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  • Faeries of Dreamdark: Blackbringer

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Laini Taylor
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (157)
    Performance
    (115)
    Story
    (112)

    The faerie Magpie Windwitch, granddaughter of the West Wind, flies over the ocean with her small flock of crows. Ill-advised sailors all too often open bottles floating near their ships, and Magpie has vowed to recapture the devils released upon the world from their sea-borne containers. But there is one bottle in which a great menace was trapped by the ancient Djinn King, and when this bottle is opened, the evil of the Blackbringer threatens to engulf the world.

    April says: "Splendid!"
    "It was Okay......"
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    Would you try another book from Laini Taylor and/or Davina Porter?

    THis is from perspective of someone who LOVES Diana Gabaldon's OUtlander series, and absolutely LOVES what Davina Porter has done with it. So to answer to this is NO.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Faeries of Dreamdark?

    Can't think of one....


    Which character – as performed by Davina Porter – was your favorite?

    The oldest crow?.... But honestly I am so used to her voice in my head with Outlander, Jamie, Claire that hearing her voice with this narration, did not spark any interest in me.


    Could you see Faeries of Dreamdark being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes, I could. Laini Taylor is a very, very talented writer. Have no idea...


    Any additional comments?

    First off, I think Laini Taylor is an excellent writer. I am a Big fan of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy. I bought this book based on that. And since I KNOW Davina Porter is a phenomenal narrator, thought that I would enjoy story. It is a great story, and I may get the kindle edition, but Davina's voice just could not keep my attention, it was offsetting with this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Omens

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Kelley Armstrong
    • Narrated By Carine Montbertrand, Mozhan Marno
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (188)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (172)

    Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions. But Olivia’s world is shattered when she learns that she’s adopted. Her real parents? Todd and Pamela Larsen, notorious serial killers serving a life sentence.

    Marianne says: "An Awesome Start to a New Series"
    "Great Suprise"
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    Let me start off by saying I hate the narrator for Olivia/Eden. She sounds like the lady who is the voice of Lisa Simpson. Very, very annoying voice. I like the other narrator's voice for Olivia. But you get used to it Olivia'voice eventually. She does start her chapters with a nasal quality to her voice (Olivia), but didn't stop me from listening. This book will reel you in. It will have you asking yourself "Why? Why is that happening? What did they do that for? What does it mean? Who is that? What is going to happen next?" This series is going to be a nice rollercoaster ride. Can't wait to see what will happen next for Olivia/Eden and Gabriel! Give this story a try, you won't be disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Bad Apple: An Orchard Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Sheila Connolly
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    Overall
    (22)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (22)

    Meg Corey has come to the quaint New England town of Granford, Massachusetts, to sell her mother's old colonial home and apple orchard. Instead, she becomes embroiled in development plans that include her land - and her former flame from Boston. When he's found dead in the new septic tank on her property, the police immediately suspect Meg, whose only ally in town is the plumber Seth Chapin. Together, they'll have to peel back the layers of secrecy that surround the deal in order to find the real murderer.

    Laura Jenkins says: "loved the book"
    "Didn't hold my interest"
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    This story had a great start, but plot moves too slow, it kind of plods along. I listened to about half the book (maybe less than half), but I couldn't continue. I may start later in series with another book, but I doubt it. This will be happily returned.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • King Hall: Forever Evermore, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Scarlett Dawn
    • Narrated By Chandra Skyye
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (71)
    Performance
    (69)
    Story
    (70)

    King Hall - where the Mysticals go to learn their craft, get their degrees, and transition into adulthood. And where four new Rulers will rise and meet their destinies. Lily Ruckler is adept at one thing: Survival. Born a Mystical hybrid, her mere existence is forbidden, but her nightmare is only about to start. Fluke, happenstance, and a deep personal loss finds Lily deeply entrenched with those who would destroy her simply for existing - The Mystical Kings.

    john says: "I can't wait for book 2"
    "I wanted to like it but couldn't"
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    I tried. I really did. But when I start stopping a book to listen to another I know it's time to give up the ghost. The plot was boring, very slow paced. And narration could have been better. Her voice was very annoying at times. I finally stopped and returned this after I started skipping chapters. I am so glad Audible lets you return any books you don't like.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Blade Itself: The First Law: Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (4067)
    Performance
    (2997)
    Story
    (3010)

    Inquisitor Glokta, a crippled and bitter relic of the last war, former fencing champion turned torturer, is trapped in a twisted and broken body - not that he allows it to distract him from his daily routine of torturing smugglers.Nobleman, dashing officer and would-be fencing champion Captain Jezal dan Luthar is living a life of ease by cheating his friends at cards. Vain and shallow, the biggest blot on his horizon is having to get out of bed in the morning to train with obsessive and boring old men.

    Steven says: "Steven Pacey is magnificient."
    "It's OK, but..."
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    Initially this series started out okay. This book was my favorite. Joe Abercrombie does not give any backstory. Which I prefer; but it also amps up the "need to know factor". So I can't stop listening. Some of these characters I could not stand! I wanted to slap Jezal, I started to find myself skipping his chapters, then I would scold myself because what if I missed something!? So I would go back to listen, painfully. I also wanted to slap Bayaz, he was so pompous and callous. My favorite characters were Logan Ninefingers and his boys. I could not finish series, it became too stupid in the end, but all of the books are well written and the Narrator is Great. You can tell who the different characters are. It is an okay read, but if I would have known what I was getting myself into, I would not have started series.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Before They Are Hanged: The First Law: Book Two

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Joe Abercrombie
    • Narrated By Steven Pacey
    Overall
    (3255)
    Performance
    (2401)
    Story
    (2412)

    Bitter and merciless war is coming to the frozen north. It's bloody and dangerous and the Union army, split by politics and hamstrung by incompetence, is unprepared for the slaughter that's coming. Lacking experience, training, and in some cases even weapons, the army is scarcely equipped to repel Bethod's scouts, let alone his elite forces. In the heat-ravaged south, the Gurkish are massing to assault the city of Dagoska, defended by Inquisitor Glokta.

    David says: "This is heaven"
    "Wonderful Narrator, but..."
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    I have to say I am in the minority about this book. This author does not give a lot of backstory, which I prefer. But he writes in such a way that makes me curious to see what is next. So I continue to read. Some of the characters are Very annoying. Narration is on point though. I kept reading out of curiosity more than anything else. Listening to this book was not a very pleasant experience for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Time to Kill & The King of Torts

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    Overall
    (763)
    Performance
    (615)
    Story
    (614)

    The life of a 10-year-old black girl is shattered by two drunken and remorseless young men. The mostly white town reacts with shock and horror at the inhuman crime, until her father acquires an assault rifle and takes justice into his own outraged hands.

    Paul Cragin says: "Lively voices tell gripping plot"
    "I TRIED"
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    I love John Grisham, but I think I am more on the courtroom drama side of the fence. I tried, really tried for 4 days to listen to both books, but they did not catch my interest. Once I find myself fast-forwarding through a book, it's a wrap. I will say Micheal Beck is a really good narrator. Sycamore Row and A TIme to Kill were very well read. ALthough the voice for Ray from The SUmmons was similar to someone's voice in Sycamore Row, so that was jarring for me. But anyway, story was just not interesting to me. Love that you can return books you don't like. Happily Returned.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Warbound: Book III of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3059)
    Performance
    (2865)
    Story
    (2855)

    Only a handful of people in the world know that mankind's magic comes from a living creature, and it is a refugee from another universe. The Power showed up here in the 1850s because it was running from something. Now it is 1933, and the Power's hiding place has been discovered by a killer. It is a predator that eats magic and leaves destroyed worlds in its wake. Earth is next. Former private eye Jake Sullivan knows the score. The problem is, hardly anyone believes him.

    D says: "Started Strong-Finished Strong"
    "Loved It!!!"
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    Any additional comments?

    This is a wonderful series!!!!! Great story. One of best narrators I have heard so far. In the league of Davina Porter and Roy Dotrice.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Spellbound: Book II of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3931)
    Performance
    (3662)
    Story
    (3657)

    Dark fantasy goes hardboiled in Book II of the hard-hitting Grimnoir Chronicles by the New York Times best-selling creator of Monster Hunter International. The Grimnoir Society’s mission is to protect people with magic, and they’ve done so—successfully and in secret—since the mysterious arrival of the Power in the 1850s, but when a magical assassin makes an attempt on the life of President Franklin Roosevelt, the crime is pinned on the Grimnoir.

    Paulette says: "Spellbound is Pure Magic"
    "Loved It!!!!!!!!!!!!"
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    What did you love best about Spellbound?

    Everything


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    All Grimnoir Society, can't pick one.


    Which character – as performed by Bronson Pinchot – was your favorite?

    Can't pick one.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a Great Series, you will not be disappointed with listening. Only qualm about narration was that Lance sounded differernt in this book. But otherwise, once used to change although annoying (mild) still great story and narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (5834)
    Performance
    (5295)
    Story
    (5311)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Big Suprise!!!!"
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    Where does Hard Magic rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Hard to say. I am a Outlander fan. Davina Porter is the Queen. Also Roy Dotrice. But this ranks in same sphere for me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Faye Veira, and Jake Sullivan.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a wonderful suprise. I am not a fan of Steampunk. Bought this with a Daily Deal. So Glad I Did!!!!!! Balki shot this out of the park. Glad I took a chance with book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9017)
    Performance
    (8127)
    Story
    (8134)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "This is SUCH A Good Listen!!!"
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    Any additional comments?

    I am not going to repeat everything that other reviewers have written. This is a Wonderful Book, Great Narration. Along the lines of Davina Porter and the Outlander Series or Roy Dotrice for Game of Thones. You won't waste credit or money. If you like John Grisham. You will LOVE this!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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