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  • The Ghost Rebellion

  • Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, Book 5
  • By: Pip Ballantine, Tee Morris
  • Narrated by: Tee Morris, Pip Ballantine
  • Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 186
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 181

The chase is on! After rescuing Queen Victoria from the clutches of the Maestro, Agents Eliza D Braun and Wellington Books are in hot pursuit of Dr. Henry Jekyll. While he continues his experiments on the aristocracy of Europe, he leaves a trail of chaos and despair in his wake. However, when Eliza and Wellington run him to ground in India, they are forced to come face to face with ghosts from the past, and the realities of empire.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Story fell short, and narration was annoying.

  • By -dan'l on 08-27-16

Couldn't Finish

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

Reviewed: 07-16-17

Would you try another book from Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris and/or Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine ?

Only if they don't narrate it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Ghost Rebellion?

Honestly I didn't finish this book. I started it and was so shocked by how bad the narration was I decided to listen to something else.

What didn’t you like about Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine ’s performance?

They aren't voice actors. The accents were American. The reading was lackluster and pretty much ruined the series for me. I won't be buying any more books with these narrators.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

All three. I'm angry that I wasted a credit and that such an amateur production was allowed to go forward. I'm sad that a series I liked has been ruined and I'm disappointed that greed won out over quality.

Any additional comments?

I have to wonder how this happens? Did the authors refuse to allow the narrator to continue with this series or was it the publisher who thought this was a good idea? How can they justify charging full price for amateur work?

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Burned

  • Alex Verus, Book 7
  • By: Benedict Jacka
  • Narrated by: Gildart Jackson
  • Length: 11 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,819
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,671
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,673

Diviner Alex Verus finally made one too many enemies on the Council of Mages, and now one of them is angry enough to have him executed. Fighting for his life is nothing new, but this kill order also calls for the death of Alex's dependents - and there's no way that he'll let Luna, Anne, and Vari take the heat. With only a week before he's history, Alex will have to figure out how to disassociate himself from his friends, scrounge up allies on the council, and hopefully keep his head attached to his body.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Thought it was good.

  • By Jill on 06-25-17

Disappointing *Spoiler Alert*

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

Reviewed: 05-31-16

What disappointed you about Burned?

I don't know how to say this without spoilers, but how is it that the leaders of the magical community can just decide someone should be killed with no evidence and no trial and everyone is ok with it? There are pretty flimsy plot lines to justify wholesale murder. Every time Alex does something good he gets no credit, no benefit of the doubt and no help from any of the power hungry mages. What was the point of going through the whole plot if at the end a mage can just threaten to kill his loved ones and he capitulates? Why didn't they just do that at the beginning?

What could Benedict Jacka have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I have loved this series up until now. Burned just seemed so incredibly contrived. The story went in odd directions for Alex to rid himself and his dependents of a death sentence and then when he did everything he could they just threatened him into cooperation. There was very little involvement of the usual cast of characters that makes the series so enjoyable.

What about Gildart Jackson’s performance did you like?

Gildart Jackson does a fantastic job with the narration. I have no complaints and hope he continues to narrate all future books.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The book has the characters and world that made the series so much fun up to this point. It would be tough to make it completely horrible at this point. I hope the next books get back on track and have more realistic plot twists with a purpose.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

  • Gunmetal Magic

  • By: Ilona Andrews
  • Narrated by: Renée Raudman
  • Length: 12 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,375
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,144
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,148

After being kicked out of the Order of the Knights of Merciful Aid, Andrea's whole existence is in shambles. She tries to put herself back together by working for Cutting Edge, a small investigative firm owned by her best friend. When several shapeshifters working for Raphael Medrano-the male alpha of the Clan Bouda, and Andrea's former lover-die unexpectedly at a dig site, Andrea is assigned to investigate.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • They're BACK! Loved It!!

  • By Fun Lovin Lady on 08-18-12

Very Little Kate, Still Fun

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

Reviewed: 09-26-12

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

I enjoy this series. The world and characters are fun, full of action and it makes for entertaining, light listening.

What other book might you compare Gunmetal Magic to and why?

In comparison to the other books in the series this was the first one to not feature Kate Daniels as the main character. I guess because it is listed under the "Kate Daniels" series I was expecting something different. It threw me off in the beginning, but I quickly figured it out and got over my initial disappointment.

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

I don't think this is an extreme reaction kind of book. It's fun, full of action and romance, but not overly emotional. This isn't The Notebook. It's more like the Terminator.

Any additional comments?

I would recommend this series to just about anyone. If it were a series of movies it would be perfect to watch with your girlfriend. Enough of a chick flick to keep her happy, and enough action and killing for any guy to be able to admit he liked it.

  • Gone Girl

  • A Novel
  • By: Gillian Flynn
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Kirby Heyborne
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 48,576
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 43,312

It is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media - as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents - the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter - but is he really a killer?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Demented, twisted, sick and I loved it!

  • By Theodore on 01-20-13

Not An Enjoyable Listen

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

Reviewed: 07-25-12

Would you try another book from Gillian Flynn and/or Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne ?

I thought the performance of this book was done very well. The characters really came to life. The problem I had was with the story. It started very slowly, took a long time to get to the point, and the point was obvious and depressing.

Has Gone Girl turned you off from other books in this genre?

No. I'll still remain a mystery fan. Many books in this genre are quite entertaining.

What does Julia Whelan and Kirby Heyborne bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

I mostly listen to audiobooks while I'm doing other activities, not necessarily for the narrator's perspective. However, I thought this book was well done and the narrators gave me a good feel for the characters.

Do you think Gone Girl needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

This book could have a follow up as the conclusion was left open ended. The conclusion was part of the reason I didn't like this book. Other people who enjoyed this read would probably like to see the story developed further. I'll pass.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Mark of the Golden Dragon

  • By: L. A. Meyer
  • Narrated by: Katherine Kellgren
  • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 697
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 639
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 643

The irrepressible Jacky Faber, condemned for life to the English penal colony in Australia for crimes against the Crown, has once again wriggled out of the grasp of British authorities. Back on her flagship, the Lorelei Lee, she eagerly heads back to England in the company of friends and her beloved Jaimy Fletcher.But when the voyage is waylaid by pirates, storms, and her own impetuous nature, Jacky is cast into a world of danger that extends from the South China Sea to the equally treacherous waters of London politics.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • A Transitional Tale for Faber & Co.

  • By Eileen on 11-28-11

Love The Series

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

Reviewed: 04-27-12

What did you love best about The Mark of the Golden Dragon?

Same old Jacky always getting into new troubles and adventures. I enjoy all the exotic locales and people.

Would you be willing to try another book from L. A. Meyer? Why or why not?

This has been a great series. I would always get another book from L. A. Meyer, but I think you can only drag out unresolved issues for so long before they become cumbersome. It's about time for Jacky to give up on Jaimy or commit to him. It has now dragged on for nine books. Characters need to evolve over time and I think Jacky has become a little stagnant.

Which character ??? as performed by Katherine Kellgren ??? was your favorite?

I enjoyed Ravi and all his laments about what he was going to come back as in the next life.

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

I think the scene where Davy is chastising Jacky for her behavior when they should be trying to help Jaimy. She initially becomes defensive and declares nobody is going to tell her how to live her life. That is spot on for her character, but I beleive the criticism may have hit home a little and given her something to think on.

Any additional comments?

To sum up I love the series but feel it's time for Jacky to do a little growing up and make some hard decisions about her life. To string Jaimy along for nine books is getting a little tiresome and what once was charming about her character now seems callous.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Black Magic Sanction

  • Rachel Morgan, Book 8
  • By: Kim Harrison
  • Narrated by: Marguerite Gavin
  • Length: 19 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,000
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,176
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,178

Rachel Morgan has fought and hunted vampires, werewolves, banshees, demons, and other supernatural dangers as both witch and bounty hunter—and lived to tell the tale. But she’s never faced off against her own kind, until now. Denounced and shunned for dealing with demons and black magic, her best hope is life imprisonment-at worst, a forced lobotomy and genetic slavery.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Ms Morgan is back, finally

  • By Eivind on 02-25-10

It's Time For Rachel To Grow UP

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

Reviewed: 03-31-12

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I believe listening to any book is time well spent since it's usually during a commute and I have nothing else to be doing. Overall though, I am disappointed with who Rachel has become. You expect growth from a character. Rachel has become less competent as the series goes on and the stupid decisions seem contrived to add something to the story, but really they just serve to frustrate the listener.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Just started the Mistborn series by Brandon Sanderson.

Which character ??? as performed by Marguerite Gavin ??? was your favorite?

Always love Jenks. I think Marguerite Gavin does a wonderful job.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Yes, with Emma Stone as Rachel

Any additional comments?

Still angry about 2 credits for this book and I think if the publisher continues to be overly greedy It may just be what pushes me to move on. You get hooked on a series and everyone wants to see what happens next, so the publishers have taken advantage of that to charge double for a book that is in no way deserving of the extra money.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Honor Among Enemies

  • Honor Harrington, Book 6
  • By: David Weber
  • Narrated by: Allyson Johnson
  • Length: 19 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,788
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,456
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,466

Despite political foes, professional jealousies, and the scandal which drove her into exile, Capt. Honor Harrington has been offered a chance to reclaim her career as an officer of the Royal Manticoran Navy. But there's a catch. She must assume command of a "squadron" of jury-rigged armed merchantmen with crew drawn from the dregs of her service and somehow stop the pirates who have taken advantage of the Havenite War to plunder the Star Kingdom's commerce.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I like honorable heroes!

  • By Readalot on 04-23-09

Great Series

Overall
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-24-11

I didn't read the Honor Harrington series before listening to them. Perhaps because I had no preconceptions I'm not bothered by the narrator's reading. I think she does fine. I'm not sure why people need a list of the order of the books when Audible tells you which book number it is in the title. That being said this series has great characters, well explained technology and interesting story lines. I'm looking forward to listening to the rest of the books.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • Eye of the Needle

  • By: Ken Follett
  • Narrated by: Eric Lincoln
  • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,842
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,749
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,751

One enemy spy knows the secret of the Allies' greatest deception, a brilliant aristocrat and ruthless assassin - code name: "The Needle" - who holds the key to the ultimate Nazi victory.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Spy Thriller

  • By AudioAddict on 11-11-13

Great Story, Poor Production

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-16-10

Loved the story. It is edge of your seat suspense with some history, action and romance thrown in as well. It is worh a listen if you can get past the production. One critic wrote " Fans of old-time radio drama will particularly enjoy this full cast version." Well, if you like listening to people talk like they are using tin cans on a string in accents that would make even a grade school drama teacher cringe then you will be a fan of this listen. I have always wondered why audiobooks don't use a full cast to add drama to a production and I have hope that someone will do it well someday. This one made a great story almost unbearable.

  • The Way of Kings

  • Book One of The Stormlight Archive
  • By: Brandon Sanderson
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading, Michael Kramer
  • Length: 45 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 53,519
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 48,465
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 48,467

Roshar is a world of stone and storms. Uncanny tempests of incredible power sweep across the rocky terrain so frequently that they have shaped ecology and civilization alike. Animals hide in shells, trees pull in branches, and grass retracts into the soilless ground. Cities are built only where the topography offers shelter. It has been centuries since the fall of the ten consecrated orders known as the Knights Radiant, but their Shardblades and Shardplate remain: mystical swords and suits of armor.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wow - 45 hours long and leaves you wanting more!

  • By Lore on 03-31-12

Loved the Book, One Glaring Narration Issue

Overall
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-29-10

I loved this book. Of course it was a little slow at first, but that's to be expected when background information is being given at the beginning of any long novel. The characters are well developed and you care about what happens with them. I got a little tired of the jumps back and forth in time, but that was only minor. The glaring flaw was in the narration. Michael Kramer and Kate Reading do a great job and unlike other reviews I have no problem with their style. Toward the very end of the book though the pronunciation of Sadius was changed by Kate Reading to the point where I was asking myself if a new character had been introduced somewhere that I missed. I soon figured out who she was talking about, but it's one of those little things that grate on the nerves every time you hear it. It doesn't seem too much to expect that pronunciation of names be consistent throughout an entire series let alone a single book. The producers should be embarrassed to put out a final product with such an amateur flaw. Audio books should be edited as properly as written books.

111 of 120 people found this review helpful

  • An Echo in the Bone

  • A Novel
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 45 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 17,406
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,493
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 14,446

Jamie Fraser knows from his time-traveling wife Claire that, no matter how unlikely it seems, America will win the Revolutionary War. But that truth offers little solace, since Jamie realizes he might find himself pointing a weapon directly at his own son - a young officer in the British army. And Jamie isn't the only one with a tormented soul - for Claire may know who wins the conflict, but she certainly doesn't know whether or not her beloved Jamie survives.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read all of Gabaldon's stuff before this one

  • By Charles on 10-17-09

Odd, Abrupt Ending

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-10

I have been a huge fan of the series up to this point, but this book was lacking the flow of the previous ones. I started it, became bored and switched to another book. I came back to it and it did pick up the pace reasonably well. I agree with some other reviews that it seemed as though the plot lines that were resolved were done so briskly and more time was spent on descriptions of irrelevant topics. I love the narration of Davina Porter. I actually checked my iPod when the story ended thinking it had glitched and skipped to the end. Unfortunately, it really was the end and I was left wondering why all that drawn out plot development but no resolution?