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  • A Semi-Definitive List of Worst Nightmares

  • By: Krystal Sutherland
  • Narrated by: Tara Sands
  • Length: 9 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 16
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16

Ever since Esther Solar's grandfather was cursed by Death, everyone in her family has been doomed to suffer one great fear in their lifetime. Esther's father is agoraphobic and hasn't left the basement in six years, her twin brother can't be in the dark without a light on, and her mother is terrified of bad luck. The Solars are consumed by their fears and, according to the legend of the curse, destined to die from them. Esther doesn't know what her great fear is yet (nor does she want to), a feat achieved by avoiding pretty much everything.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book!

  • By Jessica on 06-27-18

Great book!

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

So the synopsis of the book is true but misleading all at the same time. Esther is afraid of everything and when Jonah pickpockets her he gets not only her cash, phone and fruit roll up but he also gets her list of worst nightmares.

Death cursed the Solar family, and the interludes where you learn more about that is a nice touch, but the main arc of the story is Jonah helping Esther overcome her small fears while driving her to face her biggest fear. The writing is really good, I hate when YA books are dumbed down.

Tara Sands does a nice job. You can tell the characters apart and she injects the right amount of feeling into her reading.

  • Brief Cases

  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters, Jim Butcher, full cast
  • Length: 15 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 6,170
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 5,786
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5,767

An all-new Dresden Files story headlines this urban fantasy short story collection starring the Windy City's favorite wizard. From the Wild West to the bleachers at Wrigley Field, humans, zombies, incubi, and even fey royalty appear, ready to blur the line between friend and foe. In the never-before-published "Zoo Day", Harry treads new ground as a dad, while fan-favorite characters Molly Carpenter, his onetime apprentice, White Council Warden Anastasia Luccio, and even Bigfoot stalk through the pages of more classic tales.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The original story is great

  • By Ronald G. Overton on 06-06-18

Just enough to help my Dresden withdrawl.

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

The Dresden Files is one of my very favorite series. Having said that, I already have the Bigfoot audio book and have read or listened to all of the other stories except the new one so I didn't jump on this when it first came out. It was silly of me not to. Jim Butcher writes great short stories. There's always a definite beginning, middle and end- and not a cliffhanger like some authors tend to do. The new story, "Zoo Day" gives you a peak into Harry's new life with Maggie. It's the same story told from Harry, Maggie and Mouse's perspectives. That alone was worth the credit. The other stories were icing on the cake.

James Marsters is amazing, as usual. The other narrators were good too, I love Oliver Wyman from the Monster Hunter International series, but there really is no Dresden without Marsters.

  • The Very First Damned Thing

  • An Author-Read Audio Exclusive
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Jodi Taylor
  • Length: 2 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,481
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,228
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,215

Jodi Taylor reads the long-awaited prequel in her Chronicles of St Mary’s series, as Dr Bairstow struggles to set up St Mary’s as we know it in a world still scarred by the ravages of civil war. Ever wondered how it all began? It’s two years since the final victory at the Battersea Barricades. The fighting might be finished, but for Dr Bairstow, just now setting up St Mary's, the struggle is only beginning. How will he assemble his team? From where will his funding come?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved the story. The narration was ehh...

  • By Krista on 12-09-15

Loved it!

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

Reviewed: 06-15-18

I'm not a huge fan of author read stories because I feel like they don't usually have the range to voice all the characters in their books. Narrators narrate and authors write but few authors narrate in the fiction genre for good reason.

I was wrong. She managed to change her voice enough that I could hear the difference between characters. I was pleasantly surprised. She is not Zara Ramm, nor does she sound like her, but she did a way better job than I thought she was going to.

The story is a great one; I almost always hate short stories. I always feel like they end without closure and don't go into enough detail. The Chronicles of St Mary's short stories are one of the few exceptions.

The book is great. The narration is too. If you are a St Mary's fan you should get this one!

  • Hardcore Twenty-Four

  • A Stephanie Plum Novel
  • By: Janet Evanovich
  • Narrated by: Lorelei King
  • Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,964
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,627
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,629

This Jersey girl hits hard - 24/7. The blockbuster Stephanie Plum series continues with Hardcore Twenty-Four from number one New York Times best-selling Janet Evanovich.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Sign

  • By Kimberly on 11-27-17

I still love these books!

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

Reviewed: 11-24-17

This does remind me of the holiday Plum books with the addition of Diesel. I also have to admit that I love Diesel, so when I read the reviews and saw that he was in this book I knew I was going to buy this one. I've read other reviews and know that people don't like the zombie storyline, but c'mon; Stephanie Plum plus zombies? Can you imagine anything funnier? The series started out semi believable but have just turned into a parody over time but they still make me laugh and Lorelei King is an amazing narrator. I am still a fan.

  • Rise and Shine, Benedict Stone

  • By: Phaedra Patrick
  • Narrated by: James Langton
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 118
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 108
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 107

In the quiet village of Noon Sun, Benedict Stone has settled into a complacent and predictable routine. Business at his jewelry shop has dried up; his marriage is on the rocks. His life is in desperate need of a jump-start. And then a surprise arrives at his door. Gemma is Benedict's audacious teenage niece - the daughter of his estranged brother, Charlie. The two Stone brothers had a falling out and haven't spoken in almost two decades, since Charlie left for America. Reckless and stubborn, Gemma invites herself into Benedict's world.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Really aggravating..spoiler alert

  • By J Moore on 12-27-17

Nice

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

Reviewed: 07-07-17

I really enjoyed The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper so I was all over this book when it came out. Benedict is the underdog of underdogs. He's separated from his wife and though he desperately wants her back, he's too scared and insecure to truly try to win her back. Just when he's at his lowest, his teenage niece shows up unexpectedly in the middle of the night and pulls him completely out of his comfort zone.
There are bits of the story that are predictable, but between the supporting characters, Patrick's writing and Langton's narration come together and make it a worthwhile listen. My only complaint is that Gemma may be a little too angst-y, but she's a teenager so. . .
Overall, a good book and an enjoyable listen.

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  • Frogkisser!

  • By: Garth Nix
  • Narrated by: Marisa Calin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 120
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 116
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 115

Poor Princess Anya. Forced to live with her evil stepmother's new husband, her evil stepstepfather. Plagued with an unfortunate ability to break curses with a magic-assisted kiss. And forced to go on the run when her stepstepfather decides to make the kingdom entirely his own. Aided by a loyal talking dog, a boy thief trapped in the body of a newt, and some extraordinarily mischievous wizards, Anya sets off on a quest that, if she plays it right, will ultimately free her land - and teach her a thing or two.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Book!

  • By Jessica on 05-29-17

Great Book!

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

Reviewed: 05-29-17

I'm a fan of fairy tales and Garth Nix so I knew I was going to like this one. Princess Anya goes on a quest to a) find ingredients to make magic lip gloss to change Prince Denholm from a frog back to his princely self and b) find allies to defeat her evil stepstepfather.
This book has everything- talking dogs, druids, wizards, the seven dwarfs. It's brilliant!
The narration is wonderful. Marisa Calin does a nice job. She sort of reminds me of Katherine Kellgren but not as dramatic.
If you like fairy tales, this one is for you!

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  • Once Broken Faith

  • October Daye, Book 10
  • By: Seanan McGuire
  • Narrated by: Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Length: 11 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 806
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 754
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 749

Politics have never been October "Toby" Daye's strong suit. When she traveled to the Kingdom of Silences to prevent them from going to war with her home, the Kingdom of the Mists, she wasn't expecting to return with a cure for elf-shot and a whole new set of political headaches. Now the events she unwittingly set in motion could change the balance of modern Faerie forever, and she has been ordered to appear before a historic convocation of monarchs. Naturally, things have barely gotten underway when the first dead body shows up.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Two stars for missing novella

  • By Caitlin on 07-08-18

Looooove Toby & Co.!!!!!

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

Reviewed: 10-06-16

This is truly one of my favorite series! This book was filled with twists and turns and had me gasping out loud in some places and cheering out loud in others. The series just keeps getting better and better. I cannot wait for the wedding and whatever is going to go down with the selkies. I really need for the next in the series to come out now. Please??? Mary Robbinette Kowal does a great job. My only thing is that the first few minutes sound tinny and is a little distracting. But it goes away. Cannot wait for the next one!!!

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  • The Purloined Poodle

  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 2 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,255
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,000
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,992

Thanks to his relationship with the ancient Druid Atticus O'Sullivan, Oberon the Irish wolfhound knows trouble when he smells it - and furthermore, he knows he can handle it. When he discovers that a prizewinning poodle has been abducted in Eugene, Oregon, he learns that it's part of a rash of hound abductions all over the Pacific Northwest. Since the police aren't too worried about dogs they assume have run away, Oberon knows it's up to him to track down those hounds and reunite them with their humans. For justice! And gravy!

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Very cool story by Kevin and amazing storytelling

  • By jeremy on 09-30-16

Wibbily wobbly timey wimey. . .

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

Reviewed: 10-06-16

Thank you Kevin Hearne for incorporating this line in your book!! The premise seemed a bi silly and I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book. I am an Iron Druid fan so I really should've known better and had a little faith in Kevin, Oberon and Atticus. They had me at the first line and I was forced to show up to an appointment an hour early so I could sit in the car and finish listening. The book is as silly as you think it will be, and so worth it! Luke Daniels does a great job, as usual!

  • The Jane Austen BBC Radio Drama Collection

  • Six BBC Radio Full-Cast Dramatisations
  • By: Jane Austen
  • Narrated by: David Tennant, Benedict Cumberbatch, Julie McKenzie
  • Length: 14 hrs and 27 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,533
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,380
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,382

A collection of BBC radio full-cast dramatisations of Jane Austen's six major novels. Jane Austen is one of the finest writers in the English language, and this volume includes all six of her classic novels. Mansfield Park: on a quest to find a position in society, Fanny Price goes to live with her rich aunt and uncle. Northanger Abbey: young, naïve Catherine Morland receives an invitation to stay at the isolated Gothic mansion Northanger Abbey.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Faulty download

  • By Sian on 04-06-16

Great Collection!

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

Reviewed: 09-15-16

FYI: Benedict Cumberbatch and David Tennant only narrate in one of six of the dramatizations, so if you're only purchasing this because of them, you might be disappointed. You shouldn't be though, because these are all great books. I read some of these for high school English way back when but I had forgotten how great these books are. They truly are timeless classics. Narration is great, I am not a huge fan of full casts but it works well in this instance.

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  • Little Donkey

  • A Short Story
  • By: Jodi Taylor
  • Narrated by: Lucy Price-Lewis
  • Length: 1 hr and 5 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,000
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 921
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 923

It’s Christmas, and Jenny Checkland is beset with problems. The vicar, who really should know better, has asked to borrow Marilyn the donkey for the nativity play, thereby unleashing chaos on the already chaos-laden Frogmorton Farm. Will Marilyn survive her bath? Will anyone survive Marilyn’s bath? Robbed of her role as the Virgin Mary, what revenge is the angel Gabriel plotting? Why is that sheep so fat? Will Charlie ever get to say his one line? Can Marilyn be prevented from eating the baby Jesus?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Read The Nothing Girl first

  • By Rynin on 10-09-15

Thank you Jodi Taylor!!

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

Reviewed: 09-15-16

I loved The Nothing Girl so to get another chance to visit with these characters is amazing. I loved Jenny and the rest of the quirky, funny people who make up her friends and family. Lucy Price-Lewis does a great job with narration. Short stories aren't normally my thing but this one was great. Thank you Jodi Taylor!