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  • The Lady of the Rivers

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Philippa Gregory
    • Narrated By Bianca Amato
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (919)
    Performance
    (798)
    Story
    (798)

    Jacquetta always has had the gift of second sight. As a child visiting her uncle, she met his prisoner, Joan of Arc, and saw her own power reflected in the young woman accused of witchcraft. They share the mystery of the tarot card of the wheel of fortune before Joan is taken to a horrific death. Jacquetta understands the danger for a woman who dares to dream. Jacquetta is married to the Duke of Bedford, English regent of France, and he introduces her to a mysterious world of learning and alchemy.

    Bonnie-Ann says: "Philippa back on track"
    "Wonderful Surprise"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Lady of the Rivers to be better than the print version?

    Yes, Having not read or listened to the first 2 books, I had no expectation and was engaged for the whole story. beautifully written and the audio is Perfect.


    What did you like best about this story?

    History . Historical books don't often hold my attention, and I tend to drift at points. Not so with this book. Highly recommend it


    What does Bianca Amato bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Made it come alive and her voice gave clarity to emotion and events.


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

    I loved to whole story..which is saying a lot for me, and each part told it's own layered story, and the voice gave these complicated layers life


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Inkheart

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Cornelia Funke
    • Narrated By Lynn Redgrave
    Overall
    (1964)
    Performance
    (792)
    Story
    (793)

    Imagine it were possible to bring the characters from a book to life. Not like when you listen to an audiobook with such enchantment that the characters seem to jump off the pages and into your bedroom...but for real. Imagine they could actually climb out of the pages and into our world. Then imagine if those characters brought their world into ours.

    Cynthia Lee Reneau says: "EXCELLENT!!"
    "Enjoyed the audio book as much as the movie"
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    Where does Inkheart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book, for me, is a classic that is easy to read/listen to, over and over. It ranks up in the top 10% because it's a beautiful written (and perfectly narrated) children's book that can also hold the interest of adults as well.


    What other book might you compare Inkheart to and why?

    The Golden Compass because it too is a story about children overcoming great odds and moral issues. Good overcomes "evil". And the cast of characters is well developed, interesting, and includes villains to superstars.


    What about Lynn Redgrave’s performance did you like?

    Loved it!


    Any additional comments?

    I love the movie Inkheart and always wondered how the book compared. It is a very close translation and lovely to listen too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Into That Forest

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Louis Nowra
    • Narrated By Lisbeth Kennelly
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (205)
    Performance
    (184)
    Story
    (183)

    Two girls survive a terrible flood in the Tasmanian bush and are rescued by a pair of Tasmanian tigers who raise them in the wild. Their story of survival is remarkable, as they adapt to the life of the tiger, learning to hunt and to communicate without the use of human language. When they are discovered and returned to civilization, neither can adapt to being fully human after their extraordinary experience. Totally believable, their story will both shock and captivate listeners as it explores the animal instincts that lie beneath our civilized veneer.

    Gillian says: "Excellent Narration of a Dramatic Story"
    "Book & Narrator are perfectly paired"
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    What did you love best about Into That Forest?

    This is such a beautifully written book, paired with a narrator that absolutely matches the voice of the character with whom the story is told; equals perfection. This book captivated my imagination and heart from the start and never let go. It's written and performed in such a way that felt as if I too could smell and experience the different environments that the girls were in as they traveled with the tigers. One of the most beautiful audio performances I've heard, I couldn't put it down!


    Which character – as performed by Lisbeth Kennelly – was your favorite?

    Hanna is the most obvious answer because that's who's perspective the story is told. Perhaps it is also because she is the youngest of the 2 girls who through a flash flood are separated from Hannah's parents on an outing. I also appreciated how Hanna was able to "adapt" to challenges after the girls were "caught" (or found). Her voice rang true to me and she seemed wonderful, haunting, and believable.


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

    The writer did such an outstanding job at conveying the sounds, texture, weather, and animals of the various places, combined with the girls emotions, behavioral changes and challenges, and relationship that I easily became invested in the story; caring about the characters, their experiences and their perceptions. I cringed, laughed, was saddened at times and shocked at others. I became tense at pivotal moments, and feared for their recovery.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book and will listen to it again, and share it with others. Thank you for an amazing experience that captivated all my senses.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Spiderwick Chronicles, Volume I: Books 1 & 2

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Tony DiTerlizzi, Holly Black
    • Narrated By Mark Hamill
    Overall
    (287)
    Performance
    (85)
    Story
    (87)

    Less than half a year ago, Tony and I received a mysterious note from Jared, Simon, and Mallory Grace, three children who have experienced authentic encounters with the beings we call faeries. As hard as it was for us to believe, we came to see that there was no alternative explanation. Now, putting aside personal concerns, we bring their stories to you.

    Don says: "Excellent!"
    "Short but great"
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    Would you listen to The Spiderwick Chronicles, Volume I again? Why?

    Yes, it's a great little story, but too expensive. The ending wrapped up an adventure so could be a stand alone book


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jackaby

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By William Ritter
    • Narrated By Nicola Barber
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (64)
    Performance
    (57)
    Story
    (57)

    Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1890, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary - including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant.

    Gypsyjolie says: "YA Sherlock and his Dr. Who companion - with fae"
    "Jackaby"
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    What aspect of Nicola Barber’s performance would you have changed?

    I enjoyed her voice and thought she did a fair job at differentiating between characters, but about 3/4 th's into the book (for a few chapters) it seemed as if she read instead of performed


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

    I thought the fairy exchanging needle work for a "ride" in Abigail's coat was sweet and endearing.


    Any additional comments?

    The books summary is an accurate depiction of the story, although there are additional characters that really add to the enjoyment of the read. The characters demonstrate a tolerance for others that don't fit the norm, and a kindness which I found refreshing. It's a light read with no unnecessary detail to guts or gore.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Clockwork Scarab: A Stoker & Holmes Novel, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 25 mins)
    • By Colleen Gleason
    • Narrated By Jayne Entwistle
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (149)
    Performance
    (136)
    Story
    (137)

    Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes never meant to get into the family business. But when you're the sister of Bram and the niece of Sherlock, vampire hunting and mystery solving are in your blood. And so, when two society girls go missing, there's no one more qualified to investigate. Now, the fierce Evaline and the logical Mina must resolve their rivalry, in order to navigate the advances of not just one, but three mysterious gentlemen, and solve a murder with only one clue: the strange Egyptian scarab.

    W. Jones says: "I need Book 2 NOW!"
    "Enjoyable but don't compare to Sherlock Holmes"
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    Would you try another book from Colleen Gleason and/or Jayne Entwistle?

    Yes. This story is enjoyable for YA+ audiences, but in no way compares to Sherlock Holmes mysteries which is okay since I didn't want anything that intense.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Clockwork Scarab?

    I'm not sure there was any one memorable moment for me, although I was surprised with the vampire aspects, and I liked the steam-punk bits.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    No. For such a beautiful voice, the narrator doesn't demonstrate any range! As a result, the story runs together without differentiation between characters and events. It's easy to listen to, but I kept loosing track of who was talking or thinking.


    Was The Clockwork Scarab worth the listening time?

    Yes and No. I am glad I listened to the book because now I know I like the story well enough to go back and actually read the book. No because it's was a frustrating experience to continually be lost or confused about the characters due to the manner in which the book was narrated.


    Any additional comments?

    Note to parents: Nothing too intense or inappropriate with regard to romance, vampires or criminal behavior (although we are to assume girls are being murdered).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Curse of the Pharaohs: The Amelia Peabody Series, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 36 mins)
    • By Elizabeth Peters
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1591)
    Performance
    (985)
    Story
    (985)

    The sun rides high over the British Empire and the light still sparkles brightly in Amelia Peabody's eye as she returns for her second adventure in archaeology and romantic mystery as recounted in her lively journal, The Curse of the Pharaohs.

    Michelle says: "So much fun!"
    "Fun & Entertaining"
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    Where does The Curse of the Pharaohs rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Because the narrator and book are a perfect coupling, this ranks up in the top 10%. I've never really been that curious about Egypt, and other than an occasional documentary, have steered clear of books focused on that geographical area. But Elizabeth Peters makes it accessible, believable and fun. The characters are quirky, the romance is appropriate for all ages and never uncomfortable, and the mystery's have twists, but don't make me so worrisome that I want to jump ahead. I like that, I'm old.


    What about Barbara Rosenblat’s performance did you like?

    Barbara Rosenblat is perfect for the book. She has a marvelous range for both male & female, and young to old (very Rare) Outstanding performance


    Any additional comments?

    This is the second book in the series that I've listened to, and am surprised at how much I enjoy these books. I will be purchasing more from this series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • King Solomon's Mines

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Henry Rider Haggard
    • Narrated By Simon Prebble
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (349)
    Performance
    (323)
    Story
    (320)

    One of the bestselling novels of the 19th century, King Solomon's Mines has inspired dozens of adventure stories, including Edgar Rice Burroughs's Tarzan books and the Indiana Jones movies. Vivid and enormously action-packed, Henry Rider Haggard's tale of danger and discovery continues to shock and thrill, as it has since it was first presented to the public and heralded as "the most amazing book ever written."

    BJ says: "Purchase the Kindle book for free"
    "Classic story with offensive racial vocabulary"
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    What made the experience of listening to King Solomon's Mines the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the narrator and wanted to listen to the story because it's a classic I had yet to read. But was wholly disappointed and heart-torn with the racial slurs and degradation. I'm really at a loss as to rating the book. It is a classic, and probably true to the period, but in my opinion, that's no excuse to write in such a blatantly prejudiced style. Maybe I'm just too old and soft for this, you must be the judge of what's right for you


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The Nethergrim

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By Matthew Jobin
    • Narrated By Jeremy Arthur
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (17)

    Everyone in Moorvale believes the legend: The brave knight Tristan and the famed wizard Vithric, in an epic battle decades ago, had defeated the evil Nethergrim and his minions. To this day, songs are sung and festivals held in the heroes' honor. Yet now something dark has crept over the village. First animals disappear, their only remains a pile of bones licked clean. Then something worse: children disappear. The whispers begin quietly yet soon turn into a shout: The Nethergrim has returned!

    LCNanny says: "Classic Quest with unpredictabe twists and turns"
    "Classic Quest with unpredictabe twists and turns"
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    Would you listen to The Nethergrim again? Why?

    I will definitely listen to it again because it is so well written and narrated, and now I want to go back through the story to really give it a "new perspective" listen. When I started listening I expected it to be the same old fantasy story that moved along at a predictable palatable pace. Was I pleasantly surprised.

    The scary parts really are terrifying, not because they're frightening but because the play on our fears which make them terrifyingly wonderful, and it is unpredictable! I didn't expect the characters to be so endearing, and when their gifts begin to show up it makes them all the more beautiful. I really enjoyed the opportunities they had for making choices, and the follow though with the consequences (even though my heart ached more than a couple times)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was Kathrine because I thought she had a generosity and strength of spirit that seemed natural and full of grace. But I was also taken aback by the Thorn Beast..it was scary


    Any additional comments?

    The story centers around Edmond, Katharine and Tom (kids about 13-14), and Katharine’s father who a generation ago was one of three survivors who fought the Nethergrim. The characters are well developed and the children have believable angst, idealism, and dreams with just the right amount of heart and soul. The adults run the gambit which makes the scenarios believable and at times nearly unbearable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Dorothy Gilman
    • Narrated By Barbara Rosenblat
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (846)
    Performance
    (738)
    Story
    (739)

    Emily Pollifax is one of a precious few gray-haired female sleuths who solve their cases through unflagging determination, moral courage and wisdom that comes with age. In "The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax", Emily answers the call of that “nice Mr. Carstairs” to go to Istanbul as a courier and search for a missing agent.

    Coffee Lover says: "Wonderful story, perfect narration!"
    "Fun story"
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    What did you like best about The Amazing Mrs. Pollifax? What did you like least?

    I just like the character of Mrs Pollifax. She's perky, sneaky, and kind to others.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Dorothy Gilman? Why or why not?

    Yes, but sometimes the narrators voice it too high pitch and distracting for me, and that's why there is a 3 star rating. I do think the narrator has an above average range and I love the voices of most characters, so I think it must be an editing issue?


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Ring of Solomon: A Bartimaeus Novel, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 37 mins)
    • By Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated By Simon Jones
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (949)
    Performance
    (612)
    Story
    (612)

    Bartimaeus, everyones favorite (wise-cracking) djinni, is back in book four of this best-selling series. As alluded to in the footnotes throughout the series, Bartimaeus has served hundreds of magicians during his 5,010 year career. Now, for the first time, fans will go back in time with the djinni, to Jerusalem and the court of King Solomon in 950s BC. Only in this adventure, it seems the great Bartimaeus has finally met his match.

    Alia says: "Quirky and Fun"
    "Best in Series and a stand alone book"
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    Any additional comments?

    I've thoroughly enjoyed all the audio books in this series, but this read the best for me. Jonathan Stroud's style is smoother and I had less moments where I rewound for clarity. It's a delightful tale of Bartimaeus in the time of Solomon with a Sheba coming across as sly as ever. It's a stand alone book or could be read before or in-between the other books. Sheba's assassin reminds me a lot of kitty, determined, courageous, and good moral character that shines grace in all the right parts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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