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  • Nevernight

  • The Nevernight Chronicle, Book 1
  • By: Jay Kristoff
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 20 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,653
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,552
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,551

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father's failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father's former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer and a future she never imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Truly outstanding - a top 10 read

  • By Matthew on 11-07-16

When the narrator whispers

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

Reviewed: 07-09-18

When the narrator whispers, and the book is playing at normal volume, his voice is too quiet to be comprehensible. Otherwise a better than average YA coming of age tale of a teenage woman who trains to be an assassin.

  • Still Me

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Anna Acton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,505
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,187

Louisa Clark arrives in New York ready to start a new life, confident that she can embrace this new adventure and keep her relationship with Ambulance Sam alive across several thousand miles. She is thrown into the world of the super-rich Gopniks: Leonard and his much younger second wife, Agnes, and a never-ending array of household staff and hangers-on. Lou is determined to get the most out of the experience and throws herself into her job and New York life within this privileged world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Still Me Narrator Ruined it for me

  • By Shauna on 02-07-18

Meh

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

Reviewed: 03-04-18

I gave up half way through ... for several days. While I then finished, and it did get better, Still Me isn't nearly as great as You Before Me, which is special.

Why didn't I enjoy it? In Me both the male (Will) and female MC faced huge, life altering challenges. Each had a depth of character. In Still by contrast none of the men stood tall when life hits them. Well, except for the building's concierge.

Plus Still has a sappy HFN ending.

  • Stiletto

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel O'Malley
  • Narrated by: Moira Quirk
  • Length: 23 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,828
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,680
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,680

When secret organizations are forced to merge after years of enmity and bloodshed, only one person has the fearsome powers - and the bureaucratic finesse - to get the job done. Facing her greatest challenge yet, Rook Myfanwy Thomas must broker a deal between two bitter adversaries: the Checquy - the centuries-old covert British organization that protects society from supernatural threats, and the Grafters - a centuries-old supernatural threat.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Grafters take center stage

  • By Larry on 07-10-16

Plot line tangled

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

Reviewed: 02-27-18

Book one has a unique plot line. it's main character is a woman of agency and action. I gave it 5 stars.

By contrast, here we have 3 female POVs and too much anxiety and less agency than in book one. Typical of many authors' second books, unfortunately.
Too many side adventures, too much repetition of character facts. The narration is ok except for a few whispers.

  • Three Wishes

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,872
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,730
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,727

When Lily Jacobs was born, she inherited Fazire - a genie. Her family had three wishes and they'd only ever used one so Fazire was stuck in the human world. This worked since he'd become a member of the family anyway. Even with a genie, Lily's young life wasn't perfect. To escape the kids making her miserable at school, Lily buried herself in romance novels. One day, when the teasing was just too much, she used one of her wishes.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Annoying leads

  • By Rochelle on 05-30-17

Waste of a credit

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

Reviewed: 02-19-18

Nathaniel, the rich narcissistic alpha male, is a romantic exemplar in the way The Donald is a moral and political leadership role model. Buying Nathaniel is equivalent to buying koolaid from Jim Jones. IMHO.
That the genie is fun does not redeem the book.
That the author may have intended a spoof of romances is no redemption, either.

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  • Wicked Cravings

  • The Phoenix Pack, Book 2
  • By: Suzanne Wright
  • Narrated by: Jill Redfield
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,205
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,204

Wolf shifter Jaime Farrow has a secret. And no one - not her Alpha, not her best friend, and most definitely not gorgeous Dante Garcea - can know the truth. She thinks keeping her little “problem” under wraps from Dante won’t be so tough; after all, he’s ignored her for years, despite her best attempts at flirtation. But though Jaime is determined to face her problem alone, nothing can stop her from wanting him.... As Beta, Dante is responsible for the protection and safety of his entire pack. If a wolf is hiding something that could endanger the others, it’s his business to know about it....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wickedly Delicious

  • By Ms. J on 04-18-13

Where's the plot?

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

Reviewed: 12-13-17

Caveat: This review is based on the first 55% of the story, obtained at a low price on kindle.

Wicked Cravings contains lots of lust, lots of licking and sucking and use of words like cl*t and c*ck. IT happens. Extensively, Plenty of angst about exes and flirters of both genders hitting on the male and female shifter MCs.

While I'm on the accept-to-relish spectrum for explicit sex, even to the erotica and/or kink levels, in a good romantic story ... I want - need - a story, a plot line, too. Characters who are worth reading about. I've listened to 55% of the book. No obvious interesting plot yet, Unless the question of whether a workaholic, relationship-phobe can get over it long enough to keep the girl (who has always had a crush on him) is a plot.

  • Hunter

  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,078
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,926
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,927

They came after the Diseray. Some were terrors ripped from our collective imaginations, remnants of every mythology across the world. And some were like nothing anyone had ever dreamed up, even in their worst nightmares. Now, the luckiest Cits live in enclosed communities, behind walls that keep them safe from the hideous monsters fighting to break through.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Refreshingly new

  • By Jenna M Patterson on 02-18-16

Young Adult + Cliffhanger

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

Reviewed: 07-29-17

A young adult coming of age (bildungsroman) story not up to the standard of Mercedes Lackey's various Valdemar tales, many of which are coming of age stories, too.

Warning: Cliffhanger herein.

  • The Pick, the Spade and the Crow

  • By: Bill Rogers
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 72

When the body of a man is discovered in woodlands outside Manchester, a ten-year missing-persons investigation can finally be filed away. But this was no ordinary death: gagged, bound and buried alive, he was the victim of a sophisticated and sadistic killer. And there is something else that has the National Crime Agency puzzled. A single character carved into a nearby tree.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • About the Masons

  • By jonmontanavega on 06-19-17

About the Masons

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

Reviewed: 06-19-17

English police procedural; female detective with female life partner. (good change of pace)

I like books set in other English speaking countries (I'm in the US), learning about the differences in customs, idioms, language, history - you name it. I will pick up a dictionary, or look at a atlas.

That said, to follow this book properly, a person who doesn't live in the British Isles (and thus isn't familiar with England's geography) would have to have a good map of England open on her lap most of the book. Also, the reader should have both ears open, and be prepared to do a lot of reading (or listening, in my case) between the lines to spot and decipher in context idioms and other specific-to-England English words.

Otherwise, mainstream police detective story.

Except, I had not realized from the blurb that the Masons are central to the story. Books that focus of groups alleged to be "secret" are not a plus for me. The narration was ok.

  • Enchanted, Inc.

  • A Novel
  • By: Shanna Swendson
  • Narrated by: Eva Wilhelm
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,781
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,593
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,595

Katie Chandler had always heard that New York is a weird and wonderful place, but this small-town Texas gal had no idea how weird until she moved there. Everywhere she goes, she sees something worth gawking at and Katie is afraid she's a little too normal to make a splash in the big city. Working for an ogre of a boss doesn't help. Then, seemingly out of the blue, Katie gets a job offer from Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., a company that tricks of the trade to the magic community. For MSI, Katie's ordinariness is an asset.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun story of magic.

  • By Debbie on 02-07-14

Sassy fun

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

Reviewed: 06-10-17

Sassy fun and I'd willingly buy more in the series if the prices were lower. That said, the two books that I've read/listened to have just a bittoo much "chick-lit" in them for me (a guy) to give them 5 stars. There is only so much "sitting around with girl friends talking about boys" that I can cope with.

Compares well to Molly Harper, Harper is sassy and fun, without being cloying. But compare also that the humor is equally witty and word driven.

I urge you to try book one in the series (this one) if the price is right.

  • I Liked My Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Abby Fabiaschi
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett, Dan Bittner, Therese Plummer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,733
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,564
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,563

Maddy is a devoted stay-at-home wife and mother, host of excellent parties, giver of thoughtful gifts, and bestower of a searingly perceptive piece of advice or two. She is the cornerstone of her family, a true matriarch...until she commits suicide, leaving her husband, Brady, and teenage daughter, Eve, heartbroken and reeling, wondering what happened. How could the exuberant, exacting woman they loved disappear so abruptly, seemingly without reason, from their lives?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it! Don't let the suicide issue put you off

  • By SLuzaz on 03-01-17

I struggled to finish. BUT...

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

Reviewed: 06-10-17

I struggled to read/listen to I Loved My LIfe.

Struggled. Who wants to read about the suicide of special mother, wife and or daughter? I don't. I didn't. I still don't. I repeatedly did not want to continue. I turned to something dark, erotic and horror. Yet, I was compelled to return, to finish, to find out why this woman would kill herself.

I am ever so thankful that I pushed forward to the end. Thank you Abigail Fabiaschi. You have enhanced my life.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Amy Snow

  • A Novel
  • By: Tracy Rees
  • Narrated by: Melody Grove
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,035
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,799
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,801

It is 1831 when eight-year-old Aurelia Vennaway finds a naked baby girl abandoned in the snow on the grounds of her aristocratic family's magnificent mansion. Her parents are horrified that she has brought a bastard foundling into the house, but Aurelia convinces them to keep the baby, whom she names Amy Snow. Amy is brought up as a second-class citizen, but she and Aurelia are as close as sisters. When Aurelia dies at the age of 23, she leaves Amy 10 pounds. But Aurelia also left her much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't miss out on this one.

  • By laurie eller on 01-24-17

Not safe for guys but .. a lot of pleasure, anyway

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

Reviewed: 05-25-17

As a guy, I think the author spent a wee bit too much time describing hairstyles and ball gowns. If it were not for this, I'd give the book 5 stars. It certainly held me interest.

But, as a reader, the plot idea - that one of the two female MCs is send on a quest in the form of a treasure hunt (think Easter eggs, not pirate loot) - is novel enough for me to find it quite enjoyable. Both young women are people who this reader found compelling, in the sense that I wanted to keep reading to find out what happened to them. Not that their perils are overwhelming - they are not - but as matters of how women (of society and those on the fringes) coped in the early Victorian age with the few choices society gives them, they are illustrative.

One of the women has a lot of agency. She takes charge or her life. The other needs coaxing. What's not to like?

2 of 3 people found this review helpful