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  • Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow

  • By: Jessica Townsend
  • Narrated by: Gemma Whelan
  • Length: 11 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 592
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 590

Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she's blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks - and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her 11th birthday. But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters on horseback, he whisks her away into the safety of a secret, magical city called Nevermoor.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A bit over-hyped but still a good read

  • By Constance Jenkins on 03-18-18

I didn't expect to love this book!

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

Reviewed: 08-06-18

I only bought this because one of my kids asked for it. I'm really glad I listened to it though! I really enjoyed the narration, it was very well done. It grabbed my attention, and managed to keep it for the entire story. I'm hoping there will be a sequel!

  • Whiskey Witches Series: Books 0-4

  • Whiskey Witches Series Boxset, Book 1
  • By: S.M. Blooding
  • Narrated by: Kalinda Little
  • Length: 49 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 99

Detective Paige Whiskey is about to set off on a path that will change the course of her family’s lives forever. The Whiskeys are a powerful family in the paranormal community, but there’s a lot they don’t know. As they blunder down their path of discovery, they find shape-shifters, vampires, and much more that falls in their wheelhouse. The old days of witchcraft and demons is disappearing fast. By helping others, they're re-opening a war between witches and shifters. Do they help the shifters? Or prevent a war?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn’t finish it

  • By KIM on 05-05-18

Just blah.

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

Reviewed: 04-28-18

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

I don't know who would enjoy it more. It was really drawn out and just felt pointless. I'm returning it, because I just can't listen to it anymore. I didn't finish the book because I really just don't care what happens to any of the characters. They're just boring. I keep falling asleep trying to listen to it. The writing could be better, I felt like there were a lot of grammatical errors, which irritated me. There seem to be bits and pieces of several popular fantasy shows and movies all balled into one story.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I'm not sure, hopefully something more interesting!

How could the performance have been better?

For one thing, it sounds like it was recorded in a tin can. Horrible sound quality. The narrator was different. One character who was supposed to be middle aged sounded like a 70 year old lady, the British accent was absolutely atrocious, and the narrator was overly enthusiastic the majority of the time.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Boredom. I literally cannot stay awake listening to this. The author failed to make me care about any of the characters or what happens to them.

Any additional comments?

I don't return books if I finish them. I didn't even make it half way through this one. Glad Audible allows returns!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • 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 3,370
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 3,071
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,064

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

The narrator is horrible!

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

Reviewed: 02-17-18

What did you like best about Shadow Spell? What did you like least?

I like the story. The narrator is absolutely terrible though! I can't imagine how on earth this was approved for production. It is incredibly slow, I'm listening at a higher speed. It is stilted, odd pauses, and the accent keeps changing. It's inconsistent. I will finish it, just because I want to know what happened when I listen to the next book. If the narrator for the next one was the same as this one, I wouldn't even bother. It's really irritating.

What did you like best about this story?

The story itself was good.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

His narration is irritating and distracting. It's hard to pay attention to the story because the narrator keeps changing accents, occasionally speaking with a lisp on some words, not on others, and he is very slow. I keep falling asleep trying to listen to it.

Was Shadow Spell worth the listening time?

No. I am struggling to finish this one. I am only finishing it because I want to know what's going on when I read the next book.

Any additional comments?

I won't listen to books performed by this narrator again.

  • The Last Days of Magic

  • A Novel
  • By: Mark Tompkins
  • Narrated by: Sile Bermingham
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 198
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 191
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 190

Aisling, a goddess in human form, was born to rule both domains and - with her twin, Anya - unite the Celts with the powerful faeries of the Middle Kingdom. But within medieval Ireland, interests are divided, and far from its shores greater forces are mustering. Both England and Rome have a stake in driving magic from the Emerald Isle. Jordan, the Vatican commander tasked with vanquishing the remnants of otherworldly creatures from a disenchanted Europe, has built a career on such plots.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great fun

  • By Tom Bernard on 04-29-16

Could have been a good book!

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

Reviewed: 02-10-17

What would have made The Last Days of Magic better?

A single storyline.

Would you ever listen to anything by Mark Tompkins again?

Probably not.

What about Sile Bermingham’s performance did you like?

She did a great job distinguishing the different characters. She was expressive, but not overly so, and the speed was just right.

What character would you cut from The Last Days of Magic?

The one in the very beginning, I think her name was Sarah.

Any additional comments?

The concept is interesting, but the book skips around too much. Too many things going on. I found it confusing and hard to follow.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Book 3

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 46,781
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42,936
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 42,873

When the Knight Bus crashes through the darkness and screeches to a halt in front of him, it's the start of another far from ordinary year at Hogwarts for Harry Potter. Sirius Black, escaped mass-murderer and follower of Lord Voldemort, is on the run - and they say he is coming after Harry. In his first ever Divination class, Professor Trelawney sees an omen of death in Harry's tea leaves.... But perhaps most terrifying of all are the Dementors patrolling the school grounds, with their soul-sucking kiss....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Jim Dale at his best

  • By rottndachs on 01-12-16

Perfect!

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

Reviewed: 08-02-16

This is my absolute favorite series. The narration is great, although I don't care for the way the narrator voices the girls, it's a bit whiney. But the rest of it is so wonderful that I can definately deal with it! The books are interesting and exciting for the whole family, perfect for long car rides or while coloring or drawing or doing chores. We have read this series many times, and we still enjoy listening to it!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wild Rover No More

  • Being the Last Recorded Account of the Life & Times of Jacky Faber
  • By: L. A. Meyer
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 702
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 656
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 653

Audie Award, Best Female Narrator, 2016. Jacky Faber is framed as passing confidential U.S. information to the British. Forced to flee Boston, she goes undercover as a governess for a prominent Puritan family. When outed by a nosy postmaster, she deserts the respectability of her position, dons a leotard and slippers, and poses as a Russian tightrope walker in a traveling circus. But the law soon catches up with her, and prospects do not look good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I feel I have lost a friend.

  • By Jonathan on 02-09-15

Perfect

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

Reviewed: 03-28-16

I have loved this entire series. Wild Rover No More did not disappoint. Katherine Kelgrin is an amazing narrator, the story is wonderful, and I am sorry that the series has ended. I've listened to the entire series three times, and I'm still not tired of it. I really wish that audible would release an edited, kid friendly version, as I know that my children would adore Jacky Faber as much as I do!

  • Midnight Riot

  • Peter Grant, Book 1
  • By: Ben Aaronovitch
  • Narrated by: Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Length: 9 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,747
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,353
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,343

Probationary constable Peter Grant dreams of being a detective in London's Metropolitan Police. Too bad his superior plans to assign him to the Case Progression Unit, where the biggest threat he'll face is a paper cut. But Peter's prospects change in the aftermath of a puzzling murder, when he gains exclusive information from an eyewitness who happens to be a ghost. Peter's ability to speak with the lingering dead brings him to the attention of Detective Chief Inspector Thomas Nightingale....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I LOVE this Book!

  • By Nancy J on 02-26-13

One of my favorite series!

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

Reviewed: 11-03-14

I don't know why I waited so long to try this series. Audible had been suggesting it for over a year, but I'm picky and didn't think I would like it for some reason. I absolutely love it though. The narrator is perfect, the story moves at a quick pace, it is funny and sad and exciting. Nearly perfect! I purchased the rest of the books in the series that were available before I even finished this one, and I'm anxiously awaiting the release of the next one. If you're on the fence about this book, just go ahead and get it. If you're a fan of the Dresden files you'll love it.

  • The Warded Man

  • By: Peter V. Brett
  • Narrated by: Pete Bradbury
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,924
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,749
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,772

Peter V. Brett has won accolades from critics, fans and fellow authors alike for this riveting debut novel. The Warded Man features a world where demons stalk the night, hunting humans who have long forgotten the magic of their ancestors. But all is not lost, as some hold out hope that a savior will release humanity from the demons' terrifying reign.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant

  • By Meloney | The Interverted Extravert on 12-18-09

Better than expected!

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

Reviewed: 11-03-14

I typically prefer more realistic type fantasy novels, such as the Dresden files and the Peter Grant series. Usually I won't even consider a book that is about fictional places, etc. It just isn't my cup of tea. If I had realized that this book was "that" type of book I probably wouldn't have purchased it at all, but it was on sale so I just skimmed the description and bought it. I'm glad I did. I really enjoyed the story, the characters are interesting, it is descriptive enough to make it easy to visualize the people and places, without boring me to death with tedious details. The narrator is good. He doesn't take away from the story, and it's easy to distinguish between the characters in dialog. The battle scenes are a bit lengthy, and there were a few times when I thought "just get to the point already" but overall, I really enjoyed it, and I will be purchasing the rest of the books in the series!

  • Call the Midwife

  • A Memoir of Birth, Joy, and Hard Times
  • By: Jennifer Worth
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 12 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,054
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,422
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,409

At the age of 22, Jennifer Worth left her comfortable home to move into a convent and become a midwife in postwar London’s East End slums. The colorful characters she met while delivering babies all over London - from the plucky, warm-hearted nuns with whom she lived to the woman with 24 children who couldn't speak English to the prostitutes and dockers of the city’s seedier side - illuminate a fascinating time in history.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best book I've listened to this year

  • By Richard on 06-12-13

Excellent listen, excellent story!

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

Reviewed: 05-02-14

I loved this audio book. The narration is wonderful, the story is great, and it is very well written. It is a very relaxing listen, but very interesting and hard to put down at the same time. I will definitely be purchasing the other two books in the series, and I will listen to this one again!

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  • The Listener's Bible NIV

  • The Complete Bible, Genesis to Revelation
  • By: Fellowship for the Performing Arts
  • Narrated by: Max McLean
  • Length: 75 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 807
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 802

Do you find the Bible hard to read? Do your thoughts wander as you try to make your way through a Bible reading program? If so then discover the joy of listening to the Bible. Now you can experience the entire Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, wherever you are... with understanding you never thought possible. These digital recordings are a lifetime investment for your spiritual well-being. They are also the perfect gifts for senior citizens, the sight impaired and anyone who finds the Bible hard to read.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • It's All There - And It's Wonderful

  • By Barbara Thompson on 02-27-12

Fairly easy to listen to!

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

Reviewed: 10-02-13

What made the experience of listening to The Listener's Bible NIV the most enjoyable?

It is written in a way that makes it easy to follow the story and understand.

What did you like best about this story?

It's the Bible, so I liked that I could listen to the word of God and my kids could listen along with me.

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

The narrator got a little weird in parts. Some parts were really well done, and in other parts, the narrator put emphasis on strange parts of words, borderline spoken word poetry style, which is not my thing at all. It wasn't intolerable, but it did take away from the story a bit because it was distracting.

Any additional comments?

Overall, this is the best audio bible that I have purchased so far! My family and I enjoyed it very much.