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  • A Study in Scarlet Women

  • The Lady Sherlock Series, Book 1
  • By: Sherry Thomas
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,378
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,038
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,035

With her inquisitive mind, Charlotte Holmes has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of the fairer sex in upper-class society. But even she never thought that she would become a social pariah, an outcast fending for herself on the mean streets of London. When the city is struck by a trio of unexpected deaths and suspicion falls on her sister and her father, Charlotte is desperate to find the true culprits and clear the family name.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • First-rate author and first-rate narrator

  • By Lady Wesley on 03-25-17

So relevant.

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

A female character without much feeling is not one I really want to read about. We have enough male characters like that.

  • Kings of the Wyld

  • By: Nicholas Eames
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 17 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,857
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,847

Clay Cooper and his band were once the best of the best, the most feared and renowned crew of mercenaries this side of the Heartwyld. Their glory days long past, the mercs have grown apart and grown old, fat, drunk, or a combination of the three. Then an ex-bandmate turns up at Clay's door with a plea for help - the kind of mission that only the very brave or the very stupid would sign up for.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Locke Lamora Meets the Blues Brothers

  • By Matthew on 03-07-17

Delightfully New

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

Reviewed: 05-22-18

I am so over books about angels, vampires, or medieval style warriors. Merlin has been done too many times. But I digress. I don't expect to see a lot of washed-up has-beens as the heroes of a story, much less ones so totally exemplary and admirable in all their apparent frailty. Outstanding! More!

  • A Wrinkle in Time

  • By: Madeleine L'Engle
  • Narrated by: Hope Davis, Ava DuVernay, Madeleine L'Engle, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,903
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,079
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,091

Meg Murry, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their mother are having a midnight snack on a dark and stormy night when an unearthly stranger appears at their door. He claims to have been blown off course and goes on to tell them that there is such a thing as a "tesseract", which, if you didn't know, is a wrinkle in time. Meg's father had been experimenting with time travel when he suddenly disappeared. Will Meg, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin outwit the forces of evil as they search through space for their father?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank You for a New Narrator

  • By Patricia on 02-01-12

An old favorite, beautifully done.

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

Reviewed: 03-31-18

If you could sum up A Wrinkle in Time in three words, what would they be?

An absolute must read for any child with a tiny bit of brain. Hopefully it will stimulate a lifetime of inquiry.

What other book might you compare A Wrinkle in Time to and why?

I wish there were many more. Maybe Harry Potter books, only more science and less fantasy.

What about the narrators’s performance did you like?

Narrator did what they must do: Brought the characters to life without getting in the way.

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

Tesseract or Bust!

Any additional comments?

Love.

  • Girl Mans Up

  • By: M-E Girard
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 61
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

All Pen wants is to be the kind of girl she's always been. So why does everyone have a problem with it? They think the way she looks and acts means she's trying to be a boy - that she should quit trying to be something she's not. If she dresses like a girl and does what her folks want, it will show respect. If she takes orders and does what her friend, Colby, wants, it will show her loyalty. But respect and loyalty, Pen discovers, are empty words.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved

  • By Danarocks83 on 12-04-17

Righteuos

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

Reviewed: 05-10-17

Excellent, sympathetic portrayal. . Love the character. Great story. Thanks for sharing. I will be watching for more from this author.

  • Witch Week

  • Chronicles of Chrestomanci
  • By: Diana Wynne Jones
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 150

The students in class 6B become nervous when their teacher receives an anonymous note claiming someone in the room is a witch. For in this society, witches are outlawed, whether they are good or bad. In fact, witches are burned at the stake, because that's the law.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not just for children

  • By Wayne on 10-26-05

Not her best

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

Reviewed: 05-07-17

I have enjoyed many of yourself his books. I can't tell if this one is not as good or if I am just getting bored by her style. However it just didn't keep my interest. It's in predictable.

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  • Tiger's Curse

  • By: Colleen Houck
  • Narrated by: Annika Boras, Sanjiv Jahveri
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,266
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,116

The last thing teenager Kelsey Hayes thought she'd be doing over the summer was meeting Ren, a mysterious white tiger and cursed Indian prince! When she learns she alone can break the Tiger's curse, Kelsey's life is turned upside-down. The unlikely duo journeys halfway around the world to piece together an Indian prophecy, find a way to free the man trapped by a centuries-old spell, and discover the path to their true destiny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book!!!

  • By Farryn D on 07-23-11

Annoying

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

Reviewed: 04-17-17

I dislike weak female characters, but insecure and bitchy is probably my least favorite combination. Unfortunately this didn't develop until halfway through the book. It was really painful to continue after that point. I will certainly not listen to any of the others.

The idea was an interesting concept. At first I did not like the two readers, but I got used to it and it became a good part of the story. The culture is certainly exotic enough. It should've been wonderful. Sorry I missed the mark.

  • Strange the Dreamer

  • By: Laini Taylor
  • Narrated by: Steve West
  • Length: 18 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,332
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,118
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,107

The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around - and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old, he's been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself in the person of a hero called the Godslayer and a band of legendary warriors, and he has to seize his chance or lose his dream forever.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great until the ending

  • By Shane A. McGarry on 10-23-17

After slow start, this is THE BEST.

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

Reviewed: 04-08-17

Where does Strange the Dreamer rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

In the top five.

What about Steve West’s performance did you like?

Great uses of voice for the characters..

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

No, I was a third of the way through before I even decided if I wanted to finish it. Then it caught fire and I didn't want to stop it.

Any additional comments?

A very timely story. But I am an older listener, so I have to be forgiven for flashing on The Beatles and their Yellow Submarine line: "Funny, you don't look blueish." And, indeed, it has a similar allegory basis. Warning: This one takes a while to lay out the characters and the premises of the story. Have patience. It will be worth the wait. This writer is so original, she takes my breath away. Can't wait to the next installment.

  • John Dies at the End

  • By: David Wong
  • Narrated by: Stephen R. Thorne
  • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,700
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,180
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,197

STOP. You should not have touched this flyer with your bare hands. NO, don't put it down. It's too late. They're watching you. My name is David Wong. My best friend is John. Those names are fake. You might want to change yours. You may not want to know about the things you'll read on these pages, about the sauce, about Korrok, about the invasion, and the future. But it's too late. You touched the book. You're in the game. You're under the eye. The only defense is knowledge. You need to read this book, to the end. Even the part with the bratwurst. Why?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Vulgar Funny. 4.95 Sale Win.

  • By Amazon Customer on 11-19-12

Mixed

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

Reviewed: 11-21-16

Wildly entertaining at the beginning. After a while, it got to be very repetitious. By the end;, I was glad it was almost over. Of course, it wasn't really the end. Apparently there will be a sequel. I will not partake.

  • The Housekeeper and the Professor

  • By: Yoko Ogawa
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 487
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 441
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 440

He is a brilliant math professor with a peculiar problem - ever since a traumatic head injury, he has lived with only 80 minutes of short-term memory. She is an astute young housekeeper - with a 10-year-old son-who is hired to care for the professor. And every morning, as the professor and the housekeeper are introduced to each other anew, a strange and beautiful relationship blossoms between them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Wonder Of Kindness & Connection

  • By Sara on 06-16-16

A quiet gem.

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

Reviewed: 08-28-16

Would you listen to The Housekeeper and the Professor again? Why?

No. It is pretty much a one-trick pony; but it was a great character study.

What did you like best about this story?

The fascinating relationships between the professor, the housekeeper and her young son. How does one have an ongoing relationship that ends each day? Quite a concept.

What about Cassandra Campbell’s performance did you like?

Totally in keeping with the demeanor of the housekeper.

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

Many. The ball game, perhaps.

Any additional comments?

Not being a mathematical type, I suspect I missed a lot of significance; but I didn't miss much in the gentle dance between these lovely beings.

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  • The Dream Thieves

  • Raven Cycle Series, Book 2
  • By: Maggie Stiefvater
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,406
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,224

Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I took Chainsaw out of my dreams ...

  • By Melissa on 10-02-13

One of the best.

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

Reviewed: 06-11-16

This is one of the best young adult books I have read. Have a imaginative, great characterization, and just a little edgy.note: I love the way she brings the book to a sort of conclusion while hinting at a new unfolding story I ahead.



1 of 1 people found this review helpful