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Ms. V. Cistiakovaite

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  • Four Seasons of Loneliness

  • A Lawyer's Case Stories
  • By: J. W. Freiberg
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 10 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4

What happens when loneliness engulfs us? How do we manage life when the absence of adequate connections becomes an excruciating hunger? During his extraordinary decades-long career as an attorney, J. W. Freiberg consulted on hundreds of cases involving clients affected by chronic and debilitating loneliness. Here, in four adapted stories from his practice, he reveals how loneliness can impact us in every season of our lives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By MISS S M GUTHRIE on 03-10-18

Exceptional book beautifully written and narrated.

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

Reviewed: 04-09-17

The best non fiction book I've read in approx 18 months or so since reading Susan Cain's "Quiet". Deeply moving, fascinating and very easy to listen to -I found the narration perfect and not sure what other listeners issues were in this regard. Really cannot recommend this enough to anyone who has been touched by or is interested in themes of loneliness. I founs the four case studies are very touching in particular the first and the last.

  • The Year of Living Danishly

  • Uncovering the Secrets of the World's Happiest Country
  • By: Helen Russell
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,579
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,424
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,420

When she was suddenly given the opportunity of a new life in rural Jutland, journalist and archetypal Londoner Helen Russell discovered a startling statistic: the happiest place on earth isn't Disneyland but Denmark, a land often thought of by foreigners as consisting entirely of long, dark winters, cured herring, Lego and pastries. What is the secret to their success? Are happy Danes born or made?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Completely fascinating and bonkers

  • By melisa on 04-11-15

An easy read, positive and uplifting book

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

Reviewed: 10-04-16

I love books where the author uproots their life, usually to a new country or continent and writes about their experience because I love travel and I too have uprooted my life in such a way. This book was funny, quirky, positive and uplifting. It is very informative on the Danish culture which was super interesting and made me want to visit Denmark again (to explore beyond what we have already experienced in Copenhagen). Denmark is a really fascinating place from which we can all learn something. I particularly enjoyed the sections of the book about female equality/feminism et al.

Yes the narrator's voice is a little annoying and performance over enthused to start with (too British Bridget Jones-ey comic as other reviews have said but you do get used to it.
The only other element of the book I found a bit irksome personally was occasional tint that money is required for happiness - that by having an expensive designer house with an expensive Danish designer chair and cushions in it will make you one step closer to happiness. I do get that nice, clean and well decorated surroundings do make you happier but they do NOT have to be expensive designer pieces. And when you move your life to a new country you do NOT have to get a container to ship most of your belonging including your furniture there.

  • Surviving Ice

  • The Burying Water Series
  • By: K. A. Tucker
  • Narrated by: Sebastian York, Olivia Song
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Ivy, a talented tattoo artist who spent the early part of her 20s on the move, is finally looking for a place to call home. She thinks she might have found it in San Francisco, but all that changes when she witnesses a terrible crime. She's ready to pack up her things yet again when a random encounter with a stranger keeps her in the city, giving her reason to stay after all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic story

  • By Kindle Customer on 12-05-17

A fantastic must read!

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

Reviewed: 03-02-16

This is without a doubt the best book I have read in about 12 months and I consume at least one romance every couple of weeks. I cannot recommend it enough. I love KA Tucker's stories and this one is my new favourite. I burnt through it way too quickly but could not help myself. The chemistry, the characters, the plot - it all sizzles. Ivy is a kick ass female lead. Sebastian is perfectly matched to her. Both are hot as hell. The storyline is really solid, gripping, raw, rough and real. You need to read/listen to this book pronto! P.S. Both narrators reflect the characters perfectly and do an awesome job.

  • Chasing River

  • By: K.A. Tucker
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Louise, Steve West
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13

Armed with two years' worth of savings and the need to experience life outside the bubble of her Oregon small town, 25-year-old Amber Welles is prepared for anything. Except dying in Dublin. Had it not been for the bravery of a stranger, she might have. But he takes off before she has the chance to offer her gratitude. Twenty-four-year-old River Delaney is rattled. No one was supposed to get hurt. But then that American tourist showed up. He couldn't let her die, but he also can't be identified at the scene - so he fled.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Lukewarm

  • By Ms. V. Cistiakovaite on 30-01-16

Lukewarm

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

Reviewed: 30-01-16

I am a fan of K.A. Tucker who is a kick ass writer but I found this book lacking. Unless you have a penchant for or some fascination with Ireland I would not recommend this one. It was missing some umph for me. The story was too slow to unfold and I really had to put in the effort to push through. I could not relate to Amber as a female character - she was a bit too perfect and boring and when Ivy came on the scene and started exposing Amber as the most popular girl at school when she was young kind etc I liked her even less. The relationship between Amber and River was also difficult to believe - they seemed to have very little in common and I really was not clear why they would have a 'deep connection' or fall for each other.
The best thing that came out of this book for me is meeting Ivy's character who is epic and I've just started reading Surviving Ice which already is proving to be a MUCH better book.

  • The Way Back Home

  • By: Freya North
  • Narrated by: Melody Grove
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20

One summer, something happened that changed everything forever… Born and brought up in an artists' commune in Derbyshire, Oriana Taylor had freedom at her fingertips in a home full of extraordinary people. The Bedwell brothers, Malachy and Jed, shared their childhood and adolescence with Oriana. In the rambling old house and tangled grounds, their dreams and desires could take wing unchecked. But too much freedom comes at a price. Something happened the summer they were fifteen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listening

  • By valerie baker on 26-03-15

Huge fan of Freya North but soooo dull

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

Reviewed: 03-07-15

I could not finish this book. Got about 6 chapters in and nothing gripped me or made me want to continue reading, quite the opposite - sent me to sleep! Exceptionally slow pace. Found it unnecessarily wordy. Narrator's voice and performance also not for me, which didn't help matters. I got the sense this book was for the older generation (I'm in my mid 20s). Even the characters which I think were meant to be young people sounded too mature. Not for people who like young adult books!

  • Jake Undone

  • By: Penelope Ward
  • Narrated by: Felicity Munroe, Brian Pallino
  • Length: 10 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

Nina Kennedy is alive...but not living...until she meets him. Planes, trains, heights...you name it, Nina is afraid of it and leads a sheltered life ruled by irrational fears and phobias. When she moves to Brooklyn for nursing school, that life is turned upside down as she develops an intense but unwanted attraction to her gorgeous roommate, who's pierced, tattooed, and just happens to be the smartest person she's ever met. Behind Jake Green's rough exterior and devilish smile lies a heart of gold.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible and rather insulting.

  • By L on 28-05-15

YA romance with strong storyline...

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

Reviewed: 03-07-15

...a sensitive tattooed and pierced male lead and a decent female lead. What's not to like!
For me the storyline and the chemistry between the two characters were the highlights.Lots of twists and ups and downs.
The female narrators intonation was very annoying and difficult to get used to - I definitely would not want to listen to any other book narrated by her. It almost put me off continuing with this book but credit to the author I kept going to the end!
If you can overlook a) factual inaccuracy about phobias/ panic attacks being cured so quick and with the method suggested and b) how stupid several characters behave towards the end - you will like it!

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  • Existence

  • By: Abbi Glines
  • Narrated by: Ashley Litz
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Pagan Moore doesn't cheat Death, but instead, falls in love with him. Seventeen year old Pagan Moore has seen souls her entire life. Once she realized the strangers she often saw walking through walls were not visible to anyone else, she started ignoring them. If she didn't let them know she could see them, then they left her alone. Until she stepped out of her car the first day of school and saw an incredibly sexy guy lounging on a picnic table, watching her with an amused smirk on his face. Problem is, she knows he's dead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best Twilight follow up so far

  • By Ms. V. Cistiakovaite on 08-01-15

Best Twilight follow up so far

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

Reviewed: 08-01-15

Being a huge Twilight fan I've read quite a few Twilight-esque books. None are as good. They simply can't be. Twilight was the first original. But most of Twilight still search for that next fix - I think Existence is the best Twilight-eque books I've read. I think most Twilight fans will enjoy it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Charade

  • The Games, Book 1
  • By: Nyrae Dawn
  • Narrated by: Macy Sterling
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

Nineteen-year-old Cheyenne tries to portray the perfect life to mask the memories of her past. Walking in on her boyfriend with another woman her freshman year in college threatens that picture of perfection. Twenty-one-year-old Colt never wanted college and never expected to amount to anything, but when his mom's dying wish is for him to get his degree, he has no choice but to pretend it's what he wants too. Cheyenne needs a fake boyfriend to get back at her ex and Colt needs cash to take care of his mom, so they strike a deal that helps them both. But what if Cheyenne’s past isn’t what she thought?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect YA romance

  • By Ms. V. Cistiakovaite on 08-01-15

Perfect YA romance

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

Reviewed: 08-01-15

This book was such a surprise. Beautiful, romantic, touching, funny, emotional and perhaps most importantly FRESH QUALITY YA ROMANCE. If you the following books are on your top 10 best YA reads - "Easy" by Webber, "Slammed" by Hoover and "Beautiful Disaster" by McGuire then you will LOVE this book and should get it and read it now! Also make sure you have tissues and aren't driving when you're listening to the last couple of chapters!!! Wheepers!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Twist Me

  • By: Anna Zaires, Dima Zales
  • Narrated by: Shirl Rae
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

I never thought this could happen to me. I never imagined one chance meeting on the eve of my eighteenth birthday could change my life so completely. Now I belong to him. To Julian. To a man who is as ruthless as he is beautiful - a man whose touch makes me burn. A man whose tenderness I find more devastating than his cruelty.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • mundane and dull

  • By mandy on 06-08-15

Unlike 50 Shades of Grey - lack of consent!

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

Reviewed: 16-06-14

I've read a few erotica books, 50 Shades being one of them, which I really enjoyed. Twist Me was my first venture into 'dark erotica'/ captive romance and frankly it wasn't for me. I don't quite understand how people can find the sex scenes in this book arousing in any way considering the lack of consent - it's essentially rape. This book is extremely different from 50 Shades of Grey and other BDSM books by one very important element - CONSENT! For once in my reading life I actually was fast forwarding the sex scenes. I enjoyed the storyline itself even if Julian's character was a bit 'flat' (I suppose the author wanted to create a 'mysterious enigma' thing for him, but this meant you simply do not get to know him at all). Remove all the sex/rape from this book and I would have really enjoyed the story. The narrator's voice at times got bit annoying.

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  • The Story Continues

  • Live 2012
  • By: Kevin Bridges
  • Narrated by: Kevin Bridges
  • Length: 1 hr and 12 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

Kevin Bridges: The Story Continues... sees Kevin return to The SECC to perform a record-breaking run of ten sold out nights to over 75,000 ecstatic fans. Recorded on a Saturday night in Glasgow, Kevin is in his element, as this home town gig shows off his no nonsense approach to comedy. He cuts through the niceties with his Glaswegian man in the street charm to the next chapter of his epic comedic journey.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't listen in public

  • By tina on 18-02-13

Epic!!! Kevin on top form!

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

Reviewed: 24-11-13

I have re-listened to this at least 10 times in the last 12 months or so. It is THAT good. Excellent value for money lol. It makes me laugh out loud every time. I am a huge fan of Kevin Bridges but I think it would be an excellent introduction to anyone who is not aware of him. Hilarious and a real mood uplifter!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful