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  • Curtsies & Conspiracies

  • Finishing School, Book 2
  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Moira Quirk
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,848
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,698
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,700

Sophronia's first year at Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality has certainly been rousing! For one thing, finishing school is training her to be a spy. Furthermore, Sophronia got mixed up in an intrigue over a stolen device and had a cheese pie thrown at her in a most horrid display of poor manners. Now, as she sneaks around the dirigible school, eavesdropping on the teachers' quarters, she learns that there may be more to a school trip to London than is apparent at first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gail Carriger is truly an author of Quality!

  • By David on 11-07-13

Still a great story, still a great narrator

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

Reviewed: 11-06-15

And still pronunciation/voice problems. The deviation from established character voices/pronunciations remains the biggest fault in the series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Etiquette & Espionage

  • Finishing School, Book 1
  • By: Gail Carriger
  • Narrated by: Moira Quirk
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,270
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,986
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,992

Fourteen-year old Sophronia is the bane of her mother's existence. More interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea - and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy - Mrs. Temminnick is desperate her daughter become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish all right - but it's a different kind of finishing.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great setup for series. Understated hilarity prose

  • By Globaltowngal on 02-14-13

Lovely story, slight narrator problems

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

Reviewed: 11-06-15

I fairly adore this series, and Moira Quirk did a mostly wonderful job narrating. However, I had some issues with voices and pronunciations throughout. The Finishing School books are prequels to the Parasol Protectorate series. Those books have audiobooks as well, meaning there are established voice patterns and pronunciations. It was not only disconcerting, but disappointing that a narrator of Moira Quirk's abilities apparently did not listen to them to get that. That is really the only reason that I did not give 5 starts to her performance, which was in all other ways delightful.

  • Dragon Bound

  • Elder Races Series #1
  • By: Thea Harrison
  • Narrated by: Sophie Eastlake
  • Length: 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,852
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,297
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,311

Half human and half Wyr, Pia Giovanni spent her life keeping a low profile among the Wyrkind and avoiding the continuing conflict between them and their Dark Fae enemies. But after being blackmailed into stealing a coin from the hoard of a dragon, Pia finds herself targeted by one of the most powerful---and passionate---of the Elder Races.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Woo Freakin Hoo!

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-14-11

The only good thing is how hilariously bad it is.

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

Reviewed: 10-21-15

What would have made Dragon Bound better?

There are so many things that would have made it better. Everything about this book was just hilariously, painfully, terrible.

The writing was clunky, overly descriptive, and awkward as hell. All the superlative descriptions just get exhausting. It often read like the author was writing based on her word-a-day calendar as you'd have a ridiculously misused word ("he sluiced off" nope, not how that works) one minute while she uses the same word or phrase a dozen times elsewhere.

Less stupid character names would have made things better from the start. When the main character's name is virtually the same as the author's, I immediately lose faith. When the dragon shifter's name is Dragos Cuelebre, I lose all hope. HIS NAME IS DRAGON DRAGON. And yet, somehow, humans don't know he's a dragon. WTF. Dragon Dragon. Are you kidding me?

Oh, and the sex scenes. I almost forgot. Not sexy. At all. You're too busy figuring out whether or not Pia is going to drown in her own blood after, from a foot away, he dives "with the force of a raptor" to kiss her. Because let's be honest, at least one of them has a broken face after that.

The "relationship" is absurd and gives off major rapey vibes.

Honestly, there's so much wrong with this book that I'm shocked it got published.

Has Dragon Bound turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not at all. I really enjoy this genre, it's just a matter of finding the well written ones rather than the ones written like terrible fanfic.

What didn’t you like about Sophie Eastlake’s performance?

This wasn't the worst narrated book I've listened too, but it was definitely flawed. I expect narrators to be able to pronounce words like "wafted" and "filleted." She often didn't match the tone that was described. If something was sarcastic or through gritted teeth, you weren't be able to tell by the way she read it.

Any additional comments?

By this point, you're probably wondering why I actually stuck with it to the end if I disliked it so intensely. Well, it was like a car crash. I just couldn't stop. But that didn't make it any less painful.

The honest truth is that the book and the performance are just bad. I am at a loss as to how so many people gave this such high reviews. I've spent more time being outraged at the quality of this book after having picked it up based on reviews that it probably warrants. If you want a good supernatural romance series, go for Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Good Omens

  • The BBC Radio 4 dramatisation
  • By: Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Mark Heap, Full Cast, Peter Serafinowicz
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,094
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,932
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,933

A full-cast BBC Radio 4 dramatisation of Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman’s celebrated apocalyptic comic novel, with bonus length episodes and outtakes. According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday in fact. Just after Any Answers on Radio 4….Events have been set in motion to bring about the End of Days. The armies of Good and Evil are gathering and making their way towards the sleepy English village of Lower Tadfield.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • An adaption of one of my all time favorite books

  • By Mr Benn on 02-03-15

A delightful adaptation of my favorite book

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

Reviewed: 08-20-15

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

Without hesitation. Good Omens is my favorite book. I've read it so many times I know it inside and out. This adaptation brings even more personality to the story, something I didn't think possible.

What other book might you compare Good Omens to and why?

The BBC dramatisation of Neverwhere is a good example for what you're getting yourself into.

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

Mark Heap's Aziraphale was far and away my favorite. He was spot on how I've always read Aziraphale.

Any additional comments?

While I adore this book and this version of it, I recognize that it's not for everyone. This version is slightly truncated. For the full experience, I highly recommend reading the full book.

  • 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 30,198
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,133

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 feast for the mind and imagination

  • By Barbara on 02-21-11

A book for (book) history nerds

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

Reviewed: 07-15-15

What did you like best about this story?

My absolute favorite aspect of this book is that it feels like a love letter to nerds. Particularly nerds of history and book history. The level of detail that Harkness gives to discussing manuscripts is just wonderful. This is also apparent in the way that Diana, a historian, interacts with Matthew. So many vampire tales address the age of their vampires, but not what that means. Diana geeks out when she finds out Matthew knew Washington or Marlowe.

Any additional comments?

This is a long book. In large part due to the level of detail that Harkness gives to Diana's inner nerd. If you're into that, as I am, definitely give it a whirl. If you're into vampires who are complete characters in that they allowed their whole complex history and not just who they are in modernity, you'll enjoy it. Harkness has done a wonderful job building the creature world into ours. I can't wait to listen to the next book.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Modern Romance

  • An Investigation
  • By: Aziz Ansari, Eric Klinenberg
  • Narrated by: Aziz Ansari, Eric Klinenberg
  • Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 30,366
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,039
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,823

At some point every one of us embarks on a journey to find love. We meet people, date, get into and out of relationships, all with the hope of finding someone with whom we share a deep connection. This seems standard now, but it's wildly different from what people did even just decades ago. Single people today have more romantic options than at any point in human history.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining and informative

  • By ty on 08-23-15

Ansari brings passion for topic to the narration

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

Reviewed: 07-09-15

Would you listen to Modern Romance again? Why?

I would absolutely listen to this again. As both the author and narrator, Aziz Ansari brings his passion for the topic of modern dating to the narration. You can tell he is deeply interested in his topic and it comes through making it a far more engaging book. Beyond that, the topic is of interest to me as well. Currently single and engaging in some of the dating habits Ansari talks about, I actually came away from the book with some valuable information.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Modern Romance?

There are a couple times where Ansari addresses the listener directly and it's fantastic. He lightly pokes fun at the process of recording his book and knowing that people are listening to it.

Any additional comments?

If you're expecting a written version of Ansari's standup, you're in the wrong place. If you're looking for a funny and insightful sociological foray into the world of modern dating, this is what you're looking for. Ansari offers personal anecdotes alongside the research he and co-author Eric Klinenberg conducted for the book. All in all, it's a cohesive look at modern dating presented in a delightful manner.

  • The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

  • By: Holly Black
  • Narrated by: Christine Lakin
  • Length: 12 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 639
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 602

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from best-selling and acclaimed author Holly Black.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 'Coldest Girl' is on Fire!

  • By RaisinNut on 09-13-13

Great story, good performance, weird production

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

Reviewed: 04-30-15

Love the story, but there's weird 'dramatic' music that pops in very occasionally. It's somewhat disconcerting, but not enough for me to not recommend it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful