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Brisbane, Australia
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  • A Mind of Her Own

  • By: Paula McLain
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 1 hr and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,810
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,781

Paris, 1893. Twenty-five-year-old Marie Sklodowska is studying science at the Sorbonne - one of the only universities in the world that has begun to admit women. A thousand miles from her native Poland, with no money and the odds stacked against any woman daring to pursue a career in such a rigorous field, Marie throws herself into her studies. She's certain that to succeed in a man's world, she will have to go it alone. Her meticulous plans get thrown slightly off-course when Marie attracts the attention of an accomplished young physicist, himself on the precipice of greatness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Based on a true story

  • By Kingsley on 03-01-19

Good beginning. Needs a sequel for the science.

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

Reviewed: 04-06-19

Good story, well written and narrated. Less production than most Audible originals but it doesn't really need it. But it stops right when the science starts, I would like to hear a human side to that too. Paula keep writing!

  • Monster Hunter Alpha

  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 18 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,116
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,312
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,321

Earl Harbinger may be the leader of Monster Hunter International, but he's also got a secret. Nearly a century ago, Earl was cursed to be a werewolf. When Earl receives word that one of his oldest foes, a legendarily vicious werewolf that worked for the KGB, has mysteriously appeared in the remote woods of Michigan, he decides to take care of some unfinished business.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unexpectedly Enjoyable

  • By Nicholas on 02-22-12

Excellent book.

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

Reviewed: 01-26-19

Some of the Monster Hunter series are not that great,and I gave up on a couple of them but this one is good. The story of Earl Harbinger, told in two time periods was compelling and well written.
The narration was excellent- I couldn't believe there wasn't more than one narrator (there wasn't was there?).
I'm going to go back and give those other MHI books another go now.

  • Lies Sleeping

  • Rivers of London, Book 7
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 119
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

Martin Chorley, aka the Faceless Man, wanted for multiple counts of murder, fraud and crimes against humanity, has been unmasked and is on the run. Peter Grant, Detective Constable and apprentice wizard, now plays a key role in an unprecedented joint operation to bring Chorley to justice. But even as the unwieldly might of the Metropolitan Police bears down on its foe, Peter uncovers clues that Chorley, far from being finished, is executing the final stages of a long-term plan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of the best in the series. Kobna is amazing!

  • By Tarald Holm on 12-21-18

Another fantastic book. I loved it.

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

Reviewed: 11-17-18

The ongoing struggle of Peter and Lesley and the team at the Folly continues. The story moves forward nicely with a good deal of resolution, but leaving room for the next installment.
The narration is, as always, superb.
The unique humour is as entertaining as always, although this was perhaps less humorous than some of the previous books.
If you haven't read the previous books in the Rivers of London Series, you should not start here, but this is a spectacular series. To purloin a phrase "Do yourselves a favour" and read this stuff.

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  • Witch Chocolate Fudge

  • Bewitched by Chocolate Mystery Series, Book 2
  • By: H.Y. Hanna
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 6 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 154
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133

Since arriving in the tiny English village of Tillyhenge, Caitlyn is discovering that there are lots of perks to being a witch (although sadly, magic still can't make your thighs thinner or stop you acting like an idiot every time you meet handsome Lord James Fitzroy). But when the nasty housekeeper at Huntingdon Manor is murdered and Caitlyn becomes the main suspect, she finds herself surrounded by suspicious villagers. With the help of her sassy American cousin and a mischievous black kitten, Caitlyn sets out to clear her name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable!

  • By Jojo Rocklin on 03-31-19

Bordering on the ridiculous

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

The chocolate spandex was just too incredulous for words. If the woman is that fat she would have an actual corset. Why did we need a crazy chocolate one anyway? And what is with the OTT family drama? Nobody believes this DOUL shit. Just write the mystery, which is actually not that bad, and leave out all the unnecessary drama, and its fine.

  • The Consuming Fire

  • The Interdependency, Book 2
  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,023
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,611
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,598

The Interdependency, humanity’s interstellar empire, is on the verge of collapse. The Flow, the extra-dimensional conduit that makes travel between the stars possible, is disappearing, leaving entire star systems stranded. When it goes, human civilization may go with it - unless desperate measures can be taken. Emperox Grayland II, the leader of the Interdependency, is ready to take those measures to help ensure the survival of billions. But nothing is ever that easy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Building upon a collapse, this follow-up exceeds!

  • By C. White on 10-16-18

More!

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

Reviewed: 10-27-18

I don't think I have read anything of John Scalzi's that I haven't liked and this series is no exception. I awaited this book (book 2) with baited breath because book 1 was so good and now I'm going to have to do it again for who knows how many more books. But this was great, and Scalzi and Wheaton team please keep them coming, your work is, as always, a joy to behold.

  • Archangel

  • By: William Gibson, Michael St. John Smith
  • Narrated by: Josh Hurley, Victor Bevine, Elizabeth Jasicki, and others
  • Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 579
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 539
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 537

The year is 2016. Not our 2016. Theirs. Earth is dying, the result of a worldwide nuclear holocaust caused by America’s dictatorial President-for-Life Lewis Henderson, a man who will use any means necessary to maintain power and survive. Enter: The Splitter. A machine capable of splitting off an exact replica of Henderson’s world. A world where the cataclysmic events causing its destruction have yet to occur. That world is ours. In August of 1945, our postwar Europe becomes the battleground for Henderson’s operatives - led by his sociopathic son - as they engineer a complete redo of their history. By changing ours.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Performances All Around

  • By Brian on 08-26-18

Great story and performance

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

We are used to William Gibson's epic books; this was shorter but still a good story and the format was so compelling we barely noticed the shorter length.
I enjoyed it immensely.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Hooked on Ewe

  • Scottish Highlands Mystery Series, Book 2
  • By: Hannah Reed
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233

It's early September in Glenkillen, Scotland, when American expat (and romance novelist) Eden Elliott is recruited by the local inspector to act as a special constable. Fortunately it's in name only, since not much happens in Glenkillen. For now Eden has her hands full with other things: preparing for the sheepdog trial on the MacBride farm, a fundraiser for the hospice, and helping her friend Vicki with her first yarn club skein-of-the-month deliveries. Everything seems to be going well until the head of the welcoming committee is found strangled to death with a club member's yarn.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m loving this series

  • By Dawn on 05-09-18

Overedited but generally good.

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

The author keeps summarizing every couple of chapters, in case we've all gotten dementia, or put the book down for 5 years. Its very annoying and, I expect will become more annoying as time goes on. I'm not sure personally how much more I can take. One more book, I suspect and then if she doesn't start reading these reviews (I'm not the only one who has mentioned this) I'll be looking for something else to read.
Otherwise I'm enjoying the series.

  • The Solomon Curse

  • Fargo Adventures, Book 7
  • By: Clive Cussler, Russell Blake
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 14
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable, audiobook edition of The Solomon Curse by Clive Cussler and Russell Blake, read by Scott Brick. There are many rumours about the bay off Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. Some say it was the site of the lost empire of the Solomon king, and that great treasure lies beneath the waters. Others say terrible things happened here, atrocities and disappearances at the hands of cannibal giants, and those who venture there do not return. It is cursed.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing and annoying.

  • By S. Moreton on 10-06-18

Disappointing and annoying.

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

Reviewed: 10-06-18

I usually enjoy Clive Cussler's books but this one was not good. It was hard to finish, despite Scott Brick's usual stellar narration. The Fargos were annoying; nothing they did was remotely believable. In the end even I was rooting for the rebels to knock them off. Leonid was a pain, and the plot was paper thin. I won't be buying anything by this writing team again.

  • We Will Build

  • The Kurtherian Gambit, Book 8
  • By: Michael Anderle
  • Narrated by: Emily Beresford
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 567
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 540
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 541

The world needs protecting - before they can build in space they have to get into space. There is a "false queen" attacking vampires in Asia - Bethany Anne sends her own to look into that. The moon base needs to be settled, can Team BMW make it happen? Do they have enough people? Can they get the right people to help?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Drivers dream

  • By hawkergod on 08-04-17

Slow but gets there in the end.

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

Reviewed: 09-30-18

All the action happens in about the last 20 mins of the book, which makes you think he wrote it as a novella and then deliberately padded it out enough to satisfy the editor it would pass for a book. But, by now we are used to his style of writing, (so inclusive we get to find out what colour underwear the characters are wearing) and if it wasn't what you were after you wouldn't still be buying it, right?
So we're all still here.
The cast of thousands is getting a bit confusing at times but the story is still entertaining, and Emily Beresford deserves some sort of narrators award. They should have an Emmy or a Tony or something for the number of characters she has to do.
Roll on space travel.

  • Heir of Fire

  • Throne of Glass, Book 3
  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
  • Length: 20 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,450
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,897
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,899

Celaena has survived deadly contests and shattering heartbreak - but at an unspeakable cost. Now, she must travel to a new land to confront her darkest truth - a truth about her heritage that could change her life - and her future - forever. Meanwhile, brutal and monstrous forces are gathering on the horizon, intent on enslaving her world. Will Celaena find the strength to not only fight her inner demons, but to take on the evil that is about to be unleashed?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Shocked

  • By Adam Goudreault on 08-29-16

Too much juvenile self pity.

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

Honestly I struggled to finish this one. I had to forward through several sections. It was all too much "woe is me". I don't think I will buy the next book in the series. They could wrap up the story line without all the needless wailing.