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Beth Case

Frankfort, KY USA
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  • Alternitech

  • By: Kevin J. Anderson
  • Narrated by: Starla Huchton
  • Length: 2 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 3
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3

“Alternitech” sends prospectors into alternate but similar timelines where tiny differences yield significant changes: a world where the Beatles never broke up, or where Lee Harvey Oswald wasn’t gunned down after the Kennedy assassination, where an accidental medical breakthrough offers the cure to a certain disease, where a struggling author really did write the great American novel, or where a freak accident reveals the existence of a serial killer. "Alternitech" finds those differences - and profits from them. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Too short, but other than that...

  • By Beth Case on 11-20-18

Too short, but other than that...

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

This is a collection of short stories that all take place in the same world. There are even occasional references to characters or events that happened in other stories, which is fun.

A company sends "prospectors" to alternate timelines which are similar but slightly different to the current one. They look for things that don't exist in the current world, such as a hit song the Beatles never recorded here or the cure for a disease that hasn't yet been discovered. Of course, all such findings become the property of the company, but still...

I really enjoyed the idea of going to a similar but different world.

This story is read by the incredible Starla Huchton. If this book doesn't appeal to you, go listen to anything she's recorded. You won't be sorry.

  • Johannes Cabal The Necromancer

  • By: Jonathan L. Howard
  • Narrated by: Christopher Cazenove
  • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,226
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,897
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,898

Johannes Cabal, a brilliant scientist and notorious snob, is single-mindedly obsessed in heart and soul with raising the dead. Well, perhaps not soul... He hastily sold his years ago in order to learn the laws of necromancy. But now, tormented by a dark secret, he travels to the fiery pits of Hell to retrieve it. Satan, who is incredibly bored these days, proposes a little wager: Johannes has one year to persuade 100 people to sign over their souls or he will be damned forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Absolutely wonderful narrator

  • By Ruth on 10-30-09

Tries just a little too hard

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

When I started listening to this book, it felt like the author was just trying a little too hard to be funny. The absurd situations and dialogue just didn't have the natural flow of Douglas Adams or Neil Gaman, who it felt like he was trying to imitate. As the story went on, I don't know if I just got used to it or if it got better, but I started getting sucked into the story, which has some really unique twists and turns.I really liked the ending, so if you can get through the somewhat awkward start, it's enjoyable.

  • Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets

  • An Audible Original
  • By: John Woolf, Nick Baker
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,971
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,958

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Informative, scary, and funny. In that order.

  • By Stefan Filipovits on 11-03-18

Think you know the Victorian era? Think again.

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

I really enjoyed learning more about people in the Victorian era and realizing that a lot of what we've been told is a lie. They weren't all prim and proper! A lot of this information is drawn from the journals of people who lived at the time (who knew they were so much into writing journals?) so it's first-hand information. Also, Stephen Fry. If that alone is not enough to get you to listen, well, there's no hope for you. I would listen to him read the phone book. I highly recommend this one.

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  • The Miniaturist

  • By: Jessie Burton
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,068
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,062

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

Warning: Not all questions answered

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

But that's ok. Others have complained that you don't really find out who the miniaturist or how they do what they do. But that's not the point. This is a character story. It's more about the characters than about the mystery and it does an excellent job at presenting us with amazing characters with a lot of depth. If you want a mystery with a nice, neatly wrapped up ending, go read Sherlock Holmes. If you want to get to know some amazing and complex characters and voyeuristically look inside their lives, give this one a go.

  • Have a Nice Day

  • By: Billy Crystal, Quinton Peeples
  • Narrated by: Justin Bartha, Annette Bening, Dick Cavett, and others
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,492
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 6,063
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,030

Tony and Emmy Award-winner Billy Crystal leads an all-star cast including Oscar winner Kevin Kline (President David Murray) and four-time Oscar nominee Annette Bening (First Lady Katherine Murray) in a performance of this hilarious and poignant story about a man desperately scrambling to put his affairs in order: to save his presidency, his marriage, his relationship with his daughter – and possibly his life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • superb!!

  • By Kindle Customer on 11-02-18

What's not to love?

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

Reviewed: 11-20-18

Great story. Outstanding cast. It's heartwarming, relatable (in spite of the main character being President of the United States), I highly recommend it.

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  • The Magicians

  • A Novel
  • By: Lev Grossman
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,872
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,015
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 14,035

Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not an average book

  • By Kyle on 04-30-11

Not cheery, but great

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

I bought this book because I really enjoy the TV series based on this book. I'm happy to say that there are similarities and there are differences, but they are both equally great. I really enjoyed recognizing things in the book that I saw in the show, but they might not have happened exactly the same way, or the show took something mentioned in passing and made a storyline out of it. I feel the show was true to the spirit and world of the book. The biggest change, I think, is in the character of Penny, who is a total dork in the book in spite of his Mohawk hairstyle. But this is a review of the book, not the show.

It's kinda dark. It's kind of depressing. Quentin is so self-pitying that you want to smack him, but, well, that's Q. The contrast between the fluffy stories in the Narnia-esque Fillory books and reality is like the contrast between our idealism as a child and what we're like after we've had some life experience. And what happens when the dream you've held onto your whole life turn out to be a nightmare?

If you liked the show, read the book. You won't be disappointed.

  • Pandora’s Card Game

  • By: E E King
  • Narrated by: Genevieve Sibayan
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9

 

Fate, Destiny, Chance and Luck play cards beneath a new October moon. A wind destroys their game and the cards begin to move. Each card tells a tale.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Interesting idea, stories themselves are less so

  • By Margaret on 11-05-18

Interesting concept, mixed bag of stories

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

Reviewed: 09-10-18

Fate, Destiny, Chance and Luck are playing cards, but when the game ends unexpectedly, they start telling stories. I loved some of the stories, others not as much, but the nice thing is that if one story doesn't do it for you, there are more to come and maybe you'll like those. The stories have a poetic feel to them with lots of symbolism.

The narrator is good, but in trying to make distinctive voices for each character, some are better than others. I particularly found Luck grating. But overall, well done.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Borrowed Magic: An Urban Fantasy Novel

  • Witch's Bite Series, Volume 1
  • By: Stephanie Foxe
  • Narrated by: Laurel Schroeder
  • Length: 2 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 22

Most witches have a coven. Not me. For me, the protection a coven offers does not outweigh the risk of being discovered. I've worked odd jobs here and there peddling (mostly) legal potions I brew when I can. But when an opportunity to work for the vampires fell in my lap, I took it. I heal the people they feed on and don't ask too many questions. After less than six months working this gig, a girl turns up dead, drained of blood. Of course, I am the first person the police pay a visit to.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Action packed adventure..

  • By Mandymay💄👠👛 on 09-14-18

Nice teaser and intro to the series

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

I like this world and this book sets it up nicely. It's something along the lines of Dresden Files though in this world, the supernaturals are known about instead of hidden. IT's a world where stories can continue indefinitely as new mysteries need solving...

My problem is with the narrator, I'm afraid. She seemed to get better as the story went on (or I just got used to it), but there's a repetitive, sing-songy cadence to her reading especially at the beginning that was so prescribed I could predict the rhythm and pitch of each sentence. I almost quit listening after the first few minutes because it was so annoying, but I kept with it. And either she got better or I became so absorbed in the story that I stopped noticing.

But overall, I liked it the story, the world, and the characters.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Mayfly

  • By: Jeff Sweat
  • Narrated by: Kasi Hollowell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 17

Jemma has spent her life scavenging tools and supplies in her tribe's small enclave outside what used to be a big city. Now she’s a teen and old enough to become a Mama. Making babies is how her people survive - in Jemma’s world, life ends at age 17. Survival has eclipsed love ever since the Parents died of a mysterious plague. But Jemma’s connection to a boy named Apple is stronger than her duty as a Mama.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Handmaid's Tale meets The Hunger Games

  • By Anonymous User on 08-21-18

This book needs to become a classic

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

Reviewed: 09-05-18

This is an amazing world with well-developed and complex characters. In this post-apocalyptic world, people die when they start to become adults, somewhere around 17. A sort of clan system develops as kids battle for territory and resources. Girls start trying to have kids at age 15 to hopefully have time to wean them before they die. A few kids take off to try to find the reason for the "End" and a way to cure it so people can grow up. No spoilers as to what they find!

This book will appeal to fans of The Hunger Games and Divergent. There's some violence and talk of sex -- I would put this in the YA category, not anything younger. Though like The Hunger Games and Divergent, there's a lot here for adults too.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  • Where a Spaceship Goes to Die

  • An Antigravel Short Story
  • By: George Saoulidis
  • Narrated by: Luke Rounda
  • Length: 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 32

When a scavenger captain offers her an unusual job in the middle of nowhere, Delphine accepts and tags along. But will she manage to get the treasure they're looking for when she has to operate a seadrone all by herself? When the treasure is buried in a spaceship graveyard two miles under water? And when the challenges she faces go beyond her wildest fears? This story was inspired by Point Nemo, a place located as far away from land as possible where spaceships go to die. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This really needs to become a full length novel!

  • By jstep on 08-30-18

Interesting story prompt...

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

Reviewed: 09-02-18

It's an interesting idea, but it's just a start. It feels like a writing class exercise where you're given a prompt and have to write a story based on it. It's a great idea, an interesting world, but then nothing happens. I know it's a short story, but it's just a little bit too short. If it was expanded into a novel, I would definitely read it.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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