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Ashley Barks

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  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone

  • By: Laini Taylor
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 12 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,817
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,474
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,493

Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky. In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low. And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war. Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she's prone to disappearing on mysterious "errands"; she speaks many languages - not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing story & INCREDIBLE Narrator!

  • By Coffee on 09-04-12

My heart just got ripped out.

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

Reviewed: 09-18-17

Some of the magical details didn't make sense until about midway through the book for me, but that didn't mean that it was absolutely necessary to understand them at the time. This book has so many life lessons in it and it just goes to show that you can never judge a book by its cover. Akiva may never be able to take back what he did, but lack of information and the ability to accept certain truths about people is what got these people in the pickle their in. I am pleasantly surprised that a book with angels has caught my attention. it has been over 10 years since angels were popular, but I think this story might be a new favorite.

  • Now I Rise

  • By: Kiersten White
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 158
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 146

Lada Dracul has no allies. No throne. All she has is what she's always had: herself. After failing to secure the Wallachian throne, Lada is out to punish anyone who dares to cross her blood-strewn path. Filled with a white-hot rage, she storms the countryside with her men, accompanied by her childhood friend Bogdan, terrorizing the land. But brute force isn't getting Lada what she wants. And thinking of Mehmed brings little comfort to her thorny heart.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • once again I am in awe of the story

  • By Ashley Barks on 09-13-17

once again I am in awe of the story

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

Reviewed: 09-13-17

I love this story... the last book the was a lot of growth between the characters, however in this story there is really more of a stagnation in Mehmed and Lada. Radu is the one who grows the most after Constantinople. Mehmed and Lada are the cruel ones who use any means to get what they want. one through manipulation and the other through death.

The performance was super. Thank you to the narrator for being so consistent and interesting.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Son of the Shadows

  • Sevenwaters, Book 2
  • By: Juliet Marillier
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 22 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 729
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 655
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 664

Beautiful Sorcha is the courageous young woman who risked all to save her family from a wicked curse and whose love shattered generations of hate and bridged two cultures. It is from her sacrifice that Sorcha's brothers were brought home to their ancestral fortress Sevenwaters, and her life has known much joy. But not all the brothers were able to fully escape the spell that transformed them into swans, and it is left to Sorcha's daughter, Liadan, to help fulfill the destiny of the Sevenwaters clan. Beloved child and dutiful daughter, Liadan embarks on a journey that shows her just how hard-won was the peace that she has known all her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic Narration, Beautiful Story

  • By Lena on 02-04-14

Rosalyn Landor's male characters...

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

Reviewed: 09-11-17

ugh... I couldn't stand her male characters deep intonations and gutteral noises. I really prefer Terry Donelley's voice. But Landor does a good job when she's not portraying a male character. However her speech is much slower than Donnelley's....

Overall, there were some instances where i was rolling my eyes. The fact that both girls committed the same error and were treated so sorely differently was just plain frustrating. The rest of this story wasn't quite as intense as the first book, but since we have come to know the Sevenwaters family, the story is still loveable. I can't wait to listen to the next in the series. If I read this series, I feel I might become bored. so I'm sticking with the audiobooks!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • A Court of Wings and Ruin

  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Amanda Leigh Cobb
  • Length: 25 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,199
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,740
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,744

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court determined to gather information on Tamlin's maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so, she must play a deadly game of deceit - and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre but for her world as well.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not that bad!!

  • By Amanda on 05-03-17

good narrative

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

Reviewed: 08-23-17

The thirty second preview they let you listen to is actually Rhys's perspective. It sounds a bit stilted, but that's because Amanda Leigh Cobb was portraying a male character. The rest of this audio book is all Feyre, and the acting is superb! I liked it a lot! It isn't Jennifer Ikeda, but I didn't even really notice that it wasn't the same narrator.

Don't knock it till you try it!

  • 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 4,025
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,778
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,771

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

Found myself wandering

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

Reviewed: 07-28-17

I enjoyed the story and the family ties. I loved the differences in religion and magic. Religion was not seen as bad, by any means, but less wonderful than then magic and the folklore this is based off of. Had religion not taken over, would we all still be worshipping wood spirits and house protectors? Vasya is a lovely character as she grows and matures. When she is presented to us, she is initially mischievous, but comes out of that when she is seen as a witch. Her journey is amazing, and the lore behind it is now something I am going to research.

My personal favorite character was the domovoi.

Often times I found myself wandering and getting lost, forgetting about the book. I had to re-listen to a few chapters, not because they were boring, but just because I kept getting confused by how easy I would drift off. The story is very well written, but if you are not familiar with Russian nicknaming, then be prepared for a little confusion. I, personally, know how they do things just from reading up in the past, but the author uses three or four names for the same person sometimes! Perhaps this is why I flew off every once in a while and had to re-listen so often.

  • The Alchemists of Loom

  • Loom Saga Series, Book 1
  • By: Elise Kova
  • Narrated by: Tim Campbell, Erin Moon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 132

Ari lost everything she once loved when the Five Guilds' resistance fell to the Dragon King. Now, she uses her unparalleled gift for clockwork machinery in tandem with notoriously unscrupulous morals to contribute to a thriving underground organ market. There isn't a place on Loom that is secure from the engineer-turned-thief, and her magical talents are sold to the highest bidder, as long as the job defies their Dragon oppressors.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • inconsistent accents

  • By Ashley Barks on 03-06-17

inconsistent accents

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

Reviewed: 03-06-17

the story itself was great! pretty fast paced, and we skip days in a few minutes... my only gripe is with the main woman narrator. sometimes her British accents used for Cvareh were not British at all. they went from British to American accents every few chapters or so. and for the royal dragons, it was overemphasized British accents for them, which at least was consistent. the mans voice was great. the definition of dragons was downplayed by the fact that they are shaped more like humans. if you like fantasy and can handle that fact about the dragons and not the typical idea of them, then pick this up! its great!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Pride and Prejudice

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12,780
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,665
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11,614

One of Jane Austen’s most beloved works, Pride and Prejudice, is vividly brought to life by Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike ( Gone Girl). In her bright and energetic performance of this British classic, she expertly captures Austen’s signature wit and tone. Her attention to detail, her literary background, and her performance in the 2005 feature film version of the novel provide the perfect foundation from which to convey the story of Elizabeth Bennett, her four sisters, and the inimitable Mr. Darcy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Truth Universally Acknowledged

  • By Gretchen SLP on 12-10-15

I'm not an audio reader

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

Reviewed: 03-04-16

I've read this book multiple times but I couldn't help but listen to every word...

0 of 1 people found this review helpful