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  • The Age of the Child

  • By: Kristen Tsetsi
  • Narrated by: Nila Brereton Hagood
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    2.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 2

It's the worst time in the nation's history of reproductive legislation for someone like Katherine, who doesn't want a child, to learn she's pregnant. The ratification of the pro-creation Citizen Amendment has not only criminalized the birth control that would have prevented Katherine's accidental pregnancy, but abortion and most miscarriages are illegal, too.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • 2 Stars = "it's OK"

  • By JenniferFour on 10-23-18

2 Stars = "it's OK"

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

Reviewed: 10-23-18

According to the star guidance for ratings, 2 stars equals "it's OK" - that's about right for this one.

The story considers the effects of government that regulates child birth - first by prohibiting all contraception and abortion and then later the other extreme: prohibiting all births but those that are pre-licensed. The characters starting the book are friends, both pregnant. The novel continues through their daughters' lives. I felt this had so much potential but it was so hard to get involved when NONE of the characters were likable. Even the possibly-likable ones weren't really. Secondary characters were one-dimensional.

The narration was erratic. Sometimes it was quite good - you could hear the humor at the right time etc. Other times, she just seemed out of step with the narrative - too hesitant. Characters did have their own speech rhythms but it was subtle and in at least one conversation b/w main characters, I lost the thread of who was speaking as the dialogue went back and forth. Also, and this was a real negative, almost every time there was foreign phrase (and there were several), it sounded patched in. Very noticeable.

I received this audiobook free from audiobookboom.

  • The Utterly Uninteresting and Unadventurous Tales of Fred, the Vampire Accountant

  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 7 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,231
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,826
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,826

Timid, socially awkward, and plagued by self-esteem issues, Fred has never been the adventurous sort. One fateful night - different from the night he died, which was more inconvenient than fateful - Fred reconnects with an old friend at his high school reunion. This rekindled relationship sets off a chain of events thrusting him right into the chaos of the parahuman world.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Stories are great, not crazy about the format

  • By Sugarpucker on 08-10-15

Interesting twist on vampire mythos

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

There was so much to like about this book - especially the narration. Kirby Heyborne was stunningly good at portraying the slightly sad sack main character without being depressing AND he could voice all the other characters, effortlessly going between the 1st person narrative (quiet and subdued) and everyone else. Why then am I only giving performance 3 stars? Volume problems. When there was shouting or excitement the volume went up - often surprisingly, usually very unpleasantly. It happened a lot. I was really surprised to hear in the end credits that this was produced by Tantor. I expected better from a big publisher.

About the book: this is a collection of stories (I assume) because each sub-story has a few lines/paragraphs of backstory to fill the reader/listener in. This was fairly tedious and completely unnecessary when I was listening to one after the other.
Some editing would have been nice. However, once I ignored that, each story was truly enjoyable - characters are good and, as the title of my review says, there are quirks to the supernatural mythos that I really enjoyed, especially in the last story.

I recommend this one.

  • Time Is Irreverent

  • By: Marty Essen
  • Narrated by: Michael Fell
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 36
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 36

What if you could make a change to history that would eliminate the Spanish Inquisition, American slavery, World War II, global warming, and an egomaniacal US president who thought he was smart enough to drop nuclear bombs here and there without negative consequences? What if that change also made the United States and five billion people poof from existence? Would you do it? 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A fun Science Fiction Adventure.

  • By cosmitron on 06-07-18

Clever and lighthearted

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

Reviewed: 08-29-18

This was a light book with a definite liberal bent but even so it wasn't preachy - just fun. I enjoyed both the story and the narration. Performance is marked down a star because sometimes (fairly often) it seemed like the narrator was too close to the mic for some words. That aside, the characterizations were well done and the whole thing was a good listen. I recommend it.

I received this audiobook for free from audiobookboom.com.

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  • Poison in Paddington

  • Cassie Coburn Mysteries, Book 1
  • By: Samantha Silver
  • Narrated by: Patricia Santomasso
  • Length: 4 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30

When Cassie Coburn moved to London, she never thought she'd be involved in a quadruple homicide. After a car accident ended her medical career before it even started, Cassie moved to London on a whim, expecting to see the sights and live the typical tourist backpacker lifestyle. Instead she finds herself accompanying a French private detective, Violet Despuis, as they attempt to find out who poisoned four people in the middle of London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What one irresponsible person can do in an instant!

  • By Kindle Customer on 07-07-18

Practically perfect in everyway

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

Here's my bias: I am an American who has spent a lot of time in the UK; the main character is American who moves to the UK. The author does a great job highlighting the discoveries a person makes about the cultural and language differences.

This book is a very good updating of the Sherlock Holmes stories. The 2 main characters parallel Holmes and Watson but more than that, the author has captured Doyle's laying out of the mystery and its solving. Very well done.

The narrator added to the enjoyment of the book. I did notice she was sometimes a little gaspy (at the ends of words) but it did not detract from her performance. You can hear what I mean in the sample.

I did receive this audiobook via a promotional code through Audiobookboom (so I got it for free) but I just bought book 2 with one of my own precious credits from my annual membership :)

  • Puatera Online Box Set - Books 1 through 3 - Desert Runner, Desert Born, and Desert Storm

  • By: Dawn Chapman
  • Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 40

Contains all three books of The Desert Sequence: Desert Runner, Desert Born, and Desert Storm. Follow NPC Maddie on her journey of self-discovery, which takes her through the deadly desert plains to the inner programming that makes her who she is.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely a... different litrpg

  • By Raul on 05-23-18

LitRPG for the win!

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

Reviewed: 05-29-18

This was the first LitRPG book I listened to. For anyone unfamiliar with the acronym, it stands for Literary Role Playing Game. I was glad my husband plays RPGs and that I had I watched the excellent Felicia Day series "The Guild" because otherwise, I might have been a bit lost.

This was a 3 book series and the books end leading directly into the next - in other words, not EXACTLY cliff hangers but I was very glad I had a 3 book package.

The characters were very interesting, the book is well-written, and the narrator was engaging. In fact, the narrator was excellent. I particularly admired how she could voice the Tremoil characters slightly differently but maintain character distinctiveness when they were in/out of body. Very well done.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Stratton Story

  • By: Elizabeth Cadell
  • Narrated by: Helen Taylor
  • Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17

The memory of her late husband's slow and painful death is fresh in Anita Stratton's mind when she finds herself confronted with the high-voltage glare of national publicity when her first novel rockets into the best-seller lists. The furor she arouses leaves her publishers, the staid and respectable firm of Beetham Brothers, as bewildered as she herself is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engaging story, fantastic narrator

  • By JenniferFour on 02-03-18

Engaging story, fantastic narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-03-18

Story was good; characters were interesting and believable. The balance between description and dialogue was good. It’s not action packed or a “page turner” but I looked forward to turning on my audiobook each time.

The real star is Helen Taylor. First time I listened to her - truly excellent narrator: easy to understand, clear differentiation between characters, lovely voice.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Moon Face and Other Stories

  • By: Jack London
  • Narrated by: John Burlinson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7

Jack London was one of the most prolific and imaginative writers America has ever produced. This collection includes eight masterpieces that showcase London's literary versatility and his genius at creating memorable, one-of-a-kind characters: "Moon-Face" - a study of extreme motiveless antipathy; "The Leopard-Man's Story" - passion and mayhem under the big top; "Local Color" - a wandering polymath might be too smart for his own good; "The Minions of Midas" - a tale of terrorism perhaps more disturbing today than it was 100 years ago; and much more.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • London's dry humor.

  • By JoAnn Nuccio on 10-01-17

Great narrator

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

Reviewed: 09-30-17

I knew Jack London for Call of The Wild but didn't know he wrote short stories. These are all good stories. It was no surprise to see Jack London was a journalist (Google is great) - several stories have a newspaper/journalist references.

John Burlinson was a great narrator for these stories. He has a down home storytelling manner that was perfectly suited to this writing. Bonus: his female characters were excellently voiced - not artificial or forced, just infused with personality.

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  • Funny in Farsi

  • A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America
  • By: Firoozeh Dumas
  • Narrated by: Firoozeh Dumas
  • Length: 5 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,471
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,140
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,141

In 1972, when she was seven, Firoozeh Dumas and her family moved from Iran to Southern California, arriving with no firsthand knowledge of this country beyond her father's glowing memories of his graduate school years here.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Insightful, witty and funny

  • By Elfie on 05-02-05

Vignettes from a witty and observant person

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

Reviewed: 06-13-17

There is so much good to say to say about this collection of vignettes by Firoozeh Dumas. She was born in Iran and eventually immigrated to the US as a child. She is a quick witted observer who calls it like she sees it without ever being mean. The afterword was a great idea and I appreciated the insight into how her family reacted to her memoir.

She did a great narrating her own story. My only reason for giving her 4 stars was for the audio quality - not BAD, just not as good as some others.

  • Mouse and the Serpent Queen

  • The Willow Tree Trilogy, Book 2
  • By: Deborah Tipp
  • Narrated by: Joella Berkner
  • Length: 6 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2

Returning to the magical old willow tree after six months is both daunting and exciting for Mouse. Knowing the possible consequences of drawing a picture which could lead her into further adventure, what does she draw this time? Having not told anyone about her adventures in another world, Mouse braves drawing a second picture under the willow tree.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • another enjoyable book in the series

  • By JenniferFour on 06-13-17

another enjoyable book in the series

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

Reviewed: 06-13-17

I enjoyed this book just as much as the first with one big exception...the book ends on a cliffhanger. The 3rd book isn't out in either paper or audio. Hate that.

The story was interesting in that Mouse was not as central a character as in the first book. Much of the action took place around her and was somewhat unrelated to her. It was interesting. I would love to read/listen to more adventures set in this world the author created. It was beautiful and imaginative.

Joella Berkner's narration was a real treat. I especially loved how she voiced the Serpent Queen.

  • Mouse and the Dragon Crystal

  • The Willow Tree Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Deborah Tipp
  • Narrated by: Joella Berkner
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3

One late summer's day, on Mouse's 12th Birthday she gets an Artist's Box full of paints, pastels and pencils, from her Mum and Dad. And when Mouse draws a beautiful picture under a magical old willow tree, little does she know that she would be transported to another world. A world turned upside down, just by her presence. A world where she has to fight for her life and those around her. A world full of dark, mystical characters who will stop at nothing to get their hands on her.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Young Adult Fantasy

  • By Charlene Mattson on 01-10-15

Charming but not juvenile

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

Reviewed: 05-24-17

Thoroughly enjoyed this book. I would say the first half is "younger" - charming village, happy family, sparkly trees etc - but if you stopped there you would miss the best part of the book. The second half has breathtaking battles and other goodies that I won't spoil by mentioning.

Loved the narration by Joella Berkner - I thought she was especially good with voicing Mouse and the dragon mom. She was a pleasure to listen to.

Star ratings for story and overall are based on this type of book, not all books everywhere.