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  • Ash and Quill

  • By: Rachel Caine
  • Narrated by: Julian Elfer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 282
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 284

Hoarding all the knowledge of the world, the Great Library jealousy guards its secrets. But now a group of rebels poses a dangerous threat to its tyranny. Jess Brightwell and his band of exiles have fled London, only to find themselves imprisoned in Philadelphia, a city led by those who would rather burn books than submit. But Jess and his friends have a bargaining chip: the knowledge to build a machine that will break the library's rule.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator messed up! Bad editing!

  • By Alicia on 07-25-17

Weird narration, book 3 of 5

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

Reviewed: 09-01-17

The narration job is sloppy. The first two books were excellent, but this one has some stuff I haven't heard in the 250+ books I've listened to. I have never EVER hear an big blatant error, but in the middle of a sentence the narrator stops talking, says "Sorry!" and cuts off, then abruptly starts again on what I can only hope was the next sentence.

They clearly had to go back and re-record many words or phrases, and it is impossible to miss. Suddenly a sentence will echo, or be much louder, or have crummy sound quality.

The narrator has trouble keeping track of whose accent he should be using at various times. The result in some scenes is a mishmash of accent switching mid-sentence as he realizes who is talking. That one is on him, not the production.

I liked the book, but thought it was the end of a trilogy. Surprise! It's apparently going to be a five book set. I'll be happy about this years from now when I've read them all, but right now I'm just in the agony of thinking I would get resolution and learning I have another two books to wait for.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

  • By: Ransom Riggs
  • Narrated by: Jesse Bernstein
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,460
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13,936
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,948

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets 16-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It might be better to actually read this.

  • By Ariel on 07-25-11

Horrendous narration.

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

Reviewed: 02-24-17

It's not just that the accents are bad, though they are bad. They're "person doing accents they've only read about" bad. The narration is childish. Characters who have interesting personalities and individual perspectives all blend together in a sing-songy, vaguely British, petulant, goopy slop. I have no idea if this was a good book, because it was hard to mentally build anything on top of such a poor performance. I'm sorry, Ransom Riggs. I can only assume you had no control over this guy doing the rest of your books.

  • Furiously Happy

  • A Funny Book About Horrible Things
  • By: Jenny Lawson
  • Narrated by: Jenny Lawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,938
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,159
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,137

Audie Award, Humor, 2016. In Furiously Happy, number-one New York Times best-selling author Jenny Lawson explores her lifelong battle with mental illness. A hysterical, ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety? That sounds like a terrible idea. But terrible ideas are what Jenny does best.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Small doses.

  • By Shawna on 10-18-15

Glorious, wonderful, hilarious!

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

Reviewed: 09-28-15

Different from her first book and equally wonderful. Less wild random memoir and more hilariously insightful analysis. Read them both!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • How to Be a Woman

  • By: Caitlin Moran
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Moran
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,954
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,787
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,778

Though they have the vote and the Pill and haven't been burned as witches since 1727, life isn't exactly a stroll down the catwalk for modern women. They are beset by uncertainties and questions: Why are they supposed to get Brazilians? Why do bras hurt? Why the incessant talk about babies? And do men secretly hate them? Caitlin Moran interweaves provocative observations on women's lives with laugh-out-loud funny scenes from her own, from adolescence to her development as a writer, wife, and mother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hysterical manual for the 21st century woman

  • By mendolynne on 11-05-12

Fabulous read

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

Reviewed: 08-09-15

I work with college aged women. I want every single one of them, and every one of my friends, to read this book.

  • Leaving Everything Most Loved

  • Maisie Dobbs, Book 10
  • By: Jacqueline Winspear
  • Narrated by: Orlagh Cassidy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,145
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,020
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,014

The year is 1933. Maisie Dobbs is contacted by an Indian gentleman who has come to England in the hopes of finding out who killed his sister two months ago. Scotland Yard failed to make any arrest in the case, and there is reason to believe they failed to conduct a thorough investigation. The case becomes even more challenging when another Indian woman is murdered just hours before a scheduled interview. Meanwhile, unfinished business from a previous case becomes a distraction, as does a new development in Maisie's personal life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Out of the ball park again

  • By Jeanette Finan on 03-29-13

A hideous abomination

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

Reviewed: 08-07-15

Remember that series you enjoyed? The one whose story you and many other fans hoped would go in a particular arc? The author finally heard you! She was pissed, and she intentionally blew up her series in response.

This is my only explanation. This book reads as revenge against a person (that's you, dear reader, who have invested in her last twelve books!) who has very much angered and wronged the author.

You wanted a happy ending? She will take that ending and shred it torturously to pieces before you, so that you may view each hideous twist of her knife. You are then permitted to view your happy ending's steaming carcass and attempt to squint at it sideways so as to retrospectively enjoy the five seconds of happiness the characters got.

The author thanks you for your patronage all these years.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Primates of Park Avenue

  • Adventures Inside the Secret Sisterhood of Manhattan Moms
  • By: Wednesday Martin Ph.D.
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Maby
  • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 888
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 791
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 787

Like an urban Dian Fossey, Wednesday Martin decodes the primate social behaviors of Upper East Side mothers in a brilliantly original and witty memoir about her adventures assimilating into that most secretive and elite tribe. After marrying a man from the Upper East Side and moving to the neighborhood, Wednesday Martin struggled to fit in. Drawing on her background in anthropology and primatology, she tried looking at her new world through that lens, and suddenly things fell into place.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Lord, Someone Help These People

  • By Elizabeth on 06-04-15

WARNING: Intense pregancy/child loss discussion

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

Reviewed: 08-01-15

I really enjoyed this book, which describes vapid, ridiculous people who are actually living, breathing humans. A description of this lifestyle without the anthropological notes would have been intolerable, but with the scientific perspective it was intriguing.

Please be warned that there is a chapter discussing pregnancy and child loss within this group, and it is incredibly painful and traumatic. It is beautifully written and analyzed, but it could be too much for some.

  • The Heir

  • By: Kiera Cass
  • Narrated by: Brittany Pressley
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,492
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,081
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,078

Twenty years ago America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon's heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn't expect her Selection to be anything like her parents' fairy-tale love story...but as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn't as impossible as she's always thought.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dramatic manipulation

  • By Amy on 07-02-15

Dramatic manipulation

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

Reviewed: 07-02-15

The narrator's sharp breaths drove me crazy, and I didn't love the sound quality even on higher download size.

She's spoiled and obnoxious. I get that it's the point. I'm sure she will develop beautifully into an amazing person. But it's hard, after three books of investing in her parents, not to be angry throughout the book at what a terrible job the did with their daughter and country. She has fundamental flaws that were her mother's strengths. So I'm not just disappointed by this book, I'm retroactively disappointed in the others as well. There are several parts that are blatantly manipulative. Feel the feels now, readers.

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • The Book of Life

  • All Souls, Book 3
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,678
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,388
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,340

In The Book of Life, Diana and Matthew time travel back from Elizabethan London to make a dramatic return to the present - facing new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home, Sept-Tours, they reunite with the beloved cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches - with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency.  

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hopes Dashed

  • By Elkay on 08-01-14

Best narrated trilogy I've heard

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-15

Fantastic series, gorgeous narration. I listen to all three over and over again! Check out the Pinterest boards with links and pictures related to the series - fascinating!

  • In the Afterlight

  • By: Alexandra Bracken
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 17 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,998
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,993

Ruby can’t look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government’s attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. Only Ruby can keep their highly dangerous prisoner in check. But with Clancy Gray, there's no guarantee you're fully in control, and everything comes with a price

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic series!!

  • By L. DelPrete on 02-26-15

Fabulous narration and story

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

Reviewed: 02-18-15

I dragged this one out because I never wanted it to end. One of my favorite performances EVER, and a gripping, complex, satisfying story. Highly recommended!!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Program

  • By: Suzanne Young
  • Narrated by: Joy Osmanski
  • Length: 10 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 543
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 483
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 487

In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program. Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone - but so are their memories.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorites!

  • By Dasarae on 06-13-13

Horrendously miscast narration

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

Reviewed: 02-18-14

What disappointed you about The Program?

The book, thus far, is decent. The character is a depressed teenage girl - think Kristin Stewart. The narration performance sounds like a fifty-something mother of four, with no ability to do other voices. Dialogue is impossible to follow because the men and women sound the same. I didn't think it could get worse until she attempted a character with "a slight British accent." I rarely want to switch to the text version, but this time I might have to.

What other book might you compare The Program to and why?

The Delirium series. It's YA dystopian romance with a heavy focus on depression.

Would you be willing to try another one of Joy Osmanski’s performances?

I will actively avoid them.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was frustrated and depressed as I went through the story with the character, seeing her missteps and feeling her pain. I was even more frustrated trying to reinterpret the story around the horribly miscast narration.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful