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  • Ash Princess

  • By: Laura Sebastian
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337

Theodosia was six when her country was invaded and her mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. On that day, the Kaiser took Theodosia's family, her land, and her name. Theo was crowned Ash Princess - a title of shame to bear in her new life as a prisoner. For 10 years, Theo has been a captive in her own palace. She's endured the relentless abuse and ridicule of the Kaiser and his court. She is powerless, surviving in her new world only by burying the girl she was deep inside.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I expected, but still very good.

  • By M. Addison on 06-27-18

Not what I expected, but still very good.

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

I have to start by saying that the idea behind the plot of this book is nothing new... I've read a lot of fantasy/dystopian books similar to this one. There are some fun things that made this one stand out though, and I liked the overall story and it ended in the ways that I predicted all along. The ash crown plays a very interesting part in this book, and the stones/gems that brought magic to the table. Those were some super interesting elements to this story.

When I started this book, it was slow moving, the world building was good, but the plot and character development was slow. There was a lot of back story, some necessary and some I could of done without. Our main character is being raised in a semi-prison, watched 100% of the time by these guardians called shadows - even when she sleeps, which I found super odd. I have a mental picture of what her room looked like, and it was a lot like a solitary confinement space in a prison. I immediately was drawn to her mental state and how that was holding up to what she had been through thus far. The book didn't really pick up until about 75% in when our heroine could finally see how her plans might work out - but they were still flimsy ones at that point. By the end, I was hooked, even though I felt that the last few chapters were rushed, they were still full of action. I just wanted more of that earlier on in the book, even in small doses. I feel like it would of developed a lot smoother overall.

I found it interesting that we didn't get any definite answers on some questions from the start of the book - but they let you assume the answers. I would of rather of known for sure, mostly about her father. I was also slightly annoyed by the love square we were put through - a second chance romance and a fake romance... I didn't see it necessary to get to the end, but I guess to each their own. The secondary characters stole the show - her shadows and some of the staff were my favorites.

I give this book a solid three stars. I liked it enough, I finished it, but I don't think I could get through it again. I'm not sure if I will pick up a sequel. This is also what happened to me after Red Queen. Predictable storyline, and it fell short.

I really enjoyed the narrator over all - she did a great job bringing these characters to life.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Ember Burning

  • Trinity Forest, Book 1
  • By: Jennifer Alsever
  • Narrated by: Moira Todd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14

Author Jennifer Alsever delivers an addictive story about a teen grieving over her parent's tragic death who becomes entangled with a mysterious forest teeming with urban legends of strange disappearances and witchcraft. Ember Trouve used to be alive, driven to become a musician and on a path to college. That was before her parents died. One day, after venturing into the fabled Trinity Forest, she goes missing. Now, Ember must confront the truth behind her parents' death - or lose herself to the forest forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Fascinating Paranormal YA Story

  • By Isabel Robles on 03-14-18

I did not see any of that coming...

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

I have to be honest, when the early chapters of this book started, I was not sure I would like it at all. This girl is struggling with life, she’s depressed, abusing substances, and not sure how to live the life she has in front of her. She ends up deep in the forest, and missing for weeks. Then things took a sharp turn, and I really enjoyed where it went from there. Trinity Forest is such a mystery and it’s all linked back to her Mom, and other stories of missing kids, and she’s on a journey to find out exactly what happened to them…

This book too MANY turns that I didn’t see coming at all! This story was unexpectedly strange and I really enjoyed every second of it! It went in a direction that took my completely by surprise. I thought at the start that this book was going to be one of those Young Adult books that just didn’t have much depth, the girl would fall way to quick with a guy or run away to a place just to escape her crappy deal at life without reason… Believe me, there are reasons far beyond Ember’s control; and none of this book makes sense until the end! Just keep reading, trust me! Also, this one ends in a cliffhanger… so be prepared!

I am not sure the age of the narrator just yet, but she is perfect for this book. She sounds young, she’s got the emotion and the teenage personality needed this this part. She does a very good job of bringing Ember to life. Her voice is a mash up of Anna Kendrick and Felicia Day - some parts are pretty dry, but that is also Ember’s personality coming through. I loved the part early on in the book when a song is to be sung, and the narrator did a fabulous job performing that. It gave some depth to a scene that was emotional and could of fallen completely flat. It actually happens more than once and that I think is my most favorite part of this audio book!

  • Drumline

  • By: Stacy Kestwick
  • Narrated by: Stephen Dexter, Tracy Marks
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

Traditions are important. Especially in the South. College football. Rivalries. Tailgating. Halftime shows. Some things just don’t change. Until Reese Holland shows up with her long legs and no-bullshit attitude to audition for the prestigious all-male Rodner University snare line. It doesn’t matter how much hazing she has to endure from Laird Bronson, with his narrowed green eyes and arrogant smirk. She wants that damn spot, and she’s more than good enough to earn it. She expects there to be tension. Even friction. But not sparks hot enough to burn the entire campus down.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly Emotional College Romance!

  • By bookbruin on 02-12-18

Great New Adult Romance!

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

Reviewed: 02-07-18

Would you listen to Drumline again? Why?

YES! Because Stephen Dexter's voice is dreamy!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Drumline?

When Laird stood up to Marco, and then had Reese at his side for his last game!

What does Stephen Dexter and Tracy Marks bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Oh gosh! I wasn't too big on Tracy, she was very breathy in her narration. But Stephen could follow me around the grocery store and read my list to me! He did a fabulous job, and made this book and these characters come to life.

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

Girls can do anything that boys can do better.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed getting to know each of the secondary characters, hating Marco, and learning more about Reese and Laird as we got deeper into the book. Their lives are so complex and their relationship builds on the layers they keep peeling apart from their own lives. Getting to know someone in college isn’t always easy, and the lives of these two characters are already complicated - add in that he’s a senior, and she’s a freshman…

This book had a little bit of everything. I was very pleased. A true new adult novel.

  • Mack

  • Black Mountain Pack, Book 1
  • By: Miranda Lynn
  • Narrated by: Brian Callanan
  • Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 24

Casey hasn’t had an easy life. On her eighteenth birthday, she learns why she's always felt so different. She’s a shifter. Hiding behind a diner for shelter now that she’s been kicked out of the last in a long line of foster homes, she’s shocked when a man approaches her offering help. Mack is still searching for the cub his father took in even years after her kidnapping. He had no idea he’d find his mate, and the girl he’s been searching for, Casey, when he offers to help a woman outside of a local favorite diner.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mack

  • By Zoe on 01-10-18

Great Shifter Story!

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

Reviewed: 09-10-17

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

Yes, it's a fun, short, well written read.

What did you like best about this story?

The well-rounded characters, and the bit of mystery involved.

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

I have not, so I can not compare. I really enjoyed this one though.

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

The moment Casey finds out she is his true mate.

Any additional comments?

I was completely immersed in this world from the start.

  • Play Right by Me

  • Paradise Cove Series, Book 3
  • By: Patrice Wilton
  • Narrated by: Rita Page
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Brittany Holmes, heartbroken and pregnant, leaves the touring dance troupe and the glamorous life she led in Miami for home in Paradise Cove. Her mother and sisters are like a beacon at the end of the road, and their unconditional love and support is what her bruised heart craves. Ashley Jordon Chase, New York advertising exec, is in Paradise Cove to pursue his lifetime dream of being a playwright. Family circumstances thwarted his earlier writing ambitions and his lucrative career doesn't satisfy him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful romance in an idealic scene.

  • By H D on 11-01-17

Strong female protaganist!

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

Reviewed: 08-13-17

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

Definitely. This book can be read as a stand alone, but is entertwined into this lovely story that spans three books, and involved this Mom, Anna, and her three daughters. I have really enjoyed all three books, and getting to know these characters.

What other book might you compare Play Right by Me to and why?

I would compare to the Country Road series by Andrea Johnston, just as sexy, and just as heartwarming!

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

I have not, but I will be looking into other books she has voiced. I really enjoyed her!

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

YES! Such a strong and heartbreaking storyline, but still an HEA!

Any additional comments?

I started this book just as soon as I finished the first two, I was so excited to be able to finish up this trilogy all in the same format! Play Right By Me was released earlier this year and to be honest, I liked this one better than the first two. Not because the others are bad, but because I just loved this story line the most! Brittany is the youngest of the sisters, and I just love how much she has grown, developed and changed since I started this series.

  • Paradise Cove

  • Paradise Series, Book 1
  • By: Patrice Wilton
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Vail
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

Cardiac surgeon, Sean Flannigan, lost his daughter to a rare form of leukemia; he can mend broken hearts, but his is beyond repair. Kayla Holmes, along with her sisters, inherited guest cottages in the Keys after their stepfather died. Their high spirits and positive energy are a beacon of light that directs Sean's sailboat into Paradise Cove. Can Kayla's compassion find a crack in Sean's armor? Sometimes love isn't enough to heal a wounded heart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good listen

  • By Cyn on 05-14-16

A perfect storm of drama!

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

Reviewed: 07-29-17

Where does Paradise Cove rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Not the top, but definitely not the bottom either! Loved the story, and adored the narrator.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Paradise Cove?

When Shawn finally came back! It was a beautiful moment!

Which scene was your favorite?

The scene at Robbie's when Shawn shows up and takes Kayla home! So sweet, and hot!

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

A roller coaster of life, and a perfect storm of drama!

Any additional comments?

About the narrator, she was fabulous! Some of her voices were kind of hokey and made me chuckle, but she did a very good job.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Odd Birds

  • By: Ian Harding
  • Narrated by: Ian Harding
  • Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 64
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64

A seven-time Teen Choice Award Winner on Freeform's most-watched series, Pretty Little Liars... A social media influencer with over seven million followers... An avid bird-watcher? Yes, Ian Harding is all of these things and so much more. In this memoir, explore the unexpected world of a young celebrity through the lens of his favorite pastime - birding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely

  • By SAMAAAY on 11-24-17

Ian is incredible grounded!

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

Reviewed: 07-01-17

I really enjoyed Ian's story, his little tidbits about PLL were perfect, but I enjoyed getting to know him as a human, and bird lover, as well.

  • A Human Element

  • The Element Trilogy, Volume 1
  • By: Donna Galanti
  • Narrated by: Chase Bradley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 16

One by one, Laura Armstrong's friends and adoptive family members are being murdered, and despite her unique healing powers, she can do nothing to stop it. The savage killer haunts her dreams, tormenting her with the promise that she is next. Determined to find the killer, she follows her visions to the site of a crashed meteorite in her hometown. There, she meets Ben Fieldstone, who seeks answers about his parents' death the night the meteorite struck. In a race to stop a madman, they unravel a frightening secret that binds them together.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Such a weird story, but held my attention.

  • By M. Addison on 06-05-17

Such a weird story, but held my attention.

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

Reviewed: 06-05-17

What did you like best about A Human Element? What did you like least?

The one thing this book doesn't lack at all is character development.

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

GASP. Insane. I loved how the story revolved around one mysterious act, and then another would happen and throw a wrench in the works... all leading up to some pretty big reveals. It was fun to see it all come together, as I was trying to predict what was going to happen all along.

Which character – as performed by Chase Bradley – was your favorite?

I think Mr. B - he sounded like Michael Keaton's Batman and it made me chuckle everytime! Chase did a fabulous job narrating this story! I loved his voice, and the quality was way better than some I've heard as of late. He had some wonderful inflections that made the characters come to life!

Do you think A Human Element needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No, I think it was tied up in a nicely weird bow!

Any additional comments?

This story was just as weird as I thought it was going to be, maybe even weirder! The plot was very creative, interesting and engaging. The characters are well developed, and their was a lot of thriller and mystery aspects that I loved!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Truth of a Liar

  • By: Cassie Graham
  • Narrated by: Jack Hope
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

"Life doesn't always go according to plan. In fact, it has a nasty habit of veering off the map. So when my job led me to New York City, something extraordinary happened...her script merged with mine." ENTER STAGE LEFT - Rowan Townsend, a 29-year-old Broadway starlet, strolls onto the dark, ominous stage. The bright spotlight finds her and she smiles broadly, her body buzzing in anticipation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I need a LARK in my life!

  • By M. Addison on 06-05-17

I need a LARK in my life!

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

Reviewed: 06-05-17

Where does The Truth of a Liar rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Near the top, the narrator is AMAZING and he did a great job with the female and male POV's. I already loved this story, the audio brought it to life!

What did you like best about this story?

The relationship developing slowly, I love that it was on a slow burn even though Lark and Rowan are thrown into an awkward situation.

Which scene was your favorite?

Ugh. There are so many good ones.... I can't choose.

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

Even liars can be redeemed.

  • The Magnolia Story

  • By: Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
  • Narrated by: Chip Gaines, Joanna Gaines
  • Length: 5 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 13,119
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,922
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11,882

Are you ready to see your fixer-upper? These famous words are now synonymous with the dynamic husband-and-wife team Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV's Fixer Upper. As this question fills the airwaves with anticipation, their legions of fans continue to multiply and ask a different series of questions, like: Who are these people? What's the secret to their success? And is Chip actually that funny in real life?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surprised! This is not a "chick book"

  • By Mavwreck75 on 07-30-17

An inspiring catalog of marriage with God.

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

Reviewed: 06-05-17

What made the experience of listening to The Magnolia Story the most enjoyable?

Learning about the little things, and the behind the scenes of their marriage and relationship with God.

What other book might you compare The Magnolia Story to and why?

Anything by Candace Cameron Bure.

What does Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

An honesty in their voice inflections. I enjoyed hearing their story straight from their mouths.

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

If you can't find beauty in the ugly, you won't find it in the good either.