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  • Forging Hephaestus

  • Villains' Code Series, Book 1
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 26 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,869
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,863

Gifted with meta-human powers, Tori Rivas kept away from the limelight, preferring to work as a thief in the shadows. But when she's captured trying to rob a vault that belongs to a secret guild of villains, she's offered a hard choice: prove she has what it takes to join them or be eliminated. Apprenticed to one of the world's most powerful (and supposedly dead) villains, she is thrust into a strange world where the lines that divide superheroes and criminals are more complex than they seem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Nice Surprise with some Really Fun Characters

  • By Small Mountain on 09-29-17

Great book and start of a promising series

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

Reviewed: 04-10-19

I listened to Second Hand Curses because it was free from Audible, and decided I needed more from the same author. Hephaestus is also clever and witty and engaging, though tbh, I’d probably prefer an SHC sequel. Still, I didn’t realize that I’d already read and enjoyed a book by Hayes: Fred the Vampire Accountant! So I think I have a new author to binge.

  • Second Hand Curses

  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello, Marc Vietor, Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,810
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,578
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,578

When your fairy godmother threatens to enslave you with a curse - when a malevolent piper solves your rat problem but steals your children - when you seek revenge on the prince who turned you into a frog - who can you turn to in your hour of need? The band of scoundrels known far and wide as the Bastard Champions - the swashbuckling trio who travel a world of legend, seeking adventure and righting wrongs - as long as there's enough gold to be earned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fantastic

  • By Carla on 11-22-17

Very enjoyable! Both riveting and clever

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

Reviewed: 04-02-19

Did you enjoy the Thursday Next books? Then you’ll enjoy this one. It’s a storybook for storybook lovers. I don’t want to say too much, really. I went in with zero expectations and was very pleasantly surprised. I would not want to spoil the same experience for you.

  • Feeding the Dragon

  • By: Sharon Washington
  • Narrated by: Sharon Washington
  • Length: 1 hr and 17 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,296
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,668
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,636

Sharon Washington’s autobiographical one-woman play, Feeding the Dragon, delighted audiences off-Broadway and is now available exclusively on Audible. The one-act play invites listeners into Sharon’s unorthodox childhood, growing up in an apartment on the top floor of the St. Agnes Branch of the New York Public Library, where her father served as the building’s custodian. A love of literature and boundless imagination helped the playwright as a young woman persevere over dragons of all forms.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story!

  • By Imara Walker on 09-07-18

Wow! This was fantastic!

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

Reviewed: 03-25-19

I had no expectations going into this story, but this was really terrific. Written and performed by the author is usually a big downer for me (see the Dexter books, for example: great until the author decided to read one himself).

This is different. The author is also an actress, I believe, and it shows. She tells a story of a brief time in her childhood when she was suddenly confronted with a lot of grown-up issues and troubles. She tells it beautifully, lyrically (I usually hate that word, but her words and performance merit its use) and above all, very memorably.

Now I want to listen to her read everything else she’s written! And maybe just some random stuff by others as well. Audible should consider hiring her as a reader, if she has the time.

  • The First Conspiracy

  • The Secret Plot Against George Washington
  • By: Brad Meltzer, Josh Mensch
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,384
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,294
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,288

Taking place during the most critical period of our nation’s birth, The First Conspiracy tells a remarkable and previously untold piece of American history that not only reveals George Washington’s character, but also illuminates the origins of America’s counterintelligence movement that led to the modern day CIA. In 1776, an elite group of soldiers were handpicked to serve as George Washington’s bodyguards. Washington trusted them; relied on them. But unbeknownst to Washington, some of them were part of a treasonous plan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliantly written and narrated!

  • By Wayne on 01-09-19

Should be required reading for American History

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

Reviewed: 03-07-19

This is something they never told you about in high school. Absolutely fascinating story. If I have a gripe, the book could have been edited better, but Audible makes up for that by having it read by Scott Brick.

  • Dune Messiah

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Katherine Kellgren, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,440
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,831
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,847

The second Dune installment explores new developments on the planet Arrakis, with its intricate social order and strange, threatening environment. Dune Messiah picks up the story of the man known as Muad'Dib, heir to a power unimaginable, bringing to fruition an ambition of unparalleled scale: the centuries-old scheme to create a superbeing who reigns not in the heavens but among men. But the question is: DO all paths of glory lead to the grave?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A nice continuation

  • By Andrew on 01-06-09

Not as good as Dune

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

Reviewed: 02-28-19

So it’s not unsatisfying, but when a dead guy is the most interesting character in the story, there’s something wrong. I don’t quite see where this is supposed to get us. Do I chance a third book? 🤔

  • Dune

  • By: Frank Herbert
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick, Orlagh Cassidy, Euan Morton, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,363
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,335
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,397

Here is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud'dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Please. Do You Really Need Another Great Review?

  • By Michael on 10-06-12

What a classic, and so well-read!

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

Reviewed: 02-04-19

It’s a wonderful book, of course. I did not read it as a teen, as so many friends did, but when I did finally read it, I saw why my youthful friends had loved it so.

This performance of the book is fantastic! Great narration, great acting, great voices and production. I am re-listening to it to remove the “taste” of the movie in my brain. I love David Lynch, and the movie has wonderful pictures, but it really is awful. I know he will never do a movie without the ability to approve the final cut again, and it is generally accepted that De Laurentiis is probably responsible for the hacked-up editing.

But the book is the pure form of the spice, my friends, and this performance preserved both the text and, more importantly, the spirit of Hebert’s work. Thank goodness!

  • A Higher Loyalty

  • Truth, Lies, and Leadership
  • By: James Comey
  • Narrated by: James Comey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 23,846
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 21,767
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 21,667

In his audiobook, A Higher Loyalty, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of powe, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Than Trump: All Comey's Life/Working Years--

  • By Gillian on 04-17-18

A forthright confessional

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

Reviewed: 02-02-19

I think it was, in this case, a good choice to have the author read his own book. So many writers don’t read well, but Comey’s courtroom experience probably serves him wel here.

Comet also comes across as an honest man of integrity, trying to do a difficult job, made all the harder by having to make them in the middle of a bunch of politicians. For those who insist on taking sides before hearing the facts and arguments, this probably won’t change your minds. But for those who want details from the foolishness of a Trump DC, this is a good take, well told.

  • Atomic Marriage

  • By: Curtis Sittenfeld
  • Narrated by: Diane Lane
  • Length: 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 10,399
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 9,398
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 9,371

All marriages are hard. Many of them fail. Brock Lewis, an evangelical businessman turned self-published author, has the answer. Follow his international bestselling book’s 12-point “Atomic Doctrine” - make eye contact with your spouse? Always! Use the bathroom in front of them? Never! - and you, too, can build a marriage that thrives.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Enjoyable but lacking any real oomp at the end

  • By Kingsley on 01-04-19

Very good story

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

Reviewed: 01-26-19

Admittedly, I started this only because Diane Lane was reading it. But it’s a good story, even if it is told from an unremarkable, bog-standard point of view by an unexceptional, self-indulgent, and arrogant character. It reveals and explores - perhaps unintentionally - many of the blue state/red state misunderstandings and miscommunications we see today. The excellent and enthralling narration gives the character legitimacy, and makes her point of view worth listening to.

  • Emma

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Jane Austen, Anna Lea - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Emma Thompson, Joanne Froggatt, Isabella Inchbald, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,012
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,089
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,019

This Audible Original production is narrated by Emma Thompson (Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA winner, Love Actually, Harry Potter, Sense and Sensibility), with a full supporting cast including Joanne Froggatt, Morgana Robinson, Aisling Loftus, Joseph Millson, Alexa Davies and rising star Isabella Inchbald as our eponymous heroine.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More of a Radio Drama than an audiobook

  • By Cyberlucy on 09-11-18

The best “dramatization” I’ve heard

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

Reviewed: 01-25-19

These “dramatizations” are often awful. I have listened to several, and many take liberties with the text to try to make things … more “dramatic” I suppose. Perhaps it is Austen’s writing, or perhaps Emma Anna Lea’s understanding of Austen, or perhaps just better actors, but this one comes off as what one imagines in one’s head while reading Austen. Also, it is hard not to write in poor imitation of Austen after reading or listening to her stories.

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  • Hi Bob!

  • By: Bob Newhart
  • Narrated by: Will Ferrell, Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, and others
  • Length: 3 hrs and 34 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,557
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,582
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,488

In Hi Bob!, American icon Bob Newhart gets together one-on-one with a handpicked cohort of luminaries in the world of entertainment, whom he happens to be friends with. Bob gets deep with each performer about their aspirations, their careers, how they got started, and how they grew to be where they are today. They make TV shows, movies, or albums, but they all like telling stories.    

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • really well edited, funny, sincere

  • By RCC on 09-24-18

Great Stories, Joy, and Laughter

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

Reviewed: 01-15-19

This is a collection of conversations between Bob and a half-dozen younger comedians. You’ve heard all of them, but you haven’t heard them with Bob. If you like Bob, you’ll love this. You might even learn to tolerate Jimmy Kimmel again; if Bob likes him, he can’t be all bad. There is also a nice tribute to Bob’s best friend, Don Rickles, who passed away last year.

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