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  • A Study in Silks

  • By: Emma Jane Holloway
  • Narrated by: Angele Masters
  • Length: 21 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 311
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 306

In a Victorian era ruled by a council of ruthless steam barons, mechanical power is the real monarch and sorcery the demon enemy of the Empire. Nevertheless, the most coveted weapon is magic that can run machines - something Evelina has secretly mastered. But rather than making her fortune, her special talents could mean death or an eternity as a guest of Her Majesty's secret laboratories. What's a polite young lady to do but mind her manners and pray she's never found out?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • well written steampunk with a real plot

  • By Hope on 11-17-13

Too choppy

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

Reviewed: 01-13-18

Would you try another book from Emma Jane Holloway and/or Angele Masters?

I don't think so. Something about the writing style and the voice of the narrator did not work for me, I suspect that both of these folks are off the docket for me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Blood Fury

  • Black Dagger Legacy, Book 3
  • By: J. R. Ward
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,769
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,636
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,628

A vampire aristocrat, Peyton is well aware of his duty to his bloodline: mate with an appropriate female of his class and carry on his family's traditions. And he thought he'd found his perfect match - until she fell in love with someone else. Yet when his split-second decision in a battle with the enemy endangers the life of another trainee, Peyton has to face the idea that his future, and his heart, actually lie with another.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Authentic Warden

  • By scarlett on 01-12-18

I'm happily listening to the Warden again.

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

Reviewed: 01-11-18

Would you listen to Blood Fury again? Why?

Yes, well partially because the darn things only come out every year so I need a mental touch up on "where we left off" But also, love stories are comforting and it's joyful when we see them from the male point of view.

What did you like best about this story?

Someone said that it jumped around and it did, but I enjoyed this and was able to track pretty well, skipping from one snippet of life to the next, like a soap opera for the ears, was this book...

What about Jim Frangione’s performance did you like?

Mr. Frangione in an old hat in this world now. I think him NOT reading here would be jarring. He carries the weight of the world around with him now, giving the sometimes amusing ways that the Warden expresses both overwhelming rage, desire, and even sadness, a gravitas, that said by another, simply would not work.

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

I was touched at times, and I chuckled often; I found this book to be amusing and sexy.

Any additional comments?

I actually stopped reading the original series, it was getting too complex and I enjoy my stories a bit more relaxed. Then along came Legacy series and thank all the gods, I'm reading the Warden again and smiling. This is the best one so far, she's found her stride in writing shorter, stories for this world. Running two romances stories at once was great, since the "threat" in this story, while legit, and how they handled things also true to character of the world as written, wasn't going to fill the book as much as adding that second love story, so a twofer on the love front, yay!I enjoyed it. Pretty straightforward stories about young folks in love, the stupid thinking they do as a result, and how they get over themselves. Toss in some bullets, a few knives, and sex in two flavors.

I liked this book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Ghost Rebellion

  • Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, Book 5
  • By: Pip Ballantine, Tee Morris
  • Narrated by: Tee Morris, Pip Ballantine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 193
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 188

The chase is on! After rescuing Queen Victoria from the clutches of the Maestro, Agents Eliza D Braun and Wellington Books are in hot pursuit of Dr. Henry Jekyll. While he continues his experiments on the aristocracy of Europe, he leaves a trail of chaos and despair in his wake. However, when Eliza and Wellington run him to ground in India, they are forced to come face to face with ghosts from the past, and the realities of empire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Story fell short, and narration was annoying.

  • By -dan'l on 08-27-16

Why did they change narrators?

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

Reviewed: 09-21-17

How could the performance have been better?

They could have continued to use James Langton or someone of his caliber. Swapping back and forth as they do is maddening.

  • Men at Arms

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,462
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,455

The town of Ankh-Morpork is in big trouble, and the City Watch is desperate for a few good men to protect it. But all they've got are the dwarves Corporal Carrot and Lance-constable Cuddy; the troll Lance-constable Detritus; Lance-constable Angua, who is believed to be a woman; and, worst of all, Corporal Nobbs, who has been disqualified from the human race for shoving!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Pratchett novel, good reader, bad recording.

  • By Eric on 04-15-10

great story! Very spotty audio quality.

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

Reviewed: 05-30-16

loved the story, so many things That I won't share because, "spoilers!". If you can endure the audio quality going in and out very few chapters, buy it!

  • Blood Kiss

  • Black Dagger Legacy
  • By: J. R. Ward
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,562
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,333
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,328

The legacy of the Black Dagger Brotherhood continues in a spin-off series. Paradise, blooded daughter of the king's first advisor, is ready to break free from the restrictive life of an aristocratic female. Her strategy? Join the Black Dagger Brotherhood's training center program and learn to fight for herself, think for herself...be herself. It's a good plan until everything goes wrong.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BDB Spin Off Does Not Disappoint!

  • By Cheri on 12-04-15

Back to basics. Thank goodness!

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

Reviewed: 12-24-15

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I'd only recommend this to someone who was already familiar with the BDB and not a newbie, otherwise there'd be some catching up to do. However. current fans of the parent series? Yes, especially if you need a break from the mayhem for something a bit... cleaner.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Blood Kiss?

The surprise change in station for our hero.

Have you listened to any of Jim Frangione’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I enjoy Jim as a reader for this series very much. He has the correct tone and reads them well.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It went by in three, but only because I listen to my books at night and in the car.

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed the return to the simple romance of things. Yes a minor, if reasonably simplistic mystery, upon which to hang the love story. Yes it was a bit young and obvious. However the multi-layered intricacies of the main series has actually turned me off, so this more relaxed reading with good clean lust and simple love story is more where things began when I picked up my first BDB. Yes the plot could have had more depth and been a bit less obvious, but I'll actually take this and the glimpses into the Brothers lives over the crazy plot twists in the main story line.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Cast in Honor

  • The Chronicles of Elantra, Book 11
  • By: Michelle Sagara
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 16 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 649
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 598
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600

In the aftermath of a vicious battle between darkness and light, the city of Elantra has emerged victorious. But Shadows continue to haunt every corner of its streets.... Elantra stands strong, but countless numbers of Hawks, the city's staunchest protectors, were lost in the brutal attack. Humans, Barrani, Aerians, Leontines - none of the races emerged unscathed from the defense of the city. Homes were lost, families were scattered - and the outcast Barrani Lord Nightshade is missing from his castle in the fiefs.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • most wonderful..as usual!

  • By Cheri on 12-07-15

The most difficult book.

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

Reviewed: 11-30-15

The only one I didn't love and actually struggled to finish. Too much time on well, time.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Inheritor

  • By: Laura Antoniou
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Jasicki
  • Length: 32 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 105
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 101

When last we saw Chris Parker, he had been bought by master trainer Tetsuo Sakai and was blissfully ensconced in Japan under Tetsuo's wonderfully sadistic boot. And here we join Robin Cassidy, now contentedly serving a slave contract for a rich Chicago businessman. But the Marketplace is shaken when a new Trainer of Trainers must be anointed, and the resulting machinations and clashing loyalties threaten to tear their world apart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Is it this really the end?

  • By Tracey on 07-22-15

Be Prepared to feel everything

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

Reviewed: 02-25-15

Where does The Inheritor rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top ten books, however I've been awaiting this installment in the series for years. It did not disappoint.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Chris. He is the epitome of service and grace under fire, even when he wants to kick someone right in the teeth.

Which character – as performed by Elizabeth Jasicki – was your favorite?

She did pretty well with all of them. I'd have to say she handled Chris rather well.

Any additional comments?

The book is a wonderful, tragic, glorious tale that left me waving my arms, shedding tears, yelling aloud, nodding firmly and frequently fanning myself ~sizzle sizzle~. Laura has outdone herself in this latest book. I won't spoil a thing with any details. Read it or listen to it, but do be sure to have read the previous 5 first. Many of the characters come back and you will need a working knowledge of who they are to truly enjoy this latest installment in the Marketplace saga.

  • Daughter of the Blood

  • Black Jewels, Book 1
  • By: Anne Bishop
  • Narrated by: John Sharian
  • Length: 16 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,371
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,108
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,123

Seven hundred years ago, a Black Widow witch saw an ancient prophecy come to life in her web of dreams and visions. Now, the Dark Kingdom readies itself for the arrival of its queen, a witch who will wield more power than even the High Lord of Hell himself. But she is still young, still open to influence - and corruption.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Walk on the Dark Side of Fantasy

  • By Bex on 06-07-10

Stilted narrator ruins a great series.

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

Reviewed: 12-17-13

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I cannot recommend this audiobook. The paper book, yes, but with this narrator, absolutely not the audio version. Were it not for the fact that I'd read the series several times over, prior to ever listening to them, I'd have not bothered to continue after the very first chapter.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator could have had the opportunity to develop a more natural, flowing speech pattern, one with passion and inflection in the correct places. He was, at best... Monotone isn't quite the word; flat, perhaps? All told he was a very poor narrator.

Was Daughter of the Blood worth the listening time?

Not to someone who hasn't read the story and knows it back to front and can put the passion, heck, just the general ease of a good flowing read in place, of their own accord.

Any additional comments?

The narrator was stilted, lacked passion in the correct places, it was as if he was reading blind, with no rehearsal what so ever. Not worth my money. I came to see if John was the reader for the rest of the series and as he is, I will *not* be purchasing the rest of the books in audio format.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful