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  • Surprise Me

  • A Novel
  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,199
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,203

After being together for 10 years, Sylvie and Dan have all the trimmings of a happy life and marriage; they have a comfortable home, fulfilling jobs, and beautiful twin girls and communicate so seamlessly, they finish each other's sentences. However, a trip to the doctor projects they will live another 68 years together, and panic sets in. They never expected "until death do us part" to mean seven decades. In the name of marriage survival, they quickly concoct a plan to keep their relationship fresh and exciting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A different kind of Sophie Kinsella

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-27-18

Good but not great

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

This premise was intriguing to me, especially because it was different from Kinsella's usual single girl story. But about a married couple who is worried their marriage has gone stale? That had my attention. And while this story had an underlying mystery that kept me interested, the writing lacked the usual magic that Kinsella's stories have. So, it wasn't my fav, but it was still a good story.

  • Providence

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews, Emily Rankin, Paul Michael
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 698
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 662
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 661

Best friends in small-town New Hampshire, Jon and Chloe share a bond so intense that it borders on the mystical. But before Jon can declare his love for his soul mate, he is kidnapped, his plans for a normal life permanently dashed. Four years later, Chloe has finally given up hope of ever seeing Jon again. Then, a few months before graduation, Jon reappears. But he is different now: bigger, stronger, and with no memory of the time he was gone. Jon wants to pick up where he and Chloe left off...until the horrifying instant he realizes that he possesses strange powers.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This story went nowhere. Dully. Pointlessly.

  • By George on 07-04-18

Weird but good

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

I hate to admit it, but once the sci fi/fantasy portion came to light in this storyline, I grew skeptical that I would like it. For a moment, I was disheartened that a novel by Caroline Kepnes existed that I couldn't rave about. But I kept turning the pages and came to my senses, realizing how awesome this story is, even if there are elements that I usually don't enjoy at all.

This mystery sucked me in. While it was requited love, Chloe and Jon were separated at a young age for four years. And when Jon finally returns, he's not the same as he used to be. Then add the man searching on a hunch for something unnatural, someone you can't help but become attached to, and this story builds well, stringing the reader along until we know what happens. Can Jon have the girl he's wanted all this time? Will Chloe wait for Jon or move on? Can Eggie catch a break and solve the unsolvable?

Give this story a shot. You might just enjoy the crap out of it. Plus, the narrators are awesome at bringing this story to life.

  • Turtles All the Way Down

  • By: John Green
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,914
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,400
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,397

It all begins with a fugitive billionaire and the promise of a cash reward. Turtles All the Way Down is about lifelong friendship, the intimacy of an unexpected reunion, Star Wars fan fiction, and tuatara. But at its heart is Aza Holmes, a young woman navigating daily existence within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly small amount of actual turtles.

  • By Meg on 11-03-17

Beyond Brilliant

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

John Green has that impeccable talent to truly explain something that is near impossible to explain. Not only did he accurately portray what it's like to have a mental illness, but I loved how he included what it's like to be around someone who suffers from it, such as a friend or family member.

"The thing about a spiral is, if you follow it inward, it never actually ends. It just keeps tightening, infinitely."

I can see where this book would not be for everyone. This isn't a novel to get lost in, to escape reality from. This book is meant to make the reader think, to analyze the life we know and hopefully understand that many struggle with their thoughts in a myriad of ways. Hopefully you'll give this one a shot with an open mind.

Kate Rudd is one of my favorite narrators. She always does a great job at bringing the characters to life!

  • To All the Boys I've Loved Before

  • By: Jenny Han
  • Narrated by: Laura Knight Keating
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,875
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,634
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,630

Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control in this heartfelt novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Summer I Turned Pretty series. What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A YA for Rom-Com fans

  • By The Reading Date on 07-02-14

Super cute and thoughtful at the same time

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

This story did not disappoint! I loved getting to know these characters. Kitty is hilarious. I understood where Lara Jean was coming from. Peter K surprised me the most. I feel dumb for waiting this long to pick it up to read.

This novel is full of poignant thoughts. About relationships, and family, and fear of the unknown, and growing up, and loss, and love. Han packs a lot in this seemingly innocent story for the reader to contemplate and consider.

"Love is scary: it changes; it can go away. That's the part of the risk. I don't want to be scared anymore."

  • Crazy Rich Asians

  • By: Kevin Kwan
  • Narrated by: Lynn Chen
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,800
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,703
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,662

Crazy Rich Asians is the outrageously funny debut novel about three super-rich, pedigreed Chinese families and the gossip, backbiting, and scheming that occurs when the heir to one of the most massive fortunes in Asia brings home his ABC (American-born Chinese) girlfriend to the wedding of the season.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just Okay

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-06-18

Hilarious and poignant

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

Holy cow, there are a crap ton of characters in this story! Aside from trying to remember how everyone was connected, this was an entertaining read that kept me hooked until the very end. Families are fun to deal with, and this one is a handful for sure!

  • Sharp Objects

  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Ann Marie Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,009
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,804
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,788

Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker's troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psychiatric hospital, Camille's first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pitch Perfect Performance

  • By theenglishmajor on 02-14-14

Dark and suspenseful

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

Reviewed: 08-27-18

Thoroughly creepy, plenty dark, and a mystery that kept me hooked to the end. Not my fav Flynn book though.

  • Cold Harbor

  • Gibson Vaughn, Book 3
  • By: Matthew FitzSimmons
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 504
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 439
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440

After a period of brutal isolation in a CIA black-site prison, former Marine and gifted hacker Gibson Vaughn is free - but with no idea where he was or how much time he's lost. Struggling to maintain his grip on reality, he races to return to the life he left behind. Angry and disoriented, his thoughts turn to vengeance and the man responsible for his rendition. But Gibson's drive for retribution and the ghosts of his violent past plunge him back into a world he wants only to escape.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Huge disappointment- Confusing

  • By Charles Atkinson on 11-27-17

Back from the book2 slump

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Gibson Vaughn is a character I just can't get enough of. FitzSimmons hooked me from the beginning of the series, The Short Drop, and I've been excited to read every page since. Cold Harbor does not disappoint. Can Gibson gain control over his life now that he's no longer held against his will? Can life ever go back to the way it once was? Does getting revenge on those who have wronged you ever make things right? I was sucked in from the first page and couldn't put it down.

  • Trail of the Spellmans

  • Document #5
  • By: Lisa Lutz
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206

For the first time in Spellman history, Isabel Spellman might be the most normal member of her family. Mom has taken on an outrageous assortment of extracurricular activities. Dad has a secret. Her brother and sister are at war, but neither will reveal the source of the conflict. While domestic disturbances abound, there is one source of sanity in the Spellman household: Demetrius Merriweather, employee of the month for 18 months straight. Things aren't any simpler on the business side of Spellman Investigations....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • There's a payoff, albeit a weak one

  • By John S. on 03-28-13

Meh

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I love this series and the characters, but this book is just ok. It was as if the author just turned things on its side just to extend the storyline...

  • Porn Star

  • By: Laurelin Paige, Sierra Simone
  • Narrated by: CJ Bloom, Jacob Morgan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 649
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 612
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 613

Everybody knows Logan O'Toole, world famous porn star. Except then Devi Dare pops into my world, and pretty soon I'm doing things that aren't like me - like texting her with flirty banter and creating an entire web porn series just so I can get to star in her bed. Again. And again. With Devi, my entire universe shifts, and the more time I spend with her, the more I realize that Logan O'Toole isn't the guy I thought he was. So maybe I'm not the guy you thought I was either.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love the book!

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-06-17

A good read

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I was surprised by this book. With a Paige/Simone collaboration, of course it was hot AF. But it was done tastefully as well. I loved the story of Devi Dare and Logan O'Toole. This well-written novel has likable lead characters who go through major growth by the end. Definitely a recommended read.

  • The Kiss Quotient

  • A Novel
  • By: Helen Hoang
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 591
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590

Stella Lane thinks math is the only thing that unites the universe. She comes up with algorithms to predict customer purchases - a job that has given her more money than she knows what to do with as well as way less experience in the dating department than the average 30-year-old. It doesn't help that she has Asperger's and that French kissing reminds her of a shark getting its teeth cleaned by pilot fish. She decides that she needs lots of practice - with a professional - which is why she hires escort Michael Phan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this!

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-12-18

Love love love!

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

This story touched me. The author crafts this story with realistic characters, fluid writing, and smart dialog. I was surprised by how steamy it ended up being, but it added a level of complexity to the plot, character development, and conflict. I loved how much humor was packed between the pages, which was certainly something I devoured while I couldn't put the book down. I love, love, loved it!

"Michael was mint chocolate chip for her. She could try other flavors, but he’d always be her favorite."