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  • Artful

  • A Novel
  • By: Peter David
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 684
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 621
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 621

Oliver Twist is one of the most well-known stories ever told, about a young orphan who has to survive the mean streets of London before ultimately being rescued by a kindly benefactor.

But it is his friend, the Artful Dodger, who has the far more intriguing tale, filled with more adventure and excitement than anything boring Oliver could possibly get up to. Throw in some vampires and a plot to overthrow the British monarchy, and what you have is the thrilling account that Charles Dickens was too scared to share with the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The best of a weird genre

  • By Townsend on 07-06-16

Should be much more interesting.

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

Reviewed: 06-28-18

I like the idea of the book as given in the synopsis. But two hours in and I’m done. The narrator is positively annoying, donning ridiculously cartoonish voices for each of the characters, and simply not speaking like a normal person would talk, even in Dickens’ time. Some vague weird vampire stuff that doesn’t really take off or seem to be going anywhere interesting, inserting the ubiquitous (and in this case anachronistic) “sparkly vampire” put-down. Honest to God, if I read one more author slam Stephenie Meyer’s genuinely creative rendition of an age old tale, while simultaneously writing their own stale version of an age old tale, I will lose it. This person seems to have an interesting thesis, but can’t really get anywhere with it. And I can’t stick around listening to this cartoon voice long enough to find out if it eventually gets good.

  • The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter

  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Michael J. Sullivan, Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,926
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,668
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,652

When Gabriel Winter's daughter mysteriously disappears and is presumed dead, the wealthy whiskey baron seeks revenge. Having lived in Colnora during the infamous Year of Fear, he hires the one man he knows can deliver a bloody retribution - the notorious Duster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • By Mar! A brilliant addition to my favorite Chronicle

  • By Gina on 12-30-17

By Mar! A brilliant addition to my favorite Chronicle

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

Reviewed: 12-30-17

I had feared that with the release of the Origin series (Legends of the First Empire), Mr. Sullivan would no longer reach back/forward to share more of the adventures of the most colorful, humorous and intriguing duo since Holmes & Watson. I can appreciate how Hadrian and Royce have bounced around in MJS’s head for so long, and am thankful for it. Please keep the Chronicles coming, for Maribor’s sake.

Each time I am treated to a new story, I find I must go back and re-listen to the series; sometimes in order of release, others in chronological order. I will do the same this time, adding the Legends into the queue. The epics are so well thought out and true, likely owing to the fact that all 6 Revelations were written before the first was published, that each re-listening only brings more and more detail forward. There are no loose ends; there are no “chance” encounters. Each story reveals something from the one before. The opening scene of Royce & Hadrian in Disappearance of Winter’s Daughter reminded me of how I felt at the beginning of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. After so many years to be instantly transported back to Tatooine.
That same sense of nostalgia, happy to be with these beloved characters again. Here in Winter’s Daughter, we see Royce struggle with his own cynical world view, his worth and lovability, and reconciling it as a necessary yang which allows Hadrian’s Pollyanna yin to exist. It’s such a lovely part of the story, surrounded by action, danger, missteps and unforgettable Riyria banter. (Seriously, only Royce Melborne could talk about eating unicorns with a straight face). And it goes without saying that Tim Gerard Reynolds is to Riyria what Luke Daniels is to the Iron Druid, or Jim Dale to Harry Potter; he has brought a distinct voice to these characters which is now inseparable from Riyria itself. There can be no other.

If you are just joining Riyria, I believe the best experience is to read in the order by which they were released, that is, first with the Revelations, then the Chronicles. I believe knowing the fate of the story only lends more depth to its beginnings. And be prepared to find a new favorite series.

If you are an old fan of Colnora, Riyria and the world of Avron, dive right in. The story is a delight, the setting is filled with new interesting characters, and the boys? As always, bickering, debating, finding new ways to horrify the other, and still coming to grips with the reality that, for better or worse, they are in it together to the end.

26 of 26 people found this review helpful

  • Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Book 6

  • By: J.K. Rowling
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 18 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 34,867
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 32,085
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 32,020

When Dumbledore arrives at Privet Drive one summer night to collect Harry Potter, his wand hand is blackened and shrivelled, but he does not reveal why. Secrets and suspicion are spreading through the wizarding world, and Hogwarts itself is not safe. Harry is convinced that Malfoy bears the Dark Mark: there is a Death Eater amongst them. Harry will need powerful magic and true friends as he explores Voldemort's darkest secrets, and Dumbledore prepares him to face his destiny....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Masterful Narration Continues

  • By Gina on 05-13-16

Masterful Narration Continues

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

Reviewed: 05-13-16

Jim Dale continues his masterpiece of narration, drawing the reader on, not as some storytellers do with a tone of gathering round the fire for a great tale, rather, as though seeing, experiencing each moment through the eyes of Harry, Dumbledore, and even Snape (ProFESSOR Snape, Harry!). Having now Audibled (yes, that's a verb in our house) 6 of the 7 Potter books back to back (I'm binge-listening much the way I binge-read the books 12 years ago) I am utterly gobsmacked at Mr. Dale's tireless energy, emotion, pacing and character throughout this series. Every voice distinct, the children's voices maturing in style and tone over the years, the adults remaining flawlessly consistent and true. These recordings are a treasure for any HP fan, and will transport (or rather reapparate) you to that magical realm of Hogwarts, Quidditch pitches, Diagon Alley, Hogsmeade and Privet Drive. Thank you to Ms Rowling for making these favorites available to the Audible audience. And Bravo, Mr Dale.

40 of 44 people found this review helpful

  • 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 21,236
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,970
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,928

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

Could have been better

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

Reviewed: 01-08-16

A fine love story, well-narrated, but the set up really could have had more suspense/conflict. I enjoyed the build up of the love story, but felt like I was waiting for something to happen in the action/suspense department. The fact that the (spoiler) protagonists main drive was to avoid being discovered and put down the bad guys fell rang hollow after a certain point, as no one ever found her. Ending was quite anticlimactic.

  • The Affair

  • A Jack Reacher Novel
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Dick Hill
  • Length: 16 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,658
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,882
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,876

Everything starts somewhere. For elite military cop Jack Reacher, that somewhere was Carter Crossing, Mississippi, way back in 1997. A young woman is dead, and solid evidence points to a soldier at a nearby military base. But that soldier has powerful friends in Washington. Reacher is ordered undercover - to find out everything he can, to control the local police, and then to vanish. Reacher is a good soldier. But when he gets to Carter Crossing, he finds layers no one saw coming, and the investigation spins out of control. Local sheriff Elizabeth Deveraux has a thirst for justice - and an appetite for secrets.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Better than previous Reacher adventures

  • By Susan on 09-30-11

Not feeling the love for Dick Hill.

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

Reviewed: 03-06-12

I've been a Reacher Fan for years and have read them all. This was my first attempt at listening to one. Perhaps because I have my own "voice" for Reacher after all these years, I do not care for Dick Hill 's narration at all. He sounds out of breath in an emphysemic way, and his ridiculous voice for female characters is so distracting I actually couldn't get the visual of Dustin Hoffman's Tootsie out of my brain. His reading of the train scenes was quite enjoyable however, with that short, driving pace, it actually made me feel as if I were watching and feeling a train race by. Perhaps a better solution would be to go the very enjoyable Ron McLarty/Orlaigh Cassidy route of several Baldacci books and avoid that insipid, almost insulting attempt at how a man thinks a woman speaks. I ended up Kindling the book and reading it. The story was typical Child and most fun. And yes, I relish bad guys meeting their end at Jack Reacher's hand.

  • Hounded

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 8 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,789
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,812
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 20,750

Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old - when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally, a modern day fantasy that really hits the

  • By Chris on 01-02-12

Luke Daniels Rocks it!

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

Reviewed: 03-06-12

This is an enjoyable, energetic series with all the fun magical characters in a modern setting. It is the rare audiobook i carry into the house with me after my commute, but i kept on listening at home and would have been sad to reach the end if i had not already purchased and downloaded the next two books in the series.
What really makes this such a treat is Luke Daniels' narration. His characters are colorful and unique, his accents are fantastic, and the real test for me is his reading of the numerous FEMALE parts. I hate when men try to do women and end up with that insipid, distracting, and what comes off as insulting attempt at a high, weak sounding Tootsie impersonation. Mr. Daniels totally rocks it, so much so that I forget a man is reading the part. Each voice is distinct enough to keep characters straight, and who doesn't fall in love with Oberon, the Irish Wolfhound? So fun. Get this book! Worth not only the credit, but the full price as well.