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  • Magic to the Bone

  • Allie Beckstrom Series, Book 1
  • By: Devon Monk
  • Narrated by: Emily Durante
  • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 255
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 209

Everything has a cost. And every act of magic exacts a price from its user---maybe a two-day migraine, or losing the memory of your first kiss. But some people want to use magic without paying, and they Offload the cost onto innocents. When that happens, it falls to a Hound to identify the spell's caster---and Allison Beckstrom is the best there is.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good start to a Great series

  • By Dana on 12-30-11

main char. to childish for me.

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

Reviewed: 04-25-17

its like the main charactor was a 12 year old girl but you needed sex to sell your book so you just made her older.

  • Don't Let Me Go

  • By: Catherine Ryan Hyde
  • Narrated by: Chris Chappell, Cassandra Morris
  • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,347
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,886
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,871

Former Broadway dancer and current agoraphobic Billy Shine has not set foot outside his apartment in almost a decade. He has glimpsed his neighbors--beautiful manicurist Rayleen, lonely old Ms. Hinman, bigoted and angry Mr. Lafferty, kind-hearted Felipe, and nine-year-old Grace and her former addict mother, Eileen. But most of them have never seen Billy. Not until Grace begins to sit outside on the building's front stoop for hours every day, inches from Billy's patio.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Inspirational and humbling and awesome.

  • By Michele on 11-08-15

Wonderful story about the other side of addiction

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

Reviewed: 12-05-16

I had mixed expectations, but I'm glad that I finally gave this a listen. Good story, good performance... A surprisingly real look at the sense of community amongst the impoverished and disenfranchised, as well as how children reconcile their love for an addicted parent with their own need for nurture. It'll have you crossing your fingers and cheering them all on by the end!

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 133,215
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,647
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 117,523

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Great Psychological Thriller Mystery

  • By Victor @ theAudiobookBlog on 01-23-18

Very, very predictable.

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

Reviewed: 10-05-16

Not a terrible listen, but nothing to write home about. You figure the whole thing out early on and then spend the second half of the book mentally urging the narrator to get on with it. Character development is a bit lacking, or at least it seems that way since most of the characters are utterly vapid, terrible people. A lot of gender stereotypes at play. Good narration, though.

  • Hexed

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 2
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,796
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16,271
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,260

Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, doesn’t care much for witches. Still, he’s about to make nice with the local coven by signing a mutually beneficial nonaggression treaty when suddenly the witch population in modern-day Tempe, Arizona, quadruples overnight. And the new girls are not just bad, they’re badasses with a dark history on the German side of World War II. With a fallen angel feasting on local high school students, a horde of Bacchants blowing in from Vegas, and a dangerously sexy Celtic goddess of fire vying for his attention, Atticus is having trouble scheduling the witch hunt.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Authenticity, Humor and Brilliant Writing

  • By A. Sentoni on 07-30-11

Picks up right where we left off.

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

Reviewed: 08-21-16

Less climactic than the first book, but still an enjoyable listen. Excellent narration, as before.

  • The Husband's Secret

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 13 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,819
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,317

Imagine that your husband wrote you a letter, to be opened after his death. Imagine, too, that the letter contains his deepest, darkest secret - something with the potential to destroy not just the life you built together, but the lives of others as well. Imagine, then, that you stumble across that letter while your husband is still very much alive....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, but a little too much hand-wringing

  • By Regina on 08-18-13

I don't understand the glowing reviews...

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

Reviewed: 05-15-16

Any additional comments?

Maybe my expectations were too high from all of the praise this book received, but honestly this did not seem like anything special to me. No real mystery, just forced "drama" (that hardly felt dramatic) to prop up a somewhat interesting and insightful conclusion.

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  • The Siren

  • By: Kiera Cass
  • Narrated by: Arielle DeLisle
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,352
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,217
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,218

Kahlen is a Siren, bound to serve the Ocean by luring humans to watery graves with her voice, which is deadly to any human who hears it. Akinli is human - a kind, handsome boy who's everything Kahlen ever dreamed of. Falling in love puts them both in danger...but Kahlen can't bear to stay away. Will she risk everything to follow her heart?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Forbidden Love + Family Ties + Lovely Narration

  • By Jessica - KaleidoscopesAndPolkaDots.Co on 03-27-16

Shallow, predictable, fluffy...

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

Reviewed: 05-13-16

Pretty disappointing... This book was like a fantasy romance written by a 14 year old girl. Shallow character development and a plot that could be predicted by the time you finished the first chapter. The narrator's breathy voice wasn't obnoxious to listen to or anything, but it did seem to add to the overly gushy feel.

  • Fangirl

  • By: Rainbow Rowell
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Maxwell Caulfield
  • Length: 12 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,432
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,136

Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath, being a fan is her life - and she's really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow Series when they were just kids; it's what got them through their mother leaving. Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere. Cath's sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can't let go.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Freshman Comes into Her Own

  • By FanB14 on 05-12-14

Not my favorite by Rainbow, but...

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

Reviewed: 04-06-16

... very listenable. I related a lot to Cath's "freshman blues" and her family dynamic, so she was an enjoyable character for me to read. I just didn't get the same kind of electricity as I did from Eleanor & Park or, oddly enough, Carry On. Perhaps because, in this instance, Rowell's phenomenally written characters were participating in a simpler, less exciting storyline? Also, I would've loved to have heard this book done in the dual perspective style of her others, as I feel that has really added depth to her characters' relationships in her other works.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Black Beauty

  • By: Anna Sewell
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 5 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 633
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 540
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 545

In this classic story, set in Victorian England, a well-born colt tells his life story, from his early years in a pleasant meadow to his experiences as an elegant carriage horse and then an overworked cab horse. As he passes from one owner to another, some gentle, some cruel, Black Beauty tells a moving tale of an animal's perspective on the human world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoy the classics with help from narrator.

  • By Amazon Pal on 07-12-14

A classic, beautifully read

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

Reviewed: 03-18-16

Simon Vance did wonderful justice to this lovely story. If you loved the book or movie as a kid, as I did, then you'll certainly enjoy this performance.

  • The Art of Racing in the Rain

  • By: Garth Stein
  • Narrated by: Christopher Evan Welch
  • Length: 6 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,327
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,328

Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enzo (because he's so wize) for president.

  • By Lora on 06-17-08

Surprisingly beautiful

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

Reviewed: 03-12-16

I went into this book worried that I was either going to get a very cheesy talking-dog book or literary puppy-dog eyes (you know, where every chapter is some heartwrenching example of the suffering of man's best friend), but this really was a touching and well-written account of a man's life from his dog's perspective. I found myself struggling alongside both Enzo and Denny, and yes, tears were shed.

Definitely worth a listen. You may want to avoid listening at work, though, unless you're comfortable tearing up in front of your coworkers.

  • Eleanor & Park

  • By: Rainbow Rowell
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Lowman, Sunil Malhotra
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,560
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,031
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,051

Set over the course of one school year, in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits - smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love - and just how hard it pulled you under.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • E + P 4-ever!

  • By FanB14 on 04-27-14

I miss this book

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

Reviewed: 03-12-16

Eleanor & Park is the kind of story that makes you miss the characters after you've finished. You spend most of the book just wanting to reach in and hug them. That's Rainbow Rowell's trademark... Characters that you want to know in real life.