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  • Amy Snow

  • A Novel
  • By: Tracy Rees
  • Narrated by: Melody Grove
  • Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,000
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,002

It is 1831 when eight-year-old Aurelia Vennaway finds a naked baby girl abandoned in the snow on the grounds of her aristocratic family's magnificent mansion. Her parents are horrified that she has brought a bastard foundling into the house, but Aurelia convinces them to keep the baby, whom she names Amy Snow. Amy is brought up as a second-class citizen, but she and Aurelia are as close as sisters. When Aurelia dies at the age of 23, she leaves Amy 10 pounds. But Aurelia also left her much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't miss out on this one.

  • By laurie eller on 01-24-17

Interesting concept/characters but starts slow

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

Reviewed: 08-26-17

If you like British classics and/or Victorian set novels, you will probably enjoy this novel. Amy Snow is a sympathetic character and the journey Aurelia sends her on is interesting, but the first 3rd of the book alternates chapters between the present and the past, which has the effect of slowing the story down considerably. If the 2nd section of the book had continued alternating the present narrative with full chapters of backstory, I would have returned the book, but thankfully, the backstory chapters ended with part 1 and the pacing finally started picking up. Obviously, the backstory is necessary to understand the journey Aurelia has created for Amy, but I really think the author could have sprinkled the backstory in as necessary, rather than slowing down the pace of the novel so drastically at the beginning. I would actually liken it to Jane Eyre where the first 100 pages are necessary but occasionally difficult to slog through. Still, if you can get through the beginning, the story is an interesting slice of Victoriana. If you've read a lot of historical fiction, Aurelia's secret probably won't be too difficult to guess--so if you're expecting a mystery or a kind of treasure hunt as the book's description implies, be aware that this book is really more of a character study than anything else. The narrator does do an excellent job; her accents are spot on and all her voices distinct.

  • Fairest

  • By: Gail Carson Levine
  • Narrated by: Soneela Nankani
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 70
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 71

Aza's singing is the fairest in all the land - and the most unusual. She can "throw" her voice so it seems to come from anywhere. But singing is only one of the two qualities prized in the Kingdom of Ayortha. Aza doesn't possess the other: beauty. Not even close. She's hidden in the shadows in her parents' inn, but when she becomes lady-in-waiting to the new queen, she has to step into the light - especially when the queen demands a dangerous favor.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not The Performance I was Looking For

  • By Tara on 09-28-18

Cute/clever re-imagining kept me listening late!

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

Reviewed: 08-25-17

I really enjoyed this take on the Snow White story and that our heroine was not gorgeous like Snow White usually is. This is such a clever re-telling with many elements I didn't see coming. The narration was very good and generally seamless, although anyone buying this should be aware that in the land where this book takes place, the characters like to sing a lot. This means that the narrator has to speak all the songs (and there are many of them, and some are very long). This wouldn't be an issue if you were reading the book because then you could skim down the length of the songs and see what they were about. With the audio book you have to listen to every line--even the repeats of some of the choruses, which grew somewhat irritating. Still, if you enjoy poetry recitations, or can tune out for a bit, or don't listen in the car and are good at using your FF button, this issue shouldn't be a problem for you. It certainly didn't ruin the story for me, which was generally delightful!

  • Northanger Abbey

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Jane Austen, Anna Lea - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Emma Thompson, Douglas Booth, Eleanor Tomlinson, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,900
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,745
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,740

A coming-of-age tale for the young and naïve 17-year-old Catherine Morland, Northanger Abbey takes a decidedly comical look at themes of class, family, love and literature. Revelling in the sensationalist - and extremely popular - Gothic fiction of her day, the story follows Catherine out of Bath to the lofty manor of the Tilneys, where her overactive imagination gets to work constructing an absurd and melodramatic explanation for the death of Mrs Tilney, which threatens to jeopardise her newly forged friendships.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amusing audio experience

  • By if it's not baroque on 01-01-18

Such a fun adaptation!

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

Reviewed: 07-31-17

I really loved this adapted version of Northanger Abbey. If you're an Austen fan this will make you smile (although I definitely think they took a few liberties, especially at the beginning where it seemed like they added some lines). If you've never read Northanger or had to read it in school, I would highly recommend this version as it is much more complete than either of the movies and the different voices of the actors really bring it to life. Also, Emma Thompson is so wonderful to listen to!

  • The Woman in White

  • By: Wilkie Collins
  • Narrated by: Josephine Bailey, Simon Prebble
  • Length: 25 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,059
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,753
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,766

One of the greatest mystery thrillers ever written, Wilkie Collins's The Woman in White was a phenomenal best seller in the 1860s, achieving even greater success than works by Charles Dickens. Full of surprise, intrigue, and suspense, this vastly entertaining novel continues to enthrall audiences today.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gripping novel, excellent production

  • By David on 01-18-11

Victorian suspense brought to life!

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

Reviewed: 02-18-16

Great narration of a sometimes dense and very long book. Though I knew the gist of the story from movies, etc., I had never read the novel because of its length. So glad I bought the audio book! The character's voices were all distinct and interesting to listen to and the two narrators brought them to life. The danger of any novel with multiple points of view is that the reader is inevitably sorry when the next character/narrator appears, but the audio narration here is so seamless that within a short while the reader is interested and acclimated again and ready to keep going. As rediculous as it sounds, I wish the book could have gone on even longer.