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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
    (1106)
    Performance
    (699)
    Story
    (709)

    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
  • The Blood of Olympus: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Nick Chamian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (467)
    Performance
    (437)
    Story
    (432)

    Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen - all of them - and they're stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood - the blood of Olympus - in order to wake.

    Kathy says: "Great story, terrible narrator"
    "Appropriate acronym for the title: BOOOO!"
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    Nick Chamian: BOOO!
    Lame ending: BOOO!
    Not enough Percy and Annabeth: BOOO!
    Many of the other reviews (on Amazon and Audible) have expressed my sentiments so well so I am not going to list them here again. But I feel strongly enough about the utter mediocrity of the writing and the abysmal performance that I want to at least it put it out there.
    Did RR just get tired of this series and just want to be done with it? I think so.
    Did Nick C even read this series and enjoy it even a little bit? I don't think so.
    Overall, I'm a very disappointed reader and listener.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Hades: The Heroes of Olympus, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Nick Chamian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1493)
    Performance
    (1361)
    Story
    (1384)

    At the conclusion of The Mark of Athena, Annabeth and Percy tumble into a pit leading straight to the Underworld. The other five demigods have to put aside their grief and follow Percy's instructions to find the mortal side of the Doors of Death. If they can fight their way through the Gaea's forces, and Percy and Annabeth can survive the House of Hades, then the Seven will be able to seal the Doors from both sides and prevent the giants from raising Gaea. But, Leo wonders, if the Doors are sealed, how will Percy and Annabeth be able to escape?

    amyrex2 says: "I really HATE it when narrators are switched"
    "The only way to listen to this guy..."
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    is to listen to the story on 1.5x speed on audible. OMG, he is SO BAD. I of course finished this story last year when it came out, I was seriously disappointed then, and I feel this sense of doom every time I think about it. I'm writing this review now, because having waited for The Blood of Olympus for all this time, it will be out in a couple of weeks, and IT's THE SAME LOUSY NARRATOR!! I have not listened to any of Nick Chamian's work, I only know he is absolutely not the right narrator for this story.

    I am so so so disappointed. Oh Joshua Swanson, where art thou?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5238)
    Performance
    (4961)
    Story
    (4943)

    Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day.… Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful. He doesn’t know the half of it… Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains - led by one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone - to break into the highest-security vault in town, so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.

    D says: "Hold onto your staff; Harry’s back."
    "I think I love it, or do I?"
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    I waited for this story with bated breath, I tortured myself by not jumping on it as soon as I downloaded it, I wanted to savor each and every delicious moment of Harry, I finished listening to it as soon as I could possibly could, and then I was at a stalemate. I couldn't decide whether I liked it or not.

    I left it alone for a couple of months, I felt ready to give it a listen once more, I finished it again in one shot, and then I was at a standstill - again. I couldn't decide whether I liked it or not.

    I still haven't decided - entirely. There are some brilliant moments in the story. I loved the end, I can't wait to find out where Harry goes next. I know for sure I will be listening to this again. But - for the first time in a Dresden story, I will be fast forwarding through some scenes. I won't call them out, but IMO some situations and dialogues just seemed forced. In other situations I felt Harry really should have known better and was just being an ass. In some scenes the narration seemed way over the top and distracted from the story. The high that Small Favors, Turncoat and Changes left me at is yet to be reached.

    BUT - it's Harry and Marsters. I'll hang with them for as along as the ride lasts.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Flyte: Septimus Heap, Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Angie Sage
    • Narrated By Gerard Doyle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1116)
    Performance
    (588)
    Story
    (603)

    It's been a year since Septimus Heap discovered his real family and true calling to be a wizard. As apprentice to Extra Ordinary Wizard Marcia Overstrand, he is learning the arts of Conjurations, Charms, and other Magyk, while Jenna is adapting to life as the princess and enjoying the castle. But there is something sinister at work. Marcia is constantly trailed by a menacing Darke Shadow, and Septimus's brother Simon seems bent on a revenge no one understands. Why is the Darke Magyk still lingering?

    Lisa says: "Still good, but a letdown from book one"
    "Entertaining and fun."
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    I wish they hadn't changed the narrator. Gerard Doyle is still entertaining, but Allan Corduner was inspired. Doyle is so intense in his enunciation it's at times exhausting listening to him.

    The story though continues to be a lot of lighthearted fun, I have the entire series purchased and am looking forward to many many more entertaining hours of easy listening.

    0 of 0 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
    (1238)
    Performance
    (906)
    Story
    (919)

    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
    (465)
    Performance
    (418)
    Story
    (418)

    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....

    amy says: "Tall, Dark, Dead & Poorly Edited"
    "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
    (494)
    Performance
    (451)
    Story
    (454)

    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!

    2 of 2 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
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1774)
    Performance
    (1587)
    Story
    (1584)

    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
    (5882)
    Performance
    (5041)
    Story
    (5034)

    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
    (97)
    Performance
    (86)
    Story
    (85)

    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

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