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Kimberly Colley

Lexington, KY USA
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  • London Falling

  • The Shadow Police, Book One
  • By: Paul Cornell
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 13 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 473
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 432
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 433

Detective Inspector James Quill is about to complete the drugs bust of his career. Then his prize suspect, Rob Toshack, is murdered in custody. Furious, Quill pursues the investigation, co-opting intelligence analyst Lisa Ross and undercover cops Costain and Sefton. But nothing about Toshack’s murder is normal. Toshack had struck a bargain with a vindictive entity, whose occult powers kept Toshack one step ahead of the law - until his luck ran out. Now, the team must find a 'suspect' who can bend space and time and alter memory itself. And they will kill again.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Team Quill

  • By Tango on 05-03-15

Pleasantly surprised

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

Reviewed: 02-27-18

I liked this more than I thought I would. Much grittier than the Peter Blake series, and it did manage to give me one horrific nightmare.

I thought the narrator was fine. I listen to a lot of audiobooks read by English actors, so perhaps I’m more used to the accents. The only two voices I had difficulty distinguishing were that of Sefton and Costain.

  • Carry On, Jeeves

  • By: P. G. Wodehouse
  • Narrated by: Martin Jarvis
  • Length: 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 583
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 426
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 427

Listen to hilarious unabridged stories starring the ever-popular Jeeves and Wooster from the master of great British comedy: P. G. Wodehouse. Stories featured: "Jeeves Takes Charge", "Jeeves and The Unbidden Guest", "The Artistic Career of Corky", "The Aunt and the Sluggard", "Clustering Round Young Bingo", "Jeeves and the Hard-boiled Egg", and "The Rummy Affair of Old Biffy".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great introduction to Jeeves

  • By Eunique on 09-30-08

Not unabridged

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

Reviewed: 11-11-17

Despite the claims in the teaser, this collection is most definitely abridged. The main reason I bought this audiobook was so that I could listen to “Bertie Changes His Mind.” Nope. Not in this recording, even though it is one of the stories in the printed collection. Further, the order of the stories were chopped and changed to the extent that Bertie must have been able to teleport from NYC to London and back again via the old Indian fakir bit he’s always going on about.

It’s disgraceful that Audible advertises this as an unabridged recording, and then uses reviews of the print version from Amazon to sell it.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Starship Grifters

  • Rex Nihilo, Book 1
  • By: Robert Kroese
  • Narrated by: Kate Rudd
  • Length: 7 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,109
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,973
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,964

A space-faring ne'er-do-well with more bravado than brains, Rex Nihilo plies the known universe in a tireless quest for his own personal gain. But when he fleeces a wealthy weapons dealer in a high-stakes poker game, he ends up winning a worthless planet - and owing an outstanding debt more vast than space itself! The only way for Rex to escape a lifetime of torture on the prison world Gulagatraz is to score a big payday by pulling off his biggest scam.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sometimes you just gotta give a book a chance!

  • By Sad Carlos on 07-08-14

Not worthy of its hype

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

Reviewed: 10-20-17

I sincerely regret wasting a credit on this. Some liken it to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. That’s an insult to Douglas Adams. Hitchhiker’s was funny and intelligent. Starship Grifters is merely puerile. Adolescent boys will think it the last word in humor; all others should move on.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Troubled Waters

  • Elemental Blessings, Book 1
  • By: Sharon Shinn
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Van Dyck
  • Length: 13 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 906
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 714
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 723

Zoe Ardelay receives astonishing and unwelcome news: she has been chosen to become the king's fifth wife. Forced to go to the royal city, she manages to slip away and hide on the shores of the mighty river. It's there that Zoe realizes she is a coru prime, ruled by the elemental sign of water. She must return to the palace, not as an unwilling bride for the king, but a woman with power in her own right.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Magical Fantasy

  • By Ruth on 07-11-12

A fantasy, not a romance

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

Reviewed: 07-22-17

As my title suggests, I feel that this is a fantasy novel, with only minor romantic elements. Shinn's world-building is truly phenomenal, on a par with Sanderson and Novik. Romances - and, really, any other genre of fiction except sf - do not have that level of care put into them. It is no more a romance than the first novel in the Vorkosigan saga.

I do agree with at least one other reviewer that certain aspects felt unfinished. Although the arc of the protagonist was satisfactorily concluded, the fate of some secondary characters was left up in the air.

Nevertheless, I am sufficiently impressed with the author's skill in world-building and storytelling that I am eager to read more in this service.

  • Uprooted

  • By: Naomi Novik
  • Narrated by: Julia Emelin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,409
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5,073
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,044

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for 10 years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Narrator?!

  • By D. Hawkins on 07-24-17

Beautiful

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

Reviewed: 07-16-17

Naomi Novik may not be the most prolific fantasy writer, but she's very likely the best. This novel pulled me into its world (I think it's set in the latter years of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth) as if it were shooting up roots to entangle me. All the characters were REAL. None of them were stock characters, trotted onto the page to advance the plot.

Some readers disliked the Eastern European accent of the narrator, but it was essential. This story is not set in the English speaking world. Having it read in RP English or its American equivalent would have been more jarring to me. It would have destroyed the aura of otherness about the story.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Astrophysics for People in a Hurry

  • By: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Narrated by: Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Length: 3 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,358
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 24,496
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,286

What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There's no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson. But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in digestible chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awesome book for those new to astrophysics.

  • By TMort on 06-07-17

The glorious insignificance of ego

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

Reviewed: 06-08-17

I love reading about astronomy because it puts all the day to day concerns into perspective. Dr. Tyson could read the phone book and I'd listen, but he's at his best narrating his own words about his own field.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Lords and Ladies

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Nigel Planer
  • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,945
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,415
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,414

On a hot midsummer night in Discworld, everything seems perfect - crop circles are turning up everywhere, the witch Magrat Garlick is getting married the next morning, and everyone's buzzing with excitement. Unfortunately, the Lancre All-Comers Morris Team has gotten drunk on a fairy mound, and the elves have returned with the traditional traits of the magical realm of Fairie: evil, malice, murder, cruelty, and kidnapping. Suddenly, Granny Weatherwax and her tiny coven of belligerent witches are faced with their biggest challenge as they try to pull off Magrat's wedding.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Witches vs. Elves

  • By Thomas Mailloux on 01-20-12

Dodgy sound quality

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

Reviewed: 01-01-17

Great novel and excellent narration. Dropped one star for poor sound quality. Granny Weatherwax rulezzz.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Going Postal

  • By: Terry Pratchett
  • Narrated by: Stephen Briggs
  • Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,413
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,502
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 2,513

Arch-swindler Moist von Lipwig never believed his crimes were hanging offenses, until he found himself with a noose around his neck, dropping through a trap door, and falling into...a government job? Getting the moribund Postal Service up and running again, however, may be an impossible task. Worse, the new Postmaster could swear the mail is talking to him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Finally on AUDIBLE!!!

  • By Robert W on 02-06-05

Great story, mediocre narration

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

Reviewed: 12-24-16

I love this novel, but Briggs's reading of Adorabelle Dearheart is a grating, monotone attempt at an Irish accent that makes listening to her dialogue insufferable.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Strangeways to Oldham

  • The Belchester Chronicles, Book 1
  • By: Andrea Frazer
  • Narrated by: Patricia Gallimore
  • Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 317
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 284

Lady Amanda Golightly of Belchester Towers is a person in complete contrast to the stereotypical image of her upper-class breeding. She is short, portly, and embarrassingly forthright. On a visit to a local nursing home, she unexpectedly discovers a long-lost friend, Hugo Cholmondley-Crichton-Crump - and stumbles upon a murder. The pair turn to sleuthing after Lady Amanda reports her appalling discovery to the local police inspector, who treats her as a silly old biddy with an overactive imagination.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Simply fabulous

  • By chuknzig on 01-19-17

Fluffy and insipid

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

Reviewed: 12-03-16

The two leads from Waiting for God investigate a suspicious death. The characters are enjoyable enough, if thoroughly predictable. But the police are presented as such bumbling idiots that I was actually left slack-jawed at the denouement. Excellent reader, flaccid story.

10 of 13 people found this review helpful

  • Strong Poison

  • A Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane Mystery
  • By: Dorothy L. Sayers
  • Narrated by: Ian Carmichael
  • Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 418
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 354
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 353

Dashing detective Lord Peter Wimsey is caught up in the murder trial of mystery writer Harriet Vane. Her fiance has died of poisoning exactly as described in one of Harriet's novels, so naturally she is the prime suspect. As Peter looks on, he not only falls in love with the accused but eagerly helps with Harriet's defense when the first trial ends in a hung jury. Will she be convicted and executed for the crime, or can he save her life and win her hand in marriage?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • At Last

  • By Kindle Customer on 08-08-15

At last!

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

Reviewed: 11-14-16

I'm so glad to have another DLS novel on Audible. Ian Carmichael reads it wonderfully. Only the dodgy sound quality brought my overall review down to four stars. Please, Audible, get more Wimsey novels!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful