LISTENER

CindiL

Wisconsin
  • 78
  • reviews
  • 272
  • helpful votes
  • 316
  • ratings
  • China Rich Girlfriend

  • A Novel
  • By: Kevin Kwan
  • Narrated by: Lydia Look
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,041
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,634
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,617

Kevin Kwan, best-selling author of Crazy Rich Asians, is back with a wickedly funny new novel of social climbing, secret emails, art-world scandal, lovesick billionaires, and the outrageous story of what happens when Rachel Chu, engaged to marry Asia's most eligible bachelor, discovers her birth father.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Story. Discontinuity of narrators.

  • By Rachel on 08-17-15

Like the twists and turns

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

Reviewed: 08-31-18

I enjoyed the second book though Rachel's personality seemed very different in this book then the first book. She seemed far too easy going and ok with being pampered by the rich when she was so against it in the first book. She didn't come across as intelligent in this book either. Other than that, I really like the different threads of the storyline and how they all weave together by the end of the book. Very entertaining. Worth the credit, will be downloading book 3.

  • Tracker

  • Rylee Adamson, Book 6
  • By: Shannon Mayer
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 209
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208

When children go missing and the humans have no leads, I'm the one they call. I am their last hope in bringing home the lost ones. I salvage what they cannot. My name is Rylee, and I am a Tracker. Bringing my allies together as war approaches is my number one concern. But that means I have to play nice with a vampire who is blackmailing me, even though I'd rather remove his head.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Rylee still kicks Ass!

  • By BikeVON on 02-05-17

Another Fantastic Rylee Book

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

Reviewed: 12-27-17

I absolutely love this series (and so does my husband). Each book is captivating and on a non-stop roller coaster from beginning to end. I love how the major plot is unwinding with the addition of each book. Each book has its own plot that is leading us towards the ultimate ending. I can't say with this series that I love one book more than another, they are all great.

Seems like in each book, Rylee picks up another member to join her rag tag family. Rylee needs to track the blood so the next vampire King or Queen can be "crowned". Is it Berget or is it Faris? I won't give away the answer to that question but you will find out in this book.

There are more nasty supernaturals Rylee and crew are up against in this book and Rylee loses some friends and gains some others. I don't want to give away any spoilers so read away! I'm on to book 7.

  • The Faerie Guardian

  • Creepy Hollow Series, Book 1
  • By: Rachel Morgan
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie, Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 332
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 331

Protecting humans from dangerous magical creatures is all in a day's work for a faerie training to be a guardian. Seventeen-year-old Violet Fairdale knows this better than anyone - she's about to become the best guardian the Guild has seen in years. That is until a cute human boy who can somehow see through her faerie glamour follows her into the fae realm. Now she's broken Guild Law, a crime that could lead to her expulsion.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed it!!!!!

  • By Tanela Hicks on 09-18-15

Started slow but picked up speed.

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

Reviewed: 10-06-17

This book started out fairly slow and I wasn't sure I wanted to continue but after a few hours the storyline really took off and I enjoyed the story itself. Its definitely more of a younger teen story and the characters felt pretty immature.

The story itself was good, full of twists and turns and I liked it enough to download book no. 2.

The narrators were very good.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ash

  • Hive Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Leia Stone, Jaymin Eve
  • Narrated by: Dara Rosenberg
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,420
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,308
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,299

It all started when infected bats bit a small group of humans and created what are now called vampires. Then, the male vampires knocked up some female humans, and the result was a gorgeous race of all male ash - superhuman freaks that had looks to kill. Charlie is the first female ash, aka unicorn of the Hive - the gated compound in Portland that the humans have designated to isolate vampires and ash from society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great read ,

  • By raheme johnson on 05-03-16

Eh, it was ok

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

Reviewed: 10-02-17

The story line itself was unique and creative so I liked that it was a different twist on vampires. The characters themselves were very immature, less mature than most of the YA novels I often listen to. It came across as fake or forced in many instances when you know a serious situation is happening and she is thinking about someone's ass or getting laid.

The narrator was very good.

I am undecided if I should spend the credit on the 2nd book or not.....

  • Tower of Dawn

  • A Throne of Glass Novel
  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
  • Length: 22 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,578
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,321

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the king of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken. His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica - the stronghold of the southern continent's mighty empire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Agh!!! Soooo goood!!!

  • By Ann on 11-05-17

An Offshoot From The Main Storyline

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

Reviewed: 09-27-17

First of all, Chaol is my least favorite character in the Throne of Glass series (which is one of my all time favorites) so I wasn't thrilled to get into a whole book about him. That said, there was quite a bit revealed that will be necessary to the next book in the series. I enjoyed the Nesryn and the Prince story line and even the Chaol and Irene story line.

This book lacked the excitement of the others. I feel like these stories could have been part of the other books and didn't need to be so long but I'm glad I know what I know now and CANNOT wait for the next book due out in 2018.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Assassin's Blade

  • The Throne of Glass Novellas
  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
  • Length: 12 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,915
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,684
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,690

Celaena Sardothien is her kingdom's most feared assassin. Though she works for the powerful and ruthless Assassin's Guild, Celaena yields to no one and trusts only her fellow killer for hire, Sam. When Celaena's scheming master, Arobynn Hamel, dispatches her on missions that take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, she finds herself acting independently of his wishes - and questioning her own allegiance. Along the way, she makes friends and enemies alike, and discovers that she feels far more for Sam than just friendship.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting Story, I'm game.

  • By N. ROSS on 08-26-14

Back Stories to the Story!

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

Reviewed: 09-09-17

I'd recommend reading this compilation of novellas before book 5. You get the back stories to characters that come up in Book 5 and also how Celaena wound up at Endovier. It isn't necessary but gives depth to the relationships she has formed in the past and that come up again in the future. It also covers the story of her and Sam which isn't covered but only alluded to in the other books.

  • Heir of Novron

  • Riyria Revelations, Volume 3
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 31 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 16,246
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,146
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 15,156

On the holiday of Wintertide, the New Empire plans to burn the Witch of Melengar and force the Empress into a marriage of their own design. But they didn’t account for Royce and Hadrian finally locating the Heir of Novron—or the pair’s desire to wreak havoc on the New Empire’s carefully crafted scheme.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Spectacular fantasy series

  • By Ron on 01-03-13

A Great Ending To A Great Tale

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

Reviewed: 05-23-17

Really enjoyed the last two books in this final volume of Riyria. Non-stop action. All the threads of the story came together just perfectly and all questions were answered except one for me regarding Royce. Just an excellent, all around great story.

Tim Gerard Reynolds is fantastic, as always.

  • Theft of Swords

  • Riyria Revelations, Volume 1
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 22 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,746
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,377
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,355

Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • And I didn't think I liked fantasies...

  • By AudioAddict on 09-27-13

Not fantastic but good enough to continue on

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

Reviewed: 04-27-17

So many people love this series and though I think it has been ok I don't see or feel that magic that others do. There are so many other great epic stories, Red Rising by Pierce Brown probably being my all time favorite and very hard to compete with on any level. I also have loved the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas which is non-stop action and intrigue, twists and turns. I found this story to move very slowly, especially Book 1.

Luckily, book 2 was a definite improvement, finally got a lot more interesting and ended at a point where I do want to continue on to the next volume. I am hoping it continues on like book 2 and has more intrigue and action and less filler. The lack of any romance is a bit boring and I think unrealistic in this type of story.

Tim Gerard Reynolds is my all time favorite narrator for a male character.

  • Rise of Empire

  • Riyria Revelations, Volume 2
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 26 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,494
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,330
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,326

Best-selling author Michael J. Sullivan’s mesmerizing Riyria Revelations series has found a welcome home with fans of magic, clashing swords, and daring heroes. This second volume finds Royce and Hadrian on a quest to enlist the southern Nationalists to aid the ever-weakening kingdom of Melengar. Royce suspects an ancient wizard is manipulating them all, but to find the truth he’ll have to decipher Hadrian’s past—a past Hadrian wants to keep secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great continuation of the first book. Tons of fun!

  • By Adnan on 05-30-12

The Adventure Just Gets Better

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

Reviewed: 04-27-17

This is one of these series that I feel only improves with each book. Books 3 and 4 in this Volume 2 were non-stop action. I like the complexity of the plot and how a few different story lines intertwine.

Looking forward to the final Volume.

  • Ruin and Rising

  • By: Leigh Bardugo
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,157
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,988
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,979

The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne. Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army. Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Weak "heroine"

  • By Adaja on 03-12-16

A satisfying Ending

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

Reviewed: 04-05-17

This is the first book in this series I gave 5 stars to. Though i thought the story line was great, the whole story itself lacked the layers of plot a 5 star story should have. Some stories I am sad to see end and want to continue on with the characters lives, this was not one of them. I felt good about where it ended and I was pleasantly surprised at the ending and it felt "right".

I am glad I finished this series as it was good, just not great! I read good reviews about her next books which are also in the Grisha world so started those. She's a good writer, just lacks some of the intrigue, suspense, multi-layers of plot that other writers seem to bring to the table.

If you're looking for a truly outstanding writer in this genre, both of Sarah J. Maas' series will not disappoint (Throne of Glass and Court of Thorn and Roses). Though Throne of Glass is probably my favorite, Thorn and Roses starts out slow but by the end of the second book is as good a story as the Assassin series (throne of glass).

0 of 6 people found this review helpful