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  • Bloodsucking Fiends

  • A Love Story
  • By: Christopher Moore
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,745
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,496
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,522

A striking red-head, 20-something Jody is attacked and transformed into a vampire while walking home one night in downtown San Francisco. Befriending 19-year-old Tommy, Jody tries to understand her new undead life, but trouble finds her when the cops start suspecting Tommy of being a local bloodsucking serial killer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Bloodsucking FUN!

  • By SHEILA on 10-02-08

The narrator spoiled it

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

Reviewed: 10-29-15

What disappointed you about Bloodsucking Fiends?

I chose this recording for a car trip, after reading the book myself previously, in order to introduce my husband to what I consider the very best of Christopher Moore. He has never favored audiobooks or modern fiction, but I really anticipated this being a guaranteed hit. It had all the right elements. It should have worked. It would have worked. Except for the narrator. After hours spent with both of us grimly trying to trudge through the story, my husband commented that, "She makes all the men (who are the majority of the characters) sound like drag queens!" Now, I love a good drag queen as much as the next person, but since the story revolves around a heterosexual relationship, it shatters the credibility completely. It also turns the main character into an upper class airhead, who would be perfect in a cozy, but is definitely not the "hard luck, I've-been-around-the-block" character the author intended for this story. This recording was so bad, it actually motivated me to cancel my membership. Audible coaxed me into staying three more months, but if I run into another such experience my relationship with Audible is definitely over. Now I'm stuck with having the first book in the series on audio, with zero chance of adding the other books, since we didn't even make it through the first one.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Stardust

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,066
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,302

Tristran Thorn has lost his heart to the hauntingly beautiful Victoria Forester. One crisp October night, as they watch, a star falls from the sky, and Victoria promises to marry Tristran if he'll retrieve the star and bring it back for her. It is this promise that sends Tristran on the most unforgettable adventure of his life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is an ADULT fairytale

  • By Rebecca on 01-25-08

Best described as a smooth experience

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-16-09

I generally have something critical to say about any audio book - even if it's only that it isn't being read the way I, my own perfect self, would read it. Stardust, however, doesn't have anything for me to be critical OF, except its designation as a children's book. There's a sexual encounter in there that is definitely NOT child appropriate. If I had bought the book for a child, I'd be very angry, but I bought the book for myself, so that didn't cause me any problems, just some surprise - although parents should be forewarned.

Leaving that aside, however, the experience with this book was the smoothest I've ever had with an audio book. Neil writes beautifully, and the reading just blends so well with his writing that it's seamless. I wasn't once aware of a voice not fitting the character, or oddly constructed, or any of the usual issues I encounter - not even that I would've read it differently. This is a perfectly executed audio fairy tale FOR ADULTS.

41 of 44 people found this review helpful

  • Making Money

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,671
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,851
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,851

The Ankh-Morpork Post Office is running like...well, not at all like a government office. The mail is delivered promptly. Postmaster General Moist von Lipwig, former arch-swindler and confidence man, has exceeded all expectations - including his own. So it's somewhat disconcerting when Lord Vetinari summons Moist to the palace and asks, "Tell me, Mr. Lipwig, would you like to make some real money?"

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A must for Discworld fans

  • By Darren on 09-24-07

A Keeper!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-16-09

This is a good story, backed up by a good reader. I liked it better than Going Postal (the first Moist book), even though the reader and several characters are the same. I felt that the reader did better with the voices and characterization this time around. Mind you, it's not being read the way I, myself, read it. I love to read out loud, and often my own interpretation/voices get in the way of simply enjoying what I'm hearing - but in spite of that forgivable flaw it's definitely well worth a listen. Or six.

  • Atlas Shrugged

  • By: Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 62 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,572
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,638

In a scrap heap within an abandoned factory, the greatest invention in history lies dormant and unused. By what fatal error of judgment has its value gone unrecognized, its brilliant inventor punished rather than rewarded for his efforts? In defense of those greatest of human qualities that have made civilization possible, one man sets out to show what would happen to the world if all the heroes of innovation and industry went on strike.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A long listen but worth the effort and patience

  • By Emily on 05-04-13

The story itself is great!

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-16-09

I have both the Hurt and Brick versions. I love the story THAT much.
In the Hurt version, the sound quality stinks. Really stinks. But he has a good understanding of the characters and does well portraying them.

In the Brick version, the sound quality is a hundred times better than in the Hurt version. BUT - I don't think he is good with the way he uses his voice to portray the characters. He seems to have a "man" voice and a "woman" voice, but there are often several men talking and he makes them all sound alike. It's even worse with the women - he makes Dagne sound all breathy, kind of like Marilyn Monroe. Anyone who has ever encountered a female executive KNOWS there is no way on earth they talk like that! Certainly Dagne wouldn't. I don't think the "mellow" tone he gives her fits at all. She's a woman of action, of vitality and strong opinions, not to mention very decisive - not some upper crust society wife with no life and nothing to do all day but be pampered.

What I don't get is why a MAN is reading the book at all. Yes, it's a book about business and industry - but it was written by a woman and the main character is a woman. Therefore, many of the interactions are being filtered through a woman's eyes. I just don't get it. Surely, there must be some decisive woman out there capable of reading this book. Try Hillary Clinton, Barbara Walters, some powerful, strong woman who isn't afraid of giving orders to men older than she is. Just don't give us Marilyn Monroe.






27 of 51 people found this review helpful

  • Anansi Boys

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Lenny Henry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,653
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,732
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,724

Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully narrated

  • By A. Hawley on 11-23-07

Well worth the listening!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-09

This story branches from American Gods, covering the story of Anansi's son. It has a different feel from American Gods, and I didn't like it quite as well - but it's still definitely worth giving a listen to. The narration is done very well, with accents that I never dreamed of when reading the book on paper, and it adds a lot to the story. No negatives here - I wholeheartedly recommend this one!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • American Gods [TV Tie-In]

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 20 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9,562
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,166
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,188

Locked behind bars for three years, Shadow did his time, quietly waiting for the day when he could return to Eagle Point, Indiana. A man no longer scared of what tomorrow might bring, all he wanted was to be with Laura, the wife he deeply loved, and start a new life. But just days before his release, Laura and Shadow's best friend are killed in an accident. With his life in pieces and nothing to keep him tethered, Shadow accepts a job from a beguiling stranger he meets on the way home, an enigmatic man who calls himself Mr. Wednesday.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Charming mystery, romance and epic

  • By Jody R. Nathan on 11-26-03

Excellent, excellent, excellent!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-06-09

The story is superb - a fascinating blend of reality and myth. One of the best books the author has ever created, imho. It is extremely well-paired with the narrator, who brings out accents that I never thought of when I read it on paper. I liked this story enough to buy copies in audio, paper and ebook. It's definitely a library fundamental.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Witches Abroad

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,203
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,615
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,622

What could be easier than preventing a servant girl from marrying a prince, especially for 3 clever witches? But Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, and Magrat Garlick face more than they bargained for when they journey to the distant city of Genua. For one thing, their power is limited to Mrs. Gogol's weak voodoo spells, a one-eyed cat, and a second-hand magic wand that only works on pumpkins. Furthermore, the Godmother has made Destiny an offer it can't refuse. Do servant girls have to marry the prince?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, great performance, but poor quality

  • By Eugene Bur on 11-30-11

Wonderful for Pratchett Fans!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-05-09

The story is great, all about the witches, so if you're fans of Granny, Nanny or Magrat you're in for a treat. Narration was passable, although since this book is peopled by women, I think a female narrator would be a better choice. The gentleman doing the narration isn't bad...he just seems to lack an understanding of how women relate to each other - which influences how he reads passages when the witches are interacting with each other. Even so, it's a great story and tons of fun!



2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Atlas Shrugged

  • By: Ayn Rand
  • Narrated by: Christopher Hurt
  • Length: 52 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,636
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,741
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,749

This is the story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world - and did. Is he a destroyer or a liberator? Why does he fight his hardest battle not against his enemies, but against the woman he loves? Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged is Ayn Rand's magnum opus and launched an ideology and a movement. With the publication of this work in 1957, Rand gained an instant following and became a phenomenon. Atlas Shrugged emerged as a premier moral apologia for capitalism, a defense that had an electrifying effect on millions of readers (and now listeners) who had never heard capitalism defended in other than technical terms.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Epic in Scope, Simplistic Characters

  • By Rich on 02-04-08

This book ROCKS!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-01-09

The book is wonderful - it's now my favorite book of all time, and I'm sorry I had to be 41 before I found it. The reader is very good too, changing his voices to give each character a unique sound is a challenge in such a long, diversely populated book.

The audio quality, however, is truly lousy. There is a distracting echo and in some places it makes an abrupt sound like a tape skipping fast-forwarding, and you lose a word or two. This was the third Audible book I purchased, and I must admit, I'm now afraid to buy more. Audible did offer to let me download a different copy with another reader when I complained...but the fact that they clearly know this problem exists and yet they continue to sell the book makes me distrustful of a company I had formerly loved.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful