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  • Beautiful Disaster

  • By: Jamie McGuire
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,839
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,566
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,596

The new Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University's Walking One-Night Stand. Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby needs—and wants—to avoid.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 things you should know before buying this book

  • By Guiselle on 08-16-12

Should be “YA”

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

Reviewed: 08-15-18

Overall this book was... sweet, kinda, but really immature. This should be in the Young Adult section. I tried to finish it but i honestly couldn’t because it was just way too much. Not realistic - i know books are an escape but this was just... a lot. I’m a lover of romance and i liked some pieces and points to it, but it just got overplayed very quickly.

This guy is OBSESSED with the main character and it’s cute at first but then it consumes him and becomes his whole identity - which is really incredibly high-school like some reviews below say. His obsession is down-right annoying.

The performance was alright - i gave 4 stars because she changed her voice for the male characters and it wasn’t forced or weird. She has a really raspy voice, so I’d keep that in mind if you’re fickle with voices.

The story was again, alright, nothing of real substance everything is really odd and “out there” even for a non-fiction book. I didn’t finish and ended up returning it.

  • Breathing Underwater

  • By: Alex Flinn
  • Narrated by: Jon Cryer
  • Length: 5 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 88

Nick is one of the chosen few at his high school: intelligent, popular, wealthy. People think his life is pretty easy. Except for one thing. Nick has never told anyone about his father's violent temper. In a harrowing journey of self-discovery, Nick learns the truth about himself - and that the phrase "like father, like son" can carry terrifying possibilities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling Reading of an Important Story

  • By Missye on 08-05-09

Amazing book - intense but great story

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

!! *** First off, this book details abuse in a romantic relationship (and touches on child abuse) - if this is something you've experienced or you're sensitive towards, I recommend you don't listen *** !!

So insightful, it gives a look into the mind of the abuser - how they think and how they rationalize their actions. It's got a little taste of that "rich kids in high-school" setting. Very little "dirty" moments - the scenes that may be deemed "dirty" have very little details (I'd rate it PG-13.) There is a moderate touch of romance, how he thinks of this girl, the things he says, etc. but it's easily displaced with his actions. There is wonderful character development and the book is so well-balanced - touching on his past and re-focusing the listener on his present. It never gets boring.

Also, Jon Cryer's voice is just perfect - his tone, pronunciation, make the book really easy to listen to and not at all boring. I really wish he narrated more books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • To Ride a Silver Broomstick

  • New Generation Witchcraft
  • By: Silver RavenWolf
  • Narrated by: Pam Ward
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

Summon. Scry. Spin, spiral, and sweep. Learn how to bend time, draw down the moon's energy, and use mirror magick. Whether novice or adept, a Witch's world is filled with wonder and magick. It's also filled with the hard work and dedication to learning that are part of living the Craft every day. Silver RavenWolf presents a fascinating introduction to the Craft in To Ride a Silver Broomstick. This indispensable guide presents tried-and-true Witch wisdom, dished out with Silver's down-to-earth warmth and humor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hooked immediately.

  • By V. Benitez on 03-17-17

Do not purchase if you listen while driving

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

First and foremost - ** it suggests you purchase a notebook or binder book to take notes, etc. so, if this is not your kinda thing, DO NOT GET THIS BOOK!!!!!

This book is alright, it houses A LOT of information. I usually listen at work or while driving so this was irritating as I'd be absorbed in the book and hear "now take out your notebook and write...." and I'd have to pause it and pick it back up and try again. Which was hard, cause I usually like an "easy listening" kinda book that takes me away, and I get lost in the story and I don't realize x amount of hours have passed.

I got through about 5 hours of this book before deciding to return it as I feel it is just TOO much to take in audible form, I felt like it was a chore at some points. I really wanted to learn and listen, but it was just A LOT and it wasn't easily broken down in bite-sized easily understood pieces. I will instead try picking up another book of the same realm for easier reading, highlighting and concentration.

It's also important to mention that this book has some information I could NOT find online, a lot of things were either mis-matched (moons + months, for example) or, completely different. So I'm not sure if things have changed since the writing of this book or the author just does things a certain way. But, a lot of things were the same throughout some websites BUT differed from this book. So, that's another thing to keep in mind. The performance was great, but I would not be repurchasing another book from this author and I will not be finishing this one.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Wicca for Beginners

  • A Guide to Wiccan Beliefs, Rituals, Magic, and Witchcraft
  • By: Lisa Chamberlain
  • Narrated by: Kris Keppeler
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 185
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182

Interest in Wicca, witchcraft, and magic has increased exponentially over the past few decades. It is estimated that there are over one million practicing Wiccans around the world today. This is good news, since Wicca teaches us to appreciate the Earth, with a focus on balance and harmony with nature, and a recognition of the magical power inherent in the universe as well as in ourselves. Wicca for Beginners, by best-selling author Lisa Chamberlain, was created as an entry point for anyone seeking information about this fascinating religion.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, terrible narration

  • By InsomniMom on 08-12-15

Great information! A perfect starting point

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

Alright, so I'm not done with the book yet but I felt like I needed to put in a review - reading the reviews before purchasing almost swayed my choice. Here are a fee of the things I've noticed so far and I am interested and do plan on continuing and possibly listening to the rest by this author.

Narration: If you're picky about your narrators I would definitely give this a sample listen before purchasing. Her voice is a bit grainy and monotone - she's not the worst but also not the best.(*If you've ever heard Doreen Virtue read... it's kinda like that but actually a bit better.) Her enunciation is not on point either. However, she is a pretty clear speaker and has a good tempo. Not too fast, not too slow. (Looking at the positives here!)

Information: This book is FULL of information for anyone that is eager to practice or just curious, there is a lot of details about origination, and it is very beginner friendly, everything is broken down into process-able pieces for the mind. It's full of good stuff to get your started.

I would definitely recommend this book to someone who is okay with monotone narration, someone who is interested/intrigued by wicca/witchcraft and looking to possibly begin practicing. It's a very good "square 1."

  • Shadow and Bone

  • By: Leigh Bardugo
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,021
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,709
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,719

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • disappointed

  • By Whovian on 08-31-18

Interesting and also not

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

So, without any spoilers...

It is full of adventure, a very smalllllll, tiny dash of romance, but most of all it had a lot of stereotypical “damsel in distress that’s too stubborn to be saved but ends up beating all odds” feel which may be “feel good” to some readers. The main character is predictable although the story itself has a few twists. It kept my hold for about 7 hours but with 2 hours remaining the narrator along with the storyline just didn’t hold me anymore - i knew what was going to happen and googled it just to confirm.

Detailed book / cons and pros: book is full of details, which may either paint a picture for you, or may confuse you a little bit down the road if you weren’t paying full attention. I wouldn’t select this book to listen to if you’re someone who wants an “easy listen” you really need to pay attention. I had to start the first 3 chapters over again after just having listened to them because i missed so much.

Names and places / cons and pros: The places in the book and the names of the characters can be difficult to remember, so keep that in mind. I personally don’t mind it but me not minding it even gave me a bit of a headache and a “what/who is that?” At times. But if your mind is sharp and you like the extra attention to detail it does add layers to the story.

Narrator - the narrator had a distinct “static” sound behind her. Her accents changed per character but sometimes she’d slip and create a new accent or didn’t hold it for long enough so it was somewhat difficult to keep tabs on who she was speaking as during some parts. Her voice even went into a different tone at times and that was confusing, almost sounding like a child. There are few times were she mispronounces a word she had just pronounced correctly. To be fair the book has a lot of “foreign” sounding names and places. But for instance she would refer to one character as “Jenny” and next it’d sound like “Ginny” so, if you’re picky maybe pass on this book or try to get through it. It doesn’t happen often but it happens. Also at the beginning of some chapters you hear a slight throat clearing.

Finally - In my opinion, the book is just fine i will not continue the series. It started getting dull and repetitive towards the end.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Twice the Witch

  • Beechwood Harbor Magic Mysteries Series, Book 2
  • By: Danielle Garrett
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 214
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196

Jealousy is rearing its ugly head in Beechwood Harbor as Holly contends with her new roommate and popular paranormal soap star, Evangeline Loren. Especially when the new witch in town turns her flirtatious smile towards Adam St. James, Holly's newly minted boyfriend. But before she can wrench Adam from Evangeline's clutches, she has an amnesiac ghost begging for her help and finds herself smack dab in the middle of another murder investigation in the small town. Holly has to track down the murderer and save her relationship...all without landing herself in a witch's duel.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Cardboard Men

  • By La Buffista on 04-20-18

Not the best - somewhat a disappointment

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

I really loved the first book, so I was SO excited to give this one a listen. Without any spoilers or going into detail, the story is soooo repetitive, the whole book is based on just 1 single and solitary event, it branches out ever-so-slightly, but always comes back to this 1 single event, which is fine, but it gets boring so quickly, nothing else is really added to it - there's no "zest" so to say, there's no romance to balance out the constant "running-around-solving-this-crime" the WHOLE THING is "running-around-solving-this-crime" - the book is very light-hearted but there's no extra comedy to switch it up and take away from that just SOMBER and "crime-solving" theme.

There was so much going on in the first book, there was a "main event" basically, but it wasn't continuously focused upon, there were other stories, other characters coming in and out. Very little romance, but enough to kinda get a breather, which was so great. I feel like this one just dragged on and on and on. The main character (Holly) really irritated me in this book because she's just agitating - she literally gets sucked into this "crime solving" and doesn't leave room for anything else and she's just SO BLINDLY CONSUMED, she's neglectful honestly and there's so much that could have been done with her personal life - SO MUCH MORE COULD'VE BEEN ADDED!!

It was so hard to finish this book - it's only 6 hours or so which I can usually knock out in a day, but this took me about a week to complete.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sweet Tea and Sympathy

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,555
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,106

Margot Cary has spent her life immersed in everything Lake Sackett is not. As an elite event planner, Margot's rubbed elbows with the cream of Chicago society and made elegance and glamour her business. She's riding high until one event goes tragically, spectacularly wrong. Now she's blackballed by the gala set and in dire need of a fresh start - and apparently the McCreadys are in need of an event planner with a tarnished reputation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect Amount of Sweet in the Tea

  • By Juliana on 12-09-17

Such a cute book

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

First off - I love the Narrator - Amanda. Secondly, the book is so absolutely adorable, I love how the main character changes throughout. I love the small touch of romance - it's not overwhelming or "too much" like a hormone fueled YA novel. The relationship and family aspects of the books are sooooo realistic. Just a great book, very sweet and easy to listen to.

  • Spirit Guides: 3 Easy Steps to Connecting and Communicating with Your Spirit Helpers

  • 3 Easy Steps Psychic
  • By: Blair Robertson
  • Narrated by: Dave Wright
  • Length: 1 hr and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

If you have ever felt stuck, held back, or lost and alone, then connecting with your spirit guides is the fastest way of getting back on track! From the moment you are born to the day you die, your spirit guides are "assigned" to you to help you along on your journey. In this no-nonsense and no-fluff audiobook, Blair teaches you three simple steps to living a happier and more fulfilled life by communicating with your spirit guides. An easy listen, this audiobook can help you connect with spirits and change your life!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • very nice voice

  • By gwoofy on 03-18-16

Short + very sweet

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

Reviewed: 06-05-18

I love books like this. His voice is soothing. It's very to the point and straight forward, there's no sugar-coating or adding redundant details. It is very beginner friendly and even friendly for someone who knows about spirit guides, it kinda solidifies certain ideas + even gives some more points + ideas for connecting with our guides.

I only gave it 3 stars for Overall + Story because I couldn't get past the 1st chapter where the author was talking about themselves - that turned me off a bit, also because the book kept mentioning a link and a guided meditation but there was no such thing in the library, I would have loved to see it. It wasn't the PERFECT book.

Otherwise, this was a great book + it's short so I will most likely be listening to it again once I want a spirit guide refresher. It kinda brings me back down to step one and re-energizes my beliefs.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Murder's a Witch

  • Beechwood Harbor Magic Mysteries Series, Book 1
  • By: Danielle Garrett
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 6 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 367
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 366

Holly Boldt has a secret.... Well, technically, she has lots of them. After a scandal uproots her entire life, she is forced to relocate to a halfway house for displaced paranormals. It's her last shot for a fresh start. But keeping secrets isn't easy in a town that goes through gossip faster than tissue paper, even for a powerful witch. When a grisly murder rocks the small town of Beechwood Harbor, Holly finds herself unwillingly entangled in the investigation. With everyone watching, Holly must solve the case before she's forced to abandon her new-found home.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • For Molly Harper Fans

  • By Maggie May on 02-05-18

It's such a cozy-supernatural book!

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

Reviewed: 06-04-18

It's such a sweet book, very cute, the narrator is wonderful - she giggles and laughs when the line calls for it and it's so natural and perfect. The book has lovely details but they're not redundant.

it's wonderful, so cozy!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dodging Energy Vampires

  • An Empath's Guide to Evading Relationships That Drain You and Restoring Your Health and Power
  • By: Christiane Northrup MD
  • Narrated by: Christiane Northrup MD
  • Length: 6 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 528
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 460
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459

Highly sensitive people - or empaths - see life through the eyes of compassion and caring. They were born that way. As a result, they carry a tremendous amount of inner light. But they’re also the favored prey of “vampires” who feed off empaths’ energy and disrupt their lives on every level - physical, emotional, and financial.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Wish She Had Written This Book Years Ago

  • By Marcia on 04-24-18

Her performance and explanations are perfect

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

Her voice is so soothing and relaxing, it's perfect for this book - she explains things in a medical sense and then re-explains it in layman's terms so I literally understood every fancy medical word. She uses a lot of examples and never really repeats points unless it's relevant or necessary to make connections.

Love this book - will definitely listen again.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful