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  • Complicated

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Lance Greenfield, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,585
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,113

When small-town Nebraska sheriff Hixon Drake meets Greta Dare, the connection couldn't be stronger, but the timing couldn't be worse. Dealing with the fallout of a divorce he never wanted and setting up a new home for his kids, Hix becomes that guy, that one he never wanted to be, and puts a stop to things before they can even start. Protecting his kids and himself is his only priority. Greta, on the other hand, has found the place for her and the brother she adores that's perfect for them - a sleepy little town in Nebraska.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complicated was a pleasure to my senses!

  • By Kara Hildebrand on 05-02-17

A marathon without the satisfaction of finishing

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

Reviewed: 04-09-19

This book was far too drawn out without benefiting the story. the sex scenes seemed randomly placed at times with no lead in. one scene so abruptly followed an investigative crime scene and i thought the book skipped a chapter. it was if the author couldn't decide if the book should be a romance, family drama, or crime investigation, and just threw it all in. I found the dialogue to be pretty lame between Gretta and Hix. So many scenes referenced him busting a gut, laughing so hard, stifling a laugh, etc., but the "humor" was completely lacking.
There was a nice attempt to develop characters, but too much on the surface with there author feeding the reader what they're supposed to feel.

  • Like the Wind

  • By: J. Bengtsson
  • Narrated by: Callie Dalton, Zachary Webber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,954
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,841
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,843

When a letter from his supposedly deceased mother finds its way into his hands, life changes in an instant for international pop star Bodhi Beckett. Reeling from the deception of those closest to him, Bodhi spirals out of control and is sent to a secluded mansion in the coastal mountains of Southern California for some rest and relaxation. But the retreat proves to be anything but relaxing when a raging wildfire sets the landscape around him ablaze. While escaping the flames, Bodhi rescues Breeze, a quirky, pet-loving woman, and together the two fight their way to safety. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ahhh-amazing

  • By Christy Almeida on 01-16-19

Maybe if you're really young you'll enjoy it

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

Reviewed: 03-02-19

I must first say that I didn't complete this book. I have listened to other books by this author and enjoyed them, but for some reason this one seemed immature. I think this author, and many others in this genre, spend too much effort crafting humorous quips and inner monologues, that serve to contribute nothing to the story other than higher word count. There is a big difference between relatable and funny banter betweenten characters, and ridiculous and unnecessary, adolescent babble.
I managed to get roughly two hours into this book before giving up. After listening to Bodie have a two minute interaction with a dog while they are supposedly outrunning a fire, an unnecessarily long rambling about Twinkies, and then the twit going on and on about her weak stomach when Bodie was vomiting, which led to her sympathetic vomiting, I threw in the towel so I wouldn't vomit on the ridiculousness of it all.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Kiss Quotient

  • A Novel
  • By: Helen Hoang
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,872
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,866

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases - a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with as well as way less experience in the dating department than the average 30-year-old. It doesn't help that she has Asperger's and that French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. She decides that she needs lots of practice - with a professional - which is why she hires escort Michael Phan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this!

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-12-18

Just couldn't get into it

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

Reviewed: 12-22-18

I'm surprised by so many positive reviews. I listened to about 4 hours and gave up. I didn't find Stella endearing or Michael's instant attraction believable. I'm not bothered by descriptive scenes, I just didn't care about the characters. I love books with flawed characters, but this missed the mark for me.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating

  • By: Christina Lauren
  • Narrated by: Todd Haberkorn, Jayme Mattler
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 413

Foul-mouthed, quirky, sharp-as-a-whip Hazel never thought she would win the heart of her gorgeous college TA, Josh. And, in fact, she didn’t. But what a difference 10 years can make. Well...10 years, and a lot of legwork.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Didn’t hate it.... but also didn’t love it.

  • By Kelly on 09-10-18

Not what I've come to expect from Christina Lauren

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

I always look forward to new Christina Lauren books because they never disappoint...until this one. It's possible I would have liked it better if I had read it instead of listened, because Hazel was such a different character than the typical female leads. Lauren has always written about independent, but flawed and real females, but Hazel was too over the top for me. To me, her eccentricities and quirkiness bordered on obnoxious, and I just couldn't relate. It didn't help that the male narrator's "Hazel voice" was horrendous. I just cringed whenever he had to speak as her character and made me like Hazel even less because she sounded like a pre-pubescent spaz, rather than a free-spirited and unique 27 year old. I will say, I think the female narrator did a fabulous job, but I could not reconcile the drastic difference between how the narrators portrayed Hazel with their voices.
It was a sweet story, but in the end I wasn't really invested in either character and didn't feel any real build-up between them to really care, even though the story was built around their growing friendship. As much as I had wanted to love it, I just couldn't get into this one.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Duet

  • By: R. S. Grey
  • Narrated by: Julia Farhat
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137

When 27-year-old pop sensation Brooklyn Heart steps in front of a microphone, her love songs enchant audiences worldwide. But when it comes to her own love life, the only spell she's under is a dry one. So when her label slots her for a Grammy performance with the sexy and soulful Jason Monroe, she can't help but entertain certain fantasies...those in which her G-string gets more play than her guitars'.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Seriously many LOL moments....

  • By Daniele on 12-03-16

Terrible

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

I enjoyed Fortunate Ones, also written by this author, so I wanted to like this book, but it was so bad. I'm returning it unfinished. It's like listening to the diary of an immature teen. The author tried so hard to make the female lead endearingly scattered and witty, but only managed to make her annoying and child - like. There was absolutely no development between characters, only another failed attempt to create angsty intrigue that resulted in petty and ridiculous exchanges.
I don't have a specific complaint about the narrator, but her voice seemed somewhat immature, which was fitting of the tone of the whole book.

  • What Alice Forgot

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Tamara Lovatt-Smith
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,518
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,047
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,001

Alice Love is 29, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child. So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym and is whisked off to the hospital, where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over - she’s getting divorced, she has three kids, and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OK

  • By mlfarr on 03-11-15

Thought provoking

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

I really enjoyed this book. It makes you take pause and appreciate the moments in your life and cautionary tale not to lose sight of who and what is important.
I agree with several reviewers about the narration. Her voice was lovely, but no distinction between characters, so you have to pay attention to changes in dialogue.

  • Cherry

  • A Novel
  • By: Nico Walker
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Bobb
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 476
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 476

It's 2003, and as a college freshman in Cleveland, our narrator is adrift until he meets Emily. The two of them experience an instant, life-changing connection. But when he almost loses her, he chooses to make an indelible statement: He joins the army. The outcome will not be good for either of them. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • being an ex-junky is much cooler than being a junky

  • By K Sabatini on 09-02-18

Reads like a junkie'a journal

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

The story of this guy 's life is rather depressing, but I was prepared for the content. I just wasn't expecting it to basically be one long account of a dope fiend' s daily struggles - some dramatic, some mundane - without really going anywhere. The ending could have occurred anywhere because, nothing really changed. Definitively an insight into the horror of addiction.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Right Behind You

  • By: Lisa Gardner
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels, Teri Schnaubelt
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,044
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,024

Eight years ago, Sharlah May Nash's older brother beat their drunken father to death with a baseball bat in order to save both of their lives. Now thirteen years old, Sharlah has finally moved on. About to be adopted by retired FBI profiler Pierce Quincy, and his partner, Rainie Conner, Sharlah loves one thing best about her new family: they are all experts on monsters.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent storey And performances.

  • By Erick on 04-09-17

absurd

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Struggled to get through it. I found it so ridiculous that the 12 year old sister is brought into a case of multiple brutal homicides as if she is a criminal detective. it's so unbelievable and annoying to listen to the dialogue between the foster mother and daughter discussing psychological profiling and deduction of who committed the crime. Be prepared to suspend ALL logic and believability with this book. I think the male narrator did a great job, but Rainey's character sounds like Samantha from Sex and the City and it made me crazy.

  • The Kind Worth Killing

  • By: Peter Swanson
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller, Karen White, Kathleen Early, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,995
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,855
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,839

On a night flight from London to Boston, Ted Severson meets the stunning and mysterious Lily Kintner. Sharing one too many martinis, the strangers begin to play a game of truth, revealing very intimate details about themselves. Ted talks about his marriage that's going stale and his wife, Miranda, who he's sure is cheating on him. Ted and his wife were a mismatch from the start - he the rich businessman, she the artistic free spirit - a contrast that once inflamed their passion but has now become a cliché.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Kind Worth Killing - A Book Worth Getting

  • By AudioAddict on 08-23-15

Had hoped for better

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

Reviewed: 01-30-18

The story was decent with obvious holes, and I was a bit disappointed after so many reviews of it being a great twisty plot. The narration was indeed tough to listen to and I may have enjoyed it more had I read it myself. The voice of Ted reminded me of Casey Kasem from the top 40 countdown. The voice of Miranda was pretty painful. The beginning of each of her chapters was so overly breathy and theatrical that she sounded like a phone sex operator. As the chapter progressed she wavered between fairly normal speech and sounding like she has a voice disorder.

  • Dear Aaron

  • By: Mariana Zapata
  • Narrated by: Callie Dalton, Teddy Hamilton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,312

Some days, all you need is a message from a stranger. Ruby Santos knew exactly what she was getting herself into when she signed up to write a soldier overseas. The guidelines were simple: one letter or email a week for the length of his or her deployment. Care packages were optional. Been there, done that. She thought she knew what to expect. What she didn't count on was falling in love with the guy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Two thumbs up 👍👍

  • By Anne-Marie Mogensen on 11-21-17

Had promise, but...

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

Reviewed: 12-15-17

I enjoyed the premise, but it was if the characters were in high school, not early and late 20s. I became so annoyed with Ruby’s naivety and immaturity. I’m sure there are inexperienced early twenty year olds, but this bordered on absurd. Wanted to like it, but I could not stop rolling my eyes.
Also agree with other reviewers who commented and second 1/2 of book being narrated by only the female voice. Would have been much more entertaining if the male narrator had continued.