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  • Inescapable

  • Premonition, Book 1
  • By: Amy Bartol
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,776
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,618
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,627

Soon-to-be college freshman Evie Claremont had hoped that once she'd arrived on Crestwood's campus, the nightmare that she'd been having would go away. It hasn't. She may be an inexperienced 17-year-old, but she's grounded... sane. She looks for rational explanations to even the strangest circumstances. Since meeting sophomore Reed Wellington, however, nothing makes any sense. Whenever he's near, she feels an attraction to him - a magnetic kind of force pulling her toward him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Really enjoyable

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-27-13

I am in love with this series!

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

Reviewed: 03-17-18

This is the third time that I have read the Premonition Series by Amy Bartol (first time through Audible). It is easily my favorite series! It’s is magical, emotional, and wonderfully fantastical! Emily Woo Zeller does an incredible job with the narration - I cannot imagine anyone else who could bring this story to life better! You must listen to these beautiful books to understand. You will not regret it!

  • The Goldfinch

  • By: Donna Tartt
  • Narrated by: David Pittu
  • Length: 32 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,880
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,671
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21,693

The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Stellar narration but depressing story

  • By DQmaine on 02-02-17

Fantastic, thrilling, wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 10-27-17

This book is beautifully written and with flawless narration! I know why it received such praise and recognition.

The story keeps you enthralled, with so many nail biting moments and near misses. I don’t want to spoil the plot line, but it totally worth the read. I love this book! You won’t regret the read!

  • The Source

  • Witching Savannah, Book 2
  • By: J. D. Horn
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,597
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,421
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,419

Savannah resident Mercy Taylor may now be in control of the South’s most powerful family of witches, but she’s struggling to master her newfound magic. Pregnant with her first child and still reeling from a heartbreaking betrayal, she just wants to be able to use her supernatural abilities without accidentally destroying dishes or blasting the doors off buildings.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hold on, it's a rip roaring ride!

  • By MrsT on 06-05-14

If you liked A Discovery of Witches, you'll LOVE this series!

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

Reviewed: 05-08-17

I love this series. It is Deborah Harkness' "A Discovery of Witches" mixed with a little Ann Rice all rolled into one. The narration is superb! I cannot wait for the next book in the series. Read this book!

  • The Thinking Woman's Guide to Real Magic

  • By: Emily Croy Barker
  • Narrated by: Alyssa Bresnahan
  • Length: 26 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,767
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,628
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,639

Emily Croy Barker’s riveting debut novel is a must-read for fans of Lev Grossman and Deborah Harkness. The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Real Magic follows grad student Nora Fischer as she stumbles through a portal into a magical world. Having been transformed from drab to beautiful, Nora finds herself surrounded by glamorous friends. Life seems perfect. But then things take a terrible turn, and Nora must learn magic from a reclusive ally if she is to have any hope of survival...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • In most ways, this is just the kind of book I seek

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-23-13

Stop saying this is like 'A Discovery of Witches'!

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

Reviewed: 01-29-17

Please stop comparing this book to Deborah Harkness' A Discovery of Witches- it is nowhere near the quality and style of her series.

I'm still not sure why it was titled "A Thinking Woman's Guide...". It is totally mis-titled! The main character was no great thinker, nor did she puzzle out how to do great magic! She was a Masters student who studied poetry, but didn't write any herself. It would have been more interesting if she could have used her appreciation/skill in poetry to strengthen her natural magical ability, but no - she used algebra (but only once!). This book was not as described.

The storyline started out interesting, but then dragged on and on. The story could have been shortened to about half and nothing would have changed. There were so many times that I almost gave up and stopped reading, but I kept hoping it would get better so I pushed through.

It seemed to be trying to become an epic tale, but fell flat. The narrator did not change her voice between characters, so sometimes it was difficult to know which person was speaking. I wish I could have returned it! Don't waste your time or money.

  • The Course of Love

  • A Novel
  • By: Alain de Botton
  • Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
  • Length: 7 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 541
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 534

We all know the headiness and excitement of the early days of love. But what comes after? In Edinburgh a couple, Rabih and Kirsten, fall in love. They get married, they have children—but no long-term relationship is as simple as "happily ever after". The Course of Love is a novel that explores what happens after the birth of love, what it takes to maintain love, and what happens to our original ideals under the pressures of an average existence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing, much needed retooling of the expectations and realities of Love

  • By Lydia on 07-04-16

Everyone should read this book!

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

Reviewed: 09-24-16

Incredibly poignant take on what it takes to be in a long-term relationship. The author does an impeccable job of characterizing and describing that child's voice inside all of us. This book gently looks at the silent struggle inside and the way we, as humans, fail to properly express ourselves or appreciate the struggles of others - especially those we love. We should strive to look at one another with the love and kindness that we would give to an innocent child, because deep down, that's what we are inside. This is a beautiful book!

  • The Hawley Book of the Dead

  • A Novel
  • By: Chrysler Szarlan
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,012
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,023

Revelation "Reve" Dyer grew up with her grandmother’s family stories, stretching back centuries to Reve’s ancestors, who founded the town of Hawley Five Corners, Massachusetts. Their history is steeped in secrets, for few outsiders know that an ancient magic runs in the Dyer women’s blood, and that Reve is a magician whose powers are all too real. Reve and her husband are world-famous Las Vegas illusionists. They have three lovely young daughters, a beautiful home, and what seems like a charmed life. But Reve’s world is shattered....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nice generational witch tale

  • By Ellenaeddy on 12-09-14

Loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 08-14-16

I decided to read this book because the description said that it was like 'A Discovery of Witches' (loved that trilogy!). This book is of a similar genre for sure. I loved this book from the first chapter through the book's ending! Read this book! You won't be disappointed.

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane

  • A Novel
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,191
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,180

A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gaiman delivers an intimate masterpiece

  • By Talia on 08-07-13

Wonderfully imaginative - I loved it!

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

Reviewed: 05-20-16

It's so wonderful that this book is read by the author. He is such a an amazing writer. I get lost in his stories. I loved this one very much.

  • Sleeping Giants

  • By: Sylvain Neuvel
  • Narrated by: full cast
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,485
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,236
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,230

A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Zenogears is better (and better written)

  • By schwa on 10-02-17

Great idea, but no depth

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

Reviewed: 05-09-16

I was excited about reading this story - I even pre-ordered it - but it seemed to be missing many things. The majority of the story is told through a series of recall interviews (military files), therefore the reader never gets a chance to connect with any of the characters. I felt no empathy for any of them, I was a mere spectator. The ending was very abrupt and confusing - so much so that it left me wondering - will there be a sequel?

This story is a great idea and has many creative qualities. It would have been a lot better if you could learn more about the characters or at least had a sympathetic character telling the story through their eyes. The mystery CIA person (or whatever he is) was never fully explained. He was all knowing and all powerful and there were hints at who he worked for, but it was never explained. We didn't even know his name! The story left many unanswered questions. It was too fractured for the reader to imagine what happens to these characters later in their lives after the book ended so abruptly. This could have been so much more! It seemed like this was being written for a movie script concept - but left unfinished. I'm disappointed that the writer didn't try to write for the reader. :(

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  • The Golden Compass

  • His Dark Materials, Book 1
  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Philip Pullman, full cast
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,750
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,827
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,846

When Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon decide to spy on a presentation her uncle, the commanding Lord Asriel, is making to the elders of Jordan College they have no idea that they will become witnesses to an attempted murder, and even less that they are taking the first steps in a journey that will lead them into danger and adventure unlike anything Lyra's unfettered imagination has conjured up.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Terrific Book

  • By Arnold C. Macdonald on 01-28-04

Wonderfully imaginative!

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

Reviewed: 04-18-16

I love this story - the entire series! Phillip Pullman is a gifted writer and storyteller. I have read and re-read this series many times. This is not a children's series, but a thought-provoking perspective on how we approach our lives - showing the courage to be our most authentic selves when needed and challenging a perceived authority in order to do it. Mr. Pullman has created another world and it's wonderfully imaginative. What a gift!

  • The Collectors

  • By: Philip Pullman
  • Narrated by: Bill Nighy
  • Length: 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 650
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 593
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590

"But the thing is," said Horley, "they didn’t know each other at all. Never heard of each other. It wasn’t about the makers. Only about the works." On a dark winter's night in 1970, Horley and Grinstead huddle for warmth in the Senior Common Room of a college in Oxford. Conversation turns to the two impressive works of art that Horley has recently added to his collection....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Henry James, meet Rudyard Kipling

  • By Michele Kellett on 02-18-15

Bill Nighy is wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 04-17-16

A delightful short story that weaves in a bit is the Golden Compass characters. Bill Nighy has a wonderful storyteller's voice. I loved it!