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  • A Treacherous Curse

  • By: Deanna Raybourn
  • Narrated by: Angele Masters
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,185
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,094
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,092

London, 1888. As colorful and unfettered as the butterflies she collects, Victorian adventuress Veronica Speedwell can't resist the allure of an exotic mystery - particularly one involving her enigmatic colleague, Stoker. His former expedition partner has vanished from an archaeological dig with a priceless diadem unearthed from the newly discovered tomb of an Egyptian princess. This disappearance is just the latest in a string of unfortunate events that have plagued the controversial expedition, and rumors abound that the curse of the vengeful princess has been unleashed as the shadowy figure of Anubis himself stalks the streets of London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I rarely give a book a 5, but....

  • By bigdjunta on 04-27-18

Love the series

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

.An unorthodox sleuthing duo in Victorian England. Veronica Speedwell, the liberal lepidopterist finally finds out a bit more about Stoker's past as it comes back to haunt him in the midst of a missing person investigation. It touches upon Victorian England's fascination for all thing Egyptian. I have to admit I have a fondness for Stoker's older brother who likes to tease him while shamelessly flirting with Veronica. I'm a big fan of this series. I find the characters, the stories, and the narration enjoyable.

  • March Violets

  • By: Philip Kerr
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 903
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 909

Hailed by Salman Rushdie as a "brilliantly innovative thriller-writer", Philip Kerr is the creator of taut, gripping, noir-tinged mysteries set in Nazi-era Berlin that are nothing short of spellbinding. The first book of the Berlin Noir trilogy, March Violets introduces listeners to Bernie Gunther, an ex-policeman who thought he'd seen everything on the streets of 1930s Berlin - until he turned freelance and each case he tackled sucked him further into the grisly excesses of Nazi subculture.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the BEST

  • By Armen on 05-27-08

Mixed feelings, 3.0

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

Hmm, I have to say that I started this series toward the end and am just now getting around to starting from the beginning. That said, I don't think I would have continued with this series if this was the first one I had read. There is a brutality in it that I just don't care for. That said, I just don't think it feels as though it captured the atmosphere of Germany in the 1930's. Also, I find most sex scenes tedious because they add nothing to the plot, and these were no exception. Bernie just wasn't as fleshed out or as entertaining as in the later novels. I'm not ready to give up on this series yet. 3.0

  • Emma

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Jane Austen, Anna Lea - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Emma Thompson, Joanne Froggatt, Isabella Inchbald, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,050
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,128

This Audible Original production is narrated by Emma Thompson (Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA winner, Love Actually, Harry Potter, Sense and Sensibility), with a full supporting cast including Joanne Froggatt, Morgana Robinson, Aisling Loftus, Joseph Millson, Alexa Davies and rising star Isabella Inchbald as our eponymous heroine.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More of a Radio Drama than an audiobook

  • By Cyberlucy on 09-11-18

not for me

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

Reviewed: 01-19-19

Emma Thompson's narration is always good, but the rest of the dramatization really needed better editing. There were ticking noises in the background, and not all of the other actors were recorded at the same volume. I enjoy JA's writing and her annoying characters bring humor to her stories, but to have a clueless protagonist's point of view narrating a story is just too annoying for me.

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  • The Willows

  • By: Algernon Blackwood
  • Narrated by: Nick Sampson
  • Length: 2 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 44

Perhaps Blackwood's most celebrated story, The Willows was influenced heavily by his own trips down the Danube River. It tells the story of two campers who pick the wrong place to sleep for the night, a place where another dimension impinges on our own. H.P. Lovecraft considered this the finest supernatural tale in English literature.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Short, Sweet, Creepy

  • By Elisabeth on 01-17-19

Short, Sweet, Creepy

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

A truly classic tale of the supernatural. It is more of a psychological suspense story than today's definition of horror which invariably includes blood, gore, and mayhem. it is easy to see how this story could have influenced Lovecraft. It starts a little slow, but as it is a novella, this does not last long. The narration is very unobtrusive. Do not listen to on a camping trip.

  • Dreadful Company

  • By: Vivian Shaw
  • Narrated by: Suzannah Hampton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 448
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444

When Greta Helsing, doctor to the undead, is unexpectedly called to Paris to present at a medical conference, she expects nothing more exciting than professional discourse on zombie reconstructive surgery and skin disease in bogeymen - and hopefully at least one uneventful night at the Opera. Unfortunately for Greta, Paris happens to be infested with a coven of vampires - and not the civilized kind. If she hopes to survive, Greta must navigate the darkest corners of the City of Lights, the maze of ancient catacombs and mine-tunnels underneath the streets.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Better than the first

  • By amazinbuyerAB on 08-08-18

Vamps in Paris

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

Reviewed: 01-03-19

At a conference in Paris, Ruthven's past rears it's ugly head. New monsters are introduced, though the story revolves around vampires.I read the second book right after the first. I am really enjoying the series. I like the characters and the world building. I am looking forward to seeing what direction the series takes. Thankfully this book had better narration editing.

  • Strange Practice

  • By: Vivian Shaw
  • Narrated by: Susanna Hampton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,540
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,450
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,442

Dr. Greta Helsing has inherited the family's highly specialized and highly peculiar medical practice. She treats the undead for a host of ills - vocal strain in banshees, arthritis in barrow-wights, and entropy in mummies. It's a quiet, supernatural-adjacent life until a sect of murderous monks emerges, killing human and undead Londoners alike. As terror takes hold of the city, Greta must use her unusual skills to stop the cult if she hopes to save her practice - and her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely Delightful

  • By Mary on 01-10-18

Editing problems

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this introduction to a new series. It is character driven and slow paced as we get to know this cast of characters which inhabits the supernatural community of London. Greta is the character the series is based on, but it is actually more of an ensemble with a shifting POV. I like that Greta, as an overworked, underfunded human doctor is not some super hero and actually gets tired and knows her limitations. That said, she can step up when the need arises.
The characters names took some sorting out at the beginning; figuring out what and who they were. The main gripe is the editing of the narration. Someone really dropped the ball on this one. There are extreme transitions, including POV, without the slightest pause in the narration. This is jarring and was totally unnecessary.
I am looking forward to revisiting this cast of characters and being introduced to some new ones.

  • The Queen

  • Aretha Franklin
  • By: Mikal Gilmore
  • Narrated by: Adenrele Ojo
  • Length: 3 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,766
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,393
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,384

You know her voice. Now hear her story.

Audible has teamed up with Rolling Stone to produce an uncompromisingly honest Audible Original that honors the life and legacy of the incomparable Aretha Franklin. Aretha’s universal appeal was evident from the release of her first album at age 14 through her nearly 50 Top 40 hits. Yet this intimate biography reminds us that Aretha knew pain as much as she knew glory. It was the blues, residing deep within her soul, that gave way to a voice able to lift millions with a profound sense of freedom, self-worth, and undeniable talent to rise above sorrow.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I learned so much

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-15-18

skims the surface

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

Reviewed: 12-22-18

An okay review of Franklin's life performed by a good narrator. This is a book, and not a compilation of her songs. It is short, it was free, and I could finish it. It was not something I could have listened to all in one sitting. It is not in depth; it skims the surface while covering a lot of years in a short amount of time.

  • The Fall of the House of Cabal

  • The Johannes Cabal Novels, Book 5
  • By: Jonathan L. Howard
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Guy Smith
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 521
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 479
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 479

Johannes Cabal, a necromancer of some little infamy, has come into possession of a vital clue that may lead him to his ultimate goal: a cure for death. The path is vague, however, and certainly treacherous as it takes him into strange territories that, quite literally, no one has ever seen before. The task is too dangerous to venture upon alone, so he must seek assistance - comrades for the coming travails.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One selfish plea

  • By Marianne on 05-07-17

A quest for the fountain of youth or an acid trip?

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

Reviewed: 12-14-18

What the Cabal books have in common is that the dialog and internal musings are hilarious. What they do not have in common is the genres. As the author explains from the start, 'who wants to read the same thing over and over again' and while you're at it, if you haven't read the first four books in the series you should. This fifth installment could be described as a quest, on acid. Some of the places visited are real and some are not. Will Cabal find a cure for death or will they all end up dead?
I'm still not happy with the narration of Horst, but it is not bad enough to drag me out of the story.
My only complaint would be if this book is the last in the series, as I would truly miss this series.

  • Hi Bob!

  • By: Bob Newhart
  • Narrated by: Will Ferrell, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,807
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,905
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,813

In Hi Bob!, American icon Bob Newhart gets together one-on-one with a handpicked cohort of luminaries in the world of entertainment, whom he happens to be friends with. Bob gets deep with each performer about their aspirations, their careers, how they got started, and how they grew to be where they are today. They make TV shows, movies, or albums, but they all like telling stories.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really well edited, funny, sincere

  • By RCC on 09-24-18

4.5 stars

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

I'm biased, I love Bob Newhart. The others are funny too. It's rather short at 3 1/2 hours; leaves one wanting more.

  • Blue Lily, Lily Blue

  • Book 3 of the Raven Cycle
  • By: Maggie Stiefvater
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,955
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,814
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,809

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs. The trick with found things, though, is how easily they can be lost. Friends can betray. Mothers can disappear. Visions can mislead. Certainties can unravel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Book 4 hopefully

  • By Laura on 01-12-15

Kept My Interest

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

Love the series so far though this one is not my favorite. It is definitely not a stand alone. Things happen, but it feels disjointed, and in the end there are a lot of threads left hanging. Still the characters are compelling enough to carry the story.
As for the narration, the narrator is good but not the right fit for this series.
Brief synopsis; school is back in session, more bad people come to town, more dreams and dream revelations, Adam gets his day in court, much spelunking, missing are found, some crazy people are introduced, Adam hatches a fiendish blackmail plot, Gansey and Blue dance around their attraction for each other. Not so much a plot as a melange.