You no longer follow Monica Raven

You will no longer see updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can re-follow a user if you change your mind.

OK

You now follow Monica Raven

You will receive updates from this user when they write new reviews, or suggestions based on their library or recommendations.

You can unfollow a user if you change your mind.

OK

Monica Raven

Canberra, Australia | Member Since 2009

20
HELPFUL VOTES
  • 13 reviews
  • 39 ratings
  • 299 titles in library
  • 22 purchased in 2014
FOLLOWING
0
FOLLOWERS
1

  • The Big Leap

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Gay Hendricks
    • Narrated By Gay Hendricks
    Overall
    (213)
    Performance
    (128)
    Story
    (124)

    Most of us believe that we will finally feel satisfied and content with our lives when we get the good news we have been waiting for, find a healthy relationship, or achieve one of our personal goals. However, this rarely happens. Good fortune is often followed by negative emotions that overtake us and result in destructive behaviors.

    Monica Raven says: "Inspiring, useful, a little preachy but VERY good"
    "Inspiring, useful, a little preachy but VERY good"
    Overall

    Thought-provoking, inspiring, a little preachy but otherwise VERY good...

    I agree with other reviews that this book starts off feeling a little anthonyrobbinesque (yes I did just make that word up haha) - but I was intrigued to see where it went, and how it developed.
    I found it extremely useful more as a springboard for exploring my own situation and my own limits. I am somewhat skeptical by nature, and so took the book as I do any self-help resource - with a good grain of salt and an open mind.
    I would say that anyone expecting a manual for success will probably be somewhat disappointed - but anyone with the courage to look inside themselves and honestly ask what holds them back from happiness and success will find the book inspiring and thought provoking.
    No book holds "the answers" in itself, but I think this book could help people to begin really *looking* for the answers.
    I'm listening to this for the 2nd time, and am buying a copy for a friend. I think that speaks as loud as any long-winded review, hm? ;)

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Monster: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By A. Lee Martinez
    • Narrated By Eric Michael Summerer
    Overall
    (576)
    Performance
    (495)
    Story
    (492)

    Meet Monster. Meet Judy. Two humans who don't like each other much, but together must fight dragons, fire-breathing felines, trolls, Inuit walrus dogs, and a crazy cat lady - for the future of the universe.

    Charles says: "Entertaining, but Overly Rushed"
    "Quirky and fun"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about Monster?

    It's truly hard to find something a little bit different, and this was it. I listened to Automatic Detective and was impressed with it, too, so thought I'd try Monster. Such a sense of fun in the writing and story.


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

    Pretty much did - kept walking around with it at work and plugging myself in whenever I had a spare minute or two. :)


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Remarkable Creatures

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Tracy Chevalier
    • Narrated By Hattie Morahan
    Overall
    (17)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    From the moment she’s struck by lightning as a baby, it is clear Mary Anning is marked for greatness. When she uncovers unknown dinosaur fossils in the cliffs near her home, she sets the scientific world alight, challenging ideas about the world’s creation and stimulating debate over our origins. In an arena dominated by men, however, Mary is soon reduced to a serving role, facing prejudice from the academic community, vicious gossip from neighbours, and the heartbreak of forbidden love.

    Monica Raven says: "Wonderful stuff"
    "Wonderful stuff"
    Overall

    Very much enjoyed the book, am so impressed by Mary's story. Was recommended this audiobook from a podcast sponsored by Audible, and it certainly didn't disappoint. Loved the switch in accent and tone of voice when the story was passed between the two narrators. An incredible story narrated beautifully, and a pleasure to listen to.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • The Count of Monte Cristo

    • UNABRIDGED (47 hrs)
    • By Alexandre Dumas
    • Narrated By John Lee
    Overall
    (3940)
    Performance
    (2254)
    Story
    (2307)

    Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything: a fine reputation, an appointment as captain of a ship, and the heart of a beautiful woman. But his perfect life is shattered when three jealous friends conspire to destroy him. Falsely accused of a political crime, Dantès is locked away for life in the infamous Chateau d'If prison. But it is there that Dantès learns of a vast hidden treasure.

    Sanford Rosenberg says: "What a pleasure to read a classic!"
    "All I can say is, what took me so long"
    Overall

    ok, it's a really really long book... but I know I'll be listening to this again. Amazing story (can't believe I'm in my mid 30s and still hadn't read it), incredible twists and turns and subplots and just pure genius. The narrator was wonderful, gorgeous voice, and gave great life and complexity to each of the characters. Absolutely wonderful, hope you don't mind me adding to the long list of rave reviews :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Real Thing

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Catherine Alliott
    • Narrated By Suzy Aitchison
    Overall
    (72)
    Performance
    (19)
    Story
    (19)

    Everyone's got one, an old boyfriend they never fell out of love with, they simply parted because the time wasn't right. And for 30-year-old Tessa, it's Patrick Cameron, the gorgeous, moody, rebellious boy she met at 17; the boy her vicar father thoroughly disapproved of; the boy who had left her to go to Italy to paint. And now he's back.

    Heather says: "I loved this book"
    "Really good fun"
    Overall

    It started off a little slowly but developed into a highly enjoyable read. I'm a bit of a girly-romance junkie, and thought it was going to be predictable, but it was fun, surprising, and at times so hilariously funny I was VERY relieved to be listening to it at home rather than a bus or train, because I think I would have cried with the effort to not scream with laughter. Lots and lots of fun, will be looking for other books by this author, who intertwines great humour with some serious issues. Loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Discovery of Witches: The All Souls Trilogy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Deborah Harkness
    • Narrated By Jennifer Ikeda
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (126)
    Performance
    (106)
    Story
    (108)

    When historian Diana Bishop opens an alchemical manuscript in the Bodleian Library, it's an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordered life. Though Diana is a witch of impeccable lineage, the violent death of her parents while she was still a child convinced her that human fear is more potent than any witchcraft. Now Diana has unwittingly exposed herself to a world she's kept at bay for years; one of powerful witches, creative, destructive daemons and long-lived vampires.

    Eleanor says: "Wonderful book"
    "very good, but wish I'd known part of series"
    Overall

    I quite enjoyed this book, but I really wish I'd known it only begins the story! The character development was well done with the exception of Matthew, who I found a little too unrealistic, but it was fun nonetheless because let's face it, us girls love a ridiculously unrealistic romantic lead - romance *is* escapism after all ;) I'm assuming this is part of a series, although it isn't listed as such. Frustrating - I love wading through long series, but I prefer to know before I begin. Sort of spoiled an otherwise enjoyable listen, so I figured I'd review this to let people know (without spoilers) that this is just part one of a story. If this is all there is, I must say I'll be deeply disappointed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Could It Be Magic?

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Melanie Rose
    • Narrated By Clare Wille
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    When Jessica Taylor is struck by lightning one afternoon, she has no idea how much her life is going to change. Jessica wakes up in a hospital bed but apparently she's now Lauren Richardson, wife and mother. Later that night, Jessica wakes up again - as herself. She works out that when Lauren sleeps, she wakes up as Jessica.

    Monica Raven says: "Original and fun"
    "Original and fun"
    Overall

    Thoroughly enjoyed the book - it's a rare thing to come across such an original idea so well executed. Not your average or expected ending, which I found delightful in itself. I'd say that I'll definitely listen to this one again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phantom: Chainfire Trilogy, Part 2, Sword of Truth, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (22 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1264)
    Performance
    (709)
    Story
    (734)

    On the day that she awoke remembering nothing but her name, Kahlan Amnell became the most dangerous woman alive. For everyone else, that was the day when the world began to end.

    Marie says: "Phantom Review"
    "Not a bad story, but way too long and repetitive"
    Overall

    What can I say, I really should have read the other reviews and taken a bit more notice. I read the preceding books in the series when they were first released, and I must say and advantage to printed books is that you can skip the bits that are repetitive and dull. I think that the three final books in this series could easily have been compressed into a single story.

    Although I have memories of the early books being very good, the final "trilogy" set have been something of a disappointment. The characters are dreadfully one-dimensional, and Richard himself has become unbelievable, overly righteous and at times downright dull. And was it just me, or were all the "bad" characters fat and/or ugly brutes, and the "good" characters slim and attractive intellectuals? Please!

    I also found the switch in narrators disconcerting - the narrator who did the first book was better, but by then I was sucked into the "but I just need to see how it ends" trap.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Confessor: Chainfire Trilogy, Part 3, Sword of Truth, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Sam Tsoutsouvas
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1344)
    Performance
    (742)
    Story
    (756)

    Descending into darkness, about to be overwhelmed by evil, those people still free are powerless to stop the coming dawn of a savage new world, while Richard faces the guilt of knowing that he must let it happen. Alone, he must bear the weight of a sin he dare not confess to the one person he loves...and has lost.

    Randall says: "ridiculously repetitive and predictive"
    "Not a bad story, but way too long and repetitive"
    Overall

    What can I say, I really should have read the other reviews and taken a bit more notice. I read the preceding books in the series when they were first released, and I must say and advantage to printed books is that you can skip the bits that are repetitive and dull. I think that the three final books in this series could easily have been compressed into a single story.

    Although I have memories of the early books being very good, the final "trilogy" set have been something of a disappointment. The characters are dreadfully one-dimensional, and Richard himself has become unbelievable, overly righteous and at times downright dull. And was it just me, or were all the "bad" characters fat and/or ugly brutes, and the "good" characters slim and attractive intellectuals? Please!

    I also found the switch in narrators disconcerting - the narrator who did the first book was better, but by then I was sucked into the "but I just need to see how it ends" trap.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Chainfire: Chainfire Trilogy, Part 1, Sword of Truth, Book 9

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Terry Goodkind
    • Narrated By Jim Bond
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1292)
    Performance
    (731)
    Story
    (750)

    As Richard fought to focus his mind on his need to remain conscious, the breathless voices sounded to him as if they were coming from some great, dim distance. He wasn't sure who they were. He knew that he knew them, but right then it just didn't seem to matter. He struggled to put voice to his burning concern, but he couldn't form the words, couldn't get out any more than a gasping moan.

    Lynn says: "Richard, Richard, Richard..."
    "Not a bad story, but way too long and repetitive"
    Overall

    What can I say, I really should have read the other reviews and taken a bit more notice. I read the preceding books in the series when they were first released, and I must say and advantage to printed books is that you can skip the bits that are repetitive and dull. I think that the three final books in this series could easily have been compressed into a single story.

    Although I have memories of the early books being very good, the final "trilogy" set have been something of a disappointment. The characters are dreadfully one-dimensional, and Richard himself has become unbelievable, overly righteous and at times downright dull. And was it just me, or were all the "bad" characters fat and/or ugly brutes, and the "good" characters slim and attractive intellectuals? Please!

    I also found the switch in narrators disconcerting - the narrator who did the first book was better, but by then I was sucked into the "but I just need to see how it ends" trap.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • This Charming Man

    • UNABRIDGED (26 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Marian Keyes
    • Narrated By Caroline Lennon
    Overall
    (53)
    Performance
    (26)
    Story
    (29)

    Lola has every reason to be interested in who Paddy de Courcy is marrying - because although she's his girlfriend, she definitely isn't the bride. Heartbroken, she flees the city for a cottage by the sea. But will her retreat prove as idyllic as she hopes? Not if journalist Grace has anything to do with it. Grace knew Paddy a long time ago. But why can't she forget him?

    Monica Raven says: "Amazing, thoroughly brilliant."
    "Amazing, thoroughly brilliant."
    Overall

    Absolutely amazing stuff. I could hardly believe how much I enjoyed this book. The narration was lively and enjoyable (adorable accents) and the story itself was brilliant. I really do enjoy Marian Keyes' portrayal of strong, smart and yet flawed women. I think that much of her brilliance lies in her ability to pull her reader in with humour, and then deliver her sucker punch. I also liked that it was a big fat long unabridged book - totally creditworthy! :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.