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  • The Essex Serpent

  • A Novel
  • By: Sarah Perry
  • Narrated by: Juanita McMahon
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 656
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 615
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 613

When Cora Seaborne's brilliant, domineering husband dies, she steps into her new life as a widow with as much relief as sadness: her marriage was not a happy one. Wed at 19, this woman of exceptional intelligence and curiosity was ill-suited for the role of society wife. Seeking refuge in fresh air and open space in the wake of the funeral, Cora leaves London for a visit to coastal Essex, accompanied by her inquisitive and obsessive 11-year old son, Francis, and the boy's nanny, Martha.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Kind of 'Year in the Life of..' story.

  • By Midwesterner on 07-13-17

Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 02-15-19

The story was okay. I expected a lot more after the rave reviews I had seen. However, the narrator's voice was the biggest deterrent to enjoyment. I loved her accent. However. her volume was all over the place. I'd have to crank my volume to hear her crazily quiet voice, and then she'd start yelling or say some words soft and some loud. I almost quit three times, but kept on because of the story line: I wanted to encounter the serpent...which was just another disappointment later on.

  • The World's Strongest Librarian

  • A Memoir of Tourette's, Faith, Strength, and the Power of Family
  • By: Josh Hanagarne
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 712
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 637

At first glance, Josh Hanagarne seems an improbable librarian. He stands 6'7", competes in strongman contests, and was diagnosed in high school with Tourette's syndrome. But books are his first love - Josh's earliest memories involve fantastic adventures between the pages of Gulliver’s Travels and a passionate infatuation with Fern from Charlotte’s Web. Everything in Josh’s life - from his Mormon upbringing, to finally finding love, to learning to control his tics through lifting - circles back to a close connection with books.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Something Different, Something Wonderful

  • By SydSavvy on 03-09-14

So Great!

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

Reviewed: 09-25-16

I loved every second if this book. The narration was engaging and emotional. I wanted it to keep going at the conclusion. I'll definitely recommend this to others!

  • A Shade of Vampire, Book 1

  • By: Bella Forrest
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin, Zachary Webber, Kate Rudd
  • Length: 3 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,967
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,644
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,633

On the evening of Sofia Claremont's seventeenth birthday, she is sucked into a nightmare from which she cannot wake. A quiet evening walk along a beach brings her face to face with a dangerous pale creature that craves much more than her blood. She is kidnapped to The Shade, an enchanted island where the sun is eternally forbidden to shine. An island uncharted by any map and ruled by the most powerful vampire coven on the planet. She wakes here as a slave, a captive in chains.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The perfect book hors-d’oeuvre

  • By Katherine on 12-22-15

Her voice...

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

Reviewed: 09-14-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The lead female reader, for Sophia, was awful. Her jagged pacing, her lack of intonation, her robotic pronunciations, all of it was just bad. I almost turned it off, but then saw the book was short, so I powered through. The last reader, Vivian, was MUCH better. They should have traded!

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Shade of Vampire, Book 1?

The story isn't that great. I expected more from the reviews, but this was basically Beauty and the Beast, vampire edition.

Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

Zachary and Kate, yes. Emma, never.

Any additional comments?

The story just wasn't good enough to overcompensate for the dreadful narration. I won't continue listening to the rest.

  • The Turn of the Screw

  • By: Henry James
  • Narrated by: Emma Thompson, Richard Armitage - introduction
  • Length: 4 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,458
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,302
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 2,289

Academy Award, Golden Globe, and Emmy winner Emma Thompson lends her immense talent and experienced voice to Henry James' Gothic ghost tale, The Turn of the Screw. When a governess is hired to care for two children at a British country estate, she begins to sense an otherworldly presence around the grounds. Are they really ghosts she's seeing? Or is something far more sinister at work?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great, but Mightn't be the Best on Audible

  • By Gillian on 03-16-16

Boo.

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

Reviewed: 07-31-16

I want my time back. I hate endings that don't really end. The narrator was great; the story was not.

22 of 37 people found this review helpful

  • Me and My Ghoulfriends

  • Larue Donavan, Book 1
  • By: Rose Pressey
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Klett
  • Length: 8 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 294
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 266
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 268

There's always fun to be had on a ghoul's night out. By day, Larue Donavan is a down-to-earth bookstore owner. But by night, she's a world-renowned psychic investigator dedicated to helping lost spirits find peace. Dead people won't leave her alone and Abraham Lincoln thinks he's in charge of her lovelife. Larue can handle ghosts and undead presidents. It's the living who drive her crazy. When Callahan Weiss moves to town, the handsome newcomer opens a coffee shop right next door.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Missed a beat

  • By Farrell on 03-24-15

okay...

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

Reviewed: 06-29-16

The story was good, but I wish the narration was better. More inflection and personality would have improved this a lot. The voice was more boring than the text seemed to imply.

  • Pretty Girls

  • By: Karin Slaughter
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Early
  • Length: 20 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,228
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,122
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,126

Sisters. Strangers. Survivors. More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia's teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that's cruelly ripped open when Claire's husband is killed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Definitely needed the trigger warning, but..

  • By Hillary on 02-01-16

Pretty Good

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

Reviewed: 06-23-16

The plot was very involved and twisted; however some of the graphic nature of the abduction/assault scenes were a bit much for me. I almost stopped listening at a few of those points, but I was so far into the book, I wanted to know how it would end.

  • The Food Revolution

  • How Your Diet Can Help Save Your Life and Our World
  • By: John Robbins
  • Narrated by: John Robbins
  • Length: 6 hrs and 30 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 338
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298

Here, the man who started the "food revolution" with the million-plus-selling Diet for a New America, boldly posits that, collectively, our personal diet can save ourselves and the world. If, according to chaos theory, the beating of a butterfly's wing can cause a hurricane in another part of the world, try this out for chaotic cause and effect: monarch butterflies are dying in droves due to genetically-engineered corn growing in the Midwest. There is also a direct correlation between the Big Mac in your hand and the mile-wide river now running across the North Pole.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good but filled with repetitive lofty rhetoric

  • By Eric on 01-20-17

Scary book!

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

Reviewed: 06-15-16

This book is full of warnings I've heard throughout my life, but it's got them all packaged in 1 rhetorically charged combination. It definitely solidified some of my thoughts gm foods, and made me really re-think some of my other dietary choices.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Prime Suspect #1

  • By: Lynda La Plante
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,524
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,358
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,349

If Detective Chief Inspector Jane Tennison hadn't been a woman, she might not have noticed the victim's shoes…and that they didn't match the size given on the info sheet now so obviously misidentifying the dead blonde as a hooker named Della Mornay. Being so thorough, so good at the details, made Jane a top investigator; being a woman made the boys in the squadron want to see her fall on her face.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • La Plante's first and best Tennyson novel

  • By Claire on 07-07-12

???

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

Reviewed: 06-09-16

This didn't seem finished. But, I was having a hard time caring, b/c some of the characters were so selfish, so maybe it was a blessing in disguise. I can see how as a series, this may be good. But I was expecting a whole book, and this only seemed to begin a much larger case.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore

  • A Novel
  • By: Robin Sloan
  • Narrated by: Ari Fliakos
  • Length: 7 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,534
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,724
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,704

The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon out of his life as a San Francisco Web-design drone - and serendipity, sheer curiosity, and the ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed him a new gig working the night shift at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after just a few days on the job, Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests. There are only a few customers, but they come in repeatedly and never seem to actually buy anything....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A light, fun, easy listen

  • By january on 11-04-12

Exactly the right book at exactly the right time!

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

Reviewed: 05-18-16

I loved almost everything about this book. As a book lover, books holding a central role in the plot, and book lovers as characters--who make witty allusion remarks--was fantastic. Mr.Penumbra's book is a little adventure, and the audio added to the excitement.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Storm Front

  • The Dresden Files, Book 1
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,745
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,930
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,887

A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt. Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters to vampires....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering

  • By Tom on 05-20-10

Good when audible...

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

Reviewed: 08-23-15

Did James Marsters do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

James Marsters did a great job differentiating all characters in this novel. However, due to his quiet voice/tone--similar to Garrison Kellior, I thought--it was difficult to hear a lot of the time if there was road noise or something happening in another room of the house. I often found myself straining to hear, while my volume was up very high. I loved how he read; I just couldn't hear well, and I typically have normal to good hearing.