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On the Edge of Glory
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  • Darby O'Gill and the Good People

  • By: Herminie Templeton Kavanagh
  • Narrated by: Anne Hancock
  • Length: 5 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

If the name seems familiar, these tales about Darby O'Gill and his encounter with the fairies were adapted for a Disney movie, Darby O'Gill and the Little People. They tell the story of an Irishman whose cow is captured by the fairies - or "good people". In his determination to recover his property, Darby finds himself in the center of their home, the mountain Sleive-na-mon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Listen!!!

  • By Jan M on 06-03-17

I don’t know ...

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-18

I’ve enjoyed listening to Anne Hancock in other works. But the Irish accent just really didn’t do it for me ... and I tried dozens of times since I got this last year. At some point, one knows when to crank out the review and let it go.

  • Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare

  • By: E. Nesbit
  • Narrated by: Anne Hancock
  • Length: 4 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 3

Famed author E. Nesbit (The Railway Children) brings 20 of Shakespeare's plays to life in language that children can understand. They are entertaining narratives that describe the Bard's main characters and often intricate plots. Each story provides a concise overview for anyone about to experience a Shakespeare play for the first time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shakespeare for Elementary Ears

  • By Myztikal on 06-10-18

Shakespeare for Elementary Ears

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-10-18

E Nesbit was a wonderfully talented author for youth. Her interpretation of almost two dozen Shakespeare books are flawlessly written (and delivered!) for youth to understand, cultivating their minds until they are older to read the works as they were written.

Each ‘book’ is divided into its own chapter. At least on my Audible app.

I’m looking forward to sharing this lovely audiobook, performed by Anne Hancock, with my granddaughters one day (they’re still in diapers, so this is not quite whimsical enough for them!)

  • Cold Revenge

  • The McLaren Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Jo A. Hiestand
  • Narrated by: James Lyne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

One year ago, Marta Hughes won a purse-choking sum of money at a local casino. She never returned home. Her body was discovered in a ditch 12 miles from her home; her car was back in her driveway. Linnet Isherwood cannot let her friend's unsolved murder rest. She convinces ex-cop Michael McLaren to return to the work he loves. He sifts through a confusing web of lies, misconceptions, and veiled motives.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I’d Prefer Reading the Book to Listening to it

  • By Myztikal on 05-14-18

I’d Prefer Reading the Book to Listening to it

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-14-18

The narrator had a charming, easy listening voice when I sampled the audiobook. However, I discovered he was not ideal for this book. I had not noticed him giving different voices to the characters. This is not always a negative thing. In this case, it is.
I mention this for two reasons - another reviewer claimed he did; and he did not pause long enough between different characters during dialogue, making a listener stop and rewind or plug through it, hoping it wasn’t important.
To add to criticism, he rarely paused as he read.

I liked it, but I did not enjoy it. I really need a Read, Not Listen to the Book Shelf, because this clearly falls in that category.
I would listen to another book by this author, but not if it’s with this narrator. Shameful, really. I truly enjoy the authentic accent for the book and do hope he improves with time.

  • FREE: The Undead

  • Deleted Scene
  • By: R R Haywood
  • Narrated by: Dan Morgan
  • Length: 1 hr and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,992
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,709
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,699

After a tense day of fighting off a horde of Undead, Howie and his group of survivors must find shelter before night falls. Moving through a desecrated town, they come across an industrial estate, break into a low building and find themselves in an abandoned radio station. They decide to record their voices for posterity. Meet Howie, Dave, their group of survivors and Meredith the dog in this free, exclusive Audible short.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • FOR POSTERIORS

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 04-29-15

Gracefully Gory and Vile

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-12-18

A free 1hr deleted scene on Audible.

I didn’t expect much world building nor character development since this was “deleted” from a larger story.
I’m not a fan of zombies (gasp!) and rarely watch movies/series nor read them, but picked this up.
Equally vulgar language gory and fast paced, it’s what I would probably expect from this genre.
Dan Morgan is a wonderful narrator and made it easy to listen to this with my morning cup of coffee.

  • Bloodlines: Cove Point Manor

  • By: William B. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Bill Nevitt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7

Alex Tinsdill never thought a simple DNA test would lead to a $250 million inheritance and Cove Point Manor, a massive estate built during the Gilded Age on the Gold Coast of Long Island, New York. Alex's inheritance doesn't come without a cost however, as two greedy relatives soon show up, determined to separate Alex from his new found riches. Cove Point Manor has a dark past, and a sinister secret which is about to be revealed!

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Bloodlines

  • By Deedra on 06-20-18

A Bloody Hard Listen; Writing is amateurish at best

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-11-18


Usually, my 1 star ratings are reserved for books that are sloppily thrown together.
For a fiction horror book geared for an older audience, this listen was a challenge to complete. And for reasons listed below, earned this rating.
The sentences are short, juvenile, and unimaginative. Dialogues are boring beyond dull, stilted and unrealistic. It seemed like a See Spot Run after glue sniffing. The adult aged characters acted (and spoke) more immaturely than middle schoolers. Had this been noted it was for a younger audience, my expectations would not have been high.
This could be a case study for telling, not showing and info dumping.
The only horror here is getting through it.
Narrator was okay. It seems like this is the beginning of a series but I’ll let the ghost lie quietly wherever they are, as I’ve no inclination to follow these characters.
I was gifted this audiobook for a review, but unfortunately, am returning it in search of ... anything better.

  • Vanished

  • A Luca Mystery, Book 2
  • By: Dan Petrosini
  • Narrated by: Andrew Start
  • Length: 6 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 18

Obsession can be deadly. That's what Dom Stewart discovers when his buddy, Phil, goes missing. Dom has long coveted Robin, Phil's beautiful wife...is it time for him to step in? Detective Luca is also dazzled by Robin - even while acknowledging she may be involved in Phil's disappearance. Luca struggles with his heart as the investigation reveals the case is about much more than a missing man. Something dark and disturbing is behind the scenes. Is there a murder here?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Old fashioned thriller for the modern age.

  • By cosmitron on 04-04-18

It’s going to vanish from my Audible Library shelf

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-18


The second in the series, yet it seems like it is a stand alone and in that sense, if you pick up this book, it can be read out of order.

I’m not a fan of alternating first person narratives and this book is a prime example why.
Stewart’s POV portrays him as an observant chap and categorizes him as a pathetic, paper thin yet cardboard cut-out, bland supporting character. Each time the focus is centered from his perspective, it’s so detailed to what everyone is doing and bogs down the story with atrocious amount of telling and a plethora of thoughts in his head, but does zilch for his personality and bringing him to life. He came across like a narrator bystander and page filler.
Detective Luca is the best fleshed out, which is a shame because this book has several characters that failed to find the limelight.
The mystery/plot line was interesting and well written, but it serve the impact, as it is lost within the characters’ inability to make the reader/listener care.
The narrator was slightly better than the book, but the book could have disserviced his abilities. I would try another book by Andrew Start, but I’ll pass on the author.
Two stars because there are more unpolished and underdeveloped “everythings” in other works out there. However, it’s not a book I’m going to keep in my Audible Library.

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  • The Arctic Compass

  • By: Ryan Gannon
  • Narrated by: Gabriella Cavallero
  • Length: 3 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars 1

Santa hasn't appeared for Christmas the past five years. Duncan Hall believes the cause of this is because people are using too much technology. He thinks that people looking down at their devices instead of looking up in the sky for Santa has caused Christmas spirit to dwindle. Duncan thinks he can restore Christmas if he can find Santa and talk to him. Duncan finds a magical record that provides coordinates to the Far North. He believes the coordinates lead to the location where Santa has been hiding from the world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Christmas, Where Are You?

  • By Myztikal on 05-10-18

Christmas, Where Are You?

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-10-18

The title is not making a reference nor comparison to the song we know from The Grinch.


The Arctic Compass was a nicely written book about a boy’s search for Santa, who is elusive because technology has captured everyone’s attention, stifling the mystical wonderment of the magical season.

It started of strong, fast paced, uniquely imaginative and creative. However, after the first two chapters, when we really start the adventure, I didn’t find the descriptions nor world building WOWing me.
It was more slow paced than I’d expect for a book trying to entice a younger audience.
The narration by Gabriella Cavallero was nice.
It’s good enough to keep in my Audible Library.

  • Lekke the Temple Cat, Books 1-4

  • By: D. B. Stewart
  • Narrated by: Ambyr Rose
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1

Books 1-4 in the Lekke The Temple Cat series. Follow the story from the minute Lekke is born up until he becomes the head cat in the temple. Meet an amazing cast of characters including Princess Scary Hair, Esmeralda the queen of the vampire mosquitoes, and Dumb dog, the dog that thinks he's a cat. Set in a real village in northern Thailand, the stories give an insight into rural living and temple life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lemme Listen to More Lekke!

  • By Myztikal on 05-09-18

Lemme Listen to More Lekke!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-09-18

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Book 1 is a beautifully written book about a kitten destined for big things! Puurfect introduction to an exotic location with fascinating characters.

Book 2 continues Lekke’s adventure as his curiosity teaches him some of life’s lessons. Very subtle and sweet. Thank goodness my kitties are inside cats!

In Book 3, Lekke needs to be brave and smart. And make decisions reserved for a strong leader.
True friendship and loyalties. It was a darker book of the series but ended with a hilarious questionable character with a curious insinuated ‘to be continued...’

Book 4 revived the levity and sprinkling of humour to bring together a community to find safety.
I really enjoyed the first four books and only see three more; missing the advertised total of a dozen books to the series.
It’s a nice stopping point until the rest are published.

Narrator is FABULOUS. I only meant to listen to bits at a time, but it wrapped me up and I kept giving my kittens treats as I listened to this and the next several books in the series! She brought so much to the story with her voice talents.
One of the best books with feline heros and heroines!

  • The Christmas Cave

  • By: David R. Beshears
  • Narrated by: Dan Absalonson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

Thirteen-year-old Jack and his 12-year-old sister Amanda visit their Grandma Jenny in the mountains over the Christmas holiday. They hear the story of a mythical cavern that Grandma went searching for 50 years earlier with her little brother Bill and their best friend Mike. Her brother was lost, never to be seen again. Drawn to the mystery, Jack and Amanda meet up with Daniel Madsen, a local boy diagnosed with Leukemia and only months to live.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Compelling and Unique Holiday Tale

  • By Private. on 09-18-14

Exploring Caves isn’t only for spelunkers!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-06-18

Exploring caves can lead to wonders.
A family event leads to an adventure of a lifetime! I really enjoyed this book by David Beshears. I’ve enjoyed several books written and narrated by Dan Absalonson and this is definitely another one to add to my list.
Reunions and bonding makes for a fun and exciting tale!

  • Thaddeus Whiskers and the Dragon

  • By: H. L. Burke
  • Narrated by: Sheri Sheridan
  • Length: 3 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4

Thaddeus F. Whiskers is a pampered palace pet, a kitten enchanted to never become a cat. Princess Clarice loves him, for in the entire kingdom, for there is no other kitten as cute or as clever. He leads a life of cushions and cream until a wizard's "gift" results in his banishment. Determined to make it back to the princess he loves, he escapes into the wilderness where he discovers the lair of a dragon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Creatively amusing for all ages

  • By Debby Johnson on 03-09-17

Thaddeus, A Kitten’s BIG Adventure!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-18

LOVED THIS!

In the world of Thaddeus, forever a kitten and companion to the Princess, a magician’s spell goes wrong and turns him into a FLUFFY kitty. It also makes his presence highly allergic to almost everyone in the kingdom.
Thaddeus grows into a stronger feline as he becomes determined to return to his princess owner and return to the comforts of his palace life.
Very enjoyable as Thaddeus meets and forms amicable relationships with highly unlikely friends.
I have listened to Sheri Sheridan in the past, but I found this was not one of her more stellar performances. I had especially noticed her mostly monitone narration and how her voice drops at the end of each sentence. Her dialogues were stronger and easier on the ears.
A more complex tale but easy to follow for youngsters. Ms Burke is capable of writing a epic famtasy for an older generation and I’m looking forward to watching/reading/listening as she flourishes.