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  • The Vampire Archives: The Most Complete Volume of Vampire Tales Ever Published

    • UNABRIDGED (61 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Otto Penzler (editor), Kim Newman (foreword), Neil Gaiman (preface), and others
    • Narrated By Scott Brick, Jonathan Cowley, Erik Davies
    Overall
    (259)
    Performance
    (211)
    Story
    (212)

    The Vampire Archives is the biggest, hungriest, undeadliest collection of vampire stories, as well as the most comprehensive bibliography of vampire fiction ever assembled. Dark, stormy, and delicious, once it sinks its teeth into you there’s no escape.

    Kang, D. says: "Fabulous!"
    "Looks like a deal, but pass it by."
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better stories, not so many old hackneyed stories.


    Has The Vampire Archives turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Pretty much, will be much more careful with short stories.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narration was wildly uneven as far as I listened, may have gotten better but I lost interest.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not for me.


    Any additional comments?

    Save your money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Memoirs of a Geisha

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Arthur Golden
    • Narrated By Bernadette Dunne
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3773)
    Performance
    (1089)
    Story
    (1101)

    In a voice both haunting and startlingly immediate, Nitta Sayuri describes her life as a geisha. Taken from her home at the age of nine, she is sold into slavery to a renowned geisha house. Witness her transformation as you enter a world where appearances are paramount, virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder, women beguile powerful men, and love is scorned as illusion.

    Stephanie says: "Best Book in a while"
    "Slow Start, BIG Finish"
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    If you could sum up Memoirs of a Geisha in three words, what would they be?

    Can't do it, 3 words is just not enough. It's such a deep story, yet after a slow start ( but needed for the information), it held my attention through out the book. A very different culture, the Japabnese, and a different time frame as well, but a terrific story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Memoirs of a Geisha?

    The dyes and her hands.


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

    At first, I thought she was a bit flat- then it was the perfect voice for this book.


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

    No, but it fascinated me.


    Any additional comments?

    Long, good, intense and powerful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Adam Makos
    • Narrated By Robertson Dean
    Overall
    (1184)
    Performance
    (1076)
    Story
    (1089)

    Four days before Christmas in 1943, a badly damaged American bomber struggled to fly over wartime Germany. At its controls was a 21-year-old pilot. Half his crew lay wounded or dead. It was their first mission. Suddenly a sleek, dark shape pulled up on the bomber’s tail - a German Messerschmitt fighter. Worse, the German pilot was an ace, a man able to destroy the American bomber with the squeeze of a trigger.

    JerryL says: "An Absolutely Incredcredible Audiobook!"
    "A really good listen, great history, not boring"
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    Would you listen to A Higher Call again? Why?

    Yes, and I am not normally a war stories fan- that would be my husband. But this story, or both stories, put a human face on so many aspects of this war that I got all caught up in the story- and it's a true story on top of everything else, too!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Higher Call?

    Not to spoil it, but when he walked past the Nazis at the end of the war and everyone pretended to be blind to each other. Or maybe when you listened to him go through what we'd now call PTSD episodes and just have to live with it. Or maybe the absolute joy he found in flying....


    Which character – as performed by Robertson Dean – was your favorite?

    All of them.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Not a war story fan? Get it anyways, it's a terrific story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion

    • UNABRIDGED (17 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Robert Gordon
    • Narrated By Cassandra Campbell
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (18)
    Performance
    (17)
    Story
    (18)

    The story of Stax Records unfolds like a Greek tragedy. A white brother and sister build a record company that becomes a monument to racial harmony in 1960’s segregated south Memphis. Their success is startling, and Stax soon defines an international sound. Then, after losses both business and personal, the siblings part, and the brother allies with a visionary African-American partner. Under integrated leadership, Stax explodes as a national player until, Icarus-like, they fall from great heights to a tragic demise.

    Susan says: "Really good listen"
    "Really good listen"
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    What did you love best about Respect Yourself?

    The behind the scenes view of the record business back in the day, so to speak. I listened to a lot of this company's music growing up and was fascinated by how it started.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It didn't gloss over a lot, yet didn't try to nail anyone.


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

    I probably wouldn't have read it- not much time to read hard copy these days.


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

    No, so much information in the story to absorb, yet it holds you all the way through.


    Any additional comments?

    Very very good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • The House at Riverton

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Kate Morton
    • Narrated By Caroline Lee
    Overall
    (2762)
    Performance
    (1821)
    Story
    (1819)

    Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again....Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken, and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.

    Cathy says: "superbly written mystery"
    "Slow start, good listen"
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    Where does The House at Riverton rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Since I travel for 6 to 8 hours every night, I listen to a LOT of books- this is probably in the mid range for me. I would listen to it again, after 6 months or so.


    What other book might you compare The House at Riverton to and why?

    None


    Have you listened to any of Caroline Lee’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    NO, but she did a fair job- the english accents are a bit harsh, but I am used to the southern slur.


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

    Just the sadness.


    Any additional comments?

    I've made it sound bad, but it was a fair enough listen and held my attention through out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sixth Grave on the Edge: Charley Davidson, Book 6

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Darynda Jones
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1353)
    Performance
    (1276)
    Story
    (1274)

    Most girls might think twice before getting engaged to someone like Reyes Farrow - but Charley Davidson is not most girls. She’s a paranormal private eye and grim-reaper-in-training who’s known to be a bit of a hell-raiser, especially after a few shots of caffeine. Her beloved Reyes may be the only begotten son of evil, but he’s dark and sultry and deeply sexy and everything Charley could hope for. Really. But when the FBI file on Reyes’ childhood happens to land into her lap, she can’t help herself: She opens it...and then the real fun begins.

    RabidReads says: "This book could change EVERYTHING!"
    "Not normally a Romance or Paranormal fan"
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Sixth Grave on the Edge to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read any of the series in print, loved listening to them on audio with the terrific narrator!


    What did you like best about this story?

    That it seems, hopefully, that this is not the end of the series, for one thing.

    It was romance, and hot & sexy and definitely paranormal, but it made sense and the story was just great.

    The stories follow each other well, and soon I will load my ipod with all 6 and listen in order, and enjoy them just as much as I did the first time.


    What about Lorelei King’s performance did you like?

    I just really enjoy her voices- very very good.


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

    yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Get the whole series- you won't be disappointed!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Unorthodox: The Scandalous Rejection of My Hasidic Roots

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Deborah Feldman
    • Narrated By Rachel Botchan
    Overall
    (356)
    Performance
    (301)
    Story
    (299)

    In this captivating memoir, Deborah Feldman takes listeners on an eye-opening journey into Orthodox Jewish culture. Raised in the suffocating world of Brooklyn’s Satmar Hasidim, Feldman was told what to read and who she was allowed to talk to. Married off at 17, she suffered from anxiety and was shamed by an inability to please her older husband. But after giving birth to a son at age 19, Feldman realized it was time to tear up her roots and make her own path in life.

    Ella says: "A one-sided glimpse into a secretive world"
    "Unusual story"
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    Would you listen to Unorthodox again? Why?

    Yes, it is well nuanced and it's a good listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Even when the main character was whiny or not such a great person, they went on and showed it; it gives a glimpse into a life many will never know much about.


    What about Rachel Botchan’s performance did you like?

    She was a good clearly spoken reader.


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

    Yes, I wanted to know what was going to happen next.


    Any additional comments?

    The ending was a bit of a let down, but realistic.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Flowers for Algernon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Daniel Keyes
    • Narrated By Jeff Woodman
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1583)
    Performance
    (1301)
    Story
    (1309)

    Charlie Gordon knows that he isn't very bright. At 32, he mops floors in a bakery and earns just enough to get by. Three evenings a week, he studies at a center for mentally challenged adults. But all of this is about to change for Charlie. As part of a daring experiment, doctors are going to perform surgery on Charlie's brain. They hope the operation and special medication will increase his intelligence, just as it has for the laboratory mouse, Algernon.

    FanB14 says: "Phenomenal Classic"
    "Classic good story with heart break"
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    If you could sum up Flowers for Algernon in three words, what would they be?

    Heart breaker, dignity, human needs. 4 words, too bad!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Can't decide.


    Have you listened to any of Jeff Woodman’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Nope. He voiced it well, the pathos of the story was evident, yet it had dignity. Very hard to do.


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

    It's always the same- when the main character realizes he is losing it....


    Any additional comments?

    I read this in junior high, and it still stands the test of time and remains very good as there are so many levels in this story. Hearing it as opposed to reading it made a huge difference as well, to the good.

    Because this story has so many levels, I wish it would be required reading in junior high, then in college- to see how the person's perspective on the story changes after some years and experiences change themselves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • China Dolls: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Lisa See
    • Narrated By Jodi Long
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (233)
    Performance
    (212)
    Story
    (214)

    It's 1938 in San Francisco: A world's fair is preparing to open on Treasure Island, a war is brewing overseas, and the city is alive with possibilities. Grace, Helen, and Ruby, three young women from very different backgrounds, meet by chance at the exclusive and glamorous Forbidden City nightclub. Grace Lee, an American-born Chinese girl, has fled the Midwest with nothing but heartache, talent, and a pair of dancing shoes. Helen Fong lives with her extended family in Chinatown, where her traditional parents insist that she guard her reputation like a piece of jade.

    Mary says: "Need a different reader!! Where is Janet Song??"
    "Great Characters and a very Good Story"
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    Would you listen to China Dolls again? Why?

    Yes, it has very good characters and the time period is simply yet eloquently described. It rings true in so many ways.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    None in particular, I liked them all.


    Which character – as performed by Jodi Long – was your favorite?

    See above.


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

    It made me think and feel strongly about the things written, and was a wonderful glimpse into the past and another culture.


    Any additional comments?

    Starts just a bit slow, but next thing you know, you are knee deep and caught up in the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Top Secret Twenty-One: A Stephanie Plum Novel, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Janet Evanovich
    • Narrated By Lorelei King
    Overall
    (1541)
    Performance
    (1380)
    Story
    (1384)

    Trenton, New Jersey’s favorite used-car dealer, Jimmy Poletti, was caught selling a lot more than used cars out of his dealerships. Now he’s out on bail and has missed his date in court, and bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is looking to bring him in. Leads are quickly turning into dead ends, and all too frequently into dead bodies. Even Joe Morelli, the city’s hottest cop, is struggling to find a clue to the suspected killer’s whereabouts. These are desperate times, and they call for desperate measures.

    G. House Sr. says: "Stagnant Stephanie - Plodding Plot - Not great"
    "Better than Take Down Twenty"
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    Where does Top Secret Twenty-One rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I don't really rate books like that, but it is back to the road of improvement after the books in this series getting shorter and shorter and rather stale. I have to admit, I'm a Ranger fan and would like to see Stephanie end up with him versus Joe Morelli, LOL!But it made me laugh again, and was a quick listen, and as always, great narrator. I really like how she does the characters.I do hope this series goes on and continues to be as good as the 8 to 12 books were. The author has a winner here and I would hate to see her stop this series with so much that can be explored still.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Not a terrific ending, but then....


    What about Lorelei King’s performance did you like?

    She's a really terrific reader and her characters are also so very well done. I listened to another series ( and hope that one goes on as well!) because she was reading it- the stories are good in that series as well.I think LK brings a lot to the books she reads and it's all good.


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

    It only took one sitting because it's not the longest book, so yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the credit.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Genghis: Birth of an Empire

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Conn Iggulden
    • Narrated By Stefan Rudnicki
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (971)
    Performance
    (593)
    Story
    (596)

    He was born Temujin, son of a khan, raised in a clan of hunters migrating across the steppe. Temujin's young life was shaped by a series of brutal acts: the betrayal of his father by a neighboring tribe, his family left to die on the harsh plain. But Temujin endured, and from then on, he was driven by a fury to survive in the face of death, to kill before being killed, and to conquer enemies from beyond the horizon.

    David says: "Move over Bernard Cornwell"
    "Didn't Want it to end..."
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    If you could sum up Genghis in three words, what would they be?

    Can't do it in three words, but will say this novel is a great listen, harsh at times, yet with so much hope and grace in the most primitive times. When the family is turned out, and the treachery goes on, you can 't just stop and go to something else!


    What other book might you compare Genghis to and why?

    Clan Of The Cave Bear. Both are novels, yet show wonderful research and work to bring the listener to another time, another place. Both ring true as you listen- hard, yet honest.


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

    Very smooth reading/narration, good voices for all the characters.


    Who was the most memorable character of Genghis and why?

    Well, other than the title character, it's hard to choose which one- maybe the mother- straight forward acceptance of the hardships and living on the edge, yet strong.


    Any additional comments?

    I wasn't too sure about this book, but I'll listen to it again. Very good listen, well worth the credit and time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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