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  • A Modern Witch

  • A Modern Witch, Book 1
  • By: Debora Geary
  • Narrated by: Martha Harmon Pardee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,535
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,380
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,404

Lauren is downtown Chicago's youngest elite realtor. She's also a witch. She must be - the fetching spell for Witches' Chat isn't supposed to make mistakes. So says the woman who coded the spell, at least. The tall, dark, and handsome guy sent to assess her is a witch too (and no, that doesn't end the way you might think). What he finds in Lauren will change lives, mess with a perfectly good career, and require lots of ice cream therapy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect antidote for vampire & zombie overdoses

  • By ShySusan on 08-05-13

No drama

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

Reviewed: 09-27-12

Any additional comments?

This might seem like an odd comment - but there was no conflict in this book. If there was, it was less intense than a bruised knee. This was a lovey-dovey book with no drama, no conflict and no reason to keep reading. The characters are all so sweet and nice and nothing happens but loads of hugs and kisses. I'm lost at all the amazing reviews. I guess for people who love feel-good books with no drama - this is for you!

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Lottery

  • By: Patricia Wood
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161

Perry's IQ is only 76, but he's not stupid. His grandmother taught him everything he needs to know to survive: she taught him to write things down so he won't forget them. She taught him to play the lottery every week. And, most important, she taught him whom to trust. When Gram dies, Perry is left orphaned and bereft at the age of 31. Then his weekly Washington State Lottery ticket wins him 12 million dollars, and he finds he has more family than he knows what to do with.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • lottery

  • By hilobilly on 08-09-07

Sweet

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-21-09

This was a sweet book about a simple man who can be quite smart. It's the crazy characters around him that make you laugh - the Vietnam vet/hippie, the absurdly greedy family, and Cherry, the luscious store clerk. Patricia Wood created a fabulous set of characters and Paul Michael captures Perry's voice perfectly. It was nice to escape to Perry's world for a while.

  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

  • The Millennium Series, Book 1
  • By: Stieg Larsson, Reg Keeland - translator
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,952
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,024

Why we think it’s a great listen: How do you one-up a book that’s already a global literary phenomenon? Hire Simon Vance to (flawlessly) interpret the loves, lives, and murders of Sweden’s cold and secret-filled world. A spellbinding amalgam of murder mystery, family saga, love story, and financial intrigue. It's about the disappearance 40 years ago of Harriet Vanger, a young scion of one of the wealthiest families in Sweden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN

  • By Pamela M on 03-02-09

Great thriller!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-21-09

This book is definitely going on my list as best mystery/thriller. The mysteries unfold in Sweden as the characters, Lisbeth and Mikael, try to crack multiple perplexing crimes, one taking place 20 years ago. Lisbeth is a firecracker young woman who has Asperger's Syndrome (though not directly stated) and I felt completely captivated and drawn to her. She sees the world and how we interact with each other very differently and it was interesting to see how she reacted to sometimes bizarre or horror-ridden circumstances. The narrator was superb!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Twilight

  • The Twilight Saga, Book 1
  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Ilyana Kadushin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,345
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,287
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,333

About three things I was certain. First, Edward was a vampire. Second, there was a part of him, and I didn't know how dominant that part might be, that thirsted for my blood. And third, I was unconditionally and irrevocably in love with him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • True Vampire Romance...

  • By Adam on 10-22-05

I'm hooked!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-18-08

It's been a really long time since I've been so absorbed into a book... I couldn't put down the ipod and listened to it in record time. It's full of mind-boggling tension, fun and romance. I don't think the narrator could really capture the voices of the characters to the full-extent, but the story is not diminished by that. This is definitely worth the 2 credits.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Innocent Traitor

  • A Novel of Lady Jane Grey
  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Stina Nielsen, Davina Porter, Bianca Amato
  • Length: 18 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,041
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,232
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,236

The child of a scheming father and ruthless mother, Lady Jane Grey is born during a time when ambition dictates action. Cousin to Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I, she is merely a pawn in a political and religious game in which one false step means a certain demise. But Lady Jane has remarkable qualities that help her to withstand the constant pressures of the royal machinery far better than most expect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Superior listen!

  • By Jt on 03-05-07

Great historical fiction

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-18-08

I thoroughly enjoyed "Innocent Traitor" I've read 5 or 6 books during the time of Henry VIII and it amazes me how rich that time was in scheming, back-stabbing characters that were crazed for the crown. This book does not fail to disappoint in telling the tale of a 16 year-old intelligent girl who was forced into many unthinkable situations by power-hungry parents and relatives. The narratives were incredible at capturing the character's inner-most thoughts and read with perfect conviction. I highly recommend this to any historical fiction fan.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Giver

  • By: Lois Lowry
  • Narrated by: Ron Rifkin
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,864
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,397
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,471

December is the time of the annual Ceremony at which each twelve-year-old receives a life assignment determined by the Elders. Jonas watches his friend Fiona named Caretaker of the Old and his cheerful pal Asher labeled the Assistant Director of Recreation. But Jonas has been chosen for something special. When his selection leads him to an unnamed man, the man called only the Giver, he begins to sense the dark secrets that underlie the fragile perfection of his world.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Annoying music

  • By far_to_go on 07-18-13

Thought-provoking

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-23-08

Although this is a young adult book, I think it will appeal to any age group and it has lots of layers of thought-provoking debate entwined in a simple story. This reminded me of Orwell's "1984" as it takes place in the future in a watchful society. It is a strange society in which diversity and individualism are not tolerated and everyone lives according to their function in society - perhaps happy - but blissfully unaware of pain and love. You follow the story of Jonas who is a remarkable 11 year-old boy who carries much weight and insight of the community on his shoulders. I definitely recommend this book as it left me haunted and yearning to discuss it with someone else.

12 of 16 people found this review helpful

  • The Garden of Last Days

  • A Novel
  • By: Andre Dubus III
  • Narrated by: Dan John Miller
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 92
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 90

Set in the seamy underside of American life at the moment before the world changed, it juxtaposes lust for domination with hunger for connection, sexual violence with family love. It seizes the listener by the throat with the same psychological tension, depth, and realism that characterized Andre Dubus' #1 bestseller, House of Sand and Fog, and has an even greater sense of the dark and anguished places in the human heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Andre Dubus III Does It Again

  • By Suzn F on 06-16-08

Interesting but not amazing

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-23-08

I listened to this book because of a glowing review by Stephen King in "Entertainment Weekly" and because the plot summary intrigued me as the story centered around a stripper in Florida and a traumatic event surrounding her 3-yr-old daughter. The plot moved quickly though I'd say it was more character-driven rather than a thriller. It exposed the inner dark secrets of the hearts of the main characters. It was kind of like seeing a car crash through the eyes of six different drivers as they came into a major collision. I worried a little that people who had little knowledge of Islam might get the wrong idea about Muslims from this, but clearly the character I'm referring to was a fanatic and not a representative of main-stream Muslim belief. This was an OK listen, though I wouldn't give it an enthusiastic recommendation.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Poison Study

  • By: Maria V. Snyder
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,661
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,307
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,318

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace, and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantasy, with a touch of romance.

  • By A on 12-03-05

Fast-Paced Adventure

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-04-08

This was a completely absorbing, thrilling fantasy story that was hard to turn off. This was one of the fastest books I’ve listened to and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a gripping story. Yelena is a strong heroine who is likeable and smart. She was tossed into some really brutal situations and it was amazing to see how she dealt with them. The story gets an A+ for adventure, twists, romance, and a light touch of magic. However the narrator was definitely not up to par with most narrators out there and she took away from some of the magic with her rough, out-of-place accents. However, I got used to her reading eventually and wouldn’t let that stop you from listening to this book.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Lady in Blue

  • By: Javier Sierra
  • Narrated by: Boyd Gaines
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 8

An old Spanish historical mystery awakens the interest of a journalist, a retired psychic spy for a top-secret U.S. Air Force program, and several cardinals in Rome. Its solution is linked to a 16th-century nun, who was accused by the Spanish Inquisition of traveling more than 500 times to the New Mexico territories by using her power to "bilocate" (to be in two places at the same time).

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Pathetic

  • By Andrea on 01-10-08

Not my favorite...

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-28-07

I was expecting a lot from this book based on it’s outstanding reviews (on other sites); however I was disappointed in it in several ways. The story skips around from five or six different story lines running from the present to the 1600s in the New World. Perhaps it was the audio format that did not work for me but I was constantly rewinding the audio to make sure I was getting everything. This is a religious conspiracy thriller that had some really interesting theories about famous Christians who could bi-locate through time. The focus was on a nun, Maria Jesus d’?greda, who could be simultaneously in her convent in Spain and in New Mexico converting the Indians. Maria’s story alone was fascinating. Unfortunately, although the principals of the story were remarkable, I could not identify with the characters and felt that they were used as tools to tell the story and not portrayed with any depth. In the end I could not wait for this story to be over. It was weak as a thriller but maybe it would have worked better as a documentary.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Long Walk

  • The True Story of a Trek to Freedom
  • By: Slavomir Rawicz
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 751
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 513

Twenty-six-year-old cavalry officer Slavomir Rawicz was captured by the Red Army in 1939 during the German-Soviet partition of Poland and sent to the Siberian Gulag. In the spring of 1941, he escaped with six of his fellow prisoners, including one American. Thus began their astonishing trek to freedom.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, well read

  • By Roger on 09-13-07

Adventure story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-28-07

From being tortured by the communists, surviving prison camp in Siberia, and then escaping with 6 prisoners who walked from Siberia through Tibet and onto India, this was an incredible story. The adventure and pace never slackens and it reads like fiction. I know that some people question the veracity of the book, but with the level of detail given, I can’t believe that any of it was made up. This is worth your time for the story’s sake, but truthfully I never really got that attached to the characters.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful