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  • Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

  • A Novel
  • By: Gail Honeyman
  • Narrated by: Cathleen McCarron
  • Length: 11 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,070
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 28,770
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,664

Meet Eleanor Oliphant: She struggles with appropriate social skills and tends to say exactly what she's thinking. Nothing is missing in her carefully timetabled life of avoiding social interactions, where weekends are punctuated by frozen pizza, vodka, and phone chats with Mummy. But everything changes when Eleanor meets Raymond, the bumbling and deeply unhygienic IT guy from her office.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Close To Perfection--A Definite Thumbs Up!

  • By Kathy on 08-07-17

Worth the Hype (2017)

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

In the whole time I was reading this book I don’t think I ever got the title right. This meant that I was constantly recommending that people read ‘Elephant Oliver’ or ‘Oliphant is Okay’ or sometimes just, ‘the book with the matches on the cover’. The reason this is important is because I would be extremely disappointed if someone missed out on reading this great book because of my title issues! The story was really engaging and the characters were very realistic and complex. I think the reader did a great job capturing the voice of Eleanor, and definitely added to the enjoyability of the book!

#mentalhealth #femaleprotagonist #funny #sad #interestingplottwists #sweepstakes #tagsgiving

  • Of Fire and Stars

  • By: Audrey Coulthurst
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld, Moira Quirk
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 207

Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile kingdoms. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire - a dangerous gift for the future queen of a land where magic is forbidden. Now Denna has to learn the ways of her new kingdom while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria's formidable warhorses before her coronation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A lovely earnestly romantic fantasy romp.

  • By joel on 07-18-18

A Fun LGBT Romance

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

I can’t really understand why I enjoyed this book so much. But I really did! Even though the characters were a bit simplistic, the magic a bit overdone, and the plot and setting nothing new, I found myself listening to this book almost in one sitting - I was hooked! I definitely think the chemistry between the two main characters was well done, and even though they weren't the deepest characters, they were still pretty likeable. Note: I have a tendency to be much more lenient towards lgbtgi+ love stories, and thinking about it, if this book centred around a straight couple, I probably wouldn’t have given it a second glance!

#lgbtqi+ #fantasy #romance #femaleprotagotnist #princesses #magic #sweepstakes #tagsgiving

  • The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

  • By: Mackenzi Lee
  • Narrated by: Moira Quirk
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 453
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 433
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429

A year after a grand tour with her brother, Felicity Montague has returned to England with two goals - avoid the marriage proposal of a lovestruck suitor and enroll in medical school. However, her intellect will never be enough in the eyes of the sexist administrators. But then a window of opportunity opens - a doctor she idolizes is marrying an old friend of hers in Germany. Felicity believes this man can help her, but she has no money of her own to make the trip. Luckily, a mysterious young woman is willing to pay Felicity’s way, so long as she’s allowed to travel with Felicity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • very fun listen

  • By H. Kravitz on 10-25-18

A Good Follow up in the Series

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

This is going to sound unusual but I wasn’t fully taken with ‘The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue’ like everybody else was. I thought it was alright, but not that great. ‘The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy’ I enjoyed way more. Part of me is relieved to finally have a character that does not obsess with their romantic relationships the whole story and is happy with their own company. The ending was a little weak but apart from that I thought the story and character were strong and compelling the whole way though.

#victorian #feminist #lgbtqi+ #adventure #happyending #goodfun #sweepstakes #tagsgiving

  • Sadie

  • By: Courtney Summers
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler, Fred Berman, Dan Bittner, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 789
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 732
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 729

Sadie hasn't had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she's been raising her sister, Mattie, in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water. But when Mattie is found dead, Sadie's entire world crumbles. After a somewhat botched police investigation, Sadie is determined to bring her sister's killer to justice and hits the road following a few meager clues to find him. When West McCray - a radio personality working on a segment about forgotten towns in America - overhears Sadie's story, he becomes obsessed with finding the girl.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, Courtney Summers, author to follow

  • By Linda on 09-20-18

Definitely Read!

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

I was very impressed with Sadie. A few days before I picked up this audiobook I learnt how investigative podcasts worked, and I’m glad I did. This was one of the most original story’s I have read in terms of story telling. The full cast was fantastic. Brilliantly performed. It felt like it was real and not just a story.

Also Courtney Summers is a great author. I recommend any of her books. Her writing always finds a way to punch your guts, grab them, squeeze them hard then twist them just a bit. Also she doesn’t go soft on you thoughout the book, including for the conclusion.

#jadedteen #gritty #femaleprotagonist #feminist #disability #revenge #sexualviolence #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • The One

  • The Selection, Book 3
  • By: Kiera Cass
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,169
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,619
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,629

The time has come for one winner to be crowned. When she was chosen to compete in the Selection, America never dreamed she would find herself anywhere close to the crown - or to Prince Maxon's heart. But as the end of the competition approaches, and the threats outside the palace walls grow more vicious, America realizes just how much she stands to lose - and how hard she'll have to fight for the future she wants.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous Final Installment

  • By Katherine on 07-03-14

Finish at Book 2

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

This did not have a satisfying ending. This was a series that I wouldn’t say I necessarily liked, but was interested to see where it was heading. I was willing to give it a chance to blow me away at the end so that I could proudly say the whole series was worth it. Sadly it was not. If you’ve read the first two and are happy enough, I recommend leaving it at that. All the built up plot lines were just told to you. Just like that. It was as if the author had such a strong vision about where she was going that she didn’t know how to present it. There were other issues too: sexism, plot flaws, character inconsistencies and weak conflict. I can occasionally ignore these things if I enjoy the book enough for other reasons. My final though: this series could have been written in one or two books.

#happyending #dystopian #sexist #romance #predictable #sweepstakes #tagsgiving

  • The Winner's Curse

  • Winner's Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Marie Rutkoski
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 475
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him - with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Winning Story

  • By Wendy on 03-24-16

Surprisingly Good

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18


I was not sure what to make of this series. Another YA trilogy of a dysfunctional society, a strong, rebellious and heroic female lead and an antagonistic love interest. Sound familiar? That being said I did enjoy this audiobook. I don’t usually like Justine Eyre - in fact I would go far as to say that usually I don’t like her reading at all, but I found myself really getting into her voices. It took a while but I started to enjoy her little manufactured accents which really added to my experience of the book. I also found the story original enough that I enjoyed myself the whole way though. It was also a very reasonable length.

#dystopia #romance #kickassheroine #veryya #femaleprotagonist#sweepstakes #tagsgiving

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  • Soulless

  • An Alexia Tarabotti Novel
  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Emily Gray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,945
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,992
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,023

Victorian romance mixes seamlessly with elegant prose and biting wit—and werewolves—in Gail Carriger’s delightful debut novel. Soulless introduces Alexia Tarabotti, a parasol-wielding Londoner getting dangerously close to spinster status. But there are more important things than finding a husband. For Alexia was born without a soul, giving her the ability to render any vampire or werewolf completely powerless.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amelia Peabody has competition

  • By Pamela I Greene on 07-22-10

Not Gail Carrigers Best

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

This was a book I bought on sale years ago and I finally had the chance to listen to it. I bought it because I loved Gail Carrigers Etiquette and Espionage. In some ways they are similar. Both unladylike women from the Victorian era who are kickass. However, I feel like Etiquette and Espionage - even though it was geared for a younger audience, was so much better. I found this book boring, the romance cringeworthy and the vampire/warewolf stuff a bit tiresome. If you want vampire/warewolf romance I recommend Sookie Stackhouse.

#victorian #romance #vampireswarewolves #paranormalromance #lightread #sweepstakes #tagsgiving

  • Flight

  • By: Sherman Alexie
  • Narrated by: Adam Beach
  • Length: 4 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,334
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,144
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,139

Flight is the hilarious and tragic story of an orphaned Indian boy - "Zits" - who travels back and forth through time in a charged search for his true identity. With powerful, swift prose, Flight follows the troubled teenager as he learns that violence is not the answer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank you Mr. Alexie

  • By Christine Walker on 09-12-15

Worth While Read

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

Flight is one of those books that really makes me appreciate young adult literature. Flight tells the story of a 15 year old kid struggling with the seemingly inherent violence in our world, and perhaps striving to change this in his future. The book could easily have fallen into the trap of being overly melodramatic or too shallow, but instead, it expertly treads the line between empathy, despair and hope. The structure and style is reminiscent of Slaughterhouse Five, allowing the metaphorical exploration of human experience to take precedence over more sci-fi themes and questions. Overall, the book is well-researched, thought provoking, and well written. 4 Stars

#nativeamerican #gritty #ownvoice #eyeopening #scifielements #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • Annie On My Mind

  • By: Nancy Garden
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377

This groundbreaking book, first published in 1982, is the story of two teenage girls whose friendship blossoms into love and who, despite pressures from family and school that threaten their relationship, promise to be true to each other and their feelings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exceptional

  • By Ornella Davis on 11-17-12

A Queer Story with a Happy Ending

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

Reviewed: 10-10-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Annie On My Mind to be better than the print version?

The careful and slow pace of Rebecca Lowman kept us in the moment. It was nice to hear the character thinking and feeling so carefully which added to the overall qualities of the book.

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

This was a book that I did complete in 24 hours. Every time I paused it in places because I was worried it would all go rotten, the authentic would find ways to make it beautiful or (in case of actually bad situations) ok.

Any additional comments?

This is a very special book. I thought it was excellent and a very good story - would highly recommend.

A sweet retelling of a meaningful, first relationship in the main characters life, that keeps a pleasant taste in your mouth afterwards. One of the only feel good lesbian romances I have read, a story of love told with the seccinct, uncomplicated and unmlodramatics of hind sight. A first person narration that felt at times as though it were in third.

It was satisfying to see a book where rediculously evil characters are reprimanded and loved ones were forgiving and understanding. A realistic world where people can still be a little prejudiced and also be good people. It's also nice to see a story where parents are not a bad guy any shape or form, just human.

It was beautiful and satisfying in the way the events played out.

  • Candor

  • By: Pam Bachorz
  • Narrated by: John Lavelle
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 75
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 58

In the model community of Candor, Florida, every teen wants to be like Oscar Banks. The son of the town's founder, Oscar earns straight A's, is student-body president, and is in demand for every club and cause.But Oscar has a secret. He knows that parents bring their teens to Candor to make them respectful, compliant - perfect - through subliminal Messages that carefully correct and control their behavior.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Cloying - and I'm usually not too critical

  • By Jennie on 09-03-12

worth a listen

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-11-10

I liked this book, very enjoyable. It was a mixture of a distopian novel, and a teenage novel. A '1984' for young readers.

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