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  • Tournament of Losers

  • By: Megan Derr
  • Narrated by: Michael Stellman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 453
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 431

All Rath wants is a quiet, peaceful life. Unfortunately, his father brings him too much trouble - and too many debts to pay - for that to ever be possible. When the local crime lord drags Rath out of bed and tells him he has three days to pay his father's latest debt, Rath doesn't know what to do. There's no way to come up with so much money in so little time. Then a friend poses an idea just ridiculous enough to work: enter the Tournament of Losers, where every 75 years, peasants compete for the chance to marry into the noble and royal houses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sexy and fun! Megan Derr does it again!!!

  • By Christopher P. on 08-06-16

Hoity-toity!!!!

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

Reviewed: 08-17-16

Quaint story about princes and strange endeavors of love.
Really enjoyed that one. Maybe if it'd been a bit longer, it would've indulged more the little prince n me.

Hoity-toity-toity-toity!!!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Half Wild

  • By: Sally Green
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Half Wild, the stunning sequel to Half Bad by Sally Green, read by Carl Prekopp. After finally meeting his elusive father, Marcus, and receiving the three gifts that confirm him as a full adult witch, Nathan is still on the run. He needs to find his friend, Gabriel, and rescue Annalise, now a prisoner of the powerful Black witch Mercury. Most of all he needs to learn how to control his Gift - a strange, wild new power that threatens to overwhelm him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Breaking and Dying!!!

  • By Eli on 02-11-16

Breaking and Dying!!!

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

Reviewed: 02-11-16

This book really builds on the hype of the previous one. I can't get over it's climactic ending.

It takes us back to the detrimental world of Nathan, our chosen one, per se. We can really see Nathan evolve as a boy in a very unfortunate circumstance. And it all really culminates to Nathan's choices. Can love be but questioned for it's reality? Do the people you believe you love really feel the same and as strongly as you love? Hearts and families are put to the test. Nathan is making his own future now. Does he stand with his family and loved ones. Or do his loved ones really just fall around him, breaking and dying.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Half Bad

  • Half Life, Book 1
  • By: Sally Green
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 248

In modern-day England, witches live alongside humans: White witches, who are good; Black witches, who are evil; and 16-year-old Nathan, who is both. Nathan's father is the world's most powerful and cruel Black witch, and his mother is dead. He is hunted from all sides. Trapped in a cage, beaten and handcuffed, Nathan must escape before his seventeenth birthday, at which point he will receive three gifts from his father and come into his own as a witch - or else he will die. But how can Nathan find his father when his every action is tracked, when there is no one safe to trust?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • That was nice. Really, really nice!

  • By Eli on 02-02-16

That was nice. Really, really nice!

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

Reviewed: 02-02-16

The very "chosen one" feel to the main character, Nathan, very, very much reminds me of a very wand twitching story I've read years back. The whole story made me remember how much I love the whole fantasy/magic theme. It's like a throwback to years beck when I was reading Narnia and Harry Potter. I can't help but love this book for just that. Reminding me of the joys of being young and in love with a magical world.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Wonders of the Invisible World

  • By: Christopher Barzak
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 412
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 380

Seventeen-year-old Aidan Lockwood lives in the sleepy farming community of Temperance, Ohio - known for its cattle ranches and not much else. That is, until Jarrod, a friend he hasn't seen in five years, moves back to town and opens Aidan's eyes in startling ways: to Aidan's ability to see the spirit world; to the red-bearded specter of Death; to a family curse that has claimed the lives of the Lockwood men one by one...and to the new feelings he has developed for Jarrod.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't find enough good adjectives.

  • By Megan on 03-14-16

Sugar coating of L.G.B.T. sprinkles, of all things

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

Reviewed: 01-19-16

This book is very, very interesting for me. For one thing, I don't normally read books that tackle themes of the supernatural and mystery. With a sugar coating of L.G.B.T. sprinkles, of all things, combined. Or, at least if I am allowed to categorize this book to those themes.


So, we begin with Aidan Lockwood. A seventeen-year-old boy who lives his life so begrudgingly boring, it's so sad. Maybe that was a bit of a stretch, but you get the idea. His story starts with a "hello." Or a metaphorical "hello," that is. His long gone best friend comes back after five years and starts this long string of events that wraps you up in a warm blanket of heart warming romance, and a good old ghost story. How nice and strange. Then, little by little we see this lost thread of memory come back to our Aiden and we see fate on the works. We're smothered in this love dynamic that is destined love. Aidan and Jarrod, apparently, really are meant to be, since Aiden envisioned the two of them being lovers through and through when they were younger. What a gooey love story this is, and at the same time it's nothing really unusual. Two people in love really do act the way Jarrod does to Aiden, and Aiden to Jarrod. It's always heartwarming to find love stories that have this kind of deep rooted love. Real love. Love that is pure and real.
And, I have to mention, the Aiden and Jarrod dynamic is really a good pairing in Wonders of the Invisible World. There's a quote in the book that really got to me: "Everything about us was entirely normal, really. We were as ordinary as anything we might come across in this world." And damn straight, there's nothing abnormal about two boys loving. "Just two people in love."

Clearly I have taken to heart more the relationship between Aiden and Jarrod, but come on. That kind of love is… It's just hard to describe. But, fine, I'll talk about the rest of the book. Don't get me wrong. This book is more than just a passionate love story between two boys.

Aiden is, we find out, a boy with a lot of memory gaps. And it's all due to his mother. Mama Lockwood has been erasing Aiden's memories around the time Jarrod left Aiden's side. How sad and cute at the sad time… But Jarrod's coming back to Aiden's life triggers this relapse on memories and relationships thought to be not there. Basically, Jarrod's coming back messed up mama Lockwood's plans on "protecting" her family. This comes to this, and at the end, papa Lockwood dies, mama Lockwood lives, and alive big brother Lockwood came off a little scarred, but ultimately not understanding a lot of what happened around him and his family. And, of course, the best part, for me, at least, is that Aiden and Jarrod, destined lovers ever since their childhood, live happy and in love. IN LOVE! So so happy for them! My heart bleeds happy tears.

I'm a sucker for a good love story.

28 of 37 people found this review helpful

  • More Happy Than Not

  • By: Adam Silvera
  • Narrated by: Ramon de Ocampo
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 412
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 413

When it first gets announced, the Leteo Institute's memory-alteration procedure seems too good to be true to Aaron Soto; miracle cure-alls don't tend to pop up in the Bronx projects. Aaron can't forget how he's grown up poor, how his friends all seem to shrug him off, and how his father committed suicide in their one-bedroom apartment. Then Thomas shows up. The love Aaron discovers may cost him what's left of his life. But since Aaron can't suddenly stop being gay, Leteo may be the only way out.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Moving...

  • By Brandon on 05-18-16

Oh, my god. Oh, my god. Oh, my god.

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

Reviewed: 01-17-16

It's very difficult to keep this book at heart. I can't help but remember Adele's song, "All I Ask."

"If this is my last night with you, hold me like I'm more than just a friend. Give me a memory I can use… It matters how this ends 'cause what if I never love again?"

I knew from the start that this book isn't just a light read on certain social issues, but my goodness.
All we do want is just to be happy. Aaron just wants to be happy. Happy with himself. Happy in life. But I believe Aaron's struggles in his journey is ultimately society's fault. A boy in his position should not be subject to so much prejudice & hate. It pains me so much to see a boy, even a fictional boy, be broken because of society. It is our responsibility to stop things like the evils that succumbed Aaron's journey to ever happen in the real world. Children around the world live in persecution for being who they are, or even die by their own hands or by another's. IT IS NOT FAIR!
I cry for all the hate in this world. Stupid, ignorant hate.
Arguably, the Leteo Institute's memory-alteration procedure in More Happy Than Not is also a repercussion of how society can try to help itself; it can also damage itself. Memory alteration really is an interesting subject. Would it be helpful, or harmful? That, I would hold to you, reader, to contemplate on. But, here we see that society can really help and kill people. It matters how it ends.

I will do my part in making this world better. For the sake of Aaron, a character in a world beyond my reach. For me, do I have a choice. Would I rather be happy than not. Would you?

44 of 56 people found this review helpful

  • Six of Crows

  • By: Leigh Bardugo
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder, Brandon Rubin, Fred Berman, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,115
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,519
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,520

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price - and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can't pull it off alone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is everything!

  • By Steele Reviews on 07-21-16

Diversity is always a delicious touch to any story

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

Reviewed: 01-13-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Six of Crows to be better than the print version?

Nope. I don't think it really gives a groundbreaking difference. Of course, other than giving that character depth that a physical book can't ever give in comparison to a recorded audio-book version of a story that has a cast to emulate and embody the characters within.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked how it was original, meaning a good stand alone book, but still had those easter eggs from the original Grisha trilogy.

Which scene was your favorite?

I loved all their intimate scenes, all 3 pairs of them.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Saints...

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • The Too-Clever Fox

  • By: Leigh Bardugo
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 224
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211

In Ravka, just because you avoid one trap, it doesn't mean you'll escape the next. This story is a companion folk tale to Leigh Bardugo's upcoming book, Siege and Storm, the second book in the Grisha Trilogy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely little tale - rich, wily, and atmospheric

  • By Pen Name on 11-27-18

Very Brothers Grimm

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

Reviewed: 12-17-15

Would you listen to The Too-Clever Fox again? Why?

Sure. Because it's a good fairytale. Had that classic feel of "don't do this or die."

Any additional comments?

I really liked that one. It had a very Brothers Grimm feel to it. And who doesn't like a little Grimm.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Illuminae

  • The Illuminae Files, Book 1
  • By: Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
  • Narrated by: Olivia Taylor Dudley, Lincoln Hoppe, Johnathan McClain
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,046
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,043

Audie Award, Multi-Voiced Performance, 2016. The year is 2575, and two rival mega-corporations are at war over a planet that's little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra - who are barely even talking to each other - are forced to fight their way onto one of the evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Romantic Space Opera

  • By Katherine on 11-30-15

This book + audiobook is just mind blowing!

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

Reviewed: 12-04-15

I bought the book and the audiobook. Oh, my god, I don't regret sending for both. It was such an amazingly immersive experience. The book is marvelous. Beautiful! Amazing performance, the audio book is too! Illuminae is beyond galaxy, space and time!

11 of 14 people found this review helpful