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  • Archenemies

  • Renegades, Book 2
  • By: Marissa Meyer
  • Narrated by: Dan Bittner, Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 14 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 776
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 721
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 719

Time is running out. Together, they can save the world. But they each other’s worst nightmare. Nova’s double life is about to get a lot more complicated: As Insomnia, she is a full-fledged member of the Renegades, a syndicate of powerful and beloved superheroes. She works with Adrian’s patrol unit to protect the weak and maintain order in Gatlon City. As Nightmare, she is an Anarchist - a group of of villains who are determined to destroy the Renegades. Nova wants vengeance against the so-called heroes who once failed her when she needed them most.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall Good, Pacing a Problem

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-09-18

Meyer is waaaay too good at building anxiety......

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

I am such a huge nerd fan of Marissa Meyer and her ability to suck you into her character's lives. I can't really place it, but there is something about her writing that makes me so damn anxious to know what will happen. She evokes similar reactions and 'edge of your seat' frustration in pretty much all of her books, which I have read every single one. Meyer brilliantly sets up her stories in a way that leaves the reader wondering how in the hell it is all going to work out in the end.

I literally waited an entire year to read this installment of the series and I was not disappointed at all, but I did notice the story slowed quite a bit to allow for Adrian and Nova's relationship to blossom a bit more. I think that's why some people are stating that this one was slower than the first. So much action starts to happen towards the end of the book and as per usual, Meyer had me talking to myself on my drive to work, getting ready to punch something because I desperately want the characters to reveal all of their secrets to each other once and for all. When I heard the music signaling the end of the book, I yelled AWWWWW WHAT?!? to myself while gripping the steering wheel and hauling ass on the highway. I will once again be anxiously awaiting the next, and final installment. WRITE IT ALREADY, MARISSA! lol

  • Riot

  • Scarred Souls Series, Book 4
  • By: Tillie Cole
  • Narrated by: Amelie Griffin, Guy Locke
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198

They call me 901. I am a monster, a killer, a champion. In the blood pit I am a god. I have no name, no family, and no identity. When master says fight, I fight...until I am the only one left standing. I have one goal, to fight so well that I am freed. I don't need friends, I don't need women. They are weaknesses. I am strong. Until I see her. She is gorgeous and kind and off-limits to me. She was stolen as a child to be the worst type of slave, and now master wants her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tillie Cole Does It Again! 👏👏👏👏👏

  • By Cheri on 03-09-17

Rowdy.....

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

This entire series kept me on my toes and I think I read all 4 books in about a week. If you like intense, suspenseful stories and enjoy the darker side of romance novels, this series is for you. The writing was excellent and the narrators were ridiculously good. There are so many times that I felt so damn frustrated at how the main characters were treated and the hell they had to go through, but those stories are often the best when it all works out in the end. Definitely enjoyed all of the books in this series and would be interested in reading other works from Tillie Cole..

  • The Homecoming

  • By: Alan Russell
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 860
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 787
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 788

Seven years ago, young Stella Pierce vanished from the face of the earth. Now her grieving, broken family - along with Detective Orson Cheever, who never stopped working her case - is stunned by her mysterious return. The now-teenage girl claims to have spent her missing years in the company of Travelers - extraterrestrial nomads - voyaging through space. Despite her family's effort to keep Stella's incredible tale secret, the story becomes a national sensation.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A Weak Offering

  • By Casey on 06-14-17

Good read...kinda disappointed at the end :(

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

Reviewed: 07-18-18

This book was very intriguing and kept my attention the whole time. I am slightly ADD about books and if I get bored, I sometimes will start reading another book or lose interest in finishing it altogether, but this one kept my attention and I finished it within a couple of days. The story and characters were great and I loved the progression of the book, but I can't stand having a big build up with a not so satisfying explanation at the end. Too much build up for not a lot of answers. I understand some books are written this way on purpose, but I would've liked more of a solid explanation about the "truth" that was being sought so thoroughly throughout the entire book. Luke Daniels was an awesome narrator, as he always is. I'll still give it 4 stars because I stayed entertained the entire time, but that last star is being held back due to the ending. Still worth the read, though.

  • Beat the Reaper

  • A Novel
  • By: Josh Bazell
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,156
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,285
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,285

Meet Peter Brown, a young Manhattan emergency room doctor with an unusual past that is just about to catch up with him. His morning begins with the quick disarming of a would-be mugger, followed by a steamy elevator encounter with a sexy young pharmaceutical rep, topped off by a visit with a new patient - and from there Peter's day is going to get a whole lot worse and a whole lot weirder.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Crazy Mix of Medicine and Mafia

  • By DMcClureDVM on 05-29-09

What a badass performance

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

Reviewed: 07-13-18

This is one of those books that keeps you entranced the whole time. I swear I stayed up later than I ever normally would so I could listen to the next chapter. I saw a lot of reviews about the excessive cursing, but that never came across to me as being a bad thing. The main character is hilariously intelligent, witty, and a smart ass, and these people tend to curse a lot, so I never once thought the language was excessive; It's just part of the story and the character it revolves around. The author even wrote "DON'T JUDGE" a few times throughout the book and I tend to agree. I thoroughly enjoyed this read; constant action, unexpected sound effects (which I never thought I would like, but wow, I totally did), and one of the BEST performances I have ever heard from Robert Petkoff. Awesome writing, amazing narration. Definitely worth it.

  • 14

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 12 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,551
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,580
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37,582

There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Overrated

  • By David on 04-03-13

Did not disappoint..and I'm not surprised about it

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

Peter Clines is simply amazing and Ray Porter is always insanely good at portraying tons of different characters. All around super entertaining. Sci-fi, good humor, a little dark; Clines is nothing less than brilliant when it comes to these things. I have read all of his current books and will probably always recommend his writing. If you like Sci-fi, mystery, humor, and a little darkness in your reading materials, read this immediately.

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  • From Lukov with Love

  • By: Mariana Zapata
  • Narrated by: Callie Dalton, Teddy Hamilton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,897
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,763
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,760

If someone were to ask Jasmine Santos to describe the last few years of her life with a single word, it would definitely be a four-letter one. After 17 years - and countless broken bones and broken promises - she knows her window to compete in figure skating is coming to a close. But when the offer of a lifetime comes in from an arrogant idiot she's spent the last decade dreaming about pushing in the way of a moving bus, Jasmine might have to reconsider everything. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • New Favorite MZ Slow Burn

  • By Brittany M on 05-13-18

Loved it, but DAMN, Mariana!!!!

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

Reviewed: 07-02-18

I am a huge fan of Mariana Zapata and love that Callie Dalton always does her books. Callie is unbelievable at pulling off the male voice, which can really make or break a narrator's performance. I first thought Teddy Hamilton narrating only Ivan's part was kind of shocking because no one has attempted that kind of narration yet, but it was actually really good. I am a born and raised Texan (San Antonio) and love how Mariana's books typically take place in Houston, Dallas, etc. She also has a very similar sense of humor to my crazy friends and family and her characters portray a familiar sense of Texas family life; super close and big personalities. Mariana consistently entertains with her character's great sense of humor. I thoroughly enjoyed this one, but DAMN did it take forever for anything to happen between the two characters. I love Mariana's slow burn and this one left me anticipating something happening between the two characters for such a long time, I was a little disappointed, but overall this book was great and very very Mariana Zapata style, which I'm always down for.

  • When

  • By: Victoria Laurie
  • Narrated by: Whitney Dykhouse
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,661
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,523
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,515

Maddie Fynn is a shy high school junior, cursed with an eerie intuitive ability: she sees a series of unique digits hovering above the foreheads of each person she encounters. Her earliest memories are marked by these numbers, but it takes her father's premature death for Maddie and her family to realize that these mysterious digits are actually death dates, and just like birthdays, everyone has one.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty good if a little slow at times

  • By R. Wilcox on 11-11-16

Worth it

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

Reviewed: 06-19-18

I purchased this audiobook a while back when it was a daily deal and I can be honest and say that it sat in my library for a while due to a rather intense sci-fi binging episode I went through; however, when I finally decided I needed to read this one, I was pleasantly surprised by the author's ability to keep me intrigued. I get bored sometimes with slower books and was afraid this would be one of those, but the need to know what the hell was going on kept me very interested. I can't say the ending was entirely unexpected, but the overall story kept me entertained. I see a lot of reviews discussing how stupid people thought the characters were or how depressing some parts were. I believe, first of all, that teenagers can undoubtedly be the stupidest people on Earth more often than not, and second, life can be depressing at times and while this book did have some "down" moments, those moments help build up the anticipation for the "up" moments and ultimately make them better. In the end...it was worth it.

  • All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Bryn Greenwood
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,702
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,261
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,250

As the daughter of a drug dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. It's safer to keep her mouth shut and stay out of sight. Struggling to raise her little brother, Donal, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible adult around. Obsessed with the constellations, she finds peace in the starry night sky above the fields behind her house until one night her stargazing causes an accident. After witnessing his motorcycle wreck, she forms an unusual friendship with one of her father's thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Life Can Be Ugly

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-23-17

I CANT HANDLE IT...oh wait I'm an adult

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

I don't often leave reviews unless I have a strong opinion about a book. For this one, I had it on the backburner for a few weeks before I decided to start it. I knew it was going to be very REAL and sometimes you have to prepare yourself for those types of books. Based on the reviews, I was worried that there would be extremely violent scenes or graphic inappropriate sex scenes, but I did not get that impression from this book. So many reviews were from readers who were grossed out or offended by what happened in the book, but let's face it...life is far from being pleasant and appropriate all the time. I feel that if you are an adult and understand that fact, you should be able to handle reading material that brings to light the truth of the world and how not everyone is born lucky or wealthy or even loved. That is just life and if you can't handle it, don't read books or watch movies that show the ugly, but real, sides of life in this world.

The writing was beautiful and unique. I think the author did an excellent job of creating beautiful but broken characters and the story around them was a realistic one. I think some people have a hard time handling reality and would rather immerse themselves in the wonderful things in life as opposed to the ugly. This book encompasses all of those aspects of real life and real struggles. The characters found a way to deal with the hand they were dealt and I never found myself appalled or grossed out by the relationships in the book. I am not ok with rape or unhealthy relationships between people with extreme differences in age, but I think you have to pay attention to this story and try to understand what the characters were going through and why their lives were shaped the way they were. I think this book proves a good point; you cannot sit and judge others based on your personal views and opinions when there is so much more to life than that. No one is perfect and people make mistakes. It's all about how we learn and grow from those mistakes. After reading this, I didn't think it was an amazing book, but I thought it was beautifully written. Life is complicated and ugly sometimes, but you have to live through that and remember the wonderful side too.

HUGE props to the narrator, she was amazing. I could not have done such a great job of constantly switching to different character's POV, but she managed it perfectly. Good narration is important to me, so if it is important to you too, give this one a chance and try to keep an open mind. Kudos to both the author and narrator.

  • Winter

  • By: Marissa Meyer
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 23 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,409
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,975
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,980

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana. Winter despises her stepmother and knows Levana won't approve of her feelings for her childhood friend - the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn't as weak as Levana believes her to be, and she's been undermining her stepmother's wishes for years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • love it

  • By JoAnne Smead on 12-23-15

This author tho!!!!! SO GOOD

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

Reviewed: 03-02-18

I was introduced to Marissa Meyer's addictive writing with Renegades (I am currently impatiently awaiting the 2nd book). Her fans were constantly comparing Renegades to The Lunar Chronicles so I had to check it out for myself. I was immediately sucked into the series and finished all 4 books within a couple weeks. I can't seem to put my finger on it, but there is just something about her writing that pulls you in and keeps you intrigued. Although Renegades and The Lunar Chronicles are very different series, they both have that intriguing quality and writing style that can only come from Marissa Meyer. They both involve an entire world of their own that involve not only amazing characters that you desperately want to see succeed, but also a whole world in which only an excellent sci-fi/fantasy author can create.

I listen to audiobooks when working out and on the long drive to and from work and this series kept me completely entranced and then quickly irritated when I had to pause it. Meyer's ability to suck her readers in to the story is uncanny. She is WAY too good at cliffhangers! She knows how to make her readers impatient as hell...in a good way.

  • Getting Rid of Bradley

  • By: Jennifer Crusie
  • Narrated by: Elenna Stauffer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 799
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 520
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 520

Lucy Savage is not having a good week. Her cheating husband, Bradley, lobbed the final insult when he stood her up in divorce court. A dye job gone wrong has left her hair green. And someone is trying to kill her. To top it off, sexy cop Zack Warren is certain that the very same man Lucy is trying to wash right out of her hair is the same Bradley he wants to arrest for embezzlement. When someone shoots at her and then her car blows up, Zack decides she needs 24-hour police protection.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • give me a different voice!

  • By murboyd on 10-13-07

ARGHHH.....NAHHH!!!

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

Reviewed: 01-26-18

I really wanted to like this and I am a fan of Jennifer Crusie and her funny, quirky characters and story lines, but damn....I could not stand the way the narrator portrayed the male characters. What is strange is that the main male character was the worst. She did a few other male characters in a voice that was tolerable, but for some reason the main one was awful. She was fine with almost everything else and her voice was decently pleasant in general, but those male voices were so hard to listen to I almost did not finish this book. She made the men sound like squeaky little boys, which really made it hard to appreciate or even concentrate on what was being said. I actually liked the story ok, although it was very short and not a whole lot happened. I still enjoy Crusie's work, but overall I would only go as far as giving this one 3 stars.

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