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NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR, United States
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  • Dietland

  • By: Sarai Walker
  • Narrated by: Tara Sands
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 759
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 680
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 680

Plum Kettle does her best not to be noticed because when you're fat, to be noticed is to be judged. She is biding her time at a job answering fan mail for a popular teen girls' magazine until she can afford weight-loss surgery. But lately she is being followed by a girl in outlandish clothes and combat boots.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • funny and thought provoking

  • By Sandy Toes on 01-28-16

Halfway in — so close to home

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

Reviewed: 09-09-18

A little under halfway through and I just need to say something. The book is coming to the tipping point, the point where the vehicle of resolution begins.

This book is borderline painful to listen to — so many shared experiences, feelings I’ve had, despair I’ve been through, thoughts that have run through my head almost verbatim, many eerily similar events which have occurred in my life. But I keep listening. It is cathartic to know I’m not alone.

That said, I’m not sure yet how this book will end. I have ideas of course and I hope I’m wrong. I couldn’t bear it if this book ends with some neatly tied of bow of perfection where she gets the perfect job and the perfect love-life and loves her body just as it is. Because life doesn’t work that way. It would be cruel to begin with such a realistic portrait of what it feels like to be a fat woman in America and especially dealing with women who have never been more than 20 pounds outside acceptable and don’t understand, can’t understand and the way society and men react to you, so cruel if it is given a trite ending where learning to accept herself makes everything all better. Or that some psychological trick makes her lose weight. The author has stayed so true, no matter how painful, thus far so I am cautiously optimistic that she will find an ending that isn’t pap.

I’ll finish the book now and come back and give my impression of the second half. But I just had to get that off my chest.

  • Dawn of Wonder

  • The Wakening, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Renshaw
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 29 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,878
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31,837
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,759

When a high-ranking officer gallops into the quiet Mistyvales, he brings a warning that shakes the countryfolk to their roots. But for Aedan, a scruffy young adventurer with veins full of fire and a head full of ideas, this officer is not what he seems. The events that follow propel Aedan on a journey that only the foolhardy or desperate would risk, leading him to the gates of the nation's royal academy - a whole world of secrets in itself. But this is only the beginning of his discoveries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Instant Favorite

  • By Joe on 03-21-16

Well thought out and engrossing

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

Excellent narration of a solid story and new world. Interested to see what happens next.

  • The Protectors

  • Royal Institute of Magic, Book 3
  • By: Victor Kloss
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231

Ben Greenwood is continuing his apprenticeship at the Royal Institute of Magic, hoping things will be slightly less complicated now that he has advanced to the second grade. Fat chance. Coupled with the sterner challenges that the second grade brings, there is also the small matter of the impending dark elf invasion, making life at the Institute even busier than usual. Ben is the only one who can stop them, by finding Elizabeth's armor and its Guardians.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally comparable to Harry Potter

  • By Dessie on 12-11-17

I was there until the second heroine...

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

Reviewed: 11-14-17

I was there until the second heroine was also incredibly petite, gorgeous, and frail looking. So a hero can be chubby and awkward but a heroine can’t be? So over these delicate flowers who are amazing dynamos beneath but also irrationally emotional at the most bizarre times. It fantasy. So let me imagine the chunky girl is adored and considered beautiful and a heroine. The petite waif being drooled over and cosseted is a pretty stark reality.

  • Geekerella

  • A Novel
  • By: Ashley Poston
  • Narrated by: Eileen Stevens, Tristan Morris
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,234
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,232

Geek girl Elle Wittimer lives and breathes Starfield, the classic science-fiction series she grew up watching with her late father. So when she sees a cosplay contest for a new Starfield movie, she has to enter. The prize? An invitation to the ExcelsiCon Cosplay Ball and a meet-and-greet with the actor slated to play Federation Prince Carmindor in the reboot. With savings from her gig at the Magic Pumpkin food truck and her dad's old costume, Elle's determined to win - unless her stepsisters get there first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fresh new take on the Cinderella tale

  • By Kathleen Y. Danis on 05-02-17

Couldn’t even finish — frustrating characters and obvious story.

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

Reviewed: 10-12-17

I spent half of the book screaming at the main characters for being spineless and stupid. I finally hit max stupidity and cowardice and had to quit listening. I cannot relate to someone so beaten down they can’t ever stand up for themselves. And the situation was utterly ludicrous. I understand a Cinderella tale is going to have some elements of the fantastical, but this just hit all the wrong notes. The main character was an unlikable whiner who lets everyone walk all over her all the time. You can see the bad things coming a mile off and know she’ll just roll over and take it. Total waste of time.

  • The Monster Hunter Files

  • By: Larry Correia, Jonathan Maberry, Faith Hunter, and others
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman, Bailey Carr, Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,139
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,938
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,928

For well over a century, Monster Hunter International has kept the world safe from supernatural threats small and large - and, in some cases, very, very large. Now, join us as MHI opens their archives for the first time. From experienced hunters on their toughest cases, to total newbies' initial encounters with the supernatural, The Monster Hunter Files reveals the secret history of the world's most elite monster fighting force.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like most short story collections, a mixed bag

  • By Michael G. Potter on 10-27-17

Correia and friends write an excellent anthology

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

Reviewed: 10-10-17

Even with the number of writers, the universe is kept tight and the voice consistent. Excellent as always.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Son of the Black Sword

  • Saga of the Forgotten Warrior, Book 1
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,989
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,423
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,394

After the War of the Gods, the demons were cast out and fell to the world. Mankind was nearly eradicated by the seemingly unstoppable beasts until the gods sent the great hero, Ramrowan, to save them. He united the tribes, gave them magic, and drove the demons into the sea. Ever since, the land has belonged to man, and the oceans have remained an uncrossable hell, leaving the continent of Lok isolated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Beginning to a new Epic Series

  • By Don Gilbert on 10-31-15

More impressed by Correia each book

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

Reviewed: 10-01-17

Completely different series from MHI and a completely different world. He nails all the required details to make his new universe believable and engrossing. Excited to read more — both of this series and other series by Correia.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Monster Hunter International

  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 24 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,500
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,061
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,031

Five days after Owen Zastava Pitt pushed his insufferable boss out of a 14th story window, he woke up in the hospital with a scarred face, an unbelievable memory, and a job offer. It turns out that monsters are real. All the things from myth, legend, and B-movies are out there, waiting in the shadows. Some of them are evil, and some are just hungry. Monster Hunter International is the premier eradication company in the business. And now Owen is their newest recruit.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • My second Monster Hunter book

  • By Randall on 06-29-18

Loads of fun

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

Reviewed: 06-17-17

Correia is the rare fantasy author who does humor well in addition to pulse pounding stories. If you like your horror with comedy, this is for you.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Just One Damned Thing After Another

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,429
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,931
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,926

Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Action Adventure Time Travel Novel w/ Good Reader

  • By Sires on 04-13-14

Now for something completely different...

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

Reviewed: 06-02-17

The sort of wit you find in Jasper Fford's "Eyre Affair" and the rest. And like Fford, Taylor takes a subject you know and turns it upside down, to grand effect. Well written and well read.

  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,659
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,309
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 23,334

The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow

  • By kurdis teed on 05-28-17

Awful. Terrible. Utterly depressing.

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

Reviewed: 04-24-17

I kept seeing people recommend "The Goldfinch". So I bought it.

I loathed the book. If I'd had a hard copy, it's the sort of book I would have flung away from me for being such a waste of paper and my time.

What a pointless, humorless, boring book peopled with unlikable, awful characters. Any character which might be considered as decent or nice person is a total milquetoast, terrified of confrontation and life. The author just drones on and on and on, taking hundreds of pages to say very little.

I finished it because I thought maybe there was something great that would happen to make it so highly recommended. I feel like I've read a different book than everyone else. Utterly depressing on so many levels.

The narrator was the only decent thing about this purchase.

  • Crown Duel

  • By: Sherwood Smith
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 18 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 295
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 277

Young Countess Meliara swears to her dying father that she and her brother will defend their people from the growing greed of the king. That promise leads them into a war for which they are ill-prepared, which threatens the very people they are trying to protect. But war is simple compared to what follows, in peacetime. Meliara is summoned to live at the royal palace, where friends and enemies look alike, and intrigue fills the dance halls and the drawing rooms.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Do they listen before publishing?

  • By Angelee R. on 09-01-16

Overused tropes abound

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

Reviewed: 04-14-17

Super petite heroine totally unaware of how attractive she is, utterly selfless and supposedly brilliant, but who makes incomprehensibly stupid decisions and assumptions on the regular which lead her to lash out viscously and you really aren't sure why anyone likes her? Yep. Got it.

Super handsome, omniscient prince type who saves the petite fireball from killing herself and others and falls in love with her despite the fact she has misunderstood everything and never tells her she's mistaken? You betcha.

Painful to listen to -- absolutely no surprises to anyone who's picked up a YA book in the past. If I hadn't been doing a mind numbing task I would have quit listening sooner. At a certain point the book got so obnoxiously awful though I preferred silence over listening to another word.