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  • The Sea of Tranquility

  • A Novel
  • By: Katja Millay
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne, Candace Thaxton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,983
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,978

Former piano prodigy Nastya Kashnikov wants two things: to get through high school without anyone learning about her past and to make the boy who took everything from her - her identity, her spirit, her will to live - pay. Josh Bennett’s story is no secret: Every person he loves has been taken from his life until, at 17 years old, there is no one left. Now all he wants is be left alone and people allow it because when your name is synonymous with death, everyone tends to give you your space.

Everyone except Nastya, the mysterious new girl at school who starts showing up and won’t go away until she’s insinuated herself into every aspect of his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • There is NOTHING wrong with this book

  • By Sugarpucker on 02-06-14

Even better on Audio!

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

Reviewed: 09-20-15

I read this book a couple years ago and I loved it so much I decided to listen to it when I ran across it on Audible as well. I was not disappointed. The narrators added so much to this story. The book deals with such real suffering and hopelessness, you tend to forget these are young kids experiencing these traumatic events and emotional repercussions. Both narrators add a youthful and naive perspective in their interpretation of the story. This adds a whole new element to the characters' development.

Great story and excellent writing!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mud Vein

  • By: Tarryn Fisher
  • Narrated by: Simone Lewis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 439
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 398
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 403

When reclusive novelist Senna Richards wakes up on her 33rd birthday, everything has changed. Caged behind an electrical fence, locked in a house in the middle of the snow, Senna is left to decode the clues to find out why she was taken. If she wants her freedom, she has to take a close look at her past. But, her past has a heartbeat... and her kidnapper is nowhere to be found. With her survival hanging by a thread, Senna soon realizes this is a game. A dangerous one. Only the truth can set her free.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Avoid if suffering from depression!

  • By Lucy on 02-04-16

Raw

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

Reviewed: 09-13-15

Jesus Christ. This was a very well thought out and thorough novel. The writing is out of this world amazing. I have to say, if you are looking for something that is optimistic and makes you feel good, look the other way. Well, I guess it could be considered optimistic, but in a really morbid way.. This book is so honest and raw it will tear your heart out. Then whack it against the wall a few times. I feel a little traumatized.. But in the best possible way. ;)

The narrator was great as usual. She effortlessly brings the story to life.

Definitely worth the credit!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Seize the Fire

  • By: Laura Kinsale
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 16 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 411
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 388
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 387

Captain Sir Sheridan Drake is no knight in shining armor, even if he happens to be famous for his heroism. An exiled princess with revolutionary ideas is just a convenient opportunity to get himself out of debt. Princess Olympia isn't precisely fairy-tale royalty herself; she's plump and a little shy, and desperate to do something of importance in the world. But though their meeting begins with her hopeless hero worship, a harrowing journey to the bleak edge of the world will transform them both.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I wish I had a book like this to read every week!

  • By Leslie Keshishian on 11-08-15

An entertaining, adventurous, and meaningful story

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

Reviewed: 07-26-15

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

Yes! This was a great book. I haven't been this hooked into a story for a really long time. There was so much angst, action, romance, great sex, amazingly developed characters, chemistry.. I could go on and on. Wonderful story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Seize the Fire?

There are a lot of really memorable moments in this novel.. I'd say the scene that stuck out most in my mind was an ambush at sea, because I feel like it pushed Olympia's character to a whole new level of understanding and growth. It was a heart wrenching and tragic way to grow, but after the ambush I feel like she was able to connect with Sheridan on a deeper level. I don't want to share more cause I don't want to reveal anything, but it was a very memorable scene.

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

Yes, I've listened to many of Kinsale's other novels that he's narrated. This is right up there to what I expect from such a talented narrator. He has the ability to suck you into the story so much you don't even realize you're listening to a narration.

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

The last scene of the novel was very moving.

Any additional comments?

Definitely credit worthy! I was nervous because I usually don't listen to stories longer than 12 hours, I get bored with the fluff really long novels tend to have. This has zero fluff. Everything relates to moving the story forward, so it keeps you really engaged and reads fast.

15 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • Tiffany Girl

  • By: Deeanne Gist
  • Narrated by: Rachel Botchan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

As preparations for the 1893 World's Fair set Chicago and the nation on fire, Louis Tiffany - heir to the exclusive Fifth Avenue jewelry empire - seizes the opportunity to unveil his state-of-the-art, stained glass, mosaic chapel, the likes of which the world has never seen. But when Louis' dream is threatened by a glassworkers' strike months before the fair opens, he turns to an unforeseen source for help: the female students at the Art Students League of New York.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed this book

  • By D L Miller on 07-09-15

Engaging and sweet story

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

Reviewed: 07-09-15

This is a very slow burn romance. The characters were well developed before they even became interested in each other and they continued to develop through out the story. I also loved and appreciated how much they grew as individuals.

It was a clean story; however, there was still sensuality and chemistry between the H/h. There was a bit of a religious undertone, but it didn't overwhelm or take away from the story at all. I'm NOT religious and I didn't find it annoying or preachy in anyway, so I'd say don't skip over the story just because it's "inspirational" or "Christian" romance.

Overall a really enjoyable and heartwarming story. I'll be checking out more from this author.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sapphires Are an Earl's Best Friend

  • Jewels of the Ton, Book 3
  • By: Shana Galen
  • Narrated by: Lucy Rivers
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 31

Lily Dawson, dubbed the countess of charm by the prince regent himself, plays the role of the courtesan flawlessly while her real purpose is spying in the service of the crown. Her mission now is to seduce a duke to test his true loyalties. She'll do it, even though the man she really wants is Andrew Booth-Payne, earl of Darlington - the duke's son.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story!

  • By Cynthia on 07-01-15

Great story!

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

Reviewed: 07-01-15

This had all the makings of an amazing story! The h/H were flawed, dimensional, strong, likeable, and so well developed. Their love story was slow burn with just the right amount of conflict to keep the story progressing without getting annoying. The story was engaging, so many dynamics bring this story together to make it great.

Definitely credit worthy!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Summer is for Lovers

  • By: Jennifer McQuiston
  • Narrated by: Lana J. Weston
  • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37

Though she was just a girl when they first met, Caroline Tolbertson's infatuation with David Cameron remains undimmed. Now fate has brought the handsome Scotsman back to Brighton for what promises to be an unforgettable summer. Soon, Caroline will have to choose a husband, but for now she is free to indulge her curiosity in things of a passionate nature. That is, if David will agree to teach her. Past mistakes have convinced David that he'll make a terrible husband, though he'll gladly help the unconventional Caroline find a suitor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet Story

  • By Cynthia on 03-01-15

Sweet Story

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

Reviewed: 03-01-15

What did you love best about Summer is for Lovers?

I loved the chemistry between David and Caroline. There wasn't much sex in this novel (only the last scene) but there was plenty of build up and I feel like the main focus was on the romance. Yes, there was some sexual tension, but so much more emotional connection and friction.

What about Lana J. Weston’s performance did you like?

All of her characters had slight variations to their accents. I love it when narrators do this, it makes it so much more authentic and you know who is talking without needing a textual reminder.

Any additional comments?

It's a really sweet story. The characters are very likable, though not too perfect, and genuine. The plot evolved nicely and I had emotional reactions to this book, but none too intense. It's a good book to read as a break from life or intense novels.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Master

  • The Game Maker, Book 2
  • By: Kresley Cole
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Alexis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,263
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,162
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,161

Rich, irresistible politician/Mafiya boss Maksimilian Sevastyan prefers tall, obedient blondes to fulfill his...complicated desires. That is until the icy Russian encounters a disobedient brunette whose exquisite little body threatens his legendary restraint.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh Baby Boy you are a HOTTT RUSO

  • By I HATE THIS NEW LOOK on 05-10-15

Unique and Engaging Story

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

Reviewed: 03-01-15

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

This is the first book by Kresley Cole I've read. This book is a part of a series, but I was able to understand the back story very easily without feeling like too much insignificant detail was thrown at me. It can be difficult to keep back story interesting without rambling, Cole did a great job at this. It works well as a stand alone.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved how completely flawed the characters were, but I still felt I could relate with them. There was a lot of character growth in this story as well. There was so much more to this novel than just sex and romance, though that was AMAZING as well.

Which character – as performed by Kimberly Alexis – was your favorite?

Maksimilian. She actually made him sound very masculine and even *sexy*.

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

I had a lot of extreme reactions to this book. I laughed, cried, came on to my husband.. a lot.. Anyway. Did I mention the sex in this book is amazing..?

  • The Devil Takes a Bride

  • By: Julia London
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 146
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 129
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 130

Once the toast of society, Grace Cabot and her sisters now await the shame of losing high status and fine luxuries upon the death of the Earl of Beckington. The dire circumstances are inevitable unless, of course, Grace's wicked plot to seduce a wealthy viscount into marriage goes off without a single hitch. But once a stolen embrace with the wrong man leads her to be discovered in the arms of Jeffrey, the Earl of Merryton, her plan takes a most unexpected - and scorching - twist - and altered by passion.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not your normal romance book

  • By Oh Good Grief on 12-13-15

Really Mixed Feelings on this Novel

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

Reviewed: 02-01-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes, overall I'd say it was time well spent. It's obvious Julia London is a very talented author. Her characters are engaging and her stories flow nicely.

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

She was amazing as always!

Any additional comments?

Okay, so this is the thing. These characters are VERY flawed.. Which can make a story so engaging and interesting, so that in itself was not all that bad. However, the heroine was flawed in a way that made her very unlikable to me. She was very self involved and lacked empathy for anyone else, especially the hero. This could have changed by the end of the novel, as I couldn't get past about half way through due to my frustration... I was so aggravated by that point I didn't even care. It wasn't worth finding out if she redeemed herself in the end.

It was especially annoying since the novel seemed to point to the hero the antagonist in the story. He was the one with the disorder and he was really messed up and confused. His behavior was very wrong in so many ways, but while I felt as though his faults were a main focus in the story, I felt like her faults were passed off as having a spunky and cute personality. It went past the point as being spunky. It was often mean.

As someone who struggles through Obsessive Compulsive Disorder on a daily basis, for over a decade, I will admit that perhaps my point of view is a little biased when it comes to interpreting the hero's faults compared to the heroine's. My OCD presents itself very differently than the hero's, but I could relate to his humiliation from his disorder and how painful it can be to try to hide it and face judgment of people who don't understand. Yes, his behavior was often despicable, but I feel like his motivations came from a place of suffering and confusion. Her motivations seemed to come from selfishness and being unnecessarily judgmental.

Since I recognize that my biased viewpoint could have been more to blame in my not enjoying this book than the story itself, I could see how anyone without a thorn in their paw might really enjoy this story and not even think anything of the heroine's behavior. Because of that, I'd say YES, this novel is worth the credit and the writing itself is very good. London's novels are worth the risk. She's written some great novels.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Catch a Falling Heiress

  • An American Heiress in London
  • By: Laura Lee Guhrke
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

Linnet Holland wants nothing to do with fortune hunters. No, she's determined to marry a man who loves her. But just as she's about to accept the perfect marriage proposal from the man she wants, the rakish Earl of Featherstone interrupts and ruins everything, including her reputation, with his smoldering kiss...

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Characters actually say what they mean!

  • By Cynthia on 02-01-15

Characters actually say what they mean!

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

Reviewed: 02-01-15

What made the experience of listening to Catch a Falling Heiress the most enjoyable?

I cannot even count the number of books that have frustrated me beyond belief with conflicts that could be resolved so easily if the characters just had a straight up conversation about what they feel and their motivations. Yes, sometimes a little angst is pretty awesome, but not the kind of angst that's caused by the characters being morons.The characters in this book don't do that! I have never, ever read a character that talks as honestly as the hero. And it actually AVOIDS and RESOLVES the conflict!! Yet, there is plenty going on aside from communication between H/h that held my interest through the entire novel. It was soo fabulous to not have to feel like banging my head against a wall or throwing my Kindle across the room.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jack, because he doesn't beat around the bush when he's explaining himself. He's real, yo.

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

There were a few moments where I was laughing, it was a fun book. I especially loved the setups Jack put the other admirers through.

Any additional comments?

This is the first novel I've read from this author, I'll definitely be reading more! Susan Ericksen was amazing as always, I love her narrations so much. Overall, a fun, interesting, and fulfilling story.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Venetia

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,458
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,304
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,306

Venetia Lanyon, beautiful, intelligent and independent, lives in comfortable seclusion in rural Yorkshire with her precocious brother Aubrey. Her future seems safe and predictable: Either marriage to the respectable but dull Edward Yardley, or a life of peaceful spinsterhood. But when she meets the dashing, dangerous rake Lord Damerel, her well-ordered life is turned upside down, and she embarks upon a relationship with him that scandalizes and horrifies the whole community.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No Guilt Here!

  • By Carole T. on 05-16-14

Witty, Fun, and Involved

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

Reviewed: 01-28-15

Would you listen to Venetia again? Why?

I might! Which for me says a lot as there are only two novels I've listened to more than once by choice. I don't usually enjoy reading novels multiple times, but I could see myself wanting to read this again. It wasn't just the plot that had me involved, it was the humor and characters that kept me drawn in.

What did you like best about this story?

I loved how dynamic the characters were! They were multidimensional, interesting, witty, fun, flawed... The list could go on and on! They were so believable and well rounded.

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

She caught all the ironic tones and subtleties. It brought more dimension to the dialogue and greatly added to the humor.

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

I felt like the last scene with Venetia, Aubrey and Lord Demerol was very sweet and moving.

Any additional comments?

GREAT book!