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  • Forging Hephaestus

  • Villains' Code Series, Book 1
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Amy Landon
  • Length: 26 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,505
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,227
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,221

Gifted with meta-human powers, Tori Rivas kept away from the limelight, preferring to work as a thief in the shadows. But when she's captured trying to rob a vault that belongs to a secret guild of villains, she's offered a hard choice: prove she has what it takes to join them or be eliminated. Apprenticed to one of the world's most powerful (and supposedly dead) villains, she is thrust into a strange world where the lines that divide superheroes and criminals are more complex than they seem.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Nice Surprise with some Really Fun Characters

  • By Small Mountain on 09-29-17

Decent storyline and okay performance (narration).

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

Reviewed: 11-08-18

The storyline was good but not as GREAT as the Super Powereds series. The performance was fair but it was difficult to distinguish between characters by the voice being used.

  • Second Hand Curses

  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Scott Aiello, Marc Vietor, Tavia Gilbert
  • Length: 9 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,380
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 2,281
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,280

When your fairy godmother threatens to enslave you with a curse - when a malevolent piper solves your rat problem but steals your children - when you seek revenge on the prince who turned you into a frog - who can you turn to in your hour of need? The band of scoundrels known far and wide as the Bastard Champions - the swashbuckling trio who travel a world of legend, seeking adventure and righting wrongs - as long as there's enough gold to be earned.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Second Hand Curses is First Rate Storytelling!

  • By Tony E. on 11-22-17

Excellent presentation

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

This was another fantastic story by Drew Hayes and an excellent presentation. I would recommend this book to anyone with fond memories of the fairytales from our childhoods.

My one one request to Drew Hayes Is: please, please, please write a sequel of even a quartet to this book.

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  • Girls & Boys

  • By: Dennis Kelly
  • Narrated by: Carey Mulligan
  • Length: 1 hr and 46 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,509
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,044
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,992

A pulse-pounding new play from Tony Award-winning® playwright Dennis Kelly takes you on a journey that is at once hilarious, gripping, and heartbreaking. This world-premiere production starring Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby, An Education) is available exclusively on Audible after a celebrated run at the Royal Court Theatre in London and off-Broadway at the Minetta Lane Theatre. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I have never heard a story performed so well.

  • By Erin Reeve on 07-05-18

Fantastic start with a dark ending

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

Reviewed: 09-27-18

I highly recommend this book (performance) to any adult but especially parents. It has a light and funny start that many adults can relate to with our own recklessness in our youth. The performance continues to be relatable throughout its duration particularly for parents acting as hostage negotiators between their young children. When the lightheartedness of the performance turns serious, I could feel the protectiveness for my own children start to rise. All-in-all this is a fantastic performance and well worth the 1.5 hours of my time.

  • Pax

  • By: Sara Pennypacker
  • Narrated by: Michael Curran-Dorsano
  • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,558
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,398
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,397

Pax and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a kit. But one day the unimaginable happens: Peter's dad enlists in the military and makes him return the fox to the wild. At his grandfather's house 300 miles away from home, Peter knows he isn't where he should be - with Pax. He strikes out on his own despite the encroaching war, spurred by love, loyalty, and grief, to be reunited with his fox. Meanwhile Pax, steadfastly waiting for his boy, embarks on adventures and discoveries of his own....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How to you love something that hurts you?

  • By Anthony M Agostino on 12-13-17

Very juvenile book

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

Reviewed: 09-20-18

This is a very juvenile book and is probably intended for a 12-year-old more so than an adult. The story was good enough to finish listening to but I was excited for it to be completed. That being said, it was not an entertaining storyline for an adult.

  • Wraith

  • By: Helen Harper
  • Narrated by: Ruth Urquhart
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,015
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 946
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 946

Saiya Buchanan is a wraith, able to detach her shadow from her body and send it off to do her bidding. But, unlike most of her kin, Saiya doesn't deal in death. Instead, she trades secrets - and in the goblin besieged city of Stirling in Scotland, they're a highly prized commodity. It might just be, however, that the goblins have been hiding the greatest secret of them all. When Gabriel de Florinville, a Dark Elf, is sent as royal envoy into Stirling and takes her prisoner, Saiya is not only going to uncover the sinister truth.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great book and superb narration!

