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  • Circe

  • By: Madeline Miller
  • Narrated by: Perdita Weeks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,080
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,106
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,023

In the house of Helios, god of the sun and mightiest of the Titans, a daughter is born. But Circe is a strange child - not powerful, like her father, nor viciously alluring, like her mother. Turning to the world of mortals for companionship, she discovers that she does possess power - the power of witchcraft, which can transform rivals into monsters and menace the gods themselves.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refined writing with an intimate performance

  • By Michael - Audible Editor on 04-11-18

Intimate narration on the other side of Odysseus

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

Reviewed: 10-29-18

Wow. This story was a beautifully woven tapestry of description, insightful questions of life and death, and a critical view of the gods and heroes of the world through the eyes of a Goddess with incredible flaws. I enjoyed every moment of this book - even the idle times of weaving, farming, and spell weaving. The descriptions were phenomenal and I could imagine each and every detail. The way that the story is told, gives every moment importance as it is happening. Once the moment has passed, however, the importance it holds fades away and makes the story feel as timeless as Circe feels herself. Beautiful writing. And a beautiful performance by Perdita Weeks. She delivered each character with poise and subtly, an accurate reflection of the narration of Circe herself.

  • The Hazel Wood

  • By: Melissa Albert
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 10 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,006
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 928
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 928

Seventeen-year-old Alice and her mother have spent most of Alice's life on the road, always a step ahead of the uncanny bad luck biting at their heels. But when Alice's grandmother, the reclusive author of a cult-classic book of pitch-dark fairy tales, dies alone on her estate, the Hazel Wood, Alice learns how bad her luck can really get: Her mother is stolen away - by a figure who claims to come from the Hinterland, the cruel supernatural world where her grandmother's stories are set.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • dark and modern fairytale

  • By Stephanie on 02-02-18

Ending made an "It's Okay" to "Pretty Good"

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

Reviewed: 10-05-18

The ending definitely made up for a mediocre start to the story. As much as this book tried to make fun of hipsters and Mary-Janes, it fell into that trope from the very beginning and was a little difficult to get through. I'm glad I stayed with it, though. Once the action started, it was pretty easy to get around the flowery descriptions and analogies as plentiful as a locusts in a swarm.

I guess I didn't realize this was a first book a series - I have some thoughts about how the ending could have been written that would have lead to that better - but I can't share those without spoilers.

Anyway, If you're looking for darker fairy tale settings - this is one for you to consider.

  • Weddiculous

  • An Unfiltered Guide to Being a Bride
  • By: Jamie Lee, Jacqueline Novak
  • Narrated by: Jamie Lee
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 12
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12

In this irreverent wedding guide, MTV’s wedding planning guru and star of Girl Code, comedian and bride-to-be Jamie Lee, offers practical advice and hilarious insights on how to stay sane while planning your "big day". Throughout, Jamie provides guidance on when you should trust your gut and when you need to listen to others. What Amy Sedaris has done for hospitality and crafting, Jamie Lee now does for weddings. Weddiculous will help remind you what’s really important about your wedding day: it’s just the first day in a long and happy marriage.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Honesty I needed to hear a month before my wedding

  • By Tina on 07-24-18

I needed that.

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

I picked this up a little too late, but I needed it anyway. I wish I had read it upon immediately starting wedding planning.

There were a lot of family parallels between Jamie and I and I wish had I heard her take on how to handle things before I started handling things in my stubborn, you-said-you-weren't-going-to-invite-these-people-MIL-why-are-you-now-inviting-them-without-telling-us way.

Her humor was refreshing and honestly, I love that she tells you to throw the wedding you want to have while pointing out whatever flaws there are because you should be able to throw whatever wedding you want. It's just nice to hear someone who has been through it say it.

She is a little bit out of touch - going above $500 for a wedding dress wasn't an option. $1000 or over was a dream/nightmare.

  • Children of Blood and Bone

  • By: Tomi Adeyemi
  • Narrated by: Bahni Turpin
  • Length: 17 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,411
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 7,850
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,829

Zélie Adebola remembers when the soil of Orïsha hummed with magic. Burners ignited flames, Tiders beckoned waves, and Zélie's Reaper mother summoned forth souls. But everything changed the night magic disappeared. Under the orders of a ruthless king, maji were killed, leaving Zélie without a mother and her people without hope. Now Zélie has one chance to bring back magic and strike against the monarchy. With the help of a rogue princess, Zélie must outwit and outrun the crown prince, who is hell-bent on eradicating magic for good.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully Written

  • By Samantha on 03-09-18

Modernly Important and Enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 08-22-18

I enjoyed this story, the characters, and what it stood for. If you listen through to the end, then you'll hear the author's reasons for writing this book and how it fueled her through difficult times that are still continuing.

If you stacked this book up with other fantasy adventure novels, you would have an above average story about a group of young adults fighting the powers at be. It's the Afro-History setting, type of magic, and parallels with our own world that make this story stand out from the others. The world was well imagined - I love the ideas of big cats made giant and replacing horses as mounts. I love that the magic is pulled form ancestral powers and how they tie into the mythology/religion/origin stories of their culture.

I don't know about bad pronunciation and mangling words (like some of the reviews say) because I don't speak the language , but I thought Bahni Turpin was pretty great. There were a few points where the volume was inconsistent, especially when there was action and characters were screaming. But I appreciated her candor and her ability to differentiate between the two girls narrating.

It was a fun read and I'm looking forward to it continuing.

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  • Tangerine

  • By: Christine Mangan
  • Narrated by: Barrie Kreinik, Erin Mallon
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    3.5 out of 5 stars 801
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 743
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars 749

The last person Alice Shipley expected to see since arriving in Tangier with her new husband was Lucy Mason. After the accident at Bennington, the two friends - once inseparable roommates - haven't spoken in over a year. Lucy - always fearless and independent - helps Alice emerge from her flat and explore the country. But soon a familiar feeling starts to overtake Alice - she feels controlled and stifled by Lucy at every turn. Then Alice's husband, John, goes missing, and Alice starts to question everything around her.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Goes downhill

  • By Karen on 03-31-18

For someone who doesn't like thrillers, but enjoys

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

Reviewed: 04-20-18

Is there anything you would change about this book?

... character building. This book is nothing but character building. One could say too much. But it is great how fleshed out the characters are.

That fact doesn't make up for the lack of exciting plot. The story was different than my usual choice of books, so I wasn't expecting much of it. But I definitely disliked how Lucy's "plans" were too easily accomplished and that she didn't face any real challenges.

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

no.

  • The Disappearance of Winter's Daughter

  • By: Michael J. Sullivan
  • Narrated by: Michael J. Sullivan, Tim Gerard Reynolds
  • Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5,805
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,499
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,482

When Gabriel Winter's daughter mysteriously disappears and is presumed dead, the wealthy whiskey baron seeks revenge. Having lived in Colnora during the infamous Year of Fear, he hires the one man he knows can deliver a bloody retribution - the notorious Duster.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • By Mar! A brilliant addition to my favorite Chronicle

  • By Gina on 12-30-17

Meh.

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

Reviewed: 03-23-18

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

I don't think listening to this book was time well-spent because it was a slow, boring build up for a mystery that was solved halfway through the book.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

I didn't make it to the end.

What does Tim Gerard Reynolds and Michael J. Sullivan bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Fun accents and feeling to the characters that makes them more dynamic than they would be on the page.

Any additional comments?

It was boring. There were a lot of soliloquies from the men that were unnecessarily long winded. While the descriptions of places and people were fantastic, they tended to be clunky.

  • Ready Player One

  • By: Ernest Cline
  • Narrated by: Wil Wheaton
  • Length: 15 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 210,775
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 196,802
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196,388

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • perfection

  • By Dallas on 03-30-18

Fun Read

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

Reviewed: 05-02-17

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

I would recommend this book because it is the wet dream of every teenage boy: saving the world through video games. Really though, it is an entertaining story with a driving plot and is a welcome take on dystopian America.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

The author needed to separate himself from the main character/narrator just a smidge to make the story a little less painful for girls to read. He is every anonymous white knight on the internet to start, and while his feelings for the love interest are genuine, the way he treats and talks to her does not scream reciprocated romance (i.e. even though she is as much or more of a Gunter expert than he, he talks to her like she is an idiot and is surprised when she understands something as well as he does). It could have been interesting to see this as an opportunity for that kind of male to learn to value female friendship instead of steamrolling it with his own self interest. D

Don't even get me started on Aech.

What does Wil Wheaton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Wil Wheaton did a great job giving voice to the characters. He was invested in the story and I appreciated the fact that he didn't try to do "girly" voices for the female characters.

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

SPOILER! The moment that felt the most real was when he breaks into the IOI offices because there were real consequences. Sure the avatars die in the game, but that isn't any physical threat to their operators. This was the only scene where there was something at stake, but even then there wasn't a whole lot standing in his way of success.

Any additional comments?

It's a fun read, but you definitely have to shove aside your issues with how the female characters are handled and listen to a whiny main character for 3/4 of the book. But it was worth it.

  • Truthwitch

  • A Witchlands Novel
  • By: Susan Dennard
  • Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
  • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 514
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 474
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 478

On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a "witchery", a magical skill that sets them apart from others. In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble - as two desperate young women know all too well. Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It's a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially among the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Amazing story, not my favorite voice acting

  • By KaitieKawaii on 01-10-16

Pleasantly Surprised

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

Reviewed: 03-15-17

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

Yes, it is entertaining with a great cast of characters and especially kick ass females.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Truthwitch?

The author does a great job weaving together a story from various points of view. Information from one character may not seem important at the time, but further down the road you realize that it means everything. It was great waiting fora ll the puzzle pieces to fall into place.

Which character – as performed by Cassandra Campbell – was your favorite?

Isolde was my favorite character. She has the most potential for a complex development. She doesn't know who she is exactly or to what extent her powers can go. She has a road of discovery ahead of her in the next book.

Any additional comments?

The Assassin's Creed-esque picture made me hesitant and think that this book would be a caricature of the series. I have never been happier to be wrong. I was very pleased with the book from start to finish. It is well paced, entertaining, and, most importantly, it answers only one portion of the big mystery so that I am curious enough to continue with the series.

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  • Necronomicon

  • By: H. P. Lovecraft
  • Narrated by: Paul Michael Garcia, Bronson Pinchot, Stephen R. Thorne, and others
  • Length: 21 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,055
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,705
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,697

Originally written for the pulp magazines of the 1920s and '30s, H. P. Lovecraft's astonishing tales blend elements of horror, science fiction, and cosmic terror that are as powerful today as they were when first published. This tome brings together all of Lovecraft's harrowing stories, including the complete Cthulhu Mythos cycle, just the way they were when first released.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • This has bugged me for a while...

  • By mike on 06-23-16

Meh

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

Reviewed: 10-20-16

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I am excited for new age adaptations of HP Lovecraft. Yes he did incredible things for the horror genre but the racism blanketing all of his work just makes it impossible to pleasantly digest. And 100% of the time the racism is not integral to the story, it is just there. If it weren't in every single story then having a racist narrator here and there is not bad, but every. single. narrator. is the same.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

I enjoy Lovecraft's ability to tell a great mystery without withholding the event. If someone dies he does not wait until the end to say that they die with a big reveal. He states it right off the bat and then weaves a fantastic story through telling us what happened. The mystery is how not what.

Was Necronomicon worth the listening time?

I'm only 1/3 of the way through the stories. I appreciate the length of the collection so I can come back to it in between other reads. But I can't do it all in one sitting because the stories are so similar. Everything blends together.

  • Jurassic Park

  • A Novel
  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19,861
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,298
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 18,281

Audie Award, Science Fiction, 2016. An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankind's most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them - for a price.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • CHAOS THEORY

  • By Jim "The Impatient" on 01-30-16

I didn't think I would like it more than the movie

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

Reviewed: 10-13-16

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

I think the audiobook was great, so definitely yes. Everything about it was smooth.

Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have not listened to his other performances but I loved this one. I appreciate him not trying to make his voice obnoxiously female or childish. Instead, he changed the speed and tone at which he talked to simulate different character voices for Ellie and the kids. His accents were not overdone for Moldune (sp?) and other accented characters. And he read the story as patiently as Crichton writes.

Any additional comments?

I honestly didn't think I would like the book more than I like the movie. And I love the movie. One thing the movie did right was give the women more agency, Ellie was more involved in the action, sensibly dressed, and treated like the scientist she is. In the book, Grant appreciates her as a scientist, but nobody else does and she sits on the sidelines for most of the story. But the book did everything else great. Twice as many dinosaurs. Twice as many human errors. Twice as much bloodshed.

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