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  • Charlie Bone and the Time Twister

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jenny Nimmo
    • Narrated By Simon Russell Beale
    Overall
    (242)
    Performance
    (77)
    Story
    (78)

    Charlie hopes that the new term at Bloor's Academy will hold no nasty surprises. But then Henry Yewbeam appears, twisted through time from the icy winter of 1916.

    Benjamin says: "The Children of the Red King Book #2"
    "Thin plot. Not as good as the 1st book"
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    The 1st book was a fun kids book, but this one seems like it got rushed to the printer. The "cousin" of Charlie is frankly too dumb to live. Characters that were fairly fleshed out in the last book at times did things that were out of character, and several leaps were made to conclusions for no apparent reason.

    Great narrator. So-so book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Doctor Who: Dark Horizons

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By J. T. Colgan
    • Narrated By Neve McIntosh
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    On a windswept Northern shore, at the very tip of what will one day become Scotland, the islanders believe the worst they have to fear is a Viking attack. Then the burning comes. They cannot run from it. Water will not stop it. It consumes everything - yet the burned still speak.... The Doctor is looking for a game on the famous Lewis chess set. Instead he encounters a people under attack from a power they cannot possibly understand.

    Jan says: "Strong start, but fast forwarding by the end"
    "Strong start, but fast forwarding by the end"
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    On the positive side, the narrator is great, and the book has a strong start, which is interesting and entertaining. Then about halfway through the plot just drops off a cliff. Turns into a cheezy romance between 2 characters who at the beginning were interesting, bright and likeable but then get twisted into romance plot characters. They start saying unlikely things given their character development to that point, and it becomes difficult to care about them at all. The Doctor becomes extraneous to the plodding plot that drags on and on. Probably would have made a great short story, but there isn't enough material for a whole book.

    I looked up the author after writing the above to find out J.T. Colgan is actually Jenny Colgan who has made her literary mark writing (wait for it) "romantic comedies". She should stick to that, or at least try to remember what genera she's shooting for when she's trying to write science fiction. The crossover is poison.

    I do hope the narrator goes on to do other, better books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Handmaid's Tale

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs)
    • By Margaret Atwood
    • Narrated By Claire Danes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3245)
    Performance
    (2921)
    Story
    (2934)

    Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

    Melinda says: "Not So Far-Fetched -- Still Chilling"
    "A glimpse of a frightening, potential future"
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    This novel is not a story about an event, it's a story of someone's life. Or a part of that person's life. You learn about why she is in the situation she's in a bit at a time, and how she deals with it. I suspect the people who didn't like it were expecting a book with more of a beginning-middle-end setup, and that is not this book. Personally, I loved it. I love Atwood's writing style, and Danes has a fantastic voice for the tone of the story. I hope she narrates many, many more books.

    At first I was jolted and even disappointed by the ending, but as I thought about it afterward - and I've thought about it a lot - I understand it better, and appreciate it. There questions that don't get answered. Some of them were never answered for the main character either, although she ponders the possibilities. I was totally engrossed from start to finish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9787)
    Performance
    (9105)
    Story
    (9105)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "Good book, goes a little overboard at times"
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    I had some trouble with suspension of disbelief here and there, like when the main character Wade, who has not yet completed High School, claims to have memorized *all* the music, movies, sitcoms, books, video games, interests and life story of another mans entire lifetime along with going to school, and finding a way to support himself as an orphaned boy. Still a good read though. Wil Wheaton is an excellent narrator who adds a lot of feeling to the story. Wade also has an inordinate amount of good luck without which the plot could have been a little more interesting.

    On the positive side, Cline has good writing style. No eye-rollingly bad dialog, and even though you know what's going to happen, you still want to finish to find out how he got there. Also has some interesting plot twists which caught me off guard. I always like that in a story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Being There

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jerzy Kosinski
    • Narrated By Dustin Hoffman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (206)
    Performance
    (185)
    Story
    (189)

    Academy Award winner Dustin Hoffman gives an understated and exemplary performance of this satiric look at the unreality of American media culture. Chance, the enigmatic gardener, becomes Chauncey Gardiner after getting hit by a limo belonging to a Wall Street tycoon. The whirlwind that follows brings Chance to his new status of political policy advisor and possible vice presidential candidate. His garden-variety political responses, inspired by television, become heralded as visionary, and he is soon a media icon.

    Ilana says: "Darkly Funny"
    "Great narrator, but the plot's beyond ridiculous"
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    No one could ever be as stupid and gullible as the people who "misread" Chancy in this book. I had hoped it would be deeper than the movie, or that the writing would be colorful enough to make up for the plot, but alas. Disappointing.

    Dustin Hoffman is awesome as a narrator. His beautiful voice and talent are wasted on this novel, but I would not hesitate to listen to some other book narrated by him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Carry On, Jeeves

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By P. G. Wodehouse
    • Narrated By Martin Jarvis
    Overall
    (292)
    Performance
    (165)
    Story
    (165)

    Listen to hilarious unabridged stories starring the ever-popular Jeeves and Wooster from the master of great British comedy: P. G. Wodehouse. Stories featured: "Jeeves Takes Charge", "Jeeves and The Unbidden Guest", "The Artistic Career of Corky", "The Aunt and the Sluggard", "Clustering Round Young Bingo", "Jeeves and the Hard-boiled Egg", and "The Rummy Affair of Old Biffy".

    Eunice Merritt says: "A great introduction to Jeeves"
    "Trite"
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    There are words and phrases so overused in this book that I never want to hear them again. "Bucked up", "champing on my eggs", "topping", "chappy", etc.

    Silly plot too. Mostly it's about lazy, rich, young men trying to swindle relatives and others out of their money.

    Nothing bad to say about the narrator, he was great.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Flashman on the March

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By George MacDonald Fraser
    • Narrated By Toby Stephens
    Overall
    (50)
    Performance
    (24)
    Story
    (24)

    Many have marvelled at General Napier's daring 1868 expedition through the treacherous peaks and bottomless chasms of Abyssinia to rescue a small group of British citizens held captive by the mad tyrant Emperor Theodore. But the vital role of Sir Harry Flashman, V.C., in the success of this campaign has hitherto gone unrecorded.

    D. says: "Another Great Flashman!"
    "I expected a better story"
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    This was... boring. I couldn't even finish it. The narrator did a great job, but I couldn't care about the main character at all, or stay focused on it enough to follow the plot. I gave up.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Another Fine Myth: Myth Adventures, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Robert Asprin
    • Narrated By Noah Michael Levine
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (393)
    Performance
    (364)
    Story
    (370)

    Start at the beginning, in Another Fine Myth, as Skeeve, an apprentice wizard, meets the demon Aahz. Though it's not love, or even like at first sight they form a connection - saving their lives - between them. Follow them in Myth Conceptions, as Skeeve and Aahz test their talent when they decide to take on an entire army themselves and continue on in Myth Directions. Then Skeeve finds himself alone with his own apprentice applicant, a king, in Hit or Myth and must deal with a medieval Mob!

    Ora says: "have waited a looonnnngggg time for these on audio"
    "Great book for a young teen"
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    Great book for a young teen, but a little... happy? for anyone older than that. The writing, and plot aren't deep or colorful enough for anyone above 14 or so. Narrator did a great job though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hard Magic: Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Larry Correia
    • Narrated By Bronson Pinchot
    Overall
    (5193)
    Performance
    (4702)
    Story
    (4713)

    Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

    Clinton says: "Not what I thought it was going to be."
    "Too long, got bored"
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    The narrator does a good job. Not the very best I've heard, but still quite good. He sometimes starts inflecting sentences in odd ways, but not so much as to make you cringe. The story, however, gets tedious about half way through. Also, the characters do that thing that makes me crazy where they think things about themselves or their predicament which are contrived and obviously wrong. They'd have to be stupid to believe what they're thinking but the author has them think it in order to make the plot go in a direction it wouldn't normally go. Tedious.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hero

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Perry Moore
    • Narrated By Michael Urie
    Overall
    (811)
    Performance
    (564)
    Story
    (570)

    In the story comic book legend Stan Lee calls "spellbinding" and "totally original," Thom Creed has secrets. For one, like his father, he has super powers. Also, he's been asked to join the League—the very organization of superheroes that spurned his dad. Then there’s the secret Thom can barely face himself: he's gay. But becoming a member of the League opens up a new world to Thom. There, he connects with a misfit group of aspiring heroes, including Scarlett, Typhoid Larry, and Ruth, a wise old broad who can see the future. Like Thom, these heroes have things to hide....

    Robert says: "Give it a listen!"
    "Rehashed superheros and bad romance"
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    The Audible reviewer Megan Volpert starts her review with "No one on earth has anything negative to say about this book", but I find that hard to believe. For one thing, the author should have invented more of his own superheros instead of re-hashing old favorites. He renamed them, but it's apparent that Superman, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, etc. are all there. The plot is pretty predictable and offers no real surprises.

    Thom encounters a LOT of SUPER-negative reaction to his gayness which I suppose if you lived in deepest, darkest Biblebelt or else in the heart of Red-neck-land (often the same thing) you would probably still encounter. It's a little hard for me to go with it in this day and age, but then I live in a socially advanced city so maybe I'm not the best judge on that.

    The premise is great, I love the idea of a gay superhero kid. I like his superhero talent, and that he has a great relationship with his Dad, and the story of his disappeared Mom. It's apparent that this is Moore's first novel, but for a first novel the writing is overall good enough. I hope that in future novels he develops his own line of superheros and makes them become classics rather than reusing other people's creations.

    Moore writes romance very badly, and the story would have been a lot more interesting without it, gay or straight. It doesn't matter who is involved in a romance, if it's badly written it really grates and romance is well known for being one of the hardest things to write well. Our hero Thom thinks like the heroine in a cheesy romance novel whenever he starts contemplating his own gayness or love life. He jumps to silly conclusions that are obviously wrong, and reacts with equal silliness. Could have been done a lot better, or better yet left out. I dinged this story down to 2 stars instead of 3 for this.

    Moore also leaves the open question, if Thom can heal everyone, why doesn't he heal everyone? There are sick people all around him, but he doesn't always fix them. I guess I agree with "David" who also reviewed this book saying: "Yay" for the message, "Meh" for the story".

    The narrator did a great job. There are a handful of narrators who are my very favorite and I wouldn't say he falls into that category, but if I wanted another book and it was narrated by him it I'd consider that to be just fine. I didn't mind his voices or inflections at all, and I'm pretty picky about narration.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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