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  • The Complete Little Women Series: Little Women, Good Wives, Little Men, Jo's Boys (4 books in one)

  • By: Louisa May Alcott
  • Narrated by: Catherine O'Brien
  • Length: 37 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 194
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 198

Little Women itself “has been read as a romance or as a quest, or both. It has been read as a family drama that validates virtue over wealth.” Little Women has been read “as a means of escaping that life by women who knew its gender constraints only too well.” Alcott “combines many conventions of the sentimental novel with crucial ingredients of Romantic children's fiction, creating a new form of which Little Women is a unique model.”

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • poorly edited recording

  • By Richard on 07-03-14

Great Books-DISMAL Production

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

I’ve cherished these books for more than fifty years and have reread several times. This is my first time listening to them and while the performance was mostly quite good, the production values are not up to Audible’s usual high standards. The constant clicking, “looping “ repetition of sentences and audible throat clearing were kind of unforgivable. . These beloved classics deserve better.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Finding Fraser

  • By: KC Dyer
  • Narrated by: Romy Nordlinger
  • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 767
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 709
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 706

I met Jamie Fraser when I was 19 years old. He was tall, redheaded, and, at our first meeting at least, a virgin. I fell in love hard, fast, and completely. He knew how to ride a horse, wield a sword, and stitch a wound. He was, in fact, the perfect man. That he was fictional hardly entered into it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Quirky romantic adventure

  • By Liza on 08-14-15

A Perfect Summer Book!

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

Reviewed: 06-03-16

Light, engaging and charming-as well as some substance-this is just good, fun storytelling. It's not necessary to be familiar with the Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon but fans of the series will probably love this. I got it because Gabaldon spoke about how much fun the storyline was. And it is. Lots of interesting plot twists keep the story fresh and we see our heroine Emma grow as she grapples with just what it is she's looking for. Makes me want to return to beautiful Scotland and start my own search!

  • The Bourbon Kings

  • By: J. R. Ward
  • Narrated by: Alexander Cendese
  • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,271
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,061
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,064

For generations the Bradford family has worn the mantle of kings of the bourbon capital of the world. Their sustained wealth has afforded them prestige and privilege - as well as a hard-won division of class on their sprawling estate, Easterly. Upstairs, a dynasty that by all appearances plays by the rules of good fortune and good taste. Downstairs, the staff who work tirelessly to maintain the impeccable Bradford facade. And never the twain shall meet. For Lizzie King, Easterly's head gardener, crossing that divide nearly ruined her life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yes it's Dallas with Bourbon but I loved it

  • By Katherine on 08-30-15

Bourbon, intrigue, betrayal & love-a PERFECT recipe!

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

Reviewed: 07-31-15

This story is something of a departure for Ward and its a brilliant beginning to what promises to be an intriguing and complex storyline. As someone who works in Louisville in the world defined by bourbon and The Derby, I must say "The Warden" has nailed it! While the story has all the elements of the traditional "romance novel" the story has so much more to offer; anyone who has ever stood in a line hoping for a chance to buy THAT collectible bottle of bourbon-cough, Pappy Van W,cough-will find this fictitious family's business backstory interesting. The information on the challenges and realities of bourbon production and distribution are spot-on and offer an insiders perspective to the making of a product with a rich culture and heritage that is uniquely Kentucky. Wards strong characters -even the caricature ones-shine a light on the struggle to maintain historical ties of southern identity while adapting to an ever-changing society. A very worthy read indeed.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

  • Outlander

  • Outlander, Book 1
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 32 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,940
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47,651
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47,491

Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary

  • By Sara on 09-10-14

The start of it all..,

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

Reviewed: 06-02-15

You may have read the books.
You probably watched Ron D. Moore's wonderful adaptation.
Now listen as Davina Porter brings Diana Gabaldion's story to life in a wonderfully different format.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Belong to Me

  • Wicked Lovers, Book 5
  • By: Shayla Black
  • Narrated by: Lexi Maynard
  • Length: 13 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 732
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 676
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 675

When FBI analyst Tara Jacobs' fellow agent and best friend goes missing while investigating a sex ring, Tara goes undercover as a submissive in a Dallas BDSM club called Dominion. But no man can top a woman with Tara's moxie convincingly enough - until an edgy, dangerous dom takes control of the scene and sets her heart racing with a single commanding glance. Too bad he's also the man who stole her innocence years ago - and the one to whom she will never submit.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great Characters and a Good Distraction!

  • By Sandi on 04-12-13

Great Characters and a Good Distraction!

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

Reviewed: 04-12-13

I found that I really love about this story is the characters themselves; the story line itself is interesting and somewhat plausible. But the characters! I think I love Logan; the classic flawed hero/bad-ass bad boy always gets my attention and Tara's spunkiness is a recipe for sparks. But it's also the lesser characters who add dimension to this story, Xander in particular-his presence as the classic side-kick is welcome both as a foil and as a point of concern. Black's done a nice job with giving us interesting sidekicks and friends in the past and this story continues that trend in this series.
Logan as Dom is believable and the romance is as well.
Is this serious reading/listening material? Not so much but then, I WAS looking for pure escapism and this book fits the bill in my Universe!
And as always, props to Lexie Maynard; her narration brings the characters to life for me.

6 of 6 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 3,308
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,023
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,037

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

Finally!

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

Reviewed: 04-08-13

Ward continues the brilliantly gritty tale of the BDB. Lots of wrenching twists and turns, further character development and the introduction of intriguing new situations and characters. Plus a cliffhanger and one of The Best Endings EVER!! Without giving it away, the last sentence is worth the cost and effort of reading this book (so don't jump ahead!).
Well done, J.R., well done indeed.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Monster Hunter Legion

  • Monster Hunter, Book 4
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 16 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,268
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,611
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,598

When hunters from around the world gather in Las Vegas for a conference, a creature left over from a World War Two weapons experiment wakes up and goes on a rampage across the desert. A not-so-friendly wager between the rival companies turns into a race to see who can bag the mysterious creature first. Only there is far more to this particular case than meets the eye, and as Hunters fall prey to their worst nightmares, Owen Zastava Pitt and the staff of Monster Hunter International have to stop an ancient god from turning Sin City into a literal hell on earth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • What A Shock...

  • By Sandi on 09-08-12

What A Shock...

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

Reviewed: 09-08-12

I would've never thought it possible for me to love a series of books with lots of guns, violence and monsters.
Now, I can't get enough.
And I'm kind of unhappy that I've just purchased this on the 2nd day of it's release and now have to wait for the next installment.
Personally, I'm holding Larry Correia and Oliver Wyman responsible; Correia weaves a fast-paced interesting tale that's surprisingly almost plausible and Oliver Wyman simply brings the men AND the women in these stories to life in a way that audiobook readers hope for with every download.

One of the best aspects of this series is that the characters are so very, very different from myself that there is very little for me to identify with and despite that, they're very real, down to earth people who could be (and probably are) my neighbors. I find myself empathizing with them and cheering them on whether they're dealing with end-of-the-world-monsters or bureaucrats. In the midst of unusual and/or challenging situations these characters are still just men and women dealing with whatever life is handing them and struggling to do the best they can; some are heroic, and some are evil-kind of like what we run into everyday. Yet it's heartening to think that there's an organization that looks for "flexible minds" and trusts in the diversity and innate humanity of most individuals. Plus I just like a story that includes werewolves and dragons based on a gun-nut accountant and his Southern Belle art lover wife who kicks ass and carries big guns. Now THAT''S quite a love story!

What I didn't like about this book? Other than the fact that it wasn't long enough and I wanted more Earl? Nothing. The story offers a compelling take on an interesting point in history; we learn a little more about an organization that doesn't officially exist as well as learn a little more about its nefarious head. We get to see the repercussions of past adventures for members of MHI as well as for those who are collateral damage like Mosh (David). This story explores the fears of the hunters and as a writers device it's brilliant-we get the back story for characters we've come to love and we also encounter characters we thought we'd lost forever while getting more information about Owen and Julie. This is solid story-telling from Correia; the story may drive the characters but it's the people he's created and that Wyman gives life and substance to that always leaves me wanting more.

35 of 38 people found this review helpful

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  • Mistress of Magic

  • The Mists of Avalon: Book 1
  • By: Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 862
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 517
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 523

In the tradition of T.H. White's The Once and Future King, the author makes use of the prerequisites of the Arthurian legend: Excalibur, the Holy Grail, Lancelet's illicit love for Gwenhwyfar, the destruction of Camelot, but with a twist - she presents the entire panoramic story from the female point of view.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Narration-Frustrating Hatchet Job

  • By leslie on 01-26-10

Not Not NOT Happy!!!

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

Reviewed: 07-25-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

NO! Audible does not make clear that this is "The Mists of Avalon" broken into 4 parts. They get more credits, I get less books. And here I thought I'd found something by MZB that I missed the first time around-I love "The Mists of Avalon" but breaking it up without coming right out and telling us what this series is does seem a bit deceitful.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful