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L. Trees

Houston TX United States
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  • Capturing Her Beauty

  • BBW Romance Series, Book 1
  • By: Lexy Timms
  • Narrated by: Kylie Stewart
  • Length: 4 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3

Kayla Reid has always been into fashion and everything to do with it. Growing up wasn’t easy for her. A bigger girl trying to squeeze into the fashion world is like trying to suck an entire gelatin mold through a straw; possible, but difficult. She found herself an open door as a designer and jumped right in. Her designs always made the models smile. The colors, the fabrics, the styles. Never once did she dream of being on the other side of the lens. But a chance meeting with one of the company photographers may turn into more than just an impromptu photo shoot.  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Unfinished

  • By L. Trees on 08-17-18

Unfinished

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

Reviewed: 08-17-18

While the story was decent (not great), this is at best the first half of a novel. I don’t like thinking I’ve purchased a complete novel only to find it ending with an abrupt cliff-hanger in the middle.

  • Your Irresistible Love

  • Bennett Family, Book 1
  • By: Layla Hagen
  • Narrated by: Kasha Kensington, Aiden Snow
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 669
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 618
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 619

Sebastian Bennett is a determined man. It's the secret behind the business empire he built from scratch. Under his rule, Bennett Enterprises dominates the jewelry industry. Despite being ruthless in his work, family comes first for Sebastian, and he'd do anything for his parents and eight siblings - even if they drive him crazy sometimes...like when they keep nagging him to get married already.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Intriging Concept, Mediocre Execution

  • By Rusty on 10-18-16

All about sex, but not particulary sexy

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

Between the writing and the narration, I gave up on this after a few hours. I like alpha guys, but the early presentation of Sebastian pursuing Ava is too sexual-harassment-lawsuit-worthy to be sexy (or particularly plausible given today's climate). What CEO invites himself to a female subordinate’s apartment the first day they meet? And gives her a spa message the next day? And continues to pursue her sexually after she’s repeatedly said no and told him she'll be fired, without any qualms? I don’t mind an illicit workplace romance, but this was clumsily presented and made Sebastian seem creepy and uncaring about Ava’s situation.

Even if you could get over this aspect, there didn’t seem to be any redeeming factors in the book – nothing that made you care about the characters or presented them as anything beyond puppets for endless sex scenes. I enjoy a steamy book, but there has to be a little more to it than that.

  • Ascendant: Book 1

  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,496
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,188
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,169

The Wizard's Council of Tarador was supposed to tell young Koren Bladewell that he is a wizard. They were supposed to tell everyone that he is not a jinx, that all the bad things that happen around him are because he can't control the power inside him, power he doesn't know about. The people of his village, even his parents, are afraid of him, afraid he is cursed. That he is a dangerous, evil jinx.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A skeptic entertained

  • By David M on 11-22-17

Hackneyed and Dull

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

Reviewed: 06-07-18

I selected this because I enjoyed Craig Alanson's Expeditionary Force series and because of the positive rating here. I like fantasy, and the basic story tropes don't bother me too much if well executed (though i'd prefer a good twist). I also tend to like long stories with lots of detail. But this was beyond slow: It seemed to stall completely in the middle. The writing is sound and the narration is good, but how many times can we here about a 13 year old boy doing chores at a castle? Will he ever learn he's a wizard, or will ANYTHING of relevance occur? I almost never abandon books, but I had to move on to something else since my mind kept wandering. Save your credit.

  • The Rogue and I

  • Must Love Rogues, Book 1
  • By: Eva Devon
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Lord Garret Hart, second son of a duke and now brother to the present Duke of Huntsdown, is never ever ever getting married. Bachelorhood is for him. After all, women are the very devil. Especially one woman. Miss Harriet Manning is Garret's own personal Medusa and she has turned his heart to stone. Indeed she has, but not before she absolutely ripped it to shreds, leaving him a complete wreck. Nothing will ever induce him to matrimony or nauseating protestations of boyish love again.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Unbearable

  • By L. Trees on 10-21-17

Unbearable

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

Reviewed: 10-21-17

I only got through about 45 minutes of this - and I love the regency romance genre. The writing was bad and the historical anachronisms were too much to take. Beyond not holding my interest, I found it unbearable.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Magicians

  • A Novel
  • By: Lev Grossman
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,843
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,990
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14,011

Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not an average book

  • By Kyle on 04-30-11

Surprisingly boring

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

Reviewed: 08-30-15

I did not start this expecting it to be like Harry Potter - I realized it would be darker and more ambiguous, and I'm fine with that. Unfortunately there is very little here to capture my imagination or interest. It starts OK, but the character development is poor, and after the first sequence the plot grinds to a halt and there are no interesting details to keep you engaged. It's rare that I don't finish a book, but this one was such a slog that I gave up at the halfway mark. Really surprised by the critical acclaim this received.

  • The Luminaries

  • By: Eleanor Catton
  • Narrated by: Mark Meadows
  • Length: 29 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,947
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,686
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,717

It is 1866 and Walter Moody has come to make his fortune upon the New Zealand goldfields. On arrival, he stumbles across a tense gathering of 12 local men, who have met in secret to discuss a series of unsolved crimes. A wealthy man has vanished, a whore has tried to end her life, and an enormous fortune has been discovered in the home of a luckless drunk. Moody is soon drawn into the mystery: a network of fates and fortunes that is as complex and exquisitely patterned as the night sky.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not So Luminous

  • By Mel on 11-10-13

Best Book I've Listened to in 2013

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

Reviewed: 11-14-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Excellent intricate storytelling. Complicated enough to engage your brain, but not so complicated you get lost in the audiobook format.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Austenland

  • A Novel
  • By: Shannon Hale
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,313
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 864
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 872

Jane Hayes is a seemingly normal young New Yorker, but she has a secret. Her obsession with Mr. Darcy, as played by Colin Firth in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, is ruining her love life: no real man can compare. But when a wealthy relative bequeaths her a trip to an English resort catering to Austen-crazed women, Jane's fantasies of meeting the perfect Regency-era gentleman suddenly become realer than she ever could have imagined.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Book my tickets....Im going to Austenland

  • By 🇺🇸🌸DARA on 04-15-13

Couldn't Get Through It

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

Reviewed: 11-14-13

What could Shannon Hale have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I love Jane Austen and thought this was would be a good "fluff" book but I found it to be too dumb to be enjoyable. The whole Austenworld scenario seemed so unbelievable that it could not hold my attention, even as a funny/silly story.

How could the performance have been better?

The reader took the story WAY too seriously and read with earnest passion, instead of recognizing the irony. It made it hard to listen to.

  • A Dance with Dragons

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 5
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 48 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,842
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,818

Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A tale of two publishers:

  • By J. Cano on 07-31-11

great book; not sure about some of the voices

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-12-11

Love the books and excited to be listening to the next installment (finally). But why, oh why, is Roy Dotrice using this horrible, crone-like twisted voice for Daneris Targaryen??? It's awful and it's ruining my enjoyment of her first chapter. Especially bizarre given that he didn't use that voice for Daneris in the first three books (though he did use it for older low-born women characters). What gives?

71 of 85 people found this review helpful

  • The Sword in the Stone

  • By: T. H. White
  • Narrated by: Neville Jason
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 268

This is one of the most popular re-tellings of the story of King Arthur. Like The Lord of the Rings, this fantasy novel has been equally popular among younger readers and adults. White takes an inventive approach that involves animals who speak and Robin Hood! A true Arthurian classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I've been waiting for this...

  • By Shelly M. Felton on 07-01-08

Wait until the full version is released

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-05-08

This is a great book and a great recording. I know that I'm not the only person who's been waiting what seems like a ridiculously long time for this extremely popular novel to be released on audio. However, for those who haven't read the book, I would suggest waiting until Naxos releases the full version, which is supposed to occur December 2 2008. It really is a continuous story, and you're bound to be disappointed if you have to wait months for the subsequent parts. I understand that it builds "drama" and "buzz" to release this way, but given that the entire book has been recorded, it's frustrating that we all have to wait until December to have access to the complete recording.

6 of 8 people found this review helpful