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  • True West

  • By: Sam Shepard
  • Narrated by: Kit Harington, Johnny Flynn
  • Length: 1 hr and 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2,131
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,953
  • Story
    2.5 out of 5 stars 1,952

Kit Harington (Games of Thrones) and Johnny Flynn (Beast) smolder and burn as sparring brothers in Sam Shepard’s darkly comic 1980 drama. The live theatre production of True West was performed at the Vaudeville Theatre in London, United Kingdom, in 2019. It was produced by Joseph Smith and John Brant for Smith & Brant Theatricals and James Bierman for Empire Street Productions.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Screenwriters, golf and brother's hate

  • By Kingsley on 04-05-19

Extremely bad

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

Reviewed: 04-17-19

This has got to be the worst thing I ever heard on audible.
Story? Characters? Performance? I couldn’t even finish it.
Don’t waste your time.

  • Christmas Eve, 1914

  • By: Charles Olivier
  • Narrated by: Cameron Daddo, Xander Berkeley, Cody Fern, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,838
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,713
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,664

In 1914, the war which was to have been wrapped up by Christmas had - in reality - only just begun, as all sides entrenched themselves deeper into the Great War. Christmas Eve, 1914 follows one company of British officers as they rotate forward to spend their Christmas on the front lines, a mere 80 yards from the German guns. Upper- and working-class men and boys are thrown together into one trench and struggle to survive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully "illustrated"

  • By anonymous on 12-25-14

Excellent performance

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

Reviewed: 04-01-19

I’m not a fan of audio drama, and I often find it understand what’s going on without the narrator voice explaining things.
Bit this still managed to be very moving. All of the actors did a fantastic job. Very touching performance.

  • Warlock Holmes: The Hell-Hound of the Baskervilles

  • Warlock Holmes, Book 2
  • By: G. S. Denning
  • Narrated by: Robert Garson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 471
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 439
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436

The game's afoot once more as the long-suffering Dr. John Watson and a partially decomposed Warlock Holmes (though he's getting better) face off against Moriarty's gang, the Pinkertons, flesh-eating horses, a parliament of imps, boredom, Surrey, a succubus, an overly Canadian aristocrat, a tricycle fight to the death, and the dreaded Pumpcrow. Oh, and a hellhound, one assumes.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Funnier, with more gruesome bits

  • By Melisa on 06-01-17

Great retelling and fantastic narrator

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

Reviewed: 03-05-19

I thoroughly enjoyed this book! The first half of the book was a smooth continuation of the first installment - funny, ludicrous and playful. Then the second part (the retelling of the hounds of the Baskerville) went the extra mile and took it from a four star book to a five-star one.

Truth be told, it’s hard to tell whether I enjoyed it so much by its own merit, or thanks to the fantastic performance of the audiobook narrator.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s extremely well written, the characters are genuinely fleshed out, and the story is engaging. The retelling of the Sherlock Holmes stories with supernatural elements is so seamless, that I almost forget what the original was like. It really is a great accomplishment. It’s very funny and entertaining. But the narrator simply makes it better! He has such a knack for comic timing, and he makes the characters sound so natural. It’s like he’s not reading at all, he’s just constantly acting. Absolutely fantastic.

What a great combination between the two! Funny, clever material and a talented performer to deliver it to us. Love it!

  • Warlock Holmes

  • A Study in Brimstone
  • By: G. S. Denning
  • Narrated by: Robert Garson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,937
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,808
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,807

Sherlock Holmes is an unparalleled genius who uses the gift of deduction and reason to solve the most vexing of crimes. Warlock Holmes, however, is an idiot. A good man, perhaps; a font of arcane power, certainly. But he's brilliantly dim. Frankly, he couldn't deduce his way out of a paper bag. The only thing he has really got going for him are the might of a thousand demons and his stalwart flatmate. Thankfully, Dr. Watson is always there to aid him through the treacherous shoals of Victorian propriety.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Short on Clues--Heavy on Delightful Twists

  • By Gillian on 01-10-17

Pure fun!

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

Reviewed: 02-28-19

I really enjoyed this book and laughed out loud in certain places.
It’s an amusing take on the Sherlock Holmes stories. The storytelling and language stay true to the original, but at the same time it’s so silly and absurd, which makes it all the more entertaining. The characters are very distinct, and I was very engaged with them (more so than the story). I also adored the narrator’s performance, he really brought it all to life. Loved the different voices and accents.
In short - it’s lots of fun, I would definitely recommend this.

  • Trail of Lightning

  • By: Rebecca Roanhorse
  • Narrated by: Tanis Parenteau
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,656
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,544
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,546

The sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse have destroyed most of the planet…yet out of these waters, Dinétah, a former Navajo reservation, has been miraculously reborn. Listen along as Tanis Parenteau's impeccable narration, capturing the rhythms of Navajo speech, fully envelopes you into the Sixth World. Trail of Lightning follows our heroine as she walks the land alongside gods, heroes of legend, and monsters alike. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AMAZING STORY

  • By Annie Slasher (Booked & Loaded) on 01-14-19

Pointless

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

Reviewed: 02-21-19

No real plot, no real motives to the characters and no conclusion at the end.
Don’t waste your time.

  • Ascendant: Book 1

  • By: Craig Alanson
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 17 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,237
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,892
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,874

The Wizard's Council of Tarador was supposed to tell young Koren Bladewell that he is a wizard. They were supposed to tell everyone that he is not a jinx, that all the bad things that happen around him are because he can't control the power inside him, power he doesn't know about. The people of his village, even his parents, are afraid of him, afraid he is cursed. That he is a dangerous, evil jinx.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A skeptic entertained

  • By David M on 11-22-17

Quite simplistic, but surprisingly gripping

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

Reviewed: 02-16-19

The story isn’t anything new, and the timeline is linear and follows one character. No surprising twists, no shocking revelations, nothing too deep or complex. The world building is somewhat lacking, as there is very little detail on the “enemy”, the mythology or the politics, beyond the immediate plot line. Still, the style and overall storytelling technique is very good and vivid.
I would have given this book four stars, if it weren’t for the constant use of misunderstandings as a continuous plot device. It was both frustrating and made me feel like all of the characters were plain stupid. Which is a shame, because I rather liked them when they weren’t misunderstanding.
And still, with all its shortcomings, it really was very compelling. I’m probably going to read the next one, but I do hope there’re no more misunderstandings there.

And how can I write a review without praising Tim Gerard Reynolds, who does a magnificent job narrating the audiobook. He is perfect.

  • Lucky Suit

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber, Andi Arndt
  • Length: 2 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,558
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,255
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,214

I'm breaking up with setups. No more “you should meet my son, nephew, grandson, the butcher, the guy down the street who mows my lawn.” People mean well, but machines know better, so I'll rely on the great dating algorithms of the web to find my ideal man, thank you very much. Soon enough, it looks like I’ve found him - his screen name is Lucky Suit, and he’s hilarious, quick-witted, and full of heart. But when we finally get together in person, I have the distinct feeling I’ve met him before. Funny enough - he says the same thing about me. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So cute!!

  • By KindleKat64 on 02-06-19

So bad!

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

Reviewed: 02-12-19

This was so bad.
Cheesy.
Shallow.
Contrived.
Charmless.
Even insulting, if this should be considered as a love story for adults.
It’s true, though; never have there been two people who suited each other more than Cameron and Christine. They’re both annoying, unauthentic and flat out boring, while trying to discern themselves as cool, thoughtful millennials. I mean, “what book would you read in a deserted island” is considered to be a “deep, thoughtful” question by these characters.
I think I rest my case.

As for the narrators, they did what they could with the material. Kudos for them.

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  • The Girl with All the Gifts

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34,578
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,942
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,946

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr Caldwell calls her "our little genius". Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don't like her. She jokes that she won't bite, but they don't laugh. Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children's cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she'll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn't know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hours in, restarted so husband could listen too!

  • By Pikay on 12-13-14

Quite gripping

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

Reviewed: 02-12-19

To start off: this is a zombie apocalypse book. It’s well written and has interesting characters and style, but don’t except anything other than a zombie apocalypse story. What I mean is, if you’ve seen the BBC series “In the Flesh” - this is nothing quite so emotional or deep.
But - it is a great read. Really gripping and the characters are fleshed out and you want to follow them along and root for them. So it’s definitely original and fresh in that sense. The plot line is also compelling, and the style (present tense first person) really adds to the atmosphere.
I’d recommend this book to anyone, unless you can’t stand gory stuff and zombies descriptions. If that’s hard for you - move on to the next one.

The narrator was so so good, I can’t even express how good she was. Excellent storyteller, her performance was spot on.

  • Reckoning of Fallen Gods

  • The Coven, Book 2
  • By: R. A. Salvatore
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238

The winds of change are blowing upon Fireach Speur. Aoelyn risked her life to save the trader Talmadge, and it cost her everything that is dear to her, but Talmadge survived and can’t forget the amazing woman that killed a god. Little do they realize, war is coming to the mountain. Far to the west, a fallen empire stirs. One that sees a solar eclipse as a call to war. Their empire once dominated the known world, and they want it back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This Series Is Hitting It's Stride

  • By Thomi Hall on 02-19-19

Very good

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

I really enjoyed this book, I kept wanting to know what happened next.
I did love the first book better, but this is a good continuation of the story. The world is still as rich and complex as before, and the characters are engaging and interesting. The magic system is really beautiful and, well, magical. Aoleyn especially is a character I enjoyed reading and falling into.
I did find the whole Xoconai storyline a bit boring, but it did bring the book to a cliff-hanger closure, which makes me want to read the next book when it comes out.

As always, Tim Gerard Reynolds is a fantastic reader and performer. So so good.

  • The Vikings

  • By: Kenneth W. Harl, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Kenneth W. Harl
  • Length: 17 hrs and 59 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,790
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,535
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,519

As raiders and explorers, the Vikings played a decisive role in the formation of Latin Christendom, and particularly of western Europe. Now, in a series of 36 vivid lectures by an honored teacher and classical scholar, you have the opportunity to understand this remarkable race as never before, studying the Vikings not only as warriors, but in all of the other roles in which they were equally extraordinary - merchants, artists, kings, raiders, seafarers, shipbuilders, and creators of a remarkable literature of myths and sagas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enthralling Presentation of a Fascinating Subject

  • By AppleCedAR on 09-14-13

A bit overwhelming

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

It was mostly interesting, but I was completely lost with all the different kings and timeline.
The actual part about the Vikings age was very interesting, I kinda wish the course was more on that than the entire history of Scandinavia.