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  • A Wish Upon the Stars

  • Tales from Verania
  • By: TJ Klune
  • Narrated by: Michael Lesley
  • Length: 18 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 305
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 300
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 298

Nearly a year ago, blinded by grief and betrayal, Sam of Wilds made a desperate decision to follow the Great White into the Dark Woods. Now, he emerges to a world changed. The City of Lockes is a prison. The King has been locked away in the dungeons. The Kingdom of Verania has fallen, and the Dark wizard Myrin sits on the throne. But soon after his return, Sam learns of a resistance fighting in his name, led by a courageous knight, a defiant prince, a pissed-off unicorn, and a half-giant who wants to smash everything in sight. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best series ever. Seriously.

  • By Jen on 11-29-18

Dan Savage, have you read this?

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

Reviewed: 12-08-18

As a 45 year old, straight, Australian mother of 2 I have to say this was my favourite audiobook in many years.

Gods!!! The narrator was so good. I think even Dan Savage would agree.

I have LOVED all of T.J. Klune’s audiobooks but I have to admit I thought this one might be a stretch with dragons and unicorn.... however this will be a story that Will stay with me. I might even recommend to my children when they are grown.
Or is that just weird?
That’s weird isn’t it?
I’m sure Gary would say it’s ok.

  • Never Never: Part One

  • By: Colleen Hoover, Tarryn Fisher
  • Narrated by: Kevin Free, Elizabeth Evans
  • Length: 4 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 815
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 749
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 749

Never Never, a novella series. Book one of three. Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of 14. Complete strangers since this morning. He'll do anything to remember. She'll do anything to forget. This novella is recommended for people age 16+ due to mild language and sexual content.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too short

  • By nc on 09-20-16

Young adult fiction

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

Reviewed: 06-09-18

Would have loved this when I was 16 but thankfully I am no longer 16. Definitely suited to a young adult audience.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Love in the Present Tense

  • By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by: David Coburn, Jeremy Redleaf, Duana Speights
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

Leonard is an eerily wise five-year-old boy with the ability to captivate everyone he meets. Pearl is Leonard's devoted teenage mother, desperately trying to hide a violent secret from her past. Mitch is Leonard's 25-year-old next-door neighbour. One day, Pearl drops Leonard off with Mitch, and never returns. As truth and fiction, memory and dreams collide, Mitch finds himself learning from a surprising source the true, magical definition of love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful book

  • By Wendy on 07-23-17

So excited about finding this brilliant author.

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

Reviewed: 02-05-14

I find it hard to find books that really engage me. So much of the time I feel like I am churning through average, forgettable stories. But here I stumble across this author who writes books that engage me and keep me wanting more. I have read or listened to most of her books and am yet to be disappointed. Each story is different. There's no formula that she repeats which makes each story unique. Her characters are so real. It is not deep, introspective, navel pondering literature. It is real life depicting characters you almost feel like you know.
The audible versions are also so well narrated.

  • Heft

  • By: Liz Moore
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne, Keith Szarabajka
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,436
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,070
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,068

Forrmer academic Arthur Opp weighs 550 pounds and hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty miles away in Yonkers, seventeen-year-old Kel Keller navigates life as the poor kid in a rich school and pins his hopes on what seems like a promising baseball career - if he can untangle himself from his family drama.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Intriguing--Captivating--Altering

  • By Mel on 04-19-12

A nice easy listen

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

Reviewed: 11-23-13

A good book that I enjoyed. Did not disappoint but also did not excite me that much.

  • The Casual Vacancy

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 17 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 231

When Barry Fairbrother dies in his early 40s, the town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty facade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Reality - and exceptional insight

  • By debra on 10-05-12

I couldn't even finish it - yawn!

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

Reviewed: 11-23-13

I kept waiting for something to actually happen in the story - to no avail. Introduces new characters every 5 minutes to no effect. I couldn't finish it. I went in with open eyes - not expecting anything like HP but still very disappointed.

  • Fated Love

  • By: Radclyffe
  • Narrated by: Abby Craden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 523
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 492

What do you do when your carefully planned life takes a wrong turn into hell? When Quinn Maguire, a dashing young trauma surgeon, unaccountably accepts a position as an ER physician, her new boss, Honor Blake, suspects that Quinn is hiding a dark secret. While the two declare an uneasy truce in an effort to work together, both struggle with mutual, and unexpected, attraction.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Repeater

  • By Gbgrl on 07-15-17

Terrible narration - good story

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

Reviewed: 11-23-13

The narrator spent the whole book sounding like she was on the edge of orgasm. A real shame as the story was quite good.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Abducted

  • Lizzy Gardner, Book 1
  • By: T. R. Ragan
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,962
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,617
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,606

Escaping from a madman should have been the end of her nightmare. Instead it was only the beginning...Lizzy Gardner was just seventeen when she was kidnapped by the psychopath known as Spiderman, a serial killer terrorizing her California hometown. Imprisoned and tormented for months, Lizzy narrowly escaped with her life and Spiderman vanished without a trace. But if she thought he would forget her, she was dead wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Edge of your seat

  • By shelley on 02-17-14

Good story but pretty disturbing torture scenes.

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

Reviewed: 10-26-13

Enjoyable story, easy to listen to. Hold your attention to the end BUT the torture scenes are quite disturbing.

30 of 31 people found this review helpful

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  • Second Glance

  • By: Jodi Picoult
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,075
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 488
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 482

An intricate tale of love, haunting memories, and renewal, Second Glance begins in current-day Vermont, where an old man puts a piece of land up for sale and unintentionally raises protest from the local Abenaki Indian tribe, who insist it's a burial ground. When odd, supernatural events plague the town of Comtosook, a ghost hunter is hired by the developer to help convince the residents that there's nothing spiritual about the property.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not up to par

  • By Ella on 11-04-06

Ok if you like ghost stories.

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

Reviewed: 04-30-13

Only got one third of my way through it. If I liked ghost stories and make believe this would have been very enjoyable.

  • Committed

  • A Sceptic Makes Peace With Marriage
  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

At the end of her bestselling memoir Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert fell in love with Felipe - a Brazilian-born man of Australian citizenship who'd been living in Indonesia when they met. Resettling in America, the couple swore eternal fidelity to each other, but also swore to never, ever, under any circumstances get legally married. (Both survivors of difficult divorces. Enough said.) But providence intervened one day in the form of the U.S. government.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Profoundly Simple

  • By Eric on 12-29-11

Amazing!

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

Reviewed: 09-22-12

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

Insightful, thought provoking and rewarding

Any additional comments?

Brilliant book. Feels like it was written for me. I am married and have always questioned marriage, wondered about history of the thing. This book delves into the history of marriage, the way it varies in cultures and countries, why we do it and what it all means. Now I just need Elizabeth Gilbert to have children so she can answer all my questions about raising children and motherhood.

  • Fifty Shades of Grey

  • Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
  • By: E. L. James
  • Narrated by: Becca Battoe
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 622
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 542
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 544

When literature student Anastasia Steele interviews successful entrepreneur Christian Grey, she finds him very attractive and deeply intimidating. Convinced that their meeting went badly, she tries to put him out of her mind – until he turns up at the store where she works part-time, and invites her out. Unworldly and innocent, Ana is shocked to find she wants this man. And, when he warns her to keep her distance, it only makes her want him more.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Frustratingly bad read

  • By Masha on 06-29-12

OMG it is like, SO bad!!!

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

Reviewed: 06-15-12

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

If you are a 20 year old girl who like, speaks, like, omg, you know in that teenage american way you may like it. As a nearly 40 year old it was embarrassing! If this girl blushes one more time or trips over falling on her face one more time I shall scream. It is a Mills and Boons for teenagers. Maybe it was just the narrators voice. Maybe reading the book would be better. I don't think so. The target audience is definately late teenagers early 20s.

Has Fifty Shades of Grey turned you off from other books in this genre?

If I had known it was a Mills and Boons genre I wouldn't have read it.

What didn’t you like about Becca Battoe’s performance?

Shocking. That is as a 40 year old. If I was 18 I would probably have loved it.

Any additional comments?

For anyone over the age of 22 don't waste your money.

11 of 15 people found this review helpful