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  • Siege and Storm

  • By: Leigh Bardugo
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 11 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,908
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,695
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,686

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can't outrun her past or her destiny for long. The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling's game of forbidden magic....

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Aggravating

  • By Quentin on 06-17-16

I hate the main character

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

Reviewed: 01-28-17

The book is fine, but the main character drove me up the wall. I spent too much time yelling at her to make up her mind, say something, use her power, stop being useless, etc. My husband was listening with me and quit half way through because he couldn't take it anymore.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Imprudence

  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Moira Quirk
  • Length: 12 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,048
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 969
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 965

Rue and the crew of the Spotted Custard return from India with revelations that shake the foundations of England's scientific community. Queen Victoria is not amused, the vampires are tetchy, and something is wrong with the local werewolf pack. To top it all off, Rue's best friend, Primrose, keeps getting engaged to the most unacceptable military types. Rue has family problems as well. Her vampire father is angry, her werewolf father is crazy, and her obstreperous mother is both. Worst of all, Rue's beginning to suspect what they really are...is frightened.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I loved previous series, but...

  • By Pamela on 09-20-16

What is up with the voices??

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

Reviewed: 09-07-16

I love these stories, but the voices changed for this version, despite the same narrator. Why?? Why are all of the secondary characters' voices so different. I'm finding it so distracting, and it's definitely taking away from my enjoyment of the story.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dark Waters

  • Elemental, Book 1
  • By: Rain Oxford
  • Narrated by: Todd Menesses
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 968
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 921
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 917

Devon Sanders, a private investigator known for his efficiency and discretion, has no interest in getting involved with the paranormal community. Unfortunately for him, the paranormal community does have an interest in him, or at least in his secret. Devon is exceptional in solving cases using his uncanny intuition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a GREAT Listen!!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-30-15

Narrator is terrible.

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

Reviewed: 07-31-16

The story wasn't bad, but the narrator committed to "gritty noir" and refused to deviate, even though it often didn't fit the tone of the story. It killed a lot of would-be funny lines and at times was laughable in and of itself.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Magic & Manners

  • An Austen Chronicle, Book 1
  • By: C. E. Murphy
  • Narrated by: Gemma Dawson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 80

It is a truth universally accepted that well-bred members of society are not beleaguered with magic. For Elsabeth Dover and her sisters, that truth means living in a perpetual state of caution, never using their sorcerous gifts in public. Elsabeth chafes under the stricture, although not enough to risk the possibility of good marriages for her sisters...until she meets handsome, arrogant Fitzgerald Archer

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fun variation on Pride & Prejudice

  • By Elisabeth Carey on 03-04-16

Started slow, but got much better

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

Reviewed: 03-31-16

I'm a Jane Austen fan and have endured a lot of adaptations. This one started slow, mirroring scene for scene through the exposition, and even adding scenes to look at a P&P scene from another character's POV. I almost stopped listening after the first couple of hours because I was bored. Finally, the changes started to pile up until, after a little too long, the story took on its own life. I won't be listening to this again, but I'm interested in trying out the second in the series when it eventually comes out.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Veil

  • Devil's Isle Series, Book 1
  • By: Chloe Neill
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 505
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 506

Claire Connolly is a good girl with a dangerous secret: She's a Sensitive, a human endowed with magic that seeped through the Veil. Claire knows that revealing her skills would mean being confined to Devil's Isle. Unfortunately, hiding her power has left her untrained and unfocused. Liam Quinn knows from experience that magic makes monsters of the weak, and he has no time for a Sensitive with no control of her own strength.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Okay but not great...

  • By Karissa Eckert on 05-06-16

Book was mediocre and the narrator didn't help.

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

Reviewed: 09-18-15

The plot of this book felt too easy. A stumbling block was introduced, and then quickly and effectively handled. More than once, the character learned about something and showed up just in time to stop the bad guys. It was a new take on magic, which was great, but it was never really gripping.

The narrator was bad. She was more or less fine for the main character's voice, but her intonation never really varied. It was difficult to distinguish between character voices. There was no sass, no energy in the dialogue. All of the flirtation between the protagonists felt flat. Honestly, I'm not sure if the narration was a reflection of the story or if the story felt so "meh" because of the narration. I almost turned it off after the first hour and gave up. My husband and I routinely listen to Audiobooks on car trips, and this one just wasn't doing a decent job of keeping us awake.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Golem and the Jinni

  • A Novel
  • By: Helene Wecker
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 19 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,864
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,898
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,883

Helene Wecker's dazzling debut novel tells the story of two supernatural creatures who appear mysteriously in 1899 New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a strange man who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York Harbor. Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian Desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What does it mean to be human?

  • By Janice on 08-05-13

Not what I expected, and completely wonderful

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

Reviewed: 09-13-13

I expected a romance, an interesting romance full of myth and maybe light and fluffy. This was not that. It is not a romance novel, but it is a character driven story with love at its core. Not physical love, but emotional connection and companionship. The romance is complicated, understated and deeply fulfilling. The story depicts two very different cultural neighborhoods in the heart of New York at the turn of the 20th century. The descriptions are interesting, telling, and evocative. They story is gripping.The characters feel true. The voices and accents are well done. Listen to this book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Magic Strikes
    Kate Daniels, Book 3
    
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        Ilona Andrews
    
    


    
    
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        Renée Raudman
    
    


    
    Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
    2,918 ratings
    Overall 4.7
  • Magic Strikes

  • Kate Daniels, Book 3
  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renée Raudman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,918
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,372
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,378

Drafted into working for the Order of Merciful Aid, mercenary Kate Daniels has more paranormal problems than she knows what to do with. But when Kate's werewolf friend Derek is discovered nearly dead, she must confront her greatest challenge yet. As her investigation leads her to the Midnight Games---an invitation-only, no-holds-barred, ultimate preternatural fighting tournament---she and Curran, the Beast Lord, uncover a dark plot that may forever alter the face of Atlanta's shapeshifting community.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Listen!!

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-11-09

Strange pronunciation, great story

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

Reviewed: 09-13-13

Normally, I love Renee Raudman. Her voice is perfect for Kate Daniels. But something strange was going on in this book. I don't have the text version, so I'm not sure if it was the authors or the voice actor, but every time a foreign language was used, she (or the authors) got it wrong. It was teeth-grinding bad. If you don't know or care about the language, then you won't notice and this book will be fantastic as usual (because it is! Great story!), but otherwise... ouch. Kate's character is supposed to be super-knowledgeable about Mesopotamian/Mediterranean cultures and it's important to the plot that she knows much more than she should about this group in particular, so this really ripped me out of the story. Luckily, it's only a few chapters, and the story is otherwise fantastic.

  • Biting Bad

  • Chicagoland Vampires Series, Book 8
  • By: Chloe Neill
  • Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake
  • Length: 10 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,147

Merit has been a vampire for only a short while, but she's already seen a lifetime's worth of trouble. Anti-vampire riots are erupting all over town, striking vampires where it hurts the most. A splinter group armed with Molotov cocktails and deep-seated hate is intent on clearing the fanged from the Windy City come hell or high water. Merit and her allies rush to figure out who's behind the attacks, who will be targeted next, and whether there's any way to stop the wanton destruction. The battle for Chicago is just beginning, and Merit is running out of time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Biting Bad/Tastes and Sounds Delicious

  • By The Elf in the Kitchen on 08-12-13

You put down your katana?

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

Reviewed: 08-21-13

I have loved this series, and I still do love the chemistry between the main characters, but there were too many times in Biting Bad where my reaction was just, "You did what? Idiot!" Merritt (sp? Hard to know these things when you've listened to all the books) throws down her katana to even the odds before a fight before she knows the caliber of her foe... and then gets her ass handed to her. A normal human nearly does her in at one point. It's really hard to buy her supposed fighting prowess. The ending felt convenient and easy. I didn't but too much of this novel.

Blameless
    An Alexia Tarabotti Novel
    
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        Gail Carriger
    
    


    
    
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        Emily Gray
    
    


    
    Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
    2,349 ratings
    Overall 4.5
  • Blameless

  • An Alexia Tarabotti Novel
  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Emily Gray
  • Length: 11 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,349
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,035
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,043

Gail Carriger’s best-selling Parasol Protectorate series reimagines Victorian England with vampires, werewolves, and a dash of steampunk. Blameless is the third in the series starring the parasol-wielding Lady Alexia Maccon, formerly Alexia Tarabotti. After news spreads of her delicate condition—a surprise to everyone since she’s married to a werewolf—Alexia is desperate to escape the London gossip. So she heads to Italy for a change of scenery.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dramatic pause are one thing but...

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-16-14

Great Story, TERRIBLE EDITING

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

Reviewed: 12-23-12

It took me a while to get into this series, but I have really enjoyed it. Emily Gray does a wonderful job with character voices, and the story itself was fast-paced and fun. The editing, however, was terrible. There were uncomfortably long pauses between sections and chapters, punctuated by the sound of a deeply indrawn breath. I found myself checking my iPod to see if I'd accidentally hit the pause button or otherwise messed something up. Very strange, but sill well worth listening.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Hard Magic

  • Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,088
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,126
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,121

Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I thought it was going to be.

  • By Clinton on 08-06-11

Fun story, but the voice acting...

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

Reviewed: 09-25-12

The story was solid, filled with action, fun characters with enough depth that they didn't fall flat. I would definitely read the book, and I might even listen to it again, though I doubt it. The voice acting was usually really good, different voices for each character and it was easy to discern whom was speaking, despite the ensemble cast. However, every time a character was exclaiming or really emoting, it seems like the voice actor pulled back too much, and the moment came across funny or ironic, rather than powerful.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful