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  • Something from the Nightside: Nightside, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Simon R. Green
    • Narrated By Marc Vietor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1212)
    Performance
    (679)
    Story
    (691)

    "Taylor is the name. John Taylor...My card says I'm a detective, but what I really am is an expert on finding things. It's part of the Gift I was born with as a child of the Nightside - the hidden heart of London where it's always three a.m., where inhuman creatures and otherworldly gods walk side-by-side in the endless darkness of the soul. Assignment: Joanna Barrett hires me to track down her teenage daughter, who decided to forgo the circus and run away to the Nightside."

    Angela says: "The Nightside"
    "Best Series Ever"
    Overall

    Book 1 may not be my favorite book in the series but I love all of them and the narrator deserves multiple awards. I am a fan of The Dresden Files but the Nightside series I play over and over.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Monster Hunter Nemesis

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Oliver Wyman
    Overall
    (1946)
    Performance
    (1829)
    Story
    (1835)

    Agent Franks of the U.S. Monster Control Bureau is a man of many parts - parts from other people, that is. Franks is nearly seven feet tall and all muscle. He's nearly indestructible. Plus he’s animated by a powerful alchemical substance and inhabited by a super-intelligent spirit more ancient than humanity itself. Good thing he’s on our side. More or less.

    Bruce Selzler says: "Another Winner"
    "Larry Correia: World Architect"
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    Larry Correia is masterful at depicting alternate worlds in both this series and Grimnoir Chronicles. Despite threatening events, the tone is laid-back, which I appreciate since I do not like to remain on the edge of my seat. I would warn readers that this is not a stand-alone book. I do not think this book will make sense if you read it before the others in the series. Nemesis is much like Alpha, in that they both take a memoir form. Also, if readers get annoyed with the presence of flat characters, I would not suggest this series; the Grimnoir Chronicles would be a better choice.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Better Homes and Hauntings

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1252)
    Performance
    (1179)
    Story
    (1184)

    When Nina Linden is hired to landscape a private island off the New England coast, she sees it as her chance to rebuild her failing business after being cheated by her unscrupulous ex. She never expects that her new client, software mogul Deacon Whitney, would see more in her than just a talented gardener. Deacon has paid top dollar to the crews he’s hired to renovate the desolate Whitney estate - he had to, because the bumps, thumps, and unexplained sightings of ghostly figures in 19th-century dress are driving workers away faster than he can say “Boo.”

    Amazon Customer says: "Disappointing"
    "Witty Fun"
    Overall
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    I like this book better than the other Molly Harper books. I'm a sucker for humor, wit, and ghosts. I admit the resolution is obvious from the beginning. To borrow an idea from the Thursday Next series, it's a plot ##. It's not about the plot, though. It's about the relationships between people. Fun book :)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Gabrielle Zevin
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (597)
    Performance
    (538)
    Story
    (541)

    The irascible A. J. Fikry, owner of Island Books - the only bookstore on Alice Island - has already lost his wife. Now his most prized possession, a rare book, has been stolen from right under his nose in the most embarrassing of circumstances. The store itself, it seems, will be next to go. One night upon closing, he discovers a toddler in his children’s section with a note from her mother pinned to her Elmo doll: I want Maya to grow up in a place with books and among people who care about such kinds of things. I love her very much, but I can no longer take care of her.

    B. Sorensen says: "A Tale for Booksellers"
    "Cozy with Family and Literature"
    Overall
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    I am an odd "reader" of audible. I keep something playing at all times, even when asleep or away. Some books are great but I can only deal with once, while some book albums would have been broken from heavy usage, if we were still using tapes. This book is lovely and I'm delighted to add such a cozy situation, much made of literary bonds.

    Caution: the book takes awhile to pick-up and establish itself. I worry some readers will give-up before giving the book a full two hours.

    As far as the narrator is concerned, it is hard to say. My guess is that Scott Brick is somebody you either like or you don't. His style is distinctive.

    Happy reading.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • The Serpent of Venice: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Euan Morton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (672)
    Performance
    (620)
    Story
    (623)

    Venice, a really long time ago: Three prominent Venetians await their most loathsome and foul dinner guest, the erstwhile envoy from Britain who also happens to be a favorite of the Doge: The rascal-Fool Pocket. This trio of cunning plotters have lured Pocket to a dark dungeon, promising a spirited evening. Their invitation is, of course, bogus. These scoundrels have something far less amusing planned for the man who has consistently foiled their quest for power and wealth. But this Fool is no fool.…

    Amazon Customer says: "Moore sophomoric humor riffing off the Bard's time"
    "Narration Perfection"
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    Performance
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    I can't help but wonder if Christopher Moore wrote the book with Euan Morton's voice in mind. The chorus that begins "Rise Muse" wouldn't have made me laugh out loud if I hadn't heard Morton perform. This is not to say Christopher Moore isn't funny by himself ("no shit, Shylock"). I listened to the book and immediately started playing it again for my boyfriend so we could both giggle together. I have all of Moore's books and I hope he keeps more coming. There are some authors I search for every now and then to see if they've published and he is always top of the list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Helene Wecker
    • Narrated By George Guidall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2787)
    Performance
    (2566)
    Story
    (2565)

    Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

    Tango says: "Enchanting Debut Novel - Delicious!"
    "More Books Like This Wish!"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    Such an enchanting book is a treasure. The molding of two different traditions into one story is genius.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mort: Discworld #4

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Terry Pratchett
    • Narrated By Nigel Planer
    Overall
    (1397)
    Performance
    (653)
    Story
    (657)

    Jonas says: "Best so far"
    "Smiles for Death"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I love the way Death is personified by Terry Pratchett and I prefer Nigel Planer's narration to the others. Planer adds a humorous, heart-warming touch to the socially awkward Death. While I do not listen to the stories in order, I'm glad I listened to this one early on since Susan pops up in later books.

    I wish I understood how an author can be so clever so often and create an entire multiverse.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Deadlocked: A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris
    • Narrated By Johanna Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3565)
    Performance
    (3162)
    Story
    (3166)

    Growing up with telepathic abilities, Sookie Stackhouse realized early on there were things she'd rather not know. And now that she's an adult, she also realizes that some things that she knows about, she'd rather not see—like Eric Northman feeding off another woman. A younger one. There's a thing or two she'd like to say about that, but she has to keep quiet—Felipe de Castro, the Vampire King of Louisiana (and Arkansas and Nevada), is in town.

    pewter says: "Who, What, and Why"
    "One Session Listen"
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    There's so many great things about this series, I don't see why I should take the time to write about it when you could be listening. Just hearing the narrator is a treat!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Magyk: Septimus Heap, Book One

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Angie Sage
    • Narrated By Allan Corduner
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1788)
    Performance
    (884)
    Story
    (897)

    The first book in this enthralling new series by Angie Sage leads readers on a fantastic journey filled with quirky characters and magykal charms, potions, and spells. Magyk is an original story of lost and rediscovered identities, rich with humor and heart.

    Lindsey says: "Very enjoyable"
    "Beautiful"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I had this book in my library for a few years and sometimes I would start to listen but it didn't grab me. Somehow, I ended up with another book in the series and really enjoyed it. Since then, I've gone back and listened to them all.
    There are some books that I like to listen to over and over and keep in the background of the house at almost all times. I am so happy to have six more books to add to this collection because Good Omens, Nightside, Dresden Files and Thursday Next need a break. (If they were records, they would've been scratched through by now.)
    I'm an adult and I listen to non-fiction, thrillers, and the other adult "stuff" but it's the lighter stuff that gets played again and again in the tripple digits.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cain

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Jose Saramago
    • Narrated By Kevin Pariseau
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (49)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (43)

    In this, his last novel, Saramago daringly reimagines the characters and narratives of the Bible through the story of Cain. Condemned to wander forever after he kills Abel, he is whisked around in time and space. He experiences the almost-sacrifice of Isaac by Abraham, the Tower of Babel, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Joshua at the battle of Jericho, Jobe's ordeal, and finally Noah's ark and the Flood.

    TL says: "god awful narrator"
    "Funny"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    The book reminds me a little of Good Omens by Terry Pratchett
    & Neil Gaiman. Both use humor to point out the injustice in divine plans.

    I would say my favorite bit is a joke about when Cain is looking at the line between two lands that are so different that they must be in two different times. There's a bit about it being another present or past present or future present...and everybody can understand that.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Light

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By M. John Harrison
    • Narrated By Julian Elfer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (117)
    Performance
    (101)
    Story
    (104)

    In contemporary London, Michael Kearney is a serial killer on the run from the entity that drives him to kill. He is seeking escape in a future that doesn' t yet exist - a quantum world that he and his physicist partner hope to access through a breach of time and space itself.

    Max says: "Utterly Brilliant"
    "Disappointed"
    Overall
    Performance
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    I kept listening to the book long past the time I would if Neil Gaiman hadn't recommended it. In my mind, Neil Gaiman can do no wrong so I'm annoyed at myself and feel that maybe I'm missing what makes the book great. Whether I'm missing something or not, the book depresses me. The characters and the plots just don't draw me in.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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