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  • The Land: Catacombs

  • Chaos Seeds, Book 4
  • By: Aleron Kong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 12 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10,223
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,675
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 9,639

What's that you say? You want more village growth? Well be careful where you stand, because the Mist Village just took a Viagra-Cialis sandwich, and there is a stiff breeze blowing! (I can make some more references if you're still not getting the point...did you see what I did there?) 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Least favorite book in my favorite LitRPG series.

  • By M. B. Richards on 08-26-17

Not Catered for a Female Audience

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

After listening to 4 books now, the dick jokes are becoming a nuisance. Once in a blue moon, fine, but this book was hard to enjoy because the author dumbed down the characters with persistent comments on their ability to be men & the size or strength of their dicks. I love good scifi and mmorpgs but it is as though this author only believes men capable of enjoying the matter. In comparison to good, engaging scifi, this book drug on at times and the author has a bit of growing up to do. No longer engaged, as a female reader, to listen to the rest of this series. If you are a "bro" that likes to confirm his masculinity in tropish ways & comments, this is the series for you.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Haunting of Hill House

  • By: Shirley Jackson
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Dunne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,925
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,571
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,576

Four seekers have come to the ugly, abandoned old mansion: Dr. Montague, an occult scholar looking for solid evidence of the psychic phenomenon called haunting; Theodora, his lovely and lighthearted assistant; Eleanor, a lonely, homeless girl well acquainted with poltergeists; and Luke, the adventurous future heir of Hill House.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well written horror tale

  • By Crystal on 02-11-14

Waste of Time

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

Reviewed: 10-14-17

I do not comprehend why this "horror" novel is reviewed so highly. I get that it's a Gothic piece and "ahead of its time " in terms of a female author dabbling into such a niche genre. However, literally nothing happened in this book. There was some knocking on doors. There were scared, jealous women and men playing chess. A woman goes a bit mad for half a second and climbs a rotting tower. She is swiftly rescued from said tower before falling to her death. Then she drives a war into a tree because she didn't want to be put out from the house. That was it. That is a legit synopsis of this book.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • You

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,528
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,511

Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: she's gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and sexy beyond his wildest dreams. Joe needs to have her, and he'll stop at nothing to do so. As he begins to insinuate himself into her life - her friendships, her email, her phone - she can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom-made for her. So when her boyfriend, Benji, mysteriously disappears, Beck and Joe fall into a tumultuous affair. But there's more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect façade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. This. Book.

  • By Em on 07-17-15

Ever wonder what it's like to be a stalker?

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

Reviewed: 06-08-17

Creepy, intense and addicting. You almost sympathize with the main character, he has sound reasoning for the things he does for love. I appreciated the voyeuristic opportunity to become the stalker on a hunt!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Trail of Broken Wings

  • By: Sejal Badani
  • Narrated by: Karen Peakes
  • Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,294
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,025
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,031

When her father falls into a coma, Indian American photographer Sonya reluctantly returns to the family she'd fled years before. Since she left home, Sonya has lived on the run, free of any ties, while her soft-spoken sister, Trisha, has created a perfect suburban life, and her ambitious sister, Marin, has built her own successful career. But as these women come together, their various methods of coping with a terrifying history can no longer hold their memories at bay.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a powerful story!

  • By gitty on 09-27-15

So Whiny

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

Reviewed: 05-26-17

If you're looking for a story with strong female characters...move along. This book was 14hrs of constant whining from a multitude of unrelatable, weak women.

  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,652
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,573

Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, Calamity!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 10-07-14

I am addicted to this author!

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

Reviewed: 05-18-17

I don't usually like women's fiction nor mystery novels but Moriarty has won me over. I can see why this particular book was adapted into a Netflix show, so perfectly juicy and relatable for a suburban mom.

  • Truly Madly Guilty

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,512
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,476

In Truly Madly Guilty, Liane Moriarty takes on the foundations of our lives: marriage, sex, parenthood, and friendship. She shows how guilt can expose the fault lines in the most seemingly strong relationships, how what we don't say can be more powerful than what we do, and how sometimes it is the most innocent of moments that can do the greatest harm.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not quite enough

  • By David Shear on 07-29-16

Moriarty is Quickly Becoming One of my Favorites

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

Reviewed: 09-29-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Truly Madly Guilty to be better than the print version?

Yes, this particular narrator does a wonderful job of truly getting into each character and bringing them to life. She does a great job even with the male voices!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Erika because she was so relatable.

Which scene was your favorite?

Moriarty does a wonderful job creating tension between marriages, so my favorite moment was Tiffany about to give Clem a lapdance. Everything built up to that moment and appropriately so.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Erika overhearing Clementine say "She wants another piece of me." The event felt real and heartbreaking, to know your friendship was farce and forced from the get-go like that.

Any additional comments?

Liane Moriarty is quickly becoming my favorite author after finishing a second book by her this evening. She has a knack for teasing the reader half-way through her novels but it's not as infuriating as I'd expect. There's always a little mystery you're unraveling right beside the protagonists. The characters are emotionally believable and I thoroughly enjoy that Moriarty leaves in some loose ends that never quite get tied.Too many novelists aim to have the "happily ever after" approach so their readers feel satisfied but that creates an unrealistic expectation in our own lives. Relationships are sloppy; they are sometimes just as hurtful as they are enjoyable. Families aren't perfect and friendships change over the years. Moriarty includes all of these experiences when developing her female characters and I truly appreciate the honest, raw look at life.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo

  • By: Amy Schumer
  • Narrated by: Amy Schumer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,553
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,856
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,817

In The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, Amy mines her past for stories about her teenage years, her family, relationships, and sex and shares the experiences that have shaped who she is - a woman with the courage to bare her soul to stand up for what she believes in, all while making us laugh. Down to earth and relatable, frank and unapologetic, Amy Schumer is one of us: She relies on her sister for advice, still hangs out with her high school pals, and continues to navigate the ever-changing boundaries in love, work, and life.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • mind numbing

  • By katrina on 09-17-16

Amy, You are NOT the Only One Who Feels that Way!

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

Reviewed: 09-14-16

it's everything I would have expected and then some. I laughed, I chortled, I sympathized, empathized and even teared up a little. I know many women will relate to this book and THANK YOU for addressing how every successful woman is considered a "pioneer for women." Um, no, we're successful people that happen to have ovaries. Although Amy portrays herself as one character for the spotlight, it was great to peek behind the curtain and relate.

  • Tails of the Apocalypse

  • By: Michael Bunker, Nick Cole, Edward Robertson, and others
  • Narrated by: Maxwell Zener
  • Length: 11 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

The Doomsday siren calls on civilization's last day. Natural disaster. Nuclear war. Pandemics. These are the ways the world ends. Now, in the aftermath of ruined cities and humanity gone savage, mankind will once again find his oldest allies and closest friends amidst the debris of all that once was. The Walking Dead meets The Incredible Journey in 14 incredible tales of nobility, self-sacrifice, and unconditional love as told by today's most talented independent authors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • All the stories were good

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 04-26-16

Terrible, Monotone Narration & Only 2 Good Stories

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

Reviewed: 04-21-16

I don't understand why at least 1 female narrator was also hired. This particular guy didn't have much range so the stories lost some of their charm and uniqueness. Many of the stories felt flat, the human aspect forced upon an animal's psyche so it wasn't believable. I only saw 2 gems out of this collection such is a shame since I work with dogs & cats and I positively love post apocalyptic novels.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • An Irish Country Doctor

  • A Novel
  • By: Patrick Taylor
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,622
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,227
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,232

Barry Laverty, M.B., can barely find the village of Ballybucklebo on a map when he first sets out to seek gainful employment there, but already he knows that there is nowhere he would rather live than in the emerald hills and dales of Northern Ireland. The proud owner of a spanking-new medical degree and little else in the way of worldly possessions, Barry jumps at the chance to secure a position as an assistant in a small rural practice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Book

  • By Sara on 10-24-14

Buy it for the Hilarious Back-Country Descriptions

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

Reviewed: 03-17-16

What did you love best about An Irish Country Doctor?

I found myself laughing unexpectedly so many times over a sudden and hilarious description of a character or some back-country saying I've yet to hear. It was a very easy book to follow along while doing chores around the house...not so serious that I had to rewind if I missed a few seconds of the story. The characters were very charming indeed.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I think everyone would agree that Dr. O'Reily is the strongest and most likeable character.

What does John Keating bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The accent for sure. I loved his brusky manner for Dr. O'Reily.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Lots of laughs! Loved "Kinky" as a character and wish I had one around in real life.

Any additional comments?

A perfect book to finish on St Pattie's Day!

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Lake House

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 21 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,462
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,286

Living on her family’s gorgeous lakeside estate in Cornwall, England, Alice Edevane is a bright, clever, inquisitive, innocent, and precociously talented fourteen-year-old who loves to write stories. But the mysteries she pens are no match for the one her family is about to endure ...One midsummer’s eve, after a beautiful party drawing hundreds of guests to the estate has ended, the Edevanes discover that their youngest son, Theo, has vanished without a trace.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BRAVO!!!!!!!

  • By Maria on 10-30-15

Only if you have 20 hours to Kill

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

Reviewed: 02-24-16

I don't mind a lengthy book but this one was unnecessarily so. There were a few too many characters and tangents. The end was a bit too convenient to be believable. The author introduces many false theories which felt like a waste of time. It was too slow - paced for my taste and would nearly put me to sleep while driving rather than engage me and keep me excited for the next chapter. I'd call this a decent, lazy Sunday read but it's far too lengthy of a story. It fails to be a truly engaging "mystery" novel. More of women's fictional piece and had a Bronte flair if that's your thing.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful