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  • The Becoming of Noah Shaw

  • By: Michelle Hodkin
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

In the first book of the Shaw Confessions, the companion series to the New York Times best-selling Mara Dyer novels, old skeletons are laid bare and new promises prove deadly. This is what happens after happily ever after. Everyone thinks 17-year-old Noah Shaw has the world on a string. They're wrong. Mara Dyer is the only one he trusts with his secrets and his future. He shouldn't. And both are scared that uncovering the truth about themselves will force them apart. They're right.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fans will be torn on this one

  • By kimbacaffeinate on 12-08-17

A Middle Finger to Mara Dyer Fans

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

Reviewed: 04-19-18

What disappointed you about The Becoming of Noah Shaw?

The whole story was unnecessarily confusing and the ending/cliffhanger felt like Michelle Hodkin ran up, chucked a physical, hardback copy of the book at my face, then kicked me in the shin for good measure. I wasn't even that big of a fan of the original trilogy so I can't imagine how longtime fans must have felt.

What was most disappointing about Michelle Hodkin’s story?

It's hard to use the word "disappointing" because it implies that I expected or wanted something out of it when, in actuality, I had pretty much no preconceived notions about this book. I felt like the original trilogy wrapped up just fine so the moment I heard this would be a direct sequel, I was skeptical, to put it kindly.

What three words best describe Joe Jameson’s performance?

Strained, awkward, and dull

What character would you cut from The Becoming of Noah Shaw?

This is a hilarious question. It's Goose, though, if I had to pick. Definitely Goose.

Any additional comments?

Honestly, this book was so hilariously mean-spirited that I can't help but wait for the next book, even if it means another book to the face and/or kick to the shin because I haven't been this entertained by a Michelle Hodkin book since The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer...except I don't think the parts that entertained me so much were meant to be so hilarious.

  • More Than This

  • Man Than, Book 1
  • By: Jay McLean
  • Narrated by: Jeremy York, Allison Lynnewood
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 515
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 449

When Mikayla imagined her prom night, she envisioned a fairy-tale evening full of romance. So when betrayal and tragedy come in quick succession, Mikayla is completely destroyed. Suddenly, everything she loved and everyone she relied on are tragically, irrevocably gone. Jake, a handsome boy she just met, happens to witness her loss. With no one to turn to, Mikayla is forced to depend on this near stranger and his family, and he in turn is determined to take care of her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not for under eighteen or the faint of heart...

  • By Alexa on 07-01-15

The Worst Book I've Had the Displeasure of Reading

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

Reviewed: 01-17-18

What disappointed you about More Than This?

I was expecting a fun, sexy romance and instead I got a bizarre fever dream that pretended to be fun and sexy and instead came off as deeply, deeply troubling, vain, childish, poorly written, with all-around awful and unlikable characters that ended up being a metaphorical dumpster fire of clichés, bad writing, mediocre performances, and unrealistic plot points that were unintentionally hilarious. I'd be tempted to call this a "so bad it's good" book because I DID laugh at it so much, but it would be too painful to call anything about it "good" even in the ironic sense of the word.

What could Jay McLean have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I know this isn't constructive, but basically everything. If I were writing this book, I'd read it, realize it was a garbage concept packed with clichés, slut shaming, characters so jealous their skin would be green if they were real (which, come on, they aren't real, they barely act like actual human beings), and that, even on the basest level of intending for it to be a romance and realizing not a since line or really even a single WORD in this book is romantic, sexy, cute, etc...I'd realize that, and I'd throw out the concept. I'd start over. I'd realize this book isn't salvageable and just scrap it because it would actually be pretty close to being a crime to call this a book and sell this to people for real life money.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jeremy York and Allison Lynnewood ?

I wouldn't subject ANY of my favorite narrators to this trash heap. Jeremy York and Allison Lynnewood were fine, but if I ever run into a book where they're narrating, I might have war flashbacks to this book so they're definitely off the table for The Best Narrators I Listened to in 2018.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from More Than This?

As stated above, I'd cut all of it. It's trash. It's utter trash.

Any additional comments?

It baffles me that this book has an average of 4.5 on here and a 4.14 on Goodreads. It's books like these with ratings like that which make me wonder why god has forsaken us.

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  • Born a Crime

  • Stories from a South African Childhood
  • By: Trevor Noah
  • Narrated by: Trevor Noah
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 93,044
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 86,199
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 85,791

One of the comedy world's fastest-rising stars tells his wild coming of age story during the twilight of apartheid in South Africa and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed. Noah provides something deeper than traditional memoirists: powerfully funny observations about how farcical political and social systems play out in our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and perfect narration

  • By Marilyn Armstrong on 12-15-16

this is a must-read Trevor Noah is amazing!

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

Reviewed: 01-30-17

I truly enjoyed listening to all of the stories especially because they were narrated by Trevor himself I've always enjoyed listening to him speak and tell short stories about his childhood so this was a wonderful collection and a must-read for anyone who enjoys autobiographical stories. Trevor lead a most interesting life I'm so grateful that he chose to share it with the world.