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  • Into This River I Drown

  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Matt Baca
  • Length: 18 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 345
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 346

Five years ago, Benji Green lost his beloved father Big Eddie when his truck crashed into a river. Everyone called it an accident, but Benji knows it was more. Even years later, he's buried in his grief, throwing himself into managing Big Eddie's convenience store in the small-town of Roseland, Oregon. Surrounded by his mother and three aunts, he lives day to day, struggling to keep his head above water. But Roseland is no ordinary place.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well written, heartbreakingly earnest narration!

  • By Steven on 08-29-14

This is one book everyone should read

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-07-19

I sobbed my way through this book. It was beautiful and heartbreaking and faith inducing and I really have no words for how much I loved this book. Amazing narration.

  • The Long and Winding Road

  • Bear, Otter, and the Kid Chronicles, Book 4
  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 256

Family is not always defined by blood. It's defined by those who make us whole - those who make us who we are. And here, at the end, Bear and Otter will be tested like they've never been before. There's a knock at the door from a little girl who has nowhere else to go. There's a phone ringing, bringing news they do not expect. There's a brother returning home after learning how to stand on his own. As these moments converge, all of their lives will change forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funny, emotional...wonderful.

  • By Belen on 12-31-17

Perfect Ending to a Perfectly Imperfect Series

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-27-19

I want more. Give me Lily and Noah. Lol. I can’t believe it’s over. I cried at the end because it was just so perfect. One of the best series I’ve ever read.

  • The Art of Breathing

  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 462
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 434

Tyson Thompson graduated high school at sixteen and left the town of Seafare, Oregon, bound for what he assumed would be bigger and better things. He soon found out the real world has teeth, and he returns to the coast with four years of failure, addiction, and a diagnosis of panic disorder trailing behind him. His brother, Bear, and his brother's husband, Otter, believe coming home is exactly what Tyson needs to find himself again

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect!

  • By Orlando on 11-26-14

A heartbreaking and heartwarming book

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-25-19

Simply wonderful once again. Ty’s story was hard and never perfect, but so worth it. This series has literally kept me up nights. Listened till 4:30am this morning because I couldn’t stop. Now, I’m tearfully starting the 4th book. It’s going to be so hard to say goodbye to them all.

  • Who We Are

  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Charlie David
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 486
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 485

Bear, Otter, and the Kid survived last summer with their hearts and souls intact. They've moved into the Green Monstrosity, and Bear is finally able to admit his love for the man who saved him from himself. But that's not the end of their story. How could it be? The boys find that life doesn't stop just because they got their happily ever after. There's still the custody battle for the Kid. The return of Otter's parents. A first trip to a gay bar. The Kid goes to therapy, and Mrs. Paquinn decides that Bigfoot is real.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you loved the first, you will love the second

  • By Boys like Boys on 10-26-13

Once again amazing

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-24-19

It’s been hard to make myself work while listening to this series. I love all the characters. Reading it is like being inducted into a family, one you love and cry right along beside. Looking forward to Ty’s story next.

  • Bear, Otter, and the Kid

  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Sean Crisden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 877
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 833
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 836

Three years ago, Bear McKenna’s mother took off for parts unknown with her new boyfriend, leaving Bear to raise his six-year-old brother Tyson, aka the Kid. Somehow they’ve muddled through, but since he’s totally devoted to the Kid, Bear isn’t actually doing much living. With a few exceptions, he’s retreated from the world, and he’s mostly okay with that - until Otter comes home. Otter is Bear’s best friend’s older brother, and as they’ve done for their whole lives, Bear and Otter crash and collide in ways neither expect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it! This was a re-read for me.

  • By Heather on 07-19-14

An absolutely perfect story

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-22-19

Loved, loved, loved it—from the talented narration, to the richly developed characters, to the heart-melting romance, to the little guy (Ty) who made the story so much more than it would have been on its own, to the extremely realistic problems, to the very satisfying conclusion that has me already one-clicking the next book. 5 stars.

  • All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Bryn Greenwood
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,502
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,070
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,056

As the daughter of a drug dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. It's safer to keep her mouth shut and stay out of sight. Struggling to raise her little brother, Donal, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible adult around. Obsessed with the constellations, she finds peace in the starry night sky above the fields behind her house until one night her stargazing causes an accident. After witnessing his motorcycle wreck, she forms an unusual friendship with one of her father's thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Life Can Be Ugly

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-23-17

All the Ugly and Beautiful Things Indeed

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-21-19

Just wow. Disturbing, heartbreaking, and powerful. Whether you want to or not, it makes you believe love grows in places that may not be mainstream and that even through heartbreaking trauma, something amazing can blossom. A book that will stay with you long after you finish with great narration.

  • The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

  • By: Mackenzi Lee
  • Narrated by: Christian Coulson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,911
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,748
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,742

Henry "Monty" Montague doesn't care that his roguish passions are far from suitable for the gentleman he was born to be. But as Monty embarks on his grand tour of Europe, his quests for pleasure and vice are in danger of coming to an end. Not only does his father expect him to take over the family's estate upon his return, but Monty is also nursing an impossible crush on his best friend and traveling companion, Percy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Even better than I expected...

  • By 5ismyfavoritenumber on 07-22-17

Swashbuckling Lovely Adventure

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-31-19

Lovely book of self-discovery with the appropriate amount of swashbuckling adventure. I’m quite in love with Monty and Percy, and was more than impressed and proud of Felicity. Great book!

  • Instauration

  • The City Series, Book 3
  • By: Sarah Lyons Fleming
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer, Luke Daniels
  • Length: 26 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 554
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 528
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 527

Sunset Park is gone. People are missing. Sylvie, Eric, and the other survivors have crossed the water to the security of a new Safe Zone, where they hope to heal their battered hearts, amass an armory, and get back at the ones who took it all away. But with zombies on the move and few resources to speak of, it’s harder than expected to plot their revenge. For some, it’s harder still to garner their resolve, since vengeance means more of them will die. But safety is ephemeral in a city where food is short and tensions are high. It seems fate may leave them no choice but to fight.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing ending to a truly engaging story!

  • By S.Veelo on 12-18-18

Superb

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-26-18

I can’t believe it’s over! 😫 I laughed, I sobbed, and I fought along beside them all for both series. I want more!

Absolutely stunning narration.

Hands down my favorite author. Ever.

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  • Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel

  • By: Sara Farizan
  • Narrated by: Negin Farsad
  • Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

Leila has made it most of the way through Armstead Academy without having a crush on anyone, which is a relief. As an Iranian American, she’s different enough; if word got out that Leila liked girls, life would be twice as hard. But when beautiful new girl Saskia shows up, Leila starts to take risks she never thought she would.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Me & My Girls on 11-03-14

Great Story

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-18

A story about friendship, love, and having to make hard decision. Fairly quick listen with enjoyable narration.
#Friendship #Highschool #LGBTQIA+ #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • The Weight of It All

  • By: N.R. Walker
  • Narrated by: Joel Leslie
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 280
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278

After being dumped by his long-term boyfriend for being overweight, Henry Beckett decides to make some drastic changes. In a vain attempt at getting his boyfriend back, Henry does the most absurdly frightening thing he can think of. He joins a gym. Reed Henske is a personal trainer who isn't sure he'll ever be ready to date again. He's sick of guys who are only interested in the perfect body image, never seeing him for who he really is. As Reed tortures Henry with things like diet and exercise, Henry enamors Reed with recipes and laughter.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gales of laughter!

  • By SassiKassi on 10-05-17

Emotional And Funny

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-11-18

I really enjoyed this book. Laugh-out-loud funny, emotional, and sweet with a great underlying message. Narration was good, too. #BodyPositivity #Relationships #FeelGood #Quirky #Tagsgiving #sweepstakes