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  • Autoboyography

  • By: Christina Lauren
  • Narrated by: Deacon Lee, Kyle Mason
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 366

Three years ago Tanner Scott's family relocated from California to Utah, a move that nudged the bisexual teen temporarily back into the closet. Now, with one semester of high school to go and no obstacles between him and out-of-state college freedom, Tanner plans to coast through his remaining classes and clear out of Utah. But when his best friend, Autumn, dares him to take Provo High's prestigious Seminar - where honor roll students diligently toil to draft a book in a semester - Tanner can't resist going against his better judgment and having a go.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 4.5 Stars ✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 06-16-18

Best Book of 2017!

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

Reviewed: 09-13-17

Deacon Lee was the best choice for the main narrator. Fantastic! Didn't get enough of a feel for Kyle Mason but he was pleasant. Would try his other work out.



Such a great story! A MUST read for EVERYONE. Even if you don't read contemporary YA you still NEED to read this one. This should be added to reading lists for high schools across the country!



I was so blown away by Christina Lauren’s Autoboyography that I emailed two of my former English professors to recommend the book to them for their YA Lit classes they have for teaching majors. I believe this book should be added to all high school reading lists across the world!!

Why was I blown away?

Book Hangover: Autoboyography is one of those novels I will be thinking about weeks after listening to it. This rarely happens to me. Sure I stay stuck on a book for a day or two maybe but weeks?! I can count on one hand how many books have stayed with me that long.

This novel is so beautifully written. They layers to the story, romance and characters can be broken down into other stories or possibilities. Yes the core of the story is a romance between two teenagers. That in of itself has heighten emotions. That first crush or love is special, scary and in some case forbidden. We’ve all ready novels with a Romeo and Juliet, star-crossed lover thing. Maybe one person is from a wealthy family and the other isn’t so they are divided by their classes. Others are forbidden (not to the level as a few decades ago) because they are not of the same race. Maybe the couple is from different religious beliefs. Then there’s the issue of gender or sexual orientation. The latter two are the big issues Tanner and Sebastian face.

Tanner is bi-sexual and his family is supportive of it. His parents had their own issues when they were dating (different religious backgrounds) so they know some of the issues that can tear a family apart. Sebastian is a ‘straight’ LDS (Latter-Day Saints, aka Mormon) guy who is heavy into his church and family. So these two young men have many issues to deal with internally and externally if they are going to be together.

I know little to nothing about LDS, just the typical stereo-types and I feel like I learned a lot by listening to Autoboyography (yes it’s fiction but the authors did their research to get the details right and I love that they didn’t demonize the church. Which if you listen to the authors/narrator interview at the end of the audio book which I highly recommend (the audio version and the interview) then you will know that was one of their main goals.)

If you’re not into audiobooks but can get your hands on a copy from the library you really should listen to the bonus interview at the end. In any case you NEED to read and/or listen to the masterpiece by Christina Lauren. I don’t care if Contemporary, YA and/or GLBT is not your “thing”. You will enjoy this book on a human level. This romance, much like Tanner’s story he writes in the novel, could be edited to be set on the moon with two other characters falling in love, it wouldn’t matter. The love and heart the author duo put into their writing and characters would still shine through and WOW you all the same.

  • Don Juan

  • By: Lord Byron
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Keeble
  • Length: 15 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Lord Byron's satirical take on the legend of Don Juan is a moving and witty poem that sees the young hero in a reversal of roles. Juan sheds his image as a womanizer and instead becomes the victim of circumstance as he is relentlessly pursued by every woman he meets. Comprising 17 cantos of rhyming iambic pentameter, the poem is a crisp and accessible meditation on the madness of the world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Impertinence of Being Earnest

  • By Jabba on 03-20-16

Listened for School and was wonderfully surprised

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

Reviewed: 04-06-16

If you could sum up Don Juan in three words, what would they be?

Unexcepted fun adventure.

What did you like best about this story?

It's a poem (which I hate) is disguised as a narrative story.

What does Jonathan Keeble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

He brought out the humor that just reading did not. He's voice and pacing was perfect.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If I had the time, yes.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Cold Burn of Magic

  • By: Jennifer Estep
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 812
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 750
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 751

It's not as great as you'd think, living in a tourist town that's known as "the most magical place in America". Same boring high school, just twice as many monsters under the bridges and rival Families killing each other for power. I try to keep out of it. I've got my mom's bloodiron sword and my slightly illegal home in the basement of the municipal library. And a couple of Talents I try to keep quiet, including very light fingers and a way with a lock pick.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun New Young Adult Series with Tons of Action

  • By mlsimmons on 11-18-15

I found a new fav narrator!

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

Reviewed: 10-24-15

This the 2nd audio I've listened to that was voiced by Brittany Pressley (1st being Brown-Eyed Girl by Lisa Kleypas) and had I not know that name of the narrator I would not have guess it was the same person. Brittany did a great job with changing her voice for each book to fit the characters and plots perfectly!




I revisited Cold Burn of Magic on audio. I really enjoyed listening to Brittany Pressley narrate the story. Her voice and delivery for Lelia was spot on! Exactly how I heard her in my head when I was reading it a few months ago. If you haven’t read CBoM I can now highly recommend it on audio as well.


THE HEROINE

Where’s the most magical place in America? According to Jennifer Estep it’s Cloudburst Falls, West Virginia the town that Cold Burn of Magic takes place. We follow the life of seventeen-year-old Lila Merriweather. She’s an anti-heroine much like Gin Blanco (EA series). We shouldn’t like her or root for her, she’s a thief and no stranger to blood.

Blood didn’t usually bother me. I’d killed people before. Folks who’d attached me during my jobs for Mo. Others who’d come after me just because they’d wanted to, thinking that a lone girl would be an easy target. Monsters who’d slithered out of dark alleys, determined to make a meal out of me. Oh no, blood didn’t bother me . . .
But gosh darn it, she’s just so kick ass and snarky that I feel in love with her. She reminds me of a younger Gin Blanco so how could I not like her?!

THERE BE MONSTERS HERE. . .

Yeah there be monsters in Cold Burn of Magic, Estep introduces us to trolls, pixies, a lochness monster that lives under a bridge and you better pay it’s toll when crossing it’s bridge!

And let’s not forget the magicks, they have talents in the form of the senses for example, the heroine, Lila has a Sight talent. She can look into a person’s eyes and know what they are feeling deep in their souls, she calls it her soul sight.

Lila also swings a mean sword (Estep is great at bring us strong heroines with an affinity for knives and magic). And another parallel to Gin Blanco is that Lila is an orphan (really, Estep could write for Disney, all the parents are dead in her books LOL) prefers to work alone. But Lila finds herself becoming a member of a small group and I think over time they will become her family. One of the new people in her life is Oscar the grouchy, cowboy boot wearing, redneck pixie. He make me think of him as Jenks’ (from the Hollows series by Kim Harrison) country cousin without the dirty mouth.

I HIGHLY RECOMMEND

Cold Burn of Magic is an action package adventure, minus the usual YA angst, that adult readers can get behind, especially fans of Estep’s Elemental Assassin series. So if you like magic, monsters and evil mobster families you’ll enjoy Lia Merriweather and the great side characters that Jennifer Estep introduces in the first installment of her Black Blade series.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Beautiful Bastard

  • By: Christina Lauren
  • Narrated by: Grace Grant
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,948
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,465
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,481

Whip-smart, hardworking, and on her way to an MBA, Chloe Mills has only one problem: her boss, Bennett Ryan. He’s exacting, blunt, inconsiderate - and completely irresistible. A beautiful bastard. Bennett has returned to Chicago from France to take a vital role in his family’s massive media business. He never expected that the assistant who’d been helping him from abroad was the gorgeous, innocently provocative - completely infuriating - creature he now has to see every day. Despite the rumors, he’s never been one for a workplace hookup. But Chloe’s so tempting he’s willing to bend the rules....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Panty Ripping Good Time

  • By Annie on 02-28-13

3 REASONS TO READ BEAUTIFUL BASTARD

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

Reviewed: 03-12-15

1. no millionaire / billionaire

Bennett and his family are well off and yeah they might be in the millionaire neighbor or at least their marketing company is but it never comes up. And I was grateful for it.

2. no torched hero / heroine

Neither Chloe or Bennett has a torched childhood or a f’d up romantic pass. Nothing wrong with that kind of troupe but I liked that it wasn’t present here.

3. real life angst

The angst between Chloe and Bennett was plan and simple. He was her boss and she was afraid that people in the business would see her in a negative light if their relationship got out.

All three of these reasons were very refreshing. You get all the sexy times with less drama and a real romance between real people.

Grace Grant did a great job with Chloe and a pretty good job with the male voices. She truly performed the story, not just reading it. She made me feel the emotions of the characters while I listened.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Undead Pool

  • The Hollows, Book 12
  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,229
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,955
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,959

Witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan knows magic - earth, ley line, even the forbidden demon magic - and that knowledge has saved her life more than once. But now something - or someone - is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong while living vampires attack humans and Inderlanders alike. The pressures build when the city is quarantined to contain the unreliable magic, and Rachel must stop the attacks before the undead vampire masters who keep the rest of the undead under control are lost and it becomes all-out supernatural war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unbelievably Satisfying!

  • By Kindle Customer on 02-28-14

This review has SPOILERS

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

Reviewed: 08-25-14

THIS REVIEW HAS SPOILERS!


If you are not up to date on The Hollow series then read this review at your own risk. (But really who reads a review on the 12th book in a series they’ve not read?! It’s your own fault if you get spoiled on the series.) And there will be spoilers for The Undead Pool. This is less of a review and more of my gushing about the book and what happens in it.

WE’VE BEEN WARNED!


If you can’t guess by the title, THE UNDEAD POOL installment deals with the vampires of Cincinnati. The vampires are my least favorite species in The Hollows series. I’ve just never warmed up to them as a whole and Ivy just gets on my nerves. I thought that maybe we would finally get the answer to the question if Rachel could save a living vampire’s souls when they die the first death. Nope. No answer.

Instead we get a new weird plot this late into the series. Seriously, this is the next to the last book. There’s no time for new stuff. We need answers to old questions.


THIS IS WHERE THE REAL SPOILERS START!!!!



Ever since Trent walked onto the pages of The Hollows series we’ve all wonder “will they”. Well they’ve danced around it with a few kisses here and there…

In THE UNDEAD POOL I’m reminded that female witches have an extra muscle in their lady town that grabs hold of their male partner’s penis when they orgasm. And better the orgasm the longer they hold on. And boy does the itchy witch hold on to the cookie maker.

So since the vamps are not my favorite supes in The Hollows for me the best parts of THE UNDEAD POOL was all the Rachel and Trent parts. And the few demons parts with Al and Newt. Speaking of Al I wonder how things will end with him and Rachel after the way their last talk went.

With 12 books under Kim Harrison’s belt, she still writes an outstanding plot and characters. I’m both excited and sad to get my hands on the last book, THE WITCH WITH NO NAME. I already have the audio pre-ordered and my tour tee-shirt in my closet. Now I just have to figure out which book tour spot to visit. It’s going to be hard to let Rachel, Jenks, Al and Trent go.

  • Visions of Heat

  • Psy-Changeling Series, Book 2
  • By: Nalini Singh
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,976
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,722
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,712

Hailed as a major talent in paranormal romance, Nalini Singh takes us deeper into the world of the Psy and the changelings in her latest extraordinary novel, where a gifted woman sees passion in her future---a passion that is absolutely forbidden by her kind. In danger from the Psy, Faith NightStar's fragile sanity will be tested by an all-consuming passion for a changeling who can take the form of man or jaguar.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Things are heating up.

  • By Bex on 10-12-14

Meh.

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

Reviewed: 07-31-14

I don’t know what difference, if any was, about the production of this audio verse the first book on audio but the narrator did a much better job with the male voices this time around; helping me enjoy the listen more.

While the narration was MUCH better this time, the story level was about the same in Visions of Heat as it was in Slave to Sensation. By that I mean, I enjoy the concept of the Psy-Changeling world but the main characters that have been introduced so far are just lacking something. There are some secondary characters I am more interested in, so I can’t wait to get to their respective books.

I liked the couple well enough but I wanted more. Faith was a little more damsel in need than Sasha was in the first book but that’s only be she lived a more sheltered life. The Psy keeps their F-Psy “locked” away from the rest of the world because they are more imbalanced mentally and emotionally. A high percentage of them go crazy by the time they hit their 50s. Also the F-Psy makes tons of money for the Psy world with their predictions so they are seen as property.

Vaughan is your average good guy, dark alpha that has a hard time letting people get too close to him. Yes, he is sexy but I’ve seen this character type too many times to be really impressed with him as a lead.

I don’t know if it’s truly that I’m not loving this series or if it’s just that I’m having a PNR burn out. I do plan to continue this series but I’m going to take a little break and come back and maybe have a fresh ear when I listen to the next audio.

  • Shine

  • Shade, Book 3
  • By: Jeri Smith-Ready
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 11 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

Life can change in an instant, and no one understands that better than Aura. It’s been almost a year since her boyfriend died tragically. She’s finally letting go of Logan’s violet-hued ghost, but not her search to uncover the truth about her past. In this dramatic conclusion to the Shade trilogy, Aura and Zachary’s relationship sizzles as the secrets of the Shift are revealed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shine #3

  • By Slim on 12-26-16

Great Ending to the Trilogy

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

Reviewed: 07-31-14

I'm not a big YA read/listener but the team of Jeri Smith-Ready and Khristine Hvam made this non-YA fan very happy!

  • Slave to Sensation

  • Psy-Changeling Series, Book 1
  • By: Nalini Singh
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,188
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,778
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,794

Nalini Singh dives into a world torn apart by a powerful race with phenomenal powers of the mind - and none of the heart. Born a Psy, Sascha Duncan must hide the emotions that mark her as flawed. But a passionate Changeling will tempt her to reveal everything - and risk her very soul.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better than I remember.

  • By Diana on 05-30-11

An ok start to a series

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

Reviewed: 05-15-12

I’ve had this series on my TBR list for a long time. So when Audible.com was having a sale I grabbed books 1, 2 and 4, 5 (yes I don’t have 3 in audio but I have it in ebook). I really wish I had only used one of my credits on this series. I didn’t love the narrator. IMO she didn’t change her voice enough for the male characters and I found myself a little confused from time to time about who was speaking or thinking. But since I have the others I will continue to listen to them. But I can’t help but think I would have enjoyed reading Slave to Sensation more than I did listening to it.

While I didn’t love the narration of the book I did enjoy the story and the idea behind the world that Nalini Singh built. It felt like a mix between Lora Leigh’s Breeds Series and the Matrix.

Within the Psy-Changeling world you have three races; human, Changeling (weres/shifters) and the Psy. The Psy are engineered beings that have over the years learned to live without any emotions. They only live by what is logical. (Think Vulcans from Star Trek)

PsyNet made me think of the Matrix where people plugged into each other but as where a person that dies in the Matrix will die in real life; a Psy will die without being connected to the PsyNet. Their brain will not work without.

So when Sascha starts feeling emotions she is afraid that her shields in her mind that she has made over the years will break and the rest of the Psy will learn that she is “broken”. And because the Psy believe they cannot leave the Net, she knows that her days are numbered.

After Sascha is paired with a Lucas, the alpha of a Changeling Leopard pack, her emotions really start to take off. Lucas shows Sascha the ways of lust and passion. After she learns what it’s like enjoy the feel of Lucas’ touch she learns what it means to be pack and to get a different kind of touch through the other Changelings.

Over all the plot and characters were descent, I’m hoping that Slave to Sensation just fell into the first book in a series trap and that I will enjoy book two, Visions of Heat, more.

  • The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,756
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,075
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,077

Generations of werewolves have been secretly residing in a secluded valley a stones throw from Grundy, Alaska. So when a snooping Outsider comes to Grundy to investigate rumors of lycanthropic shenanigans in the area, the valleys pack alpha, Maggie Graham, resolves to chase him away, even if doing so takes a quick bite on the butt. What a pity that researcher Nick Thatcher turns out to be so drool-worthy, and that his kisses make Maggie want to sit up and beg.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • MOLLY HARPER IS A HOOT!!!!!!

  • By d.e.matthews on 03-30-11

Not my Fave Harper book

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

Reviewed: 05-15-12

The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf takes places a little time after How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf and some of the events that happened in HFNW has brought Dr. Nick Thatcher to town. He is a nerdy yet sexy and lovable scientist that has made it his mission in life to prove that supernatural creatures like werewolves exist.

Maggie Graham is the alpha of the local werewolf pack in Grundy, Alaska and Nick being in town causes all kinds of problems for her. She can’t let a human come in and expose her family and pack. Not only is this human a danger to Maggie in the “business” sense but he also a hazard to her heart.

Maggie and Nick are instantly attracted to each other but Maggie tries to fight it. Since Maggie is the alpha it is expected that she will mate with another wolf to continue the werewolf bloodline. She tries to do what she thinks is the best thing for the pack instead of making herself happy.

But the few choices that Maggie has in the male werewolf department is not appealing to her. There is Lee from a distance relative pack that is trying to get Maggie’s paw in marriage. Sure he’s easy on the eyes but he’s dumber than a box of rocks. Then there is Clay; a Canada wolf that joined the pack about a year ago. On paper he is the perfect mate for Maggie but she just doesn’t have those things of feelings for him.

So we have a tug and pull of emotions and love interests going on in The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf but there is also a mystery going on. Someone keeps trying to hurt Maggie; first her brakes on her truck are cut and then someone sets a fire to her office. Other odd things keep happening through the story.

But by the end of the story everything is nicely tied up on all fronts. I’m not sure if there will be more in the series but if you enjoy smart ass characters and light funny romances with a paranormal twist you should check out this series.

Narration Note: I love the narrator (Amanda Ronconi) but because she also narrates Harper's Jane Jameson Series, I had a little hard time switching gears and remembering "This is not Jane" for the first few chapters.


  • Third Grave Dead Ahead

  • By: Darynda Jones
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,027
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,699
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,698

Paranormal private eye. Grim reaper extraordinaire. Whatever. Charley Davidson is back in Darynda Jones' Third Grave Dead Ahead! And she’s drinking copious amounts of caffeine to stay awake because, every time she closes her eyes, she sees him: Reyes Farrow, the parthuman, part-supermodel son of Satan. Yes, she did imprison him for all eternity, but come on.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love Charley Davidson!!!

  • By Tabitha on 07-21-12

She's back...

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

Reviewed: 04-11-12

The sassy PI is back. In Third Grave Dead Ahead Charley is trying to deal with the fact that Reyes doesn't want to see her. But can you really blame him after the events of Second Grave on the Left?

Charley is running around all over time hopped up on coffee and days without sleep trying to solve another missing person's case. While Charley tries to find out what has happened to the missing wife of a doctor she has run in after run in with Reyes when she falls asleep. Which is why is she tries to void falling a sleep. Although the encounters are sexy, she can also see that Reyes doesn't really want to be called to her.

More emotional tug of war between Charley and Reyes. They want each other but don't like that they want each other because they still do not trust the other one 100%.

Charley is slowly starting to see what she is capable of with her powers. Things are a brewing and I'm not talking about all that coffee that she and Cookie drinks. As a bigger picture starts to develop through out the series it only brings up more questions. And I can't wait to read/listen to the next book, Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet.

Only time will tell what the fates have in store for Charley and Reyes. And if you are a fan of snark filled mysteries with hotter than sin anti-hero you need to check out Darynda Jones' Charley Davidson series. I highly recommend it on audio. Lorelei King does an outstanding job bring the sassy Charley to life.