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  • The Fortunate Ones

  • By: R. S. Grey
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 220

At Twin Oaks Country Club, there are the fortunate ones, and then there are the rest of us: the waiters, the caddies, the valets, and in my case, the cabana girls. Most days, I’m poolside in a pleated skirt, dishing out margaritas to tycoons and titans. It’s not exactly my dream job, but it does come with one perk.... James Ashwood. He’s my silver lining in a custom black suit. Besides being a legacy member at the club, he’s a tech mogul and Austin’s most eligible bachelor.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Comes off hard and cynical.

  • By Audy Meadow Davison LMT on 03-13-18

I devoured it.

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

Reviewed: 01-03-18

Finished in a day!
Angsty romance. While I was annoyed with the heroine sometimes, there wasn’t anything that I could find wrong with the hero. They had great chemistry, so that made up for the things I didn't like about Brooke Davenport. ALSO, James Ashwood is the ultimate book boyfriend!! Loooooooved him.

As for narration, I thought that Brittany Pressley had the perfect voice for this story--she suited the main character well. I will probably look for more romance narrated by her!

  • The Actor's Life

  • A Survival Guide
  • By: Jenna Fischer
  • Narrated by: Jenna Fischer, Rainn Wilson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 644
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 592
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 592

Jenna Fischer's Hollywood journey began at the age of 22 when she moved to Los Angeles from her hometown of St. Louis. She was determined, confident, and ready to work hard. So, what could go wrong? Uh, basically everything. The path to being a professional actor was so much more vast and competitive than she’d imagined. It would be eight long years before she landed her iconic role on The Office, nearly a decade of frustration, rejection, and doubt. If only she’d had a handbook for the aspiring actor. Or, better yet, someone to show her the way. Jenna wants to be that person for you.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best actor’s survival book!!!!!

  • By Gaillard Alizée on 02-26-18

OMG THE INTRO! lol

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

Reviewed: 12-22-17

HAhahahaHA
I've only listened to the first few chapters so far but I wanted to write my review now because I don't think I've ever enjoyed an audiobook's introduction this much before! Rainn Wilson reads it, but it was written by Steve Carell and hilarity ensues. I won't spoil it, but it's soooo funny.
So far, Jenna's chapters are really great, too! I can see how this would be helpful for people who want to become actors, but I am still enjoying it as someone who does not. It's a little bit memoir-y because she shares a lot of personal anecdotes. Her narration is great, too! As a fan of The Office, it's fun to hear things from her perspective as a real life person, not as the character that I think a lot of people still see her as (Pam). That being said, she does seem to share some similarities with her famous character and that is just so super endearing.
She honestly seems so sweet and listening to this really makes me love her even more! I'll finish this one quickly because it is (so far) a great listen.

17 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • Where Good Girls Go to Die

  • The Good Girl Series, Book 1
  • By: Holly Renee
  • Narrated by: Rex Anderson, Katie Magable
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

It was a bad idea from the beginning. He was my brother's best friend and the definition of unavailable. But I didn't care. I had loved him for as long as I could remember. He was worth the risk. He was worth everything. But then he broke my heart as easily as I fell for him. He watched me fall, spiraling out of control, and as I reached for him, he wasn't there to catch me. So I ran. Four years later, I never expected to see him again. He was still my brother's best friend, and he was more unavailable than ever.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Very Childish ☹️

  • By Kellee on 05-25-18

Narrator <3

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

Reviewed: 11-14-17

I read this when it came out in ebook but decided to listen to it too because I really, REALLY love Rex Anderson. Boy, he did not disappoint.

  • The Foxe & the Hound

  • By: R. S. Grey
  • Narrated by: Luci Christian, Joe Arden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 384

When your life is a hot mess at 20, it's cute. At 27...well, not so much. It's just that my lofty dreams - making it as a real estate agent, paying rent on time, showering daily - have stayed just that: dreams. Oh, and love? I've decided love might be a little ambitious for me at the moment. Instead, I've settled for the two guys who will never leave me: Ben & Jerry. That is, until Dr. Adam Foxe takes up residence as the town's new vet.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Funny but with creepy moments

  • By Gabriela on 12-14-17

yesssssss

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

Reviewed: 10-17-17


I love R.S. Grey but I prefer audiobooks over ebook, so I've been waiting for this one!!!

It was worth the wait.

I am a sucker for a good contemporary read, especially if it’s a hate-to-love type of romance novel. That kept me totally hooked!

R.S. Grey is so good at creating hilarious scenarios that draw her characters together. The characters and their dialogue were so genuine and totally relatable, which made this a really fun listen.

Can't forget to mention the adorable Mouse--probably the best character yet! :D

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Bird and the Sword

  • By: Amy Harmon
  • Narrated by: Trina Nishimura
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,265
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,187

The day my mother was killed, she told my father I wouldn't speak again, and she told him if I died, he would die too. Then she predicted the king would sell his soul and lose his son to the sky. My father wants desperately to be king, and I just want to be free. But freedom will require escape, and I'm a prisoner of my mother's curse and my father's greed. In a land purged of enchantment, love might be the only magic left, and who could ever love...a bird?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining, but not quite "epic"

  • By Leslie F. on 11-12-16

WOW!

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

Reviewed: 09-20-17

Umm wow?! I am so surprised to read any negative reviews of this audiobook. I guess if you don't like romance and were expecting darker fantasy than this wouldn't deliver, but I loved this in spite of that. I actually listened to The Queen and the Cure (book 2) first because I LOVE Steve West as a narrator and then realized it was a series and came to listen to this one. Although I do prefer his narration, I thought that Trina Nishimura embodied the main character well and I got lost in this magical world while listening to her.
I hope a third book comes out in this series...will definitely listen to that one, too!!

  • Survivor Cafe

  • The Legacy of Trauma and the Labyrinth of Memory
  • By: Elizabeth Rosner
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Rosner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

Beyond preserving the firsthand testimonies of participants and witnesses, individuals and societies must continually take responsibility for learning the painful lessons of the past in order to offer hope for the future. Survivor Café offers a clear-eyed sense of the enormity of our 21st-century human inheritance - not only among direct descendants of the Holocaust, but also in the shape of our collective responsibility to learn from tragedy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A book every generation should read

  • By J. Faught on 09-29-17

So personal!

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

Reviewed: 09-19-17

I really liked that the author read this herself. She had a calming voice and although the content was serious, I enjoyed listening on my commute to work because of that calming influence. Also, the subject matter was pretty personal at times and it definitely just made sense that she would narrate herself (sometimes I don't like author reads).
The book itself was a scientific but also very personal look at the affects of mass trauma on a person and their family. Incredibly fascinating and more relevant to our times that one would hope. Very well written.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Children of Odin

  • By: Padraic Colum
  • Narrated by: Ulf Bjorklund
  • Length: 6 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 20

Before time as we know it began, gods and goddesses lived in the city of Asgard. Odin All Father crossed the Rainbow Bridge to walk among men in Midgard. Thor defended Asgard with his mighty hammer. Mischievous Loki was constantly getting into trouble with the other gods, and dragons and giants walked free. This collection of Norse sagas retold by author Padraic Colum gives us a sense of that magical time when the world was filled with powers and wonders we can hardly imagine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Narration at its best!

  • By Emilie J. Howard ~ Author on 06-15-17

Norse Mythology--good listen

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

Reviewed: 05-09-17

Overall, this was just a fun romp through Norse Mythology. The stories are super old-timey, but that makes it all the more fun to listen to. The narrator really did a good job capturing the mood, he had the appropriate accent but it wasn't too thick. It felt like you were sitting down to listen to an old, Norse bedtime story.
A lot of the characters therein are familiar to people now, so I was interested to learn their back stories and this definitely did that for me.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • The Art of the Con

  • The Most Notorious Fakes, Frauds, and Forgeries in the Art World
  • By: Anthony M. Amore
  • Narrated by: Michael Johnson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

Art scams are today so numerous that the specter of a lawsuit arising from a mistaken attribution has scared a number of experts away from the business of authentication and forgery, and with good reason. Art scams are increasingly convincing and involve incredible sums of money. The cons perpetrated by unscrupulous art dealers and their accomplices are proportionately elaborate. Anthony M. Amore's The Art of the Con tells the stories of some of history's most notorious yet untold cons.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Good Narration

  • By Katelyn on 04-06-17

Very Good Narration

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

Reviewed: 04-06-17

Would you consider the audio edition of The Art of the Con to be better than the print version?

Maybe..I wonder if the print version has pictures of the paintings it talks about... Even still, I think that if I were reading the print version, I wouldn't have finished it as quickly and probably wouldn't have read it as often. Listening probably made it more appealing.

What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

Honestly, it was overall just more interesting than I thought it would be. I wasn't sure exactly what the book would talk about, but it got very specific about some cool stories around art forgeries.

Have you listened to any of Michael Johnson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't but I like him in this. He has a good voice for nonfiction. He sounds smart..his voice reminds me of an actor but I can't put my finger on who exactly.

Any additional comments?

I got this for free in exchange for an honest review.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Buying Time

  • By: Joe Haldeman
  • Narrated by: Eric Vale
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 41

More even than space travel, the Stileman Process has altered 21st-century life. The most complex of medical miracles, it ensures that every 10 years or so, the ailing aging body can be restored to youthful vigour and health. There's a catch, of course: the cost. Every 10 years or so, you have to come up with £1,000,000 minimum to repeat the procedure or die. For Dallas Barr, one of the oldest men on earth, it's that time again. While casting around desperately for his next essential £1,000,000, he meets Maria, a woman from a previous life, and makes two major discoveries.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Decent book from Haldeman

  • By Anonymous User on 04-26-17

Highly Recommend

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

Reviewed: 04-06-17

What made the experience of listening to Buying Time the most enjoyable?

This moved at such a fast pace that it was almost like a thriller...but was also very much a science fiction story. So, it was a techno-thriller I guess. Also very conspiracy-ish. Set in the near future, where immortality is a possibility, the author somehow took what is a common theme in science fiction and twisted it around and made it totally brand new! I wanted to listen to this because it seemed like it could be similar to Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow, and frankly, it's better!

What about Eric Vale’s performance did you like?

He was very gritty and believable.

Any additional comments?

Forever War by Joe Haldeman brought me to this, but I think I actually liked this better. Basically, I liked this book even more than I thought I would!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Getting There: A Book of Mentors

  • By: Gillian Zoe Segal
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie, Rene Ruiz, Alex Hyde-White
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

The path to success is rarely easy or direct, and good mentors are hard to find. In Getting There, 30 leaders in diverse fields share their secrets to navigating the rocky road to the top. In an honest, direct, and engaging way, these role models describe the obstacles they faced, the setbacks they endured, and the vital lessons they learned. Getting There is for everyone - from students contemplating their futures to the vast majority of us facing challenges or seeking to reach our potential.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sage Advice for Seekers

  • By Waldo on 09-02-17

Pretty good!

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

Reviewed: 04-06-17

What made the experience of listening to Getting There: A Book of Mentors the most enjoyable?

I liked the male narrator. Also, learning some of the back stories of famous people was cool.

What other book might you compare Getting There: A Book of Mentors to and why?

I don't read a lot of personal development books...seems like it's probably similar to some of those.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

There were no characters, just real people.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It had short chapters, so it was good to listen to in quick shifts.

Any additional comments?

I got this for free in exchange for an honest review.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful