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  • The Watchmaker's Daughter

  • Glass and Steele, Book 1
  • By: C. J. Archer
  • Narrated by: Emma Powell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,013
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,831
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,820

India Steele is desperate. Her father is dead, her fiancé took her inheritance, and no one will employ her, despite years working for her watchmaker father. Indeed, the other London watchmakers seem frightened of her. Alone, poor, and at the end of her tether, India takes employment with the only person who'll accept her - an enigmatic and mysterious man from America, a man who possesses a strange watch that rejuvenates him when he's ill.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Start to Historical Fantasy Series!

  • By LilMissMolly on 01-16-17

Father Time in Victorian London and the Wild West?

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

Reviewed: 02-04-17

Who was your favorite character and why?

Strangely, I really enjoyed Cyclops, who appeared intimidating but had a very dry sense of humor and a kind heart. He spoke little, but usually reflected what my own reactions would have been, under the circumstances.

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

I loved listening to her voice and characterizations, she was just great. She really brought Victorian manners alive, as well as giving substance to India's worry over her future and her present circumstances.

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the mystery of this story, the characters, and the hint of future romance. I was at first intrigued by the hint that a Greek Personification might be on the loose in Victorian England and the Wild West, and defining him more prosaically as a secret magician doesn't spoil it for me. Why else write in a right-hand man by the name of Cyclops? I'm sure there are Greeks afoot, and I really, REALLY want to know what happens next!

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

  • Anubis Nights

  • The Fourth Jonathan Shade Novel
  • By: Gary Jonas
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 45

Jonathan Shade's old friend, Sharon, shows up with the master of time, Chronos, to send Jonathan and his team into the past to find and kill Winslow. Jonathan and Kelly arrive in Egypt during the reign of King Tutankhamun. As they appear from nothing, they are mistaken for gods, but when Tut is murdered during a chariot race, things get out of control.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can you say time travel

  • By Troublemer(tammy hovey) on 10-14-16

Great story!

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

Reviewed: 09-25-16

What did you love best about Anubis Nights?

I loved the originality of the idea of dividing into aspects and visiting different times in history simultaneously, although I heartily disliked Winslow as a person. I also liked Jonathan's inner snarkiness. His first reactions were often the same as mine.

What other book might you compare Anubis Nights to and why?

The inventiveness of the storyline reminds me a bit of Richard Kadrey's Sandman Slim novels. Odd and unexpected twists.

What about Joe Hempel’s performance did you like?

Joe has quintessential American snark down pat. He could practice different voices and cadences, but did okay.

Any additional comments?

I received this audiobook free in exchange for an honest review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mister Darcy's Maltese Falcon

  • A Mister Darcy Series Comedic Mystery
  • By: Barbara Silkstone
  • Narrated by: Jannie Meisberger
  • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18

Darcy and Lizzie, now happily married, are off on another Templar quest. With their first baby due in two months, Darcy insists that Lizzie remain in London while he adventures to Malta. Pregnancy will not hamper Lizzie; she is determined to stand by her husband. Lizzie inserts herself in the caper, accompanied by Boris, the Russian wolfhound, and other surprise stowaways. Oh no! Caroline and Wickham return to add to the chaos.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Lovely, lively mystery

  • By Lbisch on 10-26-16

a lively and irrepressible heroine--and dog

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

Reviewed: 09-17-16

Where does Mister Darcy's Maltese Falcon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top middle of the pack. It kept my interest, amused me, and gave me Awwww! dog moments. I also really like Templar stories and incorrigibly optimistic heroines.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Mister Darcy's Maltese Falcon?

Definitely the bunny slippers. This is my first Mister Darcy story, so I've never encountered the bunny slippers before. An admirable communication tool.

What about Jannie Meisberger’s performance did you like?

It was a little too stop-and-go; could have been smoother, but very good overall.

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

Giggles. Lots of giggles.

Any additional comments?

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Heir to the North

  • By: Steven Poore
  • Narrated by: Diana Croft
  • Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27

"Caenthell will stay buried, and the North will not rise again until I freely offer my sword to a true descendant of the High Kings, or until one takes it from my dying hands!" With this curse, the Warlock Malessar destroyed Caenthell. The bloodline of the High Kings disappeared and the kingdom faded into dark legend until even stories of the deed lost their power. But now there is an heir to the North.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • adventure

  • By Troublemer(tammy hovey) on 09-16-16

Good, solid epic fantasy

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

Reviewed: 08-16-16

What did you love best about The Heir to the North?

I liked the combination of epic fantasy elements, the coming-of-age plotline and characters, and especially the narration. Great stuff!

Any additional comments?

I received this audiobook free in exchange for an honest review.

  • Awoken

  • The Lucidites
  • By: Sarah Noffke
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 313
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 294
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 293

Around the world humans are hallucinating after sleepless nights. In a sterile, underground institute the forecasters keep reporting the same events. And in the backwoods of Texas, a 16-year-old girl is about to be caught up in a fierce, ethereal battle. Meet Roya Stark. She drowns every night in her dreams, spends her hours reading classic literature to avoid her family's ridicule, and is prone to premonitions - which are becoming more frequent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awoken

  • By trixie on 05-28-15

Loved the idea; beginning moved a little slowly

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

Reviewed: 08-16-16

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

Yes, the idea was so intriguing, I wanted to see how it developed. The execution started out slow, and I had to learn to like Roya over time.

What three words best describe Elizabeth Klett’s voice?

A reader, not a voice actor.

Any additional comments?

I received this audiobook free in exchange for an honest review.

  • Transient Echoes

  • The Variant Saga, Book 2
  • By: JN Chaney
  • Narrated by: Steve Barnes
  • Length: 8 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 114
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

After closing the rift - the source of all Variant - the hybrid child known as Terry has been transported to a distant world, far away from the only home he's ever known. Completely isolated, and haunted by voices from his past, he wanders through the ruins of an ancient civilization long forgotten. Back on Earth, a young woman named Mei works tirelessly to uncover the secrets of the rift. Against orders, she searches for the truth, making an unprecedented gamble. Will her obsession bring the answers she so seeks?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting sequel

  • By Rabid Reader on 06-01-16

Great Story, indifferent narration

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

Reviewed: 08-16-16

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

Yes, the story is great. It picks up where Amber Project leaves off, in a stunning cliffhanger.

Did Steve Barnes do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

I thought the narration was okay, but not great. It was just a little too unchanging to be a good dramatic reading.

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

When Terry lost his alien family--heartbreak!

Any additional comments?

I received this audio book for free in exchange for an honest review.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • In the Blood

  • The Reaper's Apprentices, Book 3
  • By: CS Patra
  • Narrated by: Clara Nipper
  • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 4

So what happens when a demon slayer makes a deal with a demon? That is what happens when the demon slaying group, DS461, finds themselves at the mercy of four demons. Even more, they are okay with making a deal with them. The problem is they don't know what kind of demons they've made their deal with. They don't know just what kind of adventure they are going to put themselves through. Above all, they have no idea just how close they are going to get to their enemies.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as gripping as I had anticipated

  • By Krista Gimeno on 05-22-16

Not as gripping as I had anticipated

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

Reviewed: 05-22-16

What did you like best about In the Blood? What did you like least?

I thought the writing was weak, distracting from the story.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

I think the narrator needs practice in dramatic reading. She was okay but sounded like she was just reading, not acting.

Any additional comments?

I received this audio book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Conjure Woman's Cat

  • By: Malcolm R. Campbell
  • Narrated by: Wanda J. Dixon
  • Length: 3 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10

Lena, a shamanistic cat, and her conjure woman Eulalie live in a small town near the Apalachicola River in Florida's lightly populated Liberty County, where long leaf pines own the world. In Eulalie's time, women of color look after white children in the homes of white families and are respected, even loved, but distrusted and kept separated as a group. A palpable gloss, sweeter than the state's prized tupelo honey, holds their worlds firmly apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a window on another kind of life

  • By Krista Gimeno on 05-21-16

a window on another kind of life

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

Reviewed: 05-21-16

What was one of the most memorable moments of Conjure Woman's Cat?

The moment when I realized that I wasn't sure that magic wasn't real.

What does Wanda J. Dixon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She had the perfect voice for this story. She helped shape the visuals of my inner movie.

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

Both. I loved the main characters, especially Lena's take on humans, and really, REALLY disliked the persecutors in this story. I also loved the forgiveness at the end; I myself was rooting for the raccoon to shoot them all.

Any additional comments?

I received this audiobook free in exchange for an honest review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Vampire Caving

  • By: James Livingood
  • Narrated by: Bryan Patrick Jones
  • Length: 1 hr and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10

"My tie whipped in my face as I jumped from a 20-story building. Everything I had worked for, everything I had invested in, was gone. It was a stormy day for Mother Nature and the stock market: October 29th, 1929. I thought of what my life would have been like as a bird, flying free. I started laughing and flapping my arms. After all, who did I have to impress now?" Join a risk-taking vampire as he explores why vampires exist.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Could have been better.

  • By ATX-LH on 05-17-16

very unusual twist on vampire origins

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

Reviewed: 05-15-16

What was one of the most memorable moments of Vampire Caving?

When the Queen indicated that vampires arose as part of a changing "balance of life." The usual vampire myth shows them as, at best, a morally ambiguous anomaly, with no natural place in the world, and at worst a rampageous predator that could decimate the human race. I will have to think about the implications of the premise that vampires were the indirect result of a literal act of God.

Any additional comments?

I received this audiobook free in exchange for an honest review. I never thought of food and water being "tended" resources requiring early specialization. I can see that need coming up in the future though, as we use up our aquifers and pollute our surface water. Shortages are already an issue in the Middle East that is being watched by governments and environmentalists alike. So I had a moment of future-vu as I listened to the story.

  • The Sorcerer's Quest

  • The Sorcerer's Saga, Book 1
  • By: Rain Oxford
  • Narrated by: J. Scott Bennett
  • Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 310

It's not easy being the youngest of seven sons in a family of notorious sorcerers, especially for Ayden Dracre. In a world where sorcerers only practice dark magic and wizards only practice light magic, Ayden has a problem; he is very bad at being bad. Try as he might, all of his spells to cause mayhem go awry. When he finds out that his family has had enough of his mistakes, he decides to take destiny into his own hands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Humorous quest adventure

  • By Karen R. on 05-07-16

Good YA story about choosing to be who you are

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

Reviewed: 05-11-16

If you could sum up The Sorcerer's Quest in three words, what would they be?

Kindness, forbearance, and self-esteem: the three greatest plates of armor a young person can have these days to protect their inmost selves from strife and bitterness.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked Aidan because, though he thought he wanted to be like the rest of his family, he refused to let them mold him into a cruel creep. Even when their treatment of him was abominable, and he knew he had to protect the rest of the world from them, he treated them with forbearance and mercy, and was true to himself.

What about J. Scott Bennett’s performance did you like?

I liked the characterizations and cadences of Scott's voices. The narration was perfect for the type of book and characters he portrayed.

Any additional comments?

I received this book free in exchange for an honest review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful