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  • Mrs. Zant and the Ghost

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: Gillian Anderson
  • Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,206
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,063
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,050

Mrs Zant has recently lost her beloved husband, and while walking in the Kensington Gardens, the spot where she and her deceased husband declared their love for each other, she feels his presence trying to warn her of some coming danger. Mr Rayburn witnesses it all, and he'll have to fight his own incredulity regarding the supernatural and his gut feeling that the disturbed young woman is telling the truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something Like the Old Form

  • By John on 09-27-16

Wilkie Collins Fan Again pleased.

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

Reviewed: 01-26-19

Having first read The Woman in White, my standard for WC’s work is rather high. Mrs. Zant accomplishes everything one expects from a good ghost story.
Another review bemoaned the unavailability of Armadale and No Name as an audio version. They both are available via Librivox amateur recordings. This reader also recommends Dan Simmon’s Drood for another take on the great WC and his mentor, Charles Dickens.

  • Stone's Fall

  • A Novel
  • By: Iain Pears
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice, John Lee, Simon Vance
  • Length: 24 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 494
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 318

Iain Pears tells the story of John Stone, financier and arms dealer, a man so wealthy that in the years before World War One he was able to manipulate markets, industries, and indeed entire countries and continents. A panoramic novel with a riveting mystery at its heart, Stone's Fall is a quest to discover how and why John Stone dies, falling out of a window at his London home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Iain Pears-Always more than you bargained for.

  • By Marilyn Scher on 06-27-09

Stone’s Fall is frenetic and plodding

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

Reviewed: 04-27-18

Narration is exceptional! Their work delivers the mixed bag of suspense and confusion that is accompanied by the complex narrative throughout. The overall story is well laid out/plotted. Super amazed that total combined yards of 1150+.
An aside, I love that the Ph.Eagles beat the N.E. Patripoffs, who have cheated as well as committed felonious crimes in at least two separate events, using a win at all costs, to excuse going out of bounds. Don’t forget there are many samples out the. May the Lord Jesus Christ

  • Last Argument of Kings

  • By: Joe Abercrombie
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 27 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,237
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,783
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,754

Logen Ninefingers might have only one more fight in him - but it's going to be a big one. Battle rages across the North, the king of the Northmen still stands firm, and there's only one man who can stop him. His oldest friend and his oldest enemy: It's time for the Bloody-Nine to come home.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Anti-Genre within the Genre

  • By Joe Kraus on 05-08-17

Epic Saga of Medieval Fantasy Nails the Landing!

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

Reviewed: 04-08-18

This ambitious trilogy handily bests GoW. Never enjoyed three big books like I did Joe A.’s Blade Itself series. Final volume ratchets up the tension, suspense, and entertainment. By the story-end, most of the disparate, far-flung tale’s threads are tied up. Really great and perhaps even tame enough for h.s. kids.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cast Under an Alien Sun

  • Destiny's Crucible, Book 1
  • By: Olan Thorensen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,966
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,968

Joe Colsco boarded a flight from San Francisco to Chicago to attend a national chemistry meeting. He would never set foot on Earth again. On planet Anyar, Joe is found unconscious on a beach of a large island inhabited by humans where the level of technology is similar to Earth circa 1700. He awakes amid strangers speaking an unintelligible language and struggles to accept losing his previous life and finding a place in a society with different customs, needing a way to support himself and not knowing a single soul.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slowly we turn, step by step, inch by inch...

  • By Ron on 09-18-17

Cast Under an Alien Sky perfect title for terrific story.

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

Joe Colsco is the man who’s “cast.” The alien sun heats a world nearly 250 years behind his original home, earth.
Like thr apostle , Joseph becomes Yosef

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Pen and the Sword

  • Destiny's Crucible, Book 2
  • By: Olan Thorensen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 17 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,207

The Narthani, a militant realm who believe their manifest destiny is to rule the entire planet, Anyar, plan to absorb Caedellium into their empire. Yozef Kolsko (a.k.a. Joe Colsco) works to find ways to increase the chances of resistance to the Narthani's planned conquest. The enemy is coming. The odds seem overwhelming, and it will take all Yozef can do, the courage of his new people, and luck, to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping. Refreshing ratio of sci-fi to fantasy!

  • By Jordan on 08-01-17

A great story gaining further heights...

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

The premise of Joe Colsco’s life on Anyar is a thing of sci-fi beauty. From his origin on a new planet to the injection of advanced scientific knowledge that only he can provide, the destinies of an entire world are impacted. Imagine Nichola Tesla waking up in 15th century Italy or Germany with near-perfect recall and you’ll get an inkling of the machinations in Olan Thorensen’s wonderful epic.
I often feel duped or even manipulated by the overwhelming number of audiobooks that have two or three sequels, since few get better by the book. I prefer the 15-20hr adventure in audible-reading that has a beginning and an end. Olan T.’s series is an exception I think, because of the compelling strategy of making one, like one in shadows, a witness to world history. My strongest recommend!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Black House

  • By: Stephen King, Peter Straub
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 26 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,831
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,829

Twenty years ago, a boy named Jack Sawyer traveled to a parallel universe called the Territories to save his mother and her “Twinner” from an agonizing death that would have brought cataclysm to the other world. Now Jack is a retired Los Angeles homicide detective living in the nearly nonexistent hamlet of Tamarack, Wisconsin. He has no recollection of his adventures in the Territories....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jack Sawyer delivers

  • By Brian on 12-28-12

S.King&P.Straub PLUS best narration EVER

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

Reviewed: 02-21-18

The late, Absolutely GREAT Frank Muller narrates this epic tale right into your cerebral cortex, down your spine, past the horse’s tail, and back up on your oblingata! Mr. M magically mimates the most magnificent malignancy a Kng/Strb character may emote.
> This follow on to The Talisman brings Jack, and The Territories back for their amazing and gritty conclusion? Jack’s now an adult, living in the MW, when gruesome child murders begin to happen in his new hometown. Take BlackHouse after the TheTalisman for best results... but by no means mandatory!
And Seriously, Frank Muller is still the best narrator of fiction ever. End.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Cetaganda

  • A Miles Vorkosigan Novel
  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,080
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,394
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,404

When the Cetagandan empress dies, Miles Vorkosigan and his cousin Ivan are sent to Cetaganda for her funeral as diplomatic representatives of Barrayar. Upon arrival, the two men are inexplicably attacked by a servant of the late empress. When the same servant turns up dead the next day, Miles and Ivan find themselves in the middle of a mystery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Miles and Ivan on a mission!

  • By Bronwyn Soell on 02-16-12

Mrs. Bujold keeps the Vorkosigan saga only rolling

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

Reviewed: 01-16-18

Cetaganda is a good book in a great series. This, my 5th read in the ongoing Vorkosigan adventures, was a bit underwhelming. The mystery is somewhat confusing, due to the many characters and the coming and going between sets.
I really missed Miles’ mom and dad. The close knit affection the Vorkosigans share (with the reader as well,) lend a warmth to the stories that was missing. Here.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Arcadia

  • A Novel
  • By: Iain Pears
  • Narrated by: John Lee, Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 20 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 521
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 470

In 1960s Oxford, Professor Henry Lytten is attempting to write a fantasy novel that forgoes the magic of his predecessors, J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis. He finds an unlikely confidante in his quick-witted, inquisitive young neighbor, Rosie. One day, while chasing Lytten's cat, Rosie encounters a doorway in his cellar. She steps through and finds herself in an idyllic, pastoral land where storytellers are revered above all others.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great fun!

  • By Bonny on 03-01-16

A bit rambling, but final MANY Hours super fun!

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

Reviewed: 12-22-17

Having read Mr. Pears before, I was prepared for huge amount of intricate setup in Arcadia. The only sad thing is that this story should be read and read to get squeeze everything from it, though the length may limit me to two reads only.
Great balancing act of time travel, alternate reality and multiple entertaining scenes in so many diverse spaces.
It would be either the greatest pleasure or the fiercest torture to observe and understand the author creating.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Finisher

  • By: David Baldacci
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,219
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,086
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,098

Fourteen-year-old Vega Jane lives in the village of Wormwood, where life is nasty, brutish, and short. Villagers have been told that there is nothing outside of Wormwood except for the Quag, a foul forest filled with terrifying beasts. No one comes, no one goes, and Wormwood has stayed this way for generations. Until Vega's friend Quentin Herms disappears. Quentin leaves Vega a secret message hinting that there's a way out of Wormwood and something extraordinary on the other side.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An original great from Baldacci!

  • By John Hopkins on 04-13-14

The Finisher was a lot of fun!

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

Reviewed: 12-09-17

David Baldacci delivers a very fun, exciting, frightening, and supremely creative story for all ages. I’ve only enjoyed John Flanagan’s Ranger’s Apprentice as much. However, the shear creativity of the story’s setting and characters were tops in my book. Lots of enjoyment here!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Barrayar

  • A Vorkosigan Adventure
  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,817
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,816

In the wake of interplanetary war, former commander Cordelia Naismith has deserted her own planet to marry the leader of the defeated enemy, Aral Vorkosigan. On his home planet of Barrayar, two rival factions are eyeing the recently vacated throne, and Aral, recently appointed Regent of Barrayar by the Emperor on his deathbed, must stand between them. Lord and Lady Vorkosigan, Aral and Cordelia struggle to establish stability in a fragile government thrown into confusion by the transition of power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lois Bujold always delivers!

  • By Karen S. Coyle on 02-04-10

Lois! McMaster! Bujold!

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

Reviewed: 12-08-17

This SciFi series is Vancian, nay Bujoldian greatness! A time spanning space epic that any scifi lover will be ecstatic to experience.