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  • The Mermaid and Mrs. Hancock

  • A Novel
  • By: Imogen Hermes Gowar
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 304
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 285
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 282

In 1780s London, a prosperous merchant finds his quiet life upended when he unexpectedly receives an unusual creature - and meets a most extraordinary woman - in this much-lauded, atmospheric debut that examines our capacity for wonder, obsession, and desire. One September evening in 1785, Jonah Hancock hears an urgent knocking on his front door near the docks of London. The captain of one of Jonah’s trading vessels is waiting eagerly on the front step, bearing shocking news. On a voyage to the Far East, he sold the Jonah’s ship for something rare and far more precious: a mermaid.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Gave up

  • By Isabella Piestrzynska on 10-27-18

Surprisingly Charming

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

Reviewed: 12-13-18

As a fan of fantasy/scifi, "mermaid" in the title lured me in, but the book was not fantastical. Rather, the character development and simultaneous story lines/perspectives kept me intrigued.

Like other period piece fiction, there was no single drama or resolution. The plot was almost like a snapshot of what happened over the course of a year for these characters. I enjoyed getting lost in their world and learning more about the time period.

  • Circe

  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,058
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,956
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,869

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child - not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring, like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power - the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refined writing with an intimate performance

  • By Michael - Audible Editor on 04-11-18

Amazing, Magical, Still thinking about it!

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

It's been a couple of weeks since I've finished this book and I'm still thinking about it! Absolutely fantastic and magical story. It's the equivalent of several books in one, just like a true epic, and (finally) from the heroine's perspective. I have recommended it to several friends and they have all loved it too.

  • The Fortune Teller

  • By: Gwendolyn Womack
  • Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan, Robin Miles
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 889
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 796
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 800

Semele Cavnow appraises antiquities for an exclusive Manhattan auction house. When she discovers a manuscript written in the time of Cleopatra, she knows it will be the find of her career. Its author tells the story of a priceless tarot deck, now lost to history. As Semele delves further, she realizes the manuscript is more than it seems. Both a memoir and a prophecy, it appears to be the work of a powerful seer, describing devastating wars and natural disasters in detail thousands of years before they occurred.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating premise

  • By Frances on 08-14-17

Good, Not Great

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

I finished listening to Circe by Madeline Miller and wanted to find something fantastic, with a hint of historical fiction. This book definitely met that bill on paper, but it left me wanting more. The story is told in two timelines. The timeline set in the past was interesting and engaging, however the present-day timeline was simple and predictable. The main character wasn't well developed and spent a lot of time asking obvious questions and stringing along a relationship. I enjoyed the book until the end which felt rushed and disjointed as a random character you've never heard of turns out to the be antagonist.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Abhorsen

  • By: Garth Nix
  • Narrated by: Tim Curry
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 2,932
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,399
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,394

Before she went to join Sam and Mogget downstairs, Lirael paused for a moment to look at herself in the tall silver mirror that hung on the wall of her room. The image that faced her bore little resemblance to the Second Assistant Librarian of the Clayr. She saw a warlike and grim young woman, dark hair bound back with a silver cord rather than hanging free to disguise her face. She no longer wore her librarian's waistcoat, and she had a long Nehima at her side rather than a library-issue dagger.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • splendid

  • By DangerMouse on 07-05-08

Stunning

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

Reviewed: 02-23-18

What about Tim Curry’s performance did you like?

Tim Curry was such a great choice to narrate. I love how he read the emotion or actions in the sentence too. He really made this book come to life in the best way!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely. It was definitely a book that I wanted to inhale but was also so sad when it was over!

Any additional comments?

This book (and the whole Abhorsen trilogy) are some of the best written fantasy/scifi genre books I have ever read. The characters have lovable, relatable personalities and realistic reactions. The story was vibrant, powerful, funny, and exciting. This series easily became one of my all time favorites!

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63,881
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,622
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 59,472

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

Rosario Dawson - 5 Stars!!

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

Reviewed: 11-21-17

Andy Weir, as always, creates a vivid, hyper-detailed world, and Rosario really made it come to life.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ambryn & The Cheaters of Death

  • A Reemergence Novel, Book 2
  • By: Chris Philbrook
  • Narrated by: James Foster
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 863
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 812
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 810

With an important diplomatic visit to the troll nation just days away, Tesser receives a phone call with dire news from Sin City. A bus is found in the desert; filled with the husks of dead bodies killed by something far from human. Unable to break away from the crucial meeting with the ancient troll kingdom, he dispatches his brother Ambryn; the dragon of death in his stead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great series

  • By April Hudson on 12-27-16

Entertaining, the plot fell apart

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

Reviewed: 03-08-17

Entertaining story. Not as much anticipation or plot weaving as the first novel.

In the last few chapters, one of the main characters inexplicably changed their persona and lifelong mission. It kind of fell apart for me.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose

  • By: Victor Hugo, Julie Rose (translator)
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 60 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,552
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,316

One of the great classics of world literature and the inspiration for the most beloved stage musical of all time, Les Misérables is legendary author Victor Hugo’s masterpiece. This extraordinary English version by renowned translator Julie Rose captures all the majesty and brilliance of Hugo’s work. Here is the timeless story of the quintessential hunted man—Jean Valjean—and the injustices, violence, and social inequalities that torment him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Book that Made Me a Better Person

  • By Coalition Deadboys Podcast on 03-29-13

Beautiful Novel

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

Reviewed: 10-13-12

If you could sum up Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose in three words, what would they be?

I love the opera version of Les Mis. I was hesitant to read the book because I did not think it would be as entertaining. Wrong! If anything, Victor Hugo paints the characters and the scenes so vividly, I can't stop listening! This is easily becoming my favorite book.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful