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  • Sweetbitter

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephanie Danler
  • Narrated by: Alex McKenna
  • Length: 12 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,546
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,409
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,411

Shot from a mundane, provincial past, Tess comes to New York in the stifling summer of 2006. Alone, knowing no one, living in a rented room in Williamsburg, she manages to land a job as a backwaiter at a celebrated downtown Manhattan restaurant. This begins the year we spend with Tess as she starts to navigate the chaotic, enchanting, punishing, and privileged life she has chosen as well as the remorseless and luminous city around her. What follows is her education.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Set Your Expectations Accordingly

  • By FanB14 on 06-24-16

Main problem is narrator

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

Reviewed: 07-16-18

I really liked this book, but it was very hard to follow with this narrator. There wasn't enough differentiation between characters when she switched to a different person. It made things really hard to understand what was going on and who was speaking, or thinking.
I enjoyed the way the book was written and how the idea of what happens in high-quality restaurants. What the different people do and what they might do after work to unwind. Especially young people.
It was an interesting insight into the field, and how certain people have refined tastes and can pick out varying qualities of food or wine.

  • Voyagers III

  • Star Brothers
  • By: Ben Bova
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 264
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108

Keith Stoner lay frozen in an alien spacecraft for 15 long years. During that time he came to be something more than just an astronaut, or just a man. Stoner became partly alien himself, merged with an alien intelligence embodied in the nanotechnology that lived inside his body.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A most enjoyable listen

  • By Jacqueline on 05-11-10

Couldn't listen to more than 3 chapters.

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

Reviewed: 11-23-14

Would you try another book from Ben Bova and/or Stefan Rudnicki?

Yes, I love Ben Bova and Stefan Rudnicki

What do you think your next listen will be?

I am listening to The Heist right now.

Did Stefan Rudnicki do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes. I think he is a wonderful narrator.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I didn't get into it far enough to find out. I was so bored.

  • Iced

  • A Dani O' Malley Novel, Book 1
  • By: Karen Marie Moning
  • Narrated by: Phil Gigante, Natalie Ross
  • Length: 14 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,694
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,445
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,454

Dani "Mega" O’Malley plays by her own set of rules - and in a world overrun by Dark Fae, her biggest rule is: Do what it takes to survive. Possessing rare talents and the all-powerful Sword of Light, Dani is more than equipped for the task. In fact, she’s one of the few humans who can defend themselves against the Unseelie. But now, amid the pandemonium, her greatest gifts have turned into serious liabilities.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dude, It exceeded my expectations

  • By Katheryne on 12-02-12

Not as good as the Mac books.

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

Reviewed: 12-03-13

Is there anything you would change about this book?

yes, there is too much confusion between characters. They all sound the same. The accent is just too equal for all the female characters, and even the males.
There are many problems with the story line, I think. It is really boring the first half, then it picks up towards the middle. Danni's character is just annoying. I realize she is supposed to be young, but she is smart, cunning, astute about what is going on, but why must she sound like a over puffed puffin? She is always saying how wonderful she is, and it is ok for a few times, but it gets so repetitive. Also, how the characters move from Kat to Danni is really almost impossible to tell until you get past the first few minutes of the dialogue. The first time it happened was so confusing I didn't know for almost the whole time what was happening was not to Danni.
This is partly the fault of the narrator.

I have not finished the book yet, so I don't know what will be happening. It is finally coming together, at this point.

If you’ve listened to books by Karen Marie Moning before, how does this one compare?

not well. I have enjoy the other books, and enjoy the narration characterizations more. The were more distinct.

What didn’t you like about Phil Gigante and Natalie Ross ’s performance?

It is all said above.

Could you see Iced being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No, there is just not enough meat on Danni's character yet. She need much more depth.

  • Orion and King Arthur

  • By: Ben Bova
  • Narrated by: Stefan Rudnicki
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 157
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 123

For the first time in more than 15 years, Ben Bova returns to the adventures of Orion - hunter, warrior, assassin, and time-traveler. Created by Aten, one of the god-like descendants of the human race 50,000 years in the future, Orion is forced to travel throughout space-time to do his Creator’s malevolent bidding. In this audio exclusive, Aten sends Orion to the Britain of the Dark Ages.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The first audio only Orion, A nice return.

  • By Amazon Customer on 04-28-11

why must we hear the same dialogue over and over?

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

Reviewed: 10-07-13

Would you try another book from Ben Bova and/or Stefan Rudnicki?

yes

Would you ever listen to anything by Ben Bova again?

yes

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

The feeling behind Orion's actions.

Did Orion and King Arthur inspire you to do anything?

no

Any additional comments?

I think this is the weakest of all of the Bova Orion series. It seems like Bova thinks the reader/listener is stupid. How many times do we need to hear that the knife on his thigh was a gift etc etc. When he is moved to the Creators realm, we hear the same thing every time. I think we have figured out that the abandoned, cold world, is the Creator's home base, that they left. Then there is Orion reaction to each time a Creator energy bubble comes towards him, like it was the first time? Come on it is always the same thing, we don't need to hear how blinded he is etc.
It seems like Bova may have written this book at different intervals, and forgot that he had described these events 20 times before in other chapters. Come on, respect your audience, and figure they can remember that Orion goes into hyper drive each time he goes into battle. It doesn't need to be described over and over as if we never had heard of it before.
Other than that, I liked the story. It was just a bit over done with repeats. Was he trying to just put in filler to get the book longer?

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Ever After

  • A Sookie Stackhouse Novel, Book 13
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 10 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,018
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,030

Number-one New York Times best-selling author Charlaine Harris has won numerous awards for her Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire series, which has been adapted into the hit HBO show True Blood. In this 13th and final book, a murder rocks the town of Bon Temps and Sookie is arrested for the crime. After making bail, she sets out to clear her name - but her investigation only leads to more deaths.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Welp, At Least She Didn't Do An Anita Blake

  • By J Barrington on 06-23-13

The End?

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

Reviewed: 09-17-13

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

yes, if they liked the Dead Ever series

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead Ever After?

The book was really quite good. I would have a hard time picking just one moment.

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

The accent, the feelings of the characters.

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

No

Any additional comments?

Sad that this is the last of the series. It didn't seem like a last book. There were no real finality feelings in the book. It was a weird ending. Things sort of came full circle, in a way, between Eric and Sookie but a disappointing way. Actually, it was the only way it could really end between them & it left Bill in nowhere land. I did like the book, it was very engrossing, and had a lot of action, and some more depth to Sookie's character.

  • Hex

  • By: Allen Steele
  • Narrated by: Tracy Sallows, Allen Steele (introduction)
  • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 195

The two-time Hugo Award-winner expands the universe of his Coyote saga. The danui, a reclusive arachnid species considered the galaxy's finest engineers, have avoided contact with the Coyote Federation. Until, that is, the danui initiate trade negotiations, offering only information: the coordinates for an unoccupied world suitable for human life - a massive sphere, composed of billions of hexagons.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyed

  • By miki on 09-17-13

Enjoyed

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

Reviewed: 09-17-13

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

yes, if they like the Coyote series.

Which scene was your favorite?

The final scene

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

Almost did

Any additional comments?

I enjoyed all the Coyote Series. This one added more dimension and understanding about the other entities in the universe.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Bombshell

  • An FBI Thriller, Book 17
  • By: Catherine Coulter
  • Narrated by: Renee Raudman, Paul Costanzo
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 635
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 548
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 551

FBI Special Agent Griffin Hammersmith, last seen in Backfire, has been recruited by Dillon Savich to join his unit in Washington, D.C. Savich sees something special in Hammersmith, an almost preternatural instinct for tracking criminals. While on his way to D.C., Hammersmith plans to visit his sister, Delsey, a student at Stanislaus School of Music in Maestro, Virginia. Before he arrives, he gets a phone call that Delsey has been found naked and unconscious, lying in a pool of blood, after a wild party. The blood isn’t hers - so to whom does it belong? Griffin must protect Delsey, but from whom?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor Narration

  • By Ann on 12-02-13

good but

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

Reviewed: 08-12-13

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

yes, if they like the FBI and Coulter series.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bombshell?

Too many to list.

What does Renee Raudman and Paul Costanzo bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Character makes them real.

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

No

Any additional comments?

I couldn't figure out how Sherlock and Savage's story would intertwine with the other one. I kept thinking it had to join in some way. But it really didn't at all. We actually get two crimes and are being solved separately. They join in character, but not in storyline. I felt I would rather have one story and include the Savage's. I enjoy meeting other FBI etc characters, but I like Savage family and their story, so when the book revolves around others it feels like a bit of a cheat. It isn't since the other characters are quite interesting, yet........ya know?

  • Succubus Revealed

  • Georgina Kincaid, Book 6
  • By: Richelle Mead
  • Narrated by: Elisabeth Rodgers
  • Length: 9 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,136
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,135

Georgina Kincaid has had an eternity to figure out the opposite sex, but sometimes they still surprise her. Take Seth Mortensen. The man has risked his soul to become Georgina's boyfriend. Still, with Lucifer for a boss, Georgina can't just hang up her killer heels and settle down to domestic bliss. In fact, she's being forced to transfer operations...to Las Vegas.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Satisfying! Loved IT!

  • By Cindy Webb on 08-31-11

SAD but happy

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

Reviewed: 02-17-12

What made the experience of listening to Succubus Revealed the most enjoyable?

The entire story line.

Any additional comments?

This was an excellent book, and kept you going. I didn't realize it was the last book till half way through and then I was really sad. It was good that it ended as it did, but I loved the characters so much, that it was like saying goodbye to dear friends who are gone forever.
Of course I can re-listen to the books. But that is just not the same.

  • Shopaholic & Sister

  • By: Sophie Kinsella
  • Narrated by: Josephine Bailey
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 516
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 232

Hot off the success of her best-selling Can You Keep a Secret?, Sophie Kinsella delivers another hilarious Becky Bloomwood novel. When last we left Becky Brandon (nee Bloomwood), she and Luke had just married and she'd unveiled her big honeymoon surprise...around-the-globe plane tickets. World-weary 10 months later, the newlyweds return home filled with excitement to share the details of their amazing escapades.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing narration

  • By Rene Colson Hudson on 09-15-05

strange twists

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

Reviewed: 02-17-12

Where does Shopaholic & Sister rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

probably lower down the list. But still interesting

Who was your favorite character and why?

The sister.

Any additional comments?

I still love Becky. As silly as she is, she gets into the weirdest situations, yet can get out of them, and still come out ahead. Altho. you would think, some day will she learn???

  • New York to Dallas

  • In Death, Book 33
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,401
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,002
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,993

It was one of Eve Dallas’s earliest takedowns, back in her uniform days. A monster named Isaac McQueen had been abducting young victims and leaving them scarred in both mind and body. Thanks to Eve, he wound up where he belonged, removed from civilized society in Rikers. But he’s not behind bars anymore. After his escape, McQueen has two things in mind. One is to take up where he left off, preying on the young and innocent - when necessary, with the help of a female partner all too willing to be manipulated and to aid and abet his crimes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another WInner!

  • By Susanne on 09-16-11

One of the best "In Death" books.

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

Reviewed: 12-16-11

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

Yes. It is a book which makes you want to stay with the characters and not stop finding out what is going to happen next.

What was one of the most memorable moments of New York to Dallas?

Too many good parts.

Which scene was your favorite?

Again, too many...

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

Yes, if I was able to.

Any additional comments?

I think the last scene was actually a weak one, but still very exciting. The whole book was an excellent story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful