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  • Jane

  • By: Michelle N. Onuorah
  • Narrated by: Natalie Naudus
  • Length: 12 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70

Jane Daugherty has survived what can only be described as the childhood from hell. She has vowed to build a new life, and at 24 years old, she is fulfilling this vow, successfully working as the youngest tenure-track professor at the University of New York. Jane's life takes an unexpected turn when she is reunited with the childhood friend she protected in foster care. Alexa Masterson introduces Jane to the family that adopted her, a family that includes her older brother, Aiden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome and uplifting

  • By natasha on 03-21-18

I wanted to like it

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

Reviewed: 10-07-18

Jane is a beautiful story about a young black woman with a troubled past falling in love with the adoptive brother of her best friend. Jane is such a strong a resilient character and I really wanted to see her succeed. However I found her very difficult to like. She seemed to used her history as an excuse to mistreat people who were trying to help and love her. Aidan was far from perfect as well. He wasn't the best listener and at times a bit callous. They got into so many squables that I almost wanted them to not work out. Jane had some serious problems with intimacy that she needed to work on. Arguably, this was not a good time for her to start a relationship. Alexa was my favorite person in the book. She was multidimensional, loving open, honest and she didn't judge people for not sharing the same beliefs. For me she was the most dependable character in the book.

Just a heads up, Christianity has a strong presence in this book. For me personally, it was a pleasant surprise (being that I am a christian),however I can see how it might catch one off guard. I will say it was beautiful and different seeing faith being a part of two character's journey to growth as individuals together. I feel as though this should be marketed as a christian romance.

The narrator was just okay. She made Jane seem whiny.

  • Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe

  • Cupcake Café Series, Book 1
  • By: Jenny Colgan
  • Narrated by: Michelle Ford
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 468
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 437

Issy Randall can bake. No, Issy can create stunning, mouthwateringly divine cakes. After a childhood spent in her beloved Grampa Joe's bakery, she has undoubtedly inherited his talent. She's much better at baking than she is at filing, so when she's laid off from her desk job, Issy decides to open her own little café. But she soon learns that her piece-of-cake plan will take all of her courage and confectionary talent to avert disaster.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • a fun bit of fluff

  • By Robin on 04-09-14

A feel good romcom

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

This story was so charming. A young woman gets fired from her corporate job and decides to open her own bakery/ cafe using her grandfather's recipes. There are real recipes featured in the beginning of the chapters that are later relevant to the story. The descriptions were so mouth watering. I also loved the characters. They were lovable with realistic motivations. I felt like this was something that could have happened to my friends. Cupcake cafe also managed to to ugh on serious issues will still managing to be lighthearted. But I think that why I found this story so relatable. They dealt with their problems as a family.

Although it is in the romance category, I would describe this more as "slice of life" with a romance on the side. The story did not revolve around the heroine finding love, but more about finding herself and rebuilding her life.

Michelle Ford was wonderful. I adored her charming British accent.

  • Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet

  • By: Charlie N. Holmberg
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 522

Maire is a baker with an extraordinary gift: she can infuse her treats with emotions and abilities, which are then passed on to those who eat them. She doesn't know why she can do this and remembers nothing of who she is or where she came from. When marauders raid her town, Maire is captured and sold to the eccentric Allemas, who enslaves her and demands that she produce sinister confections, including a witch's gingerbread cottage, a living cookie boy, and size-altering cakes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Somewhere Between Bitter and Sweet

  • By Jonas Lee on 07-28-16

Interesting but not my favorite

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

I listened to the another of the author's books (the 5th doll) and I was absolutely obsessed. I fell in love with the style of fantasy that Holmberg presented. When I listened to Magic Bitter, Magic sweet, I felt a bit underwhelmed at the end. I think that the author has created an interesting universe and mythology. However, I feel as though I came in to the middle of something. There's so many missed opportunities. Ideally, this could be part of a series. I would recommend listening to this before the 5th doll as to work up to it. Going from that to this left me disappointed. However I will still continue to buy Holmberg's work

Kate Rudd was very emotional. She bought a lot of passion and variety to the story.

  • Vicious

  • By: L.J. Shen
  • Narrated by: Savannah Peachwood, Christian Rummel
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,585
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,460
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,463

They say love and hate are the same feelings experienced under different circumstances, and it's true. The man who comes to me in my dreams also haunts me in my nightmares. He is a brilliant lawyer. A skilled criminal. A beautiful liar. A bully and a savior, a monster and a lover. Ten years ago, he made me run away from the small town where we lived. Now, he came for me in New York, and he isn't leaving until he takes me with him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THE PERFECT BLEND OF EVERYTHING I LOVE

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 06-04-17

Not really feeling the love

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

Although this is sold as a romance, I didn't find much romantic about this story. Vicious is a bit of a sociopath. He says and does whatever it takes to get what he wants and he doesn't care how his behavior affects those around him (even people he claims to care about). His behavior and attitude does not scream love to me.

I am a big fan of Savannah Peachwood. I enjoyed her narration. This is my first time hearing Christian Rummel. He sounds a bit like Sebastian York. He was a perfect fit for Vicious.

  • Why Does He Do That?

  • Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men
  • By: Lundy Bancroft
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 604
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 514
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 513

He says he loves you. So...why does he do that? You've asked yourself this question again and again. Now you have the chance to see inside the minds of angry and controlling men---and to change your life. In this groundbreaking book, a counselor who specializes in working with abusive men shows you how to improve, survive, or leave an abusive relationship.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gives deep understanding of an illusive problem!

  • By Shelly on 06-21-12

Eye opening

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

This is a wonderful book offering great insight to abusive relationships. While it is mostly men abusing women, the author does explain that this can apply to any romantic relationship; that anyone of any gender, race or sexuality can be an abuser or a survivor of abuse.The author covers so many complex topics including: abusers as parents, law enforcement, how abusers think, seeking relationship counselling with abusers, and how to leave an abusive situation. One part that stuck out to me was the discussion about emotional abusers and how similar they are to physical abusers. I found myself a bit startled by their parallels.I would encourage any and everyone to listen to this. I have learned so much about what to look for in a relationship and how to safely navigate a toxic situation. I have also learned how to be a better partner. I wish I would have had this sooner.

  • This Book Is Full of Spiders

  • Seriously, Dude, Don't Touch It
  • By: David Wong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 14 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,154

Warning: You may have a huge, invisible spider living in your skull. This is not a metaphor. You will dismiss this as ridiculous fearmongering. Dismissing things as ridiculous fearmongering is, in fact, the first symptom of parasitic spider infection - the creature secretes a chemical into the brain to stimulate skepticism, in order to prevent you from seeking a cure. That’s just as well, since the “cure” involves learning what a chain saw tastes like. You can’t feel the spider, because it controls your nerve endings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If You're Considering This... Go Ahead!

  • By Tracey Rains on 05-29-13

Spiders everywhere

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

Reviewed: 04-21-18

This is your typical Wong story. It falls in right where John dies at the End left off. Arguably, you could listen to this on its own. But it's so much better after listening to the first story.

David wakes to find a strange spider creature in his bed. As he is fighting it a policeman shows up. The policeman becomes possessed by the creature. This results in a crisis of epic proportions....mostly it's John and David's fault. But it's a wild ride from beginning to end.

This story felt more complete than the first novel. It also explore more complex themes like martyrdom, mob mentality, survival, and most importantly hero vs. villain. An important part of the story is that Dave and John were not exactly right but neither was their opponent. Also, with characters like Anna and Carlos, I found myself wondering who needed protection from whom. Overall I would say that this mad a more fully realized version on JDATE. I enjoyed seeing the return of Soy sauce, Amy, and Molly.

I was sceptical about Nick Podehl but he was an age appropriate choice for narration. He gave me a convincible performance.

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  • Bears Redemption

  • One True Mate Series, Book 6
  • By: Lisa Ladew
  • Narrated by: Michael Pauley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136

Bruin has never fit in with his kind because the bears hate him for something he can't control. The wolves like him OK, but now that his wolf BFF is mated, Bruin prepares for more lonely days and nights...until he meets a female so "purrfect", the sight of her breaks him. But is she already taken by another? Willow turned 25 this year and waits patiently for an angel to come and claim her, based on her mother's scattered recollection of the experience of Willow's conception.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic!

  • By B and D on 10-16-17

Finally

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

I think Bruin is one of the most loveable characters in this series. With that being said, I'm happy to see him finally get his mate. Before getting his story and his history, I never really thought I would be interested in him as a main protagonist. But he's such an easy character to like.
I was happy to hear about the Bearen. If you follow this series, then you know about the lore surrounding the shiften, Ren, and Khain. The author finally explains why the Bearen lost their renqua, Bruins exhile, and why Willow is so important. There is also another appearance from the mysterious Leilani. There was definitely a big change in momentum in the end. I can't wait to see what happens next.

  • Darker

  • Fifty Shades Darker as Told by Christian
  • By: E L James
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber
  • Length: 18 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,034
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,604
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,596

Their scorching, sensual affair ended in heartbreak and recrimination, but Christian Grey cannot get Anastasia Steele out of his mind or his blood. Determined to win her back, he tries to suppress his darkest desires and his need for complete control and to love Ana on her own terms. But the horrors of his childhood still haunt him, and Ana's scheming boss, Jack Hyde, clearly wants her for himself. Can Christian's confidant and therapist, Dr. Flynn, help him face down his demons?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yes, it is another 50 shades book!

  • By S. Victoria on 12-06-17

Because it's is popular

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

I am going to outright say that I do not care for this series. It is problematic and poorly written. However it seems so much more interesting from Christian's point of view. With some tweaking, this could be a great suspense novel (ie: You by Caroline Kepnes). But unfortunately, were being sold and unhealthy relationship as a romance.

I still love Zachary Webber. His voice is beautiful and he commits to all his performances.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • John Dies at the End

  • By: David Wong
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
  • Length: 14 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,006
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,530
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,548

STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vulgar Funny. 4.95 Sale Win.

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-19-12

Well...

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

I have never read or listened to anything like this. I would describe John dies at the End as hilariously scary. It's so wrong that it's right. It's the kind of humor that reminds me of Cards against humanity. David and John are anti heros. Both are slackers that get caught in the underbelly of reality. Even when David tries to escape, he can't. He literally lives in a nightmare. However his temperament makes it satirical. John, no matter how irresponsible, thrives on the supernatural. It makes for interesting adventures.
The only thing I did not like was how segment the book was. It felt like 3 different stories rolled together. I liked them all but I was expecting one long epic tale. However, there was great continuity between the 3.
Stephen R. Thorne was so snarky. I am so committed to his performance that when I watched the movie I was disappointed by the difference in tone.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Veil of Vines

  • By: Tillie Cole
  • Narrated by: Marisa Vitali, Brian Pallino
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

I am Caresa Acardi, the Duchessa di Parma. A blue blood of Italy. I was born to marry well. And now the marriage date is set. I am to marry into House Savona. The family that would have been the royals had Italy not abolished the monarchy in 1946. But to the aristocrats of my home, the abolition means nothing at all. The Savonas still hold power where it counts most. I am soon to become Prince Zeno Savona's wife...or at least I was, until I met Achille. And everything changed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A beautiful story

  • By Danni on 04-06-18

A beautiful story

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

Veil of Vines was one of the most romantic love stories I have indulged in a long time. I was so caught off guard because this is radically different from the author's Scarred Souls series. But I am not complaining because Tillie Cole delivered. It shows great range as an artist.
Although it wasn't as dark as Scarred Souls, my heart strings were sufficiently tugged. I believed in the setting, the fantasy, the couple, their love, and their conflict. I laugh, I swooned, I cried, and in the end I didn't want to say goodbye to these characters.
Plato's symposium was mentioned in this book and these characters truly embodied that vibe of epic love. I aspire to have this type of passion on my life.
Brian Pallino's Italian accent was very believable. He bought Achilles to life. I also enjoyed Marisa Vitali, commitment to her role.

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