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review 2019-03-19 22:47
4.5 Out Of 5 STARS for The Gone World by Tom Sweterlitsch
The Gone World - Thomas Sweterlitsch

 

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Mystery
Time-Travel
Apocalyptic Bleakness
Science Fiction
WTF Did I Just Listen To
Stand-Alone

 
 
 

With Audio Performed by Brittany Pressley



 
 

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This is such a compelling read/listen.  I didn't want to stop listening, not even to go sightseeing, I was on Vacay while listening to this; it was that good.  Audio narration isn't perfect, a little breathy...but I totally adjusted to it.  Pressley does a variety of voices that made this all the more compelling.

What starts out as a crime scene investigation quickly morphs into so much more...with a bleak apocalyptic/dystopian feel that has time-travel, suspense, and is also wholly mysterious and altogether mind-blowing all at the same time.  If I tried to explain the science (time-travel aspect) part of this to someone else, I don't think they would ever totally get it...mostly because I probably leave out crucial information while doing so.  But, also because I can't fully grasp it completely but I did grasp enough...enough to enjoy it immensely.  Yeah...one of those kinds of a story for me, actually a lot of the Sci-Fi that I read is like that for me.

This book already has talk of a movie being made and I can't wait to see it, maybe it will clear up that ending for me...while I mostly get what went down I do have one little question about it.  I only had one other issue and that was the awkward sex scene, I believe that guys should not write sex scenes in their books...because I've never encountered one that wasn't awkward yet.

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4.5STARS - GRADE=A-

 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

Plot⇝ 4.7/5
Narration Performance⇝  4.3/5
Main Characters⇝  5/5
Secondary Characters⇝  5/5
The Feels⇝  5/5
Pacing⇝  4.3/5
Addictiveness⇝  5/5
Theme or Tone⇝  5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝  4.3/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝  4.5/5
Originality⇝  5/5
Ending⇝  4.3/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nah...
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Book Cover⇝ Awesome
Setting⇝ West Virginia and Pennsylvania mostly, I think...with multiple timelines.
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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review 2019-03-15 19:44
4.5 Out Of 5 STARS for The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
The Long Game - Jennifer Lynn Barnes

 

 
 

Fixer #2

 

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Political Intrigue
Scandals & Terrorists
Twisty
Young Adult
Mystery-Suspense-Thriller
Book #1 Rating: ☆3.8☆
 
 
 

With Audio Performed by Cassandra Morris

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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I love JLB's Naturals Series so much, she can really pull off a story that has both teens and mystery unlike anyone else I've read before.  Her writing is not only engaging and smart but feels completely conceivable...she writes in a way that just feels, believable.
 
While I liked the first book in the Fixer series, it just didn't have the pull that the Naturals Series did for me, but this second book was chocked full of non-stop action, plus intensely gripping political intrigue, I flew through this Audio in no time at all.  The narrators sound is a tad on the annoying side, but overall not too bad.  At least she didn't ruin the book for me...although I'm not sure that could happen...it was just too badass.
 

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4.5STARS - GRADE=A-

 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 

Plot⇝ 4.5/5
Narration Performance⇝ 3.7/5
Characters⇝ 4.5/5
The Feels⇝ 5/5
Pacing⇝ 5/5
Addictiveness⇝ 5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 5/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 5/5
Originality⇝ 4.3/5
Ending⇝ 4.5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Not really, but I am wondering if there will be a third book...
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Book Cover⇝ Awesome
Setting⇝ Washington DC
Source⇝ Own Audible Audiobook
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review 2019-02-12 22:44
4 Out Of 5 STARS for No Exit by Taylor Adams
No Exit - William Taylor Adams

 

 

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Unrelenting Suspense
Nail-Biting Thriller
Stranded in a Snow Storm
Colorado Rockies
Totally Twisted

 
 

With Narration Performed by Sarah Naughton

 
 
 
 
 

 

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Stranded at a Colorado rest stop with a would-be child kidnapper...in a hella snow storm.  Turns out this makes for a crazy suspenseful story.  With so many twists and turns, it made for an un-stoppable listen.  Sadly, though...for me...I felt like it just went on and on, and I started to lose interest in the MC's struggle to survive.  So much so that I had to rewind and re-listen to the last part of the story to see how it all played out.  I mean, ultimately, I was still invested in the overall story.  I do, however, believe that this could make for an excellent movie.

 

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4STARS - GRADE=B+

 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 

Plot⇝ 4/5 
Narration Performance⇝ 4/5
Main Characters⇝ 4/5
The Feels⇝ 4.2/5
Pacing⇝ 3.5/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4.3/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 5/5
Originality⇝ 4/5
Ending⇝ 4/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nah...
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Book Cover⇝ Kind of overplayed...but it goes with the story, actually.
Setting⇝ Colorada
Source⇝ Audible Audiobook
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review 2019-02-08 22:20
3 Out Of 5 STARS for Freefall by Jessica Barry
Freefall - Jessica Barry

 

 

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Survivor Story
Airplane Crash
Mystery Suspense
Flashbacks
Dual POV's


 

 

With Narration Performed by Hilary Huber, Karissa Vacker and Macleod Andrews

 
 
 
 

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I couldn't really connect with the characters and I believe it's totally due to the narration...I don't know why this happens in audiobooks, but when a lot of the story is told in flashbacks, you need a way to let the listener know when you're changing from present to past...I'm not sure what needs to be done, sometimes a narrator can change their voice subtly to let you know...or at the least, you could have a significant pause before you jump from one to the other.  Whether this is the fault of the producer, the Author or the Narrator, something has to be done about this.  
 
Sadly, I was constantly trying to figure out what was going on, and this could have been something I really would have liked otherwise...as it is...I thought it was an okay listen.  Despite this, the other two narrators (Vacker and Andrews) were fairly good. But overall, this lacked something for me...from the lackluster mystery to the overly slow reveals, I just wasn't that into it...
 

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3STARS - GRADE=C

 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 

Plot⇝ 3.5/5
Narration Performance⇝ 3/5
Characters⇝ 3/5
The Feels⇝ 2/5
Pacing⇝ 2.7/5
Addictiveness⇝ 3/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 3/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 3.5/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 3.7/5
Originality⇝ 4/5
Ending⇝ 3.8/5 Cliffanger⇝ Nope. 
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Book Cover⇝  It's Blue...I like Blue and if you look closely you can see some clouds.  I like the cover more than the story...
Setting⇝ The Rocky Mountains, California, and Maine
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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review 2019-02-08 20:20
4.5 Out Of 5 STARS for All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker
All Is Not Forgotten - Wendy Walker

 

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Unreliable Narrator
A Story w/Layers
Mystery Thriller
Rape/Dark Themes
Betrayals
 

With Narration by Dylan Baker




 
 
 
 

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Wow, this one was difficult to listen too...especially in the beginning.  It paints the picture of a horrendous rape...both sickening and heart-breaking.  But if you can get past that, you should be able to listen to the entire story...and what a fucked-up story it is.  A multi-layered story that is so much more than what it appears to be, with all these loose ends waiting to be tied up.

I was wondering before I even started this, why does it have a male narrator...I thought it was from Jenny's pov...but it's not.  You should have a guess of who the narrator is fairly quickly...and if you don't, it is revealed by the end of Chapter 5.  This book made me feel...all sorts of feels, actually.  From disgust to sadness, to hope and to something like incredulity, the ending was really something.

 

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4.5STARS - GRADE=A-

 
 
 
 

๏ Breakdown of Ratings ๏ 

 

Plot⇝ 4.3/5
Narration Performance⇝ 5/5
Main Characters⇝ 4.5/5
Secondary Characters⇝ 4/5
The Feels⇝ 5/5
Pacing⇝ 4.2/5
Addictiveness⇝ 4.5/5
Theme or Tone⇝ 4/5
Flow (Writing Style)⇝ 4/5
Backdrop (World Building)⇝ 4.3/5
Originality⇝ 4.5/5
Ending⇝ 4.5/5 Cliffhanger⇝ Nope.
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Book Cover⇝ It's Perfect for the story.
Setting⇝ Fairview, CT
Source⇝ Audiobook (Library)
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