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  • The World of All Souls

  • The Complete Guide to A Discovery of Witches, Shadow of Night, and The Book of Life
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld, Deborah Harkness, Steve West, and others
  • Length: 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 125
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 113

A Discovery of Witches introduced Diana Bishop, Oxford scholar and reluctant witch, and vampire geneticist Matthew Clairmont. Shadow of Night and The Book of Life carried Deborah Harkness's series to its spellbinding conclusion, and the trilogy has now sold more than two million copies in the United States and appeared in 38 editions around the world. All Souls fans have been captivated from the start by the many sources of inspiration Harkness draws on in her novels. Here, with her signature historian's touch, she offers an encyclopedic look at the series.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved it

  • By Rose on 05-12-18

This is a companion guide, not a novel.

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

Reviewed: 05-20-18

I enjoyed the trilogy so when I saw Deborah Harkness and All Souls, I just bought it on sight. If I'd spent even a few seconds looking at it, I'd have seen that this is NOT part of the series. It's a companion guide that defines characters, does a synopsis and a Q/A section from the author. Is it bad for what it is? No. Is it worth a credit? Also no. I got about half way through before I gave up.

27 of 34 people found this review helpful

  • A Gift of Time

  • By: Jerry Merritt
  • Narrated by: Christopher Lane
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,293
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,950
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,934

When Micajah Fenton discovers a crater in his front yard with a broken time glider in the bottom and a naked, virtual woman on his lawn, he delays his plans to kill himself. While helping repair the marooned time traveler's glider, Cager realizes it can return him to his past to correct a mistake that had haunted him his entire life. As payment for his help, the virtual creature living in the circuitry of the marooned glider, sends Cager back in time as his 10-year-old self.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Smart and original

  • By J. OBrennan on 12-29-17

Well written and well performed.

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

Reviewed: 05-01-18

I really liked this book! It's definitely Sci-Fi but it's also got a nostalgic feel to it. It made me think. I suspect that this will end up being in my top 3 favorite books this year.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,631
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,430
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,404

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Premise Within an Excellent Story

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 07-30-17

Clever ideas and good writing!

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

Reviewed: 12-13-17

I really liked this book! It was one of those stories made me think long after I'd finished the book. Without spoiling things too much, it's a good take on how intelligent life can develop. It was also well written. The book moves at a decent pace and the narrator was good.

  • Artemis

  • By: Andy Weir
  • Narrated by: Rosario Dawson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 59,243
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,279
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 55,133

Jazz Bashara is a criminal. Well, sort of. Life on Artemis, the first and only city on the moon, is tough if you're not a rich tourist or an eccentric billionaire. So smuggling in the occasional harmless bit of contraband barely counts, right? Not when you've got debts to pay and your job as a porter barely covers the rent. Everything changes when Jazz sees the chance to commit the perfect crime, with a reward too lucrative to turn down.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A ferrari with no motor

  • By will on 11-18-17

I appreciate clever writing. This has it.

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

I had just finished Dan Brown's Origin. It's horrible and instead of putting it down, I suffered through it. Then I put this on and it was like the angels were singing and shafts of light were coming from the heavens. The writing is smart and just snarky enough to make me laugh out loud. Rosario Dawson is a new surprise. I'm hoping to hear more from her. Was this the best book I've done all year? Probably not. Did I really enjoy it? Definitely!

  • Origin

  • A Novel
  • By: Dan Brown
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael
  • Length: 18 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,652
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 35,344
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 35,234

In keeping with his trademark style, Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code and Inferno, interweaves codes, science, religion, history, art, and architecture in this new novel. Origin thrusts Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon into the dangerous intersection of humankind's two most enduring questions - and the earthshaking discovery that will answer them.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Formula over fiction

  • By Evan M Carlson on 11-01-17

So much potential, yet soooo bad.

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

Reviewed: 12-07-17

I wanted to like this. It had all the building blocks. The premise of the story is really clever. Dan Brown does all kinds of in depth research when he does these. The setting was good. The topics were current.... And it was awful! I kept asking myself if I was just in reaction to a bad performance and kept coming up with "Meh. He's bad but not THAT bad." All that being said, I did finish the book. I did a lot of podcasts in between chapters but I finished it. By the time the book was done, I was kind of pissed because I expected so much more out of him. Dan, I'm not angry anymore. I'm just disappointed.

  • Cast Under an Alien Sun

  • Destiny's Crucible, Book 1
  • By: Olan Thorensen
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 15 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,055
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,883
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,885

Joe Colsco boarded a flight from San Francisco to Chicago to attend a national chemistry meeting. He would never set foot on Earth again. On planet Anyar, Joe is found unconscious on a beach of a large island inhabited by humans where the level of technology is similar to Earth circa 1700. He awakes amid strangers speaking an unintelligible language and struggles to accept losing his previous life and finding a place in a society with different customs, needing a way to support himself and not knowing a single soul.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Slowly we turn, step by step, inch by inch...

  • By Ron on 09-18-17

Performance was so bad that I had to quit.

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

Reviewed: 09-16-17

I think this could be a good book. I'll never know. Twice I started it and twice I said "No way in hell I'm spending that many hours listening to that guy".

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Dead Zone

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: James Franco
  • Length: 16 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,971
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,635
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,618

Johnny Smith awakens from a five-year coma after his car accident and discovers that he can see people's futures and pasts when he touches them. Many consider his talent a gift; Johnny feels cursed. His fiancée married another man during his coma, and people clamor for him to solve their problems. When Johnny has a disturbing vision after he shakes the hand of an ambitious and amoral politician, he must decide if he should take drastic action to change the future.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Another Great Listen!

  • By karinzart on 04-29-17

This is SO good! James Franco was perfect for this

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

Reviewed: 05-09-17

This is one of the books that I'd missed. It's got some creepy moments but not what I'd call "horror". What I loved about this was that while the writing is obviously excellent, James Franco takes it to a new level. He "gets" this material. He performs it so well. I think the other thing I liked about it was that even though it's an old book, with this performance, it feels like new material... OK, it was new to me but it didn't feel like a book from that era. This is one you'll listen to obsessively.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • A Wrinkle in Time

  • By: Madeleine L'Engle
  • Narrated by: Hope Davis, Ava DuVernay, Madeleine L'Engle, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,641
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,957
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,960

Meg Murry, her little brother Charles Wallace, and their mother are having a midnight snack on a dark and stormy night when an unearthly stranger appears at their door. He claims to have been blown off course and goes on to tell them that there is such a thing as a "tesseract", which, if you didn't know, is a wrinkle in time. Meg's father had been experimenting with time travel when he suddenly disappeared. Will Meg, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin outwit the forces of evil as they search through space for their father?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thank You for a New Narrator

  • By Patricia on 02-01-12

Great book

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

Reviewed: 07-15-16

I don't know how I missed this before. All of my friends read it at some point. I'd heard about it but I never really gave it any attention. It's so good! Now I understand what the big deal is. I had not heard the earlier narrator but Hope Davis is particularly good.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Night Circus

  • By: Erin Morgenstern
  • Narrated by: Jim Dale
  • Length: 13 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,586
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,832
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,850

The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The circus of your dreams

  • By Anonymous User on 09-22-11

This book is wonderful!

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

Reviewed: 07-15-16

This is such a perfect book. I might be biased a little because Jim Dale performed it and he could make a grocery list sound captivating. His performance of this was icing on an already excellent story. It's beautifully written but it's... different. It does not strictly follow the story format that we are used to but it works so well. Just go get it.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Gray Man

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,404
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,639
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,617

Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Action packed, edge of your seat "page-turner"

  • By Jason Spencer on 09-01-10

The Itchy and Scratchy Show for 11 hours

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

Reviewed: 06-17-16

For most books, you have to suspend your idea of reality and dive into the author's. It's one of the reasons that I love audiobooks... Well, book in general. With this book, the reality that is presented is so dumb and poorly executed that I was never able to get into the story. I kept asking myself if I was reacting to bad narration. I think I was a little but not entirely. The narration IS that bad but not bad enough for me to quit the book - which I did twice. I'd run out of podcasts, roll my eyes and turn it back on. Mark Greaney knows how to keep a book moving and I expected so much more from him but the story itself is so bad. SO bad. The whole book is about our seemingly immortal protagonist who goes from bad situation and injuries to bad situation and injuries with exactly as much believability as the Itchy and Scratchy Show. He's about to die and then a miracle happens and he escapes and is about to die again. Rinse and repeat. Throw in horrible accents and mispronunciations and you have the whole book. Just don't go there.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful