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  • The Testament of Loki

  • By: Joanne M. Harris
  • Narrated by: Allan Corduner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 104
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

The end of the world - also known as Ragnarok to the Norse gods - has occurred, and Loki has been trapped in a seemingly endless purgatory, in torture, until he finds a way to escape. It seems that he still exists in the minds of humanity and uses that as a way to our time. Back in the ninth world (Earth), Loki finds himself sharing the mind of a teenage girl named Jumps, who is a bit of a mess.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Very disappointed after such promising first book. My review comes with a some spoilers so you have been told...

  • By C. Souza on 09-04-18

Very disappointed after such promising first book. My review comes with a some spoilers so you have been told...

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

Reviewed: 09-04-18

I loved the first previous book by the author. It follow very closed to the Original Norse Mythology but given some extra liberties bring that was a book on the view point of Loki, not usually as Thor or Odin. I truly enjoyed. It was interesting that the author chose to give sort of nicknames for names that most people would have hard time to remember or to pronounce. Ok loved first book. Went ahead and got second book right after ... so,let me tell you that the Norse Mythology though did not end at the first book to me it did. The second book its the traditional YA book authors will take any Mythology, Fairytale or Theme and turn into teen 16 -17 girl base material. Don’t get me wrong I have lots of YA w teen heroine books but honestly Im choose when come to those cause I just don’t have patience with most teen drama. I also enjoy Most Rick Riordan books with Mythological theme so I can take authors taking liberties with gods and myth creatures. However personally I just didn’t enjoy Loki interactions with the main character. I didn’t buy his way too modern vocabulary though he clearly didn’t know anything about our technology, culture and mannerisms he seemed way too comfortable. Then later out of the blue we find out heroine is also into girls though (Im actually gay myself, so Im not against gay characters at all) only because Loki kind moves on into a girl and you have even gone into the next base but the story moves into a next plot. Then after Loki “open her mind” she decided that she was interested into getting to know the girl and go on a date. Again I don’t like how the author moved the story into another path. I did enjoy the interactions among the gods but that’s constantly been pestered by the “teen characters”. Last the little bits of the Norse realm also happens in a video game based upon Asgard and its inhabitants. After such great Mythological first book this second one felt cheap, like the author didn’t have more inspiration to continue after Ragnarok so she went after the overdone YA 16 years old girl and its teen drama. I wish she had move on to a Greek, Egyptian or Celtic Mythological story. I hope I can return this book, though I ll keep the first book, the story was completed and should have been left at that.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Wrinkle in Time

  • By: Madeleine L'Engle
  • Narrated by: Hope Davis, Ava DuVernay, Madeleine L'Engle, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,889
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,066
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,077

Meg Murry, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their mother are having a midnight snack on a dark and stormy night when an unearthly stranger appears at their door. He claims to have been blown off course and goes on to tell them that there is such a thing as a "tesseract", which, if you didn't know, is a wrinkle in time. Meg's father had been experimenting with time travel when he suddenly disappeared. Will Meg, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin outwit the forces of evil as they search through space for their father?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank You for a New Narrator

  • By Patricia on 02-01-12

Do little kids use the kind of vocabulary the little boy in the book does?

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

Reviewed: 01-09-18

To begin a love the concept of the book. The narrator was pleasant to hear, which is in itself a big plus. I liked the main character a lot , but the little boy really annoyed me. He speaks like an adult! Perhaps if the little boy had a more child like voice? Instead to my ears it comes across a precocious teen. So every single time he spoke a bored genius child I wanted to forward... lol .. I probably would just skip his sentences if I could but I was afraid to loose the context of the story. But other than that I loved the book!

  • Fire and Fury

  • Inside the Trump White House
  • By: Michael Wolff
  • Narrated by: Michael Wolff, Holter Graham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,726
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,463
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,361

With extraordinary access to the West Wing, Michael Wolff reveals what happened behind-the-scenes in the first nine months of the most controversial presidency of our time in Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House. Since Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, the country—and the world—has witnessed a stormy, outrageous, and absolutely mesmerizing presidential term that reflects the volatility and fierceness of the man elected Commander-in-Chief.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as credible as one would like.

  • By Jerry R. Nokes Jr. on 01-29-18

Fun book, I hope its turned into a movie !

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

Reviewed: 01-08-18

2017 to me was a sort of dramatic soap opera and this book emphasizes it well. My partner and I had good laughs listening while on a long road trip. Who knows if all is true, perhaps somethings got embellished but just by what we see on the news and rumors around DC sounds like very close to truth. The narrator did an excellent job. Altogether the book is a lot more interesting and fun. I’d say I wish the book didn’t revolve so much around Bannon, but maybe he was the most important source, so given credit for what was due. I just wish the book was longer.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,556
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,102
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,063

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Premise Within an Excellent Story

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 07-30-17

An epic evolution of two worlds

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

Reviewed: 12-06-17

I must confess I was very surprised how much I enjoyed this book! Both narrators did an excellent job and though that alone may give reason to listen to a mediocre story , this is not the case here., even so the plot wasn’t something new. I was amazed how the tale of creatures such as spiders were fleshed and turned into such compelling characters. In fact mostly I was cheering for the spiders ! Very fun sci-fi book.

  • Aye, Robot

  • A Rex Nihilo Adventure - Starship Grifters, Book 2
  • By: Robert Kroese
  • Narrated by: J.D. Ledford
  • Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 377
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352

After interstellar con man Rex Nihilo hijacks a cargo freighter on a whim, he decides that he, and his long-suffering robot sidekick Sasha, have found their calling as space pirates. But when the ship's cargo turns out to be a cryogenically frozen religious fanatic who holds the secret to a vast galactic conspiracy, Rex and Sasha find themselves on the run from real pirates - as well as agents of the oppressive Malarchy, crazy space cultists, and the Ursa Minor mafia. If Rex is going to get out of this jam alive, he might just have to save the galaxy - again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Story with Bonus Novella, Recording needs review.

  • By Todd Bowman on 08-25-17

Please bring back the original narrator!!!

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

Reviewed: 11-24-17

I'm gonna be honest my review is only based upon the narrator. I loved the first book it was funny and the story was appealing. This narra

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • A Plague of Giants

  • A Novel
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels, Xe Sands
  • Length: 22 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,828
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,673
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,656

Mother and warrior. Scholar and spy. Rebel and hero. Set in a magical world of terror and wonder, this audiobook is a deeply felt epic of courage and war, in which the fates of these three characters intertwine - and where ordinary people become heroes, and their lives become legend.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining but dissapointing

  • By Roland on 11-20-17

I love The Iron Druids, but couldn't feel for this new series.

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

Reviewed: 11-24-17

I'm gonna say I was curious about this book for some reason I dislike this book from the beginning. which in a way it's so odd since I've become real fond of Luke Daniels' voice. I have given a try to several books that he narrates and kept many. Plague of Giants sadly is not a book I intend to keep nor continue reading. I don't know , to be honest I barely made into the second chapter and I had to stop. The female narrator just made de story seem like words mumbled without meaning. The book lacked some appealing from the very beginning maybe it's the style it has a D&D feel and I seldom like those books.
Sorry but I'm returning this book for my credit back.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Treasury of Egyptian Mythology

  • Classic Stories of Gods, Goddesses, Monsters & Mortals
  • By: Donna Jo Napoli
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Length: 3 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

The new National Geographic Treasury of Egyptian Mythology is a stunning tableau of Egyptian myths, including those of pharaohs, queens, the boisterous Sun God Ra, and legendary creatures like the Sphinx. The lyrical storytelling of award-winning author Donna Jo Napoli dramatizes the timeless tales of ancient Egypt in the year when Angelina Jolie will make Cleopatra a multimedia star.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome!!

  • By VampirePlacebo on 06-02-15

Wonderful short book about Egyptian Mythology

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

Reviewed: 11-08-17

There aren’t that many audiobooks on Mythology and those found tend to be about Greek Mythology, which don’t get me wrong, I adore!
Anyways, This book would be good from kids to adults... the author purposely let sexual mentions so light that I believe one would be more worried about the few violent acts described there were few but kept. I’ m a fanatic about Mythology so I can say again the book is light as can be to at least faithful to the stories otherwise one better watch Disney Hercules which is mangled and distorted to become Disney approved. Again back to the book, though short I loved that it was written as a series of stories in a timeline frame instead of randomly selected. The list of gods and goddesses aren’t very long but I would assume that audiobook versions at times lack the visual content that such books would otherwise provide such as images and table contents with list and information . However I should say in the audiobook defense many gods were given such info at the end of the book.
Hope this review gives you an idea about the book without revealing too much.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Junkyard Druid

  • The Colin McCool Paranormal Suspense Series, Book 1
  • By: M.D. Massey
  • Narrated by: Steven Barnett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 510
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 475
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 474

A cursed druid, blackmailed by a faery queen to find a missing magic rock. Let's just hope they don't hack the druid off...for everyone's sake. Name's Colin McCool. Folks call me the Junkyard Druid. I hate that name. Despite my last name, I'm not "cool" like the other hunters in town. I don't run an occult bookstore, I've never owned a Harley, and I didn't inherit a family fortune passed down through generations of hunters before me. And I kind of have this curse on me that's messed up my life.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Della on 04-06-17

Great book !!!

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

Reviewed: 04-09-17

Have you listened to any of Steven Barnett’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No. But I really liked, specially the action moments , this Narrator is able to convey the emotions from the characters.

Any additional comments?

I loved this book and I think that most fans of the Iron Druid and Harry Dresden will like it! I'm curious to see the development of the story. The book one is building up its world. So far some Celtic Mythology involved, fairies, witches, vampires, werewolves. I'm afraid to give to many details and spoil the fun hehe

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Ever After High

  • The Secret Diary of Raven Queen
  • By: Heather Alexander
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 2 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8

I'm so hexcited for spring break! It's royally disappointing that Dad has to cut our time together short, but it's royally cool that I get to spend the break with my best friends forever after, Madeline Hatter and Cerise Hood! I just hope I can shake this fairy, fairy weird feeling I've been having. It's almost as if my mom, the Evil Queen, put a curse on me! But she's in mirror prison, so that's impossible...right? Maybe I'm just losing my crown!

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Of all Ever After High Books this is mediocre!

  • By C. Souza on 02-10-17

Of all Ever After High Books this is mediocre!

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

Reviewed: 02-10-17

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Perhaps if this book have been given a fresh new story, new adventures and new characters. It felt like there was nothing new to say so the author tried to use the material that exists and used a story that have been chewed over and over to the cartoon and at least one previous book. Very disappointed... perhaps if Raven had instead wrote fragments of stories there are new to fans would been at least refreshing.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I'll give a try for upcoming audiobooks of Ever After High after i have a change to at least read a little bit at a book story before make a point to buy an audiobook version.

Which scene was your favorite?

Hard to say I truly dislike this book with a passion that spoiled everything else about it.

What character would you cut from Ever After High?

I guess I couldn't say Raven since the book was about her... so in that case id have cut Maddie and Cerise and brought in more obscure characters.

Any additional comments?

So far Ive loved the series... though some books I enjoyed best than others this book was a chore to listen... I was sadly glad that was a short book or Id have to skip a lot of chapters. I followed Ever After High web episodes, movies and all previous books but this one left me with a bitter taste of disappointment ... my first reaction when I saw was surprise and thought i had a gut feeling that it was probably a boring book, I still gave it try. The Narrator did a great job as all previous books. But the material the author had to work with was the problem. The book also mentions the movie Dragon Games and that was the only cool thing worthy of notice. Why Mattel wasted a book with such potential it baffles me. Perhaps Im being too picky, but I felt cheated for the short time and price of the audiobook. perhaps if was $4 id been ok. But i spent the money I could buy one of the many books I have on my wish list for a mediocre book. Sorry this was one of the most negative reviews I ever done.

  • Message in a Bottle

  • By: Nicholas Sparks
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Schraf
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 257

Divorced and disillusioned about relationships, Theresa Osborne is jogging when she finds a bottle on the beach. Inside is a letter of love and longing to "Catherine", signed simply "Garrett". Challenged by the mystery and pulled by emotions she doesn't fully understand, Theresa begins a search for this man that will change her life. What happens to her is unexpected, perhaps miraculous - an encounter that embraces all our hopes for finding someone special, for having a love that is timeless and everlasting.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book! Totally surprised by the ending.

  • By Doug Wilkie on 09-21-15

Predictable, corny ... narrator did a good job

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

Reviewed: 12-26-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The story started very well, got my interest specially for the narrator nice voice and pace. The male character was so boring ... and very unbelievable ... from mourning his dead wife till desperate in love with the main character. He was fickle... In a way there are plenty of people like that in real life. But for the sake being a good book story ... i just didn't like. At least the end to me made the story redeemable.

What could Nicholas Sparks have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Again ... I don't like love first sight romances. I read plenty of that in YA books and I hate it ... however many of those books I can ignore the romance. But this is a romance book. To me wasn't for the narrator I'd have stopped right ... I hate fickle and desperate characters. I must confess I do like the movie versions of many of his books.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Kimberly Schraf?

Yes I would. She did a great job and she sort of reminds me a little of Marguerite Gavin, which I like very much.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Message in a Bottle?

I'd have kept most of the book apart from the fickle moments of the male character... maybe let their story go a little longer and time to built their relationship the way the author did on The Notebook and Dear John