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  • The Valley of the Moon

  • By: Jack London
  • Narrated by: Josh Smith
  • Length: 18 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

"The Valley of the Moon" (1913) is a novel by American writer Jack London. The valley where it is set is located north of the San Francisco Bay Area in Sonoma County, California where Jack London was a resident; he built his ranch in Glen Ellen. A road novel 50 years before Kerouac, The Valley of the Moon traces the odyssey of Billy and Saxon Roberts from the labor strife of Oakland at the turn of the century through central and northern California in search of beautiful land they can farm independently.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it!

  • By ShirleyC on 01-27-19

Intolerable Narration

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

Reviewed: 01-12-19

The narrator reads as though there is no punctuation in the text, and he making it up as he goes along.
A shame, I love the story. Going back to reading this one.

  • Mark Twain. The Complete Novels

  • By: Mark Twain
  • Narrated by: James Hamill
  • Length: 88 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

This Audiobook contains the complete novels of Mark Twain: "The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today", "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer", "The Prince and the Pauper", "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court", "The American Claimant", "Tom Sawyer Abroad", "The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson", "Tom Sawyer, Detective", "Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc", "A Horse's Tale, The Mysterious Stranger".

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Pending further analysis.

  • By Shawn G on 01-17-19

Seriously? Not organized by title?

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-11-19

This entire set of 12 novels is spread over eight parts... None of which are titled or annotated in any way to allow for any kind of navigation buy work. You literally have to download all 8 parts, and then skip around through them all, trying to guess what work you're in and find what you're looking for.

Even if it's this cheap and taken from the public domain, come on people ...... this is totally lazy to the point of making it impossible to use and enjoy.

And the narrations range from just tolerable to the truly awful and unbearable.

You get what you pay for.

37 of 39 people found this review helpful

  • Treasure Island

  • By: Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Narrated by: Josh Collins
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

"Treasure Island" is an adventure novel by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson, narrating a tale of "buccaneers and buried gold". Its influence is enormous on popular perceptions of pirates, including such elements as treasure maps marked with an "X", schooners, the Black Spot, tropical islands, and one-legged seamen bearing parrots on their shoulders. "Treasure Island" is traditionally considered a coming-of-age story and is noted for its atmosphere, characters, and action. It is one of the most frequently dramatized of all novels.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • come on.

  • By Nicole St Germain on 10-02-18

Great Pirate Narration!

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

Great story, of course, and suitable for kids.
This narrator does a great pirate voice, which of course is key for Long John Silver, arrrgh!

  • Collected Short Stories

  • By: H. P. Lovecraft
  • Narrated by: Brian Kelly, Dale Condon, Shane Hannigan, and others
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    2.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 25

This work contains the collected short stories of H.P Lovecraft: "The Festival", "He", "Cool Air", "In the Vault", "Pickman's Model", "The Nameless City", "The Alchemist", "The Very Old Folk", "Rats in the Walls", "From Beyond", "The Hound", "The Strange High House in the Mist", "The Unnamable - Hypnos", "The Quest of Iranon", "The Temple", "The Moon Bog", "The Evil Clergyman", "The Horror at Martin's Beach", "The Silver Key", "The Transition of Juan Romero", "The Other Gods", "The Outsider".

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Bad Readers, Interesting stories

  • By Trent Edwards on 09-07-18

Truly horrible narrations.

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

[Readers should know that it seems all of these narrations were taken from the public domain as part of the project known as LibriVox. While it is a noble endeavor, it means that any volunteer can record and submit an audio narration of works of literature free of copyright.]

However, you would think that with key works of literature like these, they would still be more picky about who they allowed to narrate. We're talking about narrations done in incongruous (and *very thick*) foreign accents, and narrators who can't pronounce common words like "strength" or "escape", and other glaring and unforgiveable issues with the recordings.

They are free however... So what can you say.

  • 10 Masterpieces You Have to Listen Before You Die 2

  • By: Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, Kate Chopin, and others
  • Narrated by: Brian Kelly, Sinead Dixon, Claire Walsh, and others
  • Length: 74 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 30

This Audiobook contains the following works arranged alphabetically by authors last names: "Emma" by Jane Austen, "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Brontë, "The Awakening" by Kate Chopin, "Heart of Darkness" byJoseph Conrad, "Crime and Punishment" by Fyodor Dostoevsky, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" by F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Call of the Wild" by Jack London, "The Dunwich Horror" by H.P Lovecraft, "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu, "The Importance of Being Earnest" by Oscar Wilde.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Awful Narrations...but practically free.

  • By SpiderGrrl on 01-11-19

Awful Narrations...but practically free.

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

readers should know that it seems all of these narrations were taken from the public domain as part of the project known as LibriVox. while it is a noble endeavor, it means that any volunteer can record and submit an audio narration of works of literature free of copyright.

However, you would think that with key works of literature like these, they would still be more picky about who they allowed to narrate. we're talking about narrations in incongruous (and very thick) foreign accents, narrators who can't pronounce common words like "strength" or "expect", and other glaring and Unforgivable issues with the recordings.

They are free however... So what can you say.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

  • The Fifth Knight

  • By: E. M. Powell
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 138
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 140

To escape a lifetime of poverty, mercenary Sir Benedict Palmer agrees to one final, lucrative job: help King Henry II's knights seize the traitor Archbishop Thomas Becket at Canterbury Cathedral. But what begins as a clandestine arrest ends in cold blooded murder. And when Fitzurse, the knights' ringleader, kidnaps Theodosia, a beautiful young nun who witnessed the crime, Palmer can sit silently by no longer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tale of historical murder and unexpected love

  • By Pat on 03-28-14

Was the Jew bashing necessary?

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

Reviewed: 12-26-18

Very light-hearted, light-weight rewriting of historical events to make a very juvenile "romance"... but features some blatant trashing of Jews by a teenage nun, absolutely nothing to do with the plot except to render her an ignorant bigot...
Really? Stick to teen romances and leave religious persecution out of your writing.

  • Edinburgh Twilight

  • Ian Hamilton Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Carole Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 725
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 600

Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton is no stranger to Edinburgh's darkest crimes. Scarred by the mysterious fire that killed his parents, he faces his toughest case yet when a young man is found strangled in Holyrood Park. With little evidence aside from a strange playing card found on the body, Hamilton engages the help of his aunt, a gifted photographer, and George Pearson, a librarian with a shared interest in the criminal mind.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dark and Depressing . . . did I say DEPRESSING!!!

  • By Glenda on 11-12-17

Can't stand this narrator!

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

Reviewed: 11-13-18

Ugh... this is the 3rd interesting book this narrator has ruined for me. His male character voices are ok, but geez his narration is so mechanical and pedantic, it's like nails on a chalkboard to me, and the female voicings are laughable. Literally.
:s

  • Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets

  • An Audible Original
  • By: John Woolf, Nick Baker
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,915
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,969
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,922

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society? 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Please, have mercy and cut out the sound effects

  • By Areader on 11-29-18

Loved it, and Sherlock surprise bonus!!

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

Loved it! Entertaining, informative, and even touching. And bonus: a chapter on Sherlock Holmes with audio interview of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle!! ♡♡♡

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • White Rose, Black Forest

  • By: Eoin Dempsey
  • Narrated by: Napoleon Ryan
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,206
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,037
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,040

December 1943. In the years before the rise of Hitler, the Gerber family’s summer cottage was filled with laughter. Now, as deep drifts of snow blanket the Black Forest, German dissenter Franka Gerber is alone and hopeless. Fervor and brutality have swept through her homeland, taking away both her father and her brother and leaving her with no reason to live. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story. One big annoying problem with the narration.

  • By W. Macindoe on 03-18-18

Narrator is UNBEARABLE.

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

Reviewed: 09-15-18

I gave it a chapter, but I can't stand the narrator. His lilt is like a programmed synthetic voice... His breathy falsetto for the female lead literally made me laugh out loud. UGH.

  • A Steep Price

  • (Tracy Crosswhite, Book 6)
  • By: Robert Dugoni
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,792
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,516
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,507

Called in to consult after a young woman disappears, Tracy Crosswhite has the uneasy feeling that this is no ordinary missing-persons case. When the body turns up in an abandoned well, Tracy’s suspicions are confirmed. Estranged from her family, the victim had balked at an arranged marriage and had planned to attend graduate school. But someone cut her dreams short. Solving the mystery behind the murder isn’t Tracy’s only challenge. The detective is keeping a secret of her own: she’s pregnant.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent character driven mystery!

  • By shelley on 06-27-18

Accents are horrible....story just ok.

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

Reviewed: 09-14-18

Accents are horrible...REALLY bad.
Story is just ok, and very predictable... my least favorite of this series.
I did enjoy delving into Faz's life though.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful