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  • Freedom of the Mask

  • Matthew Corbett, Book 6
  • By: Robert R. McCammon
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 18 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,079
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 992
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 986

The year is 1703, and Matthew Corbett, professional "problem solver", is missing. Last seen by his friends in New York before he departed on a lucrative, seemingly straightforward mission for the Herrald Agency in Charles Town, he's been too long absent. His comrade-in-arms Hudson Greathouse has an increasing sense the young friend he thinks of as a son must have met with some unexpected peril.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Whew! Again what a story!

  • By james on 06-05-16

Keeps getting better!

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

Reviewed: 06-05-16

I have thoroughly enjoyed this series from the very start. What surprises me is how it seems to be developing and gaining steam with each installment...this latest being no exception. I cannot wait to find out what happens next and will suffer withdrawal symptoms as I wait for the next book: a clear sign of a winner.
If you have not read the series start at the beginning and get ready for a vivid, utterly engrossing ride. If you are already a fan, rest assured that the fascinating and highly detailed characters, the expert narration, and the finely drawn descriptions are all present and accounted for. Dig in!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Fire Touched

  • Mercy Thompson Series, Book 9
  • By: Patricia Briggs
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,598
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,033
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,015

Tensions between the fae and humans are coming to a head. And when coyote shapeshifter Mercy and her Alpha werewolf mate, Adam, are called upon to stop a rampaging troll, they find themselves with something that could be used to make the fae back down and forestall out-and-out war: a human child stolen long ago by the fae.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • There are no words to express how much I loved this book!

  • By The Mays on 03-19-16

Hate this Narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-03-16

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

I love this series. I appreciate that there can be a supernatural/urban fantasy series that can be fun and interesting without having to devolve into tired romantic tropes or outright erotica. Mercy is what I wish Anita Blake could be.

How could the performance have been better?

I really, really dislike this narrator. She does a very sing songy delivery that is not always appropriate and comes across as fake and annoying. It detracts from the story horribly. She does much better when characters are speaking but when there is narration...UGH. It's annoying enough that I will be sure to not purchase another book with her has the narrator. Even when, like this one, it is a much anticipated book from a beloved author.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Darkest Minds

  • Darkest Minds, Book 1
  • By: Alexandra Bracken
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,058
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,709
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,700

When Ruby woke up on her 10th birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall, I really enjoyed this thrilling book

  • By Sash & Em: A Tale of Two Bookies on 08-06-13

Trite but entertaining despite the narrator

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

Reviewed: 01-26-16

How could the performance have been better?

You know that snotty/angry tone that teenagers use when they say "whatever"? A large portion of the narration, especially any passages of exposition, is delivered in that tone. The first hour or so in and I was almost about to give up. But I am glad I didnt, as it was a very interesting story. I couldnt wait to find out what happened. Luckily, it seems like the narrator starts to soften or grow a little tired of her own delivery the farther into the book you get. Just a little.

Any additional comments?

Yeah, some elements are very unoriginal...the whole "teens in a dystopian world but with special powers who want to try to change things" bit has been done to death. And some of the inconsistencies kicked me out of the story. Abandoned stores, hotels and vehicles, empty highways...ok. Got the picture. But then at the same time, life is so normal that a way of contacting parents is to put an ad in a newspaper? Cause those are still up and running in this world where people take over empty hotels and raid WalMarts for supplies? But I cant lie. I was entertained and interested and I do plan to purchase the next book.

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

A Modern Witch
    A Modern Witch, Book 1
    
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        Debora Geary
    
    


    
    
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        Martha Harmon Pardee
    
    


    
    Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
    1,544 ratings
    Overall 3.9
  • A Modern Witch

  • A Modern Witch, Book 1
  • By: Debora Geary
  • Narrated by: Martha Harmon Pardee
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,544
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,389
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,413

Lauren is downtown Chicago's youngest elite realtor. She's also a witch. She must be - the fetching spell for Witches' Chat isn't supposed to make mistakes. So says the woman who coded the spell, at least. The tall, dark, and handsome guy sent to assess her is a witch too (and no, that doesn't end the way you might think). What he finds in Lauren will change lives, mess with a perfectly good career, and require lots of ice cream therapy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect antidote for vampire & zombie overdoses

  • By ShySusan on 08-05-13

Cheesy bad narration ruined a decent story

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

Reviewed: 01-22-16

A good narrator brings life to a story...and Ana's one kills it. This book falls into the later category. It's a good story and I found myself becoming interested in the characters quickly. There is not a lot of "drama" or conflict...this is clearly a set up book for the rest of the series.
Unfortunately I will never find out what happens to these characters because I can see the same narrator does the rest of them and that is an absolute deal breaker. She ruined the book for me. Very cheesy, hokey over the top delivery that sounds a little like an amused newscaster with too much caffeine is the closest I can come to her style. It really detracts from the story. She did a pretty lousy job of keeping the characters separate vocally which sometimes made it hard to keep track of who was speaking, too.
It's a shame that an interesting book was ruined this way. I just can't stomach this narrator enough to power through.

  • Even White Trash Zombies Get the Blues

  • By: Diana Rowland
  • Narrated by: Allison McLemore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,929
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,730
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,728

Angel Crawford is finally starting to get used to life as a brain-eating zombie, but her problems are far from over. Her felony record is coming back to haunt her, more zombie hunters are popping up, and she’s beginning to wonder if her hunky cop-boyfriend is involved with the zombie mafia. Yeah, that’s right—the zombie mafia. Throw in a secret lab and a lot of conspiracy, and Angel’s going to need all of her brainpower—and maybe a brain smoothie as well—in order to get through it without falling apart.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A seameless continuation to a great series!

  • By Lupdilup on 07-22-12

Laugh out loud funny

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

Reviewed: 01-05-16

I literally laughed loud enough to have people look at me oddly while I was listening to this one. Angel is such a distinct character and her spin on things is immensely entertaining. I heartily recommend the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Time Between

  • By: Karen White
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda, Barbara Rosenblat, Angela Goethals
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,248
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,150
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,146

Eleanor Murray will always remember her childhood on Edisto Island, where her late father, a local shrimper, shared her passion for music. Now her memories of him are all that tempers the guilt she feels over the accident that put her sister in a wheelchair and the feelings she harbors for her sister's husband. To help support her sister, Eleanor works at a Charleston investment firm during the day, but she escapes into her music, playing piano at a neighborhood bar. Until the night her enigmatic boss walks in and offers her a part-time job caring for his elderly aunt, Helena, back on Edisto.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Take me there

  • By Heather Bergdahl on 02-06-16

Sing Song Narration

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

Reviewed: 01-01-16

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I have only gotten 4 chapters in and I am returning this book. The story sounds like it has potential but I really cannot get past the narrators cloying sing-song delivery. It is so distracting and annoying...I just cant.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Venetia

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Phyllida Nash
  • Length: 12 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,476
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,323

Venetia Lanyon, beautiful, intelligent and independent, lives in comfortable seclusion in rural Yorkshire with her precocious brother Aubrey. Her future seems safe and predictable: Either marriage to the respectable but dull Edward Yardley, or a life of peaceful spinsterhood. But when she meets the dashing, dangerous rake Lord Damerel, her well-ordered life is turned upside down, and she embarks upon a relationship with him that scandalizes and horrifies the whole community.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No Guilt Here!

  • By Carole T. on 05-16-14

Absolutely delightful!

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

Reviewed: 01-01-16

Interesting characters, wonderful narration and a good story. I was casting a movie version of it in my mind, so vivid was the writing. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Game of Fear

  • By: Robin Perini
  • Narrated by: Todd Haberkorn
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 423
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 421

Brilliant kids from all over the country are disappearing - but no one knows why. Until now. In the cockpit, Search and Rescue pilot Deb Lansing is in control: her flight, her rules. But after the suspicious disappearance of her supersmart younger sister, she knows this is one rescue mission she can’t fly solo. She needs help. She needs Gabe Montgomery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Game of Fear is Eerily Believable!

  • By shelley on 09-10-14

Cheesy and cliche

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

Reviewed: 12-04-15

Many times the author made me physically wince because the descriptions or dialogue were just so over the top cliche. It's almost like a satire of the hard boiled detective with something to prove trope except that it isn't at all tongue in cheek, it's deadly earnest. Painful.

3 of 4 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 5,158
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,899
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,902

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Could be better but still a worthy vampire yarn

  • By Mark on 08-17-09

forcing myself to finish

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

Reviewed: 10-04-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I have been forcing myself to finish but I finally said enough. I am stopping this one with only 2 hours to go. While I would like to find out how things end, I just cant finish this one. It is too depressing and the flat delivery of the narrator makes it extremely hard to enjoy the story. A different narrator who actually shows emotions and gives inflection would have made ALL the difference in the world.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The flat, deadpan delivery of the narrator made this book feel uninteresting and more depressing. Its actually an interesting story but the newscaster-like way in which it is told really drains a lot out of it and just makes it less enjoyable to listen to. I stopped many times and listened to something else and then came back to try to finish. Having a nice deep voice does not make you a good narrator: understanding the material and expressing it properly, giving it life...that is what makes a good narrator.

Any additional comments?

I would consider listening to this one again if I saw it had another narrator. The story is well constructed and intriguing. I like the authors unique and different take on vampires. Such a shame the material is being lost behind poor narration.

  • Throne of Glass

  • A Throne of Glass Novel
  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,679
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,034
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,057

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The World's Most Powerful Assassin is a Sap.

  • By Fil on 11-18-13

Interesting story if you can get past the weaknesses

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

Reviewed: 06-17-15

This story has some interesting ideas...and as it is I was fairly entertained..,but there are some glaring weaknesses that prevent the book from realizing full potential. The main character is just SO unlike able. I kept waiting to see if it was a character development thing. Nope. She is an arrogant foolish brat. Makes it hard to want to see her succeed. There are some logical inconsistencies that continually distract. Wouldn't a really good assassin NOT be well known? Isn't that kind of the point? Wouldn't a really good assassin know how to be subtle and careful and go unnoticed? It does not help that the narrator has a very nasal harsh voice that makes the main character sound extra snotty. That delivery isn't just a nuance of the main character...even descriptions and exposition is read in a terse annoyed tone that I found off putting. Despite all of the weaknesses I listened to the whole thing and was kind of entertained . Not enough to get the second book, though.