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  • Living with the Dead

  • Women of the Otherworld, Book 9
  • By: Kelley Armstrong
  • Narrated by: Jen Taylor
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 574
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 385
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392

Robyn Peltier moved to Los Angeles after her young husband's sudden death. Though she's still grieving, the challenges of her new life as the PR consultant to Portia Kane - the world's most famous celebutante wannabe - can sometimes be amusing, even distracting. But when her client is gunned down in a nightclub, Robyn is suddenly on the run as the prime suspect in the murder. And as more bodies pile up around her, it seems like only Hope Adams, Robyn's best friend, and Hope's somewhat spooky boyfriend Karl are on Robyn's side. But it's not the police Hope is worried about, and the only way Hope can keep her friend alive is by letting her enter a world she's safer knowing nothing about.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Worst narrator!

  • By ccaa123 on 01-10-14

Not my favorite narrator

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

Reviewed: 06-03-16

I love these books. They're brain candy. Unfortunately this narrator would pull me out of the story by mispronunciation.
The worst was pronouncing Jamie Vegas name wrong. (As Hie-Me not Jay-Me)

I Am Not a Serial Killer
    John Cleaver, Book 1
    
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        Dan Wells
    
    


    
    
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        John Allen Nelson
    
    


    
    Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
    805 ratings
    Overall 3.8
  • I Am Not a Serial Killer

  • John Cleaver, Book 1
  • By: Dan Wells
  • Narrated by: John Allen Nelson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 805
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 671
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 673

John works in his family's mortuary and has an obsession with serial killers. He wants to be a good person but fears he is a sociopath, and for years he has suppressed his dark side through a strict system of rules designed to mimic "normal" behavior. Then a demon begins stalking his small town and killing people one by one, and John is forced to give in to his darker nature in order to save them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great, if visceral book, terrible narrator.

  • By G. Mott on 03-31-10

Teenage Dexter

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

Reviewed: 01-21-13

I have two real problems with this.
One is a personal issue, the other is a narration issue.

Problem the first:
I have an irrational fear of embalming (I know, I know...that's why it's irrational), and as this takes place partly in a mortuary, it's a no brainer that embalming will be mentioned...I have no issue with that...but it wasn't just mentioned. It was described. I do have issues with that...listening in the car on the way to work was not the best idea...blarg...once I got past that bit I really began to enjoy the story.

The second issue:
I have an issue with the decision to cast John Allen Nelson as the narrator for this audiobook. Don't get me wrong, he has a wonderful voice for reading, just not for reading a narration by a 15 year old boy. His voice makes John Cleaver sound like a news anchor. I just don't think it was a good fit. I see that there is a diffrent narratior for the next two books, so I hope he's a better fit.


With the exception of these two thing I really enjoy this book, and would definatly recommend it.

  • Clockwork Angel

  • The Infernal Devices, Book 1
  • By: Cassandra Clare
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ehle
  • Length: 14 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,372
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,430

When 16-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London's Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A great listen but...

  • By Ariel on 09-29-10

A great expansion to a well thought out series

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

Reviewed: 06-01-12

I actually enjoyed this series more then the original Mortal Instruments series. I look forward to see where this goes.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Outlaw Demon Wails

  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Gigi Bermingham
  • Length: 16 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,286
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 2,426
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,429

To save the lives of her friends, Rachel did the unthinkable: she willingly trafficked in forbidden demon magic. And now her sins are coming home to haunt her. As Rachel searches for the truth behind a terrifying murder, an even greater menace threatens, for the demon Algaliarept will stop at nothing to claim her, and the discovery of a shocking family secret throws Rachel's entire life into question.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Horrible Narration Take 2

  • By Carol on 02-27-08

Not too impressed with the new narrator

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

Reviewed: 04-20-12

It's not that she did a bad job, but her voice was just too squeaky for most of the secondary characters...she even made the pixies sound too childlike and girlie. I could almost ignore that, but her pronunciation of characters names and things (ie layline said as leeline) made them almost unreconazable. It really pulls you out of the story.

  • Hero

  • By: Perry Moore
  • Narrated by: Michael Urie
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,123
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,808
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,820

In the story comic book legend Stan Lee calls "spellbinding" and "totally original," Thom Creed has secrets. For one, like his father, he has super powers. Also, he's been asked to join the League—the very organization of superheroes that spurned his dad. Then there’s the secret Thom can barely face himself: he's gay. But becoming a member of the League opens up a new world to Thom. There, he connects with a misfit group of aspiring heroes, including Scarlett, Typhoid Larry, and Ruth, a wise old broad who can see the future. Like Thom, these heroes have things to hide....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Give it a listen!

  • By Robert on 10-25-10

I LOVE THIS BOOK!

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

Reviewed: 02-04-12

I really just picked this up on a whim. I liked the concept of a gay superhero who is just starting on his journey.

This book exceeded any expectations I could have had for it. It had moment of humor that would make me laugh out loud, as well as brilliantly written scenes that caused me to cry. The characters had flaws that made them real and relatable, and even some of the secondary two dimensional characters you can envision seeing around school or the workplace.

I also want to say that Michael Urie's reading of this was brilliant! I don't think they could have found a better narrator. His reading of each character was well done, and allowed me to sink into the story without getting distracted by confusion of which character was supposed to be talking.

I could go on and on about how much I love this book, but I think I should end this review by stating I love Ruth. She is my favorite character, and if I had nothing else to say about this book it would be that I'm glad I read it, just because I got to meet her.

I will indeed be reccomending this book in any format to people.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Anita

  • By: Keith Roberts
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 512
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 462
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 466

Meet Anita Thompson: she's young, she's lovely, she's clever, and she's a witch. A real one. Anita lives in two worlds: the modern world of supermarkets and sports cars, radio and rock-and-roll, where she is a thoroughly modern girl with a thoroughly modern interest in boys and fast living and her own independence. But she also lives in the ancient and rustic world of traditions, cauldrons, and familiars.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I would buy you this book! (if i could afford too)

  • By troy on 05-20-12

A lovely bunch of stories

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

Reviewed: 01-08-12

I downloaded this book because it was Neil Gaiman recommended.

I'm always eager to read (or in this case listen to) books and authors that are inspirations and influences on authors I love.

I truly enjoyed this book. I loved the each chapter seemed to almost be a sort of novella that added up to the story of a fledgling witch.

I also loved that this was written by a man. It has a truly feminine voice to it, and that's not just because of the fabulous job done by Nicola Barber in reading it. I mean that the way in which it was written truly seemed female, there was no forced "this is how girls should be/act" or any stereotypes that some male writers feel should be put in. it reads as just a story of a girl, who happens to be a witch, growing up and finding her place.

I highly recommend it.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

  • Bloodlines

  • By: Richelle Mead
  • Narrated by: Emily Shaffer
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,754
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,561
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,555

When alchemist Sydney is ordered into hiding to protect the life of Moroi princess Jill Dragomir, the last place she expects to be sent is a human private school in Palm Springs, California. But at their new school, the drama is only just beginning. Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Bloodlines explores all the friendship, romance, battles and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times best-selling Vampire Academy series so addictive - this time in a part-vampire, part-human setting....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • VA fans will be thrilled!

  • By Felicity Fairchild on 08-30-11

I love this spinoff just as much as the original

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

Reviewed: 10-22-11

I never quite felt that Emily Shaffer was right for reading from Rose's POV, however I feel that she's perfect for the voice of Sydney. I was please to see that they brought her back for this.

If you love the original Vampire Academy novels, then you need to give this book a listen.

Frostbite
    Vampire Academy, Book 2
    
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        Richelle Mead
    
    


    
    
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        Khristine Hvam
    
    


    
    Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
    2,872 ratings
    Overall 4.4
  • Frostbite

  • Vampire Academy, Book 2
  • By: Richelle Mead
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 8 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,872
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,129
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,149

It's winter break at St. Vladimir's, but Rose is feeling anything but festive. A massive Strigoi attack has put the school on high alert, and now the Academy's crawling with Guardians - including Rose's hard-hitting mother, Janine Hathaway. And if hand-to-hand combat with her mom wasn't bad enough, Rose's tutor Dimitri has his eye on someone else, her friend Mason's got a huge crush on her, and Rose keeps getting stuck in Lissa's head while she's making out with her boyfriend, Christian!

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book, Not So Great Narration.

  • By KelC on 04-16-09

Love the story, didn't care for the narrator

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

Reviewed: 10-09-11

Khristine Hvam reads this like a gossipy teenager talking about her crush on the quarterback.

I'm sure I would enjoy her reading something else...that didn't involve doing accents, however she was the WRONG choice for this.

She makes Rose sound like a squeaky cheerleader and can't seem to get a grasp on accents...someone really should tell her that there is a HUGE difference between Scottish and British accents, and...well I could go on, but really it boils down to me not fully enjoying this audio book.

Download this if you enjoy the series, but don't expect to be completely immersed in the story.