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  • The Demonic

  • Supernatural Horror Series, Book 1
  • By: Lee Mountford
  • Narrated by: Hannibal Hills
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 200

Years ago, a young girl ran away from her childhood home and vowed never to go back. It was a place of fear, pain, and misery at the hands of an abusive father. But now, her father is dead, and she is forced to break that vow and return home - to lay his body to rest and face up to the ghosts of her past. However, Danni is about to learn that some ghosts are more real than others. Something beyond her understanding waits for her there, lurking in the shadows.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Dead Goat Equals No Go

  • By Spooky Mike on 02-27-18

Most likely the narration

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

Reviewed: 06-29-18

There were parts that were really engrossing in this book, but I often ended up distracted or daydreaming as the narrator, with a smooth but monotonous voice, droned on. The over story was a pretty good version of a typical haunting/possession tale. At times, super predictable and frustrating. At other times, vivid and surprising. Not a great download overall, but I honestly attribute at least some of that to the lack of intensity or fervor in the narration. It's also pretty short. Over an hour of this is other short stories. I didn't get through them because it was hard enough sticking it out with the buildup of the main story.

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  • The Fault in Our Stars

  • By: John Green
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,237
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,338

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful Poignant Story

  • By AudioAddict on 04-25-13

Beautiful, perfect and beautiful

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

Reviewed: 12-30-12

I have never read a book by John Green before, but had friends highly recommend him as an author. I decided to take the plunge with this audiobook. I was so impressed and so pleased. The narrator was excellent at revealing the heart of the main character, as well as her wonderfully sarcastic teenage voice. I laughed a lot, cried a lot, and was taken in by the mystery of this book. I honestly think, if you haven't read anything by John Green, check this book out and you will become a fan. It may be for young adults, but the story is beautiful and relatable for any age.

  • Rapture in Death

  • In Death, Book 4
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,664
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,934
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,934

They died with smiles on their faces. Three apparent suicides: a brilliant engineer, an infamous lawyer, and a controversial politician. Three strangers with nothing in common - and no obvious reasons for killing themselves. Police lieutenant Eve Dallas found the deaths suspicious.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Suspense (with sex scenes)!

  • By Wayne on 04-18-18

Not Eve's most exciting case, but enjoyable still

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

Reviewed: 12-30-12

Eve Dallas is now officially married to the handsome Rourke, but despite a pleasant honeymoon, Dallas doesn't know how to tear herself away from work. This latest case actually starts during that honeymoon, and she becomes involved in investigating a series of suspicious suicides.

I enjoy this series because of the psyche of the characters. There is a bit of that as Eve continues to evaluate who she is and how her past has affected her. For example, during this book, Eve offers up her first unsolicited "I love you" to Rourke, and it's a touching moment. The case itself is a bit odd and seemed pretty transparent to me, although it lead to a hilarious situation with two virtual reality lovers. I mostly enjoyed the story because I'm committed to the series already.

I have read a few of these books, and this is the second I listened to. I'm disappointed in the narration now that a new character, Peabody, has been introduced. The narrator sounds so cartoonish in her dialogue as this character. It was incredibly distracting and I was disappointed to learn that Susan Erickson does all the narration for the series. It makes me think twice about going audible with any more of the books.

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  • Covet

  • A Novel of the Fallen Angels, Book 1
  • By: J. R. Ward
  • Narrated by: Eric G. Dove
  • Length: 14 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,655
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,968
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,964

Redemption isn't a word Jim Heron knows much about - his specialty is revenge, and to him, sin is all relative. But everything changes when he becomes a fallen angel and is charged with saving the souls of seven people from the seven deadly sins. Vin diPietro long ago sold his soul to his business, and he's good with that - until fate intervenes in the form of a tough-talking Harley-riding, self-professed savior.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Riveting

  • By Lajuan on 12-27-09

Not like any other romance out there

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

Reviewed: 12-05-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Covet to be better than the print version?

I didn't read this, only listened to it. However, Eric Dove was an excellent narrator. His voice is deep and soothing to listen to. I actually looked up other books narrated by him, which is something I never do. In truth, I found that the story got a bit long and I probably would have skipped ahead or lost interest as a reader. As an audiobook, it definitely kept my attention a bit more.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I recognize that this is the beginning of a series, so there is a lot of setup. My recommendation would be to space out some of the stuff that establishes the series. It doesn't all have to happen in one book!

What about Eric G. Dove’s performance did you like?

His voice is soothing, deep, sincere and easy to follow. He changes voices for different speakers in a way that is believable and adds to the story.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Redemption can come in unexpected packages.

  • Insurgent

  • Divergent, Book 2
  • By: Veronica Roth
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,608
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,115
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 20,247

One choice can transform you - or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves - and herself - while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Decent but not as interesting as Divergent

  • By Lore on 03-08-14

Read Divergent and then get this immediately

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

Reviewed: 12-05-12

Insurgent is book two of the Divergent series. It starts almost immediately where it left off, in a dystopian world on the cusp of revolution.

I loved Divergent and Insurgent did not disappoint. Emma Galvin narrates in a heartfelt, believable way. She is able to convey the aspects of Trice that are overly mature as well as less mature. The characters are complex, the action is intense, and mysteries are slowly revealed. There is alway something new to experience when listening to this book. The third isn't out yet, so I now find myself twiddling my thumbs in anticipation.

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  • Ender's Game

  • Special 20th Anniversary Edition
  • By: Orson Scott Card
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison, Gabrielle de Cuir
  • Length: 11 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,991
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,453
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,690

Why we think it’s a great listen: It’s easy to say that when it comes to sci-fi you either love it or you hate it. But with Ender’s Game, it seems to be you either love it or you love it.... The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Enter Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, the result of decades of genetic experimentation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Enderverse

  • By Joe on 06-13-05

Well-performed refresher of a classic

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

Reviewed: 11-29-12

If you could sum up Ender's Game in three words, what would they be?

Poor young Ender!

What other book might you compare Ender's Game to and why?

It isn't really a fair comparison, but I could compare it to Hunger Games in a few ways. The fact that the characters are children is a really important factor.

Which character – as performed by Stefan Rudnicki and Harlan Ellison – was your favorite?

My favorite character is actually Colonol Graff. He is dynamic wih lots of sides to his personality.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

One boy's fate is connected to the world.

Any additional comments?

Usually audiobooks with multiple casts distract me. This was the most seamless and well-performed multi-cast production I've seen. I read Ender's Game long ago and this was a great way to experience the story again!

  • 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 27,407
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,547
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,580

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

I'm so interested in parts of this...

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

Reviewed: 10-31-12

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I would change the length of the book. Some people probably really get into the world that gets established and want to know who begot whom and what everyone's personal history is. I'm not one of those people. So that got long (if it weren't audio I'm sure I would have skipped a lot of paragraphs!) There are also many characters. Often I didn't realize that I should have gotten more invested in a character until suddenly he or she is a big deal and then I can't remember what I was supposed to know about that person.

Would you be willing to try another book from Deborah Harkness? Why or why not?

I really am interested in knowing what happens in certain parts of the series and halfheartedly would like to continue on, but my gosh it's just so long and so involved that I don't want to put my brain through that anytime soon.

Which scene was your favorite?

I enjoyed the scene in the library, when both main characters were sitting silently at different tables and the tension was obviously building!

Could you see A Discovery of Witches being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I could see this happening, especially since there are so many throwbacks from True Blood or Twilight throughout.

  • Divergent

  • By: Veronica Roth
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,050
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,621
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,823

In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is - she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • It's not for me. Loved it anyway.

  • By Grant on 05-24-12

Gives other YA adventures a run for their money

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

Reviewed: 10-31-12

What made the experience of listening to Divergent the most enjoyable?

I really enjoyed the pace of the story and felt like it slowly developed all the complexities of the characters.

What did you like best about this story?

I felt that it did a great job of looking at the emotional and mental aspects of the main character, while still keeping action and mystery going throughout. It was really good at keeping your attention!

What about Emma Galvin’s performance did you like?

Emma Galvin did really great with the internal dialogue of the character. She was a good choice in terms of the voices fitting the mood and the story. It took a bit to get used to her though, because she sometimes sounded like she was smacking her lips while speaking.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I did cry at times during this story. I also often got very angry at situations and characters. I found myself talking to them while driving in my car listening to the story.

Any additional comments?

I wish more people knew about this series. I recommend it a lot but I think there are people who have been burned by the pop culture of Hunger Games and Twilight. I think this goes deeper into the characters though and really look forward to the rest of the books!

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