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  • A Bridge Through Time

  • Book 1 of The Thistle & Hive Series
  • By: Jennae Vale
  • Narrated by: Paul Woodson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 304
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 277
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 275

Ashley Moore's life in San Francisco has hit a few snags, not the least of which involves sightings of a mystery man around every corner. Is she losing her mind or does he really exist? Her search for this grey-eyed stranger leads her to Scotland. There she meets a witch with a secret, a vindictive English knight who is bent on revenge, and she crosses a fog-shrouded bridge into the arms of a 16th century Highlander.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable First Book of the Series

  • By 🌸DARA on 08-26-15

Not bad but not great...

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

Reviewed: 08-28-16

This is the first book I've listened to by Ms Vale. The story was decent but predictable and simple. The narration is what I just couldn't get used to. He did the accents fine and did the male voices well but made the main character sound like a whiny bi***.

I'm sure the author did not intend this. I actually stopped listening to the book several times because of the narration. Between the poorly done female characters and the added drama where there shouldn't be any... It just kept bringing me out of the story and thinking ugh... This may be a decent book if it had been narrated by someone else. By then again, maybe not.

This title isn't awful, and may be worth a credit for you but if the next book in the series (which I already purchased unfortunately) doesn't improve, this will be my final read by this author and definitely by this narrator.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Spy Glass

  • By: Maria V. Snyder
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
  • Length: 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 459
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 317

Opal Cowan has lost her powers. She can no longer create glass magic. More, she's immune to the effects of magic. Opal is now an outsider looking in, spying through the glass on those with the powers she once had, powers that make a difference in the world. Until spying through the glass becomes her new power. Suddenly, the beautiful pieces she makes flash in the presence of magic. And then she discovers that someone has stolen some of her blood--and that finding it might let her regain her powers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Rebuttal

  • By Kindle Customer on 09-11-14

Snyder story is great, Van Dyck's reading awful

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

Reviewed: 07-11-14

Would you consider the audio edition of Spy Glass to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version but I feel it would be better because Van Dyck does not do Snyder's work justice.

Would you be willing to try another one of Jennifer Van Dyck’s performances?

Probably not.

Any additional comments?

I love Snyder's books but this series was a bit of a trial for me because of the narrator. She reads in halting sentences, adding pauses and drama where there shouldn't be any... it's truly awful. Instead of losing myself in the story, I am constantly thinking about the narration.

This series is a nice series and I would still recommend it but you will have to be very forgiving of the narration. Ms. Snyder: please, please, please go back to using Zackman as a narrator (or someone other than Van Dyck).