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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 11,764
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,828
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 10,782

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

Informative and interesting

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

There’s something about Stephen Fry’s voice that keeps you listening. However with Victorian Secrets, even if Fry were not narrating, it would be a compelling and interesting documentary on how people have changed (and yet, paradoxically stayed the same) since the 1800s. With Fry’s narration, this audiobook becomes something special. Highly recommended.

  • West Cork

  • By: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Narrated by: Sam Bungey, Jennifer Forde
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23,975
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,423
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21,426

This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • ENTERTAINING AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING

  • By Ann on 02-13-18

True crime at its best

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

Reviewed: 02-11-18

I’m not one for true crime stories normally, simply because they are usually pretty dry and rarely have a satisfactory conclusion (especially in cases of unsolved murders). However, West Cork manages to surmount this by having a narrative structure that will draw you in. Sam Bungey and Jennifer Forde expertly mixes their own narration with interviews of the real people involved in the case. This audiobook is compelling not just because of its story but because of the interesting cast of characters that inhabit West Cork. Highly recommended.

  • The Fangs of Freelance

  • Fred, the Vampire Accountant Series, Book 4
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,866
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,758
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,751

When Fred formed his own parahuman clan out of necessity, he understood that it was going to come with new responsibilities. Much as he hoped those tasks would center around extra paperwork and perhaps the occasional mandatory class, enough time around the supernatural has taught him to be ready for anything. Or so he thought. As a freelance accountant for the Agency, Fred soon finds himself being tossed into new, unexpected, and perilous situations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazingly Mundane and Exciting At The Same Time

  • By Tony E. on 11-29-17

Fred is fun

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

Reviewed: 12-19-17

Every Fred book is always a joy to listen to. The stories are always fun and engaging and one can’t imagine a more fitting voice for Fred than narrator Kirby Heyborne. The only negative thing I can say is that I wish the books were longer because it’s always such a downer when i realise I’ve reached the end of the book.

  • Ex-Isle

  • Ex-Heroes, Book 5
  • By: Peter Clines
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder, Mark Boyett, Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,488
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,222
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,210

The heroes are overjoyed when they discover another group of survivors living on a manmade island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. But there's something very, very wrong with this isolated community and its mysterious leader - a secret that could put every survivor in the world at risk.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The superheroes head out to sea.

  • By Lore on 04-09-16

More Ex!

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

Reviewed: 03-05-16

Peter Clines' Ex series continues with Ex-Isle. While we don't get much of my favorite character, Stealth, in this installment, the story is still a great listen. One wonders why the Ex-Heroes keep trying to make friends with others when it always ends in misery for everyone.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Apex

  • Nexus, Book 3
  • By: Ramez Naam
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Cannon
  • Length: 23 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 637
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 640

The explosive conclusion to Nexus and Crux. Global unrest spreads through the US, China, and beyond. Secrets and lies set off shockwaves of anger, rippling from mind to mind. Riot police battle neutrally linked protestors. Armies are mobilized. Political orders fall. Nexus-driven revolution is in here. Against this backdrop a new breed of post-human children are growing into their powers.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Furious ranting review. Worst narration ever

  • By Phillip on 10-05-15

Good book, narration could be better

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

Reviewed: 09-03-15

I had read the reviews of Stephanie Canon's reading of this book but thought they might have been a little exaggerated but having listened to it I have to admit her Chinese accent is not only inaccurate but borderline offensive. Apart from the terrible accents, Canon's reading is actually not too bad.

Regardless you get a pretty thought provoking (though a little long winded) book. Of course you can't read Apex without reading the first two books in the series or risk getting lost in all that happens here.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Malice at the Palace

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,269
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,031
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,004

While my beau, Darcy, is off on a mysterious mission, I am once again caught between my high birth and empty purse. I am therefore relieved to receive a new assignment from the queen - especially one that includes lodging. The king's youngest son, George, is to wed Princess Marina of Greece, and I shall be her companion at the supposedly haunted Kensington Palace. My duties are simple: help Marina acclimate to English life, show her the best of London, and, above all, dispel any rumors about George's libertine history.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Longtime Fan No More

  • By S. Hunt on 08-21-15

Lady Georgiana Returns

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

Reviewed: 08-31-15

Rhys Bowen's Royal Spyness series is an easy read and it's always fun to revisit the familiar characters and see their relationships develop over time. While you never get the feeling that the protagonist is ever in any real danger, the stories are humorous enough that you never really have to focus too much on the murder itself.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell

  • By: Susanna Clarke
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 32 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,808
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,480
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,482

English magicians were once the wonder of the known world, with fairy servants at their beck and call; they could command winds, mountains, and woods. But by the early 1800s they have long since lost the ability to perform magic. They can only write long, dull papers about it, while fairy servants are nothing but a fading memory.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hang in there!

  • By D. McMillen on 05-31-05

Long but interesting

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

Reviewed: 07-09-15

I discovered this book after watching the BBC TV adaptation of the book and I just say I enjoyed both. While the book is long there is a definite humour and quaintness about it which is very engaging. There're a host of footnotes here which adds a lot of background to this alternate history world. Recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Martian

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray
  • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 160,882
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 148,476
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 148,312

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive - and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plainold "human error" are much more likely to kill him first.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Worth it even if you've seen the movie

  • By R. MCRACKAN on 12-08-17

Great audio version of a great book

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

Reviewed: 06-21-15

Andy Weir's The Martian is one of the few books I've actually read as an ebook and listened as an audiobook as well. Both versions are truly exciting -- there's loads of (as I understand) scientifically accurate detail but told in a palatable and exciting manner. R. C. Bray does a wonderful job with the voice characterizations and gets the essence of each of the characters right without being over the top. Wonderful listen.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Hard Luck Hank: Prince of Suck

  • By: Steven Campbell
  • Narrated by: Liam Owen
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,876
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,768
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,770

An increasingly crippled Hank struggles to keep the various factions of Belvaille in check after the collapse of the Colmarian Confederation. Hank, as Supreme Kommilaire and Secretary of City, has several hundred police to try to maintain order among the millions of inhabitants on the space station while simultaneously preparing for Belvaille's first ever election.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Poor Audio

  • By William on 08-08-15

Funny

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

Reviewed: 06-04-15

The series just keeps getting funnier and funnier. Steven Campbell has a real talent for comedy and plotting a good story. As for the reading, I will forever associate Liam Owen's rendition as the voice of Hank! Great fun and highly recommended!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Day Shift

  • A Novel of Midnight, Texas
  • By: Charlaine Harris
  • Narrated by: Susan Bennett
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,718
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,475
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,471

A number-one New York Times best-selling author, Charlaine Harris penned the addictive Sookie Stackhouse series. In Day Shift psychic Manfred Bernardo is hounded by the press after a client drops dead during a reading. Turning to the local vampire's lover for help, Manfred hopes she can put the squeeze on the scandal before someone else is put on ice.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Midnight, Texas Continues to Fascinate

  • By Lulu on 08-21-15

Weird town filled with interesting characters

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

Reviewed: 05-31-15

Second in the series, Day Shift continues the story of the residents of Midnight. It seems Charlaine Harris' intention with these books to deliver a slice of life novel where the central mystery itself is not as important as the reactions and motivations of the characters when faced with this mystery. If you know what you're getting in for with this novel you'll probably enjoy it as much as I did -- the novel would fit right in place with a story of small town America except in this case it's filled with supernatural or supernaturally gifted beings. Lots of fun.