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A Discovery of Witches audiobook cover art

The art of romanticizing abusive relationships

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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-30-18

What a terrible book! The first few chapters are really interesting and well written, but don't let that fool you! It is actually a terribly melodramatic love story between an old, arrogant, possessive and aggressive vampire and a young, powerful and intelligent woman whom he convinces that the world is against her and that she's helpless without his protection.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

The Bear and the Nightingale audiobook cover art

Best story I've listened to all year

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-30-17

What a beautiful tale and narration. I can't wait hear more!

A coming of age story, a fairytale, a horror story. Strong female characters and great plot twists. All made exceptionally beautiful by the narrator.

The Masked City audiobook cover art

Good story killed by narrator

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3 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-18-17

I read the first book of the series in and really enjoyed it. The plot was unexpected and the characters interesting. Unfortunately I decided to listen to book two. I was seriously disappointed. I had to be constantly rewinding because I realized that I had been listening for minutes without taking anything in. I don't feel I actually heard enough of the story to judge it. The only thing that really stuck with me was the insanely monotonous narration. I'll have to read the book before I can accurately judge the story itself.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe audiobook cover art

Five stars aren't enough

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-13-17

Words cannot describe how much I loved this book. It has been years since I have felt like this about a book. As soon as I finished it I wanted to listen to it again. The narrator does this beautiful story justice. I'm not a person of many tears but this book made me cry on several occasions. I have been Ari. And I feel I can identify with all of Ari and Dante's parents. Made me think hard about what I talk to my children about - and what I know about my own parents, and myself for that matter. Forget about The Catcher in the Rye. This needs to be the coming of age story we have our kids read.

Miss Frost Solves a Cold Case audiobook cover art

A funny, easy listen

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4 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-18-16

I am no lover of crime novels - I'm more into fantasy. The plot didn't exactly blow me away but it's funny and it kept me interested. I haven't read other Nocturn Falls stories but I'll put it on my short-list for when I need some light reading.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

The Compound Effect audiobook cover art

Worth the listen

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4 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-16

I really feel I can gain a lot from this book. I feel like I need to listen to it again. Unfortunately the narration is so awful I was actually glad it was over when I finished.

The Girl on the Train audiobook cover art

What a disappointment

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2 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-14-15

I didn't even finish it. Terribly long winded and I couldn't feel any empathy with the main character. I wish I had known the main character was so uninteresting before I bought it. This will probably be the last summer hit I'll ever waste money on.

The Bone Clocks audiobook cover art

Best fiction I've come across in a long time.

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5 out of 5 stars
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4 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-19-15

I bought this audiobook thinking it would be a light, easily digestible, and soon forgotten piece of fiction. I was surprised to find a thought-through plot and very interesting characters. Almost JK Rowling-good character development. It was much more than I bargained for. Great descriptions of the last decades and a terrifying description of an all too plausible future.

The readers were mostly very good, although, being fluent in both Icelandic and Norwegian, it was a bit difficult to hear names of characters and places butchered by English speakers. Alas, that must be familiar to most people with English as their mother tongue.

The Casual Vacancy audiobook cover art

The strongest most touching story Ive read in ages

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-25-12

I'm not much of a review-writer, but I feel compelled to write a few words about this book. This story leaves me breathless and sobbing.

I read some reviews myself before buying it, and I remember one in particular, advising people to read the reviews before buying. I think that is excellent advice, because those hoping for a new Harry Potter are bound to be disappointed.

That being said, this book shares some of the, in my opinion, best qualities of the Potter-series. Rowling really is one of a kind when it comes to character-building and setting a scene. Not many authors would be able to create an authentic parallel universe, in which people play quidditch, get their mail by owl, and apparate, but she did. She even managed it so well that adults queued outside bookstores at odd hours to be the first to set their hands on the new children's book.

Her characters are so REAL. There is something evil and selfish in us all, and yet nobody is without some good in them. People turn out the way they do for a reason. And jet, never in her books do you get the feeling that that is a reason not to hold them accountable for their actions.

Being a nurse, a mother and the child of a man strongly engaged in helping wayward teens, I easily relate to some of the characters in this story, but I think that most people can relate to these people, and this village, which Rowling describes so vividly. It is not a pretty story, it is no fairy tale. But it is the strongest, most touching story I have read in ages.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

Blood Harvest audiobook cover art

Great plot, not so well read

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4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-12

I really enjoyed this story, but the reader really got on my nerves. There are a few male characters in this story who play important parts, and the lovely, bright female voice makes them sound silly, especially since the reader really tries to make her voice sound dim. It would have been easier to ignore if she'd just used her normal voice. Better yet, the story should have been read by a male, as female characters generally suffer less by being read by a male than the other way around.

But reading aside, great story, Bolton at her best.