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Spectacular!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2019-05-09

I have always wanted to get into the classics but a few factors have kept me from cracking open the pages. One is the use of the old style language nd the other being my affinity for horror, suspence, supernatural, thriller-type novels. I actually own Dracula in paperback nd have read zero pages, eventho I've had it for over a decade. Sad, I know.

I happened upon this collection during the Spring 1 credit 2 books promo nd could not pass it up. These particular classics were right up my alley genre-wise nd being that they are audiobooks, I wouldn't get hung up on the language. I am disappointed I waited so long to read them.

Dr Jekyll nd Mr Hyde was a thrill to listen to. I have only ever seen the story played out on Looney Tunes nd that didn't prepare me for this literary ride.

Frankenstein was deep nd poignant. I had in mind the Monster from Penny Dreadful as I listened.

Dracula is the most popular of the three nd altho I thought I knew the story, I did not. The Hollywood version was nowhere near as captivating.

Sidenote - these stories wouldn't have been as enjoyable if not for those wonderful English accents. 😍

wow

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Reviewed: 2019-04-05

I have no words. I even cried at the end. What a ride! So emotional.

Legendary

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Reviewed: 2019-03-20

Caraval was the first audiobook I purchased. I loved it! It was sooo long ago tho that I was completely blindsided when I saw Legendary in the browse list. I immediately bought it nd delved right in.

This story revolves around Tella nd her "relationship" with Legend nd other players. The story picks up just after the party at the end of Caraval. Tella is determined to find her mother at any cost. The world is almost as breathtaking (in my mind) as it's predecessor, but I found myself being more captivated by the characters in this book.

As with Caraval, we are left open ended nd slightly unsatisfied, so once again, I sit nd wait, in anticipation, for the next installment. I almost don't want this to ever end. What a journey these books have been!

Clever!!

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Reviewed: 2018-09-13

I was smitten with this from word one. Lia running off to avoid a loveless arranged marriage was the perfect beginning to this wonderful book. Her relationships with all the characters are engaging and honest. Rafe and Caden are the perfect blend of bad boy and gentleman...even though one is an assassin and one the jilted prince. I found myself catching feelings right along with Lia. There is a clever twist as you continue to listen and it totally caught me off-guard! I was very much like "oh you naughty author! Ya got me!" and then I couldn't believe how I didn't figure it out myself! I finished way too quickly for my own liking and now I am impatiently waiting for my next credit so I can delve into the next book. In my opinion, a must-read. #audible1

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-04-08

Dear lord....Zachary Webber can read me the entirety of the encyclopedia brittanica nd I would just die! He's why I gave the performance a four star. Angela Goethals doesn't sound quite as robotic in this sequel but she still takes away from the pleasure of listening.

Narrators aside.....HOLY SMOKES! This was great! I finished it in a day or so. There was zero way I could wait for my credit...so I bought the next one nd I'm typing like a madman now so I can jump right in. Such a shift in the characters in this book...such a twist at the end....cliff hangers are both awesome nd not awesome! lol Off I go!

So Hot!

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5 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-04-07

Great book. The narrator sounds like the choppy robotic voice that talks to you in the "ok google" app. Once you come to terms with the fact that you're in for 9 hours of that...you can almost tune it out, so to speak. I downloaded the 2nd book before I was finished with this one so I could immediately start in on it. It's that good. Now, onto book 2.

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Sweet Baby Jesus, Johnny Gamble!

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Reviewed: 2017-12-30

Normally, I'm not big on romance novels...but I do indulge in them from time to time. They're my guilty pleasure. Shh. Don't tell anyone.

This one started off strong. Hot nd heavy...enviable. Then there was a character introduced that had the potential to royally mess up the lovefest. I kept trying to predict what would happen next...all pathways, good. bad, whathaveyou. So I repeated to myself (like I always do), "it's a romance...it'll be a happy ending". I wasn't disappointed.

There were plot points that kept it interesting amongst all the hotness right up until the end...but lemme tell you, I was thrilled to be listening to a story without a surprise ending...a cliffhanger....a massive disappointment...or the death of a beloved character. Johnny Gamble (altho not my physical type) had me at hello! lol

My only irritation (nd it's super minor) was the author's constant use of the word "query" nd all it's forms. Get this girl a thesaurus!

If you need a little reprise from life...some super kinky emotional sex....nd a sampling of the fairytale relationship, this is the one! But be careful....it may spark up your inner sex kitten! 🐱

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What A Climax!

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Reviewed: 2017-11-25

It was exciting to jump back into the world of The Crows I'd become attached to in book 1. I had missed them.

I put off buying Crooked Kingdom for quite awhile. I was super leery about this book. Not because I didn't enjoy Six of Crows, but because I had such a hard time with the narration nd the ages of the characters. I wanted so badly to discover the outcome of our protagonists but I didn't think I could sit thru the narrators again. I contemplated purchasing/borrowing the physical copy just to get some closure. There was no need.

Altho some of the same narrators are back (Jesper for example) nd their character ages were still an issue, this audiobook was easier to listen to. Kaz's voice was the biggest improvement for me. It suited him more. Nd I personally aged all the characters in my own head, putting them more in their 20's nd therefore making their exploits more believable. Made it easier to believe the whole storyline.

Nd what a storyline! Crooked Kingdom kept me on my toes. Just when I thought I had it figured out, BAM! curveball. I laughed, I gasped, I even cried. I was right there in Ketterdam with them...a seventh, invisible, Crow. Altho the climax was satisfying, the ending left me hollow, empty, unfinished. I wasn't ready to say goodbye. I didn't have enuf to just walk away without a second glance. However, most books leave me wanting...so I guess this isn't specific to this story.

Great listen! Prepare yourselves...cause altho this is a ride worth getting on, it's full of surprises!

Eye opening!

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Reviewed: 2017-10-19

This book was amazing. By chapter 2 I had identified so much of myself in what Russell was saying. I immediately began self-reflecting nd noticed a big change in my attitude (mostly at work). I'm not an addict in the normal sense but I definitely have addict-like tendencies which come along with the mental disorder I have been trying (nd mostly failing) to maintain all by my lonesome.

I fully intend to immerse myself in some parts, if not all, of this program nd see if I can't find some light at the end of this perpetually dark tunnel. I have always enjoyed Russell's humour nd his wonderful accent nd hearing his version of these 12 Steps (which I was familiar with prior to listening), nd his personal stories, made things clearer for me as I am far from religious nd not at all spiritual.

I recommend this book to anyone who may be struggling with life, not just addiction, but ALL the things life may throw our way. There's no better person than Russell to start this journey with as he can make the bleakest thing comedic nd yet still have you rethinking your own path. I plan on purchasing the physical copy as well so I can desecrate it with highlighters.

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