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  • Twilight Tenth Anniversary/Life and Death Dual Edition

  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch, Ilyana Kadushin
  • Length: 29 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,239
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,138
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,136

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Twilight. This special 10th anniversary edition includes the original novel as well as exclusive new bonus content. Listeners will relish experiencing the iconic love story of Bella and Edward again...or for the very first time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed the altered storyline

  • By Holly H. on 10-13-15

Not a favorite

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

Reviewed: 03-13-16

The 10th anniversary story is disappointing and confusing. If Stepanie Meyer wanted to do a role reversal story, I think she could have done better. Why couldn't Chief Swan be a woman. Changing the names only slightly made me keep trying to compare it to the original story and their character traits.
The original was and is great.

  • Dixie Diva Blues

  • Dixie Diva Mysteries, Book 3
  • By: Virginia Brown
  • Narrated by: Karen Commins
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 215
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 192

"You'd think a midnight prowler would have sense enough to get out after being discovered by a group of middle-aged women armed with flower vases. Or at least stop what he was doing. Not this one. Despite our menacing appearance, he kept opening cabinet doors and drawers. Our intruder wore what looked like a black Ninja outfit. It did not flatter. He was a bit chunky and not much taller than me. Nor did he move very fast as Gaynelle and I bore down on him like a freight train."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • AWESOME Book!

  • By Trace on 08-13-12

LOL

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

Reviewed: 02-22-15

What did you love best about Dixie Diva Blues?

I work in the south - so I could "hear" some of my friends saying some of the exact things these ladies were saying and doing. I LOL so many times. :)

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dixie Diva Blues?

I loved the friendship bonding time. Girlfriends are like that and Virginia Brown hit it right on the head.

Did Karen Commins do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

For the most part yes.

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

Yes and no. Audible books are my gift to myself for my long drives home. If I listen to them when I'm not driving, I 1- get nothing done at home 2 - have nothing to "read" on my drives 3 - have to buy more books. I finished this one while I was making cards :)

Any additional comments?

I felt the role of the men in the story to be a little weak - I would be in soooo much trouble if I pulled some of those stunts - I also respect my husbands enough to listen to his requests.

  • A Crafty Christmas

  • By: Mollie Cox Bryan
  • Narrated by: Barbara Edelman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Christmas is just around the corner, and the ladies of the Cumberland Creek Scrapbook Crop are thrilled when Sheila wins the first place prize in a scrapbooking design contest: a ten-day scrapbook-themed cruise in the Caribbean. Vera and Paige decide to tag along, which should pose the perfect opportunity to learn some new techniques, mingle with fellow croppers, and get in some rest and relaxation before the chaos of Christmas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another homerun

  • By Candice on 01-29-15

A Pleasant Surprise

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

Reviewed: 02-22-15

What made the experience of listening to A Crafty Christmas the most enjoyable?

I love murder mysteries and I enjoy scrapbooking and card making. So, to find a book that combined both was a bonus. There was humor and the writing was realistic. I laughed outloud while I was reading it.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

While the protagonist thought she knew who the murderer was, proving it was something else. The author did a good job putting twists in that made me want to keep reading.

What about Barbara Edelman’s performance did you like?

Her reading was good. She was consistent with the voices, but I would have liked a little more differentiation between some of the characters.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Embellish!

Any additional comments?

Enjoyed the book so much, I am looking at the series.

  • Brisingr

  • The Inheritance Cycle, Book 3
  • By: Christopher Paolini
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 29 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,283
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,355

Oaths sworn . . . loyalties tested . . . forces collide. Following the colossal battle against the Empire's warriors on the Burning Plains, Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have narrowly escaped with their lives. Still there is more at hand for the Rider and his dragon, as Eragon finds himself bound by a tangle of promises he may not be able to keep.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brisingr

  • By RoxAnne S. on 05-06-15

Spellbounding

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

Reviewed: 04-13-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Brisingr to be better than the print version?

I can't compare the two, I only have the audio version.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Brisingr?

Eragon learning about his parents.

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

I've only heard Doyle's performances in the Eragon series, but I thought this book was his best performance ever!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

All is fair in love and war.

  • Eldest: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 2

  • By: Christopher Paolini
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 23 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,397
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,656
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,707

Eragon and his dragon, Saphira, have just saved the rebel state from destruction by the mighty forces of King Galbatorix, cruel ruler of the Empire. Now Eragon must travel to Ellesmera, land of the elves, for further training in the skills of the Dragon Rider: magic and swordsmanship. Soon he is on the journey of a lifetime, his eyes open to awe-inspiring new places and people, his days filled with fresh adventure. But chaos and betrayal plague him at every turn, and nothing is what it seems.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You see growth in the Author

  • By Theodore on 01-09-13

Couldn't syop listening!

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

Reviewed: 04-06-14

What did you love best about Eldest: The Inheritance Cycle, Book 2?

I loved the growth and depth of the characters. The double, sometimes triple story line was well written and easy to follow. The number of characters is amazing

Who was your favorite character and why?

I came to appreciate Roain more in this story. He begins as a simple young man looking for a job and family, and becomes the leader of his community, making the difficult decisions that leaders have to. It's serves as a reminder of the difficult decisions all of us have to make.

Which character – as performed by Gerard Doyle – was your favorite?

Sopheria - her gruff female dragon voice has to be difficult and then to show playfulness, anger, concern, and shame - outstanding job!

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

I love the twist at the end of the story. I can't w a it to begin listening to Resingr.

  • Eragon

  • The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1
  • By: Christopher Paolini
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 16 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,302
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,389

When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful and Enjoyable

  • By Mary S. Murray on 02-23-04

outstanding listen

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

Reviewed: 04-06-14

What made the experience of listening to Eragon the most enjoyable?

The narration and writing make Eragon an outstanding listen. The details in the story show depth, insight, and planning.The narrator's voices are excellent (although it did take me awhile to adjust to such a masculine female Dragon voice!)

Who was your favorite character and why?

Eragon and Sopheria of course. Eragon is a wonderfully typical young man and Sopheria is a wise playful kitten.

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

His voice for all the different characters was excellent. Listening allows me to spend more time creating each scene in my head, with more detail, than just reading does.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

An enchanting tale of dwarfs, dragons, elves and men.

  • Heart of the Sea

  • Irish Jewels Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Patricia Daniels
  • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,034
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,038

Darcy Gallagher has always believed in the pull of fate, the magic of legend...and the importance of money. She longs to find a rich man who will sweep her away - into a world filled with glamour and adventure, and the exotic life that is her destiny.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Heart of the Sea

  • By JJ on 10-01-12

A great trilogy

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

Reviewed: 05-28-13

Would you listen to Heart of the Sea again? Why?

I would listen to this story again - I would listen to the trilogy again. I've already started. I love the pictures of Ireland that they paint and it's folklore. I want to visit the places mentioned in the book. I want to sit in the new music hall and listen to the music.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Heart of the Sea?

The picture painted by the description of how the new Music Hall will blend with the old Tavern. It made me want to visit there.

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

I've only heard her in this series, but she did an excellent job.

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

Yes, I didnt want to stop listening, but if I don't stop listening when I'm driving, I run out of storoes to listen to. For the second read, I listened while I sewed! :)

  • Blue Dahlia

  • In the Garden, Book 1
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Susie Breck
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,972
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,969

Trying to escape the ghosts of the past, young widow Stella Rothchild, along with her two energetic little boys, has moved back to her roots in southern Tennessee - and into her new life at Harper House and In the Garden nursery. She isn't intimidated by the house - nor its mistress, local legend Roz Harper.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!

  • By bluebelle on 10-31-12

Another winner

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

Reviewed: 05-28-13

Would you consider the audio edition of Blue Dahlia to be better than the print version?

Only have audio (I travel alot - drive) so really can't say. Although, I do enjoy listening to the characters.

What did you like best about this story?

The realness. I found myself laughing out loud occasion - which is pretty funny when you're listening in public.

Which scene was your favorite?

The ghost looking for the boys. She honest sorrow and how the Mom realizes what's wrong.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

southern ghost story

  • Born in Fire

  • Born In Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Fiacre Douglas
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,137
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,589
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,582

Maggie Concannon is a glassmaker whose exquisite works are more than mere objects of beauty: they are reflections of her own true nature. One man has seen the soul in her art, and vows to help this complex woman build a lucrative career.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hot story, cold narration

  • By Tony Aguila on 08-02-09

Surprisingly dull

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

Reviewed: 05-28-13

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I was surprised by the wordiness of this book. It's not that she's giving too much detail, it's just wordy. I would not reccommend this book.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I would use more interaction between the characters instead of using so many words.

How could the performance have been better?

I different reader. Better separatation of the voices. Sometimes it's hard to tell which character is speaking. This male struggles with the main female character. Not good.

  • Three Fates

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Bernadette Quigley
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,620
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,403
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,397

When the Lusitania sank, more than one 1,000 people died. One passenger, however, survived to become a changed man, giving up his life as a petty thief but keeping a small silver statue that would become a family heirloom to future generations. Now, nearly a century later, that heirloom, one of a priceless, long-separated set of three, has been snatched away from the Sullivans.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, Entertaining "Trilogy" -- Under One Cover!

  • By pewter on 08-24-12

Another hit

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

Reviewed: 02-10-13

What did you love best about Three Fates?

I love the intertwining of the relationships with the fates.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I love the Irish family. The personalities of the individual members were realistic of what real family relationships are.

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

This was the first time I've listening to Bernadette Quigley and I thought she did a wonderful job handling all the different characters. I always knew who was speaking.

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

I didn't listen to this in one sitting, but I did extend my listening by an hour twice. My audible account is my luxury because I travel for work and these books help pass the time.

Any additional comments?

Another hit for Nora Roberts - well done!