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  • The Mystery of Alice

  • By: Lee Bacon
  • Narrated by: Bryan Kennedy, Jessica Almasy, Josh Hurley, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 11,898
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,959
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,928

Thirteen-year-old Emily Poe has been given the opportunity of a lifetime: A chance to attend the exclusive Audyn School in Manhattan. But to win the scholarship, she has to pass a test like nothing she’s ever experienced before: A nearly bare room, a set of strange clues, a locked door. And a mysterious organization - the Leopold Foundation - that’s watching her every move. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting listen!

  • By trm2010 on 05-02-19

Keeps you interested to the end

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

Reviewed: 05-18-19

I found this an enjoyable casual listen, appropriate for teens and tweens (though I am supposedly an adult). Wouldn’t call it Great Literature, but it’s better than a lot of the garbage with this same target audience— compelling narrative, fleshed-out characters, and the fun of a good casual mystery.
The narrator was great and fit the main character well, and the other voice actors also held their own. I imagine it can be tough to read tween dialogue without sounding overwhelmingly annoying, but they pulled it off.

  • 11-22-63

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,623
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,960
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,867

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • not my Favorite King story

  • By Ronald Garey on 02-11-19

So very boring, and doesn’t ring true

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

Reviewed: 09-24-18

King has written some great stories. This is not one of them.
This is a bazillion pages of “the imagined fairytale life of a 70s-era guy living in the good ol’ days of the late 50s” Someone should have taken a dozen red pens to the endless rambling about how cute the sock hops were and how neatly George cut his grass and all the little ways he transformed every young life he touched. Also excessively belabored are Jake’s internal musings about what he’ll maybe eventually do in four years— or not.
And Jake is supposed to be a guy raised in the 80s/90s, yet all the “modern” slang and pop culture references and such that are supposed to highlight his anachronism are from the 70s. It’s bizarrely old fashioned, and it’s jarringly out of place with the context. No one who was 35 in 2011 goes around saying “kick out the jams” or obsessively telling people their name is “Puddintane.”
I wish I had skipped whole chunks of this one, if not the whole book. I haven’t watched the miniseries, but I imagine they must have stripped it bare and cut out the whole middle to make it work.

39 of 43 people found this review helpful

  • Cursed

  • The Watchers Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: S.J. West
  • Narrated by: Christa Lewis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 974
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 910
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 905

Lilly Rayne Nightingale always felt like Fate was trying to wipe away her existence through a series of odd, near fatal incidences. Luckily, her best friend Will was always one step ahead of Fate preventing her from being at the wrong place at the wrong time. Will was her knight in shining armor until he broke her heart after their one and only kiss. On Lilly's first day of college, she meets Brand Cole. Intrigued by Brand, Lilly must decide whether or not she can give up her adolescent fantasy of being reunited with Will and allow Brand the opportunity to conqueror her heart.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I couldn’t stop listening???

  • By Katherine on 09-14-14

For teenagers and Twilight fans

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

Reviewed: 08-03-18

I had to stop listening. The first hour or more is just a constant stream of how dreamy this boy or that boy or a third boy is, punctuated by patronizing and infantilizing treatment of the main character. Maybe this stuff would be easier to stomach if I were reading instead of listening to it, but it sounds like it was written by a 14-year-old.
Maybe it gets better after hour 2 or 3, but I just don’t see that happening.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Age of Swords

  • The Legends of the First Empire, Book 2
  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 20 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,049
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 9,474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,449

Raithe, the God Killer, may have started the rebellion by killing a Fhrey, but longstanding enmities dividing the Rhune make it all but impossible to unite against the common foe. And even if the clans can join forces, how will they defeat an enemy whose magical prowess renders them indistinguishable from gods? The answer lies across the sea in a faraway land populated by a reclusive and dour race who feel nothing but disdain for both Fhrey and mankind.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too slow paced

  • By A. Bunting on 07-28-17

Good story, but a little heavy-handed

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

Reviewed: 07-05-18

I’ve genuinely enjoyed all of Sullivan’s novels, and I really like how this one contains little nuggets of surprise/challenges to the narrative that readers of his other books might be expecting. I appreciate the way expectations and prejudices are challenged through the characters and their decisions.

What I found heavy-handed, even for a story about the beginning of “everything”, was the constant stream of groundbreaking, non-iterative revelation and invention. To avoid spoiling, imagine a character who discovers fire, invents the zipper, and builds the first microchip all in the same year. This may be more apparent in the audio version than it is on the page, especially since the inventor’s presentation doesn’t evolve as the story progresses, but I think this dimension of the story could have been refined a bit more to be more powerful while straining less against my suspension of disbelief
That said, the story itself is great, with action and fun and a version of magic that I appreciate. And Sullivan’s universe remains intact, even while challenging itself and showing how time and mythology can transform history into legend

  • Song of Susannah

  • The Dark Tower VI
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 14 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,847
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,555
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,581

The next-to-last novel in Stephen King's seven-volume magnum opus, Song of Susannah is a fascinating key to the unfolding mystery of the Dark Tower.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Kool-Ade, Drunk.

  • By Grant on 05-29-13

Why did I do this to myself?

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

Reviewed: 06-17-18

This series only gets worse as you go on. I wish I could get back the hours I spent on it.
Questions pile on each other, going continuously unanswered. The characters are increasingly unlikable. The "explanations" are unbelievable, even in a fantasy context, and the universe of these books has no coherent order. In this book, things only get more bizarre, and it's clear that King has given up on any continuous thread of story

  • Bonfire

  • A Novel
  • By: Krysten Ritter
  • Narrated by: Karissa Vacker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 864
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 809
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 810

It has been 10 years since Abby Williams left home and scrubbed away all visible evidence of her small-town roots. Now, working as an environmental lawyer in Chicago, she has a thriving career and a modern apartment. But when a new case takes her back home to Barrens, Indiana, the life Abby painstakingly created begins to crack. Tasked with investigating Optimal Plastics, the town's most high-profile company and economic heart, Abby begins to find strange connections to Barrens' biggest scandal from more than a decade ago.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I admit I bought this on Krysten Ritter's name

  • By Toivo J Luick on 11-13-17

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 02-09-18

This book does a good job of keeping you guessing and second guessing. It’s entertaining and well written, and the narrator does a good job

  • Justice Redeemed

  • By: Scott Pratt
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,851
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,464
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,454

Two years ago, Darren Street made a name for himself as the man who rooted out corruption in the district attorney's office. Now the hotheaded young lawyer is in the public eye yet again - this time, accused of murder. Jalen Jordan retained Street for what seemed to be a minor traffic violation, but when evidence turned up linking Jordan to the death of two boys, Street wanted out of the case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Power In The Hands of Dishonest Prosecutors

  • By R. Pontiflet on 04-01-16

So bad

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

Reviewed: 02-08-18

I thought I returned this book! Why has it come back to haunt me?
The plot is really, genuinely awful. As a frequent reader of sci fi and fantasy, I found it impossible to suspend my disbelief in everything about this story, especially the main character, a supposed star defense attorney who doesn’t know how the law works. Please take it back for good this time.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sufficiently Advanced Magic

  • Arcane Ascension, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Rowe
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 21 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,742
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 19,495
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,454

Five years ago Corin Cadence's brother entered the Serpent Spire - a colossal tower with ever-shifting rooms, traps, and monsters. Those who survive the spire's trials return home with an attunement: a mark granting the bearer magical powers. According to legend, those few who reach the top of the tower will be granted a boon by the spire's goddess. He never returned. Now it's Corin's turn. He's headed to the top floor, on a mission to meet the goddess.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't make it through the whole book

  • By David on 07-11-17

Very enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

I like the narrator a lot, but like most, he struggles with female voices. That was easy to get past though, and the story was a lot of fun

Have to go download the next one now...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • In Their Footsteps

  • By: Tess Gerritsen
  • Narrated by: Zoe Winslow
  • Length: 8 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 70

The quiet scandal surrounding her parents' death has always haunted Beryl Tavistock. Now she's asking dangerous questions and the answers are proving that the past does not die easily. Pulled into a world of espionage, Beryl quickly discovers that she needs help, and ex-CIA agent Richard Wolf is her only hope. But in a world where trust is a double-edged sword, friends become enemies and enemies are killers...

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Makes me think of bored housewives reading romance novels

  • By Christina on 01-02-18

Makes me think of bored housewives reading romance novels

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

I really didn’t like this one. The story wasn’t gripping or plausible. The characters were the sort you might expect to find in a bad romance novel. Their interactions with each other were both predictable and totally unbelievable, like a bad soap opera. And the snobbery and pretensions were so thick, pushing through each new scene was like trying to walk through chest-deep marshmallow creme.

I struggled to rate the performance correctly because I get the feeling the narrator read this exactly the way the author would have requested— lots and lots of flowery, overdone snobbishness in the voices, excessive emphasis of the kind you would, again, expect from someone reading a bad romance novel to a bunch of soap opera fans.

I think I’ll probably return this one

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Critical Failures

  • Caverns and Creatures, Book 1
  • By: Robert Bevan
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Sleep
  • Length: 8 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,843
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,369
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,357

Tim and his friends find out the hard way that you shouldn't question the game master, and you shouldn't make fun of his cape. One minute, they're drinking away the dreariness of their lives, escaping into a fantasy game and laughing their asses off. The next minute, they're in a horse-drawn cart surrounded by soldiers pointing crossbows at them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Audible Studio...More Please!

  • By M. Maryanow on 02-01-15

Writing could have been better

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

I think this one could have gone through a few more rounds of editing and worked well as a short story. The story quality is about that of a “Goosebumps” book, but the writing left something to be desired.

When every line of dialog is punctuated with “Jim said” or “Jane said”, it ends up sounding like the narrator is reading a TV script out loud, including all the names and stage directions. And when whole chunks of the text are long dialog exchanges between multiple characters, the redundancy of it gets old fast. The dialog also didn’t seem natural or flow like real conversation.

I liked the voice of the half-orc, but I found some of the others annoying. At times, I couldn’t tell whether I disliked a character (like Julian, or the bird) because the character was intentionally written to be dumb or unsympathetic, or whether it was the voice that made them seem that way.

I wonder a bit whether the author meant for the characters to be unsympathetic. I certainly wasn’t rooting for them or concerned for their well being, but maybe that was the point— that the author didn’t like them either

1 of 1 people found this review helpful