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  • Born at Midnight: Shadow Falls, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By C. C. Hunter
    • Narrated By Katie Schorr
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (630)
    Performance
    (563)
    Story
    (564)

    One night Kylie Galen finds herself at the wrong party, with the wrong people, and it changes her life forever. Her mother ships her off to Shadow Falls - a camp for troubled teens, and within hours of arriving, it becomes painfully clear that her fellow campers aren’t just "troubled". Here at Shadow Falls, vampires, werewolves, shapshifters, witches and fairies train side by side - learning to harness their powers, control their magic, and live in the normal world. Kylie’s never felt normal, but surely she doesn’t belong here with a bunch of paranormal freaks either. Or does she?

    Angela says: "Outstanding!!"
    "Fantastic"
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    Where does Born at Midnight rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I probably ranked as a book to read again someday, or maybe a book to be recommended to a friend.


    What did you like best about this story?

    At first I was a little skeptical about the book, I thought "another book with young supernatural" but to read the review I thought it was worth giving a vote of confidence, and I do not regret. The story is intriguing. You're stuck at the end


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No one in particular.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I agree completly with who wrote the the book review. This book is amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • City of Dark Magic: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Magnus Flyte
    • Narrated By Natalie Gold
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (154)
    Performance
    (138)
    Story
    (135)

    Once a city of enormous wealth and culture, Prague was home to emperors, alchemists, astronomers, and, as it’s whispered, hell portals. When music student Sarah Weston lands a summer job at Prague Castle cataloging Beethoven’s manuscripts, she has no idea how dangerous her life is about to become. Prague is a threshold, Sarah is warned, and it is steeped in blood. Soon after Sarah arrives, strange things begin to happen. She learns that her mentor, who was working at the castle, may not have committed suicide after all. Could his cryptic notes be warnings?

    Tyler says: "So promising and yet..."
    "Disappointing"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    be 4-5 stars because it gathers elements to it. But the way it was written, means it has good times and fell back into a pit of monotony background.


    What was most disappointing about Magnus Flyte’s story?

    The whole story, because the review creates a scenario that is not realized in reading.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Unfortunately Natalie Gold contributes to the book to be a drag. The narrative made by it is not attractive. Not prente the reader's attention, actually contributes to the dispersion. At various times I had to go back because when I realized the story had advanced and I did not know why the characters were in some situations.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I really did not like the story, but there are times when the story got a little interesting, but just that. Moments. In general, the book is not attractive, and the narrative does not help


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Forgotten Garden

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5609)
    Performance
    (3334)
    Story
    (3379)

    Thirty-eight year old Cassandra is lost, alone, and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident 10 years ago, feels like she has lost everything known and dear to her.

    Robert says: "Six stars if I could"
    "Wonderful"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Forgotten Garden to be better than the print version?

    No. I think both versions has its enchantment.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Forgotten Garden?

    I loved when Cassandra found Clara and find another piece of the puzzle that is the past of her grandmother. But I think the biggest moments, is the possibily to observe the situation from two points of view (sometimes 3),, as we can follow the discoveries made by Cassandra in 2005 with their questions about what would have happened at the time; we can follow the discoveries made in 1975, and how they happened, and sometimes we can see how it happened in'originalmente, from


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

    No at first, but at some point I was captured by the story and I could not let go until I reach the end of the mystery.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is wonderful. The way the author presents the facts to the reader are engaging. Every discovery made, every new question we find ourselves on the verge of something so exciting that it is impossible to leave the book aside. It's a story for people who like mystery and life stories. Here there is no great novel overwhelming, but there are stories that make us question the value of things.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Black Arrow

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Robert Louis Stevenson
    • Narrated By Ron Keith
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (20)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    In a time of shifting loyalties and trecherous alliances, young Dick Shelton is betrayed by his brutal guardian. Intent on rescuing the woman he loves, Dick joins forces with a mysterious fellowship intent on dispensing their own brand of justice.Through one trap after another, each choice Dick makes begins to have dire consequences—not only for himself, but for the fate of England!

    Benedict says: "Excellent writing, excellent narration, good story"
    "I thought it was better"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    lWould have to change some things, for example,: Dick Shelton is looks more like a lady in distress. It is a poor character, little interesting. The Black Arrow Group - who are they? The author didn't explain why the group existe... only existe. And who was Dick's father? Why was he murder?


    What could Robert Louis Stevenson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Probably develop better the characters. Better structure the story in a way that makes it more attractive


    Would you be willing to try another one of Ron Keith’s performances?

    I don't know.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Black Arrow?

    I wouldn't cut, I would rewrite the third part of the book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bewitching

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jill Barnett
    • Narrated By Anne Johnstonbrown
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (113)
    Performance
    (100)
    Story
    (100)

    What's a duke to do when a carefully selected bride rejects him rather than marry without love? He salvages his pride by marrying the next woman who falls into his arms. Joyous Fiona MacQuarrie bewitched the Duke of Belmore the moment she appeared from nowhere and knocked him over...literally. Joyous MacQuarrie is a Scottish witch whose powers of white magic are not always easy for her to control. When Alec's pride makes him choose to marry her, Joy turns the life of the most serious and snobbish duke in England upside down.

    Marian says: "One Of My Old Favorites Now in Audiobook Form"
    "Charming!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Bewitching the most enjoyable?

    This story has funny moments that are unforgetable, like the night after the theater, or when Joy tries to tell Alec she is a witch...


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I loved Joy. She is so innocent, and sometimes naive... is impossible not falling in love for her.


    Which character – as performed by Anne Johnstonbrown – was your favorite?

    I have three favorites characters: Joy, with all her confused way. Alec with his arrogant and aristocratic way to protect himrself from everything and everyone. And Steven, who is so naive as child can be.,


    Any additional comments?

    This book is wonderful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Gabriel García Márquez
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (616)
    Performance
    (544)
    Story
    (548)

    One of the 20th century's enduring works, One Hundred Years of Solitude is a widely beloved and acclaimed novel known throughout the world and the ultimate achievement in a Nobel Prize-winning career. The novel tells the story of the rise and fall of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. Rich and brilliant, it is a chronicle of life, death, and the tragicomedy of humankind. In the beautiful, ridiculous, and tawdry story of the Buendía family, one sees all of humanity, just as in the history, myths, growth, and decay of Macondo, one sees all of Latin America.

    Greg says: "Outstanding Audiobook!"
    "VERY dificult without a printed version to follow"
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    In my opinion the problem is not the story or the narrator. The problem is that "One Hundred Years of Solitude" is a dificult book to follow. The story revolves around several generations of the Buendia's family, who always repeat the same names: José Arcadio, Aureliano, Úrsula, Amaranta ... So, without knowing the story beforehand, the listener gets lost
    . Although I like this story, I do not think right rated as 4-5 stars, when the story without prior knowledge, and a printed version for consultation, will end up being boring.


    Would you recommend One Hundred Years of Solitude to your friends? Why or why not?

    Hardly, because this áudio version of the book leaves story very confusing, especially for people who use english as a second language. So I hardly recommend the audio version. This kind of book that needs to be read, not heard.


    Which character – as performed by John Lee – was your favorite?

    The last Aureliano Buendia. The first character who appears in the narrative, and the last Buendia to disappear. I like the way he faces his last moments. Think of all the character, this was what most caught my attention.


    Any additional comments?

    "One Hundred Years of Solitude" has a good story, but who not know the printed version will have problems to understand. So, my sugestion is: to listening this book, is necessary a printed book. Without this, hte person will be annoyed, and will hated this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Complete Chronicles of Narnia: The Classic BBC Radio 4 Full-Cast Dramatisations

    • ORIGINAL (15 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By C. S. Lewis
    • Narrated By Maurice Denham, Full Cast
    Overall
    (179)
    Performance
    (157)
    Story
    (158)

    C.S. Lewis’s acclaimed and universally loved novels spring to life in these spellbinding full-cast BBC dramatisations. Anyone who’s visited Narnia wants to go back again, and these radio dramas make for a hugely entertaining first-time or return journey, with a cast including Bernard Cribbins, Maurice Denham, Richard Griffiths, Martin Jarvis, Sylvester McCoy, John Sessions, Fiona Shaw and Timothy Spall.

    envchemist says: "I love these books and they have come alive!"
    "An treasure indispensable for any lover of book"
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    Where does The Complete Chronicles of Narnia rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is among the 50 best books I've read/listened until now, because is very catchy,, full of fantasy created by the author,with cultural references,and development of the characters or any other detail that a complex project like this has.









    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The book contains seven chronic, and each appears new characters and characters from previous stories appear mature, so it's hard choose one character. For me, every story has important characters that enrich the world created by the author.


    What about Maurice Denham and Full Cast ’s performance did you like?

    I loved. All cast incorporated and experienced every story managed. Some character becomes annoying. At other times we lost breath. What more can I say? For me, all the cast was and is amazing.


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

    No one that I'd coment.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought the book in another consumerist impulse to my resume and I think the right thing. For those that watched the films, the order in which the stories are presented in the book are strange. But, like Always, the book is much better than the films. Those that deteste the films because they are very children's like will be get surprise by how the book is amazing.
    For everyone that love books, this is an indispensable acquisition.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • City of Heavenly Fire: The Mortal Instruments, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Cassandra Clare
    • Narrated By Jason Dohring, Sophie Turner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1517)
    Performance
    (1383)
    Story
    (1395)

    Darkness has descended on the Shadowhunter world. Chaos and destruction overwhelm the Nephilim as Clary, Jace, Simon, and their friends band together to fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary's own brother. Nothing in this world can defeat Sebastian - but if they journey to the realm of demons, they just might have a chance.... Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world will change. Who will survive the explosive sixth and final installment of the Mortal Instruments series?

    Lisa says: "Disappointing Narration for a beloved series."
    "I can't believe is over"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of City of Heavenly Fire to be better than the print version?

    No, because each version provides a kind of experience. In my view, it is not possible to consider a better version than the other.


    Which character – as performed by Jason Dohring and Sophie Turner – was your favorite?

    I like the way Jason Dohring and Sophie Turner narrated the story. Each of them could assign characteristics for each character, without losing what was presented in the previous books. So it is impossible to say there is a favorite character.


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

    I think could be something like: "The end to a new beginning "


    Any additional comments?

    Cassandra.Clare no needs comments. The book, like all the other works leave doubts and questions about what happened in the past and what will happen in the future. The clash between past and present occurs in subtle ways, and despite writing works independent of the other, Cassandra. Clare, intersperses his works flawlessly ....








    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The House of Hades: Heroes of Olympus, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Rick Riordan
    • Narrated By Nick Chamian
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (28)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (26)

    The stakes have never been higher. If Percy Jackson and Annabeth fail in their quest, there'll be hell on Earth. Literally. Wandering the deadly realm of Tartarus, every step leads them further into danger. And, if by some miracle they do make it to the Doors of Death, there's a legion of bloodthirsty monsters waiting for them. Meanwhile, Hazel and the crew of the Argo II have a choice: to stop a war or save their friends. Whichever road they take one thing is certain - in the Underworld, evil is inescapable.

    Paula says: "Wonderful"
    "Wonderful"
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    Where does The House of Hades rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The story is a perfect continuation to Mark of Athena. This is enough for me to rate the book as good.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everithing is perfect. The way Rick Riordan distributes the story, without forgetting the two groups of heroes


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

    I enjoyed as Always.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes. there is very funny moments.


    Any additional comments?

    Rick RIordan creats a wonderful series. Worth listening to the story and follow the adventures of these heroes

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Snow White

    • ABRIDGED (24 mins)
    • By Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm
    • Narrated By Catherine Lutz
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    An evil queen wishes to be the fairest in all the land, but her enchanted mirror tells her that there is one fairer: her stepdaughter, Snow White. This is the classic fairy tale of jealousy, seven dwarves, and a handsome prince.

    Paula says: "Calassics are always classics (no matter your age)"
    "Calassics are always classics (no matter your age)"
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    If you could sum up Snow White in three words, what would they be?

    Wonderful, timeless, adorable


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Snow White?

    The beginning, and of course, the end with the Wicked Witch. I LOVED IT!


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

    No, this was the first time, but I think was great, more than great.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laugh a lot with the Wicked Witch speech. I almost could imagine her at the Audible Studios....


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cinderella / Cendrillon

    • UNABRIDGED (31 mins)
    • By Charles Perrault
    • Narrated By John William Cawthorne, Jean Luc Parrain
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    A billingual version of the classic fairy tale read first in its original English version and then in its French version. A real treat for language learners.

    Paula says: "Excellent for french students"
    "Excellent for french students"
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    Would you listen to Cinderella / Cendrillon again? Why?

    Yes, because this book is english and french, so is perfect to pratice de two languages.


    What other book might you compare Cinderella / Cendrillon to and why?

    I don't know any other audible book in two languages.


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

    Already exist movies...


    Any additional comments?

    Fairy tales are eternal. I grew up listenig all kinds of book from Charles Perrault and Grimm Brothers.... These stories always enchanted me... Now, I'm adult, but stiil loved listening fairy tales, especially to help to study of other languages​​ This bilíngue edition is an excellent choice to someone who knows french.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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