  • By IamNothingButAll on 04-21-18

Fun and entertaining read

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

Reviewed: 09-16-18

This was a fast paced and entertaining story. There was not a lot of depth to the storyline in comparison to what I am use to but the storyline did keep my attention the entire time. I found myself wanting to get back to the story when I was away but not so much that I was willing to put off things that needed to be done as I have with other bucks. The narration of the book was excellent and I would be willing to listen to this book again just for that fact alone. Every character of the book had their own voice and it was very easy to follow along even as the characters talking changed. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a quick read and not wanting to devote themselves to the time it will take to finish a long series.

  • The Time Machine

  • By: H. G. Wells
  • Narrated by: Alan Munro
  • Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,880
  • Performance
    3.5 out of 5 stars 1,695
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,696

The science fiction classic that coined the term "time machine" and is generally credited with the popularization of the concept of time travel. A must listen for any fan of science fiction!

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Random Pauses in Speech. (Captain Kirk narrates)

  • By Amazon Customer on 02-04-14

Story: Poor; Performance: Monotone

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

Reviewed: 06-22-18

This was an agonizing book to get through and I would not recommend it to anyone. I always thought of it as a classic but now having read the story, it clearly is not. I cannot discourage you enough not to listen to this story.

  • Treasure Island

  • An Audible Original Drama
  • By: Robert Louis Stevenson, Marty Ross - adaptation
  • Narrated by: Philip Glenister, Daniel Mays, Catherine Tate, and others
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,677
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,534
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,522

Audible Originals takes to the high seas to bring to life this timeless tale of pirates, lost treasure maps and mutiny. When weathered old sailor Billy Bones arrives at the inn of young Jim Hawkins' parents, it is the start of an adventure beyond anything he could have imagined. When Bones dies mysteriously, Jim stumbles across a map of a mysterious island in his sea chest, where X marks the spot of a stash of buried pirate gold.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A reflective adventure

  • By Tad Davis on 09-12-17

The audio is horrible - not able to finish

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

Reviewed: 06-17-18

I was not able to finish this book and I asked Audible for a refund. The story is a classic and for good reason. However, the adaptation of the story was not. Many of the voices a difficult to hear because it sounds a though they a far away from the recording mic. Often times, you hear sounds from the recording but you don’t know what is going on. It is like they were trying to recreate the old radio shows back before television... and failed. I would not recommend this book, buy the unabridged version instead. There are many to select from.

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  • Children of Time

  • By: Adrian Tchaikovsky
  • Narrated by: Mel Hudson
  • Length: 16 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,917
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,772
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,747

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet. Who will inherit this new Earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Fascinating Premise Within an Excellent Story

  • By Kurt Schwoppe on 07-30-17

Fantastic book... So creative!!!

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

Reviewed: 05-30-18

This book is so creative and well written. There is such depth and richness and detail that the reader is taken to this world as they read.

  • Iron Will

  • The Shifting Tides, Book 4
  • By: James Maxwell
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 287
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 259
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 256

The world is facing a war to end all wars, a confrontation that will destroy everything Dion and Chloe hold dear. With Palemon's dragon army growing in number, time is running out... Dion is doing everything in his power to prepare his kingdom, but he knows it will not be enough. Although he needs Chloe's help, recent tragedy makes him terrified for her safety. Magic is dangerous. Only Palemon is too arrogant to see it.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved all four books

  • By Teresa Williams on 07-30-18

Fantastic ending to another great series

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

Reviewed: 05-02-18

I love James Maxwell’s writing and Simon Vance’s narrations. They make an amazing pair. I look forward to the next series by Mr Maxwell and I hope Mr Vance narrates that one as well.

  • The Three Musketeers

  • By: Alexandre Dumas
  • Narrated by: Bill Homewood
  • Length: 26 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 340
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 314

Romance, treachery, courage... The Three Musketeers has it all! In one of the greatest adventure stories ever written, the dashing young swordsman D'Artagnan and his daredevil companions Athos, Aramis, and Porthos, become embroiled in duels, love-tangles, and sinister intrigues which threaten the future of King, Queen, and France herself.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • classic and well narrated

  • By Benjamin J. Hackett on 05-18-16

Okay story ...

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

Reviewed: 02-16-18

This was an okay story but not one I'd ever ready or listen to again. The six or seven chapters devoted to Milady de Winter and her whining mostly ruined the story for me. It is no where close to being as good as The Count of Monte Cristo