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  • Wicked Days

  • An Ivy Morgan Mystery Book 1
  • By: Lily Harper Hart
  • Narrated by: Angel Clark
  • Length: 6 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 243
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 228
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 226

Ivy Morgan is happy with who she is, and what she can do. She certainly doesn't need to second guess her life, or her witchy ways... that is, until Shadow Lake's newest police detective enters her life. Jack Harker is haunted by a past he refuses to talk about, and he's not looking forward to a future with anyone - especially a sassy witch with boundary issues.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Disappointed

  • By Troublemer(tammy hovey) on 03-11-17

Wicked Days by Lily Harper Hart

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

Reviewed: 12-16-16

I really enjoyed the story -- of this volume, as well as the rest of the series -- but Angel Clark's narration made it painful to listen. Her high-pitched, shrill, and whiny rendition of the main character, Ivy Morgan, made Ivy seem an incredibly immature, empty-headed, petulant 12-year-old. Her idea for making the Police Chief distinguishable from other characters was to utter his dialog in a screaming voice, speaking as if he were a brain-damaged dunce in a child's cartoon. I doubt the author intended that for either of her characters. How Angel Clark gets jobs narrating is beyond me, as I've heard other samples of her reading, and the voice is always the same high pitched, whiny, shrill noise used in this volume. She must be related to someone well-placed in the publishing business, because she surely isn't being hired for her talent. Although I enjoy Lily Harper Hart's writing, I won't be purchasing any other volumes that are narrated by Angle Clark. It's just too painful and annoying to hear ... what a shame that a good author has to suffer for a choice over which I doubt she has any control.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Murder of Mary Russell

  • A Novel of Suspense Featuring Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes
  • By: Laurie R. King
  • Narrated by: Jenny Sterlin, Susan Lyons
  • Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,302
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,199
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,195

Mary Russell is used to dark secrets - her own and those of her famous partner and husband, Sherlock Holmes. Trust is a thing slowly given, but over the course of a decade together, the two have forged an indissoluble bond. And what of the other person to whom Mary Russell has opened her heart: the couple's longtime housekeeper, Mrs. Hudson?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A New Twist for Holmes & Co.

  • By Carole T. on 04-13-16

The Murder of Mary Russell

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

Reviewed: 04-07-16

Highly creative, exceptionally entertaining, and downright brilliant! Laurie R. King’s “Mary Russell” series is one of my top five favorite literary series of all time, and #14, “The Murder of Mary Russell,” is the best volume thus far! King exhibits an uncanny ability to take the deep and subtle insights she's gained into the psyches of the characters she creates, and then weaves credible, yet extraordinary circumstances and motivations into her story that couldn't possibly be anticipated, but which always fit tight. In addition, King never fails to draw out intense emotional responses from me, which I find most gratifying! Usually, once a novel is finished, I pick up another without pause, but “The Murder of Mary Russell" has left me wanting instead to just sit for awhile and marinate in the profound satisfaction I'm feeling from my reading experience. Thank you so much, Laurie R. King! You are an extraordinarily talented artist and visionary! I look forward with great anticipation to your future offerings.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • Once a Crooked Man

  • By: David McCallum
  • Narrated by: David McCallum
  • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 480
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 432
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 435

Crime pays. And pays well. Sal, Max, and Enzo Bruschetti have proved this over a lifetime of nefarious activity that they have kept hidden from law enforcement. Nowhere in any file on any computer is there a record of anything illegal from which they have profited. But Max has a problem. His body is getting old, and his doctor has told him to take it easy. Max has decided that the time has come for the family to retire.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mostly a good romp

  • By Laurie Gore on 03-05-16

FABULOUS!

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

Reviewed: 01-15-16

If you could sum up Once a Crooked Man in three words, what would they be?

Imaginative, suspenseful, exciting.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Harry Murphy

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

Have you ever heard his voice?! OMG! The tone and cadence make anything he reads worth hearing. His is also a voice that inspires a feeling of "safety."

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The point at which Harry overheard the conversation of criminals while taking a leak in an alley on the side of a Chinese restaurant.

Any additional comments?

The only downside to being an avid reader is eventually gaining an ability to identify a plot line too quickly, and that definitely takes some of the pleasure out of the reading. I was delighted to find that that was NOT the case with "Once A Crooked Man" by David McCallum. The story line was solid, imaginative, unique, and dynamic, and throughout the book, I had no idea what was coming next – which made it all the more exciting! The multifaceted personalities of each character unfolded naturally, making them believable and easy to identify with, and demonstrated McCallum's deep understanding of both human nature and the fickleness of fate. Though complex, the story flowed smoothly, and at the end, all tied together in a manner that brought reader satisfaction and fulfillment. And of course, hearing David’s lovely voice read it was extra yummy. I really hope he will write a sequel to OACM because, as with all good stories, the characters become like friends with whom we wish to visit again and again.

18 of 21 people found this review helpful

  • Sideswiped

  • The Peri Reed Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: January LaVoy
  • Length: 2 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 434
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 400
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 397

Every hero, even the accidental ones, has a beginning. Silas' radical theory that drafters are not replaying time as much as they are temporarily sliding into an alternate universe has never been well-received, but frankly, the darling of Opti's research has enough clout not to care until a professor with a grudge tries to put a permanent end to it.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • I really tried to like this book

  • By Linda on 09-03-15

I really tried to like this book

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

Reviewed: 09-03-15

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

All of Kim's other work grabbed me within the first chapter -- and I've read them all. Out of loyalty to an author who has thoroughly entertained me, I bought this book and really, really tried to like it. The characters in her other books were people I could relate to, could understand, and liked, respected and/or disliked. I cared about what happened to them. The situations into which they were placed made sense. But after 4 hours of this book, I realized that I just didn't care about any of the characters, let alone what happened to them. They were flat and boring. The plot was convoluted. The narration was ... forgettable. I just couldn't listen any longer. Very sad.

Would you ever listen to anything by Kim Harrison again?

Absolutely! Everyone is entitled to at least one dude. This was Kim's.

What three words best describe January LaVoy’s voice?

Boring.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

Any additional comments?

You might want to resurrect The Hollows, Kim. Or create something at least as dynamic.

12 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • The Quick

  • A Novel
  • By: Lauren Owen
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater
  • Length: 18 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 161
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 144
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 144

1892: James Norbury, a shy would-be poet newly down from Oxford, finds lodging with a charming young aristocrat. Through this new friendship, he is introduced to the drawing-rooms of high society and finds love in an unexpected quarter. Then, suddenly, he vanishes without a trace. Alarmed, his sister, Charlotte, sets out from their crumbling country estate determined to find him. In the sinister, labyrinthine city that greets her, she uncovers a hidden, supernatural world populated by unforgettable characters.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • 28 chapters before this book sings

  • By Valerie O on 05-13-15

The Quick: A Novel

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

Reviewed: 11-21-14

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Well, it would have to have a cohesive storyline, continuity of action, and be a lot less confusing ... and alas, less boring. I found it a waste of my time. Very disappointed. The narrator was great, which is the only reason I followed it to the end.

Any additional comments?

It's just not a very interesting story. Seems more like someone decided to try to copy other popular vampire stories, but utterly failed.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Skin Game

  • A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 15
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 15 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 20,222
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 18,855
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 18,780

Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day.… Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful. He doesn’t know the half of it… Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains - led by one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone - to break into the highest-security vault in town, so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hold onto your staff; Harry’s back.

  • By Don Gilbert on 05-29-14

Skin Game -- The Best Dresden Ever!

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

Reviewed: 06-03-14

Where does Skin Game rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Jim Butcher's Dresden Files is one of my top 10 series of all time. Rarely does any series delivery a better, more exciting story than the original with each new volume. Book 15, Skin Game, is by far the best of the series so far -- and that's saying something! I'm consistently surprised with Butcher's ability to imagine unique, dynamic, and interesting story lines, to lay them out beautifully, smoothly, believably, and at the end, tie all together in a manner that brings satisfaction and fulfillment to the reader. I hope he keeps writing Dresden forever!

What other book might you compare Skin Game to and why?

There are no comparisons that come to mind. This is a truly unique and dynamic series.

Which character – as performed by James Marsters – was your favorite?

My favorite character is, of course, Harry Dresden. I also love his vampire half-brother and the amazing chemistry between them. I have thoroughly enjoyed the evolution of Molly, Dresden's acolyte, and now the Winter Lady. And Bob the Skull -- well, the stories just wouldn't be the same without Bob.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes and no. I didn't want to stop listening -- it was SOOOOO excellent. On the other hand, I knew I'd have to wait another year for the next installment, so wanted to savor the volume for as long as possible. It ended up taking two days -- and that was with a great deal of self-restraint.

Any additional comments?

Butcher is an excellent author and I have enjoyed other of his works, but he truly shines brightest when channeling Harry Dresden more so than any of the other characters he's created. His imagination and creativity has brought a great deal of joy to his many readers. Thanks, Jim! Keep up the good work!

  • The Rift Walker

  • Vampire Empire, Book 2
  • By: Clay Griffith, Susan Griffith
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 13 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 647
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 609

Set in a postapocalyptic world, this tale of courage, sacrifice, and heroism takes place against the backdrop of an age of steam and rational humanism, where the social elite have rejected religion and spiritualism as nothing more than quaint superstition. Brutal Vampire Clans rule half the world, keeping human herds for food, and Princess Adele, heir to the throne of Equatoria, is faced with grim choices. War is imminent and her marriage to the odious Senator Clark of America will cement an alliance uniting the Equatorian Empire and the American Republic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Buzzy and Marsters Hit Another Homerun!

  • By Roberta on 03-30-13

Great Series!

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

Reviewed: 07-03-13

Would you consider the audio edition of The Rift Walker to be better than the print version?

This is a great series. Not the same old vampire story -- fresh, original, enticing mythology -- with a fabulous narrator, James Marsters! I can't wait for book 3!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Anansi Boys

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Lenny Henry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,709
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,779
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,771

Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully narrated

  • By A. Hawley on 11-23-07

Anansi Boys

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-19-07

Anansi Boys was fabulous! Neil Gaiman is a masterful storyteller with imagination and understanding of the supernatural world usually reserved for the oral traditions of indigenous peoples who pass down their tales through generations. I was inspired! Thank you, Neil!

  • Life Strategies

  • Doing What Works, Doing What Matters
  • By: Phil McGraw
  • Narrated by: Phil McGraw
  • Length: 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 382
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 121
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120

Do you feel capable of more than you are accomplishing? Are you silently enduring an emotionally barren life? Are you frustrated that you are not making enough money? You need a challenge. You need change. You need...a life strategy.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mellow Phil?

  • By Edwina on 06-13-03

Life Strategies

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-08-05

This book is full of awesome good sense, presented in a way that directs the reader's focus to taking one sensible step at a time to reach their goals. Re-minds us of common sense strategies that aren't so common. Excellent read!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Lost Mode of Prayer

  • By: Gregg Braden
  • Narrated by: Gregg Braden
  • Length: 2 hrs and 38 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 85
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 34
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 33

Is there a forgotten spiritual tool that offers each one of us the ability to heal ourselves, our relationship with others, and even our endangered planet? Yes, says Gregg Braden. On The Lost Mode of Prayer, Braden examines evidence from both modern science and ancient texts to shed light on a secret lost to humanity in the year 325.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Opening a door

  • By mary beth steiger on 02-18-03

The Lost Mode of Prayer

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-03

This book can help lift the ceiling on our beliefs to achieve a more genuine connection with God through workable, sensible, honorable methods of prayer in the empowering way that was intended by the Ancients. Knowledge of the past can break the bonds of modern fear-based religious conditioning and dispel superstitions which encourage us to close our minds and refrain from questioning. The Lost Mode of Prayer provides a better understanding of our part in the process of prayer and can return both joy and responsibility to our relationship with the Divine. Gregg's endless enthusiasm, academic brilliance, spiritual wisdom, and utterly unpretentious manner make this an additionally delightful selection. Highly recommended.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful