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Bryony

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  • Fablehaven, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Brandon Mull
    • Narrated By E. B. Stevens
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (303)
    Performance
    (283)
    Story
    (290)

    For centuries, mystical creatures of all description were gathered to a hidden refuge called Fablehaven to prevent their extinction. The sanctuary survives today as one of the last strongholds of true magic in a cynical world. Enchanting? Absolutely. Exciting? You bet. Safe? Well, actually, quite the opposite... Kendra and her brother Seth have no idea their grandfather is the current caretaker of Fablehaven.

    J. Gibbs says: "I am so excited this has FINALLY come to Audible."
    "The worst performance I've ever heard"
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    What disappointed you about Fablehaven, Book 1?

    It's so incredibly patronising. The story is okay but the narration is essentially baby talk.


    What was most disappointing about Brandon Mull’s story?

    Nothing too bad. The narration doesn't give you a chance to get into it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of E. B. Stevens’s performances?

    Hell no!


    What character would you cut from Fablehaven, Book 1?

    The mother.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Rogue

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Gina Damico
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy
    Overall
    (276)
    Performance
    (245)
    Story
    (249)

    Lex, a teenage Grim Reaper, has the power to damn souls - and it’s getting out of control. Her boyfriend, Driggs, is dead - sort of. She’s a fugitive, on the run from the maniacal new mayor of Croak and the townspeople who want to see her pay the price for her misdeeds. Uncle Mort rounds up the Junior Grims to flee Croak once again, but this time they’re joined by Grotton, the most powerful Grim of all time. Their new mission is clear: Fix his mistakes, or the Afterlife will cease to exist, along with all the souls in it.

    Dave says: "And so it ends..."
    "Hilarious and heartbreaking."
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    This book is like a gorgeous layered dessert. You love it from the first bite and then all these amazing flavours smack you in the face and you get seriously upset when you look down and realise you've finished it and there's no more in the dish.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • On the Jellicoe Road

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Melina Marchetta
    • Narrated By Rebecca Macauley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (121)
    Performance
    (97)
    Story
    (96)

    Taylor Markham is now a senior at the Jellicoe School, and has been made leader of the boarders. She is responsible for keeping the upper hand in the territory wars with the townies, and the cadets who camp on the edge of the school's property over summer. She has to keep her students safe and the territories enforced and to deal with Jonah Griggs - the leader of the cadets and someone she'd rather forget. B ut what she needs to do, more than anything, is unravel the mystery of her past and find her mother.

    Courtney Knight says: "BUY THIS BOOK NOW!"
    "Poignient and gripping no matter your age."
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    The musical interludes which seem to be the trademark of all Bolinda children's and YA audiobooks are actually very off putting and condescending here. The fact they play the music backwards to indicate the shift to the story from the past is painful. If you can ignore the music, though, which I hope you can, this is quite an amazing story. Performed flawlessly and written in a way which is so endearing you're in love with these kids before you even realise it. Ignore the age label. I did and thank god for it. This is a classic.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Priestess of the White: Age of Five, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Trudi Canavan
    • Narrated By Sarah Douglas
    Overall
    (101)
    Performance
    (89)
    Story
    (91)

    When Auraya was chosen to become a priestess, she could never have believed that a mere 10 years later she would be one of the White, the gods' most powerful servants. Sadly, Auraya has little time to adapt to the exceptional powers gifted her by the gods. Mysterious black-clad sorcerers from the south plague the land, and rumours reach the White of an army being raised. Auraya and her new colleagues work tirelessly to seal alliances and unite the northern continent under their banner, but time is running out.

    Jacobus says: "Setting the table for more goodness to come"
    "Juicy epic fantasy to satisfy the toughest critic"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. It has a intuitive and appealing flow between stories that knit it together seamlessly. The performance was perfect, giving a very clear voice to every character. So much happens but nothing feels unnecessary or overcrowded.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The multi POV stories. This device makes all the stories feel personal to the listener and you become very attached to the characters.


    Which character – as performed by Sarah Douglas – was your favorite?

    Mischief the Veez! It made me want to demand Judi Cannavan produce one for me to keep immediately.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Both, actually. It doesn't take long to become seriously invested in the characters of this world.


    Any additional comments?

    Weaving such an epic fantasy creation is fraught with difficulties. If the author fails, you lose the connection and the sheer length of the story becomes intimidating and you end up ditching it. With this amazing story, I just found I was so glad to have these hours of sheer listening pleasure ahead of me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Twelve Babies on a Bike: Diary of a Pupil Midwife

    • ABRIDGED (5 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Dot May Dunn
    • Narrated By Sara Poyzer
    Overall
    (3)
    Performance
    (3)
    Story
    (3)

    It's 1957, and in a shattered post-war world, life goes on. Dot, a pupil midwife, negotiates the streets on her trusty old bicycle - come rain or shine - to help women in need. Living and working under the supervision of the strict Mrs O'Reilly, she must complete her training with twelve deliveries: there's Mrs Wardle who lives in a seedy slum; the eighth Clarke baby, born in an unusual place; the superstitious Wests, desperate for a boy; baby Murphy who is received with laughter; and brothel-worker Mrs Maloney.

    Bryony says: "If it were unabridged it would have been perfect!"
    "If it were unabridged it would have been perfect!"
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    What did you love best about Twelve Babies on a Bike?

    The journal format and medical details give you a great sense of the urgency that these women found themselves in.


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

    The diversity of circumstances surrounding births is pretty huge today but when hospital care was the exception and not the rule, the variations seem to have been infinite and dramatic. You can't predict outcomes in this book.


    Which character – as performed by Sara Poyzer – was your favorite?

    I think the Irish whore was really well done. A very plausibly different voice to all other characters who do tend to run together a bit.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely! I managed it in 3. I practically inhaled it.


    Any additional comments?

    Yet again I find myself insulted by the existence of abridged audiobooks. I used to be able to read print books but my vision is now too poor to sustain long periods of reading. So I have to read audiobooks. I guarantee that I am both intelligent and enthusiastic enough to take in the exact product those who read the print book do. This book would have gotten five stars all round had it been unabridged. I'll never know what I'm missing. This taints the book.ni was desperate for midwifery memoirs but don't mistake the fact that I bought the book for satisfaction in having no access to the unabridged edition.m

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Almost Perfect

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Julie Ortolon
    • Narrated By Jane Cramer
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (83)
    Performance
    (72)
    Story
    (77)

    Maddy, Christine, and Amy, friends since college, are thrilled to learn their old suitemate's self-help book, How to Have a Perfect Life, has become a smashing bestseller - until they realize she used them as negative examples of how women let fear mess up their lives. The worst part is…it's sort of true. So, the three friends make a pact: They each have one year to face down their fears - and prove Miss Perfect wrong!

    Amazon Customer says: "Nice Surprise!"
    "Perfectly fluffy"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, absolutely! This is exactly what it looks like - a paint by numbers romance with a decent plot. It won't win Hugo's but it's lovely. It flows with an effortless beauty which is difficult to achieve in this genre.


    What other book might you compare Almost Perfect to and why?

    Nora Roberts books come to mind. This isn't a fantasy romance but it has that same relatable feel to it. The performance and the voice of both written and spoken narration is beautiful and charming and reels you in.


    What about Jane Cramer’s performance did you like?

    The slight changes in tone and rhythm when reading spoken dialogue or an actual scene, compared to that of reading text within the text is masterful. It honours the integrity of the written work. It's an amazing performance.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Will dreams get in the way of their second chance?


    Any additional comments?

    That tag line is so corny but it is what the book is, which is fluff. It's enjoyable and kind of brainless fluff but in the best possible way. Sometimes all you want is a book like this you can glide through.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Orphan Train: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Christina Baker Kline
    • Narrated By Jessica Almasy, Suzanne Toren
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4813)
    Performance
    (4295)
    Story
    (4304)

    Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to "aging out" out of the foster care system. A community-service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse.... As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

    Kathi says: "Moving story of sharing and transformation."
    "Punchy surprise."
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    What did you love best about Orphan Train?

    The story is constantly engaging and paced brilliantly.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Doutchy - the dashing and handsome happy go lucky and slightly irritating but loveable romantic hero.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The time spent at the women's boarding house.


    Who was the most memorable character of Orphan Train and why?

    The sleepy, despicable father of the second family. He's so well written he leaves you gagging. It's necessary for this story's success that these characters have this impact on you.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought this thinking "oh yeah, why not?". I bolted through it in 2 days because it had me riveted. It also has the marvellous quality of a plot which always swerves just left of predictability and I adored that. It's fulfilling but not boring.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vampire Academy: Vampire Academy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Richelle Mead
    • Narrated By Stephanie Wolf
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2433)
    Performance
    (1494)
    Story
    (1520)

    St. Vladimir's Academy isn't just any boarding school - it's a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They've been on the run, but now they're being dragged back to St. Vladimir's - the very place where they're most in danger.

    Mitch says: "The Weakest Installment in a Fantastic Series"
    "Worth it."
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes. It's enjoyable and a very easy, pleasant listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mia. The girl we all knew and love to hate. Her dialogue is hilarious.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Stephanie Wolf?

    Yes but I wouldn't search for one.


    Was Vampire Academy worth the listening time?

    Yes. It doesn't drag.


    Any additional comments?

    Much more enjoyable then twilight but don't expect anything revolutionary. This isn't a huge criticism, I enjoyed it very much but it hasn't changed my life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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