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  • Through a Glass Darkly

  • By: Karleen Koen
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 145
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 80
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 78

As opulent and passionate as the 18th century it celebrates, Through a Glass Darkly will sweep you away to the splendors of a lost era. From aristocrats to scoundrels, its rich, vivid characters create their own immortality. Here is the story of a great family ruled by a dowager of extraordinary power; of a young woman seeking love in a world of English luxury and French intrigue; and of a man haunted by a secret that could turn all dreams to ashes.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect

  • By Cariola on 08-21-07

Abridgment may have deflated the book

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

I didn't realize it was abridged when I added it to my library. So it is possible that there is a lot missing from this version. I couldn't get into the characters. The plot meandered and didn't come together. It felt undeveloped and a bit lifeless.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Time's Convert

  • A Novel
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,841
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,567
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,554

On the battlefields of the American Revolution, Matthew de Clermont meets Marcus MacNeil, a young surgeon from Massachusetts, during a moment of political awakening when it seems that the world is on the brink of a brighter future. When Matthew offers him a chance at immortality and a new life, free from the restraints of his puritanical upbringing, Marcus seizes the opportunity to become a vampire.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Distracting and disappointing narration

  • By LKF on 09-19-18

Disappointed....Felt like a first draft

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

I was very disappointed with the writing on this story. There are 3 storylines , two of which lacked development. The transitions were very clumsy. It felt like a first draft. The story's needed more rewrites. The only character that developed beyond what was established in the first 3 novels was Phoebe. And her storyline was frankly boring.
I think I'm going to return this.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She's Dead

  • Toad Witch Series, Book 1
  • By: Christiana Miller
  • Narrated by: Marie Rose
  • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 754
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 686
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 684

Mara is having the worst month of her life. At least, that's what her cards tell her and they've never been wrong. She's evicted from her apartment, loses her job, and is banned from Beverly Hills. So when the tarot cards predict her imminent demise, she uses a little magic to make her world right. Suddenly, an aunt she's never met dies, leaving Mara as her sole heir. But when Mara moves into her inherited home, she discovers Aunt Tillie never moved out. She's still one pissed-off old lady, even postmortem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Somebody Tell Aunt Tillie She's Dead

  • By Deedra on 08-11-15

Flat Characters

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

Reviewed: 06-17-18

I liked the concept of this story but quickly got bored. The characters were lacking depth. Their stories were underdeveloped and their motivations juvenile. There wasn't a single character I could get behind emotionally.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Immortals

  • By: Jordanna Max Brodsky
  • Narrated by: Jordanna Max Brodsky, Robert Petkoff
  • Length: 15 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 381
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 347
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 346

The city sleeps. Selene DiSilva walks her dog along the banks of the Hudson. She is alone - just the way she likes it. She doesn't believe in friends, and she doesn't speak to her family. Most of them are simply too dangerous. In the predawn calm, Selene finds the body of a young woman washed ashore, gruesomely mutilated and wreathed in laurel. Her ancient rage returns. And so does the memory of a promise she made long ago - when her name was Artemis.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Restarted 3 times and still couldn't get into it

  • By Jon08smom on 04-21-17

Ordinary and disappointing

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

Reviewed: 03-06-18

I really liked the inclusion of real Greek mythology. But the storyline was predictable and boring.

  • Men at Arms

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,533
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,715
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,707

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

Fun story well narrated terrible recording

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

Reviewed: 02-17-18

I have come to thoroughly enjoy these discworld books. Nigel Planer did a great job bringing each character to life. But the second half of the recording has so much static that listening is akin to attempting to have a conversation while sitting over the engine on an airplane.

  • Silent in the Grave

  • By: Deanna Raybourn
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,028
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,497
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,495

Let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave. These ominous words, slashed from the pages of a book of Psalms, are the last threat that the darling of London society, Sir Edward Grey, receives from his killer. Before he can show them to Nicholas Brisbane, the private inquiry agent he has retained for his protection, Sir Edward collapses and dies at his London home, in the presence of his wife, Julia, and a roomful of dinner guests.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Happily surprised

  • By 9S on 07-04-09

Enjoyed the story. Narrator needs a dialect coach.

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

Reviewed: 07-24-17

Any additional comments?

Alternate title: American (I'm guessing) narrator struggles with British dialects.
I enjoyed the story. I liked the characters. And the narrator is enough of a good story teller that I was drawn in despite her poorly done British accents. Her posh English was almost there. But she would slip every so often into a slight Irish or ever southern American accent. Her Scottish was appalling and painful. I'm grateful the Scottish characters didn't speak much. Also she mispronounced a few words like Viscount and treacle. Not sure who was editing/producing. But they should have caught that.

  • Spellmonger

  • Spellmonger, Book 1
  • By: Terry Mancour
  • Narrated by: John Lee
  • Length: 18 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,218
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,645
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,621

Minalan gave up a promising career as a professional warmage to live the quiet life of a village spellmonger in the remote mountain valley of Boval. It was a peaceful, beautiful little fief, far from the dangerous feudal petty squabbles of the Five Duchies, on the world of Callidore. There were cows. Lots of cows. And cheese. For six months things went well. Then one night Minalan is forced to pick up his mageblade again to defend his adopted home from the vanguard of an army of goblins bent on a genocidal crusade against all mankind. And that was the good news.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Terrific Book! A great adult fantasy series.

  • By Eric on 07-27-17

Epically Overrated a bit Misogynistic

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

Reviewed: 07-18-17

Would you try another book from Terry Mancour and/or John Lee?

John Lee is a decent narrator. But I will not try anything by this writer in the future. He story telling style is equivalent to male phallus waving fantasy. The main character is about as likeable as a frat boy and just as creepy.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Heroes and Legends

  • The Most Influential Characters of Literature
  • By: Thomas A. Shippey, The Great Courses
  • Narrated by: Thomas A. Shippey
  • Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,173
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,058
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,044

Odysseus. Robinson Crusoe. Harry Potter. What do these memorable characters have in common? Why do we turn to certain stories again and again? And what impact have they made on world history? These 24 eye-opening lectures give fresh insight into some of the greatest heroes in world literature, from warriors such as Beowulf and Odysseus to unexpected heroes such as Uncle Tom and Sancho Panza. Professor Shippey gives you an inside glimpse into the writer's process.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining Look at Western Literary Characters

  • By Teri-K on 10-11-14

Couldn't finish because of the lecturer

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

Reviewed: 09-15-15

What disappointed you about Heroes and Legends?

The lecturer spent so much time lauding himself and who he had met in person that I could wade through to the actual information.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The lecturer talked about himself less.

  • Persuasion

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Juliet Stevenson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,104
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,501
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,508

Anne Elliot has grieved for seven years over the loss of her first love, Captain Frederick Wentworth. But events conspire to unravel the knots of deceit and misunderstanding in this beguiling and gently comic story of love and fidelity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Juliet Stevenson is Simply Amazing

  • By Em on 04-15-12

My favorite Austen

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

Reviewed: 07-31-15

On every re read or listen I always learn more about myself. Jane Austen has a way of examining human interaction that truly makes you want to be a better person.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Darker Shade of Magic

  • A Darker Shade of Magic, Book 1
  • By: V. E. Schwab
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,606
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,218
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,209

Kell is one of the last Travelers - magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes. As such, he can choose where he lands. There's Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, ruled by a mad King George. Then there's Red London, where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. There's White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne. And once upon a time, there was Black London...but no one speaks of that now.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • social commentary magical high fantasy

  • By withherownwings on 08-31-15

Not another lame female character

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

Reviewed: 06-23-15

I thoroughly enjoyed the character of Lilah. She was driven by real world needs and not by some stupid infatuation. She is a badass in her own right and can take care of herself in most situations. I liked how the male lead and female lead worked together without wading through layers of sexual tension. A very enjoyable listen.

73 of 80 people found this review helpful