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  • What If It's Us

  • By: Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera
  • Narrated by: Noah Galvin, Froy Gutierrez
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,087
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,032
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,033

ARTHUR is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it. BEN thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things. But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them? Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated. Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I expected more

  • By Jasmine Torres on 10-16-18

The narration made it a better book

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

Reviewed: 03-16-19

This was such a fun book to read. I laugh so much at so many times. I was alternating the audiobook and the paperback. If I have to choose one, it would be the audiobook. The narrators made an amazing job. I particularly liked Arthur’s part of the narration but both were really nice.

I loved how charming Arthur and Ben were, they were so fun, sweet, maybe a bit immature but I get it was good for the story so it was fine. The romance between them was lovely. It goes a bit slow without being boring. It was easy to keep the attention the whole time, especially while listening to it because I truly believe the narrator gave the perfect voices and emotions to them.

The plot is cute. A little expected and it isn’t free of conflict. There were a few times when it was frustrating, mostly because of miscommunication but in general it was entertaining.

I did had a few issues with it. First, I don’t think there is clear in the book description the age of the main characters. I was expecting them to be a lot older than they actually were, which was bothersome but I get used to. They are 16 and 17. Second, there were a few moments when it was a little slow paced and I lost interest but those were very few and I found out I lack such moments when I was listening to it instead of reading it and the last thing I didn’t really liked was the ending. It felt underwhelming compare to how charming the book have been, but other than that I really loved reading it.

  • Owned: The Fate of the Fallen

  • By: R. Phoenix
  • Narrated by: Jack Noble
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 10

There are certain truths evident in the new state of the world: humans are less than nothing, supernatural beings reign supreme...and Elias Ivers always gets what he wants. When he finds out his prized human slave has been snatched away from him by Khaz, a low class whore, and made a vampire, he doesn't care what he has to destroy to claim Noah as his own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Soul Wrenching

  • By Candigirl on 03-18-19

Beautiful

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

Reviewed: 03-10-19

I loved the book so much. I’ve read the series so I wanted to listen to the audios as well. This was fantastic. It has been, so far, my favorite audiobook in the series. It had a lot to do with the absolutely beautiful voice the narrator give to Khaz. But it wasn’t only the voice. It was also the pain, the despair, and all the emotions so amazingly well portray, that made me enjoyed it as I couldn’t imagine I would. There wasn’t mystery to me because I already know the story, but listening to it was a whole new experience. It make me remember why I loved it so much.

I did have an issue about it, the pace. I felt too slow to a point I needed to fast the narration speed. It was that easy to correct, so it didn’t change my overall emotion about it. To anyone who hasn’t read or listening to the series, it won’t work as a stand-alone. It is important to read it in the correct order.

  • Potato Surprise

  • A Brimstone Prequel
  • By: Angel Martinez
  • Narrated by: Vance Bastian
  • Length: 2 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

Before Ness, before Corny, before Leopold and Heckle and Mac, there was just Shax and Verin and a newly stolen, er, acquired cargo ship. Join Shax on his first adventure in space in which a pampered demon prince has a lot to learn. When a steel trap of celestial and infernal politics threatens to close around them, Shax and Verin flee Earth’s system in a stolen ship, leaving everything behind. It’s an elegantly simple plan, with a new ship and a new life as carefree brigands.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and narration

  • By Ana on 01-01-19

Great book and narration

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

Reviewed: 01-01-19

I liked it. Almost as much as I liked the previous instalments. The only thing that it didn’t worked for me was that I missed Ness.

I listen to the audiobook. I have to admit that there’s something about the narration that keep me coming back to the series. It is stunning and I rather listen to it than read it, which is highly unusual in my case.

The plot was nice. I love the humor always present in this series. All the characters were really charming but my favorite, at least this time, was Miss Ivana. It was interesting how a non-physical character could take so much spotlight. The story was entertaining. There was a new character that I liked a lot, Julian. Everything about the book was entertaining but I still missed Ness.

Overall it was a really good book and a great narration. I'm feeling intrigued to listen to more books by the same narrator. With this series, I love the work he’s done.

  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

  • By: Becky Albertalli
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,416
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,095
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,099

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: If he doesn't play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone's business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he's been emailing with, will be compromised.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Crouch should be getting another award

  • By T. N. Taylor on 03-15-18

.I had a good time reading the book

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

I had a good time reading the book once I was into the story, but it took me a long time to feel interested enough and care for the characters enough to want to keep reading. I start reading and then put it down for a few weeks for not being too motivated to read it, but when I start the audio version of it, I got back on track. I found it hard to stop at that point.

The characters were really charming, sure Simon was sweet, but Blue was the sweetest and I felt so protective towards him. I would love to see things a little more from his point of view but I was very pleased with the overall story.

The plot was fine. There was a little bit of angst on it but also a lot of hope on it. I had a good time with it, even though I’ll admit it wasn’t all I was expecting. I’m not too fond on YA and that might bias my view on it but there was something in the book that kept me from loving it. I do think the narration was great. The narrator’s voice was as sweet as I would imagine Simon’s and very captivating. Overall it was a fun book to read. Mostly recommend it to readers who like reading YA.

  • Asymmetry: A Fate of the Fallen Standalone

  • By: R. Phoenix
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Obi
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14

Until three weeks ago, Dorian was a human - one of those subjugated by the supernatural beings who now rule the world. He spent 10 years struggling to survive, but now that he's been turned, he needs to learn how to live. Problem is, there's a lot to learn but not much time to learn it in. Loneliness is far from the only problem, but it seems to be the most pressing. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sweet story

  • By Abrianna on 09-20-18

It was wonderful

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

I loved this one so much. It such a short story but so sweet and fun. The narrator made a wonderful job. I loved the way he give voice to this lovely characters.

It was an unusually sweet story in this dark world. I loved the way both characters were portray by the narrator, but there was something so right about Emery’s voice that I just could see him there with his beautiful hair talking that way. It was amazing. I also loved the brief moment Dorian’s sire was on scene, he had the most beautiful voice. I was hoping for him to be there a little longer because he had such an impressive presence that demand to be noticed. I loved him. It was so well done from the narrator that I’m feeling encourage to listen to more of his job.

The story itself is wonderful. I loved Emery so much, he’s such a lovely character. He and Dorian made a great couple. Sure, I can’t said they feel like they were in love, they had just meet and I don’t really like insta-love so, in that matter I was happy the book wasn’t trying to force the readers to believe this two are in love, but they surely are in the way to be. Overall a very sweet and fun short story.

  • Alpha

  • Tamed & Trained Series, Book 2
  • By: R. Phoenix, M.A. Innes
  • Narrated by: JJ Jenness
  • Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

Zain was just a dog walker. It was an unconventional job for a werewolf, even a brand new one, but he liked dogs and they liked him. It only seemed to make sense... right up until the point a vampire called him in to take care of his human pup. When his life collided with Liam and Caleb's, none of them were prepared for the directions it could take. Especially Zain. But between the sexy pup and the vampire's creativity, the power struggles pitting dominance against submission - and acceptance - the two might be too intriguing to just walk away from.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • love the direction this series in going in

  • By Shannon on 09-17-18

Great book and narration

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

Reviewed: 09-23-18

Who would have guess I’ll be having so much fun with a book that involved puppy play? But against all odds I am. This, the second installment of the Tamed & Trained series, is definitely my favorite and the narration felt so right for it.

I loved Caleb so much. He is, without a doubt, my favorite character. I loved his defiant attitude and the more he was behaving that way, the more fun I found him. I got to care more than I did for Liam and Zain was fun and likable and with a fixation for the tail that made me laugh so much. I think I found it more entertaining in the audiobook version because I don’t really remember that from when I read the book.

I loved the narrator’s voice, but there were a few times when I find it hard to know if it was Caleb or Zain talking. It was way easier in Liam’s case whose voice is very different from the other two. What I liked the most about the narration was Caleb and when he give some attitude, the way he said things was wonderful.

Overall it was a great book. I had a lot of fun with it. The narration was really good.

  • Recoil

  • The Fate of the Fallen, Book 3
  • By: R. Phoenix
  • Narrated by: Jack Noble
  • Length: 4 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20

Over the past decade, Khaz has watched as supernatural creatures like himself have turned the world into their own personal playground. Unlike the others, he didn't benefit from the Takeover, and every time he sells himself to keep a roof over his head, he's keenly aware of that fact. His landlord, a renowned slaver, offers him the chance to catch up on his rent by breaking a human. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • dont usually do cliffhangers but....

  • By Shannon on 09-14-18

Great book and narration

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

Reviewed: 09-21-18

It was great to remember why I loved this book so much. There was so much I didn’t remember about it that listening to it was an amazing experience.

I liked the narrator’s voice. I’m getting used to the accent. It felt a little slow paced but still enjoyable. What I liked the most about the narration was the emotions that were portray. Noah was the one that I could get more in touch of his feelings through the narration, most of it his anger and his defiant attitude that I loved. I still liked Khaz more as a character, in his case I loved the mocking attitude that he take at times.

The plot is really good but it shouldn’t be read as a stand-alone. It is part of a series and it should be read in the right order. It might be set in a dark world, but this particular instalment is one of the sweetest. Overall a fantastic experience listening to a much recommend it series.

  • Ravel

  • The Fate of the Fallen, Book 2
  • By: R. Phoenix
  • Narrated by: Jack Noble
  • Length: 2 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28

For years, Reese has hidden away in his home, refusing to venture out where he might have to face what reminds him of all that he's lost. When Ashton, a human thief, breaks into his home one night, he doesn't have a choice but to face the harsh truths of the world he's turned his back on. He knows he supports the society monsters of myth and lore built upon the backs of humans through his silence, but the new leaders don't tolerate sympathizers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • enjoyed every aspect of this short listen

  • By Shannon on 08-31-18

It was really good.

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

Reviewed: 09-08-18

It was such a nice book. I’d read it before but a while ago, so it was really amazing to remember some things that I loved from it the first time around. I was a little skeptical about the narrator at the beginning, mostly because he had a perfect voice for the characters in the first book and I wasn’t really sure it would work for this one. I was wrong.

I loved Ashton’s voice most of all. It was really sweet and appropriate. I’m still feeling unsecure about Reese’s but I guess I’ll have the opportunity to listen to him again in the future and see what I think of it when other characters come to scene. For this installment it was really good. I liked the way the books was narrated, not as slow as the previous one but slow enough to make it mysterious.

This is a lighter book in the series, funnier and more romantic so I guess everyone would love it. For me, I prefer the darker instalments but this is also great.

  • The Dark Collector

  • By: Vanessa North
  • Narrated by: Toby Trail
  • Length: 1 hr and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Jeffrey Kuyper was a once-in-a-generation talent and I was his muse. Jeffrey's death shocked the art world and upended my life. His last portrait is an intimate reminder of our final weeks together. Now it's up for auction and I want it more than anything. When a cold-mannered man in a dark suit outbids me, I'll agree to anything to buy it from him - even a weekend in his bed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The narrator made a wonderful job

  • By Ana on 08-26-18

The narrator made a wonderful job

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

Reviewed: 08-26-18

I listen to the audiobook. I was looking for something short to listen and I really didn’t expect much of the book but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. The narration was beautifully done. I got into the story very easily and I think it had a lot to do with the way it was narrated.

It was a lot of emotion in the book. It was easy to feel the grief and I didn’t liked how quick everything went out, but I did enjoy it and liked the emotions behind the words. I liked the BDSM elements of the story, but what I liked the most was how easy it was to get in touch with the main characters feelings, mostly Oliver.

  • Want: A Dark Taboo Tale

  • The Need Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: R. Phoenix
  • Narrated by: Kenneth Obi
  • Length: 4 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19

For years, Rex Mirza has been controlling every aspect of his twin brother’s life. Using the fact that Tavi is a magicless witch - a mere human - in a family of powerful witches, he has justified every harsh treatment. All of it is only for Tavi’s own good, of course. How could a human possibly know what was best for him? When Tavi gets the chance to turn the tables on his brother, will he take it? Or will he take the punishment Rex says is due for trying to run away?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Want...

  • By <Stacy> @SoCalBookReviews on 08-10-18

It was so good

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

Reviewed: 08-19-18

The book is really interesting. I liked it a lot. I read it a few weeks ago and maybe that was an issue for me to fully enjoy its audio version. Not because if it, but because I’d read it so little time ago that nothing was new, I remember everything, and even though I loved it, I still needed an element of surprise that wasn’t there. I realize that’s a problem for me, and no one else, so I guess anyone else might enjoy it a lot more than I did.

What I liked about the book was story, the characters, the paranormal element included and, most of all, the mind games that put Rex and Tavi in the position they were in. I didn’t liked the age play, that was an important part of the plot, but it didn’t keep me from loving the book.

What I liked about the narration was the emotion behind it, especially on strong emotions. I loved the anger from Rex’s voice and Tavi when he used a gentle tone. The pace felt right and overall the narration was very enjoyable. I did have a few problems to identify who was talking but since they were twins, it is a little accurate so I guess is fine.