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  • The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie

  • Highland Pleasures, Book 1
  • By: Jennifer Ashley
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,763
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,474
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,478

It was whispered all through London society that he was a murderer, that he'd spent his youth in an asylum and was not to be trusted - especially with a lady. Any woman caught in his presence was immediately ruined. Yet Beth found herself inexorably drawn to the Scottish lord whose hint of a brogue wrapped around her like silk and whose touch could draw her into a world of ecstasy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Way above my expectations!

  • By bluebelle on 05-05-12

Couldn't Take the Narration

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

Reviewed: 10-14-16

Would you try another book from Jennifer Ashley and/or Angela Dawe?

Jennifer Ashley: yes
Angela Dawe: probably not

Any additional comments?

After the first couple of chapters, I simply could not listen to the lack of prosody in the narration. The dialogue wasn't bad, but the 3rd person commentary was abhorrent. I gave this 3 stars in the other categories, because I'm not quite there with the written book. Probably will be higher than the 3 stars.

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 131,237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115,849
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115,717

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • A festival of personality disorders

  • By Paula Dee on 04-20-15

Worth the Time...Mostly

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

Reviewed: 03-18-16

Would you consider the audio edition of The Girl on the Train to be better than the print version?

I absolutely loved the narrators. I have friends who never finished the print version and compared it to another book that got tremendous hype, but was not a great read.

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

Megan

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

Couldn't do the book justice, so N/A

  • Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs

  • Half-Moon Hollow, Book 1
  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,841
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,349
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,360

Maybe it was the Shenanigans gift certificate that put her over the edge. When children's librarian and self-professed nice girl Jane Jameson is fired by her beastly boss and handed $25 in potato skins instead of a severance check, she goes on a bender that's sure to become Half Moon Hollow legend. On her way home, she's mistaken for a deer, shot, and left for dead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh-out Loud Funny

  • By Sandra Ross on 03-25-10

A Disappointment After All The Hype

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

Reviewed: 12-19-14

Any additional comments?

After all of the hype and my really liking the Naked Werewolf series, this one was a huge disappointment. I didn't think it did the genres of comedy, paranormal, or romance any justice. I very seldom don't finish a book, but this one bored me so much I couldn't bring myself to turn it back on after a while.

  • The Host

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 23 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,607
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,941
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,987

Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. But Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique Perspective, Awesome job.

  • By Mighty_Cranium on 12-29-09

I Hated This Book

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

Reviewed: 03-08-14

Any additional comments?

I don't really know what I expected, but this was not it. Perhaps I don't like this kind of science fiction. I listened to the whole book, but it was a struggle.

  • Dragonfly in Amber

  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 38 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,066
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 25,801
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,754

New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon enchanted scores of fans with Outlander, her electrifying historical saga set in 18th-century Scotland. Now this sequel sweeps listeners back into the past as Claire relates more of her perilous sojourn there with her Scottish warrior husband, James Fraser. Twenty years after her strange journey back in time, Claire has returned to Scotland with her daughter, determined to share with her the secret she has harbored since her time travel.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • FOR GUYS AS WELL

  • By Jeff on 05-14-12

Starts a little slow, but...

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

Reviewed: 05-29-13

Any additional comments?

Almost finished with book #3, this book (#2) was not as compelling as #1 or #3. It started a bit slow, but the OUTSTANDING NARRATION made it so I never considered not finishing this segment of Jamie and Claire's journey. I'm beginning to believe that my listening future is tied up with these books for a while. When does book #8 come out? I hope It's available on audible.com immediately.

  • Outlander

  • Outlander, Book 1
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 32 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,535
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,738
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,603

Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary

  • By Sara on 09-10-14

The Start of a Long Journey

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

Reviewed: 04-10-13

Any additional comments?

This book was an amazing beginning to a long and enthralling saga. I know I could read it faster, but the narrator makes the listen SO worthwhile.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Two for the Dough

  • Stephanie Plum, Book 2
  • By: Janet Evanovich
  • Narrated by: C. J. Critt
  • Length: 9 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,836
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,464
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,460

Bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is back, packing a whole lot of attitude. This time around, she's on the trail of Kenny Mancuso, a boy from the working-class burg of Trenton, New Jersey, who has just shot his best friend. Fresh out of the Army and suspiciously wealthy, Mancuso's also distantly related to Joe Morelli, a vice cop with questionable ethics, a libido in permanent overdrive, and a habit of horning in on Stephanie's investigations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love the story - not so much CJ Critt

  • By Sheri on 11-04-15

Seriously?

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

Reviewed: 04-20-12

I knew this book would be a funny romp in the continued life of our favorite bounty hunter. Unfortunately, I'll have to read all about it, because after just a couple of chapters, I simply could not continue with the horrible narration. How could you take a classic series like this one and destroy the humor, the prosody, the timing? Do I sound disappointing? You bet I am. I seldom toss an audio title, even if the narration is suspect. But this one? The only direction I'll take here will be towards my Nook where I know I'll enjoy the tale. Shame on you. I paid for this title. Shame on me.

  • 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 23,430
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,878
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,922

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

The Narration Made It Happen

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

Reviewed: 02-17-12

A Discovery of Witches is a paranormal romance. It's a love story first, and a mystery after that. I listened to this book while friends read it. I enjoyed it way more than they did due to the excellent narration. I think the book could have been a bit shorter, and I think the romance was too overdone. If I hear the phrase "moi couer" one more time, I think I'll scream.

Even with those drawbacks, I enjoyed the story. I'm looking forward to the 2nd book, hoping that the same narrator does the job.

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  • Seduction in Death

  • In Death, Book 13
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 903
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 597
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 598

Dante had been courting his victim in cyberspace for weeks before meeting her in person. A few sips of wine and a few hours later, she was dead. The murder weapon: a rare, usually undetectable date-rape drug with a street value of a quarter million dollars.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Where'd Peabody go??

  • By Kellie on 07-12-08

The Narrator Messed Up The Rating

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

Reviewed: 12-15-11

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The narrator could have used the voices she used in the previous titles.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Seduction in Death?

I'm not finished with the book yet.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Boring; no change in voices.

What character would you cut from Seduction in Death?

N/A

Any additional comments?

I came to work this morning intent on doing exactly what I'm doing, only to find out that pretty much all of the reviews are about the disappointing narration. I love this series, and I love listenint to it rather than reading it mostly because of the voices. I fell in love with Roarke by

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Immortal in Death

  • In Death, Book 3
  • By: J. D. Robb
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,210
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,337
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,355

She was one of the most sought after women in the world. A top model who would stop at nothing to get what she wanted - even another woman's man. And now she was dead, the victim of a brutal murder.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • so I had to buy the 3rd

  • By Yuriko on 07-04-10

Where does she get her ideas?

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-26-11

I love Nora Roberts, but resisted reading her as J. D. Robb. I decided to try this summer and got the Audible version of the first in her "In Death" series. I absolutely love the books. I think the character of Eve is real enough. Although I realize that the character of Roarke is only a dream, I pretend that he really could exist. The narration is excellent, and the narrator is one of my favorites. I'm reading them in order.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful