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  • Emma

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Jane Austen
    • Narrated By Nadia May
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (256)
    Performance
    (75)
    Story
    (80)

    First published in 1816 and generally considered Jane Austen's finest work, Emma is a humorous portrayal of a heroine whose injudicious interferences in the life of a young parlour-boarder in a neighboring village often lead to substantial mortification. Austen brings to life a myriad of engaging characters as she presents a mixture of social classes as she did in Pride and Prejudice.

    Kathleen says: "Wonderful!"
    "One of the best!"
    Overall

    One of Austen's best as far as I am concerned, and Nadia May is one of the finest narrators in the business.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Hounded: The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Kevin Hearne
    • Narrated By Luke Daniels
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10317)
    Performance
    (9215)
    Story
    (9190)

    Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

    Chris says: "Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the"
    "Great lighthearted reading"
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    Story

    If you want a story that is well written, full of humor, likeable characters and magical bad-assery, then this is for you. I am pretty sure I had a smile on my face nearly the whole time I listened to this book. The pairing of author and narrator is kismet, as the narrator really brings each character to life individually and you are never confused by who is speaking.
    It's not going to change your life ( though it might teach you a few things about the mythology of other countries) but it IS a damned good time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gone with the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (49 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Margaret Mitchell
    • Narrated By Linda Stephens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3165)
    Performance
    (2120)
    Story
    (2155)

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Literature, Margaret Mitchell's great novel of the South is one of the most popular books ever written. Within six months of its publication in 1936, Gone With the Wind had sold a million copies. To date, it has been translated into 25 languages, and more than 28 million copies have been sold. Here are the characters that have become symbols of passion and desire....

    dallas says: "not to miss audible experience"
    "One of the BEST ever written"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Margaret Mitchell has written one of the greatest character books I've ever read. How could I come to care about, and even admire, such a selfish creature as Scarlett O'Hara? How could I manage to be charmed by that pragmatic rogue, Rhett Butler?

    This book will immerse you into the culture of the time. The authors ability to create a sense of place, to develop complex characters without giving too much away, to build suspense, to capture mood and feeling...it's almost unparallelled.

    Linda Stephens, the narrator, is extraordinary. Her voice is pleasant, her intonations perfect, her characters distinct, her pitch and the rhythm and accents are spot on. I could listen to this woman talk all day. Even my husband was caught up in listening and he could care less about his book.

    BUY THIS BOOK. It is extraordinary in every way, and honestly one of the best written books I've ever read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eye of the World: Book One of The Wheel of Time

    • UNABRIDGED (30 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Robert Jordan
    • Narrated By Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
    Overall
    (9385)
    Performance
    (5427)
    Story
    (5474)

    When their village is attacked by trollocs, monsters thought to be only legends, three young men, Rand, Matt, and Perrin, flee in the company of the Lady Moiraine, a sinister visitor of unsuspected powers. Thus begins an epic adventure set in a world of wonders and horror, where what was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

    Greg says: "This Series Rocks"
    "Truthfully...."
    Overall

    I am a fan of epic fantasy. Having read all the glowing reviews for Eye of the World I was looking forward to listening to something great. Truthfully... I was disappointed. Underwhelmed would be more accurate. I don't know if this was because of all the wildly favorable reviews or because I had already started to make comparisons to other epic fantasies I'd read in my head before I bought the book but I noticed almost immediately that Jordans writing tends to be repetetive and lacks elegance. I had a hard time getting involved with or attatched to the characters and in many ways I felt that the beginning, which should have caught you up and dragged you away, left me wanting and not it a "man I need to know what happens next" way. There is a lot of set up, a lot of foreshadowing and description but I found the dialogue and the characters lack-luster. By the end of the book I felt no urge to continue reading (or listening) and no compulsion to buy the next book. There was no quality redeeming enough to rescue the book from the formulaic tar pit.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Well of Ascension: Mistborn, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6925)
    Performance
    (4868)
    Story
    (4905)

    The impossible has been accomplished. The Lord Ruler - the man who claimed to be god incarnate and brutally ruled the world for a thousand years - has been vanquished. But Kelsier, the hero who masterminded that triumph, is dead too, and now the awesome task of building a new world has been left to his young protégé, Vin, the former street urchin who is now the most powerful Mistborn in the land, and to the idealistic young nobleman she loves.

    Robert says: "It keeps getting even better"
    "Well..."
    Overall

    A little underwhelming after book one but full of intrigue and character development. You become better aquainted with characters, their struggle, and start to have more of an idea where the story is headed. It can be a little slow at times but is worth the read. More characters are revealed that will feature prominently later and ties are beginning to show that will surprise in the next book. Makes you want to get to the third book just to find out what happens.

    0 of 0 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
    (8599)
    Performance
    (6034)
    Story
    (6067)

    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.

    Lore says: "Book 1 of a great series that is not to be missed!"
    "Unique"
    Overall

    It took me a little while to get used to this narrators voice but once I settled in I found his reading very enjoyable. His voice brings many of the characters fully to life in your mind. The author has created something very unique both in the world of his imagination and in the system of magic that is used there and manages to make it all very believable. He conjures epic fight scenes in the mind (I can still see many in my head) and it was impossible for me NOT to buy books two and three of the series after listening to this one. He's a bit repetetive (prepare to listen to everybody "pause" quite often before speaking or moving) but his characters are engaging, the story is interesting, and you will find yourself very invested by the end of this book. One of the most unique fantasy novels I've ever "read."

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17462)
    Performance
    (11658)
    Story
    (11551)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

    Lulu says: "The Reason for the Existence of Audio Books"
    "first of all"
    Overall

    The narrator is FANTASTIC! Able to capture the accent wonderfully and give subtle differences to character voices that make them easily distinguishable. The writing is elegant, the romance is NOT overdone (I have read a LOT of romance novels and this book is nowhere near as graphic many I have read) and to tell the truth, I felt MYSELF falling in love with Jamie Fraser! During the recounting of the hero's disgusting and graphic encounter with the villain (be warned) I felt depressed and hurt for him. I laughed and worried and wallowed in sentiment and listened when I should have been doing other things. This book wont change your life but it will give you hours of entertainment and let you escape the confines of the day to day hustle and bustle for a while....and leave you dying to come back for more.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Host: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated By Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5228)
    Performance
    (2826)
    Story
    (2866)

    Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. But Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away.

    Keith says: "Great story in a genre only touched upon before"
    "a little of both"
    Overall

    I liked the unique plot line (would make a good movie, I think) and the narrator does a commendable job. The love triangle (or quadrangle in this case) is expected for Meyer but done with an interesting twist. Fairly predictable but worth a credit if you are a Meyer fan.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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