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  • Cake

  • A Love Story
  • By: J. Bengtsson
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Joe Arden
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,007
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,000

Jake McKallister might have been a rock star, but he was no ordinary one. Surviving an unspeakable crime as a young teen had shaped him into a guarded workaholic, and he now lived his life trying to forget. If it hadn't been for music and the redemption he found through it, he might not have survived. Career success came easily for him. Personal connections did not.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Freakin Rockin Book

  • By Alanna on 12-22-16

Perhaps best for young readers.

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

Reviewed: 01-09-17

This is an average story.
Not terribly interesting or particularly well written. It's nice.
Andi Arndt does a nice job - again, nothing special. She does good work, but there are better.
Joe Arden - nice voice but not a great narrator.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Theft of Swords

  • Riyria Revelations, Volume 1
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 22 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,009
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,684
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,665

Acclaimed author Michael J. Sullivan created instant best sellers with his spellbinding Riyria Revelations series. This first volume introduces Royce Melborn and Hadrian Blackwater, two enterprising thieves who end up running for their lives when they’re framed for the death of the king. Trapped in a conspiracy bigger than they can imagine, their only hope is unraveling an ancient mystery - before it’s too late.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • And I didn't think I liked fantasies...

  • By AudioAddict on 09-27-13

My second time listening...

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

Reviewed: 08-25-16

Tim Gerard Reynolds brings this novel to life with his incredible narration. Each character has their own voice and style of speaking...and the story is fantastic. Sullivan writes with an incredibly devious mind that I thoroughly enjoy. This book is worth your time.

  • The Night Circus

  • By: Erin Morgenstern
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,672
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,001
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,017

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The circus of your dreams

  • By Pamela on 09-22-11

Beautiful, elegant writing.

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

Reviewed: 07-15-15

It is easy want to read some things quickly because you are so excited to absorb the story. This is one of those tales that is so eloquent, so poignant, that you make yourself slow down and ENJOY.
I love Jim Dale, but do wish this had a female lead narrator, alongside him. His female voices are not my favorite. In fact, he made me crazy with his version of Hermione in the Harry Potter books. But he does a beautiful job in general, and helps make this wonderful work enjoyable.

  • Dead Heat

  • Alpha and Omega, Book 4
  • By: Patricia Briggs
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,481
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,079
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,076

For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles' role as his father's enforcer. This time their trip to Arizona is purely personal, as Charles plans to buy Anna a horse for her birthday. Or at least it starts out that way....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It can't get any better!!!

  • By Nikki on 03-04-15

Narrator for this series is learning

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

Reviewed: 07-15-15

I originally snapped up all four of the titles in this Patricia Briggs series, as I wanted fun listens while on vacation. I found I preferred reading these novels. I like the narrator, but like him more in Dead Heat than in the other books. I actually gave up listening to the other titles and only read them. This one I listened to, and enjoyed it. I like Brigg's writing, and find the relationships interesting.

  • Days of Blood & Starlight

  • By: Laini Taylor
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,006
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,832
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,843

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand new canvas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No Sophomore Slump here...Just wow!

  • By Katheryne on 11-08-12

Great story, great narrator

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

Reviewed: 03-30-15

I found this novel unexpectedly intriguing. Great fantasy based in reality (sort of). Chimera and Angels living in their own universe, yet able to make their way into ours...a time when angels are not necessarily the good guys, and chimera (demons?) are kind and thoughtful and dangerous...
The narrator makes this novel a superlative listen. She performs the accents beautifully, and reads with aplomb and grace.

  • Lothaire: Immortals After Dark, Book 12

  • By: Kresley Cole
  • Narrated by: Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 16 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,636
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,459
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,462

Driven by his insatiable need for revenge, Lothaire, the Lore’s most ruthless vampire, plots to seize the Horde’s crown. But bloodlust and torture have left him on the brink of madness - until he finds Elizabeth Peirce, the key to his victory. He captures the unique young mortal, intending to offer up her very soul in exchange for power, yet Elizabeth soothes his tormented mind and awakens within him emotions Lothaire believed he could no longer experience.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fan-girling it up over the Enemy of Old

  • By RabidReads on 09-07-15

I was prepared to truly enjoy this

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

Reviewed: 03-29-15

I thought this book of Cole's would be great, and enjoy this series as a means to pass the time. But I found myself frustrated with the wonderful Robert Perkoff's female southern drawl (his voice just did not work for me here), and I really didn't like the story, either. The basic concept was quite good, actually, but the way Cole let her heroine be...bullied into things...the whole "No means no!" concept was thrown out the window here. I listened to it in entirety, but was consistently frustrated when our hero would force himself on the heroine...and she kept going back for more. Truly, a disappointment.

  • Tangled

  • The Tangled Series, Book 1
  • By: Emma Chase
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,854
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,569
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,573

Drew Evans is handsome and arrogant, he makes multimillion dollar business deals and seduces New York’s most beautiful women with just a smile. So why has he been shuttered in his apartment for seven days, miserable and depressed? He’ll tell you he has the flu. But we all know that’s not really true. Katherine Brooks is brilliant, beautiful and ambitious. When Kate is hired as the new associate at Drew’s father’s investment banking firm, every aspect of the dashing playboy’s life is thrown into a tailspin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • And Now For Something Completely Different

  • By Kathy on 02-17-14

Clearly not for me.

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

Reviewed: 11-22-14

I love a good, steamy romance. This was not it. Narrator Sebastian York has a lovely voice, and it was frustrating to hear it used to read words that are so incredibly derogatory and belittling, both to women and men. I did not find the story humorous. It was predictable, which is okay if it is entertaining...but it was not. Not worth the money or the time. And since I am an audio addict, that is saying something.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Maze Runner

  • Maze Runner, Book 1
  • By: James Dashner
  • Narrated by: Mark Deakins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12,548
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,101
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,168

When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He's surrounded by strangers - boys whose memories are also gone. Outside the towering stone walls that surround them is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It's the only way out - and no one's ever made it through alive. Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying: Remember. Survive. Run.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good book, though a little long

  • By Darrin on 11-28-11

Not engaging for someonewho loves teen literature

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

Reviewed: 08-02-14

I was shocked by this novel. I started out listening to it, but had to stop. I did not enjoy the narrator. But that wasn't the only problem. I simply didn't enjoy the story. I don't find Dashner's writing engaging or believable. It feels like his writing is over-simplified, and thereby almost belittling to teen intelligence. Honestly, I wanted to love the story. But, I just can't bring myself to. I am irritated by the main character's constant wondering about what is going on, and the writing is just too...bland.

I do read a lot of teen-lit, both fiction and non-fiction. It is rare for a novel to leave me so un-moved.

  • Cinder

  • Book One of the Lunar Chronicles
  • By: Marissa Meyer
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,507
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,609
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,631

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.... Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Surpised by how much I enjoyed it

  • By Staaj on 01-17-12

Fantastic adaptation of the classic fairy tale.

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

Reviewed: 08-02-14

This science-fiction fairy tale gripped me from the outset. The narration is very good, and makes the listen that much better.

The story is a re-conception of Cinderella, where Cinder is a highly capable, independent and unconventional cyborg girl, who finds herself enmeshed in political intrigue, secret missions, and a swoon-worthy interaction with a wonderfully normal prince.

I don't want to give anything away. If you like entertainment, this book is a nice start to an intelligent series that redefines the roles of the heroine and hero, addresses many modern-day issues (conformity, risk-taking, self-acceptance), and has excellently developed characters. I will listen to the next in the series!

  • Shiver

  • By: Karen Robards
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 759
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 668
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 670

If driving a piece-of-crap tow truck through the seediest part of town with a Smith & Wesson beside her means putting a roof over her son’s head, then Samantha Jones is going to be the best damn repo woman on the books. The streetwalkers, the drug pushers, the bands of looking-for-trouble punks haunting the mean streets at midnight don’t intimidate her. These are her people. The guy she finds bound and bloodied in the trunk of her latest conquest, a flashy new BMW, is a different breed entirely.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Gave Me Shivers!

  • By Kimberly on 12-09-12

Not worth the time

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

Reviewed: 01-26-14

This story is so canned and predictable that it is painful. On top of that, the language Robards attributes to her leading woman and man is painfully boring and, at times, demeaning. The narrator did an okay job - not terrible, but certainly not star worthy. Everyone sounded the same.