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  • The Wizards of Once: Twice Magic

  • By: Cressida Cowell
  • Narrated by: David Tennant
  • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 11

From the best-selling author of How to Train Your Dragon comes an exciting high-adventure series - set in an ancient, magical time full of Wizards, Warriors, Giants and Sprites. This was once the story of a young boy Wizard and a young girl Warrior who had been taught since birth to hate each other like poison. But now, the boy Wizard and girl Warrior have been brought together in the Badwoods, and they have witnessed the shocking consequences of the Stone That Takes Away Magic. They will need to cast aside their differences once more - for an Evil Spell has broken free....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • BEST BOOK ALL YEAR!

  • By Anonymous User on 12-31-18

BEST BOOK ALL YEAR!

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

Reviewed: 12-31-18

This book was better than the first book! (if that is even possible)
I listened to the Audible read by David Tennant(such a good reader) and followed along with book so I could have the pictures: honestly best of both worlds 😍😍 The way this book had whimsical fun and darker plot points woven into a delightfully funny narrative was pure joy.

Also SPOILERS(!) the way it managed to explored Encanzo and Sychorax' past and then gently brush it into the present, succeeding in the almost impossible task of allowing a middle grade reader to sympathise with and understand parents. They see adults as not just pawns in their little world, but people who have lives, and pasts, who have complicated journeys that they too must make. Managing to humanise adults in the eyes of children, and make them realise that these adults are much closer in mind to them than they thought. Both Xar and Wish (and Bodkin) see this, but the lense is opened out wider than that to force the reader to realise this as well. Perfectly done 👌

Weird point I know. But as a young adult myself, I feel a Wishing feeling that it had been in more of the books we read. There's a need to reeducate us youth as to what it means to have time happen to you, and how much it matters much less and much more than you think.

  • Stalking Jack the Ripper

  • By: Kerri Maniscalco, James Patterson
  • Narrated by: Nicola Barber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 997
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 919
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 920

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord's daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life. Against her stern father's wishes and society's expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle's laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. Audrey's work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags her into the investigation of a serial murderer.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great listen

  • By lauren on 10-03-16

Don't like needless romance...I just coped 😫

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

Reviewed: 12-30-18

Finally finished this on my 3rd try. I picked this up as my very first Audible book (my free one) by recommendation of Sasha Alsberg's booktube channel. But I already had had an interest in Jack the Ripper. I study Pathology and so found all the medical stuff quite will depicted.
Having said that, miss Audrey Rose has a scary fascination with the dead and should probably get some counselling. But she was a fighter in a sexism world, who wants the right to be who she pleases.
To say it flat, I hate romance in books unless it's *really* justified, and Thomas annoyed me so much! but I will admit that he didn't control Audrey Rose like all the other men in her life (well expect for kinda forcing into a relationship >.<). As a solid rule, I really don't like relationships soley based on how hot one of them is, so this one will still need to prove it being real. I'd like Thomas to get half his face melted and then see how things work out.
Fun enough that I will be continuing with this series.

  • The Long Earth

  • By: Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter
  • Narrated by: Michael Fenton Stevens
  • Length: 11 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 245
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 227
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 228

The Western Front, 1916. Private Percy Blakeney wakes up. He is lying on fresh spring grass. He can hear birdsong, and the wind in the leaves in the trees. Where have the mud, blood, and blasted landscape of No Man's Land gone? Madison, Wisconsin, 2015. Cop Monica Jansson is exploring the burned-out home of a reclusive - some said mad, others dangerous - scientist when she finds a curious gadget: a box containing some wiring, a three-way switch and a potato. It is the prototype of a life-changing invention....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • World and not Character Building

  • By Amy W on 06-28-12

Loved the idea, loved the characters, but lacking

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-12-18

Seriously I love the worlds and ides and characters, but it was felt like it was missing something. I know! I am the BIGGEST Pratchett fan, and it wasn't that I didn't like the voice of Baxter, it just at times felt a little dry. I partly wonder if this is meant more as a foundational story and I need to keep reading to fully get the scope of what's going on...we'll see. Either way, this was highly enjoyable and definitely posed some thoughtful questions. I will be continuing with this series when I can find the next one XD I would recommend this to anyone, but probably aiming at adults, just because the pacing takes a little patience.

  • Spinning Silver

  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Katy Sobey
  • Length: 16 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 33
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32

Miryem is the daughter and granddaughter of moneylenders, but her father’s too kindhearted to collect his debts. They face poverty until Miryem hardens her own heart and takes up his work in their village. Her success creates rumours she can turn silver into gold, which attract the fairy king of winter himself. He sets her an impossible challenge - and if she fails, she’ll die. Yet if she triumphs, it may mean a fate worse than death. And in her desperate efforts to succeed, Miryem unwittingly spins a web which draws in the unhappy daughter of a lord. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent Russian Fairytale

  • By Tish on 11-19-18

I think this could be one of my new favourites!!

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

Reviewed: 08-05-18

Amazing northern European feel, with a wonderful Jewish main character. This story was just beautiful and told in the most charming way. The way it ended way perfect <3 Must read!