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  • Children of Blood and Bone

  • By: Tomi Adeyemi
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,342
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,785
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,764

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie's Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully Written

  • By Samantha on 03-09-18

Powerful story, excellent narration

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

Reviewed: 08-09-18

If you’re an audible fan, you probably already know how amazing Bahni Turpin is - she brings this exciting, powerful story to life. Toni Adeyemi has created such a cool, beautiful, difficult world and the parallels to our own times are clear. Spend your credit already!

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  • Because We Are

  • A Novel of Haiti
  • By: Ted Oswald
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 373
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 338

Ten-year-old orphan Libète has been hardened by the daily struggle to survive in Cité Soleil, Haiti's most infamous slum. But when she and her best friend, Jak, discover a young mother and her baby brutally murdered in a nearby marsh, it's unlike anything she's encountered before. Though initially shocked, the adults of Cité Soleil move on quickly from the event; after all, death is commonplace in this community.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely fantastic.

  • By JJ on 11-17-14

A bit of everything!

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

Reviewed: 12-08-16

This book has adventure, mystery, action, friendship, philosophy, faith, and best of all, hope. I couldn't have loved it more. One note about listening to the audiobook - especially in part 2: the author alternates between two time periods and when you're listening, there are no clear breaks between chapters, so it takes a bit of concentration to figure out where the characters are in time. The narration was so perfect - Bahni Turpin is the very best. Highly recommended!

  • The Flood Girls

  • A Novel
  • By: Richard Fifield
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 12 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,656
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,507
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,501

This snappy, sassy redemption story set in small-town Montana is "a wild and crazy debut novel by a talented young writer" (Jackie Collins), filled with an uproarious and unforgettable cast of characters you won't want to leave behind.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Trashy unfunny people

  • By Cathy on 08-11-16

The characters!

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

Reviewed: 09-02-16

I really couldn't have loved this book more. Get it. Moving, funny, real. And the narrator was excellent.

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  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132,897
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,360
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,236

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Psychological Thriller Mystery

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 01-23-18

Excellent!

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

Reviewed: 03-10-15

Many have compared this to Gone Girl, and while it does keep you guessing in a similar way, I found the characters to be much more relatable and sympathetic, which made it a much better book for me. Great twists, constant tension. Highly recommended!

  • Farewell, Dorothy Parker

  • By: Ellen Meister
  • Narrated by: Angela Brazil
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24

When it comes to movie critics Violet Epps is a powerhouse voice. Equally unafraid of big Hollywood names and public opinion, her biting reviews are widely quoted. But when it comes to her own life, Violet finds herself unable to speak up - paralyzed by crippling social anxiety. When a chance encounter at the famous Algonquin Hotel unleashes the feisty spirit of the long-dead Dorothy Parker, the famous literary critic of the 1920’s, Violet thinks she is going crazy. But as the rematerialized Mrs. Parker helps her face her fears, Violet realizes how much she has been missing by keeping quiet.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun with Dorothy

  • By MoxyIdeas on 08-18-13

Fun with Dorothy

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

Reviewed: 08-18-13

I love Dorothy Parker but didn't know much about her biography, so this is a fun, fiction intro to her life. The story of Violet was entertaining. Her fear is somewhat annoying - if I was reading, I definitely would have skimmed past her equivocating more than once - but I was entertained through the whole book. A well-spent credit. The narrator was good, but had an odd Captain Kirk thing happening where she'd shout the last word of some sentences and use strange pauses. After the first hour or so, I got over it. It didn't add to the story, but it doesn't ruin it either. Her various voices were very good, though.

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  • Gone Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49,810
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,359
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,451

It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!

  • By Theodore on 01-20-13

More unlikeable people

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

Reviewed: 12-03-12

It was a mistake to listen to this after A Casual Vacancy. So many unlikeable people in this one too! I had hoped for more intrigue or mystery or something - this book just wasn't my cup of tea. I figured it all out pretty early on and then just kept waiting for something surprising to happen. That being said, Gillian Flynn really created a complete world and cast - everyone is clear as a bell and very real, I just didn't like those people at all and didn't want to spend any time with them.

If you enjoy books where there's someone to root for, this is not it.

The narrators were really excellent, though.

  • The Casual Vacancy

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Tom Hollander
  • Length: 17 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,860
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,226
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5,266

When Barry Fairweather dies unexpectedly in his early 40s, the little town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty façade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils.... Pagford is not what it at first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the town's council soon becomes the catalyst for the biggest war the town has yet seen.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was surprised by how much I liked it

  • By cristina on 01-14-14

A very unlikeable cast

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

Reviewed: 11-14-12

Well, I listened to the whole thing...so that's something. It took a long time, though. The story is like a microscope on a small contingent of very unlikeable people. I wasn't invested in any of their lives, and felt a little like I was watching an episode of a horrible-secret-revealing daytime talk show. Not recommended.

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  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 210,487
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 196,524
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196,112

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Something for everyone!

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

Reviewed: 05-11-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Ready Player One to be better than the print version?

Yes because of Wil Wheaton's narration. Maybe a little no also because there are a lot of lists...list of the current top 10 scorers, list of games, lists of computers, etc. I would probably have skimmed those in a regular book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Wade was my favorite character. Smart, funny, humble, likeable - I wanted him to win the whole time.

What about Wil Wheaton’s performance did you like?

Everything.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES.

Any additional comments?

Props to Ernest Cline for creating a spectacular world. I love all the influences and how they rear their heads throughout the story, but Mr. Cline put it all together perfectly in his own very unique way. Who doesn't dream of a 'world' where there's a Firefly galaxy next to a Star Wars galaxy next to a Star Trek galaxy? And you can play quidditch? Totally awesome. Also, it's rare that a book appeals to both sexes equally, but I think this one does. Highly recommended, and totally credit-worthy!

  • The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,735
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,055
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,057

Generations of werewolves have been secretly residing in a secluded valley a stones throw from Grundy, Alaska. So when a snooping Outsider comes to Grundy to investigate rumors of lycanthropic shenanigans in the area, the valleys pack alpha, Maggie Graham, resolves to chase him away, even if doing so takes a quick bite on the butt. What a pity that researcher Nick Thatcher turns out to be so drool-worthy, and that his kisses make Maggie want to sit up and beg.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • MOLLY HARPER IS A HOOT!!!!!!

  • By d.e.matthews on 03-30-11

Cute, but Maggie is no Mo.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-11

I'm a big Molly Harper fan. I didn't have as many laugh-out-loud moments with Maggie - she's a little more complicated than charming and funny Mo from the first book in the series, but I loved coming back to Grundy, AK. Very cute, light-hearted paranormal romance. I highly recommend Molly's Nice Girls Don't series. Amanda Ronconi is always great - so 5 stars for her!

  • Sisterhood Everlasting

  • A Novel
  • By: Ann Brashares
  • Narrated by: Angela Goethals
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 300
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 218

Despite having jobs and men that they love, each knows that something is missing: the closeness that once sustained them. Carmen is a successful actress in New York, engaged to be married, but misses her friends. Lena finds solace in her art, teaching in Rhode Island, but still thinks of Kostos and the road she didn’t take. Bridget lives with her longtime boyfriend, Eric, in San Francisco, and though a part of her wants to settle down, a bigger part can’t seem to shed her old restlessness. Then Tibby reaches out to bridge the distance, sending the others plane tickets for a reunion....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good listen but mixed feelings

  • By Kathy on 09-14-11

A sweet ending for the Septembers

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-11

This last piece of the traveling pants story took a little while to get into. I think I struggled with the narration in the beginning - it starts out very buttoned up or maybe stodgy? Very careful pronunciation, not conversational at all, which would be how I hear the girls in my head. But after an hour or two, it seems to loosen up. By the end, it seemed much, much better. The story is kind of goes along with the narration...drags in the beginning...particularly with Lena and Carmen...sometimes I just wanted to shake them and make them have the necessary conversations to get their lives on track. But if another story about them was released, I'd snap it right up and listen or read it cover to cover, just like I did with this one. You can't not read the end of the series. Overall, I'm an Ann Brashares fan.

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