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  • Enchantress from the Stars

  • By: Sylvia Engdahl
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 59
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 61

A Newbery Honor Book and a Book Sense 76 Selection, Enchantress from the Stars is a science-fiction classic. Three alien races meet on the small green world of Andrecia. The Imperial Exploration Corps wants to claim the planet for its own, but the Anthropological Service stands in the way. And when young Elana makes contact with native Georyn, a love story exploring the very depths of human emotion unfolds.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Modern Despite it's Age

  • By Staaj on 01-01-12

YA science fiction/fantasy w fairy tale elements

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

Reviewed: 03-31-19

The story is about a girl from an advanced civilization (the Federation) who helps a young man from a iron age civilization turn back alien invaders. The girl cannot tell the boy who she really is by the laws of her people so she pretends to be an enchantress and the alien invaders are an evil dragon and his minions. As they spend time together training to fight the dragon, she finds herself falling in love with the boy who is willing to risk his life for the sake of his people.

This story works on all levels, as science fiction, as a fantasy, a heroes' journey, a romance and as a YA novel. I loved it.

The narrator is good. She sounds like a teenager and she emoted beautifully.

  • The Rosie Effect

  • By: Graeme Simsion
  • Narrated by: Dan O'Grady
  • Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,750
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,454
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,451

Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman are back. The Wife Project is complete, and Don and Rosie are happily married and living in New York. But they’re about to face a new challenge because - surprise! - Rosie is pregnant. Don sets about learning the protocols of becoming a father, but his unusual research style gets him into trouble with the law. Fortunately his best friend Gene is on hand to offer advice: he’s left Claudia and moved in with Don and Rosie.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the first one....

  • By Julie on 09-23-15

a very satisfying sequel to the Rose Project

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

Reviewed: 11-10-18

The story was just as funny as the first book. I enjoyed the narrator who managed a very credible American accent in line with the New York setting.

  • Dietland

  • By: Sarai Walker
  • Narrated by: Tara Sands
  • Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 808
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 725
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 725

Plum Kettle does her best not to be noticed because when you're fat, to be noticed is to be judged. She is biding her time at a job answering fan mail for a popular teen girls' magazine until she can afford weight-loss surgery. But lately she is being followed by a girl in outlandish clothes and combat boots.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • funny and thought provoking

  • By Sandy Toes on 01-28-16

Female Fight Club

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

Reviewed: 09-28-18

I loved the writing. Saying anything more would be a spoiler. The narrator matched the character perfectly.

  • Sinbad's Guide to Life

  • Because I Know Everything
  • By: Sinbad
  • Narrated by: Sinbad
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11

A hilarious guide to life from a man who has "lived large and fallen hard", offering observations on courage ("Lots of guys brag they'd fight off anything to save their woman. Yeah, right - there is no sense in both us dying"), discipline ("If you've got to get whupped, your father is the man. Mothers don't stop until you're bleeding to death"), money ("Before computers, checks were great...local ones took 14 days to clear"), and much more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • his life story told with good humor

  • By Kindle Customer on 09-07-18

his life story told with good humor

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

Reviewed: 09-07-18

Sinbad tells his life story with his signature humor and lots of jokes. Family friendly with no swearing or explicit content.

  • Motion to Suppress

  • By: Perri O'Shaughnessy
  • Narrated by: Laural Merlington
  • Length: 13 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 113
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 79
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 81

Leaving her ex-husband and old job in San Francisco, attorney Nina Reilly opens a practice in Lake Tahoe hoping to start life over. As she waits for a big case, Nina decides to help Misty Patterson divorce her abusive husband. When said husband is found murdered, Nina agrees to defend Misty against murder charges.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Legally Soap

  • By Snoodely on 10-09-12

Strong females on both sides of the law

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

Reviewed: 07-11-18

Strong female characters stood out to me. I loved Nina's secretary/paralegal. She added some much needed humor. The court room scenes with the twist at the end was great!
Narrator did a great job. This book had a lot of talking by various characters and she changed accents and/or cadence to indicate who was who.

  • The First Rule of Ten

  • By: Gay Hendricks, Tinker Lindsay
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Arthur
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51

Growing up in a Tibetan Monastery, Ten dreamed of becoming a modern-day Sherlock Holmes. So when he was sent to Los Angeles to teach meditation, he joined the LAPD instead. But as the Buddha says, change is inevitable; and 10 years later, everything is about to change-big-time-for Ten. One resignation from the police force, two bullet-wounds, three suspicious deaths, and a beautiful woman later, he quickly learns that whenever he breaks his first rule, mayhem follows.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Stellar wordsmith

  • By Ronelle Wood on 06-09-17

Buddist monk turned private eye

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

Reviewed: 03-13-18

This was an interesting take on the hard boiled detective genre. The location and some of the family issues reminded me of Michael Connelly's Bosch. The narrator did a great job with the large cast of characters. I just bought book two of this series. Hope it's just as good.

  • Candide

  • By: Voltaire
  • Narrated by: Roy Macready
  • Length: 3 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 32
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 29
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 29

The story follows the eponymous hero and his tutor Doctor Pangloss through a series of adventures and misfortunes, all the time doggedly attempting, against the odds, to adhere to the doctor's philosophy that "all is for the best in this best of all possible worlds".

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Best possible reading of this best possible story

  • By Z. Peterson on 08-19-16

perfect narrator for the story

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

Reviewed: 11-27-17

This is a story that has everything. War, peace, rape, murder, true love. The narrator kept the drama without going over the top and kept me interested to the end.

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  • Julia Vanishes

  • By: Catherine Egan
  • Narrated by: Erin Spencer, Will Damron
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

Julia has the unusual ability to be...unseen. Not invisible exactly. Just beyond most people's senses. It's a dangerous trait in a city that has banned all forms of magic and drowns witches in public Cleansings. But it's a useful trait for a thief and a spy. And Julia has learned - crime pays. She's being paid very well indeed to infiltrate the grand house of Mrs. Och and report back on the odd characters who live there and the suspicious dealings that take place behind locked doors.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent fantasy adventure w female protagonist

  • By Kindle Customer on 11-23-17

Excellent fantasy adventure w female protagonist

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

Reviewed: 11-23-17

Julia, the main character, was the best thing about this book. She was a fully developed character who had it in her to be both good and evil. The writer made her decisions believable. The secondary characters were also well done to the point I kept wishing for more chapters that delved further in to their stories.

  • Raffles: The Amateur Cracksman

  • By: E. W. Hornung
  • Narrated by: Roy Macready
  • Length: 4 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 6

The first collection of the exploits of A.J. Raffles and his friend Bunny Manders was published as The Amateur Cracksman in 1899. The characters of Raffles and Bunny were possibly inspired by his brother-in-law's creations, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson, although they are on the opposite side of the law.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The flip side of Sherlock Holmes

  • By Kindle Customer on 10-06-17

The flip side of Sherlock Holmes

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

Reviewed: 10-06-17

Author was Arthur Conan Doyle's brother in law and modeled his main characters after Holmes and Watson. If Holmes had decided to become a master thief instead of a detective, this may be what he wouldn't been like.

There are various versions of this book in Audible some under different names. In my humble opinion, this narrator is the best. He creates different characters with his voice so well that I had no trouble in telling who was speaking in the many scenes where Raffles and Bunny conversed.

  • Aunt Dimity's Death

  • By: Nancy Atherton
  • Narrated by: Teri Clark Linden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 231
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars 211
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206

Down-on-her-luck Lori learns she's about to inherit a sizable estate - if she can discover the secret hidden in a treasure trove of letters in Dimity's English country cottage. What begins as a fairy tale becomes a mystery - and a ghost story - in an improbably cozy setting, as Aunt Dimity's indominable spirit leads Lori on an otherworldly quest to discover how, in this life, true love can conquer all.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • great book, lousy reader

  • By Bill on 04-27-13

A nice cozy mystery adventure

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

Reviewed: 06-17-17

Narrator gives a good try at the various British accents (Cockney, BBC, etc.) and succeeds for the most part. The sweeping historical back story set during WWII carries you forward to the end.