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  • On the Come Up

  • By: Angie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,092
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,013
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,011

Sixteen-year-old Bri wants to be one of the greatest rappers of all time. Or at least get some streams on her mixtape. As the daughter of an underground rap legend who died right before he hit big, Bri's got massive shoes to fill. But when her mom unexpectedly loses her job, food banks and shut-off notices become as much a part of Bri's life as beats and rhymes. With bills piling up and homelessness staring her family down, Bri no longer just wants to make it - she has to make it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • "You can't stop me on the come up!!"

  • By tarafarah7: Tara Brown on 02-07-19

A compelling story about a black girl on the rise.

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

Reviewed: 03-20-19

On the Come Up made me laugh out loud multiple times. the narration was on point. I loved the ending. The story was multi-layered and compelling. I'm so glad Bri's story got to be told.

  • Crooked Kingdom

  • By: Leigh Bardugo
  • Narrated by: Roger Clark, Jay Snyder, Elizabeth Evans, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,747
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,372
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,363

Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn't think they'd survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz's cunning and test the team's fragile loyalties.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Storytelling at its finest! L.Bardugo is a master

  • By Michelle E on 10-09-16

An Immersive World Full of Surprises

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

Reviewed: 03-07-19

The cast of narrators were all phenomenal and they brought life to Kaz's crew. They really made the personalities feel real. The Six of Crows audiobook should be ranked up there with Harry Potter in terms of characters and world brought to life with believable and impressive storytelling.

  • One Day in December

  • A Novel
  • By: Josie Silver
  • Narrated by: Eleanor Tomlinson, Charlie Anson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,094
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,499
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,474

Laurie is sure love at first sight doesn't exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there's a moment of pure magic...and then her bus drives away. Certain they're fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn't find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they "reunite" at a Christmas party, when her best friend, Sarah, giddily introduces her new boyfriend: the man from the bus.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • It's Not Romantic, Not Joyous, and Not for Me

  • By D. Fields on 12-01-18

A Movie-Style Rom Com But Believable

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

Eleanor Tomlinson acted in my favorite Teen Rom Com, "Angus, Thongs, and Perfect Snogging" as well as Alice in Wonderland. Suffice to say, the voice acting was believable and I could imagine this book becoming adapted into a film. *crosses fingers* However, I did not like the voice acting for Jack because Jack can come off as a douche bag at times. This was a light-hearted chick lit story and the fact that this included a friendship between Laurie and Sarah made the story stronger. I would have hated if Laurie got all "Bella Swan" on us and forgot female friendships existed in the face of a man (though she could have treated her friend better in terms of telling her the truth).

The story mirrors many popular rom coms though, so some of those "tropes" will be present making it somewhat predictable. However, the suspense and romantic tension made me not care about that. I came in knowing this was romance and chick lit and that's exactly what I got. What did make this stand out for me was how realistically the relationships changed. No one stays with one same person forever. Laurie, Sarah, and Jack all date or have serious relationships or casual ones, but it's not permanent. If Jack and Laurie had met that "one day" in December, I question greatly if it would have even lasted so early on before they both had grown as people and got to know themselves better.

One Day in December spans 9 years and begins in the month of December and ends on the month of December, but that's about all that makes it a Christmas-y read. Overall, my experience was pleasant.

  • Sadie

  • By: Courtney Summers
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler, Fred Berman, Dan Bittner, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,081
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,006
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,003

Sadie hasn't had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she's been raising her sister, Mattie, in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water. But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie's entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister's killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him. When West McCray - a radio personality working on a segment about forgotten towns in America - overhears Sadie's story, he becomes obsessed with finding the girl.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, Courtney Summers, author to follow

  • By Linda on 09-20-18

Exceptional Storytelling & A New Favorite

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

Reviewed: 10-21-18

This was probably one of the best audiobooks I've ever listened to. Though I don't listen to much so the bar is set high for me now. The voice for Sadie did an excellent job with her stutter and capturing the emotion of suppressed teenage rage. This whole audiobook was phenomenal! I finished it in less time than I expected because I was both disturbed and compelled. The entire cast was believable and the story... the STORY was the best written story I've read in a long time. It has a nice blend of both thriller and mystery. Adult Thriller writers ought to take notes.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Outlander

  • Outlander, Book 1
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 32 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,092
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,981
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,826

Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary

  • By Sara on 09-10-14

Very Engaging Narrator

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

Reviewed: 01-24-18

Where does Outlander rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I don't normally read Historical Fiction but the narration helped me jump right into it. It's engaging, humorous, and interesting. I will say catching on to the accent was a tad difficult at first. This did not take away from my listening experience. It enhanced it. I just had to figure out some Scottish slang.

What did you like best about this story?

Everything!

What does Davina Porter bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Her voice and inflections for the characters. It's easy to distinguish.
For someone who normally reads Contemporary or Low Fantasy, you might think this book is boring. It's not! You just have to get past Frank being a history nerd (he talks a LOT about history) and then all the adventurous parts happen.

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

A moment of reflection that Claire had about WWII when a little boy would have received a worse punishment then necessary so she chose to interfere and save his life.