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  • Minimum Wage Magic

  • By: Rachel Aaron
  • Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
  • Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,025
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,877
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,874

The DFZ, the metropolis formerly known as Detroit, is the world’s most magical city with a population of nine million and zero public safety laws. That’s a lot of mages, cybernetically enhanced chrome heads, and mythical beasties who die, get into debt, and otherwise fail to pay their rent. When they can’t pay their bills, their stuff gets sold to the highest bidder. That’s when they call me. I’m a Cleaner: a freelance mage employed by the DFZ to sort through the mountains of magical junk people leave behind. It’s not a pretty job, or a safe one....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Not as good as Heartstrikers, but still very fun

  • By mlsimmons on 03-31-19

Interesting

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

Reviewed: 07-04-19

Not as involved as the heartstriker books, this book was supposed to be able to stand alone, but I think by not reading the heartstriker books first, you are missing a lot of background on spirits, dragons, and DFZ which would make some aspects of Minimum Wage Magic confusing. One of the things that bothered me most was the narrator’s voice. I had the volume up as high as it would go and I often missed whole sections of the story when the narrator was using a stage whisper voice. The high volume also accented the shrieking voice of the AI, she was very often annoying. A narrator makes or breaks a book, and this one is not doing the book any favors. Volume control is very important in an audio book so all voices come across hearable but not overwhelming at the same volume without having to constantly adjust the volume. I usually listen to most books with the volume at the half way setting, not possible with this book.

  • The Cambodian Curse and Other Stories

  • A Jaya Jones Treasure Hunt Mystery Collection
  • By: Gigi Pandian
  • Narrated by: Allyson Ryan
  • Length: 8 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15

The Cambodian Curse: When an ancient and supposedly cursed Cambodian sculpture disappears from an impenetrable museum, and the carving's owner is killed by an invisible assailant while a witness is a few feet away, historian Jaya Jones and her old nemesis Henry North team up to solve the baffling crime. Additional stories include: "The Hindi Houdini", "The Haunted Room", "The Library Ghost of Tanglewood Inn", "The Curse of Cloud Castle", "Tempest in a Teapot", "A Dark and Stormy Light", "The Shadow of the River", plus the bonus novella Fool's Gold.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Delightful collection of short stories

  • By Goldenrodfarm on 05-17-19

Delightful collection of short stories

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

Reviewed: 05-17-19

I enjoyed this collection of short stories that allowed us a peek into more of Jaya Jones background, along with her friends lives. The stories were fast paced with surprising depth for short stories, may be because I have read all the novels, but refreshing anyway. Looking forward to more books!

  • The Mystery of Alice

  • By: Lee Bacon
  • Narrated by: Bryan Kennedy, Jessica Almasy, Josh Hurley, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 14,052
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,943
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 12,917

Thirteen-year-old Emily Poe has been given the opportunity of a lifetime: A chance to attend the exclusive Audyn School in Manhattan. But to win the scholarship, she has to pass a test like nothing she’s ever experienced before: A nearly bare room, a set of strange clues, a locked door. And a mysterious organization - the Leopold Foundation - that’s watching her every move. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Surprisingly Enjoyable

  • By Cheryl on 05-05-19

Ok for a light read

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

Reviewed: 05-17-19

A totally unbelievable plot, who’s parents would send 12 and 13yo to NYC on their own. The characters acted and talked more like high school rather then 7-8 graders. I guess I would find it difficult to believe the middle school group could have the money and resources to accomplish setting up such a plot. It was very distracting to hear all the “I was like” “she was like”. I am frequently around my teen and preteen nieces, and have never heard that phrase, it makes no sense at all. I suppose I would have had a hard time with the shear quantity of I said and she said if proper English was used. Ok for a light read, the middle dragged on quite a bit, but most of the rest was fast paced, as long as you can suspend reality for long enough to get to the end.

  • The Dispatcher

  • By: John Scalzi
  • Narrated by: Zachary Quinto
  • Length: 2 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56,196
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52,048
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,888

Zachary Quinto - best known for his role as the Nimoy-approved Spock in the recent Star Trek reboot and the menacing, power-stealing serial killer, Sylar, in Heroes - brings his well-earned sci-fi credentials and simmering intensity to this audio-exclusive novella from master storyteller John Scalzi. One day, not long from now, it becomes almost impossible to murder anyone - 999 times out of a thousand, anyone who is intentionally killed comes back. How? We don't know.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Good Grief This Was Good

  • By Matthew on 11-09-16

Riveting audiobook

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

Reviewed: 05-03-19

I enjoyed this audio book very much, the narrator did a great job, the story was different with a interesting depth. It was not really a “book”, but more of a short story at just a little over 2 hours, but there was a lot covered in that brief period of time. I would be interested in looking up more of this author’s work.

  • Riley Mack and the Other Known Troublemakers

  • By: Chris Grabenstein
  • Narrated by: Neil Hellegers, Bryan Kennedy, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
  • Length: 4 hrs and 16 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 4,155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,745
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 3,741

What do you get when you add up one middle school bully, two bank robbers, 57 puppy-mill dogs, 4,000 missing dollars, and five daring troublemakers led by the incomparable Riley Mack? One crazy caper! In this merry, mischievous romp, master storyteller Chris Grabenstein, the award-winning author of Escape From Mr. Lemoncello's Library, teams with a full-cast of audio talent to introduce Riley Mack, a one-of-a-kind 12-year-old hometown hero.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful adventure!

  • By Irene Eastup on 04-06-19

Not for me

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

Reviewed: 05-03-19

This audiobook is one among many originals that left me wondering at all the 5 star reviews. It is not an audiobook but rather a TV like performance without the pictures. The background noise over rode the actors voice about every third sentence, making me constantly wonder what was really going on. If the book wasn’t already free it would have been sent back. I dislike the direction audible is headed, to me an audiobook is just that, a reading of a book that allowes me to provide imagination, not a movie like production. The growing trend of interrupting the reading with musical interference every chapter is annoying enough to jolt you right out of the book, creating a background override to vocal presentation like this book never even allows you to get into the book in the first place. This could have possibly been a good book, but the noise canceled it out.

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  • The Dream Gatherer

  • By: Kristen Britain
  • Narrated by: Ellen Archer
  • Length: 4 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 58
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 56

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of the New York Times best-selling Green Rider series, this short volume introduces listeners to new sides of Sacoridia in two new short stories and a novella. 

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Not what I was expecting

  • By Goldenrodfarm on 04-10-19

Not what I was expecting

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

Reviewed: 04-10-19

Sort of my own fault for not reading carefully, I saw a new Green Rider book and immediately ordered it only to discover I paid a full credit for a 4 hour book that spends at leas an hour talking about the author and friend. Big disappointment. There are two short stories and one novella included. Most authors would offer these kind of short stories as a free item on the web site. Definitely not worth a whole credit when the other books are at least 16 hours or much more. I have enjoyed all the green rider books, but felt taken by this offering.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

  • Emma

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Jane Austen, Anna Lea - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Emma Thompson, Joanne Froggatt, Isabella Inchbald, and others
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,059
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 12,058
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,979

This Audible Original production is narrated by Emma Thompson (Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy and BAFTA winner, Love Actually, Harry Potter, Sense and Sensibility), with a full supporting cast including Joanne Froggatt, Morgana Robinson, Aisling Loftus, Joseph Millson, Alexa Davies and rising star Isabella Inchbald as our eponymous heroine.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Well, that was wonderful

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-07-18

Background noises blot out the words of the story

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

Reviewed: 09-26-18

I was excited to find this book but so disappointed listening to it. I couldn't even hear the narrator's voice over the background noise, it was very distracting to the story. This is such a good book totally ruined by this production, to me books allow you to have imagination, sticking loud silverware sounds that override conversation in a story totally destroys imagination and degrades the story to a loud school room cafeteria, taking away from the experience. The narrator may or may not have been good it was hard to tell. I can't recommend this audio book at all.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Menu Excerpts from Our Favorite Newark Restaurants

  • By: Various
  • Narrated by: Victor Bevine, Nick Podehl, Eric Michael Summerer, and others
  • Length: 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 857
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 800
  • Story
    3.5 out of 5 stars 792

You said you'd listen to your favorite narrators read anything: Well, this ambrosial new audiobook brings together an acclaimed cast of narrators to read aloud the menus of some of our favorite local restaurants here at Audible headquarters in Newark, New Jersey, as only they know how. You haven't truly lived, or dined, until you've heard Cassandra Campbell capture the emotional nuances of Newark's best Indian-inflected burgers or let Nick Podehl extol the virtues of the pear arugula salad and then seductively steer you toward a plate of creamy mushroom linguini.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Cute idea! Thanks, Audible!

  • By Wayne on 04-01-18

How boring can you get

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

Reviewed: 06-08-18

I tried to listen to this but a menu? The only reason I got it because it was a gift from audible, so glad I didn't waste credits or money because it was not worth it. I don't get the people that gave this 5 stars, it is like giving someone 5 stars to read the ingredients on a frozen dinner, boring boring boring. I actually decided that some of the narrators were ones I would never want to hear again after listening to their menu recitation.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Dragon Overnight

  • Upside-Down Magic, Book 4
  • By: Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, Emily Jenkins
  • Narrated by: Rebecca Soler
  • Length: 3 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 69

From New York Times best-selling authors Sarah Mlynowski, Lauren Myracle, and Emily Jenkins comes more upside-down fun in the fourth book of this hilarious series. It's time for the Upside-Down Magic class to go on a field trip - a sleepover field trip! But things go wonky from the start, and soon there's a dragon to deal with.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dragon overnight

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-09-19

Not as good as the first three

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

Reviewed: 02-03-18

This book just didn't have the freshness of the first three. I am still bothered about the english overtones to the whole story the names, the things the kids wear, the only way I figured out it was not UK was in the second book when one of the kids got a tutor from the near by University of Maine. If you are going to use American land marks then there should be more truth to the story line adhering to the US ways. I found Andres to be whiny in this book and since the majority of the book was about him it was not to my taste.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Anansi Boys

  • By: Neil Gaiman
  • Narrated by: Lenny Henry
  • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,305
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,314

Returning to the territory he so brilliantly explored in his masterful New York Times best seller American Gods, the incomparable Neil Gaiman offers up a work of dazzling ingenuity, a kaleidoscopic journey deep into myth that is at once startling, terrifying, exhilarating, and fiercely funny, a true wonder of a novel that confirms Stephen King's glowing assessment of the author as "a treasure house of story, and we are lucky to have him."

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully narrated

  • By A. Hawley on 11-23-07

No worth the effort

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

Reviewed: 05-12-17

What would have made Anansi Boys better?

This story skipped and jumped from mundane fat Charlie to what I guess are folk tails with no explanation. Both fat Charlie and his brother were unlikeable characters for different reasons, one because he was a boring person, in a cutout job, with a just plain nasty future MIL, and a fluffy fiancé, the other because he took advantage of fat Charlie within the disguise of helping him change his personality. People don't change personalities. Neither character were portrayed in depth but were cardboard cutouts being shifted around. About 3/4 of the way through I had all I could take and returned the book to audible.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Who knows

Would you be willing to try another one of Lenny Henry’s performances?

Yes, his voice was the only way I made it as far as I did

What character would you cut from Anansi Boys?

All of them

0 of 1 people found this review helpful