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  • Possession

  • Emily Chambers Spirit Medium, Book 2
  • By: C. J. Archer
  • Narrated by: Gemma Dawson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147

When the ghost of a notorious killer possesses the body of an upper-class youth, London's preeminent medium, Emily Chambers, must exorcise it before the spirit goes on a rampage. As if this isn't distraction enough, she must fight her feelings for brooding ghost Jacob Beaufort, who doesn't like the new man in her life - the handsome and very much alive Theodore Hyde.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A bit woozy at times

  • By Sharon on 06-03-17

a little humour and this would have been a success

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

Maybe it's the narrator's tone of voice, an ominous tone as if she was referring to the end of the world, that makes the whole thing sound ridiculous. It would have been perfect is it had been contrasted by lots of humor, like The Parasol series. The heroin is weak and the hero is weaker an dumb and every word they utter is as if they were referring to a great terrible drama. They are just dumb and obstinate, which would be ok, again, if it was part of the joke. Only would humor and sarcasm would make such a extremely dramatic and simple story understandable.

  • Wizard's First Rule

  • Sword of Truth, Book 1
  • By: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: Sam Tsoutsouvas
  • Length: 34 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,538
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,254
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,312

In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, Richard Cypher encounters a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, in his forest sanctuary. She seeks his help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is a blast

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 05-09-12

Good reader, bad writer

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

Reviewed: 04-20-17

What would have made Wizard's First Rule better?

Obviously the writer has read a lot and copied from every fantasy book I have ever read. When he got to "mine! mine!" I was glad Smeagol is still getting jobs, but found it unbearable. The story is full of childish long explanations after something ridiculous happens and complicated situations as when children play "make believe" (it doesn't always has to make sense when you are a child). It sounds as if a teenager wrote this story. To hide the fact he a teenager (who's never been kissed or had a date) he includes gratuitous violent descriptions of torture and rape. Tip: Violence doesn't make you a "mature writer".

Would you ever listen to anything by Terry Goodkind again?

no

What about Sam Tsoutsouvas’s performance did you like?

The story is so badly written and so ridiculous, I was amazed at his performance. He never break into a laugh, and keeps his tone as if it was real literature.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

no. I's a bad copy of many other good fantasy books, it's full of violence which adds nothing to story or characters, and is in no way new, and it is childish (a very disturbed child)

Any additional comments?

It's going back

  • Goldenhand

  • The Old Kingdom, Book 5
  • By: Garth Nix
  • Narrated by: Heather Wilds
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 992
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 912
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 914

Lirael lost one of her hands in the binding of Orannis, but now she has a new hand, one of gilded steel and Charter Magic. On a dangerous journey, Lirael returns to her childhood home, the Clayr's Glacier, where she was once a Second Assistant Librarian. There a young woman from the distant North brings her a message from her long-dead mother, Arielle. It is a warning about the Witch with No Face. But who is the Witch, and what is she planning?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I'm not sure what happened here

  • By Mandi G. on 11-12-16

Poor choice of narrator

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

Reviewed: 03-01-17

The narrator sounds like she's reading, not narrating. Furthermore, if Tim Curry had already done such a good job in creating the voice personalities we fans came to love, why change narrator? At least it should have been a man to continue the same tone. Miss Wilds sounds weak, sleepy and makes the characters bland and "princess- like". Only reason I am not returning this book is because it IS a good book and I love the author's work

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

  • By: Ransom Riggs
  • Narrated by: Jesse Bernstein
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,392
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13,872
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,883

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets 16-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It might be better to actually read this.

  • By Ariel on 07-25-11

Probably better than what it sounds

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

Reviewed: 02-09-17

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was enjoyable, and although I could probably have been able to enjoy it more, the narrator just kept distracting me with his cheesy voices. I can't believe they couldn't get someone to make a Scottish or British accent properly. Worse still, he should have not tried at all. The heroine comes through as pompous, affected and childish because of the narrator's attempts to emulate accents/

What was one of the most memorable moments of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children?

can't think of any special one

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jesse Bernstein?

Gerard Doyle

Do you think Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Story left unfinished, full of untied ends.

  • Steadfast

  • Elemental Masters, Book 8
  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Carmela Corbett
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 219

The new novel in Mercedes Lackey’s best-selling series of an alternative Edwardian Britain, where magic is real - and Elemental Masters are in control. Lionel Hawkins is a magician whose act is only partially sleight of hand. The rest is real magic. He’s an Elemental Magician with the power to persuade the Elementals of Air to help him create amazing illusions. It doesn’t take long before his assistant, acrobat Katie Langford, notices that he’s no ordinary magician - and for Lionel to discover that she’s no ordinary acrobat, but rather an untrained and unawakened Fire Magician.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Just doesn't have any spark

  • By Pj Reviews on 08-06-15

something about nothing

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

Reviewed: 11-03-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

No. The characters are flat. They seem like they can grown and be super interesting but nothing happens. They might come up with a plan, the super wizard might come and help and the heroine might get the courage or wit to escape, but in the end a fluke happens and there is no need for characters to do anything.

Would you ever listen to anything by Mercedes Lackey again?

yes. Have liked many of her books previously, and she does have a tendency to wrap up things in the last 5 minutes, but this one really goes nowhere.

What didn’t you like about Carmela Corbett’s performance?

