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  • Flat-Out Love

  • By: Jessica Park
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,759
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,588
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,595

He was tall, at least six feet, with dirty blond hair that hung over his eyes. His T-shirt read Nietzsche Is My Homeboy. So, that was Matt. Who Julie Seagles likes. A lot. But there is also Finn. Who she flat out loves. Complicated? Awkward? Completely. But really, how was this freshly-minted Boston transplant and newbie college freshman supposed to know that she would end up living with the family of an old friend of her mother’s? This was all supposed to be temporary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Loved this book!

  • By OutOfStyle1989 on 01-17-13

Doesn't Fall Flat

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

Reviewed: 03-24-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Flat-Out Love to be better than the print version?

This is a strange one and I kinda saw the twist end coming from the start, but Ms. Park did a good job of almost convincing me I was wrong. If you like YA and want a nice beach read, this is worth picking up. The plot revolves around an oddball family and a college student who ends up living in their home after her Craig's List rental falls through. It's got absentee parenting, a daughter who carries around a life-sized cardboard cutout of her brother, math, and romance. Like I said, it's a strange one. Enjoy.

  • The Dream Thieves

  • Raven Cycle Series, Book 2
  • By: Maggie Stiefvater
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,374
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,194

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I took Chainsaw out of my dreams ...

  • By Melissa on 10-02-13

Somehow Even Better than the First Book

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

Reviewed: 10-26-13

Any additional comments?

Don't mistake this for the ordinary YA fare. The Dream Thieves is a fantastic follow up to the Raven Boys, delving into the mysteries of Ronan Lynch and his family. Speaking as an adult, I will tell you that I recommend these books to all of my friends without shame. The story line is dark, rich and complex and you will totally forget these characters are just in their teens.

My greatest regret is that the Raven Boys series is being billed as a trilogy, meaning this is the second to last book. I highly recommend reading this if you enjoyed the Night Circus or the Magicians.

  • Anno Dracula

  • Book 1
  • By: Kim Newman
  • Narrated by: William Gaminara
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 315
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 286

With the versatile voice talent of William Gaminara, acclaimed novelist Kim Newman explores the darkest depths of a reinvented Victorian London. It is 1888, and Queen Victoria has remarried, taking as her new consort the Wallachian Prince infamously known as Count Dracula. Peppered with familiar characters from Victorian history and fiction, the novel tells the story of vampire Geneviève Dieudonné and British spy Charles Beauregard as they strive to solve the mystery of the Ripper murders.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fun combo of history with famous fiction

  • By Virginia on 01-10-12

Great Potential, Confusing Execution

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

Reviewed: 10-26-13

Any additional comments?

I liked this book, but I'm giving it three stars. Why? Because, while the story was compelling and filled with references to Victorian literature and history reshaped by Dracula, I found it hard to follow. There are just way too many characters to keep track of. I listened to this on my iPhone, so perhaps it's easier to keep straight if you are actually reading the book, but I found myself going back several times trying to figure out which character's POV we were in and who belonged to what name (one character confusingly has two names he swaps back and forth - even in his own thoughts). I don't think it helps that the whole thing is written with a 3rd person omniscient narrator. I would also add that the story starts off kind of slowly. I found my thoughts drifting off frequently for the first hour or so of listening. Again, this may not be a problem if you are actually reading. In conclusion, I will definitely be giving the second installment of the Anno Dracula series a listen. I think the idea has a ton of potential and am hoping it will be seen through in book two.

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  • Gabriel's Inferno

  • By: Sylvain Reynard
  • Narrated by: John Morgan
  • Length: 20 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,804
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,617
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,638

Enigmatic and sexy, Professor Gabriel Emerson is a well-respected Dante specialist by day, but by night he devotes himself to an uninhibited life of pleasure. He uses his notorious good looks and sophisticated charm to gratify his every whim, but is secretly tortured by his dark past and consumed by the profound belief that he is beyond all hope of redemption. When the sweet and innocent Julia Mitchell enrolls as his graduate student, his attraction and mysterious connection to her not only jeopardizes his career, but sends him on a journey in which his past and his present collide.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Souls Too Tortured for My Taste

  • By Lulu on 10-03-12

Prudish and Misogynistic

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

Reviewed: 12-06-12

What did you like best about Gabriel's Inferno? What did you like least?

I won't tell you that Gabriel's Inferno is a boring listen. I did finish the book. Setting my personal opinions aside, I would say that the plot and dialog are very predictable. Now to my personal opinions. As a woman with liberal views on sex and progressive views about the role of women in society, this book is cringe-y from start to finish. From the description, I assumed this book would be compelling and steamy with some literary allusion thrown in. Instead, it was prudish and paints an insulting, old-fashioned image of what the feminine ideal should be. I don't want to give the story away, so I'll stop there. Entertaining, but you will probably end up wanting to punch all of the characters in the face.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful