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  • A Kingdom of Exiles

  • The Outcast Fantasy Series
  • By: S.B. Nova
  • Narrated by: Cathy Conneff
  • Length: 20 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232

Serena Smith is unusual. Growing up in a backwoods village, her life is lonely and dull. Then, on her 18th birthday, she's gifted a magical heirloom only to be snatched by fae and condemned to a lifetime in chains. Dragged to Aldar, a fae kingdom ruled by a tyrant witch, Serena discovers a forbidden love and meets fellow outcasts, each with their own dark secrets. As the lives of warriors, rebels, and witches clash, they find a shared destiny. For only together can they survive long enough to build the flames of a revolution. Only together can they go to war....  

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I wanted to like this.

  • By JF on 07-20-18

Zero Character Development

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

This book had so much potential. The bones of a good story are there. But sadly, it’s disappointing.

Spoiler free:
The characters are as flat as an European pancake. If you enjoy 100% plot progressive stories, then go for it. If you like to understand character’s internal struggles, skip. It will be a novel of lots and lots and lots of dialogue explaining exposition. You’ll never have to guess what a character is thinking or their motives. They will just say it.

Spoilers ahoy: for those who have read and are as confused as I was

Let’s talk about the characters.

Hunter - a sweet fae who is just as much of a victim as the main character, but he can ever catch a break. Yes, he works for the wild hunt, but he expressed how he doesn’t have a choice while Morgan is in power. The theme of the book is if Morgan says, it goes. So how can Serena just decide he can change things and then wish death on him when he chooses not to? She literally had no issues about Wilder killing for Morgan in the past because he “saw his wrongs” but so did Hunter. He literally says it. The only difference was that Morgan let Wilder go and not Hunter. It just makes no sense how Serena can love Wilder and hate Hunter. And it makes less sense that she would decide he wasn’t more valuable as an alley than an enemy. She had an inside source who she throws away because of?...ugh, I can’t figure this one out.

Frazier - how can we just find away around love triangle? Add a overly possessive character who has 0 reason to be curious about 1 human and then have them share memories together on their 2nd mission. But then let’s bond them together for no reason other than they are both sad. This will only take like a week after they meet each other. Then you have an overly protective male character who is not a love interest but might as well be. Brothers/kin aren’t that possessive; protective and annoying but not where no one can even touch you. It was like she couldn’t eat breakfast without him being like “if that hot biscuit burns you again, I’ll kill it.” And no worries, we know every single time Frazer was “furious” or “murderous”, Serena does a great job of saying it every. Single. Time.

The rest of the characters were ok (except Wilder x Serena but I can’t even get into the love at first sight and no other reason to like each other trope). I couldn’t ignore the lack of any characters changing after act 1.

I really wanted to like this book. And I did in the beginning. I would skip it.

  • Furyborn

  • By: Claire Legrand
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 139

When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed...unless the trials kill her first. One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable - until her mother vanishes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Action Thrill Ride

  • By Kristy Jewel on 06-01-18

IT'S A SURPRISE AND A WILD RIDE

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

This has been the best book I have listened to in a very long time. You will lose yourself in the story, the world, the characters, everything. The writing and plot is so refreshing. The narrator does a fantastic job. Her choices, diction, and delivery are different from what the author writes and I loved every moment of it. It felt like living the book and not just listening and reading. The story is fresh. Honestly, I can't think of any reason not to at least give it a try. I can't wait for the next one.

  • A Court of Wings and Ruin

  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Amanda Leigh Cobb
  • Length: 25 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,978
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,983

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so, she must play a deadly game of deceit - and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre but for her world as well.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not that bad!!

  • By Amanda on 05-03-17

Just A lot of Meh

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

Reviewed: 05-16-17

There is so much fluff in this book that I just have to roll my eyes a lot. This book just didn't need to be this long. The voice actor was fantastic, but the plot progression was at a snails pace. Not to mention plot device characters throughout. And if you think character development is going to happen, think again. So slow plot, no development in character's and lots of use of the word mate.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Hunted

  • By: Meagan Spooner
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld, Will Damron
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 238
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 225

Beauty knows the Beast's forest in her bones - and in her blood. After all, her father is the only hunter who's ever come close to discovering its secrets. So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters out of their comfortable home among the aristocracy and back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there's no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It was ok

  • By Ashley J. on 04-20-17

Yawn Fest

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

Reviewed: 04-23-17

I can't begin to describe how mundane this book was to listen to. It's a re-telling of beauty and the beast and it is SO boring. I would skip honestly.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Heartless

  • By: Marissa Meyer
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,907
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,761
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,762

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen. Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense secret courtship.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect narration, but disappointed with the story

  • By Linda Nichols on 12-17-16

Great Performance By Rebecca Soler

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

Reviewed: 11-28-16

I have read Alice in Wonderland, so this was a fresh story for me (I have seen the movies, old and new). At first the story is long and slow. Filled with descriptions and hardly any characters, but the 2nd act makes it worth listening to. Although we all know how this prequel ends, you can help but have a broken heart for the queen of hearts. The narrator does a fantastic job with her acting. Just spectacular. How the characters voices change with their situations. Great job. If it had a faster or purposeful beginning, it would easily be 5 stars.

  • A Million Worlds with You

  • By: Claudia Gray
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 194

Ever since she used the Firebird, her parents' invention, to cross through alternate dimensions, Marguerite has been at the center of a cross-dimensional feud. Now she has learned that the evil Triad Corporation plans to destroy hundreds of universes, using their ultimate weapon: another dimension's Marguerite, who is wicked, psychologically twisted, and always one step ahead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a conclusion!

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-05-17

Narrator Saved This Book

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

Reviewed: 11-17-16

This is a fine example of how sometimes the audio book is a better experience than reading alone. The story itself was flat and very predictable. It became very preachy towards the end, and the main protagonist never really grows in character. It's a fun read if you enjoy reading different possibilities of characters, which is why I drift to dimensional travel books; however, the self sulking in this is so unreal. None of the bad guys make sense, and the conclusion is SO weak and convenient. But God. The narrator Saved the day. I wouldn't have been able to read this, but Tavia really did an amazing job voice acting. One of the best performances I've heard in a while. She hits her beats and emotional spots perfectly.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The King Slayer

  • By: Virginia Boecker
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Former witch hunter Elizabeth Grey is hiding within the magically protected village of Harrow, evading the price put on her head by Lord Blackwell, the usurper king of Anglia. Their last encounter left Blackwell ruined, but his thirst for power grows stronger every day. He's readying for a war against those who would resist his rule - namely Elizabeth and the witches, wizards, pirates, and healers she now calls her friends.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great Narrator but Boring Story

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-02-16

Great Narrator but Boring Story

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

Reviewed: 09-02-16

Nicola Barber is an amazing narrator. She is the only reason I was able to finish this book. She is an example of how story telling can be more powerful than the actually story. That being said, this story was so predictable with a weak plot. It's about 150 pages too long. A lot of fluff. Just not interesting, except for narration.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Problem with Forever

  • By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 386
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 364

For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory "Mouse" Dodge, it's a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it's been four years since her nightmare ended, she's beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime. Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone - spending her senior year at a public high school.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • My only regret...

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-19-16

It Was Ok

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

Reviewed: 08-15-16

Very predictable but an easy listen. Not one of her stronger stories. If you're looking for romance, I say skip. It is a coming of age story and that's it.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Alight: Book Two of the Generations Trilogy

  • By: Scott Sigler
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 606
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 561
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 561

M. Savage - or Em, as she is called - has made a bewildering and ominous discovery. She and the other young people she was chosen to lead awoke in strange coffins with no memory of their names or their pasts. They faced an empty, unknown place of twisting tunnels and human bones. With only one another to depend on, they searched for answers and found the truth about their terrifying fate. Confronted by a monstrous enemy, they vowed never to surrender - and, by any means, to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Your Newest Addiction

  • By Jessica on 04-13-16

Worth it

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

Reviewed: 07-21-16

I love how this story keeps me guessing and analyzing human nature. I'll be here for the next one.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Ten Thousand Skies Above You

  • Firebird
  • By: Claudia Gray
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225

Marguerite Caine has done the impossible, traveling to alternate dimensions with the Firebird - the brilliant invention of her parents; her boyfriend, Paul; and their friend, Theo. But she has also caught the attention of enemies willing to kidnap, blackmail, and even kill to use the Firebird for themselves. When Paul's soul is splintered into four pieces - pieces that are trapped within Pauls in other dimensions - Marguerite will do anything and travel anywhere to save him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series and love Tavia Gilbert

  • By Nikarts77 on 05-10-16

Great Sequel

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

Reviewed: 11-08-15

This book was just as captivating as the first. Each character stays true to themselves and it's still unpredictable. The narrator didn't do as many accents as the first book but it was still a great performance. Definitely worth the credit.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful