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  • A Discovery of Witches

  • A Novel
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26,423
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,637
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 22,675

Deep in the stacks of Oxford's Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript in the course of her research. Descended from an old and distinguished line of witches, Diana wants nothing to do with sorcery; so after a furtive glance and a few notes, she banishes the book to the stacks. But her discovery sets a fantastical underworld stirring, and a horde of daemons, witches, and vampires soon descends upon the library.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A feast for the mind and imagination

  • By Barbara on 02-21-11

Looking Forward to the sequel!

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

Reviewed: 04-11-12

Where does A Discovery of Witches rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

One of the first books to get me in this genre - it became addictive
Cannot wait for the sequel.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Pale Demon

  • The Hollows, Book 9
  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,188
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,511
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,513

Condemned and shunned for black magic, Rachel Morgan has three days to get to the annual witches' conference and clear her name, or be trapped in the demonic ever-after - forever after.

But a witch, an elf, a living vampire, anda pixy in one car, going across the country? Talk about a recipe for certain disaster, even without being the targets for assassination.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A comment on Credits

  • By Alexi Rain on 03-01-11

Exceptional! When is Book 10 coming?

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

Reviewed: 04-11-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Pale Demon to be better than the print version?

Not sure, I have thoroughly enjoyed the audio version. Marguerite Gavin brought the unique characteristics to the individual personalities

What was one of the most memorable moments of Pale Demon?

Trent and Rachael are getting closer - they would be a good match

Have you listened to any of Marguerite Gavin’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Consistent and imaginative - love hearing her voice in character - It is amazing to hear the different inflections - sometimes I think the voice tracks are slowed down or sped up to make them unique.

Any additional comments?

When will Book 10 be out. I can hardly wait.

  • Halfway to the Grave

  • Night Huntress, Book 1
  • By: Jeaniene Frost
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 11 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,835
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,974
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,986

Half-vampire Catherine Crawfield is going after the undead with a vengeance, hoping that one of these deadbeats is her father—the one responsible for ruining her mother's life. Then she's captured by Bones, a vampire bounty hunter, and is forced into an unlikely partnership. In exchange for help finding her father, Cat agrees to train with the sexy night stalker until her battle reflexes are as sharp as his fangs. She's amazed she doesn't end up as his dinner…are there actually good vampires?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A Total Guilty Pleasure!

  • By Wendy on 04-19-12

Dressing Up for Work - haha

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

Reviewed: 04-11-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it definitely keeps your interest and you want more..

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bones and Cat - BFF

What does Tavia Gilbert bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Animation and vocal personalities that last through the entire series.

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

Those sensual scenes cause hot flashes!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • One Grave at a Time

  • Night Huntress, Book 6
  • By: Jeaniene Frost
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,884
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,880

Having narrowly averted an (under)world war, Cat Crawfield wants nothing more than a little downtime with her vampire husband, Bones. Unfortunately, her gift from New Orleans’ voodoo queen just keeps on giving - leading to a personal favor that sends them into battle once again, this time against a villainous spirit. Centuries ago, Heinrich Kramer was a witch hunter. Now, every All Hallows Eve, he takes physical form to torture innocent women before burning them alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing Series, Amazing Narrator!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • By Ashley on 09-05-11

A bone deep inner chill -

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

Reviewed: 04-11-12

What did you love best about One Grave at a Time?

Tyler, he is sooo 'understated' - there's more there than you think. Dexter, sounds like a doll.

Which scene was your favorite?

Tyler scoping out Ian... and Ians reply.. LMAO

  • At Grave's End

  • Night Huntress, Book 3
  • By: Jeaniene Frost
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,697
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,605
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,596

It should be the best time of half-vampire Cat Crawfield’s life. With her undead lover, Bones, at her side, she’s successfully protected mortals from the rogue undead. But though Cat’s worn disguise after disguise to keep her true identity a secret from the brazen bloodsuckers, her cover’s finally been blown, placing her in terrible danger.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • My Public Apology To Tavia Gilbert

  • By Wendy on 05-01-12

Premature Inflamulation... haha

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

Reviewed: 04-11-12

Would you consider the audio edition of At Grave’s End to be better than the print version?

I have to say, it is what Tavia Gilbert has brought to the table. She is amazing and consistently in character.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Vlad / Drac - Premature - huh?

Have you listened to any of Tavia Gilbert’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

She is getting better and better. Which is saying something because she was brilliant to begin with.

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

Yes, it was addictive.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Destined for an Early Grave

  • Night Huntress, Book 4
  • By: Jeaniene Frost
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,141
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,156
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,167

Since half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her undead lover Bones met six years ago, they’ve fought against the rogue undead, battled a vengeful Master vampire, and pledged their devotion with a blood bond. Now it’s time for a vacation. But their hopes for a perfect Paris holiday are dashed when Cat awakes one night in terror. She’s having visions of a vampire named Gregor, who’s more powerful than Bones and has ties to her past that even Cat herself didn’t know about.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent!!

  • By Amazon Customer on 12-26-10

Take me I am yours!

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

Reviewed: 04-11-12

Would you consider the audio edition of Destined for an Early Grave to be better than the print version?

Great series. Is there a missing Audio Book? I noticed some details in the next book 'This Side of the Grave' that was not covered in this Book.

When did Denise become a ghoul? When did Cat use her kinetic power to damage furniture and save her friends?

Apparently I am so into this series, I would love to hear what happened.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Drac and Ian - got a real chuckle - their humor is so suttle.. and Minkeries... Yipeee

Which character – as performed by Tavia Gilbert – was your favorite?

Bones and Cat - Hot Hot Hot!

Any additional comments?

Would love to hear the missing pieces, between this book and This Side of the Grave - this is the first time I noticed missing pieces of the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • This Side of the Grave

  • Night Huntress, Book 5
  • By: Jeaniene Frost
  • Narrated by: Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,703
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,830
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,834

Half-vampire Cat Crawfield and her vampire husband, Bones, have fought for their lives, as well as for their relationship. But just when they’ve triumphed over the latest battle, Cat’s new and unexpected abilities threaten to upset a long-standing balance.

With the mysterious disappearance of vampires, rumors abound that a species war is brewing. A zealot is inciting tensions between the vampires and ghouls, and if these two powerful groups clash, innocent mortals could become collateral damage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • LOVE THIS SERIES

  • By Carlie on 03-02-11

Very addictive Series

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

Reviewed: 04-11-12

Would you consider the audio edition of This Side of the Grave to be better than the print version?

You are drawn into the story immediately. Tavia Gilbert narrates this story with flare and the inflections in her voice makes you feel what is going on in the story. If you get a chance to listen to the series, the littlest hints are tied together in a very well woven story.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Bones and Cat --- Yum!

Have you listened to any of Tavia Gilbert’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to the series to date. She is consistent in the characters voice and personality.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Dead Witch Walking

  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 13 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5,694
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,553
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,563

Rachel Morgan is a runner with the Inderland Runner Services, apprehending law-breakers throughout Cincinnati. She's also a witch, one of the many Inderlanders who revealed themselves after a genetically engineered virus wiped out 50 percent of humanity. Witches, warlocks, vampires, werewolves: the creatures of dreams and nightmares have lived beside humans for centuries, hiding their powers. But now they've stopped hiding, and nothing will be the same.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • wildly entertaining

  • By Patti on 09-27-07

We are hooked...

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

Reviewed: 01-16-12

What made the experience of listening to Dead Witch Walking the most enjoyable?

The Narrator, Marguerite Gavin. The fluctuation in tones and myriad of accents are what give the characters wings. Both my husband and I will be sitting there laughing so hard at some of the antics and we love the twists and turns the story takes all the while maintaining continuity to the series. Rachael, Jenks and Ivy have been given 'form' by Ms. Gavins vocal talents. LOL... Jenks has introduced a new selection of 'expletives' in our house... GREAT LISTEN... Kim Harrison's storytelling and Ms Gavin acting are an excellent combination!

What other book might you compare Dead Witch Walking to and why?

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness was the book that hooked us in this genre of AudioBook.. I keep looking for the next book, but alas it is not out yet. Love Jennifer Ikeda's voice.So, in the interim, we found Kin Harrison and Marguerite Gavin, and what a delightful find it was.. Thanks.

Which scene was your favorite?

In my minds eye: in Trents office as Rachael languishes back as a mink and her attempts to communicate with chits and chirps. It does make me wonder if Trent actually does enjoy her company.Oh yes, and it is hard to nail this down, but Jenks has a delightful way of swearing, that is not offensive and quite amusing. And his version of the Twelve Days of Christmas.. LMAO. Or was that in the White Witch Black Curse.. sorry.. I have enjoyed all, so far.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Every Witch Way But LooseDemons Delight
The Art of Negotiation

Any additional comments?

Wish book #6 - The Outlaw Demon Wails - was narrated by Ms. Gavin. Changing narrators in mid series does not maintain continuity or fluidity of the characters. I have listened to the audio sample, haven't purchased book 6.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Wizard's First Rule

  • Sword of Truth, Book 1
  • By: Terry Goodkind
  • Narrated by: Sam Tsoutsouvas
  • Length: 34 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,496
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,215
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,273

In the aftermath of the brutal murder of his father, Richard Cypher encounters a mysterious woman, Kahlan Amnell, in his forest sanctuary. She seeks his help...and more. His world, his very beliefs, are shattered when ancient debts come due with thundering violence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book is a blast

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 05-09-12

Love the Story - Narrator makes it come Alive

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

Reviewed: 01-16-12

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes I have already recommended this book, it is a great adventure. The narrator pulls you in, and weaves you through the different characters personalities.

I was looking forward to Book 2, 3, 5 and more, but the narrators are all different.

Book 1, The Omen Machine, Book 10 and 11 are probably the only ones we will be getting out of this series. Sam Tsoutsouvas has spoiled my husband and I. His resonating voice has drawn the 'picture' of the characters.

No reflection on the other narrators, and NO I do not know Sam Tsoutsouvas. The narrators voices, on all the stories we listen to, are what envelope and propels us through the different adventure and we become addicted.

Which character – as performed by Sam Tsoutsouvas – was your favorite?

Zedd, the Wizard

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Truth Seeker