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Oak Park, IL, United States
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  • Children of Blood and Bone

  • By: Tomi Adeyemi
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,136
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,729
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,724

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie's Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully Written

  • By Samantha on 03-09-18

Wish I knew there was a cliffhanger ending :(

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

I really believe this to be a stand alone debut novel and was utterly disappointed when it ended with much unfinished business.

Besides that fatal flaw, I did enjoy the story. There are a lot of reused ideas and cliches but it all occurs in a fresh new setting. (Does disenfranchised people fighting to their death in an arena sound familiar? Or people escaping across the only bridge and cutting it behind them?) I was fascinated with the African culture and was a little sad that the magic wasn't real.

  • Daughter of the Pirate King

  • By: Tricia Levenseller
  • Narrated by: Marisa Calin
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 549
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516

Sent on a mission to retrieve an ancient hidden map - the key to a legendary treasure trove - 17-year-old pirate captain Alosa deliberately allows herself to be captured by her enemies, giving her the perfect opportunity to search their ship. More than a match for the ruthless pirate crew, Alosa has only one thing standing between her and the map: her captor, the unexpectedly clever and unfairly attractive first mate Riden. But not to worry, for Alosa has a few tricks up her sleeve, and no lone pirate can stop the Daughter of the Pirate King.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW!

  • By pet names on 09-17-17

A Charming Adventure

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

Despite a good amount of violence, I was totally charmed by this story and the characters. The narration was perfect.

  • Gentleman Nine

  • By: Penelope Ward
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,647
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,412
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,407

Growing up, the three of us were friends. He was the nerd. I was the playboy. She was the beauty. Deep down, I only ever wanted her. I kept it inside because Rory and I made a pact that our friend, Amber, was off-limits. He lied. I went off to college, and he got the girl. Amber never knew how I felt. They were together for years - before he broke her heart. Through it all and across the miles, she and I casually stayed in touch. When my job sent me to Boston for a three-month contract position, Amber let me stay in her spare room.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 🌟🌟 5 Stars 🌟🌟

  • By Cyndi on 08-22-18

Superficial and boring people

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

Reviewed: 03-26-18

The heroine must choose between her two high school beaus. Could she not have met someone and developed an adult relationship since then? None of the characters had any depth and really, just weren't very smart. Maybe I like smart people? The author didn't have to develop any chemistry since we were spoon fed the background story which accounted for all that. I guess I'm not fan.

  • How to Date Your Dragon

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi, Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,632
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,323

Concerned that technology is about to chase mythological creatures out into the open (how long can Sasquatch stay hidden from Google maps?), the League for Interspecies Cooperation is sending Jillian to Louisiana on a fact-finding mission. While the League hopes to hold on to secrecy for a little bit longer, they're preparing for the worst in terms of human reactions. They need a plan, so they look to Mystic Bayou, a tiny town hidden in the swamp where humans and supernatural residents have been living in harmony for generations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As someone from Louisiana...

  • By Kristi on 02-13-18

Second narrator nearly ruined the book for me

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

Reviewed: 02-02-18

Why is this a thing? Why do we need two narrators? I'm sure Mr. Davis is accomplished but having the story switch to his voice for the Bael chapters was super annoying. He doesn't use the same accents, inflections or pacing. This was a major distraction for me and I am making a promise to myself to NEVER buy another audible book with multiple narrators.

Now.. the story was OK. It wasn't the best Molly Harper story. I didn't really feel the chemistry between the two main people and they were incredibly slow to figure out the "mystery". It would have been a pleasant, fun story if not for the crappy narration.

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  • A Gentleman in Moscow

  • A Novel
  • By: Amor Towles
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,624
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,056

A Gentleman in Moscow immerses us in an elegantly drawn era with the story of Count Alexander Rostov. When, in 1922, he is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, the count is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel's doors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant, heartfelt, inspiring

  • By Jon K. Rust on 07-24-17

Just perfect!

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

Reviewed: 01-29-18

I loved every minute of this book. The story was well written and nicely paced and the narrator was excellent. It's rare these days when I fall in love with the writing - not just the story.

  • Second Hand Curses

  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello, Marc Vietor, Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,270
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,177

When your fairy godmother threatens to enslave you with a curse - when a malevolent piper solves your rat problem but steals your children - when you seek revenge on the prince who turned you into a frog - who can you turn to in your hour of need? The band of scoundrels known far and wide as the Bastard Champions - the swashbuckling trio who travel a world of legend, seeking adventure and righting wrongs - as long as there's enough gold to be earned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Second Hand Curses is First Rate Storytelling!

  • By Tony E. on 11-22-17

I only made it through an hour

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

Reviewed: 12-20-17

I can't make myself listen to the rest even though I try to give every book a chance. I feel like I am listening to the musings of a smart a$$ 14 year old who thinks he's very clever.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • One Plus One

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Bower, Ben Elliot, Nicola Stanton, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,009
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,305
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,292

Suppose your life sucks. A lot. Your husband has done a vanishing act, your teenage stepson is being bullied, and your math-whiz daughter has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you can't afford to pay for. That's Jess' life in a nutshell - until an unexpected knight-in-shining-armor offers to rescue them. Only Jess' knight turns out to be Geeky Ed, the obnoxious tech millionaire whose vacation home she happens to clean. But Ed has big problems of his own, and driving the dysfunctional family to the Math Olympiad feels like his first unselfish act in ages...maybe ever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes I need a book that is just fun to read.

  • By Kathy on 07-05-14

Happy ending but not a happy story

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

Reviewed: 11-04-17

This was on Audible's list of Happy Ending books so I thought, great! I could use a happy story. Instead it was a tear jerker with lots of pain before getting to the happy ending. It was pretty depressing.

I also dislike when different narrators read a book. Each chapter is from a different POV but then the voices for characters are are performed by different people. This is annoying and confusing.

  • The Hate U Give

  • By: Angie Thomas
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 24,310
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 22,599
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 22,515

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer. Khalil was unarmed. Soon afterward, his death is a national headline. Some are calling him a thug, maybe even a drug dealer and a gangbanger. Protesters are taking to the streets in Khalil’s name. Some cops and the local drug lord try to intimidate Starr and her family. What everyone wants to know is: what really went down that night? And the only person alive who can answer that is Starr.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Book Changed My Entire Perspective

  • By Wendi on 01-14-18

Real and Touching

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

Reviewed: 07-28-17

You don't have to be a young adult to love this one. There were times it was hard to listen to because it was a bit too real. The author did a great job of making the characters true - not just the heroes but everyone.

  • The Edge of Never

  • By: J. A. Redmerski
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,059
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 967
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 970

Twenty-year-old Camryn Bennett thought she knew exactly where her life was going. But after a wild night at the hottest club in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, she shocks everyone - including herself - when she decides to leave the only life she's ever known and set out on her own. Grabbing her purse and her cell phone, Camryn boards a Greyhound bus ready to find herself. Instead, she finds Andrew Parrish.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I never give reviews but WOW.....

  • By Jordy ♡♡♡♡ on 04-18-13

Predictable and a bit boring

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

Reviewed: 07-28-17

I had high expectations and maybe that was the problem. It was a basic love story with a twist. If you think you've figured it out, you're right... you have. For a 25 year old, the male lead was more than a big domineering. I would have walked away.

  • Warrior

  • By: Karen Lynch
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber
  • Length: 20 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 926
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 866
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 862

Nikolas Danshov is the Mohiri's finest warrior, fearless and lethal with any weapon. For almost 200 years, he has devoted his life to keeping humans safe from the demons that walk the earth. Revered by his people, he is a legend in his own time, a warrior undefeated in battle, and prepared for anything. Until her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice counterpoint for the series

  • By Deborah on 02-17-17

Nice counterpoint for the series

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

Reviewed: 02-17-17

This book is really only for people who have read the Relentless series. There are major gaps that you have to fill in from memory. Being told in first person, our hero has no way of knowing or telling us what else has happened - key things that you need to know for pieces of this to make sense.

Regardless, I did enjoy the story. It was a bit long but still fun.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful