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  • Time's Convert

  • A Novel
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,632
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,450
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,441

On the battlefields of the American Revolution, Matthew de Clermont meets Marcus MacNeil, a young surgeon from Massachusetts, during a moment of political awakening when it seems that the world is on the brink of a brighter future. When Matthew offers him a chance at immortality and a new life, free from the restraints of his puritanical upbringing, Marcus seizes the opportunity to become a vampire.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Distracting and disappointing narration

  • By LKF on 09-19-18

Sadly Disappointed

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

Reviewed: 10-01-18

The All Souls trilogy books are among my favorite books and Jennifer Ikeda's narration of them is part of the reason for that. I was completely shocked to hear a different narrator when I started listening to this book. I feel like all of my favorite characters have been done away with, this readers representation of them was so off the mark! There was none of the charm and personality that made the first three books so amazing. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE have Jennifer Ikeda re-record!!!

As for the storyline - this one was just not the fun jaunt thru history that made the first 3 enjoyable. I felt like this was more of a random telling of historical events rather than a storyline. It lacked romance and intrigue and suspense and humor. One thing I did love was catching up with all the characters - I wish there had been more action and interaction between all the main characters and a lot more of Marcus and Phoebe together. I loved meeting Freya, I feel like her role was the most interesting part of this book.

Sadly, this will not be one I listen to over and over, I usually listen to the All Souls trilogy at least once a year and recommend it as a great listen over and over. I'm really sad that this one doesn't merit either of those.

Maybe if they re-record with Jennifer Ikeda it will make the storyline more enjoyable?

  • Light Mage

  • The Black Witch Chronicles
  • By: Laurie Forest
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 252
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 252

Before Elloren Gardner came to possess the White Wand of myth, the Wand was drawn to another bearer: Sagellyn Gaffney. Sage’s affinity for light magery, a rare skill among Gardnerians, makes her the perfect protector for the one tool that can combat the shadows spreading across Erthia. But in order to keep the Wand safe from the dark forces hunting for it, Sage must abandon everything she once knew and forge a new path for herself...a dangerous course that could lead to either triumph or utter ruin.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laurie Forest does it again!

  • By Lara on 08-08-18

Another gem in this wonderful series

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

Reviewed: 08-08-18

LF has done it again, this book is another great story to build on The Black Witch storyline. You get to dig deeper into the cultures that make up Earthia and better understand many of the subtleties that are not explained in the previous books. You also get to know a whole new cast of characters and learn more about past abuses and the events that have created so much hate between cultures.

The narrator did a great job on this one (I wish she had read Wandfasted too!) these books are full of so much detail I like to listen to them several times, and this narrator makes that possible without getting tired of her voice or inflection. #inspirational #rebel #timeforchange #dotherightthing #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • The Queen's Rising

  • By: Rebecca Ross
  • Narrated by: Suzanne Elise Freeman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 190
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 177

Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron. Growing up in Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her. While some are born with a talent for one of the five passions - art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge - Brienna struggled to find hers until she chose knowledge. However, Brienna's greatest fear comes true - she is left without a patron. But months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Marvelous

  • By Carolyn Myers on 02-07-18

Enjoyable read

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

I really liked this book, the characters were interesting, the story was original and kept me engaged. the narrator did a great job creating different voices and personalities for each. I would definitely recommend this book as a fun, easy summer read. #goodread #fantasy #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wandfasted

  • The Black Witch Chronicles
  • By: Laurie Forest
  • Narrated by: Jesse Vilinsky
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 290
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 270

Magic, romance, and adventure collide in Wandfasted, the irresistible prequel to The Black Witch: When they painted Heretics on our barn and set fire to it, I thought that was the worst it could get. Until they sent the dragons. But they didn't count on us having dragons of our own. And they certainly didn't count on Her. Our Great Mage. The Bringer of Fire. The Storm of Death. The Crow Sorceress. Our Deliverance. The Black Witch.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • LOVE this book, but not the narrator

  • By Traci S. on 06-01-18

LOVE this book, but not the narrator

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

Reviewed: 06-01-18

I so wanted to love this audio book, I have been anxiously awaiting it's release and sadly it's so disappointing. I absolutely love this novella and have read it multiple times, and The Black Witch audio book is possibly my favorite audio book release of last year. But this falls so short of the narration quality and elegance that makes The Black Witch so good. This recording is dramatically over acted and super screechy. I wasn't even able to finish the book it became so annoying to listen to. I highly recommend reading this novella, it is a wonderful prequel to The Black Witch. And DEFINITELY treat yourself to listening to Jill Whelans reading of The Black Witch, it is superb!!!

20 of 20 people found this review helpful

  • Duke of My Heart

  • By: Kelly Bowen
  • Narrated by: Ashford McNab
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 382
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 355

Captain Maximus Harcourt, the unconventional tenth Duke of Alderidge, can deal with tropical storms, raging seas, and the fiercest of pirates. But he's returned home from his latest voyage to find a naked earl - quite inconveniently deceased - tied to his missing sister's bed. And he has only one place to turn. Now he's at the mercy of the captivating Miss Ivory Moore of Chegarre & Associates, known throughout London for smoothing over the most dire of scandals.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome read..

  • By Trish R. on 01-28-16

Fun story...narration is not so good

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

Reviewed: 04-10-18

Any additional comments?

I loved this story, it was cleaver and moved at a great pace. The narration for the female characters was good, you could tell the difference between characters and you could feel a little personality come thru in the readings. the male characters, however, are a different story! Male support characters were ok, the main character was AWFUL!!!! he sounded like a monotone dullard. I almost stopped halfway thru and returned the book because he was so painful to listen to. I ended up listening till the end, but i definitely will not be purchasing any other books featuring this reader! This listen had so much potential, I wish they had switched readers for the other books in the series. I would love to read them, but don't have time to sit and read so will not be purchasing them.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Secret of Pembrooke Park

  • By: Julie Klassen
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Jasicki
  • Length: 18 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 836
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 775
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 771

Abigail Foster fears she will end up a spinster, especially as she has little dowry to improve her charms and the one man she thought might marry her - a longtime friend - has fallen for her younger, prettier sister. When financial problems force her family to sell their London home, a strange solicitor arrives with an astounding offer: the use of a distant manor house abandoned for 18 years. The Fosters journey to imposing Pembrooke Park and are startled to find it entombed as it was abruptly left.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A movie playing in my mind

  • By Briana on 03-09-15

Very religious!!

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

Reviewed: 02-27-18

story was good, not great, lots and lots of tedious filler to actually get to the storyline. especially with the readers speaking style, she speaks in that slow drawn out style that Queen Elizabeth speaks in....I had to speed up the pace. WAY TOO MUCH RELIGION!! there were actually whole sermons and prayers :( just wanted a good story, religion was intertwined througout tho, that combined with reading style and drawn out story line made for a bad combo.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Black Witch

  • The Black Witch Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Laurie Forest
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 18 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,538
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,436
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,435

A Great Winged One will soon arise and cast his fearsome shadow upon the land. And just as Night slays Day, and Day slays Night, so also shall another Black Witch rise to meet him, her powers vast beyond imagining. So foretells the greatest prophecy of the Gardnerian mages. Carnissa Gardner, the last prophesied Black Witch, drove back the enemy forces and saved her people during the Realm War.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The controversy should make you want to read this book!

  • By Raquel on 10-28-17

This book is AMAZING!! My new favorite book

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

Reviewed: 12-13-17

This book has become a new favorite, maybe in my top 10 of all time favorites! It is brilliantly written, the use of language is diverse and very evocative. The characters are really well developed and very likable (or hateable in some cases), through the telling of the story you can see and relate to their growth and awakening. This book touches on so many issues that are so relevant - hate, discrimination, sexism, religion, loyalty, compassion, sexuality, young love, racism, the list goes on and on. And it deals with these issues in such an interesting way because of the books unique alternate world. LF created a quite diverse cultural makeup of people and lands that blend common mythological creatures with completely new attributes and characteristics.

The narrator. AMAZING!!!!!! Julia Whelan did such a phenomenal job bringing this book to life. I listen to A LOT of audio books and I have to say this is one of the best performances out there. You can tell exactly which character is speaking at all times, even if it is a conversation between 5 women (or 5 men) at one time, that takes real talent. And the inflections she has chosen for some of the characters really enhances LF's amazing writing skills, there are some characters in this novel I just can't get enough of just because of the voices...Dianna, Lukas Grey, Aerial Haven.

I highly recommend this book!!!! read it (or listen to it), you will not be sorry. I wish i could give it 100 stars, actually, that wouldn't even be enough. #theBlackWitch #newfavoritebook # #choosecompassion #amazingworldbuilding #tagsgiving #sweepstakes

  • The Angel Stone

  • Fairwick Trilogy, Book 3
  • By: Juliet Dark
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103

Doorkeeper-in-training, Fairwick Professor Cailleach "Callie" McFay has her work cut out for her. After a great battle with much bloodshed, the cabal of witches led by her grandmother and their evil nephilim cohorts have closed the door to Faerie. Many of Callie’s dearest magical friends have been banished, never to return. And Fairwick College is changing for the worse, too, as a new administration begins its reign of terror.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love the story so sad to see it end

  • By Onika Popo-James on 03-27-15

Best of the Series

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

Reviewed: 02-07-17

Any additional comments?

This was by far the best of the three books in the series. The first was good enough to draw you in, the second was ok, this one actually had a great story line to fill the pages rather than gratuitous sex like the previous 2. Not that I'm opposed to a great sex scene, they were just over played in the first and over-over played in the second book.

I love how this book tied up the story and gave the first 2 books some credibility. The narrator for the 3 did a great job, i really enjoyed her storytelling ability.

  • Jane Steele

  • By: Lyndsay Faye
  • Narrated by: Susie Riddell
  • Length: 12 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 733
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 677
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 677

A sensitive orphan, Jane Steele suffers first at the hands of her spiteful aunt and predatory cousin, then at a grim school where she fights for her very life until escaping to London, leaving the corpses of her tormentors behind her. After years of hiding from the law while penning macabre "last confessions" of the recently hanged, Jane thrills at discovering an advertisement. Her aunt has died, and her childhood home has a new master: Mr. Charles Thornfield, who seeks a governess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful reinvention!

  • By Barbara on 06-01-16

Great Read, so good I listened to it twice!

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

Reviewed: 06-03-16

Any additional comments?

LIndsay Faye is a very talented writer! The language and dialogue in this book are so enjoyable, humor, wit, sarcasm - it has it all. And Susie Riddell is an amazing narrator, she brought every character to life, I will definitely be looking into more books she reads.

Definitely worth a credit! I will be recommending this book to many friends.

  • Eligible

  • A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice
  • By: Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,445
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,206
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,213

This version of the Bennet family - and Mr. Darcy - is one that you have and haven't met before: Liz is a magazine writer in her late 30s who, like her yoga instructor older sister, Jane, lives in New York City. When their father has a health scare, they return to their childhood home in Cincinnati to help - and discover that the sprawling Tudor they grew up in is crumbling, and the family is in disarray.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • This was awful

  • By amber on 05-03-16

Full of Cliches and lacking romance

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

Reviewed: 04-20-16

Any additional comments?

I thought that a modern retelling of my favorite classic could be fun... i was wrong in this instance. The characters in this book lacked charm or wit for the most part, especially as the reader of this particular audible book presented them. Elizabeth sounded as if she is flirting with her cousin at one point JUST WRONG!!!

The story was full of too many modern day cliches - crossfit, paleo, dot-com millionaires, reality tv stars, yoga teachers, it just fell flat.

I really wanted to love this story, but alas i'm returning it. I made it thru several hours and after rolling my eyes at least 50 times and the narrators flighty vapid presentation of Elizabeth I am returning it.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful