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  • Pestilence

  • The Four Horsemen, Book 1
  • By: Laura Thalassa
  • Narrated by: Susannah Jones
  • Length: 11 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 555
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 518
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 516

When Pestilence comes for Sara Burn’s town, one thing is certain: everyone she knows and loves is marked for death. Unless, of course, the angelic-looking horseman is stopped, which is exactly what Sara has in mind when she shoots the unholy beast off his steed. Too bad no one told her Pestilence can’t be killed. Now the horseman, very much alive and very pissed off, has taken her prisoner, and he’s eager to make her suffer. Only, the longer she’s with him, the more uncertain she is about his true feelings towards her, and hers towards him. And now, well, Sara might still be able to save the world, but in order to do so, she'll have to sacrifice her heart in the process.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Sorry but this was an awful storyline.

  • By Ray on 06-28-18

Unbearably bad

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

Reviewed: 07-27-18

She doused him in gasoline and burned him alive. He dragged her body from a rope tied to his horse. This is how they fell in love. Awww💩🤮

Oh, and speaking of barf, Sara literally pukes her guts out and 5 seconds later is the glorious moment the author decides to give her and Pestilence their first kiss. 🤮 Mmm, yummy! And that level of disgust right there sums up how I feel about this entire book.

382 pages of Sara’s unbearable inner dialogue stuck on repeat. “I hate him, he is an evil murderer, but god is he beautiful. What is wrong with me? He is such a despicable evil creature and I hate him so much but I think I’ll just have sex with him anyway for fun and oh my gosh we’re in love!!! But I still hate him. Sometimes we are riding the horse, and sometimes people try to kill us but we kill them, and sometimes people are nice to us even though they are dying because of us and I feel sooooo bad I can’t shut up about it for the entire book. And all the while he is such an evil merciless inhuman creature! But god is he gorgeous- those lips!- so I’ll overlook his evil because we’re in love because, well I don’t know why, we’re just suddenly so in love that nothing else matters. Not my life or anyone else’s. Just our undying love that is built on... well I have no idea what our love is built on since we were originally trying to kill each other and then spent the rest of our time getting to know each other by trying to punish each other and continuously arguing like immature brats and then being all broody forever. But we’re so in love!!!! Never mind all these rotting corpses surrounding us because he just murdered them all for refusing to save my life, just kiss me and tell me again that you love me!!!

But wait, while I was in bed recovering he went and killed millions of people! How could he do this, he loves me! Even though he has killed everyone everywhere he’s ever been I’m suddenly shocked he continues to kill all these people!!! He must not love me! He makes me sick so I’m leaving. Wait, what? He came back for me? I’m shocked! He does love me! And now, yay! We’re getting married! Everyone will be so happy for us!”

...oh wait. How is that going to work out since the whole world knows his face and wants to kill him? I guess we’ll never know, but at least there was time for one last pornographic scene right at the very end to tie up the story.

So you can take all of that plus chapter after chapter of Sara mulling over and over her very misplaced guilt, and you got it... I just saved you from having to read the book because that was pretty much it.

Oh yeah, and she’s supposedly a firefighter! Not a chance in hell such a foolish, whiny girl could ever be the badass that is a female firefighter and first responder. Nope. It’s not even trying to be believable!

It’s been a long time since I’ve had such a low opinion of a book. I think a high schooler could have written a more interesting book with far more creativity and depth.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Red Tent

  • By: Anita Diamant
  • Narrated by: Carol Bilger
  • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,575
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,267
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,295

Passionate, earthy, deeply affecting, The Red Tent combines rich storytelling with a valuable contribution to modern fiction: a vibrant new perspective of female life in the age that shaped present day civilization and values.

If you like The Red Tent, try The Harlot by the Side of the Road, a recounting of some of the most startling and explicit writings from The Old Testament.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very Pleased

  • By John on 04-10-06

Awkward TMI

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

Reviewed: 04-13-18

Any additional comments?

I couldn't bring myself to keep listening after hearing about the men having sex with sheep, which is mentioned several times within the first few chapters, along with other sexually explicit details, including a man pleasuring himself. I'm not a prude but I was not expecting that, and in no circumstances do I ever want to hear about humans having sex with animals.

For anyone who might mistakenly buy this book thinking it is a Christian novel, just know that it's secular historical fiction, and it is not clean-cut.

Unfortunately I purchased this book because Audible recommended it to me after I bought a few novels by Christian authors. Since it's categorized under Religious & Inspirational, I was mislead into thinking it was a clean-cut Christian novel.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Redeeming Love

  • By: Francine Rivers
  • Narrated by: Kate Forbes
  • Length: 17 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,779
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,071
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 4,101

Francine Rivers is one of America's favorite romance writers and a bestselling inspirational author. Her many heartfelt novels have won awards and the adoration of fans accross the country. In Redeeming Love, she retells the Biblical story of Hosea, setting it in the 1850s, amidst California's gold country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • POSITIVELY LIFE CHANGING

  • By Nelishia on 01-04-10

Some moral issues

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

Reviewed: 06-22-17

Any additional comments?

***Minor spoilers***

This book has been my all time favorite ever since I first read it almost 10 years ago. Everyone else I know who has read it also says the same thing. However, I just re-read it for the 4th or 5th time and somehow I saw it from a different perspective this time.... and it was not for the better. I actually think the way the relationship with Angel and Michael began was just another (veiled) form of abuse forced on Angel like everything else in her life. She didn't want to have anything to do with him in the beginning, but he just took her while she was too beaten up to even know what was going on and she very clearly didn't want to stay. He had no right to take her like that or even guilt her with their marriage vows that she was practically unconscious for, let alone keep her with him when all she wanted to do was leave. Their whole relationship started off as as yet another thing she was forced into, all under the guise of chivalry, and it was rather disturbing.

I also think that for a Christian book, this book really pushes the limits many times with the strong sexual themes! I get it, she's a prostitute, but even with Michael it was pushing the limits talking about their intimacy, considering many younger girls are reading this book.

Yes, it's a devastating and beautiful story of redemption, but I don't think it should be considered a parallel to our relationship with God because He has never forced Himself on anyone like that or manipulated us.

I also can't stand that this is the narrator for all Francine River's books because she sounds much too old to portray these teenage girls.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Dark Unwinding

  • By: Sharon Cameron
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 9 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 87
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 77

When Katharine Tulman's inheritance is called into question by the rumor that her eccentric uncle is squandering away the family fortune, she is sent to his estate to have him committed to an asylum. But instead of a lunatic, Katharine discovers a genius inventor with his own set of rules, who employs a village of nine hundred people rescued from the workhouses of London.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • EXCELLENT NARRATION on a precious story.

  • By Shelby on 11-04-15

Great premise, not so great execution

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

Reviewed: 06-22-17

Any additional comments?

I really wanted to love this book because it has all the makings of a great story, but by the end I was somewhat disappointed. I genuinely loved the characters and the plot was great, but I think the problem was the storytelling didn't feel cohesive throughout the book. I realize the lack of explanations for things was meant to build mystery, but for whatever reason it just didn't work well, and a nice flow to the story was greatly lacking. I also feel like more detail was given to parts of the story that were somewhat confusing or boring, and less detail/time given to the real meat of the story. The parts I wanted to know more about weren't given much depth, and the parts I wanted to spend more time in were cut short and not given enough story time. The narrator was great, though, and I would love to listen to her again.

  • The Gender Game

  • By: Bella Forrest
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler, Zachary Webber
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,393
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,923
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,927

A toxic river divides 19-year-old Violet Bates' world by gender. Women rule the East. Men rule the West. Welcome to the lands of Matrus and Patrus. Ever since the disappearance of her beloved younger brother, Violet's life has been consumed by an anger she struggles to control. Already a prisoner to her own nation, now she has been sentenced to death for her crimes. But one decision could save her life. To enter the kingdom of Patrus, where men rule and women submit.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Plot line is asinine in so many places.

  • By L. D. Brown on 08-30-17

Very nice surprise!

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

Reviewed: 06-22-17

Any additional comments?

I honestly didn't know what to expect from this book but by the end I was pleasantly surprised. It was creative, it kept me guessing what was going to happen, and it left me with such a frustratingly satisfying cliffhanger that I can't wait to read the next one and see what happens! I do agree with the other reviews that said it's not believable... this is very true. However, it is very likable and fun, so it is easy to let go of the things they did that weren't realistic because the world isn't even realistic anyway. Rebecca Soler isn't my favorite narrator but she did a pretty good job with this book and Zachary Webber only had maybe 5 minutes or less of narration so that was kind of odd.

  • The Host

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 23 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,551
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,885
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,931

Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. But Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Unique Perspective, Awesome job.

  • By Mighty_Cranium on 12-29-09

Mostly entertaining

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

Reviewed: 06-22-17

Any additional comments?

This book was a little long-winded and found me wishing it would hurry up and get to the point many times. The story was interesting throughout, but the drama that played out was almost always resolved all too conveniently for everyone involved, so it wasn't very realistic. I feel like the premise was good but the story was less exciting/interesting than it could have been. The narrator had a voice that was too mature-sounding for Wanda/Melanie and she read the book in a somewhat flat manner, so she wasn't my favorite but definitely not a bad narrator, just not the best fit for the story.

  • Illuminae

  • The Illuminae Files, Book 1
  • By: Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
  • Narrated by: Olivia Taylor Dudley, Lincoln Hoppe, Johnathan McClain
  • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,897
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,709
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,708

Audie Award, Multi-Voiced Performance, 2016. The year is 2575, and two rival mega-corporations are at war over a planet that's little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra - who are barely even talking to each other - are forced to fight their way onto one of the evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Romantic Space Opera

  • By Katheryne on 11-30-15

Duped by good reviews!!

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

Reviewed: 04-15-17

First of all, the audio is NOT censored by Audible or anyone else, it was written that way. Anyone who thinks so obviously wasn't paying attention because only 2 minutes into the book, the creepy muffled/distorted voice tells us that all the files that make up the story were instructed to have the profanity censored by the UTA (I think that's the government in the book). So you can blame the authors for that one because even the book blacks out the profanity.

I feel very deceived because when I read the reviews the first 25 or so reviews that are displayed are 5 star absolutely rave reviews! Then when you get past all those, the real truth comes out (which I didn't see before I bought the book).

The format was hard to follow and confusing. At least if you were reading the book, rather than listening to it, you would have been able to skim past all of the unnecessary info that is repeated constantly, such as timestamps, dates, and locations, etc.

The writing was very juvenile at best and the characters were irritating. I only made it through 17 chapters (out of 173) and I decided to return it to get my credit back because it was so awful. I saw that other reviewers said that it gets better by the last quarter of the book, but I couldn't even stand one chapter more so I don't know how I could make it through that much more before it actually got interesting, if it even ever did.

The full cast was neat and it did feel like a radio show, but it was just very hard to follow the way it was written.

36 of 40 people found this review helpful

  • The Chemist

  • By: Stephenie Meyer
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27,099
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,943
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 24,908

She used to work for the US government, but very few people ever knew that. An expert in her field, she was one of the darkest secrets of an agency so clandestine it doesn't even have a name. And when they decided she was a liability, they came for her without warning. Now she rarely stays in the same place or uses the same name for long. They've killed the only other person she trusted, but something she knows still poses a threat. They want her dead, and soon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Listened all night!

  • By bebe on 06-04-17

Didn't want it to end

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

Reviewed: 04-15-17

I really enjoyed this book and was sad when it came to an end. No, it wasn't the best writing or even the most creative story ever, but it kept me wanting more regardless. I really enjoyed the characters and the plot was fun and entertaining all the way through. It was kind of "chick espionage" or "espionage light." Ha ha. The narrator did a great job with both the female and male voices.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Tell Me Three Things

  • By: Julie Buxbaum
  • Narrated by: Jorjeana Marie
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 567
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 529
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 530

Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least that's what it feels like during her first week of junior year at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when she's thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Cute story

  • By irishred507 on 03-27-17

Cute story

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

Reviewed: 03-27-17

I listened to this book because it was on a list of unputdownable books, and that particular blogger said it was one of her favorite reads of the year. While I wouldn't at all consider it unputdownable or anything close to a favorite, it was a cute and sweet story. It's definitely a book for high schoolers and is entirely written from that perspective, but it had enough insightful moments and meaningful or emotional scenes that kept me interested (I'm 37). The narrator, however, was annoying for various reasons. A lot of the time it sounded like she had a very stuffy nose. The rest of the time she pronounced every single word that has a "g" in the middle of it- like English, dangle, or finger- strangely and it's those types of things that grate on me throughout a book. Why is it so hard for narrators to pronounce words, especially common ones, correctly? I run into this all the time with audiobook narrators and I guess it's my pet peeve.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

  • By: Betty Smith
  • Narrated by: Kate Burton
  • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,253
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,404
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,394

A moving coming-of-age story set in the 1900s, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn follows the lives of 11-year-old Francie Nolan, her younger brother Neely, and their parents, Irish immigrants who have settled in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Johnny Nolan is as loving and fanciful as they come, but he is also often drunk and out of work, unable to find his place in the land of opportunity.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Book: flawless. SKIP THE RECORDED INTRO!!

  • By Wild Wise Woman on 09-04-11

Beautiful and raw

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

Reviewed: 02-26-17

Any additional comments?

This book was an interesting experience for me. It wasn't until a week or so after I finished it that I began to really love it. I guess I was processing it for a while and once it sunk in, I loved it. While listening to it I never felt bored, but I never got very invested either, and I think that was due to the narrator. She wasn't bad by any means, but she read it in a somewhat monotonous and quiet manner so it never felt very alive to me. But the characters were richly developed over the course of their lives and it was a beautiful look into one family's pain, joy, struggles, and accomplishments.