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  • Nice Girls Don't Date Dead Men

  • Half-Moon Hollow, Book 2
  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 10 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,840
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,838
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,825

Once a devoted children's librarian, Jane Jameson now works at a rundown occult bookstore. Once a regular gal, she's now a vampire. And instead of a bride, she's an eternal bridesmaid -- which leads her to question where exactly her relationship with her irresistibly sexy sire, Gabriel, is headed. Mercurial, enigmatic, apparently commitment-phobic vampires are nothing if not hard to read.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great series!

  • By Amy on 08-28-10

Not my favorite but still good

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

Reviewed: 06-07-17

I'm a big fan of the naked werewolf books so I thought I'd move on to these. The first one was good. This one is disappointing. I'm interested in the characters and will probably get the next one (I drive a long way to work) but there's a bit too much snark and sarcasm here and the vicious portrayal of southern women got really old. I think the author might need a really good therapist because working out her personal issues in publication doesn't seem to be working for her.

  • We Bought a Zoo

  • The Amazing True Story of a Young Family, a Broken Down Zoo, and the 200 Wild Animals That Change Their Lives Forever
  • By: Benjamin Mee
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 485
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 428
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 432

Already a BBC documentary miniseries and excerpted in the Guardian, We Bought a Zoo is a profoundly moving portrait of an unforgettable family living in the most extraordinary circumstances. This touching memoir is set to be a major motion picture starring Scarlett Johansson and Matt Damon, in theaters December 23, 2011.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous narrator.

  • By Christie on 06-29-11

The Full Story

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

Reviewed: 07-06-16

I enjoyed the movie but thought some of it a bit hard to swallow as my dad is a zoologist. So I was fascinated but this careful account of what really happened. Mr. Mee leaves nothing out and frequently repeats the important points in case you missed them. He is an experienced writer and writes about the things closest to his heart: his family and his zoo. Of course, I checked on line and found out the zoo is still going strong.

People like to say things like "follow your dreams" and "put your money where your heart is" and it sounds easy. This is the story of a man who didn't know what his dream was but was ready to recognize it when it came along. It is also the story of how very risky and expensive following your heart can be and how much hard work! Fortunately for a lot of people and animals, Mr. Mee stuck with it.

I'm inspired by this story. I appreciate hard work. I particularly like the ending. He says it is a lot of hard work, but it doesn't feel like hard work. It feels like vacation. I think that might serve as an excellent definition of a true dream.

The narrator is quite good. So good, you forget he's there and just live in the story.

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane

  • A Novel
  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Neil Gaiman
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,791
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,610
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,591

A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. He is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock. Forty years earlier, a man committed suicide in a stolen car at this farm at the end of the road. Like a fuse on a firework, his death lit a touchpaper. The darkness was unleashed, something scary and thoroughly incomprehensible to a little boy. And Lettie - magical, comforting, wise beyond her years - promised to protect him, no matter what.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gaiman delivers an intimate masterpiece

  • By Talia on 08-07-13

Gaiman Reads Gaiman

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

Reviewed: 04-27-16

Somewhere on Audible is a commentary by Mr Gaiman in which he describes how much he enjoys listening to authors reading their own works. The listener hears the things the author thought were important. The words spoken have a different power and magic from the words on the page. I am very particular about which narrators I listen to because they can add or detract from the text so profoundly. Here we have the best of the best. The story is wonderful and not at all like anything else I have ever read and to hear it read to me by the author himself adds another layer of intense wonder. It is completely transcendent, iridescent, unique and precious.

  • Doctor Who: Demon Quest 1 - The Relics of Time

  • By: Paul Magrs
  • Narrated by: Nigel Anthony, Susan Jameson, Tom Baker
  • Length: 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 103
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 72
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

Tom Baker reprises the role of the Fourth Doctor in the first of five thrilling brand new adventures, with Susan Jameson as Mrs Wibbsey. The Doctor’s return to Nest Cottage lands him in trouble when a key component from the TARDIS disappears. Mrs Wibbsey is inadvertently responsible, but all she can offer in recompense is a bag containing four curious objects. It seems that each one is a clue, and the beginning of a chase through Time.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tom Baker: the best Doctor

  • By Tan on 02-06-12

Costly

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

Reviewed: 04-14-16

You should be aware that this is but one of five episodes. They are good, but short. So you are going to pay $50 or worse 5 credits for about 5 hours of excellent entertainment.

  • Doctor Who: Demon Quest 5 - Sepulchre

  • By: Paul Magrs
  • Narrated by: Susan Jameson, Tom Baker
  • Length: 1 hr and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 72
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 57
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55

The fifth exciting adventure in a brand-new series of linked multi-voice adventures for the Doctor and friends, based on characters from the classic TV series. Written by the acclaimed novelist Paul Magrs.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Costly

  • By J. Forsberg on 04-14-16

Costly

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

Reviewed: 04-14-16

Great story, great performance but you have to buy 5 separate episodes and each is just one hour long. Pretty expensive unless you are a devoted Tom Baker fan - or even if!

  • Doctor Who: Demon Quest 4 - Starfall

  • By: Paul Magrs
  • Narrated by: Susan Jameson, Tom Baker
  • Length: 1 hr and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 64
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

Tom Baker here reprises the role of the Fourth Doctor, with Susan Jameson as Mrs Wibbsey and Richard Franklin as Mike Yates. Two things arrive on the same night in Central Park, New York, 1976. The first is a fireball from space, bringing with it a new identity for one Alice Trefusis. The second is the TARDIS, carrying the Doctor and his friends on the trail of an unusual comic book cover. The Doctor’s strength is sapped by something in the New York air - but what could cause such a malaise?

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I Love Tom Baker as the Dr Who but this one stunk.

  • By Septimus MacGhilleglas on 02-26-11

Costly

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

Reviewed: 04-14-16

Well the thing is, it's five short episodes which means you pay roughly $50 for just over 5 hours of entertainment. Most of the books on Audible are much, much longer and cost only one credit. So you have to be a REALLY hardcore Tom Baker Doctor Who fan to appreciate this presentation.

I am almost hard core enough.

That said, it's a pretty wonderful story and absolutely delightful narration. Of course, Tom Baker is first rate. (If you haven't purchased Shada yet, consider it). Mrs. Wibsey and Mike are wonderful as well. In fact, if all five episodes were available for one credit... Well, there you have it.

  • The Grand Sophy

  • By: Georgette Heyer
  • Narrated by: Clare Wille
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 154

Resourceful, adventurous and utterly indefatigable, Sophy is hardly the mild-mannered girl that the Rivenhalls expect when they agree to take her in. Kind-hearted Aunt Lizzy is shocked; stern Cousin Charles and his humourless fiancée Eugenia are disapproving. With her inimitable mixture of exuberance and grace Sophy soon sets about endearing herself to her family, but finds herself increasingly drawn to her cousin. Can she really be falling in love with him, and he with her? And what of his betrothal to Eugenia?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Can we get it unabridged?

  • By Carol on 10-29-11

Abridged but still funny

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

Reviewed: 03-13-16

I suppose, if you had never read the book, this would be quite satisfactory. The narrator is quite good- expressive and never gets her characters confused. For some reason, the directors added a musical interlude between chapters and took out great chunks of the story. It still holds together, but many of my favorite bits of silliness are missing and I would rather sacrifice the chamber music in favor of the full version.

  • Shada

  • Doctor Who: The Lost Adventure
  • By: Douglas Adams, Gareth Roberts
  • Narrated by: Lalla Ward
  • Length: 11 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 535
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 532

The Doctor's old friend and fellow Time Lord Professor Chronotis has retired to Cambridge University - where nobody will notice if he lives for centuries. But now he needs help from the Doctor, Romana, and K-9. When he left Gallifrey he took with him a few little souvenirs - most of them are harmless. But one of them is extremely dangerous. The Worshipful and Ancient Law of Gallifrey isn't a book for Time Tots.It must not be allowed to fall into the wrong hands.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Like uncovering a lost treasure

  • By Amazon Customer on 05-03-12

Classic

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

Reviewed: 10-07-15

It's a real treat to hear Lalla Ward read a Douglas Adams story about Romana and "MY" Doctor. Funny and exciting and all that's best about the Fourth Doctor. Plus it was fun to learn more about the mysterious Professor!

  • The Affinity Bridge

  • A Newbury & Hobbes Investigation
  • By: George Mann
  • Narrated by: Simon Taylor
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 81
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 84

Welcome to the bizarre and dangerous world of Victorian London, a city teetering on the edge of revolution. Its people are ushering in a new era of technology, dazzled each day by unfamiliar inventions. Airships soar in the skies over the city, while ground trains rumble through the streets and clockwork automatons are programmed to carry out menial tasks in the offices of lawyers, policemen, and journalists.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • nowhere near as bad as reviewed

  • By Doug on 06-11-10

Zombies, Steampunk, Holmes and Feminists

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

Reviewed: 07-25-15

I bought this title because I loved Doctor Who: Engines of War. This is very different! A secret agent for a Steampunk Queen Victoria solves incredible crimes with his equally intelligent, female assistant. The "Doctor Watson" role is filled by his friend at Scotland Yard. Why does Scotland Yard seem to have so many fictional foggy brained Chief Inspectors?

There is lots of gore, well and truly described here. I found I could not listen late at night if I wanted any sleep. But I couldn't stop listening because the characters were also well developed and the plot was engaging.

The narrator is particularly good at choosing voices, I thought. Some of them were not the voice I would have chosen and he whispers a lot for some reason, but he's the artist and I mostly forgot about him and let the story unfold in my mind - which is the hallmark of a good narrator.

One thing I found annoying, funny or interesting (depending on my mood) was the frequent moments when the narrator would suddenly emit 4 clicks and then repeat the phrase he had just finished. I think this must be an editing mistake. Someone was supposed to catch those and edit them out.

People who watch "Walking Dead" might live this. I'm still not sure whether the gore out weighs the really excellent plot and interesting characters

  • The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (Dramatised)

  • By: J. R. R Tolkien
  • Narrated by: Ian Holm, Michael Hordern, Robert Stephens
  • Length: 4 hrs and 35 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,962
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,431
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,436

A BBC radio full-cast dramatisation of the first book in JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy. Brian Sibley's famous 1981 adaptation, starring Ian Holm and Michael Hordern, has been divided into three corresponding parts, with newly recorded beginning and end narration by Ian Holm.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful

  • By Jill on 09-22-12

Simply the Best

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

Reviewed: 01-06-15

I first heard this production years ago when it first aired. I have since purchased it many times as new technologies are invented and old ones discarded. This particular one has been edited so that it just flows on without the original episodes. I don't know when that was done but it is very well done. As many times as I have listened to the version that is split up into episodes, I cannot tell where the original breaks occurred. And I certainly do not miss the frequent interruptions for theme music and credits that the old version had. This is far better.