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  • The Fate of Mercy Alban

  • By: Wendy Webb
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 389
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 356

Grace Alban has spent 20 years away from her childhood home, the stately Alban House on the shores of Lake Superior - for reasons she would rather forget. But when her mother’s unexpected death brings Grace and her teenage daughter home, she finds more than just her own personal demons haunting the halls and passageways of Alban House.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Anonymous User on 04-19-18

Intricately scary

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

Loved the fact that I didn’t know what was going to happen... I can usually guess the plot and all the twists and turns, but not with this! Truly engaging and well written.

  • Island Flame

  • By: Karen Robards
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 123
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 125

Dear Listener, Island Flame is a classic tale of romance on the high seas, featuring two extraordinary characters: the headstrong Lady Catherine Aldley and the legendary pirate Jonathan Hale. No book is more special to me. I was thrilled when it was published, and now, more than thirty years later, I am just as excited to share it again with you. I don’t have to tell you that their tumultuous escapade sizzles with passion (lots of passion!), but what I hope you will take away most from Cathy and Jonathan is that dreams do come true - in love and in life. Mine did, and I hope yours will too.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Sex and violence why isn't it on HBO

  • By E on 05-29-14

So, rape is okay? Even flaunted?!

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

Reviewed: 10-14-18

This story is abhorrent. Multiple instances of rape. To make it worse, the author wrote the female as accepting this, asking for more, and falling in love with the rapist.
This all may have been acceptable in the 80s, but now I can’t understand how Audible continues to promote this.

  • Noble Satyr: A Georgian Historical Romance

  • By: Lucinda Brant
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 385
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 377

1740s France and England - the age of hedonism and enlightenment. Renard, Duke of Roxton, is wealthy beyond measure. Arrogant and self assured, his heart remains his own. Optimistic and headstrong, Antonia Moran is determined to flee the Court of Versailles with the Duke's unwitting assistance. Roxton is an unlikely savior - arrogant, promiscuous, and sinister. Antonia's unquestioning belief in him may just be his salvation, and her undoing.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite hero of the series

  • By Cam on 11-20-15

Enjoyable & fun

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

To begin, the performance is wonderful. Alex Wyndham is a fantastic narrator.
The story is fun and interesting. Admittedly it took a couple chapters for me to get into it, but once in, I was hooked. Absolutely love the Duke. Great characterization there. Easily lovable novel.

  • The Golden Spider

  • Elemental Web Chronicles Series, Book 1
  • By: Anne Renwick
  • Narrated by: Henrietta Meire
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 119
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 104

Lady Amanda is tired of having both her intelligence and her work dismissed. After blackmailing her way into medical school, she catches the eye of her anatomy professor from the moment she walks into his lecture hall. Is he interested in her? Or only her invention - a clockwork spider that can spin artificial nerves? Lord Thornton, a prominent neurobiologist, has been betrayed. Secret government technology has been stolen from his laboratory, and a foreign spy is attempting to perfect it via a grisly procedure.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Steampunk, action & romance = excitement

  • By BikeVON on 11-04-17

Highly enjoyable book; narrator issues

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I think it is solid steampunk literature and the romance was lovely as well.
One major issue. It is a rather large issue for me... the Romany should have Roma accents. They would not sound like south London workmen. It is bothersome; moreover it takes away from the performance of the novel. The Roma accents should add more variety and without them it leaves a lot to be desired.
Oh, also a minor issue with the narrator: the pronunciation of ton. When referring to the upper class of the time it is NOT pronounced like “won”, but like “on”.
So I only had issues with the narrator. The story is great. I look forward to the next.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Scandalous Endeavors

  • Ladies and Scoundrels, Book 1
  • By: Amanda Mariel
  • Narrated by: Stevie Zimmerman
  • Length: 4 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 26

Lady Amelia has only known the comfort of life in mid-18th-century English aristocracy. But when her father dies, she finds herself alone, grief stricken and not of age. Her appointed guardian, an American uncle, has ordered her to relocate to America where she must remain until she comes of age.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Cute Story. Decent Narration

  • By Tracy T on 07-05-16

Abrupt and utterly obvious

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

Reviewed: 08-11-18

Yet another ridiculous overnight love story. Why authors choose to portray falling in love in 24 hours when they have the ability to cast a year in a single sentence I will never understand.
The plot is thin. The romance is abrupt and unbelievable. The love scenes are poorly written, with kisses coming out of nowhere and emotion lacking all around.
What a disappointment.
The narrator was decent. Her accent was impeccable, characters were clean. She did well with what she had to work with.

  • Ruby

  • Daughters of the Dagger Series, Book 1
  • By: Elizabeth Rose
  • Narrated by: Stan Chandler
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

Lord Nyle of Sheffield needs a wife so he can carry on his secret mission for the king. However, after losing three wives in a matter of months, he is sure their deaths were not accidents as it seemed, but rather they were murdered. Now to catch the murderer that he believes to be inside his castle walls, he chooses a wife as bait who he knows can wield a sword and hold her own against any attacker.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great story. Spunky & fun leading lady.

  • By Starlet M. on 03-19-16

Not even worth a review

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

Reviewed: 06-21-18

Not sure how I made it through this book. I’ll begin by saying I think Stan Chandler did as well as possible narrating. The writing is such that if he had not done an excellent job there would be no purpose in finishing the book.
The plot is obvious; easily known within a few chapters. The characters are shallow and silly. The story is not worth a single star.
I will not be able to put myself through this for another four books. I’d like to know if the stories get better, but I just cannot do it.

  • A Court of Wings and Ruin

  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Amanda Leigh Cobb
  • Length: 25 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,201
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,742
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,746

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so, she must play a deadly game of deceit - and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre but for her world as well.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not that bad!!

  • By Amanda on 05-03-17

Where is Jennifer Ikeda?!

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

I love this series. I love these characters. I am saddened that Jennifer Ikeda was replaced. I honestly don’t care why it happened, I just wish that this & (apparently) the next book could be re-recorded.
If Amanda Leigh Cobb had been narrating from the start it might not have been such a big deal. Except all her male characters sound too similar and are too effeminate. Especially Rhys. Of all the things in the world why mess up the best book boyfriend of all time?
Oh, the book is excellent. Had me crying too much (an unfortunate effect of loving the characters). But Maas is superb.

  • Iron Gold

  • By: Pierce Brown
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds, John Curless, Julian Elfer, and others
  • Length: 23 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,573
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,949
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,934

Ten years after the events of Morning Star, Darrow and the Rising are battling the remaining Gold loyalist forces and are closer than ever to abolishing the color-coded caste system of Society for good. But new foes will emerge from the shadows to threaten the imperfect victory Darrow and his friends have earned. Pierce Brown expands the size and scope of his impressive Red Rising universe with new characters, enemies, and conflicts among the stars.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Narration Ruined the amazing series

  • By Geoffrey Davis on 03-24-18

Torture. Absolute torture to the senses.

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

Reviewed: 01-19-18

This book is emotional torture. Being someone who is deeply invested in the characters and worlds that I read, especially when those characters are stunningly written, books like this tear me apart. Why do I put myself through it? Am I a masochist? I must be. For all the victories in the first three books, Iron Gold does everything it can to destroy them.
I’m not a believer in “Happily Ever After” and more often than not prefer a truthful experience over a satisfying one. However, I think Pierce Brown may have taken it to the ninth circle of hell with this novel. To top it all off he left us with so many cliff hangers that my mouth was agape for a solid minute once I finished. Then the anger came... knowing that I will now have to wait who knows how long for the next book!
I’m not sure if I would recommend reading this book or not. It seems obvious for any that are invested in the series; though I am unsure if the jumbled, gut wrenching, spine burning, eye-reddened (no pun intended) state that one is left in is worth the trouble. You may want to wait until the next book comes out so you won’t suffer this horrific feeling and you can just move straight on to (hopefully) something good happening.
This book has left me in such an odd place, I think I should just stop typing now.

36 of 43 people found this review helpful

  • Queen of Shadows

  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
  • Length: 20 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,514
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,017
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,009

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire - for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past.... She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight. She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome... Simply Awesome

  • By LexiLikesLiterature on 09-18-15

Not a Stand Alone!

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

Reviewed: 03-31-17

Found this book on sale & thought if I liked it, I'd then read the first in the series. It was difficult to get into the story mainly because there was little explanation. I am sure that had I read the novel(s) that came before I would have loved it. However, without that knowledge I was left behind through much of the first half of the book.
Luckily I understood enough to get through it because aside from that I enjoyed the book. Some things annoyed me, but I'm quite picky about literature.
The narrator was adequate. I have no reason to praise her, and too many reasons to write here that would defame her. The main character was performed very well. I thought there could have been more range in the supporting cast; sometimes I was greatly confused when 2 or more women were talking.
Overall this is worth what I paid for it. Granted it was on sale & I think it may have been free. I need to read the first book in order to tell you if you should or shouldn't use a credit.
Happy listening!

  • The Moonstone

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: B. J. Harrison
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 274
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 274

This is heralded as the very first mystery novel. Collins, in his great work, created the guidelines for the genre as we know it today: a fabulous diamond stolen, everyone in the house is suspected, three mysterious Indians sworn to protect the jewel at all costs, the upstairs/downstairs tension from the servants, and a brilliant detective who is eccentrically fond of roses.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very enjoyable

  • By James on 08-03-16

Get the Abridged Version...NOW.

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

Reviewed: 12-16-16

I was excited about this book, knowing of it's history slightly, in passing. Always love a good mystery, especially the Sherlock Holmes-type both in period & production. This story was just sooooo long. There was entirely too much; much more than necessary. Repeated sentences, tangential story lines, and explanations that need not be there. Normally I love the UNabridged version of books, however, I learned my lesson from this & my favourite book of all time (The Count of Monte Cristo)...some books just need to be abridged.

The narrator was good; seemed to sound like many others from similar books written at the time. It certainly isn't his fault there were too many words to read. It was a good performance.

As for the plot...once you get through to the good stuff, it is great! Please believe me though, for your own sake, get the abridged version. 📚💞📖❣️

*~Cecelia~*

7 of 11 people found this review helpful