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  • Shadow Spell

  • Book Two of The Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Alan Smyth
  • Length: 11 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,364
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,065
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,058

With the legends and lore of Ireland running through his blood, falconer Connor O’Dwyer is proud to call County Mayo home. It’s where his sister, Branna, lives and works, where his cousin, Iona, has found true love, and where his childhood friends form a circle that can’t be broken. A circle that is about to be stretched out of shape - by a long-awaited kiss. Meara Quinn is Branna’s best friend, a sister in all but blood. Her and Connor’s paths cross almost daily, as Connor takes tourists on hawk walks and Meara guides them on horseback across the lush countryside.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Book is a good read but the narrator is HORRIBLE

  • By jenny on 03-27-14

terrible horrible no good narration

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

Reviewed: 03-26-14

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I bought the kindle book and returned the audio. It was terrible. The narrator lisped, paused very awkwardly and just generally didn't put any emotion into his voice. I also couldn't tell who was talking because the voices all blended together.

20 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Whiskey Beach

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 14 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,662
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,654

For more than 300 years, Bluff House has sat above Whiskey Beach, guarding its shore - and its secrets. But to Eli Landon, it’s home.… A Boston lawyer, Eli has weathered an intense year of public scrutiny and police investigations after being accused of - but never arrested for - the murder of his soon-to-be-ex wife. He finds sanctuary at Bluff House, even though his beloved grandmother is in Boston recuperating from a nasty fall. Abra Walsh is always there, though.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent

  • By Eva on 03-10-17

Meh.

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

Reviewed: 04-22-13

Any additional comments?

I listened to it on fast just to get it over with. The characters weren't at all believable to me. Also, yeah, you figure out who done it pretty quick. I think Nora just fell off my auto buy list.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Handmaid's Tale

  • By: Margaret Atwood
  • Narrated by: Claire Danes
  • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,257
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,413
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,406

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, serving in the household of the enigmatic Commander and his bitter wife. She may go out once a day to markets whose signs are now pictures because women are not allowed to read. She must pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, for in a time of declining birthrates her value lies in her fertility, and failure means exile to the dangerously polluted Colonies. Offred can remember a time when she lived with her husband and daughter and had a job, before she lost even her own name....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My Top Pick for 2012

  • By Em on 11-30-12

6 stars for Claire Danes

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

Reviewed: 04-01-13

Would you consider the audio edition of The Handmaid's Tale to be better than the print version?

yes! Claire Danes was enthralling.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Handmaid's Tale?

"I am laughing"

What about Claire Danes’s performance did you like?

She *was* Offred. She was perfect. Understated and beaten but not destroyed.

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

it could happen

  • 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 9,473
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,668
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 8,648

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

read it, really!

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

Reviewed: 04-01-13

What made the experience of listening to Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore the most enjoyable?

Mr. Penumbra himself.

What did you like best about this story?

the way backlist

What does Ari Fliakos bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Adds desperation and he delivers the irony perfectly!

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

when is a bookstore just a bookstore?

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Handbook to Handling His Lordship

  • Scandalous Brides, Book 4
  • By: Suzanne Enoch
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 67

Emily Portsman has a secret, and three years ago she decided the best way to keep it would be to work at the Tantalus Club, a notorious gaming establishment for gentlemen. It's not the sort of work a beautiful, well-bred governess would ever consider - unless she's hiding from her past and a man who wants to destroy her present.... Nate Stokes, Earl of Westfall, is a supremely accomplished former spy more at home on London's seedy streets than in any glittery ballroom. His peers know him only as a bookish fellow who can find anything - or anyone....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • UNFORTUNATELY NOT THE BEST OF THE SERIES

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 04-07-13

very few cliches here!

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

Reviewed: 04-01-13

Where does The Handbook to Handling His Lordship rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

middle

What other book might you compare The Handbook to Handling His Lordship to and why?

It has a bit of a Courtney Milan feel to it, in that the characters are uncomfortable with rank and actually work.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The performance was rather bland. It's possible that it's just that I don't like Anne Flosnik's voice. She has a low, almost grating, tone that just bothers me.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I liked that the heroine's values were more liberated, and I loved the resolution.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Rebel Heart

  • Dust Lands, Book 2
  • By: Moira Young
  • Narrated by: Heather Lind
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 221
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 196

It seemed so simple: Defeat the Tonton, rescue her kidnapped brother, Lugh, and then order would be restored to Saba’s world. Simplicity, however, has proved to be elusive. Now, Saba and her family travel west, headed for a better life and a longed-for reunion with Jack. But the fight for Lugh’s freedom has unleashed a new power in the dust lands, and a formidable new enemy is on the rise. What is the truth about Jack? And how far will Saba go to get what she wants?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as the first book....

  • By Karissa Eckert on 07-29-13

I really really wish Saba had been more likable.

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

Reviewed: 04-01-13

Where does Rebel Heart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

low

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I was okay with the ending. It was rather a typical middle book.

Which scene was your favorite?

The fact that things didn't turn out how you'd expect. I can't really say more than that without ruining something.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No.

Any additional comments?

What bothered me the most is how Saba started using people. It does make sense to me though, that she is confused and has some depression issues after the events of the previous book.

  • Crystal Cove

  • Friday Harbor, Book 4
  • By: Lisa Kleypas
  • Narrated by: Tanya Eby
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 160
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 149

Justine Hoffman has made a comfortable life for herself on the island of Friday Harbor. She is the proprietor of a successful boutique hotel, and she has the safe, predictable life she has always wanted. Growing up with her flighty, nomadic mother, Marigold, has instilled in her a deep longing for stability. But in spite of everything Justine has achieved, there is still something missing. Love. And after years of waiting and dreaming, she is willing to do whatever it takes to change her destiny.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Will the Real Lisa Kleypas Please Stand Up

  • By Kellie on 02-08-13

dissapointing

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

Reviewed: 02-15-13

What disappointed you about Crystal Cove?

all of it

What could Lisa Kleypas have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I wanted her signature back! I noticed a little banter that was her and the last chapter. Beyond that there was no connection for me at all.

Did Tanya Eby do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

eh

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

She quoted on of my favorite Connie Brockway scenes. "You are my Egypt" is a truly fabulous, romantic scene.

Any additional comments?

I didn't love the bondage thing but I get she wants her audience happy. I just wish the characters were more... real. The whole situation seemed forced to me and the control issue was simply demeaning.

  • Sabriel

  • By: Garth Nix
  • Narrated by: Tim Curry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,857
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,979
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,984

Ever since she was a tiny child, Sabriel has lived outside the walls of the Old Kingdom, away from the random power of Free Magic, and away from the Dead who won't stay dead. But now her father, the Mage Abhorsen, is missing, and to find him Sabriel must cross back into that world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enraptured

  • By T. HICKS on 06-20-09

Tim Curry!!!! Swoon

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

Reviewed: 06-26-12

Any additional comments?

I've loved Garth Nix for years. When I saw this fabulous coming-of-age story was narrated by Tim Curry, I did a happy dance. I was not disappointed. The story is still awesome and Mr. Curry's performance is phenomenal. Check out Lirael and Abhorsen, too!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Red Road

  • By: Moira Young
  • Narrated by: Heather Lind
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 452
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 399
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 402

Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. That's fine by her, as long as her beloved twin brother, Lugh, is around. But when a monster sandstorm arrives, along with four cloaked horsemen, Saba's world is shattered. Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks on an epic quest to get him back.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazingtastic!

  • By Jennifer on 03-02-12

best narrator I've ever heard!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-11-11

Heather Lind was amazing. Different vioces different tones and her 'western' accent was perfect. I'm so glad this book was made into audio because I never would have had the patience to read it as written. The book itself was good- good plot great characters great description. Heather Lind gave a flawless performace and I am very eagerly awaiting her next work.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful