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  • The Smoke Thieves

  • By: Sally Green
  • Narrated by: Charlie Anson, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Yasmin Paige, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

A princess, a traitor, a soldier, a hunter and a thief. Five teenagers with the fate of the world in their hands. Five nations destined for conflict. As alliances shift and shatter and old certainties are overturned, our five heroes find their past lives transformed and their futures inextricably linked by the unpredictable tides of magic and war. Who will rise and who will fall? And who will claim the ultimate prize?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing

  • By -shanah- on 05-08-18

Amazing

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

Reviewed: 05-08-18

Best book I’ve read in a very long time. The dialogue is as witty as it is sincere. I loved it!

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • On Writing

  • A Memoir of the Craft
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Stephen King
  • Length: 8 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,879
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,291
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,240

The prolific, perennially best selling author recounts his early life and writing struggles, gives advice on the crucial aspects of the writing art, and talks about his much-publicized, near-fatal accident.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who needs a print edition when King reads King?

  • By Cather on 11-18-05

Loved it.

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

Reviewed: 05-07-17

Not a helpful review, I know, but I loved it. For various reasons. Just get it...

  • Legend

  • By: Marie Lu
  • Narrated by: Mariel Stern, Steven Kaplan
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,455
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,096
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,117

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic's wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic's highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country's most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem. From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths - until the day June's brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very Interesting Dystopian!

  • By Tabitha on 07-21-12

One of my first YA novels that started my obsession for the Genre.

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

Reviewed: 11-10-16

This book will always be special to me, because of that, but it's also a really good series. I've listened to it since then and it passed my "sentimental" test. Some of them don't! If I were to listen to a few of them now, I probably wouldn't get into them enough to finish.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Mime Order

  • By: Samantha Shannon
  • Narrated by: Alana Kerr Collins
  • Length: 16 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,065
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 954
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 951

As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city's gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take center stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner. Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Series maturing nicely!

  • By Alex Levine on 02-28-15

Love this world

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

Reviewed: 11-03-16

I hate that I have to wait for the next installment. Please hurry Miss Shannon!

  • Cold Moon over Babylon

  • Valancourt 20th Century Classics
  • By: Michael McDowell
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 9 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,006
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 929
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 930

Welcome to Babylon, a typical sleepy Alabama small town, where years earlier the Larkin family suffered a terrible tragedy. Now they are about to endure another: 14-year-old Margaret Larkin will be robbed of her innocence and her life by a killer who is beyond the reach of the law. But something strange is happening in Babylon: traffic lights flash an eerie blue, a ghostly hand slithers from the drain of a kitchen sink, graves erupt from the local cemetery in an implacable march of terror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best audible listen to date...

  • By Bree Salyer on 06-27-16

Finally a Novel As Original as...

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

Reviewed: 07-01-16

...Gillian Flynn's novels, Dark Places and Sharp Objects.
It's a horror novel, and not one with the same old formulaic plot & forgettable characters.
Get this book, but don't read it at night. The scenes featuring the killer are truly horrific.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Me Before You

  • A Novel
  • By: Jojo Moyes
  • Narrated by: Susan Lyons, Anna Bentink, Steven Crossley, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,869
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,455
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,404

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life - steady boyfriend, close family - who has never been farther afield than her tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex-Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life - big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel - and now he's pretty sure he cannot live the way he is. Will is acerbic, moody, bossy - but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Journey Into the Unknown

  • By Pamela Harvey on 01-13-13

Inspiring

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

Reviewed: 04-13-16

This beautifully told story of Will and Louisa "Clark" inspired me to want to live.

As I listened to Me Before You, especially during the last third of the book, I couldn't help but think of all the hours, days, and, even years I merely existed, rather than fully "lived" my life.

Even as I was caught up in the story, I was also aware of the happiness I could have experienced, had I pursued it with more self-confidence and perspective.

Don't pass this book up. It's one that has the potential to enrich and enlighten your life, if you let it.





  • White Trash Zombie Apocalypse

  • By: Diana Rowland
  • Narrated by: Allison McLemore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,279
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,113
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,111

Our favorite white trash zombie, Angel Crawford, has enough problems of her own, what with dealing with her alcoholic, deadbeat dad, issues with her not-quite boyfriend, the zombie mafia, industrial espionage, and evil corporations. Oh, and it’s raining, and won’t let up. But things get even crazier when a zombie movie starts filming in town, and Angel begins to suspect that it’s not just the plot of the movie that's rotten. Soon she's fighting her way through mud, blood, bullets, and intrigue, even as zombies, both real and fake, prowl the streets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely loved it!

  • By Smilie on 07-03-13

Couldn't finish due Actor's Stuffy Nose

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

Reviewed: 11-29-13

Would you try another book from Diana Rowland and/or Allison McLemore?

Yes, just please, Get Well first, mrs. McLemore!

Would you be willing to try another book from Diana Rowland? Why or why not?

No, tried her Demon books, and they weren't for me.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Normally, she wouldn't have, but after waiting so long for this book only to constantly be distracted from the story by Allison's horribly stuffy nose, and ensuing icky noises, I just couldn't finish it. I have a serious weak stomach.

Could you see White Trash Zombie Apocalypse being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Maybe a tv series.

Any additional comments?

I could have waited another week or so for the voice actor to get over her cold; I wish the directors of the production thought the same way.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea

  • By: April Genevieve Tucholke
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 57

Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town...until River West comes along. River rents the guesthouse behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more? Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery...who makes you want to kiss back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FINALLY! A BOOK I LOVE!!

  • By -shanah- on 08-17-13

FINALLY! A BOOK I LOVE!!

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

Reviewed: 08-17-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Definitely

What was one of the most memorable moments of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea?

All of it

Have you listened to any of Jorjeana Marie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No but I love her.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES

Any additional comments?

So many but I'm driving! Just had to stop and recommend this freaking great audio book.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Immortal Beloved #2: Darkness Falls

  • By: Cate Tiernan
  • Narrated by: Kelly Lintz
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 119

Nastasya has lived for hundreds of years, but for some reason, life never seems to get any better. She left her spoiled, rich girl life to find peace at River's Edge, a safe haven for wayward immortals. There, she learned to embrace River's Edge, despite some drama involving the sexy Reyn, who she wants but won't allow herself to have. But just as she's getting comfortable, her family's ties to dark magick force her to leave.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Read!!

  • By Kristin on 01-06-13

Audible please get 3rd Book in Series!!

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

Reviewed: 06-25-13

If you could sum up Immortal Beloved #2: Darkness Falls in three words, what would they be?

Different; hilarious; Amazing

What other book might you compare Immortal Beloved #2: Darkness Falls to and why?

I don't know if I could compare because the narrator/ writer combo is perfect. The narrator actually makes the book that much more funny and an overall great story.

Which character – as performed by Kelly Lintz – was your favorite?

Nastasya- perfect timing with her self-deprecating humor. And she is amazing with the other characters voices. I LOVE how she does River. But she makes them all sound like different REAL people. You forget you are listening to one person.

Audible PLEASE USE MORE NARRATORS LIKE KELLY LINTZ AND ALLISON MCLEMORE INSTEAD OF JUSTINE EYRE, renee raudman, and the lady that narrates the Kate Daniels series. These women don't even sound young enough to play the parts of 16-18 year olds in the books or they sound like men that smoke a pack a day.
And Justine Eyre is just atrocious!!! SOMEONE TAUGHT HER A RIDICULOUS WAY TO NARRATE USING A FAKE NATURAL VOICE THAT GOES DOWN IN PITCH that makes me cringe especially with the extra gravelly thing she does at the end of her sentences.
Female narrators should have feminine, clear and pleasing voices. I can't even buy the best books if they are narrated by Justine Eyre. Retrain yourself lady.
We are spending good money to listen to the books we love!!!

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

I just loved it all for bringing something different to immortality.

Any additional comments?

Yes, please get the 3rd book. I've already read it and its the best book in the series, but not the same with Kelly Lintz narrating it!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Sweet Evil

  • By: Wendy Higgins
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 402
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 361
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 363

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences? This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels. Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She's aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but Anna, the ultimate good girl, has always had the advantage of her angel side to balance the darkness within. It isn't until she turns 16 and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Eh...

  • By Bee on 03-19-13

Top 5 reads of the year so far!!!

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

Reviewed: 05-01-13

What made the experience of listening to Sweet Evil the most enjoyable?

The narrator has a gentle, subtle, seemingly unscripted way of acting. I love her. Her voice is very relaxing.

What did you like best about this story?

See below

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

She did a great job. Really one of my favorite narrators now.

Any additional comments?

WOW. Can I just say wow? Wow.....
I'm 19 chapters in and this book has me wide awake at midnight, heart beating fast, and stopping because I feel COMPELLED to write SOMETHING it.

No I'm not finished yet but I already know I'm giving it 5 stars. I would give it 10 if I could.

I thought this would be another maybe kinda sorta good book to pass the time until a really good meaty one comes along like, say, Laini Taylor last book in the DOSAB series...but although it might not be 'meaty', it's most CERTAINLY filling.
I didn't think I would like this so much!!! In fact, I don't merely like it, I LOVE IT.

This book resonates well with me. I have a Christian background and am pretty dogmatic about doctrine. I have this belief that doctrine is pretty darn important so when I read a book about heaven or hell or angels and demons, I either cringe when the doctrine is way off or just made up and lose interest or ,if I really love the story and realize the doctrine isn't intended to be anywhere near what's described in the bible, then I just enjoy the story for what it is.

But although this story has fictional events (I'm so jealous over the concept! I wish my pea brain could come up with such a believable yet incredible concept!!!), every time it mentions biblical history, it has been spot on.
No cringing. No eye-rolling. Nothing but just a swoosh of relief, mixed with adoration toward the Author for researching, and a huge rush of joy that I'm reading a book I love, that keeps getting better and better, isn't at all preachy, and has some amazing characters that I would love to know in person!

I'm at a point in the book where 3 or 4 game changers just happened and I'm starting to wonder about all the awesome twists and turns the plot can go from here. I guess I didn't realize that Anna and Kai's budding romance-ish love could go anywhere but in the earth with Romeo and Juliet, but now....POSSIBILITIES!!! Yesssssss.
And now dare I say some ACTION??!! Badass heroine ass-kicking action? And more steamy hot tension for sure!!!!

Read this book and decide if it connects with you the way it has with me. It's definitely in the same realm as the Fever series (but differently), and it's definitely in the same realm as the Laini Taylor books IMHO (but differently).

Overall, it's refreshing and listening to it on audio has made the characters come alive and improved upon the story, thanks to the very "well done" acting by the narrator.

Ok, I'm done. I will try not to gush like a total fan girl anymore. At least until I've finished the book. And maybe again after I finish each book in the series. :)

WOOOWWW!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful