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Amber Rae

San Francisco, CA
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  • Girl in Pieces

  • By: Kathleen Glasgow
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kathleen Glasgow
  • Length: 10 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 524
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 478

Charlotte Davis is in pieces. At 17 she's already lost more than most people do in a lifetime. But she's learned how to forget. The broken glass washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm. You don't have to think about your father and the river. Your best friend, who is gone forever. Or your mother, who has nothing left to give you. Every new scar hardens Charlie's heart just a little more, yet it still hurts so much. It hurts enough to not care anymore, which is sometimes what has to happen before you can find your way back from the edge.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Touching, Sobering, Fascinating

  • By Wendi on 05-31-17

Stayed Up All Night Finishing It!

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

Reviewed: 11-19-16

I wasn't so sure how I felt when I first started reading the book, but once I was hooked, I couldn't wait to go back to listening. This is a story of transformation, a love story, and a whole lot of struggle. I wouldn't categorize it as a "feel good" book, but I liked the ending more than I imagined.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Holding Up the Universe

  • By: Jennifer Niven
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie, Robbie Daymond
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 399
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed "America's Fattest Teen". But no one's taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom's death, she's been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now Libby's ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent Story

  • By Sophie Beever on 04-01-17

Another Great Jennifer Niven Book!

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

Reviewed: 11-14-16

I truly loved All The Bright Places. Sometimes buying a book by the same author is no guarantee you're going to like it. This isn't one of those cases. I loved the tender unfolding of this story. I was hesitant to buy a book about the "world's largest teen," especially after I didn't end up finishing Dumplin', but it really added to the character. I love Libby's spirit. She's not as self-deprecating as Dumplin'.

  • What Light

  • By: Jay Asher
  • Narrated by: Mandy Siegfried
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 132
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 132

Sierra's family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon - it's a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other. Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I Wanted To Like This Story

  • By Amber Rae on 10-30-16

I Wanted To Like This Story

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

Reviewed: 10-30-16

I usually don't seem to end up liking books I pre-order, even though this was hyped from buzzfeed books. I'm not sure if it's the Christmas theme, the whiny narrator, or the lack of depth coming from the author who wrote 13 Reasons Why. I think I was expecting deeper characters with a deeper romance coming from Jay Asher. This book is relatively short compared to others, and I'm having a hard time finishing it. I finished 2 other books and will possibly finish 3 or more before ever finishing this one.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Crosstalk

  • By: Connie Willis
  • Narrated by: Mia Barron
  • Length: 18 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 786
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 728
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 727

In a not-too-distant future, a simple outpatient procedure that has been promised to increase empathy between romantic partners has become all the rage. So when Briddey Flannigan's fiancé proposes that he and Briddey undergo the procedure, she is delighted! Only, the results aren't quite as expected. Instead of gaining an increased empathetic link with her fiancé, Briddey finds herself hearing the actual thoughts of one of the nerdiest techs in her office. And that's the least of her problems.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Learn when to say no

  • By Mozershmozer on 01-21-17

Liked This One More than I Imagined I Would

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

Reviewed: 10-24-16

A little more than halfway through the book, I ended up buying a copy as a gift for a friend. This is a very sweet, lighthearted love story that unfolds in a very tender way. I feel like the end was a little rushed, or at least intruded on by another character, but I overall enjoyed the book. I didn't expect it to suck me in as deeply as it did, and I found myself excited to find out what was gonna happen next.

  • Dreamology

  • By: Lucy Keating
  • Narrated by: Erin Spencer
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 51

For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams - and only her dreams. Because he doesn't exist.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Such a Sweet Idea!

  • By Amber Rae on 10-24-16

Such a Sweet Idea!

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

Reviewed: 10-24-16

I read the summary of the book and thought it just couldn't go wrong with such a sweet idea. I love the land of dreams where I can run free with my dream book characters. The actual dreams were the best part of the book for me. The overall story had less of an emotional pull but was finishable. Max in real life was hard for me to want to be friends with or be romantically interested in.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Roommates

  • By: Tara Brown
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Hart, Eric London
  • Length: 7 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 131
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 124

Life is full of expectations. For Brady Coldwell, it's always been about the game. Hockey is, and always will be, his life. His family sacrificed everything to get him here, and he won't let them down. He knows what's expected of him. Natalie Banks is no different. She too knows what it means to have everyone sacrifice for you. She knows about the debt that's owed in the end, and the price you pay for making up your own mind. But when an innocent mistake lands Brady and Natalie as roommates, neither of them is prepared for the feelings they have.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good light sport romance story.

  • By FS Meurinne on 12-12-16

Good, Lighthearted Fun

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

Reviewed: 10-24-16

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

I stayed up till 6 am finishing this book and easily could have finished it in one sitting. I love that it was a lighthearted, low drama romance. I liked that it didn't skirt past the sex but also seemed to have some depth to the story. It can be hard to find a good book with both!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 11-22-63

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,843
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,150

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I want the 20hours of my life back...

  • By Dan on 06-08-12

Very Close to the TV show

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

Reviewed: 09-11-16

Any additional comments?

I found myself listening to this book, because it was so hard to wait between episodes of the tv show to find out what was happening next. I definitely enjoyed the book. I loved the love story aspect of the story.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Man in the High Castle

  • By: Philip K. Dick
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,868
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,382
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,406

It's America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. All because some 20 years earlier the United States lost a war - and is now occupied jointly by Nazi Germany and Japan.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wanted to see what all the buzz was about!

  • By Gray on 06-23-15

Different from the Tv Show

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

Reviewed: 09-11-16

Could you see The Man in the High Castle being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I love the Amazon Tv show for this book! The season ending is what had me running to get the audiobook. It's a different story, which is interesting at times, but I've had this book in my library for a year now and still haven't been able to bring myself to finish it. It puts me to sleep, unlike the tv show.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Jessica Rules the Dark Side

  • By: Beth Fantaskey
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren, Jennifer Ikeda, Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 101

In this sequel to the breakout hit Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, Jessica Packwood finds being a newly married teenage vampire princess isn’t all that easy. She might be living in a Romanian castle with her husband Lucius Vladescu, but she’s also surrounded by undead subjects who aren’t ready to welcome her as queen. Then Lucius is accused of murdering a vampire Elder, leaving Jessica more alone than ever.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as Good as the First!

  • By Amber Rae on 09-11-16

Not as Good as the First!

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

Reviewed: 09-11-16

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

I fell in love reading the first book. I was curious about after the marriage. There were definitely some slow parts, which maybe would have allowed it to be a better movie by cutting those parts out. Also, the narration was pretty awful. That was definitely the worst part for me. It was almost like cheap dinner theater pretending to be Dracula bad.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Star

  • The Final Book of The 5th Wave
  • By: Rick Yancey
  • Narrated by: Phoebe Strole, Ben Yannette
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,707
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,486
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,482

We're here, then we're gone, and that was true before they came. That's always been true. The Others didn't invent death; they just perfected it. Gave death a face to put back in our face, because they knew that was the only way to crush us. It won't end on any continent or ocean, no mountain or plain, jungle or desert. It will end where it began, where it had been from the beginning: on the battlefield of the last beating human heart.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Really? That's how it ends???

  • By A. Smiling on 08-11-16

Worth Finishing the Series

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

Reviewed: 09-10-16

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

Knowing what the ending is now, I was surprised by how much I was not upset by it. See for yourself. I found it endearing and beautiful in the most philosophical sense. Part of me wishes everything magically ended up okay in the end. I feel like it ended the series in a mature way that shows how Cassie truly came of age.

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

This book definitely had its slower points for me. I think audible should have had this a lot sooner than it was released. It was available on Amazon for a higher price months before it was released on audible. I was disappointed when I pre-ordered and the first pre-order date was pushed back. It was not worth that much of a wait, although I really enjoyed finishing the series.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful