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  • The Hunger Games

  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,298
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,489
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,924

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story. Absolutely grating narrator.

  • By tcp100 on 12-27-11

I don't get the appeal

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

Reviewed: 03-30-17

I wanted to like this book but I had a hard time with the concept. I just couldn't get behind it. I liked the main characters and thought it was well written but probably won't read the others.

It seemed a like the show survivor but with kids and death.

  • Bachelor Number Five

  • The Bachelor Series, Volume 1
  • By: Kenneth Rosenberg
  • Narrated by: Francesca Santoro
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6

From the moment Amanda Perkins first laid eyes on bachelor number five on her favorite dating show, she knew it was love at first sight. Handsome, smart, and kind, Grant Hutchinson is everything she's ever dreamed of in a man. The problem? She's not a contestant. And she lives halfway across the country. These small details aren't about to stop Amanda who will do whatever it takes to win her man.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Do not buy audible narration

  • By Verdell82 on 06-29-16

Do not buy audible narration

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

Reviewed: 06-29-16

The audible narration ruins this book. Text to speech is better on my kindle. The narration sounds like it was recorded on a hand recorder or on a car phones Bluetooth. The re recording sounds distant. The narrator also is very rigid and not relaxed. It felt scripted.

The story is cute but narration is awful. Buy the kindle book if you want to read it.

  • Just Like Heaven

  • By: Marc Levy
  • Narrated by: Michael McGlone
  • Length: 5 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 182
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35

Arthur is the only man who can share Lauren's secret, the only one who can see her, hear her, and talk to her when no one else so much as senses her presence. So when doctors prepare to end Lauren's physical care, which would destroy the magical bond she and Arthur cherish, he must find a way to save her. For, after all, it is only her love that can save him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just Like Heaven (Unabridged)

  • By Cheryl on 12-18-05

Not like the movie but still good

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

Reviewed: 04-26-16

I went into this knowing it wouldn't be like the movie and I was pleasantly surprised. It was similar enough and different enough it seemed like a companion.

  • Me Before You

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,526
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,060
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,005

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Journey Into the Unknown

  • By Pamela Harvey on 01-13-13

Dumb dumb dumb

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

Reviewed: 02-23-16

I've been told to read this book for ages and how awesome it was. I read it and kept reading and hoped at some point I could connect with the characters. I never could. Then given the situation I figured there was something that would happen but the way it was written did not make me like the people. There was so many jumping narrators. People brought up that were irrelevant to the story. Then at the end, knowing what was going to happen it wasn't even that loving. I never felt like Will actually liked Louisa. And he just seemed selfish and didn't even do anything about her feelings except for throw money at her. This was dumb.

  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson

  • By: John Green, David Levithan
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews, Nick Podehl
  • Length: 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,635
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,307
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,325

One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So good!

  • By Jacqueline on 06-14-10

Hated this book

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

Reviewed: 01-11-16

I personally did not like the storyline at all. I found it hard to follow. I couldn't tell which Will Grayson was which half the time. Some may find it amusing but I personally didn't like the characters.

  • Thirteen Reasons Why

  • By: Jay Asher
  • Narrated by: Debra Wiseman, Joel Johnstone
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,274
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,491

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush, who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah's voice explains that there are 13 reasons she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he'll find out why.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Ideal Audio Book

  • By Diana on 01-10-11

Interesting Read

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

Reviewed: 01-05-16

This sounded very well written about a girl after her suicide. There were multiple things I saw that seemed like she never really asked for help but typical of a girl her age to think no one cares. You get really into Clay and where he fits in the story. What did he do. I know she was most mad for her death at the last person to get the tapes but I still think she never said what she was really thinking so even though she blames him I wouldn't as a listener.

  • Love at First Date

  • Better Date than Never
  • By: Susan Hatler
  • Narrated by: Martha Lee
  • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

Ellen’s figured out that finding the right guy is all about compatibility. That’s why she signs up for Detailed Dating - the local online dating scene in Sacramento. They ask men the hard questions, compare their answers with hers, then she filters through the profiles of each provided “match.” After numerous email exchanges, she narrows it down to two promising candidates she’s excited to meet in person.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Humorous refeshing read

  • By Cyn on 02-21-15

Cute and Short

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

Reviewed: 01-04-16

It's an adorable afternoon read or listen that compares online dating to meeting someone in your surroundings.

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  • Trading Christmas

  • By: Debbie Macomber
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 490
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 432
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 432

Charles Brewster, history professor, curmudgeon and resident of Boston, wants to avoid Christmas altogether. He figures a prison town should be nice and quiet over the holidays - except he’s thinking of the wrong Leavenworth!Through an internet site, Charles and Emily arrange to swap houses for the holiday. So Emily goes to Boston - and discovers that her daughter has gone to Florida. And Charles arrives in Leavenworth to discover that it’s not the prison town - it’s Santa’s village! The place is full of Christmas trees, Christmas music and...elves.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Like Holiday Snowflakes

  • By 3AM Mom on 01-19-12

Cute Christmas Novel

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

Reviewed: 12-07-15

This was a cute novel in that it reminded me a bit of the movie The Holiday. I love that movie. These people trade homes and other people from the other persons life gets tangled in leading up to Christmas. Cute read.

  • Marry Me at Christmas

  • A Fool's Gold Romance, Book 19
  • By: Susan Mallery
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 6 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 320
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324

To bridal boutique owner Madeline Krug, organizing a Christmas wedding sounds like a joy - until she finds out she'll be working closely with the gorgeous brother of the bride, movie star Jonny Blaze. How will a small-town girl like her keep from falling for the world's sexiest guy? Especially with mistletoe lurking around every corner!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Movie Star crush becomes Hero Boyfriend

  • By Rachel M on 06-05-16

Cute Story

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

Reviewed: 12-02-15

I thought this was a really cute Christmas read. I enjoyed it for what it is. The only thing that got me is why a guy would be planning out most of his sisters wedding, but then again there wouldn't be a story if he weren't.

  • The Fault in Our Stars

  • By: John Green
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,338

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Poignant Story

  • By AudioAddict on 04-25-13

Best book ever!

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

Reviewed: 09-14-15

I loved this book. I don't have cancer but I live with chronic pain. I felt I could identify with the characters and the troubles they had and thoughts they thought. Worth the read.