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  • Nimona

  • By: Noelle Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler, Jonathan Davis, Marc Thompson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325

Nimona is an impulsive young shape-shifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren't the heroes everyone thinks they are.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Best with audio and the graphic novel together

  • By Comet on 02-07-17

Fun!

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

Reviewed: 04-20-19

Great story for young ones, and the young at heart. Engaging, fast paced, quality production value all combine for a great listening experience. (Has some violence.)

  • Dust Tracks on a Road

  • An Autobiography
  • By: Zora Neale Hurston
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 260

Dust Tracks on a Road is the bold, poignant, and funny autobiography of novelist, folklorist, and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, one of American literature's most compelling and influential authors. Hurston's powerful novels of the South - including Jonah's Gourd Vine and, most famously, Their Eyes Were Watching God - continue to enthrall readers with their lyrical grace, sharp detail, and captivating emotionality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very nice!

  • By Joi Wilson on 10-31-16

Remarkable biography

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

Reviewed: 04-20-19

Hurston writes her biography with the cadence of one who knows fiction. From humble beginnings, she hoped, pushed, and triumphed against the odds to pursue her passion. Very inspiring!

As an ethnographer, she captures the spirit of the times with an expert eye, painting detailed pictures of the world around her.

Narration was strong, with distinct voices as needed. Great work by Turpin!

If the description sounds appealing, you won't be disappointed. 100% worth the credit!

  • The Obelisk Gate

  • The Broken Earth, Book 2
  • By: N. K. Jemisin
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,680
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,085
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,072

This is the way the world ends, for the last time. The season of endings grows darker, as civilization fades into the long cold night. Essun - once Damaya, once Syenite, now avenger - has found shelter, but not her daughter. Instead there is Alabaster Tenring, destroyer of the world, with a request. But if Essun does what he asks, it would seal the fate of the Stillness forever. Far away, her daughter Nassun is growing in power - and her choices will break the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Miles is becoming my favorite narrator

  • By Jesslyn H on 08-29-16

Well developed and unique world

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

Reviewed: 04-12-19

Excellent narration with distinct voices. Writing style offers a unique, sophisticated presentation by shifting pronoun perspective between people, varying between 1st, 2nd, and 3rd person, which often helps with tracking the story lines.

Although a very different world from ours, the characters are relatable and intersesting, with plausible development. The best part for this reader is that it can diverge from some of the standards tropes, while

The focus of the story is on the lives of the characters. The shape of the natural world drives the plot and the lives of the people. In this dystopian world, there are long cycles of apocalypse, and this shapes everything about the world and its people. And yet it is not without hope, revealing the human instinct to survive, prevail, and work toward a better life despite hardships and seemingly impossible hurdles.

The first book sets the scene, engages with characters, shows how the culture has developed with, and in spite of, periodic cataclysms. This book reveals more as the hardships continue, with clever twists. Some may enjoy that it is is less predictable than most books of this genre. It also begins to blend some science in with the fantasy and magic.

It seems impossible to reveal the best parts of the story without spoilers.

Highly recommended for SciFi and fantasy lovers who are comfortable with exploring some of the darker sides of humanity. While generally clean and free of gory details of violence, the issues and challenges faced in the story are ones better appreciated by the more mature reader.

  • Wolf Speaker

  • The Immortals: Book 2
  • By: Tamora Pierce
  • Narrated by: Tamora Pierce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 878
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 702
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 706

When the wolves of Long Lake call, Daine must use her powerful ability to communicate with animals to save them from an ecological disaster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorites

  • By Crystal on 02-04-09

Great story and cast

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

Reviewed: 03-28-19

Character voices are great! Unfortunately, the narration tying it together seems a bit amateur, as if everything is on extra slow. Almost unbearable for this adult when played at default speed, but tolerable at 1.20.

Overall enjoyable story of a teenage girl beginning to mature and come into her own, learning how to use and manage her talents. Interesting characters throughout, who are complex enough to be of interest to an adult, but not too much for young readers.

The world-building is well done, and this fantasy world is an interesting one. Different enough to be inhabited by fantastical creatures, yet human enough to easily identify with it. The variations of magic are intriguing and plausible in their own way.

This could be a great book for a young reader to follow along with the ebook. Also likely enjoyable for an adult to read to the younger ones.

Bought the first book to read before sharing it to my young niece. Moved on to book 2 because I liked the story and character actors.

Thanks for reading this review, and I hope it is helpful!

The Martian Chronicles
    
    
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        Scott Brick
    
    


    
    Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
    542 ratings
    Overall 4.0
  • The Martian Chronicles

  • By: Ray Bradbury
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 542
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 456
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 461

Bradbury's Mars is a place of hope, dreams, and metaphor - of crystal pillars and fossil seas - where a fine dust settles on the great empty cities of a silently destroyed civilization. It is here the invaders have come to despoil and commercialize, to grow and to learn - first a trickle, then a torrent, rushing from a world with no future toward a promise of tomorrow.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Stands the Test of Time

  • By Kathleen on 11-06-12

A classic with older narration

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

Reviewed: 03-25-19

A strong narrator in a slightly vintage style.

A classic SciFi from an early master. Opens with a great intro with some background on how it evolved from a serious of short stories into this collection.

Sure, the science is a touch dated, but that doesn't take away from the stories created by Bradbury.

  • Sovereign

  • By: Jeff Hirsch
  • Narrated by: Jesse Einstein
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,087
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 10,247
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,245

Micah Cole has been in deep space for three years while his parents chase their obsession with finding intelligence to the far corners of the universe, but Micah dreams of the friends he left behind and counts the days until they return home. When a devastating meteor shower nearly destroys their ship, Micah is separated from his family and stranded on Sovereign, a vast planet of raging rivers, towering forests, and deadly creatures. If Micah ever wants to see his family or his home again, he’ll have to learn to how to survive on a hostile alien world, all alone.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • NOT like the Martian

  • By TrustedReviewer on 02-21-19

Good for what it is

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

Reviewed: 03-25-19

A middle school aged boy is marooned alone on a strange planet. Faced with impossible strange terrain and experiences, he grows and learns much about himself.

Well narrated, with distinct voices, Jesse Einstein helped carry the story. It helped to nudge the speed up just a little, for this adult listener.

Perhaps some of the plot snags were appropriate for much of its intended younger audience. But despite those, the story moved along to keep the reader interested.

Recommended for young readers 10-14yo of either gender, who enjoy space themes, and watching others find their internal strength and personal independence.

  • The Masque of the Black Tulip

  • A Novel
  • By: Lauren Willig
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 14 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 592
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 358

The Pink Carnation, history's most elusive spy and England's only hope for preventing a Napoleonic invasion, returns in Lauren Willig's dazzling, imaginative new historical romance. The Masque of the Black Tulip opens with the murder of a courier from the London War Office, his confidential dispatch for the Pink Carnation stolen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By Coffee Lover on 09-04-06

Delightful narration of a good story

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

Reviewed: 03-25-19

Anything read by Kate Reading will fly by easily. Her unique and distinct voices pair with a smooth presentation of the author's work. She somehow manages to sound as if any book is a delight, if one just follows along.

Five stars to the book, as there is nothing to judge harshly. A regency romance with a light bit of suspense is interwoven with a twist of modern story, that offers extra insight on the 19th century plot.

Please keep in mind that this reviewer is not commonly a fan of romance, and cannot compare it with other regency or other romantic novels. That said, it was an engaging "page-turner."

