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  • The Girl Who Dared to Think 5: The Girl Who Dared to Lead

  • By: Bella Forrest
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Leigh
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 500
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 466
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 464

Return to the Tower in the epic fifth book of The Girl Who Dared series, where the Champion has been chosen...and Liana's courage will be put to the test like never before.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Cliffhangers are poor writing technique.

  • By Heather on 04-19-18

I’m really trying...

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

I’m actually in the middle of the sixth book now and I’m considering just stopping the series.

The main character is really starting to annoy me as she tends to make a big issue out of EVERYTHING! I’m wondering if this is a way to force continuous conflict within the story. It’s really not needed because it almost becomes hard to keep up with all of the issues she is dealing with. It would be nice to consolidate the storyline and focus on developing the character of the main antagonist. At this point I’m not even sure who that is.

What is really becoming intolerable to me is the extensive and excessive inner dialogue. Here is the general structure of the books:
1) Liana has one line of dialogue with another character. That character responds
2) Liana thinks for two pages about what her feelings are and what she wants to say to the person
3) Liana summarizes everything she just thought into a line of dialogue
And repeat.
Clearly if she could summarize her thoughts and feelings into one line of dialogue, there was no need to write down her extensive and repetitive thought process. This does not develop her character. It just draws out the story in the most annoying way.

Lastly, I get that the group voted to have Liana as a leader. However, these are adults, albeit young adults. She carries on as if she is queen and has absolute power. It’s not believable that, given the strong personalities that surround her, they would blindly follow her instructions. For example, stopping an argument between significant others because it poses a “threat” to group unity is a bit much.

It’s unfortunate that I have given six credits to this series. I’m just not able to tolerate the storyline anymore and will read a summary elsewhere (which can probably be summed up in two pages). I have heard that The Gender Game is a great novel, but I’m reluctant to listen to more from this author.

  • Kian

  • By: Tijan
  • Narrated by: Graham Halstead, Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397

As the heir to a billion-dollar empire, Kian Maston's future was promising - until the day he saved my life. Everything changed for both of us, and there was one more word that could be used to describe him: dangerous. The nation fell in love with Kian while falling in hate with me. He was sent to prison, and as far as they were concerned, it was my fault. I was forced to go into hiding until today. Kian's being released from prison, and he should go back to being the golden boy he always was supposed to be.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You feel this one down to your toes.

  • By Daniele on 04-07-17

Here's the thing...

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

Reviewed: 09-01-18

I was introduced to Tijan via the Fallen Crest series. I breezed through all of the books in a few weeks and must say that I enjoyed them. That's what led me to try this title. There are a few things that bothered me about the Fallen Crest series that I thought might be unique to the character ages or the characters themselves. However, after listening to Kian, I realize that this is a Tijan thing.

1. The characters are written to have a backstory that makes you either relate to or want to pull for the character. We should want these characters to have a happy ending given what they had to endure earlier in life. In theory, this should produce a full-bodied character that we can buy into. It seems that Tijan develops traumatic backgrounds for her characters, but in a way that is so obvious it seems superficial. I have trouble believing the trauma and the necessity for someone to step in to rescue them. In this way, her characters seem to fall short of their intended impact.

2. I get that Tijan writes young / new adult characters. In reality, you would expect some immaturity in the dialogue and/or actions. However, Tijan seems to want these characters to seem wise beyond their years, given their backgrounds. There are several instances where the character is supposed to say something profound, whether to make an heartfelt appeal or to "put someone in their place," but it always comes out as a childish quip. If you're going to draw attention to something that someone is going to say, especially if the impact of their words are supposed to be significant, it better be good.

I really want to be able to enjoy the books, but those two things, especially the second, have become distracting and are taking away from what could otherwise be solid new adult romance novels.

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  • Cinder & Ella

  • By: Kelly Oram
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Leigh
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,425
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,334
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,339

It's been almost a year since 18-year-old Ella Rodriguez was in a car accident that left her crippled, scarred, and without a mother. After a very difficult recovery, she's been uprooted across the country and forced into the custody of a father that abandoned her when she was a young child. If Ella wants to escape her father's home, and her awful new stepfamily, she must convince her doctors that she's capable, both physically and emotionally, of living on her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you're in the mood for a sweet YA fairy tale...

  • By AudioAddict on 06-03-17

Couldn't stop listening

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

Reviewed: 08-28-18

I can't tell if this is a cheesy love story or a brilliant one. I really enjoy novels that take a modern spin on fairy tales and this one did not disappoint. When I think about the basic plot of the story, it doesn't seem like I would enjoy it as much as I did. Maybe I was just in the mood for a romance novel, but I found this one to have surprising and substantial depth. I really enjoyed the way Oram fleshed out the main character and found myself drawn into her life. I have listened to an insane amount of audiobooks lately and cannot remember the last one that I stayed up late into the night enjoying. Honestly, I'm exhausted this morning. Totally worth it!

  • Angel Burn

  • By: L. A. Weatherly
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 328
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 329

Willow knows she’s different from other girls, and not just because she loves tinkering with cars. Willow has a gift. She can look into the future and know people’s dreams and hopes, their sorrows and regrets, just by touching them. She has no idea where this power comes from. But the assassin, Alex, does. Gorgeous, mysterious Alex knows more about Willow than Willow herself does. He knows that her powers link to dark and dangerous forces and that he’s one of the few humans left who can fight them. When Alex finds himself falling in love, he discovers that nothing is as it seems....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • These Are Not Your Everyday Angels!

  • By Diane Daniels on 03-30-12

Unimaginative

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

Reviewed: 08-12-16

I get that this is a YA novel but it's been done over and over, and it's been done a lot better. The content is so predictable and lacks any real depth or imagination. Even the term angel killers is so obvious it's annoying to hear. The interplay between the main two characters is just a series of make out sessions and ridiculous professions of love. There is nothing compelling about their attraction to each other rather than their respective looks. I have no interest in hearing the rest of the series.

  • Patient Zero

  • The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,437
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,147

When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more.

  • By Kim Venatries on 10-05-12

My new Michael Crichton?!

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

Reviewed: 02-17-16

So stoked to have found this series! I'm really looking forward to reading more of these books. As a geneticist and medical doctor with a love of fiction, I was heartbroken at the loss of my favorite author, Crichton. While the science in this novel was not as detailed, it was accessible and fully enjoyable! The narration, despite some poor attempts at accents, was superb!

  • Crazy Rich Asians

  • By: Kevin Kwan
  • Narrated by: Lynn Chen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,024
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,471
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,416

Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 1st Chapter, can't stand narration AND I'm asian!

  • By Acct68member on 12-06-17

Disturbing and Distracting

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

Reviewed: 07-30-15

Let me say that I am a fan of Gossip Girl so the storyline here is not so shocking. What was disturbing were some of the activities, details, and racial language. Not to say the writer shouldn't have included it in the novel as it is representative of the characters. I just didn't care for it. The narration was distracting and exaggerated. Made listening on both counts difficult.

  • Save the Date

  • By: Mary Kay Andrews
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 13 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,015
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 909
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 911

A savannah florist is about to score the wedding of a lifetime - one that will solidify her career as the go-to-girl for society nuptials. Ironically, Cara Kryzik doesn't believe in love, even though she creates beautiful flower arrangements to celebrate them. But when the bride goes missing and the wedding is in jeopardy, Cara must find the bride and figure out what she believes in. Maybe love really does exist outside of fairy tales after all. Told with Mary Kay Andrews' trademark wit and keen eye for detail, mark your calendars for Save the Date!

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Every single character was annoying

  • By AndreaJane on 07-29-14

Okay...

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

Reviewed: 01-27-15

The storyline was rather predictable, and that's okay because you know what type of book this is and expect a typical romance plot. The writing seemed somewhat amateur-ish though. This could have been the way the narrator was reading the novel, but there were several times when I felt that I was listening to a young adult novel. This book was overall an average read, but I don't think I'll be listening to more from this author.

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  • The Summer Wedding

  • By: Fiona Walker
  • Narrated by: Karen Cass
  • Length: 21 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26

The hotly anticipated wedding of Iris Devonshire, ravishing teenage daughter of celebrity couple Mia and Leo, is to be held in the gardens of their grand Palladian pile alongside the Thames. But Mia and Leo worry that she's rushing into the marriage. Just ask their best friends since college, Simon and Laney de Montmorency, whose relationship is on the rocks again - and they've already married each other twice.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Trying too hard

  • By Sølvi on 09-20-17

Too much going on

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

Reviewed: 01-14-15

The storyline was good, but a little too much going on for one book. It was more difficult to make some of the main characters robust, especially a single character that played a main role in the resolution of the story. Narration was great and there were some humorous moments.

  • Allegiant

  • Divergent Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Veronica Roth
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin, Aaron Stanford
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18,544
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,678
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16,790

What if your whole world was a lie? What if a single revelation - like a single choice - changed everything? What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected? The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times best-selling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of listeners in Divergent and Insurgent.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • What a let down!

  • By Judy on 11-05-13

Not sure what all the disappointment is about...

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

Reviewed: 04-10-14

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Emma Galvin and Aaron Stanford ?

Personally I found Emma Galvin flat in her narration. She just always seemed angry, like there was no other emotion. Although some of this is likely due to the way the character was written.

Any additional comments?

After reading the comments from other viewers I'm a little lost. First of all, the ending was predictable because of the change in format of the book. Secondly, it wasn't like the first two books offered anything very revolutionary in a dystopian novel. This series to me was very much like 1984. Third, I actually thought that the explanation of what was going on beyond the walls was interesting. Yes the GD vs GP seemed like an attempt to create conflict for the novel, it was no different than anything that was done in the other two books. I can't say that the first two books were all that great regarding creativity and character development and so it is not surprising that the third is lacking these aspects as well. I actually liked the ending (maybe because I expected it from the beginning). If you've listened to the first two there's no reason not to finish the trilogy.