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  • The Blind Assassin

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Margot Dionne
  • Length: 18 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,481
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 872
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 869

With The Blind Assassin, Atwood proves once again that she is one of the most talented, daring, and exciting writers of the time. Like The Handmaid's Tale, this Book Prize-winner is destined to become a classic.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Terrible audio quality

  • By G. Sierra on 04-12-10

Excellent book, horrible recording

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

All I can say about this book is WOW. I loved the book; I loved everything about it. The performance was also great. The only issue I had was the recording sounds like it was taped from a record and then converted to digital. Terrible sound quality. However, the book and the performance blew me away, so I'm keeping the book anyway.

  • The Night Circus

  • By: Erin Morgenstern
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,409
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,677
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,695

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The circus of your dreams

  • By Anonymous User on 09-22-11

I know it's not a common opinion, but...

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

Reviewed: 05-23-16

I feel like the only person in the world who doesn't like Jim Dale as a narrator. I'm not saying he isn't talented, but something about his voice bothers me. I thought I didn't like the Harry Potter audiobooks because I've read them too often and the voices Dale provided weren't "my" voices, but even though I adore The Night Circus, I've only read it once, so I wasn't as emotionally invested. I still didn't like the performance. So if you like Jim Dale, you will probably enjoy this book. If you don't like Jim Dale, the amazingness of the book will not overcome your dislike of the reader.

  • Queen Margot

  • By: Alexandre Dumas
  • Narrated by: Robert Whitfield
  • Length: 17 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 75

The last years of King Charles IX's reign in France were dominated by religious wars between Catholics and Protestants. Queen Margot begins in 1572 with the marriage of Marguerite de Valois to Henri de Navarre. Marguerite is King Charles' sister and the daughter of Henri II and Catherine de Medici, all firm Catholics. Henri de Navarre is a Protestant who later will become the beloved King Henri IV. Several important political events have led up to this marriage including the mysterious murder of Henri de Navarre's mother, cleverly plotted by Catherine de Medici. The wedding brings noblemen from all over the world to Paris resulting in the notorious Saint Bartholomew Massacre, where thousands of Protestants are killed. In this inventive and compelling novel, Dumas brings an extraordinary period of history vividly to life with much excitement and romance. The lively prose and wonderfully constructed plot tell of court intrigues and forbidden love, of beautiful queens, duchesses, and noblemen, suspense, conspiracies, betrayals, assassinations, superstitions, poisonings, and sumptuous feasts. With well-known historical figures as main characters in a dangerous and breathtaking game for power, Queen Margot tells of conspiracies, clandestine trysts, and daring escapes. There is the infamous Catherine de Medici, deliciously evil, constantly plotting and poisoning; Le Mole, a dashing and irresistable young Protestant who becomes Marguerite's lover; the noble Coconnos who provides a great source of comic relief; and at the center of all this intrigue are the good-hearted Marguerite and Henri who are perfect political allies with complicated and fascinating love lives.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story, Terrific Narration, Horrible Sound

  • By Melanie on 01-25-15

Great Story, Terrific Narration, Horrible Sound

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

Reviewed: 01-25-15

I first checked this audiobook out from my library, but I liked it so much I decided to buy it here. That was a mistake. While the story and narration were still excellent, the sound quality of this Audible version was terrible. It sounded like they had taken the original recording to a tunnel and made a cassette tape copy of it there. Oddly enough, the chapters didn't match up either. For example, clicking on chapter four not only takes you to the middle of a chapter, but the middle of a sentence. I was extremely disappointed and will be returning this audiobook.

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  • The Perilous Gard

  • By: Elizabeth Marie Pope
  • Narrated by: Jill Tanner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

Kate Sutton is all arms and legs. She possesses none of her sister Alicia’s honey-eyed beauty, but is intelligent and willful like her grandfather. It is an injustice, then, when Kate is falsely accused of Alicia’s wrongdoing and is banished to remote Elvenwood Hall. But the world Kate encounters in Derbyshire, England, is so strange and otherworldly that she has little time for regret. Elvenwood Hall has another, secret name - the Perilous Gard - and a mysterious history to go with it. It isn’t long before Kate has a hundred questions about her new home. Who are the Fairy Folk? What is Master John’s dark intent?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Note:I'm biased - I knew I loved the book going in

  • By Hurricane on 06-21-13

Over and Over

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

Reviewed: 11-14-13

I've been listening to audiobooks for a long time now, but I rarely listen to one more than once. This is an exception. I could listen to this over and over again (and I have). I love this story. Kate Sutton is an excellent heroine. She's strong and smart, but she makes mistakes. The author spends the perfect amount of time on description. Her characters and her settings spring to life in my mind. I own a hard copy of this book, too, because I love it so much, but Jill Tanner's narration is so good. I had listened to this book before I read it for the first time, and I was afraid I wouldn't like the book as much as I liked the audio because the audio is so fantastic. Oftentimes for me, great audio covers up flaws in the writing, but this book combines a fabulous book with a wonderful narrator.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful