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  • The Bone Season

  • By: Samantha Shannon
  • Narrated by: Alana Kerr Collins
  • Length: 14 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,910
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,652
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,662

The year is 2059. Nineteen-year-old Paige Mahoney is working in the criminal underworld of Scion London, based at Seven Dials, employed by a man named Jaxon Hall. Her job: to scout for information by breaking into people's minds. For Paige is a dreamwalker, a clairvoyant, and in the world of Scion, she commits treason simply by breathing.... It is raining the day her life changes forever. Attacked, drugged and kidnapped, Paige is transported to Oxford - a city kept secret for 200 years, controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fabulous but mismarketed - its not Harry Potter

  • By Steph on 09-05-13

Took a whilst to get into it, well written story

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

Reviewed: 03-02-14

If you could sum up The Bone Season in three words, what would they be?

Original sci-fi dramatic

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Just so very original, well developed story, took a whilst to appreciate the story, but in the end was a good read

Which scene was your favorite?

Battle scene

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

Don't be scared of the future

  • Awakened

  • House of Night, Book 8
  • By: P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Davies
  • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23

Zoey and the gang are back fighting evil (well, duh, that’s what being a High Priestess is all about) but with a variety of romantic intrigues to distract them, it’s a wonder they can get anything done! Zoey’s got some serious work to do at the House of Night if only she could concentrate....

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not bad, turning point for the series

  • By Amanda on 02-02-14

Not bad, turning point for the series

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

Reviewed: 02-02-14

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was a good read very easy but not captivating

Would you recommend Awakened to your friends? Why or why not?

Only if they already enjoyed the series

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

performance was average

Was Awakened worth the listening time?

Yes to see what happens in the series

  • Joyland

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Michael Kelly
  • Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 62
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 58

Joyland is a whodunit noir crime novel and a haunting ghost story set in the world of an amusement park. It tells the story of the summer in which college student Devin Jones comes to work as a 'carny' in small-town North Carolina and has to confront the legacy of a vicious murder, the fate of a dying child, and the way both will change his life forever. It is also a wonderful coming-of-age novel about friendship, loss, and your first heartbreak.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • King's the best story teller in the world.

  • By Janie on 07-20-13

Loved it couldn't put it down

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

Reviewed: 01-09-14

What did you love best about Joyland?

The writing style. The story was also pretty good

What other book might you compare Joyland to and why?

None that I can think of

Which character – as performed by Michael Kelly – was your favorite?

Loved Devon the main character and the Carnies

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

ABSOLUTELY!!!!! Could not put it down

  • Hunted

  • House of Night Series, Book 5
  • By: P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast
  • Narrated by: Jenna Lamia
  • Length: 11 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,645
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,059
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,075

The good news: Zoey's friends have her back again and Stevie Rae and the red fledglings aren't Neferet's secrets any longer. The bad news: Ancient evil with the face of an angel has been let loose - that and various other nasties (whose faces aren't so angelic). Grandma Redbird is in trouble. Heath is in trouble. The House of Night is in trouble. Okay, let's face it - Zoey's whole world is in trouble!

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • HORRIBLE narration

  • By TheLadyKT on 03-19-11

Love the series but this wasnt one of the best

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

Reviewed: 11-17-13

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Story was interesting a bit confusing not big on character building tried to make it about the love triangle but didn't work still enjoyable read

  • Spying in High Heels

  • By: Gemma Halliday
  • Narrated by: Caroline Shaffer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 673
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 608
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 610

L.A. shoe designer Maddie Springer lives her life by three rules: Fashion. Fashion. Fashion. But when she stumbles upon the work of a brutal killer, her life takes an unexpected turn from Manolos to murder. And things only get worse when her boyfriend disappears - along with $20 million in embezzled funds - and her every move is suddenly under scrutiny by the LAPD's sexiest cop. With the help of her post-menopausal bridezilla of a mother, a 300-pound psychic, and one seriously oversexed best friend, Maddie finds herself stepping out of her stilettos and onto the trail of a murderer. But can she catch a killer before the killer catches up to her?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very fun listen

  • By Annette on 08-05-12

Easy reading enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 10-15-13

Would you try another book from Gemma Halliday and/or Caroline Shaffer?

Yes, she is similar to Janet Evanovich, whom I love and I will purchase the others in the series.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Very predictable but that's why you read these type of novels

What about Caroline Shaffer’s performance did you like?

great performance, consistent throughout

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

yes

  • The Witness [Brilliance Audio Edition]

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 16 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21,250
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,982
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,940

Daughter of a cold, controlling mother and an anonymous donor, studious, obedient Elizabeth finally let loose one night, drinking too much at a nightclub and allowing a strange man’s seductive Russian accent to lure her to a house on Lake Shore Drive. The events that followed changed her life forever. Twelve years later, the woman now known as Abigail Lowery lives alone on the outskirts of a small town in the Ozarks. A freelance programmer, she works at home designing sophisticated security systems.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • JUST SIMPLY FANTASTIC LISTENING ! !

  • By Gary on 04-24-12

Really enjoy this, one of my favourite Nora Robert

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

Reviewed: 08-29-13

Where does The Witness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

maybe top 20

What other book might you compare The Witness to and why?

hmmm too many to list not a unique story but well written and has a bit of everything

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

she is one of my favourite narrators well read

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

I loved the end

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  • Chosen

  • House of Night Series, Book 3
  • By: P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast
  • Narrated by: Edwina Wren
  • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,634
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,055
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,067

Dark forces are at work at the House of Night and fledgling vampyre Zoey Redbird's adventures at the school take a mysterious turn. Those who appear to be friends are turning out to be enemies. And oddly enough, sworn enemies are also turning into friends.So begins the gripping third installment of this series in which Zoey's mettle will be tested like never before. Her best friend, Stevie Rae, is undead and struggling to maintain a grip on her humanity.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love the story, Love the narrator

  • By Mira on 03-10-10

Enjoyable story line, getting sexier

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

Reviewed: 08-05-13

Would you try another book from P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast and/or Edwina Wren?

Yes, I really am enjoying this series, looking forward to the next book.

Would you recommend Chosen to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes, it is easy to read and hooks you in as the characters are very easy to relate too.

What three words best describe Edwina Wren’s performance?

Clear and characterised

Do you think Chosen needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes there is a lot still to be written or said

  • Crossroads

  • Anna Strong, Vampire, Book 7
  • By: Jeanne C. Stein
  • Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
  • Length: 8 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 335
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 299

The death of Anna's old vampire mentor is causing ripples in the mortal world. His forensic report has brought up some anomalies and people are asking questions - questions that no vampire wants to answer. Anna needs to lie low, but the sudden discovery of a slew of drained bodies near the Mexican border brings an old flame back into her life and with him, a new challenge. Then, some stunning news from an unexpected source sends Anna and her friend Daniel Frey on a journey that may change both their lives - forever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait for the next book!

  • By Sapphire Art and Wood on 04-02-12

One of the best yet in the Anna Strong series

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

Reviewed: 08-05-13

What did you like best about Crossroads? What did you like least?

The story line was really good, enjoyed this much more than the others so far.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

not sure if you could it was very clever

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

Yes, as good as the others.

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

Yes

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  • Bed of Roses

  • The Bride Quartet, Book 2
  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Angela Dawe
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,367
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 931
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 936

Since she was a little girl, Emma Grant has always loved romance. So it's really no surprise that she has found her calling as a wedding florist. She couldn't ask for a better job. And on the surface, Emma's love life seems to be thriving. Though men swarm around her, she still hasn't found Mr. Right. The last place she's looking is right under her nose. But that's just where Jack Cooke is.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Sweet!

  • By LeftyMom on 11-09-09

Predictable but an enjoyable read

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

Reviewed: 07-24-13

What did you like best about Bed of Roses? What did you like least?

I feel as if I know these characters, which is the only reason to read this book. The story is just so predictable but you continue to read it as the characters are like long lost friends.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I am not sure, this is just a pure romance series, no twists and turns.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

The narrator is very professional and consistent

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

probably, just to see who they choose as the characters as I love the characters in this series.

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  • Betrayed

  • House of Night Series, Book 2
  • By: P. C. Cast, Kristin Cast
  • Narrated by: Edwina Wren
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,816
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,242

Fledgling vampyre Zoey Redbird has managed to settle in at the House of Night. She's come to terms with the vast powers the vampyre goddess, Nyx, has given her, and is getting a handle on being the new Leader of the Dark Daughters. Best of all, Zoey finally feels like she belongs-like she really fits in. She actually has a boyfriend...or two. Then the unthinkable happens: Human teenagers are being killed, and all the evidence points to the House of Night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • House Of Night :Betrayed

  • By Penelope on 05-15-10

I really enjoy this series

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

Reviewed: 07-23-13

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It is not a bad story, a good narrator, you don't have to think too much. Enjoyable and full of action.

If you’ve listened to books by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast before, how does this one compare?

I enjoy the writing, very simple.

Did Edwina Wren do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Her accents are well executed between the characters, she is one of the better narrators.

Was Betrayed worth the listening time?

Yes, worth a listen, not as good as the first in the series but good enough taht I will continue with the series.

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