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  • Rebirth

  • Rogues Shifter Series, Book 1
  • By: Gayle Parness
  • Narrated by: Reba Buhr
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 320
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 296

Having always felt like a freak of nature, 17-year-old Jackie's life is turned upside down when she discovers that she's not human, but instead part of a large supernatural community. Because of her newly discovered magical abilities, she's picked to train with a group of powerful young shapeshifters who become her close friends. Their purpose is to protect the vulnerable shifter population from the more violent supernatural beings that inhabit this terrifying and exciting world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A wonderful new world to explore

  • By Captain Skurvy on 01-13-16

Show don’t tell....

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

If I could give the author just one piece of advice it would be: Show. Don’t tell.

The beginning had potential until the vampire fully comes into the story. That’s when the character development took a nosedive. We switched from deep character development to straight telling mode. I don’t want to read a summary about someone’s experience. I want to know what is going on in depth with their senses and emotions.

It’s upsetting to put down a book once I’ve invested 5 hours, but I understand when I’m growing more and more irritated, and know that’s when I need to put the book down and move on to something else.

  • The Iron King

  • The Iron Fey, Book 1
  • By: Julie Kagawa
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,602
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,170
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,189

Something has always felt slightly off in Meghan’s life, ever since her father disappeared before her eyes when she was six. She has never quite fit in at school…or at home. When a dark stranger begins watching her from afar, and her prankster best friend becomes strangely protective of her, Meghan senses that everything she’s known is about to change. But she could never have guessed the truth--that she is the daughter of a mythical faery king and is a pawn in a deadly war.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Kristi Anderson on 02-24-10

Needs a major rewrite...

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

Reviewed: 11-03-18

All I wanted to do for the first three quarters of the novel was scream at the protagonist due to her stupidity. She had no depth. I don’t care what anyone says about teens, they’re smart and when the lives of their loved ones hang in the balance they don’t say and do dumb things at every turn. The main character is portrayed as a quiet, sweet girl in the beginning and then she turns idiotic once she learns about her missing brother.

Additionally, Robbie/Puck shows absolutely no empathy for his “best” friend as she goes through the most difficult things she’s ever faced. I think he was supposed to be comic relief, but he only came off as an insensitive jerk. And then he acts like he has feelings for her. What? Another severely lacking unbelievable character. I could go on and on.

Part three is when the book started to actually show promise, but between the contradictory memories and lack of character development, I think should’ve passed this one up entirely.

I can’t believe I was able to finish it. I might consider continuing the series someday, but I will have to be desperate looking for a new book to read. Too bad. So sad.

  • Saving Angel

  • Divisa, Volume 1
  • By: J.L. Weil
  • Narrated by: Tara Millette
  • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 276
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275

I wondered what my life would have been like if we had never moved to the ho-dunk town of Spring Valley, Illinois. Sure the internet service was splotchy, there was nothing but miles of wheat fields, and I probably wouldn't be faced with death at every corner. My only neighbor in this god-forsaken town was...well there really was only one to describe him, hot as hell. With his sinful dark looks, unusually silver eyes, and kissable lips, there was something about him that was more than meets the eye.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So awesome!!!!

  • By Jacklynn Sizemore on 12-16-14

Umm... is there a cruel plot creator selling the same outline to unsuspecting authors?

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

Is this some kind of joke? Most of this book’s plot was an exact replica of JLA’s Obsidian. I would be embarrassed to publish a book that mirrored another’s work so precisely. When I say replica, I’m not kidding.

I’m trying to picture how such an problem could occur. Maybe both authors somehow received the exact same plot outline and agreed to write the novel? I don’t know, but this is a tragedy that should never happen.

Aside from that there were many similarities to another extremely popular series as well. I am genuinely confused how the author thought readers wouldn’t notice. Listen to this one and compare for yourself.

The story would’ve been okay if it hadn’t been written by someone else already.

  • The Space in Between

  • By: Brittainy Cherry
  • Narrated by: Kate Zane, Brian Pallino
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 197

Andrea Evans is traumatized and guilt-ridden by the death of her fiancée. Tired of the gossiping small town, she travels to New York City to pursue her dream of dance. He's uncertain of his future. Cooper Davidson is a famous photographer and reality television star trying to flee from his own life filled with paparazzi, mental health clinics, and a cheating wife who is pregnant.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • FROM PAIN & CHAOS - COMES ORDER & LOVE

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 06-16-16

Eh... Not one of her best

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

Brittainy Cherry can write amazing works of art, but I’m sad to say this wasn’t one of them. The female narrator makes it so much worse. I am sorry to say I couldn’t finish the audio.

  • Hate to Love You

  • By: Tijan
  • Narrated by: Savannah Peachwood
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 579
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 580

New year. New place. New me. Right? Wrong. And all because of Shay Coleman. Football captain and quarterback, he was the big guy on campus. The cocky guy in my political science class with a smirk. I hated him on sight...and he was about to break all my rules.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ok book, good narration

  • By kindle customer on 10-25-17

I’ve listened to this book so many times

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

Reviewed: 11-01-18

Savannah Peachwood narrates this book perfectly. I believe this book is one of Tijan’s best. She has a solid list of books I enjoy, but Hate to Love You and Anti-Stepbrother are in a different category to me. They each hold a special mixture of ingredients that makes me want to experience them again and again.

  • The First Days

  • As the World Dies, Book 1
  • By: Rhiannon Frater
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 905
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 828
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 825

The morning that the world ends, Katie is getting ready for court and housewife Jenni is taking care of her family. Less than two hours later, they are fleeing for their lives from a zombie horde. Thrown together by circumstance, Jenni and Katie become a powerful zombie-killing partnership, mowing down zombies as they rescue Jenni's stepson, Jason, from an infected campground.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not for my demographic

  • By Garth on 02-08-12

Unbelievable Characters & Major Genre Flip Flop 4 Hours In

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

Reviewed: 10-30-18

Answer me this, if you lost your 12 year old and your baby would you be able to forget about them in less than two days and start fighting over a guy with your new best friend like a 16-year-old? That’s what happens in this book.

If you’re looking for a zombie teaser that leaves you deflated, then this is your book.

The first 8 chapters held promise, but it went severely downhill after that. I’m confused as to why the author would start a book about a mother mourning over baby zombie fingers and flip it into an immature fight over a guy. Over the course of 48 hours, the main character’s digression goes from abused grieving mother to immature adolescent playing the “he’s mine” game. That just tells me that the author had no predetermined character development in place. To write a book you must Know The Character! If not, it turns into a wishy-washy mess.

I noticed right away when the author lost focus and fought to come to terms with letting the almost decent book go without finishing it. So long to Rhiannon Frater. It was fun for 8 chapters, but I won’t be fooled again.

  • The Caged Series: Reverse Harem Teen Paranormal Romance

  • By: Kellie McAllen
  • Narrated by: Heather Taylor
  • Length: 18 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8

The list of reasons why Lexus Wren is the last girl any guy would be interested in is mercilessly long: Her dad’s in prison for murder, her mom drowns her sorrows every night at Dave’s Dive, and Lexus is just trying to survive the cruelties of high school as a painfully shy bookworm with a bad wardrobe and a collection of nervous habits. Never in a million years did Lexus expect to draw the eyes of two hunky transfer students, Phoenix and Griffin Easton. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story with poor narration

  • By ShootingStar919 on 10-24-18

Good story with poor narration

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

I like when family reads a book aloud and that what this narrator reminds me of, but news flash — this book isn’t being read to me by family. It’s a paid for experience, which means I have a base level expectation that exceeds what my little sister can do.

I’m a little confused as to why Jaxson didn’t get much time with Lexus, but whatever. I’m just glad that monotone New York accented narrator finally finished.

  • Twisted Palace

  • By: Erin Watt
  • Narrated by: Angela Goethals, Zachary Webber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 878
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 811

She's tough, resilient, and willing to do whatever it takes to defend the people she loves, but the challenge of a long-lost father and a boyfriend whose life is on the line might be too much for even Ella to overcome. Reed Royal has a quick temper and even faster fists. But his tendency to meet every obstacle with violence has finally caught up with him. If he wants to save himself and the girl he loves, he'll need to rise above his tortured past and tarnished reputation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I want more

  • By lisa cravens on 01-18-17

Who dun it mystery ruined it for me

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

I’m really disappointed. This book was like a completely different genre written without the reader in mind. I didn’t sign up to read a murder mystery. I almost couldn’t finish the book and got sick of Ella’s incessant worrying. How many times do we need to hear about how worried she feels? I skipped through a lot of the novel just to get it over with.

I won’t be listening to any more of this series. I feel like the book was rushed and wasn’t given the time it deserved during the writing process. There were holes all over the place. It was like another person wrote the book. Let me give the editor some advice since there were so many pieces of Ella’s private investigation left unexplained—Don’t open a can of worms without closing it.

And what the heck happened to Gideon? The once caring brother just became a cold nonexistent ghost. In fact, a lot of the characters are not the same or just shadows of what they once were. Yeah, I could complain for hours, but I’ll spare you. Read it or don’t, but be warned this novel sours the allure that this series once held.

  • Paper Princess

  • By: Erin Watt
  • Narrated by: Angela Goethals
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,293
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,218
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,218

These Royals will ruin you...Ella Harper is a survivor - a pragmatic optimist. She's spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she'll climb out of the gutter. After her mother's death, Ella is truly alone. Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Overall I'd give it 3.5 Stars

  • By AmazonAddict on 01-14-17

Better Than I Anticipated

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

Reviewed: 10-19-18

Don’t let the title deter you. This novel isn’t about a kingdom with kings and queens. This is a story about the modern spoiled private high school life and contains mature content. Paper Princess reminded me of Tijan’s Fallen Crest since it is about a girl who is taken out of her element and pushed into a rich spoiled family, which comes with all the dirty politics.

That being said, I was surprised to find out it was well written and full of everything I enjoy in a New Adult Romance Novel.

The narrator got on my nerves from time to time, and I wish she tried to differentiate between male voices. She also used a southern accent for every male character and sometimes forgot to switch from Ella’s POV to the male’s POV, which was confusing during certain scenes. If I had the time to sit down and actually read the novel, I would’ve.

Overall, I would recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys the bad boy New Adult Romance genre.

  • The Harbinger

  • By: Keegan Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Michael Ahr
  • Length: 29 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 153

It starts as a whisper, barely audible. Rumors. Paranoia. Conspiracy theories. Subterfuge. Like lightning, the plague moves across the globe, leaving few alive. But the end is only the beginning. Primarily set in Memphis, four loosely-connected strangers, caught up in their lives, find their worlds annihilated by the swiftly-moving plague. Alex Connelly is a wealthy young executive. Kirk Foster is a self-absorbed aging gay man. Meredith Brinkley's ongoing war with breast cancer takes a turn for the worse. Logan King is a closeted baseball jock.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A good story that could have been great.

  • By Derrick on 06-08-18

WTF? I’m not sure what to say.

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

I’m not sure what the heck I just listened to, but I’m going to give myself 5 stars for making it to chapter 15.

The character development is non-existent except for relationship status, sexual innuendos, and heavily opinionated views. There is something to be said about writing your anger down in a journal rather than through your characters. It had potential, but damn, I just can’t understand why I even listened for that long. The narrator just makes it worse.

I guess I thought I was purchasing a book about characters who are struggling to survive after a virus takes down most of the world’s population. My mistake.

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