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  • The Hate U Give

  • By: Angie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23,643
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,988
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21,908

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Entire Perspective

  • By Wendi on 01-14-18

Powerful. Thought Provoking. Relevant.

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

"Sometimes you can do everything right and things will still go wrong. The key is to never stop doing right." This book will not be for everyone because the subject matter is somewhat controversial, but it is highly relevant. It reaffirmed my opinions that people are more than the color of their skin or the clothes they wear, a group should not be defined by one person's actions/beliefs and rioting/violence is not the answer. While not everyone can personally relate to this story, I encourage you to read it with an open mind and an open heart. It may not be your truth, but it was Starr's truth. Her truth gave me understanding in places where I had ignorance and it provided me with a big dose of perspective.

  • Matchmaking for Beginners

  • A Novel
  • By: Maddie Dawson
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden, Joyce Bean
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 828
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 752
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 749

Marnie MacGraw wants an ordinary life - a husband, kids, and a minivan in the suburbs. Now that she’s marrying the man of her dreams, she’s sure this is the life she’ll get. Then Marnie meets Blix Holliday, her fiancé’s irascible matchmaking great-aunt who’s dying, and everything changes - just as Blix told her it would. When her marriage ends after two miserable weeks, Marnie is understandably shocked. She’s even more astonished to find that she’s inherited Blix’s Brooklyn brownstone along with all of Blix’s unfinished “projects”: the heartbroken, oddball friends and neighbors running from happiness.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I Wanted to Like It More

  • By Marshallchick on 06-24-18

I wanted to love it, I just didn't.

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

This cover is so charming and easily caught my eye. Because it caught my eye, I had to read the blurb. The premise seemed intriguing and paired with the amazing cover, I knew I needed to read this book. Admittedly, I went in with high expectations, especially with an author I had not read before. I really wanted to love this book, but I just didn't. It wasn't for me. I adored Blix and even some of the brownstone residents. My biggest problem was the main character, Marnie. I feel like I can be pretty forgiving if a character does something I don't like, but she did so many idiotic things, I could not get past it enough to enjoy the story. She came across as selfish, dense and spineless. I also felt like there could have been more focus/explanation on the matchmaking side of the book. The Blix chapters and Patrick's humor were my favorite parts, so I could have used more of that too. In my opinion this book will really resonate with a certain demographic...one that I am just not part of.

  • The Smallest Part

  • By: Amy Harmon
  • Narrated by: Almarie Guerra
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60

It was a big lie. The biggest lie she’d ever told. It reverberated through her head as she said it, ringing eerily. “Are you in love with Noah, Mercedes?” Cora asked. “I mean...I know you love him. You’ve been friends forever. We all have. But are you in love with him?” If it had been anyone else - anyone - Mercedes would have stuck out her chest, folded her skinny arms, and let her feelings be known. She would have claimed him. But it was Cora. Brave, beautiful, broken Cora, and Cora loved Noah too. So Mercedes lied. And with that lie, she lost him. This is the tale of the girl who didn’t get the guy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 09-03-18

The Smallest Part steals the show....

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

"Just because something is meant to be, doesn't mean it has to be right now." I have said it before and I will say it again: If Amy Harmon writes it, I will read it. While it is not necessary, I would recommend reading The Law of Moses prior to this because you will recognize a few familiar faces. I can't tell you how many times I wanted to reach through the pages and smack some sense into each of the 3 BFF's: Noah, Mercedes and Cora. Regardless, this story was more about true friendship and second chances than romance.

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  • You

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,004
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,214
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,197

Beck is everything Joe has ever wanted: she's gorgeous, tough, razor-smart, and sexy beyond his wildest dreams. Joe needs to have her, and he'll stop at nothing to do so. As he begins to insinuate himself into her life - her friendships, her email, her phone - she can’t resist her feelings for a guy who seems custom-made for her. So when her boyfriend, Benji, mysteriously disappears, Beck and Joe fall into a tumultuous affair. But there's more to Beck than her oh-so-perfect façade.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. This. Book.

  • By Emily - Audible on 07-17-15

YOU must read!

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

Wow. Call me Joe, but I am obsessed with this book. I want more. Just like Joe infiltrated himself into Beck's life, this book has infiltrated itself into my mind. I cannot stop thinking about it. This is my first Caroline Kepnes book and now I am left wanting to crawl up in her head and live in her mind for a little while. No, that's not weird at all. First of all, I thought I was the kind of reader that prefers first person and not an abundance of inner dialogue. FALSE. I guess when a book is as well written as this one, it doesn't matter what point of view it is written in. In fact, my favorite parts were Joe's inner dialogue. It was fascinating to me how Caroline wrote in a way that had me empathizing with a stalker and excusing his unstable, criminal behavior. I mean, what does that say about me? I don't know that this book will be for everyone, but it's worth taking a chance on. If you are a fan of audio books, I HIGHLY recommend listening to the audio version. The narrator slayed it. Pun intended. But seriously, it was phenomenal. One of the best audio books I have ever listened to. In fact, I am going to go back to listening to the 2nd book in the series, Hidden Bodies, while simultaneously kicking myself for not having read this sooner!

  • Hidden Bodies

  • By: Caroline Kepnes
  • Narrated by: Santino Fontana
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,091
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,676
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,658

Joe Goldberg is no stranger to hiding bodies. In the past 10 years, this 30-something has buried four of them, collateral damage in his quest for love. Now he's heading west to Los Angeles, the city of second chances, determined to put his past behind him. In Hollywood, Joe blends in effortlessly with the other young upstarts. He eats guac, works in a bookstore, and flirts with a journalist neighbor. But while others seem fixated on their own reflections, Joe can't stop looking over his shoulder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Approach With Caution, All Ye Who Enter Here

  • By Gretchen SLP on 02-25-16

All is fair in Love and war...

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

Forget the mug of you know what, indulge in a cup of Joe! I am in awe of Caroline's creative mind and how she brings her characters to life. Her writing is perfection. I went in blind when I read You and was completely blown away. Since I knew what to kinda-sorta expect from Caroline and Joe, Hidden Bodies didn't have the shock and awe factor like the first, but it was still an incredible read that left me wanting more. Ok, I am lying. I don't want more, I NEED it. Joe leaves New York behind and sets out for the West Coast. He soon learns that the past can't stay hidden forever, but to Joe, all is fair in Love and war. I also learned something. If Caroline Kepnes writes it, I will read it. Once again, Santino Fontana kills it (me trying to be punny) with his narration on the Audible version.

  • One Last Time

  • By: Corinne Michaels
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,475
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,364
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,360

I'm getting really good at cutting my losses. First, the husband. Divorcing him was the best decision I ever made. But between single-parenting and job-hunting, I can't catch my breath. When a celebrity blogging position falls into my lap, I'm determined to succeed. That is, until I get my first assignment and actually see Noah Frazier for the first time...practically naked and dripping wet. My heart races and I forget how to form complete sentences. His chiseled abs, irresistible smirk, and crystal blue eyes are too perfect to be real. So, what do I do? Get drunk and humiliate myself, of course.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A DELICIOUS AND DEEPLY FILLED DELIGHT

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 02-28-18

Love me some Corinne Michaels!

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

I have read every book that Corinne Michaels has written and one would think I have learned my lesson by now. FALSE. Whenever I read her books, and no matter what I tell myself beforehand, household chores, cooking and just basic adulting seems to get thrown on the back burner. She has a way of grabbing and holding my attention from the very beginning. All I want to to do is lose myself in the characters and the story and that is exactly what happened with One Last Time. It can be read as a standalone, but it does help to read We Own Tonight first. I went in completely blind, so I was THRILLED that these group of gals were back (and Eli too). I loved Kristin. I felt like there are so many aspects of her and her life that many women could relate to. And Noah, sweet Noah, if you didn't like him, well, then there is a good chance you have ice running in your veins. Kristin is a newly single mom, trying to find her way after a nasty divorce to man she has spent so many years with. She lands a job as a "journalist" hired to write an exclusive on the ever so popular and handsome actor, Noah Frazier. When they meet, sparks fly. Seriously, they do. There were so many, I thought it was the 4th of July. But, is that enough? They both lead very different lives and the timing could have been better. So, it isn't easy. but I promise you will be cheering them on the whole way.

  • Moonshot

  • By: Alessandra Torre
  • Narrated by: Samantha Summers
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 145

The summer that Chase Stern entered my life, I was 17. The daughter of a legend, the Yankees were my family, their stadium my home, their dugout my workplace. My focus was on the game. Chase started out as a distraction. A distraction with sex appeal poured into every inch of his six-foot frame. A distraction who played like a god and partied like a devil. I tried to stay away. I couldn't. Then, the team started losing. Women started dying. And everything in my perfect world broke apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A favorite Summer Listen

  • By Diane S. on 08-20-16

I would have preferred Book over Audible

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

I wavered between 3 and 4 stars and ultimately decided to go with 3 for a few different reasons. The first being that I listened to this via Audible instead of actually reading it. In this case, I think I would have preferred to read the actual book. The story is told from different POV's, yet narrated solely by a woman that distracted me by how she read the male voices. Don't get me wrong, overall she did a good job, and I can't quite put my finger on the reason, but I found myself thinking about how weird she would sound instead of listening to the words she was saying. Might just be a personal preference. I wasn't crazy about the short chapters, but once I got in the flow, it didn't bother me as much. I did struggle with the last portion of the book. While I did not correctly guess the killer, I was surprised by it. But, I felt like the reasons made it feel almost a little forced for the sake of mystery. With all that said, I loved Ty and Chase's story. It wasn't always pretty, but their love for each other was sweet, strong and real.

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  • God-Shaped Hole

  • A Novel
  • By: Tiffanie DeBartolo
  • Narrated by: Rachael Warren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 60

When Beatrice Trixie Jordan replies to a personal ad, she meets Jacob Grace, a charming, effervescent 30-something free-spirit writer passionately seeking life. He possesses his own turns of phrase and ways of thinking and feeling that dissonantly harmonize with Trixie's off-center vision. As they rollercoaster through the joys and furies of their wrenching romance, they try to come to terms with the hurt brought about by both of their distant fathers who, in different ways, forsook them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • To see a fortune teller or not to see one...

  • By Renee on 08-08-18

To see a fortune teller or not to see one...

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

This was my first book by Tiffanie DeBartolo and it certainly won't be my last. I was so pleasantly surprised with the narrator, she was great. Narrators can make or break the story for me. If you are the type that expects a big twist or surprise, this isn't the book for you. If you require a HEA, this isn't the book for you. It is a beautifully written story about the relationship between Beatrice and Jacob. I read a review that said God-Shaped Hole isn't a romance, but it is a love story. I couldn't agree more. Personally, I think this book best fits an audience that enjoys reading New Adult books. Looking forward to reading more from this author!

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  • The Player

  • By: K. Bromberg
  • Narrated by: Joe Arden, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 899
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 850
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 848

Easton Wylder is baseball royalty. The game is his life. His passion. His everything. So when an injury threatens to end Easton's season early, the team calls in renowned physical therapist, Doc Dalton, to oversee his recovery. Except it's not Doc who greets Easton for his first session, but rather, his daughter, Scout. She may be feisty, athletic, defiant, and gorgeous, but Easton is left questioning whether she has what it takes to help him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ANOTHER HOME RUN FOR K.B... BUT A CLIFFHANGER

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 04-24-17

3.5 Stars!

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

I really liked The Player, it didn't blow me away or anything, but it was a good read. I am a sucker for a good sports romance. Easton is the all star catcher for the Aces who injured his shoulder and is in need of the best physical therapist. Cue Scout. She is the PT hired on to rehab Easton within a set time frame and if the job gets done, she will earn a much desired contract with the team. Their Doc/Patient relationship develops into a romantic one, but it isn't without complications. For those of you that do not like cliffhangers, please note that this book is part of a duet, so it definitely ends in one. I would have liked to seen more from some of the side characters, but I have a feeling that will come in the second book and I can't wait!

  • Without Merit

  • A Novel
  • By: Colleen Hoover
  • Narrated by: Candace Thaxton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 681
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 686

In Colleen Hoover's gripping novel, reminiscent of the best-selling works of Liane Moriarty and Jojo Moyes, a young woman decides to reveal the dark secrets of her seemingly happy family before she leaves them behind, but when her escape plan fails, she must deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Will Not Disappoint!

  • By Christie on 10-28-17

Screw the Stigma

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

Colleen's writing reminds me of my Priest's sermons, not because she looks like a 65 year old man that wears a robe. Fr. Dan has a way of telling a story that usually makes us laugh and sometimes cry, but they always make us think. His stories are entertaining, yet they still convey a profound message. Without Merit does just that. Merit Voss is a quirky teenage girl that feels insignificant in the place that should bring her the most comfort, her home. I truly believe a family is much more than the sum of it's parts. However, when there are so many lies and secrets involved, like in the Voss family, it can really influence an individual's mental health, which can then affect their relationship with their family. I guarantee you there will be at least one Voss family member that you can connect with on some level. This book is a great example of how your mental illness does not define you. It does not make you abnormal. It's okay to talk about your feelings. It is okay to feel what you feel. It's okay to ask for help. There is no shame in it. Screw the stigma.