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Springfield, MO
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  • A Court of Frost and Starlight

  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Amanda Leigh Cobb
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,882
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,744
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,740

Months after the explosive events in A Court of Wings and Ruin, Feyre, Rhys, and their companions are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can't keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated - scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bring Jennifer Ikeda back

  • By Lori on 05-03-18

disappointing doesn't quite cover it

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

I fully admit that after my not exactly loving ACOWAR, I didn't expect this to blow me away, but I'd hoped for some character development or plot movement. I stead I got a ya holiday romance. at this point I don't even know if I'll read.the next trilogy.

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  • A Court of Mist and Fury

  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,425
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,823
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,826

Feyre survived Amarantha's clutches to return to the Spring Court - but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can't forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin's people. Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms - and she might be key to stopping it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shippers will either Love it or Hate it

  • By Natalie C on 05-05-16

I I I will always love you.

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

Reviewed: 05-04-18

it's simply the best
better than all the rest

same book same love for ever

  • Tower of Dawn

  • A Throne of Glass Novel
  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
  • Length: 22 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,108
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,830
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,812

Chaol Westfall has always defined himself by his unwavering loyalty, his strength, and his position as the captain of the Guard. But all of that has changed since the glass castle shattered, since his men were slaughtered, since the king of Adarlan spared him from a killing blow, but left his body broken. His only shot at recovery lies with the legendary healers of the Torre Cesme in Antica - the stronghold of the southern continent's mighty empire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Agh!!! Soooo goood!!!

  • By Ann on 11-05-17

I'll admit I almost didn't read this, glad I went

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

Reviewed: 10-07-17

If Sarah J Maas puts out a book I read it, though I can admit they aren't all absolutely amazing, most of them are highly enjoyable. Some are certainly disappointing, but if you go in with certain expectations, you're bound to be let down. Or. Sometimes, pleasantly surprised. I loved Yrene, and knew about her from another book. Ahem. So the "surprise" wasn't so erm surprising. I am still not a Chaol fan. I just don't know if I can be after Crown of Midnight. However, the story telling and myth making are strong and compelling in this one. It's definitely worth reading if you've made it this far in the series. Audible 20 sweepstakes entry.

  • Little Women

  • By: Louisa May Alcott
  • Narrated by: Andrea Emmes
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 337
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336

Little Women, set in the 19th century follows the lives of four sisters, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March as they live, learn, love, and grow as young pilgrims and blossom into fine little women. Based on the author's childhood, Little Women is one of the most beloved stories in American literature. It continues to touch listeners both young and old. Alcott takes you on a prolific journey which will make your heart swell, your soul laugh, and your heart ache as we experience the lives of the March sisters as they endure their lessons, scrapes, castles in the air, their romances, and more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A classic

  • By Cyn on 10-05-16

Nostalgia brought me to it, emotions kept me going

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

Reviewed: 03-31-17

This was such a nostalgic experience for me. Little Women is one of the first classics I read, and it was the very first time I read a book in anticipation of seeing a movie. Afterwards, my mom took me to Barnes and Noble to buy my own collectible edition since I'd borrowed one from the library.
This particular version is a great full length production, rather than an abridged version as with many audiobook classics. The narrator's strengths were the older girls, as I did have a hard time when she was doing younger voices. It was almost grating, but it didn't last and things smoothed out later on in the book too. She was also able to impart much of the emotions which are the core of this novel, of sisterhood, heartbreak and lost dreams. Of first loves, difficult choices, and hoping for things to turn out okay.
If you're wanting to reread a favorite book, or pick up Little Women for the first time, an audiobook is the perfect solution for an experience you won't forget!

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  • Anomalies

  • By: Sadie Turner, Colette Freedman
  • Narrated by: Lucinda Clare, Punch Audio
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

In the future there is no disease. There is no war. There is no discontent. All citizens are complacent members of the Global Governance. But one summer is about to change everything. Keeva Tee just turned 15. She's about to make the trip to Monarch Camp to be imprinted with her intended life partner. But in her happy, carefree life in the Ocean Community, she hears whispers about "anomalies" - citizens who can't be imprinted. When Keeva arrives at Monarch Camp, her worst nightmare becomes a reality.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Different....

  • By kanundra on 12-19-16

A shorter listen good for a short weekend

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

Reviewed: 01-19-17

I am officially an Audible addict, and books like this only add to my need to read, er, listen.  Although there is a bit of a buildup, I didn't find this too be too slowly paced for the greater part of the book.  It wasn't nearly as choppy as you might expect from a duo, although there were times when I think I could definitely hear one author over another.  As a scifi story it stands up well to current YA offerings, but it's also more than that.  It's a look into the sometimes painful part of realizing that you might not be like everyone else, and while not always, this can be a dangerous thing.  Especially in an age when conformity is mandatory.  Eerie and thought provoking, this makes for a thrilling listen and might not be best right before bed time if you actually want to get any sleep.

3.5 stars and my thanks to YA Bound books for the review opportunity.

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  • The Vesik Series: Books 1-3

  • Vesik Series Box Set
  • By: Eric Asher
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 28 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,091
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,089

This omnibus collection includes Days Gone Bad, Wolves and the River of Stone, and Winter's Demon. That's three complete novels of Damian's dark, gritty, and occasionally hilarious urban-fantasy adventures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Never a dull moment.

  • By Troublemer on 01-21-17

Even better than I expected, even if not perfect.

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

Reviewed: 01-10-17

There was a lot to like about these books, but I think they could have easily been 1 instead of 3. I enjoyed the narrator and the pace of the story set by his narration, but think I would have gotten bored if it'd been the ebooks version. I'll definitely continue the stories since there are something like 6 or 7 books right now, and they're fun when I need something that's not so complex to read.

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  • Alexander's Blood Bride

  • A Steamy BBW Vampire Romance
  • By: Lorelei Moone
  • Narrated by: Gethyn Edwards
  • Length: 3 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 38

Alexander Broderick has been hosting his annual Halloween parties for over a century. But when Cat walks into his house, he forgets himself and is compelled to seduce her. There's only one problem: she's a so-called Blood Bride - a mortal woman whose blood smells so delicious that every vampire in town wants to drain her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ENTERTAINING NEW IDEA FOR VAMPIRE ROMANCE

  • By sheryl beauchemin on 10-30-16

Entertainment fit for a queen

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

Reviewed: 12-21-16

Ok,  I am totally hooked on this entertaining little book!  While it may have been predictable, it was still a great deal of fun.  I think I enjoyed the audio better than I would have the ebook, simply because of Mr. Edwards' marvelous voice acting.  And there was amazing production value- even changing the tones and adding effects for phone calls and such, which really added to the experience.  I think there isn't enough value placed on books solely for entertainment, as if we must only ever read things which impart valuable life lessons. Pshaw I say to that! What is wrong with a little candy every now and then? Nothing.  And this wasn't the cheap nasty candy but more of a gourmet selection.  I'd definitely listen to more books by this author and narrator!

My thanks to the author and tour host for the review opportunity!

  • Dwellers of Darkness

  • Darkness Series, Book 3
  • By: Stacey Marie Brown
  • Narrated by: Michelle Sparks
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254

Some days feel like years, but in Ember Brycin's case just the opposite is true. Em would be 22 now - if she were human. She's not. She is a Dae - part Demon and part Fay - with a little Dark Dweller thrown in to make her more of a freak. Life has become more complicated for Ember since returning from the Otherworld. Besides being continuously hunted by the Seelie Queen, Ember is at the top of the Unseelie King's list, after breaking her oath with him. No one breaks a vow with the Unseelie King without extreme consequences.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • was not my favorite installment

  • By AudioBook Reviewer on 12-07-16

Can't wait for the last one

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-16

A bit predictable at times and not quite as much forward momentum with the plot as I would have hoped, I still really enjoyed the book and will absolutely finish the series.

  • Deceit

  • A Beastly Tale, Book 2
  • By: M.J. Haag
  • Narrated by: Sierra Kline
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 245

Safely hidden within the estate's enchanted walls, Benella no longer has time to fear her tormentors. She's too preoccupied attempting to determine what makes the beast so beastly. It might be the taxing visits from the aged enchantress who cursed him or his growing vexation at not being allowed to touch Benella.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm in love! Doesn't hurt that some scenes fogged up my glasses

  • By Amy on 10-14-16

No sophomore slump here

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-26-16

Love love love it on to part 3 for me! This is an adult retelling of my fave fairy tale and this installment is the most brutal. Secrets and lies all over the place.

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  • King Arthur's Sister in Washington's Court

  • By: Kim Iverson Headlee
  • Narrated by: Danielle Cohen
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 3

Morgan le Fay, sixth-century Queen of Gore and the only major character not killed off by Mark Twain in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, vows revenge upon the Yankee Hank Morgan. She casts a spell to take her to 1879 Connecticut, so she may waylay Sir Boss before he can travel back in time to destroy her world. But the spell misses by 300 miles and 200 years, landing her in the Washington, DC, of 2079, replete with flying limousines, hovering office buildings, virtual-reality television, and sundry other technological marvels.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh out loud, then think some deep thoughts

  • By Mama Reniazen on 11-22-16

Laugh out loud, then think some deep thoughts

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

Reviewed: 11-22-16

It's been far too long since we've had some Kim Iverson Headlee around here, so I was more than happy to sign up for the audio tour of a book I'd already loved.  King Arthur's Sister in Washington's Court is her funniest book yet, and even if you've never read the Twain book which inspired this, you'll enjoy the humorous historical fantasy.
Political humor and social satire combine in Headlee's trademark style, infused with her roots as a lover of history and all things Arthurian.  She has this way of making you forget that she wasn't the one who came up with these myths in the first place and truly writes with a unique perspective that delights readers with wit and wisdom.
Although I admit it took me some time to get used to the narrator, as she took a little bit to get into the groove, if you skip the introductory material on the audible version you will have much smoother sailing.  There's so many accent changes between those that it gets a bit confusing and hard to understand, however, once the story gets going I think the narrator did very well in distinguishing between characters and really portraying the various emotions.  How she managed to actually read through some parts without spitting and snort laughing I'll never know!  Definitely a recommended audiobook for a car trip, or cooking, or whatever else you might like to do while you listen.
4 stars and my thanks to the author and tour host for the review opportunity!

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