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Amanda Davis

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  • The Beautiful Mystery

  • A Chief Inspector Gamache Novel
  • By: Louise Penny
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,787
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,410
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,394

No outsiders are ever admitted to the monastery of Saint-Gilbert-Entre-les-Loups, hidden deep in the wilderness of Quebec, where two dozen cloistered monks live in peace and prayer. They grow vegetables, they tend chickens, they make chocolate. And they sing. Ironically, for a community that has taken a vow of silence, the monks have become world-famous for their glorious voices, raised in ancient chants whose effect on both singer and listener is so profound it is known as “the beautiful mystery.”

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging, entertaining, and heartbreaking.

  • By Sparkly on 09-04-12

Not my favorite

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

Reviewed: 12-29-18

Not in Three Pines. Still a beautiful story, though a tad dark for my taste. The character development is interesting and engaging. I enjoyed the story arch. Overall - it felt like the amount of content for the book was too much for the given timeline. I think they covered 48 hours, and the character arcs seemed like it would take weeks to develop. At one point Lt Bouvier even said it felt like weeks had gone by. As much as I love inspector gamasche, I missed Claire and Olivia, and Ruth and Gabri and even Peter (only a little).

  • Bedmates

  • An American Royalty Novel
  • By: Nichole Chase
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld, Will Damron
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

Everyone makes mistakes, especially in college. But when you're the daughter of the president of the United States, any little slipup is a huge embarrassment. Maddie McGuire's latest error in judgment lands her in police custody, giving the press a field day. Agreeing to do community service as penance and to restore her tattered reputation, Maddie never dreams incredibly good-looking but extremely annoying vice president's son Jake Simmon will be along for the ride.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as Suddenly Royal Series

  • By Amanda Davis on 07-09-18

Not as good as Suddenly Royal Series

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

This book wasn’t bad. It was written well enough. Characters are about the same as what you expect from author Chase. I can’t honestly ever tell her characters apart. All you do is change the name from book to book and you have basically the same person. Same female and male lead. Same parental figures. Same cute toddler/kid saying funny things for laughs... Same younger siblings...

This story plot line was a LOT darker than the Suddenly Royal plot lines. This one dealt with PTSD and broken families. I picked up this book needing a light read with a happy ending. I was not expecting such a dark and depressing book. Granted it is a new series, but I did not get the dark vibe from the plot preview I read.

Narrators were ok. Male voice was better than the female’s. Her way of narrating is very serious. She has a husky deep voice, and it sounded anxious the entire time, even in scenes that were supposed to be happy. It made me have a hard time liking Madi with such a depressive narrator. I thought it made the story a bit darker than needed.

I probably won’t read/listen to the next book in this series. Just not for me.

  • Rise of a D-List Supervillain

  • By: Jim Bernheimer
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 697
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 669
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 662

One of the few heroes he respects has been captured, and now, Cal must rely on his wit, technical skills, and a healthy dose of The Big Lie, to pull off a daring rescue from inside a villain's base. Along the way, he and his team of New Renegades will have to worry about an imposter, human/animal Manglermal hybrids, a naked woman, an evil scientist, a terrifying plan, and the ever intrusive presence of Big Brother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • of two minds.

  • By Omki on 09-18-17

Better than last book

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

Reviewed: 05-31-18

Finally the storyline is going somewhere. Honestly, the last two books should have been. Single novel, but oh well. This book was not as funny for me, but since there was an actual plot this time around I still thoroughly enjoyed it. Narrator is spot on as usual.

  • Secrets of a D-List Supervillain

  • By: Jim Bernheimer
  • Narrated by: Jeffrey Kafer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,429
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,330
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,328

Cal Stringel may be dead to the world at large, but a select few know that he's still alive and in control of the most powerful suit of battle armor ever created. He's part of a rogue superteam taking the world by storm and changing the dynamic for both heroes and villains alike. With change comes resistance, and those holding control and power are not ready to just hand it over without a fight.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Reads like a clip-show

  • By Marcus on 04-12-15

Performance is Spot On

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

I forgot how seriously hilarious this author is! I laughed out loud through the whole book. Only gave 4 stars because there isn’t much of a plot. It’s not too different from the last two books (prequel and book #1) But it is thoroughly entertaining for very little plot. I thought the first two in the series had a better outlined story.

  • How to Date Your Dragon

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi, Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,558
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,202
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,196

Concerned that technology is about to chase mythological creatures out into the open (how long can Sasquatch stay hidden from Google maps?), the League for Interspecies Cooperation is sending Jillian to Louisiana on a fact-finding mission. While the League hopes to hold on to secrecy for a little bit longer, they're preparing for the worst in terms of human reactions. They need a plan, so they look to Mystic Bayou, a tiny town hidden in the swamp where humans and supernatural residents have been living in harmony for generations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As someone from Louisiana...

  • By Kristi on 02-13-18

It was ok

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

Reviewed: 02-23-18

Overall- It started out REALLY good... then... about 2 chapters in the story felt rushed and a bit predictable. Extremely rushed. They went from running to having sex for the first time in about one sentence. I was totally confused and thought my audiobook had skipped. I relistened 2 times before I figured out that was actually the way it was written. It just seemed weird. Throughout the entire book I thought all transitions were off. I probably won’t listen to another book from her... unless it’s on the Romance package, then I might just because it’s basically free. And it isn’t the worst audiobook I’ve ever listened too. It didn’t really make sense to have a male and female narrator to me either. The book was written in 3rd character narrative, so even though specific chapters were more focused on the male and female leads it wouldn’t have mattered if one person read the book. And with this particular pairing of narrators they pronounced their Bayou words differently and gave the same character’s different accents. Ugh. It was just a hot mess. I think that if only one narrator had done the job it would have been exponentially better.

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  • Reluctantly Royal

  • By: Nichole Chase
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Davies
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92

Maxwell Jameson Trevor, prince of Lilaria, hates his royal role. Despising the limelight, he takes solace in his art studio and steers clear of any drama. But when one of the newly discovered royals passes away, Maxwell's brother Alex asks him to break the news to the old man's granddaughter. Though he hates to be the bearer of doom and gloom, he doesn't want the poor girl to find out from the tabloids. For Maxwell knows all too well how devastating that could be.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Ending to a Fun Series

  • By Samantha on 11-02-16

Pretty Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

Loved the first book. Liked the second one. This one was utterly lacking. Other than one brief scene where Max mutters in his native tongue this could have happened in any country. I was barely paying any attention the entire story. Struggling through. This was just riddled with cliches- prince that hates being royal. Abusive alcoholic father. 6 year old boy that acts like a baby one moment then says something profound the next. The main characters didn’t seem real.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Phantom of the Opera

  • By: Gaston Leroux
  • Narrated by: Ralph Cosham
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,582
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,329
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,342

The story begins with an investigation into some strange reports of an "opera ghost", legendary for making the great Paris opera performers ill-at-ease when they sit alone in their dressing rooms. Some allege to have seen the ghost in evening clothes moving about in the shadows. Nothing is done, however, until the disappearance of Christine during her triumphant performance.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Phantom of the Opera

  • By Miriam on 02-12-05

Amazing audio version

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

Reviewed: 01-16-18

When I saw that Ralph Cosham was the narrator I just knew this would be a great version to listen to - and boy did he nail it! His beautiful deep voice carried me into the story right away.

The story itself: pretty good. I prefer the broadway show, but this story does delve a little deeper into the backstories of the characters. I thought several chapters to be interminable - E.G the Torture Room.

I’m overall very glad to have purchased this as it was an enjoyable listen.

  • Soldier

  • The Talon Saga, Book 3
  • By: Julie Kagawa
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Davies, MacLeod Andrews, Chris Patton, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 732
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 661
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 656

When forced to choose between safety with the dragon organization Talon and being hunted forever as an outcast, Ember Hill chose to stand with Riley and his band of rogue dragons rather than become an assassin for Talon. She's lost any contact with her twin brother, Dante, a Talon devotee, as well as Garret, the former-enemy soldier who challenged her beliefs about her human side.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Way to much teenage angst

  • By Joy on 12-16-16

Better than Book 2

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

Still a bit simple for me- but I still like this world, so I’ll keep reading them. Still hate Ember. I like just about every other character though.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Suddenly Royal

  • By: Nichole Chase
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Davies
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 319

Samantha Rousseau is used to getting her hands dirty. Working on a master's degree in wildlife biology while helping take care of her sick father, she has no time for celebrity gossip, designer clothes, or lazy vacations. So when a duchess from the small country of Lilaria invites her to dinner, Samantha assumes it's to discuss a donation for the program. The truth will change the course of her life in ways she never dreamed...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Suddenly an enjoyable listen!

  • By Samantha on 10-28-16

Cute Story!!

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

Reviewed: 12-29-17

What a nice Rom Com. I really needed a sweet feel good easy book, and this was it. The writing was good. I’m absolutely going to read other books by her! The narrator was excellent.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Rogue

  • The Talon Saga, Book 2
  • By: Julie Kagawa
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Davies, MacLeod Andrews, Chris Patton, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,040
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 950
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 946

Ember Hill left the dragon organization Talon to take her chances with rebel dragon Cobalt and his crew of rogues. But Ember can't forget the sacrifice made for her by the human boy who could have killed her - Garret Xavier Sebastian, a soldier of the dragon-slaying Order of St. George, the boy who saved her from a Talon assassin, knowing that by doing so he'd signed his own death warrant.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Story Plot

  • By Amanda Davis on 12-28-17

Good Story Plot

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

Reviewed: 12-28-17

I feel like there is a lot of repetitive thoughts going on. Over and over Ember explains her feelings towards Garrett and Cobalt, but we have no clear definition of what that means. I do hate when an author tells you things rather than showing you. I’m only finishing this series because I am interested in the world she has built. I really don’t like Ember’s character AT ALL. Her two guys don’t deserve her. The narrators were all amazing though.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful