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  • Shatter Me

  • By: Tahereh Mafi
  • Narrated by: Kate Simses
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,943
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,769
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,777

"You can't touch me," I whisper. I'm lying, is what I don't tell him. He can touch me, is what I'll never tell him. But things happen when people touch me. Strange things. Bad things. No one knows why Juliette's touch is fatal, but The Reestablishment has plans for her. Plans to use her as a weapon. But Juliette has plans of her own.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't let the sample fool you - So Good!

  • By Amanda on 06-08-12

Very creative use of language, very simple plot.

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

Reviewed: 02-20-14

Typical dystopian society, teen romance story. I was intrigued by the use of language and metaphor, but disappointed in the lack of a more complicated plot.

  • Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

  • By: Seth Grahame-Smith
  • Narrated by: Scott Holst
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,965
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,246
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 6,332

While Abraham Lincoln is widely lauded for saving a Union and freeing millions of slaves, his valiant fight against the forces of the undead has remained in the shadows for hundreds of years. That is, until Seth Grahame-Smith stumbled upon The Secret Journal of Abraham Lincoln, and became the first living person to lay eyes on it in more than 140 years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My friends thought I was crazy.

  • By bluecat1861 on 03-23-10

Disappointing.

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

Reviewed: 04-29-12

This book is based on a great premise, but it never really involves the reader in the story. I never felt part of the scene, in the character's head, or "drawn in" in any other way. On the up side, the narrator was great.

  • The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack

  • Burton & Swinburne, Book 1
  • By: Mark Hodder
  • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
  • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,743
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,562
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,571

Sir Richard Francis Burton and Algernon Charles Swinburne are sucked into the perilous depths of a moral and ethical vacuum when Lord Palmerston commissions Burton to investigate assaults on young women committed by a weird apparition known as Spring Heeled Jack - and to find out why werewolves are terrorizing London's East End.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Steampunk but on the outlandish side

  • By Robert L. on 02-08-12

Couldn't get through it

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

Reviewed: 04-20-12

I could not finish this one. I love fantasy/paranormal and a bit of steampunk, but this one was too much for me. In the beginning, there were way too many things that were unexplained. It felt a bit like being lost in a nightmare from which you can't wake up. Then, by the middle, what was a "mystery" to the characters was very plain to the reader. I was so annoyed by the whole thing, that I just gave up.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Skinwalker

  • Jane Yellowrock, Book 1
  • By: Faith Hunter
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 6,002
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,335
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,338

Jane Yellowrock is the last of her kind-a skinwalker of Cherokee descent who can turn into any creature she desires and hunts vampires for a living. But now she's been hired by Katherine Fontaneau, one of the oldest vampires in New Orleans and the madam of Katie's Ladies, to hunt a powerful rogue vampire who's killing other vamps.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • How refreshing

  • By Mobilis on 06-01-10

Surprisingly good!

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

Reviewed: 04-20-12

I put off trying this series for a long time. I don't really recall why, but when I ran out of other things to listen to, I gave it a try. I was pleasantly surprised by the book and the main character. I ended up listening to the whole series (so far), and liked them all.

The reason I gave it four stars instead of five, is that the main character has an annoying habit of taking on responsibility for anything and everything bad that happens, even when she's not present. That was a bit much for me, but perhaps it's a character flaw that will be explained and/or developed later in the series.

All-in-all, it was a great listen!

18 of 22 people found this review helpful

  • Switched

  • The Trylle Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Amanda Hocking
  • Narrated by: Therese Plummer
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,167
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,049
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,049

When Wendy Everly was six-years-old, her mother was convinced she was a monster and tried to kill her. It isn't until 11 years later that Wendy discovers her mother might have been right. With the help of Finn Holmes, Wendy finds herself in a world she never knew existed - a world both beautiful and frightening, and Wendy's not sure she wants to be a part of it.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Light and Fun!

  • By Felicity Fairchild on 06-28-12

Typical teen romance.

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

Reviewed: 04-20-12

This is not one of those Young Adult titles that crosses over well for adult readers. Although it has paranormal characters, it's basically boils down to a flimsy romance and doesn't have much to really grab an adult reader's attention and hold it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Witness [Brilliance Audio Edition]

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,990
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,949

Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • JUST SIMPLY FANTASTIC LISTENING ! !

  • By Gary on 04-24-12

A superb addition to an excellent body of work!

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

Reviewed: 04-20-12

I love Nora Roberts' work. She really excels in character development, and that is probably my favorite part of any book. In this one, she writes a very different kind of leading lady. Liz is a highly intelligent, literal-minded young lady with very little "real world" experience. She reminds me a bit of the TV version of Temperance Brennan, but in a very extreme way. She's so literal that it's funny. A very enjoyable read!

35 of 40 people found this review helpful

  • A Rising Thunder

  • Honor Harrington, Book 13
  • By: David Weber
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,817
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,619
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,625

Peril and strife strike on a double front for Honor Harrington and company. After a brutal attack on the Manticoran home system, Honor Harrington and the Star Kingdom she serves battle back against a new, technologically powerful, and utterly nefarious enemy. And as if that weren’t task enough, Honor must also face down a centuries-old nemesis in the crumbling, but still mighty, Solarian League.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • love this series, but less politics. more battles

  • By Share Faerber on 03-10-12

Ugh! Are you kidding me?

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

Reviewed: 03-17-12

First, why in the world would you change the pronunciation of "Manticoran" after twelve novels? Second, although this installment was much more interesting that the 12th book, I still protest the absence of the main character in so much of the book. Last, for the second time in a row, David Weber has ended the book in the middle of the story. That is extremely irritating!!

3 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Mission of Honor: Honor Harrington, Book 12

  • By: David Weber
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
  • Length: 24 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,514
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,171

The Star Kingdom of Manticore and the Republic of Haven have been enemies for Honor Harrington's entire life, and she has paid a price for the victories she's achieved in that conflict. And now the unstoppable juggernaut of the mighty Solarian League is on a collision course with Manticore. The millions who have already died may have been only a foretaste of the billions of casualties just over the horizon, and Honor sees it coming.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Mission Of Honor

  • By Dan on 08-12-10

Very Disappointing...

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

Reviewed: 03-17-12

Any additional comments?

First, it's very irritating to find the main character present in fewer than one-third of the scenes in the book. Second, this particular book in the series ends in the middle of the action. Is this a soap opera or a novel?

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Eternal Kiss of Darkness

  • The Night Huntress World Series, Book 2
  • By: Jeaniene Frost
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,958
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,064
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,057

Chicago private investigator Kira Graceling should have just kept on walking. But her sense of duty refused to let her ignore the moans of pain coming from inside a warehouse just before dawn. Suddenly she finds herself in a world she’s only imagined in her worst nightmares.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Okay, Bones doesn't sound like my British ex but!

  • By Ashley on 03-03-11

Best female protagonist in ages!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-07-10

I LOVED this one! Kira is a great, no-nonsense, female protagonist. She's real, very believable. I hope Ms. Frost will elaborate on this one in future endeavors. Great story!!!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Carolina Moon

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Dean Robertson
  • Length: 13 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 731
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 609
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 614

Tory Bodeen grew up in a small, rundown house where her father ruled with an iron fist and a leather belt - and where her dreams and talents had no room to flourish. But she had Hope - who lived in the big house, just a short skip away, and whose friendship allowed Tory to be something she wasn't allowed to be at home: a child. But after Hope's brutal murder, Tory's life fell apart. Now grown, she's trying to find a measure of peace. But Hope's killer is still nearby.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good and Bad

  • By paula lewis on 06-07-09

One of my all-time favorites!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-08-10

I first listened to this audio book in 2000, and have listened to it seven times since. When it became available on Audible, I had to get my own copy. I absolutely adore the marriage of Nora Roberts' talent and character development with Dean Robertson's reading. This narrator infuses the text with authentic pronunciation, a natural story rhythm, and subtle intonation. I especially enjoyed the humor behind sharp-tongued Faith Lavelle (minor character). Listen to the sample piece to see what I mean. This is truly a great work.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful