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  • Changeling

  • A Novel of Sorcery and Society
  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,102
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,036
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,033

If 14-year-old Cassandra Reed makes it through her first day at Miss Castwell’s Institute for the Magical Instruction of Young Ladies without anyone discovering her secret, maybe, just maybe, she’ll let herself believe that she really does belong at Miss Castwell’s. Except Cassandra Reed’s real name is Sarah Smith and up until now, she lived her whole life in the Warren, serving a magical family, the Winters, as all non-magical “Snipes” are bound by magical Guardian law to do. That is, until one day, Sarah accidentally levitates Mrs. Winter’s favorite vase in the parlor.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Molly Harper + Amanda Ronconi = perfection

  • By Aimee on 08-24-18

Keep ‘em coming!!

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

Reviewed: 11-02-18

Dear Ms. Harper, if I ever move to Kentucky, I will friend stalk you until we are besties!!

Seriously though I love her and Amanda Ronconi. I’ve been listening (and sometimes reading) her stories for years, she is my very favorite author. Before Molly Harper, it was JK Rowling, so you can imagine my delight over this story. I hate to compare the two universes’ but there are similarities, in the best way possible. Best of all, it’s a magical story about girls, something I can proudly read to my daughter.
Honestly if Ms. Harper wrote the phone book I’d read that too!

  • The Wood Nymph and the Cranky Saint

  • The Royal Wizard of Yurt
  • By: C. Dale Brittain
  • Narrated by: Eric Vincent
  • Length: 10 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38

Caught between renegade magic and cranky religion, what's a poor wizard supposed to do? When the King of Yurt goes on vacation, leaving his Royal Wizard Daimbert in charge, he is faced with the escalating crises of the cranky saint of the shrine of the Holy Toe, an all-too-beguiling wood nymph, bizarre horned rabbits, a scandalous duchess, the royal nephew's mid-life crisis, and a monstrous creature made with spells they never taught at the wizards' school.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another fantastical tale of Royal Wizard Daimbert

  • By Jan on 12-21-13

I feel bad for an excellent narrator

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

Reviewed: 06-08-15

This second Yurt installment had a great interesting and complex story that had me always guessing. Although these stories are told from a wizards point of view, and it's stated in the stories that wizards and priests don't usually get along, I really appreciate the author giving The Church a respectable place in these stories. I know I'll probably get a few "unhelpful" votes by the mere fact I'm stating I'm a Christian, but if you like me also enjoy stories about the fantastic, and are a Believer, this should appeal to you as well, even if you're not, it's in no way preachy.

My only gripe is in the editing of this audiobook: it's as if they removed every-single pause causing much of the story to sound like one long run on sentence. The narrator is excellent, does amazing voices, and inflicts great emotion, so I feel really bad to knock a star off in performance category, but it was extremely distracting!!

Overall a very enjoyable listen.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Unleashed

  • The Amoveo Legend, Book 1
  • By: Sara Humphreys
  • Narrated by: Arika Rapson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 57
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 51
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

Samantha Logan's childhood home had always been a haven, but everything changed while she was away. She has a gorgeous new neighbor, Malcolm, who introduces her to the amazing world of the dream-walking, shapeshifting Amoveo clans... but what leaves her reeling with disbelief is when he tells her she's one of them.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • AMOVEO FUR, FEATHERS OR FANGS BUT ALSO...TRUE LOVE

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 05-11-13

Narrator ruined it for me.

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

Reviewed: 05-23-13

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The narrator!! Female lead needs some refinement.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Unleashed?

When Malcom 'deals' with Sam's stalker ex!

How could the performance have been better?

It took me awhile to figure out just what I hated about the narrators performance. Don't get me wrong, she reads the story just fine, but that's just it, she just READS it. She could have been reading the phone book for all the emotion she put into it. No spark at all, it really ruined the story for me.

Also her accent's could use some work, I understand Malcom's accent was suppose to be difficult to discern (as mentioned in the story) but it didn't work for me. Worse was his butler's "British" accent, epic fail.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes I would, I actually invisioned this as a movie several times as I was listening to it.

Any additional comments?

This was a pretty decent story, not a knock-my-socks-off kind of story/writting, bits of it were predictable for me, but there was a "wow didn't see that one coming" element at the end, which always makes for an above adverage rating for me. I do think the author harped on just a tad too much about Sam's "independance" and made her headstrong to the point of annoyance. I think it can be tough for authors to balance female charaters, too much and you have a Sam, not enough and you have something akin to the awful charater in Kresely Cole's "A Hunger Like No Other" (GAG!!).

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Escape from the Carnivale

  • A Never Land Adventure
  • By: Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 1 hr and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 135
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 98

Little Scallop should be happy. She's a princess of the Mollusk tribe, rulers of beautiful Mollusk Island. And she has two fun friends - Aqua and Surf - who just happen to be mermaids.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Yet another great Star Catcher book!

  • By Nothing really matters on 10-07-14

A Peter and the Starcatchers Novella

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

Reviewed: 01-30-13

What made the experience of listening to Escape from the Carnivale the most enjoyable?

Jim Dales excellent performance

What did you like best about this story?

I especially enjoyed learning more about the mermaids and their interactions with the Mollusks as well as getting to know more about Little Scallop.

Which scene was your favorite?

This was such a short story that there wasn't enough time for a huge emotional buildup. In general I enjoy the pictures the authors create.

Any additional comments?

This story takes place shortly after the first Peter and the starcatchers book and interestingly does not even have Peter in it (although there is one very breif mention of him). I would suggest that this selection could be listened to between Peter and the Starcstchers and Peter and the Shadow Theaves.

  • Some Girls Bite

  • Chicagoland Vampires, Book 1
  • By: Chloe Neill
  • Narrated by: Cynthia Holloway
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,930
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,497
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,517

They killed me. They healed me. They changed me. Sure, the life of a graduate student wasn't exactly glamorous, but it was mine. I was doing fine until Chicago's vampires announced their existence to the world---and then a rogue vampire attacked me. But he only got a sip before he was scared away by another bloodsucker...and this one decided that the best way to save my life was to make me the walking undead.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Really Good Books!

  • By Nancy on 12-13-12

Couldn't get past the horrible narration & cursing

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

Reviewed: 09-08-12

What disappointed you about Some Girls Bite?

I have 152 titles in my Audible library and I've listened to at least another 75 over the years (before Audible) and I have to say this is the first time I've stopped listening to a book only after a few chapters due mostly (but not entirely) to the narrator, she was simply the worst!

What was most disappointing about Chloe Neill’s story?

I take particular offense when people take the Lord's name in vain. I mean really, is it really necessary to say J.C. and add insult to injury by associating His name with other profanitys? Once or twice is bad enough in a story (I understand people say terrible things under duress), but the author uses this quite a bit in the few chapters I got thru. Surely writters can find other ways of expressing themselves without using this ONE particular curse? I understand in this day and age most people wouldn't have an issue with this, but I do, and I mention it not only because of this question (what was most disappointing), but also to give a heads up to other listeners that might have the same sensitivies as I.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Cynthia Holloway?

I personally am a huge fan of Amanda Ronconi, she could have solved half of my issues with this selection

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Some Girls Bite?

Isn't it obvious? I'd have the charaters use another expletive.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Dracula in Love

  • By: Karen Essex
  • Narrated by: Bianca Amato
  • Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 43

In the pages of her journal, Mina Murray confesses the erotic devilment and nocturnal horrors of her time with Count Dracula. And what she writes says as much about her desires as it does about the Count’s - something no one, not even her fiancé Jonathan Harker, could ever understand. Readers everywhere will succumb to Essex’s sumptuous prose and thrill to celebrated reader Bianca Amato’s tantalizing delivery, the intoxicating effects of which will occupy listeners’ minds through the darkest of nights.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I couldn't stop listening!

  • By Kickez on 09-04-12

I couldn't stop listening!

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

Reviewed: 09-04-12

What did you love best about Dracula in Love?

I really enjoyed the author's take on Dracula's origins and his and Mina's connection (and the origin of their relationship). I also felt that the author accurately portrayed the abuse of what when on in asylum's and the primitive view on women during the Victorian era, not that was enjoyable, but I appreciated the realism which led to the suspension of disbelief, but even more than that, this is a version that I could actually believe really happened! (mabey)"

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dracula in Love?

When Mina's memories return to her and we learn of her connection to Dracula

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

She did an AMAZING job, her British accent completely enhanced the story since it takes place in England and parts of Ireland. If I had just read it, I would have heard it in my mind with my own American accent thus detracting from the enjoyment of story. Her charater voices were also amazing!

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

"The re-telling of a Classic, from Mina's point of view!"

Any additional comments?

I must confess I've never read (or listened to) Bram Stoker's book, only seen various movies from the book (I'm thinking of the Gary Oldman version in particular). This story had all the same elements with different explinations of the events that took place in the original story.

Although I can't think of a better title as I'm reviewing this, I really don't like the title for this story. I've read on Good Reads website others feel this was a story more about sex than love, I tend to disagree, I found Dracula's bond to Mina very romantic, but mabey that's just me. And although there were many scenes of a sexual nature, there was nothing IMHO that was lewd (which is so prominent in vampire stories).

The feminist in me felt so competely outraged at times in listening to this story, but I feel this lent to the credibility of the story, because the attitudes surely did exist in those days, just a heads up if you are sensitive to this sort of thing.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Shadow of Night

  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 24 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,314
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,854
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,850

Now, picking up from A Discovery of Witches' cliff-hanger ending, Shadow of Night plunges Diana Bishop and Matthew Clairmont into Elizabethan London, a world of spies, subterfuge, and a coterie of Matthew's old friends, the mysterious School of Night that includes Christopher Marlowe and Walter Raleigh. Here, Diana must locate a witch to tutor her in magic, Matthew is forced to confront a past he thought he had put to rest, and the mystery of Ashmole 782 deepens. Deborah Harkness has crafted a gripping journey through a world of alchemy, time travel, and magical discoveries.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended, however....

  • By J. Lunsford on 07-15-12

An enjoyable blend of fantasy and history!

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

Reviewed: 08-09-12

What made the experience of listening to Shadow of Night the most enjoyable?

I'm nowhere near an expert on history, but I've always enjoyed this period of time, and Ms. Harkenss does an AMAZING job illustrating life in the later 16th century in wonderful detail. Moreover she has woven in another of my interests, supernatural creatures, as well as continues the relationship between Matthew and Diana.

What other book might you compare Shadow of Night to and why?

Um, a history book mabey? I was reminded of the Showtime series "The Tutors" and the days (before I had kids) when I could go to Ren. Faires!

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

Love, love, love her ability to beliveably deplict charater voices!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, most definatly, but, waaay to long to do so.

Any additional comments?

I personally thoughly enjoyed all the detail Ms. Harkness uses, it's very apparent she is aquanted with the time period. It would be hard for me to say which I enjoyed more the 1st or 2nd, and I'm going to have a very difficult time waiting for the 3rd installment!!

  • Under a Vampire Moon

  • An Argeneau Novel, Book 16
  • By: Lynsay Sands
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 11 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 811
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 746
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 744

Escaping a horrible marriage, Carolyn Connor has no desire to think about men - a vow she's determined to keep while on vacation in St. Lucia. She'll take the Caribbean sun and sea and plenty of tropical drinks with those cute umbrellas poolside, thank you. She absolutely does not need male company, no matter how tan and rock-hard his body may be. Easy enough, but then Carolyn meets the charming Marguerite Argeneau, who is infamous among her family for her matchmaking prowess.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A MUST-HAVE FOR ARGENEAU FANS

  • By JPac on 04-25-12

The most seductive one for me!

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

Reviewed: 07-12-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Under a Vampire Moon to be better than the print version?

If you get a good narrator, I really enjoy audiobooks, listening to audiobooks helps me to keep my mind off of unpleasent tasks (like dishes, laundry, etc). I haven't read the print version though.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Under a Vampire Moon?

There were a couple, their first shared dream (yummy), when Carol is drunk and Gia dresses her up in a too small dress (funny), and a big reveal at the end.

What about Kirby Heyborne’s performance did you like?

Kirby was better in his delivery in this book than the last one. I think his charater voices are awesome!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Her books always make me laugh, swoon, dream.

Any additional comments?

Well, I love that Carol is a middle-aged woman (like me!) I can relate to her age-related insecurities!

This story got me thinking how would it be if an immortal found a mortal lifemate that was oh, say 400 lbs? I think that would make for an interesting story!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Good in Bed

  • By: Jennifer Weiner
  • Narrated by: Laura Hicks
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 708
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 625
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 626

Cannie Shapiro never wanted to be famous. The smart, sharp, plus-sized pop culture reporter was perfectly content writitng about other people's lives in the pages of the Philadlphia Examiner. But the day she opened up a national women's magazine to find out that her ex-boyfriend has been chronicling their ex-sex life is the day her life changes forever.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty Serious Stuff....

  • By Kickez on 07-12-12

Pretty Serious Stuff....

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

Reviewed: 07-12-12

If you could sum up Good in Bed in three words, what would they be?

Emotional, heavy, well-written

Who was your favorite character and why?

I feel that it's kind of important to like the main charater (which I did) in order to even finish a book, but Maxie was my favorite charater. She's a good friend and a genuine person inspite of her profession and the living in the impossible world of Hollywood.

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

I haven't, but she was really good! Her performance was dry, which was perfect for Canny's charater. She did an excellent job with her charater voices.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There were alot of moving moments in this book. This story provoked alot of emotion for me, I laughed, cried (well ok, not actually cried), it made me angry, and suprised me. Yes there were a few twists and turns, some "I didn't see that coming" yet I felt a bit misguided by the synopsis and felt the other reviews left out alot about the general feeling of this book.

I personally did not find this book lighthearted or funny (in general), it was a very emotional book, a story about one woman's struggle with how to deal with her abondment issues, her struggle with her body image, and finding love and lasting joy. Canny has a dry witty, sarcastic sence of humor, she has many amusing "one liners" that contributes to the humor in this story, but I would NOT consider this to be a funny book (which is what I was looking for). Yet that didn't didn't keep me from enjoying this story, it's well written, although as another reviewer said, there is quite a long build up; right around chapter 7 I found myself considering if I wanted to continue with the story, and I'm glad I did. I found myself really caring for all the charaters (ok so not so much Bruce or "The Pusher") and really got sucked in. Not a perfect ending, some issues were left unresolved, so I'll say it was an upbeat, positive, realistic ending.

Any additional comments?

I feel that if a story provokes strong emotion in you (good or bad) then the author has done their job. This is just such a story. Yet we all have our reasons for reading fiction. I personally gravitate to stories about the fantastic and magical or lighthearted funny, so this was definatly outside what I usually enjoy so I have mixed feelings about this story. If you enjoy Lifetime movies (I'm esp. thinking about the Drop Dead Diva series) then you'd like this story.

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

  • Hungry for You

  • An Argeneau Novel
  • By: Lynsay Sands
  • Narrated by: Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 688
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 511
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 519

As one of the most ancient in the Argeneau clan, Cale Valens has given up on finding a life mate. His friends and family, however, have not. In fact, they believe they've finally found his perfect match. Getting them together, however, requires one little white lie.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wowserz!

  • By Kristi on 12-21-10

In the same vein (pun intended).

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

Reviewed: 06-30-12

What did you like best about Hungry for You? What did you like least?

I put off listening to this because of some negative reviews, but I'm sorry I did, I like Lynsay Sands, I've enjoyed all the other books in this series, and this was definatly in the same vein. I enjoy her writting style, her humor, the romance, basically everything I've come to enjoy about her stories.

What aspect of Kirby Heyborne’s performance would you have changed?

I have mixed feelings about his performance. His charater voices are awesome! but his general narrator's voice was really quite extreamly dry and grating. His Luchen voice is priceless!

Do you think Hungry for You needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Actually no, not really, it actually finalizes the quest to find a lifemate for Sam's sisters mentioned in the previous books (The Rouge Hunter).