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  • Classic Love Poems

  • By: William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • Narrated by: Richard Armitage
  • Length: 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,069
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,694
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,561

For anyone who's in love - or hopes to be - what greater celebration could there be than to hear the world's greatest love poetry read lovingly by Richard Armitage? With 13 poems by William Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and more, Classic Love Poems is a listening treat for Valentine's Day - or any day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful recitation by Richard Armitage

  • By vc on 02-09-15

Pretty Boring

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

Reviewed: 02-13-17

I can't be sure if I found this so boring because Richard Armitage's narration did nothing for me, or because love poems themselves are boring to me (unless they're written to me and about me of course). After listening to this collection I completely understand Elizabeth Bennet's statement of, “I wonder who first discovered the efficacy of poetry in driving away love!”

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Eragon

  • Inheritance, Book 1
  • By: Christopher Paolini
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,276

Fifteen-year-old Eragon believes he is merely a poor farm boy - until his destiny as a Dragon Rider is revealed. Gifted with only an ancient sword, a loyal dragon, and sage advice from an old storyteller, Eragon is soon swept into a dangerous tapestry of magic, glory, and power. Now, his choices could save - or destroy - the empire. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful and Enjoyable

  • By Mary S. Murray on 02-23-04

Not a Fan

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

Reviewed: 05-30-16

Would you try another book from Christopher Paolini and/or Gerard Doyle?

I have a few books narrated by Gerard Doyle. He's not my favorite narrator, but he does an okay job.

I don't believe I will read anymore books by Paolini.

Has Eragon turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, I love fantasy and children/young adult books. This particular story just isn't my cup of tea.

How could the performance have been better?

I really didn't like Doyle's portrayal of Saphira. I think giving her a gravely, lizard voice took away from the story.

What character would you cut from Eragon?

Eragon! He's so weak and whiny. He's abilities certainly grow but he doesn't mature at all.

  • Welcome to Night Vale

  • A Novel
  • By: Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor
  • Narrated by: Cecil Baldwin, Dylan Marron, Retta, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,643
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,333
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,328

Located in a nameless desert somewhere in the great American Southwest, Night Vale is a small town where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are all commonplace parts of everyday life. It is here that the lives of two women, with two mysteries, will converge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is so good, but

  • By Christopher on 04-30-16

Best Described As Meh

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

Reviewed: 04-07-16

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I'm sure there are some die hard Night Vale fans out there who will absolutely love this book. But as a sometimes Night Vale listener, for me the book was flat.

I really wanted to like this book. I didn't hate it, and there were parts of it I enjoyed, but I did not like it as much as I do the podcast and was disappointed overall.

The story overall was okay. I struggled because I really didn't like Diane. She was a nicely developed character, I just didn't like her, so I found myself groaning whenever the chapter was about her or Josh.

Has Welcome to Night Vale turned you off from other books in this genre?

I don't read a ton of Sci-Fi or horror but I don't think this book will keep me from doing so in the future.

Which scene was your favorite?

I was expecting it to be more about the radio station. The intermittent "Voice of Night Vale" sessions were nice, but I would have preferred more of that. Although the "Carlos is my boyfriend" gag is getting old.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Welcome to Night Vale?

I think I would have preferred a collection of short stories about the citizens of Night Vale rather than one large story about a few of them.

Any additional comments?

I chose to listen to the audio book because it's narrated by Cecil and felt it would be most true to the original platform. Cecil does a good job. There is one spot where other characters join him, I thought that was weird considering it was a very small part of the whole book. I think it would have made more sense to just keep it Cecil for the whole narration.

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  • Career of Evil

  • By: Robert Galbraith
  • Narrated by: Robert Glenister
  • Length: 17 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,911
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12,979
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,922

Audie Award, Mystery, 2016. When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman's severed leg. Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible - and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Characters Mean Everything

  • By Charles Atkinson on 11-09-15

Best of the Series

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

Reviewed: 10-27-15

Would you consider the audio edition of Career of Evil to be better than the print version?

They're equally good to me. I listened to the audiobook when I wasn't able to read the printed version.

What did you like best about this story?

It was suspenseful and interesting.

Which scene was your favorite?

Robin and Strikes relationship adds another layer to a great story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I shrieked aloud a few times when something exciting happened. And I definitely yelled aloud about the ending.

Any additional comments?

Looking forward to rereading this series.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Locke & Key

  • By: Joe Hill, Gabriel Rodriguez
  • Narrated by: Haley Joel Osment, Tatiana Maslany, Kate Mulgrew, and others
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,804
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,356
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,342

Based on the best-selling, award-winning graphic novel series Locke & Key - written by acclaimed suspense novelist Joe Hill ( NOS4A2, Horns) and illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez - this multicast, fully dramatized audio production brings the images and words to life.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • don't waste your time/money

  • By Kyle Warren on 01-23-19

Not For Me

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

Reviewed: 10-27-15

What would have made FREE: Locke & Key better?

I think the transition from graphic novel to audiobook is a tough one. I didn't enjoy the dramatization. It seemed very over acted.

What was most disappointing about Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez ’s story?

It was a bit hard to follow in the beginning and I wasn't interested in any of the characters.

Would you be willing to try another one of the narrators’s performances?

I will probably stay away from dramatizations. I would probably try a regular audiobook narration.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was confused in the beginning and disappointed with the performances.

Any additional comments?

Fans of the graphic novel may really enjoy this.

19 of 24 people found this review helpful