  • Dodge & Twist

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Tony Lee
  • Narrated by: Matt Lucas, Stephen Mangan, Michael Socha, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 56 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,321
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,997
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,996

It’s rumoured that Dickens wanted to return to his classic novel Oliver Twist, to bring him back into a later book as an older character, but he never managed this before he died. However, if Oliver had returned, what would he have been like? Would the scars of his childhood affect the man he would become? And what of ‘Dodger’, sent to a land halfway around the world, his friend, mentor and master dead because of Oliver? Dodge & Twist is that story. The tale of two boys, 12 years later, returning into each other’s lives - for both good and bad.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent performance, pretty dismal story

  • By Kevin on 02-04-19

High production value masks inadequate story

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

Reviewed: 03-21-19

Strong narration is supported by side effects and well-produced sound. That is the best part of this free Audible Original from February 2019.

The story falls somewhere between lame and just Meh. The story has the feel of one thrown together in a hurry for an assignment, with flat characters and a shallow story.

I've listened to whole books with poor audio and/or average stories, but this one I couldn't stay with until the end. And I'm not even curious what happened to the characters. Can't quite put my finger on the big turn-off, as even now it seems like something I'd love. Instead, I resent the slot it consumes in my library.

  • Wild Magic

  • The Immortals, Book 1
  • By: Tamora Pierce
  • Narrated by: Tamora Pierce
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,443
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,096
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,101

When Daine comes down from the mountains, she carries with her two things: a dark secret about her own past, and a strangely powerful magic that even she doesn't understand.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Doesn't do the book justice.

  • By S. L. Garner on 04-07-05

Especially good for young readers

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

Reviewed: 03-06-19

A good fantasy adventure story with unique characters, and an interesting plot. This first volume has a relatable young protagonist with a tragic background who grows as a person as she moves forward with her life. Through her experiences, she comes to understand her unique talents and gifts, to step up and take responsibility, to face her inner demons, and begins to acquire a level of discernment in making difficult decisions.

Production choices indicate that this book was recorded for young readers. The extended cast helps individual characters to really stand out, with clear distinctions between inner and outer voices. And it seems likely that the recording may have been slowed to encourage reading the text along with the audio.

The narration IS a bit stilted, and felt unbearably awkward at first. Wanting to read along with the young niece inspired creative solutions. Experimenting with higher playback speeds (+/-1.25) improved the narration, to something more familiar and comfortable for this reader. (For comparison, I sometimes slow other books when multitasking or unwell.)

4⭐ overall performance: Some great (5⭐) character voices, but the narration was a bit awkward and stiff (2-3⭐'s).
4⭐ story: A bit hard to gage a writing style when it falls harsh on the ears, but the plot moves along well and the dialog was on the better side of average. Overall pretty good for a middle school audience.

Thanks for reading this review. Happy listening!

  • The Land: Alliances: A LitRPG Saga

  • Chaos Seeds, Book 3
  • By: Aleron Kong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 14,324
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 13,543
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,488

Richter and Sion are in a fight for their very lives. Their enemies are circling, and the powers they have awakened are barely under their control. Death and war are on their doorstep, but they have a simple message for the enemies of the Mist Village. "Kiss your loved ones goodbye. The Mist will claim you." A wonderful blend of humor and adventure, The Land: Alliances will transport you to the world of your dreams...and your nightmares.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Does not disappoint.

  • By Nevrynal on 07-22-17

Good times in gaming & fantasy

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

Reviewed: 03-05-19

Tight writing and a respectable vocabulary, pair well with Podehl's narration and excellent voices. The characters are clear and quirky, and the story line is fun, if limited (appropriately) to and driven by fantasy game quests. If these things appeal to you, then it's very much worth the listen.

As the book is set in a gaming world, there are features that could confuse or annoy the non-gamer, like the stat lists and descriptions. However, if one has spent enough time in rpg style video games, it will slide past with expected chimes and tones.

Have you ever imagined yourself as your gaming character? Or thought of the story your character is living? This series brings these ideas to life.

The series does build on itself, and this 3rd book in the series might not stand up as well on its own. In this volume the protagonist starts to come into his own as a leader, as he is faced with important choices.