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  • Outlander

  • Outlander, Book 1
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 32 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53,733
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,738
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,587

Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary

  • By Sara on 09-10-14

Great Narration Good Book

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

Reviewed: 10-05-17

I'm not one for romances but this book was a great listen despite having to endure at least a dozen lovemaking scenes which I personally think were unnecessary to the plot of the story but I guess is expected of the genre. Overall good book, solid story but a little too erotic for my taste. Incredible narration though.

  • The Quest Begins

  • Seekers, Book 1
  • By: Erin Hunter
  • Narrated by: Julia Fletcher
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 130
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 95

Three young bears from different species - black, polar, and grizzly - are separated from their families when they are just young cubs. They find themselves brought together on a perilous journey. Fate is about to change all these bears lives forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great For All Ages

  • By Christine on 05-09-17

Great For All Ages

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

Reviewed: 05-09-17

What did you love best about The Quest Begins?

The story was great, this is a book that has been sitting on my shelf for ages collecting dust, when I saw there was an audio version I was like "Might as well" I started it this morning and have not been able to stop listening. The description on the back of the book is kind of meh, but the story is actually very rich and enjoyable. it goes into 3 young bears early months learning to survive, each a different species, and each in different habitats and each dealing with different but similar struggles.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I feel a great affinity towards Lusa, she is an adorable Black Bear cub who cares for others and is very curious, I also liked the female Polar Bear cub Kallik she seemed like a strong determined character that would do anything to protect her brother, the male brown bear cub, Toklo seems like a turd to me, but perhaps he will have a lot of character development.

Which character – as performed by Julia Fletcher – was your favorite?

Lusa, because the voice she uses reminds me of Mabel Pines from "Gravity Falls" voiced by Kristen Schaal. The resemblance is uncanny.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When the Orcas attacked Kallik's mother, I knew orcas were dangerous but I didn't know they were a threat to Polar Bears. It was shocking.

Any additional comments?

Give it a read, I know it's listed as a children's novel. It is, but don't let that put you off. I'm a 23 year old woman and I loved this book. I just downloaded the second one and when I get my credit next week, I'll get the third. Also check out her Warrior Cat books..

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Deep Blue - Waterfire Saga, Book One: Deep Blue

  • By: Jennifer Donnelly
  • Narrated by: Bea Miller
  • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 166
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 137
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 142

Deep in the ocean, in a world not so different from our own, live the merpeople. Their communities are spread throughout the oceans, seas, and freshwaters all over the globe. When Serafina, a mermaid of the Mediterranean Sea, awakens on the morning of her betrothal, her biggest worry should be winning the love of handsome Prince Mahdi. And yet Sera finds herself haunted by strange dreams that foretell the return of an ancient evil. Her dark premonitions are confirmed when an assassin's arrow poisons Sera's mother.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story, full of fantasy and details

  • By Guadalupe Ramirez on 10-07-15

Terrible Narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-08-17

I love Jennifer Donnelly's books (except for "These Shallow Graves, it was terrible don't read it) she has a great skill at writing she makes you feel for her characters. This book would have been good if it wasn't published by Disney and she could have put her own flare into it. I got the impression it was like My Little Pony but with mermaids instead, not saying anything bad about the MLP franchise I love the show but this book was very...magic-y and was obviously written for teenagers. Books written for teens are usually not very good so all in all being a teen book I would give it 4-5 stars.
The narrator though...oh my god. The absolute worst I've ever heard. I see they have a different narrator fir the other books, that was a good call. She only had like one range of voices, they all sounded Eastern European to me and the Asian character's voice the would pause. After. Every. Word. Like. This. The only realistic character's voice she did was the

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  • The Tea Rose

  • By: Jennifer Donnelly
  • Narrated by: Jill Tanner
  • Length: 28 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,147
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,064
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,055

East London, 1888 - a city apart. A place of shadow and light where thieves, whores, and dreamers mingle, where children play in the cobbled streets by day and a killer stalks at night, where bright hopes meet the darkest truths. Here, by the whispering waters of the Thames, Fiona Finnegan, a worker in a tea factory, hopes to own a shop one day, together with her lifelong love, Joe Bristow, a costermonger's son. With nothing but their faith in each other to spur them on, Fiona and Joe struggle, save, and sacrifice to achieve their dreams.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow. Wow wow wow!

  • By I like to shop on 04-26-16

Best audiobook I have ever read

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

Reviewed: 04-20-17

If you could sum up The Tea Rose in three words, what would they be?

I took a chance getting this book, I had read one of her previous books during high school "Revolution" and I saw she had other books. Romance books usually turn me away because all the romance books I ever see are smut. This was a thrill, it's set in a wonderful era and has so many lovable characters and just the right amount of despair to make you feel for the characters plight. Incredible. And the narrator she is amazing.

What other book might you compare The Tea Rose to and why?

There is nothing like it. Hands down best book I have read.

What does Jill Tanner bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The really brings the characters to life with her vast array of accents, I love listening to her Irish drawl.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Were there any moment it didn't? The whole book is moving and completely riveting

Any additional comments?

Get it, I promise you won't regret it.

  • These Shallow Graves

  • By: Jennifer Donnelly
  • Narrated by: Kim Bubbs
  • Length: 13 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 93
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 91

Jo Montfort is beautiful and rich, and soon - like all the girls in her class - she'll graduate from finishing school and be married off to a wealthy bachelor. Which is the last thing she wants. Jo dreams of becoming a writer - a newspaper reporter like the trailblazing Nellie Bly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing book

  • By Tabitha on 03-02-18

Not Her Best Book

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

Reviewed: 04-20-17

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

I love Jennifer Donnelly's other works theTea Rose series was phenomenal, and Revolution was good but I think since she has started writing those Disney mermaid books her writing style has been lacking it's old gusto.

How could the performance have been better?

The narration was terrible, the girl's voice always sounded whiny.

Any additional comments?

I hope this author will start writing for adults again.