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  • The Time Traveler's Wife

  • By: Audrey Niffenegger
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman, Phoebe Strole
  • Length: 17 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,959
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,953
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,983

Clare and Henry have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was 36. They were married when Clare was 23 and Henry was 31. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorite books

  • By Joey on 01-13-08

✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

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

Reviewed: 12-09-18

I really enjoyed this book, I think I like these characters so much I wanted to see their HEA. I was hooked from the beginning. I see a lot of people had an issue with the way it jumped back and forth but I didn't at all. I think the author did a great job at this, I found it easy to follow. I felt so much for these characters, I felt like they really deserved to be happy and get everything since they had to deal with so much. I really liked the way they handled their situation, most women would have ran after the first couple times he wasn't there for something important, she wasn't really, she just knew that was how their life was. I watched the movie years ago but I think the book really brought so much more to these characters.

The narration was great, I think thy were a perfect casting choice!

  • Stud in the Stacks

  • By: Pippa Grant
  • Narrated by: Joe Arden, Karen White
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21

When it comes to women, I know what they want. And all day long, I give it to them. Dark, broody, and sexy? You got it. Need to laugh? I'm your guy. Desperate for something to put you in the mood? You've come to the right place, kitten. Every morning when my library opens, there's a line around the block, the ladies flocking to me in need of their next book boyfriend. I'm that dude. The one who knows his way around the romance section. And if you think that hasn't gotten me plenty of action over the years, you'd be wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story but female narrator is terrible

  • By SJC on 08-03-18

✫✫ 3.5 Stars ✫✫

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

Reviewed: 11-26-18

This is a cute and sometimes silly story. The best thing about this book for me was Knox, he was witty, self assured and a little cocky but not in a bad way. He made me laugh a few times for sure. The story line was fun even if the base details weren't overly original. I think I could have loved this book if Parker was a completely different women. She was this books downfall for me. I'll be honest, there really wasn't anything about her characters that I actually connected with and/or enjoyed. She might be the most insecure women ever, especially one with 2 masters degrees and so driven by a career. She was a complete conundrum for me, how can someone with so much education still be so insecure and immature. I just couldn't wrap my head around her character even in the end. That's not to say others may not love her, I just have a love for strong female characters and she wasn't that.

The narration was 50/50 also for me. I like Joe Arden even if I feel like he made Knox cockier than he would have seemed if I had read this book LOL. But Karen White is not my favorite narrator, maybe her narration made me like Parker even less than I already would have. I'm not sure but I will say that her voice just didn't work for me.

  • Locked in Silence

  • Pelican Bay, Book 1
  • By: Sloane Kennedy
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 499
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 497

10 years after leaving his small Minnesota hometown in his rear view mirror for what Nolan Grainger was sure would be the last time, life has decided to throw the talented musician a curveball and send him back to the town he lived in but was never really home. When he’s forced to use the last of his own money to keep from losing the family home, desperation has him turning to the one man he’d hoped never to see again....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • OMG! So good!

  • By SassiKassi on 01-26-18

✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

Very good story, I really liked the relationship between this couple. They both have issues and when they are together those issues don't matter. I loved their love for each other, it was sweet and sexy too. The character growth was perfect and the build up for book 2 was also great.

The narration was good.

  • The Sound of Glass

  • By: Karen White
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer, Susan Bennett
  • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,934
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,571
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,547

It has been two years since the death of Merritt Heyward's husband, Cal, when she receives unexpected news - Cal's family home in Beaufort, South Carolina, bequeathed by Cal's reclusive grandmother, now belongs to Merritt. Charting the course of an uncertain life - and feeling guilt from her husband's tragic death - Merritt travels from her home in Maine to Beaufort, where the secrets of Cal's unspoken-of past reside among the pluff mud and jasmine of the ancestral Heyward home on the Bluff.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You'll LAUGH, LOVE, and maybe CRY a little

  • By Jennifer on 08-08-15

✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

This book was a slow starter for me but once it got going I really enjoyed it. I was very interested in Merritt's past and loved how the story was told with three POV's from past to present. In the beginning I wasn't sure about the characters because Merritt seems a little mean, Loralee seemed shallow and a little silly but once they showed their real sides I grew to love them and understand the walls they hide behind. It was a very predictable story when it came to the characters, they did and said all the things you expect from a Romance/Chick-Lit stand point even if the plot wasn't as predictable.

The narrators were great! Therese Plummer is as always fantastic as Merritt and Susan Bennett was also great, they both did really well at giving each character their own voices.

  • The Life We Bury

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: Zach Villa
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,948
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,458
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37,376

College student Joe Talbert has the modest goal of completing a writing assignment for an English class. His task is to interview a stranger and write a brief biography of the person. With deadlines looming, Joe heads to a nearby nursing home to find a willing subject. There he meets Carl Iverson, and soon nothing in Joe's life is ever the same. Carl is a dying Vietnam veteran-and a convicted murderer. With only a few months to live, he has been medically paroled to a nursing home after spending thirty years in prison for the crimes of rape and murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen!

  • By Lori on 12-14-15

✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

I'm not normally a mystery fan but I did really enjoy this book. I think it was more the thriller aspect that I enjoyed than they mystery. The mystery really wasn't very surprising, I had it all figured out very early on but the way the story came together kept me listening. The characters were quirky and different which I also liked.

Zach Villa was perfect for this book in my opinion. He gives the characters each they own edge and really doesn't a great job with all the different voices for each character.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hot Head

  • By: Damon Suede
  • Narrated by: Charlie David
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 937
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 886
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 887

Since 9/11, Brooklyn firefighter Griff Muir has wrestled with impossible feelings for his best friend and partner at Ladder 181, Dante Anastagio. Unfortunately, Dante is strictly a ladies’ man, and the FDNY isn’t exactly gay-friendly. For ten years, Griff has hidden his heart in a half-life of public heroics and private anguish. Griff’s caution and Dante’s cockiness make them an unbeatable team. To protect his buddy, there’s nothing Griff wouldn’t do… until a nearly bankrupt Dante proposes the worst possible solution: HotHead.com, a gay porn website where uniformed hunks get down and dirty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Damon Suede is a hit!

  • By Miss ReadsALot on 10-25-12

✫✫ 3.5 Stars ✫✫

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

Reviewed: 11-14-18

This book was 50/50 for me, I loved the first half of this story. The sexual tension is off the charts before they finally get together. I also really liked that they were so close from the beginning. These hot firefighters are great but I'll admit the reason they come together was a little silly to me. But even with that the steamy scenes were super hot.
Now the other half that I didn't love so much... Once Dante & Griff are finally together Dante turns into a serious jealous queen. His character changed so much and I wasn't on board with that. I liked him as the manly hot firefighter who was close to his family and his friend. The "new" Dante was jealous of EVERYONE from every man in the bar to the lesbian photographer. It was just way to over the top for me and pulled me out of the love story completely.

The narration was good, he did a great job of giving each character their own voice.
#HotFirefighters #MMRomance #FriendsToLovers #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,094

Pino Lella wants nothing to do with the war or the Nazis. He's a normal Italian teenager - obsessed with music, food, and girls - but his days of innocence are numbered. When his family home in Milan is destroyed by Allied bombs, Pino joins an underground railroad helping Jews escape over the Alps, and falls for Anna, a beautiful widow six years his senior. In an attempt to protect him, Pino's parents force him to enlist as a German soldier - a move they think will keep him out of combat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Best Thing? It Really Happened!

  • By Charles Atkinson on 08-07-17

✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

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

Reviewed: 11-11-18

Personally I found this story engaging and heartbreaking. I am not a history buff so this is just my feelings on a fictional story not the facts or if they are correct. The author explains in the beginning that while this is a story about a real man, he was unable to get all the facts so he filled them in and that is why this is fiction. For me, even the idea that 1/2 this book could be true breaks my heart. Pino's story is extraordinary to say the least. What I liked the most about this story is that it didn't end with the war, the author continues to tell us what happened with most of the main characters until their deaths, so I am not left with any questions.

I enjoyed the narrator very much, even if he didn't do accents but I think that is what I enjoyed. All too often narrators who add accents actually ruin the story for me unless the accent is believable so I would rather have no accents then have bad accents.
#HistoricalFiction #WWI #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Black Swan Affair

  • By: K.L. Kreig
  • Narrated by: Ava Erickson, Tad Branson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 226

I've loved him as long as I can remember. The gangly boy with big brown eyes and unruly hair who grew up into an intoxicating man. He wears scruff like he invented it and ambles with a swagger that makes panties drop. Killian Shepard. Shep. We grew up together. We played Ghost in the Graveyard. Had our own rock band. It didn't matter that he was five years older than me. It didn't matter that he looked at me as a kid sister even as I grew into woman.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW!.....What a crazy ride!!

  • By Minks on 08-19-17

✫✫ 3 Stars ✫✫

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

I gave this one 3 star because I don't want to deduct because of my personal taste. I don't like love triangles at all so this book didn't stand much chance for me but I did finish it and liked the way it ended so I feel like it gets points for that too. I'll be honest though, I listened to this book for book club but I really didn't like any of these characters but I especially didn't like Maverick. She was heartless and only cared about her feelings and what she wanted. I did want to like Kal but in the end I feel like both brothers were equally jerks. I actually don't even care about the cheating but I feel like their was no remorse from any of them for their part in the deceitful triangle they are in, I just hate liars and all of these characters were liars and not just about one thing but about every thing. I personally do not enjoy high drama so this just wasn't a book for me. If you Love drama you'll probably Love this book!

The narration was good. Ava Erickson is brought Maverick to live. Tad Branson isn't a favorite of mine, not because of his work (he's a goo narrator), I just don't enjoy his voice for most young male characters.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hate Notes

  • By: Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York, Lynn Barrington
  • Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,771
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,579
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,568

It all started with a mysterious blue note sewn into a wedding dress. Something blue. I’d gone to sell my own unworn bridal gown at a vintage clothing store. That’s when I found another bride’s “something old.” Stitched into the lining of a fabulously feathered design was the loveliest message I’d ever read: Thank you for making all of my dreams come true. The name embossed on the blue stationery: Reed Eastwood, obviously the most romantic man who ever lived. I also discovered he’s the most gorgeous. If only my true-love fantasies had stopped there.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THIS IS MY LOVE NOTE..

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 11-09-18

✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

This was a fun book. Charlotte was a great characters, she is quirky, spontaneous and pretty blunt. Reed is your typical brooding rich guy who has baggage and a nasty Ex. I like that Charlotte brings out the best in Reed and helps him because spontaneous and fun. Reed's Grandmother Iris was my favorite thing about this book, she was nosy and pushy and made me laugh more than once. If your looking for fun romance with some drama and a HEA, this book might be for you.

Lynn Barrington was perfect for Charlotte, she brought out her quirkiness and did her inner monologue so good. And Sebastian York.... Need I say more... ok well fine I'll say a little more, I LOVE his voice but I will admit there is a very small part with a British character in this book and Sebyo doesn't do accents... I mean sometimes he does, it's odd cause if the character has 5 sentences, 3 of them have no accent. I've heard him do this before, he just doesn't keep up with the accents but that's ok with me cause it's Sebastian York.
#BestMeetCute #NarrationPerfection #Tagsgiving #Sweepstakes

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Truth as He Knows It

  • Perspectives, Book 1
  • By: A. M. Arthur
  • Narrated by: Guy Locke
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 249

Officer Noel Carlson isn't out to anyone in small-town Stratton, Pennsylvania, so a relationship is out of the question. That doesn't stop him from wanting one, though. When a night-shift call brings him face-to-thonged-butt with a hired stripper whose girl-party gig went terribly wrong, Noel takes pity on the guy and lets him go. But he can't get the encounter out of his mind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story and performance

  • By Riva on 03-13-16

✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

I love a good MM book when both men are not trying to fight their preferences. This was a good story with a lot of ups and downs and a happy ending! Noel & Shane were sweet, I loved Noel because he didn't freak out about all of Shane's secrets, he just took him as he was.

The narration was good.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful