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  • Twist

  • Mageri, Book 2
  • By: Dannika Dark
  • Narrated by: Nicole Poole
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,301
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,128

Months after moving to the mysterious city of Cognito, Silver is developing her gifts as a Mage and learning how to live under new laws. She is forced to give up her old life and live in secret among the humans. There is finally hope of leading an ordinary life…until Logan Cross walks into it. Her chance meeting with Cross leads Silver close to discovering the identity of the nameless Mage who once stole her light and discovered the unique power she possesses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Powerful paranormal series!!!!

  • By Raye on 11-17-14

loved it!

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

Reviewed: 12-02-17

this is the second book in the series. Getting to know the characters, didn't really care for the heroine in this one but she kind of grows on you. When you understand her back story then you can understand more why she's a little bratty

  • Switching Hour: Magic and Mayhem Book One

  • By: Robyn Peterman
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Riggio
  • Length: 4 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 576
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 526
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 522

Released from the magic pokey and paroled with limited power is enough to make any witch grumpy. However, if you throw in a recently resurrected cat, a lime-green Kia, and a sexy egotistical werewolf, it's enough to make a gal fly off the edge. Not to mention a mission...with no freaking directions. So here I sit in Asscrack, West Virginia, trying to figure out how to complete my mysterious mission before All Hallows Eve when I'll get turned into a mortal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome Story and Performance!

  • By Cheri on 05-08-16

Not really worth a credit

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

Reviewed: 12-26-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I loved Robyn Peterman's "Hot Damned" series, but the first book in this series seems like a weak copycat (even though it was released first). I know Glenda, the main character, is kinda finding herself, but she is rather unlikable and 1 dimensional. Actually, most of the characters were pretty uninteresting, except for her cat.All the books in this series are only 4 or 5 hours long; that is why I don't think I will be spending anymore credits on them. Maybe if they were combined in an anthology I would buy it.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Predictable.

What three words best describe Stephanie Riggio’s voice?

Uninteresting, uninvolved, pleasant.

Do you think Switching Hour: Magic and Mayhem Book One needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

There are 3 more in the series, don't think I will bother with them

Any additional comments?

There are better books / series to use your credits on,

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • When He Was Bad

  • By: Cynthia Eden, Shelly Laurenston
  • Narrated by: Nick Toren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 286

Two of paranormal romance's best-selling authors combine their extraordinary talents and set your headphones on fire with an after-dark anthology featuring Alpha males so hot, so wild, and so bad, they may just be the best you've ever had...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Two shifter stories.

  • By Teresa on 11-12-14

Love the stories, Horrible Narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-07-15

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I will grab a Shelly Laurensten book every time! This story is fun and gives some back story on characters in her other books of this series. BUT...The narrator is awful. If a narrator can "make it or break it" for you, don't waste your credit on this audible version; read it instead.

What didn’t you like about Nick Toren’s performance?

One dimensional, boring, passionless. He could have been reading the NY Times Stock Report for all the enthusiasm he put into reading this. Basically, all he is doing is reading, not performing the story. It's hard to tell the difference when he switches between character dialogue and story narrative. He makes no effort to differentiate between character voices. Enough said, very poor narrator.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Sure!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Some Girls Bite

  • Chicagoland Vampires, Book 1
  • By: Chloe Neill
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Holloway
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,987
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,548
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,570

They killed me. They healed me. They changed me. Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn't exactly glamorous, but it was mine. I was doing fine until Chicago's vampires announced their existence to the world---and then a rogue vampire attacked me. But he only got a sip before he was scared away by another bloodsucker...and this one decided that the best way to save my life was to make me the walking undead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really Good Books!

  • By Nancy on 12-13-12

Great Story!!! Terrible Narrator...

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

Reviewed: 01-31-13

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I read the previous reviews and almost didn't bother with this book / series. The author is very good and the story line is interesting. I like the main characters even though it was kinda hard to get invested in them because the narrator is so bad. Her nasal voice is like fingers on a black board to me. She does little with making the characters unique and at times is so annoying that I found my mind drifting off and not following the story.I will have to think long and hard before spending credits on the second book to listen to. I may just get the print version so I can follow the story.Where is Tavia Gilbert when you need her!!!

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator is just plain hard to listen to. Sorry to see that it is the same one for the next several books.

Was Some Girls Bite worth the listening time?

The story; Yes. The narrator; NO

  • Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs

  • Half-Moon Hollow, Book 1
  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,053
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,549
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,561

Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed $25 in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refreshing take on the Paranormal Genre

  • By Captain Skurvy on 02-21-10

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 10-21-12

Any additional comments?

Fun new twist on the whole vampire craze. Characters are flawed and likeable and the narration is spot on. A fun romp through the supernatural!

  • Death's Excellent Vacation

  • By: Charlaine Harris (author/editor), Toni L. P. Kelner (editor), Amanda Ronconi, and others
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 12 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 670
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 397
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 398

It really can be an endless summer — if you’re immortal. Though a vampire would be ill-advised to take a cruise to Bermuda, the possibilities for getting away from it all — and maybe snacking on some unsuspecting tourist — are many.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Perfect Listen for a Vacation Getaway...

  • By Terry on 08-06-10

Don't Waste a Credit

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

Reviewed: 09-12-12

I bought this mainly to hear the Jeaniene Frost Story. I am SO glad that this was not my introduction to her writing because I doubt I would have explored her work any further. It wasn't the story, but the AWFUL narration. Bones is one of my favorite fictional characters, but this narrator made him boring and forgetable. Tavia Gilbert is such an outstanding narrator so why didn't they get her for this one? If she wasn't available, a narrator who could at least attempt Bone's Cockeny accent would have been nice. Cat's voice sounded like her mother's usually does, and her mother sounded like a sickly-sweet nurturing mommy, not the fun bitchie shrew she usually is.

The Charlene Harris story was good, my first time reading her work although I am an avid "True Blood" fan. When the HBO series is over I will definitely read the Snookie Stackhouse books.

The other stories were ok but the narration was substandard.

Bottom line, get this anthology in print and save you Audible credit for something else.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Halfway to the Grave

  • Night Huntress, Book 1
  • By: Jeaniene Frost
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,685
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,830
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,842

Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership. In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner…are there actually good vampires?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Total Guilty Pleasure!

  • By Wendy on 04-19-12

Loved Em All!

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

Reviewed: 08-27-12

No sense repeating all the rave reviews already posted. All I can say is read em and don't let the few negative negative reviews on the narrators portrayal of Bone's Brittish accent sway you. I'm no expert on accents, but since the character was born in England and also spent time in Australia, his accent could very well be a bit muddled! I think Tavia Gilbert's entire performance is A-#1 BRILLIANT!

I'm a grown up and thoroughly enjoyed this entire series. I read the first two "Twilight" books and found them somewhat entertainingg but too juvenile. The Twilight vamps were just too darn nice! What's the use of being a Vampire if you aren't gonna be "bad" once in awhile?? Cat and Bones and the rest of the Vamps in Frost's books are interesting, funny, charming, and definitely not afraid to be bad when the situation calls for it...

I'm on book 5, can't wait to listen to book 6 and hope book 7 isn't too far off!

Highly recommend.

P.S. Bones - I think I love you!

  • 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 34,950
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,679
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,751

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

Hooked after the first chapter

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

Reviewed: 03-22-12

Starts out a bit slow, but don't give up on it! After the first chapter I was hooked right through the end of the third book!

If the narrator "makes it or breaks it" for you, you will love this series. Simon Vance is a masterful narrator. Not "over the top" dramatic, but has a real talent for character voices that you won't have any trouble differntiating (sp?) between and following the story.

A real shame that Mr. Larsson is no longer with us, he was a very talented author.

Loved em all!

  • Rin Tin Tin

  • The Life and the Legend
  • By: Susan Orlean
  • Narrated by: Susan Orlean
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 132
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 111

"He believed the dog was immortal." So begins Susan Orlean’s sweeping, powerfully moving story of Rin Tin Tin’s journey from orphaned puppy to movie star and international icon. From the moment in 1918 when Corporal Lee Duncan discovers Rin Tin Tin on a World War I battlefield, he recognizes something in the pup that he needs to share with the world. Rin Tin Tin’s improbable introduction to Hollywood leads to the dog’s first blockbuster film and, over time, the many radio programs, movies, and television shows that follow.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hire a narrator!

  • By Sandra L. Hackett on 10-11-11

Save Your Credits...

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

Reviewed: 01-20-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Rin Tin Tin to be better than the print version?

No. The author should have bowed out to a more competent narrator. Her nasal and dispassionate reading really detracts from an interesting story. Frankly, she sounds somewhat bored with her own story!

What did you like best about this story?

The WWI information about how dogs were utilized was very interesting.

Would you be willing to try another one of Susan Orlean???s performances?

No

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

No

Any additional comments?

I only listened to about a third of this book and couldn't cope with the substandard narration. I went to the library and checked it out because I wanted to finish the book. Much more enjoyable to read in print. The narration really ruined it for me.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Room

  • A Novel
  • By: Emma Donoghue
  • Narrated by: Michal Friedman, Ellen Archer, Robert Petkoff, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,125
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,184
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,155

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma. Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, but what she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brought Room and the outside world to Life

  • By Daryl on 07-09-14

A Must Read/Listen

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-11

When I first read the synopsis of this book I didn't think I wanted to get it. Then I read some of the reviews from other readers and decided to give it a try. It was EXCELLENT! Very uplifting and a true example of how the human spirit can prevail.