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  • Where We Left Off

  • Middle of Somewhere, Book 3
  • By: Roan Parrish
  • Narrated by: Spencer Goss
  • Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 562
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 533
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 535

Leo Ware may be young, but he knows what he wants. And what he wants is Will Highland. Snarky, sophisticated, fiercely opinionated Will Highland, who burst into Leo's unremarkable life like a supernova...and then was gone just as quickly. For the past miserable year, Leo hasn't been able to stop thinking about the powerful connection he and Will shared. So, when Leo moves to New York for college, he sweeps back into Will's life, hopeful that they can pick up where they left off.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best of an amazing series!

  • By AAHickman on 04-03-17

Terrible Narrator

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

Extremely hard to follow for me. The narrator style sounds like he is sobbing voice with constant stopping within sentences.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Unquiet

  • Resilient Love
  • By: Melanie Hansen
  • Narrated by: Michael Stellman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

Loren Smith has been in love with Eliot Devlin almost his entire life. During their turbulent childhood and teen years, Loren didn't always understand Eliot, and sometimes he could be a challenge, but Eliot was the only one to ever truly ease Loren's deep loneliness and accept him. When Eliot's increasingly erratic and self-destructive behavior culminates in a suicide attempt at 17, Loren is devastated.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This story gutted me...

  • By Belen on 09-30-17

Typical with lots of boring erotic romance!

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

Typical with lots of boring erotic romance! I like the writing style but the story is weak.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Little Life

  • A Novel
  • By: Hanya Yanagihara
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 32 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,921
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,214
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,220

When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they're broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I had to call in SAD to work

  • By Angela on 10-17-15

Need some darkness in your life? Listen to this!

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

Reviewed: 09-22-16

Any additional comments?

It seems that many character traits of the protagonist resemble someone who has borderline personality disorder. I'm actually willing to bet your life will be shortened by additional hours because of the stress.

  • Out of Nowhere

  • Middle of Somewhere, Book 2
  • By: Roan Parrish
  • Narrated by: Spencer Goss
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,056
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,009
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,006

The only thing in Colin Mulligan's life that makes sense is taking cars apart and putting them back together. In the auto shop where he works with his father and brothers, he tries to get through the day without having a panic attack or flying into a rage. Drinking helps. So does running and lifting weights until he can hardly stand. But none of it can change the fact that he's gay, a secret he has kept from everyone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5+ Stars for Spectacular Narration!

  • By Belen on 07-10-16

Couldn't get into it!

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

Reviewed: 07-27-16

What disappointed you about Out of Nowhere?

Maybe I'm picky or all these 5 star reviews are fake. This is defiantly not a 5 star audiobook.
Uninteresting characters and a story that can't distract me from reality.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator pauses within sentences. Extremely distracting.

2 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Hospital Always Wins

  • A Memoir
  • By: Issa Ibrahim
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Issa Ibrahim's memoir details in searing prose his development of severe mental illness leading to a horrific family tragedy, his acquittal by reason of insanity, and his subsequent commission to a mental hospital for nearly 20 years. Written with great verve and immediacy, The Hospital Always Wins paints a detailed picture of a broken mental-health system but also reveals the power of art, when nurtured in a benign environment, to provide a resource for recovery.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Gave up after 1.5 hours!

  • By Artur on 07-17-16

Gave up after 1.5 hours!

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

Reviewed: 07-17-16

Any additional comments?

Gave up after 1.5 hours. Most of it was about family dynamics, goals and gossip. Not entertaining or informative! Maybe 15 minutes from the first 1.5 hours was about experience from the mental hospital. Not what I was expecting.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Wonders of the Invisible World

  • By: Christopher Barzak
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 411
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 380
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 379

Seventeen-year-old Aidan Lockwood lives in the sleepy farming community of Temperance, Ohio - known for its cattle ranches and not much else. That is, until Jarrod, a friend he hasn't seen in five years, moves back to town and opens Aidan's eyes in startling ways: to Aidan's ability to see the spirit world; to the red-bearded specter of Death; to a family curse that has claimed the lives of the Lockwood men one by one...and to the new feelings he has developed for Jarrod.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't find enough good adjectives.

  • By Megan on 03-14-16

Slow but well writeen

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

Reviewed: 06-08-16

What made the experience of listening to Wonders of the Invisible World the most enjoyable?

As we age, we start snubbing stories like this but I'm glad I gave this book a try.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

The story just simmered down.

What about Michael Crouch’s performance did you like?

He made the characters come to life.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Trust the Focus

  • In Focus, Book 1
  • By: Megan Erickson
  • Narrated by: Marc Bachmann
  • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 129

With his college graduation gown expertly pitched into the trash, Justin Akron is ready for the road trip he planned with his best friend, Landry, and ready for one last summer of escape from his mother's controlling grip. Climbing into the Winnebago his father left him, they set out across America in search of the sites his father had captured through the lens of his Nikon.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Trust The Focus

  • By <Stacy> @SoCalBookReviews on 02-21-18

Bad story writing!

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

Reviewed: 05-28-16

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

There is way too much emotion in every sentence.

Any additional comments?

How can you write a book about a road trip and still make it boring!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Manly Art of Seduction, How to Meet, Talk To, and Become Intimate with Anyone

  • By: Perry Brass
  • Narrated by: Leonard McCulloch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

Men are not supposed to be seductive. Perry Brass heard this while very young, so of course it gave him an open field in a kind of behavior that can be exciting, fulfilling, and satisfying. If you feel you're always waiting for someone else to make the first move, if you're traumatized by your fear of rejection and don t have a clue how to open a conversation or expand the terms of a relationship, The Manly Art of Seduction is a must-have. Brass explains male territorialism, and how it keeps men locked inside themselves.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • This book is about getting your way in bed!

  • By Artur on 02-28-16

This book is about getting your way in bed!

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

Reviewed: 02-28-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

More useful information. Narration by a human and a better writer.

What was most disappointing about Perry Brass’s story?

This book is about getting laid asap and getting what you want in bed with some safety tips if you push someone too far. Recommending threesome sex and advice how to get with married guys. No sense of love or morals at all here.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • In Too Deep

  • By: Kate Sherwood
  • Narrated by: K.C. Kelly
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198

Aiden manages to persuade Cade he's a decent guy, and a tentative friendship becomes much more. But a trip to Aiden's family cottage puts Cade in the path of a ghost from his past and a dark secret he never expected to face again. Cade did what he had to do to escape his dead-end life, but now he sees he didn't leave it as far behind him as he thought.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another great story...

  • By Donald on 10-02-15

A negative book!

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

Reviewed: 11-29-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Constant bickering, arguing and negotiating with Cade. Once you hit 2/3 of the book it's justified. The narrator sounds too old for the characters. The story would be better if it had more depth because the author does not do a good job exploiting wide range of human emotions.

What was most disappointing about Kate Sherwood’s story?

I'm not a fan of sex in books but these were the longest and worst I've heard.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Something Like Lightning

  • Something Like..., Book 5
  • By: Jay Bell
  • Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
  • Length: 14 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 263

Kelly Phillips has been out and proud since he was a young teenager, and thanks to the gay youth group he frequents, he's never been short on friends or lovers. But when you have almost everything, it's hard not to focus on what's just out of reach: a best friend who would be Mr. Right if he wasn't already Mr. Straight. Or that handsome athlete at school who would be easier to wrangle if not for his angel wings. And then there's the guy who might be a perfect fit, maybe even a soul mate...if only he wasn't convinced he didn't need anyone.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Forget what you thought about Kelly

  • By Riva on 06-21-16

Protagonist is an annoying drama queen!

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

Reviewed: 11-19-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No, This was the least engaging book from the series. The main character is a stereotypical gay person. If you feel any sympathy for this character, it's only because of one reason. The narration of Kelly Phillips amplified my dislike of the character.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful