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  • Spinning Silver

  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Lisa Flanagan
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,341
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,263
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,256

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father's inability to collect his debts has left his family on the edge of poverty - until Miryem takes matters into her own hands. Hardening her heart, the young woman sets out to claim what is owed and soon gains a reputation for being able to turn silver into gold. When an ill-advised boast draws the attention of the king of the Staryk - grim fey creatures who seem more ice than flesh - Miryem's fate, and that of two kingdoms, will be forever altered. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dark and Magical

  • By Tatiana on 07-12-18

Narrator is hard to follow

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

Reviewed: 08-20-18

The story is told by at least 4 different characters, but the narrator really doesn't have a distinctive voice for any of them. It was hard to follow the story if you aren't paying close attention. Story was imaginative, and different than many of the other fantasy novels I have read.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Lusam

  • The Dragon Mage Wars, Book 5
  • By: Dean Cadman
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 16 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,100
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,033
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,029

After failing to completely close The Rift, Lusam and Neala travel south in search of the illusive Pearl Isle, where they hope to discover the fourth Guardian book, and return in time to try again. Time, however, is not on their side, as the dark God, Aamon, sets in motion a plan to restore his own power, and once again tear open The Rift to unleash the horrors of the Netherworld upon their world. Aysha's new inability to see his destiny, along with her prophetic warnings about a hidden realm and Neala's certain death if she enters it, all weigh heavily on Lusam's mind.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great read. great book. fantastic narrator.

  • By Amazon Customer on 06-13-18

OMG, simply amazing!

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

Reviewed: 05-28-18

I read so many of these same kind of books, fantasy, magic, etc. I was so impressed with this book! How incredibly creative Dean Cadman was in creating the world he did for this book. So original!

I can't wait until the next book - well done!

  • Six Months

  • Seven Series, Book 2
  • By: Dannika Dark
  • Narrated by: Nicole Poole
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,635
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,357
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,348

April Frost is a compassionate young woman with a steady job and ambitious goals. But the harder she runs away from her past, the more it threatens to destroy her. When three strangers enter her life, April is forced to face her demons, and it's a battle she may not win. Private investigators in the Breed world are men who take risks, and Reno Cole is no exception. As a Shifter, he's expected to control his inner animal. But lately his wolf has been venturing dangerously close to the city, and he's about to discover why.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Overall ~ A Great Story!!

  • By Cheri on 01-31-16

I couldn't wait for this book to finish

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

Reviewed: 05-28-18

It was really difficult to listen to this voice for the duration of this book. It had nothing to do with the narrator's performance. I actually believe this is what April would have sounded like. I just couldn't listen to this sing-songy voice drivel on really. I found a lot of the book not believable. No person, even her, would have made some of the decisions about not telling something or doing something else. This was just so terrible. I do not recommend.

  • The Dark Calling

  • The Arcana Chronicles, Book 6
  • By: Kresley Cole
  • Narrated by: Emma Galvin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 802
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 756
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 756

When Evie receives life-changing - and possibly game-changing - news, she has trouble believing it. Why doesn't she feel any different? Is it possible someone she trusts might be lying? Tensions seethe inside the castle of lost time as Evie starts to doubt her own sanity. Answers can be found outside their stronghold, but will Death help her find them - or prevent her from learning the truth about her future and Jack's possible survival? A mysterious, sinister power begins to affect the Arcana in its path. Forced out into the wasteland alone, Evie must depend on unexpected allies. But as a battle with Richter looms, can her new alliance defeat the Dark Calling before hell reigns on earth?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a continuation!

  • By girlwon1 on 03-20-18

What a continuation!

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

Reviewed: 03-20-18

Any additional comments?

I loved this installment! As always, sad that it ends and I can't continue everyday listening to Evie's story. I am Team Death and loved that Arik was so much a part of this book and we got to watch him develop and change. A must listen!

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • A Fatal Waltz

  • Lady Emily, Book 3
  • By: Tasha Alexander
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Anne Dore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 172
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 164
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 163

At her friend Ivy's behest, Lady Emily Ashton reluctantly agrees to attend a party at the sprawling English country estate of a man she finds odious. But the despised Lord Fortescue is not to be her greatest problem.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story- if you can get past the narration

  • By Oh Good Grief on 05-20-15

Might be the worst narrator of all time

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

Reviewed: 02-05-17

Any additional comments?

So, I listened to the book because it is a part of t a series, and I knew that Bianca is the primary narrator after the first few books. I have listened to over a 100 audiobooks in my time, and I have never heard a worse performance. The reading of this book is not a test in English diction, rather it should be a performance of how people would actually speak to each other in real life in the 19 century. How Charlotte narrates this book is not even how people would converse with each other. I cannot pick even if her male or female voices are the worst, it's so bad.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Throne of Glass

  • A Throne of Glass Novel
  • By: Sarah J. Maas
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,539
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,973
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,993

After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The World's Most Powerful Assassin is a Sap.

  • By Fil on 11-18-13

Sniveling, whining - couldn't like her

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

Reviewed: 12-12-16

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

Not at all. I wanted to like her and wanted to want her to win. I don't believe the author really set up how she was as good as she was supposed to be, so it was kind of hard for me to swallow that a woman who spoke and acted the way she does is also an assassin. Also, how many times do you have to say assassin? ...., said the assassin. The assassin did this or the other..... I found the book annoying.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I'm not sure there was something she could have done better, I just didn't like her voice for this character. It added to the annoyance of the whole book.

Any additional comments?

I even bought the second book because I had read that "it gets better." I'm a few chapters in and am going to return that as well. I just can't get into or like Selena.

  • Dark Waters

  • Elemental, Book 1
  • By: Rain Oxford
  • Narrated by: Todd Menesses
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 956
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 909
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 905

Devon Sanders, a private investigator known for his efficiency and discretion, has no interest in getting involved with the paranormal community. Unfortunately for him, the paranormal community does have an interest in him, or at least in his secret. Devon is exceptional in solving cases using his uncanny intuition.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Such a GREAT Listen!!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 10-30-15

Narrator distracts from the story

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

Reviewed: 07-11-16

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

I might have liked the story but I couldn't get past the narrator. He has a nice voice, but he puts a dramatic emphasis on every single sentence, on every single last word. I'm trying to get into the story, and pay attention to details, but I can't.

Would you be willing to try another book from Rain Oxford? Why or why not?

Sure, just different narrator.

How could the performance have been better?

Speak normally and be enthusiastic, dramatic, etc when it calls for it. I wish I had more warning to listen to a sample first, as I would have never purchased it.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Signature of All Things

  • A Novel
  • By: Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 21 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,923
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,484
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,494

In The Signature of All Things, Elizabeth Gilbert returns to fiction, inserting her inimitable voice into an enthralling story of love, adventure and discovery. Spanning much of the 18th and 19th centuries, the novel follows the fortunes of the extraordinary Whittaker family as led by the enterprising Henry Whittaker - a poor-born Englishman who makes a great fortune in the South American quinine trade, eventually becoming the richest man in Philadelphia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Don't miss this one

  • By Molly-o on 12-27-13

The narrator is amazing!

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

Reviewed: 01-16-15

Would you listen to The Signature of All Things again? Why?

The narrator really brought this story to life. More than that of course, the minute the story ended my first thought was how I was going to miss Alma, as if I knew her personally.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The story is so centered around Alma, it's hard not to write her name here. I like that she recognized that you are never to old to learn the lessons we all learn at some point, and she was open enough (not closed off like her father Henry) to receive them. She definitely molded by her stern mother and her enterprising father, yet still was her own person.

Which scene was your favorite?

The period where she was excited about meeting Ambrose, and when finally she came to terms with who he was.

Any additional comments?

With any book this long, there will be times when the story becomes a bit dull, or something is over explained. I felt like those moments never lasted too long, and each day I looked forward to hearing more about Alma's life. Again, when the book was over I was a little sad that I no longer would be hearing about Alma's life, problems and epiphanies.

  • Stolen

  • Women of the Otherworld, Book 2
  • By: Kelley Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Nell Canning
  • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,156
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 843
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 850

In Stolen, on a mission for her own elite pack, Elena Michaels is lured into the net of ruthless Internet billionaire Tyrone Winsloe, who has funded a bogus scientific investigation of the "other races" and their supernatural powers. Kidnapped and studied in his underground lab deep in the Maine woods, these paranormals - witches, vampires, shamans, werewolves - are then released and hunted to the death in a real-world video game.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • great story...wrong choice for narrator

  • By Jay on 03-14-10

This narrator is killing me.

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

Reviewed: 12-31-14

If you’ve listened to books by Kelley Armstrong before, how does this one compare?

The first narrator in her first book sounded like someone who grew up in Canada, who was 5'10, 32 years old. This one sounds like she was raised in Jersey, and is at least 48 years old or older.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator again sounds as if she is 48, not 32, and raised in jersey. She also makes Clay sound like he is a southern redneck with no education, versus someone versed in anthropology and has grown up around Jeremy almost his entire life. It's not the she's a bad reader exactly, if it were another book she has nice vocal inflections when it is warranted, and story tells decently. I'm loathing getting to a sex scene that Kelley usually lays out between the two, as I don't want to imagine two with those voices go at it with each other. She does alright with Jeremy, but still has an "r" emphasis that she can't get away from in her natural speech. Awful. I'm almost considering just reading it instead of listening to the rest. I cringe every time I have to turn it on.

Any additional comments?

The story is a little weak in the sense that they make Elena so narrow minded, a lot less mature and level headed than she seemed in the first book. It is sad that the writer makes her go on for so long how she cannot believe that witches and the like exist, when she herself is a werewolf.