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  • Time's Convert

  • A Novel
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,895
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,698
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,685

On the battlefields of the American Revolution, Matthew de Clermont meets Marcus MacNeil, a young surgeon from Massachusetts, during a moment of political awakening when it seems that the world is on the brink of a brighter future. When Matthew offers him a chance at immortality and a new life, free from the restraints of his puritanical upbringing, Marcus seizes the opportunity to become a vampire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Please have Jennifer rerecord this book. Please

  • By teri segrest on 09-19-18

Slightly dissappointed but still ok.

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

This book definitely did not have the impact of the other three. I found it fairly boring compared to the other three. It took the entire book for Phoebe and Marcus to finally be together again! There was no plot, no suspense, nothing to really grab you. It's more or less just a biography of Marcus paired with the transition of Phoebe. It wasn't horrible, just not as interesting as the previous.

Narration: Well, I've listened to this narrator before and loved the other books she's read. I think I would've liked her read of this book too if we haven't all been trained for Jennifer Ikeda's mastery of the characters. Jennifer brought their voices and with that, their personalities, to our ears as only she can do. She was also phenomenal with the differing accents and pronunciations. I couldn't get past Saskia's pronunciation of Marthe as Marth or her rendition of Ysabeau and Matthew. I would re-listen if done over with Jennifer Ikeda.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Mapmaker's Apprentice

  • Glass and Steele, Book 2
  • By: C. J. Archer
  • Narrated by: Marian Hussey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,078
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 987
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 982

When an apprentice from the Mapmakers' Guild goes missing, Matt and India are employed to find him. Going undercover as a married couple, they discover that not everyone at the guild is what they seem, and the lad's unearthly maps caused jealousy, suspicion and fear. With one of the apprentice's magic maps in their possession, India and Matt must use their wits and India's fledgling, untried magic to find him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great follow up to book 1!

  • By BikeVON on 03-27-17

So disappointed!!!

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

Reviewed: 04-14-18

What disappointed you about The Mapmaker's Apprentice?

I loved the first book in this series, The Watchmaker's Daughter, and was very excited to get the second. However, I was extremely disappointed when the narrator changed!!!!! I can usually deal with this situation BUT, Marian's voices are all WRONG for these characters!! Emma Powell was spot on!! Marian, while she'd be great with other reads, just does not keep the integrity of the characters as Emma had brought them to life. It totally changes the whole book. Marian's rendition of Willie is so bad, whiney and screeching, that I am not sure I can actually finish this book.

Would you recommend The Mapmaker's Apprentice to your friends? Why or why not?

Would only recommend if you don't listen to the first book prior to this one or continue with the series in written formats rather than audible.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Marian Hussey?

EMMA POWELL! She did an outstanding job in The Watchmaker's Daughter and should've continued with the series. Her Characters are awesome and believable.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Mapmaker's Apprentice?

Haven't gotten far enough to evaluate due to extremely annoying narration.

Any additional comments?

as above

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Mercer Girls

  • By: Libbie Hawker
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 15 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,338
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,126
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,124

It's 1864 in downtrodden Lowell, Massachusetts. The Civil War has taken its toll on the town - leaving the economy in ruin and its women in dire straits. That is, until Asa Mercer arrives on a peculiar, but providential, errand: he seeks high-minded women who can exert an elevating influence in Seattle, where there are ten men for every woman. Mail-order brides, yes, but of a certain caliber.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful

  • By Kirsten Balckwell on 02-04-17

Outstanding!

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

Reviewed: 02-28-18

Loved this book from beginning to end! Enjoyable storyline, interesting and varied characters, wonderful writing style and the narration was perfect! plus it truly sparked my interest in researching about these girls and Seattle’s historical beginnings. Highly recommend!

  • Wicked Plants

  • The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities
  • By: Amy Stewart
  • Narrated by: Coleen Marlo
  • Length: 4 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 989
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 899
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 894

Beware! The sordid lives of plants behaving badly. A tree that sheds poison daggers; a glistening red seed that stops the heart; a shrub that causes paralysis; a vine that strangles; and a leaf that triggered a war. Amy Stewart, best-selling author of Flower Confidential, takes on over two hundred of Mother Nature's most appalling creations in an A to Z of plants that kill, maim, intoxicate, and otherwise offend.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Grows on You Like Kudzu

  • By Cynthia on 04-23-13

Interesting but..

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

Reviewed: 10-03-17

This book is would be a great reference book but in audible form it’s just not that useful. It is interesting however and the narrator does a good job.

  • Beneath a Waning Moon

  • A Duo of Gothic Romances
  • By: Elizabeth Hunter, Grace Draven
  • Narrated by: Gabrielle Baker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97

In A Very Proper Monster, Josephine Shaw spends long nights filling the pages of her Gothic stories with the fantastic and the macabre, unaware that the suitor her father has arranged is one of the dark creatures she's always dreamed. For Tom Dargin, courting an ailing spinster was only one duty in a long life of service to his sire. But after he meets the curious Miss Shaw, will Tom become the seducer or the seduced? Can a love fated to end in tragedy survive a looming grave?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Combined

  • By Book Junkie on 04-27-16

Couldn't get passed the first two chapters

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

Reviewed: 07-08-17

It is VERY seldom I have to return a book. Especially one that is part of a series I fully enjoy. I will persevere thru the worst of them if at all possible, but this switch in narrator from Dina Pearlman to Gabrielle Baker was something I couldn't deal with. It completely changed all the known characters for me and I felt like I was in being read to by the school librarian. Plus, she has a very pronounced lisp which was just too distracting to overlook. I will have to put this one on kindle and read it instead.

  • Spiritus: A Paranormal Romance

  • Spiritus, Book 1
  • By: Dana Michelle Burnett
  • Narrated by: Melissa J. Goldberg
  • Length: 5 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 12

Becca McAllister has always been different from other girls her age. Never part of the "in crowd", Becca never really fit in anywhere. When her mother dies and her father moves them to the small town of Corydon, Indiana, Becca didn't expect things to change. But things do change when Becca accidentally makes contact with a 160-year-old ghost. As the seductive spirit within Becca's home lures her closer and closer, she learns about her own past and starts to understand that some mistakes are meant to last.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Painful experience

  • By AirForceMama23 on 05-29-17

Painful experience

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

Reviewed: 05-29-17

What had the potential to be a descent read was ruined by the worst narrator I have ever listened to. She was monotone, boring, had horrible timing and terrible pronunciation (I.e. "yuman" for human). The story itself could have been developed better, the characters more complex. I'm not sure how I managed to finish the book for any reason other than sheer stubbornness on my part.

  • The Witching Hour

  • By: Anne Rice
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 50 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,580
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,294

Demonstrating once again her gift for spellbinding storytelling, Anne Rice makes real for us a great dynasty of four centuries of witches - a family given to poetry and incest, murder and philosophy, a family that over the ages is itself haunted by a powerful, dangerous, and seductive being called Lasher who haunts the Mayfair women....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THANK YOU AUDIBLE!

  • By Wendy on 10-22-15

Great until the end!!!

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

Reviewed: 03-28-17

This book for me had a 4 or even 5 star rating right up until the very end. I could've overlooked the sometimes endless droning on with excessively detailed descriptions at certain parts and even with the (what seemed) never ending Mayfair ancestry chronologies but throw in the complete and utter reverse personality change of Rowan and anticlimactic ending and I just couldn't rate it any higher. The creation of that bizarre creature at the expense of her own baby and turning her back on Michael just ruined it. I really loved the book until then, barring the few boring and yet necessary histories and/or descriptions as stated above. Why Anne, why??!!

By the way, Kate Reading who narrated this book was OUTSTANDING! She gets 5 stars for her performance!

  • Lilac Girls

  • A Novel
  • By: Martha Hall Kelly
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell, Kathleen Gati, Kathrin Kana, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,444
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,073

New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline's world is forever changed when Hitler's army invades Poland in September 1939 - and then sets its sights on France. An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The cover is a bit misleading, but...

  • By Joy Easton on 05-18-16

Outstanding but not for the faint of heart!

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

Reviewed: 01-16-17

Deeply moving, well written account of a part of history most of us would be glad to forget ever happened. Based on true people and events, I found myself caught up in the stories of these women. In turn I became Caroline, I became Kasia, I hated and despised Herta! I was riveted from start to finish. I cried, I held my breath, I had to pause at times and do what they couldn't and walk away. I learned so much and it has driven me to dive deeper and research further. Several times I found myself running to google to pull up this person or that place or some image. To not be moved by this book would have me call into question a level of humanity so severely crippled, that mirrored, allowed these events to occur in the first place! This book should win every literary award possible! This should be mandatory in every literature class and on the top of every "must read" list.
The narrators used to bring this book to life were outstanding and flawless. The authors note was an added bonus and I respect her talent and dedication. I will search for anything she has written and writes in future.

  • Witch Slapped

  • Witchless in Seattle, Book 1
  • By: Dakota Cassidy
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 595
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 542
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 542

Hello. My name is Stevie Cartwright, and I've been witchless for 30 days. If only there was a support group for down-on-their-luck ex-witches who've had their powers slapped right out of them (literally). Just as I was licking my wounds after returning to my hometown of Ebenezer Falls, Washington, and navigating my suddenly nonmagical existence with the help of my familiar, Belfry, things got sticky. Enter an ex-spy and newly departed spirit named Winterbottom, who's infiltrated my life with his sexy British accent and a couple of requests....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed this cozy tremendously!

  • By janet on 08-05-16

Ok story, terrible narration!

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

Reviewed: 01-09-17

I felt like I was sitting in an elementary school class being read to by a student helper. Many long and unnecessary pauses, annoyingly high pitched voice for Belfry, and the sometimes monotone quality of her voice made for a very difficult time sticking with this book to the end. I found myself drifting off on my own thoughts and even put me to sleep a time or two. The storyline was just ok. There isn't much motivation to keep me going with this series especially if the same narrator is used.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Thornwood House

  • By: Anna Romer
  • Narrated by: Eloise Oxer
  • Length: 16 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,247
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,015
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,019

When you're all that stands between the murderous past and the fate of those you love, how far would you go to save them? When Audrey Kepler inherits an abandoned homestead in rural Queensland, she jumps at the chance to escape her loveless existence in the city and make a fresh start. In a dusty back room of the old house, she discovers the crumbling photo of a handsome World War II medic - Samuel Riordan, the homestead's former occupant - and soon finds herself becoming obsessed with him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Five Stars With a Caution

  • By Nancy F. on 08-08-15

Absolutely wonderful read!!

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

Reviewed: 09-18-16

Well written, engaging story, great narration!! Loved this book! Will look for more by this author. Highly recommend!!