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  • A Fatal Waltz

  • Lady Emily, Book 3
  • By: Tasha Alexander
  • Narrated by: Charlotte Anne Dore
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 186
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 177
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

At her friend Ivy's behest, Lady Emily Ashton reluctantly agrees to attend a party at the sprawling English country estate of a man she finds odious. But the despised Lord Fortescue is not to be her greatest problem.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good story- if you can get past the narration

  • By Oh Good Grief on 05-20-15

Okay story. terrible narrator.

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

Reviewed: 08-24-18

The book was almost ruined for me bc of the terrible mess the narrator made of reading. Flat character voices, weird pauses, strange pronunciation of words...terrible.

  • Everything I Never Told You

  • A Novel
  • By: Celeste Ng
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 8,675
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 7,800
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 7,824

Lydia is dead. But they don't know this yet.… So begins the story in this exquisite debut novel about a Chinese American family living in a small town in 1970s Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee; their middle daughter, a girl who inherited her mother's bright blue eyes and her father's jet-black hair. Her parents are determined that Lydia will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue When Lydia's body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together tumbles into chaos.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Character Novel

  • By colprubin on 07-16-14

Interesting, original story

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

Reviewed: 05-26-18

I read this book as a book club selection, and I was determined to read before our meeting. I didn't get to finish, but even after the meeting, I finished it anyway. It was compelling enough. Most people in the book club, including myself, seem to think it was worthy of lengthy discussion, that it was thought-provoking and very entertaining, and there was a lot of meat for a book club to chew on. I would recommend it.

  • The Gifting

  • The Gifting Series Volume 1
  • By: K.E. Ganshert
  • Narrated by: Heather Masters
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,017
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 932
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 929

In a world where nothing supernatural exists, Tess Eckhart is positive she's going crazy. After her complete freak-out at a high school party, her family is too. So much that they pack their bags and move across the country, next to a nationally-renowned facility for the mentally ill. Tess is determined to fit in at her new school, despite the whispers and stares. But when it comes to Luka Williams, a reluctantly popular boy in her class, she's unused to a stare that intense.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Im hooked!

  • By Zak on 02-07-16

Good , detailed...but....

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

Reviewed: 09-10-17

the end felt a little weird, like suddenly unbelievable. The narrator was fine, though a bit limited in her voices. The story was intriguing though...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • 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 4,822
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,313
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,321

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.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • cheesy narrator for a meh story

  • By NAOMI C ST AMAND on 07-13-17

Very entertaining!

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

Reviewed: 07-12-17

I wasn't sure at forst, but I ended up enjoying this book immensely. The narration was better than I thought it would be as well...

  • The Apothecary's Poison

  • Glass and Steele, Book 3
  • By: C. J. Archer
  • Narrated by: Marian Hussey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 778
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 700
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 698

When Dr. Hale is murdered, Matt becomes a suspect. With Matt's nemesis Sheriff Payne influencing the investigating detective, India and Matt know they must find the real killer, or risk his freedom, and ultimately, his life. Time is running out as they hunt for a killer capable of turning medicine into poison with a magic spell, as well as continue the search for Chronos. A search that must end in success before Matt's malfunctioning watch stops altogether.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Get On With It

  • By Maranda G. on 06-28-17

Good listening

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

Reviewed: 07-01-17

the narration was much better in this one than the previous one. the story keeps one riveted. I am looking forward to the next. is it out yet?

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • The Mapmaker's Apprentice

  • Glass and Steele, Book 2
  • By: C. J. Archer
  • Narrated by: Marian Hussey
  • Length: 9 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,041
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 953
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 948

When an apprentice from the Mapmakers' Guild goes missing, Matt and India are employed to find him. Going undercover as a married couple, they discover that not everyone at the guild is what they seem, and the lad's unearthly maps caused jealousy, suspicion and fear. With one of the apprentice's magic maps in their possession, India and Matt must use their wits and India's fledgling, untried magic to find him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A great follow up to book 1!

  • By BikeVON on 03-27-17

the book was good, but the narration was...

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

Reviewed: 06-25-17

I like the writing and the storyline, but the narration was distracting. This narrator was not great at Matt's American accent. It was as if she forgot he was supposed to be American. Also, she had this kind of breathless way of reading. so she was okay, but really that good.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

  • Into the Water

  • A Novel
  • By: Paula Hawkins
  • Narrated by: Laura Aikman, Imogen Church, Daniel Weyman, and others
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 10,963
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,947
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 9,924

A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged. Left behind is a lonely 15-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother's sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from - a place to which she vowed she'd never return.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Don't Hold Your Breath

  • By Mel on 05-07-17

A little bit hard to follow and keep straight

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

Reviewed: 05-19-17

many voices, done well, but there were many perspectives and characters to keep in mind.

  • Big Little Lies

  • By: Liane Moriarty
  • Narrated by: Caroline Lee
  • Length: 15 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,959
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,410
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,333

Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. One parent is dead. The school principal is horrified. As police investigate what appears to have been a tragic accident, signs begin to indicate that this devastating death might have been cold-blooded murder. In this thought-provoking novel, number-one New York Times best-selling author Liane Moriarty deftly explores the reality of parenting and playground politics, ex-husbands and ex-wives, and fractured families.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Oh, Calamity!

  • By L. O. Pardue on 10-07-14

A fun and interesting dramatic mystery!

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

Reviewed: 05-10-17

Though i have listened to many English accents, I never listed to an Aussie accent read a book before. I totally enjoyed listening to this.

  • 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 49,555
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,123
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 44,214

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

Meh!

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

Reviewed: 03-15-15

It was interesting and different but I didn't buy into either character. Neither was likable or unlikable. They were just...meh.

  • Unspeakable

  • Tracers Series, Book 2
  • By: Laura Griffin
  • Narrated by: Talmadge Ragan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 69
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 69

Elaina McCord's dream of being an FBI profiler is threatened by her very first case-investigating a string of murders near a Texas beach resort. The victims, all young women, were drugged and brutally murdered, their bodies abandoned in desolate marshland. Elaina's hunch-met with disbelief by local police-is that these are only the latest offerings from a serial killer who has been perfecting his art for years, growing bolder and more cunning with each strike.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Pronunciation errors

  • By ss605 on 09-02-14

Good story, but the the performance was not good

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

Reviewed: 02-19-14

If you could sum up Unspeakable in three words, what would they be?

Good plot - pretty satisfying.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Talmadge Ragan?

Someone who didn't ENUNCIATE her words so much. It was so distracting and irritating. She is also incredibly nasal and doesn't differentiate much between characters. Sometimes, characters have and lose an accent from one chapter to the next.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful