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  • Changeling

  • A Novel of Sorcery and Society
  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,137
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,940
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,935

If 14-year-old Cassandra Reed makes it through her first day at Miss Castwell’s Institute for the Magical Instruction of Young Ladies without anyone discovering her secret, maybe, just maybe, she’ll let herself believe that she really does belong at Miss Castwell’s. Except Cassandra Reed’s real name is Sarah Smith and up until now, she lived her whole life in the Warren, serving a magical family, the Winters, as all non-magical “Snipes” are bound by magical Guardian law to do. That is, until one day, Sarah accidentally levitates Mrs. Winter’s favorite vase in the parlor.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-23-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this.

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

Reviewed: 03-21-19

Normally, I avoid books in the young adult category, but I really like Molly Harper. This was very well written and entertaining. Same feel to it as Harry Potter.

  • Kingdom of Ash

  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
  • Length: 33 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,521
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,156
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,135

Aelin has risked everything to save her people - but at a tremendous cost. Locked within an iron coffin by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin must draw upon her fiery will as she endures months of torture. Aware that yielding to Maeve will doom those she loves keeps her from breaking, though her resolve begins to unravel with each passing day....With Aelin captured, Aedion and Lysandra remain the last line of defense to protect Terrasen from utter destruction. Yet they soon realize that the many allies they've gathered to battle Erawan's hordes might not be enough to save them.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Immensely satisfying and brilliant!

  • By deziree ayala on 10-27-18

Overall the series was very good

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

Reviewed: 02-03-19

This and the previous book, though, seemed to drag on endlessly. If the author wanted to create a feeling of despair and hopelessness, she did. I felt like it would never end. Lol

  • The Beach House

  • Beach House, Book 1
  • By: Georgia Bockoven
  • Narrated by: Joell A. Jacob
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 43

When 30-year-old Julia, mourning the death of her husband, decides to sell the Santa Cruz beach house they owned together, she sets in motion a final summer that will change the lives of all the families who rent it year after year. Teenaged Chris discovers the bittersweet joy of first love. Maggie and Joe, married sixty-five years, courageously face a separation that even their devotion cannot prevent. The married woman Peter yearns for suddenly comes within his reach.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Captivating story, painful narration

  • By C. Woods on 08-02-18

Captivating story, painful narration

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

The stories were interesting, having rented beach houses for vacations myself. But I nearly gave up on it because of the deadpan narration. Her male characters sounded like dolts. And for all of her painfully clear pronunciation, she has a bad habit of dropping or contracting the “t” that comes near the end of words. (Some sort of speech impediment thing.) For example, “certain” is pronounced as cer-in. Important becomes “impor-ent.” My ear picks it up every time. So annoying.

Not sure I can handle another book since it’s the same narrator. Too bad. These should be re-released with a better reader.


  • Brief Cases

  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters, Jim Butcher, full cast
  • Length: 15 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 7,052
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,601
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,578

An all-new Dresden Files story headlines this urban fantasy short story collection starring the Windy City's favorite wizard. From the Wild West to the bleachers at Wrigley Field, humans, zombies, incubi, and even fey royalty appear, ready to blur the line between friend and foe. In the never-before-published "Zoo Day", Harry treads new ground as a dad, while fan-favorite characters Molly Carpenter, his onetime apprentice, White Council Warden Anastasia Luccio, and even Bigfoot stalk through the pages of more classic tales.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The original story is great

  • By Ronald G. Overton on 06-06-18

Too much repeat

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

Reviewed: 06-11-18

Waited forever for new Dresden and only a smidge in this. The new stuff is good, but not worth the credit when I’ve already bought 90% of the book.

Ah well.......next book in series is supposed to be out in Oct/Nov. 2018.

  • A High-End Finish

  • By: Kate Carlisle
  • Narrated by: Angela Starling
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,526
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,396
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,391

In the seaside town of Lighthouse Cove, everyone knows the best man for the job is actually a woman - contractor Shannon Hammer. But while Shannon can do wonders with a power drill and a little elbow grease, her love life needs work. On a blind date with real estate agent Jerry Saxton, she has to whip out a pair of pliers to keep Jerry from getting too hands on.Shannon is happy to put her rotten date behind her, but when Jerry's found dead in a run-down Victorian home that she's been hired to restore, the town's attractive new police chief suspects that her threats may have laid the foundation for murder.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It was ok

  • By Diana on 12-19-14

Predictable and a bit juvenile.

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

Reviewed: 01-21-18

I double checked to make sure I hadn’t purchased a young adult/teen book. Nope.

Rambled on about silly stuff, IMO.
I won’t be continuing with this series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Carrots

  • Shelby Nichols Adventures, Book 1
  • By: Colleen Helme
  • Narrated by: Wendy Tremont King
  • Length: 8 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,943
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,778
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,779

Shelby Nichols is an average woman who is married to the only guy she ever fell for. Her life is organized and predictable, revolving around her husband and two children. All that changes the day she stops at the grocery store for some carrots. As the cashier rings up her purchases, a gunman is busy robbing the bank inside the store. When a customer grabs the robber's mask, he is shot and everyone runs for cover. Everyone except Shelby, who finds herself face to face with the killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic story and flawless audio! Get it!

  • By Dr. Geoff on 11-20-13

Mixed feelings-not great but not all bad

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

Reviewed: 12-01-17

After listening to about 1/3 of the first chapter, I was sure I’d mistakenly bought a young adult book. (On the mobile app, it doesn’t show what genre the book belongs to). But I bought it when it was a Daily Deal, so no biggie. So, with that in mind, I continued on and thought how much better it could be.

At some point, I started thinking that this felt like a feeble attempt to copy Stephanie Plum (Janet Evanovich). Not even close. Stephanie Plum has sarcasm and grit. Shelby is more akin to a Stepford wife on a field trip. Toward the end, the author even tries using the famous “Babe” line of Ranger, Plum’s extra-hot occasional lover.

Around 2/3 through the book, I went to the Audible full site and learned that this not a young adult book. Really? Seriously? OMG

When I thought I was listening to a teen book, the narrator didn’t bug me so much. Her portrayal worked for that genre. As an adult book, it is just so wrong. So babyish.

I keep wondering if a different narrator would have given Shelby a little more spunk instead of the brainless barbie vibe.

Some reviewers have indicated that the series gets better, but I’m not rushing to buy the next one.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Princeps' Fury

  • Codex Alera, Book 5
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 17 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,718
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,396
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 6,408

Tavi of Calderon, now recognized as Princeps Gaius Octavian and heir to the crown, has achieved a fragile alliance with Alera's oldest foes, the savage Canim. But when Tavi and his legions guide the Canim safely to their lands, his worst fears are realized. The dreaded Vord - the enemy of Aleran and Cane alike - have spent the last three years laying waste to the Canim homeland. And when the Alerans are cut off from their ships, they find themselves with no choice but to fight shoulder to shoulder if they are to survive.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story, problematic recording

  • By M. Crocker on 02-04-13

Love the series; terrible audio issues with this one

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

Reviewed: 11-19-17

Audible should review this audiobook. It is definitely not of the quality of the previous books. Something is very wrong here.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dungeon Born

  • Divine Dungeon Series, Book 1
  • By: Dakota Krout
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 12 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,330
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,753
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,722

For eons, conquering dungeons has been the most efficient way to become a strong adventurer. Although not everything is as straightforward as it seems. Several questions have always plagued the minds of those who enter these mythical places of power: why are there so many monsters? Where do the amazing weaponry and heavy gold coins come from? Why does the very air fill with life-giving energies? Cal has all of the answers to these age-old questions, for a very simple reason. He is a Dungeon Heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Gem in the RPG/Fantasy Genre

  • By SirMehr on 04-01-17

Not my thing, but...

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

Reviewed: 10-29-17

I bought this because it was a daily deal with rave reviews. I love books with magic, etc. I’d never read anything like this, though. It took me a very long time to get into it. Almost gave up more than once.

Finally it hit me that this is basically a video game in book form. (I don’t play video games. My DH does.) Eventually things started making sense and the story was entertaining.

For someone who loves this style/type of book, I’m sure it is great. Just not my thing.

  • The Hunt

  • A Devil's Isle Novel
  • By: Chloe Neill
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 159
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 153
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 152

When bounty hunter Liam Quinn discovered that Claire Connolly was a Sensitive and infected with magic, he should have turned her in to be locked up in the prison district known as Devil's Isle. Instead, he helped her learn to control her power and introduced her to an underground group of paranormals and humans who know the truth about the war and those who fought it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • okay

  • By Vanessa on 01-11-18

Snore

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

Reviewed: 10-26-17

Sadly, this book was predictable and boring with plenty of ridiculousness. The series started out strong, but somehow melted into cheesey. The cliche kiss in the middle of battle was the final straw. Not interested in another installment.

  • The Woman in Black

  • By: Susan Hill
  • Narrated by: Paul Ansdell
  • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,170
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,960
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,960

Eel Marsh house stands alone, surveying the windswept salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway. Once, Mrs Alice Drablow lived here as a recluse. Now, Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor with a London firm, is summoned to attend her funeral, unaware of the tragic and terrible secrets which lie behind the house's shuttered windows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Eerily facinating!

  • By Alycee on 01-13-12

Wonderful and engaging

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

Reviewed: 10-11-17

I listened from start to finish in one evening. Couldn’t stop. The narrator is perfect and it totally feels as though he is actually the main character. Great intonation!