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  • The Glittering Court: The Glittering Court, Book 1

  • By: Richelle Mead
  • Narrated by: Kristen Sieh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,016
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 937
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 939

Big and sweeping, spanning the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this story!

  • By Anna Erikssön Bendewald on 04-15-16

Not what I'd call fantasy...

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

This was a decent book. I can't rave about it like I've seen in other reviews, but it was somewhere in the "Okay" to "Pretty Good" range for me. I definitely didn't love it, at least not enough to read/listen to the other two books, which apparently take place during the same period of time as this book and just tell the story from the other girls' perspectives and then go somewhat beyond the time frame from this book. I think one of the biggest reasons I wasn't totally in love with it was because the synopsis/description for the story is a little misleading. This was labeled as fantasy, and as someone who read the "Vampire Academy" series, I thought there would be something magical or supernatural or adventurous about the story, but really it was more of an alternate history with countries that sort of resemble England and the United States but have different names. It was much more of just a historical romance than a fantasy genre in my opinion and since I went into it wanting more of a fantasy/adventure, I was just a bit disappointed. I liked the characters, but the plot kind of lagged for me and I found myself checking to see how much longer was left in the book because I was ready for it to just be wrapped up.

I will say the narration was great! I've never heard an audio book narrated by Kristen Sieh before this one, but she did a wonderful job with the different accents and voices and I'd listen to anything she narrated again in a heartbeat.

Overall, I can see where this book will appeal to an audience who is down for a slow moving romance, but if you're looking for adventure or more fantasy, then I would skip this one.

  • Tangled

  • The Tangled Series, Book 1
  • By: Emma Chase
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,811
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,814

Drew Evans is handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed? He’ll tell you he has the flu. But we all know that’s not really true. Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • And Now For Something Completely Different

  • By Kathy on 02-17-14

Not a fan

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

Okay, first of all the narration... I know Sebastian York is a really popular narrator, but his voice just wasn't a good fit for this book (and many others he narrates) in my opinion. He's got this deep, kind of gruff voice that to me, seems more fitting for a biker or a SEAL, or someone more dangerous...not an investment banker. Or maybe it's just that his voice sounds older to me than most of the characters he's supposed to be representing. At any rate, I just didn't love him for this book. That's not to say that he did a bad job in the narration, he didn't. I just didn't think he fit the role.

Next, the book itself... I recently read another of Emma Chase's books ("Getting Schooled") and although I got sick of how much descriptive sex and rough language there was, I laughed out loud several times while listening to it and really enjoyed the story, so I wanted to give another of her books a try. I think my biggest problem with this one was that I just didn't like Drew. I know a lot of people love the bad boy, but I just found his arrogance, his man-whoring, and just his overall personality off-putting. Several times in the books he'd say things like, guys just don't do this or that or think this way or have this opinion of romance or sex or whatever... I just didn't like his perception of men or people in general. I liked Kate fine, but it was hard for me to support any interest in a relationship between the two of them while he was such a douche... I kept hoping that falling for Kate would make Drew a better person or less arrogant or something like that, but by the end of the book, all I could think was, why would anyone really want to be with that guy?

I have to mention this and I know a lot of people will disagree with me or just not care about it...I know this is a romance, but why does it have to have so much descriptive sex? I wanted a Rom Com to read/listen to, not porn. I picked this one because it was in the Rom Com category and I thought her other book was good, but I didn't think the story was good enough for me to want to deal with all the sex scenes in the book. I found myself fast forwarding through them every time things started getting hot and heavy. Can't you just lead up to a scene and skip over the details? I know there are people out there who enjoy that kind of thing, but I don't and can't seem to find a novel with romantic aspects to it (and a good story line) that doesn't have explicit sex scenes and it's so frustrating. And the language was horrible. The F-word was used left and right, as well as G.D. I can take some profanity, but I hate hearing it constantly, it just detracts from the story. This book just made it very clear that I shouldn't bother with any more of Emma Chase's books, which is disappointing because I'd really like to try another one and see if she has any others as good as "Getting Schooled", but it's just not worth it to me to endure all of the sex and rough language.

  • The Shape of Water

  • By: Guillermo del Toro, Daniel Kraus
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia
  • Length: 13 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,841
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,552
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,542

The Shape of Water is set in Cold War-era Baltimore at the Occam Aerospace Research Center, which has recently received its most sensitive asset ever: an amphibious man captured in the Amazon. What unfolds is a stirring romance between the asset and one of the janitors on staff, a mute woman who uses sign language to communicate with the creature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superb

  • By E. Chadwick on 03-29-18

I wanted to like it more...

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

Although the performance was good, the story just wasn’t one that I could really love. It was somewhat interesting, but just not my kind of story...

  • Second Draft

  • By: C.M. Seabrook, Carter Blake
  • Narrated by: Addison Spear
  • Length: 4 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75

It's been almost a year since I've seen her, the only woman that's ever gotten under my skin, and made me wish I was a better man. More than just the washed up hockey player, turned sports journalist whose body is almost as scarred as his soul. Now, she's pregnant with my brother's baby. A baby he wants nothing to do with. And he's asked me to clean up his mess. I have no intention of offering her the deal he's laid out. I have a deal of my own. One that will finally make her mine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story

  • By Sonandmoon on 03-23-18

Don't bother with this one

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

Reviewed: 05-24-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I just felt the writing was sort of hollow...there wasn't much depth to the character development or the story itself and the narrator was just not great. I don't think this book had 4 or 5-star potential.

Would you ever listen to anything by C.M. Seabrook and Carter Blake again?

No, I wouldn't. This was my first book and it just wasn't impressed. It felt very amateurish.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Addison Spear?

Someone with more expression and this is going to sounds terrible, but someone without that hint of a lisp. I had a hard time taking her seriously.

What character would you cut from Second Draft?

Travis, he was such a loser. But really, I didn't feel any attachment to any of the characters.

Any additional comments?

This was just a disappointment the whole way around, I'll avoid these authors and this narrator in the future. I actually had a little less than an hour left in the audiobook when I just gave up on it.

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  • Eat, Pray, Die

  • An Eat, Pray, Die Humorous Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Chelsea Field
  • Narrated by: Nikiya Palombi
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 157
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 158

Being an undercover poison taster for the rich and famous might sound glamorous, but for Isobel Avery it means stomaching bad clients and even worse coffee. Join her as she protects the sexy client she'd like to strangle, dodges the terrifying loan shark, and hunts down the bad guy. A fresh and funny romantic mystery series about a witty, down-to-earth heroine with a job you've never seen before.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Listening to the book

  • By Kindle Customer on 05-10-17

The book may be good, but the narration is bad

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

Reviewed: 05-10-17

What did you like best about Eat, Pray, Die? What did you like least?

I only ended up listening to an hour of this audiobook because I found the narration very poor. The main character is supposed to be Australian, but the narrator doesn't even attempt and Australian accent, which turned me off initially, but even for an American reader, I just thought she had the feel of a bad actress. I'll be careful not to pick any more audiobooks narrated by her.

Would you be willing to try another book from Chelsea Field? Why or why not?

I need to finish reading this one (or at least get a little further into it) before I can decide, I'm a little turned off of the book right now, but I can't decide if it's due to the narration or if it's a combination of the book and the narrator. I did borrow this on Kindle Unlimited, so I plan to read the ebook instead of listening, but we'll have to wait and see if I actually end up finishing it...

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Nikiya Palombi?

Almost anyone else, but most importantly, someone who could do an Australian accent.

Did Eat, Pray, Die inspire you to do anything?

Quit.

Any additional comments?

I returned this audiobook but I hope others will enjoy it. Happy reading/listening!

  • November 9

  • A Novel
  • By: Colleen Hoover
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber, Angela Goethals
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,032
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,034

Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon's last day in LA together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I hate you soo good, Colleen!

  • By Meraline on 11-11-15

A great book!

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

Reviewed: 04-11-17

I just read/listened to my first Colleen Hoover book a week ago (Maybe Someday) and this is my third one since then. They're soooo good! I have laughed out loud and I've felt like crying, but I've enjoyed every minute. I highly recommend!

  • At Wolf Ranch

  • Montana Men, Book 1
  • By: Jennifer Ryan
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 660
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 586
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 582

After years on the rodeo circuit, Gabe Bowden wants nothing more than land of his own and a woman who will claim his heart for more than one night. When he has the chance to buy the enormous Wolf Ranch spread, he snaps up the incredible deal. Everything is set until Gabe rescues a woman on the deserted, snowy road leading to the property, and the half-frozen beauty changes everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cowboy rescue

  • By Conner4u on 04-10-15

Annoying narrator

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

Reviewed: 07-08-16

The story wasn't bad...maybe a little cheesy, but the narrator was fairly annoying. I just really disliked the way she talked, like how she always pronounced "family" more like "fah-mly" and things like that. I didn't hate her so bad I couldn't finish, but I'll avoid listening to anything she narrates in the future.

  • Lies, Damned Lies and History

  • The Chronicles of St. Mary's, Book 7
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,705
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,552
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,541

I've done some stupid things in my time. I've been reckless. I've broken a few rules. But never before have I ruined so many lives or left such a trail of destruction behind me. As Max would be the first to admit, she's never been one for rules. They tend to happen to other people. But this time she's gone too far, and everyone is paying the price. Grounded until the end of time, how can she ever put things right?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why do her books have to end????

  • By janet on 05-07-16

Great book, I highly recommend!

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

Reviewed: 05-19-16

I can never say enough good things about the "Chronicles of St. Mary's," it's such a great series and like all of the other books, this one does not disappoint! I highly recommend this to any and everyone!

  • Meeting Trouble

  • By: Emme Rollins
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Saydah
  • Length: 3 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 89
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 90

Sabrina can't believe her luck - she's always dreamed of front row seats to see her favorite band, "Trouble", but when she quite literally bumps into lead singer, Rob Burns, and he invites her backstage, she finds herself hoping her luck doesn't run out--and that maybe, just maybe, all her dreams will come true. This title makes the ultimate fantasy come true when a female fan meets a sexy rock star guitar god with enough pluck to make the g-string on your Stratocaster quiver for days.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short Sweet Love story

  • By L.W. on 10-20-14

Fun, but ultimately I can't recommend...

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

Reviewed: 03-23-16

I have to start out by saying there was just too much sex in this book. It wasn't a very long book, and I really loved the storyline and the way the characters interacted. I had a big goofy grin on my face most of the time I was listening, but... I have a real problem with a girl who's willing to sleep with a guy she knows is married, even if he's separated. Until a divorce is final, that's still a marriage. This is obviously something that's going to eventually be resolved, so I'm glad for that, but as much as I enjoyed the story, between the frequent and graphic sex scenes and that whole married/separated/divorcing thing, I'm just a little too uncomfortable with the context to continue the story. For that reason (and yes, I know I'm being very conservative), I can't recommend this book. If that sort of thing doesn't bother you, you'll probably love it!

  • Ransom

  • Highlands' Lairds, Book 2
  • By: Julie Garwood
  • Narrated by: Susan Duerden
  • Length: 15 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,994
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,994

In the dark days after the death of Richard the Lionhearted, lives and lands would fall into upheaval at the hands of a power-hungry British ruler and his violent minions. One victim of the scourge is innocent Gillian, who is a mere child when the cruel and ambitious Baron Alford slaughters her father and tears her family apart. Alford, determined to recover a jeweled box for the despotic King John, is furious when the precious treasure slips through his fingers - only to be lost for more than a decade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love the Highlands' Lairds

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 05-06-13

A little bit of a let down...

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

Reviewed: 01-28-16

What disappointed you about Ransom?

I really enjoyed the first book in this series and this book started out well enough, but honestly, by the end I was just getting impatient for it to be done. I can't exactly put my finger on what I didn't like other than how repetitive some things were. I got tired of all the whispers, especially the narrators actual whispers, I found them really irritating. Aside from that, I've enjoyed Julie Garwood's novels in the past, but I feel like they're just basically the same story retold with slightly different twists at this point. I love highlander stories and enjoy these alpha makes having some woman they considered weak stand up to them, but in this, she only sort of stands up to him and pushovers are annoying to me.

Would you ever listen to anything by Julie Garwood again?

Yes. I've enjoyed her books in the past and this wasn't a bad book, it just wasn't as good as I'd hoped for. I'll take a break and then probably give a different one a try.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Susan Duerden?

I'm not sure. I don't think so. All of the English male voices she did sounded really stupid/annoying to me, as well as some of the highlanders. The whispers and fake laughs were another source of annoyance for me too, so I'll probably avoid her.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Ransom?

As I've already said, the whispers! I mean, I don't know anyone who whispers that much and it would get real old real fast if I did. I know that's not a scene, but I'd cut down on them. I never knew that was a pet peeve of mine until this book.