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  • The Dispatcher

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,887
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,761
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,600

Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Grief This Was Good

  • By Matthew on 11-09-16

Great premise and great performance!

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

Reviewed: 04-16-18

I got this on sale because I didn't want to use a credit on a short story. It was definitely worth the sale price! I'm sure I'll listen to it again. The world was really interesting. It raised some large questions (that I'd love to see explored in a novel. also, really enjoyed the main character.

  • Indexing

  • By: Seanan McGuire
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,176
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,086
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,082

For most people, the story of their lives is just that: the accumulation of time, encounters, and actions into a cohesive whole. But for an unfortunate few, that day-to-day existence is affected - perhaps infected is a better word - by memetic incursion: where fairy tale narratives become reality, often with disastrous results.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The X-Files meets Grimm meets Law and Order

  • By Erin - Audible on 03-06-14

Love this book!

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

Reviewed: 03-16-18

I've listened to this book multiple times now and I still enjoy it every time. It's smart urban fantasy. The universe is coherent and interesting. The narration is great. The characters are the kind of people I'd want to hang out with (dark and funny, yet ultimately kind). If you enjoyed Fables or Wicked, this is definitely worth the credit.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • How to Date Your Dragon

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi, Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,666
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,161
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,147

Concerned that technology is about to chase mythological creatures out into the open (how long can Sasquatch stay hidden from Google maps?), the League for Interspecies Cooperation is sending Jillian to Louisiana on a fact-finding mission. While the League hopes to hold on to secrecy for a little bit longer, they're preparing for the worst in terms of human reactions. They need a plan, so they look to Mystic Bayou, a tiny town hidden in the swamp where humans and supernatural residents have been living in harmony for generations.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • As someone from Louisiana...

  • By Kristi on 02-13-18

Great New Supernatural Series!

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

Reviewed: 01-27-18

Loved all the characters and the southern Louisiana setting. It was a solid introduction to a new series. I just wish it was longer! The mystery part was really obvious but that didn't really matter as I read these books more for that "hanging out with weirdo friends" feeling. I enjoyed the new town and thought it had great potential for future stories. If you're a Molly Harper fan, you won't be disappointed. Excellent narration by Amanda Ronconi as always and the alternating chapters worked for me. I wasn't familiar with Davis as a narrator and thought he did a great job. All in all a fun escape!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Sweet Tea and Sympathy

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 9 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,035
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,576
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,542

Margot Cary has spent her life immersed in everything Lake Sackett is not. As an elite event planner, Margot's rubbed elbows with the cream of Chicago society and made elegance and glamour her business. She's riding high until one event goes tragically, spectacularly wrong. Now she's blackballed by the gala set and in dire need of a fresh start - and apparently the McCreadys are in need of an event planner with a tarnished reputation.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Perfect Amount of Sweet in the Tea

  • By Juliana on 12-09-17

Perfect Amount of Sweet in the Tea

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

Reviewed: 12-09-17

Molly Harper has created yet another enjoyable world that I'm glad to spend see time in. It's not as quirky as the Half Moon Hollow series and the humor's not as dark. But it shouldn't be given this world is southern Georgia. That said the book still contains all the hallmarks of a Molly Harper romance- strong female characters, intelligent humor, and a genuine appreciation of small town life. The plot is predictable but that's okay. It's not really about the plot. It's just admit hanging out with some people you like and feeling good as they get their happy ending. And listening to Amanda Ronconi is a joy, as always. I personally can't wait for Frankie's book!

25 of 25 people found this review helpful

  • Big Vamp on Campus

  • By: Molly Harper
  • Narrated by: Amanda Ronconi
  • Length: 3 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,038
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,915
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,903

Ophelia Lambert, 400-year-old vampire princess and college freshman, suddenly finds herself domesticated by humans and forced to suffer the indignities of dorm rooms, communal bathrooms, and a roommate with sticky fingers. As one of the hundreds of undead venturing into postsecondary education, Ophelia has a lot more to learn that just "undead studies" - she has to learn to get along with her fellow vampire classmates and, worst of all, her human ones.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Molly Harper's endearing wording saves the day.

  • By Joycinta on 06-07-16

Short Fangy Fun!

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

Reviewed: 06-19-16

If you love the Half Moon Hollow books, then you will enjoy this short story. It gives us more insight into Ophelia and her relationships. And it's fun to see her collide with the contemporary college experience. The plot is pretty simple. However, it allows for some resolution of the fallout of the GiGi storyline from the last novel and sets up some possibilities for the next novel, especially since Ophelia gets her power and makes some fun new human friends!

  • Indexing: Reflections

  • Indexing Series, Book 2
  • By: Seanan McGuire
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Length: 12 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 604
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 560
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 558

The struggle against not-so-charming storybook narratives isn't the only complicating factor in Henrietta "Henry" Marchen's life. As part of the ATI Management Bureau team protecting the world from fairy tales gone awry, she's juggling her unwanted new status as a Snow White, dealing with a potentially dangerous Pied Piper, and wrangling a most troublesome wicked stepsister - along with a budding relationship with Jeff, her teammate.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Irritating narrator

  • By Alie on 05-10-17

More Twisted Fairy Tale Magic!

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

Reviewed: 02-15-16

I fell in love with Indexing right away and this sequel was just as good. It has the perfect mix of magic and darkness. The characters are complex and interesting. I am happy that there are multiple strong female characters (one of which has to struggle with her "good girl" programming) and a transgender character who is not a stereotype and who is central to the plot. The idea of monomyths and competing narratives creates a dynamic setting. Some might argue that magic gets used to bail the characters out a little too easily, especially when preventing death or at the showdown at the end (or should I say snowdown?), but I thought that the rules of the world were consistent and it works more than not. Plus, it's just fun! The narrator also does a great job with all the voices. Sloan sounds like a petulant teen but that works with her character (whom I love). I am really hoping this will become a series! In fact, I think I want that enough to make a deal with a talking frog or a magic mirror. let's hope I don't encounter either of those anytime soon.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Accidental Alchemist

  • By: Gigi Pandian
  • Narrated by: Julia Motyka
  • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,165
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,853
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,833

Unpacking her belongings in her new hometown of Portland, Oregon, herbalist and reformed alchemist Zoe Faust can't help but notice she's picked up a stowaway. Dorian Robert-Houdin is a living, breathing three-and-half-foot gargoyle - not to mention a master of French cuisine - and he needs Zoe's expertise to decipher a centuries-old text. Zoe, who's trying to put her old life behind her, isn't so sure she wants to reopen her alchemical past... until the dead man on her porch leaves her no choice.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Formulaic

  • By Ijw on 08-29-16

Fun Supernatural Mystery

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

Reviewed: 05-10-15

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

Yes. I liked the setting of Portland, which worked well with the story. The main character was a smart independent woman. The side characters were all interesting and I loved the gargoyle. Gargoyles aren't very prevalent in supernatural fiction so that is a bonus.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I don't read these kind of books for the mystery as much as I do to spend some time in a fun, magical world. On that front, i was very pleased. The mystery was fine, but I was more invested in the fate of the gargoyle than figuring out who did it.

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

I loved her voices for the characters and her French accent was great.

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

A gargoyle, an alchemist, and a teenage boy walk into a tea bar

Any additional comments?

Looking forward to the sequel!

0 of 5 people found this review helpful