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  • Once Upon Stilettos

  • A Novel
  • By: Shanna Swendson
  • Narrated by: Eva Wilhelm
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,187
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,066
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,061

Click your heels three times and say, "There's no place like Bloomies!" Katie Chandler's life is pure magic - literally. As an executive assistant at Magic, Spells, and Illusions, Inc., she's seen more than her share of fantastical occurrences. A mere Manhattan mortal, Katie is no wizard, but she's a wiz at exposing "hokum" pocus, cloaked lies, and deceptive enchantments. And she's fallen under the all-too-human spell of attraction to Owen, a hunky wizard and coworker. Owen, however, is preoccupied. Someone has broken into his office and disrupted top-secret files, and it reeks of an inside job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect narration. Awesome story

  • By Jennifer B. Creamer on 03-26-14

Please Get a New Narrator

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

Reviewed: 09-18-14

Any additional comments?

I love this whole series, it's imaginative, fun, and totally relatable if you're a small-towner who's left home. But the narrator mispronounces things, emphasizes strange parts of the sentence and, unlike the main character, has no discernible Texan accent. A large number of the characters are from Texas. That really should be something you get down.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Les Misérables: Translated by Julie Rose

  • By: Victor Hugo, Julie Rose (translator)
  • Narrated by: George Guidall
  • Length: 60 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,552
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,308
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,316

One of the great classics of world literature and the inspiration for the most beloved stage musical of all time, Les Misérables is legendary author Victor Hugo’s masterpiece. This extraordinary English version by renowned translator Julie Rose captures all the majesty and brilliance of Hugo’s work. Here is the timeless story of the quintessential hunted man—Jean Valjean—and the injustices, violence, and social inequalities that torment him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Book that Made Me a Better Person

  • By Coalition Deadboys Podcast on 03-29-13

Narrator Great, Story Fantastic, Translation Odd

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

Reviewed: 09-18-14

Any additional comments?

I know a lot of people like the translation because it keeps the book from getting too "stuffy", but this is a literary masterpiece. I like formal wording for formal passages.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Sherlock Holmes in America

  • By: Jon L. Lellenberg (editor), Martin H. Greenberg (editor), Daniel Stashower (editor)
  • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
  • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 519
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 446
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 449

Just in time for Sherlock Holmes, the major motion picture starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Jude Law: the world’s greatest fictional detective and his famous sidekick Dr. Watson are on their first trip across the Atlantic as they solve crimes all over 19th-century America - from the bustling neighborhoods of New York, Boston, and D.C. to fog-shrouded San Francisco. The world’s best-loved British sleuth faces some of the most cunning criminals America has to offer and meets America’s most famous figures.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Laugh out loud stories clever and smart

  • By J. Comeaux on 10-11-13

Underwhelming

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

Reviewed: 09-18-14

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

The problem with this book is that it doesn't have an audience. You have to know the Doyle stories inside and out to appreciate (or even understand) a fair number of these mysteries, but, if you're that big of a Holmes fan, you'll probably hate the compilation for being either stupidly easy or out-of-character.

What was most disappointing about the authors’s story?

There are a large number of authors, who had varying problems (and to varying degrees).

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

I don't really remember the narrator, which means he a) didn't do anything annoying but b) didn't make an impression.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Every time you pick up a tribute book of any genre there's a trepidation that's inherent with somebody trying to add on to a beloved author. This just falls so flat.

Any additional comments?

Several stories attempt to keep the social biases of the originals, so if you're easily offended by either racism or bigotry, you probably shouldn't read this.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Her Royal Spyness

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,870
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,670
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,636

Georgie, aka Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, cousin of King George V of England, is penniless and trying to survive on her own as an ordinary person in London in 1932. So far she has managed to light a fire and boil an egg... She's gate-crashed a wedding... She's making money by secretly cleaning houses... And she's been asked to spy for Her Majesty the Queen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Happy addition to a difficult genre

  • By Living Right on 08-16-10

First class narrator, second class story

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

Reviewed: 09-14-14

Any additional comments?

The narrator was brilliant--she can do all classes and genders to a tee without sounding ridiculous or cartoony. The story was...sufficient. It definitely has its humorous moments. I felt the ending was on the edge of the bleeding obvious, but the main character was relatable and fun. Perhaps it's just a weak introduction story and the series keeps getting better. The characters are definitely enjoyable.

Perhaps my biggest problem with the plot was that I expected it to be a story of a Queen sending a lesser royal relative out to spy for her, when in reality that took up a total of about 7 minutes in the plot (and that includes describing the room the scene took place in) and was a majorly low-stakes addition to the high-stakes plot.

  • Heidi

  • By: Johanna Spyri
  • Narrated by: Marnie MacAdam
  • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 200
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 165
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 172

Heidi is sent to live with her embittered grandfather high in the Swiss Alps. Heidi's innocent joy of life and genuine concern and love for all living things become the old man's salvation. From the goat - herder Peter and his family to the sickly girl Clara and her desperate father, Heidi's special charm enriches everyone she meets. Unselfish to the core, Heidi's goodness overcomes all obstacles - even those seemingly insurmountable.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Auditory quality not acceptable

  • By D. A. Smith on 07-28-13

Minnesota accent for Swedish story.

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

Reviewed: 09-12-14

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I really wanted to not mind the narration because this is my favourite translation of the book (vastly better than the other), but wow, she really is unusual. The narrator not only has a strong Minnesotan accent, but she made all the characters really excited all the time, and--most offensively--does the voices like characters out of Scooby-Doo. Seriously, I kept picturing the ordinarily respectable characters sounding like caricatures.

Any additional comments?

It's an lovely book. Sweet, calm and happy.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • The Sittaford Mystery

  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Hugh Fraser
  • Length: 6 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 601
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 538
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 538

In a remote house in the middle of Dartmoor, six shadowy figures huddle around a table for a seance. Tension rises as the spirits spell out a chilling message: "Captain Trevelyan...dead...murder." Is this black magic or simply a macabre joke? The only way to be certain is to locate Captain Trevelyan. Unfortunately, his home is six miles away and, with snowdrifts blocking the roads, someone will have to make the journey on foot....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hugh Fraser is the best.

  • By No One on 05-10-14

Hugh Fraser is the best.

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

Reviewed: 05-10-14

Any additional comments?

I love Christie's work, and for me, there is no other narrator than Hugh Fraser. He's completely brilliant at creating characters, and, most importantly for me, does a believable female voice (not just pitching his voice to sound like a Chipmunk).

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

  • Mary Boleyn

  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Maggie Mash
  • Length: 13 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 145
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 142

Mary Boleyn was the mistress of two kings, Francois I of France and Henry VIII of England, and sister to Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife. In this astonishing and riveting biography, Alison Weir’s extensive research gives a new and detailed portrayal, in which she recounts that, contrary to popular belief, Mary was entirely undeserving of her posthumous notoriety as a great whore.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is a BIOGRAPHY, not a novel.

  • By Carey on 03-22-12

Enjoyable look at the Boleyn family

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

Reviewed: 05-10-14

Any additional comments?

Though Alison Weir is always a little extreme in her views, I enjoyed the book thoroughly. It is easy to delineate between fact and the author's opinions. It was good to learn about Mary, as she has become a popular figure without really being better understood. The narrator was fine, though halfway through her voice changes so much that for a couple of minutes I thought they had replaced her.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Les Miserables

  • By: Victor Hugo
  • Narrated by: Frederick Davidson
  • Length: 57 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,429
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 818
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 833

Set in the Parisian underworld and plotted like a detective story, Les Miserables follows Jean Valjean, originally an honest peasant, who has been imprisoned for 19 years for stealing a loaf of bread to feed his sister's starving family. A hardened criminal upon his release, he eventually reforms, becoming a successful industrialist and town mayor. Despite this, he is haunted by an impulsive former crime and is pursued relentlessly by the police inspector Javert.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I love this book - one of the best of all time

  • By Sher from Provo on 06-30-10

Great Story, Recording Needs Work

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

Reviewed: 05-10-14

Any additional comments?

This audiobook sounds like it was recorded in a tin room with a narrator who was gasping for breath. His accents and pronunciation were fine.