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  • Inferno

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 17 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23,324
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,986
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21,061

Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon awakens in a hospital in the middle of the night. Disoriented and suffering from a head wound, he recalls nothing of the last 36 hours, including how he got there...or the origin of the macabre object that his doctors discover hidden in his belongings. Langdon's world soon erupts into chaos, and he finds himself on the run in Florence with a stoic young woman, Sienna Brooks, whose clever maneuvering saves his life.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Formulaic and Hard to Finish....

  • By Livia on 06-15-13

Terrible narrator

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

Reviewed: 05-31-13

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator.

If you’ve listened to books by Dan Brown before, how does this one compare?

Dan Brown is a terrific storyteller, but not a great writer. His books are great rides that also make me look up information about art - good combination. If you don't expect more than that, you're in for a good time.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator was so terrible I returned the book after only reading a quarter of it. Definitely better read with your eyes than your ears.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Age of Miracles

  • A Novel
  • By: Karen Walker
  • Narrated by: Emily Janice Card
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 838
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 736
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 739

On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever-shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with the normal disasters of everyday life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not sure I can measure up...

  • By Karen on 07-07-12

Unrelenting misery and gloom

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

Reviewed: 10-21-12

Any additional comments?

I like a dystopian novel as much as the next person and this book had a good idea. Unfortunately, the author seemed to have gotten so caught up in the theme that there's no break from the misery. Everything awful that can possibly happen to the 11-year-old protagonist does. It reaches a point where you just want to curl up around her to protect her from the next blow. On top of that, whoever edited this should have paid attention to the continuity errors, excessive use of simile and reined in the foreshadowing (note: foreshadowing can be a useful tool when building tension. When it is used in every single scene in the first quarter of the book, it loses impact). The narrator was excellent, though - she effectively heightened the themes and moods as a good narrator should. The only problem was that this made the whole exercise much more depressing and sad than it already was. And that's saying something. If you want dystopia, read the The Hunger Games instead. Or better yet, The Handmaid's Tale.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Selection

  • The Selection, Book 1
  • By: Kiera Cass
  • Narrated by: Amy Rubinate
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,725
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,935
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,940

For 35 girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime: the opportunity to escape the life laid out for them since birth... to be swept up in a world of glittering gowns and priceless jewels... to live in a palace and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her, and leaving her home to enter a fierce competition for a crown she doesn't want.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • You might want to wait... if you hate cliffhangers

  • By Kindle Customer on 04-27-12

Terrible narration

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

Reviewed: 07-11-12

The story itself is serviceable, but two-dimensional. The editor should've have demanded another rewrite - would have made it a better book. Still, would be an OK romp as a read if not for the narrator. Absolutely terrible - every sentence is pronounced in the same rhythm. It's mechanical and distracting. I lasted about 1.5 hours and then gave up. Too bad - wouldn't have minded seeing where the story went, but couldn't abide the narrator.

0 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Swan Thieves

  • By: Elizabeth Kostova
  • Narrated by: Treat Williams, Anne Heche, Erin Cottrell, and others
  • Length: 17 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 996
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 426
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 431

Psychiatrist Andrew Marlowe has a perfectly ordered life--solitary, perhaps, but full of devotion to his profession and the painting hobby he loves. This order is destroyed when renowned painter Robert Oliver attacks a canvas in the National Gallery of Art and becomes his patient. In response, Marlowe finds himself going beyond his own legal and ethical boundaries to understand the secret that torments this genius, a journey that will lead him into the lives of the women closest to Robert Oliver.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Such Potential Wasted

  • By Sara on 08-13-14

Snore and shouldn't be

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-13-11

I'm about done the first of three parts and don't know if I can go on. The Swan Thieves seem to have the same feel as The Historian and I think it's probably a better book that it's allowed to be with the chosen narrators. Every now and again, I catch prose that's elegant and has a beauty into which I'd love to disappear, but... WRONG narrators! I like Treat Williams as an actor, but his narration is terrible. Monotone, same intonation in every single sentence, no change for different characters in a conversation. Anne Heche isn't terrific, either. I simply can't finish. I'm really disappointed - I bought this the minute it was available and have saved it for a special listen. What a letdown.

The one star is for the narrators - I'd give the book itself more, but it's hard to say how many more because the book itself disappears in the drone of Treat Williams' voice.

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  • The Newsflesh Trilogy, Book 1
  • By: Mira Grant
  • Narrated by: Paula Christensen, Jesse Bernstein
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,947
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,681
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,678

The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beat the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I laughed, I cried...

  • By susan on 04-07-11

Won over

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-21-11

I wasn't too pleased with this in the beginning - the parents were so ridiculous and there was so much anger I was kind of turned off. But I decided to keep going and I'm glad I did. Sure, the book has its flaws, but I was won over. The narrator grew on me until she became George, the story with its mix of technology, journalism and horror really worked. It's a good listen if you're feeling geeky and I loved a late development I didn't expect. Immediately got the second in the series - the flaws ended up not mattering much and I couldn't wait to learn what happened next.

  • Silent in the Grave

  • By: Deanna Raybourn
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,964
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,441
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,440

Let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave. These ominous words, slashed from the pages of a book of Psalms, are the last threat that the darling of London society, Sir Edward Grey, receives from his killer. Before he can show them to Nicholas Brisbane, the private inquiry agent he has retained for his protection, Sir Edward collapses and dies at his London home, in the presence of his wife, Julia, and a roomful of dinner guests.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Happily surprised

  • By 9S on 07-04-09

Pretty good book, bad narrator

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-25-07

This is a pretty good historical suspese/romance with apparently fairly accurate depiction of life in the Victorian age. Unfortunately, the brightness of the story is dimmed by the narrator. Clearly not British, it's hard not to notice the lapses into American and/or the stilted supposed British accent - sometimes, it works, sometimes, it definitely doesn't. Also, the narrator has a tendency to read. In a very. Staccato. Way. which is infuriating and just about murdered my enjoyment of the book.

Good enough that I'll keep an eye out for the sequeal, but only if it's read by someone else.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Break No Bones

  • By: Kathy Reichs
  • Narrated by: Dorothee Berryman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 736
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 375
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 378

The inspiration for the hit Fox series Bones, Kathy Reichs explores another high-stakes crime from today's headlines, in a case that lands forensic anthropologist Tempe Brennan in the middle of a gruesome international scheme.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Unbearable Narrator

  • By Meridith on 12-13-07

I miss Michele Pawk

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-07

I've been a huge Reichs fan since her first book and have thoroughly enjoyed the transition to reading by listening. Michele Pawk (previous narrator) did a phenomenal job bringing the subtlety and humour to life and made Tempe seem complicated, yet interesting and relatable. This new reader is not suited for the book. Her French is exquisite, but her Tempe is horrible. With such a prickly character, you need a reader that udnerstands Tempe and her universe and this one seemed very wrong for it - this Tempe was peevish, irritating and fickle and the narration brought out the flaws in the story (of which there weren't many, granted, but this reader made them seem blatant). The three stars could've been more, had I not been so annoyed by the narration.

Bring back Michele Pawk!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Ruins

  • By: Scott Smith
  • Narrated by: Patrick Wilson
  • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 867
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 373
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 378

The Ruins follows two American couples enjoying a pleasant, lazy beach holiday together in Mexico. On an impulse, they go off with newfound friends in search of one of their group, the young German who, in pursuit of a girl, has headed for the remote Mayan ruins, site of a fabled archeological dig.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Singularly Harsh

  • By Fredrick J. on 03-07-17

Almost Awful

Overall
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-09-06

Boring, not scary, the action is drowned in too many words. It gets going a bit in the last quarter of the book, but that's too long to wait.

  • Thunderbird Falls

  • The Walker Papers, Book 2
  • By: C. E. Murphy
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 996
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 739
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 734

For all the bodies she's encountering, you'd think beat cop Joanne Walker works in Homicide. But no, Joanne's a reluctant shaman who last saved mankind three months ago; surely she deserves more of a break! Yet, incredibly, "Armageddon, Take Two" is mere days away.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Hhmm... I'm disappointed.

  • By Isaac on 08-17-12

Where's Christine Carroll

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-05-06

Like Urban Shaman, this is a fun read with undertones of thoughtfulness. Unlike Urban Shaman, the narrator does nothing for the story (hence only 3 stars instead of 4). Christine Carroll (who read the first in the series) hit just the right mix of wry humour and emotion, whereas Gabra Zachman is entirely too laconic and urban-cynical and the story suffers because of it.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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    Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
    1,163 ratings
    Overall 3.9
  • The Fiery Cross

  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Geraldine James
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,163
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 417
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418

The Fiery Cross is Diana Gabaldon's fifth novel in her award-winning Outlander series, featuring 18th-century Scotsman Jamie Fraser and his 20th-century time-traveling wife, Claire Randall.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Waiting for Davina

  • By Debra on 04-17-09

Disappointed

Overall
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-02-05

I loved the first three books in the Outlander series, but had trouble with this one. About two hours into the books, I was bored out of my skull and although the narrator is incredible with accents, I didn't like her. I get the sense that both author and narrator are technically good, but lack soul. Considering my previously fanatic love of Dianan Gabaldon, this was a huge disappointment.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful