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  • Speaks the Nightbird

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Robert McCammon
    • Narrated By Edoardo Ballerini
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2973)
    Performance
    (2655)
    Story
    (2638)

    The Carolinas, 1699: The citizens of Fount Royal believe a witch has cursed their town with inexplicable tragedies -- and they demand that beautiful widow Rachel Howarth be tried and executed for witchcraft. Presiding over the trial is traveling magistrate Issac Woodward, aided by his astute young clerk, Matthew Corbett. Believing in Rachel's innocence, Matthew will soon confront the true evil at work in Fount Royal....

    aaron says: "Dark, Twisted Period Piece with GREAT Characters!"
    "Excellent Narration Cartoon Characters"
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Develop the characters and reduce the melodrama.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Dead I May Well Be


    Have you listened to any of Edoardo Ballerini???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first but he is a very talented narrator.


    Was Speaks the Nightbird worth the listening time?

    Not for me.


    Any additional comments?

    I was fairly engaged for the first two parts but the characters became more and more unbelievable. By part 4 I gave up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Good and Happy Child: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Justin Evans
    • Narrated By Mark Deakins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (92)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    Thirty-year-old George Davies can't bring himself to hold his newborn son. After months of accepting his lame excuses and strange behavior, his wife demands that he see a therapist, and George, desperate to save his unraveling marriage and redeem himself as a father and husband, reluctantly agrees.

    Barbie Smith says: "Fantastic"
    "Crazy or Posessed"
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    What made the experience of listening to A Good and Happy Child the most enjoyable?

    The great character development and the authors talent. I was able to sympathize with the protagonist because the author was able to write so well from this point of view.


    What other book might you compare A Good and Happy Child to and why?

    Crazy Dangerous - same central theme


    What does Mark Deakins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His ability to portray and transition from one character to the next was incredible.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The moments where the protagonist is unaware of the damage he has done.


    Any additional comments?

    The ending was not stellar but I enjoyed the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jumper

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Steven Gould
    • Narrated By MacLeod Andrews
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1105)
    Performance
    (991)
    Story
    (1003)

    What if you could go anywhere in the world, in the blink of an eye? Where would you go? What would you do?Davy can teleport. To survive, Davy must learn to use and control his power in a world that is more violent and complex than he ever imagined. But mere survival is not enough for him. Davy wants to find others like himself, others who can Jump.

    Cather says: "A nice descent into fantasy..."
    "One Trick Pony"
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Probably not, but the narration was excellent


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Tied up nicely.


    Which character ??? as performed by Macleod Andrews ??? was your favorite?

    The main Character


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Once you got the concept of the jumping the story got a little boring. It may be great for a Young Adult, but failed to hold my interest.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Soulless: An Alexia Tarabotti Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Gail Carriger
    • Narrated By Emily Gray
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3193)
    Performance
    (2377)
    Story
    (2403)

    Victorian romance mixes seamlessly with elegant prose and biting wit—and werewolves—in Gail Carriger’s delightful debut novel. Soulless introduces Alexia Tarabotti, a parasol-wielding Londoner getting dangerously close to spinster status. But there are more important things than finding a husband. For Alexia was born without a soul, giving her the ability to render any vampire or werewolf completely powerless.

    Pamela I Greene says: "Amelia Peabody has competition"
    "Another lovable Amoral Character"
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    If you could sum up Soulless in three words, what would they be?

    a fun romp


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main Character


    Have you listened to any of Emily Gray???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first and hopefully not my last.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I really enjoyed this world


    Any additional comments?

    Gotta love the concept of a soulless, but proper Victorian woman navigating those rude vampires and werewolves whom she renders powerless.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Gods of Gotham

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 9 mins)
    • By Lyndsay Faye
    • Narrated By Steven Boyer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (567)
    Performance
    (490)
    Story
    (494)

    It is 1845. New York City forms its first police force. The great potato famine hits Ireland. These two seemingly disparate events will change New York City. Forever.... Timothy Wilde tends bar near the Exchange, fantasizing about the day he has enough money to win the girl of his dreams. But when his dreams literally incinerate in a fire devastating downtown Manhattan, he finds himself disfigured, unemployed, and homeless. His older brother obtains Timothy a job in the newly minted NYPD, but he is highly skeptical of this new "police force".

    Joanne says: "A wonderful book"
    "Great Historical Fiction"
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    What did you love best about The Gods of Gotham?

    That the characters are believable in their inperfection.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The authors ability to convey time and place.


    Which character ??? as performed by Steven Boyer ??? was your favorite?

    Gotta love the main guy.


    If you could take any character from The Gods of Gotham out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Probably the little girl, as she is so wise for her years and accepting.


    Any additional comments?

    Pleasantly surprised. I liked it better than Heartstone and perhaps a little less than Devil in the White City, a favorite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Wind Through the Keyhole: The Dark Tower

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Stephen King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2344)
    Performance
    (2140)
    Story
    (2123)

    In The Wind Through the Keyhole, Stephen King has returned to the rich landscape of Mid-World. This story within a story within a story finds Roland Deschain, Mid-World’s last gunslinger, in his early days during the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death. Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a "skin-man", Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter.

    Amazon Customer says: "An exceptional story, but I miss George Guidall."
    "Nice re-visit of Dark Tower series."
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I ended up loving this series so yes; with the proviso that the whole series is read. I believe SK wants this one filed after the Wolves of Calla.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Wind Through the Keyhole?

    At one point I thought I am wrapped up in a story within a story within a story and loving every minute of it.


    What does Stephen King bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Hmm, not sure; but he is getting better at narrating his own stories. I do miss George Guidall.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    I love Stephen King's writing and ability to flesh out the characters. I was resistant to this series and did not listen to them for a while. I'm glad I finally broke down and got into these.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Sociopath Next Door

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 26 mins)
    • By Martha Stout
    • Narrated By Shelly Frasier
    Overall
    (2741)
    Performance
    (1727)
    Story
    (1725)

    We are accustomed to think of sociopaths as violent criminals, but in The Sociopath Next Door, Harvard psychologist Martha Stout reveals that a shocking 4 percent of ordinary people, one in 25, has an often undetected mental disorder, the chief symptom of which is that that person possesses no conscience. He or she has no ability whatsoever to feel shame, guilt, or remorse. One in 25 everyday Americans, therefore, is secretly a sociopath.

    Taryn says: "Reinforces what you have already known"
    "Scary"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Sociopath Next Door to be better than the print version?

    I mainly just listen to books


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Sociopath Next Door?

    The insight that these folks cannot connect to others emotionally.


    What does Shelly Frasier bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    It really felt like the author was educating me.


    What???s the most interesting tidbit you???ve picked up from this book?

    That 4% of the population are sociopaths


    Any additional comments?

    This is a must read for those who want to understand why some "people" are always causing drama for no apparent reason. The author may be overstating the number of sociopaths, but they are out there and you need to be prepared.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Susan Cain
    • Narrated By Kathe Mazur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4233)
    Performance
    (3653)
    Story
    (3629)

    At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

    Teddy says: "Thought provoking and Uplifting.... A++++++++!!!!!"
    "Great Insight into Introverts"
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    I really enjoyed this book. Being and working with a lot of introverts it provided a lot of research based insights. I enjoy learning about the psychology behind personality. The Quiet is somewhat similar to The Sociopath Next Door (Unabridged). If you like to learn what makes people tic this is one for you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Clockwork Angel: The Infernal Devices, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ehle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2543)
    Performance
    (1941)
    Story
    (1949)

    When 16-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

    Sam says: "Fantastic book!!"
    "Steam Punk YA fun"
    Overall
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Clockwork Angel to be better than the print version?

    I only experienced the audio edition but I am sure that the performance makes listening better for me.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That the author was able to make me suspend belief to this extent.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hard to say


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Wind up for a great ride.


    Any additional comments?

    I just picked this one up on a lark. I was not sure I could make it through something so outside my normal genres but I enjoyed the ride.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Patient Zero: The Joe Ledger Novels, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Jonathan Maberry
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4094)
    Performance
    (3426)
    Story
    (3419)

    When you have to kill the same terrorist twice in one week there’s either something wrong with your world or something wrong with your skills - and there’s nothing wrong with Joe Ledger’s skills. And that’s both a good and a bad thing. It’s good because he’s a Baltimore detective who has just been secretly recruited by the government to lead a new task force created to deal with the problems that Homeland Security can’t handle....

    Kim Venatries says: "Yes! It IS that good. Five stars and more."
    "Zombie-riffic"
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    Would you listen to Patient Zero again? Why?

    I don't normally re-visit books but this would be worth an exception


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The action was fast paced and I like how the protagonist is drawn into the altered reality.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where the protagonist kills his boss.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Well yes but I need sleep.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like the zombie genre then this is a must listen. I need to take a break between books like this as I become too accumulated to the battles and action and stop appreciating the creativity the writer brings to these scenes. I like how the book opens and how this normal guy is drawn into this reality beneath the surface reality.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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