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Thornhill,, Ontario, Canada
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  • Sweet Rivalry

  • 1001 Dark Nights
  • By: K. Bromberg
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263

Ryder Rodgers had a plan. He was going to stride into the conference room, do the required song and dance over the next five days, and win the biggest contract of his career. But when he walked in and heard the voice of one of his competitors, all his plans were shot to hell. Harper Denton. She was always on top. In college. First in their class. Always using every advantage to edge him out to win the coveted positions. The only one who could beat him. His academic rival.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Love Arndt and York

  • By DIANE on 09-12-17

Love Arndt and York

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

Reviewed: 09-12-17

The narrators are the dynamic duo. The story is very ordinary. Love the beard burn though!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Bridge Ladies

  • A Memoir
  • By: Betsy Lerner
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 8 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 136

After a lifetime defining herself in contrast to her mother's "don't ask, don't tell" generation, Lerner finds herself back in her childhood home, not five miles from the mother she spent decades avoiding. When Roz needs help after surgery, it falls to Betsy to take care of her. She expected a week of tense civility; what she gets instead are the Bridge Ladies. Impressed by their loyalty, she sees something her generation lacks. Facebook is great, but it won't deliver a pot roast.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Profound

  • By DIANE on 06-05-17

Profound

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

Reviewed: 06-05-17

This story transcended the actual account of the Bridge Ladies of which Betsy's mom was a member. There was an onion peeled back layer by layer, exposing the delicate intricacies of her relationship with her mother, and her mother's pain, secrets and triumphs. The characters are pithy and significant, each with her own story. I'm glad I didn't miss this book because it's a treasure.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Marriage Games

  • The Games Duet
  • By: CD Reiss
  • Narrated by: Elena Wolfe, Sebastian York
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,743
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,625
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,629

Thirty days. That's all Adam Steinbeck demands of his wife. Thirty days in a remote cottage, doing everything he demands. After that, he'll sign her divorce papers and give her their company. That's how long he has to rediscover the man he once was. The dominant master he hid when he fell in love with her five years before.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THIS DUET IS BETTER THAN EBONY & IVORY

  • By I HATE THIS NEW LOOK on 01-22-17

Sebastian rules! Reiss a master

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

Reviewed: 11-11-16

This was a very raw look into the master/sub relationship. I found the character development very well done and the book was certainly very erotic. I was intrigued at the end enough to wait until January for the next in the series, though usually, I hate cliffhangers.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Couple Next Door

  • A Novel
  • By: Shari Lapena
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,495
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11,293
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,253

Anne and Marco Conti seem to have it all - a loving relationship, a wonderful home, and their beautiful baby, Cora. But one night when they are at a dinner party next door, a terrible crime is committed. Suspicion immediately focuses on the parents. But the truth is a much more complicated story.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Plot twist overload

  • By RueRue on 10-12-16

A little too convoluted

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

Reviewed: 11-11-16

This was certainly a thriller, and kept you on the edge of your seat throughout. I found the story a bit too convoluted for my liking but kept you guessing until the end. I disagreed with the comments of a few listeners pertaining to the ending... I found it very clear. The narrator's voice was a bit too "clipped" for my liking but not bad enough as to ruin the book.
Overall, worth the credit.

  • Truly Madly Guilty

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 17 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,478
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,442

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

Engrossing!

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

Reviewed: 08-26-16

This book grabbed me from the very beginning. I found it interesting the way Moriarty bounced back and forth between POV's of different characters, before and after the "main event" (which I won't spoil). Before, after, before, after... and you are dying to know what happened "The day of the BBQ". I found that the characters were exceptionally well developed. Vid, one of my favourites, had a wonderful voice as portrayed by the excellent narrator. I wanted to get to know him! There were all sorts of twists and turns as the secrets sand frailties of the various characters were slowly revealed. I give this a 5-stars. Well done Liane!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Nest

  • By: Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
  • Narrated by: Mia Barron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,196
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,605
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,596

Every family has its problems. But even among the most troubled, the Plumb family stands out as spectacularly dysfunctional. Years of simmering tensions finally reach a breaking point on an unseasonably cold afternoon in New York City as Melody, Beatrice, and Jack Plumb gather to confront their charismatic and reckless older brother, Leo, freshly released from rehab. Months earlier, an inebriated Leo got behind the wheel of a car with a 19-year-old waitress as his passenger.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't get through it.

  • By E. Bullock on 05-19-16

Delicious, sad, worth it!

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

Reviewed: 05-02-16

This was an intricately written book about an inherently dysfunctional family, the Plums. Mom is a self absorbed cold fish and all 4 children are left handicapped by the lack of binding and nurturing by their parents. The nest is an inheritance that is supposed to be split among the 4 Plum children. This story is sad yet triumphant, but it appears, as the book progresses, that one member of the family by disappearing, acts as a catalyst for the blooming and maturing of the others. Couldn't stop listening and I must say, this book was a really good listen. Will listen again for sure.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

  • By: Garth Stein
  • Narrated by: Christopher Evan Welch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,602
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,774
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,778

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enzo (because he's so wize) for president.

  • By Lora on 06-17-08

A Heartwarmer!!

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

Reviewed: 04-16-16

This book is written from the perspective of a dog named Enzo. Enzo's loving owner works in. BMW repair garage and as a hobby and passion, drives race cars. Enzo laments the fact that he cannot speak and yet, he soaks up all aspects of human life while making analogies to racing scenarios as they apply to life. This is a heartwarming and sometimes heartbreaking story of a man named Denny. The survival and triumph of the human spirit is the gift the story reminds the reader of. I will read this often, especially when my spirits are sagging. Thank you Garth Stein- this book made my day.

  • Make Me Sin

  • Bad Habit, Book 2
  • By: J. T. Geissinger
  • Narrated by: Teri Clark Linden, Sebastian York
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,685
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,538

Chloe Carmichael's life feels pretty sweet - she's both maid of honor and florist for her best friend's A-list wedding, things are getting serious with her boyfriend, and her flower shop is about to get a spread in a national magazine. But it all quickly turns sour whenever the best man, Bad Habit drummer A.J. Edwards, shows his face...his handsome, unforgettable face. A.J. is everything Chloe doesn't want: tattooed, selfish, and all-around bad news. So why can't she stop thinking about him?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, but one thing is really irritating

  • By Dominique on 01-22-16

Interesting....

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

Reviewed: 03-16-16

The characters were interesting in this story. Eric, Chloe's boyfriend, does a 180, and AJ, a seemingly U.S. born drummer turns out to be something somewhat different... no spoilers.
Chloe knows from the beginning, that despite AJ scowling at her, she is deeply drawn to him and pursues her heart's desire. There are interesting twists in this story that keep you interested. Not a smutty book at all. It's actually a beautiful love story. There is a cliffhanger at the end which is a bit predictable and presumably will be unveiled in book 3 in this series. On the whole, well-written and an enjoyable read.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • SECRET

  • A SECRET Novel
  • By: L. Marie Adeline
  • Narrated by: Jane Thoma
  • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57

Cassie Robichaud’s life has been filled with regret and loneliness since the death of her husband. She waits tables at the rundown Café Rose in New Orleans, and every night she heads home to her solitary one-bedroom apartment. But when she discovers a notebook left behind by a mysterious woman at the café, Cassie’s world is forever changed. The notebook’s stunningly explicit confessions shock and fascinate Cassie, and eventually lead her to S.E.C.R.E.T., an underground society dedicated to helping women realize their wildest, most intimate sexual fantasies.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • RIP MY HEART OUT !!!

  • By Coooper on 07-13-13

Interesting fantasy!

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

Reviewed: 02-08-16

This book is about women who are lacking in self-confidence especially where their sexuality is concerned, and how, through the exclusive S.E.C.R.E.T. organization, they have the ability to pick 9 sexual fantasies and live them out to learn the lessons that will help them realize their full potential as women, and more importantly, as human beings.
Quite a trip. Tastefully done.

  • Friction

  • By: Sawyer Bennett
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York, Kendall Taylor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 945
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 877
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 877

At the powerhouse law firm of Knight & Payne, winning comes first and ethics a distant second. Leary Michaels uses her female charms to daze opponents, and it's always worked well - until now. On her most personal case yet, she finds herself going up against a defense attorney just as skilled, shameless, and seductive as she is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this Book!!!

  • By Michelle Anderson on 12-07-15

Great Story, sizzling sex

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

Reviewed: 01-27-16

This was a charming story and shed some light into how the law works in high profile cases.
The two protagonists, Reeve and Leary are strong characters and their relationship is electrically charged from day one. I really enjoyed this book. Sebastian York as usual, gave a stellar performance. I found Kendall Taylor's voice a tad annoying at times, especially with her distinct annunciation of the "g" in any word ending in ing. Aside from this, everything was wonderful.

2 of 7 people found this review helpful