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  • Stephen Fry’s Victorian Secrets

  • An Audible Original
  • By: John Woolf, Nick Baker
  • Narrated by: Stephen Fry
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,915
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,969
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,922

On the surface, the Victorian age is one of propriety, industry, prudishness and piety. But scratch the surface and you’ll find scandal, sadism, sex, madness, malice and murder. Presented by Stephen Fry, this series delves deep into a period of time we think we know, to discover an altogether darker reality. The stories we’re told offer a different perspective on an era which underwent massive social change. As education, trade, technology and culture blossomed, why was there an undercurrent of the ‘forbidden’ festering beneath Victorian society? 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Please, have mercy and cut out the sound effects

  • By Areader on 11-29-18

utterly unable to concentrate on this book

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

Reviewed: 02-20-19

I've really tried, but I get distracted by anything while listening to this...
and I really wanted to like it, because you know, Stephen Fry

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  • Length: Not Yet Known
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 1

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • stop the Cliffhanging

  • By Nighteyes on 02-20-19

stop the Cliffhanging

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

Reviewed: 02-20-19

Picks up right where the last book left off and how could it not given it left on a cliffhanger...
though it shifts the view point again...
which is a theme for this trilogy...
each book this time has a different protagonist, meaning that it feels a little rushed at times and just when you get comfortable with one protagonist, the book is done and we switch to someone else, somewhere else...
in many ways it feels like these 3 books are mostly introducing characters and setting up for the next book...
on the other hand...
I'm bloody well looking forward to the next book, so despite what I've said could be taken negatively, it's not entirely so...
my biggest gripe is I wanted more time with each character, and isn't it always like that when reading good books??

Miss Barnett's does a great job, and I feel confident that had I heard the books individually I'd have scored her higher, but 3 books with few overlapping characters would strain any VA to not fall back on the same voices...
however I'm not reviewing the individual books, but the collected trilogy...

honestly I think it's the same for the writing...
it's just a little too much content spread over too few pages...
I'll keep from mentioning butter on toast ;)

  • Hagakure

  • The Book of the Samurai
  • By: William Scott Wilson (translator), Yamamoto Tsunetomo
  • Narrated by: Brian Nishii
  • Length: 5 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 605
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 550
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 547

Living and dying with bravery and honor is at the heart of Hagakure, a series of texts written by an 18th-century samurai, Yamamoto Tsunetomo. It is a window into the samurai mind, illuminating the concept of bushido (the Way of the Warrior), which dictated how samurai were expected to behave, conduct themselves, live, and die.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Way to Experience the Book Again

  • By WildKarrde on 07-10-17

This book is not good for Audio

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

Reviewed: 02-15-19

It's not the fault of the Narrator in any way, but this book is just not well suited to be turned into a audiobook...
The Narrator actually does a bloody great job and the parts in Japanese are spoken fluidly and easily heard...
However the way it is put together just feels very obvious it is intended to be read and that's just how it is...

  • Dungeon Lord: Abominable Creatures

  • The Wraith's Haunt, Book 3
  • By: Hugo Huesca
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays, Annie Ellicott
  • Length: 19 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 336
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 326
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 327

The Heroes of the Militant Church, led by Inquisitor Gallio, scour the forest in search of the Haunt, while Ed desperately attempts to uncover the secret behind the Heroes' origin. Can Ed and his friends defeat the Inquisition and secure their own place in the world, or are they destined to become the monsters of their own tale? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outdone again!

  • By Scott Tilmann on 02-17-19

when is the next one out??

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

Reviewed: 02-14-19

holy hellchickens batman, that was amazing...
I loved this book <3
but then if you enjoyed the first 2 books what are you doing reading this? get to listening, this is even better than the second one!

Hugo does an amazing job weaving the story, letting the characters be who they are...
I can't say much more than that without spoiling things...

as for El Jefe and Annie "Her Highness" Ellicott, they hit it so far out of the park that they should just end the game now to track the metaphor...
Music, sound effects and two of the most talented Voice Artists I have ever had to pleasure to occupy my earholes...
what more can one ask for?

  • Andrea Vernon and the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection

  • By: Alexander C. Kane
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,953
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,739
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,733

Andrea Vernon always thought she would spend her life living in Paris writing thought-provoking historical novels all day and sipping wine on the Seine all night. But the reality is she's drowning in debt, has no prospects, and is forced to move back to Queens, where her parents remind her daily that they are very interested in grandchildren. Then, one morning, she is kidnapped, interviewed, and hired as an administrative assistant by the Corporation for UltraHuman Protection. Superheroes for hire, using their powers for good. What could possibly go wrong?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Normal Life in an Abnormal World

  • By Arthur D. Rich on 08-26-17

I was laughing out loud

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

Reviewed: 02-07-19

The plot is nothing special and some would call it predictable and I can't argue...
However the plot is not the highlight of this book, it is the writing...
It is so perfect, hilarious and it just keeps on giving...

Bahni Turpin does a phenomenal job, so many recurring characters and she nails their voices every time and I could always tell the difference between them.
Her delivery carries this book from a 3 star to almost being a 5

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  • Off Message

  • Ameritocracy, Book 2
  • By: A. C. Fuller
  • Narrated by: Annie Ellicott, Jeff Hays
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4

Six months ago, Mia Rhodes was a Seattle office manager, toiling away from nine to five and spending her weekends managing her online political competition, Ameritocracy. Now, that competition is spreading across the American political landscape, making Mia a celebrity and giving Ameritocracy a real shot at upending the two-party system in the 2020 election. But as the final voting draws near, Mia is betrayed by one of the people she trusts most, throwing Ameritocracy into disarray, and possibly ending her dream of changing American politics forever. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • took a dive from the first

  • By Nighteyes on 02-02-19

took a dive from the first

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

while I was enamoured by the first book in the series, I feel like the second one didn't live up to the standard set forth...
the emotional scenes were rush through, the pace too high to take them in and appreciate them...
this might have been to reflect the pace Mia has to function at, but it detracts from the story and makes it feel like the Author just needs to dump as much information as possible before the third book where everything will pay off...
the classic second book in a trilogy syndrome unfortunately...
I personally will take a break before reading the third one...
the story still has me wanting to know the end, but not as urgently as at the end of the first book.

on the Audio side there isn't much to say I didn't say in my review of the first book .
Annie rocks as the lead in this series and Jeff's backing makes her shine all the brighter...
SBT really is setting new standards for Audiobooks in general

  • Open Primary

  • Ameritocracy, Book 1
  • By: A.C. Fuller
  • Narrated by: Annie Ellicott, Jeff Hays
  • Length: 7 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11

After a lifetime of political disillusionment, Mia Rhodes created an alternative to the two-party system: Ameritocracy. Part American Idol, part Iowa Caucus, her online political competition promises to find the most popular independent candidate in America and give them a genuine shot to win the presidency. But her project flounders until Mia catches the eye of eccentric tech billionaire Peter Colton. With Mia's vision and Peter's money, Ameritocracy moves rapidly from punchline to possibility.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • No knowledge of US politics needed

  • By Nighteyes on 01-31-19

No knowledge of US politics needed

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

Reviewed: 01-31-19

I was rather skeptical about this series being from Europe and not interested in the US politics, but I was proved wrong.
I loved this book and my lack of knowledge was in no way a burden to me.

the characters are believable and fleshed out, sure there is the luck that makes most main characters into main characters, but most of that is toned down too...

the story focuses more on the creation of the process and the problems faced during this than the actual process though even that is fairly intuitive if you can figure out social media :)

Annie was perfect to voice the main character and her ability to make every female voice different and destinct enough that I didn't even need her to tell me who was speaking was captivating.
Jeff did what he does best and gave every voice life...
this combination of voice actors are starting to become one of my absolute favourites.

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  • Dungeon Desolation

  • Divine Dungeon Series, Book 4
  • By: Dakota Krout
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,347
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,190

The necromantic armies are on the warpath and nowhere is safe. Even the presumed sanctuary of the floating dungeon controlled by Cal is threatened! The leadership of nearly all the sentient monarchies has been wiped out, and only the races most suited to repelling the advancing darkness have an intact chain of command. Cal learns quickly that the most pressing threat is not the far-off war, but is instead those entrusted with the general population's protection. As it turns out, the idea of having a flying dungeon for your people is very tempting indeed....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • So much fun

  • By christopher kassar on 01-24-19

a little too hectic

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

Reviewed: 01-31-19

both in the start and the end of the book I was kinda list as to what was happening...
the start could have been helped with a recap of what happened last time...
as to the end, it was just so busy that my mind couldn't keep up as I was working at the time, something that have never been a problem before, so I will stand by it being a bit too hectic, though I understand that was probably the exact feeling Mr. Krout was going for...
still there is a difference between giving the feeling of things being hectic and them actually being so hectic it interferes with the listening experience :(
this shouldn't stop you from getting this wonderful book...
I loved it as it settled into it's overall rythem which we know from the previous books... Mr. Krout has an impressive ability to hit a pace that lets you enjoy the journey without it being slow, yet always having the time to introduce new characters and making them feel like a full character, not just a piece of plot...

Vikas Adam have either grown on me or upped his game... My only usual complaints are that his MC always have the same voice. Either I've given him a unconscious break or he has altered this somewhat, either way, this time I didn't get flashbacks to other series he has narrated due to the similarities of their voices. so kudos to you Mr. Adam, I will look forward to hearing more of you

  • Fantasy Online: The Runestones of Tritinakh

  • Fantasy Online Series, Book 3
  • By: Harmon Cooper
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays, Annie Ellicott
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 192
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 181
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182

What power awaits those who collect the three Runestones of Tritinakh? With Kodai and the Shinigami tracking their every move, the best guild this side of Porthos takes the ultimate quest, pitting them against shamans, ice goddesses, stinky giants, and dangerous bugbears. In real world Tokyo, FeeTwix and Sophia arrive to join Ryuk in uncovering the truth of his hallucinations. What they discover is something is a game changer, to say the least.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fans of Feedback Loop rejoice, and fans of FO too!

  • By Ray Johnson on 05-05-18

Great continuation

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

Reviewed: 01-28-19

The story picks up just where last book ended (it damned well better have giving that ending) and it pretty much seems like the 2 could have been a single book cut at the middle.
I'll not mention much else about the story except the the last 2 hours seemed very rushed as if Mr. Cooper was enjoying himself letting the characters write the story as they do best and suddenly realised, well crap, we've been having fun all over, now we gotta hit the ending I had planned ahead of time, time to shift gears. it's not bad... The pace is just very rushed...

As to Mr. Hays, mate, look up rick flair if ever you have to impersonate his woo again :)
Other than that little tidbit which only wrestling fans will really notice, the performance was stock standard for Mr. Hays, which is why it's getting 4 stars... He is just that good that his regular work is above all the rest

  • Fantasy Online Polynya

  • By: Harmon Cooper
  • Narrated by: Jeff Hays, Soundbooth Theater
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 245
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244

The Mitherfickers are back and ready to bring the fight to the Shinigami! But before they can do that, they need an audience with the Knights of Non Compos Mentis, the most powerful guild in Tritania. Luckily for them, Ryuk used to be a member of the famed guild, and to get to the guild headquarters, they'll need to level up and figure out a way into a city heightened tight security. Along their journey to Polynya, the second floating continent of Tritania, the Mitherfickers are joined by a high elf, whose village is being terrorized by a big bad wolf.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Harmon, Hays, and Hiccup. Need I say more?

  • By Ray Johnson on 03-31-18

sequel syndrome

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

while this is a good book it suffers from the sequel syndrome, the second is never as good as the first...
that doesn't mean that it's bad, it gives us and the MC plenty of information that sets everything up for the third book...

Jeff does an amazing job as always, though he does need to work on his Snoop Dogg impression :)
if you know who Jeff is you know he can sell a book on the sole merit of him narrating it and this is no exception.
only thing keeping this from 5 🌟 is that he have gotten even better since he narrated this :)