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  • 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 7,213
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,665
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,686

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story, poor presentation

  • By Joel Võsu on 12-03-15

Nearly quit in the middle

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-16-18

Drawn out, pedantic and unfocused. I fast forwarded whole chapters and missed nothing. This author is off my TBR list.

  • Hunting Ground

  • By: Patricia Briggs
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,979
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,317
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,326

Mated to werewolf Charles Cornick, the son - and enforcer - of the leader of the North American werewolves, Anna Latham now knows how dangerous being a werewolf is, especially when a werewolf opposes Charles and his father is struck down. Charles's reputation makes him the prime suspect, and the penalty for the crime is execution. Now Anna and Charles must combine their talents to hunt down the real killer - or Charles will take the fall.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • If you like Mercy Thompson

  • By Bonnie on 02-05-13

Imminently Repeatable

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-17-17

There are a handful of authors whose work I can listen to over and over. Patricia Briggs is one of those authors. Her prose is wonderful, her character and story development is rich and interesting. Her ability to portray complicated mature relationships is lovely. This book is high on my list of favorite retreads.

  • Grave Witch

  • Alex Craft Series, Book 1
  • By: Kalayna Price
  • Narrated by: Emily Durante
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,101
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 955
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 959

Not even death can save her now. As a grave witch, Alex Craft can speak to the dead---she's even on good terms with Death himself. As a consultant for the police, she's seen a lot of dark magic, but nothing has prepared her for her latest case.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Story Narrator needs alot more practice

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-06-11

Only okay.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-16-17

Did I love it? No. Did I finish it? Yes. Will I listen to it again? No. Will I buy the next in the series? No.

  • Nightshifted

  • Edie Spence, Book 1
  • By: Cassie Alexander
  • Narrated by: Tai Sammons
  • Length: 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 112
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 105
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 100

Nursing school prepared Edie Spence for a lot of things. Burn victims? No problem. Severed limbs? Piece of cake. Vampires? No way in hell. But as the newest nurse on Y4, the secret ward hidden in the bowels of County Hospital, Edie has her hands full with every paranormal patient you can imagine - from vamps and were-things to zombies and beyond. Edie’s just trying to learn the ropes so she can get through her latest shift unscathed. But when a vampire servant turns to dust under her watch, all hell breaks loose.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A must read urban fanasty

  • By BikeVON on 07-18-12

Could be better. Could be a lot better.

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

Reviewed: 11-15-17

If you don't mind heroines who make questionable choices, this is an okay read. The narrator is not the best. The voice and the inflection do not match the character. This book is a better read than listen.

  • Whisper of a Witch

  • By: Suza Kates
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 74
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 68
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 67

Shauni Miller has no idea why her life is changing, but she must answer when an unknown force summons her to a mystical island. She also harbors a secret, one that has the potential to alter her life forever. Dr. Michael Black helps Shauni in her time of need, but sees more in the raven-haired temptress than she ever meant to reveal. He knows she's hiding something, but then, so is he.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Kept waiting for something to happen...nope

  • By AnneGirl256 on 07-03-17

Unsophisticated writing, story might have promise

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

Reviewed: 08-06-16

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This writing style is not what appeals to me. This author explains. Instead of "sky an ocean of azure" we get "blue sky". Picture me wincing. The writing doesn't draw the reader in. It's unlikely I'll make it all the way through the narration. Today is my second attempt and . . . yeah, it's not making it. Strike two is the narration. You cannot tell from the narrator's voice who is talking. Women and men all sound exactly the same and the reading is definitely yawn-worthy. Ugh.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Hollie Jackson?

The writing isn't that great so there's not much for the narrator to work with but each person should have a unique personality and that doesn't come through. Whether that's equally the author and narrator's fault I'm not interested enough to examine.

Any additional comments?

This is probably a great book for a teenager or someone who likes more simple things. The writing just isn't sophisticated or complex enough to appeal to me.

  • The Drafter

  • The Peri Reed Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 889
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 812
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 813

During a routine but dangerous Opti task, Peri Reed finds out her trusted partner has made her a corrupt agent. Her unique ability to jump back 40 seconds in time to correct a mistake leaves her vulnerable when her partner, who is responsible for replacing her memory of the event, gives her a false one. But Peri lives and dies on her intuition, and she begins to piece her twisted reality together as she flees her one-time secure situation at Opti.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as I expected...

  • By Lisa on 09-07-15

Good narration cannot make up for the story's lack

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

Reviewed: 07-05-16

What disappointed you about The Drafter?

While I enjoyed the Hollows series this series starts out with a complete stinker. No ethics, no morals, no joy, ONE likable character (NOT the main one, unfortunately) and a story that could be written handily in 20 chapter instead of the over 30 it took. From start to finish it's mutable ethics, greed, immorality with NO redeeming finish.This could have been an awesome story (note the character changes below) if the main character IMMEDIATELY got the knitted Morse code list instead of tearing it almost completely out (she KNOWS she leaves messages for herself - it is inconsistent with her character to rip it out before figuring it out). Deciphering the code would have allowed a story line turn that would have been MUCH better than what went to print.The story would have been more believable AND interesting if she was better at leaving herself clues (for example, made short self-vids and put them on cloud storage somewhere, put coded notes behind pictures, wrote in blacklight ink on the backs of things or a plethora of other surreptitious message-leaving things), had consistent and immutable gut instincts/morals and didn't flip from patsy to heroine every chapter. A hand written diary? With glass technology? ARE YOU KIDDING ME? That she can be so smart in some areas and so completely vilely dumb in others is beyond credibility.The most egregious issues with the book are a) excessive length to get the story told . . . it could easily have been four hours shorter and b) the constant flip of nearly every single characters between good and evil incarnate. This made ALL the characters unbelievable/unlikable and the story trash. Ugh.I HATE books where the main characters don't have morals, ethics and standards. HATE them. Human weakness is one thing but I want to see a character strive to overcome, attempt to achieve great things, come out on top despite stiff odds. To have a book like this with NO redeeming values is a complete waste of my time and money. Ugh.

Would you ever listen to anything by Kim Harrison again?

Certainly not this series. How this book got past the editor completely baffles me. Half of it could easily have been cut. Someone got grotesquely lazy on this one. This . . . yeah, not happening. If this is the author's current trend I'm out. SNIP Off my author list. Gone.

Which scene was your favorite?

The first chapter. It gave the book such promise.

What character would you cut from The Drafter?

Every single one except Taff and Squirrel. Rewrite - the main character to someone a little more believable; the head of Alliance (she should be a stinking rich bitch WITH MORALS AND INTEGRITY or what is the point); Jack, a piece of shit who flips from good to bad to good to bad to someone I never want to read about ever again; the strong male lead to someone more consistent, believable and trustworthy.

Any additional comments?

This book sucked.

  • Ash

  • Hive Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Leia Stone, Jaymin Eve
  • Narrated by: Dara Rosenberg
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,419
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,307
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,298

It all started when infected bats bit a small group of humans and created what are now called vampires. Then, the male vampires knocked up some female humans, and the result was a gorgeous race of all male ash - superhuman freaks that had looks to kill. Charlie is the first female ash, aka unicorn of the Hive - the gated compound in Portland that the humans have designated to isolate vampires and ash from society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • great read ,

  • By raheme johnson on 05-03-16

Mostly ugh but future promise

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

Reviewed: 04-03-16

What did you like best about Ash? What did you like least?

It's an okay reading, it's an okay story (the amount I listened to) but it's very bodice-ripper teen mentality which isn't to my taste. Some maturity on the author's part and a reader that knows more words might improve the listening experience.

Some notes for the reader. Please, if you don't recognize a word look up how to pronounce it. I winced at the multiple mispronunciations. To the author and the reader, "anyway" does not have an S at the end. Truly. Look it up.

I didn't finish the book. It's one I will never listen to again. Books to me are like music. If they make me wince I don't finish and I don't listen to the story again. Patricia Briggs, Ilona Andrews, Eileen Wilks, Jennifer Crusie, Molly Harper . . . this is a short list of authors I listen to over and over, the stories never getting old.

Did Ash inspire you to do anything?

Stop listening

Any additional comments?

There's future promise here for both author and reader.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Miss Ruffles Inherits Everything

  • By: Nancy Martin
  • Narrated by: Suzie Althens
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

Rich and flamboyant Honeybelle Hensley, the most colorful character in Mule Stop, Texas, dies a suspicious death and enrages the whole town by leaving her worldly fortune to the most undeserving recipient - her dog. The incorrigible Miss Ruffles is a Texas cattle cur, not a cuddly lapdog. But now Miss Ruffles is in danger, and it's up to Sunny McKillip, the unwilling dogsitter, to keep her safe.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointing, boring, predictable.

  • By Nori Lamphere on 01-13-16

Disappointing, boring, predictable.

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

Reviewed: 01-13-16

Would you try another book from Nancy Martin and/or Suzie Althens?

I love Nancy Martin's other series but this one was a huge disappointment. As soon as the rich woman disappeared and a comment was made about no death cert it was downhill from there. Ugh.

What could Nancy Martin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Less nit-picky detail, better research, a more interesting story, less boring characters

What three words best describe Suzie Althens’s voice?

okay. Haven't listened to anything else by her but don't see why it wouldn't be okay if the story was.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Miss Ruffles Inherits Everything?

Most of the detail. This should have been a short story but even then it lacks interest.

Any additional comments?

I can't believe I wasted a credit on this. Jumped from ch 13 (dog got knapped) to 23, listed for a couple minutes, jumped to final chapter. Ugh. Waste of time.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Witch and the Gentleman

  • By: J.R. Rain
  • Narrated by: Francesca Townes
  • Length: 4 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 150
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 136
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 137

Allison Lopez is not your everyday Psychic Hotline operator. She's a real psychic with real abilities that seem to grow daily, thanks to her close association with an immortal friend. Now, as her abilities continue to grow, Allison meets a very strange woman who reveals a starling secret to her. Life, for Allison Lopez, is about to get even stranger... and more fantastic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unusual world and lovable main character

  • By Listen While I Work on 04-30-14

Exhausting to listen to

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

Reviewed: 07-26-15

Would you try another book from J.R. Rain and/or Francesca Townes?

I like J.R. Rain. I have a lot of his books. I won't buy another audiobook in which Townes does the narration. The work doesn't flow, everything is said as if the sentence has an exclamation mark at the end and her reading doesn't match the character of the protagonist. This is NOT an enjoyable listen. I have the ebook and will go back to reading. Ugh.

Would you be willing to try another book from J.R. Rain? Why or why not?

I like All the Samantha Moon books. They're fun to read.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Francesca Townes?

The lady who does Andrew and Ilona Gordon's books would have been great.

Was The Witch and the Gentleman worth the listening time?

Absolutely not. I didn't finish listening. Ugh.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The City Who Fought

  • By: Anne McCaffrey, S. M. Stirling
  • Narrated by: Constance Towers
  • Length: 3 hrs and 18 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 117
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 80

Simeon is bored, even with his latest war game. When he hears of the arrival of an out-of-control refugee ship, he welcomes the excitement. But the refugees' story is horrifying: they were attacked by space barbarians. If anyone is to survive another attack, Simeon must turn his war game hobby into the real thing! This tale is narrated by television and stage actress Constance Towers ( Capitol).

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Cropped and chopped

  • By Nori Lamphere on 10-06-06

Cropped and chopped

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-06-06

I am a huge Anne McCaffrey fan and was enormously disappointed in how this book was edited and read. Key parts of the story line which developed the characters and showed the development of their relationship were missing. The delivery was nearly monotone. This was a huge disappointment. I don't care for abridged editions of anything, but this was worse than most.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful