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  • The Bollywood Bride

  • By: Sonali Dev
  • Narrated by: Priya Ayyar
  • Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 86

Ria Parkar is Bollywood's favorite ice princess - beautiful, poised, and scandal-proof - until one impulsive act threatens to expose her destructive past. Traveling home to Chicago for her cousin's wedding offers a chance to defuse the coming media storm and find solace in family, food, and outsized celebrations that are like one of her vibrant movies come to life. But it also means confronting Vikram Jathar.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Can't get enough of India, Pakistan, Bollywood....

  • By Rio Delta Wild on 07-25-16

Enthralling

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

From the prologue, I was hooked. The author gives just enough information to leave you wanting more all the way until end. Add that to the fact that you feel like you're inside the book, feeling the emotions with the characters, and it is truly a wonderful listen.

  • A Bollywood Affair

  • By: Sonali Dev
  • Narrated by: Priya Ayyar
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308

Playboy filmmaker Samir "Sam" Rathod is Bollywood's favorite bad boy. He'll do anything for his big brother - even travel halfway across the globe to take care of the "wife" who just crawled out of his brother's past. Yet Mili isn't the simple village girl Sam expected. She's a whirlwind who sucks him into her roommate's elaborate elopement and soon has him drowning in her onyx eyes.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just average

  • By Robin on 01-10-15

Very good story

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

Reviewed: 11-09-17

I was nervous to get this after seeing a some bad reviews, but I enjoyed this book very much. I thought the writing and the narration were both quite good. Occasionally the character voices sounded alike, but it wasn't that often, nor so confusing that I couldn't figure out quickly.

  • The Core

  • Demon Cycle, Book 5
  • By: Peter V. Brett
  • Narrated by: Pete Bradbury
  • Length: 29 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,108
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,911
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,906

For time out of mind, bloodthirsty demons have stalked the night, culling the human race to scattered remnants dependent on half-forgotten magics to protect them. Then two heroes arose - men as close as brothers, yet divided by bitter betrayal. Arlen Bales became known as the Warded Man, tattooed head to toe with powerful magic symbols that enable him to fight demons in hand-to-hand combat-and emerge victorious.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I've always been a defender of this book series...

  • By JReed on 10-17-17

Well worth the listen

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

Reviewed: 11-07-17

If you haven't listened to the first four in the series, do so asap and then come back! This is an amazing story from start to end. Fair warning - it's not for the feint of heart. I have laughed and cried and paused the story to reflect and collect myself. Peter V. Brett has built an amazing world that you get to see from many different angles and Pete Bradbury brings it beautifully to life.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Twilight

  • The Twilight Saga, Book 1
  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Ilyana Kadushin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,085
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,055
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,100

About three things I was certain. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him, and I didn't know how dominant that part might be, that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • True Vampire Romance...

  • By Adam on 10-22-05

I don't really like the narrator.

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

Reviewed: 09-16-17

The book is as ok as is always been. Guilty pleasure from my teen years. The narrator is only just bearable. Any worse and I would have had to turn it off in the first chapter as I did with The Host, though I like that story better.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,851
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,827
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,804

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Premise Within an Excellent Story

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 07-30-17

A lot to think about

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

Reviewed: 08-10-17

This book was very interesting, and definitely gives you a lot to think about regarding humans and our future. Yes, it's a bleak outlook, but sadly I don't see it far off the mark. I was also surprised and pleased at how little the spiders in this story frightened me. I am a major arachniphobe, but seeing the world from the spiders' perspective was not frightening at all, but very interesting.

  • The Ghost Bride

  • A Novel
  • By: Yangsze Choo
  • Narrated by: Yangsze Choo
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 679
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 637

Li Lan, the daughter of a genteel but bankrupt family, has few prospects. But fate intervenes when she receives an unusual proposal from the wealthy and powerful Lim family. They want her to become a ghost bride for the family's only son, who recently died under mysterious circumstances. After an ominous visit to the opulent Lim mansion, Li Lan finds herself haunted not only by her ghostly would-be suitor, but also by her desire for the Lims' handsome new heir, Tian Bai. Li Lan must uncover the Lim family's darkest secrets before she is trapped in this ghostly world forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful, Original, Well Done!

  • By T Higgins on 03-19-14

Good story, if a little slow in places.

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

Reviewed: 08-01-17

I felt this book was a bit slow at times, but the excellent narrator pulls you through. Overall though, it was an interesting 'read' and worth the credit.

  • Executed

  • Extracted, Book 2
  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,884
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,752
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,746

The team of heroes extracted from their timelines to stop the impending apocalypse didn't think they needed a leader. But they've got one anyway. With their mission in tatters, Miri has been called in to steady the ship. And to focus them on their assignment: preventing the end of the world. The problem is, the world doesn't know it's in danger. With governments pursuing them relentlessly, attempting to steal the time-travel device to use for their own ends, the heroes are on the run.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If I could give it a higher rating, I would

  • By Reena on 06-11-17

Love it

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

Reviewed: 07-15-17

This is such a good story. The characters are great and they have such chemistry. There is suspense. Danger. Everything that the first book was and more. Can't wait for the final book.

  • Fingersmith

  • By: Sarah Waters
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 23 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,873
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,695
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,699

Orphaned as an infant, Susan Trinder was raised by Mrs. Sucksby, “mother” to a host of pickpockets and con artists. To pay her debt, she joins legendary thief Gentleman in swindling an innocent woman out of her inheritence. But the two women form an unanticipated bond and the events that follow will surprise every listener. Fingersmith was shortlisted for the Orange Prize and the Booker Prize, and was chosen as book of the year 2002 by more organizations than any other novel. Sarah Waters was named Author of the Year at the 2003 British Book Awards.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The BEST BOOK I"ve read this year!

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-30-11

Slightly disappointing after all the hype

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

Reviewed: 07-05-17

A lot of reviews in here claim that this book is amazing- the best of the year! I had high hopes for it. They were not all met. Don't get me wrong; it is a good book and I don't regret using a credit on it. But I found it slow at times, and that doesn't scream "best" to me. Still, great narrator, good story. A solid 4 stars.

  • The Secret Wife

  • By: Gill Paul
  • Narrated by: Laura Kirman, Thomas Judd
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,557
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,412
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,406

The stories of two very different women, linked by the secrets and lies of history, merge together as past and present weave together in this stunning story of love, loss and resilience. 2016. Kitty, fleeing from a devastating revelation in her own life, finds herself at her great-grandfather's cabin in Lake Akanabee. There she discovers a gorgeous necklace, which leads her uncover to long-buried family secret. 1914. Tatiana, Grand Princess of Russia, falls in love with Dmitri, a Russian solider, as she nurses him back to health.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An unexpected jewel with refreshing perspectives

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-17-16

Very good, but parts could have been better.

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

Reviewed: 05-24-17

*potential minor spoilers*

If you are reading this, I'm sure you might find it odd that I gave an overall 5 star review, but 4 each for performance and story. But this is because of the two separate story lines. They came together well, but overall I found Kitty's story to be rather trite, and I didn't enjoy Lauren Kirman's narration as much as I did that of Thomas Judd. To be sure, I have heard much worse narrators in my time; she is by no means bad in any way. And to be honest, it may have been less an issue with Lauren's narration and more to do with the fact that I found the historical portions of the book much more interesting than listening to Kitty fretting over her marital struggles.

  • Blood Red Road

  • By: Moira Young
  • Narrated by: Heather Lind
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 443
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 390
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 393

Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. That's fine by her, as long as her beloved twin brother, Lugh, is around. But when a monster sandstorm arrives, along with four cloaked horsemen, Saba's world is shattered. Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks on an epic quest to get him back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazingtastic!

  • By Jennifer on 03-02-12

Good story

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

Reviewed: 04-19-17

I enjoyed the story and the narrator. My only issue was the vernacular. It was a bit grating at times. I understand why the author used it, but hearing, "I says," over and over got to me. Haha, I may be a bit anal about proper English though.