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  • 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 31,246
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,403
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,396

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

Bloody awful read

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

Reviewed: 11-27-18

I usually enjoy a great dystopian book but this one was just terrible. I’m truly not sure what the hype is all about surrounding the book. It moved slow as molasses and the details as to the why and how society degenerated into such a state were dribbled out slowly. It is a “hate men poor little oppressed women” and that is the theme. Not my thing. I read for enjoyment not for torture.

  • Running with the Demon

  • Word and the Void, Book 1
  • By: Terry Brooks
  • Narrated by: George Wilson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 835
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 769
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 770

On a very hot Fourth of July weekend, two strangers appear in Hopewell, Illinois, in the middle of a bitter steel strike. One, a Demon of the Void, will use the angry steel workers to attain his own terrible ends. The other, a Knight of the Word, dreams about a nightmarish future and spends every waking moment desperately trying to change its course. The fate of the town and, ultimately, of humanity depends on one exceptional 14-year-old girl, the only one who can see the otherworldly creatures that have begun to invade her home town.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hard to press pause

  • By OrganicTaco99 on 02-23-16

Another great series by Terry Brooks!

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

Reviewed: 08-04-17

What made the experience of listening to Running with the Demon the most enjoyable?

I loved the small town description and the description of the unending summer days of youth. I also loved the fairy tale feel of the story and the very scary NOT fairy tale plot!

What other book might you compare Running with the Demon to and why?

It reminded me of Boy's Life by Robert McCammon; that story also had the small town backdrop and a fairy tale feel to it, but very scary plot!

Which character – as performed by George Wilson – was your favorite?

I loved the sylph Pick. His character was humorous and at the same time believable. I also loved the strength and bravery of Old Bob.

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

When Old Bob saved Nest from the cave. Also, John Ross' dreams of the future were very intense. The sad story of O'olish Amanah and his dance was amazing.

Any additional comments?

It starts off slow, but once the story starts moving, you can't stop listening! I'm going to get the rest of the series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Until Dark

  • Sookie Stackhouse Southern Vampire Mystery #1
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,479
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,504

Vampires have officially "come out of the coffin", and Miss Sookie can't wait for one to come her way.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • That Vampire Said ....

  • By Pamela on 07-24-08

UNEXPECTED SUMMER DELIGHT!

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

Reviewed: 08-24-14

Where does Dead Until Dark rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I rank this series as probably the third, this summer, behind Deborah Harkness’ third book in her vampire series, entitled “The Book of Life” and the “Game of Thrones” series, but the Sookie Stackhouse series is probably my favorite as far as entertaining and “light” reading. I look at this book as part of a series because the story is ongoing and you cannot read just one!

What other book might you compare Dead Until Dark to and why?

In a way, this series reminds me of the Stephanie Plum series by Janet Evanovich. Both are sexy and campy fun!

What about Johanna Parker’s performance did you like?

I LOVE Johanna Parker’s performance! She totally embodies the southern accent of an uneducated and unsophisticated southern woman. Her characters and small southern hometown remind of the town I grew up in, with just a little exaggeration to emphasis the campy stories. I am a southern woman and can appreciate this touch.

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

Oh yes, unfortunately I am hooked, which means I am downloading one after another . . . .

Any additional comments?

I started watching the True Book series via Amazon Prime and have binge watched the series. I have run out of free streaming and picked up the books. Love both the books and the shows! I am usually not a fan of vampire stories, but I may have changed my mind . . . .

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Hangman's Daughter

  • By: Oliver Pötzsch, Lee Chadeayne (translator)
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,018
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,546
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,540

When a dying boy is pulled from the river with a mark crudely tattooed on his shoulder, hangman Jakob Kuisl is called upon to investigate whether witchcraft is at play in his small Bavarian town. When more children disappear and an orphan is found dead with the same mark, the mounting hysteria threatens to erupt. Before the unrest forces him to torture and execute the woman who aided in the birth of his children, Jakob must unravel the truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great but graphic

  • By Margaret on 07-14-13

Great Read!

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

Reviewed: 03-03-14

Would you listen to The Hangman's Daughter again? Why?

Yes, most definitely, in fact, I plan to read the entire series! I love a good series with great characters and this one is fantastic.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hangman's Daughter?

When the Hangman woke the midwife and told her that she was cleared and could go home. Also when he ran to his daughter on the road after she broke free from her captors. The love of the physician's son even though the Hangman's daughter was shunned by the villagers added romantic moments without turning the story into a soap opera.

Any additional comments?

The Hangman is an unexpected hero. Even though he is an executioner, he is portrayed as a very sensitive individual with a sense of justice. The physician's son is a wonderful character as well. The author's note at the end of the story adds a fascinating historical note. This novel was inspired by his ancestors who were executioners. There are stories about knights, kings and peasants but never about the executioner! I highly recommend this book!

  • Hidden

  • A Bone Secrets Novel
  • By: Kendra Elliot
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 10 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,429
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,106
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,097

Eleven years ago, the Co-Ed Slayer murdered nine female college students on the Oregon State University campus. Lacey Campbell barely survived his attack, but he killed her best friend, Suzanne, whose body was never found. Now a forensic odontologist analyzing teeth and bones for the state medical examiner, Lacey is devastated when she identifies Suzanne’s remains at a crime scene. She finds comfort in the arms of ex-cop Jack Harper, and sparks fly between them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 3.5 stars OK For Under $10

  • By Lia on 03-13-17

MORE A ROMANCE BOOK THAN LEGAL/FORENSIC THRILLER

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

Reviewed: 02-19-14

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Only if that friend liked rather banal romances. The storyline was promising; enough of a tease to get me to purchase it. I really do not like romances without anything to offer but sexual tension and no story.

Would you ever listen to anything by Kendra Elliot again?

Probably not.

What three words best describe Kate Rudd’s voice?

Her performance was good enough. She is the only reason I rated the performance a three. I did not want to hold my dislike of the book against her performance.

Do you think Hidden needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Not really.

Any additional comments?

If you like romances, then you would enjoy this book. I gave it low ratings because the book was typical romance; the story line had promise, but the book was more about the lovely but stupid young professional who resists all attempts to protect her from the bad guy, and the sexual tension between her and the handsome hero. The “climax” between the two is nothing but predictable.

  • White Fire

  • Agent Pendergast, Book 13
  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Rene Auberjonois
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,832
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,453
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,462

Special Agent Pendergast arrives at an exclusive Colorado ski resort to rescue his protégée, Corrie Swanson, from serious trouble with the law. His sudden appearance coincides with the first attack of a murderous arsonist who - with brutal precision - begins burning down multimillion-dollar mansions with the families locked inside. After springing Corrie from jail, Pendergast learns she made a discovery while examining the bones of several miners who were killed 150 years earlier by a rogue grizzly bear.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Grand Slam Tale of Terror

  • By GH on 11-12-13

Pendergast is back!

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

Reviewed: 12-16-13

Where does White Fire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the best!

What was one of the most memorable moments of White Fire?

Probably Pendergast holding Cory and crying.

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

He IS the voice of Pendergast. He has narrated most of the Pendergast books I have read and the story would not be the same with a different voice. He manages to catch the southern accent without sounding over-done.

Any additional comments?

This book is very similar to the first Pendergast books. Preston/Childs manages to bring Pendergast back into focus and away from his personal demons. Very successfully done and not many authors have managed to bring their characters back from the brink without destroying them.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • 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 25,087
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,416
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,456

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

An Amazing Read!

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

Reviewed: 08-11-12

What made the experience of listening to A Discovery of Witches the most enjoyable?

The story turned wonderful unexpected curves in every direction! I was captivated and enchanted by the characters. The narration was great - I have a picture in my mind's eye of each character and a personality to match. This is the best book that I have read this summer and I have read several!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Matthew is so hot! He is the perfect picture of a vampire.

Which scene was your favorite?

I love the scene where Diana flies from the pit to Matthew.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It fired up my imagination; I have always loved the idea of "what if".

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend this book. I generally do not like romances, but this book is so much more than a romance. It keeps you turning the pages and eager for more.

  • Catching Fire

  • Hunger Games, Book 2
  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 41,858
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,592
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33,807

Katniss Everdeen continues to struggle to protect herself and her family from the Capitol in this second novel from the best-selling Hunger Games trilogy.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great story - wrong reader!

  • By Erika Shaffer on 06-06-13

GREAT STORY - PERFORMANCE A LITTLE LAME

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

Reviewed: 01-19-12

Where does Catching Fire rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The first book, as usual, was the best, but this, the second book, was true to the first, in that it is full of surprises and unexpected twists and turns. A must read. I could not stop listening!

What was one of the most memorable moments of Catching Fire?

Petaa soothing the the dying morphine addict by talking about colors.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

She played up the young girl a little too much. She came out sounding rather lame and dumb, which the character was not. Katness is a very strong character and could have been handled better.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Hunger Games

  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 50,763
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,016
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,451

Could you survive on your own, in the wild, with everyone out to make sure you don't live to see the morning? In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by 12 outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story. Absolutely grating narrator.

  • By tcp100 on 12-27-11

What a ride!

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

Reviewed: 01-15-12

What did you love best about The Hunger Games?

I loved the unexpected turns of the story.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Hunger Games?

When Katniss took the place of her little sister in the games.

Have you listened to any of Carolyn McCormick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was my first book and certainly not my lasat.

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

Yes; I did not want to put it down!

Any additional comments?

I look forward to listening to the remainder of the trilogy.