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  • The Little Shop of Found Things: A Novel

  • Found Things, Book 1
  • By: Paula Brackston
  • Narrated by: Marisa Calin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 482
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 437
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 436

Xanthe has always had an affinity with some of the antiques she finds. When she touches them, she can sense something of the past they come from and the stories they hold. When she has an intense connection to a beautiful silver chatelaine, she has to know more. It is while she’s examining the chatelaine that she’s transported back to the 17th century, where it has its origins. She discovers there is an injustice in its history. The spirit that inhabits her new home confronts her and charges her with saving her daughter’s life, threatening to take Flora’s if she fails. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really Enjoyable

  • By Marie Stanesic on 01-10-19

Good Narration, Terrible Story

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

This novel just doesn't know what it wants to be. The narration by Marisa Calin is excellent, sadly wasted on this book. The main character is pretty unbelievable as a real person. Add to that the plot just doesn't know where it wants to go. As a result, the book comes across as a slice of life in a small English town with a mother and daughter. Pretty boring. Save the credit and find something else.

  • Let Me In

  • By: John Ajvide Lindqvist
  • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
  • Length: 16 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,261
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,034
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,037

Let Me In is the horrific tale of Oskar and Eli. It begins with the grizzly discovery of the body of a teenage boy, emptied of blood. Twelve-year-old Oskar is personally hoping that revenge has come at long last - revenge for all the bad things the bullies at school do to him. While Oskar is fascinated by the murder, it is not the most important thing in his life. A new girl has moved in next door. They become friends. Then something more. But there is something wrong with her, something odd.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Saw the movies. The book is different

  • By Mark on 04-17-12

A commentary on humanity, really.

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

SPOILERS:

The author managed to make me feel sad for vampires. Amazing. Overall, the story was written with empathy, which is amazing because vampires kill people. The villain in the story turns out to be a truly disgusting human being, not a vampire. I loved the movie but I love the book much more. Narration is excellent.

  • The Royal Art of Poison

  • Filthy Palaces, Fatal Cosmetics, Deadly Medicine, and Murder Most Foul
  • By: Eleanor Herman
  • Narrated by: Susie Berneis
  • Length: 10 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 118

The story of poison is the story of power. For centuries, royal families have feared the gut-roiling, vomit-inducing agony of a little something added to their food or wine by an enemy. To avoid poison, they depended on tasters, unicorn horns, and antidotes tested on condemned prisoners. Servants licked the royal family's spoons, tried on their underpants, and tested their chamber pots. Ironically, royals terrified of poison were unknowingly poisoning themselves daily with their cosmetics, medications, and filthy living conditions.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Relieved and surprised

  • By Amber on 09-28-18

Fascinatingly GRIM

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

Reviewed: 11-18-18

If you are looking for a morbid and fascinating read, this is definitely it. Not only does the author cover important poisoning, but also hygiene and palace filth. Wow. JUST WOW. If Dr. Who arrived in one of these locations, she/he would get out of the tardis, gag immediately from the stench, and get back in.

The only criticism I have is that toward the end of the book the case by case scenarios start out pretty engrossing, but then become a little dry. However, that could be because I listened to this book over the course of a long work day. Overall, completely cracking read.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Witches of New York

  • A Novel
  • By: Ami McKay
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,948
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,820
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,816

New York in the spring of 1880 is a place alive with wonder and curiosity. Determined to learn the truth about the world, its residents enthusiastically engage in both scientific experimentation and spiritualist pursuits. Séances are the entertainment of choice in exclusive social circles, and many enterprising women - some possessed of true intuitive powers and some gifted with the art of performance - find work as mediums.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Kind of weird

  • By Ameleh on 11-05-17

Never really gets going

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

Reviewed: 10-18-18

I love the characters and the setting, but felt that the plot never really gets going. There are far too many introductions of new characters and threads that are meant for ambience and mood that clutter the flow of the story. I enjoyed the three main characters and felt they have great potential for a series, if only the author could please spend more time developing a more focused story on them together, similar to how the first Harry Potter book worked.

I also felt that New York didn't feel true to the era. It felt generic and sometime modern. More descriptive passages would have been helpful.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Warden

  • By: Anthony Trollope
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 7 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 305
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 172

Anthony Trollope's classic novel centers on Mr. Harding, a clergyman of great personal integrity whose charitable income far exceeds the purpose for which it was intended. On discovering this, young John Bold turns his reforming zeal toward exposing what he regards as an abuse of privilege, despite the fact that he is in love with Mr. Harding's daughter, Eleanor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful Reading of Trollope

  • By Larbi on 09-15-07

Had a hard time with this one

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

Reviewed: 09-28-18

First, I must begin by a short review of the narrator. Originally I purchased an alternate version that came highly recommended by everyone. I returned it very quickly because, well, the narration was terrible. I combed through this website until I found a version narrated by Simon Vance. I highly recommend purchasing that version over any other.

As for the story, I found it a little difficult to follow. I jotted down notes and characters in order to keep track. In the end I found the story dull, very bland in tone, especially after having just finished all of the Pallisers novels and listening to the BBC audioplay.

I will carry on with the next in the series. Hoping they get better.

  • Eye of the Needle

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: Eric Lincoln
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,990
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,878
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,882

One enemy spy knows the secret of the Allies' greatest deception, a brilliant aristocrat and ruthless assassin - code name: "The Needle" - who holds the key to the ultimate Nazi victory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Spy Thriller

  • By AudioAddict on 11-11-13

Narration problems

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

I don't understand why the producers of this audio book decided to use a full cast for various voices. The additional voice cast is jarring and most have terrible acting skills. The effect is distracting to the story. Had to put this one down after a few chapters. Headed over to the returns page now.

  • Dead Men Can't Complain and Other Stories

  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister, Ray Porter
  • Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,367
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,295
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,286

Including three never-before-published stories, Dead Men Don't Complain is the first-ever collection of short fiction by Peter Clines, author of 14, The Fold, and other Audible smash hits. Combining equal parts geekery and humor with the occasional dash of horror, Dead Men Don't Complain is ideal for Clines fans eagerly awaiting his next novel - or for brand-new listeners discovering this Audible favorite for the first time.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Love Clines' Writing & Porter's Narration

  • By Jami on 12-15-17

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

The short stories were all together creepy, entertaining, weird, scary and just what I wanted on cold days while I wrapped presents. My only complaint is the switch to a different narrator about a third of the way through. Re-record that story and it will be a perfect collection.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62,108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57,966
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 57,821

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

Good Narration, unlikeable character

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

I had a difficult time getting through this. The novel starts out promising enough with a great set up and interesting characters. However, the story itself is very slow to start while the main character is just unlikeable. Rosario Dawson does a great job narrating. Too bad it wasn't more plot driven like The Martian. Disappointing!

  • White Fang

  • By: Jack London
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 7 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,586
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,251
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,257

In the desolate, frozen northwest of Canada, a lone wolf fights a heroic daily fight for life in the wild. But after he is captured and cruelly abused by men, he becomes a force of pure rage. Only one man sees inside the killer to his intelligence and nobility. But can his kindness touch White Fang?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who's the animal: Man or Wolf?

  • By Erik on 08-14-15

Appreciated the View Point Character

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

Reviewed: 01-02-18

This novel was interesting since I had just finished listening to Ian Mortimer's "Time Travelers Guide" historical series. In those books, Mortimer dedicates a few passages to describing how animals were regarded in medieval England, Elizabethan England and the Restoration. In short - not well.

While I was listening to this Jack London tale about the life of a wolf/dog, I kept thinking how extraordinary that a few centuries later such a book was even written with such an empathy toward an animal, let alone a wolf. Perhaps London was using the character of White Fang as a lens through which to see how human beings act toward one another and other animals, and perhaps how our cruelty and dominance of nature is futile, unless we accept that we are, in fact, a part of it.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Last Sherlock Holmes Story

  • By: Michael Dibdin
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 63
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 62

In the late seventies an extraordinary document came to light which for fifty years had been held on deposit by the bankers of the deceased John Herbert Watson MD - better known to devotees of Conan Doyle as Dr Watson. A continuous narrative in the doctor’s own hand, the story opens in the East End of London in 1888. Three women have been savagely murdered by Jack the Ripper.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Keeps you guessing, even after its finished!

  • By Benja on 03-28-13

You'll Either Love it or Hate it

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

Reviewed: 12-12-17

I won't give away the twist. All I will say is that it goes to a place pretty unexpected, maybe too unexpected for me.