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  • Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Jeannette Walls
    • Narrated By Jeannette Walls
    Overall
    (1058)
    Performance
    (521)
    Story
    (519)

    Jeannette Walls's memoir The Glass Castle was "nothing short of spectacular" (Entertainment Weekly). Now, in Half Broke Horses, she brings us the story of her grandmother, told in a first-person voice that is authentic, irresistible, and triumphant.

    Kathryn says: "A BETTER BOOK THAN "THE GLASS CASTLE""
    "Gotta Read This One"
    Overall

    Tough, touching, funny & captivating. Keeps your attention from cover to cover. Narration is top notch!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Some Girls Bite: Chicagoland Vampires, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Chloe Neill
    • Narrated By Cynthia Holloway
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1567)
    Performance
    (1231)
    Story
    (1249)

    They killed me. They healed me. They changed me. Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn't exactly glamorous, but it was mine. I was doing fine until Chicago's vampires announced their existence to the world---and then a rogue vampire attacked me. But he only got a sip before he was scared away by another bloodsucker...and this one decided that the best way to save my life was to make me the walking undead.

    Stephanie says: "GREAT"
    "Great Story!!! Terrible Narrator..."
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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I read the previous reviews and almost didn't bother with this book / series. The author is very good and the story line is interesting. I like the main characters even though it was kinda hard to get invested in them because the narrator is so bad. Her nasal voice is like fingers on a black board to me. She does little with making the characters unique and at times is so annoying that I found my mind drifting off and not following the story.I will have to think long and hard before spending credits on the second book to listen to. I may just get the print version so I can follow the story.Where is Tavia Gilbert when you need her!!!


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator is just plain hard to listen to. Sorry to see that it is the same one for the next several books.


    Was Some Girls Bite worth the listening time?

    The story; Yes. The narrator; NO


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs: Jane Jameson, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Molly Harper
    • Narrated By Amanda Ronconi
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5789)
    Performance
    (4487)
    Story
    (4496)

    Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed $25 in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead.

    Sandra Ross says: "Laugh-out Loud Funny"
    "Loved it!"
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    Any additional comments?

    Fun new twist on the whole vampire craze. Characters are flawed and likeable and the narration is spot on. A fun romp through the supernatural!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Death's Excellent Vacation

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Charlaine Harris (author/editor), Toni L. P. Kelner (editor), Amanda Ronconi, and others
    • Narrated By Christopher Lane
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (552)
    Performance
    (281)
    Story
    (281)

    It really can be an endless summer — if you’re immortal. Though a vampire would be ill-advised to take a cruise to Bermuda, the possibilities for getting away from it all — and maybe snacking on some unsuspecting tourist — are many.

    Terry says: "The Perfect Listen for a Vacation Getaway..."
    "Don't Waste a Credit"
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    I bought this mainly to hear the Jeaniene Frost Story. I am SO glad that this was not my introduction to her writing because I doubt I would have explored her work any further. It wasn't the story, but the AWFUL narration. Bones is one of my favorite fictional characters, but this narrator made him boring and forgetable. Tavia Gilbert is such an outstanding narrator so why didn't they get her for this one? If she wasn't available, a narrator who could at least attempt Bone's Cockeny accent would have been nice. Cat's voice sounded like her mother's usually does, and her mother sounded like a sickly-sweet nurturing mommy, not the fun bitchie shrew she usually is.

    The Charlene Harris story was good, my first time reading her work although I am an avid "True Blood" fan. When the HBO series is over I will definitely read the Snookie Stackhouse books.

    The other stories were ok but the narration was substandard.

    Bottom line, get this anthology in print and save you Audible credit for something else.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Halfway to the Grave: Night Huntress, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 17 mins)
    • By Jeaniene Frost
    • Narrated By Tavia Gilbert
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (5677)
    Performance
    (3981)
    Story
    (4003)

    Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership. In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner…are there actually good vampires?

    Stephenie says: "Great series. Worth every credit."
    "Loved Em All!"
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    No sense repeating all the rave reviews already posted. All I can say is read em and don't let the few negative negative reviews on the narrators portrayal of Bone's Brittish accent sway you. I'm no expert on accents, but since the character was born in England and also spent time in Australia, his accent could very well be a bit muddled! I think Tavia Gilbert's entire performance is A-#1 BRILLIANT!

    I'm a grown up and thoroughly enjoyed this entire series. I read the first two "Twilight" books and found them somewhat entertainingg but too juvenile. The Twilight vamps were just too darn nice! What's the use of being a Vampire if you aren't gonna be "bad" once in awhile?? Cat and Bones and the rest of the Vamps in Frost's books are interesting, funny, charming, and definitely not afraid to be bad when the situation calls for it...

    I'm on book 5, can't wait to listen to book 6 and hope book 7 isn't too far off!

    Highly recommend.

    P.S. Bones - I think I love you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: The Millennium Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Stieg Larsson
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23865)
    Performance
    (10424)
    Story
    (10501)

    Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

    Pamela Murphy says: "COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN"
    "Hooked after the first chapter"
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    Starts out a bit slow, but don't give up on it! After the first chapter I was hooked right through the end of the third book!

    If the narrator "makes it or breaks it" for you, you will love this series. Simon Vance is a masterful narrator. Not "over the top" dramatic, but has a real talent for character voices that you won't have any trouble differntiating (sp?) between and following the story.

    A real shame that Mr. Larsson is no longer with us, he was a very talented author.

    Loved em all!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rin Tin Tin: The Life and the Legend

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Susan Orlean
    • Narrated By Susan Orlean
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (110)
    Performance
    (94)
    Story
    (94)

    "He believed the dog was immortal." So begins Susan Orlean’s sweeping, powerfully moving story of Rin Tin Tin’s journey from orphaned puppy to movie star and international icon. From the moment in 1918 when Corporal Lee Duncan discovers Rin Tin Tin on a World War I battlefield, he recognizes something in the pup that he needs to share with the world. Rin Tin Tin’s improbable introduction to Hollywood leads to the dog’s first blockbuster film and, over time, the many radio programs, movies, and television shows that follow.

    Sandra L. Hackett says: "Hire a narrator!"
    "Save Your Credits..."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Rin Tin Tin to be better than the print version?

    No. The author should have bowed out to a more competent narrator. Her nasal and dispassionate reading really detracts from an interesting story. Frankly, she sounds somewhat bored with her own story!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The WWI information about how dogs were utilized was very interesting.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Susan Orlean???s performances?

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I only listened to about a third of this book and couldn't cope with the substandard narration. I went to the library and checked it out because I wanted to finish the book. Much more enjoyable to read in print. The narration really ruined it for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Room: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Emma Donoghue
    • Narrated By Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4672)
    Performance
    (2143)
    Story
    (2131)

    To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

    Kathleen says: "A truly memorable read"
    "A Must Read/Listen"
    Overall

    When I first read the synopsis of this book I didn't think I wanted to get it. Then I read some of the reviews from other readers and decided to give it a try. It was EXCELLENT! Very uplifting and a true example of how the human spirit can prevail.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Jamie Ford
    • Narrated By Feodor Chin
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2030)
    Performance
    (945)
    Story
    (945)

    In the opening pages of Jamie Ford's stunning debut, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol.

    Christopher says: "Hotel on the corner of bitter and sweet"
    "Must Read"
    Overall

    An excellent look at a time in our history that I knew very little about. The book was very well written and kept my attention from start to finish. The narration was excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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