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  • The Sky Is Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Chandler Klang Smith
  • Narrated by: Kirsten Potter
  • Length: 15 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 51

In the burned-out, futuristic city of Empire Island, three young people navigate a crumbling metropolis constantly under threat from a pair of dragons that circle the skies. When violence strikes, reality star Duncan Humphrey Ripple V, the spoiled scion of the metropolis' last dynasty; Baroness Swan Lenore Dahlberg, his tempestuous, death-obsessed betrothed; and Abby, a feral beauty he discovered tossed out with the trash; are forced to flee everything they've ever known.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • a hot mess

  • By Alison on 04-09-19

Most perfect author and narrator combo ever

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

Reviewed: 07-26-18

I seldom write reviews, but this audio book experience was exceptional. The author wove her plot with skill and attention to detail, tying the characters' stories together perfectly. Ms. Potter proved equal to the writing with her narration, getting every nuance of accent and personality. My only quibble might be that the character of Sharkey was voiced a bit tritely, but otherwise she was flawless. It's been a while since I listened to a book that kept me in the car after I reached my destination, but this one did in 108 degree weather.

  • The Prince of Midnight

  • By: Laura Kinsale
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Boulton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,164
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,088
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,089

He was once a legendary highwayman. Now he's a recluse in a ruined French castle, with only a half-wild wolf for a companion. When Lady Leigh Strachan comes looking for a man to aid in her revenge, she's disillusioned to find that the famed Prince of Midnight couldn't help even if he cared to - which he doesn't. S. T. Maitland wants nothing to do with his legend, or with this fierce, beautiful, broken woman... until the old thrill of living on the cutting edge of danger begins to rise in his blood again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Imagine My Joy!

  • By Anonymous User on 05-26-13

should have believed the reviews

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

Reviewed: 10-13-17

This book went on forever. The hero is compelling, the heroine is a bit too damaged, and the I-hate-you I-love-you went on and on and on and ON.

She's a fabulous writer; she just needed to end this book about three hours earlier.

  • When All the Girls Have Gone

  • By: Jayne Ann Krentz
  • Narrated by: Amanda Leigh Cobb
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 871
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 766
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 762

When Charlotte Sawyer is unable to contact her step-sister, Jocelyn, to tell her that one her closest friends was found dead, she discovers that Jocelyn has vanished. Beautiful, brilliant - and reckless - Jocelyn has gone off the grid before, but never like this. In a desperate effort to find her, Charlotte joins forces with Max Cutler, a struggling PI who recently moved to Seattle after his previous career as a criminal profiler went down in flames - literally. Burned out, divorced and almost broke, Max needs the job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another fantastic story

  • By Kat in Hawaii on 12-07-16

very disappointing

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

Reviewed: 10-13-17

Ms. Krentz has been a favorite of mine for many years, but this is not even remotely up to her standards. I actually went back to look at the copyright; I thought perhaps it was one of her first efforts and had been re-released. The characters are dull; the dialogue is boring, and there's no chemistry between the heroine and hero. I'd recommend any of her other books over this one.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • The Furthest Station

  • A PC Peter Grant Novella
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 3 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 899
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 845
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 838

There's something going bump on the Metropolitan line, and Sergeant Jaget Kumar knows exactly whom to call. It's PC Peter Grant's specialty.... Only it's more than going 'bump'. Traumatised travellers have been reporting strange encounters on their morning commute, with strangely dressed people trying to deliver an urgent message. Stranger still, despite calling the police themselves, within a few minutes the commuters have already forgotten the encounter - making the follow-up interviews rather difficult. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Solid and fun, not much plot

  • By S. Yates on 04-28-18

disappointing

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

Reviewed: 10-13-17

This series is my absolute favorite for listening. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith did his best, but the story was not up to the high standard Mr. Aaronovitch has set. It was rambling and lacked the focus that his novels usually have. Maybe he needs to take some time away from Peter and recharge himself before writing the next one. (And I do hope there will be another.)

  • Cold City

  • A Repairman Jack Novel
  • By: F. Paul Wilson
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,068
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 928
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 926

If you've never read a Repairman Jack novel, this is the place to begin. It's 1990. A twenty-one-year-old named Jack has dropped out of college, leaving his old life behind to build a new one in New York City. Manhattan's rough edges are jagged enough to shred any unwary newcomer, but perhaps not one who is determined to stay off the grid, at any cost, in the busiest metropolis on earth. And to do so, he'll have to take jobs of a less than legal nature.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun, as long you don't think too much

  • By Andrew Pollack on 01-17-14

Waste of my time.

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

Reviewed: 03-28-15

Boring, rambling story and flat narration full of ethnic cliches. I was determined to hang till the end, wondering how the author would tie up the mess of story lines.

He didn't. Everything was left for the next book. Unbelievable.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Midnight Riot

  • Peter Grant, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,826
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,423
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,414

Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I LOVE this Book!

  • By Nancy J on 02-26-13

My go-to book for escape from reality

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

Reviewed: 12-29-14

What did you love best about Midnight Riot?

The story is imaginative and the situation is unique. It involves fantasy without the common devices of vampires, magic school, or aliens.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Midnight Riot?

I enjoyed the initial meeting of Peter and DCI NIghtingale. It created high expectations for the book that were met and exceeded.

Have you listened to any of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I would listen to this man read anything. His smooth voice flows and dips perfectly with the story; he is the character. After hearing him narrate the first book, I cannot imagine reading the sequels on my own. He brings Peter to life in every book.

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

Yes and no. The plot entangles the reader, yet the process is so enjoyable that one doesn't want the end to come too soon.

Any additional comments?

This has become my stress-relief book. I am a nervous flyer, but I pop on my earphones and disappear into the world of Peter Grant and Thomas Nightingale, as read to me in the velvet tones of Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. Even thought I know how the story ends, I immediately sink into their world and forget about mine.

  • A Discovery of Witches

  • A Novel
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,470
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,606
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,638

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Started out intriguing, devolved into Twilight 2.0

  • By Elina on 11-13-17

Where was the editor?

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

Reviewed: 08-18-11

I'm not sure I've ever read a book that more desperately needed to be viciously edited. The plot and characters could have provided a good tale, but they are weighed down by more unnecessary prose and pointless exposition than they deserve. The heroine behaves stupidly in almost every situation, and the reader is never shown why so many people think she's grand.

I was very disappointed. I stuck with it till the end, hoping for her to grow and develop as a character, but I never saw a change. I would not consider it a romance; if it was, it would at least have had better sex and a "heroic" heroine.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful