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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
    (2978)
    Performance
    (2660)
    Story
    (2642)

    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!"
    "Delightful Historical Whodunit"
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    Edoardo Ballerini was perfect for this story that captivated me to the very end. History, detective work, mystery, witch trial, etc. What's not to like?

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Magic of Recluce: Saga of Recluce, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By L. E. Modesitt Jr.
    • Narrated By Kirby Heyborne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (654)
    Performance
    (596)
    Story
    (605)

    Young Lerris is dissatisfied with his life and trade, and yearns to find a place in the world better suited to his skills and temperament. But in Recluce a change in circumstances means taking one of two options: permanent exile from Recluce or braving the dangergeld, a complex, rule-laden wanderjahr in the lands beyond Recluce, with the aim of learning how the world works and what his place in it might be. Many do not survive. Lerris chooses the dangergeld.

    Captain Skurvy says: "Epic Fantasy"
    "Had to quite after 7 hours"
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    What disappointed you about The Magic of Recluce?

    Repetitive words and narrator's monotone.


    Would you ever listen to anything by L. E. Modesitt Jr. again?

    Yes


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kirby Heyborne?

    A cast and sound effects might have kept me engaged long enough for the plot and character to mature.


    Any additional comments?

    I love epic fantasy novels, rarely critical of any book and hardly ever walk away from an unfinished book. I tried to give this one a chance to develop, but found myself thinking about everything else in my life which made the story even harder for me to follow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Where'd You Go, Bernadette: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 39 mins)
    • By Maria Semple
    • Narrated By Kathleen Wilhoite
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2629)
    Performance
    (2362)
    Story
    (2361)

    Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and, simply, Mom.

    Then Bernadette disappears. It began when Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle - and people in general - has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now runs her most basic errands.

    S says: "One of my top 10 listens of the year!"
    "Who knew blackberry vines could be so funny."
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    If you could sum up Where'd You Go, Bernadette in three words, what would they be?

    Delusional, quirky and fun.


    What other book might you compare Where'd You Go, Bernadette to and why?

    Maybe some of Carl Hiassen's books. Crazy characters who do crazy things.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It has to be everything involved with the blackberry vines.


    If you could take any character from Where'd You Go, Bernadette out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Of course it would be Bernadette. Why would I want to miss out on her insightful, but delusional labels of events and people.


    Any additional comments?

    "Bernadette" isn't all fun and games filled with zany characters. This book does have a message to mothers or women in general. By caring for others, women can lose their own identity. You can't take care of others unless you take care of yourself first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 14

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Peter Clines
    • Narrated By Ray Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11940)
    Performance
    (10850)
    Story
    (10874)

    There are some odd things about Nate’s new apartment. Of course, he has other things on his mind. He hates his job. He has no money in the bank. No girlfriend. No plans for the future. So while his new home isn’t perfect, it’s livable. The rent is low, the property managers are friendly, and the odd little mysteries don’t nag at him too much. At least, not until he meets Mandy, his neighbor across the hall, and notices something unusual about her apartment. And Xela’s apartment. And Tim’s. And Veek’s.

    Magpie says: "Super solid listen!!"
    "Didn't see that coming"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of 14 to be better than the print version?

    The narrator did an excellent job of switching between characters...especially since some have strong accents. The interplay between the characters is probably the best part of this story. I relate to funny comments to handle moments of confusion, tension or even terror.


    What other book might you compare 14 to and why?

    The story is too original to compare to another book.


    Have you listened to any of Ray Porter’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't listen to the narrator before.


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

    Some of the the mysteries start to be explained about two-thirds into the book. I didn't expect the "control room" to do what it did.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a fun sci-fi thriller that the listener (reader) needs to just let the story unfold and not be critical. This is a story that is meant to entertain.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Passage: The Passage Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (36 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Justin Cronin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Adenrele Ojo, Abby Craden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7166)
    Performance
    (3525)
    Story
    (3530)

    First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

    Nicole says: "You love it or you hate it..."
    "I never wanted to turn it off"
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    When I saw that the second book of this trilogy had been released, I remembered that I still had the first one on my 'to read' list. I was reeled into the complexities of this story from the beginning because I couldn't guess where the story was going to end up. The plot is disjointed and loaded with secondary characters which is part of the experience of the book by keeping the reader slightly off balanced.

    There is a lot of detail and terms used which I applaud Cronin for taking the time to map it all out and weave it into the story. A lot of those details are delivered without explanation only for the reader to discover the purpose or meaning later in the story. Other details are delivered without any explanation and the reader must take a leap of faith because in the end that is really what the story is about...faith.

    Scott Brick did a phenomenal job at narration. This is the first time I've listened to a book with him. It took me a tiny bit to get use to him with so many characters. Now I can't imagine reading this book without hearing him say "I am Babcock" or "Who am I?"

    I'm off to listen to the second book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Narrated By Scott Holst
    Overall
    (6882)
    Performance
    (5250)
    Story
    (5332)

    While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

    Haden says: "My friends thought I was crazy."
    "Interesting but disconnected"
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    Probably a better book to read than to listen to because of the footnotes and disconnected sentences and sections. Weaving historical events and people into the story was very good and so was the narration. I like historical fiction and non-fiction in addition to fantasy novels, so this novel seems like it would be a perfect fit for me. Intriguing enough for me to finish, but I was disappointed. The music was too loud in some spots; however the type of music was excellent for this period piece. The ending didn't finish off as the book began.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Colour of Magic: Discworld #1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    Overall
    (2612)
    Performance
    (1069)
    Story
    (1077)

    The Colour of Magic, the first novel in Terry Pratchett's wildly imaginative Discworld series, takes the listener on a remarkable journey. The magical planet of Discworld is supported by four massive elephants who stand on the back of the Great A'Tuin, a giant turtle swimming slowly through the mysterious interstellar gulf. An eccentric expedition sets out to explore the planet, encountering dragons who only exist if you believe in them, and of course "The Edge" of the planet.

    Joel says: "Start in any of seven Disworld books"
    "Got to love a wizard college dropout"
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    Reminds me of Douglas Adams' "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." Irreverent humor mixed with a crazy cast of characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • 11-22-63: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stephen King
    • Narrated By Craig Wasson
    Overall
    (18511)
    Performance
    (16477)
    Story
    (16437)

    On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

    Kelly says: "I Owe Stephen King An Apology"
    "What if we could change the past?"
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    I am not a Stephen King reader; however, I do appreciate his talent and his insight to pop culture. I gave this novel a try because it wasn't labeled as a horror novel. What a story! I was plugged in to hear the story every free moment I had.

    The beginning was a bit repetitive and boring, but it does tie the whole story together. Don't give up. You will be rewarded with a great tale. I found myself googling names, places and events to see what part of the historical fiction was true and to find out more details. Which for me signals a very good story if I want more.

    As with all audiobooks, it takes a bit to warmup to the narrator's voice. It wasn't long before Craig's voice/voices were every part of story as the words he was reading. I will miss Jake and the way he said "honey."

    I enjoyed being reminded of the "land of ago"...the good and the bad. This is not just a tale of a moment in our history. This is a sentimental story filled with compassion, revenge and a heaping dose of twisted individuals.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Embassytown

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By China Mieville
    • Narrated By Susan Duerden
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (466)
    Performance
    (345)
    Story
    (348)

    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."
    "A must listen for the Sci Fi genre"
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    Very engaging and challenging. The way the author kept the reader in the dark with the use of Language and language. Similes versus metaphors. It's like a puzzle for the reader to solve while being immersed in a story about a human colony on a alien planet. I listened to this as an audiobook. I can't imagine reading this because of terms. After a slow start, it picked up speed because I wanted to learn about the terms that drove the plot. This was a true production for an audiobook and the narrator was superb.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10175)
    Performance
    (7626)
    Story
    (7670)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "Twilight meets a Dan Brown novel"
    Overall

    Enjoyed all the characters and the author's descriptive phrases. The narrator did a great job with all the accents and the tonality of each person's mood.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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