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  • Ogre Enchanted

  • By: Gail Carson Levine
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 29

Evie is happiest when she is healing people, diagnosing symptoms and prescribing medications, with the help of her devoted friend Wormy. So when Wormy unexpectedly proposes to her, she kindly turns him down; she has far too much to do to be marrying anyone. And besides, she simply isn’t in love with him. But a certain meddling fairy named Lucinda has been listening in, and she doesn’t approve of Evie’s rejection. Suddenly, Evie finds herself transformed from a girl into a hideous, hungry ogre! Evie now has only 62 days to accept another proposal - or else be stuck as an ogre forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The trouble a fairy can cause

  • By ccfox on 11-11-18

Beautifully constructed and imaginative as can be

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

Reviewed: 12-15-18

Beautifully constructed and written--really enjoyed it thoroughly and never lost interest. Loved the healing aspects and the tingles. The thinking-I-have-fallen-in-love detours were completely believable to me, for this young, maturing lass in desperate straits. Now...we need a book in which Lucinda gets her comeuppance, please!

  • Henrietta Sees It Through

  • More News from the Home Front 1942-1945
  • By: Joyce Dennys
  • Narrated by: Kimberley Datnow
  • Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6

World War II is now in its third year and although nothing can dent the unwavering patriotism of Henrietta and her friends, everyone in the Devonshire village has their anxious moments. Henrietta takes up weeding and plays the triangle in the local orchestra to take her mind off things; the indomitable Lady B, now in her late 70s, partakes in endless fund-raising events to distract herself from thoughts of life without elastic; and Faith, the village flirt, finds herself in the charming company of American GIs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my favorite books - but it's book 2 of 2!

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-21-13

Wonderful story, but not voiced well at all

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

Reviewed: 11-28-18

I have read the two Henrietta books many times, but only just listened to them on Audible, even though I bought the books in 2013. The first is beautifully narrated, but this one is appalling. The narrator places bizarre emphasis on syllables that is completely inappropriate. She handles male voices in a dreadfully fake and very loud way. She sounds like a child when speaking for Henrietta. It completely ruins the really quite wonderful story.

The first small volume, Henrietta's War, is beautifully narrated by another reader.

  • The Land: Founding: A LitRPG Saga

  • Chaos Seeds, Book 1
  • By: Aleron Kong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,189
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,182
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,162

Tricked into a world of banished gods, demons, goblins, sprites and magic, Richter must learn to meet the perils of The Land and begin to forge his own kingdom. Actions have consequences across The Land, with powerful creatures and factions now hell-bent on Richter's destruction. Can Richter forge allegiances to survive this harsh and unforgiving world or will he fall to the dark denizens of this ancient and unforgiving realm? A tale to shake "The Land" itself, measuring 10/10 on the Richter scale, how will Richter's choices shape the future of The Land and all who reside in it?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gold Standard of LITRPG

  • By Rory on 10-01-18

Delightful, and especially so for MMORPG gamers

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

Reviewed: 11-09-18

This was so good, I began again from the beginning when I had reached Chapter 20...to completely absorb any details I might have missed and better appreciate the opening.

When I began, I thought, oh dear, this narrator /main character is a dreadful sort, I know him well from MMORPG gaming, and I don't know if I can bear this book. But by Chapter 4 I was hooked, and the narrator completely and convincingly rises to the occasion. The author spends less time than many authors on how the character lands in a new universe and how they adjust...and the way this author handled it made for a far better book!

I love this book! I was reading it at a very busy time, and quite frustrated I could not read straight through. I ADORE the "level up/new skill/acquisition" messages. They add so much to the peculiar set of circumstances. I am very happy that sequels exist and immediately began the second installment. Delightful! Awesome narration and special effects, too.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Can You Ever Forgive Me?

  • Memoirs of a Literary Forger
  • By: Lee Israel
  • Narrated by: Jane Curtin
  • Length: 2 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 67
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 65

Before turning to her life of crime - running a one-woman forgery business out of a phone booth in a Greenwich Village bar and even dodging the FBI - Lee Israel had a legitimate career as an author of biographies. But by 1990, almost broke and desperate to hang onto her Upper West Side studio, Lee made a bold and irreversible career change: inspired by a letter she’d received once from Katharine Hepburn, and armed with her considerable skills as a researcher and celebrity biographer, she began to forge letters in the voices of literary greats.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Super fun!

  • By washoearc@msn.com on 11-05-18

Suspend your disapproval for best enjoyment

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

Reviewed: 10-26-18

Having recently seen an advertisement for the movie of this, I decided to read it...I think I will enjoy the movie a lot, though I certainly don't approve of the crimes and would not personally like the author, I imagine. However, knowing she is no longer living and won't benefit from the profits, changes things a bit. It is well-written and interesting...enjoyed more in those moments when you can suspend your disapproval.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Flowers of Vashnoi

  • An Ekaterin Vorkosigan Novella
  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 2 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 218
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196

Still new to her duties as Lady Vorkosigan, Ekaterin is working together with expatriate scientist Enrique Borgos on a radical scheme to recover the lands of the Vashnoi exclusion zone, lingering radioactive legacy of the Cetagandan invasion of the planet Barrayar. When Enrique's experimental bioengineered creatures go missing, the pair discover that the zone still conceals deadly old secrets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yay! A Vorkosigan novella

  • By IreneMBBT on 10-24-18

No Vorkosigan story goes unread

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

Reviewed: 10-24-18

I will read anything by Lois McMaster Bujold, especially if part of the Miles Vorkosigan series. I was delighted to start this, for I adore Ekaterin and Butterbugs. (Note: Butterbugs are often referred to in my home ;-)--an every day word in my household, thank you Miz Bujold!) And I am interested in the region where this is set.

But it did evolve into another Mountains of Mourning, not my favorite aspect of the superb epic stories. At start of book, I was hopeful, and it is still well-written by this very talented writer, but by end I felt, okay, that was decent.

Only recommended for Vorkosigan devotees or someone wanting to hone their short story crafting skills..

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Zero Curse

  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244

Caitlyn Aguirre is no magician - but that doesn't make her useless. After discovering her true talent and uncovering the long-lost secret behind Objects of Power, Cat returns to school - intent on showing everyone what she can do. But her mere existence is a threat to the balance of power, convincing some to befriend her, some to try to use her...and some to remove her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Anxiously awaiting book three.

  • By SheriDoty on 03-17-18

Highly immersive and addictive

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

Reviewed: 04-03-18

Superb. THIS is part of Mr. Nuttall's best series, for me. No one creates a more detailed and believable magic world, and he comes close to Diana Wynne Jones and JKRowling in that magical combination of characters and plot that immerse you completely. I don't know, perhaps there are times he is their equal. I only know I could barely stop listening. I was very pleasantly pleased with Schooled in Magic, but the Zero Enigma series is even better. Warmly recommended. This is so wonderful that I had to order the book as it is not yet out in audio,but I do plan to order it when it is ready. Perfectly narrated in every way.

  • The Zero Blessing

  • The Zero Enigma, Book 1
  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 344

Caitlyn Aguirre should have been a magician. Her family certainly expected her to be a magician. But by the time she reached her 12th birthday, Caitlyn hadn't even managed to cast a single spell! In desperation, her parents send her - and her magical sisters - to Jude's Sorcerous Academy, her last best chance to discover her powers. But as she struggles to survive her classes without a single spell to her name, Caitlyn starts to uncover an ancient mystery that may prove the key to her true powers....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • In a world of Magic, One Girl has Zero

  • By Jas P on 10-26-17

Highly immersive and warmly recommended

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

Reviewed: 03-29-18

I am a big fan of the very immersive and detailed Schooled in Magic series; though was not keen on the first Bookworm novel. However, this gem has usurped any favorite in the Schooled in Magic series. Simply splendid. Incredibly detailed magic world, and the writer very skillfully allows the reader to suspend their disbelief. This is quite the page turner! I had to alter my activities to finish it. I can hardly bear to wait to begin the next one, which I will do the instant I finish this review.

SUPERBLY narrated.

The only "drawback" is that Caitlyn, her sisters and Isabella all seem more like 16 years old, certainly not ten. However, that is a wonderful drawback as it made the book much more appealing and yet it will "last" much longer, her school years.

I just loved how this first installment wrapped up and the insight into her father was very well done. I am keenly interested in Caitlyn's well-being, that of her friend Rose, and care even about some of the teachers. Well-done!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye

  • A Lisbeth Salander Novel, Continuing Stieg Larsson's Millennium Series
  • By: David Lagercrantz
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,562
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,071
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,057

Lisbeth Salander, the girl with the dragon tattoo, the brilliant hacker, the obstinate outsider, the volatile seeker of justice for herself and others - even she has never been able to uncover the most telling facts of her traumatic childhood, the secrets that might finally fully explain her to herself. Now, when she sees a chance to uncover them once and for all, she enlists the help of Mikael Blomkvist, the editor of the muckraking investigative journal Millennium. And she will let nothing stop her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not up to par

  • By cristina on 10-03-17

Superbly engrossing

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

Reviewed: 12-24-17

Completely engrossing, superb writing, amazingly true to the characters, wonderful plotting--I am so extremely happy that David Lagercrantz is carrying on with the series. I love this one even more than the last. I couldn't stop listening to it. I had tears in my eyes throughout the epilogue--now that is fine writing!

My favorite bits are always the amazing and audacious things Lisbeth does with the computer...though let's keep that to fictional pages ;-). Well-done!

Simon Vance is a spectacular narrator--I am in awe of the work he does with all the characters. A++++

Ever After High: The Unfairest of Them All audiobook cover art
  • Ever After High: The Unfairest of Them All

  • By: Shannon Hale
  • Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 60
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58

It's the aftermath of Legacy Day, the day when the students at Ever After High are supposed to pledge to follow in their fairytale parents' footsteps, and everyone is in a huff and a puff! Raven Queen, daughter of the Evil Queen, has refused to sign the Storybook of Legends, rejecting her story - and putting everyone else's in jeopardy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Never saw this delight coming...!

  • By Holly on 11-13-17

Never saw this delight coming...!

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

Reviewed: 11-13-17

Completely bowled over by how unexpectedly intriguing, charming and well-done these books are. I never saw it coming. I hesitated long before buying the first, and even longer before reading it. How delightful they are! More than anything else in this second installment, I simply LOVE how Raven Queen's character developed, her decision process, her self-realizations, her growing maturity. In so many books, the heroine keeps making lousy decisions; so happy Shannon Hale took a varied path. Apple White also is growing in a believable and admirable way. Wonderful supporting cast of characters and the entire scope is extremely clever.

Thank you for writing these books, Ms. Hale! I apologize for underestimating this series, as I should have known better, based on your prior polished work.

Beautiful narration by Kathleen McInerney--so good I don't even notice, and that is the best kind.

“AUDIBLE 20 REVIEW SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY”

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The School of Hard Knocks

  • Schooled in Magic, Book 5
  • By: Christopher G. Nuttall
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 14 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,019
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 949
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 951

A plot is being hatched at Mountaintop Academy, a plot that threatens the lives of Emily and her friends...and the integrity of the Allied Lands. In a desperate bid to uncover the secrets of Mountaintop and recover her stolen notes, Emily goes undercover into Mountaintop, a mission that may cost her everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance

  • By haley on 03-06-17

Superior sequel in this series

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

Reviewed: 10-02-17

Just loved this episode in Emily's school training to master the alternative world of magic. The author is gifted at storytelling and plot design. Despite this being the fifth, he keeps surprising me. I know some reviewers don't care for Emily, but her flaws, doubts, decision making, focus, sometimes wrong, make her more believable and interesting. Nuttall does a better job of describing the various forms of magic and making them believable than any fantasy writer I have encountered.

My sole objection to the series is the persistent use of spankings...I realize, however, that I am imposing my own standards and prejudice against spanking, and really should not for this alternative world.

Regarding the change in narrator, though it is striking when the voice change happens, I quickly grew accustomed to the new narrator, and, frankly, feel she was just as superb. Kudos to both narrators of this engrossing series.