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  • Jacob T. Marley

  • By: R. William Bennett
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 4 hrs and 13 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,469
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,311
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,293

"Marley was dead to begin with...." These chillingly familiar words begin the classic Christmas tale of remorse and redemption in A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Now R. William Bennett rewinds the story and focuses the spotlight on Scrooge’s miserly business partner, Jacob T. Marley, who was allowed to return as a ghost to warn Scrooge away from his ill-fated path. Why was Marley allowed to return? And why hadn’t he been given the same chance as Ebenezer Scrooge? Or had he?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This is my favorite book! I listen to it all year

  • By Lyle K Holden on 08-07-17

THE PART OF DICKEN'S TALE WE MISSED

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

Reviewed: 03-23-18

If you have been moved by Dickens version, then this telling cannot add to that movement

  • For Deader or Worse

  • John Pickett Mysteries, Book 6
  • By: Sheri Cobb South
  • Narrated by: Joel Froomkin
  • Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 149
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 139
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 140

After a modest wedding ceremony, Bow Street Runner John Pickett and his bride, Julia, the former Lady Fieldhurst, set out for a wedding trip to Somersetshire, where Pickett must face his greatest challenge yet: meeting his in-laws. Sir Thaddeus and Lady Runyon are shocked at their daughter’s hasty remarriage - and appalled by her choice of a second husband. Pickett, for his part, is surprised to learn that Julia once had an elder sister: Claudia, Lady Buckleigh, who disappeared 13 years earlier.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Better and Better!

  • By Jan M on 04-17-18

A VERY ENJOYABLE PRESENTATION AND STORY

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

Reviewed: 03-11-18

The entire series is a delightful British Romantic Detective tale of a Bowstreet Runner who is afflicted with love for a woman in his first investigation. I can only hope Ms. South allows further novels to be enacted.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Land: Swarm

  • Chaos Seeds, Book 5
  • By: Aleron Kong
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 16 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 8,310
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,873
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,848

Aleron Kong's number-one best-selling LitRPG saga continues in The Land: Swarm. The enemies of the Mist Village are moving, the storm clouds are gathering, what are Richter and Sion to do? Crush the game, that's what! More of everything you love in LitRPG: powerful items, epic battles, awesome quests, and in-depth world building! What happened to Elora? Where is the swarm? Did the rock giant make Richter jelly? What are the colonel's secret spices?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Epic

  • By Nic on 11-04-17

The book is well written-narration is incredible

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

Reviewed: 11-07-17

The series is well written and the characters develop through the series. Not as much romantic twist; particularly in the first books...which is ok with me. I am a guy. The girls may miss it though.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Ink Mage

  • A Fire Beneath the Skin, Book 1
  • By: Victor Gischler
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,096
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,921
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,928

In the first installment of the A Fire Beneath the Skin trilogy, the city of Klaar has never fallen. No enemy has ever made it across the Long Bridge or penetrated the city's mighty walls. Even when a powerful invading army shows up at the gates, the duke and his daughter, Rina Veraiin, are certain that it poses little threat. But they are cruelly betrayed from within and, in a horrific spasm of violence, the city is brought to its knees.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Chars, Weak Story

  • By Jenny on 01-12-16

FUN STORYLINE TOLD BY A GREAT NARRATER

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

Reviewed: 11-07-17

The characters are well defined in all three books of the series. The plot is not obvious (a good thing) but is consistent.

  • The Builder's Sword

  • The Legendary Builder, Book 1
  • By: J.A. Cipriano
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,189
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,124
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,121

Arthur Curie never expected to wind up in Hell. At least, not because he found an ancient sword in a pawnshop. To make matters worse, Hell isn't as he thought. It's a desolate wasteland under siege by an all-consuming void known as the Darkness.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth listening, entertaining Things to know tho

  • By Joshua on 11-08-17

VERY SHALLOW STORYLINE

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

Reviewed: 09-28-17

Although the premise has a lot of possibilities, the storyline never achieves it. The narrator is good.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Eden's Gate: The Sparrow

  • A LitRPG Adventure, Book 2
  • By: Edward Brody
  • Narrated by: Pavi Proczko
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,320
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,246
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,239

After accepting the fact that he will never know his old reality again, Gunnar looks forward toward building a new life inside Eden's Gate. It's time to form a guild, gather resources, and earn the acceptance of the Edgewood inhabitants. If only things were that easy. The dark elves aren't thrilled about having humans in Edgewood, the mine isn't vacant, and you can't form a guild without at least a few guild mates.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • good stuff

  • By Cody on 08-06-17

The Best LitRPG SERIES I have read

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

Reviewed: 08-26-17

What made the experience of listening to Eden's Gate: The Sparrow the most enjoyable?

Both this audible experience and the first book in the series tell a different story of the LitPRG genre VERY WELL. I would pre-order the next 5 books of the series; if they were available now.

What other book might you compare Eden's Gate: The Sparrow to and why?

Other LitPRG stories

What about Pavi Proczko’s performance did you like?

An excellent telling.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I listened to both without stopping. This story tells a different angle on the LitPRG genre.

  • The Mare

  • By: Mary Gaitskill
  • Narrated by: Kyla Garcia, Christa Lewis, Sean Pratt, and others
  • Length: 14 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 410
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 371
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 374

Velveteen Vargas is an 11-year-old from Brooklyn who is granted a summer vacation in the country, courtesy of the nonprofit Fresh Air Fund. Her host family is a couple in upstate New York: Ginger, a failed artist on the fringe of Alcoholics Anonymous; and Paul, an academic who wonders what it will mean to "make a difference" in such a contrived situation.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Horse people should enjoy this.

  • By robert on 03-16-16

Have you ever wondered about the "other" people

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

Reviewed: 07-04-17

What did you love best about The Mare?

I am an old curmudgeon. I have lived through many stages (including combat). I never, ever cry...not ever.
I cried listening to this book.
I am buying several copies to give away.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Mare?

there are too many to describe

Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favorite?

Velvet

If you could take any character from The Mare out to dinner, who would it be and why?

Velvet. She could explain a lot to me.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Spiritglass Charade

  • By: Colleen Gleason
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 167
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147

After the Affair of the Clockwork Scarab, Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes are eager to help Princess Alix with a new case. Seventeen-year-old Willa Aston is obsessed with spiritual mediums, convinced she is speaking with her mother from beyond the grave. What seems like a case of spiritualist fraud quickly devolves into something far more menacing: Someone is trying to make Willa "appear lunatic", using an innocent-looking spiritglass to control her. The list of clues piles up: an unexpected murder, a gang of pickpockets, and the return of vampires to London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent book with narration of JayneEntwhistle

  • By Mary on 10-16-17

Best of the Post Sherlock Holmes Novels Genre

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

Reviewed: 06-07-17

What made the experience of listening to The Spiritglass Charade the most enjoyable?

There are many novels copying the Sherlock Holmes genre and some are quite good; such as the Mary Rusell series. Colleen Gleason's books are of the best of the genre. I have read the 2 in the series and will check weekly in hopes of another. I have literally listened to over a thousand audiobooks in the past 2 decades (back to the cassettes of Recorded Books) and it was clearly among the most fun....even for a late sixty curmudgeon.

What did you like best about this story?

The period description of the London background of the novel. The fun inherent in listening to it. This is a book meant to be enjoyed lightly but very much enjoyed and the narration is part of that.

What about Jayne Entwhistle’s performance did you like?

She sounds just like an intelligent woman in that period of London would seem to me accurate...sassy, factual, irreverent towards the mores of the times regarding "women"; >ie: "a strange foreign creature who knows her own mind". This a lighthearted novel that Ms. Entwhistle conveys excellently.

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

No - because it was the flow of the fun of the book, not any point, that made it so enjoyable.

Any additional comments?

The Spirit Glass Charade contains a number of superstitions of the period; including "Spirit Talking" and "Vampires".

  • Terra Incognita

  • A Novel of the Roman Empire
  • By: Ruth Downie
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,100
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 849
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 849

The edge of the Roman Empire is a volatile place; the tribes of the North dwell near its borders. These hinterlands are the homeland of Gaius Petreius Ruso's slave, Tilla, who has scores of her own to settle there: Her tribespeople, under the leadership of the mysterious Stag Man, are fomenting a rebellion, and her former lover is implicated in the murder of a soldier. Ruso, once again pulled into a murder investigation, is appalled to find that Tilla is still spending time with the prime suspect.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book, fabulous reader

  • By Lucy on 05-10-08

An excellent Roman Historical Novel

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

Reviewed: 10-25-16

Would you consider the audio edition of Terra Incognita to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version but I have now bought 4 other books in the series.

What other book might you compare Terra Incognita to and why?

I have read Caesar's Gallic Wars in the Latin and English versions. The story is a good read/listen as a novel but it is also an excellent view of the early history of the Roman Empire.

What about Simon Vance’s performance did you like?

It added to the story's telling.

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

Yes.

  • Ghost

  • Boston Underworld, Book 3
  • By: A. Zavarelli
  • Narrated by: Tracy Marks
  • Length: 8 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 919
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 867
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 868

I have always been a bird. Caged by one prison or another when the only thing I ever wanted was to fly away. Sold. Beaten. Starved. Drugged. Nothing scares me anymore. Until him. He makes the numbness go away. He is hazardous to me. It has nothing to do with his mafia lifestyle, and everything to do with what he offers. A gilded prison. A retreat from everything that I once knew. The reality I have no desire to return to. He thinks he's caged me, but soon I'm going to fly.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tracy Marks narration never ceases to amaze!!

  • By Daniele on 10-13-16

The book is well written-narration is incredible

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

Reviewed: 10-09-16

What did you love best about Ghost?

I bought Ghost because I was interested in Russian organized crime in the USA. It was not as complete a view of that but the novel and narration made me forget why I bought the book.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ghost?

I am very aware that slavery (domestic and sexual) exists in America today. The novel and narration makes one aware of how destructive and cruel it is in our country and the world.

What about Tracy Marks’s performance did you like?

She is the most accomplished narrator I have listened to in regard to credible accent and delivery. I have listened to over 2000 audiobooks in the last 20 years and would put her in the top 5%. She could become the next George Guidall in the genre of ethnic spoken narration. I have listened to all of the books I could get narrated by Guidall and he is extraordinary in every aspect of narration. I believe she could evolve into that level.

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

YES I could not wait to start it again.

Any additional comments?

I would not allow children access to this novel. It is too true to the reality of female exploitation in the US and around the world.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful