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  • The Chimes

  • By: Anna Smaill
  • Narrated by: Luke Kempner
  • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 15

After the end of a brutal civil war, London is divided, with slums standing next to a walled city of elites. Monk-like masters are selected for special schooling and shut away for decades, learning to write beautiful compositions for the chimes, played citywide morning and night, to mute memory and keep the citizens trapped in ignorance.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Good concept. Poorly executed. Too long.

  • By ReadingRover on 01-12-19

Good concept. Poorly executed. Too long.

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

Reviewed: 01-12-19

I’ve had this on my TBR list for a long time now and just got around to it because it was a book club pick. I started it in print but quickly switched to the audio version. The book was extremely slow moving. Honestly, it was almost painful how slow it was at times. The writing was pretty but that didn’t make up for the dullness of the book. The concept was good. A musical instrument used as a weapon to subdue the people by wiping their memories. It’s actually ingenious. The people can’t even figure it out because they can’t remember anything even being wrong. It could have been a good book. It was just poorly executed. It was also about 75% too long. Hats off to the M/M romance. That was nicely added in but again too little too late. I wanted to like it. I tried to like it. Instead I just wanted it to be over.

  • Fairy Trouble: Modern Fairy Tales

  • By: Andrea R. Cooper
  • Narrated by: Chrissa Boice
  • Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

What can a fairy-godmother-in-training do when Cinderella refuses to go to the ball? Why, go along in Cinderella's place of course! But falling in love with the prince's brother was never meant to happen. Soon a series of events into motion that will impact not only her career but also her entire life. The problem is she doesn't know if the prince's brother feels the same about her as she does about him. And giving up her wings on the chance that he might care about her in return seems reckless and foolish to the usually by-the-book Esmeralda.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Fairy Godmother

  • By bluepits73 on 11-10-18

Super cute reimagining of Cinderella

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

Reviewed: 01-12-19

This is a super cute reimagining of a Cinderella story. I loved the storyline. It was fun and original, focusing more on the fairy godmother’s task than on Cinderella herself. I also liked that the humans weren’t just ready to believe the whole fairy thing at the drop of a hat. I did think that the necklace should have lit up and turned pink once love was found no matter who found it but that was a minor glitch I could get past.
The narrator did a good job and portrayed the characters well. She was able to clearly express their emotions through her words.
Overall this book was short, sweet and entertaining. I look forward to listening to more like it by this author.


I would like to thank the author/narrator/publisher for generously providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  • Of Metal and Wishes

  • By: Sarah Fine
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Bailey
  • Length: 8 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

Sixteen-year-old Wen assists her father in his medical clinic, housed in a slaughterhouse staffed by the Noor, men hired as cheap factory labor. Wen often hears the whisper of a ghost in the slaughterhouse, a ghost who grants wishes to those who need them most. And after one of the Noor humiliates Wen, the ghost grants an impulsive wish of hers - brutally.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dark and enchanting tale

  • By ReadingRover on 01-11-19

Dark and enchanting tale

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

I loved this book. It had me totally entranced from the start. The whole thing was basically set in a slaughterhouse and it was kind of gory for the most part but it was also beautiful on so many levels. The time period was hard to distinguish and it was supposed to be set in an Asia-like place but that part wasn't well described. The slaughterhouse setting was better built up. I loved the relationships between the characters. The main character Wen and her father had such a delicate relationship. Then there was the relationship between Wen and the Noors, the low paid factory workers, which was incredibly sensitive. It started so full of fear and tension and changed to something very different, especially with Melik. Also both Wen and her father's relationship with Bo was so fragile and intense. All of these each needed such special care and attention from Wen and they got none from others in the slaughterhouse.
The book was really well written and the audiobook was amazing. The narrator really did an awesome job depicting Wen's character. Overall I was super happy with this book and can't believe I took so long to get around to reading it.

  • Steelheart

  • The Reckoners, Book 1
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: MacLeod Andrews
  • Length: 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28,977
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,808
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,849

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics. But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his will. Nobody fights the Epics...nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them. And David wants in. He wants Steelheart - the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • He got the idea from a near traffic accident

  • By Don Gilbert on 09-26-13

Great for lovers of comics & super heroes/villains

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

This was a great start to a new series for me. I totally love the whole world taken over by super villains challenged by a small group of rebels who band together to make things right again. This was such a fast paced, action packed book. The world building was amazing and the super powers and creativity all around was spectacular. David was a great main character. He was a perfect Epic fact spewing geek, dying to join the Reckoners to kill Epics but also to get his own revenge. He's smart, kind of dorky but funny and eager. I loved him from the start. However he was a little too good at getting himself and everyone else out of jams with his improvising. It all kept working out too smoothly. The other characters were really done well too. Abraham and Cody were my favorites.
I'm a comic junkie and I like knowing how things work as long as it doesn't get too out of control. I didn't think that the descriptions of the gadgets and weapons or battles were too drawn out. Everything moved along pretty consistently and at a good pace as far as I was concerned. I listened to the audiobook and it flew by. The narrator did an excellent job. I can't wait to start book two.

  • In the Afterlight

  • By: Alexandra Bracken
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 17 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,995
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,846
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,841

Ruby can’t look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government’s attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. Only Ruby can keep their highly dangerous prisoner in check. But with Clancy Gray, there's no guarantee you're fully in control, and everything comes with a price

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic series!!

  • By L. DelPrete on 02-26-15

Fantastic end!

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

Oh this book! The feels!!! This book ripped my heart out but also made me smile in so many different ways. It was such an amaz-balls ending to this series! Ruby, Ruby, Ruby oh how far you have come. My heart swells for you. You have always stood up for and protected your peeps. I'm so proud of you!
And Liam! What more could a girl want? You're the most steadfast, loyal, southern boy on earth.
Zuuuuuu OMG I'm not even going to say anything about you except I love you more than ever and am so happy we got to see you again!!!
Chubs, Vi, Cole, Nico and everyone else I will miss you all and this series like old friends that you leave behind on the final day of summer camp. It's been real!

  • The Bear and the Nightingale

  • A Novel
  • By: Katherine Arden
  • Narrated by: Kathleen Gati
  • Length: 11 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,394
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,189
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,184

At the edge of the Russian wilderness, winter lasts most of the year, and the snowdrifts grow taller than houses. But Vasilisa doesn't mind - she spends the winter nights huddled around the embers of a fire with her beloved siblings, listening to her nurse's fairy tales. Above all, she loves the chilling story of Frost, the blue-eyed winter demon who appears in the frigid night to claim unwary souls. Wise Russians fear him, her nurse says, and honor the spirits of house and yard and forest that protect their homes from evil.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I was swept away

  • By Crystal Midkiff on 02-04-17

Slow burn

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

Reviewed: 01-11-19

I liked this a lot but it moved a little slow for me at times. I’m totally obsessed with Russia and the folklore from that part of the world but I just didn’t love this book as much as I wanted to. Maybe it’s because of all the hype and I was expecting too much. I don’t know but I’m giving it 3.5 stars rounded up to 4 because I’m feeling generous.

  • Letters to Zell

  • By: Camille Griep
  • Narrated by: Amy McFadden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 54
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 48

Everything is going according to story for CeCi (Cinderella), Bianca (Snow White), and Rory (Sleeping Beauty) - until the day that Zell (Rapunzel) decides to leave Grimmland and pursue her life. Now, Zell's best friends are left to wonder whether their own passions are worth risking their predetermined "happily ever afters", regardless of the consequences.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A very imaginative take on princesses

  • By T. L. Walker on 07-10-15

Unexpected delight!

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

Reviewed: 01-10-19

I loved this book! It was a great story and I liked that the end wasn’t just nicely packaged up and tied with a pretty bow. As for the characters even as fairytales they were relatable and funny. I definitely didn’t expect this book to be so good. I had added it to my Audible library years ago and just decided to read it now. I’m so glad that I did. A nice little diamond in the rough!

  • The Splendid and Extraordinary Life of Beautimus Potamus

  • By: Peggy A. Wheeler
  • Narrated by: Kelley Hazen
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 28

The mystical green planet of Rendaz is home to devout goddess worshiper and university professor, middle-aged Beautimus Potamus - who also happens to be a hippo plagued by hot flashes and poor self-esteem. Beautimus forms an alliance with Samuel S. Goodwings, a younger womanizing, atheist praying mantis. When these two are together, life morphs from the mundane into the fantastic. Our unlikely duo solve mysteries, bring a murderer to justice, and even help end a war, while experiencing their own trials, triumphs, and tragedies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A BOOK FOR THE FUTURE

  • By M Stein on 11-10-17

Uniquely, fabulous space hippo story!!

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

Reviewed: 12-24-18

This was such a uniquely, fabulous story about a middle aged hippo, Beautimus Potamus, who lives on a faraway planet with all sorts of anthropomorphic animals who are just living their best lives. She has a career, friends, a budding love life and is about to hit a big birthday. However, not everyone is about peace, love and celebrating the goddess because before she knows it Beautimus gets sucked up in a murder mystery. My favorite characters in the story were totally Beautimus’s house squirrels. They were hysterical. How can you not love that a hippo has house squirrels to help her out?!?
The world building and character descriptions are amazing, the plot is solid and there couldn’t be a better narrator to bring it all together. It was such a fun book to listen to. I wish that it wasn’t just a stand alone and there was a series. I could totally get into that.
Oh wait I almost forgot! I do have one teensy little gripe. My only little gripe is that in the book when Samuel S. Goodwings and his wife have babies it says they they hatch 4 nymphs. I’m not trying to be a crazy person here or anything but Samuel and his wife are Praying Mantises! There is no way they only had 4 babies!!! They had to have had more like 100 to 200 babies. It’s just how it is. For survival reasons it has to be. The babies are so tiny. For even a few to survive an exponentially higher amount need to start off in the world or none would live. Science baby! It’s science! Aside from that, I thought this book was super awesome!
I would like to thank the author/narrator/publisher for generously providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  • Lullaby

  • By: Jonathan Maberry
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 16,544
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,161
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 15,172

A young couple buys a beautiful house by a picturesque lake in the Catskills, looking to escape the bustle of the city to raise their newborn baby. It is a perfect place for a fresh start. Except that nothing is ever as perfect as it seems. As autumn nights close in around their home, they learn that darkness takes many forms. And sometimes that darkness is hungry. New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry delivers an unsettling Audible Original that will give listeners the Halloween creeps all year round.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • I guess there’s a reason it’s free

  • By Katie Washington on 10-05-18

Creepy!

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

Reviewed: 12-10-18

I got this as one of my two member benefit freebies a month and it was definitely a good choice. Super creepy short story. Great narration.

  • Gumboots, Gumshoes & Murder - A Cozy Detective Style Black Comedy Murder Mystery

  • The Gumboot & Gumshoe Series, Book 1
  • By: Laura Hesse
  • Narrated by: Carrie Burgess
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 18
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 17
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 17

A cop, a pig, and a serial killer walk into a bar. Seal Island is home to a moonshine making billionaire, a pot growing fisherman, a celebrity flower child, a handsome romance writer, a sex addicted realtor, a womanizing pub owner, a cop, a pot-bellied pig…and a serial killer. The island is serene and remote. It is only accessible by boat. The residents like it that way, until those with the deepest and darkest of secrets start dying in the most bizarre of ways.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Gumboots

  • By Deedra on 01-03-19

Utterly entertaining cozy mystery!

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

Reviewed: 11-19-18

I found this book to be quite fantastic! It’s a funny, cozy mystery set on an island where basically everyone knows one another. Everyone also knows Gertrude the pig and Peaches the cow. They were by far the most entertaining characters! The book moved at a swift pace and the characters were interesting. There were a lot of them though and at one point I did find myself having to think back to who was who. Other than that the book was a comical and quirky mystery that I really enjoyed. I definitely want to continue the series. I hope Gertrude and Peaches continue to make appearances in the books.
The narrator really suited the story well. She brought the characters to life and added comedy to certain areas that may have seemed dull otherwise.

I would like to thank the author/narrator/publisher for generously providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an unbiased and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.