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  • Spinning Silver

  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,226
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,209

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father's inability to collect his debts has left his family on the edge of poverty - until Miryem takes matters into her own hands. Hardening her heart, the young woman sets out to claim what is owed and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold. When an ill-advised boast draws the attention of the king of the Staryk - grim fey creatures who seem more ice than flesh - Miryem's fate, and that of two kingdoms, will be forever altered. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorite authors. Only 1 small complaint

  • By R. W. Olsen on 11-30-18

Loved loved loved. Everything I want in a story.

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

Reviewed: 04-11-19

Strong women, affecting change and taking control over their lives beyond the limited scope granted them by a male-centric society. I loved the characters, the setting, all of it. I saw the love story coming and its difficult not to, but it felt right. Highly recommend to any reader who enjoys mythology, fantasy, and faerie tales. I think readers of Tamora Pierce, Shannon Hale, and Gail Carson Levine will enjoy the strong female characters and retelling of familiar fairie tale tropes in an unfamiliar setting.
Unlike many people, I really didn't care for Uprooted, Naomi Novik's other stand alone novel. So, when this went on sale for $5, I almost didn't get it. However, I figured that given it's shining reviews on Goodreads and audible's forgiving return policy I was safe to give it a try. I am so glad I did. This story was amazing. These characters were fantastic! I was engrossed the whole time and finished it in only a few days.
Notes on the narration: I loved Lisa Flanagan's voice and inflection. The accent wasn't overdone like I felt it was in Uprooted (different narrator) and the demon's voice was chilling. The female characters' voices, Wanda's in particular, were very quiet. I loved how it sounded, even as I had to turn my volume up. I think this is more of an editing/producing issue than a recording one. Finally, the POV shifts frequently and without any prompting, which can be confusing. There are usually cues in the first few sentences that give away where the character is and therefore who it is, but many of the main characters voices are similar enough for it to be confusing at first.
I have found a new favorite, and I can't wait to listen to it again soon.

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  • The Two Princesses of Bamarre

  • By: Gail Carson Levine
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102

The two princesses of Bamarre couldn't be more different. Princess Addie is fearful and shy. Her deepest wish is for safety. Princess Meryl is bold and brave. Her deepest wish is to save the kingdom of Bamarre. They are sisters, and they mean the world to each other. Then disaster strikes, and Addie - terrified and unprepared - sets out on a perilous quest. In her path are monsters of Bamarre: ogres, specters, gryphons, and dragons.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of My all-time favorite rereads

  • By Britt on 07-10-18

A wonderful fairytale

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

I have loved this book since I was a little girl, so my review might be slightly biased. The story is a light and lively adventure with the younger of two princesses, the 'cowardly' one who is afraid of spiders, war, and everything in between. She grows through the story, overcoming her fears and meeting challenges headlong along the way. As a girl, I liked that she started out by being scared and then became brave; it was an example I tried to emulate to some success. As and adult, I love the rich characters, the hero from Bamarre's stories who becomes a literal guiding force for Addie through the story. The ending is particularly striking, as it isn't the ultimately completely happy ending frequently found in many stories targeted at this age group. I think the ending is perfect as it is, but it isn't what you expect at all and is magical because of it.
I recommend this book to anyone of any age group, and it has a permanent place on my favorites list.

  • The Snow Child

  • By: Eowyn Ivey
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237

Alaska, 1920: a brutal place to homestead, and especially tough for recent arrivals Jack and Mabel. Childless, they are drifting apart - he breaking under the weight of the work of the farm; she crumbling from loneliness and despair. In a moment of levity during the season's first snowfall, they build a child out of snow. The next morning the snow child is gone - but they glimpse a young, blonde-haired girl running through the trees. This little girl, who calls herself Faina, seems to be a child of the woods.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great read and excellent performance!

  • By Esteban Luis Soto on 10-19-18

Whimsical and a little dark

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

I enjoyed listening to this story, and I liked the sense of magic and mystery that came along with the snow child character, Faina. The development of Mabel's character was the best part of this book to me. She was uplifted by the hope and joy brought into her life by Faina.
I think there's a fair bit of depression explored in this story through Mabel's character and her mental struggles. The descriptions of the Alaskan wilderness were vivid and lovely.
This story felt like it had magic at times, but at other times it felt like everything was grounded and real. The girl was sometimes fae, sometimes little girl, and the effect was a little unsatisfying to me. I wish it felt either more like a fantasy faerie tale, or less so, rather than remaining on the wobbly middle ground that it did.

  • Every Word You Cannot Say

  • By: Iain S. Thomas
  • Narrated by: Iain S. Thomas, Roshina Ratnam
  • Length: 2 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6

I know you don’t want to talk sometimes. Sometimes because it hurts and sometimes because you’re just not supposed to talk about what you want to talk about. Sometimes it can be hard to say, “this is beautiful”, when no one else can see what you see. Or, “Here, this is where the pain is.”  But some part of you knows, the truth about the words you cannot say is that they only hurt until you say them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My soul needed this

  • By Anonymous User on 04-15-19

This makes me happy to listen to

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

I've always enjoyed Ian S. Thomas's work and have one of his earlier collections. It feels as though he is speaking to you directly, in a very personal way. I have to be in the right mindset to really appreciate this, but when I am it is perfect. It is forgiving and uplifting and caring and it makes me feel good.

  • The Song of Achilles

  • A Novel
  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Frazer Douglas
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,499
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,863
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,843

Greece in the age of heroes. Patroclus, an awkward young prince, has been exiled to the kingdom of Phthia to be raised in the shadow of King Peleus and his golden son, Achilles. “The best of all the Greeks”—strong, beautiful, and the child of a goddess—Achilles is everything the shamed Patroclus is not. Yet despite their differences, the boys become steadfast companions. Their bond deepens as they grow into young men and become skilled in the arts of war and medicine—much to the displeasure and the fury of Achilles’ mother, Thetis, a cruel sea goddess with a hatred of mortals.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wasn't Expecting to Like It- BOY! was I wrong!!

  • By susan on 06-11-14

Feels forced and doesn't flow well

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

I did not care for this book at all, and made it through to about 8 hours in before I gave it up. The main character, Patroclus, was at times whiny, weak minded, and dull. There were some good scenes, but for the most part I was left thinking, "Why am I listening to this?" Achilles on the other hand is perfect. He makes no poor choices, is the perfect fighter before going to Chiron, and generally chooses the way of nonviolence. I don't feel that the character development makes sense for these characters. Patroclus ends up as a camp follower and Achilles's lover, and out of a goodness of his heart collects the girls taken as prizes during raids to protect them from being violated. Achilles turns into a magnificent fighter, who fights and kills for the challenge of it all.
To be fair to this book, these characters are from the Illiad, and as such I cannot expect them to conform to 21st century storytelling tropes and character types. That being said, I wish these characters had felt like more than the two dimensional paintings on pottery they came across to me as. I am aware that there is a reveal at the end where Patroclus saves the day, and it is supposed to justify a lot of the earlier scenes, but I couldn't make it through to that part.

  • The Egg and Other Stories

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray, Jonathan Davis, Christy Romano
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 777
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 720
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 718

Collected for the first time anywhere, the nine tales in The Egg and Other Stories highlight Andy Weir's trademark wit and unexpected twists. For the few who have yet to experience The Martian, it's a perfect appetizer. For passionate Weir fans, it's a delicious dessert.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome! Great Twists!

  • By Someone on 07-20-17

Short and sweet

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

Reviewed: 04-04-19

Every story told here has a twist, sometimes two. Some of them are easy to figure out, some don't hit you until the narrator gets to deliver the punchline, but every time it had me laughing or grinning when he got me. These stories really aren't anything like his other works, but they're all quite excellent. Highly recommend.

  • Princess Academy

  • Princess Academy, Book 1
  • By: Shannon Hale
  • Narrated by: Laura Credidio
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 539
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 473
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 477

Miri lives on a mountain where, for generations, her ancestors have quarried stone and lived a simple life. Then word comes that the king's priests have divined her small village the home of the future princess. In a year's time, the prince himself will come and choose his bride from among the girls of the village. The king's ministers set up an academy on the mountain, and every teenage girl must attend and learn how to become a princess.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Father And Daughter Agree!

  • By Alfonzo on 07-28-15

Prefer one reader but decent performance

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

Reviewed: 01-20-19

This has a different voice for each person, and one woman doing the rest of the narration. It was distinctly less jarring than it could have been but it's not my preferred style of audiobook.
The verses were sung as described in the book as well which I thought was cool, and reasonably well done.
All in all, well worth owning as this story is stellar.

  • The Coming Storm

  • By: Michael Lewis
  • Narrated by: Michael Lewis
  • Length: 2 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,601
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,902
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,860

Tornadoes, cyclones, tsunamis… Weather can be deadly – especially when it strikes without warning. Millions of Americans could soon find themselves at the mercy of violent weather if the public data behind lifesaving storm alerts gets privatized for personal gain. In his first Audible Original feature, New York Times best-selling author and journalist Michael Lewis delivers hard-hitting research on not-so-random weather data – and how Washington plans to release it. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why you shouldn't ignore the weather forecast

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 09-10-18

Great! Surprisingly politically balanced

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

So I expected this to be quite liberal, weather getting worse, a lecture on global warming, but I was very pleasantly surprised. This had more to do with data collection and analysis and how it works when it comes to weather. It was absolutely fascinating. It did have some anti trump sentiment when it talked about how his administration made various piles of data that the department of commerce had collected not available to the public anymore, but honestly I think the book is right and more people should know about it. We pay the taxes that fund the department of commerce so we should have access to the data they collect on weather and everything else. Listen to this.

  • A Promise of Fire

  • By: Amanda Bouchet
  • Narrated by: Mia Barron
  • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,052
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 981
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 980

Catalia "Cat" Fisa is a powerful clairvoyant known as the Kingmaker. This smart-mouthed soothsayer has no interest in her powers and would much rather fly under the radar, far from the clutches of her homicidal mother. But when an ambitious warlord captures her, she may not have a choice. Griffin is intent on bringing peace to his newly conquered realm in the magic-deprived south. When he discovers Cat is the Kingmaker, he abducts her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • For Lovers of Fantasy and Romance

  • By LaPhoenix334 on 01-18-17

Dnf at 20%. Blurred lines of concent

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

Reviewed: 10-08-18

This is not a healthy relationship. She gets kidnapped by the love interest and his guards, and a few chapters later the guards are reaching it to be friends and are surprised that she complains so much. I kept wanting her to say "I'm not an asset, and I'm not a weapon; I am a person, for crying out loud."

  • Eversea

  • Butler Cove, Book 1
  • By: Natasha Boyd
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie, Johnathan McClain
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138

When his costar and real-life girlfriend is caught cheating on him with her director, A-list hottie Jack Eversea heads to sleepy Butler Cove, South Carolina. He hopes the sultry Southern heat in this tiny coastal Lowcountry town will hide him not only from the tabloids and his cheating girlfriend but also his increasingly vapid life and the people who run it. He doesn't count on meeting Keri Ann Butler.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Seaglass, turtles and CLIFFHANGER!

  • By Eddie Lynn on 10-24-18

I loved the characters and the narrator

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

Reviewed: 10-04-18

I loved the southern accents, and the main character was so loveable! Moreover, she had some self respect, and generally was prepared to make good decisions with her life. Of course there's some of the usual tropes, but I really liked how spunky she was.

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