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  • The Rules of Magic

  • By: Alice Hoffman
  • Narrated by: Marin Ireland
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,531
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,131

For the Owens family, love is a curse that began in 1620, when Maria Owens was charged with witchery for loving the wrong man. Hundreds of years later, in New York City at the cusp of the '60s, when the whole world is about to change, Susanna Owens knows that her three children are dangerously unique.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, not so great narrator

  • By just4now on 11-15-17

Soooo good

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

Reviewed: 11-06-17

Marin Ireland is the best narrator, through her I felt this book. Alice Hoffman wrote all the characters so beautifully I loved each & everyone.

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  • Unleashed

  • By: Janae Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Shannon Tyo
  • Length: 3 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5

When Jailyn's best friend, Prestley, brought in a new game, Jailyn didn't want to play. However, after a little persuading, she gave in. Unbeknownst to the girls, they weren't just playing a game. Instead, the game was playing them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't finish it...

  • By L on 08-10-17

Couldn't finish it...

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

Reviewed: 08-10-17

What was most disappointing about Janae Mitchell’s story?

The narrator

What didn’t you like about Shannon Tyo’s performance?

UCH!!! The constant use of a double 'D' where the "T" should be - it's important not impordant - also that awful spit clicking in her mouth - I had to turn it off.

  • He's My Soldier Boy

  • By: Lisa Jackson
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 47

Dark, sexy, and dangerous, young Ben Powell could steal kisses as deep and stormy as Whitefire Lake. But when he cruelly accused Carlie Surrett of unthinkable sins, he left her in the dust of her shattered dreams. Now, steelier than ever after his stint in the army, Ben is back - making Carlie curse the love that all but destroyed her...and the volcanic passion that still sears her soul.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • More Soap Opera than Romance

  • By Diva on 09-03-13

Written from the perspective of a 70 year woman

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

Reviewed: 08-10-17

What would have made He's My Soldier Boy better?

The characters could have had a sense of humour - not one funny word spilled from their fictitious mouths. Words like 'skinflint' died in the Victorian era and should probably stay there unless of course you're writing a Victorian story.

What could Lisa Jackson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Write it funnier, it's a romance, funny men are sexy - brooding is hot but without funny its just...eh.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Kate Rudd?

Kate Rudd sounds takes great effort to emphasise every word she's speaking it comes off sounding automated. The Midwest accent is always a tough one to listen to - if I was picking someone to read my books - I'd pick James Franco :)

  • The Weight of Lies

  • A Novel
  • By: Emily Carpenter
  • Narrated by: Kate Orsini
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,841
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,688
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,686

Reformed party girl Meg Ashley leads a life of privilege, thanks to a bestselling horror novel her mother wrote decades ago. But Meg knows that the glow of their very public life hides a darker reality of lies, manipulation, and the heartbreak of her own solitary childhood. Desperate to break free of her mother, Meg accepts a proposal to write a scandalous, tell-all memoir.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. That was pretty bad.

  • By Meg on 07-21-17

Great book-amazing narrator

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

Reviewed: 07-28-17

Some really great books can be totally ruined by bad narration but this book was a hit on all levels-I highly recommend it

  • Not That Kind of Girl

  • By: Siobhan Vivian
  • Narrated by: Emma Meltzer
  • Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Natalie Sterling wants to be in control. She wants her friends to be loyal. She wants her classmates to elect her student council president. She wants to find the right guy, not the usual jerk her school has to offer. She wants a good reputation, because she believes that will lead to good things. But life is messy, and it's very hard to be in control of it. Slut or saint? Winner or loser? Natalie is getting tired of these forced choices - and is now going to find a way to live life in the sometimes messy, sometimes wonderful in-between.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Sooo dull

  • By L on 07-20-17

Sooo dull

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

Reviewed: 07-20-17

The story just meandered along an a painfully slow pace. The main character was completely unlikeable. The nasal narration caused me to cut this off before finishing

  • Traffick

  • By: Ellen Hopkins
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Madeleine Maby, Rebekkah Ross, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 168
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149

In her best-selling novel, Tricks, Ellen Hopkins introduced us to five memorable characters tackling enormous questions: Eden, the preacher's daughter who turns tricks in Vegas and is helped into a child prostitution rescue; Seth, the gay farm boy disowned by his father who finds himself without money or resources other than his own body; Whitney, the privileged kid coaxed into the life by a pimp and whose dreams are ruined in a heroin haze.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • its a series, so be consistent

  • By Amazon Customer on 01-18-18

Please stop using Rebekka Ross...

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

Reviewed: 03-16-16

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

Sad ride, happy ending

What did you like best about this story?

The characters were very diverse and well defined. The story took me through a wide array of feelings which any book worth it's salt should do. I enjoyed this read and would recommend to anyone

What three words best describe the narrators’s performance?

All the narrators (and it is a treat to have different one's for each character) were really good. Rebekka Ross's use of 'een' instead of 'ing' as always was cringe worthy. It's like having Penny from The Big Bang Theory reading to me - yuck! Com-een & Go-een-puts my teeth on edge. The character of Cody would have been more endearing if he'd had a different voice, the guy reading his part would have been better suited to Seth in my opinion.

  • Lies You Wanted to Hear

  • By: James Whitfield Thomson
  • Narrated by: Nan McNamara, Andrew Ingalls
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 100

Alone in an empty house, Lucy tries to imagine the lives of her two young children. They have been gone for seven years, and she is tormented by the role she played in that heartbreaking loss. You can hardly see a glimpse of the sexy, edgy woman she used to be. Back then, she was a magnet for men like Matt, who loved her beyond reason, and Griffin, who wouldn't let go but always left her wanting more. Now the lies they told and the choices they made have come to haunt all three of them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Could have been (5) Stars

  • By RueRue on 07-29-14

Absolutely Awful Male Narrator

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

Reviewed: 12-05-14

The story was good, not one of the characters was at all likeable which was difficult but overall good book. Andy Ingalls was the absolute worst narrator I've heard in my many years of audio books-he sounded like he needed to be plugged in paired with a lisp I had to force myself to finish the book. I will flag anything he does going forward to avoid the pain again.

  • The Hollow

  • The Hollow Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Jessica Verday
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 99
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 73
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 73

When Abbey’s best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, everyone else is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead, and rumors fly that her death was no accident. Abbey goes through the motions of mourning her best friend, but privately, she refuses to believe that Kristen is really gone. Then she meets Caspian, the gorgeous and mysterious boy who shows up out of nowhere at Kristen’s funeral, and who keeps reappearing in Abbey’s life. Caspian clearly has secrets of his own, but he’s the only person who makes Abbey feel normal again.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Slow

  • By Messerschmidt on 09-08-11

OMG Get on with it already

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

Reviewed: 12-05-14

What disappointed you about The Hollow?

Everything, the plot line sounded interesting but it took forever to go anywhere

Has The Hollow turned you off from other books in this genre?

Perhaps

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Her painful enunciation of every letter of every word put my teeth on edge, she did however manage to read it in a way that made me think something good was around the corner when in reality it was further minutia about how the main characters feet were cold and the long drawn out process she would take to warm them up, blah, blah, blah - get on with the story.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger this book could have been reduced to a short story and been a completely interesting read-all the details of how Abby walked to school, her perfume making, what her parents were saying at any given moment - it just dragged on & on - I finally skipped to the epilogue without any fear of missing something good - I hate not finishing a book

Any additional comments?

The story got lost in the detail-cut the crap next time and I may read another.

  • Collateral

  • By: Ellen Hopkins
  • Narrated by: Rebekkah Ross
  • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34

Collateral centers on Ashley, an MFA student at San Diego State University. She grew up reading books and never dreamed she would become a military wife. One night she meets a handsome soldier named Cole. He doesn’t match the stereotype of the aggressive military man. He’s passionate and romantic. He even writes poetry. Their relationship evolves into a sexually charged love affair that goes on for five years and survives four deployments.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book - Awful Narrator

  • By L on 06-11-14

Great Book - Awful Narrator

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

Reviewed: 06-11-14

Where does Collateral rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

All of Ellen Hopkins books are amazing, never disappointed, unfortunately I'll have to buy the Kindle version of this one as well - Rebekkah Ross is too hard to listen to - monotone, says 'een' for every work ending with 'ing' puts my teeth on edge

What other book might you compare Collateral to and why?

I haven't read anyting around this topic but Ellen Hopkins books all have a similar feel, not to say they're formulaic but each one keeps you wanting more - she always produces a great read.

How could the performance have been better?

If the narrator would just say 'ing' instead of 'een' she'd probably be ok for the voice of a teenager but for more mature characters she doesn't cut it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Fifty Shades of Grey

  • Book One of the Fifty Shades Trilogy
  • By: E. L. James
  • Narrated by: Becca Battoe
  • Length: 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32,433
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 27,513
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28,145

When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I can't believe I bought ths

  • By Jayson on 06-03-12

Oh My I Clambered

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

Reviewed: 06-24-12

Tell Becca Battoe to try another career and also that the 'B' in clamber is silent!!!!!