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PHILADELPHIA, PA, United States
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  • Time's Convert

  • A Novel
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Saskia Maarleveld
  • Length: 15 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,068
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,002
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 997

Set in contemporary Paris and London, and the American colonies during the upheaval that exploded into the Revolutionary War, a sweeping story that braids together the past and present. On the battlefields of the American Revolution, Matthew de Clermont meets Marcus MacNeil, a young surgeon from Massachusetts, during a moment of political awakening when it seems that the world is on the brink of a brighter future. When Matthew offers him a chance at immortality and a new life, free from the restraints of his puritanical upbringing, Marcus seizes the opportunity to become a vampire.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Distracting and disappointing narration

  • By LKF on 09-19-18

I want Jennifer Ikeda and the story was just okay

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

Reviewed: 10-02-18

I feel bad writing this because I do want more from the all souls universe . But this book seemed underdeveloped. It was slow and boring. It did not keep my attention. The voice is good but I’m so use to listening to Jennifer Ikeda so this narration seemed all wrong. That was not how I picture Matthew , Marcus , Phoebe or Miriam sounding.
I hope next book is a home run. As I said before I loved the trilogy it was a masterpiece to me.

  • The Color of Light

  • By: Helen Maryles Shankman
  • Narrated by: Simon Slater, Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 23 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 121
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 110

At the American Academy of Classical Art, popular opinion has it that the school's handsome and mysterious founder, Raphael Sinclair, is a vampire. It is a rumor Rafe does nothing to dispel. Scholarship student Tessa Moss has long dreamed of the chance to study at Rafe's Academy. But she is floundering amidst the ups and downs of a relationship with egotistical art star Lucian Swain. Then, one of Tessa's sketches catches Rafe's attention: a drawing of a young woman in 1930s clothing who is covering the eyes of a child.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • stories in stories

  • By BG on 05-12-14

Corny

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

Reviewed: 06-22-15

I just listened because i bought it. I like the female narrators from other books I've listened to.

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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 22,911
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,407
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,453

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 most terrific & non-typical treatment of Witches

  • By Neal on 04-17-14

Great fantasy for adults

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

Reviewed: 05-08-15

I love true crime novels and books about history . Fans tansy is usually too cheesy for me.
This was not . I was interesting and I want more . I can't wait to read the next 2 books.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Unbroken

  • A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
  • By: Laura Hillenbrand
  • Narrated by: Edward Herrmann
  • Length: 14 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 38,929
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 31,782
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 31,858

Why we think it’s a great listen: Seabiscuit was a runaway success, and Hillenbrand’s done it again with another true-life account about beating unbelievable odds. On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared.... 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Indescribable

  • By Janice on 12-01-10

Good biopic

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

Reviewed: 04-01-15

The story flowed well and was interesting. The things these men endured were so horrendous . It was a good book I'd recommend it. Now that I'm finished I'll watch the movie and see if it measures up.

  • The Strings of Murder

  • By: Oscar de Muriel
  • Narrated by: Andy Secombe
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 53
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 47

Penguin presents the unabridged,downloadable audiobook edition of The Strings of Murder by Oscar de Muriel, read by Andy Secombe, including musical interludes recorded by the author himself. Edinburgh, 1888. A virtuoso violinist is brutally killed in his home. But with no way in or out of the locked practice room, the murder makes no sense. Fearing a national panic over a copycat Ripper, Scotland Yard sends Inspector Ian Frey to investigate under the cover of a fake department specializing in the occult.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Devil Music

  • By Walrus Rex on 02-27-15

Good story and funny

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

Reviewed: 03-18-15

The narrator was my favorite part he did great accents and had great comic timing.
I hope this becomes a series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • The Good Girl

  • By: Mary Kubica
  • Narrated by: Lindy Nettleton, Johnny Heller, Tom Taylorson, and others
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,060
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 13,413
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,404

Born to a prominent Chicago judge and his stifled socialite wife, Mia Dennett moves against the grain as a young inner-city art teacher. One night, Mia enters a bar to meet her on-again, off-again boyfriend. But when he doesn't show, she unwisely leaves with an enigmatic stranger. With his smooth moves and modest wit, Colin Thatcher seems at first like a safe one-night stand. But following Colin home will turn out to be the worst mistake of Mia's life.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Brilliant performances, moving story

  • By Roger on 09-11-14

Good story........but ***spoiler alert***

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

Reviewed: 01-28-15

I did not like the ending . I was wanted something more satisfying because l liked the 2 main characters a lot. At the end I hated Mia . The ending made her look like a spoiled ,privileged , brat who doesn't think about the repercussions of her actions until it is too late.

  • The Girl on the Train

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Clare Corbett, Louise Brealey, India Fisher
  • Length: 10 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 130,886
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115,522
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115,393

Audie Award, Audiobook of the Year, 2016. Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. "Jess and Jason," she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good? Compulsively readable, The Girl on the Train is an emotionally immersive, Hitchcockian thriller and an electrifying debut.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • The Girl on The Train

  • By BookReader on 12-30-15

Good story

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

Reviewed: 01-19-15

I liked the story but a little to drawn out.
The story was wordy . I did like Rachael and I felt sorry for Megan.
The book read like a movie .

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

  • The Weiser Field Guide to Witches

  • From Hexes to Hermione Granger, from Salem to the Land of Oz
  • By: Judika Illes
  • Narrated by: Arika Escalona
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 22
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 21
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 21

A compendium of witches through the ages, from earliest prehistory to some of the most significant modern practitioners, The Weiser Field Guide to Witches explores who, and what, a witch is. From such famed historical legends as Aleister Crowley, Marie Laveau, and Elizabeth Báthory to the popular literary and cinematic figures Harry Potter and the Wicked Witch of the West, Illes offers a complete range of the history of witches. Included also are the sacred - sis, Hekate, Aradia - and the profane - the Salem Witch Trials and The Burning Times.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good, breif, and biased

  • By Paul on 03-18-15

Loved it

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

Reviewed: 02-05-14

If you could sum up The Weiser Field Guide to Witches in three words, what would they be?

Must read for anyone interested in the history of Witchcraft. Most books focus only on the European history but this is very comprehensive.It touches on practices around the world. It was so refreshing.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Weiser Field Guide to Witches?

I can't choose I loved so much I am rereading it.

What about Arika Escalona’s performance did you like?

She has a great voice that keeps you interested in the story and does put you to sleep.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful