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ratings
48
REVIEWS
14
FOLLOWING
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FOLLOWERS
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HELPFUL VOTES
39

  • Monogamy is Bad for the Soul: An Intelligence Squared Debate

    • ORIGINAL (1 hr and 42 mins)
    • By Intelligence Squared Limited
    • Narrated By Various
    Overall
    (55)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    Monogamy is Bad for the Soul
    Jack Klaff, a writer, director, and actor; Rod Little, a journalist for The Guardian, The Sunday Times, and The Spectator; and Dr. Anthony Grayling of the University of London spoke for the motion.

    Gordon says: "Hadn't put much thought into the topic"
    "Debate without Definition."
    Overall

    While I thought the arguements for and against the proposted topic were well presented and concise, they failed to present a real definition for monogamy. It seemed to confuse the audience between Monogamy, monogamy, and serial monogamy. In the end, it wasn't a bad listen, but I would have felt a lot better about the vote result had they clearly defined just what was monogamy for the audience.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fury of Desire: Dragonfury Series, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Coreene Callahan
    • Narrated By Benjamin L. Darcie
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (345)
    Performance
    (320)
    Story
    (324)

    No warrior of the Nightfury pack is more complicated or damaged than Wick. Scarred from a childhood of slavery and torture, Wick cannot bear the touch of another person. But all bets are off when he meets J. J. Solares. When she is unjustly imprisoned, Wick agrees to help rescue and keep her from harm. But Wick lives a life of self-imposed isolation, and venturing into the world to seek justice for J. J. may be more than he can take.

    Robbie says: "Wick the Magic Dragon"
    "Ugh. no."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    I didn't make it past chapter 4 or so.

    Maybe if you've been following this series, you'll like the book, but I have not, this was my first one, and I couldn't get around the writing despite the perfectly acceptable performance.

    The reader wasn't bad, but the story itself, meh. Very tell, not show.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Belong to the Night

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Shelly Laurenston, Cynthia Eden, Sherrill Quinn
    • Narrated By Lucinda Gainey
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (34)
    Performance
    (29)
    Story
    (28)

    In "The Wolf, the Witch, and Her Lack of Wardrobe" by Shelly Laurenston, Jamie Meacham has enough trouble controlling her supernatural abilities. Thus, there's no time for lust, or for Tully Smith, even with his smoldering amber eyes. But Tully's grappling with his own animal instincts, as a powerful shifter-wolf trying to protect all his territory - including a certain sassy witch - from vicious rivals.

    Cheryl says: "Poor reader ruins good read."
    "only first story, narrator was not for me"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    the narrator


    Would you recommend Belong to the Night to your friends? Why or why not?

    not really, maybe in ebook. the laurenston story was the only one I read and it was not her usual style, which I really like, but it was still OK. I don't regret the story, only the narrator


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    accent was all wrong, did the male voices weird, just.. not that great


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    probably not


    Any additional comments?

    nope

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Greek Tycoon's Secret Child

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Cathy Williams
    • Narrated By Lenore Zann
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (250)
    Performance
    (43)
    Story
    (47)

    Dominic, however, is a man who doesn't give upeasily, and Mattie very quickly falls for his irresistiblecharm. She has never experienced such an intenselypowerful attraction before. She also has a new dreamjob, but then the bombshell drops: she discoversthat not only is Dominic her new boss, but she's alsopregnant with his baby.

    Heather says: "liked this one"
    "so hostile..."
    Overall

    I am not sure if it's the reader's tone or the dialogue she was given, but I just don't see how two people so hostile to each other would pursue a relationship with each other. It just didn't make sense at all.

    And that's got nothing to do with the title fitting the story that well, or that it's a cheesy romance. I kinda expect that from a Presents.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Walking Dead

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By C. E. Murphy
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (188)
    Story
    (192)

    For once, Joanne Walker's not out to save the world. She's come to terms with the host of shamanic powers she's been given, her job as a police detective has been relatively calm, and sheï¿¿ï¿¿s got a love life for the first time in memory. Not bad for a woman who started out the year mostly dead. But it's Halloween, and the undead have just crashed Joanne's party.

    Laura says: "A Satisfying Installment in the Series."
    "A Satisfying Installment in the Series."
    Overall

    A good continuation of Jo's story. She's learning to embrace more of who she is. And Gabra Zackman's narration is wonderful as always.

    I do recommend reading the series in order.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Coyote Dreams: The Walker Papers, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By C.E. Murphy
    • Narrated By Gabra Zackman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (423)
    Performance
    (192)
    Story
    (190)

    Much of the city can't wake up. And more are dozing off each day. Instead of powerful forces storming Seattle, a more insidious invasion is happening. Most of Joanne Walker's fellow cops are down with the blue flu, or rather the blue sleep. Yet there's no physical cause anyone can point to, and it keeps spreading. It has to be magical, Joanne figures.

    Shana says: "One of my favorites!"
    "Good, but don't read it first."
    Overall

    This was a good book, but you really need to have read the first two to understand the events and character growth.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Apprentice: Wrath of the Bloodeye

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Joseph Delaney
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (107)
    Story
    (109)

    Thomas Ward has spent two years as the Spook's apprentice. He's faced unimaginable peril, and survived. But a new danger has emerged: an ancient water witch, Bloodeye, is roaming the County intent on destroying everything in her path. To strengthen his skills, Tom is sent to the far north to train with the demanding Bill Arkwright. Will Tom's new bag of tricks be enough to overcome a critical mistake that leaves him confronting Bloodeye on his own?

    Julie says: "Scary! Better than Potter, IMO"
    "Great YA Spooky Series"
    Overall

    This is a great series. Unfortunately, Audible has dropped the ball on this one. While they have books 1, 2, and 3... this is not book 4, it's book 5, and book 4 (The Last Apprentice: Attack of the Fiend) is currently found nowhere on the site.

    So if you are going for the whole series be prepared to miss one, or read it in print.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Storm Glass

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Maria V. Snyder
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck
    Overall
    (386)
    Performance
    (156)
    Story
    (159)

    As a glassmaker and a magician-in-training, Opal Cowen understands trial by fire. Now it's time to test her mettle. Someone has sabotaged the Stormdancer clan's glass orbs, killing their most powerful magicians. The Stormdancers--particularly the mysterious and mercurial Kade--require Opal's unique talents to prevent it happening again. But when the mission goes awry, Opal must tap in to a new kind of magic as stunningly potent as it is frightening.

    Amazon Customer says: "Interesting character, no Gabra"
    "Narration is way off, very distracting."
    Overall

    Despite everyone else talking about Narration, I am complaining about it too. I'd say they should have at least had her listen to a bit of the books done by Gabra to get a feel for what the listeners would expect.

    Also, this is the same reader as Rachel Vincent's Werecat series, and is reading exactly the same.
    Which leads to me asking myself what Faith is doing in Sitia, and it's just darned distracting.

    It is nice to visit Ylena's world again, but it's not as good as it was the first time around.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Magic Burns: Kate Daniels, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Ilona Andrews
    • Narrated By Renée Raudman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1275)
    Performance
    (828)
    Story
    (830)

    When Kate sets out to retrieve a set of stolen maps for the Pack, Atlanta's paramilitary clan of shapeshifters, she quickly realizes much more is at stake. During a flare, gods and goddesses can manifest and battle for power. The stolen maps are only the opening gambit in an epic tug-of-war between two gods hoping for rebirth. And if Kate can't stop the cataclysmic showdown, the city may not survive.

    A User says: "Love this series and the narrator is fine."
    "Good book, not awesome reader"
    Overall

    One of the previous reviewers mentioned that the narrator is just a bit too whiney for certain scenes for Kate. I agree.

    Also, as a native Atlantan, I do wish they had found someone who could say kudzu correctly, or least caught when it was wrong.

    The book itself is good and I am hoping more are done in audio, same narrator or not. Otherwise I'll have to spring for the paper copies for 3 and 4.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Turn Coat: The Dresden Files, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    Overall
    (4188)
    Performance
    (2919)
    Story
    (2926)

    The Warden Morgan has been accused of treason against the Wizards of the White Council - and there's only one, final punishment for that crime. He's on the run, wants his name cleared, and needs someone with a knack for backing the underdog. Someone like Harry Dresden....

    Lisa says: "Worthy Addition To The Series"
    "Another great Dresden File."
    Overall

    A good addition to the series. However, if you haven't read any of the series before, I would not start with this one.

    And Marsters does a very nice job on the narration. I think he does a good job of capturing Harry's voice without the narration being distracting from the story itself. Always a plus in an audiobook.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • The Dark Mirror: Bridei Trilogy #1

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Juliet Marillier
    • Narrated By Michael Page
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (191)
    Performance
    (114)
    Story
    (115)

    One bitter Midwinter's Eve, everything changes when Bridei finds a child on their doorstep - a child abandoned by the Fair Folk. It is the height of ill fortune to have truck with the Fair Folk, and all in the area counsel the babe's death. But Bridei sees an old and precious magic at work and, heedless of the danger, fights to save the child. Broichan is wary but relents, for Bridei must grow to be his own man and make his own decisions.

    Amanda says: "The Dark Mirror"
    "slow but good"
    Overall

    It's a good story but slow. I found myself wishing it were print so I could skim right along and speed things along.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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