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  • The Witches of New York

  • A Novel
  • By: Ami McKay
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 14 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,208
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,054
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,050

New York in the spring of 1880 is a place alive with wonder and curiosity. Determined to learn the truth about the world, its residents enthusiastically engage in both scientific experimentation and spiritualist pursuits. Séances are the entertainment of choice in exclusive social circles, and many enterprising women - some possessed of true intuitive powers and some gifted with the art of performance - find work as mediums.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Old Timey WItchery

  • By Charles Harrington on 11-16-17

A marvelous witchy wonder

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

Reviewed: 11-05-17

Ani McKay has created memorable characters in her trip of witches and in the ones who aid or afflict them. She also captures the time and place of NYC in the 1880s. A great book for witches, feminists, historical novel lovers, and familiars. Not recommended for the narrow minded.

23 of 25 people found this review helpful

  • The Signature of All Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 21 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,492
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,024
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,031

In The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery. Spanning much of the 18th and 19th centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker - a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia.

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

  • By Molly-o on 12-27-13

Elizabeth Gilbert is a great novelist - who knew?

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

Reviewed: 12-04-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The Signature of All Things to be better than the print version?

The audio edition sent me to the print version because I wanted to spend more time.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Alma is a fascinating character who we follow for many years.

Which character – as performed by Juliet Stevenson – was your favorite?

Juliet Stevenson, as good a narrator as she is an actress, plays Alma so well you believe she is her.

If you could take any character from The Signature of All Things out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Well -- depends. Probably Alma -- although the hunk from Tahiti with the great visions and the tortured soul - if there was to be some after-dinner time---

Any additional comments?

I loved the many years of this novel. And the fact that Alma, our heroine, does not end up married.

  • Morality Play

  • By: Barry Unsworth
  • Narrated by: Michael Maloney
  • Length: 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

It is the late 14th century, a dangerous time beset by war and plague. Nicholas Barber, a young and wayward cleric, stumbles across a group of travelling players and compounds his sins by joining them. Yet the town where they perform reveals another drama: a young woman is to be hanged for the murder of a 12-year-old boy. What better way to increase their takings than to make a new play, to enact the murder of Thomas Wells?

But as the actors rehearse, they discover that the truth about the boy's death has yet to be revealed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By David on 12-16-14

Great Theater Story

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

Reviewed: 12-04-15

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

Medieval Theatrical Mystery

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the troupe of players.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scenes were the rehearsals where the renegade monk learns to act.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed a lot.

Any additional comments?

For a book that has many laughs - this is a complex and fascinating take on Medieval Europe and Justice.

  • The Hummingbird's Daughter

  • A Novel
  • By: Luis Alberto Urrea
  • Narrated by: Luis Alberto Urrea
  • Length: 18 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 653
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 473

It is 1889, and civil war is brewing in Mexico. A 16-year-old girl, Teresita, illegitimate but beloved daughter of the wealthy and powerful rancher Don Tomas Urrea, wakes from the strangest dream, a dream that she has died. Only it was not a dream. This passionate and rebellious young woman has arisen from death with the power to heal, but it will take all her faith to endure the trials that await her and her family now that she has become the "Saint of Cabora".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magical Realism at its best!

  • By Angie on 12-26-06

More novels set in Mexico please!

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

Reviewed: 12-04-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This novel is a wonderful blend of history, magical realism and romance!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Teresa is a real person - I mean a real-life historical person. Astonishing.

What about Luis Alberto Urrea’s performance did you like?

The narrator is so versatile with voices, and has perfect tone of neutral wonder.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

If only I had that life. But it is too rich to listen to in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

More books set in or about Mexico please! I feel Audible is deficient in Latin American Offerings.