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  • 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 22,867
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,363
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,409

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.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A most terrific & non-typical treatment of Witches

  • By Neal on 04-17-14

My New Favorite Book Series of all Time

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

Reviewed: 10-10-18

I spent the last couple of weeks absorbed by the All Souls Universe having completed each audio book (including "Times Convert"). This story is so magical and the performance in the three books of the trilogy is amazing. Deborah Harkness weaves a beautiful story jammed packed with historical facts, ancient lore, and fabulous new mythologies. If you enjoy a powerful love story or amazingly crafted fantasy this book is for you. The story is breathtaking.

  • Emma

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Jane Austen, Anna Lea - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Emma Thompson, Joanne Froggatt, Isabella Inchbald, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,983
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,520
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,481

This Audible Original production of Jane Austen’s Emma is narrated by Emma Thompson (Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA winner, Love Actually, Harry Potter, Sense and Sensibility), with a full supporting cast including Joanne Froggatt (Downton Abbey, Liar), Morgana Robinson (The Windsors, Walliams & Friend, Morgana Robinson's the Agency), Aisling Loftus (Mr Selfridge, War & Peace), Joseph Millson (Casino Royale, The Sarah Jane Adventures), Alexa Davies (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again) and rising star Isabella Inchbald as our eponymous heroine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well, that was wonderful

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-07-18

More of a Radio Drama than an audiobook

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

Reviewed: 09-11-18

This is an excellently produced production on the part of Audible. The performers do a great job with their roles. I think it needs to be pointed out though that this is more like a radio/podcast drama than a book reading. If you consider it in that frame of mind it might make the sound effects easier to tolerate. They also add atmosphere and make it more convincing that they are actually in the homes or environment of the story. My only complaint is that music between chapters is a bit much.

37 of 45 people found this review helpful

  • Dying Games

  • By: Steve Robinson
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 428
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 377

Washington, DC: Twin brothers are found drowned in a Perspex box, one gagged and strapped to a chair. It's the latest in a series of cruel and elaborate murders with two things in common: the killer has left a family history chart at each crime scene, and the victims all have a connection to genealogical sleuth Jefferson Tayte. Hoping his insight and expertise will help solve the case, the FBI summon Tayte back to the capital. But as he struggles to crack the clues, the killer strikes again - and again.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Wonderful Suspense Mystery Surprise!!

  • By Wayne on 11-06-17

Hard to stop listening!

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

Reviewed: 02-13-18

This is probably the Best Jefferson Tate mystery yet. I thought the last one couldn't be topped but he did it with this one. Can't wait for the new one coming out in August.

  • The Kennedy Wives

  • Triumph and Tragedy in America’s Most Public Family
  • By: Amber Hunt, David Batcher
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 11 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 148
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131

The Kennedy wives saw history up close - and made history in some cases. They knew wealth and privilege, but we are bonded to them by losses that are our losses, too. The Kennedy women - fierce, intelligent, and very private - belong to us. Not because of their glamour but because of their grief and misfortunes. The Kennedy Wives takes an unflinching look at the women who married into the Kennedy family and their distinct roles.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book

  • By Lori on 08-25-16

Plagerism

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

Reviewed: 10-16-16

Any additional comments?

I as I was listening to this book on the section regarding Ethel I started to think that some of what I was hearing sounded very familiar. I realized later it was because a lot of it was lifted from the 2012 documentary done by Rory Kennedy. I am wondering now how much is lifted from other sources.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Simon Says: Mine

  • Mountain Masters & Dark Haven, Book 2
  • By: Cherise Sinclair
  • Narrated by: Wen Ross, Kai Kennicott
  • Length: 3 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 222
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 204
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205

With an empty nest and divorce in hand, Rona decides it's time to explore the fantasies that nourished her through a long, tedious marriage to a man whose idea of outrageous sex was leaving the lights on. At the top of her fantasy list is touring Dark Haven, the BDSM club, but she isn't prepared for the effect of a powerful Dom. When Master Simon takes control and introduces her to toys and sensations she's never felt before, she realizes he could fulfil every fantasy on her list all by himself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love Master Simon

  • By Maranda on 04-18-17

Great Story, Needed a better Male Narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-23-16

Would you try another book from Cherise Sinclair and/or Wen Ross and Kai Kennicott ?

I would definitely do another Cherise Sinclair book and something by Kai Kennicott. Had issues with Wen Ross' performance however. Was surprised it went past the producer of this audiobook. His performance lacked any enthusiasm or was very bland. He also sounded nothing like I imagined Simon to sound from reading his story originally. Of course that's my personal thing.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I actually developed a new appreciation for Rona after reading this book. She seems very independent and compassionate.

Did Wen Ross and Kai Kennicott do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Kai Kennicott did a great job differentiating the characters. I had no problem telling the difference based on her using her different accents and inflections. She was great.

Wen Ross needs some work. I had no idea which man was speaking half the time because I couldn't tell the difference.

Was Simon Says: Mine worth the listening time?

Yes, mostly because it's a great story.

Any additional comments?

Chapter breaks moved too fast. Needs to be more of a pause.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Beast Charming

  • By: Jenniffer Wardell
  • Narrated by: Morgan Ganahl
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12

Perfect for fans of Mercedes Lackey's 500 Kingdoms series! Beast Charming tells the story of Beauty, who works as a temp at an agency run by a high-tempered dragon. To avoid running into her conniving and desperately-craving-for-nobility father - conveniently named Noble - she takes on a peculiar job that will force her to converse with James, who got cursed by an ex-girlfriend and is now spending his days as, well, a beast.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story, So so production

  • By Cyberlucy on 03-08-16

Great story, So so production

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

Reviewed: 03-08-16

Where does Beast Charming rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It doesn't rank very high simply because the production of this audiobook needs work.

What other book might you compare Beast Charming to and why?

I can't really compare it to another because I don't think I've read one like it.

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

I haven't listened to her before.

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

Yes, mostly because of the story

Any additional comments?

The story here is the real winner. Ms. Wardell wrote a funny and engaging story. The production, however, is lacking. There are misspoken words that should have been edited out. The actual editing that's been done is very rough. The performance abruptly changes in the middle of a scene. While most of the time Ms. Ganahl's performance is right on there are times when she is just flat.

Despite this I would read more of Ms. Wardell's work.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Invisible History of the Human Race

  • How DNA and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures
  • By: Christine Kenneally
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 12 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 165
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 145

In The Invisible History of the Human Race, Christine Kenneally draws on cutting-edge research to reveal how both historical artifacts and DNA tell us where we come from and where we may be going. While some books explore our genetic inheritance and some popular television shows celebrate ancestry, this is the first book to explore how everything from DNA to emotions to names and the stories that form our lives are all part of our human legacy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Who are you really. Who am I?

  • By Annie M. on 10-28-14

Loved the book, the performance not so much

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

Reviewed: 03-18-15

The content was great although I felt a little more discussion of why people find this interesting would be helpful. Narrator had a scratchy voice that was difficult to hear

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • This Magic Moment

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Ashley Adlon
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 63
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50

For Ryan Swan, who'd learned never to give her trust, master illusionist Pierce Atkins was the last man to whom she should give her heart. Especially since he was planning a death-defying stunt he might not escape from. But in Pierce's enthralling presence, all Ryan's defenses seemed to vanish...like magic.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good story

  • By Sg0506 on 01-06-18

Good story but...

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

Reviewed: 12-19-12

What made the experience of listening to This Magic Moment the most enjoyable?

That it was not abridged. You really need the full story to get the full effect.

What did you like best about this story?

Despite the fact it's an old story from the 80s you really didn't feel that so much.

What aspect of Ashley Adlon’s performance would you have changed?

This performance is ok but not the greatest. Her rendition of the male voices is irritating. She mispronounces several words. Circe is pronounced Sir-see not Cerk for example. .

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

A little work on the performance and I would give it the extra stars.