Friday, April 3, 2015

AUDIOBOOK REVIEWS: The Quick Fire Edition

*All copies of the audiobooks provided by the publisher in exchange for honest reviews*

The Wondrous and the Wicked
Series: The Wondrous and the Wicked (The Dispossessed #3) Audiobook, Unabridged
Publication: April 14th 2015 
By: Listening Library 

For fans of Lauren Kate's Fallen series comes the exciting conclusion to the trilogy that includes The Beautiful and the Cursed and The Lovely and the Lost. The Waverly sisters must save themselves before all is lost.
Since the Waverlys arrived in Paris, the streets have grown more fearsome by the day. As Ingrid learns to master her lectrux gift, she must watch Axia's power grow strong enough to extend beyond her Underneath hive. By all indications, the fallen angel's Harvest is near--and the timing couldn't be worse.

Targeted by vengeful gargoyles, Gabby has been exiled to London for her own protection. Meanwhile, the gargoyle castes are in disarray, divided between those who want Luc to lead them and those who resent him and his fondness for humans. The Alliance is crumbling from the inside as well, its members turning against one another, and possibly against the Waverlys, too.

Axia has promised that the world will burn. An now, unable to trust the Alliance, separated from Luc, Gabby, and her twin, Grayson, Ingrid is left to face the demon uprising alone.

STORY: 5 Stars. To read my review CLICK HERE. 

AUDIO: 5 Stars. As with the other two audiobooks in the series, Katharine McEwan does a fantastic job of bringing all of the characters to life!

The Winner's CrimeSeries: The Winner's Crime (The Winner's Trilogy #2)
[Unabridged] [Audible Audio Edition]
Marie Rutkoski (Author), Justine Eyre (Narrator) 
Publication: March 3, 2015
By: Listening Library

Following your heart can be a crime

A royal wedding is what most girls dream about. It means one celebration after another: balls, fireworks, and revelry until dawn. But to Kestrel it means living in a cage of her own making. As the wedding approaches, she aches to tell Arin the truth about her engagement: that she agreed to marry the crown prince in exchange for Arin’s freedom. But can Kestrel trust Arin? Can she even trust herself? For Kestrel is becoming very good at deception. She’s working as a spy in the court. If caught, she’ll be exposed as a traitor to her country. Yet she can’t help searching for a way to change her ruthless world . . . and she is close to uncovering a shocking secret. 

This dazzling follow-up to The Winner’s Curse reveals the high price of dangerous lies and untrustworthy alliances. The truth will come out, and when it does, Kestrel and Arin will learn just how much their crimes will cost them.

STORY: 5 Stars. This is one of my favorites series ever. To read my review CLICK HERE.

AUDIO: 4 Stars. Once again Justine Eyre does a great job of giving voice to Kestrel, Arin and the other cast of characters.

The RecoverySeries: The Recovery (The Program #2.5) 
[Unabridged] [Audible Audio Edition]

Amazon | Simon & Schuster Audio 

Six months after the fall of The Program, ex-handler Michael Realm is struggling with his guilt. After all, he was instrumental in erasing the memories of several patients—including one he claimed to love. With a lifetime of regret stretched before him, Realm vows to set things right.

Along with his friend, James Murphy, Realm will track down those he’s hurt in an attempt to give them back their lives—starting with Dallas Stone. He’s not looking for forgiveness or redemption; he’s not a hero. But Realm hopes that with each recovered past, he’ll be able to reclaim a small bit of his own.

STORY: 4 Stars. Great addition to THE PROGRAM series!

AUDIO: 3 STARS. Not my favorite audio, but the story makes up for it. 

Before I Go
Before I Go 
[Unabridged] [Audible Audio Edition]
by Colleen Oakley (Author), Kirby Heyborne (Narrator), Rebecca Lowman (Narrator) 
Publication: January 6, 2015
By: Simon & Schuster Audio
Amazon | Simon & Schuster Audio

A heart-wrenching debut novel in the bestselling tradition of P.S. I Love You about a young woman with breast cancer who undertakes a mission to find a new wife for her husband before she passes away.

Twenty-seven-year-old Daisy already beat breast cancer three years ago. How can this be happening to her again?

On the eve of what was supposed to be a triumphant “Cancerversary” with her husband Jack to celebrate three years of being cancer-free, Daisy suffers a devastating blow: her doctor tells her that the cancer is back, but this time it’s an aggressive stage four diagnosis. She may have as few as four months left to live. Death is a frightening prospect—but not because she’s afraid for herself. She’s terrified of what will happen to her brilliant but otherwise charmingly helpless husband when she’s no longer there to take care of him. It’s this fear that keeps her up at night, until she stumbles on the solution: she has to find him another wife.

With a singular determination, Daisy scouts local parks and coffee shops and online dating sites looking for Jack’s perfect match. But the further she gets on her quest, the more she questions the sanity of her plan. As the thought of her husband with another woman becomes all too real, Daisy’s forced to decide what’s more important in the short amount of time she has left: her husband’s happiness—or her own?

STORY: I made it about 40% into this book before I had to set it aside. Cancer books are always harder (on me) to read when I know of someone IRL battling the same kind. I have to be ready to for the story and I just wasn't. I will go back and finish it eventually.

AUDIO: Rebecca Lowman is one of my favorite narrators, so when this came up for review, it was a no-brainer for me. She and Kirby Heyborne both do an excellent job and when I am emotionally ready to handle the rest of this one, the audio will be the route I go! 

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