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Carly

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  • Emma

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (820)
    Performance
    (526)
    Story
    (530)

    One of Jane Austen's most popular novels. Arrogant, self-willed, and egotistical, Emma is her most unusual heroine.

    H. CRODDICK says: "Wonderful listen"
    "Excellent narration"
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    Juliet Stevenson does a fantastic job narrating 'Emma'. I didn't like 'Emma' much when I read it myself a couple of years ago, but I think that's because it book features a much different sort of character development compared to most of Jane Austen's other fabulous novels. This second experience, hearing it read, really brought out the fine points of the book, and highlighted the masterful depictions of 'polite' conversation. Really, I can't say enough about the narration - Ms. Stevenson has a very pleasing voice, and she modulated admirably for various characters.

    Though this audiobook is quite pricey, even with Audible.com membership discount, I'm convinced it's worth every penny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cast in Moonlight: Free Novella

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    Overall
    (1610)
    Performance
    (1346)
    Story
    (1355)

    Barely a teenager, Kaylin Neya is a thief, a fugitive and an attempted assassin. She also has a smart mouth, sharp wits and mysterious markings on her skin. All of which make her perfect bait for a child prostitution sting in the city of Elantra - if she survives her first meeting with the Hawks!

    Jason says: "Great STUFF!!!"
    "Good start, but didn't follow through to the end"
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    ** spoiler alert ** Started off very well - I think the world setting/races have great potential. However, the characters failed to develop. Also, the main character is introduced as a would-be assassin of the Hawk Lord, but this rather intriguing detail is never explained or referred to again after he decides to make an "early education" experiment of her in the Hawks law-enforcement unit. Too much was left unexplained by the end of this short book, though I think the author's ideas for it have some promise. I might check out subsequent books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Persuasion

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Juliet Stevenson
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1073)
    Performance
    (742)
    Story
    (753)

    Anne Elliot has grieved for seven years over the loss of her first love, Captain Frederick Wentworth. But events conspire to unravel the knots of deceit and misunderstanding in this beguiling and gently comic story of love and fidelity.

    Emily - Audible says: "Juliet Stevenson is Simply Amazing"
    "Another classic perfectly narrated!"
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    Juliet Stevenson might be my favorite audiobook narrator - she does such a fantastic job, giving each character a distinctive and appropriate voice.

    The book itself, though maybe not as popular as Pride & Prejudice or Sense & Sensibility, has a very nicely designed plot and offers just as much enjoyment for the Jane Austen lover.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Bleak House

    • UNABRIDGED (39 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Charles Dickens
    • Narrated By David Case
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (278)
    Performance
    (113)
    Story
    (112)

    Published in 1853, Bleak House is one of Dickens' most mature and ambitious novels. From London's slums to the Court of Chancery, where the endless case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce devours the future of several generations, the author's canvas of Victorian society vividly conveys an indictment of legal corruption, a riveting tale of detection, and a compelling emotional drama.

    Thomas says: "So good!"
    "Well-read, highly enjoyable!"
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    What a great story - full of twists and turns, and unexpectedly bring all the multitude of characters and their story lines together by the end of the novel. The narrator did a great job with the dual narrative voices, and a very admirable job of giving each character their own, distinctive "voice." Highly recommended for Dickens fans.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hunger Games

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Suzanne Collins
    • Narrated By Carolyn McCormick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (33884)
    Performance
    (25073)
    Story
    (25417)

    Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

    Teddy says: "The Book Deserves The Hype"
    "Great book, sub-par narrator"
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    I very much enjoyed the book - excellent writing and pacing, and I didn't even mind that Collins clearly borrowed from many popular film plots as well as reality tv culture. However, the narrator was the wrong choice. She wasn't bad (although she certainly wasn't great either), but I found her reading of the book "wrong" enough to keep me from really getting immersed in the story. I think this was because she simply wasn't the right narrator for a 16-year-old first-person narrator.

    That being said, don't let that stop you from listening to this one! Looking forward to the sequels.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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