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  • Pirate Latitudes

  • By: Michael Crichton
  • Narrated by: John Bedford Lloyd
  • Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,539
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1,531
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,540

The Caribbean, 1665. A remote colony of the English Crown, the island of Jamaica holds out against the vast supremacy of the Spanish empire. Port Royal, its capital, is a cutthroat town of taverns, grog shops, and bawdy houses. In this steamy climate there's a living to be made, a living that can end swiftly by disease - or by dagger. For Captain Charles Hunter, gold in Spanish hands is gold for the taking, and the law of the land rests with those ruthless enough to make it.

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Cheesiest book of all time

  • By Randall on 04-11-10

Fun and action packed

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

Reviewed: 09-07-12

What did you love best about Pirate Latitudes?

Fun read with a good story!!

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

I found myself listening every chance I got to find out what would happen.

0 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • Riptide

  • By: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 14 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,836
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,059
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,054

A centuries-old, cursed pirate's treasure, valued at over $2 billion, lies deep within the treacherous waters off the coast of Maine. Men who have attempted to unearth the fortune have suffered gruesome deaths. Will a high-tech expedition meet the same fate?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • very cinematic. high tech meets pirate treasure.

  • By Allan on 06-13-11

Fun adventure story.

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

Reviewed: 09-07-12

What did you love best about Riptide?

The story was fun and action packed. Sometimes I found myself tuning out during some really wordy parts but liked the story overall.

  • Two Ravens and One Crow

  • An Iron Druid Chronicles Novella
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 2 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,379
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 4,114
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,107

Two-thousand-year-old Atticus may have outwitted and outfought everyone from Odin to Bacchus, but in this eBook original, he’s about to discover what comes around when you go around messing with gods. Six years into the training of his beautiful apprentice, Granuaile, a large crow swoops down and transforms into none other than the Morrigan, a goddess who insists that Atticus come with her at once. He must leave his apprentice behind, along with his Irish wolfhound, Oberon - and he must also leave his sword.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • worth the price? Maybe not on audible..

  • By breckoz on 10-28-12

Love me some Atticus!!

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

Reviewed: 09-07-12

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

I really like the humor that Kevin Hearne inputs into the story. It makes the book a really fun read.

What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

Luke has a very easy voice to listen to and I will look for other books that he narrates!

  • Shadow of Night

  • A Novel
  • By: Deborah Harkness
  • Narrated by: Jennifer Ikeda
  • Length: 24 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 17,966
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,289
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 16,271

Picking up from A Discovery of Witches’ cliffhanger ending, Shadow of Night takes Diana and Matthew on a trip through time to Elizabethan London, where they are plunged into a world of spies, magic, and a coterie of Matthew’s old friends, the School of Night. As the search for Ashmole 782 deepens and Diana seeks out a witch to tutor her in magic, the net of Matthew’s past tightens around them, and they embark on a very different - and vastly more dangerous - journey.   

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Recommended, however....

  • By J. Lunsford on 07-15-12

Enjoyed the story

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

Reviewed: 08-15-12

Where does Shadow of Night rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I enjoyed Shadow of Night much more than Discovery of Witches. I liked Matthews story.

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

Jennifer does a great job reading.

  • Dark Lover

  • The Black Dagger Brotherhood, Book 1
  • By: J. R. Ward
  • Narrated by: Jim Frangione
  • Length: 13 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,110
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,658
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 5,675

The vampire Darius fears for the life of his half-breed daughter, who is unaware of her unusual destiny. To oversee her transformation, Darius seeks help from Wrath, a dangerous loner and the world's only purebred vampire.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Awsome title even for the Men

  • By John on 04-19-09

Tried - just couldn't do it

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

Reviewed: 06-08-12

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I had a hard time with the writing style. It felt like the author was trying to make sure that you know the characters were big and bad, not by showing you that they were. I am not a huge fan of romances anyway so it felt very formulaic to me. Guy meets girl, girl is scared of guy, guy convinces girl he isn't bad, girl falls in love and they have a dream wedding with all of his brotherhood friends pledging loyalty to her. None of them have known each other that long and it just felt phony and forced. I know this review will be unpopular and it is probably because this style of writing is not for me. Sorry to all those that love it.

Has Dark Lover turned you off from other books in this genre?

I don't believe that I will continue with this authors work. Just wasn't my style. I like more descriptive writing.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

I am not sure if I read the book before listening if I might have liked it better. I think the narrator did fine, this just isn't my type of story.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. After reading so many positive reviews I expected something more.

19 of 28 people found this review helpful

  • Hammered

  • The Iron Druid Chronicles, Book 3
  • By: Kevin Hearne
  • Narrated by: Luke Daniels
  • Length: 9 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 15,828
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 14,520
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 14,495

Thor, the Norse god of thunder, is worse than a blowhard and a bully - he’s ruined countless lives and killed scores of innocents. After centuries, Viking vampire Leif Helgarson is ready to get his vengeance, and he’s asked his friend Atticus O’Sullivan, the last of the Druids, to help take down this Norse nightmare.One survival strategy has worked for Atticus for more than two thousand years: stay away from the guy with the lightning bolts. But things are heating up in Atticus’s home base of Tempe, Arizona....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Love this series!

  • By Hallie on 02-28-12

Another fun listen

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

Reviewed: 06-05-12

Really like this series and I think Luke Daniels does an excellent job with these books.

  • Poison Study

  • By: Maria V. Snyder
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,873
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,503
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,513

About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve. She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace, and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Fantasy, with a touch of romance.

  • By A on 12-03-05

Good listen

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

Reviewed: 06-05-12

This story was a good listen but I was kind of disappointed. I really liked Poison Study but to me Magic Study felt kind of predictable and didn't keep me hooked and I probably won't go for the rest of the series.

  • Magic Study

  • By: Maria V. Snyder
  • Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,644
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,627
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,640

With her greatest enemy dead, and on her way to be reunited with the family she'd been stolen from long ago, Yelena should be pleased. But though she has gained her freedom, she can't help feeling isolated in Sitia. Her Ixian background has changed her in many ways, and her newfound friends and relatives don't think it's for the better....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Magic Study

  • By Arnold on 03-07-08

Not bad at all

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

Reviewed: 06-05-12

The plot and story were really fun. The idea of being a poison taster was interesting.

  • Outlander

  • Outlander, Book 1
  • By: Diana Gabaldon
  • Narrated by: Davina Porter
  • Length: 32 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55,075
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,965
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 45,810

Why we think it’s a great listen: An all-time Audible favorite that mixes historic fiction, adventure, and romance with one of the most fascinating literary devices: time travel. Outlander introduces an exhilarating world of heroism and breathtaking thrills as one woman is torn between past and present, passion and love. In 1945, former combat nurse Claire Randall returns from World War II and joins her husband for a second honeymoon. But their blissful reunion is shattered....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Time Travel VS Romance Quandary

  • By Sara on 09-10-14

Really wasn't one of my favorites

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

Reviewed: 06-05-12

I tried really hard to like this book. I am not a real lover of romance stories so that is probably what distracted me. I didn't hate it but I couldn't finish it either.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Stolen Child

  • By: Keith Donohue
  • Narrated by: Andy Paris, Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 503
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 143
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 146

Seven-year-old Henry Day is kidnapped and renamed "Aniday" by changelings, ageless beings who inhabit the woods near his home. The changelings also leave behind one of their own, who flawlessly impersonates Henry except for one noteworthy detail: the new Henry is a prodigiously talented pianist.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Unique

  • By Zusamna on 06-10-06

Haunting and beautifully written

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

Reviewed: 06-05-12

The story to me was very haunting and sad. I think it was beautifully written but you definitely have to be in the mood for it.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful