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  • Manhattan Beach

  • A Novel
  • By: Jennifer Egan
  • Narrated by: Norbert Leo Butz, Heather Lind, Vincent Piazza
  • Length: 15 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,047
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,700
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,697

Anna Kerrigan, nearly 12 years old, accompanies her father to the house of a man who, she gleans, is crucial to the survival of her father and her family. Anna observes the uniformed servants, the lavishing of toys on the children, and some secret pact between her father and Dexter Styles. Years later her father has disappeared, and the country is at war. Anna works at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where women are allowed to hold jobs that had always belonged to men.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Narrative of a Girl Diver

  • By WillowGirl313 on 10-30-17

Well written, but pointless.

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

Reviewed: 12-20-17

I didn't hate my time listening to it, but looking back, I can't believe it was so long without really providing any substance. I felt like there was no climax. I was waiting for something spectacular to happen, and then it just ended without really giving any satisfaction.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Full Package

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,509
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,335
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,333

I've been told I have quite a gift. Hey, I don't just mean in my pants. I've got a big brain, too, and a huge heart of gold. And I like to use all my gifts to the fullest, the package included. Life is smooth sailing...until I find myself stuck between a rock and a sexy roommate, which makes for one very hard...place. Because scoring an apartment in this city is harder than finding true love. So even if I have to shack up with my buddy's smoking-hot and incredibly amazing little sister, a man's got to do what a man's got to do.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Chase Summers really is the full package!

  • By Angela on 02-01-17

Unimpressed

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

I had high hopes because of the ratings, but it was just a waste of time.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Undercover

  • By: Danielle Steel
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,991
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,983

For DEA Special Agent Marshall Everett, life as he knows it is over once a gunshot wound renders his arm useless. Barred forever from the undercover work he loves, he has nothing - no close friends, no family, no hometown or base, and no desire to settle for life behind a desk. He's called to action in the most unlikely of places when he stumbles upon a beautiful girl burying an old steel box in a Parisian park.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice suspense novel with just a touch of romance

  • By AudioAddict on 03-20-16

Seems like a student's rushed assignment.

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

The story started out detailed and interesting. However, the two main character's separate background stories took up more than half of the book when it should have been at most 4 chapters. When we finally got to the part where the two main characters met, I was already ready for the story to be over. I thought maybe the author spent so much time developing the characters in order to give us a deeper understanding of their character, until I realized that there was only about an hour left in the book! And in that last hour of the book, the author tried to squeeze in a rushed romance. The time it took them to fall in love was about 15 minutes. The writing style was very unrefined and unimpressive. It felt very surface level and like someone's choppy thoughts.

  • An Ember in the Ashes

  • By: Sabaa Tahir
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham, Steve West
  • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,642
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,280

Laia is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire's greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fabulous listen!

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-01-15

3rd time reading An Ember in the Ashes!

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

What did you love best about An Ember in the Ashes?

It's a great story. I've read the story twice and since I've been disappointed by other audio books recently, I thought I'd buy a story that I knew I'd love. Great to listen to it.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Elias. Tall, dark, and handsome with a good heart. Can't beat it :-)

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Your environment shapes you but does not define you.
Your destiny is not determined at birth, you create it.
Or
Don't let your past limit your future.

  • Complicated

  • By: Kristen Ashley
  • Narrated by: Lance Greenfield, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,596
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,123

When small-town Nebraska sheriff Hixon Drake meets Greta Dare, the connection couldn't be stronger, but the timing couldn't be worse. Dealing with the fallout of a divorce he never wanted and setting up a new home for his kids, Hix becomes that guy, that one he never wanted to be, and puts a stop to things before they can even start. Protecting his kids and himself is his only priority. Greta, on the other hand, has found the place for her and the brother she adores that's perfect for them - a sleepy little town in Nebraska.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complicated was a pleasure to my senses!

  • By Kara Hildebrand on 05-02-17

Just blah

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

Reviewed: 05-19-17

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

This story didn't really have a climax. The "murder mystery" was hardly part of the plot and it had the worst ending that really didn't mesh with the story at all. The characters were not greatly developed, which is strange since it is an 18 hour book. And I could not stand how Greta and Hicks over did it with the pet names "baby, sweetheart, darling, honey" from like their third interaction.

How could the performance have been better?

Erin Mallon has a nice voice but ruined this character for me. SHE ALWAYS SOUNDED LIKE SHE WAS ABOUT TO CRY. Even in scenes where there was no emotion. Her "whispers" sounded shaky like she was holding back tears. It became distracting. I did not like the way Lance Greenfield made the girl version of his chapters sound so annoying and at times like a valley girl, but other than that, I enjoyed his parts.

Any additional comments?

There was a lot of action that happened in the book, so it was not hard to listen to, however, it is not a book I'd recommend to a friend.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Times Change

  • Time and Again, Book 2
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,070
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 969
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 965

Cynical Jacob Hornblower has followed his brother, Caleb, back in time, hoping to convince him to return home. His mission is soon forgotten, however, when he finds himself captivated by Liberty's spitfire sister, Sunny. But can a man who is down on love truly understand the unbounded strength of the human heart?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Light enjoyment

  • By Kate on 04-14-17

Eye roller. Shouldn't have written a sequel.

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

Reviewed: 05-10-17

What would have made Times Change better?

I listened to the second book because the first book was good enough and the second book even had a higher rating than the first. But the second book is exactly the same as the first book with just different, more annoying characters. Save your money and just listen to the first book twice.
I found myself listening to the book on the fastest speed just to get through it.

What could Nora Roberts have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Add a different conflict. In both books the two main characters spent the entire book conflicted over their feelings for each other. Boring. They both "Loved" each other but also disliked so many defining characteristics of the other person. I can believe in love at first sight, but this was just intense attraction that outweighed the undesirable qualities that the other possessed. I found the idea of time travel more realistic than the way both men fell desperately in love with two women who didn't have much going for them. It was believable in the first book, but by the second book I was just rolling my eyes.

Any additional comments?

In the first book it irritated me how often Libby called Cal “Hornblower” all the time and how many times Cal said “primitive”. In the second book, it got worse. I really don't understand why listeners have given this book such high marks.

  • Behind Closed Doors

  • By: B. A. Paris
  • Narrated by: Georgia Maguire
  • Length: 8 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,031
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,912
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,868

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth; she has charm and elegance. He's a dedicated attorney who has never lost a case; she is a flawless homemaker, a masterful gardener and cook, and dotes on her disabled younger sister. Though they are still newlyweds, they seem to have it all. You might not want to like them, but you do. You're hopelessly charmed by the ease and comfort of their home, by the graciousness of the dinner parties they throw. You’d like to get to know Grace better.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Slow start but a gripping experience

  • By Vanessa Arizona on 09-04-16

Great book! The author covered every base.

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

Reviewed: 10-05-16

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

Yes. I enjoy problem solving. While listening to the book, I would think "why doesn't she just do this.." and then the character would recall a failed escape attempt that answered my question. Loved the ending and the overall plot.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hard to choose one.

What about Georgia Maguire’s performance did you like?

She was great. She was able to voice so many characters without trying too hard, but you were able to tell them apart. She was even able to voice two different sides to Jack. Great performance and lovely voice.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When you realize how smart and intuitive Milly really is.

Any additional comments?

I am a big fan of B. A. Paris now!

  • Baby Doll

  • By: Hollie Overton
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, MacLeod Andrews, Ellen Archer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 821
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 767
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 766

Escape was just the beginning. Held captive for eight years, Lily has grown from a teenager to an adult in a small basement prison. Her daughter, Sky, has been a captive her whole life. But one day their captor leaves the dead bolt unlocked. This is what happens next to Lily, to her twin sister, to her mother, to her daughter - and to her captor.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Young Adult Storyline & Narration

  • By Natalya Cappellini on 09-29-16

Interesting but no real climax Annoying characters

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

Reviewed: 10-05-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?
No. It was interesting, and I didn't feel like I wasted my time by listening to it, but it's not good enough to recommend.

Would you be willing to try another book from Hollie Overton? Why or why not?
Sure.

What three words best describe the narrators’s voice?
I really enjoyed MacLeod Andrews and Ellen Archer, however Jenna Lamia was a bit annoying in this novel. She did have to narrate one character, Abby, that was extremely annoying for cursing too much - but she added extra frustration to the character's voice than I thought was needed. Also, when she narrated Lily's voice, she made her sound very whiny and had too much of a "baby voice" too often.

Did Baby Doll inspire you to do anything?
No.

  • Pretty Girls

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,961
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,790
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,792

Sisters. Strangers. Survivors. More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia's teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that's cruelly ripped open when Claire's husband is killed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely needed the trigger warning, but..

  • By Hillary on 02-01-16

Exaggerated “southern” accent became distracting

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

Reviewed: 02-03-16

What did you love best about Pretty Girls?

The story was never boring. One day, I was listening to the story on my way home from work, and I thought the story had hit its climax and was rapidly approaching the conclusion. I looked at the time remaining, and noticed that I was not even halfway through the book! The story developed into an action packed and thought provoking story.

What did you like best about this story?

The author didn't hold back in fear of offending her readers. Instead, she depicted the actions of a truly demonic character. I was disgusted by some of the descriptions, just as I am disgusted by what I see on the news. The fact that these acts were so horrific, made it more realistic.

What didn’t you like about Kathleen Early’s performance?

I am from Georgia and I can tell you that I don't know anyone that pronounces the WH- like Kathleen Early does. It started out as an irritation, but developed into such a distraction that I had to turn it off at times. It really made me notice how much the author described something as "overWHelming". And the amount of times she described an object by its color, it was always "WHite"! White tile, white cable, white man, etc. And I cringed every time she said "The rainbow WHeel started spinning." Aside from that, Kathleen did a wonderful job.

Any additional comments?

The story is dark, but I think it is an eye opener for people who are quick to judge young women who are raped. Instead of jumping to the first conclusion of, "she was asking for it", instead, people may consider how evil some people's intentions truly are.