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  • The Battersea Barricades

  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 1 hr and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 477
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 442
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441

It's not easy being a rebel. So many new skills to assimilate. Never mind strategic planning, weapons expertise and the like - there's bicycle-stealing, oil-stain removal and boat steering to be mastered first. And quickly. It's the time of the Civil Uprisings, and two young women set out to make a difference. Their only problem? They don't know where they are. Or where they're going. Or what to do when they get there. Other than that....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • just what the series needed

  • By michael pentecost on 04-23-18

Wow! "Enough is enough"

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

Reviewed: 04-23-18

I expected to greatly enjoy the glimpse into the bad ass background of 2 or 3 of St. Mary's strong women, and I especially expected to enjoy more detail surrounding the "civil unrest" that has been mentioned throughout the series, but this short story is so much more than its entertaining parts. The "little people doing what they can" story builds and builds until it ends on such a highly emotional note, both for the women during the battle and the women reflecting on the anniversary. They're fictional women, who fought a in a fictional civil war, but I still feel like I should toast in their honor seeing as they moved me to tears. And overarching everything is the timely message: Enough is enough, have the hard conversations and do the hard things now, before it comes to violence against your own brethren.

I would however like to complain to Audible re: their refusal to have the author's introduction narrated and included, on this story and previous series installments. The author has written something she clearly wants her readers to see, and just because this format is audio, it does not mean listeners are not interested in the author's *entire* story. Please include introductions going forward.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • In the Middle of Somewhere

  • Middle of Somewhere, Book 1
  • By: Roan Parrish
  • Narrated by: Robert Nieman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,618
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,527
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,524

Daniel Mulligan is tough, snarky, and tattooed, hiding his self-consciousness behind sarcasm. Daniel has never fit in - not at home in Philadelphia with his auto mechanic father and brothers, and not at school where his Ivy League classmates looked down on him. Now, Daniel's relieved to have a job at a small college in Holiday, Northern Michigan, but he's a city boy through and through, and it's clear that this small town is one more place he won't fit in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Expressive and poignant. An all-time favorite.

  • By Dianne T. on 04-16-16

Beautiful story, narration could be better

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

Reviewed: 01-31-18

The story is heartfelt and lovely, and I very much enjoyed the whole thing. The writing and characters had me glued until the very end (I just want to reach into their world and give Rex a big hug!). And Robert Neimen's voice is perfectly lovely. However, he voiced the dialogue of all characters the same as the main character's first person POV inner monologue. This made it very hard to tell exactly when it would switch between spoken dialogue and Daniel's thoughts. And I would have preferred differentiation between the voices of the other characters so they sounded distinct from one another and the way the author described (Rex would have a deep and rumbling timbre for instance). Like I said, enjoyable voice, but there was room for improvement that would have positively impacted the listener experience.

  • Hot Head

  • By: Damon Suede
  • Narrated by: Charlie David
  • Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 995
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 943
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 944

Since 9/11, Brooklyn firefighter Griff Muir has wrestled with impossible feelings for his best friend and partner at Ladder 181, Dante Anastagio. Unfortunately, Dante is strictly a ladies’ man, and the FDNY isn’t exactly gay-friendly. For ten years, Griff has hidden his heart in a half-life of public heroics and private anguish. Griff’s caution and Dante’s cockiness make them an unbeatable team. To protect his buddy, there’s nothing Griff wouldn’t do… until a nearly bankrupt Dante proposes the worst possible solution: HotHead.com, a gay porn website where uniformed hunks get down and dirty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Damon Suede is a hit!

  • By Miss ReadsALot on 10-25-12

Good story, poor sound engineering/editing

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

Reviewed: 01-13-18

Story was enjoyable, but various sound issues distracted from the overall experience. Some chapters were whisper quiet and difficult to hear even with ear buds and volume maxed out. And it needed a better editing...there were long unnecessary pauses between some sentences, there were a few lines repeated like the narrator was redoing the line, and several times you can clearly hear some sort of electronic notification beep in the background, like the narrator got an email while recording.

  • Extracted

  • Extracted, Book 1
  • By: R. R. Haywood
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,893
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,887

In 2061 a young scientist invents a time machine to fix a tragedy in his past. But his good intentions turn catastrophic when an early test reveals something unexpected: the end of the world. A desperate plan is formed: recruit three heroes, ordinary humans capable of extraordinary things, and change the future.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fast-Food Science Fiction

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 04-07-17

Narrator perfection for a series opener

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

Carl Prekopp's performance really elevates this book. While I personally enjoy a series opener taking its time to introduce us to the characters and the world they inhabit, I can understand some of the criticism I've seen mentioning "nothing much happens" in Extracted. Carl Prekopp made the difference for me; if I had been reading this from a paper or ebook copy, I think I would have been far less enthralled. But here I am - knowing it's not a perfect book with a perfect plot and perfect characters - and still feeling like I can't wait to dive into the rest of the series to see where the author takes it.

AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • White Silence

  • Elizabeth Cage, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Kate Scarfe
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 741
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 696

Elizabeth Cage is a child when she discovers that there are things in this world that only she can see. But she doesn't want to see them, and she definitely doesn't want them to see her. What is a curse to Elizabeth is a gift to others - a very valuable gift they want to control. When her husband dies, Elizabeth's world descends into a nightmare. But as she tries to piece her life back together, she discovers that not everything is as it seems.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Something new, but still very much Jodi Taylor!

  • By Lora Feeley on 09-22-17

Something new, but still very much Jodi Taylor!

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

Reviewed: 09-22-17

Any additional comments?

I don't know how she keeps doing it! Every time I get to read (er, listen to) Ms. Taylor's latest scribblings, I'm being welcomed home by characters and humor and phrasing that feel like cozy, old friends. Yet. somehow, my socks are nevertheless knocked off by twists and turns. Since the Chronicles of St. Mary's series is so genre blending, and with Frogmorton and Bachelor Establishment being such smart mysteries, I knew she could more than handle this foray into supernatural thriller, but I was blown away at how she can still shock me with the direction her story goes. I didn't realize until the very last 10 min of the book that my shoulders had been steadily rising throughout the story, inching closer to my ears as I tried to contain my suspense. I honestly wanted to throw something across the room when it ended - plenty was resolved, but SO MUCH was left to explore and figure out with Elizabeth Cage - so now begins the torturous wait for the next installment!

I will forever purchase everything ever written by Ms. Taylor; my trust in her storytelling is absolute.

The narrator, Kate Scarfe, did a pretty spectacular job of injecting plenty of suspense, strength, and humanity into the story. A note about the sound engineering, however: I found that this particular audiobook was much more quiet than others - Ms. Scarfe was obviously keeping her narration volume appropriate for the story, but even at the loudest volume settings (phone, PC, car speakers, ear buds, etc.) it was still very quiet, and easily overpowered by any ambient noise around me. Didn't ruin the experience, just wanted to make a note.

35 of 35 people found this review helpful

  • The Heart's Invisible Furies

  • A Novel
  • By: John Boyne
  • Narrated by: Stephen Hogan
  • Length: 21 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,706
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,531
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,530

Cyril Avery is not a real Avery - or at least that's what his adoptive parents tell him. And he never will be. But if he isn't a real Avery, then who is he? Born out of wedlock to a teenage girl cast out from her rural Irish community and adopted by a well-to-do if eccentric Dublin couple via the intervention of a hunchbacked Redemptorist nun, Cyril is adrift in the world, anchored only tenuously by his heartfelt friendship with the infinitely more glamourous and dangerous Julian Woodbead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding. A Must listen.

  • By Keith G on 09-04-17

TEN STARS!

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

Reviewed: 09-17-17

I honestly do not have the words to describe how magnificent this story is, or how exceptional the narration is! Legitimately speechless.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Just One Damned Thing After Another

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Marty Ross
  • Narrated by: Gemma Whelan, Ben Miles, Jonathan Bailey, and others
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 134
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 126
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 126

Time travel meets history in this Audible Original drama. When Max, a recent ancient history graduate, is offered a mysterious job at St Mary's Historical Research Institute, she quickly comes to realise this isn't any old stuffy research library. At St Mary's the historians don't just study the past - they revisit it. What begins as an academic exploration of events, such as the Peterloo Massacre, takes a dark and dangerous turn, and the historians of St Mary's soon learn that it's not just history they're fighting....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Might be tough for longtime series fans

  • By Lora Feeley on 05-20-17

Might be tough for longtime series fans

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

Reviewed: 05-20-17

Any additional comments?

I am frustrated by this audioplay... I love this St. Mary's universe and want nothing but continued success and fame for author Jodi Taylor, including expansion to other forms of media if possible. I am never the person to snobbishly complain about book-to-video adaptations and actually prefer the opportunity to see a different creative take on great stories. But the script of this adaptation just doesn't sit right when compared to the book series.

While the vocal performances are quite good (especially the always brilliant Zara Ramm), and some details from the books are beautifully incorporated in this audioplay (Bairstow's ticking clock, Kleio's musical tones), there are many distracting changes to some seminal St. Mary's themes and details.

Some of the main cast of characters are essentially ignored (Peterson, Foster, Dowson, Mack), and some have quite different personalities (Leon is melodramatic, publicly flirtatious, and classically charming instead of painfully stoic, romantically awkward, and flawed). Many elements from the book are included, but in a different order or under different circumstances that feel shoe-horned for no reason instead of out of necessity for the change in storytelling format.

I must give credit to the way the scenes at the WWI hospital at the Somme were recorded... that was one of the most emotionally impactful parts from the book for me, and the sound effects used in this audioplay really ramp up the intensity.

It is not an unpleasant listen, and I'm glad I gave it a shot, but I have a feeling die-hard St. Mary's fans will not enjoy as much as they had hoped.

40 of 41 people found this review helpful