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  • Echo in Emerald

  • Uncommon Echoes, Book 2
  • By: Sharon Shinn
  • Narrated by: Emily Bauer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22

In the royal city of Camarria, a street urchin named Chessie lives by her wits, always attended by her two faithful friends, Red and Scar. What no one realizes is that the “friends” are really echoes, creatures that look exactly like their originals but who possess no volition of their own. Echoes normally are only born to high nobles, and Chessie doesn’t want anyone to start asking questions about her past. So she’s developed the ability to move between bodies so rapidly that she can maintain the illusion that she and Red and Scar are three separate people.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thrilling story with dramatic relatable characters

  • By Anonymous User on 04-05-19

Gripping!

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

Reviewed: 04-20-19

I am a huge Sharon Shinn fan, so I preordered this trilogy, and I’m loving it so far! Definitely she is tackling some darker themes, and the whole idea of the echoes is very interesting and novel (and timely with regard to ideas of robots and consciousness). This series seems like maybe she was given freer rein when writing—there are some steamier scenes (nothing objectionable, just more than she has done before) and some darker plot points (murder/execution in the first of this trilogy, multiple murders and a mafia-type setting for this one). Above all of that, though, this book just grabbed me. The narrator has done a phenomenal job (nothing is distracting to the reader, her voices are all enjoyable and distinguishable from one another) and the whole setting and plot kept me guessing and wondering all the way through. I listened to this almost straight through on a 15 hour drive and it was wonderful. I will definitely listen again to catch everything I might have missed the first time, and I’m sure I will buy this in print when it comes out, but this audible exclusive release was a good fit for the content, I think, and a great addition to her body of work!

  • One Day in December

  • A Novel
  • By: Josie Silver
  • Narrated by: Eleanor Tomlinson, Charlie Anson
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,126
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,530
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,505

Laurie is sure love at first sight doesn't exist anywhere but the movies. But then, through a misted-up bus window one snowy December day, she sees a man who she knows instantly is the one. Their eyes meet, there's a moment of pure magic...and then her bus drives away. Certain they're fated to find each other again, Laurie spends a year scanning every bus stop and cafe in London for him. But she doesn't find him, not when it matters anyway. Instead they "reunite" at a Christmas party, when her best friend, Sarah, giddily introduces her new boyfriend: the man from the bus.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • It's Not Romantic, Not Joyous, and Not for Me

  • By D. Fields on 12-01-18

Lovely!

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

Reviewed: 12-23-18

This is very British lit kind of in the vein of Bridget Jones diary (there is some cursing, though not a ton, and lots of drinking), but it’s a cute serendipity or when harry met sally-type story and Eleanor Tomlinson was a PERFECT narrator for it—the male narrator does a fine job as the male protagonist, but her voice is really rich and mellifluous and just lovely. I’ve been listening as I wrap Christmas presents and it’s all just delightful.

  • Winter Solstice

  • By: Rosamunde Pilcher
  • Narrated by: Jilly Bond
  • Length: 17 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 244
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 225

Elfrida Phipps, once of London's stage, moved to the English village of Dibton in hopes of making a new life for herself. Gradually she settled into the comfortable familiarity of village life - shopkeepers knowing her tastes, neighbors calling her by name - still she finds herself lonely.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The reader left me cold

  • By Peggy Fulghum on 02-17-18

Lovely Winter Story

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

Reviewed: 11-27-18

I had read this years ago and thought what a wonderful story, drawing all these different characters and their respective storylines together, so when I saw an unabridged recording I was excited. Another review said they didn’t click with the narrator, so I was a little leery, but I think it was fine. (I do wish the Vanessa Redgrave abridged recording would have just gone ahead with the whole book, I’m sure she did a superb job but I can’t stand abridged works:/). The narrator does do an older/creakier woman’s voice for the main character but she is supposed to be 63 or so 🤷‍♀️. She does a better job with men’s deeper voices than many female narrator, too, and her child (well, teenage girl) voice was MUCH easier on the ear than many narrators. This was an awesome listen for my commute in chilly weather, very British, very cozy. Rosamunde pilcher is wonderful, and I would listen to audiobooks by this narrator again.

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  • The Witching Hour

  • By: Anne Rice
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 50 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,717
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,411
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,416

Demonstrating once again her gift for spellbinding storytelling, Anne Rice makes real for us a great dynasty of four centuries of witches - a family given to poetry and incest, murder and philosophy, a family that over the ages is itself haunted by a powerful, dangerous, and seductive being called Lasher who haunts the Mayfair women....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • THANK YOU AUDIBLE!

  • By Wendy on 10-22-15

Very, very good narrator and production

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

This was a book I read years ago and remembered liking—it’s just as engrossing as I remembered. This was my first listen by Kate Reading and I think she did a phenomenal job with accents AND voices—she does a very creditable men’s voice and variously accented men’s and women’s voices. Awesome job. The one exception is Rowan’s voice—in the text she is described as having a husky/whiskey voice, so Ms. Reading does her voice as a lower pitched/guttural woman’s voice. It’s usually okay, just didn’t ring true time when she was supposed to be very emotional/hissing. I’m sure mimicking having that raspy voice is kinda impossible if you don’t actually have one, but this didn’t overall affect my enjoyment of the story. It’s overall definitely a good tale, good production, nice job by the narrator.
It is definitely gothic/horror, though, and certainly not for everyone, as another reviewer stated.

  • Little Town on the Prairie

  • Little House, Book 7
  • By: Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Narrated by: Cherry Jones
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 353
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 315
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 311

The little settlement that weathered the long, hard winter of 1880-81 is now a growing town. Laura is growing up, and she goes to her first evening social. Mary is at last able to go to a college for the blind. Best of all, Almanzo Wilder asks permission to walk home from church with Laura. And Laura, now 15 years old, receives her certificate to teach school.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Review of Little Town on the Prairie

  • By Emily Hinshaw on 09-22-18

Narrator could’ve done with less twang...

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

I’m a huge fan of Laura Ingalls Wilder, and have never understood why audio productions weren’t widely available, so I was very excited to see the whole series appear BUT I don’t understand why the narrator went in the voice direction (particularly for Laura and Pa) that she did.
Laura was born in Wisconsin and grew up in Minnesota and South Dakota—I’m not aware of any very strong regional accent from those places (the author doesn’t do a Minnesota accent at all, it’s a very definite homespun twang), and with the emphasis throughout on proper grammar and her mother having been a teacher, and the lack of ‘local color’/slang words in the text, I’m just perplexed as to why the narrator/director recorded it that way. (I did go back and check the narrators other work, in case that’s just her normal speaking voice, and it’s not, so this was a stylistic choice)
The accent/speaking style is evident in the sample, so just be aware that it doesn’t (as I thought it might) diminish through the text or kind of grow on you (at least it didn’t on me). I finished the audio but it annoyed me mildly throughout.
I’m just disappointed because sometimes audio can add so much to a text, particularly one I’d share with my kids. On the plus side, I do like the inclusion of fiddle music and the song excerpts being actually sung (the narrator does a good job with those, I will say—it adds something hearing a tune rather than just seeing the text printed). Her forced (unnecessarily) accent just makes this one I wouldn’t whole-heartedly recommend as I would a fantastic production.

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  • Jane of Lantern Hill

  • By: L.M. Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Lauren Saunders
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 42
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 42

For as long as she can remember, Jane Stuart and her mother have lived with her controlling grandmother in a dreary mansion in Toronto. Jane always believed her father was dead, so she was shocked to receive an invitation to stay with him for the summer on Prince Edward Island. But from their very first meeting, Jane fell in love with her charming father and his whimsical cottage. During her stay with him, she even found herself daring to dream that there could be such a house back in Toronto.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great!

  • By Amazon Customer on 07-08-18

Okay interpretation

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

Reviewed: 07-02-17

I'm disappointed that this wasn't awesome, because I liked this book a lot as a kid (though some things struck me differently listening as an adult) and I was really excited to see more of the lesser-known LM Montgomery works getting audiobooks.

I thought the narrators voice would grow on me, but it didn't really. She attempts different voices but is just very bland, to me, and did not do a good job with Jane's fathers voice.

Throughout the recording, too, are multiple duplications of lines (as if the narrator took a break and then reread the last line and went forward, but the editing left both lines in). Not a huge deal, but this is the first audiobook from audible that I've heard this on. It just seems unpolished.

Overall, nothing awful but could've been much better. Recommended for fans, but for someone new to LM Montgomery I would choose something else.

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  • Pride and Prejudice

  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: Rosamund Pike
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12,819
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11,700
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11,650

One of Jane Austen’s most beloved works, Pride and Prejudice, is vividly brought to life by Academy Award nominee Rosamund Pike ( Gone Girl). In her bright and energetic performance of this British classic, she expertly captures Austen’s signature wit and tone. Her attention to detail, her literary background, and her performance in the 2005 feature film version of the novel provide the perfect foundation from which to convey the story of Elizabeth Bennett, her four sisters, and the inimitable Mr. Darcy.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Truth Universally Acknowledged

  • By Gretchen SLP on 12-10-15

Beautiful Narration

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

Reviewed: 11-27-16

I have listened to Juliet Stevensons version of P&P several times and it is lovely to listen to, but I like this version as well or better. Narration by actors can be a mixed bag, it Rosalind Pike makes me forget she is an actress, she is just a lovely narrator--the voices are distinctly different and the story flows beautifully and it is a pleasure to listen to. 5 stars.

  • Organizing for Life

  • Declutter Your Mind to Declutter Your World
  • By: Sandra Felton
  • Narrated by: Melinda Schmidt
  • Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 70
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

You'll learn why things are out of control so you can get them back in order and keep them that way. You'll uncover the mental and emotional roots of clutter - guilt, fear, rebellion, habit - so you can get rid of it. Even the best cleaning methods are useless if you can't keep up and soon slip back into old habits. Stop struggling. You can overcome that old, unsuccessful mind-set and discover a new way of thinking that makes messiness a thing of the past.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Sorry I Wasted My Money

  • By Sapphira on 12-17-09

Good info, but misleading--is not 'unabridged'

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

Reviewed: 04-09-16

I enjoyed this to listen to (while cleaning;) but preferred the book because this is not, in fact, unabridged, and sometimes, as another reviewer has also stated, takes out entire sentences and paragraphs that takes away the meaning or point of anecdotes, etc.
otherwise a well-chosen narrator and lots of good info.

  • Rilla of Ingleside

  • By: L.M. Montgomery
  • Narrated by: Barbara Caruso
  • Length: 10 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 211

Rilla Blythe, youngest daughter of Anne, is almost 15 in 1914. As her brothers and friends prepare to go off to battle, the irrepressible Rilla realizes that she will be changed forever and the world will never be the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful Rendition

  • By Lindsay C. on 03-14-09

Delightful Rendition

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

Reviewed: 03-14-09

L.M. Montgomery's "Rilla of Ingleside" was always one of my favorite books growing up, and it is just as delightful to rediscover it now. Barbara Caruso's voice is flexible and captures the different 'voices' in the novel very well. There is some serious (wartime) subject matter, and she carries this off very well in addition to the lighter, humorous material. This audiobook is a very enjoyable listen for any Anne fans.

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