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  • Don't Let Me Go

  • By: Jamila Mikhail
  • Narrated by: Katie Frechette
  • Length: 7 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

On top of battling the normal teenage angst that everyone goes through, Joanie is also reeling from her parents' bitter divorce and having to cope with her mother's new boyfriend and father's new family. Alone in a new town and without friends, she turns to passing the time by indulging in her longtime hobby of making toy models of soldiers and is both amazed and shocked when one of them comes to life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and Uplifting

  • By 337 on 08-23-18

Unique but not for me. Dragged.

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

Reviewed: 02-08-19

I’m not sure what to really say about this book which is why I’ve delayed reviewing it for so long. It was an intriguing concept but moved very slowly for the most part. The story is about a girl, Joanie, dealing with a lot of family drama along with depression and anxiety, who deals with it by making model soldiers. She makes one of the models into a German resistance soldier and after her stepfather destroys it the model comes back, basically to life, as a “keeper” named Adler. A keeper is as I understand it, kind of like a guardian angel who lives in between worlds and is assigned to watch over a particular person who needs them. Joanie leans on Adler to help her get through her everyday stresses and at times he can even intervene in the real world. She confronts a lot of things she wouldn’t have before Adler appeared. He is a helpful coping mechanism for Joanie for the most part but there are times when it also causes problems because it’s basically like she has an imaginary friend who is real and interfering but no one believes her. Because Joanie created Adler’s character/model she basically created him as a person, even though he was from another dimension and she chose this father figure of a man. This was pretty interesting and looking back makes a lot of sense though when I first was listening to the book Adler’s age struck me as weird. In the end, Joanie does learn that she has to try to deal with her anxiety and stress in more direct and realistic ways.
This was definitely a unique story. I have never read anything like it. Also, I listened to it on audiobook and I did have some issues with that. There were points were it would skip or a phrase would just repeat itself for no reason. I restarted the app but that didn’t help. I also thought it may have been the download but I deleted it and re-downloaded the book and it was the same. It wouldn’t have been a big deal except it happened multiple times. It felt like deja vu and was distracting. The other thing I’m not quite sure if I liked or not was the narrator. She did a good job in general (spoke clearly, portrayed the characters’ emotions) but she sounded like a child. Not an early teen or even a twelve year old but a child like 8-9. She had almost a babyish voice. Maybe she was chosen on purpose because of all Joanie was going through and how she was a bit immature for her age but it was very pronounced.
Overall this book was a unique concept. The idea of it was interesting but the story dragged and it could have been executed better. I definitely prefer the author’s poetry over her fiction. 2.5 out of 5 stars.

I would like to thank the author/narrator/publisher for generously providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  • You're Going to Mars!

  • By: Rob Dircks
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 880
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 825
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 824

Living and slaving in Fill City One, you get used to the smell. We call it the Everpresent Stink. But every once in a while, on a spring day with a breeze, it clears away enough to remind us that there is something more out there. Most Fillers' wildest dreams would be just to get past the walls and live in the mainland. But my dream? It’s a little bigger. I’m going to Mars.   

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Author nails it again!

  • By @newhaven265 on 11-14-18

Excellent! Out of this world!!!

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

What a great surprise! This book sounded like something I would like from the get go but I didn’t think I’d enjoy it even close to this much. I absolutely loved it! The plot was well thought out, the characters had depth and the story was fast paced with a lot of action. Also, it was really funny!!!
This was not a completely new take on a dystopian future, though it was executed really well. While most people live normally, some people are signed into indentured servitude for generations in Fill Cities (Landfills) where they basically just work for free to produce energy from trash and can never leave. Then the reality TV show You’re Going To Mars! is announced and Paper (a Filler) gets herself onto it. That’s when things really start to get good. Not only did I love Paper but I also loved her family and all the other fun characters that were part of the show. I even loved Aurora. I didn’t at first but then as I learned more about her and the dynamic between Paper and her changed, I ended up really liking her.
The whole instalove part of the story could definitely have been done better. It was literally like - I see you, I love you. It was so quick I was actually like wait what? When did that even happen? I was ok with it after it happened I just wanted more of an ease in to it. I get that this is the definition of instalove but it was too insta. If it was even the teeniest bit more fleshed out it would have been better.
Also, I loooved that I had no idea who the saboteur was!!! I was totally suspicious of the wrong nice guy! I feel like such a jerk! I had no idea it was going to be who it ended up being!
The narrator of this audiobook did a great job. She spoke clearly and made it easy to distinguish one character from another. She also did a good job portraying each character’s personalities and expressing their emotions.
Overall this was a great book. I enjoyed every aspect of it. It was a great story and a lot of fun to listen to. I’m looking forward to reading and listening to more books by this author.

I would like to thank the author/narrator/publisher for generously providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  • The Chimes

  • By: Anna Smaill
  • Narrated by: Luke Kempner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 16

After the end of a brutal civil war, London is divided, with slums standing next to a walled city of elites. Monk-like masters are selected for special schooling and shut away for decades, learning to write beautiful compositions for the chimes, played citywide morning and night, to mute memory and keep the citizens trapped in ignorance.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good concept. Poorly executed. Too long.

  • By ReadingRover on 01-12-19

Good concept. Poorly executed. Too long.

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

Reviewed: 01-12-19

I’ve had this on my TBR list for a long time now and just got around to it because it was a book club pick. I started it in print but quickly switched to the audio version. The book was extremely slow moving. Honestly, it was almost painful how slow it was at times. The writing was pretty but that didn’t make up for the dullness of the book. The concept was good. A musical instrument used as a weapon to subdue the people by wiping their memories. It’s actually ingenious. The people can’t even figure it out because they can’t remember anything even being wrong. It could have been a good book. It was just poorly executed. It was also about 75% too long. Hats off to the M/M romance. That was nicely added in but again too little too late. I wanted to like it. I tried to like it. Instead I just wanted it to be over.

  • Fairy Trouble: Modern Fairy Tales

  • By: Andrea R. Cooper
  • Narrated by: Chrissa Boice
  • Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

What can a fairy-godmother-in-training do when Cinderella refuses to go to the ball? Why, go along in Cinderella's place of course! But falling in love with the prince's brother was never meant to happen. Soon a series of events into motion that will impact not only her career but also her entire life. The problem is she doesn't know if the prince's brother feels the same about her as she does about him. And giving up her wings on the chance that he might care about her in return seems reckless and foolish to the usually by-the-book Esmeralda.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Fairy Godmother

  • By bluepits73 on 11-10-18

Super cute reimagining of Cinderella

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

Reviewed: 01-12-19

This is a super cute reimagining of a Cinderella story. I loved the storyline. It was fun and original, focusing more on the fairy godmother’s task than on Cinderella herself. I also liked that the humans weren’t just ready to believe the whole fairy thing at the drop of a hat. I did think that the necklace should have lit up and turned pink once love was found no matter who found it but that was a minor glitch I could get past.
The narrator did a good job and portrayed the characters well. She was able to clearly express their emotions through her words.
Overall this book was short, sweet and entertaining. I look forward to listening to more like it by this author.


I would like to thank the author/narrator/publisher for generously providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  • Of Metal and Wishes

  • By: Sarah Fine
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Bailey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Sixteen-year-old Wen assists her father in his medical clinic, housed in a slaughterhouse staffed by the Noor, men hired as cheap factory labor. Wen often hears the whisper of a ghost in the slaughterhouse, a ghost who grants wishes to those who need them most. And after one of the Noor humiliates Wen, the ghost grants an impulsive wish of hers - brutally.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dark and enchanting tale

  • By ReadingRover on 01-11-19

Dark and enchanting tale

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

I loved this book. It had me totally entranced from the start. The whole thing was basically set in a slaughterhouse and it was kind of gory for the most part but it was also beautiful on so many levels. The time period was hard to distinguish and it was supposed to be set in an Asia-like place but that part wasn't well described. The slaughterhouse setting was better built up. I loved the relationships between the characters. The main character Wen and her father had such a delicate relationship. Then there was the relationship between Wen and the Noors, the low paid factory workers, which was incredibly sensitive. It started so full of fear and tension and changed to something very different, especially with Melik. Also both Wen and her father's relationship with Bo was so fragile and intense. All of these each needed such special care and attention from Wen and they got none from others in the slaughterhouse.
The book was really well written and the audiobook was amazing. The narrator really did an awesome job depicting Wen's character. Overall I was super happy with this book and can't believe I took so long to get around to reading it.

  • Steelheart

  • The Reckoners, Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29,572
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,368
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,408

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his will. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He got the idea from a near traffic accident

  • By Don Gilbert on 09-26-13

Great for lovers of comics & super heroes/villains

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

This was a great start to a new series for me. I totally love the whole world taken over by super villains challenged by a small group of rebels who band together to make things right again. This was such a fast paced, action packed book. The world building was amazing and the super powers and creativity all around was spectacular. David was a great main character. He was a perfect Epic fact spewing geek, dying to join the Reckoners to kill Epics but also to get his own revenge. He's smart, kind of dorky but funny and eager. I loved him from the start. However he was a little too good at getting himself and everyone else out of jams with his improvising. It all kept working out too smoothly. The other characters were really done well too. Abraham and Cody were my favorites.
I'm a comic junkie and I like knowing how things work as long as it doesn't get too out of control. I didn't think that the descriptions of the gadgets and weapons or battles were too drawn out. Everything moved along pretty consistently and at a good pace as far as I was concerned. I listened to the audiobook and it flew by. The narrator did an excellent job. I can't wait to start book two.

  • In the Afterlight

  • By: Alexandra Bracken
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 17 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,070
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,917
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,911

Ruby can’t look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government’s attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. Only Ruby can keep their highly dangerous prisoner in check. But with Clancy Gray, there's no guarantee you're fully in control, and everything comes with a price

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic series!!

  • By L. DelPrete on 02-26-15

Fantastic end!

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

Oh this book! The feels!!! This book ripped my heart out but also made me smile in so many different ways. It was such an amaz-balls ending to this series! Ruby, Ruby, Ruby oh how far you have come. My heart swells for you. You have always stood up for and protected your peeps. I'm so proud of you!
And Liam! What more could a girl want? You're the most steadfast, loyal, southern boy on earth.
Zuuuuuu OMG I'm not even going to say anything about you except I love you more than ever and am so happy we got to see you again!!!
Chubs, Vi, Cole, Nico and everyone else I will miss you all and this series like old friends that you leave behind on the final day of summer camp. It's been real!

  • The Bear and the Nightingale

  • A Novel
  • By: Katherine Arden
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,617
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,401
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,396

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year, and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn't mind - she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse's fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was swept away

  • By Crystal Midkiff on 02-04-17

Slow burn

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

I liked this a lot but it moved a little slow for me at times. I’m totally obsessed with Russia and the folklore from that part of the world but I just didn’t love this book as much as I wanted to. Maybe it’s because of all the hype and I was expecting too much. I don’t know but I’m giving it 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 because I’m feeling generous.

  • Letters to Zell

  • By: Camille Griep
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

Everything is going according to story for CeCi (Cinderella), Bianca (Snow White), and Rory (Sleeping Beauty) - until the day that Zell (Rapunzel) decides to leave Grimmland and pursue her life. Now, Zell's best friends are left to wonder whether their own passions are worth risking their predetermined "happily ever afters", regardless of the consequences.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A very imaginative take on princesses

  • By T. L. Walker on 07-10-15

Unexpected delight!

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

I loved this book! It was a great story and I liked that the end wasn’t just nicely packaged up and tied with a pretty bow. As for the characters even as fairytales they were relatable and funny. I definitely didn’t expect this book to be so good. I had added it to my Audible library years ago and just decided to read it now. I’m so glad that I did. A nice little diamond in the rough!

  • The Splendid and Extraordinary Life of Beautimus Potamus

  • By: Peggy A. Wheeler
  • Narrated by: Kelley Hazen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

The mystical green planet of Rendaz is home to devout goddess worshiper and university professor, middle-aged Beautimus Potamus - who also happens to be a hippo plagued by hot flashes and poor self-esteem. Beautimus forms an alliance with Samuel S. Goodwings, a younger womanizing, atheist praying mantis. When these two are together, life morphs from the mundane into the fantastic. Our unlikely duo solve mysteries, bring a murderer to justice, and even help end a war, while experiencing their own trials, triumphs, and tragedies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ABR Reviewer's Choice Award Winner

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 04-15-18

Uniquely, fabulous space hippo story!!

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

Reviewed: 12-24-18

This was such a uniquely, fabulous story about a middle aged hippo, Beautimus Potamus, who lives on a faraway planet with all sorts of anthropomorphic animals who are just living their best lives. She has a career, friends, a budding love life and is about to hit a big birthday. However, not everyone is about peace, love and celebrating the goddess because before she knows it Beautimus gets sucked up in a murder mystery. My favorite characters in the story were totally Beautimus’s house squirrels. They were hysterical. How can you not love that a hippo has house squirrels to help her out?!?
The world building and character descriptions are amazing, the plot is solid and there couldn’t be a better narrator to bring it all together. It was such a fun book to listen to. I wish that it wasn’t just a stand alone and there was a series. I could totally get into that.
Oh wait I almost forgot! I do have one teensy little gripe. My only little gripe is that in the book when Samuel S. Goodwings and his wife have babies it says they they hatch 4 nymphs. I’m not trying to be a crazy person here or anything but Samuel and his wife are Praying Mantises! There is no way they only had 4 babies!!! They had to have had more like 100 to 200 babies. It’s just how it is. For survival reasons it has to be. The babies are so tiny. For even a few to survive an exponentially higher amount need to start off in the world or none would live. Science baby! It’s science! Aside from that, I thought this book was super awesome!
I would like to thank the author/narrator/publisher for generously providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.