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  • The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters

  • By: Gordon Dahlquist
  • Narrated by: Alfred Molina
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 153
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 48

It began with a simple note: a letter of rejection delivered to Miss Temple on her maid's silver tray. But for Miss Temple, her fiance's cruel rejection will ignite a harrowing quest for truth, plunging her into a mystery as dizzying as a hall of mirrors. Thus begins Gordon Dahlquist's spectacular literary debut, a novel of Victorian suspense that shatters conventions and seethes with danger and eroticism.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Please Note This is Abridged!

  • By Susan on 12-29-07

Please Note This is Abridged!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-29-07

Due to the stated length of the audiobook I stupidly didn't notice that it is an abridged version - in fact I didn't realize that until it was over and I heard the credits. I have to believe this made all the difference in the world, because as I listened to it I several times thought "How can this person write such good dialog and yet have such horrible pacing/continuity?" Now I know. Ugh, I hate abridged audio.

Anyway, the writing (such as was left of it) was funny and witty in many places. ("It was too much to bear. It was certainly too much to bear in a closet.") Alfred Molina does a wonderful job reading it. The characters are interesting; however it's extremely hard to keep up with them all, given their foreign names and titles and the very choppy action.

A few people have said that this is "pornographic" and they must have some different standard of pornography than I do. Descriptions of a few sex acts, including oral sex, do occur, but they're hardly of a length or intensity as to be the focus of the scene, only used to illustrate the rest of the action in the scene.

I now feel as if I have to go and read the actual book to see what I missed, and that's an aggravating feeling after spending 12 hours listening to an audiobook.

I can't recommend this abridged version - I think that I would have felt much more positively about an unabridged version.

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Magic Study

  • By: Maria V. Snyder
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,648
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,631
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,644

With her greatest enemy dead, and on her way to be reunited with the family she'd been stolen from long ago, Yelena should be pleased. But though she has gained her freedom, she can't help feeling isolated in Sitia. Her Ixian background has changed her in many ways, and her newfound friends and relatives don't think it's for the better....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magic Study

  • By Arnold on 03-07-08

You can get lost in it

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-22-07

When I saw this title was out I remembered how much I loved "Poison Study" and decided to buy it. I listened to "Poison Study" again since it had been about a year since I bought that book. Then I started on "Magic Study". Wow. I forgot how much I LOVED this world! Poison Study was a great book, and it left me with so many unanswered questions, I couldn't wait for the sequel. Now I will be holding my breath until next March when the third part of the trilogy is released. The characters in this universe are wonderfully written, and the story is engrossing. The narration adds to the great atmosphere that Snyder's writing wraps you in. Wish I could give it 10 stars!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Heart-Shaped Box

  • By: Joe Hill
  • Narrated by: Stephen Lang
  • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,706
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,180
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,185

Judas Coyne is a collector of the macabre. But nothing he possesses is as unlikely or as dreadful as his latest discovery, a thing so terrible-strange, Jude can't help but reach for his wallet. For a thousand dollars, Jude will become the proud owner of a dead man's suit, said to be haunted by a restless spirit. But what UPS delivers to his door in a black heart-shaped box is no imaginary or metaphorical ghost. It's the real thing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yikes! Five stars for fright

  • By Lesley on 02-23-07

Can't Say Enough

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-07

I cannot say enough good things about this audio book! The plot centers around a somewhat flawed protagonist with whom you can nevertheless connect emotionally. The story arc is captivating; the characters are fleshed-out and very believably human. The book wasn't overly gory or violent but it was *very* suspenseful.

As I said, I felt emotionally connected to the main characters and very invested in what would happen to them. The narrator does a great job in giving subtle inflection to the different voices, without going over the top. I just finished this yesterday, and I want to listen to it again! If you're thinking about purchasing this book, go for it. I don't think you'll be disappointed. I can't wait to hear more from this author.

  • Barely a Bride

  • By: Rebecca Hagan Lee
  • Narrated by: Virginia Leishman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 116

From nationally best-selling author Rebecca Hagan Lee comes a romance set in England during the 1790s. The Earl of Weymouth insists his son marry before going off to fight the French. Lady Tressingham insists her daughter marry as soon as possible as well. The children, however, are very resistant to the institution of marriage. But they do wed as a matter of convenience. When Griffen returns from war, though, he's a different man than before.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Nice book, strange narrator

  • By Susan on 01-14-06

Nice book, strange narrator

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-14-06

This is an interesting and entertaining historical romance. Some parts are a little over-detailed, but overall the book is enjoyable. The narrator, on the other hand, though compentent with a good voice and accent, is SUCKING on something and making awful wet noises throughout the whole book! It's very distracting and I can't believe she was allowed to suck on candy (or her dentures?) during the whole reading. I can't believe this wasn't edited out or corrected. It's just disgusting. I could still enjoy the book, but everytime there's a silence you hear this gruesome sucking noise. Gah. I would like more choice for unabridged historical romances, and would definitely try another work by this author. I will skip this narrator though. Ick.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • A Confederacy of Dunces

  • By: John Kennedy Toole
  • Narrated by: Barrett Whitener
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,746
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,452
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,460

The hero of John Kennedy Toole's incomparable, Pulitzer Prize-winning comic classic is one Ignatius J. Reilly, "huge, obese, fractious, fastidious, a latter-day Gargantua, a Don Quixote of the French Quarter". His story bursts with wholly original characters, denizens of New Orleans' lower depths, incredibly true-to-life dialogue, and the zaniest series of high and low comic adventures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well Done

  • By Jon on 09-18-05

Insanely Funny

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-28-05

This is one of those books I'd always heard the title of bandied about and never picked up. Now I feel like I am the last person in the world to be let into the secret society of Ignatious J. Reilly's fan club! This book is hilarious - more so for all the protaganist's horrific flaws, and for how the listener can shamefacedly see those flaws in her own life. This reading was very well done - I sat in front of my computer and laughed out loud. I want to listen to it all over again!

16 of 16 people found this review helpful