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Mim

HUGHENDEN, Australia
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  • The Witch of Duva

  • By: Leigh Bardugo
  • Narrated by: Lauren Fortgang
  • Length: 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 230
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 210

There was a time when the woods near Duva ate girls - or so the story goes. But it's just possible that the danger may be a little bit closer to home. This story is a companion folk tale to Leigh Bardugo's debut novel, Shadow and Bone.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Chilling

  • By Bernadette on 11-14-17

Not all witches are evil...

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

Reviewed: 02-05-18

Such a well written short story, scene setting and character building lead the reader on a path to a conclusion not everyone would expect. Went straight back to listen again immediately to just to enjoy it and pick up on the clues I had not noticed the first time round.

  • A Quiet Life in the Country

  • A Lady Hardcastle Mystery, Book 1
  • By: T E Kinsey
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden
  • Length: 7 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,885
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,233
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5,225

Lady Emily Hardcastle is an eccentric widow with a secret past. Florence Armstrong, her maid and confidante, is an expert in martial arts. The year is 1908 and they've just moved from London to the country, hoping for a quiet life. But it is not long before Lady Hardcastle is forced out of her self-imposed retirement. There's a dead body in the woods, and the police are on the wrong scent. Lady Hardcastle makes some enquiries of her own, and it seems she knows a surprising amount about crime investigation...

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A nice cozy read!

  • By BikeVON on 11-30-16

Charmed, I'm sure.

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

Reviewed: 10-03-17

Bought on sale, glad I did. Lovely banter, elegant behaviour, delightful sleuthing. Enjoying the narrative device of teasing out the back stories.

  • A Closed and Common Orbit

  • Wayfarers, Book 2
  • By: Becky Chambers
  • Narrated by: Patricia Rodriguez
  • Length: 13 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 94
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 91
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 91

Lovelace was once merely a ship's artificial intelligence. When she wakes up in an new body following a total system shutdown and reboot, she has to start over in a synthetic body, in a world where her kind are illegal. She's never felt so alone. But she's not alone, not really. Pepper, one of the engineers who risked life and limb to reinstall Lovelace, is determined to help her adjust to her new world. Because Pepper knows a thing or two about starting over.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Galactic Commons, interesting place

  • By Mim on 09-11-17

Galactic Commons, interesting place

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

Reviewed: 09-11-17

Enjoyed this story even more than the first one. I enjoyed the alternating P.O.V. along with the depth of description and world building. The interactions are well described and the planets and space-ship life are fascinating, even after all the years I have been reading this genre.

  • Just One Damned Thing After Another

  • The Chronicles of St Mary's, Book 1
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Zara Ramm
  • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,696
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,173
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,167

Behind the seemingly innocuous façade of St Mary's, a different kind of historical research is taking place. They don't do 'time-travel' - they 'investigate major historical events in contemporary time'. Maintaining the appearance of harmless eccentrics is not always within their power - especially given their propensity for causing loud explosions when things get too quiet. Meet the disaster-magnets of St Mary's Institute of Historical Research as they ricochet around History.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Action Adventure Time Travel Novel w/ Good Reader

  • By Sires on 04-13-14

Big Damn History Heroes

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

Reviewed: 02-28-17

I thoroughly recommend this series to those who like a 'personal' view of history. The variety of times and places and predicaments are delightful. Especially enjoy the voice of Max by Zara Ramm. Yet another perfect narrator that adds so much to the enjoyment of the reading.

  • Mockingjay

  • The Final Book of The Hunger Games
  • By: Suzanne Collins
  • Narrated by: Carolyn McCormick
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39,344
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 31,924
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 32,184

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena live, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Conflicting Emotions

  • By Sumit G. on 08-28-10

PTSD, waits in the wings for fighters

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

Reviewed: 11-12-16

I liked that there was a personal price to pay and this was described quite well. Power is seductive, and the hand over of power doesn't mean it is better for the governed.

  • The Raven King

  • The Raven Cycle, Book 4
  • By: Maggie Stiefvater
  • Narrated by: Will Patton
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,412
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,242
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,240

All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love's death. She doesn't believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Once in a Lifetime Series

  • By Melanie Parker on 04-28-16

The King is dead, long live the King

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

Reviewed: 06-02-16

A neat and tidy, if somewhat convoluted ending. Creative imaginings, strange new characters that give a sense of continuance. Much better pleased with this than Blue Lily.

  • The Aeronaut's Windlass

  • The Cinder Spires, Book One
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Length: 21 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 37
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 37

Since time immemorial, the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls, aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace. Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship, Predator. Fiercely loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora, disrupting the enemy's shipping lines by attacking their cargo vessels.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Steampunk Butcher - another voice

  • By Mim on 11-05-15

Steampunk Butcher - another voice

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

Reviewed: 11-05-15

Loved the narrator, had just the right tone for this style of story. Clear articulation, perfect accent and dulcet on the ear. I have had to listen twice to get the world, the characters and the story straight in my minds eye. Fresh from Harry Dresden this is different all round. The world building is great and yes, the cats are spot on.

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  • The Hallowed Hunt

  • By: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 16 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,051
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 657
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 665

The half-mad Prince Boleso has been slain by a noblewoman he had intended to defile. It falls to Lord Ingrey kin Wilfcliff to transport the prince to his burial place and to bring the accused killer, Lady Ijada, to judgment. The road he travels with his burden and his prisoner is fraught with danger. But in the midst of political chaos, magic has the fiercer hold on Ingrey's destiny, and Ijada herself may turn out to be the only one he dares trust.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magic and Kingship in the Land of the Five Gods

  • By Rose on 04-25-07

Gets better on the second listen

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

Reviewed: 05-04-15

Was not too impressed the first time round it was sufficiently out of time from the first two books that I had trouble relating to the time and setting. On the second listen, being more aware of the story line I found it quite intriguing and quite cleverly written. Be prepared for it to be different and enjoy.

  • Vampire Empire - The Greyfriar

  • By: Clay Griffith, Susan Griffith
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,078
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,017
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,014

1870. A time known as The Great Killing. The vampire clans arose and slaughtered humanity with unprecedented carnage in the northern parts of the world. Millions perished; millions were turned into herd animals. The great industrialized civilizations of the world were left in ruin. A remnant fled south to the safety of the ever present heat which was intolerable to vampires. There, blending with the local peoples, they rebuilt their societies founded on human ingenuity, steam and iron.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I took a chance on this one and...wow!

  • By Gena on 04-30-12

Alternate world view, non-sparkly vampires

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

Reviewed: 05-04-15

Voiced by the Divine James Marsters, I found the story to be generally pleasing with a mixture of canon and alternate views of Vampires. I enjoyed the mix of magics in the pot but found the American war leader clichéd. Big mark for the performance.

  • Brewster’s Millions

  • By: George Barr McCutcheon
  • Narrated by: Bronson Pinchot
  • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 23
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

Would you be able to spend a million dollars in cash and leave yourself penniless if it meant you would then be given many more millions? That’s poor Monty Brewster’s dilemma in this charming tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fun Story!

  • By Thomas F. on 06-23-16

Charming piece of a different era

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

Reviewed: 05-04-15

Bought this on the strength of fond memories of the film with Richard Prior. Yes the original story is different, thank you Hollywood. Even so, it is a charming story about holding your nerve, keeping your eye on the prize and trusting in your ability to do what no-one else has done, on purpose. I do like Monty Brewster and the trouble he had to become a pauper and how he knew who his friends were by the ones who stuck with him. Old fashioned but delightfully well written full of colloquialisms of the time.