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  • Among Others

  • By: Jo Walton
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,380
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,219
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,223

Startling, unusual, and yet irresistably readable, Among Others is at once the compelling story of a young woman struggling to escape a troubled childhood, a brilliant diary of first encounters with the great novels of modern fantasy and SF, and a spellbinding tale of escape from ancient enchantment.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Subtle Character Piece

  • By Eoin on 09-15-11

I do not recommend this book

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

Reviewed: 04-23-18

It felt like a very long book report on all the classics. This story was never told.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Berkley Street

  • Berkley Street Series, Book 1
  • By: Ron Ripley
  • Narrated by: Thom Bowers
  • Length: 6 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 509
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 457
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 457

Shane Ryan returns to Nashua and the childhood memories that drove him to join the Marines. After a prolonged legal battle with his aunt and uncle, Shane has possession of the family home where his parents disappeared over 20 years ago. The house, a monstrous castle filled with ghosts and secrets, is more alive than its inhabitants.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Highly entertaining!!

  • By tcrow510 on 12-19-16

It was entertaining

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

Reviewed: 07-19-17

The book was entertaining and kept my attention. It wouldn't be considered a favorite but at the end I was not upset I used a credit on it.

  • Night Road

  • By: Kristin Hannah
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 14 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,773
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,780

For 18 years, Jude Farraday has put her children’s needs above her own, and it shows - her twins, Mia and Zach, are bright and happy teenagers. When Lexi Baill moves into their small, close-knit community, no one is more welcoming than Jude. Lexi, a former foster child with a dark past, quickly becomes Mia’s best friend. Then Zach falls in love with Lexi and the three become inseparable. Jude does everything to keep her kids on track for college and out of harm’s way. It has always been easy - until senior year of high school. Suddenly she is at a loss.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Took awhile to get into but worth it

  • By selena on 05-10-11

Ugh! Why did I waste my money and time??

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

Reviewed: 07-17-17

The characters were annoyingly selfish and always whining. The story was predictable and dull. I would not recommend.

  • The Boy on the Bridge

  • By: M. R. Carey
  • Narrated by: Finty Williams
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,915
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,913

Once upon a time, in a land blighted by terror, there was a very clever boy. The people thought the boy could save them, so they opened their gates and sent him out into the world. To where the monsters lived.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Bridge Worth Crossing

  • By John on 05-23-17

Entertaining

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

Reviewed: 06-27-17

This was good. Not as good as The Girl with all the Gifts, but still good.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Call

  • By: Peadar O'Guilin
  • Narrated by: Amy Shiels
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 878
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 830
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 832

Fourteen-year-old Nessa lives in a world where every teen will be "Called". It could come in the middle of the day, it could come deep in the night. But one instant she will be here, and the next she will wake up naked and alone in the Sidhe land. She will be spotted, hunted down, and brutally murdered. And she will be sent back in pieces by the Sidhe to the human world...unless she joins the rare few who survive for 24 hours and escape unscathed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Haunting, Harrowing, and Fantastic

  • By Amy on 09-03-16

Good enough for a road trip

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

Reviewed: 06-20-17

A worthy purchase. An easy listen that entertains both adults and teenagers. I also enjoyed Amy shiels as the narrator. She has a pleasant voice.

  • The Handmaid's Tale: Special Edition

  • By: Margaret Atwood, Valerie Martin - essay
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes, full cast, Margaret Atwood
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,514
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,326

After a violent coup in the United States overthrows the Constitution and ushers in a new government regime, the Republic of Gilead imposes subservient roles on all women. Offred, now a Handmaid tasked with the singular role of procreation in the childless household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife, can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost everything, even her own name.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT WAIT

  • By ambER on 04-20-17

Not for me.

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

Reviewed: 06-20-17

Any additional comments?

This book wasn't for me. Perhaps I expected too much from it because of the reviews it received on audible and Hulu.I found listening to it confusing and kept rewinding it to see if I had missed key points of the story. My sister told me that I probably would have gotten more out of it had I read it instead of listening to it. This is probably true since I couldn't tell when the narrator had switched to different periods of time in the story. I also didn't enjoy the overall story itself. There were too many times where the actions of the main character were questionable. It just wasn't plausible to me.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • A Royal Pain

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,838
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,800

The Queen of England has concocted a plan in which penniless aristocrat Lady Georgie is to entertain a Bavarian princess and conveniently place her in the playboy prince's path, in the hopes that he might finally marry.

But queens never take money into account. Georgie has very little, which is why she moonlights as a maid-in-disguise.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Royal HOOT!

  • By AudioAddict on 03-08-14

Refreshing

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

Reviewed: 06-06-17

Cute, Predictable series. An easy listen for when you need something light and refreshing. Narrator, Katherine Kellgren, is becoming one of my favorites!

  • Lily and the Octopus

  • By: Steven Rowley
  • Narrated by: Michael Urie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,749
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,612
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,611

When you listen to Lily and the Octopus, you will be taken on an unforgettable ride. The magic of this novel is in the listening, and we don't want to spoil it by giving away too many details. We can tell you that this is a story about that special someone: the one you trust, the one you can't live without. For Ted Flask, that someone special is his aging companion, Lily, who happens to be a dog.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OMG WHY!!???!??? last hour redeemed the first 7

  • By Cynda on 03-21-18

For anyone who loves dogs

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

Reviewed: 05-27-17

I am a firm believer that children should grow up with a dog. It teaches them how to love and be loved in return. This story centers on learning to love and how it feels to be loved. It's not the best dog book out there but it's a good one. Worth a credit.

  • American Gods: The Tenth Anniversary Edition (A Full Cast Production)

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty, Daniel Oreskes, full cast
  • Length: 19 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47,881
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 44,474
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,425

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 10 Years and Still a Fantastic Read

  • By Nightveil on 07-22-11

Neil Gaiman is fantastic, however....

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

Reviewed: 12-29-16

Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite authors. His imagination is amazing. That being said, this was not to my liking. I tried to enjoy it. Based on a review that said it started out slow but got better in time I kept at it thinking that it was going to get interesting at any moment, it never happened for me. It was too slow and disjointed. I never connected to the characters because they never developed true relationships with each other. I understand that some people feel this is a masterpiece, but for me fell flat.
I will say that the production and the performances were well done.

  • Dawn of Wonder

  • The Wakening, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Renshaw
  • Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 29 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,489
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 33,371
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,288

When a high-ranking officer gallops into the quiet Mistyvales, he brings a warning that shakes the countryfolk to their roots. But for Aedan, a scruffy young adventurer with veins full of fire and a head full of ideas, this officer is not what he seems. The events that follow propel Aedan on a journey that only the foolhardy or desperate would risk, leading him to the gates of the nation's royal academy - a whole world of secrets in itself. But this is only the beginning of his discoveries.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Instant Favorite

  • By Joe on 03-21-16

Slow

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

Reviewed: 12-13-16

I really wanted to love this book but I found it very slow. So slow that at times I would tune it out while playing it.
Also, there were several places where the editing of the performance was so poorly done that it was distracting.