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  • Breaking Dawn

  • The Twilight Saga, Book 4
  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Ilyana Kadushin, Matt Walters
  • Length: 20 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,979
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,008
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,061

To be irrevocably in love with a vampire is both fantasy and nightmare, woven into a dangerously heightened reality for Bella Swan. Pulled in one direction by her intense passion for Edward Cullen, and in another by her profound connection to werewolf Jacob Black, she has endured a tumultuous year of temptation, loss, and strife to reach the ultimate turning point.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • twighlight series

  • By Craig on 06-07-09

Interesting descriptive details and story

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

I enjoy the descriptive quality of this book, and the way the story unfolds. I dislike the female narrator, Ilyana Kadushin, whose voice I find grating and not right for Bella's character. However, I really enjoy Matt Walters narration of Jacob's chapters. His sarcasm lends an added dimension, often humorous, to the listening.

  • Frederica

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Clifford Norgate
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,730
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,316
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,310

Rich and handsome, the hope of ambitious mothers and despair of his sisters, the Marquis of Alverstoke sees no reason to put himself out for anyone. But when a distant connection applies to him for help, he finds himself far from bored.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Enormous pleasure!!

  • By Hazel on 06-28-09

All smiles!

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

Reviewed: 12-11-18

Such a fun read! Witty writing, transportingly descriptive. A wonderfully subtle romance that builds to a crescendo of love's declaration, orchestrated by a relative!
Clifford Norgate's narration is fantastic and adds so much to the story! I can't believe he hasn't completed any other similar works with Audible.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Help

  • By: Kathryn Stockett
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia, Bahni Turpin, Octavia Spencer, and others
  • Length: 18 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 38,212
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,061
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 24,076

In pitch-perfect voices, Kathryn Stockett creates three extraordinary women whose determination to start a movement of their own forever changes a town, and the way women - mothers, daughters, caregivers, friends - view one another. A deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor, and hope, The Help is a timeless and universal story about the lines we abide by, and the ones we don't.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What a great surprise!

  • By Jan on 12-02-09

One of my favorite books!

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

Reviewed: 09-25-18

The writing is perfect. A painful era presented clearly, with wit and humor. I often laughed out loud, and other times shook my head in disgust. This is a poignant and detailed description of the unique time and place.

  • Tiger's Curse

  • By: Colleen Houck
  • Narrated by: Annika Boras, Sanjiv Jahveri
  • Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,233
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,076
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,086

The last thing teenager Kelsey Hayes thought she'd be doing over the summer was meeting Ren, a mysterious white tiger and cursed Indian prince! When she learns she alone can break the Tiger's curse, Kelsey's life is turned upside-down. The unlikely duo journeys halfway around the world to piece together an Indian prophecy, find a way to free the man trapped by a centuries-old spell, and discover the path to their true destiny.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book!!!

  • By Farryn D on 07-23-11

YA fantasy, stilting awkward narration

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

Reviewed: 08-02-18

I read the written versions of this series years ago, and am revisiting them as audiobooks.
I had forgotten how melodramatic YA can be, but the premise and story are fun and interesting.
I had a hard time with the narration, which often seemed to have awkward pauses between words that belonged together and pronunciation was weird and hesitant at times. Still, it was relaxing to listen to the story while going about my activities, and I didn't dislike the narrator enough to put me off the audiobook series.

  • The Grand Sophy

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Sarah Woodward
  • Length: 11 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,267
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,975
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,972

Resourceful, adventurous and utterly indefatigable, Sophy is hardly the mild-mannered girl that the Rivenhalls expect when they agree to take her in. Kind-hearted Aunt Lizzy is shocked; stern Cousin Charles and his humorless fiancée Eugenia are disapproving.With her inimitable mixture of exuberance and grace Sophy soon sets about endearing herself to her family, but finds herself increasingly drawn to her cousin. Can she really be falling in love with him, and he with her? And what of his betrothal to Eugenia?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Full Sophy

  • By Carol on 10-17-13

Delicious fun!

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

Reviewed: 07-15-18

Wonderful story kept me laughing or smirking the entire time! Outrageous and lovable characters with great dialogue.

  • Any Duchess Will Do

  • Spindle Cove, Book 4
  • By: Tessa Dare
  • Narrated by: Eva Kaminsky
  • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 409
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 381

Griffin York, the Duke of Halford, has no desire to wed this season - or any season - but his diabolical mother abducts him to "Spinster Cove" and insists he select a bride from the ladies in residence. Griff decides to teach her a lesson that will end the marriage debate forever. He chooses the serving girl. Overworked and struggling, Pauline Simms doesn't dream about dukes. All she wants is to hang up her barmaid apron and open a bookshop.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tessa Dare Writes a Dang Good Story!

  • By AmazonCustomer on 05-24-14

Excellent narrator!

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

The story was cute and witty. I LOL'd. Narrator makes the book come to life!

  • The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband

  • A Bridgertons Prequel
  • By: Julia Quinn
  • Narrated by: Rosalyn Landor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 493
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 444
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 446

With her brother, Thomas, injured on the battlefront in the colonies, orphaned Cecilia Harcourt has two unbearable choices: move in with a maiden aunt or marry a scheming cousin. Instead she chooses option three and travels across the Atlantic, determined to nurse her brother back to health. But after a week of searching, she finds not her brother but his best friend, the handsome officer Edward Rokesby.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful !

  • By Jonana on 06-13-17

Started enjoying 3/4 of the way thru.

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

Reviewed: 02-06-18

The writing is good, but the story dragged. I kept thinking, "Enough with the lying, and enough with the self-flagellation for lying." I think it would have been more bearable if there was more humor. Even the strawberry episode could have been a bit more fun.
The plot unfolds about 3/4 of the way through the book, and it starts getting good. Then everything goes pretty quickly to HEA.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • When He Was Wicked

  • By: Julia Quinn
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 969
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 760
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 762

Michael Stirling and his cousin, John, the Earl of Kilmartin, are as close as brothers. However, Michael is secretly in love with John's wife, Francesca Bridgerton. When John suddenly dies, Michael is wracked with guilt and pain. Even though he is determined to remain simply Francesca's friend and confidant, the temptation is far too great.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Engrossing and beautifully written

  • By Marcheta on 02-10-07

Repetitive and overly dramatic

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

Reviewed: 01-12-18

I really struggled to finish this one--I recommend skipping it. I've read all of the other Bridgerton stories, but it's like someone else wrote this one. In comparison, the writing is simplistic, juvenile, overly dramatic, and SO repetitive. I groaned every time they repeated each other's names, which happens incessantly. None of the witty dialogue I've come to expect from this author. Perhaps that's why I'm so disappointed and being so critical. This one is not up to standard.

  • The Duchess Deal

  • Girl Meets Duke
  • By: Tessa Dare
  • Narrated by: Mary Jane Wells
  • Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,519
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,397
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,395

Since his return from war, the Duke of Ashbury's to-do list has been short and anything but sweet: brooding, glowering, menacing London ne'er-do-wells by night. Now there's a new item on the list. He needs an heir - which means he needs a wife. When Emma Gladstone, a vicar's daughter turned seamstress, appears in his library wearing a wedding gown, he decides on the spot that she'll do.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 100% perfect

  • By Eugenie on 09-29-17

So sweet and funny!

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

Reviewed: 10-18-17

I love witty writing, and I couldn't keep the grin off my face. Loveable characters, fantastically narrated.

  • Lord of Scoundrels

  • By: Loretta Chase
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 11 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,620
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,396
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,394

Sebastian Ballister, the notorious Marquess of Dain, is big, bad, and dangerous to know. No respectable woman would have anything to do with the "Bane and Blight of the Ballisters", and he wants nothing to do with respectable women. He's determined to continue doing what he does best - sin and sin again - and all's going swimmingly…until the day a shop door opens and she walks in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Witty dialogue highlights battle between the sexes

  • By Marcheta on 01-30-14

Sad to see it end!

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

Reviewed: 10-01-17

Great story, and such witty repartee. I really appreciate intelligent bantering dialogue. I laughed out loud multiple times.

The narrator did a wonderful job.