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  • How to Date Your Dragon

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi, Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,472
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,229

Concerned that technology is about to chase mythological creatures out into the open (how long can Sasquatch stay hidden from Google maps?), the League for Interspecies Cooperation is sending Jillian to Louisiana on a fact-finding mission. While the League hopes to hold on to secrecy for a little bit longer, they're preparing for the worst in terms of human reactions. They need a plan, so they look to Mystic Bayou, a tiny town hidden in the swamp where humans and supernatural residents have been living in harmony for generations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As someone from Louisiana...

  • By Kristi on 02-13-18

Dual Narrators breaks up flow

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

Reviewed: 01-24-18

On their own, each narrator is okay, but they can’t get into a rhythm. The make narrative is badly edited with louder parts that seemed to be pieced together. Amanda Ronconi is one of my favorite narrators but she didn’t relax into the characters like she normally does. All of this made the story hard to get into. The premise is good and opens up the door for expounding on other characters. Will not buy a story with two narrators again.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Midsummer Night's Romp

  • Ainslie Brothers, Book 2
  • By: Katie MacAlister
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld, Brian Hutchison
  • Length: 10 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 66

Lorina would much rather keep her head down and her hands in the dirt underneath Ainslie Castle, but her on-screen partner is proving to be a major distraction. Brother to the castle's current lord, privileged, perfectly sculpted Gunner Ainslie is a sure bet to keep viewers glued to their screens. Lorina intends to keep the ladies’ man focused on the job at hand, but Gunner is confident he’ll soon have the beauty falling into his bed.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Lame and Disappointing

  • By Jackie on 05-17-15

Lame and Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 05-17-15

I love the humor and style of MacAlister's work, but the plot of this one is lame. The story is patchy. I have to agree with another reviewer who was put off by a serious topic, HIV, being used in this manner.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Cat, the Professor and the Poison

  • A Cats in Trouble Mystery
  • By: Leann Sweeney
  • Narrated by: Vanessa Johansson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 323
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 297
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 294

Between her kitty quilt-making business and her three beloved cats, Jill has her hands full. That doesn't stop her from wanting to solve the mystery of the milk cow that's gone missing from her friend's farm. But imagine her surprise when a stolen cow leads to the discovery of 50 stray cats and one dead body - a victim of cold-blooded murder....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • WHAT A WONDERFUL STORY

  • By Linda Louise on 08-16-13

Dreadful

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

Reviewed: 01-04-15

Narrator drones on. Story just does not capture my interest. Ended up returning it half way through.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Death of a Policeman

  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 241
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237

Local police stations all over the Scottish Highlands are being threatened with closure. This presents the perfect opportunity for Detective Chief Inspector Blair, who would love nothing more than to get rid of Sergeant Hamish Macbeth. Blair suggests that Cyril Sessions, a keen young police officer, visit the town of Lochdubh to monitor exactly what Macbeth does every day. Macbeth hears about Blair's plan and is prepared to insure that Cyril returns back to headquarters with a full report. But Cyril is soon found dead and Hamish quickly becomes the prime suspect in his murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hamish wins again!

  • By George H. Cox on 05-11-14

Did the author lose interest?

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

Reviewed: 05-18-14

So excited for another Hammish MacBeth story. The basic story is good, same old, same old. However, toward the end, it seems that she just started throwing in twists and turns just to fill pages. As always, loved the narrator.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Midnight Crossroad

  • A Novel of Midnight Texas
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,961
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,709
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,705

From Charlaine Harris, the best-selling author who created Sookie Stackhouse and her world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, comes a darker locale - populated by more strangers than friends. But then, that's how the locals prefer it. Welcome to Midnight, Texas, a town with many boarded-up windows and few full-time inhabitants, located at the crossing of Witch Light Road and Davy Road. It' s a pretty standard dried-up western town.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Rocky Start but Good Mystery

  • By Felicia The Geeky Blogger on 06-20-14

Confusing and wandering

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

Reviewed: 05-18-14

I was excited to start a new series by Charlaine Harris. However, this book just rambles. The last few chapters are the story. You could skip the entire first 3/4 of the book. I think that Charlaine has returned to quality writing, but the story is missing. The narrator does a good job, and I would not mind listening to something else she performs.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Dead but Not Forgotten

  • Stories from the World of Sookie Stackhouse
  • By: Charlaine Harris (editor), Toni L. P. Kelner (editor), Rachel Caine, and others
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 798
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 737
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 732

Charlaine Harris' smash-hit Sookie Stackhouse series may have reached its conclusion, but the world of Bon Temps, Louisiana, lives on in this all-new collection of 15 stories. Written by a killer lineup of authors, including New York Times best-sellers Rachel Caine, MaryJanice Davidson, Jonathan Maberry and Seanan McGuire, and with introductions read by Charlaine herself, Dead but Not Forgotten puts your favorite characters center stage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bitter Sweet

  • By Catherine on 05-16-14

Great Stories

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

Reviewed: 05-18-14

This is a great collection of stories based on the characters from Sookie Stackhouse. The assorted writers composed stories that are true to character (unlike the True Blood debacle). It helps that Johanna Parker narrates. It makes me want to read books by the authors.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Ever After

  • A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,326
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,931
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,941

Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Welp, At Least She Didn't Do An Anita Blake

  • By J Barrington on 06-23-13

Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 05-17-13

It is obvious that Charlaine Harris got tired of her character and just wanted to end the series. Listening to this book was like listening to someone reading the a grocery shopping list. Even the narrator, whom I love, seemed bored reading this book. I have no problem with how she ended the series, the choices she made with the characters. I do have a problem with the lack luster way she told the story. The story rambles from left over story line to left over story line. I have all the books on Audible, Kindle, and hard back. I really wish I would have only purchased the audible book and not given the author the royalties from the other two.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Mrs Queen Takes the Train

  • By: William Kuhn
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,742
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,581
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,576

An absolute delight of a debut novel by William Kuhn - author of Reading Jackie: Her Autobiography in Books - Mrs Queen Takes the Train wittily imagines the kerfuffle that transpires when a bored Queen Elizabeth strolls out of the palace in search of a little fun, leaving behind a desperate team of courtiers who must find the missing Windsor before a national scandal erupts.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable with deeper meaning

  • By SydSavvy on 12-31-15

Sweet Story

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

Reviewed: 04-08-13

This is a sweet story centered around the Queen of England and the issues that swirl around her. The story is a fanciful journey into what might be the background stories behind the real people that are the royal family and the people that serve them. Pretty predicatable, but will put a smile on your face.

25 of 28 people found this review helpful

  • Death of Yesterday

  • By: M. C. Beaton
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247

When a local woman tells Sergeant Hamish Macbeth that she doesn't remember what happened the previous evening, he doesn't begin to worry. She had been out drinking, after all, and he'd prefer not to be bothered with such an arrogant and annoying woman. But when her body is discovered, Hamish is forced to investigate a crime that the only known witness - now dead - had forgotten.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Like visiting an old friend

  • By Sharron on 03-30-13

Re-run

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

Reviewed: 04-08-13

MC Beaton needs to stop writing the Hamish Macbeth series if her heart isn't in it. This story feels like deja vu. She seems to have cut an pasted old story lines together in a hodge podge that does not flow. The narration is nice. The story is awful

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Casual Vacancy

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 17 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,406
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,805
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4,846

When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was surprised by how much I liked it

  • By cristina on 01-14-14

Modern "Train Spotting", Depressing but good

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

Reviewed: 10-02-12

JK Rowling has proved that she is a great writer. She has taken a complex story that interlinks the lives of several families in a small town. At casual glance, the families are predictable. However, once the story unfolds, everyone is shown to have skeletons in their closets. If you read the reviews that say this is a dark comedy, don't believe it. It is more like the dismal stories that Oprah tends to feature. If that is your cup of tea, this is the book for you. The narration is spectacular. The narrator keeps you wanting to go up the next hill in the dismal story.

33 of 46 people found this review helpful