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  • The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 35 mins)
    • By Howard Pyle
    • Narrated By Christopher Cazenove
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (79)
    Performance
    (49)
    Story
    (50)

    Here are the beloved adventures of the mischievous hero Robin Hood and his brave and merry band of outlaws, who forged a chivalrous code to protect the oppressed and despoil the oppressors. Follow along as Robin makes his breathtaking escapes from his archenemy, the Sheriff of Nottingham, while classic characters like Friar Tuck, Will Scarlet, and Little John create one hilarious escapade after another.

    Jefferson says: "A PURE PLEASURE"
    "A splendid reading of the classic!"
    Overall

    Howard Pyle was the writer who put together stray tales of the English outlaw and created the narrative of Robin Hood we know today. His original novel is still great fun -- it took my kids (ages 9 & 10) a little while to get used to the language, but then they absolutely loved it. They've been acting out scenes and cracking themselves up. The narrator of this edition, Christopher Cazenove, is spot-on perfect for the material, too.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Finding Angel: Toch Island Chronicles, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Kat Heckenbach
    • Narrated By Jeanne Whitehouse
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    Angel lives with a loving foster family, but dreams of a land that exists only in the pages of a fantasy novel. Until she meets Gregor, whose magic Talent saves her life and revives lost memories. She follows Gregor to her homeland...a world unlike any she has imagined, where she travels a path of self-discovery that leads directly to her role in an ancient Prophecy...and to the madman who set her fate in motion.

    Lisa says: "Wonderful voice"
    "An appealing tale, but emotions don't ring true"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A foster child with no memory of her origins learns she's from another magical world. That's always an irresistible premise, and I did get caught up in the story. But the characters' relationships and emotional reactions to each other kept ringing false. Close bonds of trust and affection would seemingly pop up in an instant, while genuine tragedies seemed to only merit an "oh no, what a shame!" I just didn't believe in the characters, and so I found it hard to really care about the book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ultraviolet

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By R. J. Anderson
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (13)
    Story
    (14)

    Sixteen-year-old Alison wakes up in a mental institution. As she pieces her memory back together, she realizes she's confessed to murdering Tori Beaugrand, the most perfect girl at school. But the case is a mystery. Tori's body has not been found, and Alison can't explain what happened. One minute she was fighting with Tori. The next moment Tori disintegrated into nothing.

    Amazon Customer says: "A thoroughly original take on teen paranormals"
    "A thoroughly original take on teen paranormals"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story

    A YA paranormal romance that mostly takes place in a mental hospital? Yes, this is definitely no Twilight wannabe (nor is it a violent dystopian fable, hurrah!) Ultraviolet is the story of a girl who may or may not be crazy, but definitely thinks in different ways than those around her. And she may or may not be a murderer, but even her own memories can't answer that question clearly.

    I appreciated the freshness of the story, and the nuanced approach. This is not a book where people simply line up on sides of good vs. evil, or even sane vs. insane. The reader is very solid and lets you get swept up in the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mythology 101: Mythology, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Jody Lynn Nye
    • Narrated By Kevin Free
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (22)
    Story
    (23)

    Meet Keith Doyle - weirdo, business major, nerd, and believer in myths. To his joy - and horror - Keith has just discovered a village of elves in the university library. And when the library is threatened with demolition, Keith and the elves join forces to save it.

    Amazon Customer says: "Bureaucracy: The Fairy Tale? Seriously?"
    "Bureaucracy: The Fairy Tale? Seriously?"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    This book couldn't quite decide what it was. A fantasy about fairy-tale elves come to life? A satire of bureaucracy in government, education and labor unions? A lighthearted romance? As a result, none of it worked for me. The magic was mired in details of -- I kid you not -- trying to file estimated taxes and secure mortgages given the challenge of elves having no social security numbers. If that bureaucracy had been played for laughs it might have made for a good satire, but alas, it was all tiresomely serious.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Most: the details of creating a scavenger-elf civilization: Least: a tie between the unconvincing romances and the endless bureaucracy.


    What three words best describe Kevin Free’s performance?

    Well-meaning; bouncy; makes every female character high-pitched and breathy.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to more than three-quarters of this book, thinking all the while that surely things were finally about to get interesting. Unfortunately, it never happened for me.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches

    • UNABRIDGED (24 hrs and 2 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10250)
    Performance
    (7695)
    Story
    (7740)

    Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

    haesel says: "Where was this woman's editor?"
    "An interesting story that needed a forceful editor"
    Overall

    There's much to love in this story: intriguing mysteries across time, a fresh scientific take on a subject that's usually far from science, and strong supporting characters. Whenever the plot was churning and the focus was on magic, research or history, I was swept up in the story.

    The weak point, alas, was the protagonists. They're just not terribly interesting, and the level of attention lavished on their romance and the most mundane details of their life throws the book's rhythm way off. You get the exact same painstaking deliberation over the lead lady's choice of what sweater or yoga pants to wear -- page after page after page -- as over a brewing global supernatural war.

    Also, listeners should be aware that this is very much the start of a series, not a stand-alone novel.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A Spy in the House: The Agency 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Y. S. Lee
    • Narrated By Justine Eyre
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (69)
    Performance
    (44)
    Story
    (46)

    In Victorian England, orphan Mary Quinn lives on the edge. Sentenced as a thief at the age of 12, she’s rescued from the gallows by a woman posing as a prison warden. In her new home, Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls, Mary acquires a singular education, fine manners, and a surprising opportunity. The school is a cover for the Agency — an elite, top secret corps of female investigators with a reputation for results — and at 17, Mary’s about to join their ranks.

    Amazon Customer says: "Enchanting mystery/spy novel"
    "Decent, but not especially engaging"
    Overall

    This is a young-adult mystery with a splash of romance, set in 19th-century London. (You should definitely consider it YA, not a "kid's book" -- tons of references to prostitution, opium, extramarital affairs, etc.) It's perfectly decent listening, but I didn't find myself especially wrapped up in either the characters or the story, and the period details/language weren't very persuasive. The reader, too, was simply fine. Not something that lingers in your mind.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Outlander

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Diana Gabaldon
    • Narrated By Davina Porter
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18746)
    Performance
    (12856)
    Story
    (12748)

    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"
    "33 hours of sex and violence gets tiresome"
    Overall

    First off, top grades to narrator Davina Porter. She's outstanding. And there's actually a lot to like about the story. BUT...30 hours of the author's obsessively detailed descriptions of violence, sex, and gruesome sexual torture is just not an enjoyable experience.

    This is the sort of book where you find yourself desperately wishing you could flip past the the author's obsession with flogging and buggery and get back to the story, but it isn't possible with an audio book.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • The Neddiad

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 47 mins)
    • By Daniel Pinkwater
    • Narrated By Daniel Pinkwater
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (7)

    When young Neddie Wentworthstein is accidentally left behind by his family at a train stop in the Wild West, he suddenly finds himself at the center of a whirlwind adventure involving sinister villains and extraordinary new allies - all seeming to revolve around a little jade turtle given to him by a mysterious shaman.

    Amazon Customer says: "A classic Pinkwater adventure"
    "A classic Pinkwater adventure"
    Overall

    Bless Daniel Pinkwater for writing stories quirky, funny and rich enough for our whole family to enjoy on a longgggg car ride. The Neddiad had everybody from age 7-39 enrapt. Pinkwater's own inimitable voice helps make even the most outrageous plot elements seem reasonable. (Billy the Phantom Bellboy was a particular favorite.)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Bagthorpes: Absolute Zero

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Helen Cresswell
    • Narrated By Clive Mantle
    Overall
    (6)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (3)

    Something even stranger than normal is happening in the Bagthorpe house. Ever since Uncle Parker won a luxury cruise, they've all gone competition crazy. Only Jack and his dog are staying out of it. Everybody knows that they could never win. So just how does the mixed-up mutt become the most famous dog in Britain?

    Amazon Customer says: "Beautifully, painfully funny"
    "Beautifully, painfully funny"
    Overall

    The Bagthorpe books are classic British humor, and the audio versions are ideal for two reasons: 1. A narrator who fits the material perfectly; 2. When I try to read these books aloud to my kids I have trouble because I keep laughing so hard.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Bagthorpes: Bagthorpes Unlimited

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Helen Cresswell
    • Narrated By Clive Mantle
    Overall
    (4)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    Something foul has befallen the Bagthorpes! Their holy, healthy cousins are coming to stay. The children can imagine nothing worse and vow to get rid of their unwanted guests no matter what it takes.

    Amazon Customer says: "Classic biting British humor..."
    "Classic biting British humor..."
    Overall

    ...with a classic (and fabulous) British narrator -- think a world-weary John Cleese. The Bagthorpes are at least as funny to adults as children, making this a great choice for family car trips.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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