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Heather Garrison

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  • The Winter of the Witch

  • A Novel
  • By: Katherine Arden
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 912
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 862
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 861

The Winternight Trilogy introduced an unforgettable heroine, Vasilisa Petrovna, a girl determined to forge her own path in a world that would rather lock her away. Her gifts and her courage have drawn the attention of Morozko, the winter-king, but it is too soon to know if this connection will prove a blessing or a curse. Now, Moscow has been struck by disaster. Its people are searching for answers - and for someone to blame.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A rare perspective on myth

  • By Benjamin Cook on 03-19-19

Fabulous ending to the teilogy

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

Reviewed: 03-05-19

This entire trilogy was absolutely captivating! Granted, I am partial to Russian/Slavic mythologies and ancient religious practices, bit the character building, world building, and blend of fact and fiction was astoundingly brilliant!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Strain

  • By: Guillermo Del Toro, Chuck Hogan
  • Narrated by: Ron Perlman
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,055
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,058

The visionary creator of the Academy Award-winning Pan's Labyrinth and a Hammett Award-winning author bring their imaginations to this bold, epic novel about a horrifying battle between man and vampire that threatens all humanity. It is the first installment in a thrilling trilogy and an extraordinary international publishing event.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Scary!

  • By Karen on 05-07-12

Soo much better than the tv series!

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

Reviewed: 11-27-18

I HATED the tv series, and almost didn’t read this book because of how much I loathed the television adaptation.

I am very glad I decided to give the book a shot, I LOVED IT!!!🤓🥰

  • The Miniaturist

  • By: Jessie Burton
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,300
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,181
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,176

On a brisk autumn day in 1686, 18-year-old Nella Oortman arrives in Amsterdam to begin a new life as the wife of illustrious merchant trader Johannes Brandt. But her new home, while splendorous, is not welcoming. Johannes is kind yet distant, always locked in his study or at his warehouse office - leaving Nella alone with his sister, the sharp-tongued and forbidding Marin.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Too Many Holes

  • By Cariola on 11-02-14

Surprised

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

Reviewed: 04-06-18

Despite the fabulous narration by Davina Porter I almost bailed on the book about half way through. The first half of this book was painfully slow, and it seemed like nothing would ever actual happen. The pace of the book never really improved, but things did start to FINALLY happen. Having stuck it out and finished the book I can appreciate it as a picture of what life was like for women and those who did not fit “the norm” in the 19th century, in that aspect it was a fabulous book. But the story itself took way too long to progress and that combined with no real ending and too many loose ends, many of the important loose ends, hanging open, left me mostly disappointed. This could have been as fabulous a story as it was a commentary on the age, but it wasn’t.

  • Planet of the Apes

  • By: Pierre Boulle
  • Narrated by: Greg Wise
  • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322

Greg Wise reads Pierre Boulle's chilling, iconic novel about a nightmare world where apes rule over men. In a spaceship that can travel at the speed of light, Ulysse, a journalist, sets off from Earth for the nearest solar system. He finds there a planet which resembles his own, except that on Soror humans behave like animals and are hunted by a civilised race of primates.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Monkey Business...

  • By Cage on 05-21-12

FABULOUS!!

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

Reviewed: 01-13-18

I have long been a fan of the original and later the new Planet of the Apes movies but had never read the book that started it all. OMG!! It was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!! I really do not understand why they changed the original movie in the ways that they did. The story as told in the book is so much stronger, so much more startling , and really makes you think even more!!

  • The Girl in the Tower

  • A Novel
  • By: Katherine Arden
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,444
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,349

The magical adventure begun in The Bear and the Nightingale continues as brave Vasya, now a young woman, is forced to choose between marriage or life in a convent, and instead flees her home - but soon finds herself called upon to help defend the city of Moscow when it comes under siege.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating

  • By Heather Garrison on 01-04-18

Captivating

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

Reviewed: 01-04-18

Just as in the first book in this series, I felt a strong connection to Vasya despite the differences in age, era, surroundings. This second book was every bit as captivating as the first and I look forward to the third!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Across the Nightingale Floor

  • Tales of the Otori, Book One
  • By: Lian Hearn
  • Narrated by: Kevin Gray, Aiko Nakasone
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,748
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,789
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,806

A tour-de-force novel set in ancient Japan filled with passion, fantasy, and feuding warlords. The first volume in the highly anticipated Tales of the Otori trilogy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful epic story

  • By Jody R. Nathan on 10-04-03

FANTASTIC!!

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

Reviewed: 08-30-17

I read the Shikanoko series first and was worried that this series would not be as good. Boy was I wrong! This first book in the Tales of the Otori was amazing! Hearns ability to bring her characters full to life and to create worlds that you can see, hear, smell and almost touch is right up there with Tolkien! I must read the next book in the series NOW!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

  • A Novel
  • By: Matthew Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Madeleine Maby
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 523
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 482
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 479

Lydia Smith lives her life hiding in plain sight. A clerk at the Bright Ideas bookstore, she keeps a meticulously crafted existence among her beloved books, her eccentric colleagues, and the BookFrogs - the lost and lonely regulars who spend every day marauding the store's overwhelmed shelves. But when Joey McGinty, a young, beguiling BookFrog, kills himself in the bookstore's back room, Lydia's life comes unglued.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Average story, poor narration

  • By Maine Colonial 🌲 on 07-11-17

Fantastic Story - Wonderful Narrator

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

Reviewed: 07-20-17

Where does Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I don't really rank books, I judge them individually and this book falls into the "Would read again" category.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters were "real", believable and they grew as the story progressed. Some grew for the better, others for the worse, but they all grew, one way or the other.

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

I have not, but I absolutely LOVED her and am looking to her other narrations to see if she has done anything else that I would like to read.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Confessions

  • By: Kanae Minato, Stephen Snyder (translator)
  • Narrated by: Elaina Erika Davis, Noah Galvin
  • Length: 6 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 151
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 137

Her pupils murdered her daughter. Now she will have her revenge. After calling off her engagement in the wake of a tragic revelation, Yuko Moriguchi had nothing to live for except her only child, four-year-old child, Manami. Now, following an accident on the grounds of the middle school where she teaches, Yuko has given up and tendered her resignation. But first she has one last lecture to deliver.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a great revenge story chilling and engrossing

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-18-15

Loved this book!

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

Reviewed: 06-24-17

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️LOVED this darkly twisted tale of psychologically damaged children and adults each seeking their own independent and egotistical release from both real and perceived threats to their happiness. Evil deeds, wicked plots, murder, broken hearts and broken minds are explored with an unapologetic honesty that is both beautiful and terrifying.

  • When a Child Is Born

  • A Chronicles of St. Mary's Short Story
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,288
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,049
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,045

The time-travel series that everyone's talking about.... Jodi Taylor's The Chronicles of St. Mary's is back with a short story. It's Christmas Day 1066, and a team from St Mary's is going to witness the coronation of William the Conqueror. Or so they think.... However, history seems to have different plans for them, and when Max finds herself delivering a child in a peasant's hut, she can't help wondering what history is up to.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Alternate Magi

  • By Oenophile on 04-07-15

Another Damn good story --LOL

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

Reviewed: 03-28-17

What s fun little short this was!! I do so enjoy this series! Great read!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Monster Calls

  • Inspired by an Idea from Siobhan Dowd
  • By: Patrick Ness
  • Narrated by: Jason Isaacs
  • Length: 3 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,689
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,519
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,515

As they do. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming.... This monster, though, is something different. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A good "one-timer" for all ages

  • By TVNerd95 on 09-10-16

Intense & amazing

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

Reviewed: 03-27-17

Wow! This is one of the most incredible books I have read in a while! Having lost my dad to cancer four years ago made this book even more intense for me! I need a hard copy of this one for sure! There was something Gaiman-esque about this story... Perhaps it was the author's ability to teach a very difficult lesson without coming off as preachy or sounding like a self help book! AMAZING!!