She talks very very slow and with no, NO expression aside from the very sweet, shy, girl. Her pauses are too long between sentences and I kept wondering if I had run out of battery or I was about to get a call. Also, it's infuriating when she reads "what?" (in a shy voice) and the narration continues: " she said outraged" or "she said angrily" . Her family must enjoy the narrators angry moments if this is all the expression she is able to manage

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

yes

Any additional comments?

boring and a waste of time

1 of 1 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 5,428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,962
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,969

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

a very very long narration- like real life

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

Reviewed: 06-13-16

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. I call it narration because the part that annoyed me was there was no story! Very long for what seemed no purpose at all. There are very interesting bits and characters and you wonder : What's going to happen? How will this affect the story? In no way, as it turns out. Very much like real life, when things just happen and have no influence, and keep happening, and mean nothing, and you are bored

Would you ever listen to anything by Elizabeth Gilbert again?

... I doubt it

Which scene was your favorite?

Can't think of one!

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

no!

Any additional comments?

I wouldn't recommend, but a dear friend recommended it to me, which only shows you it a matter of taste.

The House at Riverton [recorded under the alternate title The Shifting Fog] audiobook cover art
  • The House at Riverton [recorded under the alternate title The Shifting Fog]

  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 18 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,197
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,122
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,120

Summer 1924: On the eve of a glittering Society party, by the lake of a grand English country house, a young poet takes his life. The only witnesses, sisters Hannah and Emmeline Hartford, will never speak to each other again....Winter 1999: Grace Bradley, 98, one-time housemaid of Riverton Manor, is visited by a young director making a film about the poet's suicide. Ghosts awaken, and memories, long consigned to the dark reaches of Grace's mind, begin to sneak back through the cracks.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • superbly written mystery

  • By Cathy on 03-18-07
  • The House at Riverton [recorded under the alternate title The Shifting Fog]
  • By: Kate Morton
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee

So soothing, like a classic melody

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

Reviewed: 12-29-15

Would you consider the audio edition of The House at Riverton to be better than the print version?

yes, the narrator's work is wonderful

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main character, Grace

What does Caroline Lee bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

she is perfect. The rhythm, the pitch, the changes in her tone for characters. Everything

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The heroine finally gets her long lost long, Alfred

Any additional comments?

It a very nice story, never wains, keeps your interest from beginning till end.

  • Ashley Bell

  • By: Dean Koontz
  • Narrated by: Suzy Jackson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,576
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,138
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,143

Who is Ashley Bell? From number-one New York Times best-selling author Dean Koontz comes the must-listen thriller of the year, perfect for listeners of dark psychological suspense and modern classics of mystery and adventure. Brilliantly paced, with an exhilarating heroine and a twisting, ingenious storyline, Ashley Bell is a new milestone in literary suspense from the long-acclaimed master.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A truthful review

  • By Christina on 01-11-16

spoiler Alert... so lame

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

Reviewed: 12-29-15

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I am baffled at how to describe my amazement at how bad this is. Really? The "she was dreaming/ in a comma" resource?...Really?So common it should be illegal to use it anymore for respects sake as any reader deserves. Not only that, the book kept turning lamer and lamer as more improbable things were added by an author so sure the "it was a dream" would explain it all. I am returning it!
Who would enjoy it? A first time reader of fantasy.

What could Dean Koontz have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

come up with a real story with a real plot and real outcome.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The dreaming/ comma bit was so infuriating that if there were any I don't remember. I am an avid fantasy reader. This is NOT how you write about magic and fantasy.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • After Alice

  • A Novel
  • By: Gregory Maguire
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 306
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 267
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 267

From the best-selling author of Wicked comes a magical new twist on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, published to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's beloved classic. When Alice toppled down the rabbit hole 150 years ago, she found a Wonderland as rife with inconsistent rules and abrasive egos as the world she left behind. But what of that world? How did 1860s Oxford react to Alice's disappearance?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not a fan of this one

  • By Layah on 12-01-15

Huh?

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

Reviewed: 11-23-15

Would you try another book from Gregory Maguire and/or Katherine Kellgren?

Definitely not the narrator. Another book by Maguire, maybe.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I wonder. I was about to return this book, but I had already returned one last cycle, so I wonder if maybe I should stop my membership for a while. Can't find anything new I want to listen

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator always sounds as if she is giving an omninous declaration, the pinnacle of the text, the punch line of the story... All the time- so after you get used to it and settle your nerves (it becomes obvious nothing big is about to happen ) it becomes monotonous and hard to follow.

Any additional comments?

Hard to folllow. When the audio came to an end I was completely confused. So then, what is the story about? Do I have to rewind 48 chapters to understand? I was already annoyed by the narrator from the beginning, can't do it again

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen

  • By: Garth Nix
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,412
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,292
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,298

Award-winning author Garth Nix returns to the Old Kingdom with a thrilling prequel complete with dark magic, royalty, dangerous action, a strong heroine, and flawless world-building. This epic fantasy adventure is destined to be a classic, and is perfect for fans of Game of Thrones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great prequel to Abhorsen trilogy

  • By ciorstan on 10-17-14

Tim Curry!!!

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

Reviewed: 09-11-15

I am sure the narrator is good, but in this story his monotone drove me crazy. I wish Tim Curry had read it. It was annoying to hear Moget sound all bland when I was used to the wonderful mischievious voice Tim gave him. I think also the voice of Clariel was so dull the story became a little dull.