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  • Tyler Johnson Was Here

  • By: Jay Coles
  • Narrated by: JaQwan J. Kelly
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

When Marvin Johnson's twin, Tyler, goes to a party, Marvin decides to tag along to keep an eye on his brother. But what starts as harmless fun turns into a shooting, followed by a police raid. The next day, Tyler has gone missing, and it's up to Marvin to find him. But when Tyler is found dead, a video leaked online tells an even more chilling story: Tyler has been shot and killed by a police officer. Terrified as his mother unravels and mourning a brother who is now a hashtag, Marvin must learn what justice and freedom really mean.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent! Awesome Narration!!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-23-18

Good, But Not Great

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

Reviewed: 02-13-19

I fear Angie Thomas has spoiled me. This story was good, though a bit predictable, and not as great as the others like it on the market. However, it is definitely a story we need to hear. The narration was wonderful (including the TV elemental effect was nice).

  • The Rogue Queen

  • By: Emily R. King
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo, Scott Merriman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 577
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 501
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 502

Despite the odds, Kalinda has survived it all: Marriage to a tyrant. Tournaments to the death. The forbidden power to rule fire. The icy touch of a demon. That same demon now disguises itself as Rajah Tarek, Kalinda's late husband and a man who has never stopped haunting her. Upon taking control of the palace and the army, the demon brands Kalinda and her companions as traitors to the empire. They flee across the sea, seeking haven in the Southern Isles. To take back the empire, Kalinda will ally with those she distrusts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brace Yourself - No Spoilers.

  • By A Novel Nerd on 02-14-18

A bit too lingering at times...

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

Overall, I enjoyed this book. I say that in all truth. However, I did feel at time that the story started to meander in directions that were unnecessary. Perhaps the purpose of the tangential pieces will be revealed in the last book, which I will definitely read!

  • The Fire Queen

  • The Hundredth Queen, Book 2
  • By: Emily R. King
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo, Scott Merriman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 905
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 804
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 805

Though the tyrant rajah she was forced to marry is dead, Kalinda's troubles are far from over. A warlord has invaded the imperial city, and now she's in exile. But she isn't alone. Kalinda has the allegiance of Captain Deven Naik, her guard and beloved, imprisoned for treason and stripped of command. With the empire at war, their best hope is to find Prince Ashwin, the rajah's son, who has promised Deven's freedom on one condition: that Kalinda will fight and defeat three formidable opponents.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fire queen audio issues

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-10-18

Decent Sequel

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

While I didn’t think it was as great as the first book, I find the the second book rarely measures up to the first. I’m looking forward to where the next book takes us readers...

  • Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel

  • By: Val Emmich, Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, and others
  • Narrated by: Ben Levi Ross, Mike Faist, Mallory Bechtel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 401
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375

When a letter that was never meant to be seen by anyone draws high school senior Evan Hansen into a family's grief over the loss of their son, he is given the chance of a lifetime: to belong. He just has to stick to a lie he never meant to tell: that the notoriously troubled Connor Murphy was his secret best friend. Suddenly, Evan isn't invisible anymore - even to the girl of his dreams. And Connor Murphy's parents, with their beautiful home on the other side of town, have taken him in like he was their own, desperate to know more about their enigmatic son from his closest friend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the most emotional books I have ever read.

  • By transfan on 10-26-18

Beautiful Story

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

Evan’s story is wonderful. You’ll ride every emotional wave with him as he sets out to do something brave, heroic, and naive. You’ll heal with him as he tries to heal others.

  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 34,578
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31,371
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 31,223

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

Difficult but Wonderful Story

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

Reviewed: 01-13-19

Parts of this story were so hard to hear, it I think that nearly everyone can hear a part of themselves in Westover’s story, relating to the self-doubt and feelings of inadequacy.

  • Artemis Fowl

  • Artemis Fowl, Book 1
  • By: Eoin Colfer
  • Narrated by: Nathaniel Parker
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,853
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,516
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,515

Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genuis, and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren't the fairies of bedtime stories, they're dangerous! Full of unexpected twists and turns, Artemis Fowl is a riveting, magical adventure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Artemis Fowl (unabridged)

  • By JHawk 77 on 08-19-05

Great story, decent narrator...

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

Reviewed: 01-08-19

Artemis’ story is wonderful. Eion Colfer did a great job of writing two sides to the same story. You can’t help cheering on both sides and trying to figure out what Artemis has up his sleeve.

  • Becoming

  • By: Michelle Obama
  • Narrated by: Michelle Obama
  • Length: 19 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 58,849
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 53,751
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 53,446

In her memoir, a work of deep reflection and mesmerizing storytelling, Michelle Obama invites listeners into her world, chronicling the experiences that have shaped her - from her childhood on the South Side of Chicago to her years as an executive balancing the demands of motherhood and work to her time spent at the world's most famous address. With unerring honesty and lively wit, she describes her triumphs and her disappointments, both public and private, telling her full story as she has lived it - in her own words and on her own terms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't know what I was getting into

  • By Kenneth Woodward on 12-05-18

Wonderful

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

Reviewed: 01-05-19

To hear Michelle Obama’s story narrated in her own voice is wonderful. It was a balm to my soul in these tumultuous times.

  • What If It's Us

  • By: Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera
  • Narrated by: Noah Galvin, Froy Gutierrez
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 936
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 892
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 891

ARTHUR is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it. BEN thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things. But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them? Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated. Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I expected more

  • By Jasmine Torres on 10-16-18

Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

This book reminds me of what it’s like to be a teenager with a crush on someone, playing the what-if game in your head. I enjoyed that the ending wasn’t some quick “happily-ever-after” throw away.

  • The Cruel Prince

  • By: Holly Black
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Kelly
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,930
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,696
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,688

Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants nothing more than to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King. To win a place at the Court, she must defy him - and face the consequences.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mixed feelings . . .

  • By S. E. on 03-09-18

Not too shabby...

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

I struggled a little with this story. I’m hoping for more character development as the tale continues. I’ll definitely give the next novel a try.

  • NEED

  • By: Joelle Charbonneau
  • Narrated by: Laura Knight Keating, Therese Plummer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 99

"No one gets something for nothing. We all should know better." Teenagers at Wisconsin's Nottawa High School are drawn deeper into a social networking site that promises to grant their every need...regardless of the consequences. Soon the site turns sinister, with simple pranks escalating to malicious crimes. The body count rises.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Do you NEED to read this? No, but go on.

  • By CDG on 01-12-19

Unexpected

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

Reviewed: 12-12-18

That was unexpected. I really enjoyed this book and the commentary it presents on teenage dependence on social media. A bit of glimpse of an orchestrated butterfly effect...