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  • Glass Sword

  • By: Victoria Aveyard
  • Narrated by: Amanda Dolan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,739
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,737

Mare Barrow's blood is red - the color of common folk - but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control. The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince - the friend - who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: She is not the only one of her kind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I loved this audiobook

  • By The Mays on 07-08-16

Great Sequel

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

Reviewed: 09-09-16

If you could sum up Glass Sword in three words, what would they be?

Action-filled, Immersive, Rebellious

What was one of the most memorable moments of Glass Sword?

In order to not spoil anything i'm going to keep this short.
The Jail break is my favorite moments.
Not only the act itself is memorable but the use of words and description is great too.

Have you listened to any of Amanda Dolan’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. the prequels are also read by her and her performance is still as flawless.
I really like her impact as a reader.

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

I enjoyed all the little "love conflicts" as i call them, This book is filled with moments where it is obvious to everyone but the characters that there is affection/feelings involved. but the characters don't give themselves the opportunity explore these feelings because they are focused on a bigger "mission"/"revolution".

Any additional comments?

Enjoyed the entire Red Queen Series so far.

  • Red Queen

  • By: Victoria Aveyard
  • Narrated by: Amanda Dolan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,065
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,869
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,886

Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood--those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own--an ability she didn't know she had.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Same Story, Better Writing

  • By FanB14 on 09-04-15

Serie of the Year, Can't wait for a movie adaptati

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

Reviewed: 07-10-16

Would you listen to Red Queen again? Why?

Yes, i listened to red queen and i loved it and would definitely re-listen in the future. The narration was done well and gave life to the characters HOWEVER i do believe it is a book that needs to be read physically in order to catch and understand all the small underlying details.

I started up listening to it and not even one chapter in decided to buy the ebook to read along with. Made the experience that much greater.

What did you like best about this story?

The whole concept is great. The revolution, the tangled love triangle that is oh so strategic(or is it a love square??) , the equality standpoint... everything is quite unique and and although there is still some backstory development to be done i'm hoping a lot of this gets cleared up in the sequel.

I thoroughly enjoyed this crazy adventure of a book.

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene in which Cal meets our heroine for the first time.
Their exchange on that day builds a premise on which the reader can base their opinion of the character despite what he'd do in the future.
It's made him a extremely likable character in my view and i thoroughly enjoyed that scene.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both,
This book gave me a rollercoater of emotions i have cried, i have laughed i've also been downright angry.
The emotions this book gave me were real and thus i highly enjoyed it.
The book itself became highly immersive.

Any additional comments?

I've read steel scars and now reading the proper sequel and the more you read the book the better it gets. highly addictive.

However please read it as a physical book or listen to it ALONGSIDE the physical book.

  • Cruel Crown

  • The Red Queen Series
  • By: Victoria Aveyard
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Jayne Entwistle, Amanda Dolan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 782
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 723
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 723

Queen Coriane, first wife of King Tiberias, keeps a secret diary - how else can she ensure that no one at the palace will use her thoughts against her? Coriane recounts her heady courtship with the crown prince, the birth of a new prince, Cal, and the potentially deadly challenges that lie ahead for her in royal life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hands Down The Best

  • By Bex Russ on 05-17-17

Insightful

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

Reviewed: 07-07-16

What made the experience of listening to Cruel Crown the most enjoyable?

It's nice to have voices attributed to stories, HOWEVER, i do believe this book (along with the rest of the red queen books need to be read alongside the physical version).
There is a lot of details that need to be physically read to be fully understood.

What did you like best about this story?

The insight of it.
The view from both side of the rebellion.
from a depression striken queen to a ambitious rebellion leader.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

The narrators were good.
The voice fitted with the characters and it was soothing and enjoyable to listen to.

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

Where two worlds meet.

Any additional comments?

Insightful, If you love the RedQueen series then this a a must read.

  • Heads in Beds

  • A Reckless Memoir of Hotels, Hustles, and So-Called Hospitality
  • By: Jacob Tomsky
  • Narrated by: Jacob Tomsky
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 836
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 764
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 761

Jacob Tomsky has worked in hotels for more than a decade, doing everything from valet parking to manning the front desk. He's checked you in, checked you out, separated your white panties from the white bed sheets, parked your car, tasted your room service, cleaned your toilet, denied you a late check out, given you a wake-up call, eaten M&Ms out of your mini-bar, laughed at your jokes, and taken your money. And in Heads in Beds, he pulls back the curtain on the hospitality business.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The presidential suite of audiobooks

  • By Grant on 03-10-13

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 06-28-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Heads in Beds to be better than the print version?

I have never read the print version of Heads in beds and thus cannot say which would be better, However the narration of the book was amazing (most likely as it was done by the author himself and thus could accurately portray the feelings) I would highly recommend the audible version.

What other book might you compare Heads in Beds to and why?

It's like nothing i've read before although you could compare it to Kitchen confidential in many ways (Which is also a great read by the way) as they both describe the Behind the scenes of certain industries.

What about Jacob Tomsky’s performance did you like?

Everything, his narration was lovely.
His tone, his anger, his sadness his mild annoyance or even his boredom could be felt throughout his narration. It was impeccable.

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

"The front desk knows all your secrets."

Any additional comments?

Highly recommend.
see for yourself.

  • Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café

  • By: Max Lucado, Candace Lee, Eric Newman
  • Narrated by: Ben Holland
  • Length: 5 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 319
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314

Chelsea Chambers is on her own. After a public split from her NFL superstar husband, Chelsea takes a bold step out of the limelight and behind the counter of the Higher Grounds Café, an old-fashioned coffee shop in dire need of reinvention. But when her courage, expert planning, and out-of-this-world cupcakes fail to pay the bills, this newly single mom finds herself desperate for help. Better yet, a miracle.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • This was OK

  • By Susan on 09-08-15

Not enlightening

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

Reviewed: 01-26-16

Would you try another book from the authors and/or Ben Holland?

Probably not, unless i was specifically told of a great one but this story didnt particularly sell me on the book.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

It was expected, no wow factor!

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The performance was good. The voice was soothing and the pace was fitting.

Do you think Miracle at the Higher Grounds Café needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, the story doesn't really have much to expand on thus a follow up book would be strange and un-needed.

Any additional comments?

mediocre

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  • Wake Up, Sir!

  • A Novel
  • By: Jonathan Ames
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Ames
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 36

Alan Blair, the hero of Wake Up, Sir!, is a young, loony writer with numerous problems of the mental, emotional, sexual, spiritual, and physical variety. He's very good at problems. But luckily for Alan, he has a personal valet named Jeeves, who does his best to sort things out for his troubled master. And Alan does find trouble wherever he goes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely for a certain type of person...

  • By Alicia on 07-17-14

Misunderstood

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

Reviewed: 09-28-15

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

YES DEFINITELY!

I loved this audiobook, reading the reviews i feel that just like the main character, this book is misunderstood. The narrative was a bit monotone but it all further emphasized the state of mind of the main character.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Wake Up, Sir!?

Most of the moments are memorable, Alan blair is such a character, so much misfortune, so clueless , so in-denial about his own problems. His helplessness leads him to end up in situations that are just so memorable. So pinpointing a specific memorable moment is quite difficult. However i liked the moment where he discovers he may be "nose fetishist" and his whole theories and thought process behind it.

Which character – as performed by Jonathan Ames – was your favorite?

Well Alan blair has to be the favorite character as this is pretty much his story and narrative.
I thought it was funny, ludicrous and just plain hilarious. Burst out laughing more than once.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. i finished this book over a weekend. I just couldn't put it down.

Any additional comments?

I would highly recommend

  • The Madman's Daughter

  • Madman's Daughter Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Megan Shepherd
  • Narrated by: Lucy Rayner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 102

Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London - working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father's gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true. Accompanied by her father's handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward - both of whom she is deeply drawn to - Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father's madness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A nicely executed twist on a classic

  • By Gregory on 03-21-14

Must Read

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

Reviewed: 09-24-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Madman's Daughter to be better than the print version?

Nothing could be better than holding the print in your hand and imagining the story, I'm old fashioned like that. But the performance was great i couldn't of asked for more.

What other book might you compare The Madman's Daughter to and why?

Not sure what to compare it with, it was like nothing i've ever read before. It could be compared to and suspense novel i suppose but this was so unique and so much more.

Which character – as performed by Lucy Rayner – was your favorite?

As the main character of the book i do like the way Juliet Moreau is portrayed, totally hooked me onto the story.
Montgomery was also my favorite but that could also be due to how the author portrayed him in the story.

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

There was alot of great moment, definitely one of my favorite new read.
I liked the waterfall scene between Juliet and Edward.
The lie scene where Juliet is forced to lie to Balthazar
And the destruction scene in the laboratory.

these were strong and well described scene that stuck with me.

Any additional comments?

Loved it, the suspense the love triangle, everything was up to my expectation if not better. It is very twisted, in the best way possible.

  • The Downstairs Maid

  • By: Rosie Clarke
  • Narrated by: Penelope Freeman
  • Length: 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 308
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 285
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 288

She is a servant girl... When her father becomes ill, Emily Carter finds herself sent into service at Priorsfield Manor in order to provide the family with an income. He will be the Lord of the Manor... Emily strikes up an unlikely friendship with the daughters of the house, as well as Nicolas, son of the Earl. But as the threat of war comes ever closer, she becomes even more aware of the vast differences between upstairs and downstairs, servant and master...If you like Downton Abbey you’ll love this!

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Some Good, Lots of Bad- Details too 'adult' for me

  • By Susan on 09-09-15

Great story

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

Reviewed: 05-03-15

Definitely my genre. Loved it
I do feel the narration wasn't the best ( every single character seem to sound elederly).
But although the voices were distracting the story was still worth the read or in this case the listen.

I do feel like this book would be more enjoyable as a traditional book rather than audio book though.