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  • The Poet X

  • By: Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Length: 3 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 286
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 261

Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking. But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers - especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, whom her family can never know about.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • open mic night

  • By Sarah Donovan on 04-13-18

Brilliant!!

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

I don’t even know how to review this in all honestly. Acevedo, who has earned herself favorite new author status in my eyes, has written ( in verse!!) the moving story of Xiomara. A girl just trying to figure herself out while living with a ultra religious mom, a cinnamon roll brother, and a dad who pretty much stays out of matters at home. Acevedo did a marvelous with the narration. The emotion she put into this made the characters seem so unbelievably real. LISTEN TO IT!! You will not be disappointed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ain't She a Peach

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,306
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,227

An Atlanta ex-cop comes to Lake Sackett, Georgia, seeking peace and quiet - but he hasn’t bargained on falling for Frankie, the cutest coroner he’s ever met. Frankie McCready talks to dead people. Not like a ghost whisperer or anything - but it seems rude to embalm them and not say hello. Fortunately, at the McCready Family Funeral Home & Bait Shop, Frankie’s eccentricities fit right in. Lake Sackett’s embalmer and county coroner, Frankie’s goth styling and passion for nerd culture mean she’s not your typical Southern girl, but the McCreadys are hardly your typical Southern family. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • finishes "Peachy Flippin' Keen"

  • By LOYL-00 on 06-21-18

The Harper magic is back again!

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

As someone who had to take a break from Molly Harper book, because they were all sounding the same to me, I think this was the perfect book to get me back into her writing. Hysterical, and down right snarky Frankie is a trademark Harper main character that will delight your senses. Also Amanda Ronconi is the narrator so you know it will be told excellently.

  • Pride

  • By: Ibi Zoboi
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 76

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

Every girl from the hood needs to listen to this

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

Reviewed: 09-19-18

Beautiful in every way! This is the love story I would have loved to have as a kid growing up in the hood. Zuri would have made Elizabeth Bennett proud in this updated, and very much needed, Pride and Prejudice remix. If you’ve dealt with gentrification, going on to college, moving from your hometown, moving from the hood to a more wealthier neighborhood where you may feel like a fish out of water than this will touch you in a way you won’t expect. Honestly, the last few chapters had me in near tears.
Acevedo did a marvelous job as the narrator. Every character had a distinct voice, and I never had to guess who was speaking. Lastly, I love how multifaceted Zoboi’s characters were. She shows the many faces of the black community through her characters. I felt like I was seeing my own family. Read it. Read it. Please Read it.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Brandon Mills versus the V-Card

  • Prescott College, Book 2
  • By: J.A. Rock, Lisa Henry
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41

When Alex and Brandon are drafted onto the Phi Sig Academic Challenge team, they start spending time together. But as the competition - and their relationship - heats up, Alex’s determination not to die a virgin clashes with Brandon’s vow of lifelong celibacy, forcing them to examine what’s truly important to each of them about love.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • so funny

  • By trish on 06-23-18

Soo good

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

Reviewed: 09-18-18

The gang is back and better than ever! If you were a fan of the first book you are going to love Brandon’s story. Hysterical, adorable, Joel Leslie’s perfect narration will make you love this audiobook.

  • Peachy Flippin' Keen

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 2 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,081
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,023
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,014

The McCready Family Funeral Home and Bait Shop has crickets running rampant in the store and hot sauce in the Snack Shack's ketchup bottles. But as the county coroner, Frankie has enough on her plate without worrying about the increasingly mean pranks being played at her family's business. And the arrival of Sheriff Eric Linden, both devastatingly attractive and painfully taciturn, is enough to push her over the edge.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Unfinished

  • By ashley on 04-23-18

Really enjoyed this

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

I was hesitant to get this because a large chunk of reviews were saying it was more of a excerpt than a novella, but I have to disagree with them. This has a clear beginning and end no different from her other two novellas. Thankfully, the story continues in for this pairing in “Ain’t She a Peach”, no different from her vampire novella and following novel.

If you’re looking for something with Harper’s trademark snark and laughs than this is it. Highly recommend if your just getting into the authors work but her more supernatural stuff isn’t your thing.

  • A Destiny of Dragons

  • Tales from Verania, Book 2
  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Michael Lesley
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 730
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 697
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 695

Once upon a time, the wizard’s apprentice, Sam of Wilds, got his happily ever after in the arms of his cornerstone, Knight Commander Ryan Foxheart. A year has passed, and while Sam’s been captured five or six more times since then, things are pretty great. Until they're not.... Because Vadoma, the leader of the gypsy clan and Sam’s grandmother, has come to the City of Lockes with a dire prophecy written in the stars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic book with awesome narration

  • By J. John on 12-03-17

The gang is back and better than ever before!

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

Reviewed: 06-10-18

What a rollercoaster! Things to note in this book: 1. The gang is back again! Every. Single. One. Of. Them. The hilarity that you loved in the first book is still here (and even better). Gary the unicorn has to be the most hilariously sassy mess I have ever heard. 2. The pacing is fantastic. I never once felt bored or skipped ahead. 3. Micheal Lesley is a magical! There are so many characters (just over 10 main side characters) and they all had such distinct voices. Bravo Mr. Lesley! Just buy it! If you were a fan of the first book you’ll love this book just as much.

  • Us

  • By: Sarina Bowen, Elle Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Teddy Hamilton, Jacob Morgan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,046
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 995
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 993

Five months in, NHL forward Ryan Wesley is having a record-breaking rookie season. He's living his dream of playing pro hockey and coming home every night to the man he loves - Jamie Canning, his longtime best friend turned boyfriend. There's just one problem: the most important relationship of his life is one he needs to keep hidden, or else face a media storm that will eclipse his success on the ice.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FAVORITE

  • By LAXMAMA on 02-07-17

Great ending to the series!

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

Reviewed: 05-23-18

Bowen and Kennedy aka the dynamic duo have done it again! I’ve been dreading this books for years because I was afraid it wouldn’t live up to expectations but I was clearly wrong. Teddy Hamilton and Jacob Morgan did fantastic jobs once again as narrators and Blake (good god Blake) is one of the funniest side characters to ever be introduced. I’m sad to see Ryan and Jamie ‘s story close with this but man what a way to end.

  • Circe

  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,477
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,954
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,907

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child - not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring, like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power - the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refined writing with an intimate performance

  • By Michael - Audible Editor on 04-11-18

Utter Perfection

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

Reviewed: 05-18-18

Madeline Miller is back, and I’m happy to report there is no second book slump here. Circe was a wonderful retelling with Miller’s beautiful writing as it’s shining beacon. I was never bored once, and the story literally spans centuries without feeling as if it was missing something; and Perdita Weeks’ narration was sublime. I can’t wait to see what else she narrated.

  • Long Way Down

  • By: Jason Reynolds
  • Narrated by: Jason Reynolds
  • Length: 1 hr and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 501
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497

A cannon. A strap. Or, you can call it a gun. That's what 15-year-old Will has shoved in the back waistband of his jeans. See, his brother Shawn was just murdered. And Will knows the rules. No crying. No snitching. Revenge. That's where Will's now heading, with that gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, the gun that was his brother's gun. He gets on the elevator, seventh floor, stoked. He knows who he's after. Or does he?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Real and Relevant!

  • By tarafarah7: Tara Brown on 11-05-17

Speechless

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

Absolutely no fault with this book. It’s heartbreaking, honest, and heck sad. If you grew up in the inner city I think it will hit really close to home. So be prepared to be left breathless and possibly crying.

  • Murder Takes the High Road

  • By: Josh Lanyon
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154

Librarian Carter Matheson is determined to enjoy himself on a Scottish bus tour for fans of mystery author Dame Vanessa Rayburn. Sure, his ex, Trevor, will also be on the trip with his new boyfriend, leaving Carter to share a room with a stranger, but he can’t pass up a chance to meet his favorite author. Carter’s roommate turns out to be John Knight, a figure as mysterious as any character from Vanessa’s books. His strange affect and nighttime wanderings make Carter suspicious. When a fellow traveler’s death sparks rumors of foul play, Carter is left wondering if there’s anyone on the tour he can trust.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting story, not a fan of narration

  • By DJR on 11-09-18

Agatha Christie with a Lanyon Twist!

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

Reviewed: 05-07-18

This is a great Lanyon mystery, and it kept my interest for the entire time. Gary Furlong did a superb job with the narration! There are more than eight main (side) characters, and they each had a distinctive voice. The only downside to the story was that the romance wasn’t as fleshed out as it could have been, it is a Lanyon novel so the mystery comes first obviously, but it was still adorable and fun.