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  • Regicide

  • The Completionist Chronicles Series, Book 2
  • By: Dakota Krout
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 4,702
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,430
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,425

 Dakota Krout presents the second book in The Completionist Chronicles series. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • King of litRPG

  • By Max on 09-20-18

Am I the Last to Make the Connection?

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

Reviewed: 01-30-19

I adored Krout's first book, dungeon Born, and the remaining two books in the series available at the time--although it took me until after the first two books in this series to face the action in the third book of the Divine Dungeon series. Loved them all and what twists!

Then it occurred to me to ask why Krout published the two books in this totally new Completionist series before finishing his first series... then it hit me, like an anvil falling out of the sky... oops, quoting wrong book there. ;)

Was I the last person loving these books to complete the achronym and figure out Krout wasn't failing at being original or merely recycling old names? I. Love. It! I had to go back and reread Ritualist and Regicide back to back to try to see what else I missed... title character name repitition apparently... and probably lots more. I simply don't have enough current information to make all the connections.

Krout's fourth book in the Divine Dungeon series recently came out and I've delayed because Dungeon Calamity took so much out of me. But now... I think I know where my next credit purchase is going!

I adore Vicas Adam's narration in all these books and can't wait for another to come out in either series!

  • The Vampire's Accidental Wife

  • Nocturne Falls, Book 8
  • By: Kristen Painter
  • Narrated by: B.J. Harrison
  • Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 898
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 825
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 823

Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year. The tourists think it's all a show: the vampires, the werewolves, the witches, the occasional gargoyle flying through the sky. But the supernaturals populating the town know better. Living in Nocturne Falls means being yourself. Fangs, fur, and all.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This series is addictive

  • By janet on 06-18-17

More of What We Love

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

Reviewed: 06-16-17

I've enjoyed all the books in the Nocturne Falls series and have eagerly anticipated Julian's story. I am not disappointed. In fact, I think this may be my favorite so far... and that's saying a lot.

While this story is written so that even a newcomer to the series could follow what is happening, it's more fun to know Julian's history leading up to this. Finally all those little mysteries surrounding Julian are explained: why all those trips to Las Vegas, why would a playboy of Julian's caliber need a charm to "charm" the ladies, and why those more recent glimpses of a more sensitive Julian? There's a lady in the question, of course.

Our story starts with a Julian already married after sufficient champagne weakened his lady-love enough to say "I do"... but then she said "I don't". Poor Julian. Finally brought down by Cupid's arrow only to have fallen for a lady who refuses to love him, or anyone else.

I liked the character of Desdemona Valentine, Julian's vampiress wife who feels she simply can't love anyone and doesn't want to ever be married--not again. We have to wait some time to find out why, but the answer sure could make any woman find it hard to trust a "loving" husband.

We also get snippets of just about everyone we've ever met in Nocturne Falls, plus a good dose of Aunt Bertie... who may be one of my very favorite characters in the whole town!

I always enjoy B.J. Harrison's narrations of these stories and he is definitely the voice of Nocturne Falls. I must admit he didn't quite nail accents from the Carribean or New Orleans, but he did at least approximate an exotic sound for Desi, even if it wasn't what we could call accurate.

Now I want to re-read all the books leading up to this one to spot those hints we were given about Julian's secret... and then re-listen to this one all over again. I suppose that's what fun stories in a fun setting are all about--makes you want to experience it all over again.

  • Twilight Tenth Anniversary/Life and Death Dual Edition

  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Michael Crouch, Ilyana Kadushin
  • Length: 28 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,545
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,421
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,422

Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Twilight. This special 10th anniversary edition includes the original novel as well as exclusive new bonus content. Listeners will relish experiencing the iconic love story of Bella and Edward again...or for the very first time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Keep an open mind, & you might really enjoy it

  • By bookish327 on 11-14-15

Woah, Folkes! The same story... but different

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

Reviewed: 10-11-15

From the earlier reviews, I thought life and Death was a verbatim rewrite of Twilight with only names and pronouns changed. Not true. It is the same outline and much of the same text, but not all... not at all. There are modifications and adaptations for the change in gender. And Michael Crouch does as good a job as Ilyana Kadushin in narrating this story. Oh, and there is adifferent ending. If you didn't like the first Twilight, you are unlikely to like this one... maybe. If you are so wed to the original that any change seems sacrilege... skip the gender-switched edition. But if you liked Twilight and are open to something the same but different, then this can be a cool way to revisit the story. And if you try it but hate it? Well, Audible has a generous return policy so you can't even complain you are out a credit or cash... unless you simply like complaining. I knew going in that this dual edition was a retelling of the story with switched genders and wasn't expecting a wholly different take on it, therefore I wasn't surprised or disappointed... really, was Stephanie Meyer supposed to write a whole new novel and toss it in for free? According to some of the other reviews, yes. But take this for what it is and you might have a good experience.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • The Sword of Summer

  • Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book One
  • By: Rick Riordan
  • Narrated by: Christopher Guetig
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,022
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,533
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,525

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother's mysterious death, he's lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers. One day he's tracked down by an uncle he barely knows - a man his mother claimed was dangerous. Uncle Randolph tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Usual fun Riordan brought down by bad reading

  • By Cody on 10-13-15

First I was disappointed, then I was angry

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

Reviewed: 10-08-15

As I began listening to this book I was rather disappointed in the narration. As I continued to listen I became incredulous as to just how poor the narration was—stilted reading of the text, unconvincing character voices, atrocious attempts at accents. Then I found myself becoming angry—not at the narrator, at the audiobook publishers. This appears to be the narrators first attempt at audio narration and he obviously had no idea what the art of narration required. Furthermore, he likely didn’t know what audiobook readers expect and how demanding we are… but the publishers knew.

Now I am actually angry with the publishers at Penguin/Random House/Listening Library for throwing this performer to the wolves without a second thought. He is going to be slammed for the quality of the narration—sadly, deservedly so—and I feel certain he had no idea such a slap down was likely. What were the publishers thinking?! They knew the narration would be included in reviews. They knew readers didn’t appreciate the poor narration of the last two books they published by Riordan. And they had to know this performance would be received even more poorly than those. Why would they set up anyone for the public humiliation that will come with the performance of this book?

Rather than list the name of the narrator, they should list the names of the people responsible for choosing someone to read this book who didn’t have the skills required for a satisfying audio experience. I’ve heard others say before that large publishers aren’t concerned with quality, only money. This is the first time I’ve felt the publisher’s insult so blatantly: “You stupid audiobook listeners will snap up anything so we don’t have to give you quality… who cares if you actually enjoy the experience of reading this book!”

I also feel sorry for Rick Riordan who has put a lot of work into creating this new series, only to have it butchered by a publisher who hires a narrator with insufficient talent or experience to do justice to the work.

If this narrator continues with the next book in the series, someone needs to give him some serious coaching on how to read text in a natural manner, differentiate character voices effectively, and—please, dear lord, please—how to do accents! I’m sure this guy can learn… somebody please help him… I don’t want to have to give another crushing review of his performance!

211 of 232 people found this review helpful

  • Murder in the Mystery Suite

  • Book Retreat Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Ellery Adams
  • Narrated by: Johanna Parker
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 918
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 838
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 831

Tucked away in the rolling hills of rural western Virginia lies the storybook resort of Storyton Hall, catering to book lovers who want to get away from it all. To increase her number of bookings, resort manager Jane Steward has decided to host a Murder and Mayhem week so that fans of the mystery genre can gather together for some role-playing and fantasy crime solving.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Nancy Drew meets "The Librarian"

  • By Ray on 01-07-15

An Intriguing Start

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

Reviewed: 01-02-15

This is the first Ellery Adams I've read and I hope to read more. The setting is an idyllic literary manor and village populated with fun characters. Aside from the mystery, it has an interesting twist involving the family's legacy and on-going obligations. The descriptions were vivid and brought the Storyton Manor and village to life. The ending hinted at new characters to be intrigued by and potential for murder and mayhem beyond the week-long theme of the special week in this story. It is definitely cozy in its character development and lack of graphic violence, so it's a good story to curl up with for a comfy evening.

I've always liked Johana Parker's work, but, while she creates good character voices for this work, something in her vocal quality this time didn't seem to be as good a fit as some of her other work. Perhaps it's a combination of the writing style and Parker's slightly stilted reading style. I kept having the feeling that if she ever relaxed into the story it would feel more natural. Still, it didn't detract from the story, just felt a little forced.

I look forward to more in this series and for Audible to bring other Ellery Adams books to their site.

9 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • An Owl Too Many

  • Peter & Helen Shandy, Book 8
  • By: Charlotte MacLeod
  • Narrated by: John McLain
  • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 49

Emory Emmerick comes to Balaclava Agricultural University as a scout for a television station. Although the faculty and students are hardly ready for prime time, Emmerick’s interest is in environmental programming - a subject that inspires even the driest Balaclava professor to wax poetic. In his search for material, Emmerick joins Peter Shandy and a few of his colleagues on the annual owl-count.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A complete and Unabridged Wild Ride

  • By Jeanie on 04-21-13

A complete and Unabridged Wild Ride

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

Reviewed: 04-21-13

When first released, this book and "Vane Pursuit" of the peter Shandy series were missing the final chapter. Now both are complete--thank you, Audible.

Charlotte MacLeod's Peter Shandy series is always fun, clever, and worth the time invested in reading--and rereading. This one includes many of our familiar favorite characters adding their own unique contributions, but President Svensen and his wife are two of the biggest hoots in the book--owl pun not intended. There are sufficient plot twists and complications and convolutions to satisfy any Shandy fan while our favorite college president has plenty of opportunity to demonstrate why we love him--and his wife. It's always a treat to spend time with Charlotte MacLeod's creations for a bit of clever cozy fun.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Vane Pursuit

  • By: Charlotte MacLeod
  • Narrated by: John McLain
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44

The weather vanes of the famous craftsman Praxiteles Lumpkin are one of the great cultural treasures of rural Massachusetts. Helen Shandy, librarian at Balaclava Agricultural College, is roaming the countryside, camera in hand, capturing images of these lovely copper sculptures, trying to give them the attention they deserve. But each time she takes a picture, the featured vane vanishes. Could there be a gang of breezy-minded burglars on her tail?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complete and Unabridged

  • By Jeanie on 04-21-13

Complete and Unabridged

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

Reviewed: 04-21-13

When first released this title and "An Owl Too Many" were missing their final chapter. They both now are available in their complete forms--thank you, Audible.

As for this particular title, it was filled with Charlotte MacLeod's usual clever humor and storyline plus a second setting in Maine and a very wonderful new character in the form of Miss Binks. Actually, several new interesting characters were introduced and some of our old favorites, such as Cronkite and Iduna, returned to liven the proceedings. There was lots of action and cleverness on Peter Shandy's part in solving the mystery. It is typical Macleod and worth the listen.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Lover at Last

  • A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood
  • By: J. R. Ward
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 22 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,185
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,904
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,919

Qhuinn, son of no one, is used to being on his own. Disavowed from his bloodline, shunned by the aristocracy, he has finally found an identity as one of the most brutal fighters in the war against the Lessening Society. But his life is not complete. Even as the prospect of having a family of his own seems to be within reach, he is empty on the inside, his heart given to another....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • When it was good, it was very, very good...

  • By Bookfriend83 on 03-27-13

"Lover at Last" my last "Lover"

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

Reviewed: 03-27-13

I have been a huge fan of the BDB since the first time I read "Dark Lover" and all the wonderful stories that followed. I've adored J. R. Ward's writing style, sense of humor, and the relationships between the couples, and the narration by Jim Frangione. But I wish with all my heart I had stopped with the eighth book, "Lover Mine" and never reached this latest story.

While I knew who the two members of the couple would be before reading this, and therefore have only myself to blame, I had hoped any sex would be treated discretely. But the scenes between Blay and Qhuin are every bit as explicit as between any other couple in previous books. This is not why I buy paranormal romance books; I'm simply not into male-on-male sex. Not that the heterosexual sex in the half of the book I read were why I read these stories either. Several encounters were mere quickies with anonomous females and one was a group scene as four of the Band of Bastards fed and had sex with a paid vampire female--yick. Now how do I scrub all these images from my brain?

J. R. Ward has the right to write the story she wants and I know many of her fans will follow her. But this is my last new BDB and I plan to return it to get my credit back. I'll miss what might have been if Ward had continued down a path I could follow, but our paths diverge here.

9 of 19 people found this review helpful

  • Last Wool and Testament

  • A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Molly MacRae
  • Narrated by: Emily Durante
  • Length: 9 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 443
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 394
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 396

Thank Goodness It's Fiber: That's the name of the spunky group of fiber and needlework artists founded by Ivy McClellan, Kath's beloved grandmother. Though Ivy has recently passed on, the members still meet regularly at her fiber and fabric shop, The Weaver's Cat, which Kath has now inherited. But that's only the first in a series of surprises when Kath returns to the small town of Blue Plum, Tennessee, to settle her grandmother's affairs

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good start to a good mystery

  • By Beatrice on 12-02-12

First Book Augurs Well for the Series

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

Reviewed: 01-16-13

As a first book in a series this one sets up a potentially very good cozy series. MacRae described a town and a number of characters it should be fun to spend time with. Also, she includes a few that we don't want to spend much time with--neither does the main character, Cath--but these add interest, humor, and another reason to come back for a second book with hopes that the twins will get their comeupance. But, like Charlie Brown and the football, I suspect it will be an unlikely but perpetual hope.

I liked the cozily paranormal aspect and wished more had been explored in this first novel. We were given some very tantalizing hints about Cath's grandmother, Ivy, and what she could do, but not enough to know for any certainty what it was. And it may run in the family... but, even with this to intrigue us, we mostly got a long scene introducing the ghost. I have to admit, I really liked the ghost, and I hope to see more of her, even if it's only in a semi-transparent form. One of my favorite tidbits in this story was that Cath thought to entertain the ghost with an audiobook--apparently a heroine with discerning tastes!

Emily Durante did a very good job with the various voices and characterizations, along with good prose reading.

I look forward to the next in the series and hope that the writer and narrator continue their stellar paring.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom

  • By: Christopher Healy, Todd Harris
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 894
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 808
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 810

Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You've never heard of them, have you? These are the princes who saved Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Snow White, and Rapunzel, respectively, and yet, thanks to those lousy bards who wrote the tales, you likely know them only as Prince Charming. But all of this is about to change.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • In the tradition of Princess Bride

  • By Patricia on 09-07-12

Get Into the Spirit

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

Reviewed: 12-18-12

In the same kind of spirit that infused The Princess Bride, this story of the actual young men behind the generic name Prince Charming is fun, funny, and unexpected. Bronson Pinchot's narration elevates this already wonderful ffractured fairy tale to the same genius level as Mandy Potenkin's Inego Montoya.

The tale not only includes the traditional witches, trolls, dwarves, etc. and action, danger, heroic deeds, etc., but clever humore with twists on all the familiar fairy tale elements. The princesses aren't all helpless maidens or even sweet and generous of spirit. The princes aren't all competent swordsmen or even temperamentally suited to the role of hero. But they all rise to the occasion and entertain heroically to the end.

As fun as the story is, Bronson Pinchot adds greatness with his accents, voices, and delivery. This performance makes it clear why he is a listener favorite.

I often found myself grinning or laughing out loud while listening. It's a story that requires the listner to go along with the premise, but it's so worth the ride.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful