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  • Flat-Out Love

  • By: Jessica Park
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,759
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,588
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,595

He was tall, at least six feet, with dirty blond hair that hung over his eyes. His T-shirt read Nietzsche Is My Homeboy. So, that was Matt. Who Julie Seagles likes. A lot. But there is also Finn. Who she flat out loves. Complicated? Awkward? Completely. But really, how was this freshly-minted Boston transplant and newbie college freshman supposed to know that she would end up living with the family of an old friend of her mother’s? This was all supposed to be temporary.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Loved this book!

  • By OutOfStyle1989 on 01-17-13

Sweet, witty, and a true coming of age

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

On the onset of the book, our protagonist, Julie finds herself in a bit of a pickle. She wants to move away from her hometown and pursue a college degree in Boston—she has to leave because her friends think it’s “weird” to be studious and enjoy school. Julie ends up having to live with family friends due to a series of events, and this is where our story progresses.

I will admit that only considered this book because it was included with my Kindle Unlimited subscription 2-3 years ago. However, I loved the book when I first read it and years later wanted to see what my own hype was about: the characters.

The characters are dynamic, quirky, and just interesting. We operate on the premise that “there is something we don’t know yet,” and the characters are interesting enough that you want to know.

The narration is solid. I believe the Julie voice was perfect for her character. The male voices were spectacular, but they also weren’t awful. I was still able to get wrapped into the story despite it sounding a bit awkward at times.

I definitely recommend a book that has made me laugh and cry, so I recommend this for you.

  • Landline

  • By: Rainbow Rowell
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,430
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,287
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,291

Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply - but that almost seems beside the point now. Maybe that was always beside the point. Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her - Neal is always a little upset with Georgie - but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go without her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Relationships are hard

  • By Valeria on 01-26-15

A definite slice of life story with a sci-fi twist

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

I’m binging all of Rainbow’s stories. There I said it. I am a long time fan of Fangirl (there’s also a couple who has a tiny tiny cameo that sounds eerily like our FG protagonists!), and I decided to finally make my way through her other books.

The premise of this story didn’t call to me (pun intended). It sounded like there would be an unlikable protagonist who was awful to her family, and maybe that’s what this is. However, it is funny, charming and heartwarming. Rainbow’s skill with dialogue and real, flawed characters is phenomenal.

It is essentially a retelling of A Christmas Carol, so I definitely encourage you to read it this holiday season 😁

  • Attachments

  • A Novel
  • By: Rainbow Rowell
  • Narrated by: Laura Hamilton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,596
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,322
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,326

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder, coworkers at The Courier, know the newspaper monitors their office e-mail. But they still spend all day sending each other messages, gossiping about their coworkers, and baring their personal lives like an open book. Jennifer tells Beth everything she can’t seem to tell her husband about her anxieties over starting a family. And Beth tells Jennifer everything, period. Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill still can’t believe that it’s his job to monitor other people’s e-mail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just what I'd hoped for

  • By J-L-UU on 05-30-11

Unique, adorable, heartwarming

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

Reviewed: 10-22-18

While the premise seems rather creepy, it is really just an adorable scoring of age story for an older character. I loved it.

  • Allie and Bea

  • By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo, Janet Metzger
  • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,987
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,596
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,584

Bea has barely been scraping by since her husband died. After falling for a telephone scam, she loses everything and is forced to abandon her trailer. With only two-thirds of a tank in her old van, she heads toward the Pacific Ocean with her cat - on a mission to reclaim what's rightfully hers, even if it means making others pay for what she lost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I did not see this coming

  • By Lolasark on 07-19-17

A delightfully charming coming of age tale

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18


I tend to stray from reading synopses from contemporary reads since they often reveal too much of the plot. I will avoid giving away too much detail regarding that. Instead, I’ll focus on what you’d enjoy of this story. It’s beings two unlikely folks who experience a very unfortunate circumstance together. It’s a coming of age tale from two people who thought they were perfectly grown in their own waves. It’s helped me to understand another perspective, and it made me acknowledge that a universal moral code should take circumstance into consideration.

It’s a delightful book. It made my car rides to work significantly more enjoyable.

  • Red Queen

  • By: Victoria Aveyard
  • Narrated by: Amanda Dolan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,411
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,197

Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood--those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own--an ability she didn't know she had.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Same Story, Better Writing

  • By FanB14 on 09-04-15

The Selection meets The Darkest Minds/X-men?

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

Reviewed: 06-22-15

Everything in this book felt like borrowed plot points from other stories. At times I wish the author focused more on the world-building instead of the teenage romances, but, it's YA so it's cool. The plot was mildly predictable, yet it was still quite enjoyable!

I have high hopes for this series. I truly believe that we will see some serious character development.

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  • The Heir

  • By: Kiera Cass
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,544
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,128
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,124

Twenty years ago America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon's heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn't expect her Selection to be anything like her parents' fairy-tale love story...but as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn't as impossible as she's always thought.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dramatic manipulation

  • By Amy on 07-02-15

How can something so bad be so good?

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

Reviewed: 05-27-15

I remember complaining about America from the first three books. I don't remember my exact complaints, but I know they were there. I was hesitant to listen to The Heir because I knew that something would annoy me. There is something that is just incredibly ADDICTING about this series! It's like once you hit play, you can't stop listening for the next eight hours.

The concept isn't spectacular, but I wanted to listen to it. (Forgive my spelling of the names because I listened to this story.) Edalyn is probably the worst protagonist I've ever read since Bindy Mackenzie. She is selfish. She is a complainer. She is MEAN. I'm hoping that Cass painted her to be so horrendous, so that we have some room for major character development.

I had other minor issues with the story, but they weren't negative enough to make me dislike the story quite like Eadlyn. I will say that if I tried to physically read the book, I may have lost interest. The audiobook version is pretty engaging though!

With all my annoyances with the book, I will undoubtedly buy the 5th book. I will listen to it in one sitting. I will ENJOY it. Thinking about it too deeply will most likely disturb me.

  • End of Days

  • Penryn & the End of Days, Book 3
  • By: Susan Ee
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Davies
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,546
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,405

End of Days is the explosive conclusion to Susan Ee's bestselling Penryn & the End of Days trilogy. After a daring escape from the angels, Penryn and Raffe are on the run. They're both desperate to find a doctor who can reverse the twisted changes inflicted by the angels on Raffe and Penryn's sister. As they set off in search of answers, a startling revelation about Raffe's past unleashes dark forces that threaten them all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I like the Trilogy.

  • By kaya on 12-03-16

So sad yet so happy all at once

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

Reviewed: 05-21-15

I loved this ending to a wonderful trilogy! I appreciate Ee's portrayal of Penryn as a badass heroine during the apocalyptic future. Nothing bothers me more than teenage girls who ignore the literal war waging on in order to focus on their love interests. Penryn balanced her hormones with her need to survive (and protect her family). It was beautifully wrapped up, and it gave every character -even a few minor ones- layers that I didn't expect.

I wish there could somehow be another book in the series, but I wish never wish any more drama upon Penryn and her family!

  • The Great Gatsby

  • By: F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Narrated by: Jake Gyllenhaal
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,624
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,347
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,351

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic American novel of the Roaring Twenties is beloved by generations of readers and stands as his crowning work. This new audio edition, authorized by the Fitzgerald estate, is narrated by Oscar-nominated actor Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain). Gyllenhaal's performance is a faithful delivery in the voice of Nick Carraway, the Midwesterner turned New York bond salesman, who rents a small house next door to the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simple, Beautiful, and Exquisitely Textured

  • By Darwin8u on 04-09-13

I hated Gatsby my first time reading it.

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

Reviewed: 04-03-15

I hated it my second time reading it, too. Finally, on my third try I understood the beauty. I love this performance. I listened to it in one sitting. Highly, highly recommended.

  • The Ruby Circle

  • A Bloodlines Novel
  • By: Richelle Mead
  • Narrated by: Emily Shaffer, Alden Ford
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,527
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,335
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,335

When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed with this book

  • By Vanessa Dyson on 03-26-15

If you're on the 6th book...

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

Reviewed: 02-18-15

You already know what you expect. You are here for Sydian, and you get it. It's the same concept as the other five books (and the six other VA books). Sydney and Adrian tackle one problem; then, while they are waiting for more info on problem #1, they encounter another problem. They resolve problem #2 then ultimately solve #1. Don't take this as a bad thing because I LOVE all twelve books. It's just that you know what you're getting at this point. Do I want Mead to write six more books in this world, but with someone else's POV? Absolutely. Emily needs to narrate those too.

In short: expected yet enjoyable conclusion to a wonderful series.

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  • Heir of Fire

  • Throne of Glass, Book 3
  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
  • Length: 20 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,680
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,111
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,112

Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak - but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth - a truth about her heritage that could change her life - and her future - forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shocked

  • By Adam Goudreault on 08-29-16

Exactly Where the Series Needs to Go

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

Reviewed: 10-26-14

Okay, so I am going to be 100% honest. I wasn't a huge fan of this series. I enjoyed the first book, but I felt like Maas focused too much on a possible love triangle than on this incrediblely awesome world she has created! It was also extremely frustrating that the characters didn't know what was going on like what "wyrds" were, and it seemed like we were never going to learn. Then the end of the second book happened...

I am absolutely thrilled with where this series is going. We are FINALLY getting some answers! I'm crazy about the world-building that is going on, and, yes, everything is starting to click together. I almost feel like re-listening to the first two now, so I can understand the hints at what is happening.

So, if you know me, you know what sets books apart from being "good" to "amazing" is character development. And, boy oh boy, did I get some character development. Let's break down by characters since it's a mixed POV:

1. Celaena
Poor Celaena. I will admit I really didn't care for her at first! I didn't find her arrogance charming. She seemed one-dimensional to me...Until now. She has so. much. depth. I loved learning about her past and why she is the way she is. I was a little weary that we, the listeners, were going to be bogged down by her despair (like in Mockingjay), but we weren't. Her fears are tangible, and it was thrilling to watch her become the woman she was born to be.
The training scenes were beautiful. The development of her magic was beautiful. Her friendship with Ronan was beautiful.


2. Ronan
I am always hesitant about the introduction of new males. Celanea was just coming out of a terrible break-up, and I truly did not want to have another book focusing on Celaena developing a new boyfriend. Ronan was not that. They had a wonderful friendship, where, if it developed into a romance, I would be completely fine. Ronan was broken, just as Celaena was. They healed each other. I'm still not over how beautiful there last couple scenes with Ronan were. My only complaint is that he probably won't be too prominent in the next book.

3. Manon
We are introduced to another new character...which, again, scary. But, Manon's POV ended up being my second favorite to listen to! She is a witch, but in a different clan than the only witch we have been introduced to - Baba Yellowlegs. She is a cruel creature that revels in violence. I've never read anything where you are hearing from a deeply mean person's perspective, so that was neat. Her development gave me chills. The witches are preparing for war, and they are given these creatures as their mounts. The mounts are supposed to be mindless killing, flying machines. However, Manon develops a relationship with her mount, Abraxos. Abraxos is a literal slave, and he shows Manon that she is a slave to her culture. I cannot wait to see where the series takes her - hopefully with an alliance with Celaena.

4. Dorian and Chaol
I didn't want to hear from these two. Is that bad? Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed them both in the past books. They just aren't as exciting as witches or fay. I'm sad for Dorian, and that is all I have to say on that front. Chaol was annoying. He could not chose a side; he felt like it was between Caleana and Dorian BUT THEY ARE ON THE SAME SIDE. That just annoyed me. Chaol ended up making his choice in the worst possible moment...I won't spoil it.

Overall:

Yes, I loved it. Yes, you will love it. Yes, you need to drop everything and listen immediately. You will laugh, and you will probably cry. It is worth it.

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