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  • A Discovery of Witches

  • A Novel
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,061
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,391
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,430

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A feast for the mind and imagination

  • By Barbara on 02-21-11

ok, yeah maybe jus me....

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

Reviewed: 08-10-18

I sure would have liked more sexiness, alittle more explicit maybe? Otherwise, most excellent. Narrator did a great job differentiating the characters.

  • Magical Probi

  • The Federal Witch, Book 2
  • By: T S Paul
  • Narrated by: Francis Alais
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 54
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 54

Probationary FBI Agent Agatha Blackmore has just finished three grueling years at the FBI Academy at Quantico. She mastered every skill and task they laid before her. She now begins an internship of sorts working for the Magical Crimes Division. Assassination, murder, and betrayal await her. How will she do in the real world? Will her magick be enough to save her?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Story vs Narrator

  • By Favorite Aunt on 12-30-18

Man, WTF!!!!

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

Reviewed: 04-25-18

how can anyone who has heard this narrators voice, choose 2 use her for the remaining books?!?

in addition, the pacing is off, the tone is off and the recording volume goes up and down!

yall, I'm telling you the storyline is great! the rest is, man....wtf !?!

  • Academy of Assassins

  • Academy of Assassins Series, Book 1
  • By: Stacey Brutger
  • Narrated by: Traci Odom
  • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 276

Abandoned as a child and unable to remember her past, Morgan was raised as a hunter, one of an elite group of fighters sworn to protect humans from the dangerous paranormal creatures who invade our world...creatures such as herself. Her life changes the day she's summoned to the Academy of Assassins, a school that trains witches and hunters to eradicate paranormals who prey on humans. Her first assignment - find and eliminate the killer who is using the Academy as their own personal hunting ground.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good new series - 3.5 stars

  • By BikeVON on 05-12-18

Worth the money

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-24-18

Good story line and cast of characters. The narrator did a great job of changing the voices for each person.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Orchid Beach

  • By: Stuart Woods
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

Forced into early retirement at 37, smart, attractive, and fiercely independent Major Holly Barker trades in her bars as a military cop for the badge of deputy chief of police in Orchid Beach, Florida. But below the sunny surface of this sleepy, well-to-do island town lies an evil that escalates into the cold-blooded murder of one of Holly's new colleagues.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable

  • By Nancy on 03-29-17

Not enthused by narrator

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

Reviewed: 02-23-18

I can get thru the story as its gud enuf 2 put u there action wise, but the narrator chose a tone that's way 2 soft 4 the female MC. Definitely not authoritative enuf for her background & position .

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Behind the Throne

  • By: K. B. Wagers
  • Narrated by: Angèle Masters
  • Length: 13 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 82
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 75
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 74

Hail Bristol has made a name for herself in the galaxy for everything except what she was born to do: rule the Indranan Empire. When she is dragged back to her home planet to take her rightful place as the only remaining heir, she finds that trading her ship for a palace is her most dangerous move yet.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Couldn't stop listening.

  • By Patti on 09-01-16

2 Much Accent

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

Reviewed: 11-12-17

just a bit 2 much Hindu accent 4 my ears 2 process all the names & some words as I'm listening. I don't wanna be pulled frm the story but 2 many times I had 2 back it up cus I was like, "wait...what?!"

other than that, excellent story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Death Becomes Her

  • The Kurtherian Gambit, Book 1
  • By: Michael Anderle
  • Narrated by: Emily Beresford
  • Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,362
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,279
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,278

What you thought you knew about vampires and werewolves is wrong...so very, very, wrong. A thousand years of effort to keep the Unknown World hidden is unraveling and the Patriarch is tired. He needs to find someone to take over. He finds Bethany Anne.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • amazingly refreshing

  • By kevin on 02-15-17

Better narrator than witch series....

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

interesting take on how vamps came 2 be. will continue story so i can see all the various directions the author is taking the kurtherian storyline.

  • Conjuring Quantico

  • The Federal Witch, Book 1
  • By: T S Paul
  • Narrated by: Francis Alais
  • Length: 6 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 86
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 79

As a second year FBI academy witch, Agatha Blackmore has a certain reputation. After nearly blowing up the school, an untended mid-air incident involving the FBI director, and declaring war with the US Marines, she has to wonder if she will even see graduation. But when a rash of mysterious disappearances catches the attention of local authorities Agatha finds herself asked to lend a hand to the investigation.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Entertaining story, audio track needs editing

  • By Emily on 04-24-17

Sorry Narrator. ...but dang U Suck.

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

Reviewed: 09-07-17

She reads like a middle schooler having 2 read her report in front of the class.

But the story is so freaking interesting! I only blame the author if he didn't listen 2 a sample of her work b4 hiring her.

And dang it.....yes I'll get the nex one bcause, again the story itself is entertaining.

if u've ever heard Davina Porter who reads the Outlander series , u'll better understand why I feel jipped with this narrator. Also hear Heather Wilds, who reads the Lady Darby Mysteries. ..awesome 4 both those females !

On the male side is Dick Hill who is the voice of Jack Reacher, Ray Porter for the Joe Ledger series, damn he's GOOD!

  • Kissing Sin

  • Riley Jenson, Guardian, Book 2
  • By: Keri Arthur
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 431
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 347
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 347

From Melbourne's gleaming skyscrapers to its throbbing nightclubs, Riley Jenson's world is raging with danger and desire. A drop-dead-gorgeous werewolf---with a touch of vamp coursing in her blood---Riley works for an organization created to police the supernatural races. But when she wakes up naked and bruised in a barren alley, she knows only that she must run for her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good book. but

  • By randi on 03-11-16

really liked bk1 narrator much better!

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

Reviewed: 07-14-17

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  • Dispelled

  • Null for Hire Series, Book 1
  • By: Terri L. Austin
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 65
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53

They call me an abomination. A mutant. A curse on their kind. I don't let it bother me. Much. My name is Holly James, and what they say is true. I'm a freak of nature - a null. My mere presence saps the magic from others, rendering them powerless. That's why they hate me. But here's the kicker: I've found a way to profit from my lack of mojo. Whether it's acting as a mystical wet blanket in a dispute between pyromancers or keeping hormonal shifters from changing during a sweet 16 party, I provide a highly specialized service.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great start to a series. where's book two???

  • By BMW on 04-28-17

colorless style

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

Reviewed: 05-14-17

She reads in a matter of fact way, so imagine the teacher (Ben Stein) frm Ferris Bueller reading a steamy sex scene & that's how she narrates. 1 point in her favor, she does try 2 change up her voice 4 the various characters.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Shattered Court

  • Four Arts Series #1
  • By: M. J. Scott
  • Narrated by: Flora MacDonald
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Lady Sophia Kendall, 32nd in line to the throne of Anglion, is only days away from finding out if she will be blessed - or perhaps cursed - with magic. When a vicious attack by Anglion's ancient enemies leaves the kingdom in chaos, Sophia is forced to flee the court. Her protector by happenstance is Lieutenant Cameron Mackenzie, a member of the royal guard, raised all his life to be fiercely loyal to the Crown.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • heroes voice. ....

  • By Southern Bibliophile on 02-14-17

heroes voice. ....

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

Reviewed: 02-14-17

Yeah, great read, great plot, jus enuf intrigue, danger & sexy romance to make me wanna buy book 2 when it comes out. Only issue I have is the narrators choice of voice to portray Cameron , the male MC. Didn't fit at all! Kept taking me out of the zone it, tone wasn't right, depth wasn't right either. otherwise, it's worth the price.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful