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  • Tell Me Three Things

  • By: Julie Buxbaum
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530

Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least that's what it feels like during her first week of junior year at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when she's thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Cute story

  • By irishred507 on 03-27-17

Sweet Storey

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

Reviewed: 04-10-17

I enjoyed the main character, and a few of the supporting characters turn out to have more depth by the end. I listened to it in less than 2 days, not necessarily because it was a great read, more likely due to wanting to know who "Somebody Nobody" was (even though it was fairly apparent who it was despite the author throwing in a couple of red herrings.) Generally, a sweet story if you can ignore the gross lack if disregard and care the father has for the main character.

  • White Raven

  • The Raven Series Book 1
  • By: J.L. Weil
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
  • Length: 9 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 547
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 490

My past comes back to terrorize me. Someone wants me dead, and the closer I get to the truth, the more I realize my whole life is a lie. I am no longer sure what is more frightening - the attempts on my life or the guy whose heart and soul are synchronized with mine.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Swoon-worthy hero makes this book exciting!

  • By LilMissMolly on 08-05-15

Premise Overpowered by Weak Characterization

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

Reviewed: 09-27-15

I struggled to finish the first few chapters - never reached the halfway point, let alone the end of this mediocre YA novel. It takes real talent for an author to write authentic young characters that can appeal to youth as well as adults...let's be clear, that J.L. Weil does not possess this level of talent. The main character's inner musings are shallow and barely tolerable...even her mother being murdered before the book's opening doesn't make me as a reader get on board with her. She literally says "I'm different from other girls" when in fact her inane complaints make her seem like every annoying girl stereotype ever committed to paper.

10 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Easy Love

  • By: Kristen Proby
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York, Rachel Fulginiti
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,098
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,857
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,854

Sexy. Intriguing. Easy. Eli Boudreaux's family has built ships and boats in Louisiana for generations. He comes from a hardworking, wealthy family, and his empire is growing by leaps and bounds. At 30 he is the youngest CEO ever to head Bayou Enterprises, cochairing with his eldest brother. His head for business and his no-nonsense work ethic are also quickly making him the best the company has seen in generations. His staff admires him, women adore him, and Eli's family is solid.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just okay

  • By Danni on 07-05-16

Barely Tolerable

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

Reviewed: 05-27-15

Any additional comments?

The plot had promise (romance and a chance of mystery), but "Easy Love" was not worth listening to...admittedly I lasted just under two hours. Rachel Fulginiti's narration of the New Orleans accent was bad...it would have been better to have her not do the accent at all....and as expected, Sebastian York was awesome (likely because he didn't even attempt the New Orleans accent). Also, the female lead of "Easy Love" was somewhat unlikeable...she is allegedly this no nonsense, professional corporate investigator, yet she immediately moons over her boss and does nothing but engage in inner dialog that describes his overwhelming hotness and wonders if he likes her. Finally, I could no longer endure the contrived intimacy concocted by the author...chance meetings on balconies, strolls through bourbon street...barely tolerable indeed.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Confess

  • By: Colleen Hoover
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Louise, Sebastian York
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,421
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,290
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,287

Auburn Reed has her entire life mapped out. Her goals are in sight, and there's no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn't expect to find a deep attraction to the enigmatic artist who works there, Owen Gentry.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By meaghan3927 on 03-30-15

Weak Characters

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

Reviewed: 03-17-15

Confess was a struggle to finish. Auburn and Owen were both weak characters; Auburn's level of weakness was inexcusable throughout most of the book, although the reader is supposed to forgive her because she has something to lose if she fights against those causing her adversity. Even though Auburn and Owen 'won' in the end, it was placid and unsatisfying. I was surprised that this book was so highly rated...I know Colleen Hoover is an awesome YA writer as I have a couple of her books, but Confess fell flat. Save your credit and get "Maybe Someday" if you don't already have it.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Strings of the Heart

  • Runaway Train, Book 3
  • By: Katie Ashley
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels, Justine O. Keef
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224

Twenty-year-old Allison Slater has been in love with her brother's bandmate, Rhys McGowan, since she was 15. But to him, she'll always be Jake's little sister and off-limits. Now a college sophomore, she sets her sights on making Rhys see her as someone he could date. But the night she has been dreaming of turns to heartbreak, and she realizes that she'll never be the one for Rhys. For Rhys McGowan, his nightmare began when he woke up, naked and hungover, next to his bandmate's little sister.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just Barely Tolerable

  • By Rita on 10-08-14

Just Barely Tolerable

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

Reviewed: 10-08-14

Any additional comments?

Strings of the Heart (SOTH) was initially a good read considering it's third in a series and I haven't read any of the other books. Not reading the other books was deliberately done as with most of these series, the author goes out of their way to make sure the reader knows what happened to the other characters. As predicted, ad nauseam in fact, the author kept the reader abreast of the characters from the other books in the series. That said, after the initial scene (i.e. the 'morning wood' discussion was a superfluous way to integrate characters from the previous book), the book progressed well from Alison's point of view.  However, SOTH began to peter out after Alison and Rhys got together as the reason for their not being together was thin at best. Also, Alison's brother Jake (who is also the lead character of the first Runaway Train book and Rhys' band mate) is a ridiculous character - he's a hypocritical bully that insists on controlling the behavior of every other male character when it comes to Alison, and every other character is totally fine with it. Jake hooked up with Abby and her brothers had no choice but to accept it, yet he is irrationally upset whenever a male talks to his sister because she's 'his' baby sister. Another minor annoyance was Jake and Rhys referring to Alison by her childhood nickname...it was an obvious vehicle used by the author to show Jake's affection for Alison...which ironically he had no problem dropping when he called her a whore for hooking up with Rhys. Honestly, the only reason I got SOTH was because Luke Daniels was the narrator,  and as expected I really enjoyed his narration given the  material he had to work with. Also, Justine O. Keef was an excellent narrator...her southern twang came across as natural and subtle...she really brought Alison's character to life. Overall, I'd say skip the entire Runaway Train series, but as I've only read SOTH I'll narrow my opinion to this book...avoid my mistake and skip this at times cliché riddled band drama.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dare You To

  • By: Katie McGarry
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley, Christopher Gebauer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193

Ryan Stone is the town golden boy, a popular baseball star jock - with secrets he can't tell anyone. Not even the friends he shares everything with, including the constant dares to do crazy things. The craziest? Asking out the Skater girl who couldn't be less interested in him. But what begins as a dare becomes an intense attraction neither Ryan nor Beth expected. Suddenly, the boy with the flawless image risks his dreams - and his life - for the girl he loves, and the girl who won't let anyone get too close is daring herself to want it all....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a classic tale told in a great new way

  • By Jason Brown on 06-12-14

Unworthy Character

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

Reviewed: 02-23-14

Any additional comments?

The only reasons I read this book were because a) I really enjoyed Noah and Echo's story and hoped to learn more of their outcome and b) I wanted to read Isaiah's story and thought "Dare You To" was needed - it wasn't. This book was beyond just being a letdown. I'm more annoyed with myself for wasting the credit because I knew Beth's faux-edgy character was not worth a story. Ryan was adequate as a character..his most notable drawback being the repeated use of his tag line "I don't lose". The 'dare' angle was poorly executed and only served to undermine the author's efforts of trying to make the characters seem more mature and deep - they weren't. The situation with Beth's mother's extremely physically abusive boyfriend at times dominates the book and not wanting her mother to get into trouble is not reason enough to allow such abuse to go on. Trent's character openly deals drugs and beats women like it's his job, but the cops can't arrest him, yet Beth supposedly breaks the windows of his car and she is immediately sent to jail...really?

There are so many points where Beth's characterization breaks down, e.g. slapping Noah and breaking ties with Isaiah because they literally prevent her from being killed by Trent, but slinking away in uncertainty when rumors started by a mean girl leads to kids laughing at her at school...really? The whole 'Isaiah and Beth as best friends' angle felt contrived and relies too much on the reader to accept it with no foundation in the actual story. Overall, Beth is the worst character, but I knew this when I read "Pushing the Limits", and her hatred of Echo, which continues to this book, is inadequately explained nor resolved. I knew I was in trouble when after only two and a half hours I was checking to see how much time was left. Not sure if I'll get Isaiah's book at this point because he was so poorly portrayed - he prostrated himself for Beth, with no real explanation of why she was worth it, only to have her fall for the attractive jock anyway.

Narrators were good..they sounded age appropriate and did adequately with opposite sex characters. I would listen to them again, but I don't feel compelled to seek them out.

  • Rule

  • A Marked Men Novel
  • By: Jay Crownover
  • Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake, Michael Rahhal
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,589
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,464
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,473

Shaw Landon loved Rule Archer from the moment she laid eyes on him. Rule is everything a straight-A pre-med student like Shaw shouldn't want - and the only person she's never tried to please. She isn't afraid of his scary piercings and tattoos or his wild attitude. Though she knows that Rule is wrong for her, her heart just won't listen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An opposites attract love story......

  • By Jordy ♡♡♡♡ on 10-23-13

Not Good

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

Reviewed: 01-25-14

Any additional comments?

I made it about a third of the way into “Rule” before I noticed my near constant eye-rolling. Having read a lot of YA fiction (high school and college-aged), and considering this book portrays college age youth I could not believe how sophomoric it was. Yes, it had very adult sex scenes, but anything outside the bedroom was too childish to endure. The author made them use phrases like “Go hang with your boys”, “Dude, seriously!”, “Checking out my girl!” “I thought you loved my hawk” (Rule is referring to Shaw liking his Mohawk). Also, the nickname Rule’s brother Rome called Shaw was just cringe worthy… “How are you, Little Girl?” “Take care Little Girl”. Thankfully this is a standalone book with a complete story, so if you wanted to stop at one (which I definitely will) there is no need to read the other two as you know how Rule and Shaw end-up. The author did a fair job of setting up the other characters for her next books, but no one character sparked my interest enough to use a precious credit on.

The plot was fairly sound in regards to Rule’s familial strife, but Shaw’s “tragic” rejection by her parents was contrived. Shaw is rich, very pretty, and smart and had a best friend in Rule’s twin brother Remy and loving acceptance from the Archer family, but her parents were less than ideal when it came to showing her love…really? This does not lend to the tragic figure that the author wants the reader to buy into. There definitely was no reason to accept her weakness of spirit in taking Rule back each time he decided to shut her out. Rule’s internal reflections of how much Shaw was coming to mean to him were shown to be worthless as when he got some unexpected news (news which the reader figured out chapters before) he proceeded to shut her out knowing she had a psycho Ex waiting in the wings.

The theme of the tattoos and piercings got so old, so fast within the book. Rule is supposed to be this beautiful boy, yet all that anyone sees is his tattoos (which apparently cover most of his body) and his facial (and genital) piercings. This book worked so hard to make tattooing and piercing seem "cool" and acceptable that it just came off as pedestrian and silly. By the end of the book Shaw had tattoos and piercings and it was so cheesy my cholesterol went up several points. There is not one character that I actually rooted for in this book …Rule wasn’t a jerk as much as he was immature and self-absorbed and Shaw wasn’t entirely pathetic, mostly needy and spineless. My final (admittedly small) vexation with this book was that the vanilla straitlaced depiction of Rule’s parents does not fit with people who would name their sons Remy, Rule and Rome…Rule…really? I liked the dual narration and the narrators did a fine job; their voices were age appropriate to the characters they were portraying and each handled the opposite sex fairly well.

There are so many better YA fiction books out there and I’m not at all sure why this book was reviewed so highly. For YA fiction with great characters who have plausible reasons for their youthful angst check out “Easy” by Tammara Webber, “In the Band” by Jean Haus, “Pushing the Limits” by Katie McGarry and for the best of the best (if you can handle the intensity) “The Sea of Tranquility” by Katja Millay.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • The Sea of Tranquility

  • A Novel
  • By: Katja Millay
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne, Candace Thaxton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,006
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,855
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,850

Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her - her identity, her spirit, her will to live - pay. Josh Bennett’s story is no secret: Every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at 17 years old, there is no one left. Now all he wants is be left alone and people allow it because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, the mysterious new girl at school who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • There is NOTHING wrong with this book

  • By Sugarpucker on 02-06-14

Totally Engaging

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

Reviewed: 10-23-13

Any additional comments?

The character development was excellent...Nastya and Josh are captivating young people. Even secondary characters, e.g., Drew are well developed. The characters speak like young people including cursing and sexual innuendo, and it feels authentic to the characters, not forced or obvious that it's written by an adult. This fictional book evokes real emotions; the grief and angst are almost tangible. The author doles out the tragic plot in a way that was manageable...the reader is allowed time to digest information about a character and given just enough information to wonder what will be revealed next. The dual narration was well done. The narrators sounded age appropriate, that is, they sounded like the teenagers they were narrating without sounding immature or too young. I enjoyed every minute of this book and I am anticipating listening to it again fairly soon.

41 of 44 people found this review helpful

  • The Elite

  • The Selection, Book 2
  • By: Kiera Cass
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,295
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,716
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,723

The selection began with 35 girls. Now, with the group narrowed down to the Elite, the competition to win Prince Maxon's love is fiercer than ever. The closer America gets to the crown, the more she struggles to figure out where her heart truly lies. Each moment she spends with Maxon is like a fairy tale, filled with breathless, glittering romance. But whenever she sees her first love, Aspen, standing guard, she's swept up in longing for the life they'd planned to share.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I confess -- I really like this series!

  • By AudioAddict on 08-30-13

Disappointing At Best

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

Reviewed: 04-29-13

Any additional comments?

The Elite had very little plot progression. The book felt like it was mostly filler; America vacillated between Maxon and Aspen for most of the 7 hours. There were points that I started to dislike both male characters because she went to extremes without ever really having justification. Also, I was confused at certain points because she would pledge to one that she would give their relationship her all, but the next scene with the other she doing the same for him. You finally get some info on the country’s origin, however, America bungles it with immature behaviors…she literally said “I did it because I was mad.” The last 42 minutes had the most “excitement”…it ended with her deciding to pursue Maxon, but I expect by the start of the next book that will have changed.

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Never Love a Highlander

  • By: Maya Banks
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,075
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,918
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,918

Caelen McCabe's young, reckless heart nearly destroyed his clan. Now, putting family loyalty above all else, he steps up to marry his older brother's jilted bride and salvage the uneasy alliance between two clans. While beautiful Rionna McDonald is a fit wife for any man, Caelen trusts no woman, especially not this sweet temptress who torments him with white-hot longing. As the sacrificial lamb in her father's power game, Rionna will do her duty but vows to protect her heart and her pride from humiliation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Always Love a Highlander!

  • By Dasi H on 06-01-12

Couldn't Even Finish

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

Reviewed: 03-31-13

Would you ever listen to anything by Maya Banks again?

This is my 3rd and LAST Maya Banks book…the 2nd one I bought was also lacking (In Bed with a Highlander), but I hoped the "McCabe" series would improve because the 1st MB book I listened to (Never Seduce a Scot) was great. I guess this author must have improved with time as "Never Seduce a Scot" is from a later series, but I won’t be risking any more of my precious credits to find out.

Have you listened to any of Kirsten Potter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

The narrator was good…her talent was the only reason I got as far as I did with this book.

Any additional comments?

This book was bad....the plot was weak; marry the jilted bride seemed like it had some potential, but it never panned out in the parts of the book I listened to because admittedly I only got about half way through. Every time I went to listen to it I cringed…the “hero” (note the quotation marks) was simply rude and unyielding for no reason. At one point the heroine was attacked by an enemy clan and brutally assaulted while HE was away. After she was healed, he decided to chastise HER for not being more careful; when she became rightfully upset ALL he could think about was how he wanted to bed her because she was so lovely in her upset…this character sucked! The heroine was fairly a good character…she at least had some dimensions beyond just her beauty.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful