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  • Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

  • By: Becky Albertalli
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,002
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 3,719
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,723

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: If he doesn't play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone's business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he's been emailing with, will be compromised.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Crouch should be getting another award

  • By T. N. Taylor on 03-15-18

Much better than the movie

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

Reviewed: 08-07-18

I liked the movie fine, but it was kind of a letdown after reading (& loving) the book. The narrator does a great job with this story. I felt immediately drawn in and couldn’t stop listening. Initially, I read it to screen for my middle schooler before letting him read it. It’s definitely one of the books I recommend to others now, even though it’s not a genre I’ve previously read a lot of until recently.

  • Gate of Ivrel

  • Morgaine, Book 1
  • By: C.J. Cherryh
  • Narrated by: Jessica Almasy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 78

Scattered about the galaxy were the time-space Gates of a vanished but not forgotten alien race. In their time, long before the rise of the native civilizations, they had terrorized a hundred worlds—not from villainy but from folly, from tampering with the strands that held a universe together.

Now the task was to uproot these Gates, destroy their potency for mischief, take horror out of the hands of the few who hungered for power by misuse of the Gates.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I LOVE these books. This reading is terrible.

  • By Melissa on 12-05-14

Reader is fast

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

Reviewed: 06-24-18

As other reviews have mentioned, the narrator seems to read quickly. It was occasionally distracting, and I agree the voice did not match Morgaine as I have imagined her, but I otherwise did not mind the narrator. This has long been a beloved series of mine and I was very thrilled to get the audiobook.

  • Written in Red

  • A Novel of the Others
  • By: Anne Bishop
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Harris
  • Length: 18 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,278
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,952
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,957

As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut - a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg's Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard - a business district operated by the Others. Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WOW!!!!! JUST WOW!

  • By Kindle Customer on 03-16-13

Preferred Reading over Audio for this book

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

Reviewed: 03-17-18

What did you like best about Written in Red? What did you like least?

The book is fantastic (I read it before buying the audio), and the narrator is great with interpreting the characters. She really makes them come alive. For me, the formatting of the text on the page conveyed a lot detail I found harder to pick up in the audiobook version.

Which character – as performed by Alexandra Harris – was your favorite?

Definitely Meg. She really brings to life the sweet & sunny personality.

Any additional comments?

I do love and recommend the series, but I’m not sure I’ll be able to continue with the audiobook for this one. I’ll definitely check out the narrator’s other works because I did enjoy her performance.

  • Burn Bright

  • By: Patricia Briggs
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,752
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,547
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,547

Charles Cornick is the son of the leader of the North American werewolves - and his father's enforcer. Anna Latham, a rare Omega wolf with a calming presence, is his mate. They go where they are needed, handling problems in werewolf packs throughout the country. But this time the danger is closer to home, as an enemy armed with witchcraft threatens Charles and Anna's own pack.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • You cannot trust anyone it seems.

  • By ShaSha (Lover of Audiobooks!) on 03-07-18

Inconsistent Narrator but exciting and fresh story

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

Reviewed: 03-17-18

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I think if you can adjust to the changes in character voices from prior books in the series, the story is great and it’s a fresh look at what we know about the Aspen Creek Pack. Patty is an excellent story teller and this book was a great addition to the Mercyverse.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Holter Graham?

I don’t mind Holter Graham as narrator, but the changes in the character voices in the series can be distracting at best and makes to story harder to follow initially at worst. You do adjust and it’s the same mental adjustment you do when a series switches narratirsxin the middle of the series.

Any additional comments?

The audiobook was probably my least favorite in a series I love by an author I love. The narrator’s voices were inconsistent with the prior audiobooks he has done in the series and it took my brain some time to adjust to that.

  • The Raven King

  • The Raven Cycle, Book 4
  • By: Maggie Stiefvater
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,231
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,073
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,072

All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love's death. She doesn't believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Once in a Lifetime Series

  • By Melanie Parker on 04-28-16

Great conclusion!

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

Reviewed: 03-17-18

Any additional comments?

Great conclusion to the series. I loved the narration and I was on the edge of me seat the entire time. A wonderful story that had me hooked to the end.

  • Touch the Dark

  • Cassandra Palmer, Book 1
  • By: Karen Chance
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Holloway
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 953
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 584
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 598

Cassandra Palmer can see the future and communicate with spirits - talents that make her attractive to the dead and the undead alike. The ghosts of the dead aren't usually dangerous; they just like to talk...a lot. The undead are another matter. Like any sensible girl, Cassie tries to avoid vampires, but when the bloodsucking mafioso she escaped three years ago finds Cassie again with vengeance on his mind, she's forced to turn to the vampire Senate for protection.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun series that gets better with each book!

  • By Life's A Beach on 01-21-17

Like the series, narrator is okay

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

Reviewed: 04-11-17

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Probably not. The first book gets you hooked, but the series eventually changes narrators and it's too distracting.

What aspect of Cynthia Holloway’s performance would you have changed?

I can't recall if it was this book or one of the later books, but it took me way to long to realize she wasn't saying "spear" she was saying "sphere".

Any additional comments?

Although I am not a huge fan of the narrator, I thought she was doing a better job in this series than the other one I had been listening to. I'm glad I only purchased the first book and got the rest from the library. The original narrator was replaced later in the series and it's too distracting to continue with audiobooks. I'm going back to my eBooks.

  • Hounded

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,790
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,813
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,751

Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the

  • By Chris on 01-02-12

Love the book, looking forward to the next one!

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

Reviewed: 09-04-13

If you could sum up Hounded in three words, what would they be?

Irreverent Druid adventures!

Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favorite?

It's a toss up. Oberon and Atticus were both very vivid and alive. But Atticus would be a character I expected to be performed well. Oberon was an unexpected surprising favorite.

Any additional comments?

This book recently perked up a family road trip. Everyone was listening with rapt attention to find out what trouble Atticus would get into next.

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  • Magic Burns

  • Kate Daniels, Book 2
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renée Raudman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,873
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,322

When Kate sets out to retrieve a set of stolen maps for the Pack, Atlanta's paramilitary clan of shapeshifters, she quickly realizes much more is at stake. During a flare, gods and goddesses can manifest and battle for power. The stolen maps are only the opening gambit in an epic tug-of-war between two gods hoping for rebirth. And if Kate can't stop the cataclysmic showdown, the city may not survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series and the narrator is fine.

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-02-09

Love the Series, Narrator grew on me

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

Reviewed: 08-17-13

What about Renée Raudman’s performance did you like?

Her performance grew on me as the book went on. She wasn't a narrator I clicked with immediately, but by the end she really was Kate's voice.

Any additional comments?

This was a great second book in a series, building on everything I loved about the first book and rounding out characters and adding new characters. I like the first person narrative style of Ilona Andrews a lot.

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  • Fallen

  • By: Pia Veleno
  • Narrated by: Jim Bowie
  • Length: 2 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 22

Man has free will, and guardian angels have an eternal place in the holy host. When unexpected feelings interfere with Malchediel’s guidance of a mortal being, he must decide if his love for one man is true, or the work of the devil. Charged with the soul of handsome but suicidal Bran Weller, Malchediel faces a new challenge: Bran's steadfast belief that homosexuality is not wrong despite the Church’s view of his lifestyle. In the course of his angelic duties, Mal is tempted to turn a blind eye to long-standing rules of guardianship as he falls in love with his charge.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The audio equivalent of watching paint dry

  • By Rabidus Matris on 06-10-13

The audio equivalent of watching paint dry

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

Reviewed: 06-10-13

Would you try another book from Pia Veleno and/or Jim Bowie?

I can't speak to the author as it was difficult to get past the first five minutes listening to this narrator. I've heard narrators I'm not fond of, but so very rarely have I heard a narrator I cannot to stand to listen to a second longer.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jim Bowie’s performances?

Not a chance!

  • The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie

  • Highland Pleasures, Book 1
  • By: Jennifer Ashley
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,760
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,471
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,475

It was whispered all through London society that he was a murderer, that he'd spent his youth in an asylum and was not to be trusted - especially with a lady. Any woman caught in his presence was immediately ruined. Yet Beth found herself inexorably drawn to the Scottish lord whose hint of a brogue wrapped around her like silk and whose touch could draw her into a world of ecstasy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Way above my expectations!

  • By bluebelle on 05-05-12

I've listened to this book so many times!

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

Reviewed: 04-29-13

Where does The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is by far my favorite audiobook, and one I've listened to over and over again. I love all the books in this series, but this one is the best. (Mostly because of Ian!)

Which character – as performed by Angela Dawe – was your favorite?

Hands down, Ian is the best character in this, and the other MacKenzie books.