and they are both well matched in intelligence so they bicker a lot. They are working on a special experiment on having one man and one woman teach young children to see if they can work together. During their months together, they fall in love.

It's pretty good. The series in general is pretty good. It's not in my favorites list, but it's definitely entertaining and I keep listening! You'll get a battle of the genders, light sex, love, and a HEA.

  • The Protector

  • Men of the North, Book 1
  • By: Elin Peer
  • Narrated by: Noelle Bridges, John Masterson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358

Christina Sanders, an archeologist and professor in history, is fascinated with the past. As a modern woman of year 2437 she knows that women are better off without men, but longing for an adventure, she makes a spontaneous decision and volunteers for a job no one else wants. Now she's going to lead an archeological excavation in the Northlands, the most secluded place on earth where the mythical males live who are rumored to be as brutal and dangerous as the men Christina has read about in her history books. What will happen when Christina crosses into the men's territory?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Sherri on 03-16-18

PRETTY GOOD!

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

This Book 1 is pretty good; although it wasn't OMG crazy good. However, it's a great start to the series and I'm looking forward to continuing on.

After WW3, Canada and Alaska is now inhabited by the Men of the Northlands while the rest of the US is ruled by a council of women. The Women don’t indulge in eating animals, swearing, sex, porn, anger, etc. They are a socialist community while the North is still capitalistic and engage more primitive norms and believe women are less intelligent. Basically, the men think women are weak and the women think men are savage. Christina is an archaeologist and professor in history before she went on an archaeological excavation in the Northlands. Alexander was assigned to protect Christina. This is their love story.

Narrators were decent and did a fine job. Although, I don't think it hits a 5 star status. Nevertheless, it didn't take away from the listen.

  • Mordacious

  • The City Series, Book 1
  • By: Sarah Lyons Fleming
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels, Therese Plummer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,382
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,296

Sylvie Rossi has the loner thing down pat, with the exception of her best friend, Grace. But when the two are trapped in a hospital during the last gasp of a dying city, alone time is no longer an option. A nurse's offer of sanctuary promises Sylvie the supplies she needs to survive the zombies - it's the coexisting with people that might do her in. Eric Forrest will do whatever it takes to get into the dead city for his sister, including ending up dead himself. He's used to taking risks, but with every mile he travels death looks likelier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Feel Good Zombie Apocalypse

  • By LD on 09-25-16

SO LAME!!!

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

This book was so lame. Especially coming off the Until the End of the World series, which was so good. This book was a continuation of one of the characters (this book is about the brother of the main female character Cassie in the End of the World series), but no overlap of characters, and in the same universe. Despite being nearly 18 hours, it felt like 5 minutes and nothing happened. I'm SO disappointed, but I AM going to listen to the next book in hope of something actually happening.

There is NO romance. They just get to know each other, but no one says anything and there's barely any acknowledgement of them even being into each other. Yet, this book is listed under "Romance<Science Fiction" - not accurate. Perhaps book 2 will have some romance? But that's a major mistake - especially in 18 hours of Book 1 - you couldn't get any romance in? Not even a single kiss (and this was listed as "Sizzling" under the Steaminess Meter!!!! LIES.) UGH!

Basically Eric (Cassie's brother) meets Maria (Anna and Penny's Mom) and a new character Sylvia. We are to presume that romance eventually develops between Eric (awesome guy) and Sylvia (who doesn't believe she is worthy of love due to past family issues). They are all in NY trying to survive and living in Eric's (actually it's Peter and Cassie's) house.

The duet narration is good.

  • Seduction

  • Curse of the Gods, Book 3
  • By: Jane Washington, Jaymin Eve
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Moyen
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,248
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,148
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,143

Willa has never been a particularly useful dweller: she isn’t very good at chores, she isn’t very good at worshiping, she isn’t very good at not having opinions, and she isn’t very good with rules - but none of that matters anymore. The rules are changing. The dwellers are trying to make their own way in the world, and Willa can’t seem to help getting tangled up in their plans. Luckily, she has the Abcurse brothers to help her out - until she doesn’t, and suddenly she’s alone again in a world on the brink of chaos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Lori G on 03-01-18

JUST OKAY

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

This is definitely YOUNG adult. At times I found it to be a bit boring and immature, but I kept rooting for them.

This was book 3 in the series and it just felt repetitive. She is in Blesswood then is kidnapped to Topia then goes back.... in ... every... book.

Also, the sex scene just didn't feel like it hit the mark. Maybe because I'm too old for this target market (I'm in my 30s), but it just felt like "omg i love being naked, but i'm so innocent and naive i don't mean anything by it so don't touch me; actually let's have a threesome standing up in a river" - It's just not working for me. I do enjoy other YA series, but I just can't recommend this one.

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  • All the Stars in the Sky

  • Until the End of the World, Book 3
  • By: Sarah Lyons Fleming
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,940
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,799
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,793

Cassie Forrest has sworn she'll never let the world get the best of her again. She's chosen to believe everything will be all right. But on a journey filled with heartbreak and madness and zombies, Cassie and her friends must struggle to stay alive - and it's hard to believe in a future when survival seems unlikely.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best zombie apocalypse fiction out there!

  • By Natalie Harris on 05-20-15

GREAT ZOMBIE ROMANCE SERIES; EMOTIONAL

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

This was book 3 (after book 1, book 1.5, book 2) and the ending to this action packed zombie series. And I have to say, I LOVED IT. However, I cried a LOT. I couldn't stop listening since book 1 and there were times when I had to live my normal life without listening and I was just bummed out from the book and need to get back to reading/listening so I could find out what happens. It's an emotional read for sure, but ends with a very HEA.

Book 3 is about the gang heading to the safe zone in Alaska. Book 3 isn't quite as sad as book 2 was (OMG book 2 was devastating), but I still cried at a very scary part (no spoilers). Once your through that then things start to look up and you start rooting for the couple and hoping for your HEA... and you sure get it!

This book series is a paranormal (zombie) romance and it has the perfect mix of both. (No graphic sex.)

The narrator did a great job. I think some female narrators are a bit better with multiple male voices, but she was good enough that it was very enjoyable.

I highly recommend if you like (contemporary - main characters in the late 20s and 30s) zombie romances!

  • And After

  • Until the End of the World, Book 2
  • By: Sarah Lyons Fleming
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,052
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,901
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,886

Cassie Forrest could almost believe life at Kingdom Come Farm is perfect, with Adrian and her friends at her side and spring on the way. The spring thaw also means millions of defrosting zombies, however, and if the past year has taught her anything, it's that life in this new world is highly imperfect. When Safe Zones throughout the country begin to disappear and the zombies at the fences grow in number, Cassie clings to the hope that if she has the people she loves most, it will be all right.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FABULOUS LISTEN!

  • By Stephanie on 03-20-15

HEART WRENCHING!!!

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

This book (Book 2 of the series) is so heart wrenching. I teared up several times and literally BALLED my eyes out twice.

The book starts out showing how things are going well and everyone is happy, healthy, and in love. Then 3 hours in, your heart is just torn out of your body. Then they try to make it through and you start to get hope again. Until the end of the book, your heart is again ripped into pieces.

This book just ended and I'm just so sad; I don't know how this author is going to turn things around and make it right in book 3. My heart is broken.

On to Book 3.

  • So Long, Lollipops

  • The Free Until The End of the World Novella
  • By: Sarah Lyons Fleming
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 3 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,935
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,602
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,597

Peter watched his new family drive away, certain it was the last time he'd ever see them. But sometimes plans go awry in the best way. Now, the plan is to get back to them. But sometimes plans go awry in the worst way. Sometimes the only plan is to believe it will be all right, even when it's almost impossible to believe.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Zombie, Chick Lit

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 12-30-15

Good for Peter's POV

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

This is Book 1.5 and is a quick update of Peter's trip from when he separated from the group. It gives you insight to Peter's POV in regard to his relationship to Cassie and to who he is. It's good, and if you're reading the series, definitely worth while.