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  • Dreams and Shadows

  • A Novel
  • By: C. Robert Cargill
  • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
  • Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 172

There is another world than our own - one no closer than a kiss and one no further than our nightmares - where all the stuff of which dreams are made is real and magic is just a step away. But once you see that world, you will never be the same. Dreams and Shadows takes us beyond this veil. Once bold explorers and youthful denizens of this magical realm, Ewan is now an Austin musician who just met his dream girl, and Colby, meanwhile, cannot escape the consequences of an innocent wish.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • An Amazing Book

  • By hermanous on 04-14-13

Couldn’t get past first few hours

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

Reviewed: 06-14-18

I was NOT into this book. The writing was primarily simplistic, and felt very flat to me. Any vivid imagery was in regards to someone being cut in two. Not my thing.

I also couldn’t really stand the narrator.

The book just didn’t work for me

  • The Bone Clocks

  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Jessica Ball, Leon Williams, Colin Mace, and others
  • Length: 24 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,299
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,962
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,974

Following a scalding row with her mother, 15-year-old Holly Sykes slams the door on her old life. But Holly is no typical teenage runaway: A sensitive child once contacted by voices she knew only as "the radio people," Holly is a lightning rod for psychic phenomena. Now, as she wanders deeper into the English countryside, visions and coincidences reorder her reality until they assume the aura of a nightmare brought to life.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a masterful writer, an uneven narration

  • By S. Weaver on 11-13-14

Third time’s the charm, so it seems

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

Reviewed: 06-12-18

I’ll be honest, it took me three years and three separate tries to finally listen to and FINISH this audiobook.

That’s my own fault, and I accept that. I’m an avid reader (listener?) of the fantasy genre, and feel like I am hitting a wall with Audible. This happens once a year or so, and so I’ll go back to novels I’ve purchased and never finished—and try again.

I am so happy I stuck it out finally. This novel must’ve come at the right time (finally!) for me.

It’s hard to say anything, other than I really enjoyed it, since it leaps forward in time and each situation is SO different than the previous.

By the last two hours I found myself stopping and trying to listen to something else to delay the inevitable end of the novel. But I couldn’t stop myself.

This novel takes some concentration from the reader to get into, this isn’t one of those “listen while I focus on other things” kind of books. Take your time and really focus, it’s rewarding experience.

  • The Crown of Stones: Magic-Price

  • By: C. L. Schneider
  • Narrated by: Daniel Storm
  • Length: 18 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 49
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 49

Ian Troy is one of the Shinree, a fallen people with an inherent addiction to magic. Scorned and reviled for the deadly side of their spells, the Shinree are bred as slaves. Their magic is suppressed by drugs and used only as it serves the purposes of the other races. Descended from a long line of soldiers, Ian is conscripted into the Rellan army and made to fight in their longstanding conflict against the ruthless Langorian invaders. The downfall of Rella imminent, Ian goes against orders and turns to the Crown of Stones.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can't wait for the whole trilogy on Audible

  • By Jon Santana on 02-01-18

Can’t handle it

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

Reviewed: 02-13-18

The author didn’t do female characters any favors, mind you, but the narrator—oh my goodness. I couldn’t STAND how he portrayed the female voices. Especially Tarin(spelling?). He made her into this overtly stereotypical valley girl-esque (minus the omigawds, however) that I couldn’t stand.

I didn’t get far into this book. I returned it about two hours in, so I rated the story 3 stars.

Might’ve been able to handle it in print, but I have plenty of others to read first. This will not be on my recommendations list.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Obelisk Gate

  • The Broken Earth, Book 2
  • By: N. K. Jemisin
  • Narrated by: Robin Miles
  • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,098
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,632
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,621

This is the way the world ends, for the last time. The season of endings grows darker, as civilization fades into the long cold night. Essun - once Damaya, once Syenite, now avenger - has found shelter, but not her daughter. Instead there is Alabaster Tenring, destroyer of the world, with a request. But if Essun does what he asks, it would seal the fate of the Stillness forever. Far away, her daughter Nassun is growing in power - and her choices will break the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Miles is becoming my favorite narrator

  • By Jesslyn H on 08-29-16

Love the book, but lost a lot of respect for the author

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

Reviewed: 08-16-17

I love these books--I really do. That's why I'm rating it fairly and encouraging everyone to try it out for a fantasy that has amazing world building and a well thought out magic system/society/culture.

However, I wish I had not read her blog. Please avoid doing so--the respect I had for her devolved quickly. Luckily, I read these books before I read her blog or I'd never have even given them a chance (that would have been a shame).

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Song of the Orphans

  • The Silvers, Book 2
  • By: Daniel Price
  • Narrated by: Rich Orlow
  • Length: 26 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 137
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 127
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 127

After their world collapsed in a sheet of white light, everything and everyone was gone - except for Hannah and Amanda Given. Saved from destruction by three fearsome and powerful beings, the Given sisters found themselves on a strange new Earth where restaurants move through the air like flying saucers and the fabric of time is manipulated by common household appliances. There, they were joined by four other survivors. The sisters and their companions began a cross-country journey to find the one man who could save them.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • I hope we don't have to wait 3 years for the next!

  • By NMwritergal on 07-16-17

Been waiting for this!!

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

Reviewed: 07-10-17

I loved the first book. I love how different the "magic" system is, considering it's not really magic...

This book had a few sophomore slump sections, but overall, it moved the story along very well. The character development that engaged me in the first book, continued.

The biggest twist actually caught me off guard--because the author had me second guessing myself throughout.

I love these books, and I believe this one was well worth the wait.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Body Reader

  • By: Anne Frasier
  • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
  • Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,770
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,400
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,390

For three years, Detective Jude Fontaine was kept from the outside world. Held in an underground cell, her only contact was with her sadistic captor, and reading his face was her entire existence. Learning his every line, every movement, and every flicker of thought is what kept her alive. After her experience with isolation and torture, she is left with a fierce desire for justice - and a heightened ability to interpret the body language of both the living and the dead.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Go Jude!

  • By AudioAddict on 01-21-17

Hm--predictable, and that's too bad.

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

Reviewed: 01-10-17

This premise had such promise. However, the characters are underdeveloped and the relationships between characters is uninspiring. The beginning of the book really grabbed me. I was excited to find a great mystery/thriller. But then something happened. Instead of the story digging into the characters and exploring the "body reading" angle, it's pushed aside. The characters are cliches, and goodness are they ridiculous. This novel is only getting three stars for the beginning as it was well done. I do not recommend this book for anyone looking for a complex tale. The main character had a horrible thing happen to her, and the author barely skirts over her reactions/emotions. There are so many elements that could have been explored: how hard it is for victims of trauma and abuse to re-enter society, how victims may or may not be able to establish relationships afterwards, or even this body-reading idea! It makes it to the book jacket but doesn't get much play in the novel. I found this to be a waste of a credit. I won't ever say a book was a waste of time, but this one came close for me. There are plenty of reviewers who loved this novel, but it was just too shallow for me. I don't think I'll be recommending this one to anyone.

  • The Trees

  • By: Ali Shaw
  • Narrated by: Ben Onwukwe
  • Length: 18 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 46

There came an elastic aftershock of creaks and groans and then, softly softly, a chinking shower of rubbled cement. Leaves calmed and trunks stood serene. Where, not a minute before, there had been a suburb, there was now only woodland standing amid ruins. There is no warning. No chance to prepare. They arrive in the night: thundering up through the ground, transforming streets and towns into shadowy forest. Buildings are destroyed.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Post apocalypse with a little bit of magic

  • By Tam on 09-20-16

Worth it!

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

Reviewed: 12-31-16

I had been putting off getting this title. No reason, I just figured I'd not enjoy it and have to return it. I was so wrong

I loved this. The characters felt real, and had their good and bad qualities. The premise is completely new, for me at least, and I loved that. I really loved how the magical elements were introduced slowly, and they didn't take away from the journey these people were taking.

I can't put into words what I felt when listening to this. But I will listen to it again. I know I'll find even more to appreciate about it. Maybe even find the words to describe why I loved it so much!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 201,134
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 187,822
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 187,416

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book.

  • By Julie W. Capell on 05-27-14

Debut novel aside....I mean, COME ON

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

Reviewed: 12-01-16

The writing! My goodness! It was TERRIBLE. And Wheaton... maybe not the best choice? The writing stumbled along, and Wheaton did NOT help the situation. Not enough substance for me to suffer through it.

I know there are amazing reviews on here, and the plot was intriguing, but I just couldn't get past the writing.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Stiletto

  • A Novel
  • By: Daniel O'Malley
  • Narrated by: Moira Quirk
  • Length: 23 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,942
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,785
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,785

When secret organizations are forced to merge after years of enmity and bloodshed, only one person has the fearsome powers - and the bureaucratic finesse - to get the job done. Facing her greatest challenge yet, Rook Myfanwy Thomas must broker a deal between two bitter adversaries: the Checquy - the centuries-old covert British organization that protects society from supernatural threats, and the Grafters - a centuries-old supernatural threat.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Grafters take center stage

  • By Larry on 07-10-16

Excited! And not completely let down

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

Reviewed: 06-23-16

The book was decent. The narration amazing. But I'm sitting here trying to remember the full plot...and I can't. There were maybe four separate incidences that just never really coalesced into a fully realized novel. This being my own opinion. The writing was well done, but I think I personally will classify this as a sophomore slump. I loved book 1 enough to try the 3rd though!

  • Hard Magic

  • Book I of the Grimnoir Chronicles
  • By: Larry Correia
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,281
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,351
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 10,349

Jake Sullivan is a licensed private eye with a seriously hardboiled attitude. He also possesses raw magical talent and the ability to make objects in his vicinity light as a feather or as heavy as depleted uranium, all with a magical thought. It's no wonder the G-men turn to Jake when they need someoneto go after a suspected killer who has been knocking off banks in a magic-enhanced crime spree.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I thought it was going to be.

  • By Clinton on 08-06-11

Really love this series!!!

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

Reviewed: 10-31-15

I've listened to this series 2x now and I can easily say I am still loving it!!

Bronson Pinchot is a great narrator! His accents are so fun, and I really felt that each character was well developed. I forgot most of the time that there was only a single narrator! That's good work in my opinion!

The story is unique, the plot, intriguing. I am so overwhelmingly happy I stumbled across this series. I only wish it hadn't stopped at 3 book and a short story!!

Try out the series. Seriously. It's really well done, and seriously fun!