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AudiobookingWithLeah

AudiobookingWithLeah

Joined February 2017

Obsessed with Audiobooks 🎧 ~ INFP-T Mediator 🤝 ~ Gemini ♊ ~ 🦀 Leg Eater and Eggo devourer ~ American
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3.75⭐
𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐬⇩
-The twists in the second half made this story much more fun…ya know, in a jaw-dropping way.
-The fantastic narration, she is my all-time fav.
𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐬⇩
-A slow beginning.
-The writing is a little choppy and repetitive, although, it was more so with one particular character.
-Frustrating characters…I was confused as to why they did or didn‘t do certain things.

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The Last City | H. J. Nelson
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4⭐
𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐬⇩
-Sam is alive!!!
-There‘s no second book syndrome here…this one was better than the first.
-This isn‘t weighed down by the content like the first book was.
-This book sheds some much-needed light on why the apocalypse came about.
𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐬⇩
-It‘s watered-down because it's YA.
-While it has improved; the writing could still use some polish.
-It has some religious undertones which I hope don‘t become more prominent in the final book.

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Desperate Deadly Widows | Kimberly Belle, Cate Holahan, Layne Fargo, Vanessa Lillie
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3.75⭐
This was a decent follow-up to the first book but it didn‘t hit quite as high as that one…but the narration was fantastic.

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Mad Love | Wendy Walker
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5⭐
𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐬⇩
-Amazing full-cast narration
-It packs quite a punch for its length, it was surprising how much depth there was.
-This had me hooked and I couldn‘t stop listening.
𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐬⇩
-There is none…except maybe it‘s only available on Audible.

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Leather and Lark | Brynne Weaver
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3.75⭐
PROS⇩
-I love duet narration...it's what keeps me listening to this series. I wish they did this type of narration more often.
-I like Lark…maybe that‘s why I rated this higher than book #1 or maybe, this author‘s work is growing on me.
-I prefer my romances to be dark and this mostly delivered on that...although, sparkles were everywhere.
CONS⇩
-I‘m not always a fan of this author‘s brand of humor.
-The plot was rather thin and convoluted.

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The Fields | Erin Young
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4⭐ IMostly a Pick)
𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐬⇩
-You will not see this ending coming…it was f*cking crazy.
-Despite my struggles to stay in the story…I still caught on to most of what was happening by the end reveal.
-The narration was decent…but it could‘ve been much better with additional narrators.
𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐬⇩
-There are a lot of characters to keep track of.
-It gets rather political…like agriculturally political and I found it to be tedious at times.

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4⭐𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐬
-I love that this is set in MI…it makes everything more imaginable.
-It was fast-paced & thought-provoking
-Having everything be more imaginable makes it more scary…especially with the state of the world, which is both a pro & a con.
𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐬
-I‘m not always a fan of the narrator…she tends to make some words sound cheesy or maybe it‘s the writing🤷🏼‍♀️
-Each book is just a continuation of a full story…so there is no clear resolution.

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The Reformatory | Tananarive Due
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3.5⭐
𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐬⇩
-Robert‘s POV was by far the more interesting one.
-The haints were a stand-out.
-It sheds light on the deplorable conditions these children were subjected to.
𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐬⇩
-Gloria‘s POV, while necessary to the story, could‘ve been shaved down quite a bit.
-Multiple POVs with only one narrator, an additional male narrator would‘ve been best.
-Too long…or at least too long for me, although, plenty of people will find this a pro.

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What January Remembers | Faith Gardner
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3.75⭐
𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐬⇩
-Family drama...which can be both a pro and a con.
-Four siblings who are completely different from each other.
-Thought-provoking in a what-it-means-to-be-alive kind of way.
-The ending surprised me in a good way.

𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐬⇩
-The mystery felt like it took a backseat to the drama.
-Maybe I like my family dramas a little more thrilling.
-It was more of a slow-burn but at least it was short.

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The Stranger | Kiersten Modglin
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4⭐
𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐬⇩
-I will call this one a Kiersten Modglin win…because sometimes her books are complete losers.
-No extra filler here
-Fast-paced and short
𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐬⇩
-There is quite a deception going on in this audiobook…I‘m not going to say what it is, only that I‘m not sure if it‘s a pro or a con, I think it might be both.

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Fourth Wing | Rebecca Yarros
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5⭐
𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐬⇩
-I already loved this author‘s contemporary romances
-She pulls off the new genre of fantasy fantastically
-Exceptional world-building
-These dragons are oozing personality…they are the best part of the whole series
-The narration is exceptionally cast for the most part
𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐬⇩
-The sound effects can be a touch distracting, although it was better when I had headphones on.

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Going Zero | ANTHONY. MCCARTEN
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4⭐
NARRATOR: Marin Ireland
𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐬⇩
-It doesn‘t get too techy-Cat and mouse antics.
-It‘s fascinating how much they underestimate the librarian.
-Overall, I was engaged throughout most of the story.
-A fantastic narrator
𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐬⇩
-Some people found it repetitive…but, it wasn‘t an issue for me.
-It was often quite noticeable that a man wrote the female protagonist.
-There are a significant amount of implausible elements, but I just went with it.

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Mehso-so

𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐬⇩
- fast-paced plot
- multiple settings around the world
- great narration
𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐬⇩
- the plot may have moved too quickly for me to keep up but it could‘ve been the side plots that threw me off
- discrepancies here and there (like how that note stays legible when it was submerged for years & the whole story hinges on it)
- not sure how I feel about the ending

BarbaraBB I‘ve been anticipating this one! 2w
AudiobookingWithLeah @BarbaraBB Don't let my feelings keep you from reading it...since so many others really liked it. 2w
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Mehso-so

2.75⭐Not My Baby -This dips into the unbelievable, maybe more than one dip. But other than that…it was a quick, entertaining listen and I didn‘t hate it.

2.5⭐Princess of Las Vegas -I wish I could say I liked this but something about it left my mind wandering, like everything about it was...subdued. I kept wondering when the story would pick up. Right up until I realized it wasn‘t going to. I know everyone on here loves this one, and that's cool.

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5⭐
You know those stories about missing girls who come back to their families but then it turns out they aren‘t really the missing girl after all…they‘re just trying to scam the families. This isn‘t that story. It was original and really quite smart. The narration by the full cast was also rather fantastic.

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The Darkness Rises | Stacy Stokes
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4.25⭐
Despite the heavy topics involved in this…it was engaging in a dark horror with ya and paranormal vibes kind of way. It had a bit of twist to it, even. Sophie Amoss was the perfect choice for a narrator on this one.

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BookSpinBingo | Untitled
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My 80s-themed #bookspinbingo board for June!!!

#bookspin = Edge of Madness by Kyla Stone
#doublespin = The Fields by Erin Young

I've already finished #10 and #15 so far so I'm off to a good start.

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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks fantastic!! 3w
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Unknown Book 4475976 | Unknown Unknown
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RE-CAP for the month of May. 16 books total, I went on vacation this month and it shows...I was too busy in the mountains of Tennessee to finish any books. Had fun, though. I tried to make up for it this past week by finishing five in a row. DNF's are in my next post. All were Audiobooks except A Girl Called Samson.

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Unknown Book 7535597 | Unknown Unknown
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I DNF'd a total of 3 books this month. Here they are with a quick summary as to why.

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BookSpinBingo | Untitled
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MAY's #bookspinbingo board. I ended up with 3 Bingo's since I cranked out 5 books in the last week of May. I got so many Holds from the library that I wasn't expecting. (Faded books are the ones I didn't complete)

#bookspin PRAY FOR SILENCE = completed.
#doublespin IF SOMETHING HAPPENS =completed.

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Fantastic month!!! 3w
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BookSpinBingo | Untitled
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For JUNE's #bookspinbingo I went with an 80s theme....definitely looking forward to quite a few of these books.

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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3w
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What Happened to Nina? | Dervla McTiernan
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5⭐
This was surprisingly captivating for a book that doesn't shy away from revealing its mysteries early on. The allure was not in the suspense of the unknown but in the unfolding drama and the anticipation of the repercussions. The intrigue lay is in the mystery itself but in the aftermath. The narrative journey had me completely hooked. But the horrible cover does not do this book justice at all. The full-cast narration was also super good.

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4.25⭐
This particular piece pulls at your emotional core, tugging at the heartstrings in a way that leaves a lasting impact. Yet, it must be noted that it also contains elements that could be described as sorrowful, adding a depth of sadness that can't be overlooked. Michael Kramer did a wonderful job of narrating. Although, there is a newer version of the book (available on Audible) with Jay Kopelman, himself, narrating the story.

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Damsel | Evelyn Skye
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3.75⭐
This might be a good fit for people who don‘t like fantasy all that much…because it‘s not bogged down with extraneous details or characters. It‘s a one-and-done kind of book, and the princess doesn‘t suck, which is why I probably enjoyed it well enough. The narration by Imani Jade Powers was very good and really worked for me.

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4.75⭐
I do love an Amy Harmon romance and with this book, she skillfully weaves a tapestry of historical facts and creative fiction. This novel was inspired by the extraordinary experiences of a real-life young woman who dared to defy societal norms during the Revolutionary War. It is full of grit, determination, and love...including but not limited to romantic love. This was also my first finished “read with my eyes“ book this year.

KadaGul I picked this book for Amazon First Reads 📖 It 👀 interesting. #AmazonFirstReads 1mo
AudiobookingWithLeah @KadaGul I think that's where I got it from...either that or KU. I wanted to listen to it...but I don't like the narrator who narrates it. 4w
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If the Tide Turns | Rachel Rueckert
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Mehso-so

2.75⭐
⬗historical adventure⬗w/some romance⬗pirates⬗based in truth⬗ostracizing, occultism, & holding fast to your own beliefs

I seem to be in the minority, as many people loved this. My mood might have influenced my opinion, but I found much of it, especially the beginning, quite boring. In my view, it focused on less interesting aspects of the MMC and the FMC's story. I also did not enjoy the narration by Pilar Witherspoon all that much.

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Light Pick 3.5⭐
Interestingly, they mentioned the Ashley Madison Hack in this book, especially since I recently listened to an Audible Original book highlighting it. This story seems to have been inspired by that event. While the story was generally good, there were moments where I lost interest. However, the ending was surprising and wrapped up the situations quite well.

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4⭐The murders in this book are not for the faint of heart. They are graphic, to a sickening extent. I believe this is done to make a significant impact, and it does...but it might be too much for some. We also see a continuation of the budding romance between Kate&John. I'm uncertain about the vibes John was giving off. However, I‘m sure this is a way to extend their love story over several books. The narration by Kathleen McInerney was fantastic.

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4.25⭐I love the title of this book and it fits her story perfectly. My first memoir by someone who isn‘t already famous. All I can say is I hope her current boyfriend/husband treats her like a queen…because she deserves it after what she‘s been through.

As for the narration…I‘m glad she narrated it herself because she can tell her story best since she lived it…but her child-like voice made me tune out of the story a little too often.

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Confessions | Kanae Minato
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4.5⭐This story moves from one POV to another, giving their account of events centering around the death of a child at a school where the mother is a teacher. Each POV is a single chapter, so the chapters are rather long. Despite this…it still moves along quickly…it‘s repetitive without feeling repetitive since each POV is so different. Eventually, the whole story is unraveled…at the end, you‘ll get one last bombshell dropped...which is a stunner.

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If I Lose Her | Brianne Sommerville
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3.75⭐
This is a great debut with a solid plot and great narration. If you go into this knowing all the vibes it has at play, and you're prepared for it mentally, this could be a five-star book for you. But if, like me, you feel too much gaslighting in a story can weigh down the whole tone of the book…then maybe not so much.

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The Slaying Game | Faith Gardner
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Mehso-so

3⭐
I've enjoyed all the other books in this series much more than I did this one. So, overall…I wanted to like this more than I actually did…it had an interesting concept but I wasn‘t engaged most of the time and found my mind wandering which was mostly due to the narration…I think. You can read the series out of order but make sure you read Eve In Overdrive before this one because it leads into this one.

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4⭐
It‘s best to go into this one blind…or at least blind-ish. So I‘m keeping the Vibes as vague as the synopsis. Overall, I had no clue where this was going, so that was a pleasant surprise after the slow start. Although, it did get a tad difficult to swallow at times…although, it wasn‘t a deal-breaker by any means. Where the story goes, ultimately, could be a turn-off for some people.

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3.5⭐ - Light Pick w/caveats
I find it difficult to believe they have known each other for years (at least 4) and have never gotten the courage to say how they really feel about the other. I don‘t buy it. But hey…if the vibes👆🏼 are something you're into…and dark/humorous romance is your thing, then maybe this will be to your liking. And as a bonus, the ending even got a little bit thrilling. The DUET narration was super good...loved it😍

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BookSpinBingo | Untitled
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The results of my APRIL #bookspinbingo board.

BS = If I Lose Her by Brianne Sommerville✔️ (squeezed in on the last day of the month)
DS = We Play Games by Sarah A Denzil✔️

3 Bingos✔️ Not too bad...

@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Fantastic month!! 2mo
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WE PLAY GAMES | Sarah A. Denzil
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2.5⭐
These are both free on Audible+. They both have full cast narration and they are both very well performed.
WPG: This was a decent short story that unfortunately fell short for me because of my inability to grasp accents.
ETAMH: This started out well since I don't recollect this hack from when it happened. Unfortunately, its momentum and my interest crashed and burned rather quickly.

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One Of Our Own | Lucinda Berry
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4.75⭐
One of Our Own actually blew me away with how hard-hitting and thought-provoking it is…especially for something so short. The narration by Tessa Albertson and A.J. Cook was fantastic.

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BookSpinBingo | Untitled
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My #bookspinbingo Board for May. I purposefully added quite a few shorter books because I'm going on vacation in May.

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After All I've Done | Mina Hardy
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Pick-ish 3.5⭐
So, it turns out this pretty cover is hiding something so very twisted. What started rather slow eventually picked up steam as it went along and that ending left me stunned plus a few other feelings but in the moment, I was there for it just because of how much it took me by surprise. The shifting timelines coupled with the shifting POVs do get a touch confusing but otherwise, this one has the potential to appeal to some.

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The Kill Factor | Ben Oliver
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4.25⭐If you loved The Hunger Games but thought maybe it could be more murdery…and you think the idea of convicted youth on a reality TV show playing for the chance to exonerate themselves sounds like a good time, this could be the book for you. Of course…everything you think you know about this story will get turned on its head…so, you have to be able to go with that, too. It didn't hurt that it was narrated by my fav, Brittany Pressley, either.

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Rules for Being a Girl | Katie Cotugno, Candace Bushnell
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4.5⭐
This is a book that explores the implicit societal rules imposed on girls, presenting a realistic yet hopeful narrative. It stands out for its excellent writing, compelling characters, and powerful message. The narration by Julia Whelan was perfect.

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1.5⭐
I should‘ve DNF‘d this one since early on I was finding myself bored as shit with it. For some reason, I stuck with it. It must‘ve had something to do with liking this author's previous novel. It had the makings of something I would‘ve liked it just didn‘t deliver for me…but apparently, it did for others.

See comments for Exit Black..⬇️⬇️⬇️.

AudiobookingWithLeah 2⭐The narration is what killed this for me. She has a great voice and her dialogue was really quite good…but everything else felt like AI was reading a book to me. That, coupled with the super fast pacing made this a less than mediocre listen. Normally, I like my books fast-paced but this one took it to a whole new level because I had a lot of WTF is going on moments.
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Kill For Me Kill For You | Steve Cavanagh
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5⭐
This was one smart thriller with a twist or two you won‘t see coming…at least I didn‘t. It's a play on the “Strangers On A Train” trope that is unmatched by any other out there. I highly recommend this mystery suspense thriller to fans of the genre. The narration by Stephanie Cannon was fine but I would‘ve liked multiple narrators for the multiple POVs.

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Expiration Dates | Rebecca Serle
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4.25⭐
While I wasn‘t always a fan of the constant timeline switches…I still found this to be another solid heartfelt contemporary romance from this author. I like how this author writes a story…she doesn‘t add extraneous unnecessary details and makes magical realism fun and oddly believable. The narration by Julia Whelan was fantastic.

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Mehso-so

3⭐
Try this if you like…⬗mystery psychological thriller⬗a missing twin sister⬗past & present timelines
I wanted to like this book but it was only barely okay. I couldn‘t connect with the MC or the story which I believe was due to the narration. The ending was maybe good…at least I think it was. So maybe, it would be better to read this one over listening. Although, the two reviews on Audible seemed to like her...so what can I say?

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4.25⭐
If you like a thriller that‘s twisty throughout, fairly fast-paced, and easily holds your interest, this could be the one for you. I was constantly trying to figure out the whats and the whys at play in this book. Some I figured out...and some I didn't see coming at all. The narration by Andi Arndt was very well performed.

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Almost Surely Dead | Amina Akhtar
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Mehso-so

3⭐The audio was very well done on this book and probably made some elements seem more probable than they were because I was so immersed in the story. However, I wasn't too fond of how the podcast was presented in the story and found the podcasters themselves unlikable; although, I think they were supposed to be unlikable. Either way…they were what brought the story down for me. While the non-ending could be an issue for some it wasn't for me.

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5⭐Wow…I didn‘t know much about Jennette McCurdy before I started this and I was not her target audience when her show was a hit. I was completely there for the story she had to tell. It was quite good and surprised me with how much I enjoyed it. This girl‘s mother was something else…I didn‘t understand the book's title at first, but now, I sure do. Her narration was fantastic and she would actually make a terrific narrator for fiction books.

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3.75⭐
This was a spur-of-the-moment read for me. I was randomly looking up audio‘s that were available now and this was the one I went with…I thought it would be more of a survival story…but it was much more reflective than surviving the wilds of Alaska. The ending was its saving grace and made the slow-ish pace of the rest of the book, mostly worthwhile. The narration by Karissa Vacker was amazing as always.

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The Cleaner: A Novel | Brandi Wells
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Try this if you like…
⬗something different even if it‘s super boring
⬗a very slow-burn light thriller
⬗mind-numbing stories about cleaning an office

Well…it was an experience even if it wasn‘t good. I‘m over here trying to figure out what the purpose of this book is and 🤷🏼‍♀️. Unless it‘s written by someone who cleans offices for a living and her whole purpose is to get people to quit being so messy…and “messy” can have a double meaning here.

dabbe #fanoftheban! 🤩🤩🤩 3mo
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