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  • Fablehaven, Book 1

  • By: Brandon Mull
  • Narrated by: E. B. Stevens
  • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,915
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,600
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,620

For centuries, mystical creatures of all description were gathered to a hidden refuge called Fablehaven to prevent their extinction. The sanctuary survives today as one of the last strongholds of true magic in a cynical world. Enchanting? Absolutely. Exciting? You bet. Safe? Well, actually, quite the opposite... Kendra and her brother Seth have no idea their grandfather is the current caretaker of Fablehaven.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Fablehaven deserves a better narrator!

  • By Meg Barry on 07-31-14

Truly awful narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-28-17

Hard to rate the story since it was delivered in such a fatuous, moronic manner. Tedious unhappy listen.

  • Shatter Me

  • By: Tahereh Mafi
  • Narrated by: Kate Simses
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,124
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,938
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,944

"You can't touch me," I whisper. I'm lying, is what I don't tell him. He can touch me, is what I'll never tell him. But things happen when people touch me. Strange things. Bad things. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't let the sample fool you - So Good!

  • By Amanda on 06-08-12

Gasp! Freeze! Repeat. Gasp! Freeze! Repeat.

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

Reviewed: 05-19-13

The main character has repeated, repetitive, ongoing, iterative, drama-queen panic attacks that occur without explanation until the second half of the book. Not worth the wait, in my opinion. The vocabulary is limited with six favorite adjectives and a pointless gimmick. Plot and character development are nearly non-existent and what there is, is dully formulaic with a leaden sense of pacing. Overall, the book is a very disappointing effort by an author who seems to have meant well and who seems to have promising writing sensibilities. Perhaps the book would have redeemed itself in the end but I found it too painfully tedious to finish. I'm sorry I bought it and would advise others to steer clear. Some YA fiction is marvellously good quality and very rewarding reading (Treasure Island anyone?). This early draft is an undeveloped bodice ripper in training.

15 of 18 people found this review helpful

  • Bitten

  • Women of the Otherworld, Book 1
  • By: Kelley Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Aasne Vigesaa
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,509
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,767
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,781

Young, beautiful, and successful, Elena Michaels seems to have it all. Her happy, organized life follows a predictable pattern: filing stories for her job as a journalist, working out at the gym, living with her architect boyfriend, and lunching with her girlfriends from the office. And once a week, in the dead of night, she streaks through a downtown ravine, naked and furred, tearing at the throats of her animal prey. Elena Michaels is a werewolf.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My favorite Audio title

  • By Autumn on 07-15-08

Sorry I bought it.

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

Reviewed: 08-16-12

Endless self-pity on the part of the main character, too much rough sex, and general bad behaviour all around. One dimensional, one themed, formulaic characters. Stopped listening. Sorry. I know it's a lot of work to write a book and not much to write a review. Still. Like Sherlock, I didn't want this book in me.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful