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  • The Sorceress: Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Michael Scott
    • Narrated By Paul Boehmer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1036)
    Performance
    (634)
    Story
    (643)

    Nicholas Flamel's heart almost broke as he watched his beloved Paris crumble before him. The city was destroyed by Dee and Machiavelli, but Flamel played his own role in the destruction. Sophie and Josh Newman show every sign of being the twins of prophecy, and Flamel had to protect them and the pages from the Dark Elders. But Nicholas grows weaker with each passing day. Perenelle is still trapped in Alcatraz, and now that Scatty has gone missing, the group is without protection.

    Lisa says: "battle after battle"
    "Narrator leaves a lot to be desired"
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    Why oh why do they change narrators in a book series? Just when you get used to a style, a cadence, a tone of voice, there's a new one to get used to. And this guy, is just ssssllloooowwwww. He seems to always be deliberately slowing down his speech patterns. He speeds up a bit, catches himself and slows down again. The second book was wonderful. It was fast paced and exciting and the excitement came through in the voice of the narrator. This guy is putting me to sleep! I am so disappointed that he is the narrator for the next book as well, I will have to switch to the print version and I'm sad.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Sheepfarmer's Daughter: The Deed of Paksenarrion, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Moon
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    Overall
    (1139)
    Performance
    (817)
    Story
    (825)

    Refusing to marry a pig farmer and joining the army, even if it means never seeing her family again, Paksenarrion begins an adventure that enables her to restore an overthrown ruler.

    Christopher says: "Intriguing start"
    "Captain Kirk anyone?"
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    I read all these wonderful reviews of this book and narration and joyfully picked it up hoping for a nice new series to listen to. I could not get past the narration. A good narrator can make or break the story and this one broke it for me. All I could think of for each and every sentence out of her mouth was "Captain Kirk"! She has that same annoying cadence in her narration. BOnes! SPock! I had to return this one. I tried, I really tried, but no dice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tall, Dark, and Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Tate Hallaway
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (403)
    Performance
    (361)
    Story
    (360)

    Recovering witch Garnet Lacey owns Wisconsin's premier occult bookstore. And a fringe benefit of the job is getting customers like Sebastian Von Traum - piercing brown eyes, a sexy accent, and a killer body. The only thing missing is an aura. Which means he's dead. And that means trouble - something Garnet's a sucker for....

    lindag319 says: "Technical difficulties?"
    "Even Amanda couldn't save this much"
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    Amanda Ronconi is a fantastic narrator. She brings each book she reads literally to life. If it wasn't for her, I'd have tossed this away within the first couple of chapters.

    The book had some flashes of brilliance, some fleeting moments of entertainment, overall I couldn't wait for it to finish. Finish it I did, I wanted to finish the story, there was some curiosity about how it would progress, so I guess it was a sale price well spent for the few hours it occupied my mind. Unfortunately I kept expecting Molly Harperesque brilliance which just does not exist in this story.

    Get it if it's on sale, otherwise not worth a credit.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Blaze of Memory: Psy-Changeling Series, Book 7

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Nalini Singh
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (443)
    Performance
    (407)
    Story
    (411)

    Dev Santos finds a woman with amnesia - and all she can remember is that she's dangerous. Stripped of her memories by a shadowy oppressor and programmed to kill, Katya's only hope is Dev. But he could very well be her next target.

    Robbie says: "After Reading Reviews, I'm Surprised I Liked It"
    "This one was just strange, meh!"
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    I've enjoyed all the books thus far in the series, this one was just odd. I think the narration was odder than the story. Usually, I've really enjoyed Angela Dawe's performances, in this one she was speaking slower than usual with unnecessarily long pauses between sentences and this threw me off. The story developed just about ok, I didn't really end up rooting for either Dev or Katya. They were just OK. The end too - meh! Whatever. The story line didn't add much to the overall world building for me either. Just meh!

    I'm listening to the next one in the series now and Angela seems to have got her mojo back. What a difference a good narration makes!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Perfect Blood: The Hollows, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Kim Harrison
    • Narrated By Marguerite Gavin
    Overall
    (1602)
    Performance
    (1431)
    Story
    (1430)

    Ritually murdered corpses are appearing across Cincinnati, terrifying amalgams of human and other. Pulled in to help investigate by the I.S. and the FIB, former witch turned day-walking demon Rachel Morgan soon realizes a horrifying truth: a human hate group is trying to create its own demons to destroy all Inderlanders, and to do so, it needs her blood. She's faced vampires, witches, werewolves, demons, and more, but humanity itself might be her toughest challenge yet.

    Aimee says: "Get on with it already"
    "The reviews don't do this justice"
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    I usually don't write reviews on amazon or audible, but I had to defend this book. I was very hesitant getting this because of all the negative reviews, but took a chance anyway with very low expectations. I kept waiting for the bad silly things to happen - no dice! This was wonderful. Seemed to me Rachel was actually less silly than usual, not once did I find myself thinking - oh not, not again Rachel. She finally grew up! I loved the story, the narration was wonderful as always, it was a meaningful step forward for all characters. I came late to this series, so I'm having a great time powering through all these books without having to wait for the next one. Ignore the negative press, this book does not deserve it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 56 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By John Glover
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5269)
    Performance
    (4461)
    Story
    (4457)

    When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

    Bill says: "Not the best audio book in the series"
    "I really wanted to dislike this, but alas....."
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    I downloaded Ghost Story a few months ago, but was hesitant to listen to it. Coming off of a high from Changes, and having read some of the negative reviews here, I was nervous about starting. Changes was such a masterful story and performance, I didn't think any thing could top it. I gave myself a few months to get over the Marsters magic, then nervously started Ghost Story a couple of days ago.

    I wanted to hate it. I wanted to dislike John Glover. I felt I was being unfaithful to Marsters by enjoying any of this. But to my absolute joy and amazement, I was won over completely. The story gripped me so hard I couldn't stop listening. I finished it over the weekend.

    I will let you read the story reviews on Amazon or in other reviews, what I want to assure you is that if you have any reservations at all about John Glover's performance, lay them to rest. He has done a fantastic job here. The story is amazing and as all other Dresden stories, leaves me wanting more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Moon Dance: Blood Bound, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Amy Blankenship, R. K. Melton
    • Narrated By K. B. Stanford
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (94)
    Performance
    (84)
    Story
    (83)

    Envy's life was great. Great brother, great boyfriend, and the best job a girl could ask for... tending bar at the most popular clubs in the city. At least it was great until she got a call from one of her best friends about her boyfriend doing the vertical limbo on the dance floor at Moon Dance. Her decision to confront him begins a chain of events that will introduce her to a dangerous paranormal world hidden beneath the everyday humdrum.

    Michelle says: "Droning narrator & bad audio, distracts from story"
    "Boring narrator makes an ok story super boring."
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    Wow! Boring boring boring. This is a weak book in the urban fantasy genre. Chock-full of cliches, I couldn't find myself liking any of the characters. More often than not, I found myself thinking they deserved all their angst. They have no depth, they all come across like wannabe actors in some C grade movie. I'm halfway through the audiobook and I can't stand K.B. Stanford's nasal, boring, characterless narration anymore. The woman makes some of hottest sex scenes sound boring. And her pronunciation is abysmal. A jaguar is not pronounced jagwire! I'm done with this one.I still want to know how the story ends, I'll look for the book in print.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Embassytown

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By China Mieville
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (419)
    Performance
    (302)
    Story
    (304)

    China Miéville doesn’t follow trends, he sets them. Relentlessly pushing his own boundaries as a writer—and in the process expanding the boundaries of the entire field—with Embassytown, Miéville has crafted an extraordinary novel that is not only a moving personal drama but a gripping adventure of alien contact and war. In the far future, humans have colonized a distant planet, home to sentient beings famed for a language unique in the universe, one that only a few altered human ambassadors can speak....

    D says: "must hear to fully appreciate."
    "I really wanted to like this, but alas."
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    I have listened to The City and the City and The Kraken and have got used to John Lee. That said, given the fantastic reviews for Susan Duerden, I really wanted to give her a chance. I could not get used to her monotonous, deadpan narration. I could barely distinguish between narration and dialogue for the most part. The double voice was really interesting, but beyond that, not so much. I don't think John Lee would have been the right narrator for this story, but I did not like Susan much. So much so, I moved to the print book to finish it. I couldn't bear the thought of having to slog through 8 more hours of this monotonous rendition to get to the end of the story.

    The story was a bit dark for me. The other Mievilles I've read have seemed almost farcical, this one just seemed to get dark. I was reminded of The Mote in God's Eye in the second half of the book. I did not enjoy this as much as the others I've read. The premise of the story was interesting, I unfortunately guessed what was to come before the reveal so it was a bit spoiled for me. In the end - a lot happened in a very short period. All in all, meh!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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