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A. Tuck

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  • Garden Spells

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 48 mins)
    • By Sarah Addison Allen
    • Narrated By Susan Ericksen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1006)
    Performance
    (553)
    Story
    (559)

    The Waverleys have always been a curious family, endowed with peculiar gifts that make them outsiders even in their hometown of Bascom, North Carolina. Even their garden has a reputation, famous for its feisty apple tree that bears prophetic fruit, and its edible flowers, imbued with special powers.

    Generations of Waverleys tended this garden. Their history was in the soil. But so were their futures.

    Together again in the house they grew up in, the Waverley sisters realize they must deal with their common legacy - if they are ever to feel at home in Bascom - or with each other.

    Joihelene says: "I so want to give it 5 stars...!!!!"
    "Wonderfully enchanting"
    Overall

    I loved this audio book, and like another reviewer am going to get the paper version as a keeper. The characters were flawed in real ways and the magic in the story was intertwined so well that it was just a part of the story. It definitely left me wanting more stories of the town.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Final Empire: Mistborn Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8278)
    Performance
    (5728)
    Story
    (5762)

    For a thousand years the ash fell and no flowers bloomed. For a thousand years the Skaa slaved in misery and lived in fear. For a thousand years the Lord Ruler, the "Sliver of Infinity," reigned with absolute power and ultimate terror, divinely invincible. Then, when hope was so long lost that not even its memory remained, a terribly scarred, heart-broken half-Skaa rediscovered it in the depths of the Lord Ruler's most hellish prison.

    Aaron Brown says: "Unique Magic system, good plot twists."
    "Good, epic fantasy, great narrator"
    Overall

    The book was a good, epic fantasy story with mostly interesting characters and an intruiging plot. Michael Kramer is one of my favorite narrators, always bringing that balance of reading a story without adding extensive theatrics, and does that well in this book too.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • People of the Book

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Geraldine Brooks
    • Narrated By Edwina Wren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1049)
    Performance
    (501)
    Story
    (494)

    This ambitious, electrifying work traces the harrowing journey of the famed Sarajevo Haggadah, a beautifully illuminated Hebrew manuscript created in 15th-century Spain.

    When it falls to Hanna Heath, an Australian rare-book expert, to conserve this priceless work, the series of tiny artifacts she discovers in its ancient binding - an insect wing fragment, wine stains, salt crystals, a white hair - only begin to unlock its deep mysteries.

    Yvette says: "Amazing, fabulous, wonderful!!!"
    "2-1/2 stars - wonderful story, accents horrible"
    Overall

    This would have received four stars if the narrator had nixed the horrible accents. It was a great story, following one item like it did, tying the past and present. Sadly, I found myself cringing every time the narrator used an accent, but persevering because of the story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Greywalker: Greywalker, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Kat Richardson
    • Narrated By Mia Barron
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (624)
    Performance
    (369)
    Story
    (371)

    Kat Richardson excels at creating vivid, fast-moving novels that blend urban fantasy with paranormal mystery. In Greywalker, Seattle P.I. Harper Blaine is viciously attacked and murdered - but after exactly two minutes, somehow she returns to life. Now she's seeing strange things all around her - dark visions from the shadow world - and living a normal life may no longer be possible no matter how hard she tries.

    Nathan Caroland says: "A fun take on the paranormal ..."
    "Interesting story, annoying narrator"
    Overall

    Although I enjoyed the world Richardson built this story in, I did wonder at the motivations behind many of the characters in the story. I kept wondering why all of the secondary characters continued to help the main character except to move the plot along. She gave them no reason to continue to help her. The world-building and the mystery were interesting though.

    The narrator I found overly melodramatic and the voices she used for the males drove me to distraction in their silliness.

    This may be one of those books that is better read than listened to.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Small Favor: The Dresden Files, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4630)
    Performance
    (3462)
    Story
    (3467)

    No one's tried to kill Harry Dresden for almost an entire year, and his life finally seems to be calming down. For once, the future looks fairly bright. But the past casts one hell of a long shadow.

    Carrie says: "I want more of Harry!"
    "Thoroughly enjoyable"
    Overall

    James Marsters and Jim Butcher - what could be better? The story was fun, the plot was surpisingly unpredictable, and Marsters was a wonderful narrator.

    To Audible - more please! The first nine Dresden books would be a great addition.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Graveyard Book

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Neil Gaiman
    • Narrated By Neil Gaiman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6485)
    Performance
    (3266)
    Story
    (3287)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: Gaiman’s not just an award-winning author, but a narrator who earns rave reviews – and fields requests from other authors to perform their books, too! Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn't live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead....

    Guillermo says: "Masterful Fantasy for the Jaded Heart"
    "Master writer AND storyteller"
    Overall

    It may be listed as a kid's book, but it was a thoroughly enjoyable listen as an adult. Well thought out and written, the story revealed itself at an excellent pace. And, Neil Gaiman does a wonderful job telling the story. He's great to listen to - good pacing, good voices, not over the top or bland.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Snow Crash

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Neal Stephenson
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (5443)
    Performance
    (2774)
    Story
    (2830)

    Neal Stephenson is a blazing new force on the sci-fi scene. With the groundbreaking cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, he has "vaulted onto the literary stage." It weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth, and just about everything in between with a cool, hip cybersensibility - in short, it is the gigathriller of the information age.

    A. Tuck says: "Classic Stephenson"
    "Classic Stephenson"
    Overall

    It's been several years since I read this book, so thought it'd be fun to give the audiobook a listen. I do have to say that I think it's one of those books that is better read than listened to via audio. That said, I think the narrator did a good job capturing the book and it is a fun story. First released in 1992, the same year "www" was coined, it's interesting to see how many of his "predictions" have come true and how much sounds dated. Stephenson is someone who explains tech in detail - all of his books are that way - which I find fascinating. But, if in-depth explanations bore you, he's not the author for you.

    28 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • The Memory Keeper's Daughter

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Kim Edwards
    • Narrated By Ilyana Kadushin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (587)
    Performance
    (174)
    Story
    (174)

    Kim Edwards' stunning family drama evokes the spirit of Sue Miller and Alice Sebold, articulating every mother's silent fear: what would happen if you lost your child and she grew up without you?

    In 1964, when a blizzard forces Dr. David Henry to deliver his own twins, he immediately recognizes that one of them has Down Syndrome and makes a split-second decision that will haunt all their lives forever.

    ciscospice says: "Is it over yet?"
    "Repetitive"
    Overall

    Good concept, but really, how often do I need to hear about how "distant" the characters feel from each other? I kept waiting for the characters to grow and evolve, or SOMETHING to happen, but it really never did.

    It was a good concept though. I wish the execution had been better.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow of the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (1694)
    Performance
    (732)
    Story
    (746)

    Barcelona, 1945: Just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his 11th birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother's face. To console his only child, Daniel's widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library tended by Barcelona's guild of rare-book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world, waiting for someone who will care about them again.

    Katherine says: "Great With One Exception"
    "Good story, annoying music"
    Overall

    The story sucked me in right away and did a wonderful job of painting the scenes. But, like many others, I found the piano music annoying. It started off in the background earlier in the book, but got louder and louder as the book went on. It gave the scenes a "Lifetime Movie" feel. If you can get past some melodrama and the music, then this is definitely a good listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Man with the Golden Torc: Secret Histories, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Simon R. Green
    • Narrated By Stuart Blinder
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (605)
    Performance
    (357)
    Story
    (361)

    Meet Shaman Bond, aka Eddie Drood, scion of the ancient Drood family. He is devoted to protecting humanity from the forces of darkness. Protected by the secret weapon received at birth by all members of the Drood family - a magical gold torc (i.e., a neck ring) that turns into a suit of nearly impervious golden armor - Eddie faces arcane dangers with healthy doses of wry self-confidence and sarcasm. Then the family matriarch sends him on a mission that turns out to be a deadly setup.

    Loren says: "entertaining"
    "If you like Piers Anthony"
    Overall

    The narrator was absolutely awful. His voices were a distraction and were either flat or overly melodramatic. I only finished the book to see if the author would fill in the plot holes (no such luck).

    But, that said, if you like Piers Anthony, I think you'd like this story. The cadence and puns/naming conventions are very similar.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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