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  • Northanger Abbey

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Mary Sarah Agliotta
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 477
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 424
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 426

In Northanger Abbey, a young woman's penchant for sensational Gothic novels leads to misunderstandings in the matters of the heart. Austen's first, this is considered by many to be among her most charming novels.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't listen to the end!

  • By Martin on 01-29-13

Narrator is terrible

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

Reviewed: 03-18-19

I am not sure if I didn't like this book or if the narrator ruined it for me. Wishing I had picked a different edition.

There are many editions of this book pick a different narrator you'll thank me later!

  • The Paragon Hotel

  • By: Lyndsay Faye
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105

The year is 1921, and "Nobody" Alice James is on a cross-country train, carrying a bullet wound and fleeing for her life following an illicit drug and liquor deal gone horribly wrong. She has her sights set on Oregon. She befriends Max, a black Pullman porter who reminds her achingly of Harlem, who leads Alice to the Paragon Hotel upon arrival in Portland. Her unlikely sanctuary turns out to be the only all-black hotel in the city, and its lodgers seem unduly terrified of a white woman on the premises. The Ku Klux Klan has arrived in Portland in fearful numbers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 1st 5 star listen of 2019

  • By MissSusie66 on 01-17-19

1st 5 star listen of 2019

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

Reviewed: 01-17-19

I loved all these characters! Alice on the run finds a friend in Pullman porter Max, who sees she’s in more trouble than she is letting on. He brings her to the black hotel The Paragon, where we meet a rousing cast of characters, including Blossom who is a very interesting character. Alice is a white woman at a black hotel in the 1920’s so you are kind of on edge waiting for something bad to happen. But with these two tough women whoever messes with them better look out!

This book is about friendship, what it means to be family, race relations, the mob and oh so much more that I don’t want to give away because I want you to come to the realization and have the same sense of wonder I did at the reveal!

January LaVoy’s narration is fantastic every single person has their own voice you are never questioning who is talking because she gives everyone a unique voice!

I really, really loved this book! I highly recommend this book!

5 Stars

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Daughters of the Lake

  • By: Wendy Webb
  • Narrated by: Xe Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 357
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 318
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315

After the end of her marriage, Kate Granger has retreated to her parents' home on Lake Superior to pull herself together - only to discover the body of a murdered woman washed into the shallows. Tucked in the folds of the woman's curiously vintage gown is an infant, as cold and at peace as its mother. No one can identify the woman. Except for Kate. She's seen her before. In her dreams...

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great ghost story!

  • By MissSusie66 on 11-06-18

Great ghost story!

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

Reviewed: 11-06-18

Fabulous ghost story! Well written and even though I figured it about with about 2 hours left, I still really enjoyed the reveal!


Xe Sand's wonderful narration brought the emotions of this book to life!

Highly recommend!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Ethan and the Key

  • By: Dennis Canfield
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 5 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Twelve-year-old Ethan Mason is focused on baseball, math tests, and staying out of Howard Russman's way. That is, until a mysterious puddle of green light appears in the upstairs hallway of his home. The light brings Ethan to the kingdom of Abentur, a beautiful world defended by a dragon against vicious invaders and Draykik, their brutal leader. Ethan can't tell his parents or friends or anyone else about the new world he's discovered, because he has no way to prove, even to himself, that it really exists.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect Audio Book for Young and Old

  • By Love2Read on 07-23-18

Fun story good family road trip book

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

This was a fun take on the “chosen one” fantasy. Ethan is living his normal life some may even say a boring life, when suddenly there is a strange green glow in the hallway and when he goes to check it out he ends up in another world that is anything but normal!

Once he goes through the green glow Ethan has quite a journey ahead of him there are some twists and turns and revelations that change everything. As Ethan straddles these two worlds and tries to figure out which one he belongs in he sees his life quite differently than where we started! Can Ethan help save Abentur? Or should he just go back to being a normal boy? Is everything as it seems or is there more going on here than meets the eye?

This great fantasy adventure that starts right away and doesn’t let up till the end. I don’t want to give too much away, I will say this is a well written book with well-rounded characters and I would definitely recommend this one for a family road trip!

Nick Podehl’s narration of this one was great he gave everyone a distinct voice and accent and you always knew who was talking. He captured Ethan’s awe and innocence very well along the journey.

This is my second book from this author and I really enjoy his writing style. If you haven’t read his book Back to Christmas I highly recommend that one too!

Fun book!!
4 stars

**I received this book from the author for a fair and honest review.**

  • She Was the Quiet One

  • By: Michele Campbell
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 153

When twin sisters Rose and Bel Enright enroll in The Odell School, a prestigious New Hampshire boarding school, it seems like the opportunity of a lifetime. But the sisters could not be more different. The school brings out a rivalry between them that few ever knew existed. And the school itself has a dark underbelly: of privileged kids running unchecked and uninhibited; of rituals and traditions that are more sinister than they seem; of wealth and entitlement that can lead only to disaster.  

  • 1 out of 5 stars
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  • By Samantha on 08-01-18

Kept me guessing

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

Reviewed: 09-06-18

This book was great it kept me guessing all the way to the end and then that prologue Wowza!

This was my first book by this author and i will be getting her previous book because I really enjoyed her writing style. there aren't many characters to like but you will feel bad for some and suspect everyone!

I listened to this one audio narrated by january LaVoy who brought the characters to life and every emotion they felt. Highly recommend this one on audio!

5 stars!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Trail of Lightning

  • By: Rebecca Roanhorse
  • Narrated by: Tanis Parenteau
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,400
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,303
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,305

The sudden rising waters of a climate apocalypse have destroyed most of the planet…yet out of these waters, Dinétah, a former Navajo reservation, has been miraculously reborn. Listen along as Tanis Parenteau's impeccable narration, capturing the rhythms of Navajo speech, fully envelopes you into the Sixth World. Trail of Lightning follows our heroine as she walks the land alongside gods, heroes of legend, and monsters alike. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AMAZING STORY

  • By Annie Slasher (Booked & Loaded) on 01-14-19

Unique Urban Fantasy

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

Reviewed: 08-16-18

This is a beautifully written #ownvoices Native work of art. The world building in this book is very well done and I loved all the Native Legends/Mythology weaved throughout this story.

Maggie is a badass monster hunter but she is alone as everyone she ever cared about has either died or left her alone, including her former mentor who left making her think she was also a monster not just a monster hunter, and we all know how something like that can eat at a person especially when they are spending too much time alone. That is why Kai is just what she needs even if he does annoy her at times. I enjoyed the friendship building between Maggie and Kai and I look forward to watching the growth of these two characters.

I am a fan of the Coyote mythos but I will admit to thinking of the Mercy Thompson books whenever he is mentioned. However, I still enjoyed this take on the trickster god Coyote. Ack I don’t want to give anything away so I will stop about these legends!

The narration by Tanis Parenteau was good if a bit of a straight read and I will admit to wanting a little more vocal range, character voices and accents. I am glad I listened to this on audio though because of all the pronunciations I know I would have gotten wrong. I did enjoy this book and the narration.

I have seen this book marked as Young Adult but I don’t see that at all this is Urban Fantasy Adult Urban Fantasy. I can see some crossover but I would not put this book in the YA section in the library.

This was the first Urban Fiction (other than Patricia Briggs) I have read in a while so it was a nice escape and I look forward to more in this series!

4 Stars

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Wedgie & Gizmo

  • By: Suzanne Selfors
  • Narrated by: Johnny Heller, Maxwell Glick
  • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24

When a bouncy, barky dog and an evil genius guinea pig move into the same house, the laughs are nonstop! Wedgie is so excited, he can't stop barking. He LOVES having new siblings and friends to protect. He LOVES guinea pigs like Gizmo! He also LOVES treats! But Gizmo does not want to share his loyal human servant with a rump-sniffing beast! He does not want to live in a pink Barbie Playhouse. Or to be kissed and hugged by the girl human. Gizmo is an evil genius. He wants to take over the world and make all humans feel his wrath.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Cute story good for a family trip

  • By MissSusie66 on 08-06-18

Cute story good for a family trip

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I’ll be honest I wasn’t sure what to think of this book at first, I thought it skewed younger than middle grade closer to chapter book. However, with that being said Oh my goodness this is a cute book, I would recommend this to your little ones this is a great road trip book the whole family can enjoy.

Johnny Heller aww Johnny is so fabulous as Gizmo the furry potato, Gizmo is determined to take over the world and Heller’s narration is perfection and in all honesty I think I am Gizmo when it comes to how he feels about humans.
Maxwell Glick’s narration of Wedgie is just as fun in a different way Wedgie is so sweet and just wants people to love him and just really wants to be friends with Gizmo but Gizmo thinks he will spoil his plans for world domination.

This is a cute story of a newly blended family where everyone including the animals is trying to find where they fit. Told by the Guinea Pig (but don’t call Gizmo that) and a dog that may be a corgi this story made me laugh out loud especially Johnny Heller’s narration. I highly recommend this one on audio!

4 Stars

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dread Nation

  • By: Justina Ireland
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,477
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,388
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,382

Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania - derailing the War Between the States and changing the nation forever. In this new America, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Education Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Dead Are Never Lonely

  • By Cynthia on 05-15-18

Post Civil War, Zombies and a bit of Steampunk

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

Post Civil War, zombies, a bit of steampunk and a kick ass woman of color lead. What more could you ask for? Well the 2nd book that is what this book will leave you asking for! This book grabbed me from the beginning and did not let go till the end!

This book is a well written apocalyptic zombie story but it is oh so much more, it is about race relations, female empowerment fighting for what you believe in and making your own way. The main character in this book Jane is no nonsense but her sass does tend to get her in hot water. Her schoolmate Katherine is light skinned and could pass if she tried, then we have Jackson who is Jane’s sort of beau sort of ex and he is all sorts of trouble!

The Civil War ended because the dead started walking the killing fields but as much as things change, somethings stay the same and may even get worse especially for the people of color that have now been trained to fight the zombies/shamblers.

Bahni Turpins narration was of course amazing as she always is!

I don’t want to give the whole story away so I will end this review by saying you really should read this book it has so much going for it and I will be 1st in line for book #2!

5 Stars

  • The Romanov Empress

  • A Novel of Tsarina Maria Feodorovna
  • By: C. W. Gortner
  • Narrated by: Katharine McEwan
  • Length: 17 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 397
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 362

Narrated by the mother of Russia’s last tsar, this vivid, historically authentic novel brings to life the courageous story of Maria Feodorovna, one of Imperial Russia’s most compelling women, who witnessed the splendor and tragic downfall of the Romanovs as she fought to save her dynasty in its final years. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Pure Excellence!

  • By Natalie Bezuhov on 09-09-18

Another great story from Gortner

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

Reviewed: 07-25-18

Another fabulous read by CW Gortner he once again brings the royals to life, I love that he writes about ones you don’t normally hear about and I really enjoyed learning more about the Empress “Minnie”.
Gortner does not hold back with his feelings for Tsaritsa Alexandra as Minnie is her mother in law they did not get a long at all and Gortner truly makes us feel what Minnie does. This was a different look at the last Tsar, his upbringing and how marrying Alexandra changed the landscape of Russia. Also more about his brothers and sisters than I knew before.

I found Minnie fascinating she really was a great Empress and I feel way ahead of her time if her son would have listened to her who knows how things may have worked out?

Katharine McEwan’s narration was great and she played the emotions very very well!

I have always been fascinated by Russian history so this book grabbed me right away and the 17 hour audiobook flew by and all of a sudden its 1916 and things are going downhill fast! Even though you know how things happen there are still surprises and palace intrigue to keep you interested.

If you are a fan of the Romanovs or historical fiction in general give this one a go you won’t be disappointed!

5 Stars

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Jar of Hearts

  • By: Jennifer Hillier
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 837
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 779
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 776

When she was 16 years old, Angela Wong - one of the most popular girls in school - disappeared without a trace. Nobody ever suspected that her best friend, Georgina Shaw, now an executive and rising star at her Seattle pharmaceutical company, was involved in any way. Certainly not Kaiser Brody, who was close with both girls back in high school. But 14 years later, Angela Wong's remains are discovered in the woods near Geo's childhood home.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great, captivating book! 5 stars

  • By Katie LeFevre on 09-05-18

Grabs you from the beginning!

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

Reviewed: 07-12-18

This one grabbed me from the first page and never let me go! This was a great thrill ride that kept me guessing all the way through I thought I had it figured out a few times but even in the reveal I still did not have all the details correct so it was a great surprise!

The main character in this book, Geo, is not a very likable woman but you do get to kind of understand her and why she did the things she did. This is another one of those books where I don’t want to say too much because I don’t want to ruin anyone’s initial reading!

January LaVoy’s narration was superb, every person had a voice and emotion or no emotion as the scene called for!

This book is one of the best thrillers I’ve read this year, this is my first book by this author and now I plan on checking out her other books!

5 stars

2 of 2 people found this review helpful