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  • Trinity

  • By: Leon Uris
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 34 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

From the acclaimed author who enthralled the world with Exodus, Battle Cry, QB VII, Topaz, and other beloved classics of twentieth-century fiction comes a sweeping and powerful epic adventure that captures the "terrible beauty" of Ireland during its long and bloody struggle for freedom. It is the electrifying story of an idealistic young Catholic rebel and the valiant and beautiful Protestant girl who defied her heritage to join his cause. It is a tale of love and danger, of triumph at an unthinkable cost.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally!!

  • By arussellga on 04-16-18

Finally! I've been waiting for years for this!

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

I have been waiting for this for years. I first read Trinity back in the 90s, when I was a teenager and it was gifted to me by my Irish father. I fell in love with it then and have read and re-read it countless times over the past two decades. Some years ago, I even wrote to Audible to request an audiobook version of Trinity, but I gave up after years of checking Leon Uris's Audible catalogue to no avail.

I highly recommend this audiobook for anyone who loves military and Irish historical fiction. It's so well researched, and with just the right amount of romance woven in--not overpowering, but enough to keep it exciting.

And a narrator who can do an Ulster accent! What a treat! I am normally reluctant to listen to "Irish" stories, because a bad "Irish" accent can make an audiobook unlistenable, but there are none of those worries here.

  • A Stone in the Sea

  • Bleeding Stars, Book 1
  • By: A.L. Jackson
  • Narrated by: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York
  • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,451
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,296

He wanted nothing at all...until he found she had everything to give.... Sunder lead singer and guitarist Sebastian Stone has everything - fans, fame, and fortune. He also has a heart full of bitterness and a reputation for a short-fused temper. But an outward reputation rarely reveals the true man inside.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It's a 9.5 hour-380 page CLIFFHANGER!

  • By Tracy T on 05-12-15

Terrible. Terrible. Terrible.

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

Reviewed: 05-13-18

I read the reviews. I read the reviews. I read the reviews I should have known...known...known. And yet the ratings were still so, so high. Why? Why? WHY? The narration was the saving grace, but even the narrators seemed to be so, so frustrated...so frustrated...so frustrated with the weird, weird repetition of words and phrases; a device used so frequently that I was soon able to predict when the author would repeat, repeat, repeat a word or phrase two or three times for no apparent reason, aside from a deep, deep lack of skill. It could have been good, good, good, but it was terrible. It was terrible. It was terrible.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • #Player

  • Hashtag Series, Book 3
  • By: Cambria Hebert
  • Narrated by: Chandra Skyye, Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 337
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 324

Romeo and I were happy in love. The future stretched before us brighter than any star in the darkest sky. Now everything is broken. Literally broken. Romeo's entire career is at stake, my entire future is threatened.... And my past? It's coming back to haunt me. To haunt us. Romeo says we're in this together, and right now the only sure thing is us. But how far can a love so new be pushed?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 #Player Stars

  • By Pam Audio-Fanatic on 11-13-17

So bad

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

Reviewed: 03-27-18

The only good thing I can say about it is, once again, the male narrator was great. Everything else, the female narrator, the writing, the premise, even the grammar was terrible. Lots of low-key sexism, such as Romeo never treating Rimel as a person capable of making decisions for herself, and more than one reference about Ivy's promiscuity (but the boys can sleep with as many people as they want without judgment, of course). Save your time and credit.

  • #Nerd

  • Hashtag, Book 1
  • By: Cambria Hebert
  • Narrated by: Chandra Skyye, Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 878
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 816
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 815

Two people from completely different worlds are about to be thrown together...in more ways than one. She wants to keep her scholarship. He wants to stay on the team. An awkward alliance doesn't even begin to cover Rimmel and Romeo's relationship. But that's about to change.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hashtag NERD!!! All about the nerds #yeesss

  • By Slim on 08-11-17

Cute story, female narrator terrible

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

The narration would have been 5 stars except for the robotic woman narrating Rimmel's chapters. She was terrible, but the make narrator das great. The story was cute, although a bit shallow. Easy listen when you want entertainment but don't want to think too much.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Crusader

  • Kingdom Come, Book 1
  • By: Kathryn Le Veque
  • Narrated by: Brian J. Gill
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 343
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 325

Along the ancient Pilgrim Trail traveled by countless crusaders from Europe to The Holy Land, Dr. Rory Osgrove is in charge of her first archaeological dig. A Biblical Archaeologist by degree, her target is a holy relic of unimaginable power. But what she discovers instead is the tomb of a long-buried Crusader, one of the thousands who came to this desert land in search of glory and riches. Deterred from her original goal, Rory is fascinated by the English knight and the journal buried with him.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Medieval Sleeping Beauty

  • By 🌸DARA on 05-02-15

I'm surprised this had such positive reviews

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

Reviewed: 03-09-18

This was by far one of the worst stories I've listened to in a long time. Most of the characters were unlikeable and it was poorly written. Pretty much every male character treated the main character like she was a possession or a child. It was very irritating. The narration was good, although he spoke too fast at times. I had to slow the playback speed to 0.95. I love historical fiction but maybe I'm used to historical fiction that is well researched. This was not. Save your credit, unless you're looking for a cheesy melodrama without a strong female protagonist.

  • Wanderlust

  • By: Lauren Blakely
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage, Grace Grant
  • Length: 8 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,027
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,862
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,862

They say Paris is always a good idea.... You know what I say? Paris would be a much better idea if I spoke the dang language. I can't even board the metro to visit the Louvre without ending up at the Moulin Rouge, and let's not even mention how I'll ever make it through a day at my new office. Fortunately my company hooks me up with my own personal translator. Ooh la la. Or should I say bloody hell? Because he's charming, witty, and British, and he brings the city to life for me.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 5 Stars ✫✫ Romantic with great narration!

  • By Cyndi on 02-06-18

Richard Armitage... Sigh

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

Reviewed: 02-26-18

I'm not a huge fan of this kind of romance but I absolutely adore Richard Armitage. I couldn't help but picture Mr Thornton from BBC's North and South talking dirty to me. Ha! Having said that, he is the best narrator. His voice is like velvet and I found myself skipping back to listen to his parts over again. So dreamy... Sigh

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • North and South

  • North and South Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: John Jakes
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 30 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,999
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,010

Two strangers, young men from Pennsylvania and South Carolina, meet on the way to West Point.... Thus begins this brilliant novel of antebellum America, spanning three generations and chronicling the lives and loves of two great family dynasties. The Hazards and the Mains are brought together in bonds of friendship and affection that neither jealousy nor violence can shatter - until a storm of events sunders the nation and brings the cataclysm of war!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating novel of the Civil War

  • By 9S on 01-12-13

Gripping drama for historical fiction fans

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

Reviewed: 03-07-15

North and South has been sitting in my Audible library for a couple years. I have no idea why it took me so long to listen to it, but once I finally started, I could not stop. At more than 30 hours, it's impossible to listen to it in one sitting, but I wish I could have. I stayed up well into the early morning hours on more than one occasion because I just couldn't turn it off. I found myself talking back to the narrator and yelling at my iPod because of all the dramatic twists and turns, the evil scheming, and the sheer desire for the protagonists to triumph.

I loved the attention to historical detail and the use of real historical figures as minor characters in the story line. Even the Afterword, in which the author talked about his research and the writing process, was interesting to me.

The narrator was superb, especially his voice for Orry. I could easily distinguish when Orry was speaking, even when in conversation with other South Carolina characters.

Five stars, all around. * * * * *

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Master

  • The Game Maker, Book 2
  • By: Kresley Cole
  • Narrated by: Kimberly Alexis
  • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,164

Rich, irresistible politician/Mafiya boss Maksimilian Sevastyan prefers tall, obedient blondes to fulfill his...complicated desires. That is until the icy Russian encounters a disobedient brunette whose exquisite little body threatens his legendary restraint.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh Baby Boy you are a HOTTT RUSO

  • By I HATE THIS NEW LOOK on 05-10-15

Muy caliente, but not my favourite KC

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

Reviewed: 02-20-15

The Master was good, but not Kresley Cole's best. I love Kresley Cole...I will download anything she releases. She is a good writer who can tell a good story and creates interesting, funny characters. However, I didn't like The Master as much as I liked The Professional.

The format (a complete, single release rather than a three-part serial) is a HUGE improvement over The Professional, and I liked Cat and Maksim's story, but the sex wasn't as exciting as in the last book. It was a lot of the same sex, without a lot of variety. (Oh look, they're f*&%ing again.) It almost got monotonous and it started right off the bat, without much lead-in to the story. Also, kidnapping is sociopathic behaviour and I didn't find that sexy at all. It brought me right out the story. Points docked for that.

Despite all of that, I did like The Master. It wasn't as kinky as The Professional, which can either be a good thing or bad thing, depending on your preferences, but it was *muy caliente* (I do wish that we could ban the phrase "goody trail" though). I loved that Natalie and Aleksandr made appearances and it looks like KC is possibly setting up Dimitri's story line for the next book. Yay!

Kimberly Alexis, once again, was fantastic as the main female character. She narrated the story and gave voice to Cat with near perfection. She is a fantastic narrator. As with The Professional, however, I did not like her Russian accents as much. Something about her accent had me thinking "Boris and Natasha" rather than sexy Siberian billionaire. Minor complaint and I was usually able to look past it.

One more thing...even though I said this wasn't my favourite Kresley Cole book, if you're a Kresley Cole fan but the BDSM in The Professional wasn't your style, give The Master a try. KC has managed to write erotica that is sexy, smart and funny, without the cheesiness of your typical soft-core porn paperback.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Dead of Winter: Arcana Chronicles, Book 3

  • By: Kresley Cole
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,558
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,432
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,431

Heartbreaking decisions: Evie was almost seduced by the life of comfort that Death offered her - until Jack was threatened by two of the most horrific Arcana, The Lovers. She will do anything to save him, even escape Death's uncanny prison, full of beautiful objects, material comforts - and stolen glances from a former love.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love, love, love this series!

  • By Katherine on 02-09-15

Heart-stopping cliffhanger...again

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

Reviewed: 01-07-15

What made the experience of listening to Dead of Winter the most enjoyable?

Emma Galvin's performance, once again, made this a fantastic listen. I read the ebook while I listened to the audiobook and Emma Galvin's narration made the book even better. I am a big fan of Kresley Cole, but I found that (in Dead of Winter at least) she went a little overboard with her use of exclamation points! It gets distracting to read like that after a while! See what I mean!?! Emma Galvin softened those exclamations and put such life into the story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I am firmly Team Death. He doesn't treat Evie like a fragile damsel in distress and, unlike Jack, Death is always honest with her.

Have you listened to any of Emma Galvin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, and she is one of my favourite narrators. I found Poison Princess (book one in the Arcana Chronicles) by searching for books narrated by Emma Galvin. Her voices for the main characters are consistent and distinct. If she could just differentiate the voices for the other characters a little bit more, this would have been a five-star performance.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending. Kresley Cole, you are killing me with these cliffhangers! I hate it when books end in such a harrowing cliffhanger, but it also brings a little hope for those who were wishing for a different outcome. With fifteen minutes left in the audiobook, I wasn't sure if I was happy about how the book was ending, but the conclusion was such a dramatic twist and it wiped out my theory as to where the next book is headed.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Void

  • Witching Savannah, Book 3
  • By: J. D. Horn
  • Narrated by: Shannon McManus
  • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,228
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,229

Mercy and her husband, Peter, are happily preparing to welcome baby Colin into their lives. But their excitement quickly becomes overshadowed by a gruesome discovery: someone has scattered severed limbs throughout the city. After a troubling visit from an old foe, Mercy learns dark magic is at play, and someone - or something - wants her and her unborn child out of the picture.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Ridiculous ending

  • By Zendegy on 12-23-14

Hated the ending. Hated it.

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

Reviewed: 01-05-15

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. This series wasn't awful, but isn't something that I would want to listen to again. If you've already listened to the other two books, then you'll probably listen to this one as well. This instalment was my least favourite of the three (and I was on the fence about the other two).

Would you ever listen to anything by J. D. Horn again?

Probably not. I didn't like his writing style. There was way too much going on...too many antagonists, too many side stories, an irrelevant Nazi back story, just too much "stuff" in general. And I didn't care for Mercy all that much either. She made a lot of stupid decisions and came across as immature and selfish at times. It's really hard to get into a novel when you don't care for the protagonist.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

She was okay, but her delivery could have been more natural. She mispronounced a few words, and I really didn't like the way she pronounced the word "appreciated", which, oddly enough, came up often enough that it grated on my nerves.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Maybe. Maybe the story could be better told if a decent scriptwriter got a hold of it and streamlined the story.

Any additional comments?

I cannot emphasize enough just how much I hated the ending, like in my Top 5 most hated endings of all time. It was just so stupid how the whole thing wrapped up, and it confirmed my feelings that I didn't care for Mercy as a character.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful