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  • Changeling

  • A Novel of Sorcery and Society
  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,554
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,468
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,465

If 14-year-old Cassandra Reed makes it through her first day at Miss Castwell’s Institute for the Magical Instruction of Young Ladies without anyone discovering her secret, maybe, just maybe, she’ll let herself believe that she really does belong at Miss Castwell’s. Except Cassandra Reed’s real name is Sarah Smith and up until now, she lived her whole life in the Warren, serving a magical family, the Winters, as all non-magical “Snipes” are bound by magical Guardian law to do. That is, until one day, Sarah accidentally levitates Mrs. Winter’s favorite vase in the parlor.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful!

  • By Amazon Customer on 08-23-18

Everything Molly Harper Isn't

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

Reviewed: 09-13-18

This book isn't funny or snarky or even tongue in cheek. Everything I love about Molly Harper's books, and I have all but "My Bluegrass Baby," is missing from this story. Is this a YA novel? Not that there is anything wrong with YA, there are some that I love. I know that Molly has taken on a new genre and story line. I hate it and it made me so sad since I was looking forward to this for months. Not even Amanda Ronconi can save this book for me. I'm not returning it. Maybe in a few years I'll try listening to it again. No. Probably not.

  • First Comes Marriage

  • Huxtable Series, Book 1
  • By: Mary Balogh
  • Narrated by: Anne Flosnik
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 975
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 617
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 610

Against the scandal and seduction of Regency England, New York Times best-selling author Mary Balogh introduces an extraordinary family - the fiery, sensual Huxtables. Vanessa is the second daughter, proud and daring, a young widow who has her own reason for pursuing the most eligible bachelor in London. One that has nothing to do with love. Or does it?

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Totally insipid.

  • By JuneDale on 05-07-13

Snooze...

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

Reviewed: 08-01-18

I started this book four times before I gave up on it. I'm not sure if it is just an insipid predictable story, too many characters being introduced at once, or the sleep inducing tone of the narrator. I finished chapter 5 and have no idea what the story line is because it just doesn't matter. I usually enjoy Mary Balogh's books. This one isn't for me.

  • Menu Excerpts from Our Favorite Newark Restaurants

  • By: Various
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine, Nick Podehl, Eric Michael Summerer, and others
  • Length: 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 828
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 773
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 766

You said you'd listen to your favorite narrators read anything: Well, this ambrosial new audiobook brings together an acclaimed cast of narrators to read aloud the menus of some of our favorite local restaurants here at Audible headquarters in Newark, New Jersey, as only they know how. You haven't truly lived, or dined, until you've heard Cassandra Campbell capture the emotional nuances of Newark's best Indian-inflected burgers or let Nick Podehl extol the virtues of the pear arugula salad and then seductively steer you toward a plate of creamy mushroom linguini.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cute idea! Thanks, Audible!

  • By Wayne on 04-01-18

A Truly Rare Book

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

Reviewed: 04-01-18

Where can I get a second helping? Delicious listening, yet I am left strangely unsatisfied.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Vampire Always Rises

  • Dark Ones
  • By: Katie MacAlister
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55

Growing up in a religious cult, Tempest could only dream of the world outside. Once free, Tempest is determined to live her life to the fullest, and to check off each item on her bucket list. First on her agenda - to meet an honest-to-goodness vampire. It's just a shame the one she finds doesn't understand how the whole Dark Ones thing is supposed to work. Luckily for him, she's patient.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • makes me laugh

  • By Debbie on 11-24-18

not worth the wait

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

Reviewed: 12-15-17

I kept waiting for the characters in this book to develop interesting personalities.

I kept waiting for something in the storyline to become worth listening to.

Apparently, I waited in vain.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Painted Queen

  • An Amelia Peabody Novel of Suspense
  • By: Elizabeth Peters, Joan Hess
  • Narrated by: Barbara Rosenblat
  • Length: 13 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 681
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 610
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 607

Arriving in Cairo for another thrilling excavation season, Amelia is relaxing in a well-earned bubble bath in her elegant hotel suite in Cairo when a man with a knife protruding from his back staggers into the bath chamber and utters a single word - "murder" - before collapsing on the tiled floor, dead. Among the few possessions he carried was a sheet of paper with Amelia's name and room number.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Just did not feel like the Peabody Emersons

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-26-17

I'm Grateful!

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

Reviewed: 08-20-17

There are a lot of reviews on here by people who apparently KNOW the Amelia Universe forward and backward. They probably sat there with the Companion book on their knees as they listened trying to find things that were wrong. And some of the things reviewers said were wrong simply weren't.

Me? I'n not nearly that persnickety. However I am an Amelia-nerd-fan, and in anticipation of this release I started the whole series over. Even going so far as to put the books in chronological order of excavation season, rather than the published order.

For those of you that need this information, the books run in order through The Ape Who Guards the Balance.(1906)

Then you need to follow that with these books:
Guardian of the Horizon (1907)
A River in the Sky (1910)
The Falcon at the Portal (1911)
The Painted Queen (1912)

After the Painted Queen you can go back to the published order.

I'm finding it very interesting to listen to the series in chronological order.

I think that the biggest reason for the negative reviews is that people are truly mourning a beloved author's passing. There won't be anymore Amelia Peabody books. Sure there are a few discrepencies. I can forgive this. I can also forgive Joan Hess for not being Elizabeth Peters. I think that she did an excellent job.

Beyond that I'm really grateful to have a new season with Amelia and family and I'm glad that it wasn't set at the end of the series - wrapping everything up with something as awful as Amelia's death. This way, I can believe that Amealia and Emerson are still happily "ruining shirts," and finding "another dead body" every year.

So, Thank You, Joan Hess for making this happen. I appreciate what you have done!

6 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Literal Leigh Romance Diaries: The Complete Collection Boxed Set

  • By: Melanie James
  • Narrated by: Hollie Jackson
  • Length: 21 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 340
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 316
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 317

Leigh Epstein and friends are single, twenty-something-year-old schoolteachers living relatively normal lives until Leigh stumbles upon a magic writing desk. What will happen with Leigh and her band of magical misfits as they bounce from disaster to catastrophe when she discovers the extent of her powers?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh goodness!

  • By Autumn on 08-01-15

Really awesome if you're brain dead!

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

Reviewed: 06-03-17

Maybe if I was just out of high school I would enjoy this stupidly predictable story. I was only able to listen to the first 90 minutes or so. There is no over-arching storyline of interest and no character development. Which is actually quite funny since the main character is supposedly a high school English teacher.

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  • A Different Witch

  • A Modern Witch Series: Book 5
  • By: Debora Geary
  • Narrated by: Martha Harmon Pardee
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 429
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378

Twenty months ago, Jamie and Lauren crashed a coven meeting in Chicago - a visit they barely remember. For Beth Landler, it was the moment that fractured her circle and awakened her need for an entirely different kind of magic. The kind only found in Witch Central. If she can dig up the courage to go.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another wonderful excursion into witch central

  • By Captain Skurvy on 12-12-13

Stop trying to teach me things...

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

Reviewed: 07-26-16

Sorry, I'm a curmudgeon. I've listened to this story as part of the series whenever I re-read the books. And the book isn't bad. I just think it gets a little preachy here. And sure Beth is a strong capable woman, yada yada. She's also just plain annoying.

  • Bite the Big One!

  • A Paranormal Romantic Comedy
  • By: Sharon Karaa
  • Narrated by: Emily Gray
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 122

Jennifer Owens has her fair share of troubles, what with being pestered by dead people and having to dodge the spells cast by her best friend, Becky, who is the worst witch in the history of witchcraft. On top of that, she has to contend with a sex-mad octogenarian who seems to be stalking her. She doesn't think things can get any worse. But then she becomes the target of a band of vampires who wanted to protect a secret that only she can unlock, if only she can figure out what it is!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A fun, often hysterical, adventure!

  • By CLOregon on 08-02-15

Meh...

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

Reviewed: 10-03-15

I'm just not impressed. Maybe it was the narration. I couldn't keep the characters straight because they all sounded the same. I finished the book two days ago and I don't even remember the story.
It wasn't awful. Just meh.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Attachments

  • A Novel
  • By: Rainbow Rowell
  • Narrated by: Laura Hamilton
  • Length: 9 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,547
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,276
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,281

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder, coworkers at The Courier, know the newspaper monitors their office e-mail. But they still spend all day sending each other messages, gossiping about their coworkers, and baring their personal lives like an open book. Jennifer tells Beth everything she can’t seem to tell her husband about her anxieties over starting a family. And Beth tells Jennifer everything, period. Meanwhile, Lincoln O’Neill still can’t believe that it’s his job to monitor other people’s e-mail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just what I'd hoped for

  • By J-L-UU on 05-30-11

Reading over someone's shoulder

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

Reviewed: 09-26-15

I was hesitant in purchasing this book. Sometimes when a book, or large parts of the book, are told through emails, the author puts in the full header with every installment. You know what I mean... To: FriendA@email.com From: FriendB@differentemail.com September 30, 2015. Subject: What I Did Yesterday. If you are reading a physical book, you can just skip all of that nonsense. Note to authors: We don't really care what their emails are, and unless the date is significant, it isn't important to put it in each and every time.

Sorry about the rant there... Rainbow Rowell respects her readers and doesn't make us suffer through that nonsense.

What I liked about Attachments was that through the vicarious reading of their emails, you could really come to care about Beth and Jennifer. I wanted to have them interact in real time, but you don't get everything you want. And then there's Lincoln. He is the IT guy assigned to read everyone's emails. At least he gets to interact with real people.

Even though the situation was a little creepy - Lincoln's words - I found myself rooting for him. He's just a socially awkward guy who loves going to school and has collected too many degrees. He ended up in a weird job and tries to make the best of it, then tries to make things right.

I enjoyed this book. It wasn't exactly a light read, but it didn't bog down either.

  • A Week at the Lake

  • By: Wendy Wax
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 107

Twenty years ago Emma Michaels, Mackenzie Hayes, and Serena Stockton bonded over their New York City dreams. Then, each summer, they solidified their friendship by spending one week at the lake together, solving their problems over bottles of wine and gallons of ice cream. They kept the tradition for years, until jealousy, lies, and life's disappointments made them drift apart. It's been five years since Emma has seen her friends, an absence designed to keep them from discovering a long-ago betrayal. Now she's in desperate need of their support.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • OK

  • By Me & My Girls on 07-12-15

Bechdel Testing Wendy Wax

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

Reviewed: 09-26-15

I realize that the Bechdel Test is only a the tip of the iceberg in bringing attention to how women are portrayed in works of fiction. Basically the Bechdel test asks three questions:
1. There are at least two female characters. (Preferably they each have a name.)
2. They have a conversation with each other
3. About something other than a man.

Admittedly this is a pretty low standard, and one would think that most books written by women would pass this test. But surprisingly many come close to falling short.

Wendy Wax passes with flying colors!

I truly appreciate books with multi-faceted women, who are not totally wrapped up with the men in their lives. Men can be a large part of their lives, but not everything. The women in the books I love have many interests, and have strong well developed characters.

I only recently started reading Wendy Wax's books. To date, I have everything of her's available on Audible except Downton Abbey.

If you appreciate an excellent story, female characters who aren't all between 18 and reaching the nearly old age of 29, heaven forbid they hit 30 without a man, you will find that in Wendy Wax's books.

A Week at the Lake is the story of three women who are best friends, but one of them has pushed the other two away. They haven't seen each other in five years, an accident brings them back together. There is the love of true friendship, shared experiences, reconciliation and even a little romance! The characters are imperfect and believable. The story line doesn't tie up all of the loose ends and solve everyone's issues by the last page. Isn't that pretty much like real life?

Even though I wanted the story to continue, this book was long enough to allow me to feel that I wasn't cheated out of anything.

I won't say that I only read books that pass the Bechdel Test, I mean, how do you know before you start the book? But I always appreciate it when they do! I have discovered that when I read Wendy Wax's books, I find what I'm looking for. Her writing - her characters - make me think. I don't want to be friends with all of the women, but I find someone to identify with in each of her books. I only wish they were all available at Audible!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful