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  • Kissing Kate

  • By: Lauren Myracle
  • Narrated by: Lauren Davis
  • Length: 5 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 54

Kate was Lissa's best friend. They've shared everything for four years. Then one night at a drunken party, Kate leaned in to kiss Lissa, and Lissa kissed her back. And now Kate is pretending Lissa doesn't exist. Confused and alone, Lissa's left questioning everything she thought she knew about herself, and about life.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just OK

  • By Carla on 04-24-09

Exploration leaves answers to reader

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

Reviewed: 12-24-17

An interesting exploration of girls' attachments, affection, and sexuality that doesn't spoonfeed answers, but allows their contemplation and possibility.

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  • A Stir of Bones

  • By: Nina Kiriki Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15

Susan Backstrom seems to have a charmed life - but she also has dangerous family secrets. When she hears some kids talking about exploring a nearby haunted house, Susan asks to join them, even though she knows what might happen if she gets caught.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not that well written, but....

  • By sandra on 01-31-11

Ending falls off. Where's the rest of the book?

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

Reviewed: 12-11-17

Mix a ghost, a psychic house, and a abusive home life. It's an interesting study on emotional child abuse, suicide, and secrets. It had some real potential. But the throwing in of another child character toward the end, and the lack of resolution were real problems. I know, child abuse and spousal abuse are serious issues with no easy answers. But to provide no answer in the end except **SPOILERS FOLLOWING** suck it up mom and child. one takes a beating and the other keeps trying for perfection until someone dies or can leave home.

I feel as if the author bit off more than she could chew and didn't know how to create a satisfying end, so made of some artistic rational to justify what is really just a poor resolution.

  • Every Other Day

  • By: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
  • Narrated by: Mae Middleton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

Sixteen-year-old Kali D'Angelo has always known she's different. Sure, she goes to high school and even attends pep rallies. But every other day, Kali becomes something else, hunting and killing demons, hellhounds and other supernatural creatures. On those days, she is indestructible. When a supernatural creat leaves the mark of death on a popular cheerleader, Kali knows she is the only one who can save her. There is only one problem. Today, Kali is only human.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Teen superhero but narrator bombs

  • By Lisa on 12-11-17

Teen superhero but narrator bombs

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

Reviewed: 12-11-17

This is your basic teen-age superhero who feels alone, fights evil, and makes friends. Very Buffy, but not as well written. Still, for what it is, many would find it enjoyable. I listened to the end, so it isn't that bad. Just stale and cliched and sometimes repetitive in language. But the narrator! She makes it so much worse than it had to be. Perhaps I should blame the producer or director. But how many times does someone have to mispronounce a word until someone yells, "Cut!" From ingenue to progress to familiarity, and more and more, this person doesn't know how to pronounce a good many words, and no one stopped her from mispronouncing them. It became a game to write it down when a new word was wrong. I hit about a dozen words. I've listened to hundreds of audiobooks; I know that a stumble or a mispronounce can happen. But this is truly excessive and distracting. Also, she lacks in emotional range. I know she's a working narrator, with 4 books on Audible at the time of this writing, but I will avoid any book Mae Middleton is narrating in the future. Just to give the book a fair chance.

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  • Baptism of Fire

  • The Witcher, Book 3
  • By: Andrzej Sapkowski
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 3,366
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,112
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,105

The Wizard's Guild has been shattered by a coup, and in the uproar Geralt was seriously injured. The witcher is supposed to be a guardian of the innocent, a protector of those in need, a defender against powerful and dangerous monsters that prey on men in dark times. But now that dark times have fallen upon the world, Geralt is helpless until he has recovered from his injuries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging Voice Over Work

  • By mr1135 on 11-02-16

Slow start with a bang at the end

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

The first five chapters were boring as sin and I didn't think I'd finish it. However all of the politics and talking finally came through about midway through and then rushed to a great ending.

  • The Little Book of Hygge

  • Danish Secrets to Happy Living
  • By: Meik Wiking
  • Narrated by: Meik Wiking
  • Length: 3 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 718
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 637
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 628

Why are Danes the happiest people in the world? The answer, says Meik Wiking, CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, is hygge. Loosely translated, hygge - pronounced hoo-ga - is a sense of comfort, togetherness, and well-being. "Hygge is about an atmosphere and an experience," Wiking explains. "It is about being with the people we love. A feeling of home. A feeling that we are safe."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An Entertaining Listen

  • By ***** on 07-07-17

Pretty fluffy and light stuff

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

Reviewed: 03-09-17

Coasting on the back of the positive happiness waive of personal fulfillment books these last few years. This is very light on information. I will summarize. The Danes are statistically a happy bunch. They like soft lighting, small groups of friends, and hot drinks, which all contribute to feelings of general contentment. So, light some candles, make some friends, and make hot chocolate and your life will be so much more full of hygge.

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  • Alexander Hamilton

  • By: Ron Chernow
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 35 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,192
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,313
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 12,245

Historians have long told the story of America’s birth as the triumph of Jefferson’s democratic ideals over the aristocratic intentions of Hamilton. Chernow presents an entirely different man, whose legendary ambitions were motivated not merely by self-interest but by passionate patriotism and a stubborn will to build the foundations of American prosperity and power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Outstanding & Riveting Book!

  • By Kevin on 03-04-05

A long listen but worth the time.

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

Reviewed: 12-25-16

Great for fans of history or the Broadway musical Hamilton. A very rewarding listen for all.

  • Gil's All Fright Diner

  • By: A. Lee Martinez
  • Narrated by: Fred Berman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 898
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 788
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 792

Duke and Earl are just passing through Rockwood county in their pick-up truck when they stop at the Diner for a quick bite to eat. They aren't planning to stick around-until Loretta, the eatery's owner, offers them $100 to take care of her zombie problem. Given that Duke is a werewolf and Earl's a vampire, this looks right up their alley.But the shambling dead are just the tip of a particularly spiky iceberg.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved it!

  • By colleen on 05-27-12

campy, supernatural fun

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

Reviewed: 04-08-16

Think Buffy, but with two best friends, a ghost dog, a teenahed girl looking for godhood, an her horny boyfriend. Not my usual, but campy fun.

  • Maisie Dobbs

  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Rita Barrington
  • Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,302
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,297

Maisie Dobbs isn't just any young housemaid. Through her own natural intelligence - and the patronage of her benevolent employers - she works her way into college at Cambridge. After the War I and her service as a nurse, Maisie hangs out her shingle back at home: M. DOBBS, TRADE AND PERSONAL INVESTIGATIONS. But her very first assignment soon reveals a much deeper, darker web of secrets, which will force Maisie to revisit the horrors of the Great War and the love she left behind.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A delightful discovery

  • By Lori on 08-07-09

history and mystery in a package

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

Reviewed: 03-31-16

The mystery suffers a bit in this as a young woman comes of age during WWI, bit it's all for the best as the history is the best part.

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  • The Elfstones of Shannara

  • The Shannara Series, Book 2
  • By: Terry Brooks
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 23 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,594
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,925
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,934

Before the Great Wars and the Old Race of Man, there was a world populated by different beings: elves, demons, faeries, and the like. The Elves and the Demons constantly fought each other, until the Elves finally imprisoned them with the enchanted tree called the Ellcrys. Thousands of years later the Ellcrys still survives and still keeps the Demons imprisoned within the Spell of Forbidding, but not for much longer, the Ellcrys is dying.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Shannara Story

  • By Daniel on 02-03-16

Tolkien like for the desparate

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

Reviewed: 03-29-16

I've been meaning to read Brooks for 25 years. Now I know I haven't missed much. Brooks is clearly a washed out Tolkien, using so many of the same character types you wonder how he got published. The greater failure is in the lack of deeper characterization. Between the two leads he tells but doesn't show their entire relationship. "They became bound together. Trust me because I'm too lazy to write and show you the growth of the relationship." The narrator doesn't help as he is so intent on sounding epic in every word that he lacks intimacy. The battle scenes fare better, though the repetative descriptions take away from them as another occurs. No need to read more Brooks; I've heard enough.

  • Blood of Elves

  • By: Andrzej Sapkowski
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,926
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,909

For over a century, humans, dwarves, gnomes, and elves have lived together in relative peace. But times have changed, the uneasy peace is over, and now the races are fighting once again. The only good elf, it seems, is a dead elf. Geralt of Rivia, the cunning assassin known as The Witcher, has been waiting for the birth of a prophesied child. This child has the power to change the world - for good, or for evil.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great start to a Promising Series

  • By Joe Chad on 06-07-15

Nice beginning for the fan

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

Reviewed: 07-13-15

I enjoyed it, but it seems to be written for fans rather than the general reader. The ending seems a bit abrupt.