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  • Winter

  • By: Marissa Meyer
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 23 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,495
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,054
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,059

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana. Winter despises her stepmother and knows Levana won't approve of her feelings for her childhood friend - the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn't as weak as Levana believes her to be, and she's been undermining her stepmother's wishes for years.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • love it

  • By JoAnne Smead on 12-23-15

Speechless

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

Reviewed: 11-25-15

Great end to a great series... I absolutely loved it. Book hangover sure to follow.

  • The Madness Underneath

  • The Shades of London, Book 2
  • By: Maureen Johnson
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 7 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 134
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135

After her near-fatal run-in with the Jack the Ripper copycat, Rory Deveaux has been living in Bristol under the close watch of her parents. So when her therapist suddenly suggests she return to Wexford, Rory jumps at the chance to get back to her friends. But Rory’s brush with the Ripper touched her more than she thought possible: She’s become a human terminus, with the power to eliminate ghosts on contact. She soon finds out that the Shades - the city’s secret ghost-fighting police - are responsible for her return. The Ripper may be gone, but now there is a string of new inexplicable deaths threatening London.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I was excepting

  • By Melissa on 07-11-13

Love Nicola

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

Reviewed: 08-19-15

I think I wouldn't have stuck it out this long if not for Nicola and I certainly understand the urge, in the last 2 chapters of the book, to hurl it into a spiked pit. But also I'm fully invested now and glad I waited so long to read it because the wait between books 2 & 3 would have killed me dead.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Shadow Scale

  • A Companion to Seraphina
  • By: Rachel Hartman
  • Narrated by: Mandy Williams, W. Morgan Sheppard
  • Length: 18 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 509
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 469
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 471

The kingdom of Goredd: a world where humans and dragons share life with an uneasy balance, and those few who are both human and dragon must hide the truth. Seraphina is one of these, part girl, part dragon, who is reluctantly drawn into the politics of her world. When war breaks out between the dragons and humans, she must travel the lands to find those like herself - for she has an inexplicable connection to all of them, and together they will be able to fight the dragons in powerful, magical ways.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent sequel to the first

  • By Nathan on 07-02-15

Satisfying but also leaves me wanting more

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

Reviewed: 04-08-15

Great prose and poetry, peppered with humor, this is a wondrous adventure which I hope we can continue in future books. Marvelous world building unfurls into glorious color as Seraphina explores the world looking for her fellow half-dragons, even though she finds only despair and destruction when her nemesis Jannoula appears to always be one step ahead. Romantic, philosophical, and creative, SHADOW SCALE is a worthy successor to SERAPHINA. Mandy Williams singing as a Quigutl is not to be missed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Seraphina

  • By: Rachel Hartman
  • Narrated by: Mandy Williams, Justine Eyre
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,328
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,216
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,215

Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high. Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Completely Inspiring Fantasy

  • By Kindle Customer on 07-26-12

I love this book so much

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

Reviewed: 04-01-15

I'm pretty picky with dragon books (hated the last two series I tried to start) but this blew me away. Great world building, beautiful prose, engaging characters, bittersweet but satisfying ending. Adore the readers.

  • The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend

  • By: Kody Keplinger
  • Narrated by: Ellen Grafton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 663
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 574
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 576

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face. But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved this Book!

  • By J Hill on 02-12-15

Fun

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

Reviewed: 01-28-15

A little over the top, but that's high school for you. Good narrator, entertaining story. I hope the film version doesn't change too much.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Half Bad

  • Half Life, Book 1
  • By: Sally Green
  • Narrated by: Carl Prekopp
  • Length: 8 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 273
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 253
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 252

In modern-day England, witches live alongside humans: White witches, who are good; Black witches, who are evil; and 16-year-old Nathan, who is both. Nathan's father is the world's most powerful and cruel Black witch, and his mother is dead. He is hunted from all sides. Trapped in a cage, beaten and handcuffed, Nathan must escape before his seventeenth birthday, at which point he will receive three gifts from his father and come into his own as a witch - or else he will die. But how can Nathan find his father when his every action is tracked, when there is no one safe to trust?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • That was nice. Really, really nice!

  • By Eli on 02-02-16

Magnificent

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

Reviewed: 01-08-15

This is my second "reading" of the book and it's every bit as riveting as I remember. The main character, Nathan, is an atypical but likable anti-hero, and I rooted for him every step of the way. The reader adds an extra level of brilliance with his performance of a wide range of characters.

  • Rules of Murder

  • Drew Farthering, Book 1
  • By: Julianna Deering
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 194
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 174
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 178

From the tip of his black Homburg to the crease in his cheviot trousers, Drew Farthering is the epitome of a stylish 1930s English gentleman. His only problem? The body he just discovered. With the help of beautiful and whip-smart Madeline Parker, a guest from America, Drew proposes to use the lessons he’s learned reading his mysteries to solve the crime. Trying hard to remain one step ahead of the killer - and trying harder to impress Madeline - Drew must decide how far to take this dangerous game.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good murder mystery

  • By Lora on 12-23-13

Utterly tedious

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

Reviewed: 10-15-14

What disappointed you about Rules of Murder?

The story is both overly melodramatic and tedious. If Simon Vance wasn't reading it I would have quit hours ago.

What does Simon Vance bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I adore Simon Vance, and I suppose this is about as close as I'll ever come to listening to him read a phone book. His performances are always top-notch, even if the material is weak.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I think Anglophiles and anyone yearning for 1930's period drama with a little comedy and romance thrown in would enjoy this despite the repetitive and predictable mystery.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • A Feast for Crows

  • A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 4
  • By: George R. R. Martin
  • Narrated by: Roy Dotrice
  • Length: 33 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42,079
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,043
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,039

Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Jarring change in Dotrice's performance

  • By Pi on 06-21-12

The previous version was read by John Lee.

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

Reviewed: 03-06-12

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

I highly recommend this to everyone who loves A Song of Ice and Fire. If anyone reads the previous reviews for this title, please note that previous version from 2005 was read by John Lee, not Roy Dotrice. So the crazy comments about Roy mispronouncing names, etc. are about another reader, but somehow people failed to read the voice actor's credit. The only available downloadable version (as of Feb 2012) is now Roy Dotrice's, thank goodness! The John Lee version drove me mad about 3 hours in and I quit. I even went ahead and spent 2 extra credits to re-buy the audiobook. Even just from the audio sample, I can tell Dotrice's performance is stellar and worth the 4 credits I have so far spent on A Feast for Crows. Goodbye, cringe-worthy pronunciations (Cersei, Brienne, don't even get me started on the Dornish names). Hello again, Westeros.

Have you listened to any of Roy Dotrice’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Having listened to Roy Dotrice read over 100 hours of A Song of Ice and Fire, there can be no other voice in my head except his.

Any additional comments?

I hope that the next books in A Song of Ice and Fire will not suffer again from Roy Dotrice being unavailable for recording. As much I am willing to wait for George R. R. Martin's phenomenal writing, I am willing to wait for Roy to read it out loud. I will wait!!

20 of 38 people found this review helpful

  • Paranormalcy

  • By: Kiersten White
  • Narrated by: Emily Eiden
  • Length: 8 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 450
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 293
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 295

Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals’ glamours. But Evie’s about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures. So much for normal.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Why Did I Wait So Long?

  • By KLeaHudson on 11-13-11

Hilarious fun!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-06-10

I thought the ditzy Valley-voiced narrative would wear on me but after listening to the sample I couldn't help but laugh and enjoy Emily Eiden's portrayal of Evie, who knows nothing of being a real American teenager except what she's seen on a WB/CW-type teen drama. I'm impressed with Kiersten White's debut novel: the story is clever enough to sate those seeking Buffyesque YA fangs, claws, and things that go bump in the night adventures; the heroine is sympathetic enough to keep you engaged until the end. I even found myself eagerly waiting for the next time Evie would excitedly yell "SHUT UP!" (not in a "please be quiet" sort of way, but a "no way, really? that's awesome!" way). Heck, I'm excited for the next one, and I'll definitely get the audio. (And don't you dare change the reader! She's a keeper!)

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Bloody Jack

  • By: L.A. Meyer
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,989
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,356

Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of 18th-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas. There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes it clicks

  • By Terry on 12-09-09

Bloody Awesome

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-29-09

I've read a lot of orphan stories, but this one by L.A. Meyer stands out. The heroine grows from a timid beggar child to swash-buckling sailor, charming both her supporting characters and readers.

While the first book can get pretty dreary at times (Jacky is, after all, attempting to escape poverty and a life of petty crime by climbing onto a warship--both lives fraught with danger), it is worth being drawn to tears; subsequent books feature a pleasing balance of pathos and comedy. Katherine Kellgren's spirited rendition is priceless.

I would recommend this for readers 14 and older, due to some violence and sexual content.

31 of 33 people found this review helpful