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  • Welcome to Night Vale

  • A Novel
  • By: Joseph Fink, Jeffrey Cranor
  • Narrated by: Cecil Baldwin, Dylan Marron, Retta, and others
  • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,682
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,369
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,364

Located in a nameless desert somewhere in the great American Southwest, Night Vale is a small town where ghosts, angels, aliens, and government conspiracies are all commonplace parts of everyday life. It is here that the lives of two women, with two mysteries, will converge.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This is so good, but

  • By Christopher on 04-30-16

It's about the journey, not the destination

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

Reviewed: 11-13-15

The best advice I can give anyone about to start the book is to enjoy the ride, this story isn't about the endgame. Don't get me wrong, it is a satisfying ending, but I've seen some people complaining about it.

I loved seeing Night Vale and its inhabitants from a different perspective - well, two different perspectives actually. Diane the mother and Jackie the pawn shop owner. It was very easy to connect with both characters, they felt very real, but surprisingly I empathised the most with Diane even though I have absolutely nothing in common with her. It's a testament to how well this story is written that I felt so much for her, to the extent that I was moved to tears at several points during the story.

I loved the language of the story as well, as strange, insightful and at times as beautiful as that used on the podcast,

Cecil Baldwin is brilliant as the narrator, of course. He narrates most of the book and the other narrators come on during the occasional radio announcement.

No idea how a non listener would feel about the book, there's a lot that won't make a lot of sense if you haven't listened to the podcast, but if you can roll with the weirdness it I think even a non listener might enjoy it (and then be compelled to listen to the podcast)

  • Ghost Story

  • A Novel of the Dresden Files
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 17 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12,473
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,653
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,598

When an unknown someone shoots him and leaves him to die, Harry Dresden hopes he might be heading to a better place. Unfortunately being dead doesn't make Harry's life any easier. Trapped between life and death, he learns that his friends are in serious trouble. Only by finding his murderer can he save his friends and move on - a feat that would be a lot easier if he had a body and access to his powers. Worse still are the malevolent shadows that roam Chicago, controlled by a dark entity that wants Harry to suffer even in death.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best thing I've ever seen a company willingly do

  • By Brooks Hamilton on 04-21-15

Worth the $$ even though I also paid for prior one

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

Reviewed: 11-13-15

I bought the previous version with the other narrator, but I'm glad I bought this version too.

It's not that the other narrator was bad - it's just that James Marsters is Harry Dresden for me now. Even when I read the books, I'm hearing Harry telling me the story as narrated by James Marsters. He's absolutely brilliant.

The story is good as well, of course. Harry can't act directly so he has to act through other people, and he has a lot of time for self-refection and realisation. It's painful at times - not just for Harry but seeing how his family and friends have been affected by his passing - but I think this book represents a significant turning point for his character.

I won't spoil anything, but Ghost Story is to Harry's character development what Summer Knight is to the overarching plot.

  • Uprooted

  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Julia Emelin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,149
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 4,833
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,806

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for 10 years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Narrator?!

  • By D. Hawkins on 07-24-17

Charming, creepy and unique

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

Reviewed: 06-23-15

Uprooted is an incredible story, completely absorbing and not at all what I expected. It feels like the real story that a thousand grim fairytales were based on. Surprisingly real, unpredictable and without the simplistic morality.

The narration is brilliant. The accent and the narrator's performance really brings the story alive. It made me feel as though Agnieszka herself was telling her story to me. It must have felt like a bit of a gamble, to use someone with an authentic accent, but it was very effective.

I cannot think of another novel to compare this to, but it did put me a bit in mind of the movie Pan's Labrynth - at times beautiful, charming and genuinely creepy.

This is hands down the best fantasy novel I have experienced in a long time, it's reawakened my love of the genre.

24 of 25 people found this review helpful

  • Sparrow Hill Road

  • Ghost Stories, Book 1
  • By: Seanan McGuire
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 11 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 298

Rose Marshall died in 1952 in Buckley Township, Michigan, run off the road by a man named Bobby Cross - a man who had sold his soul to live forever, and intended to use her death to pay the price of his immortality. Trouble was, he didn't ask Rose what she thought of the idea. It's been more than sixty years since that night, and she's still sixteen, and she's still running. It's been more than sixty years since that night, and she's still sixteen, and she's still running.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Series of Interconnected Stories

  • By Sires on 05-25-14

Unique, funny, tragic and human

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

Reviewed: 03-28-15

There's something very special about this book. I've been having some trouble writing the review, I think this is going to come out a bit more subjective and airy than I like.

This story is told primarily from the perspective of Rose, a dead girl who haunts the highways and truckstops of America. Her reality is the people she encounters in her drifting and intangible existence. The beauty in this tale is found in the humanity of the characters, their kindnesses and flaws and the joy taken in small, everyday things. The story is made up of a number of smaller tales, at times humorous, tragic, thrilling and strange, of Rose's encounters (or hauntings) of various odd characters both alive and dead whose only real connection is the road and their mortality. Along the way Rose is drawn toward a final confrontation with her own haunt, who is not nearly so nice as she is.

I loved this book so much, the nature of Rose's existence, the style used to tell her tale, the character of Rose herself and her insights into the world and people around her, it all comes together to form a unique and beautiful story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • An Unwelcome Quest

  • Magic 2.0, Book 3
  • By: Scott Meyer
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,149
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 15,931
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,912

Ever since Martin Banks and his fellow computer geeks discovered that reality is just a computer program to be happily hacked, they've been jaunting back and forth through time, posing as medieval wizards and having the epic adventures that other nerds can only dream of having. But even in their wildest fantasies, they never expected to end up at the mercy of the former apprentice whom they sent to prison for gross misuse of magic and all-around evil behavior.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I LIKED YOU TWO BETTER WHEN,

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 12-24-15

Satisfactory but Repetitive

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

Reviewed: 03-28-15

If you've come this far in the series, you will enjoy this book.

It is not as good as the previous two books, it becomes a bit boring in places as we watch the characters twice larp through an intentionally bad quest, and while it's at times funny to poke fun at repetitive game mechanics, its not so much fun to hear about it over and over.

That said, there's some genuine laughs to be found (the wolf thing is hilarious, so many WOW flashbacks) and the narrator Luke Daniels is awesome as always.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Legion

  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman
  • Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,787
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,074
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,143

Stephen Leeds, AKA 'Legion,' is a man whose unique mental condition allows him to generate a multitude of personae: hallucinatory entities with a wide variety of personal characteristics and a vast array of highly specialized skills. As the story begins, Leeds and his 'aspects' are drawn into the search for the missing Balubal Razon, inventor of a camera whose astonishing properties could alter our understanding of human history and change the very structure of society.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The only flaw...

  • By Joshua on 12-09-12

Interesting Concept

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

Reviewed: 03-27-15

I'm not usually one for short stories, but this one really drew me in. I won't spoil the concept for you, other than to say it makes for an interesting, flawed and entertaining character. I would love to read a full length novel, but this is still a satisfying listen.

  • How to Flirt with a Naked Werewolf

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,705
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,567
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,569

Even in Grundy, Alaska, its unusual to find a naked guy with a bear trap clamped to his ankle on your porch. But when said guy turns into a wolf, recent southern transplant Mo Wenstein has no difficulty identifying the problem.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good start to a new series.

  • By Ezinwanyi on 11-12-13

Cotton candy ...

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

Reviewed: 02-06-15

... with occasional bits of real cotton that you don't realise are there until they hit the tongue. Then its time for the distasteful moue and the fishing expedition.

This story is light and fluffy, mildly entertaining and occasionally amusing and sexy. The narrator is the best thing about this audiobook, I love the accent, her character voices are distinctive and she does male voices really well.

Here's the threads of cotton.

1. It's formulaic. Absolutely no surprises. Standard paranormal romance.

2. The way that characters word-vomit exposition at the slightest tangential prompting was really annoying.

3. The domestic violence. It's casual, accepted without any real protest by the victim and in one scene by onlooking characters, and seems utterly pointless to the story. I don't know if it was written in because the author thought it would be funny, or because she thought it would show that her protagonist is sassy, or a 'strong independent woman who won't take crap from anyone', or if she just thinks this is a normal and acceptable way for people to behave. And I don't really care. Domestic violence is unacceptable regardless of the genders of those involved, and this book is just not good enough for me to overlook the way it seems to normalise this woman slapping her partner around.

I won't be continuing the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

  • Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!
  • By: Seth Grahame-Smith, Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 11 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,824
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,702
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,704

"It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains." So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Katherine Kellgren - Wow!

  • By Lee on 07-15-09

Average story, amazing narration

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

Reviewed: 12-20-13

The story is exactly what you would expect - Jane Austen with zombies in. It's definitely fun, and Seth has done a good job of fitting the unmentionable plague into the original without changing too much.

The narrator is what really makes the story. Her enthusiastic, gleeful and bloodthirsty way of reading the fight scenes and gross zombie descriptions is absolutely hilarious in her upperclass accent

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13
    
    
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    Length: 17 hrs and 53 mins
    7,651 ratings
    Overall 4.4
  • Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: John Glover
  • Length: 17 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,651
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,663
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,666

When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has nobody, and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not the best audio book in the series

  • By Bill on 08-31-11

Solid story, unsuitable narrator

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

Reviewed: 08-02-13

I found John Glover's narration of Harry Dresden to be very out of character. His voice was not suitable for Harry at all. He did far better on the bit players like Morty and Sir Stuart.I really hope that this story gets reread by James Marsters at some point.

As for the story, it's not Jim's best but it's still a good story. I liked the mechanics of the ghost world, there were some great action scenes, some really funny moments (I loved, loved, loved the Star Trek scene) and poor Harry was tortured a bit with his inability to act, but he pulls through in the end :)

Overall I recommend getting the written version - I have the kindle and audiobook, and I feel the narrator detracts from the story.

  • City of Dragons

  • The Rain Wild Chronicles, Book 3
  • By: Robin Hobb
  • Narrated by: Saskia Butler
  • Length: 12 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 122
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 103
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 106

Return to the world of the Liveships Traders and journey along the Rain Wild River in the third instalment of high adventure from the author of the internationally acclaimed Farseer trilogy. Kelsingra waits for those brave enough to enter… The dragons and their keepers have discovered Kelsingra but so far only Heeby has succeeded in flying over the river to enter the fabled city. The other dragons, with their deformed wings and feeble muscles, are afraid to risk failure and humiliation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Half a book?

  • By Helen Foster-Turner on 05-09-12

More Setup than Story

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

Reviewed: 04-05-13

There are two main differences between this book and the previous two books in the series - the first is that it's about half the size. The second is that the camera is panned around a bit - instead of the tight focus on Alys, Cedric, the Tarmon, the Dragons and their Keepers, we get a peek at what is happening in the wider world - Selden the Elderling, Tintaglia and her mate Icefire (who fits the expression "not unless he was the last man on Earth" nicely), Martya and Rayne, the situation in Chalced and what's happening with Alys' happily erstwhile husband in Bingtown.

The book also provided some interesting pieces of information about the world as it stands as well as its past

I will spare you the disappointment and tell you straight up that neither Fitz nor the Fool make any physical appearance in this story. However there are some signs of them - at times it's like they have passed by so recently you can still feel the stir of them in the air.

This book seems to me more of a set up for the finale than a story in itself. It was a bit of a disappointment, but it has definitely left me twitching with anticipation for the next book in the series, which is rumoured to be the final book of the Rainwild Chronicles.