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Lawrenceville, GA United States
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  • You

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,434
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,416

Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: she's gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and sexy beyond his wildest dreams. Joe needs to have her, and he'll stop at nothing to do so. As he begins to insinuate himself into her life - her friendships, her email, her phone - she can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom-made for her. So when her boyfriend, Benji, mysteriously disappears, Beck and Joe fall into a tumultuous affair. But there's more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect façade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. This. Book.

  • By Em on 07-17-15

Best Narration Ever!

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

Reviewed: 03-17-16

What did you love best about You?

Santino Fontana is hands down the best narrator I have ever listened to. He really brought Joe Goldberg alive

Who was your favorite character and why?

Joe. Is it weird that I'm rooting for the sociopathic serial killer?

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  • Luckiest Girl Alive

  • A Novel
  • By: Jessica Knoll
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Maby
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,525
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,539

Ani FaNelli seems to have it all: a glamorous job at a glossy magazine, an enviable figure with the wardrobe to match, and a handsome fiancé from a distinguished blue-blood family. But Ani FaNelli is an invention, that veneer of perfection carefully assembled in an attempt to distance herself from a shocking, sordid past.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Strange, unnerving, confusing.

  • By Candice on 12-06-15

Good Until the Very Middle

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

Reviewed: 01-31-16

If you could sum up Luckiest Girl Alive in three words, what would they be?

A disappointing ending.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Thats it? Really?

Any additional comments?

I was on my edge of the seat the whole time- I just knew there was going to be a psychotic twist at the end that I never saw coming. . . but the joke was on me- it seems that the apex of the action was reached in the middle of the book- the ending was a dull fizzle.

  • Something Wicked This Way Comes

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,057
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,839
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,849

A carnival rolls in sometime after the midnight hour on a chill Midwestern October eve, ushering in Halloween a week before its time. A calliope's shrill siren song beckons to all with a seductive promise of dreams and youth regained. In this season of dying, Cooger & Dark's Pandemonium Shadow Show has come to Green Town, Illinois, to destroy every life touched by its strange and sinister mystery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, Frightfully Fun

  • By Andre on 10-23-15

How Have I Never Read This Before?

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

Reviewed: 01-31-16

Where does Something Wicked This Way Comes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book quickly earned a place as one of my all-time favorites

Any additional comments?

This book should be the handbook for American Horror Story- fantastic!

  • Go Set a Watchman

  • A Novel
  • By: Harper Lee
  • Narrated by: Reese Witherspoon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,009
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,845
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,810

An historic literary event: the publication of a newly discovered novel, the earliest known work from Harper Lee, the beloved, best-selling author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning classic To Kill a Mockingbird. Originally written in the mid-1950s, Go Set a Watchman was the novel Harper Lee first submitted to her publishers before To Kill a Mockingbird. Assumed to have been lost, the manuscript was discovered in late 2014.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • To Kill A Mockingbird vs Go Set A Watchman

  • By Sara on 07-15-15

Listen Now!

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

Reviewed: 12-21-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Oh, my goodness! I'm so glad I chose to listen to this book on Audible rather than read it. Reese Witherspoon did such a fantastic job narrating this book, I can't imagine anyone else attempting to read it. IMHO, Witherspoon's narration brought the book to life, and she made a good story fantastic!

  • The Here and Now

  • By: Ann Brashares
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 88
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 87

This is the story of 17-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was 12. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country. She came from a different time - a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins. Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they’re from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she’s told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the Earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dangling ending

  • By Karen MacDonald on 12-01-15

Dangling ending

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

Reviewed: 12-01-15

Any additional comments?

Ann Brashares has a knack for weaving an enthralling story, only to have the ending left dangling for the reader, and The Here and Now is no exception. There are too many questions left unanswered at the end of the book, but otherwise, an enjoyable read. I'm giving it 5 stars, because sometimes I think unanswered questions are a good thing, my own feelings of frustration not withstanding.

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  • See Me

  • By: Nicholas Sparks
  • Narrated by: Christopher Ryan Grant
  • Length: 14 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,774
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,784
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,769

Colin Hancock is giving his second chance his best shot. At 28, he's focused only on walking a straight line - getting his teaching degree, working out at the gym religiously, and avoiding all the places and people that proved so destructive in his earlier life. The last thing he's looking for is a serious relationship. But when Maria Sanchez crosses paths with him on a rainswept night in North Carolina, his plans are upended in a way that will rattle the foundations of his carefully structured life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best Book Nicholas Sparks Has Ever Written!

  • By Wendi on 01-07-16

That accent, though...

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

Reviewed: 11-15-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book if you're a Nicholas Sparks fan- typical Nicholas Sparks formula: nice girl meets bad boy, bad boy saves girl from terrible peril. Overall, an enjoyable story.

Any additional comments?

That accent the narrator used for Lilly, though….oh, my goodness- much too much!

  • Dorothy Must Die

  • By: Danielle Paige
  • Narrated by: Devon Sorvari
  • Length: 14 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,197
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,092
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,093

I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero. But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado - taking you with it - you have no choice but to go along, you know? Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting concepts, lacking in the execution

  • By asp_ on 04-05-14

A Snarkfest

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

Reviewed: 10-09-15

How could the performance have been better?

The reader chose to use a very sarcastic, snarky tone for Amy, which didn't work for the entire book. I definitely saw Amy as sarcastic in the beginning, but I felt that she underwent many transformations in Oz, which made the snarkiness annoying. I wanted to click my heels three times to end this book.

Any additional comments?

I had so much hopes for this book, but none of the characters were likable. I really wanted to like Amy as a heroine protagonist, but the sarcastic voice used in narration prevented me from forming any sort of relationship relationship with her.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful