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  • Spectacle

  • By: Rachel Vincent
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 9 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 262
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 250
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247

When their coup of Metzger's Menagerie is discovered, Delilah and her fellow cryptids find their newly won freedom brutally stripped away as they are sold into The Savage Spectacle, a private collection of "exotic wildlife". Specializing in ruthless cryptid cage matches, safari-style creature hunts, and living party favors, the Spectacle's owner, Willem Vandekamp, caters to the forbidden fetishes of the wealthy and powerful. At the Spectacle any wish can be granted - for the right price. But Vandekamp's closely guarded client list isn't the only secret being kept at the Spectacle.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • alright

  • By Timothy Wayne Michalk on 07-07-17

Too much like the first

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

Reviewed: 08-04-17

Menagerie was a great book and ended in a way that looked like the second was going to be different and possibly ever better. Sadly *small spoiler* by the end of the first chapter, it becomes very much the same book as the first. The plot is not identical, but the situation is nearly the same... but missing much of the character interaction and development that made the first book a great listen. I would give the book a three, but once again it ended in such a way that the next book could be new and refreshing.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Marked in Flesh

  • A Novel of the Others, Book 4
  • By: Anne Bishop
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Harris
  • Length: 15 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,289
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,115
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,106

Since the Others allied themselves with the cassandra sangue, the fragile yet powerful human blood prophets who were being exploited by their own kind, the delicate dynamic between humans and Others changed. Some, like Simon Wolfgard, wolf shifter and leader of the Lakeside Courtyard, and blood prophet Meg Corbyn see the new, closer companionship as beneficial - both personally and practically.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • One of my top favorite series of all time

  • By Danielle A on 06-07-16

A Little Disappointing

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

Reviewed: 03-23-16

This series is one of my favorites and I've been waiting in great anticipation for this fourth book to be released. Perhaps my expectations were too high after the previous three and the wait for this one but it felt rather drawn out with not a lot happening. All of these books surprise me really because there's a lot of the day to day interactions between the characters going on with spurts of excitement. But this book dealt too much with broad strokes and big picture and very little was added about the personal relationships between the characters. Maybe this is needed for where the story is headed. I'm still looking forward to the next book (assuming there is one). I only wish this book had been shorter. With a bit tighter story telling it might not have seemed so slow.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Hidden

  • By: Catherine McKenzie
  • Narrated by: Jeff Cummings, Angela Dawe, Amy McFadden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 364
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 324
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 325

While walking home from work one evening, Jeff Manning is struck by a car and killed. Two women fall to pieces at the news: His wife, Claire, and his co-worker Tish. Reeling from her loss, Claire must comfort her grieving son as well as contend with funeral arrangements, well-meaning family members, and the arrival of Jeff's estranged brother, who was her ex-boyfriend. Tish volunteers to attend the funeral on her company's behalf, but only she knows the true risk of inserting herself into the wreckage of Jeff's life.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • The Voice of Claire

  • By E. on 05-15-14

Better if sped up

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

Reviewed: 03-09-16

The story kept me wondering until the very end, just as Claire did. The relationships between the characters felt very real. Jeff Cummings and Amy McFadden did well as Jeff and Tish, but as the other reviewers have said Angela Dawe's performance as Claire was flat. Sadly, I've had this problem with some of her performances in the past. On a whim I decided to try speeding up the playback. At 1.25 speed (something that's possible in the apps without making them sound like chipmunks) I discovered that not only was Ms Dawe's performance reasonable but that of Mr Cummings and Ms McFadden were actually improved as well. After that the listen became rather enjoyable. I recommend you try it.

  • Also Known As

  • AKA, Book 1
  • By: Robin Benway
  • Narrated by: Robin Benway
  • Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 91
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 78
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 78

Maggie Silver has never minded her unusual life. Cracking safes for the world’s premier spy organization and traveling the world with her insanely cool parents definitely beat high school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations. (If it’s three digits, why bother locking it at all?) But when Maggie and her parents are sent to New York City for her first solo assignment, her world is transformed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun YA Listen

  • By Richard on 12-05-15

Fun YA Listen

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

Reviewed: 12-05-15

The first chapter didn't impress me much but the second chapter was better and the story kept getting better from there so I'm glad I stuck with it. It's full of humor, light adventure and enough teen problems to be realistic for the characters without being annoying to me as an adult. I soon found myself looking for reasons to keep listening rather than doing something else. I wasn't paying attention so was surprised to find at the end that it was read by the author. While not my favorite narrator she did a good job with bringing life to the story and giving each character their own personality. Her one shortcoming was that there was no real difference in the sound of the voices, so you needed to pay attention in some places to keep up with who was talking at any given time. Overall a very entertaining listen.

  • Menagerie

  • By: Rachel Vincent
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,704
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,578
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,579

When Delilah Marlow visits a famous traveling carnival, Metzger's Menagerie, she is an ordinary woman in a not-quite-ordinary world. But under the macabre circus black-top, she discovers a fierce, sharp-clawed creature lurking just beneath her human veneer. Captured and put on exhibition, Delilah is stripped of her worldly possessions, including her own name, as she's forced to "perform" in town after town. But there is breathtaking beauty behind the seamy and grotesque reality of the carnival.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Dark and unpleasant

  • By RueRue on 04-05-16

Another Winner

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

Reviewed: 10-21-15

I love Rachel Vincent's books because even when she's writing urban fantasy it's different from what has become the standard vampire/werewolf stories that abound everywhere. Add the fact that she's excellent at telling these stories and I've been looking forward to this book since I first heard about it. This is not urban fantasy as defined anywhere, though it could be classified as contemporary fantasy. The synopsis does a good job of explaining the basic plot so I won't reiterate. But the story is more than just that of Delilah. Unlike the other books I've listened to by Ms Vincent, this book is written in both first person (Delilah's POV) and third person (when telling the stories of others). This mixed person style works well. Delilah's character is well developed in the first person narrative as is Gallagher's in the third person portions. Many of the other characters begin to be fleshed out in this way as well and I look forward to her use of more of this in future volumes. While the book stands alone, as her books usually do, there is more than enough open-endedness for plenty of storytelling to come.

Gabra Zackman is always wonderful as a narrator, though sometimes I find her inflections to be somewhat odd. For this book her performance was spot on and I can't imagine anyone else doing it.

Now I just need to be patient while waiting for the next book in the series. That and figure out what to listen to next that will hold up after listening to this one!

33 of 44 people found this review helpful

  • The Drafter

  • The Peri Reed Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 15 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 926
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 848
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 849

During a routine but dangerous Opti task, Peri Reed finds out her trusted partner has made her a corrupt agent. Her unique ability to jump back 40 seconds in time to correct a mistake leaves her vulnerable when her partner, who is responsible for replacing her memory of the event, gives her a false one. But Peri lives and dies on her intuition, and she begins to piece her twisted reality together as she flees her one-time secure situation at Opti.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as I expected...

  • By Lisa on 09-07-15

Not "The Hollows"

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

Reviewed: 09-20-15

If you're thinking of getting this book because you loved the Hollows series then I suggest you pause first. This is a totally different genre, style of storytelling, type of character, kind of story, etc. If you've listened to Sideswiped you'll have an idea of the basic premise of the book. If you have not you should listen to it first since it's both a prequel and lets you get used the the premise, style, and narrator before starting this book. I did listen to Sideswiped first and was still not prepared for the drastic change in tone from even that book. While I could not seem to put it down I also found it very frustrating. It's difficult to explain the frustration without giving too much away but the basic premise of the book is that Peri has the ability to rewrite small amounts of time but then forgets. How much she forgets depends on how drastic the change was. It may be only the amount of time she rewrote or much more of her past. This constant alternation between her making progress on figuring out what is happening and then forgetting everything she'd learned led to the frustration. In the end I wasn't sure I was satisfied with the story and it's ending until I happened on something the author wrote where she states that this book is (at least in part) her commentary on Alzheimer's. In this context the frustration makes perfect sense. I still have no idea how she will make this into a satisfying series but I look forward to the next book to find out.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

  • Closer Than You Think

  • Faith Corcoran, Book 1
  • By: Karen Rose
  • Narrated by: Hillary Huber
  • Length: 28 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,686
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,483
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,480

Psychologist Faith Corcoran is desperate to escape the stalker who's made her life a nightmare for the past year--desperate enough to run to the one place that has been her nightmare for far longer. Both boon and bane, her recent inheritance of her grandmother's old house in Cincinnati offers a sanctuary in which she can start her life anew but requires that she face dark memories that resonate to this day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • hard to stop listening

  • By Amazon Customer on 03-08-15

Excellent book just a touch too long

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

Reviewed: 02-18-15

Karen Rose is one of my "must buy" authors and this story did not disappoint. I was concerned when I saw how long it was but I never grew bored or tired of listening. There were plenty of twists and turns to fill the time. Still I felt it could have been an even better book with a bit of trimming. By the time I was at hour 22 I was ready to head into the climax but knew I had 3 or 4 more hours to get to that point. I would also agree with another reviewer that some of the physical attraction seemed inappropriate for the circumstances at times. Hillary Huber did a good job but nothing outstanding. There were also more than the usual number of edits where the audio did not match well between the takes which is always a bit jarring.

22 of 28 people found this review helpful

  • Easy

  • By: Tammara Webber
  • Narrated by: Tara Sands
  • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,318
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,245

A girl who believes trust can be misplaced, promises are made to be broken, and loyalty is an illusion. A boy who believes truth is relative, lies can mask unbearable pain, and guilt is eternal. Will what they find in each other validate their conclusions, or disprove them all?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Didn't Want to Stop Listening

  • By Rita on 11-06-12

Not always easy to listen to

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

Reviewed: 11-20-14

As others have said this book deals with a difficult subject and at times can be difficult to listen to but the subject is very well handled and addressed. The characters and situations are believable and well developed. The writing is excellent. And Tara Sands does a wonderful job bringing it all to life. It's one of those books that I'm glad I listened to rather than read.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Breakable

  • Contours of the Heart, Book 2
  • By: Tammara Webber
  • Narrated by: Zachary Webber
  • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 632
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 592
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 596

As a child, Landon Lucas Maxfield believed his life was perfect and looked forward to a future filled with promise - until tragedy tore his family apart and made him doubt everything he ever believed. All he wanted was to leave the past behind. When he met Jacqueline Wallace, his desire to be everything she needed came so easy.… As easy as it could be for a man who learned that the soul is breakable and that everything you hoped for could be ripped away in a heartbeat.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Confused who is hotter - Lucas or the narrator!!

  • By AudioAddict on 04-17-15

Same story, different viewpoint

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

Reviewed: 11-20-14

As others have said, this is the same story as Easy told from Lucas' point of view. In addition to his thoughts and viewpoints of the events in the previous book it also tells the story of the years leading up to it. The story does a great job of developing a character you thought you already knew from the previous book. But make sure you listen in the proper order.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Written in Red

  • A Novel of the Others
  • By: Anne Bishop
  • Narrated by: Alexandra Harris
  • Length: 18 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,564
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,214
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,221

As a cassandra sangue, or blood prophet, Meg Corbyn can see the future when her skin is cut - a gift that feels more like a curse. Meg's Controller keeps her enslaved so he can have full access to her visions. But when she escapes, the only safe place Meg can hide is at the Lakeside Courtyard - a business district operated by the Others. Shape-shifter Simon Wolfgard is reluctant to hire the stranger who inquires about the Human Liaison job.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Original, emotion-driven alternative reality

  • By Mike on 03-10-15

Unique

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

Reviewed: 08-07-14

Seems so many urban fantasies come from the same mold. Anne Bishop has managed to create a unique world unlike anything else I've read or listened to. The story ranges from charming to horrifying, gradually gaining momentum to a stunning climax. Alexandra Harris gives a fine performance while not quite matching the best I've heard. I would give it a 4.5.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful