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Member Since 2013

  • 21 reviews
  • 39 ratings
  • 574 titles in library
  • 12 purchased in 2015

  • Revenge of the Witch: The Last Apprentice, #1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Joseph Delaney
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch

    Only Thomas Ward is left. He's the last hope; the last apprentice. Can Thomas succeed? Will he learn the difference between a benign witch and a malevolent one? Does the Spook's warning against girls with pointy shoes include Alice? And what will happen if Thomas accidentally frees Mother Malkin, the most evil witch in the county?

    Suzanne says: "One Spooky book"
    "Great Story"

    Coming up to Halloween, this tale really hit the spot. It's both engaging and delivers just enough "spooky" to get you going. We did listen to it at night and were all the better for it.

    Cuddle up to a cozy fire, wrap yourselves in a nice down blanket, and turn this story on. You won't be disappointed.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mother Night: Myths, Stories and Teachings for Learning to See in the Dark

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 1 min)
    • By Clarissa Pinkola Estes
    • Narrated By Clarissa Pinkola Estes

    Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes, published in 34 languages and one of the most far-reaching artist-psychoanalyists of our time, teaches that in archetypal imagination, "Mother Night is the quintessential medial woman, the woman who can walk in two worlds... 'the one who knows' and who can reveal solid ways of living and unleashing creative life in both worlds."

    A User says: "A wise and masterful story-teller does it again."
    "Get a New Narrator"

    This is another sad example of an author who should not read their own work. Her coma-inducing tone and frequent, useless pauses take away from what she is actually trying to say. I can't listen to her. The content sounded pretty interesting, and if Audible offered it with another reader, I would get it. I just cannot listen to Pinkola Estes.

    5 of 49 people found this review helpful
  • Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Christopher Moore
    • Narrated By Bill Irwin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Just why do humpback whales sing? That's the question that has marine behavioral biologist Nate Quinn and his crew poking, charting, recording, and photographing very big, wet, gray marine mammals - until the extraordinary day when a whale lifts its tail into the air to display a cryptic message spelled out in foot-high letters: Bite Me.

    Jill says: "Entertaining story, as usual!"
    "No Love for Irwin"

    I bought this book because I thoroughly enjoyed "Fool" by this same author, but the horrible, awful, emotionless reading by Bill Irwin killed it for me. Parts that should have been funny could not even warrant a chuckle because of the disservice Irwin does to this book. I will never buy anything he reads again. I will give Moore's work a second chance, never Irwin. It's a let down for the author and especially the listeners.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Vicious Circle

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Mike Carey
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer

    Felix Castor has reluctantly returned to exorcism after the case of the Bonnington Archive ghost convinced him that he really can do some good with his abilities ("good," of course, being a relative term when dealing with the undead). But his friend, Rafi, is still possessed; the succubus Ajulutsikael (Juliet to her friends) still technically has a contract on him; and he's still dirt poor.

    Cather says: "A worthy sequel"
    "Bad Sequel"

    I was not impressed with this sequel. I thought the narration was comprised of too many of cliches and pointless information. The protagonist was more often than not a hapless, yet very lucky idiot. I began to become very indifferent to his plight. Kramer does a wonderful job with the "Wheel of Time" series, but is awful with this one. Perhaps a narrator who can do a passable British accent?? This book was not enough to leave me longing for Book III, even with the obvious cliffhangers.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Barbara Kingsolver
    • Narrated By Barbara Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp, Camille Kingsolver

    When Barbara Kingsolver and her family move from suburban Arizona to rural Appalachia, they take on a new challenge: to spend a year on a locally-produced diet, paying close attention to the provenance of all they consume. Animal, Vegetable, Miracle follows the family through the first year of their experiment.

    Sydney says: "Eye opening"
    "Another Narrator Please!"

    Kingsolver is another example of why authors should not read their own books. I have to turn the volume down very low because her voice annoys me so much. The fact that she is more concerned with trying to sound a certain way than getting her ideas expressed are obvious. I haven't yet made it past the first hour. I may have to buy the paperback and scratch the audiobook.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Mistress of the Art of Death: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Ariana Franklin
    • Narrated By Rosalyn Landor
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In medieval England, four children have been murdered, and the townsfolk blame their Jewish neighbors. The doctor chosen to investigate is a woman, Adelia. As she examines the victims and retraces their last steps, she must conceal her true identity in order to avoid accusations of witchcraft. Along the way, she's assisted by Sir Rowley Picot, a man with a personal stake in the investigation. A former Crusader knight, Rowley may be a needed friend - or the fiend for whom they are searching.

    Irenehope says: "History-Mystery of the Year & its only March"

    I rarely replay audiobooks, let alone just a few weeks after I have finished it, but this book is so incredibly wonderful, suspenseful, and well-read that I am now on my third listen. It's that great! I hope and pray that there is a sequel in the making. I can not recommend this book enough. Get it for yourself or give it as a gift, either way, it will bring you much pleasure.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bones of the Barbary Coast: A Cree Black Thriller

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Daniel Hecht
    • Narrated By Anna Fields
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In this third novel of the Cree Black mystery series, a friend and homicide inspector asks Cree to help investigate a human skeleton recently unearthed in the foundation of a fine Victorian home, apparently the bones of a victim of the 1906 earthquake. The bones have intrigued the forensic anthropology team at UC Berkeley with their peculiar anatomical deformities. They call the skeleton "Wolfman". Who was the Wolfman?

    C. Pursell says: "Superb"
    "Big Departure"

    This book was hyped as another "Cree Black Thriller," yet in reality, all it turned out to be was a story, and a bad one at that, with Cree Black in it. The first two books in the series had a spooky, supernatural element to them. This book does not. The book takes places in two time periods, so the story is seen from the viewpoint of two different women. There is also NO supernatural element. The story took forever to get to anything interesting, and even the more interesting parts bored me senseless. I wish I could get my credit back. This book resembles nothing of the first two in the series. It's like Cree went on vacation and took us along for the ride. Who cares!!!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Back to Wando Passo

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By David Payne
    • Narrated By Dick Hill
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Back to Wando Passo is a passionate and elegantly written story of two related love triangles: one marriage unraveling in the present day, and another one shattered by the Civil War. The interweaving stories build to a simultaneous crescendo of betrayal, revenge, and redemption.

    Liv2Write says: "Dark"

    This is not a horror story, but it is very dark. This story takes place in two different time periods, and for me, the story that takes place in the past was much more interesting than the one taking place in the future. I found myself wanting to fast foward through the book and listen only to half the story. It seems as though the past story was the real one, and the present story was forced into its mold.

    There are many race discussions in the book, and although the author tries to explore all sides, it still left me a bit cold.

    I will say again that this is a very dark story, so sensitive souls may want to rethink it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Good House

    • UNABRIDGED (21 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Tananarive Due
    • Narrated By Robin Miles
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Tananarive Due, author of The Living Blood won the American Book Award and is praised as Stephen King's equal by Publishers Weekly. In The Good House, Due sets a story of ancient powers and modern retribution in a small Pacific Northwest town. When a young woman returns to her grandmother's empty mansion, she is pitted against demonic forces that have poisoned her family for generations.

    Rebecca says: "FABULOUS!"
    "Big Overture, Little Show"

    I chose this book because of its length, and it kept me throughly engrossed through most of it. I had hoped that the final showdown between "good" and "evil" would be more thrilling, but it ended with little more than a whimper; then it became a Dallas episode (when Pam saw Bobby in the shower).

    The beginning and middle were outstanding and the narrator fantastic, but in the end, perhaps more time should have been given to the finale than to the many background stories.

    Nevertheless, it was worth the listen.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Ptolemy's Gate: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated By Simon Jones

    Three years after the events of The Golem's Eye, the young magician Nathaniel is an established member of the British Government. But he faces unprecedented problems: foreign wars are going badly and Britain's enemies are mounting attacks close to London.

    Derek B. says: "Loved it 3 times over!"
    "Excellent Trilogy"

    I really enjoyed all the books of the series. Book III left me a little wanting. I too wished that he had developed the relationships a bit more. Perhaps he didn't so that we would be left wondering about another book???

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Alexander McCall Smith
    • Narrated By Lisette Lecat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    Mma "Precious" Ramotswe sets up a detective agency in Botswana on the edge of the Kalahari Desert, making her the only female detective in the country. At first, cases are hard to come by. But eventually, troubled people come to Precious with a variety of concerns. Potentially philandering husbands, seemingly schizophrenic doctors, and a missing boy who may have been killed by witch doctors all compel Precious to roam about in her tiny van, searching for clues.

    Gene says: "Transcends its Genre"
    "A Wonderful Story"

    Though not the "traditional" detective story, I loved this novel. The characters, setting, and plots are rich and engrossing. The narrator is skilled in every accent she performs.

    I highly recommend downloading this onto your mp3 player, and letting it take you away during the mundane work hours. You will be all the better for it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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