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  • The Winter of the Witch

  • A Novel
  • By: Katherine Arden
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 901
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 851
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 850

The Winternight Trilogy introduced an unforgettable heroine, Vasilisa Petrovna, a girl determined to forge her own path in a world that would rather lock her away. Her gifts and her courage have drawn the attention of Morozko, the winter-king, but it is too soon to know if this connection will prove a blessing or a curse. Now, Moscow has been struck by disaster. Its people are searching for answers - and for someone to blame.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A rare perspective on myth

  • By Benjamin Cook on 03-19-19

Didn't let me down

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

Reviewed: 02-21-19

This was a great conclusion to the trilogy. The character behaviors remained consistent with the author's rules for the world, and the protagonist grows to maneuver within the gray between good and evil. The conflict between the church and local mythology mirrors the larger war in the plot. Creative Nonfiction or Historical Fiction, regardless of what you want to call it, I love how real events and characters are woven into the story. The narrator is great.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • How to Date Your Dragon

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi, Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,658
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,139

Concerned that technology is about to chase mythological creatures out into the open (how long can Sasquatch stay hidden from Google maps?), the League for Interspecies Cooperation is sending Jillian to Louisiana on a fact-finding mission. While the League hopes to hold on to secrecy for a little bit longer, they're preparing for the worst in terms of human reactions. They need a plan, so they look to Mystic Bayou, a tiny town hidden in the swamp where humans and supernatural residents have been living in harmony for generations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As someone from Louisiana...

  • By Kristi on 02-13-18

Of Course, Dragons = Summer Reading List

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

Reviewed: 06-16-18

More than just a good romance, the novel contains a few clever plot twists, a consistently constructed fantasy world, a few outrageous moments, and quality character development. In fact, the character development was impressive because the author's description of characters connects with their shape-shifting selves (the descriptions of Zed, the bear and town mayor was my favorite).

While this is the beginning of a series, the novel's ending leaves the reader satisfied and curious about the sequel.

  • A Little Night Magic

  • By: Lucy March
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,903
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,896

Olivia Kiskey needs a change. She’s been working at the same Nodaway Falls, New York, waffle house since she was a teenager; not a lot of upward mobility there. She’s been in love with Tobias, the cook, for the last four years; he's never made a move. Intent on shaking things up, Olivia puts her house on the market, buys a one-way ticket to Europe, and announces her plans to her friends - but then she meets Davina Granville, a strange and mystical Southern woman....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I really hope this turns into a series...

  • By Shelly on 01-07-13

Light-hearted Summer Reading

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

Reviewed: 06-16-18

The first few pages impressed me for two reasons––she's already met prince charming and he rejected her, and who doesn't like the idea of a magical linoleum square tile next to table nine at a breakfast diner? I didn't mind the somewhat predictable plot because a dash of magic, an obstacle, a cute octogenarian mentor, and a reluctant heroine had the heroic journey folded up neater than an origami crane.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65,635
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61,246
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61,085

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

Unexpected

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

Reviewed: 01-06-18

I didn’t think he could do it. I didn’t think that Andy Weir could bounce off the success of The Martian with a second original unique space novel. With a little mystery; a splash James Bond espionage; lots of science and humor; an underutilized, humble, swearing-like-a-sailor genius; and more than a few nerdy sidekicks, Mr. Weir creates a world encapsulated in bubbles on the moon. And before you know it, like me, you’ll be wishing for a longer commute so you can listen to the next chapter. Get it. 100% get the book.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • What Alice Forgot

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Tamara Lovatt-Smith
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,443
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,877
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,827

Alice Love is 29, crazy about her husband, and pregnant with her first child. So imagine Alice’s surprise when she comes to on the floor of a gym and is whisked off to the hospital, where she discovers the honeymoon is truly over - she’s getting divorced, she has three kids, and she’s actually 39 years old. Alice must reconstruct the events of a lost decade and find out whether it’s possible to reconstruct her life at the same time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unforgettable! I loved this story!

  • By Judy on 03-04-13

Alice's rabbit hole

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

Reviewed: 06-04-17

An accident sends Alice careening into the unknown. Although the story's ends were tied up a little too nicely for me, I liked the layers, the versions of truth, the complicated characters. The structure, which included Alice's narrative, the sister's journaling, and grandmother's letters created a carefully created multi genre accounting of three stories about love, relationships, and memories.

  • A Man Called Ove

  • By: Fredrik Backman
  • Narrated by: George Newbern
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65,919
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60,321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60,229

Meet Ove. He's a curmudgeon - the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him "the bitter neighbor from hell". But behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I Laughed and I Cried

  • By Bill on 08-22-15

People are Complicated

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

Reviewed: 11-20-16

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

Not only would I recommend this book, after listening to this book on Audible, I went out and bought three hard copies and gifted them to several of my reading friends.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ove, of course, was my favorite character. The author creatively weaves into the narrative a series of stories that shape Ove's relationships, consistency of character, compassion, and need to be needed; and, in doing so, Backman reveals the complexity of humanity and community.

  • The Black Widow

  • By: Daniel Silva
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 13 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,134
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,557
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,505

Gabriel Allon, the art restorer, spy, and assassin described as the most compelling fictional creation "since Ian Fleming put down his martini and invented James Bond" ( Rocky Mountain News), is poised to become the chief of Israel's secret intelligence service. But on the eve of his promotion, events conspire to lure him into the field for one final operation. ISIS has detonated a massive bomb in the Marais district of Paris, and a desperate French government wants Gabriel to eliminate the man responsible before he can strike again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • WGV

  • By Walter Glenn Viers on 07-18-16

I would not have selected this book on my own.

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

Reviewed: 11-20-16

Where does The Black Widow rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I loved the symbolism of restoration within this book--the restoration of Gabrielle to his rightful place, the restoration of famous paintings, and, in the end, the restoration of an operative after an grueling assignment. These layers elevated the plot.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I love it when a book outside of my normal reading genres grabs my attention and submerges me in a new world and sweeps me in unexpected directions. Black Widow did exactly this.

Which character – as performed by George Guidall – was your favorite?

How could I not fall in love with the broken man, a restorer of famous paintings, who, after his own life has been destroyed must find a way to restore his own path.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I listen to the news differently after reading this book and have a different perspective on assimilation of immigrants into new cultures.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend this book. In fact, after jumping into the series with Black Widow, I've downloaded and listened to the previous book in Silva's series.

  • Hillbilly Elegy

  • A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
  • By: J. D. Vance
  • Narrated by: J. D. Vance
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,053
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,921
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,864

Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis - that of white working-class Americans. The decline of this group, a demographic of our country that has been slowly disintegrating over 40 years, has been reported on with growing frequency and alarm but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. J. D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hung around your neck.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enlightening!

  • By Gotta Tellya on 09-11-16

A Must Read

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

Reviewed: 10-02-16

The author blends the non fiction facts with anecdotal tales of his family to create a tightly woven fabric of understanding for the reader, highlighting the need for social change and the problems with the culture of this misunderstood demographic, the hillbilly. I stumbled upon the book through a recommendation of my aunt, a hillbilly of the Missouri Ozarks, who, in regaling the author's adventures, immediately shared similar stories connected to our own family history. Even the non-hillbilly readers will chuckle, make connections, and cheer for the narrator. Great book.