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  • The Outlaw Demon Wails

  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Gigi Bermingham
  • Length: 16 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,148
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2,295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,298

To save the lives of her friends, Rachel did the unthinkable: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. And now her sins are coming home to haunt her. As Rachel searches for the truth behind a terrifying murder, an even greater menace threatens, for the demon Algaliarept will stop at nothing to claim her, and the discovery of a shocking family secret throws Rachel's entire life into question.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible Narration Take 2

  • By Carol on 02-27-08

Why?

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-27-09

I really love the whole Hollows series. It makes a great light listen for those stressed out times! My problem with this book was the narrator. I have NEVER had a problem with a narrator before... but this girl makes the whole book wrong somehow. I almost couldn't listen, as I was so distracted by her pronunciation of words and the voices she gave my favorite characters! Why would an audiobook company change narrators like this? I noticed that for the next book, the regular narrator is back and I am looking forward to listening to that book (if I can ever listen to the end of this one!)
My suggestion for Rachel Morgan fans... buy this book and read it yourself!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 34,091
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,885
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,958

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

Hmmmm....

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-31-08

While the book is certainly fascinating, it leaves a few questions unanswered. If you like a book with nothing left to the imagination, this is not your book. If you like to be left hanging at the end about a thing or two, this is for you! I would have given this a 5 star rating, but the ending was so... hmmmm!
Other than that, I agree that the beginning is quite slow, but it is worth the wait!
The characters are fabulous, and the mystery itself will keep you guessing until the very end.
I will definitely recommend the book and read more by the author.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Virtues of War

  • A Novel of Alexander the Great
  • By: Steven Pressfield
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 445
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 448

Alexander the Great (356-323 B.C.) ascended to the throne of Macedon at the age of 20. He fought his greatest battles, including the conquest of the mighty Persian Empire, before he was 25, and died at the age of 33, still undefeated by any enemy. His reputation as a supreme warrior and leader of men is unsurpassed in the annals of history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pressfield the Prodigy

  • By Michael on 10-07-08

Not a novel

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-14-05

This is not a novel. This is (maybe) a diary. Mostly, it is a war log. It gives excruciating detail on each battle Alexander fought (the formation, how many foot soldiers, how many cavalry, how the soldiers were equipped, each blow they landed). I listened to about half... waiting for the story to begin. When I realized that this was a military history tome, I stopped and moved on to something more interesting.

4 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Princes of Ireland

  • The Dublin Saga
  • By: Edward Rutherfurd
  • Narrated by: Richard Matthews
  • Length: 26 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,043
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 660
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 659

The saga begins in tribal, pre-Christian Ireland during the reign of the fierce and mighty High Kings at Tara, with the tale of two lovers whose travails cleverly echo the ancient Celtic legend of Cuchulainn. From that stirring beginning, Rutherfurd takes the reader on a powerfully imagined journey through the centuries. Through the interlocking stories of a memorable cast of characters we see Ireland through the lens of its greatest city.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely Summer Read

  • By D. Engle on 05-29-04

Fantastic

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-14-05

What an epic story... and so much of it is based in truth. As soon as I finished (after making many excuses to drive around more than necessary to listen a bit more) I looked up more books by this author. This book traces the history of Dublin through the lives of certain people/families and makes a very believeable and sweeping saga. I have never felt so proud of my trickle of Irish blood!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Time Stops for No Mouse

  • A Hermux Tantamoq Adventure
  • By: Michael Hoeye
  • Narrated by: Campbell Scott
  • Length: 5 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

Watchmaker Hermux Tantamoq is a hardworking mouse who is thankful for ordinary things: donuts, coffee, peaceful evenings at home with his pet ladybug. But his quiet life takes a dramatic turn when Ms. Linka Perflinger, dashing daredevil aviatrix and adventuress, bursts into his watch shop, drops off a broken watch and steals his heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Time Stops for No Mouse

  • By Tammy on 05-20-04

Quite splendid a story

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-14-05

Hmmmm... nothing much I can say without giving away something about this book. I will say that it is a very good story... adventure, love, deception, betrayal, loyalty... this was my first story by this author, but definitely not my last!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Second Summer of the Sisterhood

  • By: Ann Brashares
  • Narrated by: Amy Povich
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 390
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 125
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 124

With a bit of last summer's sand in the pockets, the Traveling Pants and the Sisterhood that wears them embark on their 16th summer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous

  • By Amy on 08-09-04

Another hit

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-14-05

Brashares does it again in the Second Summer! I was again drawn into the world of the Sisterhood, and I laughed and cried, felt lost and triumphed right along with the girls. If you haven't read the first book, I highly recommend doing so before falling into this one.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

  • By: Ann Brashares
  • Narrated by: Angela Goethals
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 731
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299

Carmen got the jeans at a thrift shop. They didn't look all that great; they were worn, dirty, and speckled with bleach. On the night before she and her friends part for the summer, Carmen decides to toss them. But Tibby says they're great. She'd love to have them. Lena and Bridget also think they're fabulous. Lena decides they should all try them on. Whoever they fit best will get them. Nobody knows why, but the pants fit everyone perfectly.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A great teen read...

  • By G Fletcher on 02-14-04

Draws you in

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-14-05

From the first chapter, I was drawn into the lives of Tibby, Lena, B, and Carmen. I think this story captures the lives of girls this age so wonderfully, and doesn't make unbelieveable things happen. It is a perfectly normal story in so many ways... but it has those magical pants that add the spice to the girls' lives. I recommend this book to anyone who holds in fond memory those teenage days!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Da Vinci Code

  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,181
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,701
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,753

While in Paris on business, Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon receives an urgent late-night phone call. The elderly curator of the Louvre has been murdered inside the museum, a baffling cipher found near the body. As Langdon and gifted French cryptologist, Sophie Neveu, sort through the bizarre riddle, they are stunned to discover a trail of clues hidden in the works of Da Vinci, clues visible for all to see and yet ingeniously disguised by the painter.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Adjust Your Perspective...

  • By E. Baxter on 11-13-03

Unpleasant surprise

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-14-05

I had heard so much about this book, and it turned out to be so much hype. The writing is shockingly awful. The subject seems to be so incredibly juicy, but it is poorly developed, and the writing makes the whole story intensely unbelieveable. The author uses such blatantly obvious techniques, like foreshadowing.... "He knew his only hope was a miracle... he prayed for a miracle... he didn't know that he would receive a miracle in a few hours." The author drags the story on and on but such annoying techniques as "I will tell you the secret... but you have to come into the library with me..." then cutting to something else going on for 20 minutes or so before coming back and recapping what is going on in the library. I cannot express my disappointment enough.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Eragon

  • The Inheritance Cycle, Book 1
  • By: Christopher Paolini
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,861
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,838
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,921

When Eragon finds a polished blue stone in the forest, he thinks it is the lucky discovery of a poor farm boy; perhaps it will buy his family meat for the winter. But when the stone brings a dragon hatchling, Eragon realizes he has stumbled upon a legacy nearly as old as the Empire itself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Saphira's voice sounds like Yoda!

  • By Kari on 04-27-14

I was skeptical...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-05-05

But I am so glad that I listened to this book! What a great story... well written, good character development, great plot and action. I love fantasy, but a lot of it tends to border on the absurd, and mostly sounds pretty dumb when read aloud, but this book was fantastic. I will definitely listen to the next story when it comes out.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Tishomingo Blues

  • By: Elmore Leonard
  • Narrated by: Frank Muller
  • Length: 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 294
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 135

Things are going along okay with Dennis' gig at the Tishomingo Lodge & Casino in Tunica, Mississippi, "the Casino Capital of the South", until the day he looks down from the high-dive platform and witnesses a mob hit, Dixie style.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Classic Leonard

  • By Laure on 08-15-04

Interesting read

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-24-05

I really enjoyed the book, though it wasn't exactly what I expected! I made the mistake of downloading this story onto my player instead of another book, and boy, was I confused at first! Once I realized that it was not the book I expected, I really enjoyed the story. The characters are interesting and colorful, and I can honestly say that I didn't see the plot unfolding as it did. This book was my first by the author, and I am sure that I will soon be listening to another.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful